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2017 Qatar Moto3 Test Saturday Times: Fenati Leads The Way

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Romano Fenati took a clean sweep on the second day at Qatar, topping the timesheets for all three of the test sessions for the Moto3 class. But the competition hotted up behind the Italian in the second and third sessions on Saturday, Jorge Martin and Aron Canet both closing to within a few hundredths of Fenati.

Gabriel Rodrigo was the first KTM rider, the Argentinian rider a quarter of a second off the time of Fenati. Livio Loi had a strong evening, putting the Leopard Honda into fifth, and finishing ahead of Nicolo Bulega on the Sky VR46 KTM. 

Testing is due to continue on Sunday, but once again, the forecast is not good. Spots of rain had started as the final Moto3 session ended, and heavy rain is expected through the night and during the day. The teams will hope for a dry track at the end of the afternoon, to allow them to use their final opportunity at preparing for the start of the 2017 season.

Combined times from all three sessions:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Romano Fenati Honda 2:06.690    
2 88 Jorge Martin Honda 2:06.729 0.039 0.039
3 44 Aron Canet Honda 2:06.749 0.059 0.020
4 19 Gabriel Rodrigo KTM 2:06.957 0.267 0.208
5 11 Livio Loi Honda 2:07.068 0.378 0.111
6 8 Nicolo Bulega KTM 2:07.086 0.396 0.018
7 71 Ayumu Sasaki Honda 2:07.140 0.450 0.054
8 23 Niccolo Antonelli KTM 2:07.150 0.460 0.010
9 58 Juanfran Guevara KTM 2:07.162 0.472 0.012
10 65 Philipp Oettl KTM 2:07.176 0.486 0.014
11 84 Jakub Kornfeil Peugeot 2:07.192 0.502 0.016
12 17 John McPhee Honda 2:07.327 0.637 0.135
13 64 Bo Bendsneyder KTM 2:07.339 0.649 0.012
14 36 Joan Mir Honda 2:07.418 0.728 0.079
15 42 Marcos Ramirez KTM 2:07.558 0.868 0.140
16 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 2:07.628 0.938 0.070
17 16 Andrea Migno KTM 2:07.634 0.944 0.006
18 27 Kaito Toba Honda 2:07.717 1.027 0.083
19 95 Jules Danilo Honda 2:07.808 1.118 0.091
20 6 Maria Herrera KTM 2:07.856 1.166 0.048
21 48 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Mahindra 2:07.883 1.193 0.027
22 7 Adam Norrodin Honda 2:07.894 1.204 0.011
23 40 Darryn Binder KTM 2:07.905 1.215 0.011
24 41 Nakarin Atiraphuvapat Honda 2:08.036 1.346 0.131
25 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 2:08.037 1.347 0.001
26 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Honda 2:08.074 1.384 0.037
27 75 Albert Arenas Mahindra 2:08.234 1.544 0.160
28 96 Manuel Pagliani Mahindra 2:08.260 1.570 0.026
29 12 Marco Bezzecchi Mahindra 2:08.499 1.809 0.239
30 33 Enea Bastianini Honda 2:08.713 2.023 0.214
31 4 Patrik Pulkkinen Peugeot 2:10.508 3.818 1.795
 
Session 5
Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Romano Fenati Honda 2:06.726    
2 88 Jorge Martin Honda 2:06.729 0.003 0.003
3 44 Aron Canet Honda 2:06.860 0.134 0.131
4 19 Gabriel Rodrigo KTM 2:07.034 0.308 0.174
5 11 Livio Loi Honda 2:07.068 0.342 0.034
6 71 Ayumu Sasaki Honda 2:07.140 0.414 0.072
7 58 Juanfran Guevara KTM 2:07.162 0.436 0.022
8 8 Nicolo Bulega KTM 2:07.413 0.687 0.251
9 36 Joan Mir Honda 2:07.418 0.692 0.005
10 84 Jakub Kornfeil Peugeot 2:07.474 0.748 0.056
11 42 Marcos Ramirez KTM 2:07.558 0.832 0.084
12 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 2:07.628 0.902 0.070
13 16 Andrea Migno KTM 2:07.634 0.908 0.006
14 27 Kaito Toba Honda 2:07.717 0.991 0.083
15 23 Niccolo Antonelli KTM 2:07.731 1.005 0.014
16 65 Philipp Oettl KTM 2:07.798 1.072 0.067
17 48 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Mahindra 2:07.883 1.157 0.085
18 7 Adam Norrodin Honda 2:07.894 1.168 0.011
19 17 John McPhee Honda 2:07.911 1.185 0.017
20 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 2:08.037 1.311 0.126
21 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Honda 2:08.074 1.348 0.037
22 64 Bo Bendsneyder KTM 2:08.117 1.391 0.043
23 75 Albert Arenas Mahindra 2:08.234 1.508 0.117
24 41 Nakarin Atiraphuvapat Honda 2:08.293 1.567 0.059
25 40 Darryn Binder KTM 2:08.546 1.820 0.253
26 6 Maria Herrera KTM 2:08.657 1.931 0.111
27 95 Jules Danilo Honda 2:08.700 1.974 0.043
28 33 Enea Bastianini Honda 2:08.713 1.987 0.013
29 12 Marco Bezzecchi Mahindra 2:09.094 2.368 0.381
30 96 Manuel Pagliani Mahindra 2:09.509 2.783 0.415
31 4 Patrik Pulkkinen Peugeot 2:10.508 3.782 0.999
 
Session 6
Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Romano Fenati Honda 2:06.690    
2 44 Aron Canet Honda 2:06.749 0.059 0.059
3 19 Gabriel Rodrigo KTM 2:06.957 0.267 0.208
4 8 Nicolo Bulega KTM 2:07.086 0.396 0.129
5 23 Niccolo Antonelli KTM 2:07.150 0.460 0.064
6 65 Philipp Oettl KTM 2:07.176 0.486 0.026
7 84 Jakub Kornfeil Peugeot 2:07.192 0.502 0.016
8 58 Juanfran Guevara KTM 2:07.228 0.538 0.036
9 17 John McPhee Honda 2:07.327 0.637 0.099
10 64 Bo Bendsneyder KTM 2:07.339 0.649 0.012
11 11 Livio Loi Honda 2:07.520 0.830 0.181
12 95 Jules Danilo Honda 2:07.808 1.118 0.288
13 6 Maria Herrera KTM 2:07.856 1.166 0.048
14 27 Kaito Toba Honda 2:07.868 1.178 0.012
15 36 Joan Mir Honda 2:07.894 1.204 0.026
16 40 Darryn Binder KTM 2:07.905 1.215 0.011
17 88 Jorge Martin Honda 2:07.911 1.221 0.006
18 71 Ayumu Sasaki Honda 2:07.978 1.288 0.067
19 7 Adam Norrodin Honda 2:08.007 1.317 0.029
20 41 Nakarin Atiraphuvapat Honda 2:08.036 1.346 0.029
21 96 Manuel Pagliani Mahindra 2:08.260 1.570 0.224
22 16 Andrea Migno KTM 2:08.287 1.597 0.027
23 75 Albert Arenas Mahindra 2:08.401 1.711 0.114
24 12 Marco Bezzecchi Mahindra 2:08.499 1.809 0.098
25 48 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Mahindra 2:08.527 1.837 0.028
26 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 2:08.529 1.839 0.002
27 33 Enea Bastianini Honda 2:08.818 2.128 0.289
28 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Honda 2:09.515 2.825 0.697
29 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 2:09.638 2.948 0.123
30 4 Patrik Pulkkinen Peugeot 2:10.732 4.042 1.094

 

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2017 Qatar Moto2 & Moto3 Test Saturday, First Session: Luthi & Fenati Fastest

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After losing the first day of the Moto2 and Moto3 test to rain, both classes got straight to work once the track opened at a dry Losail Circuit in Qatar today. Conditions were far from ideal, though, as reflected in the times. On a hot track during daylight, fastest Moto2 man Tom Luthi was 2 seconds slower than the Moto2 pole record, and Romano Fenati was a second and a half off the pole record for the Moto3 class.

Luthi had a difficult test in Jerez, but is much quicker in Qatar, topping the first Moto2 session of the test. Franco Morbidelli was quick at Jerez, and is second in Qatar, ahead of the surprise package of Xavi Vierge on the Tech 3 bike. Miguel Oliveira was fourth fastest on the KTM, ahead of Alex Marquez and Danny Kent.

Romano Fenati dominated a Honda clean sweep of the top three in Moto3, over half a second quicker than Aron Canet in second place. John McPhee was third quickest, less than a tenth behind Canet, while Juanfran Guevara was the first KTM rider on the timesheets, ahead of Marcos Ramirez and Niccolo Antonelli.

Testing continues this evening, with both Moto2 and Moto3 classes getting two more sessions on track. It is likely to be a busy test, as rain is once again forecast to fall on Sunday.

Moto2, first session

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 2:01.149    
2 21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 2:01.385 0.236 0.236
3 97 Xavi Vierge Tech 3 2:01.694 0.545 0.309
4 44 Miguel Oliveira KTM 2:01.702 0.553 0.008
5 73 Alex Márquez Kalex 2:01.779 0.630 0.077
6 52 Danny Kent Suter 2:01.850 0.701 0.071
7 40 Fabio Quartararo Kalex 2:01.893 0.744 0.043
8 42 Francesco Bagnaia Kalex 2:02.119 0.970 0.226
9 49 Axel Pons Kalex 2:02.264 1.115 0.145
10 19 Xavier Simeon Kalex 2:02.480 1.331 0.216
11 87 Remy Gardner Tech 3 2:02.582 1.433 0.102
12 32 Isaac Viñales Kalex 2:02.713 1.564 0.131
13 2 Jesko Raffin Kalex 2:02.745 1.596 0.032
14 11 Sandro Cortese Suter 2:02.796 1.647 0.051
15 54 Mattia Pasini Kalex 2:02.805 1.656 0.009
16 77 Dominique Aegerter Suter 2:02.835 1.686 0.030
17 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 2:02.849 1.700 0.014
18 23 Marcel Schrotter Suter 2:02.863 1.714 0.014
19 60 Julian Simon Kalex 2:02.879 1.730 0.016
20 68 Yonny Hernandez Kalex 2:03.000 1.851 0.121
21 41 Brad Binder KTM 2:03.266 2.117 0.266
22 95 Mashel Al Naimi Speed Up 2:03.530 2.381 0.264
23 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 2:03.627 2.478 0.097
24 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Kalex 2:03.871 2.722 0.244
25 10 Luca Marini Kalex 2:04.254 3.105 0.383
26 45 Tetsuata Nagashima Kalex 2:04.257 3.108 0.003
27 5 Andrea Locatelli Kalex 2:04.819 3.670 0.562
28 91 Saeed Al Sulaiti Speed Up 2:05.417 4.268 0.598
29 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 2:06.172 5.023 0.755
30 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 2:07.063 5.914 0.891

Moto3, first session

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Romano Fenati Honda 2:07.360    
2 44 Aron Canet Honda 2:07.919 0.559 0.559
3 17 John McPhee Honda 2:08.013 0.653 0.094
4 58 Juanfran Guevara KTM 2:08.021 0.661 0.008
5 42 Marcos Ramirez KTM 2:08.037 0.677 0.016
6 23 Niccolo Antonelli KTM 2:08.045 0.685 0.008
7 19 Gabriel Rodrigo KTM 2:08.122 0.762 0.077
8 36 Joan Mir Honda 2:08.228 0.868 0.106
9 27 Kaito Toba Honda 2:08.356 0.996 0.128
10 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 2:08.394 1.034 0.038
11 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Honda 2:08.463 1.103 0.069
12 8 Nicolo Bulega KTM 2:08.465 1.105 0.002
13 7 Adam Norrodin Honda 2:08.469 1.109 0.004
14 71 Ayumu Sasaki Honda 2:08.475 1.115 0.006
15 11 Livio Loi Honda 2:08.570 1.210 0.095
16 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 2:08.704 1.344 0.134
17 88 Jorge Martin Honda 2:08.723 1.363 0.019
18 16 Andrea Migno KTM 2:08.788 1.428 0.065
19 33 Enea Bastianini Honda 2:08.865 1.505 0.077
20 64 Bo Bendsneyder KTM 2:08.894 1.534 0.029
21 84 Jakub Kornfeil Peugeot 2:09.004 1.644 0.110
22 40 Darryn Binder KTM 2:09.015 1.655 0.011
23 95 Jules Danilo Honda 2:09.208 1.848 0.193
24 75 Albert Arenas Mahindra 2:09.326 1.966 0.118
25 12 Marco Bezzecchi Mahindra 2:09.770 2.410 0.444
26 6 Maria Herrera KTM 2:09.800 2.440 0.030
27 48 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Mahindra 2:09.985 2.625 0.185
28 96 Manuel Pagliani Mahindra 2:10.791 3.431 0.806
29 41 Nakarin Atiraphuvapat Honda 2:10.984 3.624 0.193
30 4 Patrik Pulkkinen Peugeot 2:11.848 4.488 0.864

 

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2017 Qatar Moto2 & Moto3 Test - Rain Forces First Day Of Testing To Be Abandoned

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The final test of the 2017 preseason for the Moto2 and Moto3 classes has had to be abandoned after the first session. Dark clouds and high winds had threatened the track during the opening Moto3 session, with only a handful of bikes taking to the track. But heavy rain started falling shortly afterwards, leaving the track soaking, and not drying out. After consultation with the teams and riders, the test was abandoned.

It is a timely reminder that weather can be a factor at this time of year in Qatar. Although rain is rare in the peninsula, it is not unknown, and is most frequent at this time of year. The weather has been a little unsettled in recent weeks, with rain falling just before the MotoGP test as well, though track time for the premier class riders was unaffected. 

Most famously, rain forced Race Direction to postpone the 2009 race from Sunday until Monday when rain started to fall. Race Direction judged that reflections from the floodlights made it impossible to ride the track safely.

In recent weeks, MotoGP and FIM safety officers Franco Uncini and Loris Capirossi have run tests on a wet track, and determined that it should be possible to ride at the circuit even if it rains. This decision still has to be agreed by the Safety Commission, however, with the riders having a major say in whether the race can take place or not. Official MotoGP tire supplier Michelin have brought wet tires to the Losail Circuit, though Moto2 and Moto3 supplier Dunlop has not.

The Moto2 and Moto3 test is due to continue on Saturday and Sunday, ahead of the start of the season on Thursday. The weather is looking better for the next few days, though the current forecast shows a chance of rain on Saturday night.

The test for the support classes is crucial. The test is the first time the Moto2 teams get to use the official Moto2 engines for the first time this year, removing some of the variance at the previous test. Some Moto3 teams are also using new engines, with British rider John McPhee telling MCN that Honda have brought a new engine for him to test, along with some other parts.

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2017 Qatar MotoGP Test: Viñales Fastest Overall, Smith Most Improved Rider

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Maverick Viñales leaves the final MotoGP test of the 2017 preseason as the fastest rider, completing his domination of testing. The Movistar Yamaha rider ended just seven hundredths of a second ahead of Andrea Dovizioso on the factory Ducati. Dani Pedrosa was third fastest, putting in a quick lap at the end of the test, and finishing another seven hundredths behind Dovizioso.

Jorge Lorenzo was fourth fastest, ahead of Alvaro Bautista and Valentino Rossi. Scott Redding put in a quick lap late in the test to end in seventh spot, just ahead of Jonas Folger. Cal Crutchlow was ninth quickest, while Johann Zarco rounds out the top ten. Marc Marquez did not make it into the top ten, crashing three times on Sunday evening.

Bradley Smith showed the most improvement over the three days, gaining 2.4 seconds between Friday and Sunday. Dani Pedrosa and Alvaro Bautista cut 1.4 seconds off their slowest times. The Movistar Yamaha riders Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi improved by nine tenths of a second, while Jorge Lorenzo was nearly 1.1 seconds quicker.

Combined times over all three days:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:54.330    
2 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP17 1:54.401 0.071 0.071
3 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:54.469 0.139 0.068
4 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP17 1:54.519 0.189 0.050
5 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP16 1:54.714 0.384 0.195
6 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:54.732 0.402 0.018
7 45 Scott Redding Ducati GP16 1:54.750 0.420 0.018
8 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 1:54.807 0.477 0.057
9 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:54.821 0.491 0.014
10 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:54.900 0.570 0.079
11 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:54.990 0.660 0.090
12 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:55.121 0.791 0.131
13 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:55.284 0.954 0.163
14 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP15 1:55.333 1.003 0.049
15 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:55.362 1.032 0.029
16 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 1:55.455 1.125 0.093
17 76 Loris Baz Ducati GP15 1:55.539 1.209 0.084
18 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP17 1:55.556 1.226 0.017
19 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia RS-GP 1:56.167 1.837 0.611
20 53 Tito Rabat Honda RC213V 1:56.214 1.884 0.047
21 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:56.351 2.021 0.137
22 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:56.471 2.141 0.120
23 36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:56.891 2.561 0.420

Times for all three days, ranked by improvement during test:

No Rider Bike Friday Saturday Sunday Overall Improvement
38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:58.755 1:57.267 1:56.351 1:56.351 2.404
26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:55.692 1:55.875 1:54.469 1:54.469 1.406
19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP16 1:56.116 1:55.245 1:54.714 1:54.714 1.402
45 Scott Redding Ducati GP16 1:56.085 1:55.353 1:54.750 1:54.750 1.335
53 Tito Rabat Honda RC213V 1:57.455 1:56.214 1:56.294 1:56.214 1.241
42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:56.589 1:56.110 1:55.362 1:55.362 1.227
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP17 1:54.819 1:55.583 1:54.401 1:54.401 1.182
36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:58.039 1:57.688 1:56.891 1:56.891 1.148
99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP17 1:55.616 1:55.344 1:54.519 1:54.519 1.097
46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:55.679 1:54.732 1:55.185 1:54.732 0.947
22 Sam Lowes Aprilia RS-GP 1:57.090 1:56.276 1:56.167 1:56.167 0.923
93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:55.899 1:55.196 1:54.990 1:54.990 0.909
25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:55.179 1:54.455 1:54.330 1:54.330 0.849
94 Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 1:55.640 1:54.917 1:54.807 1:54.807 0.833
5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:55.705 1:55.354 1:54.900 1:54.900 0.805
43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 1:56.017 1:56.251 1:55.455 1:55.455 0.796
41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:55.916 1:55.121 1:55.451 1:55.121 0.795
76 Loris Baz Ducati GP15 1:56.193 1:55.808 1:55.539 1:55.539 0.654
35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:55.420 1:55.032 1:54.821 1:54.821 0.599
29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:55.751 1:55.545 1:55.284 1:55.284 0.467
17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP15 1:55.613 1:55.420 1:55.333 1:55.333 0.280
9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP17 1:55.830 1:55.680 1:55.556 1:55.556 0.274
44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:56.665 1:56.648 1:56.471 1:56.471 0.194

 

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2017 Qatar MotoGP Sunday Final Times: Viñales Ends On Top

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Final times at the end of the third and final day of testing:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:54.330    
2 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP17 1:54.401 0.071 0.071
3 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:54.469 0.139 0.068
4 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP17 1:54.519 0.189 0.050
5 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP16 1:54.714 0.384 0.195
6 45 Scott Redding Ducati GP16 1:54.750 0.420 0.036
7 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 1:54.807 0.477 0.057
8 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:54.821 0.491 0.014
9 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:54.900 0.570 0.079
10 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:54.990 0.660 0.090
11 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:55.185 0.855 0.195
12 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:55.284 0.954 0.099
13 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP15 1:55.333 1.003 0.049
14 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:55.362 1.032 0.029
15 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:55.451 1.121 0.089
16 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 1:55.455 1.125 0.004
17 76 Loris Baz Ducati GP15 1:55.539 1.209 0.084
18 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP17 1:55.556 1.226 0.017
19 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia RS-GP 1:56.167 1.837 0.611
20 53 Tito Rabat Honda RC213V 1:56.294 1.964 0.127
21 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:56.351 2.021 0.057
22 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:56.471 2.141 0.120
23 36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:56.891 2.561 0.420
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2017 Qatar MotoGP Sunday 10pm Times: Viñales Fastest As Test Draws To A Close

The riders are running through the final parts of their test program as the MotoGP test draws to a close at Qatar. With an hour to go, many are now packing up, from fear of crashing as the dew settles.

There have already been plenty of crashes, with Sam Lowes, Aleix Espargaro, Danilo Petrucci, Andrea Iannone and Alvaro Bautista all crashing. Marc Marquez has managed to crash three times on Friday, the most of the day.

Maverick Viñales is the fastest man at the moment, ahead of the factory Ducatis of Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo. An impressive Alvaro Bautista sits in fourth, ahead of Jonas Folger in fifth. Dani Pedrosa is the first Repsol Honda rider, ahead of Folger's Tech 3 teammate Johann Zarco. Marc Marquez is eighth, two tenths faster than Valentino Rossi, while an impressive Karel Abraham rounds out the top ten.

Times at 10pm local time:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:54.330    
2 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP17 1:54.401 0.071 0.071
3 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP17 1:54.519 0.189 0.118
4 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP16 1:54.714 0.384 0.195
5 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 1:54.807 0.477 0.093
6 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:54.809 0.479 0.002
7 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:54.900 0.570 0.091
8 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:54.990 0.660 0.090
9 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:55.185 0.855 0.195
10 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP15 1:55.333 1.003 0.148
11 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:55.362 1.032 0.029
12 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:55.378 1.048 0.016
13 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:55.451 1.121 0.073
14 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 1:55.455 1.125 0.004
15 76 Loris Baz Ducati GP15 1:55.539 1.209 0.084
16 45 Scott Redding Ducati GP16 1:55.553 1.223 0.014
17 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP17 1:55.556 1.226 0.003
18 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:55.660 1.330 0.104
19 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia RS-GP 1:56.167 1.837 0.507
20 53 Tito Rabat Honda RC213V 1:56.294 1.964 0.127
21 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:56.351 2.021 0.057
22 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:56.471 2.141 0.120
23 36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:58.060 3.730 1.589

 

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2017 Qatar MotoGP Sunday 9pm Times: Viñales Takes Over At The Top

With the last hour of usable track time approaching, riders are starting to chase fast times. Maverick Viñales has taken over at the top of the timesheets, leapfrogging ahead of the two Ducatis. Andrea Dovizioso is now second, just ahead of his teammate, while Dani Pedrosa has made a big jump to come to fourth, ahead of Repsol Honda teammate Marc Marquez.

The coming hour promises to be frantic, with lots of riders chasing a single fast lap.

Times at 9pm local time:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:54.330    
2 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP17 1:54.401 0.071 0.071
3 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP17 1:54.519 0.189 0.118
4 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:54.809 0.479 0.290
5 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:54.990 0.660 0.181
6 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 1:55.202 0.872 0.212
7 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP16 1:55.347 1.017 0.145
8 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:55.378 1.048 0.031
9 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:55.451 1.121 0.073
10 76 Loris Baz Ducati GP15 1:55.539 1.209 0.088
11 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP15 1:55.620 1.290 0.081
12 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:55.660 1.330 0.040
13 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:55.728 1.398 0.068
14 45 Scott Redding Ducati GP16 1:55.741 1.411 0.013
15 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:55.782 1.452 0.041
16 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP17 1:56.005 1.675 0.223
17 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:56.166 1.836 0.161
18 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 1:56.436 2.106 0.270
19 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:56.471 2.141 0.035
20 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia RS-GP 1:56.600 2.270 0.129
21 53 Tito Rabat Honda RC213V 1:56.860 2.530 0.260
22 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:56.938 2.608 0.078
23 36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:58.060 3.730 1.122

 

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2017 Qatar MotoGP Sunday 8pm Times: Lorenzo Leads As Last Day Gets Serious

The final day of MotoGP testing at Qatar - and of the 2017 preseason - is underway. The first two hours of the test saw next to no action, as usual, but after darkness cast its cloak over the circuit, the riders got to work. 

After two hours of serious work, the Ducatis lead the test, Jorge Lorenzo sitting atop the timesheets, a quarter of a second ahead of his teammate Andrea Dovizioso. Marc Marquez is currently third fastest on the Repsol Honda, and the last of the current crop of riders to break into the 1'54s. 

Maverick Viñales finds himself in an unusually lowly fourth spot, though less than a tenth behind Marquez. The Movistar Yamaha rider is followed by Jonas Folger once again, the Tech 3 Yamaha man fifth quickest at the moment. Alvaro Bautista follows on the Aspar Ducati, while Cal Crutchlow sits in seventh on the LCR Honda. 

Aleix Espargaro is well inside the top ten on the Aprilia RS-GP again, the Italian testing Aprilia's aerodynamic fairing again, while Dani Pedrosa is curently ninth fastest, and the last rider to be within a second of Jorge Lorenzo. Andrea Iannone rounds out the top ten on the Suzuki GSX-RR, making it five different manufacturers in the top ten. Iannone is a tenth quicker than his teammate, Alex Rins, who is eleventh.

Times at 8pm local time:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP17 1:54.607    
2 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP17 1:54.859 0.252 0.252
3 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:54.990 0.383 0.131
4 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:55.085 0.478 0.095
5 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 1:55.202 0.595 0.117
6 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP16 1:55.347 0.740 0.145
7 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:55.378 0.771 0.031
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:55.457 0.850 0.079
9 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:55.567 0.960 0.110
10 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:55.660 1.053 0.093
11 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:55.782 1.175 0.122
12 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP17 1:56.005 1.398 0.223
13 45 Scott Redding Ducati GP16 1:56.095 1.488 0.090
14 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:56.111 1.504 0.016
15 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:56.176 1.569 0.065
16 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:56.471 1.864 0.295
17 76 Loris Baz Ducati GP15 1:56.542 1.935 0.071
18 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 1:56.567 1.960 0.025
19 53 Tito Rabat Honda RC213V 1:56.860 2.253 0.293
20 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:56.938 2.331 0.078
21 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP15 1:57.036 2.429 0.098
22 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia RS-GP 1:57.105 2.498 0.069
23 36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:58.060 3.453 0.955

 

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2017 Chang Thailand World Superbike Race Two Results: Red Flag And Heat Play Their Parts

Race two had riders hiding from the heat before the race started, facing twenty laps with an air temperature of 37ºC. The revised grid, with yesterday’s winner in ninth place, should make more of a difference than it did at Phillip Island.

Marco Melandri started from pole position and made a good start, leading into the first turn, while Jonathan Rea from ninth had an even better start, hitting the first turn in third place behind Alex Lowes, losing it to Chaz Davies who started from next to him in eighth place. At the end of the first lap, Rea passed both Davies and Lowes into the last corner, latching onto the back of Melandri. As they hit the second straight into turn three, Chaz Davies powered past Rea, in spite of his comments that the Ducati couldn’t match the Kawasaki down straights, and took second place behind his teammate into turn three.

Chaz Davies set the fastest lap on lap two, but at the end of the lap, he went in to turn twelve with just a hint too much speed and both tyres gently gave out, sliding his bike. Davies looked like he almost saved it bit the bike went down on the right side, damaging the throttle slightly. Davies picked the bike up and restarted in dead last, ending thirty seconds behind the lead.

Jonathan Rea took the lead off Melandri into turn twelve again but one lap later, Lorenzo Savadori’s Aprilia leaked fluid and spat him off, bringing out the red flags, marshals and cement dust. The race would be a reduced sixteen lap restart with a quick restart.

The restart would have Rea, Melandri and Lowes on the front row and Sykes, Camier and Laverty on the second. Chaz Davies would start eighteenth. Michael van der Mark couldn’t make the restart as his bike wouldn’t stop leaking oil.

Jonathan Rea made the hole shot from pole position, but Marco Melandri got past immediately after, holding the lead for two turns until Rea took it back. Two laps in and the front three of Rea, Melandri and Tom Sykes would clear off from Alex Lowes who took fourth from Eugene Laverty. On lap three, Melandri set the fastest lap while Lowes broke free from Laverty and set himself up for a lonely twelve laps in fourth place. Chaz Davies had clawed his way to eighth place four laps in, chasing down Leon Camier and Jordi Torres.

As Rea broke away from the Melandri/Sykes rematch, Jordi Torres closed on Eugene Laverty in fifth place at the halfway mark and started applying pressure. On lap nine, Eugene Laverty crashed, making Leon Camier flinch enough for Davies to finally see a way past, putting Davies in sixth, behind Torres. Laverty picked up his bike and was eventually able to finish fifteenth for a point, while Camier had to deal with being passed by Nicky Hayden and then getting flagged off by the marshals for his MV Agusta’s smoking problem.

Over the last few laps, Jonathan Rea kept building his lead, eventually crossing the line four seconds clear of second place, ahead of a battle that would play out identically to race one, Tom Sykes barreling into the last corner on the brakes magnificently, cleanly underneath Melandri’s Ducati. Alex Lowes would finish with a six second gap to the podium in front and a four second gap behind to Jordi Torres who held off Chaz Davies to the flag. Nicky Hayden had his, and Honda’s, best result of the year in seventh place.

Once again, a reversed grid did nothing to hold Jonathan Rea back and he has now won every race this year and has led for fifty three of the eighty laps contested. His forty second victory was the two hundredth by a British rider and his twelfth career double. He heads to Europe with a thirty point lead over Chaz Davies.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R  
2 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 4.078
3 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 4.195
4 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 10.005
5 81 J. TORRES BMW S 1000 RR 14.733
6 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 16.972
7 69 N. HAYDEN Honda CBR1000RR 20.543
8 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 24.283
9 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 24.864
10 21 M. REITERBERGER BMW S 1000 RR 26.008
11 15 A. DE ANGELIS Kawasaki ZX-10R 27.599
12 84 R. RUSSO Yamaha YZF R1 34.800
13 37 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-10R 47.090
14 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX-10R 47.695
15 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'21.916
RET 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 6 Laps
RET 88 R. KRUMMENACHER Kawasaki ZX-10R 11 Laps
RET 6 S. BRADL Honda CBR1000RR 11 Laps
NS 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1  

Red Flagged Race Results After Four Laps:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R  
2 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 0.173
3 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 0.968
4 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1.527
5 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 3.915
6 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 4.283
7 81 J. TORRES BMW S 1000 RR 4.739
8 69 N. HAYDEN Honda CBR1000RR 5.944
9 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 6.486
10 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 6.649
11 15 A. DE ANGELIS Kawasaki ZX-10R 8.065
12 88 R. KRUMMENACHER Kawasaki ZX-10R 8.370
13 6 S. BRADL Honda CBR1000RR 8.578
14 84 R. RUSSO Yamaha YZF R1 8.779
15 21 M. REITERBERGER BMW S 1000 RR 9.732
16 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 10.022
17 37 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-10R 11.415
18 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX-10R 11.810
19 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 29.198
RET 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 5.173

 

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2017 Chang Thailand World Supersport Race Results: Heat Takes Its Toll

The second round without Kenan Sofuoglu and the riders have seventeen laps to take as many points as possible before the reigning champion returns. Overbearing heat and fast wildcards add to the usual challenges of World Supersport racing.

Jules Cluzel fought to keep the front wheel down as he charged into the lead ahead of Chalermpol Polamai and Zulfahmi Khairuddin with Federico Caricasulo, Christian Gamarino and Kyle Smith rounding out the top six. Lots of jostling for position in the first few laps and on the second lap, Polamai used the straight leading to turn three to pass Cluzel for the lead. A lap later, Khairuddin pulled out of the race and then further round the lap PJ Jacobsen’s engine also gave up, smoking itself to death in the oppressive heat.

Jules Cluzel passed Chalermpol Polamai for the lead and Kyle Smith forced Polamai wide to pass but Polamai hit the outside limit of the track with a little bit too much lean angle and lost grip on the front tyre and crashed out. Smith lost several places, dropping to sixth.

Cluzel led Christian Gamarino and Federico Caricasulo with Decha Kraisart holding up the wildcard honours in fourth ahead of Kyles Ryde and Smith. Gino Rea was given a ride through for jumping the start. A lap later, Smith carved his way through to pass Gamarino and took a late lunge that blocked Gamarino’s line halfway round the corner. Gamarino had to over brake to avoid Smith’s bike and tucked the front, crashing out. He made his feelings clear, gesticulating at an oblivious Smith. Smith was put under investigation for the move and that would eventually get him told to drop three places.

Cluzel earned himself a gap from Caricasulo and Kraisart and hard-charging Smith made a mistake duelling with Kyle Ryde and the pair dropped behind Niki Tuuli and Hikari Okubu, who was racing with a broken collarbone.

The front three riders broke away from Tuuli, ten laps in, and Gino Rea got disqualified (update: see below) for not taking his ride-through penalty for jumping the start. Kyle Smith’s warning board came out and started to tell him to drop places. Instead of doing that, he charged back and was in place to inherit fourth place when Jules Cluzel fell victim to the heat, his bike’s engine crying uncle and discharging smoke and refusing to play.

Federico Caricasulo was placed to take the lead from the stricken Cluzel, with Decha Kraisart constantly on his rear wheel, closing up into nearly every corner. Niki Tuuli in third was almost three seconds off the fight at the front, as Kyle Smith further back, the fastest man on track as he ignored his penalty and kept charging, caught him to fight for a podium.

On lap fourteen of seventeen, Decha Kraisart became the second Thai wildcard to lead this race, taking the lead at the last corner and holding it over the line, but Caricasulo snatched the lead back at the end of the straight. Kyle Smith was handed out a ride-through penalty that he ignored as he took third place set the fastest lap of the race. On the penultimate lap, Smith set the fastest lap again and bridged the gap Tuuli couldn’t from third to second and he started the last lap directly behind Caricasulo and Kraisart with Tuuli a couple of seconds back.

Kyle Smith and Decha Kraisart took second place off each other as Smith became the second rider to be black-flagged this race.

Federico Caricasulo took his first World Supersport victory ahead of Decha Kraisart, the local man having what his translator described as the best day of his life, while Niki Tuuli was having the hardest race of his career in third. The hot conditions was hard on machinery and, on top of the two disqualifications, seven riders didn't make it to the end.

Roberto Rolfo was eleventh but he maintains his championship lead with those five points ahead of Niki Tuuli and Federico Caricasulo. Kenan Sofuoglu will like what he sees when he returns.

Update: Gino Rea's penalty was for not completing the warmup lap in front of the safety car and not a jump start. He was not instructed to start at the back of the grid or from pitlane. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6  
2 24 D. KRAISART Yamaha YZF R6 0.793
3 66 N. TUULI Yamaha YZF R6 3.164
4 100 T. WAROKORN Kawasaki ZX-6R 7.564
5 77 K. RYDE Kawasaki ZX-6R 7.698
6 78 H. OKUBO Honda CBR600RR 8.823
7 32 S. MORAIS Yamaha YZF R6 10.532
8 41 A. WAGNER Honda CBR600RR 19.051
9 26 K. WATANABE Kawasaki ZX-6R 19.666
10 70 R. MULHAUSER Honda CBR600RR 19.857
11 44 R. ROLFO MV Agusta F3 675 25.464
12 83 L. EPIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 25.634
13 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 53.020
14 7 D. PIZZOLI MV Agusta F3 675 1'01.236
RET 65 M. CANDUCCI Kawasaki ZX-6R 4 Laps
RET 16 J. CLUZEL Honda CBR600RR 6 Laps
RET 11 C. GAMARINO Honda CBR600RR 13 Laps
RET 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 14 Laps
RET 39 C. POLAMAI Yamaha YZF R6 15 Laps
RET 63 Z. KHAIRUDDIN Kawasaki ZX-6R 15 Laps
RET 99 P. JACOBSEN MV Agusta F3 675 15 Laps
DSQ 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 0.234
DSQ 4 G. REA Kawasaki ZX-6R 7 Laps

 

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