Archive - Sep 2007

September 30th

Kropotkin Visits Borgo Panigale, The Monday After That Sunday.

Borgo Panigale. Monday, September 24th. The day after. I arrive at the gates of the Ducati factory, just two short streets from the main freeway which circles Bologna, at around 5:30pm, just as the day shift starts to head for home. I know I am close to the factory, as I see a grown man in a Ducati cap hurrying round a corner with the look of a child on Christmas morning on his face, his wife trailing indulgently behind.

September 28th

Davies to Ride d'Antin Ducati

Pramac d'Antin Ducati has announced that British rider Chaz Davies will ride for the team in the final 3 races of the 2007 MotoGP season. Davies previously filled in for Alex Hofmann at the last minute at the Laguna Seca round and has tested the Ducati in Mugello this year. Chaz had to turn down a offer to ride for the team at Motegi because of complications from an elbow injury incurred during the testing session.

September 23rd

Mike's Motegi Mini Race Report

Crazy, crazy stuff.

Rain and a drying track scramble everything in the land of the rising sun.

Capirossi rolls the dice and comes in early for dry tires. The gamble pays off and Capirex wins his 3rd Motegi race in three years. DePuniet comes in second, his best result ever, then Elias. All the Bridgestone riders went back out on slicks.

Guintoli nearly gets Dunlop on the podium.

Rossi gambles and loses by staying out a bit too long on his wet tires..

September 22nd

Spec Tires in MotoGP?

Press release from Dorna:

In the Grand Prix Commission meeting Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta proposed the introduction of a single tyre rule for MotoGP in 2008, something which will be decided on at the forthcoming Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Mr. Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna CEO

Motegi Qualifying Times

September 21st

Repsol Tire Choice(s)?

Very interesting article on the Repsol tire situation up on the Cycle News site. In a nutshell, Honda is saying that they don't know what brand they'll be using next year and Bridgestone is saying that they turned HRC down weeks ago.

Hmmm.... Curiouser and curiouser, cried Alice....

Little Dani, Happy at Last?

HRC announced on Friday that Dani Pedrosa has re-signed with Repsol Honda for the next two years. This announcement has been a long time coming with rumors of Pedrosa's displeasure with Honda and Michelin widely circulated. It has been no secret that Pedrosa, the so-called "Future of Honda" has been very unhappy with the Honda RC212V that was reportedly designed with riders of smaller stature (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) in mind.

Motegi Friday Practice

1. Pedrosa
2. de Puniet
3. Melandri
4. Hopkins
5. Stoner
6. Akiyoshi
7. Capirossi
8. West
9. Hayden
10. Tamada
11. Edwards
12. Nakano
13. Checa
14. Rossi
15. Elias
16. Guintoli
17. Barros
18. Vermeulen
19. Yanagawa
20. Ito
21. Roberts

September 18th

Davies out of Motegi? (Updated)

Toby Moody at is reporting that Chaz Davies has taken himself out of consideration to replace Alex Hoffman at Motegi. Davies apparently had a bad reaction to a tetanus shot he recieved following an injury to his elbow during testing the d'Antin Ducati GP07 at Mugello last week. At Laguna Seca, Davies had to visit the hospital and his poor physical condition was exacerbated by two crashes over the weekend. It is not known at this time if d'Antin will be able to secure another rider for the Japanese round.

Mike's Motegi Preview (updated)

For Casey Stoner, this could be the week that was. That is, the week he is crowned MotoGP World Champion. The fact that it could be in the land of the rising sun, the home of the Japanese big 4 manufacturers makes it that much sweeter, if not for Stoner, then certainly for Ducati. The last time a non-Nipponese machine won the premiere class was in 1974, when an MV Agusta piloted by Englishman Phil Read prevailed. 33 years is an awfully long dry spell and it has built an powerfulful thirst for victory.

Spies To Test GSV-R

Ben Spies, fresh from his victory at Laguna Seca yesterday that saw him take his second consecutive AMA Superbike championship, has confirmed that he will test the Suzuki GSV-R800 this year. The test will occur on October 21 at Sepang the day after the MotoGP race. Spies also said that he does not know if he will be granted a wild-card ride at the season-ending Valencia race. Paul Denning, Rizla Suzuki team manager has commented that Suzuki very much wants to keep the 23 year-old Spies "in the fold".

September 17th

Davies to race at Motegi?

MCN (It *must* be true!) is reporting that Chaz Davies has been approached by Pramac d'Antin Ducati to fill the seat recently unwillingly vacated by Alex Hoffman at the Motegi MotoGP race. Davies, as well documented on this blog, has impressed d'Antin and Ducati management during his stints as an emergency fill-in rider for d'Antin at Laguna Seca and during a recent test at Mugello.

DeAngelis to Gresini

Gresini Honda has announced that 250 pilot Alex DeAngelis has been signed to contest the 2008 MotoGP series for the Italy based team. DeAngelis will be replacing Marco Melandri, who will be riding for Marlboro Ducati for the next two years. DeAngelis' deal is for one year with an option for another. DeAngelis, while undoubtedly a talented rider, has something of a reputation as not being able to seal the the deal and win, as evidenced by his one win and 15 second places in three years in the 250 class.

re: Hoffman Sacked!

Hoffman Sacked!

Various sources are reporting that Alex Hoffman has been discharged from the Pramac d'Antin Ducati MotoGP team. This action was taken in the wake of yesterday's Estoril MotoGP race where Hoffman voluntarily quit the race citing a lack of motivation to circulate around the track in last place. Possible replacements include long-time d'Antin rider Ivan Silva, who substituted for Hoffman at the Brno round, and Brit Chaz Davies who stood in at Laguna Seca.