2012

Moto2: Who else is affected by Ant West’s ban?

The FIM has now confirmed the ban imposed for Ant West’s doping offence. The Australian has always claimed this was accidental and a result of taking the banned substance Methylhexaneamine via an energy drink.

The ban has been applied retrospectively so does not affect his future competition, but when applied over the dates 20 May 2012 to 19 October 2013 – 18 months in total – he loses his two Moto2 podium results.

Westy

West’s results may have been scrapped, but who gets bumped up into those podium places at the expense of the Australian?
West image by thomasrdotorg and used under the Creative Commons License Agreement

Sad for West and his fans, but a timely reminder that athletes can never be too careful – the severity also serves as a warning that accidental consumption is equally frowned upon.

Now to look at the story a different way, who else has been affected by the ban now it has been confirmed the results are to be altered and West’s podiums removed?

Scott Redding gets another rostrum, Gino Rea is boosted up to a 2nd, and Hafizh Syahrin his first Moto2 podium placing!

Here’s a look at the original results and the new standings after West’s Results have been omitted:

Phillip Island, Sunday, October 28, 2012 podium,ORIGINAL

  1. Pol Espargaro (SPA) Tuenti Movil HP 40 (Kalex)
  2. Ant West (AUS) QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up)
  3. Marc Marquez (SPA) Team Catalunya Caixa Repsol (Suter)

Phillip Island, Sunday, October 28, 2012 AMENDED

    1. Pol Espargaro (SPA) Tuenti Movil HP 40 (Kalex)
    2. Marc Marquez (SPA) Team Catalunya Caixa Repsol (Suter)
    3. Scott Redding (GBR) Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex)

Sepang, Sunday, October 21, 2012 podium, ORIGINAL

  1. Alex De Angelis (RSM) NGM Mobile Forward Racing (FTR)
  2. Ant West (AUS) QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up)
  3. Gino Rea (GBR) Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 (Suter)

Sepang, Sunday, October 21, 2012 podium, AMENDED

  1. Alex De Angelis (RSM) NGM Mobile Forward Racing (FTR)
  2. Gino Rea (GBR) Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 (Suter)
  3. Hafizh Syahrin (MAL) Petronas Raceline Malaysia (FTR)

So there is some good news in the bad, especially for Hafizh Syahrin who will have his first full Moto2 season in 2014, and Gino Rea, who can hopefully use the positive change to his result to secure more sponsors after revealing he will have American backing for next season after a hard year of wild-card and replacement privateer riding in 2013!

Full FIM press release statement below:

Doping – Decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the case of rider Anthony West

The FIM has taken note of the Award handed down on 22 November 2013 by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in the case of rider Anthony West, participant in the 2012 FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix in the Moto2 Class.

On 20 May 2012, Anthony West underwent an anti-doping test conducted by the FIM at the 2012 French Grand Prix. The urine sample obtained from Mr West revealed the presence of a stimulant (Methylhexaneamine) prohibited in competition under the FIM Anti-doping Code in force.

Following a decision of 29 October 2012 handed down by the FIM International Disciplinary Court (CDI) to suspend Mr West for one month, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) appealed to the CAS and called for a 24 month period of ineligibility to be imposed on Mr West.

The case was referred to a three-man CAS Panel. A hearing was held on 21 August 2013 in Lausanne and the parties were heard. The FIM was represented by the Head of its Legal Department, Mr Richard Perret.

The appeal by WADA against the CDI’s decision was only partially upheld. The Panel suspended Anthony West for 18 months from which the one month’s suspension already served was deducted.

Taking into account the considerable delay in the conduct of the case before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the CAS Panel decided to set the start of the suspension retroactively at 20 May 2012.

Subject to the lodging of any appeal by one of the parties within 30 days with the Swiss Federal Tribunal and as provided for in the CAS Award, all the sporting results obtained by Anthony West from 20 May 2012 up to the expiry of the period of ineligibility (i.e. 19 October 2013) will be invalidated. The FIM will therefore modify the rankings of the 2012 and 2013 FIM Road Racing World Championships Grand Prix, Moto2 Class, accordingly. The FIM will also modify the rankings of the 2012 FIM Endurance Road Racing World Cup.

MotoGP: Turning Japanese – Motegi has a manga poster again for 2013!

Motegi 2013 poster

Excellent poster for the Air Asia Grand Prix of Japan once again!
Image via Twitter, for editorial use only under fair use act.
Owned by MotoGP, Dorna, and the original artist.

Because nothing says the Japanese MotoGP race is here like a Manga picture of Valentino Rossi.

Japan are starting to excel themselves as the best MotoGP poster makers and in an ‘if-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it’ style have once again gone for a manga stlye of drawing for the Air Asia Grand Prix of Japan at the Twin Ring, Motegi.

So here’s a little review of what makes the follow-up to last years version of all your favourite rider in manga style so good:

  • It gives a good feel of who is popular in Japan (Hayden must be really popular, he’s on twice, cartoon and bike, with little chance of a podium!)
  • Cal Crutchlow looks a bit less crazy in this years edition
  • Rossi in manga is always going to be cool
  • The artist has excellently duplicated the furrowed brow sported by Lorenzo and Pedrosa at most rounds this season as Marquez has stormed into the championship lead.
  • Marquez’s permanent smile is pretty spot-on too.
  • Love all the pointing and fist-pumping action!

Come on the Phillip Island and Valencia the gloves are off in round two of the big poster battle and Motegi means business!

Want a reminder of last years version, here you go:

https://survivalofthefastest.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/motogp-airasia-grand-prix-of-japans-epic-manga-poster/

MotoGP: Suzuki are back – but not until 2015

noo suzuki

The new Suzuki, ready for testing but not for racing until 2015
Image via MotoGP.com

After leaving MotoGP at the end of the 2011 season, the paddock had been full of rumours of Suzuki’s immenent and expected return next season, with plenty of speculation on who would be running the team and which riders had been approached to ride the blue machines.

An official press statement released today (Monday 17 June) instead confirmed that Suzuki will not return until the 2015 season.

The Japanese factory still arrived on Sunday for the post Catalunya Grand Prix testing as scheduled.

The delay, according to Suzuki, is to allow for more development – to come back as competitive as possible, however it also ties in with Dorna’s announcement of no funding help in 2014 for new entries, including flights and tyres where the 2015 season will be supplemented based on performance.

What they did reveal was that Valentino Rossi’s manager Davide Brivio will be managing the project, leading to wild speculation regarding the Italian as his contract with Yamaha only runs until 2014, and their development rider will be Randy De Puniet, who will be testing the bike today.

Full press release below:

Suzuki Motor Corporation will return to FIM Road Racing Grand Prix MotoGP in 2015

After two years suspension since 2012, Suzuki Motor Corporation has organised its test team to undergo more practical running tests at its advanced development stage and will participate in the official joint testing to be held at the Catalunya circuit in Spain.
Through continuing running tests at the circuits inside and outside Japan for further development and refinement, Suzuki Motor Corporation will participate again in MotoGP racing from 2015.
Suzuki Motor Corporation will feed back advanced technology to be derived through MotoGP racing activity to develop further attractive production models.

“The outline of testing team and racing machine to be developed are as follows:

Chief members of Europe testing team in 2013:
– Team manager: Davide Brivio
– Development rider: Randy De Puniet

MotoGP machine to be developed:
– 1000cc In-line four GP racer

MotoGP: AGV announce new ‘Corsa Winter’ Rossi helmet for sale! – UPDATED

AGV announce limited edition run of Valentino Rossi’s helmet from his November Yamaha test – priced £599 and available from April.

UPDATE: The AGV extreme standard helmet specifications are now available and added to the bottom of the post.

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Available soon! New Rossi test helmet from AGV
image via agv-moto.com

As their own (no doubt profitable) celebration of Rossi’s return to Yamaha AGV are releasing a limited edition helmet for retail based on his test helmet from when he had access to the 2012 championship winning bike from the November test in Valencia.

Here’s a reminder of how the test went:

https://survivalofthefastest.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/valentino-rossi-back-on-a-yamaha-in-the-wet/

In the grey/black testing colours and the bright, flourescent yellow associated with ‘The Doctor ‘ the Pista GP helmet features his ever-present sun and moon graphic and also has a symbol on the back for the Japanese word “kando”, usually used to show intense emotion and excitement.

The word was first used by Masao Furusawa when Valentino arrived at Yamaha in 2004 and the version seen on the helmet was designed by Masao’s wife.

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‘Kando’
Image via agv-moto.com

The photos show the actual helmet worn by Rossi during the tests at Valencia in 2012. The sponsor logos, components and visor accessories are not included on the limited edition model.

You can reserve one now by ordering from your nearest Team AGV dealer. The link to do and more images of the helmet can be found on AGV’s webpage here: http://www.agv-moto.com/agv-corsa-winter-test-limited-edition

Valentino Rossi Test Yamaha Valencia

That new helmet in action at Valencia
Image: MotoGP.com

Helmet Specifications:

•Shell: SSL (Super Super Light) in composite fiber, Kevlar & Carbon Fiber
•N° of shells: 4 shell sizes
•Ventilation system: IVS (Integrated Ventilation System) with wide ducts hollowed into the shell
•Fabric: Breathable Lycra® micro-porous lining and Dry-comfort fabric with sanitizing treatment
•Liners: Fully removable and washable inner liners
•Visor: RACE 2 flat, non-scratch visor with wide field of vision, PINLOCK ready and suitable for tear-off strips. PINLOCK comes as standard.
•Visor mechanism: XQRS (Extra Quick Release System) in metal with roto-translation opening. Quick release system for tool-free removal and replacement of the visor in seconds
•Retention system: Double D
•Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL

Paddock Chatter guest blog – is CRT a success?

Paddock Chatter are a fairly young but very awesome source on motorsport related news, with a smattering of opinion and article led content thrown in for good measure. The website was created by motorcycle fans for motorcycle fans and have a huge presence on twitter, where they initially started out, the highlight of which is their ‘Twinterview’ where they fire a few questions at a well known rider (Shane Byrne, Eugene Laverty, Gino Rea and James Toseland included) over the social media platform.

I have a new guest blog to read on their website, this time analysing the debut season for the claiming rules teams and what they achieved in MotoGP, why they are criticised and their future in the sport.

Would be lovely if you could show it and, of course, Paddock Chatter some love with some comments or tweets!

Here’s the link for more:

http://www.paddockchatter.com/2013/02/guest-blog-claiming-rule-teams-success.html

Moto3: Vinales stays on top at Valencia test

Vinales put the chaotic end to last season well and truly behind him setting himself up as the man to beat by dominating testing for KTM.

Maverick Vinales IRTA official Moto3 test JHK Laglisse KTM

Vinales shows he’s the one to beat for the 2013 season as KTM continue to dominate.
Image by Circuit da la Valencia via Facebook

All the riders set their best times on day three, KTM/Kalex KTM still dominate the top ten with for of the top five times and six bike in the top ten, noticable progress was made by the Mahindra team with Efren Vazquez eighth fastest and his Portuguese team mate Miguel Oliveira in tenth.

British rider John McPhee also made the top ten for Caretta Technology, his team mate Jack Miller also impressed by lacing his FTR Honda fifth fastest on the final day at the Ricardo Tormo track.

Danny Webb was 20th for Ambrogio Racing and female rider Ana Carrasco progressed back up the list with her improved time placing her 16th in the standings.

The next official Moto3 test is to be held at Jerez, 19-21 February

Full day three times below:

1. Maverick Viñales SPA JHK t-shirt Laglisse (KTM) 1m 39.299s
2. Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0’0 (KTM) 1m 39.585s
3. Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 39.669s
4. Jonas Folger GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 1m 40.050s
5. Jack Miller AUS Caretta Technology-RTG (FTR Honda) 1m 40.291s
6. Romano Fenati ITA San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 1m 40.428s
7. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0’0 (KTM) 1m 40.468s
8. Efren Vazquez SPA Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 40.495s
9. John McPhee GBR Caretta Technology-RTG (FTR Honda) 1m 40.510s
10. Miguel Oliveira POR Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 40.526s
11. Jakub Kornfeil CZE Redox RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 1m 40.543s
12. Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 40.564s
13. Brad Binder RSA Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 1m 40.728s
14. Livio Loi BEL Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex KTM) 1m 40.750s
15. Arthur Sissis AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 40.918s
16. Ana Carrasco SPA JHK t-shirt Laglisse (KTM) 1m 40.946s
17. Francesco Bagnaia ITA San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 1m 41.028s
18. Philipp Oettl GER Paddock TT Motion Events (Kalex KTM) 1m 41.109s
19. Juan Guevara SPA CIP (TSR Honda) 1m 41.165s
20. Danny Webb GBR Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 1m 41.165s
21. Lorenzo Baldassarri ITA Team GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda) 1m 41.176s
22. Isaac Viñales SPA Bimbo-Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 1m 41.196s
23. Niklas Ajo FIN Avant Tecno (KTM) 1m 41.250s
24. Matteo Ferrari ITA Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 1m 41.327s
25. Toni Finsterbusch GER Kiefer Racing (Kalex KTM) 1m 41.511s
26. Jasper Iwema NED RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 1m 41.515s
27. Eric Granado BRA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 1m 41.526s
28. Alessandro Tonucci ITA Team La Fonte Tascaracing (Honda) 1m 41.969s
29. Hyuga Watanabe JPN Team La Fonte Tascaracing (Honda) 1m 42.169s
30. Alan Techer FRA CIP (TSR Honda) 1m 42.334s
31. Niccolo Antonelli ITA Team GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda) 1m 42.670s

Moto3: Vinales remains in control for second day of Valencia testing

KTM/ Kalex KTM machines dominated the second day of testing with seven bikes in the top ten at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, with Laglisse rider Maverick Vinales still fastest.

Maverick Vinales IRTA official Moto3 test JHK Laglisse KTM

Vinales leads the way
Image via Circuit de la Comunitat Valencia via their official facebook page

The Spanish teenagers lap of 1m 40.168 was sixth tenths faster than his own best time from day one and now a over a whole second faster than the 2012 qualifying time, set by Jonas Folger.

Alex Rins, Louis Salom and Romano Fenati all join Vinales under the 1m 41 mark, with Fenati improving by almost a second and a half on his time from yesterday.

Fenati in fourth, Brad Binder in ninth and Miguel Oilveira in tenth are the only non-KTM entries to break the top ten fastest times on day two.

Malaysian rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin remained on the pace in fifth, Alex Marquez moves up to sixth fastest and denonstrating how close the times are Ana Carrasco improved by nearly half a second on the time which put her twelfth on day one and finds herself 24th on the final timesheets for Wednesday, just under two and a half seconds off her team mates stellar pace at the top.

Full day two result:

1- Maverick Vinales 1m 40.168
2- Alex Rins + 0.240
3- Luis Salom + 0.267
4- Romano Fenati + 0.743
5- Zulfahmi Khairuddin + 0.793
6- Alex Marquez + 1.127
7- Jonas Folger + 1.422
8- Jakub Kornfeil + 1.499
9- Brad Binder + 1.617
10- Miguel Oliveira + 1.734
11- Jack Miller + 1.941
12- Isaac Vinales + 1.966
13- Jasper Iwema + 2.014
14- Efren Vazquez + 2.033
15- Arthur Sissis + 2.130
16- Danny Webb + 2.160
17- Juanfran Guevara + 2.178
18- Matteo Ferrari + 2.275
19- John McPhee + 2.278
20- Livio Loi + 2.307
21- Philipp Ottl + 2.406
22- Francesco Bagnaia + 2.409
23- Niklas Ajo + 2.456
24- Ana Carrasco + 2.487
25- Eric Granado + 2.504
26- Alan Techer + 2.901
27- Toni Finsterbusch + 2.914
28- Lorenzo Baldassarri + 3.088
29- Alessandro Tonucci + 3.913
30- Niccolò Antonelli + 4.230
31- Hyuga Watanabe + 4.296
32- Alexis Masbou + 4.479

 

Moto2: Gino needs you! Rea loses funding and place on 2013 grid

Gino Rea Federal Oil Gresini

Gino Rea in action at the 2012 Silverstone Grand Prix
Image via Flickr by JaredEarle used under creative commons license rules

Talented Brit Gino Rea has found himself without a ride for 2013 on the eve of the new season.

After reaching the podium last season in the wet at Sepang aboard the Fedaral Oil Gresini, Rea looked to be set to move to the new ESGP squad after testing with FTR, the British based team who were due to supply the chassis late last year.

According to Rea’s official Twitter account he needs to raise 150,000 euros to be able to ride, with no wage in that for himself, to plug the teams budget shortfall, while his personal sponsor Crimea pulled out their funding too when the situation started to look less than certain for 2013.

Rea told bikesportnews.com :

“Unfortunately the team failed to secure enough budget to complete the 2013 season and we lost our sponsor Crimea GP. It went downhill from there and now they’ve pulled the plug and I’m left with no ride.

“If I can find a sponsor or raise some funds we could continue but it’s getting very late. If I were to find a ride in World Supersport or World Superbike I would have to miss the first race because it starts so soon and the bikes are in the crates on the way to Australia. If anyone can help me you can email me at rearacing@sky.com.”

Rea also announced he was looking to start a sponsorship page to raise the necessary funds, a breakdown of which means that if just his Twitter followers alone were to contribute he would need just £7 from each of them.

Keep an eye on what Gino does next via Twitter here.

UPDATE: You can now help sponsor Gino Rea by visiting his sponsorship page here:

http://www.ginoreaclub.com/index.html

Maverick Vinales new helmet art revealed!

A new season of racing means plenty of new ‘reveals’ bikes, riders…and helmets.

Moto3 frontrunner Maverick Vinales quickly became a rider to watch, being both an exciting rider and talented. He added controversial to that list when he walked out on his team before the end of last season, read more on that here:

https://survivalofthefastest.wordpress.com/2012/10/26/moto3-mack-is-back-vinales-rides-for-blusens-after-apology/

He has used an interesting graphic since he arrived on the scene, here is the image used on his Merchandise in 2012:

Maverick Vinales 2012

Vinales ‘boar’ logo for2012

Starline Graphics founder Roberto Marchionni has released the first images of Vinales new helmet which features the boar design again in 2013  (via his official twitter feed @robertomarchion ) :

Not a bore but a boar – Vinales 2013 helmet design revealed!

The fun design sees the boar glaring face forward from the back of the helmet, Vinales will be hoping his rivals are all behind him to see the little fella give them a good snarl!

Don’t forget for more you can check out Marchionni’s Twitter feed for more images of the helmets he’s been working on including the Nicky Hayden helmet featured in mu previous post and also a small preview of Lorenzo’s new lid!

MotoGP: AGV announce new ‘Corsa Winter’ Rossi helmet for sale!

AGV announce limited edition run of Valentino Rossi’s helmet from his November Yamaha test – priced £599 and available from April.

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Available soon! New Rossi test helmet from AGV
image via agv-moto.com

As their own (no doubt profitable) celebration of Rossi’s return to Yamaha AGV are releasing a limited edition helmet for retail based on his test helmet from when he had access to the 2012 championship winning bike from the November test in Valencia.

Here’s a reminder of how the test went:

https://survivalofthefastest.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/valentino-rossi-back-on-a-yamaha-in-the-wet/

In the grey/black testing colours and the bright, flourescent yellow associated with ‘The Doctor ‘ the Pista GP helmet features his ever-present sun and moon graphic and also has a symbol on the back for the Japanese word “kando”, usually used to show intense emotion and excitement.

The word was first used by Masao Furusawa when Valentino arrived at Yamaha in 2004 and the version seen on the helmet was designed by Masao’s wife.

https://i2.wp.com/www.agv-moto.com/agv-moto/images/uploads/news/full-size/245_T01_Rossi_helmet.jpg

‘Kando’
Image via agv-moto.com

The photos show the actual helmet worn by Rossi during the tests at Valencia in 2012. The sponsor logos, components and visor accessories are not included on the limited edition model.

You can reserve one now by ordering from your nearest Team AGV dealer. The link to do and more images of the helmet can be found on AGV’s webpage here: http://www.agv-moto.com/agv-corsa-winter-test-limited-edition

Valentino Rossi Test Yamaha Valencia

That new helmet in action at Valencia
Image: MotoGP.com