MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2017 Silverstone Moto2 Qualifying Result: The Resurgence A The New Pole Master

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Possibly feeling drowsy from the unexpected heat, the intermediate class qualifying session felt more like regular practice with the quick shootout at the end. Either way, Mattia Pasini has had enough of Alex Marquez hogging the headlines and went on to lead much of the session after a rapid second lap, the usual suspects in the top ten.

The final five minutes were predictably decisive but it was the man in provisional pole who showed his hand first by beating his own best time and putting another five hundredths of a second between him and Marquez. Much like an older Marquez, the Italian was scarily close to the limit on his pole lap but held it together to score a hat-trick of poles in the last three races.

Marquez was close but not close enough and paid the price for the slower second and third sectors, the Spaniard to be starting in the middle of the first row and next to teammate and championship leader Franco Morbidelli, who was only two hundredths of a second behind.

Takaaki Nakagami’s resurgence continues with a well-deserved fourth place on the grid, ahead of Luca Marini who narrowly missed out on equalling his best qualifying performance by four hundredths of a second. The second row of the grid was completed by Dominique Aegerter, the Swiss rider four tenths down on Pasini.

Lorenzo Baldassari’s new fairing assisted him in snatching seventh place in elite company, ahead of Miguel Oliveira and Tom Luthi, the usual podium contenders more than half a second slower than Pasini and complicating Luthi's title bid.

Simone Corsi completed the top ten, followed by rookie duo Pecco Bagnaia and Jorge Navarro.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'06.572    
2 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'06.794 0.222 0.222
3 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 2'06.817 0.245 0.023
4 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 2'06.936 0.364 0.119
5 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'06.983 0.411 0.047
6 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 2'07.024 0.452 0.041
7 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'07.061 0.489 0.037
8 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'07.124 0.552 0.063
9 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'07.245 0.673 0.121
10 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 2'07.271 0.699 0.026
11 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'07.299 0.727 0.028
12 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 2'07.382 0.810 0.083
13 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 2'07.606 1.034 0.224
14 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 2'07.659 1.087 0.053
15 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 2'07.674 1.102 0.015
16 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 2'07.732 1.160 0.058
17 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 2'07.795 1.223 0.063
18 49 Axel PONS Kalex 2'07.904 1.332 0.109
19 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 2'07.986 1.414 0.082
20 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'07.991 1.419 0.005
21 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 2'08.206 1.634 0.215
22 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 2'08.216 1.644 0.010
23 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 2'08.305 1.733 0.089
24 15 Alex DE ANGELIS Kalex 2'08.531 1.959 0.226
25 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'08.566 1.994 0.035
26 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 2'08.656 2.084 0.090
27 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'08.710 2.138 0.054
28 20 Joe ROBERTS Kalex 2'08.859 2.287 0.149
29 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 2'08.880 2.308 0.021
30 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 2'09.105 2.533 0.225
31 94 Jake DIXON Suter 2'09.227 2.655 0.122
32 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'09.884 3.312 0.657
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2017 Silverstone MotoGP Qualifying Result: Records Broken Under The Sun

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Beautiful sunshine with harmless clouds welcomed the premier class riders for their qualifying session and they repayed the weather gods with some stellar performances.

Marc Marquez might have been on the floor twice on Friday and almost down in turn eight on his first run but in typical Marquez fashion, the Spaniard put on the soft rear tyre and fired in a pole record time on his very first lap. A 1:59 time was the next challenge set for the second run and tantalizingly close, the world champion making quick work of it on the first lap of his next outing. The Honda man broke his own pole time record at the circuit to start the British Grand Prix in prime position.

Valentino Rossi was very close to snatching the headlines away from his arch-enemy but the Italian still scored an impressive second position on the grid, getting as close as two hundredths of a second of a 1:59 time of his own.

Not quite the pole of last year but, as his compatriots have learned to do over the years, Cal Crutchlow also made every sunny minute count and is set to start in elite company from the front row of the grid.

Four tenths down on the poleman, Maverick Viñales will keep a close eye on Marquez from fourth spot. Jorge Lorenzo was the first Ducati on the second row of the grid, with teammate Andrea Dovizioso saving a poor first run with a sixth position at the flag.

Dani Pedrosa gave himself a lot of work on Saturday afternoon, having to get through Q1 after struggling all throughout practice. The Spaniard saved his day with a seventh grid position, joined on the third row by Johann Zarco and Aleix Espargaro.

Jonas Folger was the other Q1 survivor, the German showing good speed after recovering from illness, but could only do tenth on the grid the second time around. Pol Espargaro was trying to keep up with the poleman when he crashed his KTM and had to settle for eleventh, on the fourth row, ahead of home boy Scott Redding.

Alex Rins looked to have learned a few things following Marquez around in FP4 and was only a tenth away from Q2, the Spaniard eventually ending up thirteenth. Danilo Petrucci learned from Marquez too and crashed in turn twelve, before even posting a lap in Q1. The Italian could not do any better than eighteenth on his second run, behind the likes of Alvaro Bautista and Andrea Iannone but giving us a fair few battles to expect lower down the grid.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'59.941    
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'00.025 0.084 0.084
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'00.106 0.165 0.081
4 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 2'00.341 0.400 0.235
5 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 2'00.399 0.458 0.058
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'00.572 0.631 0.173
7 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'00.578 0.637 0.006
8 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 2'00.622 0.681 0.044
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 2'00.764 0.823 0.142
10 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 2'00.829 0.888 0.065
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'01.378 1.437 0.549
12 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 2'01.994 2.053 0.616
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Q2 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'00.830    
Q2 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 2'01.162 0.332 0.332
13 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 2'01.285 0.455 0.123
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 2'01.340 0.510 0.055
15 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 2'01.567 0.737 0.227
16 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 2'01.669 0.839 0.102
17 43 Jack MILLER Honda 2'01.672 0.842 0.003
18 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'01.770 0.940 0.098
19 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 2'02.017 1.187 0.247
20 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'02.037 1.207 0.020
21 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 2'02.185 1.355 0.148
22 53 Tito RABAT Honda 2'02.211 1.381 0.026
23 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 2'02.787 1.957 0.576

 

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2017 Silverstone MotoGP FP4 Result: Ducati Trips But Lorenzo Leads

It was back to sunny predictions weather-wise for FP4, the welcome sight of a nearly cloudless sky helping the premier class in getting some useful dry running done.

Marc Marquez gave his infamous hard tyre another good go and this time it looked like he found the patience to heat it up, not only proved through a lack or crashes but also by posting consistent times that placed the world championship leader at the top of the standings after the first run. Most riders seemed to favour the hard rear tyre in the hotter conditions, Michelin believing it offered more stability on the bump-filled circuit.

It took until the final five minutes of the session for Marquez to be removed from the top of the standings, first by Cal Crutchlow on the hard rear tyre, then by Andrea Dovizioso on the medium and eventually by Jorge Lorenzo on the soft.

Lorenzo was one of the few to try the soft rear on the first run and the Spaniard unluckily found himself stranded on the other end of the circuit on the outlap while finally on the hard rear. The Ducati man still got five final minutes of riding and begrudgingly went back out on the soft tyre so he had nothing better to do than get a headline out of it. And so he did, the Spaniard topping the session by over six tenths of a second ahead of his teammate.

Local boy Crutchlow was third, followed by Marquez – both riders sticking to the hard-hard combination. Maverick Viñales was fifth, the Spaniard finishing the session on the soft tyre, ahead of satellite colleague Johann Zarco.

The following places went to the unlikely Suzuki duo. Alex Rins was an early leader while chasing some world champion tail on track, the Spaniard quite keen on his young compatriot and getting a seventh position out of it. Andrea Iannone preferred to follow his own compatriot, leading Valentino Rossi in the standings after trailing him on track.

The top ten was completed by Danilo Petrucci, while Dani Pedrosa was nearly two seconds down on Lorenzo, in sixteenth place and surely with some concerns regarding Q1.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 2'01.060    
2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'01.718 0.658 0.658
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'01.740 0.680 0.022
4 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'01.778 0.718 0.038
5 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 2'01.829 0.769 0.051
6 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 2'01.835 0.775 0.006
7 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 2'01.954 0.894 0.119
8 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 2'02.089 1.029 0.135
9 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'02.109 1.049 0.020
10 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'02.306 1.246 0.197
11 53 Tito RABAT Honda 2'02.378 1.318 0.072
12 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'02.503 1.443 0.125
13 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 2'02.512 1.452 0.009
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 2'02.741 1.681 0.229
15 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 2'02.864 1.804 0.123
16 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'02.871 1.811 0.007
17 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 2'03.007 1.947 0.136
18 43 Jack MILLER Honda 2'03.262 2.202 0.255
19 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 2'03.271 2.211 0.009
20 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 2'03.320 2.260 0.049
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'03.401 2.341 0.081
22 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 2'03.612 2.552 0.211
23 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 2'04.246 3.186 0.634

 

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2017 Silverstone Moto3 Qualifying Result: A Risky Gamble Pays Off

With the cloud cover looking less menacing than this morning and the temperatures climbing to more familiar numbers, the lightweight class was up to the challenge from the off.

So eager were they that Bo Bendsneyder cut off some corners to lead briefly before the rapid time was cancelled. That didn’t bother him much and the Dutchman climbed back into top positions while playing around with Aron Canet. The first run ended with Bulega on top by a narrow six thousandths of a second margin but his rivals were unable to put together all the red sectors popping up throughout the second run.

The real fight was set to start in the final minutes on fresh rubber but most riders were feeling brave and risked it on one flying lap, only joining the track with three minutes remaining – a particularly risky game for Romano Fenati who was in eleventh position at the time. The Italian was the last to leave pitlane but he kept his cool and put together a pole-worthy lap one tenth of a second faster that Joan Mir.

The world championship leader was on provisional pole only five second before, Fenati striking close behind him with no slipstreaming help whatsoever. The two title rivals will be joined on the front row of the grid by the recently prolific poleman Gabriel Rodrigo.

John McPhee might have looked a little in trouble throughout practice but when it mattered the Scotsman fired in a lap fast enough for fourth place on the grid. The second row was completed by two other surprising performers given practice results, Niccolo Antonelli in fifth and Andrea Migno in sixth spot.

Bendsneyder looked fast during all three runs but somehow found himself bumped down to the third row of the grid, next to early leader Nicolo Bulega. Jorge Martin aimed for reduced running to aid his recovery and a top ten placement - mission accomplished in ninth spot on the grid.

Juanfran Guevara could not keep the front row run going and only qualified tenth, ahead of Kaito Toba and Fabio di Giannantonio. Aron Canet was one of the few riders who went out early for the final run in order to get some more laps in but the Spaniard dropped back to seventeenth positon once the fast men posted their late times.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 5 Romano FENATI Honda 2'12.846    
2 36 Joan MIR Honda 2'12.962 0.116 0.116
3 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'13.049 0.203 0.087
4 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'13.398 0.552 0.349
5 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 2'13.466 0.620 0.068
6 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'13.557 0.711 0.091
7 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 2'13.578 0.732 0.021
8 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'13.584 0.738 0.006
9 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'13.590 0.744 0.006
10 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 2'13.705 0.859 0.115
11 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'13.770 0.924 0.065
12 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'13.841 0.995 0.071
13 11 Livio LOI Honda 2'13.919 1.073 0.078
14 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'13.973 1.127 0.054
15 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'13.982 1.136 0.009
16 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'14.121 1.275 0.139
17 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'14.203 1.357 0.082
18 95 Jules DANILO Honda 2'14.207 1.361 0.004
19 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'14.216 1.370 0.009
20 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'14.234 1.388 0.018
21 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 2'14.244 1.398 0.010
22 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 2'14.413 1.567 0.169
23 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'14.547 1.701 0.134
24 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 2'14.561 1.715 0.014
25 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'14.687 1.841 0.126
26 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'14.847 2.001 0.160
27 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 2'14.932 2.086 0.085
28 15 Jaume MASIA KTM 2'14.957 2.111 0.025
29 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 2'15.732 2.886 0.775
30 47 Jake ARCHER KTM 2'15.880 3.034 0.148
31 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 2'15.917 3.071 0.037
32 69 Tom BOOTH-AMOS KTM 2'16.312 3.466 0.395
33 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 2'16.788 3.942 0.476
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2017 Silverstone Moto2 FP3 Result: Marquez Looking Comfortable

