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2016 Jerez Moto2 & Moto3 Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's races at Jerez:


Brad Binder takes sensational first career Moto3 victory at Jerez

4th Rd. Moto3 2016 – Circuito de Jerez (ESP)

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Brad Binder took his first career Moto3 victory on Sunday at the Jerez circuit in the most spectacular way possible, starting at last position, number 35 on the grid. The South African rider’s bike was deemed to have had a technical infringement in one of the practice sessions and this bumped him from second on the grid to the last place.

2016 Jerez Sunday Post-Race Round Up: Of Genius Young and Old, and Tire Trouble

Jerez is an important punctuation mark in almost every Grand Prix season. Whether it kicks off the year, as it did ten or more years ago, or whether it marks the return to Europe after the opening overseas rounds, the racing at Jerez is always memorable and remarkable. Not always necessarily exciting, but always portentous, marking a turning point in the championship.

So it was this year. The MotoGP race saw a shift in momentum, and Valentino Rossi win in a way we haven't seen since 2009. The Moto2 race solidified the positions of the three best riders in the class, and edged winner Sam Lowes towards a role as title favorite. And in Moto3, Brad Binder broke his victory cherry with one of the most astounding performances I have ever seen in any class, let alone Moto3. Put to the back of the grid for an infraction of the software homologation rules, Binder worked his way forward to the leading group by half distance, then left them for dead. It is a race they will be talking about for a long time.

The old switcheroo

First, though, to MotoGP. Valentino Rossi needed a win to get his championship back on track, and he got it in the least Rossi-like way imaginable. The Italian got the holeshot, held off attacks in the opening laps, including a fierce assault from his teammate Jorge Lorenzo, then set a metronomic pace which nobody, not even Lorenzo, could follow. He opened a gap of a couple of seconds, then managed it home to take what looked like an easy victory.

2016 Qatar Moto2 & Moto3 Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 classes after the opening races of the season at Qatar:


Zarco score points in penalty-filled Moto2 opener

Ajo Motorsport rider finishes Grand Prix of Qatar twelfth, after being penalised with a ride-through penalty for jumping the start.

03/20/2016 - Losail International Circuit, Qatar

KTM Signs Bradley Smith To Two-Year Factory MotoGP Deal

Bradley Smith is the next rider to be announced in the 2017 MotoGP line up. KTM today announced the British rider had signed a two-year deal with Smith, which will see the Englishman racing for the Austrian factory in MotoGP for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. 

The press release appears below:


KTM signs Bradley Smith as MotoGP factory rider for 2017/2018

MotoGP Announcement

2016 Qatar Moto2 & Moto3 Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Qatar:


Bittersweet third place for Brad Binder in Qatar GP qualifying

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider takes third in the first QP of the year, but will start from the second row after incurring a penalty. Bo Bendsneyder –eighth– also sanctioned and will start from eleventh.

03/19/2016 - Losail International Circuit, Qatar

2016 Qatar MotoGP Saturday Round Up: On Unpredictable Racing, and the Futility of Mind Games

Practice, like testing, doesn't really count for much, riders will tell you. When you talk to the afterwards, they will tell you that they didn't set a really fast lap because they were working on set up, or trying to figure out which tire will be best in the race, or working on race pace rather than one lap pace. Maybe they were saving tires, or maybe they ran into traffic, or maybe there wasn't enough time left in the session to go for a fast lap. Even the rider who is fastest will tell you they were surprised, they were not really pushing for a time, but it just came naturally.

2016 Qatar Moto2 & Moto3 Thursday Post-Practice Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at Qatar:


Rocket start for Livio Loi: fastest in Qatar

The first day of the 2016 season had Livio Loi’s name on it. RW Racing GP’s rider was fastest in the first practice (2.06,456) for the GP of Qatar, and in the second (2.05,832) - and he did it on his own, without a tow.

2016 Qatar Moto2 & Moto3 Test Friday Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of the final preseason test at Qatar:


Red Bull KTM Ajo kick off final preseason test in Qatar

Brad Binder and Bo Bendsneyder successfully complete first of three nights of testing in Qatar, setting the eighth and tenth fastest times, respectively.

03/11/2016 - Losail International Circuit

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