MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2016 Aragon MotoGP Race Result: Another Brick In The Championship Wall

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In warm but cloudy and tyre-choice-doubtful conditions, expectations were high for the local boy, Marc Marquez looking to even the win/crash balance in Aragon. The mythical ninth consecutive winner never came but Marquez offered us an interesting mix of close scraps in the first part of the race and utter domination in the second part. His second win in Aragon and fifty-fourth overall saw him become the sixth most successful rider, an honour shared with Mick Doohan.

A rather inhospitable podium was shared with the feisty Yamaha duo, Jorge Lorenzo doing his best shark impersonation to bite his teammate out of second place.

A promising start saw Lorenzo and Maverick Viñales roughing up Marquez in the first turns, the Suzuki rider taking the lead by the end of lap one. Valentino Rossi had a decent start to be right behind the front row action but taking his time with the attack.

Marquez let his fellow Spaniard get his time in the sun, but took back the lead on lap two. Despite setting fastest laps, the Honda couldn’t shake him off and a massive save of a front end washout saw him drop down to fifth place, leaving Viñales to lead from Lorenzo, Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso. Behind them, only Aleix Espargaro, Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow kept up with the lead group.

After the scare, Marquez settled a little behind the Ducati, waiting for his hard tyres to find some heat, while Viñales built a bit of a gap from the fighting Yamahas. The straights made Marquez’s fight with Dovizioso pretty hard but he eventually grabbed fourth by lap six. Meanwhile, Rossi overtook Lorenzo to try and catch up with Viñales, the top four riders getting a one-second gap from the group led by Espargaro.

As Rossi caught up with Viñales, Marquez was hunting Lorenzo for third. The world championship leader made it stick on the reigning world champion on lap seven, having to recover a second on the two leaders once he dealt with the first Yamaha.

With fifteen laps to go, Rossi aggressively made his way past the Suzuki leader, Marquez closing down quickly and gapping Lorenzo. The Honda had an easy time when Viñales went wide a lap later, dropping into Lorenzo’s claws, the Yamaha taking his chance soon after.

The top three started setting red sectors, Marquez soon on his archenemy’s tail. Turn fifteen was his choice of battlefield all race long and so it was with Rossi as well, with ten laps to go. But overtaking Rossi and shaking him off was not the same thing, the Italian keeping close on the softer front tyre. On the hard tyre combination, the Honda tried to set the fierce rhythm of FP4 but Rossi wouldn’t give up the fight that quickly. It wasn’t to be though, the gap going over half a second with nine laps to go, Marquez pushing hard with a fastest lap and several personal bests, finding over a second on Rossi in just one lap.

Meanwhile, Lorenzo was having a handful of Viñales on his case but the Suzuki rider once again made a mistake and lost two seconds on the Yamaha. Lorenzo was quickly starting to catch up with Rossi, the shark attacking his teammate with five laps to go. Things looked settled but the grudge match wasn’t over for the podium positions, Rossi back in attack mode in the final two laps but a last-gasp attempt saw him run extremely wide and getting him off Lorenzo’s back.

Behind the podium positions, Viñales rode home in a comfortable but probably disappointing fourth, Cal Crutchlow winning the fight in the second group to finish fifth. Dani Pedrosa made his way past Aleix Espargaro on the last lap, the other Espargaro following them home in eighth position. A fantastic race was had by Aprilia as well, Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl completing the top ten, ahead of a fast fading Andrea Dovizioso. In another last fun fact, luxury guest Nicky Hayden was greeted with a point on his brief MotoGP comeback.

Predictably, it proved to be an important race in the title battle, Marquez finally adding some more points to his tally against Rossi and stalling his charge, now back to 52 in front of the Italian. Lorenzo’s crucial overtake also got him closer to his teammate, now 14 points behind him.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 41'57.678
2 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha +2.740
3 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha +5.983
4 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki +8.238
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda +13.221
6 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda +17.072
7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki +18.522
8 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha +19.432
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia +23.071
10 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia +27.898
11 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati +32.448
12 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati +35.033
13 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati +36.224
14 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati +37.621
15 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda +40.509
16 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati +43.906
17 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati +56.740
18 76 Loris BAZ Ducati +59.681
19 45 Scott REDDING Ducati +1'34.126
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  53 Tito RABAT Honda 7 Laps

 

Round Number: 
14
2016
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2016 Aragon Moto2 Race Result: Title Battles, Teammate Battles And A Sublime Win

An outstanding Moto2 race managed to nearly reach the bar set by the smaller class earlier on, a tense affair despite the victor checking out soon after the start and barely featuring on the TV screens. Sam Lowes made up for the bad luck and mistakes of recent races to take a splendid dominating win on his fiftieth grand prix start, crossing the line over three seconds ahead of the opposition.

The podium was decided in an extremely late teammate battle, Alex Marquez and Franco Morbidelli throwing the dice in the final turn and it coming out in favour of the local rider, Marquez second by a mere three hundredths of a second and grabbing his first podium in quite a long time.

It didn’t look like it was going to be that much trouble for Marquez after the start, the Marc VDS rider taking the lead in turn one. But an impatient Lowes got back his top spot, the duo already building a gap of a second ahead of Lorenzo Baldassarri by the end of the first lap.

A bit further back, Johann Zarco lost some places in a tangle at the start, the world championship leader stuck in a fight with Franco Morbidelli. While that was going on, Alex Rins recovered a handful of places on the first laps, finding himself overtaking his title rival by lap three.

Lowes ran a hot pace at the front, keeping Marquez at bay, around half a second behind, the chasing group led by Thomas Luthi and including Baldassarri, Takaaki Nakagami, Jonas Folger, Rins and Morbidelli. Zarco continued to struggle, overtaken by Simone Corsi and riding around two seconds behind his main title rival.

With red sectors popping up all over the top ten, there was little action besides some moves from Nakagami and Morbidelli as Baldassarri appeared to fade away after being as high as third after the start.

With fourteen laps to go, the script settled, Lowes over a second ahead of Marquez, Luthi some two seconds behind the Spaniard, Nakagami and Morbidelli keeping close but not close enough to battle. Rins dropped a couple of seconds on the group, battling for sixth position with Baldassarri and a small group including Corsi, Zarco and Folger.

Ten laps left, the cameras turned to Morbidelli and Nakagami fighting for fourth spot, the rest of the top ten holding station. As Nakagami lost some ground to finish fifth, Morbidelli stalked Luthi to steal the last podium position with eight laps to go and set sights on his teammate. The Marc VDS duo started a remote battle, both riders setting red sectors, Marquez trying to keep the one-second gap and Morbidelli pushing to reduce that distance. The gap came down to three hundredths of a second on the final lap, the duo switching places in the final turn but Marquez back in front by the time they crossed the line.

Meanwhile, Zarco decided to pounce in an attempt to get closer to Rins in sixth place, overtaking Corsi but stuck behind Baldassarri in eighth position to the end of the race. In terms of championship standings, that leaves Zarco one little point ahead of Rins, race winner Lowes back in third and with a more manageable 40 points behind Zarco.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 40'00.885
2 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex +3.289
3 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex +3.321
4 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex +5.181
5 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex +10.722
6 40 Alex RINS Kalex +12.164
7 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex +12.385
8 5 Johann ZARCO Kalex +12.612
9 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up +14.004
10 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex +18.164
11 19 Xavier SIMEON Speed Up +22.413
12 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex +22.671
13 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex +22.909
14 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex +23.437
15 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex +25.293
16 49 Axel PONS Kalex +25.828
17 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 +26.404
18 4 Steven ODENDAAL Kalex +26.525
19 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex +30.341
20 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex +30.438
21 60 Julian SIMON Speed Up +30.505
22 77 Dominique AEGERTER Kalex +41.767
23 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex +42.019
24 57 Edgar PONS Kalex +42.058
25 10 Luca MARINI Kalex +45.444
26 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT Kalex +45.629
27 70 Robin MULHAUSER Kalex +55.886
28 32 Isaac VIÑALES Tech 3 +55.889
29 52 Danny KENT Kalex 1 Lap
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  89 Alan TECHER NTS 14 Laps

 

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14
2016
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2016 Aragon Moto3 Race Result: The Cream Rises To The Top

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A nervy morning where all the eyes were on the world title’s faith started off with the main actors at the forefront, the only men to stop Brad Binder from making history contesting the race lead for its entire length. And they put up a respectable fight but, in the end, the unavoidable happened and South Africa crowned their first world champion since Jon Ekerold in 1980. With the title wrapped up, Jorge Navarro had to settle for an excellent win, joined on the podium by Binder and Enea Bastianini.

Poleman Bastianini had a great start good as Binder was already attacking the front row starters. But there was no peace and quiet for the Italian as Navarro took the lead by lap two, the duo breaking away slightly from the chasing group led by Binder and including Philipp Oettl, Gabriel Rodrigo and Aron Canet, the top six already over a second away from the rest.

By lap six, Binder decided to throw himself in the battle for the lead, constantly switching places with Bastianini as Navarro tried to build a gap at the front. The mission was unsuccessful as Oettl didn’t need much of an invitation to join the podium fight either, taking the lead with thirteen laps to go, as the top ten was bunching together once again. The group also included an impressive Joan Mir, who jumped from twenty-fifth to eleven on the first lap.

Very efficient slipstream zones meant that not one rider managed to hold the lead for too much, Binder hitting the front for the first time with twelve laps to go and Fabio Di Giannantonio sampling his favourite hobby of the weekend: chasing the tail of the South African. Bastianini didn’t let his teammate have too much fun but a few mistakes saw both him and Navarro dropping back slightly from their championship rival.

With seven laps to go, Binder looked to get himself into a bit of trouble as Di Giannantonio took the lead with the benefit of a slipstream, Binder finding himself pushed back into the claws of his main rivals. He wasn’t worried for long, the world championship leader back to the front two laps later, the top four including Bastianini, Di Giannantonio and Navarro breaking free from the rest of the top eleven led by Mir. The impressive Spaniard held position to finish the race fifth.

In the final three laps, Binder ran wide and dropped to the back of the little group, Navarro needing no invitation to take the lead and leaving the title battle in murky waters. The last lap became the usual Moto3 insanity, Binder doing his best to claw his way back onto the podium. Starting the last lap fourth, the South African fought with Di Giannantonio and Bastianini to cross the line second, barely three hundredths of a second behind the winner.

With the world champion decided, Navarro’s win brought him back in second position in the standings, ahead of Bastianini, Bulega losing a bit of ground and dropping behind Joan Mir due to an unfortunate crash early in the race.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 9 Jorge NAVARRO Honda 39'56.973
2 41 Brad BINDER KTM +0.030
3 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda +0.107
4 4 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda +0.162
5 36 Joan MIR KTM +1.724
6 88 Jorge MARTIN Mahindra +1.903
7 44 Aron CANET Honda +1.979
8 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM +3.008
9 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM +3.101
10 65 Philipp OETTL KTM +3.559
11 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM +3.594
12 20 Fabio QUARTARARO KTM +6.883
13 17 John MCPHEE Peugeot +9.742
14 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda +9.758
15 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM +9.776
16 21 Francesco BAGNAIA Mahindra +9.931
17 55 Andrea LOCATELLI KTM +13.358
18 11 Livio LOI Honda +13.645
19 95 Jules DANILO Honda +18.776
20 76 Hiroki ONO Honda +22.193
21 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Mahindra +22.800
22 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda +30.459
23 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda +30.749
24 12 Albert ARENAS Peugeot +36.510
25 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA KTM +43.028
26 40 Darryn BINDER Mahindra +43.441
27 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Mahindra +43.478
28 6 Maria HERRERA KTM +1'10.624
29 77 Lorenzo PETRARCA Mahindra +1'14.198
30 18 Gabriel MARTINEZ-ABREGO Mahindra +1'45.935
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  43 Stefano VALTULINI Mahindra 11 Laps
    Not Finished 1st Lap    
  8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 0 Lap
  84 Jakub KORNFEIL Honda 0 Lap
  3 Fabio SPIRANELLI Mahindra 0 Lap

 

Round Number: 
14
2016
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2016 Aragon MotoGP Warm Up Result: Marquez Leads, Lorenzo Crashes

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Results:

(* fast but harmless crash)

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'48.928    
2 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'49.004 0.076 0.076
3 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'49.172 0.244 0.168
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'49.239 0.311 0.067
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'49.241 0.313 0.002
6 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 1'49.259 0.331 0.018
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'49.332 0.404 0.073
8 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'49.768 0.840 0.436
9 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'49.979 1.051 0.211
10 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'50.048 1.120 0.069
11 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'50.072 1.144 0.024
12 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'50.328 1.400 0.256
13 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'50.330 1.402 0.002
14 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'50.427 1.499 0.097
15 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 1'50.491 1.563 0.064
16 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'50.498 1.570 0.007
17 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 1'50.629 1.701 0.131
18 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 1'50.850 1.922 0.221
19 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'51.051 2.123 0.201
20 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'51.461 2.533 0.410
  22 Alex LOWES Yamaha      

 

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14
2016
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2016 Aragon Moto2 Warm Up Result: Morbidelli Shows Good Pace

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Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'54.163    
2 5 Johann ZARCO Kalex 1'54.303 0.140 0.140
3 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'54.314 0.151 0.011
4 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 1'54.428 0.265 0.114
5 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'54.478 0.315 0.050
6 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'54.510 0.347 0.032
7 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 1'54.597 0.434 0.087
8 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'54.604 0.441 0.007
9 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'54.637 0.474 0.033
10 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'54.675 0.512 0.038
11 60 Julian SIMON Speed Up 1'54.720 0.557 0.045
12 40 Alex RINS Kalex 1'54.733 0.570 0.013
13 19 Xavier SIMEON Speed Up 1'54.764 0.601 0.031
14 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'54.942 0.779 0.178
15 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'55.070 0.907 0.128
16 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'55.132 0.969 0.062
17 52 Danny KENT Kalex 1'55.250 1.087 0.118
18 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'55.386 1.223 0.136
19 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT Kalex 1'55.458 1.295 0.072
20 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'55.558 1.395 0.100
21 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'55.558 1.395  
22 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'55.761 1.598 0.203
23 32 Isaac VIÑALES Tech 3 1'55.814 1.651 0.053
24 4 Steven ODENDAAL Kalex 1'55.878 1.715 0.064
25 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'56.153 1.990 0.275
26 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'56.332 2.169 0.179
27 77 Dominique AEGERTER Kalex 1'56.340 2.177 0.008
28 89 Alan TECHER NTS 1'56.648 2.485 0.308
29 70 Robin MULHAUSER Kalex 1'56.836 2.673 0.188
  7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex      

 

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14
2016
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2016 Aragon Moto3 Warm Up Result: Di Giannantonio Leads Binder

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Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 4 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'59.668    
2 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'59.731 0.063 0.063
3 36 Joan MIR KTM 2'00.197 0.529 0.466
4 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'00.276 0.608 0.079
5 20 Fabio QUARTARARO KTM 2'00.291 0.623 0.015
6 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 2'00.301 0.633 0.010
7 40 Darryn BINDER Mahindra 2'00.316 0.648 0.015
8 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 2'00.325 0.657 0.009
9 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'00.411 0.743 0.086
10 11 Livio LOI Honda 2'00.540 0.872 0.129
11 9 Jorge NAVARRO Honda 2'00.567 0.899 0.027
12 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'00.622 0.954 0.055
13 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Mahindra 2'00.683 1.015 0.061
14 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'00.702 1.034 0.019
15 88 Jorge MARTIN Mahindra 2'00.705 1.037 0.003
16 21 Francesco BAGNAIA Mahindra 2'00.707 1.039 0.002
17 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'00.746 1.078 0.039
18 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 2'00.761 1.093 0.015
19 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 2'00.770 1.102 0.009
20 55 Andrea LOCATELLI KTM 2'00.889 1.221 0.119
21 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Honda 2'00.891 1.223 0.002
22 17 John MCPHEE Peugeot 2'00.898 1.230 0.007
23 76 Hiroki ONO Honda 2'01.003 1.335 0.105
24 12 Albert ARENAS Peugeot 2'01.056 1.388 0.053
25 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'01.073 1.405 0.017
26 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'01.349 1.681 0.276
27 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Mahindra 2'01.416 1.748 0.067
28 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA KTM 2'01.538 1.870 0.122
29 43 Stefano VALTULINI Mahindra 2'02.454 2.786 0.916
30 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda 2'02.612 2.944 0.158
31 95 Jules DANILO Honda 2'02.701 3.033 0.089
32 3 Fabio SPIRANELLI Mahindra 2'03.342 3.674 0.641
33 77 Lorenzo PETRARCA Mahindra 2'03.404 3.736 0.062
34 18 Gabriel MARTINEZ-ABREGO Mahindra 2'05.395 5.727 1.991
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14
2016
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2016 Aragon Moto2 Qualifying Result: A Low-Key Battle

A hot afternoon greeted the intermediate class for their qualifying session, although the action proved to be both calmer and closer than the class that preceded them. There was no dramatic last minute fight, no major incidents and no big surprises at the top.

For the first part of the session it looked like a straight affair between early leader Jonas Folger and the two closest challengers, Johann Zarco and Alex Marquez. With eight minutes left of the session, Sam Lowes crashed the party to snatch pole position from home boy Marquez by a slender margin of five hundredths of a second.

Marquez did have another go at pole but the mission proved impossible, the Spaniard settling for second position. Takaaki Nakagami also looked like challenging the lead but will complete the first row for Sunday’s race.

Folger couldn’t improve on an early fast lap, dropping him back to fourth, just ahead of Zarco, the championship leader also struggling towards the end of the session. They will share second row with Lorenzo Baldassarri, who added another small crash to his portfolio.

Franco Morbidelli will be somewhat disappointed to have qualified seventh after a good showing during practice, to which a one-place grid penalty will be applied for the incident that saw Miguel Oliveira injured and out of the race. That means Thomas Luthi gains a spot, with Axel Pons closing the third line of the grid.

A thirteenth position means that Alex Rins will start the race from the fifth row, with quite a lot to do and hoping to feel better by Sunday afternoon.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'53.207    
2 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'53.261 0.054 0.054
3 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'53.491 0.284 0.230
4 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 1'53.501 0.294 0.010
5 5 Johann ZARCO Kalex 1'53.659 0.452 0.158
6 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'53.750 0.543 0.091
7 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'53.844 0.637 0.094
8 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'53.998 0.791 0.154
9 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'54.001 0.794 0.003
10 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'54.027 0.820 0.026
11 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'54.075 0.868 0.048
12 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'54.154 0.947 0.079
13 40 Alex RINS Kalex 1'54.163 0.956 0.009
14 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 1'54.199 0.992 0.036
15 60 Julian SIMON Speed Up 1'54.240 1.033 0.041
16 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'54.312 1.105 0.072
17 19 Xavier SIMEON Speed Up 1'54.350 1.143 0.038
18 4 Steven ODENDAAL Kalex 1'54.761 1.554 0.411
19 77 Dominique AEGERTER Kalex 1'54.764 1.557 0.003
20 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'54.775 1.568 0.011
21 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'54.830 1.623 0.055
22 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'54.959 1.752 0.129
23 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'54.984 1.777 0.025
24 70 Robin MULHAUSER Kalex 1'54.998 1.791 0.014
25 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'55.068 1.861 0.070
26 89 Alan TECHER NTS 1'55.088 1.881 0.020
27 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'55.096 1.889 0.008
28 52 Danny KENT Kalex 1'55.245 2.038 0.149
29 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT Kalex 1'55.548 2.341 0.303
30 32 Isaac VIÑALES Tech 3 1'56.363 3.156 0.815
  44 Miguel OLIVEIRA Kalex      

 

Round Number: 
14
2016
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2016 Aragon MotoGP Qualifying Result: A Clinical Demolition Job

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To no one’s great surprise, the demolition job from FP4 continued in the qualifying session, Marc Marquez doing his thing early on, shaving seven tenths off his own best time of the weekend. That kept him firmly on top for the rest of the session, as the rest of the contenders were doing their best to get within a second of the leader. By getting his fourth consecutive pole position in Aragon, Marquez equals Lorenzo once again on 64 career poles.

Maverick Viñales was the closest challenger, a late charge from the Spaniard leaving him six tenths off Marquez. Jorge Lorenzo pulled a couple of 1:47s out of nowhere to sneak onto the first row, a big improvement on his FP4 times and completing an all-Spanish front row.

Andrea Dovizioso was a low-key challenger until the final minutes of the session, when the Italian briefly led the battle for second but getting pushed down to the second row of the grid. The rest of the Hondas were not as fast as expected, Cal Crutchlow in fifth after crashing in turn one in the final minutes. Valentino Rossi will have been surprised both by the eight tenths gap to the poleman and his teammate sneaking ahead of him and leaving the Italian to complete the second row of the grid.

Dani Pedrosa was on course to upset the order on the second row but crashed into turn fifteen on the final lap, starting Sunday’s race in seventh position. He will share the third row with Aleix Espargaro and Q1 leader Danilo Petrucci.

Scott Redding and Pol Espargaro will occupy fourth row, with Stefan Bradl in twelfth place making it a second race in succession for Aprilia putting a bike in Q2.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'47.117    
2 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 1'47.748 0.631 0.631
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'47.778 0.661 0.030
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'47.819 0.702 0.041
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'47.843 0.726 0.024
6 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'47.951 0.834 0.108
7 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'48.017 0.900 0.066
8 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'48.230 1.113 0.213
9 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'48.236 1.119 0.006
10 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'48.242 1.125 0.006
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'48.448 1.331 0.206
12 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 1'49.083 1.966 0.635
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Q2 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'48.596    
Q2 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 1'48.622 0.026 0.026
3 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'48.699 0.103 0.077
4 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'48.904 0.308 0.205
5 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'48.954 0.358 0.050
6 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 1'49.052 0.456 0.098
7 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'49.139 0.543 0.087
8 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'49.319 0.723 0.180
9 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 1'49.490 0.894 0.171
10 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'49.841 1.245 0.351
  22 Alex LOWES Yamaha      
Round Number: 
14
2016
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2016 Aragon MotoGP FP4 Result: Another One For The Marquez Household

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The world championship leader is on a mission this weekend, Marc Marquez pushing strong from the start of the session, nearly breaking into the 1:47s on his first laps, before lapping comfortably in the mid 1:48s for the rest of the session, most of his laps faster than the nearest rival.

Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa were the closest challengers when it came to race pace, seven tenths down on the fastest lap and running in the low 1:49s. Aleix Espargaro split the duo in the timesheets, the three within a tenth of each other.

Cal Crutchlow was once again at the sharp end in fifth position, the last rider posting a time in the 1:48s, followed by Maverick Viñales in sixth, the Spaniard a second down on Marquez.

The Ducatis used the session to test the medium option rear tyre in an attempt to see if it is a viable option for the race, Andrea Dovizioso posting reasonable times in the low 1:49s and finishing FP4 in seventh position, in front of Pol Espargaro.

Jorge Lorenzo’s new shark-themed helmet got quite a bit of airtime but didn’t help much in posting top times, the world champion lingering at the back of the top ten for most of the session. Almost a second and a half down on Marquez and his race pace consistent but consistently slower than his main rivals.

Still recovering from injury and resting to be in top shape for qualifying, Loris Baz put in few laps, while Alex Lowes sat out the session after a foot injury following an FP3 crash, the rider’s condition to be reviewed on Sunday.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'48.060    
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'48.806 0.746 0.746
3 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'48.853 0.793 0.047
4 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'48.921 0.861 0.068
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'48.977 0.917 0.056
6 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 1'49.138 1.078 0.161
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'49.176 1.116 0.038
8 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'49.361 1.301 0.185
9 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'49.496 1.436 0.135
10 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'49.557 1.497 0.061
11 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 1'49.651 1.591 0.094
12 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 1'49.669 1.609 0.018
13 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'49.677 1.617 0.008
14 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'49.752 1.692 0.075
15 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'49.847 1.787 0.095
16 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'49.847 1.787  
17 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'49.961 1.901 0.114
18 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'50.059 1.999 0.098
19 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 1'50.915 2.855 0.856
20 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'51.133 3.073 0.218
  22 Alex LOWES Yamaha      

 

Round Number: 
14
2016
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Total votes: 6

2016 Aragon Moto3 Qualifying Result: Early Benchmark Wins The Waiting Game *UPDATED*

The shenanigans started before an actual lap time was posted, most of the grid waiting patiently in the garages for someone suitable for a tow. The first time popped up four minutes into the session, the Estrella Galicia duo at the top for the first few laps, the two riding together.

With all the attention on Brad Binder’s rear wheel, the track was constantly a traffic jam, even exiting pitlane proving a slow-moving challenge. On the second run, Binder found himself some space to grab the top position briefly, before Enea Bastianini beat that time by over half a second. Binder set off to get back on top while Canet kept sneaking ahead of him on the front row.

The waiting game for the last run meant that most of the riders had to rely on last lap glory, Binder running wide in the first sector and slipping back as rivals crossed the line. That left Bastianini’s early benchmark as the pole position time, the Italian followed on the first row by Jorge Navarro. Livio Loi had a great final run to snatch third position but a three-place grid penalty from Friday will push him back to the second row. The same applies to Gabriel Rodrigo in fourth, the RBA Racing rider having a four-place penalty.

That will promote Aron Canet to the back of the first row, despite being almost half a second down on Bastianini. Philipp Oettl qualified sixth, ahead of Brad Binder, the two riders on the second row of the grid, joined by Loi after his penalty is applied.

FP3 leader Fabio Quartararo showed good pace but wasn’t amongst the lucky ones to have benefited from a tow so he ended up in eight position, ahead of Hiroki Ono and Bo Bendsneyder.

It was a tough qualifying for many of the usual contenders, Jorge Martin eleventh, Fabio Di Giannantonio thirteenth, Nicolo Bulega eighteenth ahead of Niccolo Antonelli, who also carries a grid penalty. Pecco Bagnaia was only twenty-first, with Joan Mir suffering from the lack of track time in twenty-seventh position.

Besides Loi, Rodrigo and Antonelli, Fabio Spiranelli and Jakub Kornfeil will also have grid penalties to be applied and I wouldn’t bet that this is the final grid configuration after the stewards have another look at the session.

UPDATE: To no one's suprise, there were several other penalties applied, the most relevant being Livio Loi getting disqualified from the session for using a non-homologated gearbox, that promoting Fabio Quartararo to the second row of the grid. Amongst the 'slow riders', Khairul Idham Pawi got five grid positions and one penalty point, Marcos Ramirez three grid positions and Jorge Martin got away with a warning. Hafizh Syahrin and Nicolo Bulega both got fines, one for taking part in a test without informing Race Direction and the other for waving his hands about in an ungentlemanly manner.

Results:          

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'58.293    
2 9 Jorge NAVARRO Honda 1'58.506 0.213 0.213
3 11 Livio LOI Honda 1'58.521 0.228 0.015
4 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'58.592 0.299 0.071
5 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'58.758 0.465 0.166
6 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'58.787 0.494 0.029
7 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'58.841 0.548 0.054
8 20 Fabio QUARTARARO KTM 1'58.929 0.636 0.088
9 76 Hiroki ONO Honda 1'58.943 0.650 0.014
10 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'58.978 0.685 0.035
11 88 Jorge MARTIN Mahindra 1'59.032 0.739 0.054
12 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA KTM 1'59.046 0.753 0.014
13 4 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'59.083 0.790 0.037
14 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'59.087 0.794 0.004
15 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'59.126 0.833 0.039
16 55 Andrea LOCATELLI KTM 1'59.152 0.859 0.026
17 17 John MCPHEE Peugeot 1'59.189 0.896 0.037
18 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'59.264 0.971 0.075
19 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'59.326 1.033 0.062
20 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'59.348 1.055 0.022
21 21 Francesco BAGNAIA Mahindra 1'59.371 1.078 0.023
22 12 Albert ARENAS Peugeot 1'59.395 1.102 0.024
23 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda 1'59.406 1.113 0.011
24 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 1'59.564 1.271 0.158
25 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Mahindra 1'59.674 1.381 0.110
26 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Honda 1'59.705 1.412 0.031
27 36 Joan MIR KTM 1'59.795 1.502 0.090
28 40 Darryn BINDER Mahindra 1'59.848 1.555 0.053
29 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Mahindra 2'00.047 1.754 0.199
30 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'00.606 2.313 0.559
31 3 Fabio SPIRANELLI Mahindra 2'00.950 2.657 0.344
32 43 Stefano VALTULINI Mahindra 2'01.125 2.832 0.175
33 77 Lorenzo PETRARCA Mahindra 2'01.668 3.375 0.543
34 18 Gabriel MARTINEZ-ABREGO Mahindra 2'03.628 5.335 1.960

 

Round Number: 
14
2016
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Total votes: 5

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