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'I Didn't Expect This' - And Neither Did We!

An Aussie going for a Moto3 world title… an Aussie winning in Moto2 after an 11-year wait… an Aussie working hard to keep his head above water in MotoGP: who could have forecast any of it? Most of all, who could have foreseen the effect of Comet Marc on the premier class? It’s been a remarkable first half-year…

Before looking back, let’s think ahead. The race at Aragon in Spain on September 28 will be the 800th Grand Prix in World Championship history. Throughout the previous 65 seasons there have been spells when one name dominated – and season 66 is no different.

Marquez 'Pits' His Skill, Miller All Class

Round 9 • Sachsenring, Germany The summer break in MotoGP has now begun, and one rider who will certainly sit back with some degree of satisfaction is Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) – and why not after victory at Sachsenring brought up his ninth straight win in a season that has already taken on gargantuan proportions, and with plenty more still to come. The start of the German Grand Prix was certainly bizarre, even comical – only one rider (Helmet Bradl) on the front three rows after a majority of the front-runners elected to start from pit lane after switching from wet to slick-shod machines following the sighting lap – but soon after that normal service resumed with Marquez making his way to the front with team-mate Dani Pedrosa in tow.

The 2014 German Grand Prix

Talking of Sachsenring…

“I had visited the Sachsenring circuit a couple of years before entering the world championship. It was the first place where I participated as a wildcard, so it’s a special track for me. During the race weekend at Assen I felt good in practice, so we hope that at this Grand Prix we can maintain this form and carry it over to the race. It will not be easy, because the Assen and Sachsenring circuits are very different. Assen is much faster and more flowing, while in Germany you have to take care of the tyres.”

International motorcycling sensation Charley Boorman will take fans behind-the-scenes of his adventures at MotoGP

The modern day adventurer, motorcycle fanatic and entertainer, Charley Boorman will be live on-stage during the 2014 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix event at Phillip Island this October.

The award winning TV star will share his experiences from on and off the beaten track, including incredible behind-the-scenes stories from his TV series, ‘Long Way Round’ and ‘Long Way Down’ alongside Hollywood actor Ewan McGregor and his more recent adventures, ‘Race To Dakar’, ‘By Any Means’ and ‘Extreme Frontiers’.

Jack Tracker: Miller confident ahead of Dutch TT

The Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix is launching ‘Jack Tracker’ to keep you up to date with young Aussie Moto3 ace Jack Miller as he battles away at the front of the pack. Jack Tracker will give you insights into his racing life in Europe and keep you in the know for when he arrives at Phillip Island in October.

Australian Moto3 sensation Jack Miller has made it clear he’s looking to return to the podium this weekend at the Dutch TT at Assen after two frustrating races caused by chatter in his KTM.

2014 Dutch TT - Race Preview

What?

The 2014 Dutch TT
Round 8 of 18 to be held in 13 countries this year

Where?

Assen, south of Groningen in northern Holland

When?

June 26 – 28
Qualifying • 20:35 – 23:05 (Moto2) – 22:10 (MotoGP) AEST
Race starts • 19:00 – 20:20 – 22:00 AEST

Track records:

MotoGP: 1:34.548 = 172.9 km/h, Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 2012

Moto2: 1:38.391 = 166.1 km/h, Marc Marquez (Suter) 2012

Moto3: 1:43.414 = 158.1 km/h, Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra) 2013

CAN ANYONE BREAK MARQUEZ?

MotoGP

1. Marc Marquez Repsol Honda 45m 24.134s
2. Valentino Rossi Movistar Yamaha 0.512s
3. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 1.834s

Pole position

Dani Pedrosa 1:40.985 = 168.5 km/h

Fastest lap (record)

Marc Marquez 1:42.182 = 166.5 km/h

Championship top 3

Marquez 175 points • Rossi 117 points • Pedrosa 112 points

“IN THE END WHAT MOVES THE BIKE IS THE RIDER”

What?

The 2014 Catalunya Grand Prix
Round 7 of 18 to be held in 13 countries this year

Where?

Circuit de Catalunya, Montmelo, north of Barcelona, Spain

When?

June 13 – 15
Race starts • 19:00 – 20:20 – 22:00 AEST

Track records:

MotoGP: 1:42.358 = 166.2 km/h, Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 2008

Moto2: 1:46.631 = 159.5 km/h, Thomas Luthi (Suter) 2012

Moto3: 1:51.475 = 152.6 km/h, Maverick Vinales (KTM) 2013

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