2011 Valencia 125cc FP1 Result: Cortese Leads Damp Session

Sandro Cortese led the way on the first session of free practice for the 125cc class, holding off Johann Zarco by the narrowest of margins on a damp and extremely treacherous track. Adrian Martin set the 3rd fastest time, ahead of Efren Vazquez and Marcel Schrotter, while championship leader Nico Terol put in a cautious 10th fastest time, a wise consideration given the number of crashes that happened during the session.


2011 Valencia MotoGP Thursday Round Up - Remembering Marco Simoncelli

It's a good thing that we're going to go racing again. Marco Simoncelli's tragic death at Sepang has cast a very heavy and very dark pall over the MotoGP paddock, and two weeks of inaction - the one thing that motorcycle racers cannot bear, along with just about everyone else in the paddock - meeting again at Valencia with the purpose of racing has given some direction again.

Misano World Circuit To Be Named After Marco Simoncelli

The Misano World Circuit is to honor Marco Simoncelli by renaming itself after the Italian, who died in a tragic accident in Sepang. In a press statement issued today, the track announced that it was in talks with Simoncelli's family, the foundation that has been set up in his name and with the fan club to find the best way to name the circuit after Simoncelli.

Jorge Lorenzo Forced To Miss Valencia MotoGP Race, In Doubt For Test

Jorge Lorenzo has been forced to miss the final MotoGP race of the year at Valencia. The 2010 MotoGP World Champion needs more time to recover after surgery to the finger he damaged in a crash at Phillip Island three weeks' ago, and Lorenzo has decided to withdraw, as he cannot ride at the level required for MotoGP.

2011 Moto2 Championship Settled After Marquez Forced To Miss Season Finale

Marc Marquez' crash at Sepang has had massive consequences. After missing the Sepang race with double vision from the crash, Marquez' deficit grew to 23 points. The symptoms have not disappeared entirely yet, and so Marquez has been forced to withdraw from the final round of the Moto2 championship at Valencia, handing Stefan Bradl the 2011 title.

2011 Valencia MotoGP Round Season Finale Previews

Press release previews from the MotoGP teams ahead of the final race of the season at Valencia:

Bridgestone MotoGP Preview - Round 18: Valencia

Tuesday 1 November 2011

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium. Rear (asymmetric): Medium, Hard

The Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia plays host to the final round of the season on 6 November and the MotoGP community travels there to honour and pay tribute to the memory of Marco Simoncelli.

Leon Camier Signs With Crescent Suzuki In World Superbikes

Crescent Suzuki has announced the first of its World Superbike signings: Englishman Leon Camier is to race for the British-based team in WSBK in 2012. The annoucement that Crescent would be switching to the World Superbike series from BSB earlier in October led to a flurry of speculation on riders. That Camier should be signed is not too much of a surprise: having a British rider on a British team is a no-brainer, and Camier's experience in WSBK is also welcome. 

The Consequences Of Tragedy: MotoGP's Silly Season After Simoncelli's Death

The paddock is about to reconvene at the final round of the year at Valencia and return to the normal business of racing, or at least, as normal as possible less than two weeks after the death of Marco Simoncelli in a tragic accident at Sepang, and there are still a few empty seats to fill on the 2012 MotoGP grid. The slots at the Ducati, Honda and Yamaha factory teams are filled, as are the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha satellite seats, and of course Karel Abraham at the Cardion AB team, but beyond that, MotoGP's silly season for 2012 is still in full swing.

Gresini Press Release: Gresini Teams To Race In MotoGP and Moto2 at Valencia In Honor Of Simoncelli

The official press release from the Gresini Press Office announcing they will be racing at Valencia:


Both teams run by Fausto Gresini will be represented on track this weekend. Hiroshi Aoyama rides in MotoGP, whilst Michele Pirro and Yuki Takahashi will compete in the final Moto2 race of 2011.

The 2012 MotoGP Revolution: Part 3 - Politics, Or Dorna vs The MSMA

In part 1 of this series, we discussed the new 1000cc rules for 2012, especially those for the so-called Claiming Rule Teams, the privateer teams which will be allowed to use engines from production bikes if they so wish. In part 2, we discussed Infront Motor Sports' objections to those new rules as organizers of the World Superbike series, and why their objections are likely to fail.

MotoGP Testing Limits To Be Abolished For 2012

Testing for the MotoGP class is set to undergo a radical shake up for 2012, with the current restrictions on testing to be abolished. According to both Italian magazine website MotoSprint and the Italian sports daily Corriere dello Sport, the Grand Prix Commission will approve a plan to scrap the testing limits imposed after the global financial crisis in 2008, and allow MotoGP riders to test the bikes as often as they like, within a few set limits.

Colin Edwards To Miss Final MotoGP Round At Valencia

Colin Edwards is to miss the final round of MotoGP at Valencia. The Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider is to go undergo surgery to repair the shoulder he damaged in the accident that fatally injured Marco Simoncelli, and he will not be fit to ride at what would have been his last outing for the team.


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