The rumours we all knew were true have now been officially confirmed – Jorge Lorenzo is headed to Ducati. Ducati has been pursuing Lorenzo since Casey Stoner’s illness in 2009, but Jorge has turned them down on multiple occasions. But it’s now been confirmed that Lorenzo has signed a two year deal with Ducati, starting in 2017. The Ducati MotoGP team has not won a race since Casey Stoner’s departure at the end of 2010, with the Australian claiming Ducati’s only championship back in 2007. Valentino Rossi had two seasons with Ducati in 2011 and 2012, and claimed just three podium finishes. The Ducati Desmosedici is now considered by many, including senior figures inside the Italian factory and star test rider Stoner, as capable of winning and by bringing Lorenzo on board the Italian manufacturer is hoping to secure another MotoGP title. Lorenzo will once again be working with team boss Luigi Dall’Igna, who moved to Ducati from Aprilia in 2013. The pair worked together during Lorenzo’s successful time at Aprilia. Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. officially announced today that its partnership with Jorge Lorenzo will be discontinued at the close of the 2016 MotoGP season. It brings to an end an eight year relationship that saw Jorge Lorenzo and Yamaha claim three MotoGP titles (2010, 2012 and 2015), 41 races wins and 99 podiums together. Yamaha has already confirmed Valentino Rossi for 2017 and 2018, but are now looking for a second rider to replace Lorenzo. Suzuki’s Maverick Vinales has been suggested as the most likely candidate but Yamaha will make no further announcements until a rider is confirmed.
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So we have our first non-Kawasaki race win for the 2016 season, and of course it is a Ducati.
Chaz Davies delivered on his pre season promise and blitzed the field. On lap 3 he set a new lap records and took off into the sunset to win by over 4 seconds…
Sad news has come out of the Losail International Circuit, where the opening round of the 2016 MotoGP championship is under way. Tunisian rider Taoufik Gattouchi has died from injuries received in a multi bike crash during the Losail 600 Cup support race. The incident happened at turn three on the 10th lap of the 15 lap race. A statement posted on the official MotoGP website says that the race was immediately red flagged and medical teams provided trackside medical attention to the 49-year-old rider. Mr Gattouchi was transported by air ambulance to the Hamad Hospital in Doha where resuscitation continued. Unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries. Well wishes are pouring in from the MotoGP and broader motorcycling community. All of us at Motorcycle Life also wish to pass on our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr Gattouchi.
Like many teenagers wanting to break into professional motorsport, 17 year old Mitch Evans is having to juggle his school and racing commitments. Mitch is in his final year at Cairns High School and is caught up in text books and homework through the week. But Mitch is also a major player in this years’ Under 19 MX Nationals championship that starts on April 3, so when the weekend comes around it’s time to jump onto the dirt bike. So far Mitch has been able to juggle things successfully, maintaining good results at school while still scoring well on the track. Even as his school demands have increased, he won the 2014 Australian Junior Motocross Championship, and then the SXD (u19) division at the Australian Supercross Championship last year. “I would love to be able to just race full time and to be a professional racer is my goal but at the moment, my parents and I believe it’s important to have a good education so I have other opportunities in life if the motocross career doesn’t work out,” explains the well-spoken North Queenslander. “At the moment, I have to balance a few things to make it work and it can be tough when I’m away racing and have assignments due at the same time.” Mitch has exams and a school camp in the week leading up to the opening round of the 2016 MX Nationals. But he says the burden has been reduced since joining the Yamalube Yamaha Team in 2015, and that has reduced some of the pressure on the family and on his own time. Young Mitch is now getting a taste of what it’s like to be in professional motorsport. The team takes care of the race bikes and travel, and he flies to and from the race meetings. He says it means he doesn’t miss as much school and he’s not wasting time sitting in a car driving up and down the coast every other weekend. The end of the year will bring on a big decision for Mitch – whether to go to University and continue his studies or chase his racing dream. “I hope to be able to secure a full time ride with a MX2 team next year so I can focus on racing and see where it takes me. You only have a small window to make a career out of racing and I would like to put 100% into that. I can always go back to Uni,” Evans shrugs!
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There have a few articles come out this week in the lead up the 2016 MotoGP telling us about Valentino Rossi’s troubles with a lack of respect from his Spanish rivals. Full disclosure here, I have been a Rossi fan since he first came to world stage in 125’s however this game that is being played out at the moment is not the confident Rossi of old. Who will Rossi blame? He seems to be blaming the spaniards, Marq Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa, for his troubles last season which in my mind is a clear sign that the mind games are being played upon Rossi. Remember this is the man who had put his “hex” curse on Sete Gibernau that he would not win another race, and what do you know he didn’t. Vale has been the King of the psych in his whole career and what a sight it was to see him destroy a rival without even firing up an engine in anger. We now come to the 2015 season and the shoe was on the other foot. However this time I don’t see one clear opponent whom is playing the game. It seems to be either the “Spanish mafia” at work, as some journalists have labelled them, or in my opinion it is Rossi thinking he has things sewn up and he begins to psych himself out of it. Or maybe, just maybe, Vale was trying to play the games of yore and these young upstarts are wise the tricks. Anyway, BRING ON QATAR is all I can say!!!
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