Motorland Aragon, Spain

When Will Yamaha's Seamless Gearbox Arrive? Probably Not This Season

Why did the factory Yamaha team head to the Motorland Aragon circuit to join Honda and Suzuki at a private test? Was it perhaps to give Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi their first taste of the seamless gearbox Yamaha have been developing, to counter Honda's advantage? That is the question which many fans have been asking, and in recent days - and weeks - I have been inundated with questions about the seamless gearbox. Well, question, singular, actually, as it all boils down to just the one: When will Yamaha finally start to race their seamless gearbox?

It is a question I have been trying to pursue since the start of the season, since rumors first emerged that they may have used the gearbox at the first race of the year. All inquiries I made, at all levels of the Yamaha organization, received the same answers: Yes, Yamaha is developing a seamless gearbox, and is testing it back in Japan. No, Yamaha has not yet raced it, and has no plans to race it. And no, it is not yet ready to be tested.

2013 Aragon MotoGP Private Test, Day 2 Press Releases

Press releases from the factory Yamaha, Repsol Honda, LCR Honda and Gresini Honda teams from Aragon

Year: 
2013

2013 Aragon MotoGP Private Test, Day 2: Lorenzo Smashes Pole Record, Pedrosa Rides 2014 RC213V

Jorge Lorenzo has topped the timesheets on the second day of the private test at Aragon, smashing Casey Stoner's pole record at the circuit in the process. Lorenzo lapped the Spanish track nearly four tenths faster than the time set by Stoner in 2011, the factory Yamaha man continuing the work on set up he had tried at Barcelona.

Marc Marquez also got under Casey Stoner's pole record, though only by a fraction. Marquez spent his first full day testing working on his 2013 machine, and did not lap on the 2014 bike. Dani Pedrosa did lap on the 2014 machine, though he only put in 9 laps on the machine. According to MCN's Matthew Birt, who is present at the test, Pedrosa rejected the idea of using the 2014 chassis at Assen, as it was not a clear step forward. Pedrosa did not get under the pole record, but he was lapping faster than the race lap record.

First Day Of Aragon Test A Washout, As Honda Ramps Up The Pressure With New Bike

Honda's decision to skip the MotoGP test at Barcelona has so far not paid off. The first day of their three-day test at the Motorland Aragon circuit was an absolute washout, with torrential rain forcing the Honda riders to spend almost all day in the garages. Only Stefan Bradl and Alvaro Bautista put in a few laps, Bradl shaking down the 2014 version of the RC213V which Honda has brought to the test, and Bautista checking a few things from Barcelona. Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez did not venture out on track.

Instead, Honda took the time to introduce the 2014 version of the RC213V they are planning to test in Aragon. The bike is completely new, including a new engine and chassis, the engine ready to manage the reduced fuel allowance (cut from 21 to 20 liters) to be introduced at the request of the MSMA from next year. The plan is that if Pedrosa and Marquez prefer the bike to their current machine, they could get the machine early, perhaps as early as the next race, at least as far as the chassis is concerned.

BMW Press Release: Chaz Davies On His Double Win At Aragon WSBK

To celebrate Chaz Davies' impressive first double win in World Superbikes at the Motorland Aragon circuit, BMW issued the following press release, containing an interview with the Welshman. In the interview, Davies talks about the improvements BMW has made to their S1000RR for this season, the crucial advances made at the Jerez WSBK test, and his thoughts on being a contender for the 2013 WSBK title.

The press release from BMW is shown below:


Chaz Davies: “BMW has done an awesome job.”

BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team rider Chaz Davies speaks about his great first double victory in the FIM Superbike World Championship at Aragón.

2013 Aragon World Superbike And World Supersport Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after Sunday's races at the second round of the World Superbike series at Aragon:

Round Number: 
2
Year: 
2013

2013 World Supersport Championship Standings After Round 2, Aragon

Championship standings for round 2, 2013

2013 World Superbike Championship Standings After Round 2, Aragon

Championship standings for round 2, 2013

2013 Aragon World Superbike Sunday Roundup: Reliability In Question

The World Superbike racing calendar started its European leg after a seven week absence from the calendar. The weekend would demonstrate that even factory-supported bikes are complicated enough to fail when pushed to their limits. What we as members of the public never see when riding our similar motorcycles to work is how fickle and fragile they are at the very limit of performance.

2013 Aragon World Superbike Race Two Results: Fractured Start Began An Unusual Race

World Superbike race two was reduced to a nineteen lap affair after Jules Cluzel gesticulated on the grid after the warm up lap, bringing out the yellow flags. The start was delayed and Loris Baz also ended up in the pit lane. With the restart, Cluzel was sent to the pits while Baz started from the last spot on the grid.

2013 Aragon World Supersport Race Results: Innocuous Attrition Strikes

Eighteen laps at 22 degrees centigrade. Last year, Kenan Sofuoglu crossed the line first but was penalised a few places for headbutting Fabien Foret down the back straight, handing the win to Sam Lowes. All three of those characters will be starting from the front row.

2013 Aragon World Superbike Race One Results: What A Difference A Few Laps Make

World Superbike race one would be a twenty lap race in 22 degree sunshine, with Tom Sykes starting from Pole position ahead of Eugene Laverty. As the riders settled into start the race, Mark Aitchison's Effenbert Ducati was wheeled off the starting grid, adding to the team's list of woes.

2013 Aragon World Superbike And World Supersport Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after qualifying on Saturday at the Motorland Aragon circuit:

Round Number: 
2
Year: 
2013

2013 Aragon World Superbike Saturday Round Up: Long Fast Straights Add Character

Qualifying was done in ideal weather, with only one bike catching on fire under the Spanish sun. If it feels like it was seven weeks since the last race, that's because it was seven weeks since the last race. The season is said to truly start here, but looking at the championship standings reminds us that we are in an already-running series. Two Aprilia teammates come into this weekend in joint first place, on a track that suits bikes with a lot of engine, like the Aprilias and BMWs.

2013 Aragon World Supersport QP2 Results: Two Riders Trade Top Places Tirelessly

World Supersport qualifying at Aragon brought few surprises. With good weather promising to stay the whole weekend, the wet curse of 2012 seems to have ended.

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