MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2018 Chang Thailand World Superbike FP3 Results: Rea And Sykes Quickest

Jonathan Rea heads to Saturday in provisional pole position, with Tom Sykes, Jordi Torres and Marco Melandri within a tenth of a second of his quickest time. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'33.327   295,9
2 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'33.384 0.057 294,3
3 81 J. TORRES MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'33.397 0.070 294,3
4 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'33.424 0.097 300,8
5 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'33.435 0.108 298,3
6 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'33.531 0.204 295,1
7 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'33.569 0.242 299,2
8 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'33.571 0.244 301,7
9 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'33.855 0.528 293,5
10 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'33.986 0.659 296,7
11 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'34.011 0.684 293,5
12 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'34.186 0.859 299,2
13 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'34.420 1.093 292,7
14 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'34.545 1.218 299,2
15 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'34.601 1.274 292,7
16 68 Y. HERNANDEZ Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'34.668 1.341 293,5
17 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR1000RR 1'34.741 1.414 293,5
18 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'34.968 1.641 294,3
19 37 O. JEZEK Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.648 3.321 283,5

Qualifying:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time
    Superpole Two:    
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'33.327
2 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'33.384
3 81 J. TORRES MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'33.397
4 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'33.424
5 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'33.435
6 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'33.531
7 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'33.569
8 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'33.571
9 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'33.851
10 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'33.855
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11 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'33.986
12 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'34.011
13 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'34.420
14 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'34.500
15 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'34.545
16 68 Y. HERNANDEZ Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'34.668
17 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR1000RR 1'34.741
18 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'34.968
19 37 O. JEZEK Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.648
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2
2018
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2018 Chang Thailand World Supersport FP2 Results: Further Yamaha Dominance

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Randy Krummenacher swapped places at the top with Lucas Mahias while Federico Caricasulo remained third quickest. The leading trio were joined by a fourth Yamaha, that of Jules Cluzel, ahead of the first non-Yamaha, Ant West on the Kawasaki. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 1'37.503   260,9
2 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 1'37.592 0.089 259,6
3 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'37.692 0.189 263,4
4 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'37.786 0.283 263,4
5 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'37.838 0.335 257,8
6 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'37.922 0.419 261,5
7 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R6 1'37.940 0.437 261,5
8 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 1'38.112 0.609 265,4
9 99 T. WAROKORN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'38.438 0.935 262,1
10 81 L. STAPLEFORD Triumph Daytona 675 1'38.484 0.981 255,9
11 25 A. KAMARUZAMAN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'38.519 1.016 262,1
12 5 R. WILAIROT Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.557 1.054 261,5
13 66 N. TUULI Honda CBR600RR 1'38.569 1.066 258,4
14 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1'38.589 1.086 262,1
15 86 A. BADOVINI MV Agusta F3 675 1'38.661 1.158 265,4
16 4 J. KENNEDY Triumph Daytona 675 1'38.783 1.280 260,2
17 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.945 1.442 260,9
18 94 M. DI MEGLIO Yamaha YZF R6 1'39.146 1.643 259,0
19 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'39.298 1.795 258,4
20 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 1'39.302 1.799 264,1
21 24 D. KRAISART Yamaha YZF R6 1'39.384 1.881 254,7
22 83 L. EPIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'39.851 2.348 256,5
23 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 1'40.066 2.563 254,1
24 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 1'40.182 2.679 255,9
25 96 A. IRWIN Honda CBR600RR 1'40.907 3.404 256,5
26 29 T. COLLINS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'41.365 3.862 256,5
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2
2018
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2018 Chang Thailand World Superbike FP2 Results: Laverty Pips Camier

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Eugene Laverty made a late charge to take the top spot held by Xavi Fores the majority of the session, joined by Leon Camier under 1'34 this session. Jonathan Rea broke into the top ten with the third quickest time after this morning's eleventh.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'33.851   300,8
2 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'33.885 0.034 295,1
3 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'34.036 0.185 295,9
4 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'34.068 0.217 299,2
5 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'34.083 0.232 298,3
6 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'34.085 0.234 294,3
7 81 J. TORRES MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'34.106 0.255 295,1
8 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'34.144 0.293 296,7
9 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'34.187 0.336 298,3
10 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'34.335 0.484 300,0
11 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'34.349 0.498 291,9
12 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'34.500 0.649 295,1
13 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'34.600 0.749 293,5
14 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'34.676 0.825 299,2
15 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'34.831 0.980 294,3
16 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'34.937 1.086 291,9
17 68 Y. HERNANDEZ Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'35.009 1.158 293,5
18 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.302 1.451 295,9
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2
2018
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2018 Chang Thailand World Supersport FP1 Results: Sofuoglu Not Racing, Mahias On Top

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Kenan Sofuoglu will miss the Thai round as he hasn't fully recovered from his leg injury from last round's FP3. Reigning world champion Lucas Mahias, Randy Krummenacher and Federico Caricasulo made the most of this and took the top three places in a Yamaha 1-2-3.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 1'37.469   258,4
2 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 1'37.782 0.313 258,4
3 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.219 0.750 259,6
4 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'38.233 0.764 254,7
5 81 L. STAPLEFORD Triumph Daytona 675 1'38.256 0.787 257,1
6 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.293 0.824 259,0
7 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 1'38.391 0.922 260,9
8 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.434 0.965 265,4
9 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'38.672 1.203 263,4
10 66 N. TUULI Honda CBR600RR 1'38.804 1.335 259,6
11 25 A. KAMARUZAMAN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'38.824 1.355 260,9
12 4 J. KENNEDY Triumph Daytona 675 1'38.945 1.476 253,5
13 86 A. BADOVINI MV Agusta F3 675 1'39.009 1.540 260,2
14 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1'39.106 1.637 257,8
15 99 T. WAROKORN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'39.182 1.713 260,2
16 5 R. WILAIROT Yamaha YZF R6 1'39.186 1.717 255,3
17 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'39.254 1.785 260,9
18 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 1'39.684 2.215 251,7
19 94 M. DI MEGLIO Yamaha YZF R6 1'39.779 2.310 262,1
20 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 1'40.013 2.544 262,8
21 24 D. KRAISART Yamaha YZF R6 1'40.301 2.832 250,0
22 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'40.310 2.841 256,5
23 83 L. EPIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'40.586 3.117 255,9
24 96 A. IRWIN Honda CBR600RR 1'41.124 3.655 251,7
25 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 1'41.710 4.241 255,9
26 29 T. COLLINS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'42.636 5.167 254,7
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2
2018
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2018 Chang Thailand World Superbike FP1 Results: Fores Starts Weekend On Top

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Xavi Fores was the only rider under 1'34 in the opening session in Buriram, Thailand, as the opening session ended with six manufacturers in the top six positions.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'33.960   296,7
2 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'34.249 0.289 300,0
3 81 J. TORRES MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'34.292 0.332 291,9
4 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'34.329 0.369 294,3
5 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'34.408 0.448 296,7
6 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'34.437 0.477 296,7
7 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'34.503 0.543 298,3
8 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'34.615 0.655 292,7
9 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'34.620 0.660 296,7
10 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'34.713 0.753 294,3
11 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'34.724 0.764 294,3
12 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'34.765 0.805 298,3
13 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.222 1.262 290,3
14 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'35.416 1.456 290,3
15 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'35.441 1.481 295,9
16 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'36.200 2.240 290,3
17 68 Y. HERNANDEZ Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'36.444 2.484 294,3
18 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.449 2.489 293,5
Round Number: 
2
2018
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2018 Qatar MotoGP Race Result: Are You Not Entertained?

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New season, more challengers, shrinking gaps throughout the field and the result is exactly what we were served with in 2017, with the gentlemanly rivalry between Andrea Dovizioso and Marc Marquez picking up at its highest point. In a déjà vu from Motegi and Austria, the race was decided in the final turn, with a wild trademark lunge from the reigning world champion and a typically measured response from the Ducati man. Third time unlucky for Marquez and Dovizioso went on to finally win the first race of the season after testing the waters for the past couple of years.

Losing is not a feeling Marquez accepts often but a podium was the best Honda would’ve hoped for and, in his words, the Spaniard will go to bed happy knowing he at least tried. Valentino Rossi fought his best to keep Losail a Yamaha track but the final podium position was as good as he could muster at the flag, proving once again that eighth place on the grid is his lucky charm.

Marquez and poleman Johann Zarco disputed the lead at the start, with Dani Pedrosa joining them right away despite both Hondas entering the playground on the harder front tyre. Front row man Danilo Petrucci had a less than ideal start, the Italian dropping behind Rossi and ahead of Cal Crutchlow. Rossi had progressed from eighth to fourth halfway through lap one while Dovizioso got swallowed by the pack to drop into eighth position. Alex Rins also lost some places to trail the Italian, while Jorge Lorenzo and Maverick Viñales each lost three places at the start and were fighting to return to the top ten.

Marquez continued to harass Zarco at the front but the Frenchman was not intimidated in the slightest. Rossi slipstreamed Pedrosa at the beginning of lap three, while Dovizioso fired in the fastest time amongst the leaders. With the top ten keeping in close proximity, Rossi was eager to get past Marquez, while Petrucci wanted past Pedrosa. The Pramac man copied Rossi’s move on the small Spaniard one lap later and found himself knocking on the doors of the podium, with Rossi three tenths ahead. Meanwhile, Pedrosa looked to be struggling and was soon overtaken by Crutchlow and Dovizioso, the Italian continuing to run the hottest pace on show. Pedrosa was losing touch with the lead group slightly and got embroiled in a battle with the Suzukis and Jack Miller.

Back at the front, Zarco was maintaining a three-tenth gap to the two world champions behind him and Marquez unwillingly handed over the task of chasing him down to Rossi on lap six.  The Honda man had no choice but to call a truce on the Yamahas for now and fend off Petrucci instead. Crutchlow, Dovizioso and Rins completed the lead group, half a second ahead of Pedrosa, Miller and Andrea Iannone. Another second down the road, Lorenzo and Viñales were each running in clear air.

Proving his status as race favourite, Dovizioso started his charge on lap eight, picking up Crutchlow and Petrucci and hunting down Marquez, who was giving the two leading Yamahas a bit of a breather. Rossi thought about an attack on a few occasions but the Tech 3 man held strong and the status quo was maintained in a proverbial calm before the storm to the midpoint of the race.

Marquez got bored of the peace and quiet and got back through on Rossi when the top two went a bit wide, Dovizioso taking his chance and pushing the Yamaha another place down, not leaving Marquez out of his sights. So eager was the Italian that he made it past the world champion barely half a lap later, in a double slipstream at the end of the straight.

At the halfway point, the still massive front group was “slowing down” into the 1:56s, and Rins was the first to blink in turn two, crashing out of a top six position, setting an example for Lorenzo to do the same soon after.

Despite the hot pace of Dovizioso, Zarco wanted to bolt at the front, with the gap increasing to half a second for the first time, making Marquez pick up the task of reeling him in after a move on Dovizioso in turn six. The Spaniard got within a tenth of a second from the lead but fell victim to the dreaded slipstream with eight laps to go, the factory Ducati blasting past him once again. Rossi, Crutchlow, Pedrosa and Petrucci were the other men hanging in the lead group, with Viñales kicking himself for the poor first lap back in eighth, two and a half seconds down. The Yamaha man still had reason to hope, showing impressive pace and being one of the few dipping into the 1:55s at this point of the race.

With the overwhelming sensation that everyone was just biding their time, Zarco continued to lead, despite having shown none of this rapid pace in practice. The Frenchman finally fell victim to Dovizioso with five laps to go, the opportunist reigning world champion following him in the slipstream and almost ending up in the gravel trap at turn one. As the Spaniard was casually pulling it back together, Rossi made it past the satellite Yamaha as well. As Petrucci and Pedrosa were starting to fade from the lead group, Viñales was swallowing down the tenths of a second keeping him away from the podium fight and was right on their tails with three laps remaining.

Zarco looked to have eventually run out of grip in the final two laps, falling behind Crutchlow, Petrucci, Viñales and eventually Pedrosa, but no such problems for Dovizioso, Marquez and Rossi who started setting red hot sectors. The Yamaha veteran was working wonders to keep with the two leaders and the Jaws music started playing on the last lap, in a déjà vu of all the memorable fights between last year’s main title rivals.

The Honda man was struggling to keep up with the Ducati’s speed and although he was close enough to smell burning rubber from the Italian, the classic lunge at the final corner was desperate but ultimately unsuccessful and the Italian finally got his much awaited win in Qatar. Rossi crossed the line seven tenths behind the feisty duo, with Cal Crutchlow the best of the rest two seconds down the road.

Petrucci could not keep up with the leaders despite the front row start and ended up fifth, narrowly ahead of Viñales, in a tale of 'what could have been' for both riders. Pedrosa completed the top seven, with Zarco dropping over two seconds to the Spaniard for eighth place, little reward after leading so much of the race. Iannone was the only finishing Suzuki in ninth place, with Miller making his Ducati debut in the top ten. The honour of fastest rookie went to Franco Morbidelli in twelfth place.

Dovizioso leaves Losail with the lead in the championship, with his arch enemy and begrudging friend Marquez close behind and with Rossi starting the campaign for that evasive tenth title from third in the standings.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 42'34.654
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda +0.027
3 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha +0.797
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda +2.881
5 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati +3.821
6 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha +3.888
7 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda +4.621
8 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha +7.112
9 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki +12.957
10 43 Jack MILLER Ducati +14.594
11 53 Tito RABAT Ducati +15.181
12 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda +16.274
13 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati +19.788
14 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha +20.299
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati +23.287
16 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda +24.189
17 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda +24.554
18 38 Bradley SMITH KTM +31.704
19 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia +34.712
20 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia +37.641
21 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati +46.706
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  44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 7 Laps
  42 Alex RINS Suzuki 10 Laps
  99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 10 Laps
Round Number: 
1
2018
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2018 Qatar Moto2 Race Result: It’s Only Sunday That Matters

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We should get used by now with the fact that the intermediate class is no longer the siesta between the manic Moto3 and the nauseating premier class and the first race of the season went to confirm that. After keeping a low profile throughout the weekend, Pecco Bagnaia took off like a rocket at the start, proved nearly impossible to catch up with and served his team and himself with a fantastic first win in the category. The Italian shared the podium with the same men sharing front row at the start, both Lorenzo Baldassarri and Alex Marquez showing able to at least challenge the winner but eventually settling for the podium spots, the Pons racer leaving it a little too late and the Spaniard getting pushed back by a glow-in-the-dark rear brake.

Marquez may have started as favourite from pole but Bagnaia jumped him at the start and he dropped behind Baldassarri as well. The Spaniard was lucky to even continue the race after Miguel Oliveira made a great start and tagged him into turn one. The KTM rider lost a lot of ground in the avoiding action and dropped down to eighth position.

Bagnaia only needed a lap to free himself at the front, putting eighth tenths of a seconds into his fellow front row starters, who in turn had eight tenths on the chasing group led by Marcel Schrotter and Mattia Pasini, followed by Xavi Vierge and the two KTMs of Brad Binder and Oliveira.

Further down, Joan Mir had made up ten places on the first lap, knocking on the doors of the top ten by the end of the second lap. The reigning Moto3 champion was ninth by lap three, in the lead of the third group and with two seconds to make up on the pack ahead.

With the top three of Bagnaia, Baldassarri and Marquez running in the mid 2:00s, they quickly stretched a gap of over two seconds, determined to dispute the win between themselves. In the chasing pack, Binder was a man on the move, running similar pace to the leaders. By lap seven, the KTM riders were left with four seconds to recover if they were to put up a podium challenge but Pasini and Schrotter wouldn’t let them off either, the Italian spending most of that race in the lead of the chasing pack.

Bagnaia didn’t quite shake off his rivals, perhaps trusting the harder rear tyre he selected to help him make the difference in the end but his cause was aided by Marquez attacking Baldassarri and dicing with the Italian at the halfway point of the race. The Spaniard decisively got ahead with ten laps to go but Bagnaia had stretched a second’s gap at the front. Similarly, Pasini was riding in a secure fourth place, five second behind the leading trio and over a second ahead of Schrotter and the KTMs.

While the gap to Bagnaia was slowly being reduced by Marquez, the Italian was still posting personal bests and making the Marc VDS rider work hard for a shot at a late showdown. With six laps to go, Marquez’s challenge was put to a stop by a threateningly glowing rear brake that saw him drastically drop back four seconds and into the clutches of Pasini, who started hoping for an unlikely podium.

With four laps to go, Baldassarri was struggling to bring the gap to Bagnaia to under eighth tenths of a second, while behind them, Pasini had the same gap to make up to Marquez. In the final two laps, both chasing Italians threw some orange and red sectors at it and saw their gaps shrink to half a second. Baldassarri started to pile the pressure on Bagnaia for the first time, with a minuscule tenth of a second separating the two going into the final lap but the SKY racer replied with some personal best sectors and although he was briefly mugged of the lead in the final turns, Bagnaia retook top position and kept it to the line.

Baldassarri finished a tenth of a second behind, with Marquez’s red hot rear brake going back to normal and enabling him to save third position. Pasini had to admit defeat on the final lap and finish fourth, with Oliveira and Binder sharing fifth and sixth place after a race-long battle. Schrotter ended the Qatar GP seventh, closely followed by teammate Vierge. Nine seconds down the road, Luca Marini and Jorge Navarro completed the top ten, with Mir as top rookie in eleventh place.

After the dominating win, Bagnaia becomes the first leader of the championship standings, with Baldassarri and Marquez firmly in championship contention, leaving KTM with a bit more work to do.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 40'19.802
2 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex +0.112
3 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex +5.625
4 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex +6.657
5 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM +10.296
6 41 Brad BINDER KTM +10.344
7 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex +11.419
8 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex +11.516
9 10 Luca MARINI Kalex +20.690
10 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex +20.961
11 36 Joan MIR Kalex +23.025
12 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 +30.292
13 40 Hector BARBERA Kalex +30.299
14 24 Simone CORSI Kalex +30.732
15 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM +30.870
16 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex +31.052
17 52 Danny KENT Speed Up +31.958
18 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 +32.382
19 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex +35.228
20 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up +35.357
21 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex +35.969
22 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS +42.545
23 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex +42.776
24 13 Romano FENATI Kalex +44.562
25 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS +56.077
26 62 Stefano MANZI Suter +1'01.581
27 95 Jules DANILO Kalex +1'01.853
28 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Kalex +1'11.618
29 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex +1'20.148
30 51 Eric GRANADO Suter +1'26.192
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  22 Sam LOWES KTM 10 Laps
  27 Iker LECUONA KTM 13 Laps
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1
2018
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2018 Qatar Moto3 Race Result: Slipstream, What Slipstream?

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Unusually for Qatar, the sunglasses were out in force by the time the first race of the 2018 season got underway. And in true Moto3 fashion, it did not disappoint in terms of drama and close encounters. The winner was not all that surprising though,  the man who finished last season on a high picking up where he left off. Jorge Martin backed up his fantastic pace in practice with a win and although he was challenged all the way to the line by Aron Canet, the Gresini rider kept his cool and grabbed the win by the slimmest of margins. The final podium spot somewhat predictably came from the Leopard team but not the rider most people would've bet on, Lorenzo Dalla Porta saving the day in feisty fashion after his teammate threw away a shot at the win.

Poleman Niccolo Antonelli had led into turn one at the start but he found it hard to keep Martin at bay, while Canet had dropped down to tenth and Jakub Kornfeil went from 11th to third by the end of this first lap, joining the front row men as they were trying to make an escape. With the long straight of Qatar and a determined Enea Bastianini in the second group, the gap did not got bigger than a handful of tenths and a sizeable group was attempting to keep Martin in check. The mission wasn’t all that easy, with the Spaniard building a gap of seven tenths of a second by lap two, and Bastianini took over the task of leading the pursuit, ahead of a recovering Canet.

By lap five, the trio of Martin, Bastianini and Canet got separated from the rest of the pack in their haste to lead, with a second and a half keeping them ahead of the chasers led by Antonelli and including Kornfeil, Gabriel Rodrigo, Dalla Porta, Marco Bezzecchi and Ayumu Sasaki.

Back in front, Martin, Bastianini and Canet were trading blows to snatch the lead and the first to blink was the Italian, who went down in turn six on the sixth lap after going somewhat wide. That left two rivals up front, with the remaining Leopard rider, Dalla Porta, fronting the group that was chasing them down, to little success.

Martin resumed the lead for the mid part of the race, with Canet testing the waters on slipstream at every opportunity. Halfway through the race, the battle for the final podium spot was happening three seconds back on the leaders, with no clear favourite, as Dalla Porta, Bezzecchi, Rodrigo, Antonelli and Kornfeil where covered by about two tenths of a second, with Sasaki yoyo-ing between them and the next group a second down the road.

Canet continued to show intentions on a couple of occasions but his attempts to lead were short lived, Martin striking back all the time.  As the gap to the chasing pack inflated to six seconds, John McPhee and Fabio Di Giannantonio joined that particular fight, bringing the count of possible third place contenders to eight riders. Dalla Porta was the most consistent leader of that group, which is not always the best position to be in by the time you hit the main straight.

With Martin looking calm in the lead and Canet glued to his rear wheel, all the action was happening behind them, with second row starter Kaito Toba catching up to join that fight on the very last lap. The first victim of the last lap was Bezzecchi, the Italian crashing out but rejoining to finish fourteenth. McPhee gave his best to repeat last year’s feat in Qatar and climb from 12th on the grid to the podium but the Scotsman’s luck turned and he joined the crash list before completing the final lap.

Martin’s faith in his speed was enough to snatch him the win despite running wide on the last lap and Canet’s strategy to use his drive out of the last corner only got him as close as two hundredths of a second from the big trophy. Six seconds after, Dalla Porta also managed to keep his minuscule advantage at the front of the second group and crossed the line third to sweeten the blow for his team after seeing their other rider drop out of the victory battle.

Poleman Antonelli finished only four hundredths of a second outside a podium position, with Rodrigo and Di Giannantonio in close tow. Toba left it late to make his mark on the race but the Japanese rider backed up his best qualifying position with a career best in seventh place, followed by an equally impressive performance by compatriot Sasaki in eighth. The top ten was completed by Moto3 veteran Jakub Kornfeil and Andrea Migno.

That nail-biting finale puts Martin in charge of the championship standings heading to Argentina, ahead of Canet and Dalla Porta, and with Bastianini setting himself quite the task to catch up to his main rivals and put up the title challenge expected of him.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 38'18.207
2 44 Aron CANET Honda +0.023
3 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda +6.746
4 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda +6.791
5 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM +6.850
6 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda +6.916
7 27 Kaito TOBA Honda +6.946
8 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda +6.998
9 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM +7.156
10 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM +7.699
11 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda +7.753
12 5 Jaume MASIA KTM +8.026
13 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM +8.829
14 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM +21.838
15 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM +26.912
16 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM +26.981
17 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda +33.401
18 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda +33.446
19 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM +33.622
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  17 John MCPHEE KTM 1 Lap
  72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 7 Laps
  11 Livio LOI KTM 7 Laps
  8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 8 Laps
  33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 13 Laps
  65 Philipp OETTL KTM 15 Laps
  40 Darryn BINDER KTM 15 Laps
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2018 Qatar MotoGP Warm Up Result: Marquez and Dovizioso Resume Battle

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Results: 

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'55.201    
2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'55.312 0.111 0.111
3 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'55.364 0.163 0.052
4 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'55.383 0.182 0.019
5 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'55.445 0.244 0.062
6 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'55.612 0.411 0.167
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'55.648 0.447 0.036
8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'55.791 0.590 0.143
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'55.858 0.657 0.067
10 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'55.885 0.684 0.027
11 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'55.931 0.730 0.046
12 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'56.003 0.802 0.072
13 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'56.048 0.847 0.045
14 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'56.129 0.928 0.081
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'56.209 1.008 0.080
16 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'56.256 1.055 0.047
17 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'56.271 1.070 0.015
18 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'56.272 1.071 0.001
19 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'56.579 1.378 0.307
20 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'56.693 1.492 0.114
21 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'56.705 1.504 0.012
22 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'56.830 1.629 0.125
23 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'57.073 1.872 0.243
24 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'57.516 2.315 0.443
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2018 Qatar Moto2 Warm Up Result: Marquez Marches On

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Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'01.287    
2 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'01.397 0.110 0.110
3 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 2'01.408 0.121 0.011
4 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'01.437 0.150 0.029
5 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'01.448 0.161 0.011
6 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'01.458 0.171 0.010
7 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 2'01.530 0.243 0.072
8 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 2'01.568 0.281 0.038
9 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'01.721 0.434 0.153
10 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 2'01.909 0.622 0.188
11 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 2'01.968 0.681 0.059
12 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'01.983 0.696 0.015
13 36 Joan MIR Kalex 2'01.992 0.705 0.009
14 22 Sam LOWES KTM 2'02.073 0.786 0.081
15 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 2'02.085 0.798 0.012
16 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 2'02.168 0.881 0.083
17 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 2'02.179 0.892 0.011
18 40 Hector BARBERA Kalex 2'02.233 0.946 0.054
19 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'02.357 1.070 0.124
20 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 2'02.360 1.073 0.003
21 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 2'02.524 1.237 0.164
22 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'02.605 1.318 0.081
23 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 2'02.840 1.553 0.235
24 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 2'02.925 1.638 0.085
25 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'02.949 1.662 0.024
26 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 2'02.988 1.701 0.039
27 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 2'03.087 1.800 0.099
28 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 2'03.691 2.404 0.604
29 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 2'03.907 2.620 0.216
30 51 Eric GRANADO Suter 2'03.920 2.633 0.013
31 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 2'04.591 3.304 0.671
32 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Kalex 2'04.595 3.308 0.004
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