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MOTUL TT ASSEN – RACE RESULTS 26 JUNE 2106

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MotoGP

After the race was red flagged with twelve laps to go because of torrential rain the race was eventually re-started as a twelve lap wet race with the starting grid reflecting the finishing order at the end of lap fourteen of the red-flagged first race. This left Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team)on pole followed by Danilo Petrucci ((Octo Pramac Yakhnich) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP).

Dovizioso initially led from the start but was soon overtaken by Rossi. But, in trying to keep up with Rossi Dovizioso fell in the treacherous conditions and was soon followed by Rossi who fell a lap later. This left Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) in the lead followed by Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS).

Miller passed Marquez on lap four and maintained a comfortable lead until the chequered flag to register his maiden MotoGP win. Miller is the first non-factory rider to win a MotoGP race since Toni Elias beat Valentino Rossi In the 2006 Portugese GP.

Scott Redding (OCTO Pramac Yakhnich) won a close race with Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) for third place, Espargaro finishing fourth with fifth going to Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) and Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) sixth.

After a miserable week-end Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) finished tenth.

Podium:

 

1              Jack MILLER (AUS)           Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS        Honda                   22’17.447
2              Marc MARQUEZ (SPA)     Repsol Honda Team                          Honda                   +1.991
3              Scott REDDING (GBR)     OCTO Pramac Yakhnich                   Ducati                    +27.604

 

Moto2

In a race cut short because of rain Takaaki Nakagami (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) took his first career Moto2 win which saw him take the lead on lap nine and control the race to the end. In second place after a slow start to the race was Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) with Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS).

Fourth place went to Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) who finished ahead of Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Team) in fifth and Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) sixth.

Podium:

1              Takaaki NAKAGAMI (JPN)              IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia        Kalex                     34’33.948
2              Johann ZARCO (FRA)                      Ajo Motorsport                                    Kalex                     +2.435
3              Franco MORBIDELLI (ITA)           Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS          Kalex                     +5.670

 

Moto3

In an exciting race which saw the first four riders cross the finish line less than 0.1 second apart a historic victory went to Francesco Bagnaia (ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3) for his maiden Moto3 win and the first ever win for Mahindra.

Second place went to Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Racing Moto3) with Andrea Migno (SKY Racing Team VR46) third.In fourth place was Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) with Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) fifth and Jules Danilo (Ongetta-Rivacold) sixth.

Championship leader Brad Binder (Red Bull Ajo KTM) finished thirteenth after running off track with seven laps to go when saving a near high-side whilst in the leading group.

Podium:

1              Francesco BAGNAIA  (ITA)              ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3     Mahindra            38’11.535
2              Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO (ITA)   Gresini Racing Moto3                      Honda                  +0.039
3              Andrea MIGNO (ITA)                        SKY Racing Team VR46                  KTM                      +0.018

 

MOTUL TT ASSEN QUALIFYING – 25 JUNE 2016

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MotoGP

 

Dovi at work. Assen Q2. (getty images)

On a wet track with a drying race line pole went to Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), his first of the season and his fourth overall in the premier class. In second place on the starting grid will be Valentino Rossi (Monster Yamaha MotoGP) with Scott Reading (OCTO Pramac Yakhnich Ducati) third, his first premier class front row start.

Heading the second row of the starting grid will be Championship leader Marc Mrrquez (Repsol Honda Team) with Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) fifth and Yonny Hernandez (Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati) sixth.

While being the ninth fastest qualifier Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) will start from the rear of the grid after being penalised for a collision with Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) in Catalunya. Lorenzo managed to qualify in a lowly eleventh position.

Front row:

1    Andrea DOVIZIOSO (ITA)         Ducati Team                               Ducati                        1’45.246
2    Valentino ROSSI (ITA)              Movistar Yamaha MotoGP       Yamaha                     +0.715
3    Scott REDDING (GBR)             OCTO Pramac Yakhnich            Ducati                        +1.066

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Marc – not having fun in Qualifying. (Image from Gold & Goose)

 

Moto2

On a track dry enough to use slicks Thomas Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten) timed things perfectly to produce his pole winning lap just before the rain returned. In second place will be Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) with Dominique Aegerter ( CarXpert Interwetten) third.

Heading the second row in fourth spot will be Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) with Franco Morbidelli fifth and Takaaki Nakagami (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) sixth.

Moto2 Championship leader Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) will start from eighth place.

Front row:

1    Thomas LUTHI (SWI)                          Garage Plus Interwetten            Kalex             1’37.954
2    Johann ZARCO (FRA)                          Ajo Motorsport                           Kalex              +0.448
3    Dominique AEGERTER (SWI)           CarXpert Interwetten                Kalex              +0.495

Tom Luthi, Moto2 top Qualifier. (Image from www.crash.net)

 

Moto3

Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racin Moto3) took pole on a dry track before the rain came less than ten minutes before the end of the qualifying session. Second place went to Andrea Migno (SKY Racing Team VR46) with team mate and rookie Nicolo Bulega (SKY Racing Team VR46) third.

In fourth place was another SKY Racing Team VR46 rider, Romano Fenati
With Championship leader Brad Binder Red Bull KTM Ajo fifth and Juanfran Guevara (RBA Racing Team) sixth.

Less than one second covered the top twenty riders.

Front row:

1    Enea BASTIANINI (ITA)                  Gresini Racing Moto3               Honda                  1’42.463
2    Andrea MIGNO (ITA)                       SKY Racing Team VR46           KTM                     +00.053
3    Nicolo BULEGA (ITA)                      SKY Racing Team VR46            KTM                     +0.066

 

Back end of top pole man Enea Bastininni in Moto3 qualifying. Is this what we’ll see in the race? (Image from getty images)

GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYA – RACE RESULTS 5 JUNE 2016

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MotoGP

Starting from fifth on the grid Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) took the race lead on lap seven and, apart from losing the lead briefly to Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) a few laps from the end, rode the perfect race to win from Marquez in second. Third place went to Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) for his second podium of the year.

In fourth place was Maverick Vinales (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) with Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) fifth and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) sixth.

Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) led the race until lap seven and then gradually dropped back to fifth place until lap seventeen when he was brought down by Andrea iannone(Ducati Team) who braked too late going into Turn ten and crashed into Lorenzo bringing both riders down. Race Direction has penalised Iannone for the crash by making him start the next race from the back of the starting grid.

Marquez now leads the Championship.

Podium:

1    Valentino ROSSI (ITA)             Movistar Yamaha MotoGP     Yamaha           44’37.589
2    Marc MARQUEZ (SPA)           Repsol Honda Team                 Honda            +2.652
3    Dani PEDROSA   (SPA)           Repsol Honda Team                 Honda            +6.313

Moto2

 Thomas Luthi had an excellent start and led into Turn one but was soon overtaken by both Alex Rins and Johann Zarco and both Rins and Zarco proceeded to draw away from the rest of the field. Rins continued to lead from Zarco until lap seventeen when Zarco made his move and passed Rins and gradually opened up a lead to win the race by over 4 seconds from Rins in second.

 

The race for the final spot on the podium was very tight and saw Takaaki Nakagami and Hafizh Syahrin pass Thomas Luthi late in the race with Nakagami claiming third , Syahrin fourth with Luthi fifth. Championship leader coming into the race, Sam Lowes finished sixth, thus losing the Championship lead to Alex Rins

 Podium:

1   Johann ZARCO (FRA)                    Ajo Motorsport                              Kalex           42’31.347
2   Alex RINS (SPA)                             Paginas Amarillas HP 40             Kalex           +4.180
3   Takaaki NAKAGAMI (JPN)              IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia       Kalex        +9.313

 

Moto3

 In another exciting Moto3 race in which eight riders fought for the lead throughout the race victory finally went to Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0), his first Moto3 win. Second place went to Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) who’s podium chances were dealt a blow five laps from the end when he collided with Gabriel Rodrigo, both running wide. But Binder recovered brilliantly to take second place ahead of Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Moto3) in third.

Fourth place went to Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) with Nicolo Bulega (SKY Racing Team VR46) fifth and Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0) sixth

Podium:

1    Jorge NAVARRO(SPA)          Estrella Galicia 0,0          Honda               42’18.228
2   Brad BINDER(RSA)               Red Bull KTM Ajo            KTM                 +0.564
3   Enea BASTIANINI(ITA)       Gresini Racing Moto3      Honda               +0.817

 

GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYA QUALIFYING – 4 JUNE 2106

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THE DEATH OF LUIS SALOM – Spanish Moto2 rider Luis Salom  died following an crash at turn twelve during  Friday’s Moto2 free practice two session at Barcelona’s Montmelò circuit. He was taken to hospital, but died despite the best efforts of the medical staff.

After making his World Championship debut at Jerez in 2009 in the 125cc category. He finished on the podium in 25 races, including nine victories in the Moto3 World Championship. He finished second in the 2012 Moto3 World Championship and was thirdin the 2013 Moto3 World Championshipl after battling with Maverick Viñales and Alex Rins down to the final round in Valencia.

Moto Tipping sends its deepest sympathies to Luis’s family, friends and fans.

Because of Salom’s crash the racing will now be held on the F1 configured Catalunya circuit which has chicanes in the turn twelve area.

MotoGP

In an all Spanish front row Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) took pole with the only lap in the 1’43s. Second place went to reigning World Champion and current Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) with Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) third.

Heading the second row in fourth will be another Spaniard, Hector Barbera (Avinta Racing), the leading Ducati, with Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) fifth and Maverick Vinales (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) sixth, making five Spanish riders in the top six qualifiers.

Front Row:

1           Marc MARQUEZ (SPA)                   Repsol Honda Team                   Honda                   1’43.589
2           Jorge LORENZO (SPA)                   Movistar Yamaha MotoGP        Yamaha                 +0.467
3           Dani PEDROSA   (SPA)                   Repsol Honda Team                    Honda                  +0.718

Moto2

Reigning Moto2 World Champion Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) took his first pole position of the season and his second successive pole at the Catalan circuit. In second place was Alex Rinns (Paginas Amarillas HP 40), the only Spanish rider in the top five, with Thomas Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten ) third.

Takaaki Nakagami (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) will head the second row in fourth spot ahead of current Championship leader Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) in fifth and Axel Pons (AGR Team) sixth.

Front Row:

1      Johann ZARCO (FRA)         Ajo Motorsport                                 Kalex                     1’49.179
2     Alex RINS (SPA)                   Paginas Amarillas HP 40                 Kalex                     +0.035
3     Thomas LUTHI (SWI)         Garage Plus Interwetten                   Kalex                     +0.293

Moto3

Current Moto3 Championship leader Brad Binder( Red Bull KTM Ajo) took pole in the final minutes of qualifying, the second pole of his career and only his fourth front row start. In second place was Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) with Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) third.

Moto3 rookie Nicolo Bulega (SKY Racing Team VR46) will start from fourth spot with Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Moto3) fifth and Argentina race winner Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda Team Asia) sixth.

Front Row:

1       Brad BINDER (RSA)                  Red Bull KTM Ajo              KTM                       1’54.024
2      Niccolò ANTONELLI (ITA)        Ongetta-Rivacold               Honda                   +0.054
3      Jorge NAVARRO  (SPA)             Estrella Galicia 0,0            Honda                    +0.088