Month: April 2016

Moto3 and Moto2 round up, Jerez : Binder amazes, Lowes dominates for Jerez wins

All the latest on the Jerez Moto3 and Moto2 races from me over at Paddock Chatter:

Jerez hosts the first MotoGP weekend in Europe and the classic track, one of the longest running circuits to grace the calendar, has a reputation for some exciting racing and final corner battles.

Neither Moto3 or Moto2 came down to turn thirteen for the winners but the races did not disappoint as among all the crashes Brad Binder sliced through the field to go from last to first for his debut world championship win, while Sam Lowes handed out a masterclass in destroying even the most determined of opposition.


Moto2 Jerez 2016 Morbidelli Baldassarri Riders at battle: Morbidelli vs Baldassarri Photo:Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS

Before Moto3 had even turned a wheel in the race there was drama when it was announced that Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Brad Binder, the most consistent rider so far this season, would start from the back after a mapping infringement on his bike was discovered, causing the…

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Moto3 and Moto2 round-up, Jerez: Bulega and Lowes pull out all the stops for pole

Here’s my latest on the Jerez round over at Paddock Chatter:

The MotoGP paddock rolls into Europe for the first time this season at Jerez. Rookie Nicolo Bulega used his track knowledge from the Spanish championship to catapult himself to Moto3 pole, while Sam Lowes had support from his brother and a style right at home in Jerez for Moto2.

Moto2 general Jerez Team Rins Rins :rider and team manager in Jerez


Sky Racing Team VR46 rider Nicolo Bulega set a 1.46.225s lap on his KTM to hold firm at the top of the timesheets as traffic on track became an issue for his rivals in qualifying for Moto3 at Jerez.

The rookie took his first pole after just five races in the championship.

He is joined on the front row by consistent championship leader Brad Binder for Red Bull KTM Ajo and the Honda of Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Jorge Navarro.

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Moto3 and Moto2 round-up: Austin – Fenati and Rins both dominate for victory

Here’s another re-post of what’s going on (by me) at Paddock Chatter …

The third round of the 2016 season saw the paddock arrive in Austin, Texas for the Circuit of the Americas GP.

Rins wins Austin Texas Americas 2016 Rins wins in style Photo: Pons Racing

Both the Moto3 and Moto2 classes saw different but dominant wins – Romano Fenati vanished with a healthy lead while Alex Rins ran a precise race from the front keeping his rivals in check.


Sky Racing Team VR46’s Romano Fenati hit the front halfway through the race taking advantage of Jorge Navarro’s grip issues aboard the Honda and never looked back as he coasted to his first win of 2016 by over six seconds.

The Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider had planned to tuck in behind the Italian’s KTM but settled for second and valuable points.

Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Brad Binder recovered from a poor qualifying to secure third, waiting to the final lap to snatch the final podium spot from…

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Moto3 and Moto2 round-up- Austin: Debut pole for Oettl, Rins remains ahead after red flag.

Here’s a re-post of my work over on Paddock Chatter …

The third race of the 2016 season sees the paddock move on to Austin, Texas and the changeable weather at the Circuit of the Americas played a big part in qualifying.

UPDATE: The Moto2 session was halted to attend to an injured Efren Vazquez, who was unconscious at the scene, before regaining consciousness and then being removed by ambulance, then transferred to hospital by helicopter where he will remain under observation for head trauma for today and tomorrow.

Here’s how the sessions panned out.

2016 Rins Austin Americas Leading the way :Alex Rins      Photo: Pons Racing


The first class to qualify found their session interrupted by rain with those who banked an early lap remaining ahead as gains were near impossible after the local downpour.

Philipp Oettl had made the biggest gains before the rain hit, chipping away at his own top time lap after lap, with the Schedl GP Racing…

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Moto3 & Moto2 round-up: Argentina: Pawi makes history, Zarco shows champions class

The weather played a big part in the outcome of all the races in round two of the championship in Argentina.

Moto3 had the wettest of the conditions, with teenager Khairul Idham Pawi showing no fear to fly away for a history making first Grand Prix win by a Malaysian rider.

Moto2 was an intense affair in the lead group before Johann Zarco took advantage of a small error by Sam Lowes to give us another backflip worthy performance.


Zarco Morbidelli 2016 Argentina Moto2 Zarco passes an unlucky Morbidelli on his way to victory (Photo EG 0,0 Marc VDS)

The tricky track conditions meant that today Moto3 wasn’t a last minute dash for the line, instead Honda Team Asia rider Khairul Idham Pawi lived up to expectations following his confident wet warm-up display and disappeared to win by a huge margin of over 26 seconds.

The rookie excelled from the start keeping ahead of…

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Moto3 & Moto2 round up: Argentina – Binder’s debut pole, Lowes from frustration to perfection.

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.


Lowes race Removing Qatar memories with a stunning pole – Sam Lowes (Gresini)

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…

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