IMS Press Release: 2012 Indianapolis Qualifying Press Conference - Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Dovizioso, Espargaro And Cortese Speak
Below is the transcript of the press conference held after qualifying at Indianapolis, featuring MotoGP front row rider Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso and Moto2 and Moto3 polesitters Pol Espargaro and Sandro Cortese:
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Indianapolis:
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class at Indianapolis:
Pol Espargaro has once again taken the top spot during FP3 for the Moto2 class at Indianapolis, completing a clean sweep of free practice at the iconic American track. Espargaro was chased hard by Marc VDS Racing's Scott Redding, though, the young Briton getting to within six hundredths of Espargaro's time. Marc Marquez ended in third, less than a tenth behind Espargaro but unable to challenge the HP Tuenti Kalex rider for the lead. Takaaki Nakagami of the Italtrans squad took the 4th spot, ending just ahead of Redding's teammate Mika Kallio, while Andrea Iannone finished FP3 in 6th.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at Indianapolis:
Pol Espargaro topped the first session of practice for the Moto2 class at Indianpolis, snatching top spot from Marc Marquez right at the very end of the session, Espargaro and Marquez had swapped fastest times for much of FP1, with Espargaro's teammate Tito Rabat taking over a couple of times during the session, but in the end, Espargaro took a clear lead over Marquez, with Andrea Iannone squeezing ahead of Rabat to take 3rd.
Press release previews from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams and Dunlop ahead of this weekend's Indianapolis GP:
The Motorland Aragon circuit is seeking a 15% cut in the cost of organizing the Aragon round of MotoGP. According to the regional newspaper El Periodico de Aragon, the government of the autonomous region of Aragon, who finance the circuit, are in an advanced stage of negotiations with Dorna to cut the sanctioning fee for the event. The cuts were necessary as a result of the dire economic situation in Spain, and the strain that is placing on the budgest of the autonomous regions.
The government of Aragon is scheduled to pay 49.7 million euros for the contract with Dorna for the privilege of organizing the race through 2016. The 15% reduction could save the regional government over 6 million euros over the next five years. Though Dorna has agreed in principle to the cuts, according to El Periodico de Aragon, the current sticking points are the exact percentage of the reduction, and whether the fee will be reduced for the 2012 race, or whether it will only be applied from next season onwards.
IMS Press Release: Enough Things To Do At Indianapolis To Fill Every Waking Second Of Your Weekend There
A press release on all the reasons why you should go to Indy for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP. There's a lot of them:
PLENTY OF ACTION, EXCITEMENT AT RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GP
'The Ultimate Motorcycle Race in America' includes great activities for all riders, fans
INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 - The 2012 Red Bull Indianapolis GP features exciting, 200-mph racing by the world's best riders on exotic, prototype machinery, and there are plenty of other activities geared toward motorcycling enthusiasts during "The Ultimate Motorcycle Race in America" on Aug. 17-19 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
MotoGP superstars Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner will race against American standouts Nicky Hayden, Ben Spies and Colin Edwards aboard 1000cc prototype motorcycles from Ducati, Honda, Yamaha and more on the IMS road course Sunday, Aug. 19, with practice Friday, Aug. 17 and practice and qualifying Saturday, Aug. 18. Exciting competition also will take place in the Moto2 (600cc) and Moto3 (250cc) World Championship classes featuring riders from around the world.
The Repsol Media Service have issued the following press release, containing an interview with Moto2 star and future Repsol Honda MotoGP man Marc Marquez. In the interview, Marquez talks about his Moto2 season so far, how the announcement of his move to MotoGP next season has affected him, and who his biggest rival is for the remainder of the season. Read the interview below, or watch the video:
"I know that right now I have to be focused on Moto2"
Approaching the second half of an important final year in Moto2, Marc Márquez reviews his performances in the opening nine races of 2012.
At the midway stage of the season in Moto2, Marc Márquez is one of the favourites for the 2012 title. The Repsol rider is satisfied with how things have gone so far and is excited about the chance to make his move up to MotoGP with the Repsol Honda Team next season as World Champion.
With half the World Championship gone, you lead the standings and have a 34 point advantage. You’ve won 4 races and have 3 more podiums, plus you are signed to the Repsol Honda Team in MotoGP for next season. Could you ask for any more?
Marc Marquez has completed three days of testing at the Portuguese circuit of Portimao. The Spaniard was riding there alongside Thomas Luthi, where the two Moto2 rivals were testing the latest chassis updates from Suter. No times were made available, but the Repsol Media Service issued the following press release and video after the test:
Andrea Iannone started the 2012 season being as fast as he was in the first two seasons of Moto2, but the Italian rider was also close to disaster too often and was left with no chances of winning the title against Toni Elías in 2010 or Stefan Bradl in 2011.
Despite unpromising results in the past, the flying Italian is showing a different attitude in 2012. Different enough to be finishing every race this current season until the last Grand Prix in Germany, where the Speed Up rider crashed but rejoined the race to finish 17th with no points.
Back in 2010, Iannone’s superlative first victory on the Speed UP at Mugello even cast the shadow of cheating over his Speed Up bike, but telemetry data clearly showed then that Iannone was in fact impressively faster in corner speed than the rest.
After a nightmare season in 2011 riding a Suter, Iannone was back on the Speed Up for 2012, and part of his success may be found in his growing riding control on the limit, but also in getting better at calculating a racing strategy and the help of a bike he looks very comfortable racing on. Coming to Mugello, it was to be expected to see Iannone in front.
Great tracks produce great racing, even in the MotoGP class, where the combination of fuel limits, extremely advanced electronics and stiff Bridgestone tires mean that the way to win races is by being absolutely inch-perfect on every lap. And Mugello is a great track, there is no doubt of that, despite the fact that the usual Mugello atmosphere had been muted by a combination of a dismal Italian economy and sky-high ticket prices at the circuit, the only way for the circuit to recoup some of the sanctioning fee it must pay Dorna to run the race. The hillsides were very sparsely populated, perhaps in part a result of the total Spanish domination of qualifying, putting three Spaniards on the front row in MotoGP, and another two on the Moto3 and Moto2 poles as well.
The Italian fans that stayed away missed not only some great races, but also some sterling performances from local Italian riders. There were Italians on the podium in all three classes, even one Italian winner, Andrea Iannone winning the Moto2 race. The people sitting at home who had intended to fill those empty grandstands may well have regretted not going.
Press releases after Sunday's races from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams:
The rider lineup in Moto2 continues to be fluid. Immediately after the Mugello Moto2 race, the Mapfre Aspar team issued a press release, announcing that Toni Elias would be leaving the team with immediate effect. The parting was agreed by mutual consent, the Aspar team disappointed with the results they have achieved with the 2010 Moto2 World Champion, while Elias has struggled to get to grips with the Suter chassis since he returned to Moto2 at the start of the year. A switch of chassis was not an option, so Elias and the team decided to separate.
There is as yet no official announcement of a replacement, though it is expected to be Jordi Torres, who raced for Aspar last year several times. As for Elias, it is uncertain where the Spaniard will land, though given the current rider churn in Moto2, it seems certain that space will open up somewhere soon.