By Manuel Pecino… Lorenzo thinking in returning to compete on a Yamaha, Pedrosa doing a excellent job as test rider in KTM, Zarco will race in 2020 for Ducati… the fiascos of Alberto Puig as manager of Team HRC are accumulating. Lucky for him he has Marc Marquez to camouflage his shortcomings.
By Manuel Pecino… Gigi Dall’Igna is the David in the David/Goliat fight that pits a factory the size of Ducati against the three giant Japanese brands. The Italian engineer knows perfectly well that his options are to find competitiveness in alternative ways.
By Simon Patterson… Certainly Jorge Lorenzo’s appearance in Sepang in Yamaha’s colors was surprising and curious. Only a few months ago, when dressed in Team Repsol Honda uniform, he confessed he had lost his desire to ride, the motivation to keep competing. All of us asked ourselves what happened to make Jorge change radically in that short period of time?… Nobody better than him to explain it.
“Is Valentino, as Lin Jarvis says, a fixed ride in the Yamaha Factory Team as long as he wants?”… “The rider’s situation and everything can be different depending on our bikes performance. We have to see how Valentino behaves on the new bike and if he can achieve winning races again”, Sumi, Yamaha’s MotoGP top engineer.
Wellcome to the yellow GP… San Marino is one of these races you look forward to arrive. Good weather, relaxed sea side city, fantastic food, huge atmosphere at the track are some of the distinguishing marks of the second Italian GP of the season. It is one of the events you should mark as preferential.
By Manuel Pecino… In the first 17 seasons of the Motorcycle World Championship her Majesty’s riders took 14 of the 500cc titles, but after Mike Hailwood’s triumph in 1965, British motorcycling ascended down a slope and has never returned from it. After Barry Sheene’s second 500cc title in 1977, ‘God Save the Queen’ has not played again to honor a World Champion in the biggest category… It’s been 42 years.
Jack Miller showed signs in 2019 of having matured a lot. In his first season as a factory rider he showed Ducati that he was not wrong to grant that status. But the road to get here has been neither simple nor easy. In this interview he explains what it was like to leave Australia, how his first steps on ‘hostile ground’ were, etc.. You shouldn’t miss it.
Even though the chances of rain are always much higher than sunshine, even though it’s usually cool in the middle of summer, the Silverstone GP is one of our favorites. Its circuit is a marvel, the atmosphere is very special, very racing, the organization professional… and the marshals are super attentive and polite… Oh, Assen!
Welcome to fairytale GP… The Spielberg circuit, now called the Red Bull Ring, formerly the A1 Ring, is set on a valley slope in the Styrian region like the one you see in those famous Empress Sissi movies. In the last seasons the Austrian GP is held immediately after the Czech GP, so, being also in summer, it is a good idea to join the two.
Czech Republic GP, another of the classic venue of the MotoGP calendar. Held in summer it attracted big crowds but the but the inclusion a few years ago of the Austrian GP in the championship, which is held just a week later, has ’emptied’ Brno’s natural tribunes quite a lot in recent editions. In any case, the Czech GP is till a good summer plan … and the riders love the circuit!
Here we go, next stop in our MotoGP world traveller personal album… This time the only place in the world where you can find a Che Guevara cola… Or may be you can also have one of these in Cuba. But as long as DORNA doesn’t decide to organize a GP there, we won’t know.
By Antonio López… Over the last few seasons we have experienced the most exciting races with spectacular overtaking that could rank among the best ever; In the just gone 2019 we witnessed three unique moments that will go down in history. There are so many amazing images that the past season left with us that we wanted to compile the 10 best passes. And if this was already difficult, choosing the best of all remains a point of discussion.
Do you know that the Dutch GP at Assen is the only GP that has been uninterruptedly in the World Championship calendar since it was first held in 1949? Assen is a symbol for motorcycle lovers and a event that all the riders dream with. Winning in The Cathedral, that is how the Assen circuit is called, is for the riders like getting their PhD.
Mugello … Italian GP … We are facing one of our top 3 events of the season. What is so special? We can tell you about its fantastic location in the middle of Tuscany, about the passion of the ‘tifosi’, about food … But we will never be able to convey what is the weekend of Mugello; In any case, take a look at our personal album.
There are many reasons why the Spanish GP at Jerez is one of our favorite races of the season. Good weather, good food, incredible atmosphere, close racing… Hundreds of thousands bikes flow to Andalusia in the first week of may.
GP of the Americas is another one of those special events on the MotoGP calendar. It is celebrated in Austin, the capital of the state of Texas, where ‘everything is bigger’ … and it certainly is. It is very worthwhile, much, to escape to Austin with the excuse of the GP. Here is a sample of it.
The only South American race on the MotoGP calendar, the one in Argentina is a ‘dual’ GP because it combines the extreme complication of reaching Termas de Rio Hondo – a small thermal city 1,000 north of Buenos Aires – with a unique atmosphere. Qatar has the night, Jerez the atmosphere, Assen the tradition… Termas GP has to be Argentina, an experience that cannot be found anywhere else.
We begin our review of our private MotoGP photo album with the Qatar GP. It has been a fun exercise because we have found amazing images. Snapshots that could not be in any other GP… Like the one you can see above.
Twenty five years have passed since we joined motorcycle GPs as professionals. As you can imagine, in this two-and-a-half decades we have had all kinds of experiences and travelled around the world so many times that we have given up counting. Behind each GP there is much more than just a circuit, bikes and riders. From here at the end of the year we will share with you some of those moments and situations experienced outside the circuits … Maybe you will be inspired to pack your bag and join us.?
By Manuel Pecino… The World Championship has gone on vacation. While the riders and mechanics are recovering from a long and intense season, in contrast, the engineers over the next two months will engage in some very intense work for 2020. To err in the decisions they make during this period will mean a ruined season to come.
By Manuel Pecino… The World Championship has gone on vacation. While the riders and mechanics are recovering from a long and intense season, in contrast, the engineers over the next two months will engage in some very intense work for 2020. To err in the decisions they make during this period will mean a ruined season to come.
De Manuel Pecino… “Lecuona?! Lecuona to MotoGP? Why Lecuona?”… Was there anyone who didn’t ask these questions on Thursday before the last Australian GP when KTM announced that the 19-year-old from Spain would be their fourth MotoGP rider?
By Manuel Pecino… The 2019 season closed In Jerez a few weeks ago with a surprise: just over 12 hours after the end of the test, Marc Marquez was admitted to the hospital to undergo an operation on his left shoulder. The Spanish rider’s perfect year finished on a not so perfect note.
By Manuel Pecino… Jorge Lorenzo’s farewell to competition has had consequences that have gone far beyond MototGP. The goodbye of one of the best riders in history and a key figure in the GPs over the last ten years generated a shock wave that ended up affecting many, even those in the Moto E category!
By Juan Pedro de la Torre… Jorge Lorenzo’s story would be difficult to understand without knowing his father, Chicho, an enterprising, self-taught, methodical, observant, demanding … and difficult man.
By Manuel Pecino… The resolution of the Jorge Lorenzo’s career in MotoGP generated in Valencia an unexpected dispute for the motorcycle that had been set free. A weird episode not imaginable even in the most convoluted chapter of “Games of Throne.”… And it has not finished yet!
By Manuel Pecino… Maverick Viñales has been the only Yamaha rider to win GPs in the last two seasons. But it has been in the second part of this year when the Spanish rider has taken a step forward showing that he is a much more mature rider, capable of controlling his temperament when things don’t work how he expects…
By Manuel Pecino… Second place for the third consecutive year can be considered a positive result in the era of the “alien”,…”but Ducati is here to win, let that be clear”. Therefore in Borgo Panigale they have drawn an anti-Marquez plan for 2020: A new Desmosedici with major technical changes, 2020 motorcycles ready for the Valencia test, four official riders on the track with GP20 bikes next season…
By Manuel Pecino… You may be wondering what is this about regarding Stoner when the main character of this piece is Quartararo? Well, there are several things: The first is that Quartararo is probably the greatest natural talent that has appeared in MotoGP since the withdrawal of Stoner. The second is the way they entered into MotoGP. Both did it through the back door as ‘market surplus’ after their respective teams had their A rider option all short.
The second is the way they both entered into MotoGP. Both did it through the back door as ‘market surplus’ after their respective teams had their A rider fall short.
The subconscious messages that Marc Marquez did or did not intend to send during the post-race press conference at Phillip Island revealed how each defeat leaves a little nick in his pride. More than a nick, they generate a small wound that Marquez leaves open until, in a kind of sporting account, it’s time to heal them.
For the second time this season, we place our bets on Quartararo. Fabio is extremely strong, his speed is more than apparent and he will be at a track where he has already tested the MotoGP bike. Although testing was 8 months ago, having previously ridden there will surely help as it did in Jerez, Qatar and Misano.
The championship title is settled with the crown going to Marquez, something that was anticipated. The champion’s ambition won’t stop there, he’ll want to win the 4 remaining races—even more this weekend because it’s Honda’s home race and all the big bosses will be there, additional incentive for a win.
Manuel Pecino… If you’ve seen photos of the Team Repsol Honda box, he’s nearly always in them but you’ll likely not have noticed him. This is because Carlo Luzzi is a reserved type who doesn’t like to call attention to himself, but who is responsible for a good part of Marc Márquez’s 6 MotoGP titles.
PecinoGP Editorial Desk … That Marc Márquez won his eighth world title in Buriram is essentially due to two things: First, his indomitable character; and second, that guardian angel in the form of an air bag that absorbed a good part of the 26.14g impact on Friday in FP1. Alpinestars provided us with sensor system data.
By Manuel Pecino… At Buriram Nakagami finished 10th, 29 seconds from Marc, Crutchlow 12th at 33 seconds and Lorenzo 18th at… ¡54 seconds! This is Honda’s truth in MotoGP right now. There is none more blind than one who does not want to see and none more deaf than one who does not want to hear.
By Manuel Pecino … What everyone agrees on is that the current situation is unsustainable. How to get out of it? Jorge’s wish, the ideal, would be for Honda to rub a magic lamp and that from it the motorcycle that Jorge is asking for appears. But in addition to not believing in magic lamps, in this fantasy the rider’s ‘win’ factor would still be missing. The most realistic way out of the Lorenzo / Honda situation would be for both parties to reach an agreement to separate. Envisioning 2020 like it is now … unimaginable.
By Antonio López … Eight world crown for the Spanish super champion when still four GP are to be held. We have analyzed the 8 main clues of a title that looks has been easier then the previous ones, but it has not been like this at all; check…
Five races remain until the end of the championship, and Márquez has his first opportunity to claim the World Champion for the 8th time, his 6th in MotoGP. Marc will take this title, it’s just a matter of time. But for the first time we are betting on Quartararo.
Filippo Tosi, Michele Gada, Manuel Cazeaux, Claudio Raina and soon Marco Frigierio. This is the list of electronic engineers who in recent years have “transferred” from the Ducati Reparto Corse to various Japanese MotoGP boxes. The last on this list, Marco Frigiero, will make the move once the season is over to join the ranks of the official Yamaha team.
We’ve just finished four GPs where the fact that these circuits were unfavorable for Márquez was well known, and yet took two victories and two second places, leaving him a fair points cushion. His competitors weren’t able to take advantage of the opportunity to get closer, and now they return to tracks where it will be very difficult for them because at these locations, Marc shines…
At the last Czech Republic GP held at the Brno circuit, there was a conspicuous situation during a practice session. Marc Marquez and Alex Rins partook in a pointless quarrel … or maybe it wasn’t pointless.
There comes a time in the life of a rider where he goes from being a young promise, to consecrating himself as a real rider, and this is what has happened with Alex Rins. His second victory in the category, in the way he did it and in front of the rider that has always been in front, has taken him directly to the annals of motorcycling. Rins is now a threat.
Lorenzo Baldassarri was, until a few weeks ago, one of the star riders in Valentino Rossi’s VR46 Academy. However, before the championship resumed after the summer break, “Balda” announced that he was leaving the academy to fly solo. A decision that attracted attention because it was the first “desertion” of a VR46 rider…
As head of the Sepang Circuit, he guided the Malaysian GP from essentially zero supporters to the full house that it is now. As a rider assistant, he accomplished to get a Malaysian rider to become the MotoGP’s first rider from Southeast Asia, and as first not Western team manager, in his first season he is breaking molds at every level. Thus, talking with the ‘MotoGP manager of the year’ was obligatory.
Our bet: Andrea Dovizioso We are facing one of the most open races in the entire championship. Not only have all the favorites won here before, like Márquez, Dovizioso, Lorenzo, Rossi and Viñales, but Petrucci was also very close to winning here in 2015. In addition, Ducati, Honda, Yamaha and even Suzuki have won here.…
Being the strongest rider on the grid, with noted courageousness every time he enters the track and a temperament that leads him to attempt the impossible, how is it that Marc has been defeated 16 times? The answer is simple: He’s been defeated 16 times simply because he is the best.
“The tools we had were enough for the MotoGP Championship 5 years ago. With the level in MotoGP today, development is necessary. It’s clear that the quantity and quality of work that we are doing at the moment is not enough for the rate of development in the category… We have to react”, Romano Albesiano
When Stefan Pierer arrived at the Red Bull Ring last Friday to attend ‘his’ GP, he was informed that the 12,000 spectator KTM grandstand had sold out. An accomplishment that clearly satisfied the KTM owner…
Pierer’s radical decision was taken to lighten the burden of his racing department, involved in all types of races, ranging from rallies, motocross, enduro, supercross, Rookies Cup, the new Northern Cup and until last Sunday, in three categories of the World Championship.
By racing different than in the last two seasons, Marc Marquez took his rival’s initiative. And that, at the level we are talking about, is what ends up making a difference; when everyone goes very fast, when everyone is very good, the differences are held in the details, in the strategy, in the race craft.
I once asked Pedrosa the difference between Stoner and Márquez, two “aliens” with whom he had to share a box. He told me that for Stoner, his world on GP weekends was his box, that what interested him was ending at the door of his garage. In contrast Márquez, according to Pedrosa, always likes to…
Manuel Pecino / Photos by PecinoGP & courtesy Yamaha / Copyright reserved As he confesses in the conversation that we had, Maverick is an introverted person, one of those who manages problems “inside the door”, which leads him to accumulate pressure and frustrations. It is precisely this backpack that is trying to be released by…
From the frustrations of the past to the reality of the present, from Valentino to his introverted character, from his riding style to his decision to move to Qatar … We spoke to Maverick Viñales about it all, and here he tells us all.
As part of the ‘Road to MotoGP’ project, DORNA’s program to discover potential riders. The Qatar Motorsport Academy has assumed this task in the Middle East region. The academy was opened last November with 75 Qataris and expatriate children. This summer, the eight most promising candidates were sent to take part in the exclusive Summer Camp. The camp is physically held in Spain, where extensive facilities and infrastructure are available.
Say what you will about Aleix Espargaró, but one thing you cannot deny is that he speaks his mind. A recent example are his statements made at the past German GP where he made the situation that exists in Aprilia clear. Well, at least the way he sees it…
There is an opinion that Ducati does not know how to manage their riders. Situations that we would label as conflict repeat themselves at Ducati: At one time it was the clash between Iannone and Dovizioso; then the whole story with the non-renewal of Lorenzo; now, in Holland a few days ago, Petrucci opened up the differences in their contract renewals… We spoke about all this and the possible arrival of Marquez in Ducati with Paolo Cibatti, the sport director of the Italian brand.
Márquez goes to Sachsenring after a streak of 9 consecutive victories, all of them started from pole position. Since winning in 2010 on the 125cc, he has won in Germany every year, making Sachsenring his most favorable track of the entire championship.
The race in Assen last weekend induced Brad Binder’s first smile of the season. And being the Dutch GP the eight of the year it means that till now things didn’t go the way the South African world champion expected. But far from being carried away by the euphoria, Brad explained…
Saturday June 15: Marc Márquez sanctions a penalty against Jorge Lorenzo for blocking him while going for his fastest lap. He admonishes him on the track and is bitter in his subsequent statements. Sunday, June 16: Marc Márquez defends Jorge Lorenzo after Jorge takes out three other riders when crashing under braking in the race.…
For Alberto Puig, Team Repsol Honda team manager, nothing what looks like is happening in the HRC garage is real. There has been no tension with Jorge Lorenzo, there is no Marquez dependence, the bike isn’t difficult to ride… “I have a 360º vision of the global story of what’s happening inside our team”.
Antonio López / Photos by 2Snap / Infographic A. López / Copyright reserved Our bet: Marc Márquez For the three consecutive years Marc Márquez has finished second at his home race. Rossi in 2016, Dovizioso in 2017, and last year Lorenzo were those culpable for preventing him from winning more than one race in Catalonia (two…
What is unquestionable is that Dall’Igna’s Desmosedici is a winning motorcycle, as evidenced by the fact that all the riders who have raced on the factory team since the incorporation of Gigi to the Reparto Corse have won a GP with it; riders with very different riding styles.
Even if he doesn’t agree with the opinion of his rider, Dall’Igna should give him what he asks for. If it ends up working, fantastic, if not, at least Andrea will understand his error and feel that he has been heard. And this, in a relationship that has to last at least until the end of 2020, is very important.
These statements have become Andrea Dovizioso’s mantras. As if he were lost in the desert, for the last two years he has been asserting them to the wind, apparently with no one listening. Well, he’s probably been heard, but not acknowledged.
Starting this week, Honda and Lorenzo’s adventure that joined their destinies will have a before and after. The before will be marked on Sunday at Mugello; the after begins with Jorge’s mandatory trip to HRC in Japan.
The news broke on Sunday before the race: Jorge Lorenzo was traveling to Japan the next day. The first rumors hinted at a trip to rescind his contract with Honda, but the real reason, according to Lorenzo himself, was: “We will try to find solutions.
When asked in recent weeks about what the World Championship means to Mugello, Ducati territory, Marc Márquez repeated several times the winning factor last season was more Jorge Lorenzo than the Ducati.
Favorite for the win: Dovizioso. Each season, Márquez marks on his calendar in black the more difficult tracks for him and in red those where he will ride for the win. Of the 5 races held thus far, only the COTA was a red track, and he left there with zero points. Qatar, Jerez, Le Mans and Mugello are black tracks for Marc.
Is it too enthusiastic to say Ducati is having their best moment in their long history in racing? You’ll probably say yes … But the statistics, that science that explains things according to the numbers, say no, there has never been a moment like this before.
The shift in how Yamaha manages races following a frustrating last year has resulted in a strong start to the season, and so has its role model rider. Two second places and a fourth has Rossi second in the championship upon the arrival to Europe, although even more importantly is the sense of having returned to a very high level of competitiveness.
Analyzing the beginning of the season for a manufacturer that “does not appear on television” requires first assessing the statistics of the start of the year. Statistics do not suppose the absolute truth of a situation but they do help understanding it in a general sense.
In his third MotoGP season, KTM’s MotoGP improvement is evident. But this step forward does not come from the hand of the person, on paper, who should have become the Austrian manufacturer’s flag bearer in the premier class: Johann Zarco.
After second place in Qatar, at one of the most difficult tracks for Honda, and the performance at Argentina, Marc Márquez was proclaimed by most of the media as the future 2019 MotoGP World Champion. Even some of his colleagues dared to predict an already won championship where the others would be fighting for second place.
During 2008 and 2009 Jorge Lorenzo went through the same starting issues Maverick Viñales is facing suffering. But in 2010 Lorenzo went through an amazing metamorphosis, change that led him to become one of the best, if not the best, starter in MotoGP…
Chatting with Kenny Roberts is always a mix of having fun and learning. We were able to meet The King during the last GP of the Americas where we asked about all the stuff that’s going on in MotoGP: technology advancements, the aerodynamics, the eternal Valentino Rossi… “We also had one fairing designed that was ten miles an hour quicker at Barcelona down the straightaway, but it wouldn’t stop”.
In his appearance before the media following the Texas GP, Marc Márquez acknowledged having made a mistake and repeatedly insisted that “these things happen.” But the manner in which he spoke and his body language revealed that he was affected by the crash.
It can’t be said that Alex Rins’ first victory in MotoGP came as a surprise. The Spanish Suzuki rider had not finished better than sixth since the Aragon GP at the end of last summer. He was the rider who finished the championship in the best form and the start of the championship showed that he did not lose any momentum since then.
There is no other GP that has such a clear favorite as Austin has with Marquez. The six times he has raced at this track he has won, and in all of them he won with authority. This was the place of his first victory in MotoGP, which was only his second race in the top category. He has been on pole for every race here and he has set the fastest race lap here five times.
As you can see on the photo of the podium of the Argentina GP held ten days ago, all three riders on the rostrum were happy, satisfied with their results. It looked like all three had won… which, sorry, didn’t happen. Just one of them did, because according to the law of racing the other two lost. In which part of the journey has racing lost the sprit of “not winning is losing”.
Remy Gardner has been in the World Championship for four years, but it wasn’t until the last GP in Argentina that the world discovered that his roots run deep in the GP world. Those of us who have been watching the GPs for years recognize in Remy the wild spirit of the Americans and Australians who starred in the World Championship between 1985 and 1995 .
Joan Mir is Spain’s and Suzuki’s new name in MotoGP. In Qatar two weeks ago Joan surprised in his MotoGP debut. In addition to fighting in the lead group among the top riders Mir showed a self-confidence and lack of stage fright that caught attention… This weekend in Argentina he will ride with the category again, his second test.
Although Marc Márquez does not count this race among his favorites, he has always been very fast at Termas de Rio Hondo. Two victories of the five races held here seems a poor account for the record breaking man, but if we analyze all the GPs held there, a different story emerges. 2014 was the…
In a couple of days the second GP of the season will be held, but there are still some open questions remain regarding the race that opened the championship. What we have here regards the antagonistic performances of Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales in Losail. Why did it happen?… This is our analysis.
Massimo Rivola proposes a wise solution to solve the problem he himself created in Qatar by filing a claim against Ducati. A case, of course, that will be tried this morning in the Court of Appeal in Geneva.
Within 24 hours of the start of the trial, which should evaluate whether Ducati used a component not allowed by the regulation, Gigi Dall’Igna warns that this form of resolving problems in MotoGP can have a dangerous outcome.
It’s true that you can’t win the race on the first lap, but it’s also true that there are many chances you can lose it. Here we have analyzed the recent Qatar GP building up a race classification in which we have excluded the first lap …The result is amazing.
Suzuki has probably the most media-friendly couple in the MotoGP field. Alex Rins and Joan Mir are young, smile, transmit having fun … and are showing that they have a great future ahead of them. Know these two relaxed Spaniards better …
An Italian colleague who is an F1 specialist told me a few days ago, “Get used to it, because from now on this will be the daily bread.” He was referring, of course, to the current situation in MotoGP that arose following the complaints filed by four factories against Ducati riders for breaching technical regulations … This is not what we want for MotoGP, do we?
As we continue to learn more about the complaint lodged against Ducati by Aprilia, Honda, KTM and Suzuki for using illegal aerodynamic parts on the bike that won the Qatar Grand Prix, it has seems that the accusation is nothing more than the tip of the iceberg that hides a deeper motive.
Only a few hours are left until the start of the 2019 MotoGP World Championship at Losail circuit. There has been a short but intense preseason that serves to understand under what conditions each of the riders will arrive at the Qatar GP …
The 2019 season is ready to start, which means the return of PecinoGP Betting House. The first GP of the season is always special because it means “the moment of truth”. Preseason, long for some and too short for others, is over. The last test held in the same scenario where the inaugural race is going to happen is a good reference to help to analyze how each rider arrives in Qatar.
“Among the bikes I have raced with in MotoGP, the one of last season has been the most… Let’s say, the most familiar”. This is Marc Marquez’ comment referring the 2018 RC213V, the bike that took him to his fifth MotoGP world title. But not all the bikes Marc won the other four championships with were as “generous” as the one of last year.
The preseason has shown Alex Rins with chances of doing important things. Since midseason of 2018 the rider and his Suzuki have not stopped developing, to such an extent that facing the first race they are among the favorites for the victory, as Kenny Roberts Jr. was 20 years ago.
Shinichi Kokubu, head of the Technology Development Department at Honda Racing Corporation (HRC); Tetsuhiro Kuwata, Director of HRC; Yoshishige Nomura, President of HRC; Masashi Yamamoto, general manager of Honda Motorsport Division … The presence of this group of Honda very top engineers in Australia during the opening weekend of the 2019 World Superbike Championship drew a lot of attention.
In to weekends time the 2019 MotoGP season will start at Qatar. In the same scenario the last preseason test was held some days ago. Here in PecinoGP we have analyzed deeply all the figures of that test to try to understand in which situation each rider will arrive at the 1st GP of the 2019 season.
Rider, team owner, rider manager, track coach … team manager. This is, in summary, the trajectory of Wilco Zeelenberg in the World Championship. A curriculum that will allow him to manage the responsibility of heading the new Team Petronas Yamaha having himself experienced all the roles he now has to control and take care of.
What really happened at Sepang during the first test of 2019? … Good question, but I’m sorry, this time I can honestly say I don’t know. This time I have to break with my maxim that states journalists are to give answers, not to ask questions. The most I can do is analyze on the one hand what the data suggests, and on the other what we can’t see, the intangible… Have a read, it’s worth.
Oh yes, after finishing second after the first day, second after day 2 and at the very top of all riders with the most number of laps under the circuit record, after the Sepang test Alex Rins and his blue Suzuki were already being named when the top riders were asked about possible protagonists for 2019.
