On the eve of their first Grand Prix as the tyre supplier to the entire MotoGP grid, Bridgestone are all geared up for an exciting weekend in Qatar.
Taking over this season as tyre supplier to all 18 riders and 11 teams on the MotoGP grid, following winter regulation changes, Bridgestone’s preparatory work will be put to the test this weekend as the championship commences in the Qatari desert.
Rossi and Gibernau feature in MotoGP quintet as they set the scene for season curtain-raiser.
The time for talk ahead of the start of the MotoGP season was almost over on Thursday in Losail, but the last platform for the riders was raised for the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar press conference. The media gathering saw five riders expressing their views, reviewing their preseason and -in the case of two famous faces- putting their differences to bed before the second MotoGP night race.
AMA Racing No. 1 plates will be awarded to premier-class champions; AMA Racing Vintage Grand National Champion to be crowned.
The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce that AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, set for July 24-26 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, will feature the inaugural AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships, which will honor the top riders in a variety of disciplines with championship titles and AMA Racing No. 1 plates.
A consistent weekend sees the veteran rider retain his position in the championship.
Team Foremost Pegram Racing is leaving Road Atlanta after a difficult but productive weekend, finishing the third round of the series seventh overall in the championship.
Soul of a Superbike, Attitude of a Fighter.
Living up to its name, there was little doubt that the Ducati Streetfighter would score a round one knock-out when it entered the ring for the first time at the 2008 EICMA Show in Milan. Making an immediate impact on the international press and the public, it was nominated "most beautiful bike in show" and raised the bar for extreme nakeds by creating a new point of reference in the market.
The fastest rider at all three MotoGP tests this year, Ducati Marlboro’s Casey Stoner looks to be in a strong position to challenge Valentino Rossi for the premier class crown.
Casey Stoner’s goal this year is clear. He aims to reclaim the MotoGP title from Valentino Rossi having seen the Italian run away with the championship in 2008, as the Australian endured an inconsistent campaign and his 2007 title slipped from his grasp.
At a venue where he has not been 100% comfortable on the Ducati Desmosedici in the past Casey Stoner felt he had made a breakthrough at Jerez on Saturday.
Returning to riding at Jerez for the first time since his difficult 2008 Spanish Grand Prix race, Casey Stoner again pointed out his troubles at Andalusian venue on Saturday, noting his third place finish on the timesheets as a marked improvement on previous results.
Despite changeable weather on the first day of testing in Jerez, Nicky Hayden completed some important set-up work on his Desmosedici GP9 machine.
The 2007 MotoGP World Champion continued to make progress in his adaptation to the bike and Bridgestone tyres but will be looking to make the most of his final day of preseason testing, which takes place here tomorrow.
Italian on target to try for BMW M Award win and new season.
Last out on track, Valentino Rossi made the most of the five remaining hours of Saturday testing in Jerez to record the second fastest time of the day. The Fiat Yamaha rider appeared on track shortly after 1pm, electing against riding in the wet conditions left behind by some early rainfall. He ended the day with a 1’39.861 fastest time from 65 laps, and a confident outlook on the final day of preseason.
Stoner and Hayden Make Madrid Pit Stop.
En route to Jerez for the Official MotoGP Test, Ducati’s Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden called in at a Shell filling station in the Spanish capital for a special photo call.
Traveling to southern Spain’s beautiful Andalusia region for the Official MotoGP Test this weekend, team-mates Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden – the 2007 and 2006 World Champions respectively – stopped in at a Shell filling station as part of an event to mark the tenth anniversary of Shell’s technical partnership with Ducati.