The Althea team have terminated their association with Ducati. After prolonged negotiations between Althea team boss Genesio Belvilacqua and Ducati Corse, in which the two could not reach an agreement on several key areas, Belvilacqua has decided to end their collaboration, and look for another manufacturer to work with.
Below is the press release issued by the CPPIB on their acquisition of a 39% stake in Dorna, reproduced with kind permission:
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to Acquire Interest in Dorna Sports S.L.
Bridgepoint Capital, the private equity firm which owns Dorna and Infront Sports and Media, has sold a 39% stake in Dorna to a Canadian pension fund, Canadian media are reporting. According to a report from Reuters, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board reportedly paid 400 million euros for the 39% stake in Dorna, and will join Bridgepoint and Dorna's management - in the figure of Carmelo Ezpeleta - in running the company.
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.
The Fixi Crescent Suzuki press office issued the following press release, containing a blog entry from Leon Camier, talking about his first year with the Suzuki team in World Superbikes:
LEON CAMIER BLOG
Team Suzuki Press Office - October 22
FIXI Crescent Suzuki's Leon Camier reflects on his first season aboard the GSX-R1000, which has seen all the hard work by the team pay dividends in terms of direction and machine development.
Though the final day of testing at Aragon for the World Superbike teams took place under sunny skies, an oil spill and a strong headwind down the back straight made improving times difficult. The test ended with Tom Sykes as fastest, finishing ahead of 2012 World Champion Max Biaggi by two tenths of a second. Leon Camier set the third fastest time on the Fixi Crescent Suzuki, though matched by Biaggi's Aprilia teammate Eugene Laverty.
World Superbike is to see pit stops introduced from 2013 onwards during wet races. Races affected by changing conditions - either rain falling during a dry race or a track drying out after rainfall - will no longer be stopped, except for 'extraordinary conditions', or conditions which affect rider safety. Instead of stopping the race and restarting with either wet or dry tires, riders will now be allowed to come in to the pits, where the the team will be allowed to change tires and, if necessary, suspension settings.
The second day of testing for the small band of World Superbike riders gathered together at the Motorland Aragon circuit took place under near ideal conditions, the winds that plagued the first day having dropped overnight. The results are almost a rerun of the 2012 season, with Tom Sykes on the Kawasaki at the top of the timesheets, and 2012 World Champion Max Biaggi shortly behind on the Aprilia. The times are fast: Sykes is a second quicker than he was on Monday, while Biaggi is nine tenths faster than the previous day.
With the 2012 World Superbike championship in the bag, preparations are already underway for next season. A significant part of the 2013 WSBK grid is at Aragon and testing ahead of next year, with some interesting developments apparent at the Spanish track.
The repercussions of Bridgepoint's decision to hand control of the World Superbike series to Dorna are just starting to become clear, as each of the protagonists get to explain their side of the story. After Paolo Flammini spoke to the media at the final World Superbike round of the year at Magny-Cours, at Motegi, it was the turn of Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta to face the press.