Latest MotoGP Results
Efren Vazquez has taken first blood at Brno, topping the first session of free practice for the Moto3 class at Brno. Vazquez put in a quick last lap to punch his way to the top of the timesheets, his Leopard Racing teammate Danny Kent adopting the same tactic but coming up short on Vazquez. Romano Fenati grabbed 3rd, leading a gaggle of KTMs all within a few hundredth of each other. Miguel Oliveira took 4th, ending ahead of the session's early leader Brad Binder.
Marc Marquez claimed victory Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after an epic, race-long battle with Jorge Lorenzo. It was Marquez’s fifth-straight MotoGP victory at Indy and his ninth-straight win on American soil. Jorge Lorenzo, who led all of the race but the final three laps, took second to close the championship gap to Valentino Rossi.
Rossi, who took third after his own race-long battle with Dani Pedrosa (4th), now leads the championship by nine points after ceding four points to Yamaha teammate Lorenzo. Rossi has finished on the podium every race this year. Pedrosa, who held third for much of the race, finished 15 seconds in front of fifth-place Andrea Iannone. Bradley Smith held tight on Iannone's tail but was unable to pass and so took sixth. Another nine seconds back were Pol Espargaro (7th) and Cal Crutchlow (8th) who partially made up for a lousy start that left the Briton in 13th early on.
Andrea Dovizioso, who ran wide on the race's first lap and dropped to last place, charged through the pack to reclaim ninth just in front of Danilo Petrucci (10th).
Rain was predicted mid-race for the circuit, so each team was ready with a rain-tire bike staged in pit lane when the contest began.
Alex Rins won his first-ever Moto2 race Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after seizing the lead with two laps to go. Johann Zarco grabbed the second spot following a fierce, race-long battle with Dominic Aegerter. And Franco Morbidelli seized the final podium spot -- his first -- after a late, hard pass on eventual fourth-place finisher Aegerter.
Reigning champion Tito Rabat settled for fifth after leading the race early. Thomas Luthi (6th) cane in right behind Rabat followed by Axel Pons (7th). Xavier Simeon crossed the line in a lonely eighth. Takaaki Nakagami (9th) and Alex Marquez rounded out the top 10.
The race, which started in mixed conditions, had dozens of lead changes as the drying racing line kept the lead group of six riders in close contact for much of the race. The battle between Zarco and Aegerter was particularly fierce with postiion swapping nearly every lap before Zarco forced his way through for good with three laps to go.
Livio Loi won his first-ever Grand Prix by gambling on dry tires in the damp-but-drying conditions Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Loi, one of a handful of riders to make the late switch and start the race at the back of the grid, won the contest by 38 seconds over second place rider John McPhee. Philipp Oetttl grabbed the final podium spot making it a clean sweep of riders who had never been on a world championship podium before.
All three riders made the switch to full slicks just before the race began. Championship leader Danny Kent -- who like many of the riders at the front, ran a handful of laps in the disintegrating wet tires before pitting for a tire switch -- finished the race out of the points in 21st place.
The race start was uncertain from the beginning when rain before the race forcing a wet-race declaration. Because it was declared a wet race, many riders stayed with wet tires. But a handful of riders, including the eventual race leader, made the late switch to dry tired and were forced to start at the back of the grid.
Loi grabbed the lead on the fourth lap and began opening a gap immediately.
Results and summary below:
Marc Marquez made it immediately clear that Sunday was not going to be the Jorge Lorenzo show with a series of blistering FP4 laps Saturday that put him six-tenths of a second clear of the field. Jorge Lorenzo, fastest in previous practices, managed a distant second and the riders worked less on fastest single laps than on on race setup. Dani Pedrosa improved his showing with third-quickest in the session.
Valentino Rossi, who has struggled with the bike all weekend, managed to hang on for fourth-fastest but with a lap time -- 1'33.224 -- that is slower than his FP3 best. Andrea Iannone finished the session with the fifth-fastest time.
Championship leader Danny Kent set the new Moto3 single-lap record while grabbing pole position Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kent's 1'40.703 bettered Jack Miller's lap record from one year ago and left him eight-hundredths of a second clear of Miguel Oliveira (2nd).
But the biggest surprise of the session was Zulfahmi Khairuddin who grabbed a tow from Niccolo Antonelli to jump from 17th to second on the grid on his final lap. (At the session's end he was bumped to third by Oliveira.) This is, by far, Khairuddin's best qualifying postion of the year having only once before made it into the top 20.
Enea Bastianini managed fourth and Moto3 rookie Fabio Quartararo rounded out the top five.
The session marked Kent's fouuth pole of the 2015 season. He has five wins this year to lead the championship by 66 points.
Alex Rins has ended the final session of free practice for the Moto2 class on top of the timesheets. The HP 40 Pons rider fired in a quick final lap to sneak ahead of Franco Morbidelli, who had in turn edged ahead of Tito Rabat. It was Tito Rabat who had made the early running, grinding out his usual long and punishing runs, with only Alex Rins briefly interrupting his flow. But fast laps by Morbidelli and then Rins pushed Rabat down to 3rd at the end.
The top 3 all had a comfortable cushion over the rest of the field. Sam Lowes finished in 4th, half a second shy of Rabat, and a few hundredths ahead of Jonas Folger. Johann Zarco had another difficult session, stuck in the pits for nearly 20 minutes, and only managing to set the 10th fastest time.
Marc Marquez turned the thumbscrews in the final session of free practice for the MotoGP class, the Repsol Honda rider setting a blistering pace even in race set up, with only Jorge Lorenzo able to follow in the first part of FP3. Marquez remained ahead in the final part of the session, as riders started chasing quick times looking for safe passage straight into Q2. They came close, but nobody could quite match the pace of the man who has never lost a MotoGP race on American soil.
Bradley Smith was the man who got closest, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider bagging 2nd spot just three hundredths of a second behind Marquez. The gap behind Smith was much larger, Andrea Iannone taking 3rd nearly three tenths behind Smith and a third of a second behind Marquez. Dani Pedrosa had decent race pace during the first part of FP3, and pushed on to grab 4th spot once the final dash for Q2 started.
Pedrosa finished ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, the Movistar Yamaha rider ending up in 5th, just over four tenths behind Marc Marquez. But Lorenzo chose to focus on race pace, never bothering to push for a quick lap. Lorenzo used the second half of FP3 to do a long run of 14 laps, most of which were in the low 1'33s. Cal Crutchlow finished in 6th, just a few hundredths behind Lorenzo.
Danny Kent has once again topped the timesheets at Indianapolis, putting a big chunk of time between himself and his rivals. The Leopard Racing rider spent most of FP3 inside the top five, as he continued to work on old tires, before putting on fresh rubber at the end to take the lead and gap the opposition. He ended the session just under half a second ahead of the rest.
Jorge Navarro was the man in second, the Estrella Galicia rider also putting in a late charge, but not fast enough to get close to Kent. Niccolo Antonelli took the third spot, a tenth of a second behind Navarro, and another tenth ahead of Kent's teammate Efren Vazquez. Two former Red Bull Rookies took 5th and 6th positions, Philipp Oettl ending FP3 ahead of Jorge Martin.
It was a tough session Romano Fenati. The Italian did well early in the session, before crashing with a few minutes to go. That ruined his chance of getting a late run on new tires, and as his third crash of the weekend, it must have started to dent his confidence.
Tito Rabat has taken charge of the Moto2 class, controlling FP2 from the middle of the session. The reigning world champion was fast throughout practice, and set a pace which no one could get near. Sam Lowes got closest, the British rider ending the session in 2nd, but still nearly a third of a second off the pace of Rabat. Takaaki Nakagami was a surprising 3rd, though the Japanese rider has form here, having been on the podium once in 2013.
After leading the session early, Alex Rins found himself relegated to 4th, as other riders upped their pace. Rins ended the session just ahead of Johann Zarco, the championship leader finding some speed towards the end of the session, though he spent a lot of time in the pits with his team working on the bike. Mika Kallio ended the session in 6th, whil Jonas Folger was 7th.