In MotoGP it was declared a wet race, meaning that riders could come into the pits and do a bike swap whenever they wanted. Marquez started from pole and got the hole shot with the wet rear tyre as Lorenzo came into the picture and started to lead the race. After the second lap, Marquez came into the pits to change onto his dry set-up bike which ended up leaving him down in 18th when he came out. This turned out the be the best decision for Marquez and his team, as while everyone else was in the pits, he had managed to get away and ended up with a lead of 22 seconds.
The pit lane had moments of mayhem during the flag-to-flag race. One moment that stood out was the incident between Iannone and Aleix Espargaro. Espargaro was being released as Iannone was coming in and in Iannone’s attempt to avoid the other rider he ‘crashed’ and dropped the bike. Luckily, no one was hurt and race direction decided that Espargaro was at fault and he was subsequently given a 3 place penalty.
One of the most impressive rides came from Viñales. After not appearing too happy all weekend, he managed to pull it off anyway, coming through the pack after a good bike swap and finally came home in 3rd.
For the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team, Zarco had left it too late and once he had changed bikes, there wasn’t enough time for him to catch up which proved a costly mistake for him.
MotoGP Results – Top 5
- Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team – 44:15.974
- Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team + 12.438
- Maverick Viñales, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP + 18.135
- Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +20.466
- Cal Crutchlow, LCR Honda + 20.892
The Moto2 race was declared as a dry race with Pasini on pole for the first time in a decade. Starting his 200th race, he maintained the 1st place for the first portion of the race. Championship leader Morbidelli didn’t get a good start but managed to come back up to the front along with Oliveira.
8 laps in and the rain started to fall, and riders started to put their hands up indicating that they wanted a red flag and in the end the race was stopped. Cortese crashed seconds before the red flag came out and Aegerter retired due to shifter issues on the first lap. Both riders tried their best to make the restart but in the end they weren’t allowed. Both were extremely determined to start as Aegeter was ready with his bike in pit lane after being told multiple times ‘no’. For Vierge, it was a heart stopping moment as there was 10 seconds left until pit lane closed and he couldn’t get the bike started. Luckily, he managed to get out just in time coming from 18th on the grid to finish in a career best of 5th place.
The race was re-started with 6 laps and it was a dream start from Luthi who came all the way up to 1st by the first corner as the other riders were fighting to get in position. Once Luthi got the lead he never looked back and took off to eventually take the win.
For Morbidelli, the second race went completely the opposite from how he would have wanted as he just kept getting pushed back, beaten up and then started taking more risks then we are used to seeing from him. In 8th he had 3 strong rookies behind him but kept them at bay until the end.
Hopefully, next week in at the Red Bull Ring he will be able to come back stronger.
Moto2 Results – Top 5
Thomas Luthi, CarXpert Interwetten – 13:39.036
Alex Marquez, EG 0,0 Marc VDS + 4.991
Miguel Oliveira, Red Bull KTM Ajo + 6.983
Luca Marini, Forward Racing Team + 9.190
Xavi Vierge, Tech 3 Racing + 11.064
In Moto3 it was Rodrigo starting from pole for the first time in his career, hoping to convert it into something impressive which looked possible, as he got away in the first few laps with his team mate. Unfortunately, like too many times this year, it ended with a crash on the last lap.
One of the most impressive rides was from the wild card, Tim Georgi. After leading the wet practice sessions by a shocking amount he really showed up the rest of the field. Once again today he showed what he had. Starting from 28th on the grid he worked his way up into 8th place but as the track started to dry up he fell back and eventually finished in 18th.
The Thai rider, Atiratphuvapat got us thinking that he would make the podium as he put up some good fighting against Mir and was on a charge, but towards the end he started to fall back but still got some important championship points.
Two stand out riders were Canet who started in 20th and ended up finishing on the podium in 3rd and also the Aspar Mahindra rider, Albert Arenas who started dead last due to a penalty and crossed the line in 12th.
In the end, it was down to the last few laps where Mir had had enough. He took the lead and started to break away, bringing Fenati with him. This resulted in one of the most exciting last laps in the championship as Fenati tried so hard to get past but in the end couldn’t make it, and had to take 2nd yet again.
Moto3 Results – Top 5
Joan Mir, Leopard Racing – 44:41.314
Romano Fenati, Marinelli Rivacold Snipers + 0.350
Aron Canet, Estrella Galicia 0,0 + 3.078
Bo Bendsnyder, Red Bull KTM Ajo + 4.598
Juanfran Guevara, RBA BOE Racing Team + 4.882