MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2017 Spielberg MotoGP Race Result: 28 Laps Of Holding Your Breath

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The hills were alive with the sound of relieved sighs as the sun shone down on the riders lining up for the headline act of the day. And what a performance it was. Ducati came to the Ring as the favourites but stumbled on a stubborn world champion that took the fight literally to the flag.

But Spielberg was to remain Italian territory, Andrea Dovizioso playing Marc Marquez at his own game and coming out on top of the rough and tumble. Dani Pedrosa recovered from a third row start to become the privileged spectator of that fight, the Honda veteran settling for the final podium spot.

Poleman Marquez got a decent start but his drive to turn two put front row starter Jorge Lorenzo in prime position on the soft rear tyre. With Marquez taking his time heating up his hard rear option, the Spaniard lost a second to Lorenzo in one lap but only just kept the other factory Ducati at bay.

Third-row starters Valentino Rossi and Pedrosa got past Maverick Viñales after the first few turns, the Spaniard fighting back soon after but making a mistake on lap three and going wide, falling behind the two of them and also behind Johann Zarco. At the front of that mini-group, Rossi was on the charge and catching up with the front row men.

Marquez got up to speed by lap five, closing the gap to his leading compatriot to two tenths of a second, Dovizioso, Rossi and Zarco close behind, Pedrosa slightly further back, Viñales eight tenths behind his fellow Spaniard.

Dovizioso took advantage of a mistake from Marquez to sneak ahead on lap eight as times and positions started settling while the Ducati duo tried to conserve their tyres at the front. That allowed Pedrosa to join the lead group. Viñales was also chipping away at the gap, while the closest group behind them was led by Loris Baz three seconds down the road.

Marquez got back past Dovizioso on lap ten after the Italian returned the favour with a slight mistake of his own taking him wide over the kerbs. The world championship leader then went on to get right on the tail of the other Ducati, whose actual tail was starting to twitch on the degrading soft tyres. The Honda struck after Lorenzo went wide into turn three on lap eleven, the two Spaniards almost touching and Dovizioso profiting to join the party. The Italian going wide in turn four helped Marquez finally get back into the lead.

Behind them, Pedrosa was past Zarco and Rossi on lap thirteen, after the Frenchman fought off the Italian, Rossi losing momentum and going wide, which also put him behind his teammate.

Back at the front, the world champion tried to find some extra tenths on the Ducatis, Dovizioso the only one able to keep up with him halfway through the race, Lorenzo already one second back on his teammate and under fire from Pedrosa. The veteran Honda rider made his move on Lorenzo stick with eleven laps to go, just as Dovizioso made his on Marquez after the Spaniard got a bit too hot in mischievous turn three.

The Ducati held onto the lead for two laps, Marquez sneaking under Dovizioso in turn seven on lap twenty. Behind them, Pedrosa was lapping slightly faster than the lead duo and getting the gap down to seven tenths. Dovizioso was still not letting the world champion get away, glued to the Honda’s rear tyre, the two exchanging positions once again with seven laps to go. Several fairing rubbing moments after, Pedrosa was right back into the fight for the win. The small Spaniard held back to watch the kerfuffle unfold in front of him and started struggling soon after.

Behind the Honda-Ducati top four, Zarco was one second back with ten laps to go and leading the factory Yamahas, neither Viñales nor Rossi making an impression on the satellite rider with a soft tyre combination, the factory bikes being both on the hard rear.

The calm before the storm set in, Marquez as close as can be to the Ducati but getting out of shape in turn one with three laps to go and losing four tenths of a second. Never one to back down, the Spaniard pulled back the advantage by the end of the lap.

Dovizioso was setting a solid pace and closing every door, forcing Marquez to try something on the final lap, but the ambitious sideways lunge in the final turn proved literally oh-so-close but not close enough. The Italian was back in front by the time they made it to the line and found time to scold the daring youngster with a waved arm.

After Pedrosa arrived in a solitary third, Lorenzo crossed the line for fourth position, with Zarco successfully holding off Viñales and Rossi to grab fifth ahead of his factory colleagues. Five seconds down the road, Alvaro Bautista made it past Baz halfway through the race to take eighth spot ahead of the French rider, the top ten completed by an excellent ride from KTM’s test rider and wildcard Mika Kallio.

Being more or less forced into a hard tyre combination, Cal Crutchlow lost ground at the start and had a pretty anonymous race into fifteenth position. Although one point was better than Danilo Petrucci’s day, whose terrible start saw him drop down to tenth and a bad day got worse, the Italian retiring on lap seven due to an issue with the oil pump. Jonas Folger and Pol Espargaro were also early retirees with various brake problems.

Following his breathtaking win, Dovizioso becomes Marquez’s closest challenger in the championship, 16 points behind the world champion. Viñales drops to third, 24 points down on the leader, while teammate Rossi follows him with a 33-point disadvantage on Marquez. Pedrosa is still fifth, only two points behind Rossi.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 39'43.323
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda +0.176
3 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda +2.661
4 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati +6.663
5 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha +7.262
6 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha +7.447
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha +8.995
8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati +14.515
9 76 Loris BAZ Ducati +19.620
10 36 Mika KALLIO KTM +19.766
11 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki +20.101
12 45 Scott REDDING Ducati +25.523
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia +26.700
14 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati +27.321
15 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda +28.096
16 42 Alex RINS Suzuki +32.912
17 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati +34.112
18 38 Bradley SMITH KTM +36.423
19 53 Tito RABAT Honda +42.404
20 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia +52.492
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  43 Jack MILLER Honda 9 Laps
  9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 22 Laps
  94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 25 Laps
  44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 26 Laps

 

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2017 Spielberg Moto2 Race Result: A Perfect Double

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After 22 degrees of temperature heated the track and a Moto3 show heated up the audience, the intermediate class cooled things off but only slightly. Franco Morbidelli’s seventh win of the season won’t come as much of a surprise but he did not escape his challengers that easily.

An entertaining fight between Alex Marquez and Tom Luthi might have aided his cause but the duo looked in with a shot until the final few laps. Marquez had to settle for second position, bringing an excellent result for the EG 0,0 Marc VDS crew, while Tom Luthi completed the podium.

Birthday boy Pasini could not hang on to his prime starting position after the lights went off and that left Morbidelli in charge of the lead, teammate Marquez, compatriot Pasini and title rival Luthi the only riders to keep up with his pace in the early part of the race.

Pecco Bagnaia was leading the deluxe chasing group nearly a second behind, including Oliveira, Brad Binder and Isaac Viñales. Both Binder and Viñales were amongst the few riders who opted for the softer rear tyre and the South-African made great use of it to go from seventeenth on the grid to seventh by the end of lap one.

Meanwhile, Morbidelli was attempting to run away at the front, leaving Marquez and Luthi embroiled in a keen fight while the poleman started losing ground, one second behind the trio by lap ten. Behind him, Oliveira had the best of Bagnaia while Viñales crashed out, leaving Nakagami and Binder to bridge a gap of over two seconds to the top six.

Try as he might, the world championship leader could not stretch away from his main rivals, the order settling bar the occasional attempt from Luthi to catch Marquez out. Nearly two seconds down the road, Oliveira caught up with Pasini and overtook him for fourth on lap fourteen, Bagnaia looking keen to do the same and ruin his fellow Italian’s birthday. With the precedent of Brno in mind, the gap to the leader looked doable for Oliveira, the Portuguese rider already four tenths behind only four laps later and riding at a blistering pace.

Marquez finally had a go at Morbidelli with eight laps remaining but ran just the tiny bit wide, losing momentum and allowing both his teammate and Luthi to get past. Finally on Morbidelli’s tail, Luthi showed his hand early but went wide in turn three for the n-th time, giving Morbidelli a breather while Oliveira tagged along to the back of Marquez.

