Stoner Takes Top Spot at First Official MotoGP Test Session of 2011

stoner_Sepang_TestThe 2011 MotoGP pre-season has officially begun. The MotoGP riders took to the Sepang track today for the first testing session of the 2011 season. Casey Stoner led the session with the Repsol Honda team, beating out 2010 champion Jorge Lorenzo by four tenths of a second.

Stoner, who rode a Ducati in 2010, was more than comfortable on his new RC212V Repsol Honda motorcycle. Stoner set his best lap of 2’01.574 today at the very end of the session, claiming the top spot from the 2010 Champion who is now using the number one plate. Behind Lorenzo came the other Repsol Honda rider, Dani Pedrosa.

It was a good day for the Repsol Honda team. The third rider on the squad, Andrea Dovizio, finished the day in 8th place, less than a second behind Stoner. Lorenzo and his Fiat Yamaha teammate Ben Spies were also happy with their results, having both riders in the top 5. Marco Simoncelli, who is embarking on his second season in the premier class, finished in fourth ahead of Spies.

Valentino Rossi took it easy around the track today, deciding to work on his riding position while he continues to nurse his injured shoulder. Rossi finished in 12th today, 1.7 seconds behind Stoner. His teammate Nicky Hayden finished right behind the former World Champion in 13th.

The MotoGP riders will have two more testing days at Sepang.

MotoGP Day 1 Testing Session at Sepang Results

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap Lead. Gap
1 Casey Stoner Repsol Honda Team 2:01.574
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing 2:01.977 +0.403
3 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 2:02.024 +0.450
4 Marco Simoncelli San Carlo Honda Gresini 2:02.295 +0.721
5 Ben Spies Yamaha Factory Racing 2:02.332 +0.758
6 Alvaro Bautista Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 2:02.422 +0.848
7 Hiroshi Aoyama San Carlo Honda Gresini 2:02.483 +0.909
8 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Team 2:02.507 +0.933
9 Colin Edwards Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:02.514 +0.940
10 Randy De Puniet Pramac Racing Team 2:03.152 +1.578
11 Kousuke Akiyoshi HRC Test Team 2:03.224 +1.650
12 Valentino Rossi Ducati Marlboro Team 2:03.365 +1.791
13 Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Team 2:03.508 +1.934
14 Loris Capirossi Pramac Racing Team 2:03.695 +2.121
15 Hector Barbera Aspar Team 2:03.767 +2.193
16 Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:04.009 +2.435
17 Toni Elias LCR Honda MotoGP 2:04.238 +2.664
18 Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing 2:04.470 +2.896

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Titans Reunited in 2011 with MotoGP Team Ducati

DUCATI-_DESMOSEDICI-GP11_Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi are reunited again; the Titans are back together, with team Ducati in MotoGP. This pairing of riders with the winning team is ready to storm the 2011 MotoGP race season. The riders have just completed attending Wrooom and the gathering went off great.

Rider Nicky Hayden commented at the Vroom news conference “This my third year with Ducati,” Nicky continued “The start was a little bit difficult, but it’s gotten better and better since I’ve been on this team and on this bike. We’ve grown a lot, the bike has improved, and my relationship with the team has improved. We made a big step from the first year to the second, and I’d like to do the same this year. We know we have a good bike.”

Rider Valentino Rossi stated “…it’s going to be quite a race to have decent fitness in time for the first test. My recovery is exactly on schedule, but it’s long: we’re working hard to at least recover mobility in my shoulder, which I’ll need to ride the bike well and to be able to fit behind the windscreen. I won’t be able to be in top form for the first test in Malaysia, because it will be impossible to regain full strength, but I hope to be able to have a good seating position. The doctors assured me that the shoulder will return to 100% in a few months.”

The Titans and team Ducati will be the team to watch in the upcoming 2011 MotoGP season.

Ducati MotoGP Team consists of:

  • Alessandro Cicognani – MotoGP Project Director
  • Vittoriano Guareschi – Team Manager
  • Massimo Bartolini – Team Technical Manager
  • Francesco Rapisarda – Communication Director
  • Federica De Zottis – MotoGP Press Manager
  • Chris Jonnum – MotoGP Press Officer
  • Amedeo Costa – Team Coordinator
  • Paola Braiato – Administration, Logistics & Hospitality Manager
  • Mauro Grassilli – Sponsor Account
  • Luigi Mitolo – MotoGP Reliability Manager
  • Davide Baraldini – Warehouse and Components

Valentino Rossi’s Team Ducati_Rossi

  • Valentino Rossi – Rider
  • Jeremy Burgess – Crew Chief
  • Matteo Flamigni – Track Engineer
  • Gabriele Conti – Electronics Engineer
  • Alex Briggs – Mechanic
  • Bernard Ansiau – Mechanic
  • Brenth Stephens – Mechanic
  • Gary Coleman – Mechanic
  • Mark Elder – Mechanic
  • Roberto Brivio – Crew Coordinator

Nicky Hayden’s TeamDucati_Hayden

  • Nicky Hayden – Rider
  • Juan Martínez – Crew Chief
  • Roberto Bonazzi – Track Engineer
  • José Manuel Cazeaux – Electronics Engineer
  • Davide Manfredi – Chief Mechanic
  • Massimo Mirano – Mechanic
  • Pedro Calvet Caralt – Mechanic
  • Lorenzo Canestrari – Mechanic
  • Luca Romano – Mechanic
  • Emanuele Mazzini – Crew Coordinator

DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP11 Technical Specifications

  • Engine – 799cc liquid-cooled, 90 degree V4 four-stroke, desmodromic DOHC, four valves per cylinder.
  • Maximum power – more than 200hp
  • Maximum speed – in excess of 310 kph/192 mph
  • Transmission – Six-speed cassette-type gearbox, with alternative gear ratios available. Dry multiplate slipper clutch. Chain final drive.
  • Carburation – Indirect Magneti Marelli electronic injection, four throttle bodies with injectors above butterfly valves. Throttles operated by EVO TCF (Throttle Control & Feedback) system.
  • Fuel – Shell Racing V-Power
  • Lubricant – Shell Advance Ultra 4
  • Ignition – Magneti Marelli
  • Exhaust – Termignoni
  • Final Drive – Regina Chain
  • Suspension – Öhlins upside-down 48mm front forks and Öhlins rear shock absorber, adjustable for preload, compression and rebound damping.
  • Tires – Bridgestone 16.5″ front and rear
  • Brakes – Brembo, two 320mm carbon front discs with four-piston callipers. Single stainless steel rear disc with two-piston callipers.
  • Dry weight – 150kg / 330lbs

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From Duke Video: The 2010 World Superbike Championship Review

World Superbike13 rounds. 26 races. 1 World Superbike Champion. Duke Video’s The Official 2010 FIM Superbike World Championship Review brings you back to all the action of the 2010 season. From Leon Haslam’s photo finish victory over Michel Fabrizio, to a series of double victories by Max Biaggi, the 2010 World Superbike series was packed with high-speed action.

“The 26 race season was packed with last-gasp victories, elbow-to-elbow racing, breathtaking passes, huge crashes and an edge-of-the-seat title battle,” said Duke Video.

Watch James Toseland, Cal Crutchlow, and Jonathan Rea go head to head around the WSBK circuit. Watch Leon Camier, Noriyuki Haga, and Carlos Checa battle for the podium. Watch Max Biaggi fight his way to become the first Italian rider to claim the World Superbike title.

The 2010 World Superbike season had a fantastic field of competition, and 7 different riders found themselves on top of the podium. This video gives you all the racing action, but also great commentary and interviews from the World Superbike paddock.

“The 2010 World Superbike Championship was a thrill-ride you’ll want to relive again and again.”

You can check out The Official 2010 FIM Superbike World Championship Review and other DVDs from Duke Video here.

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Valentino Rossi Tests at Misano [Video]

Ducati_MotoGPPrior to the first official testing session for the 2011 MotoGP season, Valentino Rossi and the Ducati team headed to Misano for a few laps. Since it was an unofficial test, Rossi rode the Ducati 1198 instead of the GP11 that he’ll be riding during the season.

Rossi hopped on the Ducati 1198 just 73 days after his shoulder surgery. After the test he said that his shoulder was “painful” and “not very strong.”

Rossi and the Ducati team will get a chance to test out the GP11 tomorrow, when they join the rest of the MotoGP riders at Sepang for the first official test of the 2011 season.

Here’s the video of Valentino Rossi riding the Ducati 1198 at Misano.


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Yamaha Embarks on 50th Year of GP Racing

yamaha_50th_anniversaryYamaha is about to begin its 50th year in GP racing, and with Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies racing around the track, it could be a celebratory year. Yamaha, which raced its first Grand Prix race in 1961 at the French GP, has a few special events planned for the 2011 season.

Yamaha will be displaying some of its classic machines during the 2011 season. At the Motegi and Assen events this year, Yamaha will be displaying the 1974 YZR-500, Yamaha’s first 500cc factory bike, as well as the1978 YZR-500, which earned Yamaha three championships with the help of Kenny Roberts.

A special Yamaha 50th anniversary livery design will also be sported by Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo throughout the 2011 season. Yamaha will also be launching a new website on February 1st, which will archive Yamaha’s racing history. Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo

“These 50 years of continued challenge at the top level of the sport would not have been possible without the support of the fans, our suppliers and sponsors and the race organizers,” said President, CEO and Representative Director of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. Mr Hiroyuki Yanagi. “I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere thanks to everyone for this.”

“Yamaha Motor Company began participating in races from the year of our company’s founding in 1955. Our history of competition in the World GP began in 1961, when we entered a team with riders Taneharu Noguchi and Fumio Ito in that year’s French GP. In these 50 years of competition, Yamaha has tasted sweet victories as well as bitter defeats, but through it all we have never lost the “spirit of challenge” that we started out with.

“We are both grateful and proud that one of the highlights of our history of World GP competition came last season, when Yamaha won the Triple Crown of rider, team and manufacturer titles in the pinnacle MotoGP class for the third consecutive year. This is another achievement that would not have been possible without the support of the fans and everyone involved. At the same time, I believe it stands as proof that our spirit of challenge is as alive today as it was five decades ago.”

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