MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2018 Valencia Moto3 FP1 Result: No Wet Worries For Atiratphuvapat


Despite rain and lightning teaming up overnight, the first day of action for the final round of the season did see some motorbikes hit the track straight away. The wet surface, serious drizzle and darkening clouds did not allow for particularly competitive times early on but nearly the entire lightweight class pack braved the conditions.

The fastest of the lot proved to be Nakarin Atiratphuvapat, the Thai rider starting off possibly his last grand prix in the world championship in the best way, at the top of the timesheets by the time the checkered flag waved the end of FP1. Still getting over the disappointment of the runner up championship position, Marco Bezzecchi picked up the lead for the final third of the session, before he was dethroned by the lead Honda Team Asia rider and had to settle for a much less painful second.

Andrea Migno found his way in the top three as the final rider within half a second of the leader and two tenths ahead of early leader Tony Arbolino. Raul Fernandez had an early stint of his own before dropping to fifth, while Alonso Lopez completed the top six with the last time within a second of Atiratphuvapat.

Phillip Oettl and Darryn Binder were over a second back, while enthusiastic Red Bull Rookies champion Can Oncu dropped to ninth after spending a significant portion of the session in the top three. John McPhee completed the top ten and also completed the list of tumbles for the morning. All the gravel rash of the session came in turn 12, with Enea Bastianini opening the recital before Vicente Perez, Binder, Aron Canet and McPhee took the stage with slow-motion-worthy but harmless incidents.

The recently crowned world champion Jorge Martin allowed himself a longer siesta and never swapped the cap for a helmet – the only rider not to sample the likely conditions for the rest of the weekend.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'52.782    
2 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'53.134 0.352 0.352
3 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'53.223 0.441 0.089
4 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'53.429 0.647 0.206
5 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 1'53.691 0.909 0.262
6 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'53.754 0.972 0.063
7 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'54.101 1.319 0.347
8 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'54.111 1.329 0.010
9 61 Can ONCU KTM 1'54.288 1.506 0.177
10 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'54.424 1.642 0.136
11 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'54.457 1.675 0.033
12 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'54.486 1.704 0.029
13 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'54.565 1.783 0.079
14 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'54.691 1.909 0.126
15 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'54.900 2.118 0.209
16 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM 1'55.179 2.397 0.279
17 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'55.277 2.495 0.098
18 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'55.306 2.524 0.029
19 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'55.378 2.596 0.072
20 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'55.386 2.604 0.008
21 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'55.415 2.633 0.029
22 81 Stefano NEPA KTM 1'55.507 2.725 0.092
23 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'55.769 2.987 0.262
24 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'55.797 3.015 0.028
25 31 Celestino VIETTI KTM 1'55.979 3.197 0.182
26 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'56.524 3.742 0.545
27 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'57.066 4.284 0.542
28 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'57.214 4.432 0.148
  26 Izam IKMAL Honda 2'01.303 8.521 4.089
  88 Jorge MARTIN Honda      
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Aragon WorldSBK Test: Kawasaki's Rea Fastest As Ducati Panigale V4R Debuts


A new era dawned for Ducati at the Motorland Aragon circuit on Wednesday, as the Panigale V4R took to the track for the first time in the hands of the riders who will be racing it. Chaz Davies of the factory-backed Ducati team and Michael Ruben Rinaldi of Barni Racing put the first serious laps on the bike after Michele Pirro has brought it to this point during testing. 

It was a cautious start for the Ducatis, Davies focusing on the basics you have to figure out with any new bike, such as ergonomics and basic setup. The Welshman put in 61 laps on race rubber getting the V4 R dialed in and to his tastes. He ended the day with a lap of 1'51.180, just a couple of hundredths behind Alex Lowes on the Pata Yamaha, a solid showing on the bike's first outing.

But both Lowes and Davies were a long way behind Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea. The reigning world champion took the latest iteration of the ZX-10RR out, putting in 72 laps and smashing the field, lapping nearly a second and a half quicker than the competition. Granted, the latest Kawasaki is only a minor upgrade from the 2018 bike, but Rea's pace from the off remains impressive.

Testing continues at Aragon on Thursday, before the teams pack up and head south to Jerez, for the next test in 10 days time.


Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1:49.668    
2 22 Alex Lowes Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:51.157 1.489 1.489
3 7 Chaz Davies Ducati Panigale V4R 1:51.180 1.512 0.023
4 91 Leon Haslam Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1:51.479 1.811 0.299
5 21 Michael Ruben Rinaldi Ducati Panigale V4R 1:51.656 1.988 0.177
6 60 Michael van der Mark Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:51.852 2.184 0.196

Press releases from Kawasaki and Ducati appear below:

The Racing - Ducati team debuts on track with the Panigale V4 R at Aragon for a two-day test with Chaz Davies

Less than three weeks after drawing the curtains on the 2018 Championship, the Racing - Ducati team officially kicked off its 2019 campaign at Aragon (Spain) for a two-day private test with Chaz Davies. The test also has a historical meaning, as it marks the official debut of the WorldSBK-spec Panigale V4 R, the latest racing model by Ducati, recently unveiled during the Ducati World Première and presented to the general public at EICMA in Milan (Italy).

Davies focused his work on getting progressively more comfortable with the new bike, fine-tuning the ergonomics according to his needs and gathering plenty of useful data for the development process. The Welshman completed 61 laps in total, with a personal best of 1:51.180. The Racing - Ducati team will resume action tomorrow with Davies for another day of testing ahead of its first collective outing, with Alvaro Bautista alongside Davies, at Jerez (Spain) on November 26 and 27.

Chaz Davies ( Racing - Ducati #7) – 1:51.180

"It was really exciting to take the Panigale V4 R out on track for the first time, it felt like Christmas, when you get a wonderful new toy to play with. Usually it takes me a bit of time to learn and understand a new bike, but honestly it felt the opposite today. I was really comfortable straight away, after the first out lap I felt like I wanted to push immediately, which is pretty cool. Overall, it was a really positive day, we've made a lot of steps forward and finished most of the work on the ergonomics. We have plenty of new things to evaluate and lots of data to process. The main goal today was to get progressively more comfortable with the bike and start tailoring it to our needs. Tomorrow, we'll keep the same approach, working on the basics and refining little things before we start to push harder and understand the full potential of the bike a little bit better."

Marco Zambenedetti, Technical Coordinator on track for Ducati Corse

"We're happy with the way the first day of testing went. We managed to complete our work program and clocked the first laps, gathering very positive feedback regarding the power delivery and range of use of the new engine. Now we'll keep moving forward with the development and work on the base setup, both here and in Jerez, where Alvaro Bautista will join Chaz in the garage."

Winter Testing Begins For KRT

New KRT riding line-up Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam will start their preparations for the forthcoming 2019 FIM Superbike World Championship season with a two-day winter test at Motorland Aragon in Spain between the 14th and the 15th of November.

The headline news for this test, sharing joint-billing with the adoption of Kawasaki’s 2018 BSB champion Haslam alongside 2018 WorldSBK champion Jonathan Rea, is the appearance of the 2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR on track in full WorldSBK trim.

The new Kawasaki contender will be fielded alongside some of its main 2019 rivals at Motorland and at subsequent tests, before the first round of the series in Australia on late February.

The latest 1000cc member of the Ninja family, launched as a road bike recently, features a higher-revving stock engine than the 2018 version plus the use of finger follower valve technology. The official Kawasaki WorldSBK team now embarks on its series of winter tests aiming to continue the incredible run of winning form that KRT have been able to demonstrate for several years at the very top level of production-derived racing.

With a new bike and a new riding pairing for the forthcoming season, KRT will not be short of work to do and tasks to complete both on and off track at Motorland.

The Aragon track sessions will be followed by another two day test in November of 2018, at Jerez de la Frontera, between the 26th and the 27th.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “Generally at this time of the year I have been really tired and looking forward to some weeks of rest, but even at this part of the season I have arrived with high energy. I feel excited to go testing again. We have got a new specification Ninja ZX-10RR to get our hands on and this will be a great shakedown test to understand the bike. Of course, with changes we need to understand how that affects not just the engine, but also the chassis, and work accordingly. The difficult part about this time of year is to try to get good consistent weather. We had a few days off after Qatar where I stayed and hung out with the team, enjoying our 2018 success together - but now it is about turning our attention to 2019. I am excited to get the guys back together and get stuck into our winter test mode. That is, trying to give a consistent effort throughout the tests, giving some good feedback to my mechanics, technicians and all the engineers in Japan; to just try to understand the bike and work from there.”

Leon Haslam, stated: “I am already in Motorland doing some Supermoto riding with all my new guys in the team. I cannot wait to get onto my Ninja ZX-10RR. I am like a kid in a sweet shop to get on the bike for the first time! The weather is looking changeable on the two days that we will test but it would be nice to have a two dry days of testing. We also have a test at Jerez at the end of the month as well. I want to approach things in a calm way but at the same time I am really excited just to get going.”

Guim Roda, KRT Team Manager, stated: “The main point in Motorland is to give a welcome to Leon Haslam. It will be the first time Leon has jumped on the bike and we will see his potential and start to work to adapt the bike in the best possible way to his needs. And it is for him to start to put himself in the mode of a KRT rider, to work hard and always to push the limits. Let’s see where we are in this starting point and see how much we can improve and develop toward the first race in Australia. With Johnny, we start a new season here. We cannot think about the success of 2018. For sure 2019 will be a complex year because year-by-year the pressure on him is more and more. Everybody expects him to continue winning on the same level he has been doing until now, and this is not easy. The others are pushing and pushing. Ducati will arrive with a new bike, BMW is arriving with a good bike too. Honda is trying to organise everything to be stronger, Yamaha for sure will be even more competitive. So we have to re-invent ourselves and to find a way for Johnny to improve his possibilities, which is not easy. So we have inside a lot of pressure to keep the same level and that is one of the main points to keep focused on. Of course we are going to work a lot to adapt to a new steps on the Ninja ZX-10RR model. We need to put that all in place in the winter time and find the best equilibrium to give the best tools to Johnny and Leon to be ready to fight in round one in Australia, with the other manufacturers and riders. So that is the target. Let’s see how it works.”


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2018 Sepang MotoGP Race: The Rich Get Richer

Marc Marquez took his ninth win of the season at a hot, dry Sepang circuit Sunday when Valentino Rossi crashed out of the race lead with four laps to go. The Rossi crash vaulted the current world champion into the top spot on the podium and guaranteed Andrea Dovizioso (6th) second in the championship with one race remaining.

Alex Rins passed Johann Zarco late in the contest to take second with the French rider settling for the final podium position. Rossi's Yamaha teammate made up for a lousy qualifying and grid position (11th) to take fourth. Dani Pedrosa matched his best finish of the year with fifth in the second-to-last race of his MotoGP career. Andrea Dovizioso finished as the top Ducati in sixth after winning the Malaysian race the past two years.

Alvaro Bautista had his fourth top-ten finish in a row with seventh. Jack Miller could not maintain his early pace -- he held third at the end of the first lap -- and dropped into eighth by race's end. Danilo Petrucci completed the mid-pack four Ducati formation with ninth. And perhaps the most popular rider of on the grid, local son Hafizh Syahrin, climbed into the top ten after starting at the back of the grid.

The Race

Although the race didn't end well for Rossi, the start was just the opposite. The Yamaha facory rider rocketed out from second on the grid to grab the holeshot and immediately take the lead. It turned out to be a Yamaha 1-2 at the outset as Zarco dove into second after starting on pole. In third place was Miller, climbing from his starting position of sixth on the grid. 

But Marquez, who started seventh after receiving a penalty for blocking during qualifying, was making quick work of the riders in front of him. With Iannone on his tail at Turn 15, Marquez bobbled and the Suzuki rider, trying to avoid Marquez, crashed out of the race.  One lap later at the same corner, Marquez dove inside Miller to climb into third. With 18 laps to go, Marquez began hunting Zarco who had opened up a small gap from second. Deep in the pack, Vinales began to make his move.

Two laps later, Rossi remained in command. He held nearly a half-second lead on Zarco who was riding a defensive line to keep Marquez at bay. But one lap later, Marquez moved past the satellite Yamaha at Turn 14 and set his sights on Rossi. But then something unsual began to happen; Rossi began to open a gap on Marquez. It grew to seven-tenths. Then eight. 

In the middle of the pack, Rins started to climb through the order as Miller began drifting back. Rins hunted down Dovizioso in fifth and then Pedrosa in fourth. With 13 laps remaining, Vinales began setting lap times equal to the leaders and climbed into seventh. 

At the front, Rossi was holding Marquez off, maintaining a six-to-seven tenths gap between the pair. Marquez, not making any headway, backed off slightly on his pace for three laps and Rossi's lead grew to 1.3 seconds. Marquez at this point had opened up a one-second gap to Zarco in third. But with five laps remaining, Marquez again turned up the wick, taking a tenth out of Rossi's lead in each sector. 

Still, the race provided some welcome news for the Tuning Fork Company. All four of the Yamahas at Sepang were setting a blistering pace with Syahrin setting some of the quickest laps on the track and climbing into tenth place. Vinales too was on a tear and moving up. With four laps remaining, Marquez had narrowed the gap to Rossi to six tenths.

Rossi, with Marquez closing, lost the rear on his factory Yamaha and crashed at Turn 1 with a six-tenths lead. (He remounted and finished 18th.) Marquez, four seconds clear of Zarco settled into the lead. Rins took second from Zarco near the end of the race to grab the middle podium spot. 


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 40'32.372
2 42 Alex RINS Suzuki +1.898
3 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha +2.474
4 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha +4.667
5 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda +6.190
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati +11.248
7 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati +15.611
8 43 Jack MILLER Ducati +19.009
9 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati +22.921
10 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha +26.919
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia +29.503
12 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda +30.933
13 6 Stefan BRADL Honda +35.322
14 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda +37.912
15 38 Bradley SMITH KTM +39.675
16 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda +41.820
17 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati +43.978
18 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha +58.288
19 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia +1'00.191
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  44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 4 Laps
  51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 15 Laps
  17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 17 Laps
    Not Finished 1st Lap    
  29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 0 Lap
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2018 Sepang Moto2 Race Result: I'd Like to Thank the Academy...

Luca Marini won his first-ever Moto2 race in dominant fashion and Franceso Bagnaia's seized third-place to clinch the Moto2 World Championship Sunday.  Race runner-up Miguel Oliveira's championship bid ended with Bagnaia's podium at the Sepang circuit. 

The Marini win coupled with the Bagnaia championship coincidentally made for good afternoon (at least initially) for MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi; Marini is his half brother and both he and Bagnaia are teammates in Rossi's Moto2 SKY Racing Team VR46 racing team and are graduates of his riders' academy.

Mattia Pasini, who is fighting for a contract next year, grabbed fourth in front of Fabio Quartararo (5th). 

Lorenzo Baldassarri climbed from his 13th place on the grid to finish sixth, holding off pole-sitter Alex Marquez (7th). Marquez, who set the Sepang lap record when he took pole position Saturday couldn't match his previous speed in the race. The winner at Philip Island, Brad Binder (8th), didn't challenge for the win in Sepang. Marcel Schrotter (9th) and rookie Joan Mir completed the top 10.

The Race

Oliveira's sizeable gap to Bagnaia -- 36 points at the start of the contest -- made an outright win nearly a necessity. After a scrum at the first corner that saw Quartararo run wide and Marini slip to the front, Oliveira slid into second. But right on his rear wheel was Bagnaia who swept into second from sixth on the grid. Bagnaia made quick work of his rival to take second a lap later.

Marini opened a one-second gap to second place where Bagnaia had settled comfortably. He had no need to challenge his teammate; a top-three finish would seal the championship for the Italian points leader. In the middle of the pack, Marquez began to push his way through, climbing to fifth after getting swamped at the start. 

But with 10 laps to go, Oliveira made his move to challenge Bagnaia, passing his rival for second. But he could make no impression on Marini who was riding the best race of his career. And Oliveira could do nothing about the man behind him. Bagnaia could hold that position to the end and take the championship. 

Marini and Oliveira began to open a gap to Bagnaia. But with seven laps remaining, Bagnaia began to set some of the fastest laps of the race, keeping his third position well in hand. The top three riders would not change for the remainder of the contest with the VR46 riders achiveiving three firsts: Marini a maiden win; Bagnaia's first championship and the first championship for the team founded by Rossi. 


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 38'25.689
2 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM +1.194
3 42 Francesco BAGNAIA, Moto2 World Champion Kalex +3.020
4 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex +4.497
5 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up +5.250
6 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex +5.305
7 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex +7.690
8 41 Brad BINDER KTM +8.943
9 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex +9.687
10 36 Joan MIR Kalex +18.547
11 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex +18.816
12 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex +19.739
13 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex +21.177
14 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM +21.960
15 22 Sam LOWES KTM +26.875
16 24 Simone CORSI Kalex +28.515
17 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex +28.802
18 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS +29.791
19 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex +30.557
20 57 Edgar PONS Speed Up +31.069
21 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS +38.430
22 95 Jules DANILO Kalex +42.930
23 30 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Tech 3 +57.507
24 32 Isaac VIÑALES Suter +57.910
25 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex +1'03.737
26 50 Rafid Topan SUCIPTO Suter +2'04.066
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  40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 10 Laps
  66 Niki TUULI Kalex 11 Laps
  45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 11 Laps
  87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 13 Laps
  18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 13 Laps
  27 Iker LECUONA KTM 16 Laps
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2018 Sepang Moto3 Race Result: A Fabulous Parting Gift

Jorge Martin won the race and the Moto3 World Championship at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia after mid-race battle with championship contender Marco Bezzecchi. Martin, who has 11 pole positions with seven race wins on the years, finished the contest with 240 points, a title-clinching, 26-point lead with one race to go in the 2018 season. It was his final year to claim a Moto3 chapionship; the Spaniard heads to the Moto2 championship next year.

Bezzecchi, who got the holeshot and led the race off-and-on for much of the first 10 laps, needed to finish fourth or higher for the title to remain undecided into final round round in Valencia. But he was swamped by the charging pack on the final lap and finished fifth at the line. Lorenzo Dalla Porta grabbed second after a race-long battle with Bezzecchi. Enea Bastianini took third and in doing so, became the most succesful Moto3 rider in history. Albert Areas who spent the tight contest with the lead pack just beat Bezzecchi to the line for fourth. 

Fabio DiGiannantonio, who before the contest also had distant, mathematical shot at the championship, finished sixth, his title dreams over when teammate Martin won. Daren Binder took seventh, three-tenths in front of Tony Arbolino (8th). Tatsuki Suzuki (9th) and Niccolo Antonelli rounded out the top 10.

The Race

Marco Bezzecchi had little choice but to go out fast. While he didn't need to win to keep the championship alive, he did need to finish high in the order and perhaps force Martin into a mistake. To that end, Bezzecchi got the holeshot into Turn 1 but with Martin right on his tail. Martin didn't seem to have the pace early and began to drop back in the pack, sinking to fourth by the end of the first lap.

And the early trouble continued for Martin. By the end of the next lap, the championship leader had fallen to eighth. At the front, Bezzecchi led but not for much longer. While the championship runner-up had the speed to get to the front, he didn't have the pace to break away. The two long straights at Sepang made that abundantly clear up until the end.

Binder drafted behind Bezzecchi and slingshotted his way to the lead. Bezecchi was dropped to fifth but quickly climbed back into fourth. It was a sequence that would repeat itself until the end of the race with the six leaders trading positions at the end of every straight. Bezecchi would claw his way to the front, only to get swamped by the following pack headed into either Turn 15 or Turn 1.

But with 10 laps to go, Martin found his pace and began ticking off some of the quickest laps of the race. He joined the lead group and swept into fifth. One lap later, he took the lead and almost immediately began to open a gap. Bezzecchi, however, was right on his heels. Aaron Canet slipstreamed the lead pair and swept briefly into the lead. Soon after, Canet crashed out at Turn 1.

With three laps remaining, Martin, who already had retaken the lead, began to open a gap. Bezzecchi made a desperate charge to stay with the race leader. With two laps to go, however, Martin had opened a two-second gap. Bezzecchi started the last lap in second place, good enough to keep his championship hopes alive. But the pack swapmed him mid lap. At the finish line his hopes of a fourth-place were dashed at the line by Arenas. 

Martin became the first Red Bull Rookies Cup Champion to win a Moto 3 championship. 


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 88 Jorge MARTIN, Moto3 World Champion Honda 38'34.799
2 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda +3.556
3 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda +3.757
4 75 Albert ARENAS KTM +3.795
5 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM +4.095
6 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda +4.106
7 40 Darryn BINDER KTM +4.232
8 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda +4.704
9 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda +4.707
10 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda +4.715
11 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM +4.727
12 27 Kaito TOBA Honda +5.101
13 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM +6.392
14 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda +7.063
15 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM +7.353
16 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM +7.478
17 76 Makar YURCHENKO Honda +7.626
18 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda +13.843
19 65 Philipp OETTL KTM +19.992
20 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM +26.678
21 81 Stefano NEPA KTM +34.184
22 9 Apiwath WONGTHANANON KTM +34.468
23 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda +1'37.387
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  44 Aron CANET Honda 7 Laps
  72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 11 Laps
  17 John MCPHEE KTM 11 Laps
  10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 11 Laps
  31 Celestino VIETTI KTM 15 Laps
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2018 Sepang MotoGP WUP Result: Vinales Fastest As the Temperature Rises



Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 2'11.476    
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'12.424 0.948 0.948
3 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 2'12.903 1.427 0.479
4 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'13.007 1.531 0.104
5 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 2'13.530 2.054 0.523
6 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 2'13.631 2.155 0.101
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'13.788 2.312 0.157
8 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 2'13.847 2.371 0.059
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 2'13.934 2.458 0.087
10 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'14.305 2.829 0.371
11 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'14.458 2.982 0.153
12 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'14.496 3.020 0.038
13 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'14.587 3.111 0.091
14 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 2'14.625 3.149 0.038
15 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 2'14.940 3.464 0.315
16 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 2'14.978 3.502 0.038
17 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 2'15.743 4.267 0.765
18 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 2'15.932 4.456 0.189
19 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 2'15.952 4.476 0.020
20 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 2'16.048 4.572 0.096
21 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 2'16.141 4.665 0.093
22 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 2'16.218 4.742 0.077
23 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 2'20.917 9.441 4.699
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2018 Sepang Moto2 WUP Result: Locatelli Appears Warmest



Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'23.985    
2 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'24.236 0.251 0.251
3 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'24.286 0.301 0.050
4 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 2'24.617 0.632 0.331
5 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 2'25.103 1.118 0.486
6 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 2'25.155 1.170 0.052
7 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 2'25.211 1.226 0.056
8 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'25.525 1.540 0.314
9 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'25.525 1.540
10 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'25.569 1.584 0.044
11 30 Dimas EKKY PRATAMA Tech 3 2'25.666 1.681 0.097
12 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 2'25.730 1.745 0.064
13 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 2'25.764 1.779 0.034
14 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'25.789 1.804 0.025
15 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'25.819 1.834 0.030
16 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 2'25.934 1.949 0.115
17 22 Sam LOWES KTM 2'26.057 2.072 0.123
18 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 2'26.067 2.082 0.010
19 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 2'26.384 2.399 0.317
20 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'26.414 2.429 0.030
21 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 2'26.428 2.443 0.014
22 36 Joan MIR Kalex 2'26.432 2.447 0.004
23 57 Edgar PONS Speed Up 2'26.451 2.466 0.019
24 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'26.485 2.500 0.034
25 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 2'26.608 2.623 0.123
26 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 2'26.637 2.652 0.029
27 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 2'26.690 2.705 0.053
28 32 Isaac VIÑALES Suter 2'27.088 3.103 0.398
29 50 Rafid Topan SUCIPTO Suter 2'27.414 3.429 0.326
30 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 2'27.488 3.503 0.074
31 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 2'29.370 5.385 1.882
  21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex      
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2018 Sepang Moto3 WUP Result: Canet Clears Out



Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'27.951    
2 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 2'28.235 0.284 0.284
3 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'28.527 0.576 0.292
4 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'28.639 0.688 0.112
5 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'28.687 0.736 0.048
6 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'28.702 0.751 0.015
7 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'28.803 0.852 0.101
8 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 2'28.877 0.926 0.074
9 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'29.090 1.139 0.213
10 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 2'29.231 1.280 0.141
11 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 2'29.233 1.282 0.002
12 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'29.246 1.295 0.013
13 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'29.277 1.326 0.031
14 76 Makar YURCHENKO Honda 2'29.454 1.503 0.177
15 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'29.617 1.666 0.163
16 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'29.697 1.746 0.080
17 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'29.773 1.822 0.076
18 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM 2'29.976 2.025 0.203
19 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'30.163 2.212 0.187
20 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'30.370 2.419 0.207
21 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 2'30.669 2.718 0.299
22 31 Celestino VIETTI KTM 2'30.977 3.026 0.308
23 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'31.069 3.118 0.092
24 9 Apiwath WONGTHANANON KTM 2'31.710 3.759 0.641
25 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 2'31.732 3.781 0.022
26 81 Stefano NEPA KTM 2'31.945 3.994 0.213
27 17 John MCPHEE KTM 2'31.951 4.000 0.006
28 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'33.605 5.654 1.654
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2018 Sepang MotoGP QP Result: Ace of Sprays

Marc Marquez found the silver lining in a grey and wet qualifying session to take pole position by half a second from his nearest competitor at the Sepang Circuit Saturday. Marquez's pole -- the 80th of his racing career -- came early enough in the 15-minute session to give the World Champion enoough time to crash and remount on his second bike before the the end of qualifying.

Johann Zarco, the only other rider to dip into the 2'12s, seized the second spot on the grid as time expired. His last-gasp effort pushed Valentino Rossi into the third spot on the front row for Sunday's race which is expected to be run in the dry. Andrea Iannone starts the second row in fourth place, narrowing topping Andrea Dovizioso (5th) who crashed toward the end of the slippery session. Jack Miller completed the second row after spending much of qualifying near the top of the timesheet.

Danilo Petrucci (7th) heads up the third row, just beating out Alex Rins. Alvaro Bautista -- who along with Aleix Espargaro advanced from an even wetter Q1 -- secured ninth. Dani Pedrosa, who still holds the lap record at the circuit, completed the top 10.

The first qualifying session was delayed for an hour while torrential rain fell across the entire circuit. This forced both sessions to be run later in the afternoon and on full rain tires. Worries about continued afternnon rains prompted organizers to move Sunday's race schedule up by two hours. Look HERE for the new race schedule.


Marc Marquez was handed a six-place grid penalty for obstructing Andrea Iannone. Marquez will start from seventh, everyone back to Jack Miller move up one place. Marquez' pole position still counts towards his pole statistics.


Note: Riders in bold advanced from Q1

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'12.161    
2 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 2'12.709 0.548 0.548
3 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'13.009 0.848 0.300
4 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 2'13.097 0.936 0.088
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'13.183 1.022 0.086
6 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 2'13.274 1.113 0.091
7 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'13.413 1.252 0.139
8 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 2'13.463 1.302 0.050
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 2'14.185 2.024 0.722
10 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'14.443 2.282 0.258
11 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 2'14.856 2.695 0.413
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 2'15.340 3.179 0.484
13 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 2'13.786 0.475 0.451
14 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 2'13.823 0.512 0.037
15 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 2'13.971 0.660 0.148
16 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'14.132 0.821 0.161
17 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 2'14.332 1.021 0.200
18 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 2'14.843 1.532 0.511
19 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 2'14.994 1.683 0.151
20 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 2'15.364 2.053 0.370
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'15.679 2.368 0.315
22 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 2'16.558 3.247 0.879
23 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 2'16.825 3.514 0.267
Retired 81 Jordi TORRES


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2018 Sepang MotoGP FP4 Result: Marquez Tops A Rain-Shortened Session

Marc Marquez set the fastest time of FP4 Saturday just before rain prompted all of the riders to pit for rain tires -- or to wait out the weather. Unfortunately for Maverick Vinales and Karel Abraham rain flag were not visible when both were on on fast laps at the Sepang circuit. The pair both crashed just after the storm began.

While both bikes were heavily damaged, Vinales wasn't hurt and Abraham bruised his hand but is expected to race on Sunday. A handful of riders went back out on rain tires after pitting but there was little time to put more than a couple of laps in as the rain increased. At the time of publication, heavy rain had red-flagged Q1 and delayed it indefinitely.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'00.083    
2 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 2'00.192 0.109 0.109
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'00.295 0.212 0.103
4 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 2'00.346 0.263 0.051
5 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 2'00.503 0.420 0.157
6 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 2'00.614 0.531 0.111
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'00.626 0.543 0.012
8 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 2'00.818 0.735 0.192
9 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'00.829 0.746 0.011
10 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'01.074 0.991 0.245
11 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 2'01.077 0.994 0.003
12 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 2'01.275 1.192 0.198
13 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 2'01.277 1.194 0.002
14 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 2'01.343 1.260 0.066
15 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 2'01.391 1.308 0.048
16 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 2'01.544 1.461 0.153
17 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 2'01.757 1.674 0.213
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'01.818 1.735 0.061
19 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'01.896 1.813 0.078
20 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 2'01.920 1.837 0.024
21 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 2'02.010 1.927 0.090
22 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 2'02.258 2.175 0.248
23 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 2'02.752 2.669 0.494
24 81 Jordi TORRES Ducati 2'02.963 2.880 0.211
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