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Team HRC’s Gautier Paulin and Evgeny Bobryshev finished today’s Grand Prix of Argentina in fifth and eighth places overall respectively, but the numbers don’t tell the whole story.
Light drizzle fell at the start of the opening race and for the opening few laps, but did little more than dampen the track. Bobryshev emerged strongly from turn one in third, and despite slipping to eighth at one point the resurgent Russian finished fifth – his best result since the Italian GP in June last year, just before the injury in the second race of that GP that ruled him out for the rest of the season.
The Ducati Team riders, Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone, produced a couple of great races in the opening round of the 2015 MotoGP World Championship – the Grand Prix of Qatar – held under floodlights at the Losail International Circuit on the outskirts of Doha.
Dovizioso, who started from pole position, powered away into the lead during the opening lap, before engaging in a terrific battle with Jorge Lorenzo until lap 18, when he moved into the lead once again, this time followed by Valentino Rossi. On the twenty-first and penultimate lap Rossi was able to slip past and Dovizioso tried to attack him for the win, but had to settle for an excellent second place, just 0.174 seconds away from the top slot.
It wasn’t the start that Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa would have liked for their 2015 MotoGP Championship campaign.
Dani, starting from second on the grid and Marc starting from third, both had a problematic first corner, with Marc emerging as the biggest victim. As the MotoGP riders jostled for position, Dani was edged out down to seventh and Marc made a small mistake, running wide in turn one and rejoined the track in last place.
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi opened the 2015 MotoGP season tonight with a stunning victory at the Grand Prix of Qatar. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo also put on an impressive performance during the opening round at the Losail International Circuit, finishing in fourth place.
What started as a battle that could have been anybody’s race, ended in a thrilling duel.
Red Bull KTM’s multi Dakar Rally winner Marc Coma seized the initiative in the first stage of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge to lead the field at the end of the opening day. Coma was fastest over the 262.3 km timed special stage, one minute 21 ahead of KTM factory teammate Sam Sunderland. The rally is the first round of the 2015 FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship.
Other members of the KTM factory team were also well in contention after the first day in the desert with Ruben Faria in fourth and the team’s latest signing, Matthias Walkner of Austria in sixth. Moh Al Balooshi of KTM UAE was a solid seventh, Pablo Quintanilla of Chile eighth, Armand Monleon of Poland ninth and Juan Salvatierra of Bolivia tenth to give KTM eight of the top ten after Day One.
Andi Izdihar was victorious in the second race of the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup in Losail, beating Sasaki and Chantra.
Andy Izdihar took the win in the second race of the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup, which this weekend forms part of the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar.
Andrea Dovizioso put in a splendid performance in qualifying for the Grand Prix of Qatar as the Ducati Team’s Italian rider powered to pole position with a time of 1’54.113, at the same time taking the brand-new Desmosedici GP15 to its race debut in the best possible way.
Team-mate Andrea Iannone also had a really good run, and he ended the crucial fifteen minute qualifying session in fourth place with a time of 1’54.521, which was good enough for a row 2 start in Sunday’s 22-lap race.
Honda Racing Corporation are pleased to announce Casey Stoner’s return to competition racing. The two-time MotoGP Champion (2007 and 2011) will form part of Honda’s MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO three person team at this year’s Suzuka 8hr race, taking place on Sunday 26th July.
Casey, together with Honda’s World Superbike rider Michael van der Mark and MFJ All Japan Road Race JSB1000 Championship and HRC test rider Takumi Takahashi, will be looking to clinch Honda’s sixth consecutive win in the prestigious endurance event which runs for eight hours consecutively where entrants (composed of two or more riders) alternate during pit stops.
Dual education in Italy: successful start for social project of Audi subsidiary in Ducati and LamborghiniDucati and Lamborghini, Italian companies part of Audi AG group, have celebrated a milestone with their joint social project “Dual Education System Italy,” which has been created in cooperation with the Volkswagen Workforce Foundation, the Italian Ministry for Teaching, Universities and Research, and the Ministry of Education of the region Emilia Romagna. The two companies are enabling young Italians, largely from socially disadvantaged families, to take the next important step of their dual education and training based on the German system. Following the first component of education in a college, the young people are now starting their practical training. For this purpose, Lamborghini and Ducati have set up modern training centers in their plants.
Since September 2014, Ducati and Lamborghini have been developing a new process for education and training in Italy. In cooperation with the two colleges Fioravanti Belluzzi and Aldini Valeriani in Bologna, the companies have established a two-year-joint education and training plan for 48 young people, in order to establish a dual concept between college and company. The program is primarily aimed at socially disadvantaged young people. At the start of the first practical phase at the Ducati and Lamborghini plants, the Board of Management Member for Human Resources at AUDI AG, Thomas Sigi, and the Board of Management Member for Sales and Marketing at AUDI AG, Luca de Meo, visited the new classrooms accompanied by Ducati Motor Holding CEO Claudio Domenicali and Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann.
Countdown to the new rally season. It’s ten weeks since the Dakar 2015 ended and Joan Barreda is now all fired up and ready to get down to business with Team HRC at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. Back to the grind!
Joan Barreda is a man on mission: to dispel the chills and the snow of his Andorra home and get a full-emersion thaw-out in the first round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship with the heat of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. Barreda has made a trip back to his folk’s garage in his native Torreblanca, Castellón, to pack up his bags and grab one last training session before remounting the Honda CRF450 RALLY. The high temperatures and dunes of the Emirates will welcome the Team HRC star shortly.
Three-times World Superbike Champion, Troy Bayliss, made a VIP visit to the Ducati Motor Thailand factory as he returned from the first ever round of the World Superbike Championship in Buriram, Thailand.
Enjoying a return-to-action to substitute for the injured Davide Giugliano at the weekend, the 45-year Australian, accompanied by Paolo Ciabatti (Ducati Corse Sporting Director and MotoGP Project Manager), took time out after the race to make a tour of Ducati’s brand new facility with Production Manager, Surasak Lalitkaigtul, and Pierfrancesco Scalzo (Ducati Asia General Manager - Sales & Marketing).
Having travelled directly from Buriram (Thailand), where last weekend the first round of the Cup was held, the 22 riders in the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup are already in Qatar for the next two races, which will form part of the opening round of the MotoGP™ World Championship starting this weekend.
Thai riders Somkiat Chantra and Nakarin Atiratphuvapat arrived in Qatar full of confidence having taken their first wins in the Cup during round one in front of a passionate home crowd, who packed the grandstands at the Chang International Circuit.
Dorna Sports announced today a new deal with Scania, which sees the Swedish firm become the Truck Supplier for the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship.
The deal, sees Scania supply Dorna with 14 trucks that will be used to transport their equipment from track to track, all over the world. These trucks are equipped with the unique Scania V8 engine based on Scania’s modular engine platform and include value added services such as training and coaching for drivers, fleet management control or renting and insurance through Scania Finance.
After more than four months since the last GP, the waiting is finally over. Movistar Yamaha MotoGP heads to Qatar to kick off the first MotoGP Grand Prix weekend of the 2015 season this weekend, held under the famous floodlights of the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar.
It was only a week ago when riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo were at the Losail International Circuit to complete the final pre-season test, which was cut short due to a sudden rainstorm.
Last week’s Qatar test signalled an end to Winter testing and the Repsol Honda Team are en route back to the desert for the first round of the season.
It’s been a positive testing period for reigning World Champion, Marc Marquez, and his teammate Dani Pedrosa. After a challenging test in Valencia at the end of 2014, the Honda Racing Corporation engineers returned to Japan and worked hard all winter, in order to arrive at the first test in Malaysia with additional chassis’ for both riders to try. Since then, progress has been steady as both Marc and Dani fine tuned their Honda RC213V machines in preparation for this first round.