The rider line up for the 2013 Moto2 season:
One more slot in the 2013 MotoGP line up has been filled. Today, the Go & Fun Gresini team announced that they have signed Bryan Staring to ride the FTR Honda CRT bike for them in MotoGP in 2013. The 25-year-old left his native Australia to contest the Superstock 1000 Cup two years ago, winning races in 2012 and contending for the title all season, before ending in 4th.
Staring will continued to develop the Honda CBR1000-powered FTR machine contested by Michele Pirro in MotoGP in 2012. The name of Ryuichi Kiyonari had been linked to the ride, the former WSBK and MotoGP rider seen as one candidate to help HRC develop the production racer version of the Honda RC213V which they intend to start selling for the 2014 MotoGP season.
The signing of Staring leaves just a few CRT rides to fill for 2013. An announcement on the PBM rides is thought to be imminent, with Michael Laverty currently being hotly tipped by UK insiders to get one of the two seats. The second seat should go to Yonny Hernandez, the spectacular Colombian who had impressed in his first year in MotoGP in 2012. The latest, updated list of MotoGP riders for 2013 can be found here.
Below is the press release announcing the signing of Staring to Go & Fun Gresini:
BRYAN STARING TO RIDE WITH TEAM GO & FUN HONDA GRESINI IN 2013
Press releases from the MotoGP teams who stayed at Valencia and actually got some track time, and from Yamaha, who went to Aragon, and sat about watching the rain:
Press releases from the teams, from the single tire supplier and from Honda after Sunday's dramatic MotoGP race at Valencia:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and single tire supplier after a rained-out day of practice at Valencia:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and the single tire supplier ahead of this weekend's season finale at Valencia:
As the Grand Prix paddock heads to Valencia to assemble for the last race of the year, the rider line ups are starting to be finalized for the 2013 season. The MotoGP line up is drawing very close to completion, with just a few CRT seats remaining to be filled. Today it was confirmed that Hiroshi Aoyama has officially signed to race with the Avintia Blusens team in MotoGP, taking the place of Colombian rider Yonny Hernandez. The move had been anticipated for some time, but a press release was issued today formalizing the situation. Aoyama will line up alongside Hector Barbera in the BQR team, both men continuing to contest a Kawasaki-powered, FTR-built CRT machine in the MotoGP class.
Yonny Hernandez looks set to miss the final round of MotoGP at Valencia, as the Colombian continues his recovery from injury. Hernandez suffered a dislocated collarbone in a crash during the race at Motegi, an injury which forced him to miss both the Malaysian and the Australian rounds of MotoGP.
The place of Hernandez in the BQR Avintia team is to be taken at Valencia by Hiroshi Aoyama. The last ever 250 World Champion suffered a difficult 2012 season in World Superbikes with the Ten Kate Honda squad, Aoyama never getting comfortable with the Pirelli tires used in WSBK. Aoyama has been looking to return to MotoGP since the latter part of this season, the Japanese rider spotted in serious talks with a number of teams at the Aragon round of MotoGP at the end of September. Aoyama now looks set to take the place of Hernandez in the BQR Avintia team permanently in the 2013 season, according to Spanish website Motocuatro.com.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and single tire supplier Bridgestone after the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island:
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the races on Sunday at Phillip Island:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and single tire supplier after qualifying at Phillip Island on Saturday:
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the qualifying on Saturday at Phillip Island: