In a somewhat surprising development, Silverstone has signed up to host the British round of MotoGP for three more years. The Northamptonshire circuit is to hold the race through 2020.
Since the British round was held earlier this year, it looked like the race would go to Donington. The Leicestershire track had shown renewed interest in the race, after the circuit had been bought by MSV, who also run the BSB series and own several other British tracks. Hosting the series at Donington would have required upgrades in a number of areas, however, and making those in time for August next year would have been difficult.
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class in Valencia:
A usual sunny Saturday in Valencia, a usual configuration at the business end of the session. Already crowned world champion Franco Morbidelli set camp at the top of the timesheets at the start of the session and did not let the place go until the checker flag waved. After an average Friday by his own standards, the Italian picked up six tenths of a second overnight to post the best time of the weekend.
A more welcoming 22 degrees were in store for the afternoon sessions, although – spoiler alert – it failed to liven up the intermediate class action too much, riders taking their time in improving their laps from the morning.
It did seem to do the trick for Pecco Bagnaia though. The Italian might have looked a little off the pace in FP1 but he built up some speed to lead the session after the first run and maintained his position until the final five minutes. Then it was once again Miguel Oliveira’s time to shine, the Portuguese rider the only one able to improve on his own FP1 benchmark. Bagnaia was demoted to second by only five hundredths of a second, the SKY rider splitting a KTM duo.
If Moto3 had a reasonable amount of gravel trap fun in the crisp Spanish morning, the intermediate class did its best to catch up early with some tangles of its own featuring usual suspects like Stefano Manzi and Axel Pons.
Previews of the final round of the season from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams:
To Valencia for the Grand Final 2017
In his last race with the Leopard Racing team after the conquest of the 2017 World Champion title, Mallorca's talent – Joan Mir – will try to attack Valentino Rossi's record in Valencia. Livio Loi is determined to do his best and surpass Bulega, who is only 1 point ahead.
The provisional rider line up for the Moto2 class has been published for the 2018 season. The class is as popular as ever, with 33 riders entered to race for the season. With the arrival of NTS, who will be racing in collaboration with the RW Racing team, there are now 6 manufacturers in the grid: KTM, Kalex, Suter, NTS, Tech 3, and Speed Up. Kalex still dominates, with 19 bikes, but KTM has stepped up its program to a total of 6 bikes, the others all fielding two riders apiece.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's races at Sepang:
Franco Morbidelli is the 2017 Moto2 World Champion
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Franco Morbidelli was crowned the 2017 Moto2 World Champion at the Sepang International Circuit today.
Morbidelli secured the title even before the start of the 20-lap Malaysian Grand Prix.
With Morbidelli’s main rival Tom Lüthi declared unfit on Sunday morning it meant that the 22-year-old Italian could not be beaten for the title.
Moto2 standings after the Malaysian round in Sepang: