Dorna Propose "Miller Rule" - Ride Through For Changing Bikes Before Race Start

The tumultuous start to the Argentina round of MotoGP is to have consequences. As Jack Miller's brave decision to choose slicks on a drying track went unrewarded, the start procedure on the grid is to be changed, and ride through penalties served on any rider leaving the grid to switch from wet tires to slicks or vice versa. The new rules are to apply from the next race at Mugello, once approved by the Grand Prix Commission.

The new start procedure is aimed at simplifying and clarifying what happens when a rider decides to leave the grid and switch tires. If a rider leaves the grid after the sighting lap to switch bikes from a dry to a wet setup or vice versa, they will be allowed to start from their normal qualifying position, but they will have to serve a ride through penalty during the race.

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2018 Le Mans MotoGP FP4 Result: Dovizioso Heads Close Field

The last shot for the premier class to play with tire combinations led to pretty much the predictable result, although this time the pendulum swung back towards Ducati’s quarters. Andrea Dovizioso waited until the very last lap to get the best of a new medium rear and head to the top of the timesheets, denying fellow Ducatista Danilo Petrucci. Dovizioso was quite fast on a hard rear as well, although it was an unusual option for the Italian, the tire not having many advocates given the conditions.

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2018 Le Mans Moto2 FP3 Result: Delicate Dynavolt Domination

Another challenging morning in Le Mans was closed by the intermediate class and its fair share of class trips outside track limits. The gravel showed no favouritism, claiming riders from all throughout the grid, including early leader Mattia Pasini. The lead had exchanged hands between the Italian, Marcel Schrotter and the two Marc VDS riders for the first half of the session.

Alex Marquez made a decisive move with 13 minutes to go and was the first rider to drop into the 1:36s. It looked like a safe space for the Spaniard until Schrotter fought back and took the lead. The Dynavolt rider watched the end of the session from the gravel trap of turn 13 but his time proved good enough to keep him at the top.

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2018 Le Mans MotoGP FP3 Result: Viñales Reclaims His Territory

A cool track was always going to cause trouble for the premier class but once the slips and slides were dealt with, it was time to have a go at the outright circuit record. An increasingly twitchy Marc Marquez planted his flag at the top of the standings and was untroubled until the halfway point of the session, when Cal Crutchlow started his charge for Q2. The Brit’s already impressive time looked pretty safe to ensure his right of passage but once his pursuers switched to fresh rubber, it became a different story.

This particular story had four riders dropping under the lap record in the final minutes of the session and last year’s victor, Maverick Viñales came out on top. The Spaniard wasn’t just a one lap wonder and had just come off a fairly impressive long run on used soft tires, rolling out mid 1:32s.

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2018 Le Mans Moto3 FP3 Result: A Revived Ramirez

Another chilly but clear morning in Le Mans sparked a bit of a surprise for the lightweight class. In a familiar story, Fabio Di Giannantonio spent most of the morning at the top of the timing sheets but in more unexpected fashion, Marcos Ramirez stole the limelight at the very last minute. The Spaniard clearly got a boost from his inherited podium in Jerez and went on to post the fastest time of the weekend, under the circuit’s lap record.

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2018 Le Mans MotoGP Friday Round Up: Old Hards Vs. New Softs, Avoiding Electronics, And Dovi's New Deal

Andrea Dovizioso's manager arrived in Le Mans on Friday morning, and by Friday afternoon, the Italian had a new two-year contract with Ducati, provisional pole after FP2, and a new lap record. Not a bad start to the weekend, and a harbinger of good things to come, you might think. This is after all not particularly a Ducati track, yet here he was, on top of the timesheets.

Perhaps having his future settled helped, but Dovizioso has been an expert at excluding distractions from his race weekends. The simple fact is that the Ducati man was quick at Jerez, and is quick here, because he is in good form, and the bike is working really well. Dovizioso heads into qualifying feeling confident.

But there is a fly in the ointment, and it is Márquez-shaped, as always. Dovizioso had been pretty quick throughout the first part of FP2, just a couple of tenths behind the leader Márquez. Then in his final run, he fitted a new soft rear slick, dropped six tenths of a second off his best time and set a new lap record around Le Mans. It was an impressive showing of blistering speed.

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2018 Le Mans Moto2 FP2 Result: Bagnaia Keeps Between The Lines

With the temperature going up as you would expect, more and more tumbles were featured in the highlights reel for the second batch of practice sessions of the day and the intermediate class was no exception. Early leader Mattia Pasini opened the recital and then allowed Pecco Bagnaia to steal his spotlight at the top of the timesheets. The Sky rider was untroubled throughout the session and finished first despite being second to Sam Lowes as the checker flag came out.

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