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Moto2 Redding Vs Espargaro – Helmet wars! (Vote Now!)

They battled hard all season with Pol Espargaro eventually victorious but who won the Valencia helmet-off between the 2013 champion and runner-up Scott Redding?

Ok, so as he won we will first take a look at Espargaro’s celebratory effort:

Pol Espargaro shows of his shiny winning effort. Image via Espargaro on Facebook, editorial use only under the fair use act

Pol Espargaro shows of his shiny winning lid.
Image via Espargaro on Facebook, editorial use only under the fair use act.

The Spaniard has opted for a shiny and slightly expected gold winning effort, featuring a large splash of the yellow and green from his main design on the ‘world champion’ font.

It’s nice.

Next up is Scott Redding’s effort proving you can kick a man when he’s down but you can’t mess with his sense of style:

Redding's Valencia effort was touching. Image via @ianwheeler on twitter, who owns the image, editorial use only

Redding’s Valencia effort was touching. Image via @ianwheeler on twitter, who owns the image, editorial use only

Redding may have added a lost tooth to his injury list over the weekend but still had a loud and toughing helmet to show off ahead of Sunday’s Valencia race. Much bolder than Espargaro’s effort it’s a shame that the pain barrier the Brit fought hard against limited it’s screen time.

Redding also chose to carry a touching tribute to his team and their four years together on his leathers, in place of his name.

For me the winner is Redding. Cheerful, colourful and thankful, plus Pol already won something – the title!

Now here’s you’re chance to have a say, please vote, then I’ll add an update for the outcome!

For a more serious and informative look at the final round of the Moto2 championship for the duo try :

http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/198023/1/moto2_redding_espargaro_never_give_up_in_moto2_swansong.html

Moto2: Rabat moves to Marc VDS for 2014

Currently third in the Moto2 championship, Esteve ‘Tito’ Rabat has impressed rival Kalex team Marc VDS enough for them to lure him away from current squad Tuenti HP 40, after taking his first two wins and debut podium for the Pons outfit this season.

Rabat to VDS

Moving on…Tito Rabat will ride for Marc VDS in 2014
Image via Marc VDS press release

With championship challenging rivals Scott Redding and Rabat’s current team-mate Pol Espargaro both MotoGP bound (to Gresini – unconfirmed- and Tech3 respectively) Rabat was left with many offers as a race-winning rider in the intermediate class, but has chosen Marc VDS as his new home after the agreement rumoured to have been reached last weekend in Indianapolis was signed and confirmed ahead of today’s qualifying session in Brno.

The 24-year-old has signed a two year deal with the Belgian-based team so will remain there until 2015.

Team Principal Michael Bartholemy is happy to have a rider capable of fighting for the title as the squad’s first announced rider:
“In Tito I’m confident that we’ve signed a rider who can challenge for the championship the next two years. His results this season have been impressive and I’m confident that we can take him to the next level, adding consistency to his obvious speed. I’m looking forward to welcoming Tito to the team at the end of this season, but first we must make sure we beat him to the championship title, as he’s looking more of a threat with each race.”

Team President Marc Van Der Straten spoke of the teams improvements, allowing them to pick and choose more freely when it comes to contract time:

“Over the past four years I think it’s fair to say that we’ve established ourselves as one of the top teams in the Moto2 World Championship. This has been reflected in the calibre of the riders who are now approaching us for a ride next season. We had many to choose from, but Tito Rabat was head and shoulders above the other candidates. This year he’s been fast, winning two races and emerging as a title contender during the second half of the season. I believe Tito is a perfect fit for our team. He will be a very welcome addition to the Marc VDS racing family and I’m looking forward to watching him fight for the title from the first race next season.”

The Marc VDS Racing Team will announce their full rider line up for the 2014 season in the coming weeks, with the possibility of a second Moto3 rider being added to the team’s roster.

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 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

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

 

 

Moto2: Scott Redding gets in rival Espargaro’s head – using his helmet!

After an interview with Pons Tuenti team rider Pol Espargaro where he claimed, rather uncharacteristically as he is not known for slating other riders, that Scott Redding will crumble under the pressure and struggle to ride in the heat, a problem that the Brit feels he has conquered, Marc VDS man Redding is aiming to use a little sport psychology himself on the Spanish rider.

Espargaro uses the phrase ‘never give up’ on his own helmet, as seen in this post here and this weekend the Gloucester born rider has used the phrase on his own helmet, adding a series of question marks to needle his championship rival.

 

Redding helmet

If you are behind me Pol, you can read this! Redding’s message to rival Espargaro.
Image via Twitter

Redding currently leads the championship by 43 points having already amassed a total of 101, while after a string of out of character performances and crashes, pre-season title favourite Espargaro sits in fifth in the standings, with 54 points.

 

Round-up: Moto2 & Moto3 – Redding storms to first Moto2 win, Vinales controls Moto3.

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      Redding on his way to his Maiden Moto2 win          Image: Marc VDS
 
For more on this story visit Paddock Chatter or for in depth coverage check out my full race reports for Moto2 and Moto3 at Crash.net, just click the links for more…
 
Moto3 had the best of the weather in Le Mans and got their race under way in officially dry conditions though the track was still damp and the sky poised for rain.
 
The championship leaders made a break at the front with Maverick Vinales, Jonas Folger, Alex Rins and Luis Salom moving away at the front.
 
It was Vinales who would time his move to perfection, picking the right moment to up the pace and gain his second win of the season in back to back races.
 
The victory at the scene of his first ever career win makes him the first rider to take two wins in moto3 this year, giving the Team Calvo rider a strong 13 point lead in the championship over Luis Salom.
 
Also making the French podium was Alex Rins who held his nerve to take second for Estrella Galicia, while the all-Spanish, all-KTM top podium was completed by Red Bull Ajo rider Salom.
 
Taking a chance on the softer option tyre proved a bad gamble for Mapfre Aspar’s Jonas Folger, it caused a few small errors meaning he had to settle for fourth.
 
Alex Marquez rode a steady race to put both the Estrella Galicia riders in the top five, he was followed across the line by Redox RW Racing’s Jakub Kornfeil who posted some of the fastest laps of the race to push forward to sixth.
 
Romano Fenati found some of his old form with a series of strong moves making him the highest placed Honda powered finisher in seventh for San Carlo Team Italia.
 
British rider John McPhee was just outside the top ten again for the Caretta Technology outfit, one place ahead of team-mate Jack Miller. Fellow Brit Danny Webb, who broke his foot in Saturday’s qualifying crash was not fit to race due to a concussion sustained in the accident.
 
Moto2 followed and was hit by the change of weather bringing the scheduled downpour and ending the race with 22 laps completed.
 
It was an excellent day for the Marc VDS team with Scott Redding taking his first ever Moto2 win, a first victory for the team.
 
The 20 year old Brit was joined on the all Kalex podium by his team-mate Mika Kallio, giving the Belgian team a one-two finish.
 
Belgian fans had even more to celebrate as Xavier Simeon scored the final podium spot for his Desguaces La Torre Maptaq team, beating home rider Johann Zarco, who at one point had lead the race, into fourth for the Came Iodaracing Project. The Frenchman was also the highest placing Suter rider.
 
Redding the only non-Spanish Grand Prix winner this season, and the first since Danny Kent won in 2012, now leads the championship by a hefty 24 points from Tito Rabat.
 
Swiss rider Dominique Aegerter had also been in with a podium shout but finished in fifth for the Technomag carXpert team.
 
Mike Di Meglio also faired well at home, the sole Motobi user finishing seventh for the Jir team.
 
The crashes in Moto2 were as notable as the excellent overtaking manoeuvres employed by Redding to hit the front.
 
After just a handful of laps the Tuenti HP 40 team riders Pol Espargaro, the championship favourite, and Tito Rabat, who entered the race leading the championship, both slid out simultaneously at the same corner. They were soon followed by Takaaki Nakagami, who was leading the race by more than three seconds at the time for the Italtrans team.
 
There were also crashes for Aspar’s Nico Terol and Interwetten Paddock man Tom Luthi.
 
British rider Danny Kent was just outside the points in 16th one place behind his Tech3 team-mate Louis Rossi. Blusens Avintia’s Kyle Smith didn’t go the distance while Gino Rea appeared to have technical issues with his FTR bike, though was able to go back out and gain some experience finishing 26th and ten laps adrift after having been as high as 12th place.

Moto3 Le Mans Race Top 15:

1.Maverick Viñales SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 42m 5.448
2. Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 42m 6.712
3. Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 42m 6.835
4. Jonas Folger GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 42m 20.041
5. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 42m 43.397
6. Jakub Kornfeil CZE Redox RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 42m 45.743
7. Romano Fenati ITA San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 42m 48.773
8. Brad Binder RSA Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 42m 48.985
9. Alexis Masbou FRA Ongetta-Rivacold (FTR Honda) 42m 50.959
10. Isaac Viñales SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 42m 51.122
11. John McPhee GBR Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 42m 56.900
12. Jack Miller AUS Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 42m 57.040
13. Arthur Sissis AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 43m 4.161
14. Alessandro Tonucci ITA La Fonte Tascaracing (FTR Honda) 43m 4.418
15. Philipp Oettl GER Tec Interwetten Moto3 Racing (Kalex KTM) 43m 23.475

Moto2 Le Mans Race Top 15:

  • 1.Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 36m 43.583s
    2. Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 36m 44.673s
    3. Xavier Simeon BEL Desguaces La Torre Maptaq (Kalex) 36m 44.817s
    4. Dominique Aegerter SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 36m 45.284s
    5. Johann Zarco FRA Came Iodaracing Project (Suter) 36m 45.442s
    6. Mattia Pasini ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 36m 55.855s
    7. Mike Di Meglio FRA JiR Moto2 (MotoBI) 36m 55.961s
    8. Julian Simon SPA Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 37m 13.295s
    9. Anthony West AUS QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 37m 14.062s
    10. Alex De Angelis RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing (Speed Up) 37m 14.818s
    11. Randy Krummenache SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 37m 15.118s
    12. Simone Corsi ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 37m 15.258s
    13. Sandro Cortese GER Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 37m 15.500s
    14. Marcel Schrotter GER Desguaces La Torre SAG (Kalex) 37m 19.361s
    15. Louis Rossi FRA Tech 3 (Tech 3) 37m 28.628s

Moto2 and Moto3 Jerez qualifying round up

Rins dominates Moto3 despite a crash, Moto2 sees Rabat take his first ever pole.

Moto3 kicked off the qualifying action in Spain and it was business as usual with the three KTM riding Spaniards Rins, Vinales and Salom on the front row.

The trio have also all featured on both of the the previous podiums, setting out a dominant pattern to start the season.

Rins had the most eventful journey to the front row and secured pole for Estrella Galicia despite crashing on just his fourth lap, seconds after team mate Alex Marquez, making for a busy pit box.

He returned still leading the session and reduced his time further to a 1m 46.660 – the only rider to go sub- 1m47.

Marquez wasn’t as fortunate his bike wouldn’t start after his crash at Sito Pons corner, a fair distance from the pits and he starts 22nd.

Maverick Vinales appeared to be back to his cool, controlled best and timed his laps to perfection to seal second on the grid for Team Calvo, with Luis Salom completing the front row for the Red Bull KTM Team.

The second row is very much a Honda affair with Brad Binder the fastest Honda bike in fourth on an Ambrogio Suter, just ahead of the FTR’s of Caretta Technology rider Jack Miller and Go & Fun Gresini’s Niccolo Antonelli in fifth and sixth.

Being just over a second off the lead time leaves Aspar rider Jonas Folger down in seventh,eighth spot is filled by Niklas Ajo of Avant Tecno despite crashing and ninth goes to Jakub Kornfeil, who did not take to the take to the track before today as he was at home sitting exams.

Moto2 was once again lead by three Kalex bikes though this time headed up by a debut pole for Tuenti HP 40 Pons rider Esteve ‘Tito’ Rabat, meaning the class has had a different rider on pole at every race this season.

Rabat’s late lap mean current championship leader Marc VDS man Scott Redding had to settle for second despite leading for most of the session.

They are joined on the front row by Italtrans rider Takaaki Nakagami.

Pol Espargaro, last year’s Jerez winner, finds himslef down in fourth after struggling all weekend alongside Aspar’s Jordi Torres in fifth and Belgian rider Xavier Simeon sixth.

Austn race winner Nico Terol qualifies seventh for Mapfre Aspar.

For the full version of this round up visit PaddockChatter.com or for more detailed analysis of each event my full race reports for Moto3 and Moto2 are also at crash.net, just click the highlighted links for more!

Moto3 Jerez Qualifying Top Ten:

1.Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 1m 46.660
2. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 1m 47.145
3. Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 47.327
4. Brad Binder RSA Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 1m 47.517
5. Jack Miller AUS Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 1m 47.613
6. Niccolò Antonelli ITA GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda) 1m 47.742
7. Jonas Folger GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 1m 47.793
8. Niklas Ajo FIN Avant Tecno (KTM) 1m 47.868
9. Jakub Kornfeil CZE Redox RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 1m 48.009
10. Efren Vazquez SPA Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 48.147

Moto2 Jerez Qualifying Top Ten:

1. Esteve Rabat SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 43.251
2. Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 43.698
3. Takaaki Nakagami JPN Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 43.855
4. Pol Espargaro SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 43.950
5. Jordi Torres SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 1m 43.990
6. Xavier Simeon BEL Desguaces La Torre Maptaq (Kalex) 1m 43.994
7. Nicolas Terol SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 1m 44.008
8. Marcel Schrotter GER Desguaces La Torre SAG (Kalex) 1m 44.017
9. Thomas Luthi SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Rac (Suter) 1m 44.055
10. Anthony West AUS QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 1m 44.271

Austin Qualifying: Moto2 and Moto3 – Rins dominant and debut pole for Redding

 

Moto3 kicked off the qualfying action at the Circuit of the Americas and Estrella Galicia rider Alex Rins took control of the session, slowly whittling down his time to take the second pole of his career.

 

He is joined on the front row by the same riders who featured on the podium on Qatar.

 

 

Nearest rival was fellow countryman Red Bull KTM rider Luis Salom and third was filled by another Spaniard Team Calvo’s Maverick Vinales, making for an all KTM front row.

 

Fastest of the Honda riders was Caretta Technology rider Jack Miller in fourth.

 

 

Danny Webb impressed on his Suter Honda and scored an eighth place start for Ambrogio Racing. Fellow Brit John McPhee struggled after having his bike wrecked in his crash with Alexis Masbou in Qatar and qualified 28th.

 

 

 

 

In Moto2 a last- gasp effort by Scott Redding saw him score the first pole of his career and the first for his team, Marc VDS.

 

 

The lap ousted Takaaki Nakagami from the pole spot for the second race in a row. In Qatar the Japanese Italtrans rider lost out to Pol Espargaro in the final seconds.

 

 

Third was filled by the first Suter to hit the timesheets, the Aspar of Nico Terol who took his first front row in Moto2 with his best qualifying since moving up into the class.

 

 

Tito Rabat was fourth and well ahead of his Tuenti HP 40 team-mate Pol Espargaro who made the best of a frustrating session to push to seventh late on.

 

 

British riders Kyle Smith and Danny Kent had their best Moto2 qualifying session to date with Kent starting from 13th for Tech3 and Smith 19th for the Italtrans outfit.

 

For more see my crash.net reports for Moto2 and Moto3 or visit paddockchatter.com !

 

Moto3 Austin Qualifying Top Ten:

 

1.Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 2m 16.396
2. Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 2m 16.879
3. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 2m 17.100
4. Jack Miller AUS Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 2m 18.303
5. Jonas Folger GER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 2m 18.570
6. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 2m 18.595
7. Niklas Ajo FIN Avant Tecno (KTM) 2m 18.618
8. Danny Webb GBR Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 2m 18.899
9. Alexis Masbou FRA Ongetta-Rivacold (FTR Honda) 2m 18.906
10. Arthur Sissis AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 2m 18.951

 

 

Moto2 Austin Qualifying Top Ten:

 

 

1. Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 2m 10.577
2. Takaaki Nakagami
JPN Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 2m 11.266
3. Nicolas Terol
SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 2m 11.287
4. Esteve Rabat
SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 2m 11.383
5. Dominique Aegerter
SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 2m 11.606
6. Simone Corsi
ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 2m 11.725
7. Pol Espargaro
SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 2m 11.838
8. Xavier Simeon
BEL Desguaces La Torre (Kalex) 2m 11.859
9. Mika Kallio
FIN Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 2m 11.925
10. Julian Simon
SPA Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 2m 12.001

 

 

Moto2/Moto3 Jerez Test latest – Folger and Elias lead on day one

This week I am writing the test news for the Paddock Chatter website, so for full versions of all the latest on the Moto2 and Moto3 Jerez test follow these links:

For Moto3 news : http://www.paddockchatter.com/2013/03/moto3-test-folger-leads-way-on-jerez.html

For Moto2 news : http://www.paddockchatter.com/2013/03/moto2-test-elias-quickest-as-testing.html

If you read the content there you can discuss and comment too, below is a taster of both news articles:

 

Moto3:

The start of the final test ahead of the seasons opening race at Qatar saw clear skies and warm weather for the Moto2 and Moto3 riders on track at Jerez.

 

Making the most of the conditions ahead of tomorrows predicted heavy downpours was Jonas Folger who ended the day fastest with a time of 1m 47.149 for Aspar on his Kalex KTM. The German topped the list ahead of a trio of Spanish KTM riders with his nearest rival for speed, Estrella Galicia rider Alex Rins, 0.252 behind. The Spanish riders all did extensive testing of new parts and components – a move which could be wise if the weather changes as predicted.

 

There was little to separate Rins from his fellow countrymen Maverick Vinales (at the newly re-named Team Calvo, still the Laglisse team but changed due to a big sponsor deal with a canned fish company) and Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM, currently riding with a fever). All three have been a dominant force in the previous tests but could not match Folger, who went six tenths quicker than his own time at the last Jerez test.

 

The fastest non-KTM bike across the line belonged to Ambrogio Racing’s Brad Binder in fifth, who was the quickest Suter Honda rider ahead of his team-mate Danny Webb…

Moto2:

Former Moto2 world champion Toni Elias lead the way on day one at Jerez with his lap of 1m 43.365 on his Blusens Avintia a surprise for many who were expecting Pol Espargaro to get back to business as usual as he was the pace-setter the last time Moto2 tested at the track in February when he set the quickest time of that test with a 1m 42.332.

 

This four day test for the class is the first time the teams have been allowed to use their official Moto2 race engines, with the teams using their own engines during winter testing up to this point.

 

Elias fastest time from the final session lead in a slew of fast Kalex bikes in the close to ideal weather conditions, with the top six positions being dominated by the manufacturer. The top three was completed by Pons Kalex riders and team mates Tito Rabat and Espargaro, second placed Rabat was just 0.059 behind the fastest time after leading the opening session. It is the first occasion the Tuenti HP 40 rider has finished a testing day ahead of Espargaro.

 

The Italtrans pairing of Takaaki Nakagami and Julian Simon were fourth and fifth fastest ahead of fellow Kalex rider Mika Kallio for Marc VDS in sixth. The first non-Kalex bike on the timesheets was NGM Mobile Forward racing’s Alex De Angelis…

For more including the list of times for both classes just follow the links above!