Archive - Press Release
December 4th, 2013
With the racing season done, Bridgestone issued a press release looking back over the 2013 MotoGP season with Bridgestone's Motorsport Manager Hiroshi Yamada. The review covers the high points and the low points of 2013, with Yamada praising the depth of talent in the series and hailing the arrival of Marc Marquez in the premier class. Yamada also briefly reviews the events at Phillip Island, where Bridgestone totally misjudged the state of the newly resurfaced track. There is also some news of the 2014 season, with Bridgestone still evaluating the soft tire options for the new Open class MotoGP machines. The arrival of more powerful bikes such as the Honda RCV1000R and the Yamaha FTR make producing a soft tire for the bikes a more complicated endeavor. The press release appears below:
Hiroshi Yamada looks back over the 2013 MotoGP™ season
After one of the most exciting MotoGP™ campaigns in recent years, Bridgestone Motorsport Manager Hiroshi Yamada looks back on the highlights from this year, and gives a brief glimpse of the world’s largest tyre manufacturer’s approach to the 2014 season.
Yamada-san, how would you summarise the 2013 MotoGP season?
“Overall, I think this season has been fantastic – one of the best ever for the series. All the riders were performing at a very high level and to witness Marc break record after record and Jorge defend his title with so much passion, I think it brought many new fans to MotoGP. Personally, I was very happy to see that despite our focus on producing safer, more user-friendly tyres, eleven Circuit Best Laps and ten Circuit Record Laps were set this year, showing the performance potential of our BATTLAX tyres.
“Also, to start the year with 24 riders – the largest grid since Bridgestone started in MotoGP – shows how the series continues to grow and when I heard that the overall attendance figure this year was the highest ever, it reaffirmed to me that the 2013 season was one of the best ever.”
Dorna, as organizers of the World Superbike series, and GAS Sports, the event organizers, issued the following press release on the World Superbike series' return to South Africa in 2014:
South Africa on WSBK provisional Calendar for 2014
Barcelona (Spain), Monday 2 December 2013 - South African motorcycle racing fans are in for a special treat next year when WSBK should return to South Africa after a break of three years.
South Africa appears on the provisional calendar for the 2014 eni FIM World Superbike Championship with a round scheduled to be held at Phakisa Freeway in the Free State, on October 19.
“We have signed a Terms of Contract short-form agreement with Dorna, the WSBK Promoters, and will enter into a long-form agreement subject to certain conditions being met - said Anthony Lauter of GAS Sports, who are organisers of this event. “We still need to secure the necessary financial guarantees required by Dorna and the Phakisa Freeway must first pass an FIM circuit inspection. We’re confident we will meet these conditions. The race weekend programme will also include World Supersport series and several top South African riders can be expected to be seen in action.”
Press releases from some of the World Superbike teams after the test at Jerez:
Press releases from select Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the test at Almeria:
Ducati today announced that Feelracing is to run its World Superbike program for the 2014 season. Feel Racing has a long and successful history with the Italian factory, and after a couple of seasons away with Althea and Alstare, Ducati is has returned to the team which brought them success in previous years.
The press release issued by Ducati appears below:
Ducati announces its World Superbike program 2014
- Official factory team to compete in 2014 World Superbike Championship
- “Ducati Superbike Team” structured in collaboration with Feelracing
- Ernesto Marinelli confirmed as Superbike Project Director. Serafino Foti to be Team Manager
Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy), 15 November 2013 – Following the announcement of the official 2014 Ducati World Superbike riders, Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano, Ducati now defines its team structure in preparation to contest the 2014 World Superbike Championship series with the Ducati 1199 Panigale.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams which stayed on for the third and final day of testing at Valencia:
Honda today issued a press release containing comments from the press conference held by HRC Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto and Repsol Honda Team Principal Livio Suppo. The press release appears below:
End of season debrief with Shuhei Nakamoto and Livio Suppo
After another Triple Crown season, HRC’s Executive Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto and Team Principal of the Repsol Honda Team, Livio Suppo, took time out of their busy testing programme to speak to the World’s media to evaluate the 2013 season.
It has been another stellar season for the Repsol Honda Team, HRC’s Factory outfit. They won all three titles - Rider, Constructor and Team - with rookie Marc Marquez being crowned World Champion in the final race of the season and teammate Dani Pedrosa taking third in the Championship. Marc took Honda’s top result eleven times, and Dani was Honda’s top points-earner seven times and a Honda rider finished on the podium in every race this season.
Shuhei Nakamoto - HRC Executive Vice President
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the second day of testing at Valencia:
The Fixi Crescent Suzuki team today issued the following press release, confirming Eugene Laverty as their second rider for the 2014 World Superbike campaign:
Laverty to spearhead Crescent Suzuki attack in 2014
Crescent Suzuki is delighted to announce the signing of this season’s eni FIM Superbike World Championship runner-up Eugene Laverty to lead the team’s assault on next year’s title fight.
The 27-year-old Irishman will join the team with immediate effect and will participate in the team’s final test of the season at Jerez on the 25th and 26th November, where he will get his first taste of the Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R. Prior to the test, Laverty will be at the ‘Motorcycle Live’ show on Saturday 23rd November at the NEC in Birmingham as a guest of Suzuki UK, where he will make his first official appearance as a Suzuki rider.
Laverty won a staggering nine races in 2013 and headed to the final round of the season with a chance of the championship, where - despite winning both races – he narrowly missed out on the title. The Irishman brings with him a wealth of experience gained throughout many different championships in his career including British 125cc Championship, MotoGP™ 250cc division and twice runner-up in the World Supersport class.
The Bridgestone press office issued the following press release, detailing the performance of the new hard rear tire the firm brought to Valencia, and their testing plans for the 2014 season:
Valencia MotoGP™ debrief with Shinji Aoki
Monday 11 November 2013
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Extra-soft & Soft. Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main) & Hard (Alternative)
The MotoGP™ season finale at Valencia’s Circuito Ricardo Tormo was an exciting contest, with Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo winning his third consecutive race ahead of Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez. Marquez’s third place was enough to secure the MotoGP™ World Championship title at his first attempt.
In contrast to recent Grands Prix at Valencia, weather conditions on all three days of the race weekend were fine and dry, with track temperatures in the afternoon sessions of around 30°C. The fine weather conditions and a revised tyre allocation from Bridgestone resulted in the pace at Valencia being extremely quick, with new qualifying and race lap records being set, and the overall race time bettering the old record by over thirty seconds.
Press releases after the first day of testing after Valencia:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the race on Sunday at Valencia:
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's races at Valencia:
The Yamaha Factory team have announced that Silvano Galbusera will be crew chief to Valentino Rossi for next season. Galbusera worked with Rossi briefly once before, when Rossi tested the World Superbike Yamaha YZF-R1 to test his fitness after breaking a leg at Mugello. More reaction when we get it, the press release from Yamaha appears below:
Silvano Galbusera Confirmed as Crew Chief of Valentino Rossi for 2014
Valencia (Spain), 11th November 2013
Yamaha Factory Racing can confirm that Silvano Galbusera will join the Team from today in the position of Crew Chief for rider Valentino Rossi for the 2014 MotoGP season.
The appointment follows the announcement that Jeremy Burgess would no longer continue with Team following the Valencia Grand Prix weekend.
Silvano began his career in motorcycle racing in 1979 with Gilera, spending 14 years working on both road racing in the 250cc world championship with riders such as Alessandro Gramigni and Paolo Casoli and also worked off road on African Rallies such as the Paris-Dakar with Michele Rinaldi. He then moved to Cagiva in 1994 and worked in the 500cc world championship with John Kocinski.
The Honda team issued the following press release to celebrate Marc Marquez' first world championship:
Marc Marquez - MotoGP World Champion 2013
Records relating to world title:
- Marquez is the first Rookie to win the premier-class world title since Kenny Roberts became 500cc world champion in 1978.
- At the age of 20 years 266 days Marquez is the youngest rider to win the premier-class world title, taking the record from Freddie Spencer who was 21 years 258 days old when he won the 500cc title in 1983 riding a Honda.
- Marquez is just the fourth rider in the 65 years history of grand prix racing to win world titles in three different categories, along with: Mike Hailwood, Phil Read and Valentino Rossi.
Records set in 2013 on way to winning world title: