British riders surprised the world at the Czech Grand Prix! Cal Crutchlow grabbed a sensational first MotoGP win from Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez. Jonas Folger got his first win of the year in Moto2 from Alex Rins with Sam Lowes putting the Union flag on the podium. And yet another first time win came in Moto3 as Scotland's John McPhee beat Jorge Martin and Fabio De Gianantonio. All 3 races were held in wet conditions.
At the first Austrian Motorcycle Grand Prix in 19 years, the winners at the Red Bull Ring each started from Pole Position! The much speculated Ducati dominance was fulfilled in MotoGP, Andrea Iannone won from Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo. In Moto2, Johann Zarco worked his way through to dominate while Franco Morbidelli and Alex Rins were second and third. And in the opening race of race day it was class rookie Joan Mir who converted pole into a win from Brad Binder and enea Bastianini.
Strategy was key in MotoGP and once again Honda got it right! Marc Marquez extended his championship lead with an 'easy' win over Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso. A last corner effort by Jonas Folger did not quite snatch the Moto2 win from Johann Zarco, Julian Simon was third. And in Moto3 it was another superb rain dance from young Khairul Idham Pawi from Andrea Locatelli and Enea Bastianini.
What a day in Holland! Three frst time Grand Prix winners!
In terrible conditions, Jack Miller won his first MotoGP from Marc Marquez and Scott Redding. In Moto2, Takaagi Nakagami easily took his first GP win from Johann Zarco and Franco Morbidelli. And in Moto3 Francesco Bagnaia finally won from, (after Race Direction swapped their places), Fabio Di Giannantonio and Andrea Migno.
Assen, it was memorable!
Valentino Rossi and his Yamaha team pulled a magnificent win out of the bag at the Grand Prix de Catalunya in round 7 of the MotoGP series, beating Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa on an emotional weekend following the death of Luis Salom on Friday. In Moto2 for the second year at this track, Johann Zarco won from Pole Position. Alex Rins was second and Takaaki Nakagami third. Jorge Navarro won the Moto3 race from series leader Brad Binder and Enea Bastianini.
On Friday 3rd June after a crash at turn 12 during Moto2 free practice 2 on the motorcycle Grand Prix Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya in Spain, 24 year old Luis Salom of Palma (SPA) and of the SAG Racing Team, succumbed to his injuries at 16:55 local time. My heartfelt condolences go to his family, friends and team.
The Italian Grand Prix was a dramatic affair! In MotoGP Jorge Lorenzo pipped Marc Marquez for the win from Andrea Iannone 3rd. In a catalogue of unexpected problems the Moto2 race was restarted and Johann Zarco took advantage from Lorenzo Baldassarri and Sam Lowes. And in Moto3 Brad Binder made it 3 in a row from rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio and Francesco Bagnaia.
Jorge Lorenzo dominated the French Grand Prix from Yamaha team mate Valentino Rossi and spectacular Suzuki teamster Maverick Vinales in a crash laden round 5 of MotoGP. In Moto2, Alex Rins showed his class from Simone Corsi and pole sitter Thomas Lutthi. And in Moto3 Brad Binder made it 2 wins in a row with Romano Fenati second and Jorge Navarro third.
MotoGP round 4 in Jerez saw Valentino Rossi celebrate Pole Position, the fastest lap and the race win in the Spanish Grand Prix. Team mate Jorge Lorenzo was a distant 2nd and equally adrift was series leader Marc Marquez. Irishman Eugene Laverty continued his great form with a superb 8th place. British fans were dancing under the sun as Pole man Sam Lowes took Moto2 by storm, winning easily from Jonas Folger and Alex Rins. And in Moto3, Brad Binder recovered from a penalty that put him on the back row of the grid to win from 16 year old rookie Pole Position starter Niccolo Bulega and Mahindra hero Francesco Bagnaia.
Marc Marquez kept his unbeaten MotoGP record in Texas to win for the fourth time at Circuit of the Americas in a tough race for some top names. Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Iannone were second and third. Alex Rins was imperious in Moto2 from Sam Lowes and Johan Zarco. And in Moto3 it was Romano Fenati from Jorge Navarro and Brad Binder.
Marc Marquez overcame a difficult week in Argentina to win round 2 of the series, with Valentino Rossi second and Dani Pedrosa third after Ducati's Andrea Iannone and Dovizioso crashed out a corner from the flag. Moto 2 world champion Johan Zarco held off Sam Lowes and Jonas Folger for the win, while in Moto3 it was a sensational first ever win for 17 year old Khairul Pawi (and the first GP win for a Malaysian) with Jorge Navarro and Brad Binder second and third.
Jorge Lorenzo won the first MotoGP of 2016 under the lights of Losail International Circuit. Andrea Dovizioso held off a last gasp charge from Marc Marquez with Valentino Rossi fourth. A controversial start to Moto2 saw 6 riders get a ride through penalty for 'jumped starts', but it was Thomas Lutthi who took the win from Luis Salom and Simone Corsi after 20s penalties were applied to Franky Morbidelli and Sandro Cortese late in the race, (also for jumped starts). The opening Grand Prix of 2016 saw Nicco Antonelli steal the Moto3 win on the line from Brad Binder. Francesco Bagnaia was Mahindra's hero in third.