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

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.

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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”

Moto3 and Moto2 round up – Catalunya – Navarro and Zarco win on a day dedicated to Salom.

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.

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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.

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Zarco wins, podium dedicated to Salom – Photo: Ajo Motorsport

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. Continue reading “Moto3 and Moto2 round up – Catalunya – Navarro and Zarco win on a day dedicated to Salom.”

Moto3 and Moto2 round up: For Luis- Binder and Zarco take poles on difficult day.

Qualifying for the Moto3 and Moto2 races at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona was a subdued and emotional affair following the passing of Moto2 Rider Luis Salom in practice on Friday.

With the paddock in shock and a sad cloud over the track – many of the riders from all the classes had called Luis a friend, been his team-mate or worked with him – with the permission of his family and some alterations to the track it was decided the race weekend should continue in his honour.

Here’s how qualifying went for the support classes, all of whom sported some kind of ‘Salom39’ or ‘Mexicano’ reference in memory of their colleague and friend.

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Riding the Catalan GP for Luis Salom 1991-2016 (Photo SAG Team)

Moto3 were the first to get a shot at qualifying on the new track layout and it was a very emotional Brad Binder who found something extra to honour his former team-mate and push ahead to snatch pole with a time of 1m 54.074s. Continue reading “Moto3 and Moto2 round up: For Luis- Binder and Zarco take poles on difficult day.”

Moto3 and Moto2 round-up – Mugello: Ajo’s Binder and Zarco win after double drama

Both the Moto3 and Moto2 races for the Italian GP weekend had drama, but for very different reasons: Moto3 brought it’s usual last lap fun with a cast of lesser known names in the mix, while in Moto2 a red flag caused confusion and chaos with two restarts before the mess was fixed.

In both cases it was a rider from the Ajo camp that rose to the top and kept a cool head – Brad Binder in Moto3 and Johann Zarco in Moto2.

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     Backflip imminent : Zarco wins in Italy                                       Photo:Ajo Motorsport

Moto3 got the Italian grand prix race day of to an explosive start with over 20 riders in the train to the line at the finish with the lead swapping continually over the 20 lap distance.

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Brad Binder was the fist rider to gain any sort of advantage and keep it and did so on the final lap, which he controlled for his third win on the bounce.

With so many riders in contention it was a chance for some of the smaller names on the grid to make an impact, and that is exactly what Gresini’s Fabio Di Giannantonio did on the Honda, a superb rookie ride at his home round.

The final spot on the grid went to Aspar Mahindra rider Francesco Bagnaia, no stranger to the podium this season, slipstreaming past his closest rival to third. Continue reading “Moto3 and Moto2 round-up – Mugello: Ajo’s Binder and Zarco win after double drama”

Moto3 and Moto2 round-up Mugello: perfectly timed poles for Fenati and Lowes in Italy.

Round six of the MotoGP world championship takes place in Italy and before seeing home legend Valentino Rossi take pole in the main event, Romano Fenati had already given his Moto3 team and the fans at the Mugello circuit something to celebrate, taking pole in the Moto3 class. In Moto2 the home celebrations moved to the Gresini garage as the Italian team saw Sam Lowes … Continue reading Moto3 and Moto2 round-up Mugello: perfectly timed poles for Fenati and Lowes in Italy.