MotoGP standings after Brno:
Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Brno:
Moto2 standings after Brno:
Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Brno:
Moto3 standings after Brno:
Results and summary of the Moto3 race at Brno:
Ever since Jerez, when the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team debuted a new engine with a counter-rotating crankshaft, fans and journalists have been asking when factory riders Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith would be able to use the new engine on a race weekend. KTM test rider Mika Kallio had been very positive about the engine during the Jerez weekend, and Smith and Espargaro had spoken in glowing terms about it after the Jerez test.
Normally, I would start my Saturday round up talking about how pole position was won, whether it was expected or a surprise, and taking glance at race pace among the main contenders for victory on Sunday. But that would be to ignore the elephant in the room. Sure, Andrea Dovizioso's pole was impressive, and a little unexpected given just how quick Marc Márquez has been all weekend. But that's not the big news from Brno. The big story in MotoGP is in the final place on the fourth row of the grid, and how he ended up there.
Brno is the place the bomb finally burst between Maverick Viñales and crew chief Ramon Forcada. The tension has been building between the two for months, with rumors that Viñales has wanted to replace Forcada since the beginning of the year. Viñales has complained that Forcada will not make the radical changes which the young Spaniard requested in search of a solution to the traction problems. Forcada has wanted to stick to the plan, and work through issues methodically, so as not to lose sight of the bigger picture.
For the past few weeks, it has been an open secret that Viñales will be getting a new crew chief in 2019 (Esteban Garcia, currently crew chief for Bradley Smith at KTM). But Forcada and Viñales have soldiered along, their disagreements only occasionally seeping out into the public, such as at the Le Mans race, where Viñales told the media he had tried to crash in every corner because he felt it was the only way to demonstrate to his team that the bike would go no faster.
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class at Brno:
Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at Brno:
The final practice session for the premier class started off pretty anti-climactic as riders were back out on hard tyres – with the occasional medium rear if you’re the reigning world champion or a confusing soft if you’re Yamaha – and appeared to register similar pace. That all changed in the final half of the session, when a certain Marquez decided to show his hand a bit more.
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class at Brno: