Published on 03 Dec 2013 by Toni M.
MotoGP in 2014 will see some interesting internal changes in several of the factory team garages. Marc Marquez’ championship winning pit crew (Casey Stoner brought them with him when he switched from Ducati to Repsol Honda) will be replaced by Marquez’ former mechanics Javi Ortiz, Jordi Catellà and Hugo Bucher.
Valentino Rossi rather controversially ‘dumped’ his historic crewchief Jeremy Burgess after fourteen seasons for Silvano Galbusera, two of Jorge Lorenzo’s mechanics Valentino Negro and Walter Crippa will also be leaving the former World champion pit crew and now Dani Pedrosa’s long time mentor and manager Alberto Puig will have a new role in HRC, and will no longer be in the Spaniard’s garage every race weekend.
Honda has decided that Puig will be more useful in his role as talent scout and finding new riders, especially in the Asia Talent Cup - and considering that he has ‘discovered’ riders like Casey Stoner, Julian Simon, Chaz Davies Joan Lascorz, Leon Camier, Jordi Torres and David Salom, besides Pedrosa, speaks highly of the Spanish manager, even if many will believe that this switch has more to do with his long time protégé losing the championship to his rookie team mate.
Published on 30 Nov 2013 by Toni M.
Former grand prix rider Doriano Romboni has tragically succumbed to the injuries he sustained during a practice session of the second annual Sic Supermoto Day, in memory of the late Marco Simoncelli at the Latina kart circuit in Italy.
In circumstances eerily similar to the accident that claimed Simoncelli in 2011, Romboni also lost control of his bike and he too clung on before swerving back onto the track and into the path of Gianluca Vizziello who could not avoid him.
Romboni was resuscitated for over ten minutes by the EMTs at the circuit as they tried to stablize his situation before he was helicoptered to the Santa Maria Goretti hospital in Latina where he underwent emergency surgery, but he would die just a few hours later from his severe head injuries.
Born December 8th 1968, Romboni aka as Rambo debuted in the 125cc category in 1989 with Honda, and just one year later would score his first two victories in the year that Loris Capirossi won the title, before moving on the the 250cc class where he would race for the next five years.
His best season was 1994 where he would contend the 250cc championship title against the Roman Emperor, Max Biaggi.
Twowheelsblog would like to extends its deepest condolences to Romboni’s three daughters, his family and friends.
Published on 30 Nov 2013 by Toni M.
After completing 237 laps during his third and latest test on the Aprilia RSV4 at the Spanish circuit of Jerez de la Frontera, Marco Melandri underwent ankle surgery yesterday at the Policlinico Universitario in Modena.
The Italian suffered the injury to his right ankle last month, just days ahead the final round of the 2013 World Superbike championship at Jerez, and the injury forced him to skip race two in his last race for BMW Goldbet.
The surgery also kept Melandri from taking part in the second edition of the “Sic Supermoto Day” benefit race weekend that is currently taking place at Latina, where unfortunately former GP and World Superbike rider Doriano Romboni suffered a horrific crash and was hit by oncoming Gianluca Vizziello during the afternoon practice session.
The 44-year old Romboni was air lifted to the local hospital after receiving CPR treatment at the kart circuit.
Published on 23 Nov 2013 by Toni M.
Stats are usual boring affair for an armchair fan, but they do reveal a whole lot of fascinating information and in this case the number of crashes and who crashed the most in the entire 2013 GP racing season.
The asphalt of the 18 venues on the calendar can claim a total of 863 crashes during 2013 between the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 categories.
The Moto2 class once again getting the crown since the category was introduced in 2010, with 344 falls in 17 weekends, while Moto3 came in a close second with 314 crashes, but both series have a larger number of partecipants than in the premier class so the odds of someone crashing is greater.
Published on 12 Nov 2013 by Toni M.
The second day of MotoGP testing at Valencia was led by none other than the new World Champion, Marc Marquez.
After sitting out the first day, the Repsol Honda team was back in action bright and early this morning, and feeling no ill effects from all the celebrations, as Marquez took just 11 laps to post a 1’30″679 and better Jorge Lorenzo’s best time from yesterday.
During the afternoon session Marquez worked on the development of the Honda RC213V 2014 version and as usual took the machine a little over the limit as he almost crashed at the Angel Nieto corner, but fate was still smiling on him as he managed to save it with his elbow and knee. He then further lowered his lap time with a scorching flyer in 1′30.536, which was just three tenths of second slower than his qualifying lap that earned him his 9th pole position of the 2013 season.
Published on 11 Nov 2013 by Toni M.
With the 2013 MotoGP championship and Marc Marquez’ title now written not only in the record books, but also in the GP racing annals, the series now turns its head towards 2014 with the first post season test getting underway at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia.
The fastest rider of the first day was Sunday’s race winner Jorge Lorenzo who posted a stratosferic 1:31.257 in the closing stages of the day with the 2013 version of his M1, while the 2014 machine also got a shakedown from both Lorenzo and team mate Valentino Rossi, who had his new crewchief Silvano Galbusera (Marco Melandri’s World Superbike crew chief at Yamaha and BMW) at his side, after suddenly and rather dramatically parting ways with the legendary Jeremy Burgess on the eve of the Valencia race.
The Repsol Honda team decided to sit the day out after celebrating not only Marquez’ title but also their third consecutive Constructors Championship title and leaving the field to the Honda satellite teams and the teams that have switched from CRTs to the new Honda RCV1000R production machine.
Monday was also a day of changes, debuts and more rider confirmations for the upcoming season.
Published on 10 Nov 2013 by Toni M.
20-year old Marc Marquez has been crowned the 2013 MotoGP World Champion in what he has called a ‘dream come true’.
At the age of 20 years and 266 days, Marquez is the youngest rider of all-time to win the world title in the premier class, taking the record from Freddie Spencer who was 21 years and 258 days of age when he won the 500 title in 1983, also riding a Honda and he is the fourth rider in the 65-year history of Grand Prix racing to win world titles in three different categories, along with: Mike Hailwood, Phil Read and Valentino Rossi.
His history breaking title sees him break numerous records in his rookie season: including 16 podiums - 6 of which were wins (COTA, Sachsenring, Laguna Seca, Indianapolis, Brno and Aragon) - nine pole positions as a rookie rider, he also become youngest rider to win a GP race and the youngest rider to start from pole and the youngest ever rider in the history of the premier class to claim both pole position and race victory and he also accumulated 334 points which is the greatest number of points ever achieved by a rookie in the premier class.
Published on 10 Nov 2013 by Toni M.
The final round of the 2013 MotoGP season at Valencia was won by Jorge Lorenzo, thanks to his never-give-up attitude, and he was more than a worthy rival to a fearless Marc Marquez, but the 2013 championship crown was assigned for the first time in 35 years to one of the most exceptional, exciting and often controversial rookies to have ever come to GP racing.
The 20-year Marquez has literally devoured numerous records in his debut season including becoming the youngest rider to have won a premier class title. and he needed just to finish fourth to take the title, instead he finished third letting his team mate Dani Pedrosa take second place in the race, that was a corker for the first 15 laps.
Jorge Lorenzo had showed an awesome pace during the weekend and could have runaway with the race from the first corner, but the Yamaha rider changed his usual tatics as he seemed to purposely slow the pace of the 30 lapper to go head-to-head not with title rival, but a highly combative and aggressive Dani Pedrosa. who tried to psych out mentally and physically Lorenzo with his close overtakes.
Published on 04 Nov 2013 by Toni M.
Marco Melandri will be riding for Aprilia’s WSBK factory team next season. The official statement was released the other day when Melandri’s contract with the BMW Goldbet squad expired.
It wasn’t exactly the best kept secret in the paddock, at the Italian was spotted in the Aprilia garage during the final round of the World Superbike championship at Jerez, much to the chagrin and disappointment of Eugene Laverty, who finished as runner-up in the 2013 standings and chalked up a double victory at the Spanish circuit and scored the same number of victories over the season as new World Champion Tom Sykes did.
While Eugene Laverty is poised to sign with FIXI Crescent Suzuki for 2014 with the promise of a ride with MotoGP returnee Suzuki in 2015, for Melandri it will be his fourth team since he debuted in World Superbikes in 2010 - after Yamaha, the BMW factory team and BMW Goldbet who have all pulled out of the championship.
Published on 31 Oct 2013 by Toni M.
After his stunning victory at Motegi, Jorge Lorenzo now sits just 13 points behind Marc Marquez with just one race remaining in the 2013 MotoGP championship.
For the second time the Ricardo Tormo race circuit in Valencia will be the venue that will decide the title, after the 2006 race that saw points leader (by 8 points) Valentino Rossi crash out early, Nicky Hayden crowned MotoGP champion and WSBK champion Troy Bayliss in a wildcard appearance take the victory.
Marquez has just to finish fourth in the race to win the title regardless of whether Lorenzo wins the race or not and considering his track record this season, six victories and 15 podiums, and it seems more than likely that he will be the MotoGP king this year, but all the pressure will be the 20-year old rookie who will be praying to the weather gods that the entire weekend will be dry.
As we are all placing our bets on who will win next weekend, we can in the meantime can offer you a great gallery of just some of the beautiful and exotic Oriental paddock and brolly girls that brought back the sunshine to the Motegi races.