Three races in 15 days, right in the middle and most important part of the season. MotoGP lines up at Assen with one third of the season gone. By the time the triple header is finished at Mugello, just over two weeks' later, we are half way through the season and the title is a lot closer to being settled. These three races are crucial.
Though it is hard to see Assen without remembering the old a painful reminder of the old six kilometre long layout, we’ll still be glad to watch the Moto3 bikes racing for first time at Dutch TT this weekend. Especially if you are still thrilled by the action seen at Silverstone a couple of weeks ago -with up to eleven riders fighting for a place on the rostrum-, you just can’t wait to watch a new chapter of these young lions racing and writing Moto3 history in its debut season.
Marc Marquez will not receive the time penalty initially imposed upon him by Race Direction after his crash with Pol Espargaro during the Moto2 race at Barcelona. The International Disciplinary Court (CDI) has upheld the decision of the FIM Stewards, who overturned the penalty imposed by Race Direction, meaning that the results of the Barcelona Moto2 race will stand, and Marc Marquez keeps his 6 point advantage in the Moto2 championship standings.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams ahead of the Dutch TT at Assen on Saturday:
Repsol Honda Team positive as trio of races commence
The Repsol Honda Team travel to the north of Europe this week in preparation for the seventh round of the MotoGP World Championship.
The Netherlands is the destination for the legendary Dutch TT in Assen, where both Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa will be challenging for victory as the Championship enters a very busy period with three races in a row.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams ahead of Saturday's race at Assen:
Marc Márquez and Maverick Viñales leaders heading to the Netherlands
Repsol riders go to Assen with second and third in the MotoGP standings and lower cylinder class leadership to their name.
Maverick Viñales and Marc Márquez won at Assen last year.
All current Repsol riders —bar debutant Rins— have won in the Netherlands.
Maverick Viñales is on a run of 3 consecutive poles.
Repsol Media Service - Netherlands, Assen Circuit - Monday 25/06/2012
It seems ironic - ironic at best, downright insane at worst - that at the 7th Grand Prix of the first season after a major capacity change in MotoGP, the Grand Prix Commission will be deciding on another major change in MotoGP regulations. With just one third of the races run of one season after such a change, why are the GP Commission even contemplating more changes?
The Dutch TT at the legendary Assen circuit could be facing major changes over the next few years. Falling spectator numbers are forcing the board of the TT Circuit Assen to take a long look at the event to try and turn the tide. The organizers have even gone so far as to put the day of the race up for discussion, and move the event from Saturday to Sunday in future years.
Sometimes the guy in 6th place gets there with such style that his story is more compelling, more inspiring, and more enjoyable than the victor's. For me, the biggest story of Silverstone 2012 starts at least as early as Donington in 2008. James Toseland showed up to his home race in his rookie G.P. year to find the expected amount of media attention. It seemed in the days leading up the race that Toseland was on every front page in the country, and it also seemed impossible for any literate person in the U.K. not to know he was the local boy in the coming race at Donington Park.
Honda is working on a simplified version of its RC213V MotoGP machine to sell to teams as a CRT bike. Working together with Thomas Baujard, journalist for the French magazine Moto Journal, MotoMatters.com has learned that work on the V4 machine is already underway, though a production date for the bike is not yet known.
Pol Espargaró came back from darkness into the winner’s spotlight in a matter of days, thanks to his lonely and extraordinary Moto2 win at Silverstone. «Smart» Pol –do not confuse with Ducati rider Paul Smart- left Barcelona injured, with no points and witnessing how arch rival Marc Márquez was leaving with the same 16 points that Pol was fighting for when he crashed at Montmeló.
Bridgestone issued its usual press release on Wednesday after the British Grand Prix, discussing the performance of their tires during the MotoGP weekend at Silverstone. No mention was made of the tire problems which beset Ben Spies and Casey Stoner, however:
British MotoGP™ debrief with Shinji Aoki
Silverstone, Wednesday 20 June 2012
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium. Rear: Medium-soft, Medium (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
Now that three races have passed, giving the paddock time to digest the news of Casey Stoner's shock decision to retire and consider what effect it will have on the future line up of the MotoGP grid. The riders' representatives have been very busy at the past few races, putting out feelers to factories and teams, weighing up opportunities and gauging the market value of their riders. With summer approaching, Silly Season for 2013 is very much open.
For the past few years, attending a MotoGP round has been a disheartening experience for most British fans. After sitting in traffic for several hours, they then faced a day getting soaked to the skin while watching their local heroes - if any were actually on the grid - circulating around at the rear of the pack. At the end of the day, they faced yet more hours sitting in a traffic chaos in a downpour to get home again. They loved it, of course, but it tested their courage.