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MotoGP: Aleix Espargaro’s pink Valencia A-Team helmet (it’s very pink!)

The lovely readers of this blog can be sorted into three types:

  • News readers interested in the Moto2 and Moto3 classes (the primary purpose of the blog)
  • F1 crossover chat – people who love motorsport really are passionate about it in all it’s forms, you lovely lot!
  • The helmet art fanatics, they’re not going to be hanging in the Tate Gallery anytime soon but boy are some of them interesting!

Valencia always has a lot of helmet action, sorry in advance to everyone else, but there will be lots of helmet art news/appreciation this weekend!

Second up for scrutiny is Aleix Espargaro’s extra pink helmet.

If you need someone to win the CRT title, and no-one else can help you, maybe you can hire the A-41 Team! Espargaro shows us his A-team inspired pink lid, image via artist Urydesigns on Instagram, who also features in the photo, editorial use only, under the fair use act.

If you need someone to win the CRT title, and no-one else can help you, maybe you can hire the A-41 Team! Espargaro shows us his A-team inspired pink lid, image via artist Urydesigns on Instagram, who also features in the photo, editorial use only, under the fair use act.

Aleix’s regular Shark lid is very pink anyway, but has taken away the giant 41 for an A-Team theme. The image was revealed by Oriol Gene of Ury Designs, you can also see it on Twitter by visiting @urydesigns.

All the angles! Image via Mierdaset's twitter account (yes I did spell that right, it's a parody account! Apologies for saying poo in Spanish, but they are the only people to show it in full! Details as above.

All the angles! Image via Mierdaset’s twitter account (yes I did spell that right, it’s a parody account! Apologies for saying poo in Spanish, but they are the only people to show it in full!) Details as above.

The rest of the helmet deals with what the A-41 team is A for Aleix; A for Aspar ; A for ART/Aprillia.

It is also a touching tribute not just to the team and factory he is leaving to move to NGM Forward racing’s Yamaha package next season (a nice reference and help point for his Tech3 Yamaha bound brother Pol) but also a means to celebrate being CRT champion and a thank you to his fans, having reached the milestone of 100,000 likes on Facebook. There’s a 44 on there too for his brother.

A touching tribute of a helmet for the Valencia round then!

 

MotoGP: Hayden reveals 2013 Valencia test helmet early!

It appears Nicky Hayden is already looking to the future.

Who can blame him? After many years of dedication to Ducati the American; who was world champion in 2006 after Rossi fell in Valencia in a race that was poised at it’s start in the same way as the Lorenzo/Marquez battle this year;  is ready for his forthcoming move to the Aspar team.

He is so ready he has already shared the following image of his new lid on Twitter at @NickyHayden :

Nicky's New lid, shared by the Kentucky Kid himself, image for editorial use only, under fair use act

Nicky’s New lid, shared by the Kentucky Kid himself, image for editorial use only, under fair use act

The latest Arai special helmet for Hayden is once again covered in Starline graphics and is painted by his usual artist Roberto Marchionni, who posted the news in a reply that ” now I don’t think is possible make replica…but is possible after special edition painted hand. Thanks Roby”

So for those wanting a replica it sounds like there is a good chance. As long as you don’t expect him to paint them all by hand!

It is really nice to see a rider of Hayden’s caliber and quality ready to fight again after his long, hard stint at Ducati, adding RESET & PUSH HARDER and ‘The Next Match’ to his usual, equally positive personal mantra of ‘Let’s Get It’.

Here’s to seeing this helmet in action in his Honda return at the Valencia Test!

Aragon race reports online now

Aragon Motorland  bought us three action packed races, no doubt you’ve heard about the Marquez/Pedrosa controversy (No dancing in HRC hospitality tonight, it was all about apologising!)

Terol Aragon

Back to winning ways, Terol in control in Aragon
Image via Team Aspar, editorial use only

No race direction intervention was required inMoto3 or Moto2, both had brilliant battles to the line!

For a Moto3 or Moto2 summary visit my report on PaddockChatter. For a more detailed race report for Moto2 and Moto3, you can visit my work at crash.net, where you can also find my analysis of the Redding/Espargaro Moto2 title battle.

Moto3 and Moto2 Aragon qualifying reports online now!

Moto3 and Moto2 round-ups: Dominant performances leads to pole for Rins and Terol…

Terol Austin Aragon

Terol won in Austin, can he do it again in Aragon?
image via Mapfre Aspar

Well it’s a race weekend again, and you’ll probably keep up-to-date with the MotoGP goings-on, but what happened in the support class qualifying sessions.

To find out more about the excellent performances of Alex Rins and Nico Terol and how title race leaders  Luis Salom and Scott Redding both struggled you can check out my round up on PaddockChatter.com or for more in-depth coverage my Moto3 and Moto2 reports are available at Crash.net.

Hopefully both races will live up to the promise shown in qualifying!

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

Moto2 and Moto3 Sachsenring round up: Rins wins and a maiden victory for Torres

Torres wins at the Sachsenring 2013

I Won!! Torres celebrates his German GP win at the Sachsenring
Image via TeamAspar.com press

As usual for more visit my full support class round up at paddockchatter.com or for more detailed Moto3 and Moto2 reports visit crash.net

Moto3 kicked off the proceedings with a tense battle between the championships top three point scorers. Estrella Galicia rider Alex Rins was wise to Red Bull KTM’s Luis Salom as he once again employed his wait to pounce tactic, passing both Rins and fellow Spaniard Maverick Vinales before Rins snatched back the victory on the final lap.

Salom only just held off Vinales for second, with the Team Calvo rider visibly frustrated at missing out on the top spot on the podium once again. Both riders maintain their perfect poduim records for the season with Salom retaining his lead in the championship and stretching it to 14 points over Vinales.

The Mahindra riders spent much of the race distance battling each other with Miguel Olivera taking fourth and Efren Vazquez sixth. They were separated by Estrella Galicia rider Alex Marquez who was caught by the duelling team-mates. Marquez has now had five top five finishes in a row.

Jack Miller was once again the top Honda on race day keeping up with the KTM bikes in the early stages but eventually fading to seventh. Jonas Folger struggled at home and finished down in eighth for Mapfre Aspar.

 

Moto2 in contrast was a departure from the usual suspects in the championship, with leader Scott Redding down in seventh in an exercise in damage limitation ahead of the intermediate classes summer break.

The win went to Jordi Torres, his first Grand Prix victory, his move past early leader Pol Espargaro stuck and he eased away to a convincing win for the Mapre Aspar team.

He was joined on the podium by Simone Corsi in second the NGM Mobile rider also passing the Pons rider in the latter stages, with the Tuenti HP 40 title challenger settling for third and once again complaining of tyre issues post-race.

Fourth went to Italtrans rider Julian Simon, who stuck with the frontrunners for much of the race distance in a resurgent return to form.

Fifth was won by Tom Luthi for Interwetten Paddock rider after battling for position with Alex De Angelis who settled for sixth.

Redding took seventh for Marc VDS leaving him 23 points ahead in the championship.

Ant West took eighth after slicing through the field for QMMF, ahead of pole man Xavier Simeon, who injured himself in warm up.

Tenth place went to Technomag carXpert rider Dominique Aegerter in his 24th consecutive points finish in Moto2.

 

Sachsenring Moto3 Top 15:

1. Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 39m 34.735
2. Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 39m 34.967
3. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 39m 34.983
4. Miguel Oliveira POR Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 39m 39.717
5. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 39m 39.936
6. Efren Vazquez SPA Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 39m 40.191
7. Jack Miller AUS Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 39m 45.394
8. Jonas Folger GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 39m 50.328
9. Brad Binder RSA Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 39m 53.141
10. Arthur Sissis AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 39m 53.182
11. Jakub Kornfeil CZE Redox RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 39m 53.297
12. Isaac Viñales SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 39m 54.828
13. Romano Fenati ITA San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 39m 54.886s
14. Jasper Iwema NED RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 39m 55.381
15. Niccolò Antonelli ITA GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda) 39m 57.532

Sachsenring Moto2 Top 15:

1. Jordi Torres SPA Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 41m 19.636
2. Simone Corsi ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 41m 21.800
3. Pol Espargaro SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 41m 22.130
4. Julian Simon SPA Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 41m 25.045
5. Alex De Angelis RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing (Speed Up) 41m 27.182
6. Thomas Luthi SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Rac (Suter) 41m 27.463
7. Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 41m 30.877
8. Anthony West AUS QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 41m 32.404
9. Xavier Simeon BEL Desguaces La Torre Maptaq (Kalex) 41m 32.446
10. Dominique Aegerter SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 41m 32.755
11. Takaaki Nakagami JPN Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 41m 32.921
12. Johann Zarco FRA Came Iodaracing Project (Suter) 41m 33.169
13. Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 41m 36.111
14. Esteve Rabat SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 41m 45.187
15. Sandro Cortese GER Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 41m 50.527

MotoGP:More Catalunya special helmets – Aleix Espargaro celebrates his love of F.C.Barcelona

Not to be outdone this weekend top CRT rider Aleix Espargaro also had a special helmet commissioned for his home race.

The Espargaro brothers live less than a mile from the Montmelo circuit and both support Barcelona football club, so it is only natural that this was what featured on Aleix’s helmet design, especially as the brothers were so excited to play in the MotoGP football match earlier in the week, see here for more.

The lid featured the shirt numbers of Barcelona players Bartra, Muniesa, S.Roberto and a graphic of  the brothers together, image below:

barca aleix

Aleix finished in eighth and was once again the top CRT rider in Barcelona with his special helmet design.
Image via @gerardromero on Twitter

 

Moto3: UPDATED: Motocross strikes again! – Jonas Folger out of Catalunya race weekend.

Folger in action for Aspar
Image by Laurent Cartalade via Flickr and used under the creative commons agreement

Update:

Jonas Folger will miss the Catalunya race weekend after being declared unfit to ride after testing his wrist out in FP1. MotoGP.com confirmed this by posting “after testing right wrist in FP1 declared unfit to ride at Catalunya due to fracture sustained in training 1 week ago” during first practice to their official Twitter account.

Here’s the background to the injury, taken from my earlier post:

It seems the most common road to  injury in bike sport racing often seems to occur away from the race action while the riders are using motocross to keep fit between races. The most recent casualty is Mapfre Aspar’s Moto3 rider Jonas Folger.

The German title hopeful, currently fourth in the championship standings, went for a training ride in Mantova, Italy after the Mugello race weekend with his fellow countryman Marcel Schrotter, who currently rides in Moto2.

Speaking of the fracture he sustained last Wednesday Folger told the MotoGP.com website:

“With the bad luck I had last Wednesday, I had a silly fall and hurt myself.” He continued: “It appears as though I have cracked a bone in my right wrist, so I’m resting it in order to recover as soon as possible. I hurts a little, but it is getting better every day.”

Folger will be assessed on Friday to see if he is fit enough to compete in the Catalunya Grand Prix this weekend.

Moto3: Motocross strikes again! – Jonas Folger fractures wrist in training accident.

Folger in action for Aspar
Image by Laurent Cartalade via Flickr and used under the creative commons agreement

It seems the most common road to  injury in bike sport racing often seems to occur away from the race action while the riders are using motocross to keep fit between races. The most recent casualty is Mapfre Aspar’s Moto3 rider Jonas Folger.

The German title hopeful, currently fourth in the championship standings, went for a training ride in Mantova, Italy after the Mugello race weekend with his fellow countryman Marcel Schrotter, who currently rides in Moto2.

Speaking of the fracture he sustained last Wednesday Folger told the MotoGP.com website:

“With the bad luck I had last Wednesday, I had a silly fall and hurt myself.” He continued: “It appears as though I have cracked a bone in my right wrist, so I’m resting it in order to recover as soon as possible. I hurts a little, but it is getting better every day.”

Folger will be assessed on Friday to see if he is fit enough to compete in the Catalunya Grand Prix this weekend.

Moto3 and Moto2 round-up: well timed wins for Salom and Redding

Time for an update on the Moto2 and Moto3  support classes did at the Mugello Grand Prix!

I’ll focus on the front podium places here, with more detail available in my full race round-up at Paddock Chatter or the detailed race reports available for Moto3 and Moto2 at crash.net, just click on the orange links!

redding win mugello

Scott Redding celebrates his historic win at Mugello.
Image Via Marc VDS Press

Moto3 round up:

Luis Salom moved to the front of a pack of six riders who made a big fight of the Mugello Moto3 Grand Prix.

 

 

The Spaniard led an all Spanish, all KTM podium with his second win of the season for his Red Bull Ajo team, though all six in the leading group – Salom,Rins,Oliveira,Folger,Vinales and Marquez – were in with the chance of a win in a closely fought race.

 

 

It was Alex Marquez who made the difference when an overconfident move on his Estrella Galicia machine by the younger Marquez brother caused most of the opposition to need to sit up or move, leaving a gap clear for Salom who took full advantage to break at the front.

 

 

Team Mate Alex Rins, who look to be holding something in reserve had to settle for second, Team Calvo’s Maverick Vinales was happy to keep his consistent run of podiums, like Salom he has been on the rostrum every race so far this season, was third.

Moto3 Italian Grand PrixTop 15 :

 

 

1.Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 39m 53.827
2. Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 39m 53.926
3. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 39m 54.130
4. Miguel Oliveira POR Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 39m 54.584
5. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 39m 54.646
6. Jonas Folger GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 39m 55.260
7. Niccolò Antonelli ITA GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda) 40m 10.291
8. Niklas Ajo FIN Avant Tecno (KTM) 40m 12.454
9. Eric Granado BRA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 40m 12.784
10. Jack Miller AUS Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 40m 12.853
11. Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 40m 12.974
12. Alexis Masbou FRA Ongetta-Rivacold (FTR Honda) 40m 12.981
13. Isaac Viñales SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 40m 14.640
14. Brad Binder RSA Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 40m 15.068
15. Jasper Iwema NED RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 40m 22.409

Moto2 race round up:

The history books were once again being re-written by Marc VDS rider Scott Redding in Moto2.

 

 

His win came after Aspar rider Nico Terol decided to allow the Brit to pass as he was struggling with his tyres and bike. Redding took the opportunity and gave him no hope of retaking the lead as he stamped his authority on the race and moved away from the Spaniard.

 

 

Redding now leads the championship by a huge 43 points. The 20 year old Kalex rider is the first person to win two races this season, and it was the first time he has won from a pole start.

 

 

He also becomes the first British rider to take back-to-back wins since Rod Gould in 1971 and the youngest to achieve that feat taking the record from legend Barry Sheene.

 

He is also only the third Brit to win at Mugello, joining Barry Sheene who won in 1976 in the 500cc class and Bradly Smith who won the 125cc race in 2009.

 

 

Terol’s second place was his second podium visit of the year after his win in Austin. Joining them on the rostrum was Johann Zarco for Came Iodaracing Project, his first podium appearance in Moto2.

Moto2 Italian Grand Prix Top 15:

1.Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 39m 53.942
2. Nicolas Terol SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 39m 56.117
3. Johann Zarco FRA Came Iodaracing Project (Suter) 39m 58.329
4. Pol Espargaro SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 40m 3.729
5. Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 40m 3.793
6. Jordi Torres SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 40m 4.586
7. Simone Corsi ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 40m 4.660
8. Alex De Angelis RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing (Speed Up) 40m 4.786
9. Thomas Luthi SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Rac (Suter) 40m 4.842
10. Dominique Aegerter SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 40m 6.108
11. Toni Elias SPA Blusens Avintia (Kalex) 40m 6.115
12. Marcel Schrotter GER Desguaces La Torre SAG (Kalex) 40m 9.813
13. Esteve Rabat SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 40m 21.861
14. Sandro Cortese GER Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 40m 22.630
15. Randy Krummenacher SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 40m 22.915