2014 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
|2014 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season|
|Moto2 Grand Prix season
Moto3 Grand Prix season
|Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme
Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix
Current season summary
The 2014 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 66th F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season. Marc Márquez started the season as the defending riders' champion in the MotoGP category, with Honda the defending manufacturers' champions. Pol Espargaró and Maverick Viñales were the reigning Moto2 and Moto3 champions respectively; however, neither defended their titles as both riders moved up a class, with Espargaró joining MotoGP and Viñales entering Moto2.
Winning a premier class record 13 races during the season, Márquez won a second successive title, finishing 67 points clear of his nearest rival Valentino Rossi. Márquez won each of the first 10 races to be held in 2014, before Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa was able to inflict his first defeat, at Brno. Rossi had taken eight podiums in the season, before he was able to win a race, when he won at Misano. He also won at Phillip Island, as he finished as the championship runner-up in a Grand Prix class for the first time since 2006, when he finished second to Nicky Hayden. Despite bookending his season with retirements, Rossi's Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team-mate Jorge Lorenzo finished third in the championship. Finishing 32 points behind Rossi, Lorenzo took back-to-back victories in Aragon, and Japan, as part of a nine-race podium streak that was ended by his retirement in Valencia. The only other race winner was Pedrosa, with his Brno triumph being his sole victory in the 2014 campaign.
The Espargaró brothers were each able to take one of the sub-classifications available to them. Pol Espargaró finished as the best place rookie in the final championship standings, finishing sixth overall; the next best rookie was Scott Redding in twelfth place. Aleix Espargaró was the best placed rider that was competing with an Open-specification motorcycle. He finished seventh overall in the championship, taking a pole position at Assen and a second place finish in Aragon. Just like the rookie of the year standings, Redding was the next best rider. Márquez was a comfortable winner of the BMW M Award for the best qualifying rider, with 13 pole positions during the season. Repsol Honda were the winners of the teams' championship, as the results for Márquez and Pedrosa allowed them to finish 50 points clear of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, while Honda won the constructors' championship for the 21st time – and their 63rd title in total – 55 points clear of Yamaha.
The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme released a 19-race provisional calendar on 2 October 2013. The calendar was updated on 13 December 2013 and again on 24 February 2014, resulting in a calendar of 18 races.
The 2014 calendar originally saw the addition of two South American races, the series' first visit to the continent since 2004. A race in Argentina at the newly upgraded Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo is scheduled for 27 April and a race in Brazil at the Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet in Brasilia was scheduled for 28 September, but the latter was subsequently removed from the calendar. The round at Motorland Aragón was moved back a week, following the cancellation of the Brazilian round. The standalone MotoGP race at Laguna Seca, part of the calendar since 2005, was discontinued.
Teams and riders
Starting in 2014, the rules governing the eligibility of entries changed. MSMA prototypes were reclassified as the new "Factory" class, whilst the Claiming Rule Teams sub-category was restructured as the "Open" class. All bikes used the approved MotoGP Electronic Control Unit, with bikes in the "Open" class using both the MotoGP ECU and identical software, and those competing as "Factory" entries permitted to use their own custom software. The Factory option bike had their allocation of engines reduced from twelve to five, and those five had their design frozen. The amount of fuel allowed was reduced from twenty-four litres to twenty litres.
A manufacturer who had not achieved a win in dry conditions in the previous year, or a new manufacturer entering the championship, could enter under the Factory option with all the concessions available to the Open class; these benefits were reduced in case of a determined number of podiums or wins.
|2014 MotoGP specifications|
|Fuel tank (litres)||20||24|
|Engines allocated (per rider)||5||12|
|ECU hardware||spec Magneti Marelli|
|Tires' compound||medium, hard||soft, medium|
A provisional entry list was released by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme on 20 November 2013. An updated entry list was released on 14 January 2014. Teams had time until 28 February to decide if a rider would be assigned to the "Factory" or "Open" class. The final entry list was released on the same day.
- Aspar Racing Team and Cardion AB Motoracing switched to Honda in 2014, entering the RCV1000R, Honda's Open class machine.
- Forward Racing intended to use Yamaha-leased YZR-M1 engines with FTR frames, however the team started the season with a complete Yamaha YZR-M1 engine-frame-swingarm package with other parts supplied by FTR, while developing new Forward-designed frames to be introduced mid-season. At the Mugello round Colin Edwards debuted the new frame built by Harris Performance. Following Edwards' retirement from racing, the new frame was passed to de Angelis, while Espargaró remained with the Yamaha-derived chassis.
- Gresini Racing competed with a full Honda package in the Open class, having contested the 2013 season with an FTR chassis and Honda engine.
- IodaRacing Project intended to enter a second bike ridden by Leon Camier, but he was not included on the final entry list due to an apparent lack of funding.
- Nicky Hayden moved from Ducati Corse to Aspar Racing. Cal Crutchlow left Yamaha Tech 3 to take Hayden's place.
- 2013 Moto2 Riders' Champion Pol Espargaró joined the premier category, racing for Yamaha Tech 3.
- Aleix Espargaró moved from Aspar Racing to Forward Racing.
- Hiroshi Aoyama moved to Aspar Racing after competing for Avintia Blusens in 2013.
- Bryan Staring left Gresini Racing, with his place taken by 2013 Moto2 runner-up Scott Redding.
- Yonny Hernández moved to Pramac Racing.
- Ben Spies retired from racing at the end of the 2013 season.
- Mike Di Meglio joined the premier category, racing for Avintia Racing.
- Broc Parkes made his MotoGP debut with Paul Bird Motorsport.
- Leon Camier contested the Indianapolis, Czech Republic and British races for Aspar Racing as an injury replacement for Nicky Hayden.
- Alex de Angelis replaced Colin Edwards from Brno onwards.
Results and standings
|Round||Grand Prix||Pole position||Fastest lap||Winning rider||Winning constructor||Report|
|1||Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix||Marc Márquez||Álvaro Bautista||Marc Márquez||Honda||Report|
|2||Motorcycle Grand Prix of the Americas||Marc Márquez||Marc Márquez||Marc Márquez||Honda||Report|
|3||Argentine motorcycle Grand Prix||Marc Márquez||Dani Pedrosa||Marc Márquez||Honda||Report|
|4||Spanish motorcycle Grand Prix||Marc Márquez||Marc Márquez||Marc Márquez||Honda||Report|
|5||French motorcycle Grand Prix||Marc Márquez||Marc Márquez||Marc Márquez||Honda||Report|
|6||Italian motorcycle Grand Prix||Marc Márquez||Marc Márquez||Marc Márquez||Honda||Report|
|7||Catalan motorcycle Grand Prix||Dani Pedrosa||Marc Márquez||Marc Márquez||Honda||Report|
|8||Dutch TT||Aleix Espargaró||Marc Márquez||Marc Márquez||Honda||Report|
|9||German motorcycle Grand Prix||Marc Márquez||Marc Márquez||Marc Márquez||Honda||Report|
|10||Indianapolis motorcycle Grand Prix||Marc Márquez||Marc Márquez||Marc Márquez||Honda||Report|
|11||Czech Republic motorcycle Grand Prix||Marc Márquez||Dani Pedrosa||Dani Pedrosa||Honda||Report|
|12||British motorcycle Grand Prix||Marc Márquez||Marc Márquez||Marc Márquez||Honda||Report|
|13||San Marino and Rimini's Coast motorcycle Grand Prix||Jorge Lorenzo||Marc Márquez||Valentino Rossi||Yamaha||Report|
|14||Aragon motorcycle Grand Prix||Marc Márquez||Jorge Lorenzo||Jorge Lorenzo||Yamaha||Report|
|15||Japanese motorcycle Grand Prix||Andrea Dovizioso||Jorge Lorenzo||Jorge Lorenzo||Yamaha||Report|
|16||Australian motorcycle Grand Prix||Marc Márquez||Valentino Rossi||Valentino Rossi||Yamaha||Report|
|17||Malaysian motorcycle Grand Prix||Marc Márquez||Marc Márquez||Marc Márquez||Honda||Report|
|18||Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix||Valentino Rossi||Marc Márquez||Marc Márquez||Honda||Report|
- Scoring system
Points are awarded to the top fifteen finishers. A rider has to finish the race to earn points.
|Gold||Winner||Green||Points finish||Purple||Did not finish (Ret)||White||Did not start (DNS)||Blank||Did not participate|
|Silver||2nd place||Blue||Non-points finish||Red||Did not qualify (DNQ)||Withdrew (WD)||Excluded (EX)|
|Bronze||3rd place||Non-classified finish (NC)||Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)||Race cancelled (C)||Black||Disqualified (DSQ)|
- A light blue background behind a rider's name indicates that rider was competing in his rookie season.
- A light blue background behind the round indicates that the race was contested under wet conditions.
- Bold indicates that the rider began the race from the pole position.
- Italics indicates that the rider had the fastest lap during the race.
|7||Aleix Espargaró||Forward Yamaha||4||9||15||7||9||9||6||4||6||Ret||8||9||Ret||2||11||Ret||Ret||7||126|
|21||Alex de Angelis||Forward Yamaha||16||15||14||12||17||9||Ret||18||14|
|22||Colin Edwards||Forward Yamaha||9||Ret||20||Ret||17||15||18||22||20||13||11|
|25||Mike Di Meglio||Avintia||17||18||19||Ret||19||18||Ret||20||22||12||18||20||Ret||17||19||14||13||21||9|
|Randy de Puniet||Suzuki||Ret||0|
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