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.
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.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's races at Mugello:
Top 10 for Karel Hanika as Jack Miller crashes out
Red Bull KTM Ajo’s World Championship leader crashes on final lap of Italian Grand Prix. Karel Hanika equals his best result of the year with tenth.
06/01/2014 - Mugello Circuit , Italy
One circuit, three races, all of them utterly different in nature. The wide, flowing layout with a long straight, fast corners, and multiple combinations of turns present very different challenges to Grand Prix racing's three different classes. For Moto3, escape is impossible, the race coming down to tactics and the ability to pick the right slipstream. In Moto2, it is possible to get away, but it's equally possible to chase an escaped rider down. And in MotoGP, the fast flicks make it possible to both defend attacks and launch your own counter attack.
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Knowing that not everyone is in a position to watch qualifying and races when they are live, we try to operate a no-spoilers policy for at least a few hours after the event. No results in headlines, nor on the MotoMatters Twitter feed. But as the mighty motorcycle racing Twitter personality SofaRacer put it today, ' I know you don't like to Tweet spoilers David. But 'Márquez on pole' and 'Márquez wins' technically, erm, aren't.' To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Marc Marquez took his sixth pole of the season, and his seventh pole in a row on Sunday. Marquez remains invincible, even at what he regards as his worst track of the year.
His advantage is rather modest, though. With just 0.180 seconds over the man in second place – the surprising Andrea Iannone – it is Marquez' smallest advantage of the season, if we discount Qatar, where he was basically riding with a broken leg. You get the sense that Marquez is holding something back, almost being cautious, after being bitten several times by the track last year, including a massive crash in free practice and then sliding out of the race. It makes him almost vulnerable for the first time. His race pace is still fast, but he has others – Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa, even the Ducatis of Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso – all on roughly the same pace.
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Tito Rabat has taken his fourth pole position of the 2014 season for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, as he looks to regain his stranglehold on the Moto2 Championship. The Kalex rider has lead every dry session of the weekend so far and posted a time of 1:52.718. While this was a tenth slower than he managed in FP3 it was enough to pip Sam Lowes. Reigning World Supersport Champion Lowes put in a sterling performance to achieve his best Moto2 qualifying result to date. The Brit will be joined on the front row by the ever-improving Sandro Cortese.
World Championship leader Tito Rabat has continued to set the pace at Mugello as he headed the field in the third Moto3 Free Practice session. The Marc VDS rider bettered his quickest Friday lap to set a time of 1:52.694, enough to leave him two tenths clear of now regular front runner Jonas Folger and fellow German youngster Sandro Cortese. Thomas Luthi ended with the fourth fastest time and was a further two tenths behind, while Aspar's Jordi Torres completed the top five.