Jakarta – After a tense and surprising week at the Catalunya MotoGP, now the international motorbike racing event is ready to return to Italy through the San Marino GP which will be held at the Misano Circuit, this weekend.
This is the 29th time that Misano has hosted a Grand Prix. The first Grand Prix at Misano took place in 1980. Misano hosted 10 GPs between 1980 and 1993 before a 13-year hiatus following Wayne Rainey’s accident in 1993. When
Grand Prix racing returned to Misano in 2007, it was held on a circuit along 4.18 km which has been heavily revised.
A total of three Italian riders finished in the top five at Misano in 2017 and all three racers rode Ducatis. This is the first time that three Italian riders riding Italian motorcycles have finished in the top five in the premier class since Imola 1972.
However, the most successful rider at Misano since 2007 has been Marc Marquez with a total of seven wins. He won once in the 125cc class, twice in the Moto2 class and four wins in the MotoGP class. Jorge Lorenzo is his closest rival with four wins, once each in the 250cc class and three times in MotoGP.
Misano Circuit Track
length: 4.226 km
Race distance: 27 laps or 114.1 km
Sprint race distance: 13 laps or 54.93 km
MotoGP San Marino 2022 winner: Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)
Pole position 2022: Jack Miller (Ducati, 1′ 31.899)
Ducati is currently undergoing 37 consecutive GP races with at least one rider rising podium. If they manage to finish on the podium again at Misano then they will extend their record to 38.
Also, if at least one Ducati rider makes it into the top three it will be the 52nd race in a row since Valencia 2020 that Ducati have started from grid front.
Another interesting thing, if Marc Marquez wins the race at Misano, it will mark 686 days since his last victory at the 2021 Emilia-Romagna GP. In addition, if he finishes on the podium at the San Marino GP later, then he will surpass MotoGP legend Angel Nieto’s record to a position fifth on the list of racers with the most GP podiums.
World Superbike : French WSBK statistics at Magny-Cours
Jakarta – After the summer break, the World Superbike (WSBK) motorbike racing event is starting the second half of the 2023 season at WSBK France which will be held at the Nevers Magny-Cours Circuit, this weekend.
The Magny-Cours circuit debuted on the WSBK calendar in 1991 for one year, but its presence has only been consistent since 2003. Famous French riders such as Regis Laconi and Raymond Roche have participated in WSBK and Roche secured the title in 1990. The track has encapsulated historic moments
since starts, including when Max Biaggi secured his second title by just half a point ahead of Tom Sykes and when Sylvain Guintoli took France’s first WSBK win at Magny-Cours in 2012.
One of the drivers this season, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing), is the most successful racer at Magny-Cours. He recorded nine wins at the circuit, while Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha Prometeon) collected six wins in France.
Circuit Track length: 4,411 km
Winner of WSBK France 2022: Alvaro Bautista – Ducati (Race 1), Toprak Razgatlioglu – Yamaha (Race 2)
Pole position 2022: Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki, 1’36.124)
Also read: Nicolo Bulega WSBK debut, replaces Rinaldi on Ducati
This season’s current standings leader, Alvaro Bautista, is now just two wins away from equaling Troy Bayliss’ record of 52 all-time wins.
Behind Bautista in the standings is Razgatlioglu with 353 points, 74 points behind him. With a successful track record at Magny-Cours, including two wins, the Turkish rider is poised to return to victory and narrow the points gap.
Next is Rea, who is considered always consistent, holding 251 points. The six-time world champion remains a formidable competitor, with nine wins at Magny-Cours the most of any racer.
Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha Prometeon) is standing strong with 227 points, trying to increase his number of podiums. Meanwhile, Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Racing) and Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.It Ducati) defended their positions and were determined to surprise.
Russia : A truck runs over a team of cyclists
A truck crashed into a team of cyclists on the highway in Russia’s Leningrad region Thursday morning, killing two teenagers.
The truck deviated from its lane and collided with a car passing on the highway before running over a column of cyclists belonging to an Olympic school, consisting of eleven teenagers aged 14-15 years and one coach.
The accident resulted in the death of two and the injury of nine students, and the police opened an investigation into the causes of the accident.
League of La Liga : The president of the Spanish League criticizes Saudi Arabia and Messi
Javier Tebas, President of the League of La Liga, criticized the exceptional movements of the Saudi transfer market during this summer, explaining that the Rochen League has a lot of time to build a prestigious reputation among other leagues.
Tebas said in a press conference during his participation in the Sports Summit Leaders event organized in Buenos Aires by the newspaper “Ole”: “Competitions are not built on players, but on club names.”
He continued: “We must work harder to develop the competition and the brand. The Saudi League occupies me, but I am not worried, as it does not compete with us.”
“We will see what they can do, but building a great brand takes a lot of time,” he explained.
In this sense, Tebas compared the situation of the French League, when Paris Saint-Germain included Kylian Mbappe in its ranks, along with Messi and Neymar, with the German League, and considered that the German League maintains a “great competition” without this large number of distinguished players.
He said: “The French League has not witnessed growth. It is true that the players make the league more attractive, but the condition for its continuation over time is the brands of the clubs and competitions.”
He added, “There is the German League, teams like Bayern Munich have great competition and they never have big stars who continue to maintain a level equal to that of our team, achieving sporting victories and they never had Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, because the club’s brand is there.”
“Competition is above all,” he stressed.
Regarding Messi’s departure from Barcelona: “Lionel did not end his career in the Spanish League because Leo and Barcelona did not agree. I wish he could have stayed and finished his sports career in Spain. It would have been better for him, for me and for Barcelona.”