Honda WSBK Press Release: Rea And Aoyama To Test In Australia

Press releases announcing that riders are going testing is the first sign of motorcycle racing's equivalent of spring. Today, Honda (no longer Castrol Honda, though Castrol remain as a "key secondary partner") announced that their World Superbike riders Johnny Rea and Hiroshi Aoyama are to go testing at Phillip Island this week, in the run up to the first WSBK round there at the end of February. The long wait is nearly over for race fans.

Below is the official press release from Honda:


Rea and Aoyama head for Phillip Island Superbike test

Ducati To Test Brand New GP12 At Jerez From Tuesday

The missing star of Ducati's Wrooom launch event is to make its debut behind closed doors tomorrow. Ducati test rider Franco Battaini and 2011 World Superbike champion Carlos Checa are to take the redesigned GP12 for its first shakedown test at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain tomorrow, under the watchful gaze of team boss Vitto Guareschi.

Marquez Undergoes Surgery To Correct Eye Problem

Marc Marquez has undergone surgery to correct the double vision which has troubled him since his crash during practice at Sepang. The operation, carried out at the Ophthalmological Institute at the Hospital Clinico de Barcelona, was aimed at fixing the paralysis of one of the muscles that help rotate and stabilize the eye. The surgery was performed with only local anaesthetic, while Marquez also received some sedation to help him through the operation. After the successful surgery, Marquez now returns home to recuperate, and will have to rest for a few days.

Crescent Suzuki WSBK Press Release: Hopkins Has Finger Amputated

John Hopkins has had the top half of the ring finger on his right hand amputated. After a series of complications and surgeries to the finger he broke at Brno in 2011, his doctor advised Hopkins that the best course of action was to have the finger removed, and so the American had immediate surgery to amputate the finger, to allow him to be ready for the start of the 2012 World Superbike season, which kicks off at Phillip Island on February 26th.

Ducati Wrooom Friday Press Release: Rossi Races - And Wins - On Ice

Ducati's and Ferrari's combined launch of their respective MotoGP and Formula One seasons culminated on Friday in the traditional race on Madonna di Campiglio's frozen lake. This year, Ducati's Valentino Rossi - assisted by his best friend Alessio 'Uccio' Salucci, teammate Nicky Hayden being out of action with a shoulder injury - took on Ferrari drivers Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso in a kart race and in a race in Fiat 500s.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Press Release: IMS Comments On Americans In MotoGP And Moto2

After the FIM released the provisional entry lists for MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 for 2012, Indianapolis Motor Speedway issued the following press release commenting on the upcoming MotoGP season:


FOUR AMERICANS TO RACE IN 2012 RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GP

MotoGP grid grows to 21 bikes with new CRT machines

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 - Four American riders will compete full time in the MotoGP World Championship in 2012, including at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Aug. 17-19 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Provisional Entry Lists Announced: 21 MotoGP Riders, 33 In Moto2 And 32 In Moto3

The FIM today released the provisional entry lists for all three Grand Prix classes, and the grids are looking remarkably healthy. Some 21 riders will line up in the MotoGP class, the Moto2 grid has been shrunk to a more manageable 33 entries, and 32 riders will be at the start for the inaugural season of racing in the Moto3 class, the grid the same size as it was for last year's 125cc class, which Moto3 replaces.

Ducati Wrooom Wednesday Press Release: Filippo Preziosi Talks About The GP12

Below is the Ducati press release issued after Filippo Preziosi presented the changes to Ducati's Desmosedici GP12 to the media at Madonna di Campiglio:


Filippo Preziosi explains technical aspects of the GP12

The second day of the Wrooom Press Ski Meeting at Madonna di Campiglio saw Filippo Preziosi (Ducati Corse General Manager) inform the international press regarding the technical aspects of the Desmosedici GP12 that Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden will ride in the upcoming test at Sepang (31 January – 2 February).

Ezpeleta On The Future Of MotoGP: Bikes Costing 1 Million Euros, Fewer Spanish Races And Performance Balancing

Although the Wrooom event at the Italian ski resort of Madonna di Campiglio is formally meant as the launch for Ducati's MotoGP and Ferrari's Formula One season, many other big names from the world of racing are also in attendance. One such person was Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta, and given the major changes coming to MotoGP for 2012 - and even bigger changes from 2013 onwards - Ezpeleta had arranged to give a short press conference to talk to journalists about some of his plans for next season and beyond.

Wrooom 2012 Tuesday Round Up: Rossi And Hayden Talk About The New Ducati, New Contracts, And The 1000s

The launch of Ducati's 2012 season got properly underway this morning, when Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden faced questions from the press at Madonna di Campiglio, the Italian ski resort that hosts Ducati's Wrooom event. After a disastrous 2011, much of the focus of questioning was on the new Ducati GP12, the bike missing from the festivities at Wrooom, but to make its first public appearance at the Sepang test. The delay, according to various reports, is more to do with finalizing the livery, with details still to be hammered out with sponsors.

Will Marc Marquez Be Ready For The 2012 Season?

That may be the most difficult question to answer of the 2012 preseason. After suffering a crash at Sepang caused the Moto2 rookie to lose his shot at the 2011 Moto2 world title, the double vision problems he suffered as a result have continued throughout the winter. Now the 2012 season is just around the corner, but Marquez' problems are not fixed yet.

Wrooom 2012 Kicks Off, But GP12 Will Not Be Present At Ducati Launch

The annual launch of Ducati and Ferrari's season got underway today at the Italian ski resort of Madonna di Campiglio. The Wrooom event was opened with the official presentation of Ducati MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden, alongside Ferrari's Formula 1 drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, followed by an official dinner.

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