Moto3 and Moto2: Germany- Wins for Pawi and Zarco as the rain arrives at the Sachsenring.

Ahead of race day rain had been predicted, it arrived and played a part in all of the German Grand Prix races at the Sachsenring. Here’s what happened in Moto3 and Moto2.

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In Moto3 the riders who tend to go better in the wet soon found their way to the front, with Khairul Idham Pawi treating us to another display as good as his Argentina wet win and needing just four laps to hit the front after qualifying down in 20th.

The Honda Team Asia teenager wasn’t without a wobble along the way in the tricky conditions but his confidence in the wet and huge time advantage saw him the clear winner after seeing off early rivals including team-mate Hiroki Ono.

Andrea Locatelli was the next rider to find the chequered flag, his best race result so far and his first podium finish with Leopard on the KTM.

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Zarco-back to winning ways     Photo: Ajo Motorsport

The final podium spot went to pole man Enea Bastianini after a brave fight through the group and then a break clear on the Gresini Honda secured him a rostrum finish.

Jakub Kornfeil once again performed well in the wet to be the best of the rest for Drive M7 SIC, his best result of the season. He too pulled clear of the battle for fifth as Gresini’s Fabio Di Giananntonio battled on track with John McPhee. The Gresini rider won at the line, but the Briton still posted the best result yet for Peugeot since their return, and his Continue reading “Moto3 and Moto2: Germany- Wins for Pawi and Zarco as the rain arrives at the Sachsenring.”

Moto3 and Moto2 qualifying: Germany- Bastianini and Nakagami both score late poles

Following the break after Assen, MotoGP returns this weekend at the Sachsenring for the German Grand Prix. The changeable conditions in Assen brought three new winners and with rain predicted for race day again qualifying position could prove crucial. Here’s how the sessions panned out in Moto2 and Moto3 – complete with injury updates. Moto3 Enea Bastianini rose to the top in Moto3 qualifying for … Continue reading Moto3 and Moto2 qualifying: Germany- Bastianini and Nakagami both score late poles

MotoGP: Miller wins action filled re-started Assen race

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Miller took an emotional first victory.                   Photo: Marc VDS

Marc VDS EG00’s Jack Miller secured his debut MotoGP victory in torrential rain conditions this afternoon at the TT Assen, in a re-started race ahead of Marc Marquez and Brit Scott Redding.

Rain began to fall on cue in Holland as spots fell in the closing laps for the Moto2 race. With the track not drying out in time for the GP race, the riders went out on wet tyres and it was Yonny Hernandez who led the pack in the opening laps of the race. However on the 14th lap the red flags were waved as hail began to fall, lightening was striking and visibility became impossible.

Eventually able to restart the race, riders lined up on a wet track for a twelve lap dash for the victory, all on soft wets. Marc Marquez got a strong start aboard his Repsol Honda machine and led the pack into the opening corner but forced himself wide, leaving Andrea Dovizioso to take the lead on the opening laps. Continue reading “MotoGP: Miller wins action filled re-started Assen race”

Moto3 and Moto2 round-up Assen: A day of history- first wins for Bagnaia and Nakagami

Assen raced on a Sunday for the first time ever and the iconic track had some fitting history making racing to celebrate, with a new winner in every class on a day dominated by the wet weather.

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Moto3 saw Francesco Bagnaia take his first world championship win in a tight Dutch Grand Prix at Assen only decided in the drag to the line as his Aspar machine pulled ahead of his rivals after taking the cleanest line on the last lap.

It was also a momentous day for his Mahindra team, as it registered a first win for the Indian manufacturer since entering championship action.

Looking sure of the win until the final corner it was Andrea Migno who lost out at the chequered flag, before the Sky Racing Team VR46 rider lost out further, being demoted a place for exceeding the track limit heavily in the run to the line. It still marked Migno’s first rostrum appearance.

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Podium in their sights- Di Giannantonio and Bagnaia in action   Photo: Gresini Racing

The all Italian podium was completed by rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio, after another gutsy ride saw him among the riders taking a turn to lead that race before being promoted to second for Gresini, equalling his best result.

Romano Fenati (Sky Racing Team VR46) was next in the only class to see a chequered flag on Sunday, with the Italian top five completed by Nico Antonelli for Ongetta-Rivacold, at the back of the lead group after leading the start of the final lap. Continue reading “Moto3 and Moto2 round-up Assen: A day of history- first wins for Bagnaia and Nakagami”

Moto3 and Moto2 round-up Assen: Bastianini and Luthi shine in the rain for pole

The Assen TT circuit is iconic and has broken with the tradition of not racing on a Sunday for the first time, meaning Saturday is qualifying time. The Dutch weather was as unpredictable as ever with both Moto3 and Moto2 caught in showers despite being at opposite ends of the action.

Moto3

Enea Bastianini found himself at the top of the timesheets when it mattered most to secure pole before the rain arrived for the first time during qualifying ahead of the Moto3 Dutch GP at the historic TT Assen circuit.

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On his way to pole- Bastianini        Photo:Gresini Racing

The Gresini rider was one of may vying for the top time in the early part of the session, but took his Honda for a fast 1m 43.463 second lap at just the right moment as the damp halted progress on track.

The Sky Racing Team VR46 bikes block out the next three places on the grid with Andrea Migno and top rookie Nicolo Bulega on the front row and Romano Fenati filling fourth after a great team effort to get in a good time with the weather predicted to change.

Championship leader Brad Binder also picked up some places over his practice form which had seem him struggle to make the top ten, placing his Red Bull KTM Ajo in fifth. The final spot on row two goes to Juanfran Guevara who put in his best qualifying performance of the season for sixth for RBA Racing. Continue reading “Moto3 and Moto2 round-up Assen: Bastianini and Luthi shine in the rain for pole”

MotoGP: Iannone takes top spot by 0.004 in Holland

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Iannone is fast but will still start from the back of the grid. Photo: Ducati

Italian Andrea Iannone has been making the headlines for many reasons over recent races, and this weekend will be no different as he ends day on at Assen on top, despite being forced to start from the back of the grid on Sunday following his coming together with Jorge Lorenzo in Barcelona.

Grey clouds and humid conditions masked the legendary Assen circuit today on the opening day of free practise, the first time these have been held on a Friday.

With drizzle making the surface slippy this morning, free practise one saw many riders being cautious on their out laps, and it ended with Ducati domination with Andrea Iannone on top ahead of Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso. Following riders choosing to use this session as a learning session, times we’re perhaps not too telling. Continue reading “MotoGP: Iannone takes top spot by 0.004 in Holland”

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Rea At The Double In Italy

Jonathan Rea raced to a tremendous double victory after taking Race Two earlier today at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. The Kawasaki Racing Team rider repeated his ride in race one by following his teammate Tom Sykes around the 2.17 mile circuit before making the break at the perfect time to take the chequered flag, albeit with a little bit more to spare. This time … Continue reading Rea At The Double In Italy