June 24th, 2015
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams ahead of this weekend's race in Assen:
This year's Brno round of MotoGP looks to be under severe threat. Ticket sales on the circuit's official website for the event have been suspended as of this afternoon, after talks with Brno city council and the regional government broke down over funding of the race.
The message on the Brno circuit website reads:
With an immediate effect, Automotodrom Brno suspends the sale of tickets for the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic 2015 due to insufficient funding for the event. The final decision on the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic 2015 will be published on 29 June. In case of cancellation of the event, all paid tickets will be refunded.
Michael van der Mark will now not be racing at his home MotoGP round of Assen. The deal to replace the injured Karel Abraham at the AB MotoRacing team has fallen through, the stumbling block being who would cover the cost of crash parts.
The deal came very close to fruition. Rumors that Van der Mark would take the place of Abraham first started over the weekend at Misano, emerging publicly on Monday afternoon. HRC had put Van der Mark forward to replace the injured Abraham, and the AB MotoRacing team were very open to having the young Dutchman as a substitute. Things soured on Monday, however, as discussions grew heated over who would pay for crash damage to the Open class Honda RC213V-RS if Van der Mark were to drop the bike. AB MotoRacing wanted HRC to pay for damage, Honda believed it was the responsibility of the team, just as it would be if Abraham were racing.
Michael van der Mark looks set to make his MotoGP debut at Assen this weekend. The 22-year-old Dutchman will be swapping his Pata Honda CBR1000RR World Superbike machine for the Open class Honda RC213V-RS of the AB MotoRacing team, where he is set to fill in for the injured Karel Abraham. Abraham badly injured his foot, severly dislocating his toe, in a fall during FP4 in Barcelona.
Rumors that the Dutchman would get the chance to race a MotoGP machine at his home race started circulating in the Dutch media earlier on Monday. Several sources close to the situation confirmed that the deal was very close to being sealed. There are just a few final details to be settled, including matters such as covering the cost of damage in case of a crash.
Press releases from the series organizers and the teams after Sunday's races at Misano:
The track temperature climbed to 42ºC, something the Aprilias were looking forward to, but Jonathan Rea changed to the same tyre as everyone else and for some reason, Misano seems to produce double winners.
Kenan Sofuoglu leads the championship by 40 points going into this race, with only four rounds left after this weekend, but MV Agusta turned up with a new paint job so who knows how Jules Cluzel's fortune can change?
A smattering of clouds over a 32ºC track, with a 22ºC air temperature, a 21 lap race at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” took place on fresh tarmac and recambered turns. All but Jonathan Rea had softer A compound rear tyres with Rea taking a harder B tyre.
With PJ Jacobsen being the cat amongst the pigeons of Kenan Sofuoglu and Jules Cluzel, the front row appeared to be easy to predict, even if the order were not.
Press releases after qualifying at Misano from the teams and series organizers:
As the weather was good, in spite of overnight rain, and the resurfaced track offered better grip than before, the likelihood of the pole position lap record surviving was considered low.
In the first session not headed by an Aprilia, Davide Giugliano puts his Ducati on top to maintain Italian manufacturer dominance. Leon Haslam was quickest in the untimed session with Jonathan Rea third ahead of Max Biaggi. Tom Sykes, sixth behind Michael van der Mark, showed the kind of form needed to elevate hin to Superpole two.
Enjoying his switch to Honda, PJ Jacobsen hit within four hundredths of a second of the outright fastest lap, ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu and Jules Cluzel. Kyle Smith, Gino Rea and Lorenzo Zanetti all maintain their top-6 pace as the provisional second row.