MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2018 Argentina Moto2 WUP: Marini Finds the Front

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Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'55.481      
2 40 Hector BARBERA Kalex 1'55.652 0.171 / 0.171
3 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'55.843 0.362 / 0.191
4 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'55.940 0.459 / 0.097
5 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'55.946 0.465 / 0.006
6 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'56.039 0.558 / 0.093
7 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'56.080 0.599 / 0.041
8 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'56.309 0.828 / 0.229
9 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'56.363 0.882 / 0.054
10 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'56.419 0.938 / 0.056
11 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'56.439 0.958 / 0.020
12 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 1'56.498 1.017 / 0.059
13 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'56.589 1.108 / 0.091
14 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 1'56.594 1.113 / 0.005
15 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'56.626 1.145 / 0.032
16 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'56.670 1.189 / 0.044
17 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'56.731 1.250 / 0.061
18 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'56.975 1.494 / 0.244
19 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'57.139 1.658 / 0.164
20 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'57.181 1.700 / 0.042
21 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 1'57.193 1.712 / 0.012
22 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'57.473 1.992 / 0.280
23 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'57.481 2.000 / 0.008
24 51 Eric GRANADO Suter 1'57.657 2.176 / 0.176
25 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'57.697 2.216 / 0.040
26 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'57.766 2.285 / 0.069
27 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 1'57.884 2.403 / 0.118
28 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'57.928 2.447 / 0.044
29 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'58.882 3.401 / 0.954
30 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Kalex 1'59.928 4.447 / 1.046
31 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 2'00.158 4.677 / 0.230
32 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 2'05.003 9.522 / 4.845

 

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2
2018
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2018 Argentina Moto3 WUP: Bastianini Returns to the Top

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Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'58.608      
2 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'58.873 0.265 / 0.265
3 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'58.916 0.308 / 0.043
4 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'59.147 0.539 / 0.231
5 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'59.236 0.628 / 0.089
6 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'59.249 0.641 / 0.013
7 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'59.355 0.747 / 0.106
8 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'59.457 0.849 / 0.102
9 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'59.680 1.072 / 0.223
10 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 1'59.725 1.117 / 0.045
11 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'59.893 1.285 / 0.168
12 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'59.981 1.373 / 0.088
13 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 2'00.068 1.460 / 0.087
14 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 2'00.180 1.572 / 0.112
15 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 2'00.228 1.620 / 0.048
16 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'00.253 1.645 / 0.025
17 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'00.472 1.864 / 0.219
18 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'00.596 1.988 / 0.124
19 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 2'00.621 2.013 / 0.025
20 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 2'01.142 2.534 / 0.521
21 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'01.170 2.562 / 0.028
22 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'01.257 2.649 / 0.087
23 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'01.288 2.680 / 0.031
24 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 2'01.338 2.730 / 0.050
25 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'01.351 2.743 / 0.013
26 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 2'01.752 3.144 / 0.401
27 11 Livio LOI KTM 2'02.155 3.547 / 0.403
28 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'02.396 3.788 / 0.241
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2018 Argentina MotoGP QP: Slicks as a Whistle

Jack Miller took the right risk at the right time and blitzed to his first-ever MotoGP pole position Saturday after his team fitted his bike with slicks for a final short run with time running out on the drying Termas de Rio Hondo circuit. Miller, like the rest of the riders on the grid, had started the Q2 session on rain tires.

But when a dry line began to form, he, Marc Marquez and Cal Crutchlow pitted for their backup, slick-shod bikes. But given the still-wet sections of the track, Marquez and Crutchlow quickly re-pitted for their original bikes. Not Miller. The well-liked Aussie decided the risk was worth it and nearly crashed in persistently wet Turn 13 on his second-to-last qualifying lap. 

Then on his final lap with time already expired, he crossed the line one-tenth clear of Dani Pedrosa who appeared to have his 50th career pole position locked up. Pedrosa, who ran the whole session on rain tires, will start second on the grid. Johann Zarco completes the front row, his sixth-consecutive front-row start.

With a fourth on the starting grid, Tito Rabat continues his revival season on a satellite Ducati. In a heaping serving of seconds, Alex Rins grabbed the second spot on the second row, his second consecutive, second-row start in the second race of the season. He is joined by a unfamiliar face in the neighborhood, Marc Marquez.

Fast every session and one second clear of the field in FP4, Marquez held the top time early in Q2 and then pitted for the slicks bike with water still on the track. One lap later, he returned to his rain-tire bike but could not reclaim the top spot as lap times plummeted with two minutes remaining. 

Aleix Espargaro, who briefly held the top time of Q2, leads the third row. Espargaro set the fastest time in Q1 to advance to the second qualifying round. He is joined by championship leader Andrea Dovizioso. Under normal circumstances, the runner-up to the 2017 championship would not be happy in eighth. But Argentina had not proved normal for the factory Ducati rider and his pace during Q2 resulted in his best wet-track times of the weekend.

Maverick Vinales, winner here last year, completed the third row as the top Yamaha factory rider (and second Yamaha overall). Cal Crutchlow rounded out the top ten. He also pitted for his backup, slicks-equipped bike but also returned to the pits unhappy with the grip on the drying track. And like Marquez, he didn't have the late pace to climb back up the grid.

Result:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.    
1 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'47.153        
2 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'47.330 0.177 / 0.177
3 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'47.365 0.212 / 0.035
4 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'47.681 0.528 / 0.316
5 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'47.743 0.590 / 0.062
6 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'47.754 0.601 / 0.011
7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'47.845 0.692 / 0.091
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'48.247 1.094 / 0.402
9 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'49.044 1.891 / 0.797
10 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'49.304 2.151 / 0.260
11 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'49.326 2.173 / 0.022
12 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'49.975 2.822 / 0.649
13 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'49.878 0.750 / 0.360    
14 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'50.063 0.935 / 0.185
15 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'50.175 1.047 / 0.112
16 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'50.324 1.196 / 0.149
17 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'50.364 1.236 / 0.040
18 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'50.449 1.321 / 0.085
19 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'50.606 1.478 / 0.157
20 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'50.833 1.705 / 0.227
21 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'51.007 1.879 / 0.174
22 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'51.012 1.884 / 0.005
23 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'51.142 2.014 / 0.130
24 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'51.387 2.259 / 0.245

* Riders in Bold advanced from Q1.

Round Number: 
2
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2018 Argentina MotoGP FP4: Marquez First By Second

Marc Marquez sent a message to the MotoGP paddock in Saturday's fourth free practice: You just might be enjoying a race for second. Marquez's FP4 time at the Termas de Rio Hondo track in Argentina put him more than a second clear of second fastest rider Dani Pedrosa. This wasn't a single fast lap by the World Champion. He was consistently fast all practice and all weekend, wet or dry. 

With Dani Pedrosa in second and Cal Crutchlow in third, it bodes well for Honda at the South American circuit.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'49.358      
2 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'50.502 1.144 / 1.144
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'50.577 1.219 / 0.075
4 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'50.778 1.420 / 0.201
5 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'50.974 1.616 / 0.196
6 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'50.997 1.639 / 0.023
7 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'51.034 1.676 / 0.037
8 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'51.089 1.731 / 0.055
9 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'51.224 1.866 / 0.135
10 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'51.267 1.909 / 0.043
11 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'51.280 1.922 / 0.013
12 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'51.418 2.060 / 0.138
13 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'51.471 2.113 / 0.053
14 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'51.500 2.142 / 0.029
15 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'51.605 2.247 / 0.105
16 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'51.709 2.351 / 0.104
17 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'51.722 2.364 / 0.013
18 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'51.940 2.582 / 0.218
19 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'51.958 2.600 / 0.018
20 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'52.046 2.688 / 0.088
21 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'52.057 2.699 / 0.011
22 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'52.072 2.714 / 0.015
23 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'52.534 3.176 / 0.462
24 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'53.165 3.807 / 0.631
Round Number: 
2
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2018 Argentina Moto2 QP: A Surprise Attack

Xavi Vierge rode the lap of the weekend in Moto2 with a closing charge that pushed him to the top of the timesheet and two-tenths clear of the field. Vierge, who crossed the line with no time remaining in Saturday's qualifying, had been running as low at 29th early in the qualifying session.

Vierge's pole at the Termans De Rio Hondo track in Argentina is the first of the 20-year-old Spaniard's career. The pole lap pushed Lorenzo Baldasarri into second on the grid. And it dropped Danny Kent into the third and final spot on the front row.

Vierge began making his move with 10 minutes left in the session as a consistent damp line emgerged. American Joe Roberts also began moving through the pack at the same time, rising into 10th fastest with seven minutes left. Vierge's charge continued reaching sixth with four minutes remaining. 

With two minutes remaining lap times began to fall rapidly. Roberts jumped into fifth while Kent climbed into seventh. Vierge appeared to have hit his maximum at ninth in the standing, nearly running off the slippery track in the process. Baldasarri's 1'56.408 seemed out of reach. 

But handful of riders saved their best for last. As time expired, Jorge Navarro struck first climbing to third in the standings, bumping Sam Lowes down a peg. Then Kent put himself into second on the grid with a final charge. But none of the top riders would keep their grid placement.

Vierge struck last putting in a final lap that jumped him from ninth to first and bumping a handful of riders down the order.  Roberts would end up getting pushed down to 10th, just behind Remy Gardner (9th).

Result:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff/ Prev.
1 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'56.137    
2 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'56.408 0.271 / 0.271
3 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 1'56.536 0.399 / 0.128
4 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'56.591 0.454 / 0.055
5 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'56.679 0.542 / 0.088
6 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'56.830 0.693 / 0.151
7 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'57.006 0.869 / 0.176
8 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'57.070 0.933 / 0.064
9 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'57.166 1.029 / 0.096
10 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'57.263 1.126 / 0.097
11 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 1'57.582 1.445 / 0.319
12 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'57.621 1.484 / 0.039
13 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'57.677 1.540 / 0.056
14 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'57.813 1.676 / 0.136
15 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'57.891 1.754 / 0.078
16 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'57.898 1.761 / 0.007
17 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'58.058 1.921 / 0.160
18 40 Hector BARBERA Kalex 1'58.342 2.205 / 0.284
19 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 1'58.534 2.397 / 0.192
20 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'58.585 2.448 / 0.051
21 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'58.614 2.477 / 0.029
22 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'58.673 2.536 / 0.059
23 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'58.813 2.676 / 0.140
24 51 Eric GRANADO Suter 1'58.991 2.854 / 0.178
25 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 1'59.630 3.493 / 0.639
26 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'59.677 3.540 / 0.047
27 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'00.166 4.029 / 0.489
28 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 2'00.295 4.158 / 0.129
29 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 2'00.428 4.291 / 0.133
30 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 2'00.438 4.301 / 0.010
31 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Kalex 2'01.770 5.633 / 1.332
32 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 2'02.644 6.507 / 0.874
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2
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2018 Argentina Moto3 QP: Timing Is Everything

Tony Arbolino timed his fast lap to perfection, setting a 1'53.782 just as rain began to fall to seize his first-ever pole position during Saturday qualifying at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina. Arbolino set his top time with a full 15 minutes left in qualifying, making his final charge just before riders began to pit for full rain tires.

The pole lap bumped Marco Bezzecchi into second on the grid, his best-ever qualifying position. Bezzecchi, who led much of the session early on, has been near or at the top of the timesheet in all of the qualifying sessions except FP2.  Local hero Gabriel Rodrigo grabbed the final spot on the front row -- matching the Argentinian rider's qualifying session at the season's first race in Qatar.

Adam Norrodin, consistently fast in mixed conditions, leads the second row of the grid. Enea Bastianini (5th) is looking to improve on a no-points race at season opener. Fabio Di Giannantonio completed the second row at more than half a second off the top time.

The rain during the final third of the session meant that riders who set early fast laps were left couldn't improve on those times. Niccolo Antonelli leads the third row just a whisker in front of Aron Canet (8th). Championship leader Jorge Martin completes the third row with Andrea Migno rounding out the top 10.

Result:

Pos.  No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'53.782      
2 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'54.088 0.306 / 0.306
3 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'54.330 0.548 / 0.242
4 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'54.346 0.564 / 0.016
5 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'54.361 0.579 / 0.015
6 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'54.363 0.581 / 0.002
7 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'54.366 0.584 / 0.003
8 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'54.380 0.598 / 0.014
9 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'54.388 0.606 / 0.008
10 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'54.562 0.780 / 0.174
11 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'54.568 0.786 / 0.006
12 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'54.649 0.867 / 0.081
13 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'54.799 1.017 / 0.150
14 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'54.988 1.206 / 0.189
15 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'55.323 1.541 / 0.335
16 11 Livio LOI KTM 1'55.458 1.676 / 0.135
17 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'55.514 1.732 / 0.056
18 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'55.516 1.734 / 0.002
19 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'55.604 1.822 / 0.088
20 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'55.800 2.018 / 0.196
21 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'55.982 2.200 / 0.182
22 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'56.107 2.325 / 0.125
23 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'56.176 2.394 / 0.069
24 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'56.222 2.440 / 0.046
25 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'56.333 2.551 / 0.111
26 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'56.478 2.696 / 0.145
27 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'57.976 4.194 / 1.498
28 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 2'00.087 6.305 / 2.111
             
Round Number: 
2
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2018 Argentina MotoGP FP3: Marquez.............Everyone Else

It took exactly six-tenths of a second for Marc Marquez to explain to the field who is the favorite on Sunday come rain or shine. The reigning world champion dropped into the 1'48s and gapped the field by more than half a second during Saturday's FP3 at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina. 

Marquez, who led the session intermittently as a track conditions changed from damp to wet and back to damp, set his fastest lap with 13 seconds left after he had slid down to ninth over the final five minutes. Marquez's final fast lap dropped Johann Zarco into second after briefly leading FP3. Alvaro Bautista seized third as track conditions and the order rapidly changed over the final minute.

Karel Abraham made a surprise visit to the top of the order for fifth, just in front of Danilo Petrucci (6th) who was the final rider in the 1'49s. Cal Crutchlow (7th) ended the session as the second-fastest Honda rider. Hafizh Syahrin finished in eighth, the second-fastest Yamaha -- but neither of the Yamahas in FP3 top 10 were factory bikes. 

Championship leader Andrea Dovizioso, well off the pace in the dry, used the difficult track conditions to climb into ninth, less than a tenth of a second in front of Dani Pedrosa (10th). 

Intermittent rain is expected through the afternoon qualifying sessions. 

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'48.896      
2 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'49.503 0.607 / 0.607
3 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'49.828 0.932 / 0.325
4 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'49.892 0.996 / 0.064
5 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'49.948 1.052 / 0.056
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'50.149 1.253 / 0.201
7 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'50.245 1.349 / 0.096
8 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'50.261 1.365 / 0.016
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'50.396 1.500 / 0.135
10 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'50.463 1.567 / 0.067
11 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'50.645 1.749 / 0.182
12 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'50.679 1.783 / 0.034
13 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'50.685 1.789 / 0.006
14 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'50.747 1.851 / 0.062
15 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'50.972 2.076 / 0.225
16 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'51.001 2.105 / 0.029
17 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'51.051 2.155 / 0.050
18 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'51.170 2.274 / 0.119
19 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'51.197 2.301 / 0.027
20 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'51.296 2.400 / 0.099
21 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'51.636 2.740 / 0.340
22 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'52.352 3.456 / 0.716
23 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'52.462 3.566 / 0.110
24 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'52.648 3.752 / 0.186
Round Number: 
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2018 Argentina Moto2 FP3: Gardner Slides Up the Order

Remy Gardner took advantage of the wet circuit to dominate the third Moto2 practice at the Termas de Rio Hondo track in Argentina. Gardner, seemingly at ease with the slippery conditions, led near the entire Saturday session. Lorenzo Baldassarri managed to close within a tenth to take second as intermittent rain fell on the 4.8 km track. 

The only Moto2 rider to manage a top-three time in each practice, Miguel Olivera, grabbed third, half a second off the Gardner's pace. Mattia Pasini, fastest in FP1, climbed into fourth as as semi-dry line emerged toward the session's end. Ikur Lecuona has his best practice showing of the weekend in fifth. Alex Marquez, who led in the mixed conditions of FP2, took eighth in front of Joan Mir (9th). 

Jorge Navarro rounded out the top 10.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'57.379      
2 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'57.449 0.070 / 0.070
3 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'57.880 0.501 / 0.431
4 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'58.002 0.623 / 0.122
5 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'58.103 0.724 / 0.101
6 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'58.571 1.192 / 0.468
7 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'58.647 1.268 / 0.076
8 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'58.791 1.412 / 0.144
9 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'58.865 1.486 / 0.074
10 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'58.906 1.527 / 0.041
11 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'58.953 1.574 / 0.047
12 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'59.172 1.793 / 0.219
13 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 1'59.219 1.840 / 0.047
14 40 Hector BARBERA Kalex 1'59.222 1.843 / 0.003
15 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 1'59.466 2.087 / 0.244
16 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'59.648 2.269 / 0.182
17 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'59.813 2.434 / 0.165
18 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'59.886 2.507 / 0.073
19 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 1'59.986 2.607 / 0.100
20 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 2'00.174 2.795 / 0.188
21 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'00.235 2.856 / 0.061
22 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 2'00.453 3.074 / 0.218
23 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'00.525 3.146 / 0.072
24 51 Eric GRANADO Suter 2'00.614 3.235 / 0.089
25 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 2'00.659 3.280 / 0.045
26 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 2'00.732 3.353 / 0.073
27 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 2'00.791 3.412 / 0.059
28 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 2'01.171 3.792 / 0.380
29 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 2'01.315 3.936 / 0.144
30 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 2'01.982 4.603 / 0.667
31 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Kalex 2'02.900 5.521 / 0.918
32 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 2'04.148 6.769 / 1.248
             
Round Number: 
2
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2018 Argentina Moto3 FP3: Di Giannantonio Rules in the Wet

Honda's Fabio Di Giannantonio took advantage of a wet track to grab the top spot in FP3 as rain slowed riders the Termas De Rio Hondo circuit  Saturday in Argentina. Di Giannantonio's 2'00.315 was ten seconds off Enea Bastianini's top FP2 lap. Bastianini, however, has found speed in the wet or dry claiming the second-fastest time in the third Moto3 practice.

Top KTM rider Marco Bezzecchi continued his improving form with a third-best time, three-tenths from the top spot. Tatsuki Suzuki, 12th in FP2, leapt into fourth as the final rider to drop into the 2'00s, just in front of Aron Canet. 

Canet overcame controversial crash with Kazakh rider Makar Yurchenko during Friday's FP1 to grab the fifth spot. (Canet avoided a penalty from race direction.) KTM pair Gabriel Rodrigo (6th) and Andrea Migno (7th) finished just in front of Qatar race-winner Jorge Martin.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'00.315      
2 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'00.482 0.167 / 0.167
3 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'00.698 0.383 / 0.216
4 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'00.988 0.673 / 0.290
5 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'01.012 0.697 / 0.024
6 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'01.094 0.779 / 0.082
7 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'01.211 0.896 / 0.117
8 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'01.244 0.929 / 0.033
9 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'01.332 1.017 / 0.088
10 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 2'01.414 1.099 / 0.082
11 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 2'01.448 1.133 / 0.034
12 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 2'01.469 1.154 / 0.021
13 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'01.561 1.246 / 0.092
14 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'01.892 1.577 / 0.331
15 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'01.977 1.662 / 0.085
16 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 2'02.004 1.689 / 0.027
17 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'02.027 1.712 / 0.023
18 11 Livio LOI KTM 2'02.041 1.726 / 0.014
19 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 2'02.081 1.766 / 0.040
20 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 2'02.124 1.809 / 0.043
21 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'02.136 1.821 / 0.012
22 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'02.165 1.850 / 0.029
23 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 2'02.425 2.110 / 0.260
24 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'02.742 2.427 / 0.317
25 17 John MCPHEE KTM 2'02.962 2.647 / 0.220
26 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'03.063 2.748 / 0.101
27 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'04.047 3.732 / 0.984
28 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 2'04.426 4.111 / 0.379
             

 

Round Number: 
2
2018
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2018 Argentina MotoGP FP2: Weather clears up; Marquez clears out

Reigning world champion Marc Marquez took full advantage of the first stable weather of the day to set a blistering 1'39.395 to top the time sheet and nearly reach the lap record at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina. Marquez's fast lap, set with four minutes left in Friday's FP2, was three-tenths off the circuit record set in 2015 by Valentino Rossi.

Cal Crutchlow (2nd) was the only other rider to dip into the 1'39s on Friday, four-tenths behind Marquez. But the dual surprise of the session involved two Ducati riders, both in unfamiliar positions. Consistent and fast all FP2, Satellite Ducati team rider Tito Rabat finished third, his best-ever free practice since he joined the MotoGP class in 2016 with a satelite Honda team.

The other surprise Ducati? Look to the very bottom of the timesheet. There you will find championship leader and top Marquez rival Andrea Dovizioso a full three seconds off the pace. 

Andrea Iannone, in the top five much of the session, finished fourth just in front of FP1 leader Dani Pedrosa (5th). The factory Yamaha pair of Maverick Vinales and Valentinio Rossi, who finished 1-2 in last year's race, sit at sixth and seventh respectively. Alex Rins continued his good form with eighth. Alvaro Bautista (9th) and Aleix Espargaro rounded out the top 10.

With 15 minutes left in the afternoon session, it began to resemble a typical FP3 as soon as the weather cleared. Warned of potential bad weather for Saturday's FP3 (and subsquent Q1 and Q2 placement) riders treated the final Friday practice as a quasi-qualifier. First to strike was Rossi who leapt from 15th to 2nd on the grid. Then Marquez set his fast lap and soon was nearly matched by Crutchlow with two minutes remaining. 

Then Rabat, a Moto2 race winner at the track in 2014, reeled off several laps in the low 1'41s.   

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'39.395      
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'39.799 0.404 / 0.404
3 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'40.346 0.951 / 0.547
4 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'40.455 1.060 / 0.109
5 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'40.494 1.099 / 0.039
6 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'40.510 1.115 / 0.016
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'40.577 1.182 / 0.067
8 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'40.592 1.197 / 0.015
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'40.766 1.371 / 0.174
10 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'40.800 1.405 / 0.034
11 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'40.839 1.444 / 0.039
12 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'40.842 1.447 / 0.003
13 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'40.863 1.468 / 0.021
14 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'40.974 1.579 / 0.111
15 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'41.198 1.803 / 0.224
16 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'41.257 1.862 / 0.059
17 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'41.334 1.939 / 0.077
18 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'41.357 1.962 / 0.023
19 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'41.784 2.389 / 0.427
20 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'41.832 2.437 / 0.048
21 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'41.867 2.472 / 0.035
22 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'41.898 2.503 / 0.031
23 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'42.242 2.847 / 0.344
24 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'42.973 3.578 / 0.731
Round Number: 
2
2018
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