Mattia Pasini

2017 Misano MotoGP Preview - A Glimpse Of A Rossi-less Future?

Will we get a glimpse of a MotoGP future without Valentino Rossi at Misano? The news that the Italian icon had broken his right leg in an enduro accident will have caused hearts to sink at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, just a few kilometers from Rossi's home in Tavullia. Recent editions have been packed to the rafters. With motorcycling's biggest draw out of action, ticket sales, the biggest source of revenue covering the cost of hosting a MotoGP race, are likely to be down.

How much, is the question, of course. Yes, Valentino Rossi is still unquestionably the biggest name in motorcycle racing, but there are plenty of reasons to be watching right now, and plenty of things for Italian fans to cheer for. An Italian rider, Andrea Dovizioso, is leading the championship on an Italian motorcycle, the Ducati Desmosedici GP17. The racing is closer than it has ever been, with any of five or six riders in with a realistic shout of the win, and a handful more a chance of a podium. More often than not, races are won on the last couple of laps, and surprisingly often, in the last corner. Though the loss of Rossi is an undeniable blow, the show will likely be as good as ever.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the signs are that numbers will be down. There are still plenty of tickets on sale for Sunday at Misano, both in the grandstands and for general admission. Normally, tickets would be few and far between. There is every chance that the grandstands, and more especially the paddock, will be a lot quieter than in previous years.

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2017 Silverstone MotoGP Saturday Round Up: Who Will Survive The Bumps?

Is it going to be Argentina or Austin on Sunday at Silverstone? Two of the bumpiest circuits of the first half of the season had very different outcomes. At the Termas De Rio Hondo circuit, Marc Márquez took off like a scalded cat to try to take the win, and claw back the valuable points from Maverick Viñales he had handed him at Qatar. In undulating Austin, Márquez rode his usual imperious race to take victory, while it was Viñales' turn to make a silly mistake.

The perils of a American bumps were rather bike-specific. It wasn't just Marc Márquez who crashed out of the lead in Argentina, Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa managed the same feat. Cal Crutchlow rode cautiously to finish third, while there were four Yamahas in the top six. At Austin, Márquez won, Pedrosa finished third, Crutchlow fourth. Valentino Rossi's charge came too late, and he finished well behind Márquez. A year earlier, it had been Rossi making a silly mistake in Texas, and slipping off.

So how does Silverstone compare to the two American tracks (North and South)? In Austin, the bumps were on corner exit, Maverick Viñales explained, whereas at Silverstone, the bumps are on corner entry. "So it seems more difficult to ride," the Movistar Yamaha rider said. In Argentina, it wasn't so much bumps as massive undulations which were causing the problems.

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Barcelona Superprestigio To Be Streamed Online In The US

Fans in the US wishing to watch the showdown between the cream of Grand Prix motorcycle racing and the best dirt trackers in the world, to be held on 12th December, will be able to watch it online. An agreement between organizers RPM Racing, AMA Pro Racing and US publishers Bonnier Corporation will see the Superprestigio in Barcelona streamed via the FansChoice.tv website. The event will also be streamed on the Cycle World website as well as Motorcyclistonline.com.

Entries include Marc Marquez, the man behind the revival of the Superprestigio event, and his brother Alex Marquez. Alex' Moto2 rival Alex Rins will also be present, along with Maria Herrera, Xavier Simeon, Nico Terol, Mika Kallio, Mattia Pasini, and Joan Mir. In the Open class, for flat trackers and other off-road racers, current and former AMA Flat Track champions Jared Mees and Brad Baker will be defending the honor of the US, along with the cream of the European dirt track scene, as well as Supermoto, speedway and enduro racers.

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NGM Forward Confirm Aleix Espargaro And Colin Edwards For 2014

Aleix Espargaro and Colin Edwards will race for the NGM Forward team in MotoGP next year, riding FTR-based Yamaha production machines. The announcement had been expected for a very long time, but confirmation only came on Saturday morning at Valencia, as haggling over buying out Espargaro's contract had continued over the past couple of months. Negotiations have finally been completed, and Espargaro has been cleared to join Forward.

The prolonged haggling over the contract had nearly jeopardized both the Forward and Aspar deals. Espargaro had a clause in his contract with Aspar that automatically extended his contract if he ended the season as top CRT rider, and Espargaro was forced to buy his way out of that. Forward had to pay 300,000 euros to Aspar for Espargaro's release, while Espargaro agreed to forgo the 100,000 euro bonus for winning the CRT championship. Rumors circulating in the paddock suggested that Aspar needed that money to be able to afford the Honda Production racers, and without it, he would not be able to make the first instalment on the Honda production racers which Nicky Hayden and an as yet unnamed second rider will race. Without the Honda production racers, American Honda would not be willing to offer the support promised to Hayden, and Aspar's budgets would have been badly compromised. The conclusion of the Forward deal with Espargaro means the financial complications have been smoothed out.

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Blast From The Past, Part 1: Qatar 2012, By Scott Jones

With the 2013 MotoGP season due to start in just four weeks' time, it's time to take a trip down memory lane and get ourselves excited about this season's racing. To do so, over the next few weeks, we will be running an occasional series of shots by MotoMatters.com star shooter Scott Jones, taken at some of the rounds he attended last season. His stunning photos are a reminder of why we love motorcycle racing so much. Remember also to check out the special offers Scott has on signed photos, including riders such as Casey Stoner, Cal Crutchlow and Nicky Hayden. Not long to go now...


Qatar gave a glimpse of what was to follow in 2012: Jorge Lorenzo was a hard act to follow


Sadly, 2012 would be the last time we would see Casey Stoner on a MotoGP machine

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Money Talks, Riders Walk: Rolfo Replaces Pasini In MotoGP, Elias Replaces Corti In Moto2

As the 2012 season nears its end, the money is running out for some of weaker teams in the motorcycle racing paddock. The most egregious example of this is of course the Effenbert Liberty shambles, the Czech team managing to miss World Superbike rounds and drop racers despite having both a title sponsor and paying riders. But in the few days since the last round of MotoGP at Aragon, the same malaise has come to the MotoGP paddock as well.

Two riders are to be replaced for the next round on, and for both men, the reason they are being dropped has nothing to do with their performance, a fact made uncomfortably clear by the choice of replacement riders. In MotoGP, Roby Rolfo is to replace Mattia Pasini aboard the Speedmaster Aprilia CRT bike, and in Moto2, Toni Elias is to take the place of Claudio Corti in the Italtrans team. Both Pasini and Corti are being dropped for financial reasons: their replacements bring more money to the team than the men whose place they are taking. 

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