While the Tech 3 MotoGP effort has been well-funded due to the team's association with energy drink brand Monster Energy, the team's Moto2 bikes have been relatively unadorned. With the departure of Belgian rider Xavier Simeon, and the loss of backing from Belgian TV station RTL, Tech 3's Moto2 effort looked to go with little backing for 2013.
Fortunately for Tech 3, care home group MMCG has stepped up to the plate, and will support the Tech 3 Moto2 effort as title sponsor for 2013. The MMCG group is based in Britain, and with a strong British contingent in Tech 3, a tie up was a logical step for MMCG. MMCG already had previously backed James Toseland when the British rider was with Tech 3, and as Toseland's former manager Roger Burnett is also the manager of Danny Kent, Tech 3's British Moto2 rider, the move to sponsoring the team was small.
Below is the press release issued by Tech 3 on the deal:
Tech 3 Racing confirms MMCG as title sponsor for Moto2 challenge
The Tech 3 Racing Team is delighted to confirm it has reached an agreement with leading UK care home group MMCG to be its title sponsor for the 2013 Moto2 World Championship campaign.
The rider line up for the 2013 Moto2 season:
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the races on Sunday at Phillip Island:
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the thrilling races at Sepang:
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Sepang:
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi:
The Moto2 and Moto3 markets are stepping up a gear as the 2012 season winds to a close, and the top seats in both the Moto2 and Moto3 class are starting to fill up. Today, the Tech 3 team announced that they have signed young British rider Danny Kent to a two-year contract to race for the team in Moto2. Kent has had a strong third season in Grand Prix, being a front row regular and bagging his first podium at Assen this year. The young Briton has regularly scored solid points in the ultra-competitive Moto3 class, running as wingman to current championship leader Sandro Cortese on the Red Bull KTM. Kent will line up alongside Frenchman Louis Rossi at Tech 3, though the addition of Kent makes the Tech 3 squad a very English affair, with Kent joining the team's MotoGP line up of Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith.
While the MotoGP line up for next season is largely settled, there is still plenty of activity in the Moto2 and Moto3 markets. This week saw two major announcements for the 2013: in Moto2, the Tech 3 team announced the signing of Frenchman Louis Rossi, currently riding for Team Germany in Moto3; and in Moto3, the Mapfre Aspar team announced that Jonas Folger will continue with the squad for next season.
Rossi has impressed many teams this season, performing strongly in Moto3 despite a height and weight disadvantage, and winning his home Grand Prix at Le Mans. Rossi should suit the bigger physical size of a Moto2 bike, and being signed with a French team should give him a solid basis to start his Moto2 career from.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Aragon on Saturday:
Press release previews from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams ahead of this weekend's round at Barcelona:
Cheating in motorsports is as old as the sport itself. Whenever powered vehicles gather together to race each other, then someone, somewhere, will try to gain an advantage, either within the rules or, if that is not successful, outside of the rules. In all classes, and at all times, teams, engineers and riders have all tried to cheat in one way or another. Even the imposition of a spec engine in the Moto2 class hasn't prevented teams trying to cheat, and the paddock is awash with rumors regarding which teams are cheating and which teams are not.
The finger of blame is inevitably pointed at the most successful riders, and in recent months, it has been pointed mainly at Catalunya CX rider Marc Marquez. Marquez has a number of strikes against him, making him a popular target for rumors of cheating; firstly, Marquez is Spanish, and as Moto2 is a Spanish-run series, the non-Spanish teams are all fervently convinced that Spanish teams are not monitored as closely as they are. Secondly, Marquez has the backing of Repsol, one of the more powerful sponsors in the paddock, exerting influence not just over Marquez' Monlau Competicion team, but also over the much more important factory Repsol Honda team; the power of Repsol, the gossips suggest, exerts undue influence on the policing process. Thirdly, and most obviously, Marquez is fast, almost suspiciously so. The Spaniard's bike is always one of the fastest through the speed traps, and accelerates hardest off the corners. His team put it down to hard work at finding exactly the right set up for Marquez to excel. One of the lighter Moto2 riders on a well-prepared bike, ridden by a fast and talented rider? That, Marquez' supporters argue, is reason enough for him to be fastest.
To find out more about the situation, and what Dorna and the scrutineers are doing to address these concerns, I spoke to Race Director - and formerly Technical Director - Mike Webb at Estoril. I passed on the concerns that others had expressed to me about cheating in Moto2, and he explained to me exactly what Dorna are doing to monitor the bikes and ensure that cheating is kept to an absolute minimum, and that if it is happening, it does not pay. Here is what Webb had to say:
The final round of press releases issued after the MotoGP season opener in Qatar, from Tech 3, Marc VDS Racing, Suter, Brad Binder, Bel-Ray and PBM:
Press releases from the teams after the Moto2 and Moto3 races on Sunday at Qatar:
Press releases after qualifying from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams at Qatar:
Press releases from a selection of the teams after the Moto2 and Moto3 test at Valencia: