Vinales

Just Up? Catch up on the Sepang races here!

Moto2 saw the title decided and Moto3 was a thriller so here’s some links to help you catch up if you could only just about make it out of bed for the main event (extra tricky with the clocks changing!)

My main Moto3 and Moto2 race reports are done as-live and can be found at crash.net, click here for Moto3 and here for Moto2.

They also have very comprehensive coverage of MotoGP so worth a click whatever your interests to comment, like, tweet and get involved, the more the merrier!

For a round up of both the support classes here’s a combined summary for Paddock Chatter.

 

MotoGP race reports for the early Australian Grand Prix are online now

19/10/2014

The Australian MotoGP weekend brought three enthralling races, with MotoGP repeated I won’t spoil the result, but if you are looking to catch up on the sports future stars of Moto2 and Moto3 here are some race reports to help you catch up!

My full crash.net race reports are wriiten as the action happened so for full details of what happened in Moto3, click here or for Moto2 here.

You can also check out a shorter, combined report over at Paddock Chatter by clicking here.

You will also find the opportunity to discuss the races in the comments section or via the social media buttons on each article, allowing you to chat with other race fans about the days events.

MotoGP: Pedrosa and Espargaro’s Catalunya helmet art celebrates coming home

14/06/2014

With so many Spanish riders in the MotoGP paddock there was bound to be a selection of special helmets doing the rounds in Spain.

The Espargaro brothers are Barcelona locals, their support of Barcelona FC is often apparent, while Dani Pedrosa is originally from Sabadell, just outside the city and very close to the Montmelo track.

The Repsol Honda rider not only had a pole to celebrate but a helmet celebrating his fanbase, a touching tribute showing what the Spaniards fans mean to him:

 

The helmet features the phrase ‘You don’t race alone’ an image in black and white of his fans with banners in the stands and his usual cartoon logo replaced with the fanclub sticker version. Possibly Pedrosa’s best helmet to date.

Aleix Espargaro’s effort is slightly aimed at Twitter featuring the hashtag #WhereItAllStarted a refrence to Montmelo being his home circuit, an accompanying graphic of the track sits above it:

 

His leathers, bike and helmet are all also designed to support Special Olympics Catalunya – a local charity organisation set up to “promote the practice of sport among people with intellectual disability as a tool for social integration and to improve their quality of life”. A great cause.

Finally, as a helmet art bonus, down in Moto3 Isaac Vinales also had a different design on show for his home race, some excellent work by @SLGrafics :

MotoGP Argentina Race Reports…

27/04/2014

…Are online now!

I wish I still had the time to re-write a different round up of the action for my blog but on race day my keyboard is required elsewhere!

Here’s how to catch up on the action:

Want to know who made the podium in Moto2 and Moto3?

My Moto3 race report at crash.net can be found here, and Moto2 here.

For a brief summary of the two there is also my shorter combined round up for both classes over at Paddock Chatter, something for everyone – just follow the links!

I also appreciate much tweeting, liking and commenting, so please feel free to get involved, I love to see feedback and which riders people follow so I can make sure their performance is covered! (Thanks all!)

MotoGP Austin Race Reports…

13/04/2014

…Are online now! The proper posting will occur at a more reasonable hour but for now here’s some links to what I have been writing elsewhere!

Want to know who made the podium in Moto2 and Moto3? I have just the links you need (again)!

My Moto3 race report at crash.net can be found here, and Moto2 here.

For a brief summary of the two there is also my shorter combined round up for both classes over at Paddock Chatter, something for everyone – just follow the links!

I also appreciate much tweeting, liking and commenting, so get involved! (Thanks all!)

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

Image of the GP: Congratulations Champions!

No clever, funny or controversial pictures this week. The news in pictures is this week just a celebration of the the MotoGP world championship winners; Moto3 – Maverick Vinales; Moto2 – Pol Espargaro and MotoGP – Marc Marquez.

The individual images are from each of the riders personal twitter accounts to show how they shared their championship wins with the fans. Compiled with the group photo it also gives some good images of the celebration helmet specials and winning t-shirts (Marquez’s baby champion was particularly lighthearted and good fun, without a whiff of controversy this time!).

So congratulations champions:

Your 2013 MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 Champions; l-r Pol Espargaro, Marc Marquez and Maverick Vinales. Image by @ECdeportes on twitter, editorial use only under fair use act.

Your 2013 MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 Champions; l-r Pol Espargaro, Marc Marquez and Maverick Vinales.
Image by @ECdeportes on twitter, editorial use only under fair use act.

Maverick Vinales celebrates after taking Moto3 to the final lap. Image via @maverickmack25 details as above.

Maverick Vinales celebrates after taking Moto3 to the final lap.
Image via @maverickmack25 details as before.

Pol Espargaro was lucky enough not to need to wait to Valencia, he celebrated his win in Japan, via @PolEspargaro, details as above.

Pol Espargaro was lucky enough not to need to wait to Valencia, he celebrated his win in Japan, via @PolEspargaro, details as before.

Marc Marquez won the big one, and was top rookie too, via @marcmarquez93 details as above.

Marc Marquez won the big one, and was top rookie too, via @marcmarquez93, details as before.

Not forgetting the CRT Champion Aleix Espargaro, he was crowned three weeks ago, image via Aleix Espargaro on Instagram, details as before.

Not forgetting the CRT Champion Aleix Espargaro, he was crowned three weeks ago! Image via Aleix Espargaro on Instagram, details as before.

 

 

 

 

MotoGP Valencia race reports online now!

What a race weekend! It was a pleasure to be able to report on the whole of the 2013 season and Valencia saw the year end with a flourish.

Moto3 surely has to go down as one of the best race ever in any class, race report available at crash.net here.

Moto2 sure proved that it had racing left in it even with the title decided, race report for that also on crash here.

For a briefer digest there’s always my race round-up for Paddock Chatter.

This is also my final summary of the Redding/Espargaro title battle, plus I also have news on where Moto3 Brit John McPhee will be riding in 2013!

Click the links for more on any of the above or just to connect to fellow fans and tweet, like and comment with other race fans!

Valencia qualifying reports online now!

It’s the final race weekend of 2013 and Valencia is buzzing. The t.v. shows that the Ricardo Tormo circuit was filled – and it’s only qualifying day!

Moto3 delivered with it’s qualifying session, perfectly setting up the three way battle for the title to decide who wins the championship, while Espargaro looked easy as the pressure was off and the title in his hands in Moto2.

Want more?

Brief support class round up as usual is available at Paddock Chatter. for Detailed Moto3 and Moto2 reports on crash.net just click and follow the links, and why not comment, share, like or tweet to connect with other motorsport fans while you are there? Ah, go on!

MotoGP penalties for all classes – a list

This year has seen the debut of MotoGP’s new points system, where bad riding and thoughtlessness were to be punished accordingly. This is something I plan to look at in detail after the final round at Valencia, but ahead of that, for those who are curious here’s where the penalty points went so far this season, though no-one has managed to hit enough points for the lowest sanction of a back of the grid start:

 

Format = race – rider – class – points awarded – reason (all events in race unless stated otherwise)

  • Jerez – Rafid Topan Sucipto – Moto2 – 1 – Did not respect the blue flag
  • Catalunya – Maverick Vinales – Moto3 – 1 – Riding in the opposite direction in the pit lane in qualifying
  • Assen – Andrea Dovizioso – MotoGP – 1 – Striking another rider in qualifying
  • Assen – Hector Barbera – MotoGP – 1 – Riding slowly on the racing line causing obstruction to another rider in qualifying
  • Brno – Andrea Iannone – MotoGP – 1- Riding slowly on the racing line causing obstruction to another rider in qualifying
  • Silverstone – Marc Marquez – MotoGP – 2 – Did not respect the Yellow Flag for Crutchlow crash in warm up
  • Misano – Ricky Cardus – Moto2 – 2 – Did not respect the Yellow Flag in qualifying
  • Aragon – Alessandro Tonucci  – Moto3 – 1 – Riding slowly on the racing line causing obstruction to another rider in qualifying
  • Aragon – Sandro Cortese – Moto2 – 1 –  Irresponsible riding, contact with another rider.
  • Aragon – Marc Marquez – MotoGP – 1 – Irresponsible riding, contact with another rider.
  • Sepang – Maverick Vinales – Moto3 – 1 – Irresponsible riding, contact with another rider.
  • Sepang – Pol Espargaro – Moto2 – 1 – Irresponsible riding, crossing the track in front of riders in the Practice Start zone
  • Motegi – Jack Miller – Moto3 – 2 – Irresponsible riding, contact with another rider (Masbou)
  • Motegi – Isaac Vinales –  Moto3 – 1 – Irresponsible riding, contact with another rider (Salom)
  • Motegi – Damian Cudlin – MotoGP – 1 – Did not respect the blue flag when lapped by Lorenzo

By total points accrued :

  • Marc Marquez – 3
  • Maverick Vinales – 2
  • Jack Miller – 2
  • Andrea Dovizioso – 1
  • Andrea Iannone – 1
  • Hector Barbera – 1
  • Pol Espargaro – 1
  • Sandro Cortese 1
  • Alessandro Tonucci -1
  • Rafid Topan Sucipto -1
  • Isaac Vinales – 1
  • Damian Cudlin 1

Penalty List:

  • 4 points – start at back of the grid
  • 7 points – pit lane start, 10 seconds after field
  • 10 points – disqualification from next race

The points all get wiped at the end of the season. So 2014 is started afresh, with no penalties carried over.

If anyone can enlighten me as to why Miller got handed a heavier penalty for the contact I’d be interested to hear the logic, but that is just one of many points you could pick out of the list when discussing how/when/if the penalty points has been implemented well (fairly or otherwise!)

More people willing to risk the wrath of race direction in the later races too, so let’s see if we have any (pretty pointless) additions after Valencia…