Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after qualifying at Misano:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the first day of practice at Misano:
The outstanding appeal, as reported here, pertaining to Tom Sykes's and Sylvain Guintoli's positions at the end of the second race at Monza, has finally been decided. Tom Sykes will retain his third place and the championship standings remain unchanged. The importance of this ruling was such that it could have had a major impact on the World Superbike title chase.
Here follows the press release from the FIM:
2013 FIM Superbike World Championship
Monza: Guintoli/Aprilia Appeal rejected by the FIM International Disciplinary Court (CDI)
Following the decision taken by the FIM Stewards at Race 2 of the FIM Superbike round held on 12 May in Monza (ITA) and counting towards the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship to cancel the drop of position sanction imposed by the Race Direction on rider Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), the Aprilia Racing Team and rider Sylvain Guintoli lodged an appeal with the FIM CDI.
Press release previews from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone ahead of this weekend's round at Misano:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the first day of practice at Silverstone:
It's been a busy couple of days at FIM headquarters, as they have been putting the finishing touch to new rules for both the World Superbike and MotoGP series. The biggest news was the release of the detailed technical regulations for the World Superbike series for 2014 and beyond. The new rules had been announced in early August, but the precise details had to wait until now. The one thing missing from the announced rules is any mention of an overall price cap. That, presumably, will come at a later date.
Though the changes outlined in the new reuglations are extremely detailed, they can be boiled down to a few major points: the introduction, of the EVO class, which allows Superstock engines in Superbike chassis; the introduction of price caps on suspension and brakes; restrictions on gear ratios; and the introduction of an engine allocation system similar to that in MotoGP, and also in Superstock.
The engine allocation system had long been expected, after Carmelo Ezpeleta made a series of barbed (and misleading) attacks on the number of engines supposedly used by Aprilia in WSBK in 2011 and 2012. The limit on the number of engines is relatively low: each rider will have 8 engines to last a season with. Though that seems reasonable for some 13 or 14 race weekends, that requires the engines to last for 26 or more races. As in MotoGP, the engines are sealed to prevent maintenance on crankshaft, bottom and top ends and the valve train, other than camchain tension adjustment. The crankcases, cylinders, cylinder heads and valve and cam covers are sealed. Seals may be broken to allow gearbox ratios to be changed - see below - but also as in MotoGP, that can only be done in the presence of a technical official from the series.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after Sunday's race at Brno:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after qualifying at Brno:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the first day of practice at Brno:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams, Bridgestone, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway press office after Sunday's race at IMS:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams, Bridgestone and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after the first day of practice at Indy:
With the 2013 MotoGP season at its halfway mark, now is a good time to take a look back and examine the engine usage for the teams and riders. In 2012, with the engine durability regulations in their third full season, the factories appeared to have the situation pretty much under control. The only excitement arose when something unexpected happened, such as Jorge Lorenzo have an engine lunch itself after he was taken out by Alvaro Bautista at Assen last year.
For 2013, the engine allocation was reduced from 6 to 5 per season. Each rider now has 5 engines to last the entire season, for use in all timed practice sessions during each race weekend. With three seasons already under their belt, no real drama was expected, yet that is not quite how it has turned out. While Honda and Ducati are right on course to last the season, Yamaha find themselves unexpectedly struggling. An unidentified design flaw has seen Yamaha losing engines too rapidly for comfort. Both factory Yamaha men have had an engine withdrawn, while there are question marks over the life left in one engine each allocated to Valentino Rossi and the two Monster Tech 3 Yamaha riders.