2012 MotoGP Tests
The Ducati MotoGP team continued its testing of the GP12 at Mugello this week, immediately following Sunday’s Silverstone GP. The first team rider to lap the Italian circuit was Nicky Hayden, who completed 83 laps aboard the machine that will be used in 2012 MotoGP, when the the series will allow an engine capacity
2011 MotoGP Prep
A three-day Ducati MotoGP development test began Monday in Spain, at Jerez de la Frontera. Two teams, under the guidance of Ducati Technical Director Filippo Preziosi, supported official test rider Franco Battaini and Vittoriano Guareschi, who temporarily replaced his Team Manager duties with those of a rider.
Rockstar Makita Suzuki had another great night thanks to a phenomenal race effort put forth by rookie Ryan Dungey. Dungey won the AMA Supercross main event last night with more than a three-second lead, extending his series points lead. This win is the second for the 20-year-old Minnesota native, making it an amazing two in a row.
After a shortened practice schedule due to fears that the track wouldn’t hold up after a week’s worth of rain in Southern California, Dungey was the fastest in the practice sessions.
On the third and final day of Superbike testing at the Portuguese track, the Ducati Xerox riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio were finally able to get properly to work having been impeded over the last two days by both the heavy rain and, for Michel, influenza.
The asphalt had completely dried out by mid-morning and lap times started to tumble with Noriyuki and Michel able to clock up a decent number of fast laps during the first of the day’s two sessions.
Day two of the first World Superbike test of 2010 saw wet sessions for Yamaha riders Cal Crutchlow and James Toseland, with dry track only appearing towards the end of the day. Both riders took it easy and enjoyed the opportunity to familiarize themselves with how their bikes worked in the wet for the first time.
The second day saw more extensive testing of the electronic settings and also an opportunity to test the wet and intermediate Pirellis tyres for the season ahead.
Team Geico Honda
Click video to learn more about the 2010 Geico Powersports Honda motocross team. They approach the 2010 Supercross season with confidence in the team’s depth of talent, which includes emerging young stars as well as seasoned pros. Started by Factory Connection Racing partners Rick Zielfelder and Jeffrey Majkrzak, the team has grown to become one of the premier racing organizations in AMA Supercross and Motocross.
Yamaha Motor Racing has announced the appointment of Wilco Zeelenberg as Team Manager for Jorge Lorenzo in the Fiat Yamaha Team. Dutchman Zeelenberg joins the team from Yamaha’s World Supersport Team, where he won the World Championship in 2009 with Cal Crutchlow.
Zeelenberg previously had a successful career as a rider, contesting 100 Grands Prix from 1986 to 1995, racing with three different manufacturers including Yamaha. From 1995 to 2000 he then raced in the World Super Sport championship.
The Tech3 Team is delighted to announce that Raffaele de Rosa and Yuki Takahashi will spearhead the French squad’s exciting new Moto2 world championship project in 2010.
Italian rider de Rosa joins Tech3 having emerged as one of the brightest young talents in Grand Prix racing in 2009. He finished sixth in this year’s 250cc world championship and a series of eye-catching performances earned him the coveted Rooki e of the Year title.
Davide Tardozzi, SBK project manager, leaves the historic Bologna-based company to seek new professional challenges.
Ducati, at the end of the 2009 Superbike season, and thanks to this year’s World Manufacturers Championship win, has amassed 16 such titles in this category. An important and significant accomplishment, in which Tardozzi’s role has been fundamental. In Ducati since 1999, first as Team Manager and more recently, since 2007, as the SBK project manager, Tardozzi leaves the company having grown professionally and having contributing greatly to the success of the Italian firm.