KTM has joined Honda in producing a standard production version of its Moto3 race machine, for sale to racers in local series around the world. The machine was presented to the press at the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring on Saturday night by KTM's head of motorsport Pit Beirer, the former MX racer telling the media that the bike will be very similar in spec to the factory bikes being raced by Sandro Cortese, Danny Kent and Zulfahmi Khairuddin.
Press release previews from the MotoGP teams ahead of the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello:
Repsol Honda Team head to Mugello
This weekend the MotoGP paddock head to Mugello for the ninth round of the 2012 World Championship. The Grand Prix of Italy also marks the half way point of the season and the third race in a row after visiting Assen and Sachsenring.
Bridgestone issued their usual post-race debrief press release after the Sachsenring. This time, Shinji Aoki touches upon why they recommended to the Factory Yamaha riders that they use the hard tire instead of the soft.
German MotoGP™ debrief with Shinji Aoki
Sachsenring, Wednesday 11 July 2012
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium, Extra-Hard. Rear: Medium, Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
At Mugello, a large number of pieces in MotoGP's Silly Season for 2013 are expected to fall into place. The long-expected announcement of the Repsol Honda team will be made on Thursday, according to Catalunya Radio, with Marc Marquez taking his place alongside Dani Pedrosa, who has inked a two-year extension with HRC. Pedrosa acknowledged at the Sachsenring that there were only details left to clear up, and after winning Germany, the Spaniard appears to have cleared the final hurdles to a new deal.
There was one glaring omission from the post-Sachsenring round up I wrote on Sunday night. Well, two actually, but the biggest was that I neglected to give Dani Pedrosa the attention he deserved for a fantastic win, his first in over nine months. Pedrosa managed the race brilliantly, starting on a bike which had seen massive changes ahead of the race, and which he took a few laps to get accustomed to. He did so by dropping behind Stoner, and following in the wake of the reigning World Champion, until he was comfortable enough to make a pass.
Bold and fearless or brash and ill-advised? There was a lot of that sort of thing at the Sachsenring on Sunday, in all three classes. The most obvious example begging that question was what would have been Casey Stoner's last-corner lunge past Dani Pedrosa, had it not gone horribly wrong as he lined the pass up the corner before. We'll come to that later, but with a Moto3 race run in drying conditions and a Moto2 race where one of the favorites had to start from well down on the grid, there were plenty more to choose from.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring:
A CRASH ENDS MATTIA PASINI’S RACE IN THE GERMANY GRAND PRIX
The eighth race of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship was held today, at the German circuit of Sachsenring.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring:
Márquez victorious in Germany
Repsol rider wins for fourth time this season and extends World Championship lead to 43 points.
Results of the Moto3 race at the Sachsenring:
Results and summary of the MotoGP race at the Sachsenring:
Dani Pedrosa has taken his first win of the season, winning the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring for the third year in a row. The Spaniard emerged victorious from a race-long battle with his Repsol Honda teammate, who crashed out at the penultimate corner on the very last lap. Stoner's crash hands Jorge Lorenzo the lead in the championship, the Yamaha man finishing in 2nd once Stoner crashed out.
Results and summary of the Moto2 race at the Sachsenring:
Marc Marquez has taken victory in convincing style at the Sachsenring, breaking away from the three-way fight he was tangled up in with 8 laps to go and pulling a comfortable gap to win the race. The win was Marquez' fourth of the season, and his second in a row, after winning at Assen last week. Marquez' victory puts him very comfortably in control of the Moto2 championship.