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The Gran Premio d’Italia TIM has been announced as the winner of the 2011 IRTA “Best Grand Prix” award, thus securing its fifth title from the Teams’ Association since hosting a Grand Prix for the first time in 1976.

Almost 85,000 MotoGP™ fans were gathered at the Mugello Circuit on the 3rd of July last year to witness the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM, which saw then reigning World Champion, Jorge Lorenzo, take his second victory of the season after battling with his eventual sucessor as title holder, Casey Stoner.

Once again, the Italian venue provided a thrilling spectacle in all three World Championship classes and, despite the weekend being marred by intermittent rain, riders were able to fully enjoy the improved grip levels thanks to the recently laid new tarmac. Off-track, teams and staff were able to work in excellent conditions in a paddock upgraded to MotoGP standards over the past few years.


MotoGP preseason test calendarWith the traditional winter break coming to an end, MotoGP riders are about to tackle their testing schedule.
Pre-Season testing calendar:

– Sepang 1 MotoGP, 31/01-02/02
– Valencia Moto2/Moto3, 08/02-10/02
– Jerez 1 Moto2/Moto3, 16/02-18/02
– Sepang 2 MotoGP, 28/02-01/03
– Jerez 2 Moto2/Moto3, 19/03-21/03
– Sepang 2 MotoGP, 23/03-25/03


The 2011 came to an end recently and only two months ago Casey Stoner, Stefan Bradl and Nico Terol have been crowned World Champions but, after the Xmas break, the MotoGP start the engines! In a few days the premier class riders will be back on track for the first 2012 Winter Test at Sepang (Malaysia) on the 31st of January, 1st and 2ndof February.

The first venue of the MotoGP this year will be once again the spectacular desert race track of Losail (Qatar) and the ultimate round will be held in Valencia at the historical Ricardo Tormo circuit. Even this year the most talented riders of the world coming from Australia, Spain, Itay USA, UK, Germany, Netherland, San Marino Rep., France, Switzerland, Japan etc… aim to fight till the last corner for conquering the three classes World Titles: MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3.

18 Grand Prixs in 8 months (from March to November) visiting 13 countries with the most competitive Manufacturers (Honda, Yamaha, and Ducati) and CRT Teams (prototypes with modified production engines provided by Aprilia, BMW and Honda) will line the grid. There are more than 200 countries and territories receiving live or same-day-delayed broadcasts of the Grand Prixs, with the coverage delivered to more than 337 million households worldwide. Tens of millions of spectators enjoy MotoGP live each race weekend, with a total of more than 13.000 media personnel attending Grand Prixs throughout the season.


Dorna Sports’ CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta spoke at Wrooom this week about future regulations that aim to lower the costs for teams in MotoGP while keeping the class competitive.

CEO of Dorna Sports S.L, Carmelo Ezpeleta, was present at Wrooom 2012 this week in Madonna de Campiglio where he spoke about future MotoGP™ class regulations.

The MotoGP grid has an enrollment of 21 bikes for 2012, including twelve factory bikes and nine members of the new CRT category. Regarding this mix, Ezpelata stated: “We must immediately do two things: The first is to keep the grid is as compact as possible. This is not to say that there will be no differences, but to make sure that the CRT bikes are as close as possible to the factory bikes. Second, that factory bikes don’t technologically advance to performance levels that could be dangerous, with costs that can’t be assumed. For the problem is not just how to reduce costs, it’s that if someone invests a significant amount, wins the Championship and then leaves, it leaves you with nothing.”


Michele Pirro shared his expectations and goals ahead of his upcoming season aboard the Gresini team’s CRT. “It’s definitely an important milestone,” began the 25 year-old. “I’ll be joining the best riders in the world in the highest category of racing on board a great team.

Pirro recently extended his partnership with the Italian team, about which he said: “I am happy I’m staying with them, they are like family and after everything that happened at the end of the season, I really wanted to stay. My first place at Valencia gave Fausto (Gresini) and the team the strength to take the next step they needed to continue. After what happened in Sepang, the motivation to continue racing was at risk, but that victory helped us want to try to build something positive.”


Posted on December 19th, 2011 at 2:34 pm

The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Ignacio Verneda (FIM Executive Director, Sport), Herve Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA) in the presence of Javier Alonso (Dorna), Mike Trimby (IRTA) and Paul Butler (Secretary of the meeting), in a meeting held on 14 December in Madrid, decided the following:

Sporting Regulations

A revised wording of the testing regulation was approved. This incorporated the various decisions made earlier in 2011 concerning this matter.

Additionally it was decided that contracted riders in the MotoGP class may also test machines using the allocation of 240 tyres available to each manufacturer’s team. Previously such testing was restricted to test riders only. In the interest of fair competition it was also agreed that other MotoGP class riders could exclusively test their team machines with a limit of 120 tyres per rider.


Posted on December 13th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

In 2012 Michele Pirro will be among the riders defending the Sidi Sport colours and flying them high on the track. These past few days the Italian rider paid a visit to Sidi’s general headquarters in Maser (TV).  Born in 1986 in the town of San Giovanni Rotondo in Puglia, next season Pirro will be saddling up on a CRT motorcycle in the highest class of Grand Prix motorcycle racing. These motorcycles are an important new entry on the international motorcycling scene. The term CRT stands for “Claiming Rule Team”, private team motorcycles which will line up next to the official bikes to round out the files in the starting grid at the start of the MotoGP next year.  These are “hybrid” motorcycles along the lines of those racing in Moto2, but of course they carry 1000 cc motors instead of 600 cc.

This is a great opportunity for the Italian rider who had a fantastic season in 2011, standing out in the Moto2 and managing to win his first race in the MotoGP with a perfect test in the Gran Premio della Comunidad Valenciana, starting in pole position and dominating the race from the first lap to the last. Pirro is coming to the reigning class in motorcycling after gaining experience and maturity starting with his debut in the 125 class, where he raced from 2003 to 2006.  Then in 2007 and 2008 he became Italian speed champion in the Superstock 1000 class before going on to the Supersport category where he rode in the championships in 2009 and 2010 before making the jump to Moto2.