MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2017 Sachsenring MotoGP FP3 Result: Marquez Keeps His Kingdom In Check


Rain on Friday caused another ten minutes to be added to the third practice session this morning, giving a chance to the remaining ten riders who did not put in a compulsory run on the stiffer hard rear tyre to do so.

Marc Marquez did most of his work on a medium tyre combination but still managed to improve on his Friday times in the dry, before putting in the soft rear towards the end of the session and becoming the first of only two riders into the 1:20s.

The second was Maverick Viñales, who took the scenic route several times but eventually got things right, showing good speed on both the hard and soft rears. The Spaniard got as close as one tenth of a second of his compatriot at the top.

Jonas Folger went for an early time attack after missing out on that on Friday, setting the fastest time twenty minutes into the session. His early lead was cut short but the Tech 3 rider kept third position with a good final run.

Aleix Espargaro’s podium dreams are starting to look realistic after another great session that saw the Aprilia rider finish in fourth position.  Cal Crutchlow also put in a late lap to sneak back into the top ten and ensure his Q2 presence after struggling to do so on Friday.

Less than five minutes into the session, Valentino Rossi had a deja-vu moment as his number one bike shut down once again, similarly to the events on Friday. After a long walk to the pits, the spare bike was called out for duty, as the Italian still had to battle for a direct Q2 place. Yamaha gambled on another run on the first bike once they retrieved it and Rossi gave it a few goes to snatch a precious sixth position.

Jorge Lorenzo finished six tenths down on the leader in seventh position and, perhaps more encouragingly, one step ahead of his teammate, Andrea Dovizioso struggling to improve throughout the session and only doing so on his final run.

Dani Pedrosa was caught out at the first corner halfway through the session - a small crash but one that forced him to grab his second bike to save his Q2 place. And so he did, the Spaniard grabbing ninth position, ahead of Alvaro Bautista.

Danilo Petrucci looked confident to get a Q2 ticket but the Italian crashed out at turn 13 with seven minutes to go, while he was running eighth and pushed back by faster riders. Johann Zarco followed him seconds later into fast turn 11. Both riders rejoined the action but could not get back into the top ten and will have to battle it out in Q1.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'20.745    
2 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'20.915 0.170 0.170
3 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'21.198 0.453 0.283
4 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'21.209 0.464 0.011
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'21.275 0.530 0.066
6 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'21.311 0.566 0.036
7 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'21.373 0.628 0.062
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'21.422 0.677 0.049
9 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'21.480 0.735 0.058
10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'21.497 0.752 0.017
11 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'21.608 0.863 0.111
12 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'21.623 0.878 0.015
13 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'21.658 0.913 0.035
14 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'21.835 1.090 0.177
15 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'21.897 1.152 0.062
16 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'21.925 1.180 0.028
17 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'21.934 1.189 0.009
18 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'21.945 1.200 0.011
19 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'22.018 1.273 0.073
20 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'22.089 1.344 0.071
21 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'22.350 1.605 0.261
22 36 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'22.380 1.635 0.030
23 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'22.569 1.824 0.189
24 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'22.724 1.979 0.155


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2017 Sachsenring Moto3 FP3 Result: Mir Reclaims His Throne


The sun was playing games on Saturday morning, with sunshine distracting from the clouds, cold and wind around the track. Left without his main rival in such sessions, Joan Mir cruised to the top of the timesheets from the start and proved an immovable force. He also found time to tow his teammate, Livio Loi, into third position, the Leopard duo split by Bo Bendsneyder in second place, the Dutchman preparing a good follow-up to his performance in Assen.

Nicolo Bulega got into attack mode in the final ten minutes of the session and briefly looked like being able to challenge the world championship leader but the Italian had to make do with fourth place by the checkered flag. Tatsuki Suzuki found the right tail to chase and got himself as high as fifth position.

An old acquaintance popped up in sixth spot, Danny Kent replacing the injured Niccolo Antonelli in the Red Bull KTM squad for the weekend. The result bodes well for qualifying later on but the British rider already has a 12-place grid penalty for irresponsible riding in Friday practice. Marcos Ramirez put in a late lap to make the jump from outside the top straight into third but was pushed back to seventh as times tumbled in the final minutes.

More than half a second down on Mir were Andrea Migno in eighth, Aron Canet in ninth and Juanfran Guevara in tenth position. After consistently being around the top five and putting in a serious race run, Romano Fenati dropped back to thirteenth.

Jorge Martin did not take part in FP3 after he fractured his ankle in a crash on Friday and will miss the rest of the weekend.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 36 Joan MIR Honda 1'27.411    
2 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'27.504 0.093 0.093
3 11 Livio LOI Honda 1'27.707 0.296 0.203
4 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'27.793 0.382 0.086
5 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'27.866 0.455 0.073
6 52 Danny KENT KTM 1'27.890 0.479 0.024
7 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'27.997 0.586 0.107
8 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'28.032 0.621 0.035
9 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'28.067 0.656 0.035
10 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'28.082 0.671 0.015
11 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'28.144 0.733 0.062
12 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 1'28.154 0.743 0.010
13 5 Romano FENATI Honda 1'28.204 0.793 0.050
14 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 1'28.257 0.846 0.053
15 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'28.312 0.901 0.055
16 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'28.348 0.937 0.036
17 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 1'28.390 0.979 0.042
18 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'28.518 1.107 0.128
19 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'28.556 1.145 0.038
20 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'28.569 1.158 0.013
21 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'28.656 1.245 0.087
22 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'28.665 1.254 0.009
23 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'28.744 1.333 0.079
24 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'28.880 1.469 0.136
25 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 1'28.952 1.541 0.072
26 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 1'28.956 1.545 0.004
27 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'28.970 1.559 0.014
28 31 Raul FERNANDEZ Mahindra 1'28.994 1.583 0.024
29 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 1'29.102 1.691 0.108
30 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'29.188 1.777 0.086
31 77 Tim GEORGI KTM 1'30.343 2.932 1.155
  88 Jorge MARTIN Honda      


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2017 Sachsenring Moto2 FP2 Result: Luthi Fends Off Schrotter


Following the rain dance of MotoGP, the intermediate class was left with a drying line on a damp track. After a few exploratory laps on wet tyres, most riders chose to sit it out until the sunshine did its job in preparing the track for a proper race run.

The only real action started in the final twenty minutes, Tom Luthi one of the first riders to lead on slick tires. Pecco Bagnaia followed his lead (quite literally, chasing the Swiss rider on track), the two exchanging top position several times as riders were pouring out of the pits to make the most of a rapidly improving track.

Franco Morbidelli was quick to catch up with the leaders, which wasn’t particularly difficult with the track improving lap after lap, a remote battle ensuing between the trio. Luthi put a stop to that in the final few minutes, going three tenths of a second faster than his rivals to decisively top the afternoon session.

The hierarchy looked set with Morbidelli and Bagnaia behind, before Marcel Schrotter put a smile on the faces of local spectators by sneaking ahead to snatch second position, only four hundredths of a second behind Luthi. That dropped the Italian duo of Morbidelli and Bagnaia into third and fourth spot.

Takaaki Nakagami put in a good final lap to climb into fifth position, followed by an encouraging result from Sandro Cortese after a season of struggles and crashes. FP1 leader Miguel Oliveira finished seventh and was the final rider within half a second of the leader.

Alex Marquez was eighth, with Dominique Aegerter and Hafizh Syahrin once again completing the top ten. After a miracle repair job following this morning’s adventures, Mattia Pasini had a bike to go out with and score a fourteenth position.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'24.848    
2 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 1'24.894 0.046 0.046
3 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'25.077 0.229 0.183
4 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'25.080 0.232 0.003
5 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'25.252 0.404 0.172
6 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'25.279 0.431 0.027
7 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'25.306 0.458 0.027
8 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'25.440 0.592 0.134
9 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'25.542 0.694 0.102
10 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'25.583 0.735 0.041
11 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'25.699 0.851 0.116
12 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'25.813 0.965 0.114
13 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'25.837 0.989 0.024
14 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'25.876 1.028 0.039
15 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'25.923 1.075 0.047
16 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'26.091 1.243 0.168
17 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'26.209 1.361 0.118
18 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 1'26.292 1.444 0.083
19 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'26.303 1.455 0.011
20 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Kalex 1'26.442 1.594 0.139
21 14 Hector GARZO Tech 3 1'26.560 1.712 0.118
22 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'26.646 1.798 0.086
23 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'26.653 1.805 0.007
24 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'26.706 1.858 0.053
25 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'26.733 1.885 0.027
26 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'26.738 1.890 0.005
27 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'26.885 2.037 0.147
28 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'26.945 2.097 0.060
29 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'26.991 2.143 0.046
30 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'27.562 2.714 0.571
31 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'27.767 2.919 0.205
32 22 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'28.650 3.802 0.883


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2017 Sachsenring MotoGP FP2 Result: Barbera Dethrones Marquez


A quick downpour after the end of the Moto3 session soaked the track and promised to cause trouble for the MotoGP class. With sunshine already breaking through the clouds by the time the first riders joined the track, it was a matter of how quick the new surface would dry.

Wet tyres were the only conceivable choice in the beginning of the session but, perhaps unpredictably, Dani Pedrosa was the first leader of the afternoon, consistently increasing the gap at the front as anyone looked to challenge him. And by "anyone" I mostly meant teammate Marc Marquez and, like in the good old days, Jorge Lorenzo. The reigning world champion eventually led the way, getting in front of his teammate by one tenth of a second, while Lorenzo slipped back into a more usual tenth position.

Just as some teams started questioning tyre choices, another downpour hit the track and, while it clarified viable options, it also discouraged much track action. The factory Hondas were joined by Johann Zarco and Scott Redding for a less than romantic mid-session stroll through the rain. Zarco drew the short straw and was the first victim of the conditions, the Frenchman crashing out just as a few more riders were encouraged to go out by Pedrosa’s pace, the likes of Rossi, Dovizioso and Viñales swimming along.

The final ten minutes saw all riders out on a drying track, Petrucci the first rider to make the most of the conditions and take over the lead, but red sectors were coming in fast and furious. Hector Barbera, Aleix Espargaro, Andrea Dovizioso then Marquez once again saw their name at the top of the timesheets.

The world champion was determined to claim his land, several fastest laps putting him ahead by two tenths of a second, only to be pipped on the final lap by Barbera, who put his Ducati on top as the checkered flag waved.

Marquez settled for second, with Pedrosa climbing back into third, with the exact same time as Petrucci. The elder Espargaro brother finished fifth, with Cal Crutchlow in sixth and the final rider within half a second of the leader. Dovizioso fell back to seventh, followed by Jonas Folger and an impressive Sam Lowes grabbing ninth place in changing conditions.

While fast in the wet, Valentino Rossi could not improve much once the track dried, the Italian down in fifteenth position. Still, he was five places ahead of his teammate, Maverick Viñales twentieth and almost two seconds down after a late pitspot for some minor adjustments.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'28.115    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'28.178 0.063 0.063
3 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'28.468 0.353 0.290
4 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'28.468 0.353  
5 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'28.527 0.412 0.059
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'28.616 0.501 0.089
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'28.753 0.638 0.137
8 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'28.988 0.873 0.235
9 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'28.994 0.879 0.006
10 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'29.017 0.902 0.023
11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'29.076 0.961 0.059
12 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'29.321 1.206 0.245
13 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'29.364 1.249 0.043
14 36 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'29.446 1.331 0.082
15 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'29.549 1.434 0.103
16 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'29.586 1.471 0.037
17 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'29.774 1.659 0.188
18 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'29.927 1.812 0.153
19 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'29.972 1.857 0.045
20 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'30.017 1.902 0.045
21 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'30.017 1.902  
22 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'30.342 2.227 0.325
23 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'30.508 2.393 0.166
24 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'30.559 2.444 0.051


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2017 Sachsenring Moto3 FP2 Result: Mir Dominates As Martin Picks Up An Injury


You could almost describe the afternoon practice session for the lightweight class as sunny, if you were not afraid to jinx it. The temperature was definitely more welcoming and with the new track surface seeing some more running, the grip seemed a little better but still less than ideal and quite hungry for tyres. Many riders went out on used FP1 tyres before switching to new fast shoes in the final ten minutes of the session, a few final laps stopped by some late spits of rain.

FP1 leader Jorge Martin was the unluckiest rider of the afternoon, high-siding badly in turn one and causing a red flag 15 minutes into the session, while the medics were treating what looked like a right ankle fracture. The Spanish rider was eventually declared unfit for the race.

Once the session resumed, Joan Mir picked up the pace to go one full second clear of the field and the chasers never looked like making any serious impression on the significant gap. Romano Fenati lingered outside of the top ten for much of the session, before becoming the first rider within a second of Mir in the final ten minutes. The Italian got as close as six tenths of a second but never really challenged for top honours.

Philipp Oettl put his knowledge of his home GP to good use to become only the third rider into the 1:27s. The final man to share that achievement was Livio Loi, the Leopard rider starting his chase for a good result in Germany with a fourth position.

Nicolo Bulega looked quite smooth as he made his way into fifth spot, followed by Marcos Ramirez and Enea Bastianini as the final two riders within a second of Mir.

Aron Canet was an early leader in the session but could not improve on his early lap as the session progressed and dropped back to eighth position. The top ten was completed by Bo Bendsneyder and Jakub Kornfeil.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 36 Joan MIR Honda 1'27.179    
2 5 Romano FENATI Honda 1'27.855 0.676 0.676
3 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'27.911 0.732 0.056
4 11 Livio LOI Honda 1'27.933 0.754 0.022
5 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'28.046 0.867 0.113
6 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'28.101 0.922 0.055
7 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'28.131 0.952 0.030
8 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'28.208 1.029 0.077
9 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'28.293 1.114 0.085
10 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 1'28.331 1.152 0.038
11 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'28.413 1.234 0.082
12 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'28.429 1.250 0.016
13 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'28.461 1.282 0.032
14 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'28.492 1.313 0.031
15 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'28.545 1.366 0.053
16 52 Danny KENT KTM 1'28.557 1.378 0.012
17 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 1'28.566 1.387 0.009
18 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'28.642 1.463 0.076
19 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'28.705 1.526 0.063
20 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'28.761 1.582 0.056
21 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'28.764 1.585 0.003
22 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'28.807 1.628 0.043
23 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'29.023 1.844 0.216
24 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'29.078 1.899 0.055
25 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 1'29.124 1.945 0.046
26 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 1'29.151 1.972 0.027
27 77 Tim GEORGI KTM 1'29.538 2.359 0.387
28 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'29.589 2.410 0.051
29 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 1'29.671 2.492 0.082
30 31 Raul FERNANDEZ Mahindra 1'29.678 2.499 0.007
31 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 1'29.779 2.600 0.101
32 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'30.578 3.399 0.799


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2017 Sachsenring Moto2 FP1 Result: Oliveira Found His Mojo


A few drops of rain scared us in the beginning of the session but nowhere near enough to leave an impression on the track, a bit of sun almost showing up soon after. Unimpressed by the conditions, Miguel Oliveira would have missed some proper time in the limelight lately, the Portuguese rider making up for that by leading the field throughout the session.

Franco Morbidelli gave it his best shot until the very last lap to find a way past the KTM rider but came two tenths of a second short in the end and had to settle for second place. Takaaki Nakagami completed the top three in FP1, a mere three thousandths of a second keeping him behind the championship leader.

Simone Corsi was the busiest man on track, with thirty laps set in the session to grab fourth spot on his penultimate lap. The gaps throughout the field were reduced in the final few minutes, Dominique Aegerter making the jump to fifth, with Marcel Schrotter only a hundredth of a second behind him.

Alex Marquez found his way into the air-fence early in the session and was left with only 20 minutes to get a feel for the circuit. The Spaniard found a slight improvement on the final lap to jump into seventh position. The top ten was completed by another consistent performance in the dry from Hafizh Syahrin, ahead of Pecco Bagnaia and Jorge Navarro.

Tom Luthi did not look particularly comfortable on his bike, spending significant time in the garage and failing to do better than eleventh despite a few fast sectors in the late part of the session.

Mattia Pasini was another early victim of the cool temperatures, the Italian suffering a pretty spectacular high-side while on a fast lap. The Italtrans rider was thankfully fine, although the same could not be said about his bike, the violent tumble producing more damage than could be fixed during the session, so Pasini could not rejoin the action – having done only six laps.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'24.976    
2 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'25.215 0.239 0.239
3 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'25.218 0.242 0.003
4 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'25.347 0.371 0.129
5 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'25.354 0.378 0.007
6 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 1'25.367 0.391 0.013
7 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'25.418 0.442 0.051
8 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'25.470 0.494 0.052
9 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'25.689 0.713 0.219
10 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'25.713 0.737 0.024
11 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'25.735 0.759 0.022
12 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'25.856 0.880 0.121
13 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'25.906 0.930 0.050
14 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'26.025 1.049 0.119
15 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'26.061 1.085 0.036
16 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'26.090 1.114 0.029
17 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'26.170 1.194 0.080
18 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 1'26.333 1.357 0.163
19 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'26.418 1.442 0.085
20 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'26.698 1.722 0.280
21 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'26.708 1.732 0.010
22 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'26.777 1.801 0.069
23 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'26.825 1.849 0.048
24 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'26.835 1.859 0.010
25 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'26.928 1.952 0.093
26 14 Hector GARZO Tech 3 1'27.034 2.058 0.106
27 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'27.143 2.167 0.109
28 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'27.291 2.315 0.148
29 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'28.132 3.156 0.841
30 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Kalex 1'28.145 3.169 0.013
31 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'28.376 3.400 0.231
32 22 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'29.371 4.395 0.995


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2017 Sachsenring MotoGP FP1 Result: Dovizioso Steals Viñales’ Thunder. Again.


A cloudy breezy 16 degrees didn’t exactly invite to some tyre testing on the resurfaced German track, so most riders played it safe with a softer tyre combination in the chilly morning, although a few brave souls decided to get the compulsory laps on the harder rear tyre out of the way early on. With ten extra minutes added to the session to see how Michelin gets along with the surface, the riders could sneak in an extra run to make sure any future rain won’t mess up their Q2 chances.

The King of the Ring, Marc Marquez, was the first to make his mark at the top of the timesheets, the world champion getting within two seconds of his own fastest lap around the circuit on only his fourth lap of the session.  The competition was left with a second to catch up to, while the Repsol Honda man was still circulating within a few tenths of his own best time.

The Spanish rider then found himself out of sync with his rivals, trying on the hard rear tyre in the final minutes of the session, just as most of his rivals - with the notable exception of Aleix Espargaro - were going for a shootout on the soft rear. While Marquez was still posting competitive times, the world champion dropped to sixth place once the fast times started popping up.

Maverick Viñales was the first to steal the lead from his Honda rival but it was, once again, Andrea Dovizioso who did one better and snatched the lead on his penultimate lap by only three hundredths of a second. Viñales had to settle for second, while Dani Pedrosa came into his element on the soft rear tyre to make a late jump from outside the top ten into the top three.

Aleix Espargaro showed that the Aprilia is well suited for the tight German circuit, with or without the aerodynamic fairing the Spaniard tried on, and a fourth place only two tenths down on the leader goes to prove that. Alvaro Bautista kept close, the Spaniard in fifth place despite a late crash into fast turn 11.

With Marquez sixth, Johann Zarco and Danilo Petrucci were the last men into the 1:21s, the top ten completed by Jack Miller and another late crasher – Scott Redding offering another impressive slow-motion for the highlights reel.

Home ground wasn’t particularly lucky for Jonas Folger, the Tech 3 rider only just missing out on the top ten, as did Jorge Lorenzo and Cal Cruthlow behind him.

Assen guru Valentino Rossi looked like one of the favourites to challenge for top honours early in the session, before the Italian’s bike detected an issue and gave up as he was heading out for his second run. After plenty of photo opportunities for fans trackside, he accepted a ride back to the pits and could not do better than sixteenth on his second bike, almost a second down on the leader.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'21.599    
2 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'21.637 0.038 0.038
3 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'21.789 0.190 0.152
4 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'21.832 0.233 0.043
5 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'21.840 0.241 0.008
6 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'21.898 0.299 0.058
7 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'21.973 0.374 0.075
8 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'21.992 0.393 0.019
9 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'22.068 0.469 0.076
10 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'22.075 0.476 0.007
11 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'22.175 0.576 0.100
12 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'22.209 0.610 0.034
13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'22.240 0.641 0.031
14 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'22.336 0.737 0.096
15 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'22.465 0.866 0.129
16 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'22.535 0.936 0.070
17 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'22.593 0.994 0.058
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'22.612 1.013 0.019
19 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'22.642 1.043 0.030
20 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'22.745 1.146 0.103
21 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'22.888 1.289 0.143
22 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'22.989 1.390 0.101
23 36 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'23.218 1.619 0.229
24 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'23.299 1.700 0.081


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2017 Sachsenring Moto3 FP1 Result: Another Headline About Martin


With a new asphalt to test, all eyes were to the sky as the lightweight class opened proceedings in Germany. The rain avoided them for the entire length of the session, although the improved surface didn’t really see them set rocket pace from the off, the track waiting for some rubber to build up.

Jorge Martin was characteristically in charge of affairs, the expert qualifier being the first man into the 1:27s. Bo Bendsneyder proved to be more motivated than discouraged by his unlucky home race adventures last weekend, the Dutchman continuing his good form with a second position only a tenth of a second off Martin.

Nicolo Bulega put in a late lap to hop into third position, the Sky VR46 rider only a further four hundredths of a second behind the top duo. Philipp Oettl looked to be having fun on home soil, the German finishing the session fourth, in front of championship leader Joan Mir.

While not entirely comfortable with his bike in the debut of the session, Marcos Ramirez kept impressing with a sixth position. As former poleman at the venue, Enea Bastianini had a better start to his weekend to be in the top seven.

Livio Loi was a welcome sight in eighth position, the top ten completed by Assen winner Aron Canet and Fabio Di Giannantonio. Romano Fenati’s curious choice of cap before the session proved to be unlucky, the Italian down in twelfth spot, almost a second down on the leader.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'27.868    
2 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'27.979 0.111 0.111
3 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'28.021 0.153 0.042
4 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'28.256 0.388 0.235
5 36 Joan MIR Honda 1'28.271 0.403 0.015
6 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'28.273 0.405 0.002
7 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'28.431 0.563 0.158
8 11 Livio LOI Honda 1'28.459 0.591 0.028
9 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'28.572 0.704 0.113
10 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'28.588 0.720 0.016
11 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 1'28.660 0.792 0.072
12 5 Romano FENATI Honda 1'28.809 0.941 0.149
13 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'28.952 1.084 0.143
14 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'28.991 1.123 0.039
15 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'29.072 1.204 0.081
16 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'29.096 1.228 0.024
17 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 1'29.244 1.376 0.148
18 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'29.254 1.386 0.010
19 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'29.338 1.470 0.084
20 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'29.442 1.574 0.104
21 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 1'29.514 1.646 0.072
22 52 Danny KENT KTM 1'29.608 1.740 0.094
23 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'29.834 1.966 0.226
24 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 1'30.024 2.156 0.190
25 31 Raul FERNANDEZ Mahindra 1'30.033 2.165 0.009
26 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'30.170 2.302 0.137
27 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'30.738 2.870 0.568
28 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 1'30.957 3.089 0.219
29 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'31.136 3.268 0.179
30 77 Tim GEORGI KTM 1'31.361 3.493 0.225
31 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'31.361 3.493  
32 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 1'31.420 3.552 0.059


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2017 Assen Moto2 Race Result: Not A Moto3 Race But Nearly


The rain kept away from the intermediate class, although it did briefly show intentions, but we still got a show of nearly Moto3 proportions. Championship leader Franco Morbidelli always looked like the favourite for the win, but the trophy doesn’t tell the story of what appeared to be an uncertain victory for the Italian.

But Morbidelli kept his cool to make a move when it mattered, relegating Tom Luthi to second position on the final lap, with third place decided, strangely, after the flag waved. Takaaki Nakagami put in a sweet move on Pasini into the final chicane, the Italian running wide and keeping third place despite going outside of track limits. He was penalized and Nakagami got to enjoy the cava on the podium.

It always looked like a showdown between the main championship contenders, a brilliant start for Luthi putting him in front of Morbidelli. But it wasn’t to last, the Swiss rider making a mistake and finding himself fourth by the end of the first lap. Morbidelli was pushing for a gap once back in the lead but Oliveira was pressuring him from behind, the Portuguese rider taking over the lead on lap five. Nakagami tried his luck too, but found himself going backwards instead, back to fifth by lap six.

Starting seventh, Alex Marquez got past Fabio Quartararo, Pasini and Xavier Simeon on the first lap, his next mission to catch up with Luthi. Once that mission was checked off, he went in pursuit of his teammate, that task impeded somewhat by Pasini reminding him that he’s still around. Once past Marquez, the Italian also got the best of his compatriot and taking the responsibility of catching Oliveira. A slipstream at the end of lap seven helped his cause, Pasini taking the lead as some minuscule spots of rain started appearing on the cameras.

Behind Pasini, a seven-man group was trying to stop him from building a gap at the front: Nakagami, Morbidelli, Luthi, Oliveira, Marquez and Simeon joined by Hafizh Syahrin, probably prompted by the mere smell of rain.

Nakagami took his turn in the lead on lap nine, his rivals holding station for a while, despite most of them posting red and orange sectors all throughout. While they all sniffed around each other to no decisive result, the rain flag came out on lap fifteen, prompting some action in case the race was going to be stopped by heavy rain.

The rain never seriously arrived but Pasini had started to lose ground, moving from second to fifth. Morbidelli saw his chance and set off for Nakagami while leaving his rivals behind, Luthi eight tenths of a second behind the duo and with Marquez, Pasini and Oliveira on his tail.

The world championship leader challenged for the lead with seven laps to go but Nakagami wouldn’t let him go just yet, back in the lead a few corners later. That squabble brought the chasers back into contention, Luthi past Morbidelli too, who fell into the clutches of his teammate.

Luthi was the next rider attempting to dethrone Nakagami, eventually picking him up with five laps to go, the top six riders split by hundredths of a second and exchanging positions quicker that I would be able to mention. In true Moto3 fashion, Nakagami went from first to fifth within two laps, leaving Pasini and Morbidelli to reel in the Swiss leader. Meanwhile, Marquez reached his limit and was dropping back on the penultimate lap, the Spaniard settling for sixth position in the end.

Morbidelli waited for the final half a lap to make his move and kept Luthi behind to the line as all eyes were on the close battle for third. With Pasini relegated to fourth place, Oliveira took fifth, Simeon seventh and Syahrin eighth – the Malaysian nearly out of it after a big moment in the beginning of the race. Some good points went to an improved Quartararo in nine position, followed by Pecco Bagnaia in tenth.

The victory extends Morbidelli’s lead in the championship to twelve points over Luthi, Marquez thirty-five points down on his teammate ahead of the German round of the world championship.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 39'39.120
2 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex +0.158
3 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex +0.630
4 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex +0.394
5 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM +0.657
6 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex +2.774
7 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex +6.967
8 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex +7.027
9 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex +11.089
10 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex +11.623
11 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter +14.196
12 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter +14.521
13 41 Brad BINDER KTM +18.210
14 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Kalex +18.926
15 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex +21.767
16 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 +22.008
17 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex +22.179
18 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex +32.097
19 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up +32.231
20 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex +40.349
21 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex +44.830
22 49 Axel PONS Kalex +48.509
23 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex +57.518
24 57 Edgar PONS Kalex +1'06.824
25 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter +1'24.146
26 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 3 Laps
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  32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 13 Laps
  11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 19 Laps
  10 Luca MARINI Kalex 23 Laps
  24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 23 Laps


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2017 Assen MotoGP Race Result: Like A Kid In His Playground


With Assen’s capricious weather, it was a journey into the unknown for the MotoGP class, with no one doing anything near race distance on any of the tyres. Sprinkle in the prospect of rain scheduled for the final few laps and Valentino Rossi’s tenth victory in Assen becomes even more impressive. Or should I say predictable, to a degree, knowing the Italian's prowess for such conditions? The highly celebrated win means he can now add a new record to his portfolio, for the longest winning career across all classes.

His main challenger throughout the race proved to be compatriot Danilo Petrucci, who got as close as six hundredths of a second to having to officially change his name as promised in the press conference. The Pramac rider took second place, while the battle for the final podium position provided the entertainment on the last lap, Marc Marquez snatching it for four hundredths of a second.

Poleman Johann Zarco kept his position at the start, dragging Marquez right behind him, as Rossi blasted past Petrucci into third position. Zarco was already making the most of his favoured soft tyre combination and pushing hard to build a gap in the lead. He had six tenths in hand by the end of lap one but the gap did not get any bigger, the world champion riding hard to keep the Frenchman within reach. With Marquez, Rossi and Petrucci in tow, a gap was slowly starting to appear to the chasing pack, led by Scott Redding, one second between the groups by lap three.

The chasing group was not making great progress in bringing down that gap, Redding leading Andrea Iannone, Andrea Dovizioso, Alvaro Bautista, Maverick Viñales, Cal Crutchlow, Jack Miller, Aleix Espargaro and Dani Pedrosa. Viñales and Pedrosa could not make great progress at the start either, the Yamaha man a steady tenth place as the Honda rider was losing places in the first few laps. The championship leader started picking his rivals up to get past Crutchlow and Bautista and into eighth position by lap eight. Former teammates Dovizioso and Iannone were engaged in a fight of their own in front of him, before the Suzuki started once again to go backwards.

Meanwhile, the four-man runaway group at the front were keeping their powder dry, over two seconds in front of the pursuers but not making any moves. That lasted until lap eleven, when Rossi made it past Marquez into the first corner, putting the same move on Zarco one lap later. Zarco was not one to let it go that easily, the Frenchman bumping into Rossi as the Italian ran wide and left him a small gap. Marquez benefited from the incident to get past Zarco, Petrucci following him through soon after.

Behind them, Viñales got into the rhythm we expected from him and found himself leading the chasing pack, with three seconds to make up. The mission looked doable until, on lap thirteen, the world championship leader crashed out in the final chicane, Dovizioso only just avoiding him and inheriting not only his fifth place but also the championship lead.

With eleven laps to go, Marquez appeared to be slowing down slightly, overtaken by Petrucci in turn five as Rossi was trying to build a gap at the front, seven tenths splitting the Italians. The gap turned to one full second one lap later, the Yamaha man the only one in the front group on the hard rear tyre, Petrucci and Marquez on the medium and Zarco on the soft.

With eight laps to go, drops of rain started to fall and the pitlane was open to allow for the riders to switch bikes. In the changing conditions, Dovizioso made up a big gap to catch up with Zarco and Marquez, the Frenchman the first to enter the pits and gamble on incoming rain. It was a losing bet, the rain never hard enough, so the poleman had to settle for fourteenth place.

Meanwhile, Rossi lost his advantage and was under pressure from Petrucci and Dovizioso, the Italian podium battle seeing Petrucci finally past Rossi with five laps to go, while Marquez was biding his time close behind them. The world champion had a go at Dovizioso soon after, the Italian having none of it, the two rapidly losing touch with the leaders and getting caught by Crutchlow.

Rossi went back on top with three laps to go but not really shaking off his compatriot, as some more drizzle made its presence known on the final three laps. Behind them, Crutchlow was making his case in the battle for third, the Brit trading blows with Marquez, the battle down to the line and a matter of centimetres separating them in the end.

Crutchlow didn’t quite make the podium, only eight hundredths of a second separating him from Dovizioso in fifth place. Miller had a steady ride into sixth, eighteen seconds down on the new championship leader, followed by an impressive Karel Abraham in seventh place and an equally deserving Loris Baz in eighth position.

Iannone salvaged a ninth place for Suzuki, ahead of the Espragaro brothers, with Aleix getting bragging rights in tenth place. The Hondas of Tito Rabat and Pedrosa followed them, the factory rider going backwards as soon as drops showed on his visor. Jorge Lorenzo got the final point after a decent start was negated by his trip into the pits when the rain appeared to come.

After a terrible start, Jonas Folger’s day got worse, the German crashing out on lap ten to leave the field with no riders to have finished all races in the points.

No such problems for Dovizioso, who now leads the world championship by four points, taking over from Viñales. The Spaniard stays second, with his teammate’s victory placing Rossi third, seven points down on Dovizioso. Marquez is a further four points down, Pedrosa losing a bit of ground, twenty-eight points behind the leader.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 41'41.149
2 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati +0.063
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda +5.201
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda +5.243
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati +5.327
6 43 Jack MILLER Honda +23.390
7 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati +36.982
8 76 Loris BAZ Ducati +37.058
9 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki +37.166
10 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia +1'01.929
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM +1'09.384
12 53 Tito RABAT Honda +1'10.121
13 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda +1'10.344
14 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha +1'35.655
15 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1 Lap
16 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1 Lap
17 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1 Lap
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  45 Scott REDDING Ducati 2 Laps
  19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 9 Laps
  38 Bradley SMITH KTM 13 Laps
  25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 15 Laps
  94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 17 Laps
  22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 18 Laps


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