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A IMOLA LUIGI FERRARA METTE A SEGNO LA TERZA POLE STAGIONALE CON LA MERCEDES C63 AMG COUPÈ (R.R.T.) DAVANTI A LIUZZI E BIAGI


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NELLA GTSPRINT Q1 PER LA COPPIA SCHÖFFLER-KRISTOFFERSSON (AUDI) E NELLA Q2 SVETTANO KRUGLYK-GIAMMARIA (FERRARI)

Imola, 28 settembre 2013

Giornata intensa ad Imola per la SUPERSTARSWORLD che ha visto scendere in pista le vetture della SUPERSTARS INTERNATIONAL SERIES e della GTSPRINT.

Nella mattina in entrambi i turni di prove libere della SUPERSTARS a svettare era stato l’ex F1 Vitantonio Liuzzi, protagonista anche in qualifica prima di vedersi strappare la pole-position allo scadere del tempo dalla Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé di Luigi Ferrara (R.R.T.), che domani partirà al palo per la terza volta consecutiva dopo Portimão e Donington.

Bene anche Thomas Biagi (Mercedes C63 AMG Romeo Ferraris), “appesantito” dopo la tappa d’oltremanica con 30 Kg di zavorra, terzo domani nello start lanciato e pronto a consolidare il primato nella classifica generale, dove attualmente divide la prima posizione a pari punti con Gianni Morbidelli. Particolarmente ispirato l’alfiere della Caal Racing Andrea Bacci quarto sempre al volante di una Mercedes C63 AMG con cui ha preceduto la BMW M3 E92 di Max Mugelli (Team BMW Dinamic), primo dei driver della Casa dell’Elica e Francesco Sini, sesto in qualifica con la Chevrolet Camaro della Solaris Motorsport. Leggermente indietro la M3 di Giovanni Berton, che domani dovrà faticare non poco per lottare con il gruppo di testa e rimanere in lizza per il titolo. Stessa sorte per Morbidelli ottavo con la prima delle RS5 ufficiali del team Audi Sport Italia, squadra che può contare sull’esperienza di Davide Di Benedetto che domani in Gara 1 partirà in quinta fila al fianco di Mauro Trentin, e Giuseppe Cipriani dodicesimo con la terza vettura di Ingolstadt con cui dividerà la settima fila con la Mercedes C63 AMG di Leonardo Baccarelli.

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Ancora sospesa la decisione riguardo il reclamo tecnico presentato da Audi Sport Italia a Donington nei confronti delle Mercedes C63 AMG: il colleggio dei Commissari Sportivi aveva infatti stabilito di applicare una penalizzazione in griglia di 10 posizioni alle due Mercedes del Romeo Ferraris Mercedes-AMG, ma l’appello del team, nonché quello presentato dalla stessa Audi contro la decisione ritenuta poco pesante, ha congelato la situazione rimandando il tutto alla discussione dell’appello in Inghilterra.

Nella GTSPRINT qualifiche più che movimentate con il leader Thomas Schöffler in coppia con Johan Kristoffersson su Audi R8 LMS (Audi MTM) subito protagonisti nel Q1 dove hanno fatto segnare il miglior responso fermando le lancette del crono sul miglior tempo di 1’42.298. Alle spalle dei due giovani piloti della Casa dei Quattro Anelli si sono portati Raffaele Giammaria e Andrii Kruglyk con la Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 del Team Ukraine, vettura più veloce nel Q2. Seconda fila per la Porsche di Glauco Solieri (Autorlando Sport) lontano solo otto punti dalla vetta della classifica assoluta, mentre a portarsi sul quarto ed il quinto piazzamento sono state le Ferrari 458 Italia di Cerati-Garelli (Team MP1 Corse) e di Mario Cordoni e Massimo Mantovani (Ombra Racing Team). Nel secondo turno ufficiale prime due posizioni invertite rispetto a quello precedente con la Audi MTM seconda e la Ferrari ucraina gialla e blu davanti a tutti. Ottimo terzo tempo per il duo Cordoni-Mantovani, seguiti dalla Rossa di Maranello di Andrea Dromedari e Fernando Croce (Easy Race). Nel GTS Cup Trophy a svettare in entrambi i turni ufficiali è stata la Porsche 997 (Krypton Motorsport) del duo Pezzucchi-Selva

Domani sono quattro le gare in programma: ad aprire i giochi sarà la GTSPRINT alle ore 9.15 seguita da Gara 1 SUPERSTARS alle 12.00. Nel pomeriggio la seconda gara della SUPERSTARS prenderà il via alle 16.10 mentre a chiudere la giornata sarà la GTSPRINT alle 17.30. Tutte le gare del weekend verranno trasmesse su Rai Sport 2 che propone il seguente palinsesto: Gara 1 GTSPRINT alle ore 18.00, SUPERSTARS Gara 1 alle 19.15, Gara 2 GTSPRINT 21.40 ed a seguire 23.00 Gara 2 SUPERSTARS.

SUPERSTARS Qualifiche (Top 5): 1. Luigi Ferrara (Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé) 1’49.206; 2. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Mercedes C63 AMG) 1’49.317; 3. Thomas Biagi (Mercedes C63 AMG) 1’49.879; 4. Andrea Bacci (Mercedes C63 AMG) 1050.112; 5. Max Mugelli (BMW M3 E92) 1’50.152.

GTSPRINT Q1 (Top 5): 1. Schöffler-Kristoffersson (Audi R8 LMS) 1’42.298; 2. Kruglyk-Giammaria (Ferrari 458 Italia GTS3) 1’43.446; 3. Glauco Solieri (Porsche 997 GTS3) 1’44.314; 4. Cerati-Garelli (Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) 1’44.855; 5. Cordoni-Mantovani (Ferrari 458 Italia GT3) 1’45.145.

GTSPRINT Q2 (Top 5): 1. Kruglyk-Giammaria (Ferrari 458 GT3) 1’43.377; 2. Schöffler-Kristoffersson (Audi R8 LMS) 1’43.641; 3. Cordoni-Mantovani (Ferrari 458 GT3) 1’44.866; 4. Dromedari-Croce (Ferrari 458 GT3) 1’44.987; 5. Glauco Solieri (Porsche 997 GT3) 1’45.146.

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AD IMOLA PRONTI A SCENDERE IN PISTA I CAMPIONI DELLA SUPERSTARS WORLD


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SFIDA AL VERTICE NELLA SUPERSTARS TRA BIAGI (MERCEDES), MORBIDELLI (AUDI) E BERTON (BMW). IN GTSPRINT È LOTTA APERTA TRA AUDI, PORSCHE, CORVETTE E FERRARI

Roma, 24 settembre 2013

Tutto pronto per il penultimo appuntamento, degli otto in programma quest’anno, della SUPERSTARS WORLD, che torna in Italia il prossimo 28 e 29 settembre presso l’autodromo “Enzo e Dino Ferrari” di Imola.

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Spettacolo annunciato dopo l’esaltante tappa di Donington, dove ad alternarsi sul gradino più alto del podio sono state la Mercedes di Luigi Ferrara e la Audi di Gianni Morbidelli, risultato che ha permesso a quest’ultimo di agganciare Thomas Biagi in vetta alla classifica internazionale. Sul tracciato del Santerno è lotta preannunciata tra i brand storici della serie, ovvero Mercedes Audi e BMW. Per la Casa della Stella a tre punte oltre allo stesso Biagi scenderà in pista l’ex F1 Tonio Liuzzi, sempre al volante di una C63 AMG schierata dal team Mercedes-AMG Romeo Ferraris con cui il pescarese detiene il primato della classifica tricolore. Importanti novità per il team Audi Sport Italia, che ad Imola oltre al campione SUPERSTARS Morbidelli, punta su altre due RS5: la prima per Davide Di Benedetto, già noto agli appassionati per essersi messo in mostra nella GTSPRINT, mentre alla guida della terza vettura di Ingolstadt debutterà Giuseppe Cipriani, proveniente dal mondo delle ruote scoperte. Plotone al completo per il team BMW Dinamic con il velocissimo Giovanni Berton, sempre protagonista quest’anno con la M3 E92 numero 4 con cui è in piena lotta per il titolo. Non da meno i suoi compagni di squadra Max Mugelli, reduce da un ottimo terzo posto messo a segno in Inghilterra, e Mauro Trentin costante anche lui nei risultati. In cerca di riscatto Francesco Sini con la sua Chevrolet Camaro, dopo l’incidente di Donington la “muscle car” è stata rimessa a nuovo per lottare ancora con i protagonisti della serie. Altre due Mercedes C63 AMG saranno schierate dalla Caal Racing, che potrà contare sull’esperienza di Andrea Bacci e Leonardo Baccarelli. In Emilia è previsto il ritorno della Chrysler di Alessandro Battaglin, portacolori della Batt Promotion. Pronto ad indossare casco e tuta anche Gianni Giudici in lizza per il primato nella clas se Star Drivers conteso con Francesco Ascani.

Nella GTSPRINT giochi ancora aperti per il titolo, con la Audi (Audi MTM) del giovane tedesco Thomas Schöffler saldamente al comando della classifica generale, che potrà contare su un coéquipier del calibro di Johan Kristoffersson. Alle spalle della R8 LMS della compagine teutonica è pronta a scendere in pista la Porsche 997 (Autorlando Sport) di Glauco Solieri, staccato da soli otto punti dal driver di Singen. Pronta a “guastare la festa” alle due supercar tedesche è la Corvette Z06 R (RC Motorsport) di Roberto Del Castello, in coppia questo fine settimana con il connazionale Roberto Benedetti. A non mancare sarà anche la Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 di Andrii Kruglyk mattatore del precedente appuntamento d’oltremanica. La seconda Rossa di Maranello del team Ukraine sarà invece affidata all’ucraino Ruslan Tsyplakov. Altre quattro Ferrari 458 Italia saranno affidate agli equipaggi Cordoni-Mantovani ed il brasiliano Fernando Croce per l’Ombra Racing Team, mentre la squadra AF Corse punterà sul cinese Eric Cheung e sull’italiano Sandro Montani. Al via anche il duo composto da Dario Cerati e Stefano Garelli in forze al Team MP1 Corse. A completare il variegato schieramento della serie internazionale sono la Mercedes SLS del Team Sports&You con i due portoghesi Antonio Coimbra e Luis Silva e la Porsche 997 GT Cup di Sebastien Fortuna (Fortuna Racing).

A Imola saranno tante le emozioni offerte dentro e fuori la pista. Con particolare attenzione all’iniziativa rivolta ai veri appassionati chiamata: “vivi la SUPERSTARS WORLD da protagonista”, che dà la possibilità di entrare a far parte dello staff della SWR come Race Control Assistant, Podium Cerimony Assistant, Television Production Assistant o Team Supporter. Presentandosi al Paddock Show sabato 28 dalle ore 15.30 in occasione dell’ “Open Paddock”, si potrà essere selezionati per vivere “al massimo” il weekend di gara.

Confermata, dopo il grande successo di Monza, anche l’iniziativa del FREE TICKET, che permette ai numerosissimi fan di gremire le tribune: registrandosi sul sito http://www.superstarsworld.com è possibile prenotare il proprio biglietto.

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37 teams and 65 riders sign up for 2014 Moto2™ and Moto3™


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MotoGP 2013 Press Release
Wed, 18 September 2013

Teams wishing to proceed with entries to the Moto2™ and Moto3™ World Championships of 2014 submitted their requests ahead of the first day of the Gran Premio Aperol di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini on Friday 13th September.

As is typical with these classes, the number of applications for entries greatly exceeded the number of vacant places on the grid. During the Aperol di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini event, all applications were considered by the Selection Committee which comprises of delegates from IRTA and Dorna. Provisional offers to participate have now been made to:

– 20 Moto2™ class teams with a total of 33 riders

– 17 Moto3™ class teams with a total of 32 riders

Those teams provisionally accepted now have until Friday 11th October, coinciding with the opening day of practice for the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, to lodge a security deposit in order to guarantee their entry and to reconfirm details of proposed riders.

An additional selection meeting will then take place at the Sepang International Circuit as an opportunity to review the applications and, in particular, to consider the proposed riders; further details on the 2014 entries will be made available after that meeting.

MotoGP 2013: Marquez heads test as Hernandez joins Pramac


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MotoGP Official Test at Misano Report
Mon, 16 September 2013

Marc Marquez was quickest in Monday’s post-race test at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. As the championship leader moved ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, Suzuki continued its programme ahead of a MotoGP™ return and Yonny Hernandez made his first appearance in Ignite Pramac Racing colours.

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The full day of testing gave those present a perfect opportunity to put right what had not worked over the San Marino Grand Prix race weekend, as well as trialing new and updated components both for the rest of this season and for 2014. For the record, Marquez’s last-gasp lap of 1’33.264 demoted Lorenzo by two tenths of a second, with Valentino Rossi completing the top three on the second Yamaha Factory Racing bike.

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For Repsol Honda Team, the programme revolved around a non-liveried evolution bike of the one first sampled in the Aragon test that followed the Catalan GP in June; this was the first time that particular version of the machine had been ridden, as rain had prevented Casey Stoner from doing so at his last Motegi test. Marquez and Dani Pedrosa also worked with the current bike, focusing on a new swingarm and new rear shocks.

Suzuki stuck to their usual plan in terms of rider roles, with Randy de Puniet serving as the main tester alongside Nobuatsu Aoki. Ahead of the company’s return to the World Championship in 2015, running at Misano is likely to come as a great help in order to extract data from a new track in a bid to define chassis development to a greater level; the marque continues to test with Mitsubishi ECU software for the time being, but is working with the Magneti Marelli spec system back at base. Individually, Suzuki will continue testing at Misano across Tuesday and Wednesday.

There was a new challenge for Yonny Hernandez, as the Colombian is now riding for Pramac Racing Team to cover for the injured Ben Spies. He used the test as an opportunity to adapt to the bike ahead of the Aragon race, while teammate Andrea Iannone looked into Brembo brake discs and smaller components, experimenting with settings ahead of specific upcoming race events. Brakes was also the prime focus for Ducati Team, with Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso then looking into both software development and clutch settings. Michele Pirro was back in Ducati Test Team colours, sharing his bike with Franco Battaini to analyse a 2014-spec engine plus new software, in order to share feedback with engineers who continue to work on the development of next year’s machine.

GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista made the top five, placing the emphasis on Showa front forks and his Nissin brakes, as he and LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl sandwiched Pedrosa into sixth position. In Bradl’s case, the workload consisted of mapping and bike geometry, including suspension modifications. At Avintia Blusens, Hector Barbera resumed work with the new pneumatic valve engine, having suffered chatter during Sunday’s race, while teammate Hiroshi Aoyama began the day with his more conventional engine that had failed during Free Practice on Friday.

The timesheet was completed by Michele Magnoni, currently competing in the Superstock 1000 championship. The Italian rode Lukas Pesek’s Came IodaRacing Project machine and could soon become the team’s official reserve rider, while compatriot Claudio Corti was involved in trying out a Magneti Marelli ECU software upgrade at NGM Mobile Forward Racing; this was also run by Michael Laverty, who was otherwise kept highly occupied with back-to-back comparison runs between the PBM in-house bike and the ART machine previously ridden by Hernandez.

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Although Marquez shook things up by posting the eventual quickest time with the 2014 prototype Honda right before the chequered flag signaled the end of an eight-hour day, activities had started very calmly as the circuit had been left drenched by a heavy rainstorm during the night.

MotoGP 2013: Yamaha goes “seamless” to take the fight to Honda at Misano


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MotoGP 2013 Press Release Race Preview
Gran Premio Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini
Thu, 12 September 2013

The Gran Premio Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli got underway today with a packed pre-race press conference featuring Repsol Honda Team’s championship leader Marc Marquez, Yamaha Factory Racing duo Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, Energy T.I. Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone, Repsol Honda’s Team Principal Livio Suppo, as well as Yamaha Factory Racing’s Managing Director Lin Jarvis.

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The main talking point for Marquez was whether his injured shoulder from Silverstone has improved: “I feel quite good, nearly 100%. It’s not perfect, the shoulder, but I have good memories at Misano. Every year I ride quite well and it looks like Honda is quite good here. Brno and Silverstone are big circuits with fast corners. This is smaller, but I usually ride quite well on small circuits.”

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Yet it was Lorenzo who trumped Marquez by announcing the arrival of the seamless transmission, putting them level with the Honda’s gearbox: “It [seamless transmission] will be here for the weekend. We can say that. Tomorrow! After a nice victory at Silverstone, normally Misano is good for me, I have always finished first or second in MotoGP. I like the track and I think we’re in good shape.”

Rossi, for whom this is his home-circuit, has good memories of the track: “Yes, this is a special track for me because I grew up here, and the first time I used a real bike on a circuit was here. It’s my home Grand Prix, so it is a special track and I like it. I have had good results in the past, especially with the Yamaha but also with my best result for Ducati last year. We have to improve on the results of the last three races and try to fight with the top three guys.

“We will try the new gearbox from tomorrow and we are so happy. For sure it is important, it is very good for the rider and a big help. Misano is a track on which you use the gearbox a lot, so we hope that will be a good advantage when fighting with the Hondas.”

Iannone, who has had an injury-plagued time in his first year in MotoGP™, is pleased with his progression nonetheless: “Yes, many, many [injuries]! But, okay, it’s a very difficult season for me this year. My last injury with the shoulder is a big problem for me, last three races very hard, much pain, but with the Clinica Mobile I have been trying different solutions and last week I worked very hard to try and improve my situation. I am very happy with the development of it and I think it is ready for this weekend, I will try to do my best.”

Suppo confirmed not only that the Honda “production racer” is proving competitive in tests, but also agreed that the championship on a whole was heading in the right direction. He also had to rebuff questions regarding a possible return of Casey Stoner: “Sure. We have to find a way to find teams reasonably competitive machines for reasonable prices. It’s not easy because the level of factory machines is very high, but we are trying. Yamaha is doing similar things and it’s good.

“Of course, when you speak about Casey everybody is interested in knowing if he will be back one day, but there is nothing more to it at the moment. He is enjoying it [testing] and for sure for any manufacturer something like this is a dream for testing. We are very, very lucky. For sure, he loves riding the bike because you can’t replicate that. So he is happy to go there testing, no media attention or anything. I think he loved the competition but he just wanted to be in his kind of isolated world, and that is the case with the tests.”

Jarvis on the other hand spoke about Yamaha’s plans for next year, and joked that it was rider pressure that brought the seamless transmission in for the race: “Earlier today we announced the renewal with Tech3 for another two years, which is very important with them using the factory-spec bikes. Just now we have come from the Forward Racing press conference; we have a one-year programme to provide them with our solution to the ex CRT class. We will provide them with the package. They are not ready with their riders yet but the project is taking fruition, so that is new and exciting. In addition to that it is our second home race based in Italy – a really busy time to the year. And now we introduce the new gearbox we have been waiting for a while, so it’s a very exciting weekend.

“[The transmission was brought in now] with the pressure from these two! But if it’s ready for Monday, it’s ready for now. We have a deficit to Honda and need to do everything we can to challenge them over these next six races.”

The day before, Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Bradley Smith, Ducati Team test rider Michele Pirro, Came IodaRacing Project’s Danilo Petrucci, NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Alex de Angelis, as well as Yamaha Team Director Massimo Meregalli, all participated in a 5km uphill bike ride up Mount Titano to the Old Town of San Marino, supported by four members of their personal team. Starting at Fonte dell’Ovo, it was Pirro who came out on top with his team, starting his home race weekend in the best possible way.

MAX MUGELLI (BMW) LANCIA LA SFIDA PER IL PROSSIMO ROUND DI IMOLA DELLA SUPERSTARS DOVE PUNTA ANCORA AL PODIO


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L’ALFIERE DEL TEAM BMW DINAMIC POSITIVO PER IL FINALE DI STAGIONE DELLA SERIE INTERNAZIONALE

Roma, 10 settembre 2013

L’ultimo appuntamento della SUPERSTARS di Donington Park, oltre a celebrare le vittorie di Luigi Ferrara (Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé R.R.T.) e di Gianni Morbidelli (Audi RS5 Audi Sport Italia), ha visto il ritorno sul podio di Max Mugelli che ha conquistato la terza posizione in Gara 2 alla guida di una BMW M3 E92 del Team BMW Dinamic.

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l portacolori della Casa dell’Elica ha raccontato il suo weekend inglese e le sue aspettative sugli ultimi due appuntamenti di Imola (29 settembre) e Vallelunga (13 ottobre).

“Finalmente è arrivato il podio – ha esordito Max Mugelli – Dall’inizio di quest’anno sapevo che avevamo tutte le carte in regola per giocarci le prime tre posizioni, ma per una serie di sfortune non eravamo ancora riusciti a concretizzare il tanto lavoro svolto da me e dal team. Ci tengo a ringraziare il Team BMW Dinamic che ha preparato una vettura estremamente competitiva, lo testimonia il fatto che ad oggi non abbiamo riscontrato nessun problema tecnico. Con tutto me stesso ho cercato questo risultato, non è stato un momento facile per la mia carriera, ma in Inghilterra ho fatto vedere di cosa sono capace. In Gara 2 la mia M3 è stata la più veloce tra le BMW. Stare davanti al campione BTCC Colin Turkington, che a Donington giocava in casa, mi ha davvero stimolato per dare il massimo. Nelle prossime due tappe si torna in Italia, Imola e p oi Valleunga. Quest’ultima penso sia più adatta alle caratteristiche della nostra vettura, ma ce la metterò tutta per salire ancora sul podio a partire dal circuito del Santerno, dove do appuntamento a tutti i fan della SUPERSTARS”.

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MotoGP 2013: Anticipation builds as MotoGP™ moves epic battle to Misano


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MotoGP 2013 Press Release
Gran Premio Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini Preview
Mon, 9 September 2013

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As the MotoGP™ grid heads to the GP Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini in Misano this weekend there is once again only one thing on riders’ minds – how to close the gap to championship leader Marc Marquez.

Last time out in Silverstone it was Yamaha Factory Racing’s reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo who managed to figure it out by beating the Repsol Honda Team rookie sensation with a bold move in the final few corners. Lorenzo will aim for much of the same as he tries to cut the lead to the Repsol Honda men, including Dani Pedrosa, who will look to convert his outright pace into a win to get his title challenge back on course. Marquez may prove tougher to beat in Misano however, as he will have recovered further from the left dislocated collarbone he picked up in a crash in Sunday Warm-Up at the last race.

Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi is aiming to find his end-of-race pace directly off the start line, as that looks to be the weak link stopping him from challenging for a podium or win once more. GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista on the other hand will be searching for a way past the famous Italian, having lost out to him narrowly in the last three races. LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl has been somewhat off-colour in recent races, despite showing great pace over one lap. He will need to rediscover the race pace that saw him take second in Laguna Seca, whereas Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Cal Crutchlow will look to forget his crash-plagued Silverstone and get back to challenging for the podium.

The Ducati Team duo may fare better at Misano than in previous outings, as they occasionally use it as a test track during the season. Yet no doubt they will have Tech3’s British rookie Bradley Smith to contend with, who has recently been tussling with the Ducatis on track. Ignite Pramac Racing’s Ben Spies is once again replaced due to injury by Ducati test rider Michele Pirro, who will make it a fully Italian garage alongside Energy T.I. Pramac’s Andrea Iannone.

Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro still looks near unstoppable as top CRT on his ART machine, and the likes of NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards and Avintia Blusens’ Hector Barbera will have a tough job chasing him down.

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1- Marc Marquez SPA Honda 233
2- Dani Pedrosa SPA Honda 203
3- Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 194
4- Valentino Rossi ITA Yamaha 156
5- Cal Crutchlow GBR Yamaha 136

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The top news running up to Misano is that of inaugural Moto2™ World Champion Toni Elias, who has now departed the Blusens Avintia team. The Spaniard is in negotiations regarding a move to the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, while he is replaced in the intermediate class by Argentina’s Ezequiel Iturrioz.

Fresh from winning his home race, Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding will head into this weekend’s GP Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini in Misano as favourite, with Tuenti HP 40 title rival Pol Espargaro needing a good race to reduce the Brit’s lead.

Redding was on superb form in Silverstone, and will prove tough to beat in Misano, however with the likes of Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing’s Tom Luthi and Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami on form at the moment, there are many contenders for the win. Espargaro had a weekend to forget in the UK, though in Misano will still remain one of the favourites for the podium, as will his teammate Esteve Rabat, who usually looks strong towards the end of the race.

The NGM Mobile Forward Racing team could be one to watch with local rider Alex de Angelis, as well as two other strong Italians in the form of Simone Corsi and Mattia Pasini. Idemitsu Honda Team Asia has replaced Yuki Takahashi permanently with Malaysian Azlan Shah, whilst Australian Jason O’Halloran steps in once again for the inured Mike di Meglio in the JiR Moto2 team.

Gino Rea is the only wildcard this weekend with his Gino Rea Montaze Broz Racing team. Blusens Avintia’s Dani Rivas will not contest the race due to injury and will be covered for by Spanish compatriot Alex Mariñelarena. At Federal Oil Gresini Moto2, Italy’s Franco Morbidelli stands in for Doni Tata Pradita for this event.

Argiñano & Gines Racing’s Steven Odendaal is set to appear in Misano, despite suffering a broken right ankle in Moto2 Warm-Up at Silverstone, but will have to pass a medical test before being allowed out on-track.

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1- Scott Redding GBR Kalex 192
2- Pol Espargaro SPA Kalex 154
3- Tito Rabat SPA Kalex 135
4- Mika Kallio FIN Kalex 125
5- Dominique Aegerter SWI Suter 108

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Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Luis Salom is firmly in charge as the Moto3™ contingent heads to this weekend’s GP Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini in Misano to fight it out for the lightweight title.

Salom has looked in dominant form in recent races, and the likes of Team Calvo’s Maverick Viñales and Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins will be trying their best to get past the Mallorcan and claw back some points. Rins’ teammate Alex Marquez is proving to be a constant podium threat, whilst Caretta Technology – RTG’s Jack Miller is always one to watch.

Away from the track there is a significant technology switch with the Ambrogio Racing team switching from Suter-Honda bikes to Mahindras. This means that for the first time ever there will be four permanent Mahindra bikes on the grid in the Moto3™ World Championship. Add to that the Misano wildcard of Italian Andrea Locatelli alongside regular riders Miguel Oliveira and Efren Vazquez, and there will be five.

And providing another twist this weekend will be wildcard Luca Marini with his team Twelve Racing – the Italian being the half brother of nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi.

World Championship Standings Moto3™

1- Luis Salom SPA KTM 233
2- Maverick Viñales SPA KTM 207
3- Alex Rins SPA KTM 200
4- Jonas Folger GER Kalex KTM 120
5- Alex Marquez SPA KTM 117

LUIGI FERRARA RACCONTA LA SUA PRIMA VITTORIA STAGIONALE NELLA SUPERSTARS CON LA MERCEDES C63 AMG COUPÉ


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L’ASSO DEL R.R.T. È CONCENTRATO SU IMOLA, DOVE PUNTA A BISSARE IL SUCCESSO DELL’INGHILTERRA

Roma, 4 settembre 2013

Il messaggio che arriva d’oltremanica è forte e chiaro: Luigi Ferrara c’è! Dopo aver impressionato tutti mettendo a segno la pole position al primo giro e per di più senza aver preso parte alle libere, il portacolori del R.R.T. ha portato sul gradino più alto del podio di Donington per la prima volta la Mercedes C63 AMG Coupè.

Sfortunata invece la seconda gara, dove la coupé tutta gialla è dovuta rientrare ai box per un inconveniente tecnico al motore.

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Allo stesso Ferrara abbiamo chiesto di raccontarci il suo weekend inglese:

“Il fine settimana è iniziato veramente in salita. Abbiamo dovuto cambiare il motore della Mercedes per poter fare almeno le qualifiche, ma il team devo ammettere che ha fatto davvero un ottimo lavoro. Ho abbassato la visiera e mi sono giocato il tutto per tutto. Pole staccata con la bandiera a scacchi che stava ancora sventolando, ma sapevo che era troppo presto per festeggiare. Le gare della SUPERSTARS riservano sempre tante sorprese, quindi ero consapevole di dover sfruttare al massimo la partenza per cercare di staccare i miei rivali se volevo provare a vincere, e così è stato. Ultima curva del giro lanciato e gas spalancato per affrontare la prima staccata che può compromettere la tua gara al minimo sbaglio. Sono stato bravo e sono riuscito a rimanere davanti. Tanta paura invece su quella macchia d’olio lasciata dalla Lexus al tornantino, per un attimo ho immaginato di dover appendere la tuta senza il profumo dello spumante sop ra, ma ho tenuto la traiettoria giusta e sono andato a prendermi la vittoria. Quest’anno siamo stati perseguitati da problemi tecnici sulla nostra vettura, ma non ci siamo mai scoraggiati ed abbiamo continuato a lavorare duro. Ora penso ad Imola, circuito dove ho vinto in tante categorie. Spero di bissare la prestazione di Donington anche se purtroppo non possiamo giocarci il titolo, sfida che rimandiamo al 2014”.

“Abbiamo un pilota ed una vettura veloce – ha dichiarato Nico Caldarola (Team Manager R.R.T.) – tutti i nostri sforzi, sono stati finalmente ripagati. Credo nella SUPERSTARS, ed aver sviluppato in completa autonomia una vettura che sta iniziando a dare i frutti sperati mi inorgoglisce. Puntando su Ferrara quest’anno sapevo di fare la cosa giusta. Poter salire sul gradino più alto del podio dopo più di un anno ci da la carica per affrontare con la mentalità giusta gli ultimi due appuntamenti del 2013, dove scommetto che saremo ancora tra i protagonisti”.

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MotoGP 2013: Lorenzo edges Marquez in Silverstone thriller


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MotoGP 2013: PRESS RELEASE
Sun, 1 September 2013

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Jorge Lorenzo has returned to winning ways in a highly dramatic Hertz British Grand Prix at Silverstone, beating championship leader Marc Marquez by less than one tenth of a second. Dani Pedrosa completed the podium as home favourite Cal Crutchlow struggled to seventh place.

On Saturday, Marquez had clinched his third pole position in five race meetings but further participation was put in doubt when he dislocated his left shoulder by crashing in Sunday morning Warm-Up. After being given the green light in the circuit Medical Centre, the 20-year-old Repsol Honda Team rider headed up the front row from Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo and Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Crutchlow.

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Critically for Lorenzo, the Mallorcan made another strong start and dived into the lead at Copse corner. In a near repeat performance to Brno last weekend, he would proceed to resolutely defend from both Repsol Honda Team riders. Marquez then seized the advantage at Brooklands just over two laps from home, only for Lorenzo to retake the lead as he confidently out-braked his opponent at Vale. On the final lap, Marquez again grabbed the advantage at Brooklands, before Lorenzo re-passed in a confident move at Luffield, which featured slight contract between the two bikes.

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The leading duo crossed the finish line separated by just 81 thousandths of a second, meaning Silverstone continues a pattern from Brno of witnessing the closest finish of the season so far. Struggling for rear grip, Pedrosa was a further one and a half seconds behind, having been unable to take advantage of the battling pair in front of him. In fourth spot was Valentino Rossi who, having dropped back after his strong start, had become involved in yet another entertaining battle with GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, while LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl finished in sixth place.

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Having missed his home race in 2011 before starting at the back in 2012, Cal Crutchlow had hoped for a much stronger Silverstone weekend in 2013. He crashed twice on Saturday and again in Sunday’s Warm-Up, then paid the price for a poor getaway as the Tech3 rider plummeted from third to sixth at the start. He would fall back to his eventual finishing position of seventh when the charging Bautista – who had lined up eighth on the grid – overtook at the end of Lap 1.

Crutchlow’s teammate Bradley Smith again found himself dicing with the pair of Ducati Team riders, but was ultimately taken advantage of by Nicky Hayden for eighth place. Smith would end the day ninth, while Andrea Dovizioso crashed out on the penultimate tour. The Italian joined second-lap faller Lukas Pesek (Came IodaRacing Project) on the sidelines, promoting Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro into the top ten despite a broken finger and injured neck after a Saturday crash; he therefore led home the CRT riders as PBM’s Michael Laverty ended his maiden home race in 19th position, ahead of Colombian teammate Yonny Hernandez.

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Following the race, it was announced that Marquez has been given two Penalty Points under the new system due to not slowing down under the yellow flags in the morning Warm-Up. This also happened to be the moment that saw him crash at the same turn as Cal Crutchlow. Not to be confused with Championship Points, the penalty system was introduced in 2013, under which Up to 10 penalty points can be imposed, with sanctions applied at certain thresholds. Any rider reaching four penalty points starts the next race from the back of the grid, while seven points lead to a pit lane start and 10 points a race ban.

With the triple-header of Indianapolis, Brno and Silverstone now over, MotoGP™ returns in two weekends’ time with the GP Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini from Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. With six events remaining in 2013, debutant Marquez carries an advantage of 30 points over Pedrosa, with Sunday’s winner Lorenzo now trailing the championship leader by 39 points.

MotoGP™ Qualifying Race Classification

1- Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha 40:52.515
2- Marc Marquez (SPA) Honda +0.081
3- Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Honda +1.551

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10- Aleix Espargaro (SPA) ART +53.196

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Moto2™ championship leader Scott Redding has won his home Grand Prix at Silverstone. The Marc VDS Racing Team rider, who took the lead off the start line, was assisted in the closing stages as a tight battled raged for second place. Pole-sitter Takaaki Nakagami and Tom Luthi completed the podium.

On Saturday, Japan’s Nakagami had claimed his second pole position within the space of a week, but it was Redding who seized the lead as the red lights went out. Critically for the English rider, much fighting over the remaining rostrum places would prove a decisive element in his first home victory since 2008, when he had claimed a career-first win in the 125 class at Donington Park.

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A race-long duel between Nakagami (Italtrans Racing Team) and Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing) featured various changes of position, not least on the last lap when the duo swapped places at Vale and Club corners before battling deep into the Brooklands complex. The Japanese would finish ahead of the Swiss, with Tuenti HP 40’s Tito Rabat and Technomag carXpert’s Dominique Aegerter in close attendance. Redding’s teammate and Brno winner Mika Kallio was sixth.

Sunday was a difficult affair for title contender Pol Espargaro. Following a crash at the start of the Warm-Up session, the Tuenti HP 40 rider started sixth on the grid but lost ground in the early stages of the race – falling to as low as 11th. He fought back up to eighth behind Came IodaRacing Project’s Johann Zarco, but crucially loses a further 17 points in his championship fight with Redding. Six races remain in 2013.

Three riders failed to finish. Argiñano & Gines Racing’s Alberto Moncayo was an early faller, while British wildcard Gino Rea (Gino Rea Montaze Broz Racing, fracturing the fourth metacarpus of his right hand) and Xavier Simeon (Maptaq SAG Zelos Team) crashed across the final pair of laps.

At JiR Moto2, Australian Jason O’Halloran finished 25th as he replaced France’s Mike di Meglio, injured at Brno last weekend, while both Blusens Avintia’s Dani Rivas and Argiñano & Gines Racing’s Steven Odendaal missed the race following a multiple collision at the end of the morning Warm-Up.

Moto2 continues in two weekends’ time, with the GP Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Scott Redding – who has become the first Briton to win an intermediate class race in his home country since Tom Herron triumphed at the Isle of Man TT in 1976 – will head to Italy with a 38-point championship advantage over Pol Espargaro.

Moto2™ Qualifying Race Classification

1- Scott Redding (GBR) Kalex 38:22.897
2- Takaaki Nakagami (JPN) Kalex +1.066
3- Thomas Luthi (SWI) Suter +1.170

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Luis Salom has extended his Moto3™ championship lead with a second consecutive victory, beating Alex Rins by just 49 thousandths of a second in the Hertz British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Alex Marquez rounded out the rostrum while pole-sitter Maverick Viñales just failed to establish a new podium finishes record.

Silverstone marked the end of the triple-header, which had first taken the championship to Indianapolis and Brno; with this in mind, many were keen to sign off with victory ahead of a two-week break until the next race.

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Salom started as he meant to continue by shooting into the lead from third on the grid. Before the 17 laps were completed, however, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider would exchange positions on various occasions with Team Calvo’s Viñales and Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Rins, with Rins’ teammate Marquez also very much in the battle. Salom would confirm his sixth win of the season by less than half a tenth of a second, with second-placed Rins having had to defend as well as attack on the final tour.

Marquez’s top three result was his second in three races, while in fourth Viñales finished off the podium for the first time this year; in the process, he just misses out on becoming the first rider in history to claim 11 successive podium finishes from the start of a season in the lower class of the World Championship. The top six was completed by Mahindra Racing’s Miguel Oliveira and Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Jonas Folger, while Britain’s John McPhee (Caretta Technology – RTG) scored two points in his home Grand Prix, finishing 14th.

Four riders failed to see the chequered flag, including La Fonte Tascaracing’s Alessandro Tonucci who was involved in a high-speed Woodcote collision with Aspar’s Eric Granado in the closing stages of the races. The first pair of retirements were CIP Moto3’s Juanfran Guevara and teammate Alan Techer, both out of the race in a first-lap collision at Vale with Racing Steps Foundation KRP’s Wayne Ryan. Zulfahmi Khairuddin, teammate to Salom, recovered to 20th place after being forced to start from the pit lane following technical problems on the grid.

Salom’s championship lead over Viñales is now 26 points, with Rins a further seven behind. Moto3™ continues at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, with the GP Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini taking place in two weeks’ time.

Moto3™ Qualifying Race Classification

1- Luis Salom (SPA) KTM 38:17.291
2- Alex Rins (SPA) KTM +0.049
3- Alex Marquez (SPA) KTM +0.698

MotoGP 2013: Official Media Gallery


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