Below are the press releases received after qualifying at Phillip Island:
Phillip Island – Qualifying Practice 2 & Superpole.
After a tough start to the first race weekend of the 2011 season, Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport is happy with today's Superpole Qualifying result. Both riders, Leon Haslam (GBR) and Troy Corser (AUS), made it into the third and final qualifying session, with Leon starting tomorrow's races from fourth and Troy seventh.
Results of Superpole from Phillip Island:
Results of the second session of free practice for the World Superbike class at Phillip Island:
Results of the second qualifying session for the World Superbike class at Phillip Island:
Combined result of the two qualifying sessions for the World Supersport session at Phillip Island:
Results of the second set of free practice for the World Supersport class at Phillip Island:
While the factory Marlboro Ducati team were testing in Sepang at the official IRTA MotoGP tests, Ducati's test team was taking part in a private test at Jerez, working on solutions to take to Qatar, a necessity given the worrying results at Sepang. Test rider Franco Battaini spent time trying out some electronic and chassis setup changes, under the watchful eye of Ducati Corse director Filippo Preziosi. Below is the press release issued after that test:
DUCATI DEVELOPMENT TEAM COMPLETE THREE DAY TEST IN JEREZ
A press release that came out yesterday from FTR about Kev Coghlan riding for the Motorsport 69 team:
MOTOR SPORT 69 AND FTR CONTINUE INTO 2011
FTR MOTO will supply its Moto2 machinery to Alex Debon and his Motor Sport 69 Team for a second successive year as the tough Spanish rider steps down from his racing career to take over management of the team in 2011.
The press releases issued by the Moto2 teams after the latest two-day private test at Jerez:
Another step ahead for Marc Márquez in Jerez
The Repsol rider continues with his progression in Moto2, slowly improving his performance. He reduced yesterday's time by 7 tenths
With bikes actually riding in earnest once again, the first set of press releases has been issued from the World Superbike season opener at Phillip Island. Here's what the teams had to say at the end of day 1:
Phillip Island – Free Practice & Qualifying Practice 1.
Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport started the 2011 season solidly: While Leon Haslam (GBR) and Troy Corser (AUS) suffered from severe grip issues in today's free practice session, both BMW Motorrad Motorsport riders were able to secure provisional starting positions on the second and third rows during the first qualifying session. Both riders' crews worked on the engine mapping as well as the chassis set-up between the sessions. Leon finished today's qualifying in sixth, while Troy finished eleventh.
Results of the first session of qualifying for the World Superbike class at Phillip Island:
Results of the first session of qualifiying for the World Supersport class at Phillip Island:
Results of the first session of free practice for the World Superbike class at Phillip Island:
The second and final test at Sepang is over, and if you needed to get a feel for the mood among the teams, all you need to do is read the press releases. The tone of the Repsol Honda press release is positively jubilant, and with good reason. As predicted - even by members of remote tribes in the depths of the Amazon forest who have never even heard of MotoGP - Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa smashed the 2'00 barrier for the first time on two wheels. Even more impressive was when: Stoner on just his second flying lap, Pedrosa managing it on the third. Both men followed up with an impressive race simulation, with a handful of 2'00s and a truckload of 2'01s, fast enough to have blitzed last year's race by a giant margin. The Hondas, as you have now heard ad nauseam, are fast.
Compare and contrast with Ducati. When the title of the press release is merely "Last Day Of Testing For Ducati Marlboro In Malaysia," then you know they're in trouble. Fastest of the Ducatis was once again Hector Barbera, the Mapfre Aspar rider ending the day in 10th, nearly 1.7 seconds off the time of Casey Stoner. Valentino Rossi, returning to testing after missing yesterday due to a fever, could manage just the 11th fastest time, 1.8 seconds behind Stoner, and with an identical time to his teammate Nicky Hayden.