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March 25th, 2015

2015 Qatar MotoGP Preview Press Releases

Press releases from the series organizer and the MotoGP teams previewing this weekend's season opener at Qatar:

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2015

2015 Qatar Moto2 And Moto3 Preview Press Releases

Press releases from the series organizers and from some of the Moto2 and Moto3 teams ahead of this weekend's season opener at Qatar:

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1
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2015

Aspar Team Loses Drive Energy Drink Sponsorship On Day Before Season Opener

It has been a tough day for sponsorship news in the MotoGP paddock. After news earlier of LCR Honda's title sponsor CWM being subject of a fraud investigation, the Aspar Honda team have lost their title sponsor, Drive M7. The Malaysian energy drink firm have withdrawn their sponsorship of the team on the day before the 2015 season was due to start.

According to German language publication Speedweek, the Drive M7 management told team owner Jorge Martinez about the decision on Tuesday night. The decision was a surprise, as it had been expected that the deal would continue in 2015, with both Nicky Hayden and Eugene Laverty riding in Drive M7 testing colors during preseason testing.

Movistar Yamaha Press Release Interview With Jorge Lorenzo: On Preparing For 2015

Ahead of this weekend's season opener, the Movistar Yamaha team issued the following press release, containing an interview with Jorge Lorenzo.

JORGE LORENZO INTERVIEW
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider
Doha (Qatar), 23rd March 2015

Q1: In a few days the 2015 World Championship will kick off. What do you expect from the start of this new season?

JL: “As always I hope to be able to try and fight for the title. Whether you win it or not in the end depends on many factors, but at least we have to go into the season with the intention of fighting for the title, as we have done all throughout my career in MotoGP. I think that, if the bike works well and I stay in good shape physically, I can do it. Let's see what happens...”

Q2: What have you learned from previously made mistakes, and from which mistakes did you learn the most?

LCR Honda Sponsor CWMFX Subject Of Fraud Enquiry By London Police

LCR Honda's title sponsor, foreign exchange trading firm CWMFX, is the subject of a police investigation by the City of London police and Financial Conduct Authority, the UK body charged with regulating the financial services industry. Police raided the firm on 3rd March this year, arresting thirteen people for a range of fraud charges. Since last night, the CWMFX website has been offline, with only a contact form on the site.

The arrests come as part of a wider investigation into an offshore Ponzi scheme allegedly being run by Belvedere Management Limited. Research by independent financial advisors deVere Group, as well as the investigative financial services publisher OffshoreAlert revealed that $16 billion of investor funds was involved in the Belvedere scheme, which was based in Mauritius. Major investors such as hedge funds, life insurance, investment management and much more had started withdrawing their investments from the firm, bringing Belvedere to the brink of bankruptcy. CWM is believed have $130 million of investor's fund committed to one of the Ponzi schemes allegedly operated by Belvedere, and run out of the Cayman Islands. It is this involvement which has caused the City of London police to make the arrests and charge CWM staff with various fraud offences.

March 23rd

Estrella Galicia Press Release: Fabio Quartararo - "The main obstacle will be learning the new tracks and adapting quickly to them"

Fabio Quartararo is Moto3's hottest property. The Estrella Galicia 0,0 team issued the following press release, containing an interview with the French youngster, ahead of his debut in the Grand Prix paddock this weekend:


Interview with Fabio Quartararo
03/23/2015

"The main obstacle will be learning the new tracks and adapting quickly to them”

Fabio Quartaro will make his debut at Qatar aged 15, as the champion of the FIM CEV. The rookie has won two national titles in Spain, and comes into the campaign off the back of an excellent preseason.

You won the FIM CEV in 2013 and 2014, you tested a Grand Prix bike in preseason last year and in 2015 you debut in the World Championship. It has been a very quick process. What do you expect to encounter in the World Championship?

"Above all I hope to have a good pace and have some great battles. It is something that we saw in the 2014 World Championship, at races such as Mugello and Brno, which were very hard fought. That's something I missed last year, so now I can’t wait to fight with the World Championship riders."

Did you feel you had already outgrown the FIM CEV and it was time to make the leap to the World Championship?

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2015

The 2015 MotoGP Rules Primer: Engines, Fuel, Tires, Testing And More For The Five Factories

Once upon a time, Grand Prix racing rules were fairly simple: bikes had to have two wheels, weigh 130kg, have a maximum capacity of 500cc and a maximum of four cylinders. The switch to four strokes in 2002 added a lot of complexity to the rules, and things have been getting slowly worse since then. MotoGP now has two different categories with three different rule sets covering a single class, depending on entry type and results in recent years. With Suzuki and Aprilia entering the series in 2015, and another rule change on the horizon for 2016, it's time to take a quick look at the rules for this season, and see what has changed since last year.

The Basics

The basic formula for MotoGP is unchanged. A MotoGP bike is limited to a maximum of 4 cylinders, a maximum capacity of 1000cc, and a maximum bore of 81mm.

For 2015, the minimum weight has been reduced by 2kg to 158kg. That limit is likely to be reduced again for 2016. Bikes are weighed in race trim, including coolant, onboard cameras and electronics, but with an empty fuel tank.

Factory vs Open

As in 2014, MotoGP is divided into two categories: Factory Option and Open class. Factory Option is meant for motorcycle manufacturers, the Open class for private entries and smaller teams. However, just as in 2014, the threat of Ducati's defection to the Open class means that the concessions they were granted in 2014 stay in place, and will be extended to the new factories entering the class, Suzuki and Aprilia.

2015 Chang Thailand World Superbike Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the teams and the series organizer after Sunday's World Superbike races from Chang in Thailand:

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2
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2015

March 22nd

2015 World Superbikes Championship Standings After Round 2, Chang, Thailand

Championship standings for round 2, 2015

2015 World Supersport Championship Standings After Round 2, Chang, Thailand

Championship standings for round 2, 2015

2015 Chang Thailand World Superbike Race Two Results

At the starting grid for race two, Sylvain Guintoli was absent. This was due to a clutch problem that they raced to resolve. As the grid lined up after the warmup lap, Guintoli's Honda was fixed in time for him to join the grid in last position.

2015 Chang Thailand World Supersport Race Results: The One The Crowds Came For

The first World Supersport race in Thailand was Film Wilairot's home round and it was clear, like with Kenan Sofuoglu in Turkey, that he was the man the packed grandstands really came to see race seventeen laps of the Chang International circuit.

2015 Chang Thailand World Superbike Race One Results

The inaugural race in Thailand was held over 20 laps.

March 21st

2015 Chang Thailand World Superbike Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the series organizer and the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after qualifying at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand:

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2
Year: 
2015

2015 Chang Thailand World Supersport Qualifying Results

An uninterrupted 45 minute qualifying session took place on a 39°C track with an air temperature of 28°C, both very low for the weekend.

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