Dorna and the FIM have confirmed the provisional list of riders and teams entered into the MotoGP World Championship for the 2010 season. No real surprises here but a few interesting and impactful changes can be spotted when compared to the 2009 MotoGP entry list.
Ben Spies, the 2009 SBK World Champion, joins the MotoGP ranks and will surely be a challenger. James Toseland has left the MotoGP series and will now be competing in the SBK series. Tony Elias has also stepped down but instead to the new Moto2 class.
Valentino Rossi has had two victories at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, in 2003 on a Honda and in 2004 riding a Yamaha. Valencia is one of only four circuits on this year’s calendar where Rossi has not had a win riding the 800cc bike; the others are Losail, Donington and Phillip Island. His third place finish last year is his only podium at Valencia in the last three years.
Valentino Rossi has finished on the podium eleven times in his twelve visits to Phillip Island across all three GP classes. The only race at Phillip Island that he did not finish in the top three was on his first visit riding a 125cc machine in 1997 when he finished sixth. In 1998 and 1999 he won the 250cc races and since then has had nine podiums in the premier-class including five victories, the last of which was in 2005.
The Yamaha World Superbike Team are proud to announce an all-British rider team for the 2010 season, with double World Superbike Champion James Toseland making a welcome return to the paddock. The popular 28-year-old recognised world wide as the UK’s number 1 rider has taken the opportunity to stay in the Yamaha family replacing Spies and moving across from the Yamaha Tech 3 MotoGP satellite team. Toseland enjoyed a strong rookie season in MotoGP in 2008 and has been a regular protagonist in the mid pack battles over the two years.
The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team is delighted to announce it will field Colin Edwards and Ben Spies in an all-American line-up for the 2010 MotoGP world championship.
Edwards has agreed a new one-year contract after the Texan produced the best form of his MotoGP career during 2009, including a stunning second place in the British MotoGP at Donington Park.
The 35-year-old has featured in the top seven in ten out of 13 races so far and he’s still firmly in contention for a top five world championship placing.
RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GP MotoGP POST-RACE QUOTES – Sunday, Aug. 30
Spaniard Dani Pedrosa led the first day of MotoGP practice at the 2009 Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Friday, Aug. 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, turning a top lap of 1 minute, 51.507 seconds in wet conditions on the No. 3 Repsol Honda Team entry.
Nicky Hayden, of nearby Owensboro, Ky., was second-quickest at 1:51.662 on the No. 69 Ducati Team bike, and defending Red Bull Indianapolis GP winner Valentino Rossi was third at 1:51.814 on the No. 46 Fiat Yamaha Team MotoGP entry on the Speedway’s 16-turn, 2.621-mile road course.
Crash, the rock band fronted by MotoGP star James Toseland, will perform live Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP.
The performance will start at 4:30 p.m. on the 6th Street Stage in the IMS infield. Toseland, from Great Britain, plays keyboards and is a vocalist for the four-man band.
Valentino Rossi’s victory last year at Laguna Seca was his fi rst ever win at the American circuit. His only other podium at the USA Grand Prix was 3rd in the fi rst visit to Laguna Seca in 2005. He retired from the race with technical problems in 2006, and in 2007 was the first Michelin rider home in 4th place in a race dominated by riders using Bridgestone tyres.
Jorge Lorenzo qualified 4th last year on his debut at Laguna Seca but crashed out on the first lap of the race and suffered fractures in his right foot.
Yamaha Motor Corporation and it financial services partner GE Commercial Finance, are proud to once again bring MotoGP fans exciting rock and roll entertainment for Saturday evening, July 4th following the scheduled afternoon MotoGP qualifying session at this year’s Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
This year’s entertainment will see Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Factory rider James Toseland and his band Crash return to the stage located conveniently for all race attendees in the Yamaha Marketplace.