Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's Barcelona Grand Prix:
Moto3 standings after Barcelona:
Results and summary of the Moto3 race in Barcelona:
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class in Barcelona:
The lightweight class was left with a new challenge for Saturday after the Safety Commission decided to revert to the F1 layout used last year for the final chicane; which didn’t change much for the Moto3 teams, other than some extra information from 2016 and some track limits infringements while the riders were getting (re)acquainted with the right way around.
The usual hierarchy wasn’t disturbed either, familiar suspects trading the lead throughout the session, first Joan Mir, then Romano Fenati and finally Jorge Martin occupying the top on the timesheets until the qualifying dummy run started in the final five minutes. Then it was Estrella Galicia’s time to shine, Aron Canet putting in a late lap and a nice save to top another session in Catalunya.
The Safety Commission, the body in which riders, Dorna, and the FIM meet to discuss issues of safety, have decided to revert to the track layout used during qualifying and the race in 2016. After numerous complaints from riders after practice on Friday, the new layout, which featured a much shorter chicane cutting across a different type of asphalt, has judged not to be suitable for use. The riders complained that the switch across different types of asphalt made the new chicane a worse choice than the 2016 track layout.
The sun was a welcome sight for the lightweight class, so much so it was honoured with some wheelies out of the pitlane. In a deja-vu from this morning, Romano Fenati and Joan Mir looked to be the headline acts in the first part of the session, before some more or less unusual names meddled.
Aron Canet was not very bothered about the track time missed in FP1, the Spaniard going up into third straight away, then missing some more time while the team fixed a cracked screen that found itself a bit too close to his helmet. A few cancelled laps didn’t cause trouble either, the Estrella Galicia rider topping the session after the checkered flag came out.
None of the usual Spanish sun mentions this morning as Barcelona was keen to remind us that other weather options are available. Rain falling before the start of proceedings meant that the lightweight class hit the track with wet tyres on, despite the high temperatures. With the familiar sunny forecast for the rest of the weekend, only half the riders were keen to have a long look at the new track layout in damp conditions.
Romano Fenati only did five laps but did not need more than two to steal the top of the timesheets once he joined in late in the session. Joan Mir was another of the party crashers, the championship leader going second, three tenths off Fenati. Marco Bezzecchi got as close as nine thousandths of a second of Mir.
Press releases from the teams after Sunday's fabulous Moto2 and Moto3 races at Mugello:
Marini secures top 6 finish with heroic effort
The race day at the much-anticipated Italian Grand Prix commenced today under a clouded sky, but in dry and warm conditions for the Forward Racing Team duo of Luca Marini and Lorenzo Baldassarri. In front of his numerous fans Marini showed an epic battle to end up in a brave sixth position, while Baldassarri was incredibly motivated to do well, but unfortunately his race was interrupted prematurely.