Press releases from the MotoGP teams and the single tire supplier after the first day of practice for the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island:
Lorenzo Battles Windy Conditions at Phillip Island
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at Phillip Island:
Viñales returns with good pace
Maverick takes third best time in first practices in Australia. Rins, Oliveira and Márquez debut at Phillip Island with fifteenth, seventeenth and twenty-third place, respectively.
Toni Elias will be back in Moto2 in 2013. The 2010 Moto2 champion signed a contract to race for the Blusens Avintia team next season, and will contest the championship on board a Kalex chassis.
Pol Espargaro has made clear his intention not to give up on the 2012 Moto2 title without a fight, the HP Pons Tuenti rider dominating the second session of free practice for the class at Phillip Island just as he had the first. Espargaro ended FP2 over nine tenths faster than than 2nd place man Tom Luthi, in a session that was prematurely cut short by rain with under 20 minutes to go. Ant West has finally found his feet after his podium at Sepang, the Australian taking 3rd spot just behind Luthi, and the last man to get within a second of Espargaro.
Casey Stoner has dominated the first day of practice at Phillip Island. After leading FP1 by nine tenths of a second, the Repsol Honda man dished up more of the same in the afternoon, ending the session just under nine tenths ahead of his teammate Dani Pedrosa. Stoner's pace was unrelenting, regularly lapping in the 1'30s, just dipping into the 1'29s towards the end of the session, already under the race lap record set by Nicky Hayden back in 2008.
Jonas Folger has topped the second session of free practice for the Moto3 class at Phillip Island, taking over from Sandro Cortese at the very end of the session. The Mapfre Aspar rider went just under a quarter of a second quicker than Cortese on his very last flying lap on Friday afternoon. Maverick Viñales grabbed 3rd behind Cortese, the Spaniard very close to the German's time, ending just five hundredths behind Cortese. Danny Kent took 4th, the Red Bull KTM man the last rider to get within a second of Folger's time, but still half a second slower than Viñales.
Pol Espargaro ended the first session of free practice for the Moto2 class dominating the timesheets, the HP Pons Tuenti rider lapping over half a second quicker than Scott Redding in 2nd. Thomas Luthi provided the filling in a Marc VDS sandwich in 3rd, the Interwetten man fractionally slower than Redding and under a tenth quicker than Redding's teammate Mika Kallio in 4th, while Mike di Meglio had his best session since switching to the Kiefer Racing team, grabbing 5th spot. Ant West secured 6th, buoyed no doubt by his 2nd place finish at Sepang.
Casey Stoner has started his last ever MotoGP race weekend at his home Phillip Island track in convincing style, leading the first session of free practice at the iconic Australian track by nine tenths of a second. The Australian was fast from the off, taking charge from the opening minutes and setting a pace that none could follow. Jorge Lorenzo came closest, the Factory Yamaha man the only rider to lap within a second of Stoner's scintillating pace, and a quarter of a second faster than his rival for the 2012 MotoGP title Dani Pedrosa.
Sandro Cortese got his first session of free practice as Moto3 World Champion off to a strong start, ending a dry but windy practice on Friday morning on top of the timesheets. The German had a comfortable lead over his Red Bull KTM teammate, Cortese faster than Danny Kent by over four tenths of a second. Mapfre Aspar's Jonas Folger took 3rd, finishing ahead of Maverick Viñales, the FTR Honda rider over 1.1 seconds behind Cortese in 4th.
This weekend's Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island is going to be a very Australian affair, more so than most other years. For one obvious reason: this is the last chance to see Casey Stoner race a Grand Prix motorcycle at the iconic venue before he hangs up his helmet and retires from MotoGP. Record crowds are expected, and local media coverage is expanded as everyone gathers to say goodbye to the latest in a long and honorable line of Australian Grand Prix champions who have left an indelible mark on motorcycle racing.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and the single tire supplier ahead of this weekend's Australian MotoGP round at Phillip Island:
Dramatic MotoGP season continues in Phillip Island
Press releases from some of the Moto2 and Moto3 teams ahead of this weekend's Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island:
AUSTRALIA PROVIDES EXCITING EPILOGUE TO ASIAN ADVENTURE
MAPFRE Aspar riders head to Phillip Island looking to make up for Sepang setback
Ben Spies is set to miss the remainder of the 2012 MotoGP season. The damage done to Spies' shoulder in the highside he suffered at Sepang was worse than expected, and required much more repair work than was at first anticipated. Spies damaged the ligaments in the anatomical structure which connects the collarbone to the scapula (or shoulder blade), requiring more extensive repairs, including adding tissue to strengthen the ligaments that were torn.