MotoGP Race And Practice Results

Austria MotoGP Test, Day 1: Dovizioso Fastest, Ducatis Dominate, KTM Debuts

The Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, venue for the Austrian round of MotoGP, appears to be a Ducati track. At the end of the first day of testing for the MotoGP riders in Austria, Andrea Dovizioso topped the timesheets, nearly six tenths clear of his Factory Ducati teammate Andrea Iannone.

Scott Redding set the third fastest time of the day, just ahead of official test rider, Casey Stoner. There is persistent paddock gossip that Stoner is using this test to gauge his competitiveness, with a view to racing as a wildcard at the Austrian Grand Prix. Given Stoner's long association with Red Bull, and the fact that nobody has raced at the Red Bull Ring (except for Valentino Rossi, who raced a 125 there in 1996 and 1997, and Jack Miller, who raced a 125 there in 2011 in the German IDM championship), it gives him the best chance of being competitive.

Maverick Viñales was the first non-Ducati in fifth place, but he was squeezed in between three more Ducatis, with Hector Barbera, Eugene Laverty and Danilo Petrucci taking slots six through nine. Valentino Rossi was the fastest Yamaha, nearly 1.3 seconds slower than Dovizioso, while his teammate Jorge Lorenzo was just over a tenth slower than Rossi.

The Red Bull Ring was the first time the KTM was on track with the other MotoGP machines. Test rider Mika Kallio was the fastest of the KTMs, 2.292 slower than Dovizioso. By comparison, when Randy De Puniet rode the Suzuki MotoGP bike with the other MotoGP bikes at the Barcelona test in 2014, he was 2.5 seconds off the pace. By that measure, the KTM looks a little more competitive than the Suzuki was at the same stage. 

We won't know the real state of the KTM until the beginning of next year, however, once Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro have got some miles under their belt on the bike. At Assen, one KTM engineer described the bike as being "ready to be given to a Grand Prix rider." At the moment, they must make do with test rider Kallio and Moto2 rider Tom Luthi.

Aprilia were also present at the test, but as they had no transponders fitted, we have no idea of their lap times. The Repsol Honda riders and the Tech 3 Yamaha riders are not attending the test. Persistent paddock rumor suggests that Ducati, who are organizing the test, vetoed Repsol Honda's participation, as a reprisal for Honda's role in banning wings in MotoGP. The Tech 3 riders are otherwise engaged, with Pol Espargaro heading to Japan to take part in the Suzuka 8 Hour race again this year.

So far, the Red Bull Ring looks like being very much a Ducati track. Given that it is basically a series of longish straights connected with a few corners, that would make sense, the track playing very much into the Ducati's strength: horsepower and acceleration. Given that the KTM is rumored to make a lot of horsepower, that may also be a factor in the performance of the Austrian machines.

Testing continues tomorrow. The riders will also use the test to assess the safety of the circuit, with several points of concern around the track.

Times* at the end of day 1:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1:23.764    
2 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1:24.347 0.583 0.583
3 45 Scott Redding Ducati 1:24.461 0.697 0.114
4 27 Casey Stoner Ducati 1:24.502 0.738 0.041
5 25 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 1:24.595 0.831 0.093
6 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1:24.649 0.885 0.054
7 50 Eugene Laverty Ducati 1:24.751 0.987 0.102
8 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1:24.992 1.228 0.241
9 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1:25.054 1.290 0.062
10 68 Yonni Hernandez Ducati 1:25.171 1.407 0.117
11 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1:25.175 1.411 0.004
12 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1:25.223 1.459 0.048
13 43 Jack Miller Honda 1:25.345 1.581 0.122
14 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1:25.438 1.674 0.093
15 76 Loris Baz Ducati 1:25.994 2.230 0.556
16 36 Mika Kallio KTM 1:26.056 2.292 0.062
17 53 Tito Rabat Honda 1:26.195 2.431 0.139
18 12 Tom Luthi KTM 1:26.405 2.641 0.210

* Aprilia did not fit transponders for the test

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2016
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2016 Sachsenring MotoGP Race Result: A Terrific Tale Of Timing And Teamwork

On-and-off rain was the prediction as the riders lined up the grid but the drizzle stopped as the race got underway. The drying track posed a dilemma, the teams and the riders looking for the perfect timing to swap bikes.

The inch-perfect decision was taken by Repsol Honda, the risk of putting Marc Marquez on slick tyres early gaining them a seventh straight victory at the Sachsenring, with almost ten seconds in hand over Cal Crutchlow. The LCR rider broke the heart of fellow Brit Scott Redding by overtaking him on the last lap, with Andrea Dovizioso’s last gasp attack bumping the Pramac rider off the podium.

When Marquez led off the line then got overtaken by Rossi into turn three and started slipping back, it looked like a matter of salvaging points for the world championship leader. But after the heavy fall of the morning and the wrong choice of wet tyre, the Spaniard had to take it easy against the Ducatis of Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci.

Dovizioso made the move on Rossi three laps after the start, the Yamaha rider overtaken by Petrucci three corners later. Pramac’s Italian didn’t sit around and overtook Dovizioso one lap later.

Jack Miller stormed into sixth once the lights went off, taking Hector Barbera then Marquez for fourth but struggling to close down the two-second gap to the three men at the top. Lower down, Dani Pedrosa was slow to make up places at the start but slowly recovered the second separating him from the lead group as he found some heat to feed his tyres. Iannone was his first victim, his Honda teammate two seconds up the road, Marquez losing ground to Barbera meanwhile.

Twenty laps to go, leader Petrucci hit the gravel handing the lead to Dovizioso. Soon after, Marquez followed his example but his touch for miraculous saves kept him upright and the Repsol rider rejoined ninth, behind Iannone.

Seventeen laps to go, the mechanics started to get some action in the pits, Iannone switching to intermediate tyres, hoping to make the most of the dry line appearing. Meanwhile, Barbera dared a move on Rossi and pulled it off into turn one, setting up an unlikely battle for second place. Behind them, Cal Crutchlow was a man on a mission, the first to drop into the 1’34s and doing so consistently.

Thirteen laps to go, Marquez pitted to swap bikes, risking a slick tyre combination that saw him post a string of fastest laps. The activity in the pits was getting frantic but the top five – comprised of Dovizioso, Rossi, Crutchlow, Barbera and Miller - were still out, only blinking with seven laps to go. That late decision proved fatal to Rossi's podium hopes. Miller took a brave decision to stay out even longer but still didn’t escape Marquez’s charge, the Spaniard overtaking him a lap later.

Redding, who also stopped early on, was twenty seconds down on Marquez and fighting off Cal Cruthlow. It proved an unsuccessful mission as both him and Dovizioso went past on the last lap. The Brit finished fourth, ahead of a lonely ride from Iannone, as Pedrosa and Miller overtook a disconsolate Rossi for sixth and seventh.

The only thing that might console him slightly will be seeing his teammate down in fifteenth, Jorge Lorenzo yoyo-ing outside of the top 10 and grabbing the last point on offer, in another weekend to forget for the reigning world champion.

Finally, the sun definitely came out on Honda’s first half of the season, with Marquez extending his winning streak at the Sachsenring, as well as his lead over Lorenzo to 48 points, Rossi a further 11 down. Honda also finds itself 33 points ahead in the teams’ ranking and only 1 point down on Yamaha in the constructors’ championship. After the dizzying events of Sachsenring, many will be welcoming the summer break. Fans apart.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 47'03.239
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda +9.857
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati +11.613
4 45 Scott REDDING Ducati +11.992
5 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati +22.755
6 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda +25.920
7 43 Jack MILLER Honda +26.043
8 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha +26.449
9 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati +26.614
10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia +31.274
11 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati +41.208
12 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki +42.158
13 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha +1'03.129
14 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki +1'06.091
15 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha +1'17.694
16 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1 Lap
17 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 2 Laps
18 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 3 Laps
    Not Classified    
  44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 13 Laps
  9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 18 Laps

 

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9
2016
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2016 Sachsenring Moto2 Race Result: Falling Like Flies

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Five hundreds of a second and some last turn shenanigans decided the eventful intermediate class race. Reigning world champion Johann Zarco not only kept it upright for a full twenty-nine laps but also fended off a fast Jonas Folger for the last part of the race. Julian Simon barely featured on our TV screens with a lonely ride twenty seconds off the leaders, yet one that assured him a deserved third place.

Zarco started the race with a great run off the line but Nakagami set things straight by the end of the first lap, with Alex Rins putting pressure on the Frenchman soon after, as the Japanese rider stretched an advantage of almost a second. Five laps later, a slide down into turn two saw Nakagami out of contention for the win, rejoining at the back of the grid and finishing eleventh.

Alex Rins inherited the lead but managing the race proved to be a challenge in changing conditions, wobbling here and there as Folger caught up and overtook him with twenty-one laps to go, after a sensational start taking him from thirteen to fourth and giving him a shot at the lead. But the Spaniard fought back soon after, taking his sun-coloured bike back to the top.

The world championship leader had fallen into fifth once Marcel Schrotter joined the fun. The German crashed out in tricky turn eight – one that caused a lot of trouble – and post-tantrum he gifted his position to Zarco. Morbidelli made a move on him then bumped Rins out of the way a couple of turns later. His breakaway attempt was aided by a fading Folger and a fogged-up visor for Rins, who lost another place in favour of the French rider.

Alex Marquez held station at the start and slowly climbed towards the podium despite a few shaky moments, joining a select group of six that seemed to dispute the win. The lead group stretched an advantage of over ten seconds over the rest of the pack, but with fourteen laps to go, Marquez slid off once again, as teammate Morbidelli was setting a fast pace at the front.

A charging Morbidelli fell while leading with seven laps to go and rejoined in eleventh position, behind his teammate, both riders going down again in the space of two laps and retiring. It wasn’t to be for Rins either, as the championship runner-up suffered a premature end to his race, crashing hard with three laps to go.

After the generous list of retirements, all the finishers did so in the points, with some remarkable rides off the podium too. Mattia Passini grabbed fourth but ten seconds away from the podium, with “Iron Balda” working wonders into fifth, with an injured shoulder. Teammate Luca Marini followed him with a career-best sixth position.

Sam Lowes was slow to get going but climbed into eight before crashing early on, rejoining but - in a familiar pattern this afternoon - retiring again in the final three laps just as he was reaching a points position.

The championship battle ended up looking like smooth(er) sailing for Zarco after Rins’ rough crash, Lowes’s woes and Luthi’s mid-race retirement. The Frenchman is now leading by 25 points, Lowes only 5 points away from Rins.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 5 Johann ZARCO Kalex 47'18.646
2 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex +0.059
3 60 Julian SIMON Speed Up +20.433
4 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex +30.455
5 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex +31.771
6 10 Luca MARINI Kalex +34.201
7 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex +41.942
8 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex +47.955
9 32 Isaac VIёALES Tech 3 +49.759
10 77 Dominique AEGERTER Kalex +51.047
11 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex +1'05.386
12 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex +1'13.865
13 70 Robin MULHAUSER Kalex +1'19.545
14 57 Edgar PONS Kalex +1'30.502
15 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 2 Laps
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  40 Alex RINS Kalex 3 Laps
  21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 3 Laps
  22 Sam LOWES Kalex 4 Laps
  73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 5 Laps
  19 Xavier SIMEON Speed Up 7 Laps
  12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 12 Laps
  49 Axel PONS Kalex 19 Laps
  14 Ratthapark WILAIROT Kalex 21 Laps
  24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 24 Laps
  97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 24 Laps
  23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 25 Laps
  44 Miguel OLIVEIRA Kalex 26 Laps

 

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9
2016
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2016 Sachsenring Moto3 Race Result: Wet Weather Wonders

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Having started with a thirteen-race run of polemen failing to win, the tide turned (almost literally) but the curse didn’t. Definitely not on his first swimming lesson, Khairul Idham Pawi sailed through murky waters to his second stunning win of the season, eleven seconds ahead of second-placed Andrea Locatelli and a determined Enea Bastianini in third. The winner looked untroubled despite a series of wobbles and slides, Pawi even going wide into turn one, biting into the gravel but keeping it upright with just a  minor dent into his massive lead at that point.

In a race where riders looked more like gingerly skating than riding, Bastianini got a clean getaway but Bo Bendsneyder found his way to the top by the second lap, both losing ground soon after. Locatelli, John McPhee and Hiroki Ono switched places at the top for a few laps but with twenty-three laps to go, Pawi put an end to the cat and mouse games and took over at the front.

Having gone from twentieth to sixth position by the end of the first lap and oozing with confidence in the treacherous conditions, the Malaysian tried to stretch his advantage, creating some big gaps among the lead group. He didn’t manage to shake off his teammate but third placed McPhee dropped three seconds behind the leader while fending off Locatelli.

After pushing his teammate at the front, Hiroki Ono narrowly saved a highside with nineteen laps to go. A quick trip through wet gravel later, he recovered into fifth only to waste the good work with a race-ending crash four laps later. Once Ono retired, Locatelli did a great job to break away from the fight for third between Bastianini and McPhee. The Italian won that battle and kept his head cool until the checkered flag.

As the race went on and the rain eased into a drizzle, the gaps started to reduce (besides the one at the front, of course). Kornfeil splashed his way to fifth place early into the race, catching up and breaking the third place party five laps to the end. He finished in fourth position, while McPhee was pushed back by the Czech rider and soon after by Fabio di Giannantonio.

Binder chose to take it easy early in the race, dropping to twelfth place, behind title rival Jorge Navarro, the two switching places on a handful of occasions, Navarro taking the initiative with seven laps to go and grabbing seventh position in front of the South-African.

A lacklustre race for Romano Fenati following a series of crashes during the weekend and Lorenzo-esque levels of performance in the wet saw him finish down in eighteenth position, mostly thanks to several crashes from his fellow riders. Also down the order, most rookies swimmers dropped back as the race advanced, Bo Bendsneyder and Aron Canet outside of the top ten, with crashes from Bulega and Mir.

The title fight proved to be fittingly carried between Navarro and Binder, the Spaniard ending up on top and taking a few points back from the championship leader, who still holds the top place by 47 points. Romano Fenati drops back with 66 points off Binder, seeing Pecco Bagnaia in his rear view mirrors, 74 points away.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda 47'07.763
2 55 Andrea LOCATELLI KTM +11.131
3 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda +13.359
4 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Honda +18.541
5 4 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda +20.620
6 17 John MCPHEE Peugeot +20.698
7 9 Jorge NAVARRO Honda +20.910
8 41 Brad BINDER KTM +23.333
9 95 Jules DANILO Honda +30.318
10 21 Francesco BAGNAIA Mahindra +31.095
11 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Mahindra +37.688
12 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM +45.005
13 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM +47.793
14 11 Livio LOI Honda +48.073
15 44 Aron CANET Honda +56.921
16 10 Alexis MASBOU Peugeot +1'10.787
17 65 Philipp OETTL KTM +1'13.873
18 5 Romano FENATI KTM +1'14.813
19 97 Maximillian KAPPLER KTM +1'15.203
20 43 Stefano VALTULINI Mahindra +1'15.434
21 27 Tim GEORGI KTM +1'23.906
22 22 Danny WEBB Mahindra +1'38.548
23 20 Fabio QUARTARARO KTM 1 Lap
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  8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 13 Laps
  7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 15 Laps
  76 Hiroki ONO Honda 16 Laps
  88 Jorge MARTIN Mahindra 17 Laps
  16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 17 Laps
  40 Darryn BINDER Mahindra 19 Laps
  58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 19 Laps
  77 Lorenzo PETRARCA Mahindra 20 Laps
    Not Finished 1st Lap    
  36 Joan MIR KTM 0 Lap

 

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9
2016
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2016 Sachsenring MotoGP Warm Up Result: Pedrosa Leads, Marquez Crashes

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Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'33.883    
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'33.936 0.053 0.053
3 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'34.263 0.380 0.327
4 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'34.404 0.521 0.141
5 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'34.410 0.527 0.006
6 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'34.445 0.562 0.035
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'34.652 0.769 0.207
8 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'34.653 0.770 0.001
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'35.075 1.192 0.422
10 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'35.090 1.207 0.015
11 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'35.123 1.240 0.033
12 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'35.237 1.354 0.114
13 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'35.308 1.425 0.071
14 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 1'35.506 1.623 0.198
15 25 Maverick VIёALES Suzuki 1'35.575 1.692 0.069
16 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'35.962 2.079 0.387
17 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'36.556 2.673 0.594
18 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'36.800 2.917 0.244
19 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'37.451 3.568 0.651
20 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'37.794 3.911 0.343
21 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 1'39.767 5.884 1.973
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9
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2016 Sachsenring Moto2 Warm Up Result: Favourites Fall, Simeon Leads

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Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 19 Xavier SIMEON Speed Up 1'35.992    
2 5 Johann ZARCO Kalex 1'36.073 0.081 0.081
3 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 1'36.292 0.300 0.219
4 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'36.306 0.314 0.014
5 40 Alex RINS Kalex 1'36.410 0.418 0.104
6 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'36.701 0.709 0.291
7 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'36.758 0.766 0.057
8 60 Julian SIMON Speed Up 1'36.774 0.782 0.016
9 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 1'36.887 0.895 0.113
10 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'36.947 0.955 0.060
11 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'37.346 1.354 0.399
12 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'37.397 1.405 0.051
13 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'37.474 1.482 0.077
14 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'37.497 1.505 0.023
15 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA Kalex 1'37.642 1.650 0.145
16 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'37.670 1.678 0.028
17 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'37.788 1.796 0.118
18 32 Isaac VIёALES Tech 3 1'38.295 2.303 0.507
19 77 Dominique AEGERTER Kalex 1'38.390 2.398 0.095
20 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'38.481 2.489 0.091
21 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'39.027 3.035 0.546
22 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT Kalex 1'39.388 3.396 0.361
23 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'39.485 3.493 0.097
24 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'39.967 3.975 0.482
25 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'40.419 4.427 0.452
26 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'40.473 4.481 0.054
27 70 Robin MULHAUSER Kalex 1'40.653 4.661 0.180
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9
2016
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2016 Sachsenring Moto3 Warm Up Result: Pawi Welcomes Rainfall

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Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda 1'40.072    
2 55 Andrea LOCATELLI KTM 1'40.401 0.329 0.329
3 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'40.576 0.504 0.175
4 88 Jorge MARTIN Mahindra 1'40.620 0.548 0.044
5 17 John MCPHEE Peugeot 1'40.766 0.694 0.146
6 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'40.821 0.749 0.055
7 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'40.922 0.850 0.101
8 9 Jorge NAVARRO Honda 1'41.025 0.953 0.103
9 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'41.123 1.051 0.098
10 76 Hiroki ONO Honda 1'41.182 1.110 0.059
11 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'41.217 1.145 0.035
12 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'41.284 1.212 0.067
13 11 Livio LOI Honda 1'41.312 1.240 0.028
14 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Mahindra 1'41.388 1.316 0.076
15 21 Francesco BAGNAIA Mahindra 1'41.684 1.612 0.296
16 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'41.718 1.646 0.034
17 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'42.038 1.966 0.320
18 27 Tim GEORGI KTM 1'42.166 2.094 0.128
19 4 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'42.297 2.225 0.131
20 36 Joan MIR KTM 1'42.561 2.489 0.264
21 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Honda 1'42.799 2.727 0.238
22 40 Darryn BINDER Mahindra 1'42.839 2.767 0.040
23 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'43.384 3.312 0.545
24 22 Danny WEBB Mahindra 1'43.411 3.339 0.027
25 43 Stefano VALTULINI Mahindra 1'43.541 3.469 0.130
26 77 Lorenzo PETRARCA Mahindra 1'43.711 3.639 0.170
27 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'44.204 4.132 0.493
28 10 Alexis MASBOU Peugeot 1'44.281 4.209 0.077
29 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'44.302 4.230 0.021
30 97 Maximillian KAPPLER KTM 1'44.551 4.479 0.249
31 5 Romano FENATI KTM 1'44.871 4.799 0.320
32 20 Fabio QUARTARARO KTM 1'45.851 5.779 0.980
  3 Fabio SPIRANELLI Mahindra      
  6 Maria HERRERA KTM      
  23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda      
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9
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2016 Sachsenring Moto2 Qualifying Result: A Last Lap Pole Attack

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Not one to sit around, Alex Rins put a marker down early into the session on the soft tyre – one overtaken by the reigning world champion on his second run. Johann Zarco almost awarded himself a great birthday present until Takaaki Nakagami stole the spoils in the final seconds of the session.

The Japanese rider has put his speed and consistence over the past few races to good use and snatched a well-deserved first pole position of the season and will maybe get a sniff at the title fight in tomorrow’s race. Alex Rins finished a tenth behind Johann Zarco and will be delighted to join the first row after struggling to get into the top five and the 1’24s all weekend.

Italian duo Simone Corsi and Franco Morbidelli will open the second row in the GermanGP, followed by Sandro Cortese, all three riders within seven hundreds of a second off each other. The other side of the Estrella Galicia garage raised his game slightly following the confirmation of his contract extension, the younger Marquez qualifying in eighth position, behind the man rumoured to have been considered for his seat, Lorenzo Baldassarri.

Lower down the grid, Sam Lowes completes the top ten after a fall in turn three early into the session. A little lower than that, the Interwetten team spent part of the session trying to qualify for the fastest set-up changes instead, Thomas Luthi joining the track late and only managing a twelfth position on the grid.

A notable absence in the session was Danny Kent who was ruled out for the weekend after breaking a rib following a karting accident, missing the opportunity to take his 100th GP start.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'24.274    
2 5 Johann ZARCO Kalex 1'24.514 0.240 0.240
3 40 Alex RINS Kalex 1'24.641 0.367 0.127
4 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'24.680 0.406 0.039
5 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'24.731 0.457 0.051
6 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 1'24.754 0.480 0.023
7 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'24.845 0.571 0.091
8 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'24.942 0.668 0.097
9 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'24.964 0.690 0.022
10 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'24.976 0.702 0.012
11 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'25.004 0.730 0.028
12 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'25.030 0.756 0.026
13 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 1'25.053 0.779 0.023
14 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'25.056 0.782 0.003
15 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'25.089 0.815 0.033
16 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA Kalex 1'25.173 0.899 0.084
17 60 Julian SIMON Speed Up 1'25.182 0.908 0.009
18 19 Xavier SIMEON Speed Up 1'25.236 0.962 0.054
19 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'25.412 1.138 0.176
20 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'25.481 1.207 0.069
21 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'25.871 1.597 0.390
22 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'25.876 1.602 0.005
23 77 Dominique AEGERTER Kalex 1'25.945 1.671 0.069
24 32 Isaac VIёALES Tech 3 1'26.101 1.827 0.156
25 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT Kalex 1'26.143 1.869 0.042
26 70 Robin MULHAUSER Kalex 1'26.378 2.104 0.235
27 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'26.707 2.433 0.329

 

Round Number: 
9
2016
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2016 Sachsenring MotoGP Qualifying Result: Likely Performances And Unlikely Tumbles

As qualifying started, the opening act was set to be the world champion’s one-of-a-kind adventure into Q1. The ‘will he, won’t he’ concluded with a bittersweet ending, Lorenzo joining Petrucci into Q2 despite a fast fall in turn eight. Little did he know things were about to go even more sour soon after.

But onto the main attraction, Sachsenring became the Marc Marquez show, only Hector Barbera briefly seeing the top of the timesheets due to a tow courtesy of the Honda rider himself. Soon after, Marquez blitzed his way back to the top, four tenths off Barbera and half a second over Valentino Rossi.

The unlikely trio filled the front row, with Danilo Petrucci in fourth, despite setting an identical time to Rossi. He will be joined on the second row by the Yamaha of Pol Espargaro and a potentially disappointed Maverick Viñales in sixth.

Andrea Dovizioso proved to be the third best Ducati of the day, sharing third row with Aleix Espargaro. Despite a promising FP3, Andrea Iannone hit the deck at the first corner with ten minutes to go, ninth place the best he could do on his second outing.

But the unhappiest duo on the grid consisted of Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo, the Honda rider at least having the consolation of not crashing for a third time this weekend. The unpleasant experiment was undertaken late into Q2 by the world champion, who, starting outside of the top ten for the first time since 2004, will probably pin the layout of this circuit on his dartboard.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'21.160    
2 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'21.572 0.412 0.412
3 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'21.666 0.506 0.094
4 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'21.666 0.506  
5 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'21.738 0.578 0.072
6 25 Maverick VIёALES Suzuki 1'21.784 0.624 0.046
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'21.858 0.698 0.074
8 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'21.883 0.723 0.025
9 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'21.890 0.730 0.007
10 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'21.892 0.732 0.002
11 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'22.088 0.928 0.196
12 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'22.346 1.186 0.258
Results of Q1            
Q2 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'21.712    
Q2 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'21.737 0.025 0.025
13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'21.783 0.071 0.046
14 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'21.994 0.282 0.211
15 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'22.236 0.524 0.242
16 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'22.382 0.670 0.146
17 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 1'22.493 0.781 0.111
18 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 1'22.567 0.855 0.074
19 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'22.670 0.958 0.103
20 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'22.860 1.148 0.190
21 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'23.075 1.363 0.215

 

Round Number: 
9
2016
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2016 Sachsenring MotoGP FP4 Result: Iannone Leads Marquez

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The riders used the last practice session to chase a potentially useless dry set-up but also to practice some bike swaps in case of a flag-to-flag challenge in tomorrow’s race. The Ducati of Andrea Iannone took its rightful place at the top of the standings as Marc Marquez literally wiggled his way into second with Dani Pedrosa in third, a thousand of a second off his teammate’s time. Maverick Viñales kept close in fourth, in front of a more determined Andrea Dovizioso.

It was another tough afternoon for Yamaha, with Valentino Rossi posting consistent times but down in sixth position, half a second off Iannone, the other Yamahas in tenth and eleventh position for Pol Espargaro and Jorge Lorenzo, the world champion not having the greatest preparation for his Q1 getaway.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'22.005    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'22.131 0.126 0.126
3 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'22.132 0.127 0.001
4 25 Maverick VIёALES Suzuki 1'22.258 0.253 0.126
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'22.527 0.522 0.269
6 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'22.531 0.526 0.004
7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'22.593 0.588 0.062
8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'22.693 0.688 0.100
9 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'22.738 0.733 0.045
10 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'22.743 0.738 0.005
11 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'22.896 0.891 0.153
12 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'22.922 0.917 0.026
13 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'22.945 0.940 0.023
14 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'23.108 1.103 0.163
15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'23.124 1.119 0.016
16 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 1'23.124 1.119  
17 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'23.182 1.177 0.058
18 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'23.267 1.262 0.085
19 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 1'23.290 1.285 0.023
20 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'24.118 2.113 0.828
21 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'24.233 2.228 0.115

 

Round Number: 
9
2016
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Total votes: 8

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