While MotoGP fans (and teams, and journalists) eagerly await the arrival of the 2012 MotoGP calendar, which is due to be announced at the next MotoGP round at Aragon, the outlines of next season are starting to become clear. The weekend of the Misano round saw two important announcements made about rounds expected to be on the calendar next year, but which had not yet been confirmed.
The least surprising of the two announcements is an extension with the Misano Circuit for another five years. The track so close to Valentino Rossi's home in Tavullia, and in a region that has produced a large number of top Italian races in all classes has been a popular venue with the teams and riders, and despite the limited crowd capacity of the venue, has seen strong attendance. The race is likely to be run at the same point in the year, on the first weekend of September, as the traditional end of the Italian vacation month of August.
The Bridgestone press office issued the following press release after the Indianapolis round of MotoGP, in which they discuss the problems of tire wear encountered at the Indy circuit:
Press releases from the Moto2 and 125cc teams after the race at Indianapolis:
Two-thirds of the way through the 2011 season and this is the point where decisive blows are struck in title fights. Indianapolis was no different: though the championships in all three classes are a long way from settled, the three leaders each have a race in hand after Indy. Nico Terol leads the 125cc championship by 26 points, Stefan Bradl has a lead of 28 points in Moto2, and Casey Stoner holds a comfortable 44-point advantage over Jorge Lorenzo in the MotoGP class.
The way the three championship leaders secured their advantage at Indianapolis could well prove to be pivotal. In the 125cc race, Nico Terol dusted the field from the lights, putting a second a lap on everyone else and just disappearing. It was reminiscent of his displays earlier this year, when he won four of the first five races with ease. After a mid-season slump, and especially after the mechanical that saw him DNF at Brno, Terol is back, and has seized the 125 championship by the scruff of the neck again. It is hard not to feel sorry for the sympathetic Frenchman Johann Zarco, the Air Asia Ajo rider having made a huge leap forward this season, but when a rider is in the form that Terol is in, they are incredibly hard to beat. Terol's championship is taking on an air of inevitability, and once that seed is planted in the minds of his rivals, the fight is nearly over.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the race at Indianapolis:
The ever-industrious Indianapolis Motor Speedway provided press releases containing transcripts of the press conferences after all three races held at IMS today. They follow below:
2011 RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GP MotoGP POST-RACE PRESS CONFERENCE
Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011
Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa, Ben Spies
MODERATOR: Here we go, ladies and gentlemen, in third place Ben Spies, of course, riding the Yamaha. (Applause)
In second place, Dani Pedrosa riding the Repsol Honda.
And the winner this afternoon here at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, Casey Stoner. (Applause)
Q: First of all, congratulations, Casey. What's that, three in a row, seven Grand Prix wins? But it was hard work out there, I'd imagine, this afternoon.
Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Indianapolis:
Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Indianapolis:
Results and summary of the 125cc race at Indianapolis: