Ducati Press Release: The Ducati Team concluded the second IRTA pre-season testing session at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia in a positive way, with an excellent third place for Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow finishing eighth overall. In the three days of testing, which were held almost entirely in suffocating heat and humidity, the two [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Ducati: “Why Join The Navy When You Can Be A Pirate?” Will Dorna’s spec ECU and software, 12 engines, and 24 liters of fuel be a winning combination in MotoGP?
How can we make sense out of Ducati’s recent decision to go “Open,” to leave the ranks of prototypes to embrace the advantages and compromises of the formerly CRT (Claiming Rule Team) category in MotoGP? When it entered MotoGP in 2003, Ducati upset the unspoken Japanese “gentlemen’s agreement” enunciated by former HRC President Yasuo Ikenoya [...]Read Full Post | Comments(7)
Photographer : Corey J. Coulter
It was a dark, stormy, and surprising morning. My son, John, and I arrived for the opening session of American Supercamp, the traveling dirt-bike school, on this occasion staged at an arena in City of Industry, California, in time for the first chalk talk of the day. Supercamp founder/headmaster Danny Walker was on stage, facing [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Bridgestone Motorsport Press Release: Round thirteen of the 2013 MotoGP season sees the series return to Italy, with this weekend’s San Marino and Rimini Grand Prix taking place at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli as the fight for the championship intensifies. At 4.064 kilometers in length, Misano features a tight, stop-and-go layout, with a [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Bridgestone Motorsport Press Release: Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo rode one of the races of his career at Silverstone last Sunday to claim a special victory over Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and claw back valuable points in his MotoGP title defense. The decision to shift the British Grand Prix from June to August was a [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Rex and Cromie McCandless, motorcycle designers from Belfast, Northern Ireland, designed the “Featherbed” twin-loop frame for Norton in 1949-50. Its two horizontal top tubes made a perfect place to set the fuel tank. Through the classic 1960s, when riders sat far back “for traction,” bikes were given lozenge-shaped “breadloaf” fuel tanks of the kind that [...]Read Full Post | Comments(6)
My first year in MotoGP, I was adamant that I could ride the Yamaha like a Superbike. If I were on a Honda, maybe. But with the Yamaha, you really have to change your riding style. These are difficult things to get your head around. I came back the next year a different rider. This [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
Ducati Hires Cal Crutchlow! Brit will switch from satellite Tech 3 Yamaha to a factory Ducati in 2014.
Ducati’s announcement that it had hired Cal Crutchlow to ride its MotoGP bike for two years came out neat and smooth—no need to exploit an off-the-cuff statement made by the CEO, like I did three years ago when Ducati hired Valentino Rossi. Crutchlow will replace Nicky Hayden. The Briton is a straight shooter, and he [...]Read Full Post | Comments(6)
Yamaha Motors Press Release: Yamaha Motor Company is delighted to be able to announce that it has concluded a two-year agreement with current Spanish Moto2 rider Pol Espargaró. As a result of this contract the 22-year-old will make his MotoGP debut in 2014 with the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team and will ride the Yamaha YZR-M1. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
MotoGP: Sachsenring Wrap-Up Marc Marquez snatches victory in Germany and takes over world championship points lead.
Photographer : Mark Wernham
More crashes were the fare at Sachsenring, where tires are slow to warm, lose their properties rapidly and riders must cope with difficult Turn 11—the “Waterfall.” This is a downhill, off-camber right, which follows a series of uninterrupted lefts. The right sides of the tires cool while the left sides get hot through this section [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)