MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2017 Argentina MotoGP FP3 Result: Crutchlow Fastest But Few Improvements On Tricky Track

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The rain came to Termas De Rio Honda at last during the MotoGP FP3 session, but it held off until the second half of the session before it sent everyone scuttling back to their garages. The conditions made it hard for may riders to improve, with nobody able to break into the top ten and go through to Q2. 

One rider already in the top ten did improve, Cal Crutchlow setting an impressive time to take top spot, and move up to second overall. The LCR Honda rider finished ahead of Maverick Viñales, who has beeen quick in all conditions, and went fast enough to set the fifth fastest time overall. 

Dani Pedrosa managed to improve his time, taking third spot in FP3, but it was only enough to move him up from thirteenth to eleventh overall, while Scott Redding dropped from eleventh to twelfth, despite going a fraction faster than Friday. Marc Marquez set the fifth fastest time, but was seven tenths off his time from Friday.

The results leave the big guns who missed out on Q2 yesterday still stuck in Q1. Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo will all have to fight for one of the two places which allow passage into Q2, and a shot at pole. If, as seems likely, the track is wet, they could end up finding a real wet weather specialist like Jack Miller on their path, making life even tougher. There will be some big names starting from a long way back on the grid on Sunday.

Results for FP3 only are directly below, and the combined times, showing who is through to Q2 and who must make their way through Q1, are below that.

FP3 only results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'39.772    
2 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'39.867 0.095 0.095
3 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'40.292 0.520 0.425
4 45 Scott Redding Ducati 1'40.321 0.549 0.029
5 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'40.394 0.622 0.073
6 76 Loris Baz Ducati 1'40.397 0.625 0.003
7 43 Jack Miller Honda 1'40.514 0.742 0.117
8 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'40.551 0.779 0.037
9 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1'40.590 0.818 0.039
10 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'40.624 0.852 0.034
11 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati 1'40.638 0.866 0.014
12 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'40.690 0.918 0.052
13 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'40.700 0.928 0.010
14 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1'40.718 0.946 0.018
15 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha 1'40.734 0.962 0.016
16 17 Karel Abraham Ducati 1'40.742 0.970 0.008
17 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha 1'40.943 1.171 0.201
18 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'41.019 1.247 0.076
19 53 Tito Rabat Honda 1'41.082 1.310 0.063
20 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'41.350 1.578 0.268
21 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia 1'41.616 1.844 0.266
22 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'41.669 1.897 0.053
23 38 Bradley Smith KTM 1'42.008 2.236 0.339

Combined times from all three sessions:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'39.477    
2 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'39.772 0.295 0.295
3 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'39.778 0.301 0.006
4 17 Karel Abraham Ducati 1'39.880 0.403 0.102
5 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati 1'39.922 0.445 0.042
6 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'39.960 0.483 0.038
7 76 Loris Baz Ducati 1'40.120 0.643 0.160
8 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha 1'40.157 0.680 0.037
9 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'40.175 0.698 0.018
10 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1'40.250 0.773 0.075
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11 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'40.292 0.815 0.042
12 45 Scott Redding Ducati 1'40.321 0.844 0.029
13 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha 1'40.340 0.863 0.019
14 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'40.399 0.922 0.059
15 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'40.431 0.954 0.032
16 43 Jack Miller Honda 1'40.514 1.037 0.083
17 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'40.531 1.054 0.017
18 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1'40.599 1.122 0.068
19 53 Tito Rabat Honda 1'40.908 1.431 0.309
20 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'41.019 1.542 0.111
21 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'41.350 1.873 0.331
22 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia 1'41.616 2.139 0.266
23 38 Bradley Smith KTM 1'42.008 2.531 0.392

 

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2017 Argentina Moto3 FP3 Result: Mir Heads A Tight Field

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Despite overcast skies and threatening clouds, the rain has held off so far in Argentina, giving the Moto3 class a final dry session of practice. Joan Mir ended the session on top of the timesheets, after a late dash by everyone in the closing minutes of practice.

Mir may be fastest, but his gap is small. Aron Canet is just four hundredths behind the Leopard Racing rider, with Jorge Martin another hundredth behind Canet. Gabriel Rodrigo finished the session in fourth, ahead of a surprise showing by Tony Arbolino, the Italian youngster on the SIC58 squad putting in a very impressive lap. Darryn Binder took sixth, ahead of Philipp Oettl.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 36 Joan Mir Honda 1'49.824
2 44 Aron Canet Honda 1'49.866 0.042 0.042
3 88 Jorge Martin Honda 1'49.881 0.057 0.015
4 19 Gabriel Rodrigo KTM 1'49.973 0.149 0.092
5 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'49.995 0.171 0.022
6 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'50.128 0.304 0.133
7 65 Philipp Oettl KTM 1'50.175 0.351 0.047
8 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'50.181 0.357 0.006
9 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'50.207 0.383 0.026
10 5 Romano Fenati Honda 1'50.282 0.458 0.075
11 27 Kaito Toba Honda 1'50.301 0.477 0.019
12 8 Nicolo Bulega KTM 1'50.307 0.483 0.006
13 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'50.333 0.509 0.026
14 58 Juanfran Guevara KTM 1'50.353 0.529 0.020
15 64 Bo Bendsneyder KTM 1'50.484 0.660 0.131
16 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'50.517 0.693 0.033
17 11 Livio Loi Honda 1'50.592 0.768 0.075
18 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Honda 1'50.625 0.801 0.033
19 84 Jakub Kornfeil Peugeot 1'50.778 0.954 0.153
20 7 Adam Norrodin Honda 1'50.828 1.004 0.050
21 41 Nakarin Atiratphuvapat Honda 1'50.858 1.034 0.030
22 42 Marcos Ramirez KTM 1'50.986 1.162 0.128
23 33 Enea Bastianini Honda 1'51.012 1.188 0.026
24 12 Marco Bezzecchi Mahindra 1'51.015 1.191 0.003
25 6 Maria Herrera KTM 1'51.031 1.207 0.016
26 71 Ayumu Sasaki Honda 1'51.036 1.212 0.005
27 48 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Mahindra 1'51.334 1.510 0.298
28 75 Albert Arenas Mahindra 1'51.559 1.735 0.225
29 95 Jules Danilo Honda 1'51.929 2.105 0.370
30 96 Manuel Pagliani Mahindra 1'52.041 2.217 0.112
31 4 Patrik Pulkkinen Peugeot 1'53.499 3.675 1.458
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2017 Argentina Moto2 FP2 Result: Morbidelli Beats Schrotter

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Franco Morbidelli ended the second session of free practice for the Moto2 class on top of the timesheets. The Marc VDS rider put in a late charge to set the fastest time at the end of the session, dislodging his teammate Alex Marquez.

More riders would find their way between the two Marc VDS teammates. Marcel Schrotter impressed on the Suter, getting within two tenths of Morbidelli, while Taka Nakagami ended up in third. Lorenzo Baldassarri, who had been quickest in the morning, finished FP2 as fourth fastest, a quarter of a second off the pace of Morbidelli.

Miguel Oliviera made big step forward with the KTM, making it into fifth and the third chassis manufacturer in the top five. With Simone Corsi in eighth on the Speed Up and Xavi Vierge ninth on the Tech 3 bike, all five Moto2 chassis makers feature in the top nine. 

It is a very tight field in Moto2, with less than a second covering the top 23 riders. The only gaps worthy of note are between Fabio Quartararo in fifteenth and Isaac Viñales in sixteenth, and between the fastest man Morbidelli and Marcel Schrotter.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 1'44.188    
2 23 Marcel Schrotter Suter 1'44.337 0.149 0.149
3 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 1'44.414 0.226 0.077
4 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'44.447 0.259 0.033
5 44 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'44.498 0.310 0.051
6 73 Alex Marquez Kalex 1'44.557 0.369 0.059
7 54 Mattia Pasini Kalex 1'44.633 0.445 0.076
8 24 Simone Corsi Speed Up 1'44.651 0.463 0.018
9 97 Xavi Vierge Tech 3 1'44.665 0.477 0.014
10 77 Dominique Aegerter Suter 1'44.691 0.503 0.026
11 55 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 1'44.709 0.521 0.018
12 49 Axel Pons Kalex 1'44.709 0.521  
13 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'44.780 0.592 0.071
14 52 Danny Kent Suter 1'44.827 0.639 0.047
15 40 Fabio Quartararo Kalex 1'44.854 0.666 0.027
16 32 Isaac Viñales Kalex 1'44.983 0.795 0.129
17 87 Remy Gardner Tech 3 1'44.991 0.803 0.008
18 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'45.024 0.836 0.033
19 19 Xavier Simeon Kalex 1'45.038 0.850 0.014
20 11 Sandro Cortese Suter 1'45.063 0.875 0.025
21 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'45.138 0.950 0.075
22 41 Brad Binder KTM 1'45.152 0.964 0.014
23 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Kalex 1'45.167 0.979 0.015
24 42 Francesco Bagnaia Kalex 1'45.267 1.079 0.100
25 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 1'45.365 1.177 0.098
26 60 Julian Simon Kalex 1'45.591 1.403 0.226
27 2 Jesko Raffin Kalex 1'45.713 1.525 0.122
28 68 Yonny Hernandez Kalex 1'45.777 1.589 0.064
29 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'45.780 1.592 0.003
30 5 Andrea Locatelli Kalex 1'45.974 1.786 0.194
31 47 Axel Bassani Speed Up 1'46.265 2.077 0.291
32 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'46.463 2.275 0.19

 

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2017 Argentina MotoGP FP2 Result: Viñales Quickest In Charge For Q2

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Maverick Viñales has once again topped the timesheets in the MotoGP class in Argentina, putting in a late charge to open a gap of three tenths over the rest of the field. Marc Marquez sits in second, while Karel Abraham once again showed strong pace to set the third quickest time.

With dry weather and high temperatures, the riders spent the first half of the session chasing race setup, a lot of riders spending a lot of time on the hard rear tire. But with rain threatening for Saturday, the last ten minutesof FP2 turned into a full-on shootout for a place in Q2, riders all chasing a single hot lap. That shootout saw big winners, and big losers.

Viñales and Marquez were the biggest winners, but given their consistent pace, this should be no surprise. Marquez had led for most of the session, with Viñales some way behind, but once the Movistar Yamaha rider put in a soft rear, he quickly gapped the Repsol Honda. 

The Aspar team were big winners, Karel Abraham taking third ahead of teammate Alvaro Bautista, though Abraham had used Bautista as a tow. Danilo Petrucci put the Pramac Ducati into fifth, and with Loris Baz on the Avintia GP15, that made it four Ducatis in the top six.

Cal Crutchlow took seventh on the LCR Honda, ahead of Jonas Folger on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha. Aleix Espargaro was ninth on the factory Aprilia, finishing just ahead of Andrea Iannone on the Suzuki GSX-RR. If it rains tomorrow morning, that will be the ten riders who go through automatically to Q2.

The closeness of that middle section of the field made it tough on a lot of riders, and especially some big names. The gap from Loris Baz in sixth to Jorge Lorenzo in eighteenth is less than half a second. Lorenzo was not the only big name to miss out on Q2: Dani Pedrosa ended the session in thirteenth, after having small off in the middle of FP2. Andrea Dovizioso was fourteenth, nine tenths off the pace of Viñales. Valentino Rossi was sixteenth, over a second slower than his teammate, and held up a couple of times by other riders after misjudging his exit in pursuit of a fast lap.

Rossi, Dovizioso, Pedrosa, Lorenzo and the rest will be hoping it is dry on Saturday morning, to give themselves one more shot at Q2. But the forecast is not looking good: rain is expected tomorrow morning, though when it starts is still uncertain. The riders stuck in Q1 will be hoping it holds off until the end of FP3.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'39.477    
2 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'39.778 0.301 0.301
3 17 Karel Abraham Ducati 1'39.880 0.403 0.102
4 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati 1'39.922 0.445 0.042
5 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'39.960 0.483 0.038
6 76 Loris Baz Ducati 1'40.120 0.643 0.160
7 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'40.124 0.647 0.004
8 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha 1'40.157 0.680 0.033
9 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'40.175 0.698 0.018
10 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1'40.250 0.773 0.075
11 45 Scott Redding Ducati 1'40.338 0.861 0.088
12 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha 1'40.340 0.863 0.002
13 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'40.345 0.868 0.005
14 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'40.399 0.922 0.054
15 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'40.431 0.954 0.032
16 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'40.531 1.054 0.100
17 43 Jack Miller Honda 1'40.588 1.111 0.057
18 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1'40.599 1.122 0.011
19 53 Tito Rabat Honda 1'40.908 1.431 0.309
20 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'41.083 1.606 0.175
21 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'41.632 2.155 0.549
22 38 Bradley Smith KTM 1'42.074 2.597 0.442
23 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia 1'42.179 2.702 0.105

 

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2017 Argentina Moto3 FP2 Result: Mir Asserts His Authority

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Joan Mir continued his reign in the Moto3 class, dominating the second session of practice quite convincingly. He had got off to a slow start in the session, then found some speed in the second half, ending by putting over half a second into the opposition. 

Romano Fenati was pushed back into second place, the Honda rider demoted by Mir's charge, but still finishing over a tenth faster than Nicolo Bulega, taking third in FP2 just as he had in FP1. John McPhee was fourth quickest, just nine thousandths of a second behind Bulega, and over a tenth ahead of Niccolo Antonelli.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 36 Joan Mir Honda 1'50.248
2 5 Romano Fenati Honda 1'50.812 0.564 0.564
3 8 Nicolo Bulega KTM 1'50.931 0.683 0.119
4 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'50.940 0.692 0.009
5 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'51.093 0.845 0.153
6 58 Juanfran Guevara KTM 1'51.098 0.850 0.005
7 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'51.157 0.909 0.059
8 44 Aron Canet Honda 1'51.191 0.943 0.034
9 11 Livio Loi Honda 1'51.241 0.993 0.050
10 33 Enea Bastianini Honda 1'51.329 1.081 0.088
11 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'51.350 1.102 0.021
12 88 Jorge Martin Honda 1'51.358 1.110 0.008
13 27 Kaito Toba Honda 1'51.444 1.196 0.086
14 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'51.468 1.220 0.024
15 7 Adam Norrodin Honda 1'51.487 1.239 0.019
16 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Honda 1'51.489 1.241 0.002
17 64 Bo Bendsneyder KTM 1'51.522 1.274 0.033
18 65 Philipp Oettl KTM 1'51.683 1.435 0.161
19 71 Ayumu Sasaki Honda 1'51.717 1.469 0.034
20 6 Maria Herrera KTM 1'51.763 1.515 0.046
21 42 Marcos Ramirez KTM 1'51.763 1.515
22 84 Jakub Kornfeil Peugeot 1'51.906 1.658 0.143
23 95 Jules Danilo Honda 1'51.966 1.718 0.060
24 75 Albert Arenas Mahindra 1'52.044 1.796 0.078
25 48 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Mahindra 1'52.062 1.814 0.018
26 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'52.128 1.880 0.066
27 96 Manuel Pagliani Mahindra 1'52.224 1.976 0.096
28 41 Nakarin Atiratphuvapat Honda 1'52.413 2.165 0.189
29 12 Marco Bezzecchi Mahindra 1'52.513 2.265 0.100
30 19 Gabriel Rodrigo KTM 1'52.600 2.352 0.087
31 4 Patrik Pulkkinen Peugeot 1'54.167 3.919 1.567
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2017 Argentina Moto2 FP1 Result: Baldassarri Leads Morbidelli

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Lorenzo Baldassarri has topped the timesheets in the first session of free practice for the Moto2 class in Argentina. The Forward Racing rider put in a very strong last couple of laps to displace Qatar race winner Franco Morbidellli from the top spot, ending up over two tenths quicker than the Marc VDS rider.

Tom Luthi took third place, a third of a second behind Baldassarri, and just ahead of Domi Aegerter, the Swiss rider putting the Suter into fourth. Marcel Schrotter on the Dynavolt Suter, ending up just ahead of an impressive Remy Gardner on the Tech 3 machine, making it three different makes of chassis in the top six. 

Things did not go quite so well for the KTM Moto2 bike, Miguel Oliveira finishin in 18th, 1.1 seconds behind Baldassarri and just ahead of his teammate. But this is the first track where the KTM have not yet had a test, and so consequently have no data.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'44.943    
2 21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 1'45.167 0.224 0.224
3 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'45.316 0.373 0.149
4 77 Dominique Aegerter Suter 1'45.341 0.398 0.025
5 23 Marcel Schrotter Suter 1'45.381 0.438 0.040
6 87 Remy Gardner Tech 3 1'45.462 0.519 0.081
7 54 Mattia Pasini Kalex 1'45.603 0.660 0.141
8 73 Alex Marquez Kalex 1'45.616 0.673 0.013
9 11 Sandro Cortese Suter 1'45.616 0.673  
10 55 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 1'45.708 0.765 0.092
11 97 Xavi Vierge Tech 3 1'45.837 0.894 0.129
12 2 Jesko Raffin Kalex 1'45.846 0.903 0.009
13 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 1'45.869 0.926 0.023
14 49 Axel Pons Kalex 1'45.947 1.004 0.078
15 32 Isaac Viñales Kalex 1'46.012 1.069 0.065
16 40 Fabio Quartararo Kalex 1'46.041 1.098 0.029
17 24 Simone Corsi Speed Up 1'46.064 1.121 0.023
18 44 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'46.084 1.141 0.020
19 41 Brad Binder KTM 1'46.095 1.152 0.011
20 9 Jorge Navarro Kalex 1'46.171 1.228 0.076
21 52 Danny Kent Suter 1'46.221 1.278 0.050
22 68 Yonny Hernandez Kalex 1'46.451 1.508 0.230
23 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'46.477 1.534 0.026
24 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'46.553 1.610 0.076
25 42 Francesco Bagnaia Kalex 1'46.584 1.641 0.031
26 19 Xavier Simeon Kalex 1'46.876 1.933 0.292
27 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'46.937 1.994 0.061
28 60 Julian Simon Kalex 1'47.022 2.079 0.085
29 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'47.104 2.161 0.082
30 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Kalex 1'47.538 2.595 0.434
31 5 Andrea Locatelli Kalex 1'47.579 2.636 0.041
32 47 Axel Bassani Speed Up 1'47.890 2.947 0.311
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2017 Argentina MotoGP FP1 Result: Viñales Leads Intriguing First Session

That the Termas De Rio Hondo track is in better condition this year was obvious from the outset, and underlined by the times set by the MotoGP riders. Maverick Viñales' best time in FP1 was faster than the time set by Marc Marquez last year in FP3, after a day and a half of riding on the track.

Even more impressive about Viñales' time is the fact that he set it on a hard rear tire, at a time when everyone else was out chasing a fast time on the soft and medium rears. Race Direction had obliged all of the riders to do at least 5 laps on the hard rear Michelin during either FP1 or FP2, to ensure it was a safe tire to race on, but Viñales' time proves it is not only safe, but also competitive, at least on the Movistar Yamaha.

Behind Viñales, an interesting cast of characters lined up. Danilo Petrucci pushed hard late on to take second place on the Pramac Ducati GP17, two tenths behind the Movistar Yamaha, and just squeaked ahead of the two Monster Tech3 Yamaha riders, Johann Zarco edging out his teammate Jonas Folger. Karel Abraham was an impressive fifth fastest, on a two-year old Aspar Ducati GP15.

Andrea Iannone was the first Suzuki home, the Italian just a fraction slower than Abraham and a fraction quicker than the first Factory Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso, who took seventh. Hector Barbera set the eighth fastest time on the Avintia Ducati GP16, ahead of Jack Miller and Alvaro Bautista.

Though conditions so far have been very good, with clear skies and a strong wind, the weather is expected to turn. If it does rain in the afternoon, that would put a lot of riders in trouble. Marc Marquez, Aleix Espargaro, Scott Redding, Cal Crutchlow, Jorge Lorenzo, and Valentino Rossi are all outside the top ten, and provisionally in Q1 should the rain fall. 

There were a couple of minor incidents for the two championship favorites. Maverick Viñales had a very violent headshake as he changed direction through the last corner, which set off the airbag in his leathers. Marc Marquez came off worse, crashing out at Turn 2 early in the session, and taking a tumble through the gravel. Both men went back out again afterwards, though whether they picked up any minor aches and pains is unclear.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'40.356    
2 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'40.562 0.206 0.206
3 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha 1'40.574 0.218 0.012
4 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha 1'40.660 0.304 0.086
5 17 Karel Abraham Ducati 1'40.678 0.322 0.018
6 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1'40.701 0.345 0.023
7 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'40.716 0.360 0.015
8 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'40.853 0.497 0.137
9 43 Jack Miller Honda 1'40.867 0.511 0.014
10 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati 1'40.936 0.580 0.069
11 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'40.958 0.602 0.022
12 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'40.982 0.626 0.024
13 45 Scott Redding Ducati 1'41.062 0.706 0.080
14 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'41.073 0.717 0.011
15 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1'41.128 0.772 0.055
16 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'41.311 0.955 0.183
17 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'41.694 1.338 0.383
18 53 Tito Rabat Honda 1'41.703 1.347 0.009
19 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'41.781 1.425 0.078
20 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'41.829 1.473 0.048
21 76 Loris Baz Ducati 1'41.867 1.511 0.038
22 38 Bradley Smith KTM 1'42.224 1.868 0.357
23 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia 1'42.237 1.881 0.013

 

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2017 Argentina Moto3 FP1 Result: Mir Leads Ahead Of Brave Rodrigo

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Joan Mir has topped the first session of practice for the Moto3 class in Argentina. The Moto3 class were first to take to the track, and found a track which was still dirty and dusty, though not quite as bad as in recent years. The dirty track meant that times were well off race pace, Mir's best time of 1'51.559 over 2.6 seconds slower than the fastest race lap.

Gabriel Rodridgo ended the session in second, an incredibly impressive performance given that he broke his collarbone two weeks ago in Qatar, and had surgery to fix it last week. No doubt boosted by riding at his home Grand Prix, the Argentinian rider ended just two tenths behind Mir. 

Nicolo Bulega set the third fastest time of the day, jumping up the timesheets at the end of the session, and finishing just ahead of Juanfran Guevara, Gabriel Rodrigo's teammate. Romano Fenati set the fifth fastest time ahead of Livio Loi, while Enea Bastianini set his best result so far this year with the seventh quickest time.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 36 Joan Mir Honda 1'51.559    
2 19 Gabriel Rodrigo KTM 1'51.768 0.209 0.209
3 8 Nicolo Bulega KTM 1'51.918 0.359 0.150
4 58 Juanfran Guevara KTM 1'51.963 0.404 0.045
5 5 Romano Fenati Honda 1'52.012 0.453 0.049
6 11 Livio Loi Honda 1'52.335 0.776 0.323
7 33 Enea Bastianini Honda 1'52.388 0.829 0.053
8 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'52.413 0.854 0.025
9 44 Aron Canet Honda 1'52.429 0.870 0.016
10 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'52.502 0.943 0.073
11 84 Jakub Kornfeil Peugeot 1'52.524 0.965 0.022
12 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'52.700 1.141 0.176
13 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'52.768 1.209 0.068
14 7 Adam Norrodin Honda 1'52.778 1.219 0.010
15 65 Philipp Oettl KTM 1'52.816 1.257 0.038
16 88 Jorge Martin Honda 1'52.852 1.293 0.036
17 42 Marcos Ramirez KTM 1'52.863 1.304 0.011
18 64 Bo Bendsneyder KTM 1'52.883 1.324 0.020
19 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Honda 1'52.909 1.350 0.026
20 41 Nakarin Atiratphuvapat Honda 1'53.017 1.458 0.108
21 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'53.020 1.461 0.003
22 48 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Mahindra 1'53.042 1.483 0.022
23 12 Marco Bezzecchi Mahindra 1'53.066 1.507 0.024
24 71 Ayumu Sasaki Honda 1'53.240 1.681 0.174
25 27 Kaito Toba Honda 1'53.248 1.689 0.008
26 75 Albert Arenas Mahindra 1'53.253 1.694 0.005
27 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'53.478 1.919 0.225
28 96 Manuel Pagliani Mahindra 1'53.667 2.108 0.189
29 6 Maria Herrera KTM 1'54.222 2.663 0.555
30 4 Patrik Pulkkinen Peugeot 1'56.112 4.553 1.890
  95 Jules Danilo Honda      
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2017 Aragon WorldSBK Official Test Times: Sykes Fastest The Day After

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The day after the first European round for the WorldSBK series, the riders were back in the saddle, for the first in-season official test of the year. Monday at Aragon carried on much as Saturday and Sunday had finished, with three of the four podium scorers setting the fastest times of the test.

There was no much separating the two Kawasakis, Tom Sykes ending on top just ahead of Jonathan Rea, two hundredths separating their pair. Race 2 winner Chaz Davies set the third fastest time, just over a tenth off the pace of Rea. Davies' Ducati teammate Marco Melandri was less fortunate, suffering a big crash at Turn 9 early in the day and being sidelined with a neck sprain and bruising. 

Michael van der Mark set the fourth quickest time, though he was seven tenths behind the Kawasakis. Eugene Laverty was fifth fastest on the Milwaukee Aprilia, improving his time by three tenths over the weekend, but over nine tenths off the pace of Sykes. Alex Lowes was sixth quickest, but the Pata Yamaha rider also crashed late in the afternoon, bringing his test to an early afternoon. 

Stefan Bradl was seventh quickest on the Red Bull Honda, also improving his fastest lap from the weekend. The Red Bull Hondas had to make do without a new CBR1000RR engine, an updated version due later this month.

Times:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 66 Tom Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1:49.368    
2 1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1:49.388 0.020 0.020
3 7 Chaz Davies Ducati Panigale R 1:49.536 0.168 0.148
4 60 Michael Van Der Mark Yamaha YZF R1 1:50.074 0.706 0.538
5 50 Eugene Laverty Aprilia RSV4 RF 1:50.306 0.938 0.232
6 22 Alex Lowes Yamaha YZF R1 1:50.438 1.070 0.132
7 6 Stefan Bradl Honda CBR1000RR 1:50.685 1.317 0.247
8 81 Jordi Torres BMW S 1000 RR 1:50.708 1.340 0.023
9 69 Nicky Hayden Honda CBR1000RR 1:50.837 1.469 0.129
10 12 Xavi Forés Ducati Panigale R 1:50.884 1.516 0.047
11 33 Marco Melandri Ducati Panigale R 1:50.886 1.518 0.002
12 36 Leandro Mercado Aprilia RSV4 RF 1:50.978 1.610 0.092
13 2 Leon Camier MV Agusta 1000 F4 1:51.047 1.679 0.069
14 40 Román Ramos Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1:51.267 1.899 0.220
15 88 Randy Krummenacher Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1:51.403 2.035 0.136
16 21 Markus Reiterberger BMW S 1000 RR 1:51.596 2.228 0.193
17 15 Alex De Angelis Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1:52.317 2.949 0.721
18 86 Ayrton Badovini Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1:52.748 3.380 0.431
19 11 Jeremy Guarnoni Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1:53.475 4.107 0.727

 

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2017 Motorland Aragon World Superbike Race Two Results: Three Hundred And Twenty Five Kilometres Per Hour

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Eighteen laps around a windy Motorland Aragon, would the reversed grid play a part? Ondrej Jezek was deemed unfit to start after suffering a concussion yesterday.

Alex Lowes, Michael van der Mark and Eugene Laverty hit the front first, with Laverty briefly sitting in second place from the second row of the grid before van der Mark took it back. Tom Sykes, Marco Melandri and Jonathan Rea all had very strong starts, jumping from the third row to fourth to sixth places very quickly on the first lap. Laverty lost a few places before the end of the lap and by the end of the first lap, Chaz Davies had caught up as well and the Kawasakis and Ducatis occupied the first four places behind the two Yamahas.

Jonathan Rea took second place from van der Mark early on, setting the fastest lap in the process, and at the end of the second lap, Marco Melandri passed Tom Sykes on the inside of turns fifteen and sixteen to start the third lap in fourth place. Davies passed Sykes, pushing the Kawasaki to sixth place, and on the fourth lap, Rea took the lead from Lowes. At the end of the lap, at the end of the straight, Melandri also passed Lowes to take second place.

On lap six, the front five of Rea, Melandri, Lowes, van der Mark and Davies started to break away from a lonely Sykes who himself had a gap back to an equally lonely Leandro Mercado and the fight a few seconds behind him.

The wind meant that nobody could make a break from the pack and the front five remained a tight group for several laps with no change apart from Davies passing van der Mark into turn one of lap eight and passing Lowes at the end, in a carbon copy of the move Melandri made four laps prior, setting the fastest lap in the process. On lap ten, Davies, the fastest man in the bunch, started hounding Melandri for second place and into the first turn of lap eleven, he passed him and settled in behind Rea. Later that lap, Lowes missed his braking on turn thirteen and ran off, rejoining in thirteenth place and turning the front five into a front four. A lap later, the front three of Rea, Davies and Melandri dropped van der Mark off and, on lap thirteen, Davies passed Rea into turn one for the lead. Melandri tried to make the most of it later on the lap, sitting in Rea’s rear wheel, but he couldn’t pass down the straight, in spite of having a bike capable of 325.3Km/h earlier in the race.

On lap fifteen, Tom Sykes started to catch Michael van der Mark, and Marco Melandri started catching Jonathan Rea, getting into the right place to drive past Rea down the back straight and passing him in his favourite spot, into turn sixteen at the end of the long straight. Rea took second place back after crossing the line, and the front two set a punishing pace on the penultimate lap. Davies set the fastest lap with Rea sat behind him. Sykes caught and passed van der Mark for fourth place and the last lap started.

Chaz Davies led Jonathan Rea as the two were over a second and a half clear of Marco Melandri, with Tom Sykes a further eight seconds back. Halfway round the lap, Davies continued his punishing pace, but his lead was eroded as his bike bit him in the middle of the chicane of turns twelve and thirteen but Rea wasn’t able to capitalise for a pass.

Exiting turn fourteen, Jonathan Rea made a lunge for the inside line into turn fifteen, the corner that leads to the long straight, but he overcooked it, nearly crashed and had to straighten top briefly. Davies kept his smooth inside line and pushed under Rea, killing Rea’s mid corner momentum, and he used the superior drive out of corners of the Ducati Panigale to charge down the straight in the lead.

Chaz Davies held the line into the last corner and crossed the line almost half a second, a lifetime in this year’s contests, ahead of Jonathan Rea, breaking Rea’s unbroken run of wins and taking Ducati’s first win of the year. Marco Melandri finished in third place two seconds further behind, continuing Ducati and Kawasaki’s dominance of the podium. Tom Sykes finished in fourth, just to make sure the two marques split the laurels, the second race of the year with all four Ducati and Kawasaki riders in the top four places. 

Davies took second place in the championship from Sykes with his win, sitting fifty points behind Rea. Melandri remained in fourth place ahead of Lowes, whose three points this race didn’t affect his championship place.

This was the third race with the revised grid formation and its the third race where the grid made no difference to the podium. We still ended up with a last lap fight between the top two guys, unhampered by slower riders.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R  
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 0.483
3 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 2.479
4 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 10.562
5 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 13.336
6 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 16.951
7 81 J. TORRES BMW S 1000 RR 18.638
8 36 L. MERCADO Aprilia RSV4 RF 18.700
9 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 21.290
10 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 22.246
11 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 24.307
12 6 S. BRADL Honda CBR1000RR 25.829
13 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 26.611
14 88 R. KRUMMENACHER Kawasaki ZX-10R 40.575
15 3 J. SIMON Aprilia RSV4 RF 40.769
16 21 M. REITERBERGER BMW S 1000 RR 40.915
17 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'00.980
RET 15 A. DE ANGELIS Kawasaki ZX-10R 5 Laps
RET 84 R. RUSSO Yamaha YZF R1 6 Laps
RET 69 N. HAYDEN Honda CBR1000RR 7 Laps

 

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3
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