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This morning’s damp track sorted itself out by the time the intermediate class got its turn at FP3, Alex Marquez taking no time to beat his own Friday benchmark by half a second. That early time proved unbeatable, the Spaniard showing consistently good pace at the British track.

Teammate Franco Morbidelli also posted his fastest time of the morning on only his fourth lap, getting as close as three tenths of a second of the leader and keeping close to his Marc VDS colleague’s rhythm.

Mattia Pasini finished the session third, over half a second slower than Marquez, with Tom Luthi fourth, eight tenths down on the leader. Lorenzo Baldassarri made yet another step forward to post the fifth fastest time of the morning, his achievement slightly overshadowed by Remy Gardner popping up in sixth place.

Miguel Oliveira could not replicate Friday’s pace and did not manage to improve on his FP2 time, the Portuguese rider down in seventh position and the final rider within a second of the leader. Takaaki Nakagami, Simone Corsi and Isaac Viñales completed the top ten.

Xavi Vierge only just missed out on a top position, with Pecco Bagnaia progressing slightly into twelfth and managing to anger Marquez in the process. Jorge Navarro remained thirteenth despite a fast yet injury-free crash. FP1 leader Dominique Aegerter had a tough morning, finishing down in sixteenth place.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'06.996    
2 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 2'07.364 0.368 0.368
3 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'07.567 0.571 0.203
4 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'07.840 0.844 0.273
5 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'07.910 0.914 0.070
6 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 2'07.917 0.921 0.007
7 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'07.927 0.931 0.010
8 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 2'08.028 1.032 0.101
9 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 2'08.193 1.197 0.165
10 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 2'08.202 1.206 0.009
11 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 2'08.236 1.240 0.034
12 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'08.441 1.445 0.205
13 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 2'08.481 1.485 0.040
14 49 Axel PONS Kalex 2'08.557 1.561 0.076
15 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 2'08.559 1.563 0.002
16 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 2'08.597 1.601 0.038
17 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'08.641 1.645 0.044
18 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 2'08.663 1.667 0.022
19 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'08.772 1.776 0.109
20 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 2'08.849 1.853 0.077
21 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 2'08.891 1.895 0.042
22 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'08.907 1.911 0.016
23 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'09.016 2.020 0.109
24 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 2'09.099 2.103 0.083
25 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 2'09.106 2.110 0.007
26 15 Alex DE ANGELIS Kalex 2'09.309 2.313 0.203
27 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 2'09.674 2.678 0.365
28 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 2'09.675 2.679 0.001
29 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 2'09.677 2.681 0.002
30 20 Joe ROBERTS Kalex 2'09.789 2.793 0.112
31 94 Jake DIXON Suter 2'10.805 3.809 1.016
32 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'11.752 4.756 0.947
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2017 Silverstone MotoGP FP3 Result: Zarco Times It Right In Tricky Conditions

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After the rain comes the... slowly drying track. Despite the Moto3 session showing that slick tyres were an option on the damp British circuit, the premier class was cautious in the tricky conditions, both slicks and wets getting trialled for an outlap or so, while even more riders decided to just sit it out until the track improved further.

Valentino Rossi, Johann Zarco and Jack Miller decided to be the test dummies on slick tyres in the first ten minutes, with the rest of the grid deciding there was more to lose than win in the given conditions. Just as they pitted, the factory Honda duo picked up the task of entertaining the spectators by doing a run of their own.

Things livened up in the final twenty minutes, most bikes lapping around, and riders got even braver in the final ten minutes, several attempts at a soft slick rear suggesting overly optimistic thoughts of changing the Q2 order. Conditions were definitely improving towards the end of the session, Johann Zarco sneaking in some red sectors on his very last lap to get within a second of Friday’s best time.

Zarco was unconcerned with the conditions – to Herve Poncharal’s discomfort - and put in the most laps in the session to lead FP3. The Frenchman and his teammate, Jonas Folger, where amongst the only three riders (together with Bradley Smith) to improve on their Friday times, although it made no difference to the cast of the upcoming Q2 production.

Maverick Viñales finished second, ahead of Folger – who looked to have recovered from the stomach bug that hindered him on Friday. Andrea Dovizioso only graced us with his presence in the final twenty minutes but showed good speed to go fourth in the session.

Danilo Petrucci got over some of the issues that caused him to have a rather anonymous Friday and ended the session fifth, ahead of still the fastest man of the weekend, Cal Crutchlow. Marc Marquez was another early leader of FP3 but the Spaniard and his medium tyre combination dropped back to seventh position.

Pol Espargaro finished eighth, only two hundredths of a second behind Marquez, with Dani Pedrosa a further tenth behind. Much like on the combined standings, Scott Redding completed the top ten, the British rider followed closely by Rossi. The Italian won’t have to worry about Q1 either, still placing second on the combined standings.

Aleix Espargaro’s karting injury meant that the Spaniard opted to sit out the session in the confidence that his FP2 time was enough to ensure his Q2 spot. And so it was, the Aprilia rider fourth overall, behind Crutchlow, Rossi and Viñales. Behind him in the combined standings were Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo, Zarco, brother Pol, Dovizioso and Redding.

The likes of Andrea Iannone, Alex Rins, Petrucci and Pedrosa were probably most unhappy with the weather, all of them having to go through Q1.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 2'01.734    
2 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 2'01.877 0.143 0.143
3 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 2'02.088 0.354 0.211
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'02.208 0.474 0.120
5 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'02.287 0.553 0.079
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'02.318 0.584 0.031
7 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'02.513 0.779 0.195
8 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'02.530 0.796 0.017
9 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'02.602 0.868 0.072
10 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 2'02.818 1.084 0.216
11 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'02.852 1.118 0.034
12 43 Jack MILLER Honda 2'02.871 1.137 0.019
13 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 2'02.946 1.212 0.075
14 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 2'02.965 1.231 0.019
15 53 Tito RABAT Honda 2'03.029 1.295 0.064
16 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 2'03.187 1.453 0.158
17 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 2'03.352 1.618 0.165
18 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 2'03.362 1.628 0.010
19 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 2'03.757 2.023 0.395
20 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'03.798 2.064 0.041
21 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 2'03.919 2.185 0.121
22 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 2'04.242 2.508 0.323
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2017 Silverstone Moto3 FP3 Result: Fenati Masters Drying Track

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The forecast might have promised a rare sunny weekend but it wouldn’t have been Britain without a splash of rain to tease us. Rain falling intermittently in the morning dampened the track so the lightweight class went out on wet tyres on a slowly drying cold track – although little surprise that several riders bided their time before joining the action.

Romano Fenati seemed to have enjoyed the tricky conditions the most, the Italian taking an early lead of over a second in the wet. While several fast (but ultimately harmless) crashes were taking over screentime, Juanfran Guevara caught up with him to build a similar gap before Fenati was right back at it and got back his spotlight. Their party was crashed by a late charge from the world championship leader, Joan Mir taking it easy in the beginning before storming into the lead.

While riders were reporting the track was too wet for slicks in some parts and too dry for wets in others, Fenati braved a change to slick tyres in the final five minutes, showing that to be the better option as he went two seconds faster than the rest. He only went to improve that by another second, leaving his rivals to fight for ‘best of the rest’.

Lorenzo Dalla Porta won that particular battle, the Italian timing his final lap on slick tyres well to jump into second position. Jakub Kornfeil was a steady presence in the changing conditions, the Saxoprint rider snatching third spot. Mir dropped back to fourth and half a second ahead of a late charge from John McPhee.

