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Marquez Wins Laureus World Breakthrough Award

26 Mar

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The prestigious 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony took place in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, with MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez receiving the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year award.

The performance of Marquez in MotoGP™ last year, which saw him become the youngest ever champion in the premier class, convinced the Laureus judges that he was a more than worthy winner of the prize.

His achievement in winning the MotoGP™ title at the age of 20 years and 266 days, with six victories along the way, also saw Marquez become the first rider to win the crown in his rookie season since Kenny Roberts in 1978. Marquez also rewrote the history books last year by becoming the youngest ever premier class Grand Prix winner in Austin in April, at just 20 years and 63 days of age.

A global television audience tuned in to the awards ceremony in the Malaysian capital, with Marquez receiving his award on stage from motorcycling giants Giacomo Agostini and Mick Doohan.

Marquez commented, “I want to thank the Laureus Academy for giving me this prize. It’s a special experience for me to be here, at just 20 years of age, with so many sporting legends. This is one of the most important awards I have ever won. I also want to thank everyone who has helped me in my career and to win the title.”

Other award winners at the ceremony included Sebastian Vettel (Laureus World Sportsman of the Year), Missy Franklin (Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year), Bayern Munich (Laureus World Team of the Year) and Rafael Nadal (Laureus World Comeback of the Year).

MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi was a previous Laureus award winner. His remarkable recovery from injury in 2010 was recognised by the Laureus Academy, as the Italian rider was honoured with the Laureus World Sports Award ‘Comeback of the Year’ prize.

 
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Marquez Wins Qatar MotoGP, Rossi 2nd and Pedrosa 3rd

24 Mar

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World Champion Marc Marquez started his MotoGP title defence with a victory in Qatar, beating Valentino Rossi in a close battle, with Dani Pedrosa coming home third. Repsol Honda’s 21 year-old rider produced a gritty performance to take maximum points despite breaking his leg in preseason and missing the last two MotoGP tests.

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In further drama Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo crashed out of the race lead at turn 15 on the first lap, meaning his season starts with a DNF after he had struggled with grip issues throughout the weekend.

Meanwhile, after eight laps the race was over for Stefan Bradl who had led the contest for several circulations. Coming from seventh on the grid and taking advantage of Lorenzo’s crash and some errors ahead of him Bradl was writing headlines for LCR Honda but perhaps the pressure of Marquez and Rossi on his shoulder was too much as the German slid off track.

Indeed, Marquez and Rossi then went on to have a great fight which went down to the last lap and saw the Spaniard outpace the Italian by 0.25s – with Pedrosa three seconds back to complete the podium. An excellent ride for Aleix Espargaro saw him take fourth on his debut for NGM Forward Racing on their ‘Open’ Yamaha. Espargaro cashed in on crashes for Alvaro Baustista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) and Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) as they fell out of the podium hunt.

Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow did well in fifth and sixth respectively for Ducati Team, though Crutchlow finished 16 seconds behind his teammate after almost running out of fuel on his debut for the Italian factory.

A good first premier class race for Team Gresini’s Scott Redding saw him beat fellow ‘Open’ Honda RCV1000R veteran rider Nicky Hayden of Team Drive M7 Aspar to seventh by a 0.035s margin.

The top ten was rounded out by Hayden’s compatriot Colin Edwards (NGM Forward Racing), riding his first race as a 40 year-old, and Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) who recovered well from a fall on the last corner of lap two. A mistake from rookie Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) with five laps to go saw him drop down to 15th and then pull into pits shortly after.

The riders will reconvene for the next race at the Circuit Of The Americas in three weeks’ time.

 
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Panasonic Unveils Gold Series SDUC Card

06 Mar

Panasonic Gold Series SDUC

Panasonic has unveiled  new SDXC and SDHC UHS-I cards, the Gold Series “SDUC”, complying with UHS Speed Class 3 and suitable for 4K video recording at a minimum write speed of 30MB/s (240 Mbps). When used with a UHS-I compliant product, the card can have a maximum read speed of 90MB/s and maximum write speed of 45MB/s. With products not compatible with UHS Speed Class 3, the Panasonic Gold Series cards are compliant with UHS Speed Class 1 or Speed Class 10 with a constant minimum writing speed of 10 MB/s (80 Mbps). The cards will be available in capacities of 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB.

 
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