Round 2: Americas MotoGP™ – Race
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez emerged victorious from a race-long battle with his teammate Dani Pedrosa at Circuit of the Americas to become the youngest ever race winner in the premier class of Grand Prix racing
The Phillip Island circuit has a very high average speed and creates extreme rear tyre temperatures
Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner took his sixth consecutive victory at Phillip Island ahead of newly-crowned World Champion Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo in second place, while Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow completed the podium in third place.
Brno was the first time this season we saw every rider on the grid select the same tyre combination for the race
Last Sunday’s Czech Republic Grand Prix was won by Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa who engaged in a thrilling last lap duel with Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo who finished second, while Cal Crutchlow’s scored his first ever MotoGP™ podium as he rode the Monster Yamaha Tech3 M1 to third place.
After the first day of intense practice action at a warm and sunny Misano circuit
Yamaha Sterilgarda rider Cal Crutchlow heads the qualifying sheets with a 1’36.288, putting him narrowly ahead of Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport). Late in the hour-long session Crutchlow ran off track trying to go even faster, but did not fall.
Edging Max Biaggi and Cal Crutchlow
Althea Ducati rider Carlos Checa dominated the final Superpole session with a fabulous new track best lap of 1’47.081, beating Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia) by 0.333 seconds and Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha Sterilgarda) by 0.567 seconds, in a session that was red-flagged for a time and then re-started.
Max now has a 15 point lead over Leon Haslam
A remarkable day of unpredictable final outcomes and drama on track finally delivered two 21-lap race victories to Max Biaggi and his Aprilia Alitalia team at Miller Motorsports Park. Max now has a 15 point lead over Leon Haslam (Alstare Suzuki) but he may not have won a single race today had Althea Ducati privateer Carlos Checa not had his machine quit twice on him while leading.
Two very different races delivered two types of riveting spectacle for the enthusiastic fans at Kyalami
The opening race was taken by a rejuvenated Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) in front-running style. Race two victor Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare), on the other hand, battled it out right to the end, with the top four riders all within a second of each other after 24 intense laps. The net result is an extended championship lead for Haslam, now on 222 points to Aprilia Alitalia rider Max Biaggi’s 207.
In front of 115,000 people in Monza
An outstanding weekend of action at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, played out in front of 115,000 people, culminated in a remarkable double win for Max Biaggi and his Aprilia Alitalia team, and pulled Max up to within three points of championship leader Leon Haslam (Alstare Suzuki).
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