The FIM today issued a revised and updated version of the provisional 2017 MotoGP calendar. The calendar features just a single change: the date of the German round of MotoGP at the Sachsenring has been moved forward two weeks, and will now take place on 2nd July.
Motorland Aragon, Spain
The provisional 2017 World Superbike calendar has been released, but unlike the MotoGP calendar, which is unchanged, there are a couple of minor differences to the schedule. The World Superbike class will contest 13 rounds, just as they did in 2016, spread across three continents. Sepang and Jerez have been dropped, and Portimao makes a comeback.
Three quarters of the way through their first season back in MotoGP, and their first as a spec tire supplier, Michelin took the unique decision to start holding regular debriefs for the media at each race.
Aragon was the first of such debriefs, and was therefore a lengthy affair. In it, Michelin's Racing Technical Director, faced some very broad-ranging questions about the development of the French firm's tires throughout the season.
But he also covered more general questions, such as the R&D and marketing benefits of going racing, the direction Michelin are following, and how they are trying to accommodate of so many different riders. Goubert offered a fascinating insight into where Michelin stands at the moment, and how they intend to move forward.
Q: You've never been a spec tire manufacturer for a series before, how difficult is it to supply tires that are going to work for everyone?
Momentum. That's what the last race before the Australasian triple header is all about. Momentum heading towards the end of the championship. Coming out on top and carrying it forward to Motegi, Phillip Island, and Sepang is vital. The deal may get done on one of the flyaways, but Aragon is the place where the riders put their chips on the table.
All three races on Sunday had a huge impact on the MotoGP championship. In the first race of the day, a title was settled. In the second race of the day, the championship was blown even further open. The final race of the day saw another brick hammered into the wall of Marc Márquez' third MotoGP title, and further cemented his legacy. It was a good day's racing.
There are a lot of ways to win titles, but the way the 2016 Moto3 championship was settled was about as fitting as it could be. At the end of a classic Moto3 race, where a strong group battled for control until the final four laps, four men broke away from the pack. That group consisted of Brad Binder, the two men who could still mathematically challenge Binder for the 2016 title, Enea Bastianini and Jorge Navarro, and rookie revelation Fabio Di Giannantonio.
The round up from Sunday's three races at the Motorland Aragon circuit has been delayed. Ill health (nothing serious, just a severe bout of flu, and not of the 'man' kind) means I am unable to concentrate sufficiently to produce the quality of work my readers expect and deserve. The aim is to have the round up on the website on Tuesday.
My sincere apologies for the inconvenience and delay.
Press releases from the teams and Michelin after Sunday's race at Aragon:
Marquez equals Doohan’s record of 54 wins, taking a momentous home GP victory at Aragón
Post-race press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Aragon:
Brad Binder: Moto3 World Champion
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider takes second position at Aragon Grand Prix, winning the Moto3 World Championship with four rounds remaining.
09/25/2016 - MotorLand Aragon Circuit, Spain
MotoGP standings after Aragon:
Results and summary of the MotoGP race in Aragon:
Moto2 standings after Aragon: