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75 – Stefan Bradl has scored 75 points from the first nine races since moving up to the MotoGP class – this is already the highest number of points scored in a single season by a German rider in MotoGP. The record was held by Alex Hofmann who scored 65 points in the 2007 season.
33 years – On race-day at the US Grand Prix it will be exactly 33 years to the day that Randy Mamola finished second at the 1979 Finnish Grand Prix at Imatra to become the youngest-ever rider to finish on the podium in the premier-class. The record of 19 years and 260 days still stands to this day.
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- Pol Espargaro starts from pole for the second time this year – his other was at Silverstone where he also won the race.
- Marc Marquez starts from the front row of the grid for the eighth time this year. Marquez has won for the last two years at Mugello – the 125cc race in 2010 and the Moto2 race last year.
The Spanish motorcycling has made history today at the Italian Grand Prix. Seven Spanish riders have managed to be in the front row of the grid in MotoGP and have achieved a hat-trick with Pedrosa, Lorenzo and Barbera in the top three positions.
This is a unique result in the history of Spanish motorcycling proving again that it is in excellent shape.
The Moto2™ contingent gave it their all once again in Germany last weekend, yet it was not enough to stop Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Márquez taking a win and extending his championship lead to 43 points before the intermediate class heads to the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM at Mugello this weekend.
Márquez, who took victory at the Italian track last year, will no doubt be looking to extend his winning run to five, but will once again face a stiff challenge from Pons 40 HP Tuenti’s Pol Espargaró, who put in a tremendous performance last time out as he raced from 17th to fourth place. He will however be well aware of the fact that he crashed out of the race in Mugello last year, and will aim to avoid this at all cost, as he tries to claw back points on his compatriot.
At the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya it was Andrea Iannone who took his first victory of the season in a thrilling Moto2™ race in front of Tom Lüthi and Marc Márquez.
Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Márquez took the holeshot, as an almighty scrap for second place ensued behind. Turn one already saw S/Master Speed Up’s Mike di Meglio, Blusens Avintia’s Julián Simón, Federal Oil Gresini’s Gino Rea and Italtrans Racing’s Claudio Corti involved in a crash, with only Corti making it back out on track. None of the riders were hurt.
-Jorge Lorenzo starts from pole for the second successive race. He will be aiming to become the first rider since Valentino Rossi in 2001 to win the opening two races of the year in the premier class.
-Dani Pedrosa, who starts from second place on the grid, has finished either first or second in all six appearances at Jerez in the MotoGP class. Pedrosa is making his 100th start in the MotoGP category.
-Nicky Hayden is third fastest qualifier, which is his first front row start since the Portuguese GP in 2010. This is also the first front row start for a Ducati rider since Casey Stoner was on pole at the final race of 2010 in Valencia.
-Cal Crutchlow heads the second row and will be aiming to be the first British rider to finish on the podium in the premier-class since Jeremy McWilliams was third in the 500cc race at Donington in 2000.
-Casey Stoner is fifth on the grid, which is his worst starting position since joining the Honda factory team at the beginning of last year.
-Taking the final place on the second row of the grid is Ben Spies, who has not managed to finish on his previous two MotoGP appearances at Jerez.
-Andrea Dovizioso heads the third row, making it four Yamaha riders in the top seven on the grid for the second successive race.
-Eighth-fastest qualifier Alvaro Bautista missed the Jerez race last year with injuries
sustained in the opening GP of 2011 in Qatar.
-The best of the CRT riders on the grid is Randy de Puniet in tenth, who has qualified in front of three of the Ducati riders.
-Valentino Rossi, who is thirteenth fastest qualifier, will be making his 200th start in the MotoGP class; the only two other riders to have reached this milestone are Alex Barros and Loris Capirossi.
Marc Márquez and the bike with which he will fight for the 2012 Moto2 title were officially presented today. In an event celebrated in Barcelona, the rider from Cervera (Lleida) showed off the exciting bike/rider package supported by Repsol for another year.
The 2010 125cc World Champion and Moto2 runner-up in 2011 is eyeing up the intermediate category title in 2012. This is his fifth year in grand prix racing and Márquez continues to grow as one of the standouts in the sport and for Repsol.
After winning the highest number of Grands Prix last season —seven— and fighting for the title right up to the final race, only an unfortunate crash at the Malaysian circuit of Sepang could halt his championship push in year one of his time in Moto2. Backed by Repsol and the same team as in 2011, Márquez is looking to keep up the tremendous form shown last year —which included one of the most spectacular fightbacks in history.
Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa, Marc Márquez and Maverick Viñales head event for riders competing under the energy company banner this season
The Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid was packed with 9,000 fans this Saturday, as they enjoyed the Repsol Team 2012 presentation. Repsol Honda Team MotoGP riders Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa, Moto2 star Marc Márquez and Repsol Moto3 talents Maverick Viñales & Miguel Oliveira took part in the event, which featured music, a light show and magic. The presentation concluded with the surprise appearance of reigning World Champion Stoner onboard the new Honda RC213V.
Marc Marquez will not take part in the next Moto2 tests, which will be held in Valencia in just a couple of days. That’s something everybody already knows.
But his manager Emilio Alzamora has just said that Marc neither won’t take part in the tests scheduled for the mid February (16th to 18th) because he needs some more rest to be at his 100%.
Marc’s injury is taking much more time that it was expected and there is some rumors saying that Marquez won’t be ready for the start of the season.
Is anybody thinking about a replacement rider? Interesting issue…
Repsol rider recovering well from recent surgery on right eye but will not take part in next week’s test in Valencia
Runner-up in last year’s Moto2 World Championship, Marc Márquez has postponed his first ride 0f 2012 until a later date. He had originally been scheduled to take part in the 8th-10th February test at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, but has elected to sit out the visit to Valencia in order to continue his recovery from eye surgery.
The Repsol rider’s condition continues to improve after the operation at the Instituto Oftalmológico eye surgery department of Barcelona’s Hospital Clínic this past January, carried out in order to correct the double vision problem from which he had been suffering since his crash in practice for the October 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Márquez is expected to be back on track in the near future, but has erred on the side of caution in skipping the Valencia test.