Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at Phillip Island:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and the single tire supplier after Sunday's race at Sepang:
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the thrilling races at Sepang:
2012 Sepang MotoGP Saturday Round Up: MotoGP's Future In The East, Honda's Chatter, And The Chances Of Rain
This year's Malaysian round of the MotoGP series has offered a glimpse of the future, for those with an interest in seeing it. While the series is locked in a series of arguments over the future of the technical regulations, the massive economic problems in its key television markets, and the Spanish domination of the sport in all classes, Sepang pointed the way forward, and that way is definitely east.
It starts with the crowds. Where crowd numbers have been falling almost everywhere at the European rounds, Sepang is seeing record attendances this weekend. Grandstand tickets are selling out fast, and despite the rain, fans are turning up in large numbers. How much those numbers are being inflated by Australians flocking to the circuits they can fly to affordably to see Casey Stoner ride the last few races of his career is uncertain, but that they should be packing the grandstands in Malaysia seems unlikely. There are also plenty of local fans, coming to see riders from the region threaten the top of the timesheets for the first time in history, and not just make up the numbers at the rear.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Sepang:
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and the single tire supplier after the first day of a rain-affected practice at Sepang:
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia:
Repsol Media Press Release: Alex Rins Talks Learning New Tracks On Computer, Scooter And Moto3 Machine
How do young rookie riders who have never raced at the majority of racetracks go about learning new circuits? The Repsol Media Service issued the following press release about the methods Estrella Galicia rider Alex Rins uses to learn his way around the circuits he has never been to:
From the console to the track
Repsol Moto3 rider Álex Rins is showing excellent talent for adapting to tracks at which he has never ridden before.
Repsol Media Service - Thursday 18/10/2012
A rookie year in the World Championship is always difficult, and not just because of the high level of competition. Riders such as Álex Rins, Spanish Moto3 champion last season, has been facing a calendar on which 13 of the 17 tracks are completely unknown to him. Last weekend at the Japanese GP, the Repsol rider began the three-race stint of GPs at new tracks with a fourth place. His 119 points and second place in the Rookie Of The Year standings show just how good he is at adapting to the characteristics of circuits only previously experienced in videogames.
Preparing for each race on the Asiatic tour begins on the Tuesday and Wednesday. Race visualization from previous years and memorizing the track from videogames are techniques that help a lot in building up to the actual track time.
2012 Motegi Post-Race Round Up: A Dominant Honda, Unnecessary Fuel Limits, Going Last To First, And Moto3 Maturity
"I don't think it will be between only Dani and me," Jorge Lorenzo had said on Saturday night at Motegi. After qualifying, there was a sizable group of fast men, including Cal Crutchlow, Andrea Dovizioso and Ben Spies, who all looked quick enough to keep pace with Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo. It turns out he was wrong: once the lights went out, the contest was between the two main title contenders as it has been all season, especially once Casey Stoner dropped out of contention after the massive ankle injury he sustained at Indianapolis.
Qualifying had been deceptive: Jorge Lorenzo took a brilliant pole, and had looked his usual fast and smooth self. Pedrosa had had a bumpy ride - literally, chatter mysteriously appearing early on during QP and taking a long time to get under control, leaving Pedrosa to start from 2nd. The race was similarly deceptive: Lorenzo led, stalked by Pedrosa, and the hearts of race fans beat faster in anticipation of a repeat of Brno. That would not come to be. Once Pedrosa motored by Lorenzo, he was gone, managing the gap all the way to the end.
It was an impressive display and a fantastic achievement, given the Repsol Honda man still had chatter with his RC213V. But HRC are slowly getting a grip on that situation, and are opening the gap over Yamaha once again. Jorge Lorenzo was clear that Pedrosa's advantage lay in acceleration, something which the Yamaha has traditionally suffered with, though the problem has been less this year. "There was too much difference on the straight," Lorenzo said. "I could not recover everything in the corners."
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi:
Another Brno. That is the hope of every MotoGP fan around the world after qualifying sessions like the one at Motegi on Saturday. The breathtaking battle in the Czech Republic, which saw Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo on each others' tails all race long and the result settled in almost the final corner, was the natural outcome of two equally-matched men on very different but equally-matched machines. There was nothing to choose between the two during qualifying at Brno, and there was nothing to choose between them during the race.
Motegi is shaping up to be similar. Both Lorenzo and Pedrosa have very similar pace, and both have the consistency, the talent and the desire to push to the end. Jorge Lorenzo may have taken pole - the 50th of his career and one of his finest, with a blistering lap in near-perfect condition to destroy the existing pole record - but Pedrosa's race pace is fractionally faster than that of the polesitter. Where Lorenzo's near-robotic consistency has him lapping in the low 1'46.1s, Pedrosa is posting high 1'46.0s. The two men are separated by hundredths of a second only, and appear to have the measure of each other.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's spectacular races at the Motorland Aragon circuit:
Press releases after Saturday's qualifying session for the MotoGP class at Motorland Aragon:
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Aragon on Saturday:
Aspar Press Release: Interview With Jorge Martinez, On CRT, Jonas Folger, And Sponsorship Innovation
The Aspar press office today issued a press release containing an interview with team boss Jorge Martinez. In the interview, the Spaniard talks about how 2012 has turned out in the three classes in which the Aspar team competes, touching on subjects such as the success of late signing Jonas Folger, how CRT is working out, and the power deficit which CRT machines have to the MotoGP prototypes, and the sponsorship initiatives being taken by the team to help fill the gaps being left open as the global economic crisis continues. Below is the press release in full:
Interview with Jorge Martínez 'Aspar' - 24/09/12
'I HOPE THE ASPAR TEAM RIDERS TREAT THE LAST FIVE RACES LIKE FIVE CUP FINALS'
After 33 years at the coal face of motorcycle racing Jorge Martinez 'Aspar' is a true legend of his sport. He speaks with the calmness of a veteran but his eyes still sparkle with the limitless enthusiasm of youth. A four-time World Champion himself in the smaller classes 'Aspar' has won the same number of titles as a team owner but no matter what your success there is always a flip side to contend with in racing and this season has seen him forced into some difficult decisions. In this interview the Spaniard opens up about the season so far, his relationship with his sponsors and his targets for the near future.
With just the final sprint to go in the championship what is your evaluation of the Aspar Team?
It has been a tough year, different. Maybe we have become too used to enjoying success in recent seasons but there were a lot of changes to contend with in 2012. The 125 class changed to Moto3, in MotoGP we switched from Ducati to a CRT bike with Aprilia and we signed a lot of new riders. Preseason went well in every category, we completed all the work we had planned but once official practice got started things started to turn for the worse - especially in Moto3. The first race was like a bucket of cold water - we didn't expect such poor results. It is important to assess moments like this and analyse why the situation has come about. I thought the material and the technical staff were competitive so there was really no reason for it to happen.