Tag Archives: MotoGP

MotoGP: This is one of the most amazing things you’ll ever see in a championship decider

Marc Marquez only had to stay upright in Valencia to be crowned 2017 MotoGP World Champion but incredibly he threw it all away – and then gathered it back up again – in one wild 135kph manoeuvre. Marquez is known for his brilliant saves but has never done something like that with so much at stake.

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Here’s a look back at October in motorsport

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MotoGP: Valentino Rossi qualifying 3rd just 3 weeks after breaking his leg is amazing

Rossi’s efforts recovering from a broken leg are incredible, but there also some extreme stories from the past. A week before the 1925 Monza GP Tazio Nuvolari crashed at the circuit and broke both his legs. He returned to Monza for the race with his legs in plaster casts and took part by tying himself to the bike and having his mechanics hold him upright at the start. Nuvolari overtook the whole field and won.

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MotoGP: Valentino Rossi has achieved something very special this season

Valentino Rossi’s victory at Assen meant he has now won Grand Prix races over a 20 year period – an astonishing record. For any sportsperson to have success at the world’s highest level for such a long period of time is incredible.

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MotoGP: Andrea Dovizioso and Marc Marquez staged an epic fight for victory in Austria

Dovizioso and Marquez swapped positions 13 times during their battle and it all came down to a single desperate moment in the final corner. Maximum pressure. Maximum commitment. Neither rider left anything on the table.

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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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