Dovizioso Weve confirmed the GP15 is competitive

Dovizioso Weve confirmed the GP15 is competitive

THE Ducati Team were on the podium once again as Andrea Dovizioso finished the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas in second place proving the GP15 is competitive.

 Dovizioso also finished in second place in the opening round of the 2015 MotoGP season in Qatar, but this is not a fluke. The Ducati Demosedici GP15 now appears to be a competitive machine amongst the likes of the Honda RC213V and Yamaha YZR-M1.

The Italian rode aggressively from the start and led for the first four laps before being passed by Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez.

Dovizioso was then left to battle for second with former team-mate Valentino Rossi, who passed him on lap 8, but managed to regain the lead on lap 16. The Ducati Team rider gained a slight advantage to take the chequered flag in second.

“Today was a superb race,” said Dovizioso. “And I take enormous personal satisfaction from it because here at Austin the races are always special: on this circuit you have to administer your energy, your tyres and your pace, something that does not happen in other circuits.

“I am particularly pleased with the work of my team because on a completely different track from Losail we confirmed that the GP15 is competitive and we managed to improve during the weekend.

“This year we have already had two great races, but we must continue to work because we’re still lacking a bit of fine-tuning in braking and traction, small improvements that will make the difference when it comes to fighting for the top positions at every circuit.”

Due to finishing second for a second time, Dovizioso is now third in the MotoGP Championship standings, only one-point behind Rossi.

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MotoGP 2015 Championship standings after Austin

MotoGP 2015 Championship standings after Austin

VALENTINO Rossi remains at the top of the Championship standings after round two in Austin, but by only one point. 

Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso is currently only one point behind Movistar Yamaha’s Rossi after taking second place at the Circuit of the America’s this weekend whilst his team-mate Andrea Iannone isn’t far behind with 27-points. 

Marc Marquez is in third, but is now only 5-points behind Rossi after winning his first race of 2015, 9-points adrift of Iannone. 

Brit Bradley Smith is in sixth with 18-points as is CWM LCR’s Cal Crutchlow. Both riders are 8-points off Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo who currently sits in fifth. 

1.Valentino RossiYamaha41
2.Andrea DoviziosoDucati40
3.Marc Marquez Honda36
4.Andrea IannoneDucati27
5.Jorge LorenzoYamaha26
6.Bradley SmithYamaha 18
7.Cal CrutchlowHonda18
8.Aleix EspargaroSuzuki13
9.Dani PedrosaHonda10
10.Danilo PetrucciDucati10
11.Maverick VinalesSuzuki9
12.Pol EspargaroYamaha 7
13.Yonny HernandezDucati6
14.Hiroshi AoyamaHonda 5
15.Hector Barbera


16.Nicky Hayden


17.Scott Redding


18.Jack Miller


19.Alvaro Bautista



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MotoGP 2015 Austin race results

MotoGP 2015 Austin race results

REPSOL Honda’s Marc Marquez has continued his winning streak at the Circuit of The America’s this weekend after crossing the line over two seconds ahead of the rest MotoGP field.

A slight delay to the race due to standing water under the bridge didn’t concern Marquez. Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso led the field into turn one whilst Marquez trailed behind allowing the Ducati rider to open up a 0.5s lead during the opening couple of laps.

The reigning MotoGP World Champion waited until the fifth lap to pounce opening up a five second lead before taking the chequered flag at the exact same place his won his first MotoGP race in 2013. With Marquez up ahead, it left former team-mates Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi to battle it out as they almost collided through turn 12. 

Rossi tried everything to hold off the Ducati of Dovizioso, but the GP15 clearly had more power along the 1.2km straight at the Circuit of The America’s and eventually Dovizioso claimed second as Rossi faded due to tyre issues.Rossi’s Movistar Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo left it late to make up ground, but did overtake the Ducati GP15 of Andrea Iannone with three laps to go to take fouth place. 

Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Bradley Smith finished top satellite rider in sixth with fellow Brit Cal Crutchlow finishing six seconds behind in seventh despite a poor start.

Ecstar Suzuki’s Aleix Espargaro finished in 8th, 19 seconds ahad of his rookie team-mate Maverick Vinale son-board the GSX-RR. Both riders did however report on ‘being down on power’.

Danilo Petrucci completed the top ten whilst Dani Pedrosa’s Repsol Honda replacement Hiroshi Aoyama finished in 11th.

Nicky Hayden finished as top Open Honda in front of his home crowd at his 200th MotoGP in 13th place after fighting with CWM LCR Honda’s Jack Miller and Aprilia Racing Team Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista.

Scott Redding crashed on the very first lap after out-braking himself at turn 11 taking out Pol Espargaro in the process. 

Race results:

1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team 43:47.150
2. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team 43:49.504 (+2.354)
3. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 43:50.270 (+3.120)
4. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 43:53.832 (+6.682)
5. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team 43:54.734 (+7.584)
6. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 43:57.707 (+10.557)
7. Cal Crutchlow GBR CWM LCR Honda 44:4.117 (+16.967)
8. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar 44:6.175 (+19.025)
9. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar 44:25.720 (+38.570)
10. Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Racing 44:28.946 (+41.796)
11. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Repsol Honda Team 44:34.349 (+47.199)
12. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing 44:34.489 (+47.339)
13. Nicky Hayden USA Aspar 44:43.634 (+56.484)
14. Jack Miller AUS CWM LCR Honda 44:43.881 (+56.731)
15. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini 44:44.522 (+57.372)
16. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar 44:46.048 (+58.898)
17. Loris Baz FRA Athina Forward Racing 44:55.937 (+1:08.787)
18. Alex De Angelis RSM Octo IodaRacing 45:9.386 (+1:22.236)

DNF. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing
DNF. Marco Melandri ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini
DNF. Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing
DNF. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing
DNF. Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
DNF. Stefan Bradl GER Athina Forward Racing
DNF. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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Source: MotoGP 2015 Austin race results

WSB 2015 Championship standings after Aragon

WSB 2015 Championship standings after Aragon

JONATHAN Rea now has a 26-point lead over Aprilia’s Leon Haslam after winning his fourth race of the season in Aragon and finishing second in race two. 

Chaz Davies has climbed up the Championship standings after a second place in race one at Aragon and a victory in race two putting the Panigale R on the top step for the first time in the Superbike class. 

Fellow British rider Tom Sykes is currently in fourth after a third place in race one despite crashing out of race two, but rookie Jordi Torres is only 3-points behind in fifth. 

Despite a bad weekend for the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team, Alex Lowes is in 10th with 34-points after salvaging two-points in race two, but picking up 0 points in race one due to technical issues. Team-mate Randy de Puniet is down in 16th after also experiencing technical issues in race one. 

1.Jonathan ReaKawasaki140
2.Leon HaslamAprilia114
3.Chaz DaviesDucati83
4.Tom SykesKawasaki66
5.Jordi TorresAprilia63
6.Sylvain GuintoliHonda48
7.Nico TerolDucati41
8.Matteo BaioccoDucati39
9.Leandro MercadoDucati38
10.Alex LowesSuzuki34
11.Michael vd MarkHonda28
12.David SalomKawasaki25
13.Xavi ForesDucati21
14.Leon CamierMV Augusta21
15.Ramon Rmoas


16.Randy de PunietSuzuki15
17.Troy BaylissDucati15
18.Sylvain BarrierBMW10
19.S. BarragánKawasaki8
20.Ayrton BadoviniBMW7
21.Christophe PonssonKawasaki3
22.L. PegramEBR2
23.Jed MetcherKawasaki2
24.Niccolo CanepaEBR1

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Source: WSB 2015 Championship standings after Aragon

WSB 2015 Aragon race two results

WSB 2015 Aragon race two results

BRITISH rider Chaz Davies won race two in Aragon this weekend claiming Ducati’s first win in World Superbike since 2012 and the first ever for the Panigale R machine.

The second 18-lap race at MotorLand Aragon saw warmer conditions with Welshman Chaz Daives leading the way whilst race one winner Jonathan Rea battled through despite suffering from a fever.

