Carlos Checa took advantage of the hotter conditions at Phillip Island on Tuesday to seize the initiative during the second day of the private World Superbike test in Australia. The Althea Ducati rider took nearly a second off his time to get down to something approaching race pace, after finding a slightly different front-end setup for his 1198R. Kawasaki's Tom Sykes continued to impress, ending the second day of testing just a tenth off the pace of Checa, and another tenth ahead of Aprilia's Max Biaggi, while Eugene Laverty was two tenths slower than his Aprilia teammate.
Tom Sykes got his 2012 World Superbike campaign off to a good start, topping the timesheets after the first day of testing at the private WSBK test at Phillip Island. The Provec Kawasaki rider ended the day ahead of reigning World Champion Carlos Checa, and Aprilia's new recruit Eugene Laverty, while the two BMWs of Marco Melandri and Leon Haslam took spots 4 and 5.
John Hopkins' run of bad luck with hand injuries continues. The American has suffered yet another broken bone in his right hand, after crashing during a private World Superbike test at Phillip Island, ahead of the first round of the series in just under two weeks' time. Hopkins highsided at Turn 2, landing on his right hand, and fracturing a bone at the base of the hand.
Two more press releases after the Valencia Moto2 test, this time from the Marc VDS Racing team of Scott Redding and Mika Kallio, and from chassis manufacturer Suter:
All Suter riders happy with new bike
Press releases from a selection of the teams after the Moto2 and Moto3 test at Valencia:
FIRST TEST OF THE 2012 MOTO2 SEASON FOR SPEED MASTER TEAM AT VALENCIA
The three-day test held at the “Ricardo Tormo” circuit of Cheste, Valencia, ended today, as the teams get ready for the beginning of 2012 Moto2 World Championship.
The final day of testing for the Moto2 and Moto3 classes saw warmer temperatures and a fuller track, the riders taking advantage of the warmer track to make up for time lost to the chilly mornings on the previous two days of the test. After two days of domination, Scott Redding finally had to cede top spot at the test to Pol Espargaro, the Pons Racing rider lapping four tenths faster than Redding, and two tenths quicker than Redding's fastest lap on Thursday.
Press releases from the Gresini and Repsol media services after the second day of testing for the Moto2 and Moto3 classes at Valencia:
SECOND DAY OF MOTO2 AND MOTO3 TEST AT VALENCIA
Testing continued today for the Moto2 and Moto3 classes at Valencia, with the temperatures proving a little more cooperative than Wednesday, helped along by the watery February sun. The morning chill remained, though, leaving the teams stuck inside the garages for much of the morning, the action only really getting underway around 11am.
With the 2012 World Superbike season just over two weeks away, preparations are ramping up for the return of racing. As part of those preparations, BMW issued a press release interview with their new Head of Race Operations, Andrea Dosoli. Dosoli came to BMW from Yamaha, along with Marco Melandri, who he had previously worked with at the Hayate team formed when Kawasaki officially pulled out of MotoGP in 2009.
Nicky Hayden has returned home after successful surgery on his shoulder. The Ducati rider had damaged his shoulder in a training accident - on his first time back on a motorcycle after recovering from a broken wrist, sustained in the final race of 2011 at Valencia - and though the initial diagnosis only showed up a cracked shoulder blade, further examination after the Sepang test showed damage to his glenoid labrum, the cartilage which holds the upper arm in place in the shoulder socket.
Bridgestone issued the following press release after the first Sepang MotoGP test, in which Bridgestone's general manager Tohru Ubukata and Dorna's newly appointed Safety Advisor, Loris Capirossi, discuss the reaction to and development of the 2012-spec Bridgestone tires for MotoGP:
First Sepang MotoGP test debrief with Tohru Ubukata and Loris Capirossi
8 February 2012
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Hard & Extra-Hard; Rear: Medium & Hard
Press releases from the Repsol Media Service after the first day of testing at Valencia:
Moto3 class begins 2012 testing in Valencia
Repsol’s Álex Márquez, Miguel Oliveira and Maverick Viñales undertake first test of the year
A week after their MotoGP counterparts packed up the garages in Sepang, the Moto2 and Moto3 teams rolled out at Valencia for the first test of 2012. The day started very cold, leaving a lot of the teams stuck in the garage waiting for temperatures to rise; despite the winter sun, track temperatures reached just 12°C, putting a damper on grip and lap times.
The San Francisco Dainese D-Store welcomed me and Jensen Beeler last week to share some of our thoughts and experiences in MotoGP. For my part of the presentation, I showed some photographs on a projector and told the stories that went along with them. A few folks asked if I could video the show, but that turned out to be a non-starter for various reasons. So instead I thought I'd write up the stories to share here for anyone who is interested. So here is the story behind...
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