Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's racing at the Motorland Aragon circuit:
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the weekend's races at Misano:
Danny Kent has secured an extension of his contract with the Tech 3 team to race for another year in Moto2. The 19-year-old Englishman has made sufficient progress in the difficult transition between Moto3 and Moto2 - switching to a bike with nearly twice the weight and twice the horsepower - to convince the Tech 3 team to extend his contract.
The second seat in the Tech 3 Moto2 team is still open. Frenchman Louis Rossi has not matched the progress of Kent, but still has a chance to keep his place. Meanwhile, rumors linking riders from the World Superbike paddock to the Tech 3 seat continue to circulate, though without much confirmation for them. A decisoin on that seat will most likely wait until later in the year.
Below is the press release from Tech 3:
Tech 3 Racing confirm Danny Kent for 2014 Moto2 challenge
The Tech 3 Racing Team is delighted to confirm that highly rated British rider Danny Kent will remain on board its Mistral 610 machine for the 2014 Moto2 World Championship campaign.
Kent’s dedication and commitment to building his experience in the ultra-competitive Moto2 category is starting to pay off in the second half of his rookie campaign and the 19-year-old is starting to show the talent and speed that took him to two victories in the inaugural Moto3 class in 2012.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Brno:
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Indianapolis:
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Assen:
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's races at Jerez:
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.