Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the two-day test at Valencia:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the final race of 2015 at Valencia:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after qualifying for the final Grand Prix of the year at Valencia:
We are creatures of habit in the paddock. After having had our biorhythms put out of whack by a wild and weird Thursday, having bikes on the track on Friday brought us all back into line, and restored a sense of normality to MotoGP. This was a race weekend once again, and the arguments and backbiting have been put aside for a moment.
Though the return of racing motorcycles going fast around a circuit brought some joy back to the paddock, the day was also tinged with sadness. Two events punctuated the day, celebrating two mighty monuments of the paddock, who depart for pastures new. At lunchtime, Nicky Hayden was inducted as a MotoGP Legend, with a ceremony and a brief press conference. In the evening, Bridgestone held an official soiree to take their leave of the paddock, as they ended their role of official tire supplier.
A Farewell to Arms
Hayden was given a warm reception, a full press conference room calling in to pay their respects to a rider who has gone through a tough couple of years. He went over all of the old ground and answered questions he has faced a million times with the same dignity he has shown throughout his time in MotoGP. Best moment? The championship in 2006, of course, when he captured the dream he had been chasing since he was old enough to know what he wanted to do with his life, become a world champion. The two wins at Laguna Seca, and victory at Assen, when Colin Edwards threw the race away in the final chicane.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the first day of practice at Valencia:
Press releases from the teams and Bridgestone ahead of the final round of MotoGP this weekend at Valencia:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams, Bridgestone and Tissot after qualifying at Sepang:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the first day of practice at Sepang:
Press releases from the teams and Bridgestone after a scintillating Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island:
Aspar finally confirmed their widely-expected switch from Honda to Ducati for the 2016 season, as well as finally confirming their rider line up of Yonny Hernandez and Eugene Laverty. Aspar will run a pair of Ducati Desmosedici GP14.2s for the two riders, with a data engineer and a chassis engineer for each rider. The press release announcing the switch to Ducati is below:
Aspar Team return to Ducati, the factory with which they made their MotoGP debut
Saturday, 17 October 2015 07:52
After six years in the premier class, the Valencia squad join up with the manufacturer with which they began their MotoGP adventure
After being a reference point in the smaller GP categories, and winning a variety of world championships, in 2010 the Aspar Team confirmed they would extend their efforts to become the biggest team in the world championships - setting up a MotoGP squad alongside Ducati. The Valencia-based team enjoyed two great years, picking up vast experience in the elite class with the Borgo Panigale constructor. After six more years racing, the Jorge Martínez ‘Aspar’-led team have picked up a wealth of knowledge and have had lots of success.
Press releases from the teams, Bridgestone and Tissot after qualifying at Phillip Island:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the first day of practice at Phillip Island:
To the surprise of absolutely nobody, in the press conference at Phillip Island, Jack Miller announced that he would be riding for the Marc VDS Estrella Galicia 0,0 team in 2016. It had long been known that Miller would end up at the team, but there was still the question of a few loose ends to tie up. With those tidied up, Miller's home GP was the obvious place to announce his future plans.
The Australian will move to Marc VDS along with his crew chief, Cristian Gabarrini, and the rest of his pit crew. As Miller is contracted to and paid for by HRC, it was a simple matter for them to move the mechanics and engineers from LCR to Marc VDS. Miller will have a standard satellite Honda RC213V next year, the same spec as that of his current teammate, Cal Crutchlow, and new teammate Tito Rabat.
There were one or two obstacles to Miller's move to Marc VDS, not least the broken pre-contract the Australian signed with the team to race in Moto2. Miller was supposed to join Marc VDS in 2014, but Aki Ajo - also Miller's personal manager - persuaded him to stay in Moto3 with the Red Bull KTM team. The legal dispute over that contract is still ongoing, but will be much easier to put to an end now that Miller is with Marc VDS.