MotoGP: Marquez remains on top for day two and Iannone’s follow friendly helmet

Day two in Sepang for the MotoGP riders saw Marc Marquez go sub two minutes in Malaysia, the first rider to do so.

The top three times of the day were all set by Honda riders with the Spaniards factory team-mate second and LCR rider Stefan Bradl improving to third.

Valentino Rossi completed another solid day of testing with the fourth fastest time, just ahead of the rider of the test for me so far, Aleix Espargaro – who was the fifth best on day two, easily the best of the Open Class entries and one place faster than Rossi’s Yamaha colleague Jorge Lorenzo. Impressive.

Andrea Iannone saw off the factory Ducati riders once again with his Pramac machine, so to celebrate here’s his ‘follow me’ social media inspired helmet as the image for todays blog, Day two times listed below the picture:

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Still Crazy… The self styled ‘Maniac Joe’ wants you to follow him – just like Crutchlow and Dovizioso at the moment!
Image via Iannone himself initially posted on his Twitter feed – @andreaiannone29 and used under the fair use act

Sepang Test 2014 Day Two Times:

1. Marc Marquez  Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 59.926s (Lap 38/65)
2. Dani Pedrosa  Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 0.336s | +0.410s (12/62)
3. Stefan Bradl  LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) 2m 0.339s | +0.413s (13/52)
4. Valentino Rossi  Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 2m 0.464s | +0.538s (18/61)
5. Aleix Espargaro  NGM Mobile Forward Racing (FTR-M1) 2m 0.547s | +0.621s (16/42)
6. Jorge Lorenzo  Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 2m 0.573s | +0.647s (27/49)
7. Bradley Smith  Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 0.603s | +0.677s (27/66)
8. Andrea Iannone Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 2m 0.855s | +0.929s (9/49)
9. Alvaro Bautista  Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RC213V) 2m 0.897s | +0.971s (51/55)
10. Pol Espargaro  Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 1.061s | +1.135s (4/49)
11. Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 2m 1.146s | +1.220s (8/45)
12. Cal Crutchlow  Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 2m 1.396s | +1.470s (11/48)
13. Michele Pirro  Ducati Test Rider (Desmosedici) 2m 2.177s | +2.251s (6/56)
14. Nicky Hayden  Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 2m 2.287s | +2.361s (25/58)
15. Colin Edwards  NGM Mobile Forward Racing (FTR-M1) 2m 2.545s | +2.619s (8/35)
16. Yonny Hernandez  Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 2m 2.675s | +2.749s (13/45)
17. Kosuke Akiyoshi  Honda Test Rider 2m 2.692s | +2.766s (8/68)
18. Hiroshi Aoyama Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 2m 2.825s | +2.899s (65/66)
19. Katsuyuki Nakasuga  Yamaha Test Rider (YZR-M1) 2m 2.970s | +3.044s (49/56)
20. Randy De Puniet  Suzuki Test Rider (XRH-1) 2m 3.064s | +3.138s (73/96)
21. Scott Redding  Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RCV1000R) 2m 3.117s | +3.191s (39/53)
22. Michael Laverty  Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) 2m 3.528s | +3.602s (37/41)
23. Hector Barbera  Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki) 2m 4.551s | +4.625s (2/37)
24. Broc Parkes  Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) 2m 4.619s | +4.693s (42/43)
25. Karel Abraham  Cardion AB Motoracing (RCV1000R) 2m 5.261s | +5.335s (21/32)
26. Mike Di Meglio  Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki) 2m 5.355s | +5.429s (4/34)


MotoGP: Iannone’s Indianapolis helmet!

presuming everyone has now had a look at the luminous green excellence of the Lorenzo special (if not it’s here) here’s a look at a lesser spotted special lid – the Iannone Indianapolis helmet!

Iannone Indy helmet 2013

Iannone shares his 2013 Indy artwork with us!
Image via Andrea Iannone on Instagram

AGV recently ran a competition to design the helmet for this American round and after working with his usual artist this is the winning design incorporated in though i remember the winner having a cartoon style Iannone on it, which you can’t see here…

I had a go, but alas was not the winner (boo!)

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Not winning, but you never know unless you try, my entry with Iannone and bricks- it had a strip of bricks and stars and stripes on the side views!
Image via me at my PC.

In related Iannone helmet news, the Pramac riders Wild Rodeo helmet is to be made available for purchase by AGV! More details on AGV’s website here. It will be a Corsa model and cost £649.99 in the U.K.


Andrea Iannone and the Wild Rodeo of Mugello!

Valentino Rossi isn’t the only Italian rider to splash out on a special helmet for their home Grand Prix in Mugello. Pramac Ducati rider Andrea Iannone is also sporting some pretty original artwork for the weekend, featuring a graphic of a cartoon Iannone riding a Pramac coloured bull with his racing number on the forehead and his target logo made of plasters, presumably all a comment on the tricky nature of riding a Ducati, with most of their currently fielded MotoGP riders sporting some kind of injury.

Image below via @andreaiannone29 – the riders official twitter account.

Iannone 2013 mugello special

Iannone shows of his Mugello 2013 special!

MotoGP:Le Mans – Spies out, Pirro stands in at Pramac

Pramac racing have confirmed that Ben Spies will be replaced by Ducati Test rider Michele Pirro at the next MotoGP round in Le Mans.

Ignite Pramac released a statement today which confirmed that as well as skipping the Jerez round the Texas rider will also be missing from the grid in France.

The American has already undergone treatment for the nerve pain which hampered his progress in his home Grand Prix, though it appears the ongoing therapy has not yet done enough to allow doctors to declare Spies fit.

Spies’ team-mate Andrea Iannone is also struggling with injury and will have surgery for arm pump before the next round.

Pirro enjoyed his first scheduled wild-card ride over the weekend at Jerez on the Ducati test bike and finished in the points in a credible 11th while concentrating on his testing objectives.

Pramac’s statement in full:

“Following today’s additional medical check in Dallas, the doctor supervising Ben Spies recommended that the Texan undergo a period of extended rehabilitation.
Despite his wish to return to the track as soon as possible, Spies will miss the French Grand Prix and will join the team again at the end of May, at Mugello.
At Le Mans, Ducati Test Team rider, Michele Pirro, will ride the Ignite Pramac Racing Team Desmosedici GP13”.

Image of the Qatar GP: Rossi back on a Ducati (via Iannone lift!)

The MotoGP weekend had some great racing in all the classes, but as Lorenzo charged away at the front it was Rossi’s fightback and subsequent battle with Marc Marquez that grabbed the headlines.

The funniest and most lasting image for me though was after Rossi parked his fuel depleted Yamaha in the gravel and caught a lift  back to parc ferme with his pal Andrea Iannone on his Pramac Ducati! It is very similar to when he also got a lift from nicky Hayden last season, which you can see by clicking here.

Who’d have thought Valentino would be back on a Ducati so soon!

Image : Picture taken by me via MotoGP.com coverage by BBC sport.

Rossi rides with Iannone - on a Ducati!

Rossi rides with Iannone – on a Ducati!

MotoGP: Iannone fined in practice for speeding in the Qatar pitlane

MotoGP: Iannone fined in practice for speeding in the Qatar pitlane

Ahead of a practice round up, here’s a picture Pramac Ducati rider Andrea Iannone posted on his official Twitter page after yesterday’s practice rounds – a fine for speeding in the pitlane!

It was accompanied by the text “Eccolaaa!! La prima multa dell’anno!!” (Here it is! The first fine this year!)

Iannone was obviously going fast at every opportunity but still needs to work a little after finishing the first practice in twelfth, just ahead of his team mate Ben Spies. the highest placed Ducati was in fourth after an amazing ride by Andrea Dovizioso.

An impressive lap from Aleix Espargaro saw him place in the top ten in the first session of the year, in ninth as the top CRT rider.

Top three was Yamaha dominated : fastest was Lorenzo, second went to Crutchlow on the Tech3 after finishing top at the final test, Rossi was third and positive after apparently only using one set of tyres.

Image via Iannone’s Twitter feed.

MotoGP: Ducati 2013 livery revealed- plus Pramac!

Ducati have used the annual Ducati/Ferrari press event Wrooom for a snow covered unveiling of the paint job they will be running for the forthcoming 2013 MotoGP season on the bikes of Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso.

Also present was the Pramac team (Ben Spies, Andrea Iannone), who will be running with factory support and  who’s paint scheme is an inverted version of the factory team, with slightly different sponsors too.

Dovi has chosen to run with 04 instead of just 4, no-one seems sure why, it looks a little confusing from a distance as it could be mistaken for 84 at speed.

Ducati factory team and Pramac launch 2013 at Vrooom
Image by @Ducatiweb via Twitter

The paintwork appears to be a little closer to the red the fans love instead of the orangier hue used while Valentino Rossi was in the team, and using inverted colours for Pramac makes the team feel nice and uniform, a nice touch to cement their new factory backing.

MotoGP: Ducati after Rossi

It looked like it was to be a marriage made in heaven, the Italian factory and their homegrown Italian multiple championship winner Valentino Rossi. It quickly went sour, so sour that Rossi spent most of last season looking like he was sucking on lemons and aching to be somewhere else instead of his usually sunny confident self.

So while the inevitable parting of ways has occurred and Rossi is back in more comfortable surroundings at Yamaha counting down the days until he can prove he still has ‘it’, Ducati found the most valuable thing Rossi gave them from his time there was not an all conquering anyone-can-ride-it-now Ducati, but a look at just what his marketability was capable of.

Presumably this explains the promo shots on the Pramac site, home to former Yamaha man Ben Spies and more interestingly Italian  Moto2 crazy man – a rider so crazy he upgraded his nickname from ‘Crazy Joe’ to ‘Maniac Joe’- Andrea Iannone.

In the shot below, from http://pramacracing.com/index.php Iannone is shown in an outfit not dissimilar to a fellow Italian who until recently raced in the factory team…

maniac joe crazy joe iannone rossi style leathers pramac test bike

“I will emulate Rossi by struggling to podium for Ducati”

It is worth remembering that Iannone has always shared a fondness for luminous yellow with Rossi, and he has never been known to shy away from a loud livery, none having more volume than his moving film advert for ‘Step Up 3D’ which was used at the San Marino round in 2012, as Iannone is such a flamboyant rider and risk taker here’s hoping that the red is luckier for hm than it was for Rossi and will be nearer the front come the checkered flag.

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)



Romano Fenati back with Team Italia for 2013

After narrowly missing out on the accolade of ‘rookie of the year’ to Alex Rins after a close battle between the two this season, Italian teenager Romano Fenati can celebrate a secure future instead with the news he is confirmed to ride for his current team Team Italia FMI for the 2013 season.

The Italian teenager impressed in his rookie year with a string of strong results, including a race win at a wet Jerez and three further podium finishes.

Team Italia have made it their goal to nurture new Italian riders as there were few coming through the system after Andrea Iannone and the late Marco Simoncelli and have revealed that Fenati will have a new team mate next season in the shape of 15 year old Francesco Bagnaia, who will be sixteen during the winter break so able to race from the start of the season unlike new Marc VDS Moto3 signing Livio Loi or Eric Granado in this year’s Moto2 championship.

Bagnaia currently race in the CIV Moto3 Spanish championship and is third before the final round for the Monlau Competicion squad where he was the partner to championship winner Alex Marquez.

More on Fenati’s achievements so far here: