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August 2016

HJC Helmets Grand Prix České Republiky – Race Results 21 August 2016

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MotoGP

Cal Crutchlow’s (LCR Honda)choice of hard compound front and rear wet weather tyres proved a master stroke when he rode through the field on a drying track to take his first ever MotoGP victory, the first for a British rider since Barry Sheen in 1981. It was also the second win for an independent team this season after Jack Miller’s win in Assen.

Second place went to Valentino Rossi ( Movistar Yamaha MotoGP)who chose a hard rear tyre but a soft front with Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda)on a pair of soft tyres third.

Also charging through the field on a pair of hard tyres was Loris Baz (Avintia Racing) who passed his team-mate Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) late in the race to take fourth place with Barbera fifth and Eugene Laverty sixth.

Leader for most of the race Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) finished eighth after his soft front tyre was shredded at the end of the race.

Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) had a disastrous race, finishing out of the points in seventeenth place.

Podium:

1   Cal CRUTCHLOW (GBR)                LCR Honda                                      Honda                   47’44.290
2   Valentino ROSSI (ITA)                    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP           Yamaha                 +7.298
3   Marc MARQUEZ  (SPA)                  Repsol Honda Team                       Honda                   +9.587

Moto2

In torrential rain Jonas Folger (Dynavolt Intact GP) took the lead in turn one on the first lap and rode the perfect race to win his first race of the season. After struggling in dry practice and qualifying the wet conditions suited Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) who rode a steady race to finish second with Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) also having a steady race to finish third.

Fourth place went to Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team) after he collided with fast finishing Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) on the last lap causing Cortese to crash leaving Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) to finish fifth and Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia) sixth.

Championship leader Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) had a bad day finishing eleventh reducing his lead over Rins in the championship to fifteen points.

Podium:

1   Jonas FOLGER  (GER)            Dynavolt Intact GP                         Kalex                     45’30.342
2   Alex RINS (SPA)                       Paginas Amarillas HP 40              Kalex                     +5.175
3   Sam LOWES (GBR)                  Federal Oil Gresini Moto2            Kalex                     +9.021

Moto3

In wet conditions John McPhee (Peugeot MC Saxoprint) rode an excellent race to take his maiden Moto3 win. It was also the first win for Pugeot. In second place was Jorge Martin (Pull & Bear ASPAR Mahindra Team) with Fabio DiGiannantonio (Gresini Racing Moto3 ) third.

In fourth place was Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Moto3) ahead of Niccolo Antonelli (Ongetta-Rivacold) fifth and local rider Jakub Kornfeil (Drive M7 SIC Racing Team) sixth.

Championship leader Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) led the race until he crashed out four laps from the end while his closest rival for the championship, Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) finished tenth.

Podium:

1  John MCPHEE (GBR)                             Peugeot MC Saxoprint                                  Peugeot                 45’36.087
2  Jorge MARTIN (SPA)                              Pull & Bear ASPAR Mahindra Team          Mahindra            +8.806
3  Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO (ITA)        Gresini Racing Moto3                                    Honda                  +9.777

HJC Helmets Grand Prix Ceske Republiky – Qualifying Results 20 August 2016

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MotoGP

Championship leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team)took pole in spectacular style on his last lap of Q2 by overtaking Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) on the inside of the last corner and slotting in behind Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) to cross the line in a pole record time. In second place on the starting grid will be Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who also broke the pole record with third place going to Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team)who also left his best qualifying lap to the last lap of Q2.

Heading the second row will be Aleix Espargaro (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) with Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing Ducati) again qualifying well in fifth and Valentino Rossi sixth.

Front Row:

1    Marc MARQUEZ (SPA)      Repsol Honda Team                Honda                1’54.596
2    Jorge LORENZO (SPA)      Movistar Yamaha MotoGP     Yamaha             +0.253
3    Andrea IANNONE (ITA)     Ducati Team                             Ducati                +0.631

Moto2

Reigning Moto2 World Champion and current championship leader Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) left it to his final lap to take pole away from Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) in a red flag interrupted qualifying session. Third place went to Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS), his best ever Moto2 qualifying position.

In fourth place will be Takaaki Nakagami (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) with Thomas Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten) fifth and Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) sixth.

Championship contender Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) will head the third row of the starting grid in seventh place.

Front Row:

1    Johann ZARCO (FRA)             Ajo Motorsport                                    Kalex                     2’01.581
2    Sam LOWES (GBR)                 Federal Oil Gresini Moto2                 Kalex                    +0.033
3    Alex MARQUEZ (SPA)           Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS           Kalex                    +0.250

Moto3

Championship leader Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) left it late in the qualifying session to take out pole position after his initial pole topping lap earlier in the session was cancelled because he exceeded track limits. Second spot on the front row went to Andrea Migno (SKY Racing Team VR46) with Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Moto3) taking third place.

Leading the second row of the starting grid in fourth place will be Jorge Martin (Pull & Bear ASPAR Mahindra Team) with Fabio Di Gianntonio (Gresini Racing Moto3) in fifth and Nicolo Bulega (SKY Racing Team VR46) sixth.

Front Row:

1    Brad BINDER (RSA)                 Red Bull KTM Ajo                    KTM                  2’07.785
2    Andrea MIGNO (ITA)              SKY Racing Team VR46          KTM                  +0.158
3    Enea BASTIANINI (ITA)        Gresini Racing Moto3               Honda               +0.257

NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich – Race Results 14 August 2016

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MotoGP

Pole sitter Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) took a historic victory riding to Ducati’s first MotoGP race win since Casey Stoner in Phillip Island in 2010. In second place was Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) making it a Ducati double on a circuit which is now regarded as the fastest on the MotoGP calendar.

In third place was Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) after holding off a race-long challenge from team-mate Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who was fourth. Championship leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) finished a gallant fifth, riding without pain-killers after dislocating his left shoulder in a practice fall, with sixth place going to Maverick Vinales (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR).

Podium:

1     Andrea IANNONE (ITA)        Ducati Team                               Ducati                39’46.255
2    Andrea DOVIZIOSO (ITA)     Ducati Team                               Ducati               +0.938
3    Jorge LORENZO (SPA)           Movistar Yamaha MotoGP     Yamaha             +3.389

Moto2

Victory went to Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) in another well judged race where he took the lead from early race leader Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) with nine laps to go and gradually increasing his lead for a comfortable win. This win makes Zarco France’s most successful Grand Prix rider.

Second place went to Franco Morbidelli who passed Thomas Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten) on the last lap to take the position with Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) passing Luthi on the final corner to take third. Luthi dropped two places on the last lap to finish fourth.

Fifth place went to Marcel Schrotter (AGR Team), his best ever Moto2 finish, with Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) sixth.

Podium:

1    Johann ZARCO (FRA)                Ajo Motorsport                                 Kalex            37’34.180
2    Franco MORBIDELLI (ITA)     Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS       Kalex           +3.058
3    Alex RINS (SPA)                          Paginas Amarillas HP 40                Kalex           +3.376

Moto3

In his rookie year Joan Mir (Leopard Racing) took his maiden win after a race long five rider battle. Second place went to championship leader Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) with Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Moto3) third.

In fourth place was Fabio Quartararo (Leopard Racing) with Philipp Oettl (Schedl GP Racing) fifth and Jorge Martin (Pull & Bear ASPAR Mahindra Team) sixth.

With championship contender Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) crashing out of the race and Romano Fenati unable to start the race because of his suspension by the Sky Racing Team VR46 team Brad Binder now has a very comfortable lead in the championship.

Podium:

1    Joan MIR (SPA)                      Leopard Racing                        KTM             37’23.325
2   Brad BINDER (RSA)              Red Bull KTM Ajo                    KTM             +0.279
3   Enea BASTIANINI (ITA)      Gresini Racing Moto3              Honda          +0.431

NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich – Qualifying Results 13 August 2016

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MotoGP

In a qualifying session where the Ducati team were expected to dominate Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) rode a brilliant last qualifying lap to take top spot from Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) only to be relegated to second spot on the starting grid by a brilliant last qualifying lap from Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) to take pole position after the chequered flag had dropped.

Fourth place on the starting grid went to current World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) with Championship leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) grabbing fifth after dislocating his left shoulder in an earlier free practice fall and Maverick Vinales (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) sixth.

Front Row:

1    Andrea IANNONE (ITA)         Ducati Team                                Ducati                   1’23.142
2    Valentino ROSSI (ITA)           Movistar Yamaha MotoGP       Yamaha                +0.147
3    Andrea DOVIZIOSO (ITA)     Ducati Team                                 Ducati                   +0.156

Moto2

World Moto2 Champion Johann Zarco {Ajo Motorsport) took pole after being at the front for most of practice. In second place with best ever qualifying position was Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) with Thomas Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten) completing the front row of the starting grid in third.

Heading the second row of the grid will be Marcel Schrotter (AGR Team) with Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) taking fifth place in his best ever Moto2 qualifying ahead of Axel Pons (AGR Team) in sixth.

Championship contenders Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) and Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) qualified seventh and ninth respectively.

Front Row:

1    Johann ZARCO (FRA)                   Ajo Motorsport                                Kalex                1’29.255
2    Franco MORBIDELLI (ITA)        Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS      Kalex                +0.112
3    Thomas LUTHI (SWI)                   Garage Plus Interwetten                Kalex                +0.225

Moto3

Rookie Joan Mir (Leopard Racing) took a surprising pole ahead of Championship leader and pole favourite Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) in second place after his fastest lap was interrupted on the final corner. Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Moto3) took the final front row spot in third.

Fourth place on the grid went to Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0) with Fabio Quartararo (Leopard Racing) fifth and Francesco Bagnaia (Pull & Bear ASPAR Mahindra Team) sixth.

Championship contender Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0) who lies second in the championship qualified eighteenth with Romano Fenati (Sky Racing Team VR46) who is third in the championship qualifying eleventh.

Front Row:

1    Joan MIR (SPA)                     Leopard Racing                         KTM                            1’36.228
2    Brad BINDER (RSA)            Red Bull KTM Ajo                     KTM                            +0.107
3    Enea BASTIANINI (ITA)     Gresini Racing Moto3              Honda                         +0.372