FastDates.com Press Release: Ever wonder why Italian motorcycle racers win almost twice as many world championship titles as any other nation? Well, there are probably many reasons, but looking at an Italian map you will see one particular reason: beautiful Italian roads weaving through a patchwork of mountains and mountain chains. That, and a passion [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Repsol Press Release: The title fight in MotoGP this season has raised the bar to previously unseen levels. Dani Pedrosa took the runner-up spot in the 2012 World Championship with the most victories of any rider in this season —seven— and took a further eight podiums from the eighteen Grands Prix. This year he broke [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
MotoGP Press Release: The first official MotoGP test for the 2013 season in Valencia got off to a slow start as cold ambient temperatures and rain hampered teams’ efforts, although it didn’t stop Álvaro Bautista from topping the mid-day time-sheets, and Valentino Rossi making his Yamaha debut. Bautista set the fastest time of 1.35’936 on [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
MotoGP Valencia Post-Race Wrap-Up Honda’s Dani Pedrosa wins drama-filled, season-ending MotoGP race in Spain.
Photographer : Mark Wernham
Dani Pedrosa raced from pit lane in dreaded “mixed” conditions—not wet, not dry—to win the final race of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, Spain. Yamaha test rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga, stand-in for injured Ben Spies, was elated to finish second. Casey Stoner rounded out the podium in his final [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Five Minutes With Casey Stoner Australian two-time MotoGP world champion speaks his mind at Valencia.
Like most top MotoGP riders, Casey Stoner holds a press briefing every afternoon during a race weekend. At Valencia, on the eve of his retirement, the 27-year-old outgoing premier-class world champion was asked several questions, to which he provided forthright replies. Cycle World Technical Editor Kevin Cameron was first to raise his hand. “When you [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Former 500cc Grand Prix rider Randy Mamola told me at Valencia that Yamaha engineers have gone to Tech 3 satellite rider Cal Crutchlow and said, “Look, here’s what Jorge Lorenzo is doing. This is how it must be done: less braking, smoother, higher corner speed. You must do the same.” “No, no,” he replied. “I [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
On Friday at Valencia, my colleague, Matthew Miles, came up with a term for rain days when the top MotoGP riders stay in their garages: “engine-conservation days.” Now, at the end of the season, most riders have pretty much come to the end of their allowance of six engines each. What remains are a few [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : Mark Wernham
One of my favorite things to do at the races is listen. Yes, I listen in conversation, and the conversations at MotoGP events are often so full of info that much of it can’t be used. But engines tell secrets in their sounds. At Motegi in 2003, engines told me they were running all the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
In a surprise move that caught everyone off guard (including Piaggio/Aprilia management), Max Biaggi has retired from racing, his “Roman Emperor” crown adorned with the laurels of his 2012 World Superbike title. How surprised was Aprilia? A contract for 2013 was prepped and ready, only needing Biaggi’s signature. He did not sign. At the age [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
MotoGP Grand Prix of Valencia Preview Newly crowned MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo returns to Spain for final race of season.
Valencia is a port city on Spain’s Mediterranean coast. It is also a center for orange-growing, so the trees can be seen from many local highways. Folded into limited acreage, the 14-turn, predominantly left-hand Circuit Ricardo Tormo is the epitome of the modern “bullring”: 30 laps of the 2.49-mile circuit are required to complete the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)