Archive - Video
October 29th, 2013
The role that electronics plays in MotoGP cannot be underestimated. Every aspect of bike performance depends on how well the the systems monitoring the bikes read the data, interpret it and then modulate the power as it is applied to the road through the rear tire. Despite their performance, the systems which provide that control are kept carefully hidden from the public, and the people behind those systems remain anonymous.
Yamaha has sought to change this, producing a video spotlighting the work of Kazutoshi Seki, the engine control engineer for Valentino Rossi. The two have worked together at Yamaha since 2004, when Rossi first joined the factory, and again since Rossi's return after his two-year hiatus at Ducati. The video provides an insight into the role which Seki plays in helping to set up the bike for Rossi, and puts the passion and commitment the Japanese engineer pours into the sport. Despite being produced by Yamaha's global marketing department, it is a beautifully produced 14-minute portrait of one of the men so crucial to racing at this level. For more background on Seki and Yamaha, see the story behind the video on the Yamaha corporate website.
With the Grand Prix of the Americas just a few days away, it's time to take a look at the circuit from another perspective. The footage accumulated by the Repsol Honda team during the private test at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin just keeps on coming, the team having worked closely with both the Red Bull Media House and GoPro organizations to provide assistance.
Today's video comes courtesy of the Repsol Media Service, and is an onboard lap of the circuit shot from the perspective of multiple GoPro Hero 3 cameras mounted on the Honda RC213V of Dani Pedrosa. From the footage, it is clear that Pedrosa is pushing on, but he still has the presence of mind of readjust a camera which had slipped during the lap, despite circulating at speeds far beyond the reach of mere mortals. It is a keen illustration of exactly how focused top MotoGP riders are, and how intense their attention to detail.
There has been a veritable bonanza of MotoGP videos this week. Along with the videos Andrew Elder shot during the private test at the new Austin circuit in Texas, clothing manufacturer Alpinestars issued the first of what promises to be a series of videos highlighting some of Alpinestars' top riders. First up is Dani Pedrosa, interviewed by the leathers firm at the private test in Austin, in a series entitled "Ask me something".
Watch the video below:
Previously, we have posted videos of Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez speaking to the press at the private MotoGP test at Austin. Today, it is the turn of Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo, like Rossi and Marquez, speaks of the track, of how he sees it, and of the difficulties competing against the Hondas at the Austin circuit.
To remind you, this is the raw, unedited footage of the interaction between Lorenzo and the media, the debriefs on which the press reports were based on, but it gives an insight into the wit and charm of the Spaniard. This is a sequence of two videos arranged in a Youtube playlist. The second video will play automatically after the first:
A few days ago, we posted video of Valentino Rossi's daily press debriefs during the private test at Austin. Today, it's the turn of Marc Marquez to talk about his experiences. The young Spaniard talks about the Austin track, how the Honda feels at the circuit, and about learning the circuit. Marquez also discusses the changes made during the test, and gives an insight into his development as a rider.
Once again, this is the raw, unedited footage of the interaction between Marquez and the media, the debriefs on which the press reports were based on. This is a sequence of four videos arranged in a Youtube playlist.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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
Repsol riders take a trip down memory lane to review the history of Repsol Honda, from 1995 in the Spanish Championship through to the present day.
Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez review the history of a legendary team in MotoGP: Repsol Honda. Talking about the responsibility that running the distinctive colours involves, the duo look back at some of the achievements of predecessors like Mick Doohan and Alex Criville. They also chose their favourite design out of all the bikes that have run the famous Repsol livery across all five continents.
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.
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. Marketing also played a massive role in the decision to sign the Italian, with reports that the decision came mainly after pressure from the marketing department, and in face of resistance from the people inside Yamaha's racing department.
Whatever the truth of the matter, Yamaha will be sure to maximize their return on investment in Valentino Rossi. Rossi's massive popularity in key markets such as Indonesia, Thailand and India mean that he could be a significant factor in expanding market share and sales in those regions, as well as consolidating Yamaha's position in contracting sports bike markets such as Europe and the US.
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. The Classic Corners series takes a look at five of the most spectacular corners that WSBK visits, with riders Jonathan Rea and Hiroshi Aoyama explaining what is required to get through the corner fast, and their crew talking about the demands they place on the bikes and the electronics.
The first video in the series takes a look at Turn 12 at Phillip Island, the last corner before the long straight. Below is the video from the Honda World Superbike team, and their press office's introduction to the video:
SBK Classic Corners - Episode 1
It's with great pleasure that the Honda World Superbike Team presents episode one of its exclusive, five-part SBK Classic Corners series.
This short film looks in detail at the demanding and challenging Turn 12 at Phillip Island in Australia - the long, long, LONG left-hander just before the downhill start-finish straight, which is so critical for a quick lap of the picturesque 4.448km circuit.
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:
October 12th, 2011
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: