Moto3 & Moto2 round-up : Silverstone- Bagnaia and Lowes on pole as rain takes control.

MotoGP arrives in Britain riding a wave of British success, after John McPhee won the Moto3 race in Brno, closely followed by Cal Crutchlow in MotoGP, with Sam Lowes putting in a podium performance in between in Moto2.

The talk in the paddock soon shifted to the weather, which took hold, drenching the circuit and controlling qualifying. Pecco Bagnaia impressed in his ability to wet weather run for pole in Moto3,with a late run from Lowes also seeing him occupy the top spot on the grid in Moto2.

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The rain had already settled in by the time Moto3 took to track, so it was left to whoever managed the weather best to have a shot at pole.

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‘Home Sweet Home’ – Lowes on Moto2 pole for Silverstone    Photo:Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2

Francesco Bagnaia had the right stuff and looked confident as he gave Aspar Mahindra pole, a first for the Italian rider.

He is joined on the front row by Honda Gresini’s Enea Bastianini and Bo Bendsneyder, though the Red Bull KT Ajo will not keep the position as he has earned a five place grid penalty for slow riding. Continue reading “Moto3 & Moto2 round-up : Silverstone- Bagnaia and Lowes on pole as rain takes control.”

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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”