Results and summary of a classic Moto3 race:
A very brief shower of rain left the track at Qatar damp for the start of the extended 30 minutes warm up session for the Moto3 class. The track dried through the session, and the riders spent nearly all their time on slick tires. Joan Mir ended the session as fastest, ahead of John McPhee and Adam Norrodin.
Practice and qualifying at the Losail Circuit in Qatar has been canceled due to track conditions. Torrential overnight rain, followed by another downpour during the day left the circuit wet, with standing water in some sections of the track, as well as in the gravel traps. After waiting for conditions to improve, the organizers were finally forced to abandon any hope of running qualifying or FP4 for any of the classes.
The schedule for Saturday at Qatar has been revised. With the track still wet, and rain falling on and off, Dorna and the teams have agreed to test the track first, and then, after the Safety Commission has met and declared the track safe in the wet, run a later schedule for practice and qualifying. The revised schedule is below.
The teams and Dorna are currently meeting to discuss the schedule for Saturday's qualifying and practice sessions for all three classes at the MotoGP season opener at Qatar. Torrential rain on Friday night and Saturday morning has left the track waterlogged, and while the circuit is doing all it can to clean and attempt to dry the surface, the track is still wet.
Press releases after the second day of practice at Qatar:
MARTIN TOPS TIMESHEETS IN QATAR AS DIGGIA KEEPS IMPROVING
Friday’s sole Moto3 free practice session was successfully contested at the Losail International Circuit today: with the threat of rain turning into a false alarm, Team Del Conca Gresini’s Jorge Martin and Fabio Di Giannantonio were able to take their NCS250RW machines to the track and, with some good work together, they managed to get some very positive results despite the strong winds blowing across the 5.4km Qatari venue.
Jorge Martin has topped the final session of free practice for the Moto3 class. The Gresini Honda rider took a big lead towards the end of the session to finish nearly two tenths ahead of Romano Fenati on the Rivacold Honda. Philipp Oettl was the quickest KTM rider, ending the session in third, just a fraction ahead of Bo Bendsneyder.
This was the only session of practice for the Moto3 class tonight. They reconvene again on Saturday, for qualifying.
Press releases from some of the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice:
Consistency the key for McPhee
British Talent Team get the #QatarGP in gear
Bo Bendsneyder has topped the timesheets in the second session of practice for the Moto3 class. The lanky Dutchman put in a fast lap towards the end of the session that would not be challenged at the end, in conditions which were significantly more difficult than FP1, the wind having picked up significantlly.
Despite the threat of poor weather, the 2017 season has got underway at Qatar on a dry track and with no threat of rain, as yet. The Moto3 riders were the first to take to the track, with KTM rider Bo Bendsneyder leading for most of the session. The Dutchman was only bounced from the top of the standings at the very end, when first Joan Mir, and then Phillip Oettl took over at the top.