MotoGP: Aragon Grand Prix, September 2016

Historic twin-win

It had been two years since the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS had a twin-win. Finishing second and third in Aragon, Marquez and Morbidelli made Michael Bartholemy’s team happy

The Races

For Alex Marquez, the Aragon Grand Prix was a very important race.

 All the members of my fan club will be in the stands this weekend, I have to be up to their expectations.

Alex Marquez

Mission accomplished. After qualifying for the front row, the former Moto3 world champion had a very good start behind Sam Lowes, the eventual winner. He then managed his position by perfectly controlling the return of his teammate at the end of the race. After catching up with the Spaniard in the final bend, Morbidelli had to settle for third place. A very good result given the fact that the Italian had only qualified in eighth position. Welcomed at the finish by his brother Marc, Alex was delighted to score his first podium in Moto2.

That will give me confidence for the future, things haven’t been easy so far, and I have to thank the team for supporting me despite all my falls.

Alex Marquez

ALEX MARQUEZ SPA / SAM LOWES GBR / FRANCO MORBIDELLI ITA  Podium Moto2  GP Aragon 2016 (Circuit Motorland Aragon) 23-25/09.2016   PSP/ Lukasz Swiderek  www.photoPSP.com

 

In MotoGP, Rabat fell seven laps from the finish just as he was neck and neck Nicky Hayden. Jack Miller’s replacement took the chequered flag in fifth place.

The Championship

With his podium, the fourth of the season, Morbidelli is now fifth overall in the Moto2 category. The Italian has also reduced Tom Lüthi’s lead to thirteen points. Marquez has gained three positions thanks to the twenty points he scored for his second place. He’s now twelfth in the provisional standings. No change in the MotoGP standings. Miller and Rabat remain seventeenth and twentieth in the championship.

The Background

MotoGP World Champion in 2006, Nicky Hayden had not ridden in MotoGP since last November. After two seasons in the saddle of bikes with little hope of being competitive, the American rider decided this year to revive his career in the World Superbike Championship. Michael Bartholemy is the one who’s allowed him to taste the adrenaline of Grand Prix racing again, during the fourteenth event of the 2016 World Championship. Jack Miller being forced to rest until the next race in Japan, Nicky Hayden was chosen to replace the Australian on the Alcaniz circuit.

We had already thought of him at Silverstone when Jack’s participation was uncertain, Nicky was an obvious choice for us. He was MotoGP world champion and, at 35, he has a huge experience that can help Tito make progress by allowing us to cross-check his information and explore new possibilities for settings.

Michael Bartholemy
Head of the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS.

And as the icing on the cake, Hayden concluded his stint by scoring points.

Superbike World Championship, Germany (Lausitzring), September 2016

Rea falls and wins

After a fall on Saturday afternoon, Jonathan Rea set things right again by winning the next day on a drenched track. In so doing, the reigning world champion has gained a little breathing space in the lead of the provisional standings.

REA Jonathan (GBR) Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R Superbike  WSBK Lausitzring 2016 (Circuit Lausitzring)  16-18.09.2016  PSP / Mateusz Jagielski  www.photoPSP.com

The Races

After a long summer break, the World Superbike riders found themselves back in the heat of the competition on the Lausitzring circuit last weekend. Jonathan Rea scored a win after a Did Not Finish.

I fell shortly after the start because of a false neutral,” said the Brit. “Fortunately, I redeemed myself the next day by winning in the rain.

Jonathan Rea

Tom Sykes did the opposite. After a well-earned second place on Saturday afternoon in the wake of a new Superpole, the Kawasaki rider was tricked by the German rain. He still managed to get back on and finish twelfth. In Supersport, Kenan Sofuoglu won his fifth event of the season, the thirty-seventh of his career in Supersport. Krummenacher finished in sixth position.

The Championship

In Superbike as Supersport, the Kawasaki riders are continuing their relentless domination. By winning the second race of the weekend in Germany, Jonathan Rea has raised his overall lead in the standings to forty-seven points. He now has 393 points on the board. Second, Tom Sykes follows with 346 points. In Supersport, fifty-three points now separate Sofuoglu and Krummenacher in the first two places of the provisional standings. Finishing third, the American Jacobsen is now nine points behind the Swiss rider.

The Background

Although usually measured in his reactions, Jonathan Rea didn’t hesitate to describe his victory at the finish of the second race held on the Lausitzring as the best race of his life.

This is exactly the most important victory of my career ; After two DNFs at Laguna Seca and then in yesterday’s first race, I had my back to the wall. I had no choice, I had to win to take the lead and give me some breathing space in the overall classification. We found some solutions and improved the bike during the warm-up this morning. Unfortunately, the rain changed everything and I wasn’t sure of anything. The team had to completely change the bike’s settings to suit the conditions and they did a great job. Without them, I couldn’t have won.

Jonathan Rea

Nor could he have raised his overall lead over his teammate to forty-seven points.

Endurance Moto: Bol d’Or (Castellet), September 2016

A podium to start the season

Now organized to straddle two calendar years, the new season of the World Endurance Championship started with the Bol d’Or on the Paul Ricard circuit in France. The Kawasaki SRC team started off well by finishing second.

 

TEAM SRC KAWASAKI  LEBLANC Gregory FRA DE PUNIET Randy FRA FORET Fabien FRA KAWASAKI ZX-10R Formula EWC Endurance  80 Bol d'Or 2016 (Circuit Paul Ricard) 17-18/09.2016   PSP/ Lukasz Swiderek  www.photoPSP.com

This season, the Kawasaki SRC team will not race the entire World Endurance Championship. Gilles Stafler has decided to focus on the only two 24-hour races in France, on the Paul Ricard circuit and in Le Mans. The first event went fairly well since the ZX-RR No. 11, driven by an unprecedented trio of de Puniet, Leblanc and Foret took the chequered flag of the 80th Bol d’Or in second place behind the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT). Hampered early in the race by their tyres when the track temperature was highest, and then hindered by an oscillating fulcrum pin, the SRC riders had to grin and bear it before giving everything they had to climb back to second place. A performance that Randy de Puniet understood only too well. When he finished second in the Suzuka Eight Hours two years ago, the Parisian enjoyed the exercise much less.

I’d only been riding for two hours ; in addition, we could have won the race but the team preferred to ride for Josh Waters to secure second place. I’d spent two weeks in Japan preparing for the meeting; I was there to win, not to finish second.

Randy de Puniet

At the Bol d’Or, the Parisian was there to have fun and everything went well:

It was a great experience. I really enjoyed myself and I was one of the fastest riders, both day and night.

Enough to beg for more.

If the team wants me in Le Mans, I think I’d say yes.

If Gilles Stafler is to be believed, it’s difficult to see too how it could be otherwise. :

I’m delighted with Randy, both by his work and by his attitude.

Gilles Stafler
head of the SRC team

MotoGP: San Marino Grand Prix (Misano) – September 2016

Two in the Top Ten

Franco Morbidelli and Álex Márquez finished the Grand Prix of San Marino in the top ten, consolidating their positions in the Moto2 championship.

The Races

After the rain of Silverstone, the heat of Misano. A change of scenery for the thirteenth round of the 2013 season.

And a lot of grip problems for our riders. In the end, we can be satisfied with their overall performance.

Michael Bartholemy, the manager of the Team Estrella
Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS.

Fifth on the starting grid, Franco Morbidelli crossed the finish line of the Grand Prix of San Marino in the same position. A result obtained through sheer hard work, the Italian having to fight it out with Zarco, Nakagami, Lüthi and Lowes. With no feeling from his front axle, Alex Marquez wisely made it to tenth place in a race won by Lorenzo Baldassari. The only representative of the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS in MotoGP, Tito Rabat fell in the second lap after a very good start. Forced to return to the pits to repair his Honda RC213V and its broken footrest, the former Moto2 World Champion returned to the track to take the checkered flag in seventeenth position.

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The Championship

In finishing fifth at Misano, Morbidelli stays in sixth place in the standings, but has reduced Folger’s lead to two points. Marquez is now in the top fifteen. In MotoGP, Miller has slipped back to seventeenth position while Rabat is now twentieth.

The Background

Since winning the Grand Prix of the Netherlands, Jack Miller has sorely missed success. His fall during the warm-up on the Spielberg circuit had a certain effect on the rider of the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, who has had trouble overcoming the injury. One of the results being he decided not to take the start on the Grand Prix of San Marino. The Australian had obtained seventeenth best time in the free practice sessions. A sharp pain in the wrist, however, called him to order.

Unlike at Silverstone, this Misano circuit is very physical and I found it hard to control the bike.

Jack Miller

Miller still not having recovered from the fractures to his vertebrae, Michael Bartholemy might have to replace Tito Rabat’s teammate for the next two Grands Prix.

MotoGP: British Grand Prix, September 2016

Morbidelli makes it to the podium

Franco Morbidelli made it to the podium after the twelfth leg of the Moto2 World Championship. Second to take the checkered flag, the Italian equalled his best performance of the season.

The Races

Once again, the weather significantly disrupted the weekend of the British Grand Prix. If, unlike in Assen, Sachsenring and Brno, the rain spared the circuit on the race day, it nevertheless played tricks on the riders during the practice test sessions, giving them insufficient time to tune their bikes. Under these conditions, Franco Morbidelli played his cards right. Absent at Silverstone last year due to injury, the rider of the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS brilliantly got the upper hand over Takaaki Nakagami to finish in second place. Among the front-runners from the start of the race, Alex Marquez unfortunately fell when he was in third place. The Spaniard managed to get back on his bike to finish twenty-fifth. In MotoGP, Tito Rabat and Jack Miller finished respectively in fifteenth and sixteenth place. The first managed to keep up the pace despite very complicated trials, while the second overcame the sharp pain in his right wrist after his fall in Austria.

 

FRANCO MORBIDELLI ITA  ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS  KALEX Moto2  GP Great Britain 2016 (Circuit Silverstone) 02-04/09.2016   PSP/ Lukasz Swiderek  www.photoPSP.com

The Championship

Although he did not score any points on his return to competition, Jack Miller still managed to keep his fifteenth place in the championship. Tito Rabat scored one point and remains nineteenth in the provisional standings. In Moto2, Franco Morbidelli consolidated his sixth place and reduced Jonas Folger’s lead by five points. Alex Marquez lost one place, and is now sixteenth.

The Background

This year, the Total group is the official supplier of fuel for the Moto2 and Moto3 line-ups. In charge of distributing Elf products in the field, Jacky Hutteau delivers nearly five thousand litres of the competition fuel at each Grand Prix, conditioned in fifty-litre drums.

“In Europe we take the fuel to the circuits with a specially equipped truck for the transport of hazardous materials. On Thursday, on the eve of the first day of testing, we deliver the fuel to the teams according to the number of their resident riders: a hundred litres for one, a hundred and seventy-five to two.”

Jacky Hutteau
In charge of distributing Elf products in the field

And at the end of the weekend, Jacky recovers all of the empty drums before bringing them back to France where they are reconditioned. A good way of limiting the impact of the competition on the environment.