MotoGP: Scott Redding confirmed at Gresini Honda


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.


Moto2: Departures – Wilairot and Smith both out before Indy

Today was a sad day in Thailand as their first ever GP class rider Ratthapark Wilairot announced his retirement, aged 25.


Riding away…Moto2 loses Wilairot
Image via Thai Honda Gresini

While anyone who follows MotoGP from the lightweight classes up probably choked on their lunch marveling at the prospect of retiring at their quarter of a century, the Thai Honda Gresini Team were already keeping his seat warm for his replacement  Thitipong “Ting Note” Warokorn, a fellow Thai racer who aged 23 will make his debut at Indianapolis later this month after the summer break ( though if he sticks to Wilairot’s timetable he can look forward to maybe making retirement in two seasons time!)

‘Feem’ as Wilairot is known at home enjoyed a seven year career in Moto2 and 250cc racing, with his best result coming in Assen in 2010, where he finished fourth after challenging race winner Andrea Iannone for the lead. He will, according to the Bangkok Post become the coach for his replacement Warokorn.

Warokorn had been racing in the Asian Road Racing Cahmpionship this season and won the 2010 Thailand Super Bike 1000cc SB1 Class title, with the AP Honda president suggesting “He could become the pride of Thailand.”


This news came hot on the heels earlier in the week of British rookie Kyle Smith’s departure from the championship.

Riding alongside Toni Elias at Blusens Avintia, the 21 year old found himself high and dry after his main sponsor Wild Wolf pulled out of all rider sponsorship, with immediate effect.

Smith posted the following statement on his personal website :

“WildWolf have announced they have to withdraw direct sponsorship from Kyle Smith and the Moto2 series.


They have committed to building a large Health and Fitness Facility and decided this will be first in there interests for the forceable future,


Kyle is more than thankful to WildWolf who have been behind him over the last few years and brought him to this level


But unfortunately this leaves Kyle without a ride for the rest of the series.

Blusens/Avintia would like to carry on with Kyle but are now short of finances, as far as I know Toni Elias will continue.”

Smith was yet to score any points for the team in a season where former Moto2 champion Elias has amassed just 19 points for the Blusens Outfit.

He has previously competed in the Spanish 125GP Championship, the Spanish Stock Extreme series where he finished runner-up in 2012 and the Spanish Kawasaki Ninja Cup, where he was champion in 2009.


MotoGP: Didn’t you crash in Mugello? Bautista drives a train!

Considering he collided with Valentino Rossi in Mugello he’s maybe not your first choice for driving a train, nevertheless this is exactly what Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista found himself doing ahead of this weekends Catalunya Grand Prix.

Bautista the train driver

Alvaro Bautista getting to grips with the trains controls – hopefully!
Image via Bautista – @19Bautista on Twitter

Seemingly very happy to be given a tour of the drivers cab, the Spaniard took the Renfe train from his home in Talavera to Madrid ahead of this weekends race action, where hopefully his race will last a bit longer than it did in Italy after his much talked about racing incident with fan favourite Valentino Rossi, here’s a picture recap:

Bautista Rossi Racing Incident

Rossi and Bautista’s racing incident, via

Go&Fun Gresini for 2013 revealed

Team Gresini reveal the first image of their MotoGP and Moto3 riders with new sponsor Go&Fun liveries.

After a long association with Italian snack brand San Carlo the Gresini Team revealed their new look for the coming season with the bikes and riders emblazoned with the logo of their new main sponsor, natural energy drink company Go&Fun.

At a quick glance the bikes bare a similarity to the usual paintwork for the Pramac Ducati Team, with a predominantly green and white colour scheme, however as previously posted here Pramac have done away with that look for this season and will be sporting a red and white scheme which mirrors the look of the Ducati factory bikes.

Bautista Staring Antonelli and Baldassarri

The Go&Fun 2013 team – MotoGP’s Bautista and Staring and Moto3 riders Antonelli and Baldassarri
Image :

The MotoGP riders Alvaro Bautista and Bryan Staring, who will be competing on a RC213V and  FTR Honda CRT respectively, are looking forward to the changes and the season ahead:

Alvaro Bautista: “It has been a brilliant day! It is really nice to be back with Team Gresini for a second season. The new Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini colours are suitably vibrant and we made some great progress with the machine itself in the recent tests in Malaysia. Now we will look to confirm that progress in the next session at Jerez and make sure we’re ready for the first race in Qatar.”

Bryan Staring: “Everything is new for me: a new bike, new team, new colours… it’s a fantastic feeling. It was great to be up on stage next to a true champion like Álvaro and two great young kids in Niccolò and Lorenzo.”

While the Italian Moto3 riders Lorenzo Baldassarri and Niccolo Antonelli have also been appearing in the press shots and official team unveiling due to sharing the same sponsor the Gresini Moto2 riders Ratthapark Wiliarot and Doni Tata Pradita have not been present as they have different sponsors – Honda and Federal Oil.

More here at the official site

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:

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 :

“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”

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:

Simoncelli News Round Up – Marco’s Museum,Sic Supermoto, auction,helmet and even a mastercard!

The character that was Marco Simoncelli is still rarely out of the news as his fans, family and friends continue to keep his memory  alive through a whole host of events for their charity foundation, here is a round up of Supersic happenings since the end of the season.

The 8th of December saw the opening of the Marco Simoncelli monument and museum in hometown of Coriano, Italy, with a huge attendance considering there was a snowstorm. The museum gives a detailed history of Simoncelli and  is a permanent reminder of his desire to race containing his bikes, leathers and a photographic history of his time on two wheels.

Marco Simoncelli Monument at the Coriano Museum

Marco Simoncelli Monument at the Coriano Museum
picture via twitter from a selection at the website

During the final race of the 2012 season at Valencia Alvaro Bautista’s Gresini Honda fairing had a special livery containing messages from fans sent to San Carlo who ran a ‘Super Message Sic’ text message promotion with each SMS donating two Euros to the Marco Simoncelli Foundation to help with their project to build a centre for disabled children in Coriano. One half of the fairing now resides in the museum while the other half was auctioned on, with the entire winning bid of EUR 2,520.00 going to the foundation too.

Bautista's auctioned Honda Gresini Simoncelli fairing Valencia 2012

Bautista’s auctioned Honda Gresini Simoncelli fairing Valencia 2012
picture from the listing at

The opening days of December saw Simoncelli’s rider friends salute his memory in the most suitable manner- by fighting it out to the line during Sic Supermoto day – the two day event raising over 90,000 euros for the Simoncelli Foundation and had over 5,000 people attend.

The 58 lap endurance race was won by Simoncelli’s biggest rival Andrea Dovizioso and his partner Mauno Hermunen, second across the line by just half a second was the pairing of Wintanley and Iddon and eternal crowd favourite Valentino Rossi and his partner Theirry Van Den Bosch were third.

Marco’s father Paolo handed out the trophies during an emotional podium celebration.

AGV have also announced a new Simoncelli tribute GP Tech helmet now available in the USA direct from at

Notable differences from the previous version include his number 58, the Dainese and San Carlo logos and the addition of a small heart in the Japanese flag that Simoncelli added to his own helmet to commemorate the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

While the helmet retails at around 749 Euros/$680 a more affordable scooter helmet has also been made available for around 149 Euros.


AGV Marco Simoncelli Tribute helmet (from

Finally and more unusually a prepaid Mastercard has also been created to help raise money for the Marco Simoncelli Foundation.

Accompanied by  the message “thanks for your visit,every time you use your Sic card you give support to projects that the foundation carries to help the most vulnerable in the name and in memory of Marco -Paolo and Rossella Simoncelli” so endorsed by his family, the card, available at allows users to make a small donation to the foundations charity work while benefiting from the safety of a prepay card and  additional discounts available to holders, it is usable worldwide and on the internet.



pay your way with Simoncelli !

For more information on the Marco Simoncelli Foundation and their work visit:

MotoGP: Who Is Bryan Staring?

Bryan Staring

Bryan Staring in his ASBK winning year, 2009
(Image by Australian Superbikes via Flickr and used under Creative Commons License)

It is safe to say that MotoGP’s newest and unexpected recruit didn’t appear from absolutely nowhere, so who exactly is the Go & Fun Gresini teams new signing?

Bryan Staring has carved out a solid career in his home Australian motorcycle scene, the 25 year old from Perth is a three time national champion across 125cc racing, Superbike and Supersport and in 2012 he contested the FIM Superstock 1000 for Pedercini Kawasaki, finishing fourth with three wins to his name (Aragon,Brno & Portmao) and it was his ability to work around the bike issues he faced on the Kawasaki ZX-10R and still achieve wins which lead him into consideration for the Gresini CRT ride from seemingly nowhere.

Staring has also been a wild card rider in WSBK at his home race at Phillip Island and sometimes trains with Superbike legend and fellow countryman Troy Bayliss.

As Casey Stoner retired last season his arrival also means there will still be an Australian presence in the MotoGP class in 2013.

Staring is ready to make the most of his new appointment, taking over from Michele Pirro, who leaves after finishing the season third in the CRT standings to become Ducati test rider:

“In all my racing years I never expected to be in the MotoGP paddock as it seemed unreachable to me. To have the opportunity to race in this championship with a team like Go&Fun Honda Gresini is something incredible. This is my biggest challenge now and I’ll approach it as I have all my other challenges, I’ll give it everything I have. I realize I have a lot to learn and I look forward to taking it all in. I’m very appreciative for Fausto Gresini and the sponsors of the Team who have contributed to the position I’m in now. I can’t wait until I’m rolling out of pit lane”.

Fausto Gresini used the team press release to detail why he thinks Staring is the man for the job:

“The young Australian will be entrusted with carrying forward the CRT project that we all have such belief in, especially after such a great result in the final round of 2012 at Valencia. Bryan shone in the Superstock 1000 series this season with three wins and he has the right approach and ability to help us achieve our objectives with the FTR-Honda. I can’t wait to see him on track and working with our guys and I am sure he will settle in well. ”

Gresini’s full squad line up as Alvaro Bautista with Staring on their CRT entry in MotoGP, Indonesian rider Doni Tata Pradita joins  Ratthapark Wilairot in Moto2 and Niccolo Antonelli remains with the team in Moto3, he is partnered by newcomer and fellow Italian Lorenzo Baldassarri.

Both the MotoGP and Moto3 squads are sponsored by Go &  Fun while Wilairot is again on a Thai Honda Gresini and Pradita on the Federal Oil sponsored bike rode by Gino Rea last year, who is rumoured to be the rider for the ESGP FTR unconfirmed entry after testing late last week.

Provisional FIM MotoGP entry list announced

A full list of 24 riders has been announced for the MotoGp 2013 season, half of which are CRT entries.

Avintia are yet to reveal who will supply their engine while it appears Jorge Lorenzo will ride with his regular 99 and not take the number one available to him as current World Champion. The list also reveals that the Paul Bird Motorsports team will feature, as long rumoured, Yonny Hernandez on James Ellison’s old Aprillia ART seat but after much speculation he will be joined by Michael Laverty on a PBM machine. There is one place yet to be filled as Petrucci is awaiting his partner at Ioda.

Full list below, * denotes a CRT entry:

Yamaha Factory Racing (Yamaha)

46 Valentino Rossi (ITA)

99 Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)

Repsol Honda Team (Honda)

26 Dani Pedrosa (SPA)

93 Marc Marquez (SPA)

Ducati Team (Ducati)

4 Andrea Dovisoso (ITA)

69 Nicky Hayden (USA)

Monster Yamaha Tech3 (Yamaha)

35 Cal Crutchlow (GBR)

38 Bradley Smith (GBR)

Pramac Racing Team (Ducati)

11 Ben Spies (USA)

29 Andrea Iannone (ITA)

LCR Honda MotoGP (Honda)

Stefan Bradl (GER)

Go & Fun Honda Gresini (Honda)

19 Alvaro Bautista (SPA)

67 Bryan Staring (AUS) (FTR Honda)*

Power Electronics Aspar (ART)*

14 Randy de Puniet (FRA)

41 Aleix Espargaro (SPA)

Avintia Blusens (FTR)*

8 Hector Barbera (SPA)

7 Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)

NGM Mobile Forward Racing (FTR Kawasaki)*

5 Colin Edwards (USA)

71 Claudio Corti (ITA)

Cardion AB Motoracing (ART)*

17 Karel Abraham (CZE)

Paul Bird Motorsport (ART & PBM)*

68 Yonny Hernandez (COL) (ART)

33 Michael Laverty (GBR) (PBM)

Came IodaRacing Project (Ioda-Suter)*

9 Danilo Petrucci (ITA)



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)