Archive - Press Release

October 21st, 2014

Bridgestone Press Release - Shinji Aoki Reflects On Tough Climatic Conditions At Phillip Island

As usual after each race, Bridgestone issued a press release containing a debrief with one of their senior engineers, reviewing how their tires performed at the previous weekend. Given the events during the race at Phillip Island, this press release will be eagerly awaited in some quarters. In it, Shinji Aoki discusses the difficult weather conditions during the race, especially with the cooling temperatures, the performance of their rear tires at the track, and how the cold affected the asymmetric front tire Bridgestone brought to the circuit. There is no discussion of Jorge Lorenzo's front tire, though a Bridgestone spokesman did issue a response to our colleages over at the Bikesportnews.com website.


Australian MotoGP™ debrief with Shinji Aoki
Tuesday, October 21 2014

Bridgestone slick compounds available:
Front: Extra-soft & Soft (Symmetric) & Soft (Asymmetric). Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main) & Hard (Alternative)

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi won a dramatic Australian Grand Prix last Sunday, leading a Yamaha sweep of the podium in a race where rapidly cooling temperatures created challenging conditions for the riders.

After a warm start to the day, a cool change in the afternoon saw cool winds lower ambient and track temperatures for the race, with the peak track temperature recording of 34°C recorded at the start of the twenty-seven lap race. This year’s Australian Grand Prix saw Bridgestone bring a whole new range of asymmetric rear slick tyres to meet the severe demands of the recently repaved Phillip Island circuit, as well as a newly-developed asymmetric front slick – the first time Bridgestone has offered this technology to MotoGP™ riders.

Round Number: 
16
Year: 
2014

October 19th

2014 Phillip Island MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after an incident-packed Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island:

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16
Year: 
2014

2014 Phillip Island Moto2 And Moto3 Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 after Sunday's thrilling races at Phillip Island:

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16
Year: 
2014

October 18th

2014 Phillip Island MotoGP Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after qualifying at Phillip Island:

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16
Year: 
2014

2014 Phillip Island Moto2 And Moto3 Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Phillip Island:

Round Number: 
16
Year: 
2014

October 17th

2014 Phillip Island MotoGP Friday Post-Practice Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the first day of practice at Phillip Island:

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16
Year: 
2014

2014 Phillip Island Moto2 And Moto3 Friday Post-Practice Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at Phillip Island:

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16
Year: 
2014

October 16th

2014 Phillip Island MotoGP Press Release Previews

Press releases from the MotoGP teams ahead of this weekend's Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island:

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16
Year: 
2014

2014 Phillip Island Moto2 And Moto3 Press Release Previews

An abbreviated collection of Moto2 and Moto3 preview press releases from the teams, caused by the major travel challenges between Motegi and Phillip Island:

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16
Year: 
2014

October 14th

Dainese Press Release: How Valentino Rossi's AGV Helmet Protected Him During His Aragon Crash

The crashes of Valentino Rossi and Andrea Iannone at Aragon two-and-a-half weeks ago raised a lot of questions about safety, leading to the Safety Commission deciding to start removing all of the artificial turf from around the circuits used by MotoGP. Rossi's crash, in particular, was severe, the Italian being clipped and knocked briefly unconscious by the back wheel of his Yamaha as he tumbled.

That Rossi did not suffer much worse injuries is in no small part down to his helmet. The AGV Pista GP helmet which Rossi helped develop provided an incredible level of protection for the Italian. After the incident, AGV took the helmet away to analyze the damage done to the helmet in the crash. They issued a press release, complete with close up photos of the damage sustained, explaining the damage done and how the helmet had protected Rossi. 

The press release makes for interesting reading, and the close up photos of the damage are especially revealing of just how well the helmet stood up in the crash. Make sure you click on the photos to view higher resolution versions. The AGV press release appears below:


AGV ANALYSES VALENTINO ROSSI'S PISTA GP HELMET FOLLOWING HIS ACCIDENT AT ARAGON

Like all helmets that have been involved in falls or accidents in competitions in which AGV riders officially participate, the Pista GP helmet worn by Valentino Rossi at Aragon on 28 September was taken back to the factory and completely dismantled for a thorough technical analysis at the Group Research & Development Department.

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14
Year: 
2014

Bridgestone Press Release - Shinji Aoki On Hard Braking At Motegi

Bridgestone today issued their customary post-race press release, containing a debrief on the race just passed. This week, it is the turn of Shinji Aoki to explain the role which changing temperatures and hard braking played at Motegi:


Japanese MotoGP™ debrief with Shinji Aoki
Tuesday, October 14 2014

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium & Hard; Rear: Extra-soft, Soft & Medium (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo secured his second win in a row at last weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix as Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez finished in second place to secure his second-straight MotoGP™ crown.

