The British Grand Prix at Silverstone was granted some thoroughly British weather as the rain arrived during the opening race in Moto2 before lashing down to send sixteen riders in to the gravel in Moto3.
It was to be the championship leaders that would shine through the downpour, with Johann Zarco and Danny Kent adapting quickly to the challenges on track as their rivals faltered.
His only goal on the grid was to “finish the race” and Johann Zarco pulled it off in style adding to his impressive win tally and treating us to his now customary backflip for the fifth time this year.
As the changing conditions and a drying line shredded tyres it was Johann Zarco who used best his wet weather ability to pull out an impressive 3.36s gap aboard the Ajo Motorsport Kalex at the chequered flag, pulling out a huge 85 point title lead in the process.
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Early leader Alex Rins looked to have the race sewn up before the conditions gave everyone a headache and Zarco powered past his Paginas Amarillas HP 40 machine. He also needed to retake Rabat in the final few laps and had a last try at reeling in Zarco, but had left himself too much to do with too little time.
His big push occurred when Florian Alt flew past him and the rookie thought he had been pushed down to fourth, while in reality Alt was just un-lapping himself form his pit visit to change tyres.
Tito Rabat survived a late wobble and an attack from his EG 0,0 Marc VDS Team mate Alex Marquez for the final podium spot, with rookie Marquez fourth again equalling his best result in the class, which was previously achieved at just the last round in Brno.
Jonas Folger battled up to fifth for AGR Team, pole man Sam Lowes struggled after crashing in warm-up but rallied with the support of the home crowd to take sixth as the top Speed Up rider.
Ant West again brought his rain skills out to claim eighth from a 22nd place start for QMMF, narrowly beating Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) and Tom Luthi ( Derendinger Racing Interwetten) over the line leaving them ninth and tenth respectively.
Marcel Schrotter’s Tech 3 machine crossed the line eleventh after racing to the line with JiR rider Randy Krummenacher who took twelfth.
The remaining points went to Dominique Aegerter in 13th, Taka Nakagami in 14th and Axel Pons in 15th for the final point.
Thitipong Warokorn, Lorenzo Baldassarri, Simone Corsi and wild-card Bradley Ray all crashed out.
By the time Moto3 arrived the rain had worsened considerably leading to carnage with sixteen riders failing to finish.
As with Moto2 it was to be championship leader and home hero Danny Kent who impressed in the wet after early leader Isaac Vinales fell at the front.
One ahead the Leopard rider took full advantage, pulling out a 8.492s gap over the rest of the field to take the top step for the sixth time this year and extend his points lead once again, now 70 points ahead of Bastianini, after a tough couple of races.
Jakub Kornfeil was the best of the rest, taking a career first podium in style with a strong second for Drive M7 Sic, the Czech rider qualified down in twelfth and was the top KTM behind Kent’s Honda.
Niccolo Antonelli had left himself a lot of work to do after a dreadful qualifying left him 18thon the grid. A few risks in the tricky conditions on the Ongetta-Rivacold bike saw him move up the order for an impressive third, adding nicely to his win in Brno at the last round.
Rookie Fabio Quartararo impressed again rallying against vision issues to move into fourth for Estrella Galicia 0,0 with Livio Loi (RW Racing) and British rider John McPhee (SaxoPrint-RTG) again strong in the wet in fifth and sixth respectively.
Juanfran Guevara was over a minute behind leader Kent but his seventh place for Mapfre as top Mahindra was a career high.
Lorenzo Dalla Porta claimed his first championship points since taking over from Vinales at Laglisse in eighth, with Efren Vazquez ninth on the second Leopard entry shortly after. Tatsuki Suzuki managed a top ten finish for CIP.
The remaining points went to McPhee’s SaxoPrint-RTG team-mate Alexis Masbou in 11th, Romano Fenati (Sky Racing Team VR46) in twelfth despite a fall, Miguel Oliveira settled for 13th and was the only Red Bull Ajo KTM team finisher with Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Drive M7 SIC) 1th and Andrea Migno 15th on the second VR46 entry.
British wild-card riders Luke Hedger and Taz Taylor benefited from all the fallers to finish 18thand 19th.
Pole man Jorge Navarro and Gabriel Rodrigo failed to make it to the end of the first lap with Matteo Ferrari, Ana Carrascso, Maria Herrera, Isaac Vinales, Karel Hanika, Brad Binder, Jules Danilo,Jorge Martin, Alessandro Tonnucci, Darryn Binder, Andrea Locatelli, Stefano Manzi, Enea Bastianini and Francesco Bagnaia all failing to go the distance, some crashing more than once.
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