Bridgestone Press Release: Shinji Aoki Talks Mugello Tires

Bridgestone's traditional post-race press release after Mugello, touching on the subject of tire choice at the Italian track:

Mugello MotoGP™ debrief with Shinji Aoki

Thursday 19 July 2012

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium, Hard. Rear: Medium, Hard* (Asymmetric)

Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Hard (Main), Soft (Alternative)

* The hard compound rear slick tyre was available in both regular and special constructions at Mugello this weekend.

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2012 Brno World Superbike FP1 Result: Giugliano Leads Ducati Duo

Davide Giugliano has snatched the fastest time in the first session of free practice for the World Superbike class at Brno. The Althea Ducati rider led a late charge to take over from Max Biaggi, who had in turn deposed Tom Sykes, the Kawasaki rider having led for a large part of the session. Jakub Smrz of the troubled Liberty Ducati squad ended the session in 2nd, at his home race of the season, while Eugene Laverty just edged his factory Aprilia teammate Max Biaggi.

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2012 Brno World Supersport FP1 Results: Lowes Fastest In The Morning


World Supersport at Brno started with Fabien Foret putting in a fast time that stood for almost twenty minutes of the session, until Sam Lowes took his usual free practice spot at the top, followed by fellow Honda riders Broc Parkes and Jules Cluzel. Last weekend's entertainment, Kenan Sofuoglu, was fifth fastest.


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WSBK News: Sylvain Guintoli Terminates Liberty Racing Contract Amidst Effenbert Woes

According to Sylvain Guintoli, he no longer has a contract to ride for Liberty Racing CZ. Coupled with rumours of Effenbert not having any hospitality at their home round in Brno, this paints an unhappy picture of the team. Guintoli released the following statement on Twitter:

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2012 Mugello Moto2 Race Report: Local Hero Andrea Iannone Beats Espargaró And Luthi At Mugello

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.

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2012 Mugello Moto3 Race Report: Viñales' Winning Strategy Was His Own Sheer Speed

After Sandro Cortese had won the Moto3 race in Germany the week before, it was logical to expect more of the same from the championship leader at the ultra fast racetrack of Mugello. Even more so if you believe the not yet fully proven myth of KTM's supersonic engines, as they have appeared to be at some tracks this in this first season of Moto3.

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Filippo Prezioso Talks After Monday's Test: On Ducati Changes, And The Influence Of Audi

After the test on Monday, Ducati Corse boss Filippo Preziosi spoke to reporters about the new parts and new engine which Valentino Rossi had been testing during the day. The test on the new bike came to a premature end, when an electronics failure caused Rossi to crash in Correntaio early in the afternoon. The failure was related to an electronics component failing, though it is not clear exactly what happened.

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2012 Mugello MotoGP Post-Race Test Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the test at Mugello:

Crutchlow and Dovizioso complete successful Mugello test

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team riders Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso completed a positive test session at the Mugello circuit in Italy today.

Hot and humid conditions enabled Crutchlow and Dovizioso to focus on a range of set-up options with their YZR-M1 machinery and both were able to post competitive times inside the top six.

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2012 Mugello MotoGP Test Times: Lorenzo Leads Hondas

Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest man of the day at the post-race test at Mugello, continuing where he left off on Sunday. Lorenzo ended just ahead of the Repsol Hondas of Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner, both men having set their fastest time on the 2012 version of the RC213V, rather than the new version which Honda had brought. Pedrosa only managed three laps on the new bike before a gearchange mistake caused him to crash in the final corner, putting an end to further testing on the bike.

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BMW pass the WSBK torch to BMW Motorrad Italia

BMW Motorrad have announced they will not be running the factory World Superbike team next year, deciding to allow BMW Motorrad Italia (currently the BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet team) to run it on their behalf. The engines will be prepared in Munich, along with the electronics, while the chassis will be handled by the Milanese outfit.

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2012 Mugello MotoGP Test Update: Times At Noon, And Who Is Testing What

Testing has been underway now for a couple of hours at Mugello, with 16 riders from the MotoGP class staying on at the Italian track. Busiest factory will be Honda, with HRC having brought both a brand new bike - a version of the RC213V originally planned to be raced during the 2013 season, but brought forward to see if it provides a cure for the problems Honda is encountering with the new Bridgestone tires - as well as a new spec engine, aimed at improving rideability. They will also be working on one or two solutions to the chatter they have with the current bike.

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2012 Mugello MotoGP Sunday Round Up: On Great Race Tracks, Great Racers, Ducati, And Spies

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.

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2012 Mugello MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams, Bridgestone and other circuits after today's Italian Grand Prix at Mugello:


The MotoGP class got out on the track today for the ninth race of the 2012 season, for the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM.

Pasini managed to improve notably his lap time during the warm up session of the morning, setting the time of 1’50.136, turning into the second fastest CRT on track.

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