Davies led from turn one and built up a comfortable lead to take his fifth career win by 3.1s as well as ending Ducati’s 58-race winning drought and the first ever win for the Panigale R in World Superbikes.

Aprilia Racing’s Leon Haslam looked more comfortable in race 2 as he battled with Rea at the front, but eventually having to settle for third place by only 0.5s as Rea took second.

Rookie Jordi Torres finished in fourth after a lonely race whilst Xavi Fores claimed another solid result on his debut weekend with the Ducati Superbike Team.

David Salom completed the top 6 after slicing through the field of Leandro Mercado, Michael van der Mark, Ayrton Badovini and Nico Terol on the final two laps.

Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes was in the running for fourth, however the 29-year-old high-sided on lap five.  

Reigning World Superbike Champion Sylvain Guintoli crashed out at the fast turn 14, but fortunately the Frenchman walked away unhurt.

Voltcom Crescent Suzuki’s Alex Lowes had another disaster of a race as the English rider ran off track in the early stages, but managed to recover to gain two-points finishing in 14th.

Race two results:

1. Chaz Davies GBR Racing Ducati
2. Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing (+3.190)
3. Leon Haslam GBR Red Devils Roma Aprilia (+3.712)
4. Jordi Torres ESP Red Devils Roma Aprilia (+14.216)
5. Xavi Fores ESP Racing Ducati (+20.524)
6. David Salom ESP Pedercini Kawasaki (+25.878) 
7. Leandro Mercado ARG Barni Ducati (+25.939)
8. Michael van der Mark NED PATA Honda World Superbike (+26.075)
9. Ayrton Badovini ITA BMW Italia (+27.253)
10. Nico Terol ESP Althea Ducati (+28.666)
11. Matteo Baiocco ITA Althea Ducati (+41.083)
12. Roman Ramos ESP GO Eleven Kawasaki (+41.983)
13. Randy de Puniet FRA Voltcom Crescent Suzuki (+42.961)
14. Alex Lowes GBR Voltcom Crescent Suzuki (+43.057) 
15. Leon Camier GBR MV Agusta F4 (+43.375)
16. Christophe Ponsson LUX Grillini Kawasaki (+59.193) 
17. Santiago Barragan ESP Grillini Kawasaki (+59.296)
18. Niccolo Canepa ITA Team Hero EBR (+76.004)
19. Larry Pegram USA Team Hero EBR (+93.714)
20. Imre Toth HUN Team Toth BMW (+1 lap) 

DNF. Javier Alviz ESP Pedercini Kawasaki
DNF. Sylvain Guintoli FRA PATA Honda World Superbike
DNF. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing

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WSB 2015 Aragon race one results

WSB 2015 Aragon race one results

KAWASAKI Racing Team’s Jonathan Rea claimed his fourth win of the season at Motorland Aragon, Spain this weekend ahead of Welshman Chaz Davies and fellow Brit Tom Sykes. 

In the opening 18-lap race it was the two Kawasaki’s of Rea and Sykes who battled it out until the 2015 championship leader managed to break away slightly on lap 14.

The pace of Davies on the Racing Ducati increased in the closing stages opening up a slight chance of grabbing second from Sykes, the former World Champion, who eventually finished in third. Davies missed out on second by 0.051s after a last lap battle with Ulsterman Rea after he re-took the lead on the final corner.

Behind the leading trio, pole position man Leon Haslam finished ahead of his Aprilia Racing Team team0mate Jordi Torres and just ahead of Xavi Fores who finished in sixth.

Althea Racing Ducati’s Nico Terol finished within 2.3s of Haslam claiming seventh ahead of Leandro Mercado, Sylvain Guintoli and MV Agusta’s Leon Cameier to complete the top 10.

Voltcom Crescent Suzuki’s Alex Lowes and Randy de Puniet both retired to the pits, however they re-joined at around half race distance to ensure technical issues did not crop up in Race 2.

Pata Honda World Superbike’s Michael van der Mark also retired on lap 11.

Race one results:

1. Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing
2. Chaz Davies GBR Racing Ducati (+0.051)
3. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing (+4.977)
4. Leon Haslam GBR Red Devils Roma Aprilia (+15.088)
5. Jordi Torres ESP Red Devils Roma Aprilia (+15.290)
6. Xavi Fores ESP Racing Ducati (+16.655)
7. Nico Terol ESP Althea Ducati (+17.365)
8. Leandro Mercado ARG Barni Ducati (+25.527)
9. Sylvain Guintoli FRA PATA Honda World Superbike (+34.464)  
10. Leon Camier GBR MV Agusta F4 (+43.013)
11. Santiago Barragan ESP Grillini Kawasaki (+43.627)
12. Matteo Baiocco ITA Althea Ducati (+44.893)
13. Roman Ramos ESP GO Eleven Kawasaki (+47.663) 
14. Christophe Ponsson LUX Grillini Kawasaki (+71.843)
15. Niccolo Canepa 
ITA Team Hero EBR (+75.919)
16. Javier Alviz 
ESP Pedercini Kawasaki (+80.816)
17. Larry Pegram 
USA Team Hero EBR (+82.279) 
18. Imre Toth 
HUN Team Toth BMW (+1 lap) 
19. Gabor Rizmayer 
HUN Team Toth BMW (+1 lap) 

DNF. Alex Lowes GBR Voltcom Crescent Suzuki
DNF. Ayrton Badovini ITA BMW Italia
DNF. Michael van der Mark NED PATA Honda World Superbike
DNF. Randy de Puniet FRA Voltcom Crescent Suzuki
DNF. David Salom ESP Pedercini Kawasaki

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Think the 22000 Ninja H2 is expensive Try getting an insurance quote

Think the 22000 Ninja H2 is expensive Try getting an insurance quote

ANYONE wondering if they can afford Kawasaki’s £22,000 Ninja H2 might be well advised to do some insurance research before agreeing a bank loan.

Visordown has been experimenting with insurance quotes for the 200hp supercharged Ninja on a price comparison website, using details of a middle-aged motorcyclist with a long, clean riding record. As an Ess** home owner, the only quote he received was £5,752. Changing his address to north London pushed it to £7,183. 

We used a high-profile price-comparison site that instantly retrieves quotes from 44 providers.

We said the rider was a 43-year-old married accountant who had held a full motorcycle licence for 25 years and had over nine years’ no-claims bonus, with no accidents or convictions. We gave the machine’s value as its price, of £22,000, and said it would be kept in a garage.

Both the London and Ess** addresses resulted in just one quote from the same provider. The quotes remained the same when we changed our rider’s occupation to ‘editor’.

The quotes were for fully-comprehensive cover and social, domestic and pleasure use. Asking for third-party-fire-and-theft cover resulted in no quote being retrieved.

We’ve contacted the insurance provider directly and are waiting to hear if the firm can offer a better quote. A call handler said that, as the bike was valued at over £20,000, it must be dealt with by a separate ‘private client department’.

A quote from Kawasaki’s own insurance provider came in at £899, for the same north London address and rider, on the condition the machine be fitted with a tracker.  

A spokesman for Kawasaki Insurance said underwriting risk was a***ysed on a ‘bespoke basis’ for the Ninja H2, adding: ‘Because of its value and desirability a tracking device is essential.’  

We decided get some insurance quotes for Kawasaki’s 998cc Ninja H2 after problems were raised by a Visordown reader.

Commenting on our Ninja H2 video review, the user said he was 53, with a clean licence and 30 years’ no-claims bonus, and that his cheapest quote was £5,752 – the same as our lowest online quote.

The reader wrote: ‘I put my £5,000 deposit down on an H2 back in October. Just got an insurance quote – 53-year-old rider, full licence 33 years, 30 full comp insurance, 30 years’ no-claims, clean licence, always rode Kawasaki’s flagship sports bikes. Best and only quote £5752.44.

‘Looks like another ZX10. I can insure that for £180.’

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