2012 Catalunya Moto2 And Moto3 Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the races at Barcelona on Sunday:


Viñales, unstoppable in Montmeló

Repsol rider escapes to victory from a tough lead group. Oliveira and Márquez complete strong weekend with third place for Portuguese and sixth for home wild card. Rins retires after collision with fellow rider.

Repsol Media Service - Spain, Circuit de Catalunya - Sunday 03/06/2012

FIM Press Release: Marquez Penalized, Absolved, But Appeal Pending

The FIM issued the following statement after the incident between Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro, on the penalty applied and then appealed, as reported here. The statement makes it clear that the ruling is still subject to appeal, so this is not necessarily the final word on the matter.

Below is the FIM press release:

2012 FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix

Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya: decision of the Race Direction and FIM Stewards

Marc Marquez Has Penalty For Espargaro Crash Overturned On Appeal

The 1 minute penalty Marc Marquez had been handed by Race Direction has been revoked. Marquez was initially penalized after an incident on lap 21 of the Moto2 race at Barcelona, in which he and Pol Espargaro collided, causing Espargaro to crash out of the race. The incident was reviewed by Race Direction, and several hours after the Moto2 race was over, Race Direction issued the 1 minute penalty. Marquez' CatalunyaCaixa team appealed to the FIM Stewards against the penalty, and the FIM Stewards ruled in his favor, overturning it.

2012 Catalunya MotoGP Race Result: Tough Duel Decided In Last Few Laps

Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Barcelona:


Jorge Lorenzo has taken a classic victory in his home race at Barcelona, disposing of Dani Pedrosa after a tense race-long duel with his Spanish rival. With Casey Stoner off the podium for the first time since Jerez last year, Lorenzo's win puts him firmly in charge of the championship, leading Stoner by 20 points.

2012 Catalunya Moto2 Race Result: Tough Fight And Controversial Incident Settles Podium

Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Barcelona:


Andrea Iannone has taken his first victory of 2012 with an impressive display, holding off challenges from Marc Marquez and Thomas Luthi in the last few laps to win the Catalunya Moto2 race. A controversial incident between Pol Espargaro and Marc Marquez saw Espargaro crash out, giving Marquez a comfortable lead in the championship.

2012 Catalunya Moto3 Race Result: Epic Battle For 2nd Behind Clear Winner

Results and summary of the Moto3 race at Barcelona:


Maverick Vinales has won his second race of the year, taking victory in indomitable style at Barcelona. The Blusens Avintia rider got away from a big group early, and went on to win unchallenged, claiming back important points in the championship.

2012 Catalunya MotoGP Warm Up Result: Crutchlow Tops Difficult Session

It started to rain at the start of MotoGP warm up, making conditions treacherous, and causing a spate of crashes. Dani Pedrosa, James Ellison, and Randy de Puniet all went down, and countless riders found themselves running straight on and into the gravel. Ellison's crash brought out the red flags, as it took so long to clear his bike from the gravel traps.

2012 Catalunya MotoGP Saturday Round Up - Tires, Weather, And Reasons To Win At Barcelona

It has been great to have some consistent weather, Casey Stoner said at the qualifying press conference at Barcelona, a sentiment that was shared by everyone at the Montmelo circuit, riders, teams, fans and media. Apart from the anomaly that is Qatar (a night race with practice in cooling temperatures) all of the MotoGP rounds held so far have featured massive changes in weather almost from session to session.

2012 Catalunya MotoGP Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams after qualifying on Saturday in Barcelona:


Crutchlow storms to front row at sweltering Catalunya

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team's impressive qualifying streak in 2012 continued in sweltering heat at the Catalunya track today, with Cal Crutchlow powering to a third front row start in the opening five races.

Air temperatures peaked at a punishing 31 degrees but Crutchlow set a blisteringly hot pace on his YZR-M1 machine to battle for a front row position in a typically exciting conclusion to qualifying.

2012 Catalunya Moto2 And Moto3 Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying on Saturday at Barcelona:


Binder taken out in fast lap

Bad luck stroke Brad Binder again. In the decisive lap of qualifying for the Catalan GP the South African was taken out by Miguel Oliveira, who made a mistake and crashed. Both Binder and his Kalex KTM came out without damage, but Binders fast lap was ruined, leaving him in 22nd position on the grid Sunday morning.

Barcelona Likely To Stay On MotoGP Calendar, 19 Race Season Beckons For 2013

Barcelona looks set to remain on the MotoGP calendar for the foreseeable future, despite concerns over the financial viability of the round. In an interview with the Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta has confirmed that the contract, signed for five years in 2011, will be honored by both Dorna and the regional government of Catalonia, which helps fund the race.

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