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.

 

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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

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

Livio Suppo leaves Repsol Honda

In a major announcement made today, Livio Suppo announced his departure from Repsol Honda. Suppo, who was the Team Principal, has left the team after a successful eight years stint.

In this time, he helped the team to win six constructors championship and five riders championship (four with Marquez, one with Stoner). Before his time with Honda, he worked for Ducati, where he was a main factor in their 2007 success.

Suppo, aged 53, signed with Honda in 2010 and worked as Marketing Director for three seasons. From 2013 onwards he was the Team Principal, a position he held until his resignation.

It is yet unknown who will replace Livio Suppo. Also, there is no information about his future appointments.

 

Photo – Motorcycle News

Jonathan Rea takes another double win at Jerez

Jonathan Rea won both races at Jerez, the guest of the penultimate round of the World Superbike Championship. Yesterday, in the first race the weekend, the northern irish rider had a great of luck after the mechanical failure Marco Melandri had on his Ducati.

Today, Rea dominated from start to finish. Though the second race was red flagged and had to be restarted after the incident in which Chaz Davies and Eugene Laverty were involved, Jonathan Rea kept his cool and after the restart he broke away from the pack and took another win.

With this triumph, he is the holder of a new record, as he became the man with the most podium finishes in the history of Superbike. Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies completed the podium, while, Tom Sykes fifth place brought another constructors championship to Kawasaki.

Jonathan Rea is already world champion for the third time. In the championship, he has a massive advantage over Chaz Davies and Tom Sykes who are now tied on points in the second place.

The last round of the championship will take place on November 3-5 at Losail International Circuit in Qatar.

 

Photo – Sky Sport

Casey Stoner tested with Ducati at Valencia

At the start of this week, Casey Stoner had a private test with Ducati. The two times MotoGP world championship tested the GP17 at Circuito Ricardo Tormo in Valencia.

Stoner, aged 31, retired at the end of the 2012 season, at only 27. He won his first championship in 2007 with Ducati. The australian rode for the italian for four seasons before moving to Honda.

With Honda, he won his second and last championship in 2011. At the end of 2012 he retired. For some years he was only a test rider for Honda before coming back to racing in 2015, but without any success.

Casey Stoner returned at Ducati at the beginning of 2016. He was signed by the italian team for the same role he had at Honda between 2012-2015. Regarding the Valencia, rumors within the paddock suggested that he was just 0.7 seconds slower than the lap record.

 

photo – Ducati

Marc Marquez flies ahead in FP1 at Misano

Unlike the FP1 for the Moto3 class, MotoGP had a perfect track and sunny weather. This conditions suited very well the RC213V of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. The Honda duo dominated the first part of FP1.

FP1 was marred by many accidents. Karel Abraham, Sam Lowes, Bradley Smith, Johann Zarco, Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins all had crashes, but, fortunately enough nobody was severely injured.

Marc Marquez set the fastest lap early in the session. With an excellent 1:33.556, the current world champion set the pace at Misano. Michele Pirro, who will once again will ride for Ducati as a wild card, took everyone by surprise and managed to finish second.

Championship leader, Andrea Dovizioso ended up in third, more than a half a second behind his main rival, Marc Marquez. Cal Crutchlow and Danilo Petrucci complete the top five, while Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa, Maverick Vinales, Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger were the others riders inside the top ten in FP1.

The second free practice will be hold later on today, starting at 14:05 CET.

 

photo – Honda Racing Corporation

Dovizioso tops the timesheets on Friday

Andrea Dovizioso was the fastest man in the premier class on Friday at the Austrian GP, the Italian winning FP2 after a late shootout. Maverick Vinales and Dani Pedrosa completed the top 3.

FP1 was held in dry conditions and it was Hector Barbera who came out on top in the last moments, beating Andrea Dovizioso for only 0.088.

FP2 started with some damp patches but the track soon dried completely, allowing the riders to improve their previous times from FP1. Except for Hector Barbera, everyone on the grid set faster times in FP2.

Andrea Dovizioso freezed the clock at 1:24.046 in FP2 and settled in P1 on the combined timesheets. Second place was taken after a last lap effort by Maverick Vinales, pushing his countrymen Dani Pedrosa in 3rd.

Differences remained small between the riders, with no less than 16 riders finishing in the 1:24s. Johann Zarco showed solid pace and finished 4th, almost one tenth of a second ahead of Jorge Lorenzo in 5th. Hector Barbera s time from FP1 offered him 6th place on the combined timesheets, just ahead of championship leader Marc Marquez. Brits Cal Crutchlow and Scott Redding finished 8th and 10th, with Spaniard Aleix Espargaro between them.

Valentino Rossi was only 13th, so the veteran will have to improve considerably in FP3 if he wants to clinch direct qualification to Q2.

FP3 will kick off at 9:55 local time, while qualifying will get underway at 14:10.

credit foto – motogp.com

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