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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

Qatar qualifying 2015 – resurgence, dominance and experience

MotoGP has returned so it’s time to get back to blogging after my own winter break!

Qatar qualifying has really been exciting as there is so much movement in the paddock, many riders beating expectations and some below where they were predicted.

MotoGP brought us a session where the Ducati really shone a resurgence under the guidance of project manager Gigi Dall’Igna, emotively completed by chants of the man who has stuck by them through thick and thin ‘Dovi’ – Andrea Dovizioso.

 

But my main focus for reporting remains the support classes, both of which had riders take career first poles within the world championship structure.

Moto3 saw experienced ‘veteran’ of the class Alexis Masbou rise to the top , Moto2 saw Sam Lowes continue his dominance over the weekend.

But who can challenge them?

The finest place to catch up with the action, try these reports (I 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

MotoGP Motegi qualifying round ups…

In Europe? MotoGP qualifying too early for you? Catch up here!

 

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

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

For a shorter round-up of both in the same place you can visit paddock chatter too!

I get up early so you don’t have to so enjoy, comment like and tweet to get involved ( and pretend you were up if you want!)

Moto3: All change for Ana Carrasco?

04/10/2014

Woman racers. They always cause discussion.

The only girl in the world championship is Ana Carrasco, a Moto3 rider. She excelled as Maverick Vinales team-mate in his championship winning year on a KTM closer to a street bike, taking two points finishes.

Her second year in Moto3, this year, has been more difficult – on an unfavoured Kalex KTM at RW Racing her best placing has been 20th.

Things have become so strained between rider and team that the Spaniard was to sit out practice in Misano, allegedly over financial differences – with her now to make no further appearances with the team this season as we head into the trio of flyaway races followed by the season finale in Valencia.

Just as this moves the discussion into paid rides and the money a solo female rider brings as a novelty (unfortunately the view of many) versus talent and getting a good enough bike to show it ( I believe after her year at Team Calvo, the termination of which again came down to money issues, the latter applies as good results from any of the Kalex KTM riders have been few and far between) it appears that talent can come first as Carrasco seems to be near confirming a ride for 2015!

It is suggested in her home news publications that Carrasco has been picked up by Aleix Espargaro’s RBA team – present in this years CEV Spanish  championship and with a string of Moto3 wild-card appearances under their belt with Gabriel Rodrigo.

For the full lowdown and news on who else is set for a move to the team click here to go to my full story at crash.net, where you can get interactive on social media or in the comments.

Brno qualifying reports…

Are online now!

Missed out on the young future stars of MotoGP in the support classes and want to catch up before they bring the best racing tomorrow? Try these links on for size!

My Moto3 and Moto2 reports at crash.net are available by clicking on the links, they’re my favourite bit of the day as they’re written ‘live’ and delivered straight after the action.

For a summary of both classes you can also try out my joint report from later in the day at PaddockChatter.com

MotoGP Sachsenring race round-ups…

13/07/2014

Are online now!

Sachsenring brought us three German Grand Prix races filled with records and firsts.

Marc Marquez made it 9/9 and became the youngest rider to achieve the feat, but what happened in Moto2 and Moto3?

here’s some links to help you out!

My Moto3 qualifying report at crash.net can be found here, and Moto2 here.

For a brief summary of the two there is also my shorter combined round up for both classes over at Paddock Chatter, something for everyone – just follow the links!

As always I appreciate much tweeting, liking and commenting, so please do take the opportunity to have a conversation using the links above or at @LisaLewisWrites on Twitter and get involved!

MotoGP Sachsenring qualifying round-ups…

12/07/2014

Are online now!

Round nine takes us to Germany and off to the Saxon region for a trip to…the Sachsenring.

It’s a tricky track with lots of corners and curves, including the infamous Turn 11, with very little in the way of straights which help the underpowered bikes keep in contention – which should hopefully lead to some close races.

But before that you may want to catch up on where everyone qualified and for the latest in  Moto2 and Moto3  – I have just the links you need !

My Moto3 qualifying report at crash.net can be found here, and Moto2 here.

For a brief summary of the two there is also my shorter combined round up for both classes over at Paddock Chatter, something for everyone – just follow the links!

As always I appreciate much tweeting, liking and commenting, so please do take the opportunity to have a conversation using the links above or at @LisaLewisWrites on Twitter and get involved!

MotoGP Assen race round-ups…

28/06/2014

Are online now!

You may have missed Assen’s Saturday special but…you know the drill…

For the latest in  Moto2 and Moto3  – I have just the links you need !

(Why is Ant West looking so happy? Well it did rain…)

My Moto3 qualifying report at crash.net can be found here, and Moto2 here.

For a brief summary of the two there is also my shorter combined round up for both classes over at Paddock Chatter, something for everyone – just follow the links!

As always I appreciate much tweeting, liking and commenting, so please do take the opportunity to have a conversation using the links above or at @LisaLewisWrites on Twitter and get involved!

MotoGP Assen qualifying round-ups…

27/06/2014

Are online now!

Yes – it’s a Friday! Assen is special but it means you were probably out at work or busy with other commitments with qualifying on a weekday.

Never fear!

For the latest in  Moto2 and Moto3  – I have just the links you need !

(Hint – All the Dutch riders are in Moto3, wild-card Iwema is leading the way for them!)

My Moto3 qualifying report at crash.net can be found here, and Moto2 here.

For a brief summary of the two there is also my shorter combined round up for both classes over at Paddock Chatter, something for everyone – just follow the links!

As always I appreciate much tweeting, liking and commenting, so please do take the opportunity to have a conversation using the links above or at @LisaLewisWrites on Twitter and get involved!

MotoGP: Pedrosa and Espargaro’s Catalunya helmet art celebrates coming home

14/06/2014

With so many Spanish riders in the MotoGP paddock there was bound to be a selection of special helmets doing the rounds in Spain.

The Espargaro brothers are Barcelona locals, their support of Barcelona FC is often apparent, while Dani Pedrosa is originally from Sabadell, just outside the city and very close to the Montmelo track.

The Repsol Honda rider not only had a pole to celebrate but a helmet celebrating his fanbase, a touching tribute showing what the Spaniards fans mean to him:

 

The helmet features the phrase ‘You don’t race alone’ an image in black and white of his fans with banners in the stands and his usual cartoon logo replaced with the fanclub sticker version. Possibly Pedrosa’s best helmet to date.

Aleix Espargaro’s effort is slightly aimed at Twitter featuring the hashtag #WhereItAllStarted a refrence to Montmelo being his home circuit, an accompanying graphic of the track sits above it:

 

His leathers, bike and helmet are all also designed to support Special Olympics Catalunya – a local charity organisation set up to “promote the practice of sport among people with intellectual disability as a tool for social integration and to improve their quality of life”. A great cause.

Finally, as a helmet art bonus, down in Moto3 Isaac Vinales also had a different design on show for his home race, some excellent work by @SLGrafics :