Moto3 and Moto2: Brno – Fearless McPhee and Folger show how to win in the wet

A quick catch-up with all the Moto3 and Moto2 action in Brno earlier, including a first win for McPhee in the wet! :

With qualifying relegated to just a distant memory it was to be the weather that would have the bigger impact on the Czech Republic races at Brno.

Moto3 gave us a first time winner in John McPhee, while Jonas Folger also stood on the top step of the podium after perfecting his run in the tricky wet conditions.

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Moto3 saw John McPhee wrangle his bike while his rivals fell in the first race of the day in Brno, his victory particularly special given all his recent bike woes.

The British rider ran at the front on his Peugeot MC Saxoprint along with championship leader Brad Binder and double wet winner Khairul Idham Pawi, with both crashing out McPhee was left with a huge advantage, which he he despite an out-of-the-seat moment in the latter stages.

Gresini Brno Race 2016 Moto3 in action  Photo:Gresini Racing Moto3

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Moto3 and Moto2 round up: Brno- experienced Binder and Zarco ride to pole as crashes and penalties dominate.

A short run down on Moto2 and Moto3 qualifying in Brno my me over on Paddock Chatter, with a penalty update…

Straight off the back of the action at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, the MotoGP paddock arrives on much more familiar ground at Brno for the Czech Republic Grand Prix races.

Late runs were the order of the day as Brad Binder and Johann Zarco both used their experience in the Moto3 and Moto2 classes to push for pole position as the clock ticked down in qualifying.

UPDATED: Below is left as the result at the time to reflect the qualifying session, however the following penalties have been applied to the following riders post-race:

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3 place grid penalty – Niccolo Antonelli, Andrea Migno.

4 place grid penalty – Albert Arenas, Philipp Oettl

7 place grid penalty – Fabio Quartararo

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Kent demoted from 8th to 16th after having a string of laps cancelled for low tyre pressure.

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Brad Binder pulled out the fastest standing lap…

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Moto3 and Moto2 round up: Austria- pole to victory for both Mir and Zarco

In both of the support class races the rider who was the pole-sitter converted to a win, but neither Joan Mir or Johann Zarco had things all their own way on the way to victory at the Austrian Grand Prix.

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Rookie Joan Mir slid into the lead at just the right time as the riders behind remained tangled in a war for position to take his maiden win at the Moto3 Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring.

The Leopard Racing rider had been a constant in the lead group and it contracted and expanded, before settling on a final lead five for the closing laps. Mir ensured KTM a win on home soil for the manufacturer when he slipped past Brad Binder, who continued to fight with Enea Bastianini, leaving the Spaniard enough room to steal a gap for a decisive win.

2016 Zarco backfip Austria Celebrating another win- Johann Zarco …

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Moto3 and Moto2 round-up: Austria: Zarco and Rookie Mir battle hard for pole.

Austria is back on the MotoGP calendar, catch up with what happened in Moto2 & Moto3 qualifying with a summary here…

As the MotoGP paddock returns to Austria after a long hiatus, there are few out-and-out favourites in the support classes after minimal testing at the Red Bull Ring. This produced two very different outcomes in the battle for pole.

Moto3 headed out on track first, where rookie Joan Mir shone on his way to pole after a battle with the experienced championship leader Brad Binder.

Moto2 saw reigning champion and leader in the title hunt Johann Zarco win his own war against Franco Morbidelli to take a confident pole in the last session of the day.

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Moto3 got qualifying off to a frantic start with a session which saw the lead time swap, until a battle between rookie Joan Mir and championship leader Brad Binder emerged, and not only by time – the pair also had a lose call on track which ended with the Leopard rider in the…

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Moto3 and Moto2: Germany- Wins for Pawi and Zarco as the rain arrives at the Sachsenring.

A quick review of today’s Moto3 and Moto2 races in Germany over at @PaddockChatter …

Ahead of race day rain had been predicted, it arrived and played a part in all of the German Grand Prix races at the Sachsenring. Here’s what happened in Moto3 and Moto2.

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In Moto3 the riders who tend to go better in the wet soon found their way to the front, with Khairul Idham Pawi treating us to another display as good as his Argentina wet win and needing just four laps to hit the front after qualifying down in 20th.

The Honda Team Asia teenager wasn’t without a wobble along the way in the tricky conditions but his confidence in the wet and huge time advantage saw him the clear winner after seeing off early rivals including team-mate Hiroki Ono.

Andrea Locatelli was the next rider to find the chequered flag, his best race result so far and his first podium finish with Leopard on the…

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Moto3 and Moto2 qualifying: Germany- Bastianini and Nakagami both score late poles

A few words on qualifying at the #GermanGP from me over at @PaddockChatter #MotoGp #Moto3 #Moto2 …

Following the break after Assen, MotoGP returns this weekend at the Sachsenring for the German Grand Prix.

The changeable conditions in Assen brought three new winners and with rain predicted for race day again qualifying position could prove crucial. Here’s how the sessions panned out in Moto2 and Moto3 – complete with injury updates.

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Enea Bastianini rose to the top in Moto3 qualifying for the GermanGP after a lengthy delay to qualifying from oil on track.

The Gresini charge leapt to the top of the timesheets right at the end of the session to take pole by a fair margin, pushing out long-term leader Andrea Locatelli.

2016 Bastianini Gresini Germany On pole: Bastianini  Photo: Gresini Racing

The Leopard rider still secured a best ever qualifying result. Rookie Aron Canet took the final front row spot for Estrella Galicia.

Fellow rookie Bo Bendsneyder also did well in the late scramble for positions, his fourth…

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Moto3and Moto2 round-up Assen: A day of history- first wins for Bagnaia and Nakagami

Here’s where the future starts of MotoGP hone thier craft and today was a historic one for many reasons! Catch u with Moto3 and Moto2 here with my post at Paddock Chatter…

Assen raced on a Sunday for the first time ever and the iconic track had some fitting history making racing to celebrate, with a new winner in every class on a day dominated by the wet weather.

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Moto3 saw Francesco Bagnaia take his first world championship win in a tight Dutch Grand Prix at Assen only decided in the drag to the line as his Aspar machine pulled ahead of his rivals after taking the cleanest line on the last lap.

It was also a momentous day for his Mahindra team, as it registered a first win for the Indian manufacturer since entering championship action.

Looking sure of the win until the final corner it was Andrea Migno who lost out at the chequered flag, before the Sky Racing Team VR46 rider lost out further, being demoted a place for exceeding the track limit heavily in the run to…

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Moto3 and Moto2 round-up Assen: Bastianini and Luthi shine in the rain for pole

More from me on Assen qualifying at Paddock Chatter…

The Assen TT circuit is iconic and has broken with the tradition of not racing on a Sunday for the first time, meaning Saturday is qualifying time. The Dutch weather was as unpredictable as ever with both Moto3 and Moto2 caught in showers despite being at opposite ends of the action.

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Enea Bastianini found himself at the top of the timesheets when it mattered most to secure pole before the rain arrived for the first time during qualifying ahead of the Moto3 Dutch GP at the historic TT Assen circuit.

Assen Moto3 2016 Beast On his way to pole- Bastianini        Photo:Gresini Racing

The Gresini rider was one of may vying for the top time in the early part of the session, but took his Honda for a fast 1m 43.463 second lap at just the right moment as the damp halted progress on track.

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Moto3 and Moto2 round up – Catalunya – Navarro and Zarco win on a day dedicated to Salom.

More from my @PaddockChatter short report on the Moto3 and Moto2 races, today was more than racing it was a day dedicated to Luis Salom.

The show must go on, and with the permission of the Salom family, that’s exactly what happened and there was a race day to fulfill in Barcelona.

With subdued celebrations and a lot of emotional, personal dedications around the paddock it was Jorge Navarro and Johann Zarco who coped best with the track changes.

Here’s a brief run down of how the action unfolded in both classes.

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Jorge Navarro found the power to pull away after leading the final lap at the Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya and stormed to victory as his rivals tangled each other up.

Zarco 2016 win Catalunya for Salom Zarco wins, podium dedicated to Salom – Photo: Ajo Motorsport

The Estrella Galicia Honda rider had coped well with the alterations to the track from the off and translated that into his first win in front of a very appreciative home audience.

Brad Binder fought back after being pushed wide by…

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Moto3 and Moto2 round up: For Luis- Binder and Zarco take poles on difficult day.

My qualifying round-up for the very sombre #CatalanGP over at @PaddockChatter , with Luis Salom still very much in mind #Mexicano39 #RIP #DEP

Qualifying for the Moto3 and Moto2 races at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona was a subdued and emotional affair following the passing of Moto2 Rider Luis Salom in practice on Friday.

With the paddock in shock and a sad cloud over the track – many of the riders from all the classes had called Luis a friend, been his team-mate or worked with him – with the permission of his family and some alterations to the track it was decided the race weekend should continue in his honour.

Here’s how qualifying went for the support classes, all of whom sported some kind of ‘Salom39’ or ‘Mexicano’ reference in memory of their colleague and friend.

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for Luis Salom SAG Team Riding the Catalan GP for Luis Salom 1991-2016 (Photo SAG Team)

Moto3 were the first to get a shot at qualifying on the new track layout and it was a very emotional Brad Binder who found…

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