Nico Rosberg says it’s hard to gauge the potential of Mercedes heading into the Japanese GP, but he believes that the fast nature of Suzuka will play to the strengths of the W04.
Honda has fitted a carbon fiber protector for the rear wheel speed sensor and cable in the wake of last week’s dramatic collision between factory riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa.
The small protecter plate is designed to avoid the freak circumstances that triggered Pedrosa’s high-side crash at Aragon.
Ducati has moved to arrest the embarrassing decline with its MotoGP program by poaching acclaimed engineer Gigi Dall’Igna from Italian rival Aprilia.
The appointment of Dall’Igna has been rumored for some time and is clearly welcomed by incoming Ducati rider Cal Crutchlow who joins the team in 2014.