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FIM Releases Updated Entry Lists: Leon Camier to Join IODA Racing in MotoGP?

The FIM released an updated entry list for the three Grand Prix classes yesterday. Though the list was not much changed from the previous version published in November, there were one or two notable changes. In the MotoGP class, Leon Camier was listed as the second rider at the IODA Racing team; in Moto2, Franco Morbidelli and Roman Ramos filled the last two vacant slots at Italtrans and QMMF respectively; and in Moto3, the winter signings of Ana Carrasco, Isaac Viñales, Scott Deroue and Enea Bastianini were added to the list.

The biggest news the list contains is the inclusion of Camier in the MotoGP line up. The Englishman has been linked with the IODA ride since November last year, when it became clear that Alex Lowes and Eugene Laverty would be filling the Voltcom Suzuki slots in World Superbikes. Though the IODA Racing team has yet to confirm the signing, Camier spoke to British publication MCN confirming the deal today. The good news for Camier is that the team is now listed as running ART machines, suggesting that IODA has gained support from Aprilia for their project. This support appears to have come at the expense of the PBM team of Michael Laverty and Broc Parkes, who are now listed as racing PBM machinery, rather than the PBM/ART which the original list showed.

The changes to the Moto2 entry list were also broadly expected. Franco Morbidelli has been linked with a Moto2 ride for a while, and with Julian Simon already signed up for one of the Italtrans riders, it was probable that the Italian team would be looking for an Italian rider. After a couple of strong years in the European Superstock 600 Cup, a championship he won last year, Morbidelli was being hotly tipped for a ride to Moto2. The inclusion of Roman Ramos at QMMF is similarly unsurprising. After winning the Spanish CEV Moto2 championship, moving up to the world championship is a natural step.

The changes to the Moto3 line up are largely cosmetic, other than confirming the signings announced over the winter. The biggest changes seem to be in the numbers riders will be using, with Scott Deroue, Francesco Bagnaia, Enea Bastianini, Hafiq Azmi and Bryan Schouten all changing their numbers. 

The entry lists are testament to a strong field. Twenty-four riders will contest the 2014 MotoGP championship, thirty-five riders wll line up at the start of the Moto2 season, and thirty-three riders are entered for Moto3. Testing resumes in just over two weeks' time, when the MotoGP riders take to the track at Sepang.

The FIM released an updated entry list for the three Grand Prix classes yesterday. Though the list was not much changed from the previous version published in November, there were one or two notable changes. In the MotoGP class, Leon Camier was listed as the second rider at the IODA Racing team; in Moto2, Franco Morbidelli and Roman Ramos filled the last two vacant slots at Italtrans and QMMF respectively; and in Moto3, the winter signings of Ana Carrasco, Isaac Viñales, Scott Deroue and Enea Bastianini were added to the list.

Davide Tardozzi Returns To Ducati As Team Manager

It was a move which had been rumored since the middle of last year, but today, Ducati finally confirmed that Davide Tardozzi will return to the Italian factory to manage the MotoGP team. Tardozzi has a long and successful career with Ducati in World Superbikes, before leaving to run the BMW World Superbike program. After BMW pulled its factory program, Tardozzi was left sitting at home, leading to widespread speculation of a Ducati return.

Tardozzi's signing reunites several key players from the most successful period in Ducati's past, with Tardozzi working alongside Paolo Ciabatti. Tardozzi will be taking over the role vacated by Vitto Guareschi, who left to run the Team Sky VR46 Moto3 squad.

Below is the official press release from Ducati:


Davide Tardozzi returns to Ducati to coordinate Ducati Team organization and logistics in MotoGP

  • Tardozzi to be in charge of organization and logistics and will report to Paolo Ciabatti, Ducati Corse Sporting Director and MotoGP Programme Director
  • Former racer returns to Ducati after success as team manager in Superbike

Ducati Corse wishes to announce that it has reached an agreement with Davide Tardozzi, who returns to work again with the Borgo Panigale, Italy based manufacturer after a period of four years.

Tardozzi, born in Ravenna on January 30th 1959, will have an important role within the Ducati Team and will be in charge of the organization and logistics of the Italian squad in the MotoGP World Championship.

The former racer had a very successful career as Ducati team manager in Superbike, collaborating with champions of the calibre of Fogarty, Bayliss, Corser, Toseland and Hodgson, and contributing to the conquest of seven Riders’ titles in the production-based racing series.

Davide Tardozzi will report directly to Paolo Ciabatti, Ducati Corse Sporting Director and MotoGP Programme Director, and will begin his new role in the Ducati Team starting with the first MotoGP test at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia from February 4th to 6th.

It was a move which had been rumored since the middle of last year, but today, Ducati finally confirmed that Davide Tardozzi will return to the Italian factory to manage the MotoGP team. Tardozzi has a long and successful career with Ducati in World Superbikes, before leaving to run the BMW World Superbike program. After BMW pulled its factory program, Tardozzi was left sitting at home, leading to widespread speculation of a Ducati return.Tardozzi's signing reunites several key players from the most successful period in Ducati's past, with Tardozzi working alongside Paolo Ciabatti. Tardozzi will be taking over the role vacated by Vitto Guareschi, who left to run the Team Sky VR46 Moto3 squad.Below is the official press release from Ducati:Davide Tardozzi returns to Ducati to coordinate Ducati Team organization and logistics in MotoGP Tardozzi to be in charge of organization and logistics and will report to Paolo Ciabatti, Ducati Corse Sporting Director and MotoGP Programme Director Former racer returns to Ducati after success as team manager in SuperbikeDucati Corse wishes to announce that it has reached an agreement with Davide Tardozzi, who returns to work again with the Borgo Panigale, Italy based manufacturer after a period of four years.

2014 Superprestigio Barcelona Dirt Track Race - Baker Wins As Marquez Crashes Out

Brad Baker walked away as winner of the Superprestigio flat track race at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona on Saturday night. After a hectic evening's racing in front of a wildly enthusiastic crowd, Baker shook off a challenge from Marc Marquez to take a comfortable win, adding the Superprestigio final win to a win in his Open category.

The event saw riders compete in two categories, the Open class, containing the cream of European flat track racers - still an almost entirely amateur sport - and AMA Grand National champion Brad 'The Bullet' Baker, and the Superprestigio class, consisting of current and former Grand Prix and World Supersport riders. Baker blasted through his heats with ease, winning the Open final almost completely unchallenged, and qualifying for the Superfinal, between the top four in the Open class and the top four from the Superprestigio class.

Marc Marquez had dominated most of the Superprestigio races, the four-race final format allowing the 2013 MotoGP champion to make a couple of mistakes along the way. He ended up winning the Superprestigio final, passing into the Superfinal with Tito Rabat, Kenny Noyes and Aleix Espargaro.

The Superfinal had been billed from the beginning as a battle between Marc Marquez and AMA Grand National Champion Brad Baker, and that is exactly what ensued. The contrasting styles of the two men made for a fascinating duel, but the more ragged style of Marquez meant that in the end, he came off worst. Marquez leaned on Baker as he passed underneath, and Marquez found himself crashing out. After a quick glance behind him to see what had happened to Marquez, Baker was gone, taking glory in the Superfinal to a remarkably warm reception from the crowd, most of whom had come to see Marquez. Tito Rabat took second spot, after a very strong evening of racing, while former dirt track racer and owner of the Noyes Camp dirt track school at Motorland Aragon Kenny Noyes grabbed the final podium spot. 

The evening was deemed a success, with a crowd officially given as 8,000, a little over half capacity in the Palau Sant Jordi indoor stadium. Marquez immediately confirmed his intention to organize the event again next year, and Brad Baker jumped at the chance to come back again in 2015.

Video of the Superfinal is here, which may or may not work, depending on your geographic location.

Results Superfinal

Pos No Rider Nationality
1 1 Brad Baker USA
2 53 Tito Rabat ESP
3 9 Kenny Noyes USA
4 41 Aleix Espargaro ESP
5 3 Jose Pedro Gomez ESP
6 78 Merle Scherb USA
7 15 Dani Ribalta ESP
8 93 Marc Marquez ESP

 

Results Superprestigio

Pos No Rider Nationality
1 93 Marc Marquez ESP
2 53 Tito Rabat ESP
3 9 Kenny Noyes USA
4 41 Aleix Espargaro ESP
5 7 Lorenzo Baldassari ITA

 

Results Open final

Pos No Rider Nationality
1 1 Brad Baker USA
2 3 Jose Pedro Gomez ESP
3 78 Merle Scherb USA
4 15 Dani Ribalta ESP
5 68 Tom Neave GBR

 

Brad Baker walked away as winner of the Superprestigio flat track race at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona on Saturday night. After a hectic evening's racing in front of a wildly enthusiastic crowd, Baker shook off a challenge from Marc Marquez to take a comfortable win, adding the Superprestigio final win to a win in his Open category.The event saw riders compete in two categories, the Open class, containing the cream of European flat track racers - still an almost entirely amateur sport - and AMA Grand National champion Brad 'The Bullet' Baker, and the Superprestigio class, consisting of current and former Grand Prix and World Supersport riders. Baker blasted through his heats with ease, winning the Open final almost completely unchallenged, and qualifying for the Superfinal, between the top four in the Open class and the top four from the Superprestigio class.Marc Marquez had dominated most of the Superprestigio races, the four-race final format allowing the 2013 MotoGP champion to make a couple of mistakes along the way. He ended up winning the Superprestigio final, passing into the Superfinal with Tito Rabat, Kenny Noyes and Aleix Espargaro.

So You Want To Watch The Superprestigio Live?

So you live in the US, have heard about the awesome Superprestigio indoor dirt track race in Barcelona, and you want to watch Marc Marquez, Alvaro Bautista, Maverick Vinales, and Brad Baker go at it, but don't know how? Never fear, Cycle World has sprung into the breach and pulled a rabbit out of the hat. The event will be streamed on the Cycle World website, from 9am Pacific. You can find a link to the stream here.

Tip of the hat to Mark Gardiner of Motorcycle USA, for persuading Brad Baker to fly across the Atlantic to take on the challenge.

So you live in the US, have heard about the awesome Superprestigio indoor dirt track race in Barcelona, and you want to watch Marc Marquez, Alvaro Bautista, Maverick Vinales, and Brad Baker go at it, but don't know how? Never fear, Cycle World has sprung into the breach and pulled a rabbit out of the hat. The event will be streamed on the Cycle World website, from 9am Pacific. You can find a link to the stream here.Tip of the hat to Mark Gardiner of Motorcycle USA, for persuading Brad Baker to fly across the Atlantic to take on the challenge.

Countdown To The Superprestigio: Marc Marquez Goes Training With Brad 'The Bullet' Baker

Normally, motorcycle racing fans face a long and empty wait between the last tests in November and the first tests in late January and early February. Fortunately, this year, it's different, thanks to the revival of the Superprestigio brand by Jaime Alguersuari, father of the Formula One driver of the same name, and founder of Spanish magazine Solomoto. Alguersuari has pulled off a massive coup by getting 2013 MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez involved, and getting him to front the race. On Saturday, 11th January, some of the best riders in the world will race on an indoor dirt track oval at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona's Olympic Park.

The Superprestigio was always a chance of the best American riders to test themselves against the top Spanish riders, and Alguersuari has arranged for this to happen again. With Marquez already involved, AMA flat track champion Brad 'The Bullet' Baker responded to a challenge from American writer Mark Gardiner on Twitter, and has traveled to Barcelona to race at the event. Baker will be racing in the Open class against the cream of the European dirt track scene, while Marquez will take on top names from the Grand Prix and World Superbike paddocks in the Superprestigio class. Currently signed up are Alvaro Bautista, Pol and Aleix Espargaro, Christian Iddon, Maverick Vinales, Marcel Schrotter, Jonas Folger, Julian Simon, Alex Rins, Tito Rabat, Kenny Noyes, and many more. The top riders from both classes will meet in a grand final at the end of the evening.

With Baker already in Spain, Marquez invited the American champion for a training session at Rufea, a facility some 170km from Barcelona. There, Spanish magazine Solomoto captured the pair of them training, getting ready for the event on Saturday night. The event itself is to be televised by Spanish TV, which will be streaming it live on their website. The action starts at 6pm, and ends with the grand final at 8:44. If you're in Barcelona, it should be a fantastic way to spend the night.

Below is the video of Brad Baker and Marc Marquez training, made by Solomoto:

Normally, motorcycle racing fans face a long and empty wait between the last tests in November and the first tests in late January and early February. Fortunately, this year, it's different, thanks to the revival of the Superprestigio brand by Jaime Alguersuari, father of the Formula One driver of the same name, and founder of Spanish magazine Solomoto. Alguersuari has pulled off a massive coup by getting 2013 MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez involved, and getting him to front the race. On Saturday, 11th January, some of the best riders in the world will race on an indoor dirt track oval at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona's Olympic Park.

Ducati Considering Racing MotoGP As Open Entries For 2014?

After a year of evolution in MotoGP which brought them few rewards, Ducati looks set for a radical shake up for next season. Respected Italian website GPOne.com is reporting that Ducati is considering racing in MotoGP as an Open entry, instead of under the Factory option. In practice, Ducati would be free of the engine freeze in place for Factory Option teams in 2014, have 24 liters of fuel instead of 20, and twelve engines per season instead of just five. In addition, they have more freedom to test with factory riders Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow. In exchange, they will have to forego the freedom to develop their own software, and will run the spec Dorna-supplied software instead.

GPOne's source is impeccable, quoting Ducati factory rider Andrea Dovizioso. The two bikes - the GP13 in factory configuration, and in the Open configuration with more fuel and the spec software - have already been tested back-to-back, at the test in Jerez in November. However, those bikes were ridden by test riders, and not by Ducati factory men Dovizioso and Crutchlow. 'The real test will come when we test the bike,' Dovizioso told GPOne.com. That test is set to happen at Sepang, at the first test of the 2014 season from 4th to 6th February. One of the things which was said to be improved was the engine response when running with more fuel. An aggressive throttle response is something which Ducati riders have all complained of in the past, and having more fuel available could alleviate.

Switching to an Open entry offers Ducati a lot of advantages, which far outweigh the disadvantage of losing the use of their own software. Right now, what Ducati needs is testing and development, and by removing the software from the equation, Ducati are free to concentrate on engine and chassis. The fact that Open entries are not subject to the engine freeze in place on all engine internals for 2014 for Factory Option bikes means that Ducati are free to change engine configurations and internals when they want. With twelve engines for the season, they can test a lot more variables, playing with crankshaft masses, valve timing and sizes, the configuration of the V, tilting it backwards and forwards, and rejigging the layout of gearbox shafts, should they so wish. In effect, Ducati can circumvent the engine freeze imposed on factory entries and try to catch up with Yamaha and Honda. To catch the two Japanese factories, Ducati have a lot of development work to do, and the engine freeze is a massive impediment to doing just that.

Racing as an Open entry has two more major benefits. The first is testing, which Open entries have much more freedom in. Dovizioso and Crutchlow would be free to test at any circuit they like, rather than having to rely on test riders at all but the official test days, as Factory option entries must. Though there is a minor difference in tire allocations for testing, the net result is the same, with 120 testing tires each for Dovizioso and Crutchlow.

The race tire allocation is the other benefit of being an Open entry. So far, it looks like Bridgestone will continue to supply the softer option rear tire for the Open entries, which is not open to Factory option entries. The softer tire offers more rear grip and more performance, and allowed Aleix Espargaro to be extremely competitive last year on the underpowered Aprilia ART bike. No decision has yet been made on the softer tire for the Open class, as Bridgestone has concerns over the durability of the tire when used by the new Open class bikes, which are much more powerful than the old CRT machines. A final decision is set to be made after the Sepang tests, once more data has been collected.

If Ducati do decide to enter as Open entries, this looks like a stroke of genius by new Ducati Corse boss Gigi Dall'Igna. There are many benefits to be had from racing in the Open class, especially in the field of engine development, which is what Ducati needs most right now. Given that the bike is a long way from being competitive right now, they have very little to lose by giving up the right to use and develop their own software. With Dorna and IRTA pushing for all entries to use the spec software from 2017 onwards, this also gives Ducati a head start on the possible new rules. This is a sign that Ducati are very serious indeed about trying to return to the front.

After a year of evolution in MotoGP which brought them few rewards, Ducati looks set for a radical shake up for next season. Respected Italian website GPOne.com is reporting that Ducati is considering racing in MotoGP as an Open entry, instead of under the Factory option. In practice, Ducati would be free of the engine freeze in place for Factory Option teams in 2014, have 24 liters of fuel instead of 20, and twelve engines per season instead of just five. In addition, they have more freedom to test with factory riders Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow. In exchange, they will have to forego the freedom to develop their own software, and will run the spec Dorna-supplied software instead.GPOne's source is impeccable, quoting Ducati factory rider Andrea Dovizioso. The two bikes - the GP13 in factory configuration, and in the Open configuration with more fuel and the spec software - have already been tested back-to-back, at the test in Jerez in November. However, those bikes were ridden by test riders, and not by Ducati factory men Dovizioso and Crutchlow. 'The real test will come when we test the bike,' Dovizioso told GPOne.com. That test is set to happen at Sepang, at the first test of the 2014 season from 4th to 6th February. One of the things which was said to be improved was the engine response when running with more fuel. An aggressive throttle response is something which Ducati riders have all complained of in the past, and having more fuel available could alleviate.

Scott Deroue Joins Ana Carrasco At RW Racing In Moto3 For 2014

The penultimate piece of the 2014 Moto3 puzzle has fallen into place today, with the announcement that Scott Deroue will be joining Ana Carrasco at RW Racing GP. The Dutch youngster has signed a two-year contract to race for the Dutch team, and will contest the 2014 season on a Kalex KTM Moto3 machine.

Deroue has spent the last three season racing in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, where he has posted some impressive results, taking a total of four victories. He has also raced in both the Dutch ONK and German IDM Moto3 championships, winning in both those series, as well as competing in selected rounds of the Spanish CEV championship. That Deroue should step up to Moto3 with the RW Racing GP team comes as no surprise, as the young Dutchman has been riding for the RW Racing junior team in the Dutch and German championships. RW Racing had been expected to announce the move much earlier, but Deroue had suffered a slump in form last season, the team attributing his problems to puberty. Deroue has since started to display a little more maturity, and this could be the catalyst for RW Racing's decision to promote Deroue to the Grand Prix team.

Deroue will be the second Dutchman racing in Moto3, with Bryan Schouten already having signed for the CIP team. Deroue's signing leaves no place for Jasper Iwema, who struggled throughout the 2013 season after suffering a major concussion in a massive crash at Austin. Iwema returned to action too early, suffering concentration problems, tiredness and headaches, but soldiered on. That decision may have blighted his results; if he had elected to skip a couple of races, he could have returned in better shape, and his results might have benefited. As it was, Iwema was a victim of the pressure all riders are under to return to racing as quickly as possible. Where Iwema will end up in 2014 is unknown.

The signing of Deroue leaves just a single seat open, the second seat at Gresini. For a full and up-to-date list of all the riders and teams, see our 2014 Moto3 rider line up page.

Below is the press release issued by the RW Racing GP team on Iwema's signing:


Scott Deroue to race in world championship with RW Racing GP

Scott Deroue is the second rider for RW Racing GP in the 2014 Moto3 world championship. The team has signed the 18 year old Dutchman for two years. Deroue makes his way to Moto3 after three years in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, in which he finished as runner up in 2012 and gained four victories. A few weeks ago RW Racing GP already contracted 16 year old Spanish rider Ana Carrasco.

Giving Dutch talent the chance to race at the highest level has always been one of the main purposes of RW Racing GP since its foundation in 2011. Therefore the team already began working with Scott Deroue last year, as RW Racing GP Junior Team in the Dutch, German and Spanish open championships.

RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen: “Scott has won races in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, so we know what he is capable of. This definitely is a big chance for Scott and we truly hope he will grab it with both hands. Scott has just turned 18 and 2014 will be a learning year for him. We have not set any specific goals, as in finishing at a certain position or number of championship points. The only pressure will be to show an upward trend.”

Scott Deroue: “I can’t imagine a better way to start the new year as when RW Racing GP called me to tell we will be in the world championships together. To be honest I had not counted on it anymore and we were already focussing on racing in the CEV Spanish championship. This opportunity opens a new chapter in my racing career and my personal life. I realise it will be tough but I’m ready to work hard to achieve the best possible results. I have faith in the team and our new challenge, as we have worked together already and know each other well. I’d like to thank RW Racing GP for believing in me and my sponsors and family who have supported me over the years and whose support I will need now more than ever to make this dream come true.”

RW Racing GP team owner Roelof Waninge: “As a Dutch team we feel we have an obligation and responsibility to support Dutch talents and give them a chance to develop and race at a high level. Scott is one of those special talents we believe in. We think he is ready to step up. He has built up a huge amount of international racing experience already at this age. Although there still is a challenge to secure the budget – for Scott as well – we prefer a Dutch talent over a second foreign rider.

Signing Scott means RW Racing GP and Jasper Iwema part ways after only one season. We are sorry to see Jasper leave. Unfortunately we could not find enough support to continue. Both Jasper and his management as RW Racing GP have tried hard, because we all believe there was more in it than last season showed. We consider Jasper part of the family. We hope he can find his way in a competition that suits him, because he is true racer and a fighter. We wish him all the best.”

Scott Deroue

Born: 23 december 1995
Lives: Nijkerkerveen (Netherlands)

2013 7th in Red Bull Rookies Cup, with a victory in Silverstone and podium finishes at Sachsenring and Aragon.
Two victories in the Dutch open championship (ONK) Moto3, two victories in the international German championship(IDM) Moto3 and one in the Dutch series fot the Moriwaki Cup.
2012 2nd in Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup. Best results: double victory in Estoril and a win at the Sachsenring.
4th in Dutch championship (ONK) Moto3/125, with one second place and two third places.
2011 15th in first season Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup. Best result: 3rd at the Sachsenring and Brno.
4th Dutch 125cc championship (ONK) Best result 2nd at Hengelo.
Best result for the international German championship (IDM) 14th at Hockenheim.
2010 13th Dutch 125 Championship (ONK), best result 5th at Assen.
Best result for the IDM 22th at Oschersleben.
2009 1st Molenaar Honda NSF100 Championship
2008 1st Dutch Pocket Bike Championship, GRC, Class Junior Open.
2007 1st Dutch Pocket Bike Championship, Blata, Class Junior B.
2006 Dutch Pocket Bike Championship, Blata, Class Junior B.
2005 1st Dutch Pocket Bike Championship, GRC.

 

The penultimate piece of the 2014 Moto3 puzzle has fallen into place today, with the announcement that Scott Deroue will be joining Ana Carrasco at RW Racing GP. The Dutch youngster has signed a two-year contract to race for the Dutch team, and will contest the 2014 season on a Kalex KTM Moto3 machine.Deroue has spent the last three season racing in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, where he has posted some impressive results, taking a total of four victories. He has also raced in both the Dutch ONK and German IDM Moto3 championships, winning in both those series, as well as competing in selected rounds of the Spanish CEV championship. That Deroue should step up to Moto3 with the RW Racing GP team comes as no surprise, as the young Dutchman has been riding for the RW Racing junior team in the Dutch and German championships. RW Racing had been expected to announce the move much earlier, but Deroue had suffered a slump in form last season, the team attributing his problems to puberty. Deroue has since started to display a little more maturity, and this could be the catalyst for RW Racing's decision to promote Deroue to the Grand Prix team.

Looking Back At 2013 With Scott Jones, Part 5: Laguna, For The Last Time


Second in flight: Andrea Dovizioso gets airborne through Turn 1


Over the crest for the last time: money problems and safety issues mean no more Laguna Seca


Nicky Hayden had a special helmet for Laguna, and as ever, it was superb


Laguna Seca would be the battle of the collarbones. Jorge Lorenzo hurt his at Assen and the Sachsenring


While Dani Pedrosa had fractured his in Germany


Cal Crutchlow hoists the front


Bautista's Beautiful Backdrop. We'll miss the scenery at Laguna


Bradley Smith was doing OK for a first timer at Laguna, but he would not last the full race


Laguna Seca saw Valentino Rossi get his third podium in a row. That had been a while


If proof were needed of Marquez' remarkable season, winning at Laguna at the first attempt there was surely it


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Second in flight: Andrea Dovizioso gets airborne through Turn 1 Over the crest for the last time: money problems and safety issues mean no more Laguna Seca Nicky Hayden had a special helmet for Laguna, and as ever, it was superb

Voltcom Suzuki World Superbike Team Confirms Signing of Alex Lowes

Alex Lowes is to leave BSB and race for the Voltcom Suzuki team in World Superbikes in 2014. The move had been widely expected, after Lowes had tested the GSX-R1000 at Jerez in November, with unofficial reports suggesting Lowes had already signed a contract to move to WSBK. Today, the Voltcom Suzuki team confirmed officially that Lowes would be racing for them this season in WSBK, alongside Irishman Eugene Laverty.

Lowes' switch means both Lowes twins will be racing at world championship level, with reigning World Supersort champion Sam joining the Speed Up Moto2 team. Like his brother, Alex also clinched a title last year, becoming BSB champion with the Samsung Honda team.

Below is the press release issued by the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team announcing Lowes' signing:


British Champion Lowes joins Voltcom Crescent Suzuki for 2014

Voltcom Crescent Suzuki is thrilled to announce that it has secured the signature of 2013 British Superbike Champion Alex Lowes to ride the Suzuki GSX-R1000 in this year’s eni FIM Superbike World Championship.

The 23-year-old Englishman from Lincoln in England had his first taste of a full-blown Suzuki World Superbike when he took part in two pre-season tests at Jerez in Spain recently but, due to existing contractual agreements, Voltcom Crescent Suzuki has been unable to unveil its new signing officially until now. Lowes is fresh from winning the British title in the final race of the last event of the 2013 season and is now making the step up to the global stage for 2014. He is the twin brother of new World Supersport Champion, Sam, and is looking to emulate his sibling’s achievements on the world stage.

Lowes looked very much at home and fully up to speed in his two tests as he got to grips with the Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R. He worked very closely with his new crew-chief Lez Pearson, spent valuable time with new team-mate Eugene Laverty and fitted in with the Crescent team immediately.

Voltcom Crescent Suzuki is very excited about its 2014 rider line-up and eager to continue with its test programme when it returns to the track in Spain early this year. The first competitive action for Lowes and Laverty will be at the inaugural event of 2014, to be held at Phillip Island in Australia on Sunday 23rd February.

Alex Lowes:

“This is just mega for me! I am coming to the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team off a great year and making a step up to the World Championship, it’s just a fantastic opportunity and I can’t wait to get started properly. I did a couple of shake-down tests to get to know my crew and the bike and I want to thank Honda for letting me do that, as it gave me an early insight into what WSB is like. The GSX-R felt great straight away, I think I will enjoy racing this bike a lot. I am really looking forward to the new season and I will try to learn as much as I can from Eugene and then try to beat him! I know this will be a learning year for me, but I am eagerly anticipating it. I also want to say thanks to Suzuki and Paul for giving me this opportunity, now it’s time to repay their trust.”

Paul Denning – Team Manager:

“Alex was the first rider decision we made for 2014 and having experienced his commitment, ability to learn and raw speed at the two tests we’ve completed so far, it only strengthens our belief that we have a very special talent riding for the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team for next season. Alex rode a spectacular year in British Superbikes and showed incredible tenacity and maturity - considering his young age - to win the championship. He appears to fit the Suzuki GSX-R well, looks comfortable and has an inner confidence that never comes over as arrogant.

“Eugene’s experience and speed will be another help to Alex as he enters his first season of World Superbike competition and we couldn’t be happier with the overall rider line-up and the opportunities that are in-front of us.”

Alex Lowes is to leave BSB and race for the Voltcom Suzuki team in World Superbikes in 2014. The move had been widely expected, after Lowes had tested the GSX-R1000 at Jerez in November, with unofficial reports suggesting Lowes had already signed a contract to move to WSBK. Today, the Voltcom Suzuki team confirmed officially that Lowes would be racing for them this season in WSBK, alongside Irishman Eugene Laverty.Lowes' switch means both Lowes twins will be racing at world championship level, with reigning World Supersort champion Sam joining the Speed Up Moto2 team. Like his brother, Alex also clinched a title last year, becoming BSB champion with the Samsung Honda team.Below is the press release issued by the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team announcing Lowes' signing:British Champion Lowes joins Voltcom Crescent Suzuki for 2014Voltcom Crescent Suzuki is thrilled to announce that it has secured the signature of 2013 British Superbike Champion Alex Lowes to ride the Suzuki GSX-R1000 in this year’s eni FIM Superbike World Championship.

Looking Back At 2013 With Scott Jones, Part 4: A German Excursion


Needs more elbow slider. Alpinestars had to redesign their suits for Marc Marquez


Looking for a bit more. Even at the Sachsenring, it didn't really come


Cal Crutchlow came tantalizingly close to his first win at the Sachsenring. But not quite close enough


Red, white and black meets black, red and gold


Danilo Petrucci spent all 2013 doing his best Sisyphus impression, but was impressive nonetheless


Jordi who? Jordi Torres! Mr 'Kneeground' bagged his first win in Germany


Go and do what?


Omega


Nose to the grindstone


This is why. Nicky Hayden takes a tumble


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Needs more elbow slider. Alpinestars had to redesign their suits for Marc Marquez Looking for a bit more. Even at the Sachsenring, it didn't really come Cal Crutchlow came tantalizingly close to his first win at the Sachsenring. But not quite close enough

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