Morbidelli had six tenths in hand with five laps remaining, Marquez trying to bridge the gap to his teammate as Luthi looked like fading slightly. Oliveira did not get a chance to finish the lap and show podium aspirations as the KTM rider got unkindly thrown off his bike into turn eight.

Luthi continued to struggle with finding the right route through turn three, which dropped him a second behind Marquez with three laps left. Marquez himself was losing track of his teammate as the Italian upped the pace once again. Morbidelli wasn’t going to lose that significant advantage despite some late red sectors from Marquez, the EG 0,0 one-two standing until the flag and Luthi defending his third position by half a second from Bagnaia.

Pasini’s birthday gift turned out to be a fifth place, with Nakagami coming through from twelfth on the grid to claim sixth position. Binder nursed his softer tyre into a seventh place, followed by fellow rookie Jorge Navarro in eight. Aided by a few crashes, Dominique Aegerter and Hafizh Syahrin made the top ten, despite the Malaysian rider starting twenty-first following a post-qualifying penalty for illegal tyre pressure.

Starting from much more encouraging grid spots inside the top ten, Xavi Vierge and Fabio Quartararo’s races ended abruptly after an incident in turn one at the start saw them crash out with seven other riders, including both Forward Racing boys.

Morbidelli improved on last year’s performance at the Austrian track by adding another 25 points to his tally and leading Luthi in the championship by 26 points. Marquez keeps third place 54 points back and edging ahead of Oliveira by 20 points.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 37'39.370
2 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex +1.312
3 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex +2.544
4 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex +3.070
5 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex +3.745
6 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex +8.827
7 41 Brad BINDER KTM +9.018
8 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex +13.692
9 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter +14.955
10 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex +18.997
11 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up +21.887
12 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex +22.028
13 49 Axel PONS Kalex +23.008
14 57 Edgar PONS Kalex +23.290
15 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 +25.128
16 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up +33.460
17 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex +33.931
18 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex +40.110
19 20 Joe ROBERTS Kalex +43.888
20 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter +46.097
21 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 2 Laps
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  44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 5 Laps
  62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 12 Laps
  5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 13 Laps
  32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 14 Laps
  97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 24 Laps
  19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 24 Laps
    Not Finished 1st Lap    
  40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 0 Lap
  11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 0 Lap
  7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 0 Lap
  10 Luca MARINI Kalex 0 Lap

 

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2017 Spielberg Moto3 Race Result: Can’t Keep A Good Man Down

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With cloudy but light skies and a grid significantly lighter in the wallet department after widespread cruising fines, the lightweight class started the action with a majestic display from the world championship leader.

Joan Mir took his seventh win of the season in dominating fashion to celebrate his very first victory one year ago at the same venue. The Spaniard might have briefly regretted not repeating the pole as well but his tenth place start didn’t hold him back in the slightest. The Leopard rider was joined on the podium by almost-homeboy Philipp Oettl and still-convalescent Jorge Martin.

The RBA duo of Gabriel Rodrigo and Juanfran Guevara had made a good start from the front row but the slipstream in turn two meant that several riders from the top positions got ahead to exchange the lead on the first few laps. Bo Bendsneyder was the first one to make it stick at the front and his gap yoyo-ed up and down from half a second. Whatever pain medicine Jorge Martin was taking, it helped him catch up with the Dutchman and steal the lead by lap six.

Meanwhile, Romano Fenati and Joan Mir made no progress at the start from their lowly grid positions - too busy tripping each other up - but an exuberant overtake from the Italian dropped him out of the points on lap three. With Fenati going backwards, the Italian being one of the few riders on the softer rear tyre, Mir was making rapid progress and was up to fifth by lap five and in the lead one lap later.

The Spaniard was pushing hard but finding it difficult to ditch his pursuers. Behind him, Bendsneyder was fending off John McPhee while trying to catch up with the leaders, Philipp Oettl, Martin, Rodrigo, Andrea Migno and Aron Canet also mixing it up behind them. Canet started slipping back slightly, although the second group was only marginally behind, led by Enea Bastianini, Livio Loi and new boy Jaume Masia.

While Mir’s advantage rarely got over half a second, he managed to keep control over the situation, as the tussle for second was getting fierce, the group bunching up again. Martin, Rodrigo, Migno, McPhee and Masia were the main challengers but the youngsters could not settle their argument despite seeing the world championship leader slipping away at the front.

Mir finally made a break on lap fourteen, his gap quickly stretching to over a second. At the next crossing over the line, it was Masia who got the best of his more experienced colleagues to grab second for a lap or so. Rodrigo and Martin fought back but could not shake off the rookie any further than fifth. Their pursuers weren’t too far behind but some headline names put themselves out of contention soon after, Bo Bendsneyder crashing and picking up McPhee with eight laps to go, while Migno crashed out of second position one lap later.

Despite the gap to the leader over four seconds with five laps remaining, the battle for the podium spots was nowhere near to getting settled, over a dozen riders in close proximity. The likes of Fabio Di Giannantonio, Adam Norrodin and Canet made it back into the lead group in the final few laps, with Fenati finally breaking into the top ten with four laps to go.

Minus the leader, the top ten configuration was flipping and changing every other turn, Oettl the most consistent podium contender, followed closely by Martin, Loi and Canet, with Rodrigo, Di Giannantonio, Norrodin and Masia as reserves a few tenths behind.

Oettl managed to build a bit of a gap on the final laps, just enough to keep his second position from being challenged, while Marin only narrowly beat Loi over the line. Canet finished fifth, Di Giannantonio sixth and poleman Rodrigo seventh.

The top ten was completed by Norrodin in eighth position, Masia slipping back to ninth towards the end and Bastianini in tenth. Masia might have not gotten the podium that looked realistic at one point but still leaves the Ring with a memorable performance and the circuit lap record.

After starting sixteenth, Bulega made it up to eleventh, with Fenati ending up celebrating the one-year anniversary of his firing with a disappointing thirteenth place, which does not do much for his championship aspirations.

Although there was not much he could have done with regards to Mir’s pace, the Spaniard extending his lead in the championship to 64 over the Italian, Canet a massive 78 behind and Martin back into fourth place with a 110-point deficit.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 36 Joan MIR Honda 37'23.124
2 65 Philipp OETTL KTM +3.045
3 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda +3.377
4 11 Livio LOI Honda +3.385
5 44 Aron CANET Honda +3.502
6 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda +3.730
7 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM +3.804
8 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda +4.183
9 15 Jaume MASIA KTM +4.310
10 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda +4.858
11 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM +4.887
12 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM +5.054
13 5 Romano FENATI Honda +5.080
14 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM +7.015
15 27 Kaito TOBA Honda +16.246
16 95 Jules DANILO Honda +16.447
17 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda +16.449
18 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda +16.653
19 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra +16.673
20 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot +17.077
21 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM +34.984
22 6 Maria HERRERA KTM +43.607
23 13 Maximilian KOFLER KTM +57.874
24 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot +57.982
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  12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 1 Lap
  75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 1 Lap
  41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1 Lap
  17 John MCPHEE Honda 7 Laps
  64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 8 Laps
  23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 9 Laps
  24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 9 Laps
  48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 21 Laps
  18 Gabriel MARTINEZ-ABREGO KTM 21 Laps

 

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11
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2017 Spielberg MotoGP Warm Up Result: Dovizioso and Marquez Show Fierce Pace

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Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'23.979    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'24.096 0.117 0.117
3 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'24.311 0.332 0.215
4 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'24.435 0.456 0.124
5 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'24.449 0.470 0.014
6 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'24.527 0.548 0.078
7 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'24.541 0.562 0.014
8 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'24.595 0.616 0.054
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'24.597 0.618 0.002
10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'24.636 0.657 0.039
11 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'24.712 0.733 0.076
12 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'24.834 0.855 0.122
13 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'24.922 0.943 0.088
14 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'24.951 0.972 0.029
15 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'25.003 1.024 0.052
16 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'25.035 1.056 0.032
17 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'25.063 1.084 0.028
18 36 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'25.084 1.105 0.021
19 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'25.106 1.127 0.022
20 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'25.151 1.172 0.045
21 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'25.253 1.274 0.102
22 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'25.341 1.362 0.088
23 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'25.425 1.446 0.084
24 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'25.943 1.964 0.518
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2017 Spielberg Moto2 Warm Up Result: Morbidelli Leads Luthi

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Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'29.769    
2 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'29.921 0.152 0.152
3 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'29.982 0.213 0.061
4 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'30.011 0.242 0.029
5 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'30.124 0.355 0.113
6 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'30.267 0.498 0.143
7 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'30.379 0.610 0.112
8 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'30.402 0.633 0.023
9 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'30.439 0.670 0.037
10 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'30.447 0.678 0.008
11 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'30.471 0.702 0.024
12 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'30.482 0.713 0.011
13 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'30.718 0.949 0.236
14 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'30.720 0.951 0.002
15 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'30.759 0.990 0.039
16 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'30.809 1.040 0.050
17 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'30.816 1.047 0.007
18 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'30.827 1.058 0.011
19 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'30.852 1.083 0.025
20 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'30.864 1.095 0.012
21 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'30.887 1.118 0.023
22 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'30.910 1.141 0.023
23 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'30.938 1.169 0.028
24 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'30.981 1.212 0.043
25 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'30.998 1.229 0.017
26 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'31.019 1.250 0.021
27 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'31.229 1.460 0.210
28 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 1'31.487 1.718 0.258
29 20 Joe ROBERTS Kalex 1'31.549 1.780 0.062
30 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'31.708 1.939 0.159
31 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'31.979 2.210 0.271
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2017 Spielberg Moto3 Warm Up Result: Resurgent Mir Leads Fenati

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Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 36 Joan MIR Honda 1'36.784    
2 5 Romano FENATI Honda 1'36.891 0.107 0.107
3 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'37.000 0.216 0.109
4 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'37.003 0.219 0.003
5 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'37.048 0.264 0.045
6 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'37.056 0.272 0.008
7 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'37.065 0.281 0.009
8 11 Livio LOI Honda 1'37.089 0.305 0.024
9 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'37.089 0.305  
10 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'37.157 0.373 0.068
11 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'37.165 0.381 0.008
12 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'37.180 0.396 0.015
13 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'37.184 0.400 0.004
14 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'37.248 0.464 0.064
15 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'37.275 0.491 0.027
16 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'37.345 0.561 0.070
17 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 1'37.403 0.619 0.058
18 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'37.449 0.665 0.046
19 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'37.499 0.715 0.050
20 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'37.595 0.811 0.096
21 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 1'37.612 0.828 0.017
22 15 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'37.717 0.933 0.105
23 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'37.841 1.057 0.124
24 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 1'37.901 1.117 0.060
25 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'38.019 1.235 0.118
26 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 1'38.234 1.450 0.215
27 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 1'38.290 1.506 0.056
28 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 1'38.543 1.759 0.253
29 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'38.679 1.895 0.136
30 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 1'38.698 1.914 0.019
31 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 1'38.801 2.017 0.103
32 13 Maximilian KOFLER KTM 1'39.015 2.231 0.214
33 18 Gabriel MARTINEZ-ABREGO KTM 1'39.531 2.747 0.516

 

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2017 Spielberg Moto2 Qualifying Result: Flashbacks Of Brno

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A peculiar set of incidents at the exit of turn one started off the qualifying session for the intermediate class, both Tech 3 riders out of action temporarily. No such issues for Mattia Pasini, the Italian taking over top position on lap four and keeping it throughout the session, all coming down to the final ten minutes.

With numerous flashes red lighting up the timing screens on the final run, it came as quite the surprise that no one managed to actually go faster by the time the checkered flag came out. Pasini held on to a second consecutive pole position by only a thousandth of a second. The unlucky second-best rider was championship leader Franco Morbidelli, the Italian putting together a great last lap that was oh-so-close but not quite close enough.

