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Moto3: Here come the girls – Maria Herrera to wild-card in Aragon!

Now also here: http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/194766/1/moto3_maria_herrera_gets_aragon_wild-card.html

Team Calvo’s Ana Carrasco will have some female company for her next home round as she is to be joined by Maria Herrera in Aragon.

Herrera aragon

Herrera tasting victory in Aragon, will more success come to her here?
Image via Herrera’s blog at http://mariaherrera6.blogspot.co.uk – why not visit for a read on her win? (In Spanish!)

Aragon just so happens to be the scene of the 16-year-old Estrella Galicia Junior Team riders first win, the first for any female rider in any class of the Spanish Championship.

For the win, she had her motor racing family present, good friend and mentor Go & Fun Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista was in the paddock and also commentated on the race, while fellow Estrella rider in Moto3 in the World Championship Alex Rins was her ‘umbrella boy’.

The 16-year-old is currently third in the Moto3 class of the Spanish championship for the Estrella Galicia Junior Team with 43 points, only ten points adrift of leader Marcos Ramirez with four races remaining.

It is her second season racing in the Moto3 class of the CEV.

Alvaro Bautista has been instrumental in getting her career moving in the right direction, he is also her training partner and financial backer and according to his interview with gpone, the man who introduced her to Emilio Alzamora, the Estrella Galicia and Monlau Competiticion team and school owner and the man who bought you Marc Marquez and future stars like his younger brother Alex Marquez and Alex Rins, who currently ride for him in Moto3.

Bautista told the Italian publication:

I had recommended her to Alzamora, because I knew she was good. It’s a bit like me, she is a racer who wants to understand everything, she isn’t good ‘by chance’, because she rides for the sake of it. Emilio offered her a chance and her talent did the rest”.

The Aragon round of the Moto3 championship takes place on the weekend of 27-29 September.

MotoGP: Pedrosa joins the casualty list in Sachsenring after FP3 Crash

After Jorge Lorenzo’s heroics in Assen it was inevitable that his practice crash on Friday would lead to a withdrawal when he was pictured instantly clutching his shoulder.

However in a crash in FP3 that could kick the championship race wide open Dani Pedrosa took a tumble and immediately grabbed his arm, being a little on the delicate side and having already endured five operations on his left collarbone and had two relatively recent breaks to it in Motegi in 2010 and Le Mans in 2011, he is currently on his way for further tests in Chemnitz Hospital.

The most shocking element of his crash was when he hit his head – with enough force to rip the visor from his helmet.

While hoping for a speedy recovery for one of the main title contenders here’s an image of the damage to Pedrosa’s helmet, posted by his Factory Honda team…

Pedrosa Sachsenring fp3 crash helmet damage

Get well soon Dani – damage to Pedrosa’s Arai which did such a good job of protecting his head in his FP3 crash at the Sachsenring, Germany.
Image via Repsol Honda at Twitter, editorial use only

…and an image of the crash, a free video of the accident is now available at MotoGP.com for all registered users…

Pedrosa in the air after his highside on a slow lap of the Sachsenring Image credit to MotoGP.com on Twitter @motogp

Pedrosa in the air after his highside on a slow lap of the Sachsenring
Image credit to MotoGP.com on Twitter @motogp ediorial use only, under fair use act

MotoGP: First look at the Honda Factory Team 2013 livery

After a whole half an hour build up from BBC reporter Matt Roberts and an interesting chat with HRC riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez the main event arrived – the unveiling of the 2013 Honda bike.

Not as drastic a change as was promised, less blue, more white, but still plenty of orange! A noticable difference given how hard it is to work a new scheme around a major sponsors set colours, and still looks traditionally Repsol Honda enough for the fans.

Here’s the official picture from @hrc_motogp :

Photo by hrc_motogp“We are very proud to present our 2013 riders and new livery!”

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.

 

Provisional FIM MotoGP entry list announced

A full list of 24 riders has been announced for the MotoGp 2013 season, half of which are CRT entries.

Avintia are yet to reveal who will supply their engine while it appears Jorge Lorenzo will ride with his regular 99 and not take the number one available to him as current World Champion. The list also reveals that the Paul Bird Motorsports team will feature, as long rumoured, Yonny Hernandez on James Ellison’s old Aprillia ART seat but after much speculation he will be joined by Michael Laverty on a PBM machine. There is one place yet to be filled as Petrucci is awaiting his partner at Ioda.

