The Philip Morris-sponsored Wrooom event is not just the event at which Ducati launches its MotoGP season, it has become the de facto kick off to the MotoGP season as a whole. With an important section of the international media present, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta inevitably seizes the opportunity to talk to the press about his view of the season ahead, and where necessary, of the future beyond that.
After Ben Spies' Ignite Pramac Ducati was revealed earlier today, in the afternoon, it was the turn of the other side of the Pramac Ducati garage to unveil the bike. The Pramac press office (and not the Ducati press office, as was the case for Spies) issued the following press release and photos of Andrea Iannone's Energy T.I. Pramac Ducati:
PRAMAC RACING AND ANDREA IANNONE JOIN FORCES WITH ENERGY T.I. GAS & POWER IN MOTOGP 2013.
Pramac Racing and Andrea Iannone join forces with Energy T.I. gas & power in MotoGP 2013.
On the final day of formal activities for Ducati's MotoGP team at the Italian ski resort of Madonna di Campiglio, it was the turn of the head of Ducati Corse, Bernhard Gobmeier to take the stage. Ducati issued the following press release, in which Gobmeier lays out some of Ducati's strategy for 2013 and beyond, after he had spoken to the media:
High-altitude launch for Ducati Team at Madonna di Campiglio
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In a sign of the new closeness between the Pramac team and Ducati, the Ducati press office issued the following press release, unveiling Ben Spies' new Desmosedici livery, and the new title sponsor Ignite Asset Management, a US-based financial asset management firm. The sponsorship is said to be worth 1 million euros a season, according to Speedweek.de:
Ben Spies’ Ignite Pramac Racing Team Ducati Desmosedici GP13 unveiled at Wrooom
The first step on a long road. That's how you might characterize the second day of Ducati's preseason launch event at Madonna di Campiglio in Italy. Especially when seen from a distance, the result of only a select group of journalists being invited to attend the launch, and our names not being among them.
Ducati unveiled the 2013 Desmosedici GP13 MotoGP machines this evening. Here are the photos of the new livery, for the factory Ducatis of Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso, and the Team Pramac junior team of Ben Spies and Andrea Iannone. Photos courtesy of Ducati Corse.
The Ducati Team press office issued the following press release after the second day of Ducati's Wrooom team launch event at the Italian ski resort of Madonna di Campiglio:
Day two of Wrooom dedicated to Dovizioso and Hayden
The FIM today issued a press release confirming the news that the Indian round of World Superbikes has been moved to November 17th, as we reported earlier today. Below is the official press release:
FIM Superbike, Supersport World Championships & FIM Superstock 1000cc Cup
2013 Provisional calendar, updated 15 January (Change in bold)
The confusion surrounding the Indian round of World Superbikes looks close to being resolved. According to reports on the ever well-informed GPOne.com, the race at the Buddh International Circuit is to be rescheduled from 10th of March to the 17th of November, moving it from being the second race of the season to being the season finale.
The Ducati MotoGP team has gathered at the Italian ski resort of Madonna di Campiglio for the traditional 2013 season kickoff. Today, Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden arrived, and will be joined by Ben Spies and Andrea Iannone of the Pramac Ducati Junior team on Tuesday. Below is the press release from the first day, and some photos, courtesy of Ducati Corse:
Dovizioso and Hayden in the spotlights for Wrooom 2013
Now that it has the World Superbike series under its control, Dorna is turning its attention to the question of costs. It was an issue which, WSBK insiders claim, the Flammini brothers and Infront spent too little time on, preferring to focus on trying to compete with MotoGP instead. The series' critics charge that this obsession caused WSBK to allow bikes into the series which were more like MotoGP prototypes than production road bikes.
HRC today announced that Spanish alcohol-free beer brand Estrella Galicia 0,0 is to step up to sponsor the Repsol Honda MotoGP team. The beer brand has been a long-time backer of Marc Marquez, and moving up to the premier class with the Spanish youngster is a logical extension of their sponsorship package. The brand will feature on the leathers of both Marquez and his teammate Dani Pedrosa.
Below is the official press release issued by HRC:
Estrella Galicia 0,0 joins the pinnacle of World Motorcycle Racing with Honda Racing Corporation
One of the greatest fears which World Superbike fans expressed when it was announced last year that control of WSBK would fall under the responsibility of Dorna was that WSBK would either be killed off as a series, or absorbed into MotoGP as a glorified support class. The continued existence of two motorcycle road racing world championship seemed in serious doubt; in dire economic times, one of the two must give. And with Dorna having invested so much in making MotoGP the dominant championship, WSBK fans feared, it would be World Superbikes that suffers.
MotoGP launch season is upon us, and as always, the fun starts with Ducati's traditional Wrooom event at the Italian ski resort of Madonna di Campiglio, in the Italian Dolomite mountains. On Monday, 14th January, Factory Ducati riders Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso open the proceedings, while the team management will speak to the press on Wednesday.