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MotoGP™ Rewind: Sachsenring 2014 - YouTube

A heavy crash for Marc Marquez on Friday, additional spills for the likes of Bradley Smith and Dani Pedrosa in practice, followed by a hectic build up to the...
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MotoGP uses their Youtube channel to upload the Rewind: (Circuit name) (Year), a short 5 minutes clip that summarizes the highlights of every race. I personally feel that this is an excellent medium as it allows the public who do not have access to the Live broadcast of the MotoGP race to be updated with its latest results. Moreover, since the description of the races will never beat its "Live" version, these videos are often extremely well-received. Finally, a bonus to having these Rewinds is that the public can also view races from the previous seasons. 

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motogp.com · Marquez and Pedrosa complete Brno test

motogp.com · Marquez and Pedrosa complete Brno test | MotoGP | Scoop.it
Repsol Honda Team riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have come to the end of this week’s test session at Brno. Over the course of three days, the two Spaniards tested their 2014 bike as well as debuting the new 2015 machine.
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The Repsol Honda team was reportedly the first to test out the 2015 prototypes ahead of the new season. With the change in electronic settings, requirements and tire supplier (Michelin will take over Bridgestone from 2016 season onwards), the previous settings that assisted Repsol Honda duo, Marquez and Pedrosa, in their 2013 and 2014 victories will now need to undergo major changes. 

 

Although the 2015 prototypes were received with mixed reviews, Marquez and Pedrosa were still satisfied with the new bike. Not only were the testing done on the 2015 prototypes, their current RC213V had also undergone minor changes to further improve the bike. All these details and electronic settings might sound foreign to the public but they are nonetheless vital in stabilizing and securing wins for the riders and their teams. 

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motogp.com · German MotoGP™ debrief with Bridgestone’s Shinji Aoki

motogp.com · German MotoGP™ debrief with Bridgestone’s Shinji Aoki | MotoGP | Scoop.it
Following last weekend’s eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, Bridgestone review their findings from round nine.
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In an exclusive interview with Shinji Aoki, manager of the Bridgestone Motorcyle Tyre Development Department, the public is educated on the challenges of supplying the suitable tires for the riders on different track conditions.

 

This discussion had touched on the many aspects of MotoGP racing that the public do not focus on. Realistically, what matters to the public and the fans are the results of the race and the riders. Without expertise in the MotoGP field, most people do not pay attention to the importance of the tires and the electronics that greatly assist riders in their wins. Hence, this article is a good read as it would improve our knowledge on the track conditions which are often the determinants for the types of tires used at every race. 

 

 

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motogp.com · MotoGP in the Media

motogp.com · MotoGP in the Media | MotoGP | Scoop.it
The official website of MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3, includes Live Video coverage, premium content and all the latest news.
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This website offers an interesting perspective towards MotoGP as it not only covers the main race but also what is happening outside of it. There are numerous snippets of articles from various sources on what is happening over the current summer break, with many talks and updates regarding the offer of contracts to riders, the rumoured comeback of other factory teams such as Aprilia and Suzuki and also Rossi's 300th GP in Mugello back in May.

 

In fact, this page offered by MotoGP tend to focus on the riders rather than the technicalities of the race. Although it can be deemed as a site for gossips and rumours, these tell-tales are nonetheless credible to a certain extent as they are reported by reputable sources from Spain, Germany, the UK etc. Last but not least, it allows the public to be updated on the management changes of the MotoGP riders, and be kept entertained during the one month long summer break.  

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motogp.com · Miller takes victory in exciting Sachsenring contest

motogp.com · Miller takes victory in exciting Sachsenring contest | MotoGP | Scoop.it
Jack Miller won the Moto3™ race at the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland on Sunday, beating Brad Binder and Alexis Masbou to the line at the 3.67km Sachsenring circuit.
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In the Moto3 race at Sachsenring, Germany, Miller, Binder, Masbou, Marquez and Kent fought fiercely for the top 5 positions throughout the 26 laps of the race. Binder, who had won his first podium finish at the Sachsenring circuit, was a competitive rider who kept Miller on his toes and had many times almost touched the hind wheels of Miller's bike. Nonetheless, starting at pole position was an advantage as Miller was able to guard his number one position skilfully and extend his scores by 19 points to be the current leader of the Moto3 World Championship.  

 

Additionally, Jack Miller has also been recognized for his talent and exceptional performance in this year's Moto3 World Championship. Managers are keeping a close eye on his performance and there had been rumours that he might be promoted to the Moto2 category or be offered contracts by better bike factories. All in all, Miller's future seems promising and it is definitely a positive push for the 19-year-old Australian. 

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motogp.com · Surgery on both arms for Crutchlow

motogp.com · Surgery on both arms for Crutchlow | MotoGP | Scoop.it
Cal Crutchlow underwent successful surgery on both arms on Tuesday in Barcelona at the Universitario Quiron Dexeus Hospital.

 
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Cal Crutchlow, a MotoGP rider who currently stands at the 14th position of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship, has undergone a successful surgery to relieve arm pump syndrome on both forearms. 

 

Arm pump, scientifically known as Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome (CECS), occurs when exertion on the wrists and forearms cause compartment pressure and irregular blood flow into these areas. This medical condition is increasing among MotoGP riders due to the rapid acceleration, deceleration, break and clutch control they have to exert at every turn. Thus, without enough rest time in between, the condition would gradually snowball into one that needs surgery. Although this is a minor one, it would inevitably affect the rider's performance as they rely heavily on their wrists and forearms to control a bike going at a top speed of more than 300km/h. 

 

 

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Tweet from @BSMotoGP

Tweet from @BSMotoGP | MotoGP | Scoop.it

All hands on deck as a rain shower has teams scrambling to get extra wet tyres fitted for #MotoGP FP4

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This picture posted by Bridgestone MotoGP illustrates the behind-the-scenes preparation that all teams have to go through in the event of a wet race. Instead of running on slick tires which are too slippery for the track, the teams have to retreat back to the Bridgestone pit to prepare for additional wet tires, be it to be used for the race or for reservations.

 

Additionally, wet tires has visibly more friction compared to the slick, carbon tires. Not only do they produce more grip on the slippery tracks for the riders, it also restricts the speed that riders need to enter corners quickly. 

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Marc Marquez: 'It's all been a bit of a blur'

Marc Marquez: 'It's all been a bit of a blur' | MotoGP | Scoop.it
MotoGP world champion assesses his record-breaking season so far and looks ahead to returning to Britain.
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BT Sport UK holds the exclusive rights to the broadcast of MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3, and they often hold personal and behind-the-scenes interviews with the riders. Pledged as the exclusive media for MotoGP news, their articles are extensive but are also more personalized compared to press releases.  

 

In an interesting article published by BT Sports, Marc Marquez personally penned his thoughts and organized it like a blog post. It summarized his feelings about his victory in 2013, the accident that happened during the winter break and the growth of his confidence with each consecutive win. "It's all been a bit of a blur", in Marquez's words, is the perfect catch phrase for his victorious triumph since the start of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship. In addition to his remarkable performance and record-breaking statistics, Marquez hopes and aims to continue his regime in the remaining races of the season.  

 

This article is also very well-organized as there are no spams nor clusters of advertisements that often cloud websites. Instead, in between the articles are links to Marquez's appearance at BT Sport's studios, his victorious wins in pictures and exclusive footages of all the races that happened this year. All in all, this organization easily increased BT Sport's credibility and professionalism. 

 

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motogp.com · Marquez goes into summer break with perfect record

motogp.com · Marquez goes into summer break with perfect record | MotoGP | Scoop.it
At the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland Marc Marquez made it nine wins from nine races, despite starting from pitlane, along with Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa who finished second.
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This article focus on Marquez's results at the Sachsenring circuit. The race had an interesting start as 14 out of the 23 riders went into the pit lane to switch into slick tires after the initial warm up lap. This is an interesting phenomenon as it is very rare that 3/4 of the riders make changes to their bikes minutes before the race. As a result, most of them started from pit lane and it was exciting yet dangerous to see riders fighting to accelerate off into the race. Although Stefan Bradl was initially leading at his home circuit, he was eventually overtaken by both the Repsol Honda and Movistar Yamaha duo, Marquez and Pedrosa, and Lorenzo and Rossi respectively. Bradl ended up at the 16th position for the race with the top 3 consisting of Marquez, Pedrosa and Lorenzo. 

 

In the press conference held shortly after the race, Marquez commented that, “It looked like Assen but in the end everyone came in the pits because we all saw it was dry ... my strategy was to copy Dani and (Valentino) Rossi, my main rivals for the championship ... I’m really happy for this victory. Now we can relax a bit!” This short but clear statement reflects Marquez's race strategy and emotions for the Sachsenring race. But most importantly, it allows the public to grasp what Marquez had said at the press conference as the speech is often too inaudible in the aftermath chaos of the race. 

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Tweet from @marcmarquez93

Tweet from @marcmarquez93 | MotoGP | Scoop.it

Conociendo jóvenes pilotos en Brno. / Meeting young riders from the Brno Motoschool. :)

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Retrieved from Marc Marquez's official Twitter account, this picture depicts Marquez's visit to the Brno Motoschool in Czech Republic. With his recent achievement at the Sachsenring circuit in Germany (9/9 wins!), Marquez is once again thrown into the limelight by the media. 

 

Critically, this image and his visit to the Brno Motoschool cannot be more timely as it implicitly serves as an advertisement and a support for professional motocycle racing. Based on this image, it can be inferred that these riders are very young and consists of both genders. This hints that female participation should be encouraged and that motocyle racing should not be stereotyped as a "male only" sport in the near future. 

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motogp.com · Rabat confirmed at Marc VDS for 2015 season

motogp.com · Rabat confirmed at Marc VDS for 2015 season | MotoGP | Scoop.it
The Marc VDS Racing Team is pleased to announce that Tito Rabat will remain with the team for the 2015 season.
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Sidetracking to Moto2, Tito Rabat, who is the current leader, has decided to stay for the 2015 season of Moto2 World Championship. A rather surprising decision made by Rabat, it was nonetheless great news for Marc VDS Racing Team which he is currently contracted to. 

 

Rabat's achievements in the 2014 Moto2 World Championship has seen numerous MotoGP teams offering him contracts for the next season however his optimism towards his current team and his ambition to defend the Moto2 World Championship title for two consecutive years made him firmed on staying in the Moto2 category. Furthermore, if Rabat does indeed win the Moto2 World Championship for two years straight, he will be first to make this record. Thus, if you have the chance to make history, then why not stay to wait for this breakthrough? 

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Tweet from @marcmarquez93

Tweet from @marcmarquez93 | MotoGP | Scoop.it

Vamonosss!!!!! Because I'm happy :) #9outof9

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Marc Marquez uploaded this (rather cute and enormously happy) image of his triumph from the Sachsenring circuit shortly after the official race ended. Having broken the fastest lap record set in 2008 and becoming the first rider since Giacomo Agostini in 1970 to win the first nine races of a season, it is unsurprising that Marquez and his team are in extremely high spirits.

 

Furthermore, with Marquez's social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook personally managed by him, uploading this image lends a personal touch to his victory as opposed to mass media reports. Finally, this picture also received 5334 Retweets and 4571 Favourites in the aftermath of the race; a rather small number compared to the number of likes and shares on his Facebook (Likes - 156, 675; Shares - 7743). 

 

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David Emmett: Shake-up after Sachsenring?

David Emmett: Shake-up after Sachsenring? | MotoGP | Scoop.it
MotoGP writer David Emmett takes a look back at the German Grand Prix, the riders set to swap seats and THAT fight in the gravel trap.
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David Emmett from BT Sports wrote an entertaining article on the Sachsering race for MotoGP and Moto3. Basically a summary of what happened at the race, Emmett also shared his perspective and the darker side of the racing world. His tone, choice of words and article layout is professional yet personal and with the right amount of sarcasm, Emmett's article and its unique perspective is indeed a captivating read compared to the official press releases.  

 

Focusing on Schouten's attack on Deroue in Moto3, both Dutch men had attempted to hit one another when Deroue lost control of his bike and subsequently knocked Schouten out of the race. This comical dispute (imagine two men dressed in full-leather suits and helmets attempting to hit another) between them made headlines when Moto3's news often go unnoticed or unreported. Most importantly, it should be noted that this moment of anger could have implicitly highlighted the feuds between riders. Although these personal grudges are not explicitly witnessed by the media, it does not mean that nothing is brewing under the surface. 

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