Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the thrilling first race of the season at Qatar:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after qualifying at Qatar:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the second day of practice at Qatar:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the first day of practice at Qatar:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the final day of testing at Qatar:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone at the conclusion of the final day of testing at Sepang:
Press releases from the teams and from Bridgestone after the final day of testing at Sepang:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the first day of testing at Sepang:
The Cardion AB team today issued the following press release, in which rider Karel Abraham looks ahead to the 2014 season, and considers his prospects on the Honda RCV1000R Open Honda:
I need to feel I enjoy racing again, say Karel Abraham prior to his tenth season
This will be Karel Abraham’s tenth season in the Road Racing World Championship. In 2005, he was a fifteen-year old rookie. In the early 2014, he is still in recovery after a nasty shoulder injury and says, “I am not going to talk about my goals and achievements. The most important thing right now is to feel that I enjoy racing again. I am sure the rest will come,” says the rider who has just turned 24.
The 2014 MotoGP rider line up:
Though most of the contracts were settled some time ago, there were still a few question marks on the 2014 MotoGP grid. The official entry list released by the FIM today answers some of those questions, but the answers it gives may yet turn out to be wrong. The list features 11 entries to be run under the Factory rules, which means 20 liters of fuel, 5 engines per season and the freedom to use proprietary software on the spec Magneti Marelli ECU. The remaining 13 bikes will be run as Open entries, which gives them 24 liters of fuel and 12 engines per season, but forces them to use the Dorna-controlled spec software on the Magneti Marelli ECU.
The 2014 season looks set to follow the pattern established in 2013, with Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo likely to dominate. Of interest is the fact that Marc Marquez has been entered with number 93, rather than the number 1 which the world champion is allowed to use, but this may yet change before the start of the season. Marquez would dearly like to retain 93, but Honda is keen to see him run the number 1 plate.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the race on Sunday at Valencia:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after Saturday's qualifying at Valencia:
Honda today officially unveiled one of the most eagerly anticipated motorcycles of recent years, and a key bike in the future of MotoGP. At the Valencia circuit, Honda unveiled the Honda RCV1000R, their production MotoGP racer, for entry in the Open class, which is to replace the CRT class for last year. The bike is a close sibling of the factory Honda RC213V raced by Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa, Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl, with a few modifications to make the bike cheaper to produce. This means that while the engine configuration is identical - a 90° V4 - the engine runs conventional metal valve springs rather than the pneumatic valves run by the factory bikes, and a conventional gearbox rather than a seamless transmission. The chassis geometry is also identical, though there are minor differences in chassis stiffness between the two bikes.
The RCV1000R will run the spec Magneti Marelli hardware and Dorna software, rather than Honda's custom and highly complex electronics package run on the factory bikes. One sign of that was the lack of torque sensor on the bike output shaft which is used on the factory Honda. The bike will have a 24 liter fuel allowance, though Honda do not expect to need that fuel. They will also have 12 engines to last a season, instead of the 5 allowed for factory entries.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi: