2013 Valencia Moto2 and Moto3 Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's races at Valencia:


Alex Rins crowned Moto3 World Championship runner-up

Spaniard fights for title until final corner of the season with Maverick Viñales, but loses out in race and title fight to rival. Teammate Alex Marquez places fourth.

Repsol Media Service - Spain, Ricardo Tormo Circuit - Sunday 10/11/2013

Alex Rins today took the runner-up spot in the Moto3 World Championship, after finishing third in the final race of the season in Valencia. The race was a battle between Rins, Salom and Viñales, and one which raged through to the end of the 24 laps of the Ricardo Tormo circuit. Alex Marquez placed fourth in the contest, leading the second group.

The race was the expected fight between the three title contenders. Viñales, Salom and Rins led the way early on, followed closely by Jonas Folger and Jack Miller –although the duo were never in the tussle for the race win.

On lap 14 Salom crashed, eliminating him from the title chase. Rins and Viñales remained. It was the latter who led until three laps from the end, when Rins took control and a series of overtaking moves took place.

Finally, despite Rins' best attempts on the final corner, Viñales held the lead and Folger passed Rins, beating him to the line by a thousandth of a second. Rins thus finishes the season second and teammate Alex Marquez fourth –the same as his final position in the race today.

Alex Rins

3rd at 0.187sec.

“Getting to the final corner of the season still in with a chance of taking the title, having taken zero points at two races, I am not at all disappointed. It was an incredible battle for me and I have never fought so hard before, nor have I ever learnt so much as I have this year. We will try to win the World Championship next year, but it won’t be easy. The strategy didn’t work out completely for us today, because obviously we wanted to win, but in general the race went as we had imagined. I had a small scare at the start and maybe my bike wasn’t accelerating like the others, but I am happy with the season as a whole. I also want to thank my team, who have been behind me through the good times and the bad."

Alex Marquez

4th at 13.666 sec.

“It was a difficult race. All weekend we found it hard to set the bike up and we didn’t have that little extra that the frontrunners had. In the end we placed fourth and I think that’s good, because we weren’t at 100%. We will try to analyse what happened so that it doesn’t occur again next year. Now we will rest and hope the winter passes by quickly in order to get back to work for next season."


Unfortunate season finish for Niklas

The Avant Tecno KTM rider suffered a crash in while fighting for the top ten during the ultimate race of the 2013 season at Valencia.

10/11/2013 - Ricardo Tormo Circuit, Spain

Niklas Ajo unfortunately was not able to top off the 2013 season on a positive note, as the Avant Tecno KTM rider fell during lap twelve while fighting to be among the top ten. This final result, after seventeen races, will classify Niklas fourteenth overall in the Moto3 category, the best season result yet for the Finn.

Niklas Ajo made a good start to the race, starting from the fifth row of the grid, moving up two positions early in the race. The Avant Tecno KTM rider resumed the pace he had displayed in the free practice and within the first few laps had put himself in a position to contest for the top ten. While battling among the third group of riders on lap twelve, Ajo suffered a fall in turn three, putting him out of the race.

With this result at the final race of the season in Valencia, Niklas Ajo completes his third season in the World Championship in fourteenth position overall in the Moto3 class.

Results (Race)

1. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 40:12.463

2. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) +0.186

3. Alex Rins (KTM) +0.187

4. Alex Marquez (KTM) +13.666

5. Efren Vazquez (Mahindra) +13.708

DNF - Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM)

Moto3 World Championship

1. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 323 points

2. Alex Rins (KTM) 311 points

3. Luis Salom (KTM) 302 points

4. Alex Marquez (KTM) 213 points

5. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 183 points

14. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 62 points

Niklas Ajo

"The beginning of race in general wasn’t bad, I had a good start. I moved up to tenth position, but I lost a little to Fahmi [Zulfahmi Khairuddin] and the rest of the group in front. So I had to ride alone. Later, Ana Carrasco and I were racing with Fahmi, but then in turn three I lost the rear wheel and I couldn’t save the fall. I made a mistake, but don’t quite understand why it happened. I’ll check the telemetry data to see what could have happened.

I think this season was better than the last, I learned many more things, I improved my riding and I think we can be happy with this. Although we had a bit of bad luck and I made mistakes, I learned from them. We've done a good job and we have to keep trying to improve next year."


ZARCO THIRD IN VALENCIA , PETRUCCI FOURTH IN THE CRTs

VALENCIA, November 10, 2013 - The 2013 season is finished in the best way possible for the CAME Iodaracing Team. After the last pole position in the history of CRT obtained by Danilo Petrucci in the qualifying session on Saturday, the Valencia GP has also led to a podium in Moto2.

After a few positions recovery, Johann Zarco managed to climb on the third step of the podium of the middle class behind Nico Terol and Jordi Torres . Zarco preceded by one thousandth of a second with Simone Corsi who came out of the last corner paired ending with the Italian side to side on the finish line.

The result of Zarco evidenced his growth in the CAME Iodaracing team in the 2013 season that got another third place in the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello before. With today's result, Zarco finished the season with 139 points in ninth place in the world standings .

Satisfaction even in the last race of the 2013 season for Danilo Petrucci in MotoGP. After the pole position obtained between the CRT of qualifying on Saturday , Petrucci had a good start from the fourth row, and was able to finish the race in fourteenth place, fourth among the CRT riders. Petrucci closed its second season in MotoGP with a fifth place in the standings with 26 points between the CRT world .

Last difficult race for Lukas Pesek. The Czech Republic rider, after having obtained the twenty-fifth time in the qualifying session, and the ninth row of the grid in qualifying, failed to finish the race for a crash on the third lap.

JOHANN ZARCO - MOTO2 RIDER - 3RD PLACE - "It 's really nice to finish the season with a podium. I said to myself that I could do a good result and I did it, but it was not easy . The start was not perfect and I had to recover many positions. In the final race my Suter had a great set-up that allowed me to keep the tires in good shape and I could also catch Simone Corsi with I crossed the finish line handlebar to handlebar. In lap after the checkered flag I saw that I was fourth on the mega screens and this did not satisfy me at all. Then returning into the pits I saw my team in the park fermé and it was a joy. I'm really happy with my season and I want to thank the team who always supported me”.

DANILO PETRUCCI - MOTOGP RIDER - 14 ° CLASSIFIED - "I'm pretty happy with how the race went because in the first laps I had some problems with grip, then I found a good feeling with the bike and I think it was the CRT more fastest on the track. In the last few laps with the rubber now over the bike was pumping a lot and are no longer able to respond to the attacks of Corti and I still regret losing the 13th. This was the last race of a season that I am quite satisfied, I grew a lot, I still learned a lot and got good results as the pole CRT yesterday. I have to say thank you so much again to Giampiero Sacchi because he always believed in me and in my ability as a rider and the whole team for the great job they have always done in this season”.


Kallio and Redding sign off 2013 with points

Valencia, Spain - 10 November 2013: Mika Kallio was left frustrated after a problem with his rear tyre saw him finish 14th in the final race of the season at Valencia today.

Kallio got a good start from 12th on the grid, forcing his way through the field on the opening lap to eventually slot into fifth place. Faster than those riders immediately ahead of him the Marc VDS rider looked all set to challenge for the podium, until the left hand side of his rear tyre started to lose rubber at the halfway point in the race. With points still on offer, the 31-year-old Finn decided to race on, eventually finishing a creditable 14th.

Scott Redding rode through the pain barrier to finish in the points today, on his final appearance for the Marc VDS Racing Team. The one point for 15th place in the final race of 2013 was enough to ensure that the 20-year-old Briton ends the season second in the Moto2 World Championship standings.

While Kallio will join Tito Rabat for two days of testing at Jerez on Thursday and Friday, Redding will bid farewell to the Marc VDS Racing Team after four years, as he makes the move to the premier MotoGP class for the 2014 season. Everyone in the Marc VDS Racing Team wishes Scott all the best for the future.

Livio Loi's debut Grand Prix season ended in the gravel trap today, after the Marc VDS rider was involved in a collision with Francesco Bagnaia. After losing places on the opening lap, Loi had managed to fight his way back through into 21st position by the midpoint of the race, but then Bagnaia took his front wheel out on the entry to turn two and he crashed without injury. The Marc VDS rider was unable to re-join the race.

Loi will be hoping for better luck next weekend, when he returns to Valencia to contest the final CEV Moto3 race of the 2013 season.

Mika Kallio #36 // 14th

"It's frustrating, because it looked like a podium finish was on the cards today. I got a good start and managed to move up to fifth, and my lap times were a little quicker than Jordi Torres who was in front of me. I thought I'd be able to work my way further up the order, but after five laps the rear grip started to drop off and then, two laps later, the whole bike started vibrating. I knew I was losing rubber off the tyre, because the feeling was the same as in Australia, but I decided to push on because it was still possible to finish in the points. Our set-up seems to exacerbate the tyre issue, so that's something we need to focus on during winter and pre-season testing."

Scott Redding #45 // 15th // @Reddingpower

"I decided not to have the painkilling injections ahead of the race, but that meant it was like I was in a war with my own body just to survive out there today. I went off the start and tried to be as aggressive as normal, not letting anyone by, despite a bit of contact early on. But then my back started to go; the wrist isn't too bad, it's the back injury from Motegi that's been the problem all weekend. The first time I looked at my pit board there were 17 laps to go and I thought 'no, I've only done ten laps and I've got that again and another seven laps yet' so from then on it was a case of just hanging on. I couldn't hold off Simon and Taka, but I managed to finish with one point, which could have been crucial for second in the championship if Tito had finished second in the race today. I want to say a big thank you to Marc van der Straten and the whole team for all their hard work and support, not just for this season, but for all four seasons we've been together. Thank you for everything."

Livio Loi #11 // DNF // @LivioLoi

"This is not the way I wanted to end my rookie season. I got a pretty good start, but then I was pushed out at turn two and everyone just came past on the inside. I got my head down, managed to find a good rhythm and my lap times were good. I pushed my way back through to 21st, but then Bagnaia just came from nowhere on the entry to turn two and took away my front wheel. I don't know what he was doing, and I don't think he did either! It's a disappointing end to what has been a hard rookie season, but now I need to pick myself up and focus on a good result next weekend in the final CEV Moto3 race."

Michael Bartholemy // Team Principal

"It was a difficult race for Livio today, in more ways than one. He lost places on the opening lap and then, after working his way back through the field, got taken out by another rider. He has another chance next week to end his season on a high, when he returns for the CEV race here at Valencia, and I hope he takes it. Mika looked all set to battle for the podium five laps into today's race, but a problem with his rear tyre put paid to that. I know he'll be disappointed with the result, but he can take some consolation from fourth place in the championship standings. Scott has been in a lot of pain all weekend, but he was adamant that he was going to finish his last race for the team. His performance today was typical of Scott. Despite the pain he gritted his teeth and did what he needed to do to secure second place in the championship. It's this determination and courage that I'm confident will make him a contender in MotoGP over the next few years. On behalf of Marc van der Straten and everyone in the Marc VDS Racing Team, I'd like to say a massive thank you to Scott for the last four years. It goes without saying that we wish him every success with his move to the premier class next season. He will be sorely missed by the Marc VDS racing family."

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Disappointment for Livio as he crashes out at Valencia

Valencia, Spain - 10 November 2013:

Livio Loi's debut Grand Prix season ended in the gravel trap today, after the Marc VDS rider was involved in a collision with Francesco Bagnaia. After losing places on the opening lap, Loi had managed to fight his way back through into 21st position by the midpoint of the race, but then Bagnaia took his front wheel out on the entry to turn two and he crashed without injury. The Marc VDS rider was unable to re-join the race.

Loi will be hoping for better luck next weekend, when he returns to Valencia to contest the final CEV Moto3 race of the 2013 season.

Livio Loi #11 // DNF // @LivioLoi

"This is not the way I wanted to end my rookie season. I got a pretty good start, but then I was pushed out at turn two and everyone just came past on the inside. I got my head down, managed to find a good rhythm and my lap times were good. I pushed my way back through to 21st, but then Bagnaia just came from nowhere on the entry to turn two and took away my front wheel. I don't know what he was doing, and I don't think he did either! It's a disappointing end to what has been a hard rookie season, but now I need to pick myself up and focus on a good result next weekend in the final CEV Moto3 race."

Michael Bartholemy // Team Principal

"It was a difficult race for Livio today, in more ways than one. He lost places on the opening lap and then, after working his way back through the field, got taken out by another rider. He has another chance next week to end his season on a high, when he returns for the CEV race here at Valencia, and I hope he takes it."

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MotoGP Moto3 – Romano Fenati seizes Top 10 spot in the final rankings for San Carlo Team Italia FMI in Valencia

The Italian is eleventh in the race, Francesco Bagnaia forced to retire after a contact

Maverick Viñales took the Moto3 race and title in Valencia beating Alex Rins and Jonas Folger. Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5) fought around the Top 10 throughout the race, taking tenth place in the championship. Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4), after a positive WUP, managed to get closer to the Top 15 but was penalized by a contact with Livio Loi and forced to retire for brake issues.

Franco Morbidelli also enjoyed a positive race, despite missing the points zone, fighting fiercely against more expert riders and closing in 17th position behind Sandro Cortese.

Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5) 11th, 40'41.810

"I really wanted to finish the year in the Top 10, even though I was hoping for a better result in my final race with Team Italia. It's been two intense years, where we scored good results and faced tough moments together, always giving our best effort. I'm leaving with many nice memories and give my thanks to everyone involved before starting a new adventure."

Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4) NC

"I'm disappointed. I really wanted to take points on a track I know well and like. Unfortunately, after the contact during the race, the front brake got damaged and I went wide. I want to thank the whole team and I'm looking forward to next season."

Roberto Locatelli (FMI Technical Coordinator)

"It was a complicated race from a tactical standpoint. Behind the front there were many riders fighting closely, but our guys couldn't make the most of it. Romano could have taken sixth place, Pecco compromised a good comeback with yet another unlucky situation. Still, we're happy Romano finished the year in the Top 10."

Alfredo Mastropasqua (Team Italia Manager)

"I want to thank all the sponsors and the members of Italracing and Puccetti Racing, who worked hard the entire season. Romano, Pecco, Riccardo and Alessandro end their growth path with Team Italia and, thanks to the experience accumulated with us, are ready to take their talent even further next year. Our Talenti Azzurri project confirmed the qualities of Fenati in Moto3 and Russo in WSS. Moreover, we took the European Stk600 title with Morbidelli and proved Nocco's abilities. I want to express my gratitude to Roberto Locatelli, a friend and a great professional for the past four years. He devoted great passion and abnegation to our riders and everyone else, making Team Italia better and unique. I wish him and Italtrans the best for next season. Our program will be made official in the next few days, but our mission remains to help young riders grow with a winning mentality."


SEASON ENDS WITH A CRASH FOR ANTONELLI, BALDASSARRI 20TH

The 2013 Moto3 World Championship did not end in ideal fashion for Team GO & FUN Gresini Moto3, with Niccolò Antonelli crashing out of seventh place and Lorenzo Baldassarri unable to recover from a bad start and eventually crossing the line in 20th. It was a shame for the young Italian pair, both of whom have enjoyed positive seasons and shown their undoubted potential for the future.

Niccolò Antonelli (27th) “I made a stupid mistake when I was trying to change the mapping, when I picked the wrong function. I lost ground and then when I was trying to make it up I pushed too hard and crashed. It is not the ideal way to finish the season but I think it has been a good year for us overall. I have gathered a lot of important experience for the future, although I just wish we could have been a little more competitive. ”

Lorenzo Baldassarri (20th) “If I hadn't made such a bad start I could have maybe achieved my objective of scoring my first points here in the final race but I gave myself too much to do and with my usual problem of losing time down the straights it was impossible. I am disappointed but I want to focus on the positive aspects of my first year in the World Championship and look ahead now to the future.”

Fausto Gresini “Unfortunately the season has not ended with the results we were looking for but overall we are happy with the way things have gone recently, with the progress Niccolò has made and the potential Lorenzo has shown despite contending with his extra size and weight. These are all positive things for their futures and I am sure next season can be an exciting one for us all.”


2013 Moto3 season finished

RW Racing GP has ended the 2013 Moto3 season just outside the points. Jakub Kornfeil just missed a top 10 classification. His 16th position finish in his last race for the Dutch team brought him to 11th in the championship. Jasper Iwema finished the season in 21st, ending up 24th in the championship.

There was a lot at stake in Valencia. Therefore the tension was high and everybody felt the pressure. The dramatic race saw Maverick Vinales win the world title after Luis Salom crashed out.

For RW Racing GP there was a lot to gain and lose as well. Jakub Kornfeil had a strong race and gained positions, but not enough to hold on to his top 10 classification in the championship standings. Jasper Iwema had the usual good start but fell back during the race, finishing in 21st.

RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen looks back on the 2013 Moto3 season with mixed feelings. "We've had our ups and downs. Jakub Kornfeil has finished in the top 10 six times this season, which is something to be very proud of. He started the season very well, but dropped back in the second half of the year, which was a bit disappointed. Our goal at the start of the season was top 8. We didn't achieve that, but I believe we could have. Nevertheless 11th is a good result. We are sorry we split ways, but we wish Jakub all the best for the future."

Jasper Iwema ended the season with a streak of nine races without points. He only got points in four occassions. "That was not enough and a big disappointment for everybody, especially for Jasper," says Janssen. "As RW Racing GP we made the mistake to allow him back on track too soon after his megacrash in Austin. Soon after it became clear Jasper was also suffering from an allergy, which cost him much energy. He has not been fit for much of the season. At this level a rider has to be 100% fit to be able to ride for points. I think that in Jasper's case the season has been too short, with too little time to recover. I'm sure he can do better and thus I sincerely hope we can give it another chance next season."

The line-up for next year is not clear yet. RW Racing GP is talking with Jasper Iwema for next year but also has contacts with some other riders. "A lot depends on budget," team manager Janssen admits. When decissions will be made, it not clear yet. "In these cases everybody is looking for the best options and that takes time."

The team will be back in Valencia next weekend with Scott Deroue for the Spanish championship. "That will be an important test for Scott as well," according to Janssen.


JONAS FOLGER FINISHES SEASON ON THE PODIUM

MAPFRE Aspar rider places second, takes second consecutive podium and rounds off 2013 in best way possible. Eric Granado, 24th on the grid, fights back for 17th

The lights went out in the Moto3 for the final time this season in Valencia, with the title still up for grabs. Contenders Rins, Salom and Viñales occupied the front row of the grid, and led the way early on with the accompaniment of Folger and Miller. Viñales set the pace, which dipped into a 1’39.744 but was mostly around the mid-1’40s. Salom and Miller both crashed, with the former eliminating himself from the fight for the title on lap 15. Viñales and Rins tussled with three laps to go, but a final move on the final lap ran him wide, Jonas Folger snuck in for second and Viñales took the win and the Moto3 crown.

The Valencia race was almost certainly Jonas Folger’s most intelligent ride of the year. He set off from fourth on the grid and knew that he had a chance of taking a podium finish, riding at his team’s home race. He had previously taken third place in Japan. From the start he positioned himself in the leading group, but stayed out of the title fight which was raging in front of him. On the final lap, Folger decided to make a move, and capitalised on Álex Rins’ runnng wide to pass the Spaniard. He ended the campaign with a second place finish for the MAPFRE Aspar team.

Teammate Eric Granado also ended the weekend happy, having completed en excellent comeback. The Brazilian set off from 24th on the grid and rose to seventeenth. Only a small mistake when changing gears with two laps remaining would deny him a second points-scoring finish.

2nd Jonas Folger: “Before the race I was excited and nervous, as I knew that we had a hard race ahead. In any case, we had a good pace all weekend and that motivated me a lot. That’s why I stuck with the frontrunners from the start with all I had. When I saw that I could match their pace I decided to push a little more, in order to stay with them to the end. I saw Salom fall very close to me and it was a bit of a scare, but luckily I was able to follow Rins and Viñales. I decided to stay behind them, as I didn’t want to get involved with their fight –in which there was so much at stake. I didn’t want to cause any problems which would affect their duel for the title. I kept behind them until the final lap and was thinking about attacking then, but they were going too fast and I wasn’t as close as I needed to be to overtake. When I saw Rins run wide I decided to go for it, and placed second by a whisker. It was a fabulous race and I want to thank my team for everything they have given me over the past two years. I also want to thank Jorge for giving me the chance. I am very grateful to my family and the sponsors. Finally, I want to say congratulations to Maverick for being a worthy Moto3 World Champion.”

17th Eric Granado: “This weekend we found it hard to find a feeling, but today everything went rather well. At the start of the race I didn’t find my spot and I found it tough to feel comfortable. Taking off from far back there was a lot of action ahead of us and I needed to pass many riders. I latched onto a rider who was faster than me, then let him take me with him through the field. With two laps remaining I made a gearing mistake and lost some places. It was a pity, because I would have liked to have placed in the points. I am happy with the comeback, at least. The team did a great job all season and I can only thank my mechanics. I learnt a lot this year and this winter I am going to prepare to give more of a fight next season.”


PRADITA'S SEASON ENDS AT VALENCIA

Doni Tata Pradita concluded his Moto2 World Championship adventure at Valencia today although he wasn't able to sign off in the style that he had hoped. The Indonesian rider crossed the line in 27th place to signal the end of an exciting season, the highlight of which was his historic point in the Australian Grand Prix last month.

Doni Tata Pradita (27th) “My first Moto2 adventure finishes here and ideally I would have liked to sign off with a better result. I got a good start but I couldn't build on it and it was a shame. Anyway, overall I am happy with the way my first year in Grand Prix has gone.”

Fausto Gresini “Pradita was hoping for a better finish to the season here but it wasn't possible. Once again he gave it everything he had and he deserves a lot of credit for this season. I am sure it has been a positive and worthwhile experience for him.”


Rossi delivers determined ride in final Moto2 battle

The Tech 3 Racing Team ended the 2013 Moto2 World Championship campaign in Valencia today with French riders Louis Rossi and Lucas Mahias racing to 23rd and 24th respectively in hot and sunny conditions.

Rossi was left to reflect on a missed opportunity for a top 15 finish in his final appearance on the Tech 3 designed and built Mistral 610 machine. A terrific start immediately put him inside the top 20 and Rossi continued to move through the field with an impressively fast and consistent pace.

He had reached 18th position but a mistake on lap nine of 27 cost him 10 places and any hope of securing a third points scoring finish of the campaign. Rossi responded magnificently though and throughout the remainder of the race his pace was comparable with those running inside the top 10.

Rossi brilliantly recovered five places to finish in a respectable 23rd position and he clocked the 17th fastest time of the race in front of a capacity crowd of well over 100,000 sun-drenched fans.

Mahias, substituting for injured British rider Danny Kent, made a fantastic start and an aggressive first lap immediately thrust him into the top 20.

The tight and twisty Ricardo Tormo track made for some typically frantic and exciting action in Moto2 and he dropped down the order before settling into a consistent rhythm. He grew more confident and comfortable as the race developed and was able to bring his Mistral 610 machine to the chequered flag in a hard fought 24th position.

Louis Rossi 23rd - 4 points :

“Once again this year we were not able to score the result we deserved. I actually had a really strong rhythm and was fighting for a top 15 result when I went straight on, after I nearly lost the front going into the corner. When I got back on track the gap to the group in front of me was quite big and even if I was faster it was impossible to recover the time I had lost. Of course I'm disappointed to end the season like this, but I'm still happy about the improvement I made during this weekend, especially with my feeling with the bike. I want to thank my Tech3 Racing Team for the hard work they have put in all the year and the support they gave me even when the situation was not always easy."

Luca Mahias 24th :

"It has been my second race in the Moto2 class this season after Brno and I’m pretty satisfied even if it was a tough one. As I was riding alone from the early stages of the race I decided to take it as a long practice run with the aim to improve my knowledge of the Mistral 610 and to improve my lap time. Of course I'm not pleased with my final race position, but I think riders never are. I know I have to improve a lot of things, for example my position on the bike, because I'm not fast enough on the straight, but maybe one day I'll get another chance to show my potential. I'm really grateful for the opportunity Hervé offered me and I want to thank the whole team for the great job they have done."

Herve Poncharal – Team Manager :

“It is a shame that Louis wasn’t able to finish in the points in his last race, because I have no doubt without the mistake he would have certainly been inside the top 15. His lap times were fast and consistent and he was looking comfortable when he ran off track. Louis was immediately able to get back into a fast rhythm and in the second half of the race his lap times were quite impressive. On the other side of the garage we did not have our usual line-up as Danny is still injured after the crash in Motegi, but I really think that Lucas Mahias had a strong weekend considering that he had to jump on the bike without any test. I certainly hope that somebody noticed his potential and might be willing to give him a chance in the future. Now our Moto2 team is moving to Jerez where the preparations for 2014 will start. On Thursday and Friday we will have the first test for Marcel Schroetter and Alex Marinelarena. But before I would like to wish Louis a very successful future because he has been a valuable member of our Moto2 project and he has always given us his maximum effort and commitment. I’d also like to wish Danny good luck in his new adventure back in Moto3. He showed at the end of 2012 how strong he is in that class and I am looking forward to seeing him fighting at the front again next season.”


MAPFRE ASPAR END SEASON WITH HOME RACE SHOWCASE

Nico Terol and Jordi Torres take one-two finish at MAPFRE Aspar Team’s home round and season finale

Moto2 action for the season ended in typically entertaining style, wih an unpredicatable race in Valencia. Newly crowned World Champion Pol Espargaró led early on, but after establishing a 1.5 second advantage, was caught by Nico Terol. He crashed out on lap 8, leaving the door open for Terol to pass, establish his pace and take the win by a 4-second margin. Teammate Jordi Torres was second and Johann Zarco completed the podium.

He has taken many podium finishes in Valencia in his career (two second places and a third in 125cc, one third place in Moto2) and clinched a title there in 2011, even having a corner (Turn 4) named after him. However, Nico Terol had never won a race at his true home round, and was keen to do so in 2013. His dream came true with a dominant win reminiscent of his triumphs at Austin and Aragón, escaping for glory. A great start took Terol from sixth on the grid to third, and from there he hunted down Corsi and then Espargaró (who would crash before he could attempt a pass). The MAPFRE Aspar rider took his chance and broke away, earning his fourth podium finish of the season and a memorable victory.

To the right of Terol on the podium was teammate Jordi Torres. The MAPFRE Aspar one-two was completed in style by the winner of the German GP and third place finisher in Australia. He needed a second place for his collection, and he took it at the final race of the year. Caught up in the early traffic, he was fifth on the opening lap and then moved up the order, with a new record of 1’35.694 set in the process. After leaving Corsi behind, he took a solitary second place to round off the season.

1st Nico Terol: "To end the year with a win is fantastic, I thoroughly enjoyed this home Grand Prix. At first I was comfortable, but when I began riding alone the race seemed to last forever. Much of the secret of the victory was in the start. During the race I noticed that the wind increased and so at the end I was not so comfortable. Furthermore, the performance of the tyres decreased a lot, I had a big scare and almost crashed. Luckily I managed to react and stay focused. Corsi pushed tight on me in the middle of the race but I managed to gain a couple of tenths with my pace for a few laps, finally leaving him behind. It's great to end the year with a win. After getting three this year I think we have taken a big step forward, but we must continue to improve for 2014 –we still need to fine tune some details. In Moto2 no victory is simple, I had to be very consistent to reach the objective. My hairs stood up on end when I saw all the fans cheering on the lap of honour. Winning at home means making another dream come true.”

2nd Jordi Torres: "I am very happy with this second place. This is our first full season in the Moto2 World Championship and we have been on all three steps of the podium -you could not ask for more. The most important thing is that this year we have gathered a lot of information and gained a lot of experience for next season. As for the race today, I suffered a lot. At first, I diced with Luthi and Aegerter, although they easily overtook me on the straight and I did not have enough top speed to match them, so I had to make the ground up on the corners. We had a good pace this weekend, so that’s what helped us to be so competitive today. Towards the middle of the race my tyres went off and I had a scare, but fortunately I was able to make the save. When I reached Corsi I studied him a little and soon I thought it best to try to break away, to avoid any problems. I finished the race tired and with a sore foot, but I'm happy because I managed to cross the finish line in second position. I want to thank the team, of course, and Dr. Anna Carreras, as thanks to her I recovered in record time, and today I was able to compete without too many complications."


Unhappy ending to an excellent season

Luis Salom just misses out on Moto3 title after crashing out in fight for victory. Red Bull KTM Ajo rider finishes in fourteenth, just behind teammate Zulfahmi Khairuddin. Arthur Sissis places eighteenth.

10/11/2013 - Ricardo Tormo Circuit, Spain

Luis Salom suffered misfortune in the final race of the Moto3 World Championship in Valencia today. The Spanish rider crashed on lap 15 of the race, leaving him out of the battle for the title. Salom got back on track to cross the line in fourteenth place, just behind teammate Zulfahmi Khairuddin. Arthur Sissis was eighteenth.

An excellent start from the Spanish rider put him in the lead on the opening corner. With 24 laps ahead, a frenetic finish was predicted. Salom exchanged the lead with Maverick Viñales, up until Turn 5 of lap 15 –when he lost front end grip and went to ground. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider picked his bike back up to finish the race, but only pride was at stake by that point. He came in fourteenth ahead of his home fans.

Zulfahmi Khairuddin also made a strong start, sticking in ninth place. After keeping the position throughout the race, late on he experienced pain from his recent injury and was forced to drop his pace. His teammate, Arthur Sissis, took off from 23rd, but moved up through the order to finish in eighteenth.

The 2013 season ends with Luis Salom third overall, with 302 points. He was the rider with the most victories –7– in the class this year. Zulfahmi Khairuddin concludes the year twelfth, with 68 points. Arthur Sissis takes fifteenth with 59 points.

Results (Race)

1. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 40:12.463

2. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) +0.186

3. Alex Rins (KTM) +0.187

4. Alex Marquez (KTM) +13.666

5. Efren Vazquez (Mahindra) +13.708

13. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +30.666

14. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +34.153

18. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +42.363

Moto3 World Championship

1. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 323 points

2. Alex Rins (KTM) 311 points

3. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 302 points

4. Alex Marquez (KTM) 213 points

5. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 183 points

12. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 68 points

15. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 59 points

Luis Salom

"It’s been a really nice season –very special. I want to thank all of my team for what has been the best year of my life. I’ve learnt a lot in this team. I also want to thank Maverick [Viñales] and Alex [Rins], because I have grown enormously as a rider. They deserved the title just as much as I did. I am happy to have won the most races this season –it’s a big thing for me. This year has been great and I want to thank everyone for their support and for being by my side. I can’t say much more, because this has been a hard end to the season."

Arthur Sissis

"It wasn’t a good race for me. I made a good start, but on the first lap I lost a lot of time with the riders I had ahead of me. As the races went by I felt better and found more feeling. I set my fastest time on the final lap. It wasn’t my best season this year, but I enjoyed myself a lot. I want to thank Aki Ajo and all of the Red Bull KTM Ajo team for the opportunity that they have given me. These two years have been the best of my life and I wouldn’t change them for anything. Everyone has helped me, I’ve grown as a rider and believed in myself. Thank you."

Zulfahmi Khairuddin

"I made a good start, sticking in ninth place at the start of the race and then tried to reach Antonelli. In the end I wasn’t able to catch the group ahead and was riding alone. On the final laps I was a little lost and had some pain in my hands –above all in my right wrist. However, that’s not an excuse for me. I have enjoyed myself a lot with this team and want to thank everyone, because I have spent some of my best moments with Ajo Motorsport from 2011 to now. I have grown a lot as a rider and learnt a lot.

Thanks to everyone at Ajo Motorsport, and Aki (Ajo) in charge of the structure, because they have worked very hard. Congratulations to Luis Salom for this year, because he has had a very good season. Thanks to everyone."


Solid End to a Tough Weekend

A solid end to a tough weekend and a strong year for Brad Binder and the Ambrogio Racing Team. Despite riding with an injured collarbone Brad battled hard on board his MGP30 and fought a race long battle for the top ten. A solid charge off the line saw the South African in 10th for the opening laps. A battle then emerged between Brad, Ajo and fellow Mahindra rider Miguel Oliveira. Brad went as low as 14th during the race, fortunately Brad had saved his tyres and was able to make a late charge up to 12th. Everyone involved was happy to achieve this result, especially looking back to Friday when Brad went to the medical center and his involvement in the final round looked briefly in doubt.

Brad completes the 2013 Moto 3 Championship in 13th position.

“It was a tough race. We got off the line really well and I was pushing hard but then a couple of the KTMs got ahead of me and I couldn’t get past. Then we got in a good battle with Miguel and I watched how he was riding the bike and what his Mahindra was doing differently to mine. I’m happy enough with the result considering my collarbone and shoulder. A huge thank you to Clinica for helping to sort me out, they work some real magic and it would have been a whole lot more painful without them. Congratulations to Maverick on winning the Championship.” Brad Binder


Round Number: 
18
2013

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