Results of the first qualifying session for the World Supersport class at Assen:
Results of the first session of free practice for the World Superbike class at Assen:
Results of the first session of free practice for the World Supersport class at Assen :
After just two rounds of the World Superbike championship, the Althea Ducati juggernaut looks just about unstoppable. Four races, three wins, and a worst result of 3rd puts Carlos Checa very much in the driving seat of the 2011 championship.
Yet another press release, this one from Yamaha's World Superbike and World Supersport teams previewing the Assen round:
Yamaha World Superbike Team Arrives in Assen for Round Three of the World Superbike Championship
A few more previews from the teams. This time, press releases from Althea Ducati, the Parkalgar Honda squad, PTR Romania and Bogdanka PTR, plus the Ten Kate Supersport team:
Lowes and Praia rate Assen
PARKALGAR HONDA'S Miguel Praia is looking to turn Assen into one of his favourite tracks when he visits it for the third round of the World Supersport Championship this weekend.
Yesterday, I made a minor change to the website (technical details below), and since then, a few people have reported having problems logging into the website. The problem is caused by the cookies (the small files which tell your browser you are logged in to MotoMatters.com), and the way some web browsers interpret them and the change I made.
The debate has been rumbling under the surface for some time, but at Jerez it finally burst to the surface. It emerged that Marco Simoncelli and Valentino Rossi had submitted an informal proposal to the Safety Commission to examine having a combined minimum weight for both bike and rider in MotoGP, just as there currently is in the 125cc class. Their argument was that lighter riders had an unfair advantage, and that by setting a minimum weight, the larger riders would have a better chance of competing.
Shortly after the announcement that the track currently being built in Austin, Texas is to host the MotoGP series from 2013 onwards, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway press office issued a press release. It makes fascinating reading, more for what they don't say that what they do. The tone, however, is encouraging. Here's the official press release:
JEFF BELSKUS STATEMENT ABOUT AUSTIN MotoGP ANNOUNCEMENT
The MotoGP series is about to undergo a transformation in 2012, with the premier class returning to 1000cc engine capacity and the 125cc bikes being replaced by the 250cc four-stroke Moto3 formula. But the bikes are not the only thing due to change: the calendar itself is likely to undergo a radical transformation, with several new tracks being added while others disappear.
Honda's press offices provides previews from the Castrol Honda team and from all of the riders in the World Supersport class:
FIM SUPERBIKE / SUPERSPORT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
ROUND 03 MONDAY APRIL 17 ASSEN, NETHERLANDS.
REPEAT PERFORMANCES THE AIM FOR REA
Here's the next World Superbike preview for the upcoming race at Assen, this from the Castrol Honda team:
Castrol Honda team heads home to Assen
The Castrol Honda team is making final preparations for round three of the 2011 World Superbike championship at Assen in The Netherlands this weekend (15-17 April).
With the team's base just 50km south of the famous Dutch TT circuit, Assen represents a home race for Castrol Honda, even though its riders Jonathan Rea and Ruben Xaus hail from Northern Ireland and Spain respectively.
The first of the team previews for the Assen round of World Superbikes, including news that Chris Vermeulen is to make another attempt at racing for the Kawasaki team:
The Netherlands – Assen.
15 – 17 April 2011
03 of 13 race weekends
Yesterday, it was Valentino Rossi's turn; today, it was Nicky Hayden who got to ride the Ducati Desmosedici GP12 machine. Here's what he had to say to the Ducati Corse press office, complete with a couple of photos from the day:
NICKY HAYDEN COMPLETES DUCATI TEST AT JEREZ WITH THE GP12