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Image of the GP: A very British recovery!

Ah, the Brits, famed for our stiff upper lip, queuing and getting on with ‘it’, whatever it may be at the time.

Take Cal Crutchlow. He’s not very good at queuing (not round a MotoGP track anyway, far better at overtaking, maybe he saves his manners for the supermarket…) but he excels at getting on with it.

‘It’ today was qualifying. His starting point was this:

crutchlow battered tech3

Oops, anyone claim the smashed Tech3 parked near the track?…
Image via MotoGP.com, editorial use only, under fair use act

Fair to say that that bike was a bit broken. Trouble was it was his second bike. As is the nature of the fabled Silverstone curse this was not his first crash of the weekend. He also did a great Tarzan impression while dealing with a wasp stuck in his leathers.

The stiff upper lip, can-do approach prevailed and despite some pain and a hybrid rebuilt thing of a bike expertly spliced together by his awesome mechanics a bit of determination saw Crutchlow qualify third on the front row.

Yes, ON THE FRONT ROW.

As he put it himself via the medium of tweet: “What you don’t want to do on a Saturday at Silverstone is crash at 293kph. Then do again over handle bars 30mins later …”

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Moto2 & Moto3: Catalunya round-up – great tactics lead Salom to win, Espargaro victorious in battle of the team mates

 

 

 

Moto2 and Moto3 again brought some cracking race action to the Catalunya race weekend, here is a brief summary of who finished where, more can be read in my race summaries for PaddockChatter.com and my Moto3 and Moto2 race reports for crash.net, just click on the orange links!
Moto3 began the action with a well timed win by Luis Salom for the Red Bull KTM Ajo team.

 

 

Once again the lightweight class was Spanish and KTM dominated as Salom picked the right moment to power away to back-to-back wins after also seizing victory in Mugello two weeks ago.

 

 

He was joined on the podium by Estrella Galicia rider Alex Rins who despite his best efforts could not pass his rival, and Team Calvo’s Maverick Vinales who had to settle for third.

 

 

Salom also leaves Spain with the championship lead, in front by five points from Vinales, with both riders making the podium at every round so far.

 

 

Alex Marquez was dropped in the closing stages and finished fourth for the Estrella Galicia team ahead of a hard battling Efren Vazquez, who was back on form on his return for Mahindra and comfortably ahead of his team-mate Miguel Oliveira who was next across the stripe.

 

 

 

 

Moto2 was a battle to the end for Tuenti HP 40 team-mates Pol Espargaro and Tito Rabat, with Espargaro holding on for the win, his second from pole this year after Qatar.

 

 

Tom Luthi looked to be fully recovered from injury with an assured performance on his Interwetten Paddock machine placing him on the final spot on the podium.

 

 

Brit Scott Redding made the best of a tough weekend, and despite topping warm-up after an engine change settled for fourth for Marc VDS. He still leads the championship, with Espargaro moving into second in the standings.

 

 

Italtrans rider Takaaki Nakagami and Technomag’s Randy Krummenacher had a long duel with the Japanese rider being the victor in fifth.

 

Catalunya Moto2 Race Result Top 15:

 

  1. Pol Espargaro SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 41m 17.307
    2. Esteve Rabat SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 41m 17.388
    3. Thomas Luthi SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Rac (Suter) 41m 23.571
    4. Scott Redding GBR Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 41m 26.368
    5. Takaaki Nakagami JPN Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 41m 27.904
    6. Randy Krummenache SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 41m 28.884
    7. Johann Zarco FRA Came Iodaracing Project (Suter) 41m 32.876
    8. Dominique Aegerter SWI Technomag carXpert (Suter) 41m 45.587
    9. Mika Kallio FIN Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 41m 45.659
    10. Simone Corsi ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 41m 45.768
    11. Mattia Pasini ITA NGM Mobile Racing (Speed Up) 41m 46.199
    12. Mike Di Meglio FRA JiR Moto2 (MotoBI) 41m 48.522
    13. Danny Kent GBR Tech 3 (Tech 3) 41m 48.625
    14. Axel Pons SPA Tuenti HP 40 (Kalex) 41m 49.064
    15. Julian Simon SPA Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 41m 50.497

 

 

Catalunya Moto3 Race Result Top 15:

 

1.Luis Salom SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 41m 15.331
2. Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 41m 15.542
3. Maverick Viñales SPA Team Calvo (KTM) 41m 15.965
4. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 (KTM) 41m 19.324
5. Efren Vazquez SPA Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 41m 21.574
6. Miguel Oliveira POR Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 41m 24.626
7. Jack Miller AUS Caretta Technology – RTG (FTR Honda) 41m 28.495
8. Alexis Masbou FRA Ongetta-Rivacold (FTR Honda) 41m 36.505
9. Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 41m 36.571
10. Arthur Sissis AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 41m 36.929
11. Isaac Viñales SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda) 41m 37.057
12. Brad Binder RSA Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 41m 37.087
13. Alan Techer FRA CIP Moto3 (TSR Honda) 41m 37.159
14. Danny Webb GBR Ambrogio Racing (Suter Honda) 41m 37.210
15. Romano Fenati ITA San Carlo Team Italia (FTR Honda) 41m 37.402

 

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!

 

 

 

 

Smith finger Mugello

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

 

Moto2/Moto3 Jerez Test latest – Salom and Espargaro fastest as Jerez test draws to a close

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:

For Moto3 news : http://www.paddockchatter.com/2013/03/moto3-test-salom-finishes-fastest.html

For Moto2 news : http://www.paddockchatter.com/2013/03/moto2-test-espargaro-leaves-jerez-as.html

If you read the content there you can discuss and comment too, below is a taster of both news articles which also include a full results list if you follow the links above:

Moto3:

The weather on the Andalucian coast was good once again for the shared track time with Moto2 and Moto3’s sole running ahead of the season opener at Qatar.
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Luis Salom set the fastest time of the whole week in the final half day of testing on Thursday, his time of 1m 46.374 being 0.229 quicker than the time Maverick Vinales set for Team Calvo on Wednesday before sustaining the finger injury that ruled him out of the rest of the test.
Also fairing well on the final day were the Estrella Galicia team riders, Alex Rins and Alex Marquez, both of whom had put in strong performances throughout the test and finished the day second and third, and impressively third and fourth overall.
Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira broke up the KTM dominance after filling the top three positions once again, placing his Mahindra fourth on the final day, his team-mate Efren Vazquez was seventh on a day where less than two seconds covered the top 19 riders…

Moto2:

Pol Espargaro was once again the pace-setter on the final day of Moto2 testing action at Jerez, the Tuenti HP 40 rider was also fastest overall with the 1m 42.636 he set in Wednesday’s sessions, cementing his status as the man to beat after being runner-up last season.

Second fastest on Thursday was Espargaro’s team-mate Tito Rabat, who had also run at the top of the timesheets earlier in the week. The Pons Kalex pair were followed by the Aspar team riders, Jordi Torres and Nico Terol, who finished the day third and fourth respectively on their Suter machines…

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

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:

For Moto3 news : http://www.paddockchatter.com/2013/03/moto3-test-vinales-fastest-but-injures.html

For Moto2 news : http://www.paddockchatter.com/2013/03/moto2-test-espargaro-back-on-top-at.html

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

Moto3:

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…

Moto2:

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/Moto3 Jerez Test latest – Miller and Redding shine in the wet

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:

For Moto3 news : http://www.paddockchatter.com/2013/03/moto3-test-miller-makes-best-of-wet.html

For Moto2 news : http://www.paddockchatter.com/2013/03/moto2-test-redding-shines-through-jerez.html

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

Moto3:

The first full day of testing from Jerez was hit by frequent heavy downpours covering the track in standing water. Just 20 riders elected to brave the conditions and set a time – no-one ventured out for over 90 minutes after the first session started..

 

The track dried a little towards the end of the day with Jack Miller topping the times by posting a 1m 57.627 lap on his FTR Honda for Caretta Technology-RTG just 0.174 ahead of his team-mate British rider John McPhee, marking a strong wet performance for the team. The lap was over ten seconds slower than Folger’s fastest lap from day one in near perfect conditions.

 

Louis Salom completed the top three fastest on a fairly uneventful and uncompetitive day for the Red Bull KTM Ajo outfit, fellow KTM user and last seasons top rookie Alex Rins was fourth for Estralla Galicia, Australian Arthur Sissis made it two Red Bull machines in the top five…

Moto2:

After an hour and a half wait as the rain poured down in Spain many of the teams elected not to leave the pit garages at all – just 19 Moto2 riders set a time on day two.

 

The second session for Moto2 was the most productive with most riders setting their fastest times then despite the tricky conditions, the third session was shared with Moto3. Scott Redding was the cream of the crop after the deluge for Marc VDS setting a lap time of 1m 55.082 on the Kalex machine, almost 12 seconds slower than Monday’s top time in the dry set by Toni Elias.

 

After his surprise return to form yesterday Elias proved to be competent in all conditions and was the second quickest on day two, 0.296 behind Redding aboard the Blusens Avintia, making it a top two for Kalex in the wet. Swiss rider Dominique Aegerter was third fastest for the Technomag carXpert team and the fastest Suter.

 

Frenchman Mike Di Meglio, the sole MotoBI rider in the field, was fourth fastest with a time which lead the first session for the JIR team. Ant West once again demonstrated his proficiency for wet weather riding placing fifth on the timesheets for the QMMF team with his Speed Up machine…

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

Moto2/Moto3 Jerez Test latest – Folger and Elias lead on day one

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:

For Moto3 news : http://www.paddockchatter.com/2013/03/moto3-test-folger-leads-way-on-jerez.html

For Moto2 news : http://www.paddockchatter.com/2013/03/moto2-test-elias-quickest-as-testing.html

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

 

Moto3:

The start of the final test ahead of the seasons opening race at Qatar saw clear skies and warm weather for the Moto2 and Moto3 riders on track at Jerez.

 

Making the most of the conditions ahead of tomorrows predicted heavy downpours was Jonas Folger who ended the day fastest with a time of 1m 47.149 for Aspar on his Kalex KTM. The German topped the list ahead of a trio of Spanish KTM riders with his nearest rival for speed, Estrella Galicia rider Alex Rins, 0.252 behind. The Spanish riders all did extensive testing of new parts and components – a move which could be wise if the weather changes as predicted.

 

There was little to separate Rins from his fellow countrymen Maverick Vinales (at the newly re-named Team Calvo, still the Laglisse team but changed due to a big sponsor deal with a canned fish company) and Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM, currently riding with a fever). All three have been a dominant force in the previous tests but could not match Folger, who went six tenths quicker than his own time at the last Jerez test.

 

The fastest non-KTM bike across the line belonged to Ambrogio Racing’s Brad Binder in fifth, who was the quickest Suter Honda rider ahead of his team-mate Danny Webb…

Moto2:

Former Moto2 world champion Toni Elias lead the way on day one at Jerez with his lap of 1m 43.365 on his Blusens Avintia a surprise for many who were expecting Pol Espargaro to get back to business as usual as he was the pace-setter the last time Moto2 tested at the track in February when he set the quickest time of that test with a 1m 42.332.

 

This four day test for the class is the first time the teams have been allowed to use their official Moto2 race engines, with the teams using their own engines during winter testing up to this point.

 

Elias fastest time from the final session lead in a slew of fast Kalex bikes in the close to ideal weather conditions, with the top six positions being dominated by the manufacturer. The top three was completed by Pons Kalex riders and team mates Tito Rabat and Espargaro, second placed Rabat was just 0.059 behind the fastest time after leading the opening session. It is the first occasion the Tuenti HP 40 rider has finished a testing day ahead of Espargaro.

 

The Italtrans pairing of Takaaki Nakagami and Julian Simon were fourth and fifth fastest ahead of fellow Kalex rider Mika Kallio for Marc VDS in sixth. The first non-Kalex bike on the timesheets was NGM Mobile Forward racing’s Alex De Angelis…

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

 

 

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.

Pol Espargaro Moto2 Valencia 2013 test

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.

nico terol aspar Irta test day one

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: 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.

Pol Espargaro Moto2 Valencia 2012

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.

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