MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2017 Jerez Moto2 FP2 Result: Marquez Top, Morbidelli In The Gravel

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Results from the first practice session might have made for odd reading without a little context but FP2 appeared to be a more familiar sight – up until the end, that is. One thing was the same though: FP1 leader Alex Marquez took this time to find his way back to the top but a late lap earned him another headline in Jerez.

Franco Morbidelli needed no invitation to claim the top position early in the session, unusually though, the Italian also had his first crash of the season in turn nine, a hotspot for incidents in all classes. As the championship leader was returning to the pits, Marquez got as close as five hundredths of a second but failed to go top at the time.

Who did manage to do that was Fabio Quartararo, the Pons rider leading with eight minutes to go, although his glory was short-lived, Dominique Aegerter going one better as Quartararo crashed out. Aegerter kept second place at the flag, a tenth and a half behind Marquez.

Xavi Vierge posted a fantastic result for the Tech 3 project, only three tenths down on the leader and into third position in the afternoon session. Following their crashes, Quartararo dropped down to fourth and Morbidelli failed to improve on a fifth place.

Mattia Pasini will have been grateful to Tom Luthi for a tow on his fast lap, but the Italian improved further, securing sixth place all on his own. Miguel Oliveira looked promising early on but ended up seventh, four tenths down on Marquez. A pleasant surprise was Jorge Navarro, the rookie featuring near the top in the first part of the session, before dropping back to twelfth position at the end.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'43.121    
2 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'43.279 0.158 0.158
3 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'43.351 0.230 0.072
4 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'43.377 0.256 0.026
5 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'43.417 0.296 0.040
6 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'43.512 0.391 0.095
7 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'43.544 0.423 0.032
8 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'43.556 0.435 0.012
9 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'43.564 0.443 0.008
10 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'43.809 0.688 0.245
11 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'43.819 0.698 0.010
12 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'43.837 0.716 0.018
13 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'43.879 0.758 0.042
14 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'43.986 0.865 0.107
15 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'44.079 0.958 0.093
16 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'44.126 1.005 0.047
17 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 1'44.142 1.021 0.016
18 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'44.180 1.059 0.038
19 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'44.242 1.121 0.062
20 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'44.260 1.139 0.018
21 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'44.268 1.147 0.008
22 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'44.269 1.148 0.001
23 88 Ricard CARDUS KTM 1'44.287 1.166 0.018
24 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Kalex 1'44.315 1.194 0.028
25 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'44.501 1.380 0.186
26 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'44.616 1.495 0.115
27 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'45.157 2.036 0.541
28 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'45.256 2.135 0.099
29 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'45.265 2.144 0.009
30 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'45.414 2.293 0.149
31 47 Axel BASSANI Speed Up 1'45.690 2.569 0.276
32 22 Federico FULIGNI Suter 1'47.741 4.620 2.051

 

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2017 Jerez MotoGP FP2 Result: Pedrosa In The Wet, Pedrosa In The Dry

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After the rainy adventures of FP1, team members in shorts probably felt much more comfortable in the 21 degrees of FP2. Timing screens were lighting up like Christmas trees as well, with a lot of red and orange to be found in dry conditions.

The weather might have changed but the Honda bikes seemed to enjoy just as much time at the top, with Marc Marquez, Cal Crutchlow and then Dani Pedrosa all holding the lead, Jack Miller close behind them – a familiar combination for most of the session.

The final five minutes saw most of the riders putting in the softer option rear tyre for a fast lap, with the notable exception of the reigning world champion. While Marquez continued to improve his time on used tyres, dropping him to fourteenth position, teammate Dani Pedrosa went half a second faster than the field. Miller proved to be the closest challenger, Crutchlow less than a tenth behind him.

Jorge Lorenzo lost a bit of the momentum from the morning session, stuck in fourteenth for much of the afternoon, before putting on the soft rear tyre to position himself fourth on the timing sheets, top Ducati in the session. Danilo Petrucci was close to claim the honour but finished less than a tenth behind Lorenzo.

Maverick Viñales slid out on a damp patch early into the session, leaving a trail of dusty mementos in turn nine, moments after Aleix Espargaro did exactly the same. The Yamaha man rejoined the track with fifteen minutes to go to record a sixth place and push his teammate out of the top ten.

Alvaro Bautista was the last within a second of Pedrosa, followed by Andrea Dovizioso in eighth position and the older Espargaro in ninth. Pol Espargaro completed the top ten while trying out KTM’s aero fairing and new engine package, the Spaniard a little over a second down on Pedrosa, a much improved result for the team.

Valentino Rossi picked it up where he left it in FP1, with one and a half seconds to recover on the leader and giving the 2017 aero fairing a run before ditching it for his final attack. While fast in sector two, his best time was only good enough for twelfth position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'39.420    
2 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'39.964 0.544 0.544
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'40.045 0.625 0.081
4 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'40.291 0.871 0.246
5 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'40.378 0.958 0.087
6 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'40.379 0.959 0.001
7 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'40.392 0.972 0.013
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'40.428 1.008 0.036
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'40.479 1.059 0.051
10 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'40.573 1.153 0.094
11 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'40.639 1.219 0.066
12 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'40.698 1.278 0.059
13 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'40.773 1.353 0.075
14 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'40.915 1.495 0.142
15 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'41.019 1.599 0.104
16 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'41.165 1.745 0.146
17 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'41.165 1.745  
18 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'41.432 2.012 0.267
19 12 Takuya TSUDA Suzuki 1'41.887 2.467 0.455
20 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'41.905 2.485 0.018
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'41.909 2.489 0.004
22 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'42.515 3.095 0.606
23 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'42.630 3.210 0.115

 

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2017 Jerez Moto3 FP2 Result: Mir Back On Track

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Something resembling sun welcomed us back from the lunch break but still not enough to tempt all the riders out on track. With many teams waiting for the surface to dry, that left the top spot to be disputed by Jakub Kornfeil, Lorenzo Dalla Porta, Albert Arenas or Darryn Binder.

Predictably, times started tumbling as the session progressed and the conditions improved, Philipp Oettl and the Leopard Racing duo exchanging first place, Joan Mir the first lasting leader of FP2. While others have challenged his position, he recovered it once more on his final lap.

Given their familiarity with the track, as their usual testing ground, many of the top riders chose not to grace us with their on-track presence until the final ten minutes of the session, when the damp patches disappeared. Once they did, Romano Fenati reminded us who’s the most recent winner in the class by being fast right away and finishing second after missing all of FP1 and most of FP2, yet only two tenths down on the leader.

John McPhee looked prepared to challenge for top honours but had to settle for third after a crash in the final corner a few minutes before the end of the session. Although one full second down on the championship leader, Darryn Binder kept fourth place, ahead of Livio Loi. Having posted a good time early on, Tony Arbolino was another of a handful of fallers in the final minutes and dropped to sixth position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 36 Joan MIR Honda 1'49.564    
2 5 Romano FENATI Honda 1'49.785 0.221 0.221
3 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'50.398 0.834 0.613
4 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'50.566 1.002 0.168
5 11 Livio LOI Honda 1'50.574 1.010 0.008
6 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'50.692 1.128 0.118
7 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 1'50.964 1.400 0.272
8 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 1'51.033 1.469 0.069
9 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'51.280 1.716 0.247
10 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 1'51.490 1.926 0.210
11 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'51.584 2.020 0.094
12 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'51.725 2.161 0.141
13 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'51.787 2.223 0.062
14 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'51.846 2.282 0.059
15 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'51.932 2.368 0.086
16 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'51.933 2.369 0.001
17 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'51.954 2.390 0.021
18 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'52.124 2.560 0.170
19 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'52.154 2.590 0.030
20 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'52.222 2.658 0.068
21 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'52.256 2.692 0.034
22 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'52.264 2.700 0.008
23 63 Vicente PEREZ KTM 1'52.373 2.809 0.109
24 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 1'52.539 2.975 0.166
25 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'52.560 2.996 0.021
26 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 1'52.752 3.188 0.192
27 31 Raul FERNANDEZ Mahindra 1'52.798 3.234 0.046
28 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 1'53.128 3.564 0.330
29 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'53.321 3.757 0.193
30 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'53.398 3.834 0.077
31 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 1'53.540 3.976 0.142
32 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'53.777 4.213 0.237
33 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 1'54.651 5.087 0.874

 

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2017 Jerez Moto2 FP1 Result: Monsoon Marquez Reaches Jerez

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It’s a pretty safe bet that Alex Marquez loves Jerez right now. Who would have thought this time last year that today we’d be talking about the younger Marquez dominating a session - and not for the first time this season?

However, the rain in Spain seems to suit him particularly well, the Marc VDS rider taking it one step further by grabbing the top seat right out the garage and building a gap of over one and a half seconds to the challengers, if you can still call them that considering the advantage. Marquez was the only one able to go into the 1:58s, everyone else failing to even drop under the 2-minute barrier for much of the session.

Title leader Franco Morbidelli appeared to be the closest rival, before getting pushed back by likely and less likely riders, ending the session in twelfth position. Ricky Cardus was probably the most surprising name, Binder’s replacement still showing serious speed around the Spanish track, finishing second and cutting Marquez’s advantage to one second.

Tetsuta Nagashima was another nice surprise, the Japanese rider ending up third and very close to Cardus. Hafizh Syahrin showed off his nickname once again, swimming his way into fourth position and last into the 1:39s. Isaac Viñales couldn’t manage that time but he completed the top five, wih Yonny Hernandez a familiar face in sixth position.

Miguel Oliveira and Jorge Navarro also showed some pace early on but eventually fell (literally in Navarro’s case) to eighth and ninth place, almost two seconds down on Marquez - even more than that for Tom Luthi in thirteenth position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'58.299    
2 88 Ricard CARDUS KTM 1'59.339 1.040 1.040
3 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'59.357 1.058 0.018
4 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'59.769 1.470 0.412
5 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 2'00.011 1.712 0.242
6 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Kalex 2'00.020 1.721 0.009
7 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 2'00.092 1.793 0.072
8 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'00.160 1.861 0.068
9 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 2'00.296 1.997 0.136
10 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 2'00.369 2.070 0.073
11 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 2'00.427 2.128 0.058
12 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 2'00.532 2.233 0.105
13 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'00.572 2.273 0.040
14 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'00.640 2.341 0.068
15 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 2'00.644 2.345 0.004
16 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 2'00.759 2.460 0.115
17 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 2'00.947 2.648 0.188
18 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 2'01.009 2.710 0.062
19 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'01.195 2.896 0.186
20 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'01.269 2.970 0.074
21 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'01.310 3.011 0.041
22 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'01.414 3.115 0.104
23 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 2'01.484 3.185 0.070
24 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 2'01.771 3.472 0.287
25 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 2'01.848 3.549 0.077
26 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 2'02.074 3.775 0.226
27 49 Axel PONS Kalex 2'02.150 3.851 0.076
28 22 Federico FULIGNI Suter 2'02.209 3.910 0.059
29 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 2'02.231 3.932 0.022
30 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'02.282 3.983 0.051
31 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 2'03.384 5.085 1.102
32 47 Axel BASSANI Speed Up 2'03.728 5.429 0.344

 

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2017 Jerez MotoGP FP1 Result: Pedrosa Heads Honda Hegemony

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The dark but very photogenic clouds of Moto3 turned lighter for MotoGP, the riders cautiously taking to a damp track. The rain did make an appearance mid-session, the Honda riders making good use of it by staying out and posting orange and even red sector times, while switching places at the top. Jerez-loving Dani Pedrosa had the final laugh, although there were several fast challengers.

Cal Crutchlow took his time going out but, once he did, he gradually made his way up to second position. Another temporary leader was Jack Miller, who dropped into third but less than two tenths off Pedrosa. The early Honda hegemony was eventually broken by Andrea Dovizioso, the Ducati working well in the rain. The Italian pushed the reigning world champion into fifth position, after Marc Marquez had challenged his teammate for top FP1 honours for much of the session.

Finishing sixth was not the whole story of Jonas Folger’s morning, the Tech 3 rider being the only Yamaha to have held the top of the timesheets briefly. Aleix Espargaro was seventh, dragging the Aprilia in front of Danilo Petrucci, Jorge Lorenzo and Maverick Viñales.

Lorenzo was another of the early leaders, although over a dozen seconds off his own best FP1 lap this time last year, finally managing an honourable ninth place. Viñales was circulating around half a second slower than the top riders, the gap stretching to almost a second by the end of the session. His other notable achievement, besides the tenth place, was getting slightly into both factory Hondas’ way, earning some typical gesticulation.