Early leader Guevara was pushed back to sixth position, over four seconds slower than Fenati, while British wildcard duo Tom Booth-Amos and Jake Archer thrived in their wet homeland to finish seventh and ninth, split by another wet-weather enthusiast, Nakarin Atiratphuvapat.

The top ten was completed by Marco Bezzecchi, with fellow Italians Andrea Migno twelfth, Fabio di Giannantonio thirteenth, Nicolo Bulega fourteenth and Enea Bastianini sixteenth. Aron Canet did not have great time on a damp track either, the Spaniard down in twentieth position.

Jorge Martin did not even want to risk going out in tricky conditions on the pain-causing bumps therefore he sat out the session to save his strength for the qualifying session.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 5 Romano FENATI Honda 2'20.880    
2 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 2'23.551 2.671 2.671
3 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 2'23.990 3.110 0.439
4 36 Joan MIR Honda 2'24.218 3.338 0.228
5 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'24.706 3.826 0.488
6 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 2'25.185 4.305 0.479
7 69 Tom BOOTH-AMOS KTM 2'25.640 4.760 0.455
8 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'26.075 5.195 0.435
9 47 Jake ARCHER KTM 2'26.100 5.220 0.025
10 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 2'26.228 5.348 0.128
11 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'26.279 5.399 0.051
12 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'26.426 5.546 0.147
13 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'26.643 5.763 0.217
14 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'26.712 5.832 0.069
15 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 2'26.914 6.034 0.202
16 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'27.079 6.199 0.165
17 11 Livio LOI Honda 2'27.120 6.240 0.041
18 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'27.337 6.457 0.217
19 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'27.429 6.549 0.092
20 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'27.451 6.571 0.022
21 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'27.452 6.572 0.001
22 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 2'27.472 6.592 0.020
23 95 Jules DANILO Honda 2'27.748 6.868 0.276
24 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'27.858 6.978 0.110
25 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'27.976 7.096 0.118
26 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'28.052 7.172 0.076
27 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 2'28.231 7.351 0.179
28 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 2'29.116 8.236 0.885
29 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'29.313 8.433 0.197
30 15 Jaume MASIA KTM 2'29.448 8.568 0.135
31 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 2'30.006 9.126 0.558
  75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 2'31.308 10.428 1.302
  88 Jorge MARTIN Honda      

 

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2017 Silverstone Moto2 FP2 Result: Marquez Gets A Minor Revenge

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After leading almost the entirety of FP1 only to see his headline stolen by Dominique Aegerter, Alex Marquez looked determined to pick up where he left off, at the top of the timesheets. Mission accomplished early on and the Spaniard’s early time went unchallenged until the checkered flag came out.  In a deja-vu from this morning, Miguel Oliveira followed him closely to finish second, two tenths down on his rival.

Mattia Pasini was probably keen on the eventfulness of premier class practice and had a little moment of his own behind Takaaki Nakagami, the Italian keeping it upright to go third on the timesheets.

Aegerter left it late once again to post his fastest lap of the day but his timing wasn’t as good as this morning, the Swiss rider only jumping into fourth this time. Behind him, Nakagami scored a fifth position, the Japanese rider seeming to finally be where we expected him at the start of the season.

Tom Luthi made a small step from first practice and climbed into sixth, ahead of his future teammate and present rival, Franco Morbidelli. The Italian also chipped away at his best time while working on race pace and posting the biggest number of laps in the session.

Lorenzo Baldassarri found some consistency and finished eighth on the timesheets, eight tenths down on Marquez. Luca Marini accepted his teammate’s FP1 challenge and improved greatly on his morning performance to go tenth, Simone Corsi sneaking between the Forward Racing riders after Marini finished his afternoon with a harmless crash.

Pecco Bagnaia continued to struggle down in eighteenth position, behind Isaac Viñales and ahead of fellow rookie Jorge Navarro.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'07.491    
2 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'07.763 0.272 0.272
3 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'07.774 0.283 0.011
4 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 2'08.139 0.648 0.365
5 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 2'08.139 0.648  
6 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'08.228 0.737 0.089
7 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 2'08.287 0.796 0.059
8 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'08.347 0.856 0.060
9 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 2'08.390 0.899 0.043
10 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'08.441 0.950 0.051
11 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 2'08.447 0.956 0.006
12 49 Axel PONS Kalex 2'08.535 1.044 0.088
13 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 2'08.572 1.081 0.037
14 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 2'08.589 1.098 0.017
15 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'08.600 1.109 0.011
16 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 2'08.649 1.158 0.049
17 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 2'08.712 1.221 0.063
18 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'08.792 1.301 0.080
19 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 2'09.069 1.578 0.277
20 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 2'09.226 1.735 0.157
21 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 2'09.290 1.799 0.064
22 20 Joe ROBERTS Kalex 2'09.603 2.112 0.313
23 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 2'09.634 2.143 0.031
24 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'09.733 2.242 0.099
25 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 2'09.804 2.313 0.071
26 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'09.832 2.341 0.028
27 15 Alex DE ANGELIS Kalex 2'09.840 2.349 0.008
28 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 2'09.969 2.478 0.129
29 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 2'10.004 2.513 0.035
30 94 Jake DIXON Suter 2'10.309 2.818 0.305
31 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 2'10.492 3.001 0.183
32 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'11.563 4.072 1.071

 

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2017 Silverstone MotoGP FP2 Result: Crutchlow Keen On Home Heroics

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After the morning session offered some insight into the soft and medium rear tyres, it was the hard’s time to shine in FP2. And its time in the sun started with a dramatic high-side for the reigning world champion, Marc Marquez thrown off his Honda in fast turn four, on his first timed lap.

Meanwhile, Cal Crutchlow was the first rider of the day into the 2:01s, on the same hard tyre combination as his factory colleague. After limping away and getting straight aboard his second machine, Marquez gave it another go on a medium rear and only needed two laps to join Crutchlow in the top two. Two more laps and the world champion was into the lead, as if determined to prove to himself he doesn’t scare easily. More to that point, Marquez went out on the final run on the tyres he crashed on, got within a tenth of his best time and then slipped off harmlessly again in the final minute.

Crutchlow was keen on some home headlines by putting on a hard front with a soft rear in the final few minutes and grabbing the lead once again, this time keeping it to the flag.

Back in the Yamaha camp, Valentino Rossi sampled the hard rear option early in the session, while teammate Maverick Viñales opted for the soft, both posting similar times. Both riders stuck to their tyre choices for their second run and while Viñales sneaked ahead of his teammate on the timesheets, Rossi was posting some consistent mid 2:02s. The Italian was eager to ensure a top ten position by putting on a soft rear in the final few minutes and going second, two tenths down on Crutchlow. Viñales finished third, only three hundredths of a second behind his teammate.

Aleix Espargaro was a welcome addition to the top four, despite getting a mid-session doctor’s visit due to a rib injury he mysteriously acquired. Marquez had to settle for fifth place and missed the proposed flag-to-flag procedure practice having crashed both of his bikes.

Ducati proved to be only the fourth fastest factory of the afternoon, the Italian team led by Jorge Lorenzo into sixth spot, seven tenths down on the leader. Pol Espargaro threw a KTM into the top seven mix, nine tenths slower than the LCR Honda rider at the top.

