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MotoGP2013: Marquez and Lorenzo commence tense Championship decider


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


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.

Rossi test conclusi, Hayden in recupero

mercoledì, 29 agosto 2012
140 giri in due giorni per Valentino Rossi che prepara così il prossimo GP di Misano a metà settembre. Telaio e forcellone l’obiettivo primario. D’altra parte, Hayden recupera e nel prossimo appuntamento ci sarà.

Il pilota italiano ha completato 80 giri lavorando su set-up e aggiornamenti di ciclistica, già iniziati a testare dopo la gara del del Mugello, lo scorso 15 luglio. Tra questi, un nuovo telaio e un nuovo forcellone che saranno disponibili per la prossima gara di Misano.

Intanto, dagli Stats, Nicky Hayden ha fatto sapere che il suo recupero procede secondo i tempi stabiliti per il rientro nel GP di San Marino..

Valentino Rossi
“Abbiamo fatto una serie di prove di ciclistica e i risultati sono stati abbastanza interessanti anche se vanno verificati in un confronto con gli altri. Per il resto abbiamo lavorato sul set-up della moto con l’obiettivo di limitare il problema di calo di perfomance che in genere soffriamo dopo qualche giro, con il diminuire della resa delle gomme. Abbiamo avuto qualche segnale incoraggiante, da iverificare nel contesto di gara”.

Nicky Hayden
“È stata molto dura essere costretto a guardare le gare degli altri, così come è stato difficile accettare di non partecipare ai test e non provare cose che ci potrebbero servire quest’anno. Per il resto va tutto bene. Le ossa non guariscono in dieci giorni, ma il gonfiore è diminuito e sia la mano che la testa stanno molto meglio. Tutto procede come programma e io non vedo l’ora di tornare in moto”.

Filippo Preziosi
“In questi due giorni di test con Valentino ci siamo concentrati sulla ciclistica, e in base ai riscontri ottenuti, a partire dalla prossima gara porteremo un nuovo telaio e un nuovo forcellone. Nel frattempo il Reparto Corse continuerà a lavorare in linea con il piano di sviluppo definito sulla base del test di Aragon del giugno scorso. Nella restante parte della stagione, il Test Team ed i piloti ufficiali avranno la possibilità di provare ulteriori evoluzioni di ciclistica, che sono attualmente in fase di produzione”.

Articolo Completo: · Rossi test conclusi, Hayden in recupero.


Wednesday, 29 August 2012
Valentino Rossi today finished a two-day test at Misano, completing an intense period of work along with the Ducati Team technicians.

The Italian turned 80 laps while working with the chassis updates that he had first tried during the post-race test at Mugello on July 15. Among the updates were a new frame and a new swingarm, which will be available in time for the next race, at Misano.

Meanwhile, Nicky Hayden checked in from the United States, reporting that his recovery is proceeding according to plan for an anticipated return at the San Marino Grand Prix.

Valentino Rossi
“We carried out a series of tests with the chassis, and the results were interesting, though they still have to be checked against the other riders. We also worked on the bike’s setup, with the goal of trying to limit the drop in performance that we usually suffer after some laps, as the tyres wear. We had some promising signs there as well, and we’ll check them again in a race context.”

Nicky Hayden
“It was pretty tough to be home while my rivals were racing, and testing is also something that I hated missing, as we had some parts that we could possibly use this year. Everything else is good news though. Bones don’t heal in ten days, but the swelling is down in my hand, and the feeling is much better with both that and my head. Everything’s right on schedule, and I’m really looking forward to getting back on the bike.”

Filippo Preziosi
“Over these two days with Valentino, we focused on chassis testing. Based on the feedback he provided, we’ll bring a new frame and a new swingarm to the next race. In the meantime, the Corse department will continue working according to the development plan that was established following the June test at Aragon. Over the remainder of the season, the Test Team and the factory riders will have the opportunity to try further chassis evolutions, which are currently being produced.”

Full Article: · Rossi test conclusi, Hayden in recupero.

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