The show must go on, and with the permission of the Salom family, that’s exactly what happened and there was a race day to fulfill in Barcelona.
With subdued celebrations and a lot of emotional, personal dedications around the paddock it was Jorge Navarro and Johann Zarco who coped best with the track changes.
Here’s a brief run down of how the action unfolded in both classes.
Jorge Navarro found the power to pull away after leading the final lap at the Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya and stormed to victory as his rivals tangled each other up.
The Estrella Galicia Honda rider had coped well with the alterations to the track from the off and translated that into his first win in front of a very appreciative home audience.
Brad Binder fought back after being pushed wide by Gabriel Rodrigo to storm past riders in pairs and secure second for Red Bull KTM Ajo. The South African also retains his championship lead. The final spot on the podium went to Enea Bastianini for Gresini.
Romano Fenati had lead briefly towards the end but finished fourth for Sky Racing VR46, just ahead of his rookie team-mate Nicolo Bulega. They kept the Second Estrella machine of Aron Canet at bay, leaving the Spaniard sixth.
Fabio Quartararo persevered and benefited from a flurry of crashes to storm to seventh on his Leopard Racing entry, with his colleague Joan Mir next to take the chequered flag in eighth.
Fabio Di Giannantonio recovered from his grid demotion for a second consecutive points finish in ninth on the second Gresini, with Jakub Kornfeil also inside the top ten for Drive M7 SIC.
The remaining points went to Bo Bendsneyder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) in 11th, Darryn Binder (Platinum Bay Real Estate) in 12th, his first championship points, Juanfran Guevara (RBA) in 13th, Tatsuki Suzuki (CIP) in 14th and Britain’s John McPhee in 15th after riding through problems again with his Peugeot MC Saxoprint.
Johann Zarco made it two wins on the bounce after securing victory at the last round in Mugello and also two wins from pole in two years as he repeated his 2015 success in the Moto2 race at the Catalan GP.
The Ajo Motorsport rider stalked comfortably behind long-time leader Alex Rins before making his move and pulling out a lead of over four seconds over the closing laps for a decisive victory.
Paginas Amarillas HP40 man Rins was guaranteed second as the pair were well clear of all other rivals, and took the lead in the championship after his second place performance.
The final podium spot had it’s own battle raging behind with Taka Nakagami digging deep to move ahead and steal third for the Idemitsu team.
To do that he had to catch and pass Tom Luthi, and in doing so he brought Hafizh Syahrin with him, the Petronas rider also passing the Swiss rider over the final corners for fourth.
That left the Interwetten rider fifth, but well ahead of a lonely sixth place ride for Gresini’s Sam Lowes, who lost out at the start and couldn’t find the speed for a comeback.
Dynavolt Intact GP’s Jonas Folger was the next rider to see the chequered flag, ahead of top rookie Miguel Oliveira who took an impressive eighth for Leopard.
Axel Pons raced his way to ninth for AGR Team, just ahead of his team-mate Marcel Schrotter in tenth.
The remaining world championship points went to a crash-free Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) in 11th, Mattia Pasini (Italtrans) in 12th, Julian Simon (QMMF) in 13th, Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Racing) in 14th, while repalcement rider Remy Gardner took a point in 15th on his debut Moto2 rider as a replacement rider at Tasca Racing.
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