Moto3 and Moto2 round up: Brno- experienced Binder and Zarco ride to pole as crashes and penalties dominate.

Straight off the back of the action at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, the MotoGP paddock arrives on much more familiar ground at Brno for the Czech Republic Grand Prix races.

Late runs were the order of the day as Brad Binder and Johann Zarco both used their experience in the Moto3 and Moto2 classes to push for pole position as the clock ticked down in qualifying.

UPDATED: Below is left as the result at the time to reflect the qualifying session, however the following penalties have been applied to the following riders post-race:

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3 place grid penalty – Niccolo Antonelli, Andrea Migno.

4 place grid penalty – Albert Arenas, Philipp Oettl

7 place grid penalty – Fabio Quartararo

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Kent demoted from 8th to 16th after having a string of laps cancelled for low tyre pressure.

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Brad Binder pulled out the fastest standing lap of qualifying when it counted for pole ahead of the Moto3 Czech Republic Grand Prix, though over the course the session he saw his best lap wiped from the timing screens for exceeding track limits and could not go quite as fast as he did in FP3.

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Leading the way: Johann Zarco           Photo:Ajo Motorsport

The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider and championship leader held off competition for the top spot from Anrdea Migno, eventually finishing the session second for Sky Racing Team VR46 and Enea Bastianini, who also ran too far off track on his best run, leaving the Gresini rider third.

Jorge Martin held the top spot on the timesheets the longest for Aspar Mahindra before finally being pushed down to fourth, a best qualifying result for the Spaniard.

He is joined on row two by Gresini’s top rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio and Sky racing’s fellow rookie Nicolo Bulega, both coping well at a track where they have less experience for fifth and sixth respectively.

Nico Antonelli was pole man and race season at Brno in 2105 but this season the Ongetta-Rivacold rider could only manage a performance good enough for seventh. Continue reading “Moto3 and Moto2 round up: Brno- experienced Binder and Zarco ride to pole as crashes and penalties dominate.”

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Moto3 and Moto2 round up: Austria- pole to victory for both Mir and Zarco

In both of the support class races the rider who was the pole-sitter converted to a win, but neither Joan Mir or Johann Zarco had things all their own way on the way to victory at the Austrian Grand Prix.

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Rookie Joan Mir slid into the lead at just the right time as the riders behind remained tangled in a war for position to take his maiden win at the Moto3 Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring.

The Leopard Racing rider had been a constant in the lead group and it contracted and expanded, before settling on a final lead five for the closing laps. Mir ensured KTM a win on home soil for the manufacturer when he slipped past Brad Binder, who continued to fight with Enea Bastianini, leaving the Spaniard enough room to steal a gap for a decisive win.

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Celebrating another win- Johann Zarco  Photo: Ajo Motorsport

Red Bull KTM Ajo’s championship leader extended his lead with second, nearest rivals Jorge Navarro and Romano Fenati failed to score, Navarro fell near the end of the race, while Fenati didn’t start after being suspended by his team over his conduct.

Bastianini managed to stop the KTM podium domination in third for Gresini Honda.

If he was frustrated, then Fabio Quartararo was just pain angry at being run out of the rostrum finishes, throwing his gloves as he returned to the pits on the second Leopard entry. The last of the leaders, Philipp Oettl took fifth. Continue reading “Moto3 and Moto2 round up: Austria- pole to victory for both Mir and Zarco”

Moto3 and Moto2 round-up: Austria: Zarco and Rookie Mir battle hard for pole.

As the MotoGP paddock returns to Austria after a long hiatus, there are few out-and-out favourites in the support classes after minimal testing at the Red Bull Ring. This produced two very different outcomes in the battle for pole.

Moto3 headed out on track first, where rookie Joan Mir shone on his way to pole after a battle with the experienced championship leader Brad Binder.

Moto2 saw reigning champion and leader in the title hunt Johann Zarco win his own war against Franco Morbidelli to take a confident pole in the last session of the day.

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Moto3 got qualifying off to a frantic start with a session which saw the lead time swap, until a battle between rookie Joan Mir and championship leader Brad Binder emerged, and not only by time – the pair also had a lose call on track which ended with the Leopard rider in the gravel.

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Close to the front: Franco Morbidelli  Photo Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS

The Spaniard went on to set the best time around the Red Bull Ring at just the right moment, with Binder having his final lap ruined by traffic on track leaving the Red Bull KTM Ajo Rider in second.

Gresini Honda’s Enea Bastianini managed to halt a full front row of KTM’s on their home turf by stealing a late third.

Aron Canet delighted with a late dash handing him fourth on the grid for Estrella Galicia 0,0, well ahead of his championship hopeful team-mate Jorge Navarro who qualified 18th.

Fabio Quartararo (Leopard Racing) starts fifth but had been one of many riders to struggle with staying inside track limits, losing handfuls of fast laps.

Francesco Bagnaia also improved over the session on his way to sixth for Aspar Mahindra, finishing ahead of Sky Racing Team VR46 top rider Nicolo Bulega.

Philipp Oettl had top ten pace and pushed on, mainly working solo around the track for eighth for Schedl GP Racing. Continue reading “Moto3 and Moto2 round-up: Austria: Zarco and Rookie Mir battle hard for pole.”

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

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”