Fans of popular MotoGP racer Valentino Rossi might not get to see him in action at the last two rounds of the 2010 MotoGP season. Apparently, Rossi has to undergo surgery in order to treat a shoulder injury he received in an accident last April 15th while doing motocross training in Pesaro Italy. The injury came just four days after he won the the first race of the season in Qatar. Rossi still managed to race for the second round in Jerez, Spain, placing third overall. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo won first place in that round.
Unfortunately for Rossi, this accident wasn’t the only one that would end up affecting him during this racing season. Rossi ended up being involved in another accident just two months after the first one when he was practicing in Mugello for the Italian Grand Prix. He suffered a broken leg and subsequently missed that race and the next three races that followed. It was the first time in his career that he was not able to start for an event.
The Ducati MotoGP Team concluded their visit to Jerez de la Frontera on Monday with a day of tests that both Casey Stoner and Marco Melandri rated as highly positive, despite the Italian having ended the session early due to a crash.
Melandri was not seriously injured in the crash, escaping with damage to a nail on his left hand, and was just disappointed that he didn’t get to complete an otherwise satisfactory day of set-up work that had only just begun to bear fruit.
Casey Stoner was (...)
The 250cc Spanish GP was absolutely breathtaking. The wide audience on the hills of Jerez de la Frontera was incredulous up until the end, when the race turned out in the most unthinkable way. Aprilia performed brilliantly, but has to be contented with the second step of the podium.
The race began quite monotonously with Bautista starting well from the pole followed by a tiny group of riders. Right from the second lap he managed to outdistance the others together with Simoncelli who, by (...)
It certainly wasn’t an easy Grand Prix of Spain for the two Ducati MotoGP Team riders at the tricky Jerez circuit but a show of character and determination. For Casey Stoner, who was never completely comfortable with the set-up of his GP8 all weekend, his desire to give 100% combined with a touch of bad luck saw him run into the gravel twice.
After a superb start lifted him to third place on the opening lap, the World Champion’s first off-track excursion came on the third lap and saw him (...)
After its opening in Qatar, the championship comes back to Europe with the Spanish GP of Jerez de la Frontera. The 125cc class opens the event with the first qualifying practice. Thanks to the great weather conditions, the bikes performed in a brilliant and balanced way, with the first sixteen riders in the span of just a second.
Nico Terol, on his RS of the Jack & Jones WRB team, got the provisional pole with the time of 1’48”078. The young Spaniard proved to be extremely fast since his (...)
Casey Stoner and Marco Melandri lapped sixth and fifteenth fastest respectively on the first day of free practice at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain. Stoner suffered a small crash in the afternoon but he escaped injury and was able to return to action shortly afterwards.
However, the incident was a setback to the World Champion’s set-up work at a circuit that has proved to be one of the most challenging on the calendar for the Ducati MotoGP Team and his fastest time of the day was set in the (...)
The meteorological conditions at Jerez de la Frontera were ideal for the last day of Irta testing. The sun, warm temperatures, and virtual lack of wind allowed the riders and teams of the 250 to try out various solutions and carry out long runs in the morning, while concentrating on pure performance in the afternoon session (reserved exclusively to them). The only hiccup on the day was Faubel’s nasty fall just five minutes from the end, coincidentally at the same point where Locatelli had (...)
KTM 250 riders wrapped up the official preseason testing session in Jerez on Thursday on the high note with Repsol-KTM rider Julian Simon in fifth, and the official factory riders Mika Kallio and Hiroshi Aoyama in a very close sixth and seventh position.
All three riders were consistently among the top performers in the three days of testing on the Spanish circuit and all agreed they could have gone even faster. Regrettably the final decisive run for good lap times was cut short when the (...)
IRTA testing began at Jerez de la Frontera yesterday, the first official engagement before world competition begins on March 9th at the Qatar night race. The day of testing was divided into various phases; a five-hour shift in the morning for both the 125 and 250 and one-hour shifts (starting at 3pm) dedicated exclusively to the 4 and 8-liter, respectively.
The 250cc tests were significantly affected by the bad weather. It was tough to dry the wet track, soaked by a heavy overnight (...)
During the official presentation of the Ducati 1098 R, which took place this week at the Spanish track in Jerez de la Frontera, the Ducati Xerox Team have unveiled the new livery of the Ducati 1098 F08 that will participate in the World Superbike Championship.
The new 1098 F08 is directly derived from the 1098 R and has been developed as a result of the new World Superbike regulations that allow for both 1200cc two-cylinder machines and 1000cc four-cylinders to line up on the grid together (...)
Red Bull KTM factory riders Mika Kallio and Hiroshi Aoyama launched their bid for the 2008 250 cc world title with solid results in the first pre-season tests at Jerez. The rivals and teammates came in fastest and second fastest on day three.
Both riders were positive about the outcome of the first session and Mika Kallio, who put in the fastest lap of 143.303 noted: “It’s good to be in front of the Aprilias. We didn’t push too hard on the first and second day. We concentrated on going faster (...)
Casey Stoner did not take part in the final day of testing at Jerez as a result of the crash yesterday afternoon in which he injured the ligaments in his left shoulder. The pain intensified during the night and Stoner, in agreement with the team, decided to return immediately to Australia for further medical checks and to begin treatment.
The early return home means that Casey will not be able to attend the celebrations for Ducati’s World MotoGP title victory this weekend in Bologna, which (...)
The Jerez de la Frontera circuit, the venue for a fantastic opening round win for Loris Capirossi in the MotoGP championship eight months ago, was also the scene for the final testing session of the year which concluded today.
Good weather conditions allowed the Ducati Marlboro Team and the Test Team to complete the scheduled work load. At the end of the morning, when the track surface had reached a reasonable temperature, the Italian team’s riders went out on the track for the final day of (...)
Loris Capirossi and Casey Stoner were only able to manage a few laps today with the 800cc Ducati Desmosedici GP7.
After a couple of exits apiece late in the morning, when temperatures were suitable for the start of testing, a heavy rain shower forced the Ducati MotoGP Team riders into the pits. In the afternoon, despite the fact that the rain had stopped, the track surface was far too wet to allow testing to continue.
However the forecasts for tomorrow and the day after are good and (...)
They were three intense days for the Aprilia riders who were present at the last tests of the year at Jerez de la Frontera.
Before the obligatory seasonal stop, Gabor Talmacsi and Hector Faubel of Master Aspar Team, Sandro Cortese of Elit Caffe Latte, Lorenzo Zanetti of Matteoni Racing, and Andrea Iannone and Stefano Bianco of Team WTR were on the track for the 125 class. Showing up for 250 were Alex De Angelis and Alvaro Bautista of Aspar Team, Hector Barbera of Toth Team, Thomas Luthi (...)
The newly formed Red Bull KTM Team has met in Jerez/Spain for three days of testing ahead of the coming season. Hiroshi Aoyama and Mika Kallio put in very fast lap times with the new KTM 250 FPR for the 2007 season. Randy Krummenacher and the new team member Tomoyoshi Koyama were also impressive, registering both constant and fast times.
250 cc Hiroshi Aoyama, with two victories and an impressive fourth place in the overall standings for the 250 class was the KTM shooting star for 2006. (...)