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2017 Jerez World Superbike Race Two Results: Another Red-Flagged Start

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World Superbike race two mirrored the Saturday race with a red flag in the first lap and a restarted nineteen lap race.

The first start had Michael van der Mark charge past Alex Lowes for the lead into turn one, but further back, Chaz Davies charged through a gap outside turn one only to be met by Eugene Laverty sitting up to avoid Lorenzo Savadori. Laverty and Davies hit the gravel trap along with Dominic Schmitter. Davies picked his bike up and got restarted while Laverty was dragging his bike out of the litter. Schmitter, however, suffered a left hip contusion and the ambulance was called out, necessitating an red flag.

Chaz Davies got his Ducati back to the pits and it was fixed in time for the restart, while Eugene Laverty needed a bit more work and had to start the race from the pitlane, effectively a thirteen second penalty.

The race restart opened like the first start, with Michael van der Mark beating his Yamaha teammate to the first turn, with Sylvain Guintoli in tow, but the Frenchman couldn't maintain the pace and dropped back as the lap went on. Jonathan Rea starting from ninth had an excellent start and was able to thread his way to the front by the end of the first lap. Van der Mark had the inside line into turn one, though and took the lead back, holding it for four turns until Rea charged past at Site Pons corner. Chaz Davies, a couple of places back, took third place from Alex Lowes at Dry Sack, the sixth turn.

Lap three, Jonathan Rea was breaking away while Chaz Davies was dealing with his hard-charging teammate trying to take third from him. Marco Melandri pushed from behind and, when Davies had to run a little wide to avoid clipping Michael van der Mark, Melandri scythed underneath him to take third place. Rea set a new lap record while all this was going on behind him.

A lap later, Melandri found out the trouble Davies was having as he also nearly caught van der Mark's rear Pirelli as the Dutchman took his tight defensive line, forcing Melandri to take avoiding action, Davies returned the favour and took third place back off Melandri. Rea extended his lead by almost another second.

Chaz Davies found a place where his superior braking skill meant he could pass Michael van der Mark without clipping him, into turn one at the end of the straight. Alex Lowes and Tom Sykes caught up with Marco Melandri and made it a five-way battle for second as Jonathan Rea teased out another half second at the front.

By lap eight, Jonathan Rea was the only rider putting in 1'40 laps and had a three second lead at the front while Marco Melandri kept having to avoid Michael van der Mark's sweeping blocks into corners, the Ducati unable to use its superior corner speed and drive out of corners when there's a honking great Yamaha being ridden well in front of it, squatting at each apex.

On lap ten, with Rea over three seconds clear and Davies with almost a second from the fight for third, Melandri finally passed van der Mark only to be passed back immediately. Melandri made one of his customary block passes and this one finally stuck, forcing van der Mark to avoid hitting Melandri and go wide enough for his teammate to charge underneath and steal fourth. Alex Lowes now had van der Mark between him and Tom Sykes in sixth and Sykes fancied van der Mark's fifth place.

On lap eleven, Sykes made van der Mark's fifth place his own. Van der Mark was, however, five seconds clear of the three-way battle for seventh place and could just ride his own pace without being harangued.

As the laps ticked off, Rea was over four seconds clear of Davies, and Melandri in third place was the only man approaching Rea's pace. Melandri had closed up on Davies and hunted and pecked for a way past his slower-paced teammate, but Davies is one of the best riders mid-corner and Melandri couldn't find a way past, not wanting to make an unkind pass – Melandri's usual tactic – on his teammate, until he lined him up out of the last corner and stabbed into turn one to make a clean pass, shooting off like greased weasel muck into the distance.

Jonathan Rea's lead finally dropped a few tenths as Marco Melandri got to within four and a half seconds, but there weren't enough laps for Melandri to even consider a campaign and Rea took the double victory at Jerez easily and cleanly. Chaz Davies took third place with Alex Lowes once again in fourth ahead of Tom Sykes.

Kawasaki won the manufacturer's championship and Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies kept the fight for second place alive.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 2.732
3 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 3.974
4 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 4.624
5 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 6.454
6 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 10.120
7 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 15.594
8 05 S. GUINTOLI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 15.902
9 36 L. MERCADO Aprilia RSV4 RF 16.396
10 81 J. TORRES BMW S 1000 RR 19.129
11 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 19.673
12 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 20.353
13 35 R. DE ROSA BMW S 1000 RR 34.169
14 121 A. ANDREOZZI Yamaha YZF R1 38.627
15 72 T. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR 45.421
16 84 R. RUSSO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 45.469
17 34 D. GIUGLIANO Honda CBR1000RR 1 Lap
18 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 2 Laps
RET 37 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-10RR 6 Laps
RET 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 9 Laps
RET 99 D. SCHMITTER Suzuki GSX-R1000  
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12
2017
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2017 Jerez World Supersport Race Results: A Title Hangs In The Balance

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With Kenan Sofuoglu missing this weekend, the title could be decided this race, with Lucas Mahias needing to end the race 25 points clear of Sofuoglu to lift the trophy.

Sheridan Morais got a great start and led into turn one, but Federico Caricasulo made short work of him within a few turns and Jules Cluzel followed Caricasulo through a few turns later. PJ Jacobsen and Lucas Mahias were fourth and fifth respectively.

On the second lap, Jules Cluzel set the fastest lap, approaching the lap record as Sheridan Morais dropped back to fifth place as both PJ Jacobsen and Lucas Mahias passed him. At the start of lap three, Morais fell to Christian Gamarino into the first turn and the jobbing Anthony West later round. At the end of the lap, as Lucas Mahias broke the lap record, Cluzel took the lead from Caricasulo only to lose it into the first turn.

On lap four, it was Federico Caricasulo's turn to break the lap record as Anthony West took fifth place and looked eager to get to the front, with a one second gap to the fights for third and first ahead of him. By lap seven, West had caught the front four and the front five riders were all within passing distance of each other.

Anthony West took Kenan Sofuoglu's bike this weekend as one of his many rides in what he describes as his "crazy life" as a jobbing seat-filler. His job was to help the Puccetti team, and the absent Sofuoglu, and get a good result. Getting past Lucas Mahias and keeping the title chase alive until the last weekend would count as a job well done.

On lap eight, Lucas Mahias missed an apex, trying to close on PJ Jacobsen and Anthony West seized his chance and capitalised on Mahias's error to take fourth place from him. A lap later, the tight bunch of five riders split into smaller shards, Caricasulo and Cluzel leaving Jacobsen in a lonely third place with West and Mahias fighting for fourth. Jules Cluzel set a personal best lap and remained firmly on Caricasulo's rear wheel, able to match the man in front's every move.

On lap eleven, Anthony West was eager for a podium and tried to sneak under PJ Jacobsen's MV Agusta at turn eight, spitting flames from his exhaust as Jacobsen cut for the apex, forcing West to close the throttle and scrub a bit of speed and drive. A lap later, West tried the same only with an earlier start to his pass on turn eight, making the pass stick until the start of the next lap where Jacobsen took third place back into the first turn. West kept up and took third back at turn thirteen, the last corner. Again, Jacobsen cruised past into the first turn but West kept at it and made a pass stick mid-lap and held his position for a few laps until the gap back to Jacobsen in fourth was safe.

The last few laps, third, fourth, fifth and sixth places were settled without closable gaps, but the fight for the win was far from decided. Jules Cluzel waited until the last sector of the last lap to make a move, able to match Federico Caricasulo turn by turn. Cluzel tried at turn six first, then turn ten, but Caricasulo turned his Kawasaki in earlier every turn, thwarting the Frenchman's hopes at keeping his championship hopes alive.

Jules Cluzel needed a win, with Lucas Mahias in fifth place, to close his gap to the title to twenty-five points and a win on count back possible in the last round.

Jules Cluzel made a lunch at turn twelve, a fast right-hander before the last left-hand Jorge Lorenzo corner where many races were decided in the past.

Federico Caricasulo would not yield.

Caricasulo held the line and leant onto Cluzel's Honda, and the pair were lined up with Caricasulo holding the outside line that gave him the inside line as they headed into the last corner. Cluzel's early choice put him in the wrong place for a last corner pass, the turn twelve attempt removing the option of a turn thirteen chance, and his only hope was to get better drive out of the last turn, but Caricasulo didn't make a mistake and he turned the lead into the win.

Federico Caricasulo won the race, ahead of Jules Cluzel and Anthony West. Cluzel's second place leaves him in contention for second place in the championship, but Lucas Mahias's fifth place leaves the title to be decided at the night races of the last round. If Kenan Sofuoglu returns for Qatar, he is still in contention for the title, but if he can't race, Mahias will be crowned.

Hannes Soomer fifteenth place gave him the ESS title as the European Championship closes for 2017.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6  
2 16 J. CLUZEL Honda CBR600RR 0.065
3 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-6R 1.652
4 99 P. JACOBSEN MV Agusta F3 675 3.735
5 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 7.248
6 32 S. MORAIS Yamaha YZF R6 11.694
7 66 N. TUULI Yamaha YZF R6 15.644
8 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 16.380
9 4 G. REA Kawasaki ZX-6R 16.970
10 11 C. GAMARINO Honda CBR600RR 17.519
11 65 M. CANDUCCI Kawasaki ZX-6R 17.933
12 61 A. ZACCONE MV Agusta F3 675 19.390
13 78 H. OKUBO Honda CBR600RR 20.526
14 5 A. BASSANI Kawasaki ZX-6R 21.231
15 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 22.056
16 71 C. BERGMAN Honda CBR600RR 24.168
17 87 L. ZANETTI MV Agusta F3 675 24.473
18 81 L. STAPLEFORD Triumph Daytona 675 27.842
19 63 Z. KHAIRUDDIN Kawasaki ZX-6R 34.299
20 17 M. PONS Kawasaki ZX-6R 37.846
21 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Yamaha YZF R6 38.809
22 26 K. WATANABE Kawasaki ZX-6R 40.105
23 69 X. CARDELUS Yamaha YZF R6 40.237
24 83 L. EPIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 58.998
25 48 G. SCARCELLA Honda CBR600RR 1'13.659
RET 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 2 Laps
RET 56 P. SEBESTYÉN Kawasaki ZX-6R 15
RET 30 97 M. SCHEIB Kawasaki ZX-6R 5 Laps
RET 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 9 Laps
RET 25 A. BALDOLINI Yamaha YZF R6 11 Laps
RET 35 S. HILL Triumph Daytona 675 18 Laps

 

Round Number: 
12
2017
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2017 Phillip Island MotoGP Race Result: The Fat Lady's All Dressed Up

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With rain teasing us all throughout the day, the premier class race looked like the first time the sun fully hugged the track. But the riders had little time to enjoy the sights with crucial tyre decisions still being made on the grid. Despite the surface hotting up, the soft rear was an overwhelming choice but it ended up not making that much of a difference to Marc Marquez’s sixth win of the season. The world champion spent much of the race collecting (and sharing) black marks on his leathers courtesy of the three Yamahas that followed him across the line in an epic podium fight up to the very last turn. Valentino Rossi was top dog in that fight, Maverick Viñales pipping Johann Zarco on the finish line for the final podium position.

The winner and poleman started off well but Jack Miller was eager to attack for some early home glory from fifth on the grid. On the other hand, Zarco dropped back towards the end of the top ten on the soft-soft combination after the start. Miller soon stretched a gap of almost a second at the front, with Marquez being cautious with three Yamahas in hot pursuit, Viñales guiding a quickly recovered Zarco and Rossi. The Frenchman got his softs all warmed up and looked to attack but got pushed back as he tried to benefit from Viñales’ overtake of Marquez. Meanwhile, Andrea Dovizioso had an average start but ran wide halfway through the second lap and dropped all the way back to twentieth position.

The factory Yamahas started reeling back in the leading Australian, with the world championship leader hot on their tail and Zarco fending off Aleix Espargaro close behind. Rossi got past his teammate to lead the chase on lap four, the Italian already on the back of Miller a few turns later. It looked like the Marc VDS rider’s time in the sun was done by lap six, the Australian quickly pushed back to fifth place as the two Yamahas, Marquez and Zarco got past within a few corners.

After Viñales and Rossi played around a bit, the world champion found the inside line on his compatriot to trail the leading Italian. Viñales soon had Zarco to contend with, the Frenchman getting into the top three just as the older Espargaro brother left the lead group heading into the turn one gravel trap on lap eight.

Marquez did not get a chance to attack for the lead as Zarco was keen to make an impression at the front, the Tech 3 Yamaha getting past the world champion and attacking Rossi for the lead one lap later. Rossi played his part as the Italian ran wide and let both Zarco and Marquez past. A handful of seconds down the road, Dovizioso had recovered up to twelfth place, dicing with Dani Pedrosa for a few extra points.

Back at the front, the factory Yamahas lost a position to Miller, the Australian third on lap ten, followed by Rossi and Viñales. Andrea Iannone, Cal Crutchlow and Alex Rins were also part of the lead group at this stage of the race but the trio had not shown any podium ambitions by this point.

The eight-man lead group settled a bit by lap twelve, only Rossi and Miller playing around for third spot. Rossi made it stick one lap later and fired into the lead soon after, the Italian keeping the position at the halfway point of the race. Then it was Marquez’s turn to entertain Zarco, the duo swapping second position for the next few laps. A handful of seconds down the road, Dovizioso was still showing the same pace as the leaders at this point but the Italian was  struggling to get past Pedrosa.

After Zarco settled the battle with Marquez with twelve laps to go, the Frenchman attacked Rossi and Marquez lost more positions to Viñales and Iannone. As Marquez was getting in dangerous territory with the Suzuki, Dovizioso made it past Pedrosa and tried to bring back the four-second gap to the top ten.

With ten laps to go, it was Viñales’ turn to take a slice of the pie and lead the race, Rossi following closely and with Marquez and Iannone getting revenge on Zarco a few turns later. The world champion was characteristically eager while getting past Rossi, the Italian losing a bit of ground in the process. Rossi was not too fussed, a few red hot sectors quickly to his aid. And if you found the plot hard to follow up to this point, watching the actual race would have the same effect – in the best of ways.

With seven laps to go and with the tip-off point of the soft rear tyre approaching, Marquez attacked for the lead into turn four and was quickly followed by Rossi. Zarco also made an outlandish move on Viñales soon after and the momentum got the Spaniard unsettled, allowing Iannone past as well. Viñales went from the lead down to seventh place in the space of one lap, with Crutchow and Miller also going past.

Marquez was attempting to make an escape out front, half a second’s gap ahead of Zarco, aided by the Frenchman’s pestering of Rossi. The Italian not only had an eager Zarco on his heels but also a familiarly aggressive Iannone. The combination was enough to raise goosebumps on anyone following the fight, with Viñales joining the party soon after.

The world championship leader extended his gap to two second with two laps to go and it was sgain Rossi’s turn to lead the chase behind him but the Italian was too busy keeping the mad house in check to actually entertain victory expectations. Marquez crossed the line with over one and a half seconds in hand on the three Yamahas still embroiled in an epic fight.

Two seconds later, Crutchlow crossed the finish line in fifth, ahead of the early protagonists of the race, Iannone and home hero Miller. Rins eventually lost touch with the lead group but came home in a strong eighth place, followed by another good showing from the KTM of Pol Espargaro, only one hundredth of a second ahead of teammate Bradley Smith who completed the top ten.

KTM’s pride can only increase if you consider that both bikes came home well ahead of factory Ducati and Honda bikes. Dovizioso could not reduce the gap to the leaders even after he reached clean air and the Italian was overtaken by Scott Redding and Dani Pedrosa on the very last lap of the race.

The Ducati veteran’s title bid took a hit of his own doing by only finishing thirteenth, which coupled to Marquez’s victory brings the gap in the championship standings to 33 points. Viñales’ chances are done and dusted 50 points down, while Rossi’s podium puts him back ahead of Pedrosa in the battle for fourth overall.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 40'49.772
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha +1.799
3 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha +1.826
4 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha +1.842
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda +3.845
6 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki +3.871
7 43 Jack MILLER Honda +5.619
8 42 Alex RINS Suzuki +12.208
9 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM +16.251
10 38 Bradley SMITH KTM +16.262
11 45 Scott REDDING Ducati +21.652
12 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda +21.668
13 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati +21.692
14 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati +26.110
15 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati +26.168
16 53 Tito RABAT Honda +26.252
17 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati +36.377
18 76 Loris BAZ Ducati +39.654
19 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia +40.400
20 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati +45.901
21 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati +48.768
22 23 Broc PARKES Yamaha +57.711
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  41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 20 Laps

 

Round Number: 
16
2017
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2017 Phillip Island Moto2 Race Result: Orange Is The New Blue

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In a deja-vu of the events preceding the lightweight class race, the Moto2 riders had to contend with a dry track with damp patches quickly sorted by bright sunshine. But unlike previous events, the downpour returned only once the checker flag was waved in celebration of KTM’s first win n Moto2, courtesy of Miguel Oliveira, who also scored Portugal’s first victory in the intermediate class. The joy was doubled for the Austrian factory by Brad Binder’s presence in second position, the South African rookie getting the better of the world championship leader in a race-long paint-scrapping exchange.

After scoring his fifth pole position of the season, Mattia Pasini made a mess of a start, dropping him back to seventh place and leaving Oliveira to lead the proceedings. Alex Marquez also escaped a hairy moment on lap one and had to fight his way back from ninth position.

By lap two, Franco Morbidelli was into second place just as Pasini’s record of non-scoring races in Phillip Island continued after the rear stepped out on Marcel Schrotter and the incident brought down the Italian as well, Tom Luthi only just avoiding the two of them. Marquez got a massive tank-slapper out of turn eleven soon after and dropped outside the top ten, leaving the three leaders with nearly two seconds’ gap from the pursuers led by Luthi.

The KTM duo of Oliveira and Binder held off the world championship leader at the front, the South African constantly putting to rest Morbidelli’s advances as his Portuguese colleague was stretching half a second’s gap. Some extra spice was added to the action by some spots of rain popping down on lap seven, bringing Oliveira back into the small lead group.

Whether it was the weather or the softer option tyre, Luthi continued to lose ground to the leaders and was being reeled back by Xavi Vierge and a charging Takaaki Nakagami. The Japanese rider made quick work of the gap and he was bumping Luthi back another spot by taking over the pursuit of the leaders on lap eleven. The Swiss rider attempted to fight back but Nakagami’s pace was hard to beat.

Meanwhile, Morbidelli finally made it past Binder after the Red Bull rider ran wide but Binder swiftly recovered to take his rightful second position back one lap later. While this was going on, Oliveira had disappeared into the lead by over two seconds. Behind the lead trio, Nakagami was fighting to bring back a four seconds’ gap, with Luthi’s day turning from bad to worse as he got overtaken by both Vierge and teammate Jasko Raffin at the halfway point of the race.

Oliveira casually added yet another second to his gap with eleven laps to go, while Binder was still not letting Morbidelli have his own way. A quick rubbing of tyres saw the eager Italian drop back into the clutches of Nakagami, who had evaporated the gap to the podium positions in a handful of laps.

With seven laps to go, Oliveira had six seconds at the front but the chasers had formed a compact group behind him, Morbidelli leading Nakagami, Binder, Vierge and Raffin. Another two seconds down the road, Marquez made it past Luthi to aid his teammate’s cause, with Bagnaia and Corsi waiting to pounce close behind. The Swiss rider did not give up just yet but had to fight for every inch of track space in a very determined group. Only one lap later, Morbidelli found himself out of the podium positions but Luthi was also getting roughed up by Corsi, Cortese and Aegerter.

Things were complicated once more by a rain flag in turn four with four laps to go, causing Olivera to lose nearly three seconds of his advantage to Nakagami. But the first victim of the conditions was Nakagami, the Japanese rider chasing hard for the win when a rapid crash on the penultimate lap got him out of contention.

On the other hand, the world championship leader seemed to ignore any safety concerns and gave Binder another pat-down but the South African kept it together to make it a KTM one-two by the time the checker flag dropped.  Morbidelli had to settle for second, with a career best for Raffin in fourth place.

Vierge completed the top five, while Marquez crossed the line sixth, four seconds later. The top ten was completed by Corsi, Aegerter, Cortese and Luthi, whose title chase suffered a major setback, now 29 points behind Morbidelli. Oliveira and Marquez continue their ding-dong for third place in the standings, today’s victor ahead of the Spaniard by only one point.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 39'25.920
2 41 Brad BINDER KTM +2.974
3 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex +3.846
4 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex +7.348
5 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 +7.403
6 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex +12.125
7 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up +12.217
8 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter +12.244
9 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter +12.475
10 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex +12.605
11 49 Axel PONS Kalex +12.971
12 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex +20.887
13 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex +28.821
14 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex +31.214
15 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 +34.678
16 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex +34.911
17 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up +35.694
18 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex +56.487
19 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex +56.528
20 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex +56.550
21 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex +57.548
22 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter +1'01.191
23 10 Luca MARINI Kalex +1'39.824
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  30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 2 Laps
  57 Edgar PONS Kalex 2 Laps
  40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 20 Laps
  5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 23 Laps
  9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 23 Laps
  23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 24 Laps
  54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 24 Laps

 

Round Number: 
16
2017
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2017 Phillip Island Moto3 Race Result: It's Raining Rewards

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The downpour that headlined the warm-up sessions stopped just in time to give the Phillip Island breeze a chance to dry the soaking circuit. With damp patches still on track, most of the riders had opted for slick tyres even before Race Direction declared it a dry race. While sunshine did grace the podium and shone over the newly crowned world champion, the race result ended up being decided by another sudden rain shower after fifteen laps of the race were completed.

Joan Mir leaves Australia with a trophy for his ninth win of the season and with his name being engraved on the world championship trophy back in Valencia. The Spaniard got to share his celebrations with teammate Livio Loi in second position and poleman Jorge Martin in third.

Martin had good start to hold the lead once the lights went off but Romano Fenati had a dream start to mingle in the top three straight away. Juanfran Guevara was determined to get into the lead soon after and he brought his teammate with him. By the end of lap two, the usual suspects were in the top seven, with Gabriel Rodrigo leading Guevara, Fenati, Mir, Fabio Di Giannantonio, Martin and Aron Canet. The chasers were only a couple of tenths behind the leaders, with the top 13 riders separated by less than 2 seconds in the early stages of the race.

Fenati snuck into the lead by lap four, while his rivals were fighting it off in his slipstream. Just as the podium contenders seemed to reduce following Di Giannantonio’s fast crash in turn two, swiftly followed by Aron Canet in turn four, the big group behind decided to join the party with the likes of Marco Bezzecchi, Marcos Ramirez, Loi and Enea Bastianini.

The championship leader was in the lead by lap six, while Fenati was pushed back to the end of the top ten. As the faith of the world championship was starting to look clearer, rain flags started to wave due to spots of rain and the crashes continued. The weather behaved a bit longer but three laps later the situation was turned on its head, not entirely unusual for the lightweight class, as Fenati jumped into the lead with Mir down to ninth. Mir and Martin were the only two riders who had managed to keep upright on the hard rear tyre and they took a cautious stance at the bottom of the lead group.

Guevara further reduced the contenders as he crashed out on lap ten, with Ramirez snatching the lead very briefly, before sliding out in turn one following contact with Martin. Meanwhile, Mir got himself out of trouble and picked up the lead position once again, with seven other riders remaining in the lead group: Bastianini, Rodrigo, Loi, Martin, Fenati, Ayumu Sasaki and Adam Norrodin. Mir wisely stretched a gap of half a second with nine laps to go while lots of fairing rubbing took place behind him.

Loi proved to be a faithful wingman, the Belgian getting himself into second position without causing much trouble for his teammate. Mir’s gap at the front kept reducing but the Spaniard held station as the rain flag had another outing with seven laps to go. The race was promptly red flagged at the start of the next lap and the result was declared after fifteen laps, Joan Mir being named winner and world champion in the pouring rain. Mir took his ninth victory of the season, which made it 10 career wins in 35 races in the class for the Spanish junior and added the first Honda lightweight win at the circuit in over a decade.

Loi’s loyalty was repaid with a second place in the final results, the other Leopard rider crossing the line only eight thousandths of a second ahead of Martin, who completed the podium positions after failing to turn yet another pole into victory. Rodrigo had to settle for fourth, with Bastianini fifth and Fenati seeing his title hopes ended in sixth position.

Sasaki and Norrodin completed the lead group in seventh and eighth places after both riders started outside of the top fifteen on the grid, with Tatsuki Suzuki and Lorenzo Dalla Porta filling in the top ten over three seconds down the road.

That result sealed one of the championships with two rounds to go and Fenati’s second place looks secure, with Canet having a safe gap to Martin as well.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 36 Joan MIR Honda 24'51.490
2 11 Livio LOI Honda +0.351
3 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda +0.359
4 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM +0.388
5 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda +0.408
6 5 Romano FENATI Honda +0.808
7 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda +0.834
8 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda +1.291
9 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda +3.648
10 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra +4.005
11 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM +4.036
12 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot +4.085
13 65 Philipp OETTL KTM +4.251
14 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM +6.004
15 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra +6.540
16 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM +19.418
17 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda +25.293
18 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda +40.800
19 6 Maria HERRERA Mahindra +40.858
20 27 Kaito TOBA Honda +43.698
21 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM +1'38.853
22 70 Tom TOPARIS KTM 1 Lap
23 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1 Lap
24 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 3 Laps
  44 Aron CANET Honda 5 Laps
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  4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 6 Laps
  12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 8 Laps
  95 Jules DANILO Honda 10 Laps
  21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 11 Laps
  23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 14 Laps
    Not Finished 1st Lap    
  17 John MCPHEE Honda 0 Lap

 

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2017 Phillip Island MotoGP Warm Up Result: Marquez And Viñales Shine In The Wet

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Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'39.085    
2 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'39.322 0.237 0.237
3 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'39.512 0.427 0.190
4 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'39.975 0.890 0.463
5 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'40.001 0.916 0.026
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'40.089 1.004 0.088
7 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'40.182 1.097 0.093
8 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'40.188 1.103 0.006
9 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'40.193 1.108 0.005
10 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'40.256 1.171 0.063
11 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'40.301 1.216 0.045
12 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'40.545 1.460 0.244
13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'40.593 1.508 0.048
14 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'40.854 1.769 0.261
15 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'40.901 1.816 0.047
16 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'40.934 1.849 0.033
17 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'41.014 1.929 0.080
18 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'41.041 1.956 0.027
19 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'41.131 2.046 0.090
20 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'41.161 2.076 0.030
21 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'41.359 2.274 0.198
22 23 Broc PARKES Yamaha 1'42.491 3.406 1.132
23 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'42.524 3.439 0.033
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2017 Phillip Island Moto2 Warm Up Result: Bagnaia Tops, Luthi Tumbles Through The Puddles

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Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'46.620    
2 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'46.636 0.016 0.016
3 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 1'47.311 0.691 0.675
4 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'47.453 0.833 0.142
5 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'47.506 0.886 0.053
6 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'48.078 1.458 0.572
7 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'48.085 1.465 0.007
8 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'48.211 1.591 0.126
9 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'48.288 1.668 0.077
10 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'48.450 1.830 0.162
11 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'48.542 1.922 0.092
12 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'48.694 2.074 0.152
13 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'48.764 2.144 0.070
14 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'48.807 2.187 0.043
15 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'48.860 2.240 0.053
16 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'48.881 2.261 0.021
17 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'48.980 2.360 0.099
18 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'49.021 2.401 0.041
19 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'49.086 2.466 0.065
20 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 1'49.365 2.745 0.279
21 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'49.437 2.817 0.072
22 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'49.454 2.834 0.017
23 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'49.486 2.866 0.032
24 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'50.006 3.386 0.520
25 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'50.904 4.284 0.898
26 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'51.133 4.513 0.229
27 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'53.040 6.420 1.907
28 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'54.166 7.546 1.126
29 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'55.590 8.970 1.424
  12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex      
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2017 Phillip Island Moto3 Warm Up Result: Bendsneyder Leads McPhee In Pouring Rain

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Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'48.733    
2 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'48.869 0.136 0.136
3 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'48.879 0.146 0.010
4 5 Romano FENATI Honda 1'49.038 0.305 0.159
5 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'49.082 0.349 0.044
6 36 Joan MIR Honda 1'49.269 0.536 0.187
7 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 1'49.418 0.685 0.149
8 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'49.455 0.722 0.037
9 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'49.566 0.833 0.111
10 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'49.600 0.867 0.034
11 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'50.283 1.550 0.683
12 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'50.348 1.615 0.065
13 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'50.396 1.663 0.048
14 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'50.459 1.726 0.063
15 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 1'50.796 2.063 0.337
16 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'50.804 2.071 0.008
17 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'51.128 2.395 0.324
18 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'51.377 2.644 0.249
19 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'51.571 2.838 0.194
20 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 1'51.632 2.899 0.061
21 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 1'51.668 2.935 0.036
22 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'51.925 3.192 0.257
23 11 Livio LOI Honda 1'52.883 4.150 0.958
24 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'52.979 4.246 0.096
25 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'53.887 5.154 0.908
26 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 1'54.170 5.437 0.283
27 6 Maria HERRERA Mahindra 1'54.360 5.627 0.190
28 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 1'54.730 5.997 0.370
29 70 Tom TOPARIS KTM 1'57.264 8.531 2.534
30 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'03.265 14.532 6.001
  58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM      
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2017 Jerez World Supersport Superpole Results: No Sofuoglu

World Supersport Superpole One started ten minutes late after the red flag in the World Superbike race added a short delay. Kenan Sofuoglu was unable to take part this weekend, leaving the championship fight up to Lucas Mahias and Sheridan Morais.

Before the mid-session break, Kyle Smith led Anthony West in the battle for the qualifying spots. After fresh tyres, Hannes Soomer took the top spot only to lose it to Alessandro Zaccone, then Smith. As the flag came out, the only rider on a fast enough lap to knock Zaccone out of contention and join Smith in Superpole two was West.

Anthony West lost a bit of time in the last sector and was only able to take second, good enough to qualify for Superpole Two behind Kyle Smith.

Superpole Two opened with Federico Caricasulo holding off the fast Frenchmen Lucas Mahias and Jules Cluzel with Michael Canducci, PJ Jacobsen and Sheridan Morais making up the provisional second row as everyone pitted in for tyres with just over six minutes remaining.

Lucas Mahias was on a fast lap when he crashed. Unable to get back on his bike, Federico Caricasulo knocked PJ Jacobsen off the top spot and Jules Cluzel and Sheridan Morais pushed him to the second row, joining Mahias and Anthony West.

The chequered flag came out and Federico Caricasulo retained his pole position.

Qualifying Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.285   244,2
2 16 J. CLUZEL Honda CBR600RR 1'43.334 0.049 243,2
3 32 S. MORAIS Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.641 0.356 239,5
4 99 P. JACOBSEN MV Agusta F3 675 1'43.660 0.375 241,0
5 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.698 0.413 242,6
6 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'43.818 0.533 240,5
7 65 M. CANDUCCI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'43.841 0.556 242,6
8 87 L. ZANETTI MV Agusta F3 675 1'43.883 0.598 240,5
9 11 C. GAMARINO Honda CBR600RR 1'44.003 0.718 241,6
10 66 N. TUULI Yamaha YZF R6 1'44.154 0.869 240,0
11 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1'44.174 0.889 241,6
12 81 L. STAPLEFORD Triumph Daytona 675 1'44.284 0.999 240,5
13 61 A. ZACCONE MV Agusta F3 675 1'44.182 0.399 239,0
14 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 1'44.213 0.430 243,2
15 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'44.350 0.567 242,6
16 4 G. REA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'44.400 0.617 240,0
17 35 S. HILL Triumph Daytona 675 1'44.449 0.666 242,1
18 5 A. BASSANI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'44.504 0.721 244,8
19 25 A. BALDOLINI Yamaha YZF R6 1'44.534 0.751 246,9
20 78 H. OKUBO Honda CBR600RR 1'44.658 0.875 241,0
21 71 C. BERGMAN Honda CBR600RR 1'44.703 0.920 240,5
22 63 Z. KHAIRUDDIN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'44.801 1.018 238,5
23 26 K. WATANABE Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'45.412 1.629 242,1
24 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Yamaha YZF R6 1'45.648 1.865 242,6
25 69 X. CARDELUS Yamaha YZF R6 1'45.712 1.929 243,2
26 56 P. SEBESTYÉN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'46.026 2.243 241,0
27 17 M. PONS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'46.041 2.258 231,0
28 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'46.138 2.355 237,4
29 83 L. EPIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'46.185 2.402 239,0
30 97 M. SCHEIB Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'46.698 2.915 240,5
31 48 G. SCARCELLA Honda CBR600RR 1'47.699 3.916 236,9

