Robert Mureșan a semnat cu Ducati

Campion european BMU și campion național en titre, Robert Mureșan face o mutare puțin neașteptată pentru 2018. După câteva sezoane petrecute în șaua unei motociclete BMW, pilotul arădean face o tranziție către Ducati.

Pentru 2018, Robert a optat pentru modelul Panigale 1199, alături de care, va încerca să atace campionatul național, campionatul european BMU, dar și câteva etape de campionat mondial la Superbike, la clasa Superstock 1000.

În vârstă de 26 de ani, palmaresul lui Robert Mureșan este unul impresionant. Pe lângă multiplele distincții naționale și mondiale, Robi este singurul pilot român participant în campionatul mondial de motociclism viteză.

El a concurat la clasa 125 cmc în perioada 2006-2008, alături de nume sonore precum Gabor Talmacsi sau Marc Marquez, actualul campion mondial al clasei MotoGP.

 

Foto – Robert Mureșan

Ducati launched their 2018 MotoGP bike

In an online presentation, Ducati launched their 2018 MotoGP bike. Factory riders, Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo and Michele Pirro, their test rider, were present at the event held in Italy.

Ducati GP18 is their sixteenth MotoGP bike. The italian team based in Bologna made their MotoGP debut in 2003. Their best performance came in 2007, when they won both the constructors and riders championship, with Casey Stoner.

Last season, Ducati finished third in the constructors championship. Andrea Dovizioso won all of the six races Ducati has managed to win in 2017 and finished runner up to Marc Marquez.

The new MotoGP season will start at Losail, Qatar in March 18.

 

Photo – BikeSportNews

Alberto Puig announced as new Team Manager for Repsol Honda

In a press statement released this afternoon, Alberto Puig was the new Team Manager at Repsol Honda. The spanish former rider will fill the job left at the of 2017 by Livio Suppo.

Aged 51, Alberto Puig has a long standing relationship with Honda and his joy was obvious in his own words:

I’m very grateful to HRC for this opportunity they have given me with the Repsol Honda Team. I’ve been with Honda for the last 25 years of my professional career, first as a rider, then as a team manager in the smaller classes, and lately as a coach for many of the Asian riders Honda have around the world. To have the chance to be in this position in one of the most successful teams in the MotoGP championship is a very big honour for me, so I can only focus on giving my best back to Honda and on trying to help them to achieve their goals. I’m sure our riders will be ready when the time comes, and we as a team will also be ready to once again fight for the title, with humility but also with great determination.

Puig will start his new job at the first winter test which will take place between January 24-26 at Sepang, in Malaysia.

 

Photo – Motorpasion Moto

Casey Stoner to test at Sepang for Ducati

Ducati has announced today that Casey Stoner will test for the italian team at Sepang. The test will be a private one and will be held between 24-26 January.

Stoner, aged 32, won two MotoGP world championships in 2007 and 2011. He shocked the motorcycling world when he announced his retirement in 2012, at only 27 years old.

So far, Stoner has refused to say whether he will race with a wild card or not this season. Since his 2016 comeback to Ducati he did not race and it is highly unlikely for that to happen in the near future.

The new MotoGP season will start in March at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.

 

Photo – Ducati Press

Ryan Villopoto signs for Yamaha

After an entire career spent with Kawasaki, Ryan Villopoto has decided to part his ways with the green team. In a press announcement made this morning at Anaheim, Villopoto was announced as the new member of the Yamaha team.

Aged 29, Ryan Villopoto, raced his entire pro career for Kawasaki. Alongside the green team, he won ten professional titles and three MXoN wins for USA. In 2015, he also participated in MXGP, where he won one round before announcing his retirement following an injury.

It is unknown yet whether Villopoto will make a full comeback with Yamaha. Most likely he will race in demonstrative events like he did in October with Kawasaki in the two stroke event at the Red Bull Straight Rhythm.

The new Supercross season will start tonight at Anaheim.

 

Photo – Pro Motocross

Troy Bayliss returns to racing in Australia

Ten years after his last full season, Troy Bayliss will make a full time return to compete in the Australian Superbikes series  onboard on a Ducati Panigale 1299.

Aged 49, Bayliss has won three World Superbike championships, in 2001, 2006 and 2008. The legendary australian rider has also participated in MotoGP, where he managed to won a GP, at Valencia, the last round of the 2006 season.

Bayliss will make his comeback in the last weekend of February at Phillip Island, the host of the first round of the Australian Superbikes championship.

 

Photo – MOTO EXPO

Tim Gajser extends his deal with Honda

After a difficult first season with Honda, Tim Gajser decided to quiet the rumors of him moving to the States and signed a new deal with the japanese manufacturer.

Gajser, aged 21, finished fifth in the MXGP standings in 2017 in his first full season with the factory team. Before signing with HRC at the end of 2016, he won both MX2 and MXGP world championships with Gariboldi Honda, a private team which merged with the factory team at the beginning of this season.

With this signing, Honda completed the line-up for the 2018 MXGP season. Therefore, Tim Gajser will pair up with Michael Bogers, who was brought in the team alongside his sponsor,  HSF Logistics.

Following the press statement, Tim Gajser had his own say regarding the new deal:

I’m really happy to be in MXGP for another two years. We have unfinished business from this year and I want to be World Champion again, so we will continue to fight with that as the priority. HRC have been working hard on the bike and there are quite a few changes they’ve made which are very good, so I’m really looking forward to the challenge of next year and I think we have a very strong package to fight for the title. The whole team are hungrier than ever for next year, and I’ve said it before but we just get on really like a family where everything works so really I have everything I need there and feel very happy.

The 2018 MXGP season will start on March 4 with the MXGP of Argentina at Neuquen.

 

Photo – Honda Racing Corporation

Toni Bou in the center of attention in Budapest

The 21 times Trial world champion has been recently in the Hungarian capital.

Toni introduced the X-Trial Budapest yesterday in front of jurnalists from up to 15 media sites. Later, he spent the day in various media meetings, the most important being in the Magyar TV studios, along with the Hungarian Motorcycling Federation: Henrik Hermann.

“It was a very pleasant day and I was surprised by the interest that the media of the city have for the test that will be held here at the end of March. Budapest is one of the great European capitals and being here is very good news for all of us.”, said Bou about this experience.

Budapest will host the final round of this season of X-Trial and it will take place at Budapest Sports Arena, on 29th of march next year.

 

 

Photo – Honda Racing Corporation

Broc Tickle signs with Red Bull KTM

The biggest news of the day came from Red Bull KTM. After being rumored to replace Ryan Dungey at KTM, Broc Tickle has finally a signed a contract for 2018 with the Austrian team.

Tickle, aged 27, raced this season for Ricky Carmichael’s RCH Suzuki Team, but after the team announced the retirement, Tickle was left without a ride for the upcoming season.

Broc Tickle finished 11th in the Supercross standings and 15th in the Pro Motocross 450 standings. The former Suzuki rider won the 250 SX West title in 2011 and moved up in 2012 when he raced alongside Ryan Villopoto at Monster Energy Kawasaki. In 2013, he moved to the RCH Suzuki Team where he stayed until the end of this season when the team disbanded.

Brock Tickle’s team mate at Red Bull KTM will be Marvin Musquin.

 

photo – ktm.com/Broc Tickle – Instagram

Jack Miller signs with Pramac Ducati

Jack Miller signed a one year deal with Pramac Ducati. Miller, aged 22, raced for three seasons with Honda. His best result came in 2016, when he won the Dutch GP at Assen.

The young australian rider will replace Scott Redding, who is set for a comeback at Marc VDS next year. Miller will ride alongside Danilo Petrucci. Jack Miller made his MotoGP debut in 2015, when he raced for LCR Honda. He is currently in the second year of his contract with Marc VDS Racing.

In the championship standings, Jack Miller is currently 12th, with 44 points.

 

photo – Marc VDS