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MotoGP 2014: Marquez domina anche la seconda giornata di test


Doppietta Repsol Honda nella seconda giornata di test ufficiali al Sepang International Circuit.
Il neo campione del mondo Marc Marquez continua a dominare seguito dal connazionale compagno di squadra Dani Pedrosa. Valentino Rossi è quarto a più di mezzo secondo.
Ottima la prestazione di Aleix Expargarò con la sua “Open” nella top five virtuale.

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Tramonta il sole a Sepang, ma la storia non cambia. Infatti anche oggi a dettare legge al Sepang International Circuit è sempre lui, il campione del mondo Marc Marquez. Il pilota spagnolo, rimane in testa nella classifica virtuale per l’intera giornata di test, permettendosi anche il lusso di abbattere il muro dei 2″ facendo fermare il cronometro, poco prima della pausa pranzo, sullo spettacolare tempo di 1’59.926, a soli 3 decimi dal record della pista tuttora detenuto dal campione australiano Casey Stoner.
Il team Repsol Honda può sicuramente ritenersi soddisfatto visto che alle spalle di Marquez c’è il suo compagno di squadra Dani Pedrosa con un ritardo di 4 decimi di secondo.

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Stefan Bradl completa il terzetto Honda chiudendo il podio virtuale che va così completamente alla casa giapponese.
In questa seconda giornata di test il pilota tedesco del team Honda LCR è stato sempre tra i più veloci non allontanandosi mai dalle primissime posizioni.
Ad interrompere il predominio nipponico ecco, al quarto posto assoluto, Valentino Rossi e la sua Yamaha M1. Durante il corso della giornata il pilota di Tavullia si è dedicato soprattutto alle regolazioni di assetto della sua moto, atte a trovare il feeling migliore. Ma la vera sorpresa di questo secondo turno è stato sicuramente il quinto posto di Aleix Espargarò che porta la sua Open del Team NGM Forward Mobile proprio a ridosso del pilota italiano, accusando un solo decimo di distacco dal nove volte campione del mondo.

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In ritardo Jorge Lorenzo, che non è riuscito a tenere il passo dei primi, concentrandosi quindi sulle regolazioni e sui vari set-up della sua M1. Segue il pilota inglese del Team Yamaha Monster Tech3 Bradely Smith; alle sue spalle ecco la prima Ducati, ma non è quella ufficiale, ma quella di Andrea Iannone e a seguire la Honda del Team Gresini di Alvaro Bautista

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MARC MARQUEZ (Honda HRC Repsol):
“Oggi abbiamo continuato con la tabella che avevamo programmato, valutando diversi componenti. Abbiamo fatto diverse prove con miglioramenti in alcuni punti.” ha detto il giovane talento fornendo preziose informazioni agli ingegneri HRC.”Per quanto riguarda la messa a punto, abbiamo migliorato la stabilità in frenata, credo che abbiamo finalmente trovato un buon compromesso.”

DANI PEDROSA (Honda HRC Repsol):
“Oggi abbiamo testato il nuovo telaio mettendolo a confronto con la versione precedente; continueremo anche domani, perché non mi è chiaro quale sia la migliore. Con i due avevano buoni sentimenti , ma ho bisogno di più giri per scegliere uno chiaramente.”

STEFAN BRADL (Honda LCR):
“Oggi sono veramente soddisfatto: è bello stare di nuovo lì davanti con Dani e Marc. Abbiamo fatto dei grossi miglioramenti e ho girato un secondo più forte rispetto a ieri grazie anche alle modifiche sull’anteriore che mi hanno permesso di essere più a mio agio in frenata. Sapevamo che il nostro potenziale su questa moto era maggiore e oggi siamo stati veloci e costanti. Spero di continuare così anche domani; abbiamo in programma una simulazione di gara per chiudere i test e tornare a casa con una buona base per il futuro”.

ALEIX ESPARGARO’ (OPEN NGM Forward Mobile):
“Sono molto contento perchè questa mattina sono riuscito a girare 1 secondo piú veloce rispetto a ieri. Certo c’è molto da fare perchè devo non solo conoscere meglio l’elettronica, ma anche adattare il mio stile di guida alla moto, per sfruttarne al massimo il potenziale. Oggi abbiamo lavorato sul telaio e provato cinque tipi diversi di gomme. Domani avremo invece un long run per capire come si comporta l’elettronica, specie nella seconda parte di gara”.

ANDREA DOVIZIOSO (Ducati Team):
“Sono contento dei progressi che abbiamo fatto, non mi aspettavo di provare delle sensazioni così buone nel primo test dell’anno” ha commentato Andrea Dovizioso, 11° quest’oggi col crono di 2’01.146. Siamo riusciti a migliorare in inserimento e anche ad avere un po’ più di velocità in centro curva. Acceleriamo un po’ più forte perché la moto si impenna di meno e quindi possiamo usare più potenza. Ci siamo avvicinati ai primi come tempi, come passo anche, ma c’è ancora tanto lavoro da fare. Però giudico i miglioramenti che abbiamo fatto in questi primi due giorni più che positivi.”

CAL CRUTCHLOW (Ducati Team):
“Credo di essere uno dei piloti che ha migliorato di più oggi come tempo sul giro” ha esordito un raggiante Cal Crutchlow. L’inglese, oggi 12º dietro il suo compagno di squadra, ha continuato: “Ieri ero un po’ arrugginito e non avevo il feeling giusto sulla moto, ma il problema è stato soltanto mio. Oggi abbiamo girato solo con la GP14, testando alcuni assetti che non avevamo avuto tempo di provare ieri. Il risultato è stato positivo e quindi abbiamo fatto un buon passo in avanti. La nuova moto è molto migliorata nell’ingresso in curva, ed è un fatto positivo per la Ducati.”

CRONO DELLA SECONDA GIORNATA DI TEST:

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap Lead. Gap
1 MARQUEZ, Marc Repsol Honda Team 1:59.926
2 PEDROSA, Dani Repsol Honda Team 2:00.336 0.410 0.410
3 BRADL, Stefan LCR Honda MotoGP 2:00.339 0.413 0.003
4 ROSSI, Valentino Yamaha Factory Racing 2:00.464 0.538 0.125
5 ESPARGARO, Aleix NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2:00.547 0.621 0.083
6 LORENZO, Jorge Yamaha Factory Racing 2:00.573 0.647 0.026
7 SMITH, Bradley Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:00.603 0.677 0.030
8 IANNONE, Andrea Pramac Racing 2:00.855 0.929 0.252
9 BAUTISTA, Alvaro GO&FUN Honda Gresini 2:00.897 0.971 0.042
10 ESPARGARO, Pol Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:01.061 1.135 0.164
11 DOVIZIOSO, Andrea Ducati Team 2:01.146 1.220 0.085
12 CRUTCHLOW, Cal Ducati Team 2:01.396 1.470 0.250
13 PIRRO, Michele Ducati Test Team 2:02.177 2.251 0.781
14 HAYDEN, Nicky Drive M7 Aspar 2:02.287 2.361 0.110
15 EDWARDS, Colin NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2:02.545 2.619 0.258
16 HERNANDEZ, Yonny Energy T.I. Pramac Racing 2:02.675 2.749 0.130
17 AKIYOSHI, Kosuke HRC Test Team 2:02.692 2.766 0.017
18 AOYAMA, Hiroshi Drive M7 Aspar 2:02.825 2.899 0.133
19 NAKASUGA, Katsuyuki Yamaha Factory Test Team 2:02.970 3.044 0.145
20 DE PUNIET, Randy Suzuki Test Team 2:03.064 3.138 0.094
21 REDDING, Scott GO&FUN Honda Gresini 2:03.117 3.191 0.053
22 LAVERTY, Michael Paul Bird Motorsport 2:03.528 3.602 0.411
23 BARBERA, Hector Avintia Racing 2:04.551 4.625 1.023
24 PARKES, Broc Paul Bird Motorport 2:04.619 4.693 0.068
25 ABRAHAM, Karel Cardion AB Motoracing 2:05.261 5.335 0.642
26 DI MEGLIO, Mike Avintia Racing 2:05.355 5.429 0.094

Domani, dalle 10 alle 18 ora locale (GMT +8 ), la terza e ultima giornata di questa prima settimana di test ufficiali a Sepang della MotoGP.

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MotoGP 2014: Marquez rapid as Espargaro’s Open finishes fifth


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2014 MotoGP™ Official Press Release

Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez upped the pace as testing continued in Malaysia on Wednesday, while NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro placed an Open specification bike inside the top five for the first time.

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With conditions just as good as they had been on Tuesday, it was Marquez’s team-mate Dani Pedrosa who led the way for much of the first half of the day. The World Champion then smashed through the two-minute barrier shortly before his lunch break, after which there were substantially less changes in lap times. It remains to be seen as to whether Marquez can better Casey Stoner’s 2012 pre-season time of 1’59.607, also registered on a Repsol Honda motorcycle.

With Repsol Honda first and second, Stefan Bradl was third for LCR Honda MotoGP (three thousandths down on Pedrosa) with Valentino Rossi fourth for Yamaha Factory Racing. Aleix Espargaro again displayed the promise of the new Open FTR-Yamaha combination, as his Forward machine was barely two tenths down on the nearest Factory Honda, with Rossi’s team-mate Jorge Lorenzo sixth; the former double title winner was attempting to improve handling issues, encountered on Day 1 as a result of setup changes made in a bid to improve fuel consumption, as for 2014 the Factory Option bikes are limited by a further litre of fuel to just 20 across a race distance.

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Bradley Smith spearheaded the Monster Yamaha Tech3 charge, with Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone in eighth position; on the leading Ducati, the Italian was some seven tenths of a second quicker than he had been on Tuesday. Alvaro Bautista was ninth for GO&FUN Honda Gresini, but his day was not without its problems; at 11:30, the Spaniard suffered a technical problem and thus took a shortcut back to the pit lane. The top ten was completed by Smith’s team-mate Pol Espargaro, while brother Aleix’s team-mate Colin Edwards was the only rider to not improve his lap time today, but his best effort from Day 1 still leaves the American 15th on the combined timesheet.

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Ducati Team bikes were locked together once again, this time filling positions 11 to 13 with Andrea Dovizioso, Cal Crutchlow and test rider Michele Pirro, with their quickest lap time some 1.3 seconds quicker than it had been 24 hours earlier. In the Honda RCV1000R ranks, the quickest rider was again Drive M7 Aspar’s Nicky Hayden as the 2006 World Champion managed to circulate 1.1 seconds faster than he had on Day 1. As ever, the true pace of all bikes is difficult to gauge as fuel loads and other such details remain highly secretive. However, more clues may be available on Thursday as a selection of riders aim for race simulations; such long-run pace often serves as a better indicator, although this is only the first of four Official pre-season tests set to be staged prior to the season-opening Grand Prix in Qatar on 23 March.

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The Suzuki Test Team ended the day 20th with Randy de Puniet – 3.1 seconds behind Marquez but eight tenths of a second faster than the Frenchman’s own best lap of Tuesday – as they continued their journey ahead of a MotoGP™ return in 2015. Elsewhere, premier class rookies Scott Redding, Broc Parkes and Mike di Meglio continued adapting to their respective Honda RCV1000R, PBM and Avintia bikes for the corresponding Gresini, Paul Bird Motorsport and Avintia Racing teams.

Thursday will mark the third and final day of this week’s Sepang Official MotoGP™ Test, with identical running times of 10am-6pm local time (GMT +8).

MotoGP 2014: Marquez leads on opening day of Sepang test


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World Champion Marc Marquez topped the timesheets as this week’s Sepang Official MotoGP™ Test began today. The Repsol Honda Team rider led the way from Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi and Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa, with leading Open rider Aleix Espargaro seventh for NGM Mobile Forward.

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Following the usual break for lunch in the middle of the day, the final of the eight hours saw track temperatures drop which allowed riders to push for quicker lap times. This duly saw Marquez post 2’00.286, half a second up on Rossi as both the Italian and Marquez’s team-mate Dani Pedrosa jumped ahead of Jorge Lorenzo’s Yamaha in the final minutes of the day. The top six was completed by GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista and LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl.

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At Repsol Honda, this year’s RC213V features a larger air intake in an attempt to increase top speeds and improve throttle response on the exit of corners, with Marquez posting the leading effort fresh from historically claiming the title in Valencia last year. In the Yamaha garage, Rossi continued to develop his working relationship with new Crew Chief Silvano Galbusera, who first worked alongside the nine-time World Champion for the post-race test after the final Grand Prix of 2013.

Much attention was on Ducati Team, with talk continuing to circulate that the outfit could elect to race under the new Open regulations this year; this would allow up to 24 litres of fuel as opposed to the 20 of the Factory Options, as well as working on engines during the season and not being limited by the new engine freeze. Also this season, all bikes in the field are running the spec ECU hardware for the first time; however Factory Options are free to use their own software, whereas Opens must adapt the spec software as supplied by Dorna Sports and Magneti Marelli.

The leading Open representative on this occasion was Forward’s Aleix Espargaro (seventh position), with Factory Option riders Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing), Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3 team-mates) helping to complete the top ten. Colin Edwards (Forward) overcame early technical difficulties to finish 11th quickest, as Ducati Team filled spots 12 to 14 with Andrea Dovizioso, test rider Michele Pirro and Cal Crutchlow. The leading Honda RCV1000R customer bike was that of 2006 title winner Nicky Hayden (Drive M7 Aspar) in 17th place.

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At Paul Bird Motorsport, Michael Laverty (25th position) suffered a frustrating start to proceedings, plagued first by brake problems and then by an engine failure. All teams were present with the exception of IodaRacing, which plans to make its 2014 track debut at the second Sepang test which is to run at the end of the month.

Testing continues at the Sepang International Circuit over the next two days, again running between 10am and 6pm local time (GMT +8).

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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MotoGP2013: Marquez begins Valencia title-charge ahead of Lorenzo


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Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana
Report Day 1
Fri, 8 November 2013

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As the MotoGP™ action on the first day of Free Practice at the GP Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana concluded it was Marc Marquez who set the pace with his teammate Dani Pedrosa only 0.066s behind him, and title rival Jorge Lorenzo 0.158s off the pace in third.

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Despite the windy conditions in the afternoon’s FP2 at the Valencia track, Marquez stepped up the pace in the second half of the session, with his best time of 1’31.220 not far off Pedrosa’s pole record of 1’30.844 from last year. Pedrosa was very close to his Repsol Honda colleague, with both of them still looking for more grip – using both the softer and harder option rear tyres.

Lorenzo improved late on in the session on his regular number-one machine, having spent time before on his number-two bike with holes in the front bubble to cope with the windy conditions. Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow had a great day as he ended up fourth overall despite a late low-side crash, from which he escaped unhurt. The Englishman rides in his last GP for the team this weekend before departing for Ducati.

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi, who is working with Crew Chief Jeremy Burgess for the last time this weekend, was fifth fastest on Friday, 0.4s off the pace. After his statements that he needs to get quicker for next year, he will hope for a strong push in tomorrow’s practice.

The top ten was rounded out by Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda), Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini), Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Ducati Team pair Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden. Bradl is keen to resolve front-end grip issues, whilst Batista is working with a new Showa rear shock provided for this weekend.

Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro was unhurt after he crashed his ART machine, which was the new bike him and his team are testing this weekend for the Italian outfit. Despite switching bikes on Monday, Team Manager Gino Borsoi said that the team is pleased to help Aprilia until that day, hence why Espargaro is giving feedback on the new bike featuring a different frame, swingarm and engine. He ended the day 13th on the timesheet.

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Having topped the FP1 timesheet, new Moto2™ World Champion Pol Espargaro was fastest again on Friday afternoon at the GP Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana, with his 1’35.548 lap keeping him 0.142s ahead of Tuenti HP 40 teammate Tito Rabat, and 0.426s in front of Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing’s Thomas Luthi.

Espargaro will ride a Monster Yamaha Tech3 MotoGP™ bike in testing next week and the pressure is off in many ways, having already clinched the title, but he now intends to end the season on a high. The Spaniard dominated both sessions at the Ricardo Tormo circuit on Friday but almost had a clash with wildcard rider Gino Rea during the afternoon, with both riders just managing to avoid going down.

Behind Espargaro, teammate Rabat aims for a strong finish to the season in his last race for Sito Pons’ outfit, and that pair could do battle for the win on Sunday if today’s pace is anything to judge by. Switzerland’s Tom Luthi would also be a good bet for a podium finish, though having also lapped in the top five Alex de Angelis (NGM Mobile Forward Racing) and Simone Corsi (NGM Mobile Racing) will aim to run at the front as the weekend progresses.

The top ten was completed by Jordi Torres, Mika Kallio, Nico Terol, Xavier Simeon and Julian Simon, all lapping within tenth tenths of a second of the leading time.

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The Friday Moto3™ Free Practice sessions at the GP Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana were topped by the trio fighting for the title, with Luis Salom leading Alex Rins and Maverick Viñales.

Salom’s best time of 1’40.403 from FP1 was the best of the day and the Red Bull KTM Ajo man’s best FP2 time was just a tenth of a second slower, as Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0) topped the timesheet in the latter session with a 1’40.489 fastest lap.

Team Calvo’s Viñales was third best in both sessions and his FP2 time of 1’40.580 was his best time of the day, as the three Spanish title candidates flexed their muscles in front of the home fans.

German rider Jonas Folger (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3) and Australian competitor Jack Miller (Caretta Technology – RTG) were fourth and fifth overall respectively, but both were unable to improve on their morning best times in FP2.

The overall top ten was completed by Efren Vazquez (Mahindra Racing), Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo), Niccolo Antonelli (GO&FUN Gresini Moto3), Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra Racing) and Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold).

Khairuddin has had some costly crashes in recent weeks and he walked away from a big highside at the conclusion of the session, whilst Lorenzo Baldassarri was also unhurt in a light crash towards the end of the outing.

Brad Binder was taken to the Medical Centre with a suspected collarbone injury, as was Alan Techer, after both had FP2 crashes. Whilst Binder was cleared with shoulder contusion, Techer has suffered a left wrist fracture.

MotoGP2013: Marquez and Lorenzo commence tense Championship decider


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Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana
Race Preview
Thu, 7 November 2013

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Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez and Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo are set for the big decider this weekend at the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana, where one of the two will walk away as World Champion. They spoke to the assembled press at the Thursday pre-race press conference joined by Repsol’s Dani Pedrosa, Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi, Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden as well as Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Bradley Smith.

In a slight change to the norm, that press conference was preceded by one featuring the Moto3™ title protagonists in the form of Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Luis Salom, Team Calvo’s Maverick Viñales and Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins – all of who could also be crowned World Champion on Sunday.

Back in the premier-class however it was Marquez who commenced proceedings: “We need to finish in the top four and that is not easy with all of those guys in MotoGP. The mentality is the same as on other weekends: try to do my best Friday, Saturday in the Warm-Up and the race. We will see whether we can fight for the win, fight for the podium or just fight for some points.”

Lorenzo, who has a 13-point deficit over Marquez, knows he has a tough task at hand: “I am sure that, if he can, Valentino will help me, just as I would help him if he found himself in the same situation as me. The important thing is to be fast from Friday onwards and of course especially in the race. I think Marc and myself should be very proud as two Spaniards fighting for the MotoGP world title. I think the best strategy is try to win the race. That’s it. That’s the only thing I can do. We are fighting with a lot of Honda riders and that’s the only thing we can do. Let’s see if it rains on Sunday, but in normal circumstances I think it is very difficult.”

Pedrosa, who won in Valencia last year, had to respond to journalists on the topic of “Team Orders”: “HRC has no team orders as far as I know and I think he is still 13 points ahead and always on the podium, so I think he’s capable of doing it anyway, but sure I’ll try to do my best in the race. And winning it would be the best way of helping the team.”

Rossi, veering off topic slightly, announced the split from his long-term crew chief Jeremy Burgess: “The target is to fight with the top three each weekend. This season it has happened, but not so often. We have had some very good races, with some podiums, and especially one victory. For me, the best way to help Jorge is to try and be in front of Marc. I know it’s very difficult, but for sure I will try. The rumours are true. Not that I am not happy with Jeremy, but I think next year Jeremy will not be my chief mechanic. It was a very difficult decision for me because I have a great history with him. He is not just my chief mechanic but part of my family and my father of racing. But I have decided that next year I need to change something to try and find new motivation to have a new boost to improve my level and my speed.”

Hayden, who clinched the title here in 2006, does not see a great similarity between his race here and what the two Spaniards are about to commence: “Not really. Obviously it’s a lot better to be eight points down [as he was in 2006]. He has a bigger margin, so he needs more to happen. You have to think Marc is in a much better spot – I would much rather be in his spot than Jorge…actually, I would rather be in any of their spots! Marc is not exactly your typical rookie and you would think without any problems he should get it done, but you never know until the flag flies on Sunday.”

Smith, coming to the end of his rookie season, is pleased with how things have gone, yet also believes that next year’s newbies will maybe have more of an instant impact: “We seem to have been ahead of our own personal targets and also what Yamaha expected of me, so that is really nice. I am pleased with the final outcome and also looking forward to the winter before coming back and having another go next year. I didn’t really have the best end to my Moto2 championship and didn’t come into this season with the highest confidence, so I think my jump was a bit more from what we’ll see from Scott and Pol.”

The Moto3™ contenders are tightly bunched at the top of the table, with Salom holding only a two-point lead over Viñales. The Red Bull rider commented: “I want to say thanks to Maverick and Alex for making this championship so nice. I have enjoyed this year a lot and the position on Sunday won’t matter. Of course I want to win if I can, but I won’t mind about the position. But I will remember this season forever and have always remembered fighting with them. We have won seven races this year, which is a lot and we need to continue as we have been doing across the other races.”

Viñales, who knows he has to win, will be giving all he can to take the title: “I don’t believe it! Japan was incredible. This is an opportunity and we will try to make the best result and find the best setting for the race. We have worked really hard all season but this weekend we’ll try to work even harder than usual. Winning is the only result we can do to win the championship. We’ll try to do our best and do the best possible in the race.”

Rins added: “My team and I will try to work in the same line as we have at other circuits – and that’s it. Maybe in the race we need to do a better strategy, like Salom’s strategy, which with he has won seven races, so maybe I can do that strategy but in the end we will see.”

Earlier in the day, Tech3’s Cal Crutchlow, Tuenti HP 40’s Pol Espargaro and Mapfre Aspar’s Nico Terol took part in a popular Spanish sport called Padel at the Agora Tennis Court in Valencia. They received the best tuition possible with the stars of the World Padel Tour, Pablo Lima, Juani Mieres, Miguel Lamperti and Maxi Grabiel at hand to show them the ropes.

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.

MotoGP: I test in Malesia danno il via alla stagione 2013


“La moto è migliorata, Lorenzo e il suo team hanno fatto un bel lavoro. La 1000cc è più veloce ma è anche più facile da guidare e questo grazie ad un bel passo in avanti a livello di elettronica. Puoi farci quello che vuoi, più o meno”. Queste la parole di Valentino Rossi dopo il primo vero test alla guida della sua nuova Yamaha M1.

05 Febbraio 2013: Sepang (Malesia)
Oggi, con la prima sessione di test, si apre ufficialmente a Sepang la stagione 2013 della MotoGP.
Quest’anno la Spagna presenta tre favoriti alla lotta al titolo iridato: l’attuale campione del mondo in carica Jorge Lorenzo su Yamaha Factory Racing, Dani Pedrosa su Honda Repsol ,e la new entry Marc Marquez attuale campione del mondo della categoria Moto2, ai quali si aggiunge sicuramente Valentino Rossi al suo ritorno in casa Yamaha al fianco del pilota majorchino.

La sessione di test non poteva iniziare in un modo migliore, e sono proprio i quattro piloti appena nominati che, sull’asfalto del Sepang International Circuit, si danno battaglia a ritmo di giri veloci. Bastano pochi giri ed ecco tornare il pilota di Tavullia al primo posto della classifica provvisoria, del resto il feeling con la M1 non lo ha mai perso. Dani e Jorge seguono a brevissima distanza; a fine giornata sarà Dani Pedrosa a fa segnare le prestazione migliore, seguito da Lorenzo, Marquez e Rossi. Il distacco tra i primi quattro è inferiore al mezzo secondo.
Siamo ancora alla prima giornata di test, ed altre ne seguiranno, ma questi primi e pochi dati potrebbero essere sufficienti a dare una prospettiva abbastanza chiara su chi sarà in lotta per il titolo mondiale 2013.

Valentino Rossi durante la prima intervista ufficiale post sessione, ha dichiarato con il sorriso sulle labbra “Questa è la mia moto“. Il pilota di Tavullia ha immediatamente trovato il giusto feeling con la M1 girando subito su tempi molto veloci. Valentino ringrazia anche il suo ritrovato compagno di squadra, dandogli il merito di aver contribuito alla realizzazione di una moto ancor migliore di quella che il dottore lasciò nel 2010 per abbracciare l’esperienza poco fruttuosa in Ducati.

Anche il campione del mondo Jorge Lorenzo si dimostra soddisfatto della sua M1, elogiando le doti del nuovo telaio elencandone vantaggi e svantaggi, ma rimanendo ancora dubbioso sul problema principale della Yamaha: la moto continua a muoversi molto in accelerazione

Desmosedici che lasci, Desmosedici che trovi?
E’ brutto anticipare le conclusioni, soprattutto alla fine della prima sessione di test, ma guardando in casa Ducati, mi sembra di vedere un film già visto più di una volta. La casa di Borgo Panigale, da poco passata sotto la dirigenza Audi, ha chiuso la prima giornata con Nicky Hayden e Andrea Dovizioso, rispettivamente con il 10° e 13° tempo fermando il cronometro a più di 2″ dalla vetta della classifica. E’ chiaro che la base della moto è quella dello scorso anno, ma è sicuramente da qui che bisogna ripartire per capire le problematiche di questa “rossa” nel tentativo di renderla più competitiva.

Tra qualche ora i campioni della MotoGP scenderanno nuovamente in pista a Sepang per la seconda sessione di prove ufficiali in vista della prima gara che si terrà Domenica 7 Aprile sul circuito di Losail in Quatar

Si ringrazia la DORNA SL per la gentile concessione ed utilizzo delle immagini

MotoGP: tutto facile per Lorenzo, Pedrosa out


Gara particolare quella di Misano Adriatico, che anche prima della partenza regala forti emozioni. Daniel Pedrosa che scatta dalla Pole accusa qualche problema tecnico ed è costretto a schierarsi a fine griglia. Allo start è il maiorchino Jorge Lorenzo a prendere la testa della gara, posizione che manterrà “facilmente” fino alla fine dei 27 giri in programma. Il suo diretto antagonista Daniel Pedrosa, dopo poche curve viene toccato da Hector Barbera finendo nella ghiaia della Quercia (una delle curve del circuito) la sua rincorsa al leader della classifica iridata. Dopo qualche giro è anche il turno dell’Inglese Cal Crutchlow, che abbandona la gara per una caduta

Ma non finisce qui. Un telaio leggermente rinnovato e nuovi accorgimenti tecnici, portano la Ducati DesmoSedici ed il suo cavaliere Valentino Rossi sul secondo gradino del podio. Per parecchi giri dopo il via, il pilota di Tavullia è stato tallonato dal Tedesco Stefan Bradl che però ha visto vanificarsi tutti i suoi tentativi di attacco, cedendo la terza piazza al pilota Spagnolo del Team Gresini Alvaro Bautista che nel frattempo si era sbarazzato anche di Andrea Dovizioso;

Dopo questa vittoria Jorge Lorenzo porta a 38 punti il vantaggio sul suo diretto inseguitore Daniel Pedrosa. A sole cinque gare dalla fine del campionato, la lotta al titolo iridato rimane aperta e sicuramente le sorprese non mancheranno.

GP APEROL DI SAN MARINO E RIVERA DI RIMINI
Classifica dopo 27 giri:

1° Jorge Lorenzo – Yamaha Factory Racing – 42’49.836
2° Valentino Rossi – Ducati Team – 42’54.234 + 4.398
3° Alvaro Bautista – San Carlo Honda Gresini – 42’55.891 + 6.055

Marco Simoncelli sarà sicuramente felice di vedere sul podio del circuito a lui intitolato, il suo idolo ed amico, e la moto con la quale ci ha regalato tantissime emozioni.
Ciao SuperSIC…….

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