Category Archives: Moto2

Wet weather at Misano resulted in chaos

The San Marino Moto2 and Moto3 Grands Prix were held in terrible weather this year and the result was that 41 riders ended up crashing across both races! Thankfully everyone escaped serious injury. The racing was a test of survival as any rider who stayed upright (or got back on the bike after a spill) was able to score serious points.

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Vale Angel Nieto

The Jerez circuit will be renamed in honour of Angel Nieto who lost his life in a traffic accident last week. Nieto was the first Spaniard to win a motorcycle World Championship and he went on to become the 3rd most successful Grand Prix rider of all time. Nieto popularised the sport in Spain and helped pave the way for younger Spanish riders to follow the same path. Since then Spaniards have won a massive 46 world titles which means naming the Spanish Grand Prix venue in his honour is a very fitting tribute.

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Some interesting stats from the MotoGP weekend at Sepang

  • 17 riders crashed during a bizarre Moto3 race, including the top 6 in the championship. 3 of the 4 leaders even crashed at the same corner (5:50 into this video) and everyone who stayed upright was able to score points.
  • Sam Lowes fell during the Moto2 race which, incredibly, was his 30th crash of the season.
  • In the 51 GP races this year (across Moto3, Moto2 & MotoGP) there have been 25 different winners. That’s incredible – and there are still 3 races left to boost the record!

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2016 has been an incredible season of Grand Prix motorcycling

There have been a total of 22 different winners across MotoGP, Moto2 & Moto3, including 8 different winners in 8 consecutive MotoGP races (an all-time record). 22 winners in a season is astonishing, especially with 5 rounds still to go, and it has never happened before in the modern 3-class era.

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Vale Luis Salom

Thoughts and condolences are with the family of Luis Salom who has succumbed to injuries sustained in an accident during Moto2 practice. Salom won nine Grands Prix and challenged strongly for the Moto3 World Championship in 2012 and 2013. His family have agreed to continuing the weekend’s racing at Barcelona.

Luis Salom was 24.


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There have been 11 different winners from 12 Motorcycle Grands Prix in 2016

That’s an incredible statistic. A great season of racing continues this weekend at the ‪French Grand Prix in Le Mans.

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Moto3 and Moto2 start 2016 in spectacular fashion


A couple of amazing things happened during the Moto2 and Moto3 races in Qatar last weekend.

Firstly, Nico Antonelli won the Moto3 race by just 0.007 seconds. The small margin was amazing becasue, despite the lead changing 27 times between 5 different riders, Antonelli only took the lead of the race for the first time within metres of the finish line.

Secondly, 7 of the top 8 riders on the Moto2 grid jumped the start and received penalties. The only rider in the top 8 without a jump start penalty crashed all by himself in the early laps so Thomas Luthi (starting 9th) had a much easier path to victory than he could’ve ever imagined.

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Moto2: Julián Simón went from 17th to 1st in just five corners


Julián Simón deserves a shoutout for his amazing start in the recent Moto2 race at Indianapolis. He jumped from 17th to 3rd before the exit of Turn 1 and hit the lead of the race just few corners later! Incredible. If only the rest of his race had been so successful (he fell off his bike on lap 4).

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Moto2: Nakagami’s near misses will make his first victory a huge moment


Takaaki Nakagami is yet to win a Moto2 Grand Prix but his first win can’t be far away. It’s going to be a huge moment when he reaches the top step of the podium since Nakagami has come agonisingly close to victory on several occasions. Last year he was able to string together four consecutive second place finishes (and a swag of pole positions) but developed a knack for losing the lead of a race in the dying stages. It was heartbreaking stuff.

Two weeks ago Nakagami produced another strong performance at the front of the Moto2 race in Qatar, and once again he was passed in the final laps. This time he missed out on victory by just 4 hundredths of second in a frantic sprint to the finish line. With the new season underway, Nakagami still couldn’t close the deal on track.

Assuming the 22 year old eventually does take a win, it will mean so much more to him because of those close calls along the way. Nakagami might also find that shedding that monkey off his back is worth a few extra tenths.

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