Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class at Motorland Aragon:
The new schedule and improved tracked conditions allowed the intermediate class some quick improvements on the combined timesheets, which saw Sam Lowes top the standings early on. However, FP2 master Fabio Di Giannantonio was back on the offense for the final handful of minutes and went on to improve the all time lap record and reclaim top spot overall. Lowes did not get a final say in that as he slid out at turn 14, but he remained second fastest, seven hundredths of a second behind the leader.
A much sunnier Aragon awaited the intermediate class for their second practice session and it greatly helped their pursuit of provisional top 14 positions. The final time attack still saw a handful of crashes but there were no such worries for the fastest man of the day, Fabio Di Giannantonio grabbing the lead in the closing stages by half a tenth from Marco Bezzecchi. Sam Lowes held top spot for much of the proceedings but a late crash at turn seven dropped him to third on the timesheets.
The cold conditions at the Motorland Aragon circuit have forced Dorna to radically overhaul the schedule for the remainder of the weekend. After suffering extremely low track temperatures, despite a delay of 30 minutes on Friday morning, and after discussing th events of practice in the Safety Commission and with the teams, the decision was made to move the entire schedule roughly an hour later than originally planned.
On Saturday, the sessions all kick off an hour later, with Moto3 FP3 at 10am, MotoGP FP3 at 10:55am, and Moto2 at 11:55am. The break between Moto2 FP3 and qualifying for Moto3 is 20 minutes shorter, Q1 for Moto3 starting at 13:15, 40 minutes later than originally planned. FP4 for MotoGP follows at 14:10, with Q1 at 14:50 and and Q2 at 15:15. Qualifying for Moto2 starts at 15:50.
Sam Lowes got off to a strong start in the first session of practice for the Moto2 class, the Marc VDS rider setting a fast lap early on and holding on until the end. It was only until the latter stages of the session that the other riders started to close the gap, Lowes' advantage standing at nearly a second for most of FP2.
As always Moto2/3 delivered a wide range of talking points at the French Grand Prix. Sunday’s results threw up a host of surprises. With just five races remaining, both championships remain finely poised. Here, we take a look through some of the big talking points from both classes.
Moto2 start line mix up explained
The race began in bizarre circumstances as pole sitter Joe Roberts was dragged off the grid, started the warm up lap from pit lane, and then watched the race get underway before he had a chance to line up on the grid.
So what the hell happened? Well, the intermediate class followed MotoGP on Sunday afternoon. The track was wet but drying rapidly. The majority of Moto2 riders left pit lane for their sighting lap on wet tyres but soon realised only slicks would do. The grid then became a flurry of activity as teams not only changed tyres, but adjusted their bikes from wet to dry setup.
The American Racing Team attempted too much. The rules state, “All adjustments must be completed by the display of the 3-Minute board. After this board is displayed, riders who still wish to make adjustments must push their machine to the pit lane.” As that board was raised, a highly bemused Roberts and his machine were shown off the grid.
Jake Dixon’s exit from Sunday’s Moto2 race was gut-wrenching and proved there’s no tougher road than the road to MotoGP glory
I’ve always had special respect for British riders who break out of road-bike racing to have a crack at MotoGP.
Since the mid-1980s, most Britons start out racing road bikes and keep racing road bikes to the end of their careers, ending up in World Superbikes if they’re fast enough.
Moto2 standings after Le Mans:
Results and summary of the Moto2 race in Le Mans: