|Bautista, Staring, Antonelli and Baldassarri
Photo: Go&Fun Energy Drink
Team Gresini has launched the livery for both their MotoGP and Moto3 teams for the 2013 season, in Milan. The first pictures were released by the teams’ title sponsor, Go&Fun Energy Drink and their official twitter account.
The Go&Fun drink is marketed as an all “natural” drink, made of only “natural extracts”, providing pure “natural power”, so naturally, the primary colour of both the product and therefore, team liveries, is a very leafy green. In fact, bar the enormous letters of the brand itself, you would be forgiven if you thought that Pramac had never converted to a red&white colour scheme.
Incase you’re out of the loop, the riders for the Gresini MotoGP team this year are Spaniard and ex-125 world champion, Alvaro Bautista, riding on the Honda RC213V for his second year running. His team mate on the CRT side of the Gresini camp is 2012 Euro Superstock1000 ace, Bryan Staring. He, like his predecessor, Michelle Pirro is riding a slightly different looking FTR framed, Honda CBR1000rr. You can read our interview from before the Sepang tests, with the MotoGP rookie here.
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Bautista ended 2012 with 2 podiums and a singular pole position, he will be looking to become a more regular top 5/6 finisher with more podiums throughout the season. The Spaniard finished the second IRTA test from Sepang in a respectful 5th place, very closely behind Valentino Rossi. However, throughout both Sepang tests, he has teetered around the 5th-7th place mark swapping places with fellow Honda rider, Stefan Bradl, along with Britain’s Cal Crutchlow. Along with the Marquez and Rossi factor, Alvaro will have a tough time achieving more podiums than yesteryear.
Staring on the other hand, has spent the IRTA tests blowing off the cobwebs and getting to grips with his new machine. It’s a big step up from Euro STK1000, straight to CRT, MotoGP’s only Australian representative will be hoping to replicate Danilo Petrucci’s form from last year; who made the very same jump to CRT, and managed a best of 8th place at the final round in Valencia.
Once again, team Gresini is running the supposed future of the Italian motorcycling future in Moto3. For his second year and hoping to become a more regular top 10 finisher in 2013, is Niccolò Antonelli. His team mate for this year, new to the team and the Moto3 World Championship, is regular Red Bull Rookies race winner and 2011 champion, Lorenzo Baldassarri. Antonelli has been struggling in testing, finishing the Jerez test outside the top 20, whilst Baldassarri managed a solid 16th for his first time out in the class.
PaddockChatter looks forward to seeing the Go&Fun bikes out and under the lights, in Qatar; that’s less than a month away…