2016 Brno Moto2 FP2 Result: Zarco Deals Another Blow

The intermediate class got right up to speed as the light turned green in the pitlane, this morning’s leaders showing their pace was hardly a fluke, Takaaki Nakagami the early leader, with Alex Marquez in close proximity.

The duo’s domination was first challenged by Lorenzo Baldassarri, the Italian rider taking over at the front by over three tenths of a second, a result overturned after the checkered flag was waved. By who, you ask? Well, a less than fantastic morning for the championship leader was followed up by a much more encouraging afternoon, Johann Zarco making a late charge to take top spot on his last timed lap.

2016 Brno MotoGP FP2 Result: Marquez Leads After Marvellous Save

After the breezy morning, the riders welcomed those twenty-one degrees in temperature but took their time to challenge the FP1 benchmark. The Yamaha-Ducati battle seemed to resume at the top, with Valentino Rossi leading the first half of the session and Andrea Iannone taking over in the second half. With seven minutes to go, their teammates decided to join the proceedings but it was Marc Marquez who crashed their party to go top by a tenth of a second in front of Iannone.

It had been an eventful afternoon for the championship leader, the Spaniard spicing up his session with yet another incredible save halfway through FP2. After countless replays had been shown, the Honda rider went back on track to lead the action with a fast couple of laps towards the end.

2016 Brno Moto3 FP2 Result: Business As Usual For Binder

Despite the temperatures getting a bit more daring, the sun still failed to feature heavily during the second Moto3 session of the day. That meant the riders struggled to match the times from FP1, the top three being the only ones able to improve on that benchmark. The first of them, championship leader Brad Binder, eventually retook his rightful place at the top of the timesheets.

Following Fenati’s exclusion from the team, the unofficial role of team leader is highly disputed this weekend, with Andrea Migno popping into second place, followed by FP1 leader Enea Bastianini, less than a tenth away.

2016 Brno Moto2 FP1 Result: Marvellous Morning for Marquez

The chilly conditions during the first practice session for the intermediate class offered a great playground for two riders in particular. Takaaki Nakagami reigned at the top of the timesheets for the first half of the session, Alex Marquez keeping close and taking over for the second half, the duo half a second away from the rest. Umbrellas started to pop up in the final fifteen minutes, Jonas Folger splitting the two riders late into the session.

Danny Kent moved the spotlight to his side of the Leopard garage this weekend with an encouraging fourth position, followed by Lorenzo Baldassarri and fellow Italian Franco Morbidelli, the Marc VDS rider completing a good morning for the blue bikes.

2016 Brno MotoGP FP1 Result: Iannone Back To The Top

The mist that covered the circuit during the Moto3 session was replaced by dark clouds for the MotoGP boys, throwing around some drops of rain as the first laps were being set. Not intimidated in the slightest, the riders kept posting red sectors, changing the hierarchy at every cross of the line. The Ducatis started strong but the factory Yamaha boys put up a fight, first Valentino Rossi then Jorge Lorenzo taking over the top spot and building a gap of half a second over the red riders.

After a brief mid-session lull, the riders went back on track to gain more data on the new tyres brought by Michelin. With track conditions improving rapidly, times dropped further, Rossi back on top as Andrea Iannone suffered a mechanical failure with seventeen minutes to go. Last Sunday’s winner got back out on his second bike to be even faster and deposing the Yamaha at the front. With three red sector times on his last lap, Iannone led the session by two tenths of a second over Rossi.

2016 Brno Moto3 FP1 Result: Misty Start For Bastianini

A chilly misty morning was waiting for some action in Brno, although far from Spielberg-like cold. The young riders managed well those sixteen degrees, with very few incidents, Hiroki Ono being one of the first to take a harmless tumble in turn seven.

At the top of the timesheets, championship leader Brad Binder led after the first timed laps but Nicolo Bulega came out strong too, as did Gabriel Rodrigo, the first to drop into the 2:09s. Andrea Migno was the rider to spend most of the session at the top of the standings but ultimately dropped back as a last lap dash saw Bastianini take over at the top from Jorge Martin and Brad Binder.

2016 Brno MotoGP Preview: Title Fights, Fuel Mapping, & Moto3 Silly Season

It is but a short trip up the road from Spielberg to Brno, but it is a journey between two very different worlds. From the hyper-modern facility at the Red Bull Ring, to the frayed-around-the-edges buildings of Brno. From a track which has been missing from the calendar for the best part of twenty years to a circuit which has seen racing almost since its inception, where teams often come to test. From a track with a paucity of corners, all hard braking and acceleration, to one which flows from corner to corner, where bikes mostly exit in third gear when getting on the gas.

The starkest difference between the Red Bull Ring and Brno is the layout. Both tracks snake up and down hillsides, but where Austria is a track stuck up against a mountain, Brno is a winding road which threads its way through hills and vales. Where Spielberg is basically seven corners, three of which are almost hairpins, all fourteen of Brno's corners are long and flowing.

2016 Brno MotoGP Preview Press Releases

Press releases from some of the MotoGP teams and Michelin ahead of this weekend's race at Brno:

Brno circuit according to Santi Hernandez and Ramon Aurin

Race engineers to Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, respectively, run through the key points of the historic Czech circuit.

Repsol Honda Team en route to Brno for Czech Republic GP

2016 Brno Moto2 & Moto3 Preview Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto3 and Moto2 teams ahead of this weekend's race at Brno:


Right after the Austrian Grand Prix, the Gresini Racing Team Moto3 heads to Brno this weekend for round eleven of the Championship, the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic. An event in which both Enea Bastianini and Fabio Di Giannantonio will try to get another good result after the excellent performance displayed last Sunday at the Red Bull Ring.

Aspar Signs Bautista For MotoGP - 2017 Line Up Almost Complete

The penultimate piece of the 2017 puzzle has fallen into place. Today, the Pull&Bear Aspar team announced that they have signed Alvaro Bautista to race for them for the 2017 season.

The deal had long been anticipated, Bautista confirming at the Sachsenring that he was in talks with Aspar, and expected a contract to be signed. The final details were sorted out in Austria, and an announcement made the day before the Czech Grand Prix is to get underway in Brno.

Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 35: Red Rockets Flying at the Red Bull Ring

So much happened during the return of Grand Prix motorcycle racing at the Red Bull Ring in Austria that it took a mighty crew of four Paddock Pass Podcasters to cover it all. Ducati's return to winning ways, Jorge Lorenzo's return to form, Marc Marquez' maturity, ride throughs, dashboard messages: all this and more were topics for discussion between Roadracing World's Neil Morrison, top snapper Tony Goldsmith, MotoMatters.com's own photographer extraordinaire Scott Jones, and David Emmett.

From a hotel room in Vienna, where we assembled to record the lastest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, we talk at length about the circuit in Spielberg, and its outstanding facilities. Scott Jones and Tony Goldsmith give their unique perspective as photographers on the spectacular setting of the track, comparing it favorably to many other circuits. We also discuss the safety issues at the circuit, and what MotoGP expects to be done to help address them.

Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Maniac by name…

…maniac by nature. What’s the beef with Austrian GP winner Andrea Iannone?

I like Andrea Iannone. There, I said it. I like him because he is MotoGP’s pantomime villain, a bit like Captain Hook in Peter Pan.

He fitted the role particularly well after he secured pole position on Saturday, strutting and pouting his way around parc fermé like he owned the place, which he kind of did.

KTM Technical Director Onroad Sebastian Risse on the Development of the KTM RC16 MotoGP Bike

Sebastian Risse is the man behind the KTM RC16 MotoGP bike which was presented on Saturday at the Red Bull Ring. An automotive engineer by training, Risse has been with KTM since 2008. He started out as a crew chief and chassis analyst on KTM's now defunct RC8 Superbike project. When KTM returned to Grand Prix racing in 2012, Risse took charge of the Moto3 project, which has gone on to be the benchmark in the class.

Risse is currently head of all of KTM's roadracing activities, and has overseen and led development of the RC16 MotoGP bike. That machine has both interesting parallels and major differences with the other machines on the MotoGP grid: the bike uses a 1000cc 90° V4 engine housed in a tubular steel trellis frame, and a fairing that looks like an oversize version of the Moto3 bike's, and sits somewhere between the Honda RC213V and Kalex Moto2 designs. The bike will also use WP suspension, though as WP is a wholly owned subsidiary of KTM, it will basically be a dedicated factory suspension effort.

After the KTM RC16 was presented, we spoke to Sebastian Risse about the differences and design choices which went into the bike.


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