Full list below, * denotes a CRT entry:

Yamaha Factory Racing (Yamaha)

46 Valentino Rossi (ITA)

99 Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)

Repsol Honda Team (Honda)

26 Dani Pedrosa (SPA)

93 Marc Marquez (SPA)

Ducati Team (Ducati)

4 Andrea Dovisoso (ITA)

69 Nicky Hayden (USA)

Monster Yamaha Tech3 (Yamaha)

35 Cal Crutchlow (GBR)

38 Bradley Smith (GBR)

Pramac Racing Team (Ducati)

11 Ben Spies (USA)

29 Andrea Iannone (ITA)

LCR Honda MotoGP (Honda)

Stefan Bradl (GER)

Go & Fun Honda Gresini (Honda)

19 Alvaro Bautista (SPA)

67 Bryan Staring (AUS) (FTR Honda)*

Power Electronics Aspar (ART)*

14 Randy de Puniet (FRA)

41 Aleix Espargaro (SPA)

Avintia Blusens (FTR)*

8 Hector Barbera (SPA)

7 Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)

NGM Mobile Forward Racing (FTR Kawasaki)*

5 Colin Edwards (USA)

71 Claudio Corti (ITA)

Cardion AB Motoracing (ART)*

17 Karel Abraham (CZE)

Paul Bird Motorsport (ART & PBM)*

68 Yonny Hernandez (COL) (ART)

33 Michael Laverty (GBR) (PBM)

Came IodaRacing Project (Ioda-Suter)*

9 Danilo Petrucci (ITA)

TBC

 

Moto3: Girl Racers? Ana Carrasco set to be first female Moto3 rider at Laglisse

Ana Carrasco looks certain to become Moto3’s first female participant after talking of her deal with the JHK T-shirt Laglisse outfit for 2013.

The 15 year old currently rides for the team in the CEV Buckler Moto3 category of the Spanish championship on a Honda and ahead of the final round is 17th in the standings with 20 points and is one of three girls to compete, alongside Montserrat Costa and Repsol sponsored Maria Herrera.

The Laglisse team used a FTR Honda for the majority of the 2012 season but are expected to switch to KTM for 2013, a move mentioned by Carrassco on her Twitter feed, where her status confirms her promotion to the junior class:

“Confirmed on the IRTA list for Moto3 World Championship 2013 KTM will run with the team Laglisse.”

The teams other riders are yet to be confirmed but they are looking to change their entire line up – Vaquez has already announced his move to Mahindra – and are rumoured in the Spanish press to be the team most interested in paying the fee to release Maverick Vinales from his Blusens Avintia contract.

Carrassco will not run with her usual number 32 as that is currently used by Isaac Vinales, who remains in Moto3 after a move to the CBC Corse team where he is joined by newcomer Matteo Farrari, and will instead use 22 – the old number of team director and former 125cc race winner Pablo Nieto.

For full details and to comment or discuss further see my full article here at crash.net:

http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/186269/1/moto3_ana_carrasco_to_become_first_female_moto3_rider.html

Moto2; Marquez storms from last to first for Valencia victory

Perhaps he should always start from the back? In a repeat of his Motegi feat Marc Marquez once again aggressively stormed his way through the entire field to a clear and easy win.

It was the newly crowned champions ninth win of the season, and set a new points record for intermediate class racing, beating the old figures set by Daijiro Kato  during the 2001 250cc season.

Julian Simon did all he could to keep Marquez at bay for Blusens Avintia, but eventually had to settle for second, leaving him still without a Moto2 race win.

Making it an all Spanish podium and a great day at his home track where he has just officially had a corner named after him was Nico Terol, it is also his Aspar teams home race giving them something to celebrate too after Folger’s problems in Moto3. Terol’s third is his first top ten finish of the season.

All the top six finishers were Suters, the first Kalex to cross the line was Mika Kallio’s Marc VDS bike in seventh.

For a full race rundown and to comment and get involved in an active discussion community see my full report at crash.net:

http://www.crash.net/motogp/race+report/185998/1/moto2_marquez_storms_through_the_field_for_valencia_win.html

 

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

Moto2: Espargaro waits it out for Valencia pole after late crash

Pol Espargaro took pole in Valencia’s Moto2 qualifying session at the Ricardo Tormo circuit but a late crash meant an anxious few minutes of sweating it out in the pits were needed as the laps got faster for most as the clock ticked down.

Espargaro’s time was a new pole lap record for Moto2 at the Cheste track, his eighth pole of the season and his fourth in a row.

Marc Marquez was second fastest but starts from the back for Sunday’s race after he was penalised for his agressive collision with Ioda’s Simone Corsi in FP2. In the press conference he promised to “make something crazy” to perform well in the race, he has already shown the capability to win from last this season at Motegi.

Third was Tom Luthi who nudged out Italtrans rider Nakagami at the last second, but he will make the front row after Marquez demotion is taken into account.

Moto2 at Valencia always throws up an interesting result with Karel Abraham the surprise winner two years ago and last years rostrum consisting of winner Michele Pirro, who gave it all in memory to Simoncelli for Gresini, Mika Kallio, and Dominique Aegerter, who on getting his first podium promptly had his long hair cut off in celebration in parc ferme!

For a detailed qualifying run down and to see where you favourite riders start on Sunday see my qualifying report at crash.net, available here:

www.crash.net/motogp/news/185977/1/moto2_espargaro_on_valencia_pole_despite_a_crash.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/