Friday Practice Scrapped In Argentina As Freight Delays Disrupt Schedule

A broken down cargo freighter has thrown the schedule for the Argentina Grand Prix at Termas de Rio Hondo into chaos. One of the aircraft carrying some of the freight from Indonesia to Argentina suffered problems, causing the freight to get stuck in Mombasa, Kenya, and delaying its arrival at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit. With bikes from a number of teams missing - including the Gresini Ducati of MotoGP championship leader Enea Bastianini - it was decided to cancel practice for all three classes on Friday, and to begin the weekend on Saturday instead.

The problems are twofold. On the one hand, the bikes of several teams - including the Gresini and VR46 MotoGP squads, and the Marc VDS team in Moto2 - will only be delivered to the paddock very late on Thursday evening. The bikes were not cleaned after the race in Indonesia, and the MotoGP bikes, who rode in the rain, are in need of a very thorough clean. Mechanics from one team took 3 hours just to clean the bikes which had arrived from Mandalika.

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Red Bull Ring Completes Work On Chicane After Turn 1 Aimed At Improving Safety

The Red Bull Ring, home of the Austrian Grand Prix at Spielberg, today announced that they have completed construction of a chicane between Turns 1 and 3, aimed at improving safety for motorcycle racing around the Austrian track. The change was deemed necessary after the horrific crash at the Austrian GP in 2020, when a collision between Johann Zarco and Franco Morbidelli through Turn 2 saw their bikes carry on through the gravel and cross the track after Turn 3, narrowly missing Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales as they exited Turn 3.

The solution devised by track designer Hermann Tilke, is to add a chicane, consisting of a sharp right and a sharp left about a third of the way along the straight between Turn 1 and Turn 3, just before the start of the fast kink which is Turn 2. The idea is to slow the bikes significantly on the approach to Turn 3, to prevent them from crossing the track in the event of a crash.

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2022 Mandalika Moto2 FP3 Result: Aldeguer Shines In Wet Conditions

Another wet drizzly morning in Indonesia made for a rather subdued final practice session for the intermediate class, with the spotlight firmly on Fermin Aldeguer. The Spaniard established a one second advantage early in the session and rivals struggled to bridge that gap throughout FP3, compatriot Augusto Fernandez coming closest ahead of FP2 leader Jake Dixon. Tony Arbolino dropped to fourth at the last minute, with Aron Canet joining the top five, followed by compatriots Jorge Navarro and Pedro Acosta.

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2022 Mandalika Moto2 FP2 Result: Dixon Leads Vietti

If only a few brave souls were tempted by slick tyres in the damp morning session, the track dried up nicely and the sun came out to watch by the time FP2 came along. The provisional top 14 ended up being decided in a last-minute shootout, when Jake Dixon found over half a second over the rest of the field. Sam Lowes tried to close the gap to his compatriot on his final flying lap but a tumble at turn 10 lost him the opportunity and allowed championship leader Celestino Vietti to sneak ahead.

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2022 Mandalika Moto2 FP1 Result: Lowes Leads On Drying Track

The intermediate class were off to a slow start while machines swept the track of quite phenomenal levels of dirt brought on by overnight rain and despite some more rain flags waving halfway through the session, dry patches started showing in the final stages of FP1. A few riders eventually got a handful of minutes on slick tyres and Sam Lowes made the best of the changing conditions to top the session by a whole second ahead of Joe Roberts, who in turn had another second in hand over Tony Arbolino.

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