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Moto3 world cham­pion Danny Kent looks set to re­main with Kiefer Rac­ing in Moto2 for 2017, al­beit un­der dif­fer­ent colours and on a new bike. Kent will switch to Suter ma­chin­ery as the Swiss man­u­fac­turer launches a new as­sault on the se­ries.

New penal­ties have been brought in to pe­nalise rid­ers for mak­ing rude ges­tures at oth­ers while on track. First warned about it af­ter Valentino Rossi flicked a fin­ger at Aleix Es­par­garó in Misano for a near-miss on track, his

pro­tégé Ni­colo Bulega was the first to be pe­nalised, with a €300 fine for a sim­i­lar ges­ture dur­ing Moto3 prac­tice.

Ru­mours that John Mcphee has se­cured a fac­tory-backed Honda ma­chine for 2017 are look­ing strong, with Dorna keen to get the Czech race win­ner on to com­pet­i­tive ma­chin­ery. The ru­moured BT Sport back­ing may not be a part of the deal, how­ever.

An­drea Ian­none and Jack Miller were both once gain forced to sit out the week­end, with Michele Pirro and Nicky Hay­den re­spec­tively re­plac­ing them. Both are ex­pected to re­turn for the next round, in Motegi.

While Columbian rider Yonny Her­nan­dez looked to se­cure in his place at the As­par Du­cati squad for next sea­son, pad­dock spec­u­la­tion is that he could be on his way out, with World Su­per­bike racer and for­mer Moto2 podium fin­isher Karel Abra­ham be­ing touted as a pos­si­ble re­place­ment. His bike is now the only un­se­cured ma­chine left on the grid.

Ru­mours con­tinue that pri­vate equity firm Bridge­point may be pre­par­ing to sell Dorna – the com­pany that runs Mo­togp. The spec­u­la­tion has in­creased fol­low­ing Dorna’s cur­rent binge of sign­ing more longterm deals with cir­cuits to host races. How­ever, any sale is un­likely to have a ma­jor ef­fect on the se­ries’ day-to-day man­age­ment.

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