2017 Sepang MotoGP QP: Recalling Old Records

Dani Pedrosa swiped pole position with his last flying lap at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia Saturday relegating Johann Zarco to second on the grid by less that two-hundredths of a second. Pedrosa's fast lap of 1'59.212 pushed within two-tenths of a second of his own pole record from two years ago.

Johann Zarco (2nd) continued a strong weekend and completed the 15-minute Q2 as the top Yamaha. Andrea Dovizioso grabbed the final spot on the front row with his Ducati, a little more than two hundredths from the top spot. Valentino Rossi, who had set the top qualifying time with less than two minutes remaining, was pushed from first to fourth in the session's final minute. 

Next to Rossi (4th) on the second row of the grid is his Yamaha teammate Maverick Vinales. Completing the second row is Jorge Lorenzo (6th) who led the session early on.

And leading the third row? Marc Marquez (7th) with one of his worst qualifying sessions of his MotoGP career.  Marquez crashed at tight Turn 15 early on his first fast lap. After returning to the pits, he set his best lap on his backup bike but could not improve on his position when he switched to primary Honda at the session's end.

Alex Rins, the fastest rider from Q1, improved his lot with eighth and top-Suzuki time. Rins was the final of the top eight riders to dip into the 1'59s. His Suzuki teammate Andrea Iannone grabbed ninth, completing the third row. Cal Crutchlow, who crashed during qualifying, rounded out the top 10. 

Result:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'59.212    
2 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'59.229 0.017 / 0.017
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'59.236 0.024 / 0.007
4 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'59.498 0.286 / 0.262
5 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'59.538 0.326 / 0.040
6 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'59.622 0.410 / 0.084
7 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'59.694 0.482 / 0.072
8 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'59.992 0.780 / 0.298
9 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 2'00.119 0.907 / 0.127
10 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'00.181 0.969 / 0.062
11 43 Jack MILLER Honda 2'00.326 1.114 / 0.145
12 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'00.770 1.558 / 0.444
13 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'00.351 0.213 / 0.164
14 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 2'00.451 0.313 / 0.100
15 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 2'00.469 0.331 / 0.018
16 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 2'00.718 0.580 / 0.249
17 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 2'01.050 0.912 / 0.332
18 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 2'01.207 1.069 / 0.157
19 53 Tito RABAT Honda 2'01.228 1.090 / 0.021
20 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 2'01.413 1.275 / 0.185
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'01.570 1.432 / 0.157
22 60 Michael VAN DER MARK Yamaha 2'02.376 2.238 / 0.806
             

Note: Riders in bold participated in Q1.

Round Number: 
17
2017
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Comments

93 set his fastest time on run 3 with is # 1 bike.   Not much faster but still faster than the time set with his #2 bike on run 2.

He went from a 1'59.714 to a 1'59.694 on his final run with the primary bike. What I should have written was that Marquez couldn't improve on his position. Thanks for the catch.

^ Thanks!

Slow motion sure makes these clearer than live/standard speed . For a moment there Baz is LAYING on the floor. Then his (huge) leg just boosts him.

Go look again at the size of the skid mark from MM93'S front tire. The forward bias of the bike there, and the lack of front adhesion on the way down. So far from an apexing moment where front/rear balance is closer. Momentum is forward rather than turning, and his flippin leathers pirouette on his leg! I am sticking w it as the most extreme one I have ever seen, feel free to disagree. BTW, nice to hear from you Pvalve - 5 yrs ago or so you wrote a bunch more (I used to agree with you more then too!), and these days there is so much more to enjoy eh?
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Anyone else have a contender?