Casey Stoner has made a temporary return to MotoGP, completing two days of testing for Honda at Motegi. Over the two days of testing, Stoner focused on the 2015 version of Honda's RC213V, the Australian comparing the settings used by Repsol Honda's current riders, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, to see how they work with the new bike. Stoner also worked on preparing the 2015 further ahead of its debut at the Valencia test after the final race of the season. Finally, he also spent some time on the development versions of Michelin's MotoGP tires, as the French manufacturer prepares to take over as spec tire supplier from 2016 onwards. As is their custom with all testing, Honda did not release any lap times.
Stoner volunteered to do the test as compensation for the tests he was scheduled to do in 2013. Those tests were largely rained off due to poor weather in Japan, and Stoner felt he still owed HRC some testing. With better weather conditions at Motegi for this test, the Australian was able to make good on his debt to Honda. According to MCN's Matt Birt, HRC boss Shuhei Nakamoto is keen to retain Stoner as a test rider, but agreement is yet to be reached.
Bridgestone today issued their customary post-race press release, containing a debrief on the race just passed. This week, it is the turn of Shinji Aoki to explain the role which changing temperatures and hard braking played at Motegi:
Japanese MotoGP™ debrief with Shinji Aoki
Tuesday, October 14 2014
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium & Hard; Rear: Extra-soft, Soft & Medium (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo secured his second win in a row at last weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix as Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez finished in second place to secure his second-straight MotoGP™ crown.
Conditions for the start of the Japanese Grand Prix race weekend were warm, but cool ambient temperatures and cloud cover drastically lowered track temperatures on Sunday, with a peak recording of just 27°C recorded during the race.
Q&A with Shinji Aoki – Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department
How did the much cooler temperatures on Sunday compared to the previous days effect tyre performance during the race?
The endless stream of press releases from Honda, Repsol and Dorna on Marc Marquez' 2014 MotoGP title continues. Today, the indefatigable Repsol Media Service issued a press release containing an interview with the newly-crowned champion:
"This title is to thank Honda for letting me bring all my people to the team"
Marc Marquez yesterday won his fourth World Championship ‒just reward for a season that he started brilliantly and in which he clinched the title with three rounds remaining.
Motegi, Japan, was the scene of a fourth World Championship title victory for Marc Marquez yesterday. The Repsol Honda team rider successfully defended his title in the MotoGP at the first available opportunity. Despite mistakes at the last two races, Marquez left his rivals with no chance of catching him and could celebrate in style with races in Australia, Malaysia and Valencia in hand.
Is winning a World Championship more difficult than taking 10 wins in a row?
Marc Marquez had come to Motegi to give Honda the world championship at their home circuit for the first time ever. The Movistar Yamaha team had come to Japan to score a win in front of their home fans, and factory bosses. In the end, the Battle of the Bosses can be declared a draw: Jorge Lorenzo was just about unstoppable on his way to victory, winning in front of Yamaha's top brass. And Marc Marquez nudged his way past Valentino Rossi to take second, finishing ahead of the two men who could prevent him from wrapping up the 2014 MotoGP title. Marquez brought Honda a championship at the circuit they own, in front of the company's CEO, Takanobu Ito. Both Lorenzo and Marquez came to Motegi with a job to do, and they both got the job done.
The win capped a weekend of near perfection at Motegi for Jorge Lorenzo. Qualifying had been the only minor bump on the road to victory, the Movistar Yamaha man forced to start from the second row. He made up for that with raw aggression off the line, sitting Marc Marquez up into the first corner, then picking of the men ahead of him until he sat on the tail of his teammate, Valentino Rossi. Rossi had capitalized on his front row start, leading off the line and into the first corner, shuffling pole sitter Andrea Dovizioso back to second, Lorenzo demoting the Ducati man to third the next corner.
Rossi pushed hard from the off, and Lorenzo was happy to sit quietly on his tail and follow. But once Marc Marquez had gathered his composure again, passed Andrea Iannone, and closed down Andrea Dovizioso, Lorenzo decided he could wait no longer. A hard but clean pass on Rossi at the end of the back straight put Lorenzo in the lead, and though Rossi thought about attacking straight back, he found himself off line and with Dovizioso ready to pounce behind him.
The Repsol Media Service issued the following press release, chronicling Marc Marquez' path to his 2014 MotoGP title:
Marc Marquez proclaimed 2014 MotoGP World Champion
Repsol Honda team rider takes second straight title in the premier class in Japan and, at 21 years of age, adds a fourth world title to his resumé.
Marc Marquez has been crowned King of MotoGP once again. The Repsol Honda rider retained his title at the Japanese Grand Prix, achieving a new milestone. The Spaniard becomes the youngest rider in history to win two consecutive MotoGP World Championships, adding the accolade to his titles in 125cc (2010) and Moto2 (2012).
2014 is going to be hard to forget for Marc Marquez. The Repsol Honda team rider began the series in unstoppable fashion, stringing together ten consecutive wins and equalling the record set by Mick Doohan in 1997 –also as a Repsol rider. This season, Marquez has won 11 races and taken 12 podiums and 11 pole positions. The champion has been able to manage his advantage with a maverick style, en route to clinching the title in Japan.
MotoGP series organizer Dorna issued the following press release, celebrating Marc Marquez' successful defense of his MotoGP title:
How magnificent Marquez successfully defended the MotoGP™ title in 2014
Repsol Honda’s brilliant young MotoGP™ World Champion Marc Marquez retained the premier class title in style this year – and this is the story of how he did so, sending the hashtag #MM93WorldChamp trending worldwide.
Last year Marquez became the youngest ever winner of the premier class World Championship, securing the crown by four points and winning it at the last race of the season in Valencia. This year a brilliant start to his title defence saw him notch up ten consecutive race wins in the opening ten races, leaving his rivals chasing his shadows.
A pre-season leg break which the rider, from Cervera, Spain, sustained whilst dirt track training close to his hometown, meant he missed the last tests before the new season commenced, but he showed no signs of weakness once the real action got underway in Qatar. Just weeks after his training accident Marquez showed he would be tough to beat this year as he won from pole at the Losail International Circuit following a great battle in the desert with Valentino Rossi.
The Repsol Media Service put together the following video and press release celebrating Marc Marquez wrapping up his fourth world championship, and second title in MotoGP:
The career of a four-time World Champion
A look back, with pictures and audio, at Marc Marquez’ evolution in the World Championship, from his debut in 2008 to the 2014 season.
It has been 7 seasons since a very young Marc Marquez, aged just 15, took his first steps in the World Championship in 2008 with the backing of Repsol. It has been enough time for the Repsol Honda rider to amaze with numerous milestones, accumulating 4 World Championships ‒1 in 125cc (2010), 1 in Moto2 (2012) and 2 in MotoGP (2013 and 2014)‒ in the last 5 years and achieving unprecedented accolades for someone so young.
The Repsol Honda team issued the following press release containing all of Marc Marquez' records secured in 2014, plus a biograph of the 2014 world champion:
2014 World Champion – Marc Marquez
It’s been another record breaking season for Repsol Honda sensation, Marc Marquez. The young Spaniard has now won his first two MotoGP campaigns with back-to-back Championships and is rewriting the history books on his way.
Already having broken many milestones in his maiden year in 2013, this season has been no different. Here’s a look back at the records he’s accomplished this season to date.
2014 Highlights so far:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the Sunday's Japanese round at Motegi:
With news of Suzuki's return to MotoGP having been made official at the Intermot last week, the Japanese factory seized the opportunity presented by their home Grand Prix at Motegi to present their 2015 MotoGP bike in front of the fans. To launch the machine, Suzuki invited Kevin Schwantz and Franco Uncini to ride a few demonstration laps, Schwantz on the GSX-RR, Uncini on its predecessor. The press release issued after the event is shown below, and a gallery of images is available on the Suzuki Racing website:
SUZUKI & SCHWANTZ UNVEIL 2015 GSX-RR AT MOTEGI
Team Suzuki Press Office – October 12.
The 2015 Suzuki MotoGP GSX-RR was unveiled at today’s Motegi MotoGP race in Japan as 1993 World 500cc GP Champion Kevin Schwantz was joined by 1982 World Champion Franco Uncini for demonstration laps at the Twin Ring circuit.
Schwantz, who joined the Suzuki MotoGP test team for its test at Austin in Texas, USA earlier this year, rode the GSX-RR while Uncini demonstrated the GSV-R that last competed in the 2011 MotoGP series.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's races at Motegi:
Full Recap and Results below:
Full Recap and Results below: