MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2018 Valencia MotoGP FP4 Result: Marquez Fastest For First Dry Session

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With the surface of the track bragging with dry stretches of asphalt, premier class riders were testing the mostly metaphorical waters on used rain tyres before fully attacking on slicks. Jack Miller needed no invitation to bravery and went straight to the top of the timesheets on his fresh slick rubber but rivals soon caught up and wanted their share of the limelight. Their wings were quickly clipped by Marc Marquez, who had spent a considerable amount of time in the garage before demolishing the benchmark set by Petrucci a few moments before. The master of changing conditions went unchallenged to the checkered flag, although Johann Zarco did manage to get within half a second of Marquez.

Pol Espargaro continued to impress with a late jump to third and would have enjoyed the company of brother Aleix Espargaro in fourth position. Andrea Dovizioso made some late progress, going from 15th to fifth on his final lap but one full second slower than the leading Honda and half a tenth faster than Maverick Viñales.

Petrucci dropped back to seventh position and ended the session with his Ducati on fire while setting up for a practice start. Hafizh Syahrin seemed to enjoy the conditions and climbed into eighth position, with Takaki Nakagami and Andrea Iannone.

Outside the top ten, Alex Rins was 12 after a late crash that made him miss the final three minutes of action, Jorge Lorenzo fought his way into 16th, Dani Pedrosa took it easy in 19th and Valentino Rossi finished in 22nd. However, with rain on the menu for the whole of Sunday, this session might not prove the most revealing when it comes to the ultimate plotline for the final round battle.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'32.571    
2 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'33.072 0.501 0.501
3 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'33.219 0.648 0.147
4 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'33.284 0.713 0.065
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'33.577 1.006 0.293
6 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'33.626 1.055 0.049
7 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'33.772 1.201 0.146
8 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'33.809 1.238 0.037
9 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'33.817 1.246 0.008
10 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'33.825 1.254 0.008
11 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'34.002 1.431 0.177
12 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'34.007 1.436 0.005
13 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'34.164 1.593 0.157
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'34.219 1.648 0.055
15 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'34.342 1.771 0.123
16 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'34.478 1.907 0.136
17 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'34.563 1.992 0.085
18 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'34.727 2.156 0.164
19 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'34.999 2.428 0.272
20 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'35.059 2.488 0.060
21 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'35.295 2.724 0.236
22 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'35.884 3.313 0.589
23 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'36.264 3.693 0.380
24 81 Jordi TORRES Ducati 1'37.402 4.831 1.138
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2018 Valencia Moto3 Qualifying Result: Watching Asphalt Dry

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The clouds had dispersed significantly by the time the first of the qualifying battles started and Marco Bezzecchi went straight to the top of the timesheets on lap three but his early progress quickly came to a halt in turn eight the next time around. He was able to remount but while he was dusting himself off, Can Oncu stole the spotlight and then repeated the Italian’s feat of immediately joining the gravel trap at turn eight. That was just the cherry on top of the early crash bonanza, which also included Marcos Ramirez, Celestino Vietti or Andrea Migno. The men who profited more from all the commotion were Raul Fernandez and Nakarin Atiratphuvapat the duo trading the lead until the Thai rider found half a second on the opposition.

Things deceptively appeared to settle for a while, as dry patches started to appear but then the final eight minutes restarted the battle and red sectors appeared throughout the field, from the leader to Philipp Oettl in 29th position. Pole was eventually settled when Tony Arbolino crashed the party on slick tyres and went a second faster than the field to secure his second career pole position. Atiratphuvapat came close to making history but ended up two tenths of a second short, although more than enough to achieve his best qualifying performance in the class. John McPhee popped up on the radar only on his final lap and it got him the final position available on the front row.

Oncu narrowly missed out on front row honours in his Moto3 debut but the Turkish youngster placed excellently in fourth position, ahead of class headliners like Aron Canet and Bezzecchi. The Spaniard was slow to warm up, starting his session towards the bottom of the top 20 but he was there when it mattered at the end to score fifth on the grid, while Bezzecchi recovered from the early niggle to start sixth. Ramirez replicated the Italian’s feat of sliding out early in turn eight and then recovering to seventh and sharing third row with Jakub Kornfeil and Albert Arenas.

Fernandez dropped back to tenth while FP2 leader Alonso Lopez joined the turn eight tumble gang and could not do any better than eleventh, ahead of Vicente Perez. World champion Jorge Martin could not pull another rabbit out of the hat and will start 13th, in the familiar company of Enea Bastianini and Fabio di Giannantonio on row five.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'46.773    
2 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'47.017 0.244 0.244
3 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'47.116 0.343 0.099
4 61 Can ONCU KTM 1'47.336 0.563 0.220
5 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'47.431 0.658 0.095
6 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'47.776 1.003 0.345
7 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'47.783 1.010 0.007
8 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'47.796 1.023 0.013
9 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'47.826 1.053 0.030
10 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 1'47.880 1.107 0.054
11 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'47.896 1.123 0.016
12 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM 1'48.069 1.296 0.173
13 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'48.124 1.351 0.055
14 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'48.216 1.443 0.092
15 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'48.357 1.584 0.141
16 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'48.435 1.662 0.078
17 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'48.543 1.770 0.108
18 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'48.614 1.841 0.071
19 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'48.772 1.999 0.158
20 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'48.894 2.121 0.122
21 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'49.027 2.254 0.133
22 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'49.469 2.696 0.442
23 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'49.696 2.923 0.227
24 31 Celestino VIETTI KTM 1'49.802 3.029 0.106
25 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'49.980 3.207 0.178
26 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'50.011 3.238 0.031
27 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'50.145 3.372 0.134
28 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'51.870 5.097 1.725
29 81 Stefano NEPA KTM 1'52.119 5.346 0.249
30 26 Izam IKMAL Honda 1'53.093 6.320 0.974
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2018 Valencia Moto2 FP3 Result: Vierge Back To The Top

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Rain evaded the intermediate class action but the drying surface meant that both red sectors and unlucky fallers were the order of the day. Remy Gardner in particular had a bit of both, the Tech 3 rider having a big highside while leading in the first 15 minutes of the session. Despite the misfortune, it took until well past the halfway mark of the session for anyone to threaten his lead. Iker Lecuona was the main threat all along and the threat became reality in the final third of the session, when the Spaniard picked up top spot. Fairly familiar with each other’s company, Pecco Bagnaia and Miguel Oliveira spent their sessions in close company towards the bottom of the top ten but then the Portuguese rider made a sudden move to snatch top spot. That was not the end of the story, the final couple of minutes seeing plenty of colour on the timescreens and Xavi Vierge brought it home by one tenth of a second ahead of Sam Lowes.

Oliveira dropped to third, while Niki Tuuli made it as high as fourth despite an early tumble. Early leader Gardner rejoined the action to secure fifth, half a second off the leader and marginally ahead of Alex Marquez and Lecuona. Jesko Raffin had a great morning in eighth position, ahead of Lorenzo Baldassarri and Jorge Navarro – the Italian ending the session with a tip off in turn two.

The likes of Marcel Schrotter and Fabio Quartararo missed out on top ten positions but still finished within eight tenths of a second of the leader. Pasini finished 16th while adding his name to the crash list, while Bagnaia cautiously circulated in 17th spot.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'47.297    
2 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'47.640 0.343 0.343
3 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'47.734 0.437 0.094
4 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 1'47.812 0.515 0.078
5 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'47.871 0.574 0.059
6 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'47.923 0.626 0.052
7 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'47.927 0.630 0.004
8 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'47.940 0.643 0.013
9 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'47.950 0.653 0.010
10 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'48.059 0.762 0.109
11 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'48.068 0.771 0.009
12 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'48.076 0.779 0.008
13 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'48.374 1.077 0.298
14 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'48.422 1.125 0.048
15 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'48.479 1.182 0.057
16 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'48.480 1.183 0.001
17 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'48.489 1.192 0.009
18 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'48.530 1.233 0.041
19 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'48.584 1.287 0.054
20 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 1'48.589 1.292 0.005
21 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'48.956 1.659 0.367
22 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'49.044 1.747 0.088
23 14 Hector GARZO Tech 3 1'49.148 1.851 0.104
24 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'49.181 1.884 0.033
25 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'49.189 1.892 0.008
26 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'49.232 1.935 0.043
27 3 Lukas TULOVIC Suter 1'49.394 2.097 0.162
28 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'49.711 2.414 0.317
29 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'50.044 2.747 0.333
30 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 1'50.184 2.887 0.140
31 32 Isaac VIÑALES Suter 1'50.737 3.440 0.553
32 70 Tommaso MARCON Speed Up 1'51.408 4.111 0.671
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2018 Valencia MotoGP FP3 Result: Petrucci Leads As Rain Makes Comeback

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Despite the more optimistic forecast, unfortunately familiar raindrops hit windscreens as soon as premier class riders left pitlane and it got progressively worse for the first couple of laps, until spray on the straight was more impressive than a bride’s veil. Warming up with a little save in wet conditions, Marc Marquez shot to the top of the timesheets and comfortably circulated there on medium rain tyres, while all his rivals seemed to favour the soft rear. While the world champion was doing his usual highly consistent routine at the front, Johann Zarco was the first to attack his Friday time and sneak into the combined top ten. That (and the retreating rain) prompted a preliminary shootout, with first Danilo Petrucci and then Andrea Dovizioso dethroning Marquez with the first 1:39 time of the day.

The final five minutes were reserved for one last time attack and the man to hunt down was Petrucci once more, the Italian posting the fastest time of the weekend to snatch the overall classification from Marquez. The Spaniard was one of the few not to improve on his Friday benchmark but his time was good enough to keep him second on combined standings while third in the session. Dovizioso got the best of his Honda rival in the session but they swapped places in the overall order and the trio looked like the strongest men in wet conditions.

Jack Miller also showed some speed to climb to fourth and maintained that position despite a late tumble, while Zarco assured his safe Q2 passage early on and secured it on his final lap. Dani Pedrosa made a late jump into the top six after a low key session and secured his presence in Q2, as did Pol Espargaro in seventh place, the KTM rider looking in fine form throughout the session. Alex Rins, Aleix Espargaro and Michele Pirro were the final men to guarantee their Q2 slots despite tip-offs for all three men.

No such luck for the factory Yamahas, Maverick Viñales missing out on the top ten by six hundredths of a second, but his teammate got the even shorter straw. Valentino Rossi started his morning with an uncharacteristic highside in turn four barely 15 minutes into the session and his second bike only helped him back to 14th position in the combined classification. The Italian will have to fend off the likes of fellow faller Andrea Iannone, apprentice Franco Morbidelli and of course, his teammate, in the Q1 battle. Jorge Lorenzo continued to work through his painful recovery and finished the session 17th.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'39.712    
2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'39.800 0.088 0.088
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'39.826 0.114 0.026
4 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'39.912 0.200 0.086
5 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'40.141 0.429 0.229
6 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'40.185 0.473 0.044
7 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'40.275 0.563 0.090
8 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'40.417 0.705 0.142
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'40.530 0.818 0.113
10 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'40.586 0.874 0.056
11 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'40.647 0.935 0.061
12 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'40.675 0.963 0.028
13 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'40.750 1.038 0.075
14 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'40.806 1.094 0.056
15 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'40.871 1.159 0.065
16 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'40.900 1.188 0.029
17 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'41.026 1.314 0.126
18 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'41.357 1.645 0.331
19 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'41.362 1.650 0.005
20 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'41.813 2.101 0.451
21 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'41.832 2.120 0.019
22 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'41.992 2.280 0.160
23 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'42.040 2.328 0.048
24 81 Jordi TORRES Ducati 1'43.439 3.727 1.399
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2018 Valencia Moto3 FP3 Result: Sun Comes Out For Bezzecchi

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Sunshine was almost teasing to cut through the clouds ahead of the first session of the day and the lightweight class got action underway with the promise of a dry day. And the fastest men in pouring rain on Friday were still showing the same speed on the damp surface of Saturday morning. Raul Fernandez was fast out of the box and led the way for most of the session, with Marco Bezzecchi as the closest challenger throughout. The Italian started off his day with a tumble in turn 14 but his speed was unaffected and he went on to steal the headlines with a run of fastest laps in the final ten minutes.

Enea Bastianini infiltrated the top two just as the session countdown was coming to an end, almost four tenths slower than the leader and another two ahead of another later surge from Tony Arbolino. Fernandez dropped to a still impressive fourth position ahead of Jakub Kornfeil. The curse of the top three struck again when early leader Alonso Lopez tipped off at turn tour but subsequent improvements brought him back to sixth position. Tatsuki Suzuki faced a similar fate, slipping out at turn eight while running third and ending up seventh.

Marcos Ramirez, Fabio Di Giannantonio and Albert Arenas completed the top ten, while the list of crashes got significantly richer despite the greatly improved conditions.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'49.406    
2 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'49.793 0.387 0.387
3 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'50.041 0.635 0.248
4 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 1'50.227 0.821 0.186
5 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'50.349 0.943 0.122
6 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'50.363 0.957 0.014
7 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'50.364 0.958 0.001
8 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'50.399 0.993 0.035
9 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'50.466 1.060 0.067
10 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'50.484 1.078 0.018
11 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'50.614 1.208 0.130
12 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'50.622 1.216 0.008
13 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'50.768 1.362 0.146
14 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'50.774 1.368 0.006
15 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'50.810 1.404 0.036
16 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'50.937 1.531 0.127
17 31 Celestino VIETTI KTM 1'50.938 1.532 0.001
18 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'50.939 1.533 0.001
19 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'51.002 1.596 0.063
20 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'51.029 1.623 0.027
21 61 Can ONCU KTM 1'51.108 1.702 0.079
22 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM 1'51.149 1.743 0.041
23 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'51.429 2.023 0.280
24 81 Stefano NEPA KTM 1'51.454 2.048 0.025
25 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'51.485 2.079 0.031
26 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'51.834 2.428 0.349
27 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'51.925 2.519 0.091
28 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'52.066 2.660 0.141
29 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'52.880 3.474 0.814
30 26 Izam IKMAL Honda 1'55.937 6.531 3.057
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2018 Valencia Moto2 FP2 Result: Things Going Swimmingly For Lecuona

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No one had it easy today and the intermediate class did not escape the downpour, ending the day in some of the worst conditions yet. Iker Lecuona had no complaints as he retrieved the top position he ended FP1 in and it was Joe Roberts’ turn to do the chasing. The American did an excellent job of it and the duo carried on a faraway battle, Roberts claiming the lead for the mid part of the session and Lecuona snatching it back for the final ten minutes. The Spaniard quickly joined the gravel trap and retreated to the pits, although Roberts could not take the opportunity and Lecuona grabbed another headline.

With ten minutes left on the clock, some red sectors started creeping in and more challengers appeared. Although Lecuona was a step too far, Niki Tuuli climbed all the way to second on the timesheets, with Lorenzo Baldassarri joining the top three and demoting Roberts to fourth. Xavi Vierge finished fifth, three tenths down on the leader and a tenth ahead of Miguel Oliveira and Simone Corsi.

Alex Marquez started off on the wrong foot, sliding rapidly through turn 10 barely 15 minutes into the session and although the cosmetic damage was quickly fixed, the Spaniard could not do any better than eighth, half a second off his leading compatriot. Remy Gardner and Fabio Quartararo rounded out the top ten. Despite the rain coming to halt in the final part of the session, more and more crash notices came up on screen, the likes of Jorge Navarro, Luca Marini and Sam Lowes amongst the unlucky few.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'48.695    
2 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 1'48.772 0.077 0.077
3 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'48.914 0.219 0.142
4 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'48.986 0.291 0.072
5 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'49.031 0.336 0.045
6 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'49.119 0.424 0.088
7 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'49.135 0.440 0.016
8 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'49.224 0.529 0.089
9 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'49.342 0.647 0.118
10 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'49.566 0.871 0.224
11 14 Hector GARZO Tech 3 1'49.596 0.901 0.030
12 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'49.637 0.942 0.041
13 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'49.788 1.093 0.151
14 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'49.899 1.204 0.111
15 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'49.959 1.264 0.060
16 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'49.972 1.277 0.013
17 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'49.982 1.287 0.010
18 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 1'49.991 1.296 0.009
19 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'50.063 1.368 0.072
20 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'50.127 1.432 0.064
21 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'50.137 1.442 0.010
22 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'50.256 1.561 0.119
23 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'50.296 1.601 0.040
24 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'50.587 1.892 0.291
25 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'50.595 1.900 0.008
26 3 Lukas TULOVIC Suter 1'51.108 2.413 0.513
27 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'51.179 2.484 0.071
28 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 1'51.555 2.860 0.376
29 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'51.665 2.970 0.110
30 32 Isaac VIÑALES Suter 1'52.921 4.226 1.256
31 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'53.127 4.432 0.206
32 70 Tommaso MARCON Speed Up 1'53.529 4.834 0.402
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2018 Valencia MotoGP FP2 Result: Petrucci Gets Revenge On Marquez

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Umbrellas were back out in force for the start of the second MotoGP outing of the weekend and there was little time to find some speed before Johann Zarco had a big tumble at turn 12 and the river of debris he left in his wake required a red flag barely ten minutes into the session. In a copy-paste of earlier today, riders retreated to their garages and the safety car had some more slip and slide fun.

After the ten minute delay, riders were out to hunt down Alex Rins’ provisional fastest time, which was six seconds off the morning’s benchmark. Given the still treacherous conditions, matching that seemed like wishful thinking but that did not stop them from trying, Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi swapping fastest laps at the front. The reigning world champion came out on top but his top place was soon being challenged by Danilo Petrucci. Much like FP1, the Italian snatched top spot while Marquez had a bit of a breather but there was no time for a fight back this time around as rain fell harder once again. Petrucci kept top spot in FP2, while Marquez stayed first on combined timesheets.

After an underwhelming FP1, Rossi featured at the sharp end the second time around, seven tenths off Petrucci and rounding out the top three. Compatriot Andrea Iannone was a full second down on the leader, closely followed by the Espargaro duo, the Aprilia of Aleix leading the KTM of Pol. Maverick Viñales settled for seventh position, one and a half seconds slower than Petrucci and only a tenth faster than Scott Redding.

Bradley Smith and Rins rounded out the top ten, which unusually included more KTMs and Aprilias than Ducatis or Hondas. Xavier Simeon narrowly missed out and outdid Andrea Dovizioso, despite adding a second tumble to his daily routine. Jorge Lorenzo had another low key session down in 15th, while Dani Pedrosa joined the fun after the halfway mark of the session and recorded a handful of laps.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'41.318    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'41.725 0.407 0.407
3 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'42.081 0.763 0.356
4 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'42.365 1.047 0.284
5 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'42.385 1.067 0.020
6 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'42.655 1.337 0.270
7 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'42.746 1.428 0.091
8 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'42.857 1.539 0.111
9 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'43.009 1.691 0.152
10 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'43.051 1.733 0.042
11 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'43.113 1.795 0.062
12 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'43.250 1.932 0.137
13 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'43.409 2.091 0.159
14 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'43.727 2.409 0.318
15 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'43.798 2.480 0.071
16 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'43.844 2.526 0.046
17 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'43.846 2.528 0.002
18 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'43.854 2.536 0.008
19 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'43.858 2.540 0.004
20 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'44.261 2.943 0.403
21 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'44.681 3.363 0.420
22 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'44.732 3.414 0.051
23 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'45.260 3.942 0.528
24 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'45.401 4.083 0.141
25 81 Jordi TORRES Ducati 1'45.975 4.657 0.574
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2018 Valencia Moto3 FP2 Result: Lopez Robs Bezzecchi In Slippery Session

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The second batch of practice sessions started off where FP1 left off, namely on a wet track with light drizzle and the same fast men at the front. Marco Bezzecchi swiftly set camp at the top of the timesheets and successfully defended a six hundredths of a second lead from Alonso Lopez. Things hotted up in the final quarter of an hour, when several riders went red on the timesheets but no one had the speed to match Lopez, who went almost a second faster than the morning benchmark. Bezzecchi had one more go at upsetting the order but slipped off in turn 11 on his final flying lap and settled for second.

Fabio Di Giannantonio joined the top three for Gresini and was the final rider to dip into the 1:51s. Suzuki dropped to fourth, while Lorenzo Dalla Porta completed the top five. Jorge Martin climbed as high as sixth, despite skipping the whole of FP1 and finished the day ahead of Andrea Migno. Red Bull Rookie Can Oncu was again in the top three before the sharks started circling and the young Turkish rider suffered a small tip-off but he carried on the charge regardless and ended up eighth.

Niccolo Antonelli and Enea Bastiniani rounded out the top ten, while gravel traps and run offs saw plenty of visitors throughout the session, including Tony Arbolino, Kazuki Masaki, Raul Pernandez, Jaume Masia or Gabriel Rodrigo.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'51.873    
2 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'51.912 0.039 0.039
3 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'51.967 0.094 0.055
4 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'52.013 0.140 0.046
5 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'52.216 0.343 0.203
6 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'52.541 0.668 0.325
7 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'52.624 0.751 0.083
8 61 Can ONCU KTM 1'52.771 0.898 0.147
9 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'52.840 0.967 0.069
10 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'52.952 1.079 0.112
11 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'53.108 1.235 0.156
12 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 1'53.242 1.369 0.134
13 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'53.402 1.529 0.160
14 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'53.557 1.684 0.155
15 81 Stefano NEPA KTM 1'53.592 1.719 0.035
16 31 Celestino VIETTI KTM 1'53.685 1.812 0.093
17 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'53.743 1.870 0.058
18 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'53.968 2.095 0.225
19 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'54.013 2.140 0.045
20 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'54.243 2.370 0.230
21 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'54.249 2.376 0.006
22 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'54.378 2.505 0.129
23 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'54.477 2.604 0.099
24 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'54.633 2.760 0.156
25 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'55.005 3.132 0.372
26 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'55.051 3.178 0.046
27 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'55.265 3.392 0.214
28 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM 1'55.593 3.720 0.328
29 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'56.431 4.558 0.838
  26 Izam IKMAL Honda 2'00.484 8.611 4.053
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2018 Valencia Moto2 FP1 Result: No Sunshine But Lecuona Shines

The still firmly drenched tarmac had started to allow some more speed toward the end of the premier class session but sparse drops of rain threatened the start of the already delayed Moto2 outing once again. Joe Roberts found his way to the top of the timesheets before the downpour threatened to stop play once again. The action continued with on and off rain and Iker Lecuona got his time in the limelight for the final ten minutes, when he set a sequence of red hot laps to chase down Roberts. The Spaniard picked up the lead and continued to improve while the American’s progress was hindered by a tumble in the gravel trap.

With Lecuona flying at the top, Alex Marquez was the closest challenger but still almost eight tenths of a second slower than his compatriot. Miguel Oliveira made a late jump into the top three and was the final rider within a second of the leader. Roberts dropped off to fourth, holding back Lorenzo Baldassarri by a mere six thousandths of a second.

Recently crowned champion Pecco Bagnaia rounded out the top six ahead of Marcel Schrotter, with Steven Odendaal saving eighth spot despite bookending his session with crashes. Joan Mir and Fabio Quartararo completed the top ten, while Mattia Pasini could not quite perform to the best of his potential after an early tumble in infamous turn 12.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'46.705    
2 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'47.503 0.798 0.798
3 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'47.617 0.912 0.114
4 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'47.707 1.002 0.090
5 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'47.713 1.008 0.006
6 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'47.931 1.226 0.218
7 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'47.989 1.284 0.058
8 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'48.197 1.492 0.208
9 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'48.407 1.702 0.210
10 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'48.432 1.727 0.025
11 14 Hector GARZO Tech 3 1'48.437 1.732 0.005
12 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'48.521 1.816 0.084
13 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'48.569 1.864 0.048
14 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'48.579 1.874 0.010
15 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'48.787 2.082 0.208
16 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 1'48.908 2.203 0.121
17 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'49.031 2.326 0.123
18 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'49.110 2.405 0.079
19 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'49.122 2.417 0.012
20 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'49.191 2.486 0.069
21 3 Lukas TULOVIC Suter 1'49.204 2.499 0.013
22 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'49.306 2.601 0.102
23 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 1'49.494 2.789 0.188
24 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'49.495 2.790 0.001
25 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'49.541 2.836 0.046
26 32 Isaac VIÑALES Suter 1'49.755 3.050 0.214
27 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'49.842 3.137 0.087
28 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'50.123 3.418 0.281
29 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'50.856 4.151 0.733
30 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 1'51.064 4.359 0.208
  70 Tommaso MARCON Speed Up 1'54.385 7.680 3.321
  21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'54.463 7.758 0.078
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2018 Valencia MotoGP FP1 Result: Marquez Tops Red Flagged Swim Session

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The rain showed no intention of going away as the premier class attacked the tricky conditions and it prompted a red flag not even ten minutes into the session. Marc Marquez was just getting into his element and put his name at the top of the standings for the sizeable pause in proceedings, while the likes of Alex Rins, Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi had some rodeo moments for the highlights reel.

After a half hour snack break, action resumed under a slightly lighter cloud that kept its load under check and the three usual suspects of bravery in the wet hit the front once again, Marquez ahead of Danilo Petrucci and Jack Miller. The trio exchanged places for the next few laps and Petrucci finally attacked to briefly lead the way while the world champion retreated to his citrus coloured castle. Marquez was unleashed once more and went under the 1:40s mark, with conditions constantly improving. Miller did come close to threatening the Spaniard but after getting as close as eight hundredths of a second, the Pramac rider tumbled out at turn 10 and settled for second, three hundredths of a second ahead of teammate Petrucci.

Andrea Dovizioso kept a low profile for much of the session before popping into the top four on his final lap of the session. Fresh MotoGP Legend Dani Pedrosa trailed his teammate for a while and secured fifth position late in the session. Andrea Iannone found a late burst of speed to climb into sixth. Wet weather woes were somewhat revived over in the Yamaha camp but Viñales eventually broke into the top seven, over a second off his leading compatriot.

Michele Pirro, Pol Espargaro and Alex Rins completed the top ten, while Aleix Espargaro missed out by only two thousandths of a second. Valentino Rossi sits provisionally outside of the top ten but only two tenths off his teammate, having explored the gravelly scenery early on. Jorge Lorenzo eased his way back into action from 19th position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'39.767    
2 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'39.873 0.106 0.106
3 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'39.907 0.140 0.034
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'40.179 0.412 0.272
5 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'40.467 0.700 0.288
6 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'40.685 0.918 0.218
7 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'40.772 1.005 0.087
8 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'40.836 1.069 0.064
9 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'40.892 1.125 0.056
10 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'40.965 1.198 0.073
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'40.967 1.200 0.002
12 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'41.015 1.248 0.048
13 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'41.146 1.379 0.131
14 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'41.160 1.393 0.014
15 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'41.277 1.510 0.117
16 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'41.479 1.712 0.202
17 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'41.489 1.722 0.010
18 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'41.713 1.946 0.224
19 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'41.782 2.015 0.069
20 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'42.471 2.704 0.689
21 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'42.617 2.850 0.146
22 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'42.893 3.126 0.276
23 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'43.000 3.233 0.107
24 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'43.804 4.037 0.804
25 81 Jordi TORRES Ducati 1'45.001 5.234 1.197
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