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MotoGP Academy announces 2006 plans
News, 16/02/06

Six young talents hailing from Europe and Asia will be aiming to take their first steps on the path to a successful motorcycle road racing career in Spain this year thanks to the latest plans unveiled by the MotoGP Academy. Newcomers Scott Reading, 13 (Great Britain,) Jonas Folger, 12 (Germany), Takaaki Nakagami, 14 (Japan) and Isaac Viñales, 12 (Spain), have been selected to join the project by MotoGP Academy Director Alberto Puig and Sports Co-ordinator Raul Jara after impressing during private tests at Valencia in December.

The quartet of new recruits will join existing students Danny Webb, 15, and Kev Coghlan, 17 (both Great Britain), who enter into their second year with the scheme, and all six riders will contest the 125cc Spanish Championship (CEV). The youngsters will be looking to follow in the footsteps of last year's success story Bradley Smith, who clinched victory in the final three rounds of the CEV, missing out on the title by a single point, and who will this year make his full debut in the 125cc World Championship.

The MotoGP Academy is an initiative created by MotoGP rights holders Dorna Sports to foment and foster young motorcycling talents and to provide them with a platform by which to progress into the MotoGP World Championships. The academy offers the youngsters specialist training in the many facets of the sport, which include such diverse areas as psycho-physical preparation, racecraft and language learning.

The riders will begin their programme with four days of preseason training and medical tests at the academy headquarters in Barcelona during the first days of March. They will stay on a temporary basis at the Blume Residence, which boasts excellent facilities and an experienced group of doctors and sport physiotherapists. Their first track test is scheduled for March 27-28 at Albacete, with the opening round of the CEV taking place at the same circuit on May 7. Webb is also pencilled in to make his Grand Prix debut this season and could make as many as three wildcard appearances in the 125cc World Championship.

Source all news items: MotoGP website
 

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Pedrosa pleased with preseason progress
News, 16/02/06

Dani Pedrosa´s final session at Sepang was, like those of the other motogp riders, hampered by the intermittent rainfall which hit the Malaysian track. The Spaniard today completed a total of 35 laps, although his fastest lap was somewhat slower than that of the first session.

The young rookie has been working with a modified chassis whilst he tries to adapt to the Honda RC211V. In an interview with motogp.com, Pedrosa stated “I´m happy, we have gained experience and we are learning, which is the most important thing. We just have to continue learning and I hope to be up at the top of the standings more regularly”

The Spanish rider will now travel to Japan together with teammate Nicky Hayden, where they will take part in a celebration of the new season organised by Honda next Monday. From there they will set off for London to rest for a few days before the Official Catalunya Test.
 

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Gibernau positive after Sepang setback
News, 16/02/06

Sete Gibernau, a victim of problems both physical and meteorological this week, has certainly not had the kind of test he had hoped for at Sepang. However the Spaniard remains happy with the Desmosedici GP6’s development, as well as that of the Bridgestone tyres despite limited opportunities to test them.

The Ducati rider is looking forward to the Official Test in Catalunya, where he has indicated that he will be able to check the bike’s true potential. In an interview with motogp.com, Gibernau spoke about this week’s strange test, in which rain and stomach problems halted his progress.

“Even though I’ve been ill and the rain has stopped us a bit, it was good to at least get on the bike and feel things. It shows that the work we did in Phillip Island wasn’t so bad, because we still went round well here. We look forward to testing in Barcelona and Jerez where the Ducati and Bridgestone didn’t do so well last year”
 

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Checa: “We´re doing even better than expected"
News, 17/02/06

Carlos Checa and his Yamaha Tech3 team finished their second test in Sepang with a positive outcome, in both the amount of work completed and the times achieved. In fact Checa´s laps were very close to the fastest of the test.

The Spanish rider spoke in an exclusive interview with motogp.com in his native tongue, in which he stated that “we are doing even better than expected with this new project”, although he emphasised that the combination of the bike and the Dunlop tyres should still continue improving in order to increase its competitivity.

“We have limitations, I think this is the same for every team. But I’m doing everything possible to get information to the technicians and especially the people at Dunlop” said Checa.
 

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Consistent Hopkins believes there is more to come
News, 17/02/06

Suzuki MotoGP have been working overtime in order to establish the GSV-R as a competitive bike this season, and the grafting seems to be paying off with John Hopkins’ excellent form in this week’s Sepang Test.

The Anglo-American rider was both one of the fastest and most consistent throughout the three days at the Malaysian circuit, despite the best efforts of the weather to dampen his progress.

Although Hopkins’ bike clocked impressive times, he believes that the Suzuki has still more untapped potential to be discovered at the next date of the preseason calendar. In any case, Hopkins remains impressed by this week’s developments.

“We lost a bit of time because of the weather, which frustrated me a bit because I was riding well with a good rhythm at the same pace as my rivals. Right now I’m confident that we can do well when competition time arrives” said Hopkins in an exclusive interview with motogp.com.
 

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Crivillé talks about MotoGP´s young Spaniards
News, 18/02/06

Álex Crivillé has been at Toni Elías’ side once again during this week´s Sepang Test. The Catalan rider’s assistant, Crivillé is looking at the premier class from a very different perspective to that of his riding days.

As well as evaluating his protegé’s progress on the RC211V,the Spaniard also spoke to motogp.com about young rookie Dani Pedrosa.

“I think that Dani is riding well at the moment, very precise and doing good laps. This is the result of a great adaptation to the bike and I believe that this debut year could be a good one for him” stated Crivillé on the Repsol Honda rider.

With regards Elias, he is satisfied with his preseason, although indicated that the Spaniard is having difficulties adjusting to his new ride.

“What he must do now is put some kilometres on the bike. I think there are still many days of testing before the season starts. At the moment he is progressing, but not exactly as we would like. He´s had problems with adapting to the new bike, in particular the front”.
 

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Edwards eager to start the season
News, 18/02/06

It takes a lot more than minor inconveniences to dampen the spirits of Colin Edwards, as evidenced by the American’s desire to start the season as soon as possible despite problems with chattering and daily rainfall in Sepang.

The Yamaha rider is satisfied with the work undertaken at the Malaysian circuit, in particular with the performance of the new M1. He considers the latest model to be a significant improvement on its predecessor.

“It’s been a good test. We´ve learnt a lot about the bike and have been able to try new things which seem to have worked. We are coming along well and the prototype is better than when we started, which is the most important thing”
 

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Stoner doubles up
News, 21/02/06

Australian Casey Stoner is one of the rookies hoping to break through in MotoGP this coming season. The young rider is currently suffering from a shoulder injury which affected his testing in Sepang, but hopes to be fighting fit in 2006 after making the jump from 250cc. One of the most exciting riders to emerge from down under, Stoner will undertake this new challenge onboard the Honda RC211V.
 

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Pretty good information, bro, good find!!!
 
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