MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2016 Sepang World Supersport FP1 Results: Jacobsen Holds Off Sofuoglu

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PJ Jacobsen, winner here with his maiden victory last year, was quickest ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu and Jules Cluzel. The quickest seven riders were all within a half of a second. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 2 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR600RR 2'10.162   261,2
2 1 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'10.367 0.205 258,7
3 16 J. CLUZEL MV Agusta F3 675 2'10.556 0.394 262,5
4 87 L. ZANETTI MV Agusta F3 675 2'10.577 0.415 258,1
5 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'10.609 0.447 251,5
6 88 N. TEROL MV Agusta F3 675 2'10.620 0.458 256,9
7 4 G. REA MV Agusta F3 675 2'10.646 0.484 253,3
8 69 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'10.944 0.782 255,1
9 63 Z. KHAIRUDDIN Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'11.193 1.031 259,3
10 64 F. CARICASULO Honda CBR600RR 2'11.236 1.074 258,7
11 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 2'11.363 1.201 255,7
12 11 C. GAMARINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'11.856 1.694 253,3
13 44 R. ROLFO MV Agusta F3 675 2'11.972 1.810 250,9
14 86 A. BADOVINI Honda CBR600RR 2'12.320 2.158 253,9
15 78 H. OKUBO Honda CBR600RR 2'12.373 2.211 255,1
16 81 L. STAPLEFORD Triumph Daytona 675 2'12.600 2.438 254,5
17 19 K. WAHR Honda CBR600RR 2'12.969 2.807 251,5
18 25 A. BALDOLINI MV Agusta F3 675 2'13.573 3.411 258,7
19 71 C. BERGMAN Honda CBR600RR 2'13.984 3.822 256,3
20 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'14.127 3.965 253,9
21 41 A. WAGNER MV Agusta F3 675 2'14.546 4.384 252,1
22 83 L. EPIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'17.133 6.971 250,3
23 35 S. HILL Honda CBR600RR 2'17.552 7.390 252,7

 

Round Number: 
6
2016
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2016 Sepang World Superbike FP1 Results: Kawasakis On Top

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Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea were quickest ahead of the Hondas of Nicky Hayden and Michael van der Mark on the freshly resurfaced track. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'05.613   294,7
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'05.710 0.097 295,5
3 69 N. HAYDEN Honda CBR1000RR SP 2'05.930 0.317 297,9
4 60 M. VAN DER MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 2'06.102 0.489 294,7
5 21 M. REITERBERGER BMW S1000 RR 2'06.552 0.939 298,7
6 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 2'06.561 0.948 294,7
7 81 J. TORRES BMW S1000 RR 2'07.147 1.534 300,4
8 15 A. DE ANGELIS Aprilia RSV4 RF 2'07.286 1.673 300,4
9 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 2'07.318 1.705 299,6
10 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 2'07.610 1.997 289,9
11 17 K. ABRAHAM BMW S1000 RR 2'07.707 2.094 296,3
12 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 2'07.739 2.126 296,3
13 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 2'07.743 2.130 291,5
14 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati Panigale R 2'07.884 2.271 293,9
15 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'08.211 2.598 293,1
16 25 J. BROOKES BMW S1000 RR 2'09.249 3.636 297,1
17 16 J. HOOK Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'10.532 4.919 283,8
18 4 G. VIZZIELLO Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'10.660 5.047 285,3
19 9 D. SCHMITTER Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'10.813 5.200 285,3
20 10 I. TÓTH Yamaha YZF R1 2'11.390 5.777 283,8
21 119 P. SZKOPEK Yamaha YZF R1 2'11.458 5.845 285,3
22 11 S. AL SULAITI Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'12.920 7.307 280,2
23 99 L. SCASSA Ducati Panigale R 2'13.693 8.080 288,4

 

Round Number: 
6
2016
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2016 Le Mans MotoGP Race Result: Winner Dominates as Crashfest Follows in his Wake

Jorge Lorenzo has taken victory in the MotoGP race at Le Mans in dominant style, leading from start to finish, and taking over the lead in the championship at the same time.

The plan for everyone else was simple: try to get ahead of Jorge Lorenzo into the first corner, and slow him up a little. But Lorenzo would brook no opposition off the line, putting in his customary flying start to lead into the chicane, and push to make a gap.

Andrea Dovizioso kept Lorenzo honest in the opening laps, quickly joined by his factory Ducati teammate Andrea Iannone once the Italian had worked his way past Marc Marquez. Pol Espargaro capitalized on a strong qualifying position to slot in behind the Repsol Honda, while Valentino Rossi fought his way forward and started picking off the riders ahead of him. Espargaro would soon fall victim to Rossi's onslaught, the Italian latching on to the back wheel of Márquez.

The two Ducatis pushed to keep pace with Lorenzo, but the Yamaha man was relentless. He eked open a gap, forcing Andrea Iannone to try to pass his teammate. Iannone got past cleanly, but as he chased the Spaniard he asked too much of his front tire and crashed out of the race. He would not be the last man to crash out of the race.

While Lorenzo disappeared into the distance, Rossi and Márquez closed up on Dovizioso. Rossi had the strongest pace of the bunch, passing the Honda and the Ducati at the halfway mark.

As they took their turn to chase Rossi, both Dovizioso and Márquez crashed simultaneously at the Musée corner, both hitting the same spot of dark asphalt where the track has been repaired. With both Dovizioso and Iannone having suffered recent water pump failures, the immediate suspicion was water on the track here too, but there was no evidence of that from the slow motion replays.

Those crashes gave Rossi breathing space behind him, while Lorenzo had cleared off into the distance. First and second positions were settled, with only the final spot on the podium up for grabs.

That eventually went to Maverick Viñales, the Suzuki rider winning the battle behind in the first half of the race, and breaking free of his teammate Aleix Espargaro, Dani Pedrosa, and Pol Espargaro in the middle of the race. Pedrosa fought his way through the pack and was chasing Viñales, but could not catch him.

Viñales' third place finish was his first ever podium in MotoGP, and the first for a Suzuki since Loris Capirossi took a podium back in 2008. How this will affect the Spaniard's decision for the future remains to be seen.

Dani Pedrosa crossed the line in fourth, grabbing valuable championship points, while Pol Espargaro topped off a successful weekend at Le Mans with a fifth place.

There were a lot of crashers in the race, with seven riders going down and a couple of retirements. Marc Márquez made the best of a bad job by remounting after his crash, and riding around in last place. By a process of attrition, he crossed the line in thirteenth, scoring three valuable points for the championship.

Lorenzo's win puts him five points clear in the title chase, but Márquez' thirteenth place could well end up being important at the end of the season. Rossi sits in third, twelve points shy of Lorenzo.

Results:

Pos No Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 43'51.290
2 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 10.654
3 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 14.177
4 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 18.719
5 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 24.931
6 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 32.921
7 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 38.251
8 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 38.504
9 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 48.536
10 6 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 54.502
11 50 Eugene Laverty Ducati +1'02.677
12 76 Loris Baz Ducati +1'07.658
13 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1 Lap
Not Classified
  38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 9 Laps
  43 Jack Miller Honda 11 Laps
  4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 13 Laps
  29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 17 Laps
  53 Tito Rabat Honda 21 Laps
  35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 22 Laps
  68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 22 Laps
  45 Scott Redding Ducati 23 Laps

 

Round Number: 
5
2016
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2016 Le Mans Moto2 Race Result: A Display of Control

Alex Rins has taken a deceptively dominant win in the Moto2 race at Le Mans, controlling the race from the front and making a break in the final few laps.

After his domination of practice and qualifying, Tom Luthi had been expected to make a break at the start. He took the lead into the first chicane, but he could not make the break he wanted. Alex Rins was quickly past him, and while the two swapped places for the first few laps, Rins seized the lead on lap seven, then pushed to open a gap.

While Rins controlled the race from the front, Simone Corsi was working his way past Luthi as well. The Swiss rider faced further trouble from the Italians behind him, Franco Morbidelli and Lorenzo Baldassarri swapping paint as they bickered over fifth.

At the front, Corsi pushed to chase Rins, but Rins never gave an inch. He held a small gap until the last four laps, then pushed on to open that into a lead of nearly two seconds, in a demonstration of complete control. Corsi had no answer, but cruised home to take second, ahead of Tom Luthi.

With his win, Rins takes over the lead in the championship, after a difficult start saw Sam Lowes lose too much time early on and finish sixth. Reigning Moto2 champion Johann Zarco had an even tougher time, crashing as he fought for a spot in the top ten, and finishing outside the points.

Results:

Pos No Rider Bike Time
1 40 Alex Rins Kalex 42'27.312
2 24 Simone Corsi Speed Up 1.802
3 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 4.608
4 21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 9.148
5 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 9.828
6 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 10.626
7 49 Axel Pons Kalex 25.477
8 55 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 25.961
9 44 Miguel Oliveira Kalex 29.481
10 39 Luis Salom Kalex 29.368
11 19 Xavier Simeon Speed Up 29.573
12 10 Luca Marini Kalex 29.773
13 77 Dominique Aegerter Kalex 30.183
14 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 30.244
15 97 Xavi Vierge Tech 3 36.538
16 54 Mattia Pasini Kalex 38.602
17 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 44.911
18 70 Robin Mulhauser Kalex 45.297
19 52 Danny Kent Kalex 45.755
20 32 Isaac Viñales Tech 3 50.278
21 14 Ratthapark Wilairot Kalex 55.773
22 33 Alessandro Tonucci Kalex +1'01.790
23 2 Jesko Raffin Kalex +1'02.201
24 5 Johann Zarco Kalex +1'02.484
25 69 Danny Eslick Suter +1'39.502
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  73 Alex Marquez Kalex 13 Laps
  60 Julian Simon Speed Up 19 Laps
  94 Jonas Folger Kalex 25 Laps
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5
2016
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2016 Le Mans Moto3 Race: Display of Control Wins Thrilling Four-Way Battle

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Brad Binder has taken his second win in Moto3, and his second win in succession, after emerging victorious from a four-way battle at Le Mans.

The South African got a great start off the line, following polesitter Niccolo Antonelli through the first corner and into the chicane. Binder tried to take off at the start with Antonelli behind him, but he could not get enough of a gap to make a break.

Over the course of the next few laps, a group of eleven riders formed, splitting into two and reforming again. Romano Fenati and Brad Binder led the first group, with the Estrella Galicia riders Aron Canet and Jorge Navarro hounding them, and Jakub Kornfeil in the middle. Fabio Quartararo controlled the second group, along with Niccolo Antonelli, Juanfran Guevara, Nicolo Bulega, Andrea Migno and Khairul Idham Pawi, who had got a tremendous start, but then suffered a precipitous drop through the field.

In the second half the race, the front group split away, whittling it down to five. A mistake by Kornfeil cut the group down to four, leaving Binder, Fenati, Navarro and Canet to fight it out for the win.

For most of the race, it looked like Fenati had everything under control. He led for most laps, with Binder only briefly making an attempt to break away. The group remained tight, though, with all four clearly capable of taking the lead, occasionally swapping places to test each other out.

On the penultimate lap, Binder made it clear that he had just been biding his time. After swapping places with Navarro in the first section of the track, Binder launched his assault at the Garage Bleu esses, forcing Fenati out of the way to take the lead. Knowing he would be attacked, he defended his lead brilliantly from counterattacks, holding off Fenati all the way to the line. Fenati was forced to settle for second, while Jorge Navarro took third, despite an attack from Aron Canet which almost took both of them down.

Binder's victory means he has now extended his lead to 24 points over Jorge Navarro, and leaves France brimming with confidence.

Pos No Rider Bike Time
1 41 Brad Binder KTM 41'31.041
2 5 Romano Fenati KTM 0.099
3 9 Jorge Navarro Honda 0.387
4 44 Aron Canet Honda 1.354
5 8 Nicolo Bulega KTM 7.147
6 20 Fabio Quartararo KTM 7.616
7 16 Andrea Migno KTM 8.016
8 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 8.457
9 84 Jakub Kornfeil Honda 9.850
10 55 Andrea Locatelli KTM 9.926
11 11 Livio Loi Honda 12.293
12 21 Francesco Bagnaia Mahindra 13.738
13 58 Juanfran Guevara KTM 13.511
14 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 13.907
15 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Mahindra 14.382
16 64 Bo Bendsneyder KTM 20.915
17 4 Fabio Di Giannantonio Honda 21.229
18 88 Jorge Martin Mahindra 24.091
19 10 Alexis Masbou Peugeot 38.782
20 17 John Mcphee Peugeot 38.852
21 6 Maria Herrera KTM 38.986
22 43 Stefano Valtulini Mahindra 54.550
23 3 Fabio Spiranelli Mahindra +1'03.526
24 77 Lorenzo Petrarca Mahindra +1'03.593
25 36 Joan Mir KTM +1'05.491
Not Classified
  19 Gabriel Rodrigo KTM 1 Lap
  99 Enzo Boulom KTM 8 Laps
  76 Hiroki Ono Honda 9 Laps
  40 Darryn Binder Mahindra 14 Laps
  65 Philipp Oettl KTM 21 Laps
  95 Jules Danilo Honda 22 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
  7 Adam Norrodin Honda 0 Lap
  98 Karel Hanika Mahindra 0 Lap

 

Round Number: 
5
2016
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2016 Le Mans MotoGP Warm Up Result: Iannone Leads Viñales

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Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'33.009    
2 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 1'33.220 0.211 0.211
3 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'33.346 0.337 0.126
4 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'33.364 0.355 0.018
5 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'33.455 0.446 0.091
6 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'33.511 0.502 0.056
7 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'33.598 0.589 0.087
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'33.668 0.659 0.070
9 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'33.878 0.869 0.210
10 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'33.894 0.885 0.016
11 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'34.055 1.046 0.161
12 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'34.056 1.047 0.001
13 45 Scott Redding Ducati 1'34.161 1.152 0.105
14 53 Tito Rabat Honda 1'34.298 1.289 0.137
15 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'34.556 1.547 0.258
16 43 Jack Miller Honda 1'34.581 1.572 0.025
17 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'34.626 1.617 0.045
18 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'34.714 1.705 0.088
19 76 Loris Baz Ducati 1'34.944 1.935 0.230
20 50 Eugene Laverty Ducati 1'35.116 2.107 0.172
21 6 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1'35.133 2.124 0.017
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5
2016
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2016 Le Mans Moto2 Warm Up Result: Nakagami Quickest

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Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 1'37.556    
2 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'37.759 0.203 0.203
3 5 Johann Zarco Kalex 1'37.823 0.267 0.064
4 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'37.882 0.326 0.059
5 21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 1'37.907 0.351 0.025
6 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'37.912 0.356 0.005
7 24 Simone Corsi Speed Up 1'38.155 0.599 0.243
8 94 Jonas Folger Kalex 1'38.189 0.633 0.034
9 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'38.313 0.757 0.124
10 60 Julian Simon Speed Up 1'38.340 0.784 0.027
11 44 Miguel Oliveira Kalex 1'38.358 0.802 0.018
12 40 Alex Rins Kalex 1'38.410 0.854 0.052
13 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'38.439 0.883 0.029
14 19 Xavier Simeon Speed Up 1'38.477 0.921 0.038
15 49 Axel Pons Kalex 1'38.538 0.982 0.061
16 55 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 1'38.640 1.084 0.102
17 54 Mattia Pasini Kalex 1'38.741 1.185 0.101
18 52 Danny Kent Kalex 1'38.749 1.193 0.008
19 73 Alex Marquez Kalex 1'38.886 1.330 0.137
20 39 Luis Salom Kalex 1'38.908 1.352 0.022
21 77 Dominique Aegerter Kalex 1'39.243 1.687 0.335
22 97 Xavi Vierge Tech 3 1'39.411 1.855 0.168
23 32 Isaac Viñales Tech 3 1'39.625 2.069 0.214
24 2 Jesko Raffin Kalex 1'39.817 2.261 0.192
25 33 Alessandro Tonucci Kalex 1'39.888 2.332 0.071
26 14 Ratthapark Wilairot Kalex 1'40.139 2.583 0.251
27 70 Robin Mulhauser Kalex 1'40.211 2.655 0.072
28 69 Danny Eslick Suter 1'40.993 3.437 0.782
  11 Sandro Cortese Kalex      
Round Number: 
5
2016
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2016 Le Mans Moto3 Warm Up Result: Navarro Edges Canet

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Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 9 Jorge Navarro Honda 1'43.499    
2 44 Aron Canet Honda 1'43.508 0.009 0.009
3 84 Jakub Kornfeil Honda 1'43.992 0.493 0.484
4 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'44.017 0.518 0.025
5 20 Fabio Quartararo KTM 1'44.020 0.521 0.003
6 55 Andrea Locatelli KTM 1'44.042 0.543 0.022
7 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'44.074 0.575 0.032
8 65 Philipp Oettl KTM 1'44.147 0.648 0.073
9 95 Jules Danilo Honda 1'44.298 0.799 0.151
10 76 Hiroki Ono Honda 1'44.314 0.815 0.016
11 41 Brad Binder KTM 1'44.370 0.871 0.056
12 11 Livio Loi Honda 1'44.389 0.890 0.019
13 5 Romano Fenati KTM 1'44.416 0.917 0.027
14 19 Gabriel Rodrigo KTM 1'44.451 0.952 0.035
15 7 Adam Norrodin Honda 1'44.456 0.957 0.005
16 88 Jorge Martin Mahindra 1'44.504 1.005 0.048
17 8 Nicolo Bulega KTM 1'44.543 1.044 0.039
18 58 Juanfran Guevara KTM 1'44.578 1.079 0.035
19 6 Maria Herrera KTM 1'44.610 1.111 0.032
20 21 Francesco Bagnaia Mahindra 1'44.617 1.118 0.007
21 64 Bo Bendsneyder KTM 1'44.646 1.147 0.029
22 4 Fabio Di Giannantonio Honda 1'44.749 1.250 0.103
23 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'44.780 1.281 0.031
24 43 Stefano Valtulini Mahindra 1'45.171 1.672 0.391
25 40 Darryn Binder Mahindra 1'45.223 1.724 0.052
26 17 John Mcphee Peugeot 1'45.243 1.744 0.020
27 10 Alexis Masbou Peugeot 1'45.310 1.811 0.067
28 98 Karel Hanika Mahindra 1'45.410 1.911 0.100
29 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Mahindra 1'45.469 1.970 0.059
30 36 Joan Mir KTM 1'45.526 2.027 0.057
31 3 Fabio Spiranelli Mahindra 1'45.876 2.377 0.350
32 77 Lorenzo Petrarca Mahindra 1'46.163 2.664 0.287
33 99 Enzo Boulom KTM 1'46.232 2.733 0.069
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5
2016
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2016 Le Mans Moto2 Qualifying Practice Result: Another Record Tumbles

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Tom Luthi has extended his Moto2 reign of terror at Le Mans, the Swiss rider taking pole and a brand new lap record at the French track. Luthi was fastest for much of the session, despite attacks from Johann Zarco, Alex Rins and Lorenzo Baldassarri, and held on to take top spot during qualifying. He also became the first rider to lap Le Mans in under 1'37 on a Moto2 bike.

Alex Rins also cracked the 1'37 barrier, but only managed it right at the end. The HP Pons rider got within five hundredths of Luthi, but could not beat him to pole. Rins had been struggling earlier in the weekend, but found his feet during qualifying. Rins will have a golden chance to recover some points on championship leader Sam Lowes, who will start from the third row after a tough weekend at Le Mans.

Lorenzo Baldassarri took the third spot on the starting grid, the Italian teenager making his first front row start. Baldassarri tried to help tow his Forward Racing teammate Luca Marini, but could only help the youngster to tenth spot. Simone Corsi heads up the second row in fourth spot, ahead of Johann Zarco. The reigning Moto2 champion was one of many riders to suffer falls during qualifying, though none of them were serious. Jonas Folger's crash was big enough to badly damage his bike, forcing the German to miss most of qualifying. Despite that, he will start the race from eighth.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'36.847    
2 40 Alex Rins Kalex 1'36.899 0.052 0.052
3 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'37.070 0.223 0.171
4 24 Simone Corsi Speed Up 1'37.168 0.321 0.098
5 5 Johann Zarco Kalex 1'37.180 0.333 0.012
6 21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 1'37.239 0.392 0.059
7 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 1'37.324 0.477 0.085
8 94 Jonas Folger Kalex 1'37.359 0.512 0.035
9 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'37.396 0.549 0.037
10 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'37.438 0.591 0.042
11 49 Axel Pons Kalex 1'37.496 0.649 0.058
12 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'37.631 0.784 0.135
13 77 Dominique Aegerter Kalex 1'37.700 0.853 0.069
14 44 Miguel Oliveira Kalex 1'37.764 0.917 0.064
15 60 Julian Simon Speed Up 1'37.812 0.965 0.048
16 73 Alex Marquez Kalex 1'37.942 1.095 0.130
17 55 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 1'37.994 1.147 0.052
18 39 Luis Salom Kalex 1'38.003 1.156 0.009
19 54 Mattia Pasini Kalex 1'38.030 1.183 0.027
20 19 Xavier Simeon Speed Up 1'38.091 1.244 0.061
21 52 Danny Kent Kalex 1'38.281 1.434 0.190
22 97 Xavi Vierge Tech 3 1'38.326 1.479 0.045
23 32 Isaac Viñales Tech 3 1'38.550 1.703 0.224
24 14 Ratthapark Wilairot Kalex 1'38.748 1.901 0.198
25 70 Robin Mulhauser Kalex 1'38.855 2.008 0.107
26 33 Alessandro Tonucci Kalex 1'39.370 2.523 0.515
27 2 Jesko Raffin Kalex 1'39.873 3.026 0.503
28 69 Danny Eslick Suter 1'40.404 3.557 0.531
  11 Sandro Cortese Kalex      

 

Round Number: 
5
2016
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2016 Le Mans MotoGP Qualifying Practice Result: Lap Records Fall Again

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Jorge Lorenzo has made a clear statement of intent at Le Mans, smashing the existing lap record to take pole at the French track by over four tenths of a second. The Movistar Yamaha rider once again found a clever way of creating space ahead of him, waiting until everyone else had departed pit lane before heading out for his own first run. The Spaniard was quickest on his first run, opening a gap of a couple of tenths, then pushed on his second run with a new rear tire, and smashed the existing pole record, while becoming the first ever motorcycle to lap the Le Mans Bugatti circuit in under 1'32.

Marc Marquez will start from the second position, after a late charge salvaged his qualifying and moved him up from the third row. Marquez had a tough first run, running wide on his second lap, but rectified the situation on his second run. Andrea Iannone will start from last place on the front row, the factory Ducati rider looking like the only man capable of challenging Lorenzo. Iannone's first flying lap put him within a couple of hundredths of the Movistar Yamaha, but he crashed on the outlap of his second run, a technical issue causing water to pour onto his rear tire, an issue similar to one suffered during the race by Andrea Dovizioso. Though Iannone get back out, he could not improve his time.

Pol Espargaro's strong weekend continues, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider heading up the second row of the grid. Espargaro looked capable of getting onto the front row, but he could not quite match the pace of Iannone.  Andrea Dovizioso put the second Factory Ducati into fifth, and the middle of the second row, while Bradley Smith had his best qualifying of 2016 and will start from sixth. Smith appears to have turned the corner after a terrible start to his 2016 season.

Valentino Rossi had a terrible qualifying, getting stuck behind Maverick Viñales on his second run but unable to pass him. That meant Rossi missed out on the second row by just nine thousandths of a second, leaving him stuck in seventh, a tough spot to start from on a track which is hard to pass at. Maverick Viñales ended up eighth, a tenth off the pace of Rossi, and just ahead of Cal Crutchlow on the LCR Honda.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'31.975    
2 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'32.416 0.441 0.441
3 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'32.469 0.494 0.053
4 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'32.502 0.527 0.033
5 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'32.587 0.612 0.085
6 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'32.820 0.845 0.233
7 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'32.829 0.854 0.009
8 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 1'32.933 0.958 0.104
9 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'32.963 0.988 0.030
10 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'33.102 1.127 0.139
11 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'33.109 1.134 0.007
12 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'33.115 1.140 0.006
Out of Q2
Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
Q2 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'33.139    
Q2 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'33.199 0.060 0.060
13 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'33.291 0.152 0.092
14 45 Scott Redding Ducati 1'33.310 0.171 0.019
15 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'33.360 0.221 0.050
16 50 Eugene Laverty Ducati 1'33.452 0.313 0.092
17 6 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1'34.003 0.864 0.551
18 43 Jack Miller Honda 1'34.049 0.910 0.046
19 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'34.333 1.194 0.284
20 53 Tito Rabat Honda 1'34.348 1.209 0.015
21 76 Loris Baz Ducati 1'34.455 1.316 0.107

 

Round Number: 
5
2016
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Total votes: 10

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