Jorge Lorenzo wins 2015 MotoGP World title

Jorge Lorenzo wins 2015 MotoGP World title


Jorge Lorenzo wins 2015 MotoGP World title…the Spaniards’ third motogp world title – following taking victory during the season finale in Valencia as nearest rival and team-mate Valentino Rossi recovered to fourth.

Lorenzo entered the race trailing Rossi by seven points but the veteran Italian couldn’t manage more than a fourth-place finish. Rossi, who needed to finish at least second, started last on the grid because of a penalty for kicking Marc Marquez in the previous race.

Lorenzo ended with 330 points, five more than Rossi, who was trying to win his eighth world title and the first since 2009.

Lorenzo added to his MotoGP triumphs in 2010 and 2012. The 28-year-old Spaniard started from pole position and stayed in front from the start.

2006 MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden was in “extremely critical” condition on Thursday(May 18) following a serious bicycle accident which left him with brain damage, as his fiancé and mother kept a vigil at his bedside.

The 35-year-old American was hit by a car while training south of the Italian seaside resort of Rimini on Wednesday and was rushed to hospital with severe chest and head injuries.

Cerebral damage

A statement from the Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena said: “Nicky Hayden’s clinical condition remains extremely critical. The young man, who is still in the intensive care unit of Cesena’s Bufalini Hospital, has suffered a serious polytrauma with subsequent serious cerebral damage.”

Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi took time out from preparing for this weekend’s French MotoGP at Le Mans to pay tribute to Hayden.

Rossi said: “Nicky is one of the best friends I have had in the paddock.” The Italian lost the 2006 title to his friend by just five points.

“We were teammates in his rookie year in 2003, when he was a young guy making his debut in his first European experience.”

“After a few years we fought for the title down to the last race in Valencia and, unfortunately for me, he won and became MotoGP world champion. After the race we shook hands and hugged.”

Rossi and Hayden later became teammates at Ducati

nicky-hayden-crash

Ex MotoGP world champion and current Honda World Superbike factory rider Nicky Hayden is in a serious condition, having suffered dramatic injuries in a collision with a car during bicycle ride in Italy.

According to spectators, 36-year-old Hayden – who is a keen cyclist – was riding with a group of fourteen others when the incident took place. It has been reported that he was involved in a direct collision with the car, and that the collision saw Hayden thrown over the bonnet and into the windscreen.

He was rushed to a hospital in Rimini with severe head and chest trauma – and remains in a serious condition.

“At 18:00 some four hours after the accident, Rimini hospital staff announced that he’d been moved to the major trauma unit in Cesenate for possible surgery, with his condition at the time being referred to as ‘critical’.

US-based motorcycling website Asphalt & Rubber are reporting that Hayden has received surgery and is now in a ‘medically induced coma’, a state in which he’s likely to remain for the next 24 hours. [unconfirmed]”

The Police Commander of the district, Pierpaolo Marullo, has announced some details of the incident,

“At 16:50, three hours after the accident, my men continue to gather evidence for the case, which we consider to be serious. When the officers arrived at the scene, the wounded man was still at the edge of the road, being stabilised by medical teams. He was then transferred to the Red Cross Hospital of Infermi di Rimini.

Our first study of the facts would appear to show that the blow has occurred with the right front tyre of the car and that the cyclist involved was separate from the group at the time of the collision.”

2017 MotoGP main race results for the Qatar Grand Prix

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Ducati MotoGP team has launched its new machine named “Desmosedici GP17” with Andrea Dovizioso and newly joined rider Jorge Lorenzo ahead of the 2017 MotoGP world championship at its factory base in Bologna.

Ducati finished third in last year’s Constructors’ standings, with Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone fifth and ninth in the Drivers’ title, the latter making the switch to Suzuki for 2017.

New machine introduced by Ducati Motor Holding CEO Claudio Domenicali, MotoGP Team Manager Davide Tardozzi, Sporting Director Paolo Ciabatti and General Manager of Ducati Corse Luigi Dall’Igna then took over proceedings – before the two bikes and riders.

Luigi Dall’Igna: “Our organization is better; we’ve improved it a lot and we’ve managed to have the new bike up and running straight after Valencia. We just wanted to make sure the new bike had no problem or issue it would have been impossible to solve during the season. Now, we get underway with our test riders Michele Pirro and Casey Stoner, alongside our official ‘heroes’ – Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso. We have to improve our bike from every perspective and in every detail.

“This season will be Andrea Dovizioso’s fifth season with us. Like he says, after getting the victory, now he wants to ‘finish the job’. We’ve been through some difficult times together but he’s a great rider and I’m sure we can do it.

“Lorenzo is a five-time World Champion, and the only thing we have left to do is win the World Championship. We don’t need excuses – that’s why we hired Lorenzo. There is no reason why we can’t do this. We’ve changed our mindset and we’re focused on doing what people want us to: winning the Championship.”

The two riders will take to the track for the first Official MotoGP™ test of the year at Sepang International Circuit on January 30th – scene of Dovizioso’s 2016 victory – with Lorenzo riding in red for the first time as engines fire up for a new chapter.

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team grabbed the spotlight in Madrid today as it presented its new rider line-up, 2017 YZR-M1 livery, team logo and sponsors. The team launch event featured Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales as well as key members of the Yamaha Management staff and the President of Telefónica Spain.

The Italy-based team travelled to Madrid in the last week of its ‘winter break’ before heading overseas for the first official IRTA MotoGP pre-season test of 2017 in Sepang. During this on-track outing, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales will help Yamaha’s engineers fine-tune the development work of the YZR-M1 that was carried through during the “off-season”. The Valencia test already showed great promise for this formidable team; all members are eager to reclaim the MotoGP World Championship crown.

Nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi impressed chasing the premier class trophy in the last three years, securing the Vice-Champion Title every season. He is determined to compete once more at the front this year and his fans from all over the world will be cheering him on as he pursues his quest to make his title win tally a nice round ten.

Last year Rossi meant business right from the start of the season and in Argentina he climbed the rostrum for the first time. Though struck by external circumstances on occasion, ‘The Doctor’ never lessened his attack and went on to secure nine further podium finishes, with wins in Jerez and Catalunya, remaining a key protagonist in the 2016 challenge until the overseas leg at the end of the year. His and his teammate’s consistent drive brought Yamaha its seventh FIM MotoGP Team Title.

Young Spanish talent Maverick Viñales is a fresh face in the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team. He joins the Factory crew after gaining two years of experience in the premier class. His 2016 season highlights included a superb win at Silverstone and three third places, in France, Japan and Australia, allowing him to finish fourth in the final standing. He followed up his strong end of the season with a stunning debut on the YZR-M1 at the Valencia test, topping the time sheets both days, establishing that his switch to Yamaha was the right decision.

It’s not only the new rider line-up that’s cause for celebration, Yamaha Factory Racing and Spanish telecommunications giant Telefónica’s collaboration also deserves recognition. The two companies signed a five-year partnership agreement in the premier class of road racing in 2014, underlined with Movistar becoming the team’s title sponsor. In the past three years Yamaha and Telefónica’s shared values and passion for innovation laid the groundwork for success, resulting in a Triple Crown in 2015 and the Team’s Title in 2016.

Presenting the 2017 team were MotoGP’s Dylan Gray and Izaskun Ruiz, who welcomed to the stage Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales for a Q&A session. They were later joined by General Manager of Motorsports Division & YMC MotoGP Group Leader, Kouichi Tsuji, Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing, Lin Jarvis, and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Team Director, Massimo Meregalli, who went into detail on the technical development of the bike as well as the new rider line-up and its promising prospects.

Luis Miguel Gilperez, President of Telefónica España, was also put in the spotlight and further explained Movistar’s strategy and its dedication to MotoGP before it was time to reveal the bike.

The ceremony saw the 2017 Yamaha YZR-M1 revealed in its new colours with a refreshed livery.

Besides the new Movistar logo, the Blue Core logo (Yamaha’s new generation engine development designed to extract maximum performance and fuel economy) is added as a new design element on the bike, while the deepened Yamaha blue gives the bike a chic finish.

Further revelations include the new Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team logo. Its new design is a testament of how much value the team assigns to the Telefónica and Yamaha collaboration and puts the Movistar’s ‘M’ in a more prominent role. This sentiment is also reflected in the YZR-M1’s 2017 livery, which features the new Movistar-logo on either side of the fairing and the front of the bike. (Source: yamahamotogp)

POS # RIDER NAME GAP
1
4
A. DOVIZIOSO
2:11.485
2
46
V. ROSSI
+0.246
3
99
J. LORENZO
+0.302
4
93
M. MARQUEZ
+0.389
5
35
C. CRUTCHLOW
+1.073
6
29
A. IANNONE
+1.113
7
41
A. ESPARGARO
+1.384
8
25
M. VIÑALES
+1.496
9
19
A. BAUTISTA
+1.840
10
76
L. BAZ
+1.967
11
44
P. ESPARGARO
+2.222
12
8
H. BARBERA
+2.488
13
38
B. SMITH
+1.413
14
43
J. MILLER
+1.422
15
9
D. PETRUCCI
+2.291
16
6
S. BRADL
+2.365
17
7
H. AOYAMA
+2.694
18
45
S. REDDING
+2.948
19
50
E. LAVERTY
+3.284
20
68
Y. HERNANDEZ
+3.301
21
53
T. RABAT
+4.409

MICHELIN AUSTRALIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX – MotoGP Qualifying Classification 2016

2016 Australian MotoGP Qualifying Results
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Jorge Lorenzo drives Mercedes F1 car

Reigning 2016 MotoGP World Champion, Jorge Lorenzo drove Mercedes W05, as used by Lewis Hamilton to win the world title in 2014 F1 season.

Jorge Lorenzo drives Mercedes F1 car

The Spaniard tested the 2014 World Championship-winning Mercedes W05 earlier this week in Silverstone, is supported by Monster Energy.

Jorge Lorenzo: “First of all I want to say thank you to Monster Energy for giving me this opportunity. It has been a great experience, like a dream come true.

Jorge Lorenzo drives Mercedes F1 car

“The past few days for me have been very special. I had the opportunity to work alongside some of the best engineers in this sport, drove the F2 car, had simulator test sessions and finally, I got to drive the real deal. Today I experienced driving a Formula One car. It’s been an amazing day. I’m very satisfied with the lap time in the last run. From what the engineers were saying, my times were really competitive. The car is so smooth, I expected a more twitchy and difficult car but in the end everything was so good: the steering wheel, the engine, everything.

Jorge Lorenzo drives Mercedes F1 car

“It was quite easy to drive and the car in the corners is really, really fast and the grip of the car it’s unreal. In the first lap you feel the power but when you get used to it, it’s similar to a MotoGP bike but in the corners, you are in a different world, about 40kms faster in the middle of the corners. Also it surprised me how late you can brake and the amount of grip the car can support in full throttle in the fast corners is insane.”

Jorge Lorenzo and Mercedes F1 mechanics

Today’s engineering plan was coordinated by MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Track Engineer Richard Lane: “It’s been great working with Jorge today. From the moment he arrived he’s been full of enthusiasm and keen to get stuck in. Between each run he’s been poring over the data, and looking to find areas for improvement. You can see why he’s a multiple World Champion on two wheels. His interest in the detail of his performance has been impressive. He’s taken feedback on board and improved with every run. It’s been a great experience for us to work with Jorge and we wish him all the very best for the rest of the MotoGP season.”

Rossi admits Marquez is almost out of reach

Marc Marquez perfectly clinched Aragon MotoGP victory on Sunday ahead of Yamaha duo Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.

Following the race Rossi admits that Marquez is almost out of reach in regards to the race to be crowned MotoGP champion.

Aragon MotoGP victory resulted the Spaniard moved into a 52 point lead over nearest title rival Rossi.
“It’s not finished until the maths gives you no chance,” Rossi said.

“But at the same time we have to be realistic: it was difficult with 43 points and now it’s even harder with 52.”
“I think that the championship was lost after the first half of the season,” he said.

“Since Austria I have recovered a few points, but I knew that the three zeros from the first half of the season would be very difficult to recover.”

Marc Marquez again set fastest lap-time with a 1:47.810 in third practice session for Aragon MotoGP. Title rival Valentino Rossi took an early tumble at Turn 9 that ejected the Italian legend from his Yamaha – but it was rider ok and back out soon after to become the first man into the 1:48s behind Marquez.
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