The Repsol Media Service have issued the following press release, containing an interview with Moto2 star and future Repsol Honda MotoGP man Marc Marquez. In the interview, Marquez talks about his Moto2 season so far, how the announcement of his move to MotoGP next season has affected him, and who his biggest rival is for the remainder of the season. Read the interview below, or watch the video:
"I know that right now I have to be focused on Moto2"
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after Sunday's chaotic races at Silverstone:
WSBK - Team Italia wins in Silverstone with La Marra extending the championship lead
Eddi won his first race of the season at the most topical moment, while Savadori retired after the first lap due to a technical problem.
Silverstone is a large, flat track at the top of a flattened hill, which makes it an ideal airfield, but a weather-prone race track. With a thunderstorm happening in the vicinity, the riders in both World Superbikes and World Supersport were punished by rain-lashed races in treacherous conditions.
With the rain falling before the start of the race, the race was declared wet and the distance was reduced to 17 laps to allow for the extra time to change the bikes to their wet configurations.
As the race started, Sylvain Guintoli made an early charge, followed by Jakub Smrz, a man he very much wanted to beat. The pair of them broke free of the rest and set about racing each other. Smrz could never beat Guintoli though and eventually fell into the clutches of a hard-charging Loris Baz.
Like the first Superbike race, the race was red-flagged after the first lap and restarted as a wet race.
Unlike the Superbike race, the sun came out and the race wasn't hindered by rain. An early off-track excursion by Kenan Sofuoglu ensured that Sam Lowes and Jules Cluzel would be able to duel unhampered. Four Hondas broke away at the start while Sofuoglu was in 17th place, with Lowes and Cluzel joined by Ronan Quarmby and Broc Parkes.
Race one was red flagged on the first lap due to a crash caused by rain. The restart was declared a wet race and led to one of the most unusual races so far.
After an 18 lap dangerous scrap in the rain, Frenchman Loris Baz was the eventual winner ahead of Michel Fabrizio. Third place was Ayrton Badovini's crashing bike, with Badovini close by.
It feels like it could be getting tedious to open what seems like every World Superbike round up this year with talk about the weather, but it has become a major factor in qualifying, if not racing, in 2012.
Press releases from the WSBK and WSS teams after qualifying for the World Superbike round at Silverstone:
TEAM ALTHEA RACING TO LINE UP ON SECOND ROW WITH BOTH CHECA AND GIUGLIANO IN TOMORROW’S SBK RACES AT SILVERSTONE
Silverstone (UK), Saturday 4th August 2012: Team Althea Racing secured two places on the second row of tomorrow’s SBK race grid at Silverstone. Riders Davide Giugliano and Carlos Checa both crashed during this afternoon’s Superpole but despite these difficulties managed to record the fifth and seventh fastest lap times respectively.
Pole position in World Supersport would have got you into the final Superpole session in World Superbike. Conditions were still wet and dangerous, but by no means as bad as they were in the larger class.
Jules Cluzel repeated his earlier success in the wet and held off Sam Lowes the entire session. Alex Lundh pushed hard to match his team mates and managed a third before crashing out. Mathew Scholtz placed fourth, giving the PTR Hondas the entire front row to themselves.
Superpole was, unsurprisingly, wet. Two twenty-minute sessions, with only eight riders able to qualify for the second round in with tricky conditions.
The thoroughly wet track gave us riders sliding off, like Loris Baz, who went from first place to ninth after a high-speed crash, and Jakub Smrz, who managed to make it through to Superpole two regardless. Four Ducatis filled the front row after Superpole One while all three Aprilias failed to qualify, with Chaz Davies suffering another bike failure.
In the first full dry session of the weekend, with rain only making an ineffectual appearance 35 seconds from the flag, Leon Camier continued his good form with the session's fastest time, ahead of Jakub Smrz. Tom Sykes and Carlos Checa maintained their pace with third and fourth fastest times respectively, while rookie Loris Baz just pipped a confident-looking John Hopkins.
Max Biaggi had a crash which looked reminiscent of Randy Mamola's famous rodeo save, only without the save at the end, finishing his practice session and putting him behind his title rival Marco Melandri.
Jules Cluzel sat out most of the free practice session, opting only to go out in the last few minutes on slicks while everyone else was chasing settings on wet tyres.
With so few riders doing more than a handful of laps, it's difficult to judge anything from this session.
Another dry session cut short by rain, the big names that were worried about missing Superpole had to get fast laps in before the weather turned.
Tom Sykes once again topped the table, with a 2'05.350, over a second slower than John Hopkins's 2'04.041 set last year as a wildcard. Hopkins also made a great showing today, getting a provisional front row start behind Sykes and Marco Melandri, who has been looking a little off his game so far this weekend, appears to have settled into the track.
The story we published yesterday about Valentino Rossi having been spotted at Yamaha's European headquarters by former racer Niall Mackenzie turns out to have been incorrect. We, along with the French publication Moto Journal and the German-language magazine Speedweek were victims of a hoax. A Frenchman, speaking perfect English, had compromised the Twitter account of Niall Mackenzie and linked his own email address to it, so that the attempts we made to verify the news led to a single, incorrect source.