ALL-KTM SWEEP OF OPENING MOTO3 GP IN QATAR!
Red Bull KTM Ajo factory rider Luis Salom of Spain rode a masterly last two laps to break away from a hard fought pack of five KTM-driven Moto3 bikes to steal victory in the opening Grand Prix of the season fought under lights on the Losail Circuit in in Qatar.
All KTM sweep of opening Moto3 GP in Qatar
Red Bull KTM Ajo factory rider Luis Salom of Spain rode a masterly last two laps to break away from a hard fought pack of five KTM-driven Moto3 bikes to steal victory in the opening GP of the season fought under lights on the Losail Circuit in in Qatar.
Salom’s move was a copybook performance in the closing stages of the race reminiscent of last year’s World Champion Sandro Cortese of the same factory team. Cortese has now moved up to Moto2 and Salom has slipped very comfortably into his place with teammates Fahmi Khairuddin of Malaysia and Australian teenager Arthur Sissis.
Yang mesti diperhatikan juga adalah Fahmi Khairuddin of Malaysia finish ke-6!
Doni Tata di moto 2 juga sukses mencapai target finish *saja* di urutan 24 dari 26 pembalap yang finish, Rafid Topan di urutan paling belakang di 26 dari 26.
Dari ajang Moto3, tahu kan kalau KTM juara konstruktor 2012? Dan sampai 2013 ini pun KTM tampak mendominasi. sehingga banyak tim balap memutuskan pindah dari Honda ke KTM.
Padahal semangatnya Moto 3 sebagai ajang pembinaan, harusnya kompetisi skill rider. Motor di batasi dengan ketat soal biaya pembuatan mesin, teknologi dan lain-lain.
Honda yang perkasa di MotoGP pun protes!
Honda Moto3 engines have a bore of 78mm which makes it last longer, thus costs less but it is also less powerful, KTM on the otherhand has 81mm bore which lets the engine rev higher (14,000 rpms) making it more powerful, but the downside is that it requires more maintenance, so it costs more (the production racer is around €380,000) but none of the teams seem to be complaining about the costs, as many have switched to the Austrian manufacturer for the 2013 season.
Honda has asked for a rule change on Moto3 engines using the ever useful ‘cost saving measures’, and the GP Commission has approved new regulations for the 2014 and 2015 seasons during the weekend’s GP in Qatar.
So … nanti tahun 2014-2015 pakai regulasi baru:
With effect from 2014 engines will be provided to Championship Organiser by the manufacturers in three batches during the season. The engines will be sealed and distributed randomly by the Technical Director and will become the property of the teams, with no requirement for them to be returned under any “service contract”. When an engine has completed the normal cycle of use it will be replaced by another sealed engine and it is anticipated that the six engines will be more than sufficient for the season. At the end of the season the team then owns six engines with only minimal mileage accrued which can be used for testing or sold on. The fixed cost for the engine package is €68,000.
The concession to allow timing chain replacement on Honda engines at regular intervals, which involves supervised breaking of the engine seals, will be extended until the end of 2014.
With effect from 2015 the maximum revs permitted for Moto3 machines will be reduced from 14,000 RPM to 13,500 RPM and the timing chain replacement concession will be cancelled.