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Voltcom Suzuki World Superbike Team Confirms Signing of Alex Lowes

Alex Lowes is to leave BSB and race for the Voltcom Suzuki team in World Superbikes in 2014. The move had been widely expected, after Lowes had tested the GSX-R1000 at Jerez in November, with unofficial reports suggesting Lowes had already signed a contract to move to WSBK. Today, the Voltcom Suzuki team confirmed officially that Lowes would be racing for them this season in WSBK, alongside Irishman Eugene Laverty.

Lowes' switch means both Lowes twins will be racing at world championship level, with reigning World Supersort champion Sam joining the Speed Up Moto2 team. Like his brother, Alex also clinched a title last year, becoming BSB champion with the Samsung Honda team.

Below is the press release issued by the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team announcing Lowes' signing:


British Champion Lowes joins Voltcom Crescent Suzuki for 2014

Voltcom Crescent Suzuki is thrilled to announce that it has secured the signature of 2013 British Superbike Champion Alex Lowes to ride the Suzuki GSX-R1000 in this year’s eni FIM Superbike World Championship.

The 23-year-old Englishman from Lincoln in England had his first taste of a full-blown Suzuki World Superbike when he took part in two pre-season tests at Jerez in Spain recently but, due to existing contractual agreements, Voltcom Crescent Suzuki has been unable to unveil its new signing officially until now. Lowes is fresh from winning the British title in the final race of the last event of the 2013 season and is now making the step up to the global stage for 2014. He is the twin brother of new World Supersport Champion, Sam, and is looking to emulate his sibling’s achievements on the world stage.

Lowes looked very much at home and fully up to speed in his two tests as he got to grips with the Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R. He worked very closely with his new crew-chief Lez Pearson, spent valuable time with new team-mate Eugene Laverty and fitted in with the Crescent team immediately.

Voltcom Crescent Suzuki is very excited about its 2014 rider line-up and eager to continue with its test programme when it returns to the track in Spain early this year. The first competitive action for Lowes and Laverty will be at the inaugural event of 2014, to be held at Phillip Island in Australia on Sunday 23rd February.

Alex Lowes:

“This is just mega for me! I am coming to the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team off a great year and making a step up to the World Championship, it’s just a fantastic opportunity and I can’t wait to get started properly. I did a couple of shake-down tests to get to know my crew and the bike and I want to thank Honda for letting me do that, as it gave me an early insight into what WSB is like. The GSX-R felt great straight away, I think I will enjoy racing this bike a lot. I am really looking forward to the new season and I will try to learn as much as I can from Eugene and then try to beat him! I know this will be a learning year for me, but I am eagerly anticipating it. I also want to say thanks to Suzuki and Paul for giving me this opportunity, now it’s time to repay their trust.”

Paul Denning – Team Manager:

“Alex was the first rider decision we made for 2014 and having experienced his commitment, ability to learn and raw speed at the two tests we’ve completed so far, it only strengthens our belief that we have a very special talent riding for the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team for next season. Alex rode a spectacular year in British Superbikes and showed incredible tenacity and maturity - considering his young age - to win the championship. He appears to fit the Suzuki GSX-R well, looks comfortable and has an inner confidence that never comes over as arrogant.

“Eugene’s experience and speed will be another help to Alex as he enters his first season of World Superbike competition and we couldn’t be happier with the overall rider line-up and the opportunities that are in-front of us.”

Alex Lowes is to leave BSB and race for the Voltcom Suzuki team in World Superbikes in 2014. The move had been widely expected, after Lowes had tested the GSX-R1000 at Jerez in November, with unofficial reports suggesting Lowes had already signed a contract to move to WSBK. Today, the Voltcom Suzuki team confirmed officially that Lowes would be racing for them this season in WSBK, alongside Irishman Eugene Laverty.Lowes' switch means both Lowes twins will be racing at world championship level, with reigning World Supersort champion Sam joining the Speed Up Moto2 team. Like his brother, Alex also clinched a title last year, becoming BSB champion with the Samsung Honda team.Below is the press release issued by the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team announcing Lowes' signing:British Champion Lowes joins Voltcom Crescent Suzuki for 2014Voltcom Crescent Suzuki is thrilled to announce that it has secured the signature of 2013 British Superbike Champion Alex Lowes to ride the Suzuki GSX-R1000 in this year’s eni FIM Superbike World Championship.

Looking Back At 2013 With Scott Jones, Part 4: A German Excursion


Needs more elbow slider. Alpinestars had to redesign their suits for Marc Marquez


Looking for a bit more. Even at the Sachsenring, it didn't really come


Cal Crutchlow came tantalizingly close to his first win at the Sachsenring. But not quite close enough


Red, white and black meets black, red and gold


Danilo Petrucci spent all 2013 doing his best Sisyphus impression, but was impressive nonetheless


Jordi who? Jordi Torres! Mr 'Kneeground' bagged his first win in Germany


Go and do what?


Omega


Nose to the grindstone


This is why. Nicky Hayden takes a tumble


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Ratthapark Wilairot Switches To PTR Honda World Supersport Team For 2014

Ratthapark Wilairot is to return to racing, and will compete in the 2014 World Supersport championship. The Thai rider will be joining the PTR Honda team for the 2014 season, racing a CBR600RR alongside Jack Kennedy and Nacho Calero.

Wilairot's return comes after an announcement in August last year that he would be retiring from racing, stepping down from the Gresini Moto2 team with immediate effect. That announcement was met with a good deal of incredulity, especially as the decision was made by the team, at the behest of Thai Honda, who had backed Wilairot until that point. Reports from Thailand suggested that the decision had been involuntary, coming as it did mid-season, and after a string of mediocre results. But Wilairot's successor, Thitipong Warokorn, fared worse than Wilairot, raising even more doubt about the reason for the announcement.

Wilairot joins PTR hoping to get his career back on track. The Thai rider showed promise in the early years of his career, but struggled to find his form after a serious road accident before the 2011 Moto2 season. He suffered serious injury for a second time in 2011, this time being hit from behind by Marc Marquez in Australia, when the Spaniard continued on a hot lap after practice had finished, in flagrant breach of the regulations. Wilairot follows in the footsteps of Jules Cluzel, who also switched to World Supersport from Moto2.

Below is the press release issued by PTR Honda announcing Wilairot's signing:


Wilairot joins PTR for 2014 title challenge

RATTHAPARK WILAIROT will ride for the Core PTR Honda team in the 2014 World Supersport Championship.

From Thailand, the former Moto2 rider is switching classes and looking to challenge at the front in the World Supersport Championship.

The 25-year-old from Chonburi has 250cc GP experience under his belt as well. He said: "I am really happy to be racing for Core PTR Honda in the World Supersport Championship. Our aims are the same. We want to race at the front and challenge for the podium. I think together we will be able to do this and I am looking forward to getting to know the team and bike better."

Wilairot follows in the footsteps of former Moto2 racer Jules Cluzel who joined PTR in 2012 and won four races on his way to runner up in the series.

PTR Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: "We are excited to have Ratthapark join us as he has undoubted talent and raw speed as he has proved in Moto2 and 250GP. He is a quick rider that I think will benefit from having one of the best bikes in the Championship and a team fully behind him as he goes for the best results possible.

"Ratthapark will race in Core PTR Honda colours but he will benefit from being in the same garage as Jack Kennedy on the CIA PTR Honda bike. Nacho Calero on the other CIA PTR Honda bike will also benefit from the experience and speed around him. Together I think these racers will push and encourage each other to achieve the best they can and we are looking forward to testing in January already. We are looking to announce a fourth rider to complete the squad as soon as possible."

CIA PTR Honda and Core PTR Honda will test at Portimao in Portugal on 19-20th January.

Ratthapark Wilairot is to return to racing, and will compete in the 2014 World Supersport championship. The Thai rider will be joining the PTR Honda team for the 2014 season, racing a CBR600RR alongside Jack Kennedy and Nacho Calero.Wilairot's return comes after an announcement in August last year that he would be retiring from racing, stepping down from the Gresini Moto2 team with immediate effect. That announcement was met with a good deal of incredulity, especially as the decision was made by the team, at the behest of Thai Honda, who had backed Wilairot until that point. Reports from Thailand suggested that the decision had been involuntary, coming as it did mid-season, and after a string of mediocre results. But Wilairot's successor, Thitipong Warokorn, fared worse than Wilairot, raising even more doubt about the reason for the announcement.

Clash Of The Champions: Barcelona Superprestigio Flat Track Event Pits Marquez, Espargaro And Viñales Against Brad Baker

A new chapter is to be written in the long and illustrious history of motorcycle racing on Montjuic, the hill that borders the south side of Barcelona. On January 11th, a selection of Grand Prix racers, including all three world champions Marc Marquez, Pol Espargaro and Maverick Viñales, are to compete in the Superprestigio dirt track event to be held at the Palau Sant Jordi on Montjuic.  The event is to be broadcast on Spanish TV

The race is to be held on single cylinder four-stroke flat trackers, raced around a 200 meter dirt oval inside the former Olympic indoor arena. Entry is by invitation only, and racing will take place in three separate classes: the Junior category, for riders under 18; the Open category, for experienced riders from around the globe racing in national championships; and the Superprestigio category, for riders currently competing in the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 classes. At the end of the evening, a run off is to be held between the four best racers in the Open category and the four best from the Superprestigio category.

The entry list for both categories is impressive. The Superprestigio category will see Marc Marquez, Pol and Aleix Espargaro, Maverick Viñales, Bradley Smith, Alvaro Bautista, Julian Simon, Jonas Folger, Moto3 teammates Alex Marquez and Alex Rins, Hector Barbera, Tito Rabat, Johann Zarco, Niklas Ajo, Jordi Torres, Lorenzo Baldassari and Ricky Cardus race against one another. Nicky Hayden was also invited, but as he has just had wrist surgery, wisely but regretfully decided to pass on the event. Among the entries for the Open category are some of the top racers from the UK's rapidly growing flat track scene, former Moto2 racer and AMA singles champion Kenny Noyes, who has a dirt track school at Motorland Aragon, the winners from the European Dirt Track Festival held at Aragon in November, and some of the top Spanish flat trackers who, unlike their road-racing brethren, are virtually unknown in their own country.

But the star of the Open class will be AMA Grand National champion Brad 'The Bullet' Baker. Baker's invitation to the event came around after a campaign on social media by writer and former racer Mark Gardiner, who eventually goaded Marc Marquez into issuing an invitiation to Baker (for more background on this, see Gardiner's Backmarker column on Motorcycle USA). As AMA Grand National Champion, Brad Baker can justifiably be regarded as the best dirt track racer in the world at the moment. 

The return of the Superprestigio revives a historic tradition. Back in the 1990s, the event was run as an end-of-season road race, which pitted some of the best American riders against some of the best from Spain. The Superprestigio saw a young John Kocinski make his first foray into Europe, which would eventually see him racing in Grand Prix and World Superbike, but it was also the place where Kenny Roberts Jr and Colin Edwards made their European debuts. In recent years, factory contracts and Dorna have put a stop to riders taking part in races on the road, but staging the event as a dirt track series neatly sidesteps any such ban. The event is the result of a collaboration between Jaime Alguersuari - father of the Spanish F1 driver of the same name, and founder of Spanish magazine Solo Moto - and Marc Marquez, who is an avid dirt track racer in the off season. Marquez had wanted to organize a race against his peers over the winter, and Alguersuari saw an opportunity to revive a once-great brand he had been involved in in the past.

The Superprestigio also stands as the current high point of the ongoing dirt track revival. After its heyday in the 70s, 80s and 90s, the popularity of the sport among road racers went into something of a decline. This was rather odd, as many of the top riders - Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner, to name two MotoGP champions - grew up racing on dirt ovals. But the past few years have seen the discipline gain popularity again, with riders such as Marquez and Valentino Rossi taking it up with much enthusiasm.

The reasons for its revival have been manifold. Perhaps its biggest attraction is that it allows riders to race at speed and slide a bike with limited risk of injury. After suffering a serious shoulder injury in 2010, Rossi set about building his own dirt track ranch near his home in Tavullia, allowing him to train without risking another similar injury. As a dirt track circuit tends to be flat, and most motocross injuries are picked up from crashes after jumps, dirt track removes a major source of injuries. Racing a bike on a loose surface also teaches riders to manage and control slides, at both the front and most especially the rear wheel. Throttle control also becomes paramount, managing the sliding of the rear, an increasing necessity in road racing, especially in Moto2 with limited electronics, and in MotoGP, following the direction opened up once again by Casey Stoner and Marc Marquez, after a period in which tires and electronics had killed it off during the 800cc era.

More and more riders are setting up their own dirt track facilities. Valentino Rossi has laid out a complex of circuits at his Moto Ranch, but Marc Marquez also has a private track where he, his brother Alex, and a host of invited riders also train.

The dirt track revival has also seen new schools growing up teaching the art. Perhaps the most famous is Colin Edwards' Texas Tornado Boot Camp, a mixture of dirt track and Texan adventure. A less expensive and more race-focused school is run by Kenny Noyes. The Noyes Camp school is run at Motorland Aragon, where it hosted the European Dirt Track festival. 

The European revival is also down to the groundwork put in by the British publication Sideburn Magazine, run by Gary Inman. That magazine has helped foster a thriving scene in the UK, with riders from all over Europe racing there. It has even fostered the Dirt Quake event, a wild and weird mixture of flat track racing on entirely unsuitable machinery, live music, and motorcycle culture.

Below is the ad for Superprestigio event currently screening on Spanish TV. A full schedule for the event is on the Superprestigio website, where you can also buy tickets. Prices start at 15 euros.

A new chapter is to be written in the long and illustrious history of motorcycle racing on Montjuic, the hill that borders the south side of Barcelona. On January 11th, a selection of Grand Prix racers, including all three world champions Marc Marquez, Pol Espargaro and Maverick Viñales, are to compete in the Superprestigio dirt track event to be held at the Palau Sant Jordi on Montjuic.  The event is to be broadcast on Spanish TVThe race is to be held on single cylinder four-stroke flat trackers, raced around a 200 meter dirt oval inside the former Olympic indoor arena. Entry is by invitation only, and racing will take place in three separate classes: the Junior category, for riders under 18; the Open category, for experienced riders from around the globe racing in national championships; and the Superprestigio category, for riders currently competing in the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 classes. At the end of the evening, a run off is to be held between the four best racers in the Open category and the four best from the Superprestigio category.

Casey Stoner To Continue Role As Test Rider For Honda

Casey Stoner is to continue as test rider for Honda in 2014. The Australian double world champion will once again take the track to help develop Honda's RC213V during the 2014 season, according to British publication MCN.

Stoner took up his role as test rider in the middle of 2013, after HRC's regular test rider Kousuke Akiyoshi broke his femur at a Japanese Superbike round. The Australian worked on the 2013 RC213V, as well as a rain-shortened test on Honda's RCV1000R production racer.

According to the report on MCN, Stoner's testing schedule for 2014 has yet to be fixed. It appears that Stoner will not be present at the special tire test put on by Bridgestone at Phillip Island, which all three factory teams will attend, but he will take on further testing duties at Motegi later in the season. If Stoner does miss the Phillip Island test, it would deprive fans of a chance to directly compare his lap times with those of current Honda riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa.

Stoner's continuing role as a test rider will once again fuel speculation he could make a return to racing again full time at some point. Various extremely well-informed sources in Spain insist that Honda are preparing for a possible return by the Australian at an indeterminate point in the future. However, sources close to Stoner himself insist that the Australian has no intention whatsoever of coming back to race in MotoGP, and is still happy with his decision to quit. In an interview with the BBC in October, Stoner said he was more and more convinced he'd made the right decision. Each year that passes makes it more difficult for Stoner to return. The keen edge developed by actually racing a MotoGP bike is quickly lost when not racing. Furthermore, Stoner will be 29 at the start of the 2015 season, and would be facing a 22-year-old Marquez with two years of experience under his belt. That will not stop the speculation that he could return, but given his continued denials, the odds of a return seem impossibly remote.

Casey Stoner is to continue as test rider for Honda in 2014. The Australian double world champion will once again take the track to help develop Honda's RC213V during the 2014 season, according to British publication MCN.Stoner took up his role as test rider in the middle of 2013, after HRC's regular test rider Kousuke Akiyoshi broke his femur at a Japanese Superbike round. The Australian worked on the 2013 RC213V, as well as a rain-shortened test on Honda's RCV1000R production racer.According to the report on MCN, Stoner's testing schedule for 2014 has yet to be fixed. It appears that Stoner will not be present at the special tire test put on by Bridgestone at Phillip Island, which all three factory teams will attend, but he will take on further testing duties at Motegi later in the season. If Stoner does miss the Phillip Island test, it would deprive fans of a chance to directly compare his lap times with those of current Honda riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa.

Althea Racing Return To The Ducati Fold: Will Field Niccolo Canepa As EVO Entry In 2014 WSBK Campaign

The Althea Racing team is to switch back to Ducati from Aprilia for the 2014 World Superbike season. After their split with Ducati over development of the Panigale at the end of 2012, the Italian team are to return to the Bologna factory fold and race the Panigale in 2014. 

They will do so on a different footing to their previous relationship with Ducati, however. Next season, Althea will race the Panigale 1199R as an EVO entry in WSBK, the subclass set up to allow a more affordable entry into World Superbikes. With WSBK looking set to switch completely to EVO rules in the next few years, having a strong partner to help develop the Panigale within the restrictions set by the EVO rules - basically, a Superstock-spec engine in Superbike-spec chassis - will help Ducati prepare for the future. Given how well the Panigale has performed in Superstock form wherever it has been able to use the Ducati ECU, the bike should suit the EVO rules well.

The signing of Niccolo Canepa to race the Panigale with Althea is indicative of how close the cooperation with Ducati is likely to be. Canepa has a long history with Ducati, having functioned as a test rider for the Italian factory for a number of years, and having won the Superstock 1000 title on a Ducati in 2007, and raced Ducatis for the majority of his career. 

Below is the press release issued by Althea announcing their switch to Ducati:


Team Althea Racing with Ducati in the 2014 Superbike World Championship

Team Althea Racing is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Ducati to participate in the 2014 Superbike World Championship in the EVO class with a Ducati 1199 Panigale.

The Althea Racing and Ducati pairing thus makes a return, and is strengthened thanks to an agreement based on reciprocal trust and on the successes that these two important Italian companies have achieved together in recent seasons. The team, guided by Genesio Bevilacqua who has reconfirmed all of the technical staff, will therefore be Ducati’s reference team in the Superbike World Championship’s EVO class, thanks to the esteem that the Borgo Panigalebased factory has for a team that has always fought to be in front.

Ready to take to the tracks with Team Althea’s 1199 Panigale EVO is Niccolò Canepa, a young but very experienced rider who has worked with Ducati in various teams in the past. Canepa undoubtedly has all of the skills and requisites needed to participate in the 2014 Superbike World Championship’s EVO class.

Genesio Bevilacqua: “I am extremely happy to be able to collaborate once again with Ducati, a brand and a company with which we have achieved great success and results that we fully intend to repeat. I am certain that next year we will be able to bring great satisfaction to our fans and consecrate Canepa among the top Superbike riders. I have full faith in Niccolò and am sure that he is the right rider for our new and stimulating project. I would like to thank Ducati for its trust that I am certain that our team will be able to repay with the utmost dedication.”

The Althea Racing team is to switch back to Ducati from Aprilia for the 2014 World Superbike season. After their split with Ducati over development of the Panigale at the end of 2012, the Italian team are to return to the Bologna factory fold and race the Panigale in 2014. They will do so on a different footing to their previous relationship with Ducati, however. Next season, Althea will race the Panigale 1199R as an EVO entry in WSBK, the subclass set up to allow a more affordable entry into World Superbikes. With WSBK looking set to switch completely to EVO rules in the next few years, having a strong partner to help develop the Panigale within the restrictions set by the EVO rules - basically, a Superstock-spec engine in Superbike-spec chassis - will help Ducati prepare for the future. Given how well the Panigale has performed in Superstock form wherever it has been able to use the Ducati ECU, the bike should suit the EVO rules well.The signing of Niccolo Canepa to race the Panigale with Althea is indicative of how close the cooperation with Ducati is likely to be. Canepa has a long history with Ducati, having functioned as a test rider for the Italian factory for a number of years, and having won the Superstock 1000 title on a Ducati in 2007, and raced Ducatis for the majority of his career. 

MotoMatters Honored Twice In Silverstone Media Awards - Best MotoGP Blogger And Best MotoGP Tweeter

We are both proud and humbled to have been honored twice in the 2013 Silverstone Media Awards. MotoMatters.com was named Best MotoGP Blogger for the third year in succession, while our Twitter account @motomatters was also named Best MotoGP Tweeter. The awards are decided by popular vote, with MotoGP and F1 fans voting via the Silverstone Circuit Facebook page for their favorite racing-related publications and broadcasters.

MotoMatters.com was not the only repeat winner. The official MotoGP.com website took best website, British motorcycling paper MCN won best publication, British newspaper The Telegraph took best newspaper, and the BBC took best TV channel. 

MotoMatters.com would like to thank everyone involved in helping make the website what it is: Scott Jones, arguably one of the very best MotoGP photographers in the world, for his stunning pictures; Jared Earle for his outstanding coverage of the World Superbike series; Mike Lewis and Jacob Leech for their superb help in covering MotoGP weekends; and a host of other incidental contributors, such as Andrew Gosling, Venancio Luis Nieto, and the inimitable 'SofaRacer'. We would also like to thank all of the readers, and the many people who contribute to the discussion by posting their comments. The level of discussion in the comment section is widely respected and admired throughout the MotoGP paddock, with much praise for the intelligence of the comments and lack of acrimony. You, the readers, help to make this website and blog what it has become today.

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Below is the press release from Silverstone announcing the winners of the Silverstone Media Awards:


Winners of the 2013 Silverstone Media Awards announced

- Awards for best Formula 1® and MotoGP™ coverage voted for by fans

At the end of another thrilling motor sport season, which featured a drama-filled Formula 1® British Grand Prix and a nail-biting MotoGP™ British Grand Prix, Silverstone is delighted to announce the winners of its 2013 Silverstone Media Awards. Viewers, listeners, readers and followers voted in the circuit’s online poll, inviting fans to nominate their favourite source of news and gossip from the 2013 F1 and MotoGP™ paddocks.

All fans voting in the Silverstone Media Awards were entered into a prize draw to win a pair of hospitality tickets to either the FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX (04 – 06 July), or the Hertz MotoGP™ British Grand Prix (29 - 31 August) at Silverstone in 2014. Ten runners-up will each receive a Silverstone Goody Bag.

The winners of the 2013 Silverstone Media Awards, as voted by the fans, are:

Formula 1®:

Best television channel for F1 coverage:
Winner: BBC

Best national newspaper for F1 coverage:
Winner: The Telegraph / Sunday Telegraph

Best motor sport publication for F1 coverage:
Winner: Autosport

Best website for F1 coverage:
Winner: BBC Sport - www.bbc.co.uk/formula1

Best F1 Blogger:
Winner: James Allen - http://www.jamesallenonf1.com/

Best F1 Tweeter:
Winner: @Lotus_F1Team

MotoGP™:

Best television channel for MotoGP™ coverage:
Winner: BBC

Best national newspaper for MotoGP™ coverage:
Winner: The Telegraph / Sunday Telegraph

Best bike publication for MotoGP™ coverage:
Winner: MCN

Best website for MotoGP™ coverage:
Winner: MotoGP™ official website - www.motogp.com

Best MotoGP™ Blogger:
Winner: Motomatters - http://motomatters.com/

Best MotoGP™ Tweeter:
Winner: @motomatters

Katie Tyler, Head of Communications for Silverstone Circuits Limited, said, “Formula 1® and MotoGP™ fans are hugely passionate. The Silverstone Media Awards offer a great platform for them to have their say and show their appreciation for the media outlets that provide them with news and updates, keeping them up to speed with everything that’s going on throughout the year.

“We have had a great response to the 2013 Silverstone Media Awards again this season, which is now in its third year. As the awards are voted for by fans it makes it extra special for the winners, who are recognised and celebrated for their fantastic work throughout the season. We look forward to presenting this year’s winners with their trophies and rewarding them for their contribution to another great year of both two- and four-wheeled motor sport.”

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We are both proud and humbled to have been honored twice in the 2013 Silverstone Media Awards. MotoMatters.com was named Best MotoGP Blogger for the third year in succession, while our Twitter account @motomatters was also named Best MotoGP Tweeter. The awards are decided by popular vote, with MotoGP and F1 fans voting via the Silverstone Circuit Facebook page for their favorite racing-related publications and broadcasters.MotoMatters.com was not the only repeat winner. The official MotoGP.com website took best website, British motorcycling paper MCN won best publication, British newspaper The Telegraph took best newspaper, and the BBC took best TV channel. 

Surgery Update: Jorge Lorenzo And Sandro Cortese Have Metalwork Removed

The list of riders taking advantage of the winter test ban to have surgery grows longer. This week, both Jorge Lorenzo and Sandro Cortese have gone under the surgeon's knife to have metal plates removed, in preparation for the 2014 season.

