Marco Simoncelli spent an extra day at Motegi after the Japanese Grand Prix, testing the 2012 Honda RC213V which he is to race next season. His test was made possible after the Italian signed a contract last week to remain with the San Carlo Gresini team, on a contract with HRC and with full factory support. Simoncelli put in around 50 laps at the Japanese circuit, recording lap times similar to the times set during the previous three days aboard the 800cc RC212V.
It was a long and very full weekend of motorcycle racing, and to call it eventful would be one of the more obvious understatements of the year. In the 125c class, Johann Zarco finally got the win he has been chasing for so long, and did so in convincing style. In Moto2, Andrea Iannone produced the kind of display that everyone knows that he is capable of, but that he manages a little too sporadically.
If you've ever bought a program at a MotoGP race or marveled at the photos in motorcycle magazines, the chances are you have been admiring the work of Andrew Wheeler. Wheeler is one of the top photographers inside the MotoGP paddock, and his work has graced the pages of books, magazines and adverts all around the world. He is one of our favorite photographers inside motorcycle racing, matched only by our very own Scott Jones.
After Yamaha announced that they would cease factory support for their World Superbike team, the team's two riders, Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty, became two of the hottest properties on the World Superbike rider market. Interest was especially keen for Melandri, the former MotoGP winner making a huge impact on his first foray into the World Superbike series, the Italian having switched to WSBK after leaving MotoGP at the end of 2010.
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the races on Sunday at Magny-Cours:
Scorching second for Sam
PARKALGAR HONDA'S Sam Lowes scored an impressive second runner-up spot in two weekends after fighting for the win at Magny Cours in France at the 11th and penultimate round of the World Supersport Championship.
Press releases from the Moto2 and 125cc teams after the races at Motegi on Sunday:
Podium and lead for Márquez
With today's second position, the Repsol rider takes the lead of the overall classification with an advantage of one point in his debut year in Moto2
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the race at Motegi:
Karel Abraham will not participate in the race
The Cardion AB Motoracing rider Karel Abraham, who qualified fifteenth for the Grand Prix of Japan, will not participate in the race due to injury which he suffered during nasty crash on the opening lap of the Gran Premio de Aragón.
Team Cardion AB Motoracing and Karel Abraham, who has been having problems with concentration for the entire Grand Prix at the Motegi circuit, decided not to participate in the race after warm up session.
Results and summary of WSBK race 2 at Magny-Cours:
Carlos Checa has taken victory in the second World Superbike race at Magny-Cours, celebrating his 2011 WSBK title in style by doing the double.
Results and summary of the World Supersport race at Magny-Cours:
Luca Scassa has taken victory in convincing fashion at Magny-Cours, winning his third race of the season and the first since the Donington round back in March. With Chaz Davies crossing the line in 6th, finishing ahead of Fabien Foret, Davies wrapped up the 2011 World Supersport title a race early, taking a 37-point lead into the final race at Portimao.
Results and summary of World Superbike race 1 at Magny-Cours:
Carlos Checa has sealed the 2011 World Superbike championship in style, winning the first race of the day at Magny-Cours in convincing style. Marco Melandri did what he could to prevent, ending the race in 2nd, and consolidating his 2nd place in the title race. But Checa would not be denied, winning in comfort and wrapping up the title at the first attempt.
Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Motegi:
Dani Pedrosa has taken victory in an incident-packed MotoGP race at Motegi, which saw five of the top seven finishers either run off or subjected to a ride-through penalty. With Jorge Lorenzo taking 2nd ahead of Casey Stoner, the race saw Stoner's championship lead cut to 40 points.
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