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Moto2: Rea announces American partnership for a full racing season.

After a year of being a true privateer in Moto2 there was high hopes that Gino Rea would have shown enough of his talent and all of his determination and land a good ride for the 2014 season.

With competition for seats fierce and paying to ride instead of rewarding talent becoming, sadly, much more common Londoner Rea has not been one to sit back and let his career fall by the wayside.

So, after shifting between Gino Rea Montaze Broz  wild-card rides and a stand-in stint at Arginano & Gines for the flyaway rounds; giving the Spanish team their best performances; Rea has at least guaranteed he will again be present on the grid and this time he will have more stability, via American involvement in his own project, easing his funding worries.

Gino Rea

In Moto2 again for 2014, Gino Rea announces his new project. Image via Flickr and by the excellent Jared Earle, used under the creative commons agreement and licencing rules.

One again a one rider team, Rea will be based in the USA and riding under the World Motors/AGT Rea Racing banner.

Texas based World Motors will run the team and will be the only U.S. based entry in the championship. They bring with them American sponsor money from AGT, a green technology lighting company.

This continues a slow burning trend of increased American interest and presence in the MotoGP Paddock. Following on from Attack Performance and GP Tech’s wild-card performances and the addition of Austin to the calendar, the inclusion of the first U.S team arrives with the promising Josh Herrin being signed to ride for Caterham, pretty much the running the opposite of the Rea Team with an American rider at a British based team.

Rea had made a tremendous start to his Moto2 career when he scored a podium in his debut season in 2012 at the Malaysian Grand Prix. His Team for 2013 then withdrew leaving Gino ride-less, forcing him to pick up his game which he did amicably, forming his own team to ride and gaining donations via his own website, which he designed. The Brit even spread his wings far enough to start his own coffee company!

Rea will once again be using FTR, but will not be alone in doing so in 2014 as the NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team also switch to using the British chassis.

He will also not be the only Briton in the class after Scott Redding moved up to MotoGP and Danny Kent dropped back down for a stab at Moto3 glory as he will be joined by Sam Lowes at Speed Up.

Rea was, understandably elated:

“I couldn’t be any happier right now! 2013 was a difficult year for me and I’m over the moon that my hard work has brought me this amazing opportunity. Joining forces with Dave Peterson of World Motors Inc. and Martin R. de Rooy with the support of AGT (American Green Technology), to race in the full Moto2 Championship as a permanent team is just incredible. I am so grateful and I can’t wait to get started. It’s a very exciting time for us. We have worked extremely hard to make this happen and I believe we have the potential to do great things in 2014.

“This year we progressed a lot throughout the season and at the last race of the year as a privateer team, I showed what is capable by qualifying just 0.5 tenths from second position. I can’t wait to go testing and work logically and methodically with the bike, it’s something we never got to do this year.”

Full press release below where you can find out more about the new team and there are links too for all of this blogs previous Gino Rea content:

Previously on survival of the fastest:

Moto2:Recommended reading Gino Rea’s blog

Moto2: news and new merchandise from Gino Rea – Coffee

Moto2: Gino Rea has to wait for Le Mans to kick off season

Moto2: Gino Rea creates his own team for wild-card rides in 2013

Moto2: Gino needs you! Rea loses funding and place on 2013 grid

Don’t forget you can get involved to by visiting ginoreaclub.com or buying coffee (yes, coffee, why not?!) at ginoreacoffee.com

Press Release:

AGT REA RACING SET TO COMPETE IN THE 2014 MOTO2 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WITH GINO REA​

AGT (American Green Technology) will back World Motors Rea Racing team in their entry to the 2014 Moto2 class of World Motorcycle Grand Prix (MotoGP) on a full-season basis with their rider, Gino Rea.

Dave Peterson, President and CEO of World Motors, Inc., based in Austin, Texas, has joined forces with new Team Director Martin R. de Rooy in conjunction with Dave and Gino Rea of Rea Racing, to create World Motors Rea Racing LLC. Welcoming AGT on board as title sponsor, World Motors Rea Racing will be known as AGT Rea Racing in what will be the only American-based Moto2 World Motorcycle Grand Prix Racing Team.

AGT REA Racing will compete in what is arguably one of the most competitive motorcycling classes in the world with their debut race taking place under the floodlights of Qatar on March 23rd. Team owner Dave Peterson has expressed his excitement.

“We are excited to support our partner and rider Gino Rea in his quest for Moto2 glory in the 2014 World Championship,” states Peterson. “We’d like to thank AGT for all of their support and sponsorship. We look forward to a fun-filled and successful campaign”

Danny Bogar, CEO of AGT, compares the way in which AGT can transform the lighting industry to the rich history of motorcycling and the innovations in technology that are required to compete at an elite level. “Competing in business and sports is like anything else, you have to stay in the game and anticipate your next move and your competitors’ next move. Build a better bike or your competitor will build a better, faster bike. I like the parallels. It’s a fun sport that draws an international audience. We are happy to be a part of it.”

AGT Rea Racing rider Gino Rea has made a promising start to his Moto2 career. Debuting in Moto2 in 2012, he found the podium with a third place finish in the Malaysian Grand Prix . Unfortunately, Gino’s team withdrew just before the 2013 season and he was forced to run his own team and budget. Joining forces with the Montáže Brož European Superstock 600 team for the latter part of the 2013 season, Gino benefitted from a more professional set up and the support of a bigger crew. Gino’s talent did not go unnoticed and he was invited to substitute for an injured rider in the Argiñano & Ginés Racing Team. Despite the challenge of getting to know a new bike, Gino more than proved his worth, scoring the team four valuable Moto2 World Championship points and delivering their best performances of the season.

Gino had this to say about the new partnership, “I couldn’t be any happier right now! 2013 was a difficult year for me and I’m over the moon that my hard work has brought me this amazing opportunity. Joining forces with Dave Peterson of World Motors Inc. and Martin R. de Rooy with the support of AGT (American Green Technology), to race in the full Moto2 Championship as a permanent team is just incredible. I am so grateful and I can’t wait to get started. It’s a very exciting time for us. We have worked extremely hard to make this happen and I believe we have the potential to do great things in 2014.

“This year we progressed a lot throughout the season and at the last race of the year as a privateer team, I showed what is capable by qualifying just 0.5 tenths from second position. I can’t wait to go testing and work logically and methodically with the bike, it’s something we never got to do this year.”

Peterson further states, “I am just recovering from the initial terror and trepidation of forming an international racing team. After years of dreaming about this, it’s wonderful to see it become a reality. I’ve always had such a great passion for MotoGP. With Gino’s considerable talent and AGT’s quest for world markets, the decision to form a world class Moto2 Grand Prix team was easy and finally a realization of my dreams.”

The 2014 MotoGP season kicks off at Losail International Circuit on March 23, 2014 in Qatar. www.motogp.com

Learn more about AGT & Gino Rea

About American Green Technology:

American Green Technology® is a leader in efficient technologies and the manufacture and import of “magnetic induction lights”, the most energy efficient mass lighting solution. Boasting a life span over 100,000 hours, induction lights reduce energy costs by 50-70% and virtually eliminate maintenance. Primary markets include municipal, industrial and commercial applications. More than 1,500 independent lighting professionals represent American Green Technology across the United States, and internationally in more than a dozen countries. For more information about AGT, visit www.agtus.org or call 269-340-9975.

 

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Aragon race reports online now

Aragon Motorland  bought us three action packed races, no doubt you’ve heard about the Marquez/Pedrosa controversy (No dancing in HRC hospitality tonight, it was all about apologising!)

Terol Aragon

Back to winning ways, Terol in control in Aragon
Image via Team Aspar, editorial use only

No race direction intervention was required inMoto3 or Moto2, both had brilliant battles to the line!

For a Moto3 or Moto2 summary visit my report on PaddockChatter. For a more detailed race report for Moto2 and Moto3, you can visit my work at crash.net, where you can also find my analysis of the Redding/Espargaro Moto2 title battle.

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

Lorenzo V Olive – the internet never forgets!

After the many comparisons between Sunday’s most talked about Jerez MotoGP moment and that of Rossi/Gibernau another was to come via YouTube – featuring Lorenzo himself!

The old 1997 footage of Lorenzo not exactly putting the cleanest move on Jean Olive at what is now Lorenzo Corner has come back to haunt the Spanish World Champion, looks like the internet doesn’t forget if you chose to say ‘it wasn’t very correct, but this is racing” only to not accept the same from a young rider years later.

Lorenzo, who has also missed a race and been handed a disqualification  for a move he used on De Angelis back in 2005, has come a long way since then and morphed into a controlled rider who looks to the long game to secure world titles as much as he races. Maybe for now Marquez, despite all his previous form in Moto2 can be allowed the time to mature and know when a pass can be too hard (though it does make for a much more exciting race when you have someone a little unpredictable, so maybe everyone else can race a little harder and meet in the middle!)

Video below, so you can judge for yourself:

Image of the GP: Jerez – Lorenzo and Marquez

To take nothing away from the amazing ride by Dani Pedrosa and the awesome move he used to take the lead I’m fairly sure the moment that will be the hot topic until the paddock reconvenes in Le Mans in two weeks is illustrated in this image:

Lorenzo and Marquez jerez

Jorge Lorenzo greets Marc Marquez with a shake of the finger -as seen on t.v.

The picture is from the television coverage of parc ferme after the Spanish Grand Prix and illustrates Lorenzo’s view on Marquez’s move for second, which was hard enough to break his own fairing, and although Lorenzo has pretty much refused to be drawn to comment on the matter gives a good indication as to what he really thinks.

Marquez’s post race interviews made it clear that he thought he was only doing what was necessary to take position and race direction decided to take no further action as no-one crashed out (though they chose to speak with Moto3 rider Livio Loi for hitting John McPhee after Techer’s crash on his racing debut).

Who was right, Lorenzo or Marquez?

Would Lorenzo have been less bothered if he hadn’t been passed in his very own corner?

Did race direction do the right thing by not even speaking with the rookie?

Where is the point in a penalty points system if it is not used?

Did race direction show favoritism by speaking with Loi and not serial offender Marquez?

Will the King of Spain need to intervene as he did to get Lorenzo talking to Pedrosa?

Was everyone thinking of Rossi/Gibernau after?

In many ways this race posed more questions on how the season panned out than it answered, but it leaves a season to look forward to and something to talk about until then!

Moto3: Salom snatches last lap Qatar win

Moto3 was as hectic as ever as the lightweight class got the racing action under way at the floodlit Losail track, with Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Luis Salom taking the win after timing his push to the front perfectly.

Spaniard Salom achieved his second career win after pulling out a 0.4 second gap which was enough to see him lead over the line, ahead of a photo finish for second.
Coming out on top was Team Calvo’s Maverick Vinales by the slightest of margins, riding with painkillers as he is still troubled by his injury to his ring finger sustained in the final pre-season test. Saying in parc ferme after the race that he was able to push more in the latter stages as he learnt to deal with the pain he beat last years top rookie Alex Rins by the slimmest of margins.

Rins completed the podium by was given a run for his money by his team-mate at Estrella Galicia Alex Marquez who on catching the leading trio also lead the pack for a spell.

Jonas Folger was also battling at the front for the Aspar team but faded in the later stages and crossed the line in fifth, continuing the KTM dominance on his Kalex KTM.
Zulfahmi Khairuddin showed a return to the fighting form he displayed at the end of the 2012 season as he pushed his way up to sixth for the Red Bull KTM squad.

Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira was tfirst non-KTM finisher, riding his much improved Mahindra into seventh ahead of Arthur Sissis, with whom he enjoyed a race long tangle for position. The only other non-KTM to grace the top ten was Oliveira’s Mahindra team-mate class veteran Efren Vazquez in tenth.

Also making the top ten was Avant Tecno’s Niklas Ajo in ninth position.

British rider Danny Webb was eleventh for Ambrogio Racing just one place ahead of his colleague Brad Binder in 12th.

Completing the points scorers were Jasper Iwema in 13th and Jakub Kornfeil in 14h after an eventful race. The final point went to Romano Fenati in fifteenth, dashing the hopes he had of repeating his electirc second in Qatar in 2012.

Ana Carrasco finished 20th in her debut Moto2 race.

More from me on the race at crash.net and paddockchatter

Moto3 Qatar Race Result:

1. Luis Salom Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 38m 26.859
2. Maverick Viñales Team Calvo (KTM) 38m 27.276
3. Alex Rins Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 38m 27.282
4. Alex Marquez Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 38m 27.560
5. Jonas Folger Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 38m 27.775
6. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 38m 44.348
7. Miguel Oliveira Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 38m 44.425
8. Arthur Sissis Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 38m 46.214
9. Niklas Ajo Avant Tecno (KTM) 38m 55.825
10. Efren Vazquez Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 38m 55.854
11. Danny Webb Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 38m 56.299
12. Brad Binder Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 38m 56.358
13. Jasper Iwema RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 39m 6.075
14. Alexis Masbou Ongetta-Rivacold (FTR Honda) 39m 6.274
15. Romano Fenati San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 39m 6.310
16. Jack Miller Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 39m 6.656
17. Philipp Oettl Paddock TT Motion Events (Kalex KTM) 39m 17.705
18. Alessandro Tonucci La Fonte Tascaracing (Honda) 39m 17.952
19. Toni Finsterbusch Kiefer Racing (Kalex KTM) 39m 18.077
20. Ana Carrasco Team Calvo (KTM) 39m 18.125
21. Juanfran Guevara CIP Moto3 (TSR Honda) 39m 18.188
22. Jakub Kornfeil Redox RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 39m 20.604
23. Francesco Bagnaia San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 39m 21.550
24. Matteo Ferrari Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 39m 21.807
25. Florian Alt Kiefer Racing (Kalex KTM) 39m 22.095
26. Eric Granado Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM) 39m 30.460
27. Hyuga Watanabe La Fonte Tascaracing (Honda) 39m 49.899
28. Lorenzo Baldassarri GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda) 39m 50.037

Moto3: Salom battles to pole in Qatar

The junior and middle classes of grand prix racing provided their expected tenseness and excitement as both Moto2 and Moto3’s qualifying sessions went down to the wire, with the dusty track seemingly not troubling either group of riders.

In Moto3 Luis Salom stormed to pole with a new fastest lap around Losail under the Qatar floodlights. The runner-up in 2012 was fastest overall in free practice and continued his excellent start to his factory KTM career by taking the top spot for Red Bull ahead of title rival Maverick Vinales.

Vinales, who is still adapting to the injury he picked up in his Jerez testing crash and experencing pain took second for Team Calvo ahead of fellow Spaniard Alex Rins, last seasons top rookie rider. The trio also made for an all KTM top three.

Jonas Folger found himself knocked down to fifth for Mapfre Aspar on the Kalex KTM, while the improved Mahinda was the first non-Kalex on the timesheets, Miguel Oliveira finishing fifth for the team. Alan Techer was the highest placed Honda rider in sixth for CIP.

More on this story at crash.net and paddockchatter

Moto3 Qualifying result:

  1. Luis Salom Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 2m 7.229
    2. Maverick Viñales Team Calvo (KTM) 2m 7.337
    3. Alex Rins Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 2m 7.596
    4. Jonas Folger Mapfre Aspar (Kalex KTM) 2m 7.894
    5. Miguel Oliveira Mahindra (Mahindra) 2m 8.409
    6. Alan Techer CIP Moto3 (TSR Honda) 2m 8.471
    7. Jakub Kornfeil Redox RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 2m 8.482
    8. Efren Vazquez Mahindra (Mahindra) 2m 8.521s
    9. Alex Marquez Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 2m 8.556
    10. Arthur Sissis Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 2m 8.567
    11. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 2m 8.575
    12. Romano Fenati San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 2m 8.784
    13. Isaac Viñales Bimbo-Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 2m 8.988
    14. Niccolò Antonelli GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda) 2m 9.107
    15. Danny Webb Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 2m 9.405
    16. Niklas Ajo Avant Tecno (KTM) 2m 9.750
    17. Brad Binder Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 2m 9.885
    18. Jasper Iwema RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM) 2m 9.911s
    19. Alexis Masbou Ongetta-Rivacold (FTR Honda) 2m 10.158
    20. John McPhee Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 2m 10.195
    21. Jack Miller Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 2m 10.221
    22. Juanfran Guevara CIP Moto3 (TSR Honda) 2m 10.443
    23. Ana Carrasco Team Calvo (KTM) 2m 10.520s
    24. Toni Finsterbusch Kiefer Racing (Kalex KTM) 2m 10.688
    25. Eric Granado Mapfre Aspar Team (Kalex KTM) 2m 10.798
    26. Alessandro Tonucci La Fonte Tascaracing (Honda) 2m 10.939
    27. Philipp Oettl Paddock TT Motion Events (Kalex KTM) 2m 11.000
    28. Florian Alt Kiefer Racing (Kalex KTM) 2m 11.047
    29. Francesco Bagnaia San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 2m 11.284
    30. Lorenzo Baldassarri GO&FUN Gresini (FTR Honda) 2m 11.286
    31. Matteo Ferrari Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 2m 11.775
    32. Hyuga Watanabe La Fonte Tascaracing (Honda) 2m 12.542

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

Moto2: Espargaro takes over for day two of testing

As the lap times started to drop Pol Espargaro rose to the top on day two for the Pons Tuenti HP 40 team with a fastest lap of 1m 35.191.

Pol Espargaro Moto2 Valencia 2013 test

Espargaro takes over on day two
Image via the Ricardo Tormo official facebook page

Espargaro only just outpaced yesterday’s leader, local rider Nico Terol, who was second quickest aboard the Aspar and just a couple of tenths adrift.

Interwetten rider Tom Luthi jumped up the list to third, with Italtrans racer Simon the fourth rider to dip under 1m 36, with the top eleven all within a second of of Espargaro.

British championship hopeful Scott Redding was eighth for Marc VDS, current Moto3 champion Sandro Cortese finished the second day 26th.

Marcel Schrotter will take no further part in the test due to damage to his motorbike from his crash yesterday.

Full day two Moto2 test result:

1- Pol Espargaro – Tuenti HP 40   1’35.520
2- Nico Terol – Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 + 0.213
3- Thomas Luthi – Interwetten Paddock + 0.427
4- Julian Simon – Italtrans Racing Team + 0.473
5- Tito Rabat – Tuenti HP 40   + 0.503
6- Johann Zarco – CAME Iodaracing Project + 0.508
7- Takaaki Nakagami – Italtrans Racing Team + 0.531
8- Scott Redding – Marc VDS Racing Team + 0.582
9- Simone Corsi – NGM Mobile Racing + 0.672
10- Jordi Torres – Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 + 0.770
11- Mika Kallio – Marc VDS Racing Team + 0.994
12- Dominique Aegerter – Technomag carXpert + 1.319
13- Anthony West – QMMF Racing Team + 1.348
14- Alex De Angelis – NGM Mobile Forward Racing + 1.350
15- Toni Elias – Blusens Avintia + 1.363
16- Xavier Simeon – Maptaq SAG Zelos Team + 1.566
17- Axel Pons – Tuenti HP 40 + 1.669
18- Mattia Pasini – NGM Mobile Racing + 1.876
19- Ratthapark Wilairot – Honda Gresini Moto2 + 2.076
20- Ricky Cardus – NGM Mobile Forward Racing + 2.205
21- Yuki Takahashi – Idemitsu Honda Team Asia + 2.208
22- Mike Di Meglio – JiR Moto2 – MotoBI – + 2.238
23- Danny Kent – Tech 3 Racing – Tech 3 Mistral 610 – + 2.491
24- Randy Krummenacher – Technomag carXpert – Suter MMX2 – + 2.914
25- Steven Odendaal – Argiñano & Gines Racing – Speed Up SF13 – + 3.020
26- Sandro Cortese – Dynavolt Intact GP – Kalex Moto2 – + 3.025
27- Louis Rossi – Tech 3 Racing – Tech 3 Mistral 610 – + 3.286
28- Doni Tata Pradita – Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 – Suter MMX2 – + 3.412
29- Kyle Smith – Blusens Avintia – Kalex Moto2 – + 3.451
30- Alberto Moncayo – Argiñano & Gines Racing – Speed Up SF13 – + 4.670
31- Rafid Topan Sucipto – QMMF Racing Team – Speed Up SF13 – + 7.139

MotoGP pre-season test calendar for all classes

As we now enter the part of the year where excitement is building for the fast approaching new season of racing there is starting to be many thing to get excited about from promo events and videos to the unveiling of the new bikes and their 2013 paint jobs.

Now we just need to see those bikes in action, which means pre-season testing!

Here’s some dates to keep an eye out for to see how your favourite teams and riders are shaping up:

3-4th February  MotoGP CRT – Sepang

5-6th February MotoGP  – Sepang

12-14 February Moto2/Moto3 – Valencia

19-21 February Moto2/Moto3 – Jerez

26-28 February MotoGP – Sepang

12-14 March HRC MotoGP – Austin

18-21 March Moto2/Moto3 – Jerez

23-25 March MotoGP Jerez

Interesting points of note: CRT test first to allow time to work on new ECU specifications for the season, Honda elected to have a private test at the Circuit of the Americas ahead of the inaugural grand prix, weekend of 19-21 April.

The opening round of the 2013 season kicks of with the night race in Qatar, 5-7 April.