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2017 Laguna Seca World Superbike Race Two Results: A Hot Trumpet

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Another warm day in California and the last race before the summer break opened again with the American national anthem, this time performed on a trumpet.

Marco Melandri started on pole position due to his fourth place yesterday, with Xavi Fores and Leon Camier alongside him. Melandri was able to convert the pole position into a lead into the hairpin, ahead of Tom Sykes, blasting through outside the fast left kink of turn one from the third row, and Xavi Fores. Chaz Davies was in ninth place, not improving on his grid position for a few turns. Tom Sykes wasted no time to get to the front while Jonathan Rea tucked into third place behind Marco Melandri and passed the Ducati man into the last turn.

By the end of the first lap, two of the men from the third row led the race and by the end of the second, Marco Melandri having missed a corner and losing several places, Chaz Davies was in fourth place behind Xavi Fores. It’s safe to say that the reverse grid once again didn’t have that much impact on the race start.

A lap later, Jonathan Rea passed Tom Sykes neatly at turn three, after the hairpin, while over a second further back, Chaz Davies was stuck behind Xavi Fores, the factory Ducati not being significantly quicker than the satellite Panigale, especially with Laguna Seca not having any straights to speak of. Marco Melandri made up somewhat for his earlier mistake and passed Leandro Mercado, leaving only Jordi Torres between him and Chaz Davies.

With the pace even quicker than yesterday, the Kawasakis at the front putting in laps consistently below 1’24, Marco Melandri was able to reel in and pass Jordi Torres, but by the time he was in a position to try to catch Chaz Davies in fourth place, Davies was two and a half seconds ahead, and on lap seven, Davies took a tight line into the hairpin of turn two while Fores went a little wide, trying to defend third place. Jordi Torres, trying to keep up with Melandri, crashed out, losing the front and watching his bike play in the sandpit by itself as he picked himself up.

At half race distance, with the pace still up on yesterday, there was over two seconds between Rea and Sykes, Sykes and Davies, Davies and Fores and Fores and Melandri. The only rider making in-roads was Melandri in fifth place and a few laps later, Melandri closed in on Fores, as Fores dropped back from Davies. It looked like Fores just couldn’t keep the pace up, much to Melandri’s joy.

Lap thirteen and Marco Melandri played the same hand as Davies, passing Xavi Fores on the tight hairpin, the factory rider having considerably more grip left than the satellite rider.

As a battle raged over the remainder of the race for ninth place, a battle eventually won by Alex Lowes over Michael van der Mark and Stefan Bradl, the front of the race looked settled. Towards the end, though, Tom Sykes started to lose a bit of traction, and Chaz Davies looked like he might be able to catch him, but as Davies closed, Sykes got very good signals from his team and managed his lead to the end, with Davies only managing to get within nine tenths of a second before the lap counter ran out.

Jonathan Rea completed the race over twenty seconds quicker than yesterday’s, an improvement of almost a second a lap, and spent the first eighteen laps under 1’24, with Sykes almost matching his teammate. Chaz Davies may have been able to catch the Kawasakis in front, but spending too long behind Xavi Fores, the reverse grid finally showing an effect here, ensured he couldn’t catch the men in green.

Jake Gagne once again scored a point, only losing fourteenth place to Randy Krummenacher on the penultimate lap. With the podium placed where it is at Laguna SecaJonathan Rea had to run through several corridors before he could get into range to spray his team with Prosecco, but it was a sacrifice he deemed worth making.

Jonathan Rea now has a fifty nine point advantage over Tom Sykes with Chaz Davies a further fifty six points behind.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 2.887
3 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 4.847
4 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 17.159
5 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 22.741
6 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 26.377
7 36 L. MERCADO Aprilia RSV4 RF 28.475
8 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 29.718
9 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 33.044
10 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 33.541
11 6 S. BRADL Honda CBR1000RR 36.756
12 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 43.031
13 15 A. DE ANGELIS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 47.306
14 88 R. KRUMMENACHER Kawasaki ZX-10RR 50.488
15 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 51.093
16 96 J. SMRZ Yamaha YZF R1 59.197
17 37 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'00.571
RET 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 5 Laps
RET 81 J. TORRES BMW S 1000 RR 18 Laps
RET 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 18 Laps
RET 35 R. DE ROSA BMW S 1000 RR 22 Laps

 

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8
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2017 Laguna Seca World Superbike Race One Results: A Punishing Pace Throughout

The weather in California was hot and sunny as the riders listened to the American national anthem before the twenty-five lap race. The Ducatis of Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri were coloured in the “Final Edition” Panigale colours.

Tom Sykes led into the first, and more importantly the second, turn ahead of Chaz Davies and Jonathan Rea. Marco Melandri pushed past Eugene Laverty to take fourth place after a couple of turns with Leandro Mercado behind him.

Jonathan Rea passed Chaz Davies and held second place until turn two of the second lap when Davies took a thrusting line into the hairpin, underneath Rea’s exit speed line. Davies set the fastest lap on the second lap, only for Rea to take it off him on the third lap, his 1’23.553 over a tenth of a second quicker.

On the fourth lap, the front three of Tom Sykes, Chaz Davies and Jonathan Rea had built a one second gap from Marco Melandri who once again sat in a lonely fourth place, with Eugene Laverty over a second then two seconds then three seconds further back.

On the seventh lap, the front three increased their lead over Melandri by a few tenths, but further back, Alex Lowes was the first crasher of the race, crashing out at turn five in a high-speed low-side crash. Eugene Laverty was the next crasher a few laps later after losing fifth place to Xavi Fores.

Tom Sykes, Chaz Davies and Jonathan Rea were all running consistent laps around the mid-1’24 mark, until Davies saw Sykes had slightly less pace than he thought he would have at the front and he made his move. As Sykes turned into turn eight, the left-hander at the top of the hill that becomes the long drop down to turn nine, the famous Corkscrew chicane, he saw Chaz Davies was on his line. Davies had crested the hill before turn eight on the left side, the Colin Edwards line of old, and was on the inside into the left.

With Davies on the inside of the left turn, Sykes had to slow down and square off his turn, losing corner speed while Rea could carry his speed unhindered. Davies was on the outside into the second turn of the Corkscrew, but he had the speed over Sykes to lead the race on the exit of the turn. Rea and Sykes were side by side, with the next turn being a left-hander and Rea being on the left, kicking up dust from the apex of turn ten, Sykes conceded second place against his will.

Chaz Davies, having followed the last race from hospital, now led the race at half race distance. Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes were right behind him until lap sixteen when Sykes started to lose a tenth of a second as his grip faded. The front two men carried on with the same punishing 1’24 pace they had since the beginning, the gap between them holding steady at between a quarter and a half a second lap after lap.

As the penultimate lap opened, Davies and Rea had over four seconds of a lead over Tom Sykes and more than twelve seconds over a lonely Marco Melandri. Xavi Fores was battling with Leon Camier five seconds behind Melandri, a battle Fores would win by over a second.

Chaz Davies kept up his pace while Jonathan Rea behind him just couldn’t match him, his tyre starting to go. Davies started the last lap with almost a second gap from Rea, the first time the pair weren’t formation flying the entire lap, and he just kept doing what he did every lap until then. Every lap by Davies was under 1’25 the entire race while Rea only dipped into the 1’25s twice, the lap he clashed with Tom Sykes and the last lap.

Chaz Davies crossed the line on his tricolore coloured Ducati Panigale the winner, with Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes completing the podium. Marco Melandri was fourth and will start tomorrow’s race from pole position.

Chaz Davies remains in third place in the championship, closing too within fifty two points of Tom Sykes in second place. Jonathan Rea increases his lead at the top to fifty four points. Alex Lowes’s second DNF in a row means Marco Melandri increased his fourth place lead over Lowes to thirty five points.

Jack Gagne finished in fifteenth place, earning a championship point in his first outing.

Results:

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2017 Laguna Seca World Superbike Superpole Results: Shorter Lap Tactics?

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Laguna Seca is a shorter track than most on the calendar, giving riders the opportunity to get an extra lap or two per Superpole session.

Lorenzo Savadori opened the session with a 1’24.145, ahead of Leandro Mercado before everyone headed in for the mid-session tyre change. Michael van der Mark, never having missed qualifying for the second session, was third quickest before the second half.

Michael van der Mark sneaked up to second place but was knocked back out of contention when Leandro Mercado went quickest. Lorenzo Savadori took over at the top, ahead of Mercado, with a 1’23.737 after the flag came out.

Lorenzo Savadori and Leandro Mercado qualified for the second session while Michael van der Mark and Raffaele De Rosa were the quickest men to miss the top spots.

After a bit of a delay, the twelve riders qualified for Superpole two headed out with Jonathan Rea and Eugene Laverty leading the parade. Rea set a 1’23.179 as the benchmark lap, the fastest lap of the weekend so far with Chaz Davies second quickest. A lap later, Rea went even quicker, setting a 1’23.114, and was joined by Chaz Davies and Tom Sykes, both within four tenths, before it was time for tea and the qualifying tyres.

When the qualifying tyres were fitted, Leon Camier headed out first, buying himself possibly an extra lap and putting himself into fifth place. Eugene Laverty jumped up to second place, before any of the faster men recorded a lap on the sticky tyre, but once Tom Sykes completed his lap, everyone went down a place as Sykes set a 1’22.476 with enough time to fit another fast lap in. Rea joined Sykes in the 1’22s and was on pace to take pole until he hit the third sector and tangled with the corkscrew, relinquishing top spot to his teammate.

Tom Sykes, Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davies will make up the front row for the race later today, while Marco Melandri, Eugene Laverty and Leandro Mercado round out the second.

Wildcard Jake Gagne will start his home race in eighteenth place.

Results:

 

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'22.476   251,0
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'22.566 0.090 251,6
3 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'22.883 0.407 252,8
4 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'23.077 0.601 254,6
5 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'23.242 0.766 254,6
6 36 L. MERCADO Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'23.455 0.979 249,8
7 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 1'23.483 1.007 242,4
8 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'23.553 1.077 248,7
9 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'23.566 1.090 248,1
10 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'23.717 1.241 250,4
11 81 J. TORRES BMW S 1000 RR 1'23.789 1.313 247,5
12 15 A. DE ANGELIS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'23.797 1.321 246,4
13 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'24.250 0.513 246,4
14 35 R. DE ROSA BMW S 1000 RR 1'24.311 0.574 249,2
15 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'24.413 0.676 244,1
16 88 R. KRUMMENACHER Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'24.445 0.708 244,1
17 6 S. BRADL Honda CBR1000RR 1'24.593 0.856 243,6
18 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'24.658 0.921 244,1
19 96 J. SMRZ Yamaha YZF R1 1'25.125 1.388 238,1
20 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'25.303 1.566 244,1
21 37 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'25.669 1.932 244,7

 

Superpole One:

 

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'23.737   247,5
2 36 L. MERCADO Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'24.050 0.313 250,4
3 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'24.250 0.513 246,4
4 35 R. DE ROSA BMW S 1000 RR 1'24.311 0.574 249,2
5 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'24.413 0.676 244,1
6 88 R. KRUMMENACHER Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'24.445 0.708 244,1
7 6 S. BRADL Honda CBR1000RR 1'24.593 0.856 243,6
8 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'24.658 0.921 244,1
9 96 J. SMRZ Yamaha YZF R1 1'25.125 1.388 238,1
10 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'25.303 1.566 244,1
11 37 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'25.669 1.932 244,7

 

Superpole Two:

 

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'22.476   251,0
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'22.566 0.090 251,6
3 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'22.883 0.407 252,8
4 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'23.077 0.601 254,6
5 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'23.242 0.766 254,6
6 36 L. MERCADO Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'23.455 0.979 249,8
7 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 1'23.483 1.007 242,4
8 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'23.553 1.077 248,7
9 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'23.566 1.090 248,1
10 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'23.717 1.241 250,4
11 81 J. TORRES BMW S 1000 RR 1'23.789 1.313 247,5
12 15 A. DE ANGELIS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'23.797 1.321 246,4

 

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8
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2017 Laguna Seca World Superbike FP3 Results: Rea Quickest Ahead Of Davies

In the morning's untimed session, Jonathan Rea was quickest ahead of Chaz Davies. Tom Sykes finally beat Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty, ending a session in the top three for the first time this weekend. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'23.380   252,8
2 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'23.539 0.159 255,2
3 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'23.626 0.246 251,0
4 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'23.680 0.300 254,0
5 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'24.071 0.691 251,0
6 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'24.332 0.952 248,1
7 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 1'24.339 0.959 243,6
8 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'24.354 0.974 247,5
9 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'24.464 1.084 244,7
10 15 A. DE ANGELIS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'24.487 1.107 249,8
11 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'24.487 1.107 249,2
12 81 J. TORRES BMW S 1000 RR 1'24.585 1.205 247,5
13 35 R. DE ROSA BMW S 1000 RR 1'24.746 1.366 249,8
14 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'24.822 1.442 245,2
15 36 L. MERCADO Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'24.901 1.521 250,4
16 6 S. BRADL Honda CBR1000RR 1'24.990 1.610 243,0
17 88 R. KRUMMENACHER Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'25.098 1.718 242,4
18 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'25.124 1.744 244,7
19 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'25.326 1.946 243,6
20 96 J. SMRZ Yamaha YZF R1 1'26.117 2.737 234,5
21 37 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'26.261 2.881 237,6

 

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2017 Laguna Seca World Superbike FP2 Results: Davies Holds Off Rea

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Chaz Davies ends the day quickest in spite of being unable to improve on his morning's time. He's joined at the top by Jonathan Rea who, after the second red flag was lifted with just over three minutes left, put in the session's quickest time, just over a hundredth of a second off Davies's best lap. Marco Melandri was third quickest ahead of Eugene Laverty. American wildcard Jake Gagne, on the Red Bull Honda Fireblade, finished seventeenth quickest.

Leandro Mercado and Raffaele De Rosa are the two quickest men going into Superpole one. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'23.436   253,4
2 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'23.778 0.342 256,4
3 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'24.087 0.651 256,4
4 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'24.204 0.768 253,4
5 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'24.242 0.806 249,8
6 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 1'24.253 0.817 246,9
7 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'24.330 0.894 249,2
8 81 J. TORRES BMW S 1000 RR 1'24.388 0.952 245,2
9 15 A. DE ANGELIS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'24.626 1.190 248,7
10 36 L. MERCADO Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'24.670 1.234 251,6
11 35 R. DE ROSA BMW S 1000 RR 1'24.713 1.277 253,4
12 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'24.741 1.305 248,1
13 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'24.755 1.319 247,5
14 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'25.282 1.846 246,4
15 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'25.421 1.985 249,2
16 6 S. BRADL Honda CBR1000RR 1'25.595 2.159 241,4
17 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'25.618 2.182 243,6
18 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'25.835 2.399 245,2
19 88 R. KRUMMENACHER Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'26.009 2.573 243,0
20 96 J. SMRZ Yamaha YZF R1 1'26.448 3.012 234,5

Qualifying:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time
    Superpole Two:    
1 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'24.087
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'23.436
3 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'23.778
4 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'24.098
5 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'24.242
6 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 1'24.253
7 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'24.283
8 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'24.330
9 81 J. TORRES BMW S 1000 RR 1'24.388
10 15 A. DE ANGELIS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'24.626
    Superpole One:    
11 36 L. MERCADO Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'24.670
12 35 R. DE ROSA BMW S 1000 RR 1'24.713
13 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'24.755
14 6 S. BRADL Honda CBR1000RR 1'24.928
15 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'25.279
16 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'25.421
17 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'25.618
18 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'25.835
19 88 R. KRUMMENACHER Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'26.009
20 96 J. SMRZ Yamaha YZF R1 1'26.448
21 37 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'26.836

 

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2017 Laguna Seca World Superbike FP1 Results: Davies Leads Laverty

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Chaz Davies was ruled fit enough to compete this weekend and he celebrated by setting the fastest time of the session, over two-thirds of a second quicker than Eugene Laverty and Marco Melandri. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'23.425   254,6
2 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'24.098 0.673 251,0
3 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'24.194 0.769 252,2
4 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'24.218 0.793 252,2
5 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'24.283 0.858 248,7
6 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'24.347 0.922 249,2
7 81 J. TORRES BMW S 1000 RR 1'24.538 1.113 245,8
8 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'24.635 1.210 247,5
9 6 S. BRADL Honda CBR1000RR 1'24.928 1.503 239,7
10 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 1'24.997 1.572 243,6
11 35 R. DE ROSA BMW S 1000 RR 1'25.012 1.587 249,8
12 15 A. DE ANGELIS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'25.202 1.777 246,9
13 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'25.279 1.854 240,8
14 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'25.280 1.855 245,8
15 36 L. MERCADO Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'25.577 2.152 251,0
16 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'25.801 2.376 240,8
17 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'25.902 2.477 243,0
18 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'26.168 2.743 242,4
19 88 R. KRUMMENACHER Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'26.377 2.952 241,9
20 37 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'26.836 3.411 236,0
21 96 J. SMRZ Yamaha YZF R1 1'28.824 5.399 220,9

 

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2017 Sachsenring MotoGP Race Result: The Old King And The Young Gladiator

The sun might not have shined on the MotoGP boys, with some dark clouds greeting them on their way to the grid, but there were some shining performances to be witnessed this afternoon. Although there were some doubts on the conditions to come, it proved to be a dry race and a fantastic one for Marc Marquez, the world champion reminding us he’s still the master of the Sachsenring with his eighth consecutive victory from pole on the German circuit.

As predictable as it looked at first glance, his crown was anything but secure until the final three laps, home crowd favourite Jonas Folger pushing the world champion and new world championship leader until the very end. The German eventually settled for second but could not be happier to get his first podium in front of his home crowd, much like his teammate did some weeks ago.

The final podium spot when to a low key Dani Pedrosa, the Spanish veteran dropping off after the first few laps and having to manage his spinning and overheating tyres to the checkered flag. It might not have been a fun race but a podium and another step closer to the title fight was a good weekend’s work.

The podium contenders introduced themselves right from the start, when Marquez kept the lead from pole and Pedrosa followed him through as Petrucci was struggling early on and dropped to fifth, Jorge Lorenzo and Folger getting past him soon after. The Repsol Honda duo set a rapid pace at the front but couldn’t quite get a gap early on, as Folger got past Lorenzo in a brave move in turn eight on lap three.

Lorenzo’s early charge on the soft tyres was already fading by lap five, the Spaniard dropping behind Petrucci, who already had to contend with a two seconds gap on the three leaders. That was pretty much the last we saw of the two, Petrucci and Lorenzo going backwards for the remaining of the race.

Folger warmed up the crowds even further when he made it past Pedrosa on lap five, one lap later also going past Marquez  in turn twelve to grab the lead and give Herve Poncharal and most of the stands serious palpitations. The world champion was keeping up with the German but his teammate dropped almost two seconds back on the battle for the lead, steadily losing touch with the two in front.

Marquez took advantage of Folger running wide into turn one and retook the lead on lap eleven, the duo keeping the pace high, the only riders into the 1:21s. The Honda rider tried to build a gap, stretching ahead of the Yamaha by around half a second, but Folger was determined to catch up right away and left no breathing space for Marquez. The Tech 3 rider was putting pressure on the Honda leader but did not attempt another shift in the lead and he would not get another chance, the world champion setting a blistering pace until the very last lap to leave Folger over three seconds behind on the final three laps.

Behind the podium battle, Valentino Rossi had a decent start into sixth position on the first lap, while Andrea Dovizioso and Maverick Viñales held station, not making an impression in the early stages of the race. Dovizioso put Aleix Espargaro between him and Vinales on lap four and the Italian made steady progress to get into the battle for fourth and rub fairings with Rossi, while Viñales was lagging behind in ninth.

Rossi got in the lead of the chasing group by lap ten, having to deal with a three and a half seconds gap to get any podium aspirations. The group included Dovizioso and Vinales, who made his way close to his title rivals halfway through the race, dropping Espargaro, Petrucci, Bautista and Crutchlow a second behind.

With three championship contenders in close proximity, the provisional standings kept changing with every overtake, but the trio was not making any impression on the podium contenders ahead, the gap a steady three and a half seconds.

Viñales fought his way to the lead of the small group with ten laps to go, keeping Rossi and Dovizioso behind and into the clutches of a resurging Bautista. The Aspar rider was on a charge and went past Dovizioso with eight laps to go, but the Yamaha duo was already running away in front of them. Viñales broke away slightly from his teammate in the final four laps to ensure a fourth place, with Rossi fifth and Bautista sixth.

The older Espargaro brother also sneaked ahead of Dovizioso on the final laps to get seventh place, leaving the former championship leader eighth, ahead of a subdued performance from Johann Zarco, Cal Crutchlow and Jorge Lorenzo, who completed the top eleven. Front row starter Petrucci dropped as low as twelfth in the final laps of the race.

Marquez’s win puts him back in charge of the championship ahead of the summer break, 5 points in front of Viñales, with Dovizioso 1 point further back. Rossi drops one place to fourth but only 10 points behind the leader, while Pedrosa keeps fifth, 26 points down on his teammate.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 40'59.525
2 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha +3.310
3 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda +11.546
4 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha +14.253
5 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha +14.980
6 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati +16.534
7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia +19.736
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati +20.188
9 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha +21.138
10 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda +24.210
11 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati +25.659
12 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati +31.540
13 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM +32.179
14 38 Bradley SMITH KTM +36.453
15 43 Jack MILLER Honda +37.771
16 36 Mika KALLIO KTM +37.852
17 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati +39.323
18 53 Tito RABAT Honda +41.190
19 76 Loris BAZ Ducati +59.850
20 45 Scott REDDING Ducati +1'01.664
21 42 Alex RINS Suzuki +1'01.695
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  29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 6 Laps
  22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 18 Laps
  8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 0 Lap

 

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9
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2017 Sachsenring Moto2 Race Result: Nothing Is As Easy As Expected

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The Sachsenring decided to spoil us with a second dry race of the day that ended up looking like a biggie for a championship. Franco Morbidelli converted pole position into a stunning victory, although it was not quite the display of strength he showed in practice, after Miguel Oliveira pushed him all the way to the flag. The KTM rider finished a mere six hundredths of a second behind the winner, with Pecco Bagnaia getting over a rough patch to score his third podium of the season on the final few laps.

The picture looked rather different after the start, when Alex Marquez stole the lead and Tom Luthi joined the podium battle right away, despite a third row start. Luthi went straight into the lead one lap later, ahead of Marquez and Morbidelli, the trio joined by Sandro Cortese starting to get a gap on the pursuers as they got stuck behind Hector Garzo. Luthi wasn’t hanging around, the Swiss rider aided by some mistakes from the Marc VDS duo into building a gap of around seven tenths of a second.

Marquez’s challenge faded early on, when the Spaniard crashed into turn two on lap five - taking a hit from the bike but appeared to be mostly unharmed. That let his main title rivals battle for the win as Cortese started dropping back towards the pursuers. Oliveira was in charge of the chasing group by lap seven, having to fend off Simone Corsi, Bagnaia and Mattia Pasini. Oliveira caught up with Cortese and got past him soon after, taking over third place, two and a half seconds down on the leaders.

Luthi was flying at the front but could not shake off the championship leader, who eventually made his move on lap 8 and tried to impose his fierce rhythm from practice. Luthi looked to retaliate and gave it a good go, maybe too good, the Swiss rider losing the front in turn 12 on lap 12, gifting Morbidelli a head start to his summer holidays. It also left the Moto2 field with no riders to have scored points in all races this season.

Behind Morbidelli, Oliveira had to deal with a two seconds gap on the leader, the KTM rider shaving a couple of tenths on every lap. The rapid Portuguese rider was already on Morbidelli’s tail five laps later and biding his time for the attack. Morbidelli replied by picking up the pace with a few red sectors but could not shake off the Red Bull KTM man. Oliveira did not try a serious move until the final two laps, when he got past the championship leader but only briefly, Morbidelli back in front on the straight to start the final lap. Oliveira kept close enough to see the dirt on the Italian’s shoes but sector four was Morbidelli territory and he did not leave any doors open.

Following Luthi’s crash, third place was up for grabs once again and Corsi was leading an all-Italian fight for third against Bagnaia and Pasini, almost three seconds behind the victory battle. The trio recovered over a second on the leaders in their fight for the final podium spot, red sectors popping up throughout the top six late into the race. Bagnaia made his move with two laps to go, grabbing a podium and getting as close as half a second to the battle for the lead.  

With Corsi fourth and Pasini fifth, the two class rookies put on a nice display to take the next two places, Jorge Navarro sixth and Brad Binder looking like he was truly back from injury in seventh place. Cortese managed to salvage eighth position, ahead of Marcel Schortter, whose hard tyre gamble didn’t really pay off. Takaaki Nakagami might have been only tenth, but it was as welcome result after starting twenty-third.

Much like in the lightweight class, the leader goes on holiday with 37 points advantage, Morbidelli leading Luthi, with Oliveira jumping in third, 59 points down. Marquez drops to fourth, 60 points behind his teammate and with quite a challenge on his hands in the second half of the season.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 41'05.137
2 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM +0.066
3 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex +0.574
4 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up +0.749
5 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex +1.300
6 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex +8.958
7 41 Brad BINDER KTM +9.204
8 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter +15.099
9 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter +17.875
10 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex +19.291
11 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex +20.767
12 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 +21.533
13 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex +24.635
14 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex +27.357
15 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex +27.411
16 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex +37.620
17 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Kalex +44.500
18 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex +44.556
19 57 Edgar PONS Kalex +48.711
20 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex +49.534
21 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex +52.511
22 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex +1'04.259
23 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter +1'12.905
24 22 Federico FULIGNI Kalex +1'18.109
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  12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 18 Laps
  77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 22 Laps
  73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 25 Laps
  14 Hector GARZO Tech 3 27 Laps
  5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 27 Laps
  37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 0 Lap

 

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9
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2017 Sachsenring Moto3 Race Result: An Exciting Trio Battling To The Line

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After unpredictability was the name of the game weather-wise all weekend, the rain gods decided to repay the lightweight class and keep away from their race. That led to a three-way fight for the podium positions after Joan Mir, Romano Fenati and Marcos Ramirez broke away from the field early in the race to decide the win between them.

With the number of times the lead changed hands, it was nearly impossible to pick the winning rider and it went all the way down to the final sector of the final lap, Mir attacking Fenati in turn 12, snatching his fifth win of the season and adding up some spare change to his championship lead.

Fenati was the only one in the field to have gambled on the medium rear tyre, which got some pessimistic reviews before the race, but the Italian made it work and took second position. Marcos Ramirez enjoyed the sight from the Moto3 podium for the first time in his career, a result that was always going to come after his consistent performance all season.

On the other hand, the gift of the weather gods was not fully appreciated by the poleman, Aron Canet never in contention after a poor start dropped him back to fifth position, as Mir was taking the lead and trying an escape with Ramirez on his tail. Fenati pounced on the medium rear tyre by lap two, challenging Mir but never quite dropping him. Ramirez, Arbolino and Bulega latched to the lead group, Canet leading the chasers but to little success in the early laps of the race.

By lap four, the poleman was already one and a half seconds behind the leaders and having to contend with Darryn Binder and Philipp Oettl, the gap growing to four seconds by lap nine and only going up from there on. On lap thirteen, the pole jinx continued, Canet almost out of point scoring positions while fighting in a massive group for final honours. It just got worse from then on, the Spaniard crashing out with eleven laps to go, turning pole into a DNF for the second time this season.

At the front, Fenati, Mir and Ramirez shared the lead in all the various configurations possible, as Bulega and Arbolino kept quiet behind them. Fenati could not make the most of his medium rear tyre early on, surrounded by bikes on hards, but the Italian made it work good enough to keep up with his rivals as tyre degradation came into play in the final part of the race. If Fenati had any such issues, it didn’t show, the Honda rider continuing to attack Mir until the very last lap.

With nine laps to go, the lead trio had broken away from Bulega and Arbolino, the SIC58 Team rider looking like a secure fifth place before he crashed out of turn two one lap later. That left Bulega in no-man’s land, two seconds behind the podium battle and seven ahead of Oettl. The Italian won’t have minded that as he scored his best result this season, a fourth, with home rider Oettl taking fifth place.

Enea Bastianini got the best of a massive group fighting for sixth place all throughout the race, finishing ahead of Livio Loi, Bo Bendsneyder and Tatsuki Suzuki, with Darryn Binder completing the top ten.

Another win, another step towards the title for Mir, increasing his lead to 37 points ahead of the summer break. Fenati will have some homework to catch up with from second position, Canet the major loser of the day, dropping back 55 points. Martin keeps fourth place in the standings despite missing the race due to his ankle injury, Fabio Di Giannantonio sneaking ahead of John McPhee, who crashed out on lap 8 after a poor first few laps.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 36 Joan MIR Honda 39'34.775
2 5 Romano FENATI Honda +0.121
3 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM +0.218
4 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM +5.074
5 65 Philipp OETTL KTM +13.073
6 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda +13.650
7 11 Livio LOI Honda +14.318
8 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM +14.466
9 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda +14.583
10 40 Darryn BINDER KTM +14.666
11 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda +15.438
12 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM +16.146
13 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda +16.234
14 95 Jules DANILO Honda +16.324
15 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra +17.603
16 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM +17.752
17 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda +17.845
18 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot +17.863
19 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra +40.054
20 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra +40.254
21 27 Kaito TOBA Honda +40.521
22 31 Raul FERNANDEZ Mahindra +1'09.377
23 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda +1'09.466
24 77 Tim GEORGI KTM +1'09.590
25 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot +1'13.004
26 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 2 Laps
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  19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1 Lap
  14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 8 Laps
  44 Aron CANET Honda 12 Laps
  52 Danny KENT KTM 12 Laps
  17 John MCPHEE Honda 21 Laps

 

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9
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2017 Sachsenring MotoGP Warm Up Result: Folger Warms Up Home Crowd

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Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'21.635    
2 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'21.785 0.150 0.150
3 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'21.830 0.195 0.045
4 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'21.857 0.222 0.027
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'21.880 0.245 0.023
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'21.929 0.294 0.049
7 36 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'22.036 0.401 0.107
8 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'22.039 0.404 0.003
9 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'22.072 0.437 0.033
10 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'22.101 0.466 0.029
11 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'22.240 0.605 0.139
12 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'22.307 0.672 0.067
13 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'22.368 0.733 0.061
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'22.377 0.742 0.009
15 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'22.386 0.751 0.009
16 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'22.459 0.824 0.073
17 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'22.503 0.868 0.044
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'22.618 0.983 0.115
19 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'22.655 1.020 0.037
20 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'22.717 1.082 0.062
21 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'22.737 1.102 0.020
22 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'22.787 1.152 0.050
23 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'22.868 1.233 0.081
24 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'22.906 1.271 0.038
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