2017 Aragon MotoGP FP2 Result: Pedrosa Goes Swimming(ly)

Once again the weather screwed with the premier class, the sunshine that covered the Moto3 session mixing with spots of rain in the kickoff of FP2. That meant the first few minutes of the session were lost to setup changes and tyre swaps, only a handful of riders going around straight away on rain tyres.

The title contenders were cautious, first Valentino Rossi then Maverick Viñales and Marc Marquez joining the track ten minutes into the session. Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa bided their time a bit more while watching their rivals kicking up significant spray.

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Rider Announcements: Migno To Race A KTM In Moto3 For Aspar, Gardner To Remain With Tech 3 In Moto2

More rider announcements from this weekend. This time, press releases from the Aspar Moto3 team announcing the signing of Andrea Migno, and from Tech 3, announcing Remy Gardner will be staying for another year:


Andrea Migno to fight with the Aspar Team in 2018

Italian rider's arrival extends the relationship between the Aspar Team and the VR46 Riders Academy

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2017 Aragon Moto3 FP2 Result: Mir Masters Drying Track

A touch of sunshine finally broke through the clouds over the Spanish circuit just ahead of the Moto3 class giving it another go for the day. Despite the widespread dry sections, the damp patches encouraged riders to make a few laps on rain tyres to begin with.

The likes of Canet, Fenati, Mir and Bastianini only joined the track in the final fifteen minutes, with Martin only putting in a couple of laps at the very end of the session. On a drying surface, FP1 leader Canet established himself as the fastest man by topping the timesheets soon after. World championship leader Mir had some legitimate claims at the top honour as well, but his enthusiasm came with a few trips outside track limits. After posting the first time of the afternoon into the 1:59s, that lap got cancelled, but a final push from the Spaniard put him back into contention and saw him finish the session at the top of the standings.

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2017 Aragon Moto2 FP1 Result: Luthi Loves Wet Aragon

An overcast Motorland Aragon welcomed the intermediate class riders, spits of rain falling here and there and leaving the tyre choice unequivocal. Wet rubber gave Miguel Oliveira some time in the spotlight, the rain becoming more consistent just as the Portuguese rider took over at the front before the mid-session break.

In worsening conditions, no one looked to threaten his lead until the final ten minutes, when Tom Luthi found some pace on a track that’s not necessarily his favourite. The Swiss rider was the first to drop into the 2:09s, four tenths faster than his rivals, who did not get a chance to retaliate as heavy rain returned in the final minutes.

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2017 Aragon MotoGP FP1 Result: Puddles In Marquez’s Playground

The rain gods may have forgiven the lightweight class but found some more enjoyment taunting their MotoGP colleagues, big drops of rain falling just as the premier class riders left the pitlane for the first time. After a slow procession around the track, they all returned to their garages, waiting for the conditions to settle.

The eagerly awaited dry time never came, with more spits of rain hitting the track in the final ten minutes, which meant another run on rain tyres. Marc Marquez improved his time further to end the session first, nearly half a second ahead of teammate Pedrosa, with Zarco in third breaking the Honda trio and pushing Miller into fourth spot. 

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2017 Aragon Moto3 FP1 Result: Canet Fights Back

Rain is no stranger to the paddock this season and even Aragon got its share as the weekend started. With rain falling in the early hours of the day, the circuit got a chance to dry up but the clouds and the extra jumper remained in the eighteen degrees. Despite the imperfect conditions, the lightweight class behaved and few incidents or off-track visits punctuated the morning’s action.

Aron Canet ended the session at the top of the timesheets, despite a late charge from Joan Mir bringing him within nine thousandths of second of that honour. Niccolo Antonelli found himself on Canet’s tail in the final laps and was aided to an encouraging third place.

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2017 Aragon MotoGP Press Release Previews

Preview press releases from some of the MotoGP teams and Michelin:


Repsol Honda Team head to Aragón leading the Championship

The Repsol Honda Team are on their way to the ultra-modern facility of MotorLand Aragón after regaining the Championship lead two weeks ago at Misano, where Marc Marquez won his fourth race of the season.

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2017 Aragon Thursday Round Up: Rossi's Rapid Recovery, And A Perspective On Heroism

What is Valentino Rossi doing back on a race bike just 22 days after breaking both the tibia and fibula in his right leg? The answer is simple enough: racing. How on earth can he be thinking about racing so soon? Quite simply, because his leg is in much, much better shape than he expected it to be.

The last time Rossi broke his leg back in 2010, he was in worse shape after the accident. "I remember in 2010 after the surgery I had five or six days where I was very, very bad," Rossi told the press conference. "This time already the next day I was able to come back at home."

That was also the moment when he started to think he might be able to return to racing quicker than in 2010. In the immediate aftermath of the accident, he immediately focused on Motegi as the target for his return. But that changed quickly. "In the first days I understand that I feel a lot, lot less pain compared to last time. So I think that I can make in a shorter time. The first week was difficult, but after the first 10 days I start to improve a lot, also every day, and started to have good feeling from the leg and ankle. And started to think about Aragon."

Before anyone in the paddock saw Rossi, there were few who thought he would be in any shape to be riding. But when he drove up to the paddock and got out of his car, it was clear he was in much better condition than any of us thought. He hopped out with relative ease, and took off with just a single crutch for support. No cast on his leg, just a support bandage.

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Avintia Press Release: Xavier Simeon Signs Two-Year MotoGP Deal With Avintia

The Avintia racing team issued the following press release, announcing that Xavier Simeon will be racing for them in 2018 and 2019. Simeon's contract means the 2018 MotoGP line up is complete. You can see the full MotoGP rider list on this page.

the Avintia press release is below:


Xavi Siméon completes 2018 Reale Avintia Racing rider line up

Reale Avintia Racing is pleased to announce a two-year agreement reached with Xavier Siméon that will see the 28 year-old Belgian rider step up to MotoGP with the team and Ducati in 2018.

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Pons Press Release: Hector Barbera & Lorenzo Baldassarri To Race In Moto2 For Pons

The Pons racing team today issued the following press release, announcing that Hector Barbera and Lorenzo Baldassarri will be racing for them in Moto2 in 2018:


Héctor Barberá and Lorenzo Baldassarri are the new Pons HP 40 team riders

Youth and experience are the common denominators for the 2018 season. One clear goal: becoming World Champions.

Pons HP 40 will welcome Héctor Barberá y Lorenzo Baldassarri as the team’s new official riders.

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Swapping Jonathan Rea & Andrea Iannone - An Idea Abandoned

Andrea Iannone has been something of an enigma since joining Suzuki. The Italian was blisteringly quick last year on the Ducati, which is one of the reasons Ducati took so long to choose between him and Andrea Dovizioso after they signed Jorge Lorenzo to the factory team. He was fast when he jumped on the Suzuki GSX-RR for the first time at the Valencia test, then carried that speed to Sepang, where he finished as second quickest overall.

Things have gone downhill since then. The Italian slipped down the order at the Phillip Island, then trailed further behind at the Qatar test. His season has gone from bad to worse since racing started: he has five DNFs from 13 races, and when he finishes, he usually ends up around tenth. His best result so far has been a seventh place in Texas, but that was the exception, not the rule.

He currently sits in sixteenth in the championship, with a paltry 33 points. Iannone, race winner in Austria last year, sits behind both Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rookies, and behind a total of seven riders on satellite bikes. His rookie teammate, who has spent most of the season banged up with injury, is threatening to beat him more and more regularly. How to solve an issue like Andrea Iannone?

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Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Which MotoGP bike will win the title?

Ducati, Honda and Yamaha all have a chance of lifting the MotoGP crown – so which factory has the technical advantage?

Five races to go, the top three riders on three different machines separated by 16 points, the top two equal. So what’s going to happen, who’s going to win?

MotoGP isn’t only about riders, it’s also about motorcycles, so it’s worth looking at where Ducati, Honda and Yamaha are by comparing their records since MotoGP changed so dramatically at the start of last season.

Since the arrival of control software and Michelin tyres, Yamaha has suffered worst. The brand has won 10 of the 31 races since the start of 2016, compared to the 15 victories it took in the preceding 31 races. That’s a disastrous drop of 33 per cent.

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Sky Racing Team Press Release: 2018 Moto2 & Moto3 Rider Line Up Announced

The Sky VR46 Racing Team today announced their 2018 rider line up. Pecco Bagnaia and Luca Marini will race for the team in Moto2, while Nicolo Bulega and Dennis Foggia will be competing in Moto3. The press release appears below:


THE SKY RACING TEAM VR46 COMPLETES ITS LINEUP FOR THE 2018 SEASON
DENNIS FOGGIA WILL BE ALONGSIDE NICOLÒ BULEGA IN MOTO3 ON KTM
LUCA MARINI WITH FRANCESCO BAGNAIA IN MOTO2 ON KALEX

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Valentino Rossi To Travel To Aragon And Attempt To Ride

Valentino Rossi is to travel to Aragon and attempt to race in the fourteenth round of MotoGP at the Motorland Aragon circuit. After evaluating his fitness on a Yamaha R1M at Misano on Monday and Tuesday, the Italian had his leg assessed by Dr Pascarella, who performed the surgery on his broken tibia and fibula. After that examination, Rossi decided he was fit enough to travel to Aragon and attempt to race.

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