Valentino Rossi Disproves of Yamaha’s Slow Pace

The tables are turning on the MotoGP Grid, with formidable champions that once reigned supreme, now becoming outdated in-comparison to younger drivers with more significant physical strength. This has been the case for Valentino Rossi, who confirmed after the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, that he doesn’t believe himself competitive enough to compete for championship contention. Rossi is twenty-six points behind the champion leader, Andrea Dovizioso & with each race that gap grows bigger. Valentino Rossi won’t be the 2020 MotoGP Champion.

Several Grand Prix’s have occurred throughout the 2020 MotoGP Season, with it being one of the most tightly packed for championship contention in recent years. Twenty-seven points are standing between the top ten drivers, with a minimum of four points splitting the top four. Valentino Rossi sustains 9th currently in the MotoGP 2020 Standings. His last Grand Prix at Misano was another failure for Valentino Rossi, with the former champion crashing out on the 2nd lap. He’d admit to not sustaining any grip & not being competitive. It appears that age is reflecting the skillsets and attitude of Valentino Rossi.

MotoGP Reporters interviewed Valentino Rossi after the Misano Grand Prix, where they questioned the former champion on his title hopes. Valentino Rossi noted that championship discussions have been held before and that it’s not right because his difference in the points is evident. Rossi mentioned that failure to gain points at Misano doesn’t change much and that the remaining top eight have small differences in their scores. Valentino said an unlikely opportunity to winning the championship that greater speed & stronger downforce is needed.

No Confidence

Valentino Rossi regarded that after every Grand Prix is completed, his Yamaha doesn’t feel stable & all grip has been lost. Rossi would admit that what occurred at Turn Four at Misano was his mistake, which was made before the 2nd lap had even competed. Rossi’s true feelings are based on personal growth, where Valentino doesn’t be himself competitive any longer. At least not to the point of obtaining championship status near the age of forty. There hasn’t been a single MotoGP Driver to acquire the championship at 41.

Franco Morbidelli Wins at San Marino

The San Marino Grand Prix has come & gone for the 2020 MotoGP Campaign, with an upcoming driver earning his first podium victory. Franco Morbidelli for Yamaha obtained 1st Place at San Marino, which came after initially acquiring 2nd in Qualifying. Moments after the lights turned green & drivers began racing, Franco Morbidelli passed Maverick Vinales, entering the first position, and maintaining that placement until San Marino GP ended.

Franco Morbidelli wasn’t without his challenges in 1st place, with Maverick Vinales & Valentino Rossi following closely behind Italian Racer. Overtaking opportunities on Morbidelli grew after Fabio Quartararo entered 3rd. His distance from first was less than +0.500-Seconds, and most thought that Quartararo was going to overtake Morbidelli by the next lap. Nobody anticipated Fabio crashing on the 4th corner and re-enter the pits. That forced Fabio Quartararo into 20th place, and the pain previously experienced during his initial fall caused for another crash. The 2nd incident put Quartararo into DNF Status, giving Franco Morbidelli every opportunity to maintain his lead.

Quartararo having cold tyres & unable to sustain his former speed at San Marino allowed for Morbidelli to exclusively worry about Valentino Rossi, who had performed an undercut during the pit-stops. Franco proved himself a strong contender in the MotoGP Campaign by overtaking Valentino Rossi laps later.

Supporters of the former MotoGP Champion, Valentino Rossi, were disappointed seeing Franco Morbidelli overtake & enter first. It’s been a prolonged period since Valentino Rossi obtained 1st place in MotoGP, with Marc Marquez regularly dominating over the ageing superstar. Rossi wouldn’t even sustain a podium position, with Francesco Bagnaia getting 2nd, and Joan Mir reaching 3rd. Valentino Rossi would finish in 4th position.

Quartararo Halted in Championship Goals

There are broader implications behind the Grand Prix. Fabio Quartararo maintaining 6th position at San Marino has meant, the champion losing to Andrea Dovizioso. Andrea stands six-points against of Fabio Quartararo, who sustains 70-Points. However, Fabio dominating over Andrea Dovizioso during the upcoming Catalan Grand Prix would ensure Quartararo’s first-place contention in the driver’s championship. Several MotoGP Grand Prix’s remain before the 2020 Campaign is over, and lots of changes can happen during that period. There isn’t any guarantee that Fabio Quartararo will be MotoGP Champion.

Casey Stoner Discusses Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez being sidelined for another four weeks, recovering a horrendously broken arm from a prior incident during the Jerez Grand Prix, has left MotoGP without a notable level of action. This is the opinion of former MotoGP Two-Time Champion, Casey Stoner. He’s evoked that next-level entertainment associated with MotoGP has disappeared with the loss of Marc Marquez.

The Repsol Honda driver was initially slated to return during the Andalusian Grand Prix. However, additional operations forced this driver into another month-long requirement for healing. Marc Marquez couldn’t return after medical staff didn’t perform his initial surgery correctly, prompting a second surgery that has been deemed successful.

Marc Marquez’s absence from the MotoGP grid has provided ample opportunities for other competitors, like Fabio Quartararo & Brad Binder. Even Miguel Oliveira astonished the MotoGP community by acquiring his maiden podium victory. Quartararo & Binder also obtained their first-ever race victory in MotoGP.

Stoner Not Impressed

Moments that’ve been exciting for MotoGP supporters haven’t been thrilling for one of their former champions. Casey Stoner has determined that without the impression of Marc Marquez, the MotoGP grid is missing next-level action. Stoner obtained two champions, one with Ducati’s Factory Team & the 2nd with Repsol Honda, the same team where Marc Marquez got multiple championships.

Replacing Marc Marquez with Stefan Bradl has proved unfavourable, with Repsol Honda dropping notably down in the field since losing Marc Marquez. They’ve become the worst-rated team for the 2020 season, showing that Repsol Honda doesn’t have advantageous speed over their competition. Casey Stoner reflected that all motorcycles in MotoGP have the same capabilities & that without Marquez, there won’t be a consistent champion in their sport.

The Failures of Alex Marquez

Losing Marc Marquez from the MotoGP grid provided his younger brother & now teammate, the opportunity to showcase his skillsets. Alex Marquez hasn’t maintained the same speed his older brother is famous for, often positioned at the bottom grid throughout the 2020 MotoGP Campaign. It’s left notable disappoint for supporters of the Marquez family, who’d hoped they’d come across another multi-winning champion. There is a chance that over time Alex Marquez can garner similar skillsets through trial, errors, and practice. It’s, however unlikely.

Maverick Vinales Avoids Collision by Jumping

Monster Energy Yamaha Team in MotoGP have faced back-to-back weekends with unfavourable results. Maverick Vinales was competing at the Styrian Grand Prix on August 30th when his YZR-M1 had its brakes explode at 230km/h. Determining that his motorcycle wouldn’t sustain future laps without crashing into the barriers, Maverick Vinales leapt from his vehicle & slide against the track on his back.

Concerns were already present for Monster Energy Yamaha Team, as Maverick Vinales raised his hand in the initial laps of this race. It suggested that his breaks were starting to lock-up & from there on, Vinales knew that the Styrian Grand Prix wouldn’t last long for himself. Turn one into Styrian on the 17th lap saw Maverick’s brakes fail in the braking zone, forcing the driver to leap or face severe collision.

Moments later, the YZR-M1 was destroyed into dozens of pieces after spinning into an “Air-Fence”. It forced the Styrian Grand Prix to stop for 10+ minutes but saw one of MotoGP’s top motorcyclists come out unscathed. Most bikers wouldn’t find themselves without injury after leaping from their vehicle, showing the talent Vinales has acquired over the last half-decade.

Questions Answered

MotoGP reporters asked Maverick Vinales when issues with his breaking began, where the Yamaha driver revealed the problem started on the 3rd lap & that he knew catastrophic failure was inevitable. Statements made by Vinales emphasized that brake pressure was dropping quickly, forcing his braking turns to become expansive. This caused his lap times to become lower than expected & for other competitors to pass easily. Maverick mentioned that his positioning could have improved without Fabio & Valentino pressuring him, eventually overtaking him the moment that his brakes exploded.

Multiple drivers competing behind Maverick Vinales noted that small pieces of his motorcycle were coming off with each passing lap, creating minor debris on the track. Repsol Honda’s Alex Marquez evoked that from his perspective, it appeared that fallen debris was coming from the front brake. It’s expected that Monster Energy Yamaha will implement a full investigation with their engineers before next Sunday.

Motorcycle Sales in UK Rise by 41.9%

The COVID-19 Pandemic inflicted numerous changes onto how society engages in the United Kingdom, with former markets that dominated in the Pre-COVID Era now falling & industries that saw minimal growth are now increasing their valuations in the Post-COVID Era. One such industry is motorcycles, with the two-wheeler becoming more desirable amongst commuters for the associated cost. Maintaining motorcycles in the United Kingdom means lower insurance rates and cheaper mileage of petrol. However, an influx of sale volumes has led towards a national shortage of available stock.

Statistical data revealed for July 2020 indicates that the sales of motorcycles increased by 41.9%. Information was evaluated against the same period in 2019, showing an immediate demand for motorcycles in the COVID-19 Era. Statistical data was also given by scooters & powered two-wheelers, with the growth behind scooters behind 56.6%. PWTs saw the lowest increase at 37.5%.

Statistical data being given for July 2020 showed a back-to-back monthly growth for the UK motorcycle market. Development first began when Prime Minister Boris Johnson implemented the Coronavirus Lockdown. The British Prime Minister didn’t allow for SUVs, Sedans, and Trucks to traverse the UK amid the Lockdown. He did allow for two-wheeled vehicles to be maintained with their single-operator system.

The initial lockdown month for the UK’s Lockdown saw used motorcycles increase by 44.5%, with new motorcycles sustaining at 8% growth & the Honda PCX125 reigning supreme as the highest-selling vehicle in Great Britain during COVID-19. It should be mentioned that scooters saw growth margins at 43.1%, which means that collectively over June & July, there was nearly a 100% growth on scooters.

The MCIA

All percentages issued regarding the growth of two-wheeled vehicles come from the Motorcycle Industry Association. The MCIA evoked that unsurprised with registrations increasing to such heights, with people still needing to travel during COVID-19 for a multitude of reasons. The MCIA also mentioned that the United Kingdom is returning to its roots by adopting motorcycles back into their daily commute. For anyone considering purchasing a two-wheeled vehicle in the United Kingdom, understand that CBT Courses are required, as is the A1 Class License.

Marquez Not Returning Until September 11th

Repsol Honda Racing announced that Marc Marquez, the reigning MotoGP Champion, won’t be attending the upcoming Styrian Grand Prix. This comes after Marquez continues to recover from his broken arm, which underwent radical surgery to ensure prompt healing. This unexpected injury overcame Marc Marquez on July 19th at the Spanish Grand Prix, receiving his modernized operation 48-Hours later.

Marc Marquez proved himself the champion, refusing to accept the degree of his injuries. Supporters saw the Repsol Honda Racer at the Andalusian Grand Prix on July 25th, where he’d try to compete in Qualifying for a podium position. Swelling in Marc Marquez broken arm shortly into the session forced his prompt retirement and created an exceptional level of stress onto his injury. Marquez would break the steel plate wrapped around his broken arm while trying to open a window back home. This prompted the 2nd operation for Marc Marquez, resulting in the champion missing the Czech Republic & Austrian Grand Prix’s.

Repsol Honda Racing wouldn’t confirm or deny if Marc Marquez were returning for the 2nd Austrian Grand Prix, with double-header rounds being supported at the Red Bull Ring. It wouldn’t be until August 19th that Repsol Honda Personnel clarified that Marquez wouldn’t appear in the second round. This likely means his remittance into the 2020 MotoGP Season will arrive at the San Marino Grand Prix, which takes place on September 11th to 13th. It’ll be another double-header that will prove challenging for the still injured driver.

Marc Marquez will find it challenging to overcome Fabio Queretaro in 2020. Missing a total of five Grand Prix’s has placed Marquez substantially lower into the points, with Fabio standing 67-Points above Marc. Queretaro couldn’t set points for five races for Marquez to compete for championship contention. This likely means the reign of Marc Marquez will end in 2020, hopeful of returning for the 2021 MotoGP Season.

Marc’s Replacement

Repsol Honda Racing are struggling in the MotoGP Constructor’s Championship without Marc Marquez. Their replacement driver for the Champion is Stefan Bradl, who has struggled to maintain his motorcycle race-after-race. It became evident again after Stefan placed 17th at the Austrian Grand Prix. Bradl claimed that Repsol Honda didn’t have the speed needed to maintain contention, blaming his employer over his respective shortcomings. The return of Marc Marquez for Repsol Honda grows daily.

MotoGP’s Cal Crutchlow Talks Algarve Circuit

Excitement is growing amongst the MotoGP Grid, with these motorcyclist racers looking forward to the upcoming Algarve Circuit. It’ll be a first-time experience for those that’ve exclusively driven under the MotoGP banner and will genuinely test their skillsets. Located in Portugal, the Algarve Circuit is infamous for being the best motorcyclist track worldwide. It’s designed specifically for the usage of high-performance vehicles, outweighing Silverstone in its capabilities to sustain revolutionary Grand Prix’s.

MotoGP drivers learned that Algarve Circuit in Portugal would be the “Finale Grand Prix” for the 2020 Season on August 10th. Known for its difficulty, this track is commonly associated with the World Superbike Championship. Only two competitors on the MotoGP Grid have competed with WSC, with these individuals being the most excited for the 14th round of the 2020 Season. It’ll be a one-time opportunity for MotoGP Drivers, with the COVID-19 Pandemic forcing Dorna Sports to relocate their final race.

Portugal hasn’t been a selected country with MotoGP since 2007, and likely won’t be again after 2020 for another five or ten years. That’s because contracts from 2019 were re-signed for the upcoming decade, with COVID-19 derailing specific locations for a single season. This included “Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana” in Valencia, which typically hosts the finale round for MotoGP. Their organizers confirmed that this wouldn’t be possible in 2020 following the COVID-19 Pandemic. Dorna Sports selecting Portugal’s Algarve Circuit has been highly welcomed amongst the drivers.

Cal Crutchlow’s History at Algarve Circuit

Tech3 Yamaha Racing employed Cal Crutchlow in the 2008 & 2010 World Superbike Championship Seasons, where the two parties would compete at Algarve Circuit in Portugal. Cal Crutchlow also competed under the World Supersport Championship with Yamaha’s Factory Team in 2009, where they’d find the formidable pace at Algarve.

Ten years have passed since Cal Crutchlow last competed at Portugal’s Algarve Circuit in Portimao. He’ll take his knowledge of this circuit & apply it towards MotoGP’s upcoming finale. Crutchlow hopes that with his added experience he’ll acquire LCR Honda a top placement. However, Cal understands that it’ll be more challenging this time around at higher speeds & upgrades to the track. This isn’t deterring Crutchlow from testing the limited of Algarve during Practice, Qualifying, and the official race.

Valentino Rossi Judges Sergio Perez

The MotoGP Paddock is starting to growing concerns over the COVID-19 Positive Test of Sergio Perez in Formula One mildly. This F1 Driver contracted the coronavirus before attending the British Grand Prix in Silverstone, forcing Perez to miss two Grand Prix’s back-to-back & have Nico Hulkenberg replace him as a temporary driver. Sergio Perez is also missing the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix in Formula One, a considerable loss to the Mexican racer.

Concerns uttered by MotoGP Riders have been designated as foolish, with Sergio Perez being an inclusive case that followed from lack of consideration to COVID-19 Formula One Protocols. Perez travelled to Mexico to visit his mother after the Hungaroring Grand Prix, contracting coronavirus during his travels. Guidelines issued by MotoGP don’t allow Riders to go in-between Grand Prix’s without substantial penalties, meaning the conditions that infected Sergio Perez are unlikely in MotoGP.

One MotoGP Rider made public statements over his concern, with that being Valentino Rossi. He mentioned an evident fear after learning that Sergio Perez had contracted COVID-19, prompting stress from the MotoGP Champion. He’d emphasize that there haven’t been special celebrations with himself after notable races, making sure to stay safe from international travel.

Valentino Rossi indicated that Fabio Quartararo shamed similar concerns to himself, that both were concerns about the COVID-19 Pandemic in Mexico. Reporters then asked Rossi who has been included in his “Coronavirus Bubble”. Valentino indicated that he’d seen his wife, daughter, parents, and drivers exclusively within the Vr46 Academy. Rossi testified that everyone is wearing the required gear during their meetings, ensuring that contraction of the virus is 90% eliminated.

The Future of Valentino Rossi

July 19th marked the date when Valentino Rossi would confirm his future in MotoGP. The Italian Native announced that he’d continue onwards in MotoGP throughout the 2021 Season, with an available seat for 2022. His announcement comes after Valentino Rossi was forced into facing his fearing with the future of racing, with younger & younger drivers competing against his Nine-Time Championship record. Rossi knows it’ll be impossible to defend the strengths of Marc Marquez but refuses to quit, holding onto his passion until it isn’t possible any longer.

