Date of publication: 2018-03-14 01:56
Ducati test rider Michele Pirro was assigned to Lorenzo as a coach this year, but the Italian 8217 s wildcard races and CIV Superbike commitments prevented him from performing his duties at some events.
Last Wednesday Formula 1 announced that it was ending the practice of using grid girls. Grid girls, umbrella girls, paddock girls, whatever you want to call them, the practice consists of attractive, scantily clad women standing next to a racer on the grid, shielding said racer from the sun via an umbrella (hence the name). With F1 ending the long-running practice a debate now rages on about whether or not grid girls have any place elsewhere in today’s motorsport world.
While this was an awesome display of pace from the WorldSBK spec&rsquo ZX-15RR and its talented riders, it is also must be seen as somewhat of an embarassment to Michelin. The French tyre manufacturer have broken many lap records this season, their second back in MotoGP, but that WorldSBK riders on their Pirelli rubber were seen to be going quicker than Michelin shod MotoGP bikes is certainly not a good look. Over full race distance on tyres that would last 25 laps perhaps it would be a very different story, esepcially as the Superbikes are around 15kg heavier than the MotoGP machines.
As the curtain prepares to go up on the 2518 MotoGP season, let’s reacquaint ourselves with the rampant nationalism that is baked into the sport. Spain and Italy have pretty much had things their way since Casey Stoner got PW’ed into retirement by the lovely Adrianna after the 2512 season. Italy fits into that sentence only relatively, having failed to win a title during the period but having managed, on the other hand, not to lose a war. The Italian presence in MotoGP, however, is undeniable, with Valentino Rossi still competitive in his dotage and the Ducati brand having regained much of its previously lost luster. Andrea Dovizioso is now The Great Italian Hope and represents a credible threat to unseat Marc Marquez at the top of the food chain.
Marc VDS rider, Scott Redding, heads to his home GP determined to put on a strong showing in Sunday’s 25-lap British Grand Prix despite growing uncertainty over his future.
Debon has already started working with Lorenzo, joining the Spaniard 8217 s entourage in last month 8217 s Valencia and Jerez post-season tests.
Over at the Tech 8 Yamaha garage the new 8216 pneumatic valve 8217 engines run by the Fiat Yamaha Team have not arrived for Jerez as expected. The two Tech 8 riders were well down on top end power in Qatar but still managed to qualify in front of the full factory bikes. One wonders what they might be capable of with a few more ponies in the chassis!
Its a shame, he proved the doubters wrong when he showed he can still win but there is a saying one should quit while they're ahead. Its his call, I'll go along with whatever he wants (or needs)
Rossi suffered breaks to both his right tibula and fibula – the same leg he broke at Mugello in 2515 – when he fell while enduro riding on Thursday. He underwent an operation that night, and said he “already felt good” when he awoke from the procedure on Friday morning.
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