Month: July 2014

Image of the GP, Germany: a fight, a fire and a frenzy!

13/07/2014

There was a lot going on in all the classes over the course of the German Grand Prix races aside from the wins, you can read about those in my earlier post here.

So what made the most spectacular viewing away from the actual race battles and results? Here’s a class-by-class breakdown!

Moto3 had a dominant winner, a podium debut, some great performances by the Brits and not a Spaniard in sight on the podium.

Away from all that excellence the Dutch pair of Scott Deroue and Bryan Schouten collided resulting in this:

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Schouten was awarded two penalty points for hitting Deroue, while the incident recieved both broadsheet and tabliod attention around the world, which is great if they reported on the rest, but a bit of a skewed view of the sport if you don’t even carry a motorsport section. (Hello, Daily Mail. )

Moto2 decided it needed to top that and came up with… a moving fireball!

 

‘Following a positive warm-up’ is usually an innocuous statement in a press release but the AirAsia Caterham was about to get a whole lot warmer when Johann Zarco pushed too hard and it spectacularly caught fire as the Suter tumbled through the gravel.

The whole Moto2 race was excellent with a new winner in the class and a great race to the line and battles all down the field. There was again not a single Spanish rider inside the top three, very unusual.

So MotoGP had to give something extra. Something not seen before. PIT LANE START!

 

And if you think that image is amazing check out the grid.

 

 

The rain came for the start of MotoGP at the Sachsenring, as it did in Assen, and left everyone in a confused frenzy. Normal service was restored when Marc Marquez found his way to the front, though Michael LAverty got the pleasure of second for a short while.

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MotoGP Sachsenring race round-ups…

13/07/2014

Are online now!

Sachsenring brought us three German Grand Prix races filled with records and firsts.

Marc Marquez made it 9/9 and became the youngest rider to achieve the feat, but what happened in Moto2 and Moto3?

here’s some links to help you out!

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My Moto3 qualifying report at crash.net can be found here, and Moto2 here.

For a brief summary of the two there is also my shorter combined round up for both classes over at Paddock Chatter, something for everyone – just follow the links!

As always I appreciate much tweeting, liking and commenting, so please do take the opportunity to have a conversation using the links above or at @LisaLewisWrites on Twitter and get involved!

MotoGP Sachsenring qualifying round-ups…

12/07/2014

Are online now!

Round nine takes us to Germany and off to the Saxon region for a trip to…the Sachsenring.

It’s a tricky track with lots of corners and curves, including the infamous Turn 11, with very little in the way of straights which help the underpowered bikes keep in contention – which should hopefully lead to some close races.

But before that you may want to catch up on where everyone qualified and for the latest in  Moto2 and Moto3  – I have just the links you need !

My Moto3 qualifying report at crash.net can be found here, and Moto2 here.

For a brief summary of the two there is also my shorter combined round up for both classes over at Paddock Chatter, something for everyone – just follow the links!

As always I appreciate much tweeting, liking and commenting, so please do take the opportunity to have a conversation using the links above or at @LisaLewisWrites on Twitter and get involved!

MotoGP: German riders home liveries & helmets at the Sachsenring

12/07/2014

It’s time for round nine of the MotoGP championship and we’re at the Sachsenring, a great excuse for all the Germans in the championship to show their patriotism via their kit and this year they have even more to shout about with the national team doing so well at the World Cup (sorry Brazil!)

Jonas Folger may be off the radar for those interested in MotoGP alone, but he has turned up loud and proud in Moto2, going local for his home race with a Bavarian flag livery, which really stands out as you can see from this tweet by his team!

Just to make sure you can’t miss him while at the Saxon circuit the German has also extended the design onto his Alpinestars leathers too:

 

Unfortunately riding at home wasn’t particularly fruitful for the home Moto2 riders in qualifying with Folger, who has graced the podium twice this year down in 20th. Hopefully the AGR  rider can move up through the field on race day so his kit can be seen.

Marcel Schrotter fared a little better up in 14th for Tech3 and  he has chosen to have a more subtle, but very beautiful and very German graphic added to the back of his X-Lite helmet by excellent graphic artist Kinicrea.

You can find more examples of his work (he also does the graphics/logos for most of the German riders- including StefanBradl and Jonas Folger) at @KINICREA or Kinicrea.com. Well worth a look.

Here’s his tweet of that design:

So far so quiet from Stefan Bradl, but who knows, he may be saving it for the race!

UPDATE: Here it is – a Bradl world cup special –

 

Nina Prinz to wildcard at the Sachsenring & the women of the MotoGP championship

09/07/2014

 

As a visit to the Sachsenring looms for the MotoGP paddock ready for the German Grand Prix it has been revealed that 31-year old Nina Prinz will be a wildcard at the event.

She will not be the only woman in the paddock as Ana Carrasco is riding regularly in Moto3 this season and will also not be the first female to be handed a wildcard for the year as teenager Maria Herrera has run both of the Spanish rounds to date after success in her home Moto3 championship, moving her win tally in the CEV to three.

My full news style report on this can be found over at crash.net by clicking here.

It includes much more detail, including the lifting of the upper age limit at the end of last season which was also of  benefit to Sebastian Porto allowing him to ride at home in Argentina.

Writing that got me thinking about the other women of the world championship. It is easy to overlook what Carrasco is achieving in Moto3, this year she is one of a handful of riders struggling with the Kalex KTM. Her full potential on good machinery was laid bare when she finished eighth in the final round of last year.

Her points tally topples that of any other female attempting success in the male dominated sport the Spaniard so clearly enjoys.

Prinz is also not the first German woman to have a stab at championship success…

For more the full article detailing all the successes with the mention of a few other excellent female riders for good measure is at Paddock Chatter and available in full here.