Repsol presented their MotoGP and Moto2 backed teams in Madrid on March 3rd at the Palacio de Deportes, and today it was the turn of their 2012 Moto3 GP and CEV squads at El Matadero de Madrid, the Spanish capital’s Centre of Contemporary Creation.
Four weeks away from the start of the Moto3 World Championship, Repsol riders Miguel Oliveira and Álex Rins had their own special presentation alongside their machines this morning. Joined by fellow Repsol family members Álex Márquez, María Herrera, Francesco Bagnaia and Lorenzo Baldassarri —riders from the CEV Spanish National series, they showed off the new livery which will feature on their bikes in 2012.
Álex Rins —reigning CEV champion— and Miguel Oliveira are the talented pairing in an exciting squad (Monalu Competicion) who will be aiming to impress on the world stage, alongside last year’s breakout star, Maverick Viñales (Avintia Racing).
Jonas Folger, last season’s 125cc race winner at Silverstone is the latest rider to feel the economic crunch.
Fogler had already signed to ride for MZ Racing Team in the new 2012 Moto3 championship, but due to the bankruptcy of a parts supplier and the delay in the production their upcoming Emmely EL2 Hybrid scooter, MZ Racing has been forced to cut back on their racing budget, with the young German rider bearing part of the brunt.
MZ will be in Moto2 with Swedish rider Alex Lundh sponsored by Cresto Guide, while in Moto3 MZ has teamed up with Racing Team Germany to field Toni Finsterbusch, while the 20-year old Folger still remains under contract he has been demoted to test rider and substitute rider for the team unless he comes up with a sponsor to pay for his season in Moto3.
Simone Grotzkyj Giorgi has finally found a ride for the 2012 Moto3 season. Desite his non sounding Italian surname, Grotzkyj Giorgi hails from the city of Pesaro, right in the heart of that area that has given birth to some of the best Italian riders in the world.
Despite finishing in the 2010 and 2011 125cc championship in 19th and 16th, and the best rider of Italian nationality, had trouble finding the € 250,000 to fund his next ride, but just before the start of the inaugural Moto3 season, found a sponsor (thanks to the appeal by his fans in Facebook and Twitter) and will be returning to Fiorenzo Caponera’s team World Wide Race (now called Ambrose Next Racing).
The 23-year Grotzkyj Giorgi will be fielded next Giulian Pedone and riding an OE-250M3R, (an Oral Engineering engine in an Aprilia RSW 125 chassis) and will be testing at Almeria on March 6th and 7th, followed by another two days of private testing on another track before the official IRTA test.
“Despite a difficult winter, with uncertain prospects, here I am,” said the Italian rider. “I reached a good agreement with the team and I’d like to thank Fiorenzo. I am delighted to take back with them, because it means I continue where I left off following my accident at Misano. I’ve visited Oral and saw the bike and talked about the program which is interesting. I’m convinced that my experience will be useful in the development work. The team has started an intense work programme and I can’t wait to start. I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me.
IodaRacing’s Moto3 machine, the TR002 that will be used in the inaugural Moto3 championship in the upcoming seasonwill be getting its first shakedown test today at the Magione circuit in Umbria.
The TR002 which was developed by Giampiero Sacchi under the EMIR joint venture with Robby Motor Technology and will see Team Italia riders Luigi Morciano and Alessandro Tonucci who rode the first version, the TR001 Moto3 during the 2010 CIV championship take on the development of the new bike.
Source | motosprint.it
In addition to keeping Marc Marquez, team manager Emilio Alzamora is expanding his Monlau Competición Team to compete in next season’s inaugural Moto3 category.
Thanks to CatalunyaCaxia, Repsol, Honda and the addition of new sponsor, Estrella Galicia 0.0 (beer makers), Alzamora will be able to field two promising riders, Alex Rins and Miguel Oliveira.
Rins 16, is the current CEV 125cc champion, while Oliveira who is also 16 also comes from the CEV and has already competed on Honda’s NSF250R Moto3 winning the last two races of the CEV season.
Alzamora will also be giving this year’s CEV’s runner-up Alex Marquez (the younger brother of the better known Marc) who will be staying in the CEV in 2012, a chance to compete in some GP races as a wild card rider.
While the popular Laglisse team who won this year’s CEV Moto2 2011 championship with Jordi Torres is waiting to know if they’ll be allowed a CRT entry in MotoGP, they’ve also decided to compete in the 2012 inaugural Moto3 season.
The Spanish team will be fielding Efren Vazquez and Adrian Martin as their riders and Vazquez was at Almeria yesterday testing the Honda NSF250R that the Laglisse team will using next season.
Vasquez competed the 2011 season with 125cc Avant-AirAsia-Ajo team finishing 7th in the standings, while Martin rode for Bankia Aspar’s 125cc team and finished 13th overall.
Source | motoworld.es
125cc rider Jonas Folger a tested MZ Racing Moto2 during the Valencia test last November and competed in the final Moto2 CEV race of the season (18th) seemed destined to make the move to Moto2, however the 18-year old German has decided to stay in the lower class and dispute the 2012 season in the new Moto3 category with MZ Racing on a Honda machine
Folger who won this year’s Silverstone round on an Aprilia RSA for Ajo Motorsport, finished sixth overall in the standings despite a debilitating bacterial lung infection that conditioned several of his performances including a pullout before the Brno GP.
Folger’s team mate will be former IDM 125cc rider Toni Finsterbusch (who wildcarded during the Sachsenring GP taking 12th place with Freudenberg KTM Racing Team). MZ Racing has yet to define their 2012 Moto2 line-up.
2011 125cc racing sensation Maverick Viñales will be competing in Moto3 next season and will find another rider on the grid that he knows very well, his older cousin Isaac, who will be contesting the championship with Italian CBC Corse Team.
Viñales isn’t new to GP racing as he rode the Lambretta for five races in 2010 and then was a wildcard at the Jerez and Barcelona rounds and this season raced in the CEV Moto2 championship on a Promoharris and finishing the season in fifth and winning the last race of the season at Valencia.
Source | infomoto3.com