Misano, Italy

Bridgestone Press Release - Masao Azuma Talks Wet Tires And Medium Fronts At Misano

As usual, Bridgestone issued its post-race debrief after the Misano round of MotoGP on Tuesday. In the press release, chief engineer Masao Azuma explains the situation with the wet tires on Friday, how the rain on Friday affected tire choice on Sunday, and Jorge Lorenzo's decision to go with the hard front tire at Misano. The press release debrief appears below:


San Marino and Rimini MotoGP™ debrief with Masao Azuma
Tuesday, September 16 2014

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

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi won his first race of the 2014 MotoGP™ season ahead of teammate Jorge Lorenzo in second place, and Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa in third.

After the first day of the race weekend was subjected to heavy rain and the coldest track temperatures yet recorded this season, conditions for the rest of the weekend were fine and Sunday experienced the warmest weather of the weekend, resulting in a peak track temperature of 37°C for the race.

Q&A with Masao Azuma – Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department

Can you explain the situation on Friday, when Bridgestone expanded its wet tyre allocation to make more soft compound wet tyres available to each rider? Why was this decision made, and did the soft compound wet tyres bring an improvement in grip over the hard compound?

Round Number: 
13
Year: 
2014

Eugene Laverty To Switch To MotoGP For 2015 - Destination Aspar?

It is no secret that Eugene Laverty is keen to move to MotoGP for the 2015 season. The Irishman has been present at the last three MotoGP rounds, touting his services around the teams in the hope of securing a ride. He has been in talks with Forward, Pramac and Aspar about a ride in 2015, but as yet, no deal has been announced.

It is certain that one has been signed, however. Today, the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team - his team in World Superbikes - issued a press release wishing Laverty well on his step up to MotoGP. No details were given of where Laverty is headed, other than that he will not be in World Superbikes in 2015, but will be racing in MotoGP.

Though no announcement was made, it seems certain that Laverty will be riding a production Honda for Aspar in 2015. A deal had to wait until Scott Redding's future had been secured, as Redding was Aspar's preferred choice, despite never having spoken to either the Gloucestershire rider or his manager. Once Redding was confirmed as riding with Marc VDS in MotoGP next season, that cleared the way for Laverty.

Official: Alvaro Bautista Confirmed At Aprilia For Two Seasons

Alvaro Bautista has signed a two year contract with Aprilia, and will remain in the Gresini squad in MotoGP for the 2015 and 2016 season. The Spaniard had been widely expected to be one of the two riders on the factory Aprilias, given his long association with both Gresini in MotoGP and Aprilia in the 125cc and 250cc classes. Bautista won the 125cc world championship for Aprilia in 2006.

The signing of Bautista is the next domino to fall after the announcement that Marc VDS Racing would be moving up to MotoGP, and taking over the Honda RC213V from Gresini, along with Scott Redding. That, in turn, had been triggered by Gresini's announcement that they would be switching to Aprilia, and abandoning Honda. Bautista's deal was dependent on Redding, as the Englishman was Aprilia's first choice to place alongside Marco Melandri. With Redding no longer available, the path was cleared for Bautista to sign.

2014 Misano MotoGP Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases after Sunday's dramatic MotoGP race at Misano from the teams and from Bridgestone:

Round Number: 
13
Year: 
2014

2014 Misano Moto2 And Moto3 Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's races at Misano:

Round Number: 
13
Year: 
2014

2014 Misano MotoGP Sunday Round Up: The Legend Returns

It would be fair to say that Sunday at Misano turned into a perfect Italian fairy story. After being forced to sit through two renditions of the Spanish national anthem after the Moto3 and Moto2 races, the Italian fans were finally able to bellow along with Il Canto degli Italiani, or the Song of the Italians, at the end of the MotoGP race. Valentino Rossi took his eighty-first victory in MotoGP in front of a crowd awash with yellow #46 banners, at the track just a few miles from his home. It was Rossi's first victory since Assen last year, and his first victory at Misano since 2009.

But the happy ending to the fairy tale was Rossi's win was no fluke, and came with no asterisk attached. There were no riders out through injury, as there were at Assen in 2013. Rossi came to Misano determined to score a good result. His team worked perfectly to give him a competitive bike, improving an already strong set up. The Italian dominated practice, qualified on the front row, and got a strong start. He then chased down his teammate Jorge Lorenzo, beat up Marc Marquez, and drew the Repsol Honda rider into making a mistake.

This was the Valentino Rossi of old, the man that many (myself included) feared had disappeared. He had not. A shoulder injury, two years on the Ducati, and then a year to adapt to the Yamaha had merely left him working out how to go fast again, and get back to winning ways. That Rossi was prepared to suffer through the Ducati years, then put in the long, hard hours of work adapting his style to the new realities of MotoGP, changing his approach, learning new skills and putting them to use on track speaks of the hunger Rossi still has for success. Valentino Rossi is unquestionably one of the most talented riders ever to have swung his leg over a motorcycle. But he owed this victory to far more than his talent. Dedication, hard work, ambition, mental toughness: these were the keys to his win at Misano.

Grand Prix Commission Agrees Lower MotoGP Weight And Software Freeze

The Grand Prix Commission met at Misano to agree a couple of steps on the long road towards creating a single, unified MotoGP class from 2016. The four parties to the GPC agreed that the minimum weight in the MotoGP class would be reduced from 160kg to 158kg, and agreed to freeze development of the software for all Factory Option class bikes from 30th June 2015. From that point on, work will switch to the spec, or unified software, ready for the start of 2016.

The reduction in minimum weights has been under discussion since last year. The weights were originally raised to make it cheaper for manufacturers of CRT machines to reach the minimum weight of a MotoGP machine, with the need to resort to exotic materials. However, with the disappearance of the CRT machines at the beginning of this season, the weight became less of an issue. The Open class bikes which replaced CRTs were much closer to MotoGP prototypes, and as a consequence, were easier to keep light.

2014 Misano MotoGP Race Results: All For A Point

Race report and results follow.

2014 MotoGP Championship Standings After Round 13, Misano, Italy

MotoGP Championship standings for round 13, 2014

2014 Moto2 Championship Standings After Round 13, Misano, Italy

Championship standings for round 13, 2014

2014 Misano Moto2 Race Results: Obey The Rules

Race report follows.

2014 Moto3 Championship Standings After Round 13, Misano, Italy

Championship standings for round 13, 2014

2014 Misano Moto3 Race Results: Not Your Normal Moto3 Race

Race report follows.

2014 Misano MotoGP Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

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

Round Number: 
13
Year: 
2014

2014 Misano Moto2 And Moto3 Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

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

Round Number: 
13
Year: 
2014
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