As is their custom, the industrious Indianapolis Motor Speedway press office organized a teleconference with Marc Marquez ahead of this weekend's Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP race. As all these occasions were, it was highly informative and wide ranging, with Marquez being asked about a host of different subjects.
The news that Cal Crutchlow has signed a two-year deal with Ducati led to howls of despair from MotoGP fans, especially among those in the UK. Why, they asked, would Crutchlow willingly leave the Tech 3 Yamaha team and the as-near-factory-as-possible M1 to take on the miserable task of taming the Ducati? Why throw away another year on a bike which he knows he can score podiums, and perhaps even wins on, in exchange for riding a bike which has been a proven failure since Casey Stoner last climbed off it and headed next door to the Repsol Honda garage?
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway issued the following press release after the one-day test held by American wild cards James Rispoli and Blake Young ahead of next weekend's Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix:
AMERICAN RIDERS YOUNG, RISPOLI PREPARE FOR RBIGP DURING IMS TEST
INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 - Young American riders Blake Young and James Rispoli prepared for the spotlight on the world's biggest motorcycle stage - the MotoGP World Championship - by testing Friday, Aug. 9 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
It had been widely rumored that Yamaha would have some important updates to test at their private test being held yesterday and today at Brno. The biggest expected update to be tested was a seamless gearbox, but though Yamaha Racing Managing Director Lin Jarvis had hinted they might be testing the new gearbox, it was far from certain. As the test at Brno was a private one, no media were invited who would be able to verify whether the seamless gearbox was being tested or not.
Suzuki, which was also at Motegi along with Honda and Casey Stoner, today issued a press release summarizing the results of their testing at Motegi, where Randy De Puniet was testing two chassis revisions on their MotoGP machine, posting a fastest lap of 1'48:60 in the process. The press release appears below:
SUZUKI MOTOGP TEAM COMPLETES MOTEGI TEST
Team Suzuki Press Office - August 7.
The Suzuki MotoGP Test Team completed a successful two-day test at the Twin Ring Motegi today after being hampered by poor weather conditions yesterday.
HRC issued another press release, after the second day of testing with Casey Stoner at Motegi. On Wednesday, Stoner spent most of the day riding the 2014 version of Honda's RC213V MotoGP machine. He reiterated his assertion that he will not race this year as a wild card. Photos from the test are available on the Repsol Media website. The press release appears below:
Stoner completes full test day as weather improves in Motegi
With the 2013 MotoGP season at its halfway mark, now is a good time to take a look back and examine the engine usage for the teams and riders. In 2012, with the engine durability regulations in their third full season, the factories appeared to have the situation pretty much under control. The only excitement arose when something unexpected happened, such as Jorge Lorenzo have an engine lunch itself after he was taken out by Alvaro Bautista at Assen last year.
Below is the official press release from the Repsol Honda Team after the first rain-limited day of testing for Casey Stoner. The weather forecast for Motegi on Wednesday is better, meaning that Stoner should be able to do more laps than on Tuesday. Official photos from the test can be found here: http://repsolmedia.com/en/photo-archive-2013/item/21714-test-motogp-japon
Weather impedes Stoner's return on MotoGP machine
With MotoGP's summer break halfway done, testing resumes later this week for some of the top names in the sport. Current and former champions take to the track at Brno and Motegi, with Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki all testing a range of material.
After the Yamaha press release follows the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team press release, announcing that Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith will be teammates for 2014:
Smith and Espargaro form young and talented Monster Yamaha Tech 3 line-up for 2014
The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team is delighted to confirm that Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro will form a young and exciting line-up for the French-based squad in the 2014 MotoGP World Championship.