MotoGP: Sepang Testing Begins, Fiat Yamaha Launches Thursday

What Happens When Racing and Testing Are Beginning All Over the Place

1:27am EST — In a late reminder, the first MotoGP pre-season test begins Wednesday in Sepang.  The Fiat Yamaha team will launch its 2010 motorcycle with Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo on Thursday.  The team will provide, in an interesting and innovative marketing strategy, coverage of the event by “Fiat livebloggers” who will post pictures and video while the event is happening.  The launch will occur at 7am EST, 2pm GMT, and 10pm in Malaysia.  To find the specific links to the YouTube videos and live pictures of the event, follow the directions in this article at “Fiat on the Web.” Many of the other teams will unveil their 2010 liveries before the test, though the Ducati had already been launched at the Malboro Wrooom event with Ferrari.

According to the official MotoGP website, the Wednesday test is only for test riders and the 17-man 2010 grid (see the previously published entry list at On Any Sunday, These Days) will begin riding on Thursday and will also post times on Friday.  According to, Wednesday’s testing riders are “Norihiko Fujiwara and Wataru Yoshikawa (both Yamaha), Akiyoshi Kosuke (Honda), Nobuatsu Aoki (Suzuki) and Vittoriano Guareschi (Ducati).”


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