MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2018 Argentina Moto3 QP: Timing Is Everything

Tony Arbolino timed his fast lap to perfection, setting a 1'53.782 just as rain began to fall to seize his first-ever pole position during Saturday qualifying at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina. Arbolino set his top time with a full 15 minutes left in qualifying, making his final charge just before riders began to pit for full rain tires.

The pole lap bumped Marco Bezzecchi into second on the grid, his best-ever qualifying position. Bezzecchi, who led much of the session early on, has been near or at the top of the timesheet in all of the qualifying sessions except FP2.  Local hero Gabriel Rodrigo grabbed the final spot on the front row -- matching the Argentinian rider's qualifying session at the season's first race in Qatar.

Adam Norrodin, consistently fast in mixed conditions, leads the second row of the grid. Enea Bastianini (5th) is looking to improve on a no-points race at season opener. Fabio Di Giannantonio completed the second row at more than half a second off the top time.

The rain during the final third of the session meant that riders who set early fast laps were left couldn't improve on those times. Niccolo Antonelli leads the third row just a whisker in front of Aron Canet (8th). Championship leader Jorge Martin completes the third row with Andrea Migno rounding out the top 10.

Result:

Pos.  No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'53.782      
2 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'54.088 0.306 / 0.306
3 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'54.330 0.548 / 0.242
4 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'54.346 0.564 / 0.016
5 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'54.361 0.579 / 0.015
6 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'54.363 0.581 / 0.002
7 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'54.366 0.584 / 0.003
8 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'54.380 0.598 / 0.014
9 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'54.388 0.606 / 0.008
10 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'54.562 0.780 / 0.174
11 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'54.568 0.786 / 0.006
12 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'54.649 0.867 / 0.081
13 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'54.799 1.017 / 0.150
14 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'54.988 1.206 / 0.189
15 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'55.323 1.541 / 0.335
16 11 Livio LOI KTM 1'55.458 1.676 / 0.135
17 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'55.514 1.732 / 0.056
18 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'55.516 1.734 / 0.002
19 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'55.604 1.822 / 0.088
20 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'55.800 2.018 / 0.196
21 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'55.982 2.200 / 0.182
22 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'56.107 2.325 / 0.125
23 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'56.176 2.394 / 0.069
24 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'56.222 2.440 / 0.046
25 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'56.333 2.551 / 0.111
26 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'56.478 2.696 / 0.145
27 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'57.976 4.194 / 1.498
28 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 2'00.087 6.305 / 2.111
             
Round Number: 
2
2018
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2018 Argentina MotoGP FP3: Marquez.............Everyone Else

It took exactly six-tenths of a second for Marc Marquez to explain to the field who is the favorite on Sunday come rain or shine. The reigning world champion dropped into the 1'48s and gapped the field by more than half a second during Saturday's FP3 at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina. 

Marquez, who led the session intermittently as a track conditions changed from damp to wet and back to damp, set his fastest lap with 13 seconds left after he had slid down to ninth over the final five minutes. Marquez's final fast lap dropped Johann Zarco into second after briefly leading FP3. Alvaro Bautista seized third as track conditions and the order rapidly changed over the final minute.

Karel Abraham made a surprise visit to the top of the order for fifth, just in front of Danilo Petrucci (6th) who was the final rider in the 1'49s. Cal Crutchlow (7th) ended the session as the second-fastest Honda rider. Hafizh Syahrin finished in eighth, the second-fastest Yamaha -- but neither of the Yamahas in FP3 top 10 were factory bikes. 

Championship leader Andrea Dovizioso, well off the pace in the dry, used the difficult track conditions to climb into ninth, less than a tenth of a second in front of Dani Pedrosa (10th). 

Intermittent rain is expected through the afternoon qualifying sessions. 

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'48.896      
2 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'49.503 0.607 / 0.607
3 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'49.828 0.932 / 0.325
4 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'49.892 0.996 / 0.064
5 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'49.948 1.052 / 0.056
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'50.149 1.253 / 0.201
7 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'50.245 1.349 / 0.096
8 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'50.261 1.365 / 0.016
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'50.396 1.500 / 0.135
10 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'50.463 1.567 / 0.067
11 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'50.645 1.749 / 0.182
12 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'50.679 1.783 / 0.034
13 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'50.685 1.789 / 0.006
14 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'50.747 1.851 / 0.062
15 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'50.972 2.076 / 0.225
16 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'51.001 2.105 / 0.029
17 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'51.051 2.155 / 0.050
18 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'51.170 2.274 / 0.119
19 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'51.197 2.301 / 0.027
20 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'51.296 2.400 / 0.099
21 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'51.636 2.740 / 0.340
22 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'52.352 3.456 / 0.716
23 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'52.462 3.566 / 0.110
24 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'52.648 3.752 / 0.186
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2018 Argentina Moto2 FP3: Gardner Slides Up the Order

Remy Gardner took advantage of the wet circuit to dominate the third Moto2 practice at the Termas de Rio Hondo track in Argentina. Gardner, seemingly at ease with the slippery conditions, led near the entire Saturday session. Lorenzo Baldassarri managed to close within a tenth to take second as intermittent rain fell on the 4.8 km track. 

The only Moto2 rider to manage a top-three time in each practice, Miguel Olivera, grabbed third, half a second off the Gardner's pace. Mattia Pasini, fastest in FP1, climbed into fourth as as semi-dry line emerged toward the session's end. Ikur Lecuona has his best practice showing of the weekend in fifth. Alex Marquez, who led in the mixed conditions of FP2, took eighth in front of Joan Mir (9th). 

Jorge Navarro rounded out the top 10.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'57.379      
2 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'57.449 0.070 / 0.070
3 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'57.880 0.501 / 0.431
4 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'58.002 0.623 / 0.122
5 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'58.103 0.724 / 0.101
6 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'58.571 1.192 / 0.468
7 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'58.647 1.268 / 0.076
8 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'58.791 1.412 / 0.144
9 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'58.865 1.486 / 0.074
10 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'58.906 1.527 / 0.041
11 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'58.953 1.574 / 0.047
12 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'59.172 1.793 / 0.219
13 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 1'59.219 1.840 / 0.047
14 40 Hector BARBERA Kalex 1'59.222 1.843 / 0.003
15 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 1'59.466 2.087 / 0.244
16 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'59.648 2.269 / 0.182
17 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'59.813 2.434 / 0.165
18 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'59.886 2.507 / 0.073
19 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 1'59.986 2.607 / 0.100
20 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 2'00.174 2.795 / 0.188
21 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'00.235 2.856 / 0.061
22 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 2'00.453 3.074 / 0.218
23 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'00.525 3.146 / 0.072
24 51 Eric GRANADO Suter 2'00.614 3.235 / 0.089
25 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 2'00.659 3.280 / 0.045
26 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 2'00.732 3.353 / 0.073
27 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 2'00.791 3.412 / 0.059
28 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 2'01.171 3.792 / 0.380
29 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 2'01.315 3.936 / 0.144
30 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 2'01.982 4.603 / 0.667
31 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Kalex 2'02.900 5.521 / 0.918
32 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 2'04.148 6.769 / 1.248
             
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2018 Argentina Moto3 FP3: Di Giannantonio Rules in the Wet

Honda's Fabio Di Giannantonio took advantage of a wet track to grab the top spot in FP3 as rain slowed riders the Termas De Rio Hondo circuit  Saturday in Argentina. Di Giannantonio's 2'00.315 was ten seconds off Enea Bastianini's top FP2 lap. Bastianini, however, has found speed in the wet or dry claiming the second-fastest time in the third Moto3 practice.

Top KTM rider Marco Bezzecchi continued his improving form with a third-best time, three-tenths from the top spot. Tatsuki Suzuki, 12th in FP2, leapt into fourth as the final rider to drop into the 2'00s, just in front of Aron Canet. 

Canet overcame controversial crash with Kazakh rider Makar Yurchenko during Friday's FP1 to grab the fifth spot. (Canet avoided a penalty from race direction.) KTM pair Gabriel Rodrigo (6th) and Andrea Migno (7th) finished just in front of Qatar race-winner Jorge Martin.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'00.315      
2 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'00.482 0.167 / 0.167
3 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'00.698 0.383 / 0.216
4 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'00.988 0.673 / 0.290
5 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'01.012 0.697 / 0.024
6 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'01.094 0.779 / 0.082
7 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'01.211 0.896 / 0.117
8 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'01.244 0.929 / 0.033
9 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'01.332 1.017 / 0.088
10 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 2'01.414 1.099 / 0.082
11 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 2'01.448 1.133 / 0.034
12 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 2'01.469 1.154 / 0.021
13 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'01.561 1.246 / 0.092
14 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'01.892 1.577 / 0.331
15 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'01.977 1.662 / 0.085
16 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 2'02.004 1.689 / 0.027
17 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'02.027 1.712 / 0.023
18 11 Livio LOI KTM 2'02.041 1.726 / 0.014
19 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 2'02.081 1.766 / 0.040
20 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 2'02.124 1.809 / 0.043
21 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'02.136 1.821 / 0.012
22 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'02.165 1.850 / 0.029
23 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 2'02.425 2.110 / 0.260
24 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'02.742 2.427 / 0.317
25 17 John MCPHEE KTM 2'02.962 2.647 / 0.220
26 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'03.063 2.748 / 0.101
27 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'04.047 3.732 / 0.984
28 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 2'04.426 4.111 / 0.379
             

 

Round Number: 
2
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2018 Argentina MotoGP FP2: Weather clears up; Marquez clears out

Reigning world champion Marc Marquez took full advantage of the first stable weather of the day to set a blistering 1'39.395 to top the time sheet and nearly reach the lap record at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina. Marquez's fast lap, set with four minutes left in Friday's FP2, was three-tenths off the circuit record set in 2015 by Valentino Rossi.

Cal Crutchlow (2nd) was the only other rider to dip into the 1'39s on Friday, four-tenths behind Marquez. But the dual surprise of the session involved two Ducati riders, both in unfamiliar positions. Consistent and fast all FP2, Satellite Ducati team rider Tito Rabat finished third, his best-ever free practice since he joined the MotoGP class in 2016 with a satelite Honda team.

The other surprise Ducati? Look to the very bottom of the timesheet. There you will find championship leader and top Marquez rival Andrea Dovizioso a full three seconds off the pace. 

Andrea Iannone, in the top five much of the session, finished fourth just in front of FP1 leader Dani Pedrosa (5th). The factory Yamaha pair of Maverick Vinales and Valentinio Rossi, who finished 1-2 in last year's race, sit at sixth and seventh respectively. Alex Rins continued his good form with eighth. Alvaro Bautista (9th) and Aleix Espargaro rounded out the top 10.

With 15 minutes left in the afternoon session, it began to resemble a typical FP3 as soon as the weather cleared. Warned of potential bad weather for Saturday's FP3 (and subsquent Q1 and Q2 placement) riders treated the final Friday practice as a quasi-qualifier. First to strike was Rossi who leapt from 15th to 2nd on the grid. Then Marquez set his fast lap and soon was nearly matched by Crutchlow with two minutes remaining. 

Then Rabat, a Moto2 race winner at the track in 2014, reeled off several laps in the low 1'41s.   

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'39.395      
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'39.799 0.404 / 0.404
3 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'40.346 0.951 / 0.547
4 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'40.455 1.060 / 0.109
5 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'40.494 1.099 / 0.039
6 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'40.510 1.115 / 0.016
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'40.577 1.182 / 0.067
8 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'40.592 1.197 / 0.015
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'40.766 1.371 / 0.174
10 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'40.800 1.405 / 0.034
11 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'40.839 1.444 / 0.039
12 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'40.842 1.447 / 0.003
13 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'40.863 1.468 / 0.021
14 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'40.974 1.579 / 0.111
15 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'41.198 1.803 / 0.224
16 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'41.257 1.862 / 0.059
17 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'41.334 1.939 / 0.077
18 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'41.357 1.962 / 0.023
19 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'41.784 2.389 / 0.427
20 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'41.832 2.437 / 0.048
21 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'41.867 2.472 / 0.035
22 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'41.898 2.503 / 0.031
23 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'42.242 2.847 / 0.344
24 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'42.973 3.578 / 0.731
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2018 Argentina Moto2 FP2: Marquez outpaces rivals, rain

Alex Marquez jumped to the top of the sheet early in the session, finishing both in front of the Moto2 pack and the off-and-on rain that effectively ended Friday's FP2 session early. Marquez's 1'44.802 was well off the FP1 top time (set by Mattia Pasini) and even farther from the best Moto2 practice times of 2017.

The reason is an unpredictable Termas de Rio Hondo circuit. The track is slippery when dry but spotty rain throughout the session left the it too damp for full slicks but not wet enough for wet tires. Most riders pitted for good with eight minutes to go because they lacked much of a chance to learn or improve from FP1.

Miguel Oliveira grabbed the second spot with Xavi Vierge rounding out the top three.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'44.802      
2 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'44.805 0.003 / 0.003
3 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'45.012 0.210 / 0.207
4 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'45.012 0.21  
5 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'45.053 0.251 / 0.041
6 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'45.055 0.253 / 0.002
7 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'45.171 0.369 / 0.116
8 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'45.385 0.583 / 0.214
9 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'45.445 0.643 / 0.060
10 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 1'45.466 0.664 / 0.021
11 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'45.504 0.702 / 0.038
12 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 1'45.524 0.722 / 0.020
13 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'45.548 0.746 / 0.024
14 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'45.676 0.874 / 0.128
15 40 Hector BARBERA Kalex 1'45.735 0.933 / 0.059
16 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'45.964 1.162 / 0.229
17 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'46.107 1.305 / 0.143
18 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'46.127 1.325 / 0.020
19 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'46.220 1.418 / 0.093
20 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 1'46.269 1.467 / 0.049
21 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'46.382 1.580 / 0.113
22 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'46.385 1.583 / 0.003
23 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'46.518 1.716 / 0.133
24 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'46.570 1.768 / 0.052
25 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 1'46.577 1.775 / 0.007
26 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 1'46.630 1.828 / 0.053
27 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'47.097 2.295 / 0.467
28 51 Eric GRANADO Suter 1'47.413 2.611 / 0.316
29 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'47.884 3.082 / 0.471
30 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Kalex 1'47.902 3.100 / 0.018
31 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'49.126 4.324 / 1.224
32 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'49.333 4.531 / 0.207
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2018 Argentina Moto3 FP2: Bastianini On The Charge

Enea Bastianini shaved more than two seconds from his FP1 time to grab the top spot in FP2 Friday at Argentina's Termas de Rio Hondo circuit. Bastianini's 1'50.397 remains more than a tenth of a second below Jon Mir's best FP2 time from last year as riders report slippery conditions on the 4.8 km (3 mi.) track. 

Lorenzo Dalla Porta, who led the session with two minutes remaining, dropped into second following Bastianini's fast lap. Tony Arbolino took third, only five-hundredths off second-fastest and completing a Honda top three.

Livio Loi charged up the timesheet with a 1'50.899 to put him in fourth, a  big improvement from his 23rd-fastest showing in FP1. Championship leader Jorge Martin dropped from second to fifth late in the session. Kaito Toba, in his second year in Moto3,  grabbed sixth, just in front of Gabriel Rodrigo (7th), the fifth-place finisher at the season's opening contest.

Adam Norrodin (8th) improved his time from FP1 but so did most of the top-ten riders. Noccolo Antonelli (9th) and Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (10th) rounded out the top 10. Atiratphuvapat was running as high as sixth when a late crash ended his session.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda   1'50.397    
2 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'50.805 0.408 / 0.408
3 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'50.858 0.461 / 0.053
4 11 Livio LOI KTM 1'50.899 0.502 / 0.041
5 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'51.001 0.604 / 0.102
6 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'51.024 0.627 / 0.023
7 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'51.112 0.715 / 0.088
8 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'51.121 0.724 / 0.009
9 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'51.161 0.764 / 0.040
10 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'51.216 0.819 / 0.055
11 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'51.265 0.868 / 0.049
12 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'51.279 0.882 / 0.014
13 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'51.299 0.902 / 0.020
14 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'51.346 0.949 / 0.047
15 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'51.351 0.954 / 0.005
16 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'51.449 1.052 / 0.098
17 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'51.508 1.111 / 0.059
18 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'51.552 1.155 / 0.044
19 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'51.587 1.190 / 0.035
20 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'51.627 1.230 / 0.040
21 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'51.667 1.270 / 0.040
22 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'51.679 1.282 / 0.012
23 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'51.736 1.339 / 0.057
24 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'51.811 1.414 / 0.075
25 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 1'52.093 1.696 / 0.282
26 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'52.511 2.114 / 0.418
27 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'52.840 2.443 / 0.329
28 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'52.956 2.559 / 0.116
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2018 Argentina MotoGP FP1: Pedrosa's Last Puts Him First

Dani Pedrosa saved his best for last with a 1'40.303 as time expired in the first Friday practice at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina. Pedrosa's time was significantly quicker than his previous best laps of the session which overall was well off the dry practice pace from last year. 

Cal Crutchlow continued a strong start to his 2018 season with the second-fastest FP1 time. The British rider, fourth in the season opener in Qatar, spent much of the session near the top of the timesheet. Andrea Iannone, who led much of FP1, dropped into third at the conclusion of practice as increasing worries of rain prompted riders to step up the pace and treat the session as a potential qualifying practice.

With three minutes to go, lap times began to drop quickly.

Johann Zarco made a late run to the top of the sheet with a 1'40.614 that was good for fourth. Right on his heels was Jack Miller who leapt into fifth. The pair's late fast laps dropped Marc Marquez, who crashed out of the race last year, into sixth, just in front of Valentino Rossi (7th). 

Qatar race-winner Andrea Dovizioso (8th) stayed within the top ten but well off the pace with a 1'40.938, just in front of his factory Ducati teammate Jorge Lorenzo (9th). Danilo Petrucci overcame a lowside crash with 15 minutes left in the session to grab 10th.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'40.303 1'40.303    
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'40.345 0.042 / 0.042
3 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'40.386 0.083 / 0.041
4 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'40.614 0.311 / 0.228
5 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'40.715 0.412 / 0.101
6 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'40.781 0.478 / 0.066
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'40.825 0.522 / 0.044
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'40.938 0.635 / 0.113
9 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'41.019 0.716 / 0.081
10 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'41.066 0.763 / 0.047
11 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'41.094 0.791 / 0.028
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'41.163 0.860 / 0.069
13 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'41.224 0.921 / 0.061
14 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'41.286 0.983 / 0.062
15 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'41.346 1.043 / 0.060
16 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'41.355 1.052 / 0.009
17 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'41.421 1.118 / 0.066
18 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'41.449 1.146 / 0.028
19 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'41.538 1.235 / 0.089
20 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'41.624 1.321 / 0.086
21 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'41.802 1.499 / 0.178
22 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'42.192 1.889 / 0.390
23 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'42.698 2.395 / 0.506
24 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'42.857 2.554 / 0.159

 

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2018 Argentina Moto2 FP1: Pasini Sets the Pace

Mattia Pasini, fourth-place finisher in the season's first race, grabbed the top spot Friday at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina. Pasini spent much of the 40-minute FP1 session in the middle of the top 10 before climbing to the top of the sheet toward the session's end under cloudy but dry conditions. 

Miguel Oliveira finished the first practice only one-tenth back just ahead of Qatar race winner and championship leader Francesco Bagnaia. Brad Binder, the 2016 Moto3 World Champion, ended the session fourth-fastest. Isaac Vinales (5th) and Danny Kent (6th) completed FP1 a mere two-hundredths apart.

Joan Mir spent most of the session at the bottom of the top 10 and finished in the same way with eighth. KTM's Sam Lowes, who spent last season on a factory Aprilia in MotoGP, took ninth just in front of Lorenzo Baldassarri (10th).

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'44.461      
2 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'44.631 0.170 / 0.170
3 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'44.736 0.275 / 0.105
4 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'44.745 0.284 / 0.009
5 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'44.916 0.455 / 0.171
6 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 1'44.940 0.479 / 0.024
7 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'44.974 0.513 / 0.034
8 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'45.022 0.561 / 0.048
9 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'45.048 0.587 / 0.026
10 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'45.080 0.619 / 0.032
11 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 1'45.183 0.722 / 0.103
12 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'45.189 0.728 / 0.006
13 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'45.282 0.821 / 0.093
14 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'45.360 0.899 / 0.078
15 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'45.375 0.914 / 0.015
16 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 1'45.428 0.967 / 0.053
17 40 Hector BARBERA Kalex 1'45.501 1.040 / 0.073
18 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'45.568 1.107 / 0.067
19 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'45.573 1.112 / 0.005
20 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'45.717 1.256 / 0.144
21 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 1'45.765 1.304 / 0.048
22 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'46.021 1.560 / 0.256
23 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'46.084 1.623 / 0.063
24 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'46.226 1.765 / 0.142
25 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'46.306 1.845 / 0.080
26 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'46.386 1.925 / 0.080
27 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 1'46.654 2.193 / 0.268
28 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Kalex 1'46.815 2.354 / 0.161
29 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'47.040 2.579 / 0.225
30 51 Eric GRANADO Suter 1'47.224 2.763 / 0.184
31 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'48.757 4.296 / 1.533
32 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'49.104 4.643 / 0.347
Round Number: 
2
2018
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2018 Argentina Moto3 FP1: Bezzecchi Shows Up and Off

Marco Bezzecchi, who earned his first-ever podium last year, topped the time sheet for the first practice of the second race of the 2018 season. In mostly dry conditions, the 18-year-old's 1'52.190 put him three-tenths of a second clear of the pack at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit and left him as the only KTM rider in the top seven.

Adam Norrodin, who took 11th place in the season's first race in Qatar, secured the second-fastest time, another three-tenths clear of Enea Bastianini who crashed out of the season's first race while holding second place. Tony Arbolino set his fastest time late in the session as the wind picked up. His 1'52.964 put him just in front Qatar winner and championship leader Jorge Martin.

Aron Canet, who along with Martin is a rider picked to be a top finisher in the championship this season, grabbed seventh just clear of Nakarin Atiraphuvapat.  Marcos Ramirez, in eighth, finished as the second-fastest KTM as Honda took seven of the top ten positions. Jacob Kornfeil (9th) and Ayumu Sasaki rounded out the top 10.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'52.190      
2 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'52.537 0.347 / 0.347
3 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'52.829 0.639 / 0.292
4 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'52.964 0.774 / 0.135
5 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'53.092 0.902 / 0.128
6 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'53.100 0.910 / 0.008
7 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'53.177 0.987 / 0.077
8 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'53.222 1.032 / 0.045
9 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'53.222 1.032  
10 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'53.252 1.062 / 0.030
11 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'53.482 1.292 / 0.230
12 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'53.484 1.294 / 0.002
13 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'53.497 1.307 / 0.013
14 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'53.571 1.381 / 0.074
15 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'53.670 1.480 / 0.099
16 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'53.700 1.510 / 0.030
17 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'53.875 1.685 / 0.175
18 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'53.899 1.709 / 0.024
19 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'53.977 1.787 / 0.078
20 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'54.071 1.881 / 0.094
21 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'54.157 1.967 / 0.086
22 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'54.289 2.099 / 0.132
23 11 Livio LOI KTM 1'54.477 2.287 / 0.188
24 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 1'54.696 2.506 / 0.219
25 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'54.814 2.624 / 0.118
26 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'54.919 2.729 / 0.105
27 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'54.950 2.760 / 0.031
28 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'55.268 3.078 / 0.318
Round Number: 
2
2018
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Total votes: 8

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