July 18th, 2015
World Superbike returns to the anti-clockwise Laguna Seca after a four-week break in racing, and the Kawasakis and Ducatis have dominated practice, with the Aprilias close behind.
Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes came out of the untimed session on top, once more holding off three Ducatis, led by Chaz Davies.
Tom Sykes led the cooler overcast morning session ahead of Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano, in a very close session.
Press releases after the first day of practice at Laguna Seca:
Chas Davies, third quickest this morning, climbs to the top of the pile with Tom Sykes on the Kawasaki holding off his Ducati teammate Davide Giugliano. Jonathan Rea was fourth quickest while Niccolo Canepa continued to shine in fifth.
In the first session back after a long break, the Kawasakis go quickest with the Ducatis right behind them. Jonathan Rea was quickest ahead of Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies. The Ducati in fourth place was not that of Davide Giugliano, he was fifth quickest, but was Nicollo Canepa on the Althea bike. There was a brief red flag two thirds of the way through, but it wasn't a serious incident and the day's schedule hasn't been impacted.
The Suzuki press office has released the following video from their private test at Misano. In the video, Aleix Espargaro, Maverick Viñales and Davide Brivio reflect on the work done at the test, and what they have achieved so far this year in MotoGP.
The video appears below:
Press releases ahead of this weekend's World Superbike round at Laguna Seca:
The second day of the Misano test took place under punishing heat, with temperatures rising to 37° and track temperatures of over 60°C. Despite the heat, times continued to drop as Suzuki, Honda and Ducati all worked further on improving their race set ups.
At Honda, both Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez tried the 2016 Honda RC213V, giving the bike its first run out ahead of next year. The aim of the test was to check the direction which development of the bike was taking. That, Marc Marquez said, was the wrong direction, but that is in itself useful information. Marquez also worked on a setting at the front end of the bike, which improved his feeling. The problems with braking remain, but are much improved. Marquez also crashed towards the end of the day, but it was a relatively harmless crash, which happened because he was pushing just a little too hard on exceptionally hot tarmac. For Dani Pedrosa, the work concentrated once again on finding a base set up, and a direction to pursue for the rest of the season. That had been a success, Pedrosa judged.
The Forward Racing team faces an uncertain future. On his return from the German round of MotoGP at the Sachsenring, Forward Racing boss Giovanni Cuzari was arrested by the Swiss authorities on charges of suspected corruption of a public official, and money laundering through sponsorship activities. Cuzari remains under arrest, and is expected to face a hearing on Friday or Saturday. That hearing will determine whether Cuzari will be released, or will have to remain under arrest while the investigation continues.
At the heart of the case are allegations that the head of the Ticino tax inspectorate, Libero Galli, accepted bribes in return for special treatment by the Swiss tax authorities. Libero is charged with abuse of authority, passive corruption and improper application of fiscal regulations. Galli is alleged to have received payments from Giovanni Cuzari in return for special treatment of sponsorship income of Media Action, the company owned and operated by Cuzari which manages the sponsorship money of Forward Racing. Both men have been arrested, and assets and bank accounts have been frozen, as the investigation continues.
While Yamaha and Aprilia's factory riders have already departed for a much needed vacation, the factory Honda, Suzuki and Ducati teams began three days of testing at Misano on Wednesday. Each of the three factories has their own area to work on ahead of the summer break, in preparation for the second half of the season, which resumes three weeks from now in Indianapolis.
Honda have a new motorcycle to try, though neither Marc Marquez nor Dani Pedrosa tried the 2016 version of the RC213V on Wednesday. That will have to wait until tomorrow, when both riders will get their first taste of next year's bike. The 2016 bike did hit the track today, in the hands of HRC test Hiroshi Aoyama. Calling it the 2016 bike is perhaps a misnomer. According to HRC team principal Livio Suppo, the bike consists of a new chassis, housing the 2015 engine. Changing one variable at a time was part of the strategy, Suppo told GPOne.com's Matteo Aglio. Using just the chassis and the 2015 engine meant they could make sure the chassis is a step in the right direction, before using the 2016 engine to make sure.
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How tyres could decide the 2015 MotoGP title
Let’s do some maths: nine races gone and nine to go, so it’s halfway time when we get to examine the past with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight and pretend we’ve got even the slightest clue about what’s going to happen next.
If we take Sunday’s German GP and extrapolate that result all the way to Valencia, Marc Márquez will record a famous comeback world-title victory. However, if Márquez, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo each win three of the remaining nine races, while recording podium finishes in the other six, then Rossi will most likely make history with a 10th world title, 18 years after his first. The possibilities are endless, of course, though it might be fun if someone fed the data into a supercomputer. Please be my guest…
Bridgestone Press Release: Shinji Aoki Talks Asymmetric Tires At Sachsenring, And Looks Ahead To Phillip Island
Bridgestone issued their customary post-race press debrief after the German round of MotoGP, in which there was a lot of talk of tires. Especially the front: with four different compounds/constructions, there was plenty of work for the teams to do. In the press release, Shinji Aoki talks about the evolution of the asymmetric tire, and its use in future races.
German MotoGP™ debrief with Shinji Aoki
Tuesday, July 14 2015
Bridgestone slick options: Front: Soft, Asymmetric Front, Medium & Hard; Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre options: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
For the third successive year the German Grand Prix was won by Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez who took a comfortable victory over teammate Dani Pedrosa and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi who crossed the finish line in second and third place respectively.
This year’s German Grand Prix saw Marquez beat all of the circuit records as he set a new Circuit Best Lap record (1’20.336) in qualifying, a new Circuit Record Lap (1'21.530) on lap 10 of the race, while the overall race time (41'01.087) beat the old record by eleven seconds.
Press releases from the teams, Bridgestone and sponsors after this weekend's German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring: