MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2016 Sepang MotoGP FP1 Result: Marquez Lays Down A Marker

Marc Marquez ended the first session of free practice on top of the timesheets, as the MotoGP pack took to the track in dry and relatively cool conditions. With rain threatening for the rest of the weekend, the rack was busy from the off, riders searching for a dry set up. 

Suzuki's Maverick Viñales was a constant threat at the top of the timesheets, leading on and off, but the Spaniard would be outdone by Marc Marquez in the final third of the session, the Repsol Honda rider taking a clear lead. Viñales held on to second, just ahead of Pramac Ducati's Scott Redding. 

Andrea Iannone was the second Ducati home, the Italian putting in a quick lap fresh from his return from injury, and just pipping Valentino Rossi into fifth. The Movistar Yamaha rider had hovered near the top of the timesheets throughout, but late charges by others knocked him down the order, despite very tight margins in the top eight. 

Rossi's teammate Jorge Lorenzo ended the session in tenth spot, safely through to Q2 should it rain for the rest of the weekend. A mistake on his final lap meant no further improvement was possible.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 2'01.210    
2 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 2'01.478 0.268 0.268
3 45 Scott Redding Ducati 2'01.507 0.297 0.029
4 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 2'01.521 0.311 0.014
5 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2'01.611 0.401 0.090
6 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 2'01.667 0.457 0.056
7 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 2'01.774 0.564 0.107
8 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 2'01.815 0.605 0.041
9 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 2'02.011 0.801 0.196
10 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2'02.013 0.803 0.002
11 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 2'02.036 0.826 0.023
12 6 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 2'02.164 0.954 0.128
13 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 2'02.334 1.124 0.170
14 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 2'02.484 1.274 0.150
15 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 2'02.561 1.351 0.077
16 43 Jack Miller Honda 2'02.600 1.390 0.039
17 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 2'02.732 1.522 0.132
18 50 Eugene Laverty Ducati 2'03.013 1.803 0.281
19 53 Tito Rabat Honda 2'03.108 1.898 0.095
20 7 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 2'03.901 2.691 0.793
21 76 Loris Baz Ducati 2'04.623 3.413 0.722

 

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17
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2016 Sepang Moto3 FP1 Result: Binder Leads Pawi By A Wide Margin

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Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 41 Brad Binder KTM 2'15.520    
2 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 2'16.371 0.851 0.851
3 21 Francesco Bagnaia Mahindra 2'16.534 1.014 0.163
4 42 Marcos Ramirez Mahindra 2'16.834 1.314 0.300
5 11 Livio Loi Honda 2'16.898 1.378 0.064
6 44 Aron Canet Honda 2'16.900 1.380 0.002
7 88 Jorge Martin Mahindra 2'16.902 1.382 0.002
8 36 Joan Mir KTM 2'17.141 1.621 0.239
9 9 Jorge Navarro Honda 2'17.171 1.651 0.030
10 20 Fabio Quartararo KTM 2'17.185 1.665 0.014
11 84 Jakub Kornfeil Honda 2'17.424 1.904 0.239
12 76 Hiroki Ono Honda 2'17.448 1.928 0.024
13 55 Andrea Locatelli KTM 2'17.836 2.316 0.388
14 16 Andrea Migno KTM 2'17.942 2.422 0.106
15 64 Bo Bendsneyder KTM 2'18.026 2.506 0.084
16 65 Philipp Oettl KTM 2'18.112 2.592 0.086
17 95 Jules Danilo Honda 2'18.279 2.759 0.167
18 12 Albert Arenas Peugeot 2'18.291 2.771 0.012
19 40 Darryn Binder Mahindra 2'18.375 2.855 0.084
20 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 2'18.447 2.927 0.072
21 19 Gabriel Rodrigo KTM 2'18.491 2.971 0.044
22 71 Ayumu Sasaki Honda 2'18.959 3.439 0.468
23 48 Lorenzo Dalla Porta KTM 2'18.981 3.461 0.022
24 7 Adam Norrodin Honda 2'18.996 3.476 0.015
25 8 Nicolo Bulega KTM 2'19.002 3.482 0.006
26 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Mahindra 2'19.221 3.701 0.219
27 58 Juanfran Guevara KTM 2'19.544 4.024 0.323
28 38 Hafiq Azmi Peugeot 2'19.728 4.208 0.184
29 4 Fabio Di Giannantonio Honda 2'20.160 4.640 0.432
30 77 Lorenzo Petrarca Mahindra 2'20.872 5.352 0.712
31 6 Maria Herrera KTM 2'21.087 5.567 0.215
32 43 Stefano Valtulini Mahindra 2'22.263 6.743 1.176
  3 Fabio Spiranelli Mahindra 2'25.224 9.704 2.961
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2016 Phillip Island MotoGP Race: Turn Four Turns Fortuitous

Cal Crutchlow won his second MotoGP race of the season (and career) in dominant fashion after Marc Marquez crashed out of the lead at the Phillip Island track on Sunday. Crutchlow grabbed the front for good with 18 laps remaining when the reigning World Champion lowsided on tricky Turn 4 while holding a sizeable lead.

Valentino Rossi, who started 15th on the grid after his worst qualifying session in five years, seized a distant second after slicing through the field but lacking the speed to close the gap on the eventual race winner. Maverick Vinales, who also began on the fifth row with Rossi, took a hard-fought third place after a race-long battle with Aleix Espargaro (who crashed with five laps remaining) and Andrea Dovizioso (4th).

Crutchlow's impressive win -- he led by more than six seconds at one point -- moved him into sixth in the world championship with two races remaining. 

Pol Espargaro, who started second on the grid, finished fifth, nearly six seconds in front of Jorge Lorenzo (6th) who qualified in 12th. Scott Redding survived a fierce, race-long, mid-pack, five-rider battle to take seventh just in front of Bradley Smith (8th), Danilo Petrucci (9th) and Jack Miller (10th). Replacement rider and former World Champion Nickey Hayden also was in the thick of the battle but went down late in the race after a collision with Miller. He crashed and remounted to finish 17th.

The race began with a surprising holeshot by Pol Espargaro who charged into the first corner and led by three bike lengths. But newly crowned 2016 champion Marquez began closing the gap immediately and seized the lead at Turn 4. By the end of the first lap, Marquez had a half-second gap to Pol Espargaro in second and Cal Crutchlow in third.

At the back of the pack, Rossi and Vinales wasted little time in starting their charge. With 25 laps to go, Rossi had moved into 10th. A lap later, he had pushed into seventh. At the front, Crutchlow took second from Pol Espargaro only to lose it briefly to Aleix Espargaro who was still in the lead group. Marquez, however, was out front and running laps nearly a second faster than the other riders. He began to open a lead.

Now in sixth, Rossi began matching Marquez's pace and with 21 laps to go, he set what was at the time the fastest lap of the contest. He passed Pol Espargaro and closed on Aleix Espargaro and Andrea Dovizioso. With 18 laps to go, Rossi passed Dovizioso for third place. At the front, both Marquez and Crutchlow began running laps in the 1'29s. But Marquez pushed too hard in the same corner where he took the race lead and the front end folded. His Repsol Honda cartwheeled through the gravel and out of the race -- the second time in three years he has crashed out of the lead at the Australian track.

Now in first, Crutchlow maintained his torrid pace. Rossi, charging in second, set his sights on Crutchlow. Right away, he took a tenth out of his lead.

And then Crutchlow dropped the hammer.

With 17 laps to go, Crutchlow opened a gap of 1.8 seconds. Four laps later, the gap had grown to 2.8 seconds. Two laps after that, it was 4 seconds. Having no response, Rossi settled into protecting second place, maintaining his two-second gap to the three-rider fight for third. Vinales, Dovizioso and Aleix Espargaro swapped positions. Then with five laps to go and with Vinales hot on his tail, Aleix Espargaro crashed, handing his Suzuki teammate third place.

Result:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time / Diff. 
1 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 40'48.543
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 4.218
3 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 5.309
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 9.157
5 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 14.299
6 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 20.125
7 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 28.369
8 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 28.781
9 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 28.792
10 43 Jack MILLER Honda 28.815
11 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 31.809
12 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 47.734
13 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 47.749
14 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 54.311
15 7 Mike JONES Ducati 55.875
16 53 Tito RABAT Honda +1'06.395
17 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda +1'22.604
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  8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 3 Laps
  41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 5 Laps
  93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 18 Laps
  76 Loris BAZ Ducati 0 Lap
         

 

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16
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2016 Phillip Island Moto2 Race: First Will Get You Second

A final-straight slipstream gave Thomas Luthi a second win in a row and moved him into second place in the Moto2 world championship. Luthi’s win by half of a wheel length over Franco Morbidelli (2ndat the Phillip Island circuit Sunday was his fourth race win in the 2016 season. Sandro Cortese fought through the field to take third. 

Lorenzo Baldassarri, climbed fourth place in the contest with eight laps to go and held the position to the end. Takaaka Nakagami continued his late-season improved form for fifth with an eight-second gap to sixth. Jonas Folger (6th) faded late in the race. Andother two seconds back was Simone Corsi (7th) followed by another three-second gap to Axel Pons (8th). Marcel Schrotter (9th) and Xavi Vierge (10th) rounded out the top 10.

Championship contenders Alex Rins and Sam Lowes both crashed out. Points leader Johann Zarco climbed as high as eighth but ended in 12th. The results mean that Zarco with 226 points now leads the championship by 22 points over Luthi and 25 points over Rins who dropped to third in the Championship with two races remaining. Before last week's Motegi race, Rins was a single point behind Zarco.

Result:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time / Diff.
1 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 39'15.891
2 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 0.01
3 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 0.53
4 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 3.081
5 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 3.815
6 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 11.087
7 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 13.291
8 49 Axel PONS Kalex 16.411
9 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 17.65
10 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 17.665
11 19 Xavier SIMEON Speed Up 17.762
12 5 Johann ZARCO Kalex 17.796
13 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 31.575
14 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 34.67
15 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT Kalex 40.454
16 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 47.707
17 70 Robin MULHAUSER Kalex +1'34.470
18 93 Ramdan ROSLI Kalex 1 Lap
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  20 Alessandro NOCCO Kalex 2 Laps
  54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 3 Laps
  52 Danny KENT Kalex 3 Laps
  87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 12 Laps
  60 Julian SIMON Speed Up 16 Laps
  27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 16 Laps
  40 Alex RINS Kalex 19 Laps
  22 Sam LOWES Kalex 23 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap    
  55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 0 Lap

 

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16
2016
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2016 Phillip Island Moto3 Race: Two Races, Same Winner

Brad Binder won his sixth race of the year in a red-flagged contest Sunday that ended with a 10-lap sprint and another dominant win for the South African World Champion. Binder jumped to the front of the pack in the restart and didn't look back, building a seven-second lead by the end of the race. Andrea Locatelli took a lonely second place, three seconds in front of a 16-rider scrum fighting for third.

Aron Canet was the winner of that scrum, using the slipstream in the long finishing straight to slngshot past Darryn Binder (4th), younger brother of the winner. For Canet, a Moto3 rookie, it was his first career podium. Livio Loi, ninth in the warm-up, climbed into fifth in the pack that was fighting for third at the end of the race. Jorge Martin (6th) crossed the line just in front of Marcos Ramirez. 

Hiroki Ono, who didn't claim a point in his home race last week at Motegi, took eighth, a wheel length in front of Jules Danilo (9th). Bo Bendsneyder completed the top 10.

Crashes marred the start of the contest. Joan Mir and Nicolo Bulega went down at Lukey Heights. Then five laps in, John McPhee highsided and took out several riders including Jorge Navarro and Enea Bastianini.

The race was red-flagged and McPhee was taken to the medical center for treatment. The race was restarted as a 10-lap sprint. The stoppage gaver several riders a chance to change their bikes including Canet who crashed and remounted early on. Binder immediately went to the front, followed by Locatelli. The pair immediately gapped the field. And then Binder began pulling away and wasn't threatened for the rest of the contest.

Result:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time / Diff.
1 41 Brad BINDER KTM 16'22.009
2 55 Andrea LOCATELLI KTM 5.937
3 44 Aron CANET Honda 9.594
4 40 Darryn BINDER Mahindra 9.642
5 11 Livio LOI Honda 9.68
6 88 Jorge MARTIN Mahindra 9.75
7 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Mahindra 9.996
8 76 Hiroki ONO Honda 10.115
9 95 Jules DANILO Honda 10.142
10 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 10.358
11 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 10.447
12 20 Fabio QUARTARARO KTM 10.569
13 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Mahindra 10.682
14 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 10.979
15 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 13.763
16 12 Albert ARENAS Peugeot 13.821
17 77 Lorenzo PETRARCA Mahindra 28.297
18 3 Fabio SPIRANELLI Mahindra 42.036
19 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA KTM 50.454
20 14 Matt BARTON FTR Honda +1'23.446

 

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16
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2016 Phillip Island MotoGP WUP: Marquez Up Top Down Under

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Results:

Pos. No.  Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'29.897    
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'29.987 0.090 / 0.090
3 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 1'30.059 0.162 / 0.072
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'30.269 0.372 / 0.210
5 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'30.427 0.530 / 0.158
6 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'30.454 0.557 / 0.027
7 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'30.509 0.612 / 0.055
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'30.534 0.637 / 0.025
9 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'30.907 1.010 / 0.373
10 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'31.385 1.488 / 0.478
11 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 1'31.444 1.547 / 0.059
12 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'31.492 1.595 / 0.048
13 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'31.712 1.815 / 0.220
14 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'31.787 1.890 / 0.075
15 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'31.794 1.897 / 0.007
16 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 1'32.026 2.129 / 0.232
17 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 1'32.043 2.146 / 0.017
18 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'32.220 2.323 / 0.177
19 7 Mike JONES Ducati 1'32.479 2.582 / 0.259
20 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'33.261 3.364 / 0.782
21 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'33.905 4.008 / 0.644

 

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16
2016
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2016 Phillip Island Moto2 WUP: Morbidelli Climbs To The Top

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Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'33.965    
2 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'33.978 0.013 / 0.013
3 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 1'34.070 0.105 / 0.092
4 40 Alex RINS Kalex 1'34.143 0.178 / 0.073
5 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'34.194 0.229 / 0.051
6 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 1'34.297 0.332 / 0.103
7 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'34.405 0.440 / 0.108
8 52 Danny KENT Kalex 1'34.489 0.524 / 0.084
9 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'34.513 0.548 / 0.024
10 19 Xavier SIMEON Speed Up 1'34.529 0.564 / 0.016
11 60 Julian SIMON Speed Up 1'34.536 0.571 / 0.007
12 5 Johann ZARCO Kalex 1'34.548 0.583 / 0.012
13 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT Kalex 1'34.643 0.678 / 0.095
14 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'34.653 0.688 / 0.010
15 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'34.671 0.706 / 0.018
16 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'34.680 0.715 / 0.009
17 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'34.688 0.723 / 0.008
18 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'34.693 0.728 / 0.005
19 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'34.738 0.773 / 0.045
20 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'34.758 0.793 / 0.020
21 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'34.817 0.852 / 0.059
22 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'34.876 0.911 / 0.059
23 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'35.791 1.826 / 0.915
24 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'36.016 2.051 / 0.225
25 70 Robin MULHAUSER Kalex 1'38.253 4.288 / 2.237
26 93 Ramdan ROSLI Kalex 1'38.258 4.293 / 0.005
27 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'38.401 4.436 / 0.143
28 20 Alessandro NOCCO Kalex 1'38.727 4.762 / 0.326
  32 Isaac VIÑALES Tech 3      
             

 

Round Number: 
16
2016
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2016 Phillip Island Moto3 WUP: It's Antonelli In The Clear

Read the Moto3 Sunday QP Update here.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 55 Andrea LOCATELLI KTM 1'37.558    
2 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'37.619 0.061 / 0.061
3 88 Jorge MARTIN Mahindra 1'37.712 0.154 / 0.093
4 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'37.745 0.187 / 0.033
5 36 Joan MIR KTM 1'37.822 0.264 / 0.077
6 4 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'37.909 0.351 / 0.087
7 9 Jorge NAVARRO Honda 1'37.945 0.387 / 0.036
8 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'37.995 0.437 / 0.050
9 11 Livio LOI Honda 1'38.003 0.445 / 0.008
10 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Honda 1'38.062 0.504 / 0.059
11 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'38.102 0.544 / 0.040
12 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'38.140 0.582 / 0.038
13 40 Darryn BINDER Mahindra 1'38.204 0.646 / 0.064
14 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 1'38.260 0.702 / 0.056
15 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'38.278 0.720 / 0.018
16 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'38.316 0.758 / 0.038
17 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'38.324 0.766 / 0.008
18 12 Albert ARENAS Peugeot 1'38.328 0.770 / 0.004
19 76 Hiroki ONO Honda 1'38.360 0.802 / 0.032
20 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'38.420 0.862 / 0.060
21 20 Fabio QUARTARARO KTM 1'38.445 0.887 / 0.025
22 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA KTM 1'38.449 0.891 / 0.004
23 17 John MCPHEE Peugeot 1'38.493 0.935 / 0.044
24 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda 1'38.554 0.996 / 0.061
25 21 Francesco BAGNAIA Mahindra 1'38.595 1.037 / 0.041
26 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'38.639 1.081 / 0.044
27 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Mahindra 1'38.917 1.359 / 0.278
28 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'39.006 1.448 / 0.089
29 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'39.074 1.516 / 0.068
30 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Mahindra 1'39.102 1.544 / 0.028
31 77 Lorenzo PETRARCA Mahindra 1'39.301 1.743 / 0.199
32 43 Stefano VALTULINI Mahindra 1'39.604 2.046 / 0.303
33 3 Fabio SPIRANELLI Mahindra 1'39.909 2.351 / 0.305
34 14 Matt BARTON FTR Honda 1'44.632 7.074 / 4.723
             

 

Round Number: 
16
2016
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2016 Phillip Island Moto2 QP: Falling To The Top

Thomas Luthi grabbed pole position for the Australian GP Saturday during a qualifying session that saw nearly two-dozen crashes in dry-but-cooling conditions. Mattia Pasini has his best qualifying session ever to take second, just ahead of Sam Lowes (3rd). Lowes crashed twice in the chaotic session but still managed a fast final lap to jump into the final slot on the front row.

Sandro Cortese, one of the few top riders to remain upright throughout qualifying, briefly held the top spot but fell to fourth in the closing moments. Jesko Raffin, who held the top time for much of qualifying, was pushed to fifth at the end -- which still remains as the best qualifying position of his career. Jonas Folger (6th) completed the third row. 

Xavi Vierge in seventh leads the third row with Lorenzo Baldassarri (8th) and Franco Morbidelli in ninth. Morbidelli, like Lowes, crashed twice in qualifying. Current World Champion and 2016 points leader Johann Zarco, also crashed twice and ended in 10th. Alex Rins, second in the championship, ended his session in 16th

Result:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'33.992    
2 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'34.051 0.059 / 0.059
3 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'34.057 0.065 / 0.006
4 11 Sandro CORTESE Kalex 1'34.094 0.102 / 0.037
5 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'34.217 0.225 / 0.123
6 94 Jonas FOLGER Kalex 1'34.245 0.253 / 0.028
7 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'34.267 0.275 / 0.022
8 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'34.284 0.292 / 0.017
9 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'34.410 0.418 / 0.126
10 5 Johann ZARCO Kalex 1'34.470 0.478 / 0.060
11 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'34.529 0.537 / 0.059
12 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'34.615 0.623 / 0.086
13 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'34.659 0.667 / 0.044
14 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'34.695 0.703 / 0.036
15 60 Julian SIMON Speed Up 1'34.835 0.843 / 0.140
16 40 Alex RINS Kalex 1'34.893 0.901 / 0.058
17 14 Ratthapark WILAIROT Kalex 1'34.920 0.928 / 0.027
18 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'35.094 1.102 / 0.174
19 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'35.115 1.123 / 0.021
20 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'35.194 1.202 / 0.079
21 19 Xavier SIMEON Speed Up 1'35.216 1.224 / 0.022
22 52 Danny KENT Kalex 1'35.789 1.797 / 0.573
23 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'35.804 1.812 / 0.015
24 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'36.089 2.097 / 0.285
25 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'36.236 2.244 / 0.147
26 32 Isaac VIÑALES Tech 3 1'37.913 3.921 / 1.677
27 93 Ramdan ROSLI Kalex 1'38.803 4.811 / 0.890
28 70 Robin MULHAUSER Kalex 1'39.002 5.010 / 0.199
29 20 Alessandro NOCCO Kalex 1'39.340 5.348 / 0.338
             

