It is no secret that Eugene Laverty is keen to move to MotoGP for the 2015 season. The Irishman has been present at the last three MotoGP rounds, touting his services around the teams in the hope of securing a ride. He has been in talks with Forward, Pramac and Aspar about a ride in 2015, but as yet, no deal has been announced.
Alvaro Bautista has signed a two year contract with Aprilia, and will remain in the Gresini squad in MotoGP for the 2015 and 2016 season. The Spaniard had been widely expected to be one of the two riders on the factory Aprilias, given his long association with both Gresini in MotoGP and Aprilia in the 125cc and 250cc classes. Bautista won the 125cc world championship for Aprilia in 2006.
Press releases after Sunday's dramatic MotoGP race at Misano from the teams and from Bridgestone:
The Doctor Performs a Misano Miracle
Misano Adriatico (Italy), 14th September 2014
The many thousand Valentino Rossi fans gathered at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli had their dreams come true today as their Movistar Yamaha MotoGP hero delivered a perfect race to take victory for the 'Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini'. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo came home in second to make it a perfect Yamaha one-two finish.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's races at Misano:
Carrasco 24th after good race, highsider ends San Marino GP for Deroue
The San Marino GP was another race of ups and downs for RW Racing GP. The up was the performance of Ana Carrasco in the Moto3 race, finishing 24th after a good battle. The down was Scott Deroue crashing out in the 4th last lap.
It would be fair to say that Sunday at Misano turned into a perfect Italian fairy story. After being forced to sit through two renditions of the Spanish national anthem after the Moto3 and Moto2 races, the Italian fans were finally able to bellow along with Il Canto degli Italiani, or the Song of the Italians, at the end of the MotoGP race. Valentino Rossi took his eighty-first victory in MotoGP in front of a crowd awash with yellow #46 banners, at the track just a few miles from his home. It was Rossi's first victory since Assen last year, and his first victory at Misano since 2009.
The Grand Prix Commission met at Misano to agree a couple of steps on the long road towards creating a single, unified MotoGP class from 2016. The four parties to the GPC agreed that the minimum weight in the MotoGP class would be reduced from 160kg to 158kg, and agreed to freeze development of the software for all Factory Option class bikes from 30th June 2015. From that point on, work will switch to the spec, or unified software, ready for the start of 2016.
Race report and results follow.
Jorge Lorenzo, on pole position, selected a harder front tyre that was considered to be a better choice for the conditions. He got a good start ahead of Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez jockeying behind him and the three of them set off together, dropping Andrea Iannone, Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa.
|7||Aleix ESPARGARO||Forward Yamaha||92||-197|
|7||Johann ZARCO||Caterham Suter||88||-170|
Race report follows.
Mika Kallio led from the lights, with his teammate Tito Rabat behind him. The two set off at their usual pace with Johann Zarco settling in a second and a half behind, after a few laps.
At the halfway mark, with no change at the front, Johann Zarco had built a gap from the fight between Dominic Aegeter, Maverick Vinales and Thomas Luthi behind him.