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Moto2/3: Jerez test round-up – it’s all about numbers…

The Jerez test for Moto2 and Moto3 moves the racing focus back onto the junior classes and saw Jack Miller and Taka Nakagami top the respective combined timesheets for the classes.

Also impressing ahead of the season start in Qatar in Moto3 was Alex Marquez who has seemed to make the most of the Estrella Galicia Honda switch in second and rookie Karel Hanika; winner of the 2013 Red Bull Rookie title; who quickly adapted to post the third best time.

Hope of a strong season for the Brits was amplified by some great lapping by John McPhee and Danny Kent in sixth and seventh respectively after their day three performances.

Taka Nakagami lead the way in Moto2 with the list dominated by strong efforts from riders who have only offered a glimpse of greatness before.

All staking a claim that this could be their season were former Moto3 champion Sandro Cortese in second, uninjured Interwetten regular Tom Luthi in third and the now recovered Xavier Simeon in foruth. Johann Zarco was fifth best for the Caterham team.

Top rookie honours in Jerez went to Luis Salom in sixth. His Pons team-mate – the reigning Moto3 title holder Maverick Vinales was next best in 11th.

Speed-Up’s Sam Lowes held 13th place despite suffering from tendonitis. Fellow Brit Gino Rea put his privateer AGT Rea RAcing machine into a steady start in 22nd.

Full times at the end of the blog.

Numbers continued to be an issue as the rules on how your racing number can look in the lightweight classes have been tightened further.

After Scott Redding had to do away with his star in Moto2, rules were already fairly strict. but After Caterham tweeted out the image of a very patriotic stars and stripes design for Josh Herrin, it became clear that none of the designer fun the MotoGP boys can have with their brand was going to be seen this year in Moto2 (or 3).

Here’s the image:

2014 Caterham old

Pretty, patriotic and soon to be gone…the Caterham/Herrin number which sparked the numbers discussion.
Image originally shared via Twitter and reproduced here under the fair use act

A reply to the image was telling (from Ian Wheeler):

“Rule is single colour only. No stars, no chrome, just plain vinyl”.

This opens up the whole brand argument. The riders of today’s MotoGP championships tend to stick with their numbers through thick and thin, forsaking the #1 plate in favour of their superstitions, their character, their brand – the number emblazoned on the products the fans buy.

Moto2 and Moto3 are never dull race-wise, but red tape means that again it will be a little subdued on the graphics front.

Back to the starting board before Qatar for the sticker designers then!

Full Moto3 combined Jerez test times:

1. Jack Miller AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 46.259s
2. Alex Marquez SPA Estrella Galicia 0.0 (Honda) 1m 46.359s
3. Karel Hanika CZE Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 46.381s
4. Jakub Kornfeil CZE Calvo Team (KTM) 1m 46.388s
5. Efren Vazquez SPA Saxoprint-RTG (Honda) 1m 46.392s
6. John McPhee GBR Saxoprint-RTG (Honda) 1m 46.493s
7. Danny Kent GBR Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo (Husqvarna) 1m 46.547s
8. Isaac Viñales SPA Calvo Team (KTM) 1m 46.551s
9. Romano Fenati ITA Sky Racing Team by VR46 (KTM) 1m 46.592s
10. Miguel Oliveira POR Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 46.612s
11. Alex Rins SPA Estrella Galicia 0.0 (Honda) 1m 46.694s
12. Niklas Ajo FIN Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo (Husqvarna) 1m 46.768s
13. Juanfran Guevara SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex-KTM) 1m 46.782s
14. Niccolo Antonelli ITA Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 (KTM) 1m 46.840s
15. Philipp Oettl GER Interwetten Paddock Moto3 (Kalex-KTM) 1m 46.967s
16. Brad Binder RSA Ambrogio Racing (Mahindra) 1m 46.985s
17. Francesco Bagnaia ITA Sky Racing Team by VR46 (KTM) 1m 47.041s
18. Eric Granado BRA Calvo Team (KTM) 1m 47.068s
19. Alexis Masbou FRA Ongetta-Rivacold (Honda) 1m 47.315s
20. Arthur Sissis AUS Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 47.419s
21. Alessandro Tonucci ITA CIP (Mahindra) 1m 47.454s
22. Livio Loi BEL Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex-KTM) 1m 47.559s
23. Ana Carrasco SPA RW Racing GP (Kalex-KTM) 1m 47.587s
24. Scott Deroue NED RW Racing GP (Kalex-KTM) 1m 47.797s
25. Enea Bastianini ITA Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 (KTM) 1m 48.032s
26. Andrea Locatelli ITA San Carlo Team Italia (Mahindra) 1m 48.186s
27. Matteo Ferrari ITA San Carlo Team Italia (Mahindra) 1m 48.265s
28. Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL Ongetta-AirAsia (Honda) 1m 48.614s
29. Luca Grunwald GER Kiefer Racing (Kalex-KTM) 1m 48.752s
30. Jules Danilo FRA Ambrogio Racing (Mahindra) 1m 49.104s
31. Bryan Schouten NED CIP (Mahindra) 1m 49.891s
32. Gabriel Ramos VEN Kiefer Racing (Kalex-KTM) 1m 50.005s
33. Hafiza Rofa MAL SIC-Ajo (KTM) 1m 53.100s

Full Moto2 combined Jerez test times:

1. Takaaki Nakagami JPN Idemitsu Honda Team Asia (Kalex) 1m 42.206s
2. Sandro Cortese GER Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 1m 42.393s
3. Thomas Luthi SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 (Suter) 1m 42.472s
4. Xavier Simeon BEL Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 (Suter) 1m 42.556s
5. Johann Zarco FRA AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing (Caterham Suter) 1m 42.616s
6. Luis Salom SPA Pons HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 42.628s
7. Lorenzo Baldassarri ITA Gresini Moto2 (Suter) 1m 42.639s
8. Alex De Angelis RSM Tasca Racing Moto2 (Suter) 1m 42.699s
9. Dominique Aegerter SWI Technomag CarXpert (Suter) 1m 42.778s
10. Simone Corsi ITA NGM Forward Racing (Forward KLX) 1m 42.822s
11. Maverick Viñales SPA Pons HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 42.872s
12. Jonas Folger GER Argiñano & Gines Racing (Kalex) 1m 42.910s
13. Sam Lowes GBR Speed Up (Speed Up) 1m 42.928s
14. Franco Morbidelli ITA Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 42.936s
15. Julian Simon SPA Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 43.024s
16. Marcel Schrotter GER Tech 3 (Tech 3) 1m 43.149s
17. Axel Pons SPA Argiñano & Gines Racing (Kalex) 1m 43.187s
18. Mattia Pasini ITA NGM Forward Racing (Forward KLX) 1m 43.189s
19. Anthony West AUS QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 1m 43.211s
20. Louis Rossi FRA SAG Team (Kalex) 1m 43.211s
21. Josh Herrin USA AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing (Caterham Suter) 1m 43.622s
22. Gino Rea GBR AGT-Rea Racing (Suter) 1m 43.645s
23. Randy Krummenacher SWI Iodaracing Project (Suter) 1m 43.751s
24. Hafizh Syahrin MAL Petronas Raceline Malaysia (Kalex) 1m 43.812s
25. Azlan Shah MAL Idemitsu Honda Team Asia (Kalex) 1m 43.938s
26. Ricky Cardus SPA Tech 3 (Tech 3) 1m 44.029s
27. Roman Ramos SPA QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 1m 44.099s
28. Tetsuta Nagashima JPN Teluru Team JiR Webike (TSR) 1m 44.658s
29. Thitipong Warokorn THA APH PTT The Pizza SAG (Kalex) 1m 45.190s
30. Robin Mulhauser SWI Technomag CarXpert (Suter) 1m 45.361s

