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:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the first day of practice at Motegi:
It was billed by the respected Italian website GPOne.com as "The Grand Prix Of Fear" and finally it's here. Unless something extremely untoward happens - highly unlikely, but the zone is one of the most geologically active regions in the world - by Friday evening, everyone will have gotten over themselves and we'll be talking about bikes on track again.
There are still plenty of signs of advanced paranoia in the paddock, however. The Italian media contingent is reduced to just a few brave souls, while the Spanish media is a little better represented, but still much thinner on the ground. The English-speaking media is actually a little more numerous than originally planned: out of sheer frustration with the panic-mongering being spread about by some of the more paranoid sections of the paddock, veteran MotoGP journalist Michael Scott has added Motegi to his itinerary, a race he would otherwise have covered from home.
Press release previews from the MotoGP teams ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after Sunday's race at the Motorland Aragon circuit:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after qualifying at the Motorland Aragon circuit: