Press releases from the Moto2 and 125cc teams after qualifying on Saturday:
Marc Marquez topped the timesheets for the Moto2 class on Saturday morning, taking advantage of a drying track to set the fastest time with his very last lap of the session. The Catalunya Caixa rider ended just ahead of the Kiefer Kalexes of Randy Krummenacher and Stefan Bradl, while Technomag's Kenan Sofuoglu demonstrated his wet weather skills by finishing 4th.
Press releases from the 125cc and Moto2 teams after the first day of practice at Brno:
Stefan Bradl has topped the second session of free practice for the Moto2 class at Brno, extending his lead from this morning. The Viessmann Kiefer rider ended ahead of Speed Master's Andrea Iannone, who was just a fraction faster than Alex de Angelis, the JIR rider losing one place from this morning. Catalunya Caixa's Alex de Angelis ended the day in 4th, a few hundredths ahead of Julian Simon and Scott Redding.
Stefan Bradl has topped the timesheets in the first session of free practice for the Moto2 class at Brno. Bradl led for much of the session, though he was chased hard by Julian Simon, Aleix Espargaro and Alex de Angelis. De Angelis came out on top of that chase, ending just over a tenth behind Bradl, while Espargaro took 3rd ahead of Simon. The efforts by Simon and Espargaro are impressive as both are still riding injured. Simon's leg that was shattered at Barcelona is healing nicely, but Espargaro's result is truly remarkable. Only given the all clear to ride this morning at the local hospital, Espargaro is riding with a cracked vertebra, a picture of which he posted on Twitter. It looks very painful indeed.
Press release previews of this weekend's Brno Grand Prix from the Moto2 and 125cc teams:
As the 2012 MotoGP calendar starts to take shape, it is becoming increasingly clear that Indianapolis Motor Speedway wants to be a part of it. In response to complaints from a number of riders about the varying surfaces around Indy's road course, IMS has taken it upon itself to completely resurface the interior section of the road course, from Turn 5, where the riders leave the historic oval for the second time, all the way through to Turn 16, where the road course rejoins the oval once again to head along the front straight. Resurfacing the entire infield just for 2011 - this being the final year of Indianapolis Motor Speedway's contract with MotoGP - seems a rather expensive thing to do, and is a clear sign that Indy is hoping to be a firm fixture on the calendar for the foreseeable future. Once Austin joins the MotoGP calendar in 2013, this would see three races take place in the US, with the Texan circuit joining Indianapolis and Laguna Seca.
The ever-industrious Repsol Media Service issued a press release containing an interesting interview with their Moto2 rider Marc Marquez. In the interview, Marquez talks about his adaptation to the Moto2 category, about the crashes in the early part of the season, and about what it takes to compete in and win a Moto2 race.
Below is the Repsol press release:
"We have shown that we know how to learn from our mistakes"
The Repsol rider reaches the season's halfway point in second position of the overall standings in his first year in Moto2
Despite starting the season with three crashes in the first three races, Marc Márquez was able to learn from the mistakes on his new bike and now is having a spectacular upwards trajectory in the category. The four victories he has gathered —the last three, consecutive— and a second position have placed the rider from Cervera in the second position of the standings, which will allow him to face the second half of the season with optimism.
After the great preseason you had, did you expect the World Championship to start as it did?
One of the things that has come up again and again when discussing whether or not the MotoGP race should go ahead at Motegi is the levels of radiation that riders, teams, journalists and fans might potentially be exposed to, and the related dangers such exposure might bring. As radiation is one of the most poorly understood - by the general public, at least - of risks that humans are exposed to, it is helpful to visualize such exposure in some other way than with raw numbers alone.
In the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, and the severe damage to the Fukushima nuclear plant, the extremely entertaining science and computer cartoon blog XKCD produced a handy chart illustrating the exposure produced by a range of activities. Here's the chart (click on the chart for a full-size, easy to read version):
Press releases from the Moto2 and 125cc teams and sponsors after the race at the Sachsenring:
After days of apparently talking about everything except motorcycle racing, the Sachsenring - nestled in the wooded valleys of Saxony, to borrow a phrase from elsewhere - served up a triple helping of thrilling, fairing-to-fairing racing. All talk of Japan and tires was temporarily forgotten, at least until the warm afterglow of a fantastic day's racing had diminished.
The day began with a riveting 125cc race, with a group of six battling for most of the race, dropping to just three, and then Hector Faubel and Johann Zarco crossing the line at exactly the same time. A video and photo finish could not separate them, and Faubel was finally awarded the win on the basis of having set a faster personal best lap during the race. There has to be some way of separating the riders in the event of a tie, but it was cruel for it to be settled this way. Faubel fully deserved the win - the Bankia Aspar rider rode the wheels of his Aprilia - but then so did Zarco. There was a sigh of disappointment through the press room as the popular Frenchman was denied, but there were few who begrudged Faubel the victory.
Results and summary of the Moto2 race at the Sachsenring: