2011 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 3 Press Release Roundup

Here's the final round of press releases from the Sepang MotoGP test:


Stoner sets scorching pace in Sepang; top three faster than outright record

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia – Second pre-season test
Tuesday 22 – Thursday 24 February 2011
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Hard, Extra Hard. Rear: Medium, Hard

The second of the pre-season tests at the Malaysian Sepang International Circuit was brought to a close today after three dry and hot days of running, despite rain threatening the final 45minutes of Thursday.

The track temperature reached a high of 57 degrees Celsius, and the fastest times on each day were set in the cooler morning or late afternoon runs. The third and final day of the test was the fastest overall, with the leading Repsol Honda duo of Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa both lapping the 5.5km circuit in under two minutes. The top three riders also each lapped quicker than the official circuit best lap of 2m 00.518s, set by Valentino Rossi in 2009.


2011 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 2 Roundup - Same Ol' Same Ol'

If the fact that Honda appear to have produced a fairly competitive racing motorcycle in the 2011 RC212V had managed to pass you by, the times from the second day of testing at Sepang will have grabbed you, punched you in the face and screamed "IT'S REALLY, REALLY FAST!" In fact reports from the second MotoGP test at Sepang have become fairly monotonous, with the headlines almost writing themselves: Honda Fastest on Day {insert day here} of Testing.

2011 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 2 Press Release Roundup

The press releases issued after the 2nd day of testing at Sepang:


The Repsol Honda Team made full use of the second day of testing at the Sepang circuit to continue working on the 2011 RC212V prototype. All three riders went back on track at 10h30 and began with a kind of "time attack" that placed them in the top three positions on the time sheets from the start to the end of the session.


2011 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 1 Round Up - And The Winner Is ...

Two-and-a-half weeks after they departed, the MotoGP riders are back in Malaysia, and it's almost as if they had never been away. The Hondas and - to a lesser extent - the Yamahas are dominating, with the Ducatis further back, and Valentino Rossi still a second off the fastest man, who, once again, is Casey Stoner on the Repsol Honda.

Despite the resemblances to the first Sepang tests, there are some subtle differences, however. Casey Stoner is clearly fast, but just how fast only becomes clear when you look at the Australian's lap chart. While a group of riders, including Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo, Ben Spies and Andrea Dovizioso had managed a handful of laps in the 2'01 bracket, Stoner set fully 17 laps in 2'01, two of those within a tenth of cracking into the 2'00s. And he was on that pace all day, in the cooler morning and evening, as well as the heat of the day.

2011 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 1 Press Release Roundup

Here's what the teams had to say after the first day of testing at Sepang:

Rizla Suzuki begins second test in detailed fashion


2011 WSBK Phillip Island Test Press Release Roundup

A round up of the press releases issued after the World Superbike test at Phillip Island:



2011 WSBK Phillip Island Test Day 1 Roundup - What Ducati Pullout?

There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth when Ducati announced they would be not be fielding a factory team in the World Superbike series in 2011, and much fingerpointing and dark mutterings of the price of signing Valentino Rossi. The general consensus was that this was a huge mistake, and would cost Ducati dearly in terms of exposure in their most crucial market.

But there was no sign of that on the first day of the final test of the year at Phillip Island, less than a week before the first race of the 2011 season. At the end of day 1, a red-and-white Ducati - bearing an all-too-familiar resemblance to the former factory color schemes - topped the timesheets, with a former factory Ducati rider - albeit in MotoGP - aboard. Carlos Checa did not so much as stun the field on Monday, as completely destroy any illusions that his competitors may have had of keeping up, smashing the lap record and taking a 1 second lead over the rest of the field. Ducatis followed in spots 2 and 3, with the Liberty Racing team of Sylvain Guintoli and Jakub Smrz completing the top three, the teammates separated by just one hundredth of a second. 

Dorna Get Their Man: Corrado Cecchinelli appointed MotoGP Director of Technology

It's been hard being Carmelo Ezpeleta these past few years. Ever since the capacity reduction to 800cc, MotoGP fans all around the world have been baying for the Dorna CEO's blood. The fans blamed Ezpeleta personally for killing off the spectacular 990s and allowing the 800s to degenerate into the rather sterile racing that it has become.

Yet Ezpeleta had little say in the capacity change: under the terms of the contract between the MSMA (the manufacturers' association) and Dorna, the MSMA would get to draw up the technical regulations, and the other parties in the Grand Prix Commission (MotoGP's rulemaking body) would accept what the MSMA put forward. The MSMA, it was felt, knew what they wanted from the series, and as they were providing the bikes, they should get to make the rules.

Pramac Team Launch Press Release


Amazing location for the official presentation of the Pramac Racing Team 2011.

On board MSC Fantasia, the flagship of MSC Cruises fleet, at the port of Genoa, Paolo Campinoti and his new riders, Loris Capirossi and Randy de Puniet, unveiled the new Ducati GP11 satellite that will take part in the MotoGP World Championship 2011. The riders of the Pramac Racing Team arrived at the port of Genoa aboard two Ducati (Hypermotard and Monster) branded Pramac, with which they performed at the side of the vessel MSC Fantasia before boarding.

The press conference was also attended by Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Corse, and Federico Maccotta, Lombardy Area Manager of MSC Cruises.

MSC Fantasia, which together with her sister ship MSC Splendida, is the largest ship ever commissioned by a European ship owner. The ship - a masterpiece of Italian style with the perfect mix of high technology, elegance and exclusive services - has a very nice in every detail and is equipped with swimming pools, bars, restaurants, areas for relaxation and fun, a large health club and for those who want luxury and privacy without sacrificing the benefits that offer large cruise ship, the exclusive VIP area MSC Yacht Club.


2011 MotoGP Sepang 1 Day 3 Press Release Round Up

Here's the final round up of press releases from the teams and Bridgestone after the final day of testing at Sepang:


2011 MotoGP Sepang 1 Day 3 Round Up

That a Honda topped the timesheets at the end of the three-day test at Sepang should surprise exactly nobody. Hondas have dominated the timesheets throughout the Sepang test. That a satellite Honda should be fastest would perhaps be a little more surprising, were it not for the fact that Marco Simoncelli's RC212V is a full-fat factory machine with HRC backing.

But it was not all machine: Simoncelli has been impressive throughout the test, and has obviously matured after his rookie MotoGP year. The Italian told the press that he was feeling much calmer this year than last, and much of that is down to the fact that he isn't looking at a 2 second deficit to the leaders. HRC's decision to field four factory bikes is clearly paying off, as a different rider finished top on all three days.

All is not entirely sweetness and light in the Honda garage, though. It goes without saying that the bike is fast, and pretty good with it. But both Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso complained the bike was still moving around too much, though braking stability is greatly improved. Pedrosa is still switching back and forth between the 2010 and the 2011 bike, and is yet to be convinced that the 2011 bike is better. All three Repsol Honda riders will be testing the two chassis back-to-back at the next Sepang test, which starts in 19 days' time.

2011 MotoGP Sepang 1 Day 2 Press Release Round Up

Here are the press releases issued after the second day of testing at Sepang: 


2011 MotoGP Sepang 1 Day 2 Roundup

Day 2 of the Sepang test saw HRC pick up where they left off yesterday: with five of the top six on Honda RC212Vs, and Repsols in first, second and fourth. Wednesday saw Dani Pedrosa take top spot, getting within a couple of tenths of the pole record. The Spaniard setting the time very early, on just his 4th lap out of the pits when temperatures were still bearable. Yesterday's fastest man, meanwhile, waited until the end of the session to set his fastest time, Casey Stoner jumping from fifth into second as the track began once again to cool.

If the competition is worried now, things could get even worse: Pedrosa tried Honda's new engine at Sepang, which provides even more top-end power than the current one. It is also more aggressive, something that all of the Honda riders have complained about for the past few years- all except Casey Stoner, that is, who describes the Honda's power delivery as "smooth". With a high-power engine underneath them, and a chassis that is working very well except for a little chatter mid-corner, Hondas riders are already the hot favorites for 2011.

2011 MotoGP Sepang 1 Day 1 Press Release Round Up

The teams had plenty to say after the first day of testing. Here's the press releases we've received after Day 1 of Sepang 1:


2011 MotoGP Sepang 1 Day 1 Roundup

At last, the MotoGP bikes have taken to the track, and to the surprise of absolutely nobody, Casey Stoner was the fastest man at the end of the first day of testing, and by a comfortable margin. But Stoner's time is a little deceptive: set at the end of the day, as the track started to cool, making life a little easier on the tires and quickening the track. At 5pm local time, Stoner was 5th fastest, four tenths off Jorge Lorenzo's time, but four laps later, the Australian had lopped well over three quarters of a second off his best time and had taken over top spot.

Before Stoner stormed to the top of the timesheets, two Spaniards spent their time contending the top slot. Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo came out on top in the fight, just edging out Stoner's Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa. Both Spaniards have stay put this year, and 2011 already looks like seeing a continuation of the battle which unfolded over the 2010 season, once Honda got Pedrosa's RC212V sorted. Pedrosa's shoulder does not appear to be troubling the Spaniard, as he put in an impressive total of 62 laps of the Sepang circuit, in typically hot and humid Malaysian weather.

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