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The 2013 Season is over. It has been the most exciting season in MotoGP for a while. Only four points separated the championship. Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo put up epic battles down to the wire. Marc Marquez came through as the most amazing and youngest rookie to take the crown.

What does the 2013/2014 Off-Season hold for us? Valentino Rossi parted ways with legendary crew chief, Jeremy Burgess. Cal Crutchlow took a huge gamble with Ducati. Ducati pipped Aprilia for Gigi Dall’Igna in an effort to revitalize their racing department. Ducati dumped their most loyal rider, Nicky Hayden. Nicky will be trying the new Honda production racer. Colin Edwards and Aleix Espargaro will be testing the waters with the Yamaha-FTR machine. Suzuki is planning to return in 2015 and Aprilia in 2016. What drama, challenges and excitement await? I suspect this is going to be an interesting off-season for us.

Prior threads here:

http://www.sportbikes.net/forums/general-sportbikes/481913-2013-motogp-mid-season-news-rumors-other-info-thread.html

http://www.sportbikes.net/forums/general-sportbikes/466329-2013-motogp-news-rumors-other-info-thread.html

http://www.sportbikes.net/forums/general-sportbikes/457880-2012-2013-motogp-off-season-news-rumors-other-info-thread.html

http://www.sportbikes.net/forums/general-sportbikes/454969-2012-motogp-news-rumors-other-info-thread.html
 

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Bring on Monday already!

Are the yamahas assembled for the forward riders to test? Haven't seen anything about those bikes yet.

Hope Nicky destroys the ducatis and tech3 bikes on the new honda
 

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It'll be interesting to see what Rossi accomplishes next season after his unceremonious sacking of Jeremy Burgess.

Unceremonious un·cer·e·mo·ni·ous adjective \ˌən-ˌser-ə-ˈmō-nē-əs\ : 1. happening or done very suddenly and quickly with no effort to be careful or polite. 2. having or showing a lack of courtesy; rough or abrupt.

Even as we head to the most important qualifying session of the year for the closest championship since 2006, the major topic of discussion in the paddock is still the schism between Valentino Rossi and Jerry Burgess. A press conference featuring the pair was called by Yamaha yesterday, on Burgess's instigation. The rest of the manly Aussie pit crew slipped in the back door and stood stony-faced at the side of the room and exited just as stealthily at the end of the formal proceedings.

Jerry confirmed it had come as a shock to him, but was very keen to say that if that was what was needed to get Vale back to the front then it was a good thing. JB said he reads lots of sporting biographies and he'd noted that a lot of sportsmen change their caddie or coach in the final years of their career to try and squeeze another couple of years out. Asked afterwards if any of those veterans had benefited from the change he replied succinctly "None."

Soup :: Ryder Notes: Formal Statements :: 11-09-2013
 

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MotoGP Valencia Test 2014 Free Practice Nr. 1

1. LORENZO J. Yamaha Factory Racing 1:31.257
2. ROSSI V. Yamaha Factory Racing +0.093
3. BRADL S. LCR Honda MotoGP +0.494
4. IANNONE A. Pramac Racing +0.668
5. DOVIZIOSO A. Ducati Team +0.686
6. CRUTCHLOW C. Ducati Team +0.797
7. PIRRO M. Ducati Test Team +1.441
8. HERNANDEZ Y. Pramac Racing +1.488
9. AOYAMA H. Power Electronics Aspar +1.763
10. ESPARGARO P. Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +1.930
11. REDDING S. GO&FUN Honda Gresin i+2.938
12. LAVERTY M. Paul Bird Motorsport +3.121
13. BAUER M. Remus Racing Team +3.858

Lap times of course do not mean a great deal at this stage, with some riders swapping machinery, many tweaking set-up and some joining new teams, but Lorenzo set the standards again – with a 1’31.257 late in the day. That lap was quicker than anyone went in Sunday’s race and came on the 2013 YZR-M1, although Lorenzo also has a 2014 development Yamaha available this week.

On the other side of the Yamaha Factory Racing box Valentino Rossi spent the day working with new Crew Chief Silvano Galbusera. The Doctor’s best time of the day was just 0.093s off Lorenzo’s best, also coming on his 2013 bike, though he too is already using the 2014 development M1.

Repsol Honda’s new World Champion Marc Marquez and his colleague Dani Pedrosa were both at the circuit but did not test on Monday – though they are expected on track on Tuesday as the battle to stay ahead of Yamaha continues.

Stefan Bradl was the fastest Honda rider on track on Monday, using his RC213V from this season to set the third best time of the day – 0.5s off Lorenzo’s pace.

New Ducati recruit Cal Crutchlow has taken Italian Crew Chief Daniele Romagnoli with him from Tech 3 to the Italian factory Ducati and the pair were working alongside new Ducati Corse General Manager Gigi Dall’Igna for the first time on Monday.

Crutchlow matched Ducati’s Sunday race pace, and was sixth overall just over 0.1s (check) behind new Ducati teammate Andrea Dovizioso who was fifth best. Dovizioso lapped in a similar pace to fourth fastest rider of the day, Andrea Iannone on the Pramac Racing Ducati.

Ducati Test Team rider Michele Pirro was 0.6s behind Crutchlow in seventh, just ahead of Yonny Hernandez – who was confirmed today to remain as Iannone’s teammate in the Pramac Racing Team permanently during the 2014 season.

Moto2 World Champion Pol Espargaro rode his first laps on his new Monster Yamaha Tech 3 MotoGP bike, in tenth spot on the timesheet, with a lap around two seconds off Lorenzo’s pace. His new teammate Bradley Smith sat things out and expects to get through all his test work for this week on Tuesday.

The new Honda RCV1000R was used for the first time by the GO&FUN Honda Gresini team as Scott Redding also got his 2014 MotoGP preparations underway, the Englishman ending up 11th overall. Cristian Gabarrini from HRC got Redding's initial feedback on the new prototype, which the teams will adapt to over the winter.

Hiroshi Aoyama officially joined the Power Electronics Aspar team on Monday, but with Aspar only having one of their new Hondas ready for today, Nicky Hayden will have to wait until Tuesday to ride it. Aoyama was ninth best on the timesheet, 1.8s down on Lorenzo’s P1 pace.

Mike di Meglio has not ridden since the Brno Moto2™ race due to serious injury, but he was back on track today testing with the Avintia Blusens team.

Randy de Puniet should be testing with the PBM team on Tuesday as they look to confirm direction for next season, with the 2014-spec ART being prepared for the Frenchman on Monday.

The testing action at the Ricardo Tormo circuit will continue on Tuesday and Wednesday (10am-5pm both days). Live video coverage will be available again through motogp.com on Tuesday (11am-2pm).
 

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Max - Thanks for coming up with this thread (again) :cheers It will be a life saver till Qatar '14.

It'll be interesting to see what Rossi accomplishes next season after his unceremonious sacking of Jeremy Burgess.
Indeed. And frankly I don't understand this. Maybe he could have gone for another crew chief, but would have retained the crew & Jerry would have come up with snippets. It would be on 'em to go with it or not.

It was/is because of JB that VR won so many races/championships & he admits it.

Why the dissatisfaction? Suddenly, everything went wrong with JB & it is absolutely fine with VR & Yamaha? I don't buy this.

jk750 said:
A press conference featuring the pair was called by Yamaha yesterday, on Burgess's instigation. The rest of the manly Aussie pit crew slipped in the back door and stood stony-faced at the side of the room and exited just as stealthily at the end of the formal proceedings.
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Jerry confirmed it had come as a shock to him, but was very keen to say that if that was what was needed to get Vale back to the front then it was a good thing. JB said he reads lots of sporting biographies and he'd noted that a lot of sportsmen change their caddie or coach in the final years of their career to try and squeeze another couple of years out. Asked afterwards if any of those veterans had benefited from the change he replied succinctly "None."

I am sure Rossi won't see much success, but time shall tell. Lorenzo owns the field.

Soup :: Ryder Notes: Formal Statements :: 11-09-2013
Moto2 World Champion Pol Espargaro rode his first laps on his new Monster Yamaha Tech 3 MotoGP bike, in tenth spot on the timesheet, with a lap around two seconds off Lorenzo’s pace. His new teammate Bradley Smith sat things out and expects to get through all his test work for this week on Tuesday.
It will be a nice race between these two. Pol rides very well & IMO deserves a satellite bike.

And no cheering for him from his brother from '14 onwards.
 
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