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Image of the GP: MotoGP, rodeo style!

17/06/2014

With a close MotoGP race and excitement all the way from Moto3’s kick off to pretty much the final podium it was tough to pick an Image of the GP.

Aside from all the great rides from the winners there was Dani Pedrosa proving he still has a fighting instinct with his last lap do-or-die move, Jordi Torres landing his Aspar on Dominique Aegerter and Jonas Folger honorably putting racing aside to ensure he didn’t hit Luis Salom to be taken into account.

For style points if nothing else, Niklas Ajo and his Husqvarna in Moto3 nudge into the top spot as the save seemed impossible, but rodeo style, Mamola style, the Finn pulled it off:

It must be hard to come to terms with what looked to be a sure thing for a podium place vanish but the skill required to pull that Avant Tecno bike back around and finish in the points deserves to be looked at again too, so here’s some footage too:

 

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MotoGP: Pedrosa and Espargaro’s Catalunya helmet art celebrates coming home

14/06/2014

With so many Spanish riders in the MotoGP paddock there was bound to be a selection of special helmets doing the rounds in Spain.

The Espargaro brothers are Barcelona locals, their support of Barcelona FC is often apparent, while Dani Pedrosa is originally from Sabadell, just outside the city and very close to the Montmelo track.

The Repsol Honda rider not only had a pole to celebrate but a helmet celebrating his fanbase, a touching tribute showing what the Spaniards fans mean to him:

 

The helmet features the phrase ‘You don’t race alone’ an image in black and white of his fans with banners in the stands and his usual cartoon logo replaced with the fanclub sticker version. Possibly Pedrosa’s best helmet to date.

Aleix Espargaro’s effort is slightly aimed at Twitter featuring the hashtag #WhereItAllStarted a refrence to Montmelo being his home circuit, an accompanying graphic of the track sits above it:

 

His leathers, bike and helmet are all also designed to support Special Olympics Catalunya – a local charity organisation set up to “promote the practice of sport among people with intellectual disability as a tool for social integration and to improve their quality of life”. A great cause.

Finally, as a helmet art bonus, down in Moto3 Isaac Vinales also had a different design on show for his home race, some excellent work by @SLGrafics :

MotoGP Catalunya qualifying round-ups…

14/06/2014

Are online now!

There’s a Marquez on pole but maybe not the one you expect!

Want to find out more? here’s my race reports – the next best thing if you can’t watch it!

My Moto3 qualifying report at crash.net can be found here, and Moto2 here.

For a brief summary of the two there is also my shorter combined round up for both classes over at Paddock Chatter, something for everyone – just follow the links!

I always appreciate much tweeting, liking and commenting, so please do take the opportunity to have a conversation and get involved!

MotoGP: Lorenzo shares special helmet and number for Catalunya GP

13/06/2014

There’s a lot of changes in Spain this weekend, be it the Pons Team being wonderfully yellow after picking up an additional sponsorship from Yellow Pages or the special World Cup themed boots the Alpinestars riders have been gifted.

It is no surprise then that Jorge Lorenzo has gone all out for Spain and has a special helmet and he’s not even held on ’til qualifying to show it off:

 

 

The helmet is a welcome return for his ‘grafitti’ helmet by Anna Vives but this time he has a stylized number to match!

Read more about the helmets first appearance and see more pictures of it here and here.

MotoGP: The Valentino Rossi fanclub increases

A lot of the younger riders who arrive in MotoGP share their appreciation for multiple world champion Valentino Rossi, even those who don’t speak of watching him race or being a fan (or super-fan, hello video studying Marc Marquez!) have perfected that leg dangle The Doctor is so famous for, in a very flattering manner.

Though fairly new to twitter, Dani Pedrosa is already treating us to content worth a further look, including this old photo of his from the Catalunya race weekend of 1999.

From his pre-world championship days – he started his 125cc career in 2001- it shows Dani Pedrosa meeting with the then 250cc riding Rossi (he won the race that weekend in Montmelo and went on to win his 250cc title that year) in a yellow t-shirt.

Tweeting the Italian, Pedrosa reminisced ” @ValeYellow46 Do you remember Montmelo GP ’99? Check the boy on the left with yellow t-shirt… #GoodMemories”

Here’s the picture:

Montmelo 1999

How they used to be – Pedrosa meets Rossi at the Catalunya race in 1999…but wait! who’s that in the blue top…
Image shared via Dani Pedrosa’s official Twitter account at @26_DaniPedrosa

Undeniably Pedrosa. He’s not really gushed about Rossi before so a little unexpected but an excellent photo and piece of MotoGP past. However, looking a little longer reveals he isn’t the only future MotoGP star meeting a future MotoGP legend that day.

The ten year old boy in blue directly to Rossi’s right grows up to be CRT ruler Aleix Espargaro, his career was even further away than Pedrosa’s at this point, he joined the 125cc class in 2004.

A gem of a photo. Just in case he has any more up his sleeve @26_DaniPedrosa on Twitter could be worth a look!

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

 

Image of the GP: Catalunya – a shared victory

This week saw a return to celebrations for the podium placers with Vinales drumming with his fan club despite finishing third in Moto3, Pol Espargaro took a makeshift knighthood from a marshal who used a roled up flag instead of a sword in Moto2 and Jorge Lorenzo did some strange falling down move.

Thankfully he also did something far more gracious and inclusive when he invited his helmet designer Anna Vives onto the podium to share his win, a very special moment indeed :

Lorenzo GP

Lorenzo at the Catalunya Grand Prix sharing his win with designer Anna Vives
Image via @Llorenzo99 and MotoGP.com, editorial use only.

MotoGP: Lorenzo’s special Catalunya helmet to be auctioned for charity

Jorge Lorenzo ran a special helmet for Sunday’s Catalunya Grand Prix, which is to be auctioned for charity, with a graffiti theme, designed by Anna Vives, a young woman with Downs Syndrome. Vives is fairly well known in Spain for breaking down the barriers associated with her disability and trying to achieve more with the abilities she has.

Lorenzo expanded this in his own words, stating: “The girl who designed my helmet, Anna Vives, is famous in Spain; she is a symbol that people with Down syndrome are capable of a lot more than some people think. I think it was very original and colourful so I was very proud and happy to have her on the podium to share the win with me.”

You can bid on the helmet at ebay until the 27th June by following this link : http://www.ebay.es/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=251291446403#ht_1253wt_1141

Image of the helmet below:

lorenzo barca helmet

Lorenzo shows off his special graffiti helmet design for the Catalunya Grand Prix 2013
Image via @MonsterEnergy via Twitter

Moto2 & Moto3: Catalunya round-up – great tactics lead Salom to win, Espargaro victorious in battle of the team mates

 

 

 

Moto2 and Moto3 again brought some cracking race action to the Catalunya race weekend, here is a brief summary of who finished where, more can be read in my race summaries for PaddockChatter.com and my Moto3 and Moto2 race reports for crash.net, just click on the orange links!
Moto3 began the action with a well timed win by Luis Salom for the Red Bull KTM Ajo team.

 

 

Once again the lightweight class was Spanish and KTM dominated as Salom picked the right moment to power away to back-to-back wins after also seizing victory in Mugello two weeks ago.

 

 

He was joined on the podium by Estrella Galicia rider Alex Rins who despite his best efforts could not pass his rival, and Team Calvo’s Maverick Vinales who had to settle for third.

 

 

Salom also leaves Spain with the championship lead, in front by five points from Vinales, with both riders making the podium at every round so far.

 

 

Alex Marquez was dropped in the closing stages and finished fourth for the Estrella Galicia team ahead of a hard battling Efren Vazquez, who was back on form on his return for Mahindra and comfortably ahead of his team-mate Miguel Oliveira who was next across the stripe.

 

 

 

 

Moto2 was a battle to the end for Tuenti HP 40 team-mates Pol Espargaro and Tito Rabat, with Espargaro holding on for the win, his second from pole this year after Qatar.

 

 

Tom Luthi looked to be fully recovered from injury with an assured performance on his Interwetten Paddock machine placing him on the final spot on the podium.

 

 

Brit Scott Redding made the best of a tough weekend, and despite topping warm-up after an engine change settled for fourth for Marc VDS. He still leads the championship, with Espargaro moving into second in the standings.

 

 

Italtrans rider Takaaki Nakagami and Technomag’s Randy Krummenacher had a long duel with the Japanese rider being the victor in fifth.

 

Catalunya Moto2 Race Result Top 15:

 

  1. Pol Espargaro SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 41m 17.307
    2. Esteve Rabat SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 41m 17.388
    3. Thomas Luthi SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Rac (Suter) 41m 23.571
    4. Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 41m 26.368
    5. Takaaki Nakagami JPN Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 41m 27.904
    6. Randy Krummenache SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 41m 28.884
    7. Johann Zarco FRA Came Iodaracing Project (Suter) 41m 32.876
    8. Dominique Aegerter SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 41m 45.587
    9. Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 41m 45.659
    10. Simone Corsi ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 41m 45.768
    11. Mattia Pasini ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 41m 46.199
    12. Mike Di Meglio FRA JiR Moto2 (MotoBI) 41m 48.522
    13. Danny Kent GBR Tech 3 (Tech 3) 41m 48.625
    14. Axel Pons SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 41m 49.064
    15. Julian Simon SPA Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 41m 50.497

 

 

Catalunya Moto3 Race Result Top 15:

 

1.Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 41m 15.331
2. Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 41m 15.542
3. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 41m 15.965
4. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 41m 19.324
5. Efren Vazquez SPA Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 41m 21.574
6. Miguel Oliveira POR Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 41m 24.626
7. Jack Miller AUS Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 41m 28.495
8. Alexis Masbou FRA Ongetta-Rivacold (FTR Honda) 41m 36.505
9. Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 41m 36.571
10. Arthur Sissis AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 41m 36.929
11. Isaac Viñales SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 41m 37.057
12. Brad Binder RSA Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 41m 37.087
13. Alan Techer FRA CIP Moto3 (TSR Honda) 41m 37.159
14. Danny Webb GBR Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 41m 37.210
15. Romano Fenati ITA San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 41m 37.402

 

Moto3 and Moto2 qualifying round-up: Strong Salom and dominant Espargaro take pole

 

Here’s a little update of how qualifying went for the support classes at the Catalunya Grand Prix, for more visit my weekend round-up at Paddockchatter.com or for in depth coverage see my full Moto3 and Moto2 race reports for crash.net, just click the orange links!

Moto3 got the qualifying action under way for the Catalunya Grand Prix with Maverick Vinales experiencing plenty of bike drama as Mugello race winner Salom displayed excellent timing to storm to pole.

 

Spaniard Salom timed his run on his Red Bull KTM Ajo to perfection to beat his countryman Alex Rins to pole, the Estrella Galicia rider having to settle for second.

 

 

The front row was completed by Mahindra rider Miguel Oliveira, the only rider not from Spain to feature in the top seven.

 

 

Fourth went to a flying Alex Marquez,with Rins team-mate putting in a great final lap. to move up the order, while Vinales starts fifth for Team Calvo after a session filled with drama. After a heavy high-side after just eight minutes Vinales set back out with his repaired bike only to be forced to pull off track with a damaged engine, forcing him to have to wait out the remainder of the session to see where he would finish.

 

 

A returning Efren Vazquez was immediately back on form for Mahindra and completes the second row in sixth.

 

 

British riders John McPhee and Danny Webb struggled a little after their strong performances so far this year and start 20th and 21st respectively.

 

 

 

In Moto2 Pol Espargaro scored his second pole of the season with a time set early on and not beaten as the sessions seconds ticked away, he is joined on an all Kalex front row by Marc VDS rival Scott Redding in second and his team-mate Tito Rabat in third.

 

 

Italtrans rider Takaaki Nakagami starts off the front row for the first time in fourth, while both he and fastest Speed Up rider Alex De Angelis in fifth set their fastest times on their sixth laps, with the Forward racing rider crashing out of the session early on.

 

 

 

Brits Danny Kent and Kyle Smith once again had an improved time on their respective bikes. Their knowledge of riding in Spain pushed them up to 17th on the grid for Tech3’s Kent and 18th for Blusens rider Smith.

 

 

Moto3 Catalunya Qualifying Top Ten

 

 

1. Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 50.782
2. Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 1m 51.108
3. Miguel Oliveira POR Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 51.540
4. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 1m 51.66
5. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 1m 51.802
6. Efren Vazquez SPA Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 51.952
7. Isaac Viñales SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 1m 51.966
8. Jack Miller AUS Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 1m 52.060
9. Niccolò Antonelli ITA GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda) 1m 52.105
10. Alexis Masbou FRA Ongetta-Rivacold (FTR Honda) 1m 52.299

 

 

Moto2 Catalunya Qualifying Top Ten

 

 

1. Pol Espargaro SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 46.410
2. Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 47.029
3. Esteve Rabat SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 47.076
4. Takaaki Nakagami JPN Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 47.098
5. Alex De Angelis RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing (Speed Up) 1m 47.149
6. Johann Zarco FRA Came Iodaracing Project (Suter) 1m 47.213
7. Jordi Torres SPA Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 1m 47.258
8. Randy Krummenacher SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 1m 47.418
9. Sandro Cortese GER Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 1m 47.422
10. Thomas Luthi SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Rac (Suter) 1m 47.424