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MotoGP World Championship – French Grand Prix

Márquez wins in Le Mans

Deprived of victory since October 2017, Álex Márquez found the road back to success at the Grand Prix de France held on the Bugatti circuit.

“I’m so happy! It tastes wonderful to win again after waiting so long.”

At the finish of the fifth race of the season, Álex Márquez was thrilled. Not having won since the Japanese Grand Prix in 2017, the former Moto3 world champion returned to Le Mans and got right back on the right track thanks to a judicious choice of rear tire on the starting grid.

“A team victory that rewards the work we’ve all been doing since the winter tests,” said Márquez.

Qualified on the first row of the starting grid, the Catalan took control of the race in the fourth lap. And then never let go.

“I had seven good first laps and from then on I managed to stay focused. I tried not to think too much, just to ride well. “

Fifth under the checkered flag, Xavi Vierge was also satisfied with his Grand Prix de France. “We’re making progress each time,” grinned the Spaniard.

“I hope I’ll be riding to win very soon.”

On the Tech 3 side, Marco Bezzecchi and Philipp Oettl were eighteenth and nineteenth, just ahead of Jorge Martin, another KTM rider. Hafizh Syahrin and Miguel Oliveira, Hervé Poncharal’s two MotoGP riders, both scored points, finishing in fourteenth and fifteenth positions. A first this season for the French team.

The Championship

Thanks to his victory in the Sarthe region, Álex Márquez has climbed back to fourth place in the overall standings, just fourteen points behind leader Lorenzo Baldassari, who fell in Le Mans. Xavi Vierge has moved up from fourteenth to eleventh place. In MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira has slipped to eighteenth place while Hafizh Syahrin, who pocketed his first two points of the season, has entered the standings in twenty-first place.

MotoGP World Championship – Spanish Grand Prix

Vierge in the top six

Unlucky since the beginning of the season, in Jerez, Xavi Vierge clocked up his best result since joining the team Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS. Sixth to take the checkered flag, the Spaniard was delighted to have finally started his season.

Victim of a mechanical problem during the warm-up lap in Argentina, snared at the start of the Grand Prix of the Americas by a competitor, until this weekend Xavi Vierge had only completed the first race held in Qatar. “The lack of track time has made us fall behind on the development and understanding of the bike,” laments the Catalan. In Jerez, Vierge finally managed to finish a race on a second weekend without any hitches. Twelfth on the grid, he made a nice comeback in the race to finish sixth. “It’s not the kind of result we’re riding for, but given what we’ve been through in the last two GPs, I’m pretty happy with that result. We’re moving in the right direction, we just have to keep on working as we are doing now to make up for lost time.” While he was hoping to win after qualifying in second place, Álex Márquez fell coming out of the first bend when Remy Gardner fell in front of him. Although he had time to bring his motorcycle back to the garage for the mechanics to get it back into working order before the second start, the Spaniard had to leave from the pit lane with no hope of success. “I rode to the finish for the team and the fans,” he confided after finishing twenty-fourth. “I am very disappointed because we deserved a lot better. But that’s part of racing, we just have to accept it.” Marco Bezzecchi was also one of the collateral victims of Gardner’s downfall. The Italian, however, was able to restart from the grid and finished twenty-second ahead of teammate Philipp Oettl. In MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira and Hafizh Syahrin in Jerez had new chassis parts provided by the KTM factory. Unfortunately, they didn’t have enough time to measure their impact and finished eighteenth and nineteenth, respectively.

The Championship

Unable to make it to the points, Álex Márquez slipped to sixth place in the Moto2 championship on the evening of the Spanish Grand Prix and is now thirty-nine points behind the leader Lorenzo Baldassari. Xavi Vierge has moved up four places. He is now fourteenth with sixteen points on the scoreboard. In MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira has dropped back to seventeenth place.

MotoGP World Championship – Grand Prix of the Americas

New points for Oliveira

By finishing fourteenth on the Americas circuit, Miguel Oliveira has scored two new points that now make him sixteenth in the MotoGP standings.

