LCR Honda

In a dramatic turn of events at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA), Alex Rins secured a thrilling victory in the Grand Prix after forcing Francesco Bagnaia into another crash.

  • Alex Rins claims LCR Honda’s 100th podium in MotoGP. 
  • Fabio Quartararo snatching first podium of the season. 

The race started with Bagnaia making a brilliant start and holding off Rins into turn one. However, the factory Ducati team’s luck was short-lived as Jorge Martin and Alex Marquez clashed, resulting in crashes for both riders.

Meanwhile, Jack Miller made a significant move up the order to position himself in third, closing in on Rins and Bagnaia. However, Miller’s charge ultimately ended as he crashed out of the race on lap seven. As the race progressed, Bagnaia continued to lead despite pressure from Rins, with Quartararo in third position.

However, just like in the previous Sprint race, Bagnaia made another crucial error, crashing out of the Grand Prix on lap 14, allowing Rins to take over the lead. Luca Marini then blasted past Quartararo with eight laps remaining, showing the immense speed of his Ducati. But Rins managed to control the gap and secure his victory, just his third race for Honda.

The race witnessed three crashes in short order as Takaaki Nakagami kicked things off before Brad Binder and Joan Mir joined him. Maverick Vinales showed good pace, making overtakes on Binder and Miguel Oliveira to secure a position in the top ten.

The COTA Grand Prix provided fans with plenty of action and drama, with Rins emerging as the ultimate victor. Bagnaia, on the other hand, will need to regroup after another Grand Prix crash.

Six-time MotoGP world champion, Marc Marquez will return to racing this weekend, it has been confirmed.

  • Marc Marquez will return to racing at MotorLand Aragon this weekend.
  • Takaaki Nakagami to remain with LCR Honda after agreeing a 12-month deal.

The Spaniard will be back on board the RC213V at this weekend’s MotorLand Aragon for the first time since June following the Italian Grand Prix.

Marquez rode a Honda CBR600RR at the Aragon kart track before completing the full two day testing at the Misano Test last week.

“After numerous check-ups, consultations and tests, all involved are satisfied with the recovery made and the #93 will now take the next step in his rehabilitation – returning to competition,” said Honda in a statement. 

Despite missing 110 days from the world championship, expectations for the rider is still high upon his return this weekend. The 29-year-old has a fantastic record at Aragon, winning every year between 2016 and 2019. The circuit even named Turn 10 after the rider.

Nevertheless, this weekend race is all about getting back to full race fitness as confirmed by his team. 

“The objective for the weekend will be to continue improving Marquez’s bike fitness and assessing his performance during the intensity of a Grand Prix weekend and race,” said Honda. 

Meanwhile, Takaaki Nakagami will feature at next season’s MotoGP after agreeing a 12-month deal with HRC.

The 30-year-old will remain with LCR Honda IDEMITSU until the end of the 2023 season. 

That said, the confirmation ends all rumours regarding his future at the team. 

Takaaki Nakagami akan terus beraksi di kejuaraan dunia MotoGP musim 2023 setelah menandatatangani kontrak satu tahun bersama HRC.

Meskipun sebelum ini didakwa tempatnya akan digantikan dengan pelumba Moto2, Ai Ogura namun HRC terus beri kepercayaan kepada pelumba berusia 30 tahun itu untuk beraksi bersama LCR Honda IDEMITSU, musim depan. 

Ini bermakna Nakagami akan bersaing bersama-sama LCR Honda untuk tahun keenam mereka bersama. 

Membuat 80 penampilan setakat ini, Nakagami antara pelumba yang kekal konsisten dan enam kali berjaya menempatkan diri dikalangan Kelompok Lima terbaik setakat ini. 

Selain itu, Nakagami juga berjaya merekodkan satu petak pertama di MotoGP dan 14 podium di Moto2 termasuk dua kemenangan. 

“Saya sangat gembira kerana dapat terus berlumba di MotoGP bagi musim 2023 bersama LCR Honda. 

“Saya mahu berterima kasih kepada IDEMITSU dan HRC atas sokongan yang diberikan. Saya akan berikan yang terbaik musim depan dan cuba dapatkan keputusan yang terbaik,” jelasnya.

Saingan MotoGP akan kembali bersambung hujung minggu ini di GP Aragon. 

Alex Rins will ride on board the Honda RC213V machine at the 2023 MotoGP season after putting pen to paper on a two-year deal with LCR Honda.

  • LCR Honda Castrol Team officially announced Alex Rins as the new rider for 2023.
  • Rins agreed a two-year deal to join LCR Honda.

The 26-year will ride join LCR Honda at the of the 2022 season after Suzuki decided to terminate their participation in MotoGP.

“I am very happy to be joining the LCR Honda Team. Changing team and bike is a challenge but I am ready to give my 100% and to put into practice everything that I’ve learnt during my years in the MotoGP class.

“Lucio and Honda’s trust has been crucial for me in deciding to take on this challenge with this factory. I would like to thank them for this opportunity,” said Rins.

LCR Honda Team Manager, Lucio Cecchinello, is also delighted with the new signing.

“I am delighted to announce that Álex Rins will be the LCR Honda CASTROL rider in 2023. We’ve just finished signing the contract, all 3 parties, so we are finally able to announce it. Rins is an experienced rider, a fast rider and a podium finisher.

“This wealth of experience, coupled with Rins’ ability to give the precise suggestions to his technicians, as I’ve heard, will surely help us to improve our our bike package, aiming to fight for more podium,” he said.

Meanwhile, LCR Honda reportedly will also announce Moto2 rider Ai Ogura as Rins’ new team-mate for the upcoming season in place of Takaaki Nakagami.

Pelumba LCR Honda, Alex Marquez dilaporkan akan meninggalkan LCR Honda hujung musim ini.

Bekas juara dunia Moto2 itu didakwa telah membuat keputusan sertai pasukan satelit Ducati, Gresini Racing bagi musim 2023 dan akan bergandingan dengan Fabio Di Giannantonio.

Marquez akan mengisi kekosongan ditinggalkan Enea Bastianini yang akan berpindah sama ada ke factory Ducati atau Pramac Racing (Ducati).

Sementara itu, perpindahan Marquez ke Gresini secara tidak langsung mengesahkan pelumba KTM, Miguel Oliveira, akan sertai pasukan satelit Aprila baharu, RNF Racing musim depan.

Oliveira sebelum ini cuba dipancing Gresini namun pelumba Portugal itu memilih untuk sertai projek baharu Aprilia kendalian Razlan Razali.

Pada masa sama, perpindahan Marquez juga membuka ruang buat Alex Rins sertai LCR.

The recently concluded Italian GP had witnessed Ducati’s Francesco ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia claiming his first win at the Mugello.

While the result was a much-needed boost for the Italian, Suzuki’s Alex Rins, on the other hand, suffered his third attempt in a row of failing to secure a point.

It was a disastrous day for the Spaniard as he was forced to retire after a collision with Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami.

The incident also ignited Suzuki to submit a formal request to the Race Direction to investigate the incident and punish Nakagami. However, Race Direction decided it was just a ‘normal’ racing incident.

In a fiery outburst, Rins slams the Japanese rider during an interview with DAZN.

“Nakagami can’t do what he did. He’s a super aggressive rider. I think he’s the dirtiest rider on the grid.

“On the lap before the accident, I put the bike in front of him between turns 10 and 11.

“Usually, whoever puts the bike in front has the position, like [Johann] Zarco did with [Marco] Bezzecchi, who passed him and took the position.

“‘Taka’ kept accelerating, and as we went forward, he touched me and threw me [to the ground]. I think it was a very dangerous move, and luckily no one was going behind otherwise, I don’t even know what would have happened,” he said.

MotoGP will be back in action this weekend at Catalunya.

Did you know that an average person blinks about eight times a minute to restore the eyes’ natural tear film?

However, a recent study by DVS (Driving Vision Science) created by SIFI (a leading pharmaceutical company in the ophthalmic sector) finds a remarkable result after conducting a visual test with LCR Honda MotoGP Team.

The research, dedicated to studying the reactions of the visual apparatus of riders racing on circuits all over the world, finds that MotoGP riders only blink once every three minutes.

The unusual reaction is due to extreme conditions generated by visual stress and physical and mental concentration faced by the riders to perform well on the track.

This means that considering that a lap at Mugello takes around 1 minute and 50 seconds, riders only blink after doing one lap and a half.

Thanks to the collaboration between SIFI and LCR Honda Team with riders Takaaki Nakagami and Cal Crutchlow, researchers can collect important data that allows new studies to be carried out to find a solution for dry eyes.

According to SIFI, the research objective is to test products capable of improving visual performance for those subjected to high ocular strain.

After finishing fifth in last week’s MotoGP round in Aragon, Takaaki Nakagami was finally offered a new multi-year deal to continue racing under the flags of HRC. The 28-year-old Japanese will be continuing his efforts alongside Alex Marquez in LCR Honda in 2021 and beyond. (more…)

The MotoGP medical team has declared Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda), Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) all fit to race this weekend for the Andalucía GP in Jerez, Spain. While normal mortals would’ve taken weeks to recover even remotely, these riders prove that MotoGP riders are a different hybrid of ‘superhumans’. (more…)

Cal Crutchlow

Pelumba LCR Honda, Cal Crutchlow, telah dilabel rasis oleh peminat dari China gara-gara menolak permintaan untuk bergambar.

Insiden tersebut didakwa berlaku ketika ujian pra-musim di Litar Antarabangsa Sepang baru-baru ini.

Difahamkan, sekumpulan peminat dari China meminta untuk bergambar namun pelawaan itu ditolak dengan Crutchlow memberitahu dia enggan dijangkiti virus tersebut.

Senario itu kemudiannya dikongsikan disebuah blog.

Blog sama turut menunjukkan bahawa pelumba lain, Marc Marquez, Alex Rins dan Fabio Quartararo memberi sokongan terhadap kumpulan peminat dari China itu.

Bagaimanapun, pengurus pasukan LCR Honda, Lucio Cecchinello, menyifatkan Crutchlow hanya bergurau dan bukan berniat untuk menghamburkan kenyataan berbaur rasis.

“Selepas insiden menimpa saya pada 2017 apabila terpaksa dikuarantinkan sehingga dua minggu  susulan H1N1, musim ini saya menggesa seluruh pasukan untuk mengutamakan keselamatan masing-masing.

“Antara polisi yang dikenakan adalah untuk tidak berjabat tangan,” jelasnya.

Difahamkan, ketika peminat dari China itu mahukan tandantangan Crutchlow, pelumba itu meminta pembantunya, Dakota Mamola, untuk menggunakan pen sendiri dan ketika itu dia membuat lawak tersebut.

Sumber: Cal Crutchlow @ Twitter

Cal Crutchlow mengakui kecewa dengan Honda yang menolak permintaannya untuk mengembalikan tiga krew HRC yang sebelum ini bersamanya di LCR Honda.

Ketiga-tiga jurutera terbabit meninggalkan garaj LCR hujung 2018 bagi membantu Jorge Lorenzo musim ini.

Tindakan tersebut mendapat tentangan daripada Crutchlow dan ketua krew, Christophe Bourguinon pada tahun sama.

Bagaimanapun, Crutchlow berasakan HRC seharusnya memulangkan ketiga-tiga individu terbabit -Arlan Holterman, Marco Barbiani dan Gianni Berti – tatkala Lorenzo telah pun bersara sementara Alex Marquez masih dalam proses menyesuaikan diri.

“Honda telah mengambil beberapa krew saya dan situasi ini amat mengecewakan. Mereka sepatutnya cuba bantu untuk menguatkan jentera saya bukan sebaliknya.

“Mereka seharusnya memulangkan tiga individu terbabit kerana mereka akan memberi kesan besar terhadap jentera saya berbanding Alex yang masih lagi dalam proses menyesuaikan diri dengan jentera MotoGP.

“Tetapi mereka menolak permintaan saya, jadi saya terpaksa menerima keputusan ini,” jelasnya.


Sumber: johanzarco @ Twitter

Belum cukup 24 jam aksi terakhir MotoGP bagi kalendar 2019 berakhir di GP Valencia semalam, pelbagai drama mula terungkap terutamanya melibatkan kekosongan di kem Repsol Honda selepas Jorge Lorenzo mengumumkan persaraan, Khamis lalu.

Ketika Lorenzo mengumumkan keputusan tersebut, timbul desas-desus tempatnya akan diisi bekas pelumba KTM, Johann Zarco.

Bagaimanapun, kini timbul dakwaan bahawa juara dunia Moto2 musim ini, Alex Marquez dicanang sebagai calon utama.

Zarco memiliki peluang cerah untuk kekal di MotoGP bersama Avintia Ducati yang dikatakan berminat untuk mendapatkan khidmatnya namun pelumba berusia 29 tahun itu menegaskan dia lebih sanggup turun ke Moto2 berbanding menyertai pasukan baharu selepas apa yang menimpanya di KTM musim ini.

Sementara itu, seandainya Alex Marquez berhijrah ke Repsol Honda, Zarco berpeluang menggantikan tempatnya di Marc VDS sekaligus mencabar kejuaraan Moto2 musim depan.

Dalam pada itu, Zarco menegaskan dia enggan membuat keputusan melulu sepertimana yang menimpanya ketika menyertai KTM.

“Saya tidak menyesal selepas membuat keputusan untuk meninggalkan KTM malah berasa lega perkara itu berlaku.

“Sebaliknya saya dapat merasai jentera baharu bersama Lucio Cecchinello di LCR Honda.

“Saya meninggalkan KTM dengan cara yang ‘gentleman’, saya bersikap jujur kepada KTM bahawa saya enggan bersama mereka memasuki musim 2020,” jelasnya.

Dalam perkembangan lain, pelumba Aprilia Aleix Espargaro berpendapat Alex Marquez sebagai calon tepat menggantikan Lorenzo berbanding Zarco.

Dalam kenyataan menurut, Espargarao mengatakan Zarco bukanlah pelumba yang layak mendapat jentera Repsol Honda selepas apa yang berlaku dengan KTM.


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