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MotoGP: Some light relief – Marc Marquez dancing!

At a time of high tension as we enter the crucial part in all the motorsport championships I think it’s time to share a little light entertainment, courtesy of Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez.

Having previously shown you Jorge Lorenzo letting his hair down here, I now bring you Marquez dancing to Johnny B Goode via the wonderful medium that is Youtube.

The young Spanish championship leading rookie here enthralls not with his supreme risk-taking racecraft but instead his so-bad-it’s-actually-quite-good and definitely entertaining dance moves, including a ‘robot’ to rival Peter Crouch (famous English Premiership footballer famed for his robot goal-scoring celebration international readers!)

He can dance better than me.

Here’s the video:

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MotoGP: Marquez special Barcelona lightning helmet!

Normally known for his regular ant motif on his lid (see here for image) this weekend Repsol Hanoda factory rider Marc Marquez has taken inspiration from his local nickname for his special livery for the Catalunya Grand Prix.

Marquez’ helmet for the weekend has a lightning bolt on it, a reference to his nickname in Catalan which is El Tro de Cervera, or the Thunder from Cervera, images below:

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Marquez special Catalunya Grand Prix helmet
Image via HRC official Twitter feed

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The top view of the helmet
image via MotoGP.com

MotoGP: Ready for the new season? Changes to qualifying explained!

Dorna are looking to spice up MotoGP a little for 2013 and qualifying now has a new structure to get used to!

More similar in style to Formula 1, a shoot-out style format is replacing the style of qualifying we have been used to for years, there will still be three 45 minute free practice sessions to kick the weekend off over Friday and Saturday but now these sessions contribute towards qualifying with the time set dictating whether the rider will be included in QP1 or QP2.

QP1 is a fifteen minute session for riders who enter placed 11th or below, the two fastest in this session are promoted to QP2 to battle it out for another fifteen minutes for the top grid places, everyone else is allocated their grid position based on the time they set during QP1.

The top ten riders from free practice and the two fastest from QP1 then race it out to set the top 12 positions on the grid.

This only applies to the MotoGP class, Moto2 and Moto3 will be qualifying in the usual way from previous seasons.

Here’s MotoGP.com’s example breakdown for how a race weekend will now work:

Friday:

Free Practice 1 – 45 Minutes, Timed for Qualifying Practice Participation

Free Practice 2 – 45 Minutes, Timed for Qualifying Practice Participation

Saturday:

Free Practice 3 – 45 Minutes, Timed for Qualifying Practice Participation

Free Practice 4 – 30 Minutes, NOT Timed for Qualifying Practice Participation

Break – 10 Minutes

Qualifying Practice 1 – 15 minutes

Break – 10 Minutes

Qualifying Practice 2 – 15 minutes

 

 

 

MotoGP: First look at the Honda Factory Team 2013 livery

After a whole half an hour build up from BBC reporter Matt Roberts and an interesting chat with HRC riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez the main event arrived – the unveiling of the 2013 Honda bike.

Not as drastic a change as was promised, less blue, more white, but still plenty of orange! A noticable difference given how hard it is to work a new scheme around a major sponsors set colours, and still looks traditionally Repsol Honda enough for the fans.

Here’s the official picture from @hrc_motogp :

Photo by hrc_motogp“We are very proud to present our 2013 riders and new livery!”

MotoGP: Honda gain Marquez sponsor Estrella Galicia for 2013

MotoGP: Honda gains Marc Marquez’s sponsor Estrella Galicia for 2013 season

HRC announce long term sponsor of Marquez as a new partner for the teams 2013 campaign

 

Spanish beer company Estrella Galicia have been announced by Honda as a new sponsor for the team for the forthcoming season. Their alcohol free line, Estrella Galicia 0,0 has been a sponsor to Marc Marquez for the last three years and makes the move up to join him in MotoGP at Honda.

Having a Spanish sponsor ties in neatly with the 2013 rider line up at the Japanese factory as it is the first time they have run two Spaniards at Repsol Honda since Alex Crivillé and Sete Gibernau in 2000 with Dani Pedrosa being joined by rookie Marquez.

Estrella Galicia will also become the official beer in HRC’s hospitality.

It is the third season in which Estrella Galicia 0.0 will present in the MotoGP World Championship, supporting Marc Márquez throughout his career, including winning the Moto2 World Championship last season.

They were also responsible for the team that ran rookie of the year Alex Rins and Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira in Moto3 in 2012 along with Alex Marquez, younger brother to Marc, who rode wildcard races for the team and was also sponsored by the beer brand at Monlau Competicion for whom he won the Moto3 Spanish Championship.

