The 2015 MotoGP™ World Championships has gone for a three week break after an enthralling half season that has seen records matched, surpassed and created The 2015 MotoGP™ World Champions started under the flood lights of the Losail International Circuit in Qatar in a thrilling weekend that saw the resurgent Ducati Desmosedici GP15 Dominating the Free Practice timing sheets and eventually getting the first 2015 MotoGP pole position.
The race saw Valentino Rossi from 8th position on the grid made his way up the field challenging and fighting off his team mate Jorge Lorenzo, Italian compatriots Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso with three laps to go to emerge victorious in the desert conquest aboard his revamped Yamaha M1 to claim his 83rd MotoGP victory Since Qatar, the MotoGP™ series has been a thrilling tale with Marc Marquez running off the track at turn 1 on lap one, Dani Pedrosa retiring to fix his arm-pump injury after he finished a disappointing 6th position in the race being over taken by his team mate Marc Marquez. The second race of the season at Circuit Of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas saw 2006 MotoGP™ World Champion Nicky Hayden race his 200th Grand Prix on home soil becoming the 4th rider in history to reach the 200th GPs milestone after Valentino Rossi, Alex Barros and Loris Capirossi.
In the COTA race the Spanish national flag wave highest as Marc Marquez set a masterclass performance winning from pole with 2.3s gap victory to quench his 2015 MotoGP win thirst and motivated going to South America for the next Round where his American taste of Victory on the RC213V Honda had a terrible flavor taste in South America where he crashed out of second place in an effort to nip Valentino Rossi to the finish line at the Autodromo Termas de rio hondo circuit in Argentina.
Valentino Rossi in the Argentine Grand Prix started yet again from 8th like he did in Qatar and caught up with Marquez with just two laps to go before eventually winning the race after a last lap battle with the reigning World Chmapion. Andrea Dovizioso had his third consecutive second place finish aboard the Factory Ducati GP15. Cal Crutchlow finished 3rd in that contest and earned himself his first MotoGP podium on a Honda Valentino Rossi made headlines yet again at Jerez becoming the first ever rider to get 200 Grand Prix podium finishes Movistar Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo took his first win of the 2015 season and went ahead to win Le Mans, Mugello and the Catalan Grand Prix. Iannone won his first ever MotoGP podium at Mugello and finished 2nd ahead of Nine Times world Champion and compatriot Valentino Rossi…
Valentino Rossi came back to the top step of the MotoGP™ podium at AssenTT where he started on pole and fighting off Marquez yet again to claim victory after a last lap last corner battle, an incident that brought in Race Control to judge and decide the winner of which the Race Control department termed ‘ a racing incident’ saying Valentino Rossi did no offense. Marquez went into The Cathedral’s post-race Press Conference begrudged insisting that Rossi should have been penalized and went ahead making comments that upset both Rossi and non-Rossi fans as well as riders in the other MotoGP™ category labeling the Spaniard a bitter loser.
Rossi’s record-making AssenTT feat includes; the rider with the longest winning career in the premier class spanning close to 15 years of winning. This victory was Rossi’s first win from Pole position, 5 years from Misano 2009 Barely a week ago, Marc Marquez and the Repsol Honda team arrived Sachsenring in Germany dominating and racking new track records and fastest lap records. Marc Marquez went ahead to win the race from Pole to record a six-out-of-six wins maintaining a 100% record at the German track. The German Grand Prix at Sachsenring gave Dani Pedrosa his first podium of the season fighting off Rossi and finishing second behind Marquez to also earn Honda their first one-two of the MotoGP season Valentino Rossi was at it again but this time his attempts at trying to battle off Pedrosa for the 2nd did not go as planned forcing the Legend to claim the last spot on the Sachsenring MotoGP rostrum in 3rd in front of his team mate Jorge Lorenzo in 4th.
Valentino Rossi currently leads the MotoGP™ World Championships with a 13 points (179 points) advantage over his fellow Movistar Yamaha team mate Jorge Lorenzo who is second with 166 Points and also has a 65 points lead over the reigning World Champion Marc Marquez who is 4th with 114 points . Factory Ducati rider Andrea Iannone is 3rd in the MotoGP Championship with 31 points gap between him and his team mate Andrea Dovizioso who rounds up the top five with 87 points.
There is still a lot more to come in the second half of the season as all teams and riders resume heading back to America for the RedBull Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) MotoGP scheduled from 7th to 9th August 2015
By: IKEMESIT NKEREUWEM