Phillip Island, the best track on the calendar, according to just about everyone who races a motorcycle. There are those such as Dani Pedrosa, as he explained at the pre-event press conference, who have some bad memories of the track, from injury or, like Pedrosa, from riding here in pain, as he did last year when freshly back from surgery on his collarbone. But the track itself is spectacular, and offers all the thrills that riders love: long, fast corners where you slide the bike round at high speed. "You gotta be brave here," as Nicky Hayden put it.
Press releases from the World Supersport and World Superbike teams ahead of the final round in Portimao:
Kawasaki's Day battles to podium finish at Magny Cours World Superbike to keep championship hopes alive.
The USA's Joshua Day took a fighting third place in the European Superstock 600 race at Magny Cours this weekend but was unable to close the gap to championship leader Jed Metcher, who crossed the line just 0.04 seconds ahead of the young American.
The FIM today released an updated version of the provisional calendar it put out four weeks ago. The changes are few and far between, and though one round has been dropped, generally, the calendar is good news for fans. The round tentatively scheduled to take place on March 4th has been dropped, but that should hardly come as a surprise, as Infront, the WSBK series' organizers, were in talks with the Sepang ciruit in Malaysia to stage that race. Cost and a lack of agreement scuppered plans for an Asian round of World Superbikes.
MotoGP's ever-shrinking grid is becoming a reality as the end of the season approaches and teams start unveiling their plans for next year. The latest victim of the lack of sponsorship in the paddock is the Mapfre Aspar Ducati team, who look set to pull the plug on their partnership with Ducati and switch to a CRT bike.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams previewing the upcoming Phillip Island round this weekend:
DAMIAN CUDLIN TO FLY MAPFRE ASPAR TEAM FLAG AT PHILLIP ISLAND
Australian rider, who made his MotoGP debut last week in Japan, set to replace injured Héctor Barberá
Casey Stoner pulled double press conference duty ahead of his home Grand Prix at Phillip Island. As the Australian round of MotoGP is Stoner's home race, he gave an extra press conference for event sponsor IVECO, where he spoke to the Australian press. Among the subjects he talked about were racing at Phillip Island, riding Honda, the problems at Ducati and the prospect of his first child. Fortunately, the organizers of the Australian MotoGP round recorded the whole press conference, and posted it on their Youtube page for the fans to see. Here's what Stoner had to say:
The two-year contracts that all four of the MotoGP Aliens signed during 2010 have made for a very quiet silly season, with speculation on who will be riding where next season taking a very long time to get started.
After Yamaha's shock announcement that they will be pulling out of World Superbikes at the end of this season, their impressive rider pairing became World Superbike's hottest properties. Marco Melandri soon found a seat alongside Leon Haslam at BMW, but the fate of Eugene Laverty was still uncertain.
On the eve of the Australian round of MotoGP at Phillip Island comes official confirmation of Andrea Dovizioso's switch to the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team. As reported on Friday, Dovizioso has penned a one-year deal with Tech 3, lining up alongside Cal Crutchlow for 2012. Below is the official press release:
Tech 3 Yamaha and Andrea Dovizioso reach agreement for 2012
The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team is delighted to announce it has reached an agreement with Andrea Dovizioso for the 2012 MotoGP World Championship.
One of the larger pieces still remaining of the 2012 MotoGP puzzle has just dropped into place. According to reports from both Speedweek and GPOne.com, Andrea Dovizioso has signed a one-year deal to race with Herve Poncharal's Monster Tech 3 Yamaha for 2012, despite having an offer to ride a factory-spec Honda RC213V in Lucio Cecchinello's LCR Honda squad.
With just over a month to go until the Moto3 class replaces the 125cc two-strokes, the Grand Prix Commission has finalized the technical regulations governing the Moto3 class - with one or two relatively minor exceptions.