MOTORSPORT MANIA<br><b>MID-SEASON MOMENTUM</b>

MOTORSPORT MANIA
MID-SEASON MOMENTUM

Our strongest lineup of riders to-date has kept us on the edge of our seats in all races across all classes. And with the season being halfway(-ish) through, it’s time for a bit of reflection. Join us on our halfway point evaluation.
08-20-2019
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Written by:

DEREK KNIPSCHEER

REV’IT!’s Senior Brand Relations Manager in the racing and urban scene; switching from one-piece leathers to riding jeans while always on two wheels.

Derek Knipscheer

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NUMBERS DON'T LIE

First, fourth, third, and second. These are the statistics that I have in front of me as I am writing this. It’s the top ranking for a REV’IT! rider in Moto3, Moto2, MotoGP, and World Superbikes. Wow. Even when you experience the races up close - trackside, too – they are moments like these that you look at your rider base with pride, knowing just how hard these guys battle to get there. In total, we’ve got seven riders battling it out across these classes. Time to run you through each category.

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MotoGP - Half-Way Point Motorsport Season 2019
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MOTOGP
A FIRST FOR EVERYTHING

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On March 8, at 13:40, Danilo Petrucci started his first-ever official session as a Factory Ducati MotoGP rider. A bright red Desmosedici donning the number 9 was rolled out of the box, followed with Danilo, suited up to match. With the Ducati labeled the favorite for the win - proved by teammate Dovizioso on Sunday - Danilo kept his cool, bringing it home in sixth. After repeating the feat twice - in the US and Argentina - he worked his way towards the front by taking a fifth in Jerez. Knowing he was on a one-year contract, he was mentally caught between pushing hard with the risk of crashing and keeping his cool in order to claim constant results. After all, contract renewal was on the line.

The pendulum swung in the way of the former when he decided this was what he worked for all his life, and without any promises from the factory, he decided it was time to really put the hammer down. Le Mans was the turnaround, when he brought his red rocket home in third, claiming his first podium since taking second spot exactly a year before.

Motivated to the bone, he arrived in Mugello unchained, and the Italian grandstands - and the REV’IT! office - exploded when he executed a perfect overtaking maneuver to reclaim the lead at the end of the race, holding on to it all the way to the finish line. He did it. His first ever MotoGP win. Our first ever MotoGP win. From working his way up from CRT material through the Pramac satellite team, to being a factory rider winning a MotoGP race. And what a win it was, beating the championship leader to the line. A clean, crystal clear victory that will be remembered by motorsport enthusiasts around the world.

From then on, Danilo went on to taking third spot in Barcelona the race after, followed by a sixth in Assen and a solid fourth in Germany before starting the summer break. Hungry for more and ready for action, Danilo arrives at the second part of the season third in the standings, looking to bite further into the championship lead. 

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Danilo Petrucci


DANILO pETRUCCI

DUCATI FACTORY TEAM

CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION: P3

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~ PETRUCCI: “Yeah, the first part of the season wasn’t bad. In hindsight, maybe I was playing it a bit safe in the first few races, not that the results were bad, but we had a goal as a team and I didn’t want to crash when pushing too much. Arriving at Le Mans, my mentality changed, also thanks to Dovi, who I train a lot with. I decided to go for it and push more and then the results came, with the victory in Mugello as a highlight; maybe the best day of my life. 

Now I am third in the championship and we are first in the team standings, so it’s not bad to go into the summer break like this. We will come back fighting for the top positions again; it’s not easy looking at our rivals but we are pushing as a team. I am confident the second part of the season will be good, with some nice tracks ahead of us.”

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RRTC

REV'IT! RACING TECHNOLOGY CENTER
OUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME

Not only is 2019 filled with great results from our REV’IT! riders, it’s also the first full season where we have our REV’IT! Racing Technology Center at our disposal. With one floor dedicated to service and development of our riders’ suits and equipment, the second floor becomes accessible after the entire structure slides up. On this floor, we have the luxury of inviting guests, talking to our riders, and discussing future partnerships with possible additions to our rider base. Keep an eye out for our communications, and who knows, you might be chatting to Danilo Petrucci in our RTC in the near future…

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Moto2 - Half-Way Point Motorsport Season 2019
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MOTO2
SHAKING UP THE ORDER


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AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ

Prior to this season, our last podium in Moto2 was Misano in 2016, when Alex Rins took second aboard the Pons Racing machine in his last race in the intermediate class, with his last win dating back to Le Mans in the same season.

This year, our Moto2 team was reinforced by yet another Pons Racing rider by the likes of Augusto Fernández, and our reminiscing quickly got rewarded. Finishing fifth in his first ever appearance was a great appetizer, but unfortunately misfortune struck in Argentina, which forced him out of contention due to injury for two races. He bounced back though, and what a way to do it: qualifying on the front row in Jerez and taking 3rd while still hindered by injuries. We knew this kid had it, and boy did he show it.

Another podium finish at Le Mans, this time taking another third but from fourteenth (!) on the grid, he showed it wasn’t a coincidence.

A fifth in Italy and a fourth place finish starting from his first ever pole position were clearly signs of working towards something really special, and we got it served to us at our home GP with the REV’IT! team watching trackside.

At the Dutch TT circuit known best as “The Cathedral of Speed,” Augusto did the unthinkable, coming from thirteenth on the grid to win the race in spectacular fashion. He showed racing enthusiasts around the world his pedigree. A solid sixth after a difficult race at the Sachsenring meant he would start his summer break third in the standings. And yes, this included two DNSs.

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Augusto Fernandez


AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ

PONS HP40

CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION: P4

Fernandez

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~ FERNANDEZ: “I don’t know how to describe the season so far, I have no words. It was very unfortunate to miss two races, because before my injury, I had a great pace. But that’s behind us now. Qatar started great and then I came back strong after the injury. The victory in Assen was incredible, unbelievable. I had a few moments and then I told myself to stay calm.

I was fighting at the front, and when Balda and Alex crashed, I kept it cool and pushed for the victory. At the Sachsenring, it was a little more difficult but we pushed for the best result for the circumstances. We are in a good position for the second part of the season, and I am fit and relaxed. So, I will push for great results and see where we are in the championship at the end of the season.”

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Bendsneyder - Half-Way Point Motorsport Season 2019

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BO BENDSNEYDER

A few boxes down pitlane, our RW Racing duo, Bo Bendsneyder and Steven Odendaal, faced their own battles throughout the first part of the season. In the incredibly tight Moto2 field, they were fighting their battles on and off track, as they are the only two riders currently using the Japanese NTS chassis. Only when you finish do your achievements get recorded, and only looking at the results doesn’t justify the achievements of the team and its riders.

Our fellow Dutchman and former Red Bull Rookies champ, Bo Bendsneyder, made a quick start aboard the new-for-2019 three-cylinder machine, scratching the points on his first outing in Qatar quickly followed by two point-scoring finishes. Since then, he has been around the point scoring positions, with a few surprising results being denied due to misfortune, but he has shown that he has the speed and skills to close the gap.

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Bo Bendsneyder


Bo bENDSNEYDER

NTS RW RACING GP

CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION: P25

Bendsneyder

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~ BENDSNEYDER: “The first part of the season is behind us, and looking back, I think we’ve had a very positive start to 2019. The first couple of races went really well, scoring points quickly in the season. After that, the season became more difficult; during the weekend working towards the race, we showed solid results on Friday and Saturday. So far, it was often on Sunday that our efforts didn’t get rewarded with solid positions.

This is something we’ve been working on during our break, to make sure we can carry the positives from Friday and Saturday onto race day. I’m also happy to be on board with REV’IT!, as I had a big crash in Assen close to 200 kilometers per hour. I think we can all say the suit did its job. For the second part of the season, I want to make the next step, meaning I will be aiming for solid point scoring positions in each of the remaining races. That’s the goal.”

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Odendaal - Half-Way Point Motorsport Season 2019

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STEVEN ODENDAAL

Steven’s season hasn’t gone according to plan or expectation so far. Pre-season injury saw him get off on the wrong foot, missing out on the first three races. Not only did he have to work on his rhythm, it also meant he was three races down on the competition.

He also didn’t have the advantage of knowing the character of the new Triumph triple nestled in the NTS chassis. Since his return, he finished in all but one race, and had his eyes on the points on various occasions shadowing his teammate Bo.

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Steven Odendaal


steven oDENDAAL

NTS RW RACING GP

CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION: P31

Odendaal

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~ ODENDAAL: “Honestly, I am really disappointed as to how the season has gone so far. Of course it wasn’t easy coming back from injury, but I was aiming for more in the first half. I do believe that having taken time off and training hard back in South Africa during the break has prepared me to get back on track fighting strong.

I have worked mentally and physically on everything I can so that I start the second half of the season motivated. I believe that we can turn it around with good results, so I am looking forward to the rest of the season!”