1 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN Idemitsu Honda Team Asia KALEX 1:42.206 Day 3 Session 1
2 Sandro CORTESE 11 GER Dynavolt Intact GP KALEX 1:42.393 0.187 0.187 Day 3 Session 1
3 Thomas LUTHI 12 SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 SUTER 1:42.472 0.266 0.079 Day 3 Session 1
4 Xavier SIMEON 19 BEL Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 SUTER 1:42.556 0.35 0.084 Day 3 Session 1
5 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing CATERHAM SUTER 1:42.616 0.41 0.06 Day 3 Session 2
6 Luis SALOM 39 SPA Pons HP 40 KALEX 1:42.628 0.422 0.012 Day 3 Session 3
7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI 7 ITA Gresini Moto2 SUTER 1:42.639 0.433 0.011 Day 3 Session 2
8 Alex DE ANGELIS 15 RSM Tasca Racing Moto2 SUTER 1:42.699 0.493 0.06 Day 3 Session 2
9 Dominique AEGERTER 77 SWI Technomag CarXpert SUTER 1:42.778 0.572 0.079 Day 3 Session 3
10 Simone CORSI 3 ITA NGM Forward Racing FORWARD KLX 1:42.822 0.616 0.044 Day 3 Session 1
11 Maverick VIÑALES 40 SPA Pons HP 40 KALEX 1:42.872 0.666 0.05 Day 3 Session 1
12 Jonas FOLGER 94 GER Argiñano & Gines Racing KALEX 1:42.910 0.704 0.038 Day 3 Session 3
13 Sam LOWES 22 GBR Speed Up SPEED UP 1:42.928 0.722 0.018 Day 1 Session 3
14 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA Italtrans Racing Team KALEX 1:42.936 0.73 0.008 Day 3 Session 1
15 Julian SIMON 60 SPA Italtrans Racing Team KALEX 1:43.024 0.818 0.088 Day 3 Session 3
16 Marcel SCHROTTER 23 GER Tech 3 TECH 3 1:43.149 0.943 0.125 Day 3 Session 3
17 Axel PONS 49 SPA Argiñano & Gines Racing KALEX 1:43.187 0.981 0.038 Day 3 Session 1
18 Mattia PASINI 54 ITA NGM Forward Racing FORWARD KLX 1:43.189 0.983 0.002 Day 3 Session 1
19 Anthony WEST 95 AUS QMMF Racing Team SPEED UP 1:43.211 1.005 0.022 Day 3 Session 3
20 Louis ROSSI 96 FRA SAG Team KALEX 1:43.211 1.005 Day 3 Session 1
21 Josh HERRIN 2 USA AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing CATERHAM SUTER 1:43.622 1.416 0.411 Day 3 Session 2
22 Gino REA 8 GBR AGT-Rea Racing SUTER 1:43.645 1.439 0.023 Day 3 Session 3
23 Randy KRUMMENACHER 4 SWI Iodaracing Project SUTER 1:43.751 1.545 0.106 Day 3 Session 2
24 Hafizh SYAHRIN 55 MAL Petronas Raceline Malaysia KALEX 1:43.812 1.606 0.061 Day 2 Session 2
25 Azlan SHAH 25 MAL Idemitsu Honda Team Asia KALEX 1:43.938 1.732 0.126 Day 3 Session 3
26 Ricky CARDUS 88 SPA Tech 3 TECH 3 1:44.029 1.823 0.091 Day 3 Session 2
27 Roman RAMOS 97 SPA QMMF Racing Team SPEED UP 1:44.099 1.893 0.07 Day 3 Session 2
28 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA 45 JPN Teluru Team JiR Webike TSR 1:44.658 2.452 0.559 Day 3 Session 2
29 Thitipong WAROKORN 10 THA APH PTT The Pizza SAG KALEX 1:45.190 2.984 0.532 Day 3 Session 3
30 Robin MULHAUSER 70 SWI Technomag CarXpert SUTER 1:45.361 3.155 0.171 Day 3 Session 2
31 Alexis MASBOU 10 FRA Ongetta-Rivacold HONDA 1:49.314 2.956 0.052 Day 2 Session 2 – See more at: http://www.bikesportnews.com/news-detail.cfm?newstitle=Jerez-Moto2-test:-Combined-three-day-times&newsid=11367#sthash.EJ7X136b.dpuf
1 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN Idemitsu Honda Team Asia KALEX 1:42.206 Day 3 Session 1
2 Sandro CORTESE 11 GER Dynavolt Intact GP KALEX 1:42.393 0.187 0.187 Day 3 Session 1
3 Thomas LUTHI 12 SWI Interwetten Paddock Moto2 SUTER 1:42.472 0.266 0.079 Day 3 Session 1
4 Xavier SIMEON 19 BEL Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 SUTER 1:42.556 0.35 0.084 Day 3 Session 1
5 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing CATERHAM SUTER 1:42.616 0.41 0.06 Day 3 Session 2
6 Luis SALOM 39 SPA Pons HP 40 KALEX 1:42.628 0.422 0.012 Day 3 Session 3
7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI 7 ITA Gresini Moto2 SUTER 1:42.639 0.433 0.011 Day 3 Session 2
8 Alex DE ANGELIS 15 RSM Tasca Racing Moto2 SUTER 1:42.699 0.493 0.06 Day 3 Session 2
9 Dominique AEGERTER 77 SWI Technomag CarXpert SUTER 1:42.778 0.572 0.079 Day 3 Session 3
10 Simone CORSI 3 ITA NGM Forward Racing FORWARD KLX 1:42.822 0.616 0.044 Day 3 Session 1
11 Maverick VIÑALES 40 SPA Pons HP 40 KALEX 1:42.872 0.666 0.05 Day 3 Session 1
12 Jonas FOLGER 94 GER Argiñano & Gines Racing KALEX 1:42.910 0.704 0.038 Day 3 Session 3
13 Sam LOWES 22 GBR Speed Up SPEED UP 1:42.928 0.722 0.018 Day 1 Session 3
14 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA Italtrans Racing Team KALEX 1:42.936 0.73 0.008 Day 3 Session 1
15 Julian SIMON 60 SPA Italtrans Racing Team KALEX 1:43.024 0.818 0.088 Day 3 Session 3
16 Marcel SCHROTTER 23 GER Tech 3 TECH 3 1:43.149 0.943 0.125 Day 3 Session 3
17 Axel PONS 49 SPA Argiñano & Gines Racing KALEX 1:43.187 0.981 0.038 Day 3 Session 1
18 Mattia PASINI 54 ITA NGM Forward Racing FORWARD KLX 1:43.189 0.983 0.002 Day 3 Session 1
19 Anthony WEST 95 AUS QMMF Racing Team SPEED UP 1:43.211 1.005 0.022 Day 3 Session 3
20 Louis ROSSI 96 FRA SAG Team KALEX 1:43.211 1.005 Day 3 Session 1
21 Josh HERRIN 2 USA AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing CATERHAM SUTER 1:43.622 1.416 0.411 Day 3 Session 2
22 Gino REA 8 GBR AGT-Rea Racing SUTER 1:43.645 1.439 0.023 Day 3 Session 3
23 Randy KRUMMENACHER 4 SWI Iodaracing Project SUTER 1:43.751 1.545 0.106 Day 3 Session 2
24 Hafizh SYAHRIN 55 MAL Petronas Raceline Malaysia KALEX 1:43.812 1.606 0.061 Day 2 Session 2
25 Azlan SHAH 25 MAL Idemitsu Honda Team Asia KALEX 1:43.938 1.732 0.126 Day 3 Session 3
26 Ricky CARDUS 88 SPA Tech 3 TECH 3 1:44.029 1.823 0.091 Day 3 Session 2
27 Roman RAMOS 97 SPA QMMF Racing Team SPEED UP 1:44.099 1.893 0.07 Day 3 Session 2
28 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA 45 JPN Teluru Team JiR Webike TSR 1:44.658 2.452 0.559 Day 3 Session 2
29 Thitipong WAROKORN 10 THA APH PTT The Pizza SAG KALEX 1:45.190 2.984 0.532 Day 3 Session 3
30 Robin MULHAUSER 70 SWI Technomag CarXpert SUTER 1:45.361 3.155 0.171 Day 3 Session 2
31 Alexis MASBOU 10 FRA Ongetta-Rivacold HONDA 1:49.314 2.956 0.052 Day 2 Session 2 – See more at: http://www.bikesportnews.com/news-detail.cfm?newstitle=Jerez-Moto2-test:-Combined-three-day-times&newsid=11367#sthash.EJ7X136b.dpuf

MotoGP: It’s not that easy being green? Bautista tops the first day at Sepang II

Green + Motorbikes = Kawasaki.

However, in their MotoGP absence green is creeping into other teams colour schemes more heavily.

The Aspar Team this week unveiled a new – and very green – look:

2014 green aspar

It’s not just Monster who like green in the energy world! The Aspar Team with green Drive Energy ( a Malaysian energy brand) livery.
Photo via Team Aspar (editorial use only).

The team certainly found something under that new paint job, with Nicky Hayden moving into tenth on day one, a big improvement (Aoyama was not far behind in 13th).

Not to be outdone, the big news of the day was that BAUTISTA WAS FIRST.

His also very green Go & Fun Energy sponsored Honda (green, energy… I feel a pattern emerging…) topped the timesheets in Sepang on the first day of the second Sepang test.

The top three was filled out by the Esaprgaro brothers, with Open class Aleix’s Forward bike just ahead of his little brother Pol on the Tech3 Yamaha.

It strikes me that although it is early days in this test, more so the season, that this could (hopefully) be a precursor to a move varied season than we haven’t been treated to in a while.

O.K. So Marquez is out until Qatar (as a sidenote both the PBM Team – Laverty & Parkes – and the Iodaracing outfit – Camier and Petrucci were also missing) but where were the other big title contenders?

Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo ran into severe difficulties when it came to making their Bridgestone tyres work. This left them down in seventh and fifth respectively for Yamaha.

Dani Pedrosa waggled his accusational finger at grip issues too and quite strangely for a frequent flyer, jetlag.

Meanwhile the always jovial Bautista happily crediting his speed to the new Showa rear shock suspension in the press conference.

As no-one likes a perceived advantage you can imagine that after keeping in with Gresini by volunteering to run the Showa system over Ohlins that there could be a few defections before the start of the season if the Spaniard goes on to cement his opening performance.

In a day of surprises Andrea Dovizioso also treated us to a fast flash of red and the hope it is not all over yet this year for a challening Ducati by placing fourth.

Full final times for Sepang II Day One :

1. Alvaro Bautista Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RC213V) 2m 0.848s
2.
Aleix Espargaro NGM Mobile Forward Racing (FTR-M1) 2m 0.900s | +0.052s
3.
Pol Espargaro Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 0.999s | +0.151s
4.
Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 2m 1.029s | +0.181s
5.
Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 2m 1.158s | +0.310s
6.
Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 1.160s | +0.312s
7.
Valentino Rossi Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 2m 1.349s | +0.501s
8.
Stefan Bradl LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) 2m 1.491s | +0.643s
9.
Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 1.644s | +0.796s
10.
Nicky Hayden Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 2m 2.227s | +1.379s (53/55)
11.
Cal Crutchlow Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 2m 2.319s | +1.471s (45/48)
12.
Andrea Iannone Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 2m 2.334s | +1.486s
13.
Hiroshi Aoyama Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 2m 2.709s | +1.861s
14.
Colin Edwards NGM Mobile Forward Racing (FTR-M1) 2m 2.743s | +1.895s
15.
Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 2m 2.823s | +1.975s
16.
Hector Barbera Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki) 2m 2.975s | +2.127s
17.
Randy De Puniet Suzuki Test Rider (XRH-1) 2m 3.341s | +2.493s
18.
Scott Redding Go&Fun Honda Gresini Honda(RCV1000R) 2m 3.553s | +2.705s
19.
Michele Pirro Ducati Tester (Desmosedici) 2m 3.991s | +3.143s
20.
Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha Tester (YZR-M1) 2m 4.165s | +3.317s
21.
Mike Di Meglio Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki) 2m 4.885s | +4.037s
22.
Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing (RCV1000R) 2m 5.638s | +4.790s
23.
Nobuatsu Aoki Suzuki Tester (XRH-1) 2m 7.302s | +6.454s

 

Moto2/Moto3: Jerez test concludes with Kallio and Miller fastest

Well Marquez breaking his leg is grabbing all the headlines but there was still some testing to be done in Jerez for Moto2 and Moto3…

Day two had seen Jack Miller remain at the top of the Timesheets in Moto3 and Tom Luthi take the top spot for the first time in Moto2.

The combined times over the three day test at the Jerez circuit showed that in Moto2 Mika Kallio’s final day time was the quickest of all, a 1m 42.169 bettering Stefan Bradl’s previous best lap of 1m 42.706s (2011).

In Moto3 Jack Miller was fastest every day with his final time of 1m46.o46 better than Alex Rins previous best lap of 1m 46.660s (2013).

KTM continued their Moto3 dominance with Alex Marquez the top HoNda rider in overall eighth.

The third and final official pre-season test for Moto3 and Moto2 will be held back at Jerez from March 11-13,  some riders are expected to opt  to instead attend a tyre test at Phillip Island.

Full combined times for the second Jerez test below:

Jerez second test combined times – Moto2:
1. Mika Kallio  Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 42.169
2. Tito Rabat Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 42.233
3. Thomas Luthi Interwetten Paddock Moto2 (Suter) 1m 42.254
4. Takaaki Nakagami Idemitsu Honda Team Asia (Kalex) 1m 42.465
5. Alex De Angelis Tasca Racing Moto2 (Suter) 1m 42.847
6. Sandro Cortese Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 1m 42.850
7. Sam Lowes Speed Up (Speed Up) 1m 42.851
8. Lorenzo Baldassarri Gresini Moto2 (Suter) 1m 42.923
9. Xavier Simeon Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 (Suter) 1m 42.925
10. Simone Corsi NGM Forward Racing (Forward KLX) 1m 43.014
11. Julian Simon Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 43.020
12. Jonas Folger  Argiñano & Gines Racing (Kalex) 1m 43.033s
13. Franco Morbidelli  Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 43.181
14. Marcel Schrotter  Tech 3 (Tech 3) 1m 43.209
15. Johann Zarco  Caterham Moto Racing (Caterham Suter) 1m 43.216
16. Maverick Viñales  Pons HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 43.226
17. Nico Terol  Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 1m 43.245
18. Axel Pons  Argiñano & Gines Racing (Kalex) 1m 43.272
19. Mattia Pasini  NGM Forward Racing (Forward KLX) 1m 43.291
20. Alex Mariñelarena  Tech 3 (Tech 3) 1m 43.367
21. Luis Salom  Pons HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 43.389
22. Dominique Aegerter  Technomag CarXpert (Suter) 1m 43.401
23. Jordi Torres  Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 1m 43.537
24. Anthony West  QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 1m 43.636
25. Louis Rossi  SAG Team (Kalex) 1m 43.669
26. Josh Herrin  Caterham Moto Racing (Caterham Suter) 1m 43.732
27. Hafizh Syahrin Petronas Raceline Malaysia (Kalex) 1m 43.773
28. Randy Krummenacher Iodaracing Project (Suter) 1m 43.961
29. Tetsuta Nagashima Teluru Team JiR Webike (TSR) 1m 44.527
30. Roman Ramos QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 1m 44.530
31. Thitipong Warokorn  SAG (Kalex) 1m 44.682
32. Azlan Shah Idemitsu Honda Team Asia (Kalex) 1m 44.693
33. Robin Mulhauser Technomag CarXpert (Suter) 1m 45.254

Jerez second test combined times – Moto3:

1. Jack Miller Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 46.046
2. Jakub Kornfeil  Calvo Team (KTM) 1m 46.256
3. Niccolo Antonelli  Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 (KTM) 1m 46.452
4. Karel Hanika Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 46.645
5. Danny Kent  Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo (Husqvarna) 1m 46.646
6. Romano Fenati  Sky Racing Team by VR46 (KTM) 1m 46.650
7. Niklas Ajo  Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo (Husqvarna) 1m 46.658
8. Francesco Bagnaia  Sky Racing Team by VR46 (KTM) 1m 46.674
9. Alex Marquez  Estrella Galicia 0.0 (Honda) 1m 46.882
10. Isaac Viñales  Calvo Team (KTM) 1m 46.899
11. Efren Vazquez  Saxoprint-RTG (Honda) 1m 46.899
12. Livio Loi  Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex-KTM) 1m 46.906
13. Miguel Oliveira  Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 46.909
14. Fabio Quartararo  Estrella Galicia 0.0 (Honda) 1m 46.965
15. Juanfran Guevara  Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex-KTM) 1m 47.049
16. Philipp Oettl  Interwetten Paddock Moto3 (Kalex-KTM) 1m 47.174
17. John McPhee Saxoprint-RTG (Honda) 1m 47.592
18. Eric Granado  Calvo Team (KTM) 1m 47.639
19. Brad Binder  Ambrogio Racing (Mahindra) 1m 47.688
20. Zulfahmi Khairuddin  Ongetta-AirAsia (Honda) 1m 47.777
21. Arthur Sissis  Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 47.854
22. Alessandro Tonucci  CIP Moto3 (Mahindra) 1m 47.913
23. Enea Bastianini  Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 (KTM) 1m 47.917
24. Ana Carrasco  RW Racing GP (Kalex-KTM) 1m 48.155
25. Hafiq Azmi  SIC-Ajo (KTM) 1m 48.551
26. Scott Deroue  RW Racing GP (Kalex-KTM) 1m 48.725
27. Matteo Ferrari  San Carlo Team Italia (Mahindra) 1m 48.831
28. Alexis Masbou  Ongetta-Rivacold (Honda) 1m 48.873
29. Bryan Schouten  CIP Moto3 (Mahindra) 1m 48.983
30. Luca Grunwald Kiefer Racing (Kalex-KTM) 1m 49.002
31. Gabriel Ramos  Kiefer Racing (Kalex-KTM) 1m 49.234
32. Jules Danilo  Ambrogio Racing (Mahindra) 1m 49.625
33. Andrea Locatelli  San Carlo Team Italia (Mahindra) 1m 49.748

Moto2/Moto3: Jerez starts with Rabat and Miller on top.

2014 Rins42 surgery

Out – Alex Rins is not at Jerez to have surgery on a cyst on his wrist. Missing in Moto2 is Gino Rea – he rode the Valencia test with a broken foot!
Image via Alex Rins Twitter account @Rins42

Moto2 and Moto3 got down to testing again as the paddock moved on to Jerez.

Moto2 saw Marc VDS rider Tito Rabat sitting at the top of the timesheets one the opening day of testing after sneaking the best time of the day at the damp track from Tom Luthi late on, though both riders impressed with sub 1m 43s times.

other performances of note were Speed Up rider Sam Lowes keeping on the pace in fourth and just one place behind him in fifth Maverick Vinales, the Moto3 graduate also finding his feet in the intermediate class.

Moto3 was lead by Austraian Jack Miller, fast as he seemed he would be once free of the Honda he impressed on last season. The Red Bull KTM rider was the only one to dip under 1m 47s, with Isaac Vinales his closest time rival after taking over from his championship winning cousin at Team Calvo.

Danny Kent (Husqvarna Ajo), Niccolo Antonelli (Go & Fun KTM) and Romano Fenati Sky/VR46 KTM)remained at the front too and showed why Honda saw such an exodus from their product after it’s lacklustre showing in 2013, while hinting that the KTM  bikes are all set to dominate once again.

Efren Vazquez was the top Honda rider in in sixth, while Red Bull Rookies champ Karel Hanika found his feet in Jerez, pushing up to eighth on the list on day one.

Full times for both classes below:

Jerez Moto2 Test Times Day One:

1. Esteve Rabat  Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 42.747
2. Thomas Luthi  Interwetten Paddock Moto2 (Suter) 1m 42.989
3. Mika Kallio  Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 43.320
4. Sam Lowes GBR Speed Up (Speed Up) 1m 43.449
5. Maverick Viñales  Pons HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 43.544
6. Takaaki Nakagami  Idemitsu Honda Team Asia (Kalex) 1m 43.570
7. Sandro Cortese  Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 1m 43.634
8. Julian Simon  Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 43.695
9. Simone Corsi  NGM Forward Racing (Forward KLX) 1m 43.748
10. Luis Salom  Pons HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 43.793
11. Alex De Angelis  Tasca Racing Moto2 (Suter) 1m 43.841
12. Anthony West  QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 1m 44.178
13. Xavier Simeon  Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 (Suter) 1m 44.226
14. Johann Zarco  Caterham Moto Racing (Caterham Suter) 1m 44.283
15. Dominique Aegerter  Technomag CarXpert (Suter) 1m 44.338
16. Mattia Pasini  NGM Forward Racing (Forward KLX) 1m 44.348
17. Nico Terol  Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 1m 44.394
18. Axel Pons  Argiñano & Gines Racing (Kalex) 1m 44.412
19. Alex Mariñelarena  Tech 3 (Tech 3) 1m 44.499
20. Louis Rossi SAG Team (Kalex) 1m 44.518
21. Hafizh Syahrin  Petronas Raceline Malaysia (Kalex) 1m 44.553
22. Randy Krummenacher  Iodaracing Project (Suter) 1m 44.596
23. Jonas Folger Argiñano & Gines Racing (Kalex) 1m 44.601
24. Franco Morbidelli Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 44.617
25. Lorenzo Baldassarri Gresini Moto2 (Suter) 1m 44.912
26. Josh Herrin Caterham Moto Racing (Caterham Suter) 1m 44.951
27. Marcel Schrotter Tech 3 (Tech 3) 1m 45.112
28. Roman Ramos QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 1m 45.209
29. Azlan Shah Idemitsu Honda Team Asia (Kalex) 1m 45.298
30. Jordi Torres Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 1m 45.743
31. Thitipong Warokorn APH PTT  SAG (Kalex) 1m 46.027
32. Tetsuta Nagashima Teluru Team JiR Webike (TSR) 1m 46.378
33. Robin Mulhauser Technomag CarXpert (Suter) 1m 46.770

Jerez Moto3 Test Times Day One:

1. Jack Miller  Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 46.975
2. Isaac Viñales  Calvo Team (KTM) 1m 47.277
3. Danny Kent  Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo (Husqvarna) 1m 47.471
4. Niccolo Antonelli  Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 (KTM) 1m 47.480
5. Romano Fenati  Sky Racing Team by VR46 (KTM) 1m 47.735
6. Efren Vazquez  Saxoprint-RTG (Honda) 1m 47.845
7. Jakub Kornfeil  Calvo Team (KTM) 1m 47.910
8. Karel Hanika  Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 47.960
9. Philipp Oettl  Interwetten Paddock Moto3 (Kalex-KTM) 1m 48.113
10. Alex Marquez  Estrella Galicia 0.0 (Honda) 1m 48.186
11. Fabio Quartararo  Estrella Galicia 0.0 (Honda) 1m 48.232 * in for Alex Rins
12. Livio Loi  Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex-KTM) 1m 48.370
13. John McPhee  Saxoprint-RTG (Honda) 1m 48.547
14. Miguel Oliveira  Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 48.660
15. Niklas Ajo  Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo (Husqvarna) 1m 48.674
16. Francesco Bagnaia  Sky Racing Team by VR46 (KTM) 1m 48.859
17. Brad Binder  Ambrogio Racing (Mahindra) 1m 48.927
18. Eric Granado  Calvo Team (KTM) 1m 49.183
19. Arthur Sissis  Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 49.299
20. Scott Deroue  RW Racing GP (Kalex-KTM) 1m 49.591
21. Ana Carrasco  RW Racing GP (Kalex-KTM) 1m 49.598
22. Jules Danilo  Ambrogio Racing (Mahindra) 1m 49.625
23. Bryan Schouten  CIP Moto3 (Mahindra) 1m 49.654
24. Juanfran Guevara  Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex-KTM) 1m 49.797
25. Zulfahmi Khairuddin  Ongetta-AirAsia (Honda) 1m 49.891
26. Alessandro Tonucci  CIP Moto3 (Mahindra) 1m 50.010
27. Luca Grunwald  Kiefer Racing (Kalex-KTM) 1m 50.104
28. Hafiq Azmi  SIC-Ajo (KTM) 1m 50.245
29. Alexis Masbou  Ongetta-Rivacold (Honda) 1m 50.326
30. Gabriel Ramos  Kiefer Racing (Kalex-KTM) 1m 50.372
31. Matteo Ferrari  San Carlo Team Italia (Mahindra) 1m 50.405
32. Enea Bastianini  Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 (KTM) 1m 51.109
33. Andrea Locatelli  San Carlo Team Italia (Mahindra) 1m 51.314

MotoGP- Moto2/Moto3: Rabat and Antonelli leave Valencia test on top

Looks like this seasons support classes will offer some extremely closing racing if testing is anything to go by.

Marc VDS 2014 Valencia Moto2 test Tito Esteve Rabat

Different team…still fast. Tito Rabat finished with the fastest time during the test, he is no longer tied to his Spanish Radio Sponsor number 80 now at Marc VDS, choosing 53 for 2014.
Image:Marc VDS

 

There was action before the test even began.

In Moto2 Xavier Simeon lost his teeth in a big crash at a private test in Almueria:

www.crash.net – Simeon set to miss Valencia test (my report, click link for more)

In Moto3 Eric Granado moved from Aspar to Team Calvo (who last year were home to championship winner Maverick Vinales) as sponsorship came before talent. He’s a Red Bull rider and then Aspar signed a big deal with another brand…(though to be fair they did help him find somewhere else to ride and not filling their vacated seat suggests to me they maybe helped foot the bill too…):

www.crash.net – Granado makes transfer from Aspar to Calvo (again, by me – click link for more)

Times were close at the top over the three day test with Moto2 seeing the whole top ten under 1m 36s. Maverick Vinales who moves up to Moto2 as the reigning Moto3 champion, has been quickly on the pace at the Pons team and his time on the final day was just slower than the overall fastest posted by Marc VDS rider Tito Rabat:

“I’m very happy for the feeling with the bike and with the team during these three days in Valencia. We worked very well, trying many different things on the bike – suspension, swinging arm and fairings – and we learnt a lot. We made improvements to the bike and also found a good rhythm during our race simulation today. Now we need to head down to Jerez to confirm everything at a different track, under different conditions and, hopefully, make one step more.”

In Moto3 Austrailan Jack Miller showed off his skills after joining the KTM ranks for 2014 with the fastest final day time for the Red Bull Ajo team, but it was Niccolo Antonelli, also now a KTM rider, who remained fastest overall. Britains Danny Kent and Romano Fenati at VAlentino Rossi’s Sky sponsored 46 team also went sub-1m 40s.

The top eight bikes were all KTM powered when Husqvarna and Kalex-KTM’s included, indicating that once again the riders on anything else will struggle for the top spots. Mahindra had the ninth fastest bike with the first Honda showing up in tenth, it was piloted by Alex Rins – a title contender last year- at Estrella Galicia last year before they went against the majority and swapped FROM KTM to Honda. Oh Dear.

The next official test is just next week in Jerez -from February 18-20.

 

Valencia combined Moto2 times:

1. Esteve Rabat  Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 35.155
2. Maverick Viñales  Pons HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 35.302
3. Takaaki Nakagami  Idemitsu Honda Team Asia (Kalex) 1m 35.337
4. Thomas Luthi Interwetten Paddock Moto2 (Suter) 1m 35.422
5. Sandro Cortese  Dynavolt Intact GP (Kalex) 1m 35.564
6. Jordi Torres  Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 1m 35.643
7. Mika Kallio  Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 35.690
8. Nico Terol  Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 (Suter) 1m 35.715
9. Julian Simon  Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 35.725
10. Luis Salom  Pons HP 40 (Kalex) 1m 35.844
11. Alex De Angelis  Tasca Racing Moto2 (Suter) 1m 36.033
12. Sam Lowes  Speed Up (Speed Up) 1m 36.082
13. Johann Zarco  Caterham Moto Racing (Caterham Suter) 1m 36.222
14. Axel Pons  Argiñano & Gines Racing (Kalex) 1m 36.335
15. Dominique Aegerter  Technomag CarXpert (Suter) 1m 36.384
16. Jonas Folger  Argiñano & Gines Racing (Kalex) 1m 36.439
17. Anthony West  QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 1m 36.534
18. Josh Herrin  Caterham Moto Racing (Caterham Suter) 1m 36.566
19. Marcel Schrotter  Tech 3 (Tech 3) 1m 36.684
20. Franco Morbidelli  Italtrans Racing Team (Kalex) 1m 36.785
21. Louis Rossi  SAG Team (Kalex) 1m 36.852
22. Hafizh Syahrin  Petronas Raceline Malaysia (Kalex) 1m 36.886
23. Lorenzo Baldassarri  Gresini Moto2 (Suter) 1m 36.926
24. Azlan Shah  Idemitsu Honda Team Asia (Kalex) 1m 36.955
25. Alex Mariñelarena  Tech 3 (Tech 3) 1m 37.015
26. Roman Ramos  QMMF Racing Team (Speed Up) 1m 37.067
27. Gino Rea  AGT-Rea Racing (Suter) 1m 37.141
28. Randy Krummenacher  Iodaracing Project (Suter) 1m 37.151
29. Thitipong Warokorn  A.P. Honda SAG Team (Kalex) 1m 37.867
30. Robin Mulhauser Technomag CarXpert (Suter) 1m 37.878
31. Tetsuta Nagashima  Teluru Team JiR Webike (MotoBI) 1m 38.915

 

Valencia Moto3 combined times:

1. Niccolo Antonelli  Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 (KTM) 1m 39.454
2. Jack Miller  Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 39.462
3. Danny Kent  Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo (Husqvarna) 1m 39.726
4. Romano Fenati  Sky Racing Team by VR46 (KTM) 1m 39.885
5. Isaac Viñales  Calvo Team (KTM) 1m 40.060
6. Francesco Bagnaia  Sky Racing Team by VR46 (KTM) 1m 40.103
7. Juanfran Guevara  Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 (Kalex-KTM) 1m 40.112
8. Enea Bastianini  Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 (KTM) 1m 40.166
9. Miguel Oliveira  Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 40.206
10. Alex Rins  Estrella Galicia 0.0 (Honda) 1m 40.231
11. Livio Loi  Marc VDS Racing Team (Kalex-KTM) 1m 40.394
12. Arthur Sissis  Mahindra Racing (Mahindra) 1m 40.409
13. Jakub Kornfeil  Calvo Team (KTM) 1m 40.444
14. Efren Vazquez  Saxoprint-RTG (Honda) 1m 40.546
15. Philipp Oettl  Interwetten Paddock Moto3 (Kalex-KTM) 1m 40.601
16. Alex Marquez  Estrella Galicia 0.0 (Honda) 1m 40.629
17. Eric Granado  Calvo Team (KTM) 1m 40.694
18. Hafiq Azmi  SIC-Ajo (KTM) 1m 40.734
19. Brad Binder  Ambrogio Racing (Mahindra) 1m 40.965
20. Niklas Ajo  Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo (Husqvarna) 1m 41.127
21. John McPhee  Saxoprint-RTG (Honda) 1m 41.170
22. Ana Carrasco  RW Racing GP (Kalex-KTM) 1m 41.214
23. Karel Hanika  Red Bull KTM Ajo (KTM) 1m 41.258
24. Matteo Ferrari  San Carlo Team Italia (Mahindra) 1m 41.321
25. Luca Grunwald  Kiefer Racing (Kalex-KTM) 1m 41.542
26. Gabriel Ramos  Kiefer Racing (Kalex-KTM) 1m 41.749
27. Scott Deroue  RW Racing GP (Kalex-KTM) 1m 41.765
28. Alessandro Tonucci  CIP Moto3 (Mahindra) 1m 41.840
29. Jules Danilo  Ambrogio Racing (Mahindra) 1m 41.962
30. Zulfahmi Khairuddin  Ongetta-AirAsia (Honda) 1m 41.973
31. Andrea Locatelli  San Carlo Team Italia (Mahindra) 1m 42.043
32. Bryan Schouten  CIP Moto3 (Mahindra) 1m 42.392
33. Alexis Masbou  Ongetta-Rivacold (Honda) 1m 42.404

 

MotoGP: Marquez leaves Sepang test with a new record time

Marc Marquez continued to improve at the Sepang MotoGP test.

Instead of resting on his laurels after topping the first two days of action Honda rider Marquez took things to a whole new level on the final day in Malaysia setting a new record time at the track with a 1m 59.533 lap – just inside Casey Stoner’s unofficial benchmark lap of 1m 59.607 from 2012.

This apparently left him “pretty happy”.

After the young Spaniard the trio with the next best times were all Yamaha riders and all worthy of a mention.

Valentino Rossi looks like he might be in for a good season after coming in second again and just 0.194 shy of the top time of current champion Marquez. The Italians lap was also his own best around Sepang ever. A good sign for a feisty championship ahead (hopefully!)

2014 marquez test helmet

Keeping it subtle, a nice, understated version of the Marquez ‘ant’ theme for the Sepang test, with a couple of little additions to remind everyone who the reigning champion is!
Image via Marc Marquez own Twitter account @marcmarquez93 and reproduced here under the fair use act.

Jorge Lorenzo clocked in third as he continued to succeed in his mission to iron out bike issues but this time also working on race pace, something he found very quickly.

Impressing so much that accusations are already flying as they did in CRT, Aleix Espargaro was not only fourth quickest while working on a full race distance on his Open Class Forward Yamaha entry but also went sub 2 minutes!

Understandably “thrilled” the FTR M1 rider concluded his sensational test in style finishing ahead of many riders who you could reasonably have expected to see above him on the timesheets -factory Honda rider Dani Pedrosa, LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl and the whole Ducati outfit.

2014 A Espargaro Sepang helmet

Hola Forward, hello world! Once again commanding attention (and not just from all the pink on him) Aleix uses his helmet to say hello to his new team while making a mark on MotoGP for 2014 before the season has begun.
Image by Aleix Espargaro @AleixEspargaro on twitter and also shared via Instagram, other details as above.

Full list of final times for the third and final day below:

1. Marc Marquez  Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 59.533 (Lap 10/40)
2. Valentino Rossi  Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 1m 59.727 +0.194 (11/55)
3. Jorge Lorenzo  Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 1m 59.866 +0.333 (2/65)
4. Aleix Espargaro  NGM Mobile Forward Racing (FTR-M1) 1m 59.998 +0.465 (7/43)
5. Stefan Bradl  LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) 2m 0.112 +0.579 (11/38)
6. Dani Pedrosa  Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 0.223 +0.690 (29/55)
7. Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 2m 0.370 +0.837 (10/40)
8. Pol Espargaro  Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 0.655 +1.122 (8/65)
9. Andrea Iannone  Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 2m 0.725 +1.192 (13/57)
10. Alvaro Bautista  Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RC213V) 2m 0.788| +1.255 (3/63)
11. Bradley Smith  Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 0.896 +1.363 (10/65)
12. Cal Crutchlow  Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 2m 1.057 +1.524 (58/58)
13. Nicky Hayden  Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 2m 1.514 +1.981 (21/59)
14. Colin Edwards  NGM Mobile Forward Racing (FTR-M1) 2m 1.731 +2.198 (41/47)
15. Michele Pirro  Ducati Test Rider (Desmosedici) 2m 1.782 +2.249 (12/67)
16. Hiroshi Aoyama  Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 2m 2.383 +2.850 (61/66)
17. Randy De Puniet  Suzuki Test Rider (XRH-1) 2m 2.486 +2.953 (17/67)
18. Yonny Hernandez  Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 2m 2.556 +3.023 (31/65)
19. Kosuke Akiyoshi  Honda Test Rider 2m 2.619 +3.086 (3/58)
20. Katsuyuki Nakasuga  Yamaha Test Rider (YZR-M1) 2m 2.788 +3.255 (13/38)
21. Scott Redding  Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RCV1000R) 2m 2.833 +3.300 (42/60)
22. Michael Laverty  Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) 2m 3.187 +3.654 (12/41)
23. Hector Barbera  Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki) 2m 3.204 +3.671 (49/54)
24. Broc Parkes  Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) 2m 3.402 +3.869 (40/43)
25. Mike Di Meglio  Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki) 2m 4.516| +4.983 (28/58)
26. Nobuatsu Aoki  Suzuki Test Rider (XRH-1) 2m 5.686 +6.153 (10/12)
27. Karel Abraham  Cardion AB Motoracing (RCV1000R) 2m 5.974 +6.441 (6/12)

MotoGP: Marquez remains on top for day two and Iannone’s follow friendly helmet

Day two in Sepang for the MotoGP riders saw Marc Marquez go sub two minutes in Malaysia, the first rider to do so.

The top three times of the day were all set by Honda riders with the Spaniards factory team-mate second and LCR rider Stefan Bradl improving to third.

Valentino Rossi completed another solid day of testing with the fourth fastest time, just ahead of the rider of the test for me so far, Aleix Espargaro – who was the fifth best on day two, easily the best of the Open Class entries and one place faster than Rossi’s Yamaha colleague Jorge Lorenzo. Impressive.

Andrea Iannone saw off the factory Ducati riders once again with his Pramac machine, so to celebrate here’s his ‘follow me’ social media inspired helmet as the image for todays blog, Day two times listed below the picture:

2014 at andreaiannone29 sepang test

Still Crazy… The self styled ‘Maniac Joe’ wants you to follow him – just like Crutchlow and Dovizioso at the moment!
Image via Iannone himself initially posted on his Twitter feed – @andreaiannone29 and used under the fair use act

Sepang Test 2014 Day Two Times:

1. Marc Marquez  Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 59.926s (Lap 38/65)
2. Dani Pedrosa  Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 0.336s | +0.410s (12/62)
3. Stefan Bradl  LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) 2m 0.339s | +0.413s (13/52)
4. Valentino Rossi  Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 2m 0.464s | +0.538s (18/61)
5. Aleix Espargaro  NGM Mobile Forward Racing (FTR-M1) 2m 0.547s | +0.621s (16/42)
6. Jorge Lorenzo  Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 2m 0.573s | +0.647s (27/49)
7. Bradley Smith  Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 0.603s | +0.677s (27/66)
8. Andrea Iannone Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 2m 0.855s | +0.929s (9/49)
9. Alvaro Bautista  Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RC213V) 2m 0.897s | +0.971s (51/55)
10. Pol Espargaro  Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 1.061s | +1.135s (4/49)
11. Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 2m 1.146s | +1.220s (8/45)
12. Cal Crutchlow  Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 2m 1.396s | +1.470s (11/48)
13. Michele Pirro  Ducati Test Rider (Desmosedici) 2m 2.177s | +2.251s (6/56)
14. Nicky Hayden  Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 2m 2.287s | +2.361s (25/58)
15. Colin Edwards  NGM Mobile Forward Racing (FTR-M1) 2m 2.545s | +2.619s (8/35)
16. Yonny Hernandez  Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 2m 2.675s | +2.749s (13/45)
17. Kosuke Akiyoshi  Honda Test Rider 2m 2.692s | +2.766s (8/68)
18. Hiroshi Aoyama Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 2m 2.825s | +2.899s (65/66)
19. Katsuyuki Nakasuga  Yamaha Test Rider (YZR-M1) 2m 2.970s | +3.044s (49/56)
20. Randy De Puniet  Suzuki Test Rider (XRH-1) 2m 3.064s | +3.138s (73/96)
21. Scott Redding  Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RCV1000R) 2m 3.117s | +3.191s (39/53)
22. Michael Laverty  Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) 2m 3.528s | +3.602s (37/41)
23. Hector Barbera  Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki) 2m 4.551s | +4.625s (2/37)
24. Broc Parkes  Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) 2m 4.619s | +4.693s (42/43)
25. Karel Abraham  Cardion AB Motoracing (RCV1000R) 2m 5.261s | +5.335s (21/32)
26. Mike Di Meglio  Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki) 2m 5.355s | +5.429s (4/34)

MotoGP: Valentino Rossi’s helmet for the Sepang 2014 test

MotoGP’s winter break is finally over (as is mine, with plenty of great blog reading for me to catch up on!) and to celebrate here is a picture of Rossi’s helmet for the Sepeng test as seen on Twitter and originally shared by MotoGP.com, hopefully for all his fans it will be the only view his rivals get of his face on track this season!

2014 Rossi Sepang test 1 helmet

Rossi’s helmet will look best if you are behind it! (So far that’s everyone EXCEPT Marquez!)
Image originally shared on twitter by @MotoGP reposted here under the fair use act

So far the helmet has served him well, finishing the first day in Sepang in second behind current World Champion Marc Marquez.

Here is a list of times from day 1:

1. Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 0.286s (52/62)
2. Valentino Rossi  Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 2m 0.804s | +0.518s (58/61)
3. Dani Pedrosa  Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 0.906s | +0.620s (73/75)
4. Jorge Lorenzo  Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 2m 1.082s | +0.796s (26/47)
5. Alvaro Bautista  Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RC213V) 2m 1.240s | +0.954s (48/52)
6. Stefan Bradl  LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) 2m 1.320s | +1.034s (10/25)
7. Aleix Espargaro  NGM Mobile Forward Racing (FTR-M1) 2m 1.419s | +1.133s (19/26)
8. Andrea Iannone  Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 2m 1.538s | +1.252s (38/44)
9. Pol Espargaro  Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 1.634s | +1.348s (42/48)
10. Bradley Smith  Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 1.876s | +1.590s (54/55)
11. Colin Edwards  NGM Mobile Forward Racing (FTR-M1) 2m 2.483s | +2.197s (25/26)
12. Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 2m 2.497s | +2.211s (21/27)
13. Michele Pirro  Ducati Test Rider (Desmosedici) 2m 2.552s | +2.266s (47/48)
14. Cal Crutchlow  Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 2m 2.860s | +2.574s (16/38)
15. Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 2m 2.891s | +2.605s (28/49)
16. Katsuyuki Nakasuga  Yamaha Test Rider (YZR-M1) 2m 3.126s | +2.840s (14/35)
17. Nicky Hayden  Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 2m 3.319s | +3.033s (53/56)
18. Hiroshi Aoyama  Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 2m 3.328s | +3.042s (49/51)
19. Randy de Puniet  Suzuki Test Rider (XRH-1) 2m 3.893s | +3.607s (47/75)
20. Kosuke Akiyoshi  Honda Test Rider 2m 4.267s | +3.981s (27/64)
21. Scott Redding  Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RCV1000R) 2m 4.431s | +4.145s (41/48)
22. Hector Barbera  Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki) 2m 4.922s | +4.636s (34/44)
23. Mike di Meglio  Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki) 2m 5.825s | +5.539s (50/51)
24. Broc Parkes  Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) 2m 5.889s | +5.603s (32/40)
25. Michael Laverty  Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) 2m 6.070s | +5.784s (14/14)
26. Karel Abraham  Cardion AB Motoracing (RCV1000R) 2m 6.755s | +6.469s (21/41)

Early indications from day 1 give the impression that a competitive season between Marquez/Rossi/Lorenzo and Pedrosa could be on the cards with Aleix Espargaro giving a star turn once again – impressing in the Open class, as he did as a CRT rider. Ducati still seem to have work to do…

MotoGP: Hayden reveals 2013 Valencia test helmet early!

It appears Nicky Hayden is already looking to the future.

Who can blame him? After many years of dedication to Ducati the American; who was world champion in 2006 after Rossi fell in Valencia in a race that was poised at it’s start in the same way as the Lorenzo/Marquez battle this year;  is ready for his forthcoming move to the Aspar team.

He is so ready he has already shared the following image of his new lid on Twitter at @NickyHayden :

Nicky's New lid, shared by the Kentucky Kid himself, image for editorial use only, under fair use act

Nicky’s New lid, shared by the Kentucky Kid himself, image for editorial use only, under fair use act

The latest Arai special helmet for Hayden is once again covered in Starline graphics and is painted by his usual artist Roberto Marchionni, who posted the news in a reply that ” now I don’t think is possible make replica…but is possible after special edition painted hand. Thanks Roby”

So for those wanting a replica it sounds like there is a good chance. As long as you don’t expect him to paint them all by hand!

It is really nice to see a rider of Hayden’s caliber and quality ready to fight again after his long, hard stint at Ducati, adding RESET & PUSH HARDER and ‘The Next Match’ to his usual, equally positive personal mantra of ‘Let’s Get It’.

Here’s to seeing this helmet in action in his Honda return at the Valencia Test!

MotoGP: Testing! Testing! Stoner back on a Honda in Motegi

Test Stoner 2013

Stoner back in action, of sorts. The Australian comes out of retirement to test for Honda at Motegi
Image shared via hrc_motogp, also available on Instagram and Twitter.

For the first time since the final race of the 2012 season Casey Stoner was back on a MotoGP bike – testing the 2013 Honda at the Motegi circuit in Japan alongside test riders Katsuyuki Nakasuga and Wataru Yoshikawa and Randy De Puniet for Suzuki.

Starting out, according to those at the track, with the 2012 forks and shocks in place, the former two-time world champion is also due to try out the new 2014 prototype machine, but has for the time being been held up by the wet weather.

Stoner had the following to say on his return;

“It was good to get back on the bike, if only for a few laps! We only managed to get one run in before the rain arrived which was a little disappointing. It was really nice to get that first run, it’s been nine months since I’ve been on a bike and it’s going to take me some time to get used to everything again! The bike and the track felt good and I hope that we can get some better testing in tomorrow with some dry track time and run some more laps.”

The development of next year’s Honda factory bike and production racer is due to continue at the private test tomorrow, weather permitting.