MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2017 Assen Moto2 FP3 Result: Morbidelli's Successful Rain Dance

Rain had just stopped by the time the intermediate class started play and it was the usual suspects who put their names at the top of the timesheets on a wet circuit. The field also got its fair share of crashes, including Xavi Vierge (who unfortunately broke a thumb), Jorge Navarro, Takaaki Nakagami and Luca Marini.

With the tricky conditions, the gaps at the top were significant. Franco Morbidelli proved his speed around the Dutch circuit both in the dry and the wet, the Italian blasting his way into the 1:52s, the only rider to do that and ending up leading the session by one tenth of a second.

Teammate Alex Marquez wobbled his way into second position and cut the gap to Morbidelli from six tenths to only one, asserting the domination of team EG 0,0 Marc VDS for yet another weekend.

Mattia Pasini might have looked like he was struggling slightly in the dry but the rain brought him back into play, the Italian finishing third but almost eight tenths down on the leader.

Yonny Hernandez decided that rain was a good opportunity to remind us of his presence, the AGR rider less than a tenth down on Pasini and into fourth position. Hafizh Syahrin also remembered he was tipped as an expert on rainy days, the Malaysian snatching fifth spot.

Lorenzo Baldassarri also had a reasonable morning, putting Forward Racing into sixth position, in front of Marcel Schrotter, Sandro Cortese and Simone Corsi.

The top ten was completed by Tom Luthi, the Swiss rider struggling almost two seconds down on his main championship rival. Still, things could have been worse – he could’ve been in Miguel Oliveira’s position, in twenty-fifth and three and a half seconds down.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'52.973    
2 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'53.088 0.115 0.115
3 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'53.752 0.779 0.664
4 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Kalex 1'53.829 0.856 0.077
5 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'54.108 1.135 0.279
6 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'54.174 1.201 0.066
7 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 1'54.365 1.392 0.191
8 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'54.755 1.782 0.390
9 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'54.761 1.788 0.006
10 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'54.769 1.796 0.008
11 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'54.804 1.831 0.035
12 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'54.823 1.850 0.019
13 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'55.262 2.289 0.439
14 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'55.270 2.297 0.008
15 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'55.390 2.417 0.120
16 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'55.395 2.422 0.005
17 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'55.509 2.536 0.114
18 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'55.530 2.557 0.021
19 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'55.717 2.744 0.187
20 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'55.860 2.887 0.143
21 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'55.889 2.916 0.029
22 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'56.232 3.259 0.343
23 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'56.432 3.459 0.200
24 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'56.456 3.483 0.024
25 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'56.552 3.579 0.096
26 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'57.092 4.119 0.540
27 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'57.326 4.353 0.234
28 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'57.907 4.934 0.581
29 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'59.076 6.103 1.169
30 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'59.575 6.602 0.499
  97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 2'01.080 8.107 1.505
  37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 2'02.347 9.374 1.267
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2017 Assen MotoGP FP3 Result: Redding’s Rainy Escapade

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The rain that graced the beginning of practice for the lightweight class had stopped by the time the MotoGP class took its turn, but the seventeen degrees in the air were not quite enough to dry the surface for anyone to challenge Friday times. With Q2 positions almost guaranteed given the weather, the riders looked to find some speed for qualifying – tipped to be in similar conditions. That saw a handful of wet weather enthusiasts mixing it in with the Q2 qualifiers.

Marc Marquez and Loris Baz were keen to take on the challenge, the two putting on a bit of a show while chasing each other on track. Baz took the laurels to lead the start of the session, before Jorge Lorenzo went out to disprove the theory that these conditions spook him – the Ducati man taking over the lead. The drizzle threw some more new names into the mix, Hector Barbera joining his teammate on the list of people seeing their name at the top of the timesheets.

A mid-session lull set in as heavy rain hit the track once again, Valentino Rossi putting his experience to good use to run in the treacherous conditions – and fast enough to steal top position. Some more wet weather experts joined the party soon after, Scott Redding taking the lead in the final ten minutes and never letting it go again.

Rossi got as close as two tenths of a second, with Marquez a further tenth behind. Maverick Viñales might not have challenged for the lead but he kept close behind his rivals, only one hundredth of a second separating him from Marquez.

The gaps proved equally close behind them, the top seven within three tenths of Rossi, with Johann Zarco in fifth, Alvaro Bautista – great save included – in sixth and Aleix Espargaro seventh. The top ten was completed by Lorenzo in eight, Baz ninth and Andrea Iannone tenth.

Andrea Dovizioso looked to challenge for top honours on his final lap but had to settle for twelfth place, with Cal Crutchlow fifteenth and Dani Pedrosa struggling in twenty-third.

Given the eventfulness of Moto3 in similar conditions, the MotoGP class proved much more successful in keeping away from gravel traps, only Baz and Crutchlow slipping out in the final few minutes of the session.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'46.441    
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'46.672 0.231 0.231
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'46.743 0.302 0.071
4 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'46.756 0.315 0.013
5 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'46.794 0.353 0.038
6 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'46.851 0.410 0.057
7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'46.936 0.495 0.085
8 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'47.075 0.634 0.139
9 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'47.126 0.685 0.051
10 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'47.295 0.854 0.169
11 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'47.306 0.865 0.011
12 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'47.310 0.869 0.004
13 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'47.355 0.914 0.045
14 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'47.394 0.953 0.039
15 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'47.409 0.968 0.015
16 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'47.657 1.216 0.248
17 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'47.767 1.326 0.110
18 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'47.774 1.333 0.007
19 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'47.908 1.467 0.134
20 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'48.194 1.753 0.286
21 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'49.235 2.794 1.041
22 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'49.284 2.843 0.049
23 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'49.291 2.850 0.007

 

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2017 Assen Moto3 FP3 Result: Home Wet Home For Bendsneyder

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After some drops of rain tested us on Friday, Saturday morning was straight wet suit domain. With the qualifying sessions predicted to take place in similar conditions, the smaller class was keen to give it a go in the wet. Combined with reduced visibility, the wet surface caught out the likes of Darryn Binder, John McPhee, Marcos Ramirez and Marco Bezzecchi early in the session. There would be plenty more tip-offs before the end of practice, half the grid going down at some point, including some of the fastest men of the day.

On the other hand, the weather aided Bo Bendsneyder in warming up the home audience, the KTM rider ending the session at the top of the timesheets, to the delight of the soaked stands. Almost six tenths down on the local boy was Nakarin Atiratphuvapat, the Thai rider proving his wet weather prowess once again.

Joan Mir showed to be quick in both wet and dry, steadily making his way into third position. Jules Danilo in fourth spot also proved to like the track in any kind of conditions, with Jorge Martin only a thousandth of a second behind, both riders nearly a second down on Bendsneyder.

Jakub Kornfeil looked like he was on rails on the wet track, before the final few minutes when he joined the growing list of crashers. The Czech rider still ended the morning seventh, behind fellow faller Lorenzo Dalla Porta and in front of Romano Fenati, Adam Norrodin and Nicolo Bulega completing the top ten.

Tatsuki Suzuki also revelled in the conditions, the Japanese rider setting himself in a lead position early in the session, before finding the wrong route through turn five and dropping back to eleventh. Fabio Di Giannantonio also showed to be more comfortable around the Dutch track when wet, the Italian leading briefly, before crashing in the final chicane in the final minute and finishing thirteenth.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'57.078    
2 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'57.655 0.577 0.577
3 36 Joan MIR Honda 1'57.784 0.706 0.129
4 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'58.029 0.951 0.245
5 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'58.045 0.967 0.016
6 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 1'58.193 1.115 0.148
7 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 1'58.220 1.142 0.027
8 5 Romano FENATI Honda 1'58.353 1.275 0.133
9 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'58.382 1.304 0.029
10 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'58.497 1.419 0.115
11 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'58.580 1.502 0.083
12 11 Livio LOI Honda 1'58.621 1.543 0.041
13 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'58.657 1.579 0.036
14 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'58.726 1.648 0.069
15 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 1'58.816 1.738 0.090
16 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'58.881 1.803 0.065
17 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'59.044 1.966 0.163
18 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'59.129 2.051 0.085
19 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'59.383 2.305 0.254
20 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'59.417 2.339 0.034
21 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'59.530 2.452 0.113
22 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'00.270 3.192 0.740
23 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'00.424 3.346 0.154
24 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'00.479 3.401 0.055
25 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'00.650 3.572 0.171
26 31 Raul FERNANDEZ Mahindra 2'00.682 3.604 0.032
27 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 2'00.797 3.719 0.115
28 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 2'01.718 4.640 0.921
29 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'01.718 4.640  
30 28 Ryan VAN DE LAGEMAAT KTM 2'02.861 5.783 1.143
31 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 2'03.169 6.091 0.308
32 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 2'03.821 6.743 0.652

 

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2017 Assen Moto2 FP2 Result: Morbidelli Makes His Comeback

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With the threat of rain looming large after a few tentative drops hit both the Moto3 and MotoGP sessions, Franco Morbidelli remembered he’s the man to beat this season, the Italian taking top position soon after the start of a dry FP2.

After the rain flag showed up but appeared undecided whether to wave or not, Takaaki Nakagami became the closest threat to the Italian, the Japanese rider getting as close as one and a half tenths, in second position.

FP1 leader Tom Luthi was pushed back to third, the Swiss rider only making marginal improvements on this morning’s benchmark. Alex Marquez had a quiet afternoon, a few set-up changes seeing him finish fourth.

Axel Pons went two better than his FP1 result, ending up fifth and almost four tenths of a second down on the championship leader. Miguel Oliveira was not far behind, only nine thousandths of a second behind the Spaniard, in sixth spot.

The top ten was completed by Dominique Aegerter, Xavi Vierge, Lorenzo Baldassarri and Hafizh Syahrin, with Mattia Pasini feeling out of place in eleventh - going by the standard he’s set in recent weeks.

With Pecco Bagnaia sixteenth, Fabio Quartararo seventeenth and Jorge Navarro twentieth, they will hope for a dry Saturday morning to find a little extra before the qualifying session.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'38.061    
2 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'38.216 0.155 0.155
3 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'38.242 0.181 0.026
4 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'38.380 0.319 0.138
5 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'38.454 0.393 0.074
6 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'38.463 0.402 0.009
7 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'38.614 0.553 0.151
8 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'38.624 0.563 0.010
9 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'38.714 0.653 0.090
10 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'38.755 0.694 0.041
11 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'38.788 0.727 0.033
12 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'38.856 0.795 0.068
13 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 1'38.880 0.819 0.024
14 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'38.888 0.827 0.008
15 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'38.904 0.843 0.016
16 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'38.914 0.853 0.010
17 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'38.929 0.868 0.015
18 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'38.936 0.875 0.007
19 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'39.126 1.065 0.190
20 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'39.205 1.144 0.079
21 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Kalex 1'39.236 1.175 0.031
22 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'39.267 1.206 0.031
23 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'39.510 1.449 0.243
24 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'39.634 1.573 0.124
25 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'39.687 1.626 0.053
26 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'39.749 1.688 0.062
27 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'39.828 1.767 0.079
28 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'40.091 2.030 0.263
29 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'40.402 2.341 0.311
30 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'40.615 2.554 0.213
31 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'40.670 2.609 0.055
32 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 1'40.880 2.819 0.210

 

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2017 Assen MotoGP FP2 Result: Viñales Gets One Back On Marquez

The drops of rain fallen towards the end of Moto3 practice encouraged the riders to go out as soon as the light turned green at the end of pitlane. Despite a heavy fall in the morning, Jonas Folger was the one to lead the early part of the session, before a quick shower hit the track. A handful of minutes later, the wind dissipated any trace of water on the circuit and the riders got back to work.

Maverick Viñales was quick to prove his worth and go top in the final fifteen minutes, on the harder rear tyre. Marc Marquez was also eager to put in a good lap and place himself into the combined top ten, the Spaniard improving on his fourth lap, then giving the hard tyre combination a quick test.

Viñales and Marquez went on to give us a quick teaser for their much-awaited battle, although it was just a remote exchange of top honours in the final five minutes. That particular fight went to the championship leader, the Yamaha man finding a lot of time to lead by over three tenths of a second.

Folger split the Spanish duo eventually, placing his Tech 3 Yamaha nearly three tenths ahead of the world champion.

Andrea Dovizioso had a much calmer FP2 compared to his morning, the Italian finishing fourth, very close behind Marquez and only four hundredths of a second in front of Cal Crutchlow. The LCR rider was back on HRC duty by trying on their aero fairing but still managed an honourable fifth position.

Valentino Rossi looked under threat to be dropped out of the top ten for most of the session, before improving significantly on his final lap to jump into sixth. Morning leader Danilo Petrucci had to make do with a seventh position, while Johann Zarco, usually out of sync with the rest of the field, posted his best times while his rivals were in the pits, preparing their final shootout on shiny new softs. His top time was good enough for eighth position, in front of Alvaro Bautista and Dani Pedrosa.

Outside of the top ten, Karel Abraham, Jack Miller and Aleix Espargaro all sneaked ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, the Spaniard appearing to struggle all afternoon. They will all be hoping for another shot at Q2 in a dry Saturday morning.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'33.130    
2 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'33.497 0.367 0.367
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'33.782 0.652 0.285
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'33.790 0.660 0.008
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'33.828 0.698 0.038
6 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'33.830 0.700 0.002
7 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'33.890 0.760 0.060
8 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'33.986 0.856 0.096
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'34.103 0.973 0.117
10 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'34.148 1.018 0.045
11 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'34.299 1.169 0.151
12 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'34.337 1.207 0.038
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'34.491 1.361 0.154
14 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'34.523 1.393 0.032
15 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'34.596 1.466 0.073
16 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'34.605 1.475 0.009
17 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'34.617 1.487 0.012
18 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'34.759 1.629 0.142
19 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'34.923 1.793 0.164
20 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'35.039 1.909 0.116
21 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'35.185 2.055 0.146
22 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'35.373 2.243 0.188
23 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'36.334 3.204 0.961

 

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2017 Assen Moto3 FP2 Result: Martin Reclaims Top Spot

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The lightweight class dodged the threat of rain for their second practice session and even enjoyed a few extra degrees in temperature. Less enjoyable was the wind that picked up slightly, but with the prospect of rain on Saturday, the Moto3 riders had to make the most of their time on track today.

Championship leader Joan Mir led the first half of the session, before a mid-session lull set in. That period was only brief, Aron Canet breaking the silence before some of the usual contenders challenged Mir’s time.

Despite several cancelled laps for adventures outside track limits, Jorge Martin reminded us that he’s the one-lap expert in the field, the Spaniard posting the fastest time just as a few drops of rain decided to fall in the final two minutes.

Canet also saw his name at the top of the timesheets but it was rather brief, until Race Direction saw him completely cutting across the final chicane. Nonetheless, a second position less than two tenths down on Martin was good enough.

Mir dropped back to third spot, a little over half a second down on Martin. Fabio di Giannantonio was a welcome improver, the Italian making the jump from outside the top twenty in the first half of the session up to fourth position in the end.

Marcos Ramirez carried the flag for the Platinum Bay Real Estate team this time around in fifth, followed by Assen enthusiast Enea Bastianini in sixth. Romano Fenati sneaked between some irregular top ten features, Ayumu Sasaki and Jules Danilo in seventh, respectively ninth. The top ten was completed by home favourite, Bo Bendsneyder.

John McPhee, Nicolo Bulega, Niccolo Antonelli, Juanfran Guevara and Andrea Migno were, uncharacteristically, outside the top twenty.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'42.414    
2 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'42.593 0.179 0.179
3 36 Joan MIR Honda 1'42.919 0.505 0.326
4 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'42.961 0.547 0.042
5 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'42.977 0.563 0.016
6 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'43.009 0.595 0.032
7 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'43.023 0.609 0.014
8 5 Romano FENATI Honda 1'43.075 0.661 0.052
9 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'43.253 0.839 0.178
10 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'43.282 0.868 0.029
11 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'43.297 0.883 0.015
12 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'43.533 1.119 0.236
13 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'43.556 1.142 0.023
14 11 Livio LOI Honda 1'43.615 1.201 0.059
15 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'43.620 1.206 0.005
16 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'43.721 1.307 0.101
17 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'43.729 1.315 0.008
18 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'43.763 1.349 0.034
19 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 1'43.874 1.460 0.111
20 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'43.896 1.482 0.022
21 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'43.914 1.500 0.018
22 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 1'43.943 1.529 0.029
23 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'44.067 1.653 0.124
24 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'44.214 1.800 0.147
25 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 1'44.231 1.817 0.017
26 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 1'44.245 1.831 0.014
27 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 1'44.330 1.916 0.085
28 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 1'44.752 2.338 0.422
29 31 Raul FERNANDEZ Mahindra 1'44.757 2.343 0.005
30 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 1'45.448 3.034 0.691
31 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'46.034 3.620 0.586
32 28 Ryan VAN DE LAGEMAAT KTM 1'48.156 5.742 2.122

 

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2017 Assen Moto2 FP1 Result: Luthi Leads Nakagami

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Things were slowly heating up despite the clouds in Assen, but the action in the intermediate class did not see many surprises. Tom Luthi grabbed the lead early in the session and never let it go, his reign at the top of the timesheets as big as three tenths of a second.

Takaaki Nakagami chipped away at that gap late in the session to go second. Miguel Oliveira had a better start to his weekend in the Netherlands, the Portuguese rider finishing third in the session. The last man within three tenths of a second off Luthi was Marcel Schrotter, the Dynavolt rider taking fourth spot from championship leader Franco Morbidelli on the final lap.

Morbidelli had to settle for fifth, almost half a second down on the leader and two tenths ahead of Lorenzo Baldassarri in sixth position. Axel Pons was seventh, only two thousandths of a second behind the Italian.

Alex Marquez started the morning session with a spill in turn sixteen, while on a fast lap. With the bike taking quite a few tumbles, the Spaniard could only return to the track in the final ten minutes and did well to recover an eighth position by the end of FP1.

The top ten was completed by Xavier Simeon and Hafizh Syahrin, with Mattia Pasini close behind them. Pecco Bagnaia had a fast crash in turn one in the final minutes, which meant he could not improve on seventeenth spot.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'38.492    
2 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'38.737 0.245 0.245
3 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'38.783 0.291 0.046
4 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 1'38.784 0.292 0.001
5 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'38.942 0.450 0.158
6 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'39.189 0.697 0.247
7 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'39.191 0.699 0.002
8 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'39.306 0.814 0.115
9 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'39.315 0.823 0.009
10 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'39.341 0.849 0.026
11 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'39.391 0.899 0.050
12 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'39.495 1.003 0.104
13 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'39.546 1.054 0.051
14 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'39.590 1.098 0.044
15 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'39.669 1.177 0.079
16 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'39.792 1.300 0.123
17 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'39.821 1.329 0.029
18 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'39.885 1.393 0.064
19 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'39.986 1.494 0.101
20 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'40.084 1.592 0.098
21 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Kalex 1'40.146 1.654 0.062
22 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'40.321 1.829 0.175
23 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'40.382 1.890 0.061
24 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'40.455 1.963 0.073
25 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'40.692 2.200 0.237
26 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'40.757 2.265 0.065
27 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'40.974 2.482 0.217
28 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'41.069 2.577 0.095
29 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'41.386 2.894 0.317
30 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'41.497 3.005 0.111
31 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 1'41.708 3.216 0.211
32 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'41.941 3.449 0.233

 

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2017 Assen MotoGP FP1 Result: Petrucci Leads After Red Flag

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After a relatively carefree Moto3 session, MotoGP practice was off to a sketchy start. Barcelona winner Andrea Dovizioso ran out of luck early in the session, his Ducati smoking away and leaving a trace of oil in its wake on the outlap. The failure claimed its first victim in Dovizioso’s teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, the Spaniard sliding out in turn nine.

Jonas Folger was even less lucky, the Tech 3 rider limping his way to the Medical Centre after a fast crash in turn eleven just seconds before Lorenzo. The red flag was waved only three minutes into the session, for the clean-up operation to take place. That gave some extra time to the Marc VDS team to sort out the front brake issue that stopped Jack Miller from even leaving the pitlane.

After a significant delay, all the riders were able to get out and give it another try. Marc Marquez, Alvaro Bautista and Dani Pedrosa were the trio that led the first part of the session, the three Spaniards running tightly together on track.

With the rain always being a concern in Assen, the final ten minutes saw a bit of a windy shootout to ensure top ten positions. Danilo Petrucci had an interesting morning, the Italian ending the session in top position but having a mechanical problem on the final lap, adding to Ducati’s worries.

Johann Zarco made some of his usual magic on soft tyres, the Frenchman going second, narrowly ahead of Cal Crutchlow, the British rider being top Honda in the session. After his early adventures, Andrea Dovizioso had a good shot at top spot before getting slowed down by traffic and having to settle for fourth position.

Valentino Rossi had one of his usual sessions, apparently struggling outside of the top ten before making the jump to fifth. He was followed closely by the Suzuki of Andrea Iannone, Dani Pedrosa a place further back in seventh spot.

Folger was deemed fit to rejoin the action, taking it easy in the beginning, but that didn’t last long, the Tech 3 rider as high as second in the final ten minutes and dropping back to eighth eventually. After the crash and an issue with engine breaking, Lorenzo took his time to climb up the timesheets and made it as high as ninth position. The top ten was completed by Karel Abraham, only half a second down on the leader.

Maverick Vinales’ run on the soft tyre combination was good enough to hand him top position midway through the session, but the championship leader did not put on new tyres for the shootout, opting to give the softs a good long run to test their potential for the race. That dropped him back to twelfth place, two hundredths of a second in front of Marquez.

Alex Rins made his comeback from injury with an eighteenth position, a second down on Petrucci.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'34.680    
2 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'34.806 0.126 0.126
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'34.822 0.142 0.016
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'34.829 0.149 0.007
5 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'34.841 0.161 0.012
6 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'34.914 0.234 0.073
7 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'34.936 0.256 0.022
8 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'35.052 0.372 0.116
9 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'35.155 0.475 0.103
10 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'35.183 0.503 0.028
11 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'35.193 0.513 0.010
12 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'35.263 0.583 0.070
13 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'35.282 0.602 0.019
14 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'35.381 0.701 0.099
15 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'35.528 0.848 0.147
16 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'35.562 0.882 0.034
17 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'35.722 1.042 0.160
18 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'35.877 1.197 0.155
19 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'35.898 1.218 0.021
20 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'35.916 1.236 0.018
21 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'36.404 1.724 0.488
22 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'36.819 2.139 0.415
23 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'37.603 2.923 0.784

 

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8
2017
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2017 Assen Moto3 FP1 Result: Oettl Sneaks Ahead Of Bastianini

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Assen was always going to give us a bit of a cool down after the soul-crushing heat of Barcelona, and a kind eighteen degrees welcomed the lightweight class to the first day of practice. Add a few clouds and some breeze and you get the usual recipe. Although, one different ingredient was Philipp Oettl fighting his way through traffic to pop up at the top of the timesheets in the final two minutes of the session.

Behind him, Enea Bastianini proved why he was the poleman in Assen for the past two years and why his name is scribbled next to the fastest Moto3 lap around the circuit. The Italian seems to be recovering some form of late and this second position serves to prove that.

Romano Fenati is a constant presence near the top end of the timesheets in any given session, this time around sneaking into third spot. A more surprising appearance is Maria Herrera in fourth position, the AGR rider making good use of a late tow from Marco Bezzecchi to climb up the timesheets.

Local boy Bo Bendsneyder warmed up the audience with a bit of cheering for his fifth place, while Aron Canet made the jump into sixth spot. Jorge Martin looked like showing off his one-lap speed once again, the Spaniard leading briefly, but was eventually pushed back into seventh position.

Championship leader Joan Mir, as usual, was minding his own business and riding on his own, which brought him an eighth place, in front of Marcos Ramirez and early session leader Tatsuki Suzuki.

The Sky VR46 duo had a slow start, Nicolo Bulega almost a second down on Oettl in thirteenth place and Andrea Migno out of the top twenty after crashing out in the final fifteen minutes of the session.

Fabio di Giannantonio looked like finding his feet towards the end of the session but was eventually pushed back to fourteenth, with John McPhee twenty-first, just ahead of Darryn Binder, the two almost a second and a half down on the leader.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'43.231    
2 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'43.335 0.104 0.104
3 5 Romano FENATI Honda 1'43.389 0.158 0.054
4 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 1'43.785 0.554 0.396
5 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'43.798 0.567 0.013
6 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'43.848 0.617 0.050
7 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'43.917 0.686 0.069
8 36 Joan MIR Honda 1'44.021 0.790 0.104
9 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'44.027 0.796 0.006
10 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'44.046 0.815 0.019
11 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 1'44.052 0.821 0.006
12 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'44.057 0.826 0.005
13 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'44.194 0.963 0.137
14 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'44.225 0.994 0.031
15 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'44.242 1.011 0.017
16 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 1'44.331 1.100 0.089
17 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'44.371 1.140 0.040
18 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'44.431 1.200 0.060
19 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 1'44.476 1.245 0.045
20 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'44.532 1.301 0.056
21 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'44.653 1.422 0.121
22 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'44.670 1.439 0.017
23 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 1'44.707 1.476 0.037
24 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'44.707 1.476  
25 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'44.893 1.662 0.186
26 11 Livio LOI Honda 1'45.128 1.897 0.235
27 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'45.636 2.405 0.508
28 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 1'46.077 2.846 0.441
29 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 1'46.126 2.895 0.049
30 31 Raul FERNANDEZ Mahindra 1'46.239 3.008 0.113
31 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'46.346 3.115 0.107
32 28 Ryan VAN DE LAGEMAAT KTM 1'49.166 5.935 2.820

 

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8
2017
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2017 Misano World Superbike Race Two Results: Could The Reverse Grid Finally Make A Difference?

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As with all Sunday races this year, the front three grid places are based on where riders finished in the Saturday race. Twenty laps of Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli under a clear Italian sky. In spite of a tyre acting unusually yesterday, everyone was on the SC0 Pirelli rear. Chaz Davies would not start the race due to his crash yesterday. 

Jordi Torres in pole position was unable to get the BMW off the line perfectly, but he got a better start than usual. It wasn’t as good as Xavi Fores’s start from second place however, and Fores put the Ducati into the lead. Eugene Laverty from third on the grid held off Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea for a few corners but the Kawasakis both powered past him and a lap later, Marco Melandri stuck his Ducati in front of Laverty’s Aprilia. On lap four, the front five bikes of Fores, Torres, Sykes, Rea and Melandri were breaking away from Laverty, Randy Krummenacher, Lorenzo Savadori, Alex Lowes and race one’s part-way leader Michael van der Mark.

Toward the end of the fifth lap, Jordi Torres made a perfect pass into turn twelve to take the lead taking over at the front of the group of five bikes and a lap later, Marco Melandri pushed Rea to the back of the group, taking fourth place from the Kawasaki. Xavi Fores, having lost first place, suffered a second ignominy as his Ducati broke down, ending his weekend. The group of five bikes at the front were now a group of four bikes but they were still almost two seconds clear of Eugene Laverty who was sitting in a lonely fifth place.

Eugene Laverty wouldn’t be lonely for long, as the Yamahas of Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark were on the move.

On lap seven, Tom Sykes was looking for a way past his former teammate Jordi Torres to take the lead, but as he nearly ran into the back of him, he lost his line and Marco Melandri wasted no time in getting past. On lap ten, as Eugene Laverty, Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark fought each other for fifth place, Melandri passed Torres for the lead but the BMW man had a tighter line coming out of the turn and took it right back off him. As Jonathan Rea tried to pass his teammate Tom Sykes, the two gave Torres and Melandri a bit of breathing room, but when they settled down, they were able to catch them right back up.

Past half race distance, Jordi Torres was taking fast sweeping yet defensive lines while Marco Melandri was taking sharp, tight lines as he tried to probe for a way to the front of the race. At turn eight of lap thirteen, he found one and made it stick, with Torres unable to find a riposte. Two laps later, at the end of the start/finish straight, Jonathan Rea took an outside line past Tom Sykes, round the right-handed turn one, claiming the apex of the left-handed turn two and leading out of the right-handed turn three, finally taking third place only to be staring at a one second gap to the leading duo of Melandri and Torres. A lap later and he had closed the gap, dropping off Sykes behind him.

On lap eighteen, Jordi Torres took a corner with his hand up, his BMW suffering a breakdown. As he carefully got off the track, letting the Kawasakis if Rea and Sykes streak past him, before gesticulating at his bike, appearing to both berate it and plead with it before parking up out of the race. Gone was the chance for the reverse grid to finally make a difference to a race.

Marco Melandri maintained over two seconds from Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes as the front three riders rode three parade laps to the flag, Melandri taking his first victory since his return to World Superbikes and claiming the 100th Italian victory of the series, adding cream and cherries by doing it in Italy on an Italian bike. Only twelve riders completed the race.

Jonathan Rea heads into the summer break with a fifty point lead in the championship over his teammate Tom Sykes, with Chaz Davies a further sixty one points behind in third place. Race winner Marco Melandri takes fourth place back from Alex Lowes who crashed out, losing the front halfway through the race.

Chaz Davies will be trying to be back on his Ducati at Laguna Seca, according to his team, but it remains to be seen if they’ll attach any weird carbon crockery to his rear wheel that weekend.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R  
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1.113
3 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1.285
4 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 13.364
5 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 19.917
6 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 26.019
7 35 R. DE ROSA BMW S 1000 RR 29.724
8 88 R. KRUMMENACHER Kawasaki ZX-10RR 30.183
9 36 L. MERCADO Aprilia RSV4 RF 37.447
10 6 S. BRADL Honda CBR1000RR 42.651
11 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 57.524
12 37 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'10.654
RET 81 J. TORRES BMW S 1000 RR 4 Laps
RET 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 7 Laps
RET 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 10 Laps
RET 15 A. DE ANGELIS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 15 Laps
RET 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 15 Laps
RET 61 F. MENGHI Ducati Panigale R 15 Laps
RET 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 18 Laps

 

Round Number: 
7
2017
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