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Moto3 - Half-Way Point Motorsport Season 2019 - 1
Moto3 - Half-Way Point Motorsport Season 2019 - 2
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MOTO3
CLASSMATE RIVALRY
   

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Jaume Masià

Displaying what some would call infinite potential in his rookie year, Jaume Masià hasn’t disappointed in his second year in the Moto3 class; winning the second race of the year in Argentina followed by second spot the race after in the US.

A DNF and a step outside of the top 10 in the following races where turned upside down when he took another podium, finishing third in Italy where he was joined by fellow REV’IT! rider, Lorenzo Dalla Porta, who ended in second spot. Two unfortunate DNFs and a tough race in Germany saw him tumble in the standings, but he’s eager to start the second part of the season with winning at the forefront of his mind.

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Jaume Masià


jaume mASIÀ

BESTER CAPITAL DUBAI

CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION: P8

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~ MASIÀ: “Bittersweet feelings so far. I started this season with high hopes after doing well during 2018. I didn’t set any specific goals but, obviously, I wanted to improve, learn, and make a step forward, focusing on each race. Then I’d see where I am and would be able to fight to try and stay at the top. I am very happy to have been able to get my first pole, my first victory and some podiums... without doubt, some of the best moments of my whole life.

However, we have also experienced the flipside; bad results, crashes, technical problems, and so on. Those have hurt a bit! Hopefully, we are turning a new leaf for the second half of the season. I am quite confident, I am working hard, the team is also doing well and the next tracks are my favorite. We will be on top again, there is no doubt. Anyway, I just want to think in the next GP, no further than that.”

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Moto3 - Half-Way Point Motorsport Season 2019 - Shared Podium

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LORENZO DALLA PORTA

New recruit for 2019, Lorenzo Dalla Porta, worked methodically towards his goal set by himself at the beginning of the year: become World Champion. Four second-place finishes - or “near wins” - and a pole position in Jerez, built up towards the best way to finish the first part of the season.

He won at the Sachsenring and took the championship lead. With one unfortunate DNF behind his name, which saw him retire the race from first position due to technical issues, Lorenzo has shown consistency and speed throughout the first part of the season.

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Lorenzo Dalla Porta


lorenzo dALLA PORTA

LEOPARD RACING

CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION: P1

Dalla Porta

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~ DALLA PORTA: “What can I say? Winning the last race before the summer break and taking over the Championship lead has been the best way to get ready for the second half of the season. I have been training hard during these summer weeks, like always. But being in this position gives me an extra motivation. When I sat down with REV’IT! at the beginning of the season, they asked me what I was aiming for.

I said, “becoming the World Champion,” so in that sense, it is a good result, haha. Anyway, the upcoming races won’t be a piece of cake and we will fight to be in front in every time. The goal is the same, although it’s never easy. Aside from training physically, I am confident for the rest of the season. It has been a great first half, so I am ready for the second part!”

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WSBK - Half-Way Point Motorsport Season 2019
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WORLD SUPERBIKES
ÁLVARO’S ARRIVAL

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With a focus inside the MotoGP paddock, we couldn’t resist but join our long-time REV’IT! rider, Álvaro Bautista, when he moved to World Superbikes after nine years with us in MotoGP. Labeled a rookie - despite being a former world champion - added fuel to Álvaro’s fire, meaning he started off the season fully ignited. In the first 13 - or “12+1”- races, the former MotoGP rider, now aboard his all-new factory Ducati Panigale V4R, had a comfortable lead in the championship.

But having a new bike doesn’t mean you can take race wins for granted. Misfortune and a few DNFs saw Álvaro get demoted to second spot in the championship, but the summer break might be all he needs to turn his fortune upside down and aim at the top spot again, both that of the podium, as well as the standings.

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Álvaro Bautista


ÁLVARO bAUTISTA

ARUBA.IT FACTORY DUCATI

CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION: P2

Bautista

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~ BAUTISTA: “The season has been incredible, especially at the beginning. If you start a new adventure - new class, new bike - it’s never easy because you have to adapt. So, when we started the new era in Superbikes, I was just aiming to get used to all the new elements as quick as possible, and then we managed to win from the beginning.

When I race, I always aim for the top, but in recent years, the material was not always up for that. Now in Superbikes, the team and everything works well, so I can get the results we are after. The last few races have been hard, but that is part of racing. Now, we have the time to evaluate everything and come back stronger. We are second in the championship now and it will not be easy, but like always, we will come back fighting for the top!”

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Racing Technology Center - Half-Way Point Motorsport Season 2019