Repsol Honda has unveiled the new livery they will be wearing for the 2013 MotoGP season. In a ceremony at Repsol's Madrid headquarters, Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez revealed the new color scheme the Repsol Honda team will be running. It is somewhat of a departure from recent years, the basic red, white, orange and black colors remaining, but with white playing a much more prominent role in the color scheme. The paint job also contains a few neat details, such as the black and white stripes under the seat, which form part of the Honda wing logo.
The BMW Goldbet World Superbike and Pata Honda World Supersport teams issued the following press release after two-day test at Jerez:
BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team - Winter Testing - Jerez
The WSBK teams issued the following press releases after the test at Jerez:
Rea and Haslam complete Jerez test
Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam have completed a two-day test at Jerez in Spain, their first track outing in the new Pata Honda World Superbike livery and the final European winter test for the team.
The team used its second test at Jerez – new to the World Superbike championship calendar for the 2013 season – to concentrate on the new electronics package that is being developed from Honda’s MotoGP project.
Marco Melandri topped the second day of testing at Jerez for the World Superbike and World Supersport riders at Jerez, the weather finally taking a turn for the better, and allowing the riders to turn a lot of laps and get a lot of work done. The BMW rider sat atop the timesheets for most of the day, finishing a tenth of a second ahead of David Giugliano on the Althea Aprilia.
The MotoGP off-season training regime has taken its usual toll. On Friday, Blusens Avintia rider Hiroshi Aoyama crashed while training at a motocross track, fracturing a bone in his wrist in the processs. Aoyama was examined by Dr Xavier Mir at the Dexeus Institute in Barcelona, which treats many of the Europe-based motorcycle racers, where a minor fracture in Aoyama's left wrist was found.
The Suzuki press office issued the following press release after the first day of testing at a very wet Jerez:
WET JEREZ TEST FOR FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI
Team Suzuki Press Office - January 22.
FIXI Crescent Suzuki secured valuable information for the season ahead following a very wet first day at the eni FIM Superbike World Championship test at Jerez in Spain.
The weather has not improved at Jerez for the full World Superbike and World Supersport test. Aprilia, Honda, Suzuki, BMW, Kawasaki and Yamaha have met with much the same weather as Ducati, who have just departed the circuit after a three-day test of their own. It rained on and off for most of the day, leaving the track soaked despite the odd sunny spell. The tricky weather conditions rendered the times meaningless, though all of the teams got plenty of work done shaking down a host of new parts.
The Alstare Ducati World Superbike team issued the following press release after the conclusion of their test at Jerez:
TEAM SBK DUCATI ALSTARE CONCLUDES THREE-DAY TEST SESSION AT JEREZ
Jerez (Spain), Tuesday 22nd January 2013: Team SBK Ducati Alstare and its riders Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini have completed the first test session of the 2013 season, having collated some useful data despite the three day session having been reduced to little more than three hours of track time due to bad weather at the Jerez circuit in Spain.
The 2013 season has gotten off to a very damp start for Ducati. The Bologna factory had booked the Jerez circuit for a three-day test, for both the Alstare Ducati World Superbike team and the Ducati MotoGP test team with Michele Pirro and Franco Battaini, but the rain meant that they only got a few hours of testing done, and all of that was on Monday.
With Casey Stoner preparing to take the next step in his sporting career - the long-expected switch to racing in the Australian V8 Supercars series - the two-time MotoGP champion is facing increasing scrutiny over the exact timing of his future plans. An announcement is expected soon confirming that Stoner will be racing in the Dunlop V8 Supercar Series, the support class to the main series, with Triple Eight racing and full Red Bull backing.
The Pata Honda World Superbike team unveiled their 2013 colors at the Verona motorcycle show on Saturday, showing off the colors which Johnny Rea and Leon Haslam will be defending in the World Superbike championship, and Michael van der Mark and Lorenzo Zanetti will be wearing in World Supersport. The team issued the following press release, complete with a selection of photos:
Pata Honda team unveiled at Verona
Stong winds meant that the second day of testing for the Fixi Crescent Suzuki team was badly hampered at Almeria on Friday. The team issued the following press release after the test had completed.
SUCCESSFUL TEST FOR FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI
Team Suzuki Press Office - January 18.
FIXI Crescent Suzuki has finished its first test of the 2013 eni FIM Superbike World Championship season in a positive mood after two days of promising testing.
Lucio Cecchinello is looking to expand his LCR Honda team from a one- to a two-man team, according to reports over on GPOne.com. The Italian team manager is considering adding a second rider to race alongside Stefan Bradl for the 2014 season onwards.
AMA Superbike runner-up Blake Young will ride the Attack Performance CRT machine at all three US MotoGP rounds this year. The former Yoshimura Suzuki rider has signed with Attack Performance owner Richard Stanboli to race at the Austin, Laguna Seca and Indianapolis rounds of MotoGP, aboard the Kawasaki-powered CRT machine designed and built by Stanboli and his team.
The FIXI Crescent Suzuki team issued the following press release at the end of the first day of testing at Almeria:
CONSTRUCTIVE DAY FOR FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI
Team Suzuki Press Office - January 17.
FIXI Crescent Suzuki has kick-started its 2013 eni FIM Superbike World Championship season by completing the first day of testing at the Almeria circuit in Spain.