A 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.
- No one has been consistently successful on the Ducati except for Casey Stoner
- Marco Melandri, Nicky Hayden, and Valentino Rossi have all struggled with the unfriendly Ducati
- The Ducati handles great in wet conditions but not in the dry
- 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 read more
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. read more
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. read more
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. read more
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. read more