The Factory Yamaha team are considering theÂ possibilityÂ of joining HRC at the Circuit of the Americas for the private test between the 12th and 14th March.
HRC have hired the new track in Texas for three days in the middle of March, and now Dorna and IRTA have asked Honda to extend the invite to the other teams on the grid.
Despite the open invite, Yamaha appear the only team willing to join Honda in Texas, due to the cost of shipping equipment across the Atlantic. The approx cost of sending the bike and equipment over to the states weeks before the final IRTA test in Jerez is believed to be approximatelyÂ â‚¬35,000.
Both Yamaha riders, Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, are understood to be keen for the test, in order to learn the track, and collect data ahead of the second round of the season, as well as to try and prevent anyÂ advantageÂ that the Repsol Honda riders may gain from testing at the new track.
One of the reservations regarding the move is Yamaha already using a day of their private testing allocation during end of season test, when the upped and left Valencia in search of dry conditions in Aragon, only for them to be met by more wet weather in Aragon.
LCR as still understood to be inÂ negationsÂ with HRC regardingÂ subsidisingÂ some of the costs should Stefan Bradl travel out to Texas along with the factory riders due to his factory support in his contract, and the limited budget of his satellite team.
The IODA racing team has officially revealed their 2013 team and bikes at the CAME base in Treviso.
The Italian team Ioda team run by Giampiero Sacchi will again be sponsored byÂ Came (leader in automation systems and access controls) in both the MotoGP and Moto2 categories.
Yesterday Ioda, much like HRC with Repsol, used the Came headquarters in Treviso to present their 2013 line-up withÂ Danilo PetrucciÂ andÂ Lukas Pesekon the Ioda-Suter BMW in MotoGP, andÂ Johann ZarcoÂ in Moto2.
The bike will be the Suter BMW that the team used from the Misano GP will be used this season, with the use of the Dorna suppliedÂ Magneti Marelli ECU – which entitles them to the two extra days at the Sepang test next week .
Danilo Petrucci was considered a revelation during the 2012 season for punching well above his weight during last season, and he is excited about the season ahead. “I am very happy to be here again. I am glad that Giampiero Sacchi has put his confidence in me for two years.
“This is my second season in MotoGP, after a very hard year for everybody. But it was very useful too. I wish to thank IodaRacing, Suter and BMW for their support and their hard work. I wish to say that I am doing my very best and I will keep on doing it, and hope we will be rewarded with the results we all deserve.”
The Italian will be joined in MotoGP by Czech rookie Lukas Pesek after being away from the GP grid since 2011. “It will be a very a hard season, not only because I am returning to the World Championship after two years, but because it is my first year in MotoGP.
“I am doing my best to be in perfect shape for Sepang and am very excited to test my Ioda Suter. Anyhow I am facing this season with great enthusiasm and full commitment. I take this opportunity to thank Giampiero Sacchi and Came for this great opportunity, and all my fans in the Czech Republic for their affection and support.”
Another new recruit is Johan Zarco in the Moto2 class. The frenchman will replace the highly rated Simone Corsi, and will be aboard a Suter as the team move from the FTR chassis in Moto2.Â ”I am very happy to be part of one of the best teams in the World Championship,” said the frenchman.
“I have had the chance to confirm the proven skills of their technicians already in Valencia during the testing sessions right after the last race. I went to Terni a few weeks ago and have visited their impressive race department, and realized that everybody at IodaRacing works with total commitment to racing. I donâ€™t deny that our main goal for this season is to fight for the top positions and for me to do my very best at all races. We will soon face the official tests where I will work hard to find a good feeling with my new Suter. I donâ€™t know my bike in depth yet, but I felt a strong sensation when I first rode it in the tests in Valencia. Since I am here with the sole intention of fighting for victory, I want to be on a good shape from the very first race in Qatar.”
The MotoGP team will be in action in Sepang next week, whilst Zarco will have to wait a week later when he will be in action in Valencia during the Moto2 and Moto3 tests.
2011 Moto2 world champion Stefan Bradl has signed a deal to wear AGV helmets from 2013.
TheÂ initialÂ deal isÂ believedÂ to be for two years, and will see AGV capture a long term target.
Bradl’s leathersÂ manufacturerÂ Dainese owns the AGV helmet brand so Dainese are said to be excited about getting Bradl to end his two year deal with frenchÂ manufacturerÂ Shark.
The young German was delighted with the new deal, and said he felt like a family member with Dainese and AGV. He also praised their paddock efforts, and leaving nothing to chance.
His new helmet will be designed by GermanÂ Jens Munser, who also designs Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel’s helmets.
Bradl had hoped to have LED lights installed in his AGV helmet for the season opening Losail round, much like Vettel used in Singapore. Only for race director Mike Webb to tell themÂ LED lights are banned in the MotoGP World Championship.
Julian Simon has hit back at Casey Stoner’s claims regarding the death of Marco Simoncelli during a recent interview on Spanish radio.
At the weekend upon announcing his deal to race V8 supercars the Aussie said “We lost a rider a couple of years ago (Marco Simoncelli) and with in a month it was like it never happened. They want to see biff and barge and they donâ€™t realise our lives are on the line. We became puppets in that world and it had nothing to do with racing.”
But now the 2009 125cc Champion has hit back and during a recent radio interview withÂ Cadena Ser, heÂ saidÂ ”The truth is that I donâ€™t share Stonerâ€™s view. I do not think people have forgotten a rider like Simoncelli â€¦ nor Kato and Tomizawa, and hopefully it will never happen again.
“I donâ€™t understand. Stoner has done so much for racing, but racing has also done a lot for him and I think that heâ€™ll eventually return to the MotoGP World Championship, if not officially at least sporadically. Youâ€™ll see.”
Whether or not he returns remains to be seen, but it just goes to show theÂ spiritÂ of Simoncelli is still strong in the paddock despite what Stoner thinks.