By Sam Carnall (@RealSamCarnall)
In part 1 of the blog the fastest five rookies according to testing were spoken of, with a brief biography of their careers so far given for each one. In part 2 the same will be the case for the next five rookies and their respective careers, again following the same format as before.
Francesco ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia
Another young rider from the ranks of the CEV Moto3 class, Bagnaia has also won the Italian CIV 50cc championship in the past and after two years now racing in Spain with the Monlau team and finishing inside the top 10 last season, he looks primed and ready to take it to the world Moto3 class as well and could really shaake things up amongst the establishment, along with fellow rookie compatriot Lorenzo Baldassarri. He has no better team mate to learn from, as he rides alongside 2012 rookie and Jerez winner Romano Fenati in the San Carlo FMI team. Definitely one to watch out for.
The second young Italian to enter the Moto3 class this season, Baldassarri is also a graduate of the CEV Moto3 class, where he finished inside the top 10, as well as finishing 10th last season in the Red Bull Rookies class, despite winning the championship in the 2011 season, however Baldassarri did manage to win one race at Jerez. He followed Bagnaia from Italy to Spain and this year he will race with the Go&Fun Gresini team, alongside Niccolo Antonelli. If looks and riding style are anything to go by, the comparisons to the late Marco Simoncelli are quite big.
The third of the young Italian mafia to join the class this season, unlike the two before him, Ferrari comes straight from the CIV Italian championship which he won last season, in addition to winning the UEM European championship Moto3 round last October at Albacete, just pipping Juanfran Guevara for the prestigious victory. After being apart from his main Italian rivals for the past couple of seasons, Ferrari will be hoping to come out on top of what promises to be a tight battle between the three young Italians. This year, Ferrari will ride for the Ongetta team, under the same banner as team mate Isaac Vinales, but will race with Centro Seta as his main sponsor as opposed to Bimbo for Vinales.
The second full time Japanese rider (after Kenta Fuji) to race in the lightweight class since the mysterious disappearance of Hiroki Ono in 2011, Watanabe is yet another rider who is fresh out of the CEV Moto3 championship and despite a bit of inconsistency during 2012, there were definitely flashes of promise for Watanabe, especially in the wet, as at Jerez. He will be a welcome addition to the paddock and in particular for Japanese fans during their drought of riders across motorcycling as a whole. He will ride for the new Team La Fonte Tascaracing and will hope to impress with a solid season in 2013.
Finally, we have the Red Bull Rookies champion of 2012, who did it through sheer consistency and crashing the least of the top contenders, which is the key when riders are so close together. He deservedly steps up to the world Moto3 class in 2013 and like a few of his fellow rookies, he has a little experience through racing in the last two rounds of the CEV Moto3 season and a wildcard race at Valencia. This season, he will race for the Kiefer Racing Team, which has previously helped Stefan Bradl to win the Moto2 championship and win many races in the 125cc class. This season Alt will be hoping to compete well against his fellow rookies, especially countryman Oettl whom he beat in the Red Bull Rookies last season, and have a consistent year in general.