Press release previews from the MotoGP teams ahead of the final race of the season at Valencia:
The official press release from the Gresini Press Office announcing they will be racing at Valencia:
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"
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
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after qualifying on Saturday for the race at Sepang:
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.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the first day of practice at Sepang:
Previews from the MotoGP teams ahead of this weekend's race at Sepang:
It has been clear for some time that 2012 would bring a major shake up in World Superbikes. With Yamaha announcing their withdrawal from the series and Althea looking doubtful of continuing, all the way up until Sunday afternoon at Portimao, it has been very difficult to sketch the outlines of a rider line up for next season. But after the hectic round of negoiating at the final round of the 2011 season in Portimao, at least part of the equation has become clear, and a relatively healthy-looking WSBK grid is starting to take shape.
It took some last-minute haggling - and the direct intervention of Ducati Corse CEO Claudio Domenicali - to get the situation straight, but on Sunday afternoon, between race 1 and race 2, the future of the Althea Ducati squad was assured. The situation was helped by the threat of losing the #1 plate of newly-crowned World Champion Carlos Checa to BMW, where he had been offered a seat in the BMW Italia team wth factory support, but Checa and Althea team boss Genesio Bevilacqua wanted to extend the partnership which has proven so successful this year. The Althea team will be expanded to two riders, with Superstock 1000 champion Davide Giugliano slotting alongside Checa.
2011 Phillip Island MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Press Releases - Including A Pile Of Championship Pressers
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after Sunday's race at Phillip Island, including a pile of press releases from everyone involved in Stoner's riders championship and Honda's manufacturers' championship:
Another piece of the 2012 Silly Season puzzle has slotted into place, this time affecting both the World Superbike and MotoGP series. Hiroshi Aoyama is to leave the San Carlo Gresini MotoGP team and move over to World Superbikes with the Ten Kate Honda team. The move was widely expected, Aoyama having two options for next season, either switching to World Superbikes or staying with Gresini to ride their CRT entry for 2012. After intervention by Honda - who were subsidizing the 2009 250cc World Champion - Gresini had to alter their CRT plans, and Aoyama decided his chances were better in the World Superbike series.
Aoyama will line up alongside Johnny Rea at Ten Kate, though it is unclear whether Castrol will continue to be title sponsor for the team. With a new CBR1000RR to be introduced for 2012, featuring some important electronic upgrades, the Honda should be competitive next season, as demonstrated by Rea since the team were allowed to use a ride-by-wire system that had not been fitted to the bike. Aoyama faces the same period of adaptation that Max Biaggi, Carlos Checa and Marco Melandri did before him, but given the outstanding results those former MotoGP riders have had, the Japanese rider should do well.
Below are the official press releases from Honda and from the San Carlo Gresini team:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after qualifying for tomorrows race at Phillip Island:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the first day of practice at Phillip Island:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams previewing the upcoming Phillip Island round this weekend:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the race at Motegi:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after qualifying at Motegi: