Spaniard out to make it five wins in a row at Grand Prix of The Americas.

Apr 19, 2017 0

Spaniard out to make it five wins in a row at Grand Prix of The Americas.

Marc Marquez understands that he faces a fierce fight in Austin, Texas this weekend if he wants to maintain his perfect MotoGP win record at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas.

The Spaniard won the first ever race at the Circuit of the Americas in 2013 from pole position as a rookie, then followed up further grid-topping qualifying days with victories in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

This season, however, the Repsol Honda rider has seen emerging star Maverick Viñales open up the campaign by winning the Grand Prix of Qatar and Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina to build a healthy 37-point championship lead over him.

The 24-year-old Marquez claimed pole position last time out at the Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo to lift his spirits, even if he was forced to retire early in the race following a crash on lap three.

He told Relatos Solidarios, “Maverick’s debut has been unbelievable, the perfect debut. But it was something that everyone could predict a little, this is how it was in the preseason.

“We need a bit of stability because Viñales has won twice already and Valentino (Rossi) has been on the podium twice. Both Yamahas appear to be very competitive.

“If there’s a chance of winning in Austin, I will try. We must learn from the error in Argentina. I insist that a podium finish would be ideal to regain some stability.

“Texas is a circuit that I like. I like the layout of the track, as it has many different types of sections and corners and lots of elevation changes.”

Meanwhile Viñales knows all too well that he must not get complacent with the likes of Marquez, Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso, Scott Redding and Cal Crutchlow all poised to take advantage of any lapse in concentration.

The Yamaha rider explained, “We’re going to work hard. Texas is a really good track for me, I always feel really good [with the] changes of direction, fast corners and hard braking.”

Cortesia: Red Bull

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SAPRISSA EN ZONA DE CLASIFICACIÓN

Feb 6, 2017 0

 

SAPRISSA EN ZONA DE CLASIFICACIÓN

SAPRISSA 2 ALAJUELA 1

Jornada 8, Estadio Ricardo Saprissa

En un nuevo clásico Nacional es Saprissa que se pone adelante en el marcador al minuto 3 por intermedio del delantero Daniel Colindres , pero la liga llega a la igualdad al minuto 12 con la anotación de Kenner Gutiérrez , finalizando el primer tiempo igualados en el marcador.

Ya en el complemento es Saprissa quien busca el partido y al minuto 12  Julio Cascante le da el segundo gol a el equipo morado, el triunfo  y metiéndolo en zona de clasificación ,terminando el encuentro con victoria Saprissista.

Nota: David Urbina

Fotografia: Josue Rodriguez

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Toulon Race Day One: Poised On A Knife Edge

Sep 13, 2016 0

Toulon Race Day One: Poised On A Knife Edge

The results of the first day of racing at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Toulon, the penultimate round of the series before Bermuda 2017, leaves the overall leaderboard closer than ever, with everything to play for across the whole pack on Sunday.

ORACLE TEAM USA and Land Rover BAR are now tied on the same points heading into Sunday, but it is Artemis Racing who really basked in the Mediterranean sunshine on Saturday, taking two first places and a third to dominate the first day of racing, held in light winds.

In race one Softbank Team Japan were first over the line and held their lead down to the first mark with Emirates Team New Zealand breathing down their necks. At that point ORACLE TEAM USA were in fifth, but the American boat fought its way back up to second by the third mark, just behind Artemis Racing who really were mastering the conditions. At the finish line the Swedish boat took their first spoils of the weekend, Emirates Team New Zealand were second, ORACLE TEAM USA third, Groupama Team France fourth and Softbank Team Japan and Land Rover BAR fifth and sixth respectively.

Race two started with Groupama Team France crossing the line fractionally early for the second race in a row, incurring a penalty that sent groans singing out across the home fans, but it was Artemis Racing who picked up where they left off in race one and who were first around mark one. On the leg two run the Swedes extended their lead over Emirates Team New Zealand and Softbank Team Japan, with Land Rover BAR just ahead of ORACLE TEAM USA, but Groupama Team France fought back hard and clawed their way back into contention after serving their startline penalty. At gate two the French team were just one second ahead of Softbank Team Japan and the British and American teams who were fighting it out for fifth and sixth.

Around gate three it was still Nathan Outteridge’s crew ahead, but the Kiwis were pushing them all the way to the finish line but finally, again, Artemis Racing were victorious for the second time on Saturday. Emirates Team New Zealand were second, Groupama Team France third, Softbank Team Japan fourth and ORACLE TEAM USA fifth. Land Rover BAR brought up the rear, looking like they were struggling to come to terms with the vagaries of light winds and the Toulon waters.

Race three capped off a very tense afternoon of racing and, yet again, Artemis Racing were at the sharp end of the pack at the start. However, in the final race of the day, Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR had finally pushed themselves up into contention in the opening stages of the race, with ORACLE TEAM USA also making amends for their race two result, and as they rounded the first mark, the Americans headed off on their own to find wind, and that move paid off, putting clear air between themselves and Groupama Team France who were starting to show consistency on home waters.

Artemis Racing dropped back through the pack and found themselves in a fight for third and fourth with Land Rover BAR, but on leg three the British team found good wind and moved up into first place, ahead of their old foes on ORACLE TEAM USA.

Demonstrating perfectly the utterly unpredictable nature of America’s Cup racing in the modern era, the British team went from last to first in just two races, and ended the final race of Saturday first, but Groupama Team France raised French hopes for a Super Sunday as they finished second, mere metres behind their British rivals who finally made up for their last place finishes in races one and two.

Selected Team Quotes:

Nathan Outteridge, Skipper, Artemis Racing: “Good day on the water for us today. We started well and we were strong when we needed to fight back and it’s great to have such a good crew who are working seamlessly around you, it makes my life much easier.

“Even though I was away for the last round, we spent a lot of time going through how we communicate on board, and today was the perfect example of how we’ve developed a system to make sure we make good decisions. It makes it much easier to come straight back into the team without any issues, and today shows how well we are working. In every pre-start Perc (Iain Percy) was talking clearly about time to burn, who were the danger boats, picking the right marks around the whole course, and all of that made my life so much easier, and it’s clear from the results today how well we’re working.

“However, Saturday is now done. Tomorrow it’s double points, there’s all to play for and we will improve where we can, aiming to perform even better than today.”

Franck Cammas, Skipper, Groupama Team France: “Overall I think it was a good day. We did three races, in light winds, and the forecast this morning was not so good, so to have done the program today, for the public, that is very good.

“On our boat we are good in light winds, so I think our performance was ok. We had two bad starts, two penalties, and I think that was partly because we wanted to put on a good show for the public. We went just a tiny bit too early, but we fought back and in the end it was not a bad day. We are in second here at home, we have a great crowd supporting us, and hopefully we have more wind tomorrow and even better racing.”

Ray Davies, Tactician, Emirates Team New Zealand: “Pretty good day of racing. Conditions were very light and testing but we had a couple of good races to begin with, then a wobbly third race when we got the wrong side of quite a big shift, and then we came back nicely. Overall we’re third and that means we are in good shape for Super Sunday when it’s obviously double points.

“It’s great to have Peter and Blair back on the boat, they’re very cool customers in those conditions and they know when to be sensible and when to take risks as well – they’re on the same wavelength and that means we have really good chemistry on board across the whole boat.”

Tom Slingsby, Helmsman, ORACLE TEAM USA: “Anytime you come out of a day like today with a gain, you have to feel fortunate. It was very tricky, a game of snakes and ladders.

“I think we probably sailed better than our results would indicate, and I don’t say that lightly. Everyone has some bad luck on a day like today, but there were times when we needed maybe a couple of meters to cross someone but we couldn’t find it and lost four places as a result. That seemed to happen more than luck would indicate, but the main thing is it’s all to play for tomorrow with the double points.”

Sir Ben Ainslie, Skipper, Land Rover BAR: “We’re not very happy with today, it certainly wasn’t our finest day in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series. We had two terrible races in the first two which was a little bit unwanted, we really struggled to get into our stride but the good thing was that we managed to turn that around in the last race so from a very bad start we managed to end up with a good finish.

“The conditions were very difficult out there, the wind was very light, shifty and changeable, and for Giles (Scott) and me, it was the first time we were sailing back together for a long time and it took us a couple of races to get into our stride, in terms of the communication. However, we worked it out and got it all back together for the final race.”

Chris Draper, Wing Trimmer, Softbank Team Japan: “That was a tough day. We didn’t sail well downwind and it was a really flukey, shifty day so it was pretty hard for everybody, but we made it a little tougher than it should have been for ourselves. We are better than the performance we put in today, but sometimes, that’s the way the cookie crumbles. Despite that, hopefully we’ll have better wind tomorrow and we can take advantage of the double points tomorrow. That gives you room to make up for days like today and with the scores still being close, there’s everything to play for tomorrow.”

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Toulon Leaderboard – Day One:
Position – Team – (Race Finish Positions) – Total Points

1. Artemis Racing (1, 1, 3) – 28 points
2. Groupama Team France (4, 3, 2)– 24 points
3. Emirates Team New Zealand (2, 2, 6) – 23 points
4. ORACLE TEAM USA (3, 5, 4) – 21 points
5. Land Rover BAR (6, 6, 1) – 20 points
6. SoftBank Team Japan (5, 4, 5) – 19 points

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Overall Leaderboard
1. Land Rover BAR – 387 points
2. ORACLE TEAM USA – 387 points
3. Emirates Team New Zealand – 380 points
4. SoftBank Team Japan – 347 points
5. Artemis Racing – 343 points
6. Groupama Team France – 316 points

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Home team sets the pace in Portsmouth

Jul 22, 2016 0

Home team sets the pace in Portsmouth

Friday at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth started in spectacular style with the world famous Red Arrows wowing the crowds across Portsmouth’s seafront with an outstanding display of aerobatic skill.

On the water, Friday is designated official practice day, with four practice races taking place and the first two contests were dominated, appropriately, by Sir Ben Ainslie and his Land Rover BAR team.

Under the watchful eye of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, Ainslie raced out to two quick wins.

Light wind conditions greeted the teams as they took to the water, but the sizeable crowd was treated to exciting competition in the warm sunny weather over Portsmouth on Friday afternoon.

The first race of the day was dominated by a powerful performance from new father Sir Ben Ainslie and his Land Rover BAR team, finishing almost one minute clear of Groupama Team France and just under two minutes ahead of Softbank Team Japan. After a slow start, Jimmy Spithill’s ORACLE TEAM USA fought back to fourth, just ahead of Artemis Racing, with stand-in helmsman Francesco Bruni, making his debut with the Swedish outfit. Rounding up the pack was Emirates Team New Zealand, with new helmsman Glenn Ashby still looking to find his way, driving the Kiwi boat to sixth place.

In race two Emirates Team New Zealand crossed the start line ahead of the pack, but they were a split-second ahead of the official start time and so had to take an immediate penalty, leaving Groupama Team France, ORACLE TEAM USA and Softbank Team Japan to fight it out for first place at mark one. Good use of the wind conditions and local knowledge helped the British team overtake both the US and French crews, and at the halfway point of the race Land Rover BAR were back in front, leaving Groupama Team France and ORACLE TEAM USA to fight it out for second. Ainslie’s crew built on their lead and again finished in first, 54 seconds ahead of Spithill’s ORACLE TEAM USA in second and Franck Cammas and the French team in third, showing good consistency on day one of the regatta. Dean Barker’s Softbank Team Japan were fourth and the last two places in race two were again filled by Artemis Racing and Emirates Team New Zealand in fifth and sixth places respectively.

After a short break, race three started with Groupama Team France making it three out of three as the first team across the line, but Artemis Racing were quickly ahead and rounded mark one ahead of the pack. Bruni and the Swedish team consolidated their position in first and they and Softbank Team Japan took off into the lead, leaving Emirates Team New Zealand in third, looking stronger in race three than they had in races one and two. Softbank Team Japan picked up where they had left off in Chicago taking a win in race. Behind them, Emirates Team New Zealand were second, a good fightback from the disappointments of the first contests, and Land Rover BAR were third, demonstrating that the only thing predictable about America’s Cup racing is its unpredictability. Finally, Groupama Team France, Artemis Racing and ORACLE TEAM USA were fourth, fifth and sixth respectively, wrapping up Friday’s practice races.

The final action on the water on Friday was the Substitute Race, which may be inserted into the international broadcast if racing is delayed over the weekend, and at that point it would be scored as an official race. Until that point it is the fourth practice race of the day and was won by Emirates Team New Zealand, making up for their previous three races in aggressive style. The Japanese crew were also on a roll, battling with Land Rover BAR and holding off the home team for second place, with the Brits in third, capping off a fine Friday for the home fans.

Selected quotes from the men on the water on Friday include:

Francesco Bruni, helmsman, Artemis Racing: “Today was ok, not great but not too bad. The conditions today were very tricky, but for me it was really about learning the boat. Every second I am on the water I am learning a lot and it was important to use this practice day to find out about as many of the boat’s little tricks as I can, and while I have learnt a lot today, I hope to perform better tomorrow. We’ll take a look at the video tonight, see where we can improve, especially in the start and the maneuvers, and go through the list of things to work on and be better tomorrow. One good thing though is that the team on board is strong. They are sailing well and the only mistakes we made were small, things that are easy to fix, so that’s good.”

Paul Campbell James, tactician, Land Rover BAR: “We were really happy out there today. Ben was doing a fantastic job in the starts, giving us a good jump from there, and even though it was tricky stuff, we were making the right decisions. Importantly, when we weren’t in the lead we were moving forward, so everyone is really happy. A lot of what we do is focused on crew work, improving every time we sail, and it’s all about how well we work together. Days like today show that we are making progress and we approach a practice day like today exactly the same as tomorrow and Sunday, so the aim is to carry this through the weekend.”

Jimmy Spithill, skipper, ORACLE TEAM USA: “It was tricky today. The first two races went well but in the last one I thought we were good off the starting line, but we had a hard time accelerating. The other guys passed us on the top and underneath and then banged us around the race course a bit. Every race is different though, and days like today prove that. We have to work on some little things, especially acceleration, and we have to sharpen up a little bit because on a tight track, if you fall out the back it’s a tough climb back.”

Franck Cammas, skipper, Groupama Team France: “The day didn’t start well as we hit the mooring and had some damage on the port foil but we will pull the boat out tonight and fix it. In the races, the first three starts we were good but on the last start we were looking for an opening but it never opened up so we were right at the back. It happens sometimes and you just have to fight back. We have made a few adjustments here, in particular with the communication on board as we trying Adam Minoprio as wing trimmer here. That’s a bit of a challenge but I think it’s a good move for us, even if we have to switch to speaking English!!”

Ray Davies, tactician, Emirates Team New Zealand: “It took us all a few races to find our feet today. We really needed today to iron out our crew work as every race we felt like we were tacking and gybing better even though we weren’t getting results, but it was great to win the last one. However, we have to do a big debrief tonight as there is still a lot of room to improve and we have a lot of work to do. It’s a tough fleet and we’re really looking forward to the racing on the weekend, but we still have a long way to go.”

Dean Barker, CEO and skipper, Softbank Team Japan: “It’s been a useful day, especially as this is a challenging venue. The currents can be strong and you have to read the course. It keeps you on your toes, but we definitely feel a lot better than we did a year ago when this was our first event. Even though the light winds made it tricky for everyone, we’re not too opposed to any conditions and it’s all good practice, whatever you’re sailing in. Having said that, fingers crossed we’ll have enough wind to get some exciting racing in for the rest of the weekend – we’ll see.”

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Primera fecha del campeonato nacional de motocross

Mar 29, 2016 0

Primera fecha del campeonato nacional de motocross 

Primera fecha del campeonato nacional de motocross se realizo los días 19 y 20 de marzo en la pista la Olla en Sabanilla de Alajuela.  Este fecha cono con la participación de los pilotos nacionales asi como con  de los norteamericanos Cole Thonmpson y Benjamin Lamay  quienes son patrocinados por el Pasión MX- KMT y el italiano Daniele Bricca quien radica en Costa Rica los tres corredores  en la categoría MX1 la cual al final de las dos largadas los norteamericanos se quedaron con la primera y segunda posición completando el podio el nacional Roberto Castro quien es el actual campeón nacional de dicha categoría. En la categoría MX2 se contó con el regreso a suelo nacional de Adraian Aguero  quien al final de las 2 largadas logro el primer lugar seguido de Estafano Bercovis  completando el podio con el actual campeón defensor de dicha categoría Esteban Mora. Ademas en la categoría femenina la joven Maria Paula Saborio se interpuso con superioridad en la actual campeona Melisa Tencio
Nota: César Navarro
Fotografía: César Navarro
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