Scott Jones, Ducati Corse

2011 Qatar Day 1 Photos: Captured By Scott Jones

The tale of MotoGP so far: Where is everybody?

Testing and racing, two different things. Valentino Rossi suddenly made up a good few positions during FP1

More Qatar Test Images From The Nikon Of Scott Jones

Rossi talking to the engineers. He's had to do a lot of that this preseason

Ben Spies is starting to seriously worry the competition

Rossi's Verdict On Shoulder After Misano Test: Painful And Weak

Valentino Rossi took to the track today, to assess the state of his shoulder ahead of the resumption of official testing for the MotoGP class next week. Banned from testing a MotoGP bike, Rossi instead tested a WSBK-spec Ducati 1198SP, putting in a respectable 25 laps of the Italian circuit, just a few miles from his home, to judge his strength, mobility and fitness.

The verdict, according to a press release issued by Ducati Corse, is not good, but it is no worse than expected either. "It hurts a lot and isn't very strong," is how Rossi summed up the state of his shoulder after the test, though he added that the test "more or less confirmed what we expected." At Ducati's launch event in Italy, the Italian had told the press that he did not expect to be back at full fitness until May 1st, and this press release confirms those statements.

The 2011 Ducati Desmosedici GP11 MotoGP Bike - Photos And Video

Yellow vs White: Ducati's 2011 MotoGP team

So many sponsors are lining up at Ducati that they're using every available space to put stickers on

Wrooom Photos: Nicky Hayden In Full Ducati Colors, With A Guy Called Rossi

The photos are already all over the internet, and will be filling up the pages of the motorcycle racing press (or what remains of it). That doesn't prevent us from jumping on the bandwagon, and publishing a few of the press shots released by Ducati of Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi in full Ducati Corse getup. Click on the photos for desktop-sized images, and enjoy!

The 2011 Marlboro Ducati MotoGP team

Fortunately, Rossi and Hayden get along well

The same cannot be said of the Ferrari team. Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa are joining Rossi and Hayden at Madonna di Campiglio

2010 Photo Retrospective, Part 1: Scott Jones MotoGP Photos

The Omen: Valentino Rossi's Laguna Seca helmet merely confirmed that he was leaving Yamaha

A mixed year: Capirossi's struggles on the Suzuki convinced him to move on, while Bautista grew as the season progressed

Last Chance To Get Pre-Sale Discount On 2011 Calendar!

Well, the presses have stopped rolling, and a stack of 2011 Motorcycle Racing Calendars are sitting at the printers waiting to be delivered. That means shipping will start some time on Monday (or Tuesday morning at the latest), and the calendars will start winging their way to their lucky owners.

It also means that the pre-sale period will come to an end, and the price will go up, from $19.95 plus S&H to $21.95 plus S&H. So if you want to take advantage of our pre-sales discount, secure in the knowledge that your calendar is just a few days away from dropping onto your doormat, then you have to hurry. The prices go up on Monday night.

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Scott Jones Indianapolis Photos - Part 2

Valentino Rossi's leg has healed sufficiently to perform his pre-ride rituals again

Kenny Noyes' homecoming did not go as the likeable American had hoped

That faux-hawk hairdo didn't work out for Nicky. It was gone by Misano

Scott Jones' Indianapolis Photos - Part 1

Being a Texan, Ben Spies is naturally unfazed at being thrown out of the saddle

Nico Terol shows that blue can be the fastest color

Seeing eye-to-eye: Colin Edwards ...

The Heart Of Racing: The 2010 Indy Mile

There is something beautiful to be found in a form of racing that's less about technology and TV rights than it is about simply trying to beat the other fellah with whatever you can afford to bring to the track. Sometimes the other fellah isn't a fellah at all, and sometimes he or she has better gear than you. But you do the best you can with what you brought and even if it takes a quick wrap of duct tape or a tie of bailing wire, you do your damnedest to make it to the next heat.

You don't lounge in a fancy RV between races, and your bike doesn't arrive in a shiny tractor-trailer and it doesn't plug into a computer. You drive yourself, or your dad or your cousin takes a turn, with your bike in the back of the van or on a flat bed trailer, and you sleep in a well-used sleeping bag that smells of solvent and dust.

Race results and championship standings

Randy Mamola Interview - Moto2 Needs Homologated Engines, Not Single Engines

Randy Mamola rides the Ducati X2 two-seater MotoGP bike at Laguna Seca, 2010 

Randy Mamola truly is a MotoGP legend. The American may never have won a championship, but the perennial runner up was always a huge favorite with both the fans and the media. To this day, Mamola is still a regular face in the paddock, the American riding the Ducati X2 two-seater for VIPs and guests, although budget cuts and the loss of the live broadcast rights meant that he is no longer the pit lane reporter for British Eurosport.

Mamola holds strong opinions about the sport of MotoGP, which regular expounds both in his column for US magazine Road Racer X and on the Alpinestars website.'s Scott Jones caught up with Mamola at Laguna Seca, to get his take on the Moto2 class.

MotoMatters: Randy, now that we're half way through the 2010 season, what are your thoughts on Moto 2 and what might be done to improve it next year?

Scott Jones Shoots Laguna: More From Race And QP At The Dry Lake

A spectacular setting for a race, aided in no small part by money from Mazda

This Ducati will be wearing the same number in 2011

And this rider will have an old teammate next door to him again

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