Moto3 and Moto2: Brno – Fearless McPhee and Folger show how to win in the wet

With qualifying relegated to just a distant memory it was to be the weather that would have the bigger impact on the Czech Republic races at Brno.

Moto3 gave us a first time winner in John McPhee, while Jonas Folger also stood on the top step of the podium after perfecting his run in the tricky wet conditions.


Moto3 saw John McPhee wrangle his bike while his rivals fell in the first race of the day in Brno, his victory particularly special given all his recent bike woes.

The British rider ran at the front on his Peugeot MC Saxoprint along with championship leader Brad Binder and double wet winner Khairul Idham Pawi, with both crashing out McPhee was left with a huge advantage, which he he despite an out-of-the-seat moment in the latter stages.

Gresini Brno Race 2016
Moto3 in action  Photo:Gresini Racing Moto3

Second went to early leader Jorge Martin on the Aspar Mahindra, while Fabio Di Giannantinio made the most of being brought to the front by Pawi to hold on to third as he continues to grace the podium in his rookie season.

His Gresini colleague Enea Bastianini was next to take the flag in fourth ahead of fellow Italian Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) in fifth and home hero Jakub Kornfeil holding on to sixth for Drive M7 SIC after a strong start.

Bo Bendsneyder used the wet to help him repair his poor qualifying, making his way up to seventh and the top Red Bull KTM Ajo rider. He was ahead of Joan Mir, winner just last week at the Red Bull Ring, for Leopard and Top Sky Racing VR46 rider Nicolo Bulega in ninth. Jorge Navarro, Binders main title rival, cut the points deficit slightly with a tenth for Estrella Galicia.

The remaining points went to Jules Danilo (Ongetta-Rivacold) in 11th, Andrea Migno Sky Racing VR46) in 12th, Tatsuki Suzuki (CIP) in 13th, Livio Loi (RW Racing) in 14th and Phillpp Oettl (Schedl GP Racing) who collected the final point in 15th.

There were also crashes for Andrea Locatelli, Stefano Valtulini, Darryn Binder, Francesco Bagnaia, Albert Arenas, Adam Norrodin and Aron Canet.


Jonas Folger took just one corner to improve on his qualifying position and move to the front, and then stayed there for the rest of the Moto2 Czech GP race.

The Dynavolt Intact GP rider was untouchable and earned his win at the front, with Alex Rins challenging early but unale to keep up with the German’s pace in the still damp conditions.

With the Paginas Amarillas HP 40 rider also clear in third, Sam Lowes gave chase but on a day of British triumph he had to settle for a respectable third for Gresini.

Mattia Pasini finished off the podium in fourth, a position he earned after a collision with Sandro Cortese on his Italtrans, while Alex Marquez showed early pace before settling into a sensible rhythm for fifth for Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS.

Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia) didn’t quite live up to his wet weather reputation but still fared well in sixth ahead of Danny Kent who recovered well from his qualifying demotion to secure seventh for Leopard.

Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) split the teams riders in eighth ahead of Miguel Oliveira, top rookie in ninth. Ant West once again impressed in the wet after over a year away from Moto2 with his wildcard ride propelling him to tenth.

Also in the points were championship leader Johann Zarco, picking up points as rivals fell in 11th for Ajo Motorsport, Xavi Vierge (Tech 3) in 12th, Julian Simon (QMMF) in 13th Isaac Vinales (Tech 3) in 14th and Xavier Simon (QMMF) in 15th.

Taka Nakagami, Luca Marini and Axel Pons all failed to finish, while Ratthpark Wilairot and the rest of the fallers all recovered enough to record a finish.

For the full Moto3 result click here

For the full Moto2 result click here


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