MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2016 Valencia MotoGP FP1 Result: A Morning In LorenzoLand

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As the session started, the M1 of Valentino Rossi was already in holiday mood, the bike showing signs of trouble just out the pits as the light turned green, the Italian taking the Yamaha for a stroll through the paddock instead.

As he rejoined the slightly cool track on his second bike, his main rivals were switching places at the top, Marc Marquez then Jorge Lorenzo taking over the leader board, within five hundredths of each other. After the usual mid-session lull, the world champion jumped back ahead of his countryman, Pol Espargaro joining the party soon after, splitting the duo but over three tenths down on Marquez.

The final minutes brought Lorenzo back in contention, the Yamaha rider going faster than his own circuit record. Rossi eventually got up to speed to put in an impressive last lap that got him ahead of Marquez, the Honda dropping to third and both of them almost four tenths down on Lorenzo.

Andrea Dovizioso and Maverick Viñales disputed fourth place for much of the session, the Suzuki losing the fight to both the Ducati and the younger Espargaro, Viñales finishing fifth, with teammate Aleix Espargaro putting in a late charge for seventh. The end of the top ten included some unusual names with Jack Miller in eighth and Scott Redding in ninth, Andrea Iannone completing it, over a second down on the leader.

Back in action for the last GP of the season, Dani Pedrosa had to cope both with the still recovering injuries and the cold temperatures of the morning, the Spaniard putting in a handful of laps and finishing twelfth, two places ahead of the fellow Honda and fellow injured colleague Cal Crutchlow.

The first official FP1 outing of the KTM, with Mika Kallio on board, saw the new bike finish less than three seconds down on the leader and half a second behind Loris Baz in twenty-first position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'31.045    
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'31.432 0.387 0.387
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'31.442 0.397 0.010
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'31.532 0.487 0.090
5 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'31.785 0.740 0.253
6 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 1'31.926 0.881 0.141
7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'31.942 0.897 0.016
8 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'32.155 1.110 0.213
9 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'32.212 1.167 0.057
10 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'32.265 1.220 0.053
11 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'32.285 1.240 0.020
12 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'32.453 1.408 0.168
13 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'32.479 1.434 0.026
14 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'32.576 1.531 0.097
15 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'32.637 1.592 0.061
16 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 1'32.845 1.800 0.208
17 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'32.924 1.879 0.079
18 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'33.056 2.011 0.132
19 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'33.161 2.116 0.105
20 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 1'33.349 2.304 0.188
21 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'33.506 2.461 0.157
22 36 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'33.985 2.940 0.479

 

Round Number: 
18
2016
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2016 Valencia Moto3 FP1 Result: Guevara Leads Chilly Morning

Probably anxious to get his hands on the Aspar Ducati, Pecco Bagnaia was fastest out of the gates, although the adrenaline was only enough for eighth place in the end. Equally excited to see the back of 2016 and get a fresh start was Fabio Quartararo, the Frenchman soon taking over at the top, with the now customary lap cancellations included in the FP1 package. He eventually dropped back to fourth.

That was really just the opening act for Brad Binder, the world champion taking it easy at the start but making his way to the top with ten minutes to go. Although he didn’t really have it all his own way, the South African getting pushed back to third by an impressive Juanfran Guevara, the Spaniard followed by his teammate, Gabriel Rodrigo, the two RBA riders topping the session for the first time this season.

As the rookie battle heated up, Joan Mir left his mark at the top of the timesheets briefly, dropping back to fifth at the checkered flag, in front of teammate Andrea Locatelli, making it a pretty successful session for the Leopard team.

The fightback for third place in the championship did not start as Jorge Navarro would have wanted, the Spaniard suffering a highly impressive and highly unpleasant highside halfway through the session, before setting a significant time. The deceptively sunny but chilly conditions also caught out Andrea Migno soon after, with Enea Bastianini also gracing the turn ten gravel trap in the final minute of the session, ending in fifteenth position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'40.333    
2 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'40.538 0.205 0.205
3 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'40.590 0.257 0.052
4 20 Fabio QUARTARARO KTM 1'40.607 0.274 0.017
5 36 Joan MIR KTM 1'40.613 0.280 0.006
6 55 Andrea LOCATELLI KTM 1'40.689 0.356 0.076
7 11 Livio LOI Honda 1'40.753 0.420 0.064
8 21 Francesco BAGNAIA Mahindra 1'40.791 0.458 0.038
9 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'40.854 0.521 0.063
10 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'40.881 0.548 0.027
11 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'40.900 0.567 0.019
12 31 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 1'41.115 0.782 0.215
13 88 Jorge MARTIN Mahindra 1'41.154 0.821 0.039
14 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'41.166 0.833 0.012
15 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'41.176 0.843 0.010
16 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'41.194 0.861 0.018
17 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA KTM 1'41.358 1.025 0.164
18 76 Hiroki ONO Honda 1'41.446 1.113 0.088
19 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'41.465 1.132 0.019
20 4 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'41.500 1.167 0.035
21 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'41.580 1.247 0.080
22 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Mahindra 1'41.612 1.279 0.032
23 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Honda 1'41.785 1.452 0.173
24 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'41.888 1.555 0.103
25 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Mahindra 1'41.899 1.566 0.011
26 40 Darryn BINDER Mahindra 1'41.994 1.661 0.095
27 98 Karel HANIKA KTM 1'42.136 1.803 0.142
28 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda 1'42.252 1.919 0.116
29 63 Vicente PEREZ Peugeot 1'42.350 2.017 0.098
30 9 Jorge NAVARRO Honda 1'42.489 2.156 0.139
31 77 Lorenzo PETRARCA Mahindra 1'42.502 2.169 0.013
32 12 Albert ARENAS Peugeot 1'42.592 2.259 0.090
33 26 Daniel SAEZ KTM 1'42.766 2.433 0.174
34 43 Stefano VALTULINI Mahindra 1'43.159 2.826 0.393
35 99 Enzo BOULOM Mahindra 1'44.997 4.664 1.838

 

Round Number: 
18
2016
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2016 Qatar World Superbike Race Two Results: Green Bike, Red Flag

The last race of the season wasn't without thrills as Nicky Hayden had to start from the pitlane after using too many engines and a Kawasaki caught on fire after blowing up down the main straight.

Chaz Davies hit the first turn first but Rea took the lead from him ahead of Sylvain Guintoli, Tom Sykes and the fast Ducati of Xavi Fores. A lap later, Jonathan Rea lost braking into turn one and ran off into the run-off, rejoining in thirteenth place, gifting second place to Guintoli who then lost it to Sykes.

After a few fastest laps, Davies had a growing gap at the front while Rea charged through the middle of the pack, but after seven laps, Saeed Al Sulaiti's bike blew up on full chat down the long straight. With smoke pouring out, it looked like it was leaking oil and when the bike caught fire in the gravel trap, it was definitely oil. The main straight being turned into the bottom of a frying pan necessitated a red flag and the race would restart after the quick start, one minute of pitlane opening and one mechanic on the grid, a sighting lap then a ten lap race with new clutches for everyone.

As Rea returned to his garage, he immediately jumped off his bike and charged into his garage and gesticulated wildly, seemingly exceedingly unhappy with his bike. Davies lost his huge lead and the almost certainty of victory and Sykes lost the almost certainty of getting second place in the championship. Rea restarted in ninth place with Davies, Sykes and Guintoli making up the front row.

As with the first start, Chaz Davies led from the start ahead of Tom Sykes and Leon Haslam. Jonathan Rea made it through to sixth place, pushed about by Alex De Angelis, but as De Angelis went off at turn four, Rea closed the gap and took fifth of Guintoli then, on the second lap, fourth off Xavi Fores on his way to breaking the lap record on a light bike with fresh tyres. Another lap record and passing Haslam and the front three were together, Davies, Sykes and Rea.

Jonathan Rea looked for a way past Tom Sykes throughout the fourth lap, swapping places back and forth, but on the fifth lap, Rea forced past Sykes at turn ten and left no room for the switch back. Rea then stared at a one point two second gap to Chaz Davies, knowing that beating Davies would give his teammate Tom Sykes second place in the championship, but Sykes in third would give Davies the vice-champion position.

Lap eight of ten and Rea had caught Davies with two seconds back to Sykes. Sykes was safe in third as Sylvain Guintoli was almost four seconds further back in fourth place. Rea looked for a weakness in Davies for two laps but realised on the last lap that he was not going to pass the Ducati Panigale and that Davies was about to get his third double win in a row. Rea then played the role of a team player and looked back for his teammate. Dropping off Davies, he started show-boating, pulling wheelies and looking for Sykes.

Tom Sykes was four seconds back and four seconds is a long time in racing. Rea slowed enough for Sykes to eventually catch him up and he set up a nice photo opportunity for Kawasaki, letting Sykes take his second place and denying Chaz Davies a hard-earned second place.

Chaz Davies won every dry race since the summer break, eleven victories in 2016 to Jonathan Rea's nine, and he finished the championship in third place thanks to Kawasaki essentially deciding the result by gently suggesting to Rea that it would be nice for Sykes to get second place.

Winter will be spent discussing team orders once again and wondering what would have happened if Ducati had got the Panigale sorted out sooner.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R  
2 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 5.855
3 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 6.376
4 50 S. GUINTOLI Yamaha YZF R1 8.493
5 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10R 11.862
6 81 J. TORRES BMW S1000 RR 12.232
7 69 N. HAYDEN Honda CBR1000RR SP 13.599
8 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 14.210
9 35 R. DE ROSA BMW S1000 RR 14.282
10 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 14.414
11 60 M. VAN DER MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 15.169
12 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 19.401
13 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 22.236
14 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 25.995
15 21 M. REITERBERGER BMW S1000 RR 29.701
16 99 L. SCASSA Ducati Panigale R 33.205
17 4 G. VIZZIELLO Kawasaki ZX-10R 44.627
18 9 D. SCHMITTER Kawasaki ZX-10R 44.753
19 56 P. SEBESTYÉN Yamaha YZF R1 45.186
20 119 P. SZKOPEK Yamaha YZF R1 1'00.135
RET 17 K. ABRAHAM BMW S1000 RR 1 Lap
RET 15 A. DE ANGELIS Aprilia RSV4 RF  

Results (at red flag):

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R  
2 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 2.743
3 50 S. GUINTOLI Yamaha YZF R1 3.360
4 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 4.134
5 35 R. DE ROSA BMW S1000 RR 9.107
6 81 J. TORRES BMW S1000 RR 9.145
7 15 A. DE ANGELIS Aprilia RSV4 RF 9.767
8 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10R 9.915
9 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 10.353
10 60 M. VAN DER MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 10.736
11 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 11.318
12 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 16.428
13 21 M. REITERBERGER BMW S1000 RR 18.788
14 17 K. ABRAHAM BMW S1000 RR 21.244
15 69 N. HAYDEN Honda CBR1000RR SP 22.554
16 99 L. SCASSA Ducati Panigale R 22.559
17 4 G. VIZZIELLO Kawasaki ZX-10R 25.448
18 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 28.930
19 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 29.521
20 9 D. SCHMITTER Kawasaki ZX-10R 29.627
21 56 P. SEBESTYÉN Yamaha YZF R1 37.281
22 119 P. SZKOPEK Yamaha YZF R1 1 Lap
RET 25 J. BROOKES BMW S1000 RR 2 Laps

 

Round Number: 
13
2016
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2016 Qatar World Supersport Race Results: The Best Of The Rest

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In a season dominated by Kenan Sofuoglu, the only battle left was the three-way battle for second-place between Randy Krummenacher, Jules Cluzel and PJ Jacobsen. Fifteen nighttime laps of Losail would sort that out.

The long run to the first turn was won by Alex Baldolini ahead of Randy Krummenacher, Jules Cluzel, Kenan Sofuoglu, Kyle Smith and PJ Jacobsen while pole-man Luke Stapleford was pushed out of the way by the charging bunch and later in the first lap, Stapleford tangled with Xavier Pinch and the two went into the gravel. Kenan Sofuoglu also suffered a bit from boisterousness in the first lap and he ended the first lap in sixth place.

At the beginning of the second lap, five bikes charged into the first turn as one, Kyle Smith slotting his Honda in behind Alex Baldolini's Dalmatian-patterned MV Agusta. Randy Krummenacher came out worst in fifth place, ahead of his teammate Sofuoglu.

Halfway round the second lap, Kyle Smith surprised Alex Baldolini with a sneaky pass and Jules Cluzel passed him a few turns later, braking underneath Baldolini cleanly to take second. Kyle Smith set the fastest lap, a lap that would not be bettered, earning him the Pirelli fastest lap award of the year.

With Krummenacher in fifth place and Cluzel in second, the Frenchman would take second in the championship if he could keep ahead of his Swiss rival. Kenan Sofuoglu played the role of loyal teammate for three laps, but as he saw PJ Jacobsen behind left behind by in third, he decided it was time to go. At the end of the long straight, at the beginning of the fourth lap, Sofuoglu passed Krummenacher and set his sights on Jacobsen ahead of him.

A lap later, Sofuoglu took fourth place from Jacobsen and set about closing the gap to Baldolini. Cluzel, a second ahead of this, passed Smith down the traight before the finish line, not needing the full length of the straight to pass him.

Two laps later, Smith took the lead back into turn one and Sofuoglu closed in on Baldolini and on lap seven, Baldolini looked to his left as he was squaring of a left-hander to see a world champion hitting the apex underneath him. Sofuoglu was third.

Lap eight, Kyle smith was a second clear of Jules Cluzel, Kenan Sofuoglu and Alex Baldolini with PJ Jacobsen holding off Randy Krummenacher over a second further back. A lap later, Sofuoglu used the long straight to pass Cluzel into the first turn. Baldolini didn't have the pace to stay with the front three and he fell first to Jacobsen then to Krummenacher a lap later.

With three laps to go, Sofuoglu drafted Smith for the lead into turn one and the pair broke free from Cluzel and took the fight to the end. Cluzel sat in a comfortable third and left the leading duo have their duel, while Jacobsen had to fight to keep Krummenacher from challenging him for fourth place.

On the last lap, Sofuoglu scythed his way to the front into the first turn as usual and held a hard-charging Smith for the whole lap, in spite of some spirited but clean attempts, but on the penultimate corner, a fast left-hander, Sofuoglu carried too many beans into the corner and went a few inches wide and had to hold back full power on the exit and Smith took his chance, passing underneath the five-times world champion into the last corner. Sofuoglu had more power though, and put in a hard charge to the line.

Kyle Smith won the last race of the year by six thousandths of a second from Kenan Sofuoglu with Jules Cluzel tying up second place in the championship in third place.

PJ Jacobsen finished fourth, ending the season in fourth place without having won a single race this year. Randy Krummenacher in fifth place had to settle for third place in the title chase, losing his second to Cluzel, but with a World Superbike ride next year, he won't be too upset.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR  
2 1 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R 0.006
3 16 J. CLUZEL MV Agusta F3 675 2.164
4 2 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR600RR 7.519
5 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Kawasaki ZX-6R 8.843
6 86 A. BADOVINI Honda CBR600RR 9.324
7 63 Z. KHAIRUDDIN Kawasaki ZX-6R 12.084
8 71 C. BERGMAN Honda CBR600RR 18.278
9 52 M. ROCCOLI MV Agusta F3 675 21.764
10 25 A. BALDOLINI MV Agusta F3 675 25.040
11 69 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-6R 33.346
12 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 2'03.998 274,1
13 78 H. OKUBO Honda CBR600RR 38.781
14 77 K. RYDE Kawasaki ZX-6R 43.356
15 83 L. EPIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 43.358
16 35 S. HILL Honda CBR600RR 48.742
RET 64 F. CARICASULO Honda CBR600RR 1 Lap
RET 11 C. GAMARINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 9 Laps
RET 87 L. ZANETTI MV Agusta F3 675 9 Laps
RET 81 L. STAPLEFORD Triumph Daytona 675 9 Laps
RET 65 M. CANDUCCI MV Agusta F3 675 13 Laps
RET 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 14 Laps
RET 80 X. PINSACH Honda CBR600RR  
RET 44 R. ROLFO MV Agusta F3 675  

 

Round Number: 
13
2016
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2016 Sepang MotoGP Race Result: A Season On Crowd Nine

Andrea Dovizioso came out on top from a race-long battle with Valentino Rossi at the Sepang International Circuit Sunday to win his first race of the year and become the ninth different winner of the 2016 MotoGP season. The win, the second of Dovizioso's career, moved him into fifth in the championship with one race remaining. 

Valentino Rossi, who faded to second with late-race, rain-tire problems, locked up runner-up in the championship over teammate Jorge Lorenzo (3rd). The Spaniard, who climbed toward the podium during the race as riders in front of him crashed -- Marc Marquez, Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Ianonne among them -- increased his hold on third place in the championship with his podium finish.

Hector Barbara's fourth was the satellite Ducati rider's best MotoGP finish. Teammate Loris Baz's fifth was his second top-10 finish in 2016. Maverick Vinales came in sixth and as the top Suzuki after teammate Aleix Espargaro crashed. (He would remount to finish 13th.) Alvaro Bautista (7th) had another strong showing on the Aprilia, beating Jack Miller (8th) by seven seconds. Pol Espargaro (9th) and Danilo Petrucci (10th) completed the top 10.

Initially, the contest was delayed for 30 minutes and then declared a wet race after a downpour soaked the 5.5 km (3.4 mi.) track. Lorenzo got the holeshot and held it for several corners before getting swallowed up by the charging pack. By the end of lap one, it was Andrea Iannone, Rossi, Dovizioso, Marquez, Lorenzo and Crutchlow. The race settled into a brief rhythm.

With 15 laps to go, Crutchlow stepped up his pace and began to clock the race's fastest laps. He moved past Lorenzo and into fifth. Rossi and Iannone swapped places a handful of times. Crutchlow continued to quicken and began to challenge Marquez. Dovizioso also began picking up speed.

With 10 laps remaining, Ianonne still held the lead with Rossi challenging. Marquez then began to push. The Spanish rider had chosen to use carbon disc brakes -- most riders chose cooler-operating steel for the rain -- and it appeared the brakes had finally gotten to the correct temperature, allowing Marquez to brake deeper. His lap times dropped. Crutchlow crashed trying to keep up.

But two laps later, Marquez too went down at Turn 11. He remounted and finished the race and climbed to 11th by the end. At the front, it was now Rossi, Dovizioso and Iannone who was now falling back. With seven laps to go Iannone crashed, leaving Rossi and Dovizioso at the front and Lorenzo in a distant third. But with five laps remaining in the race, Rossi ran wide at Turn 1.

Dovizioso cut inside and into the lead for good. Rossi immediately fell off the pace with Dovizioso stretching his lead to four seconds within a single lap. He would go on to win by three seconds. Dovizioso's last win was at Donnington Park in 2009 on a Honda.

Result:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time / Diff. 
1 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 42'27.333
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 3.115
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 11.924
4 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 19.916
5 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 21.353
6 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 22.932
7 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 25.829
8 43 Jack MILLER Honda 32.746
9 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 33.704
10 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 34.28
11 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 36.48
12 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 36.638
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 36.897
14 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 45.609
15 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 49.779
16 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 52.665
17 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 52.784
18 53 Tito RABAT Honda 54.891
Not Classified      
  29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 7 Laps
  35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 8 Laps
  68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 8 Laps
         

 

Round Number: 
17
2016
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2016 Sepang Moto2 Race Result: Feeling Bleu Times Two

Johann Zarco ran a picture-perfect race to win in Sepang Sunday and with the victory, earned his second consecutive Moto2 World Championship. Zarco’s race win, his first since the race in Austria seven races ago, put the Frenchman 37 points in the lead with one race to go.

The championship means Zarco is the first rider to successfully defend a Moto2 championship. And more surprisingly, it also means Zarco is the first French rider to win more than one Grand Prix championship.

Franco Morbidelli, who has been the rider scoring the most points for the past seven races, finished a distant second. The Italian, who led much of the contest early on, was no match late for Zarco on the drying track. He ended his race more than three seconds behind the winner. Jonas Folger lost a late-race battle for second to take the final podium spot.

Lorenzo Baldasarri took an exceptionally distant fourth, 16 seconds behind Folger in third. Hafizh Syahrin held on to fifth to the cheers of his home crowd. It was his fifth, top-five finish of the season. Thomas Luthi, second in the chanpionship, needed a top showing combined with a low Zarco finish to keep his championship hopes alive.

It didn't happen. But Luthi finished sixth to extend his lead in second in the championship (214 points) over Alex Rins (203 points) who finished 14th. Alex Marquez took seventh just beating Xavi Vierge (8th) to the finish line.  Luca Martini and Isaac Vinales rounded out the top 10.

For much of the early part of the race, Zarco appeared content to follow Morbidelli. With 16 laps to go, it was Morbidelli, Zarco, Folger, Xavier Simeon and Syahrin. With none of his championship challengers close, Zarco settled in. But in the previous day's qualifying, in slightly drier conditions, Zarco obliterated the filed by two seconds to take the top spot.

Did the championship leader have a similar performance in him on race day? Did he feel the need to win the race? Morbidelli would find out with six laps to go. 

As the track began drying, Zarco's lap times fell. He passed Morbidelli and opened a gap of half a second within a lap. With four laps to go, he was running one-second a lap faster than every rider in the field. As Zarco cleared out at the front, Morbidelli ended up swapping positions with a charging Folger.

When Folger ran wide on the final lap, Morbidelli pounced to seize second. But at that point, he was three seconds behind the man who would take the world championship.  

Result:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time / Diff.
1 5 Johann ZARCO Kalex 45'51.036
2 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 3.256
3 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 3.689
4 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 21.428
5 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 24.7
6 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 26.184
7 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 28.177
8 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 28.855
9 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 29.247
10 32 Isaac VIÑALES Tech 3 29.969
11 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 30.866
12 93 Ramdan ROSLI Kalex 31.26
13 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 31.793
14 40 Alex RINS Kalex 34.697
15 19 Xavier SIMEON Speed Up 46.669
16 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 49.126
17 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 49.293
18 52 Danny KENT Kalex 51.61
19 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 54.949
20 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 55.461
21 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex +1'08.613
22 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex +1'16.574
23 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex +1'25.838
24 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT Kalex +2'01.635
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  20 Alessandro NOCCO Kalex 7 Laps
  70 Robin MULHAUSER Kalex 14 Laps
  49 Axel PONS Kalex 18 Laps
  22 Sam LOWES Kalex 18 Laps

 

Round Number: 
17
2016
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2016 Sepang Moto3 Race Result: A Lesson In Damage, Control

Francesco Bagnaia won a chaotic, crash-marred race at the Sepang International Circuit Sunday to take his second win of the season. Bagnaia’s margin of victory, seven seconds, came after a total of 17 riders went down throughout contest which in the end, was red-flagged when rain started.

Jakub KornFeil grabbed second for the best finish of his career, seven seconds behind Bagnaia and just in front of third place Bo Bensneyder. The Dutch rider, a rookie in Moto3, grabbed his second podium of the season. Fabio Quartararosaw (4th) saw his challenge for a podium spot fall short when the race was red-flagged with three laps remaining.

Andrea Locatelli took fifth, just in front of Marcos Ramirez (6th). Gabriel Rodrigo (7th) just bested local hero Khairul Pawi (8th). Livio Loi survived a late-race collision with Maria Harrera to take 9th. Darin Binder completed the top 10.

The race started with a dry track but the first lap was hardly an indication of that. On Turn 2, Andrea Migno lost control of his KTM and collided with Juanfran Guevara. Both riders went down. Then at Turn 6, as Jorge Martin lost control of his bike and took out Nicolo Bulega, Tatsuki Suzuki, Aron Canet and Philipp Oettl.

Then at Turn 7, more chaos. Adam Norrodin went down at the corner followed by World Champion Brad Binder, Joan Mir, Lorenzo Dalla Porta and Fabio Di Giannantonio who slid from the course one after the other. This is when Bagnaia began building his lead. Both Binder and Dalla Porta rejoined the contest but had been lapped at that point. 

Result:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time / Diff.
1 21 Francesco BAGNAIA Mahindra 29'29.351
2 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Honda 7.108
3 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 7.253
4 20 Fabio QUARTARARO KTM 8.469
5 55 Andrea LOCATELLI KTM 12.414
6 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Mahindra 12.706
7 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 13.387
8 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda 13.506
9 11 Livio LOI Honda 14.445
10 40 Darryn BINDER Mahindra 38.777
11 38 Hafiq AZMI Peugeot 45.827
12 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 48.899
13 43 Stefano VALTULINI Mahindra 49.648
14 77 Lorenzo PETRARCA Mahindra 49.842
15 4 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda +1'15.163
16 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA KTM 1 Lap
17 41 Brad BINDER KTM 3 Laps
Not Classified      
  6 Maria HERRERA KTM 13.793
  95 Jules DANILO Honda 7 Laps
  9 Jorge NAVARRO Honda 8 Laps
  12 Albert ARENAS Peugeot 10 Laps
  36 Joan MIR KTM 11 Laps
  24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Mahindra 11 Laps
  16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 11 Laps
  8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 12 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap    
  88 Jorge MARTIN Mahindra 0 Lap
  44 Aron CANET Honda 0 Lap
  65 Philipp OETTL KTM 0 Lap
  58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 0 Lap
  7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 0 Lap
  71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 0 Lap
         
         

 

Round Number: 
16
2016
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Total votes: 50

2016 Sepang MotoGP WUP: Vinales Sets The Pace

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Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.
1 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 2'01.146  
2 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 2'01.353 0.207 / 0.207
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'01.591 0.445 / 0.238
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'01.650 0.504 / 0.059
5 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 2'01.701 0.555 / 0.051
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'01.790 0.644 / 0.089
7 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'02.165 1.019 / 0.375
8 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 2'02.220 1.074 / 0.055
9 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 2'02.436 1.290 / 0.216
10 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 2'02.542 1.396 / 0.106
11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 2'02.576 1.430 / 0.034
12 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 2'02.694 1.548 / 0.118
13 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 2'02.876 1.730 / 0.182
14 43 Jack MILLER Honda 2'02.932 1.786 / 0.056
15 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 2'03.177 2.031 / 0.245
16 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'03.189 2.043 / 0.012
17 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 2'03.402 2.256 / 0.213
18 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 2'03.439 2.293 / 0.037
19 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 2'03.633 2.487 / 0.194
20 53 Tito RABAT Honda 2'04.291 3.145 / 0.658
21 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 2'05.299 4.153 / 1.008

 

Round Number: 
17
2016
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Total votes: 24

2016 Sepang Moto2 WUP: Morbidelli Sends A Message

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Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.
1 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 2'09.750  
2 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 2'10.189 0.439 / 0.439
3 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 2'10.282 0.532 / 0.093
4 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 2'10.469 0.719 / 0.187
5 5 Johann ZARCO Kalex 2'10.762 1.012 / 0.293
6 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'11.039 1.289 / 0.277
7 49 Axel PONS Kalex 2'11.051 1.301 / 0.012
8 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'11.172 1.422 / 0.121
9 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 2'11.178 1.428 / 0.006
10 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 2'11.231 1.481 / 0.053
11 32 Isaac VIÑALES Tech 3 2'11.467 1.717 / 0.236
12 19 Xavier SIMEON Speed Up 2'11.618 1.868 / 0.151
13 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'11.745 1.995 / 0.127
14 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'11.833 2.083 / 0.088
15 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 2'12.033 2.283 / 0.200
16 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 2'12.055 2.305 / 0.022
17 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 2'12.327 2.577 / 0.272
18 52 Danny KENT Kalex 2'12.540 2.790 / 0.213
19 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 2'12.546 2.796 / 0.006
20 40 Alex RINS Kalex 2'12.574 2.824 / 0.028
21 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT Kalex 2'13.021 3.271 / 0.447
22 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 2'13.249 3.499 / 0.228
23 93 Ramdan ROSLI Kalex 2'13.329 3.579 / 0.080
24 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 2'13.374 3.624 / 0.045
25 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'15.050 5.300 / 1.676
26 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 2'15.486 5.736 / 0.436
27 20 Alessandro NOCCO Kalex 2'15.910 6.160 / 0.424
28 70 Robin MULHAUSER Kalex 2'17.661 7.911 / 1.751

 

Round Number: 
17
2016
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Total votes: 27

2016 Sepang Moto3 WUP: Bagnaia Takes Charge

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Results: 

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev. 
1 21 Francesco BAGNAIA Mahindra 2'25.140  
2 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda 2'25.378 0.238 / 0.238
3 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'25.601 0.461 / 0.223
4 9 Jorge NAVARRO Honda 2'26.199 1.059 / 0.598
5 55 Andrea LOCATELLI KTM 2'26.483 1.343 / 0.284
6 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Mahindra 2'26.652 1.512 / 0.169
7 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 2'26.720 1.580 / 0.068
8 4 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'26.845 1.705 / 0.125
9 20 Fabio QUARTARARO KTM 2'27.228 2.088 / 0.383
10 36 Joan MIR KTM 2'27.249 2.109 / 0.021
11 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'27.298 2.158 / 0.049
12 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Honda 2'27.473 2.333 / 0.175
13 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 2'27.505 2.365 / 0.032
14 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'27.537 2.397 / 0.032
15 88 Jorge MARTIN Mahindra 2'27.730 2.590 / 0.193
16 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'27.787 2.647 / 0.057
17 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'27.947 2.807 / 0.160
18 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'28.111 2.971 / 0.164
19 95 Jules DANILO Honda 2'28.332 3.192 / 0.221
20 38 Hafiq AZMI Peugeot 2'28.462 3.322 / 0.130
21 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'28.578 3.438 / 0.116
22 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'28.598 3.458 / 0.020
23 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA KTM 2'28.707 3.567 / 0.109
24 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 2'28.727 3.587 / 0.020
25 77 Lorenzo PETRARCA Mahindra 2'28.794 3.654 / 0.067
26 40 Darryn BINDER Mahindra 2'28.839 3.699 / 0.045
27 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Mahindra 2'28.980 3.840 / 0.141
28 12 Albert ARENAS Peugeot 2'29.005 3.865 / 0.025
29 11 Livio LOI Honda 2'29.544 4.404 / 0.539
30 43 Stefano VALTULINI Mahindra 2'30.186 5.046 / 0.642
31 76 Hiroki ONO Honda 2'30.302 5.162 / 0.116
32 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 2'31.184 6.044 / 0.882
           

 

Round Number: 
17
2016
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Total votes: 23

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