Every year, ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, motorcycle racing fans come together with the stars of the sport to raise money for Riders for Health at the Day of Champions. This year is no exception, and as ever, a host of events will be put on at Silverstone for the fans. For anyone wanting to obtain a piece of priceless racing memorabilia, the auction is the place to be, held all day close to the main entrance, and hosted by Eurosport commentators Julian Ryder and Toby Moody, Riders for Health founder Randy Mamola, and BBC presenter Matt Roberts.
Press release previews of this weekend's British Grand Prix at Silverstone from the MotoGP teams:
MotoGP Heads to Silverstone for the Grand Prix of Great Britain
The first and most important piece in the jigsaw puzzle that is MotoGP's silly season for 2013 has fallen into place. This morning, Yamaha issued a press release announcing that they have signed Jorge Lorenzo to a new two-year deal, meaning the 2010 World Champion will remain with Yamaha for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Casey Stoner's retirement at the end of this season had massively boosted Lorenzo's market value.
MotoGP's 2013 Silly Season is one of the most complicated in many years. Though the retirement of Casey Stoner has opened up the market, the real complication lies with two factors, and the way those two interact. The issue can be summed up in a single question: what are we going to do with Marc Marquez?
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after this weekend's round of the series at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli:
WSBK Misano - Team Italia FMI wraps up 4th and 5th places in the Stk1000
Barrier wins in Misano. La Marra finishes ahead of Savadori. A red flag during the fourth lap splits the race in two.
At the start of the Fim Cup Stock1000, Eddi La Marra takes off and defends his pole position, while Lorenzo Savadori, 6th on the grid, is third at Turn 1.
On the weekend where the Misano World Circuit was formally renamed in honour of Marco Simoncelli, the World Superbike championship gave us the kind of racing of which Simoncelli would be proud; close, aggressive and with just a hint of over-exuberance.
Aggressive overtakes, including some questionable ones, dominated the action as riders charged to the front from throughout the grid, causing some upsets and potentially affecting the championship.
If a racer gains places while leaving the track, he has to concede those places quickly or get penalised with a ride-through. Race Direction will hold a yellow board with the rider's number and the number of places they need to give up to avoid the ride through. With a confusing start, including a rider clipping another on the grid, a few riders made off-track excursions on the first few corners.
With the championship favourites qualifying poorly, there was a lot of uncertainty going into this race. Tyre choice was predicted to be a major factor, with Carlos Checa saying yesterday “the tyre choice will be key.” He was proved right.
Today, Misano World Circuit finalised its association with the late Marco Simoncelli by formally adopting and unveiling its new name: Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. While this was announced last November, only today was the name and logo, designed by Aldo Drudi, unveiled.
Twenty minutes into qualifying and the only change was that Sheridan Morais had finally recorded a lap time.
As the session progressed, Jules Cluzel joined Sam Lowes in the 1'38s, while Lowes was unable to beat the pole position time he set yesterday. Many riders were able to get quick times through the first two sectors, but the last two were where potential pole positions were quashed.
It had to happen; Rain came to Misano. While the rain had finished by the time Superpole started, it was declared a wet Superpole, which gives us two twenty-minute sessions instead of the three shorter ones we would get with a dry session.
Part of the track was still damp, but the sun was drying it out quickly, and some riders decided to wait until later in the session before heading out. This gamble proved to be a mistake for Carlos Checa who ran out of time before being able to set a time to qualify for Superpole 2 and will start from 16th.
Jules Cluzel snatched the fastest time at the chequered flag, with a time that would have put him in eight yesterday, in a session that riders looked to be using to chase settings instead of fast times. Roberto Tamburini went within a tenth of a second of his tenth position qualifying time and managed to go second fastest.
With few riders able to match their best times set yesterday for the first half of this qualifying session, it looked like finding a setup in today's conditions was tricky, but at the halfway mark, Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea lead the way to faster times, even if they were still over a second off Troy Corser's 2010 fastest lap of 1'35.001.