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Qatar 2015 – determination required, drama guaranteed!

MotoGP gave us one of it’s greatest races in a long time, and a very Italian podium, but the Spanish domination had vanished in all three world championship classes, they did not feature once on the podium in Qatar (though all the Spanish Moto3 and Moto2 rookies look VERY promising).

 

Reporting on the support classes is always enjoyable, both races had winners who had not won before in that class thanks to a mixture of talent and luck. Behind them riders got the chance to excel on their new machines, while other faltered at the final hurdle.

Moto3 saw experienced ‘veteran’ of the class Alexis Masbou claim his first Moto3 win, just his second ever victory at 27 , Moto2 saw Sam Lowes dominance come to nothing, the reigning champion Rabat also falling and Zarco be let down by his machinery. One of the few other riders to drop a sub two minute lap, Jonas Folger was perfectly poised to pick up the pieces there.

But who else impressed? Who bagged a trophy?

To catch up with the action, try these reports (I again, lovingly created!)

Crash is the destination for detail, as reported live directly after the session reports for Moto2 and Moto3, just click the links to be immersed in all you could wish to know about the Qatar action so far:

Less time? Try the shorter version at PaddockChatter

Moto2/Moto3: Jerez starts with Rabat and Miller on top.

2014 Rins42 surgery

Out – Alex Rins is not at Jerez to have surgery on a cyst on his wrist. Missing in Moto2 is Gino Rea – he rode the Valencia test with a broken foot!
Image via Alex Rins Twitter account @Rins42

Moto2 and Moto3 got down to testing again as the paddock moved on to Jerez.

Moto2 saw Marc VDS rider Tito Rabat sitting at the top of the timesheets one the opening day of testing after sneaking the best time of the day at the damp track from Tom Luthi late on, though both riders impressed with sub 1m 43s times.

other performances of note were Speed Up rider Sam Lowes keeping on the pace in fourth and just one place behind him in fifth Maverick Vinales, the Moto3 graduate also finding his feet in the intermediate class.

Moto3 was lead by Austraian Jack Miller, fast as he seemed he would be once free of the Honda he impressed on last season. The Red Bull KTM rider was the only one to dip under 1m 47s, with Isaac Vinales his closest time rival after taking over from his championship winning cousin at Team Calvo.

Danny Kent (Husqvarna Ajo), Niccolo Antonelli (Go & Fun KTM) and Romano Fenati Sky/VR46 KTM)remained at the front too and showed why Honda saw such an exodus from their product after it’s lacklustre showing in 2013, while hinting that the KTM  bikes are all set to dominate once again.

Efren Vazquez was the top Honda rider in in sixth, while Red Bull Rookies champ Karel Hanika found his feet in Jerez, pushing up to eighth on the list on day one.

Full times for both classes below:

Jerez Moto2 Test Times Day One:

1. Esteve Rabat  Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 42.747
2. Thomas Luthi  Interwetten Paddock Moto2 (Suter) 1m 42.989
3. Mika Kallio  Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 43.320
4. Sam Lowes GBR Speed Up (Speed Up) 1m 43.449
5. Maverick Viñales  Pons HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 43.544
6. Takaaki Nakagami  Idemitsu Honda Team Asia (Kalex) 1m 43.570
7. Sandro Cortese  Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 1m 43.634
8. Julian Simon  Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 43.695
9. Simone Corsi  NGM Forward Racing (Forward KLX) 1m 43.748
10. Luis Salom  Pons HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 43.793
11. Alex De Angelis  Tasca Racing Moto2 (Suter) 1m 43.841
12. Anthony West  QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 1m 44.178
13. Xavier Simeon  Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 (Suter) 1m 44.226
14. Johann Zarco  Caterham Moto Racing (Caterham Suter) 1m 44.283
15. Dominique Aegerter  Technomag CarXpert (Suter) 1m 44.338
16. Mattia Pasini  NGM Forward Racing (Forward KLX) 1m 44.348
17. Nico Terol  Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 1m 44.394
18. Axel Pons  Argiñano & Gines Racing (Kalex) 1m 44.412
19. Alex Mariñelarena  Tech 3 (Tech 3) 1m 44.499
20. Louis Rossi SAG Team (Kalex) 1m 44.518
21. Hafizh Syahrin  Petronas Raceline Malaysia (Kalex) 1m 44.553
22. Randy Krummenacher  Iodaracing Project (Suter) 1m 44.596
23. Jonas Folger Argiñano & Gines Racing (Kalex) 1m 44.601
24. Franco Morbidelli Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 44.617
25. Lorenzo Baldassarri Gresini Moto2 (Suter) 1m 44.912
26. Josh Herrin Caterham Moto Racing (Caterham Suter) 1m 44.951
27. Marcel Schrotter Tech 3 (Tech 3) 1m 45.112
28. Roman Ramos QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 1m 45.209
29. Azlan Shah Idemitsu Honda Team Asia (Kalex) 1m 45.298
30. Jordi Torres Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 1m 45.743
31. Thitipong Warokorn APH PTT  SAG (Kalex) 1m 46.027
32. Tetsuta Nagashima Teluru Team JiR Webike (TSR) 1m 46.378
33. Robin Mulhauser Technomag CarXpert (Suter) 1m 46.770

Jerez Moto3 Test Times Day One:

1. Jack Miller  Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 46.975
2. Isaac Viñales  Calvo Team (KTM) 1m 47.277
3. Danny Kent  Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo (Husqvarna) 1m 47.471
4. Niccolo Antonelli  Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 (KTM) 1m 47.480
5. Romano Fenati  Sky Racing Team by VR46 (KTM) 1m 47.735
6. Efren Vazquez  Saxoprint-RTG (Honda) 1m 47.845
7. Jakub Kornfeil  Calvo Team (KTM) 1m 47.910
8. Karel Hanika  Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 47.960
9. Philipp Oettl  Interwetten Paddock Moto3 (Kalex-KTM) 1m 48.113
10. Alex Marquez  Estrella Galicia 0.0 (Honda) 1m 48.186
11. Fabio Quartararo  Estrella Galicia 0.0 (Honda) 1m 48.232 * in for Alex Rins
12. Livio Loi  Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex-KTM) 1m 48.370
13. John McPhee  Saxoprint-RTG (Honda) 1m 48.547
14. Miguel Oliveira  Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 48.660
15. Niklas Ajo  Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo (Husqvarna) 1m 48.674
16. Francesco Bagnaia  Sky Racing Team by VR46 (KTM) 1m 48.859
17. Brad Binder  Ambrogio Racing (Mahindra) 1m 48.927
18. Eric Granado  Calvo Team (KTM) 1m 49.183
19. Arthur Sissis  Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 49.299
20. Scott Deroue  RW Racing GP (Kalex-KTM) 1m 49.591
21. Ana Carrasco  RW Racing GP (Kalex-KTM) 1m 49.598
22. Jules Danilo  Ambrogio Racing (Mahindra) 1m 49.625
23. Bryan Schouten  CIP Moto3 (Mahindra) 1m 49.654
24. Juanfran Guevara  Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex-KTM) 1m 49.797
25. Zulfahmi Khairuddin  Ongetta-AirAsia (Honda) 1m 49.891
26. Alessandro Tonucci  CIP Moto3 (Mahindra) 1m 50.010
27. Luca Grunwald  Kiefer Racing (Kalex-KTM) 1m 50.104
28. Hafiq Azmi  SIC-Ajo (KTM) 1m 50.245
29. Alexis Masbou  Ongetta-Rivacold (Honda) 1m 50.326
30. Gabriel Ramos  Kiefer Racing (Kalex-KTM) 1m 50.372
31. Matteo Ferrari  San Carlo Team Italia (Mahindra) 1m 50.405
32. Enea Bastianini  Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 (KTM) 1m 51.109
33. Andrea Locatelli  San Carlo Team Italia (Mahindra) 1m 51.314

Moto2/Moto3 Assen round-up: Late wins for Salom and Espargaro

Here’s a brief account of the Moto3 and Moto2 action in Assen, as usual for more visit the full round-up at Paddockchatter.com or my individual Moto2 and Moto3 race reports for crash.net, just click on the orange links!

Pons Tuent HP 40 Pol Espargaro

Pons rider Pol Espargaro in action
Image by Pons Tuent HP 40

Moto3 kicked off an exciting day of action in Assen with an action packed race which started as a five-way fight for victory until Maverick Vinales and Luis Salom were left to battle it out on the last lap.

Salom’s late well-timed move aboard his Red Bull KTM Ajo made the difference and gave him three wins in a row and a ten point lead in the championship. Team Calvo’s Vinales had to settle for second, with both riders keeping the championship battle tense by maintaining their perfect podium records.

One-time leader Alex Rins fought back for the final podium spot for the Estrella Galicia team ahead of pole-sitter Miguel Oliveira for the ever improving Mahindra outfit and his team-mate Alex Marquez in fifth, the final finisher in the leading group.

John McPhee finished 21st for Caretta while Danny Webb crashed out on his 100th Grand Prix start, leaving him with a suspected broken wrist.

Moto2 was, as expected a battle to the end between championship rivals Pol Espargaro and leader Scott Redding.

After swapping position and stalking each other for the duration it came down to the last lap move made by Tuenti HP 40 rider Espargaro to seal the win for the Spaniard, giving him back to back wins and victory for every race he has started on pole. It takes the championship gap between himself and Redding down to 30 points as the Marc VDS man secured second after a solid race.

Dominique took his second career podium after being one-time race leader for the Technomag carXpert team after a dramatic last lap fightback where he passed the leaders team mates Mika Kallio and Tito Rabat who finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Contender Johann Zarco had to settle for sixth for Ioda Racing just ahead of Xavier Simeon for the Desguaces La Torre Maptaq team. Eight spot went to Interwetten rider Tom Luthi with Aspar’s Jordi Torres the top Aspar bike in ninth. Ant West completed a strong weekend with a tenth for QMMF, he was also the best placed Speed Up rider.

Danny Kent was 20th for Tech3 while wild-card rider Gino Rea finished in 25th in just his second race this season.

Moto3 Assen Race Result Top 15:

1. Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 38m 20.086
2. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 38m 20.208
3. Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 38m 20.368
4. Miguel Oliveira POR Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 38m 20.464
5. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 38m 20.502
6. Jonas Folger GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 38m 39.732
7. Jack Miller AUS Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 38m 47.77s
8. Arthur Sissis AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 38m 47.897
9. Alexis Masbou FRA Ongetta-Rivacold (FTR Honda) 38m 54.883
10. Niklas Ajo FIN Avant Tecno (KTM) 38m 54.909
11. Isaac Viñales SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 38m 55.216
12. Efren Vazquez SPA Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 38m 55.447
13. Niccolò Antonelli ITA Go&Fun Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda) 38m 55.609
14. Romano Fenati ITA San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 38m 55.714
15. Brad Binder RSA Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 38m 55.972

Moto2 Assen Race result Top 15:

1. Pol Espargaro SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 39m 51.883
2. Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 39m 52.000
3. Dominique Aegerter SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 39m 55.392
4. Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 39m 55.539
5. Esteve Rabat SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 39m 55.876
6. Johann Zarco FRA Came Iodaracing Project (Suter) 39m 55.956
7. Xavier Simeon BEL Desguaces La Torre Maptaq (Kalex) 40m 0.978
8. Thomas Luthi SWI Interwetten Paddock (Suter) 40m 4.154
9. Jordi Torres SPA Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 40m 5.628
10. Anthony West AUS QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 40m 8.171
11. Julian Simon SPA Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 40m 8.195
12. Randy Krummenache SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 40m 8.656
13. Louis Rossi FRA Tech 3 (Tech 3) 40m 9.130
14. Marcel Schrotter GER Desguaces La Torre SAG (Kalex) 40m 9.863
15. Sandro Cortese GER Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 40m 14.179

Moto2/Moto3 Round-up: Debut pole for Oliveira and Mahindra, back to business for Espargaro

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Oliveira takes his first pole for Mahindra, their maiden pole too!
image via Mahindra Racing, for editorial use only

Here’s a brief rundown for the top qualifiers in Moto2 and Moto3, for more check the full news at paddockchatter.com

The damp Moto3 session kicked off the qualifying proceedings for the Assen TT weekend with a qualifying tie – Both Estrella Galicia’s Alex Marquez and Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira setting an identical time – 1m 43.588 – with Oliveira being handed his maiden pole, and also a first for his Mahindra team in Moto3, after having a faster second best lap.

This edged title contender Maverick Vinales down to third for Team Calvo, leaving the Spanish teen visibly frustrated.

The second row is lead off by Red Bull Ajo rider Luis Salom. The Spaniard looked to be in charge of the session with some well time laps late on but then fell in the closing minutes, his only option remaining was to watch from the garage as he lost the top spot, which caused him to walk away.

Jasper Iwema was the highest place home rider for the Assen GP in 11th for RW Racing.

Brits John McPhee and Danny Webb start 24th and 29th respectively.

Pol Espargaro took his third pole of the season despite having his fastest lap cancelled for cutting the track. The field remains wide open for Saturday’s race with the top three separated by just 0.188 seconds and the entire top 20 all within 1 second of the Tuenti HP 40 riders top time.

Also making the front row of the grid were Frenchman Johann Zarco for Ioda, the first of just two Suter machines inside the top ten and the championship leader, Marc VDS man Scott Redding.

Wild-card Gino Rea had a great qualifying on his FTR and starts 24th for just his second race of the year, outqualifying fellow Brits and championship regulars Danny Kent (25th for Tech3) and Kyle Smith (30th for Avintia Blusens)

Moto3 Assen Qualifying Top Ten:

1.Miguel Oliveira POR Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 43.588
2. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 1m 43.588
3. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 1m 43.649
4. Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 43.671
5. Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 1m 43.673
6. Jonas Folger GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 1m 43.901
7. Niklas Ajo FIN Avant Tecno (KTM) 1m 44.330
8. Isaac Viñales SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 1m 44.424
9. Arthur Sissis AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 44.470
10. Niccolò Antonelli ITA Go&Fun Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda) 1m 44.769

Moto2 Assen Qualifying Top Ten:

1.Pol Espargaro SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 38.734
2. Johann Zarco FRA Came Iodaracing Project (Suter) 1m 38.833
3. Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 38.879
4. Esteve Rabat SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 38.973
5. Xavier Simeon BEL Desguaces La Torre Maptaq (Kalex) 1m 39.096
6. Anthony West AUS QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 1m 39.272
7. Mattia Pasini ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 1m 39.279
8. Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 39.294
9. Mike Di Meglio FRA JiR Moto2 (Motobi) 1m 39.297
10. Dominique Aegerter SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 1m 39.300

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

 

 

Moto2 and Moto3 Jerez qualifying round up

Rins dominates Moto3 despite a crash, Moto2 sees Rabat take his first ever pole.

Moto3 kicked off the qualifying action in Spain and it was business as usual with the three KTM riding Spaniards Rins, Vinales and Salom on the front row.

The trio have also all featured on both of the the previous podiums, setting out a dominant pattern to start the season.

Rins had the most eventful journey to the front row and secured pole for Estrella Galicia despite crashing on just his fourth lap, seconds after team mate Alex Marquez, making for a busy pit box.

He returned still leading the session and reduced his time further to a 1m 46.660 – the only rider to go sub- 1m47.

Marquez wasn’t as fortunate his bike wouldn’t start after his crash at Sito Pons corner, a fair distance from the pits and he starts 22nd.

Maverick Vinales appeared to be back to his cool, controlled best and timed his laps to perfection to seal second on the grid for Team Calvo, with Luis Salom completing the front row for the Red Bull KTM Team.

The second row is very much a Honda affair with Brad Binder the fastest Honda bike in fourth on an Ambrogio Suter, just ahead of the FTR’s of Caretta Technology rider Jack Miller and Go & Fun Gresini’s Niccolo Antonelli in fifth and sixth.

Being just over a second off the lead time leaves Aspar rider Jonas Folger down in seventh,eighth spot is filled by Niklas Ajo of Avant Tecno despite crashing and ninth goes to Jakub Kornfeil, who did not take to the take to the track before today as he was at home sitting exams.

Moto2 was once again lead by three Kalex bikes though this time headed up by a debut pole for Tuenti HP 40 Pons rider Esteve ‘Tito’ Rabat, meaning the class has had a different rider on pole at every race this season.

Rabat’s late lap mean current championship leader Marc VDS man Scott Redding had to settle for second despite leading for most of the session.

They are joined on the front row by Italtrans rider Takaaki Nakagami.

Pol Espargaro, last year’s Jerez winner, finds himslef down in fourth after struggling all weekend alongside Aspar’s Jordi Torres in fifth and Belgian rider Xavier Simeon sixth.

Austn race winner Nico Terol qualifies seventh for Mapfre Aspar.

For the full version of this round up visit PaddockChatter.com or for more detailed analysis of each event my full race reports for Moto3 and Moto2 are also at crash.net, just click the highlighted links for more!

Moto3 Jerez Qualifying Top Ten:

1.Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 1m 46.660
2. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 1m 47.145
3. Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 47.327
4. Brad Binder RSA Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 1m 47.517
5. Jack Miller AUS Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 1m 47.613
6. Niccolò Antonelli ITA GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda) 1m 47.742
7. Jonas Folger GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 1m 47.793
8. Niklas Ajo FIN Avant Tecno (KTM) 1m 47.868
9. Jakub Kornfeil CZE Redox RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 1m 48.009
10. Efren Vazquez SPA Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 48.147

Moto2 Jerez Qualifying Top Ten:

1. Esteve Rabat SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 43.251
2. Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 43.698
3. Takaaki Nakagami JPN Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 43.855
4. Pol Espargaro SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 43.950
5. Jordi Torres SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 1m 43.990
6. Xavier Simeon BEL Desguaces La Torre Maptaq (Kalex) 1m 43.994
7. Nicolas Terol SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 1m 44.008
8. Marcel Schrotter GER Desguaces La Torre SAG (Kalex) 1m 44.017
9. Thomas Luthi SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Rac (Suter) 1m 44.055
10. Anthony West AUS QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 1m 44.271

Moto3/Moto2 race news: Rins wins restarted race, Terol takes first Moto2 win

Austin Moto3 and Moto2 race round up :

Rins snatches debut win in red-flagged Moto3 race,Nico Terol takes first Moto2 win as Espargaro crashes.

Moto3 got Sunday’s race action under way with a restarted crash after Jasper Iwema’s massive crash .

After also leading the first race Estrella Galicia rider Alex Rins won the five lap sprint after the restart at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin,Texas.

Initially Luis Salom made the best of the situation after fading in the original running, the stop giving him the opportunity to change the tyres on his Red Bull KTM Ajo, which appeared to solve his woes. Salom went wide racing into the final corner which also allowed Team Calvo’s Maverick Vinales through for second.

The result makes once again for an all KTM podium with the same three Spanish riders on the rostrum as Qatar. They also dominate the championship standings due to their consistency with Salom and Rins tied on 41 points,one ahead of Vinales.

Jasper Iwema was airlifted by helicopter from the track with reports coming in suggesting he had no broken bones and full movement following his huge accident. The rider confirmed this later personally on Twitter posting “Thanks for all messages, im ok after my big crash. I’ve just a concussion after I was KO for a couple minutes.”

Jonas Folger tried to keep pace with the frontrunners again but ended up fourth for Mapfre Aspar, while Miguel Olivera recovered from a lacklustre qualifying to be the highest non-KTM finisher in fifth spot.

Moto2 had a lot of drama to follow and broght plenty of action of it’s own when title favourite Pol Espargaro crashed out early in the race.

The Tuenti HP 40 rider had qualified his Pons machine down in seventh and pushed too hard while trying to move up the order.

Nico Terol raced hard from the start and found himself with a gap of over three seconds pretty quickly, which he maintained on his Mapre Aspar Suter machine until the chequered flag for his debut Moto2 win.

He had a previously strong record when the support classes have travelled to America before, with three Indianapolis 125cc wins to his names. His fourth grand prix win in the states brings him tied for the most wins on American soil with Casey Stoner.

The battle for second was fierce with Pons Tuenti’s Tito Rabat working his way up the field to second after tussling with Marc VDS rider Mika Kallio who finished in the final podium spot and Technomag carXpert’s Dominique Aegerter, who missed out on the podium after contact with Kallio.

Scott Redding lead the early laps but couldn’t keep pace due to what appeared to be a problem with tyre wear, his fifth place is enough for him to lead the championship standings after the opening two rounds.

Moto3 and Moto2 return in Jerez on the weekend of the 3-5 May. For more detailed reports visit my crash.net Moto2 and Moto3 race reports or check out the latest on paddockchatter.com !

Moto3 Austin Race Top 15:

1. Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 11m 26.535
2. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 11m 26.779
3. Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 11m 27.082
4. Jonas Folger GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 11m 27.765
5. Miguel Oliveira POR Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 11m 34.811
6. Jack Miller AUS Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 11m 35.138
7. Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 11m 36.682
8. Alexis Masbou FRA Ongetta-Rivacold (FTR Honda) 11m 38.572
9. Brad Binder RSA Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 11m 38.798
10. Jakub Kornfeil CZE Redox RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 11m 39.272
11. Danny Webb GBR Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 11m 39.756
12. Arthur Sissis AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 11m 40.565
13. Isaac Viñales SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 11m 42.357
14. Efren Vazquez SPA Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 11m 43.128
15. Niklas Ajo FIN Avant Tecno (KTM) 11m 47.629

Moto2 Austin Race Top 15:

1. Nicolas Terol SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 42m 2.689
2. Esteve Rabat SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 42m 5.814
3. Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 42m 5.864
4. Dominique Aegerter SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 42m 7.562
5. Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 42m 8.286
6. Johann Zarco FRA Came Iodaracing Project (Suter) 42m 11.984
7. Anthony West AUS QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 42m 12.129
8. Mattia Pasini ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 42m 17.161s
9. Alex De Angelis RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing (Speed Up) 42m 18.740
10. Toni Elias SPA Blusens Avintia (Kalex) 42m 22.385
11. Mike Di Meglio FRA JiR Moto2 (MotoBI) 42m 22.796
12. Marcel Schrotter GER Desguaces La Torre SAG (Kalex) 42m 25.976
13. Xavier Simeon BEL Desguaces La Torre Maptaq (Kalex) 42m 26.236
14. Jordi Torres SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 42m 26.504
15. Ricard Cardus SPA NGM Mobile Forward Racing (Speed Up) 42m 36.177

Austin Qualifying: Moto2 and Moto3 – Rins dominant and debut pole for Redding

 

Moto3 kicked off the qualfying action at the Circuit of the Americas and Estrella Galicia rider Alex Rins took control of the session, slowly whittling down his time to take the second pole of his career.

 

He is joined on the front row by the same riders who featured on the podium on Qatar.

 

 

Nearest rival was fellow countryman Red Bull KTM rider Luis Salom and third was filled by another Spaniard Team Calvo’s Maverick Vinales, making for an all KTM front row.

 

Fastest of the Honda riders was Caretta Technology rider Jack Miller in fourth.

 

 

Danny Webb impressed on his Suter Honda and scored an eighth place start for Ambrogio Racing. Fellow Brit John McPhee struggled after having his bike wrecked in his crash with Alexis Masbou in Qatar and qualified 28th.

 

 

 

 

In Moto2 a last- gasp effort by Scott Redding saw him score the first pole of his career and the first for his team, Marc VDS.

 

 

The lap ousted Takaaki Nakagami from the pole spot for the second race in a row. In Qatar the Japanese Italtrans rider lost out to Pol Espargaro in the final seconds.

 

 

Third was filled by the first Suter to hit the timesheets, the Aspar of Nico Terol who took his first front row in Moto2 with his best qualifying since moving up into the class.

 

 

Tito Rabat was fourth and well ahead of his Tuenti HP 40 team-mate Pol Espargaro who made the best of a frustrating session to push to seventh late on.

 

 

British riders Kyle Smith and Danny Kent had their best Moto2 qualifying session to date with Kent starting from 13th for Tech3 and Smith 19th for the Italtrans outfit.

 

For more see my crash.net reports for Moto2 and Moto3 or visit paddockchatter.com !

 

Moto3 Austin Qualifying Top Ten:

 

1.Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 2m 16.396
2. Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 2m 16.879
3. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 2m 17.100
4. Jack Miller AUS Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 2m 18.303
5. Jonas Folger GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 2m 18.570
6. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 2m 18.595
7. Niklas Ajo FIN Avant Tecno (KTM) 2m 18.618
8. Danny Webb GBR Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 2m 18.899
9. Alexis Masbou FRA Ongetta-Rivacold (FTR Honda) 2m 18.906
10. Arthur Sissis AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 2m 18.951

 

 

Moto2 Austin Qualifying Top Ten:

 

 

1. Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 2m 10.577
2. Takaaki Nakagami
JPN Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 2m 11.266
3. Nicolas Terol
SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 2m 11.287
4. Esteve Rabat
SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 2m 11.383
5. Dominique Aegerter
SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 2m 11.606
6. Simone Corsi
ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 2m 11.725
7. Pol Espargaro
SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 2m 11.838
8. Xavier Simeon
BEL Desguaces La Torre (Kalex) 2m 11.859
9. Mika Kallio
FIN Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 2m 11.925
10. Julian Simon
SPA Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 2m 12.001

 

 

Moto2: Espargaro keeps Redding at bay for Qatar win

Tuenti HP 40 rider Pol Espargaro kept British title hopeful Scott Redding at bay during the opening race of the season at Losail.

The Spaniard secured his fifth Moto2 win from his fifth successive pole after timing his move on Redding just right, the Marc VDS rider gave everything in his fightback but had to settle for second across the line.

The two were lead for much of the race by Japanese rider Takakki Nakaagmi, who hit the front at the first corner, but his challenge faded when he was passed by the Brit, though he still took his debut podium, despite being more than twelve seconds off the pace by the end of the race.

This made for an all Kalex podium,headed up by Espargaro’s Pons Kalex machine, but fourth across the line was the Suter powered Technomag carXpert bike of Dominique Aegerter, his best performance ever around the track.

Fifth was filled by Marc VDS rider Mika Kallio as the tense battle for the points places hit the stripe, Julian Simon was next to finish in sixth for Italtrans, closely followed by NGM racing’s Simone Corsi and Alex De Angelis in seventh and eighth.

Tito Rabat finished in ninth for  Pons Tuenti, Xavier Simeon completed the top ten top finishers.

More from me on this race at crash.net and Paddockchatter

Moto2 Qatar Race Result:

1. Pol Espargaro Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 40m 31.782
2. Scott Redding Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 40m 32.626s
3. Takaaki Nakagami Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 40m 43.880
4. Dominique Aegerter Technomag carXpert (Suter) 40m 50.692
5. Mika Kallio Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 40m 50.715
6. Julian Simon Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 40m 50.800
7. Simone Corsi NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 40m 51.012
8. Alex De Angelis NGM Mobile Forward Racing (Speed Up) 40m 51.234
9. Esteve Rabat Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 40m 52.001
10. Xavier Simeon Desguaces La Torre Maptaq (Kalex) 40m 52.754
11. Jordi Torres Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 40m 53.456
12. Johann Zarco Came Iodaracing Project (Suter) 40m 53.866
13. Marcel Schrotter Desguaces La Torre SAG (Kalex) 40m 53.875
14. Nicolas Terol Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 40m 54.278
15. Toni Elias Blusens Avintia (Kalex) 41m 8.459
16. Mike Di Meglio Jir Moto2 (MotoBI) 41m 8.479
17. Sandro Cortese Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 41m 13.639
18. Danny Kent Tech 3 (Tech 3) 41m 17.077
19. Randy Krummenacher Technomag carXpert (Suter) 41m 19.455
20. Sergio Gadea Interwetten Paddock (Suter) 41m 25.979
21. Kyle Smith Blusens Avintia (Kalex) 41m 31.027
22. Steven Odendaal Argiñano & Gines Racing (Speed Up) 41m 34.495
23. Yuki Takahashi IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia (Moriwaki) 41m 36.076
24. Doni Tata Pradita Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 (Suter) 41m 45.799
25. Alberto Moncayo Argiñano & Gines Racing (Speed Up) 42m 8.791
26. Rafid Topan Sucipto QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 41m 31.799