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 & 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.”

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.

Moto3 and Moto2 round-up: Austin – Fenati and Rins both dominate for victory

The third round of the 2016 season saw the paddock arrive in Austin, Texas for the Circuit of the Americas GP. Both the Moto3 and Moto2 classes saw different but dominant wins – Romano Fenati vanished with a healthy lead while Alex Rins ran a precise race from the front keeping his rivals in check. Moto3 Sky Racing Team VR46’s Romano Fenati hit the front … Continue reading Moto3 and Moto2 round-up: Austin – Fenati and Rins both dominate 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.”