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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Zarco Win Ajo Mugello Moto2 2016
     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”

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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: 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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Rins 2016 Qualifying Le Mans Pons Racing
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 & Moto2 round-up: Argentina: Pawi makes history, Zarco shows champions class

The weather played a big part in the outcome of all the races in round two of the championship in Argentina. Moto3 had the wettest of the conditions, with teenager Khairul Idham Pawi showing no fear to fly away for a history making first Grand Prix win by a Malaysian rider. Moto2 was an intense affair in the lead group before Johann Zarco took advantage … Continue reading Moto3 & Moto2 round-up: Argentina: Pawi makes history, Zarco shows champions class

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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Lowes race
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.”

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