Superpole One Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1'43.783   244,8
2 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'44.036 0.253 244,2
3 61 A. ZACCONE MV Agusta F3 675 1'44.182 0.399 239,0
4 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 1'44.213 0.430 243,2
5 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'44.350 0.567 242,6
6 4 G. REA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'44.400 0.617 240,0
7 35 S. HILL Triumph Daytona 675 1'44.449 0.666 242,1
8 5 A. BASSANI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'44.504 0.721 244,8
9 25 A. BALDOLINI Yamaha YZF R6 1'44.534 0.751 246,9
10 78 H. OKUBO Honda CBR600RR 1'44.658 0.875 241,0
11 71 C. BERGMAN Honda CBR600RR 1'44.703 0.920 240,5
12 63 Z. KHAIRUDDIN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'44.801 1.018 238,5
13 26 K. WATANABE Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'45.412 1.629 242,1
14 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Yamaha YZF R6 1'45.648 1.865 242,6
15 69 X. CARDELUS Yamaha YZF R6 1'45.712 1.929 243,2
16 56 P. SEBESTYÉN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'46.026 2.243 241,0
17 17 M. PONS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'46.041 2.258 231,0
18 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'46.138 2.355 237,4
19 83 L. EPIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'46.185 2.402 239,0
20 97 M. SCHEIB Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'46.698 2.915 240,5
21 48 G. SCARCELLA Honda CBR600RR 1'47.699 3.916 236,9

Superpole Two Results:

 

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.285   244,2
2 16 J. CLUZEL Honda CBR600RR 1'43.334 0.049 243,2
3 32 S. MORAIS Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.641 0.356 239,5
4 99 P. JACOBSEN MV Agusta F3 675 1'43.660 0.375 241,0
5 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.698 0.413 242,6
6 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'43.818 0.533 240,5
7 65 M. CANDUCCI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'43.841 0.556 242,6
8 87 L. ZANETTI MV Agusta F3 675 1'43.883 0.598 240,5
9 11 C. GAMARINO Honda CBR600RR 1'44.003 0.718 241,6
10 66 N. TUULI Yamaha YZF R6 1'44.154 0.869 240,0
11 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1'44.174 0.889 241,6
12 81 L. STAPLEFORD Triumph Daytona 675 1'44.284 0.999 240,5

 

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2017 Jerez World Superbike Race One Results: The Battle For Second Begins Here

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One lap into the race, Raffaele Re Rosa and Ayrton Badovini both crashed out at turn six and a red flag was brought out. A nineteen lap race would start after the quick start procedure and the fight for second place in the championship would begin anew.

Jonathan Rea led into turn one, just like in the first start, with Marco Melandri, Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies following him while the Yamahas of Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes fought for fifth place on track and in the championship. On the second lap, Rea set a new lap record, but that record would only stand for a few laps.

The Ducatis and Kawasakis shared the top four places amongst them with both Yamahas in fifth and sixth, Alex Lowes taking the spoils in the fifth place battle. Behind them, Sylvain Guintoli was carving a path through the field to get up to eighth place behind Lorenzo Savadori by lap three.

Marco Melandri wasn't letting Jonathan Rea get away, matching him in every turn and keeping his lead to just a few tenths. Tom Sykes lost third place to Chaz Davies and saved a near-crash as he clipped the gravel before a kerb, giving Davies a few tenths of breathing room. On lap seven, Sylvain Guintoli took seventh place off Lorenzo Savadori just before Melandri made a turn nine pass to take the lead from Rea.

As Marco Melandri broke free at the front, Chaz Davies followed in his teammate's path and took second place from Jonathan Rea into turn one of lap eight, and he held second place until the last corner, turn thirteen, where Rea made a harsh pass underneath Davies to snatch second place back only to see a gap of over a second ahead of him to Melandri. He also got to see Melandri set another lap record, but Rea took the record off him on lap eleven, closing the gap to under a second and breaking free of the four-way battle for third place between Davies, Sykes and the Yamahas of Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark.

On lap fourteen, Jonathan Rea set a new lap record, closing the gap from Marco Melandri by a few tenths but Melandri took it back a lap later, putting the gap back. However, Melandri's Ducati, right after the joys of setting a lap record, broke down after crossing the line and he slowed into the first turn and pulled off the track, dejected and out of the race.

Jonathan Rea then made a mistake in the lead, letting Chaz Davies close the gap from over three seconds to over two seconds, but he recovered and was easily able to take the victory. Chaz Davies and Tom Sykes took second and this places with Alex Lowes ahead of Michael van der Mark and Sylvain Guintoli, making up the first row for tomorrow's race. 

Chaz Davies is now within five points of Tom Sykes in second place.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1.137
3 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1.599
4 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 3.652
5 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 7.329
6 05 S. GUINTOLI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 11.066
7 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 15.235
8 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 16.241
9 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 16.273
10 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 18.463
11 36 L. MERCADO Aprilia RSV4 RF 21.058
12 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 24.869
13 81 J. TORRES BMW S 1000 RR 25.008
14 121 A. ANDREOZZI Yamaha YZF R1 34.028
15 37 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-10RR 34.201
16 72 T. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR 1'16.011
17 84 R. RUSSO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 2 Laps
RET 34 D. GIUGLIANO Honda CBR1000RR 3 Laps
RET 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 4 Laps
RET 99 D. SCHMITTER Suzuki GSX-R1000 8 Laps
RET 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
RET 35 R. DE ROSA BMW S 1000 RR  

 

Round Number: 
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