Results and summary of the Moto3 race at Barcelona:
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class:
With heavy hearts, the paddock returned to work on the morning after the day Luis Salom died. The track configuration has been changed to slow the riders down through the final section of the track, in the hope of making it safer. The riders were given 15 minutes extra practice time to get to grips with the new layout, times ending up some three seconds slower than yesterday.
Jorge Navarro ended the Moto3 session on top of the timesheets, just ahead of Niccolo Antonelli and Aron Canet. Romano Fenati was fourth fastest, ahead of Enea Bastianini.
After the tragic death of Luis Salom as a result of injuries sustained in a crash during Moto2 FP2, the track layout is to be modified for the remainder of the weekend. The event is to continue, in accordance with the wishes of the family of Luis Salom, as well as the riders and teams.
Niccolo Antonelli was the fastest man in Moto3 once again on Friday afternoon, the Ongetta-Rivacold rider topping the timesheets by over a quarter of a second. The Italian lead the two main title candidates, Jorge Navarro performing well at home, just keeping ahead of championship leader Brad Binder. Hiroki Ono grabbed fourth spot, ahead of Jules Danilo and Juanfran Guevara.
Niccolo Antonelli has drawn first blood for the Moto3 class at Barcelona, the Italian putting in a fast lap at the end of the session to open a gap of three tenths of a second over Romano Fenati. The Sky VR46 rider had been the only rider to challenge Antonelli for top spot through the session, but Fenati had no answer for Antonelli's final run.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello:
Podium joy for Mahindra in Italian thriller
Mugello, 22 May 2016:
Aspar Mahindra rider Pecco Bagnaia took a third podium finish in the sixth race of the 2016 season, finishing only seven hundredths of a second from a first race win after 20 breath-taking laps in today’s thrilling Italian GP.
The 2016 Italian Grand Prix at Mugello was many things, but above all, it was memorable. It's not just that the three races ended up with incredibly close finishes – the margin of victory in Moto3 was just 0.038, and that was the largest winning margin of the three races – but how they were won, and what happened along the way that will leave them indelibly imprinted on the memories of race fans. There was drama, a bucketful of heartbreak, and plenty of chaos and confusion thrown into the mix. If there was a script for Sunday, it was torn up and rewritten a dozen times or more before the day was over.
The drama started during morning warm up. As the final seconds of the MotoGP session ticked away, Jorge Lorenzo suddenly pulled over and white smoke started pouring out of the exhaust of his Movistar Yamaha. His engine had suffered a catastrophic failure. This was a worry, as it was a relatively new engine, first introduced at Jerez, with twelve sessions of practice and two races on it. The other two engines Lorenzo had already used had 21 and 23 sessions of practice on them, and had also been used for two races each (including the flag-to-flag race at Argentina).
Though the engine allocation has been increased from five to seven engines for 2016, losing engine #3 at just the sixth race of the season could end up cutting things rather fine by the time we reach Valencia. Losing an engine so soon before a race seemed like a stroke of incredibly bad luck for Lorenzo. In fact, it would prove to be exactly the opposite.
Standings after the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello: