MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2017 Aragon MotoGP Race Result: A Disputed Tiebreaker


Between a hot Aragon, little setup time, the chaser in the title battle on the front row and threateningly fast men lining up behind him, it was hard to pick what would be the biggest talking point throughout the race. And the 900th Grand Prix of the world championship did not disappoint. World champion Marc Marquez not only provided the hairy moments of the race but ultimately maintained Honda’s dominance at the Spanish track by taking the Japanese factory’s fifth MotoGP victory and his 99th career podium.

Teammate Dani Pedrosa competed a dream day for Honda, with a fought out second place, while Jorge Lorenzo was the only front row starter to keep on the podium. The Ducati man led much of the race to keep his podium run going, Lorenzo never off the cava on Sundays in Aragon since 2011.

Predictably, Lorenzo pulled his favourite move and immediately shot into the lead as the lights went off, trying to extend a bit of a gap on the soft rear tyre, with most of his rivals on mediums or hards. 

Running third after the start, Valentino Rossi got past his teammate halfway through the first lap and chased Lorenzo, who was eight tenths ahead. 

Starting seventh, Andrea Dovizioso made it past Marquez at the start, the Spaniard cautious on the first few laps. Maverick Viñales went wide ahead of them soon after and dropped behind his championship rivals, just ahead of Pedrosa, who had gotten past Cal Crutchlow. 

While chasing his former teammate, Rossi was the fastest man on track on the hard rear and medium front, all the while his teammate on the same combination had already lost over a second to Dovizioso and Marquez by the end of lap two.

On lap three, Lorenzo and Rossi were only split by two tenths of a second, Dovizioso and Marquez another four tenths down. The world championship leaders took opposite approaches on tyres, the Ducati choosing Medium-Soft while the Honda went for Hard-Hard and bided his time in warming up the harder option. Nearly two seconds down the road by lap six, Viñales finally picked up the pace that held up the two Hondas behind him.

Marquez got past Dovizioso at the end of lap six and immediately bridged the small gap to the leaders, the four-man group over a second and a half ahead of the pursuers led by Viñales. Two laps later, Marquez lost patience and went for a daring move on both Rossi and Lorenzo. The momentum ran him wide and back to the end of the group. Marquez found the inside of Dovizioso through turn sixteen soon after and status quo returned. While Dovizioso was sniffing around his main title rival, Lorenzo was managing the situation perfectly, never letting Rossi within striking distance.

At the halfway point, Rossi had lost half a second to Lorenzo and got hunted down by Marquez, the Honda picking up the pursuit of the lead Ducati. Meanwhile, Pedrosa pounced on Viñales after several personal best laps and finally brought the gap to the leaders to under a second.

With ten laps to go, Marquez still had four tenths of a second to make up on Lorenzo, doing so while on the ragged edge as usual, while Rossi dropped over a second behind the two. Dovizioso was only half a second back but had to contend with the immediate threat of a rampaging Pedrosa. The Italian’s soft rear looked in trouble as the light Spaniard got proper heat into his mediums. Pedrosa made his move with nine laps to go and also got past Rossi only one lap later.

The final eight laps saw Marquez finally on Lorenzo’s tail, the Spaniard not biding his time this weekend and leading after a brave move in turn 12. The Ducati fought back through sheer speed on the straights but the world champion would not let that pass, putting over half a second into Lorenzo on the next lap. Another second down the road, Pedrosa had broken away from Rossi, the Italian dealing with Dovizioso and Viñales within a tenth behind him.

With six laps to go, the half second gap at the front kept steady but Pedrosa was getting closer and closer to Lorenzo. Meanwhile, Viñales finally got a taste at overtaking and got past Dovizioso for fifth, looking menacing to his convalescent teammate. The Yamaha duo teased each other for a bit but the battle concluded with four laps remaining, Viñales finally getting ahead. The live championship standings changed further as Aleix Espargaro made it past Dovizioso with two laps to go.

In the final laps, Pedrosa was the fastest man on track and after catching up with Lorenzo, he left himself with fewer than three laps to reach his teammate. The Honda veteran brought the gap down to eight tenths of a second but the race was a couple of laps too short for a Honda battle royale. Lorenzo came home in a secure third, with Viñales the best of the rest in fourth. Despite fading slightly towards the end of the race, Rossi scored a remarkable fifth place, ahead of Aleix Epargaro, who equalled Aprilia’s best result.

Dovizioso might rue his tyre choice in seventh place, the Italian holding off Alvaro Bautista in the closing stages of the race. Johann Zarco finished ninth, five seconds down the road, with Pol Espargaro completing the top ten, crossing the line 14 seconds after Marquez, the closest the KTM has been to the winner this season.

Dovizioso paid for his bad afternoon at the office and the tie at the top of the world championship standings was broken, Marquez heading to Japan with a 16-point advantage. Viñales lost a little bit more ground, 28 points down, while Pedrosa got ahead of Rossi and into fourth place, 54 points behind his teammate.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 42'06.816
2 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda +0.879
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati +2.028
4 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha +5.256
5 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha +5.882
6 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia +6.962
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati +7.455
8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati +7.910
9 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha +13.002
10 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM +14.075
11 36 Mika KALLIO KTM +17.192
12 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki +20.632
13 43 Jack MILLER Honda +23.886
14 45 Scott REDDING Ducati +25.523
15 53 Tito RABAT Honda +26.082
16 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha +30.302
17 42 Alex RINS Suzuki +31.874
18 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati +31.948
19 38 Bradley SMITH KTM +36.296
20 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati +37.842
21 76 Loris BAZ Ducati +47.599
22 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia +47.647
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  35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 7 Laps
  17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 13 Laps


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2017 Aragon Moto2 Race Result: Risk VS Reward, Reward Wins


A sunny Motorland Aragon was the beautiful setting of a battle that could prove decisive in the outcome of the intermediate class title. After a comfortable lead for the championship leader for most of the race, Franco Morbidelli had to fight tooth and nail to hang on to a crucial victory in Spain. Colleague, friend and compatriot Mattia Pasini turned into enemy number one to the Marc VDS rider for about an hour, the Italian pushing hard to snatch the victory for himself. A calmer spectator was Miguel Oliveira in third, the Portuguese rider converting pole position into a podium.

Oliveria had a good launch off the line but Morbidelli and Tom Luthi reached sensational levels at the start, the Italian second and the Swiss rider third halfway through the first lap. By the end of the same lap, the world championship leader was also leading the race, the KTM of Oliveira historically not going ideally in the first laps with a full tank.

The losers at the start were Pasini and Alex Marquez but the two we right back into the mix by lap two, both of them getting past Luthi, paying back his aggressive first lap. Meanwhile, Morbidelli did not look like taking the sensible strategy and stretched a half second’s advantage by lap three. Pasini led the pursuers, with Oliveira and Marquez in close tow, Luthi already losing ground half a second behind the leaders.

One lap later and Morbidelli was already one second ahead and posting fastest laps, also aided by the trio still battling behind him. Luthi tagged along to the pursuers but did not show intentions at that stage.

Even with Pasini pushing hard to catch up, the gap to the leader struggled to get under one and a half seconds, but the Italians were stretching away from Marquez. The Spaniard was doing an admirable job holding up Oliveira and Luthi, considering his lingering injury, but his podium started looking unlikely with some early tyre troubles. Marquez finally relinquished the lead of the group on lap eight and quickly lost a handful of places to Luthi, Simone Corsi, Jorge Navarro and Brad Binder. That left him battling Sandro Cortese and Takaaki Nakagami for eighth place but the Spaniard felt the efforts and eventually retired on lap eleven.

With the world champion keeping steady at the front, Pasini finally got within a second of his compatriot halfway through the race, Oliveira over two seconds down the road and not exactly challenged by Luthi behind him.

Pasini’s fastest laps promised us a late battle for the win, the Italian right on Morbidelli’s exhaust with nine laps to go. The Italtrans rider stuck like a stamp for the next few laps and showed Morbidelli his front wheel several times but the Marc VDS rider did not look impressed. Pasini finally made a clear move with seven laps to go, leaving the world championship leader to decide whether he wanted the risky win or the safe second. Pasini did not give him much choice anyway, the leader getting half a second’s gap right away.

Morbidelli might have looked like settling for second but he could not sit comfortably there, Oliveira only a second behind him. Another two seconds down was title rival Luthi, the Swiss rider struggling with tyre wear and being pushed by the other competitive KTM of Binder.

The battle in Morbidelli’s head intensified as the race progressed, the Italian getting tantalizingly close to Pasini once again, the leader dropping back to him. The world championship leader could not resist the temptation and overtook his compatriot with four laps to go, the duo closely matched in the final laps. Despite sliding all over the place, Pasini lined up a move with two laps to go but Morbidelli was right back on him, casing significant palpitations amongst his pit crew. The two started the final lap within hundredths of  a second of each other, Pasini taking another opportunity in turn four, Morbidelli replying aggressively soon after. Doing the latest of late breaking, Morbidelli kept the lead to the flag, crossing the line only a tenth ahead of Pasini, in a win that could prove crucial in his title bid.

The final shenanigans allowed poleman Oliveira to finish just four tenths behind the Italians and taking the final podium spot. Luthi was three seconds down the road and managed to fend off an outstanding Binder, the South African finishing fifth after starting the race from twentieth position and perhaps wondering what could have been had his qualifying form improved as much as his race craft.

Simone Corsi had to do a bit of work after a poor start and could not capitalize on a great starting position, Jorge Navarro eventually getting the best of him in the fight for sixth place. The top ten was completed by Nakagami, Cortese and Pecco Bagnaia.

Morbidelli’s excellent performance sees him leave for the flyaways with a more comfortable gap in the championship standings. Added to Luthi’s average afternoon, it means that 21 points separate the two title rivals. Marquez’s retirement loses him third place in favour of Oliveira, the battle for third still close with only 2 points gap.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 40'09.904
2 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex +0.145
3 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM +0.577
4 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex +4.181
5 41 Brad BINDER KTM +4.331
6 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex +7.328
7 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up +7.597
8 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex +7.630
9 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter +10.973
10 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex +12.657
11 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex +12.904
12 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter +16.107
13 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex +21.243
14 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 +21.314
15 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex +22.583
16 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex +22.601
17 57 Edgar PONS Kalex +25.622
18 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex +27.244
19 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex +27.374
20 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 +28.026
21 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex +29.042
22 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up +30.890
23 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex +31.765
24 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS +36.918
25 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex +37.042
26 20 Joe ROBERTS Kalex +38.275
27 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter +49.354
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  23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 4 Laps
  22 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 4 Laps
  89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 6 Laps
  32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 6 Laps
  73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 10 Laps
  10 Luca MARINI Kalex 12 Laps
  49 Axel PONS Kalex 14 Laps


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2017 Aragon Moto3 Race Result: A Record Breaking Victory

The fog that caused some furrowed eyebrows and a delayed race start had totally cleared by the time the lightweight class actually got to start their engines. The shortened race distance predicted 13 laps of chaos and, given previous history, it was not as bad as initially envisioned. That’s not to say it wasn’t the all-out war at the front, with the battle trophy going to world championship leader Joan Mir, who chose to go against the ideal strategy to become the first rider in Moto3 history to take eight wins in a single season. After a fiery fight, the Spaniard was joined on the podium by the Italian duo of Fabio Di Giannantonio, who started fourteenth and front row starter Enea Bastianini.

Poleman Jorge Martin did not have a bad start but an even better one came from wildcard Dennis Foggia, the VR46 junior going third after the first turns. Bastianini took over the lead a couple of turns later, the Italian and the poleman playing around as they were stretching a gap to the pursuers.

After getting past Foggia, Aron Canet led the chase seven tenths down the road, taking most of the grid with him. With the duo fighting it off at the front, the Spaniard only needed a lap to catch up and challenge his teammate for the lead by lap two.

With the lead changing every other sector, any minor advantage the leaders could find was nullified at the next slipstreaming opportunity. Canet was in the lead by lap four, Martin and Bastianini looking eager to challenge him while Mir sat tightly on their tail without causing much trouble. Despite the top fifteen riders all being in one compact group, there were few daring moves made in the early part of the race, with slipstream and mistakes determining the hierarchy.

On lap six, Philipp Oettl finally made his move on Mir, leaving the Spaniard under fire from Foggia, Gabriel Rodrigo and Di Giannantonio. Further back and despite having the leaders in his eyeline, Romano Fenati spent most of the race outside the top thirteen.

Mir found his way to the top by lap seven, benefiting from a double EG 0,0 slipstream, taking the duo with him as Martin started losing some ground to his teammate. After setting a fastest lap, Di Giannantonio started to look like a victory contender, threatening Canet for the lead by lap nine. The Italian was in the lead at the end of that same lap, the top group down to twelve men after Rodrigo’s crash. Despite the still significantly sized group, the lead was only held by a handful of riders until that point: Martin, Di Giannantonio, Bastianini, Canet and Mir.

With four laps to go, the Spaniards were back into the fight, with Canet and Martin relegating the Italians but the next laps proved that being at the front was not necessarily the best idea coming through the last sector. Di Giannantonio tried a different strategy, attempting to build a gap at the front in the last two laps but his rivals had none of that and swiftly pulled him back. Mir tried to emulate that right away but the gap barely got over the two tenths mark. The Spaniard took charge at the start of the final lap and went on to disprove the theory that a slipstream out of turn 14 was the solution to secure the win.

The Spaniard’s luck, besides his exquisite late breaking and a touch of weaving that annoyed his pursuers, was that his rivals spent the final lap fighting it off for the honour of being the one who takes the challenge to the world championship leader. Miraculously, Mir kept it together until the flag, with Di Giannantonio the best of the rest but only four hundredths of a second behind, Bastianini a further eight thousandths of a second in third.

The poleman had to settle for another fourth place, ahead of Canet in fifth. John McPhee went up and down the order throughout the race but made a great late recovery to climb into sixth position. After animating the early part of the race, Foggia and Oettl dropped back to eighth and ninth, behind a more anonymous Marcos Ramirez. The final top ten position went to Fenati, the Italian not exactly shining on enemy territory. 

With the record breaking win in his pocket, Mir extends his world championship lead to 80 points ahead of Fenati. Canet keeps third position but his title bid looks highly unlikely with 98 points down, while Di Giannantonio’s podium put him ahead of Martin in the standings.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 36 Joan MIR Honda 25'57.607
2 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda +0.043
3 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda +0.051
4 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda +0.170
5 44 Aron CANET Honda +0.392
6 17 John MCPHEE Honda +0.590
7 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM +0.707
8 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM +0.743
9 65 Philipp OETTL KTM +1.168
10 5 Romano FENATI Honda +1.298
11 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM +1.330
12 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM +1.505
13 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda +1.961
14 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM +2.050
15 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda +2.504
16 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda +2.539
17 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM +2.659
18 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM +2.665
19 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra +4.399
20 95 Jules DANILO Honda +11.404
21 15 Jaume MASIA KTM +14.540
22 40 Darryn BINDER KTM +14.599
23 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra +14.703
24 37 Aaron POLANCO Honda +14.859
25 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot +17.595
26 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda +17.722
27 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra +21.467
28 27 Kaito TOBA Honda +34.646
29 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot +34.678
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  19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 5 Laps
  48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 6 Laps
  41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 11 Laps


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2017 Aragon MotoGP Warm Up Result: Marquez Fastest In Delayed Session



Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'48.832    
2 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'49.206 0.374 0.374
3 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'49.490 0.658 0.284
4 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'49.533 0.701 0.043
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'49.602 0.770 0.069
6 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'49.604 0.772 0.002
7 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'49.608 0.776 0.004
8 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'49.620 0.788 0.012
9 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'49.667 0.835 0.047
10 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'49.678 0.846 0.011
11 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'49.681 0.849 0.003
12 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'49.774 0.942 0.093
13 36 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'49.821 0.989 0.047
14 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'49.874 1.042 0.053
15 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'49.883 1.051 0.009
16 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'49.982 1.150 0.099
17 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'50.054 1.222 0.072
18 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'50.137 1.305 0.083
19 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'50.153 1.321 0.016
20 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'50.343 1.511 0.190
21 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'50.365 1.533 0.022
22 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'50.536 1.704 0.171
23 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'51.058 2.226 0.522
24 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'51.078 2.246 0.020
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2017 Aragon Moto2 Warm Up Result: Morbidelli Tops Shortened Session



Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'54.260    
2 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 1'54.427 0.167 0.167
3 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'54.549 0.289 0.122
4 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'54.601 0.341 0.052
5 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'54.672 0.412 0.071
6 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'54.693 0.433 0.021
7 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'54.696 0.436 0.003
8 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'54.728 0.468 0.032
9 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'54.805 0.545 0.077
10 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'54.812 0.552 0.007
11 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'54.903 0.643 0.091
12 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'54.904 0.644 0.001
13 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'54.947 0.687 0.043
14 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'54.983 0.723 0.036
15 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'55.009 0.749 0.026
16 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'55.011 0.751 0.002
17 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'55.065 0.805 0.054
18 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'55.091 0.831 0.026
19 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'55.120 0.860 0.029
20 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'55.240 0.980 0.120
21 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'55.429 1.169 0.189
22 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'55.512 1.252 0.083
23 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'55.537 1.277 0.025
24 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'55.606 1.346 0.069
25 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'55.688 1.428 0.082
26 20 Joe ROBERTS Kalex 1'55.704 1.444 0.016
27 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 1'55.778 1.518 0.074
28 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'55.825 1.565 0.047
29 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'55.849 1.589 0.024
30 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'55.872 1.612 0.023
31 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'56.208 1.948 0.336
32 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'56.344 2.084 0.136
33 22 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'56.486 2.226 0.142
34 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'56.665 2.405 0.179
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2017 Aragon Moto3 Warm Up Result: Martin Leads As Fog Leaves



Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'59.173    
2 36 Joan MIR Honda 1'59.182 0.009 0.009
3 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'59.654 0.481 0.472
4 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'59.660 0.487 0.006
5 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'59.702 0.529 0.042
6 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'59.911 0.738 0.209
7 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'59.914 0.741 0.003
8 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'59.931 0.758 0.017
9 5 Romano FENATI Honda 1'59.989 0.816 0.058
10 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'00.051 0.878 0.062
11 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'00.119 0.946 0.068
12 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 2'00.194 1.021 0.075
13 15 Jaume MASIA KTM 2'00.253 1.080 0.059
14 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 2'00.345 1.172 0.092
15 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'00.387 1.214 0.042
16 95 Jules DANILO Honda 2'00.394 1.221 0.007
17 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 2'00.501 1.328 0.107
18 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 2'00.507 1.334 0.006
19 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'00.509 1.336 0.002
20 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'00.698 1.525 0.189
21 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 2'00.771 1.598 0.073
22 37 Aaron POLANCO Honda 2'01.039 1.866 0.268
23 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 2'01.040 1.867 0.001
24 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'01.045 1.872 0.005
25 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'01.066 1.893 0.021
26 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 2'01.091 1.918 0.025
27 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 2'01.194 2.021 0.103
28 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'01.268 2.095 0.074
29 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 2'01.851 2.678 0.583
30 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'02.116 2.943 0.265
31 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 2'02.570 3.397 0.454
32 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'02.885 3.712 0.315
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2017 Aragon Moto2 Qualifying Result: A Tale Of Two Polemen


The intermediate class narrative was more of the usual: a long lull bookended by hot laps. This time, with a twist at the end. If the bike on top throughout the session was an expected one, the rider was unexpected. Alex Marquez was the early leader after firing in a high 1:53, teammate Franco Morbidelli and Mattia Pasini joining the club in close proximity. With the Italian duo looking threatening all weekend, it was an even bigger surprise that the first rider to relegate Marquez was Miguel Oliveira, the Portuguese rider dominating the final sector to score his and KTM’s second pole position in the class. Their joy was slightly dampened by a mix up with cancelled lap times that briefly relegated Oliveira to ninth, but the poleman was reinstated after being sent off from parc fermé. The long walk back probably felt sweeter with the prospect of a brand new watch.

Pasini was keen to challenge for top honours but got a bit distracted, first by waving around at Sandro Cortese and then getting too acquainted with Edgar Pons’ rear tyre. Pole number five was not to be but the Italian will start second on the grid after some wild final laps. The last spot on the front row went to Alex Marquez, the still convalescent half of the Marc VDS garage doing one better than his teammate, only seven hundredths of a second off pole.

The world championship leader won’t have been too disappointed with fourth place, only a tenth down on Oliveira, both him and his teammate failing to improve on their early laps. Simone Corsi proved why he was the only other rider to have sat on the Aragon podium in Moto2 - besides the duo ahead of him – by going fifth quickest. Jorge Navarro continued his impressive progress to join the second row of the grid in sixth.

After his showing in practice, Tom Luthi could have done worse than seventh, starting right behind his title rival. The Swiss rider will be joined on the third row by Marcel Schrotter, who seemed to have recovered well from injury, and Cortese, who might actually be the tiniest bit disappointed after running as high as fourth in practice.

Takaaki Nakagami in tenth briefly looked like threatening pole but ran into trouble in the final sectors. His fourth row start will be shared with Misano victor Dominique Aegerter and Pecco Bagnaia, the Italian ending his afternoon with a light crash.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'53.736    
2 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'53.757 0.021 0.021
3 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'53.807 0.071 0.050
4 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'53.841 0.105 0.034
5 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'53.876 0.140 0.035
6 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'53.922 0.186 0.046
7 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'53.976 0.240 0.054
8 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 1'54.053 0.317 0.077
9 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'54.072 0.336 0.019
10 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'54.149 0.413 0.077
11 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'54.225 0.489 0.076
12 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'54.282 0.546 0.057
13 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'54.361 0.625 0.079
14 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'54.461 0.725 0.100
15 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'54.534 0.798 0.073
16 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'54.717 0.981 0.183
17 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'54.728 0.992 0.011
18 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'54.797 1.061 0.069
19 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'54.856 1.120 0.059
20 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'54.870 1.134 0.014
21 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'54.880 1.144 0.010
22 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 1'54.883 1.147 0.003
23 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'55.032 1.296 0.149
24 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'55.040 1.304 0.008
25 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'55.080 1.344 0.040
26 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'55.167 1.431 0.087
27 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'55.194 1.458 0.027
28 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'55.224 1.488 0.030
29 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'55.400 1.664 0.176
30 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'55.652 1.916 0.252
31 20 Joe ROBERTS Kalex 1'55.688 1.952 0.036
32 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'55.770 2.034 0.082
33 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'55.805 2.069 0.035
34 22 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'55.906 2.170 0.101


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2017 Aragon MotoGP Qualifying Result: Reversal Of Fortunes


Nearly perfect conditions waited for the qualifying show to start, the track slowly hotting up and bikes gleaming into the sun. And shiniest of them all was the Yamaha of Maverick Viñales, the Spaniard snatching pole position after an eventful session in which the Hondas faded as the Yamahas gained ground. Viñales looked quick from the word go and will start his world title bid in prime position.

After blasting through Q1, Jorge Lorenzo was the lead Ducati, the Spaniard getting within a tenth of a second of pole, stuck between his former bike and his former teammate in the middle of the front row. Valentino Rossi proved that some extra bits of metal did his speed no harm and put his Yamaha on the front row at a circuit he aims to cross off his ‘to do’ list. Remarkably, the Italian finished less than two tenths behind his teammate.

The second row was an all-Honda affair, the LCR ride of Cal Crutchlow showing the way for the factory boys. Marc Marquez needed only two laps to drop into the 1:47s but his second run was less successful, the world champion sliding out in turn twelve while running a very hot pace. The Spaniard will have his teammate to his left for tomorrow's start, Dani Pedrosa unable to drop his pace under the 1:48 mark.

The one small consolation for the world championship leader was that the man he’s tied on points with will start behind him, Andrea Dovizioso only seventh, half a second slower than Viñales. The Ducati will share third row of the grid with the Aprilia of Aleix Espargaro, who was narrowly ahead of Alvaro Bautista, the Spaniard crashing out for a second time this afternoon.

Andrea Iannone placed a Suzuki on the fourth row, ahead of the other Q1 survivor, Johann Zarco, who is yet to look comfortable on the Spanish track. After a great display in practice, Mika Kallio was unfortunate to crash before improving his time and will start only twelfth.

Even more unfortunate could be considered the likes Jack Miller, who missed out on a shot at Q2 by nine thousandths of a second and Danilo Petrucci, the Italian having to make quite a comeback from sixteenth grid position if he is to replicate his previous race result.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'47.635    
2 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'47.735 0.100 0.100
3 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'47.815 0.180 0.080
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'47.830 0.195 0.015
5 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'47.963 0.328 0.133
6 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'48.107 0.472 0.144
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'48.137 0.502 0.030
8 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'48.159 0.524 0.022
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'48.187 0.552 0.028
10 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'48.289 0.654 0.102
11 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'48.402 0.767 0.113
12 36 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'48.471 0.836 0.069
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Q2 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'48.179    
Q2 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'48.298 0.119 0.119
13 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'48.307 0.128 0.009
14 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'48.387 0.208 0.080
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'48.467 0.288 0.080
16 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'48.908 0.729 0.441
17 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'48.911 0.732 0.003
18 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'49.034 0.855 0.123
19 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'49.052 0.873 0.018
20 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'49.233 1.054 0.181
21 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'49.258 1.079 0.025
22 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'49.288 1.109 0.030
23 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'49.578 1.399 0.290
24 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'50.769 2.590 1.191


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2017 Aragon MotoGP FP4 Result: Viñales Mugs The Hondas


The sun finally shining down on Motorland Aragon must have looked inviting for the premier class gang, with some race trimmings to be found. The first few minutes saw Valentino Rossi leading briefly, Alvaro Bautista sliding out after getting too comfortable with Dani Pedrosa’s rear tyre and Marc Marquez joining Cal Crutchlow in various gravel traps around the track.

Their Honda colleague was more well-behaved and Pedrosa sat at the top of the timesheets for most of the session. The Spaniard continued to improve throughout FP4, his time only bettered by a final lap on soft tyres from Maverick Viñales. The Yamaha rider looked in pretty bad nick at the start of the session but once he ditched his old used mediums he was right back at the top.

After reattaching his aero appendages Marquez rejoined the track on the hard rear tyre, recorded anoher moment for the highlights reel and was right on his teammate’s tail by the of practice. The world championship leader finished third after stalking Viñales on his final run.

Pol Espargaro continued a fantastic weekend for KTM with a fourth position on the medium tyre, also making it an all-Spanish top four in the session. Jonas Folger broke the hegemony in fifth spot, the German returning to the action after a quick hospital check post-FP3.

Jorge Lorenzo also evaluated the soft rear tyre often favoured by the Ducatis and finished the afternoon sixth, seven tenths down on the lead Yamaha. Aleix Espargaro and Karel Abraham, also on the soft combination, followed Lorenzo within three hundredths of a second.

Andrea Dovizioso seemed to prefer the medium rear for his race run, the Italian ninth fastest and a tenth behind his teammate. The top ten was completed by Cal Crutchlow, with Johann Zarco in eleventh as the final man within a second of Viñales.

Much like his teammate, Valentino Rossi also started his session on mediums but later gave the hard rear a bit of a look. The Italian did not improve his time on the second tyre and finished sixteenth, a bit over a second separating him from Viñales.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'48.709    
2 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'48.805 0.096 0.096
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'48.839 0.130 0.034
4 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'49.287 0.578 0.448
5 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'49.383 0.674 0.096
6 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'49.415 0.706 0.032
7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'49.422 0.713 0.007
8 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'49.455 0.746 0.033
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'49.555 0.846 0.100
10 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'49.586 0.877 0.031
11 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'49.690 0.981 0.104
12 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'49.715 1.006 0.025
13 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'49.752 1.043 0.037
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'49.760 1.051 0.008
15 36 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'49.847 1.138 0.087
16 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'49.888 1.179 0.041
17 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'50.097 1.388 0.209
18 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'50.234 1.525 0.137
19 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'50.237 1.528 0.003
20 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'50.267 1.558 0.030
21 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'50.425 1.716 0.158
22 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'50.478 1.769 0.053
23 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'50.698 1.989 0.220
24 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'51.397 2.688 0.699


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2017 Aragon Moto3 Qualifying Result: Speed, Luck And Risky Strategies


Clear skies and over twenty degrees were a more familiar setting for the Spanish circuit, as was the waiting around in Moto3 garages for a fast man to follow. After the initial shenanigans were done, the lightweight class got down to business and Joan Mir laid down a marker for his rivals to chase. With the world championship leader not exactly a qualifying expert with only one pole to his name, the likes of Aron Canet and Martin smelled an opportunity on the next run.

Martin fired the first shot the second time around and mugged Canet after trailing the EG 0,0 rider on track. The luxury tow did not make the ultimate difference, Canet letting him through on the next lap and Martin going on to extend his lead by nearly half a second. With ten minutes remaining and the calm before the storm setting in, only four riders had managed to get within a second of the Gresini racer’s benchmark.

The final run started with a demonstration of pretty poor maths, several riders making it over the line by the skin of their teeth for one fast lap. They still found time to waddle around looking for a tow or trying to avoid giving one. In the rush for one final lap, drama ensued, Martin sliding out in turn twelve but his good work paid off and no one could improve on his previous benchmark, awarding the rapid Spaniard another pole position.

Soon after Martin touched the gravel, a pile-up filled the turn 15 run-off, a highside for Adam Norrodin taking Joan Mir, Juanfran Guevara, Fabio di Giannantonio and Andrea Migno out of contention for pole. Enea Bastianini ended up as the big winner, the Italian speaking onto the first row of the grid in second position. Despite his heavy FP3 crash and also sampling the scenery by running off on his outlap, Canet preserved his front row start, just behind his teammate.

Nicolo Bulega also benefited from the world championship leader’s misfortune, the Italian going fourth and taking future teammate Dennis Foggia with him on the second row of the grid. Mir fell back all the way to sixth, hardly unfamiliar territory for the Spaniard.

John McPhee had quite the dreadful start to his qualifying session, which made his improvement all the more impressive, the Scotsman’s last lap placing him on the third row of the grid. Behind him will line up Philipp Oettl in eighth, who also took a big tumble in FP3, and Tatsuki Suzuki in ninth spot.

The top ten was completed by Marcos Ramirez, the final rider to post a time within a second of Martin’s pole position. Romano Fenati had been keen to do work on his own all weekend but the strategy did not turn out great on Saturday at least, the Italian down in eleventh position, ahead of recent pole expert Gabriel Rodrigo.

Maria Herrera did not take part in the qualifying session and retired from the rest of the weekend as a consequence of her damaged collarbone.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'58.067    
2 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'58.425 0.358 0.358
3 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'58.516 0.449 0.091
4 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'58.593 0.526 0.077
5 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'58.768 0.701 0.175
6 36 Joan MIR Honda 1'58.784 0.717 0.016
7 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'58.813 0.746 0.029
8 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'58.961 0.894 0.148
9 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'58.976 0.909 0.015
10 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'58.985 0.918 0.009
11 5 Romano FENATI Honda 1'59.165 1.098 0.180
12 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'59.167 1.100 0.002
13 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'59.177 1.110 0.010
14 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'59.271 1.204 0.094
15 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'59.321 1.254 0.050
16 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'59.360 1.293 0.039
17 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 1'59.379 1.312 0.019
18 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'59.390 1.323 0.011
19 15 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'59.392 1.325 0.002
20 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'59.505 1.438 0.113
21 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'59.513 1.446 0.008
22 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 1'59.535 1.468 0.022
23 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 1'59.697 1.630 0.162
24 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 1'59.706 1.639 0.009
25 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 1'59.813 1.746 0.107
26 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 1'59.819 1.752 0.006
27 37 Aaron POLANCO Honda 1'59.833 1.766 0.014
28 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'59.849 1.782 0.016
29 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'59.861 1.794 0.012
30 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'00.205 2.138 0.344
31 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'00.953 2.886 0.748
32 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 2'01.261 3.194 0.308
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