Ducati Corse director and Ducati's engineering guru Filippo Preziosi was a busy man at Misano. Besides overseeing the race weekend at the circuit and preparing for the test on Monday, Preziosi spent a lot of time talking to a number of journalists. MotoMatters.com was one of the lucky few who were offered ten minutes with Preziosi, and so we jumped at the chance. In the interview, Preziosi covered a number of topics: the Ducati junior team strategy, Ducati's four riders for 2013, the current and expected developments for next season were all among the subjects discussed.
After the chaos at the start of Sunday's MotoGP race at Misano, it was inevitable that the hunt would be opened for someone to pin the blame on. With so much at stake, especially for Dani Pedrosa and the Repsol Honda team, the finger of blame was bound to get pointed at everyone.
The first Moto2 round held at Misano under its new name, the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, left us a clear idea of Marc Marquez’s intentions to become world champion by the end of this season, before he will join one of the toughest groups of riders ever in the MotoGP class in 2013.
That was a chaotic weekend. Two-and-a-half days lost to rain, then a bizarre series of hold ups and incidents on the start of the MotoGP grid that ended up eventually going a long way to deciding the championship. Fortunately for the series, the MotoGP race was preceded by two scintillating support races, and then the MotoGP race itself saw two very popular podiums.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after Sunday's race at Misano:
Lorenzo Scores Superb San Marino Grand Prix Victory
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the races at Misano:
Cortese shines at Misano to extend lead in Moto3 World Championship
Red Bull KTM rider Sandro Cortese rode a classic hard and tactical clever race in Misano on Sunday to seal the victory in a typical do or die Moto3 battle on Sunday on the circuit newly named in memory of Italian racer Marco Simoncelli. Luis Salom of Spain on the Kalex-KTM was second in front of Italian Romano Fenati.