MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2018 Le Mans Moto2 FP3 Result: Delicate Dynavolt Domination

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Another challenging morning in Le Mans was closed by the intermediate class and its fair share of class trips outside track limits. The gravel showed no favouritism, claiming riders from all throughout the grid, including early leader Mattia Pasini. The lead had exchanged hands between the Italian, Marcel Schrotter and the two Marc VDS riders for the first half of the session.

Alex Marquez made a decisive move with 13 minutes to go and was the first rider to drop into the 1:36s. It looked like a safe space for the Spaniard until Schrotter fought back and took the lead. The Dynavolt rider watched the end of the session from the gravel trap of turn 13 but his time proved good enough to keep him at the top.

Teammate Xavi Vierge had briefly demoted the German but eventually settled for second, only three hundredths of a second behind. The Dynavolt duo and the Marc VDS riders were in a league of their own throughout the session, with Pecco Bagnaia knocking on the doors of the top four. The Italian eventually had the beating of Marquez and Joan Mir and climbed into third position, less than a tenth slower than the leader. Marquez in fourth and Mir in fifth were split by minuscule gaps as well, the Spaniards trailing Schrotter by under two tenths of a second.

Fabio Quartararo achieved a late feat to the delight of the home crowd by climbing into sixth position and becoming the final rider to drop into the 1:36s. Jorge Navarro was best of the rest, almost half a second down on the leader and very closely followed by Pasini.

Andrea Locatelli and Isaac Viñales completed the top ten, with Lorenzo Baldassarri and Sam Lowes only just missing out. Eight tenths down on the fastest man and down in 14th position finished Miguel Oliveira, who continued to struggle on French grounds.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'36.748    
2 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'36.786 0.038 0.038
3 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'36.839 0.091 0.053
4 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'36.901 0.153 0.062
5 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'36.939 0.191 0.038
6 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'36.998 0.250 0.059
7 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'37.228 0.480 0.230
8 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'37.233 0.485 0.005
9 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'37.281 0.533 0.048
10 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'37.338 0.590 0.057
11 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'37.405 0.657 0.067
12 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'37.436 0.688 0.031
13 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'37.555 0.807 0.119
14 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'37.556 0.808 0.001
15 40 Hector BARBERA Kalex 1'37.571 0.823 0.015
16 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'37.604 0.856 0.033
17 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'37.608 0.860 0.004
18 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 1'37.785 1.037 0.177
19 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'37.810 1.062 0.025
20 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'37.979 1.231 0.169
21 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 1'38.092 1.344 0.113
22 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 1'38.140 1.392 0.048
23 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 1'38.170 1.422 0.030
24 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 1'38.171 1.423 0.001
25 19 Corentin PEROLARI Transformiers 1'38.274 1.526 0.103
26 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'38.312 1.564 0.038
27 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 1'38.384 1.636 0.072
28 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'38.555 1.807 0.171
29 14 Hector GARZO Tech 3 1'38.755 2.007 0.200
30 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'38.865 2.117 0.110
31 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'38.972 2.224 0.107
32 51 Eric GRANADO Suter 1'38.996 2.248 0.024
33 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'39.453 2.705 0.457
34 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 1'39.849 3.101 0.396
35 80 Cedric TANGRE Tech 3 1'40.936 4.188 1.087
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2018 Le Mans MotoGP FP3 Result: Viñales Reclaims His Territory

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A cool track was always going to cause trouble for the premier class but once the slips and slides were dealt with, it was time to have a go at the outright circuit record. The morning started with cold tire trips through the gravel trap for Xavier Simeon, Pol Espargaro and Dani Pedrosa. Meanwhile, an increasingly twitchy Marc Marquez planted his flag at the top of the standings and was untroubled until the halfway point of the session, when Cal Crutchlow started his charge for Q2. The Brit’s already impressive time looked pretty safe to ensure his right of passage but once his pursuers switched to fresh rubber, it became a different story.

This particular story had five riders dropping under the lap record in the final minutes of the session and last year’s victor, Maverick Viñales came out on top. The Spaniard wasn’t just a one lap wonder and had just come off a fairly impressive long run on used soft tires, rolling out mid 1:32s.

Marquez started his own time attack with an unsuccessful yet extended save attempt in turn three but the Repsol rider dusted himself off and was able to continue his charge, albeit with asymmetric DIY aero enhancements. It proved to not be much of an interference as he was soon joining the select handful of riders who beat the lap record, eventually settling for second and possibly comforted by his great pace on a used medium rear tire.

Much like Marquez and as opposed to his teammate, Valentino Rossi trialled the medium rear but could not quite challenge the pace of his two younger rivals, although the Italian was only two tenths off the lead of the session. Home crowd hero Johann Zarco had no problem sneaking into the top ten and perhaps more worrying for the trio ahead was his pace on soft tyres throughout the session.

Andrea Dovizioso kept pretty low key throughout FP3 and could not improve on his own best time from Friday but that benchmark guaranteed him a safe fifth position in the combined standings, narrowly ahead of teammate Jorge Lorenzo. Jack Miller added another Q2 ticket to his portfolio, becoming a familiar sight in the top ten on Saturday mornings. Aleix Espargaro added an Aprilia to the mix in eigth position overall, half a second off the lead Yamaha, while Tito Rabat made another surprise appearance at the business end in ninth spot.

The final Q2 place went to Andrea Iannone, who saved a rather mediocre Friday standing at the expense of Cal Crutchlow, who was best of the rest although just six tenths off the lead. The LCR rider will have to face fierce competition in Q1 from the likes of Danilo Petrucci, Alex Rins, Pol Espargaro and Dani Pedrosa, who managed to improve his time following his early crash but not quite enough to make a difference.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'31.619    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'31.774 0.155 0.155
3 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'31.810 0.191 0.036
4 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'31.866 0.247 0.056
5 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'31.981 0.362 0.115
6 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'32.064 0.445 0.083
7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'32.135 0.516 0.071
8 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'32.160 0.541 0.025
9 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'32.179 0.560 0.019
10 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'32.262 0.643 0.083
11 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'32.289 0.670 0.027
12 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'32.295 0.676 0.006
13 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'32.450 0.831 0.155
14 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'32.525 0.906 0.075
15 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'32.568 0.949 0.043
16 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'32.953 1.334 0.385
17 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'32.992 1.373 0.039
18 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'33.049 1.430 0.057
19 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'33.075 1.456 0.026
20 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'33.096 1.477 0.021
21 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'33.107 1.488 0.011
22 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'33.336 1.717 0.229
23 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'33.603 1.984 0.267
24 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'34.002 2.383 0.399
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2018 Le Mans Moto3 FP3 Result: A Revived Ramirez

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Another chilly but clear morning in Le Mans sparked a bit of a surprise for the lightweight class. In a familiar story, Fabio Di Giannantonio spent most of the morning at the top of the timing sheets but in more unexpected fashion, Marcos Ramirez stole the limelight at the very last minute. The Spaniard clearly got a boost from his inherited podium in Jerez and went on to post the fastest time of the weekend, under the circuit’s lap record.

He was not the only one to do so, with a handful of riders bettering that performance, including FP2 headliner Niccolo Antonelli, only three hundredths of a second slower than the leader. Gabriel Rodrigo was another of the fast men, the RBA rider showing strong pace in these cooler conditions as he was battling traffic.

Aron Canet kept himself at the business end of proceedings in fourth position, ahead of another usual contender, Enea Bastianini. Championship leader Marco Bezzecchi also kept close to his main challengers by finishing sixth, three tenths down on Ramirez.

John McPhee made a late jump into seventh position, followed by an increasingly consistent Tatsuki Suzuki and a rodeo ride from Jaume Masia. Kazuki Masaki also impressed by closing the top ten.

The rest of the regulars, including Jorge Martin in 11th spot and Di Giannantonio in 12th, have struggled to improve in the final time attack and saw their names drop down the timesheets, six tenths down on the leader. Nonetheless, the gaps in the field did not look too dramatic, one second covering the top 23 riders.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'42.111    
2 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'42.140 0.029 0.029
3 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'42.265 0.154 0.125
4 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'42.318 0.207 0.053
5 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'42.366 0.255 0.048
6 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'42.428 0.317 0.062
7 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'42.473 0.362 0.045
8 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'42.703 0.592 0.230
9 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'42.730 0.619 0.027
10 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'42.739 0.628 0.009
11 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'42.791 0.680 0.052
12 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'42.802 0.691 0.011
13 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'42.866 0.755 0.064
14 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'42.874 0.763 0.008
15 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'42.927 0.816 0.053
16 11 Livio LOI KTM 1'42.927 0.816  
17 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'42.957 0.846 0.030
18 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'42.985 0.874 0.028
19 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'42.996 0.885 0.011
20 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'43.024 0.913 0.028
21 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'43.075 0.964 0.051
22 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'43.082 0.971 0.007
23 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'43.128 1.017 0.046
24 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'43.131 1.020 0.003
25 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'43.184 1.073 0.053
26 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'43.330 1.219 0.146
27 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'43.479 1.368 0.149
28 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 1'43.499 1.388 0.020
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2018 Le Mans Moto2 FP2 Result: Bagnaia Keeps Between The Lines

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With the temperature going up as you would expect, more and more tumbles were featured in the highlights reel for the second batch of practice sessions of the day and the intermediate class was no exception. Early leader Mattia Pasini opened the recital and then allowed Pecco Bagnaia to steal his spotlight at the top of the timesheets. The Sky rider was untroubled throughout the session and finished first despite being second to Sam Lowes as the checker flag came out. The British rider’s joy was cut short as a late decision was made that he was too enthusiastically over track limits on his fastest lap.

Once Lowes was demoted to 11th position, Joan Mir reclaimed second, only six hundredths of a second behind Bagnaia and consistently towards the top end of affairs. FP1 leader Marcel Schrotter showed up to claim his rightful position in the final ten minutes but the German had to settle for third and console himself with the fact he was still fastest on Friday’s combined standings.

The final time attack was a matter of gravel trap of glory and it was more of the former for Alex Marquez, whose turn 14 tumble denied him an opportunity to improve on fourth position. Simone Corsi impressed with a late jump into fifth, only five thousandths of a second behind the Marc VDS rider, while Pasini had to rely on the time set on only his third lap to keep sixth position.

Miguel Oliveira ended up covered in both gravel and glory as he slid out in turn four but saved a seventh position after lingering down towards the bottom of the top 15 for most of the afternoon. Romano Fenati had a more quiet session but made steady progress into eighth position while Lorenzo Baldassarri was another one to tumble on his way to the top nine. Fabio Quartararo snuck into the top ten to the delight of local fans, only three tenths down on the leader.

Despite showing good speed in the morning, Jorge Navarro bookended his session with fast crashes in turn 14 and dropped all the way down to 19th.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'37.082    
2 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'37.146 0.064 0.064
3 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'37.208 0.126 0.062
4 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'37.241 0.159 0.033
5 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'37.246 0.164 0.005
6 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'37.340 0.258 0.094
7 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'37.362 0.280 0.022
8 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 1'37.365 0.283 0.003
9 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'37.418 0.336 0.053
10 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'37.431 0.349 0.013
11 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'37.516 0.434 0.085
12 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'37.611 0.529 0.095
13 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'37.678 0.596 0.067
14 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'37.722 0.640 0.044
15 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'37.760 0.678 0.038
16 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'37.802 0.720 0.042
17 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'37.839 0.757 0.037
18 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'38.006 0.924 0.167
19 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'38.086 1.004 0.080
20 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'38.152 1.070 0.066
21 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'38.215 1.133 0.063
22 40 Hector BARBERA Kalex 1'38.268 1.186 0.053
23 51 Eric GRANADO Suter 1'38.424 1.342 0.156
24 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 1'38.519 1.437 0.095
25 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'38.522 1.440 0.003
26 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 1'38.569 1.487 0.047
27 14 Hector GARZO Tech 3 1'38.892 1.810 0.323
28 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 1'38.910 1.828 0.018
29 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'39.023 1.941 0.113
30 19 Corentin PEROLARI Transformiers 1'39.084 2.002 0.061
31 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 1'39.109 2.027 0.025
32 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 1'39.282 2.200 0.173
33 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'39.910 2.828 0.628
34 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 1'40.680 3.598 0.770
35 80 Cedric TANGRE Tech 3 1'41.301 4.219 0.621
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2018 Le Mans MotoGP FP2 Result: A Low Stakes Dovizioso vs Marquez

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The track was hotting up, mostly literally, for the afternoon play session of the premier class and it was freshly renewed Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso who wrote another headline after his earlier announcement. The metaphorical fight for the lead was, as ever, between him and Marc Marquez, the Honda rider promptly taking over the lead as the light turned green at the end of pitlane.

The final runs saw Marquez having a look at the hard rear tyre while Dovizioso kept to his softs. The status quo was maintained at the top until the final time attack but the world champion made sure to keep us entertained by piling up the saves. Johann Zarco chased some home glory as he took over the lead in the final three minutes but he was soon denied by Dovizioso, who became the only rider to drop into the 1:31s on the French circuit.

While still circulating on a used rear tyre, Marquez made the jump into second position on his final lap and was quickly followed by the revival of the two factory Yamahas. Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales achieved of those rare feats of finishing ahead of their satellite rider. Rossi put in a couple of long runs on the hard rear on his way to third position, while his teammate on mediums was practically glued to him on the timesheets, only seven hundredths of a second separating the two. Despite the close result, Rossi was consistently in the top six throughout the session, while Viñales waited until the final ten minutes to crack the top ten.

Zarco had to settle for fifth after briefly animating the stands and was followed by Jack Miller on the timesheets. Pol Espargaro might have started the session in the gravel trap but it’s the end result that matters, which happened to be seventh position. The same could be said for Dani Pedrosa, who luckily avoided any more off track adventures but managed to sneak into the top eight after struggling at the bottom end of the timesheets for much of the session – aided by some new aero bits.

Aleix Espargaro added an Aprilia to the top nine mix, while Jorge Lorenzo lost a bit of ground in tenth place but still managed to show reasonable pace in the high 1:32s on his second run. Despite challenging for the lead early on, Cal Crutchlow was another to join the sizeable crash list in the final few minutes and failed to improve, dropping out of the top ten by a mere thousandth of a second.

Lower down the order, Danilo Petrucci had to fight back after an early crash to finish 13th, behind Tito Rabat, who had briefly flirted with the top ten. An unpleasant surprise awaited the Suzukis, with Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins 14th and 15th respectively, although still within a second of the leader.

Scott Redding, Franco Morbidelli and Takaaki Nakagami were all caught out by the conditions throughout the session but they were able to rejoin the action soon after.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'31.936    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'32.104 0.168 0.168
3 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'32.179 0.243 0.075
4 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'32.204 0.268 0.025
5 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'32.279 0.343 0.075
6 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'32.302 0.366 0.023
7 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'32.414 0.478 0.112
8 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'32.466 0.530 0.052
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'32.572 0.636 0.106
10 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'32.576 0.640 0.004
11 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'32.586 0.650 0.010
12 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'32.617 0.681 0.031
13 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'32.647 0.711 0.030
14 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'32.752 0.816 0.105
15 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'32.803 0.867 0.051
16 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'32.851 0.915 0.048
17 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'33.072 1.136 0.221
18 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'33.318 1.382 0.246
19 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'33.435 1.499 0.117
20 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'33.667 1.731 0.232
21 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'33.830 1.894 0.163
22 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'33.942 2.006 0.112
23 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'34.089 2.153 0.147
24 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'34.311 2.375 0.222
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2018 Le Mans Moto3 FP2 Result: An Antonelli Reminder

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A big improvement in track temperature predictably led to faster times and faster crashes. No harm done and it ended up as a good afternoon at the office for the Italians. Tony Arbolino sat at the top of the timing screens for most of the session, until Niccolo Antonelli dethroned him in a final time attack. The SIC58 Squadra racer snuck ahead of Kaito Toba by a mere four hundredths of a second but the Japanese rider missed out on perfectly fine opportunity to fight back by suffering a rather speedy crash on his last lap.

Enea Bastianini was consistently in the top three and ended up third, a tenth down on the leader. Arbolino could not improve in the late part of the session and dropped to fourth, only nine thousandths of a second ahead of Marco Bezzecchi. Aron Canet progressed significantly from the morning session and climbed all the way to sixth, edging ahead of Fabio Di Giannantonio.

Philipp Oettl finished half a second down on Antonelli, while FP1 leader Jorge Martin couldn’t quite improve on his morning benchmark - although he got very close – and could only climb up to ninth. The top ten was filled in by Andrea Migno, who overcame an early slide through the gravel trap.

Makar Yurchenko was once again best of the rest, while Nicolo Bulega showed some signs of progress in 12th position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'42.596    
2 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'42.644 0.048 0.048
3 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'42.773 0.177 0.129
4 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'42.852 0.256 0.079
5 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'42.861 0.265 0.009
6 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'42.980 0.384 0.119
7 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'42.985 0.389 0.005
8 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'43.158 0.562 0.173
9 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'43.198 0.602 0.040
10 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'43.213 0.617 0.015
11 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 1'43.269 0.673 0.056
12 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'43.308 0.712 0.039
13 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'43.316 0.720 0.008
14 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'43.331 0.735 0.015
15 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'43.348 0.752 0.017
16 11 Livio LOI KTM 1'43.354 0.758 0.006
17 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'43.419 0.823 0.065
18 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'43.444 0.848 0.025
19 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'43.489 0.893 0.045
20 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'43.653 1.057 0.164
21 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'43.661 1.065 0.008
22 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'43.671 1.075 0.010
23 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'43.689 1.093 0.018
24 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'43.719 1.123 0.030
25 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'43.806 1.210 0.087
26 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'43.850 1.254 0.044
27 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'43.916 1.320 0.066
28 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'44.295 1.699 0.379
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2018 Le Mans Moto2 FP1 Result: Schrotter Blasts Past

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As morning in Le Mans was starting to warm up, the boost in confidence saw quite a few intermediate class riders test the gravel traps around the circuit, with no serious consequences. One man who managed to avoid all that was Marcel Schrotter, who grabbed the lead from Alex Marquez at the halfway point of the session and ran away at the front – at one point over four tenths faster than the rest.

Marquez recovered some ground and looked like causing Schrotter some trouble but the Spaniard only managed to get within nine hundredths of a second of the lead. Jorge Navarro seems to have found the recipe to consistently crack the top ten and this time it was as high as third, only a tenth down on the fastest man of the morning.

Sam Lowes had a characteristic off-track excursion in turn 4 but bounced back to climb into fourth. Joan Mir started off on the right foot on one of his favourite tracks and after being the first leader of the session, he settled for fifth position, half a second slower than Dynavolt's leading rider. Lorenzo Baldassarri was only two hundredths of a second behind, followed by Hector Barbera, who snatched seventh place in between two crashes.

Pecco Bagnaia had his own hefty off track episode but he managed to carry on after an excellent and speedy job from his team. The Sky rider climbed back into the top eight, ahead of Miguel Oliveira and with Andrea Locatelli completing the top ten. Mattia Pasini only just missed out and was over a second slower than the leader, as were Xavi Vierge and Romano Fenati.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'37.001    
2 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'37.094 0.093 0.093
3 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'37.223 0.222 0.129
4 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'37.367 0.366 0.144
5 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'37.547 0.546 0.180
6 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'37.567 0.566 0.020
7 40 Hector BARBERA Kalex 1'37.670 0.669 0.103
8 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'37.673 0.672 0.003
9 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'37.956 0.955 0.283
10 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'37.979 0.978 0.023
11 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'38.013 1.012 0.034
12 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'38.035 1.034 0.022
13 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 1'38.088 1.087 0.053
14 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'38.094 1.093 0.006
15 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'38.248 1.247 0.154
16 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'38.272 1.271 0.024
17 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'38.275 1.274 0.003
18 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 1'38.295 1.294 0.020
19 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'38.482 1.481 0.187
20 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'38.523 1.522 0.041
21 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 1'38.611 1.610 0.088
22 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'38.801 1.800 0.190
23 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'38.845 1.844 0.044
24 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'38.931 1.930 0.086
25 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'38.984 1.983 0.053
26 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 1'39.093 2.092 0.109
27 3 Lukas TULOVIC KTM 1'39.553 2.552 0.460
28 14 Hector GARZO Tech 3 1'39.563 2.562 0.010
29 19 Corentin PEROLARI Transformiers 1'39.699 2.698 0.136
30 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 1'39.770 2.769 0.071
31 51 Eric GRANADO Suter 1'39.841 2.840 0.071
32 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'40.052 3.051 0.211
33 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'40.775 3.774 0.723
34 80 Cedric TANGRE Tech 3 1'41.722 4.721 0.947
35 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 1'41.853 4.852 0.131
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2018 Le Mans MotoGP FP1 Result: Marquez, Dovizioso and Viñales Nearly Inseparable

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A clear but cool morning awaited the premier class for their first venture on French grounds and it was going to be a first indication of the pecking order, especially for Yamaha. The only real conclusion was that the situation is as close as ever, the lead exchanging hands between four factories about every five minutes. Cal Crutchlow was the early leader, with Valentino Rossi and Andrea Iannone also putting their names at the top but it wasn’t to be for any of the three in the end.

While the main contenders were hanging back in the garage preparing for their final runs, Maverick Viñales stayed out and put in an impressive long run on used tyres. The Spaniard found the speed he seemed to be missing and shot into the lead of the session in the final ten minutes by a whooping half a second. He did go on to improve his time but the gap wasn’t to survive the session, Marc Marquez waiting until the final crossing of the line to go top on used tyres and with new aero appendices.

Andrea Dovizioso snuck a Ducati in between Marquez and Viñales, the three riders covered by only six hundredths of a second. Two seconds down the road was Crutchlow in fourth, with Johann Zarco going up and down the timesheets to finish fifth. Rossi dropped back to sixth, three tenths down on his teammate and ahead of compatriot Iannone as the first Suzuki. After announcing his contract extension, teammate Alex Rins had a tougher morning down in 17th.

The top ten was filled in by another Ducati and two KTMs, Jorge Lorenzo closely followed by Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro. While coping with the consequences of two separate injuries this time around, Dani Pedrosa finished 15th and was the last rider within a second of the leader.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'32.476    
2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'32.501 0.025 0.025
3 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'32.543 0.067 0.042
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'32.734 0.258 0.191
5 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'32.755 0.279 0.021
6 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'32.777 0.301 0.022
7 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'32.919 0.443 0.142
8 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'33.084 0.608 0.165
9 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'33.157 0.681 0.073
10 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'33.245 0.769 0.088
11 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'33.254 0.778 0.009
12 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'33.268 0.792 0.014
13 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'33.326 0.850 0.058
14 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'33.380 0.904 0.054
15 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'33.389 0.913 0.009
16 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'33.492 1.016 0.103
17 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'33.692 1.216 0.200
18 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'33.833 1.357 0.141
19 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'33.851 1.375 0.018
20 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'34.333 1.857 0.482
21 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'34.509 2.033 0.176
22 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'34.600 2.124 0.091
23 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'35.224 2.748 0.624
24 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'35.232 2.756 0.008
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2018 Le Mans Moto3 FP1 Result: Martin Being Martin

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The forecast in Le Mans likes to give us a scare every now and again but the predicted clouds were nowhere to be seen by the time the first session of the weekend got off to a start. Under sunny blue skies, Enea Bastianini led most of a pretty close session until Jorge Martin picked up the lead in final five minutes. The Spaniard was only a tenth of a second off until that point and went on to sneak ahead of Jakub Kornfeil by a tenth and a half.

Andrea Migno had an encouraging start to his weekend, the Italian making a late jump into third position but nearly four tenths back on the leader. Compatriot Tony Arbolino followed closely while early leader Bastianini did improve but only good enough for fifth. Championship leader Marco Bezzecchi was only a hundredth of a second behind the Leopard man in sixth.

With a looming grid penalty for his mischiefs on Spanish soil, John McPhee had a solid start in seventh position. Jerez victor Philipp Oettl stayed fast in eighth place and was the final man within half a second of Martin. Gabriel Rodrigo and Tatsuki Suzuki completed the top ten, with Makar Yurchenko close behind.

Despite being in the top three for most of FP1, Aron Canet failed to improve during the final time attack and dropped back to 15th. Fabio Di Giannantonio was another early leader but the Italian took a tumble only ten minutes into the session and the damage to the bike meant he was unable to rejoin and dropped down to 23rd position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'43.114    
2 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'43.279 0.165 0.165
3 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'43.510 0.396 0.231
4 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'43.557 0.443 0.047
5 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'43.560 0.446 0.003
6 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'43.570 0.456 0.010
7 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'43.579 0.465 0.009
8 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'43.608 0.494 0.029
9 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'43.688 0.574 0.080
10 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'43.688 0.574  
11 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 1'43.698 0.584 0.010
12 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'43.723 0.609 0.025
13 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'43.725 0.611 0.002
14 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'43.737 0.623 0.012
15 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'43.769 0.655 0.032
16 11 Livio LOI KTM 1'43.828 0.714 0.059
17 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'43.860 0.746 0.032
18 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'43.969 0.855 0.109
19 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'43.998 0.884 0.029
20 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'44.176 1.062 0.178
21 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'44.191 1.077 0.015
22 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'44.290 1.176 0.099
23 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'44.296 1.182 0.006
24 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'44.323 1.209 0.027
25 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'44.434 1.320 0.111
26 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'44.449 1.335 0.015
27 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'44.504 1.390 0.055
28 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'44.724 1.610 0.220
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2018 Imola World Superbike Race Two Results: A Race Of Pace

World Superbike's second race at Imola made use of the reverse grid set in yesterday's race but would be missing Jason O'Halloran as he has been declared unfit after his crash yesterday. His leg was broken by a foot peg during his crash in yesterday's race.

After yesterday's race, the reverse grid put Chaz Davies, Xavi Fores and Michael van der Mark on the front row, but it was Michael Ruben Rinaldi that led a four Ducati pack into the first turn, with Michael van der Mark splitting the red bikes by taking fourth place from Marco Melandri, behind Rinaldi, Chaz Davies and Xavi Fores. Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes made up the remainder of the top seven. 

On lap two, Jonathan Rea started making a mockery of the reverse grid, passing Marco Melandri while setting the fastest lap and passing van der Mark at his favourite passing place, Tosa, and passed Xavi Fores at the end of lap three. Chaz Davies, the other pace man on Friday, took the lead from Michael Ruben Rinaldi in the Variante Bassa chicane, but had to fight to retain the lead out of the chicane, only cementing the lead into turn one. Jonathan Rea caught and passed Rinaldi at Tosa and set the fastest lap in the process. 

Rea was all over the back of Davies by the chicane at the end of the lap and Davies had toast the fastest lap on lap five to maintain his lead. The leading two kept up their fraught pace ahead of Xavi Fores who had passed Rinaldi for third, and by lap six, the gap from Rea and Davies to third-placed Fores was nearly two seconds. A lap later, it was almost two and a half seconds. Fores kept third place, but Rinaldi lost fourth to the fight between Marco Melandri and Michael van der Mark and a lap later, he lost sixth to Tom Sykes who had finally figured out how to get his Kawasaki to turn properly at pace.

On lap nine, as Rinaldi dropped off the second pack, with the leading duo over three seconds clear of Fores in third, Michael van der Mark charged under Marco Melandri at Rivazza but misjudged it and took the pair of them out. Van der Mark was seen checking that Melandri was ok in the gravel, and the incident was put under investigation. 

Tom Sykes inherited fourth place and closed the gap on Fores as the leading two kept increasing the gap to third. On lap eleven, the gap stopped growing as Chaz Davies and Jonathan Rea started fighting. Rea took the lead into Variante Tamburello but his entry was too hot and Davies was able to snatch the lead back on the exit. Another lap of swapping cut the gap to third from four point eight seconds to four point seven, the fight demonstrating just how much quicker than the rest of the field the leading pair were. 

On lap thirteen, Jonathan Rea got excellent drive out of Acqua Minerali and was able to charge past Davies into Variante Alta and a lap later Jonathan Rea increased the pace, setting the fastest laps on lap fourteen and fifteen, leading Davies by two seconds with four laps remaining as the gap between second and third returned to getting larger.

With just over two laps remaining, Tom Sykes made his move on Xavi Fores and took third place and the last podium spot.

After the furious scrapping earlier, the last two laps were sedate in comparison even though both Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davies were the two fastest men on track, maintaining their advantage over Tom Sykes and Xavi Fores.

Jonathan Rea won decisively, equalled Carl Fogarty's 1999 record achievement of fifty nine career wins and increased his lead over second-placed Chaz Davies in the championship fight. Tom Sykes third place and Marco Melandri's DNF meant Sykes took third place off the Italian and van der Mark's DNF meant he lost fifth place to leading independent rider Xavi Fores. 

Jonathan Rea's probability of beating Fogarty's win count is very high, and all that remains for him to do is to get a title on two different marques to cement his stature as the greatest ever Superbike rider.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 4.019
3 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 9.530
4 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 14.159
5 81 J. TORRES MV Agusta 1000 F4 15.479
6 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 16.162
7 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale R 17.197
8 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 17.554
9 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 22.331
10 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 30.176
11 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 30.267
12 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 40.061
13 68 Y. HERNANDEZ Kawasaki ZX-10RR 51.973
14 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR1000RR 55.268
15 37 O. JEZEK Yamaha YZF R1 1'09.455
16 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'43.833
RET 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 11 Laps
RET 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 11 Laps
RET 5 V. LEONOV Kawasaki ZX-10RR 6
RET 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 15 Laps
RET 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 15 Laps
Round Number: 
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