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Moto3 2013: Rookies

He narrowly missed out on the European Moto 3 crown last year and has arrived at preseason tests in good shape after an intensive off-season training program. He forced everyone to sit up and take notice at the initial Jerez test, comfortably ending the test inside the top ten in 6th. He will ride alongside Alan Techer in the CIP set up and could be pushing for points early on.

Official pre-season Test Results:
Valencia – 19th
Jerez I – 6th
Jerez II – 28th
Gap from 1st place at above tests:

#65 Philipp Oettl – Germany - Paddock TT Motion Kalex KTM - 16 years old
The young German is not technically a rookie as he also wild carded at Valencia last year, scoring a mightily impressive 11th in the damp conditions. Before this, Oettl was perhaps best remembered for performing a Johan Zarco-esque bottling moment, prematurely sitting up to celebrate the win in a RBR race at the same Grand Prix weekend in Misano, 2011. He climbed aboard the podium cheeks blushed and head bowed as a disconsolate second place finisher.

That minor embarrassment aside however, his CV is mightily impressive. Son of 5-time GP winner Peter, Philipp will contest in the Paddock TT Motion team aboard a KTM. No stranger to fairing bashing and aggressive riding, Philipp first joined the Rookies programme in 2010 when he was just 13. In 2011 he won twice but injury hampered his end of season push. Last season he juggled the Spanish championship with the RBRC and scored a further win at Silverstone. His end of season ride last year suggests he has plenty of speed.

Official pre-season Test Results:
Valencia – 18th
Jerez I – 23rd
Jerez II – 29th
Gap from 1st place at above tests:
+1.810 secs
+2.873 secs
+2.874 secs

#66 Florian Alt – German - Kiefer Racing Kalex KTM - 17 years old
The future of German racing seems to be in good hands if Keifer Racing's appointment of 2012 Red Bull Rookies champion Florian Alt is anything to go by. After comfortably winning the championship with 4 wins, the youngster from Nümbrecht in Western Germany will partner Toni Finsterbusch for the 2013 Moto 3 campaign.

He was a staple of the German IDM Moto 3/125 championship last year too, winning 11 races on his way to the title. On two occasions, in Assen and Misano, he competed in the RBRC before being chauffeured back to Germany overnight by his father and mechanic, subsequently winning in the IDM the following day.

He clearly isn't shy of a touch of hard work and pragmatic thinking either. Alongside his riding duties, he attends business school in Gummersbach, believing he will eventually enter a “commercial profession” when his racing days are behind him. Although preseason results have been modest so far there is undoubted potential here.

Official pre-season Test Results:
Valencia – 33rd
Jerez I – 33rd
Jerez II – 32nd
Gap from 1st place at above tests:

#77 Lorenzo Baldassarri – Italy – Team Go & Fun Gresini FTR Honda - 16 years old
The 16 year old joins Nico Antonelli in Fausto Gresini's youthful all-Italian Moto 3 effort. He won the Red Bull Rookies championship in 2011, while completing his studies at school. He first competed in the Italian mini bike series aged 7 and after winning the National 50cc mini-bike championship in 2007 he graduated through the classes before joining the Red Bull Rookies programme in 2011.

His consistency shone through as he won twice, finished in the top 3 six times and scored in every race, narrowly beating Arthur Sissis to the crown in the final race at Misano. He balanced the Red Bull Rookies with the Spanish championship last year and, despite suffering from inconsistency, still managed a stunning race win at Jerez.

Fausto Gresini has seen a great deal of promise and feels his personality is suited to the demands and scrutiny of a world championship ride. He commented “Lorenzo showed his potential in 2011 when he won the Rookies Cup. He's an extrovert with a lot of desire to do well and he will now get that opportunity with us.”

Official pre-season Test Results:
Valencia – 21st
Jerez I – 28th
Jerez II – 22nd
Gap from 1st place at above tests:

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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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