New York Times on Marquez and his rise to the top
The New York Times has run a lengthy article on the race winning performance of World Champion Marc Marquez at Silverstone and the Spaniard’s rise to the top in MotoGP™.
Journalist John F. Burns charts the background of Marquez from his origins as a dirt bike rider as a child to his successes as the youngest ever premier class World Champion.
Burns also carries a quote from Marquez attributing his performance levels to the qualities of the rivals he has to beat on track such as Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi. Marquez commented, “You are fast because of others. They make you go faster.”
CNN on MotoGP™ maestro Marquez
Global news outlet CNN have produced an in-depth article on the talents of MotoGP™ World Champion Marc Marquez and his challenge this weekend at Silverstone - to provide the perfect response to his first defeat of the year at Brno.
Marquez finished fourth at round 11 in the Czech Republic as his teammate Dani Pedrosa won the race and CNN’s Jonathan Hawkins writes, ‘It was bound to happen eventually. But Marc Marquez has looked so utterly indomitable since the start of the MotoGP season in March, that it still felt strange when it did. The fact that he didn't even make the podium in Brno just over two weeks ago made it seem even stranger. This Sunday, at one of motorsport's fastest and most famous tracks - the UK's Silverstone - Marquez will be seeking to bounce back.’
Solomoto.es: Spanish crew chiefs in hot demand
Spanish publication Solomoto.es has published an article about the hot demand for Spanish crew chiefs in the MotoGP™ World Championship, analysing which head mechanics could potentially move teams for 2015. With many of the key rides on the grid now secured for next season, a mechanics ‘merry-go-round’ could now take place according to the magazine.
Ramon Forcada, Antonio Jimenez, Juan Martinez and Ramon Aurin are some of the names mentioned in the article, which also states that although crew chiefs do not tend to move teams very often the forthcoming season has presented an unusual set of circumstances – with Suzuki planning a return to the premier class grid and with several new riders potentially arriving in MotoGP.
WorldSBK.com: Baz considering MotoGP™ options
El Pais - Pedrosa: ‘There is a moment in which you no longer improve’
Spanish newspaper El Pais has published an in-depth interview with Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa, regarding his current form and his perspective on racing.
Pedrosa was asked if he feels that he has already reached his maximum level as a Grand Prix rider, to which the 28 year-old replied: “We will see. Although it appears that there is a limit, that level sometimes shifts. It all depends on what you aspire to and what energy you have to push this limit. There is a moment in which you no longer improve, but that’s defined by time, desire and the motivation to rise to the challenge.”
He added, “Every day you have to look for that energy and motivation. You have to fight.”
Bikesport News - Rea and Laverty head to Brno for MotoGP™ talks
Jonathan Rea and Eugene Laverty have flown out to the Brno MotoGP™ round for talks regarding potential moves into the World Championship, as report Bikesport News.
The publication quotes FIM WSBK rider Rea as saying, “I’m waiting to hear from Honda what their plan is for me. I have had interest from teams in MotoGP and in World Superbike and that is exciting, but a little early. When I spoke with Honda management in Japan, I told them what my wish list comprised and since then many things have happened. I am sure that this weekend and the following weeks I will have more information.”
Of Laverty’s future, meanwhile, Bikesport News report, ‘he is on a shortlist to replace Andrea Iannone in the Pramac Ducati squad. He has close links with the Ducati Corse boss Dall’Igna after they spent time together at Aprilia in World Superbikes.’
El Pais – How Lorenzo lost 4kg since start of season
Spanish newspaper El Pais have reported on Jorge Lorenzo’s intense training and careful diet planning during the summer break with a regime which has seen the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider lose 4kg in recent months.
Lorenzo started the 2014 season at less than 100% fitness after surgery during the winter, but he now feels fully fit after training for up to eight hours a day in recent weeks. The 2010 and 2012 MotoGP™ World Champion has changed his eating habits and has been working with a new personal trainer Marc Rovira since round three in Argentina, who has converted the Spanish rider into a keen mountain biker.
El Pais quote Lorenzo as saying, "Until this year I had always worked in the gym; now I'm starting to train outside more. I'm pretty good on the bike. I like it because it gets you fit without much impact and does not punish the joints."
Agostini tells Gazzetta: ‘If Marquez equals me, he deserves it’
In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport the 15-time World Champion Giacomo Agostini has spoken of the chances of Marc Marquez to equal his record of winning the opening 10 races of a premier class season, which the Italian legend achieved in 1968, 1969 and 1970.
Marquez could match that achievement this weekend at Indianapolis and Agostini told Gazzetta, “Marquez is a guy who uses his head and he has always been strong at Indy. If he wins on Sunday and equals my record he deserves it. Everything he’s won he’s deserved to win.”
On the chances of Marquez to remain undefeated throughout 2014, Agostini says, “I think he is capable of winning every race. It would be an incredible record, not just for him but also for the manufacturer, because if the bike doesn’t get you to the finish line the rest is pointless.”
Speedweek: KTM to race in MotoGP in 2017
Racing publication Speedweek.com has reported that in an exclusive interview with KTM boss Stefan Pierer he has said the company plans a MotoGP™ entry for 2017. By that time the spec electronics will be in place, and Michelin would have had its first year back in the championship.
Despite KTM’s two-cylinder philosophy, Pierer commented that the project would be a 1000cc V4 engine, using a steel trellis frame and its in-house WP suspension. In terms of timing, the manufacturer aims to have the first engine test in May 2015, with “production” models of the bike ready for that autumn.
It would aim to keep the same racing philosophy as currently in Moto3™, choosing not to run a full factory team, but instead offering it as a customer bike. Pierer was also quoted as saying that they will be looking for a strong test rider for 2016.
Speedweek.com: Crutchlow to join LCR Honda MotoGP?
MCN - Ducati to expand to six bike effort in MotoGP™
Matthew Birt of MCN reports that Ducati will have six machines on the grid for the 2015 MotoGP™ World Championship with Avintia Racing said to be set to switch to the Bologna factory next year.
Avintia are currently running Kawasaki ZX-10R machinery in the premier class but MCN report that they will run the latest spec factory GP14 Desmosedici bikes in 2015.
Ducati MotoGP Project Director Paolo Ciabatti is quoted by Birt, saying, “The basis of the bikes for Avintia will be the latest spec machinery from our official team after an evolution, which will arrive in Indianapolis or Brno. It is a good opportunity for Ducati and for Avintia. As we have seen this year with Yonny Hernandez, he has still been able to do good things with the 2013 bike, so the 2014 version can go even better.”
Marca: Aprilia plan 2015 MotoGP™ comeback with Bautista
According to Spanish newspaper Marca Aprilia are planning to participate in MotoGP™ next year, as opposed to a previously proposed 2016 arrival date.
With significant technical changes in the premier class coming into effect as of 2016, Marca report that Aprilia want to accelerate their MotoGP project in an attempt to be competitive as soon as possible. The Italian manufacturer is reported to have a prototype machine with a seamless transmission and pneumatic valve engine being developed on the base of the ART machine ridden by Aleix Espargaro in 2013.
The publication also report that Aprilia want to line Alvaro Bautista up on the MotoGP grid next season, with the Spanish rider having delivered a 125 title for them in 2006 and having also ridden an Aprilia in the 250 class before he graduated to the premier class. Suzuki Superbike rider Eugene Laverty is apparently in the frame to ride alongside Bautista in the team.
Rossi feels he could ride until he is 40
In an exclusive interview with Telecinco’s Dennis Noyes, carried by Cycleworld, nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi has stated he believes he could ride at the elite level of motorcycle racing until he is 40.
The 35 year-old Italian recently signed a new Movistar Yamaha MotoGP contract to ride with the team until at least the end of 2016 and told Noyes, “Ten years ago, I had to demonstrate more and I was more hungry and especially more under pressure. Now I have already demonstrated what I want to demonstrate to everybody, and I am a bit more relaxed. But in this sport to be very relaxed is not good. I have to be a bit angry and show that I can stay in front.”
Rossi also stated, “Marc Marquez has made another step and it is very difficult, but being happy and having fun is important. I think that, for the body, to ride the bike on the limit, I think that until 40 you can continue.”
Speedweek: Viñales signs three-year deal with Suzuki
According to German publication Speedweek, Moto2™ rookie Maverick Viñales has signed a three-year deal to join the returning Suzuki MotoGP™ outfit. The second seat in the team has allegedly not been filled yet, though in the same article the German motorsport web rules out Andrea Dovizioso as he has reportedly re-signed for Ducati.
Telegraph – Newey: ‘MotoGP riders are superhuman’
In a feature article and interview with F1 car designer Adrian Newey in The Telegraph the British engineer describes MotoGP™ riders as superhuman.
In the recently published piece entitled ‘Adrian Newey: The magnificent man and his flying machines’, the UK newspaper states that Newey's racing cars have dominated Formula One for the past 25 years and seen him described as being “close to genius”.
Journalist Michael Harvey quotes Newey saying, “If you watch a sport – it doesn’t matter what sport – you want to come away with a feeling those guys are special. If you watch MotoGP you think those guys are just superhuman. You just don’t get that with the current breed of F1 cars.”
Speedweek – Bradl could return to Moto2™
According to German media outlet speedweek.com Stefan Bradl would consider a return to Moto2 in 2015, if he does not find the right offer to stay in the premier class.
"My priority is to stay with Honda and LCR," Bradl told Speedweek. "But if I cannot get top material in MotoGP I have to consider going back to Moto2 for one year. (Mika) Kallio has gone back from MotoGP and is winning, Toni Elias won the Moto2 title in his first year in the class after returning from MotoGP."
Meanwhile, Speedweek also report that Bradl has no offer on the table from LCR Honda or HRC yet, but quote Lucio Cecchinello as saying: "I want to continue with Stefan because we want to further our project with a top Northern European MotoGP rider and we are convinced he has not yet shown his full potential."
Motorsport-total.com: No KTM engines for Kalex in 2015
Publication motorsport-total.com reports that KTM racing chief Pit Beirer has informed both teams and Kalex boss Alex Baumgärtel that from the 2015 season they will no longer be providing customer engines – instead selling just the full bike package. Baumgärtel allegedly took it well and insisted that they would keep supporting their teams until the end of the season. 2015 sees a 13,500rpm rev limit imposed in the Moto3™ World Championship. This doesn’t necessarily mean that Kalex will disappear from Moto3 all together, as it still has a presence in national championships.
Marca: ‘Pedrosa renews with Honda’
Spanish sports newspaper Marca reports on Tuesday that an agreement has been reached between Dani Pedrosa and HRC, which would keep the former championship runner-up with Repsol Honda Team once a few last details have been slotted into place.
‘The foundations are already laid, depending on a few details which could mean the announcement is delayed for a while, but there would be no reason to break the deal,’ Marca’s Jaume Martin writes. ‘Dani rejected offers from Suzuki and Ducati. He also kept an eye on the Yamaha situation in case Jorge Lorenzo didn’t renew with them.’
Explaining that Honda continues to rate both the performances and robustness of Pedrosa, Marca also demonstrates another element that may have helped the decision. ‘There is another factor. The good relationship between the two Catalans (Pedrosa and Marquez) at HRC. Signing Lorenzo could have been seen as distraction for Marquez, even though he has said publically that this wouldn’t be a problem.’
MCN - Crutchlow manager in Suzuki talks
MCN’s Matthew Birt reports that Cal Crutchlow’s personal manager Bob Moore has met with senior Suzuki management, linking the British rider with a possible move to the Japanese factory as they get set for a return to MotoGP™ in 2015.
Suzuki MotoGP team manager Davide Brivio, told MCN: “We have spoken to Cal. It is well known that Cal has an option to decide if he will continue with Ducati next season, so I imagine before he takes that decision he wants to look at the alternatives.”
Pedrosa blogs about returning confidence for BT Sport
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa has started a new blog for the UK’s BT Sport and has revealed that his confidence is returning fast after arm surgery earlier in the year.
Commenting on the round seven race in Barcelona, Pedrosa writes, "You can imagine how happy I am with how the race went! But more than just happiness, it’s about confidence because I can see that the arm is now my friend again!"
"On the Sunday night I watched the race and it reminded me of the motor racing I used to watch in the early 90’s - the great battles between Doohan, Schwantz, Rainey, Gardner and Lawson etc - four riders at the front from the beginning, all fighting and making great passing moves for the entire race, it was great to watch."