Marco Melandri

January 2013 Round Up: MotoGP and WSBK, The Story So Far

With the first full test for the World Superbike class behind us, and the first test of the MotoGP grid about to get underway at Sepang at the end of this week, it is time to take a look at motorcycle racing's preseason, and evaluate where we stand so far. Just what is the state of play for both MotoGP and World Superbike in 2013?

Ducati Alstare WSBK and MotoGP Jerez Test Mostly A Washout

The 2013 season has gotten off to a very damp start for Ducati. The Bologna factory had booked the Jerez circuit for a three-day test, for both the Alstare Ducati World Superbike team and the Ducati MotoGP test team with Michele Pirro and Franco Battaini, but the rain meant that they only got a few hours of testing done, and all of that was on Monday.

Jerez WSBK And Ducati MotoGP Test Day 4: Weather Brings Test To An Early End

The last day of testing of 2012 turned out to be a mirror image of the MotoGP season just finished. As it had so many times this year, rain and wind ruined conditions, making the track far too dangerous for slick tires, and too dry to do any proper testing on wets. And just as they had done so often this year, the few riders remaining at the Jerez combined MotoGP and World Superbike test spent the day sitting in the garage, watching the weather, before calling an early halt to proceedings and heading home.

Marco Melandri Handed Suspended Jail Term For Tax Evasion

Marco Melandri has been given a suspended jail term of one year and seven months for tax evasion by a court in his home town of Ravenna. Melandri was found guilty of trying to evade taxes during the period he lived in Derby, in the UK, the court finding that Melandri's residence for tax purposes should have been in Ravenna, Italy, Melandri's home town.

BMW Press Release: Wrapping Up An Eventful 2012 World Superbikes Series

The BMW press office issued the following press release today, going back over the events of a successful and eventful 2012 WSBK season for the factory team:


A year full of highlights and milestones for Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport.

On winning ways: Team BMW Motorrad Motorsports reviews its best ever season in the FIM Superbike World Championship.

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