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GRAN PREMIO D’ITALIA TIM RACE RESULTS – 22 MAY 2106

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MotoGP

 Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) won an exciting race after firstly holding off the challenge of Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) for the first eight laps until Rossi’s engine blew up causing his retirement this being followed by a determined effort by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) which saw him take the lead on the last lap and looked like winning the race until he was passed by Lorenzo just before the finish line.

There was also a tight battle for third place between Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team), who had a poor front row start and eventually worked his way through the field to pass both Dani Pedrosa ( Repsol Honda Team) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) to finish on the podium in third place. Fourth place went to Dani Pedrosa with Dovizioso fifth and Maverick Vinales (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR), who also had a poor start from the front row of the starting grid, in sixth place.

Podium:

1    Jorge LORENZO (SPA)          Movistar Yamaha MotoGP       Yamaha       41’36.535
2    Marc MARQUEZ (SPA)         Repsol Honda Team                 Honda         +0.019
3    Andrea IANNONE (ITA)       Ducati Team                               Ducati         +4.742

 

Moto2

In a race shortened to 10 laps because the first race was red flagged as the result of damage to an air fence after an incident between Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) and Luca Marini (Forward Racing), Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) eventually claimed victory after a titanic struggle with Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Team)who finished second.

Third place went to Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) who passed both Thomas Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten) and Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia) late in the race to gain a podium spot. Fourth place went to Luthi with Sayharin fifth and Axel Pons (AGR Team) sixth.

Podium:

1   Johann ZARCO (FRA)                           Ajo Motorsport                     Kalex        18’59.391
2   Lorenzo BALDASSARRI (ITA)             Forward Team                        Kalex        +0.030
3   Sam LOWES (GBR)                            Federal Oil Gresini Moto2     Kalex        +1.096

Moto3

In an incredible race where any one of at least five riders could have won victory finally went to Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) who showed superior race craft to win a race where the top five finishers were separated by 0.077 sec. Second place went to rookie Fabio Di Giannatonio (Gresini Racing Moto3) with the last podium position going to Francesco Bagnaia (ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3).

In fourth place was Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) with Fabio Quartararo (Leopard Racing ) fifth and Hiroki Ono (Honda Team Asia) sixth.

Binder’s main Moto3 title rivals Romano Fenati ((SKY Racing Team VR46) and Jorge Navarro ((Estrella Galicia 0,0) who were in the leading group failed to finish the race. Fenati’s chain broke on lap ten and Navarro crashing out on lap twelve after coming into contact with another rider.

Podium:

1     Brad BINDER (RSA)                          Red Bull KTM Ajo                             KTM                       39’49.382
2     Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO (ITA)      Gresini Racing Moto3                      Honda                   +0.038
3     Francesco BAGNAIA (ITA)            ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3          Mahindra              +0.069

 

Gran Premio d’Italia TIM, Mugello, Qualifying, 21 May 2016

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Gran Premio d’Italia TIM, Mugello, Qualifying,  21 May 2016

 

MotoGP

Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team), who had been fastest all through practice,  held provisional pole right to the final stages of Q2 when he was overtaken firstly by Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who took his first Mugello pole since 2008 and then by Maverick Vinales (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) leaving Iannone in third spot on the front row of the starting grid.

In fourth place, heading the second row of the starting grid will be Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) with current MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) fifth and Aleix Espargaro (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) sixth, putting both Suzukis in the top six.

Front Row:

1 Valentino ROSSI (ITA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1’46.504

2 Maverick VIÑALES (SPA) Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.094

3 Andrea IANNONE (ITA) Ducati Team Ducati +0.103

Moto2

Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) took his third pole position of the season, the only rider to get into the 1’51s during the session. In second spot was Takaaki Nakagami (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia), his first front row start since 2014 with Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Team ) taking the last place on the front row of the starting grid in third, his first in Moto2. He was due to start from the front row in Le mans but was demoted because of a technical infringement.

In fourth place will be Axel Pons (AGR Team) just ahead of his team-mate Marcel Schrotter (AGR Team) in fifth with reigning Moto2 World Champion Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) sixth

Front Row:

1 Sam LOWES (GBR) Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex 1’51.965

2 Takaaki NAKAGAMI (JPN) IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex +0.047

3 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI (ITA) Forward Team Kalex +0.123

Moto3

Pole position went to Romano Fenati(SKY Racing Team VR46), the third of his career and his first in Mugello.  Second spot was initially given to Francesco Bagnaia (ASPAR Mahindra Team) but his time was cancelled because he exceeded track limits at Turn 5 resulting in his starting from eighth place with Andrea Migno (SKY Racing Team VR46) being elevated to second place and Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda Team Asia) third.

Current Championship leader Brad Binder(Red Bull KTM Ajo) will start from fourth spot with Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) fifth and Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Moto3) sixth.

Front Row:

1 Romano FENATI (ITA) SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 1’57.289

2 Andrea MIGNO (ITA) SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM +0.297

3 Khairul Idham PAWI (MAL) Honda Team Asia Honda +0.316

MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX de FRANCE Race Results – 8 May 2016

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MotoGP

In a race dominated by crashes Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) ran away with the race leading from start to finish. Behind Lorenzo major podium contenders fell one by one, the first being Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) who fell on lap 7 while holding second place.

Then on lap 16 after being passed by Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) for second place but still battling with Rossi for the spot both Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) had simultaneous crashes in turn 7, both losing the front end at the same time. This left Rossi in a lonely second spot and promoted Maverick Vinales (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) to third place for his first podium finish in MotoGP.

Fourth Place went to Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) with Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) in fifth and his brother Aleix Espargaro (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) sixth.

Podium:

1         Jorge LORENZO (SPA)             Movistar Yamaha MotoGP           Yamaha        43’51.290
2         Valentino ROSSI (ITA)              Movistar Yamaha MotoGP           Yamaha        +10.654
3         Maverick VIÑALES (SPA)         Team SUZUKI ECSTAR                   Suzuki          +14.177

Moto2

With an excellent ride Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) took his second win of the season after a race long battle with Simone Corsi (Speed Up Racing) who was just unable to get past Rins and eventually settled for second place. Third Place went to pole sitter Thomas Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten) who faded during the middle part of the race but recovered to gain the last podium spot.

Fourth place went to Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) with Takaaki Nakagami (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) fifth and a slow starting Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) finally gaining ground to finish sixth.

Podium:

1              Alex RINS (SPA)               Paginas Amarillas HP 40             Kalex                    42’27.312
2              Simone CORSI (ITA)        Speed Up Racing                         Speed Up            +1.802
3              Thomas LUTHI (SWI)      Garage Plus Interwetten             Kalex                    +4.608

Moto3

 After a race long four rider battle victory finally went to Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo), his second successive race win. In second place was Romano Fenati (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) who edged out Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) in third.

In fourth spot was Navarro’s team mate and Moto3 rookie Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0) who just lost contact with the leading trio during the final stages of the race but finished well ahead of Nicolo Bulega (SKY Racing Team VR46) in fifth with local hero Fabio Quartararo (Leopard Racing)  sixth.

Podium:

1        Brad BINDER (RSA)                 Red Bull KTM Ajo                         KTM                       41’31.041
2        Romano FENATI (ITA)             SKY Racing Team VR46               KTM                       +0.099
3        Jorge NAVARRO (SPA)            Estrella Galicia 0,0                       Honda                    +0.387

MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX de FRANCE Qualifying Results – 7 May 2016

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MotoGP

Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) took pole with the fastest ever MotoGP lap of the Le Mans circuit. Second place on the starting grid went to Championship leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) with Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) taking the final front row spot even though he crashed with under 4 minutes to go of Q2.

In fourth place on the starting grid will be Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) in fifth spot and Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) sixth.

 Front Row:

1              Jorge LORENZO (SPA)                 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP            Yamaha               1’31.975
2              Marc MARQUEZ (SPA)                Repsol Honda Team                        Honda                +0.441
3              Andrea IANNONE (ITA)              Ducati Team                                       Ducati                +0.494

Moto2

Pole position went to Thomas Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten) with a new Moto2 lap record for the Le Mans circuit. In second place was Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) with Simone Corsi (Speed Up Racing) third. Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Team) was due to start on the front row but was demoted to seventh place for a technical infringement.

In fourth place was current Moto2 World Champion Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) with Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) fifth and Takaaki Nakagami (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) sixth.

Championship leader Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) qualified ninth.

 Front Row:

1              Thomas LUTHI (SWI)                Garage Plus Interwetten                Kalex                  1’36.84722
2              Alex RINS (SPA)                          Paginas Amarillas HP 40               Kalex                  +0.052
3              Simone CORSI (ITA)                  Speed Up Racing                            Speed Up           +0.321

Moto3

 Niccolo Antonelli (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) took pole position with his final lap of qualifying. Second spot went to Championship leader Brad Binder(Red Bull KTM Ajo) with Moto3 rookie Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0) third.

Heading the second row of the starting grid in fourth place will be Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) with Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) in fifth and another Moto3 rookie, Nicolo Bulega (SKY Racing Team VR46) sixth.

Front Row:

1              Niccolò ANTONELLI (ITA)           Ongetta-Rivacold                         Honda                1’42.756
2              Brad BINDER (RSA)                      Red Bull KTM Ajo                        KTM                   +0.067
3              Aron CANET (SPA)                        Estrella Galicia 0,0                      Honda                +0.069