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Moto3 2013: Rookies

His father bought him a Honda QR50 at the age of three and he has continued his upward trajectory from there. Having cut his teeth in the Red Bull Rookies in 2012, Livio makes the step up to the world stage with Scott Redding's Mark VDS squad who are competing in Moto3 for the first time with Kalex KTMs.

After a slow start Livio won 1 race last year in the Red Bull rookies programme and placed 14th at the official Valencia test. He has already received glowing reviews from team members and is highly tipped by those within the paddock in the know. Standing at a mere 158cm, his baby-faced appearance may be deceiving. Livio is the foremost rookie to keep your eyes on in 2013.

Official pre-season Test Results:
Valencia – 14th
Jerez I – 21st
Jerez II – 21st
Gap from 1st place at above tests:

#22 Ana Carrasco – Spain - Laglisse KTM - 16 years old
With Elena Rosell leaving the Moto 2 class in 2013, Ana Carrasco is the paddock's sole female entry. The recently turned 16 year old will partner Maverick Viñales in the Laglisse KTM squad, who she rode for in the Spanish CEV Moto3 class last year.

The Murcia based teenager scored points in three Spanish Championship races last year and will face a tough task to reach the points at World Championship level. She has youth and the proper equipment in abundance though and her performance at the Valencia test suggests she could trouble the point scorers on numerous occasions.

Official pre-season Test Results:
Valencia – 16th
Jerez I – 22nd
Jerez II – 31st
Gap from 1st place at above tests:

#29 Hyuga Watanabe – Japan – Team Lafonte Tasca Racing Honda – 18 years old
The young Japanese will be competing in the former Caretta technology team after moving to Europe in 2012 to contest the CEV championship. After taking some time to settle and adjust to the different pace of life, Watanabe gradually got to grips with living in Spain and scored a podium at the Albacete round late last year.

There were some in Japan eager to measure his development overseas and he was rewarded for his progress with a wildcard ride in the Motegi Moto 3 race, finishing just outside the points in 16th.

His testing times have been a little underwhelming and team coordinator Giorgio Bertelli acknowledges Watanabe may need more time on the bike before he can push towards the points. He cites double 125 world champion Kazuto Sakata as his idol and he looks to be the first Japanese point scorer in the Moto 3 category.

Official pre-season Test Results:
Valencia – 29th
Jerez I – 31st
Jerez II – 33rd
Gap from 1st place at above tests:

#57 Eric Granado – Brazil – Aspar Kalex KTM - 16 years old
Eric Granado has followed the path treaded by Sao Paulo's other great two-wheeled export, Alex Barros, to Europe. After making his name in regional Brazilian mini bike and 80 cc championships he came across to Spain to compete in the CEV, finishing an impressive 5th in 2011 at just 15 years of age.

You may recognise the Brazilian and his Barros-esque green and yellow lid from his rides in the Moto2 class last year on board the JIR MotoBI. Having started the season late at Silverstone, he was very much thrown in at the deep end and failed to score a point in the remainder of the season. The Brazilian has time on his side however. Aspar clearly saw enough potential to place him alongside Championship contender Jonas Folger for their Kalex mounted KTM assault on the 2013 season.

Testing has seen steady improvements, with an excellent final two days in Jerez promoting him inside the top ten.

Official pre-season Test Results:
Valencia – 27th
Jerez I – 19th
Jerez II – 8th
Gap from 1st place at above tests:

#58 Juan Francisco Guevara – Spain - CIP TSR Honda - 17 years old
The splendidly named Spaniard already has 2 starts in the junior class. He competed at Aragon and Valencia last year and performed admirably in the damp at the final round, scoring 4 points for 12th place.

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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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