Hiroshi Aoyama

2012 Phillip Island WSBK Round Up - Rea, Ducatis and Injuries

Jonathan Rea was quickest in Friday's first qualifying session from Philip Island, joining Carlos Checa as the only two men to put in sub-1.32 minute laps this weekend. 
 
The Ulsterman shot to the top of the timesheets in the afternoon session, after struggling with an electrical issue earlier in the day. Despite Rea’s provisional-pole, he said he still doesn’t have the race pace to stay with Checa and clinging on to Max Biaggi could be a tough ask, as well.
 
Things on the other side of the Ten Kate garage were not quite as rosy. Former 250cc World Champion Hiroshi Aoyama fell off early, leaving his crew to fix a sticky gear selector for much of the day, finishing in 15th, just more than a second behind his teammate.
 
Ducati looked again impressive at the Island, occupying three of the top five places after QP1. Although, not in the order one would imagine. Qualifying superhero Jakub Smrz put his Effenbert Liberty Ducati second in the order, ahead of Althea Ducati teammates, defending World Superstock Champion Davide Giugliano and defending World Superbike Champion, Carlos Checa.
 

Honda WSBK Press Release: Rea And Aoyama Complete Phillip Island Test

The Honda Racing press office issued a press release and video after the Ten Kate World Superbike squad tested the 2012 CBR1000RR at Phillip Island. The video follows below, after the press release:

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Honda WSBK Press Release: Rea And Aoyama To Test In Australia

Press releases announcing that riders are going testing is the first sign of motorcycle racing's equivalent of spring. Today, Honda (no longer Castrol Honda, though Castrol remain as a "key secondary partner") announced that their World Superbike riders Johnny Rea and Hiroshi Aoyama are to go testing at Phillip Island this week, in the run up to the first WSBK round there at the end of February. The long wait is nearly over for race fans.

Below is the official press release from Honda:

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2011

World Superbikes In 2012: 22 Riders, 6 Makes, And A Gaggle Of Contenders

Despite the loss of the factory Yamaha team, the World Superbike series is still in relatively good health, considering the financial crisis. Though the days of 30+ rider grids are gone, grid size has stabilized at around the 22 rider mark, 1 up from last year, while there are still 6 manufacturers present, Aprilia, BMW, Ducati and Kawasaki in an official capacity, Honda unofficially via Ten Kate, and Suzuki absent, with Crescent working with Yoshimura on their own bikes.

The field has seen some changes, though most of the title favorites are staying with the teams they were with in 2011. Carlos Checa remains with Althea Ducati, though the effort expands to include 2011 Superstock champ Davide Giugliano, while Max Biaggi is in the second year of his 2-year contract with Aprilia, and Johnny Rea is staying with the Ten Kate Honda squad. Championship runner up Marco Melandri has been forced to move, joining Leon Haslam at BMW, while his erstwhile teammate Eugene Laverty has been paired with Biaggi in the factory Aprilia squad. The factory Kawasaki rider contingent is cut from 3 to 2, Chris Vermeulen losing his slot, while Tom Sykes remains alongside Joan Lascorz.

2012 World Superbike Provisional Rider List

Provisional rider entry list for the 2012 World Superbike series:

Unseen Images: Aragon 2011, By Jules Cisek


Cresting the hill: Valentino Rossi, Cal Crutchlow, and Hiroshi Aoyama


Ready to rumble at Aragon


Sunsets on the Meseta are a thing of beauty


Marco, exercising his mojo

2011 Valencia MotoGP Sunday Round Up - The Very Many Goodbyes Of 2011, And Hello To 2012

The last race of the year is always one for farewells, but we had an awful lot of goodbyes on Sunday at Valencia. The last ever race for the 800cc MotoGP bikes, the last ever race of Loris Capirossi's very long and highly colorful career (some paddock wags suggesting that the first win of his career came against a rider called Maximus Decimus Meridius), the end of the two-stroke Grand Prix era, with the 125cc bikes making way for the Moto3 machines. The departure of some of the finest journalists and broadcasters from the paddock, as the Spanish state TV company TVE ended its tenure in the paddock. Riders heading off to the World Superbike paddock, some returning to their old stomping ground, as is the case with Kenan Sofuoglu, others to try pastures new, Hiroshi Aoyama joining the Ten Kate Honda squad.

2011 Valencia MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Press Release Round Up

Press releases from the MotoGP teams after Sunday's final race of the season at Valencia:

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2011

2011 Valencia MotoGP Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Release Round Up

Press releases from the MotoGP teams after qualifying on Saturday at Valencia:

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2011

2011 Valencia MotoGP Friday Press Release Round Up

Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the first day of practice at Valencia:

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2011

2011 Valencia MotoGP Round Season Finale Previews

Press release previews from the MotoGP teams ahead of the final race of the season at Valencia:

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2011

Gresini Press Release: Gresini Teams To Race In MotoGP and Moto2 at Valencia In Honor Of Simoncelli

The official press release from the Gresini Press Office announcing they will be racing at Valencia:

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2011

2011 Sepang MotoGP Class Press Releases - Mourning The Death Of Marco Simoncelli

Press releases from the MotoGP teams after Sunday's tragic events at Sepang. All short, all to the point, all mourning the death of a much-loved figure in the paddock, Marco Simoncelli:


Gresini Racing Press Office

GP of MALAYSIA - Race - 23/10/2011

CIAO "SUPER SIC"

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CIAO MARCO!

Toni Elias, Lucio Cecchinello and the whole LCR Honda MotoGP Team thoughts go to Marco Simoncelli's family, friends and the whole Gresini Racing Team in this tragic moment.


Round 17: Malaysian GP – Race

Sepang, Sunday 23 October 2011

Taka Horio – General Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department

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2011

2011 Sepang MotoGP Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Release Round Up

Press releases from the MotoGP teams after qualifying on Saturday for the race at Sepang:

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2011

2011 Sepang MotoGP Friday Round Up: Pedrosa's Poetry In Motion, Honda Domination, Ducati's Problems

The timesheets at the end of day one at Sepang are telling. This is a track at which the teams spent six days testing back in February prior to the start of the year, much as they have done every year, and so they have enough data on the track to fill every iPod Steve Jobs ever sold. They should know how to set up a bike to go around this track, despite everyone complaining of a lack of grip, as is often the case in the hot October weather.

With that variable removed, the timesheet is a pretty good reflection of the state of MotoGP: Four factory Hondas sit at its head, the three Repsols followed by San Carlo's Marco Simoncelli; Hiroshi Aoyama on the satellite Honda follows, with the first Yamaha in 6th position, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Colin Edwards happy on the setting they found during the pre-season tests. Alvaro Bautista is 7th, the Suzuki thriving in the Malaysian heat as it always has done, and Randy de Puniet on a satellite Ducati is in 8th. That, in a nutshell, is a pretty good summary of the 2011 MotoGP season.

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