Mazbro n mbaksis, the first race of the 2014 MotoGP will be held at Qatar this weekend. All of the team already prepared, and surely want to be the winner of this first round. There are three “team classification” now on the MotoGP class,
Factory, Factory 2, and Open, which also make MR a little bit confused. The Factory 2 classification came up after the Ducati Factory team moved into the Open class, and Repsol Honda Team complained about the extra advantages.
Just wait and see, will Ducati take advantages from the new rehulation just like they wanted to, or they will be the same just like the horrible seasons they’ve had since Casey Stoner left the team. Here are the Press Release from Repsol Honda Team about their preparation to the upcoming first race at Qatar.
Winter testing is over and the Repsol Honda riders, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, are on their way to Doha for the first race of 2014. It was positive Winter for Dani who completed many laps, however, it was a difficult period for World Champion, Marc, who missed two of the three tests due to injury.
The Losail circuit, located in the desert outside Qatar’s capital, Doha, sprung up in 2003 and hosted its first international motorcycle race in 2004. In 2008, it became notable for hosting the first-ever floodlit MotoGP race. At 5.380km in length, Losail is one of the longest circuits on the international calendar, with the main straight more than 1km long. Ten right turns, mix with six lefts but the flat and featureless landscape make it a difficult track to learn. Desert sand also causes grip problems. This first grand prix of the season is also the only race weekend that stretches over four days, with FP1 beginning on Thursday evening, FP2 and FP3
on Friday evening, Qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday night at 22h00 local time.
Marc Marquez, who took his first MotoGP podium here last year en route to his World Championship, will be eager to get back on the bike for the first time since the 6th February. Marc suffered a training accident on the 19th February which ruled him out of the second Sepang test and tyre test in Phillip Island. Marc has visited the Qatar podium in all three classes, 3rd in MotoGP (2013), 1st in Moto2 (2012) and 3rd in 125cc (2010).
Teammate Dani Pedrosa, who has had a positive pre-season took second place here in 2012 and
has finished on the podium a total of four times in MotoGP (2012 – 2nd, 2011 – 3rd, 2008 – 3rd, 2007 – 3rd) and once in 250cc (2004 – 2nd).
“Obviously it was very disappointing for me to miss the two tests but the good news is that I’m getting better and the bone is mending. I’ve been exercising more, so I’ll have to see how I am in Qatar – I don’t expect to be 100%, but I will try my hardest. The important thing is to take some valuable points and then get up to 100% by round two in Austin. Arriving in Qatar as World Champion is something new to me – to defend the Title – and I know that from the first session the eyes of the World will be on us.
Taking my first podium here last year was special and I have good memories!”
“It’s been a pretty positive pre season and we’ve completed a lot of laps in both Sepang and Phillip Island. We’ve made a lot of progress but as always there is room to improve. Since we finished in Australia, I’ve been concentrating on my fitness and focusing on the start of the season my days are pretty hectic with the various training regimes. The race weekend in Qatar is quite long – as it stretches over four days – and the grip level is always quite low the first practice.
Now I’m looking forward to the start of the Championship!”
Well, the Repsol Honda Team duo had a high confidency about the dirst race, just wait n see what the result are, on this weekend!!