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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


Moto3: Vinales remains in control for second day of Valencia testing

KTM/ Kalex KTM machines dominated the second day of testing with seven bikes in the top ten at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, with Laglisse rider Maverick Vinales still fastest.

Maverick Vinales IRTA official Moto3 test JHK Laglisse KTM

Vinales leads the way
Image via Circuit de la Comunitat Valencia via their official facebook page

The Spanish teenagers lap of 1m 40.168 was sixth tenths faster than his own best time from day one and now a over a whole second faster than the 2012 qualifying time, set by Jonas Folger.

Alex Rins, Louis Salom and Romano Fenati all join Vinales under the 1m 41 mark, with Fenati improving by almost a second and a half on his time from yesterday.

Fenati in fourth, Brad Binder in ninth and Miguel Oilveira in tenth are the only non-KTM entries to break the top ten fastest times on day two.

Malaysian rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin remained on the pace in fifth, Alex Marquez moves up to sixth fastest and denonstrating how close the times are Ana Carrasco improved by nearly half a second on the time which put her twelfth on day one and finds herself 24th on the final timesheets for Wednesday, just under two and a half seconds off her team mates stellar pace at the top.

Full day two result:

1- Maverick Vinales 1m 40.168
2- Alex Rins + 0.240
3- Luis Salom + 0.267
4- Romano Fenati + 0.743
5- Zulfahmi Khairuddin + 0.793
6- Alex Marquez + 1.127
7- Jonas Folger + 1.422
8- Jakub Kornfeil + 1.499
9- Brad Binder + 1.617
10- Miguel Oliveira + 1.734
11- Jack Miller + 1.941
12- Isaac Vinales + 1.966
13- Jasper Iwema + 2.014
14- Efren Vazquez + 2.033
15- Arthur Sissis + 2.130
16- Danny Webb + 2.160
17- Juanfran Guevara + 2.178
18- Matteo Ferrari + 2.275
19- John McPhee + 2.278
20- Livio Loi + 2.307
21- Philipp Ottl + 2.406
22- Francesco Bagnaia + 2.409
23- Niklas Ajo + 2.456
24- Ana Carrasco + 2.487
25- Eric Granado + 2.504
26- Alan Techer + 2.901
27- Toni Finsterbusch + 2.914
28- Lorenzo Baldassarri + 3.088
29- Alessandro Tonucci + 3.913
30- Niccolò Antonelli + 4.230
31- Hyuga Watanabe + 4.296
32- Alexis Masbou + 4.479


Moto3: Vinales dominates day one of test

As testing kicks of for the Moto2 and Moto3 classes Maverick Vinales carried on from the form he showed at the private KTM test, posting the fastest time of the day at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, Valencia.

Maverick Vinales IRTA official Moto3 test JHK Laglisse KTM

Vinales leads the way on day one
Picture via Circuit da la Comunitat Valencia @ Facebook

Vinales topped the timesheets for the first official day of testing for the Moto3 class in 2013 on his KTM JHK Laglisse machine posting a lap time of 1m 40.715. The young Spaniard was the only rider to lap under 1m41 and was faster than Jonas Folger’s pole position time for Aspar at the Valencia round last season.

Luis Salom was second fastest despite a small crash for the Red Bull KTM Factory team, with last seasons top rookie Alex Rins third quickest aboard the Estrella Galicia.

The fastest non-Spanish rider was Zulfahmi Khairuddin the Malaysian rider placed his Factory KTM fourth in the finalised times, just over a second off Vinales pace.

Jonas Folger impressed last year when he moved to the Mapfre Aspar team midway through the season, remaining with the team for 2013 after impressing last season, the German rider, who became a father in December, kicks off testing fifth fastest.

Romano Fenati also proved to have a solid pace off the back of his rookie season and was sixth quickest for San Carlo Team Italia.

Aiming to break out of the shadows of their more famous relatives this season Alex Marquez, younger brother of MotoGP rookie Marc, was tenth on day one for Estrella Galicia with whom he had several wild-card rides last year, while Issac Vinales, cousin to Maverick, was 11th at his new team Bimbo Ongetta Centro Seta.

Female rider and team mate to Vinales Ana Carrasco had a storming debut finishing the day 12th fastest ahead of many familiar names while reportedly only running a customer bike for 2013.

British rider Danny Webb was 15th after moving from Mahindra to Ambrogio Racing, fellow countryman John McPhee was 24th for Caretta.

Full Day 1 Result:

1- Maverick Vinales – JHK T-Shirt LaGlisse 1’40.715
2- Luis Salom – Red Bull KTM Ajo Factory Team + 0.156
3- Alex Rins – Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 + 0.589
4- Zulfahmi Khairuddin – Red Bull KTM Ajo Factory Team + 1.073
5- Jonas Folger – Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 + 1.378
6- Romano Fenati – San Carlo Team Italia + 1.717
7- Jakub Kornfeil – Redox RW Racing GP + 1.745
8- Efren Vazquez – Mahindra Racing – Mahindra 1.872
9- Arthur Sissis – Red Bull KTM Ajo Factory Team + 1.975
10- Alex Marquez – Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 + 2.252
11- Isaac Vinales – Bimbo Ongetta Centro Seta + 2.260
12- Ana Carrasco – JHK T-Shirt LaGlisse +2.322
13- Brad Binder – Ambrogio Racing + 2.414
14- Jack Miller – Caretta Technology RTG + 2.451
15- Danny Webb – Ambrogio Racing + 2.463
16- Matteo Ferrari – Ongetta Centro Seta + 2.464
17- Lorenzo Baldassarri – Go & Fun Gresini Moto3 + 2.733
18- Juanfran Guevara – CIP Moto + 3.032
19- Toni Finsterbusch – Kiefer Racing + 2.848
20- Niklas Ajo – Avant Tecno + 2.879
21- Alan Techer – CIP Moto + 3.032
22- Jasper Iwema – RW Racing GP + 3.185
23- Eric Granado – Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 + 3.222
24- John McPhee – Caretta Technology RTG + 3.311
25- Livio Loi – Marc VDS Racing Team + 3.469
26- Philipp Ottl – Paddock TT Motion Events + 3.469
27- Miguel Oliveira – Mahindra Racing + 3.642
28- Florian Alt – Kiefer Racing + 3.957
29- Francesco Bagnaia – San Carlo Team Italia + 4.257
30- Alexis Masbou – Ongetta Rivacold + 4.515
31- Hyuga Watanabe – Team La Fonte Tasca Racing + 6.540
32- Alessandro Tonucci – Team La Fonte Tasca Racing + 26.232

Moto3: Caretta Technology become TascaRacing from 2013 season

New sponsor means a change of name for the Moto3 outfit.


The name Caretta Technology will no longer be present on the Moto3 grid in 2013 as Team Techno Racing, the people behind the Caretta branding have acquired a new title sponsor and shall now be known as TascaRacing Moto3 Team.


Tasca & Partners are a consultancy company in Italy and their CEO will also be taking an active role at the motorsport team with the aim of using his communication agency to achieve growth for the team commercially and financially.


Despite the name change TascaRacing will still be using FTR Honda machinery and will field signed riders Alessandro Tonucci who joins from Team Italia FMI, for whom he scored a podium at the Japanese Grand Prix, alongside Hyuga Watanabe who was a regular rider in the Spanish Championship’s Moto3 class last season and made wild-card appearance last year, also at Motegi, where he finished just out of the points.



The Italian team will be looking to build on a successful 2012 where as Caretta they ran Australian Jack Miller who finished as high as fourth in a successful season, Alexis Masbou who despite being injured was still 13th overall in the final championship standings and they also gave a chance to his replacement, young British hopeful John McPhee.

Provisional 2013 Moto3 entry list announced

The FIM has released the 2013 provisional riders list with 32 names announced for the class. The list, grouped here by team to see who is riding with who, reveals that Mahindra remain the only bike on the grid not to use Honda or KTM power, Zulfahmi Khairuddin moves into the main Red Bull KTM Ajo team and lists Ana Carrasco as the only female racer in the paddock at Laglisse, where she is partner to Maverick Vinales. Brazilian teen Eric Granado moves down a class after appearing in Moto2 last season after his sixteenth birthday, he now rides at Aspar alongside Jonas Folger.

Here’s the full list:

Team Italia FMI (FTR Honda)
4 Francesco Bagnaia (ITA)
5 Romano Fenati (ITA)

Mahindra Racing (Mahindra)

44 Miguel Oliveira (POR)
7 Efren Vazquez (SPA)


Racing Team Germany

8 Jack Miller (AUS)

17 John McPhee (GBR)


JHK T-Shirt Laglisse (KTM)

22 Ana Carrasco (SPA)

25 Maverick Vinales (SPA)


Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex KTM)

57 Eric Granado (BRA)

94 Jonas Folger (GER)

Kiefer Racing (Kalex KTM)

9 Toni Finsterbusch (GER)
66 Florian Alt (GER)

Estrella Galicia 0’0 (KTM)

42 Alex Rins (SPA)

12 Alex Marquez (SPA)

Caretta Technology (Honda)
19 Alessandro Tonucci (ITA)

29 Hyuga Watanabe (JPN )

Go & Fun Gresini Moto3 (FTR Honda)
23 Niccolo Antonelli (ITA)
77 Lorenzo Baldassarri (ITA)

Ongetta Team (FTR Honda)
32 Isaac Vinales (SPA) (Bimbo – Ongetta-Centro)

3 Matteo Ferrari (ITA) (Ongetta-Centro Seta)


Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM)
39 Luis Salom (SPA)
61 Arthur Sissis (AUS)
63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin (MAL)

RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM)
53 Jasper Iwema (NED) RW Racing GP

84 Jakub Kornfeil (CZE) Redox RW Racing GP

Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) (WorldWide Communication team)
41 Brad Binder (RSA)
99 Danny Webb (GBR)

CIP Team (TSR Honda)

89 Alan Techer (FRA )

58 Juanfran Guevara (SPA)

Paddock TT Motion (Kalex KTM)

65 Philipp Oettl (GER)

Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex KTM)

11 Livio Loi (BEL)

Avant Tecno (KTM)

31 Niklas Ajo (FIN)

Romano Fenati back with Team Italia for 2013

After narrowly missing out on the accolade of ‘rookie of the year’ to Alex Rins after a close battle between the two this season, Italian teenager Romano Fenati can celebrate a secure future instead with the news he is confirmed to ride for his current team Team Italia FMI for the 2013 season.

The Italian teenager impressed in his rookie year with a string of strong results, including a race win at a wet Jerez and three further podium finishes.

Team Italia have made it their goal to nurture new Italian riders as there were few coming through the system after Andrea Iannone and the late Marco Simoncelli and have revealed that Fenati will have a new team mate next season in the shape of 15 year old Francesco Bagnaia, who will be sixteen during the winter break so able to race from the start of the season unlike new Marc VDS Moto3 signing Livio Loi or Eric Granado in this year’s Moto2 championship.

Bagnaia currently race in the CIV Moto3 Spanish championship and is third before the final round for the Monlau Competicion squad where he was the partner to championship winner Alex Marquez.

More on Fenati’s achievements so far here:

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 where you can comment and debate on all the action from the final Moto3 race of the season:

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, where you can comment and discuss too, here:

Valencia News round up for MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3

Valencia Ricardo Tormo Circuit, Cheste

As MotoGP heads out to Spain again for the final round of 2012 here’s a round up of what has occurred since the Australian Grand Prix.

Starting with the track itself, the circuit has been relaid for this years race, but that didn’t stop Ducati’s Valentino Rossi labeling it the seasons ‘Mickey Mouse’ track due to it’s smaller than average size:

“Valencia definitely isn’t one of my favourite circuits, apart from the fact that it’s in Spain, which always has a great atmosphere. It’s a ‘Mickey Mouse’ track that’s small for MotoGP and therefore difficult and tricky”.

More on the circuit’s new surface in this older post:

Turn four is also to be named “Nico Terol Corner” in a ceremony on Sunday, the track is where Terol sealed victory to take his 125cc Championship title. More on that here:

In Moto3 the race is still on for Rookie of the Year, with just a handful of points separating Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0) and race winner Romano Fenati (Team Italia FMI)

Moto3 will also have wild card riders in Juan Fransisco Guevara for Wild Wolf BST  and Philipp Oettl for HP Kalex Moto.

Hector Faubel returns at the Cheste circuit subbing for former team mate Alberto Moncayo at the JHK Laglisse team.

In 2013 news Australia’s Jack Miller and Scot John McPhee will make up Racing Team Germany’s line up for next season, on a bike which served Louis Rossi well this year, including a win for the Frenchman at his home race in Le Mans. McPhee is currently sitting in at Caretta Technology for the injured Alexis Masbou after several successful wild card appearances while Miller has raced for the team all season.

Moto2 will also have a wild card participant with Dani Rivas riding for TSR Galicia School.

Ant West, who is serving a one month ban for his doping result from the Le Mans Grand Prix, will be replaced at QMMF by Rafid Topan Sucipto

UPDATE: Mattia Pasini will be riding for Forward Racing in place of the injured Alex de Angelis

Also looks as if Johann Zarco will be moving to Ioda Racing in 2013, taking Simone Corsi’s old seat.

Bridging the gap up to MotoGP news is the ever present Claudio Corti, who after an eventful season of moves including a brief stint in WSBK finds himself having a go at MotoGP as a wild card for BQR on the Inmotec chassis. He is one of three riders to be fielded by the Avintia Blusens team, along with Ivan Silva, who rode the Inmotec chassis only to abandon it and return to using FTR and Hiroshi Aoyama, who in relpacing the injured Yonny Hernandez and (also using an FTR-Kawasaki) gets to mix it up again with his old 250cc rivals Lorenzo, Dovizioso, Bautista, Barbera, Abraham and Aleix Espargaro (though sadly not Simoncelli R.I.P.and sadly for him one would imagine nowhere near Lorenzo and Dovi or Bautista on a good day!)

Aoyama is also confirmed to ride for the team for the 2013 season.

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 where you can discuss the race in more detail too: