Month: September 2012

Moto2: espargaro wins at Aragon Motorland, Redding third

Pol Espargaro found his way to the front at just the right moment in yet another hard fought Moto2 race, while championship leader Marquez had to settle for second, British star Redding snatched the final place on the podium in the final corners from Andrea Iannone.

For the full race report at crash.net click here:

http://www.crash.net/motogp/race+report/184536/1/moto2_espargaro_wins_in_aragon_redding_third.html

For the qualifying report, which also made for some unusual results take a look here:

http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/184514/1/moto2_surprise_aragon_pole_for_corsi_marquez_seventh.html

Moto3: Salom wins in aragon, Vinales out.

Luis Salom sealed his second career victory with a close win at the Aragon Motorland circuit, with Vinales suffering engine trouble and not making the race start. Cortese maintains his excellent podium record, while pole-sitter Folger also made the rostrum.

for my full qualifying report at crash.net click here :

http://www.crash.net/motogp/race+report/184534/1/moto3_salom_wins_vinales_out_in_aragon_drama.html

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Also, if you are curious the qualifying report is available here:

http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/184511/1/moto3debut_pole_for_folger_at_drying_aragon.html

Amazing to see that Moto3 has provided exciting racing at every race this year, well worth following for the stars of the future.

MotoGP: Capirossi helps plan your 2013 holidays by releasing provisional calendar early!

Loris Capirossi is no doubt getting his wrists slapped after getting a bit trigger happy with the ‘post to twitter’ button, releasing the MotoGP provisional 2013 calendar early on Thursday. The list itself is pretty much as expected with the interesting points being Silverstone, who still had June 14-16 down as their race weekend on their official webpage this morning, moving to 1st September, Jerez being accompanied by ‘STC’ – Subject To Contract (though, interestingly, they have just officially inked a deal with WSBK) and the second and third races being TBC, around the time where the now dropped Estoril usually places in the calendar, and presumably for Texas and Argentina, though India and Moscow are also in the rumour mill if negotiations turn sour at any of the non-confirmed events. Despite the Portuguese round in Estoril being dropped, one of my favourite race tracks to visit as the trip from Lisbon out to Estoril is simple, beautiful and easy by public transport, Spain retains four Grand Prix, as has been the case since Aragon stepped in for the debacle of organisation that was Hungary, when the Balatonring was announced but never built – twice. The USA count if Circuit of the Americas confirms will rise to three as both Laguna Seca and Indianapolis have signed new contracts.

Here is Loris Capirossi’s now infamous Twitter picture, and with a full list of MotoGP dates you can start penciling in those holiday dates now!

Moto3: Danny Webb joins WWC for 2013

British rider Danny Webb will once again be on the Moto3 grid for 2013 after signing for the World Wide Communication team after two seasons riding for Indian Team Mahindra,it will be the Kent mans seventh season in the Junior class. His new team currently race in Moto3 under a different name…

for the full lowdown and an already busy comments section click here for my full crash.net article:

http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/184068/1/moto3_webb_signs_with_wwc_for_2013.html
After Webb’s 10th in the championship in 2010 it will be interesting to see if he can emulate or even improve upon that with machinery which isn’t lagging behind. It will also be interesting to see how Mahindra will do without Webb and Schrotter who both proved to be great development riders for the team, especially as they had little to compare to being the only team still running an Oral engine. Mahindra will be looking for improvements after signing with Suter for engines next season, it would also be a great opportunity for them to promote an Indian rider into the team.

Marquez masters Misano, keeps Espargaro in check

Moto2’s Misano race had to be restarted after an oil leak on track from unlucky Brit Gino Rea,with Iannone in the lead at the time he took the pole for the restart, but his tyres let him down, leaving countrymen and rivals Marc Marquez and Pol Espargero to fight it out to the line. Marquez used all of his bike and sometimes his leg to kepp Espargaro at bay, Iannone did enough to keep third place.

To view the full race result, check out my crash.net race report here:

http://www.crash.net/motogp/race+report/184023/1/moto2_marquez_keeps_espargaro_at_bay_in_misano.html

Moto3: Cortese snatches victory, Vinales Fifth

Sunday’s Misano Moto3 race was action filled from start to finish with a particularly entertaining final lap. Cortsese had held enough back to escape for the win in the closing stages, while Salom and Fenati, who was way back, came through to complete the podium. Maverick Vinales tore through the pack after a troubled qualifying and poor start, only to bee ru off track by Alex Rins approaching the flag, anding fifth.

For the full race result see my crash.net race report available here:

http://www.crash.net/motogp/race+report/184017/1/moto3_cortese_wins_tough_battle_for_misano_victory.html

MotoGp: Valentino Rossi – special Misano helmet 2012 pictures

Valentino Rossi uveiled his AGV special Aldo Drudi designed special race helmet for the Misano race weekend 2012, it shows Rossi as a boxer, struggling and fighting the tough times at Ducati, the writing reads: ‘come vado?’ or ‘how am I doing?’

Rossi has had many special helmets over the years, and a fair few have been at Misano , below are ‘Donkey’ 2009, ‘Wake Up’ 2010 and his ‘state of mind’ 2011 effort, I still love that Donkey helmet!

Valentino Rossi 2009 Misano Helmet

valentino rossi helmet misano 2010

valentino rossi helmet misano 2011

Remembering Marco Simoncelli and Shoya Tomizawa

After the wonderful charity bike race Cycle of Wishes to remember Marco Simoncelli, who Misano circuit is now named after this picture originally posted by the Tecnomag team (Tomazawa’s team, link to original Facebook post at the bottom) to remember Shoya Tomizawa, who tragically passed away at the circuit seems very poigiant, thoughts are with the Technomag-CIP team and the  Marco Simoncelli Foundation this weekend as well as all the family and friends who will always miss them:

#48 & #58, doing what they did best

Originally here: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=13173327&l=0a544db761&id=198272665478

Moto2: Marquez on pole, Espargaro off in Misano, news round up

Pol Espargaro ended up in the gravel instead of pole ,as Marquez set the fatsest time, while British rider Scott Redding starts on the front row for the fourth time this year.

For the full qualifying lowdown, click here:

http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/183983/1/moto2_moto2_marquez_takes_late_misano_pole_espargaro_falls.html

Here’s a round up of other news ahead of Moto2’s Misano race:

Robbie Rolfo leaves Technomag, Koyama races instead

Ricky Cardus is out injured and is replaced by Steve Odendaal

Mike Di Meglio in at Kiefer Racing for the injured Neukirchner, more on that here: http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/183925/1/moto2_mike_di_meglio_replaces_neukirchner_for_misano.html

MZ are also no longer present on the Moto2 grid

Moto3: Cortese sneaks Misano pole, news round up

Red Bull KTM’s Sandro Cortese got a tow from the pair of Team Italian riders ahead of him, Fenati starts second while fellow Italian and rival Niccolo Antonelli will start from third for San Carlo Gresini, full report here :

http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/183978/1/moto3_cortese_sneaks_pole_at_misano.html

Ahead of the Moto3 race here’s some more line-up data:

Italians Stefano Valtulini and Kevin Calia have wildcard rides for the weekend

Miroslav Popov replaces an injured Moretti at Mahindra (Moretti replaced Marcel Schrotter when he departed for Moto2)

MZ are no longer on the grid, their rider Finsterbusch now rides at Racing Team Germany

Alexis Masbou will not race after injuring his femur in testing, Rinaldi replaces him this week.

Isaac Vinales is also out from injury and is replaced by Josep Rodriguez at Ongetta

Adrian Martin did not set a qualifying time after getting injured in practice.