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Moto3 2013: Rookies

A look at the rookie riders joining the Moto3 World Championship in 2013.
By Neil Morrison

The Moto3 World Championship proved a fantastic alternative to it's two-stroke 125cc predecessor in 2012.

The positives for the new class included the number of rookies honing their skills at the front of the field. As early as round two, one rookie (Alex Rins) took pole and another (Romano Fenati) won the race.

Niccolo Antonelli, Arthur Sissis and Brad Binder also added spice and depth to a highly talented field, featuring close to the front at some point.

As Qatar 2013 approaches we take a look at the next wave of newcomers, poised to make their first appearance as full-time riders in the junior grand prix class.

#3 Matteo Ferrari – Italy - Ongetta Centro Seta FTR Honda – 16 years old
The 16 year-old Italian steps up to the world stage, like countryman Romano Fenati a year before, after winning the European Moto 3 Championship. He clinched the title at Albacete after beating fellow rookie Juanfran Guevara by a mere 0.002 of a second.

As a child he quickly progressed through mini-bike racing and was one of a chosen few to compete in Honda's Italy Racing project aboard a NSF 100. He began racing 125s in 2011 and rode in Gresini's junior team last year. He will ride alongside Isaac Viñales in the Ongetta set up in 2013.

Official pre-season Test Results:
Valencia – 24th
Jerez I – 27th
Jerez II – 30th
Gap from 1st place at above tests:

#4 Francesco Bagnaia – Italy - Team Italia FMI FTR Honda - 16 years old
When you look through the glittering roll call of riders who were given their first chance by Team Italia's set up you realise not any spotty faced pup can make the grade. Italian world champions Cadalora, Gresini, and Locatelli are some of those who debuted in the famous blue and white.

“Pecca” Bagnaia won the European mini-GP championship in 2009, before moving on to racing 125s in Spain. Emilio Alzamora saw something special and he contested the 2011 & 2012 CEV series in the Spaniard's well-financed team. He scored two consecutive 3rd place championship finishes as a result.

The start of 2013 will be hampered by a broken radius bone in his left arm, sustained during a fall on the third day of testing at Jerez. He is facing a fight against time to be fit for Qatar and may go against doctor's wishes and ride. An impressive 17th placing at the Valencia test suggests that under the watchful eye of 2000 125cc champion Roberto Locatelli, Bagnaia is one to watch when he regains full fitness.

Official pre-season Test Results:
Valencia – 17th
Jerez I – 26th
Jerez II – 25th
Gap from 1st place at above tests:

#11 Livio Loi – Belgium – Mark VDS Kalex KTM - 15 years old
The 15 year-old Belgian won't even be competing at the opening two rounds as he turns 16 on the 27th April, a week before round 3 at Jerez (sound familiar? Jorge Lorenzo made his Grand Prix debut in similar circumstances.)

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Red,WHAT & Blue - Unregistered

March 30, 2013 6:15 PM

Congratulations to the future of the sport! ....and HELLO, America. Harleys and Hayabusas aren't what makes World Champions. We have tons of dirt bikes, but not much development on the tarmac. Shall we sit back and watch, as the rest of the globe climbs podiums?

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