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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Rossi Continues Form as Storm Disrupts First Day of Second Sepang Test

rossi-sepang-test2 After two weeks of analyzing data, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo have returned to the Sepang International Circuit for the start of the second official three-day pre-season test. Despite the difficult track and weather conditions the teammates were able to finish today's session in first and fifth respectively. Rossi was up for the challenge of repeating his strong ride of two weeks ago. He needed little time to get back into the swing of things and was quick to take over the top spot from his teammate at the start of the eight-hour long session. As the temperature started rising the pace of the field picked up, but the Doctor was quick to respond and cruised back to the top the leader board with an impressive 2'00.414s lap, which kept him sitting on top for the rest of the session. Teammate Lorenzo had a more challenging start to the second Sepang test. Though he briefly topped the leaderboard with a 2'02.099s lap, he struggled to find the good setup for the slippery asphalt. The Spaniard was pleased with his YZR-M1's gearbox update and made the most of the available testing time by putting in a total of 51 laps. During his multiple stints he worked on improving the setting and set a best time of 2'01.162s, putting him in fifth place just +0.748s behind Rossi. Both riders took a break in the afternoon until the worst of the heat passed before returning to the track, but the dry track conditions weren't to last. Rain flags signaling an approaching thunderstorm were raised and soon the fickle Malaysian weather struck the Sepang circuit. Not wanting to let the last precious hour of testing time go to waste, Rossi and Lorenzo decided to brave the pouring rain to test their wet setup until, with 30 minutes remaining, the red lights came on, ending the session. The change in weather meant Rossi and Lorenzo were unable to improve their times and they finished in first and fifth place respectively. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

2015 Kawasaki Ninja 250SL WSBK Special Edition livery in Lime Green

2015_Ninja250_RR-Mono-WSBK-RS001-001 Kawasaki Heavy Industries has prepared a special edition Ninja 250SL wrapped in World Superbike Championship to welcome the 2015 season of the series. The livery is based on the iconic colour of Kawasaki that is Lime Green matched with sponsor logo and decals. The engine and chassis are still the same from the usual Ninja 250SL.  

Yamaha Motor Celebrates 60th Year in Motorsports Fostering Motorsports in Asian and ASEAN Regions

2015-Yamaha-YZR-M1-003 Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. announced plans for the Asian and ASEAN regions, including a redoubled commitment to the MotoGP World Championship series and new directions for the company's venerable motorsports program, which is now celebrating its 60th year, during the Yamaha Motorsports Media Conference in Sepang, Malaysia. Yamaha Motor unveiled its new team for MotoGP, the focus of its motorsports program. Riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo from Movistar Yamaha MotoGP were joined by riders from satellite team Monster Yamaha Tech3 as well as Forward Racing, which leases the YZR-M1, along with support personnel, all of whom came together to discuss their aspirations for the upcoming season. Yamaha also announced its initiatives to encourage young riders to get involved in motorsports in the Asian and ASEAN regions, and the company's plans to participate in the 250cc class of the Asia Road Racing Championship series. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

SIC looks to excite experienced and new fans alike with launch of the 2015 Formula 1 PETRONAS Malaysia Grand Prix™ that will be an F1 like never before

SIC-F1 The Sepang International Circuit (SIC) today unveiled its programme for the upcoming 2015 Formula 1 PETRONAS Malaysia Grand Prix™ taking place from 27 to 29 March 2015. Launched by the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib, the programme aims to make the second round of the 2015 FIA Formula 1 World Championship a wholesome family affair this year. Also present were SIC Chairman Tan Sri Mokhzani Mahathir, PETRONAS Senior General Manager for Group Strategic Communications Liz Kamaruddin and SIC CEO Dato' Razlan Razali. "In conjunction with the Malaysia Year of Festival 2015, we were inspired to make the F1 Grand Prix programme one that celebrates the position of the race as an event that is firmly embedded in the public consciousness. After 17 years, we firmly believe that many Malaysians look forward to the race, even if they only watch it at home or enjoy photo opportunities during our annual F1 Grand Prix roadshow. Indeed, we are focusing on the family-theme to draw them out of the living room into the high-octane atmosphere of the circuit itself. F1 fans no longer need to choose between quality family time on a weekend and watching the race. They can now enjoy an outing with their family and friends to Sepang on race weekend itself. The earlier start time of the race at 3pm, plus the earlier end for the after-race concert combined with affordable tickets further contribute to making the event attractive for all ages," said Tan Sri Mokhzani.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Aprilia RS-GP Project Makes Its Début at Sepang Test

1.ApriliaGresini_Bautista The first three days of MotoGP 2015 testing have just come to an end at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. Essential information was drawn from the "three days" of testing for the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini. The new RS-GP showed good potential which now needs to be completely refined. Compared to the previous version, which was developed on a base that the Aprilia Racing Department knew very well, the changes are such to require further checks. Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing Manager had this to say about the first tests at Sepang: "I can confirm what I said yesterday. The initial results are definitely positive, considering the fact that the new RS-GP is taking its first steps and that Aprilia's return to MotoGP is a year ahead of schedule to fully develop the project during the course of the sport season. In order to grow we need to get into the mix with our rivals right away in race conditions, bearing in mind the difficulties that such a demanding new project will inevitably face."

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

2015 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship Calendar Announced

Ahmad Afif Amran during the ARRC race in Thailand The FIM Asia Road Racing Championship is set to kick off its highly anticipated 20th season as the championship promoter released its 2015 race calendar that will see six rounds take place in five countries across Asia with Japan no longer hosting two rounds. Sticking to traditions, the opening round takes place at Sepang, Malaysia (April 16-19) followed by the Sentul Circuit in Indonesia (June 4-7) with the mid-season round hosted in Japan at the historical Suzuka Circuit (August 27-30). The only revision to the race calendar is that the Thailand and Qatar round have been switched around in the second half of the season. FIA-grade approved Buriram Circuit that held the penultimate round in 2014 will now stage the fourth and final round from the 27 to 30 August and second to sixth December respectively. Meanwhile the floodlit Losail Circuit in Doha, Qatar that held the grand finale for the past five seasons will now host the penultimate round (September 30 – October 3). 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Former 250cc World Champion Marco Melandri To Race With Aprilia In MotoGP 2015

[caption id="attachment_18467" align="aligncenter" width="640"](ApriliaRacing) Marco Melandri Marco Melandri[/caption]   The lineup is complete for the team that will take Aprilia into its rookie year in the 2015 MotoGP World Championship. Following the announcement of Alvaro Bautista earlier, joining him will be Marco Melandri who has officially been signed, fresh from the conclusion of the 2014 Superbike season. In that season with Aprilia Racing, Melandri took 6 wins and another 5 podiums that contributed significantly to Aprilia's World Superbike (WSBK) Manufacturers' title win. Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing Director says, "With Marco Melandri the last piece of the puzzle has been put into place for Aprilia's participation in next year's MotoGP season. These have been very intense and exciting days where in just a few hours we went from the last round of Superbike at Losail to this new adventure in MotoGP. We are very pleased to announce Marco's signing because this completes our team in the best way possible on the eve of a great challenge: with Melandri we now have an all-Italian bike-rider duo. We are moving into MotoGP a year ahead of schedule on wings of enthusiasm because of the double world Superbike championships we have just won. We moved our schedule up because we want the most demanding tracks and the most competitive championship in the world to gauge the quality of our work. Aprilia's 54 world titles, the hundreds of wins on tracks all over the world give proof of technical skills and a winning attitude that deserve the limelight of the most prestigious stage."

Thursday, February 5, 2015

2015 Yamaha YZF-R25 Officially Unveiled in Malaysia - estimated RM20k, available in April 2015

2015-Yamaha-YZF-R25 2014 Yamaha YZF-R25 has been unveiled officially in Malaysia by Hong Leong Yamaha Malaysia. It is a very interesting bike and focuses on the performance which is exactly what Yamaha should do and they do deliver. It comes in 3 colour choices that is Diablo Red and Racing Blue (this is the normal version, NOT the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP livery).

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Honda, Yamaha Stars Dominate First Official Test for 2015 in Sepang

Marc Marquez The first MotoGP official testing for 2015 got underway at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) today with the star riders from the Repsol Honda and Movistar Yamaha dominating the fastest times. Commencing at 10am this morning under clear bright skies, two-time defending champion Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa of Repsol Honda and Yamaha's Valentino Rossi took turns leading the timesheet which featured 30 riders. The field included three test riders – Katsuyuki Nakasuga for Yamaha, Michael Laverty of Aprilia and Takuya Tsuda for Suzuki.  


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