Crutchlow Id like to thank the people that wrote me off

Crutchlow Id like to thank the people that wrote me off

Crutchlow alongside Rossi on the podium.

BRITISH MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow crossed the line in third place in Sunday’s Argentinian Grand Prix, CWM LCR Honda’s first podium since 2013. 

Just like all MotoGP riders, Crutchlow was faced with the dilemma of which tyre to use at the Termas de rio Hondo circuit this weekend as last year there were significant issues with tyre degradation. 

Bridgestone had therefore created a specific extra hard compound option for this particular circuit in an attempt to combat the issue. 

At the last minute Crutchlow, as well as Marc Marquez, decided to use the softer (hard) option tyre knowing that conserving the tyre would be key and therefore in the first half of the race was forced to drop to fifth.

After Marquez crashed out after clipped the rear end of Valentino Rossi’s YZR-M1, the CWM LCR Honda rider had a shot of a podium, and made a move thoruhg the final corner to pass Ducati’s Andrea Iannone and to seal third place. 

“We are so pleased to get the podium, when I get to come up here it’s usually because you’re going fast!,” explained the Manx resident.

“The CWM LCR Honda Team did a great job, we worked so hard for the third spot. The plan was always to try and let Marc go at the start, hold the other guys up and then try to push at the end.

“I had a bad middle of the race though and the bike locked up a couple of times and I made a few mistakes, but I tried my best to hold onto some grip for the end, and it seemed to pay off!

“We would have been happy with fourth place, because that’s where we started. We got lucky though because Marc crashed, but ultimately we battled for it, so we deserve it.”

Crutchlow also added: “A great job by CWM LCR Honda, they’ve done a great job all weekend. We’ve worked hard and we’ve worked hard for this podium I’d like to thank the people that wrote me off and I’d like to thank the team for third place.” 

The Brit is now currently sixth in the Championship standings, 2-points a drift of reigning World Champion Marc Marquez.

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Marquez is all or nothing says Rossi

Marquez is all or nothing says Rossi

Rossi after winning his 84th MotoGP race.

MOVISTAR Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi has won his 84th MotoGP race at the Termas de rio Hondo circuit in Argentina after a dramatic short battle with Marc Marquez.

The Italian started from eighth on the grid and after finding his rhythm was moving through the field. With 20-laps to go, Movistar Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo was passed by ‘the Doctor’.

After passing Andrea Dovizioso, Rossi set his sights on Marquez who had a lead of over four seconds.

The nine-time World Champion reeled in Marquez lap by lap and with just two laps remaining he had caught the Spaniard. 

A fast exchange of positions through turns two, three and four, with Rossi exiting turn five in the lead. With adrenaline high and the prospect of a race win at stake, unfortunately Marquez clipped Rossi’s rear tyre and crashed out of contention.

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Managing Director Lin Jarvis has stated that Marquez tried to come back at Rossi ‘too soon and too agressive’. 

Speaking after the race, Rossi said: It’s a great victory, we made the right decision and started with the extra hard tyre.

“When I saw Marc start with the red one I knew that he would try to push at the beginning. I made a great start but on the first corner Iannone pushed me on the outside.

“Step by step I came back, and when I arrived in second Marc had a little more than four-second lead. I knew the race was long, so I knew he could have some difficulty. Catching him lap by lap, I could see him far away but coming closer and closer, it was a great taste!

“I overtook him in braking, but he is a rider who is all or nothing, he touched me in the corner, then he touched me again as I was accelerating, I think he made a mistake and he crashed.

“It’s a shame because it could have been a great fight on the last lap. In three races we have demonstrated we can be competitive everywhere and fight for the championship,” concluded the 36-year-old.

Rossi has now brought his podium tally up to 199, 110 of which are race wins and 51 are with Yamaha.

After winning the Argentinian Grand Prix, Rossi is now at 66-points in the Championship standings, 6-points clear of Dovizioso and 30-points ahead of Marquez. Movistar Yamaha MotoGP now lead the team standings on 103-points and Yamaha lead the constructors standings with 66-points.

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Bikes to star at Cholmondeley Pageant of Power

Bikes to star at Cholmondeley Pageant of Power

Millyard Viper V10

THE Cholmondeley Pageant of Power organisers have revealed the first details of bike-related displays at this year’s event on 12-14 June.

Star turns announced so far include the unique Millyard Viper V10, a one-off built around a 500bhp, 8-litre Dodge Viper engine, and a Suzuki Hayabusa superstreet drag bike making 650bhp.

Elsewhere, Sammy Miller is due to appear along with two bikes from his museum, the 1954 BMW RS54 and a 1925 Brough Superior SS100, and Dougie Lampkin will be out to show his skills on a trials bike.

Triumph has also been confirmed as attending with a selection of its machines.

James Hall, event director at CPOP, said: “This is just a small selection of the amazing bikes set to thrill the crowds at this year’s event, which we feel will really showcase the power, skill and individuality present within the motorcycle community.

“With a wide range of content, from trials bikes to high speed drag bikes, we feel the two-wheeled element of the event will be even more exhilarating than ever.”

Away from bikes, there will be a class for cars with more than 1000bhp and displays from the world’s only flying Vulcan bomber and the Red Bull Matadors aerobatic team.

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Marquez ; “Rossi’s my idol and i want to blow him”

Marquez ‘Rossis my idol’

Marquez & Rossi just before the Spaniard crashed out.

REPSOL Honda’s Marc Marquez has explained he was conserving his tyres before he crashed out of the Argentinian race after colliding with Valentino Rossi.

Marquez crashed out with a lap and a half to go whilst fighting for the win with nine-time World Champion Rossi.

Despite dominating for the first half of the race, tyre decision was crucial at the Termas de rio Hondo circuit, and Marquez went for the hard compound tyre, whereas Rossi went for the extra hard compound.

Marquez appeared to fade towards the latter half of the race, however he has explained he was ‘conserving the tyres a little’. As Rossi put the hammer down, using the extra hard option tyre to his advantage, soon the two rivals were side by side.

As both the Movistar Yamaha rider and the Repsol Honda rider started to swap paint, Marquez clipped the rear end of Rossi’s YZR-M1 which ended the Spaniard’s race prematurely.

“It’s a shame what happened,” said Marquez. “…because we were having a good race! It was interesting, because our tyre choice was different from Valentino’s as I felt we were not as competitive the harder compound.

“The strategy was working out well for us – it’s just a pity about the last two laps. When I saw that he was closing in on me, I decided to conserve the tyres a little.

“On the final laps I went back to riding in the low 1’39s to check that the tyres were still in good shape, and knew that we would be fighting to the end. When he caught me, we fought for a few corners and unfortunately we touched and I crashed.

“I’ve always said that he’s my idol and my reference, so you always learn things from him. Now we have to think about Jerez and begin to recover points.”

 

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MotoGP 2015 Championship standings after Argentina

MotoGP 2015 Championship standings after Argentina

VALENTINO Rossi remains at the top of the Championship standings with a 6-point lead ahead of Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso. 

Marc Marquez is currently fifth in the standings after scoring zero points in Argentina due to crashing out just before the final lap and is now 30-points behind Rossi. 

After finishing third, Brit Cal Crutchlow is in sixth and only two-points behind reigning World Champions Marquez, Bradley Smith 8-points behind. 

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro are seventh and ninth respectively and Ecstar Suzuki riders Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales are eighth and tenth. 

1.Valentino RossiYamaha66
2.Andrea DoviziosoDucati60
3.Andrea IannoneDucati40
4.Jorge LorenzoYamaha37
5.Marc Marquez Honda36
6.Cal CrutchlowHonda34
7.Bradley SmithYamaha28
8.Aleix EspargaroSuzuki22
9.Pol EspargaroYamaha15
10.Maverick ViñalesSuzuki15
11.Danilo PetrucciDucati15
12.Dani PedrosaHonda 10
13.Scott ReddingHonda10
14.Hector BarberaDucati 8
15.Yonny Hernandez

Ducati

6
16.Jack Miller

Honda

6
17.Hiroshi Aoyama

Honda

5
18.Nicky Hayden

Honda

3
19.Loris Baz

Aprilia

2
20.Stefan Bradl

Yamaha Forward

1
21.Alvaro Bautista

Yamaha Forward

1

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MotoGP 2015 Argentina race results

MotoGP 2015 Argentina race results

MOVISTAR Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi took his 84th MotoGP victory in Argentina as Marc Marquez crashed out after clipping the Italian’s rear tyre.

Track temperature was a huge talking point in the MotoGP paddock this weekend as riders were faced with the dilemma of which tyre choice to make as tyre-life was an issue last year. To attempt to combat this, Bridgestone released an extra hard option for the Termas de rio Hondo circuit.   

