Month: August 2013

Image of the GP: A very British recovery!

Ah, the Brits, famed for our stiff upper lip, queuing and getting on with ‘it’, whatever it may be at the time.

Take Cal Crutchlow. He’s not very good at queuing (not round a MotoGP track anyway, far better at overtaking, maybe he saves his manners for the supermarket…) but he excels at getting on with it.

‘It’ today was qualifying. His starting point was this:

crutchlow battered tech3

Oops, anyone claim the smashed Tech3 parked near the track?…
Image via MotoGP.com, editorial use only, under fair use act

Fair to say that that bike was a bit broken. Trouble was it was his second bike. As is the nature of the fabled Silverstone curse this was not his first crash of the weekend. He also did a great Tarzan impression while dealing with a wasp stuck in his leathers.

The stiff upper lip, can-do approach prevailed and despite some pain and a hybrid rebuilt thing of a bike expertly spliced together by his awesome mechanics a bit of determination saw Crutchlow qualify third on the front row.

Yes, ON THE FRONT ROW.

As he put it himself via the medium of tweet: “What you don’t want to do on a Saturday at Silverstone is crash at 293kph. Then do again over handle bars 30mins later …”

Moto2 and Moto3 Silverstone qualifying reports online now!

Marquez made Lorenzo look very sad and confused, but what happened in the support classes?

Vinales took pole in Moto3 in a positive and dominant performance and Redding couldn’t quite get pole being beaten by Nakagami at home, but having a few grid places on rival Espargaro, commanding rides from the pole sitters in all classes then!

For a round up of events see my post at Paddockchatter.com

For my detailed Moto3 and Moto2 reports head on over to crash.net, just click on the links!

Feel free to comment/like/add or tweet if you do!

Moto2: Kitted out – Special helmet,bike and leathers for Redding at Silverstone

Nothing makes a rider more likely to have some special kit for the weekend than a home race.

Scott Redding is leading the way for the Brit pack by going the whole hog – bike, leathers and helmet, so let’s allow the pictures to do the talking…

redding brit bike

you’ll never spot him with such an understated bike!
Image via reddingpower on instagram

Redding brit helmet

Ready for action, an early view of the helmet, on MotoGP.com, Editorial use only under fair use act

Redding brit leathers

Matchy-Matchy! Redding’s leathers are also in the colours of the union flag for the weekend.
Image via @ianwheeler on twitter

redding helmet improved view

An improved view of the helmet

(Early) Image of the GP: ‘I’m tallest’…but your both taller than Pedrosa!

taller pedrosa Redding Rossi 2103 Silverstone

No point fighting over height when your name is Dani Pedrosa, even I’m taller than him!
Image via Twitter

It’s a busy MotoGP weekend here in Blighty, so I’m getting in early with a picture funny enough for a go at Image of the GP, though it’s only Friday! (Hopefully the action will be so good I will be able to do more!)

Rossi and Redding appear to be having a height-off…Pedrosa is, wisely, not getting involved for reasons which I will presume are obvious (for those with polite minds let’s just say he didn’t add ‘thumbellina’ to his roster of nicknames without good cause.)

Though it does make him nippy on that Honda, if only it wasn’t for those pesky kid team-mates!!!

MotoGP: Scott Redding confirmed at Gresini Honda

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Winning ways – Redding taking the spoils here in Mugello – leading the world championship opened the doors to MotoGP for him.
Image via Marc VDS

Though rumoured to be for a long time Scott Redding’s contract with the Gresini MotoGP team were announced this morning.

The British rider, who will be hoping for a strong showing this weekend in his home Grand Prix at Silverstone, will  be riding the new Honda production racer for Gresini and replacing Bryan Staring in the squad.

The 20-year-old’s two year deal starts with Honda’s production racer (tested by former World champion Casey Stoner) – a low cost version of the RC213V, and will not have pneumatic valves or seamless transmission, but is allowed more fuel and more engines and will use the Magneti Marelli spec ECU.

Redding stated:“I am looking forward to the challenge of MotoGP next season. I’ll be racing alongside the best riders in the world, aboard the brand-new Honda production racer, so I know already how steep a learning curve it’s going to be. This was why it was so important to me that I made this step with an experienced team, and there are few more experienced in the MotoGP paddock than Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini. My focus for now is on winning the Moto2 World Championship for Marc van der Straten, without whose support over the past four years I wouldn’t even have been given this opportunity to move up to the premier class.”

Team boss Fausto Gresini added: “I’m delighted to be able to work with a young talent like Scott Redding. We have signed a two-year contract together, with the clear aim of building an ambitious project that should see him develop and be taken to the pinnacle of MotoGP. Scott has already shown that he has a lot of quality, so we are proud to welcome him into our team. We cannot wait to begin working with him; his riding style is great to watch, as is his approach to racing.”

Redding’s adaptation to MotoGP™ machinery will begin as soon as the current season comes to a close in Valencia.

Ahead of Silverstone the Marc VDS man  leads Moto2™ by 21 points from Spain’s Pol Espargaro, who will also move to the premier class in 2014 with Monster Yamaha Tech3.

Home time! The British riders ahead of the Silverstone GP

“It’s always about being the best Brit. We’re not a team, we’re not at the Olympics or wearing the same colours”

That’s fighting talk from Scott Redding!

Nice to see ahead of the British Grand Prix weekend, where the Moto2 rider has a good chance of victory with the home crowd behind him.

The quote is from an interview with the BBC, available in full here.

Scott is no stranger to a home win: The 20-year-old Briton stood on the top step after winning the 2008 British 125cc Grand Prix at Donington.

He took third place the following year. Last season he returned once again to the podium, this time in the Moto2 class, after taking a hard fought second place at Silverstone.

Redding has also cryptically hinted on Twitter that something interesting will happen, posting ” I think you all gonna have a bit of a shock when I exit pit lane on Saturday :)”.

How much of a shock Scott?! I think we will all be allowed to pass out if you are on a MotoGP bike instead!

Redding 12 ish

Let’s hope there’s a reason for some of this! Redding gets his wheelie on.
Image via @Reddingpower on Twitter

“Let the battle commence”.

Bradley Smith’s online retort to Redding shows he’s up for scoring his best result at home too.

The Oxford rider has had his promo head on ahead of Silverstone, with this interesting video showing what it means to ride, in his own words:

The Yamaha Tech3 rookie added “It’s been a fantastic year for British riders in MotoGP this season with Cal, Scott and myself getting some great results. We get one big chance to show the British fans how well we have done and that’s at the Hertz British Grand Prix at Silverstone. It’s the biggest race of the season for all of us in front of those home fans who have been brilliant this season. Bring it on.”

His Ducati-bound team-mate Cal Crutchlow is also looking forward to the trip home, but wishes Brno had gone better:

“Brno wasn’t the best preparation for my home race at Silverstone, but I go there knowing I have the pace and that I can be challenging at the front. I am really excited for Silverstone and I know the support from the British fans will be incredible, so hopefully I can give them something to cheer about.”

Also in MotoGP Michael Laverty has the unusual luxury of having some knowledgr of the circuit!

 “Silverstone will be the first circuit on the calendar that I have intimate knowledge of. Combine this with the home support from family, friends and the fans, it promises to be a great weekend. There is a great buzz surrounding the event this year, and I can’t wait.”

Gino Rea will be making a wild-card appearance in Moto2…and selling coffee, now THAT’S multitasking!

Danny Kent will be hoping to push for the top ten after a superb 12th in Moto2 in Brno for Tech3.

The only full-time Brit left in Moto3 is Scot John McPhee, a Racing Steps success story, he’s been close to a best finish for Caretta Technology-RTG, hampered slightly by a virus and tyre degredation, so hopefully loud cheers can bypass the negatives for him.

Finally there will also be home wild-card riders in the lightweight class: Wayne Ryan and Kyle Ryde both having benn selected to appear at Silverstone, both are also Racing Steps Foundation backed.

Good luck to all at Silverstone!

Injury Updates – Cortese’s broken wrist and other stories…

Rider’s like to show you just how badly they got hurt, almost like a badge of honour. Bradley Smith took it to extremes with some frankly quite gory images of his finger injury earlier in the year.

Rather more sedate are Sandro Cortese’s x-rays following his accident in Brno last weekend.

cortese post brno x ray

All fixed and on the mend…Cortese shares his surgery secrets!
Image via @Sandrissimo11 on Twitter

The Moto3 champion showed his battle scars from the Brno round but he was not the only rider carrying injury or getting a new one!

Let’s investigate who may struggle to make Silverstone…

Intact GP revealed Cortese is keen to attempt to make the Brirish Grand Prix, despite his operation being the same week, having taken place on Monday

“Many greetings from Sandro out of the hospital, fresh from his arm surgery. He wants to be sure to try at Silverstone…” was Tweeted by the team. The German Moto2 rider adding “trying to recover as fast as I can”.
UPDATE: Cortese has arrived and will attempt to participate
A painful crash lead to a painful injury for Frenchman Mike Di Meglio, who sustained a compound fracture to his Coccyx (bottom area!) and will be out of Moto2 action for around a month.
UPDATE:  Cadwell BSB podium finisher Jason O’Halloran will be riding the JiR bike as a replacement for the very injured Mike Di Meglio, congratulations to the Australian and good luck as a last minute replacement!
Also in Moto2 Thitipong Warokorn, Ratthapark Wilairot’s replacement, rode  to the finish Brno race with displaced fibula fracture, from his practice crash.
In Moto3 Luis Salom has postponed the surgery he needs on his broken foot/ankle that he has been suffering through for the past few rounds.
Karel Abraham remains undecided after spending most of the season injured, he was hit again in Brno by wild-card Martin Bauer.
The Czech rider  already missed the Grands Prix of Americas and Spain following a crash in Texas which resulted in a dislocated right collarbone, then returned but missed the Indianapolis race after suffering contusion of his left shoulder and left foot when he highsided and still causes him pain now.
UPDATE: Abraham elected not to ride at the British Grand Prix
MotoGP rider Claudio Corti is expected to ride after suffering a concussion from his fall .
There were plenty of wounded souls circulating before the MotoGP paddock headed into the Czech Republic, lets hope Silverstone is a little kinder.

MotoGP: Hayden’s ‘Born To Ride’ helmet to be a special edition

Due to popular demand (because it looks good) Nicky Hayden took charge of his own press and announced on Twitter that his ‘Born To Ride’ army/camo helmet from the Laguna Seca and Indianapolis rounds will be released as a customer special edition.

Posting at @NickyHayden the American wrote:

“Good news for fans that been asking bout the camo helmet. Arai will be releasing a limited edition”.

No further details yet, but I will update as and when they become available. In the meantime here are some images of the helmets excellent artwork by Starline graphics, including of the open helmet idea originally used on the ‘Easy Hayden’ lid from last season…

Coming soon to an Arai dealer near you….
Image 1 by Arai HElmets uk via Facebook
Image 2 By @NickyHayden via Twitter

camo hayden 1

Image of the GP – Brno: What do you mean by ‘injured’ ?!

Moto3 is full of characters, Luis Salom is one of them.

He has already made Image of the GP for commandeering a deck chair after crashing out of a qualifying session, for more on that, click here

Today’s Brno race-winner gets today’s  Image of the GP for spending most of the weekend looking more like he should be on his way to hospital, not the top spot on the podium!

Salom on crutches

Not looking like a winner – Salom in the press conference with his crutches, which were used up to mounting his bike.
Image by MotoGP.com, editorial use only under fair use act.

The Red Bull KTM rider actually looked fitter at the last round in Indianapolis, but used his crutches everywhere but on the bike, held back in fourth and pounced for the win.

Nice flip flops too, Salom!

Moto2 and Moto3 Brno race reports online now!

Kallio wins in Brno

It’s been a while: Kallio takes first win since 2008
Image via Marc VDS

There was strong passes  in all classes in Brno, Marquez set yet more records in MotoGP, but where did MotoGP’s future stars come?

Salom was back to his old tricks in Moto3 with Mika Kallio making a welcome return to the top spot in the Czech Republic!

For a summary of events visit my round-up for PaddockChatter.com or for in depth race reports on crash.net for both Moto2 and Moto3click the links, where you can share comment like and tweet away with other race fans!

For an in depth look at the battle for the Moto2 title between Redding and Espargaro :

http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/194952/1/czech_moto2_espargaro_takes_five_redding_never_gave_up.html