 

Round Number: 
16
2016
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2016 Phillip Island MotoGP QP: In Slickness And In Health

Marc Marquez used timely pit strategy and a potentially risky pair of slicks under darkening skies to claim pole position at the Phillip Island circuit Saturday. The World Champion, who entered Q2 on intermediate tires, pitted early when the racing line began to dry and changed to full slicks, hoping to beat the rain that was predicted for the middle of the session.

But the rain never made good on its threat.  And Marquez immediately pulled away from the field, forcing other riders to follow suit and change tires.  Cal Crutchlow kept the intermediate tire on the front but switched to a full slick in the rear to grab the second spot on the grid but nearly eight-tenths down from pole. Pol Espargaro, who made a late switch to front-and-rear slicks, took third. 

Aleix Espargaro (4th) was relegated to the second row by his brother Pol. And Jack Miller just lost out on a first-row start in front of his home crowd when he was pushed to fifth at the end of the session. Danilo Petrucci used his final lap to jump into sixth. The third row begins with a surprise in the lead spot: Nicky Hayden, the former Repsol Honda factory rider and 2006 World Champion, made the most of his replacement stint for an injured Dani Pedrosa to grab seventh on the grid. 

Stefan Bradl continued Aprilia's strong showing of late to take eighth, shadowed by Andrea Dovizioso (9th). Hector Barbara completed the top 10. 

And whither the factory Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo? Apparently Yamaha's Motegi misfortune continued down under. The teammates -- who like many of the top riders were caught out in the varying conditions of FP1 and FP2 -- began their qualifying in Q1, the first time both Yamaha factory riders started the initial qualifying session together.

Rossi, seeing the drying line, pitted late to switch to an intermediate rear. But the switch proved too late and Rossi never got the new rear warm enough to put in a fast lap before the session ended. He qualified 15th, his worst qualifying in years. 

And while Lorenzo and Cal Crutchlow managed to climb out of Q1 and into Q2,  the Spaniard never found confidence on either the intermediate tires he began the session with or the slicks he used at the end. Lorenzo finished his session at the back of the pack in Q1, nearly seven seconds from Marquez's pole. 

Result:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'30.189    
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'30.981 0.792 / 0.792
3 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'31.107 0.918 / 0.126
4 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'31.673 1.484 / 0.566
5 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'31.754 1.565 / 0.081
6 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'32.420 2.231 / 0.666
7 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 1'32.944 2.755 / 0.524
8 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 1'33.015 2.826 / 0.071
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'33.090 2.901 / 0.075
10 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'33.914 3.725 / 0.824
11 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'34.682 4.493 / 0.768
12 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'36.840 6.651 / 2.158
13 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 1'40.744 2.277 / 0.292
14 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'41.129 2.662 / 0.385
15 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'41.368 2.901 / 0.239
16 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 1'41.532 3.065 / 0.164
17 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'41.766 3.299 / 0.234
18 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'41.850 3.383 / 0.084
19 7 Mike JONES Ducati 1'42.261 3.794 / 0.411
20 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'43.128 4.661 / 0.867
21 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'44.096 5.629 / 0.968

(Riders in bold advanced to Q2)

Round Number: 
16
2016
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Total votes: 42

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