Marc Marquez 47 de Victorii în MotoGP-BlockStart

Spaniolul Marc Marquez s-a impus în Marele Premiu de la Le Mans ajungând astfel la 47 de victorii la clasa regină, egalându-l în același timp și pe coechipierul său Jorge Lorenzo. El a reușit să le ia fața celor doi piloți italieni de la Ducati Andrea Dovizioso și Danilo Petrucci. Italianul Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) s-a clasat al cincilea la 4sec633/1000.

Acesta este al treilea succes din acest sezon pentru Marquez, care s-a mai impus atât în Argentina cât și în Spania.

La Moto2, câştigător a fost Alex Marquez (Kalex), iar la Moto3 John McPhee (Honda). Etapa a şasea, Marele Premiu al Italiei, va avea loc la 2 iunie, pe circuitul Mugello.

Campionatul Național de Viteză în Coastă Dunlop, Cupa Cheile Grădiștei

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Cheile Grădiștei este o nouă ediție inaugurală , și tot odată cea de-a doua etapă din Campionatul National de Viteză în Coastă care se va desfășura în weekend-ul ce urmează (18-19 Mai).

Prima ediție a Cupei Cheile Grădiștei se va desfășura pe un traseu care face legătura între localitățile Moeciu și Fundata ,un traseu complet nou, în care vor lua startul 87 de piloți. Participă piloți cu renume precum Lucien Hora, liderul clasamentului OPEN, Andrei Dumitrescu, campionul național absolut, Emil Nestor, Silviu Dumitrescu, Dani Oțil și Aurelian Andronache,
 Lucian Răduț, Costi Stratnic, Bogdan Cuzma sau Călin Făgădar, dar și mașinile GT (Ferrari și Audi R8) pilotate de Mihai Leu, Florin Voicu și Eduard Cozma. Acestora li se vor adaugă multe alte mașini de concurs, contemporane sau clasice, ale căror concurenți sunt hotărâți să descopere și să cucerească noul traseu.

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Sâmbătă, 18 mai, sunt programate trei manșe de recunoaștere și două manșe de antrenamente cronometrate, acestea din urmă fiind decisive pentru stabilirea ordinii de start din manșele de concurs. Cele două urcări de concurs vor avea loc duminică, 19 mai, de la orele 13:00, respectiv 15:30, după ce în prealabil piloții vor mai avea la dispoziție încă două runde de recunoaștere.

The Doctor is confident he can cut the nine-point gap at Le Mans

Le Mans has been a happy hunting ground for Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi over recent years. The Italian has an impressive seven podiums to his name in his last ten visits to the French circuit.

A victory that, despite his top three form, has escaped him in France for now eleven years; a stat he will most certainly be looking to rectify this weekend at the Shark Helmets Grand Prix de France. Plus, if he can put his Le Mans drought to bed, The Doctor will keep himself firmly in the championship picture.

Just nine points separate Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Rossi, with the not-so small matter of Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Alex Rins (Team Ecstar Suzuki) in between, so what better time to take your first premier class win in nearly two years. Especially with Mugello on the horizon.

“The Jerez test was quite positive,” said Rossi, after making small improvements on the acceleration and rear grip of his Yamaha M1. “I think we can also try something during the weekend in France. Le Mans is a track that I like a lot, and our Yamaha is usually competitive there. The goal is to have a good weekend, work well from FP1 onwards, and be fast from the first day.
“We had a good race pace last year, so we want to start working from there. I’m hoping for good weather to work in throughout the weekend, so we can show our full potential. I want to get back on the podium, and we will do our best with the team.”

That last Le Mans win back in 2008 helped Rossi to the eighth or his nine World Championships; will triumph under the Tricolour in 2019 mark the start of a charge towards number ten? Find out from 09:55 local time (GMT+2) on Friday morning, as MotoGP™ FP1 gets underway.

Alfa Romeo is stronger after two days of testing in Barcelona-Kimi Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo Racing did not have the best Spanish Grand Prix, but Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen claims if they were to do it again, they’d be “stronger” after completing two days of testing. Kimi Raikkonen finished sixth fastest after driving the car on Wednesday. His race in Barcelona was the first time he didn’t score points during the 2019 Formula 1 season.

However, the team lost a significant amount of time on Tuesday as Callum Ilott crashed heavily. The car picked up damage, enough to end their day. But Kimi Raikkonen drove 110 laps the following day to provide the team with lots of data. The Finn’s best time, a 1:17.393, put him 1.6s shy of pace-setter Nikita Mazepin in the Mercedes. In typical Iceman style, he summed the day up well.

It was a pretty good day in the car. After yesterday’s issues, we had to change our testing programme slightly, but we managed to go through all the different things we wanted to try,” Kimi Raikkonen said in an interview on PlanetF1 – “We had the chance to work with different compounds, we worked on the set-up, and we put a few different parts on the car, so it was a busy day. I feel if we did the race weekend again, we’d be stronger than we were.” – the 2007 Formula One world champion concluded.

Alfa Romeo Racing will be back in action on Thursday next week when free practice starts for the sixth round of the season, the Monaco Grand Prix.