MotoGP Engine Usage Analysis Prior To Indianapolis: Honda, Yamaha And Suzuki Comfortable, Ducati Faces A Dilemma
As MotoGP heads into the final stretch of the season, with just over a third of the races left to go, it's time to have another look at the engine situation in MotoGP. With each rider now well into their allocation of 6 engines to last the season, the trends are becoming clear. So who is in trouble, who has engines to spare and which manufacturer has done the best job of producing an engine that works. Below is a run down of each factory, subdivided by team and rider.
As expected, Honda's RC212V engine is virtually bulletproof, especially in its factory configuration. The four full-fat factory Hondas on the grid (Marco Simoncelli is also riding a factory Honda RC212V, along with the three Repsol men) have seen 3 motors withdrawn (for an explanation of the terms used, see the legend at the bottom of the page) between them, and all of those engines had around 30 sessions on them and at least 4 races. The satellite spec RC212Vs of Hiroshi Aoyama and Toni Elias have not stood up quite so well, though Elias has also had to share his engine allocation with Ben Bostrom during the US round at Laguna Seca.
Press release previews of the upcoming Red Bull Indianapolis GP from the MotoGP teams:
Bautista ready to take on the ‘Brickyard'
Publish Date: Monday, August 22, 2011
Rizla Suzuki is on its way Stateside for the 12th round of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship which will be held at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway in America.
Álvaro Bautista will be looking to continue with the huge potential that has been shown by him and the Suzuki GSV-R is recent races. He looked likely to fight for a top-five finish last time out at Brno, before lady-luck robbed him of the opportunity and he crashed. He is in a determined and focused mood to get a good qualifying position on Saturday to give him a better chance of getting away with the quick group come race-day and show what both he and the Rizla Suzuki are capable of.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the race on Sunday at Brno:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after qualifying at Brno:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the first day of practice at the Brno round of MotoGP:
2011 Brno MotoGP Press Release Previews - Yamaha, Honda, Ducati On Brno, And What They Will Be Testing On Monday
The first batch of press release previews for the upcoming Brno round of MotoGP, from the factory Yamaha, Honda and Ducati teams containing details of the tests to be held on Monday. Also, a Bridgestone press release explaining the new tire rules starting from now:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the Red Bull US GP from Laguna Seca:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after free practice and qualifying at Laguna Seca:
A bumper crop of press releases from the MotoGP teams at Laguna Seca. Because of European newspaper deadlines, some teams issued two press releases, one after FP1 and another at the end of the day. Below are the press releases:
Press release previews of the Red Bull US Grand Prix from Laguna Seca from the MotoGP teams. Preview from LCR Honda and Cardion AB to follow, as soon as they are in:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after qualifying at the Sachsenring:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the first day of practice at the Sachsenring:
Press releases from the teams - all except LCR Honda and Cardion AB - previewing the German MotoGP round at the Sachsenring: