Archive - Race Or Practice Result
October 16th, 2015
Jordi Torres set the fastest time, over half of a second ahead of the Kawasaki pairing of current world champion Jonathan Rea and former world champion Tom Sykes.
Lucas Mahias opens the last weekend of the year by setting the fastest time of the session, under four hundredths of a second quicker than newly crowned champion. Kenan Sofuoglu.
Alex Rins saved his best for last Friday at the Phillip Island circuit, topping the timesheet on his final fast lap of the day's final free practice. Rins' 1'33.106 pushed Sam Lowes into second at the end of the session. Lorenzo Baldassarri came in third fastest, nearly two-tenths behind the leader.
Takaaki Nakagami indicated that the first free practice was no fluke by setting the fourth-fastest time, closely followed by Jonas Folger. In all, the top 17 riders were separated by less than a second at the Australian track.
Marc Marquez took advantage of a drying track to top Friday's order in the second free pactice Friday at Phillip Island. His time, 1'29.383, was nearly a second slower than his pole time from last year as the track's tricky condition kept the speed down a bit. Jorge Lorenzo, who finished the first free pactice at the top of the timesheet, managed second, just five-hundredths behind the leader.
Maverick Vinales put his factory Suzuki in the top three with a lap only a tenth from Marquez. Championship leader Valentino Rossi managed only ninth quickest.
Jorge Navarro claimed the top second free practice time Friday at the Phillip Island Circuit, finishing the blustery session at 1'37.531, a tenth of a second ahead of Brad Binder. Miguel Olivera, who finished second in Motegi last week, took third in FP2.
But on the wet and windy day, it was Oliveira with the top combined time from both practices, just ahead of points-leader Danny Kent. A technical problem prevented Kent from improving on his FP1 time from earlier in the day.
In a rain-interrupted session, Sam Lowes ended Friday's first free practice at the top of the timesheet at Phillip Island. Lowes' 1'33.658 put him two-tenths of a second ahead of a resurgent Takaaki Nakagami and another tenth clear of Jonas Folger.
The session was cut short by rain and for a short period before practice resumed. Thomas Luthi and Alex Rins rounded out the top five. Luthi finished second in last-year's race, behind Maverick Vinales. Lowes finished fifth in the 2014 contest.
Jorge Lorenzo has made his intentions clear from the start of free practice for the MotoGP class. In a session which was cut a few minutes short by rain, Lorenzo dominated, taking over at the top half way through, and ending over a third of a second faster than the rest by the end of FP1.
Behind Lorenzo, the rest of the field is close. Marc Marquez had challenged for the lead earlier, before Lorenzo upped the pace. The Repsol Honda rider is second, ahead of the championship leader Valentino Rossi, the Italian off to a good start. That start looks good in terms of results, but Rossi was over half a second slower than his teammate, and that will give him pause for thought.
Dani Pedrosa took fourth, after an unhappy start to FP1. The Repsol Honda rider came in after just a couple of laps, and waited while his team made major changes to his bike. The second half of practice went much more smoothly, finishing less than a tenth behind Valentino Rossi.
Most impressive ride of the day was from Jack Miller, the LCR Honda rider putting the Open Honda up into 5th. Despite lacking a seamless gearbox and using the spec electronics, Miller got more out of his bike than any other Open class rider has yet to achieve in the dry. Tutelage from Alberto Puig is clearly starting to pay off.
Miguel Oliveira has stamped his authority on the first session of free practice for the Moto3 class at Phillip Island. The Red Bull KTM rider picked up his pace in the second half of the session, increasing his pace lap by lap to first match the time of championship leader Danny Kent, then leave Kent behind. It was an animated Kent who returned to his garage, though he had a very strong session, leading for most of the way, and ending 2nd behind Oliveira, but more importantly, finishing half a second ahead of the man who finished in 3rd, Efren Vazquez.
Brad Binder took 4th, making it two Red Bull KTM riders in the top four, finishing ahead of Romano Fenati in 5th. It was a tough start for the other two Italian favorites, Niccolo Antonelli suffering a very fast crash at Turn 1, and ending the session in 10th, while Enea Bastianini just struggled to find speed, finishing FP1 way down in 18th spot, over a second and a half slower than his championship rival Danny Kent.
Despite strict instructions being issued to the Moto3 riders after Aragon, warning them of severe sanctions should they be found waiting on the racing line, the problem reared its ugly head again in qualifying at Motegi. As a result, Race Direction felt compelled to act, imposing severe penalties on four riders in Moto3. Four riders were penalized for going slowly, officially for riding slower than 110% of their fastest times through three sectors on one lap.
Race Direction's punishments were particularly painful this weekend. Two of the men on the front row, Miguel Oliveira in 2nd and Jorge Navarro who qualified 3rd, received penalties which moved them back three places on the grid, taking from the first to the second row. Jakub Kornfeil was also punished for the same offence, dropping from 8th to 11th, while Alexis Masbou was bumped from 19th to 22nd on the grid.
The penalties for Oliveira and Navarro have had a big impact on the starting order. With both men bumped off the front row, Niccolo Antonelli and Enea Bastianini move up onto the front row, Antonelli in 2nd, Bastianini in 3rd. Danny Kent also benefits, but only moves from 6th to 4th, not gaining an extra starting row in the process.
The revised Moto3 grid is shown below. This supersedes the order the riders finished in qualifying.