Another fan of Jerez, Valentino Rossi, spent most of the session over three seconds down on the leader, bringing the gap to one and a half seconds at the flag while probably hoping for some better weather.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'51.648    
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'51.650 0.002 0.002
3 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'51.807 0.159 0.157
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'51.830 0.182 0.023
5 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'51.962 0.314 0.132
6 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'52.249 0.601 0.287
7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'52.350 0.702 0.101
8 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'52.353 0.705 0.003
9 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'52.359 0.711 0.006
10 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'52.555 0.907 0.196
11 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'52.684 1.036 0.129
12 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'52.834 1.186 0.150
13 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'52.917 1.269 0.083
14 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'53.102 1.454 0.185
15 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'53.204 1.556 0.102
16 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'53.263 1.615 0.059
17 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'53.375 1.727 0.112
18 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'53.752 2.104 0.377
19 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'53.885 2.237 0.133
20 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'54.087 2.439 0.202
21 12 Takuya TSUDA Suzuki 1'54.316 2.668 0.229
  8 Hector BARBERA Ducati      
  17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati      

 

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2017 Jerez Moto3 FP1 Result: Rain Brings Kornfeil To The Top

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Show of hands: who was eager for the “real” racing season to start in Europe? Well, judging by the first practice session of the lightweight class, it looked like Jerez didn’t miss us quite as much. Rain started as the light turned green, there but not quite enough of it for rain tyres.

Rookie Pulkkinen got stuck with the task of testing the waters before more riders filled a damp track. Jakub Kornfeil set an early time in a handful of laps to lead the session before conditions changed again. Tony Arbolino will also see name at the top, three tenths off the leader, with wildcard Vicente Perez a further three tenths down – one for the family album.

The rain had arrived truly in the final 15 minutes of the session, fully wet conditions encouraging the SKY VR46 boys into gaining some more experience in wet weather situations. Nicolo Bulega ended the session fourth, ahead of John McPhee, with Andrea Migno in eight.

With a sunnier forecast for the rest of the weekend, the remaining of the usual lead group contenders were not willing to take the risk of mixed conditions, either running a few laps towards the end or sitting in the comfort of their garage for the full session (see Mir, Martin, Fenati or Canet).

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 2'01.000    
2 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'01.309 0.309 0.309
3 63 Vicente PEREZ KTM 2'01.348 0.348 0.039
4 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'01.717 0.717 0.369
5 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 2'02.073 1.073 0.356
6 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'02.081 1.081 0.008
7 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'02.244 1.244 0.163
8 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'02.279 1.279 0.035
9 31 Raul FERNANDEZ Mahindra 2'02.358 1.358 0.079
10 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'02.886 1.886 0.528
11 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'02.902 1.902 0.016
12 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 2'03.821 2.821 0.919
13 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 2'03.896 2.896 0.075
14 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 2'04.206 3.206 0.310
15 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'04.477 3.477 0.271
16 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'04.574 3.574 0.097
17 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'04.641 3.641 0.067
18 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 2'05.021 4.021 0.380
19 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 2'05.513 4.513 0.492
20 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'05.687 4.687 0.174
21 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 2'05.964 4.964 0.277
22 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'07.336 6.336 1.372
23 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'07.654 6.654 0.318
24 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 2'07.900 6.900 0.246
25 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 2'08.118 7.118 0.218
  5 Romano FENATI Honda      
  11 Livio LOI Honda      
  21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda      
  33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda      
  36 Joan MIR Honda      
  44 Aron CANET Honda      
  88 Jorge MARTIN Honda      
  95 Jules DANILO Honda      

 

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2017 Assen World Superbike Race Two Results: Two Hundred Starts For Rea

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Race two of World Superbike at Assen would be Jonathan Rea’s 200th start in the series and he would have to deal with a windy track.

With the reversed grid, Xavi Fores launched from pole position into the lead ahead of Eugene Laverty charging through from the second row in second place. Lorenzo Savadori from second was in third, but he very quickly fell prey to Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea, Sykes getting an uncharacteristically fast start in spite of his dodgy stomach distracting him all weekend.

Eugene Laverty took the lead from Xavi Fores at turn five on lap two and later round the lap, Jonathan Rea chasséed through the Geert Timmer chicane complex past Tom Sykes to take third place from his teammate.

On lap three, moves were afoot and the reverse grid was once again shown not to make a real difference to the championship as Jonathan Rea passed Xavi Fores to take second place, followed by Tom Sykes squeezing past into third place, and as Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri closed in on Fores, Rea made his move on Eugene Laverty to take the lead off his Northern Irish neighbour and a couple of laps later, Sykes joined Rea at the front, leaving Laverty to deal with the hard-charging Davies who in turn had despatched Fores for his teammate to deal with.

Seven laps in, just under one third race distance, as Davies took third place into turn one, the race looked a little familiar, with Rea, Sykes and Davies sitting in the top three positions. Further back, however, things were a little different.

Michael van der Mark, starting in eleventh place, had gained on average one place a lap, closing gaps and passing riders like they were in a different race. At one third race distance, he was in fourth place, closing in on the wake of Chaz Davies and breaking free of Eugene Laverty in fifth place. A little later, Alex Lowes would make a similar progression, but his charge through the pack would only net him a nonetheless impressive fifth place from starting fifteenth on the grid.

Marco Melandri’s race, however, wouldn’t be as fortuitous. Attempting to take seventh place from Xavi Fores, Melandri took turn five too tight in an attempt to block Fores from passing back but he lost adhesion as he had too much speed for too little grip and he crashed out, ending his weekend.

Meanwhile, back at the front, Tom Sykes was closing on Jonathan Rea, reducing a lead of almost two seconds to nothing, capitalising on a slight error by Rea and the Kawasaki pair did their familiar synchronised swimming demonstration at the front of the race while Chaz Davies lost a few tenths of a second here and there. Michael van der Mark put on a valiant show for the home fans, but after a brutal tank slapper trying to close down Davies, he maintained a safe distance and eventually settled for fourth place.

Tom Sykes stayed behind his teammate, not looking for a way past as the pair managed their lead, until the last lap where he made several stabs at passing, but Jonathan Rea just had more grip and was able to thwart any efforts. On the last chicane, Sykes had one last try from behind and powered out from Rea’s clean air and charged to the flag alongside his teammate, but Rea had the drive as well and the pair finished within twenty five thousandths of a second. Chaz Davies took third place five seconds further back while Michael van der Mark pleased his fans in fourth place.

Jonathan Rea took another double and extended his lead at the top of the championship to sixty four points over Tom Sykes. Chaz Davies, twenty points further back took third place off Marco Melandri as a result of his teammate’s DNF.

In a damning indictment of the reverse grid, none of the riders who started in the top seven finished in the top seven.

Results:

 

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 0.025
3 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 5.077
4 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 8.739
5 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 16.244
6 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 17.899
7 81 J. TORRES BMW S 1000 RR 19.026
8 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 19.184
9 69 N. HAYDEN Honda CBR1000RR 21.475
10 6 S. BRADL Honda CBR1000RR 24.693
11 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 26.751
12 36 L. MERCADO Aprilia RSV4 RF 26.924
13 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 36.611
14 88 R. KRUMMENACHER Kawasaki ZX-10RR 40.597
15 15 A. DE ANGELIS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 49.140
16 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 51.241
17 35 R. DE ROSA BMW S 1000 RR 1'01.141
18 37 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'01.175
RET 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 10 Laps
RET 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 13 Laps
RET 84 R. RUSSO Yamaha YZF R1 13 Laps

 

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2017 Assen World Supersport Race Results: Don't Celebrate Too Soon

Round four of the World Supersport championship would be eighteen laps of Assen, the Cathedral of Speed.

Kenan Sofuoglu exploited his pole position to perfection, getting to the first turn first and letting the rest of the field fight for positions behind him. Lucas Mahias burst through from the second row to second place ahead of Sheridan Morais and Kyle Ryde. Jules Cluzel took fifth place off PJ Jacobsen toward the end of the opening lap.

The second lap was another good one for Jules Cluzel, passing Kyle Ryde for fourth place and setting the fastest lap, a plaudit that would hold for precisely one lap before Kenan Sofuoglu set a faster one on lap three.

Sofuoglu’s setting the fastest lap allowed him to break free of Lucas Mahias in second and turn the race into a race for second behind the World Champion. Jules Cluzel climbed to third place, a second behind his fellow Frenchman in second and by lap seven, he had caught Mahias and had brought a party with him.

Kenan Sofuoglu led the pack by over two seconds by the time Cluzel caught Mahias and a few laps later, by the time Cluzel passed Mahias, it was almost three seconds. At the end of lap eleven, Cluzel and Mahias had finally pulled away from the Sheridan Morias, Federico Caricasulo and PJ Jacobsen battle raging behind them and Mahias celebrated this by making a pass stick on Cluzel into the Geert Timmer chicane to take second.

By lap thirteen, the fight for fourth place caught up with the two Frenchmen and, after a mistake by Lucas Mahias, Jules Cluzel and Federico Caricasulo took second and third place off him but two laps later and he was back behind Cluzel. A lap later, Mahias was in second place.

