Results and summary of the Moto3 race in Barcelona:
Moto3 standings after the race at Montmelo:
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class in Barcelona:
A deceptively sunny morning in Barcelona didn’t give the full picture in terms of how low track temperature was, but the wind that was a main feature on Friday calmed down and led to a little less action in the gravel. Tony Arbolino started the session at the top of the timesheets and ended the session in the same place, despite interruptions from several rivals. Romano Fenati was one of those men, briefly leading for the final shootout but eventually getting demoted to second by a tenth and a half.
Although temperatures kept rising in Montmelo, the wind posed a challenge for the junior class and gravel traps at turns 3 and 10 in particular got a lot of airtime early on. Jaume Masia was the exception by sliding out at turn 7, but the Leopard rider went on to pick up the lead of the session in the final time attack, when he became one of the few riders to improve their FP1 times, while Darryn Binder also improved to come within three tenths of a second of the Spaniard.
A cool breezy Montmelo welcomed the lightweight class to a familiar playground and riders were quick to get up to speed. Tony Arbolino spent most of the session at the top of the timesheets, until Raul Fernandez stole the limelight for the final five minutes. The Spaniard dropped into the 1:48s and built a considerable gap at the front, which was eventually reduced to a smidgen under four tenths of a second by most recent victor Romano Fenati. Arbolino settled for third, as the final rider within half a second of the leader.
As a tyre manufacturer that supplies rubber for a Grand Prix category, one of the main priorities entering a race weekend is avoid any possibility of leaving with egg on your face. While producing excellent tyres that work in a variety of conditions and temperatures, Dunlop, the supplier of Moto2 and Moto3 rubber, is known to err on the side of caution, making sure the tyres in its allocation (both softer and harder options) can do a full race distance without any issues.
At the San Marino Grand Prix, all 29 Moto2 riders chose Dunlop’s softer option for the race. Asked if he was confident it would go race distance without any drop off, Gary Purdy joked, “It could do two race distances!” Therefore, the English factory decided to introduce a softer rear compound for the following week’s race at the Emilia-Romagna GP.
Rather than knowing the tyre choice from Friday morning, riders were tasked with assessing two compounds (one was the race tyre from the San Marino GP, then a softer compound still) for suitability over 27 laps. There was a real variety in tyre strategy in qualifying. “It’s fantastic,” Purdy said. “Teams are coming to me and asking what they should do (on race day). These back-to-back races have given us a great opportunity to mix it up a bit.”
Moto3 standings after the second weekend at Misano:
Results and summary of the Moto3 race in Emilia-Romagna: