Declarație haioasă a lui Valentino Rossi după Grand Prix-ul Argentinei.

Rossi s-a simțit foarte bine după performanța de săptămâna trecută, din Marele Premiu al Argentinei, unde a luat un excelent loc doi, învingându-l fără drept de apel în luptă directă pe Andrea Dovizioso.

Doctorul nu mai ajunsese pe podium din iulie 2018, dar ieri a reușit un superb loc doi în Argentina și a împlinit astfel al 24-lea an consecutiv în care ia podiumuri în Motomondial.

„Sunt foarte mulțumit, e un rezultat foarte important pentru mine și pentru Yamaha. Nu mai ajunsesem pe podium din Germania, anul trecut; aș fi putut să ajung pe podium în ultimele două curse din 2018, dar am căzut. Acesta este un podium foarte important, am lucrat foarte bine tot weekendul. În boxă sunt foarte mulți tehnicieni japonezi și italieni: lor le dedic acest rezultat, venit după o luptă frumoasă cu Dovizioso,” a declarat Vale.

Cum a fost lupta cu Dovi?

„Am încercat să nu greșesc nici măcar un centimetru, pentru că Dovi este regele revenirilor: dacă ratezi trasa chiar și cu 5 centimetri, te depășește înapoi. Am făcut o frânare frumoasă, i-am închis ușa, am reușit să țin trasa bună și am ajuns înaintea lui la finiș.”

Marquez (căuia, la finalul cursei, înainte de podium, Rossi i-a strâns mâna și l-a felicitat) a fost, însă, de neatins, nu?

„Ce, el a câștigat, nu eu? Eu nici măcar nu l-am prea văzut….  Concluzia e că trebuie să ne străduim mai mult.”

Care a fost diferența față de Ducati?

„Diferența în ultimele tururi a fost, probabil, dată de pneuri: el avea pneul soft, eu mediu. Noi am lucrat cu cel mediu tot weekendul și pneul meu a fost constant până la finiș, în timp ce el a avut mai multe probleme la final. A fost o bătălie frumoasă.”

La început erați un grup mare.

„Da, dar a fost frumos să ne distanțăm, încet-încet. Vedeam pe plăcuța arătată de la boxe „blestematul” număr 5, care însemna că erau cinci piloți în spatele meu… Printre ei era și Morbidelli, cu care m-am luptat frumos: a fost tare, chiar dacă la final a greșit.”

Apoi ce s-a întâmplat?

„Puțin câte puțin, eu și Dovizioso am reușit să ne distanțăm, apoi am văzut pe plăcuță 4, apoi 3, în cele din urmă ne-am luptat doar noi doi.”

Și așa se fac 24 de ani de când urci pe podium în cel puțin o cursă.

„Ieri am văzut pe Instagram un videoclip cu prima mea cursă în Motomondial: imaginile erau alb-negru…”

La cel nivel crezi că este Yamaha?

„Cred că depinde de la o pistă la alta, în funcție și de cât de în formă e pilotul, cum lucrează echipa… E o provocare grea, avem multe de făcut, dar lucrăm bine.”

Victorie zdrobitoare a lui Marquez în Argentina pe circuitul Termas de Rio Hondo

A fost spectacol pe circuitul
Termas de Rio Hondo din Argentina oferit de piloții clasei regină.

MotoGP 2019 i-a oferit lui Marc Marquez în Argentina GP prilejul să dea o dublă lovitură. Campionul lumii s-a impus detașat și este noul lider al campionatului.

Marc Marquez se simte forte bine pe rapidul circuit din Argentina. A arătat-o și sâmbăta, când a obținut al cincilea pole in sase tentative. Nu întotdeauna însa și în cursa lucrurile au mers la fel. În 2014 și 2016 s-a impus, dar în 2015 și 2017 a căzut. Iar anul trecut a primit o penalizare de jumătate de minut pentru coliziunea cu Rossi si a fost retrogradat pe locul 18.

Știindu-se vulnerabil, Marquez a decis sa ia cursa pe cont propriu. A plecat ca din pușca și a pus un ecart uriaș fata de urmăritori. A avut tururi în care a fost mai rapid cu o secunda decât urmăritorii sa. Si, mai mult, dincolo de viteza, a impresionat prin regularitatea ritmului. A fost singurul care a reușit sub 1:39,5 pe tur și a rămas sub 1:40 pana în turul 15!

Lupta cu cutitele pe masa intre Rossi si Dovizioso

Marquez s-a dus fără probleme spre victorie, prima după Malaysia 2018. Și este, după cum spuneam, liderul campionatului. La patru lungimi de Dovizioso, câștigătorul rundei inaugurale a MotoGP 2019.

Dovi n-a reușit decât un loc trei, în fata unui Rossi care, la 23 de ani de la primul Grand Prix, a arătat o forma de excepție. Cei doi s-au duelat vreme lunga, iar „Doctorul” a trasat disputa în ultimul tur. Cu o manevra de excepție, o depășire pe interior.

Rossi a urcat astfel pe podium pentru prima data de la cursa de anul trecut din Germania. A trecut aproape jumătate de sezon de-atunci, astfel ca bucuria pe care a afișat-o la final de cursa era de înțeles.

Dubla eliminare Yamaha

In lupta celor doi s-au implicat temporar și Jack Miller, Danilo Petrucci si ghinionistul Franco Morbidelli. Pilotul italo-brazilian a fost multa vreme în Top 5, dar apoi, în ultimul tur, a fost atacat de Maverick Viñales. A fost contact si Morbidelli s-a văzut obligat sa încheie cursa prematur, in iarba! Sigur, faptul ca adversarul si-a cerut scuze, nu l-a încălzit prea tare.

Clasament MotoGP Argentina

Marc MARQUEZ Honda 41’43.688
Valentino ROSSI Yamaha +9.816
Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati +10.530
Jack MILLER Ducati +12.140
Alex RINS Suzuki +12.563
Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati +13.750
Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda +18.160
Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha +20.403
Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia +25.292
Pol ESPARGARO KTM +25.679
Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM +25.855
Jorge LORENZO Honda +27.497
Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda +31.398
Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati +32.893
Johann ZARCO KTM +33.372
Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM +35.545
Andrea IANNONE Aprilia +38.238


Cal Crutchlow on top of the world after he wins in Argentina

 

Exclusive interview with Cal Crutchlow after dramatic race in Argentina last Sunday.

Argentina
 

Exclusive interview with Cal Crutchlow after dramatic race in Argentina last Sunday.

 

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Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) is on top of the world this week with three good reasons to celebrate after a dramatic MotoGP™ race in Argentina last Sunday. Not only did Crutchlow take the third win of his MotoGP™ career in an unforgettable Termas de Rio Hondo race, but he became the first British rider to lead the premier class World Championship since Barry Sheene in 1979.

He also earned a place in Honda folklore in South America by winning the Japanese factory’s 750th Grand Prix.

The LCR Honda Castrol rider spoke exclusively to motogp.com about his Argentina success and what it means to be leading the Championship.

How important is it to get a win so early in the season in terms of momentum and easing some pressure to get back to winning ways since 2016?

“Winning a MotoGP™ race is massive and it’s great to get one out of the way at just the second race. Brno was mid- 2016 and Phillip Island towards the end of that year, but getting this win so early gives me a lot of momentum for the remainder of 2018. I felt in many races last year that I was riding well but I didn’t take my chances like I did on Sunday. I won’t get carried away though. The pressure is off in terms of chasing a win this year but to win the title you need to be winning six or more races. Marc and Andrea won six each last year, so that’s what I need to strive towards to be fighting for the title. But my goal is to be fighting for the podium in every race.”

Crutchlow

In Parc Ferme you shouted: “Don’t doubt me.” Why was that?

“When you’re full of adrenaline in that special moment you say anything that comes into your head at the time. It could have been directed at myself. As a motorcycle racer, you go through many phases in your career and you’re always going to have doubts. I won two races in 2016 and it seemed very hard to win last year, so you start to have doubts but I think every professional in sport has those moments. I’m very self-motivated and even when the odds seem stacked against me I still believe I can do something. But it could also be directed at people that doubt I can win races or fight for the title.”

How does it feel to be the first British rider since Barry Sheene in 1979 to be leading the premier class World Championship?

“That happened in 1979 and I wasn’t born for another six years! It makes me feel very proud but I think I’m doing a good job whatever the history books say because in Argentina I was racing guys like Alex and Jack who are 10 years younger than me. When I won in Brno everybody was talking about it being the first win for a British rider in the premier class since Barry Sheene and comparing me to him, which was incredible. Just to be spoken in the same sentence as Barry was very humbling. But he won many races and two titles and I’ve only won three races, so I’ve got some work to do.”

Milestones are always nice to achieve, so how special was it that your win in Argentina was the 750th Grand Prix success for Honda?

“I think my team really deserve it more than anything else. Lucio Cecchinello has been with Honda for a very long time and he’s always had a great collaboration with them. Everybody in the team works incredibly hard and for Lucio to have that on the CV is something special for him and the entire squad. On a personal note, it’s a very nice feeling. But I’m not saying I’ll still be riding when it comes to trying to win the 1000th for Honda!”

The fourth place in Qatar and win in Argentina means you’ve had the best start ever in your MotoGP career, so what do you think is the main reason for that?

“Honestly I don’t know because previously I’ve generally always started badly at Qatar. I do like Argentina and I took my opportunity there in a difficult race because Johann, Alex and Jack didn’t make it easy. I think it comes down to good preparation from myself, the LCR CASTROL Team and Honda. They’ve given me the tools to be more competitive this year. My bike is working better in terms of the speed and acceleration, which is where we felt we were lacking in the past and HRC has done a great job to improve the engine. Whenever we’ve made requests for changes before it has been difficult to pair the engine with the electronics, particularly at the start of the season. But this year we go to tracks and hit the ground running and I’ve been competitive throughout winter testing and in the first two races.”

Would you say the priority in terms of improving performance of the 2018 RC213V was focused exclusively on the engine?

“It’s a difficult one for the factories without concessions because you have to seal the engines before the start of the season and then you can’t modify them. It’s vital that you get it right and that was a priority. We haven’t changed the bike so much and most of the parts are similar to last year. The feel of the bike is very similar too but we have more power to play with. Having more power is not always the solution because you have to manage it with electronics or your right wrist, but I’d rather be taking power away than be lacking speed because then you’re up against it.”

You’re now an official HRC contracted rider for the first time, so do you feel any different in terms of support from Honda?

“That’s hard to say because I’ve always had great support from Honda from the moment I first walked into the LCR garage at the end of 2014. They’ve always listened to my input on the bike and I work hard for my team but also for Honda as well because I want to help them create a bike we can all be competitive on. I’ve always had great technical staff in my garage from Honda and they have obviously been pleased with the way I’ve managed the situation in the first two races.”

 

 

 

Based on what we’ve seen this year, with your LCR Honda Castrol team win and the pole position in Qatar and Argentina being taken by a rider from Monster Yamaha Tech 3 and Alma Pramac Racing, can an Independent Team rider win the World Championship?

“That’s a tough question, but if I didn’t believe I could do it or the team could do it then there is no point in me turning up. It will be very, very difficult and honestly the likelihood is no. The factories have so many more resources compared to an Independent Team that it will take something very special to do it. Being a factory rider as I am, I’ve got great support from Honda. But there is a lot that goes into winning. An Independent Team might have 30 staff but a factory has 90. And we need to see what happens when the factories begin to develop their machinery with new parts once we get to Europe because that can be a time when the gap in performance widens. I’m happy with the package I’ve got and competitive with it and I’m confident I can get stronger. What I do know is that Dorna and Carmelo Ezpeleta have done an outstanding job to create a series where guys not on a factory bike or in a factory team have a great opportunity to be competitive. I genuinely believe MotoGP™ is the best sporting event in the world right now. The show in Moto3™, Moto2™ and MotoGP™ is so exciting.”

Do you think 2018 is going to be the toughest MotoGP™ title to win in history?

“I know how hard it is to win races in MotoGP™ and I’ll soon know when we get to Austin how hard it is to lead the World Championship. It’s not something I’ve done since World Supersport back in 2009! I’m under no illusions about how tough the season is going to be. It’s the longest in history and the competition is unbelievably strong. They key for me is consistency and trying to score points in every race. If I don’t have the best day I still need to be scoring points if I want to be in a strong position come Valencia at the end of the year. You’ve got to take the setbacks on the chin and react as calmly as possibly because I think this year’s title is one of the hardest to win ever. This season there are 10 guys going into every race that can be on the podium.”

Behind you on Sunday there was a lot of well documented controversy, so what’s your opinion on Marc Marquez as he came through the pack?

“This might sound like a cop out and I know everybody watched it and has an opinion on it but it doesn’t concern me. I need to concentrate on what I’m doing and the team is doing to make sure we stay at the top of the rankings. What happened has happened and it didn’t concern me. It’s been a talking point for everybody else but it doesn’t need to be one for me.”

All three of your wins have come with wife Lucy watching at home on TV, so are you still letting her come to races with you?

“She can still come to races (laughs). I usually ride better when Lucy is there but it just so happens she hasn’t seen me win yet at the track. About 15 minutes before I went to the grid on Sunday I was talking to her on the phone and I wasn’t happy about something that had happened at the track. She got me calmed down and she told me: “Cal, just concentrate on winning and go and do it for your girl’s.” I remembered those words with two laps to go. I passed Johann and thought about what she said when I was in turns seven and eight. There were a few damp patches there and I hit one and I just remembered the phone call and what Lucy had told me about doing it for her and my daughter, Willow. She was a calming influence on me even though she was about 7000 miles away!?

Surpriză sau nu în sesiunea de calificări din Argentina

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Pe un circuit umed Dovizioso,Marquez sau Rossi nu se găsesc în prima linie.

Pe un circuit in uscare Jack Miller riscă și pentru ultime tururi alege pneuri de uscat, mișcare care se dovedește câștigătoare reușind sa îl detroneze pe Dani Petrosa. Spaniolul conducând ultima parte din calificări nu a reușit sa facă fără asaltului final al lui Miller care reușește pole-ul cu 1,47.153.

Mai găsim în prima linie pe Johann Zarco și Tito Rabat pe locurile 3 și 4 în timp ce Alex Rins deschide linia a doua clasandu-si în fata lui Andrea Iannone pe care îl găsim pe un loc 12.

Dovizioso cu Ducati reușește un loc 8 în timp ce Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) nu prinde top ten el clasandu-se 11. Se pare ca Miller care a ales sa riște pe final a reușit surpriza impunându-se chiar pe final.

After 15 years brake Moto GP returns to Argentina in 2014

Moto GP returned to Argentina in 2014 after a long 15-year break, with the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in the northern province of Santiago del Estero becoming the host venue for the Gran Premio de la Republica Argentina – a race that had previously been held in Buenos Aires.

Argentina

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Length is 4.8 km, 14 corners 5 left turns and 9 right turns with a straight of 1076m. For Moto 3 should be covered 100.9 km, 110.5km for Moto 2 and 120.2km for Moto GP. Best lap established by Marc MARQUEZ in 2014 1,37.683.

The South American circuit is a challenge to riders, teams, bikes and especially tyres, as the high temperatures and the abrasiveness of the asphalt makes this one of the most demanding tracks of the year.Just because parts of the 4,806m circuit have been resurfaced, meaning Michelin and the teams have no data to process as to the type of surface and the difference it will make to one of the toughest laps on the calendar. Due to this change the MICHELIN Power Slick allocation will be slightly different from the normal three front and three rear tyres, as a fourth choice will be added to the selection. This will make the following selections available; soft, two medium and a hard compound for both the front and rear, with the two front mediums having different compounds, whilst the two rear mediums will have different casings from each other.

Argentina has been a circuit that has certainly given us a number of challenges during the two years we have raced there. It is a track that can be very hot, have high abrasiveness and then it can rain and the temperature drops quite a lot, so we must be ready for every eventuality. This year those uncertainties have been added to with parts of the track being resurfaced, so we are going there with very little knowledge of what exactly to expect, although the track has been very helpful with advanced info, but that is different from having existing data from races or tests on a new surface. That is why when Dorna asked us to fix the tyre allocation at the start of the season we had it included that we could take a fourth option front and rear slick to Argentina, so that we can give all the riders the best opportunity to find a balance of tyres that best suits them, their bike and the altered track. We believe with the knowledge we have gathered since our return to MotoGP we have the right compounds to take on the Termas track and hope to see some very fast times recorded during the weekend.”said Piero Taramasso Michelin Motorsport Two-wheel Manger.

Who will make the best tayers choice we will see in this weekend. Dovizioso, Marquez or maybe VR46, anything can happen.

Pole de Poles,Marc Marquez, enjoy the video :