There was clearly something very nasty in the water at Estoril. For almost as soon as the riders rolled into the paddock in Portugal, the atmosphere soured badly, with verbal sparring matches breaking out between Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner, and Jorge Lorenzo and Marco Simoncelli. Rossi and Stoner clashed over the crash at Jerez, when the Italian accidentally took out the Honda man in a crash at turn 1. Lorenzo and Simoncelli, in turn, clashed over Lorenzo's accusations that Simoncelli was a dangerous rider, a claim refuted by the Gresini Honda rider.
The first of the press release previews for this weekend's MotoGP action at Le Mans, with, as a bonus, a promotional video from Honda, featuring Casey Stoner riding the CBR1000RR:
The last of the press releases issued by the teams after the 2011 World Superbike round at Monza, from Yamaha and Paul Bird Motorsport's Kawasaki team:
Spectacular Double Victory for Laverty and the Yamaha World Superbike Team
World Superbike Rookie, Eugene Laverty, put on a sensational display of race craft today to take a well earned double victory on his team's home track in Monza. Today's success signified not only Laverty's maiden win but also his first podium finish to date in the 2011 World Superbike Championship.
Winning a world championship requires several key ingredients: talent, skill, hard work, intelligence, courage, and a little bit of luck along the way. The ratio of each of those ingredients may vary for each individual champion - with the exception of hard work, the level of dedication to the sport remaining the same for everyone - but the factors involved are always the same.
Press releases from the teams after the World Superbike and World Supersport races at Monza:
Monza podium for Foret
Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider Fabien Foret finished third in today's fourth round World Supersport championship race held at Monza in Italy, the race being won by British rider Chaz Davies, as Foret's team-mate, Florian Marino took seventh place.
Results and summary of World Superbikes race 2 at Monza:
Eugene Laverty has taken the double at Monza, by winning a bizarre and nail-biting second World Superbike race with an icy cool last-corner pass.
Results and summary of the World Supersport race from Monza:
Chaz Davies has taken victory for the second World Supersport race in a row, sealing a dominant weekend at Monza with a win.
Results and summary of World Superbike Race 1 at Monza:
Eugene Laverty has taken victory in the first World Superbike race of the Monza WSBK event, riding as near to a perfect race as it is possible to do to beat Max Biaggi.
Three hundred and thirty-four point eight kilometers per hour. Two hundred and eight miles per hour. By any conceivable measure, that's fast, and the fact that Max Biaggi's lap time of 1'41.745 is nearly two-thirds of a second faster than the man in second place, Eugene Laverty, and four-tenths faster than anyone else has ever gone at Monza merely underlines the Roman Emperor's dominance at the Italian circuit, which sits in the suburbs of Milan.
Press releases issued after qualifying by the World Superbike and World Supersport teams at Monza:
Monza – Qualifying Practice 2 & Superpole.
Saturday, 07 May 2011.
Weather conditions: Sunny.
Temperature: Air: 20 – 25 °C, Track: 34 – 43 °C
Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 1:42.934 min
Fastest lap Superpole 3: Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing) 1:41.745 min
Chaz Davies continues to hold Monza firmly in his grip, the ParkinGO Yamaha rider now having set the fastest time in every session at the Italian circuit. Davies improved on his fastest time from yesterday, coming close to cracking the pole record held by Eugene Laverty. Parkalgar Honda's Sam Lowes is back in the groove at Monza, despite the young Briton's still healing collarbone, Lowes moving up into 2nd spot, ahead of Kawasaki's Broc Parkes. Hannspree Ten Kate's Fabien Foret completes the front row, with the Yamahas of Roberto Tamburini and Luca Sasa heading up row two.
Results from all three Superpole sessions at Monza: