As MotoGP heads out to Spain again for the final round of 2012 here’s a round up of what has occurred since the Australian Grand Prix.
Starting with the track itself, the circuit has been relaid for this years race, but that didn’t stop Ducati’s Valentino Rossi labeling it the seasons ‘Mickey Mouse’ track due to it’s smaller than average size:
“Valencia definitely isn’t one of my favourite circuits, apart from the fact that it’s in Spain, which always has a great atmosphere. It’s a ‘Mickey Mouse’ track that’s small for MotoGP and therefore difficult and tricky”.
More on the circuit’s new surface in this older post: https://survivalofthefastest.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/valencia-the-makeover-edtion/
Turn four is also to be named “Nico Terol Corner” in a ceremony on Sunday, the track is where Terol sealed victory to take his 125cc Championship title. More on that here:
In Moto3 the race is still on for Rookie of the Year, with just a handful of points separating Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0) and race winner Romano Fenati (Team Italia FMI)
Moto3 will also have wild card riders in Juan Fransisco Guevara for Wild Wolf BST and Philipp Oettl for HP Kalex Moto.
Hector Faubel returns at the Cheste circuit subbing for former team mate Alberto Moncayo at the JHK Laglisse team.
In 2013 news Australia’s Jack Miller and Scot John McPhee will make up Racing Team Germany’s line up for next season, on a bike which served Louis Rossi well this year, including a win for the Frenchman at his home race in Le Mans. McPhee is currently sitting in at Caretta Technology for the injured Alexis Masbou after several successful wild card appearances while Miller has raced for the team all season.
Moto2 will also have a wild card participant with Dani Rivas riding for TSR Galicia School.
Ant West, who is serving a one month ban for his doping result from the Le Mans Grand Prix, will be replaced at QMMF by Rafid Topan Sucipto
UPDATE: Mattia Pasini will be riding for Forward Racing in place of the injured Alex de Angelis
Also looks as if Johann Zarco will be moving to Ioda Racing in 2013, taking Simone Corsi’s old seat.
Bridging the gap up to MotoGP news is the ever present Claudio Corti, who after an eventful season of moves including a brief stint in WSBK finds himself having a go at MotoGP as a wild card for BQR on the Inmotec chassis. He is one of three riders to be fielded by the Avintia Blusens team, along with Ivan Silva, who rode the Inmotec chassis only to abandon it and return to using FTR and Hiroshi Aoyama, who in relpacing the injured Yonny Hernandez and (also using an FTR-Kawasaki) gets to mix it up again with his old 250cc rivals Lorenzo, Dovizioso, Bautista, Barbera, Abraham and Aleix Espargaro (though sadly not Simoncelli R.I.P.and sadly for him one would imagine nowhere near Lorenzo and Dovi or Bautista on a good day!)
Aoyama is also confirmed to ride for the team for the 2013 season.