Dunlop #ForeverForward Winner to be decided at MotoGP finale
The FIM Moto2™ and Moto3™ World Championships head into the final round at Valencia next weekend, for the conclusion of a dramatic season across both Dunlop classes. Both titles have been decided in favour of Johann Zarco and Brad Binder respectively, but the fight for the runner-up positions is still open. The traditional season-finale never fails to disappoint and this year looks to be no exception, after a season that has seen a number of first time winners, new records and thrilling races.
Heading into the final round it’s increasingly close at the top of the Dunlop ForeverForward tables with Moto3 racer Fabio Di Giannantonio holding a seven point lead over joint second placed fellow lightweight class riders Lorenzo Petrarca and Fabio Spiranelli. Top of the Moto2 runners is Isaac Vinales. Biggest movers across the last two rounds were Marcos Ramirez, who gained 21 places in Sepang and 22 places in Australia, matching the performance of Fabio Quartararo.
#ForeverForward after 17 rounds:
Fabio Di Giannantonio (Moto3) 109
Lorenzo Petrarca (Moto3) 102
Fabio Spiranelli (Moto3) 102
Maria Herrera (Moto3) 97
Isaac Viñales (Moto2) 96
Xavi Vierge (Moto2) 95
October Recap – Twin Ring Motegi, Phillip Island and Sepang
Andrea Migno took his first ever Moto3 pole in round 15 at Motegi, after home hero Hiroki Ono was penalised three places for slow sector speeds. A classic Moto3 race saw Enea Bastianini record his second win by just 0.017sec ahead of Binder. In Moto2 Zarco smashed the record to take his fifth career pole. Thomas Luthi took his third race win after Alex Rins and Sam Lowes crashed out, ahead of Zarco who claimed his fastest lap on the penultimate tour, just 0.1 seconds off the lap record.
Phillip Island proved once again to be the most challenging race of the season, with changeable conditions across the weekend. Tyre performance across Moto2 saw very consistent lap times with just a 0.1 second drop from start to finish of the race. Thomas Luthi recorded his fourth win, from his third pole spot, to move into second in the championship. He was joined on the podium for the first time by Sandro Cortese. In Moto3 changing conditions across qualifying saw the riders contend with various tyre changes throughout the session, and resulted in a fifth pole spot for Binder. He made good use of his advantage to secure his seventh race victory with Aron Canet recording his first podium from 23rd on the grid.
The final flyaway round of the season at the newly resurfaced Sepang caused no problems for the Dunlop engineers, despite once again changeable weather conditions. Zarco continued his fine form to secure his sixth pole position in the wet, and carried that through into the wet race, with win number six securing the first back-to-back titles in Moto2. Rain played its part in Moto3 qualifying too, with Binder topping the times for the sixth time this year. Francesco Bagnaia took a dominant race victory, his second of the year, to move him into third in the standings. Joining him for the first time on the podium was Jakub Kornfeil, from 15th on the grid.
Round 18: Valencia, Spain – 13 November 2016
The Comunitat Valenciana - Ricardo Tormo track features a stadium style grandstand and allows all parts of the circuit to be seen
Valencia Track Facts:
Left Turns: 9
Right Turns: 5
Energy level: Mid
Left:right bias: 65% / 35%
Valencia Tyre Allocation:
Front: Soft '1'(black on yellow) / Medium '2' (black on silver)
Rear: Hard ‘3’ (yellow on black) / Hard ’4’ (white on black)
Front: Soft (black on yellow) / Medium (black on silver)
Rear: Soft ‘S1’ (black on yellow) / Medium 'M1' (black on silver)
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