The Silverstone race direction has been very strict this weekend. After giving Andrea Iannone a penalty point on Friday for obstructing Andrea Dovizioso, they have now handed Marc Marquez two penalty points for not heeding the yellow flags following Cal Crutchlow’s crash during the warm-up session, that put in danger the marshals, but also the Yamaha rider.
The FIM statement reads:
Rider Marc Marquez (93) was riding in a section of the circuit where waved yellow flags were displayed due to an earlier accident. He continued at racing speed and did not slow down and be prepared to stop as required by the regulations. His subsequent crash at the same point as the previous accident seriously endangered the rider being attended and the marshals in the accident zone. This is an infringement of Article 1.22.2 of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations. A Race Direction hearing was held at Silverstone on 1st September 2013 and the decision of the Race Direction is to impose two penalty points on the 2013 season total of the MotoGP rider number 93 Marc Marquez. No appeal has been lodged. The decision of the Race Direction is final.
Marquez said that he did not see the yellow flags, “I know with a yellow flag you have to slow down and especially with an oil flag, you have to slow down a lot, but I didn’t see.”
It wasn’t a pleasant first day at Brno for the Ducati factory and Pramac riders. Andrea Dovizioso, Nicky Hayden and Ben Spies replacement rider, Michele Pirro all suffered for grip issues, which left them all over a 1.2 seconds and more adrift from Stefan Bradl.
Dovizioso’s problems were so severe that he was forced to use three rear soft tires, because he believed that the second one was defective, but the same problem re-represented itself also with the third, so he now knows it is a set up problem..
“The afternoon session was very strange, because we suffered a big loss of grip. Honestly, I thought there was something wrong with my bike because I didn’t expect such a big difference compared to this morning. We tried a number of things in an effort to understand if there was some problem, so we weren’t able to follow the planned work program for the session. Unfortunately, when the temperature rises, it affects us Ducati riders more than the others, and it becomes much more difficult to ride the bike well.”
Unfortunately Nicky Hayden’s grip issues were compounded by chattering. The longer and more sweeping corners of the Brno creates the usual Ducati problem, the bike runs wide.
Pramac’s Andrea Iannone will be forced to skip this upcoming MotoGP round at Laguna Seca.
The MotoGP rookie crashed his Ducati GP13 during the fourth free practice at Sachsenring, dislocating his right shoulder.
The Clinica Mobile fixed the shoulder, but he was declared unfit to ride in the race, and on returning home to Italy, due to continuing pain, he underwent more scans and was diagnosed with serious bruising to the head of the humerus and with two damaged ligaments.
Iannone went to Laguna Seca last April to learn the track riding a Ducati 1199 Panigale, but he was black flagged after a few laps because the Panigale was too loud.
The Italian will have until Indianapolis (August 16-18) to recover and Pramac will only have one rider on track, and it will be Moto2 rider Alex de Angelis, who will be replacing the still recovering Ben Spies.
Andrea Iannone is another rider that we have to add this evening’s health bulletin list. The MotoGP rider crashed during the fourth free practice, sustaining a dislocated right shoulder, but this time it wasn’t due to a cold tire or the infamous turn 11, as he crashed out at turn 1, but an error made by the Pramac rider.
Iannone speaking to Sportmediaset said he was distracted because he trying regulate his brake with one hand, and with the other change maps, but erroneously hit the speed limiter (which limits speed in the pitlane) as he was heading towards his braking mark at high speed. With ‘pit’ inserted, the mapping blocked the rear wheel and he crashed.
Dr. Costa immediately reset Iannone’s dislocated shoulder, and during the interview Iannone said he feeling much better and was no longer in great pain, and x-rays ruled out any fractures, and he’ll see how he is feeling tomorrow before deciding whether to partecipate in the race.
“I’m sorry for how it went because I felt good and we were doing a good job with the team. It might be the first weekend when every change we made has led to a small step forward that I could immediately notice. The bike has consistently responded pretty well, so I was happy. I started FP4 while I was trying a little change. I was having a good lap, even though I wasn’t really pushing too hard, and although the tyre already had 14 laps on it, I was close to my best time. Then I fell, and I’m really disappointed; I thought I could do a good race tomorrow because we’ve focused a lot on the pace, also during the test at Misano. We were getting interesting results, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish the work we’d planned. I’ll try to be there tomorrow, but I don’t want to compromise the work we’ve done and that we still have to do. I want to thank the team and all the Clinica Mobile because they’re always helping me during these difficult moments,” said Iannone.
It was a tough and busy day for all the Ducati mechanics today at Sachsenring, and rather expensive for the Italian manufacturer. All four of their riders crashed today, but luckily all four were able to walk away unharmed.
Andrea Dovizioso was debuting a new and updated frame on his GP13, but his crash in FP1 bent it, forcing him to revert back to his standard machine. The Italian was highly critical of the Sachsenring track, and like Valentino Rossi, he too deemed turn 11 also dangerous, because of the tires.
Dovizioso cited the fact that the right hander is after six left corners and the tires cool off quicky and he believes that the German circuit is not fit for MotoGP, because the bikes are sacrificed on power performance and the track doesn’t offer excitement for riders.
“We’d have liked to do some tests with the new frame, but unfortunately, it was bent in my crash—and there were many of those here today. That means we can’t use it, and instead we have to run the one we’ve used all season. It’s tough here, as this track is always strange. You have to be really smooth, and the bike needs to be able to change direction easily, which is difficult for us. We’re a bit closer to the front, and I think we can improve a bit, although not a lot because we can’t take wide lines like the others and pick the bike up on the exits. Still, if we respect our bike’s characteristics and take tight lines, maybe we can improve by a couple of tenths, and here, a couple of tenths makes a difference over thirty laps,” said Dovizioso
Early last month, Andrea Iannone and AGV announced that the Italian rider would be debuting a new helmet design on his AGV Pista GP helmet for this year’s Indianapolis GP (August 16-18), and fans of the Italian MotoGP rider could take part in a contest to design the graphics for the one-off helmet.
The contest is over, and the above design is the graphic work that Iannone, Fabio Muner (Marketing Gruppo Dainese S.p.A) and Emiliano Taccioli (an industrial designer/stylist) chose as best representing the Pramac rider, the Indianapolis Motorspeedway and the upcoming race.
What do guys think of the usual stars and stripes design?
Photo source | @andreaiannone29twitter.com
Drop Nicky Hayden and pick up Cal Crutchlow? Confirm or drop Andrea Iannone and sign up Scott Redding, who is clearly on Ducati’s wishlist for the future, silly season is definitely starting to heat up and getting into the thick of things, as the championship is heading towards the summer break.
Andrea Iannone, according to Italian website GPone.com has a two year contract with Pramac, but it is actually a one year contract with an option for the second, and the Laguna Seca GP is where Ducati in the past has occasionally announced a part of their line-up for the upcoming season, and here Iannone could get his contract extension, and so could Nicky Hayden.
This is the fifth season that Hayden has been with Ducati, and despite having only two podiums to his name riding the Italian machine, he’s the perfect rider, hard-working and uncomplaining, and a dream guy for promoting the Italian marque any place in the world.
Following their disappointing results at Assen, Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden spent two days at Misano testing the GP13 lab bike and more development updates.
Dovizioso tested a frame update that was slightly different than the one he tested during the Jerez and Mugello tests, which him better corner entry under braking - even if the understeer is still there when he opens the throttle - but it convinced him enough to try use it at the Sachsenring GP next week (but there is only one frame).
The Italian completed 105 laps over the two days said, “The Misano track is a bit inconsistent for our bike, but coming from Assen, we immediately felt a bit better at this circuit. We worked on the current bike, finding a setup for the Misano race, and then we went ahead with the development of the laboratory bike, trying some new stuff and finding some interesting things. We were able to do nearly two full days of good work, and today we tried a change with the frame. There were some positives, like an improvement with the feeling on corner entry. We must decide what to do; it’s a new part, so we have to understand whether or not we can have it in time for the Sachsenring.”
Ben Spies will not be returning to action for the upcoming Laguna Seca GP later this month, as he still sidelined by his shoulder issues, and taking his place for the second of three US rounds will be Moto2 NGM Forward rider Alex de Angelis.
Ducati test rider Michele Pirro has been replacing Spies in the last rounds, but the Italian will not be able to take part in the round due to a test session that has been scheduled at Misano from July 23-25, to try to sort out the issues on the GP13.
De Angelis is a former MotoGP rider before he returned to the middle class and raced for Gresini Honda in 2008 and 2009, taking a second place at Indianapolis, and he was then called in to replace injured Hiroshi Aoyama on the Interwetten Honda in 2010 for three races.
The Sanmarinese will test the GP13 in this week’s during Ducati’s private test at Misano and will be joining Ducati factory riders Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden on Thursday along with Pramac’s Andrea Iannone.
Spies is expected to return for the Indianapolis Grand Prix on August 18.
After a disappointing race at Assen, Ducati’s factory riders plus Pramac’s Andrea Iannone will be heading to Misano next week for more testing - and once again they’ll be testing and developing the laboratory bike, even if both Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden decided not to use the frame, as promises of a more competitive machine before summer so far haven’t come true.
Unfortunately for the two, the Assen weather decided to veer to sunny and dry to the dismay of Hayden and Dovizioso who were more competitive on a wet track. Lacking traction the two managed to finish in a 10th and 11th, but the fact that they were passed by MotoGP rookie Bradley Smith - who is still carrying his wrist and finger injuries - on the last lap can’t have made Ducati happy, nor the fact that they finished behind Aleix Espargaro riding an ART bike.
Ducati’s MotoGP Project Director, Paolo Ciabatti, announced today that Ducati is thinking of making a production racer for the 2014 season and take advantage of the non-MSMA rules (CRT) that will allow 24 litres for fuel, 12 engines instead of five and no development freeze and using the GP13 bike - and it would be interesting to know which private teams would choose a currently underperforming GP13 compared to a Honda production racer or a Yamaha engine or even an ART machine.
“Considering the expectations, the race didn’t go so badly. I followed Nicky for the entire race, and I rode really hard; it was so tough to do that pace here. The gap is still big, but compared to our gap in practice, we weren’t as far back on lap times. We pushed hard for the whole race, taking risks to try and catch Espargaro and Bautista. We were able to do it, but unfortunately we were really at the limit and weren’t able to battle with them. In the last chicane, I made a pass on Nicky that was on the limit, but I don’t think it was dirty. That chicane is famous for that, but unfortunately our battle on the brakes made us slow on the exit, and Smith passed us on acceleration. It’s a shame, but it just shows our difficult situation. Let’s say we limited the damage somewhat today,” said Dovizioso.