MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2017 Sepang Moto3 FP2: Canet A Threat In The Wet

Aron Canet dominated a wet Moto3 FP2 Friday at the Sepang circuit with a 2'28.807 lap that put him more than half a second up on the field. More worriesome for the rest of the paddock should the rain continue through the weekend was Canet's consistent top pace on the wet, 5.5 km (3.4 mi.) track through the entire practice.

Very little separated Bo Bendsneyder (2nd) and Nicolo Bulega (3rd) for the next two spots as rain fell for much of the session. Niccolo Antonelli completed FP2 seven-tenths off the top pace, closely chased by Enea Bastianini (5th). Adam Norrodin at sixth was one of two Malaysians in the top 10 at their home track. John McPhee, who crashed late, still managed seventh. 

Already crowned 2017 Moto3 Champion Joan Mir, who was fastest in the dry during FP1, was off the wet pace, nearly one second back. Local wildcard Kasma Kasmayudin (9th) provided the bulk of the entertainment in the final Friday practice with a mid session, pass-and-repass battle with Romano Fenati (15th). 

Manuel Pagliani rounded out the top 10. Mir still leads the field with combined time from FP1 and FP2. 


Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'28.807    
2 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 2'29.321 0.514 / 0.514
3 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'29.361 0.554 / 0.040
4 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 2'29.515 0.708 / 0.154
5 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'29.616 0.809 / 0.101
6 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'29.655 0.848 / 0.039
7 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'29.712 0.905 / 0.057
8 36 Joan MIR Honda 2'29.773 0.966 / 0.061
9 9 Kasma Daniel KASMAYUDIN Honda 2'29.776 0.969 / 0.003
10 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 2'29.808 1.001 / 0.032
11 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'29.882 1.075 / 0.074
12 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'30.009 1.202 / 0.127
13 95 Jules DANILO Honda 2'30.382 1.575 / 0.373
14 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 2'30.416 1.609 / 0.034
15 5 Romano FENATI Honda 2'30.610 1.803 / 0.194
16 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'30.627 1.820 / 0.017
17 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'30.871 2.064 / 0.244
18 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'31.150 2.343 / 0.279
19 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'31.296 2.489 / 0.146
20 11 Livio LOI Honda 2'31.326 2.519 / 0.030
21 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 2'31.486 2.679 / 0.160
22 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'31.914 3.107 / 0.428
23 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'32.134 3.327 / 0.220
24 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'32.325 3.518 / 0.191
25 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 2'32.331 3.524 / 0.006
26 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 2'32.648 3.841 / 0.317
27 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'32.707 3.900 / 0.059
28 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 2'33.017 4.210 / 0.310
29 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'35.487 6.680 / 2.470
30 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'35.663 6.856 / 0.176
31 6 Maria HERRERA Mahindra 2'36.581 7.774 / 0.918


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2017 Sepang Moto2 FP1: Oliveira Jumps To The Top

Miguel Oliveira just nipped World Championship points leader Franco Morbidelli to lead FP1 at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia Friday. Championship contender Thomas Luthi stayed in the hunt with a third-best time of 2'06.950, less than a tenth from the top spot. The top three riders in the first practice session -- who also are the top three riders in the standings -- were separated by less than a tenth of a second. 

Oliveira won last week's contest at Philip Island with Morbidelli in third and Luthi well back in 10th. Luthi, who is 29 points behind Morbidelli, must finish at least five points in front of the Moto2 leader to keep his title hopes alive for the final race in Spain on Nov. 12.

Takaaki Nakagami set a fast final lap to climb into fourth and bump Mattia Pasini into fifth. Isaac Vinales indicated a possible return to form with a sixth-fastest showing while Alex Marquez (7th) remained slightly off the pace at seven-tenths behind.


Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'06.856    
2 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 2'06.929 0.073 / 0.073
3 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'06.950 0.094 / 0.021
4 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 2'07.086 0.230 / 0.136
5 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'07.284 0.428 / 0.198
6 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 2'07.342 0.486 / 0.058
7 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'07.620 0.764 / 0.278
8 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 2'07.701 0.845 / 0.081
9 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 2'07.709 0.853 / 0.008
10 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'07.902 1.046 / 0.193
11 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 2'07.925 1.069 / 0.023
12 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 2'07.970 1.114 / 0.045
13 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'07.972 1.116 / 0.002
14 49 Axel PONS Kalex 2'08.025 1.169 / 0.053
15 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 2'08.086 1.230 / 0.061
16 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 2'08.333 1.477 / 0.247
17 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 2'08.433 1.577 / 0.100
18 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 2'08.659 1.803 / 0.226
19 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'08.692 1.836 / 0.033
20 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'08.713 1.857 / 0.021
21 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'08.784 1.928 / 0.071
22 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 2'08.840 1.984 / 0.056
23 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 2'08.854 1.998 / 0.014
24 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 2'09.044 2.188 / 0.190
25 15 Alex DE ANGELIS Kalex 2'09.083 2.227 / 0.039
26 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 2'09.391 2.535 / 0.308
27 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'09.485 2.629 / 0.094
28 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'09.627 2.771 / 0.142
29 26 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Kalex 2'09.742 2.886 / 0.115


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2017 Sepang MotoGP FP1: Dovizioso Strikes Back

Andrea Dovizioso set the fastest time in FP1 with a 2'00.671 in damp-to-drying conditions at the Sepang circuit Friday in Malaysia. Alvaro Bautista, who was quick all session in the heat and humidity, earned the second-fastest Ducati lap, just in front of Yamaha's Johann Zarco (3rd).

Dovizioso, who finished 13th last week at Phillip Island, must beat Marc Marquez by at least nine points to keep the championship fight alive for the 18th and final round in Valencia. Points-leader Marquez won last week's race in Australia and now leads the championship by 33 points with two races to go. 

Maverick Vinales was two-tenths off the top time in fourth as some riders in FP1 switched to new tires late in order to grab an insurance fast lap should rain affect subsequent practices. Championship leader Marquez, who led much of the session, was pushed late fifth late and was unable to respond. Cal Crutchlow (6th) took the top spot in a tight pack of the 2'01s followed by Karel Abraham (7th), Hector Barbera (8th) and Dani Pedrosa (9th). 

Jorge Lorenzo, who set the circuit record in 2015, finished the session in 10th. 


Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev. 
1 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'00.671    
2 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 2'00.742 0.071 / 0.071
3 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 2'00.807 0.136 / 0.065
4 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 2'00.903 0.232 / 0.096
5 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'00.950 0.279 / 0.047
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'01.060 0.389 / 0.110
7 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'01.077 0.406 / 0.017
8 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 2'01.147 0.476 / 0.070
9 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'01.162 0.491 / 0.015
10 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 2'01.189 0.518 / 0.027
11 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'01.560 0.889 / 0.371
12 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'01.662 0.991 / 0.102
13 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 2'01.740 1.069 / 0.078
14 43 Jack MILLER Honda 2'01.803 1.132 / 0.063
15 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'01.831 1.160 / 0.028
16 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 2'02.416 1.745 / 0.585
17 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 2'02.469 1.798 / 0.053
18 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 2'03.056 2.385 / 0.587
19 60 Michael VAN DER MARK Yamaha 2'03.473 2.802 / 0.417
20 53 Tito RABAT Honda 2'03.531 2.860 / 0.058
21 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 2'03.534 2.863 / 0.003
22 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 2'04.381 3.710 / 0.847


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2017 Sepang Moto3 FP1: The Champion Sets The Pace

Newly crowned Moto3 champion Joan Mir grabbed the top time in the first practice Friday at the Sepang curcuit in Malaysia with a 2'13.129 lap with two minutes left in FP1. Adam Norrodin set the second-best lap with no time remaining in practice. The Malaysian, in his home race, bumped Livio Loi to third.

Loi, who remains without a contract for 2018, briefly led the dry session. Romano Fenati, who won in Motegi three weeks ago, took fourth, just in front of Enea Bastinini (5th), completing a Honda sweep of the top five slots.

Bo Bendsneyder, grabbed sixth, eight-tenths of a second off the session's top pace followed by Andrea Migno (7th), Niccolo Antonelli (8th) to complete a set of three KTMs in a row. Jorge Martin (9th) and Gabriel Rodrigo rounded out the top 10.


Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.
1 36 Joan MIR Honda 2'13.129  
2 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'13.409 0.280 / 0.280
3 11 Livio LOI Honda 2'13.437 0.308 / 0.028
4 5 Romano FENATI Honda 2'13.581 0.452 / 0.144
5 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'13.728 0.599 / 0.147
6 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 2'13.961 0.832 / 0.233
7 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'14.031 0.902 / 0.070
8 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 2'14.054 0.925 / 0.023
9 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'14.184 1.055 / 0.130
10 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'14.186 1.057 / 0.002
11 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'14.236 1.107 / 0.050
12 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'14.284 1.155 / 0.048
13 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'14.292 1.163 / 0.008
14 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 2'14.597 1.468 / 0.305
15 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 2'14.607 1.478 / 0.010
16 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 2'14.754 1.625 / 0.147
17 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'14.871 1.742 / 0.117
18 95 Jules DANILO Honda 2'14.971 1.842 / 0.100
19 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 2'15.110 1.981 / 0.139
20 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'15.122 1.993 / 0.012
21 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 2'15.162 2.033 / 0.040
22 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'15.164 2.035 / 0.002
23 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'15.270 2.141 / 0.106
24 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'15.490 2.361 / 0.220
25 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'15.622 2.493 / 0.132
26 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'15.699 2.570 / 0.077
27 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'15.714 2.585 / 0.015
28 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'15.756 2.627 / 0.042
29 9 Kasma Daniel KASMAYUDIN Honda 2'16.430 3.301 / 0.674
30 6 Maria HERRERA Mahindra 2'16.759 3.630 / 0.329
31 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 2'17.852 4.723 / 1.093


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Federico Caricasulo would not yield.

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 40'49.772
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha +1.799
3 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha +1.826
4 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha +1.842
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda +3.845
6 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki +3.871
7 43 Jack MILLER Honda +5.619
8 42 Alex RINS Suzuki +12.208
9 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM +16.251
10 38 Bradley SMITH KTM +16.262
11 45 Scott REDDING Ducati +21.652
12 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda +21.668
13 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati +21.692
14 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati +26.110
15 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati +26.168
16 53 Tito RABAT Honda +26.252
17 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati +36.377
18 76 Loris BAZ Ducati +39.654
19 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia +40.400
20 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati +45.901
21 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati +48.768
22 23 Broc PARKES Yamaha +57.711
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2017 Phillip Island Moto2 Race Result: Orange Is The New Blue


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 36 Joan MIR Honda 24'51.490
2 11 Livio LOI Honda +0.351
3 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda +0.359
4 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM +0.388
5 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda +0.408
6 5 Romano FENATI Honda +0.808
7 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda +0.834
8 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda +1.291
9 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda +3.648
10 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra +4.005
11 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM +4.036
12 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot +4.085
13 65 Philipp OETTL KTM +4.251
14 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM +6.004
15 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra +6.540
16 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM +19.418
17 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda +25.293
18 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda +40.800
19 6 Maria HERRERA Mahindra +40.858
20 27 Kaito TOBA Honda +43.698
21 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM +1'38.853
22 70 Tom TOPARIS KTM 1 Lap
23 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1 Lap
24 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 3 Laps
  44 Aron CANET Honda 5 Laps
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  4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 6 Laps
  12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 8 Laps
  95 Jules DANILO Honda 10 Laps
  21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 11 Laps
  23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 14 Laps
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  17 John MCPHEE Honda 0 Lap


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



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