It was a day of mixed emotions at the Aragon GP for the Repsol Honda Team as Dani Pedrosa was engrossed in an historic battle with Valentino Rossi – coming out on top to take second place – but pole man Marc Marquez sadly crashed out.

As the race got underway, Marc dropped back to third from pole but managed to get back up to second by the end of the first lap and slot in behind race leader Jorge Lorenzo. Meanwhile Dani had made up a position and was in fourth behind Andrea Iannone. As Marc chased down Lorenzo on lap two, he made a small mistake in Turn 12 and lost the front. The bike slid into the gravel and was too badly damaged to allow Marc to continue.

Dani pushed on and by lap three he had passed Iannone into second place, by lap four he had Rossi on his back wheel. This remained the story for the following fifteen laps, with just hundredths of a second separating the two riders. Then with five laps remaining Rossi began to try and pass but each time Dani was able to respond and pass Rossi back. This continued for the remainder of the race, with Dani showing great determination to battle with Rossi – passing each other several times – and not give up on the second spot of the podium. On the final lap, Rossi passed Dani, but again Dani reacted and passed him back in Turn 7 and was able to hold on to beat him to the chequered flag by just 0.090 seconds.

Marc remains in 3rd place in the standings on 184 and Dani still 7th with 129 points.

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Allianz Seguros and Marc Márquez are starting up the new initiative of Laps for Life 93: the creation of the first Allianz Junior Motor Camp. From November 18th to 22nd, 20 kids from around the world will enjoy five unique days with all expenses paid. The lucky winners will have the chance to enjoy what they love the most –motorcycles– on the Rufea Circuit (Lleida) with the greatest coach possible, Marc Márquez.

‘I am really excited to be able to promote this camp. I started racing motorbikes when I was very young and this is a great way to be able to transmit everything that I’ve learned. I know that we’ll have a great time with all the kids’, says rider Marc Márquez. In turn, José Luis Ferré, managing director of Allianz Seguros and responsible for Commercial and Market Management Area, states: ‘We are very pleased about driving forward the first edition of this camp with Marc. It combines the passion for the world of motor, to which we are closely linked, with the values of teamwork and interculturalism. We hope that it will be as well received as the rest of the camps Allianz organises and that it will become a tradition, fostering the skills and hopes of kids working with Marc.’ Although this will be the first motor camp, the company already promotes other camps for children each year, such as the Allianz Junior Football Camp (with FC Bayern Munich), the Allianz Junior Music Camp (with pianist Lang Lang) and the Allianz Junior Golf Camp (with golfer Paul McGinley).

The Allianz Junior Motor Camp will have unique characteristics. The boys and girls, from 10 to 13 years old, will train off-road with the two-time world champion of MotoGP, learning the best motocross tips from him. Remember that Marc Márquez first got onto a motocross bike when he was only four years old. Off-road has helped him improve his technique since a very young age, something that is essential in such a competitive sport as motorcycle racing.

In addition to training, camp participants will make visits related to the world of motor and will have an unforgettable life experience with colleagues from different countries. The purpose of the camp is to bring together youth of different nationalities so that they can develop their skills in parallel with finding out about new cultures and making great new friends.


Marc Márquez will select the children who will attend the camp

To register, candidates just need to go the Laps for Life 93 website ( and fill out the form. The form asks them to record a video, no longer than two minutes, which showcases their skills and ability on motorbikes and explains their reasons for wanting to attend the camp with Marc Márquez. In order to be selected, candidates must have at least some knowledge of English and, naturally, some knowledge and skill with motocross bikes.

From among all the applications received, Marc Márquez will pick 20 lucky boys and girls who will get to experience this unique event at the Rufea Circuit. Winners can attend the camp with one guest.

In short, this is a unique opportunity to make new friends who all share a common passion: motorcycle racing. The deadline for registering is October 2nd.


About Laps for Life 93

Laps for Life 93, the joint Allianz and Marc Márquez project, not only came into being due to the close connection both of them have with the world of motorcyles, but also due to their common values, such as excellence, the spirit to excel and teamwork.

Laps for Life 93 is a project created by the insurer and rider, which seeks to make a positive contribution to society via social actions. It involves the development of initiatives in different fields including health, road safety and fostering healthy lifestyles. To date, projects have been carried out in the fight against leukaemia (with the Josep Carreras Foundation) and in the fight against hunger.

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Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez took a remarkable victory in difficult conditions at the San Marino GP – one of just three circuits where he has not previously won in the premier class (along with Motegi and Phillip Island), but Dani Pedrosa was hindered from seeing his pit board clearly causing him to miss the prime window to swap bikes.

As the race got underway, Marc (2nd) and Dani (4th) maintained their grid positions in the early laps, as rain clouds began to roll in. By lap five, rain flags were displayed and some riders began to pit for their wet setup bikes.

On lap seven, the rain intensified and the majority of riders entered the pits for their wet bikes and after emerging back on track, Marc found himself 6th and Dani 11th. Within a lap they had climbed up to 2nd and 8th respectively as the race began to find its rhythm once more. Marc dropped back behind Rossi with Lorenzo leading and the three riders opened up a gap over the field as Dani continued to improve and moved up to 5th by lap fourteen.

As the track began to dry, riders started to enter to change back to their dry bike setup. Marc came in on lap eighteen whilst Lorenzo and Rossi remained out on track. On lap twenty, Lorenzo and Dani came in to change bikes also, but Rossi continued on his wet bike, waiting until lap twenty one to come in to the pits.

With Rossi entering the pits Marc inherited the race lead and Lorenzo crashed out. He maintained his composure to take a convincing seven second win over Bradley Smith, with Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda rider – Scott Redding – completing the podium, despite a crash early on in the race. Dani – who missed his pit board message to come in sooner – was stuck in traffic after his second bike change and was unable to improve further than 9th.

Marc – 184 points – has closed the gap in the World Championship and is now 63 points behind Rossi and 40 points behind Lorenzo. Dani remains 7th on 109 points.

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