Fast MotoGP News: No Factory Ducati for Pramac, Donington Replaces Silverstone, New Repsol Gas

Valentino Rossi at Donington 1 photo
It looks like Andrea Iannone’s departure from team Pramac Ducati also triggered the decision of Ducati Corse boss Gigi Dall’Igna to provide the team with the updated versions of the 2014 Desmosedici machinery.
Reportedly, Dall’Igna and team manager Francesco Guidotti have reached an agreement after the recent stir with Cal Crutchlow initially saying he would stay with Ducati and then subsequently being bought out form his deal to join Lucio Checchinello’s LCR Honda satellite team in 2015. Iannone was supposed to remain with Pramac but riding a full factory motorcycle under the satellite team’s colors, making Ducati the only team to field three identical works bikes on the 2015 grid.

As one of the factory seats at Ducati became available, Dall’Igna “promoted” Iannone as a Borgo Panigale-liveried team mate to Andrea Dovizioso, a natural move everybody expected. After the recent tests Ducati carried out and the heartening results the riders had in the last couple of rounds, Dall’Igna seems more confident in the chances the new GP15 Desmosedici has of becoming a truly competitive presence, and prefers to maintain the factory roster to a twin-bike setup, aided by test pilot Michele Pirro, as always.

Now that Iannone has stepped up to the Factory Ducati, Guidotti has to find a replacement for him. The name of Eugene Laverty was mentioned, but his age (he’s 28 already) may be a downside. Pramac is openly speaking they would try to bring in a new, young, untapped talent which would grow with the team. Moto2’s Cameron Beaubier has definitely caught the attention of Pramac, but it looks like there’s still a lot to decide before an official move.

The British Grand Prix will no longer be held at the Silverstone circuit starting with 2015, as Dorna and the FIM signed a 5-season deal with the Circuit of Wales. However, the Welsh track will not be ready in 2015, with 2016 being the earliest we ca hope to see MotoGP action on the new circuit, as we reported.

Dorna agreed to have the British GP take place on substitute track whose name became official today. After a 5 year break, the Donington Park will host a MotoGP race once more. The reasons why Silverstone is no longer a part of the MotoGP calendar are yet unknown, especially as the whole complex got massive investments and was recently upgraded. Andrea Dovizioso is surely rejoicing, as Donington is the circuit where he took his (so far) only win, back in 2009.

Honda’s long-time partner Repsol announces that a new fuel formula was developed for the MotoGP engines and it will be supplied next season. Spanish fuel and petroleum-derivative manufacturer Repsol has also been formulating special fuels for Marc Marquez in the past, when the actual World Champion when he claimed his 125cc title.

According to Repsol the new formula increased power and minimizes the fuel consumption. Repsol is testing the new fuel formulae with their MotoGP-spec single-cylinder engine, technically a quarter of the power house at the heart of the RC213V prototypes, gp-inside reports. With the recent official tests in Brno, Honda 2015-spec machinery already proved a greater potential than the current 2014 RC213V, so it looks like the rest of the grid will have an ever tougher nut to crack next year. Luckily, there are so many things which can influence the fate of a MotoGP championship, so we’d rather say that increased competitiveness will only make racing even better.
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