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Home time! The British riders ahead of the Silverstone GP

“It’s always about being the best Brit. We’re not a team, we’re not at the Olympics or wearing the same colours”

That’s fighting talk from Scott Redding!

Nice to see ahead of the British Grand Prix weekend, where the Moto2 rider has a good chance of victory with the home crowd behind him.

The quote is from an interview with the BBC, available in full here.

Scott is no stranger to a home win: The 20-year-old Briton stood on the top step after winning the 2008 British 125cc Grand Prix at Donington.

He took third place the following year. Last season he returned once again to the podium, this time in the Moto2 class, after taking a hard fought second place at Silverstone.

Redding has also cryptically hinted on Twitter that something interesting will happen, posting ” I think you all gonna have a bit of a shock when I exit pit lane on Saturday :)”.

How much of a shock Scott?! I think we will all be allowed to pass out if you are on a MotoGP bike instead!

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Let’s hope there’s a reason for some of this! Redding gets his wheelie on.
Image via @Reddingpower on Twitter

“Let the battle commence”.

Bradley Smith’s online retort to Redding shows he’s up for scoring his best result at home too.

The Oxford rider has had his promo head on ahead of Silverstone, with this interesting video showing what it means to ride, in his own words:

The Yamaha Tech3 rookie added “It’s been a fantastic year for British riders in MotoGP this season with Cal, Scott and myself getting some great results. We get one big chance to show the British fans how well we have done and that’s at the Hertz British Grand Prix at Silverstone. It’s the biggest race of the season for all of us in front of those home fans who have been brilliant this season. Bring it on.”

His Ducati-bound team-mate Cal Crutchlow is also looking forward to the trip home, but wishes Brno had gone better:

“Brno wasn’t the best preparation for my home race at Silverstone, but I go there knowing I have the pace and that I can be challenging at the front. I am really excited for Silverstone and I know the support from the British fans will be incredible, so hopefully I can give them something to cheer about.”

Also in MotoGP Michael Laverty has the unusual luxury of having some knowledgr of the circuit!

 “Silverstone will be the first circuit on the calendar that I have intimate knowledge of. Combine this with the home support from family, friends and the fans, it promises to be a great weekend. There is a great buzz surrounding the event this year, and I can’t wait.”

Gino Rea will be making a wild-card appearance in Moto2…and selling coffee, now THAT’S multitasking!

Danny Kent will be hoping to push for the top ten after a superb 12th in Moto2 in Brno for Tech3.

The only full-time Brit left in Moto3 is Scot John McPhee, a Racing Steps success story, he’s been close to a best finish for Caretta Technology-RTG, hampered slightly by a virus and tyre degredation, so hopefully loud cheers can bypass the negatives for him.

Finally there will also be home wild-card riders in the lightweight class: Wayne Ryan and Kyle Ryde both having benn selected to appear at Silverstone, both are also Racing Steps Foundation backed.

Good luck to all at Silverstone!

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Moto3 and Moto2 Practice results online now!

Well Marquez did astoundingly well for a rookie on Indianapolis’ opening day of action (now the norm) but what happened in Moto3 and Moto2 at The Brickyard?

A new lap record in Moto3 (already!) and a massive crash for Espargaro in Moto2, that’s what!

For the full run down my race reports are now available for both Moto3 and Moto2 at crash.net, just click the links for more, and why not get involved and like/share/discuss/comment too!

For the full experience, the Espargaro video is here (free MotoGP login required!)

Moto2: Departures – Wilairot and Smith both out before Indy

Today was a sad day in Thailand as their first ever GP class rider Ratthapark Wilairot announced his retirement, aged 25.

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Riding away…Moto2 loses Wilairot
Image via Thai Honda Gresini

While anyone who follows MotoGP from the lightweight classes up probably choked on their lunch marveling at the prospect of retiring at their quarter of a century, the Thai Honda Gresini Team were already keeping his seat warm for his replacement  Thitipong “Ting Note” Warokorn, a fellow Thai racer who aged 23 will make his debut at Indianapolis later this month after the summer break ( though if he sticks to Wilairot’s timetable he can look forward to maybe making retirement in two seasons time!)

‘Feem’ as Wilairot is known at home enjoyed a seven year career in Moto2 and 250cc racing, with his best result coming in Assen in 2010, where he finished fourth after challenging race winner Andrea Iannone for the lead. He will, according to the Bangkok Post become the coach for his replacement Warokorn.

Warokorn had been racing in the Asian Road Racing Cahmpionship this season and won the 2010 Thailand Super Bike 1000cc SB1 Class title, with the AP Honda president suggesting “He could become the pride of Thailand.”

 

This news came hot on the heels earlier in the week of British rookie Kyle Smith’s departure from the championship.

Riding alongside Toni Elias at Blusens Avintia, the 21 year old found himself high and dry after his main sponsor Wild Wolf pulled out of all rider sponsorship, with immediate effect.

Smith posted the following statement on his personal website :

“WildWolf have announced they have to withdraw direct sponsorship from Kyle Smith and the Moto2 series.

 

They have committed to building a large Health and Fitness Facility and decided this will be first in there interests for the forceable future,

 

Kyle is more than thankful to WildWolf who have been behind him over the last few years and brought him to this level

 

But unfortunately this leaves Kyle without a ride for the rest of the series.

Blusens/Avintia would like to carry on with Kyle but are now short of finances, as far as I know Toni Elias will continue.”

Smith was yet to score any points for the team in a season where former Moto2 champion Elias has amassed just 19 points for the Blusens Outfit.

He has previously competed in the Spanish 125GP Championship, the Spanish Stock Extreme series where he finished runner-up in 2012 and the Spanish Kawasaki Ninja Cup, where he was champion in 2009.

 

MotoGP: Hold on to your lunch – Bradley Smith shows us his finger injury!

Tech3 rookie Bradley Smith always tries hard to keep his fans as up to date and included as possible, though his recent Twitter post revealing the full extent of the damage to his finger from his Mugello crash may have proven too graphic for some.

Bearing in mind the Oxfordshire rider RACED with this injury, due to be operated on today (Monday) in Italy, the pictures are fairly shocking, even for those seasoned to such material through following motorcycle racing.

He received support from many other riders in the paddock including current World Champion Jorge Lorenzo who used his preferred social media platform Twitter to sent the following well wishes to the Briton:

Great race mate. Very brave and tough. Altough try to avoid crashing in the future, this bikes don’t joke… Good recovery.”

 

Picture coming up next WARNING : VERY GRAPHIC AND GORY finger injury ahead…scroll down after the considerate gap!

 

 

 

 

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Bradly Smith shows off the full extent of his injury woes.
Image via Smith’s official Twitter account – @BradleySmith38

 

Qatar practice round-up

Moto3 : Luis Salom remained on top, he also lead session two though the third practice was interrupted by rain. The Red Bull KTM Ajo man leads the way heading into qualifying, his closest challenger was the ever present Alex Rins, last seasons top rookie, who has consistently been in the top three since arriving at the circuit and enjoyed a strong pre-season testing record too. Third was new dad Jonas Folger for the Mapre Aspar team.

4.Jack Miller (Caretta Technology) 5. Efren Vazquez (Mahindra) 6.Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia) 7. Maverick Vinales (Team Calvo) 8. Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia0 9. Danny Webb (Ambrogio Racing) 10. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno)

Moto2: Takaaki Nakagami was on pace for the second session in a row despite the rain showers for the Italtrans team, placing his Kalex just ahead of the Pons Kalex of pre-season favourite after his domination of testing, Pol Espargaro. The Spaniard and his team-mate at the Tuenti HP 40 team Tito Rabat finished the session second and fourth, sandwiching Marc VDS British rider Scott Redding, who was third.

5. Simone Corsi (NGM Mobile Racing) 6.Johann Zarco (Came IodaRacing) 7. Julian Simon (Italtrans) 8. Alex De Angelis (NGM Mobile Forward Racing) 9.Nico Terol (Mapfre Aspar) 10. Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert)

MotoGP:  Marc Marquez who was also fastest in today’s first session was on top again for Honda, with the added difference of the results from FP3 now contributing to which qualifying session you are entered into, the racing for the final spots in Q2 were frantic. Narrowly in second by the tiniest of margins was Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo, while Satellite rider Cal Crutchlow once again impressed after finishing the final test fastest and was third.

The top ten who made it to Q2:

4: Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 5. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) 6.Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 7.Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Gresini) 8. Nicky Hayden(Ducati) 9.Bradley Smith (Tech3) 10.Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda)

the rest of the field contest Q1, with the fastest two getting to compete again in Q2 with the ten riders above, with the competition being tough for those spots between the Pramac Ducati riders Ben Spies and Andrea Iannone and the top CRT of Aleix Espargaro who featured in the top ten in the previous session, all three riders have been running very similar times.

 

Qualifying times (UK ) Moto3: 16:00 Moto2: 16:55 MotoGP Q1: 18:35 MotoGP Q2: 19:00

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

MotoGP/Moto2: Are Yamaha interested in signing Pol Espargaro?

 

Yamaha are reported to already be keen to secure the talents of Pol Espargaro for their 2014 MotoGP campaign.

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Pol Espargaro on the move?
Image by Garro9.2 (Flickr) and used under creative commons license

Despite the 2013 seats only just being settled, it appears Yamaha are already thinking of the future and aiming to get Pol Espargaro affiliated to their factory with a pre-contract for the 2014 season.

According to Speedweek.de, Yamaha managing director Lin Jarvis is keen to secure the talents of last season’s Moto2 runner-up Espargaro and wishes to snap him up before the competition. This type of ‘pre-contract’ was previously used by Yamaha to secure the talents of Jorge Lorenzo back in 2006 before he signed his official contract in Laguna Seca in 2007.

Another option for the team would be to further use the Tech3 squad as a training ground where Moto2 graduate Bradley Smith will be learning his craft this year, while fellow Brit Cal Crutchlow only signed a one year deal after exploring his options.

For my full article and to participate in some lively debate via the comments system or to discuss with your friends by liking on Facebook click here to go to crash.net:

http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/187220/1/yamaha_showing_interest_in_pol_espargaro.html

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

 

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.

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