For Lorenzo, surgery was done to remove the metal plate put in to fixate the collarbone he broke first at Assen, then again at the Sachsenring. Lorenzo crashed heavily on a soaking wet track during the Thursday free practice session at Assen, breaking his left collarbone. After a dash by private jet to and from Barcelona to have his collarbone plated, he raced, finishing in 5th. At the Sachsenring Two weeks later, Lorenzo crashed again the force of the crash bending the plate on his collarbone, and he had surgery once again to replace the bent plate. This time, he did not race.

Lorenzo finished the rest of the season with a plated collarbone, but to allow his collarbone to return to full strength, the Spaniard decided to have the plate removed now. While he was having his collarbone plate removed, he also had surgery on his thumb, to clean up scar tissue left from an injury in 2010.

2012 Moto3 world champion Sandro Cortese also had some metal removed. The Intact GP Moto2 rider had broken his right forearm in a fall at Brno, and had a plate inserted to fix that injury. This week, the German rider also had surger to remove that plate, to allow the bone to regain full strength. 

Both Cortese and Lorenzo will take a very short break from training, before returning to prepare for the start of the 2014 season. Lorenzo expects to be 100% fit for the first test of the season at Sepang, from 4th-6th February 2014.

The list of riders taking advantage of the winter test ban to have surgery grows longer. This week, both Jorge Lorenzo and Sandro Cortese have gone under the surgeon's knife to have metal plates removed, in preparation for the 2014 season.For Lorenzo, surgery was done to remove the metal plate put in to fixate the collarbone he broke first at Assen, then again at the Sachsenring. Lorenzo crashed heavily on a soaking wet track during the Thursday free practice session at Assen, breaking his left collarbone. After a dash by private jet to and from Barcelona to have his collarbone plated, he raced, finishing in 5th. At the Sachsenring Two weeks later, Lorenzo crashed again the force of the crash bending the plate on his collarbone, and he had surgery once again to replace the bent plate. This time, he did not race.Lorenzo finished the rest of the season with a plated collarbone, but to allow his collarbone to return to full strength, the Spaniard decided to have the plate removed now. While he was having his collarbone plate removed, he also had surgery on his thumb, to clean up scar tissue left from an injury in 2010.

More Moto3 Signings: Isaac Viñales Signs For Team Calvo In 2014

Just hours after the announcement that Ana Carrasco had signed with the RW Racing GP team for 2014 comes confirmation that Isaac Viñales is to take the place she leaves at Team Calvo. The 20-year-old Spaniard will join Jakub Kornfeil at Team Calvo, where both men will be racing KTMs. In a wry coincidence, Viñales will be joining the team vacated by his cousin Maverick, who became 2013 Moto3 world champion with the squad.

Isaac Viñales had earlier signed a contract to race with the Go&Fun Gresini team in Moto3, alongside Niccolo Antonelli. However, as part of that deal, Viñales had been required to bring in a given quantity of financial backing. After he had failed to muster the necessary cash, Viñales had been left without a ride. In the end, the Spaniard found shelter with Team Calvo, giving him another chance in Moto3. Viñales had a solid season in 2013 riding the underpowered FTR Honda bike with Ongetta. He ended the year in 17th place in the championship, scoring a total of 47 points. His best finish in 2013 came at Valencia, where he took 7th ahead of Ana Carrasco.

Just hours after the announcement that Ana Carrasco had signed with the RW Racing GP team for 2014 comes confirmation that Isaac Viñales is to take the place she leaves at Team Calvo. The 20-year-old Spaniard will join Jakub Kornfeil at Team Calvo, where both men will be racing KTMs. In a wry coincidence, Viñales will be joining the team vacated by his cousin Maverick, who became 2013 Moto3 world champion with the squad.Isaac Viñales had earlier signed a contract to race with the Go&Fun Gresini team in Moto3, alongside Niccolo Antonelli. However, as part of that deal, Viñales had been required to bring in a given quantity of financial backing. After he had failed to muster the necessary cash, Viñales had been left without a ride. In the end, the Spaniard found shelter with Team Calvo, giving him another chance in Moto3. Viñales had a solid season in 2013 riding the underpowered FTR Honda bike with Ongetta. He ended the year in 17th place in the championship, scoring a total of 47 points. His best finish in 2013 came at Valencia, where he took 7th ahead of Ana Carrasco.

Ana Carrasco To Stay In Moto3 For 2014 With RW Racing

Ana Carrasco will have a second season in Moto3. The 16-year-old Spaniard has signed a one-year deal with Dutch Moto3 team RW Racing GP to race their Kalex KTM in 2014.

Carrasco had a positive rookie season in Moto3, ending the year with points in two races, as well as scoring the best result for a female rider in 18 years when she finished 8th at Valencia. But her performance was overshadowed by her teammate at Team Calvo, where Maverick Viñales became world champion. Despite being teammates, the two were on very different bikes, Viñales racing on a fully-factory supported KTM, where Carrasco competed on the basic KTM Moto3 bike.

Team Calvo had expressed an interest in retaining the services of Carrasco for 2014, but to do that, she would have to being money to fund the ride. Carrasco had been raising sponsorship through a Spanish website, but it was not enough to get her seat. 

Instead, Carrasco has signed with RW Racing GP, the Dutch Moto3 team which fielded Jakub Kornfeil  and Jasper Iwema last season. Ironically, it is Kornfeil who has been drafted in to Team Calvo to take the place of the departing Viñales. The teammates of both Carrasco and Kornfeil still remain to be named, though Isaac Viñales continues to be linked to the Team Calvo ride, and the second rider at RW Racing will almost certainly be a Dutch rider, with the choice being between Jasper Iwema and former Red Bull Rookie Scott Deroue. 

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Below is the press release from the RW Racing team announcing Carrasco's signing:


Ana Carrasco to ride for RW Racing GP in 2014

RW Racing GP has signed Ana Carrasco for the 2014 Moto3 campaign. The Dutch team and the Spanish rider have agreed on a one year deal. 16 year old Carrasco will ride the Kalex KTM and is determined to carry on the upward trend as she did in her rookie season.

Ana Carrasco, born march 10, 1997 in Murcia in south-eastern Spain, has been racing in competition since 2005. 2009 proved to be successful year for her as she became champion of the Extremeña 125cc class, the Murcia 125cc class and the Copa de España 2T. In 2011 she became the first female to score points in the Spanish CEV 125 Championship and in 2012 she was the first female to make it into the new Moto3 format in the CEV Championship. She made her World Championship debut with Team Calvo at the start of the 2013 season, riding alongside Maverick Viñales, who won the 2013 crown.In her rookie season Carrasco finished in all but one race (Jerez). Her point scoring finish in Malaysia was the first for a woman in Moto3. Her 8th position in Valencia, in which she showed what she is capable of, stunned the world. Prior to Malaysia, Carrasco’s best finishing position had been 17th at the Indianapolis Grand Prix. For the Australian Grand Prix she qualified in 7th: another landmark.

RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen is delighted with his new rider. "Ana has proven to be a special talent. She showed some incredible things in her first year in Moto3 and we strongly believe we can help her to continue improving. She is a strong personality and willing to work to achieve the best. Of course it is special to have a girl in the team, but it will not make any difference. A talented rider is a talented rider and Ana is very talented. We are very happy with her coming to RW Racing GP.’’

Palmares

2005: Junior championship Bancaja
2006: Runner up championship Madrid 70cc
Runner up championship Andalucia 70cc
2007: 12th world championship 70cc
2008: Runner up championship Murcia 80cc
3rd pre GP championship Murcia 125cc
2009: Winner championship Extremeña 125cc
Winner pre GP championship Murcia 125cc
Winner Spanish 2T Cup
9th pre GP world championship 125cc
2010: 5th Motodes championship 125cc
4th Mediterranean championship 125cc
2011: 13th CEV Spanish and European championship 125cc
2012: 19th CEV Spanish and European championship Moto3
2013: 21st world championship Moto3

 

Ana Carrasco will have a second season in Moto3. The 16-year-old Spaniard has signed a one-year deal with Dutch Moto3 team RW Racing GP to race their Kalex KTM in 2014.Carrasco had a positive rookie season in Moto3, ending the year with points in two races, as well as scoring the best result for a female rider in 18 years when she finished 8th at Valencia. But her performance was overshadowed by her teammate at Team Calvo, where Maverick Viñales became world champion. Despite being teammates, the two were on very different bikes, Viñales racing on a fully-factory supported KTM, where Carrasco competed on the basic KTM Moto3 bike.Team Calvo had expressed an interest in retaining the services of Carrasco for 2014, but to do that, she would have to being money to fund the ride. Carrasco had been raising sponsorship through a Spanish website, but it was not enough to get her seat. 

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