The first images of the riders wearing their new leathers with Estrella Galicia 0,0 logo will be available on the 24th January, after the team’s official presentation in Madrid, where Pedrosa and Marquez will unveil the 2013 RC213V bike, and it’s new livery.

 

MotoGP: Marc Marquez on ice!

Marc Márquez – 2012 Moto2™ World Champion

Marc Marquez
Photo by Atlantic Dolphin via Flickr and used under Creative Commons license

Marc Marquez begins his season by racing a car on ice in the G Series BPA 2013.

Despite testing not being until February Spanish reigning Moto2 champion Marc Marquez will be racing again on January 12th when he takes part in the G Series BPA ice road race in a Volkswagen Golf MK1 in Andorra at the Grandvalira Circuit.

The 19 year old HRC rider is the latest in a long line of Spanish motorsport stars to take up the challenge with Toni Elias, Aleix Espargaro and Jorge Lorenzo all past participants.

My favourite helmet design of 2012

I have always been a big fan of the way motorcycle riders can show a little of their personality through the bits of their kit they have the ability to personalise and the most obvious example of this is usually their helmets.

Fastest in testing in a Kalex top three and championship runner up Pol Espargaro ran with a AGV helmet that, especially after THAT crash with Marc Marquez, summed up his season perfectly:

Pol Espargaro 2012 AGV Never Give Up helmet

A neat summary of Espargaro’s season – on a helmet!

Moto2; Marquez storms from last to first for Valencia victory

Perhaps he should always start from the back? In a repeat of his Motegi feat Marc Marquez once again aggressively stormed his way through the entire field to a clear and easy win.

It was the newly crowned champions ninth win of the season, and set a new points record for intermediate class racing, beating the old figures set by Daijiro Kato  during the 2001 250cc season.

Julian Simon did all he could to keep Marquez at bay for Blusens Avintia, but eventually had to settle for second, leaving him still without a Moto2 race win.

Making it an all Spanish podium and a great day at his home track where he has just officially had a corner named after him was Nico Terol, it is also his Aspar teams home race giving them something to celebrate too after Folger’s problems in Moto3. Terol’s third is his first top ten finish of the season.

All the top six finishers were Suters, the first Kalex to cross the line was Mika Kallio’s Marc VDS bike in seventh.

For a full race rundown and to comment and get involved in an active discussion community see my full report at crash.net:

http://www.crash.net/motogp/race+report/185998/1/moto2_marquez_storms_through_the_field_for_valencia_win.html

 

Moto2: Espargaro waits it out for Valencia pole after late crash

Pol Espargaro took pole in Valencia’s Moto2 qualifying session at the Ricardo Tormo circuit but a late crash meant an anxious few minutes of sweating it out in the pits were needed as the laps got faster for most as the clock ticked down.

Espargaro’s time was a new pole lap record for Moto2 at the Cheste track, his eighth pole of the season and his fourth in a row.

Marc Marquez was second fastest but starts from the back for Sunday’s race after he was penalised for his agressive collision with Ioda’s Simone Corsi in FP2. In the press conference he promised to “make something crazy” to perform well in the race, he has already shown the capability to win from last this season at Motegi.

Third was Tom Luthi who nudged out Italtrans rider Nakagami at the last second, but he will make the front row after Marquez demotion is taken into account.

Moto2 at Valencia always throws up an interesting result with Karel Abraham the surprise winner two years ago and last years rostrum consisting of winner Michele Pirro, who gave it all in memory to Simoncelli for Gresini, Mika Kallio, and Dominique Aegerter, who on getting his first podium promptly had his long hair cut off in celebration in parc ferme!

For a detailed qualifying run down and to see where you favourite riders start on Sunday see my qualifying report at crash.net, available here:

www.crash.net/motogp/news/185977/1/moto2_espargaro_on_valencia_pole_despite_a_crash.html

Marc Marquez and his awesome gold ant championship winning helmet!

Marc Márquez – 2012 Moto2™ World Champion

Marquez with fancy gold winners helmet and obligatory can of Red Bull!
Image via MotoGP.com

In keeping with my interest in MotoGP helmet designs here is an image of Marc Marquez holding aloft his special world championship winning effort.

It’s his usual graphic of an ant, stylised unlike his mascot version into a pattern and in gold, which surely must irk Ant West a little as he was definitely using the whole Ant logo thing first, it is his name after all.

Fellow WordPress blogger Vicente Vila has a great image of the lid over on his tres ruedas blog on the page where he gives you the Repsol generated winners interview (crash.net have also run this in English if you do not read Spanish!). See it here:

http://tresruedas.wordpress.com/2012/10/29/marquez-no-voy-a-desaprovechar-la-oportunidad-de-motogp/