The Highs and Lows of MotoGP’s Andalusian Grand Prix

MotoGP’s Andalusian Grand Prix proved victorious & disastrous for the VR48 Academy. Both outfits in Moto2 and Moto3 found themselves maintaining podiums for both motorsports. Shortly afterwards, both teams would find themselves experiences unforeseen disturbances during the Post-Race. Valentino Rossi, the leader for VR28 Academy, gave a public reaction to what was an embarrassing crashing & injury while his driver attended the podium.

Luca Marini & Marco Bezzecchi for VR28 Academy both saw podium victories, respectively placing 2nd to 3rd at the Andalusian Grand Prix. They’d subsequently lose an opportunity at 1st Position to Enea Bastianini, a formidable motorcyclist that’s destined to enter MotoGP & potentially compete against his teacher if Valentino Rossi returns. When it applies to Moto3, Celestino Vietti for VR28 Academy obtained a 3rd place podium.

Post-Race Celebrations for all three drivers proved more eventful than the Grand Prix itself. Celestino Vietti would find himself needing stitches after a bottle of Prosecco Champagne was broken by the driver. After the Moto3 Andalusian Grand Prix was completed, Moto2 would start their race. Luca Marini & Marco Bezzecchi would find themselves colliding into each other during the 1st to 2nd corner, which occurred when the teammates attempted shaking hands. Both would be uninjured physically, but their motorcycles would require extensive repairs.

Valentino Rossi would be questioned on his reaction towards both occurrences. The former MotoGP Champion emphasized that when seeing two VR28 Academy bikes crashing into each other & skidding into the gravel, his immediate thought is this cannot be true. He’d remark understanding for both Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi, choosing to not publicly scold them for the foolish mistake of trying to shake hands. Sentiments from Valentino Rossi would then move towards Celestino Vietti, noting their significant concern for his podium injury. Rossi would announce that multiple stitches were administered to Celestino Vietti.

Proud None the Less

Valentino Rossi didn’t utter disappointment in his motorcyclists, with sentiments more indicating proud relief for his driver’s safety. He’d note that throughout the last two seasons in all three iterations of MotoGP, these young men have assisted in driving him forward when wanting to quit. That’s no small feat to ensure Valentino Rossi maintains his position in the MotoGP community.

2021 RR-S Dual Sport from Beta Motorcycles

Boutique manufacturers of motorcycles are rarely established, with the associated retail market being considerably smaller than standard models sold to consumers. Some brands remain active in the boutique motorcycle market, including Beta Motorcycles. May 31st marked the date when Beta Motorcycles would announce the 2021 RR-S Dual Sport, which is categorized in their endurance & off-road lineup.

Beta Motorcycles originates from Italy, surprising the boutique community with their unveiling. Most anticipated that BM would struggle to continue operations after Italy was struck down by the coronavirus is an unexpected way. They were the 2nd epidemic country after China & before America. The COVID-19 pandemic did play a critical factor in the manufacturing of the BM 2021 RR-S Dual Sport. Company personnel clarified that production numbers would be lower than in previous years.

Four variations of the RR-S Dual Sport are releasing in 2021, with alterations in each model applying to its engine block. Consumers can select the minimum power unit of 350cc or enhance their off-road capabilities with a 390cc engine block. Dedicated riders have a 430cc & 500cc power unit option as well. Additional alterations between each model included ground clearance, wheelbase span, and seat height. Beta Motorcycles will determine the best dimensions by account for the height & weight of the purchasing rider.

The power unit selected won’t alternate additional components required for off-road riding. Each engine block maintains a 42mm Throttle Body, which is accompanied with a Six-Speed Gear Box that’s controlled by a Hydraulic Clutch & Final Chain Drive. It should be clarified that depending on which model is selected by the purchasing rider; associated costs are increased.

September Release

Pre-orders for the 2021 Beta Motorcycles RR-S Dual Sport is available today, with the bike slated to release by September of this year. The maximum cost associated with Beta’s latest off-road motorcycle is $10,899.00 with taxes. It’s one of their lowest-priced models available for the 2021 lineup & will support performances that commonly aren’t seen with Yamahas or Hondas. Consumers should remember that custom-made Italian motorcycles are the pinnacle of speed & innovation.