MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2017 Spielberg Moto2 FP3 Result: Luthi Keeps Momentum Going

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Probably rejoicing that the Friday rain-washed fiasco didn’t look like repeating, the intermediate class did not waste any time in getting up to speed and challenge least year’s times. Well, Tom Luthi was at least, the Swiss rider already about half a second away from the pole time record ten minutes into the session and the first man into the 1:29s. The Swiss rider failed to improve on his early time but it was safe enough insurance of top position in FP3.

The slightly less notorious Marquez and Viñales family members were his closest challengers until Mattia Pasini jumped ahead and got within two tenths of a second of Luthi. Compatriot Pecco Bagnaia left it late to have a go at glory but only sneaked ahead of Pasini by three thousandths of a second, which left the both of them a tenth and a half down on the leader and the only other riders into the 1:29s.

Alex Marquez was demoted to fourth with a best time set mid-session and over three tenths down on Luthi. Miguel Oliveira was down in the gravel ten minutes into FP3 but caught up to finish fifth, only two hundredths of a second behind Marquez.

Isaac Viñales continued his good form with a sixth place in morning practice, less than four tenths down on the leader and seven hundredths of a second ahead of the world championship leader. Franco Morbidelli doesn’t seem to have it all his own way this weekend, the Italian seventh and nearly half a second slower than the Brno victor.

The top ten was completed by Luca Marini, Fabio Quartararo and Dominique Aegerter, all within seven tenths of Luthi. It was another average session for Takaaki Nakagami, who was eight tenths down, in sixteenth position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'29.738    
2 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'29.903 0.165 0.165
3 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'29.906 0.168 0.003
4 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'30.073 0.335 0.167
5 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'30.094 0.356 0.021
6 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'30.115 0.377 0.021
7 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'30.186 0.448 0.071
8 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'30.348 0.610 0.162
9 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'30.393 0.655 0.045
10 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'30.456 0.718 0.063
11 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'30.462 0.724 0.006
12 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'30.471 0.733 0.009
13 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'30.509 0.771 0.038
14 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'30.548 0.810 0.039
15 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'30.555 0.817 0.007
16 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'30.587 0.849 0.032
17 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'30.607 0.869 0.020
18 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'30.692 0.954 0.085
19 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'30.760 1.022 0.068
20 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'30.793 1.055 0.033
21 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'30.855 1.117 0.062
22 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'30.861 1.123 0.006
23 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'30.913 1.175 0.052
24 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'30.966 1.228 0.053
25 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'31.044 1.306 0.078
26 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'31.225 1.487 0.181
27 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'31.238 1.500 0.013
28 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'31.424 1.686 0.186
29 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 1'31.524 1.786 0.100
30 52 Danny KENT Suter 1'31.847 2.109 0.323
31 20 Joe ROBERTS Kalex 1'31.861 2.123 0.014
32 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'32.611 2.873 0.750
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2017 Spielberg MotoGP FP3 Result: Marquez Blitzing Away

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All the weather worries of Friday proved unfounded, the MotoGP class joining the track in a lukewarm morning offering forty-five minutes of opportunities to ensure a direct Q2 spot.

Marc Marquez used that time to sample the hard rear tyre and managed consecutive improvements of his personal best time to climb up the overall timesheets and lead FP3. The Spaniard set a series of mid to high 1:24s on the tyre, before switching to some new rubber in the final ten minutes. That helped the Honda rider improve further, Marquez putting almost half a second into his pursuers on his final lap.

Johann Zarco had set the benchmark to beat for Marquez and had to make do with second position, although the Frenchman could match the world championship leader for pace, while on the medium rear tyre.

Last year’s winner Andrea Iannone was one of the first riders to tackle the Ring on new soft tyres and climbed steadily into an impressive top three position. Jorge Lorenzo proved to be the top Ducati in the session, donning his new fiery red helmet and scoring fourth position.

After suffering from a suspected flu on Friday, Valentino Rossi had a better morning this time around and even sampled the new Yamaha aerodynamic fairing tested in Brno. The appendage assisted him in getting back into the top ten on combined standings early into the session, the Italian able to maintain his position in the final shoot-out and finish the morning fifth.

Teammate Maverick Viñales had some off-road excursions on his fast laps but a sixth place ensured his Q2 passage without any worries. Places seven and eight went to a surprising duo, Loris Baz and Karel Abraham sneaking into the top ten and grabbing a direct Q2 ticket. Karel Abraham benefited from some luxury guides around the Ring, first in Valentino Rossi and then Marc Marquez.

After crinkling his Honda early in the session, Cal Crutchlow salvaged the final Q2 spot after finishing ninth in FP3. Scott Redding was tenth in the session but eleventh overall, as Andrea Dovizioso’s Friday benchmark kept him sixth on combined times. As opposed to the world champion, Dovizioso was keen on the soft rear tyre and spent all session on both used and new versions of the rubber, failing to improve in the final shoot-out and finishing the morning sixteenth.

Less lucky was Dani Pedrosa, the Spaniard showing good speed throughout practice only to find himself in fourteenth position by the flag and with the prospect of fighting Danilo Petrucci, Jonas Folger, Alvaro Bautista and Aleix Espargaro of a Q2 spot.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'23.459    
2 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'23.882 0.423 0.423
3 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'23.943 0.484 0.061
4 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'23.968 0.509 0.025
5 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'23.995 0.536 0.027
6 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'24.049 0.590 0.054
7 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'24.097 0.638 0.048
8 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'24.109 0.650 0.012
9 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'24.182 0.723 0.073
10 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'24.190 0.731 0.008
11 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'24.196 0.737 0.006
12 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'24.275 0.816 0.079
13 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'24.294 0.835 0.019
14 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'24.421 0.962 0.127
15 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'24.427 0.968 0.006
16 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'24.454 0.995 0.027
17 36 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'24.630 1.171 0.176
18 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'24.642 1.183 0.012
19 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'24.660 1.201 0.018
20 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'24.709 1.250 0.049
21 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'24.744 1.285 0.035
22 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'24.887 1.428 0.143
23 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'25.033 1.574 0.146
24 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'25.515 2.056 0.482

 

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2017 Spielberg Moto3 FP3 Result: Sun Shines On Mir

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The distinct lack of clouds must have been a joyful sight for the paddock, especially the part than needed to sample the track for fourty minutes. With the much nicer conditions, the riders were fast to significantly improve their Friday times.

Already owning the fastest lap around the Ring, championship leader Joan Mir set his sights on improving that record and started by setting himself up at the top of the timesheets. The Leopard rider got close to his pole record on several occasions but his exuberance over white lines saw some of those times cancelled. While the second-place roulette kept moving throughout the session, the Spaniard’s time was rarely challenged. 

Philipp Oettl was the only other rider able to briefly get the best of Mir, but the German was relegated back to second position, only five hundredths of a second behind the leader. Brno poleman Gabriel Rodrigo will have some hopes at another Tissot after his third spot was within six hundredths of a second of the fastest man of the morning.

Bo Bendsneyder was also consistently into the top four, narrowly ahead of Adam Norrodin. Former teammates Romano Fenati and Nicolo Bulega shared positions six and seven, with the top nine completed by an impressive Kaito Toba and Andrea Migno.

Jorge Martin rejoined the action after sitting out the damp FP2 session and proved he has good enough pace in tenth position, only four hundredths of a second in front of Aron Canet, who could not replicate his Friday heroics. 

Marcos Ramirez, Juanfran Guevara, Fabio di Giannantonio and John McPhee were amongst the names that appeared to struggle but still placed within a second of the leader.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 36 Joan MIR Honda 1'36.850    
2 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'36.904 0.054 0.054
3 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'36.906 0.056 0.002
4 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'36.978 0.128 0.072
5 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'37.012 0.162 0.034
6 5 Romano FENATI Honda 1'37.015 0.165 0.003
7 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'37.129 0.279 0.114
8 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'37.146 0.296 0.017
9 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'37.149 0.299 0.003
10 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'37.150 0.300 0.001
11 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'37.192 0.342 0.042
12 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 1'37.261 0.411 0.069
13 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 1'37.313 0.463 0.052
14 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'37.332 0.482 0.019
15 11 Livio LOI Honda 1'37.353 0.503 0.021
16 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'37.372 0.522 0.019
17 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'37.429 0.579 0.057
18 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'37.446 0.596 0.017
19 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'37.467 0.617 0.021
20 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 1'37.636 0.786 0.169
21 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'37.696 0.846 0.060
22 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 1'37.745 0.895 0.049
23 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'37.748 0.898 0.003
24 15 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'37.823 0.973 0.075
25 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'37.862 1.012 0.039
26 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 1'37.962 1.112 0.100
27 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'38.098 1.248 0.136
28 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 1'38.178 1.328 0.080
29 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'38.327 1.477 0.149
30 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 1'38.761 1.911 0.434
31 13 Maximilian KOFLER KTM 1'38.842 1.992 0.081
32 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 1'39.014 2.164 0.172
33 18 Gabriel MARTINEZ-ABREGO KTM 1'39.517 2.667 0.503

 

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2017 Spielberg Moto2 FP2 Result: Morbidelli Steals One From Luthi

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After suffering the worst of FP1 conditions, the intermediate class lucked into a dry track for their second practice session.

Franco Morbidelli put this morning’s crash behind him – as did a significant portion of the grid – and took charge at the top of the timesheets in his early laps, followed by the usual Italian gang, but the party was paused by Miguel Oliveira stealing the lead with twewnty minutes remaining and Mattia Pasini following his example ten minutes later. A front end save and a big wheelie after, Pasini was third time unlucky and crashed in turn one.

While dusting himself off, his top spot was being disputed by the usual suspects. Tom Luthi looked distinctly average until he made a swift late jump into the lead, but was denied at the final try by Morbidelli, the championship leader going three hundredths of a second faster than his Swiss rival.

Another tenth of a second separated Luthi in second from Oliveira in third, with Pasini having to accept fourth spot on the final standings while he took the long route back to the paddock following his crash. Isaac Viñales was close to throwing his name into the mix for top spot but a few tricky slower sectors meant that the Spaniard settled for fifth position.

Fabio Quartararo found himself in an unusual predicament, the Pons rider unzipping his leathers while on track in the middle of the session. If it was indeed a wasp, it gave him some sort of minor superpowers because the Frenchman placed in an encouraging sixth – at one point even higher.

Alex Marquez made a steady climb throughout the session to finish seventh, four tenths down on his teammate and closely followed by Pecco Bagnaia. The top ten was completed by Sandro Cortese and Takaaki Nakagami.

Results:               

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'30.211    
2 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'30.242 0.031 0.031
3 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'30.394 0.183 0.152
4 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'30.421 0.210 0.027
5 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'30.473 0.262 0.052
6 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'30.544 0.333 0.071
7 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'30.618 0.407 0.074
8 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'30.702 0.491 0.084
9 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'30.750 0.539 0.048
10 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'30.803 0.592 0.053
11 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'30.830 0.619 0.027
12 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'30.854 0.643 0.024
13 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'30.921 0.710 0.067
14 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'31.011 0.800 0.090
15 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'31.123 0.912 0.112
16 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'31.188 0.977 0.065
17 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'31.240 1.029 0.052
18 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'31.305 1.094 0.065
19 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'31.332 1.121 0.027
20 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'31.353 1.142 0.021
21 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'31.468 1.257 0.115
22 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'31.498 1.287 0.030
23 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'31.522 1.311 0.024
24 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'31.528 1.317 0.006
25 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'31.627 1.416 0.099
26 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'31.752 1.541 0.125
27 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'31.823 1.612 0.071
28 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 1'31.932 1.721 0.109
29 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'31.978 1.767 0.046
30 20 Joe ROBERTS Kalex 1'32.074 1.863 0.096
31 52 Danny KENT Suter 1'32.103 1.892 0.029
32 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'32.836 2.625 0.733
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2017 Spielberg MotoGP FP2 Result: Dovizioso Steals Another For Ducati

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With the tarmac only feeling like turning the heating up to 24 degrees, the start of MotoGP practice was complicated by the section of track around turns three and four taking its time drying out. Only a handful of riders tested the conditions in the first ten minutes, on a mix of slicks and rain tyres, while most riders were waving to the cameras from their fully dry seats.

The action unfolded in the final half an hour, all riders taking to the track in dry trim. Marc Marquez took seven laps to get within a hundredth of a second of the best FP1 time and went on to post a series of mid-to-high 1:24s. The world champion was one of the few who did not go for a shootout in the final few minutes and opting to put in a few more laps in a medium rear.

With red sectors coming in hot in the final five minutes, Marquez was dethroned while he was going all rodeo into turn four. The gaggle of Ducatis that we expected to steal the show took its time to put it all together but Andrea Dovizioso got it right on his very last lap to top the session by over two tenths of  second.

Maverick Viñales also timed his run just right, a late change to new tyres helping him on his mission to second. Dani Pedrosa added a Honda to the top three, the Spaniard four tenths down on the leader.

Johann Zarco was in the lead for a blink of a second but was demoted to fourth, closely behind Pedrosa and only nine hundredths of a second ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, who showed a little more promise than in FP1.

Marquez dropped down to sixth place but he had assured himself a top ten position overall after his first run. The fellow Honda of Cal Crutchlow followed him closely in seventh, with Aleix Espargaro throwing an Aprilia into the mix.

The top ten was completed by Scott Redding and Alvaro Bautista, although Hector Barbera’s session-topping benchmark from FP1 was enough to keep him into the top ten on combined times and leave Bautista in an uncertain position going into Saturday’s predicted wash-out.

Whatever the opposite of a rain dance is, Valentino Rossi probably tried it, the Italian looking like having saved a top ten position in the final five minutes but several late improvers pushed the Yamaha man back down to twelfth (thirteen position on combined times).

Results:               

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'24.046    
2 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'24.280 0.234 0.234
3 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'24.474 0.428 0.194
4 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'24.522 0.476 0.048
5 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'24.616 0.570 0.094
6 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'24.649 0.603 0.033
7 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'24.668 0.622 0.019
8 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'24.726 0.680 0.058
9 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'24.765 0.719 0.039
10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'24.780 0.734 0.015
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'24.859 0.813 0.079
12 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'24.883 0.837 0.024
13 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'24.925 0.879 0.042
14 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'24.935 0.889 0.010
15 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'24.992 0.946 0.057
16 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'25.218 1.172 0.226
17 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'25.258 1.212 0.040
18 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'25.270 1.224 0.012
19 36 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'25.320 1.274 0.050
20 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'25.335 1.289 0.015
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'25.369 1.323 0.034
22 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'25.452 1.406 0.083
23 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'25.616 1.570 0.164
24 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'25.664 1.618 0.048

 

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2017 Spielberg Moto3 FP2 Result: Good Timing For Canet

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The rain that soaked the end of FP1 and caused a bowling session mid-Moto2 had stopped by the time the lightweight class reconvened for afternoon practice. With rain tyres on a drying track, half the grid decided to bide their time and wait for drier times, the likes of Joan Mir, Marcos Ramirez, Romano Fenati or the RBA duo only joining with a dry setup in the final fifteen minutes.

On the tricky drying track, with completely dry sections followed by drenched tarmac, top position was exchanged rapidly - Niccolo Antonelli top of the standings by the time a mid-session pitstop saw all riders switch to a dry setting.

Aron Canet lit up the timesheets in the final five-minute dash in much improved conditions, before coming across a rain shower in turn three. That settled the hierarchy with three minutes remaining of the session, the young Spaniard keeping top position by over three tenths of a second.

Adam Norrodin briefly held top spot as well and was robbed by another shot at glory by the suddenly changing weather. Enea Bastianini got back some feeling on the bike he had recently decided to leave and set the third fastest time, little over half a second behind his teammate. Fenati was also a contender to make FP2 headlines but he missed a final run as the rain started falling while he headed out the pits, the Italian dropping down to fourth.

Gabriel Rodrigo in fifth, Phillip Oettl in sixth and Maria Herrera in seventh were the only other riders within a second of Canet, with Jules Danilo, Tony Arbolino and Fabio Di Giannantonio completing the top ten.

John McPhee didn’t seem to enjoy the conditions as much as usual, the Scotsman thirteenth, but he had a better time than Nicolo Bulega in twenty-second. Championship leader Joan Mir dropped down to twenty-seventh position after only posting six timed laps in the final minutes of the session.

Still convalescent Jorge Martin coped well in FP1 despite his injury but did not want to take any risks in the sketchy conditions and did not go out for FP2.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'39.136    
2 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'39.493 0.357 0.357
3 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'39.676 0.540 0.183
4 5 Romano FENATI Honda 1'39.706 0.570 0.030
5 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'39.947 0.811 0.241
6 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'40.007 0.871 0.060
7 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 1'40.122 0.986 0.115
8 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'40.155 1.019 0.033
9 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'40.163 1.027 0.008
10 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'40.171 1.035 0.008
11 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'40.284 1.148 0.113
12 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'40.301 1.165 0.017
13 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'40.317 1.181 0.016
14 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 1'40.457 1.321 0.140
15 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'40.490 1.354 0.033
16 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'40.726 1.590 0.236
17 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 1'40.750 1.614 0.024
18 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'40.758 1.622 0.008
19 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 1'40.799 1.663 0.041
20 15 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'40.808 1.672 0.009
21 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 1'40.836 1.700 0.028
22 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'41.095 1.959 0.259
23 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'41.120 1.984 0.025
24 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 1'41.361 2.225 0.241
25 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'41.442 2.306 0.081
26 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 1'41.501 2.365 0.059
27 36 Joan MIR Honda 1'43.082 3.946 1.581
28 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 1'43.582 4.446 0.500
29 13 Maximilian KOFLER KTM 1'44.567 5.431 0.985
30 11 Livio LOI Honda 1'45.986 6.850 1.419
  27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'47.887 8.751 1.901
  18 Gabriel MARTINEZ-ABREGO KTM 1'49.159 10.023 1.272
  88 Jorge MARTIN Honda      

 

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2017 Spielberg Moto2 FP1 Result: Rain Hits As Oliveira Leads

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After the rain kept away from the rest of the classes, the Moto2 boys were less lucky and got to be the trail-blazers for the rain tyres coming out of their covers. The intermediate class only got a handful of laps in dry conditions before heavy rain and touches of hail hit the track only fifteen minutes in.

After a lull in proceedings while the teams were preparing for the weather conditions, action restarted in the final twenty minutes. Although useful experience for the riders, the rain meant that the lap-6 fastest time in the dry by Miguel Oliveira could not be improved on, the Portuguese rider leading Dominique Aegerter by over a tenth of a second. Championship leader Franco Morbidelli was close behind in third, the rest of the field over four tenths away from the leader.

Turn one turned into a crash site in the final 15 minutes, bikes slipping down in quick succession. Tarran MacKenzie was the first to open the symphony of crashes before Pecco Bagnaia, Alex Marquez, Danny Kent and Jorge Navarro sampled the run-off – the British rider the unfortunate victim of Marquez’s tip-off.

Despite the eventful morning, Marquez held on to a fifth place behind Isaac Viñales and was followed by Xavi Vierge in sixth, Axel Pons in seventh and Fabio Quatararo in eighth. The final men within a second of the leader were Pecco Bagnaia, Tom Luthi and Jorge Navarro.

The slippery episode repeated in the final three minutes, when turn 3 joined the turn 1 party with crashes for Andrea Locatelli, Xavier Simeon, Franco Morbidelli, Iker Lecuona and Joe Roberts.

All riders escaped with little damage, with the exception of Kent, who was limping away and was taken to the medical centre.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'31.203    
2 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'31.361 0.158 0.158
3 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'31.383 0.180 0.022
4 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'31.666 0.463 0.283
5 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'31.832 0.629 0.166
6 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'32.055 0.852 0.223
7 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'32.066 0.863 0.011
8 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'32.085 0.882 0.019
9 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'32.117 0.914 0.032
10 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'32.135 0.932 0.018
11 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'32.150 0.947 0.015
12 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'32.323 1.120 0.173
13 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'32.327 1.124 0.004
14 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'32.332 1.129 0.005
15 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'32.360 1.157 0.028
16 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'32.366 1.163 0.006
17 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'32.368 1.165 0.002
18 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'32.495 1.292 0.127
19 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'32.511 1.308 0.016
20 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'32.590 1.387 0.079
21 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'32.789 1.586 0.199
22 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'33.071 1.868 0.282
23 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'33.083 1.880 0.012
24 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'33.349 2.146 0.266
25 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'33.363 2.160 0.014
26 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'33.541 2.338 0.178
27 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'33.613 2.410 0.072
28 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 1'33.905 2.702 0.292
29 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'34.385 3.182 0.480
30 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'34.504 3.301 0.119
31 52 Danny KENT Suter 1'34.693 3.490 0.189
32 20 Joe ROBERTS Kalex 1'34.750 3.547 0.057

 

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2017 Spielberg MotoGP FP1 Result: Barbera Puts Ducati Where Expected

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With 19 degrees and an overcast sky, the MotoGP class was in a hurry to sneak in a run on a dry track at the beginning of FP1. The rain kept away but fear of unpredictable weather for the remainder of the weekend forced a mini-qualifying run in the final few minutes of the session, the riders trying to ensure an early Q2 spot.

Marc Marquez was the last man to leave the garage with rain forecast in the near future, the Brno victor going straight to the top of the timesheets and improving even further the next lap, to go over half a second faster than his challengers.

Meanwhile, the Ducatis were deep in aero country in FP1, all factory bikes equipped with versions of the new fairing. Andrea Dovizioso took the simplest configuration and put it into the lead in the final 15 minutes of the session. The Italian joined Marquez as the only riders to drop into the 1:24s but the club got a few more members by the end of the session.

Hector Barbera was the big winner of the morning, the Avintia rider making the most of brand new tyres to steal the thunder away from his factory colleague and grab top spot by the time the checkered flag came out.

Dovizioso was close to depose him but he was a little bit too enthusiastic with his interpretation of track limits and had to settle for second after his final time was cancelled. Dani Pedrosa made a late lunge into third place and only a tenth down on the leaders.

Maverick Viñales’ Yamaha also seemed to be on friendly terms with the Ring, the Spaniard consistently towards the top of the timesheets and finishing only eight thousandths of a second behind his smallest compatriot.

Without posting a fast lap in the final run, Marquez dropped to fifth place, two and a half tenths down on Barbera. Johann Zarco started the session sightseeing the gravel trap in turn four and ended it in sixth position, closely followed by Danilo Petrucci’s enhanced fairing configuration.

Rumoured future Aprilia man Scott Redding got as close as eight thousandths of a second of joining the 1:24 club, the British rider finishing eighth, ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Cal Crutchlow.

In case the deluge affects the rest of the practice sessions, the likes of Pol Espargaro, Valentino Rossi and Jonas Folger will be stuck with the task of fighting their way through Q1.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'24.631    
2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'24.719 0.088 0.088
3 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'24.744 0.113 0.025
4 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'24.752 0.121 0.008
5 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'24.881 0.250 0.129
6 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'24.895 0.264 0.014
7 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'24.972 0.341 0.077
8 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'25.008 0.377 0.036
9 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'25.038 0.407 0.030
10 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'25.229 0.598 0.191
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'25.244 0.613 0.015
12 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'25.251 0.620 0.007
13 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'25.282 0.651 0.031
14 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'25.608 0.977 0.326
15 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'25.697 1.066 0.089
16 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'25.709 1.078 0.012
17 36 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'25.712 1.081 0.003
18 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'25.724 1.093 0.012
19 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'25.740 1.109 0.016
20 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'25.753 1.122 0.013
21 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'25.785 1.154 0.032
22 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'25.903 1.272 0.118
23 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'26.014 1.383 0.111
24 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'26.239 1.608 0.225

 

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2017 Spielberg Moto3 FP1 Result: Mir Feels At Home

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With very photogenic thunder gracing Spielberg with its presence the previous day, the lightweight class was lucky to have seen a nearly dry piece of tarmac waiting for them on Friday morning.

Championship leader Joan Mir decided to honour the track of his first world championship success by setting camp at the top of the timesheets early in the session and waiting for his rivals to catch up. Bo Bendsneyder and Enea Bastianini got their brief time in the sun but then Mir stroke back to be the first rider of the morning into the 1:37s and almost half a second faster than his colleagues, despite his enthusiasm seeing several of his laps cancelled for exuberant use of track limits.

After Sunday’s heroics, Aron Canet kept his speed and proved to be Mir’s closest challenger, the Spaniard little over three tenths down on his compatriot. Marcos Ramirez added another Spanish rider to the top three mix, the Platinum Bay rider four tenths slower than Mir.

Bastianini and Bendsneyder had to settle for fourth and fifth positions, over six tenths down, while Jules Danilo joined the top six to end the session significantly higher than his teammate. While we’re on that, Romano Fenati spent most of the session over a second slower than his championship arch enemy and ended the morning in eighteenth.

The top ten was completed by some very familiar faces: John McPhee seventh, Fabio di Giannantonio eight, a gesticulating Nicolo Bulega ninth and last weekend’s poleman, Gabriel Rodrigo, in tenth position.

Despite still suffering from his fractured heel, Jorge Martin managed to post a few more laps than this time last week and made it all the way through the first practice session to finish a very honourable seventh. His time was scrapped after the flag, when some track limits infringements were punished, the Spaniard dropping back to fourteenth place.

Brno front row starter Juanfran Guevara had a tame morning down in twenty-fifth, two places ahead of Andrea Migno.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 36 Joan MIR Honda 1'37.549    
2 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'37.903 0.354 0.354
3 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'38.013 0.464 0.110
4 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'38.220 0.671 0.207
5 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'38.273 0.724 0.053
6 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'38.314 0.765 0.041
7 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'38.396 0.847 0.082
8 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'38.398 0.849 0.002
9 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'38.473 0.924 0.075
10 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'38.486 0.937 0.013
11 11 Livio LOI Honda 1'38.503 0.954 0.017
12 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 1'38.648 1.099 0.145
13 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'38.725 1.176 0.077
14 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'38.726 1.177 0.001
15 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'38.758 1.209 0.032
16 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 1'38.803 1.254 0.045
17 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 1'38.854 1.305 0.051
18 5 Romano FENATI Honda 1'38.879 1.330 0.025
19 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 1'38.908 1.359 0.029
20 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'38.914 1.365 0.006
21 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'39.013 1.464 0.099
22 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'39.041 1.492 0.028
23 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'39.067 1.518 0.026
24 15 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'39.184 1.635 0.117
25 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'39.268 1.719 0.084
26 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'39.595 2.046 0.327
27 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'39.641 2.092 0.046
28 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 1'39.643 2.094 0.002
29 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 1'39.885 2.336 0.242
30 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 1'39.972 2.423 0.087
31 18 Gabriel MARTINEZ-ABREGO KTM 1'40.748 3.199 0.776
32 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 1'40.823 3.274 0.075
33 13 Maximilian KOFLER KTM 1'41.328 3.779 0.505

 

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2017 Brno MotoGP Test Times Final: Rossi Fastest In Post-Race Test

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Final test times at the end of the post-race test in Brno:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:55.162    
2 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:55.180 0.018 0.018
3 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:55.335 0.173 0.155
4 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP17 1:55.542 0.380 0.207
5 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:55.691 0.529 0.149
6 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:55.768 0.606 0.077
7 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:55.795 0.633 0.027
8 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 1:55.830 0.668 0.035
9 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:56.123 0.961 0.293
10 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:56.263 1.101 0.140
11 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP17 1:56.403 1.241 0.140
12 53 Tito Rabat Honda RC213V 1:56.535 1.373 0.132
13 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 1:56.634 1.472 0.099
14 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:56.637 1.475 0.003
15 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:56.668 1.506 0.031
16 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:56.976 1.814 0.308
17 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia RS-GP 1:57.851 2.689 0.875
18 12 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki GSX-RR 1:59.749 4.587 1.898
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