MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2017 Austin MotoGP Moto2 FP3 Result: Marquez Hangs On

Alex Marquez held on to the top spot on the timesheet for the third Moto2 practice Saturday at the Circuit of the Americas track near Austin, Texas. Marquez's 2'10.164 was the fastest Moto2 lap of the weekend.

Miguel Oliveira, fastest in FP1, finished the session one-tenth behind and championship leader Franco Morbidelli -- winner of the first two races of the season -- ended the session as the third-fastest rider, just three-thousandths from the second-fastest time with qualifying practice coming up later in the day.

Unlike the MotoGP third practice, the Moto2 field generally stayed upright as temperatures warmed at midday.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'10.164    
2 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'10.306 0.142 / 0.142
3 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 2'10.309 0.145 / 0.003
4 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 2'10.525 0.361 / 0.216
5 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'10.836 0.672 / 0.311
6 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'10.859 0.695 / 0.023
7 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 2'10.892 0.728 / 0.033
8 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 2'11.158 0.994 / 0.266
9 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'11.302 1.138 / 0.144
10 49 Axel PONS Kalex 2'11.363 1.199 / 0.061
11 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 2'11.392 1.228 / 0.029
12 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'11.411 1.247 / 0.019
13 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Kalex 2'11.424 1.260 / 0.013
14 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'11.505 1.341 / 0.081
15 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 2'11.528 1.364 / 0.023
16 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 2'11.545 1.381 / 0.017
17 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 2'11.557 1.393 / 0.012
18 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 2'11.585 1.421 / 0.028
19 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 2'11.644 1.480 / 0.059
20 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 2'11.709 1.545 / 0.065
21 52 Danny KENT Suter 2'11.748 1.584 / 0.039
22 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 2'11.838 1.674 / 0.090
23 60 Julian SIMON Tech 3 2'11.849 1.685 / 0.011
24 88 Ricard CARDUS KTM 2'12.250 2.086 / 0.401
25 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'12.577 2.413 / 0.327
26 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 2'12.601 2.437 / 0.024
27 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'12.676 2.512 / 0.075
28 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'12.699 2.535 / 0.023
29 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 2'13.137 2.973 / 0.438
30 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 2'14.172 4.008 / 1.035
31 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 2'14.509 4.345 / 0.337
32 47 Axel BASSANI Speed Up 2'14.937 4.773 / 0.428
             

 

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2017 Austin MotoGP FP3 Result: Vinales Fastest While The Party Crashes

Cooler temperatures, gusty winds and a bumpy track conspired to create a crash-filled third practice at the Circuit of the Americas Saturday but the season's dominant rider so far, Maverick Vinales, appeared untroubled by the chaos around him.

Vinales, winner of the seasson's first two races, became the first MotoGP rider at the Circuit of the Americas to dip into the 2'03s this weekend with a 2'03.979 on his second-to-last lap of the morning session that saw multiple crashes including two from reigning world champion Marc Marquez.

And Marquez was hardly the only crasher. Alex Rins, Andrea Dovizioso, Andrea Iannone, Alvaro Bautista, Aleix Espargaro (twice), Alex Lowes, Jorge Lorenzo all went down in the session with riders blaming track temperatures that were 20-degrees (F) cooler than Friday and a bumpy, unpredicable, humid surface that has upset the handling of nearly all of the bikes.

Nearly, but not all. None of the four Yamahas crashed Saturday morning -- neither did any of the KTMs but they are much further down the order. The Yamaha chassis seemingly copes well with the uneven track that has left nearly all of the riders complaining about the condition of the surface. Marquez, in an interview with the Spanish press, noted that he followed Johann Zarco for a time on the track. 

The Yamaha chassis at full lean, he said, seems to move through the bumps largely undisturbed while the Honda is bucking and weaving mid-corner. A clear indication of the Honda's difficult, unpredicable handling at the Texas track this year, Marquez managed both a lowside at Turn 15 and a highside minutes later at Turn 18 in FP3.   

FP3 Results:

Riders who advance straight to Q2 in bold when combined practice times from FP1 and FP2 are factored in. The top two riders from Q1 also will advance to Q2.  

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 2'03.979    
2 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'04.296 0.317 / 0.317
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'04.677 0.698 / 0.381
4 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'04.687 0.708 / 0.010
5 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 2'04.956 0.977 / 0.269
6 43 Jack MILLER Honda 2'05.272 1.293 / 0.316
7 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 2'05.653 1.674 / 0.381
8 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 2'05.752 1.773 / 0.099
9 53 Tito RABAT Honda 2'05.768 1.789 / 0.016
10 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'05.872 1.893 / 0.104
11 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'05.910 1.931 / 0.038
12 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 2'05.930 1.951 / 0.020
13 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 2'06.127 2.148 / 0.197
14 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 2'06.188 2.209 / 0.061
15 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'06.915 2.936 / 0.727
16 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 2'07.538 3.559 / 0.623
17 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 2'08.257 4.278 / 0.719
18 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 2'08.350 4.371 / 0.093
19 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'09.044 5.065 / 0.694
20 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'09.135 5.156 / 0.091
21 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 2'10.418 6.439 / 1.283
22 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 2'12.196 8.217 / 1.778
  42 Alex RINS Suzuki      

 

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2017 Austin MotoGP Moto3 FP3 Result: Fenati Joins The Party

What began as another session dominated by Aron Canet – easily the fastest rider in the first two practices – ended with dual surprises when Jorge Martin and then Romano Fenati pushed the young Spaniard off the top of the timesheet at the session’s end.

Fenati’s 2’16.273 – the fastest Moto3 lap of the weekend so far -- came on his final lap at Saturday’s FP3 under cool conditions and cloudy skies. Jorge Martin finished the session at the Circuit of the Americas track two-tenths back with Canet another two-tenths in arrears to end the session as third quickest.

The trio were the only three riders to drop into the 2’16s. Darryn Binder led the 2'17 pack with the fourth fastest time -- a leap forward from his FP2 time that left him down at 15th on the timesheet. Enea Bastianini (5th) appears to be be finding more consistency than he has shown in his first two races. Nicolo Bulega, who neared the top of the timesheet early in the session, was pushed down to sixth near the end of practice. 

Canet dominated the session early on the first rider to drop into the 2'17s. Bulega briefly pushed the 17-year-old, second-year rider into second but then Canet answered back with the first 2'16 lap of the session. He would hold that top spot for nearly all of FP3 but riders began inching closer. First Martin and then Fenati pushed him back and the final seconds ticked away. Canet, however, also appeared to be on a fast final lap when he was balked by another rider.

Joan Mir, winner of the first two races in 2017, ended the session in 14th place more than a second off the pace.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 5 Romano FENATI Honda 2'16.273    
2 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'16.479 0.206 / 0.206
3 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'16.770 0.497 / 0.291
4 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'17.049 0.776 / 0.279
5 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'17.117 0.844 / 0.068
6 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'17.151 0.878 / 0.034
7 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 2'17.191 0.918 / 0.040
8 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 2'17.311 1.038 / 0.120
9 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'17.423 1.150 / 0.112
10 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'17.498 1.225 / 0.075
11 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 2'17.500 1.227 / 0.002
12 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'17.550 1.277 / 0.050
13 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'17.634 1.361 / 0.084
14 36 Joan MIR Honda 2'17.654 1.381 / 0.020
15 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'17.658 1.385 / 0.004
16 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'17.987 1.714 / 0.329
17 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'18.009 1.736 / 0.022
18 11 Livio LOI Honda 2'18.219 1.946 / 0.210
19 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'18.261 1.988 / 0.042
20 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'18.320 2.047 / 0.059
21 95 Jules DANILO Honda 2'18.432 2.159 / 0.112
22 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'18.565 2.292 / 0.133
23 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 2'18.654 2.381 / 0.089
24 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'18.708 2.435 / 0.054
25 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 2'18.812 2.539 / 0.104
26 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 2'19.322 3.049 / 0.510
27 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 2'19.328 3.055 / 0.006
28 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 2'19.354 3.081 / 0.026
29 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'19.373 3.100 / 0.019
30 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 2'19.435 3.162 / 0.062
31 18 Gabriel MARTINEZ-ABREGO KTM 2'19.951 3.678 / 0.516
32 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 2'20.771 4.498 / 0.820

 

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2017 Austin MotoGP Moto2 FP2 Result: A Second Marquez Grabs First

Alex Marquez put another Marquez at the top of the timesheet Friday with a 2'10.601 to lead FP2 by three-tenths of a second. Alex, younger brother of MotoGP's Marc, led much of FP2 and pushed championship leader Franco Morbidelli into second, just in front of Marcel Schrotter (3rd) at the Circuit of the Americas near Austin, Texas. 

Miguel Oliveira, the leader of FP1, seemed primed for a mediocre session when he pulled out a fast lap at the end to leap into fourth and bump Thomas Luthi (5th) down a spot in the process. Mattia Passini, a consistent top-10 in both sessions, finished in sixth just in front of Hafizh Syahrin (7th). Fabio Quartararo, who crashed out of the last race in Argentina, managed eighth. Ricard Cardus (10th) and Takaaki Nakagami (10th) completed the lead pack.

Just as impressive as Marquez's fast lap was his consistency in FP2. The Spanish rider reeled off five laps in the 2'10s, far more than any other Moto2 rider in the session. 

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'10.601  
2 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 2'10.901 0.300 / 0.300
3 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 2'10.906 0.305 / 0.005
4 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'11.223 0.622 / 0.317
5 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'11.226 0.625 / 0.003
6 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'11.292 0.691 / 0.066
7 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 2'11.345 0.744 / 0.053
8 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 2'11.371 0.770 / 0.026
9 88 Ricard CARDUS KTM 2'11.443 0.842 / 0.072
10 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 2'11.454 0.853 / 0.011
11 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 2'11.525 0.924 / 0.071
12 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'11.569 0.968 / 0.044
13 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 2'11.720 1.119 / 0.151
14 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 2'11.868 1.267 / 0.148
15 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 2'11.900 1.299 / 0.032
16 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'11.907 1.306 / 0.007
17 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 2'11.913 1.312 / 0.006
18 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Kalex 2'12.057 1.456 / 0.144
19 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 2'12.135 1.534 / 0.078
20 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'12.415 1.814 / 0.280
21 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 2'12.449 1.848 / 0.034
22 49 Axel PONS Kalex 2'12.460 1.859 / 0.011
23 52 Danny KENT Suter 2'12.571 1.970 / 0.111
24 60 Julian SIMON Tech 3 2'12.583 1.982 / 0.012
25 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'12.701 2.100 / 0.118
26 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 2'12.707 2.106 / 0.006
27 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'12.798 2.197 / 0.091
28 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 2'12.830 2.229 / 0.032
29 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'13.481 2.880 / 0.651
30 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 2'13.902 3.301 / 0.421
31 47 Axel BASSANI Speed Up 2'14.085 3.484 / 0.183
32 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 2'14.119 3.518 / 0.034

 

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2017 Austin MotoGP MotoGP FP2 Result: Marquez Responds And Reminds

Marc Marquez apparently didn’t like the view from second so he returned to the timesheet position of which he is accustomed at the Circuit of the Americas near Austin, Texas. The reigning world champion set the best time of the day on his final lap with a 2'04.061 to lead the pack by more that two-tenths of a second at Friday's final practice.

But it wasn't rival Maverick Vinales he pushed into second place; It was Johan Zarco. The French rider continues to show startling speed on his satellite Yamaha with a 2'04.347 that briefly topped the charts before Marquez's hot lap. Maverick Vinales, who finished FP1 looking like a contender to Marquez's Texas dominance, ended the day in third place, nearly four-tenths off the top time.

Valentino Rossi, eighth in FP1, made a leap forward with a fast lap that put him in fourth but still seven-tenths from the top time. Dani Pedrosa (5th) who spent much of FP2 locked into third, was pushed down the order as the session neared the end and more riders dipped into the 2'04s. Andrea Dovizioso (6th) just pipped Cal Crutchlow (7th). Jonas Folger (8th), Scott Redding (9th) and Andrea Iannone (10th) rounded ouf the top 10 as MotoGP practice ended for the day.

The weather, hot and dry on Friday, is expected to cool for Saturday's qualifying but with only a 10 percent chance of rain.

Marquez's FP2 time was nearly identical to to his FP2 time from one year ago of 2'04.032 but still well off his fastest-ever lap of 2'02.135 set in 2015. 

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'04.061    
2 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 2'04.347 0.286 / 0.286  
3 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 2'04.451 0.390 / 0.104  
4 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'04.806 0.745 / 0.355  
5 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'04.811 0.750 / 0.005  
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'04.830 0.769 / 0.019  
7 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'05.005 0.944 / 0.175  
8 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 2'05.033 0.972 / 0.028  
9 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 2'05.116 1.055 / 0.083  
10 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 2'05.142 1.081 / 0.026  
11 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 2'05.282 1.221 / 0.140  
12 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'05.284 1.223 / 0.002  
13 43 Jack MILLER Honda 2'05.463 1.402 / 0.179  
14 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 2'05.468 1.407 / 0.005  
15 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 2'05.584 1.523 / 0.116  
16 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 2'05.602 1.541 / 0.018  
17 53 Tito RABAT Honda 2'05.943 1.882 / 0.341  
18 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 2'06.155 2.094 / 0.212  
19 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 2'06.358 2.297 / 0.203  
20 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'06.503 2.442 / 0.145  
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'06.709 2.648 / 0.206  
22 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 2'06.741 2.680 / 0.032  
23 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 2'07.434 3.373 / 0.693  
             

 

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2017 Austin MotoGP Moto3 FP2 Result: Canet Minds The Gap

Aron Canet ended Friday as the pole-position favorite with another practice at the top of the timesheet at Circuit of the Americas. Canet's 2'16.750 was the fastest time of the day in Moto3 and it kept him seven-tenths clear of second-fastest rider Joan Mir. Romano Fenati continued his strong form with a third-best time. But that still left him nearly a second slower than Canet. 

Canet hardly faced a serious challenger the entire session. Within two laps of the start of FP2, Canet dropped into the 2’17s, only three-tenths from his best time from FP1. Then 10 minutes later, the second-year rider dipped into the 2’16s.  While he was reasonably quick here last year – the Spanish rider finished seventh at his rookie race at COTA – he hasn’t had a blistering 2017 so far with a fourth in Qatar and a 11th place finish in Argentina two weeks ago.

But Canet has found something at the technical 5.5 kilometer track in Texas. Not only was he the only rider in the 2’16s midway through practice, no other rider had even broken into the 2’17s with 17 minutes to go. With seven minutes left, Mir became the only the second rider into the 2'17s. By the end of the session, the top five riders had dipped into the 2'17s but none closer than seven-tenths to the leader. 

More worrisome for Canet's rivals, he was fastest in three of the four sectors and second fastest in the other in FP1. 

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'16.750    
2 36 Joan MIR Honda 2'17.486 0.736 / 0.736  
3 5 Romano FENATI Honda 2'17.632 0.882 / 0.146  
4 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'17.671 0.921 / 0.039  
5 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 2'17.778 1.028 / 0.107  
6 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'18.054 1.304 / 0.276  
7 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'18.074 1.324 / 0.020  
8 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'18.144 1.394 / 0.070  
9 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'18.162 1.412 / 0.018  
10 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 2'18.384 1.634 / 0.222  
11 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'18.408 1.658 / 0.024  
12 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'18.477 1.727 / 0.069  
13 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'18.478 1.728 / 0.001  
14 95 Jules DANILO Honda 2'18.512 1.762 / 0.034  
15 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'18.566 1.816 / 0.054  
16 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'18.701 1.951 / 0.135  
17 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'18.703 1.953 / 0.002  
18 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'18.725 1.975 / 0.022  
19 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'18.850 2.100 / 0.125  
20 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'18.862 2.112 / 0.012  
21 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'18.869 2.119 / 0.007  
22 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 2'19.029 2.279 / 0.160  
23 11 Livio LOI Honda 2'19.211 2.461 / 0.182  
24 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'19.945 3.195 / 0.734  
25 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 2'19.970 3.220 / 0.025  
26 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 2'20.281 3.531 / 0.311  
27 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 2'20.384 3.634 / 0.103  
28 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 2'20.741 3.991 / 0.357  
29 18 Gabriel MARTINEZ-ABREGO KTM 2'20.773 4.023 / 0.032  
30 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 2'20.882 4.132 / 0.109  
31 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 2'21.523 4.773 / 0.641  
32 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 2'22.616 5.866 / 1.093  

 

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2017 Austin MotoGP Moto2 FP1 Result: Oliveira Saves His Best For Last

Miguel Oliveira grabbed the top spot with a fast final lap Friday during FP1 at the Circuit of the Americas Friday near Austin, Texas. Oliveira’s 2’11.606 dropped Franco Morbidelli into second, a mere three-hundredths back. Morbidelli, who has won the first two races of 2017, led for much of latter half of the first practice.

Thomas Luthi, on the podium for the season's first two contests, also saved his best for the session's end with a 2'11.641 that jumped him into third, just in front of Alex Marquez. The younger brother of current MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez, climbed to the top of the timesheet for much of practice only to be dropped in the order as session wore on.

Mattia Passini, fifth fastest, finished two-tenths off the top spot. Indeed the top eight riders finished the first practice within half a second of each other.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'11.606    
2 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 2'11.641 0.035 / 0.035
3 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'11.674 0.068 / 0.033
4 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'11.714 0.108 / 0.040
5 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'11.858 0.252 / 0.144
6 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'11.938 0.332 / 0.080
7 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 2'11.996 0.390 / 0.058
8 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 2'12.087 0.481 / 0.091
9 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 2'12.264 0.658 / 0.177
10 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 2'12.533 0.927 / 0.269
11 88 Ricard CARDUS KTM 2'12.690 1.084 / 0.157
12 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 2'12.695 1.089 / 0.005
13 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 2'12.697 1.091 / 0.002
14 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 2'12.700 1.094 / 0.003
15 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 2'12.705 1.099 / 0.005
16 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'12.718 1.112 / 0.013
17 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 2'12.738 1.132 / 0.020
18 49 Axel PONS Kalex 2'12.752 1.146 / 0.014
19 52 Danny KENT Suter 2'12.907 1.301 / 0.155
20 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 2'12.971 1.365 / 0.064
21 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 2'13.001 1.395 / 0.030
22 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 2'13.154 1.548 / 0.153
23 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Kalex 2'13.246 1.640 / 0.092
24 60 Julian SIMON Tech 3 2'13.453 1.847 / 0.207
25 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'14.202 2.596 / 0.749
26 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'14.270 2.664 / 0.068
27 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'14.436 2.830 / 0.166
28 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 2'15.008 3.402 / 0.572
29 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 2'15.169 3.563 / 0.161
30 47 Axel BASSANI Speed Up 2'15.236 3.630 / 0.067
31 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 2'15.827 4.221 / 0.591
32 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'16.293 4.687 / 0.466

 

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2017 Austin MotoGP MotoGP FP1 Result: Vinales Continues To Shine

Maverick Vinales took the first step in his effort to rewrite history at the Circuit of the Americas near Austin, Texas, with a fast lap that put him more than half a second clear of the the number two rider in Friday's first free practice. And that number two rider? The man who has won four previous races he has entered at the 5.5 kilometer (3.4 mile) track: Marc Marquez.

Vinales' 2'04.923, set with 12 minutes remaining in the 45-minute session, left him slightly more than five-tenths of a second clear of Marquez, who led practice early on. The top spot in FP1 is no small feat for the Yamaha factory team rider who has won the first two races of the 2017 season; Marquez has not only dominated all four MotoGP races here, he has led nearly every practice session as well and still owns the circuit record.

Andrea Dovizioso, who was taken out of last year's contest by another rider while in third place, finished the session as third-fastest, six-tenths of a second behind the leader. Johann Zarco, the MotoGP rookie who would be the lead story of the 2017 season if not for Vinales' early dominance, finished as fourth-fastest after climbing as high as third. Alvaro Bautista used a final fast lap with no time remaining to leap into fifth, dropping Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo (6th) one place.  

Dani Pedrosa, the rider who took out Dovizioso in 2016, finished the session in seventh 1.1 seconds behind Vinales. Valentino Rossi, on the podium for the first two races of the year, found some speed late in the session to eventually settle in to eighth. Aleix Espargaro (9th) and Danilo Petrucci (10th) rounded out the top 10 as temperatures climbed on the dry track. 

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 2'04.923    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'05.500 0.577 / 0.577  
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'05.604 0.681 / 0.104  
4 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 2'05.790 0.867 / 0.186  
5 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 2'05.833 0.910 / 0.043  
6 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 2'06.017 1.094 / 0.184  
7 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'06.109 1.186 / 0.092  
8 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'06.292 1.369 / 0.183  
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 2'06.411 1.488 / 0.119  
10 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'06.469 1.546 / 0.058  
11 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'06.484 1.561 / 0.015  
12 43 Jack MILLER Honda 2'06.515 1.592 / 0.031  
13 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 2'06.646 1.723 / 0.131  
14 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 2'06.692 1.769 / 0.046  
15 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 2'06.786 1.863 / 0.094  
16 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 2'06.824 1.901 / 0.038  
17 53 Tito RABAT Honda 2'06.894 1.971 / 0.070  
18 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 2'07.127 2.204 / 0.233  
19 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'07.300 2.377 / 0.173  
20 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 2'08.006 3.083 / 0.706  
21 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'08.128 3.205 / 0.122  
22 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 2'08.292 3.369 / 0.164  
23 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 2'08.740 3.817 / 0.448  

 

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3
2017
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2017 Austin MotoGP Moto3 FP1 Result: Canet Clears Out

Aron Canet set a blistering final lap in Friday's first practice to take the top spot in warming temperatures at the Circuit of the Americas track near Austin Texas. Canet's 2'16.820 left him as the only rider to break into the 2'16s in the 45-minute practice.  

More than one second back was Romano Fenati, at 2'17.920. Fenati -- along with Canet -- spent much of the session as the only riders to lap in the 2'17s. Fenati looked ready to challenge for the top spot until Canet's last lap. Another three-tenths back was Enea Bastianini who remained in the top-five for much of the session. 

Joan Mir, race winner at Qatar and Argentina, came finished as the fourth-fastest rider, nearly two seconds off Canet's pace. Juanfran Guuevara rounded out the top five.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'16.820    
2 5 Romano FENATI Honda 2'17.920 1.100 / 1.100
3 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'18.223 1.403 / 0.303
4 36 Joan MIR Honda 2'18.556 1.736 / 0.333
5 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 2'18.667 1.847 / 0.111
6 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'18.893 2.073 / 0.226
7 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'19.131 2.311 / 0.238
8 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'19.157 2.337 / 0.026
9 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'19.234 2.414 / 0.077
10 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'19.387 2.567 / 0.153
11 11 Livio LOI Honda 2'19.470 2.650 / 0.083
12 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 2'19.500 2.680 / 0.030
13 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'19.545 2.725 / 0.045
14 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'19.559 2.739 / 0.014
15 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'19.587 2.767 / 0.028
16 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'19.625 2.805 / 0.038
17 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 2'19.655 2.835 / 0.030
18 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'19.910 3.090 / 0.255
19 95 Jules DANILO Honda 2'20.212 3.392 / 0.302
20 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'20.222 3.402 / 0.010
21 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 2'20.292 3.472 / 0.070
22 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 2'20.404 3.584 / 0.112
23 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'20.571 3.751 / 0.167
24 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'20.807 3.987 / 0.236
25 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'20.833 4.013 / 0.026
26 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 2'21.184 4.364 / 0.351
27 18 Gabriel MARTINEZ-ABREGO KTM 2'21.602 4.782 / 0.418
28 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 2'21.951 5.131 / 0.349
29 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 2'21.965 5.145 / 0.014
30 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'22.540 5.720 / 0.575
31 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 2'23.550 6.730 / 1.010
32 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 2'24.589 7.769 / 1.039

 

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3
2017
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2017 Argentina MotoGP Race Results: Turn 2 Crashes Make Winning Look Easy

Maverick Viñales has added another chapter to the history books, taking victory in Argentina. He becomes the first rider to win the two opening rounds of the premier class after switching teams since Kenny Roberts Jr in 1999, and most remarkably, he becomes the first Yamaha rider to win the opening two rounds since Wayne Rainey in 1990.

A win looked a very distant prospect at the start of the race. Marc Marquez got the holeshot, and exploiting a setup change they found in the warm up, the Repsol Honda rider started to put a second a lap into the opposition. Cal Crutchlow made it two Hondas in the top two, unable to follow Marquez but easily holding off Viñales and Valentino Rossi for the first couple of laps. 

There was drama behind the leaders in the very first corner. Andrea Iannone got a jump start, then closed his line into the space where Jorge Lorenzo was trying to put his Ducati, Lorenzo's front wheel hitting Iannone's rear wheel, the Spaniard crashing out in the first corner. It was a typical racing incident, the kind of first corner clash that happens in mid pack, when two riders are aiming for two different lines through a tight space. The intersecting lines ended in the gravel for Lorenzo. But Lorenzo would not be the last rider to crash out of the race in Argentina, though.

At the front, Viñales disposed of Cal Crutchlow on lap 3, and went in pursuit of Marquez. But the Repsol Honda rider had pulled a gap of over two seconds by now, so the Yamaha man had his work cut out for him. On lap 4, Marquez threw all his hard work away by crashing on the entrance to Turn 2, the front end washing away as he tipped it in on the brakes.

That handed Viñales the lead, and the Spaniard immediately seized the opportunity. He quietly upped the pace, inching away from Crutchlow and Rossi as the laps clicked off. Though the gap grew slowly, taking until lap 8 to exceed a second, there was little Crutchlow or Rossi could do to resist. Viñales powered to a comfortable win, and a considerable margin in the championship.

Though first place went unchallenged, second would be a settled in a tense duel between Crutchlow and Rossi. Crutchlow held the upper hand for most of the race, but he had to contend with a stalking Rossi throughout. On lap 19, Rossi struck, sliding up the inside at Turn 5, and holding on to take second. It was Crutchlow's turn to stalk, but the LCR Honda rider could never get close enough to pounce. After a string of DNFs, the Englishman settled for third.

Rossi's second place was a remarkable achievement for the Italian. To end on the podium on his 350th Grand Prix start is a peerless feat, and marks the drive, ambition, and sheer talent of the veteran Italian.

If the battle for podium places played out in slow motion, the fight behind was a good deal more hectic. A group consisting of Dani Pedrosa, Alvaro Bautista, Danilo Petrucci, and Johann Zarco were fighting it out for fourth, with no clear favorite early on. Danilo Petrucci led the group early, but he was holding the rest of them up. 

Zarco and Pedrosa worked their way past first, then Pedrosa passed Zarco and started to open a gap. But disaster struck for the Repsol Honda rider in the same place as his teammate, Pedrosa losing the front end as the bike got unsettled over the bumps on the exit of Turn 1 and he started to brake for Turn 2. 

That left the fight for fourth in the hands of Zarco and Bautista. Zarco put up a stout defense, but he was burning up his tires in the attempt, smoke streaming off them as he spun them up parrying Bautista's advances. Bautista went on to take a superb fourth place, ahead of Zarco and his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha teammate Jonas Folger, who had closed in on Zarco in the final laps. Petrucci finished in seventh, while Scott Redding took eighth after a major battle with Jack Miller and Karel Abraham.

Lorenzo, Marquez, and Pedrosa were not the only factory fallers. Andrea Dovizioso missed the corner at Turn 5, and distracted Aleix Espargaro behind him, who then lost the front and wiped the pair of them out. Espargaro, a true gentleman, then went over and apologized and comforted Dovizioso. Alex Rins also fell on the Suzuki, then remounted, but had to withdraw because of the pain. Sam Lowes had to withdraw with a gearbox problem.

The crashes allowed both Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith into the top 15, meaning the two KTM riders both scored points for the Austrian factory, the first of the season.

Viñales' victory and the crashes by Dovizioso and Marquez leave the Movistar Yamaha rider comfortably ahead in the championship. He has a 14 point lead over his teammate Valentino Rossi, while Dovizioso is in third, 30 points adrift. Defending champion Marc Marquez is in eighth, 37 points behind Viñales.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 41'45.060
2 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha +2.915
3 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda +3.754
4 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati +6.523
5 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha +15.504
6 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha +18.241
7 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati +20.046
8 45 Scott Redding Ducati +25.480
9 43 Jack Miller Honda +25.665
10 17 Karel Abraham Ducati +26.403
11 76 Loris Baz Ducati +26.952
12 53 Tito Rabat Honda +41.875
13 8 Hector Barbera Ducati +42.770
14 44 Pol Espargaro KTM +43.085
15 38 Bradley Smith KTM +43.452
16 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki +46.219
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  4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 11 Laps
  41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 11 Laps
  26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 12 Laps
  22 Sam Lowes Aprilia 14 Laps
  42 Alex Rins Suzuki 14 Laps
  93 Marc Marquez Honda 22 Laps
  99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 0 Lap

 

Round Number: 
2
2017
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