Moto3

Image of the GP: MotoGP, rodeo style!

17/06/2014

With a close MotoGP race and excitement all the way from Moto3’s kick off to pretty much the final podium it was tough to pick an Image of the GP.

Aside from all the great rides from the winners there was Dani Pedrosa proving he still has a fighting instinct with his last lap do-or-die move, Jordi Torres landing his Aspar on Dominique Aegerter and Jonas Folger honorably putting racing aside to ensure he didn’t hit Luis Salom to be taken into account.

For style points if nothing else, Niklas Ajo and his Husqvarna in Moto3 nudge into the top spot as the save seemed impossible, but rodeo style, Mamola style, the Finn pulled it off:

It must be hard to come to terms with what looked to be a sure thing for a podium place vanish but the skill required to pull that Avant Tecno bike back around and finish in the points deserves to be looked at again too, so here’s some footage too:

 

Inside Moto3: Jack Miller’s rise to the top of the championship.

29/05/2014

‚ÄúOne doctor told me to put an axe through the bike!‚ÄĚ – Sonya Miller, Jack’s manager and mother.

So many people from all walks of life grow up dreaming of emulating their heroes and being the best at whatever it is they love – music, film, sport, art, writing – the list goes on.

Hobbies are the first fruit of that interest and money is quickly invested in ballet shoes, pencils or keyboards – whatever is needed.

What if your child is a massive motorsport fan?

What if they have a lot of potential and that means eventually paying to ride and leaving the country?

Moto3 rolls into Mugello this weekend for round six of the world championship with Australian teenager Jack Miller leading the way by 30 points – more than a race win – so he will head off to Catalunya as the championship leader regardless of how this race turns out.

The Miller clan minus big brother Fergus with Jack far left

The Miller family, minus big brother Fergus, at home in Queensland. Image via http://www.jackmiller.com.au used with permission.

Miller impressed last season riding the life out of his underpowered Honda and scoring some good results, which earned him a top ride for 2014 at the multi-title winning Ajo Motorsport team.

Not everyone is lucky to be cherry picked and handed excellent equipment from the off and I was lucky enough to be able to speak to Sonya Miller, Jack’s manager and mother about the struggles involved in entering Grand Prix racing as Miller’s rise to the top has been hard work, not just for him, but for his family too.

The most wonderful thing about writing this Q&A was the unique insight Sonya could give from her dual role and all the entertaining and insightful answers she provided. An awesome human being to work with.

Below is are some short excerpts from the Q&A, with the full version available at PaddockChatter.com

It’s an excellent look at the financial and often hidden side of racing, well worth a look. Why not comment or share to get involved or visit me on Twitter – @LisaLewisWrites

PaddockChatter got the chance to speak exclusively to Miller’s manager, Sonya Miller – who currently has a dual interest in the 19-year-olds career as both his manager and mother – for an inside account of the sacrifices needed to go all the way in the world championship paddock- finances, broken bones and all…

Successful start Miller takes win number one in Qatar

Successful start: Miller takes win number one in Qatar Image via http://www.jackmiller.com.au with permission.

Jack has a big personality, akin to the like of Schwantz, Sheene or Rossi – which is being embraced by the sport already as it’s been missing a true character to take to heart. He still seems very grounded though. Has he changed at all since his first taste of success this season?

I was worried about what he would be like when we went to Qatar after such a good pre-season. Those worries were soon allayed with the first hug I got Рhe’s exactly the same as he always was.

I think Aki (Ajo, Team Manager) has been a good grounding influence on him…

 
Not being gifted an easy route into the sport has meant a lot of pushing underpowered machinery to the limit to get noticed and that’s resulted in plenty of broken bones over the years. Does seeing your son in hospital ever become easier or normalised?

Never. You learn a lot over the years РI can now see the breaks easily on x-rays . It got to the stage where we would get in the ambulance and they would ask medical history and I would say there’s a very thick folder at the hospital with everything in it, but I can tell you he hasn’t broken this before.
How close did you and Jack come to actually having to quit the paddock when your finances were under pressure?

It was a very close call but thanks to family and the sponsorship from Macca we could continue to the end of last year.

In a team where you pay there is no financial leniency it‚Äôs just business, no matter how well you are doing…

Continued in full by clicking the link!

Moto3: Maria Herrera earns Jerez wild-card

01/05/2014

Ana Carrasco will not be the only girl in the paddock this weekend for the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez as Maria Herrera will be back with the Estrella Galicia team.

 

Image: The last time there were two female riders was when Carrasco and Herrera both rode at Aragon in 2013

Herrera really has earned her wild card return as team-mate to Alex Rins and Alex Marquez too, she currently holds the joint lead in the CEV Moto3 Spanish Championship – the teenager was second and first with both rounds being held at the venue for this weekends racing – Jerez!

On her first wild-card appearance at Aragon last year she was a victim of her nerves and fell on the first lap. With more experience and some more wins under her belt she has been rewarded with another world championship chance on a track she is very familiar with.

The full version of this story is available on Crash.net with much more detail, background and quotes from Herrera herself –

http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/203809/1/moto3-maria-herrera-handed-jerez-wildcard.html

There’s a good discussion going on right now so why not join in and follow the link to get involved by commenting, tweeting or liking!

Moto3: Argentina – Bike changes at Team Calvo

Moto3 bikes whizz round at quite a pace and who knows where they’ll end up on a brand new track!

So here’s a heads-up to some livery changes over at Team Calvo, courtesy of rider Jakub Kornfeil:

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Team Calvo will be looking a little different this weekend! Imageshared by Jakub Kornfeil and available in the public domain at Facebook and Twitter. Used for reporting under fair use act. For Editorial use only.

So it’s off with the white base and barcode already and – for one race only – the bike is dominated in the blue section with a local sponsor. It’s Redox Instead of Mobil on the bottom too. No looking for Calvo up the side – it’s only on the front.

The Argentina look is one I’d be happy for them to adopt, it seems more blue as the graphic is less in-your-face than lettering and is more aesthetically pleasing, a shame sometimes it’s all about the money, how good would this bike look all in blue? So many of the iconic paint jobs of yesteryear are long gone. Makes you wonder what Suzuki; a team heavily associated with blue; will look like when they return to MotoGP.

MotoGP: Argentina preview

24/04/2014

It is time for MotoGP to head back to Argentina.

After an absence from the championship of 15 years we head back to Argentina for MotoGP. Things have changed quite a bit since the paddock visited the Autodromo Oscar A. Galvez.

The riders of then are the managers of now – In 1999, Emilio Alzamora, who looks after Marc Marquez, finished second in the 125 race to clinch the world title by a single point.

In 1994, Jorge Martinez – Mr ‘Aspar’ – took the last of his 37 GP wins. Look further back to the 1980’s and Sito Pons was a winner.

The Argentinian Grand Prix also has the distinction of holding first  Grand Prix to take place outside of Europe when in 1961 the final event of the year was held in Buenos Aires.

This will be the 11th motorcycle Grand Prix event to be held in Argentina, but the first outside of the capital, The Termas de Rio Hondo circuit also becomes the 26th different venue to host  MotoGP  since the category was introduced in 2002 and the 18th different country to host a MotoGP in that timeframe.

A final fact – the only two riders who have been in the paddock long enough to have raced in Argentina before this weekend are Valentino Rossi and Ant West, both competing in 1999 as 250cc riders.

So, now to the present. We have a brand new track in the shape of the Termas De Rio Hondo. NOT Honda.

Pictured: Dani Pedrosa gets to grips with the new track.

For the technical bit this post on Riding Fast and Flying Low is a must-read, an interview with Jarno Zaffelli who designed the track.

So what else is new?

Marc Marquez apparently has a special helmet ready for the weekend. Who knows what will happen there. Minds will flick to Japan where it was the T-shirt and not the helmet which caused all the fuss. His final round helmet with a graphic for every race was quite special though, and poked fun at his Australian disqualification.

Andrea Dovizioso claimed his Ducati podium came while he was ill, so fit and at a track new to everybody the Italian is surely one to watch this weekend.

Dovizioso’s team-mate Cal Crutchlow has had an operation since his Austin crash and will be recovering instead of racing. He is replaced by Michele Pirro, who did excellent work when sitting-in last season, amassing a pretty impressive points tally for a stand-in rider.

Also coming off the subs bench is Sebastian Porto. The Argentinian is set for a home GP ride after scoring a wild-card entry in Moto2. Porto is a seven time 250cc race winner but has not featured on the grid since 2006.

Sticking with Moto2 news, AirAsia Caterham rider Josh Herrin will not be present after breaking his collarbone in a training accident. He is not due to be replaced.

Moto3 has been dominated so far by promising young Australian Jack Miller, who became the first man from his country to achieve back-to-back wins in the lightweight class after winning both the Austin and Qatar rounds. He has really shone since landing the Red Bull KTM, but there are still plenty of Hondas around to keep it interesting at Hondo.

The Moto3 riders will kick off the race weekend action for the Gran Premio Red Bull de la Rep√ļblica Argentina on Friday at 9am local time (GMT -3).

 

 

MotoGP 2014: Qatar – Who to watch out for in Moto3 and Moto2

22/03/2014

A very short post just to point you in the direction of my Moto3 and Moto2 previews over at Paddock Chatter, giving a review of the top contenders for the Qatar race weekend.

More here (Moto3): http://www.paddockchatter.com/2014/03/moto3-preview-whos-likely-to-feature.html

(Moto2): http://www.paddockchatter.com/2014/03/moto2-whos-who-in-intermediate-class.html

So far in Moto3 the return of Romano Fenati is looking good and the Estrella Galicia pairing of Alex Marquez and Alex Rins are looking good too. Moto2 meanwhile is far more open so far…

Moto2/3: Jerez test round-up – it’s all about numbers…

The Jerez test for Moto2 and Moto3 moves the racing focus back onto the junior classes and saw Jack Miller and Taka Nakagami top the respective combined timesheets for the classes.

Also impressing ahead of the season start in Qatar in Moto3 was Alex Marquez who has seemed to make the most of the Estrella Galicia Honda switch in second and rookie Karel Hanika; winner of the 2013 Red Bull Rookie title; who quickly adapted to post the third best time.

Hope of a strong season for the Brits was amplified by some great lapping by John McPhee and Danny Kent in sixth and seventh respectively after their day three performances.

Taka Nakagami lead the way in Moto2 with the list dominated by strong efforts from riders who have only offered a glimpse of greatness before.

All staking a claim that this could be their season were former Moto3 champion Sandro Cortese in second, uninjured Interwetten regular Tom Luthi in third and the now recovered Xavier Simeon in foruth. Johann Zarco was fifth best for the Caterham team.

Top rookie honours in Jerez went to Luis Salom in sixth. His Pons team-mate – the reigning Moto3 title holder Maverick Vinales was next best in 11th.

Speed-Up’s Sam Lowes held 13th place despite suffering from tendonitis. Fellow Brit Gino Rea put his privateer AGT Rea RAcing machine into a steady start in 22nd.

Full times at the end of the blog.

Numbers continued to be an issue as the rules on how your racing number can look in the lightweight classes have been tightened further.

After Scott Redding had to do away with his star in Moto2, rules were already fairly strict. but After Caterham tweeted out the image of a very patriotic stars and stripes design for Josh Herrin, it became clear that none of the designer fun the MotoGP boys can have with their brand was going to be seen this year in Moto2 (or 3).

Here’s the image:

2014 Caterham old

Pretty, patriotic and soon to be gone…the Caterham/Herrin number which sparked the numbers discussion.
Image originally shared via Twitter and reproduced here under the fair use act

A reply to the image was telling (from Ian Wheeler):

“Rule is single colour only. No stars, no chrome, just plain vinyl”.

This opens up the whole brand argument. The riders of today’s MotoGP championships tend to stick with their numbers through thick and thin, forsaking the #1 plate in favour of their superstitions, their character, their brand – the number emblazoned on the products the fans buy.

Moto2 and Moto3 are never dull race-wise, but red tape means that again it will be a little subdued on the graphics front.

Back to the starting board before Qatar for the sticker designers then!

Full Moto3 combined Jerez test times:

1. Jack Miller AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 46.259s
2. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0.0 (Honda) 1m 46.359s
3. Karel Hanika CZE Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 46.381s
4. Jakub Kornfeil CZE Calvo Team (KTM) 1m 46.388s
5. Efren Vazquez SPA Saxoprint-RTG (Honda) 1m 46.392s
6. John McPhee GBR Saxoprint-RTG (Honda) 1m 46.493s
7. Danny Kent GBR Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo (Husqvarna) 1m 46.547s
8. Isaac Vi√Īales SPA Calvo Team (KTM) 1m 46.551s
9. Romano Fenati ITA Sky Racing Team by VR46 (KTM) 1m 46.592s
10. Miguel Oliveira POR Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 46.612s
11. Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0.0 (Honda) 1m 46.694s
12. Niklas Ajo FIN Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo (Husqvarna) 1m 46.768s
13. Juanfran Guevara SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex-KTM) 1m 46.782s
14. Niccolo Antonelli ITA Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 (KTM) 1m 46.840s
15. Philipp Oettl GER Interwetten Paddock Moto3 (Kalex-KTM) 1m 46.967s
16. Brad Binder RSA Ambrogio Racing (Mahindra) 1m 46.985s
17. Francesco Bagnaia ITA Sky Racing Team by VR46 (KTM) 1m 47.041s
18. Eric Granado BRA Calvo Team (KTM) 1m 47.068s
19. Alexis Masbou FRA Ongetta-Rivacold (Honda) 1m 47.315s
20. Arthur Sissis AUS Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 47.419s
21. Alessandro Tonucci ITA CIP (Mahindra) 1m 47.454s
22. Livio Loi BEL Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex-KTM) 1m 47.559s
23. Ana Carrasco SPA RW Racing GP (Kalex-KTM) 1m 47.587s
24. Scott Deroue NED RW Racing GP (Kalex-KTM) 1m 47.797s
25. Enea Bastianini ITA Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 (KTM) 1m 48.032s
26. Andrea Locatelli ITA San Carlo Team Italia (Mahindra) 1m 48.186s
27. Matteo Ferrari ITA San Carlo Team Italia (Mahindra) 1m 48.265s
28. Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL Ongetta-AirAsia (Honda) 1m 48.614s
29. Luca Grunwald GER Kiefer Racing (Kalex-KTM) 1m 48.752s
30. Jules Danilo FRA Ambrogio Racing (Mahindra) 1m 49.104s
31. Bryan Schouten NED CIP (Mahindra) 1m 49.891s
32. Gabriel Ramos VEN Kiefer Racing (Kalex-KTM) 1m 50.005s
33. Hafiza Rofa MAL SIC-Ajo (KTM) 1m 53.100s

Full Moto2 combined Jerez test times:

1. Takaaki Nakagami JPN Idemitsu Honda Team Asia (Kalex) 1m 42.206s
2. Sandro Cortese GER Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 1m 42.393s
3. Thomas Luthi SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 (Suter) 1m 42.472s
4. Xavier Simeon BEL Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 (Suter) 1m 42.556s
5. Johann Zarco FRA AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing (Caterham Suter) 1m 42.616s
6. Luis Salom SPA Pons HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 42.628s
7. Lorenzo Baldassarri ITA Gresini Moto2 (Suter) 1m 42.639s
8. Alex De Angelis RSM Tasca Racing Moto2 (Suter) 1m 42.699s
9. Dominique Aegerter SWI Technomag CarXpert (Suter) 1m 42.778s
10. Simone Corsi ITA NGM Forward Racing (Forward KLX) 1m 42.822s
11. Maverick Vi√Īales SPA Pons HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 42.872s
12. Jonas Folger GER Argi√Īano & Gines Racing (Kalex) 1m 42.910s
13. Sam Lowes GBR Speed Up (Speed Up) 1m 42.928s
14. Franco Morbidelli ITA Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 42.936s
15. Julian Simon SPA Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 43.024s
16. Marcel Schrotter GER Tech 3 (Tech 3) 1m 43.149s
17. Axel Pons SPA Argi√Īano & Gines Racing (Kalex) 1m 43.187s
18. Mattia Pasini ITA NGM Forward Racing (Forward KLX) 1m 43.189s
19. Anthony West AUS QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 1m 43.211s
20. Louis Rossi FRA SAG Team (Kalex) 1m 43.211s
21. Josh Herrin USA AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing (Caterham Suter) 1m 43.622s
22. Gino Rea GBR AGT-Rea Racing (Suter) 1m 43.645s
23. Randy Krummenacher SWI Iodaracing Project (Suter) 1m 43.751s
24. Hafizh Syahrin MAL Petronas Raceline Malaysia (Kalex) 1m 43.812s
25. Azlan Shah MAL Idemitsu Honda Team Asia (Kalex) 1m 43.938s
26. Ricky Cardus SPA Tech 3 (Tech 3) 1m 44.029s
27. Roman Ramos SPA QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 1m 44.099s
28. Tetsuta Nagashima JPN Teluru Team JiR Webike (TSR) 1m 44.658s
29. Thitipong Warokorn THA APH PTT The Pizza SAG (Kalex) 1m 45.190s
30. Robin Mulhauser SWI Technomag CarXpert (Suter) 1m 45.361s

1 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN Idemitsu Honda Team Asia KALEX 1:42.206 Day 3 Session 1
2 Sandro CORTESE 11 GER Dynavolt Intact GP KALEX 1:42.393 0.187 0.187 Day 3 Session 1
3 Thomas LUTHI 12 SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 SUTER 1:42.472 0.266 0.079 Day 3 Session 1
4 Xavier SIMEON 19 BEL Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 SUTER 1:42.556 0.35 0.084 Day 3 Session 1
5 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing CATERHAM SUTER 1:42.616 0.41 0.06 Day 3 Session 2
6 Luis SALOM 39 SPA Pons HP 40 KALEX 1:42.628 0.422 0.012 Day 3 Session 3
7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI 7 ITA Gresini Moto2 SUTER 1:42.639 0.433 0.011 Day 3 Session 2
8 Alex DE ANGELIS 15 RSM Tasca Racing Moto2 SUTER 1:42.699 0.493 0.06 Day 3 Session 2
9 Dominique AEGERTER 77 SWI Technomag CarXpert SUTER 1:42.778 0.572 0.079 Day 3 Session 3
10 Simone CORSI 3 ITA NGM Forward Racing FORWARD KLX 1:42.822 0.616 0.044 Day 3 Session 1
11 Maverick VI√ĎALES 40 SPA Pons HP 40 KALEX 1:42.872 0.666 0.05 Day 3 Session 1
12 Jonas FOLGER 94 GER Argi√Īano & Gines Racing KALEX 1:42.910 0.704 0.038 Day 3 Session 3
13 Sam LOWES 22 GBR Speed Up SPEED UP 1:42.928 0.722 0.018 Day 1 Session 3
14 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA Italtrans Racing Team KALEX 1:42.936 0.73 0.008 Day 3 Session 1
15 Julian SIMON 60 SPA Italtrans Racing Team KALEX 1:43.024 0.818 0.088 Day 3 Session 3
16 Marcel SCHROTTER 23 GER Tech 3 TECH 3 1:43.149 0.943 0.125 Day 3 Session 3
17 Axel PONS 49 SPA Argi√Īano & Gines Racing KALEX 1:43.187 0.981 0.038 Day 3 Session 1
18 Mattia PASINI 54 ITA NGM Forward Racing FORWARD KLX 1:43.189 0.983 0.002 Day 3 Session 1
19 Anthony WEST 95 AUS QMMF Racing Team SPEED UP 1:43.211 1.005 0.022 Day 3 Session 3
20 Louis ROSSI 96 FRA SAG Team KALEX 1:43.211 1.005 Day 3 Session 1
21 Josh HERRIN 2 USA AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing CATERHAM SUTER 1:43.622 1.416 0.411 Day 3 Session 2
22 Gino REA 8 GBR AGT-Rea Racing SUTER 1:43.645 1.439 0.023 Day 3 Session 3
23 Randy KRUMMENACHER 4 SWI Iodaracing Project SUTER 1:43.751 1.545 0.106 Day 3 Session 2
24 Hafizh SYAHRIN 55 MAL Petronas Raceline Malaysia KALEX 1:43.812 1.606 0.061 Day 2 Session 2
25 Azlan SHAH 25 MAL Idemitsu Honda Team Asia KALEX 1:43.938 1.732 0.126 Day 3 Session 3
26 Ricky CARDUS 88 SPA Tech 3 TECH 3 1:44.029 1.823 0.091 Day 3 Session 2
27 Roman RAMOS 97 SPA QMMF Racing Team SPEED UP 1:44.099 1.893 0.07 Day 3 Session 2
28 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA 45 JPN Teluru Team JiR Webike TSR 1:44.658 2.452 0.559 Day 3 Session 2
29 Thitipong WAROKORN 10 THA APH PTT The Pizza SAG KALEX 1:45.190 2.984 0.532 Day 3 Session 3
30 Robin MULHAUSER 70 SWI Technomag CarXpert SUTER 1:45.361 3.155 0.171 Day 3 Session 2
31 Alexis MASBOU 10 FRA Ongetta-Rivacold HONDA 1:49.314 2.956 0.052 Day 2 Session 2 – See more at: http://www.bikesportnews.com/news-detail.cfm?newstitle=Jerez-Moto2-test:-Combined-three-day-times&newsid=11367#sthash.EJ7X136b.dpuf
1 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN Idemitsu Honda Team Asia KALEX 1:42.206 Day 3 Session 1
2 Sandro CORTESE 11 GER Dynavolt Intact GP KALEX 1:42.393 0.187 0.187 Day 3 Session 1
3 Thomas LUTHI 12 SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 SUTER 1:42.472 0.266 0.079 Day 3 Session 1
4 Xavier SIMEON 19 BEL Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 SUTER 1:42.556 0.35 0.084 Day 3 Session 1
5 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing CATERHAM SUTER 1:42.616 0.41 0.06 Day 3 Session 2
6 Luis SALOM 39 SPA Pons HP 40 KALEX 1:42.628 0.422 0.012 Day 3 Session 3
7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI 7 ITA Gresini Moto2 SUTER 1:42.639 0.433 0.011 Day 3 Session 2
8 Alex DE ANGELIS 15 RSM Tasca Racing Moto2 SUTER 1:42.699 0.493 0.06 Day 3 Session 2
9 Dominique AEGERTER 77 SWI Technomag CarXpert SUTER 1:42.778 0.572 0.079 Day 3 Session 3
10 Simone CORSI 3 ITA NGM Forward Racing FORWARD KLX 1:42.822 0.616 0.044 Day 3 Session 1
11 Maverick VI√ĎALES 40 SPA Pons HP 40 KALEX 1:42.872 0.666 0.05 Day 3 Session 1
12 Jonas FOLGER 94 GER Argi√Īano & Gines Racing KALEX 1:42.910 0.704 0.038 Day 3 Session 3
13 Sam LOWES 22 GBR Speed Up SPEED UP 1:42.928 0.722 0.018 Day 1 Session 3
14 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA Italtrans Racing Team KALEX 1:42.936 0.73 0.008 Day 3 Session 1
15 Julian SIMON 60 SPA Italtrans Racing Team KALEX 1:43.024 0.818 0.088 Day 3 Session 3
16 Marcel SCHROTTER 23 GER Tech 3 TECH 3 1:43.149 0.943 0.125 Day 3 Session 3
17 Axel PONS 49 SPA Argi√Īano & Gines Racing KALEX 1:43.187 0.981 0.038 Day 3 Session 1
18 Mattia PASINI 54 ITA NGM Forward Racing FORWARD KLX 1:43.189 0.983 0.002 Day 3 Session 1
19 Anthony WEST 95 AUS QMMF Racing Team SPEED UP 1:43.211 1.005 0.022 Day 3 Session 3
20 Louis ROSSI 96 FRA SAG Team KALEX 1:43.211 1.005 Day 3 Session 1
21 Josh HERRIN 2 USA AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing CATERHAM SUTER 1:43.622 1.416 0.411 Day 3 Session 2
22 Gino REA 8 GBR AGT-Rea Racing SUTER 1:43.645 1.439 0.023 Day 3 Session 3
23 Randy KRUMMENACHER 4 SWI Iodaracing Project SUTER 1:43.751 1.545 0.106 Day 3 Session 2
24 Hafizh SYAHRIN 55 MAL Petronas Raceline Malaysia KALEX 1:43.812 1.606 0.061 Day 2 Session 2
25 Azlan SHAH 25 MAL Idemitsu Honda Team Asia KALEX 1:43.938 1.732 0.126 Day 3 Session 3
26 Ricky CARDUS 88 SPA Tech 3 TECH 3 1:44.029 1.823 0.091 Day 3 Session 2
27 Roman RAMOS 97 SPA QMMF Racing Team SPEED UP 1:44.099 1.893 0.07 Day 3 Session 2
28 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA 45 JPN Teluru Team JiR Webike TSR 1:44.658 2.452 0.559 Day 3 Session 2
29 Thitipong WAROKORN 10 THA APH PTT The Pizza SAG KALEX 1:45.190 2.984 0.532 Day 3 Session 3
30 Robin MULHAUSER 70 SWI Technomag CarXpert SUTER 1:45.361 3.155 0.171 Day 3 Session 2
31 Alexis MASBOU 10 FRA Ongetta-Rivacold HONDA 1:49.314 2.956 0.052 Day 2 Session 2 – See more at: http://www.bikesportnews.com/news-detail.cfm?newstitle=Jerez-Moto2-test:-Combined-three-day-times&newsid=11367#sthash.EJ7X136b.dpuf

Moto2/Moto3: Jerez test concludes with Kallio and Miller fastest

Well Marquez breaking his leg is grabbing all the headlines but there was still some testing to be done in Jerez for Moto2 and Moto3…

Day two had seen Jack Miller remain at the top of the Timesheets in Moto3 and Tom Luthi take the top spot for the first time in Moto2.

The combined times over the three day test at the Jerez circuit showed that in Moto2 Mika Kallio’s final day time was the quickest of all, a 1m 42.169 bettering Stefan Bradl’s previous best lap of 1m 42.706s (2011).

In Moto3 Jack Miller was fastest every day with his final time of 1m46.o46 better than Alex Rins previous best lap of 1m 46.660s (2013).

KTM continued their Moto3 dominance with Alex Marquez the top HoNda rider in overall eighth.

The third and final official pre-season test for Moto3 and Moto2 will be held back at Jerez from March 11-13,  some riders are expected to opt  to instead attend a tyre test at Phillip Island.

Full combined times for the second Jerez test below:

Jerez second test combined times – Moto2:
1. Mika Kallio  Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 42.169
2. Tito Rabat Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 42.233
3. Thomas Luthi Interwetten Paddock Moto2 (Suter) 1m 42.254
4. Takaaki Nakagami Idemitsu Honda Team Asia (Kalex) 1m 42.465
5. Alex De Angelis Tasca Racing Moto2 (Suter) 1m 42.847
6. Sandro Cortese Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 1m 42.850
7. Sam Lowes Speed Up (Speed Up) 1m 42.851
8. Lorenzo Baldassarri Gresini Moto2 (Suter) 1m 42.923
9. Xavier Simeon Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 (Suter) 1m 42.925
10. Simone Corsi NGM Forward Racing (Forward KLX) 1m 43.014
11. Julian Simon Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 43.020
12. Jonas Folger¬† Argi√Īano & Gines Racing (Kalex) 1m 43.033s
13. Franco Morbidelli  Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 43.181
14. Marcel Schrotter  Tech 3 (Tech 3) 1m 43.209
15. Johann Zarco  Caterham Moto Racing (Caterham Suter) 1m 43.216
16. Maverick Vi√Īales¬† Pons HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 43.226
17. Nico Terol  Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 1m 43.245
18. Axel Pons¬† Argi√Īano & Gines Racing (Kalex) 1m 43.272
19. Mattia Pasini  NGM Forward Racing (Forward KLX) 1m 43.291
20. Alex Mari√Īelarena¬† Tech 3 (Tech 3) 1m 43.367
21. Luis Salom  Pons HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 43.389
22. Dominique Aegerter  Technomag CarXpert (Suter) 1m 43.401
23. Jordi Torres  Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 1m 43.537
24. Anthony West  QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 1m 43.636
25. Louis Rossi  SAG Team (Kalex) 1m 43.669
26. Josh Herrin  Caterham Moto Racing (Caterham Suter) 1m 43.732
27. Hafizh Syahrin Petronas Raceline Malaysia (Kalex) 1m 43.773
28. Randy Krummenacher Iodaracing Project (Suter) 1m 43.961
29. Tetsuta Nagashima Teluru Team JiR Webike (TSR) 1m 44.527
30. Roman Ramos QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 1m 44.530
31. Thitipong Warokorn  SAG (Kalex) 1m 44.682
32. Azlan Shah Idemitsu Honda Team Asia (Kalex) 1m 44.693
33. Robin Mulhauser Technomag CarXpert (Suter) 1m 45.254

Jerez second test combined times – Moto3:

1. Jack Miller Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 46.046
2. Jakub Kornfeil  Calvo Team (KTM) 1m 46.256
3. Niccolo Antonelli  Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 (KTM) 1m 46.452
4. Karel Hanika Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 46.645
5. Danny Kent  Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo (Husqvarna) 1m 46.646
6. Romano Fenati  Sky Racing Team by VR46 (KTM) 1m 46.650
7. Niklas Ajo  Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo (Husqvarna) 1m 46.658
8. Francesco Bagnaia  Sky Racing Team by VR46 (KTM) 1m 46.674
9. Alex Marquez  Estrella Galicia 0.0 (Honda) 1m 46.882
10. Isaac Vi√Īales¬† Calvo Team (KTM) 1m 46.899
11. Efren Vazquez  Saxoprint-RTG (Honda) 1m 46.899
12. Livio Loi  Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex-KTM) 1m 46.906
13. Miguel Oliveira  Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 46.909
14. Fabio Quartararo  Estrella Galicia 0.0 (Honda) 1m 46.965
15. Juanfran Guevara  Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex-KTM) 1m 47.049
16. Philipp Oettl  Interwetten Paddock Moto3 (Kalex-KTM) 1m 47.174
17. John McPhee Saxoprint-RTG (Honda) 1m 47.592
18. Eric Granado  Calvo Team (KTM) 1m 47.639
19. Brad Binder  Ambrogio Racing (Mahindra) 1m 47.688
20. Zulfahmi Khairuddin  Ongetta-AirAsia (Honda) 1m 47.777
21. Arthur Sissis  Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 47.854
22. Alessandro Tonucci  CIP Moto3 (Mahindra) 1m 47.913
23. Enea Bastianini  Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 (KTM) 1m 47.917
24. Ana Carrasco  RW Racing GP (Kalex-KTM) 1m 48.155
25. Hafiq Azmi  SIC-Ajo (KTM) 1m 48.551
26. Scott Deroue  RW Racing GP (Kalex-KTM) 1m 48.725
27. Matteo Ferrari  San Carlo Team Italia (Mahindra) 1m 48.831
28. Alexis Masbou  Ongetta-Rivacold (Honda) 1m 48.873
29. Bryan Schouten  CIP Moto3 (Mahindra) 1m 48.983
30. Luca Grunwald Kiefer Racing (Kalex-KTM) 1m 49.002
31. Gabriel Ramos  Kiefer Racing (Kalex-KTM) 1m 49.234
32. Jules Danilo  Ambrogio Racing (Mahindra) 1m 49.625
33. Andrea Locatelli  San Carlo Team Italia (Mahindra) 1m 49.748

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 Vi√Īales¬† 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¬† Argi√Īano & Gines Racing (Kalex) 1m 44.412
19. Alex Mari√Īelarena¬† 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 Argi√Īano & 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 Vi√Īales¬† 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

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:

‚ÄúI‚Äôm 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 ‚Äď 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.‚ÄĚ

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 Vi√Īales¬† 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¬† Argi√Īano & Gines Racing (Kalex) 1m 36.335
15. Dominique Aegerter  Technomag CarXpert (Suter) 1m 36.384
16. Jonas Folger¬† Argi√Īano & 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 Mari√Īelarena¬† 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 Vi√Īales¬† 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