Moto3 & Moto2 round-up: Silverstone – Binder and Luthi move clear of trouble to take victory

It was not to be for the Brits on home soil after their recent successes, but the way to victory was clear – get ahead of the madness behind you. Binder managed this late on in Moto3, while Luthi pulled away enough to be clear of trouble in Moto2 at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix.

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Brad Binder’s last lap break handed him victory and increased his championship lead after a duel with his rookie team-mate Bo Bendsneyder at Red Bull KTM Ajo had been a highlight of the closing laps.

The championship leader pulled away at just the right time to increase his championship lead further – nearest rival Jorge Navarro had been in contention after recovering from his 18th place grid start rapidly but contact with wild-card Manzi ended his race.

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Lowes vs Zarco, the big Moto2 talking point! Photo:Gresini Racing Moto2

Mahindra were back on the podium courtesy of a gutsy ride by Pecco Bagnaia, who turned his pole into a second with his final effort, splitting the KTM pair. Bendsneyder took his first podium in third.

With a huge amount of riders in contention for the win right up to the final lap it was Manzi, starting 34th who was just to miss out on the podium, claiming a fine fourth while holding off top Sky Racing VR46 rider Nicolo Bulega who had to settle for fifth. Continue reading “Moto3 & Moto2 round-up: Silverstone – Binder and Luthi move clear of trouble to take victory”

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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.”

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 – Le Mans: Binder snatches win & Rins dominates for victory.

MotoGP heads to Le Mans for round five of the championship, in both the Moto3 and Moto2 classes there had been a different winner in each round to this point, but all that was to change in France with Brad Binder eyeing up his target Romano Fenati before moving in to overtake and secure back to back victories.

In Moto2 Alex Rins looked assured once he hit the front with a confident and defensive performance holding off Simone Corsi to the flag.

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Back to Winning ways:Alex Rins      Photo:PonsRacing.com

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Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Brad Binder won again after his Jerez heroics after rehearsing his turn eleven move over long time leader Romano Fenati,and executing it on the penultimate lap to lead for the final tour of the circuit after a four man battle at the front.

Despite warnings of Binders intentions appearing on his pit board, KTM’s Fenati found himself pushed back to second for the Sky Racing VR46 team.

The Estrella Galicia Honda riders were the other pair battling in the lead group, with Jorge Navarro taking a podium finish ahead of Aron Canetwho lost out after a final lunge, but was top rookie performer in fourth. Continue reading “Moto3 and Moto2 round up – Le Mans: Binder snatches win & Rins dominates for victory.”

Moto3 & Moto2 round up: Argentina – Binder’s debut pole, Lowes from frustration to perfection.

As the paddock arrives at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit for round two in Argentina we have a new face on pole in Moto3 and surprisingly the Moto2 class session was the one which went to the wire with British star Sam Lowes the man who had a special lap in his pocket.

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Removing Qatar memories with a stunning pole – Sam Lowes (Gresini)

Making the best of that frantic time on track was Romano Fenati, whose final well-timed lunge around the circuit guaranteed him second for the Sky Racing VR46 team.

Behind the KTM pair was the top placed Honda belonging to Jorge Navarro, in third for Estrella Galicia 0,0.

On a day where many different faces showed well, it was to be Khairul Idham Pawi who lead the way for the rookie riders. His fourth place will not stand when the grid forms up however, as the teenage Malaysian rider has been handed a penalty for riding slowly in practice and will be demoted three grid places to seventh.

Nicolo Bulega again impressed in fifth on the second of the Sky Racing Team Vr46 bikes, Joan Mir completes the all rookie second row for Leopard Racing.

Enea Bastianini’s qualifying form deserted him after shining in practice, placing him seventh on the grid for Gresini. Continue reading “Moto3 & Moto2 round up: Argentina – Binder’s debut pole, Lowes from frustration to perfection.”