The news this morning that Dani Pedrosa was to undergo an operation to fix a loose fragment of bone in his collarbone came as a confirmation that there were further problems with the collarbone Pedrosa had had fixed after his crash with Marco Simoncelli at Le Mans. What caused the problem is unknown (despite the rumors in the Spanish and Italian press) but it required yet another operation, his third in 71 days on his collarbone.
Press release previews of the Aragon round from the Honda, BMW, Althea Ducati, Kawasaki and Yamaha World Superbike and World Supersport teams:
More Success The Aim At Motorland
WSS, Motorland Aragon, Spain, 14 June 2011
A win for Broc Parkes last weekend sees both he and his Spanish team-mate David Salom head to Aragon full of confidence for round six of a championship that Broc now leads by five points.
Here's Bridgestone's usual post-race press release discussing tire performance after the latest MotoGP round at Silverstone:
British Grand Prix debrief with Hirohide Hamashima
Round 6: British GP – Post-race debrief
Silverstone Circuit, Tuesday 14 June 2011
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium. Rear (asymmetric): Medium, Hard
Wet compounds available: Front: Soft. Rear: Soft
The collarbone that Dani Pedrosa broke at Le Mans continues to plague him. The Repsol Honda Team today announced that Pedrosa has entered hospital this afternoon for further surgery on his injured collarbone. According to the press release, the surgery is to fix a fragment of bone that has shifted and pin it back in place.
After 10 days of delay, the list of 2012 MotoGP entries has finally been announced. Or rather, the list of entries under the CRT rules, as the new manufacturers (such as Norton) talking about entering the class on the same footing as the factory teams have yet to be announced, with talks ongoing between the FIM, Dorna, IRTA and the new manufacturers about who will be admitted and on what grounds.
Prior to last weekend's MotoGP round, Suzuki team issued an interesting press release detailing the tire development work going on between Suzuki and Bridgestone. The press release appears below:
TYRE DEVELOPMENT WITH BRIDGESTONE
Team Suzuki Press Office - June 9.
Behind the scenes at a race weekend with Rizla Suzuki MotoGP and its long-standing partner Bridgestone Tyres.
The big surprise at Silverstone was not so much the crashes - given the conditions, it was just a matter of waiting for them to happen - it was the riders who crashed out. That Marco Simoncelli went down is less of a surprise - the Italian is fast, but still errs on the side of bravery, with predictable consequences - but putting money on Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies to crash would have got you long odds indeed, and given a tidy return.
The saga of the CRT teams continues to drag on. The full list of accepted entries was due to be published at last weekend's Barcelona MotoGP round, but last-minute haggling over rule changes has held back the announcement. More meetings were held over the Silverstone weekend, with the factories (assembled in the MSMA) meeting with Dorna on Thursday, and Dorna and IRTA meeting on Friday to discuss the outcome, leading to publication of the entry list being held back until coming Wednesday, June 15th.
Press releases from the MotoGP team after the race at Silverstone:
1-2 for the Repsol Honda Team in Silverstone
Casey Stoner signs his fourth victory of the season and takes the lead of the overall classification. His team mate Andrea Dovizioso, second, accompanies him on the podium