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2017 Barcelona Moto3 Race Result: The Last Lap Is All That Matters

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With the first few umbrellas opening to fend off the sun, the lightweight class took to the track to show us the true meaning of chaos for yet another weekend. Although the lead was exchanged at every slipstreaming opportunity, à la Moto3, it’s somehow always the same names ending up on top.

Just as the Estrella Galicia Marc VDS team was announcing Joan Mir as their Moto2 rider for next season, the championship leader was running a tactical race that snatched him victory in the final few turns of the race.

Romano Fenati fought all the way throughout the race but couldn’t find an answer to Mir’s last lap antics and had to settle for second position, while pole sitter Jorge Martin missed yet another opportunity to convert a pole start into a win. Despite leading on the final lap, the Spaniard took the last podium position available.

The race started poorly for Martin, a terrible start dropping him back significantly as Juanfran Guevara grabbed the lead before Fenati resumed his usual tactics and took over halfway through the first lap. Despite the grid penalty dropping him to the second row of the grid, Aron Canet found his way to third on the first lap and led by lap three. Martin slowly picked up places to get back in the limelight and go top on lap four.

This was just the main contenders introducing themselves on stage as an elite group including Martin, Fenati, Canet, Fabio Di Giannantonio and Mir started to break away from the pursuers. Montmeló specialist Enea Bastianini worked hard in the first handful of laps to catch up with them, leaving the rest of the chasing group falling behind slightly. Marcos Ramirez didn’t give up the fight that easily, the Spaniard also catching up with the group and taking Tatsuki Suzuki with him.

Meanwhile, at the front, the lead changed hands more times that you could count – so the usual Moto3 slipstreaming affair – Jorge Martin the only rider able to hold his lead for more than one lap and avoid being slipstreamed on the straight. With the top eight tightly bunched up, it was difficult to pick a winner but Fenati went all out to make a break with five laps to go, the Italian posting a few personal best sectors to stretch a gap of half a second. Mir had none of that, quickly making up ground to finally snatch the lead two laps later.

The poleman slipstreamed his way into the lead soon after, Fenati, Mir and the Estrella Galicia duo breaking away to dispute the podium between themselves. Martin defended his position brilliantly until turn thirteen on the final lap, when Mir made up a move out of thin air and did not give up the lead until the line.

Bastianini got as close as one tenth of a second to continuing his record of finishing all races in Barcelona on the podium but could only finish fourth, ahead of his teammate, Aron Canet.

Leading the charge for KTM was, perhaps unsurprisingly, Marcos Ramirez, the Spaniard finishing sixth, ahead of Di Giannantonio, who faded in the final part of the race.

Behind the lead group, the Sky VR46 duo was leading the pursuers, almost three seconds behind halfway through the race, Andrea Migno and Nicolo Bulega managing to bring the gap down significantly but only made it past Suzuki to finish eighth and ninth – still a good result considering they started towards the bottom of the top twenty.

With this home win in his pocket, Mir extends his lead in the championship to almost two race wins’ worth of points, 45 ahead of Fenati, who climbs two spots in the rankings. Canet is only three points behind the Italian, with Di Giannantonio losing a further five. Migno and Martin are tied on points in fifth and sixth positions, both 57 points down on the leader.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 36 Joan MIR Honda 42'11.846
2 5 Romano FENATI Honda +0.191
3 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda +0.279
4 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda +0.462
5 44 Aron CANET Honda +0.674
6 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM +0.740
7 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda +1.143
8 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM +1.389
9 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM +1.662
10 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda +1.863
11 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM +2.088
12 17 John MCPHEE Honda +5.671
13 65 Philipp OETTL KTM +8.631
14 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra +16.603
15 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM +17.089
16 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda +17.128
17 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM +21.614
18 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda +22.362
19 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra +22.718
20 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra +22.754
21 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda +22.888
22 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot +23.376
23 27 Kaito TOBA Honda +24.243
24 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda +33.334
25 11 Livio LOI Honda +33.396
26 6 Maria HERRERA KTM +41.707
27 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot +1'10.768
28 81 Aleix VIU KTM +1'33.544
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  40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1 Lap
  95 Jules DANILO Honda 1 Lap
  19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 16 Laps
  63 Vicente PEREZ KTM 18 Laps

 

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2017 Barcelona MotoGP Warm Up Result: Folger Leads As Marquez Tips Over

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Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'45.004    
2 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'45.449 0.445 0.445
3 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'45.537 0.533 0.088
4 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'45.735 0.731 0.198
5 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'45.737 0.733 0.002
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'45.832 0.828 0.095
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'45.839 0.835 0.007
8 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'46.074 1.070 0.235
9 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'46.088 1.084 0.014
10 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'46.119 1.115 0.031
11 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'46.152 1.148 0.033
12 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'46.189 1.185 0.037
13 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'46.238 1.234 0.049
14 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'46.300 1.296 0.062
15 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'46.355 1.351 0.055
16 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'46.372 1.368 0.017
17 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 1'46.592 1.588 0.220
18 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'46.736 1.732 0.144
19 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'46.842 1.838 0.106
20 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'47.385 2.381 0.543
21 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'47.518 2.514 0.133
22 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'47.798 2.794 0.280
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2017 Barcelona Moto2 Warm Up Result: Marquez Confirms Favourite Status

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Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'50.249    
2 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 1'50.284 0.035 0.035
3 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'50.718 0.469 0.434
4 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'50.724 0.475 0.006
5 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'50.740 0.491 0.016
6 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'50.805 0.556 0.065
7 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'50.839 0.590 0.034
8 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'50.854 0.605 0.015
9 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'50.883 0.634 0.029
10 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'51.091 0.842 0.208
11 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'51.114 0.865 0.023
12 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'51.143 0.894 0.029
13 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'51.168 0.919 0.025
14 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'51.225 0.976 0.057
15 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'51.250 1.001 0.025
16 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'51.253 1.004 0.003
17 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'51.384 1.135 0.131
18 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Kalex 1'51.425 1.176 0.041
19 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'51.433 1.184 0.008
20 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'51.463 1.214 0.030
21 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'51.535 1.286 0.072
22 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'51.623 1.374 0.088
23 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'51.674 1.425 0.051
24 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'51.779 1.530 0.105
25 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'51.782 1.533 0.003
26 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 1'51.784 1.535 0.002
27 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'51.908 1.659 0.124
28 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'51.944 1.695 0.036
29 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'52.322 2.073 0.378
30 22 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'52.939 2.690 0.617
31 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'53.041 2.792 0.102
32 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'53.067 2.818 0.026
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2017 Barcelona Moto3 Warm Up Result: Martin Hogs The Limelight

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Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'54.397    
2 36 Joan MIR Honda 1'54.745 0.348 0.348
3 5 Romano FENATI Honda 1'54.829 0.432 0.084
4 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'54.953 0.556 0.124
5 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'55.163 0.766 0.210
6 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'55.176 0.779 0.013
7 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'55.244 0.847 0.068
8 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 1'55.262 0.865 0.018
9 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'55.308 0.911 0.046
10 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'55.382 0.985 0.074
11 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'55.398 1.001 0.016
12 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'55.439 1.042 0.041
13 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'55.446 1.049 0.007
14 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 1'55.496 1.099 0.050
15 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'55.565 1.168 0.069
16 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'55.567 1.170 0.002
17 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'55.597 1.200 0.030
18 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'55.756 1.359 0.159
19 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'55.829 1.432 0.073
20 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'55.836 1.439 0.007
21 11 Livio LOI Honda 1'55.848 1.451 0.012
22 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'55.852 1.455 0.004
23 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 1'55.984 1.587 0.132
24 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'56.104 1.707 0.120
25 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 1'56.151 1.754 0.047
26 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'56.249 1.852 0.098
27 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'56.455 2.058 0.206
28 63 Vicente PEREZ KTM 1'56.899 2.502 0.444
29 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 1'57.216 2.819 0.317
30 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 1'57.355 2.958 0.139
31 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 1'57.502 3.105 0.147
32 81 Aleix VIU KTM 1'58.556 4.159 1.054
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2017 Barcelona Moto2 Qualifying Result: Making A Statement From The Start

As if he was fearing that the tarmac might melt any second now, Alex Marquez went out the pits and posted the first and what proved to be one of only two laps into the 1:49s in the qualifying session. His rivals had to postpone their pool time while trying to catch up on a gap of over half a second. The mission was eventually unsuccessful, the Spaniard’s early time proving unbeatable, not even by Marquez himself, the Marc VDS rider taking a brilliant pole position in his backyard.

The only rider to get within half a second of Marquez was, once again, Mattia Pasini, the Italian continuing to show great form with a second place on the grid. The next challenger was an unlikely one but more along the lines of the expectations we had this season from Lorenzo Baldassarri, the Italian getting as close as six tenths of a second of Marquez and completing the front row.

Takaaki Nakagami came out of nowhere to snatch a second row start, while Thomas Luthi looked on course to challenge for the front row but was hindered by traffic on his final lap and had to settle for fifth place. With the momentum on the other side of the garage, Franco Morbidelli had his worst qualifying of the season, in sixth position, which isn’t too shabby really.

Miguel Oliveira will open the third row, accompanied by Jorge Navarro, who is quickly becoming a usual sight in the top ten, Axel Pons the next rider to complete the row three line-up.

Meanwhile, Pecco Bagnaia has a bit of a recovery job in his schedule for Sunday, the Italian only qualifying twentieth, one place ahead of Moto3 champ Brad Binder.

While his teammate scored a front row start, Luca Marini has been withdrawn from the race due to shoulder injury recovery following the crash he had in the morning session.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'49.408    
2 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'49.515 0.107 0.107
3 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'50.052 0.644 0.537
4 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'50.201 0.793 0.149
5 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'50.206 0.798 0.005
6 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'50.271 0.863 0.065
7 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'50.276 0.868 0.005
8 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'50.346 0.938 0.070
9 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'50.415 1.007 0.069
10 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'50.469 1.061 0.054
11 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'50.554 1.146 0.085
12 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'50.700 1.292 0.146
13 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'50.734 1.326 0.034
14 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'50.751 1.343 0.017
15 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 1'50.757 1.349 0.006
16 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Kalex 1'50.777 1.369 0.020
17 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'50.812 1.404 0.035
18 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'50.884 1.476 0.072
19 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'50.933 1.525 0.049
20 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'50.995 1.587 0.062
21 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'51.097 1.689 0.102
22 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'51.097 1.689  
23 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'51.134 1.726 0.037
24 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'51.187 1.779 0.053
25 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'51.245 1.837 0.058
26 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'51.270 1.862 0.025
27 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'51.359 1.951 0.089
28 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 1'51.857 2.449 0.498
29 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'52.183 2.775 0.326
30 22 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'52.332 2.924 0.149
31 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'52.459 3.051 0.127
32 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'52.659 3.251 0.200

 

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2017 Barcelona MotoGP Qualifying Result: Going For Home Glory

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In the punishing heat of Barcelona, you could almost miss all the wet races last season. While the spectators dealt with thirty degrees air temperature and an uneven tan, the riders were faced with fifty-five of them on a bumpy slippery track.

Jorge Lorenzo had a sniff at pole after leading on the first outing but was refused the honour by a dominating Dani Pedrosa, the Honda veteran putting in a late lap to go over three tenths of a second ahead of his former nemesis. Pedrosa will be trying to become the first rider since Lorenzo himself back in 2010 to win the race from pole position - which is the second best place to be in Barcelona in this weather.

Lorenzo did not appear too bothered by losing pole and was keen to celebrate his first front row start for Ducati, as well as managing to add to what appeared to be an unlikely record of starting on the first row in Catalunya for the ninth year in a row.

Danilo Petrucci sneaked onto the front row at the last minute, although he is becoming a usual sight in parc fermé these days. He was slightly helped by Marc Marquez’s almost comedic adventures, the reigning world champion wiping some more sponsors off his leathers after crashing out yet again early in the session. With the other bike already damaged from FP4, he was lucky to be able to ride it back and get it fixed in time for a final shot at pole. He appeared to be heading for that before, guess what, he crashed once more in turn five and begrudgingly settled for a fourth position on the grid.

Aleix Espargaro won’t have minded one bit to be right behind the world champion for tomorrow’s start, the Spaniard putting the Aprilia in a more than honourable fifth place. The all-Spanish second row was completed by Hector Barbera, the Avintia rider looking much better on home ground after a difficult start to his season.

Andrea Dovizioso opens the third row of the grid, sharing it with top Q1 qualifier Jonas Folger. With all of the Yamahas in Q1, it was bound for a few of them to make it into Q2, and Folger did it with ease, almost four tenths in hand on his factory colleague. Talking of which, Maverick Viñales only just made it through Q1 to qualify ninth, closing the third row.

Alvaro Bautista, Scott Redding and Andrea Iannone make up the fourth row, with Valentino Rossi set to start thirteenth, just ahead of his pal Johann Zarco.

Meanwhile, Bradley Smith did not take part in qualifying after badly injuring his little finger in a crash in FP4 and being declared unfit for the race. Sylvain Guintoli was another absentee, the Frenchman suffering from dehydration, his participation in the race also being questioned.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'43.870    
2 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'44.201 0.331 0.331
3 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'44.220 0.350 0.019
4 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'44.320 0.450 0.100
5 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'44.348 0.478 0.028
6 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'44.381 0.511 0.033
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'44.451 0.581 0.070
8 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'44.600 0.730 0.149
9 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'44.620 0.750 0.020
10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'44.740 0.870 0.120
11 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'44.852 0.982 0.112
12 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'44.928 1.058 0.076
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Q2 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'44.239    
Q2 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'44.621 0.382 0.382
13 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'44.661 0.422 0.040
14 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'44.681 0.442 0.020
15 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'44.829 0.590 0.148
16 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'44.919 0.680 0.090
17 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'45.162 0.923 0.243
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'45.641 1.402 0.479
19 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'45.741 1.502 0.100
20 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'45.887 1.648 0.146
21 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'48.803 4.564 2.916
  38 Bradley SMITH KTM      
  50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki      

 

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2017 Barcelona MotoGP FP4 Result: Pedrosa Turns Up The Heat

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In the melting heat of the Catalonian afternoon, the tyre combinations were limited to the harder options, many riders trying on the medium rear after a good showing from Dani Pedrosa. Marc Marquez was fastest out the gates, but another crash in turn nine while he was pushing in the beginning of the session gave Pedrosa a turn at the lead on the hard front and medium rear tyre.

Like it is usually the case when the temperature setting is on ‘surface of the sun’, the small Spaniard went a second ahead of his teammate and setting a steady pace in the mid 1:45s. The Honda veteran also crashed into turn ten on the final lap but no one was able to get anywhere near his time.

Andrea Iannone made good use of the same tyre combination to split the two Spaniards and add a Suzuki filling to the Honda sandwich. Marquez also had a go at the medium rear in the final minutes of the session but could not rival his teammate’s pace on the tyre.

Jonas Folger was again the shining light for Yamaha, the Tech 3 rider finishing fourth. Encouraged by Pedrosa’s pace, the factory Yamahas also considered the medium rear (and pretty much every other setup change they could think of), Valentino Rossi improving to fifth, six tenths off the lead. He was followed closely by another great performance from Aleix Espargaro, the Spaniard looking quite fond of his home track.

After FP3 saw six Ducatis in the top ten, Jorge Lorenzo was their top rider in seventh place, leading the Pramac duo of Scott Redding and Danilo Petrucci. Jack Miller completed the top ten, almost eight tenths down on Pedrosa.

Alvaro Bautista had his third crash of the weekend, this time in turn sixteen, and did not manage to replicate the good speed shown throughout the weekend, finishing twelfth. He was still three places ahead of Maverick Viñales who still seems lost on any tyre combination or setting option he tests. Mugello winner Andrea Dovizioso had an equally poor afternoon down in seventeenth, one place ahead of Johann Zarco.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'45.486    
2 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'45.981 0.495 0.495
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'46.009 0.523 0.028
4 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'46.018 0.532 0.009
5 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'46.089 0.603 0.071
6 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'46.101 0.615 0.012
7 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'46.110 0.624 0.009
8 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'46.121 0.635 0.011
9 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'46.132 0.646 0.011
10 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'46.276 0.790 0.144
11 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'46.278 0.792 0.002
12 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'46.317 0.831 0.039
13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'46.378 0.892 0.061
14 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'46.420 0.934 0.042
15 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'46.457 0.971 0.037
16 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'46.474 0.988 0.017
17 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'46.523 1.037 0.049
18 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'46.617 1.131 0.094
19 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'46.777 1.291 0.160
20 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'46.785 1.299 0.008
21 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'46.823 1.337 0.038
22 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'48.014 2.528 1.191
23 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 1'48.403 2.917 0.389

 

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2017 Barcelona Moto3 Qualifying Result: The Making Of A Qualifying Specialist

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With the heat safely over the thirty degrees mark, it was a baking hot qualifying session, mostly literally. The youngsters started off as usual, by waiting around the pits or the run offs for a group to join for an opportunistic but essential tow. With the temperatures continuing to rise, the main actors put in an early charge to secure a banker lap, Aron Canet breaking Brad Binder’s pole position record from 2016 ten minutes into the session.

The field, led by Joan Mir, were left with half a second gap to recover. The second run brought them much closer but not close enough, while the final ten minutes were spent mostly in the pits, waiting for others to go out first. The riders finally gave up with four minutes to go and only left themselves with one flying lap to challenge Canet, who spent his time trying to wave Romano Fenati off his tail.

The last man to leave the pits, Jorge Martin, proved himself once again as the qualifying specialist, the Spaniard putting in a record-breaking lap into the low 1:53s to take his fifth pole position of the season, six tenths faster than anyone else. Canet kept second positon thanks to his early lap, while Juanfran Guevara will complete the first row of the grid.

Romano Fenati eventually caught a tow behind Andrea Migno to climb into fourth position, followed by Joan Mir in fifth spot. Marcos Ramirez was another big winner on the final lap, the Spaniard filling in the second row of the grid.

Enea Bastianini didn’t quite manage to do well as his FP3 performance suggested but still put in a time good enough for seventh spot on the grid. Fabio Di Giannantonio took an early trip through the gravel in turn five, missing part of the session while his bike was being nursed back to health. Rejoining for the final fifteen minutes, he proved fast enough for eight place, Tatsuki Suzuki completing the third row of the grid.

A few other riders will be hoping for a good start, with Nicolo Bulega fourteenth, Andrea Migno eighteenth, John McPhee nineteenth and Darryn Binder twenty-second.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'53.368    
2 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'53.995 0.627 0.627
3 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'54.027 0.659 0.032
4 5 Romano FENATI Honda 1'54.031 0.663 0.004
5 36 Joan MIR Honda 1'54.036 0.668 0.005
6 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'54.126 0.758 0.090
7 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'54.151 0.783 0.025
8 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'54.201 0.833 0.050
9 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'54.316 0.948 0.115
10 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 1'54.331 0.963 0.015
11 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'54.379 1.011 0.048
12 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 1'54.395 1.027 0.016
13 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'54.421 1.053 0.026
14 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'54.436 1.068 0.015
15 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'54.474 1.106 0.038
16 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'54.535 1.167 0.061
17 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'54.589 1.221 0.054
18 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'54.826 1.458 0.237
19 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'54.876 1.508 0.050
20 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'54.899 1.531 0.023
21 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'54.917 1.549 0.018
22 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'55.018 1.650 0.101
23 11 Livio LOI Honda 1'55.141 1.773 0.123
24 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'55.149 1.781 0.008
25 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 1'55.158 1.790 0.009
26 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 1'55.197 1.829 0.039
27 63 Vicente PEREZ KTM 1'55.218 1.850 0.021
28 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 1'55.561 2.193 0.343
29 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 1'55.611 2.243 0.050
30 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'55.625 2.257 0.014
31 81 Aleix VIU KTM 1'56.490 3.122 0.865
32 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 1'56.672 3.304 0.182
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2017 Barcelona Moto2 FP3 Result: Another Headline For The Marquez Household

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Since big brother managed to master every route around this track, the younger Marquez was determined to steal some headlines of his own on the circuit’s return to the F1 layout. The Spaniard led almost the entire morning session before Mattia Pasini remembered he’s the man of the moment and fired in a fast lap to go top. Marquez did one better on his final lap to end FP3 in the lead by seven hundredths of a second, pushing Pasini into second position.

Jorge Navarro once again showed his strength around the Catalonian circuit and might have done even better than third spot without a big scare into turn thirteen on his final lap, the Spaniard running off track after setting some personal best sectors.

Dominique Aegerter seemed to be fonder of the new old layout as well, the Swiss rider three tenths off Marquez and into fourth place. Simone Corsi in fifth spot led a train of usual podium contenders, with Takaaki Nakagami and Miguel Oliveira in sixth and seventh. Xavi Vierge sneaked into a respectable eighth place, as Franco Morbidelli kept under the radar down in ninth, six tenths off his teammate. Tom Luthi posted a fastest time just five thousandths of a second slower to complete the top ten.

With Fabio Quartararo twelfth, Pecco Bagnaia thirteenth and Lorenzo Baldassarri fourteenth, the top eighteen was covered by one second.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'50.208    
2 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'50.284 0.076 0.076
3 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'50.437 0.229 0.153
4 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'50.576 0.368 0.139
5 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'50.639 0.431 0.063
6 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'50.642 0.434 0.003
7 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'50.667 0.459 0.025
8 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'50.767 0.559 0.100
9 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'50.828 0.620 0.061
10 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'50.833 0.625 0.005
11 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'50.858 0.650 0.025
12 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'50.867 0.659 0.009
13 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'50.885 0.677 0.018
14 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'50.922 0.714 0.037
15 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'51.021 0.813 0.099
16 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'51.133 0.925 0.112
17 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 1'51.162 0.954 0.029
18 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'51.208 1.000 0.046
19 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'51.300 1.092 0.092
20 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 1'51.306 1.098 0.006
21 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'51.309 1.101 0.003
22 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Kalex 1'51.318 1.110 0.009
23 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'51.663 1.455 0.345
24 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'51.722 1.514 0.059
25 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'51.912 1.704 0.190
26 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'51.963 1.755 0.051
27 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'52.064 1.856 0.101
28 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'52.120 1.912 0.056
29 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'52.150 1.942 0.030
30 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'52.198 1.990 0.048
31 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'52.377 2.169 0.179
32 22 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'52.799 2.591 0.422
33 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'52.877 2.669 0.078
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2017 Barcelona MotoGP FP3 Result: New Layout, Same Marquez

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New day, new challenges, the decision to switch back to the F1 layout used in the race last year leaving the MotoGP class with only one session to set a time worthy of Q2. The change saw quite a rush of cancelled lap times before the final rush for a fast time.

The minor change still left the Hondas in charge of proceedings, Marc Marquez starting his morning in trademark style, by elegantly sliding out while topping the timesheets. After failing to restart and going back out on his second bike, the world champion picked up where he left it to recover top position.

Dani Pedrosa made it a Honda one-two, the veteran rider a tenth down on his teammate. Alvaro Bautista had followed Marquez’s example and tipping over in the same corner almost at the same time but the small incident only served to motivate him more, the Spaniard briefly leading the session before dropping down to third, two tenths down on Marquez.

Home boy Aleix Espargaro had a brilliant morning for Aprilia, the Spaniard snatching fourth after leading the session on two occasions and being fastest in two sectors around the track. He also completed an all-Spanish top four.

Andrea Dovizioso looked in danger with two minutes to go, down in seventeenth, but the Italian’s penultimate lap bumped him into fifth place and pushed Maverick Viñales out of the top ten. The Mugello victor was followed by his teammate, Jorge Lorenzo only eight thousandths of a second behind.

Places seven to ten were all within a tenth of a second, Andrea Iannone placing Suzuki in seventh spot, in front of the Pramac duo of Scott Redding and a gesticulating Danilo Petrucci. The final Q2 ticket went to Hector Barbera.

If you noticed a particular lack of Yamahas in the story up to this point, don’t worry, I did not forget them, it’s just that there aren’t any. The top Yamaha proved to be Jonas Folger in eleventh place, in front of Cal Crutchlow.

After struggling on Friday, Viñales looked to have found some speed early in the session to almost challenge Marquez but after a save at turn fourteen and some other slight moments along the way, he failed to improve further as the final rush of laps started. His teammate never even looked like putting up a fight for Q2, Valentino Rossi only jumping from eighteenth to fifteenth on his final fast run.

The disappointing weekend for Johann Zarco continued, with the Frenchman flipping over at great speed in turn nine mid-session. Shook but not defeated, he went back out but failed to improve and finished sixteenth, a second down on the leader and with a set of reputable rivals waiting in Q1.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'44.178    
2 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'44.279 0.101 0.101
3 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'44.395 0.217 0.116
4 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'44.409 0.231 0.014
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'44.615 0.437 0.206
6 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'44.623 0.445 0.008
7 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'44.656 0.478 0.033
8 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'44.676 0.498 0.020
9 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'44.681 0.503 0.005
10 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'44.740 0.562 0.059
11 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'44.763 0.585 0.023
12 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'44.803 0.625 0.040
13 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'44.889 0.711 0.086
14 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'44.985 0.807 0.096
15 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'45.053 0.875 0.068
16 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'45.240 1.062 0.187
17 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'45.252 1.074 0.012
18 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'45.289 1.111 0.037
19 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 1'45.912 1.734 0.623
20 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'46.243 2.065 0.331
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'46.259 2.081 0.016
22 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'46.267 2.089 0.008
23 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'46.853 2.675 0.586

 

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