Since the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit joined the MotoGP Championship in 2014, only one rider has earned the pole – Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez. And the Spaniard once again completed this feat Saturday for round two of the 2016 MotoGP Championship in Argentina.After struggling throughout preseason testing with the RC213V, Marquez got back up to speed in Qatar, finishing third behind Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso and winner Jorge Lorenzo. But now he’s ready for serious redemption.
Marquez led Friday Argentina MotoGP practice, and despite two crashes Saturday, Marquez led all practices following up to qualifying. He set the quickest lap time at the Termas de Rio Hondo with a 1:39.411.Qualifying second 0.375 of a second behind Marquez for Sunday’s 25-lap race will be Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi, who won last year’s Argentina Grand Prix. Qualifying third, 0.533 of a second behind, was Rossi’s teammate, Jorge Lorenzo.Marc Marquez says: ”I’m happy with how the bike is going and with the pace we have. Tomorrow it will be vital to choose our rear tire well, because with the soft I feel very good but I do not know if we can use it. We will have to wait for the decision from Michelin.“We know what my crashes today were due to; the first was down to changing the setup but the second was because we pushed too hard. That is what happens in the qualifying session. Tomorrow we’ll give everything we have in the race.”Earning the remaining top nine positions in qualifying were Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa (0.6 seconds behind Marquez); Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso (—0.787); Ducati Team’s Andrea Iannone (-0.861); Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Maverick Vinales (-0.964); Avintia Racing Ducati’s Hector Barbera (- 1.113); LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow (-1.117); Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Pol Espargaro (-1.243); Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Aleix Espargaro (-1.1297); and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith (-1.482).The Argentina Grand Prix gets underway at 8 a.m. ET Sunday, April 3.
Honda CRF-E2 Electric + Dale Schmidtchen and the $50M V-Rod
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Hello everyone and welcome to Ultimate Motorcycling’s podcast, Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
This week’s episode is brought to you by Yamaha YZF-R7. The R7 lives up to its legendary name, as a high-performance supersport machine. Check it out at at your local Yamaha dealer, or of course at YamahaMotorsports.com.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams and I chat about electric bikes and the electric bike revolution that is likely the future of motorcycling. Actually this episode is specifically about Honda’s new CRF-E2… an electric dirt-bike for kids. We asked our tester, 8-year old Avery Bart to put the E2 through its paces and according to Don, she loved it. Honda has stated that the company goal is for 50% of its sales to be electric by 2030—an ambitious goal for sure, and the CRF-E2 is the first step in that direction.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my Aussie motorcycle industry friends—Dale Schmidtchen. Dale has worked for most of the major moto factories globally during his career, and his take on his CF Moto ADV bike is interesting. Beyond that, one his many projects is currently helping to sell the world’s most expensive motorcycle—a Harley V-Rod worth around 50 million dollars. Yes, that’s 50 million with an ‘M’.
Dale also owned a race team in the 1990s and helped bring several well-known Aussie racers to the world stage. He’s a very modest, matter-of-fact guy, but I always really enjoy chatting with him; I hope you enjoy listening.
Incidentally, if you’ve got around fifty mill burning a hole in your pocket and you fancy owning the so-called ‘Mona Lisa of motorbikes’—contact us at email@example.com and we’ll put you in touch with Dale.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!