We’ve missed a lot of motorcycling news in the past week or so, and I’d really like to apologise from the bottom of my heart. However, I’m not that sorry because I spent the week away sunning myself in a hot country that wasn’t England – delight.
Anyway, I’m back now to bring you up to speed with anything that you may have missed.
Franco Morbidelli graduates to MotoGP with Marc VDS.
Moto2 front runner Franco Morbidelli has extended his contract with the Marc VDS squad, which will see him move up to MotoGP next year.
This of course leaves the question of who exactly will he be replacing? Personally, I see the choice between Jack Miller and Tito Rabat an obvious one, however I am not the one making the decisions. It is looking likely that Miller will be staying with the team, with Rabat linked to Avintia Ducati. But of course, they’re just rumours. Morbidelli’s team mate Alex Marquez will be staying in Moto2 for another season, alongside Moto3 championship leader Joan Mir.
Virtual pit-boards to be introduced
MotoGP riders will be receiving ‘text messages’ on their dashboards, starting from this weekend’s round at the Sachsenring, Germany.
‘Virtual pit-boards’ have been available during free practice sessions but will now be introduced during races, allowing teams to communicate with their riders at all times. Teams do not get free reign of what they write, and will have to choose from a selection of pre-written messages. Race direction already have the ability to display messages on the riders dashboards, but only now will the technology be available for teams to do the same. There have been mixed feelings surrounding this new announcement, what are your thoughts?
The Circuit of Wales probably isn’t going to happen
Not really news, is it? The Circuit of Wales has been hanging in the balance since it was announced back in 2011. Outline plans were approved in 2013, with contractors planning on beginning its construction in late 2013, to be finished in 2016. The track was planned to be 3.5 miles long, with various smaller tracks in its grounds as well as hotels and retail complexes.
It wasn’t until almost a year later where their bid to host the British Grand Prix was accepted, and they would begin hosting in 2015. Of course, this didn’t actually happen and Silverstone kept the hosting rights.
In the end, the Welsh Government pulled out of funding the track. They’re claiming that an automotive business park will be built on the site instead. Let’s be honest, the Circuit of Wales looked like a good idea on paper, but it was never actually going to happen…was it?
Danny Kent returns to Moto3 with Red Bull KTM Ajo
Danny Kent is back once more. He’ll be replacing the injured Nico Antonelli at the Sachsenring in just a few days time.
Antonelli suffered a back injury after a crash last time out, and has been ruled out of this weekends race. Kent rode for the team in Le Mans this year, and took a win at the Sachsenring in 2015 after starting from pole position. Can he do it again? Only time will tell.
Andy Reid makes British comeback replacing Guigliano at Tyco BMW
Andy Reid will be making his return to the British stage with the Tyco BMW British Superbike team, replacing Davide Guigliano who announced an ‘amicable split’ while he concentrated on his recovery.
The Italian joined the team at the start of this season, but was ruled out after a crash at the second round during free practice at Brands Hatch. Andy Reid has been drafted in as his replacement alongside seasoned BMW rider Christian Iddon.
Reid was leading the British Supersport championship last year, until an injury brought his season to an end. He tested with the Tyco squad at Kirkistown, and team boss Phillip Neill was impressed with his performance. You can watch Andy in action for the first time with the Tyco BMW this weekend, as BSB heads to Snetterton.
Josh Brookes and Sylvain Guintoli to compete in Suzuka 8 Hour
2015 BSB champion Josh Brookes and former World Superbike champion Sylvain Guintoli will line up for the Yoshimura Suzuki squad for the prestigious endurance race. The team will be completed by Takuya Tsuda.
Controlled electronics to be introduced to WSBK from 2018?
There has been a lot of talk about how World Superbike can be made fairer. With Kawasaki and Ducati dominating the series, what can be done? They’ve used the reversed grid format which has had no effect on results so far.
Now, in a press release from the FIM, it has been revealed that controlled electronics could be the way forward. MotoGP have been using a control ECU since last season, and WSBK look set to do the same in order to open up the competition. No set decision has been made yet, but you can check out the full press release from the FIM over on roadracingworld.com.
That’s your lot for the round-up! If there’s something you think I’ve missed, please do let me know. Have opinions on what I’ve mentioned? Drop us a comment below or let us know on Twitter – @ftmotorsport_