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MotoGP- Moto2/Moto3: Rabat and Antonelli leave Valencia test on top

Looks like this seasons support classes will offer some extremely closing racing if testing is anything to go by.

Marc VDS 2014 Valencia Moto2 test Tito Esteve Rabat

Different team…still fast. Tito Rabat finished with the fastest time during the test, he is no longer tied to his Spanish Radio Sponsor number 80 now at Marc VDS, choosing 53 for 2014.
Image:Marc VDS

 

There was action before the test even began.

In Moto2 Xavier Simeon lost his teeth in a big crash at a private test in Almueria:

www.crash.net – Simeon set to miss Valencia test (my report, click link for more)

In Moto3 Eric Granado moved from Aspar to Team Calvo (who last year were home to championship winner Maverick Vinales) as sponsorship came before talent. He’s a Red Bull rider and then Aspar signed a big deal with another brand…(though to be fair they did help him find somewhere else to ride and not filling their vacated seat suggests to me they maybe helped foot the bill too…):

www.crash.net – Granado makes transfer from Aspar to Calvo (again, by me – click link for more)

Times were close at the top over the three day test with Moto2 seeing the whole top ten under 1m 36s. Maverick Vinales who moves up to Moto2 as the reigning Moto3 champion, has been quickly on the pace at the Pons team and his time on the final day was just slower than the overall fastest posted by Marc VDS rider Tito Rabat:

“I’m very happy for the feeling with the bike and with the team during these three days in Valencia. We worked very well, trying many different things on the bike – suspension, swinging arm and fairings – and we learnt a lot. We made improvements to the bike and also found a good rhythm during our race simulation today. Now we need to head down to Jerez to confirm everything at a different track, under different conditions and, hopefully, make one step more.”

In Moto3 Austrailan Jack Miller showed off his skills after joining the KTM ranks for 2014 with the fastest final day time for the Red Bull Ajo team, but it was Niccolo Antonelli, also now a KTM rider, who remained fastest overall. Britains Danny Kent and Romano Fenati at VAlentino Rossi’s Sky sponsored 46 team also went sub-1m 40s.

The top eight bikes were all KTM powered when Husqvarna and Kalex-KTM’s included, indicating that once again the riders on anything else will struggle for the top spots. Mahindra had the ninth fastest bike with the first Honda showing up in tenth, it was piloted by Alex Rins – a title contender last year- at Estrella Galicia last year before they went against the majority and swapped FROM KTM to Honda. Oh Dear.

The next official test is just next week in Jerez -from February 18-20.

 

Valencia combined Moto2 times:

1. Esteve Rabat  Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 35.155
2. Maverick Viñales  Pons HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 35.302
3. Takaaki Nakagami  Idemitsu Honda Team Asia (Kalex) 1m 35.337
4. Thomas Luthi Interwetten Paddock Moto2 (Suter) 1m 35.422
5. Sandro Cortese  Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 1m 35.564
6. Jordi Torres  Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 1m 35.643
7. Mika Kallio  Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 35.690
8. Nico Terol  Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 1m 35.715
9. Julian Simon  Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 35.725
10. Luis Salom  Pons HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 35.844
11. Alex De Angelis  Tasca Racing Moto2 (Suter) 1m 36.033
12. Sam Lowes  Speed Up (Speed Up) 1m 36.082
13. Johann Zarco  Caterham Moto Racing (Caterham Suter) 1m 36.222
14. Axel Pons  Argiñano & Gines Racing (Kalex) 1m 36.335
15. Dominique Aegerter  Technomag CarXpert (Suter) 1m 36.384
16. Jonas Folger  Argiñano & Gines Racing (Kalex) 1m 36.439
17. Anthony West  QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 1m 36.534
18. Josh Herrin  Caterham Moto Racing (Caterham Suter) 1m 36.566
19. Marcel Schrotter  Tech 3 (Tech 3) 1m 36.684
20. Franco Morbidelli  Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 36.785
21. Louis Rossi  SAG Team (Kalex) 1m 36.852
22. Hafizh Syahrin  Petronas Raceline Malaysia (Kalex) 1m 36.886
23. Lorenzo Baldassarri  Gresini Moto2 (Suter) 1m 36.926
24. Azlan Shah  Idemitsu Honda Team Asia (Kalex) 1m 36.955
25. Alex Mariñelarena  Tech 3 (Tech 3) 1m 37.015
26. Roman Ramos  QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 1m 37.067
27. Gino Rea  AGT-Rea Racing (Suter) 1m 37.141
28. Randy Krummenacher  Iodaracing Project (Suter) 1m 37.151
29. Thitipong Warokorn  A.P. Honda SAG Team (Kalex) 1m 37.867
30. Robin Mulhauser Technomag CarXpert (Suter) 1m 37.878
31. Tetsuta Nagashima  Teluru Team JiR Webike (MotoBI) 1m 38.915

 

Valencia Moto3 combined times:

1. Niccolo Antonelli  Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 (KTM) 1m 39.454
2. Jack Miller  Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 39.462
3. Danny Kent  Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo (Husqvarna) 1m 39.726
4. Romano Fenati  Sky Racing Team by VR46 (KTM) 1m 39.885
5. Isaac Viñales  Calvo Team (KTM) 1m 40.060
6. Francesco Bagnaia  Sky Racing Team by VR46 (KTM) 1m 40.103
7. Juanfran Guevara  Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex-KTM) 1m 40.112
8. Enea Bastianini  Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 (KTM) 1m 40.166
9. Miguel Oliveira  Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 40.206
10. Alex Rins  Estrella Galicia 0.0 (Honda) 1m 40.231
11. Livio Loi  Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex-KTM) 1m 40.394
12. Arthur Sissis  Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 40.409
13. Jakub Kornfeil  Calvo Team (KTM) 1m 40.444
14. Efren Vazquez  Saxoprint-RTG (Honda) 1m 40.546
15. Philipp Oettl  Interwetten Paddock Moto3 (Kalex-KTM) 1m 40.601
16. Alex Marquez  Estrella Galicia 0.0 (Honda) 1m 40.629
17. Eric Granado  Calvo Team (KTM) 1m 40.694
18. Hafiq Azmi  SIC-Ajo (KTM) 1m 40.734
19. Brad Binder  Ambrogio Racing (Mahindra) 1m 40.965
20. Niklas Ajo  Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo (Husqvarna) 1m 41.127
21. John McPhee  Saxoprint-RTG (Honda) 1m 41.170
22. Ana Carrasco  RW Racing GP (Kalex-KTM) 1m 41.214
23. Karel Hanika  Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 41.258
24. Matteo Ferrari  San Carlo Team Italia (Mahindra) 1m 41.321
25. Luca Grunwald  Kiefer Racing (Kalex-KTM) 1m 41.542
26. Gabriel Ramos  Kiefer Racing (Kalex-KTM) 1m 41.749
27. Scott Deroue  RW Racing GP (Kalex-KTM) 1m 41.765
28. Alessandro Tonucci  CIP Moto3 (Mahindra) 1m 41.840
29. Jules Danilo  Ambrogio Racing (Mahindra) 1m 41.962
30. Zulfahmi Khairuddin  Ongetta-AirAsia (Honda) 1m 41.973
31. Andrea Locatelli  San Carlo Team Italia (Mahindra) 1m 42.043
32. Bryan Schouten  CIP Moto3 (Mahindra) 1m 42.392
33. Alexis Masbou  Ongetta-Rivacold (Honda) 1m 42.404

 

Moto3: Danny Webb out at Ambrogio, moves to World Supersport

Hard working but injury prone rider Danny Webb has been dropped by his Moto3 team Ambrogio Racing, but he was not unemployed for long and has already been snapped up by the PTR World Supersport team.

Webb-ed foot

Webb sporting his Le Mans injury.
Image via Twitter

This felt like it was coming after the Briton picked up his second major injury of the year (he had already broken his foot at Le Mans, see picture) when he broke his right radius at Assen, his 100th GP appearance.

The Ambrogio team released a statement, which was clearly at odds with what Webb thought was going on.

Webb took to Twitter to say ” Gutted that I wont be riding in Germany but it’s down to the doctor! I will be back in USA stronger than ever!!”

That was the 3rd of July. Just a few days later on the 8th Ambrogio released the following:

“Taking into account that Danny Webb cannot take part in the next Grand Prix of Germany (July 12th, 13th, 14th ) because of his injury at the Assen TT – fractured radio, right arm – he will be replaced, at the Sachsenring, by the French rider Jules Danilo.

According to the medical certificate that Danny Webb communicated to the team, the impossibility could extend itself up to shortly before the Indianapolis Grand Prix. Therefore, given that the Indianapolis GP (August 16th to 18th , 2013) is very complex to organize as for logistic is concerned, there placement is extended also to it.”

Easy to ship over a French rider but not a Brit who expects to be fully recovered?

So, despite the fact that Webb was not due to be present, rumour was still flying around in Indianapolis that the replacement had been made permanent. Then confirmation came. Back to Ambrogio’s press releases:

“In virtue of his experience, last winter we believed Danny Webb was the rider to have with us to play a top role in the Moto3 world championship. The team decided to take on the challenge, investing resources and webb himself was given the choice of bike,” said team manager Fiorenzo Caponera. “Halfway through the season, the results are not what was expected and the team cannot see a different prospect. The team thanks Danny for his co-operation and wishes him all the best for his career.”

So Webb is cast aside, Ambrogio say for underperforming, for the rider who finished 28th on his previous replacement outing and crashed out of his home wild-card in France. Danilo is last after Friday practice.

Danny Webb, being low on luck after following in former team-mate Marcel Schrotter (now scoring points in Moto2 with the SAG Maptaq team) and running a mile from the failure that was Mahindra – now a front row bothering, podium sniffing force sporting Miguel Oliveira and the experienced Efren Vazquez- the Brit has not wasted any time in finding a new home and will be learning the Nurburgring later this month as he finishes the season in World Supersport with PTR Honda.

This is a move which has worked reasonably well for others, Kenan Sufuoglu impressed in Grand Prix racing  and is currently 2nd in the 2013 championship after winning in 2012, 2010 and 2007, with Van Der Mark, Rolfo and nearly half the field having previous GP experience. Even former 125cc Champion Gabor Talmacsi calls it home.

While Jules Cluzel, a Moto2 race winner, has succesfully side-stepped all the way to the Superbike Championshship.

A final though for Webb, Supersport also gave us as champions MotoGP riders Chris Vermulen – A GP winner – and fellow Brit and podium contender on Satellite machinery Cal Crutchlow.

I could be a most excellent move after all.

Previously on survival of the fastest:

Moto3: Danny Webb breaks foot in qualifying fall

Moto2 and Moto3 Sachsenring round up: Rins wins and a maiden victory for Torres

Torres wins at the Sachsenring 2013

I Won!! Torres celebrates his German GP win at the Sachsenring
Image via TeamAspar.com press

As usual for more visit my full support class round up at paddockchatter.com or for more detailed Moto3 and Moto2 reports visit crash.net

Moto3 kicked off the proceedings with a tense battle between the championships top three point scorers. Estrella Galicia rider Alex Rins was wise to Red Bull KTM’s Luis Salom as he once again employed his wait to pounce tactic, passing both Rins and fellow Spaniard Maverick Vinales before Rins snatched back the victory on the final lap.

Salom only just held off Vinales for second, with the Team Calvo rider visibly frustrated at missing out on the top spot on the podium once again. Both riders maintain their perfect poduim records for the season with Salom retaining his lead in the championship and stretching it to 14 points over Vinales.

The Mahindra riders spent much of the race distance battling each other with Miguel Olivera taking fourth and Efren Vazquez sixth. They were separated by Estrella Galicia rider Alex Marquez who was caught by the duelling team-mates. Marquez has now had five top five finishes in a row.

Jack Miller was once again the top Honda on race day keeping up with the KTM bikes in the early stages but eventually fading to seventh. Jonas Folger struggled at home and finished down in eighth for Mapfre Aspar.

 

Moto2 in contrast was a departure from the usual suspects in the championship, with leader Scott Redding down in seventh in an exercise in damage limitation ahead of the intermediate classes summer break.

The win went to Jordi Torres, his first Grand Prix victory, his move past early leader Pol Espargaro stuck and he eased away to a convincing win for the Mapre Aspar team.

He was joined on the podium by Simone Corsi in second the NGM Mobile rider also passing the Pons rider in the latter stages, with the Tuenti HP 40 title challenger settling for third and once again complaining of tyre issues post-race.

Fourth went to Italtrans rider Julian Simon, who stuck with the frontrunners for much of the race distance in a resurgent return to form.

Fifth was won by Tom Luthi for Interwetten Paddock rider after battling for position with Alex De Angelis who settled for sixth.

Redding took seventh for Marc VDS leaving him 23 points ahead in the championship.

Ant West took eighth after slicing through the field for QMMF, ahead of pole man Xavier Simeon, who injured himself in warm up.

Tenth place went to Technomag carXpert rider Dominique Aegerter in his 24th consecutive points finish in Moto2.

 

Sachsenring Moto3 Top 15:

1. Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 39m 34.735
2. Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 39m 34.967
3. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 39m 34.983
4. Miguel Oliveira POR Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 39m 39.717
5. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 39m 39.936
6. Efren Vazquez SPA Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 39m 40.191
7. Jack Miller AUS Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 39m 45.394
8. Jonas Folger GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 39m 50.328
9. Brad Binder RSA Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 39m 53.141
10. Arthur Sissis AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 39m 53.182
11. Jakub Kornfeil CZE Redox RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 39m 53.297
12. Isaac Viñales SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 39m 54.828
13. Romano Fenati ITA San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 39m 54.886s
14. Jasper Iwema NED RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 39m 55.381
15. Niccolò Antonelli ITA GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda) 39m 57.532

Sachsenring Moto2 Top 15:

1. Jordi Torres SPA Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 41m 19.636
2. Simone Corsi ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 41m 21.800
3. Pol Espargaro SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 41m 22.130
4. Julian Simon SPA Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 41m 25.045
5. Alex De Angelis RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing (Speed Up) 41m 27.182
6. Thomas Luthi SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Rac (Suter) 41m 27.463
7. Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 41m 30.877
8. Anthony West AUS QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 41m 32.404
9. Xavier Simeon BEL Desguaces La Torre Maptaq (Kalex) 41m 32.446
10. Dominique Aegerter SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 41m 32.755
11. Takaaki Nakagami JPN Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 41m 32.921
12. Johann Zarco FRA Came Iodaracing Project (Suter) 41m 33.169
13. Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 41m 36.111
14. Esteve Rabat SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 41m 45.187
15. Sandro Cortese GER Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 41m 50.527

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

Mahindra Oliveira 2013

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

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

 

 

Moto3 and Moto2 qualifying – Le Mans Vinales dominant in Moto3 as Nakagami gains his maiden career pole from the rain in Moto2.

vinales es numero uno en le mans

Vinales dominates to seal the top spot.
Image Via Team Laglisse/Team Calvo.

 

Team Calvo’s Maverick Vinales broke his own lap record to secure pole in Moto3, in a session which he ruled from start to finish.

Le Mans was the track where the Spanish teenager took his first career win, in only his fourth Grand Prix and his confidence around the circuit clearly showed.

His nearest rival was the Mahindra of Miguel Oliveira, equalling the Portuguese riders personal best qualifying performance, while setting a new high for the Indian team.

The Mahindra was also the only bike in the top five not to be a KTM. The third and the final spot on the front row was filled by Aspar’s Kalex KTM piloted by Jonas Folger.

He nudged back Alex Rins who had to settle for heading up the second row for Estrella Galicia. He is joined by Luis Salom, who was still recovering from a massive crash in practice on his Red Bull KTM and Caretta’s Jack Miller who was the highest placed Honda rider in sixth, making the most of the team’s new fairing.

Ambrogio Racing’s Danny Webb qualified 18th but will not race after his hospital scan revealed he has a broken foot. Fellow Brit John McPhee starts 19th for Caretta Technology.

Moto2 got the worst of the day’s weather with their session being scheduled last, causing scenes akin to racing in the opening minutes after pitlane opened as the pack all attempted to bank a quick lap.

Takaaki Nakagami finally scored his debut pole as he was fortunate enough to be in pole position when the heavens opened.

Nakagami pole

Nakagami on his way to his debut pole in Le Mans
Image via Italtrans team

The Italtrans rider has been on the front row for every round so far this year but is yet to translate his qualifying success into solid race performances.

Though looking on course to mount a serious challenge for the top spot a mature session from Scott Redding sees him start from second for Marc VDS. The Gloucester man was one of only a handful of riders to take advantage of the conditions and go out to work on a wet weather set-up.

Third went to local hopeful Johann Zarco for the Came Ioda Racing Project, the only Suter bike in a Kalex dominated top five.

Fourth place on the grid was filled by Jerez winner Tito Rabat. He is joined on the second row by an improving Xavier Simeon in fifth and Aspar rider Nico terol in sixth.

Pol Espargaro and Tom Luthi were the biggest losers in the weather stakes, both had run within the top five over the weekend with title favourite Tuenti Pons rider Espargaro insventh and Interwetten’s Luthi settling for eighth.

The other Moto2 Brits struggled in Le Mans with a crash leaving Blusens Avintia rider Kyle Smith in 22nd, Danny Kent wrestled the Tech3 into 26th and wild-card Gino Rea, with his own team and the only FTR in the field, appeared to have technical issues early on and only had any real track time in the wet, leaving him down in 31st.

For more qualifying news visit my paddock chatter news or my detailed Moto3 and Moto2 reports at crash.net

Le Mans Moto3 Qualifying Top 10:

1.Maverick Viñales SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 1m 43.696
2. Miguel Oliveira POR Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 43.806
3. Jonas Folger GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 1m 43.969
4. Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 1m 44.123
5. Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 44.178
6. Jack Miller AUS Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 1m 44.278
7. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 1m 44.320
8. Isaac Viñales SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 1m 44.548
9. Niklas Ajo FIN Avant Tecno (KTM) 1m 44.560
10. Alexis Masbou FRA Ongetta-Rivacold (FTR Honda) 1m 44.600

Le Mans Moto2 Qualifying Top 10:

1.Takaaki Nakagami JPN Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 38.508
2. Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 38.858
3. Johann Zarco FRA Came Iodaracing Project (Suter) 1m 39.187
4. Esteve Rabat SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 39.193
5. Xavier Simeon BEL Desguaces La Torre Maptaq (Kalex) 1m 39.296
6. Nicolas Terol SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 1m 39.333
7. Pol Espargaro SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 39.355
8. Thomas Luthi SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Rac (Suter) 1m 39.437
9. Mattia Pasini ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 1m 39.543
10. Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 39.558

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):

http://www.paddockchatter.com/2013/02/moto3-test-danny-webb-tops-weather.html

http://www.paddockchatter.com/2013/02/moto2-test-nico-terol-leads-way-at-rain.html

Day two:

http://www.paddockchatter.com/2013/02/moto3-test-vinales-back-on-top-in-jerez.html

http://www.paddockchatter.com/2013/02/moto2-test-espargaro-dominant-in-dry.html

Moto3: Vinales stays on top at Valencia test

Vinales put the chaotic end to last season well and truly behind him setting himself up as the man to beat by dominating testing for KTM.

Maverick Vinales IRTA official Moto3 test JHK Laglisse KTM

Vinales shows he’s the one to beat for the 2013 season as KTM continue to dominate.
Image by Circuit da la Valencia via Facebook

All the riders set their best times on day three, KTM/Kalex KTM still dominate the top ten with for of the top five times and six bike in the top ten, noticable progress was made by the Mahindra team with Efren Vazquez eighth fastest and his Portuguese team mate Miguel Oliveira in tenth.

British rider John McPhee also made the top ten for Caretta Technology, his team mate Jack Miller also impressed by lacing his FTR Honda fifth fastest on the final day at the Ricardo Tormo track.

Danny Webb was 20th for Ambrogio Racing and female rider Ana Carrasco progressed back up the list with her improved time placing her 16th in the standings.

The next official Moto3 test is to be held at Jerez, 19-21 February

Full day three times below:

1. Maverick Viñales SPA JHK t-shirt Laglisse (KTM) 1m 39.299s
2. Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0’0 (KTM) 1m 39.585s
3. Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 39.669s
4. Jonas Folger GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 1m 40.050s
5. Jack Miller AUS Caretta Technology-RTG (FTR Honda) 1m 40.291s
6. Romano Fenati ITA San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 1m 40.428s
7. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0’0 (KTM) 1m 40.468s
8. Efren Vazquez SPA Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 40.495s
9. John McPhee GBR Caretta Technology-RTG (FTR Honda) 1m 40.510s
10. Miguel Oliveira POR Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 40.526s
11. Jakub Kornfeil CZE Redox RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 1m 40.543s
12. Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 40.564s
13. Brad Binder RSA Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 1m 40.728s
14. Livio Loi BEL Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex KTM) 1m 40.750s
15. Arthur Sissis AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 40.918s
16. Ana Carrasco SPA JHK t-shirt Laglisse (KTM) 1m 40.946s
17. Francesco Bagnaia ITA San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 1m 41.028s
18. Philipp Oettl GER Paddock TT Motion Events (Kalex KTM) 1m 41.109s
19. Juan Guevara SPA CIP (TSR Honda) 1m 41.165s
20. Danny Webb GBR Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 1m 41.165s
21. Lorenzo Baldassarri ITA Team GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda) 1m 41.176s
22. Isaac Viñales SPA Bimbo-Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 1m 41.196s
23. Niklas Ajo FIN Avant Tecno (KTM) 1m 41.250s
24. Matteo Ferrari ITA Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 1m 41.327s
25. Toni Finsterbusch GER Kiefer Racing (Kalex KTM) 1m 41.511s
26. Jasper Iwema NED RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 1m 41.515s
27. Eric Granado BRA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 1m 41.526s
28. Alessandro Tonucci ITA Team La Fonte Tascaracing (Honda) 1m 41.969s
29. Hyuga Watanabe JPN Team La Fonte Tascaracing (Honda) 1m 42.169s
30. Alan Techer FRA CIP (TSR Honda) 1m 42.334s
31. Niccolo Antonelli ITA Team GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda) 1m 42.670s

Moto3: Vinales dominates day one of test

As testing kicks of for the Moto2 and Moto3 classes Maverick Vinales carried on from the form he showed at the private KTM test, posting the fastest time of the day at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, Valencia.

Maverick Vinales IRTA official Moto3 test JHK Laglisse KTM

Vinales leads the way on day one
Picture via Circuit da la Comunitat Valencia @ Facebook

Vinales topped the timesheets for the first official day of testing for the Moto3 class in 2013 on his KTM JHK Laglisse machine posting a lap time of 1m 40.715. The young Spaniard was the only rider to lap under 1m41 and was faster than Jonas Folger’s pole position time for Aspar at the Valencia round last season.

Luis Salom was second fastest despite a small crash for the Red Bull KTM Factory team, with last seasons top rookie Alex Rins third quickest aboard the Estrella Galicia.

The fastest non-Spanish rider was Zulfahmi Khairuddin the Malaysian rider placed his Factory KTM fourth in the finalised times, just over a second off Vinales pace.

Jonas Folger impressed last year when he moved to the Mapfre Aspar team midway through the season, remaining with the team for 2013 after impressing last season, the German rider, who became a father in December, kicks off testing fifth fastest.

Romano Fenati also proved to have a solid pace off the back of his rookie season and was sixth quickest for San Carlo Team Italia.

Aiming to break out of the shadows of their more famous relatives this season Alex Marquez, younger brother of MotoGP rookie Marc, was tenth on day one for Estrella Galicia with whom he had several wild-card rides last year, while Issac Vinales, cousin to Maverick, was 11th at his new team Bimbo Ongetta Centro Seta.

Female rider and team mate to Vinales Ana Carrasco had a storming debut finishing the day 12th fastest ahead of many familiar names while reportedly only running a customer bike for 2013.

British rider Danny Webb was 15th after moving from Mahindra to Ambrogio Racing, fellow countryman John McPhee was 24th for Caretta.

Full Day 1 Result:

1- Maverick Vinales – JHK T-Shirt LaGlisse 1’40.715
2- Luis Salom – Red Bull KTM Ajo Factory Team + 0.156
3- Alex Rins – Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 + 0.589
4- Zulfahmi Khairuddin – Red Bull KTM Ajo Factory Team + 1.073
5- Jonas Folger – Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 + 1.378
6- Romano Fenati – San Carlo Team Italia + 1.717
7- Jakub Kornfeil – Redox RW Racing GP + 1.745
8- Efren Vazquez – Mahindra Racing – Mahindra 1.872
9- Arthur Sissis – Red Bull KTM Ajo Factory Team + 1.975
10- Alex Marquez – Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 + 2.252
11- Isaac Vinales – Bimbo Ongetta Centro Seta + 2.260
12- Ana Carrasco – JHK T-Shirt LaGlisse +2.322
13- Brad Binder – Ambrogio Racing + 2.414
14- Jack Miller – Caretta Technology RTG + 2.451
15- Danny Webb – Ambrogio Racing + 2.463
16- Matteo Ferrari – Ongetta Centro Seta + 2.464
17- Lorenzo Baldassarri – Go & Fun Gresini Moto3 + 2.733
18- Juanfran Guevara – CIP Moto + 3.032
19- Toni Finsterbusch – Kiefer Racing + 2.848
20- Niklas Ajo – Avant Tecno + 2.879
21- Alan Techer – CIP Moto + 3.032
22- Jasper Iwema – RW Racing GP + 3.185
23- Eric Granado – Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 + 3.222
24- John McPhee – Caretta Technology RTG + 3.311
25- Livio Loi – Marc VDS Racing Team + 3.469
26- Philipp Ottl – Paddock TT Motion Events + 3.469
27- Miguel Oliveira – Mahindra Racing + 3.642
28- Florian Alt – Kiefer Racing + 3.957
29- Francesco Bagnaia – San Carlo Team Italia + 4.257
30- Alexis Masbou – Ongetta Rivacold + 4.515
31- Hyuga Watanabe – Team La Fonte Tasca Racing + 6.540
32- Alessandro Tonucci – Team La Fonte Tasca Racing + 26.232

Provisional 2013 Moto3 entry list announced

The FIM has released the 2013 provisional riders list with 32 names announced for the class. The list, grouped here by team to see who is riding with who, reveals that Mahindra remain the only bike on the grid not to use Honda or KTM power, Zulfahmi Khairuddin moves into the main Red Bull KTM Ajo team and lists Ana Carrasco as the only female racer in the paddock at Laglisse, where she is partner to Maverick Vinales. Brazilian teen Eric Granado moves down a class after appearing in Moto2 last season after his sixteenth birthday, he now rides at Aspar alongside Jonas Folger.

Here’s the full list:

Team Italia FMI (FTR Honda)
4 Francesco Bagnaia (ITA)
5 Romano Fenati (ITA)

Mahindra Racing (Mahindra)

44 Miguel Oliveira (POR)
7 Efren Vazquez (SPA)

 

Racing Team Germany

8 Jack Miller (AUS)

17 John McPhee (GBR)

 

JHK T-Shirt Laglisse (KTM)

22 Ana Carrasco (SPA)

25 Maverick Vinales (SPA)

 

Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM)

57 Eric Granado (BRA)

94 Jonas Folger (GER)

Kiefer Racing (Kalex KTM)

9 Toni Finsterbusch (GER)
66 Florian Alt (GER)

Estrella Galicia 0’0 (KTM)

42 Alex Rins (SPA)

12 Alex Marquez (SPA)


Caretta Technology (Honda)
19 Alessandro Tonucci (ITA)

29 Hyuga Watanabe (JPN )

Go & Fun Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda)
23 Niccolo Antonelli (ITA)
77 Lorenzo Baldassarri (ITA)

Ongetta Team (FTR Honda)
32 Isaac Vinales (SPA) (Bimbo – Ongetta-Centro)

3 Matteo Ferrari (ITA) (Ongetta-Centro Seta)

 

Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM)
39 Luis Salom (SPA)
61 Arthur Sissis (AUS)
63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin (MAL)

RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM)
53 Jasper Iwema (NED) RW Racing GP

84 Jakub Kornfeil (CZE) Redox RW Racing GP

Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) (WorldWide Communication team)
41 Brad Binder (RSA)
99 Danny Webb (GBR)

CIP Team (TSR Honda)

89 Alan Techer (FRA )

58 Juanfran Guevara (SPA)

Paddock TT Motion (Kalex KTM)

65 Philipp Oettl (GER)

Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex KTM)

11 Livio Loi (BEL)

Avant Tecno (KTM)

31 Niklas Ajo (FIN)