Friday, November 27


Early Exit for Lowes from Final Jerez Test

UntitledThe Pata Yamaha World Superbike Team has withdrawn Alex Lowes from the final two days of winter testing at the Circuito de Jerez, in Spain, after yesterday's late afternoon high-side caused a dislocation to his left shoulder.

Early indications track-side concluded no serious damage after the dislocation was corrected by the swift actions of the circuit medical staff. However, with severely compromised movement and a speedy recovery his prime motivation, the British rider flew back to the UK this morning to seek specialist treatment.

Wednesday saw Lowes accomplish a full day of testing with his new WSBK-spec YZF-R1, completing 77 laps as he worked through a large raft of test items and electronic control strategies. The data collected will allow his technicians to continue to fine-tune his Yamaha machine in his absence, with a return to action scheduled for the New Year.

Team-mate Sylvain Guintoli will continue to spearhead the Japanese marque's presence on track for the remaining two days at the AndalucĂ­an circuit, having already amassed 63 laps in the opening day.

Alex Lowes:

"I'm disappointed not to be able to continue testing, as we have been doing a great job in understanding the YZF-R1 and developing my own riding style to suit it over the past few weeks.  We were unlucky with the weather at Aragon so I was looking forward to a full three days of good conditions at Jerez to really get down to business. It wasn't to be, and my priority needs to be my fitness and rehabilitation after the crash yesterday, but we have been making some good progress so I'm pleased with the development so far.

"I felt really good on the bike yesterday and was able to be fast and consistent, I just made a small mistake - and perhaps got caught out by the drop in temperature at the end of the day - and it resulted in a pretty big crash!

"The guys have done a great job this month and I know they will continue their hard work without me, now I just need to focus on getting back to 100% so we can be in the best possible position for the January tests and ready for Phillip Island."

Thursday, November 26


Dani Pedrosa putting in the hard yards at Jerez. hard yards at Jerez. 
Repsol Honda MotoGP riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez tried different engines in the first day of a three day test at Jerez, in southern Spain yesterday.

One of the problems both riders had this year was power delivery that was too abrupt, making it hard to get consistent acceleration out of corners.  Apparently, this was something Casey Stoner mentioned when he tested the 2015 bikes at Sepang in Malaysia last February but after Marquez lapped under the track record, Stoner's comments, and those of Pedrosa, were apparently ignored.

Despite Marquez winning five races this season, he crashed out of six others.  However Pedrosa, after missing four races while he got his arm pump issues sorted, came on strongly in the latter half of the season, with wins in Japan and Malaysia.
Marc Marquez testing at Jerez.

With the testing ban coming into effect on December 1, the Repsol Honda team wants to gather as much information as it can before testing resumes in February.

A cold fresh morning greeted them the first day but they were blessed with good weather all day remaining dry and sunny until the end of testing.  Both riders spent this first day comparing different engines and working on the electronics set up.  In 2016, all the teams run the same electronics package.

On top of that, the ridres have to gain more familiarity with the Michelin control tyres.  Michelin takes over after xx years with Bridgestone as the MotoGP tyre supplier.

Marquez finished the day with a best time of 1m 39.92s (compared with a best of 1:38.823 in the May 3 race).  He completed 65 laps in total.  Pedrosa, who missed this year's Jerez race while he underwent arm surgery, managed 56 laps and his fastest time was 1:40.12.  He had a small crash  in the final corner during his final session but escaped unhurt.
Dani Pedrosa looked very smooth, until caught out by a crash at the end of the first day,


Italian accessories maker Barracuda will continue its support for Gresini Racing in 2016, across all three classes:  MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3.

In addition to the Aprilia RS-GP prototypes brought on track by Aprilia Racing

Alvaro Bautista on the Aprilia RS-GP prototype.
Team Gresini, throughout the next season the BARRACUDA logo will also appear on the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 and Gresini Racing Team Moto3 bikes.

The Aprilia Racing Team Gresini V4s will be raced by Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl with the possibility of Frenchman Mike di Meglio being the official test rider for the team.

In Moto2, English rider Sam Lowes takes over the Team Federal Oil Gresini Kalex machine from Belgian  Xavier Simeon, winner of the German GP at the Sachsenring.

Sam Lowes on the Team Federal Oil Gresini 
Kalex machine' 
Lowes has already impressed the team with his pace in the two days of testing at Valencia following the final grand prix of the year.

In Moto3, Gresini Racing is represented by Enea Bastianini, the 'Rookie of the Year' in the class in 2014 and third place finisher in 2015.

BARRACUDA is a young Italian brand that promotes Italian design all over the world, offering a wide range of tuning and aftermarket accessories for street and racing bikes.  Established in 2002, BARRACUDA is focusses on new generation customising.  Its owner, Alessandro Giardina, is always looking for new frontiers in design.

Enea Bastianini finished third in the World Moto3 Championship.

“I’m extremely grateful for the trust that Alessandro Giardina, owner of Barracuda Moto, continues to put in our projects: their valuable support is an essential fuel to power our all-round commitment in the World Championship, says the former two-time World 1215 Champion (1985 & '87).  "It’s also thanks to partners like Barracuda, driven by a great enthusiasm, that we can look forward to 2016 setting ourselves big goals. For the third consecutive year the Barracuda brand will appear on all the motorcycles we take to the track: this also reflects the identity of this young and eclectic brand, whose products meet the most varied requirements and show the constant research for new styles in terms of design”.