Lorenzo Leads the Way at Estoril

motogp_lorenzo_estoril For the past two years, Jorge Lorenzo has won the race at Estoril from the pole position. The Fiat Yamaha rider seems more than capable of repeating that feat this weekend, as he set the best lap time around the track during the second free practice session.

The first free practice session in Portugal was halted by heavy rain and lightning. Hiroshi Aoyama was the quickest around the track, but less than a handful of riders even ventured out to the track during the storm.

The conditions weren’t optimal during the second free practice session, but on a drying track the MotoGP class finally got to test the circuit. Lorenzo put in the fastest time of 1’48.522, but the rest of the MotoGP class was not far behind.

Nicky Hayden brought his Ducati into second place, finishing behind Lorenzo by .135 seconds. Valentino Rossi finished in third, and was the final rider to finish under 1’49.

In fourth was Casey Stoner. Stoner has won three of the past four races, and will be looking to build on that momentum this weekend at Estoril. Ben Spies took fifth place, and Marco Melandri finished sixth.

Dani Pedrosa, who hasn’t raced in the past three rounds due to a shoulder injury, finished in 13th. Carlos Checa, who raced this season in the World Superbike division but is finishing off the final two rounds with the MotoGP, finished 17th.

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

Toseland to BMW Italia for 2011

wsb_toseland James Toseland will be joining the BMW Motorrad Italia team for the 2011 World Superbike season.

Toseland, who finished this year’s WSBK season in ninth with Yamaha, has two World Superbike championships to his name. Toseland will be joining Ayrton Badovini, who raced with BMW Italia during the Superstock 1000 Cup.

“BMW has it in its DNA to constantly seek maximum performance and innovative solutions, comparisons and teamwork, respect and trust, as well as a clear strategic orientation towards the objective,” says Christian Kremer, CEO of BMW Group Italia. “We will be entering the FIM Superbike World Championship with the same professionalism and enthusiasm demonstrated to date; and we are sure that this effort will lead to new and important results.”

The BMW Italia team will receive technical sport from the BMW Factory team, which will be running Troy Corser and Leon Haslam.

“The injuries I had were frustrating because they took longer the heal than I expected,” said Toseland. “I want to take the positives from this year into the new team and progress from there. I’ve got a least two guys working with me from the Xerox Ducati squad, guys who I worked with when I won the championship in 2004 so I know my team is good. As a team they’ve got a lot of experience of working with different bikes which I think will be a major strength for us next year.”

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

2010 dediKato Auction to Resume 29 October

dediKato 74 logo The dediKato Auction, named in honor of Daijiro Kato who was killed at Suzuka during MotoGP practice on 6 April 2003, was postponed due to another horrific incident at the Grand Prix of San Marino where Shoya Tomizawa lost his life in the Moto2 race on 5 September 2010. The link is unmistakable, but it is good that something good and positive comes from the tragedy of such enormous loss. The event will run from 29 October through to 8 November 2010 and will be held on online auction site eBay. dediKato 2010 Poster

All proceeds from this event will all be sent to the Italian Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation, which was founded by Matteo Marzotto to search for innovative cures and educate the public about the disease – certainly a worthy cause.

On offer are many items which are sourced from several present and former motorcycle racing greats. One Shoei helmet on offer is said to have the signatures of every rider who is sponsored by the legendary Japanese company. Valentino Rossi has handed over a pair of his boots, as did Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa. Moto2 World Champion Toni Elias donated not just his boots, but his gloves too. Marco Simoncelli donated his gloves and Marco Melandri his race leathers. Several other special items will be posted. One in particular is quite interesting – Simoncelli took his socks off during the introductory event to the auction, called ‘dediKato 2010’, (held on the eve before the original auction date in September at Misano), signed them and then donated them right on the spot. I hope they were fresh…

Serious thought was given to another decision made after the postponement announcement was made. Misano Eventi, the Misano Adriatico Town Council, Team San Carlo Gresini and the Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation all agreed that one very special item would not be auctioned. A helmet painted dediKato 2010 thanks to Gresini_Racing by artist ONE (Andrea Criscione), which featured an image of Kato and signed by every motorcycle racer at the aforementioned dediKato event. The helmet was presented to the family of Shoya Tomizawa at the Misano circuit by the Mayor of Misano, Stefano Giannini, and the President of Misano Eventi, Luigi Bellettini.

The Misano Town Council, Misano Eventi, the Republic of San Marino, the Province of Rimini (in Italy where Misano is actually located) and Santa Monica SPA have all promised to work on an event to honor the fallen Tomizawa-san every year during the San Marino Grand Prix. He will not be forgotten.

For more information on the dediKato Auction, please take the following link: www.dedikato.com.

Written by J.C. Current, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

Kawasaki Factory Team to Have Three Riders in 2011 WSBK

kawasaki_ninja_zx10r The Kawasaki factory team will be running three riders during the 2011 World Superbike season. Tom Sykes, Chris Vermeulen, and Joan Lascorz will all be riding for the Paul Bird Motorsports squad next year.

The Kawasaki team will be riding the new Ninja ZX-10R for the 2011 World Superbike season.

“It’s great to be staying with Kawasaki as a manufacturer and ride for the Paul Bird team again for 2011,” said Sykes. “We have done some good work together this year and exceeded some of our expectations, so it is nice to stay with PBM Kawasaki team in what will be an important year for us all.”

“The new bike is already showing massive potential in testing and we have a lot of sessions planned through the winter. Roll on 2011!”

Vermeulen, who had to sit out part of the 2010 season due to an injury, is currently rehabbing his right knee and is excited to return with the Kawasaki team.

“I am working hard to get ready for next year,” said Vermeulen. “Kawasaki has been great; they have stood behind me and given me great support. With three riders Kawasaki is keen to move forward and Tom did a great job on the 2010 bike at the end of the year.

“It is all good to see, and I have already had a close look at the new bike. It looks cool and it certainly seems to be working well already. It’s exciting and I can’t wait to get on the new bike.”

Joan Lascorz, who was having a very successful 2010 World Supersport season until he was sidelined with an injury, will be moving up in class next year to join Vermeulen and Sykes on the World Superbike team.

“It’s my dream to continue my relationship with Kawasaki and now I have the chance to ride in World Superbike, on an exciting new machine,” said Lascorz. “I am recovering well from the injuries I picked up in Silverstone and I am looking forward to getting on the Superbike as soon as I can. I want to say thank you to Kawasaki for the help and support and I hope to repay them with good results in my rookie year in WSBK racing.”

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

Capirossi Signs with Pramac for 2011

loris_capirossi The Pramac Racing team and Loris Capirossi have signed a deal that will put Capirossi back on a Ducati for the first time since 2007. It will be Pramac Racing’s 10th year in the MotoGP, and they have decided to enlist the help of an Italian rider for the 2011 season.

Capirossi has 313 Grand Prix starts, 29 wins, 99 podiums, and three titles. Capirossi has won two titles in the 125cc class, and one in the 250cc class.

“We are very pleased to have signed an agreement with one of the most experienced and titled riders currently riding in the MotoGP World Championship,” said Pramac Racing Team Principal, Paolo Campinoti. “The deal between us was very simple because Pramac Racing Team and Loris always try to fight for important results. We do not need to talk about Loris, we all know him, we know his value and we are sure that thanks to his quality we’ll have fun next year on all the tracks, taking some satisfaction too.”

“With Loris we will celebrate our tenth anniversary in the World Championship and this is a real honor for us. We know that Loris has achieved 99 podiums in his career and we hope to achieve triple figures together. I would like to thank our partners who have welcomed our choice and we hope that Loris’s fans and those of Pramac Racing will follow us with passion during next season.”

Capirossi, who raced this year with the Rizla Suzuki team, said that he was very excited to get back onto a Ducati.

“This return on a Ducati bike makes me feel like a child! I do not feel 37 years old,” Capirossi said. “I have a great desire to start this new adventure, I’m enormously pleased about this new agreement with the Pramac Racing Team which will allow me to ride and be part of an Italian team. I would like to thank the Team Principal of the Pramac Racing Team, Paolo Campinoti, for giving me this great opportunity and for the confidence placed in me. I’ll ride the Ducati again, with which I had very good results in the past and that I was able to develop in the 2007 season. This is a special feeling for me.”

“I thank Suzuki for the years we have spent together and also the excellent relationship with them. They have given me permission to ride with my new team starting at the Valencia Test next month.”

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com