After finishing on the heels of Pol Espargaro in Argentina, Miguel Oliveira completed the Grand Prix of the Americas in the wake of Johann Zarco, the other official KTM rider. An encouraging performance for the Portuguese. “This weekend was complicated,” he says. “In addition to the fact that the circuit is very difficult, the weather hasn’t helped us. The cancellation of the third free practice session reduced our time on the track and our ability to better adjust the bike. The track being very bumpy, we didn’t start in the best conditions.” That did not stop the KTM Tech 3 rider from finishing a skilful race and hold off the two Ducatis ridden by Tito Rabat and Karel Abraham to the finish. Hafizh Syahrin has a little more difficulty, the Malaysian rider finishing eighteenth, more than twenty seconds behind his teammate. In Moto2, Álex Márquez managed to take the lead early in the race. Starting from the front row, the former Moto2 world champion rode the first laps at a good pace before making a few small mistakes that made him lose contact with the leaders. He finally ranked fifth. Xavi Vierge was less successful on the other hand. Badly placed on the grid, the Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS rider found himself on the ground just after the start by being hit at the entry to the first bend by Fabio Di Giannantonio. Marco Bezzecchi also fell at the start of the race while Philipp Oettl took the chequered flag in eighteenth position.

The Championship

If he has slipped back to fifth place in the Moto2 overall standings after the Grand Prix of the Americas, Álex Márquez is still only fourteen points behind the leader, Lorenzo Baldassari, who fell in Texas. Unfortunate since the start of the season, Xavi Vierge finds himself in eighteenth place on the evening of the third race of the season. Marco Bezzecchi and Philipp Oettl are still running after their first points. In MotoGP, Miguel Oliveira has lost a place despite the two points scored in Austin. The Portuguese rider is sixteenth, tying on points with Jorge Lorenzo.

Superbike World Championship – Netherlands

Kawasaki leads Honda

Thanks to second and third place finishes by Jonathan Rea in the Netherlands, Kawasaki has passed Honda in the number of rostrums recorded in the Superbike World Championship.

The vagaries of the weather somewhat disrupted the fourth round of the Superbike World Championship at the Assen circuit in the Netherlands. The snow and a chill wind forced the organizers to postpone the first race scheduled for Saturday afternoon. The Sprint of the Superpole was cancelled and the starts of both races were given on Sunday, the grid for both heats being based on the classification after the free practice sessions. Qualified in eighth place, Jonathan Rea only took two laps to climb back to third place in the first race. He kept it until the chequered flag by fighting it out with Michael Van der Mark. In the second race, the Kawasaki rider completed five laps in the lead before being overtaken by Alvaro Bautista. Second at the finish, Rea gave Kawasaki their 393th rostrum, allowing the Japanese brand to pass in front of Honda and climb to the second place in the manufacturers’ championship having recorded the greatest number of rostrums in the Superbike World Championship. “With both races organized on Sunday, we had an old-fashioned weekend,” grinned the quadruple world champion.I had a good bike and I was able to fight on to the end of both races. I had a good grip despite the cold; it was only in the last laps that the bike became a little more difficult to ride.” Fifth in the free practice sessions, Leon Haslam was fifth in the first race after a grand fight with Alex Lowes. A tire problem in the second race then forced him to settle for eighth place. Despite a heavy fall during the practice test sessions, Toprak Razgatlioglu managed to finish ninth in both races. In Supersport, Lucas Mahias was fifth and Hikari Okubo seventh.

The Championship

Of the eleven races since the start of the season, Jonathan Rea has finished ten in second place and one in third place. Well anchored in second place in the MotoGP Championship, the Kawasaki rider is now fifty-five points behind leader Alvaro Bautista. Fifth overall, Leon Haslam has so far scored 93 points. Toprak Razgatlioglu has gained a position, climbing to eleventh place overall. In Supersport, Hikari Okubo has slipped into fifth place while Lucas Mahias has climbed to seventh place.

MotoGP World Championship – Argentine Grand Prix

First podium for Márquez

In finishing third in the Argentine Grand Prix, Álex Márquez gave the Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS team their first podium of the season. On his side, Miguel Oliveira scored his first points in MotoGP.

With experience, Álex Márquez has learned not to be too greedy.
“Not so long ago, I might have tried to do too much,” said the former Moto3 world champion. “This time, when I saw that Baldassari was getting away at the end of the race, I didn’t try to catch him, I preferred to make sure we scored the points for third place. I know that I still have to change the way I ride to properly use our new bike. With the Triumph engine, the trajectories and tire management are different from what they were last year. We’ll build up power from race to race.”

For his team-mate Xavi Virgo, the race at Termas de Rio Honda unfortunately ended before it started. Just when he had made pole position, the second of his career in Grand Prix, Xavi Virgin was the victim of an electrical problem in the warm-up lap that prevented him from taking the start. On the side of the Red Bull KTM Tech 3 team, Miguel Oliveira caused a sensation by scoring his first points in MotoGP with a well-earned eleventh place finish, on the heels of Pol Espargaro, the official rider of the Austrian brand. Hafizh Syahrin finished 16th just short of the points, as did Marc Bezzecchi in Moto2. Phillip Oettl passed the finish line in nineteenth place.

The Championship

With sixteen points on the third step of the podium, Álex Márquez is fourth in the Moto2 world championship. Xavi Virgin has dropped back to fourteenth position. In MotoGP, with his first five points Miguel Oliveira is in the standings in fifteenth place, just two points behind Jorge Lorenzo.

MotoGP World Championship

Qatar Motorcycle Grand Prix

Oliveira On the Up
Although he was not fully successful on the Losail circuit, Miguel Oliveira made a strong impression for his MotoGP debut. A rookie worth following!

From his first laps with the KTM RC16 of the Tech 3 Team, Miguel Oliveira impressed his peers with his speed, his ability to progress and his determination. The Portuguese rider, who starts this season in the premier-class category, confirmed his talent in Qatar by riding his first MotoGP Grand Prix as best he could. Starting in last position after stalling on the starting grid, Oliveira managed to get back into the pack to join the fight for tenth place with Nakagami and Espargaro. Unfortunately, the premature wear of his rear tire ruined the end of the race for him.

“I could feel the vibrations building at the back of the bike,” he said. “I felt like my tire was going to explode. I finally finished seventeenth and I was disappointed not to have scored my first points in MotoGP.”

There’s no doubt that it’s only a matter of time before he does. Lacking confidence, Hafizh Syahrin crossed the finish line in twentieth position. In Moto2, it was the Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS riders who came out on top by all making it to the top ten. Second on the starting grid, Xavi Vierge completed the first lap in the lead before downshifting to tenth place due to a lack of grip with his rear tyre in the middle of the bends. Álex Márquez finished seventh. On the side of the KTM Tech 3 riders, Marc Bezzecchi fell in the first lap and Philipp Oettl was ranked twenty-third.

The Championship

Only the two Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS riders managed to make it to the Moto2 championship standings at the finish of the first race of the season. Álex Márquez is in seventh place and Xavi Vierge tenth. The KTM Tech 3 riders will have to wait until the next Grand Prix in Argentina to try to score their first points of the season.

Elf, a Total Brand, Partners KTM Tech3 for MotoGP and Moto2 World Championship Racing

Paris, November 20th, 2018 – The 2019 season will see the beginning of a new partnership between two legendary French names of motorcycle racing as Total, with its Elf brand, and KTM Tech3 join forces in the MotoGP and Moto2 world championships. This new three-year partnership is just as exciting and stimulating for the oil major as it is for the Grand Prix team.

Backed by its expertise and know-how in racing fuels and lubricants, Elf will support the Tech3 team next year in its new challenge alongside Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM. Tech3, led by Hervé Poncharal, will be responsible for helping to develop KTM motorcycles in its role as a junior team. The rider line-up comprises Miguel Oliveira and Hafizh Syahrin in MotoGP and Marco Bezzecchi and Philipp Öttl in Moto2.

Present on the Grand Prix circuit since 1973, Elf has always seen racing as a fantastic testing ground. The brand has contributed to the development of new technologies throughout all of its seasons on the track. This pioneer spirit and quest for high performance made Elf the natural partner for the trailblazing Tech3 team and KTM, which joined the MotoGP and Moto2 grids two years ago to develop new projects.

Pierre-Gautier Caloni- Vice President, Total Competition & Sponsoring explains : “We are very pleased to announce that Total, via its Elf brand, will partner the KTM Tech3 team next year in both MotoGP and Moto2 racing. Behind the Tech3 team is a man – Hervé Poncharal – with whom we are very excited to be working. When he founded his team 30 years ago, Hervé Poncharal created an operation that has become a benchmark and a symbol among motorcycle Grand Prix competitors. The Tech3 team’s dedication and professional attitude set the example – and for good reason. With Tech3, we will also have the opportunity to work with KTM, a young and ambitious manufacturer who is also European leader in the motorcycle market. I am certain that together we will obtain results that match our potential while continuing to develop our products and know-how.”

Hervé Poncharal, KTM Tech3 Team Manager adds : “For a team like Tech3 that is involved in MotoGP and Moto2 racing, it’s an honor to sport the Elf logo – especially since we’re French. I am truly very pleased to join forces today with a legendary name in motorsports. Beyond the brand and its history, I’m also talking about the technology and quality of the products that have built Elf’s reputation. More than a new partnership, this is a coming home, since Elf was Tech3’s partner in 1995. That was the year Jean-Philippe Ruggia and Olivier Jacque raced for us in the 250 cc class. Later on, in 2001 and 2002, we moved up to the premier class with Elf’s support. Most of all, Elf’s special fuels and lubricants will help us raise the bar as we begin a new adventure with KTM. For Tech3, 2019 will be exciting in more ways than one.”

MotoGP World Championship – Valencia Grand Prix

Two “Rookies of the Year”

Franco Morbidelli in MotoGP, and Joan Mir in Moto2 have both finished the season with the title of best rookie rider. A just reward for the Team Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS.

The Races

he only bad thing about the last Grand Prix of the season was the weather. From the first day of the free practice sessions to the race, the rain laid down the law. Making it difficult to avoid the pitfalls of the Ricardo Tormo circuit. In MotoGP, neither Franco Morbidelli nor Tom Lüthi made it to the finish. Both fell before the race was interrupted because of the excessive level of water on the track. And neither could take the second start. Morbidelli was in fifth place when he fell, Lüthi was seventeenth. In Moto2, while Joan Mir left the race in the first lap, Álex Márquez managed to notch up his sixth podium of the season on his home turf. The Spaniard could have won the race if he hadn’t fallen ten laps from the finish. Fortunately, he was able to get up again and took third place.

The Championship

Franco Morbidelli has finished his first season in MotoGP with 50 points and fifteenth place overall. Tom Lüthi has finished the year without scoring any points. In Moto2, thanks to his latest podium Álex Márquez managed to take fourth place in the championship with 173 points. Joan Mir ranks sixth with 155 points on the clock.

The Background

While the Team Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS didn’t savour the sweet taste of success this year, the track record for the 2018 season has been largely positive for the Belgian team. In MotoGP and in Moto2, Marc Van der Straten’s riders have won the title of “Rookie of the Year”. In the premier-class category Franco Morbidelli outshone his teammate Tom Lüthi, as well as Hafizh Syahrin (his most serious contender), Takaaki Nakagami and Xavier Simeon. “To finish as best rookie rider was my goal at the beginning of the season,” said the Italian Moto2 World Champion in 2017. “It’s not been easy, I’ve had a lot to learn and there were plenty of pitfalls. Having succeeded in doing my job is the best way to thank and say goodbye to my team.” In Moto2, Joan Mir also dominated his contenders in the Rookie of the Year race, namely Bo Bendsneyder, Joe Roberts, Jules Danilo and Federico Fuglini. The only rookie to have made it to the podium this season, next year the Spaniard will race in MotoGP.

