Bridgestone Press Release: Shinji Aoki Talks Weather And The New Front Tire At Estoril

Bridgestone issued the following press release after the MotoGP race at Estoril, in which Shinji Aoki discusses how the weather affected tire choice and how the new front tire performed:


Estoril MotoGP™ debrief with Shinji Aoki

Round 3: Portuguese MotoGP™ - Post-race debrief
Circuito do Estoril, Tuesday 8 May 2012

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium. Rear: Medium, Hard (Asymmetric).
Bridgestone wet compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative).

Estoril Post-Race MotoGP Test Canceled Due To Severe Weather Conditions

After three days of improving weather, the rain returned to Estoril with a vengeance, falling heavily all Sunday night and throughout the morning on Monday. Conditions at the circuit were simply too difficult to do any testing at all, and so the MotoGP test scheduled for Monday was officially canceled, sending the teams packing up early, a thankless task in the pouring rain.

2012 Estoril MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

If there's one lesson we can take from Sunday's race at Estoril, it's this: "I've always said we know Casey's the guy that's the fastest guy in the world. Maybe over the seasons he hasn't put the championships together, but by far he's the best guy in the world." Cal Crutchlow is not known for mincing his words, and his description of Casey Stoner pulls no punches. But given the fact that Stoner only managed to win the Portuguese round of MotoGP by a second and a bit, is that not a little exaggerated?

2012 Estoril MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams after Sunday's Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril:


Stoner victory and Pedrosa's 100th podium in Portuguese GP

Casey Stoner takes second consecutive victory of the season in Estoril, with Dani Pedrosa taking 100th podium with third place.

Repsol Media Service Portugal, Estoril Circuit Sunday 06/05/2012

2012 Monza World Superbike Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the rain-stricken races at Monza:


WSBK Monza: Team Italia dominates the Stk1000: Savadori wins, La Marra is third.

It was a team victory for Barni Racing Team Italia: Lorenzo Savadori won the Monza race and now leads the standings. La Marra, in third position, wrapped up the podium of a fantastic race.

2012 Estoril Moto2 and Moto3 Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 team after Sunday's race at Estoril:


Marc Márquez wins with authority and continues in Moto2 lead

Repsol rider takes second win of the year in intense duel and spectacular final lap with Pol Espargaró.

Repsol Media Service Portugal, Estoril Circuit Sunday 06/05/2012

2012 WSBK Monza Weekend Round Up: Pirelli Wets

(Updated below)

Pirelli brought their tyres to Monza, knowing rain was a possibility. The tyres they brought were the best they could make with the science the racing economy can fund. Wet weather tyres need to displace water and allow bikes to grip in the wet and get their power down while allowing them to brake. What they are not designed to do is sustained stretches of immense speed on abrasive dry tarmac. If you watch their video, you get some idea of the punishment Monza gives rubber.

2012 WSBK Monza Race Two Result: A Tricky Day Ends

Riders lined up for a World Superbike race. After two warm up laps ahead of a 17-lap race, most of the riders on the starting grid were gesticulating to officials and the start was delayed as black clouds loomed in the distance.

Pole-sitter Sylvain Guintoli broke down on the subsequent warm up, as did Michel Fabrizio, and with John Hopkins missing through injury incurred on his race-one crash, this meant three riders would miss the start of the reduced 16-lap race.

2012 Estoril MotoGP Race Result: Winner Controls Race From The Front

Result and summary of the MotoGP race at Estoril:

Casey Stoner has taken victory at the Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril, controlling the race from the front to win a comfortable victory, despite pressure from Jorge Lorenzo throughout the race. Stoner's win at Estoril is his second in a row, both of which came at circuits he has never won at before. With the victory, Stoner takes the lead in the championship by a single point from Jorge Lorenzo.

2012 Estoril Moto2 Race Result: Tense Duel Settled In Last Lap Thriller

Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Estoril:

Marc Marquez has taken victory in the first race of the day at Estoril, beating Pol Espargaro in a last-lap battle after Espargaro made a mistake in the chicane. With his win in Portugal, Marquez seizes a 9 point lead in the championship.

2012 WSBK Monza Race One Result

World Superbikes at Monza requires more considerations for safety than other tracks because of the three 300kmh sections. Weather plays a huge factor in safety but conditions in the Superstock 1000 race hinted at a good day of racing.

Unfortunately, that was not to be the case. Rain ended race one after only three laps and got progressively worse forcing cancellation of the restart.

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