Bridgestone issued their usual post-race press release after the Jerez round of MotoGP, explaining their choice of tires for the Spanish race. The race weekend had raised many questions over tire compounds and low grip, such as why the Yamahas could only use the soft rear tire, while the Hondas could also use the hard rear to some extent, and how the hard front had only barely managed to cope with the conditions. Azuma gives a clear explanation of the differences, and of why Bridgestone made the choices they did. The press release appears below:
After Andrea Iannone underwent surgery to relieve problems has been having with arm pump, the Pramac Ducati team issued the following press release, pronouncing the surgery a success:
Positive prognosis for Iannone
At the post-race press conference, as he fielded question after question of his last-corner clash with Marc Marquez, and refused to give an answer, Jorge Lorenzo eventually came out with the slightly exasperated quip: "Now a lot of questions to me, and when I won in Qatar, no questions for me. It's a little bit strange." It is a common occurrence in sporting journalism, and makes clear that while the athletes believe they are involved in a purely sporting endeavor, the media understands that what they are involved is actually show business.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the one-day test at Jerez:
Repsol Honda Team continue momentum in Jerez test
Today the Repsol Honda Team were back on track in Jerez after yesterday's fantastic 1-2 at the GP of Spain.
Ben Spies' long road to recovery from the shoulder injury he suffered at Motegi last year has gotten a little longer. Today, Ducati boss Bernhard Gobmeier told reporters at the Jerez post-race MotoGP test that Spies had been advised to skip the Le Mans round of MotoGP in France, and only return two weeks later at Mugello.
Marc Marquez topped the timesheet at the end of the one-day test at Jerez, the Repsol Honda man setting his fastest time of the weekend as his team solved some of the front-end issues which had been dogging the Spaniard. Marquez' lead was very slim, however: less than a tenth of a second faster than Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow, and a little more than a tenth quicker than Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa. Fourth fastest man was Valentino Rossi, but the Italian was nearly six tenths slower than Marquez.
Test times at 2pm:
We'd been wondering how long it would last. Nobody had started a formal pool yet, but we knew that at some point in the season, Marc Marquez would try something which would generate a mountain of controversy. The question was not if, but when, surely.
It took three races, which is positively restrained measured by the standards of his 2012 Moto2 season. Then, he managed to embroil himself in controversy in the very first race when he ran Thomas Luthi off the track at the end of the straight at the beginning of the final lap.
After the final corner incident between Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo, the media spent the afternoon canvassing opinion from anyone they could find in the paddock, to ask how they felt about the incident. Below is a selection of the responses, split between riders and team staff. Cal Crutchlow, Bradley Smith and Valentino Rossi represent rider opinion, while Herve Poncharal, Livio Suppo and Wilco Zeelenberg speak for the teams.
Cal Crutchlow, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after Sunday's spectacular race at Jerez:
Pedrosa soars to victory as Repsol Honda complete second successive 1-2
Today in the Grand Prix of Spain in front of 111,259 spectators, Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa completed a perfect race to take his first victory of the 2013 season. Teammate Marc Marquez enjoyed a fantastic battle with Jorge Lorenzo, passing him in the final corner to take a thrilling second place.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's races at Jerez:
Vinales wins Moto3 in Jerez to lead championship points after Round 3
KTM rider Maverick Vinales was declared winner of the MotoGP Moto3 Rd. 3 when the race was red flagged after lap 15 depriving second placed Luis Salom of the Red Bull KTM Ajo Factory Team the chance to tackle him for victory in the closing stages.
Race Results and summary for MotoGP:
Race Results and summary for Moto2:
Race Results and summary for Moto3: