This weekend's Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island is going to be a very Australian affair, more so than most other years. For one obvious reason: this is the last chance to see Casey Stoner race a Grand Prix motorcycle at the iconic venue before he hangs up his helmet and retires from MotoGP. Record crowds are expected, and local media coverage is expanded as everyone gathers to say goodbye to the latest in a long and honorable line of Australian Grand Prix champions who have left an indelible mark on motorcycle racing.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and the single tire supplier ahead of this weekend's Australian MotoGP round at Phillip Island:
Dramatic MotoGP season continues in Phillip Island
Press releases from some of the Moto2 and Moto3 teams ahead of this weekend's Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island:
AUSTRALIA PROVIDES EXCITING EPILOGUE TO ASIAN ADVENTURE
MAPFRE Aspar riders head to Phillip Island looking to make up for Sepang setback
Ben Spies is set to miss the remainder of the 2012 MotoGP season. The damage done to Spies' shoulder in the highside he suffered at Sepang was worse than expected, and required much more repair work than was at first anticipated. Spies damaged the ligaments in the anatomical structure which connects the collarbone to the scapula (or shoulder blade), requiring more extensive repairs, including adding tissue to strengthen the ligaments that were torn.
Ever since Jorge Lorenzo's #3 engine went up in smoke at Assen after the Factory Yamaha man was skittled by Alvaro Bautista in the first corner, MotoGP followers have been asking themselves whether Jorge Lorenzo will make it to the end of the season with the remainder of his allocation, or whether he will have to take a 7th engine and start from pit lane at some point. As each race goes by, the questions have become more urgent: will this be the race where Lorenzo finally runs out of engines, and hands Dani Pedrosa the advantage in the championship fight?
In the week ahead of Casey Stoner's final race at his home circuit - in MotoGP, at least, though the chances of seeing the Australian at Phillip Island in a V8 Supercar in the next few years are strong - the Repsol Media Service issued a fascinating video in which the 2011 World Champion goes over his motorcycle racing career (and his hobby, fishing) using a few old photographs. The video sees Stoner talk about his path to international racing, his reasons for leaving Australia to race in Europe, and the loss of his trophies to termites. Stoner also talks about his 2011 championship - though, unsurprisingly given that the video was produced by Repsol, there is no mention of his 2007 title - and his joy and surprise at being able to wrap it up at home, and on his 26th birthday.
Maverick Viñales today issued a formal apology in the form of a press release. The translated version, taken from the official MotoGP.com website, is show below:
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There’s barely going to be standing room on Phillip Island this weekend.
Maverick Viñales is to race in Australia with the Avintia Blusens team in Moto3. The young Spaniard has had to go back on his decision to quit the team before the end of the season, a decision taken very abruptly before the Sepang round of Moto3.
Bridgestone issued its customary post-race debrief after Sepang, in which their chief engineer Masao Azuma discusses the choices between the two compounds in the wet conditions at Sepang:
Sepang MotoGP™ debrief with Masao Azuma
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Hard, Extra-Hard. Rear: Medium (Symmetric), Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Hard (Main), Soft (Alternative)
Dunlop, single tire supplier to the Moto2 and Moto3 classes, issued the following press release, tracing the story of Sandro Cortese's route to becoming the inaugural Moto3 World Champion:
Sandro Cortese: First Ever Moto3 World Champion!
History Made with Dunlop Champ
The Fixi Crescent Suzuki press office issued the following press release, containing a blog entry from Leon Camier, talking about his first year with the Suzuki team in World Superbikes:
LEON CAMIER BLOG
Team Suzuki Press Office - October 22
FIXI Crescent Suzuki's Leon Camier reflects on his first season aboard the GSX-R1000, which has seen all the hard work by the team pay dividends in terms of direction and machine development.
The Phillip Island circuit is to name Turn 3 after Casey Stoner. A ceremony is to be held on Thursday at 11:45am local time to name the corner in honor of the 2007 and 2011 World Champion. Stoner joins Mick Doohan and Wayne Gardner, Australia's other two premier class World Champions, in have a part of the iconic Australian circuit named after him. Doohan has the first corner named after him, and the front straight running past the pits and into Doohan corner is named after Gardner.
Ben Spies' miserable year in MotoGP continues without let up. The Texan damaged his shoulder in a crash during the race at Sepang on Sunday, and has been forced to miss the upcoming Australian round of MotoGP at Phillip Island.
The damage was caused when Spies suffered a massive highside going into Turn 1 in the very wet conditions at the Sepang circuit. Spies fell heavily on his shoulder, and was taken to the medical center for treatment. Spies suffered a separated shoulder in the crash, and will return to the US on Tuesday for treatment on the shoulder.