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Moto2 and Moto3 InFocus: September

The FIM Moto2™ and Moto3™ World Championships stay in Europe for round 13 at Misano on 10 September. Two weeks later the teams head to MotorLand Aragon for round 14 on 24 September.

There have been three different winners in Moto2 in the last three rounds, and five in total, with championship leader Franco Morbidelli racking up seven wins. Despite the apparent dominance, the Italian is only 29 points ahead of his main rival Thomas Luthi, winner in Brno, with double race winner Alex Marquez a further 39 points behind in third. Mattia Pasini won last time in Italy, at Mugello, and heads to his home event on the back of securing pole at Silverstone.

Joan Mir also has seven wins to his credit in Moto3, where his results put him in a commanding position, 64 points ahead of triple winner Aron Canet who moved ahead of Romano Fenati following a stunning victory at Silverstone. Fenati himself is a race winner this season, taking victory in round three at COTA, while Dunlop’s ForeverForward leader Andrea Migno is the only other winner, at Mugello in round six.

August Recap – Silverstone record-breakers

Silverstone hosted round 12 where a mix of weather conditions for practice allowed all combinations of tyres to be used. In qualifying, in track temperatures of 31 degrees, tyre performance was good across both classes and saw Romano Fenati take his first pole of the season in Moto3, ahead of championship leader Joan Mir and Gabriel Rodrigo. Mattia Pasini secured a third pole in Moto2 with Alex Marquez second just ahead of series leader Franco Morbidelli.

Near perfect weather greeted the riders and teams for Sunday’s races which saw a record-breaking performance for Dunlop with lap records broken in both classes. Morbidelli set a new Moto2 record on his way to third place, but it was Takaaki Nakagami who took a well-deserved first victory of the year from pole-sitter Pasini. Jorge Martin smashed the lap record on his way to third in the red-flagged Moto3 race, finishing behind Enea Bastianini and race winner Aron Canet, who stormed through the field from 15th and 16th respectively.

#ForeverForward 2017

Dunlop’s #ForeverForward Award has become increasingly close at the top. Andrea Migno’s lead has been reduced to just one point, after Nakarin Atiratphuvapat battled his way through the Moto3 race from 23rd to 14th, and Brad Binder fought back from adversity to improve by 11 positions in Moto2. Top mover though at Silverstone was Aron Canet, who showed great determination in overcoming a 16th place grid start to win the Moto3 race, and elevate himself to ninth in the #FF table.

#ForeverForward Award after round 12:

1Andrea MignoMoto372
2Nakarin AtiratphuvapatMoto371
3Brad BinderMoto271
4Hafizh SyahrinMoto267
5Jules DaniloMoto366
6Manuel PaglianiMoto363
7Adam NorrodinMoto363

The full #ForeverForward table can be seen here​​.

Round 13: Misano, Italy – 10 September 2017

  • First constructed in 1972, Misano regularly hosted the Italian GP up to the early 1990s, and after several modifications returned to the MotoGP calendar in 2007

Misano Track Facts:

  • Length: 4.226km
  • Left Turns: 6
  • Right Turns: 10
  • Energy level: High
  • Left:right bias: 40%/60%

Misano Tyre Allocation:

​Front: Medium '2' (black on yellow)
​Rear: 'S1' (blank) / Medium ’3’ (fluorescent yellow on black)   

​Front: Soft ‘S’ (black on yellow) / Medium ‘M’ (black on silver)
Rear: Soft ‘S1’ (black on yellow) / Medium 'M1' (black on silver)

Misano 2016 Highlights

  • Moto2 qualifying was extremely close, with one second separating the first seventeen riders
  • Tyre performance in Moto2 last year was very good, with only 0.6 of a second drop between the first and the last lap
  • Lorenzo Baldassarri took his maiden Moto2 victory from third on the grid
  • Brad Binder set a new pole record of 1`42.398
  • He converted that into a fifth Moto3 win on his way to the title
  • The Moto3 race was six seconds faster than the previous year’s race

Round 14: MotorLand Aragon – 24 September 2017

  • MotorLand Aragon is one of the newest tracks on the calendar, hosting the first GP in 2010

MotorLand Track Facts:

  • Length: 5.078km
  • Left Turns: 10
  • Right Turns: 7
  • Energy level: Low/Mid
  • Left:right bias: 55%/45%

MotorLand Tyre Allocation:

​Front: Medium '2' (black on yellow)
​Rear: Medium ’3’ (fluorescent yellow on black) / Hard ’4’ (fluorescent white on black)   

​Front: Soft ‘S’ (black on yellow) / Medium ‘M’ (black on silver)
Rear: Soft ‘S1’ (black on yellow) / Medium 'M1' (black on silver)

MotorLand 2016 Highlights

  • The entire Moto2 grid selected the same tyre options and raced on Moto2-2 front and Moto2-3 rear
  • ​Tyre performance was excellent, with only 0.4 of a second drop from start of the Moto2 race to the finish
  • ​Brad Binder finished second to win the Moto3 World Championship with four rounds still remaining
  • Four of the top five in last year’s Moto2 race are winners this season; Marquez, Morbidelli, Luthi, Nakagami