It seems ironic - ironic at best, downright insane at worst - that at the 7th Grand Prix of the first season after a major capacity change in MotoGP, the Grand Prix Commission will be deciding on another major change in MotoGP regulations. With just one third of the races run of one season after such a change, why are the GP Commission even contemplating more changes?
The Dutch TT at the legendary Assen circuit could be facing major changes over the next few years. Falling spectator numbers are forcing the board of the TT Circuit Assen to take a long look at the event to try and turn the tide. The organizers have even gone so far as to put the day of the race up for discussion, and move the event from Saturday to Sunday in future years.
Sometimes the guy in 6th place gets there with such style that his story is more compelling, more inspiring, and more enjoyable than the victor's. For me, the biggest story of Silverstone 2012 starts at least as early as Donington in 2008. James Toseland showed up to his home race in his rookie G.P. year to find the expected amount of media attention. It seemed in the days leading up the race that Toseland was on every front page in the country, and it also seemed impossible for any literate person in the U.K. not to know he was the local boy in the coming race at Donington Park.
Honda is working on a simplified version of its RC213V MotoGP machine to sell to teams as a CRT bike. Working together with Thomas Baujard, journalist for the French magazine Moto Journal, MotoMatters.com has learned that work on the V4 machine is already underway, though a production date for the bike is not yet known.
Pol Espargaró came back from darkness into the winner’s spotlight in a matter of days, thanks to his lonely and extraordinary Moto2 win at Silverstone. «Smart» Pol –do not confuse with Ducati rider Paul Smart- left Barcelona injured, with no points and witnessing how arch rival Marc Márquez was leaving with the same 16 points that Pol was fighting for when he crashed at Montmeló.
Bridgestone issued its usual press release on Wednesday after the British Grand Prix, discussing the performance of their tires during the MotoGP weekend at Silverstone. No mention was made of the tire problems which beset Ben Spies and Casey Stoner, however:
British MotoGP™ debrief with Shinji Aoki
Silverstone, Wednesday 20 June 2012
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium. Rear: Medium-soft, Medium (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
Now that three races have passed, giving the paddock time to digest the news of Casey Stoner's shock decision to retire and consider what effect it will have on the future line up of the MotoGP grid. The riders' representatives have been very busy at the past few races, putting out feelers to factories and teams, weighing up opportunities and gauging the market value of their riders. With summer approaching, Silly Season for 2013 is very much open.
For the past few years, attending a MotoGP round has been a disheartening experience for most British fans. After sitting in traffic for several hours, they then faced a day getting soaked to the skin while watching their local heroes - if any were actually on the grid - circulating around at the rear of the pack. At the end of the day, they faced yet more hours sitting in a traffic chaos in a downpour to get home again. They loved it, of course, but it tested their courage.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the race on Sunday at Silverstone:
COMPLICATED SUNDAY FOR PASINI IN THE GRAND PRIX OF SILVERSTONE
The race of the Hertz British Grand Prix was held today, the sixth event of the World Championship 2012.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's races at Silverstone:
Third place gives Márquez championship lead
Repsol rider rounds off difficult weekend with podium finish, recovering lead of Moto2 World Championship standings.
Repsol Media Service - Great Britain, Silverstone Circuit - Sunday 17/06/2012