Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after qualifying for the Catalunya Grand Prix at Barcelona:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams on Friday after the first day of practice at Barcelona:
Stoner fastest on rain-interrupted opening day in Catalunya
Press Release previews from the Marlboro Ducati, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha, Factory Yamaha, Mapfre Aspar Ducati and LCR Honda MotoGP teams ahead of the Barcelona MotoGP round:
The press releases from the teams after Sunday's MotoGP race at Le Mans:
Race long battle sees Bautista narrowly miss top-nine finish
If you switched on for the last 10 minutes of qualifying at Le Mans this afternoon, you were in for a treat. A thrilling finale to qualifying reminded everyone of why MotoGP doesn't really need Superpole, as exciting as that can be on a World Superbike weekend. Casey Stoner finally secured his third pole of the season by just 0.059 seconds, or fractionally more than a bike length. Marco Simoncelli had been using his lanky frame to muscle the San Carlo Gresini RC212V around the track in pursuit of Stoner's time, but the Italian came up just a fraction short. With Simoncelli this close in qualifying, it should be a pretty close race, right?
Ask Colin Edwards, and he'll rid you of that delusion straight away: "I'm willing to make a wager," the Texan told MotoGP.com, "Stoner's going to win hands down unless someone takes him out or something strange happens. Looking at his lap chart, it's just phenomenal, he's doing lap times on the hard tire that I can't even qualify at." And indeed, looking at the race pace the riders were clocking before they put in soft rubber and stowed their common sense for a spot on the grid tells another story altogether: after putting on a fresh set of hard tires to finalize his race setup, Casey Stoner posted a bunch of laps in the mid-1'33s, where the other riders were happy to get close to low 1'34s in race trim.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after qualifying on Saturday at Le Mans:
Crutchlow and Edwards show class in Le Mans
The press releases from the MotoGP teams after the first day of practice at Le Mans:
Encouraging start for Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team on home soil
The first of the press release previews for this weekend's MotoGP action at Le Mans, with, as a bonus, a promotional video from Honda, featuring Casey Stoner riding the CBR1000RR:
The last press releases to emerge after the race weekend and MotoGP test at Estoril:
FTR MOTO2 CHAMPIONSHIP CHALLENGE CONTINUES IN PORTUGAL
Hindsight, as they say, is always 20/20, and MotoGP tests following a race usually tend to bear this out. Teams suddenly find the time to try the setup changes they had figured out over the weekend but never quite got round to making to the bike to use in the race.
A case in point was Cal Crutchlow, who had had a moderately successful race on Sunday, coming home on Sunday. Crutchlow himself was far from pleased, however; the team were using a 15mm shorter wheelbase on Crutchlow's M1 than on any of the other Yamahas, intending to try a longer wheelbase during warmup on Sunday. The wet track on Sunday morning put a stop to this, so when Crutchlow got a chance to try the bike on Monday with the longer wheelbase, the fact that he rocketed to the sharp end of the timesheets confirmed two things: One, that the revised setup was working; and two, that Crutchlow could be troubling the front group sooner rather than later. Crutchlow's times on Monday were downright impressive, now all he has to do is ensure the team get the setup right on Sunday, and not on the day after at the test.