One of the greatest fears which World Superbike fans expressed when it was announced last year that control of WSBK would fall under the responsibility of Dorna was that WSBK would either be killed off as a series, or absorbed into MotoGP as a glorified support class. The continued existence of two motorcycle road racing world championship seemed in serious doubt; in dire economic times, one of the two must give. And with Dorna having invested so much in making MotoGP the dominant championship, WSBK fans feared, it would be World Superbikes that suffers.
MotoGP launch season is upon us, and as always, the fun starts with Ducati's traditional Wrooom event at the Italian ski resort of Madonna di Campiglio, in the Italian Dolomite mountains. On Monday, 14th January, Factory Ducati riders Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso open the proceedings, while the team management will speak to the press on Wednesday.
The Pata Honda World Superbike team today announced they have signed a sponsorship agreement with Barracuda, an Italian provider of motorcycle accessories, for the 2013 season. The press release announcing the deal is shown below:
Pata Honda gets added bite with Barracuda
With the kickoff to the 2013 season growing ever closer, those involved in motorcycle racing are starting to look back at 2012 and look ahead to 2013. After yesterday's review from Bridgestone, Honda are the next organization to issue a press release interview with a senior management figure. The press release interview with HRC Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto makes for fascinating reading, providing an insight into the 2012 season and expectations of 2013.
Ahead of the start of the 2013 MotoGP season, Bridgestone issued a press release in which the Japanese tire manufacturer's head of motorsport Hiroshi Yamada gives his view of the year to come. Yamada walks through the (minor) changes in tire allocations, talks about the different requirements for the CRT machines in MotoGP, and the differences between the 2012 and 2013 tires to be made available to the MotoGP teams.
Bridgestone’s Hiroshi Yamada discusses the upcoming 2013 MotoGP™ season
Thursday, 10 January 2013
The inaugural round of World Superbikes in India is under serious threat, leaving Dorna facing severe problems just months after taking over the running of the WSBK series. Bureaucracy, customs formalities and import bonds threaten to see the race, scheduled to be held on March 10th at the Buddh International Circuit near New Delhi in India, either postponed or called off indefinitely, according to reports over on GPOne.com.
This is part 1 of a new series entitled 'Under the Radar'. In it, we will be looking at stories we believe will have a major impact on MotoGP and World Superbikes in the next season, but which are not currently receiving much attention. While everyone expects Marc Marquez in MotoGP to be a big story, or Valentino Rossi's return to Yamaha, these are the stories which you won't hear much about by the start of the season, but which could end up playing a major role in 2013.
With the start of a new year, more sponsorship deals are starting to roll in for the MotoGP teams. Though not on the same scale as Yamaha's deal with Monster Energy, two satellite teams today also announced they had secured backing for the 2013 MotoGP season.
Monster Energy has agreed to a two-year partnership deal with Yamaha Factory Racing, which will see the Monster brand act as sponsor to Yamaha's MotoGP team. The announcement had been widely anticipated, and reported on here prior to Christmas, and extends Monster's participation in MotoGP, where they go head-to-head with the other energy drink giant, Red Bull.
With the announcement of the introduction of price caps for brakes and suspension in MotoGP from 2015, the Grand Prix Commission, MotoGP's rule-making body, appears to have finally found an effective way of controlling costs in the series. Instead of trying to control costs indirectly and seeing their efforts kicked into touch by the law of unintended consequences, the rule-makers have decided to attempt to go straight to the heart of the problem.
FIM Superbike, Supersport World Championships & FIM Superstock 1000cc Cup
New round on the 2013 calendar
A new round will be included in the FIM Superbike & Supersport World Championships. It will be held on the circuit of Intercity Istanbul Park near Istanbul (Turkey) on September 15, 2013. The 2013 updated calendar is the following:
There is no real mystery to why Yamaha signed Valentino Rossi. His seven MotoGP titles are a sign of his undisputed talent, and despite two years in the wilderness at Ducati, he is expected to be competitive from the start of the 2013 MotoGP season. But with the reigning MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo already signed, there was more to Yamaha's decision than the need for a competitive rider.
Performance Technical Racing, the organization behind the PTR Honda World Supersport team, issued the following press release today, containing an article by team manager Simon Buckmaster. In the article, Buckmaster, in typically forthright style, talks about the meeting which the World Superbike and World Supersport teams had with Dorna last month to discuss the future of the World Superbike championship.
MotoMatters.com is delighted to feature the work of iconic MotoGP writer Mat Oxley. Oxley is a former racer, TT winner and highly respected author of biographies of world champions Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, and currently writes for Motor Sport Magazine, where he is MotoGP correspondent. We will be featuring sections of Oxley's blogs, posted in full on the Motor Sport Magazine website, over the coming months.
The 2012 MotoGP season was one which was absolutely full of surprises. One of the very biggest was surely Ben Spies' shock decision to leave Yamaha at the end of 2012, something which nobody had seen coming. The move was unexpected in part because the Yamaha was clearly a highly competitive bike, as Jorge Lorenzo's world championship demonstrated.