Scott Jones, Ducati Corse

2011 WSBK Miller Weather Update - A Pictorial Essay

It's wet in Utah. And to demonstrate exactly how wet, Scott Jones sent us a few photos illustrating the situation.

Note the fresh snow on the mountains behind Melissa Paris' pit board holder.

2011, WSBK, Miller, Saturday: Scott Jones' Photos, Part 1

Blue skies. They would not last long in Utah.

Il Corsaro is having a good weekend so far. But he still has some work to do to catch Checa

Ducati Press Release: Rossi Tests The Ducati At Mugello

As reported earlier this morning, Valentino Rossi spent the day at Mugello testing the 2012 Ducati Desmosedici GP12. The test had been laid on for Rossi to check the progress of next season's Ducati MotoGP machine, and test the updates made to the machine at the request of himself and teammate Nicky Hayden after the Jerez test back in April. Rossi also got to try out the new surface at Mugello, which he greatly approved of. Looking at the photos from the test (shown below), Mugello's brand new grandstand is also clearly visible, a marked improvement from the old grandstand at the circuit.


Rossi Tests At Silverstone During Official Opening - On A Road Bike

When Valentino Rossi broke his leg at Mugello last June, he was forced to miss the next three races, the first time he had done so since entering the World Championship back in 1996. The first of the races Rossi missed was the British Grand Prix at the newly restored venue of Silverstone, the track layout modified especially for the return of MotoGP. As a result of that accident, Rossi was the only rider left on the grid who had not ridden at the Silverstone circuit, and as the track counted as new on the calendar, the Italian was still entitled to test there to learn the layout.

Rossi's problem, of course, was that he could not simply turn up at a track day to learn the circuit, as Randy de Puniet did. While De Puniet is a big enough of a star to attract a far bit of attention at a track day, Valentino Rossi's celebrity means that he would never get a clear lap, or probably even a chance to go out and ride. 

MotoMatters' Ace Shooter Scott Jones Selling Stunning Prints In Aid Of Japan

Hector Barbera's Ducati Desmosedici GP11 at Losail, Qatar

If you follow my Facebook page, you may have seen a similar image a few weeks ago, and read the story about how many tries it took to get an instance of the blue fire. Here it is again for those who missed it.

Ducati Press Release: Hayden's Turn To Ride The GP12 - Now With Video

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:



Rossi Takes Ducati GP12 Out On Track - Including Photos And Video

The first of the 2012 MotoGP bikes - the bikes built to conform to the new regulations permitting machines of up to 1000cc - has taken to the track in testing, and with the most famous of names at the helm. Valentino Rossi rode the Ducati Desmosedici GP12 at Jerez today, getting his first laps on Ducati's 2012 MotoGP contender.

Details are limited, but reports at both and Sportmediaset are saying that Rossi took to the track at around 11am under clear skies and warm temperatures, with only strong winds causing any trouble for Rossi. What is clear from the video and photos is that the bike is very similar indeed to the GP11. The rear swingarm and linkage are visibly different, and the lower exhaust is very different to the unit fitted to the GP11. According to Sportmediaset. The times were respectable, but the engineers' main concern was fuel consumption. Though engine capacity is being expanded to a maximum of 1000cc, the bikes will still only have a maximum fuel allowance of 21 liters, exactly the same amount the 800s are allowed.

The Last Of Scott Jones Photos From Qatar

The Usual Suspects

Don't walk away

Photos From Qatar: Scott Jones Keeps 'Em Coming

A star is born?

Rumors that the Honda is rocket-assisted are completely unfounded

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

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