Image of the GP, Motegi: A picture of determination!

Many picture-worthy things occurred over the Japanese Grand Prix weekend at Motegi, from that helmet to the first championship being sealed in Moto2.

So I figured it was more interesting to pick an image depicting something more likely to have been missed in all the Motegi madness.

Here’s the Japanese Image of the GP, A picture of determination and dedication:

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Michael Laverty shows his dedication to the cause and uses a good old fashioned push to get the job done after running out of fuel. Image shared by Michael Laverty himself via Twitter, editorial use only.

Out of fuel? Clearly in the Laverty household that is no excuse for giving up. The PBM CRT bike was pushed over the line in 19th place, leaving Laverty as the last finisher not to be lapped.

Though not the first rider to use the technique in recent years, hello Julian Simon after his crash at Le Mans in 2012, it is unusual to see near a race end, they usually just hold on a take a lift back with a team-mate!

That kind of dedication to your team will hopefully secure something good for Michael Laverty in 2014.


Moto2/Moto3 Jerez Test latest – Vinales fastest but injures hand, Espargaro back in control

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:

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


With the weather improving after the downpours of Tuesday, after a short delay to allow the track to fully dry it was back to business at the Spanish circuit.


Team Calvo rider Maverick Vinales topped the timesheets with a 1m 46.603 aboard his KTM, but will take no further part in testing after crashing at Criville corner, the fastest on the circuit, during the Moto3 only session. The young Spaniard got his hand caught under the handlebars, causing a lost nail and damage to the tissue of his third finger. Vinales headed to Barcelona for further medical checks with it currently seeming that surgery will not be necessary and is expected to recover quickly enough to be ready for the opening race of the year at Qatar.


The title favourite explained his mixed feelings on finishing fastest after the crash:

“On one hand I’m happy because we did a great pace and we have worked hard and well. Every day I feel more comfortable on the bike and the connection is very good. But it was a shame next was the fall. Now it’s time to be calm and recover for Qatar”.


Vinales time today was the fastest of the test so far and quicker than the fastest time at the previous Jerez test, a 1m46.805, which he also set.


It was another strong day for KTM/Kalex KTM with the manufacturer having a stranglehold on the top three and taking up nine of the top ten places.


Second fastest was early leader in the morning session Alex Rins who was just 0.086 slower with a time he set in the final session for the Estrella Galicia 0,0 team, German rider Jonas Folger, who was top on day one, made the top three for Aspar…


As the sun returned to the Spanish circuit so did the full field of Moto2 riders with Tuenti HP 40 rider Pol Espargaro leading the way aboard his Pons Kalex, setting a time of 1m 42.636, the fastest of the test so far though just shy of the Spaniards own time of 1m 42.332 from the first test at the track in February. His progress meant Espargaro elected to sit out the third session altogether.


Fastest in the final session of the day to grab second was Italtrans rider Takaaki Nakagami who didn’t break the 1m 43 mark and was 0.467 adrift of the top time. Third place was filled by his team-mate, Julian Simon, making it an all Kalex/Pons Kalex top three.


British rider Scott Redding scored an impressive fourth fastest place, the Marc VDS Kalex man also completing a race simulation run during his track time…

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

Moto2: Espargaro top, crash for Luthi on final day of test

Pol Espargaro maintained his slender lead over Aspar rider Nico Terol, with Julian Simon placing his Italtrans in the top three fastest times, the only racers to dip under 1m 35, though all riders at the test set their fastest test times on day three.

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Espargaro remains fastest on day three
Image by Circuit Ricardo Tormo at Facebook

Swiss Interwetten rider Tom Luthi fractured his arm and collarbone in a collision with Gresini’s Ratthapark Wiliarot and will need surgery on his injuries, prior to the crash he had set his best time and was fifth fastest on day three. Wiliarot was treated at the circuit for a head injury.

CEV Moto2 champion Jordi Torres was an impressive fourth fastest for Aspar, the highest placed Brit was Scott Redding in eighth for Marc VDS – Danny Kent was 24th for Tech3 and right behind him was Blusdens Avintia’s Kyle Smith who finished the test 25th fastest.

The next Moto2 official test takes place in Jerez 19-21 February.

Full Moto2 day three times:

1. Pol Espargaro SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Pons Kalex) 1m 34.577s
2. Nicolas Terol SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 1m 34.777s
3. Julian Simon SPA Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 34.981s
4. Jordi Torres SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 1m 35.084s
5. Thomas Luthi SWI Interwetten Paddock (Suter) 1m 35.093s
6. Takaaki Nakagami JPN Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 35.122s
7. Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 35.293s
8. Esteve Rabat SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Pons Kalex) 1m 35.317s
9. Simone Corsi ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 1m 35.365s
10. Johann Zarco FRA Came IodaRacing Project (Suter) 1m 35.399s
11. Dominique Aegerter SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 1m 35.555s
12. Axel Pons SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Pons Kalex) 1m 35.630s
13. Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 35.769s
14. Toni Elias SPA Blusens Avintia (Kalex) 1m 35.911s
15. Xavier Simeon BEL Maptaq SAG Zelos Team (Kalex) 1m 36.039s
16. Ricky Cardus SPA NGM Mobile Forward Racing (Speed Up) 1m 36.347s
17. Anthony West AUS QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 1m 36.434s
18. Mattia Pasini ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 1m 36.485s
19. Ratthapark Wilairot THA Honda Gresini Moto2 (Suter) 1m 36.531s
20. Alex De Angelis RSM NGM Mobile Forward Racing (Speed Up) 1m 36.722s
21. Sandro Cortese GER Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 1m 36.733s
22. Yuki Takahashi JPN Idemitsu Honda Team Asia (Moriwaki) 1m 36.862s
23. Steven Odendaal RSA Argiñano & Gines Racing (Speed Up) 1m 37.159s
24. Danny Kent GBR Tech 3 (Tech 3) 1m 37.330s
25. Kyle Smith GBR Blusens Avintia (Kalex) 1m 37.378s
26. Randy Krummenacher SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 1m 37.389s
27. Mike Di Meglio FRA JIR Moto2 (MotoBI) 1m 37.571s
28. Louis Rossi FRA Tech 3 (Tech 3) 1m 37.662s
29. Alberto Moncayo SPA Argiñano & Gines Racing (Speed Up) 1m 38.097s
30. Doni Tata Pradita INA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 (Suter) 1m 38.266s

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.

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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

Moto2:Terol just quickest at first test

Nico Terol had his Suter under control and was fastest on the opening day of testing for Moto2 for the Mapfre Aspar team at the Ricardo Tormo circuit at Valencia.

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Nico Terol – fastest- but only just.
Image by Circuit da la Valencia Ricardo Tormo via their official facebook page

Spaniard Terol’s fastest time of the day – 1m 35.926 – was only just ahead of his fellow countryman Julian Simon who rides for Italtrans in 2013, Simon setting a time just +0.025 slower. Last seasons runner-up and favourite to take the 2013 title was third fastest overall but quickest in the afternoon session for the Pons Tuenti HP 40 team.

British title hopeful Scott Redding, who will benefit from the new 215kg combined bike and rider weight limit for the class, was the fourth fastest for Marc VDS after the Spanish dominated top three times, with very little to chose between fourth and tenth in the results.

Fellow Brits Kyle Smith (Blusens Avintia) and Danny Kent ( Tech3) were down in 27th and 28th respectively on their debuts.

Reigning Moto3 champion Sandro Cortese continues learning his new bike on his move up to Moto2 and finished the day in 24th for Dynavolt Intact GP.

Full Day 1 Moto2 result:

1- Nico Terol – Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 – 1’35.926
2- Julian Simon – Italtrans Racing Team + 0.025
3- Pol Espargaro – Tuenti HP 40 + 0.180
4- Scott Redding – Marc VDS Racing Team + 0.411
5- Takaaki Nakagami – Italtrans Racing Team + 0.517
6- Simone Corsi – NGM Mobile Racing + 0.518
7- Jordi Torres – Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 + 0.531
8- Tito Rabat – Tuenti HP 40 + 0.605
9- Thomas Luthi – Interwetten Paddock + 0.703
10- Toni Elias – Blusens Avintia + 0.926
11- Alex De Angelis – NGM Mobile Forward Racing + 1.148
12- Mika Kallio – Marc VDS Racing Team + 1.312
13- Xavier Simeon – Maptaq SAG Zelos Team + 1.413
14- Dominique Aegerter – Technomag carXpert + 1.428
15- Axel Pons – Tuenti HP 40 + 1.605
16- Mattia Pasini – NGM Mobile Racing + 1.753
17- Anthony West – QMMF Racing Team + 1.875
18- Mike Di Meglio – JiR Moto2 + 1.996
19- Johann Zarco – CAME Iodaracing Project + 2.214
20- Ricky Cardus – NGM Mobile Forward Racing + 2.403
21- Marcel Schrotter – Desguaces La Torre SAG Team + 2.465
22- Randy Krummenacher – Technomag carXpert + 2.590
23- Ratthapark Wilairot – Honda Gresini Moto2 + 2.590
24- Sandro Cortese – Dynavolt Intact GP + 2.796
25- Louis Rossi – Tech 3 Racing + 2.800
26- Yuki Takahashi – Idemitsu Honda Team Asia + 3.000
27- Kyle Smith – Blusens Avintia + 3.150
28- Danny Kent – Tech 3 Racing + 3.258
29- Doni Tata Pradita – Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 + 3.737
30- Rafid Topan Sucipto – QMMF Racing Team + 5.505

MotoGP/Moto2: Simon disagrees with Stoner’s Simoncelli comments

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Simon and Simoncelli together in Austrailia
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Julian Simon takes issue with the content of Casey Stoner’s most recent interview on why he chose to exit MotoGP.

Italtrans Moto2 rider and former 125cc champion Julian Simon used a recent interview on Spanish radio to challenge Casey Stoner’s views on how he felt that Marco Simoncelli’s death in 2011 at the Sepang Grand Prix has been brushed aside in favour of aggressive racing.

In the Sunday Telegraph interview Stoner was very specific on the reasons why he had chosen to leave the MotoGP paddock, dismissing injuries and family commitments while citing fan treatment and how he “just fell out of love with the sport ”, however it was the comment that followed which upset Simon:

“We lost a rider a couple of years ago [Marco Simoncelli] and within a month it was like it never happened. They want to see biff and barge and they don’t realise our lives are on the line. “We became puppets in that world, and it had nothing to do with racing.”

Spanish website reported that Simon told radio station Cadena Ser:

The truth is that I don’t share Stoner’s view. I do not think people have forgotten a rider like Simoncelli … nor Kato and Tomizawa, and hopefully it will never happen again. I do not understand. Stoner has done so much for bikes, but bikes have also done a lot for himand I think eventually Stoner will ride a bike in the MotoGP World Championship. If not officially then sporadically. You’ll see “.

Despite Simoncelli reaching the MotoGP class in 2010 while Simon opted to move back to 125cc to take the title in 2009 the two rivals paths often crossed. They raced each other during the 2002-2005 125cc seasons and again in 250cc for the 2007 and 2008 campaigns. They also carried out promotional work together, most memorably on a trip to feed animals in Australia prior to the Phillip Island race in 2009.

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Provisional Moto2 2013 entry list announced

The FIM has released a provisional 33 rider strong entry list for the 2013 Moto2 season.

FTR, Motobi and Moriwaki, and new manufacturer Motobost all have one chassis entry each amongst the Suter and Kalex domination.
Mike di Meglio has secured himself a permanent ride at JiR after spending 2012 as a super-sub, Johann Zarco can now be found at Ioda, Indonesian Rafid Topan Sucipto who impressed in his 2012 wild card appearance rides at QMMF in place of Elena Rosell.

Gino Rea is not listed, but his 2012 team mate Ratthapark Wiliarot retains his Gresini seat.

Full list below:

Tuenti HP 40 (Pons Kalex)
40 Pol Espargaro (SPA)

49 Axel Pons (SPA)

80 Esteve Rabat (SPA)

Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter)

18 Nicolas Terol (SPA)

81 Jordi Torres (SPA)

Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex)

36 Mika Kallio (FIN)

45 Scott Redding (GBR)

Tech 3 (Tech 3)

52 Danny Kent (GBR)

96 Louis Rossi (FRA)

Gresini Moto2 (Suter)

14 Ratthapark Wilairot (THA) (Honda Gresini)

7 Doni Tata Pradita (IND) (Federal Oil Gresini)

Blusens Avintia (Kalex)
24 Toni Elias (SPA)

8 Kyle Smith (GBR)

SAG (stop and go) Team (Kalex)

19 Xavier Simeon (BEL)
23 Marcel Schrotter (GER)

Arginano Y Gines Racing (Motobost)
17 Alberto Moncayo (SPA)

44 Steven Odendaal (RSA)

Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex)
30 Takaaki Nakagami (JPN)
60 Julian Simon (SPA)

Technomag Carxpert (Suter)
77 Dominique Aegerter(SWI)
4 Randy Krummenacher (SWI)

NGM Forward Racing (Speed Up)
88 Ricky Cardus (SPA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing

15 Alex de Angelis (RSM) NGM Mobile Forward Racing

3 Simone Corsi (ITA) NGM Mobile Racing

54 Mattia Pasini (ITA) NGM Mobile Racing

QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up)
95 Anthony West (AUS)

97 Rafid Topan Sucipto (IND)

JiR Moto2 (Motobi)
63 Mike Di Meglio (FRA)

Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex)

11 Sandro Cortese (GER)

Interwetten Paddock (Suter)
12 Thomas Luthi (SWI)

Came Iodaracing Project (Suter)
5 Johann Zarco (FRA)

To Be Confirmed TBC Honda Racing Asia Tady (Moriwaki)
To Be Confirmed TBC ESGP Moto2 (FTR)

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.

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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!

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Moto2: Untouchable Espargaro wins,Marquez is champion

Pons Kalex rider Pol Espargaro won in Phillip Island by an incredible margin of over 18 seconds there was a race to the line between the best o fthe rest with Ant West 2nd for QMMF, his second podium in as many weekends after a drought of seven years while a late turn of speed saw Marquez take third from Marc VDS’ Scott Redding over the line, giving the Catalunya Caixa Repsol Suter man his second championship and a whole host of new facts and records to his name.

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