Johann Zarco finally put his beloved soft shoes on and scored a top eight, Andrea Dovizioso and Scott Redding adding two Ducatis to complete the top ten. Suzuki probably had better ideas to celebrate their 1-year win anniversary but Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins made a step from FP1 and finished just outside the top ten, one second down, but faster than Dani Pedrosa, who seemed to struggle in seventeenth position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'00.897    
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'01.138 0.241 0.241
3 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 2'01.168 0.271 0.030
4 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 2'01.592 0.695 0.424
5 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'01.611 0.714 0.019
6 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 2'01.655 0.758 0.044
7 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'01.832 0.935 0.177
8 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 2'01.885 0.988 0.053
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'01.893 0.996 0.008
10 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 2'01.933 1.036 0.040
11 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 2'01.974 1.077 0.041
12 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 2'02.072 1.175 0.098
13 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 2'02.097 1.200 0.025
14 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'02.098 1.201 0.001
15 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 2'02.202 1.305 0.104
16 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'02.250 1.353 0.048
17 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'02.408 1.511 0.158
18 43 Jack MILLER Honda 2'02.507 1.610 0.099
19 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 2'02.580 1.683 0.073
20 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 2'02.735 1.838 0.155
21 53 Tito RABAT Honda 2'02.860 1.963 0.125
22 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 2'03.475 2.578 0.615
23 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 2'04.429 3.532 0.954

 

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2017 Silverstone Moto3 FP2 Result: Canet Scores A Friday Double

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If sun spoiling us in the morning wasn’t enough, Silverstone turned up the heat even further, the lightweight class not taking long to reach the benchmark from FP1. Romano Fenati did not seem to be particularly affected by missing much of the morning session, the Italian being the first rider to beat the time and he seemed set for top honours until Jorge Martin limped his way to his bike, picked up the pace and went over half a second faster than his rivals. But the winner at the flag was Aron Canet, the FP1 leader snatching another session after barging his way into the fastest lap of the day in the final five minutes.

Fenati fought back but unhelpful traffic meant he had to settle for second, a tenth down on his Spanish rival. Bo Bendsneyder made a late jump into the top three to push Martin down to fourth place, the Gresini rider followed by a much improved performance from his teammate, Fabio di Giannantonio in fifth spot.

Philipp Oettl picked up the pace in sixth place, looking to build up on his podium last time around at the Red Bull Ring. Joan Mir did not seem to enjoy his time in Great Britain as much as Austrian pastures, the Spaniard keeping a low profile outside the top ten for most of the session before popping in softer rubber and jumping into seventh position.

The top ten was completed by Ayumu Sasaki in eighth place, Juanfran Guevara in ninth and Enea Bastianini in tenth, the trio being the last men within a second of the leader.

Gabriel Rodrigo found some three seconds from his time in FP1 and briefly graced the top ten before dropping back to eleventh position, while Nicolo Bulega seemed to have found some speed at the beginning of the session before also heading backwards and into thirteenth spot. Marcos Ramirez and John McPhee completed the top fifteen, with Andrea Migno only twentieth.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'13.320    
2 5 Romano FENATI Honda 2'13.421 0.101 0.101
3 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 2'13.523 0.203 0.102
4 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'13.783 0.463 0.260
5 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'13.828 0.508 0.045
6 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'13.840 0.520 0.012
7 36 Joan MIR Honda 2'13.854 0.534 0.014
8 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'14.117 0.797 0.263
9 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 2'14.195 0.875 0.078
10 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'14.228 0.908 0.033
11 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'14.362 1.042 0.134
12 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'14.512 1.192 0.150
13 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'14.564 1.244 0.052
14 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'14.573 1.253 0.009
15 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'14.671 1.351 0.098
16 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'14.691 1.371 0.020
17 11 Livio LOI Honda 2'14.744 1.424 0.053
18 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 2'14.784 1.464 0.040
19 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'14.904 1.584 0.120
20 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'14.951 1.631 0.047
21 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 2'15.083 1.763 0.132
22 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 2'15.310 1.990 0.227
23 95 Jules DANILO Honda 2'15.342 2.022 0.032
24 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 2'15.535 2.215 0.193
25 15 Jaume MASIA KTM 2'15.573 2.253 0.038
26 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 2'15.623 2.303 0.050
27 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 2'15.687 2.367 0.064
28 69 Tom BOOTH-AMOS KTM 2'15.911 2.591 0.224
29 47 Jake ARCHER KTM 2'16.074 2.754 0.163
30 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 2'16.109 2.789 0.035
31 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 2'16.299 2.979 0.190
32 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'16.442 3.122 0.143
33 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'17.123 3.803 0.681
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