Wednesday, November 30, 2011
R.Rolfo is joining the Technomag-CIPmoto2 team for 2012 to ride alondside D.Aegerter, he will go back to the moto2 class on a Suter MMX moto2 machine, winner of the moto2 2010 Malaysian GP Roberto was helping Suter racing to develop the machine during 2009.
After watching the first three supercross races of the 2011 season, I'll share with you what I see at this point.
Two riders that have really impressed me so far are Ryan Villopoto and Trey Canard. Looking at their fitness, their riding technique, their ability to get thru traffic on the race track, both are far beyond what I thought they would be.
I knew Ryan would be fast. But when a rider has been away from racing for a while, as he has, sometimes it takes a while to knock off the rust. Ryan has looked great after his heat races - obviously the training with Aldon Baker has helped him a lot. I can see his fitness, how much he is sweating, and his ability to retain his breath and breathing after both his heats and main events. It's visible that Ryan has leaned down together with Aldon, and he's in awesome condition.
I thought it would take Trey Canard at least half a season in the premiere Supercross class to where he was really comfortable. As I watch Trey in these first three races, there are certain section of the different tracks where he is faster than either Villopoto or James Stewart. Once Trey puts together the whole track, and an entire 20 laps like that - look for him to win some races this year.
In the 2011 MotoGP we are all desperate to find out how Valentino Rossi will be performing on the Ducati and how Casey Stoner will be doing on the Repsol Honda. In the winter testing Valentino Rossi had getting the Ducati up to a competitive speed. Rossi is one of the most popular MotoGP racers and 2010 was a disappointing year with his injured shoulder and then his crash and broken leg. Let us cross our fingers that he has recovered well from these for the 2011 season. We have a several British interests again in the MotoGP with Cal Crutchlow on an 800cc, young Brit Bradley Smith in the Moto2 and a strong representation of 4 Brits in the 125GP. The 2011 British MotoGP is in Silverstone having switched from Donington park in 2010. For fans who watch the MotoGP on the BBC, it is exciting to have Matt Roberts leading the coverage, taking over from Jennie Gow's 2010 coverage
The 2011 Formula 1 also promises to be exciting with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button remaining on the McLaren team. Red Bull dominated the Formula 1 in 2010 with their flexible front wing and the relationship between Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber being somewhat tempestuous at times. Robert Kubica is out of the 2011 season having been involved in an horrific crash in February leaving him with many broken bones and a partially severed hand. He has a long period of rehabilitation ahead and there is a possibility that he is out of racing for good.The British Formula 1 remains at Silverstone. The Bahrain circuit that was scheduled to start the 2011 season has been withdrawn but the new Indian circuit promises to be exciting.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Rossi suffered a mediocre start dropping down into 5th position, and gradually down to 7th through a few corners more. Blasting from the docks was Nicky Hayden, who held an advantage in fourth place though would have to catch the Ducati Duo of Bayliss and Capirossi, who held the One-Two positions in any attempt at reeling in the world title.
Unforeseen was Championship Leader Rossi's huge error on lap five whilst leant over mid corner. The young Italian lost the front end of his Camel Yamaha, sending his 2006 title hopes into the gravel and out of contention. Despite the off a desperate Rossi remounted in hope of retaining some points, it was not yet over by Rossi's standards. Uncharacteristically the Italian had seemed edgy throughout morning warm-up, having only posted an eleventh quickest time in the untimed practice. Turned on its Heels, the advantage now lay with Hayden how rode amazingly, even under the serious pressure of having the world title within immediate reach.
Almost overlooking the battle for honours at front having witnessed the title drama unfold, Troy Bayliss had extended his lead to an incredible two-seconds over part-time team mate Loris Cappirossi. In search of his first ever Moto GP victory, Bayliss a man on a mission, held his own to the line and braced a superb win. Capirossi followed home in second place making it a one two for Marlboro Ducati, whilst we all waited in awe for that #69 Honda of Nicky Hayden to blast out onto home straight. A glimpse in the distance of the orange and blue Repsol livery through the final curve ensured it was finally here, the dawn of a new World Moto GP champion! Bracing the chequered flag, Kentucky Kid Hayden raised his arms in disbelief, having earlier almost accepted Rossi's title retaining yet again. Followed by an emphatic display of emotion, Hayden pursued to smoke the back tyre, wheelie and celebrate in true championship winning style!
Monday, November 28, 2011
As the West Region ends for a while, and East region gets ready to start up ... In 250 West Supercross 2010, Jake Weimer and Trey Canard are showing a lot of confidence right now. I'm very impressed with both of these racers right now. This past race at Anaheim was a good example for both of them.
Series points leader Jake Weimer has a great heat race with a win, even after that heat was red-flagged. Jake had some trouble in the Main Event, but showed his smarts by charging hard the full 15 laps, coming up to eighth at the finish ... that could literally save his season and potentially the championship title.
Trey had some problems in his heat, but came back very strong in the final - he won the 250 Main in Anaheim. That shows a lot of maturity from him as a rider.
Trey Canard on top in Anaheim