The first round of the 2012 MotoGP series began this weekend at the Losail circuit in Qatar with the Bel-Ray sponsored Team Aspar in action. The Spain-based team competes in all 3 divisions of World Championship racing and fields two rider teams in each class.
Team Aspar’s entry in the premier MotoGP class consisted of Randy DuPuniet and Aleix Espargaro. The Power Electronics Aspar riders had a difficult opening round of the 2012 season, with many unexpected setbacks, limiting their success. Both riders persevered through adversity and finished within the top 15 against the best MotoGP racers in the world. DuPuniet was 13th and Espargaro was 15th at the end of the race.
Bel-Ray’s entry into the Moto2 class for 2012 consisted of the Mapfre Aspar racing team. Toni Elias and Nico Terol are the team’s riders in this highly competitive class. Competing within the Top 10 during the early laps of the race, Elias slipped back to a 13th place finish after struggling with tire grip as the event drew to a close. In his Moto2 class debut, Terol looked strong, but an over-exuberant charge through the pack saw him run-off track early and he was only able to recover for a 23rd place finish.
The Moto3 class is the newest class in world championship classification for 2012. Replacing the 125cc class, Moto3, promises to be a competitive, exciting addition to the race day schedule. Hector Faubel and Alberto Moncayo are the Bel-Ray racers in the class aboard the Bankia Aspar team. Despite struggling all weekend with chassis handling problems, both racers were able to put in respectable rides in the inaugural race. Faubel scored a 12th and Moncayo scored a 14th place finish at the end of the race.
The MotoGP series continues in Spain on April 29th.
The 2012 FIM World Motocross Championship Series began on Monday in Valkenswaard, Netherlands with Bel-Ray racers considered to be favorites for the victory.
Team Floride Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit is Bel-Ray’s entry into the MX2 class with team riders Joel Roelants and Tommy Searle. During Monday’s racing action, both racers were amongst the best in the competition, as Roelants scored 3-2 moto finishes for 2nd overall and Searle used 2-3 moto finishes for 3rd overall. Both racers showed that they has the speed to win and will certainly be top contenders as the series continues. Bel-Ray's entry into the MX1 class was not as successful, as Team CP377 Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit racers Christophe and Sebastian Pourcel struggled during the first moto of the day. Sebastian finished 23rd and Christophe finished a disappointing 32nd. Christophe rebounded in the second moto with a respectable 9th place, while Sebastian also improved on his first moto results, scoring a 18th place for his efforts.
The World Motocross series continues in Bulgaria on April 22nd.
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