When Jorge Lorenzo claimed the pole for the 2016 MotoGP season opener in Qatar, the reigning champ qualified in the top position for the 62nd time of his GP career.This allowed him to steal the record of most poles from nine-time World Champion and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP teammate Valentino Rossi. But the 37-year-old Italian wasn’t about to let Lorenzo win storm away with the record; he earned the 62nd pole of his GP career Saturday at round four in Jerez, the first European round of the season, and is now once again tied with Lorenzo.
And the YZR-M1 pilot completed the task in dominating style; Rossi, who has earned six premier-class victories at Jerez, posted a best lap of 1:38.736 around the 2.75-mile circuit containing 13 corners. He finished 0.122 of a second ahead of future Ducati Team rider Lorenzo.Taking the final front-row starting position is Repsol Honda’s Marquez, who finished a mere 0.033 of a second behind Lorenzo. Marquez is also in the race for most poles; the two-time MotoGP Champion earned the top qualifying positions at rounds two and three in Argentina and Texas, respectively, placing him third overall in poles with 60.Rossi, who suffered two weeks ago his first crash at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas after 25-consecutive top-five positions, led FP3, and was immediately the rider to chase during the 15-minute qualifying two session.This was the Italian’s first pole since last season’s Dutch GP in Assen.“We worked a lot because last year we struggled during qualifying. This year, with the Michelin tires, I feel better and I already started on the front row two times, but pole position is something different, especially here in Jerez,” Rossi says.“I knew I could be competitive, but during the last races we had some problems and I made a mistake in Austin. We didn‘t take the results we expected, so we have to start doing so now. For sure tomorrow will be very hard with Lorenzo and Marquez, but we are there and we can fight.”The top-eight riders were all within a second of Rossi, though from fourth-on nobody was even close to the front-row starters.Claiming fourth – the top of the second row – was Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso. The Italian finished 0.844 of a second behind Rossi, and was followed by a mere 0.001 of a second by Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Maverick Vinales, and 0.007 of a second by Vinales’ teammate, Aleix Espargaro.Rounding out the top 12 in Qualifying were Marquez’s Teammate Dani Pedrosa, Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Pol Espargaro, Avintia Racing Ducati’s Hector Barbera LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow, Ducati Team’s Andrea Iannone, and Avintia Racing Ducati’s Loris Baz.The 21-rider MotoGP grid returns to Jerez tomorrow for the 27-lap Spanish Grand Prix, which gets underway at 2 p.m. local time. With three podiums that includes two wins, Marquez has a total of 66 points, 21 ahead of Lorenzo. Rossi is in third with 33 points.Photography by Luciano Bianchetto
2016 Jerez MotoGP Qualifying Results
FRONT ROW1. V. ROSSI MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1’38.7362. J. LORENZO MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1’38.8583. M. MARQUEZ REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1’38.891SECOND ROW4. A. DOVIZIOSO DUCATI TEAM 1’39.5805. M. VIÑALES TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR 1’39.5816. A. ESPARGARÒ TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR 1’39.588THIRD ROW7. D. PEDROSA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1’39.6788. P. ESPARGARÒ MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3 1’39.7209. H. BARBERA AVINTIA RACING 1’39.742FOURTH ROW10. C. CRUTCHLOW LCR HONDA 1’39.88111. A. IANNONE DUCATI TEAM 1’40.05412. L. BAZ AVINTIA RACING 1’40.184FIFTH ROW13. A. BAUTISTA APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI 1’40.23914. B. SMITH MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3 1’40.24215. E. LAVERTY ASPAR TEAM MOTOGP 1’40.292SIXTH ROW16. Y. HERNANDEZ ASPAR TEAM MOTOGP 1’40.33517. S. REDDING OCTO PRAMAC YAKHNICH 1’40.59518. S. BRADL APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI 1’40.835SEVENTH ROW19. J. MILLER ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS 1’40.96820. M. PIRRO OCTO PRAMAC YAKHNICH 1’40.98521. T. RABAT ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS 1’41.039
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put you in touch with Dale.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!