Conditions for the start of the Japanese Grand Prix race weekend were warm, but cool ambient temperatures and cloud cover drastically lowered track temperatures on Sunday, with a peak recording of just 27°C recorded during the race.

Q&A with Shinji Aoki – Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department

How did the much cooler temperatures on Sunday compared to the previous days effect tyre performance during the race?

Round Number: 
15
Year: 
2014

October 13th

Marquez Press Release Bonanza, Part 4: Repsol Media Service Interview With Marc Marquez

The endless stream of press releases from Honda, Repsol and Dorna on Marc Marquez' 2014 MotoGP title continues. Today, the indefatigable Repsol Media Service issued a press release containing an interview with the newly-crowned champion:


"This title is to thank Honda for letting me bring all my people to the team"

Marc Marquez yesterday won his fourth World Championship ‒just reward for a season that he started brilliantly and in which he clinched the title with three rounds remaining.

Motegi, Japan, was the scene of a fourth World Championship title victory for Marc Marquez yesterday. The Repsol Honda team rider successfully defended his title in the MotoGP at the first available opportunity. Despite mistakes at the last two races, Marquez left his rivals with no chance of catching him and could celebrate in style with races in Australia, Malaysia and Valencia in hand.

Is winning a World Championship more difficult than taking 10 wins in a row?

Round Number: 
15
Year: 
2014

October 12th

Marquez Press Release Bonanza, Part 3: Repsol Media Service On Marquez' 2014 Season

The Repsol Media Service issued the following press release, chronicling Marc Marquez' path to his 2014 MotoGP title:


Marc Marquez proclaimed 2014 MotoGP World Champion

Repsol Honda team rider takes second straight title in the premier class in Japan and, at 21 years of age, adds a fourth world title to his resumé.

Marc Marquez has been crowned King of MotoGP once again. The Repsol Honda rider retained his title at the Japanese Grand Prix, achieving a new milestone. The Spaniard becomes the youngest rider in history to win two consecutive MotoGP World Championships, adding the accolade to his titles in 125cc (2010) and Moto2 (2012).

2014 is going to be hard to forget for Marc Marquez. The Repsol Honda team rider began the series in unstoppable fashion, stringing together ten consecutive wins and equalling the record set by Mick Doohan in 1997 –also as a Repsol rider. This season, Marquez has won 11 races and taken 12 podiums and 11 pole positions. The champion has been able to manage his advantage with a maverick style, en route to clinching the title in Japan.

Round Number: 
15
Year: 
2014

Marquez Press Release Bonanza, Part 2: Dorna On Marquez' Title Defense

MotoGP series organizer Dorna issued the following press release, celebrating Marc Marquez' successful defense of his MotoGP title:


How magnificent Marquez successfully defended the MotoGP™ title in 2014

Repsol Honda’s brilliant young MotoGP™ World Champion Marc Marquez retained the premier class title in style this year – and this is the story of how he did so, sending the hashtag #MM93WorldChamp trending worldwide.

Last year Marquez became the youngest ever winner of the premier class World Championship, securing the crown by four points and winning it at the last race of the season in Valencia. This year a brilliant start to his title defence saw him notch up ten consecutive race wins in the opening ten races, leaving his rivals chasing his shadows.

A pre-season leg break which the rider, from Cervera, Spain, sustained whilst dirt track training close to his hometown, meant he missed the last tests before the new season commenced, but he showed no signs of weakness once the real action got underway in Qatar. Just weeks after his training accident Marquez showed he would be tough to beat this year as he won from pole at the Losail International Circuit following a great battle in the desert with Valentino Rossi.

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15
Year: 
2014

Marquez Press Release Bonanza, Part 1: Repsol Honda On Marquez' Records And Biography

The Repsol Honda team issued the following press release containing all of Marc Marquez' records secured in 2014, plus a biograph of the 2014 world champion:


2014 World Champion – Marc Marquez

It’s been another record breaking season for Repsol Honda sensation, Marc Marquez. The young Spaniard has now won his first two MotoGP campaigns with back-to-back Championships and is rewriting the history books on his way.

Already having broken many milestones in his maiden year in 2013, this season has been no different. Here’s a look back at the records he’s accomplished this season to date.

2014 Highlights so far:

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15
Year: 
2014

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