It has just been revealed by Yamaha’s U.S. Road Racing Teams that, during their recent on-track test at Thunderhill Raceway Park, the teams’ riders and crew were under near-constant surveillance by unknown entities throughout the two-day event.
To mark the 21st birthday of MotoGP’S youngest ever premier class World Champion, motogp.com provides 21 facts about the boy from Cervera.
- At the opening race of 2013 in Qatar Marquez became the fourth youngest rider of all-time to finish on the podium in the premier-class of Grand Prix racing after Randy Mamola, Eduardo Salatino and Norick Abe
- His first MotoGP win at the Grand Prix of Americas at the age of just 20 years 63 days, made him the youngest ever rider to win a premier-class Grand Prix, taking the record from Freddie Spencer who was 20 years 196 days when he won the Belgium 500cc GP at Spa-Francorchamps in 1982 Continue reading →
One of the tasks during last week’s MotoGP test in Malaysia was to sample the new tyres supplied by Bridgestone ahead of the 2014 season. Antonio Jimenez, Crew Chief to GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, explains the challenge. Bautista may have ended proceedings 11th on the timesheet, but rapid lap times were not everything as numerous experiments went on behind the scenes. Continue reading →
Next week will see the much-awaited opening MotoGP test of 2014 as the field gathers in Malaysia. For the first time this year, Factory and Open machines will share the track as riders and personnel get to grips with new teams. Following on from the post-Valencia Grand Prix test in November that saw new bikes break cover for the first time, 2014 testing now begins in earnest with the traditional early-year trip to the Sepang International Circuit on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. Continue reading →
Avintia Racing and Frenchman Mike Di Meglio have reached an agreement for the 2008 125cc World Champion to ride in MotoGP in 2014. Moving up from the Moto2 category after recovering from injury in the second half of 2013, Di Meglio will be teammate to Hector Barbera in the premier class this year. Di Meglio has ridden the Spanish team’s FTR-Kawasaki already, having tested the bike in post-season run-outs in November. He is now looking forward to pre-season testing in February at Sepang in Malaysia with his new team. Continue reading →
MotoGP rights holder Dorna Sports SL is set to release a feature-length documentary reviewing Marc Marquez’s first season in MotoGP, in which he emerged as the best newcomer of 2013 in spectacular style. The rider from Cervera, Spain, who had already taken World Championship titles in the 125cc and Moto2 tiers – had a brilliant first year in the premier class, fighting for the title with team-mate Dani Pedrosa and double World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, as well as his childhood idol Italian rider Valentino Rossi. Continue reading →
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V) won the 2013 MotoGP World Championship in superb style at Valencia on Sunday when he finished the season finale in third place. The result secured him a historic crown – he is now the youngest premier-class king in history – by four points from Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) at the end of a thrilling and fascinating championship campaign. Marquez’s brilliance gives Honda its 16th riders’ title, three decades after its first premier-class crown won by Freddie Spencer in 1983. Continue reading →
Jorge Lorenzo has inflicted maximum damage on the day Marc Marquez could have clinched the MotoGP crown, as the current title holder clinched his 50th career race victory in a Tissot Australian Grand Prix including mandatory bike changes. Failing to acknowledge the pre-determined pit window, Marquez was shown the black flag. Continue reading →
Remarkably, Repsol Honda Team’s Marquez has finished on the podium in every race bar one since he joined the premier class at the start of 2013. To date, he has recorded six Grand Prix victories, eight pole positions and no less than ten fastest laps as well as – at 20 years of age – becoming the youngest ever rider to claim a pole position and race victory. He will be crowned World Champion this weekend, with two races still to go, should he leave Phillip Island with a points lead of 51 or more; this would make him the first rookie premier class title winner for some 35 years. Continue reading →