Bridgestone Press Release: Shinji Aoki Talks Dusty Track And Tire Wear

Bridgestone issued their customary post-race debrief press release after Qatar today, and in this edition, Shinji Aoki discusses how the exceptionally dusty conditions in the desert affected tire wear. He also touches on tire choices, and how a year of data with the tires has made it easier for the teams to find a set up which will last. The press release appears below:

Qatar MotoGP™ debrief with Shinji Aoki

Wednesday 10 April 2012

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft & Hard; Rear: Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)

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Guest Blog: Mat Oxley: There’s no doubt: Rossi is a contender 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.

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Dorna Press Release: Thrilling Season Opener Sends TV Audience Figures Through The Roof

The 2013 MotoGP season opener can be reckoned a success. Today, Dorna issued a press release reporting a massive rise in TV viewing numbers. Some key figures: Spain saw a rise of 44.6% compared with last year, in Italy, 5.28 million viewers watched the races, while in the UK, audience numbers were up by 75%, due in no small part to the success of Cal Crutchlow.

Below is the press release from Dorna with more detail on TV audience numbers:

MotoGP™ draws vast audiences after Qatar thriller

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2013 Qatar MotoGP Sunday Round Up: The Day MotoGP Changed - Or Started To

What was the big story of the MotoGP season opener in Qatar? It's obvious: The Doctor is back. After a failed pass on Andrea Dovizioso, in which he ran wide and hit his brake lever protector on the back of Dani Pedrosa's rear tire - "The protection saved me, because for sure I crash [without it]" he said afterwards - he upped the pace and chased down the group containing Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez and Cal Crutchlow, passed them all, and after a thrilling battle with Marquez, went on to take second place in his first race back with Yamaha.

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2013 Qatar MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after Sunday's race at Qatar:

Double Delight as Yamaha Dominate in Qatar

Losail (Qatar), 7th April 2013

Reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo kicked off the defence of his title tonight in the best possible way, delivering a flawless ride under the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit to take a perfect victory in the Grand Prix of Qatar.

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2013 Qatar Moto2 and Moto3 Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams:

All KTM sweep of opening Moto3 GP in Qatar

Red Bull KTM Ajo factory rider Luis Salom of Spain rode a masterly last two laps to break away from a hard fought pack of five KTM-driven Moto3 bikes to steal victory in the opening GP of the season fought under lights on the Losail Circuit in in Qatar.

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2013 Qatar MotoGP Race Result: Dominant Victory Ahead of Breathtaking Battle For Podium

Results and summary of a gripping MotoGP race at Qatar:

Jorge Lorenzo has got the defense of his 2012 MotoGP World Title off to the best possible start, winning the 2013 season opener in dominant fashion. But the Qatar race will be remembered most of all for the battle for the podium, which saw a battle between a resurgent Valentino Rossi and the young upstart Marc Marquez.

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2013 Qatar Moto2 Race Result: Close Dice Decided On Final Lap

Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Qatar:

Pol Espargaro has confirmed his status as the favorite for the 2013 Moto2 title by winning the first race of the season. But the effort he had to put in to hold Scott Redding off throughout the race suggests that Espargaro does become champion, he will have to work very hard for it.

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2013 Qatar MotoGP Warm Up Result: Crutchlow Leads Tight Top Seven

Warm up notes: The top seven are very close, within four tenths of a second. Places 2-7 are within a quarter of a second. Andrea Dovizioso's Ducati started throwing out smoke halfway through the session, a Ducati spokesperson said they believe the cause was an oil overflow, rather than anything serious, but are checking the situation now.


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2013 Qatar MotoGP Saturday Round Up: Starting Like A Champion, And Qualifying Strategy

If you have aspirations of winning the championship, the first qualifying session of the year is your first chance to stake your claim. Qualifying is the moment you stake your claim, show everyone what you have, and what they are up against. The rest of the year, pole position is nice, but the most important thing is to be on the front row, and get a good start. But at the first qualifying session of the year for the first race of the year, you need to send your opponents a message: This is what you are up against. This is what you face if you wish to beat me.

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Yamaha Confirm Engine Lease Deal, Package Could Include Chassis

Yamaha has today confirmed that they are prepared to lease engines to private teams to run under the new MotoGP rules to come into effect from 2014. The Japanese factory has agreed a deal with series owner Dorna, with Yamaha agreeing to supply private teams with leased engines on a per-year basis. The agreement is for three seasons, from 2014 through 2016.

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2013 Qatar MotoGP Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after qualifying for the race at Qatar:

Lorenzo Conquers New Qualifying Format for Stunning Pole in Qatar

Losail (Qatar), 6th April 2013

Reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo became the first MotoGP rider to take pole position under the new qualifying format tonight at the Losail International Circuit for tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Qatar. The new quick-fire format allowing just 15 minutes for the riders to deliver their best lap proved an intense session.

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