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2012 Qatar Moto2 and Moto3 Sunday Post-Race Press Release Round Up

Press releases from the teams after the Moto2 and Moto3 races on Sunday at Qatar:


2012 Qatar MotoGP Saturday Moto2 Press Release Round Up

Press releases after qualifying from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams at Qatar:


2012 Valencia Moto2 And Moto3 Test Day 3 Press Releases

Press releases from a selection of the teams after the Moto2 and Moto3 test at Valencia:


Provisional Entry Lists Announced: 21 MotoGP Riders, 33 In Moto2 And 32 In Moto3

The FIM today released the provisional entry lists for all three Grand Prix classes, and the grids are looking remarkably healthy. Some 21 riders will line up in the MotoGP class, the Moto2 grid has been shrunk to a more manageable 33 entries, and 32 riders will be at the start for the inaugural season of racing in the Moto3 class, the grid the same size as it was for last year's 125cc class, which Moto3 replaces.

There are no surprises in the MotoGP class. As expected, there are 21 entries: 12 factory prototype entries and 9 CRT entries. Of the factory prototypes (which includes satellite machines), the three factory teams remain unchanged with the exception of the reduction of the Repsol Honda squad from three riders to two, Andrea Dovizioso having been dropped, despite finishing 3rd in the championship in 2011 ahead of Dani Pedrosa, who retains his seat. Dovizioso joins Cal Crutchlow at Monster Tech 3, Yamaha maintaining its commitment at 4 YZR-M1 machines. Both Honda and Ducati have cut back to just two satellite bikes apiece, with the bikes spread over four different teams. Stefan Bradl, whose usual number, 65, was retired in honor of Loris Capirossi, has elected to use the number 6.

Scott Jones 2011 Retrospective: Round 1, Qatar

2011 started here

Shift, Ben, shift

2012 Moto2 Silly Season: 30 Riders, 1 Woman And A Mass Of Defections To Kalex

After a slow start, the 2012 Moto2 grid is starting to fill out, as teams are starting to find riders for the upcoming season. The provisional grid now stands at 30 riders, with 2 more names likely to be confirmed some time in the next few weeks. With Dorna aiming for a maximum of 32 entries in the class, there is little room for new names to appear in the final run up to the 2012 season opener at Qatar in April.

The majority of the Moto2 list is very much as expected: Toni Elias returns to Moto2 with Aspar, where he joins Aspar's reigning 125cc World Champion Nico Terol; Marc Marquez and Andrea Iannone stay where they were, as do Bradley Smith, Scott Redding, Mika Kallio, Simone Corsi, Thom Luthi, Ratthapark Wilairot, Randy Krummenacher and Dominique Aegerter. Slightly less expected was Julian Simon moving to the BQR team, while Tito Rabat leaves BQR to take a spot at the Pons squad, alongside Pol Espargaro, who takes the seat at Pons vacated by brother Aleix, who has moved up to MotoGP. Alex de Angelis moves to the Forward Racing team after an impressive year on the Motobi at JiR, while his seat at JiR is taken by Johann Zarco, the Frenchman who pushed Nico Terol so hard to the final 125cc title. Former World Superbike rider Max Neukirchner moves to fill the very big boots left empty by 2011 champion Stefan Bradl at Kiefer, meanwhile.

2012 Moto2 Provisional Rider List

The latest provisional entry list of Moto2 riders for the 2012 season:

Jerez Test Photos - That Mystery Aprilia, And Other Tech Goodness

Though Ducati had only a few minor changes to test to the GPZero, they flew WSBK champion Carlos Checa to help with the donkey work

Is it a WSBK bike? Is it a MotoGP bike? Is it a CRT bike? Aprilia kept everyone guessing about the RSV4 they brought to Jerez

Three-Day Test At Jerez Starts: Moto2, CRT Bikes, BMW WSBK And Ducati Test Team On Track

The sun is shining and the bikes are out on track at Jerez for three days of testing. The test will see a wide variety of bikes take to the Andalucian asphalt, including the BQR MotoGP team with their FTR-built, Kawasaki-powered CRT bike, Colin Edwards getting his first outing on the BMW Suter CRT bike, a bevy of Moto2 teams including Marc VDS Racing testing the Kalex further, Tech 3 riders Xavier Simeon and Bradley Smith, the Pons and Aspar teams, Maverick Viñales testing the FTR Moto3 bike for the first time, the factory BMW World Superbike squad of Marco Melandri and Leon Haslam, and the Ducati MotoGP test team, with test rider Franco Battaini and the specially drafted in Carlos Checa to help test the Ducati Desmosedici.

For the Moto2 riders, this is mainly a welcome continuation of the test at Valencia. The teams lost two days of testing to the weather at Valencia, leaving them with a lot still to do. Scott Redding was an early crasher on Wednesday morning, taking a tumble at Turn 7, from which he walked away unscathed. The crash was caught on video by the onboard camera installed by the Marc VDS Racing team on Redding's Kalex.

Scott Jones On Wednesday: Moto2 At Indy

Bradley Smith is rapidly becoming one of the few consistently fast Moto2 riders

Whatever he'd been missing, Scott Redding found it at Indy

Scott Jones At IMS: Saturday Photos From Indy

After his podium at Brno, Indy has not been kind to Marco Simoncelli

The tale of qualifying: An early crash wrecked any chance of a good grid slot for Valentino Rossi

2011 Indianapolis Moto2 And 125cc Press Release Previews

Press release previews from the 125cc and Moto2 teams ahead of the Indianapolis Grand Prix:


The Last Of The Estoril Press Releases: FTR, Bel Ray, Tech 3 And Suzuki Test, Bridgestone

The last press releases to emerge after the race weekend and MotoGP test at Estoril:


Yet More 2011 Jerez Moto2 Press Releases: FTR and Bel Ray / Tech 3

Another couple of press releases from the people behind Moto2 for the Jerez race. One from Bel Ray, who sponsor the Tech 3 Moto2 squad, the other from FTR, one of the major chassis suppliers for the Moto2 grid:

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