Valentino Rossi is not the only MotoGP rider venturing into team management for 2014. Whereas the former World Champion will back a squad in Moto3, Aleix Espargaro will be helping to boost the careers of up and coming talents in Spain’s CEV Repsol series.
As the 2013 season comes to an end, the NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team has presented its MotoGP and Moto2 lineup for the upcoming 2014 season.
Forward Racing will take part with two riders in the MotoGP category for the third consecutive year. In this third season, the team will be count with the experience of Yamaha and FTR in entering the new “open” class within MotoGP.
While Valentino Rossi has hailed Yamaha’s new seamless shift gearbox as a “fantastic” upgrade to the M1, it was Honda riders who dominated the opening day of practice for Sunday’s San Marino Grand Prix.
Rookie sensation Marc Marquez was in stunning form, mastering a series of lurid slides to set the fastest time in both sessions.
Despite three gruelling weeks as the MotoGP calendar took them from Indianapolis to Silverstone via Brno, Aleix and Pol Espargaro were back in action this weekend as they competed in the 24 Hour Trofeu Fermí Vélez car race in Barcelona.
The event took place at the newly-named Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya, as local men Aleix (Power Electronics Aspar, MotoGP) and Pol (Tuenti HP 40, Moto2) joined a field of 63 entrants.
The Granollers pairing competed in a Renault Clio Cup for Black Motorsport, sharing the car with Ignacio Escofet and Jordi Gaig. The four-driver team ended the twice around-the-clock event in 39th position and eighth in the A2 class, having encountered technical problems as well as an off-track excursion during a heavy rainstorm.
“I’m really happy – I enjoyed it a lot but now I am a bit tired!” Aleix commented. “The car was destroyed by the end because we had a lot of bumps with others, but we enjoyed it a lot; it was definitely a good experience and I hope we can repeat it in the future.”