Archive - Press Release
April 22nd, 2014
The return to Argentina marks 15 years since Grand Prix motorcycle racing last visited the South American country. But it also marks another anniversary, which the Aspar team chose to celebrate in a press release. 20 years ago, at the Buenos Aires circuit, Jorge 'Aspar' Martinez took his final Grand Prix victory, winning the 125cc race on a Yamaha. The press release looking back at that occasion appears below:
The final victory of a Champion
“It is twenty years ago now but when I think about my races they feel like only yesterday. I can still remember which gear I took in which corner at every circuit. I even surprise myself.” These are the words of one of the greatest World Champions of all time, Jorge Martínez ‘Aspar’. This season is the twentieth anniversary of his final victory, in Argentina, a country that welcomes the return of motorcycle Grand Prix racing this weekend. Aspar’s last ever win came in the capital city of Buenos Aires, whilst this weekend's racing takes place many miles away at the remote but spectacular Termas de Río Hondo circuit.
It is impossible for the Spanish legend to forget that moment in Argentina, the final time he stepped onto the top of a World Championship podium. Not that he knew it at the time, of course, but that win would be the cherry on the cake of an incredible career and a statistic that would go down in history. The season was 1994: “A year I remember very fondly. We did a great job, enjoyed ourselves a lot and had some good results although the victory was very hard to come by,” reflects ‘Aspar’.
Yamaha were as honest as their bikes: reliable, with good acceleration but a top speed deficit to their great rivals Honda of almost twenty kilometres per hour. It was a handicap that would prove almost impossible to overcome, even for the best rider in the world. ‘Aspar’ knew that the strength of his machine was in the chassis, perfect for the faster corners, and stable under heavy braking. If there was one thing he was good at it was braking and with certain limitations on engine performance it was clear that this would be his greatest weapon.
With the MotoGP circus about to visit Argentina for the first time in 15 years, it's a good time to take a look at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, the brand new circuit added to MotoGP calendar for the 2014 season. A handful of riders rode at the circuit last year, including Tito Rabat, Cal Crutchlow and Stefan Bradl, to gather some data for the tire firms involved in MotoGP. Bearing that experience in mind, the Marc VDS Racing team today issued a press release in which Tito Rabat gives his impression of the circuit. Rabat's description gives a good general sense of how the layout will work during racing.
To go along with Rabat's description of the track, a Youtube video of a lap of the circuit has been added. Though the video is taken from onboard of a Kawasaki ZX-6R ridden by Argentinian Supersport rider René Zanatta, it still gives a good idea of the layout of the circuit. The video appears below the press release from Marc VDS Racing:
Tito’s take on Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo
Gosselies, Belgium - 21 April 2014: While most of the Moto2 riders will get their first glimpse of the all-new Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo on Wednesday, Tito Rabat was one of only two Moto2 riders that travelled out to Argentina last year to spend two days testing on the track.
The Moto2 championship leader was impressed with both the layout of the circuit and the enthusiasm of the Argentinian race fans he met during his visit.
Suzuki wrapped up their test at Austin on Wednesday, with Randy De Puniet concluding with a best lap of 2'05.85. Below is the press release they issued after the test:
SUZUKI MOTOGP CONCLUDES AUSTIN TEST
Team Suzuki Press Office – April 17.
The Suzuki MotoGP Test Team has concluded its Circuit of the Americas test at Austin in Texas after finding new direction and improvements to take to its next test in Argentina at the end of the month.
Test riders Randy De Puniet and Nobuatsu Aoki were again joined on-track by former World Champion Kevin Schwantz and shared the test with the Yoshimura Suzuki AMA Superbike team as track temperatures climbed to 39 degrees; slightly higher than the previous day, but not as high as the previous weekend’s MotoGP second round.
De Puniet completed a total of 62 laps of the 5,315m circuit with a best lap-time of 2’05.85; just-over half-a-second quicker than his previous day’s best time.
Bridgestone Press Release - Masao Azuma Admits Bridgestone Puzzled By Extreme Front Tire Wear At Austin
As always after a MotoGP race, Bridgestone issued a press release containing their view of the race weekend. In this press release, Bridgestone's chief engineer Masao Azuma discusses the Japanese tire maker's experience of the Austin round of MotoGP. Azuma talks about the choice of the hard rear tire by Marc Marquez, and Bridgestone's hopes that the hard rear will see more use this season. But he also admits that Bridgestone has no ready explanation for the degradation of the front tire experienced by some riders, including Valentino Rossi. The Bridgestone press release appears below:
Americas MotoGP™ debrief with Masao Azuma
Wednesday 16 April 2014
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft & Medium; Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
The Americas Grand Prix at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas was won by Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez for the second successive year. In second place was Dani Pedrosa on the other Repsol Honda RC213V while Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso surged through the field in the second half of the race to take third place for his maiden podium with the Italian manufacturer.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams, the circuit and Bridgestone after Sunday's race at Austin:
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's race in Austin:
Press releases from the series organizer and the World Supersport and World Superbike teams after Sunday's races at Aragon:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after qualifying for Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin:
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Austin:
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after qualifying at Aragon:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the first day of practice in Austin:
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at Austin:
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the first day of practice at Aragon:
Press release previews from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone ahead of this weekend's Grand Prix of the Americas at Austin:
Press release previews from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams ahead of this weekend's race in Austin: