Moto3 – Canet wins red-flagged 100th Moto3 race
Romano Fenati had a great start, taking advantage of the pole position and remaining in P1 after Turn 1. Spaniards Jorge Martin and Aron Canet were both outside the top 15 after the start, but managed to make their way through the field and engage in the battle for the top positions.
The Moto3 pack did not let the fans down on the 100th GP anniversary and offered an amazing battle throughout the race. Every single one of Fenati, Mir, DiGiannantonio, Rodrigo, Guevara, Martin, Loi and Canet was in possesion of the lead at certain times.
Approaching the dying moments of the race, the Estrella Galicia duo (Canet and Bastianini) took control of the race. Martin and Rodrigo settled nicely in 3rd and 4th, respectively, waiting to strike in the last lap. Fenati had a rough period and got behind title rival Mir, outside of the top 5.
Before entering the last lap, an incident happened in the leading group: both Guevara and Bendsneyder crashed out of the race, with Guevara looking seriously injured, laying near the asphalt unconscious.
The pack entered the last lap and Martin applied his strategy perfectly, going past both EG 0,0 machines. Same did Gabri Rodrigo, while Fenati went past Mir in 5th. As the drama reached its highest point, the red flag was taken out. As more than 2/3 of the race was completed, the race was not restarted and the final classification was given by the last completed lap. This meant that Canet got his 3rd win of the season, with Bastianini completing the EG 0,0 double. Martin finished 3rd, in spite of leading at the moment of the interruption. Rodrigo got a new career best by finishing 4th, while championship leader Joan Mir locked out the top 5. His teammate, Livio Loi, was 6th, with Romano Fenati suffering another blow to his championship chances in 7th. Andrea Migno, Phillip Oettl and Fabio DiGiannantonio locked out the top 10.
Joan Mir conserves his 64 point lead at the front of the championship, but his main rival is now Aron Canet. Romano Fenati is 3rd, 66 points behind Mir.
Moto2 – Nakagami celebrates his new 2018 MotoGP contract with a magnificent win in Silverstone
Poleman Mattia Pasini had a rough start and was 5th after turn 1. Alex Marquez was leading the way, with Nakagami and Morbidelli closely following.
Nakagami was overtaken by Morbidelli, Pasini and Marini, as Marquez pulled a gap at the front. Frankie quickly melted the difference and overtook the Spaniard, and, as he tried to come back, he ended just like in Sachsenring – crashing. Nakagami made his way back past Pasini and Marini, and, taking advantage of Marquez’s crash, went up in 2nd and started chasing Morbidelli.
The championship leader could not match Nakagami’s pace and was overtaken by the Japanese rider. With a few laps remaining, he also lost 2nd in favour of poleman Mattia Pasini.
Taka Nakagami crossed the line in 1st, thus obtaining his second ever career GP victory. Veteran Pasini impressed once again, scoring another podium finish, while Morbidelli took 16 important points by competing the podium. Luthi managed to limit the damages by finishing 4th, with Pecco Bagnaia locking out the top 5. Simone Corsi was 6th, while countryman Stefano Manzi rode the race of his life and finished 7th. After falling outside the points zone after going wide in one turn, Oliveira did a great come back race and crossed the line in 8th. Teammate Binder was right behind him in 9th, with Dominique Aegerter in 10th. Alex Marquez got up after the fall and crossed the line in 14th.
Franco Morbidelli increased his lead to 29 points ahead of Tom Luthi (223-194), while Alex Marquez can consider himself out of the title fight as he is 68 points behind his teammate.
MotoGP – Two in a row for amazing Dovizioso as he takes the championship lead
Valentino Rossi started like a rocket from 2nd and took the lead going into Turn 1. Marc Marquez, Maverick Vinales and Cal Crutchlow closely followed. Behind them, the 2 Ducati Team riders were battling for 5th, with Dovizioso eventually getting away victorious.
Marquez was overtaken by both Vinales and Dovizioso and the race entered a lull state.
Some laps later, when Marquez finally decides to make some moves on his rivals, disaster struck for the championship leader. An engine failure forced him to retire.
With 3 laps to go, Dovizioso went past Rossi. ‘The Doctor’ was unable to fight back and he was also overtaken by his teammate Vinales. The Spaniard tried to catch Dovi and get the win, but the Ducati rider resisted well.
Once again, against all odds, Andrea Dovizioso proved that he is a real championship contender and got his 2nd win in a row and the 4th of the 2017 season. The Yamaha riders completed the podium, while local hero Cal Crutchlow was 4th. Jorge Lorenzo resisted well in 5th, while Johann Zarco won a battle with Dani Pedrosa for the 6th place. Scott Redding, Alex Rins and Alvaro Bautista (the Aspar rider celebrating his 250th career GP) locked out the top 10.
Taking advantage of Marquez’s bad luck, Dovizioso takes back his championship lead. He now has 183 points, 9 more than Marquez. Vinales and Rossi got back to the podium ways and also got closer in the championship, now staying 13 and 26 points behind Dovi, respectively.
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