Marc Marquez’s “impairment” in the first preseason tests held in Qatar was severe. If it had been up to hiIm he would have pushed harder, but fortunately for him and for Honda, and unfortunately for his rivals, the people around him pulled the handbrake on more than one occasion. At the insistence of continuing riding when he showed signs of fatigue and pain, the team removed him from the bike and hid him away.
After the frustrating last season, Yamaha had no choice but to revise their project. This is what they did this winter in Iwata and the result is a profound change in their structures and in the way they face the races. The most important restructuring of the Racing Division since 2003.
“My state of mind was based on my race results. If I had a bad race, my bad mood stayed with me all week. I couldn’t enjoy anything good that happened to me or I had around me; I ended up having to go to a psychologist.”
Dovi was standing in front of mysterious machine from which exited electric cables connected to two small clamps that were attached to his pointer fingers. On a screen, green diagrams, numbers and a red ball-shaped light that tracked his gaze: 5 seconds to inhale, 2 seconds holding the breath, 5 seconds to exhale.
It is surprising that no one has commented on Jorge’s maneuver during the Jerez test in November that we haven’t seen from him before. We are referring to his dangling a leg under braking. This was certainly a novelty in his case, because on several occasions Lorenzo himself has stressed that he was one of the few who doesn’t need to resort to this ‘fad.’
I was there when a boy named Dani Pedrosa arrived to World Championship paddock back in 2001. That’s why it’s going to be strange for me to not see him at the circuits or read his name in the standings. Along his 18 years as GP rider I have witnessed his joys and disappointments. Dani Pedrosa is a close chapter for the World Championship and vice versa. But before leaving him behind, I wanted to have a conversation I had never had in all these years…
After reviewing the 19 GPs held in 2018, this is our choice for this year’s the best race, the best overtaking, the most intense race end, the best start, the best save, the big surprise, the best pole position, the most surreal, the best celebration, the most remarkable record… and the worst of the 2018 season …
“I had one official offer from a factory team, but not one that finishes at the front. I was also speaking with a number of interesting prospects, but unfortunately, they went with other options in the end. I’m just fine right here win World Superbike”.
It was just a matter of time before what happened over the weekend between the parties involved came to pass. After a statement by Alberto Puig on Dani Pedrosa’s attitude in recent years, the Spanish rider said “enough.”
“Winning is additive. When you win, you want that feeling again and again; it becomes a sort of an obsession”, these are just two of the confessions of 4 times WSBK Champion in the long interview he held with Eric Johnson … It’s a worthy read.
This is essentially the question that remains following the pre-season testing in Valencia and Jerez. This is because the evaluations by Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales of the M1 2019 prototype tested are completely different. While the Spanish rider assured that a big step forward was made that allowed him to ride comfortably, consistently and fast when he wanted a fast lap, in Rossi’s opinion little or nothing has changed with respect to what they already had.
In our first delivery of “Marc Marquez’s rearguard” we introduced the man in the shadow of the Spanish multi-world champion. He explained how strong he is as team leader, how much he helps the technicians with his accurate comments … and much more. We ended the first part of our chat with Carlos Hernandez asking him … “Márquez is one of the riders who suffers the most falls. Is it because he risks more than others to be the best, or because his natural condition is to go to the limit that others won’t?”.
Santi Hernández is Marc Márquez’s chief engineer. He is the one who takes care of the motorcycle piloted by the seven time champion from Cervera. The Spanish engineer, meticulous and humble about everything, has spent eight years ‘translating’ Marquez’s emotions and feedback to give him a winning motorcycle and a magnificent link to better understand the #93.
That Alvaro Bautista, an expert rider with years of experience, had so many problems in Phillip Island with the transmission indicated something about it is not “normal”. Indeed, the factory Desmosedici uses a different transmission than “normal”, that it is very different. It’s the only explanation we could get from the team.
“What would Honda be without Márquez?” … “It is obvious that it’s Márquez who wins and not the Honda” … “Márquez wins despite the Honda” … These headlines, which reflect the general conviction that the five championships that Honda won with Marquez in the last six years makee the proud HRC engineers feel very uncomfortable.
Sepang is the only track where he has repeated a victory. It’s also the only track where he made pole position, the fastest race lap of and the victory. For these reasons it is deemed the most favorable GP for the Italian, for this reason we consider him the main candidate for victory.
“I always wanted to do what I’ve done and I’ve also been able to do it at the highest level. When I leave, it will be difficult to feel the sensations of riding a MotoGP bike… Because of my character I’ve never opened up completely, but I’m happy that I have been seen as an honest and loyal athlete.”
Oh yes, when you sit down to interview Cal Crutchlow you need to know that you won’t get the nice and political answers most of the other riders repeat, like a script. To know it and to be prepared, because if you aren’t at a certain point you will feel yourself pushed into a corner without being able to get out of it… Folks, what follows is pure Cal Crutchlow.
Outstanding Marquez and Dovizioso, adequate Zarco, Rins or Bautista, disappointing Crutchlow, Petrucci or Miller…This is how we’ve evaluated the performance of the top 10 riders at Buriram. Do you agree with our notes?
The controversy has exploded after Jorge Lorenzo accusing Marc Marquez of dirty maneuver in the first corner of the Aragon GP, which made him crash… Here the sequence of the incident… Judge yourself if the Ducati rider is right in blaming his future teammate or not.
He is clearly one of the fastest MotoGP riders – as evidenced, for example, by the fact that he is the only rider to never have gone through Q1 this season – but this ability to ride fast on a motorcycle has not materialize anything for him. He went out the back door of Ducati, Suzuki renounced him after being their reference rider for two years …What’s going on?
As promised, here is the part 2 of Marc Marquez interview we published 48 hours ago. In the first delivery Marc spoke about his “insistent” relationship with the crashes, about Dovizioso’s hesitant season, about his future with Jorge Lorenzo in the same garage, about what has meant the arrival of Alberto Puig in the Honda Repsol Team, etc. … This second part isn’t less interesting and relevant
Before entering into the unpleasant situations that occurred on the weekend of the Valencia GP, I want to make it clear that there is no possible discussion about Jorge Lorenzo being an absolutely legitimate 2015 MotoGP World Champion. Lorenzo has not only been the fastest, but also the most complete rider during the season. It…
The championship situation, his crashes, HRC’s difficult RCV, his relationship with Honda, Lorenzo’s arrival in his box next season, Yamaha’s Marquez veto… Marc Marquez not only didn’t avoid any of the subjects we raised, but, as always, he spoke clearly about each one of them…
What happened at Silverstone last Sunday? What led to the suspension of the GP? Who was responsible for the suspension? Could the embarrassing spectacle of leaving 50,000 spectators waiting in the rain for hours been avoided?
Silverstone: Dovizioso won last year on the Ducati; Lorenzo has a total of 3 wins, more than any of his rivals; Marquez has grabbed pole position 4 times; Viñales will be hard to beat as it’s his favorite circuit, where he had his first MotoGP win two years ago… So after all this evidence, why would we bet on Valentino?
Mortals have good days and bad days, but riders never seem to. And that’s when “the tires aren’t working,” “the asphalt has no grip” and all the other explanations we have heard so many times. It’s in these moments is when a ex rider has to look him in the eye and say “no, don’t make excuse”. Because he, as a former racer, is the only one who the rider recognizes as an equal.
It’s obvious that Yamaha has not managed the disagreement generated between Ramón Forcada and Maverick Viñales, or if you prefer, that Maverick Viñales has with Ramón Forcada. Perhaps it’s not an error in management, but the sense is that it simply was not “managed” until the issue turned into a crisis and gone beyond the scope of the team.
Definition: Explosive cyclogenesis is a meteorological phenomenon that occurs when a mass of hot air collides with another of cold air, generating devastating effects similar to those of a tropical cyclone. That is more or less the description of what happened last weekend on the left side of the Yamaha box, Maverick Viñales’s side
Viñales complains how difficult is to ride his Yamaha in the first part of the race with new tires and the full tank, but the truth is that between the time the traffic light goes out and the first turn is negotiated, Maverick has lost a total of 24 positions in these first 9 races. Maybe he has to look for the culprit somewhere else…
It is the most important race of the season for the four Japanese factories, with their own technical regulation, with electronics MotoGP riders can only dream of, with four tire brands on the track … the 8 Hours of Suzuka is in another dimension.
A title can become an obsession, especially when the rider has the merits to achieve it. Dani Pedrosa will finish at the end of the season his racing career lacking a MotoGP crown, but many still consider him a champion.
There is no one who “understands motorcycling” that disagrees: Quartararo has the talent to go fast on a motorcycle. But I don’t understand the urgency to close Fabio Quartararo as a second rider for Team SIC Petronas Yamaha, especially with the recent examples of Zarco, Viñales and Lorenzo.
He has practically disappeared off the map. After a powerful start to the championship that led him to two seconds in Argentina and Jerez and to appear at Le Mans as the top favorite for victory, Johann Zarco seems to have dissolved like snow in the heat.
Long chat with Ducati’s chief engineer Gigi Dall’Igna in which he talks frankly about all the issues that surround the Ducati world: the “Lorenzo Affaire”, the new Desmo/Yamaha, the “famous” magic fuel tank cover…
For Valentino, there is no mercy when his results are at stake. Valentino races to win. If he doesn’t win he doesn’t enjoy racing. If doesn’t win he does anything and everything to get back to winning…anything.
Can Lorenzo repeat his Mugello victory on a track where he has five wins, or will it be Dovizioso who repeats the triumph he had here last year? Will Márquez return to a run of victories that last saw him win three consecutive races? Can Rossi repeat the win he had here in 2016? Will Viñales return to the top as he did in testing three weeks ago?
Here we go… The Italian GP to be held in Mugello this weekend is one of the most exciting races of the calendar and a very special boost for the local riders who give it all in front of their enthusiastic fans. Here is our bet for the winners in three classes. Good luck and if you win, don’t forget to send us some 😉
Jorge Lorenzo has less and less room for maneuvering; at this point he has nearly no room left. The Spanish three times MotoGP world champion must first demonstrate that he is capable of being consistently competitive on the Desomosedici… and his time is drastically running out.
Joan Mir is the name of the moment. His quick progression in Moto2 has put him in the spotlight and he automatically entered the list of potential future riders on virtually all factory MotoGP teams. This is what he thinks about all this.
The World Championship arrives at Le Mans for the French GP. A circuit with a very different layout than the other tracks thus far visited. It’s referred to as a stop & go track because it is made up of strong acceleration points followed by hard braking.
Two extreme realities exist in the Ducati garage, two worlds as opposite as yin and yang. On the one hand there is Andrea Dovizioso’s World Championship lead, and at the other end of the scale, Jorge Lorenzo’s frustration.
Preseason data, circuit history and above all, the events of the previous year, serve as the basis for the teams’ understanding as to which circuits may be more favorable, or at which they might suffer. At PecinoGP, we wanted get inside the riders’ and team managers’ minds to analyze how the season should go to reach the ultimate goal: the championship title… This is our table after 3 GPs.
An out of control Marc Márquez took out Valentino Rossi again and in doing so reopened the turmoil from the 2015 season that affected our sport so negatively. Very serious are going to arise problems if no remedies are applied.
Here we go… In pecinogp we have “invented” our consulting for those who like to invest some cash on the possible winner in the different GP categories. Here our first tips por the Argentinian GP to be held this weekend in the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit.
Despite his frustration with the first race of the season, Jorge prefers to look at it from the point of view of the glass half full. “It’s not my opinion, it’s a fact, and the numbers are there for anyone who wants to look: “The difference in the last laps before I had to throw away the bike had decreased by seven tenths”.
We are used to hearing riders say things like: “This race was marked red on the calendar,” “We knew we were going to suffer here,” “This was better than we expected”, etc. But how do they really plan for the season?
The youngest rider to win a GP, the youngest to be MotoGP champion, the rider with the most victories in a single season … the list of Marc Márquez’s records seems to have no end … What are his challenges? Does he still have any goals to be achieved?
2018 will be his 14th season in the World Championship, and that has raced on five different types of bikes in MotoGP. With this history, one can imagine that Aleix is a guy who has turned races into a 9 to 5 job. But when it comes to talking about motorcycles, the Catalan rider does it with the intensity and passion of a youngster
This season, Dani will again pursue for the 13th time his long-awaited dream of proclaiming MotoGP World Champion, the only title he not yet conquered. But through his obsessive and constant striving for the title, he has set a record that will be very difficult for anyone to beat.
The preseason means weeks of evaluating subjective sensations, analyzing mathematical data of the telemetry, listening to the observations of the track coach, and reviewing video images from every angle. MotoGP riders receive an avalanche of inputs that theoretically should help them go faster. How do they manage all this information?
Over the 26 years managing the World Championship, DORNA has tried different ways to give the championship stability. Through living and learning, Carmelo Ezpeleta—DORNA CEO – has realized that “peace” occurs through a balance between factories and private teams.
Scott Redding is the new kid on the Aprilia block. The Brit has a one year contract with the Noale factory, and as he stated in the headline, he knows he has to give his very best over the next nine months. 2018 will be his 11th year in the World Championship, but the first time that he will start the season as a full factory rider.
How much does a MotoGP team cost? How much does DORNA earn? How can is financed the worlwide show that is MotoGP today? Finding answers to questions to how to fund the World Championship paddock is impossible. As soon as the word “money” is mentioned, all mouths immediately close.
If you want to dispel any doubts about what was true and what wasn’t regarding Valentino Rossi’s participation at the Aragon GP two weeks ago, read this interview with Ángel Charté, medical director of the World Championship.
After the promising 2016 season, the MotoGP Suzuki project seemed to be on rails. But so far 2017 has been extremely frustrating. But aside from bad results, the worst part of the Suzuki crisis is the manifest lack of harmony between the parties that need to work together to move the project forward.
As the only Portuguese rider in the championship, Miguel Oliveira is a rare bird. Until his arrival to the World Championship in 2011, Portugal had never been represented by one of its riders in the more than 60 years of the championship’s existence.
If you are not Italian, it’s likely difficult to understand some of the things you’ll read in this article. It is unusual that someone leaves his home, the environment in which he has been raised, his friends, everything, to emigrate following the call of a passion that has become a religion.
With the story I’m going to tell you, you’ll understand why I will never forget when, how and where I met Nicky Hayden. It was Friday, November 1, 2002, at the Cheste circuit in Valencia… my name is Marcelo Carbone.
The two crossed the finish line looking at each other without knowing who had won and the photo finish to decide the winner however, showed that Lorenzo and Dovizioso had crossed the finish line at exactly the same moment.
Jorge and Dovi have raced alongside each other year after year in the same category since their arrival to the GPs in 2002. From March 26 they will share the same colors, the same garage and will have, for the first time, the same opportunities.
“The team showed me that I had him [Marc Marquez] riding behind me. Obviously I don’t want to show him my pace, so I had to stop my race simulation. The next time he does a race simulation, it will be my turn to bother him.” – Maverick Viñales
Season after season, the MotoGP factory racing department engineers strive to develop and advance their machines despite increasingly restrictive technical regulations. We sat down with the head technicians of each brand and asked each of them five questions about the direction MotoGP will take.
Some weeks ago the worldwide immense Chinese community celebrated the arrival of his New Year. In the Chinese horoscope 2017 is the the Year of the Rooster and one of our readers, Lee Meng Fei from Malaysia, has sent us the season predictions for the MotoGP top riders. Here they are…
There are many things that will never be seen or understood if you are not right where the action is taking place. What’s more, there are things that even the sophisticated data collection systems mounted on the bikes are not capable of capturing.
The “aerodynamic peace” in MotoGP was short lived. After the controversy that caused the winglet ban at the end of last season, it was enough that one of the brands showed its alternative to the wings, so that its legality was put on the table, and we have a controversy once again.
Compared with the anxiety from the expectations among the Ducati ranks, and the confusion that prevails in Honda, the Yamaha box is a haven of peace. It exudes the sense that everything is evolving in the right direction and without any fuss.
Davide Brivio and the Japanese technicians are happy with how the second generation of their MotoGP project has kicked off. It will be interesting to see what the Iannone / Suzuki duo is capable of at Phillip Island next week.
“I am in the best moment of my career,” says Andrea Dovizioso. For the rider from Forli, Italy, 2017 will be his tenth season in MotoGP and the fifth as a Ducati rider. Five years with more challenging than easy periods, Andrea has been on the hard road from nearly the beginning to the present day.
Since the commencement of a single MotoGP tire supplier, tire development work has become much more basic. The strenuous testing of the past is history and riders no longer have to undertake such ungrateful work.
Viñales doesn’t hide his intentions for the 2017 season. He arrives in the Yamaha garage with a clear target: to win the MotoGP championship. After his two years learning process in Suzuki, he shows convinced to be ready to go for it.
“You have to realize and admit that the learning process goes through renouncing to the spotlights, through doing many laps and trying many different things in the practice sessions; and this normally puts you in a not very brilliant position in the classification at the end of the day”, Maverick Viñales
Do you know a situation, not in motorcycling but in any other sport, where the losers finance the victor so that he or she can take part in a higher level championship? This is exactly what happened with Naomichi Uramoto, winner of the All Japan GP2.
Between 2004 and 2010 HRC, the most powerful racing company in the world went through a dark period of ostracism. To turn things around Honda called upon one of his brightest engineers…Here is the story in his words.
Last November 26th, the Dani Pedrosa Fan Club organized their annual dinner to share the end of the season with their idol. But this time, in their 6th edition of this dinner, someone special sat at one of the tables: Lee Meng Fei.
Michelin’s arrival to MotoGP predicted that 2016 could be a detrimental year in terms of crashes. There was a foreshadowing of this in the tests throughout 2015, and the final figures of the season that just ended do not lie.
The GP of Valencia wraps up the Jorge Lorenzo and Yamaha relationship. It’s been nine years of intensity. Lorenzo’s engagement at Yamaha was never an easy one, but if we asked the involved characters what they would do differently if they could go back, the answer is clear: they would change nothing!
A great victory for Andrea Dovizioso, a good race for Valentino Rossi, a likely undeserved third place for Lorenzo and a new error by Marquez… Do you agree with our ratings and the performance evaluations we gave to the riders in Sepang?
Here is our assessment of the most noteworthy riders at last GP in Australia. The criteria for granting the scores are completely subjective, so you will likely not agree with some of our evaluations…or any of them!
Between the Japanese and Australian Grand Prix, the GP Commission announced that “From 2018, in an effort to improve the safety of the riders, the riders’ suits must be equipped with a system approved airbag”… a rule that seems tailored to Jorge Lorenzo.
No, 2016 has not been the best year for Aleix Espargaró. “Yes, the words that sums it is a bad season, bad, very bad. My main problem has been the front Michelin: I have not been able to understand it.
The person who better knows Marc Marquez, his manager Emilio Alzamora, reflects about the challenging season his rider is going through and other interesting aspects of Marc’s personality… Interesting read.
Misano, so far Aprilia’s best race of the year. Sometimes it may not look it, but Romano Albesiano and his people are working hard and the MotoGP “Cinderella” project is constantly taking steps forward.
How is it that we have witnessed two very different Dani Pedrosa’s within one week? Seven days earlier at Silverstone he had been the only rider who had not passed anyone; in Misano happened the exact opposite.
There is a very short time between races for the riders to enjoy their successes. Only four days after the resounding victory of Maverick Viñales and Suzuki in Silverstone, riders and teams prepare for the next GP, this time in San Marino … In Valentino Rossi’s backyard.
Both Pedrosa and Crutchlow never get tired of saying how complicated the 2016 RCV are. If Marquez leads the championship at this stage it is only because Marc makes up for what is lacking in the bike by risking the unspeakable.
The labor market, employment, inflation, wages, supply and demand, market laws, job offer … No, you are not mistaken, you’re not on an economic site. What happens is that the arrival of KTM to the championship has had an unexpected effect.
This will be the 25th Austrian GP, a country where a race has not been held since 1997 and that Valentino Rossi is the only rider out of all those in the championship who ran in both races held at the Red Bull Ring in 1996 and 1997.
Zarco, Rins, Lowes, Folger… four of the six best placed riders in the Moto2 World Championship will abandon the class next year, leaving a big gap to fill in the category and in the teams for which those riders compete.
We are starting a new section at pecinogp.com where we will evaluate each GP weekend giving notes to the top ten finishers on a scale of 0-10; 0 being a total failure, 5 being narrowly passing acceptable and 10 being excellent.
This is the final standing of the qualifying for the Dutch to be held in Assen, where the tricky weather conditions have lead to a strange front row; notice the classification positions for Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa.
Assen is the only circuit that has been on the calendar continuously since the first edition of the World Championship held in 1949 and for the first time in history, the Dutch GP will not be held on a Saturday.
This is how the MotoGP provisional classification looks like when the championship arrives at the home of most of the Spanish Armada riders. Will Valentino Rossi avenge what happened in Mugello two weeks ago?
It’s clear that in the season opening the Honda is still difficult. The RCV is proving to be a hard bike to ride and in Mugello their limitations became evident. Marquez and Pedrosa do what they can, but where does the real problem come from?
I have to admit that following last season’s deep disappointment in losing the world title the way he did, I absolutely thought that Valentino Rossi would face the 2016 as the last year of his career…I was wrong, very wrong; in this point and in others.
In an exclusive interview, pecinogp spoke with the Spanish rider about his future, the problems Honda is facing at the beginning of the season, about the winglets “fever” installed in MotoGP and many other matters
What exactly makes the HRC bikes so difficult to ride? Is it the new engine with counter rotating crankshaft? Is it the lack of ability to adapt to the new ECU software? Is it the Michelin tires? There is no one better than Dani Pedrosa to explain the problems Honda is suffering.
The Le Mans circuit is nicknamed Stop & Go, because it comprises several sections of hard acceleration from low speeds followed by heavy braking. It accelerates from 2nd or 1st gear no fewer than seven times.
The young Spanish talent has been debating whether or not to accept the offer to join the Yamaha factory team in 2017. It’s an offer that for almost anyone would be irresistible, but for Viñales is requiring a lot of thought.
After 4 GPs the first factory Ducati is in 10th in the provisional championship classification, a bitter disappointment for the Borgo Panigale’s racing department, after the enormous efforts made during the winter and the preseason.
– This weekend marks the 30th GP that will have been held in Jerez. After Assen, it is the circuit on the racing calendar that celebrates the most uninterrupted string of races, holding them since 1987… Read more
Michelin start of the season hasn’t been easy, but the demonstration of technological and industrial capability which involved making a complete GP weekend of tires a in little more than four days has been amazing.
Despite being only in his third year in the calendar, the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit -the second fastest of the season behind Phillip Island- is already one of the rider’s favorite tracks. Have a look at his layout and speed references. We have prepared two versions, km/h & mph.
The old circuit Shah Alam, Malaysia, March 31, 1996: A very young Italian rider who had drawn attention in the championships in which had competed before was about to start his first GP. Today will be exactly 20 years since this young rider called Valentino Rossi launched his GP career.
In the coming days Jorge Lorenzo will announce which direction his sporting career is going to go. What will Lorenzo do? We don’t have any idea, but we know that we would like to see Jorge suited up in Ducati colors next season. Why? For 5 reasons listed below.
Nicola Goubert and the rest of the Michelin technicians could not hide their satisfaction on Sunday night in Losail. They had passed a tremendous challenge of their return to MotoGP, and in doing so nobody was talking about Bridgestone after the race.
Qatar GP is undoubtedly one of the most amazing venues of the GP calendar. But not only because his unique and charming night races, but also due the special atmosphere beyond the walls that surround the Losail facilities… Lets have a look.
If Jorge Lorenzo keeps up the pace he is at… If Maverick Viñales breaks into the top four… If Ducati comes to Qatar with what it seems they have presented so far… If Marc and his team really did turn things around in Losail… Blah, blah, blah, it’s all talk. We took the data from every protagonist in…
Jonathan Rea has kicked off his title defence with an incredible last lap victory over Ducati rider Chaz Davies, the Kawasaki rider pulling a move around the outside to beat Davies over the line by 0.063 seconds.
The Grand Prix Commission has chosen the GP of Aragón as the best MotoGP round of last year. This is the third time that MotorLand will receive this recognition after first gaining it in 2010, its debut in the World Championship.
After one year trying to find answers for his new MotoGP bike, Aprilia is now ready to compete. In a very interesting chat we spoke with Romano Albesiano about the past, the present and his expectations.
We looked at the controversial first year of Jack Miller in MotoGP—who moved from a bike with 60hp to one with 260hp—and compared his performance to the rookie season of Scott Redding and Stefan Bradl.
Why is he doing it? Is there a reason behind it? What is he thinking? These are the questions being asked about Gigi Dall’Igna’s decision to have Casey Stoner ride tomorrow alongside Andrea Dovizioso, Andrea Iannone and the rest of the MotoGP grid.
The 2016 season started in Barcelona, but with Valentino naturally we wanted to talk about what happened at the end of last season: “My statements in Sepang did not count for anything, Marquez had already decided to make me lose the title”…”Respect? It must be mutual”.
“We have to try to give the riders more confidence in the front tire, but the riders must adapt their riding to the new product”, Nicola Goubert, Michelin’s engineer fronting the Michelin MotoGP comeback project.
Yamaha’s MotoGP performance has been fantastic this season. As Yamaha’s Factory Racing Managing Director says, “It couldn’t be better”. Best MotoGP Team, the Manufacturer Title and the one/two placing of the rider’s gave Yamaha the MotoGP Triple Crown.
In the second half of the seventies, the world of speed circuit racing entered a new era. The emergence of Americans in motorcycling defines a ‘before and after’ in the championship, because with their style, both on and off the track, the men of the other side of the Atlantic changed the history of the series.