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September 18th, 2007

Mike's Motegi Preview (updated)

For Casey Stoner, this could be the week that was. That is, the week he is crowned MotoGP World Champion. The fact that it could be in the land of the rising sun, the home of the Japanese big 4 manufacturers makes it that much sweeter, if not for Stoner, then certainly for Ducati. The last time a non-Nipponese machine won the premiere class was in 1974, when an MV Agusta piloted by Englishman Phil Read prevailed. 33 years is an awfully long dry spell and it has built an powerfulful thirst for victory.

Spies To Test GSV-R

Ben Spies, fresh from his victory at Laguna Seca yesterday that saw him take his second consecutive AMA Superbike championship, has confirmed that he will test the Suzuki GSV-R800 this year. The test will occur on October 21 at Sepang the day after the MotoGP race. Spies also said that he does not know if he will be granted a wild-card ride at the season-ending Valencia race. Paul Denning, Rizla Suzuki team manager has commented that Suzuki very much wants to keep the 23 year-old Spies "in the fold".

September 17th

Davies to race at Motegi?

MCN (It *must* be true!) is reporting that Chaz Davies has been approached by Pramac d'Antin Ducati to fill the seat recently unwillingly vacated by Alex Hoffman at the Motegi MotoGP race. Davies, as well documented on this blog, has impressed d'Antin and Ducati management during his stints as an emergency fill-in rider for d'Antin at Laguna Seca and during a recent test at Mugello.

DeAngelis to Gresini

Gresini Honda has announced that 250 pilot Alex DeAngelis has been signed to contest the 2008 MotoGP series for the Italy based team. DeAngelis will be replacing Marco Melandri, who will be riding for Marlboro Ducati for the next two years. DeAngelis' deal is for one year with an option for another. DeAngelis, while undoubtedly a talented rider, has something of a reputation as not being able to seal the the deal and win, as evidenced by his one win and 15 second places in three years in the 250 class.

re: Hoffman Sacked!

Hoffman Sacked!

Various sources are reporting that Alex Hoffman has been discharged from the Pramac d'Antin Ducati MotoGP team. This action was taken in the wake of yesterday's Estoril MotoGP race where Hoffman voluntarily quit the race citing a lack of motivation to circulate around the track in last place. Possible replacements include long-time d'Antin rider Ivan Silva, who substituted for Hoffman at the Brno round, and Brit Chaz Davies who stood in at Laguna Seca.

Kropotkin Is On Vacation

Even the most dedicated MotoGP writer needs a break now and then, and for your humble scribe, that means now. I'm off to Italy for the next 3 weeks, to savor the fantastic food, enjoy the amazing scenery, ride my motorcycle round the superb mountain roads, and visit as many motorcycle meccas as possible.

2007 Estoril MotoGP Race Report - Encore, Maestro

Viewed strictly objectively, MotoGP is an incredibly repetitious exercise. Every other Wednesday, the whole circus rolls into another race paddock, spends a day transforming empty pit boxes into racing garages, erecting luxury hospitality units and getting ready to race. Over the next three days, a bunch of riders spend several hours riding the same short piece of tarmac over and over and over again, trying to brake at exactly the same spot with exactly the same force again and again, and get on the gas at exactly the same point coming out of the corners time after time.

2007 Estoril MotoGP Race Report - Encore, Maestro

Viewed strictly objectively, MotoGP is an incredibly repetitious exercise. Every other Wednesday, the whole circus rolls into another race paddock, spends a day transforming empty pit boxes into racing garages, erecting luxury hospitality units and getting ready to race. Over the next three days, a bunch of riders spend several hours riding the same short piece of tarmac over and over and over again, trying to brake at exactly the same spot with exactly the same force again and again, and get on the gas at exactly the same point coming out of the corners time after time.

September 16th

re: Hofmann Could Be Dropped For Rest Of Season - D'Antin

You were just ahead of me, Jim. I was typing a story about that just as you were posting the press release:

http://blogger.xs4all.nl/daisy/archive/2007/09/17/295928.aspx

Hofmann Sacked, Davies Hot Favorite As Replacement

As predicted in an earlier story, Alex Hofmann has been sacked by the Pramac d'Antin team. The team was angered by Hofmann's decision to pull into the pits while trailing the field, citing a lack of motivation after being forced to start on his spare bike from pit lane. The decision means the end of the German's active MotoGP career, although he is believed to be in discussions with a number of teams to race in World Superbike next year.

Hofmann Could Be Dropped For Rest Of Season - D'Antin

The Pramac d'Antin team had a difficult weekend at Estoril, with Alex Barros forced to retire due to mechanical failure, and Alex Hofmann pulling in after being forced to switch to his B bike after the warm up lap, and starting from the pits. As a result, Hofmann found himself 6 seconds adrift of the pack after the second lap, and gave up trying to catch the group ahead after lap 11, pulling into the pits.

Hofmann Could Be Dropped For Rest Of Season - D'Antin

The Pramac d'Antin team had a difficult weekend at Estoril, with Alex Barros forced to retire due to mechanical failure, and Alex Hofmann pulling in after being forced to switch to his B bike after the warm up lap, and starting from the pits. As a result, Hofmann found himself 6 seconds adrift of the pack after the second lap, and gave up trying to catch the group ahead after lap 11, pulling into the pits.

2007 Estoril MotoGP Race Results

Dovizioso To MotoGP In 2008, But Team Structure Unclear

Another day, another signing. It's been fairly clear for some time that Andrea Dovizioso would be stepping up to MotoGP, and considering his long history with and loyal service to Honda, it was virtually unthinkable that he would be on anything other than a Honda. And so it came as no suprise when Dovizioso announced that he would be moving up to MotoGP on a Honda, but as obvious as the announcement was, just how and who he would be riding for was still left clouded in mystery.

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