The Aspar press office today issued a press release containing an interview with team boss Jorge Martinez. In the interview, the Spaniard talks about how 2012 has turned out in the three classes in which the Aspar team competes, touching on subjects such as the success of late signing Jonas Folger, how CRT is working out, and the power deficit which CRT machines have to the MotoGP prototypes, and the sponsorship initiatives being taken by the team to help fill the gaps being left open as the global economic crisis continues. Below is the press release in full:
Young Scottish rider John McPhee is to be drafted in as a full-time replacement for injured Frenchman Alexis Masbou, who broke a femur in a private test, in the Caretta Technology team. McPhee is to race under the flag of the Caretta Technology team, but will be contesting his existing KRP chassis. McPhee will be getting the full Grand Prix-spec Honda Moto3 engine, rather than the standard Honda unit he has raced so far.
With the 2012 MotoGP season starting to wind to a close, and the MotoGP grid largely filled for next season, the riders in the support classes are starting to line up their rides for the 2013. The biggest news so far has been that current Moto3 championship leader and red-hot title favorite Sandro Cortese is to make the move up to the Moto2 class for next season.
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams, as well as the WSBK organizers, after Sunday's races at Portimao in Portugal:
In a weekend where championships could be determined, the weather decided once more that it needed to leave its mark. With wind and rain, the Superstock 1000 race had to be moved to late afternoon and races had to be held with only dry set up time.
Today showed that championships are never set in stone until the last chequered flag. The title chase went one way, then another and then another. Fortunes were turned on their heads, gifts were given and tolls were taken.
Race Two was declared dry and the weather would no longer play a part in this weekend's racing.
Marco Melandri was diagnosed with a bruised kidney after his disastrous crash in race one and missed out on race two. This left the title race between Max Biaggi and Tom Sykes.
Eugene Laverty and Tom Sykes went through the first corner side by side but Laverty won out and Sykes had to settle for second ahead of his rival Max Biaggi. Chaz Davies pushed past Biaggi then Sykes for second.
Kenan Sofuoglu only needed to finish fourth to earn his third World Supersport title. With a damn but drying track, one would expect him to ride conservatively and take no risks. Anyone that follows Supersport racing, knows that's not what was going to happen.
The rains visited Portugal in the morning and the Superstock 1000 race was pushed back to late afternoon. Race one was run as a wet race and all but one rider started with full wet tyres.
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams, as well as the WSBK press office, after qualifying at Portimao:
As teams announce new lineups and new tracks are added to the 2013 calendar this weekend, one could easily be forgiven for thinking the 2012 season has finished. With two races to go, and one hundred points still up for grabs, nothing could be further than the truth.
Honda finally ends speculation on Jonathan Rea's future, announcing that he will be the lynchpin of the Ten Kate team in 2013 with Leon Haslam as his team mate, riding the aged Honda Fireblade in Pata colours for its last year of racing. Rumours of a full-time MotoGP ride next year are well and truly crushed with this announcement, but with talk of a V4 Honda replacing the Fireblade for 2014, Rea's input into making it competetive will earn him even more goodwill at HRC.
The full text of the press releases from both Honda and BMW follow:
World Supersport qualifying at the penultimate round, Portimao.
Broc Parkes takes pole position, five hundredths of a second ahead of Fabien Foret. Jules Cluzel was a thousandth of a second further back with Sam Lowes a huge tenth of a second slower still. Kenan Sofuoglu, who needs a fourth place finish to seal the title tomorrow, is seven tenths off pole in seventh place.
Superpole was dry at Portimao, even though rain has been slated as a possibility for tomorrow.
Max Biaggi once again holds off Tom Sykes to set the fastest time of the session. Leon Haslam and Marco Melandri swap places from this morning's session and Carlos Checa breaks into the top eight. As the Superpole places were decided this morning, most riders would have used this session for setup and tyre tests, but Melandri should start getting worried about Biaggi retaining the title lead about now.
Jules Cluzel didn't manage to match Sam Lowes's time from yesterday, but neither did Lowes. Cluzel improved his own time though, while Broc Parkes sat three hundredths of a second behind him on the timing sheet. Parkes was almost a tenth ahead of Lowes, with the Kawasakis of Fabien Foret and Sheridan Morais behind them.
Title leader Kenan Sofuoglu was tenth fastest this morning, but will likely improve significantly on that in qualifying this afternoon.