Category Archives: MotoGP

Vale Angel Nieto

The Jerez circuit will be renamed in honour of Angel Nieto who lost his life in a traffic accident last week. Nieto was the first Spaniard to win a motorcycle World Championship and he went on to become the 3rd most successful Grand Prix rider of all time. Nieto popularised the sport in Spain and helped pave the way for younger Spanish riders to follow the same path. Since then Spaniards have won a massive 46 world titles which means naming the Spanish Grand Prix venue in his honour is a very fitting tribute.

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Vale Nicky Hayden

Sad news emerged from Italy where Nicky Hayden has succumbed to injuries sustained in a cycling accident. The 2006 MotoGP World Champion was one of the sport’s most popular riders thanks to his relaxed and friendly demeanour. He will be remembered for his warmth of character as much as he will for his on track success. Hayden is survived by his parents, two brothers, two sisters, and his fiancee. He was just 35.

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MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa’s career statistics are amazing

In Jerez, Dani Pedrosa became the first rider in history to win at least one Grand Prix in 16 consecutive seasons. That is a phenomenal achievement over many years and he has managed that against some very strong competition. It’s a timely reminder that Pedrosa’s career statistics are right up there with the very best – he has won more Grands Prix than 104 other World Champions!

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Johann Zarco made a stunning MotoGP debut

Johann Zarco forced himself into the lead on lap 1 of his first MotoGP race and quickly pulled away from the field. Although Zarco ended up crashing out, he made a real impression and is now the only rider on the current grid to have led his first race in the premier class.

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Some interesting stats from the MotoGP weekend at Sepang

  • 17 riders crashed during a bizarre Moto3 race, including the top 6 in the championship. 3 of the 4 leaders even crashed at the same corner (5:50 into this video) and everyone who stayed upright was able to score points.
  • Sam Lowes fell during the Moto2 race which, incredibly, was his 30th crash of the season.
  • In the 51 GP races this year (across Moto3, Moto2 & MotoGP) there have been 25 different winners. That’s incredible – and there are still 3 races left to boost the record!

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Maverick Viñales had a rather unusual accident at Phillip Island

Maverick Viñales managed to crash coming into the pitlane during practice because he was too busy watching himself on the big screen.

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MotoGP: It’s hard to beat Marc Marquez’s 2014 title celebrations

Marc Márquez wasn’t expecting to seal the 2016 MotoGP World Championship at Motegi which might be why he didn’t have another fantastic (but utterly ridiculous) victory celebration planned. This 2014 video shows Marquez using smoke flares, a samurai, and a weather balloon to celebrate title success. Because why not.

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2016 has been an incredible season of Grand Prix motorcycling

There have been a total of 22 different winners across MotoGP, Moto2 & Moto3, including 8 different winners in 8 consecutive MotoGP races (an all-time record). 22 winners in a season is astonishing, especially with 5 rounds still to go, and it has never happened before in the modern 3-class era.

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MotoGP: There were some great stories to come out of Brno

Cal Crutchlow scored his first MotoGP victory at Brno and did so under exceptional circumstances. Cal had to fight back from 15th place on lap 3 and ended up overtaking almost the entire field in changeable conditions. That’s a great way to win any Grand Prix let alone your first! It was quite fitting that Crutchlow broke the 35-year victory drought for British riders whilst riding bike number 35.

John McPhee also took his first Grand Prix victory at Brno although he came under immense pressure at the end of the Moto3 race when he almost threw it all away. McPhee’s tyres started to give out and with just a few laps to go he had a wild highside coming out of Turn 13. Incredibly, he landed back on his bike and kept it all together to reach the finish. It was a heart-in-mouth moment that McPhee could’ve done without whilst fighting for his first win.

Marc Marquez started his Brno pole position lap right behind Valentino Rossi, and whilst he made gains in Rossi’s slipstream, he had to overtake Valentino at the end of the lap to realise the full benefit. The result was a brilliant (and aggressive) move briefly caught at 25 seconds on the highlights video below. It was pretty special to see pole position decided by a wheel-to-wheel battle in qualifying between two bitter rivals.

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