Moto2 Rider Contracts COVID-19

International sports were gridlocked for months when the COVID-19 epidemic was declared a pandemic, affecting all nations worldwide. After numerous delegations with world government & sporting organizers, international sports have resumed their standard operations. This applies towards Formula One, MotoGP, Moto2, and Moto3. Few drivers in these respective motorsports have been infected with the coronavirus.

Formula One has experienced one infection with Sergio Perez from Racing Point. For a prolonged period, none of the Moto Series had seen positive COVID-19 tests. That was until September 16th. It’s been revealed that Jorge Martin from the Red Bull KTM Moto2 Team has contracted the coronavirus. Receiving the positive test has placed Jorge Martin into immediate isolation for two-weeks, with all KTM teammates that had contact with the Moto2 driver being tested.

It’s suspected that Jorge Martin contracted COVID-19 from a cameraman at the Czech Grand Prix. Medical experts interviewed the cameraman, who’d reveal that he’d been filming inside the Red Bull KTM garage before learning of his infection. This cameraman proved that he was wearing the required gear and that Jorge Martin had walked closer than two metres in his vicinity. It’s an incident that requires no punishment to either Jorge Martin or the unnamed cameraman. Merely a series of unfortunate events.

It should be mentioned that a multitude of COVID-19 Safety Measures is engaged with MotoGP, Moto2, and Moto3. Medical experts have guaranteed that in-place protocols can’t guarantee the protection of employed personnel & athletes. Investigations into Jorge Martins contraction revealed that the cameraman obeyed his restricted access, wore the required protective gear, and didn’t break his social bubble.

Championship Loss for Martin

Jorge Martin wasn’t the exclusive individual to contract COVID-19 at the Czech Grand Prix. An engineer mechanic working for an unnamed team tested positive for the coronavirus. Jorge Martin and the unknown mechanic, both Asymptomatic. This means that Jorge will make a full recovery without two weeks but will lose an influx of championship points. It isn’t very reassuring for the KTM Moto2 Driver, who is a notable contender to win the 2020 championship. He’s eight points behind Luca Marini, the championship leader. That’s expected to jump by twenty to thirty points.

Yamaha Releases MotoGP Themed YZF-R3

Motorcyclists that support the Monster Energy MotoGP Team, who employ the skillsets of Maverick Vinales & Valentino Rossi, can purchase a Yamaha YZF-R3 with an identical livery to their favourite drivers. This comes after a press release was issued by the Yamaha Company, confirming the “2021 Yamaha YZF-R3 Monster Energy MotoGP Edition Motorcycle”.

The announcement of this motorcycle comes after Yamaha released a 2020 version last year. It was a limited-edition vehicle that maintained identical graphics & bodywork to the Monster Energy MotoGP Teams, Yamaha R3. There are minor alterations in the design to ensure direct copies aren’t held against their MotoGP counterparts. However, the “2021 Yamaha YZR-R3” in the Monster Energy MotoGP Edition is the closest way to sport liveries similar to Valentino Rossi & Maverick Vinales.

Yamaha’s release noted that all 2020 editions were sold-out during the pre-order cycle, with similar expectations slated to follow with the 2021 Edition. Consumers that purchased the 1st-Year Editions of the Yamaha YZF-R3 MEME emphasized that visual differences between 2020 & 2021 are minimal. However, the livery that Monster Energy MotoGP Team used didn’t change over the recent campaign. It shouldn’t be surprising for potential new customers.

Cost margins associated with the 2021 Yamaha YZF-R3 MEME hasn’t altered since the 2020 Edition. Those wanting to purchase this motorcycle will payout $5,599.00 for their respective model. What is awarded to consumers is a vehicle weighing 375Lbs & maintaining a 321cc Inline Twin Engine. This combination allowed for fast speeds in the corners, and straight lines. It should be noted that fuel capacity is listed at 3.7 Gallons, at 56 Miles per Gallon. This means an average tank will sustain 333km or 207 Miles per Hour.

Purchase Methods

Those considering purchasing this vehicle cannot pre-order the “2021 Yamaha YZF-R3 Monster Energy MotoGP Edition Motorcycle”. The Yamaha Company is taking the standard approach during the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning local dealers will have an influx of stock by September 30th. Yamaha hasn’t provided an official release date for their vehicle, allowing for potential postponements. It’s recommended to call your local dealer & request a call-back when they’ve received stock of the Yamaha YZF-R3 MEME.

KTM Angers MotoGP Grid with Engine Development Announcement

The Aprilia & KTM MotoGP teams have been granted a special exemption from the “Engine Development Freeze 2020-21”. This means that engineers can continue development on their imposed upgrades, with the majority of MotoGP teams not being granted the same privilege. Dorna Sports confirming this announcement puts Honda, Ducati, Yamaha, and Suzuki at a notable disadvantage for the upcoming 2021 Campaign. It also goes directly against a signed agreement between all MotoGP teams, which stated that all manufacturers would freeze the development of upgrades for cost-saving measures. Aprilia & KTM have abandoned that signed agreement.

Several manufacturers in the MotoGP have grown angry over the confirmation that Aprilia & KTM have been exempted from the agreement. There wasn’t prior notice given to the several contesting manufacturers, which goes against Dorna Sport & MotoGP protocol. Inside sources than attended the meeting where KTM and Aprilia were granted exemption noted that both teams are creating advanced power units for the upcoming season. Sources suggest pacing of their upgraded engines will be unlike anything previously seen in MotoGP. This will make it impossible for championship drivers Marc Marquez & Valentino Rossi to compete admirably in the 2021 MotoGP Campaign.

Revelations Revealed

KTM & Aprilia responded to the backlash seen on August 28th to 30th, revealing that the original proposal from the MotoGP Manufacturers Association was to allow the continuation of their development. KTM & Aprilia felt forced into signing the second agreement, requesting that Dorna Sports abide by the first proposal. The Grand Prix Commission Association also got involved in this matter, revealing that they’ll impose fines onto KTM & Aprilia.

The GPCAs press release indicated that any MotoGP manufacturers that don’t meet the agreed-upon concessions for the 2021 Campaign would be imposed fines. Homologation regulations will be present, with technical directors for the Grand Prix Commission Association promising their appearances at all 2021 MotoGP events. This means that KTM & Aprilia will payout notable fines for refusal to abide by the “2021 Engine Development Freeze”. Dorna Sports appears the only entity that’s standing behind KTM & Aprilia, with the MotoGP Manufacturers Association and Grand Prix Commission growing unforgettable hated to these outfits. Rulebreakers aren’t permitted in the exclusive MotoGP Series.

MotoGP Champion Discusses Recovery

The reigning champion of the 2019 MotoGP Campaign has begun discussing his recovery, which comes after Marc Marquez experienced a significant injury at the 2nd Grand Prix for the 2020 Campaign. After breaking his arm, the Repsol Honda driver is being sidelined until October. This means Marc Marquez can’t become the 2020 MotoGP Champion, creating excitement for thousands of fans but disappointment for so many others.

Marc Marquez showed his dedication towards MotoGP after attending the first Grand Prix of 2020, where a crash would be sustained during Qualifying & force Marquez into immediate surgery. A titanium plate what inserted into his arm 24-Hours after the initial impact, and was later found to have been installed incorrectly. That’s why Marquez had a secondary crash at the 2nd Round of Jerez 2020, creating additional damage & forcing the champion out for MotoGP’s remaining Grand Prix’s.

There was hope that Marc Marquez would return for the Italian Grand Prix in September, with doctors believing that the Champs injuries would heal before Misano. After learning that Marquez’s titanium plate had been incorrectly placed & created additional damage to the driver, that timeframe was re-evaluated. It’s now expected that Marc Marquez won’t return until the “Grand Prix of Europe at Circuit Ricardo Tormo” on November 8th. That would give Marquez three Grand Prix’s to rally points in the championship, something impossible for the reigning champion to reacquire.

The DAZN Sports Interview

When questioned by DAZN Spain on how being sidelined in 2020 feels, Marc Marquez noted that watching MotoGP from his sofa has been challenging & that he’d rather be on the paddock. The Spaniard did note that it’s an associated risk to his career and that after eight seasons in MotoGP, a strange season full of unexpected problems was inevitable. Marquez finalized his statements with DAZN Sports that he’ll continue to follow the advice of doctors until returning to racing. This comes even after previous recommendations from the same medical staff were incorrect & forced Marquez to experience potentially lifelong damage to his right arm. We’ll keep our readers updated on when Marc Marquez will return to Repsol Honda in 2020.

Johann Zarco Undergoes Surgery After MotoGP Incident

MotoGP’s Austrian Grand Prix on August 16th proved eventful, and life-threatening. Four drivers found themselves risking their lives unintentionally after Johann Zarco & Franco Morbidelli crashed horribly into one another. It resulted in both their motorcycles gliding through Valentino Rossi & Maverick Vinales, missing both drivers by 100s of a millisecond. Both Rossi and Vinales rode away unscathed from the unexpected incident, with Zarco & Morbidelli not being so fortunate. Johann Zarco underwent surgery on August 20th after his wrist was fractured in multiple locations.

Johann Zarco is the individual that prompted this horrific incident, prompting substantial backlash against the “Avintia Ducati Racing” driver. Zarco under-braked on the 2nd to 3rd corner after going slightly wide on Lap Nine, resulting in Franco Morbidelli to hit the back end of Johann’s Ducati. Both men flew from their vehicle & the motorcycles spun towards the barriers. The impact of these motorbikes against the walls prompted threw them towards Maverick Vinales & Valentino Rossi, who both were located to the left-hand side of corner three.

Franco Morbidelli & Johann Zarco are privileged to walk away from this horrific incident with minor injuries. Out of the two riders, Morbidelli came out unscathed with small lashes & bruises. Tests completed on August 18th for Johann Zarco revealed a fractured scaphoid of the right wrist, prompting an immediate operation at an unknown medical facility in Italy. Johann Zarco hopes to return by August 22nd for the Styrian Grand Prix – Qualifying Session. It’s highly unlikely that the wrist surgery from August 20th will have healed to a racing-capable degree in 48 hours.

The standard procedure used in such instances that bones are immediately required for healing was given to Johann Zarco. This means a screw & metal plate has been placed against his broken bone. It alludes the body into thinking a vital body part isn’t that damaged, permitting faster healing, and almost immediate usage.

Reactions of Franco Morbidelli

It should be mentioned an influx of hatred from Franco Morbidelli has been directed towards Johann Zarco. Morbidelli claims that Johann is “Half a Killer” and shouldn’t be permitted to compete going forward. These attacks are personal from Franco, with Maverick Vinales & Valentino Rossi mentioning that competing riders must calm down going forward. However, no direct attacks were made towards Johann Zarco. How the grid reacts to his inevitable return will be interesting for MotoGP enthusiasts.

Fan Attendance Permitted at MotoGP Misano

Italians have received their 1st confirmation of a professional sporting event that’ll permit a live audience. This follows after Dorna Sports announced that MotoGP’s San Marino & Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Misano would allow supporters in-attendance. It’ll mark the instance a live audience in MotoGP’s 2020 Season is permitted. Limitations in what’s possible with the attendance of supporters came after COVID-19 became an international pandemic. Dorna Sports was forced to implement a multitude of protocols, including the prolonged postponement of their weekly Grand Prix’s.

Paddock safety became the primary concern, with MotoGP personnel having yet to experience an infection of COVID-19. That could change by allowing attendance at Misano. Italy was horrifically implicated by the COVID-19 Pandemic, causing a two-month lockdown of this nation. Infections are still prevalent in certain areas throughout Italy, causing concern amongst the MotoGP Grid that an unsuspecting Italian could arrive in-attendance & unknowingly be Asymptomatic.

MotoGP’s 2020 Season have experience three Grand Prix’s, with their subsidiary motorsport leagues maintaining the same locations. The difference is that Moto2 & Moto3 have experienced an additional Grand Prix over their MotoGP counterparts. That’s thanks to the Austrian Double-Header, which was held at the Red Bull Ring. Grandstands didn’t have an attendance of supporters & bore similarities to Formula One’s season opener at Austria’s Red Bull Ring. Our globes most influential motorsports both saw their 1st Rounds in 2020 be held in Austria, with both maintaining no audience.

Guidelines In-Effect

The Italian Government is complying with the requests of their leading body, the European Union. It’s been requested that “Social Distancing Guidelines” are enforced at the San Marino & Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Misano. It’s resulted in Dorna Sports limiting the available attendance to a maximum of ten thousand visitors.

Additional requirements include spectators having to obey the “No Roaming Guidelines”, meaning visitors cannot traverse the paddock & surrounding areas. Protective facemasks are also needed to enter the Misano Circuit. Anyone found disobeying the facemask protocol after entering Misano will be removed by security. Will these levels of enforcement, Dorna Sports & Organizers at Misano hope that it’ll be enough to ensure a safe environment.

MotoGP KTM Factory Team Selling RC16 Motorcycles

Throughout the last three seasons in MotoGP, there has been one team defining its growth & entering the premier class, with that being KTM Factory. They’ve maintained numerous starts at the Front Row, obtaining a Podium-Finish at Valencia 2019. KTM Factory is now looking towards the future with their latest driver, Brad Binder. This standout rider is a MotoGP Rookie in 2020 & already performing beyond expectations. With that their future looks even brighter than it had before.

One attribute that could deter KTMs Factory Team was maintaining their bright future is the exiting of Pol Espargaro. He’s the driver that saw Red Bull’s KTM Factory Team maintain formidable success throughout the last three season. Pol Espargaro leaving for Repsol Honda in 2021 could damper their regular high grid placements, with Brad Binder filling a void that’ll be hard to overcome. Pol Espargaro faces similar challenges by becoming teammates with Marc Marquez in 2021, the poster boy of MotoGP.

Red Bull’s KTM Factory Team doesn’t have full confidence that Brad Binder will maintain the skillsets required to compete for top placements in 2021. It’s prompted the factory team to auction-off their “2019 RC16 Race Motorcycles”, allowing the MotoGP outfit to earn substantial funds that can be put towards the development of their 2021 motorcycles. Those participating in this online auction will spend a minimum of $337,000.00 USD to acquire the RC16 Race Motorcycles.

That valuation will likely be higher with that cost being the starting bid. It’s expected that whoever purchases both these motorcycles will spend more than $500,000.00 to acquire an unforgettable & unique piece of MotoGP memorabilia. The high cost is because the rarity of MotoGP motorcycles being auctioned-off is extreme.

The Ultimate Fan Experience.

There will be additional benefits to the purchaser of Pol Espargaro’s 2019 RC16 Race Motorcycle. Those include an entire set of Espargaro’s Racing Leather Suit, and one of his helmets from the 2020 season, which will also be signed. Buyers will also obtain a “VIP MotoGP Event Pack” for a 2021 Race, which will include special features above & beyond the standard package. Never before has such a fan experience been offered by a MotoGP Team, meaning the associated cost of purchasing the “2019 RC16 Race Motorcycle” is well worth it for the ultimate fan.

Silverstone’s Managing Director Discusses MotoGP Contract

The Managing Director of Silverstone has begun discussing the possibility of renewal with MotoGP for after the 2021 season. Stuart Pringle would be disappointed if Dorna Sports terminated their contract with the Silverstone circuit, incentivizing that their track offers the best event for MotoGP’s yearly calendar.

It’d be shocking if MotoGP wouldn’t resign with Silverstone circuit for an extension beyond 2021. Their history is deeply rooted into the British-located track, with MotoGP first debuting at Silverstone in 1976. This would occur after MotoGP dethroned the “Isle of Man TT” for highest-rated motorsport with motorcycles. Executives working for MotoGP before the ownership of Dorna Sports removed Silverstone from their calendar for 23 Years. Dodington Circuit was selected by MotoGP in 1987, with Silverstone not reselected until 2010. Their current contract has sustained an eleven-year-period & it’s unlikely to end by next year.

Stuart Pringle mentioned his disappointment in Silverstone’s lack of capability to host MotoGP throughout two seasons since 2018. The 2019 MotoGP British Grand Prix at Silverstone was cancelled after Dorna Sports located drainage issues. They’d reprehend these issues during the 2019 Silverstone GP, not anticipating that 2020 would force another cancellation amid the COVID-19 Pandemic. This was because Formula One will host two back-to-back Grand Prix’s at Silverstone in 2020, forcing MotoGP to locate another venue.

The Managing Director believes that their development behind the drainage issues will enable a contract extension. Stuart would also clarify that Silverstone offers some of the most exceptional racing to MotoGP, referencing that distances between drivers were the lowest seen in 2019s Season. That’s because Silverstone is ergonomically & aerodynamically suited for motorcycle racing, creating an abundance of overtakes.

Key Facilities & Services

Sentiments from Stuart Pringle retorqued towards the services & facilities supported at Silverstone, which are some of the most modern worldwide. It’s one of the critical components that make this British circuit desired by numerous motorsports. This makes Silverstone one of the purest venues to engage with, enabling vehicles to disperse throughout various facilities without any delays. There is also admirable maintenance equipment that far outweighs other British circuits. For these reasons & multiple others, Stuart Pringle is confident that they’ll extend their partnership with MotoGP.

Marc Marquez Breaks Right Arm in Jerez

July 19th brought the official return of MotoGP after being postponed for months following the COVID-19 pandemic. It proved an exciting day for most motorcyclists, with the exception going towards Marc Marquez. Jerez proved costly for Marquez after an unexpected crash forced his right arm to break. This injury comes after the reigning MotoGP World Champions shoulder was injured last season, with it finalizing the healing process weeks ago.

Repsol Honda provided clarification over the condition of Marc Marquez, indicating that their champion had undergone an operation that doctors have deemed successful. Team Media Personnel indicated that additional damage to Marc’s shoulder hadn’t been sustained. Doctors were shocked by that reality, with Marquez having crashed earlier during training & then again at the official Grand Prix. It shows the astonishing luck that Marc Marquez continues to enjoy.

After Marc Marquez flew towards the gravel & was dragged across by his Repsol Honda Motorcycle for nearly 500 metres, it’d take MotoGP Medical Staff less than a minute to assist Marc. They’d immediately fitted with a neck brace. An ambulance arrived after hightailing it down the Jerez Circuit, with Spanish Paramedics safely transferring Marquez from the gravel & into the ambulance.

Barcelona Doctors Assist Marquez

Dexeus Hospital in Barcelona couldn’t assist Marc Marquez with an innovative surgery until 48-Hours after the fracture. There reasoning is because the broken bones must 1st settle before being surgically repaired. Marc Marquez was fitted with a temporary plaster cast & armbrace from July 19th to 21st.

Surgery was performed by Doctor Xavier Mir, with his team confirming that Marc Marquez’s radial nerve hadn’t been damaged during his collision at Jerez. This guarantees that after an unknown period of healing, Marc will be permitted to return without any difficulties from Dorna Sports. It should be clarified that this surgery required the usage of several screws & a titanium plate.

The Team Boss of Repsol Honda, Alberto Puig, provided additional clarified on Marc’s healing period. Alberto emphasized that Marc’s condition will be discussed with medical professionals & his return determined by how the healing process unfolds.

Marc Marquez Fasted in FP1 Jerez 2020

The Jerez Spanish Grand Prix will take place on July 19th, launching the “2020 MotoGP Season”. Factory teams have begun arriving at Jerez to start testing their respective vehicles, which hasn’t been possible for a prolonged period amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Repsol Honda was the 1st team to arrive at Jerez after winning the 2019 Constructors Championship. Shortly afterwards, Yamaha & Suzuki would come. All three factory teams began their testing & it quickly became apparent who’ll dominate over the Spanish Grand Prix. Marc Marquez obtained the fastest time during the 1st Testing Session, which comes after months of healing an unexpected shoulder injury from last season.

The 2020 MotoGP Season was slated to begin in Qatar. However, alterations in scheduling were required after the COVID-19 epidemic became an international pandemic. All versions of this motorsport were postponed for the foreseeable future, including Moto2 & Moto3. Since conditions surrounding the pandemic have minorly decreased globally, international motorsports like MotoGP and Formula One have resumed their operations.

Nine additional teams in the MotoGP Grid weren’t provided testing opportunities at Jerez. Dorna Sports instead required that Aprilia, KTM, Pramac, Ducati, and Reale Avintia train at the Red Bull Ring or Misano. The benefit associated with testing at unscheduled circuits was a month-long period to determine what’s required to increase the pace. Teams like Suzuki, Yamaha, and Repsol Honda have been given less than two weeks.

Champion Grows Stronger After Injury

MotoGP Analysts expressed their shock towards Marc Marquez, who proved himself a formidable champion. After managing a shoulder injury for 6+ months & not being permitted to drive for nearly three months, having a pace that resembled last season was unbelievable. Over 90 Minutes of testing against Yamaha & Suzuki, Marc Marquez maintained the fastest time of 1m38.985s.

Repsol Honda Team Leaders have praised Marc Marquez for obtaining this time. Their engine unit has struggled before arriving at Jerez. It prompted some inside the team & out, to question if Yamaha or Suzuki would maintain an overall faster pace. Under these circumstances, there would’ve been the opportunity for Valentino Rossi or Maverick Vinales to obtain a MotoGP Championship.

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