2012 Qatar MotoGP Thursday Press Release Round Up

Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the first day of practice at Qatar:


FIRST SESSION ON THE TRACK OF LOSAIL FOR THE ART MACHINE AND MATTIA PASINI

The 2012 World Championship officially started today for the MotoGP class, with the first free practice at the circuit of Losail.

Mattia Pasini took advantage of the session on the track to analize the performance of the ART machine here in Qatar, mainly counting on the setting and information that were previously gathered during the winter tests.

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2012 Qatar Moto2 FP2 Result: Kalex Contingent Chasing Luthi

Thomas Luthi maintained control of the Moto2 class at Qatar, heading up the second session of practice at the end of the first day at Qatar. The massed Kalex ranks were left to give chase to the Interwetten Suter rider, Italtrans' Claudio Corti the man to get closest. Pons rider Pol Espargaro led a tight group in 3rd, edging teammate Tito Rabat and Marc VDS pairing of Scott Redding and Mika Kallio. Marc Marquez' lack of testing due to his eye injury is starting to show, the Spaniard ending the day in 7th, just ahead of Mike di Meglio and Takaaki Nakagami.

Results:

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2012 Qatar Moto3 FP2 Result: Vinales Heads Up Khairuddin And Kent

Maverick Vinales continues to lead the Moto3 class at Qatar, the Blusens Avintia man extending the lead he had in FP1 to over half a second. The problems the Ajo KTMs had during the first session of practice were quickly solved for Moto2, with Malaysian rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin taking second spot ahead of Danny Kent. Behind the KTMs came the Estrella Galicia pairing of Miguel Oliveira and Alex Rins.

Results:

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2012 Qatar MotoGP FP1 Result: Stoner Leads Lorenzo and Hayden

As expected, Casey Stoner took first blood of the 2012 MotoGP season, the Repsol Honda rider staging a late charge to set the fastest lap of the session. Stoner dislodged Jorge Lorenzo from top spot, the Factory Yamaha rider having shown a very strong pace throughout. Third fastest was Nicky Hayden, the factory Ducati man just under half a second off the pace of Stoner, an impressive showing by the American.

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2012 Qatar Moto3 FP1 Result: Vinales Tops Inaugural Moto3 Session

Championship favorite Maverick Vinales put his name in the history books by becoming the first ever rider to top an official Moto3 practice session. The Spaniard ended the session two tenths ahead of Louis Rossi, and half a second ahead of Luis Salom. 

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2012 MotoGP Season Preview: A Year of Transition

2012 is a year of transition for MotoGP. The return of the 1000cc bikes is just the start of the changes that will transform the series over the coming years, in an attempt to contain the costs of the series which spiraled out of control during the 800cc era, but for now, we have the mouthwatering spectacle of the fastest motorcycles ever to grace a racetrack.

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Suzuki Aiming At MotoGP Return For 2014 Season

When Suzuki announced that they would be pulling out of MotoGP at the end of the 2011 season, they were keen to emphasize that the withdrawal was only temporary, saying they were planning a return to MotoGP in 2014. Though many paddock regulars were sceptical about such a suggestion, Suzuki are sticking to their guns, it seems.

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2012 Qatar MotoGP Press Release Previews: Repsol, Gresini, Ducati, Yamaha, and Aspar

The first batch of press releases from the MotoGP teams ahead of the season opener at Qatar:


Repsol Honda Team head to Qatar to begin Defence of Titles

The 2012 MotoGP World Championship officially starts this weekend in Qatar, the small Peninsula off the Persian Gulf, noted for hosting the only race of the calendar under floodlights. The Grand Prix of Qatar is, without any doubt, one of the most spectacular races of the season.

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Dani Pedrosa Issues Public Apology After Arrest: "I Made a Mistake"

Dani Pedrosa has issued a formal apology to his fans over his arrest for attempting to cheat during an exam for his yachtmaster certification. In a written statement from his lawyers and disseminated to the Spanish media, Pedrosa stated that he had "taken some bad advice and made a mistake."

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2012 Imola WSBK and WSS Post Test Press Releases

Press releases from the WSBK teams and the WSBK press office after the one-day test at Imola:


THE ALTHEA RACING TEAM CONCLUDES OFFICIAL TESTING AT THE IMOLA CIRCUIT

Imola (Italy), Monday 2nd April 2012: following on from Carlos Checa and Althea Racing’s brilliant double win in yesterday’s SBK races, the team was back to work today, at the same circuit of Imola, to participate in official testing with both Checa and Davide Giugliano.

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2012 Imola WSBK and WSS Test Times: Sykes and Parkes Fastest, Lascorz Seriously Injured

Tragedy overshadowed the World Superbike test held on the day after the Imola round of WSBK. Kawasaki rider Joan Lascorz crashed heavily between Tosa and Piratella, breaking his collarbone and shoulder blade, and fracturing his T6 vertebra. Lascorz was airlifted to the local Bologna hospital, where he underwent surgery to treat his injuries.

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Dani Pedrosa Arrested And Released Over Alleged Yachtmaster Examination Fraud

Dani Pedrosa was arrested and released by Spanish police in Valencia on Saturday, March 31st for allegedly attempting to cheat during an examination required to obtain Yachtmaster certification. The Spaniard was arrested as part of an operation by the Spanish Guardia Civil national police force against a network involved in helping people cheat while sitting their yachtmaster exams, under the auspices of the Valencia regional government.

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The Crystal Ball: A Few Predictions For The 2012 MotoGP Season

In a week's time, the first race of the 2012 MotoGP season will be wrapped up and finished, and with a full preseason of testing behind us, it's time to take a look at the upcoming year. A lot is expected of the new season, and there's a lot to talk about, with a return to 1000cc MotoGP bikes, a brand new Ducati GP12, the advent of the CRT bikes, and much, much more. Time to make some predictions for the 2012 season.

Predicted Final 2012 MotoGP Championship Standings:

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