Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Emilia-Romagna:
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class at Emilia-Romagna:
The significantly wet conditions were not conducive to improvements on the combined standings for the intermediate class throughout FP3, with Friday’s times ending up deciding the line-up for Q2, meaning that despite Tony Arbolino topping FP3, he will join the cast for Q1 later today. The rookie robbed compatriot Marco Bezzecchi on his final flying lap and by only three thousandths of a second, the SKY Racing rider also joining him in the first qualifying session.
The reasonably sunny conditions changed track conditions throughout the session to allow a swap to slicks, but the surface was still pretty damp and tricky to navigate for the intermediate class. It was all change in the final couple for flying laps, when Augusto Fernandez picked up the lead with two minutes left of the session and kept it to the chequered flag, fending off championship leader Remy Gardner. Xavi Vierge in third ended the day within a tenth of a second of the lead, followed by teammate Jake Dixon, who was almost half a second behind.
The Permanent Bureau, the joint body comprising the FIM and Dorna, who run short circuit motorcycle racing, have announced major steps to improve rider safety in all championships run or backed by Dorna. Ages are to be raised, grid sizes are to be limited, and work will continue to improve rider safety equipment and rider communication.
It is worth reading the press release in full for the complete details, but here is a summary of the key points:
Rain had stopped by the time the intermediate class came out to play but the sky was still dark and the circuit still wet, causing some trouble early in the session, with turn 16 catching out Aron Canet, Jake Dixon and Sam Lowes in quick succession. Once things settled, a trio of names exchanged the lead of the session, Nicolò Bulega the eventual victor of FP1, demoting Augusto Fernandez by six hundredths of a second, while early session leader Joe Roberts eventually dropped down to eighth.
Alex Baumgaertel, founder of Kalex, offers his views on nine consecutive Manufacturers’ Championship victories in the Moto2 class, keeping an open mind and working for the future.
The news went slightly unnoticed at Silverstone back in August. But Remy Gardner’s fourth win of the year was enough to secure the Moto2 Manufacturers’ title for Kalex for an ninth consecutive season. That’s some achievement for a company consisting of just seven people, with only three currently attending races due to paddock restrictions.
Perhaps it is the regularity with which the German company wins that meant this particular crown was all but a given from the first race. A Kalex-backed rider has won every Moto2 outing this year. And last year, for that matter. In fact, of the 90 podium positions up for grabs over the past two seasons, riders using a Kalex frame has taken 83 of them. That’s total domination.
The grid is currently awash with the German manufactured frames, with 22 Kalex-backed riders in a grid of 30 – and that’s set to increase in 2022. With only four Boscoscuros and a pair of NTS and MV Agusta frames, Kalex certainly has strength in numbers.
Veni, Vidi, Vici
And while Moto2 currently lacks the mechanical variety of a few years back, when KTM’s frame was competing for podiums, race wins and championships, and certainly the early years of the class (six chassis manufacturers won at least one race in 2010, the first year of the Moto2 class), the story of how Kalex came to dominate is deeply impressive.
After a dramatic weekend, we look at some of the big stories coming out of the Grand Prix of the Americas in the Moto2 and Moto3 classes.
Moto3 – time to draw the line
As the Moto3 near miss was covered in some detail in David’s subscriber notes piece earlier this week, I’ll keep this brief. The two-race suspension handed out to Deniz Öncü came at a time when motorcycle racing had been thrown into a period of introspection. The deaths of Dean Berta Viñales in the World Supersport 300 race at Jerez the previous week, Jason Dupasquier in Moto3 qualifying for the Italian GP in June and Hugo Millan at a European Talent Cup meant three teenagers lost their lives in four months.
For this to happen in 2021 is unsustainable. We can’t be in a situation when events like these are happening with the kind of regularity we’ve seen throughout this season. The FIM Stewards had been scratching their heads to find a solution to irresponsible riding for years. Disqualification or suspensions were always the last resort. But, as Valentino Rossi said, “the situation is out of control.” Therefore, it must be dealt with in the strongest possible way.
The 2022 MotoGP calendar will feature a total of 21 races, starting in Qatar on March 6th and finishing exactly 8 months later in Valencia. The 2022 calendar sees further expansion of the number of races, as Dorna add new circuits and new countries to the schedule. For the Kymiring in Finland, that had originally been planned for 2020, but the pandemic put paid to that happening, either in 2020 or 2021. And the Mandalika Resort circuit on Lombok in Indonesia had been added to 2021 as a reserve circuit, but will now be raced on at the start of next season.