Ducati Boss Cicognani Explains "Junior Team" Strategy: "A Different Approach Compared To The Past"

Ducati is on the verge of a large-scale overhaul of a major part of its MotoGP strategy. In 2013, its approach to satellite teams is set to change radically, with its satellite structure set to receive factory-spec Desmosedicis and have a much closer relationship with the Borgo Panigale factory, Ducati boss Alessandro Cicognani told MotoMatters.com. "The main goal is to have a more competitive bike," Cicognani said, speaking to us after the race at Mugello.

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Repsol Press Release: Casey Stoner Talks About Defending His MotoGP Title

After yesterday's interview with Dani Pedrosa, it was just a matter of time before the Repsol Media Service issued their tradition mid-season interview with reigning World Champion Casey Stoner. In the intervew, The Australian talks to the Repsol PR team about his season so far, the difficulties of defending a championship, the intense level of competition at the top of the championship, and what to expect from Marc Marquez when he moves up to the premier class. The full text of the press release interview is below:

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Bridgestone Press Release: Masao Azuma Talks Racing Hard And Soft Tires At Laguna Seca

Bridgestone issued their usual post-race debrief after the Laguna Seca round of MotoGP. This time, Masao Azuma discusses the different strategies used to make both hard and soft compounds at the US GP. The press release is below:

Laguna Seca MotoGP™ debrief with Masao Azuma

Wednesday 1 August 2012

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium, Hard. Rear: Soft, Medium (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Hard (Main), Soft (Alternative)

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Duo Interview: Nicky Hayden And Crew Chief Juan Martinez On Working Together

The second pair of subjects in our series of interviews with rider and crew chief are Nicky Hayden and Juan Martinez. After Hayden left Honda and joined Ducati, he was first paired with Cristhian Pupulin - or Pipi, as he is called by the Italians in Ducati - but after a few races, Ducati switched Pupulin's role and recruited Juan Martinez to take over as crew chief. Since then, the relationship has blossomed, with the Kentuckian and the Spaniard building a good understanding of each other and getting to grips well with the difficult Ducati.

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Repsol Press Release: An Interview With Dani Pedrosa At The Season Halfway Mark

Going into the summer break, the ever industrious Repsol Media service have issued a press release containing an interview with Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa, in which the Spaniard looks back over the season so far. In the interview, Pedrosa also discusses how the 1000s have affected the racing, what it takes to win a race this year, what influence the tires have had and the prospect of sharing a garage with Marc Marquez.

Read the interview in full below:

“This year we are all at the limit of our possibilities”

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2012 Laguna Seca MotoGP Post-Race Round Up: Contrasting Styles, Racing Softs, And A Decision Is Nigh

Laguna Seca has a habit of throwing the championship a curve ball. The epic race between Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi in 2008 was a prime example, a turning point in the championship when Rossi halted what looked like the inexorable rise of Casey Stoner. Last year, too, Laguna proved to be key moment in the championship, when Stoner stopped Jorge Lorenzo's resurgence with one of the bravest passes in racing for a long time, through the ultra-fast Turn 1.

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2012 Laguna Seca MotoGP Race Result: Tense Duel Settled In Final Laps

Results and summary of the Red Bull US GP race at Laguna Seca:

Casey Stoner has won the Red Bull US GP at Laguna Seca for the second year running, beating Jorge Lorenzo with a pass in the same corner as 2011. Stoner's victory halts Lorenzo's recent momentum, but the Spaniard's 2nd place means that Stoner only gets back 5 points in the championship, leaving Lorenzo with a comfortable lead going into the summer break.

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One More Week: Ducati Awaiting Rossi Decision On Future

Just seven more days, and the biggest open piece of MotoGP's puzzle should be slotted into place. On Saturday night, Valentino Rossi met with Ducati CEO Gabriele Del Torchio, to discuss the details of the offer Ducati have for Rossi, and this morning, Del Torchio told French journalist Michel Turco that he expected to know Rossi's answer within the next seven days. The money from Ducati is generous, some 17 million euros a season, if the rumors are to be believed, but the money will not be the important part of the deal.

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2012 Laguna Seca MotoGP Warm Up Result: Stoner Edges Lorenzo In Crash-Filled Session

MotoGP warm up was delayed by an hour because of fog. The fog had left the track a little greasy in spots, as Nicky Hayden crashed at Turn 5 on his out lap, and later in the session, both Alvaro Bautista and Jorge Lorenzo went down at Turn 11. Lorenzo's crash did not slow him down: he led for most of the session, only losing out at the very end, when Casey Stoner sneaked past by one thousandth of a second, the smallest possible margin. Lorenzo ended up 2nd, ahead of Dani Pedrosa and the inseparable Monster Tech 3 Yamaha paring of Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow.

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2012 Laguna Seca Saturday Round Up: Lorenzo's Blistering Pace, Stoner's Traffic Problems and Rossi's Ducati Offer

Despite dominating the championship so far, Jorge Lorenzo does not get a lot of pole positions. Except at Laguna: though this was only his third of the season, Saturday's pole position was Lorenzo's fourth in a row at the circuit, and he secured it in convincing style. The circuit record tumbled - it had stood since 2008, set by Casey Stoner when he looked on his way to dominating the US GP at Laguna, before his run in with Valentino Rossi.

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