MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2017 Le Mans Moto2 FP3 Result: Bagnaia and Morbidelli Fly The Academy Flag

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The intermediate class was finally graced with a fully dry session, with the occasional damp patch seriously testing the riders’ attention – to more or less success, with several crashes and plenty of replay-worthy moments.

Franco Morbidelli was back to his usual antics, which meant taking the lead and letting everyone else try and catch up. Pecco Bagnaia accepted that challenge and he proved to be just as fast in the dry as he was in the wet around Le Mans, the Italian topping the session in his final few laps. Morbidelli dropped less than a tenth behind his VR46 Academy colleague to secure second position.

Tom Luthi posted the exact same time as Morbidelli but a slower second-fastest lap meant that he was officially third in the session. Luca Marini had another impressive run, the Forward Racing rider popping up to fourth position in the final few minutes.

Dominique Aegerter was another late addition to the top five, followed by Axel Pons, the Spaniard half a second down on Bagnaia. Mattia Pasini was well-placed into the top five before getting himself acquainted with the turn thirteen gravel trap and eventually having his best time cancelled for exceeding track limits, that dropping him down to nineteenth position. Miguel Oliveira also shared some off track adventures of his own and only managed to place twelfth in the session.

After topping a wet FP2, Alex Marquez started his Saturday with a massive high-side in turn six, his bike also collecting Iker Lecuona, both riders walking away on their own and taking a detour to the medical centre. Unfortunately, Lecuona was eventually declared unfit, having damaged his previously injured collarbone.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'37.386    
2 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'37.477 0.091 0.091
3 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'37.477 0.091  
4 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'37.629 0.243 0.152
5 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'37.849 0.463 0.220
6 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'37.891 0.505 0.042
7 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'38.017 0.631 0.126
8 88 Ricard CARDUS KTM 1'38.030 0.644 0.013
9 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Kalex 1'38.036 0.650 0.006
10 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'38.043 0.657 0.007
11 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'38.073 0.687 0.030
12 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'38.077 0.691 0.004
13 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'38.121 0.735 0.044
14 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'38.233 0.847 0.112
15 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'38.234 0.848 0.001
16 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'38.237 0.851 0.003
17 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'38.267 0.881 0.030
18 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'38.304 0.918 0.037
19 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'38.330 0.944 0.026
20 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'38.533 1.147 0.203
21 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'38.546 1.160 0.013
22 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'38.550 1.164 0.004
23 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 1'38.755 1.369 0.205
24 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'38.755 1.369  
25 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'39.310 1.924 0.555
26 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'39.495 2.109 0.185
27 47 Axel BASSANI Speed Up 1'39.677 2.291 0.182
28 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'39.704 2.318 0.027
29 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'39.707 2.321 0.003
30 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'39.708 2.322 0.001
31 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'40.476 3.090 0.768
32 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'41.656 4.270 1.180

 

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2017 Le Mans MotoGP FP3 Result: Redding and Lorenzo Bookend Dry Session

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A glimpse of sun on a largely light blue sky almost looked like an illusion after the setting offered by Le Mans for the previous practice sessions. A drying track set things up nicely for a fierce fight for direct Q2 access in the final ten minutes of the session.

That also meant that besides Danilo Petrucci going like a rocket through the turn two gravel trap, there was little action in the first half of the session, Alvaro Bautista getting quite a bit of airtime as the only rider going around as the track was drying.

The real action started with fifteen minutes to go, the OCTO Pramac teammates once again the opening act on slick tyres, Scot Redding being the first rider to beat Jack Miller’s top time from Friday. The Brit also proved to be the fastest rider of the morning, with three tenths in hand over compatriot Cal Crutchlow. The LCR Honda rider placed second, while also giving a helpful tow to Karel Abraham in sixth spot.

Knowing he had posted the fastest time on Friday, Jack Miller waited for some other riders to take over track-drying duties and was one of the few not have a real go on wet tyres.  He eventually crashed on his first laps on slick tyres but had enough time to give it another go and grab third position in FP3.

Valentino Rossi looked to be having a much better feeling in dry conditions, the Italian half a second off Redding and in fourth spot. He was closely followed by the reigning world champion, Marc Marquez fifth and near the top of the timesheets for most of the session but never quite best.

The sun definitely smiled to the KTM duo, Pol Espargaro snatching seventh and Bradley Smith only just sneaking into the top ten, both riders ensuring their rightful Q2 ticket. Between them, Maverick Viñales and an impressive Loris Baz secured eighth and ninth positions.

Despite topping a wet FP2, Andrea Dovizioso didn’t have as good of a time in the dry, only finishing twelfth, Danilo Petrucci also dropping back to fourteenth after an early FP3 lead. Still, the two Ducatis won’t be quite as unhappy as the two men at the bottom of the timesheets:  Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo.

The higher temperatures that oscillated greatly in different parts of the track initially seemed to help Pedrosa get some more heat into his tyres, the Spaniard improving his Friday time on wet tyres to briefly lead FP3 before struggling in the slick tyre mad dash to only finish twenty-second. Lorenzo had a similar session, both riders finishing over five and a half seconds down on Redding and with big question marks over their chances of making it through Q1.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'35.674    
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'36.035 0.361 0.361
3 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'36.122 0.448 0.087
4 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'36.185 0.511 0.063
5 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'36.354 0.680 0.169
6 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'36.497 0.823 0.143
7 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'36.612 0.938 0.115
8 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'36.616 0.942 0.004
9 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'36.752 1.078 0.136
10 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'36.805 1.131 0.053
11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'36.821 1.147 0.016
12 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'36.823 1.149 0.002
13 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'36.839 1.165 0.016
14 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'36.873 1.199 0.034
15 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'37.464 1.790 0.591
16 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'37.610 1.936 0.146
17 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'37.772 2.098 0.162
18 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'38.888 3.214 1.116
19 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 1'38.931 3.257 0.043
20 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'39.730 4.056 0.799
21 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'40.373 4.699 0.643
22 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'41.354 5.680 0.981
23 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'41.608 5.934 0.254

 

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2017 Le Mans Moto3 FP3 Result: Bulega Leads Another Damp Session

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Cold, dark and humid – isn’t France lovely? The endless talk about weather in Le Mans doesn’t look like ending anytime soon, with a damp circuit waiting for the lightweight class in the third practice session.

The Italian brigade attacked the top of the timesheets from the start, with Marco Bezzecchi, Niccolo Antonelli and Lorenzo Dalla Porta holding the lead temporarily, while the likes of Joan Mir and Jorge Martin were sitting comfortably in their garages waiting for the track to dry.

Antonelli was the first rider to set a time faster than the benchmark set on Friday by Adam Norrodin, the Italian putting his name at the top of the timesheets for most of the session, before Nicolo Bulega took over with three minutes left of FP3.  

Another Italian sneaked into second position, Dalla Porta over two tenths slower than Bulega. Albert Arenas was a further tenth down in third spot, with the pleasant surprise of Manuel Pagliani in fourth.

The final Spaniard in the top ten was Aron Canet in fifth position, the Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider followed by Antonelli, much-debated wildcard Danny Kent and an impressive Nakarin Atiratphuvapat occupying eight position after featuring heavily at the top of the standings all throughout FP3.

Joan Mir finished thirteenth, with Jorge Martin twenty-sixth, the two riders only putting in a handful of laps towards the end of the session. Romano Fenati was a little more prolific in terms of quantity of laps but he still finished twenty-second and over four tenths faster than John McPhee, the Scotsman still struggling down in twenty-fifth position.

Gabriel Rodrigo has been declared unfit for the rest of the weekend after crashing on Friday and damaging his recently operated collarbone.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'50.175    
2 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 1'50.424 0.249 0.249
3 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 1'50.529 0.354 0.105
4 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 1'50.595 0.420 0.066
5 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'50.641 0.466 0.046
6 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 1'50.684 0.509 0.043
7 52 Danny KENT KTM 1'50.705 0.530 0.021
8 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'50.755 0.580 0.050
9 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 1'50.979 0.804 0.224
10 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'51.260 1.085 0.281
11 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'51.589 1.414 0.329
12 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 1'51.642 1.467 0.053
13 36 Joan MIR Honda 1'51.769 1.594 0.127
14 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'51.793 1.618 0.024
15 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'51.806 1.631 0.013
16 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'52.180 2.005 0.374
17 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'52.225 2.050 0.045
18 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'52.427 2.252 0.202
19 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'52.574 2.399 0.147
20 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'52.604 2.429 0.030
21 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'52.650 2.475 0.046
22 5 Romano FENATI Honda 1'52.688 2.513 0.038
23 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'52.691 2.516 0.003
24 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'52.704 2.529 0.013
25 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'53.134 2.959 0.430
26 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'53.140 2.965 0.006
27 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'53.217 3.042 0.077
28 11 Livio LOI Honda 1'53.253 3.078 0.036
29 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 1'53.737 3.562 0.484
30 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 1'54.027 3.852 0.290
31 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'54.668 4.493 0.641

 

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2017 Le Mans Moto2 FP2 Result: Marquez Steals The Spotlight Off Hernandez

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With the title contenders being extra cautious in full wet conditions, that let some more names shine through at the top of the timesheets - at least until the very end, when some familiar names were cast in the top roles. Jerez winner Alex Marquez waited until the very last lap to cruise to the top and lead the session by almost eight tenths of a second.

Pecco Bagnaia had a similar progress behind the Spaniard, sneaking into the top two in the final minute of practice. Championship veteran Yonny Hernandez showed off some of his skills in the wet by leading the early part of the session, before dropping down to a respectable third spot.

Franco Morbidelli had been lingering down towards the end of the top twenty before some set-up magic was performed in the garage and the Italian popped up in fourth position, only five thousandths of a second behind Hernandez.

Luca Marini was another confident performer in the wet conditions of FP2, the Italian grabbing fifth place, ahead of Xavi Vierge and Simone Corsi, both of which held a gap of over a second on Marquez.

Wet weather enthusiast Hafizh Syahrin spent most of the session on track and was looking for a top five result before the final lap rush pushed him back all the way to eighth position, with Miguel Oliveira and Tom Luthi completing the top ten.

Tetsuta Nagashima was another of the names that impressed, the Japanese rider constantly at the business end of things, even enjoying a short taste of the lead before finishing eleventh.

Morning leader Lorenzo Baldassari ended up eighteenth, with Takaaki Nakagami and Dominique Aegerter closing the top thirty.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'46.931    
2 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'47.716 0.785 0.785
3 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Kalex 1'47.730 0.799 0.014
4 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'47.735 0.804 0.005
5 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'47.776 0.845 0.041
6 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'47.972 1.041 0.196
7 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'48.028 1.097 0.056
8 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'48.030 1.099 0.002
9 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'48.104 1.173 0.074
10 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'48.135 1.204 0.031
11 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'48.392 1.461 0.257
12 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'48.446 1.515 0.054
13 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 1'48.464 1.533 0.018
14 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'48.499 1.568 0.035
15 88 Ricard CARDUS KTM 1'48.599 1.668 0.100
16 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'48.647 1.716 0.048
17 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'48.879 1.948 0.232
18 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'48.882 1.951 0.003
19 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'48.893 1.962 0.011
20 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'49.345 2.414 0.452
21 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'49.364 2.433 0.019
22 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'49.580 2.649 0.216
23 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'50.173 3.242 0.593
24 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'50.206 3.275 0.033
25 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'50.256 3.325 0.050
26 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'50.346 3.415 0.090
27 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'50.661 3.730 0.315
28 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'50.808 3.877 0.147
29 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'51.209 4.278 0.401
30 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'51.653 4.722 0.444
31 47 Axel BASSANI Speed Up 1'51.715 4.784 0.062
32 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'51.751 4.820 0.036

 

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2017 Le Mans MotoGP FP2 Result: Ducatis Dominate In The Wet

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As weather predictions claimed, the MotoGP class was greeted by a very wet track and tiny patches of blue sky as they left the pitlane for the second practice session of the day. Wet weather aficionados Scott Redding, Loris Baz and Jack Miller were the first to make a statement at the top of the timesheets, while the usual podium contenders were refining their rain settings and playing it safe in the tricky conditions.

As the drizzle returned in the final part of the session, that did not stop the Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso from showing off the Italian bike’s love affair with wet conditions. After both Pramac riders led for most of the session, it proved to be just the opening act for the factory Ducati of Dovizioso to take over.

Marc Marquez was the only one to stop a Ducati top three takeover, the Honda rider taking it easy in the early part of the session and built up to a second position just four hundredths of a second behind Dovizioso.

Danilo Petrucci fought his way through the puddles to lead his teammate, Redding dropping back slightly after his early lead, that placing the Pramac duo in third and fourth positions. Andrea Iannone brought the Suzuki closer to the top with a fifth place, while Alvaro Bautista was the final rider to post a time within a second of Dovizioso.

Despite leading the session momentarily, Jack Miller finished seventh, ahead of the top Yamaha, Maverick Viñales in eighth spot. Sam Lowes had a decent session in ninth place and was better placed than his teammate this time around.

Valentino Rossi had a better afternoon in fully wet conditions, the Italian keeping himself in the top five for the first half of FP2, eventually dropping back to complete the top ten.

While the rest of the Ducatis were dominating at the front, Jorge Lorenzo appeared to struggle in fifteenth place, with Dani Pedrosa also not a fan of the cold conditions, the Honda rider avoiding any risk down in twenty-first place.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'41.673    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'41.716 0.043 0.043
3 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'41.906 0.233 0.190
4 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'41.925 0.252 0.019
5 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'42.078 0.405 0.153
6 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'42.625 0.952 0.547
7 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'42.729 1.056 0.104
8 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'42.894 1.221 0.165
9 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'42.998 1.325 0.104
10 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'43.006 1.333 0.008
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'43.177 1.504 0.171
12 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'43.250 1.577 0.073
13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'43.340 1.667 0.090
14 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'44.177 2.504 0.837
15 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'44.276 2.603 0.099
16 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 1'44.572 2.899 0.296
17 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'44.678 3.005 0.106
18 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'45.074 3.401 0.396
19 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'45.119 3.446 0.045
20 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'45.622 3.949 0.503
21 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'45.804 4.131 0.182
22 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'47.127 5.454 1.323
23 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'47.701 6.028 0.574

 

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2017 Le Mans Moto3 FP2 Result: Martin Rains On Kent’s Parade

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While the sun seemed to break through the clouds towards the end of FP1 sessions, Le Mans changed its mind at the last minute and a downpour hit the circuit before the lightweight class took to the track for the second time today.

Eleven degrees air temperature and a truly soaked track made for some cautious first few laps for the Moto3 riders. Wildcard Danny Kent showed off his Moto3 expertise to grab the lead midway through the session and he looked on course to keep it before crashing out in the final minutes.

Jorge Martin didn’t need any sort of invitation to finally crash that party and become the first rider into the 1:52s, with over half a second in hand on Kent and the rest of the pursuers.

Niccolo Antonelli was another early leader that eventually had to settle for third position, closely followed by Japanese rider Tatsuki Suzuki. Fabio di Giannantonio in fifth was the last rider to post a time within a second of Jorge Martin, compatriot Nicolo Bulega  in sixth spot, followed by impressive rides by Marcos Ramirez and Marco Bezzecchi.

While Joan Mir briefly led the session, Aron Canet and Romano Fenato did not feature much in the proceedings and all three recent race winners finished outside of the top ten.

Title contender John McPhee continued to struggle in twenty-fourth place before crashing in turn twelve on his final lap.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'52.716    
2 52 Danny KENT KTM 1'53.295 0.579 0.579
3 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 1'53.347 0.631 0.052
4 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'53.480 0.764 0.133
5 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'53.553 0.837 0.073
6 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'53.722 1.006 0.169
7 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'53.875 1.159 0.153
8 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 1'53.894 1.178 0.019
9 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'54.004 1.288 0.110
10 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'54.054 1.338 0.050
11 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'54.086 1.370 0.032
12 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'54.115 1.399 0.029
13 36 Joan MIR Honda 1'54.128 1.412 0.013
14 5 Romano FENATI Honda 1'54.231 1.515 0.103
15 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'54.386 1.670 0.155
16 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'54.455 1.739 0.069
17 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 1'54.519 1.803 0.064
18 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 1'54.578 1.862 0.059
19 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 1'54.671 1.955 0.093
20 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'54.771 2.055 0.100
21 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'54.958 2.242 0.187
22 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'55.165 2.449 0.207
23 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'55.223 2.507 0.058
24 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'55.351 2.635 0.128
25 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 1'55.379 2.663 0.028
26 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'55.533 2.817 0.154
27 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 1'55.550 2.834 0.017
28 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'55.588 2.872 0.038
29 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 1'56.274 3.558 0.686
30 11 Livio LOI Honda 1'57.276 4.560 1.002
31 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'58.049 5.333 0.773
32 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'58.720 6.004 0.671

 

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2017 Le Mans Moto2 FP1 Result: A Sunny Morning For Baldassarri

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Did someone say wet? Hafizh Syahrin probably said enthusiastically as he headed out for the intermediate class’ first practice session. While the Malaysian rider was the first leader of the session, he dropped back on a drying track and let the usual contenders fight it out at the top.

The Moto2 class had the honour of actually seeing extended patches of blue sky amongst the clouds, although the track kept some slightly damp patches throughout. The blue-wearing men usually dominating proceedings at this point in the weekend let some other names have their way at the top, Lorenzo Baldassarri grabbing the spotlight in the final minutes of the session, as threatening dark clouds were gathering once again.

Championship leader Franco Morbidelli overcame a small crash to finish second, a mere hundredth of a second separating him from his VR46 Academy colleague at the front. Another Italian graduate completed the top three, Pecco Bagnaia on a confidence high after the good result in Jerez.

Mattia Pasini confirms once again that he has got good pace with a fourth position, in front of usual podium contender Takaaki Nakagami and a continuously-impressive Xavi Vierge.

Early leader Dominique Aegerter dropped down to seventh place, with Jerez winner Alex Marquez a further two positions behind him. With Miguel Oliveira thirteenth and Tom Luthi seventeenth, the top seventeen riders were covered by one second.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'38.158    
2 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'38.169 0.011 0.011
3 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'38.315 0.157 0.146
4 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'38.363 0.205 0.048
5 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'38.462 0.304 0.099
6 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'38.509 0.351 0.047
7 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'38.545 0.387 0.036
8 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'38.740 0.582 0.195
9 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'38.747 0.589 0.007
10 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'38.767 0.609 0.020
11 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Kalex 1'38.797 0.639 0.030
12 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'38.811 0.653 0.014
13 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'38.898 0.740 0.087
14 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'38.904 0.746 0.006
15 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'38.995 0.837 0.091
16 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'39.076 0.918 0.081
17 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'39.121 0.963 0.045
18 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 1'39.234 1.076 0.113
19 88 Ricard CARDUS KTM 1'39.268 1.110 0.034
20 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'39.326 1.168 0.058
21 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'39.415 1.257 0.089
22 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'39.451 1.293 0.036
23 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'39.456 1.298 0.005
24 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'39.611 1.453 0.155
25 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'39.651 1.493 0.040
26 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'39.917 1.759 0.266
27 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'40.076 1.918 0.159
28 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'40.079 1.921 0.003
29 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'41.046 2.888 0.967
30 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'41.142 2.984 0.096
31 47 Axel BASSANI Speed Up 1'41.343 3.185 0.201
32 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'42.260 4.102 0.917
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2017 Le Mans MotoGP FP1 Result: Miller Steals The Show

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The rain in Le Mans was kind enough to stop before the start of the first MotoGP practice of the day, but the brand new tarmac stayed damp in the chilly conditions for most of the session. The final fifteen minutes saw some brave souls head out on slick tyres, Jack Miller the first to make the best of them by topping the timesheets by over three seconds at one point. The Marc VDS rider kept his top position to the flag, although the gap became a little more reasonable.

Marc Marquez was the first to cut that deficit significantly, the reigning world champion ending up second and a second down on Miller. The momentum in the Tech 3 garage keeps on swinging, with Jonas Folger leading the session early on, before dropping down the order to twelfth position, whilst Johann Zarco climbed up the timesheets to finish third, half a second off Marquez.

Cal Crutchlow made a fast final run to make up ground and finish fourth, with Loris Baz and Karel Abraham some welcome surprises in the top six as top Ducatis in the session. Bradley Smith placed his KTM seventh despite only running for a handful of laps in the final part of FP1.

Valentino Rossi did not have the ideal start to his weekend, as has often been the case this year, but even by those standards, the Italian being last for much of the session was a worrying sight. The Yamaha veteran recovered with a final run on slick tyres to finish eighth, in front of Alvaro Bautista and teammate Maverick Viñales, who completed the top ten on wet tyres.

The trophy from Jerez looked to be weighting down Dani Pedrosa, who appeared to take it easy in the mixed conditions and dropped down to thirteenth position after being inside the top ten for most of the session. For a man who is reportedly not enamoured with damp conditions, Jorge Lorenzo topped the timesheets at the start of the session but also slipped down to sixteenth position towards the end.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'37.467    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'38.755 1.288 1.288
3 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'39.248 1.781 0.493
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'39.607 2.140 0.359
5 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'40.427 2.960 0.820
6 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'40.528 3.061 0.101
7 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'40.817 3.350 0.289
8 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'40.894 3.427 0.077
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'41.024 3.557 0.130
10 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'41.307 3.840 0.283
11 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'41.562 4.095 0.255
12 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'41.644 4.177 0.082
13 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'41.854 4.387 0.210
14 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'41.871 4.404 0.017
15 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'41.887 4.420 0.016
16 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'41.947 4.480 0.060
17 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'42.040 4.573 0.093
18 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'42.094 4.627 0.054
19 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'42.243 4.776 0.149
20 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 1'42.891 5.424 0.648
21 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'42.953 5.486 0.062
22 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'43.114 5.647 0.161
23 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'43.519 6.052 0.405

 

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2017 Le Mans Moto3 FP1 Result: Norrodin Tops Wet Session

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A familiar picture from Le Mans was waiting for the opening act of the racing weekend: rain. The riders gingerly took to a damp track in chilly temperatures to make the most of the track time available.

A slowly drying track towards the end of the session threw in some unusual names at the top of the timesheets, with wet specialist Adam Norrodin taking top position in FP1. He was followed across the line by Niccolo Antonelli, the Italian putting in a late fast lap to end up less than half a tenth off the leader.

A further four thousandths of a second separated Andrea Migno from his compatriot, with Gabriel Rodrigo getting some confidence back after a tough time due to injury and finishing the session fourth.

Marco Bezzecchi was another noteworthy name in fifth position and top Mahindra in FP1, with other two Italians behind him, Nicolo Bulega and Lorenzo Dalla Porta taking sixth and seventh position.

In a tentative re-enactment of the return of the prodigal son, Danny Kent briefly led the session before dropping back to eighth position, a tenth and a half behind the leader.

If John McPhee was looking to bounce back after the disaster of Jerez, it was a mixed start, the Scotsman leading the timesheets for much of the session before sliding out in turn three in the final six minutes of the session and dropping back significantly to fourteenth place.

Podium regulars like Joan Mir, Jorge Martin or Romano Fenati did not feature heavily in the session, playing it safe and not pushing too much on the wet track.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'51.468    
2 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 1'51.508 0.040 0.040
3 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'51.512 0.044 0.004
4 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'51.611 0.143 0.099
5 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 1'51.624 0.156 0.013
6 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'51.629 0.161 0.005
7 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 1'51.652 0.184 0.023
8 52 Danny KENT KTM 1'51.668 0.200 0.016
9 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'51.732 0.264 0.064
10 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'51.782 0.314 0.050
11 36 Joan MIR Honda 1'51.959 0.491 0.177
12 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'52.026 0.558 0.067
13 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'52.125 0.657 0.099
14 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'52.137 0.669 0.012
15 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 1'52.293 0.825 0.156
16 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'52.322 0.854 0.029
17 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'52.518 1.050 0.196
18 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'52.689 1.221 0.171
19 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'52.706 1.238 0.017
20 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'52.783 1.315 0.077
21 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'52.841 1.373 0.058
22 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'53.042 1.574 0.201
23 5 Romano FENATI Honda 1'53.126 1.658 0.084
24 11 Livio LOI Honda 1'53.217 1.749 0.091
25 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 1'53.394 1.926 0.177
26 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 1'53.692 2.224 0.298
27 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'53.764 2.296 0.072
28 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'53.999 2.531 0.235
29 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 1'54.065 2.597 0.066
30 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'54.093 2.625 0.028
31 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'55.036 3.568 0.943
32 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 1'55.153 3.685 0.117
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2017 Imola World Supersport Race Restart Results: Eleven Lap Sprint

The World Supersport restarted race would be eleven laps and Federico Caricasulo would start from fourth place on the grid, albeit with a ride through penalty still hanging around his neck. 

Lucas Mahias, for the third time today, hit turn one first, ahead of PJ Jacobsen, Christian Gamarino and Kenan Sofuoglu. Sofuoglu, however, didn't like fourth place and he made quick work of Gamarino to take third place and further round the lap, he took second place cleanly from Jacobsen. 

On the second lap, Sofuoglu set the fastest lap to close up on Mahias and at the end of lap three, the reigning world champion slid sideways on opposite lock into Variante Bassa, the last chicane, squeezing past the championship leader to take first place. Sofuoglu and Mahias had a gap of almost a second from PJ Jacobsen, but he closed up over the next lap and the front three had a lead of over two seconds from Christian Gamarino and Kyle Smith, contesting fourth place. Smith passed Gamarino, settling that scrap, and was set upon by Sheridan Morais, a battle that would carry on to the end of the race.

Niki Tuuli crashed on lap six, his bike riding over his boot and ending strewn in middle of the track, but the Italian marshalls have had plenty of practice with fallen riders and bikes all weekend and cleared the track quickly and got Tuuli to the medical centre without incident.

On lap eight, PJ Jacobsen set the fastest lap at the back of the front three, Kenan Sofuoglu set it on laps nine and ten, only to have it taken from him tenths later by Lucas Mahias. With all three riders on top form, nobody could find a place to pass and Kenan Sofuoglu blitzed the chicane at the end to win his fourtieth career World Supersport race.

Mahias's second place extended his championship lead to twenty seven points from Sheridan Morais who won his battle for fourth place with Kyle Smith in fifth. PJ Jacobsen's second place promotes him past Roberto Rolfo to third place and Kenan Sofuoglu's win, his second result of the year, raised him from ninth to fourth place, another place taken from Rolfo.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R  
2 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 0.438
3 99 P. JACOBSEN MV Agusta F3 675 1.573
4 32 S. MORAIS Yamaha YZF R6 8.405
5 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 9.181
6 16 J. CLUZEL Honda CBR600RR 9.474
7 11 C. GAMARINO Honda CBR600RR 12.979
8 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 1'52.840 250,2
9 78 H. OKUBO Honda CBR600RR 16.966
10 61 A. ZACCONE MV Agusta F3 675 17.957
11 13 A. WEST Yamaha YZF R6 19.390
12 14 J. KENNEDY Triumph Daytona 675 21.035
13 81 L. STAPLEFORD Triumph Daytona 675 23.545
14 65 M. CANDUCCI Kawasaki ZX-6R 25.494
15 4 G. REA Kawasaki ZX-6R 28.574
16 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 29.233
17 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 29.736
18 70 R. MULHAUSER Honda CBR600RR 45.845
19 83 L. EPIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 46.057
20 92 H. KUNIKAWA Honda CBR600RR 52.633
21 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 52.961
22 73 J. CRETARO Suzuki GSX-R600 53.204
21 56 P. SEBESTYÉN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'01.255
24 48 G. SCARCELLA Honda CBR600RR 1'26.959
RET 26 K. WATANABE Kawasaki ZX-6R 3 Laps
RET 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 3 Laps
RET 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Yamaha YZF R6 6 Laps
RET 66 N. TUULI Yamaha YZF R6 6 Laps
RET 25 A. BALDOLINI MV Agusta F3 675 7 Laps
RET 52 M. MALONE Kawasaki ZX-6R 8 Laps
RET 77 K. RYDE Kawasaki ZX-6R  
RET 122 D. CORRADI Kawasaki ZX-6R  
RET 44 R. ROLFO MV Agusta F3 675  
RET 63 Z. KHAIRUDDIN Kawasaki ZX-6R  
RET 7 D. PIZZOLI MV Agusta F3 675  

 

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