Both Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and CWM LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow decided to switch to the hard compound rear tyre at the last minute. In contrast, Movistar Yamaha’s Rossi and team-mate Jorge Lorenzo went for the extra hard option. 

Surprisingly it was Suzuki’s Aleix Espargaro who led the field into turn one on the Team Suzuki Ecstar GSX-RR, but it wasn’t long until Marquez resumed his usual position – leading. 

The young Spaniard pulled out an advantage of 0.8s by the end of the first lap by using the using the extra grip of the hard tyre early on in the race to extend this lead to over 4 seconds. 

36-year-old Rossi gradually carbed his way thorough the pack from 8th on the grid, mugging Dovizioso of second with 15 laps to go. With no-one else in his way, Rossi set his sights on Marquez who’s tyre performance was beginning to fade.

Lap-by-lap the Italian was becoming quicker than Marquez and it was visibly possible to see how close Rossi was to pouncing, but Marquez was not giving up without a fight.

The Italian slipped up the inside of Marquez before they both touched a couple of times which ultimately saw Marquez clip the rear tyre of Rossi’s bike and crash out of contention. Marquez’s frustration was clearly visible, but Race Direction ruled it was a ‘racing incident’ and therefore no further action was taken.

Rossi took the win by over five seconds with Dovizioso slotting into second. CWM LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow claimed the final podium position after battling with Ducati’s Andrea Iannone who finished in fourth.

Nine seconds back, Bradley Smith finished in sixth behind Jorge Lorenzo. Aleix finished in seventh after leading the race to begin with as younger brother Pol finished in eighth.

CWM LCR Honda’s rookie Jack Miller took the Open class victory finishing in 12th in his third race in the premier class.  

Race results:

1. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 41:35.644
2. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team 41:41.329 (+5.685)
3. Cal Crutchlow GBR CWM LCR Honda 41:43.942 (+8.298)
4. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team 41:43.996 (+8.352)
5. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 41:45.836 (+10.192)
6. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 41:55.520 (+19.876)
7. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar 41:59.977 (+24.333)
8. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 42:3.314 (+27.670)
9. Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 42:10.041 (+34.397)
10. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar 42:10.452 (+34.808)
11. Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Racing 42:15.850 (+40.206)
12. Jack Miller AUS CWM LCR Honda 42:18.298 (+42.654)
13. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing 42:18.373 (+42.729)
14. Loris Baz FRA Athina Forward Racing 42:18.497 (+42.853)
15. Stefan Bradl GER Athina Forward Racing 42:18.681 (+43.037)
16. Nicky Hayden USA Aspar MotoGP Team 42:18.896 (+43.252)
17. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team 42:19.044 (+43.400)
18. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing 42:19.452 (+43.808)
19. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini  42:20.522 (+44.878)
20. Marco Melandri ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini 42:31.880 (+56.236)
21. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing 42:39.015 (+1:03.371)
22. Alex De Angelis RSM Octo IodaRacing 42:44.088 (+1:08.444)

DNF. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Repsol Honda Team
DNF. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team
DNF. Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing

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BSB 2015 Championship standings after Brands Hatch Indy

BSB 2015 Championship standings after Brands Hatch Indy

SHANE ‘Shakey’ Byrne remains at the top of the Championship standings, 6-points behind this weekends double winner James Ellison. 

After a double win at Brands Hatch, Ellison has climbed one position to second in the Championship standings as Brookes also moves up one to third. 

Dan Linfoot now sits in fifth 9-points behind PBM Kawasaki’s Stuart Easton. Despite a DNF in race one, Tommy Bridewell has moved up two places to sixth, two points ahead of Peter Hickman. 

1.Shane ByrneKawasaki85
2.James EllisonKawasaki79
3.Josh BrookesYamaha58
4.Stuart EastonKawasaki42
5.Dan LinfootHonda33
6.Tommy Bridewell BMW28
7.Ryuichi KiyonariBMW28
8.Peter Hickman BMW26
9.Christian IddonSuzuki24
10.Chris WalkerKawasaki23
11.Jason O’Halloran Honda22
12.Billy McConnellBMW21
13.Howie MainwaringKawasaki20
14.Michael LavertyBMW 19
15.Broc ParkesYamaha13
16.Richard CooperKawasaki12
17.Danny BuchanKawasaki10
18.Lee JacksonBMW6
19.Luke MosseyKawasaki5
20.Robbin HarmsBMW4
21.Josh WatersSuzuki2

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Source: BSB 2015 Championship standings after Brands Hatch Indy