The front row of the grid was completed by the second EG 0,0 Marc VDS rider, Alex Marquez benefiting from tagging along to his teammate on the last lap and coming in a tenth of a second short of pole.

Pecco Bagnaia was only one hundredths of a second away from a front row start but will instead have to share second row with Tom Luthi and a rapid and recently consistent Fabio Quartararo.

After showing promise throughout practice, Isaac Viñales sorted out a third row start in elite company - Miguel Oliveira eighth and Xavi Vierge ninth after his crew did a great job recovering from the unusual incident in turn one.

Fourth row sees Sandro Cortese ahead, followed by Jorge Navarro, whose splendid save mid-session could easily challenge Marc Marquez himself – if that rewarded points, the Spaniard would have been much higher than eleventh on the grid. Last man on the fourth row is Hafizh Syahrin in twelfth position, ahead of the likes of Nakagami, Aegerter, Corsi or Marini.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'29.394    
2 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'29.395 0.001 0.001
3 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'29.570 0.176 0.175
4 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'29.581 0.187 0.011
5 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'29.696 0.302 0.115
6 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'29.855 0.461 0.159
7 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'29.868 0.474 0.013
8 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'29.998 0.604 0.130
9 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'30.097 0.703 0.099
10 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'30.101 0.707 0.004
11 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'30.116 0.722 0.015
12 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'30.148 0.754 0.032
13 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'30.175 0.781 0.027
14 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'30.247 0.853 0.072
15 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'30.258 0.864 0.011
16 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'30.262 0.868 0.004
17 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'30.276 0.882 0.014
18 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'30.286 0.892 0.010
19 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'30.294 0.900 0.008
20 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'30.347 0.953 0.053
21 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'30.363 0.969 0.016
22 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'30.585 1.191 0.222
23 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'30.591 1.197 0.006
24 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'30.624 1.230 0.033
25 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'30.738 1.344 0.114
26 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'30.778 1.384 0.040
27 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 1'30.960 1.566 0.182
28 20 Joe ROBERTS Kalex 1'31.092 1.698 0.132
29 52 Danny KENT Suter 1'31.293 1.899 0.201
30 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'31.807 2.413 0.514
31 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'31.825 2.431 0.018
32 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'31.840 2.446 0.015

 

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2017 Spielberg MotoGP Qualifying Result: Preparing The Battlefield

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Despite the overcast conditions, the two Yamahas started Q2 in the hot seat, before Marc Marquez shook off Loris Baz and blasted his way into the 1:23s on his fourth lap, leaving the pretenders with a seven-tenth gap to bridge. By the time the first run was done and dusted, Dovizioso got as close as three tenths of a second on the medium rear tyre and made a statement of intent on Ducati’s behalf.

Surprisingly, the Italian did not give the soft rear a try on the second run either, teammate Jorge Lorenzo becoming Marquez’s first challenger, only a tenth behind his compatriot. Marquez put those ambitions to rest soon after, to improve two tenths further and get tantalizingly close to the fastest lap record of the circuit. The Spaniard settled pole position with time to spare, scoring his third consecutive pole and his 70th in all classes.

Dovizioso chased the Spaniard on track and waited until the very last lap to jump ahead of this teammate and into second on the grid. All those pre-race predictions seeing Lorenzo’s first win for Ducati might have looked sketchy on Friday but the Spanish rider snuck onto the front row to improve his (and Ducati’s) odds.

A front row looked all set for Maverick Viñales until Dovizioso popped up, relegating the first Yamaha to fourth place on the grid. That leaves us with the fastest man of the weekend sharing front row with the pre-race favourites and the tempting prospect of the much-anticipated battle royale between Marquez and Viñales.

For that to happen, Viñales needs to keep at bay Q1 escapee Danilo Petrucci, who made it three Ducatis in the top five, with Johann Zarco completing the second row of the grid for Tech 3.

