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 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: Le Mans – Antonelli leaves it late, Luthi in charge for poles.

MotoGP arrives in France with the action staying in Europe but moving to a sunny Le Mans. The temperatures saw some great lap times, with Moto3 and Moto3 providing very different sessions.

Moto3 was exciting to the very last second with Niccolo Antonelli charging to a late pole divong under Brad Binder’s time as he took the flag.

Moto2 saw Luthi get the pace of qualifying in the class and put in a strong, record setting lap early which held firm as his rivals chipped away at his fierce time.

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Chasing…Rins at Le Mans.                  Photo:Pons Racing

Moto3, much like their races every week, went to the wire with Niccolo Antonelli leaving it to the last moment to set his 1m 42.756 for Ongetta Rivacold (Honda).

He displaced long time holder of provisional pole, Jerez winner and championship leader Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Brad Binder.

The front row is completed by another Honda, that of Aron Canet, the Estrella Galicia 0,0 rookie won here last season in the Spanish Championship and used his knowledge and fearlessness to push ahead.

He is just ahead of his team-mate Jorge Navarro, with Romano Fenati next in fifth, close to getting pole before being slowed by traffic. He is joined on row two by his Sky Racing VR46 team-mate Nicolo Bulega. Continue reading “Moto3 and Moto2 round up: Le Mans – Antonelli leaves it late, Luthi in charge for poles.”

Moto3 and Moto2 round-up: Antonelli & Luthi win as Moto2 penalties cause drama

The first grand prix weekend of the year was a fiery one in the junior classes with a seven-way fight being won at the line by Nico Antonelli in Moto3, Moto2 was hot on it’s heels and though Tom Luthi scored an excellent victory the race was marred by a series of controversial ride through penalties. Moto3 The Moto3 Grand Prix of Qatar was lap … Continue reading Moto3 and Moto2 round-up: Antonelli & Luthi win as Moto2 penalties cause drama