MotoGP World Championship – Malaysian Grand Prix

Morbidelli nears the mark

By finishing twelfth in the Malaysian Grand Prix, Franco Morbidelli has consolidated his position as leader in the “Rookie of the Year” ranking in the MotoGP category. There is only one race left for the Moto2 World Champion.

The Races

Only nineteenth in the qualifying session on a wet track, Franco Morbidelli managed to climb back to twelfth place before taking the checkered flag of the Sepang circuit. “The weekend was complicated by the weather, but we did a good job with the team,” said the Italian, fighting it out for a long time with Aleix Espargaro. Once again Tom Lüthi was just short of the points by finishing sixteenth, hot on the heels of Bradley Smith. In Moto2, Alex Marquez showed his stuff during the practice test sessions by winning his third pole position of the season. The race was more difficult for the Spaniard. On a good pace until mid-race, he then had to hand over. He finished seventh. Joan Mir, who was on the podium in Australia, has never felt in top shape with his Kalex. “I tried everything, but I couldn’t do better than tenth place,” he said on arrival.

The Championship

Now with fifty points, Morbidelli remains in the fourteenth place overall. The Italian is ahead of Hafizh Syahrin by ten points in the race for “Rookie of the Year”. In Moto2, Alex Marquez has taken over fifth place in the Championship from Joan Mir. Two tiny points separate the two riders of Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS. The last round in Valencia will be decisive.

The Background

A graceful looser, Alex Marquez did not fail to congratulate Francesco Bagnaia and the SkY VR46 team at the finish of the Malaysian Grand Prix. By finishing third in a race won by his team-mate Luca Marini, the Italian has succeeded Franco Morbidelli this year in the Moto2 category. “They have had a great season,” said the rider for the Team Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS. “On our side, we’ve been missing that little extra we needed this year to be more competitive. We have now one race left in Valencia, on my home turf, and I hope to do well. Then we’ll have time to prepare the 2019 season with a new bike.”

MotoGP World Championship – Australian Grand Prix

Mir returns to the podium

Joan Mir has come to the end of a difficult period and has returned to the podium at the Australian Grand Prix. This second place has brought the MotoGP World Championship back up to fifth position in the Moto2 classification.

The races

In spite of a difficult qualifying round and a modest fourteen position at the starting gate, Joan Mir completed a fantastic race on the Phillip Island circuit where last year he was crowned Moto3 world champion. The Spanish contestant kept the bit between his teeth and gained a strong second place after battling it out in the company of Binder and Vierge. Alex Marquez, still out of sorts after another crash during the practice sessions, finished in seventh position. Franco Morbidelli achieved his best MotoGP performance by crossing the finishing line in eighth position. For the fourth time since the beginning of the year, Tom Lüthi finished just outside the points in sixteenth position.

The championship

Thanks to the twenty points gained in Australia, Joan Mir is now in fifth position in the Moto2 classification just three points behind Lorenzo Baldassari in fourth place. Alex Marquez is now in sixth place after dropping a position to his teammate. Still in fourteenth place in the MotoGP, Franco Morbidelli has confirmed his leading position in the “Rookie of the Year” classification.

History

Australia, which has been represented in the speed world championships since 1989, organised its thirtieth Grand Prix event this year. The first two events were held at Phillip Island before moving to the Eastern Creek circuit near Sydney in the state of New South Wales. They remained there for six years before returning to the state of Victoria. The Phillip Island circuit has seen some particularly memorable contests since 1997. “This track is unique,” explains Franco Morbidelli. In addition to its geographical situation and the amazing view over the ocean, the Phillip Island circuit presents a unique challenge. It is an extremely fast track with very few deceleration points and a lot of highly technical bends which come in quick succession. This is what makes the races so memorable for the spectators.” This is compounded by chaotic weather conditions characterised by wind, showers and very cool austral spring temperatures all of which combine to create a breath-taking spectacle.