After babysitting Karel Abraham for several laps, Valentino Rossi escaped from his reach and scored seventh on the grid. Having to travail through Q1, Dani Pedrosa finished only three thousandths of a second behind Rossi, in eight place. The third row of the grid will also contain Cal Crutchlow, the LCR man being the first rider not dipping his toes into the 1:23s.

Andrea Iannone, Karel Abraham and Loris Baz make up the fourth row, the trio a second slower than the poleman.

After narrowly failing to make it through Q1, Jonas Folger will start thirteenth, ahead of Hector Barbera, but probably not as disappointed as Alvaro Bautista in seventeenth and Aleix Espargaro in twentieth position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'23.235    
2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'23.379 0.144 0.144
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'23.621 0.386 0.242
4 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'23.754 0.519 0.133
5 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'23.780 0.545 0.026
6 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'23.879 0.644 0.099
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'23.982 0.747 0.103
8 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'23.985 0.750 0.003
9 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'24.024 0.789 0.039
10 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'24.185 0.950 0.161
11 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'24.220 0.985 0.035
12 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'24.483 1.248 0.263
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Q2 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'23.754    
Q2 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'23.849 0.095 0.095
13 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'24.015 0.261 0.166
14 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'24.036 0.282 0.021
15 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'24.037 0.283 0.001
16 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'24.101 0.347 0.064
17 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'24.202 0.448 0.101
18 36 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'24.261 0.507 0.059
19 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'24.321 0.567 0.060
20 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'24.447 0.693 0.126
21 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'24.448 0.694 0.001
22 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'24.530 0.776 0.082
23 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'24.852 1.098 0.322
24 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'24.900 1.146 0.048

 

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2017 Spielberg MotoGP FP4 Result: Marquez Tumbles But Turns It Around

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Dry but hardly sunbathing weather invited the MotoGP class to do some race simulations. After Marc Marquez’s FP3 run on the hard rear tyre planted some question marks around the paddock, FP4 was a jumble of all combinations imaginable.

Marquez himself started his runs on the soft rear tyre, showing the same steady pace, before fancying another taste of his favoured hard. While on a red hot lap, the Spaniard lost the front into turn three but managed to rejoin after a quick sightseeing trip on the escape road. Two laps later, the world champion put his negligibly injured machine at the top of the standings.

That displaced Maverick Viñales from the coveted position, The Spaniard running a medium set of tyres and going on to post some high 1:24 laps. Dani Pedrosa also made the best of the medium tyres to take third and confirm himself as the favourite to come through Q1.

Unusually for his personal preferences, Johann Zarco ignored his beloved soft in favour of the medium tyre, the Frenchman fifth in the session, two and a half tenths down on Marquez. While running fourth with two minutes to go, Andrea Iannone’s Suzuki started making smoke signals so the Italian had to pull off and watch as he got pushed off to fifth place. His former teammate, Andrea Dovizioso, finished the session closely behind him in the standings and four tenths off the leader.

Despite the Yamahas appearing to prefer the medium, Valentino Rossi gave the hard rear tyre a good go as well and the Italian finished seventh, after posting some consistent mid-to-high 1:24s. Scott Redding, Jonas Folger and Jorge Lorenzo completed the top ten, the trio six tenths slower than the world championship leader.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'24.180    
2 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'24.347 0.167 0.167
3 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'24.400 0.220 0.053
4 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'24.434 0.254 0.034
5 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'24.525 0.345 0.091
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'24.607 0.427 0.082
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'24.644 0.464 0.037
8 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'24.804 0.624 0.160
9 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'24.814 0.634 0.010
10 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'24.839 0.659 0.025
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'24.852 0.672 0.013
12 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'24.882 0.702 0.030
13 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'25.134 0.954 0.252
14 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'25.137 0.957 0.003
15 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'25.298 1.118 0.161
16 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'25.368 1.188 0.070
17 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'25.425 1.245 0.057
18 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'25.436 1.256 0.011
19 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'25.443 1.263 0.007
20 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'25.483 1.303 0.040
21 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'25.527 1.347 0.044
22 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'25.693 1.513 0.166
23 36 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'25.714 1.534 0.021
24 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'26.051 1.871 0.337

 

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2017 Spielberg Moto3 Qualifying Result: You Wait Ages For A Bus...

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... and two come along at once. If you’re Gabriel Rodrigo at least. In dry but not exceedingly warm conditions, the Moto3 class opened the qualifying sessions with Joan Mir in the place we left him in this morning: reigning at the top of the timesheets and it looked like a settled affair. But his pursuers were getting closer and closer as the session progressed and many looked to spoil the Leopard rider’s one-year anniversary since his first pole.

Halfway through the session, the likes of Bendsneyder, Rodrigo or Canet had made Mir’s time quickly tumble and leaving him with quite a challenge before all riders found the shelter of their garages to prepare for a final go.

The final run was done with an eye on the gathering clouds looking teasingly dark and another eye on the lookout for a worthy slipstream. The rain evaded the lightweight class and they were out all guns blazing for a two-lap affair that would light up the timesheets.

With thirty seconds left of the session, Gabriel Rodrigo installed himself on pole position and left his rivals with only one lap do better. Joan Mir looked set to take over top spot but lost out by five hundredths of a second. While Rodrigo would go on to take his second pole in as many weeks, luck would dump Mir in tenth position, after his best time was cancelled for exceeding track limits.

That left a joyous Juanfran Guevara lining up on the front row once again, next to his teammate and ahead of Aron Canet. Canet had a lot of ground to make up after his struggles in FP3 but did so in style and only two tenths of a second off pole. The Spaniard might have briefly upset his teammate but Enea Bastianini brushed it off and still got to the second row of the grid, in fourth.

The Italian will share the second row with John McPhee and Bo Bendsneyder, who looked like a serious contender for top honours for a while.

Andrea Migno got closer to expectations and set himself up on the third row of the grid, ahead of Philipp Oettl and Fabio di Giannantonio. Considering Romano Fenati’s angry gesticulations at his fellow Italian, it’s probably a good thing that Mir will separate the two on the grid, Di Giannantonio ninth and Fenati eleventh.

Jorge Martin seemed downright heroic getting as high as top three in the session but thirteenth place in the end is not that bad either, considering his physical condition. Another pleasant surprise was Jaume Masia, the new boy already showing promise in practice and turning it into a fifth row start, in fourteenth, ahead of the likes of Nicolo Bulega in sixteenth or teammate Marcos Ramirez in twenty-third.

Results:          

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'36.503    
2 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'36.615 0.112 0.112
3 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'36.690 0.187 0.075
4 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'36.716 0.213 0.026
5 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'36.790 0.287 0.074
6 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'36.793 0.290 0.003
7 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'36.811 0.308 0.018
8 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'36.955 0.452 0.144
9 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'36.967 0.464 0.012
10 36 Joan MIR Honda 1'36.989 0.486 0.022
11 5 Romano FENATI Honda 1'37.006 0.503 0.017
12 11 Livio LOI Honda 1'37.020 0.517 0.014
13 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'37.023 0.520 0.003
14 15 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'37.099 0.596 0.076
15 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'37.128 0.625 0.029
16 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'37.147 0.644 0.019
17 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 1'37.196 0.693 0.049
18 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'37.309 0.806 0.113
19 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 1'37.344 0.841 0.035
20 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 1'37.348 0.845 0.004
21 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'37.405 0.902 0.057
22 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'37.409 0.906 0.004
23 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'37.607 1.104 0.198
24 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'37.730 1.227 0.123
25 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 1'37.871 1.368 0.141
26 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'37.970 1.467 0.099
27 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'38.099 1.596 0.129
28 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 1'38.108 1.605 0.009
29 6 Maria HERRERA KTM 1'38.131 1.628 0.023
30 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 1'38.303 1.800 0.172
31 13 Maximilian KOFLER KTM 1'38.697 2.194 0.394
32 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 1'38.816 2.313 0.119
33 18 Gabriel MARTINEZ-ABREGO KTM 1'39.009 2.506 0.193

 

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