Moto2

2018 Aragon Moto2 FP3 Result: Marquez Robs Schrotter

Unlike their colleagues before them, the intermediate class were instantly faster than their Friday times and Marcel Schrotter was the first to make his mark while in race trim. The German was top of the charts until the final couple of minutes of the session, when Alex Marquez targeted some home glory and went one hundredth of a second faster.

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2018 Aragon Moto2 FP2 Result: Bagnaia Hogs The Spotlight

With no cloud to hide under, sizzling tarmac welcomed the intermediate class for the final action of the day. Pecco Bagnaia welcomed the challenge and promptly put his name at the top of timesheets but a couple tenths slower than the best time of FP1. The only real threat to his lead came in the final ten minutes, when some new rubber encouraged his rivals to attack. Alex Marquez came closest but the Spaniard could not grab this particular headline at his home race and had to make do with second, barely half a tenth off Bagnaia.

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FIM Withdraws Romano Fenati's Race License For Rest Of 2018 Season

In an unprecedented move, the FIM has overruled the FIM Panel of Stewards' decision at Misano to ban Romano Fenati for two races. After meeting with Fenati and his representative at FIM headquarters in Switzerland, the FIM decided to withdraw his racing license for the remainder of the 2018 season.

Fenati will now have to reapply for a racing license according to the FIM procedures if he wishes to race in 2019. Whether he will or not is unknown: after he lost his 2018 ride with the Snipers team, and the 2019 ride with the MV Agusta Forward team, Fenati announced he would retire from racing altogether. He has already had his license issued by the Italian federation FMI suspended pending further notice.

The FIM press release appears below:


FIM withdraws Romano Fenati’s licence after discussions in Mies, Switzerland

Moto2 rider Romano Fenati attended a meeting at the FIM Headquarters in Mies on Tuesday 18 September following an incident in Misano during the Moto2 race on Sunday 9 September 2018.

Mr Fenati, accompanied by his legal representative, was received by FIM President Vito Ippolito and FIM Deputy CEO and Legal Director Mr Richard Perret.

Mr Fenati was asked to explain in person his act on the track in Misano, which has given rise to many extreme reactions in the traditional media and on social media platforms.

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2018 Aragon Moto2 FP1 Result: Schrotter Steals The Opening Show

The intermediate class was basking in bright sunshine by the time they took their turn on the dusty tarmac. Pecco Bagnaia was on rails straight away, setting camp at the top of the timesheets and awaiting challengers. The first one came in the shape of Fabio Quartararo, the Frenchman tentatively back in the limelight after a few low key performances. While Quartararo got within two tenths of a second of the championship leader, Marcel Schrotter went on to pick up the pace and with it the lead with eight minutes left of the countdown.

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2018 Aragon MotoGP Thursday Round Up: Eponymous Corner Carnage, No V4 For Yamaha, And The Fenati Lynch Mob

Naming a corner after a rider confers a particular honor on that rider, but it also puts enormous pressure on them. The last time it happened – Jerez in 2013, where the final corner was named after Jorge Lorenzo – things didn't quite work out the way the honoree had hoped. Dani Pedrosa went on to win the race comfortably, while Lorenzo was bumped aside in his eponymous corner by Marc Márquez, finishing the race in third, and clearly upset. That gave rise to an episode of "Handshakegate", a recurring paddock melodrama, where Jorge Lorenzo refused the proffered hand of Marc Márquez, wagging his finger in the younger Spaniard's face as a sign of disapproval.

So what does this mean for Turn 10 at the Motorland Aragon circuit? The long left hander which starts at the bottom of the "Sacacorchos", Aragon's very own version of Laguna Seca's Corkscrew, dips then rises round towards Turn 11, and the back half of the circuit. Today, after resisting for several years, Marc Márquez finally accepted the honor of having the corner named after him, in a ceremony featuring Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta, the circuit director Santiago Abad, and circuit President Marta Gaston.

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