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Moto3 was full of explosive action and some great results for the Brits learn more here in my race report for

Moto2 was all about Tito Rabat and his need for pole more on that also at here.

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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 top, crash for Luthi on final day of test

Pol Espargaro maintained his slender lead over Aspar rider Nico Terol, with Julian Simon placing his Italtrans in the top three fastest times, the only racers to dip under 1m 35, though all riders at the test set their fastest test times on day three.

Pol Espargaro Moto2 Valencia 2013 test

Espargaro remains fastest on day three
Image by Circuit Ricardo Tormo at Facebook

Swiss Interwetten rider Tom Luthi fractured his arm and collarbone in a collision with Gresini’s Ratthapark Wiliarot and will need surgery on his injuries, prior to the crash he had set his best time and was fifth fastest on day three. Wiliarot was treated at the circuit for a head injury.

CEV Moto2 champion Jordi Torres was an impressive fourth fastest for Aspar, the highest placed Brit was Scott Redding in eighth for Marc VDS – Danny Kent was 24th for Tech3 and right behind him was Blusdens Avintia’s Kyle Smith who finished the test 25th fastest.

The next Moto2 official test takes place in Jerez 19-21 February.

Full Moto2 day three times:

1. Pol Espargaro SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Pons Kalex) 1m 34.577s
2. Nicolas Terol SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 1m 34.777s
3. Julian Simon SPA Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 34.981s
4. Jordi Torres SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 1m 35.084s
5. Thomas Luthi SWI Interwetten Paddock (Suter) 1m 35.093s
6. Takaaki Nakagami JPN Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 35.122s
7. Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 35.293s
8. Esteve Rabat SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Pons Kalex) 1m 35.317s
9. Simone Corsi ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 1m 35.365s
10. Johann Zarco FRA Came IodaRacing Project (Suter) 1m 35.399s
11. Dominique Aegerter SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 1m 35.555s
12. Axel Pons SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Pons Kalex) 1m 35.630s
13. Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 35.769s
14. Toni Elias SPA Blusens Avintia (Kalex) 1m 35.911s
15. Xavier Simeon BEL Maptaq SAG Zelos Team (Kalex) 1m 36.039s
16. Ricky Cardus SPA NGM Mobile Forward Racing (Speed Up) 1m 36.347s
17. Anthony West AUS QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 1m 36.434s
18. Mattia Pasini ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 1m 36.485s
19. Ratthapark Wilairot THA Honda Gresini Moto2 (Suter) 1m 36.531s
20. Alex De Angelis RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing (Speed Up) 1m 36.722s
21. Sandro Cortese GER Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 1m 36.733s
22. Yuki Takahashi JPN Idemitsu Honda Team Asia (Moriwaki) 1m 36.862s
23. Steven Odendaal RSA Argiñano & Gines Racing (Speed Up) 1m 37.159s
24. Danny Kent GBR Tech 3 (Tech 3) 1m 37.330s
25. Kyle Smith GBR Blusens Avintia (Kalex) 1m 37.378s
26. Randy Krummenacher SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 1m 37.389s
27. Mike Di Meglio FRA JIR Moto2 (MotoBI) 1m 37.571s
28. Louis Rossi FRA Tech 3 (Tech 3) 1m 37.662s
29. Alberto Moncayo SPA Argiñano & Gines Racing (Speed Up) 1m 38.097s
30. Doni Tata Pradita INA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 (Suter) 1m 38.266s

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.

Pol Espargaro Moto2 Valencia 2013 test

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

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: Folger on pole for Aspar at their home race in Valencia

German rider Jonas Folger starts from pole position for Sunday’s Valencian Grand Prix at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, and Aspars home track. Team manager Jorge Martinez has strong links to the track, including it’s youth scheme, Cradle of Champions.

Portugal’s most successful rider ever Miguel Oliveira, who announced a move to Mahindra for next season along with Efren Vazquez earlier in the week was second for the Estrella Galicia team and Louis Salom third for RW Racing.

For all the action and full run down of events see my race report at, where you can comment and discuss too, here:

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:

Moto3: Cortese wins championship as Khairuddin makes history!

German Red Bull KTM Ajo rider secured KTM’s first championship- and his with a win, leaving it late at Sepang and pushing home rider Khairuddin into second in the Malaysian Moto2 race. He is still the most successful Malaysian rider ever,now with a best of second and the highest points tally. Cortese’s fellow German Jonas Folger finished third for Aspar, meaning KTM/Kalex KTM ruled the podium slots.

There was no Maverick Vinales after his shock departure from the Blusens Avintia team before practice began.

Luis Salom quickly dealt with his five place penalty from Motegi and finished fourth at the head of the chasing pack after a big battle with Oliveira, Rins and Kent.

For more news on the race or to comment further see my full race report available here: