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Marquez clinches breath-taking pole for Red Bull GP of Argentina
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has clinched his 24th MotoGP pole position – and second successive – for tomorrow’s twenty-five lap race in Argentina, with teammate Hiroshi Aoyama qualifying 15th.
With track temperatures almost doubling since this morning’s FP3 session, replacement rider Hiroshi was unable to find a better feeling with the Honda RC213V and did not manage to reach Q2. His time of 1’39.715 placed him 15th for tomorrow’s race. Marc, who has been fastest all day, opted for a three-stop strategy in Q2, in order to take maximum advantage of each new tyre. He was able to improve on each exit and his pole time of ￼￼1’37.802 was over half a second faster than second place Aleix Espargaro, and only 0.119 off his 2014 pole record.
Tomorrow’s race will start at 16h00 local time.
Marc Marquez – 1st 1’37.802
“I am happy today, because we were able to fight for pole and eventually got it. It was a lot of fun, because we used a three-tyre strategy and it worked well. It was important to start from the front tomorrow, because the track is quite dirty and that makes it harder to overtake. We’ll see what happens, we expect a pretty tough race with even higher temperatures than today. My strongest rivals – Jorge and Valentino – are starting from the second row, so I hope to have a good start and a strong race.”
Hiroshi Aoyama – 15th 1’39.715
“Yesterday I struggled to find a good feeling with the bike and also this morning, I still wasn’t comfortable. Then this afternoon we changed something with the setup and I found some confidence on the bike which allowed me to push. In qualifying we made another step with the setup and improved the lap time but of course it’s not the position we had hoped for. We still have some areas to improve and I hope we can find a step in time for the race.”
1 – MARQUEZ Marc – 93 – SPA – Repsol Honda Team – 1’37.802
2 – ESPARGARO Aleix – 41 – SPA – Team Suzuki Ecstar – 1’38.316
3 – IANNONE Andrea – 29 – ITA – Ducati Team – 1’38.467
4 – CRUTCHLOW Cal – 35 – GBR – CWM LCR Honda – 1’38.485
5 – LORENZO Jorge – 99 – SPA – Movistar Yamaha MotoGP – 1’38.485
6 – DOVIZIOSO Andrea – 4 – ITA – Ducati Team – 1’38.520
7 – PETRUCCI Danilo – 9 – ITA – Pramac Racing – 1’38.786
8 – ROSSI Valentino – 46 – ITA – Movistar Yamaha MotoGP – 1’38.890
9 – VINALES Maverick – 25 – SPA – Team Suzuki Ecstar – 1’39.187
10 – SMITH Bradley – 38 – GBR – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – 1’39.197
11 – REDDING Scott – 45 – GBR – Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS – 1’39.380
12 – BARBERA Hector – 8 – SPA – Avintia Racing – 1’40.526
13 – HERNANDEZ Yonny – 68 – COL – Pramac Racing – 1’39.405
14 – LAVERTY Eugene – 50 -IRE – Aspar MotoGP Team – 1’39.434
15 – AOYAMA Hiroshi – 7 – JPN – Repsol Honda Team – 1’39.715
16 – BRADL Stefan – 6 – GER – Athina Forward Racing – 1’39.734
17 – ABRAHAM Karel – 17 – CZE – AB Motoracing – 1’39.758
18 – ESPARGARO Pol – 44 – SPA – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – 1’39.808
19 – BAUTISTA Alvaro – 19 – SPA – Aprilia Racing Team Gresini – 1’39.828
20 – HAYDEN Nicky – 69 – USA – Aspar MotoGP Team – 1’39.876
21 – MILLER Jack – 43 – AUS – CWM LCR Honda – 1’39.888
22 – BAZ Loris – 76 – FRA – Athina Forward Racing – 1’39.972
23 – DI MEGLIO Mike – 63 – FRA – Avintia Racing – 1’40.133
24 – MELANDRI Marco – 33 – ITA – Aprilia Racing Team Gresini – 1’40.403
25 – DE ANGELIS Alex – 15 -RSM – Athina Forward Racing – 1’40.485
Assured KRT 1-2 As Sykes Pips Rea To Win Superpole
Tom Sykes secured his first pole position start of the 2015 season with a best lap of 1’34.789 during Superpole 2 at a**en, heading of his own team-mate Jonathan Rea by 0.131 seconds. It was Sykes’ 25th career Superpole success and meant that Kawasaki riders have taken three of the four pole positions available in the season so far.
Sykes, already the third most successful WSB rider in terms of career pole positions, moved to within one Superpole win of the second place rider in the record books, Troy Bayliss, with his fastest pre-race lap at a**en.
Always a fan of the fast and flowing nature of the majority of the a**en circuit’s corners, Sykes pushed on in confident fashion with a qualifying tyre to earn the best starting place for Sunday’s two 21-lap races.
Rea, who has only not been on the front row once this season, and who has two poles to his credit since he joined Kawasaki in the winter months, pushed on to lead for a time at the 4.542km circuit until Sykes swept in to make it a 1-2 for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R.
Due to the tight nature of the first few corners at a**en, front row starts were an important part of each riders’ pre-race plan, and both got their wish in readiness for Sunday’s races.
With weather conditions cool in the mornings and warming up in the afternoons, each KRT Rider has already had good experience of the track in the conditions they expect to find it in on raceday. Race one will take place at 10.30 and race two at 13.10 on Sunday, in what are hoped to be dry conditions yet again.
“We are definitely getting there now. It feels that this pole has been a long time coming but I am very happy. In Aragon we had a small indication that the Ninja ZX-10R and myself are starting to work as one package again. In the first two rounds the bike and myself were sometimes working in two different directions, but we are both working in the same direction now. I know we can still improve the Ninja underneath me but as long as we can keep working in this direction, I am happy. A lot of credit has to go to my crew chief Marcel and the boys in the garage. We have had the mechanics working hard and making a lot of changes. We have definitely got the speed and now I want that speed for 20 more laps here.”
I am happy to be on the front row because it is important here at a**en and also I have a strong race pace so it gives me a chance to be in the front at least. My lap was a good one but I made some small mistakes. Tom did a good job and that is an impressive lap time with the 2015 regulations in place. I really did want the pole position today because when I felt the qualifying tyre on the out lap, I though I could give it a go. I just overcooked it in T1 and it upset the next two corners. When I saw the lap time I knew we could be competitive for the front row but not for pole position.”
David Salom (Kawasaki Team Pedercini) qualified for Superpole 1 but could not progress into Superpole 2, and now starts the races from 16th place on the grid, on the front of the sixth row.
Second row start for Milwaukee Yamaha ahead of opening race at Brands Hatch
Milwaukee Yamaha’s Josh Brookes and Broc Parkes have taken consistent steps forward during the second day on track at Brands Hatch to qualify in fourth and ninth place respectively ahead of tomorrow’s two races at the second round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship.
Brookes had been pushing for a front row start but narrowly missed out by 0.059s, to secure fourth place on the grid for the opening race. Parkes also had a positive day to leap up the timesheets and into the top ten and confident of further improvements in warm up tomorrow.
Josh Brookes – P4 – 45.646s
“We’ve improved the bike as a whole, we’re quite consistent, but I made a lot of mistakes in qualifying – I don’t think we’ve found the sweet spot with the bike as it is at the moment. I can do fairly close to the fastest lap times, fairly regularly, so as a race set up goes, we’re in good form.
“I know in myself, from what I’ve felt with the bike that it can be better – especially that last corner. I love to run it wider and I have to slow down the bike a bit more to find the grip, to come back and I think I’m losing time there. It’s just putting it all together and tailoring it together, so it all works in conjunction, rather than just one good bit and then suffering somewhere else. Overall I’m quite positive about tomorrow.”
Broc Parkes – P9 – 46.330s
“I am actually pretty happy as after yesterday I wanted to be in the top ten. We made some big improvements and I felt much better – there was a better feeling with the bike and that showed.
“I struggled with the last corner where I hadn’t ridden the Indy circuit until yesterday, and that section is so crucial. I have been working on that and still have time to find out more in the warm-up session and take steps forwards. We will then try and fight hard in the races.”
JG SPEEDFIT KAWASAKI AND JAMES ELLISON TAKE POLE WITH RECORD BREAKING PACE!
JG Speedfit Kawasaki and James Ellison dominated qualifying to secure pole position for tomorrow’s opening MCE British Superbike Championship race at Brands Hatch. His lap of 45.310s was under the existing lap record and one of the fastest ever two-wheel laps around the short Indy circuit.
It was a strong start to the weekend for the GBmoto prepared JG Speedfit Kawasaki team as James Ellison backed up his impressive pace at Donington by topping the timesheets on the opening day of practice. It was a different story on the other side of the garage as team mate James ‘Westy’ Westmoreland struggled to find a comfortable setting on his Kawasaki ZX-10R, finding himself in 20th, despite being just 0.8s from Ellison.
Further cementing his place at the top of the timesheets, Ellison dominated final Free Practice session Saturday morning. With confidence high for Datatag Extreme Qualifying, Ellison eased through the opening two sessions to head into the final session as the fastest rider. With just eight minutes left in the final session he quickly took control, setting three laps under the existing lap record to secure his first pole position of the year – and only his and the team’s second ever. Continuing to improve throughout each session, Westy qualified in 18th although the position was not indicative of his true potential.
It was a special day for James Ellison too, as he enjoyed a demonstration run on the supercharged Kawasaki H2R – the UK debut for the incredible machine.
Speaking after securing pole position James Ellison said,
“I honestly wasn’t expecting to take pole position, but every time I went out on the bike, I just felt really comfortable. We’ve not really found anything big this weekend, we’ve just really gelled with the Kawasaki from testing and we’ve significantly improved the bike from last time we were here.
We’ve been running really consistent times and we know we can run at least ten laps at this pace. We’ve not really had a chance to do many full race runs but the team have worked fantastically all weekend and I’m confident we’ll be able to challenge for the win tomorrow!”
James Westmoreland is looking to improve further tomorrow,
“Obviously this isn’t where the bike or I should be, James has proven the bike is capable of being incredibly fast and I know I can run with the front guys. I don’t feel 100% comfortable on the bike at the moment and unfortunately the Indy circuit here at Brands exaggerates everything quite a bit, so where you could get away with it at another track we’re struggling a little here.
The guys in the garage are already planning on some changes and looking at improvements we can try in warm up tomorrow which will hopefully let us challenge further at the front.”
JG Speedfit Kawasaki Team Manager Mike Kane said,
“It’s been a brilliant day for the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team. We’ve shown our pace in every session and qualifying saw James do what he does best, taking pole position and doing so by setting three laps under the existing lap record. Hopefully we can continue like this tomorrow and secure another win, or two!
Westy has improved with every session he’s gone out and his qualifying position doesn’t justify his potential. Starting from 18th tomorrow won’t be easy around the Indy circuit but we know he has the talent, so we’ll look to improve his feeling during warm up and I’m confident we’ll see him further up the field in the races.”
At last I have a bike
Here it is:
I´ve done a couple of hundred kilometers on it on a straight line, can anyone tell me where are the curvy roads in Dublin?:cool3:
Thanks to all the guys who helped me with that!
Source: At last I have a bike
Silverstone MotoGP – Anyone been?
Hoping someone could suggest somewhere to stay, and the best way to get there?
Will have my Dad with me, he’s 71 so wouldn’t be up for camping. Somewhere close to the circuit would be handy that doesn’t cost a fortune. Any travelodge or Premier Inn type places nearby?
A friend has suggested flying to Birmingham and hiring a cage to get to the circuit.
McGee all set for Cookstown on the Wilson Craig Hondas
Running in the Superbike was the main aim of the test, and with plenty of laps under his belt, Derek took the 600 Supersport on track, and again he was delighted with the handling of the Honda.
“I really loved the 600, and while it was the first time that I have ridden a Honda, it is the best 600 I have ever ridden. I ran in the Superbike and it already feels great, and I can’t wait for Cookstown”
Wilson was also delighted with the performance
“The bikes are flying and I am really happy with the way the early season tests are going”
It was off to Bishopscourt for more testing, this time under race conditions, and again Derek took full advantage of the top class entry to get more valuable laps in at the Enkalon Trophy Meeting. Easter
Monday was another chance to get valuable track time in, and again Derek did so under race conditions, with Cookstown in mind
The team are delighted to announce two new Sponsors, with Ollies Place in Skerries and N.J Doyne Construction, coming on board for the season.
Ollies Place in Skerries is a well-known bike supporter’s pub, which plays host to a number of fundraising functions during the year. Along with his other pub next door called the Snug, Ollies provides excellent food, and it is famous for its lively atmosphere and cocktail menu. Ollie Grimes said
“I am delighted to be involved with Derek and Wilson Craig Racing, as a bike supporter, it is a pleasure to be involved with such a talented rider, and a professional team”
N.J. Doyne Construction specialise in Steelfixing, Formwork and Concrete Placement across the UK from Wales to Kent and all across the south coast, carrying out work in the Water Sectors, Energy and
Sea Defences. They carry out projects ranging from £15k to £15m and the “forward thinking” company are delighted to be sponsoring Derek.
“We are pleased to be involved with Derek and his team for the coming season. Derek has shown that he has the talents to go to the top, and N.J.Doyne are delighted to be sponsoring such a talented rider”
Said Noel Doyne.
The team would like to extend its gratitude to Steve Harnett from North Dublin Motorcycles, for his outstanding efforts during the past few weeks.