Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
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October has been a very bad month indeed for motorsport. Only one week after former IndyCar champion Dan Wheldon was killed in a 15-vehicle pileup at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, tragedy struck again, this time at the Moto GP race in Malaysia.
It was only the second round of the race at the Sepang track when Marco Simoncelli lost control of his Honda bike and fell on the tarmac. For unknown reasons, his helmet came off when he was struck by Colin Edwards on a Yamaha and compatriot Valentino Rossi on a Ducatti, both of which were very close and could not avoid the unlucky Italian rider.Read more �
Monday, October 24, 2011
Valentino Rossi is not set to retire, the Italian's manager, Davide Brivio confirmed on Twitter on Monday morning. In the aftermath of the crash that saw Marco Simoncelli killed, struck by both Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi after being dragged across the track by his bike, rumors and speculation surged across the internet that the nine-time World Champion would hang up his helmet, upset at the death of his close friend Simoncelli.
But on Monday morning, Rossi's friend Alessio Salucci, better known as Uccio, posted on Twitter that retirement was not on Rossi's mind: "For those asking, Vale is absolutely not thinking of retiring," Uccio posted, adding "I am upset that this false news is circulating at a moment like this." Rossi's personal manager Davide Brivio added his own confirmation "Many are asking about Vale stopping races. This not absolutely true and I'm sorry even that I have to explain it…" Brivio posted.
Results and summary of qualifying practice for the MotoGP class at Sepang:
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Im deep 6-ing my 99 ZX-R track bike and...
During this time, Meregalli, became one of the key to success in the arena Yamaha Superbike. Meregalli is the team manager at Yamaha Superbike champion Ben Spies in 2009.
Heavy duty must be carried Meregalli having to maintain dominance in MotoGP Yamaha following the departure of Valentino Rossi to Ducati. However, Meregalli sure will be successful first year with the duet Spies with Jorge Lorenzo at Yamaha.
"It's the best thing that could happen to me, can work with them is a pride. The atmosphere in the team was great. They work hard," said Meregalli as reported by Crash.net, Monday, March 27, 2011.
"I'm still trying to know Jorge closer, but I can impress him good boy, very professional and fast. I am very familiar with Ben (Spies), so I could comment on it more," said Meregalli.
Yamaha itself still unable to compete with Repsol Honda in the series opener in Qatar MotoGP 2011. Lorenzo is in second place, behind Honda rider Casey Stoner. While Spies was only reached the sixth position.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
As had been widely anticipated, the Crescent Suzuki team have announced that they will be switching from the British Superbike series to compete in World Superbikes in 2012. The team, who were runners up in the BSB championship with John Hopkins, had been looking at competing in WSBK for some time now, their intention strengthened by a strong outing during the British round of WSBK at Silverstone back in July. The strong year in BSB convinced the team to move up to WSBK.
There is still much information missing from Suzuki press release. The rider line up is yet to be announced, though the chances are very strong that John Hopkins will be one of the two riders. There is also no mention of factory support, but with Suzuki withdrawing support from the Alstare team and Crescent's strong links to Suzuki in the UK and Suzuki headquarters in Hamamatsu through the Rizla Suzuki squad, also run by the Crescent operation, the chances are good of receiving support in some form or other, as the reference to "additional developments and enhancements" would appear to suggest.
With Suzuki now confirmed in WSBK, the waiting is for the announcement from the Rizla Suzuki MotoGP squad. That announcement is expected some time over the weekend, with Alvaro Bautista having said that he expects to make a decision on his future in the next 48 hours.
Dani Pedrosa has dominated the first day of practice at Sepang, adding the fastest time in the second session of free practice to his fastest time in FP1. If the Repsol Honda rider was impressive in FP1, he was terrifying in FP2, setting a lap a quarter of a second faster than last year's pole time, and close to a second faster than Casey Stoner's race lap record.
Pedrosa led a Honda clean sweep, the first five places taken by five Hondas. Pedrosa led his Repsol Honda teammates Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso, Stoner the only man inside a second of the Spaniard, with the San Carlo Gresini Hondas of Marco Simoncelli and Hiroshi Aoyama in 4th and 5th. Colin Edwards was the first non-Honda, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha man taking 6th place ahead of Rizla Suzuki's Alvaro Bautista, while Pramac Ducati's Randy de Puniet was the fastest Ducati rider and the last man within 2 seconds of Pedrosa. The Marlboro Ducati riders continue their Calvary, Nicky Hayden ending the session in 11th and nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi just 13th, nearly two-and-a-half seconds behind Pedrosa.
Friday, October 21, 2011
As one season ends, the next season starts. After a day of rest in which a motley collection of journalists, ex-racers and celebrities got to ride the 2011 World Superbike machines (including Ducati legend Paul Smart), half of the WSBK grid took to the track on Tuesday to start testing for the 2012 season.