MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2017 Qatar MotoGP Sunday 10pm Times: Viñales Fastest As Test Draws To A Close

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

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

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

Times at 10pm local time:

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

 

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

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

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

Times at 9pm local time:

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Times at 8pm local time:

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Results:

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

Red Flagged Race Results After Four Laps:

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Results:

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

 

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2017 Qatar MotoGP Saturday Final Times: Yamaha Dominates Timesheets

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There were no changes to the times set at 10pm. Only Bradley Smith improved his time.

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:54.455    
2 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:54.732 0.277 0.277
3 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 1:54.917 0.462 0.185
4 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:55.032 0.577 0.115
5 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:55.121 0.666 0.089
6 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:55.196 0.741 0.075
7 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP16 1:55.245 0.790 0.049
8 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP17 1:55.344 0.889 0.099
9 45 Scott Redding Ducati GP16 1:55.353 0.898 0.009
10 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:55.354 0.899 0.001
11 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP15 1:55.420 0.965 0.066
12 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:55.545 1.090 0.125
13 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP17 1:55.583 1.128 0.038
14 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP17 1:55.680 1.225 0.097
15 76 Loris Baz Ducati GP15 1:55.808 1.353 0.128
16 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:55.875 1.420 0.067
17 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:56.110 1.655 0.235
18 53 Tito Rabat Honda RC213V 1:56.214 1.759 0.104
19 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 1:56.251 1.796 0.037
20 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia RS-GP 1:56.276 1.821 0.025
21 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:56.648 2.193 0.372
22 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:57.267 2.812 0.619
23 36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:57.688 3.233 0.421
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2017 Qatar MotoGP Saturday 10pm Times: Times Tighten At The Top

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The riders all upped their game as the second day of the MotoGP test at Qatar neared its final hour, and riders start clocking off. Maverick Viñales remains quickest, having improved his time by half a second, and lapping under Jorge Lorenzo's pole time from last March. Movistar Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi took a big step forward, the veteran taking second spot and closing to within three tenths of a second.

Jonas Folger became the fourth rider to crack the 1'54s, currently sitting in third place, just ahead of Cal Crutchlow on the LCR Honda. Aleix Espargaro put in a quick lap to take fifth, ahead of Marc Marquez. Alvaro Bautista is seventh, while Jorge Lorenzo is eighth, and ahead of his teammate.

As track conditions become treacherous after 10pm, most riders are starting to had back into the pits. Few will want to risk crashing on the night dew which forms on the track after ten.

Times at 10pm local time:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:54.455    
2 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:54.732 0.277 0.277
3 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 1:54.917 0.462 0.185
4 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:55.032 0.577 0.115
5 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:55.121 0.666 0.089
6 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:55.196 0.741 0.075
7 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP16 1:55.245 0.790 0.049
8 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP17 1:55.344 0.889 0.099
9 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:55.354 0.899 0.010
10 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP15 1:55.420 0.965 0.066
11 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP17 1:55.583 1.128 0.163
12 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP17 1:55.680 1.225 0.097
13 45 Scott Redding Ducati GP16 1:55.699 1.244 0.019
14 76 Loris Baz Ducati GP15 1:55.808 1.353 0.109
15 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:55.875 1.420 0.067
16 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:55.960 1.505 0.085
17 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:56.110 1.655 0.150
18 53 Tito Rabat Honda RC213V 1:56.214 1.759 0.104
19 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 1:56.251 1.796 0.037
20 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia RS-GP 1:56.276 1.821 0.025
21 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:56.648 2.193 0.372
22 36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:57.688 3.233 1.040
23 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:57.791 3.336 0.103

 

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2017 Qatar MotoGP Saturday 9pm Times: Viñales Leads, Ducati Rolls Out New Fairing

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There have been few changes in the timesheets at Qatar with two hours of the second day left. Maverick Viñales leads as before, from Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo. Scott Redding has entered the top ten, jumping up into seventh spot.

The big news was Ducati rolling out their aerodynamics at last. Once again, their package is different from everyone else, a large loop on either side of the nose of the bike. No feedback on how it works yet, but the riders will surely be asked about it later tonight.

Times at 9pm local time:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:54.984    
2 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:55.196 0.212 0.212
3 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP17 1:55.344 0.360 0.148
4 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:55.354 0.370 0.010
5 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 1:55.541 0.557 0.187
6 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP16 1:55.607 0.623 0.066
7 45 Scott Redding Ducati GP16 1:55.699 0.715 0.092
8 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP17 1:55.781 0.797 0.082
9 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:55.860 0.876 0.079
10 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:55.862 0.878 0.002
11 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:55.875 0.891 0.013
12 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:55.958 0.974 0.083
13 76 Loris Baz Ducati GP15 1:56.154 1.170 0.196
14 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP17 1:56.200 1.216 0.046
15 53 Tito Rabat Honda RC213V 1:56.214 1.230 0.014
16 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP15 1:56.230 1.246 0.016
17 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 1:56.251 1.267 0.021
18 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia RS-GP 1:56.276 1.292 0.025
19 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:56.403 1.419 0.127
20 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:56.465 1.481 0.062
21 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:57.682 2.698 1.217
22 36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:57.688 2.704 0.006
23 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:57.791 2.807 0.103

 

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2017 Qatar MotoGP Saturday 8pm Times: Viñales Leads As Speed Records Broken

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Testing is underway again at Qatar, for the second day of the final preseason test. The first two hours of the test were wasted as usual, as the teams judged that there was no point in going out on a scorching hot track during daylight, and so waited for the sun to set. The only exceptions were the usual suspects: KTM's Mika Kallio and Bradley Smith, both with a lot of work to do.

With conditions coming good after dark, the riders were soon up to speed. Maverick Viñales is once again fastest, the Movistar Yamaha rider the only man to get into the 1'54s, just a few hundredths off the race lap record held by Jorge Lorenzo on the same bike. Marc Marquez is currently second on the Repsol Honda, two tenths behind Viñales, and just ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, the five time world champion starting to get to grips with the Ducati Desmosedici. There is nothing wrong with Lorenzo's top speed, the Spaniard hitting 351.8 km/h down the long front straight, and breaking the speed record for the circuit.

Jonas Folger's incredible run of form continues, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider sitting in forth, just ahead of Alvaro Bautista on the Aspar Ducati. Andrea Dovizioso's factory GP17 is behind Bautista's GP16, and ahead of Aleix Espargaro on the Aprilia. Cal Crutchlow is eighth fastest on the LCR Honda, over a second behind Viñales, and just ahead of Viñales' teammate Valentino Rossi.

There have been a spate of fallers on Saturday night. Bradley Smith, Danilo Petrucci, Aleix Espargaro, Jack Miller, and Alvaro Bautista have all been down the road, though no serious injuries have been reported. 

Testing continues until 11pm local time, though the evening dew means that nothing meaningful will happen after 10pm.

Times at 8pm local time:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:54.984    
2 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:55.196 0.212 0.212
3 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP17 1:55.344 0.360 0.148
4 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 1:55.541 0.557 0.197
5 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP16 1:55.607 0.623 0.066
6 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP17 1:55.781 0.797 0.174
7 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:55.862 0.878 0.081
8 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:55.986 1.002 0.124
9 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:56.066 1.082 0.080
10 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP17 1:56.200 1.216 0.134
11 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP15 1:56.230 1.246 0.030
12 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 1:56.251 1.267 0.021
13 45 Scott Redding Ducati GP16 1:56.319 1.335 0.068
14 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:56.403 1.419 0.084
15 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:56.536 1.552 0.133
16 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:56.743 1.759 0.207
17 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:56.783 1.799 0.040
18 53 Tito Rabat Honda RC213V 1:57.024 2.040 0.241
19 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia RS-GP 1:57.383 2.399 0.359
20 76 Loris Baz Ducati GP15 1:57.631 2.647 0.248
21 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:57.682 2.698 0.051
22 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:57.791 2.807 0.109
23 36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:58.048 3.064 0.257

 

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2017 Chang Thailand World Superbike Race One Results: A New Lap Record

Kawasaki haven’t lost a World Superbike race since the track opened to international racing two years ago. Race one would be a hot twenty laps.

Jonathan Rea showed his intention to keep winning here, leading Marco Melandri, Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies into the first turn. Davies passed Sykes but Davies followed Melandri wide and Sykes slipped under both Ducatis to briefly hold second place behind his Kawasaki teammate, but Melandri snuck right back past. The Yamahas of Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark watched the green and red battle in front with Eugene Laverty in seventh place behind them.

Lap two had no changes, but at the front Rea kept pushing, intending to set a hard pace and break away from the field as he knew from last year how difficult it could be to pass. He set a new lap record and put seven tenths of a second of air between himself and Melandri. A lap later, van der Mark got past Lowes and Laverty put enough of a gap between himself and the battle for eighth place that he wouldn’t be hampered by them.

Marco Melandri closed the gap up to Jonathan Rea and held on to the runaway leader for a couple of laps while Chaz Davies made a thrusting stab past Tom Sykes at turn seven and settled in a second behind his teammate. On lap five, Rea set the lap record again, with a 1'33.436, and broke Melandri’s tow.

For the next six laps, Rea eked out a few tenths from Melandri each lap while Davies, losing a tenth a lap couldn’t shake Sykes from under his shadow until lap eleven when Melandri lost a second over the lap, losing out fourteen tenths of a second to Rea in the lead and getting caught by Davies.

Chaz Davies, reawoken by the sight of his teammate in front of him, turned up his pace, looking for a pass. On lap fourteen, he stuck a pass under Melandri on turn three and tried to break free, dropping under 1’34, but it took until two laps from the end before he could get a second of freedom. Melandri, losing the clean air of Davies, lost enough pace for Sykes to close and, on the last lap, Sykes was on the Ducati’s rear Pirelli.

Jonathan Rea led Davies by six seconds and had raced every lap but the first under 1’34 and took pole position, a flag to flag win and the lap record. Wheelieing over the line cost him a few tenths and he recorded his first flying 1’34 lap of the race.

Chaz Davies took a convincing second place while Tom Sykes sought and found a way past Marco Melandri to steal the podium off the Italian and gift him pole position for the second race.

Eugene Laverty crashed out of a certain seventh place on the last lap, over eight seconds behind the Yamahas of Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes.

Jonathan Rea has now led for thirty seven of the sixty four laps he’s raced this year and won every race. The only thing that looks like it can stop his onslaught is the revised grid tomorrow where he starts ninth. Chaz Davies has been second every race and trails Rea by fifteen points.

The changes in the front three rows of the grid for tomorrow are as follows:

1:   Melandri   van der Mark   Lowes
2:   Torres   Camier   Hayden  
3:   Sykes   Davies   Rea  

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R  
2 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 6.279
3 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 8.165
4 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 8.239
5 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 11.384
6 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 14.862
7 81 J. TORRES BMW S 1000 RR 26.035
8 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 31.755
9 69 N. HAYDEN Honda CBR1000RR 33.305
10 6 S. BRADL Honda CBR1000RR 35.208
11 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 35.428
12 88 R. KRUMMENACHER Kawasaki ZX-10R 38.865
13 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 39.869
14 21 M. REITERBERGER BMW S 1000 RR 40.140
15 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 47.407
16 15 A. DE ANGELIS Kawasaki ZX-10R 57.203
17 84 R. RUSSO Yamaha YZF R1 1'00.996
18 37 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'05.330
RET 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1 Lap
RET 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX-10R 14 Laps

 

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