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Moto2/Moto3 round up: Poles for Rins and Simeon, eighth for Redding

As usual more on the support calss qualifying from me at paddockchatter.com and detailed race reports at crash.net for Moto3 and Moto2, just click the links to visit.

Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider Alex Rins finds himself on pole for the third time this season, as the qualifying action got under way at the Sachsenring in Germany.

Last seasons top rookie narrowly beat championship leader Luis Salom into second in terms of time, but not on the track as the Red Bull KTM rider had to sit out the end of the session with a blown engine.

The final spot on the front row will be filled by the Mahindra of Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira after fending off Jack Miller and Maverick Vinales in a last lap battle around the track. Caretta Technology-RTG rider Miller caught up to the battle ahead of him when on a very fast lap, leaving him fifth but the best qualifying Honda rider. Vinales had to settle for sixth, his team and bike having struggled for pace all weekend.

Ahead of them on the grid at his home Grand Prix is Jonas Folger. The Mapre Aspar rider crashed out early in the session but recovered as his speedily repaired bike held out to grab fourth on the grid.

The second of the Mahindra riders Efren Vazquez starts seventh with Romano Fenati enjoying his best qualifying of the year in eighth for San Carlo Team Italia.

 

Moto2 also saw much of it’s action arrive in the closing minutes as the riders tried to set some strong late laps – with the big names in the championship being the ones to miss out.

Belgian rider Xavier Simeon took his maiden pole at the end of qualifying for the Desugaces La Torre Maptaq team, making him the first Belgian took take pole since Didier de Radigues in the 250cc Spa-Francorchamps race in 1989.

The race promises to be a close affair as all the top 20 riders were within a second of his pole time.

Also surprising after a strong weekend where he topped the Moto2 FP3 was Jordi Torres, claiming his first front row start for the Mapfre Aspar team.

Restoring a little order to proceedings was usual suspect Pol Espargaro in third for Tuenti HP 40, though his Pons team-mates were much lower down the grid, Tito Rabat is 23rd after a big FP3 crash left him limping and in pain, one place ahead of Axel Pons in 24th.

Tom Luthi’s last fast lap brought him fourth on the grid for the Interwetten team. He is joined on the second row by top Speed Up rider Simone Corsi in fifth and Julian Simon in Sixth for Italtrans.

Takaaki Nakagami is just one place behind his team-mate in seventh on his return after missing Assen after damaging his collarbone. He is joined on the third row by both Marc VDS riders Scott Redding in eighth and Mika Kallio in ninth, though both had looked to have more pace over the weekend, with Redding having topped FP3.

Gino Rea put in an amazing performance to score 17th as a wild card.

Moto3 Sachsenring Qualifying Top Ten:

1. Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 1m 27.300
2. Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 27.480
3. Miguel Oliveira POR Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 27.559
4. Jonas Folger GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 1m 27.579
5. Jack Miller AUS Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 1m 27.599
6. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 1m 27.694
7. Efren Vazquez SPA Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 27.753
8. Romano Fenati ITA San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 1m 27.810
9. Jasper Iwema NED RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 1m 27.815
10. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 1m 27.818

Moto2 Sachsenring Qualifying Top Ten:

1. Xavier Simeon BEL Desguaces La Torre Maptaq (Kalex) 1m 24.665
2. Jordi Torres SPA Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 1m 24.678
3. Pol Espargaro SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 24.704
4. Thomas Luthi SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Rac (Suter) 1m 24.840
5. Simone Corsi ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 1m 24.858
6. Julian Simon SPA Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 24.919
7. Takaaki Nakagami JPN Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 24.931
8. Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 24.963
9. Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 24.990
10. Alex De Angelis RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing (Speed Up) 1m 25.032

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

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

Pons Tuent HP 40 Pol Espargaro

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moto3 Assen Race Result Top 15:

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

Moto2 Assen Race result Top 15:

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

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

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

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

MotoGP: Honda gain Marquez sponsor Estrella Galicia for 2013

MotoGP: Honda gains Marc Marquez’s sponsor Estrella Galicia for 2013 season

HRC announce long term sponsor of Marquez as a new partner for the teams 2013 campaign

 

Spanish beer company Estrella Galicia have been announced by Honda as a new sponsor for the team for the forthcoming season. Their alcohol free line, Estrella Galicia 0,0 has been a sponsor to Marc Marquez for the last three years and makes the move up to join him in MotoGP at Honda.

Having a Spanish sponsor ties in neatly with the 2013 rider line up at the Japanese factory as it is the first time they have run two Spaniards at Repsol Honda since Alex Crivillé and Sete Gibernau in 2000 with Dani Pedrosa being joined by rookie Marquez.

Estrella Galicia will also become the official beer in HRC’s hospitality.

It is the third season in which Estrella Galicia 0.0 will present in the MotoGP World Championship, supporting Marc Márquez throughout his career, including winning the Moto2 World Championship last season.

They were also responsible for the team that ran rookie of the year Alex Rins and Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira in Moto3 in 2012 along with Alex Marquez, younger brother to Marc, who rode wildcard races for the team and was also sponsored by the beer brand at Monlau Competicion for whom he won the Moto3 Spanish Championship.

The first images of the riders wearing their new leathers with Estrella Galicia 0,0 logo will be available on the 24th January, after the team’s official presentation in Madrid, where Pedrosa and Marquez will unveil the 2013 RC213V bike, and it’s new livery.

 

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 crash.net, where you can comment and discuss too, here:

http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/185969/1/moto3_folger_snatches_late_valencia_pole.html

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 crash.net where you can discuss the race in more detail too:

http://www.crash.net/motogp/race+report/185559/1/moto3_calculating_cortese_storms_to_phillip_island_win.html

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 crash.net full race report available here:

http://www.crash.net/motogp/race+report/185322/1/moto3_cortese_champion_at_sepang_khairuddin_podium.html