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.
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.
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.
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.