May 2nd, 2010

Sunday Post Race Debrief: Valentino Rossi

This is what Valentino Rossi had to say after Sunday's MotoGP race at Jerez:

Sunday Post Race Debrief: Dani Pedrosa

This is what Dani Pedrosa had to say to the press after the thrilling end to Sunday's MotoGP race:

Sunday Post Race Debrief: Jorge Lorenzo

After Sunday's thrilling MotoGP race at Jerez, here's what Jorge Lorenzo had to tell the press:

Editor's Blog: Paddock Tour

I never fail to get a thrill of excitement when I enter the paddock on race day, and this morning was no exception. I'm not a morning person by any stretch of the imagination, but despite having to get up at 5:30am to get in on time, I still got that electric tingle as we arrived at the gate. Here's a few of my (poorly shot) photos to give you an idea of why.

Jerez' "Flying Saucer" VIP restaurant over the main straight. A beautiful sight this early in the morning

Sunrise over Pons corner at Jerez

A paddock ...

2010 Jerez MotoGP Race Result: Waiting Game Ends In Last Lap Thriller

Result and summary of the MotoGP race at Jerez:

2010 Jerez Moto2 Race Result - Scintillating Race Produces Tight Finish

Result and summary of the Moto2 race from Jerez:

2010 Jerez 125cc Race Result - War Of Attrition Brings Comfortable Victory

Results and summary of 125cc race at Jerez:

2010 Jerez Moto2 Warm Up Result - Debon Leads Luthi And Elias


2010 Jerez 125cc Warm Up Result - Marquez Dominates The Morning


May 1st

Saturday MotoGP Round Up - Post Qualifying Debrief

Saturday afternoon at Jerez saw a scintillating battle for pole in all three classes, worthy of the pressure cooker atmosphere at the Andalucian track. After qualifying was over, we made the daily rounds of rider debrief and qualifying press conference, to hear what the top riders had to say about the day.

Hayden On New MotoGP Engine Penalty: "You'd Lead Into Turn 1 At Valencia"

MotoGP's rule-making body, the Grand Prix Commission met today, and as expected, did nothing to clarify the 2012 MotoGP rules, and especially to provide a definition of exactly what constitutes a Claiming Rule Team. Instead, what they came up with was a relaxation of the penalty for infringing the engine allocation rules: Instead of starting from the pit lane 20 seconds after the red lights go out for the start, any rider using a 7th (or 8th, or 9th) engine during the 2010 season will have to start just 10 seconds later.

During the evening rider debrief, one senior journalist asked Nicky Hayden what he thought about the rule, and his answers surprised the journalists present. "Well, it depends where it happens," Hayden said. "If you were at Le Mans, you'd be way back. But start at the end of the pit lane at Sepang, and you'd be right there!" The Ducati Marlboro mulled the question a little more, telling reporters "I'm just going through them all in my mind," before going on to say that starting from the pit lane at Laguna Seca would allow riders to cut out all of Turn 1 and most of Turn 2. The other US Grand Prix would be less fortuitous, however. "Indy would be terrible, you've got a tight little hairpin [on the exit to pit lane]."

2010 Jerez Moto2 Qualifying Practice Result - Less Than One Tenth Separates Front Row

Results and summary of the qualifying practice for the Moto2 class at Jerez:

2010 Jerez MotoGP Qualifying Practice Result - Pole Taken Comfortably, But Following Pack Close

Results and summary of Qualifying Practice for the MotoGP class:

2010 Jerez 125cc Qualifying Practice Result - Record Lap Takes Close Pole

Results of the 125cc Qualifying Practice Session: