Casey Stoner pulled double press conference duty ahead of his home Grand Prix at Phillip Island. As the Australian round of MotoGP is Stoner's home race, he gave an extra press conference for event sponsor IVECO, where he spoke to the Australian press. Among the subjects he talked about were racing at Phillip Island, riding Honda, the problems at Ducati and the prospect of his first child. Fortunately, the organizers of the Australian MotoGP round recorded the whole press conference, and posted it on their Youtube page for the fans to see. Here's what Stoner had to say:
After yesterday's successful launch of the Ducati Desmosedici GP12 on sponsor TIM's Facebook page, Ducati have put the video of the launch up on their Youtube page for everyone who missed it the first time round. As the original was almost entirely in Italian - with the obvious exception of Nicky Hayden, who understands more Italian than he lets on, but is cautious about speaking it - Ducati have thoughtfully voiced the original over in English.
Here's the video, courtesy of Ducati Motor Holding:
The Honda World Superbike team has long led the way in taking advantage of the opportunities afforded by the internet in promoting their team and their sponsors, and they have just launched another innovative and interesting series of videos aimed at giving the fans a better understanding of what riding a WSBK machine entails.
There is no real mystery to why Yamaha signed Valentino Rossi. His seven MotoGP titles are a sign of his undisputed talent, and despite two years in the wilderness at Ducati, he is expected to be competitive from the start of the 2013 MotoGP season. But with the reigning MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo already signed, there was more to Yamaha's decision than the need for a competitive rider.
The Repsol Media Service, ever eager for publicity, issued the following video after the second MotoGP test at Sepang. In it, we ride with Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez around the Sepang track, viewed from a number of different perspectives. Observant viewers will note that the dashboard has been carefully blacked out, and music has been added to disguise the engine note, with some ingenious souls having used previous videos to measure engine revs and guess at firing orders. The press release and video are show below:
The best footage of the Repsol riders in Sepang testing
After two testing visits to Malaysia, Dani Pedrosa and Marc Márquez leave Sepang with their homework completed and with a positive outlook.
With the second preseason test of 2013 completed and riders and with the roar of the MotoGP bikes still ringing in the ears, we look back at the best footage of the Repsol riders at the test in the following video.
The Repsol Media Service issued yet another video today, this time containing a brief double interview with Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez. In the interview, the two men talk about what it means to them to be racing in Repsol colors, and more particularly for Repsol Honda, and their memories of former Repsol Honda champions such as Mick Doohan and Alex Criville. The press release and video are show below:
The Repsol Honda team according to Pedrosa and Marquez
Veteran World Superbike TV commentator - and commentator of many other premium motorsports series - Jonathan Green has been enlisted by the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, to help promote the Austin round of MotoGP, scheduled for 21st April this year. To this end, Green engaged the help of Colin Edwards to talk him around the track, and explain the ins and outs of the Texas circuit.
Despite the wind noise which blights some of the commentary, it offers an interesting insight into the nature of the track, with Edwards helping to unlock some of the secrets of the circuit. The video follows below:
As part of the launch of their 2013 MotoGP campaign, Yamaha issued a bumper crop of videos featuring interviews with key figures in the team. The videos are all posted on Yamaha's Youtube channel, but we have made a selection of some of them below.
First up are the riders. The first interview is with 2012 MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo:
Next is returning former champion Valentino Rossi:
The Repsol Media Service has issued yet another video today, this time, a dual interview with Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. In it, the pair discuss each other's styles, talk about the comparisons between the two, and also their best races. The video is in Spanish, but with English subtitles:
Pedrosa and Marquez: Cross Analysis
With little over a week to go before the start of the World Championship season in Qatar, the Repsol Honda riders talk about one another –looking at their sporting development and their riding styles.
Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez form one of the strongest duos on the grid. After positive preseason testing performances, both are counting down the days to the start of the 2013 MotoGP season.
In this video, the reigning MotoGP World Championship runner-up and the Moto2 titlist share thoughts and memories, with plenty of smiles and laughter along the way.
The private test which Yamaha and Honda held at the Austin circuit in mid-February was an opportunity for the media to provide freer coverage of the event. Free of Dorna's monopoly on video coverage of MotoGP - the test took place privately, outside of the auspices of Dorna, which runs most of the other tests - news organizations (and teams) were able to shoot their own coverage of the event.
Having sent Andrew Elder to the test, MotoMatters.com also had video footage of the riders. Andrew shot footage of the rider debriefs that take place at the end of every day, which we will be posting up over the next few days (despite being a couple of weeks out of date) in the run up to the season opener at Qatar. This is the raw material on which the journalists from around the world base their reporting of events on.
The first videos are of Valentino Rossi, talking after the first and second days of testing. Rossi talks in detail about the track, and about his expectations of the event at Austin. He also discusses where the Hondas appear to have the advantage over the Yamahas at Austin.