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MotoGP 2014: ALVARO BAUTISTA E SCOTT REDDING CONCLUDONO I TEST DI SEPANG RACCOGLIENDO DATI PREZIOSI


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OFFICIAL GRESINI PRESS RELEASE – 6 Febbraio 2014

Si è conclusa oggi la tre giorni di prove della MotoGP sul circuito di Sepang: sia Alvaro Bautista che Scott Redding hanno continuato il lavoro impostato nei primi due giorni, raccogliendo dati preziosi in vista dei test che si terranno a fine mese nuovamente sul tracciato malese.

In sella alla Honda RC213V, Bautista ha provato diverse soluzioni di assetto alla ricerca di un maggior grip al posteriore: al momento lo spagnolo sta infatti faticando a sfruttare al cento per cento le nuove gomme Bridgestone per la stagione 2014, anche se il team, supportato da Showa, ha già alcune idee per progredire in vista dei prossimi test. 2’00”788 il miglior giro di Alvaro, in 63 giri totali. Sulla Honda RCV1000R, Redding ha completato una sessantina di giri con un miglior tempo di 2’02”833; il rookie inglese ha affrontato il primo vero test in MotoGP senza errori, prendendo confidenza con la moto e migliorando gradualmente i tempi: a fine mese riprenderà il lavoro su assetto e elettronica.

Il Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini tornerà in azione a Sepang per la tre giorni di test programmata per il 26, 27 e 28 febbraio.

ALVARO BAUTISTA (2’00″788 – 63 GIRI)
“Oggi abbiamo proseguito il lavoro fatto nei primi due giorni di test, sostanzialmente i nostri sforzi si sono concentrati nuovamente sulle sospensioni alla ricerca di una maggiore aderenza al posteriore e di un miglior feeling generale con la moto. È stato fatto un piccolo passo avanti rispetto a ieri, però non riusciamo ancora a sfruttare al massimo le nuove gomme Bridgestone: al momento ci offrono meno grip rispetto a quelle dello scorso anno e di conseguenza non riesco ancora ad agire sull’acceleratore come vorrei. Nei test in programma a fine mese lavoreremo tanto su questo aspetto. Dovremo migliorare anche sulla velocità sul giro secco: questa mattina ho montato la gomma morbida ma anche in questo caso non siamo riusciti a sfruttarla e non sono stato velocissimo. Per quanto riguarda il passo gara invece sono abbastanza soddisfatto, essendo riuscito a fare molti giri consecutivi vicini al mio miglior tempo. Il bilancio comunque è positivo: c’è ancora tanto lavoro da fare, ma sia noi che Showa abbiamo raccolto dati importanti in vista dei prossimi test”.

SCOTT REDDING (2’02″833 – 60 GIRI)
“Oggi ho potuto compiere un altro passo in avanti, sto imparando pian piano a far scivolare la moto per farla curvare meglio e in generale mi sento più a mio agio mentre guido. Purtroppo le condizioni difficili della pista nel pomeriggio non mi hanno permesso di migliorare molto i miei tempi, ma sono contento di come è andato il mio primo test con il team: nelle prossime prove a fine mese ci concentreremo sulle sospensioni e sull’affinamento dell’elettronica, in particolare del controllo di trazione”.

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FAUSTO GRESINI
“Sono stati tre giorni di test importanti, anche se la classifica non ci rende giustizia: purtroppo nei primi due giorni il programma di lavoro con Bautista è proseguito un po’ a rilento e quindi in questa ultima giornata non siamo essere riusciti ad essere competitivi come ci aspettavamo, anche se Alvaro ha già messo in mostra un buon passo. Non sono comunque preoccupato, ci aspetta un altro test a fine mese nel quale cercheremo di migliorare, soprattutto nella ricerca di più grip. Riguardo a Scott, il bilancio è positivo: non va dimenticato che è soltanto all’inizio di questa avventura; tre giornate di test su una MotoGP in una pista come Sepang non sono facili per un debuttante, ma Redding è migliorato giorno dopo giorno senza fare errori. Ci vorrà ancora un po’ di tempo per vedere tutto il potenziale suo e della RCV1000R”.

English Version:

ALVARO BAUTISTA AND SCOTT REDDING CONCLUDE SEPANG TEST COLLECTING VALUABLE DATA

Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini completed today an exhaustive three days of testing at the Sepang International Circuit. Both Alvaro Bautista and Scott Redding continued the work set in the first two days, collecting valuable data ahead of the next test to be held later this month, again on the Malaysian track.

Aboard his Honda RC213V, Bautista tried different set-up solutions looking for more traction: the Spaniard is struggling a little bit with the new Bridgestone tyres for the 2014 season, although the team, together with Showa, has already some ideas to improve. Alvaro signed off the three days of testing putting in 63 laps with a best time of 2’00”788. Scott signed off the test putting in 60 laps setting a best time of 2’02”833; the English rookie faced his first real test in MotoGP without making mistakes, getting to grips with the bike and gradually improving his lap times: later this month he will resume work on bike set-up and traction control.

The Team GO & FUN Honda Gresini will return to action at Sepang for the three-day test scheduled on 26th, 27th and 28th of February.

ALVARO BAUTISTA (2’00″788 – 63 LAPS)
“Today we continued the work done in the first two days of testing: basically our efforts were focused again on the suspension, looking for more grip on the rear and for an overall better feeling with the bike. We made a small step forward, but at the moment we still can not take full advantage of the new Bridgestone tyres; we have less grip than last year and as a result I still can not open the throttle as I would like. Later this month, in the next tests, we will work hard on this aspect. We also need to improve the speed on the single lap: this morning I put on the softer tyre, but we were not able to exploit it, and I was not very fast. However, I’m quite happy of my race pace, as I was able to do many consecutive laps close to my best time. My opinion on this first test is positive: there is still much work to do, but the team and Showa have collected valuable data for the upcoming test”.

SCOTT REDDING (2’02″833 – 60 LAPS)
“Today I was able to take another step forward: I am learning how to slide the bike to get it turned on exit and in general I felt more at ease while riding. Unfortunately, the difficult conditions of the track in the afternoon did not allow me to improve a lot of my lap time, but I’m happy with how my first test with the team went; later this month we will come back in Sepang, and we will continue to work on the suspension and on electronic set-up refinement, in particular traction control”.

FAUSTO GRESINI
“It’s been an important three-day test, although the final classification does not do justice to us; unfortunately we lost a bit of time in the first two days with Bautista, so in this last day we were not be able to be as competitive as expected, although Alvaro already showed a good pace. Anyway I’m not worried, we have another test later this month in which we will try to improve, especially for rear grip. With respect to Scott, the balance is positive: we must not forget that it’s only the beginning of this adventure. Three days of testing on a MotoGP bike on a track like Sepang is not easy for a rookie, but Redding has improved day after day without doing mistakes. It will take a little more time to see his full potential”.

MotoGP 2014: PRODUTTIVO SECONDO GIORNO DI TEST A SEPANG PER ALVARO BAUTISTA E SCOTT REDDING


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OFFICIAL GRESINI PRESS RELEASE – 5 Febbraio 2014

Sono proseguiti oggi a Sepang i test della MotoGP in preparazione del Campionato del Mondo 2014. I piloti del Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini, Alvaro Bautista e Scott Redding, hanno iniziato a lavorare sul set-up delle loro moto in una giornata molto calda, ottenendo buoni miglioramenti.

Nonostante un problema alla leva del freno che lo ha tenuto fermo per gran parte della mattinata, Alvaro Bautista è riuscito a completare 55 giri siglando nel finale un ottimo 2’00”897, già migliore del rilievo cronometrico registrato dallo spagnolo nelle qualifiche dello scorso Gran Premio della Malesia. Il suo lavoro si è concentrato sulle nuove gomme Bridgestone e sulla prova di due nuovi ammortizzatori della sospensione posteriore portati da Showa. Nell’altro lato del box, Scott Redding ha continuato il suo apprendistato sulla Honda RCV1000R “Open” abbassando il tempo ottenuto ieri di oltre un secondo, scendendo fino a 2’03”117 in 53 giri.

I test proseguiranno anche domani, per il terzo e ultimo giorno di prove al Sepang International Circuit.

ALVARO BAUTISTA (2’00″897 – 55 GIRI)
“Quella di oggi è stata una giornata molto produttiva, anche se non ho potuto girare per quasi tutta la mattina a causa di un problema alla leva del freno, risolto soltanto nel pomeriggio. Ho provato un paio di nuovi ammortizzatori Showa per la sospensione posteriore: uno di questi, in particolare, sembra funzionare bene con la nuova gomma portata da Bridgestone in questi test, perciò continueremo a lavorare su questa strada. Il bilancio quindi è positivo: tra l’altro ho segnato il mio miglior tempo nel pomeriggio, sicuramente non nelle condizioni migliori, con la pista molto calda e quando ero già abbastanza stanco fisicamente. Domani sono convinto che potremo migliorare ancora, sia in termini di feeling con la moto che come tempi sul giro”.

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SCOTT REDDING (2’03″117 – 53 GIRI)
“Oggi è andata meglio, ho potuto fare molti giri e pian piano ci siamo avvicinati alle altre Honda ‘Production Racer’. Abbiamo lavorato molto sulla frenata e ora mi sento più a mio agio sulla moto. Le condizioni della pista e le temperature cambiano molto durante la giornata e ciò mi mette ancora un po’ in difficoltà, ma tutto sommato sono soddisfatto di come sta procedendo il mio apprendistato. Dal punto di vista della guida, sto imparando come gestire al meglio la moto nell’ultima parte della frenata e in uscita di curva. Domani cercheremo di migliorare ulteriormente”.

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FAUSTO GRESINI
“Oggi il nostro programma è proseguito in maniera positiva con entrambi i piloti: purtroppo Alvaro ha perso un po’ di tempo in mattinata, ma alla fine è riuscito ad ottenere un buon tempo e a mostrare un buon passo. Sono comunque convinto che domani potrà stare ancora più vicino ai primi. Abbiamo ancora tanto da fare, domani continueremo a lavorare sulle sospensioni e a provare le nuove gomme Bridgestone, sia quella da gara che quella più morbida, per tentare un primo ‘time attack’. Scott ha continuato il suo apprendistato e ha migliorato i suoi tempi, avvicinandosi alle altre ‘Production Racer’, anche se ovviamente si tratta di una moto tutta nuova sia per noi che per lui. L’importante adesso è continuare a lavorare con calma: diamoci il tempo, siamo soltanto al secondo giorno di test”.

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English Version:

ALVARO BAUTISTA AND SCOTT REDDING CONTINUE PRODUCTIVE TEST IN SEPANG

The second day of testing in Sepang allowed both riders of the Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini, Alvaro Bautista and Scott Redding, to complete a positive day’s work on their bikes’ set-up, getting good improvements.

Despite a problem with the brake lever in the morning, Alvaro Bautista was able to complete 55 laps, posting in the latter part of the session an excellent 2’00”897, already better than the qualifying lap time recorded by the Spaniard in the last Malaysian Grand Prix. His work was focused on the new Bridgestone tyres and on two new rear suspension shock absorbers brought by Showa. On the other side of the box, Scott Redding continued his apprenticeship on the “Open” Honda RCV1000R, improving his times by over a second, going up to 2’03”117 in 53 laps.

Practice will resume tomorrow for the third and final day of testing at the Sepang International Circuit.

ALVARO BAUTISTA (2’00″897 – 55 LAPS)
“Today was a very productive day, even if I could not run for most of the morning due to problem with the brakes, that we solved only in the afternoon. I tried a couple of new Showa shock absorbers for the rear suspension: one of these, in particular, seems to work well with the new tyre that Bridgestone brought for this test, so we will continue to work in this direction. Despite the time lost during the morning, we are happy: moreover, I did my best time in the afternoon, certainly not in the best conditions, with the track very hot and when I was already a bit tired. Tomorrow I am convinced that we can improve, both in terms of feeling with the bike and lap times”.

SCOTT REDDING (2’03″117 – 53 LAPS)
“Today was a little better than yesterday: I could put in a lot of laps and we are slowly closing the gap to the other Honda ‘Production Racers’. We worked hard on the braking and now I feel more comfortable on the bike. The track conditions and temperatures change a lot during the day and this is making me struggling a little bit, but generally speaking I am satisfied with how my apprenticeship is progressing. From the riding point of view, I’m learning how to brake into the corner and getting the bike turned on exit. Tomorrow we will try to further improve it”.

FAUSTO GRESINI
“Today our program continued in a positive manner with both riders. Despite losing a bit of time in the morning, in the end Alvaro managed to set a good lap time, showing a good pace. I think that tomorrow he will be even closer to the fastest. We still have much to do, tomorrow we will continue to work on the suspension and we will try the new Bridgestone tyres, both the race and the softer tyre, for a first ‘time attack’. Scott continued his apprenticeship and has improved his time, closing the gap with the other ‘Production Racers’. The important thing now for him and for the team is to continue to work with calm: we are only on the second day of testing”.

MotoGP 2014: QUINTO TEMPO PER BAUTISTA NEL PRIMO GIORNO DI TEST IN MALESIA. REDDING ACCUMULA ESPERIENZA


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OFFICIAL GRESINI PRESS RELEASE – 4 Febbraio 2014

In Malesia ha ufficialmente preso il via la stagione 2014 della MotoGP, con i primi test sul circuito di Sepang. Dopo la lunga pausa invernale, entrambi i piloti del Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini sono potuti risalire sulle rispettive moto: Alvaro Bautista ha preso contatto con la versione 2014 della Honda RC213V, mentre il suo compagno di squadra, Scott Redding, ha potuto conoscere in maniera più approfondita la Honda RCV1000R, recuperando il tempo perso lo scorso novembre a Valencia per via del polso ancora dolorante.

Bautista ha completato 52 giri, chiudendo la prima giornata di test malesi in quinta posizione con un miglior tempo di 2’01”240; Scott Redding ha invece completato 48 giri, segnando un tempo di 2’04”431.

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I test riprenderanno domani per il secondo dei tre giorni di prove programmati al Sepang International Circuit.

ALVARO BAUTISTA (2’01″240 – 52 GIRI)
“E’ stata una prima giornata di test molto positiva! È stato bello tornare su una MotoGP dopo quasi tre mesi di pausa: nei primi giri ho dovuto riprendere confidenza con la moto, riattivare i meccanismi e ritrovare i giusti riferimenti, ma ad essere sincero non mi ci è voluto molto, perché mi sono subito trovato a mio agio con la nuova RC213V. Oggi mi sono concentrato fondamentalmente a riprendere il ritmo, senza intervenire sull’assetto: domani inizieremo invece a lavorare sulle sospensioni assieme ai tecnici Showa, che hanno portato diverso materiale nuovo, e anche sui freni Nissin; ne proveremo di diversi tipi per cercare di migliorare anche in fase di frenata. Parlando della RC213V versione 2014, mi è piaciuta subito, credo che il pacchetto composto da telaio, motore e sospensioni sia già molto buono, un’ottima base sulla quale lavorare in vista della prima gara”.

SCOTT REDDING (2’04″431 – 48 GIRI)
“È stata una prima giornata positiva, sono felice di essere tornato finalmente a guidare al cento per cento, senza problemi al polso, anche se fisicamente per me è stata comunque una giornata dura a causa del caldo. Sulla RCV1000R mi trovo già bene, anche sarà necessario lavorare sull’elettronica e sulla frenata per progredire. Domani lavoreremo anche sull’assetto cercando di migliorare il comportamento della moto in curva”.

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FAUSTO GRESINI
“Sono contento di come si è svolto questo primo giorno di test: ad Alvaro è piaciuta subito la nuova moto e infatti è stato molto veloce, tanto che nel finale avrebbe anche potuto migliorare leggermente il suo miglior tempo. Abbiamo riscontrato soltanto qualche difficoltà in fase di frenata, per questo stiamo già lavorando assieme ai tecnici di Nissin per trovare una soluzione già a partire da domani, quindi sono fiducioso. Per quanto riguarda Scott, si è trattato di fatto del suo primo vero test, per cui non ha cercato il tempo, ma ha soltanto puntato a prendere confidenza con la moto. Domani avremo tanto lavoro da fare, siamo certi di avere un buon margine di miglioramento”.

English Version:

Malaysia has officially kicked off the 2014 MotoGP season, with the first day of testing at the Sepang International Circuit. After the long winter break, both riders of Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini were back on the saddle: Alvaro Bautista quickly got to grips with the new 2014 version of the Honda RC213V, while his teammate, Scott Redding, was able to complete several laps on his Honda RCV1000R, recovering some of the time lost last November in Valencia because of the wrist still sore.

Bautista completed 52 laps, finishing the first day of testing in Malaysia in fifth position with a best time of 2’01”240, while Scott Redding completed 48 laps, setting a time of 2’04”431.

Practice will resume tomorrow for the second of three days of testing scheduled at the Sepang International Circuit.

ALVARO BAUTISTA (2’01″240 – 52 LAPS)
“It’s been a very positive first day of testing! It was nice to be back on a MotoGP bike after nearly three months of winter break: in the first laps I had to regain confidence with the bike, re-activate the mechanisms and find the right references, but to be honest it took me not too much, because I immediately found at ease with the new RC213V. Today I focused basically on regaining the right rythm, without working on bike set-up; however, tomorrow we will begin to work on the suspension together with Showa, which brought some new items, and also on the Nissin brakes, testing different kind of brakes to try to improve also the braking. Speaking about the new RC213V, I loved it: I think the package of chassis, engine and suspension is already very good, an excellent base on which to work ahead of the first race”.

SCOTT REDDING (2’04″431 – 48 LAPS)
“This first day of testing was good, I was really happy to ride again at full strength, without physical problems, although it was hard for me to ride all day because of the weather conditions. The bike was working well, I like riding it, but we need to improve on the electronic and braking. Tomorrow we will focus on set-up, in order to make the bike turn better”.

FAUSTO GRESINI
“I’m happy about this first day of testing: Alvaro immediately liked the new bike and it was very fast. We found only a few difficulties during braking, but we are already working together with Nissin engineers to find a solution as early as tomorrow, so I’m confident about it. Regarding Scott, it was actually his first real test, so his focus was not on lap times, but he only managed to get familiar with the bike. Tomorrow we will have much work to do, we are sure to have a good margin of improvement”.

MotoGP 2014: MotoGP™ all set to touch down at Sepang


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MotoGP™ Official Test Sepang 1
Monday, 3rd February

Tomorrow will see the much-awaited opening MotoGP™ test of 2014 as the field gathers in Malaysia. For the first time this year, Factory and Open machines will share the track as riders and personnel get to grips with new teams.

Tuesday will see the much-awaited opening MotoGP™ test of 2014 as the field gathers in Malaysia. For the first time this year, Factory and Open machines will share the track as riders and personnel get to grips with new teams.

Following on from the post-Valencia Grand Prix test in November that saw new bikes break cover for the first time, 2014 testing now begins in earnest with the traditional early-year trip to the Sepang International Circuit on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.

Key terms this season are ‘Factory’ and ‘Open’, with the CRT label having now disappeared from the sport. Furthermore, the first Sepang gathering will mark one of only two occasions on which all teams and riders are able to share a race track for testing this pre-season, as the March Tyre Test at Phillip Island in Australia will feature only the official riders of the factory teams, with those in question then not taking part in the following test at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.

At Sepang this week, Marc Marquez will continue development with Repsol Honda Team as he retains the number 93 plate, having elected not to take on the World Champion’s privilege of running number 1. On the other side of the garage, Dani Pedrosa will continue to adapt to no longer working directly with long-term mentor Alberto Puig. There are also staff changes for Valentino Rossi, as he resumes work with new Crew Chief Silvano Galbusera who replaces Jeremy Burgess.

For Ducati Team, 2014 is the start of a new era. Andrea Dovizioso reunites with former Monster Yamaha Tech3 team-mate Cal Crutchlow, as ex Aprilia guru Gigi Dall’Igna joins the outfit for what is hoped to be a dramatic turnaround in fortune over the next few seasons. The Italian, now in the role of General Manager for Ducati Corse, aims to start by improving communication between team members working at the circuits and those back at base in Bologna, Italy. Boosting the line-up for this test, Ducati Test Team rider Michele Pirro will also be in action at Sepang, as well as Yamaha Factory Test Team’s Katsuyuki Nakasuga and Wataru Yoshikawa plus HRC Test Team representative Kosuke Akiyoshi.

The satellite riders take on new challenges as well. LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl returns to Sepang for the first time since breaking his ankle during last year’s race meeting, while Tech3 field reigning Moto2™ World Champion Pol Espargaro – younger brother of Aleix – alongside Bradley Smith. Preparation for the test has been slightly disrupted for the French outfit, which two weeks ago suffered an untimely flood in its Bormes-les-Mimosas base. The satellites are completed by Alvaro Bautista with GO&FUN Honda Gresini and the Pramac Racing Ducati of Andrea Iannone. Both Gresini and Pramac have split their development, however, as second riders Scott Redding and Yonny Hernandez will race Open equipment. At the time same, Gresini is the only team on the grid to be competing with Showa suspension and Nissin brakes on both of its bikes.

For the first time ever, all bikes in the premier class are now running the Dorna-supplied electronic control unit (ECU) as part of the continued initiative to lower running costs in MotoGP™. Yet there are numerous subtle differences between Factory and Open specification bikes. The Open machines must also use the spec software supplied with the ECU by Italian firm Magneti Marelli, whereas Factory entrants are able to make use of their own programs. However, Open riders will be able to enjoy 12 engines per season, contrasting with the five powerplants of Factory bikes which are frozen in development and may not be modified during the season; with this in mind, engine management now becomes more critical than ever before. On top of this, Factories are constricted to running 20 litres of fuel across a race distance (one less than last year), while there are 24 for the Open riders.

Other exciting additions to the grid include four brand-new Honda RCV1000R customer bikes, to be ridden by Gresini’s Redding, Cardion AB Motoracing’s Karel Abraham and the Drive M7 Aspar Team pairing of Hiroshi Aoyama and 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden, who is competing on a Honda motorcycle for the first time in over five years. NGM Mobile Forward racing is running an FTR-Yamaha package including a lease engine deal; with this, the outfit will have five Yamaha engines per rider across the season (three new units and two rebuilds). Within the team, Colin Edwards is joined by Aleix Espargaro.

A total of five rookies are on this year’s grid, with former Moto2™ rivals Pol Espargaro and Redding accompanied by Britain’s Leon Camier (British Supersport and British Superbike title winner of 2005 and 2009, respectively) with IodaRacing Project, although the team is not testing this week. Australian Broc Parkes has signed up with PBM – with the team this year racing two own-built bikes for the first time – while France’s Mike di Meglio returns from an injury-affected 2013 to make his premier class debut with Avintia Racing.

The first Official MotoGP™ Test of 2014 will run between Tuesday and Thursday, with the Sepang track open between 10am and 6pm local time (GMT +8).

MotoGP™ 2014 pre-season testing schedule:

1.Feb 4-6: Sepang 1
2.Feb 26-28: Sepang 2
3.Mar 3-5: Phillip Island (Tyre Test)
4.Mar 7-9: Losail

MotoGP 2014: PRESENTATI A SAN MARINO I PROGRAMMI 2014 DEL TEAM GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI


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OFFICIAL GRESINI PRESS RELEASE – 30 Gennaio 2014

Oggi, nella splendida cornice del Teatro Titano di San Marino, è stato presentato ufficialmente il Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini, che parteciperà al Campionato del Mondo MotoGP 2014 con i piloti Alvaro Bautista e Scott Redding. Sul palco sono intervenuti il presidente di GO&FUN, Bruno Bollini, il Team Manager Fausto Gresini e ovviamente i piloti, che hanno svelato al pubblico la nuova livrea che verrà utilizzata sulle loro Honda: la RC213V in configurazione “Factory” per Bautista, e la nuovissima RCV1000R che prenderà parte alla neonata categoria Open per Redding.

BRUNO BOLLINI (Presidente GO&FUN) “Ci aspettiamo di vivere una stagione 2014 con risultati importanti. L’anno scorso con Fausto e con tutto il Team abbiamo lavorato molto bene, condividendo progetti e sviluppi per il futuro. L’arrivo di Scott Redding è una bella novità, un’iniezione di energia che ci voleva. Lo seguivo già da un paio d’anni e mi piace il personaggio, credo che ci darà molte soddisfazioni. Alvaro dal canto suo è ormai diventato un campionissimo della MotoGP: lo ha già dimostrato, è sempre lì assieme ai primi e per il 2014 ci aspettiamo quel passettino in più che gli possa consentire di arrivare spesso sul podio. Sono convinto che questo sia l’anno giusto: l’entusiasmo c’è e la combinazione dell’energia di GO&FUN con l’energia del team di Fausto non possono che portare al successo”.

FAUSTO GRESINI “Il 2014 è una stagione molto importante per tutta la Gresini Racing: saremo impegnati per il diciottesimo anno nel Motomondiale e quindi possiamo dire di essere diventati… maggiorenni! GO&FUN continuerà ad infondere grande energia e ci aspettiamo di essere protagonisti con entrambi i nostri piloti. Da un lato, Alvaro è entrato di diritto tra i ‘top rider’, avendo già dimostrato ampiamente di potersi inserire, ad ogni Gran Premio, nella top five; un risultato incredibile se si pensa al livello di competitività raggiunto dalla MotoGP odierna. Quest’anno ci aspettiamo da lui un ulteriore miglioramento, nella speranza di frequentare assiduamente il podio. Dall’altro lato, nutriamo grandi aspettative sull’esordio di Redding: Scott è giovanissimo ma già molto esperto. Mi piace il suo atteggiamento combattivo e con lui ci aspettiamo di primeggiare nella nuova categoria Open”.

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ALVARO BAUTISTA “Sono contento di poter continuare la mia avventura in MotoGP con il Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini per il terzo anno consecutivo: c’è una grande atmosfera e mi sento come in famiglia. L’anno scorso purtroppo ci è mancato il podio, anche se ci siamo andati vicinissimi più di una volta, ma in generale reputo il 2013 una stagione molto positiva perché le nostre performance sono cresciute costantemente. Nella seconda metà dell’anno, infatti, sono sempre rimasto vicino ai primi, ritrovandomi a lottare quasi in tutte le gare con la Yamaha ufficiale di Valentino Rossi. Abbiamo svolto un ottimo lavoro di sviluppo sulle sospensioni Showa e questo ci mette nelle condizioni di partire da un’ottima base in vista del primo Gran Premio del 2014. Il mio obiettivo è fare bene sin dalla prima gara: le moto ufficiali sono sempre difficili da battere, ma sono convinto che lavorando bene potremo salire sul podio diverse volte”.

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SCOTT REDDING “Tutto è nuovo per me qui, ma sono proprio queste le sfide che mi piacciono! Tutti nel Team sono stati molto accoglienti e sono impaziente di risalire in sella per i test di Sepang per quello che è il vero inizio della stagione. Il polso ora è a posto per guidare, mi sono allenato duramente perché voglio affrontare i tre giorni di test in Malesia nelle migliori condizioni possibili. Non mi sono posto obiettivi per questi primi test, però ovviamente cercherò di ridurre il gap dalle prime posizioni e dalle altre moto Open, perché durante la stagione l’intenzione è quella di essere il migliore tra i piloti dotate di queste moto. La RCV1000R mi è piaciuta subito quando l’ho provata a Valencia, ora aspettiamo di vedere come va a Sepang”.

MotoGP 2013: Valencia test commences with Lorenzo on top


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MotoGP™ Official Test at Ricardo Tormo
Mon, 12 November 2013
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After his stunning win at Valencia in the final race of the season on Sunday it was Jorge Lorenzo who topped the timesheet again on Monday in the first day of 2014 ‘pre-season’ testing.

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Lap times of course do not mean a great deal at this stage, with some riders swapping machinery, many tweaking set-up and some joining new teams, but Lorenzo set the standards again – with a 1’31.257 late in the day. That lap was quicker than anyone went in Sunday’s race and came on the 2013 YZR-M1, although Lorenzo also has a 2014 development Yamaha available this week.

On the other side of the Yamaha Factory Racing box Valentino Rossi spent the day working with new Crew Chief Silvano Galbusera. The Doctor’s best time of the day was just 0.093s off Lorenzo’s best, also coming on his 2013 bike, though he too is already using the 2014 development M1.

Repsol Honda’s new World Champion Marc Marquez and his colleague Dani Pedrosa were both at the circuit but did not test on Monday – though they are expected on track on Tuesday as the battle to stay ahead of Yamaha continues.

Stefan Bradl was the fastest Honda rider on track on Monday, using his RC213V from this season to set the third best time of the day – 0.5s off Lorenzo’s pace.

New Ducati recruit Cal Crutchlow has taken Italian Crew Chief Daniele Romagnoli with him from Tech 3 to the Italian factory Ducati and the pair were working alongside new Ducati Corse General Manager Gigi Dall’Igna for the first time on Monday.

Crutchlow matched Ducati’s Sunday race pace, and was sixth overall just over 0.1s (check) behind new Ducati teammate Andrea Dovizioso who was fifth best. Dovizioso lapped in a similar pace to fourth fastest rider of the day, Andrea Iannone on the Pramac Racing Ducati.

Ducati Test Team rider Michele Pirro was 0.6s behind Crutchlow in seventh, just ahead of Yonny Hernandez – who was confirmed today to remain as Iannone’s teammate in the Pramac Racing Team permanently during the 2014 season.

Moto2 World Champion Pol Espargaro rode his first laps on his new Monster Yamaha Tech 3 MotoGP bike, in tenth spot on the timesheet, with a lap around two seconds off Lorenzo’s pace. His new teammate Bradley Smith sat things out and expects to get through all his test work for this week on Tuesday.

The new Honda RCV1000R was used for the first time by the GO&FUN Honda Gresini team as Scott Redding also got his 2014 MotoGP preparations underway, the Englishman ending up 11th overall. Cristian Gabarrini from HRC got Redding’s initial feedback on the new prototype, which the teams will adapt to over the winter.

Hiroshi Aoyama officially joined the Power Electronics Aspar team on Monday, but with Aspar only having one of their new Hondas ready for today, Nicky Hayden will have to wait until Tuesday to ride it. Aoyama was ninth best on the timesheet, 1.8s down on Lorenzo’s P1 pace.

Mike di Meglio has not ridden since the Brno Moto2™ race due to serious injury, but he was back on track today testing with the Avintia Blusens team.

Randy de Puniet should be testing with the PBM team on Tuesday as they look to confirm direction for next season, with the 2014-spec ART being prepared for the Frenchman on Monday.

The testing action at the Ricardo Tormo circuit will continue on Tuesday and Wednesday (10am-5pm both days). Live video coverage will be available again through motogp.com on Tuesday (11am-2pm).

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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

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