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2014 Barcelona Moto2 And Moto3 Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's races at Barcelona:

Round Number: 
7
Year: 
2014

2014 Moto2 Championship Standings After Round 7, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain

Championship standings for round 7, 2014

2014 Barcelona Moto2 WUP Result: Folger Leads The Way

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2014 Barcelona MotoGP Saturday Round Up: On Breaking The Streak, The Three Tire Strategy, And Rain

His streak had to come to an end one day, and it turned out to be at Barcelona. Marc Marquez' run of pole positions stopped at seven – Valencia last year, plus the first six races of this season – after he was forced to concede the place to his Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa. For a change, the front row press conference on Friday afternoon did not feature a jubilant Marquez (well, actually, it did, but more that later) and a couple of dejected rivals, wondering what they can do about the Repsol Honda man. Both pole sitter Pedrosa and runner up Jorge Lorenzo were, if not exactly buoyant, at least rather perky. Hope has returned.

And rightly so. Pedrosa took pole completely on merit, posting a blistering lap that was only just off his own lap record set last year. Given how the track has deteriorated since last year – more bumps, less grip – Pedrosa's time was deeply impressive. So impressive that it forced Marc Marquez into a mistake. The Spaniard and his crew attempted a repeat of their strategy at Jerez, to attempt three runs for pole. It worked rather well, up until the very last run. Marquez was pushing hard, aware that Pedrosa had taken pole, but got into Turn 1 a little too hot, ran a little too wide onto the kerb, then had to push the front a little too hard to try to make the corner. He failed.

2014 Barcelona Moto2 And Moto3 Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying on Saturday at Barcelona:

Round Number: 
7
Year: 
2014

2014 Barcelona Moto2 FP3 Result: Rabat Reigns Supreme

Tito Rabat continues to rule the Moto2 class with an iron fist. The Marc VDS Racing rider topped the final session of free practice at Barcelona by another large margin, this time over half a second. Mika Kallio is once again the man in second, the Marc VDS man finishing just ahead of Jonas Folger, who continues to make a big impression in his Moto2 rookie year. Johann Zarco was the first of the Suters home, while Mattia Pasini ended the session in fifth.

Results:

2014 Barcelona Moto2 FP3 Result: Rabat Reigns Supreme

Tito Rabat continues to rule the Moto2 class with an iron fist. The Marc VDS Racing rider topped the final session of free practice at Barcelona by another large margin, this time over half a second. Mika Kallio is once again the man in second, the Marc VDS man finishing just ahead of Jonas Folger, who continues to make a big impression in his Moto2 rookie year. Johann Zarco was the first of the Suters home, while Mattia Pasini ended the session in fifth.

Results:

2014 Barcelona Moto2 FP2 Result: Rabat Dominates, Folger And Lowes Follow

Tito Rabat continues to rule the Moto2 class with an iron fist. The Marc VDS Racing rider ended the second session of free practice with the same margin as he had in the morning: over a quarter of a second. This time it was Jonas Folger who was 2nd, the German continuing an impressive weekend. Speed Up's Sam Lowes took 3rd, putting in a very strong showing at Barcelona, while Maverick Vinales ended the session in 4th.

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2014 Barcelona Moto2 FP1 Result: Rabat Makes His Mark

The Marc VDS Racing team's domination of the Moto2 class continues unabated. Tito Rabat took the lead early, and only had his teammate Mika Kallio to contend with. As the session went on, even Kallio could not withstand the unrelenting pace of Rabat, the championship leader pulling out an advantage of nearly three quarters of a second. Kallio took 2nd, ahead of an impressive Jonas Folger, the German sporting new sponsorship after a string of good results. Mattia Pasini held on for the 4th fastest time, ending ahead a brace of Swiss Suters, ridden by Dominique Aegerter and Tom Luthi.

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2014 Barcelona Moto2 And Moto3 Preview Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams ahead of this weekend's Catalunya Grand Prix at Barcelona:


Round Number: 
7
Year: 
2014

Opinion: History Repeating - With Energy Drinks, Motorcycle Racing Faces Another Tobacco Disaster

At the Barcelona round of MotoGP – or to give it its full title, the 'Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya' – title sponsors Monster Energy are to unveil a new flavor of their product, called 'The Doctor', marketed around Valentino Rossi. This is not a particularly unusual event at a MotoGP weekend. Almost every race there is a presentation for one product or another, linking in with a team, or a race, or a factory. If anything, the presentation of the Monster Energy drink is even more typical than most, featuring motorcycle racing's marketing dynamite Valentino Rossi promoting an energy drink, the financial backbone of the sport.

It is also a sign of the deep trouble in which motorcycle racing finds itself. Energy drinks are slowly taking over the role which tobacco once played, funding teams, riders and races, and acting as the foundation on which much of the sport is built. Red Bull funds three MotoGP rounds, a Moto3 team and backs a handful of riders in MotoGP and World Superbikes. Monster Energy sponsors two MotoGP rounds, is the title sponsor of the Tech 3 MotoGP squad, a major backer of the factory Yamaha squad and has a squadron of other riders which it supports in both MotoGP and World Superbike paddocks. Then there's the armada of other brands: Gresini's Go & Fun (a peculiar name if ever there was one), Drive M7 backing Aspar, Rockstar backing Spanish riders, Relentless, Burn, and far too many more to mention.

Why is the massive interest in backing motorcycle racing a bad thing? Because energy drinks, like the tobacco sponsors they replace, are facing a relentless onslaught to reduce the sale and marketing of the products. A long-standing ban of the sale of Red Bull – though strangely, only Red Bull – was struck down in France in 2008. Sale of energy drinks to under-18s has been banned in Lithuania. Some states and cities in the US are considering age bans on energy drink consumption. And perhaps more significantly, the American Medical Association has been pushing for a ban on marketing energy drinks to minors, a call which resulted in leaders in the industry being called to testify in front of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee of the US Senate.

Is Moto2 To Blame For A Lack Of Grip During MotoGP Races? Probably Not, Believes Guy Coulon

It is a common complaint among MotoGP riders after the race on Sunday afternoon: the track never has the grip which the riders found on previous days during practice and qualifying. The riders are quick to point the finger of blame at Moto2. The spectacle of 33 Moto2 machines sliding around on fat tires lays down a layer of rubber which adversely affects grip during the MotoGP race.

Andrea Dovizioso was the latest rider to add to a growing litany of complaints. After finish sixth at Mugello, the Ducati rider told the media that the rubber laid down by Moto2 made it hard to obtain the same level of grip as they found during practice. 'Everybody complains about that,' Dovizioso said, 'the rubber from Moto2 makes the grip less'. Because free practice and qualifying for Moto2 always takes place after MotoGP, but the Moto2 race happens before the premier class, it meant that track conditions were different.

Dovizioso was open to suggestions of reversing the order of practice for the Moto3 and Moto2 classes, with Moto2 preceding MotoGP and Moto3 following, rather than the other way round, Moto3 practice taking place ahead of MotoGP, and Moto2 going last. The idea behind this would be to have MotoGP practicing in the same conditions as the race, once Moto2 have left their layer of rubber on the track. 'It would be an interesting test if Moto2 and Moto3 would swap,' Dovizioso said. It is a suggestion which Jorge Lorenzo's team manager Wilco Zeelenberg has also made on a number of occasions, the Dutchman have complained of differing grip conditions repeatedly for several years now.

2014 Mugello Moto2 and Moto3 Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's races at Mugello:

Round Number: 
6
Year: 
2014
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