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MotoGP: Will the Ducati get its Mojo back during the 2013 season?

DucatiA lot of speculation has been firing around the interweb since the unveiling of the Ducati Desmosedici GP13 this week at Wroom 2013 event in Italy.  Since Audi recently acquired Ducati last year the the rumour mill has been glowing red with possible outcomes for the 2013 season.  So let’s lay out the facts we do know.

  1. No one has been consistently successful on the Ducati except for Casey Stoner
  2. Marco Melandri, Nicky Hayden, and Valentino Rossi have all struggled with the unfriendly Ducati
  3. The Ducati handles great in wet conditions but not in the dry
  4. Not even the great Valentino Rossi could ride the Ducati like Casey Stoner.

So now that Audi has bought one of the most recogonizeable motorcycle brands in the world we expect big changes right?  Uh no. The new General Manager of Ducati Corse, Bernhard Gobmeier said

“The challenge that lies ahead is a big one and everybody is curious as to what we are going to do to close the gap to our rivals. We must work in a lot of different areas where we can make the difference. We have already made some positive changes to the team structure, and we have some ideas for the development of the bike. I prefer to speak about evolution rather than revolution and with this in mind first we want to evaluate the material developed in the second half of last year. I think that with this approach we can improve the performance of the bike in the short term but we are also working on new solutions which down the road in 2013 will be implemented into the race bike."

So in other words nothing has changed in the bike presented in Italy this week.  The plan is to start changing parts come test time.  With the addition of Andrea Dovisozo, Andrea Iannone, and Ben Spies will help the development of the Ducati but it takes time to gather data and build new parts.

DucatiUnless Audi has something up their sleeve regarding skunk work development don’t expect miracles the first half of the season.  Judging by the pictures released the Ducati is quite bear with sponsors.  So why doesn’t Audi have a big logo on the side of the bike unless they want to be successful first before applying the logo?

Food for thought.  What do you think?

Moto2: Yuki Takahashi Takes Win After Andrea Iannone Penalized for Passing on Yellow

Yuki Takahashi took his first GP victory since 2006 on Sunday at the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya as he won an action-packed and highly eventful Moto2 race. The Japanese rider of the Tech 3 Racing team won from second place on the grid, profiting from a mistake by Andrea Iannone who was penalised for overtaking when the yellow flags were out.

A chaotic start involved a huge crash at Turn 1 and Alex Debón (Aeroport de Castelló-Ajo), Mike di Meglio (Mapfre Aspar), Roberto Rolfo (Italtrans), Robertino Pietri (Italtrans), Shoya Tomizawa (Technomag CIP), Héctor Faubel (Marc VDS Racing Team), Dominique Aegerter (Technomag-CIP), Sergio Gadea (Tenerife 40 Pons) and Alex Baldolini (Caretta Technology Race Dept) were those who went down.

Clear of the pile up were Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Moriwaki Racing), Toni Elías (Gresini Racing Moto2), Takahashi, Iannone (Fimmco Speed Up) and Julián Simón (Mapfre Aspar) and they formed part of a group that battled for the top positions.

With the yellow flag still out from the opening lap and no overtaking therefore allowed, Iannone’s move on Takahashi to assume the lead resulted in the Italian being demoted back to second, a message his team tried desperately to convey to him but without success.

Shortly after Niccolò Canepa (RSM Team Scot) crashed out at Turn 9 and his bike caught fire in dramatic scenes, and Ratthapark Wilairot (Thai Honda PTT Singha-SAG) was another faller as the pace remained at the limit.

With eight laps remaining and Iannone not having taken his demotion the Italian was issued with a Ride Through penalty, he eventually finished 13th, and his surrendering of the lead placed Takahashi at the head of the race.

Following behind the Japanese rider were Lüthi and Simón, but at a distance of almost five seconds as the end of the race approached. Victory was therefore safe for Takahashi and he crossed the line 5.037s clear of the pair, who fought to the last corner with Lüthi edging it by just 0.163s for his third successive podium and in spite of a recently operated on collarbone. Simón’s third place was his third podium of the campaign.

Completing the top six were Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing), Toni Elías (Gresini Racing Moto2) and Simone Corsi (JiR Moto2), and there was a spectacular crash for Carmelo Morales (Tenerife 40 Pons) as he tried to slipstream Kenny Noyes (Jack&Jones by Antonio Banderas) for seventh on the start/finish straight. The substitute rider was taken to the medical centre for a check-up immediately after.

The race result means Elías remains at the top of the standings on 111 points, with Lüthi second on 94 and Simón third on 77. Tomizawa is fourth, just a point behind Simón, after his DNF.

Moto2: Andrea Iannone Dominates in Assen as he Gaps the Field Again

38 Riders make up the starting grid in perfect weather conditions in Assen.  Assen is a track famous for racing for 80 years and this track has tons of racing history and will be the maiden outing for the Moto2 class.  The stands are packed and everyone is ready to go racing for the first time in Assen.

Thomas Luthi moved up to the front row since Alex Debon brke his collarbone and will not be racing today.  Debon heads back home to have surgery in hopes to be ready for Barcelona.  The chatter in the grid is to make sure Andrea Iannone doesn’t get away from the pack like in Mugello.

The lights go out and we watch the 38 rider field as it is piles into turn one.  The Thai rider Wilairot comes out of turn one first but Andrea Iannone takes it right back.  Toni Elias is on a mission to keep up with Iannone.  Andrea Iannone is already getting away from the pack as the field finishes lap one.

The battle for second place is working against the riders as they are slowing each other down as Iannone continues to gap the field.  Tomizawa is sizing Wilairot up as he is obviously faster and wants to try and close the gap to the front.  The very fast Assen circuit makes it extremely difficult to pass.

Some exciting racing as from 2nd back to 10th is all within reach and battling for some entertaining racing.  Andrea Iannone continues to be the fastest rider on the track as Toni Elias is running faster times now than he did during his qualifying run.  Let’s see if Elias can reel in Iannone of a gap of 3.5 seconds.

Tonie Elias and Wilairot are battling fiercly for second position as they trade positions back and forth.  Both riders are pushing extremely hard.  With 10 laps to go Elias crosses the line first.  Meanwhile Tom Luthi is taking full advantage of the battle for second as he continues to close the gap.

Iannone is making no mistakes and riding a solid race as he is dominating the race thus far.

Five laps to go and Thomas Luthi has just set his best lap of the race as he catches the back of Wilairot and Elias.  Luthi chose medium compound tires while Elias and and Wilairot chose soft.  Are the tires becoming an issue and Luthi chose the better setup?  With 4 laps to go the 3 riders are now stacked on top of each other.  Luthi is looking for a chance to slip by the two riders as he is sizing them up.

Andrea Iannone dominates the entire race and takes the checkered flag from Pole to Flag.  This is his second victory in the Moto2 class.  Toni Elias takes a solid second place as Thomas Luthi and Ratthapark Wilairot battle the last lap and a half changing position several times with Luthi finally taking the final podium spot.

2010 Assen Moto2 Results

1. Andrea Iannone
2. Toni Elias
3. Thomas Luthi
4. Ratthapark Wilairot
5. Shoya Tomizawa
6. Julian Simon
7. Jules Cluzel
8. Mike Di Meglo
9. Karel Abraham
10. Yuki Takahasi
11. Scott Redding
12. Simone Corsi
13 Gabor Talmacsi
14. Mattia Pasini
15. Yonny Henandez
16. Alex Baldolni
17. Claudio Corti
18. Stefan Bradl
20. Alex De Angelis

Moto2: Andrea Iannone Nails Second Pole of the Season at Assen

Andrea Iannone, who dominated the Italian Moto2 Grand Prix from pole, will be looking to do likewise in Saturday’s Dutch TT after becoming the first rider to ever claim two pole positions in the 600cc class.

The Fimmco Speedup rider finished a crash-strewn session 0.215sec ahead of Ratthapark Wilairot – the Thai rider claiming a shock second place on his very last lap of the session with his Bimota chassis.

Alex Debon qualified third on the grid, but will not start the race after fracturing his collarbone.

The Ajo FTR rider ran wide at highspeed while passing slower riders, then clipped the back of Wilairot before being dumped onto the ground. The Spaniard nonetheless remained fastest until Iannone took over with 18 minutes to go.

Second in the championship Shoya Tomizawa qualified fourth for Technomag Suter, with Interwetten Moriwaki’s Thomas Luthi fifth and title leader Toni Elias sixth for Gresini Moriwaki.

Silverstone winner Jules Cluzel will start tenth for Forward Racing.

The session was briefly red-flagged with 23 minutes to go in order to recover Gabor Talmacsi’s bike, the Hungarian – team-mate to Iannone – having lowsided at the new Ruskenhoek turn.

Axel Pons required medical treatment after falling at the hairpin in the closing stages.

Qualifying – Assen:

1. Iannone (Speed Up) 1m 39.092s
2. Wilairot (Bimota) +0.215s
3. Debon (FTR) +0.492s
4. Tomizawa (Suter) +0.572s
5. Luthi (Moriwaki) +0.579s
6. Elias (Moriwaki) +0.619s
7. Simon (Suter) +0.663s
8. Nieto (Moriwaki) +0.685s
9. Corti (Suter) +0.706s
10. Cluzel (Suter) +0.737s

Source | Crash.net

Moto2: Andrea Iannone Fastest During Practice at Assen

The opening day of action at the TIM TT Assen concluded on Thursday afternoon with the Moto2 first practice, and Italian rider Andrea Iannone was the man who led the intermediate hour-long session with a best time of 1’39.573.

The battle for supremacy raged for most of the practice, with the lead time swapping hands on numerous occasions right up until the final minutes. Iannone’s time on his 24th of 26 laps eventually put him 0.222s ahead of Championship leader Toni Elías (Gresini Racing Moto2), a healthy gap in Moto2 terms.

Elías, the only other rider under the 1’40” mark, was followed by Ratthapark Wilairot (Thai Honda PTT Singha-SAG) who pushed his way into the top three late on and was a further 0.377s down on the Spaniard. Shoya Tomizawa (Technomag-CIP), who currently sits second in the overall standings, was fourth.

Forward Racing rider Jules Cluzel, flying high after his first World Championship win last time out at Silverstone, was fifth but ended the hour with a crash that he walked away from with little more than his hopes of improving his time damaged, and his team-mate Claudio Corti was just over a tenth off the Frenchman’s time in sixth.

The top ten in the session was completed by Alex Debón (Aeroport de Castelló-Ajo), Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing) – riding with an injured scaphoid – Gabor Talmacsi (Fimmco Speed Up) and Sergio Gadea (Tenerife 40 Pons). British rider Scott Redding (Marc VDS) was 24th, with Alex de Angelis (RSM Team Scot) one place further down on his return to racing after sitting Silverstone out through injury

2010 Assen Moto2 Practice Results

1. Iannone (Speed Up) 1m 39.573s
2. Elias (Moriwaki) +0.222s
3. Wilairot (Bimota) +0.599s
4. Tomizawa (Suter) +0.645s
5. Cluzel (Suter) +0.734s
6. Corti (Suter) +0.848s
7. Debon (FTR) +0.965s
8. Abraham (FTR) +1.000s
9. Talmacsi (Speed Up) +1.001s
10. Gadea (Pons Kalex) +1.005s