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MotoGP: Lorenzo reveals Indianapolis ‘Green Mamba’ helmet

Lorenzo GREEN Mamba

Jorge Lorenzo’s green mamba special edition Indianapolis helmet

Social media fan Jorge Lorenzo used various social platforms to reveal his Indianapolis weekend special – Green Mamba.

The current World Champion often uses his black mamba themed lid and this special helmet for the Brickyard round sticks to that theme in a rather loud and proud shade of green. The rest of the field should find the Spaniard pretty hard to miss!

Image via Jorge Lorenzo’s official Facebook page.

Vamos mamba verde!

MotoGP: Stefan Bradl – A nice new livery to go with a nice new contract!

The Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix has already been good for Stefan Bradl before he’s even turned a tyre in an official session.

Bradl Red Bull Indianapolis

New Paint job, new contract…now all he needs is a podium finish to put a cherry on top!
Bradl poses with his LCR Honda and some very famous bricks- image via LCR Honda, editorial use only

He already has an eye-catching, Red Bull sponsor themed new paint job for the weekend – but that’s small-fry after officially signing to ride for LCR for the 2014 season.

The German former Moto2 champion, who achieved his best performance to date with his first podium (finishing 2nd) from his maiden pole in Laguna Seca had previously also briefly lead his home race at the Sachsenring last month, and now returns from the summer break with a lot to celebrate.

LCR’s statement, released on Thursday said:

“LCR Honda Team is pleased to announce that Stefan Bradl has confirmed the agreement with Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) to line up as a Honda “factory supported” rider competing for the LCR Team in the 2014 MotoGP World Championship.”

Bradl Himself went on to add:

“HRC’s support was extremely important for me in my first season in the premier class and, with their direct cooperation, I achieved my first podium in the top class this year,” Bradl comments. “I am happy to continue with Lucio’s Team because we know each other very well now and we have built a professional and friendly atmosphere in the team which allows me to be at 100% every race.”

Team Manager Lucio Cecchinello remains happy to have Bradl on board and reflected on the recent podium, an achievement for not just Bradl, but the whole LCR outfit:

“Being a part of HRC’s program and continuing our sport project with Stefan through to 2014 make us very happy and very proud. Stefan has amazed everybody at his debut in 2012 and is now showing his progress in the MotoGP class. His first MotoGP podium was a great result for him and for the whole Team so, from our side, we will do our best to support Stefan in 2014.”

Yet for the rumour mill it is another door slammed shut.

With 2014 rides in short supply and a lot of speculation remaining someone will have to miss out.

As it stands:

Factory Yamaha –  Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo remain under contract until 2014

Repsol Honda – Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez remain under contract until 2014

Ducati Team  – Andrea Dovizioso is under contract until 2014. He is Joined by Cal Crutchlow with a contract up to the 2015 season.

Tech3 Yamaha – Bradley Smith and the incoming Pol Espargaro under contract until 2014, though Espargaro is contracted to Yamaha up to 2015.

LCRHonda –  Stefan Bradl has a new contract for the 2014 season

Gresini Honda – Alvaro Baurista is contracted to the end of the 2014 season

Pramac Ducati – Ben Spies is under contract for the 2014 season

The CRT seats are a little more open ended with little definite to go on yet.

There is strong rumour that Gresini at least will have a second bike , this time thought to be a production racer which is hotly rumored to be filled by Brit Moto2 leader Scott Redding. He confirmed at the recent BT Sport launch that he will definitely be making the move up to the top tier of MotoGP racing, but did not reveal with which team he has made the move.

The other main satellite machine yet to be confirmed is Andrea Iannone’s Pramac seat, though he is expected to renew shortly.

With the injection of Honda machinery and Yamaha engines the world of CRT is morphing away from where it currently stands, Forward Racing have already announced they will be using Yamaha power in the hope of becoming more competitive.

Nicky Hayden’s seat at Ducati was quickly filled by Crutchlow, with the American having made no announcement as of yet of what his future holds.

So, for the meantime, ‘silly season’ continues…

Moto3: Image of the day – If you can’t beat them…have a sit down!

So…it’s a bit early in the weekend for an ‘Image of the GP’ but the sight of Luis Salom commandeering the marshals deckchair after his engine blew was one of the true comedy tinged moments in a scary-type-of-crash filled weekend.

Salom has not had a lot of luck when it come to reaching the end of a qualifying session on his Red Bull KTM Ajo bike of late, but this time instead of a strop into his garage (often followed by a strop to behind the garage, away from the cameras) he rather refreshingly plonked himself in the deckchair vacated by the marshal, the type of which I have not seen in action since my own trips to the beach as a kid in the 1980’s, and sat there until he was retrieved by scooter and returned to the team in the pits. Awesome behaviour. Image below:

Salom deckchair sachsenring germany 2013

If you can’t beat them, err watch them!
Image via bbc’s stream of the Moto3 coverage supplied by Dorna/MotoGP.com, for editorial and comedy use only.

 

 

Moto3: Kent steals win in dramatic final corner at Valencia

Valencia gave us an all KTM podium with Brit Danny Kent leading the way after catching championship winner Sandro Cortese by surprise going into the final corner and despite the German riders frantic final effort to slipstream back, the Tech3 Moto2 bound Englishman took the top step of the podium, meanwhile a courageous race from 17th saw Malaysian rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin move through the pack, overtaking Brad Binder late on for third.

For a full fact packed race report follow the link to crash.net where you can comment and debate on all the action from the final Moto3 race of the season:

http://www.crash.net/motogp/race+report/185995/1/moto3_kent_takes_last_corner_win_at_valencia.html

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

Marc Marquez and his awesome gold ant championship winning helmet!

Marc Márquez – 2012 Moto2™ World Champion

Marquez with fancy gold winners helmet and obligatory can of Red Bull!
Image via MotoGP.com

In keeping with my interest in MotoGP helmet designs here is an image of Marc Marquez holding aloft his special world championship winning effort.

It’s his usual graphic of an ant, stylised unlike his mascot version into a pattern and in gold, which surely must irk Ant West a little as he was definitely using the whole Ant logo thing first, it is his name after all.

Fellow WordPress blogger Vicente Vila has a great image of the lid over on his tres ruedas blog on the page where he gives you the Repsol generated winners interview (crash.net have also run this in English if you do not read Spanish!). See it here:

http://tresruedas.wordpress.com/2012/10/29/marquez-no-voy-a-desaprovechar-la-oportunidad-de-motogp/

 

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 on pole for Phillip Island race

Winner of the inaugural Moto3 crown Sandro Cortese finished top of the timesheets for the Red Bull Ajo KTM team ahead of Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix from Phillip Island, with fellow countryman Jonas Folger starting second for Mapfre Aspar. Efren Vazquez was a more unusual face for the front row qualifying third for the JHK T-shirt Laglisse team.

Japanese race winner and Cortese’s team mate Danny Kent returned to form in fifth, fellow Danny and Brit Danny Webb didn’t qualify for Mahindra as they lacked the spare parts to repair his engine woes.

Malaysian rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin stormed to fifth after missing most of the session with bike issues for the Air Asia sponsored KTM Ajo team.

Curious where the rest qualified? check out my full race report available from crash.net at this link:

http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/185511/1/moto3_cortese_eases_to_pole_at_damp_phillip_island.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

Moto3: Khairuddin makes history with first pole at home Sepang Grand prix

Birthday boy Zulfahmi Khairuddin gave himself the best present possible by setting yet another first for a Malaysian rider by achieving his first ever pole position for Sunday’s Moto3 race at the Sepang Circuit.

Fahmi has already set a record for the most points scored by a Malaysian rider in a season long before the season has ended as well as best start and finishing results on his Air Asia sponsored Ajo KTM.

He is joined on the front row by the resurgent Jonas Folger who has shown what he is made of repeatedly since moving to Aspar and fellow German Sandro Cortese who will be looking to wrap up the Moto3 championship aboard his Red Bull Ajo KTM.

This means that KTM/Kalex Ktm make up the entire front row of the grid.

Vinales was already on his way back to Spain after his shock departure, read more here:

https://survivalofthefastest.wordpress.com/2012/10/19/moto3-maverick-vinales-quits-blusens-avintia/

for my full race report at crash.net and more comment and discussion click here:

http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/185282/1/moto3_dream_home_pole_for_zulfahmi_khairuddin.html