2017 Motegi Moto3 FP3 Result: Pagliani Clears The Puddles

Another day in Japan, another round of rain hit the track as the action unfolded. A bit less spray was getting kicked up by the lightweight machines but a touch of drizzle ensured that the track conditions were constant and more useful to the teams.

Niccolo Antonelli had a typical morning, the Italian crashing out in turn four after the first fifteen minutes of the session just as he placed himself on top of the pile. While his leathers got a bit of a rinse and the bike got a service, compatriot Manuel Pagliani picked up the pace and went on to steal top spot. The Mahindra rider was clearly happy with the grip available, posting increasingly fast laps as if he was on rails, putting half a second’s gap into his pursuers – and as soon as someone got close, the Italian would just improve further to become the only rider to drop into the 2:09s.

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2017 Motegi Moto3 FP2 Result: Fenati Masters Slippery Surface

After the relative deluge of FP1, the weather gods looked upon the second practice session more kindly, easing the rain and only marginally warming it up. A touch more visibility and fewer drops of rain gave a tad too much confidence to the lightweight class though, who opened proceedings for the afternoon with plenty of slips and slides all over the place.

In the changing conditions and with the added rubber post-FP1, riders found it hard to get anywhere near their morning benchmarks. Things looked settled until the rain master struck and Fenati retook the lead as the checker flag waved. Antonelli got close to reclaiming the honour but missed out by six thousandths of a second. Bulega finished third, nearly two tenths down, while Aron Canet eventually managed to reduce the gap to Fenati to only three tenths.

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2017 Motegi Moto3 FP1 Result: Bulega Sets Sail

The first day back at the office after three long weeks of waiting turned out to be a challenging affair, rain soaking the Japanese circuit throughout the morning session. Nonetheless, the lightweight class behaved in the tricky conditions and only a touch of repair work was required.

Nicolo Bulega enjoyed some rare time in the limelight as early leader of the session, the Italian trading not only track position but also top spot with teammate Andrea Migno and leaving the field over a second down in the process. The KTM was looking fine in wet conditions, the SKY duo putting in almost race distance on the rain tyres and still posting red sector times in the final few minutes. The friendly duel was decided at the flag after both riders broke into the 2:09s on their final lap, Bulega little over a tenth of a second ahead of Migno.

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Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Riders: behave yourselves!

MotoGP has got its work cut out dealing with Moto3 maniacs hunting for slipstreams and by riders in all classes who get greedy with the asphalt runoff

If MotoGP was a high school, Moto3 would be the class of misbehaving young bad boys and girls that sends its teachers home each evening sobbing into their hankies.

There is no naughtier class in MotoGP than Moto3. The smallest category causes head teacher more of a headache than the other two classes combined. That’s right, Race Direction spends more time policing Moto3 than it does MotoGP and Moto2.

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Gresini Press Release: Gresini Moto3 To Continue With Martin & Di Giannantonio For 2018

The Del Conca Gresini Moto3 team issued the following press release, announcing that they will be continuing with Jorge Martin and Fabio Di Giannantonio for the 2018 season:


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Guest Video Blog: Freddie Spencer's Rider Insights On Aragon, Tires As A Factor, And Rossi, in association with Motor Sport Magazine, is proud to feature the rider insights of 1983 and 1985 500cc world champion Freddie Spencer. Every week after each MotoGP race, Fast Freddie will share what he saw and learned from the race.

The latest episode of Freddie Spencer's video blog focuses on an eventful weekend at the Motorland Aragon circuit. Fast Freddie starts off with a note on Joan Mir, and the incident with Fabio Di Giannantonio down the back straight at Aragon. He then moves on to talk about the Michelin tires, and the role they played on Sunday's race, and how they affected the fortunes of both Marc Marquez and Maverick Viñales.

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2017 Aragon MotoGP Race Round Up: One Step Closer To The Championship

When they come to write the history of the 2017 MotoGP season, one of the largest chapters is going to bear the title "Weather". The weather continues to play an inordinately large role in the 2017 championship. Not always on race day, perhaps, but the amount of time wasted during practice because conditions were so utterly different to Sunday has made a significant difference to the course of the championship.

Aragon was a case in point. Wet conditions on Friday meant one less day of practice for the teams. For some, that meant never finding a solution to problems which would come to plague them on race day. For others, their first guesses at setup were pretty much spot on, the benefit of years of experience allowing for an educated guess. For the race winner, failing to find a decent setup leading to a lack of feeling was no obstacle to success. Sometimes, the will to win can overcome remarkable odds.

This lack of setup time may be the bane of the teams' lives, but it is a boon for fans. It adds an element of unpredictability, helping to shake up the field and make the races and the championship more interesting. The championship ain't over till it's over: there has been too much weirdness this year to take anything on trust.

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