The third day of testing for Moto3 started well for Maverick Viñales, the Team Calvo rider setting the fastest time of the day in the early session, but ended badly, Viñales crashing heavily later in the afternoon. The Spaniard fell at Turn 11, the fastest corner of the circuit, getting his hand trapped under his handlebars and grinding the top of his right ring finger off. Viñales was examined at the circuit, before flying back to Barcelona for further medical attention.
After a day lost to dismal conditions, testing resumed in full force at Jerez under blue skies. The dry condiitions and warm temperatures saw Pol Espargaro return to the top of the timesheets, the Spaniard posting his fastest time in the afternoon Moto2 session, and persuading the Spaniard to skip the final combined session of the day altogether. Second fastest man was Takaaki Nakagami, the Italtrans rider continuing his showing of strong form, ending fractionally ahead of his teammate Julian Simon.
Veteran World Superbike TV commentator - and commentator of many other premium motorsports series - Jonathan Green has been enlisted by the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, to help promote the Austin round of MotoGP, scheduled for 21st April this year. To this end, Green engaged the help of Colin Edwards to talk him around the track, and explain the ins and outs of the Texas circuit.
Despite the wind noise which blights some of the commentary, it offers an interesting insight into the nature of the track, with Edwards helping to unlock some of the secrets of the circuit. The video follows below:
Electronics are to take a further step in the world of motorcycle racing this season. In addition to being abundant throughout engine and chassis, Moto2 and Moto3 official tire supplier Dunlop is to introduce them into the tires. In an official press release issued today, Dunlop announced that they will be using RFID chips in the spec tires used in Moto2 and Moto3, to keep precise track of the tires used in both classes.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the rained-out second day of testing at Jerez:
THE RAIN HAS FORCED ZARCO TO STAY IN THE PIT
The heavy rain fallen on Jerez Circuit has complicated the Came Iodaracing test day. The team, considered the bad condition of the track, has decided to stay in the pit to avoid Johann Zarco to take useless risks.
It was in any way an useful day because Came Iodaracing technicians worked a lot with Suter staff to improve the setting of the bike according to the informations that Zarco give to them yesterday.
The rain in Spain fell mainly along the southern coast on Tuesday, with very large quantities - the kind of torrential downpour that would rival Sepang - falling at the Circuito de Velocidad in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. With rain so heavy it reduced visibility to a few meters at times, the circuit endured a soaking that left standing water on the circuit for most of the day, forcing a late start and severely curtailing track time for both the Moto2 and Moto3 classes on the second day of the Jerez test.
The Repsol Media Service, industrious as ever, released another interview after testing at Austin. After the interview with Dani Pedrosa yesterday, today it was the turn of Marc Marquez, the man who topped the test. The Repsol Honda man talks about adapting to the MotoGP bike, his progress in learning to ride a MotoGP machine, the Austin circuit, and which races he is most looking forward to. The press release interview and video is shown below:
"I started to have more fun on the bike in Austin"
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of testing at Jerez:
FINAL PRESEASON TEST UNDERWAY AT JEREZ
Toni Elias has topped the first day of testing at Jerez for the Moto2 class, leading an armada of Kalexes at the top of the timesheet. Testing took place under blue skies, in stark contrast to both the weather expected for Tuesday, and the previous fog- and rain-affected test at the Jerez track back in February.
Blue skies and warm weather greeted the Moto2 and Moto3 riders in Jerez, for the start of the final test ahead of the season opener at Qatar. The weather helped the Moto3 men and woman get up to speed quickly, though there was plenty of work going on in the pits as well. Mapfre Aspar's Jonas Folger ended the day as fastest, the German bringing a welcome break to the hegemony of Spanish riders which has so far been a feature of Moto3 testing. Folger's progress was clear from the previous test, improving his own time by six tenths of a second, to lead Alex Rins by a quarter of a second.
The Repsol Media Service released the following video interview with Dani Pedrosa, complete with English transcription, after the latest MotoGP test at Austin:
"Austin is a difficult circuit, with a 'Formula 1' layout"
Repsol Honda rider analyses first runout at the Circuit of the Americas with his Honda RC213V.
2012 MotoGP World Championship runner-up, Dani Pedrosa, explains his first impressions of the newest circuit on the calendar for 2013. The Repsol Honda rider gives a positive analysis of the three day test at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, and says he is looking forward to the final test at Jerez and the season opener in Qatar on April 7th.
Dear Michael Laverty,
You are a thief.
In 2013, riding an Aprilia powered PBM CRT bike you will compete in the 18 round MotoGP world championship. Between the months of April and November you will travel the globe, racing against the best of the best on some of the most iconic circuits in the world.
You have stolen my dream. How very dare you.
In three weeks' time, the 2013 season gets underway for all three Grand Prix classes, and motorcycle racing's winter will finally be over. Before that, there is a week of testing at Jerez, where first the Moto2 and Moto3 classes get their final run out on the track from Monday through Thursday, before MotoGP takes to the track on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
The Marc VDS Racing team issued the following press release ahead of the Moto2 and Moto3 tests due to get underway at Jerez from Monday:
Marc VDS head to the final preseason test at Jerez
Gosselies, Belgium - 16 March 2012: The Marc VDS Racing Team are on their way back to Spain, for next week's final preseason test at the Jerez circuit in Andalucía.
The Jerez outing, which runs for four days and gets underway at midday on Monday 18th March, will be the first time that the Moto2 field have tested with the 2013 race engines that they'll use this season.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway press office organized a teleconference with Factory Ducati rider Nicky Hayden last week. Naturally, the journalists were keen to hear what Hayden had to report from the first two tests at Sepang, but they were also interested in hearing his thoughts on the debut of Marc Marquez, how the departure of Valentino Rossi affects the Italian factory, and the changes in the structure of Ducati since it was taken over by Audi.
The press conference transcript follows below, courtesy of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway press office: