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MOTOREX Racing Report 2013 EN

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MOTOGP Photo:© Roger Lohrer WORLD TITLIST POL ESPARGARÓ MOTO2 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Last year’s championship runner-up Pol Espargaró entered the 2013 Moto2 World Championship season as the leading favorite. But Britain’s Scott Redding proved a tough competitor for the Spanish contender. Still, as Espargaró moved ever more into the zone on a new generation of tires, Redding’s time ran out. With six Grand Prix victories, a second-place finish and three third places, Kalex rider Espargaró clinched his first world championship title. When Redding sustained a late-season injury, the 22-yearold was able to take the crown even before the last race in Japan. Now the Catalan champ, who lives right next to the racecourse in Barcelona, advances to the MotoGP World Championship. His successor on the Tuenti HP 40 Moto2 team will be the new Moto3 world champion Maverick Viñales. 12 Photo:© Team Pons

MOTOGP Moto2 World Championship Tom Lüthi: comeback of the year Photo:© Roger Lohrer Never in his world championship career has Tom Lüthi experienced a year as full of changes as 2013. The season started with a shock for the Swiss rider, who suffered a serious injury through no fault of his own on a test run in Valencia. Complications from a broken arm initially cast a question mark over his entire career. But Lüthi made an impressive recovery and fought his way back onto the racetrack. By the third race of the season he was back in the world championship points table. The 27-year-old continued to struggle with pains and limited movement in his right arm in subsequent races. Nevertheless, in June Lüthi surprised observers with an early return to the podium. After the summer break, he again became one of the steadiest riders in the hotly contested Moto2 class. Five further ascents to the Moto3 podium followed Barcelona, including a second-place finish in Australia. In spite of his severe injury, Lüthi captured sixth place in the world championship rankings. Interwetten team boss Daniel M. Epp even had this to say: „I’ve never seen Tom so strong since we started working together in 2002.“ Lüthi will continue to ride a Suter motorbike during the coming season. After his strong showing in the second half of the season, his goal is clear: „I want to be one of the top three in the world championship in 2014.“ A thriller in the Moto3 World Championship Luis Salom takes seven wins The Moto3 World Championship proved an ideal playground for three KTM factory riders from Spain in its second year of existence. Luis Salom from Aki Ajo’s Red Bull KTM team was tapped last winter as successor to world champion Sandro Cortese. The 22-yearold easily met the expectations placed upon him. For a long time, Salom led the championship table thanks to seven season wins. But a faultless fall by Salom in the next-to-last race in Valencia set the stage for a big finale. A mere five points separated Salom from his KTM teammates Maverick Viñales and Alex Rins! In this thriller, Salom fell and Viñales beat Rins on the final bend to become world champion. In 2014, Salom and Viñales will tour as teammates in the Moto2 World Championship. MIX » Esteve Rabat of the HP Tuenti Pons Racing Team takes 3rd in the Moto2 class. Photo:© KTM Images / Gold and Goose Photo:© Roger Lohrer 13

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