A PaddockChatter Guide to MotoGP 2013

MotoGP 2013 is finally upon us therefore we’ve put together a handy guide for the MotoGP fan to familiarise themselves with who is riding where in what colours for 2013.

It’s lights, camera and action for MotoGP this weekend

This article is a basic guide to teams and riders, PaddockChatter also has an extended season preview in which each rider and their chances are discussed individually, you can read that here.

Don’t forget that MotoGP have introduced a new qualifying format for 2013, you can read about that here.

In the UK, MotoGP will be broadcast live on the BBC (either BBC1 or BBC2) and a large number of qualifying sessions will also be live on either of these mainstream channels. When qualifying is not shown on mainstream TV it will always be available via the BBC red button, as are the Moto3 and Moto2 racing and qualifying. Eurosport will continue to show all qualifying, Moto2 and Moto3 races live and then the MotoGP an hour after it starts.

For information on the 2013 calendar, click here.

Yamaha Factory Racing

Valentino Rossi #46
Jorge Lorenzo #99
Bike: Yamaha YZR M1

Yamaha’s livery is not all that different to previous years in that it’s still the distinctive blue and white. A little more blue this year than last year with a little bit of chrome/mirror effect too. Quite easy to distinguish between the pair, Rossi will run in his traditional yellow trim and Lorenzo his traditional red.

Repsol Honda Team

Dani Pedrosa #26
Marc Marquez #93
Bike: Honda RC213V

Slightly new livery for Repsol Honda for 2013 with more white and less dark colours in comparison to last years livery. Quite hard to tell the difference between these two, Dani’s helmet has a clear red bull logo on it and you’ll probably see Marc hanging off the RCV more than Dani who tends to stay more attached to the bike.

Ducati Corse

Andrea Dovizioso #04
Nicky Hayden #69
Bike: Ducati Desmosedici GP13

Monster Tech 3 Yamaha

Cal Crutchlow #35
Bradley Smith #38
Bike: Yamaha YZR M1

A similar livery on the Tech 3 bikes this year however the yellow DeWALT sponsorship is a bit more prominent and there seems to be a bit more green on the machine for 2013. A good way to distinguish between the two is Smith has the St George’s flag on the top of his helmet and a red number as opposed to Crutchlow’s yellow number.

GO&FUN Gresini Honda

Alvaro Bautista #19   Bike: Honda RC213V
Bryan Staring #67 (C)     Bike: FTR-Honda MGP13

Again the Gresini line up is one rider on a satellite Honda machine and the other on an FTR built, Honda-engined CRT machine. The liveries are the same and the engines made by the same manufacturer although the differences end there, the CRT machine has a more rounded nose and only one round air vent on the nose compared to the RCV’s two. The RCV of Bautista also has an underseat exhaust.

LCR Honda

Stefan Bradl #6
Bike: Honda RC213V

Lucio Cechinello’s squad yet again lines up with Stefan Bradl with another similar livery. Whilst there may be no team mate to confuse Bradl with, don’t forget Cechinello is the King of one-round sponsorship – it’s likely you’ll see different versions of this livery throughout the season with different sponsors such as Playboy and Red Bull.

Pramac Ducati

Ben Spies #11
Andrea Iannone #29
Bike: Ducati Desmosedici GP13

It’s back to red and white at Pramac for 2013, if you look closely – the livery on the pramac bikes is the Factory livery inverted, all the lines are the same but where the factory bike is red, the Pramac bike is white and vice versa. This is due to the close relationship between the two teams, it is expected that Andrea and Ben will be on identical bikes to Dovi and Hayden all season. These two can be distinguished by Iannone’s yellow Rossi-style trim and the fact they are sponsored by different companies. Spies is sponsored by Ignite and Iannone is sponsored by Energy T.I.

Power Electronics Aspar

Aleix Espargaro #41 (C)
Randy de Puniet #14 (C)
Bike: Aprilia ART GP13

Aspar once again line up with the navy-blue livery of Power-Electronics and are running Aleix Espargaro and Randy de Puniet. Best way to tell between the two is as you can see above, Espargaro likes his pink.

Avintia Blusens Racing

Hiroshi Aoyama #7 (C)
Hector Barbera #8 (C)
Bike: BQR-FTR Kawasaki

A new line up for Avintia in 2013 consisting of Hector Barbera and Hiroshi Aoyama. An easy way to tell these two apart is Aoyama is sponsored by Red Bull and Barbera has a black number as opposed to Aoyama’s bright red number.

NGM Forward Racing

Colin Edwards #5 (C)
Claudio Corti #71 (C)
Bike: FTR-Kawasaki

NGM Forward Racing have switched from the BMW to the FTR-Kawasaki for the 2013 season and signed Claudio Corti who will race alongside veteran Colin Edwards.

MinxFlix Paul Bird Motorsport

Michael Laverty #70 (C) Bike: PBM GPMS Aprilia
Yonny Hernandez #68 (C) Bike: Aprilia ART
Paul Bird’s squad have a new livery and saucy new sponsor for 2013. They’ve also expanded to two riders, former British Superbike star Michael Laverty joins the squad alongside last year’s CRT king of backing it in, Yonny Hernandez. The two riders will be on different bikes however, Laverty will be racing the British-built PBM GPMS machine, powered by Aprilia and Hernandez will be on the proven success that is the Aprilia ART. To tell them apart, the ART looks like a rounded version of the Aprilia RSV4 whereas the GPMS machine is a little bigger and has an under seat exhaust. 
CAME Ioda Racing

Danilo Petrucci #9 (C) 
Lukas Pesek #52 (C)
Bike: Ioda-Suter-BMW

The team have adopted the Suter-BMW for the 2013 season, kept Danilo Petrucci on board who is joined by Lukas Pesek. Petrucci’s helmet has red on it, whereas Pesek’s is more blue. 
Cardion AB Motoracing

Karel Abraham #17 (C)
Bike: Aprilia ART

Abraham joins the CRT fold this year, on board the RSV4-based Aprilia ART. Same livery, same number just no longer on a Ducati MotoGP bike! 

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