2012 Misano Moto2 And Moto3 Friday Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at Misano:

MZ factory rider Finsterbusch uses RTG infrastructure for GP in Misano

Toni Finsterbusch, MZ factory rider in the Moto3 class, makes use of the infrastructure of Racing Team Germany (RTG) for his start at the motorcycle Grand Prix at Misano, Italy this weekend.

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CRT For 2013: Edwards Remains With NGM Forward, Abraham Switches To Aprilia ART

With the available seats at the teams with factory prototypes all now full with the exception of the final satellite Honda - most likely a toss-up between Scott Redding and Alvaro Bautista at Gresini Honda, though rumors persist of Marc VDS Racing taking the Honda RC213V from Gresini and fielding Redding in their own team - attention has now turned to the CRT grid, and the available seats being filled there.

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2012 Misano Moto2 FP2 Result: Simeon Fastest In The Wet

The weather continues to take center stage at Misano, with the rain wreaking the same kind of havoc on FP2 for Moto2 as it had for all of the previous sessions. At the end of the damp session, Xavier Simeon ended at the top of the timesheets, just over a tenth quicker than Claudio Corti, while Andrea Iannone took 3rd. Johan Zarco ended up in 4th, ahead of Julian Simon and Thomas Luthi, while Marcel Schrotter took advantage of the damp conditions to put the SAG Bimota into 7th.

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2012 Misano MotoGP FP2 Result: Abraham Quickest In Another Lost Session

The conditions were not kind to the MotoGP class at Misano, once again refusing either to rain properly to allow the use of full wet tires or to dry out enough to set decent lap times on slicks. The miserable weather saw many riders just sat in the pits, with championship contenders Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa not willing to risk injury at this crucial stage of the championship.

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2012 Misano Moto3 FP2 Result: Fenati Tops Session, Then Crashes

Conditions remain difficult at Misano, with very light showers blowing in from time to time, the blustery winds blowing them away again just as fast. Romano Fenati got the best of the conditions, his best lap over a second faster than the rest of the pack, but the Italian youngster got a little too eager at the end, being flipped off his bike in the final moments after catching his kneeslider. Maverick Vinales took 2nd, just fractionally faster than Jonas Folger, while Italian wildcard Kevin Calia impressed once again with the 4th fastest time.

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Kevin Schwantz Issues Further Statement On COTA Lawsuit

Kevin Schwantz has issued another statement in response to the press releases put out by both the Circuit of the Americas and Dorna, concerning his legal proceedings over the case. In the press release, Schwantz lays the blame for the situation at the feet of the Circuit of the Americas, and claims they attempted to obtain the contract to organize the MotoGP race in Texas by forcing him out of the deal with Dorna.

Below is the full statement issued by Kevin Schwantz:

Further Statement from Kevin Schwantz

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2012 Misano Moto2 FP1 Result: Zarco Beats Rea In Tricky Conditions

With light rain falling on and off throughout the morning, conditions at Misano are difficult, so difficult in fact that Marc Marquez, sitting on a comfortable lead in the championship, decided to sit the session out rather than risk injury in a fairly meaningless Moto2 practice session. At the end of FP1 it was Johann Zarco who came out on top of the session, taking top spot right at the end, and deposing Gino Rea at the end. The British rider had led the session for the last ten minutes or so, before losing out in the final seconds.

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2012 Misano MotoGP FP1 Result: Petrucci Tops Difficult Damp Session

Danilo Petrucci topped a treacherous first session of practice for the MotoGP class, though conditions were such that more than half the grid stayed in their garages, deciding that venturing out would be unproductive. The riders who did risk going out were mostly those needing the experience: Petrucci had his first chance to get used to the Suter BMW the team are now running, having dropped their homebrew steel trellis frame with an Aprilia engine.

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2012 Misano Moto3 FP1 Result: Khairuddin Fastest In Tricky Conditions

AirAsia's Zulfahmi Khairuddin topped the first session of free practice for the Moto3 class at Misano, getting the best out of the damp and windy condiitions at the track. Khairuddin stayed just ahead of Miguel Oliveira, while Luis Salom was a  quarter of a second off the Malaysian rider's pace. A brace of Germans followed, championship leader Sandro Cortese ending ahead of recent Aspar signing Jonas Folger, while Maverick Vinales took 6th.


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2012 Misano Thursday Round Up: Of Fallen Riders, Ducati's Junior Team, And The ECU Face Off

The return to Misano was always going to be an emotional affair, the first time MotoGP has returned to Marco Simoncelli's home circuit - now renamed in his honor - since the Italian fan favorite was killed in a tragic accident at Sepang last October. Though Simoncelli is being remembered in many different ways during the weekend - nearly all of the riders in all three classes joined for a lap of the track by bicycle this evening - the remembrance has been cheerful rather than mawkish, a celebration of his life rather than mourning at his death.

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2012 Misano MotoGP Preview Press Releases

Press release previews from the MotoGP teams ahead of this weekend's race at Misano:


The MotoGP paddock arrives to Italy, for the second “home round” of the Green Energy Team and Héctor Barberà returns aboard his white and green Ducati, after the his six-week absence.

Therefore the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera Adriatica will welcome back Héctor, who is eager to return on the track and to start working again with the Pramac Racing Team.

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Is Spanish domination Good For Grand Prix racing?

Coming into the last lap of 2012 Czech Republic Grand Prix many fans fell back in love with MotoGP series. It does not happen very often, but victory at Brno was still to be decided with just a single lap to go. Spaniards Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo were pushing each other using not just every MotoGP riding trick they had, but also everything they learnt since the pair were still young and wild 125 class riders.

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Ducati Confirms Ben Spies And Andrea Iannone In Ducati Junior Team

Ducati Corse today confirmed that for the 2013 MotoGP season, Ben Spies and Andrea Iannone will ride for the Ducati junior team to be run by Pramac. Both Spies and Iannone will have factory Desmosedicis at their disposal, and the team will be kept very close to the factory team. The Pramac structure will be put in place to run the team, being promoted from satellite team to a junior factory team, with ties much closer than in the current situation.

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Dorna Statement On CotA vs Schwantz: Austin MotoGP Contract Currently Held By The Circuit

After news emerged at the end of last week that Kevin Schwantz is suing the Circuit of the Americas (COTA), the track in Austin, Texas where the third US GP is to be held in 2013, attention turned to the details of just who held the contract to organize the event. In their lawsuit, Schwantz' company 3FourTexasMGP alleged that the COTA had attempted to defraud him out of the rights to organize the race, something which the circuit denied in a press statement, with COTA claiming that Schwantz had never held a contract to organize the event.

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