MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2018 Mugello Moto3 FP2 Result: Martin and Martin Again

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Mugello was warming up nicely for the second run of sessions of the day, although the clouds did keep the lightweight class company. Fabio Di Giannantonio was back with a vengeance, at least for the early part of FP2, the Italian leading for most of the session before Jorge Martin’s reputation as the fastest man in class came to the fore and the Spaniard checked out at the front by over three tenths of a second to improve his own pole record.

Once again, Aron Canet was best of the rest, with only Tatsuki Suzuki in and impressive third and Philipp Oettl in fourth within half a second of the leader.

Kaito Toba brilliantly climbed into fifth position, while the Pruestel GP teammates followed him closely behind, championship leader Marco Bezzecchi only seven thousandths of a second faster than Jakub Kornfeil. John McPhee also joined the top eight, with Di Giannantonio’s early momentum running out and seeing him drop down to ninth, as he failed to improve in his late charge.

Le Mans hero Albert Arenas recovered some ground from the morning session to complete the top ten in FP2, albeit nine tenths down on Martin. The same gap separated Dennis Foggia and Marcos Ramirez from the lead, with Niccolo Antonelli back in 13th, one full second down, after a heavy high side ended his session early. If the Italian could blame his position on his visit to the medical centre, the likes of Gabriel Rodrigo, Tony Arbolino and Enea Bastianini ended their Friday outside the top 15 after struggling throughout the day.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'57.104    
2 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'57.443 0.339 0.339
3 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'57.541 0.437 0.098
4 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'57.552 0.448 0.011
5 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'57.607 0.503 0.055
6 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'57.788 0.684 0.181
7 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'57.795 0.691 0.007
8 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'57.875 0.771 0.080
9 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'57.900 0.796 0.025
10 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'58.009 0.905 0.109
11 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'58.096 0.992 0.087
12 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'58.101 0.997 0.005
13 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'58.201 1.097 0.100
14 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'58.247 1.143 0.046
15 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'58.400 1.296 0.153
16 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'58.412 1.308 0.012
17 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'58.491 1.387 0.079
18 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'58.546 1.442 0.055
19 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'58.575 1.471 0.029
20 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'58.583 1.479 0.008
21 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'58.668 1.564 0.085
22 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'58.670 1.566 0.002
23 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'58.686 1.582 0.016
24 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'58.782 1.678 0.096
25 11 Livio LOI KTM 1'59.031 1.927 0.249
26 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'59.113 2.009 0.082
27 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Honda 1'59.284 2.180 0.171
28 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 1'59.450 2.346 0.166
29 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'59.455 2.351 0.005
30 81 Stefano NEPA KTM 1'59.834 2.730 0.379
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6
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2018 Mugello Moto2 FP1 Result: Fast Start For Marquez

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The intermediate class danced their first tango of the weekend in Mugello and it brought nothing new to the routine. Alex Marquez established himself as the early leader and came under friendly(ish) fire in the final time attack from teammate Joan Mir. The younger Marquez came out on top, ending the session with a three tenths advantage on his pursuers.

Sam Lowes snuck into the mix in the final part of FP1 and climbed into second, only three hundredths of a second ahead of Miguel Oliveira, who managed to keep close to the leaders throughout the session. Mir is undeniably the man of the moment, in the media at least, the Spaniard settling for fourth on his first outing in Mugello.

Lorenzo Baldassarri kept in touch with his main rivals from fifth position, four tenths down on the leader, with Marcel Schrotter close behind in sixth. The championship leader was the last man within half a second of Marquez, Pecco Bagnaia ending his morning seventh.

Andrea Locatelli and Hector Barbera were surprisingly close to the SKY rider, with Romano Fenati completing the top ten but eight tenths of a second keeping him away from the top of the timesheets. Jorge Navarro posted a similar time just outside the top ten, with the rest of the challengers over a second slower than Marquez, including Mattia Pasini in 17th position and Xavi Vierge in 19th.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'52.515    
2 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'52.810 0.295 0.295
3 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'52.843 0.328 0.033
4 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'52.925 0.410 0.082
5 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'52.963 0.448 0.038
6 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'53.003 0.488 0.040
7 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'53.008 0.493 0.005
8 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'53.033 0.518 0.025
9 40 Hector BARBERA Kalex 1'53.069 0.554 0.036
10 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 1'53.352 0.837 0.283
11 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'53.368 0.853 0.016
12 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'53.564 1.049 0.196
13 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 1'53.647 1.132 0.083
14 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 1'53.697 1.182 0.050
15 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'53.709 1.194 0.012
16 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'53.716 1.201 0.007
17 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'53.743 1.228 0.027
18 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 1'53.797 1.282 0.054
19 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'53.979 1.464 0.182
20 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'53.988 1.473 0.009
21 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'54.021 1.506 0.033
22 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 1'54.065 1.550 0.044
23 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'54.181 1.666 0.116
24 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'54.245 1.730 0.064
25 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'54.715 2.200 0.470
26 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 1'55.007 2.492 0.292
27 51 Eric GRANADO Suter 1'55.017 2.502 0.010
28 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'55.869 3.354 0.852
29 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'56.291 3.776 0.422
30 14 Hector GARZO Tech 3 1'56.532 4.017 0.241
31 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'56.956 4.441 0.424
32 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'57.867 5.352 0.911
33 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 1'58.510 5.995 0.643
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2018 Mugello MotoGP FP1 Result: Iannone Steals Pirro’s Thunder

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Friday morning in Mugello saw the splendid scenery covered by a sheet of low clouds, although the track kept dry for the duration of the session. The low grip took a few people by surprise and plenty of front tyres were tortured but the top of the timesheets were a very patriotic display. Local expert Michelle Pirro perhaps unsurprisingly led the way after the first run and the Italian was unchallenged at the top until compatriot Andrea Iannone brandished a new rear soft tyre and blasted ahead by half a second.

The Italian top three was completed by Andrea Dovizioso, seven tenths down on the leader and a more realistic two tenths behind his temporary teammate. Maverick Viñales crashed in turn one on his first lap of the day and the extra trip through the pits lost him some track time but the Spaniard still found his way into fourth position.

Iannone was not the only one to put himself in the shop window in Mugello, Jack Miller also boasting with speed in fifth place, posting the exact same time as the reigning world champion. Marc Marquez lingered in a subdued sixth position but less than a tenth of a second separated him from Dovizioso’s third spot.

The rest of the top ten – positions seven to ten – were also a close knit affair. Franco Morbidelli seemed to have made significant progress on home turf to join the top seven in the session, followed by mentor Valentino Rossi, possible future teammate Jorge Lorenzo and a recovering Cal Crutchlow, the four men nine tenths down on the leader but separated by a mere two hundredths of a second.

Johann Zarco was one full second off Iannone’s laptime, but only half a second slower if you consider Pirro’s more realistic indicator of pace. The Frenchman knocked on the doors of the top ten together with Alex Rins, Danilo Petrucci and the Espargaro brothers, Dani Pedrosa a few places lower down in 17th.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'47.253    
2 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'47.803 0.550 0.550
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'47.961 0.708 0.158
4 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'47.995 0.742 0.034
5 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'48.035 0.782 0.040
6 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'48.035 0.782  
7 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'48.211 0.958 0.176
8 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'48.218 0.965 0.007
9 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'48.219 0.966 0.001
10 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'48.229 0.976 0.010
11 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'48.272 1.019 0.043
12 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'48.274 1.021 0.002
13 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'48.304 1.051 0.030
14 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'48.384 1.131 0.080
15 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'48.570 1.317 0.186
16 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'48.573 1.320 0.003
17 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'48.669 1.416 0.096
18 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'48.878 1.625 0.209
19 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'48.920 1.667 0.042
20 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'49.086 1.833 0.166
21 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'49.181 1.928 0.095
22 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'49.460 2.207 0.279
23 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'49.499 2.246 0.039
24 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'49.650 2.397 0.151
25 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'50.315 3.062 0.665
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2018 Mugello Moto3 FP1 Result: Martin Masters Mugello

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A cloudy but warm morning set the scene for the opening session of the weekend but the plot was more of what we’ve gotten accustomed to. Namely, Jorge Martin setting camp at the top of the timesheets early in the session, then going on to improve on his own benchmark in a final attack. Things got a little more unusual behind the Spaniard – if not in names, it did in time gaps.

Aron Canet was the one to get closest to his leading compatriot, the Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider trailing Martin by nearly three tenths of a second. There was a chasm behind the duo throughout the best part of the session, until a final charge reduced the gaps somewhat. Jerez winner Philipp Oettl made a late charge to jump into third, four tenths off the leader, with Andrea Migno coming off his Le Mans podium with renewed motivation and into fourth position in FP1.

Niccolo Antonelli kept reasonably close in fifth, over seven tenths of a second slower than Martin. John McPhee, still championship leader Marco Bezzecchi and temporary Le Mans victor Fabio Di Giannantonio were the final men within a second of the leader, occupying places six to eight.

Nicolo Bulega made a surprise appearance at the business end, although a full second off Martin, while reformed rodeo rider Jakub Kornfeil completed the top ten. Enea Bastianini has a bit of ground to recover from 15th position, as is the case for Le Mans’ actual winner, Albert Arenas, in 20th position after the first session of the day.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'58.078    
2 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'58.364 0.286 0.286
3 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'58.479 0.401 0.115
4 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'58.658 0.580 0.179
5 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'58.843 0.765 0.185
6 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'58.988 0.910 0.145
7 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'59.001 0.923 0.013
8 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'59.033 0.955 0.032
9 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'59.150 1.072 0.117
10 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'59.336 1.258 0.186
11 11 Livio LOI KTM 1'59.424 1.346 0.088
12 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 1'59.456 1.378 0.032
13 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'59.517 1.439 0.061
14 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'59.649 1.571 0.132
15 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'59.657 1.579 0.008
16 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'59.668 1.590 0.011
17 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'59.705 1.627 0.037
18 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'59.810 1.732 0.105
19 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'59.873 1.795 0.063
20 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'59.956 1.878 0.083
21 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 2'00.004 1.926 0.048
22 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'00.029 1.951 0.025
23 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'00.067 1.989 0.038
24 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 2'00.070 1.992 0.003
25 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 2'00.112 2.034 0.042
26 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'00.204 2.126 0.092
27 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Honda 2'00.577 2.499 0.373
28 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'00.699 2.621 0.122
29 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 2'01.081 3.003 0.382
30 81 Stefano NEPA KTM 2'01.585 3.507 0.504
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2018 Donington World Superbike Race Two Result: A Tale Of Two Tyres

World Superbike race two started under a threat of rain, with teams practicing pit-lane tyre changes. Gino Rea had to start from the back of the grid after he had to pit in before the sighting lap. 

With the reverse grid putting Michael van der Mark, Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes on the third row, Alex Lowes headed the Aprilias of Lorenzo Savadori and Eugene Laverty under the lights. As the lights went out, Savadori and Laverty passed Lowes into the first corner, but as everyone tried to improve their places in the first few corners, lots of places were swapped. Leon Haslam slotted in behind Savadori with Alex Lowes behind him while Loris Baz pushed Laverty to fifth. The places settled and the bikes strung out and, as the field got to the twisty tight section of the track, with its chicane and two hairpins leading to the short start/finish straight, Alex Lowes took second place into the Fogarty Esses and, on the second lap, he took the lead as everyone jockeyed for position as they hit the Esses for the second time. Local hero Leon Haslam overcooked the Melbourne Loop hairpin and crashed out of second place and Tom Sykes passed Jonathan Rea under a yellow flag for fifth place.

At the start of lap three, Alex Lowes led Lorenzo Savadori and Michael van der Mark in the leading group of three bikes, with Loris Baz in fourth, ahead of the all-Kawasaki battle of Tom Sykes, Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu. Rea tried to pass Sykes round the outside of the Craner Curves, but Sykes held his nerve and his place. Marco Melandri caught the battling Kawasakis but a mistake at the Melbourne loop meant he had to watch them charge out of range. 

Alex Lowes set the fastest lap on lap three and had a healthy gap from Lorenzo Savadori, but his Yamaha teammate Michael van der Mark, winner yesterday, passed Savadori on the Craner Curves and the Yahamas had a 1-2 on the new fat tyre.

Yesterday, Lowes, van der Mark and Savadori were the only riders to use the Pirelli SC0 W1002 development tyre, but today several riders changed to the profile that won yesterday's race and filled three of the top five places. Chaz Davies, Leon Haslam, Jonathan Rea, Toprak Razgatlioglu, Marco Melandri, and others further back on the grid all changed to this chubbier rubber. Yesterday, Motomatters spoke to Honda World Superbike's tyre technician to better understand the development tyre, and learned that the bigger tyre requires several changes to the bike, including changing the ride height and, surprisingly tyre warmers. The cost of getting slightly longer warmers and changing their software is made up for with improved corner grip on short tracks like Donington where a bike spends a lot of its time changing direction a lot. (pic)

On lap eight, and the "C" development tyre, Jonathan Rea took third place from Lorenzo Savadori at the esses, and a lap later set the fastest lap of the race closing down the Yamahas at the lead. Toprak Razgatlioglu then started harassing Savadori; the top five were now all on the rear development tyre.

On lap ten, as Rea closed the gap to van der Mark, Rea hit the kerb and his foot fell off the left peg at the Old Hairpin, but it didn't slow him down. Further back, Razgatlioglu took fourth from Savadori at the Melbourne Loop hairpin, but he handed it straight back going wide at Goddards, heading to the start/finish straight. 

And then the rain turned up.

Limited adhesion flags came out in the second sector, the third of the track before the Esses, but nobody slowed down. Razgatlioglu was glued to the back of Savadori as the leading three built a gap of two seconds from the Aprilia, but they would soon start fighting amongst themselves. Michael van der Mark missed his braking and went wide at the Melbourne Loop, giving Rea the opportunity to take second place and scrap with Alex Lowes. 

Three hectic laps later, Michael van der Mark received the SMOOTH message on his put board once again. Jonathan Rea on turn one of lap fifteen took the lead from Alex Lowes, but Lowes took it right back and the race continued. 

The rain had abated.

On lap seventeen of twenty three, Jonathan Rea stuffed it under Alex Lowes's Yamaha at the Melbourne Loop, and Lowes fought right back, getting the lead back on the exit. Rea tried again into Goddards hairpin, and he held the lead across the line. Michael van der Mark took second place from Lowes at the start of lap eighteen, and at the end of the lap, he took the lead from Jonathan Rea at the Melbourne Loop, followed by Alex Lowes pushing Rea to third. Rea took second place back at Goddards, but the leading three were joined by a very quick Toprak Razgatlioglu. 

Michael van der Mark, Jonathan Rea, Alex Lowes and Toprak Razgatlioglu. One of them wouldn't be on the podium, and on lap twenty, Razgatlioglu passed Lowes at the Old Hairpin. Lowes immediately looked behind and it was clear that he was at his limit and would not be able to fight back.

Jonathan Rea was no longer hounding van der Mark, and the Yamaha rider set his fastest lap of the race, leaving Rea and Razgatlioglu to fight it out for second place. On the last lap, Razgatlioglu made a hard clean move at the Craner Curves to take second from Rea, but van der Mark was two seconds ahead, obeying his crew's smooth order. 

Michael van der Mark won his second race in two days, in spite of the reverse grid, and joined the pantheon of double-race winners, and, a day on from the first Dutch win, Turkey had their first World Superbike podium with Toprak Razgatlioglu silencing the doubters convincingly in second place. Jonathan Rea in third still managed to extend his title lead, with Chaz Davies and Tom Sykes finishing behind fourth-placed Alex Lowes. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1  
2 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 2.328
3 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 2.614
4 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 2.894
5 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 4.797
6 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 8.224
7 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 9.169
8 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 18.488
9 81 J. TORRES MV Agusta 1000 F4 19.964
10 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 20.207
11 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 23.803
12 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 28.845
13 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 29.741
14 41 L. MOSSEY Kawasaki ZX-10RR 31.156
15 28 B. RAY Suzuki GSX-R1000 33.321
16 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR1000RR 34.175
17 37 O. JEZEK Yamaha YZF R1 47.350
18 94 N. CANEPA Yamaha YZF R1 47.701
19 44 G. REA Suzuki GSX-R1000 57.365
RET 55 M. LAW Kawasaki ZX-10RR 16 Laps 
RET 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 18 Laps
RET 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 14 Laps
RET 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 13 Laps
RET 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10RR 8 Laps
RET 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale R  
Round Number: 
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2018 Donington World Supersport Race Result: Not Much In It For The Title

World Supersport was 20 laps of good weather and a very tight championship fight. Nacho Calero would not start the race due to a technical problem.

Jules Cluzel made it to the first corner in the lead while Lucas Mahias struggled to keep the front wheel off the tarmac and was passed by Sandro Cortese and Rafaelle De Rosa for his troubles. Hikari Okubo and Randy Krummenacher rounded out the top six. 

On the second lap, with Jules Cluzel starting with a bit of a gap, Sandro Cortese closed the gap and set the fastest lap in the process. By lap four, the two leaders had a bit of a gap from Rafaelle De Rosa who was over a second clear of a struggling Lucas Mahias. Hikari Okubo crashed out trying to catch up Krummenacher who had caught Mahias to fight for fourth place. 

Eight laps in, De Rosa had joined the front two, almost three seconds clear of the Mahias-Krummenacher duel, and as the leading trio headed towards Starkey's Straight, Cluzel left a tiny gap going into the fast right hander and Cortese put his Yamaha into it. The pair made contact exiting the corner but they didn't lose any time as Cortese in the lead apologised to Cluzel and the race continued. 

Randy Krummenacher, on lap nine, squeezed past Lucas Mahias at turn four just as the pair were joined by Federico Caricasulo but the gap to third place kept climbing for five laps. Just as Krummenacher increased his pace to close the gap down, he lost the rear on Coppice and just managed to save the rear, only losing one place to Mahias, recovering before Caricasulo could steal a place.

Sandro Cortese, Jules Cluzel and Rafaelle De Rosa had over three seconds of freedom at the front of the race until lap sixteen when Cluzel made a mistake and let De Rosa take second place from him and gifting Cortese with clean air behind him. 

While Cortese maintained his gap at the front, Lucas Mahias in fourth started closing up to the leading trio in an effort to get away from Randy Krummenacher and Federico Caricasulo, but the Yamaha trio were too far back to get close enough to consider a challenge for the podium.

One lap from the end, Jules Cluzel snatched second place back from Rafaelle De Rosa heading into the Fogarty Esses and fought off the MV Agusta man for the last lap.

Sandro Cortese beat Jules Cluzel by over a second and the pair took the top two spots of the tight championship fight, pushing Randy Krummenacher and Lucas Mahias down to third and fourth place. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R6  
2 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1.377
3 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 2.676
4 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 4.618
5 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 5.059
6 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 7.003
7 86 A. BADOVINI MV Agusta F3 675 14.685
8 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 16.315
9 32 S. MORAIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 24.345
10 96 A. IRWIN Honda CBR600RR 25.107
11 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-6R 27.825
12 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 29.708
13 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 32.683
14 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 32.922
15 6 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 33.389
16 81 L. STAPLEFORD Yamaha YZF R6 34.217
17 35 S. HILL Triumph Daytona 675 45.174
18 22 E. LAHTI Suzuki GSX-R600 51.162
19 15 A. COPPOLA Yamaha YZF R6 55.775
20 77 W. TESSELS Kawasaki ZX-6R 59.715
21 65 M. CANDUCCI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'07.471
22 34 J. ITURRIOZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'10.148
RET 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 14 Laps
RET 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 16 Laps
RET 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 19 Laps
RET 61 R. VICKERS Honda CBR600RR 19 Laps
RET 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R  
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2018 Donington World Supersport Superpole Result: No Surprises Here

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World Supersport Superpole one was a busy affair as too many riders jostled for too few places. 

Hikaro Okubo was the first rider to set a target lap with a 1:31.292. Thomas Gradinger joined him in the 1'31s, and their laps stood until the end of the session. Kyle Smith came close, but he crashed out as the only other man able to get under 1'32. Stefan Hill skipped the break and crashed out, earning himself a black flag for not returning to the pits after his crash. Okubo and Gradinger joined the top ten for Superpole two.

After one lap, Sandro Cortese led Jules Cluzel as the pair were the first under 1'30, ahead of Superpole one's Hikari Okubo. Jules Cluzel split them shortly after, taking second place from the Japanese rider. 

After the break, Jules Cluzel took the top spot but was quickly deposed by Lucas Mahias. A lap later, Cluzel took the top spot back and, while Mahias made a valiant, grass-spewing attempt, everyone had spent their best and the places stood as the flag came out. 

Jules Cluzel and Lucas Mahias were joined by Sandro Cortese on the front row, ahead of Randy Krummenacher, Hikari Okubo and Rafaelle De Rosa, in spite of Okubo crashing out at the exit to the Melbourne Loop.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'30.270   246,1
2 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 1'30.465 0.195 236,3
3 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R6 1'30.632 0.362 242,7
4 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 1'30.654 0.384 241,6
5 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'31.079 0.809 243,3
6 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 1'31.093 0.823 237,9
7 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'31.118 0.848 240,6
8 81 L. STAPLEFORD Yamaha YZF R6 1'31.291 1.021 241,6
9 86 A. BADOVINI MV Agusta F3 675 1'31.306 1.036 239,0
10 32 S. MORAIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'31.518 1.248 240,0
11 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'31.526 1.256 240,6
12 96 A. IRWIN Honda CBR600RR 1'31.883 1.613 235,8
13 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1'31.873 0.581 234,8
14 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 1'31.906 0.614 242,2
15 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'32.004 0.712 242,7
16 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 1'32.079 0.787 237,9
17 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'32.109 0.817 239,0
18 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 1'32.306 1.014 234,3
19 22 E. LAHTI Suzuki GSX-R600 1'32.565 1.273 239,5
20 6 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 1'32.800 1.508 239,5
21 61 R. VICKERS Honda CBR600RR 1'32.880 1.588 237,4
22 15 A. COPPOLA Yamaha YZF R6 1'32.973 1.681 234,3
23 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'33.047 1.755 238,4
24 77 W. TESSELS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'33.101 1.809 237,9
25 65 M. CANDUCCI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'33.922 2.630 234,8
26 34 J. ITURRIOZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'34.200 2.908 232,8

Superpole One Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'31.292   241,6
2 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'31.733 0.441 241,6
3 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1'31.873 0.581 234,8
4 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 1'31.906 0.614 242,2
5 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'32.004 0.712 242,7
6 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 1'32.079 0.787 237,9
7 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'32.109 0.817 239,0
8 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 1'32.306 1.014 234,3
9 22 E. LAHTI Suzuki GSX-R600 1'32.565 1.273 239,5
10 6 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 1'32.800 1.508 239,5
11 61 R. VICKERS Honda CBR600RR 1'32.880 1.588 237,4
12 15 A. COPPOLA Yamaha YZF R6 1'32.973 1.681 234,3
13 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'33.047 1.755 238,4
14 77 W. TESSELS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'33.101 1.809 237,9
15 65 M. CANDUCCI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'33.922 2.630 234,8
16 34 J. ITURRIOZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'34.200 2.908 232,8

Superpole Two Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'30.270   246,1
2 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 1'30.465 0.195 236,3
3 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R6 1'30.632 0.362 242,7
4 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 1'30.654 0.384 241,6
5 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'31.079 0.809 243,3
6 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 1'31.093 0.823 237,9
7 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'31.118 0.848 240,6
8 81 L. STAPLEFORD Yamaha YZF R6 1'31.291 1.021 241,6
9 86 A. BADOVINI MV Agusta F3 675 1'31.306 1.036 239,0
10 32 S. MORAIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'31.518 1.248 240,0
11 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'31.526 1.256 240,6
12 96 A. IRWIN Honda CBR600RR 1'31.883 1.613 235,8
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2018
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2018 Donington World Superbike Race One Result: The Sun Comes Out

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World Superbike race one was twenty three laps of a dry race with the sun threatening to break through the grey British sky. 

Jonathan Rea, from second position on the grid, launched himself into the lead, ahead of Tom Sykes, Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark with Lorenzo Savadori and Loris Baz rounding out the top six. Sykes and Rea traded places a few times as Sykes overtook Rea through the fast flowing section, but Rea took back the lead before the long straight between Coppice and the Esses and held it to the end of the lap. Michael van der Mark out-braked his Yamaha teammate Alex Lowes going into the Fogarty Esses and took third place behind the Kawasakis of Rea and Sykes. 

On the second lap, Alex Lowes in fourth place set the fastest lap as the front eleven riders were in one group but Marco Melandri dropped off the back of the group and left Chaz Davies in ninth to be the only Ducati fighting in the front group. 

On lap four, Tom Sykes charged downhill after the long first corner, into the flowing old track section of the Craner Curves, passing Rea into the not as tight as the name suggests Old Hairpin. Rea tried to take the lead back through Starkey's Bridge and McLeans, but Sykes held the lead throughout most of the remainder of the lap, round Coppice, down Starkey's Straight and through the Fogarty Esses. When the fight got to the Melbourne Loop, the first of two hairpins before the end of the lap, Sykes went wide, missing his braking point, losing first place to Rea. Michael van der Mark in third place tried to follow Rea through but Sykes closed down all the options and the trio charged to the last hairpin. 

As the leading ten became the leading nine, then eight, the places remained unchanged until Sykes made the same pass at the Old Hairpin and was side by side with Rea, almost making contact, until they settled into their places. 

Tom Sykes led Jonathan Rea and Michael van der Mark until Rea overcooked the Melbourne Loop and van der Mark took second place from him. Rea took second back at the next hairpin  and started lap eight behind Sykes once more. Alex Lowes in fourth couldn't get close enough to his Yamaha teammate to join in the fun but he was managing to keep Lorenzo Savadori convincingly at bay. 

On lap ten, Tom Sykes set the fastest lap from the lead, but he still couldn't shake off Rea and the Yamahas. A lap later, Savadori lost his grip on Lowes and the leading group was down to four riders. A lap later, Lowes dropped off the back of van der Mark, but still managed to increase his lead over Savadori. 

Jonathan Rea went through the Esses on lap thirteen with less stability than usual and missed the apex at the Melbourne Loop, giving van der Mark the opening he'd been waiting for. Van der Mark took second place and set his sights on Tom Sykes. On lap fifteen, after snapping at his heels all lap, van der Mark snuck under Sykes into the Melbourne Loop hairpin and briefly slowed down strategically to block a chance of a riposte from the Englishman. Michael van der Mark led the race on lap sixteen and as the Kawasakis took lumps out of each other behind him, with Rea trying to take advantage of a Sykes wobble at the Esses, and he started lap seventeen with a one second lead over the green bikes. 

Jonathan Rea made the pass on Sykes that Sykes had used twice before, with the pair side by side through the fast sweeping curves, but Rea managed to hold second place, a second behind van der Mark, and Rea set the fastest lap on lap eighteen while chipping into van der Mark's lead. On lap twenty one of twenty three, Rea had caught van der Mark and a lap later, van der Mark's pit board read SMOOTH as the pair wished for the other to make a mistake. 

On the last lap, Michael van der Mark missed the apex on turn one, but he was able to return to his line without conceding the lead and he was able to hold his nerve and take his first ever victory in World Superbike, the first ever for a Dutchman. Jonathan Rea took a safe second place ahead of Tom Sykes with Alex Lowes a handful of seconds further back. 

Michael van der Mark's win leapfrogged him from sixth to fourth in the championship as Marco Melandri and Xavi Fores failed to finish, Fores pitting in and Melandri low-siding at Goddards, five laps from the end and ten places from the fight. 

Jonathan Rea increases his lead in the title chase to fifty nine points from Chaz Davies with Davies only managing eighth place in spite of some last lap drama gifting him a place or two as Leon Haslam and Toprak Razgatlioglu sparred at the Melbourne Loop. Tom Sykes maintains his third place, closing the gap to Davies by eight points.

Yamaha's first victory since 2011 and Michael van der Mark's first win in the series made a lot of people very happy and brought the sun out over the track.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1  
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1.136
3 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 2.193
4 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 6.642
5 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 7.331
6 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 13.374
7 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 15.992
8 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 18.532
9 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10RR 20.478
10 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 20.634
11 81 J. TORRES MV Agusta 1000 F4 22.503
12 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale R 33.250
13 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 33.771
14 28 B. RAY Suzuki GSX-R1000 36.715
15 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR1000RR 38.850
16 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 42.536
17 41 L. MOSSEY Kawasaki ZX-10RR 42.682
18 37 O. JEZEK Yamaha YZF R1 47.849
19 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 50.256
20 94 N. CANEPA Yamaha YZF R1 52.188
21 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 55.588
22 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'19.859
23 44 G. REA Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'36.779
RET 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 10
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6
2018
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2018 Donington World Superbike Superpole Result: Dry At Last

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The track for World Superbike superpole one was, unlike yesterday, dry. The weather threw a few surprising names into the first session, fighting for only two places for the second session that determines the first four rows of the grid.

The session opened with a cold tyre crash by Mason Law, with the bike spitting him off. The British Superbike wildcard is missing the electronics that World Superbike regulars have. After one lap, Leon Camier led with a 1'28.108, ahead of Jordi Torres, Toprak Razgatlioglu and Chaz Davies. Jordi Torres nearly took the top spot before the break, but he lost the pace in the last section. 

Jordi Torres, one of the last in, was the first out after a short break, with over five minutes remaining, giving them up to three more timed laps. Torres once again was on target to take top spot from Camier, but again lost the pace in the last sector. Toprak Razgatlioglu did not suffer in the last sector and he knocked Torres down to third quickest. Razgatlioglu, a lap later, knocked Camier off the top, setting a 1'27.799. Chaz Davies took the flag with the second quickest time, recording a 1'28.060, ahead of Leon Camier and Jordi Torres. Mason Law was taken to the medical centre for a checkup. 

Razgatlioglu and Davies joined yesterday's ten quickest men for Superpole two and, as usual, Jonathan Rea and Eugene Laverty were the first men out. Jonathan Rea opened the session with a 1'27.503, but as soon as Tom Sykes finished his lap, he'd chopped almost a quarter of a second off Rea's time with a 1'27.269. Rea knocked a tenth of a second of his second-placed lap before heading back to the pits to join his teammate Sykes to get their qualifying tyres. At the start of the tyre break, Eugene Laverty was the only other rider within half a second of Tom Sykes, with Michael van der Mark six tenths of a second off the provisional pole.

The break finished with under four minutes remaining. giving just two possible laps on the quicker tyre. Loris Baz, building on his wet weather performance, pushed up to second place only to be knocked down to third as Jonathan Rea took the provisional pole until Tom Sykes recorded a 1'26.663 just before the flag came out. Rea and Sykes didn't try to get another fast lap and nobody could match or beat the Kawasaki pair. 

