Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Silverstone:
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class at Silverstone:
In usual Moto2 fashion, the intermediate class likes to settle things early on, Jorge Navarro putting his name at the top of the timesheets on lap six and most of the field immediately improving on their Friday times. Things settled until the final ten minutes of the session but no one could cope with the Spaniard’s early time so Navarro finished his morning at the top of the charts.
Has the resurfacing of Silverstone been a success. Judging by the reaction from the riders, you would have to say yes. "I don't think you'll speak to another rider today who doesn't have a smile on his face, because the asphalt is amazing, the grip is amazing," Jack Miller raved, echoing the thoughts of most riders.
The timesheets proved that they were not just saying that at the behest of the Silverstone PR people. It took Marc Márquez 4 laps of the track to beat the best time set during FP1 in 2018, his time already faster than the existing race lap record. By the end of FP1, Fabio Quartararo was within a whisker of the outright lap record set in 2017. That record was beaten first by Valentino Rossi at the end of FP2, then destroyed by Fabio Quartararo five seconds later. Quartararo's best lap in FP2 was over seven tenths quicker than Márquez' pole record from 2017.
The final session of the day for the intermediate class had half its spotlight stolen by post-session premier class shenanigans but Jorge Navarro was not bothered in the slightest as he spent the entire session at the top of the timesheets. The Spaniard went seven tenths of a second quicker than the record his teammate had set in the FP1 and his lap three benchmark went unchallenged for the rest of the session.
The intermediate class got a first taster of the new surface at Silverstone and riders seemed to enjoy it straight away, nine of them blasting past the old lap record and 17 men finishing within one second of the leader. Said leader ended up being exceptional rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio, who finished eighth hundredths of a second ahead of Jorge Navarro. Tom Luthi fought his way into third, followed by championship leader Alex Marquez.
There was so much to talk about after the Austrian round of MotoGP. The stunning battle and spectacular last lap between Andrea Dovizioso and Marc Márquez, in which Dovizioso emerged triumphant. The bizarre story surrounding Jack Miller's contract and Jorge Lorenzo, a rider who wasn't even present in Spielberg. And to top it all, Johann Zarco's shock announcement he would be leaving KTM at the end of 2019, with no clearly defined plan.
While all of this dominated the headlines, there was so much more going on at the Red Bull Ring that got lost in all the drama. Developments which promise much for the future, both for next year and for the rest of the season. This was a weekend where Yamaha made a comeback, and especially where this year's crop of rookies started to shine.
That Fabio Quartararo should have a good race is no longer really news. The Frenchman has slotted in perfectly to the Petronas Yamaha SRT team, and has shone from the very first weekend. He has had a couple of podiums before, but the podium at the Red Bull Ring should count as something very special indeed. Barcelona and Assen, the two previous races where he got on the podium, are known to be Yamaha tracks. The Red Bull Ring is anything but.
No business being so fast
Moto2 standings after Austria:
Results and summary of the Moto2 race in Austria: