Image of the GP – Qatar: Riding through the pain


Sandro Cortese picked up the first penalty point of the season for crashing into Aspar’s Jordi Torres – his pilot-less bike then crossing the track and taking out Marc VDS man Mika Kallio.

Though both Torres and Kallio walked away relatively unscathed, the German number 11 has been diagnosed with a broken heel having spent much of his race weekend in a wheelchair.

Cortese, eager to make up for his moment of madness, rode Sunday’s Qatar Grand Prix with a borrowed larger boot and pain killing injections and finished an impressive sixth in the race – and moved up to fifth when Taka Nakagami was disqualified for his Idemitsu teams use of an illegal air filter on his bike.

Here’s his bike as the mess that is his foot is still a little too graphic:

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Intact Dynavlot GP released the following statement clarifying the news on Cortese’s injury:

Intact GP

Diagnosis: Broken heel bone!

Right after Sandro Cortese had arrived in Germany from Qatar today, he went to his sports physician Dr. Armin Schupp in Memmingen to check his injured left foot. A CT scan revealed the diagnosis: a fractured heel bone and numerous internal hemorrhages in the entire left foot. To stop the bleeding @Sandrissimo11 has to keep the foot 3 to 4 days completely immobilised. Otherwise he feels topfit and until the team travels to Austin to attack in the second race of the season, the 24-year-old has two weeks time to recover.


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.

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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: Football friendly – MotoGP vs Moto2/3 in Barcelona!

The promotional antics of the riders are never usually this much fun! Ahead of the Catalunya Grand Prix the riders from all three classes met up at Camp Nou for a football friendly.

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Aspar rider Aleix Espargaro ready for action at Barcelona’s Camp Nou
Image via espargaro’s twitter account @AleixEspargaro

Barcelona’s pitch was filled with a different type of sport star by noon on Thursday, all eager to play at the world famous ground.

MotoGP vs Moto2 and Moto3 got underway and off to a determined start, with all the goals being scored in the first half, with the riders running out of steam a little in the second.

The MotoGP team won by one goal with the final score sitting at 4-3. Andrea Dovizioso, Randy De Puniet, Marc Marquez and Stefan Bradl all scored with the Moto2/3 teams goals coming from the feet of Pol Espargaro, Sandro Cortese and Xavier Simeon.

Espargaro scored the opener which saw the junior class team, managed by Marc VDS man Mika Kallio, take an early lead. With 36 players all on the pitch at the same time things soon got busy and with guidance from the MotoGP squad manager Tech3’s Cal Crutchlow, who suggested they “KICK THE BALL!”  the MotoGP team moved to 4-2 up, with Simeon pulling one back just before half time.

Bradley Smith’s previous training trip to Everton seemed to be of little use, but the Brit does currently have the worlds most messed up finger from his Mugello crash!

After the match MotoGP rookie Marc Marquez spoke of his joy at being able to play on F.C. Barcelona’s pitch. Speaking to Barça TV, the young Spaniard added : “Not everyone has played at the Camp Nou. I am delighted and Barça feels like home, I’m thrilled. “

Here’s a video which includes Pol Espargaro’s goal and the Marc Marquez interview (in Spanish):

Jerez Moto2 and Moto3 testing round-up

The second test for Moto2 and Moto3 is well under way now in Jerez and after some more unusual results in the wet of day one where the Ambrogio Racing team lead the way in Moto3, with Brit Danny Webb at the top of the timesheets, normal service was resumed on day two when Maverick Vinales and Pol Espargaro lead the way in their relevant classes.

I am writing detailed day by day test reports for bike racing website Paddock Chatter, so for more information and to find out who will be the ones to watch in 2013 follow the links, where you can comment too!

Day one (wet):

Day two:

Moto2: Espargaro takes over for day two of testing

As the lap times started to drop Pol Espargaro rose to the top on day two for the Pons Tuenti HP 40 team with a fastest lap of 1m 35.191.

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Espargaro takes over on day two
Image via the Ricardo Tormo official facebook page

Espargaro only just outpaced yesterday’s leader, local rider Nico Terol, who was second quickest aboard the Aspar and just a couple of tenths adrift.

Interwetten rider Tom Luthi jumped up the list to third, with Italtrans racer Simon the fourth rider to dip under 1m 36, with the top eleven all within a second of of Espargaro.

British championship hopeful Scott Redding was eighth for Marc VDS, current Moto3 champion Sandro Cortese finished the second day 26th.

Marcel Schrotter will take no further part in the test due to damage to his motorbike from his crash yesterday.

Full day two Moto2 test result:

1- Pol Espargaro – Tuenti HP 40   1’35.520
2- Nico Terol – Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 + 0.213
3- Thomas Luthi – Interwetten Paddock + 0.427
4- Julian Simon – Italtrans Racing Team + 0.473
5- Tito Rabat – Tuenti HP 40   + 0.503
6- Johann Zarco – CAME Iodaracing Project + 0.508
7- Takaaki Nakagami – Italtrans Racing Team + 0.531
8- Scott Redding – Marc VDS Racing Team + 0.582
9- Simone Corsi – NGM Mobile Racing + 0.672
10- Jordi Torres – Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 + 0.770
11- Mika Kallio – Marc VDS Racing Team + 0.994
12- Dominique Aegerter – Technomag carXpert + 1.319
13- Anthony West – QMMF Racing Team + 1.348
14- Alex De Angelis – NGM Mobile Forward Racing + 1.350
15- Toni Elias – Blusens Avintia + 1.363
16- Xavier Simeon – Maptaq SAG Zelos Team + 1.566
17- Axel Pons – Tuenti HP 40 + 1.669
18- Mattia Pasini – NGM Mobile Racing + 1.876
19- Ratthapark Wilairot – Honda Gresini Moto2 + 2.076
20- Ricky Cardus – NGM Mobile Forward Racing + 2.205
21- Yuki Takahashi – Idemitsu Honda Team Asia + 2.208
22- Mike Di Meglio – JiR Moto2 – MotoBI – + 2.238
23- Danny Kent – Tech 3 Racing – Tech 3 Mistral 610 – + 2.491
24- Randy Krummenacher – Technomag carXpert – Suter MMX2 – + 2.914
25- Steven Odendaal – Argiñano & Gines Racing – Speed Up SF13 – + 3.020
26- Sandro Cortese – Dynavolt Intact GP – Kalex Moto2 – + 3.025
27- Louis Rossi – Tech 3 Racing – Tech 3 Mistral 610 – + 3.286
28- Doni Tata Pradita – Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 – Suter MMX2 – + 3.412
29- Kyle Smith – Blusens Avintia – Kalex Moto2 – + 3.451
30- Alberto Moncayo – Argiñano & Gines Racing – Speed Up SF13 – + 4.670
31- Rafid Topan Sucipto – QMMF Racing Team – Speed Up SF13 – + 7.139

Moto2:Terol just quickest at first test

Nico Terol had his Suter under control and was fastest on the opening day of testing for Moto2 for the Mapfre Aspar team at the Ricardo Tormo circuit at Valencia.

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Nico Terol – fastest- but only just.
Image by Circuit da la Valencia Ricardo Tormo via their official facebook page

Spaniard Terol’s fastest time of the day – 1m 35.926 – was only just ahead of his fellow countryman Julian Simon who rides for Italtrans in 2013, Simon setting a time just +0.025 slower. Last seasons runner-up and favourite to take the 2013 title was third fastest overall but quickest in the afternoon session for the Pons Tuenti HP 40 team.

British title hopeful Scott Redding, who will benefit from the new 215kg combined bike and rider weight limit for the class, was the fourth fastest for Marc VDS after the Spanish dominated top three times, with very little to chose between fourth and tenth in the results.

Fellow Brits Kyle Smith (Blusens Avintia) and Danny Kent ( Tech3) were down in 27th and 28th respectively on their debuts.

Reigning Moto3 champion Sandro Cortese continues learning his new bike on his move up to Moto2 and finished the day in 24th for Dynavolt Intact GP.

Full Day 1 Moto2 result:

1- Nico Terol – Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 – 1’35.926
2- Julian Simon – Italtrans Racing Team + 0.025
3- Pol Espargaro – Tuenti HP 40 + 0.180
4- Scott Redding – Marc VDS Racing Team + 0.411
5- Takaaki Nakagami – Italtrans Racing Team + 0.517
6- Simone Corsi – NGM Mobile Racing + 0.518
7- Jordi Torres – Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 + 0.531
8- Tito Rabat – Tuenti HP 40 + 0.605
9- Thomas Luthi – Interwetten Paddock + 0.703
10- Toni Elias – Blusens Avintia + 0.926
11- Alex De Angelis – NGM Mobile Forward Racing + 1.148
12- Mika Kallio – Marc VDS Racing Team + 1.312
13- Xavier Simeon – Maptaq SAG Zelos Team + 1.413
14- Dominique Aegerter – Technomag carXpert + 1.428
15- Axel Pons – Tuenti HP 40 + 1.605
16- Mattia Pasini – NGM Mobile Racing + 1.753
17- Anthony West – QMMF Racing Team + 1.875
18- Mike Di Meglio – JiR Moto2 + 1.996
19- Johann Zarco – CAME Iodaracing Project + 2.214
20- Ricky Cardus – NGM Mobile Forward Racing + 2.403
21- Marcel Schrotter – Desguaces La Torre SAG Team + 2.465
22- Randy Krummenacher – Technomag carXpert + 2.590
23- Ratthapark Wilairot – Honda Gresini Moto2 + 2.590
24- Sandro Cortese – Dynavolt Intact GP + 2.796
25- Louis Rossi – Tech 3 Racing + 2.800
26- Yuki Takahashi – Idemitsu Honda Team Asia + 3.000
27- Kyle Smith – Blusens Avintia + 3.150
28- Danny Kent – Tech 3 Racing + 3.258
29- Doni Tata Pradita – Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 + 3.737
30- Rafid Topan Sucipto – QMMF Racing Team + 5.505

Provisional Moto2 2013 entry list announced

The FIM has released a provisional 33 rider strong entry list for the 2013 Moto2 season.

FTR, Motobi and Moriwaki, and new manufacturer Motobost all have one chassis entry each amongst the Suter and Kalex domination.
Mike di Meglio has secured himself a permanent ride at JiR after spending 2012 as a super-sub, Johann Zarco can now be found at Ioda, Indonesian Rafid Topan Sucipto who impressed in his 2012 wild card appearance rides at QMMF in place of Elena Rosell.

Gino Rea is not listed, but his 2012 team mate Ratthapark Wiliarot retains his Gresini seat.

Full list below:

Tuenti HP 40 (Pons Kalex)
40 Pol Espargaro (SPA)

49 Axel Pons (SPA)

80 Esteve Rabat (SPA)

Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter)

18 Nicolas Terol (SPA)

81 Jordi Torres (SPA)

Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex)

36 Mika Kallio (FIN)

45 Scott Redding (GBR)

Tech 3 (Tech 3)

52 Danny Kent (GBR)

96 Louis Rossi (FRA)

Gresini Moto2 (Suter)

14 Ratthapark Wilairot (THA) (Honda Gresini)

7 Doni Tata Pradita (IND) (Federal Oil Gresini)

Blusens Avintia (Kalex)
24 Toni Elias (SPA)

8 Kyle Smith (GBR)

SAG (stop and go) Team (Kalex)

19 Xavier Simeon (BEL)
23 Marcel Schrotter (GER)

Arginano Y Gines Racing (Motobost)
17 Alberto Moncayo (SPA)

44 Steven Odendaal (RSA)

Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex)
30 Takaaki Nakagami (JPN)
60 Julian Simon (SPA)

Technomag Carxpert (Suter)
77 Dominique Aegerter(SWI)
4 Randy Krummenacher (SWI)

NGM Forward Racing (Speed Up)
88 Ricky Cardus (SPA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing

15 Alex de Angelis (RSM) NGM Mobile Forward Racing

3 Simone Corsi (ITA) NGM Mobile Racing

54 Mattia Pasini (ITA) NGM Mobile Racing

QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up)
95 Anthony West (AUS)

97 Rafid Topan Sucipto (IND)

JiR Moto2 (Motobi)
63 Mike Di Meglio (FRA)

Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex)

11 Sandro Cortese (GER)

Interwetten Paddock (Suter)
12 Thomas Luthi (SWI)

Came Iodaracing Project (Suter)
5 Johann Zarco (FRA)

To Be Confirmed TBC Honda Racing Asia Tady (Moriwaki)
To Be Confirmed TBC ESGP Moto2 (FTR)

Moto3: Kent steals win in dramatic final corner at Valencia

Valencia gave us an all KTM podium with Brit Danny Kent leading the way after catching championship winner Sandro Cortese by surprise going into the final corner and despite the German riders frantic final effort to slipstream back, the Tech3 Moto2 bound Englishman took the top step of the podium, meanwhile a courageous race from 17th saw Malaysian rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin move through the pack, overtaking Brad Binder late on for third.

For a full fact packed race report follow the link to where you can comment and debate on all the action from the final Moto3 race of the season:

Moto3: Cortese times Phillip Island win to perfection

World champion for Moto3 Sandro Cortese calculated his ride on the Red Bull KTM Ajo to perfection to win at Phillip Isalnd, he was joined on the Podium by Portugal’s Miguel Oliveira and his Ajo team mate Arthur Sissis who scored third in his home Grand Prix.

For my full race report follow the link to where you can discuss the race in more detail too:

Moto3: Cortese on pole for Phillip Island race

Winner of the inaugural Moto3 crown Sandro Cortese finished top of the timesheets for the Red Bull Ajo KTM team ahead of Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix from Phillip Island, with fellow countryman Jonas Folger starting second for Mapfre Aspar. Efren Vazquez was a more unusual face for the front row qualifying third for the JHK T-shirt Laglisse team.

Japanese race winner and Cortese’s team mate Danny Kent returned to form in fifth, fellow Danny and Brit Danny Webb didn’t qualify for Mahindra as they lacked the spare parts to repair his engine woes.

Malaysian rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin stormed to fifth after missing most of the session with bike issues for the Air Asia sponsored KTM Ajo team.

Curious where the rest qualified? check out my full race report available from at this link: