2017 Sachsenring MotoGP FP2 Result: Barbera Dethrones Marquez

A quick downpour after the end of the Moto3 session soaked the track and promised to cause trouble for the MotoGP class. With sunshine already breaking through the clouds by the time the first riders joined the track, it was a matter of how quick the new surface would dry.

Wet tyres were the only conceivable choice in the beginning of the session but, perhaps unpredictably, Dani Pedrosa was the first leader of the afternoon, consistently increasing the gap at the front as anyone looked to challenge him. And by "anyone" I mostly meant teammate Marc Marquez and, like in the good old days, Jorge Lorenzo. The reigning world champion eventually led the way, getting in front of his teammate by one tenth of a second, while Lorenzo slipped back into a more usual tenth position.

Just as some teams started questioning tyre choices, another downpour hit the track and, while it clarified viable options, it also discouraged much track action. The factory Hondas were joined by Johann Zarco and Scott Redding for a less than romantic mid-session stroll through the rain. Zarco drew the short straw and was the first victim of the conditions, the Frenchman crashing out just as a few more riders were encouraged to go out by Pedrosa’s pace, the likes of Rossi, Dovizioso and Viñales swimming along.

The final ten minutes saw all riders out on a drying track, Petrucci the first rider to make the most of the conditions and take over the lead, but red sectors were coming in fast and furious. Hector Barbera, Aleix Espargaro, Andrea Dovizioso then Marquez once again saw their name at the top of the timesheets.

The world champion was determined to claim his land, several fastest laps putting him ahead by two tenths of a second, only to be pipped on the final lap by Barbera, who put his Ducati on top as the checkered flag waved.

Marquez settled for second, with Pedrosa climbing back into third, with the exact same time as Petrucci. The elder Espargaro brother finished fifth, with Cal Crutchlow in sixth and the final rider within half a second of the leader. Dovizioso fell back to seventh, followed by Jonas Folger and an impressive Sam Lowes grabbing ninth place in changing conditions.

While fast in the wet, Valentino Rossi could not improve much once the track dried, the Italian down in fifteenth position. Still, he was five places ahead of his teammate, Maverick Viñales twentieth and almost two seconds down after a late pitspot for some minor adjustments.

Results:              

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'28.115    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'28.178 0.063 0.063
3 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'28.468 0.353 0.290
4 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'28.468 0.353  
5 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'28.527 0.412 0.059
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'28.616 0.501 0.089
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'28.753 0.638 0.137
8 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'28.988 0.873 0.235
9 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'28.994 0.879 0.006
10 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'29.017 0.902 0.023
11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'29.076 0.961 0.059
12 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'29.321 1.206 0.245
13 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'29.364 1.249 0.043
14 36 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'29.446 1.331 0.082
15 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'29.549 1.434 0.103
16 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'29.586 1.471 0.037
17 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'29.774 1.659 0.188
18 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'29.927 1.812 0.153
19 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'29.972 1.857 0.045
20 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'30.017 1.902 0.045
21 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'30.017 1.902  
22 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'30.342 2.227 0.325
23 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'30.508 2.393 0.166
24 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'30.559 2.444 0.051

 

Round Number: 
9
2017
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Comments

Although the times and order from this session don't mean too much, it was good to see Kallio doing a very creditible job throughout FP2. On the pace of his team mates throughout and put in some solid times, especially at the end, outperforming a couple of the big names. Keep it going Mika!

Is Kallio racing Sun or just testing? He looks solid. I didn't know he would be here.

A.Espargaro and the Aprilia, NICE!
(Iannone and the Suzuki, not so nice)

Sachenring is a lovely track, this new surface and touch of camber change seems great. The "kart track" twisty tight bits display some interesting things. This is a Ducati that can change direction. The Aprilia is a great handling bike that gives clear feedback. Marquez excels in these conditions as can the short Honda. Pedrosa could be at the pointy end! And I was wrong about anticipating Vinales - Yamaha dominance this year. Which is wonderful! Marquez is the safe bet Sunday.

Petrucci led this race last yr in the wet until crashing out. He and Dovi are showcasing this Gigi Ducati well. Lorenzo should pass some of his 99 hams over to their garages.

The championship leader is DOVI. Anyone else have to say that to themselves several times to get it? Holy kashmoli what a season.

Three KTMs should improve the pace of developement.

Hello Suzuki more suzukis on the track at each race meeting would give more data so progress should happen sooner. Surely if Suzuki where serious they would supply bike to a sattelite team?.

Consider Ducati, lots of Ducks in the paddock. and they are making progress. Thanks Gigi. Andrea Dovizioso is leading the championship