The Grand MotoGP Testing Shuffle - Yamaha Head To Aragon, Ducati And Honda To Stay In Valencia

If the weather played a starring role in MotoGP in 2012, it has already decided to intervene in the 2013 season. While the sun is out and skies are clear at the Valencia track on Monday for the Moto2 test, the prospects for MotoGP are decidedly uncertain. Though Tuesday is set to start fine, rain looks likely to start falling late in the afternoon, with the second and final day of testing on Wednesday promising to be a washout.

With Valentino Rossi returning to the fold after two years in the wilderness at Ducati, Yamaha have decided to take steps to avert losing too much track time. Both Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi will take to the track at Valencia on Tuesday morning, before packing up at some point during the afternoon and heading north to Aragon, to join a group of World Superbike riders at a test there on Wednesday.

The decision to remain at Valencia on Tuesday is due to the massive media and fan interest in seeing Rossi return. With Italian and Spanish TV carrying live coverage, Dorna providing live streaming over the internet, and masses of photographers and journalists still assembled at Valencia, as well as a number of media commitments for Yamaha staff, the Japanese factory will have to stay on Tuesday morning. By moving to Aragon for Wednesday, the team hope to maximize dry track time for Lorenzo to work on the 2013 bike, and for Rossi to get a feel for the Yamaha M1 once again.

Ducati, on the other hand, are fully committed to staying at Valencia, with rider briefings scheduled for both days. Honda's position at the moment is that they will remain in Valencia for both Tuesday and Wednesday, with an extra test scheduled for Sepang at the end of November, to allow Marc Marquez more time to adapt to MotoGP.

If the weather played a starring role in MotoGP in 2012, it has already decided to intervene in the 2013 season. While the sun is out and skies are clear at the Valencia track on Monday for the Moto2 test, the prospects for MotoGP are decidedly uncertain. Though Tuesday is set to start fine, rain looks likely to start falling late in the afternoon, with the second and final day of testing on Wednesday promising to be a washout.With Valentino Rossi returning to the fold after two years in the wilderness at Ducati, Yamaha have decided to take steps to avert losing too much track time. Both Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi will take to the track at Valencia on Tuesday morning, before packing up at some point during the afternoon and heading north to Aragon, to join a group of World Superbike riders at a test there on Wednesday.

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Makes sense

HRC and Ducati to stay in Valencia after the Sunday night celebration hangovers in HRC/Repsol's case and drowning sorrows in Ducati/Marlboro's case.
Yamaha moving their Wednesday schedule to Aragon and a dry circuit is fully understandable.
Its a pity we won't be able to make direct comparisons between new rider/team combo's to any extent this week,so all of the speculation will have to stay on ice until they all get together next year on the same circuit and hopefully a dry one in Sepang.

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Any word on Bridgestone's

Any word on Bridgestone's tire allotment for testing?

Seemed like pre-season testing for 2012 was made useless when Bridgestone decided early in the season to switch to a softer compound.

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A hint?

You know Dorna is trying to figure out how to attract more sponsors, viewers and then:

The decision to remain at Valencia on Tuesday is due to the massive media
and fan interest in seeing Rossi return. With Italian and Spanish TV
carrying live coverage, Dorna providing live streaming over the internet,
and masses of photographers and journalists still assembled at Valencia,
as well as a number of media commitments for Yamaha staff, the Japanese
factory will have to stay on Tuesday morning.

You wonder .... that is what they should look for: stories. You don't get more following by banning video on YouTube but actually encouraging story telling (and building). Rossi is a great character, an immense one, it will take time before another one will show up, but never the less there a loads of other stories that could sprout if correctly nurtures. Every other show knows how to excite people, bring characters closer to people and emotionally vivid in audiences. But MotoGP. Grab a great storyteller (my vote? David Emmett) and put him in charge of marketing. Build a more compelling story about MM debut in MotoGP, Edwards wits, RdP passion, Dovi buying the brakes ... whatever! Seriously they really should spend more time reading this site where every weekend there are compelling stories well written (based on true facts).

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