After the official announcement that Suzuki will be returning to MotoGP, made at the Intermot in Cologne today, the Suzuki press office issued the following press release, containing a question and answer session with Suzuki MotoGP team boss Davide Brivio:
FIVE MINUTES WITH SUZUKI MOTOGP'S DAVIDE BRIVIO
Team Suzuki Press Office – September 30.
Suzuki has unveiled its plans for MotoGP at the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany today, where its 2015 model line-up was revealed to the world’s press.
The Japanese firm has been absent from the Blue Riband race series since 2012, but is back with an all-new bike, a new Team Manager in Davide Brivio and two new riders: Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales.
We spoke to David Brivio at Cologne and asked him about his involvement with the new project.
How long have you been working with the Suzuki MotoGP team?
“Since the beginning, in April 2013 I joined Suzuki and carried on the preparation.”
Suzuki have revealed yet another of MotoGP's worst-kept secrets (and the competition has been tough for that claim this year) at the Intermot motorcycle show in Cologne, Germany, officially confirming that they will be returning to MotoGP from next season, after an absence of three seasons. Suzuki team boss Davide Brivio unveiled the latest version of Suzuki's MotoGP bike - now dubbed GSX-RR - and announced that Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales will race for the team. At the same time, Suzuki also confirmed that Randy De Puniet will race as a wildcard on the bike at the final MotoGP round of the season at Valencia.
The official announcement had been a long time coming, despite the riders and team being an open secret. The wait had been down to a request from Suzuki headquarters at Japan, who had wanted to combine the team launch with the launch of Suzuki's 2015 road bike line up at the Intermot show. The presence of senior Suzuki staff at the launch was seen by the team as a powerful display of support by the Japanese factory.
The Movistar Yamaha team issued the following press release, containing a brief interview with Valentino Rossi. In it, Rossi speaks about his crash, the limited after-effects he felt, and looks forward to the upcoming flyaway races at Motegi, Phillip Island and Sepang:
Q&A with Valentino Rossi following his crash in the opening laps of the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon
Motorland Aragon (Spain), 29th September 2014
This morning Valentino Rossi woke up at 09.30 and underwent a new medical check with Dr. Michele Zasa from Clinica Mobile.
After the check Valentino returned to the garage where Movistar Yamaha MotoGP members and teammate Jorge Lorenzo were shooting a TV commercial for Movistar.
The following questions were put to Valentino as he missed yesterday’s post-race media debrief and TV interviews.
Q: Valentino, how are you today?
What a difference a day makes. "There is no way to fight with the factory Hondas," Valentino Rossi had said on Saturday. Within a few laps of the start, it turned out that it was not just possible to fight with the Hondas, but to get them in over their heads, and struggling to hold off the Yamaha onslaught. By the time the checkered flag dropped, the factory Hondas were gone, the first RC213V across the line the LCR of Stefan Bradl, nearly twelve seconds behind the winner, Jorge Lorenzo on the factory M1.
What changed? The weather. Cooler temperatures at the start of the race meant the Hondas struggled to get the hard rear tire to work. The hard rear was never an option for the Yamahas, but the softer rear was still working just fine. From the start, Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi and the surprising Pol Espargaro were pushing the factory Hondas hard. All of a sudden we had a race on our hands. When the rain came, the excitement stepped up another notch. In the end, strategy and the ability to keep a cool head prevailed. The factory Hondas came up short on both accounts at Aragon.
The forecast for Sunday had been unstable all weekend. But conditions on Sunday morning were far worse than anyone had predicted. Heavy rain soaked the track, then thick fog blanketed the track in a cloak of gray, severely limiting vision at key points on the track. More importantly, the fog kept the medical helicopters on the ground. Without medical helicopters, there's no racing. Should a rider be seriously injured, the helicopters need to be able to get them to a hospital within 20 minutes. When the fog descends, that becomes impossible.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after a fascinating and thrilling race at Aragon:
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the races at the Motorland Aragon circuit:
Race Report follows.
Race Report follows.
The track dried out enough for slick tyres and the fog had lifted enough for the slightly delayed twenty-lap race to start.
A dry line was starting to form by the time the MotoGP bikes started their warm up session. Dani Pedrosa topped the timesheets using the hard option wet tires, the rest of the field remaining with the softer wets. Hiroshi Aoyama set the second fastest time, finishing ahead of Andrea Dovizioso. The weather at Alcañiz remains unstable, with a chance of rain, though the fog is starting to lift. Conditions for the race are impossible to predict at the moment.
Heavy fog delayed the start of the Moto3 warm up session by nearly an hour. That has pushed the entire warm up schedule back, though the races should start very close to the normal schedule. The track is soaking from overnight rain, with more rain on the way.