The long winter wait was finally over this morning as the 2013 MotoGP field took to the track in Sepang for the first official test of 2013. Reunited Yamaha Factory Racing teammates Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi were quick to blow off any cobwebs from the winter rest. Rossi was initially the fastest rider during the majority of the morning session, clearly taking little time to re-bond with the YZR-M1 that has brought him so much previous success.
Tuesday, 05 February 2013 14:51 Published in Reports, Results & Points
The last few weeks have been confusing for those who follow the business end of the sport of international motorcycle road racing. Last Friday’s announcement that the Toronto-based Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) had purchased a 39% stake in Dorna was the icing on a very complicated cake.
Tuesday, 30 October 2012 20:16 Published in News
Clarksville, Indiana-based GPtech confirmed today that it has secured a wildcard grid spot and will compete in the MotoGP class at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix on August 17-19 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The performance parts importer/distributor has contracted Mississauga-based BCL Motorsports to design a billet aluminum frame, while technical partner Vesrah Suzuki/MCJ Motorsports will be in charge of the Suzuki GSX-R1000 engine that will power the bike. It is only the second CRT bike to be announced for the Indy race.
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 13:54 Published in Industry News
Yamaha Factory Racing was dealt another blow today as Indonesian and Malaysian petroleum giant, Petronas, announced they will not be extending their sponsorship for the 2012 season, following a successful three year partnership that included a two consecutive world championship titles with Valentino Rossi (2009) and Jorge Lorenzo (2010).
Commenting on the conclusion of the three-year partnership, Lin Jarvis, Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing said "The relationship between Yamaha and PETRONAS has been a great success, we have enjoyed some major achievements together in the MotoGP class. Now that the partnership has reached its natural conclusion I would like to thank our friends at PETRONAS for the support during their time with us and wish them well for the future".
Mohammad Medan Abdullah, Senior General Manager of PETRONAS Group Corporate Affairs Division: "We are happy to have had this opportunity to work with the Yamaha Factory Racing team over the past three years. In that time, we have enjoyed the benefits of strong brand exposure through the privilege of being associated with a team that shares our values and passion. The team has achieved many successes through a high level of competitiveness and stretched performance standards and we wish the team continued success in the future".
After losing Fiat as a title sponsor in 2011, followed by this more recent conclusion of the Petronas support, the Japanese manufacturer may be expected to shoulder a significant amount of the costs for the 2012 season, a questionable ask when motorcycle sales are down globally and the economic climate is not condusive to supporting an expensive MotoGP racing program.
Only time will tell if the Japanese manufacturer will find a new sponsor for 2012 or if it will aim to finance the bulk of its own racing program, and what that means for Yamaha Factory riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies.
Friday, 30 December 2011 09:40 Published in Industry News