The motorcycle industry in Europe is on-track to have its fifth-straight year of growth, as registrations are up 8.2% so far in 2018.
David and Neil discuss the Aragon GP in Spain, in this episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, with topics like the rivalry brewing between Marquez and Dovizioso, the rise of Suzuki, and the fall of Yamaha.
Here is your much anticipated MotoGP summary from Sunday’s racing at the Aragon GP in Spain.
MotoGP race results from the Aragon GP round at Motorland Aragon, Spain
Here are all the MotoGP happenings from Saturday at the Aragon GP in Motorland Aragon, Spain.
MotoGP Qualifying Results from the Aragon GP at Motorland Aragon, Spain
Here’s all the MotoGP happenings from Friday at the Aragon GP in Spain.
Here is a preview of things to expect and watch for during during MotoGP’s stop in Spain, for the Aragon GP.
A number of the MotoGP teams have had a busy test at the Aragon circuit over the past two days. This is the test that played a role in not being able to move the Silverstone race to the Monday, a public holiday in the UK, as the trucks needed to travel the 2000km from Towcester to Alcañiz and set up ready for testing.
On Wednesday, Suzuki, Yamaha, and KTM were the factories taking to the track, with the Pramac Ducati squad also present. Thursday saw Yamaha and Pramac depart to make way for the factory Ducati squad. The teams were met with much better weather than at Silverstone, allowing two full days of testing, with the track improving as it got cleaned up with bikes circulating.
The second-quarter sales results from OEMs continue to roll in, and another brand is showing a decline, this time it is BMW Motorrad. Usually one of the stronger brands, in terms of yearly and quarterly growth, the Germans are reporting a 3.1% sales decline for Q2 2018.
In total, BMW Motorrad sold 51,117 units worldwide, compared to the 52,753 units it sold during the same time period last year. In terms of money, this sales drop means a corresponding 5.8% decline in revenue (€658 million) and a 6..8% decline in profits before tax (€174 million).
This is also translating into a 1.6% sales decline (by unit volume) for the first half of the year, with only 86,975 motorcycles and scooters sold to customers. This has resulted in a 10.1% revenue drop (€1,182 million), and a profit decrease of 23.7% (€196 million).
Getting us caught up on the happenings in the MotoGP paddock, the guys discuss two eventful rounds in the MotoGP Championship, and also look back on the season thus far, as the grand prix paddock heads into its summer break.
All in all, we think you will enjoy the show. It is packed with behind-the-scenes info, and insights from teams and riders in the paddock.
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