Wheelies 2017 – Moto3 Top 10 – Part 2

Yesterday we presented you the first part of the Moto3 Top 10 in the vision of our team. Now it is time to bring on the second part, where we will reveal the 1-5 positions.

5. Marcos Ramirez (#42)

Spanish rider Marcos Ramirez was definitely one of the most impressive riders throughout the 2017 Moto3 season as he managed to get involved in the podium fights more than often with a team that had been struggling outside the top 15 in the previous seasons.

Having collected 10 points in the first three races, Ramirez did a great qualifying session on home turf in Jerez, establishing the 5th fastest time. The 19-years old Spaniard mantained the same high pace on race day and stayed in the front group throughout the whole race, also grabbing the lead at some point. He crossed the line in 4th, missing out on the podium for only 0.203, but establishing a new career best. Ramirez kept up the good job two weeks later in France, where he once again finished 4th, this time only 0.104 off the podium.

After another spectacular three GPs for Ramirez in Italy (9th), Catalunya (6th) and Assen (6th), the much awaited day of the maiden podium came in Germany. The Platinum Bay Real Estate rider managed to stay close to title rivals Joan Mir and Romano Fenati and the trio pulled away from the other competitors. Ramirez settled quietly in 3rd, leaving Mir and Fenati to fight it out for the win, securing his first ever podium finish. Perfect way to end the first half of the season.

The second part was much tougher for Ramirez, as his best result since Brno before the season finale was a 7th place finish in Aragon. Two wet races in Misano and Motegi and a crash in Australia affected his good run of results. However, Ramirez knew how to strike back on home turf in Valencia and scored his second podium finish, holding off Romano Fenati to cross the line in 3rd. He finished the season 8th overall, with 123 points.

 

4. Aron Canet (#44)

Having caught some attention in his debut season, when he gathered one podium finish, one pole position and some top 10 finishes, Aron Canet evolved in 2017 to the state of championship contender.

The qualifying session of the Americas GP was Canet`s first outburst, as the young Spaniard took pole position for more than one second ahead of the 2nd place on the grid. He kept up the good rhytm on race day, establishing the fastest lap, but ended with a “heartbreak” as he crashed out while battling Romano Fenati for the win.

Canet did not let this result affect his morale and came back even stronger on home turf. He won the race in Jerez after some extraordinary last lap maneuvers against Romano Fenati and Joan Mir. The Spaniard carried on the podium form in Le Mans, where he finished 2nd, behind Mir. Two strong performances followed in Mugello and Catalunya, where Canet crossed the finish line in 5th place on both occasions. Another magnificent last lap strategy brought Canet his second win of the season in Assen, where he defeated Romano Fenati for only 0.035.

Canet could have entered the summer break as Mir`s main rival, but another crash in Germany, similar to the one in Austin (as he again started from pole) gave Fenati the opportunity to take the 2nd place in the championship from him. In the second half of the championship, Canet continued battling at the front. He kicked it off with a 3rd place finish in Brno, followed by a 5th place in Austria and a third stunning win in Silverstone. He did not climb the podium ever since that race, but two additional 5th place finishes in Misano and Aragon and a 9th place in Valencia secured him the bronze medal at the end of the year.

Next year, Canet will remain alongside Estrella Galicia 0,0 in the lightweight class and, with Mir and Fenati promoted to Moto2, we can expect the Spaniard to be a serious title contender.

 

3. Jorge Martin (#88)

Another impressive Spaniard in 2017 was Del Conca Gresini`s Jorge Martin. The Madrid-born 19-years old rider kicked-off the season with a pole position in Qatar converted in a 3rd place finish in the race. Same race result was repeated in Argentina. The Austin round held at the Circuit of the Americas brought a new season best for Martin, who crossed the line in 2nd after an intense duel with his teammate, Fabio Digiannantonio. This result lifted him to the 2nd place in the championship, only 6 points behind leader Joan Mir.

A sensational run of 5 straight pole positions followed for Martin, but, unfortunately, he was not able to take advantage of them. Inappropriate strategies in the dying moments of the races threw him to 9th in Jerez and 15th in Mugello. Between this 2 GPs, he crashed out of the French GP at Le Mans, gathering no points. Two strong performances followed in Catalunya and Assen, where Martin finished 3rd and 4th, respectively.

Disaster struck for Jorge Martin in the Free Practice session of the German GP, as he suffered a heavy highside which caused him a broken ankle and tibia. He tried to come back after the summer break in Brno, but, after Friday, he announced his retirement from the reminder of the GP as his pain was too intense.

One week later in Austria Martin returned and offered us a moment we will never forget. In spite of using crutches to walk, on the bike he was simply magnificent and won the battle for the 3rd place. A 3rd place that for sure felt like a victory, as Martin could be seen crying in the parc ferme and at the podium ceremony.

The Spaniard impressed again two weeks later at Silverstone, where he fought for the win throughout the whole race. He was the leader when the red flag appeared and, unfortunately for him, he was only 3rd at the end of the last completed lap. So, once again, his effort was not enough for a maiden career win. Martin came back to the pole position ways in Aragon and Australia, converting them into a 4th and another 3rd place, respectively.

Martin once again equaled his career best in Malaysia, where he was the best of the rest behind a dominant Joan Mir. The season finale at Valencia started good for Martin as he clinched on Saturday his 9th pole of the season, an absolute record in the Moto3 class. This time, there was nothing that could stop Martin on race day. No rain, no red flag, no Joan Mir. He led from start to finish, securing his 9th podium finish of the season and the first ever win. He finished the season 4th overall, only 3 points behind Aron Canet.

Next year Martin will stay alongside Gresini Racing in the lightweight class and we can expect him to be Canet`s main rival in the title fight.

 

2. Romano Fenati (#5)

After 5 years in the category during which factors like his inconsistency and impulsivity did not allow him to be a serious contender for the World Championship, Romano Fenati finally found an antidote for these problems in 2017 alongside Marinelli Rivacold Snipers team.

Having last won a GP at COTA in 2016, Fenati struck again at the venue and won for more than 4 seconds ahead of Jorge Martin. He carried on the good form in Jerez, where he crossed the line in 2nd.

Fenati`s first and only DNF of the season came in Le Mans, where he crashed out of the race while in the lead, throwing away 25 vital points in the championship.

After a disappointing home race in Mugello, where he finished only 13th, Fenati knew how to come back in style and scored 4 consecutive podium finishes in Catalunya, Assen, Sachsenring and Brno. On each occasion, he crossed the line in 2nd place.

From that point, Fenati managed to show his class only in wet conditions. He dominated on a soaked Misano Circuit, taking the win for more than 28 seconds ahead of Joan Mir. Same scenario happened in Japan, where Fenati once again mastered the wet conditions and scored his 3rd win of the season. Solid prestations followed in Australia, Malaysia and Valencia, where he finished 6th, 7th and 4th, respectively. He finished the season as a runner-up, 93 points behind one-man-show Joan Mir.

Taking into consideration the fact that Fenati had not raced for a period of 6 months before the season opener in Qatar due to his dismissal from Valentino Rossi`s team in mid 2016, we can affirm that the Italian veteran had a great 2017 season. Next year we will finally see him stepping up to the intermmediate class.

 

1. Joan Mir (#36)

For sure there is no suprise that the first position of our top 10 goes to Joan Mir, who can be easily described in one word at the end of this season – UNSTOPPABLE.

Having clinched the “Rookie of the Year” title in 2016, Joan Mir started the season in the best way possible, winning in both Qatar and Argentina. This allowed him to slow down a little bit in Austin, where he finished 8th.

Mir came back to podium ways on home turf in Jerez, where he finished 3rd after a magnificent battle with Aron Canet, Romano Fenati and Marcos Ramirez. Two weeks later in France, he took advantage of Fenati`s crash and scored another win, increasing his lead in the championship considerably.

Total madness in the last laps of the Italian and Dutch GPs saw Mir falling down into 7th and 9th, respectively, but there was no reason to dispair as the Spaniard born in Mallorca had won the Catalan GP, which took place between the other 2 races.

Mir struck again before the summer break when he pipped Fenati on the very last lap in Sachsenring, increasing his lead to 37 points. He started the second half of the year in the same manner as the first, with two resounding and dominant wins in Brno and Austria.

With a difference of already 64 points after Austria, Mir did not slow down and won again in Aragon, after a 2nd place in Misano and a 5th place in Silverstone. The only race without points occured in Japan, where Mir could not handle the wet conditions and crossed the line in 17th.

However, that motivated Mir even more as he went on to win the following race at Phillip Island and mathematically clinch the title. One week later he won again, this time in Malaysia, reaching a milestone of 10 wins in a single season.

In the season finale at Valencia, Mir ran wide in the opening laps and fall outside the points zone. Nonetheless, Mir once again showed his class and climbed all the way up to P2, finishing the season with 10 wins, 13 podium finishes, 1 pole position and 341 points (a new points record for the lightweight class).

Last rider to score 10 wins in a single season in the lightweight class was a certain Marc Marquez. Next year we will see Joan Mir racing in the Moto2 class alongside powerhouse team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, so we can expect even greater things from the young Spaniard.

 

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Mir wins three-way battle in Sepang and clinches 10th win of the season

Joan Mir entertained the Malaysian fans with another masterclass win on the Sepang International Circuit, the 10th of the current season. Jorge Martin and Enea Bastianini completed the podium.

Jorge Martin started like a rocket from P2 on the grid and took the lead after Turn 1. At the end of the first lap, he had already put a gap of more than 1 second between him and the rest of the pack.

Enea Bastianini, Gabriel Rodrigo, Joan Mir, John McPhee and Livio Loi tried to catch up with him, but, eventually, only Mir and Bastianini managed to do that. Livio Loi ran all alone in P4 in the second part of the race, as the 5th place was disputed by a group of 10 riders.

Joan Mir was the first one to make a move on Martin. There was nothing the Del Conca Gresini rider could do, but he managed to stay close to the World Champion, not letting him go away. Once he got near the two Spaniards, Bastianini managed to overtake both and take the lead, but, just like Mir, he was not able to pull a gap.

With 4 laps remaining, Joan Mir took the lead from Jorge Martin, who was also overtaken by Bastianini. Some turns later, Martin fought back against Bastianini, nearly touching the Italian and pushing him outside the track limits. This duel slowed down both men, allowing Mir to pull a gap of more than half a second.

Martin was not able to melt the difference to Mir, and, in the last lap, he was again caught by Bastianini and overtaken by the Italian. However, in the last turn, Martin made a decisive move and secured 2nd place.

Joan Mir crossed the line in P1, clinching his 10 win of 2017. Now, he is 1 win away from Valentino Rossi s record for the most wins in the lightweight class (11 – established in 1999 in the former 125cc class). Jorge Martin once again missed a good chance to score his first ever career win, but this 2nd place brings him important points in the battle for 4th in the championship. Enea Bastianini had to be satisfied with 3rd, while Livio Loi came in P4 after a solid and solitary race.

Andrea Migno won the hard fought battle for P5, with John McPhee and Romano Fenati closely following in 6th and 7th, respectively.

Aron Canet came behind Fenati in 8th, with Fabio DiGiannantonio and Bo Bendsneyder completing the top 10.

In the championship standings, Joan Mir, already World Champion, extends his lead to 86 points ahead of Romano Fenati (321-235). The Italian veteran secured the runner-up spot as he is now 43 points ahead of Aron Canet, with only 25 still up for grabs. Jorge Martin consolidates 4th, as he is now 18 points ahead of teammate Fabio DiGiannantonio (171-153). Martin goes into the final round with a slight chance of finishing 3rd, as he sits 19 points behind Canet.

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DiGiannantonio leads Gresini 1-2 on Day 1

Following a damp start to the day, all riders improved in FP2 and it was local hero Fabio DiGiannantonio who set the fastest time, freezing the clock at 1:42.620. His teammate, Jorge Martin, completed a Del Conca Gresini double (+0.071). Enea Bastianini carried the good form from Silverstone and finished the day in 3rd (+0.169).

Gabriel Rodrigo (+0.304) continues to impress in this second half of the year. The Argentine rider finished 4th overall, ahead of title rivals Romano Fenati (+0.476) and Joan Mir (+0.656).

Marcos Ramirez (+0.669) was 7th, just ahead of another key man in the championship, Aron Canet (+0.692). Home heroes Niccolo Antonelli (+0.833) and Marco Bezzecchi (+0.892) locked out the top 10.

It proved to be a tough day for Andrea Migno (+1.121) and John McPhee (+1.217), who finished 15th and 18th, respectively.

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Third win in a row for showman Mir as Martin clinches rostrum at his comeback race

Joan Mir clinched his seventh win of the 2017 season at the Austrian GP, thus tying the record for most wins in a Moto3 season which had been previously shared by Luis Salom and Brad Binder. Phillip Oettl came more than 3 seconds behind, while Jorge Martin won an intense duel with Livio Loi and clinched the last spot on the podium at his very first race after the terrible fractures suffered in Sachsenring.

The start of the race saw Gabriel Rodrigo taking advantage of his pole and entering turn 1 as the leader. John McPhee, Juanfran Guevara, Enea Bastianini and Bo Bendsneyder were closely following the Argentine.

McPhee took the lead for a short time, but Bendsneyder went easily past him. The Dutch tried to pull a gap, but he failed.

The championship contenders had a rough start, Mir falling in 12th and Fenati in 13th. Both went up few positions, but Fenati went wide in turn 1 and fell outside the points zone.

Mir took advantage of his rival s misfortune and made his way up through the field, eventually taking the lead from Bendsneyder. From that moment, the Spaniard dominated the race, not giving away the lead in any moment.

Later in the race, Bendsneyder made a mistake and braked very late, going very wide and colliding with McPhee. Both crashed, but escaped unharmed.

The championship leader pulled a gap and assured himself of the win. However, there was still much to fight for. Oettl, Loi, Rodrigo and Martin battled until the very end for the last podium spots.

Going into the last lap, Oettl was second with Loi in third. The Belgian tried to overtake Oettl, but the German defended excellent. Canet approached Martin and the Del Conca Gresini rider felt the danger. The Spaniard attacked Loi and went up in 3rd, thus getting very close to an exceptonial result.

Mir crossed the line in 1st after an absolute wonderful performance, thus obtaining his second win at the venue after the one in 2016. Phillip Oettl finished second and achieved a new career best, while Jorge Martin pipped Loi for 0.008 for the 3rd place. Aron Canet completed the top 5, just ahead of Fabio DiGiannantonio. Poleman Rodrigo tied hs career best by finishing 7th, while Adam Norrodin offered another solid performance and finished 8th, his third consecutive top 10 finish. Wildcard Jaume Masia finished 9th after an amazing race for him during which he managed to fight for the podium. Enea Bastianini locked out the top 10, with countrymen Nicolo Bulega in 11th. Marcos Ramirez managed another finish in the points zone, the 8th in a row, by finishing 12th, while Romano Fenati was 13th. This deliveres a massive blow to his championship chances. The last points were taken by Juanfran Guevara and Kaito Toba.

In the general standings, Joan Mir extends his lead to no less than 64 points ahead of Romano Fenati (215-151). Aron Canet remains 3rd, with 137 points, while Jorge Martin comes back in 4th, with 105. DiGiannantonio is now 5th, with 95 points, while McPhee falls in 6th, with 93.

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Jorge Martin obtine pole-ul la Le Mans la masa verde

Jorge Martin obtine pole-ul la Le Mans.

Italianul Nicolo Bulega a obtinut, in ultimele momente ale sesiunii de calificari, primul pole position al sezonului si al doilea din cariera. Pilotul lui Valentino Rossi a inghetat cronometrul la 1:42.710, devansandu-l pe spaniolul Jorge Martin pentru 0.103 secunde. Din păcate, timpul lui Bulega a fost anulat pentru depasirea limitelor pistei. Prin urmare, Jorge Martin va ocupa prima pozitie pe grila de start a cursei de maine.

Prima linie va fi completata de Juanfran Guevara . Principalul rival al lui Joan Mir in clasamentul general, italianul Romano Fenati, va deschide linia a doua, urmat indeaproape de surpriza placuta a acestui weekend, Albert Arenas, pilot Mahindra.

Niccolo Antonelli  a stat ceva timp la conducerea sesiunii, insa un final in care a fost prins in trafic nu l-a lasat sa isi imbunatateasca rezultatele. Astfel, trebuie sa se multumeasca cu locul 6. Un timp identic cu cel al lui Antonelli a stabilit Marcos Ramirez, care va deschide linia a treia.

Imediat in spatele sau il regasim pe liderul competitiei, Joan Mir. Top 10-ul este inchis de colegii lui Antonelli de la Red Bull KTM Ajo, cu Bo Bendsneyder in fata wildcardului Danny Kent.

Castigatorul de la Jerez, Aron Canet, va lua startul de pe locul 12, inchizand linia a patra. In mijlocul acestei linii se va afla coechipierul spaniolului, Enea Bastianini.

Cursa clasei mezine va incepe maine, de la ora 12:00 (ora Romaniei).

 

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Aron Canet își ia revanșa după greșeala de la Austin

Aron Canet se impune pe Jerez de la Frontera dupa un final de cursa magnific.

Spaniolul Aron Canet s-a revanșat dupa căzătura de pe Circuitul Americilor de cand conducea cursa si s-a impus la Jerez. Podiumul a fost completat de Romano Fenati si Joan Mir.

Cursa a început cu pole-man-ul Jorge Martin având un start ratat. Spaniolul a ajuns in afara top 5-ului, zona in care a stat pe toata durata cursei. Niccolo Antonelli luase un start bun si ajunsese pe 3, însă un acroșaj cu Tatsuki Suzuki le-a răpit amândurora sansa de a acumula vreun punct.

Liderul de la general, Joan Mir, plecat de pe 9, și-a facut rapid loc pana la locurile fruntașe. Deși grupul fruntaș a avut in componenta de la 8 pana la 10 piloti, doar 5 dintre ei au emis pretenții la pozițiile de podium.

Aceștia au fost Romano Fenati, Aron Canet, Joan Mir si surprizele plăcute ale cursei, piloții Platinum Bay Real Estate, Marcos Ramirez si Darryn Binder. Fratele campionului de anul trecut a cazut din șa in urma unui contact cu Romano Fenati in ultimul viraj, astfel lasându-l doar pe Marcos Ramirez sa lupte pentru onoarea echipei.

Toti cei 4 piloti rămași s-au perindat la conducere, spectatorii putând vedea parte de extrem de multe depasiri la limita. Romano Fenati a preluat conducerea cu 3 tururi inainte de final si, profitând de duelurile aprige dintre Ramirez, Mir si Canet, a pus cateva lungimi de motocicleta intre el si spanioli.

La intrarea in ultimul tur italianul era inca la conducere, urmat de Mir si Ramirez. Aron Canet fusese depășit de Fabio DiGiannantonio, ajungând pana pe locul 5. Poleman-ul din Austin a recuperat rapid poziția si a continuat asaltul pentru o poziție de podium.

Pe la jumătatea turului, Mir, profitând de aspirație, l-a depășit pe Fenati, italianul recuperând însă poziția 2 viraje mai tarziu. Canet l-a depășit pe Ramirez si a ajuns pe 3, moment in care piloții se apropiau vertiginos de ultimul viraj.

Acolo, in urma unei manevre excepționale, Aron Canet a depășit ambii piloti aflați in fața sa si a obtinut, pentru cateva miimi, prima victorie din cariera. Romano Fenati a venit in fața lui Joan Mir si a mai redus din distanta la general, diferenta fiind acum de 9 puncte.

Marcos Ramirez a facut fara îndoiala cea mai buna cursa a carierei, însă prestația sa nu a fost azi răsplătită cu un podium, spaniolul trebuind sa se mulțumească cu locul 4.

Fabio DiGiannantonio a completat top 5-ul, in timp ce coechipierul sau, Poleman-ul Jorge Martin, a terminat abia al 9-lea. Piloții lui Valentino Rossi au încheiat pe 6 respectiv 7, cu Migno in fata lui Bulega, in timp ce Enea Bastianini a fost al 8-lea. Top 10-ul a fost închis de Juanfran Guevara. John McPhee, aflat pe 3 la general inaintea cursei, a trântit motocicleta in cursa de azi. Deși a revenit in șa, nu a mai fost capabil sa ajunga in zona punctelor.

La general, Mir continua sa conducă, cu 74 de puncte, 9 mai multe decat Fenati si 15 mai multe decat Martin. John McPhee a ajuns pe 4, la 25 de puncte sub pilotul Leopard Racing, in timp ce învingătorul de azi, Aron Canet, urca pana pe 5, la 31 de puncte sub Joan Mir.

 

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Moto3 Jerez: Jorge Martin obține pole-ul

Jorge Martin obtine la Jerez al doilea Pole Position al sezonului.

Pilotul lui Fausto Gresini a dominat sesiunea de calificări a clasei Moto3, înghețând cronometrul la 1:46.004, timp cu 0.437 mai rapid decat al celui de-al doilea clasat, conaționalul Aron Canet.

Pilotul Estrella Galicia 0,0 pare hotărât sa lase in urma căzătura din Texas de cand se afla pe primul loc si sa obțină un podium sau, de ce nu, o victorie in fața propriilor fani. Prima linie va fi completată de învingătorul de pe Circuirul Americilor, Romano Fenati (1:46.518).

Nicolo Bulega (1:46.655) va deschide linia a doua, urmat îndeaproape de pilotul Platinum Bay Real Estate, Marcos Ramirez (1:46.700). De pe 6 va pleca protejatul lui Aki Ajo, italianul Niccolo Antonelli (1:46.757) Tatsuki Suzuki a avut parte de o sesiune de excepție, japonezul de la SIC58 Squadra terminând al 7-lea (1:46.788). Andrea Migno va fi langa el (1:46.835), iar linia va fi închisă de liderul de la general Joan Mir (1:46.838).

Pilotul Leopard Racing reușise un tur ce il clasase pe locul 4, însă la finalul sesiunii s-a descoperit faptul ca, in timpul acelui tur, Mir ieșise in afara limitelor traseului. Astfel, timpul i-a fost anulat. Top 10-ul va fi închis de Darryn Binder.

Cursa clasei Moto3 va incepe maine de la ora 12:00, ora Romaniei.

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Clasa mezina a oferit doua curse extrem de disputate in debutul sezonului si ne putem astepta ca spectacolul sa rămână la aceleasi cote maxime si in etapa americana ce se va desfasura in acest weekend.

Mallorcanul Joan Mir are maximum de puncte dupa primele doua etape, deci este clar ca restul grilei a pus ținta pe spatele tanarului pilot Leopard Racing.

John McPhee i-a suflat pana acum in ceafa lui Mir, scoțianul obtinand doua clasari succesive pe poziția secunda, terminand de fiecare data la doar cateva zecimi sub Mir.

Ultima oara cand ordinea primilor 2 a fost aceeasi in primele 2 curse ale anului a fost in 2009, cand Andrea Iannone l-a invins pe Julian Simon si in Qatar si in Japonia.

La finele sezonului Julian Simon s-a incoronat insa campion mondial, spaniolul obtinand de-a lungul sezonului nu mai putin de 7 victorii. Deci, John McPhee poate rămâne optimist.

Prestații solide a oferit si pilotul lui Fausto Gresini, spaniolul Jorge Martin, care a incheiat primele doua curse pe locul 3, spaniolul considerand insa ca inca ii lipseste ceva pentru a ataca serios victoria.

Pe langa cei trei ocupanti ai podiumului din primele 2 etape, ne putem astepta ca de data aceasta sa ii vedem in față si pe cei care pana acum au fost loviți de ghinion, zile proaste, sau accidentari, precum Aron Canet, cei doi piloti ai lui Aki Ajo – Nicco Antonelli si Bo Bendsneyder – si, desigur, castigatorul din Austin de anul trecut, italianul Romano Fenati.

De asemenea, Gabriel Rodrigo poate reveni mai puternic dupa „heartbreak”-ul suferit in etapa de casa, cand a cazut, aflat intr-o batalie la finele top 10-ului.

Dupa inca 2 saptamani de pauza, clavicula fracturata in Qatar este cu siguranta mai bine. Exista de asemenea si piloti de la care se asteptau lucruri mari la inceputul sezonului si au dezamagit teribil prin prestatiile din Qatar si Argentina. Este vorba de vicecampionul en-titre, Enea Bastianini, si campionul CEV Repsol Moto3 din 2015, Nicolo Bulega.

Primul nu a reusit sa stranga vreun punct pana in prezent, terminand pe 16 in Qatar si pe un dezolant loc 27 in Argentina. Conationalul Bulega a acumulat doua puncte, ambele in Qatar, incheiind al 14-lea, clasare urmata de un loc 16 dupa o cursa de uitat pe Termas de Rio Hondo, in care plecase de pe 2. Ambii spera sa isi gaseasca in sfarsit ritmul si sa reintre in batalia pentru podium.

Primul antrenament al clasei Moto3 va demara vineri de la ora 17:00, ora Romaniei.

 

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John McPhee va pleca din Pole Position la clasa Moto3

 

Scotianul John McPhee a obtinut al doilea Pole Position din cariera dupa ce a stabilit cel mai rapid tur al sesiunii de calificari chiar cu cateva secunde inainte ca ploaia sa loveasca circuitul.

Nicolo Bulega a terminat al doilea dupa ce a stabilit un timp cu 0.154 mai lent decat al scotianului cu doar cateva secunde inainte de final, el fiind astfel unul din putinii piloti care si-au imbunatatit timpul dupa aparitia ploii. Prima linie a fost completata de pole man-ul din Qatar, spaniolul Jorge Martin.

Colegul lui Martin de la echipa lui Fausto Gresini, italianul Fabio DiGiannantonio, se va afla la mijlocul liniei a doua, intre spaniolul Aron Canet si conationalul Romano Fenati.

Pilotul RBA Racing, Juanfran Guevara, va deschide linia a treia, linie pe care se vor mai afla Andrea Migno si Tatsuki Suzuki. Top 10-ul va fi inchis de Phillip Oettl.

Eroul local, Gabriel Rodrigo, a aratat ca nu este refacut complet dupa fractura de clavicula suferita in Qatar si a terminat doar al 13-lea.

Prestatii sub asteptari au oferit pilotii lui Aki Ajo, Niccolo Antonelli incheiind abia pe 14 si Bo Bendsneyder pe 17, si Enea Bastianini care in continuare nu se regaseste alaturi de Estrella Galicia. Bestia a incheiat pe un dezolant loc 15.

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Joan Mir se impune la Moto3 în Qatar

Joan Mir a câștigat Marele Premiu al Qatarului la clasa Moto3.

Jorge Martin a profitat de plecarea din pole si dupa primul viraj se afla pe prima poziție, urmat îndeaproape de Phillip Oettl. Romano Fenati a avut parte de o plecare foarte slaba din grila, ajungând de pe 3 pana pe 8.

La conducerea cursei s-au perindat multi piloti, printre care Andrea Migno, Joan Mir, Romano Fenati, John McPhee, Juanfran Guevara, Phillip Oettl si Fabio DiGiannantonio.

Caracteristic clasei mezine, fiecare trecere pe linia dreapta aducea schimbarea liderului.Bo Bendsneyder a deschis lista abandonurilor, lista continuata de Phillip Oettl si Juanfran Guevara, care s-au acroșat.

Pe masura ce cursa se apropia de final, Joan Mir, John McPhee, Aron Canet si Romano Fenati se distanțau de restul plutonului si păreau ca isi vor disputa intre ei pozițiile de pe podium, însă bătăliile aprige dintre ei i-au permis Poleman-ului Jorge Martin sa se apropie.

La intrarea in ultimul tur, Joan Mir era primul, poziție pe care și-a aparat-o fara greșeala in fata adversarilor săi. John McPhee a ramas si el tare pe poziție si nu a permis ca locul 2 sa ii fie luat pe ultimele viraje.

Singura modificare s-a produs la nivelul ultimei trepte ale podiumului, Jorge Martin trecând de Aron Canet. In ciuda eforturilor sale, Fenati nu a putut efectua nicio depășire in ultimele tururi ale cursei si a trebuit sa se mulțumească cu locul 5.

Valentino Rossi si Aki Ajo au avut si ei reprezentanți in top 10, Andrea Migno încheiind al 6-lea si Nicco Antonelli al 7-lea. Top 10-ul a fost completat de Fabio DiGiannantonio, Marcos Ramirez si Adam Norrodin. Enea Bastianini si-a continuat prestațiile dezolante, terminând in afara punctelor, pe locul 16.

Clasamentul general arata, bineinteles, la fel ca si clasamentul cursei, Joan Mir conducând cu 25 de puncte, urmat de John McPhee cu 20 si Jorge Martin cu 16.