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Lorenzo and Spies meet with young talents in Indonesia

Monday, 16 January 2012

Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies kicked off their one day visit to Jakarta Sunday morning with a special visit to meet potential racing stars of the future.

The Yamaha Factory Racing duo shared some of their valuable knowledge with up and coming racers in the Indonesian Yamaha R Series Cup as part of a unique Yamaha Coaching Clinic. The MotoGP stars gave tips on rider positioning, cornering and overtaking to the delighted local riders.

Following the morning coaching session, Lorenzo went on to help Yamaha Motor Indonesia launch the new Yamaha Byson motorcycle in front of an audience of over 3000 Indonesian Yamaha Dealers at the special event just outside Jakarta. The 150cc Byson street bike is Yamaha’s important new machine for 2012 in Indonesia. Spies was due to co-host alongside his team mate however a bout of food poisoning unfortunately meant he was unable to participate.

"It’s been a pleasure to meet the new Indonesian racers of the future," said Lorenzo. "I think with good teachers they can be professional riders in world championships. It was important as well for us to see all the dealers here in Indonesia this afternoon who sell all the Yamaha bikes; I hope we helped to motivate them to achieve success in 2012."

"It’s been extremely cool to come here and meet the Indonesian people" commented Spies. "They’ve been so warm and welcoming to me. I’m really sorry to have not been able to meet all the dealers this afternoon, just my luck to get struck down with a bug today. I’m off to Bali now to recover and take a few days rest but I’m already looking forward to another opportunity to come back here again and see everyone."

2012 MotoGP World Championship calendar released

2012 MotoGP World Championship calendar released

A provisional calendar for the 2012 FIM MotoGP World Championship has been released today, and the schedule is as follows:

Date, Grand Prix - Circuit
15 April, Qatar* - Doha/Losail
29 April, Spain (STC) - Jerez de la Frontera
6 May, Portugal (STC) - Estoril
20 May, France - Le Mans
3 June, Catalunya - Catalunya
17 June, Great Britain - Silverstone
30 June, Netherlands** - Assen
8 July, Germany (STC) - TBC
15 July, Italy - Mugello
29 July, United States*** - Laguna Seca
19 August, Indianapolis - Indianapolis
26 August, Czech Rep. - Brno
16 September, San Marino & Riviera di Rimini - Misano
30 September, Aragon - Motorland
14 October, Japan - Motegi
21 October, Malaysia - Sepang
28 October, Australia - Phillip Island
11 November, Valencia - Ricardo Tormo – Valencia

* Evening Race
** Saturday Race
*** Only MotoGP class
STC (Subject to the contract)
TBC (To be confirmed)


Significant Progress on Austin’s F1 Track – Photos

By , February 28, 2011 12:37 am

I visited the Austin F1 track site this morning, and was pleasantly surprised at the progress that has been made in the past couple of weeks. With the required permits apparently now in-place, a significant amount of work has been done on clearing and grading the site.

The following photos show progress to date. Please feel free to use the images, with accreditation to Ian Weightman. If you need high resolution or additional images please contact me through this blog or via Twitter @F1_AustinTX.

Sign at Entrance to Austin's F1 Racetrack

Sign at Entrance to Austin's F1 Racetrack on FM 812


Works Entrance

Works Entrance to Austin's F1 Racetrack

Site Clearance

Site for Austin's F1 Track Being Cleared

Heavy Equipment

Some of the Heavy Equipment Being Used to Clear and Grade the Track Site


Layout and Grading Markers

Markers for Layout and Grading on Cleared Site


Inclined Section

Work Also Underway on Inclined Sections of Site



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