Wednesday, January 25, 2012

MotoGP: Sepang return

After 3 months off, the shutters of the MotoGP will reopen in a week for three days of testing at Sepang. In what seems an incomprehensible joke of fate, the World Championship will start from the same circuit last year he had prematurely declared the end, even if not officially, with the disappearance of Marco Simoncelli. With the increase in displacement to 1000cc and the advent of the CRT, this first clarify some questions and provide the first clues about the values ​​in the field in 2012 .

The only certainty is that Honda is the bike to beat. The couple had pulled the Stoner Pedrosa-competition test in about half a second end of the season in Valencia , confirming the technical advantage of the golden wing house. The Australian - waiting to become a father in this very crucial week - has the difficult task of reconfirming while Pedrosa, after years of expectations, perhaps betrayed a weakness not only physical, seems to come at the crossroads of a career that continues to be sluggish in MotoGP . If both prove equally fast, we could see a "brawl in bagarrd 'home HRC .

Between the two litigants, there would be more of a "third party" that could benefit from them. First, Jorge Lorenzo, the last bastion to fall under the blows of Stoner last year. The Spaniard does not rise on a MotoGP bike for four months because of the injury to the finger remedied at Phillip Island, but will immediately demonstrate their competitiveness in order to consolidate Yamaha's position . 'Porfuera' has in fact told the Spanish newspaper AS wanted to renew the contract (expiring, such as those of Stoner, Pedrosa and Rossi) with the house of Iwata.

Even Andrea Dovizioso, not even the best of condition after the shoulder injury during a training session with the cross bike, a Yamaha official aims for 2013 . At 25 years old from Forli theoretically enough to do better than Ben Spies, who will instead make a further leap in quality to validate the status of official driver and point to the podium consistently.

But the biggest unknown factor is represented by Ducati. Preziosi Defined by the engineer a completely new bike compared to the GP11 problem, the ' Phoenix 'Red Ducati is expected to be a first, important test . After months of silence and mystery, you will know what direction it has moved the technical development. The only certainty is that a bike will be easier to allow mechanics to act quickly set-up.

How to Ducati, even Valentino Rossi prepares for a crucial season . At 33, the 'Doctor' will show that he had lost the enamel of a time to have a chance to win the tenth world title, or at least secure a competitive package to the abbreviation of what will probably be his last term of two years in MotoGP before retiring.

Eyes will turn to Colin Edwards riding the CRT team forward after the stop for the injury to the clavicle in the Bloody Sunday on 23 October. The Texan is the first (and only) driver of the premier class to join the ranks of the new initiative of Dorna, accompanied by a group of newcomers and old acquaintances of the championship. According to preliminary information, these 'hybrid' between prototypes and production-based series will not be competitive initially, but the experience and the ability to test at Edwards could make a significant help to the growth of the new category. In the meantime, perhaps fearing a merciless response given the length of lap circuit in Malaysia, the rest of the CRT will attempt to Valencia.

source: GP One

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