Tom Sykes took his forty fourth pole position, beating Troy Corser's record of forty three pole positions and wearing lycra a superhero cape as a celebration, ahead of Jonathan Rea and Loris Baz with Lorenzo Savadori leading the Yamahas of Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark on the second row. Bradley Ray was the highest-placed wildcard in tenth place, behind highest-placed Ducati, Chaz Davies in ninth.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'26.663   264,2
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'26.956 0.293 265,5
3 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'27.348 0.685 264,9
4 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'27.355 0.692 268,2
5 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'27.422 0.759 267,5
6 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'27.472 0.809 266,8
7 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'27.508 0.845 269,5
8 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'27.631 0.968 264,9
9 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'27.749 1.086 266,2
10 28 B. RAY Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'27.946 1.283 260,4
11 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'27.967 1.304 266,8
12 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'28.130 1.467 266,8
13 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'28.108 0.309 260,4
14 81 J. TORRES MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'28.230 0.431 263,6
15 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale R 1'28.376 0.577 263,6
16 41 L. MOSSEY Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'28.885 1.086 263,6
17 37 O. JEZEK Yamaha YZF R1 1'28.958 1.159 259,7
18 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'28.969 1.170 261,0
19 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR1000RR 1'29.119 1.320 266,2
20 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'29.172 1.373 259,7
21 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'29.173 1.374 261,6
22 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'29.315 1.516 264,9
23 44 G. REA Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'29.376 1.577 259,7
24 94 N. CANEPA Yamaha YZF R1 1'29.530 1.731 266,2

Superpole One:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR IND   268,2
2 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'28.060 0.261 266,2
3 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'28.108 0.309 260,4
4 81 J. TORRES MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'28.230 0.431 263,6
5 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale R 1'28.376 0.577 263,6
6 41 L. MOSSEY Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'28.885 1.086 263,6
7 37 O. JEZEK Yamaha YZF R1 1'28.958 1.159 259,7
8 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'28.969 1.170 261,0
9 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR1000RR 1'29.119 1.320 266,2
10 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'29.172 1.373 259,7
11 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'29.173 1.374 261,6
12 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'29.315 1.516 264,9
13 44 G. REA Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'29.376 1.577 259,7
14 94 N. CANEPA Yamaha YZF R1 1'29.530 1.731 266,2

Superpole Two:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'26.663   264,2
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'26.956 0.293 265,5
3 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'27.348 0.685 264,9
4 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'27.355 0.692 268,2
5 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'27.422 0.759 267,5
6 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'27.472 0.809 266,8
7 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'27.508 0.845 269,5
8 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'27.631 0.968 264,9
9 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'27.749 1.086 266,2
10 28 B. RAY Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'27.946 1.283 260,4
11 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'27.967 1.304 266,8
12 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'28.130 1.467 266,8
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2018 Donington World Supersport FP3 Result: Mahias Quickest

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In the morning's untimed session, Lucas Mahias led the Yamahas of Sandro Cortese, Federico Caricasulo and Jules Cluzel as Rafaelle De Rosa on the MV Agusta stopped it all going the Japanese marque's way fifth quickest. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 1'30.396   234,8
2 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R6 1'30.657 0.261 239,5
3 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'30.880 0.484 237,9
4 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'31.112 0.716 244,4
5 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 1'31.141 0.745 240,6
6 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 1'31.369 0.973 238,4
7 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'31.460 1.064 237,4
8 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'31.481 1.085 240,6
9 86 A. BADOVINI MV Agusta F3 675 1'31.496 1.100 234,3
10 32 S. MORAIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'31.613 1.217 238,4
11 81 L. STAPLEFORD Yamaha YZF R6 1'31.662 1.266 237,4
12 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'32.055 1.659 240,0
13 35 S. HILL Triumph Daytona 675 1'32.116 1.720 232,3
14 6 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 1'32.281 1.885 235,8
15 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'32.330 1.934 234,3
16 96 A. IRWIN Honda CBR600RR 1'32.372 1.976 234,3
17 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 1'32.390 1.994 240,6
18 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1'32.540 2.144 232,8
19 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'32.632 2.236 234,3
20 15 A. COPPOLA Yamaha YZF R6 1'33.003 2.607 230,8
21 77 W. TESSELS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'33.189 2.793 236,9
22 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 1'33.304 2.908 237,4
23 61 R. VICKERS Honda CBR600RR 1'33.396 3.000 233,3
24 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 1'33.404 3.008 230,3
25 22 E. LAHTI Suzuki GSX-R600 1'33.475 3.079 236,9
26 65 M. CANDUCCI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'33.920 3.524 234,3
27 34 J. ITURRIOZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'34.598 4.202 232,8
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