On the penultimate lap, PJ Jacobsen, last in the five-man battle for second place, was on the move, starting at the end of the lap with a pass on Sheridan Morais pass for fifth place.

On the last lap, with Kenan Sofuoglu on the horizon, Jules CLuzel increased his pace, setting his sights on one last charge to the flag but unfortunately, Lucas Mahias had the same idea and Cluzel couldn’t find a way past until the end of the lap. As Mahias sliced neatly through the chicane, Kenan Sofuoglu already having take the chequered flag, he thought he had a half second lead over Cluzel and lifted his front wheel to the heavens to celebrate, only to see a green and white Honda blur past him at the flag. After a few heart-stopping seconds, his second place was confirmed, a mere five thousandths of a second ahead of Jules Cluzel. PJ Jacobsen missed out on the podium, but his late charge netted him thirteen points for his fourth place.

Kenan Sofuoglu finally finished a race in 2017 and starts his campaign to retain his title with a pole position, a fastest lap and a race win. Lucas Mahias’s second place keeps him at the top of the championship, twenty points ahead of Sheridan Morais. Roberto Rolfo’s solitary point this round dropped him to third place with PJ Jacobsen just two points behind him.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R  
2 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 2.611
3 16 J. CLUZEL Honda CBR600RR 2.616
4 99 P. JACOBSEN MV Agusta F3 675 4.127
5 32 S. MORAIS Yamaha YZF R6 4.706
6 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 4.941
7 65 M. CANDUCCI Kawasaki ZX-6R 7.664
8 81 L. STAPLEFORD Triumph Daytona 675 11.993
9 11 C. GAMARINO Honda CBR600RR 13.092
10 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 13.226
11 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 13.767
12 77 K. RYDE Kawasaki ZX-6R 14.339
13 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 19.373
14 13 A. WEST Yamaha YZF R6 20.205
15 44 R. ROLFO MV Agusta F3 675 21.359
16 66 N. TUULI Yamaha YZF R6 21.436
17 4 G. REA Kawasaki ZX-6R 21.876
18 61 A. ZACCONE MV Agusta F3 675 22.727
19 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 36.678
22 62 V. VAN DER VALK Yamaha YZF R6 43.730
23 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Yamaha YZF R6 53.514
24 56 P. SEBESTYÉN Kawasaki ZX-6R 54.103
RET 73 J. CRETARO Suzuki GSX-R600 14
RET 26 K. WATANABE Kawasaki ZX-6R 6 Laps
RET 83 L. EPIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 9 Laps
RET 7 D. PIZZOLI MV Agusta F3 675 9 Laps
RET 63 Z. KHAIRUDDIN Kawasaki ZX-6R 10 Laps
RET 92 H. KUNIKAWA Honda CBR600RR 6
RET 35 S. HILL Triumph Daytona 675 14 Laps

 

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4
2017
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2017 Assen World Supersport Superpole Results: Still No Rain

World Supersport favourites to advance from Superpole one were Luke Stapleford and Roberto Rolfo. Rain didn’t look likely.

As it was, Luke Stapleford was joined instead by the Estonian rider Hannes Soomer. Stapleford was quickest with a 1'39.169, less than a tenth of a second ahead of Soomer.

The first half of Superpole two was led by Kenan Sofuoglu, Lucas Mahias and Jules Cluzel before the mid-session sit-down. PJ Jacobsen came out after the break and took second place, while Cluzel took third until Mahias stole third from his fellow Frenchman.

Kenan Sofuoglu then improved his own best lap and put pole position out of reach to anyone with a new lap record lap of 1'37.805, two thirds of a second quicker than Jacobsen in second. Michael Canducci squeezed between Jacobsen and Mahias to get himself on the front row in third place. The second row of Cluzel, Mahias and Sheridan Morais.

Qualifying Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'37.805   250,8
2 99 P. JACOBSEN MV Agusta F3 675 1'38.479 0.674 250,2
3 65 M. CANDUCCI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'38.556 0.751 252,3
4 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.589 0.784 252,8
5 16 J. CLUZEL Honda CBR600RR 1'38.602 0.797 252,5
6 32 S. MORAIS Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.618 0.813 255,5
7 81 L. STAPLEFORD Triumph Daytona 675 1'38.738 0.933 248,8
8 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1'38.772 0.967 246,5
9 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'39.148 1.343 250,2
10 77 K. RYDE Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'39.292 1.487 257,4
11 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 1'39.656 1.851 247,3
12 4 G. REA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'39.976 2.171 245,9
13 66 N. TUULI Yamaha YZF R6 1'39.543 0.374 258,0
14 11 C. GAMARINO Honda CBR600RR 1'39.590 0.421 253,4
15 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'39.937 0.768 251,4
16 44 R. ROLFO MV Agusta F3 675 1'40.012 0.843 249,6
17 78 H. OKUBO Honda CBR600RR 1'40.156 0.987 253,7
18 61 A. ZACCONE MV Agusta F3 675 1'40.337 1.168 246,2
19 63 Z. KHAIRUDDIN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'40.493 1.324 252,0
20 70 R. MULHAUSER Honda CBR600RR 1'40.518 1.349 252,0
21 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Yamaha YZF R6 1'40.845 1.676 247,9
22 26 K. WATANABE Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'40.848 1.679 247,9
23 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'40.913 1.744 251,1
24 35 S. HILL Triumph Daytona 675 1'41.326 2.157 245,9
25 83 L. EPIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'41.474 2.305 248,5
26 13 A. WEST Yamaha YZF R6 1'41.475 2.306 246,8
27 73 J. CRETARO Suzuki GSX-R600 1'41.486 2.317 239,1
28 56 P. SEBESTYÉN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'41.715 2.546 247,3
29 62 V. VAN DER VALK Yamaha YZF R6 1'41.855 2.686 250,5
30 92 H. KUNIKAWA Honda CBR600RR 1'42.057 2.888 247,3
31 7 D. PIZZOLI MV Agusta F3 675 1'43.340 4.171 245,9

Superpole One Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 81 L. STAPLEFORD Triumph Daytona 675 1'39.169   247,0
2 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 1'39.226 0.057 249,9
3 66 N. TUULI Yamaha YZF R6 1'39.543 0.374 258,0
4 11 C. GAMARINO Honda CBR600RR 1'39.590 0.421 253,4
5 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'39.937 0.768 251,4
6 44 R. ROLFO MV Agusta F3 675 1'40.012 0.843 249,6
7 78 H. OKUBO Honda CBR600RR 1'40.156 0.987 253,7
8 61 A. ZACCONE MV Agusta F3 675 1'40.337 1.168 246,2
9 63 Z. KHAIRUDDIN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'40.493 1.324 252,0
10 70 R. MULHAUSER Honda CBR600RR 1'40.518 1.349 252,0
11 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Yamaha YZF R6 1'40.845 1.676 247,9
12 26 K. WATANABE Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'40.848 1.679 247,9
13 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'40.913 1.744 251,1
14 35 S. HILL Triumph Daytona 675 1'41.326 2.157 245,9
15 83 L. EPIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'41.474 2.305 248,5
16 13 A. WEST Yamaha YZF R6 1'41.475 2.306 246,8
17 73 J. CRETARO Suzuki GSX-R600 1'41.486 2.317 239,1
18 56 P. SEBESTYÉN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'41.715 2.546 247,3
19 62 V. VAN DER VALK Yamaha YZF R6 1'41.855 2.686 250,5
20 92 H. KUNIKAWA Honda CBR600RR 1'42.057 2.888 247,3
21 7 D. PIZZOLI MV Agusta F3 675 1'43.340 4.171 245,9

Superpole Two Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'37.805   250,8
2 99 P. JACOBSEN MV Agusta F3 675 1'38.479 0.674 250,2
3 65 M. CANDUCCI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'38.556 0.751 252,3
4 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.589 0.784 252,8
5 16 J. CLUZEL Honda CBR600RR 1'38.602 0.797 252,5
6 32 S. MORAIS Yamaha YZF R6 1'38.618 0.813 255,5
7 81 L. STAPLEFORD Triumph Daytona 675 1'38.738 0.933 248,8
8 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1'38.772 0.967 246,5
9 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'39.148 1.343 250,2
10 77 K. RYDE Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'39.292 1.487 257,4
11 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 1'39.656 1.851 247,3
12 4 G. REA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'39.976 2.171 245,9

 

Round Number: 
4
2017
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2017 Assen World Superbike Race One Results: First You Have To Finish

Twenty one laps of the cathedral of speed, riders would be trying to make a point after the spat in Superpole. The weather was cold, 10ºC air temperature, 18ºC on the track.

Chaz Davies, running a softer rear tyre than both the Kawasakis, hit the front first and stayed there for a while, briefly losing out to Tom Sykes for one turn before taking the lead back. Marco Melandri took the first turn in second place but was soon swamped by both Kawasakis. Michael van der Mark got caught between a Honda and his teammate Alex Lowes and ran off the track, rejoining in twentieth place.

On the second lap, behind Chaz Davies, Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea fought over second place, swapping places a couple of times with Rea coming out on top while Davies in front set the lap record and enjoyed almost a second gap from the duelling Kawasakis. A lap later though, Jonathan Rea took the lap record off Davies and closed the gap to the Ducati man, dragging his teammate up with him. Marco Melandri kept on Sykes’s tail, but looked like he was having to work especially hard to do so.

Marco Melandri in fourth place might have been struggling in fourth place, but his pace was still much higher than the bikes behind him, having built a gap of over a second from Lorenzo Savadori and Eugene Laverty by the fourth lap and was over three seconds clear just a lap later. On lap six, Davies and Rea were breaking away from Sykes and Melandri, but as the pace settled at the front, Sykes maintained a fast pace while Melandri dropped back and Sykes caught the front pair and dropped off Melandri who chose to settle for fourth place a mere third of the way through the race.

The front three riders, Davies, Rea and Sykes, kept increasing their gap from Melandri who in turn maintained a five second gap to Xavi Fores, Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes who took over from Lorenzo Savadori at the front of the battle for fifth place. At the halfway mark, the riders from fourth to eighth places strung out with unsurmountable gaps building between them like a stretched string of pearls.

The race settled into a rhythm for the next few laps until five laps from the end where Tom Sykes started losing his grip on the front pair and snuggled into his third place, almost ten seconds clear of Melandri behind him with the fight from the win taking place over a second ahead; close enough to pick up the pieces if there would be trouble ahead, but far back enough not to get caught up in it.

Four laps from the end, the fight started. Jonathan Rea passed Chaz Davies at turn thirteen, the beginning of the string of chicanes that leads to the finish line, and Davies took the lead back off him two turns later at the famous Geert Timmer chicane battleground.

A lap later, a repeat of the move left Rea in second place, but on lap nineteen of twenty-one, Rea took the lead from Davies on turn four and Davies tried to take it back turn eight, probing for a way past, trying again at turn eight. Davies couldn’t make a pass stick so he slotted in behind Rea and looked like he would make a play in the chicanes at the end, taking the fight to the last lap.

Unfortunately, Davies’s electrics decided they’d had enough and threw in the towel. Davies stared at his dash and tried to reset the bike as he cut across the last chicane, cruising on a glider that used to be a Ducati Panigale race bike, stabbing his finger at the electrical switches as Tom Sykes blasted bast to start the last lap in second place. Davies parked his bike up and we were once again robbed of a Rea v Davies last lap fight.

Marco Melandri in third place looked surprised to be on the podium and didn’t seem to mind trading the pole position in race two for seventh place on the grid.

Jonathan Rea won another race at Assen, missing out on a gentleman’s Saturday set by being penalised off pole position, watching his teammate take his Tissot, but he increased his championship lead over second place to fifty nine points from Tom Sykes. Marco Melandri jumps to third place while Chaz Davies drops to fourth place from second courtesy of his second penultimate lap DNF of the year.

Stefan Bradl gave the 2017 Honda its best result of the year behind Xavi Fores and Lorenzo Savadori while Leandro Mercado further back was penalised one place for cutting the chicane in his run to the finish line.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 4.501
3 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 17.673
4 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 22.569
5 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 30.797
6 6 S. BRADL Honda CBR1000RR 33.530
7 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 39.176
8 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 39.254
9 36 L. MERCADO Aprilia RSV4 RF 39.266
10 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 41.493
11 88 R. KRUMMENACHER Kawasaki ZX-10RR 43.623
12 15 A. DE ANGELIS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 48.218
13 35 R. DE ROSA BMW S 1000 RR 49.487
14 69 N. HAYDEN Honda CBR1000RR 50.016
15 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'00.924
16 37 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'16.401
RET 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1 Lap
RET 81 J. TORRES BMW S 1000 RR 2 Laps
RET 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 9 Laps
RET 84 R. RUSSO Yamaha YZF R1 17 Laps
RET 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 19 Laps

 

Round Number: 
4
2017
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