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Oct 15, 2012

More From This Past Weekend's Various Races

Swan Yamaha's Tommy Hill (1) and Noriyuki Haga (41).
SWAN YAMAHA SEAL THIRD IN 2012 MCE BRITISH SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP

The Swan Yamaha team ended their 2012 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship with a podium finish at Brands Hatch as Tommy Hill claimed a third place finish in the final race of the season to secure third in the overall standings.

In the second race of the weekend Hill was forced to settle for sixth place but in the last race of the season he fought through to fifth place, but as Alex Lowes and Michael Laverty crashed out on the final lap he was promoted to third. Noriyuki Haga ended his season with a pair of top ten finishes in ninth and tenth respectively.

Hill said: "You have a lot of ups and downs in this sport. I have had a lot of downs throughout my career and last season it paid off. I knew it was going to be difficult this weekend and it has been a fantastic year but unfortunately for me the results at the start of the season don't mean as much in the Showdown. The Showdown didn't go so well for me and I feel deflated more than anything because of the bad luck. The facts are that everyone is riding hard and at the top of their game. Shakey is a deserved champion and we finished top three this year. I trained hard and gave it 110% and that was what is important."

Haga said: "Today was difficult again and we tried for a good result. In both races I pushed hard but with a bad grid position it made it not easy. I want to thank the team for their support this season."

Team manager Shaun Muir concluded: "I just want to say a big thank you to all our sponsors and everyone all season who have given such fantastic support. We have been beaten over the final three rounds of the season but we also want to congratulate Shakey on his success. We now look forward to a winter of hard work to ensure we come back in 2013 ready to fight for the title again. Thanks to Tommy, Nori, Wesley and James as they have all put in a lot of hard work over the last twelve rounds, as have the entire Swan Yamaha crew."

For more information visit www.swanyamaha.co.uk




More, from a press release issued by John McGuinness' publicist:

McGuinness concludes short circuit campaign in fine style

Morecambe's John McGuinness concluded his 2012 short circuit campaign in fine style at Brands Hatch on Sunday when he took eighth place in the final round of the Metzeler National Superstock 1000cc Championship.

Riding the Padgetts Honda, McGuinness was in good form around the 2.43-mile Grand Prix circuit all weekend and with good conditions on all three days at the Kent venue, tenth place in qualifying showed that he was riding extremely well. Indeed, he was only 0.7s adrift of the pole position time set by team-mate Adam Jenkinson.

A brilliant start to the 16-lap race saw John complete the first lap in sixth place and although he was pushed back to ninth place by lap six, he was less than two seconds behind race leader and new Champion Keith Farmer. With a ferocious pace being set, there was little to choose between the leading 12 riders but at half race distance, the safety car was deployed due to an accident and positions remained the same for the next four laps. When racing resumed, there were just four laps and John moved back up the order to claim eighth at the chequered flag, still only 2.7s behind Farmer.

Speaking afterwards, a pleased John said; "That's just the kind of race I wanted this weekend and it's a good way to end the year. I always enjoy riding the GP circuit at Brands and with some fine weather, I got stuck in from the start and was as high as fifth in qualifying before being pushed back to tenth in the closing stages. I felt strong going into the race and got an absolutely blinding start and from there on in, it was flat out racing all the way to the flag. I've finished in the top ten a few times during 2012 but have been a bit disappointed at the gaps to the leaders but today, I was right with them."

"I'd liked to have finished higher, of course I would, but to be so close to the race winner - and Champion - shows I'm riding as well as ever and I'm delighted with the result. The Padgetts team again worked brilliantly all weekend so a big thank you to them and I can now look forward to Macau and my final race of the year."

John's final outing this year comes at next month's Macau Grand Prix where he'll line up for the SMT Racing Honda team once more. The event takes place from November 15-17.




More, from a press release issued by Dan Kneen/Marks Bloom Racing:

Brake problems at Brands deny Kneen points scoring finish

Manxman Dan Kneen was denied a points scoring finish at the final round of the Metzeler National Superstock 1000cc Championship at Brands Hatch on Sunday when brake problems caused him to drop out of the top 12. The Marks Bloom Racing rider was running in a strong 12th place at half race distance before running off track and dropping out of the top 20. He was able to regroup and finish in 18th place but it was most definitely not where he deserved to be.

The Braddan rider was having his first ride in the Championship since Donington Park in May and with the series having visited Brands back in July, the rest of the field had a considerable set-up advantage over Dan. This could be seen in the first practice session when he found himself down in 31st place but he continually shaved seconds off his lap times and qualified in a strong 17th place, just 1.2s adrift of pole position man Adam Jenkinson.

With good weather conditions at the Kent venue on Sunday, a solid start to the 16-lap race saw Dan consolidate his 17th place but he was soon into his stride and, lapping quicker than what he had done in qualifying, he moved into 12th place on lap four, just two seconds of race leader and 2012 Champion Keith Farmer. By half race distance, the status quo was maintained but Dan was already experiencing brake problems, which were causing him to run wide into the corners, and on the ninth lap he ran into the gravel and dropped all the way back to 24th. He regrouped to get himself on the edge of the points but, ultimately, had to settle for 18th at the chequered flag.

Speaking later, Dan said; "It's certainly been a frustrating race as a good finish and some good points were definitely on the cards today but the brake problems scuppered that. I'd experienced it earlier in the year but the race was going to plan and I was in a strong 12th and looking to move into the top ten when they started to occur more regularly. I was trying to adjust the brake lever when I caught the ignition switch and that put me onto the gravel and out of contention. I fought back but just ran out of time and it's especially frustrating as the group of riders I was ahead of at the time of the excursion went onto finish 7th-10th so that's where I would've been had it not been for the problems."

"It was hard work at the beginning of the weekend as I was playing catch-up due to the rounds missed and having not been here in July everyone had a full weekend's advantage with set-up over me. I moved forward all the time though and learnt a lot about the bike once more whilst my lap times were extremely competitive so I was happy with my riding and I'm confident that I'll be a top ten regular in the Championship in 2013. It's a pity the season's practically over as I feel that we're in good shape at the moment but, if the bad luck stays away, we'll be able to give a good account of ourselves next year."

Dan now heads to the Anglesey circuit in North Wales for the 'Grand Prix' meeting, the races taking place on Sunday 21st October.




More, from a press release issued by Tom Tunstall Racing/Doodson Motorsport:

Doodson Motorsport Brands Hatch GP Final

Despite suffering a severe stomach virus Doodson Motorsport rider Robbin Harms still managed to battle through and notch up more championship points at the final round of this year's British Superbike championship.

Returning to the Brands Hatch GP circuit for the twelfth and final round of the 2012 BSB series the Doodson Motorsport team were keen to continue the momentum built in recent rounds and with three races scheduled all look set for a strong weekend.

Unfortunately team rider Robbin Harms arrived from Denmark suffering from a severe stomach sickness just prior to the event and was in hospital until 1 am following the first day's practice as tests were carried out following a suspected stomach ulcer later diagnosed as a severe viral infection.

With a hectic Saturday schedule including practice, qualifying, and the first race it was a case of energy management for the Dane and the strategy was to use race one purely as qualifying for race two and retire early to rest. Having posted the 15th fastest time Harms retired on lap seven to rest.

Doodson Motorsport team owner and teammate Tom Tunstall was suffering with rear grip issues and improvements by the team to the set-up of his Honda helped the Yorkshireman take 22nd place in the first outing.

Unfortunately a good night's rest wasn't enough to elevate Robbin's symptoms, but despite still suffering pain, cramps, and lack of energy a phenomenal effort in race two yielded a 12th place result and the 9th fastest lap moved him even further up the grid for the third and final race.

The performance had its cost and despite sleeping between races Harms retired after the warm up lap feeling completely drained and not safe to push the high powered superbike to its limits amongst the 31 other riders.

Harms explained:

"This weekend was more hard than expected because of a devil bad virus in my body which took all my energy. I am sad that I was sidelined by the virus because I felt we had a lot to bring to the table this weekend. Anyway I did all I could in race two today but the last ten laps felt like a desert walk. I was happy to make ninth fastest lap but I just didn't have the energy and strength to finish the last race.

I like to thank the Doodson team for this great opportunity in BSB which I have enjoyed to the maximum in all ways and will look forward to next season."

For Tunstall race two saw him steal 19th from Australian Supersport Champion Nick Waters on the final lap and pick up 22nd in the final race.

Tunstall concluded:

"Considering Robbin's illness this weekend he did an incredible job. He and the Doodson Motorsport team were still able to show the top ten pace of recent rounds despite being far from his best.

As a team we had a difficult and turbulent first half of the season but we managed to turn things around, post some great results and build good foundations for the future. We are very grateful to Doodson for their loyal support and I'd like to thank every member of our team who all played their part."

With the 2013 British Superbike Calendar already released the team plan to continue to build on the progress and potential seen since the shift back to Honda through into next year.




More, from a press release issued by Honda:

MCE INSURANCE BRITISH SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP
ROUND 12 SATURDAY-SUNDAY 13-14 OCTOBER BRANDS HATCH

Weather: Cloudy, dry
Temperature: Ambient 11 degrees C / Track 27 degrees C
Attendance: 50,000


LOWES FOURTH, LAVERTY FIFTH AS BYRNE TAKES TITLE FOR THIRD TIME
Michael Laverty took a third place in the second
of the three races in the final round of the 2012
MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship and
looked well placed to replicate that result in
the last race of the season only to be sent
crashing out of contention on the last lap by the hard riding Alex Lowes.

Lowes, riding the WFR Honda, was determined to
end the season on a high note after a problematic
time in the final round which he had entered with
high hopes of causing an upset as he looked to
peg back a 24 points deficit on the series leading Shane Byrne.

Lowes had powered in his fourth pole start in the
last five rounds and was riding strongly in the
Saturday afternoon race, running a close second
to Kawasaki riding Byrne when light rain fell and
he slid out of contention at Clearways moments
before the race was red-flagged. Samsung
Honda's Laverty, who had been running in third
place as forced wide at half distance and had to
re-group in twelfth place, pulling back two places.

Lowes was running second in the first of the
Sunday races, just ahead of Laverty, but was soon
having problems with his bike cutting out
spasmodically and forcing him to pit. Laverty
meanwhile was riding hard and well to stay in
contention, running fourth and then attacking
Barry Burrell to take third place with three laps to go.

Laverty and Lowes were running in close
contention for much of the final race. Lowes held
third for the first seven laps when Laverty nosed
ahead of him and began to make inroads onto the
race leading duo of Josh Brookes and Byrne.

Lowes made up ground and going through Paddock
Hill bend on the final lap of the race tried to
take Laverty, but it ended in disaster as he lost
the front end of his bike and sent them both tumbling.

Byrne took his third victory of the weekend to
take the British title for a record equalling
third time while for WFR Honda James Westmoreland
with fourth and sixth places, either side of a
tumble, finished seventh in the final standings
to secure the BSB Riders Cup, the prize for the
riders who had not qualified among the elite six
"title-fighters" going into the Showdown sequence.

HONDA RIDER QUOTES

Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda):
Race results: 10th / 3rd / DNF Championship position: 5th
"The crash was not the way I wanted to end the
season up to that point I had been happy with
the way that I had ridden. My pace was a bit
stronger and I was able to catch the leaders
Byrne and Brookes, but I didn't want to do
anything dodgy out of respect for their
championship fight. I knew that Alex was close
to me, but didn't realise how close untill I saw
his front wheel and then his bike took me down
he apologised, he wanted the podium as much as I
did. It would have been nice to be on the
podium I was pushing hard in that race and
could have done with a bit more punch out of the
corners to have been closer to the leaders. It
was been a bit of frustrating weekend, but that's racing."

Alex Lowes (WFR Honda):
Race results: DNF / DNF / DNF Championship position: 4th
"That was a disappointing end to the season in
the rain on Saturday I thought that the race
should have been stopped earlier, so I was bit
upset with the way that was managed. Then we had
a electrical problem in the first Sunday race
which may have been down to the crash. The bike
was cutting out so I had no alternative but to
pull in. It was my first breakdown of the
year. Then in the final race I was trying for
the podium on the last lap of the season . I went
for it that was the first time in my life that
I have taken some out. We both wanted the podium,
we were so close in the championship and that was
one of those things that happens."





RESULTS BRITISH SUPERBIKE

RACE1:
POS / RIDER / NAT / MOTORCYCLE / TIME / GAP
1 / Shane BYRNE / GBR / Kawasaki - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki / 21:49.663 /
2 / Tommy HILL / GBR / Yamaha - Swan Yamaha / 20:26.497 / 1 lap
3 / Josh BROOKES / AUS / Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki / 20:26.592 / 0.095
4 / James WESTMORELAND / GBR / Honda - Team WFR / 20:27.738 / 1.146
5 / Stuart EASTON / GBR / Kawasaki - Rapid
Solicitors Kawasaki / 20:27.838 / 0.100
6 / Barry BURRELL / GBR / BMW - Buildbase BMW Motorrad / 20:27.978 / 0.140
7 / Tommy BRIDEWELL / GBR / BMW - Supersonic Racing Team / 20:32.138 / 4.160
8 / Noriyuki HAGA / JPN / Yamaha - Swan Yamaha / 20:38.328 / 6.190
9 / Jon KIRKHAM / GBR / Honda - Samsung Honda / 20:38.379 / 0.051
10 / Michael LAVERTY / GBR / Honda - Samsung Honda / 20:38.601 / 0.222
11 / Patric MUFF / SUI / BMW - Supersonic Racing Team / 20:38.773 / 0.172
12 / Karl HARRIS / GBR / Kawasaki - Quattro Plant
Kawasaki Superbike Team / 20:41.247 / 2.474
13 / Michael RUTTER / GBR / Kawasaki - MSS Bathams Kawasaki / 20:41.897 / 0.650
14 / Mark AITCHISON / AUS / Aprilia - Splitlath Redmond / 20:45.046 / 3.149
15 / Jakub SMRZ / CZE / Aprilia - Splitlath Redmond / 20:45.440 / 0.394

Fastest lap: Alex LOWES GBR Honda - Team WFR Lap 7 1:26.317 163.32 Km/h


RACE2:
POS / RIDER / NAT / MOTORCYCLE / TIME / GAP
1 / Shane BYRNE / GBR / Kawasaki - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki / 34:27.058 /
2 / Josh BROOKES / AUS / Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki / 34:28.202 / 1.144
3 / Michael LAVERTY / GBR / Honda - Samsung Honda / 34:28.976 / 1.918
4 / Barry BURRELL / GBR / BMW - Buildbase BMW Motorrad / 34:29.087 / 2.029
5 / Tommy BRIDEWELL / GBR / BMW - Supersonic Racing Team / 34:29.223 / 2.165
6 / Tommy HILL / GBR / Yamaha - Swan Yamaha / 34:31.897 / 4.839
7 / Stuart EASTON / GBR / Kawasaki - Rapid
Solicitors Kawasaki / 34:32.357 / 5.299
8 / Jon KIRKHAM / GBR / Honda - Samsung Honda / 34:32.429 / 5.371
9 / Noriyuki HAGA / JPN / Yamaha - Swan Yamaha / 34:32.795 / 5.737
10 / Peter HICKMAN / GBR / BMW - Buildbase BMW Motorrad / 34:35.691 / 8.633
11 / Jason O'HALLORAN / GBR / Honda - Padgetts Honda / 34:37.982 / 10.924
12 / Robbin HARMS / DEN / Honda - Doodson Motorsport / 34:38.056 / 10.998
13 / John LAVERTY / GBR / Kawasaki - Pr1mo
Bournemouth Kawasaki Racing / 34:38.162 / 11.104
14 / Jakub SMRZ / CZE / Aprilia - Splitlath Redmond / 34:39.175 / 12.117
15 / Luca SCASSA / ITA / Honda - Padgetts Honda / 34:39.916 / 12.858

Fastest lap: Josh BROOKES AUS Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki Lap 13 1:26.555 162.87 Km/h


RACE3:
POS / RIDER / NAT / MOTORCYCLE / TIME / GAP
1 / Shane BYRNE / GBR / Kawasaki - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki / 28:58.294 /
2 / Josh BROOKES / AUS / Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki / 28:58.622 / 0.328
3 / Tommy HILL / GBR / Yamaha - Swan Yamaha / 29:02.739 / 4.445
4 / Tommy BRIDEWELL / GBR / BMW - Supersonic Racing Team / 29:02.805 / 4.511
5 / Barry BURRELL / GBR / BMW - Buildbase BMW Motorrad / 29:16.193 / 17.899
6 / James WESTMORELAND / GBR / Honda - Team WFR / 29:18.493 / 20.199
7 / Peter HICKMAN / GBR / BMW - Buildbase BMW Motorrad / 29:18.559 / 20.265
8 / Jon KIRKHAM / GBR / Honda - Samsung Honda / 29:18.683 / 20.389
9 / Chris WALKER / GBR / Kawasaki - Pr1mo
Bournemouth Kawasaki Racing / 29:19.268 / 20.974
10 / Noriyuki HAGA / JPN / Yamaha - Swan Yamaha / 29:21.030 / 22.736
11 / Jason O'HALLORAN / GBR / Honda - Padgetts Honda / 29:21.038 / 22.744
12 / Stuart EASTON / GBR / Kawasaki - Rapid
Solicitors Kawasaki / 29:23.082 / 24.788
13 / Patric MUFF / SUI / BMW - Supersonic Racing Team / 29:24.620 / 26.326
14 / Luca SCASSA / ITA / Honda - Padgetts Honda / 29:25.742 / 27.448
15 / Michael RUTTER / GBR / Kawasaki - MSS
Bathams Kawasaki / 29:26.557 / 28.263

Fastest lap: Josh BROOKES AUS Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki Lap 3 1:26.170 163.60 Km/h


FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS:
1 BYRNE 683, 2 BROOKES 655, 3 HILL 612, 4 LOWES 584, 5 LAVERTY 581,
6 BRIDEWELL 577, 7 WESTMORELAND 182, 8 HAGA 160, 9 WALKER 138,
10 EASTON 135, 11 LOWRY 131, 12 KIRKHAM 122, 13 SEELEY 95,
14 BURRELL 84, 15 SCASSA 76.




More, from a press release issued by Team Suzuki News Service:

Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes has finished a fighting second place in the 2012 MCE British Superbike Championship after an exciting triple-header showdown at Brands Hatch in Kent today at the final and 12th round of the series.

Brookes led the final race from the start from arch rival Shane "Shakey" Byrne (Kawasaki), but the former British Champion overtook him in the closing stages to claim the race victory - and the his third BSB title - to win the series by 28 points from the GSX-R1000-mounted Australian.

The popular Suzuki man, who has already signed-up with Tyco Suzuki for 2013, stripped down to his underwear on the podium and threw most of his gear to the fans, including his leathers!




More, from another press release issued by Team Suzuki News Service:

Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes has finished in a fighting second place in the 2012 MCE British Superbike Championship after an exciting triple-header showdown at Brands Hatch in Kent today at the final and 12th round of the series.

Brookes led the final race from the start from arch rival Shane "Shakey" Byrne (Kawasaki), but the former British Champion overtook him in the closing stages to claim the race victory - and the his third BSB title - to win the series by 28 points from the GSX-R1000-mounted Australian.

Brookes produced his usual fully-committed effort at Brands, finishing on all three podiums, taking his season-long tally to 20 and finished all 26 races. There were no mechanical issues and no crashes, which is testament to the whole Tyco Suzuki team and the package they have produced in BSB.

Second place overall in what is regarded as the world's toughest domestic Superbike Championship is certainly worth being proud of and Brookes will be back next year hungrier than ever to land the BSB crown for Tyco Suzuki.

Josh Brookes:

"After the first two races of the weekend I admit I was off as I could see the Championship slipping away from me. But now that it's over, I'm fully relaxed and happy with the effort we all made this year. We've been really consistent, finished every race; and I haven't crashed during any of the races; I've given it my all.

"If we were working on conventional points I would have won the Championship but that's the way it goes. The Showdown format can work for you or in this case against you. Shakey is a great rider and full credit to him, but I'll be back looking to take that number one spot next year.

"Thanks to everyone for their effort: To our sponsors Tyco and all the other associate sponsors who showed up in force this year to support the team; to Suzuki for a great bike; and of course my team who I cannot fault. It's back to Australia now to recharge the batteries then I'll be back for more in 2013."

Philip Neill - Team Manager:

"Although we are obviously a little disappointed not to deliver the British Superbike Championship for Suzuki and our sponsors, I am immensely proud of my team and of course Josh, for what has been a superb season of racing. Josh and his crew have a 100 per cent finish record this season; the only rider within the Championship Showdown to achieve this record.

"Obviously it means little but if we were running under a standard Championship points system Josh would be the champion. However we all know the Showdown can work for you or against you and the system certainly does provide an exciting end to the season.

"In another exciting climax PJ also enjoyed a strong end to his brief season in the UK in National Superstock with another hard-fought podium; the kid really does have a bright future. Unfortunately Alastair endured another tough weekend in BSB, however we will look back and remember his magnificent treble victory at the NW200 in summing up his 2012.

"For the final time this year I would really like to say a massive thank you to Suzuki, Tyco Security Products and all our other loyal partners for their support during what has been an amazing season. Come back and do it all over again with us again next year."




More, from a press release issued by Rockstar:

ROCKSTAR ENERGY'S LORENZO SCORES SECOND IN MOTEGI

LOS ANGELES, CA (OCTOBER 15, 2012) Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo took his eighth second-place finish of the season this weekend in the Grand Prix of Japan at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit. Having started from pole, Rockstar Energy's Lorenzo took the holeshot and led rival Dani Pedrosa until lap 11 when he was passed. Unable to better his rival's pace, Lorenzo settled in behind and secured second place at the line to take 20 valuable Championship points. The result brings his total to 310, 28 points ahead of Pedrosa with three races remaining.

"I was completely at the maximum trying to stay with Dani but today we had such different performance on the straights and he was also riding really well," said Rockstar Energy's Lorenzo. "I tried to stay with him but it was impossible, maybe next time it will be different. For sure the Championship is closer now, but we are still very competitive and have the chance to win."

The next event for Rockstar Energy's Jorge Lorenzo is round 16 of the 2012 MotoGP Championship at the Grand Prix of Malaysia in Sepang on October 21st.

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More, from a press release issued by Anthony Alonso's publicist:

Anthony Alonso finishes 10th in Motostar Cup at Brands Hatch

After a bad qualifying session on Saturday, which saw Anthony gridded 28th after QP2 was cancelled, the 14 year-old Californian got a terrific start and began to make up positions.

"My dad and I talked, and we knew it was important to get a good start. In warm-up I did a couple of practice starts to get ready. When the lights went out, I pushed as hard as possible. T1 was tricky, so I waited until T2, the hairpin, to make my move. I passed a bunch of rider there" said Alonso.

Alonso continued "My fastest all weekend had been a 1:43, when I looked at my pit-board and saw I was doing 1:40s I started to smile. I kept going as fast as I could and kept seeing my position and lap times improve. I ended up doing consistent 1:38s, 5 seconds faster than my fastest-ever."

"When I saw Anthony's lap time on the screen I did a double-take because I could not believe it. He kept improving every single lap and making up positions. By the time of the race, he'd only had about 30 minutes of dry track-time at Brands Hatch" said Anthony's father, Ivan Alonso.

Anthony concluded "I am happy to have finished 10th in the Motostar Cup and 12th overall. I learned a lot this weekend. It was awesome hanging out Steve and my teammates, Tom, Elliot and Jordan. I learned a lot from them. I told my dad I want to come back here next year. Hopefully we can make it work."

Alonso senior concluded "Brands Hatch is a tough circuit. We learned a lot this weekend and all throughout we had the support of the SP125 Racing team. We have been lucky to have found the best team in the BSB paddock. We want to come back to the BSB Championship next year as a way to augment Anthony's races in the RedBull MotoGP Rookies Cup. As soon as we return to the U.S. I will begin working with our current sponsors and look for new sponsors to try to make it happen."

This concluded a 3-week trip that saw Anthony race with WERA at Fontana, CA., test at Mallory Park, race at Silverstone (where he placed 3rd in the Motostar Cup), try out and get invited to the 2013 RedBull MotoGP Rookies Cup and conclude with a race at Brands Hatch.

The Alonso's would like to thank Bud, BayAreaRiderForum.com, Evolution Motorcycles, Iain Hutton, Suomy America and the rest of Anthony's 2012 sponsors for their support and help.

To follow the adventure of this young man, please visit www.bayarearidersforum.com and www.alonso.tv