2012 Portimao WSBK FP1: Sykes Sets The Pace

Tom Sykes set an early target for the rest of the pack to reach, with Three BMWs and the Suzuki of Leon Camier eventually getting to within two-tenths of a second. It looks like another Tissot is on the cards for the Kawasaki man, with the championship leader Marco Melandri getting on terms with the track early.


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2013 MotoGP Provisional Calendar Leaked: 3 US Rounds, 4 Spanish Rounds, 2 Italian Rounds, And Late March Start

The provisional MotoGP calendar has taken a little longer than normal to appear. An initial calendar had been expected at Brno in late August, but no calendar was forthcoming at the Czech Grand Prix. The next rumored date for the calendar to be released was the weekend of the Misano round of MotoGP, but once the paddock assembled at Misano, it became apparent it would emerge a few days later - MotoMatters.com was told by an IRTA representative that the calendar would be announced on Tuesday or Wednesday this week.

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Press Release: Yamaha Launches MotoGP Challenge

Yamaha issued the following press release, announcing the start of the MotoGP Challenge, a chance to win Yamaha bikes in the special red and white 50th anniversary livery used by Yamaha in 2011:

Lorenzo and Spies Team Up with Yamaha Motor Europe for The MotoGP Challenge

Gerno di Lesmo (Italy), 19th September 2012

Yamaha Factory Racing stars Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies have teamed up with Yamaha Motor Europe to give you the chance to win in their MotoGP Challenge.

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Bridgestone Press Release: Masao Azuma Discusses Tricky Track Conditions At Misano

Bridgestone issued its customary post-race press release debrief after Misano, in which Bridgestone's chief engineer Masao Azuma discusses how the weather affected the condition of the track and tire choice at Misano:

Misano MotoGP™ debrief with Masao Azuma

Wednesday 19 September 2012
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium, Hard. Rear: Medium, Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Hard (Main), Soft (Alternative)

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Filippo Preziosi Interview: On Ducati's Four Riders For 2013, Future Developments, And The Spec ECU

Ducati Corse director and Ducati's engineering guru Filippo Preziosi was a busy man at Misano. Besides overseeing the race weekend at the circuit and preparing for the test on Monday, Preziosi spent a lot of time talking to a number of journalists. MotoMatters.com was one of the lucky few who were offered ten minutes with Preziosi, and so we jumped at the chance. In the interview, Preziosi covered a number of topics: the Ducati junior team strategy, Ducati's four riders for 2013, the current and expected developments for next season were all among the subjects discussed.

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Abraham's Cardion AB Team Reject Blame For Pedrosa Start Fiasco

After the chaos at the start of Sunday's MotoGP race at Misano, it was inevitable that the hunt would be opened for someone to pin the blame on. With so much at stake, especially for Dani Pedrosa and the Repsol Honda team, the finger of blame was bound to get pointed at everyone.

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Aspar Press Release: Nico Terol Signs Two-Year Deal With Aspar For Moto2

Current Mapfre Aspar Moto2 rider and the last ever 125cc champion Nico Terol has signed a new two-year deal to stay with the Aspar team and continue to race in Moto2. The team issued the following press release after the signing:


Reward for Spanish rider's rapid adaptation to Moto2 and mutual esteem between the two parties

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2012 Misano Moto2 Race Report: Márquez’s Non-Stop Journey To The 2012 Moto2 World Title

The first Moto2 round held at Misano under its new name, the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, left us a clear idea of Marc Marquez’s intentions to become world champion by the end of this season, before he will join one of the toughest groups of riders ever in the MotoGP class in 2013.

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2012 Misano Post-Race Test: Rossi And Hayden Happy With Progress On New Chassis

Ducati completed an extra day of testing at Misano on Monday, with both Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden turning laps on a range of new material brought to the track after Sunday's race at the Italian circuit, while Ducati test rider Franco Battaini worked on developments for the electronics systems of the Desmosedici. The test was judged to be very positive, according to the press release issued after the test, and for once, there was probably more truth than PR spin in that statement.

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2012 Misano MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Pedrosa's Foul Up, And Ducati's Improving Performance

That was a chaotic weekend. Two-and-a-half days lost to rain, then a bizarre series of hold ups and incidents on the start of the MotoGP grid that ended up eventually going a long way to deciding the championship. Fortunately for the series, the MotoGP race was preceded by two scintillating support races, and then the MotoGP race itself saw two very popular podiums.

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