News in brief
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.