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.


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.

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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.


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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Moto3 and Moto2 round-up – Mugello: Ajo’s Binder and Zarco win after double drama

A slightly longer, short rewind of the support class action, all down to the Moto2 chaos:

Both the Moto3 and Moto2 races for the Italian GP weekend had drama, but for very different reasons: Moto3 brought it’s usual last lap fun with a cast of lesser known names in the mix, while in Moto2 a red flag caused confusion and chaos with two restarts before the mess was fixed.

In both cases it was a rider from the Ajo camp that rose to the top and kept a cool head – Brad Binder in Moto3 and Johann Zarco in Moto2.


Zarco Win Ajo Mugello Moto2 2016      Backflip imminent : Zarco wins in Italy                                       Photo:Ajo Motorsport

Moto3 got the Italian grand prix race day of to an explosive start with over 20 riders in the train to the line at the finish with the lead swapping continually over the 20 lap distance.

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Brad Binder was the fist rider to gain any sort…

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Moto3 and Moto2 round-up Mugello: perfectly timed poles for Fenati and Lowes in Italy.

Moto3 and Moto2 digest/qualifying report by me now over on Paddock Chatter…

Round six of the MotoGP world championship takes place in Italy and before seeing home legend Valentino Rossi take pole in the main event, Romano Fenati had already given his Moto3 team and the fans at the Mugello circuit something to celebrate, taking pole in the Moto3 class.

In Moto2 the home celebrations moved to the Gresini garage as the Italian team saw Sam Lowes cruise to pole with an early fast lap.


Moto3 once again provided and action packed final few minutes as home hero Romano Fenati proved he had well and truly beaten his qualifying demons with a perfectly timed fast lap for pole.

Zarco tuscan hills 2016 Zarco in action in the Tuscan hills             Photo:Image Ajo Motorsport             

The Italian was last out of the pit as the a large group of riders shot back into the pit for clear track, wasting a lap, he was only leaving for the first…

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Moto3 and Moto2 round up – Le Mans: Binder snatches win & Rins dominates for victory.

Need to catch up on Moto2/Moto3? A brief run down of those races is now here at Paddock Chatter:

MotoGP heads to Le Mans for round five of the championship, in both the Moto3 and Moto2 classes there had been a different winner in each round to this point, but all that was to change in France with Brad Binder eyeing up his target Romano Fenati before moving in to overtake and secure back to back victories.

In Moto2 Alex Rins looked assured once he hit the front with a confident and defensive performance holding off Simone Corsi to the flag.

Rins 2016 Race Le Mans Back to Winning ways:Alex Rins


Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Brad Binder won again after his Jerez heroics after rehearsing his turn eleven move over long time leader Romano Fenati,and executing it on the penultimate lap to lead for the final tour of the circuit after a four man battle at the front.

Despite warnings of Binders intentions appearing on his pit board, KTM’s Fenati found…

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Moto3 and Moto2 round up: Le Mans – Antonelli leaves it late, Luthi in charge for poles.

My qualifying round up is out over at Paddock Chatter, here’s a look:

MotoGP arrives in France with the action staying in Europe but moving to a sunny Le Mans. The temperatures saw some great lap times, with Moto3 and Moto3 providing very different sessions.

Moto3 was exciting to the very last second with Niccolo Antonelli charging to a late pole divong under Brad Binder’s time as he took the flag.

Moto2 saw Luthi get the pace of qualifying in the class and put in a strong, record setting lap early which held firm as his rivals chipped away at his fierce time.


Rins 2016 Qualifying Le Mans Pons Racing Chasing…Rins at Le Mans.                  Photo:Pons Racing

Moto3, much like their races every week, went to the wire with Niccolo Antonelli leaving it to the last moment to set his 1m 42.756 for Ongetta Rivacold (Honda).

He displaced long time holder of provisional pole, Jerez winner and championship leader Red Bull KTM…

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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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