With the engine allocation rules now in their third season, the factories have the system down to a tee. So much so that even though Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies have both lost an engine due to a blow up, both men should make it easily to the end of the season, needing only to shuffle their engines slightly more often than normal. The fact that Casey Stoner made it to the end of the 2011 season having used just 5 of the 6 engines allowed show just how well the current factories have the situation in hand.
MotoMatters.com is delighted to feature the work of iconic MotoGP writer Mat Oxley. Oxley is a former racer, TT winner and highly respected author of biographies of world champions Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, and currently writes for Motor Sport Magazine, where he is MotoGP correspondent. We will be featuring sections of Oxley's blogs, posted in full on the Motor Sport Magazine website, over the coming months.
The use of performance-enhancing (or in the case of Anthony Gobert, performance-reducing) drugs in motorcycle racing is an interesting subject. There have been very few racers who have been caught for using doping of one kind of another - Noriyuki Haga being the most high-profile example, banned for the use of ephedrine - but the FIM continue to police the issue very strictly, even organizing a special educational briefing session for all of the riders in the MotoGP paddock in 2011.
Press releases from the WSBK and WSS teams, as well as the organizers, after the German round of WSBK at the Nurburgring:
Cluzel takes superb second in Germany
ON his first visit to the Nurburgring in Germany for the 11th round of the World Supersport Championship, PTR Honda's Jules Cluzel took a hard-fought second place after being in contention for the win from start to finish.
The Nürburgring gave us an exciting weekend of surprises, twists and turns. Hopes were raised then dashed. Dreams were broken and made true. The championship looked to be going in one direction then another.
Chaz Davies, who is currently mining a rich seam of World Superbike form on his ParkInGo Aprilia, has just been confirmed as Marco Melandri's team mate in the 2013 season. The second BMW Motorrad Italia seat was originally rumoured to have been going to Ben Spies, who allegedly went as far as signing a letter of intent, and then to current BMW rider Leon Haslam. With BMW announcing Chaz Davies, those rumours can be put to rest.
BMW Motorrad confirms Chaz Davies for the 2013 season.
With as many thrills and spills as race one, the second race brought an unexpected finish and championship consequences.
In a race that would be vital for the championship, a fast pace was set by the race leader, ensuring that there would be few overtakes in the earlier stages, and that the fast men left the slow far behind.
Race one was held on a dry, warm and windy track with quite a few DNFs due to front end crashes.
The race was won by Max Biaggi ahead of the Aprilias of Eugene Laverty and Chaz Davies. Tom Sykes, who led at a blistering pace for most of the race, had what looked like it could have been an electronics issue, finished in fourth place after slowing a second a lap. Leon Camier in fifth started from the back of the grid, due to an issue that made him enter the warm-up lap from the pits.
The Nürburgring in Germany is an iconic location. The famous 13-mile Nordschleife attached to the GP track is a mecca for motorsports fanatics wanting to test their bravery and car factories wanting to test their latest models. The GP-Strecke is the GP track that the Superbikes race at. It was completed in 1984 and is used for Formula 1, DTM, World Superbikes and others. It was built on the site of the old Sudschleife, the south ring to the Nordschleife's north ring, and connects to the larger track at the tight Coca Cola curve that leads on to the start/finish straight.
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after Saturday's qualifying sessions at the Nurburgring in Germany:
Rea happy with fifth in Germany
Jonathan Rea will start tomorrow’s two 12th round World Superbike championship races from the second row of the grid after setting the fifth fastest time in the Superpole qualifying session this afternoon at the Nurburgring in Germany.
The chances of a MotoGP round taking place in Austin, Texas seem further away than ever. Yesterday, Kevin Schwantz filed suit against the Circuit of the Americas (COTA), claiming an attempt to fraudulently deprive the 1993 500cc World Champion of the rights to organize the MotoGP race to be organized at the circuit outside of Austin, Texas. In the lawsuit, Schwantz accuses COTA of going behind his back to arrange a deal directly with Dorna to organize the Austin round of MotoGP, while Schwantz' company, 3fourTexasMGP, has a ten-year contract to organize the race.
The front row of the World Supersport race was separated by under a third of a second.
Jules Cluzel grabbed his fifth pole position of the year, nine thousandths of a second ahead of fellow PTR Honda rider Sam Lowes. Broc Parkes on the Ten Kate Honda was a couple of hundredths behind while Kenan Sofuoglu's Kawasaki was a positively glacial three tenths further back. Fabien Foret heads the front of the second row.
Every pole position this season has been held by one of the four men on the front row, yet only three of them are in real contention for the title.
Germany gave us a dry superpole, with three sessions whittling down the top sixteen to their final grid positions.
In Superpole One, Salom crashed on the last corner of his out lap, guaranteeing him 16th place and spreading litter over the final corner. This caused a red flag to allow the track crew to clear the debris. After the restart, Nicolo Canepa didn't leave his pit and was automatically relegated to 15th. Chaz Davies put in the fastest time, a 1'54.609 on a qualifier, ahead of Loris Baz and Marco Melandri.