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2016 Assen Moto3 FP3 Result: Canet Blitzes Field Once Again

A rookie he may be, but Aron Canet showed once again that a new track is no reason to worry for him, going to the top of the table on his first flying lap, only needing three of those to rival his FP2 performance. It took a mock qualifying run in the final five minutes of the session to beat that time by a full second.

Niccolo Antonelli was there or thereabouts all session, finishing two tenths off the Spaniard. Pecco Bagnaia seemed to have lost his way overnight, spending most of FP3 outside the top twenty but recovered in the final minutes to make the jump to third, followed by fellow Italian Andrea Migno and an increasingly impressive Gabriel Rodrigo in fifth.

2016 Assen Moto3 FP2 Result: Rookie Canet Grabs The Spotlight

With the track having warmed up nicely since the morning session, times were tumbling on the course of the allocated forty minutes, as riders made up for lost time in FP1. It was a good afternoon for Valentino Rossi’s apprentices, with Romano Fenati establishing an early lead, later challenged by fellow Academy riders Pecco Bagnaia, Niccolo Antonelli and Nicolo Bulega. In the end, the top position went to rookie Aron Canet, the Spaniard putting in a good run towards the final part of the session.

2016 Assen Moto3 FP1 Result: Bastianini Leads Overcast Session

Having led right from the start, Enea Bastianini ended up topping a misty overcast session, the usual suspects following. Nicolo Antonelli took second, with Aron Canet suffering a crash after posting a top 3 time early in the session. The incident lost him the rest of the session but he kept his position. Fabio Quartararo was fourth, followed by Joan Mir and Andrea Locatelli.

Nicolo Bulega Signs On for Two More Years with Sky VR46

The Sky VR46 team have announced that they have signed Nicolo Bulega to a further two years. The Italian youngster is stay with the team for 2017 and 2018, spending 2017 racing in Moto3, with the possibility to move up to Moto2 with the team in 2018. The press release issued by the team is below:


NICOLÒ BULEGA SIGNS A TWO-YEAR CONTRACT WITH THE SKY RACING TEAM VR46

Jorge Navarro Breaks Leg in Training Accident

A week after taking his first ever Grand Prix victory in the Moto3 race in Barcelona, Jorge Navarro's luck has taken a turn for the worse. The Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider has broken his left leg in a training accident in Valencia.

Navarro crashed while riding a minimoto bike at a karting track in Valencia. According to Spanish newspaper El País, a rider fell in front of Navarro and he was unable to avoid him. Navarro broke both tibia and fibula, the two bones in his lower left leg. The Spaniard is due to be operated on in the Dexeus Institut in Barcelona on Monday.

2016 Barcelona MotoGP Post-Race Round Up: On Healing Races, a Reconciliation of Sorts, and Silly Mistakes

On Friday, a young man died in a freak crash at the Circuit de Catalunya, and we mourned him. On Saturday, we went through the motions, picking up the rhythm of a normal race weekend, but in a state of mild shock. On Sunday morning, we remembered Luis Salom, the whole paddock and a circuit full of fans standing in silence, united both in the memory of a bright young talent who take took from us, and in the knowledge that it can happen again. On Sunday afternoon, we raced, and reminded ourselves of why young men and women risk their lives with the frankly rather futile objective of demonstrating that they can ride in circles on a motorbike faster than anyone else.

"It was difficult to not cry when we were in the minute of silence," Maverick Viñales reflected on Sunday afternoon. "It was a really difficult race, but I think the best way to remember Luis is racing, and trying to make the best result. I know he will be always with us." Marc Márquez felt much the same. "In the end also this Sunday, I liked it was again the atmosphere of the family, the MotoGP family. Because when we were there together on the grid, when we were racing, everybody was racing for Luis. Everybody dedicated the race to Luis."

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