Motociclismo: Forward Racing with six riders in 2013
As reported in Spanish magazine Motociclismo, the Italian team will grow substantially next season. It has renewed Colin Edwards’ contract in MotoGP, alongside which a second bike could join him with Claudio Corti on board. In Moto2 the team hopes to have four riders, supported by various sponsors. De Angelis, who has been confirmed, is set to be joined by Simone Corsi and Ricky Cardus, whilst the fourth rider could be Mattia Pasini, after Toni Elías reject an offer.
SuperbikePlanet.com: Spies to leave Yamaha
American bike racing website SuperbikePlanet.com has published an article in which it claims Ben Spies said that he won't be riding for Yamaha in MotoGP™ next season and that he has made the decision to leave the Factory Yamaha team at the end of the 2012 season.
The website quoted an email it received from the rider on the Tuesday before the Laguna Seca round saying: "Yesterday I made a comment on Twitter to cause a stir. (Today) I'll be more in saying that I have chosen to leave Yamaha after this season for a litany of reasons. I will explain more when I feel it is appropriate. I'm discussing my situation with my sponsors and they are behind me. There are a few people at Yamaha who I hate to leave. And they know who they are. I wish Yamaha the best. I won't make any further comments until the official announcement comes out."
Rossi now over one million followers on Twitter
After having been on Twitter for less than a year, Valentino Rossi has already surpassed on million followers on his account. Footballers tend to amass the greatest following in the sports world, yet Rossi is now second in the world of motorsport, just ousted by former Formula 1 driver Rubens Barrichello. He heads the two McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.
Cycle World: 2014 Suzuki MotoGP prototype spied!
American motorcycle publication Cycle World has published photos of what it believes to be Suzuki’s 2014 MotoGP prototype racer in a test at the Sugo Circuit in Japan. Early speculation is that the manufacturer has abandoned its V4 engine and is using an in-line four with a 90-degree “crossplane” crank as seen in Yamaha’s M1.
The Telegraph: Rossi to quit MotoGP™
British newspaper The Telegraph has reported that Valentino Rossi is to quit MotoGP™ at the end of the season. It states that sources close to the rider, including his father Graziano and manager Davide Brivio, have said he is likely to pursue a career in four-wheel racing, after two seasons with Italy’s Ducati Team. Rallying is said to be the most likely option.
Crash.net: Shane Byrne may replace James Ellison at Le Mans
On racing news website crash.net it was reported that the Paul Bird Motorsport team may replace current rider James Ellison with PBM’s British Superbike rider Shane "Shakey" Byrne for the Le Mans round of the MotoGP™ championship.
Crash.net was quoting an interview team-owner Paul Bird gave on British Eurosport’s coverage of the Oulton Park BSB round, where he stated that he is keen to get a second opinion on the team’s ART bike, which Ellison claims is having serious chatter issues.
Byrne, who currently rides Kawasaki machinery for Paul Bird's PBM British Superbike team, would be making his first MotoGP appearance since 2005. During his time in MotoGP, he raced for Aprilia, Team Roberts and Honda Pons from 2004-2005, but never completed a full season due to injuries or team issues.
Solo Moto: Stoner wants to retire
According to this week's Spanish Solo Moto magazine, Casey Stoner Honda has stated he intends to retire at the end of this season. Apparently, the 26-year-old double MotoGP™ world champion, who recently became a father for the first time, wants to put the interests of his family before his career. Honda has already given him the possibility to renew his contract.
Motociclismo: Noyes confirmed as Pramac reserve rider
Spanish magazine Motociclismo has reported that Pramac Racing and Kenny Noyes have reached an agreement for the American to become the team´s reserve rider. It states that he will replace Hèctor Barberá in case of injury, yet doesn´t discount the option of him filling in for otherDucati riders.
Mediaset Italy: Rossi interviews Rossi on Italian TV
Valentino Rossi has appeared on a well known TV show by Italian broadcaster Mediaset in the guise of a journalist, interviewing his father Graziano on the problems between the world's most famous number 46 and his Ducati. "I would say driveability of the engine is very important, rather than absolute power," says former rider, who has asked the fans to be patient .. "At least three more races."
Personality Media: Marquez the highest rated rider in Spain
Marc Marquez is the highest rated rider on the grid for the Spanish public, according to results of a study by marketing consultancy Personality Media.
Analysis used to advise advertisers and advertising agencies when it comes to choosing the right celebrity to star in commercial activities, reveals that the current Moto2™ runner has come on the scene with a bang as he has not only obtained the highest general rating, but is also 20% better known than last year, reaching 63% recognition among men.
Meanwhile, Dani Pedrosa has lost the lead he held for several years, but remains the strongest character in Media Personality´s assessment. Data certifies that Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi are the most famous riders among the Spanish people, with little difference between them.
SuperbikePlanet.com: Roberts analyses Rossi situation
Former 500cc World Champion Kenny Roberts Jr has given his opinion on the growing frustrations of Valentino Rossi, likening the Italian's current situation at Ducati to his own at Suzuki just over a decade ago.
Roberts Jr ended the 2001 season 11th after winning the premier class title the previous year, and says he can empathise with what Rossi is going through now. “It is a similar mental situation to what I was in with Suzuki. I think where Valentino is right now is that he is coming to terms with not being competitive, and beyond that, coming to terms with not even being close to the front,” Roberts Jr told SuperbikePlanet.com.
”I think in Valentino's mind he's probably thinking to himself, 'Look, I've won titles, I've won races. I've done all this and if I were riding a Yamaha or a Honda right now I'd be right there.' I think overwhelmingly we all believe that. Rossi probably feels that it's not really his job to race for fifth or tenth place. Ducati didn't hire him to race for those positions either.”
Roberts Jr added: “For Ducati this is creeping into worst case scenario. They bet a lot on this, pulled their team from World Superbike, pulled all of those resources to give Valentino everything they could. The results aren't there yet. It's a hard task now for Valentino.”
L'Equipe: Pedrosa confident of an injury-free year
After completing the pre-season at Jerez, Dani Pedrosa told L’Equipe that "after many years of being affected by old injuries, I finally feel physically well going into this season. I've worked very hard during pre-season to recover from these old injuries". The Spaniard is confident that his luck will change, and continued: "The problem up until now has been that every time I crashed I injured myself. Other riders crash harder and never miss a race. We'll see how far I can get if that changes".
Talking about his new machine for the 2012 campaign, the Repsol Honda rider added: "I don't have a complete handle on it, but we're working hard with the mechanics. I think the change in engine capacity has been a positive thing, the bikes are more powerful and should offer a better spectacle because there will be more overtaking".
La Repubblica: Ferrari pays tribute to Simoncelli in Malaysia
A number of media outlets, amongst them La Repubblica, have reported on - and echoed the sentiment of - a tribute to Marco Simoncelli, paid to the late Italian rider by the Ferrari team and led by its drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa as they prepare for this weekend's Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Sepang circuit.
The message "Sic, always with us" was dedicated to Simoncelli, who lost his life at the track last October at the age of 24. Commenting on the occasion, Alonso said that coming back to Sepang was and never will be the same "because the memory of Marco will always be present".
Motomatters.com: Ducati to auction Stoner's GP10 and Rossi's GP11
As detailed by the website motomatters.com, on May 11th and 12th Ducati will be offering the Ducati Desmosedici GP10 MotoGP bike ridden by Casey Stoner in his final year with the factory, and the Desmosedici GP11 on which Valentino Rossi started his Ducati career.
The lucky purchasers will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement stating they will not to disclose technical details about the machines, as well as agreeing they will not be ridden.
20minutos.es: Jorge Lorenzo finally gets license
The 2010 MotoGP World Champion passed the practical exam for his A2 driving license, meaning he can now ride bikes of up to 47hp on the streets (with no limit to number of cylinders). The Mallorcan spoke with 20minutos.es about how he felt after passing the last test. Lorenzo acknowledged being nervous as he is not accustomed to being tested. He also confessed that he felt vulnerable among the cars, traffic lights, signs and trucks.rn
Visordown.com: Steve Parrish: "Danny Kent is the bright star"
BBC MotoGP commentator and ex-GP racer Steve Parrish revealed his views for the season ahead in an interview with Visordown.com. The former team-mate to Barry Sheen hopes that compatriots Cal Crutchlow, Scott Redding and Bradley Smith will be at the front of their respective categories, but he gave special credence to Danny Kent, saying "Kent is the bright star. I like him, he seems to have the right attitude, is quite mature for his age, is hungry and has the ingredients - but that hasn't always proven to be the person that'll win."
The Brit also offered his 2012 predictions for the MotoGP title contenders, noting that "If Barry Sheene was racing now, he'd be at the top."
El Periodico: Stoner: "With my daughter at home, it’s difficult to go racing"
Casey Stoner shared how being a new father may affect his racing career according to an article in El Periodico, saying, "When I married Adriana, everyone said that would affect me. Well, I won my first title that year. And when Adriana became pregnant, I won the second title and now with Ally with us I hope to win the third."
Stoner is sure he remain capable of defending his title, though that did not prevent him from acknowledging that before traveling to Malaysia on Sunday it was hard to leave home. "I have to admit that when he went to leave my house, Ally woke up and couldn’t resist the temptation to kiss her. The truth is that with her at home, it’s difficult to leave. But once I got to the track, I haven’t stopped working hard to improve the Honda ahead of the start of the Championship."
RoadRacingWorld.com: Cudlin to contest Moto2 and Endurance World Championship
As reported on the website ofRoadRacingWorld.com, Australian rider Damian Cudlin will combine his season in the Moto2 World Championship with the Endurance World Championship, making him one of the busiest men in motorcycle racing.
Having recently signed for the QMMF Racing Team to compete in his first full season of Grand Prix racing, Cudlin will also retain his position at BMW Motorrad France alongside Sebastian Gimbert and Erwan Nigon, who will enter the 2012 EWC as title favorites. The EWC is comprised of five events that begin on April 15th (one week after the Qatar GP) with the Bol d’or 24 hour race in France.
vmcc.net: Schwantz returns to the circuit where he made his 500cc debut.
On July 8, Kevin Schwantz will ride his legendary Suzuki RGV 500 at the Mallory Park circuit, the track which he first rode to 500cc machine in 1986, according to the event organizer’s website, The Vintage Motor Cycle Club.
The 1993 500cc World Champion commented that "Mallory Park was where I first raced a 500cc GP 2-stroke, it was not a GP, but it was the first time I actually competed on a 500, thanks to my late friend Barry Sheene. It will be interesting to ride at Mallory Park after so many years!"
Also present at the "Festival of 1000 Bikes" event will be present legendary names such as Carl Fogarty, Neil Hodgson, Pier Francesco Chili and Randy Mamola, who will ride his Suzuki XR31M1 1980. p>
OTOR: MotoGP™ logistics
An interesting article published in ontrackoffroad.com concerning the logistics required to move materials and freight when MotoGP races are held outside of Europe. Carles Jorba, Dorna’s Director of Operations, explains how a move of over 600 cases requiring three cargo jumbo jets is organized, how to manage the priorities of travel, and how a race can be held in Indianapolis one week and the following week in Brno. In short, Jorba outlines the massive well-oiled machine that makes user everything is in the right place at the right time.