MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2018 Le Mans MotoGP FP1 Result: Marquez, Dovizioso and Viñales Nearly Inseparable

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A clear but cool morning awaited the premier class for their first venture on French grounds and it was going to be a first indication of the pecking order, especially for Yamaha. The only real conclusion was that the situation is as close as ever, the lead exchanging hands between four factories about every five minutes. Cal Crutchlow was the early leader, with Valentino Rossi and Andrea Iannone also putting their names at the top but it wasn’t to be for any of the three in the end.

While the main contenders were hanging back in the garage preparing for their final runs, Maverick Viñales stayed out and put in an impressive long run on used tyres. The Spaniard found the speed he seemed to be missing and shot into the lead of the session in the final ten minutes by a whooping half a second. He did go on to improve his time but the gap wasn’t to survive the session, Marc Marquez waiting until the final crossing of the line to go top on used tyres and with new aero appendices.

Andrea Dovizioso snuck a Ducati in between Marquez and Viñales, the three riders covered by only six hundredths of a second. Two seconds down the road was Crutchlow in fourth, with Johann Zarco going up and down the timesheets to finish fifth. Rossi dropped back to sixth, three tenths down on his teammate and ahead of compatriot Iannone as the first Suzuki. After announcing his contract extension, teammate Alex Rins had a tougher morning down in 17th.

The top ten was filled in by another Ducati and two KTMs, Jorge Lorenzo closely followed by Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro. While coping with the consequences of two separate injuries this time around, Dani Pedrosa finished 15th and was the last rider within a second of the leader.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'32.476    
2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'32.501 0.025 0.025
3 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'32.543 0.067 0.042
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'32.734 0.258 0.191
5 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'32.755 0.279 0.021
6 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'32.777 0.301 0.022
7 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'32.919 0.443 0.142
8 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'33.084 0.608 0.165
9 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'33.157 0.681 0.073
10 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'33.245 0.769 0.088
11 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'33.254 0.778 0.009
12 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'33.268 0.792 0.014
13 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'33.326 0.850 0.058
14 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'33.380 0.904 0.054
15 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'33.389 0.913 0.009
16 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'33.492 1.016 0.103
17 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'33.692 1.216 0.200
18 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'33.833 1.357 0.141
19 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'33.851 1.375 0.018
20 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'34.333 1.857 0.482
21 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'34.509 2.033 0.176
22 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'34.600 2.124 0.091
23 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'35.224 2.748 0.624
24 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'35.232 2.756 0.008
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2018 Le Mans Moto3 FP1 Result: Martin Being Martin

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The forecast in Le Mans likes to give us a scare every now and again but the predicted clouds were nowhere to be seen by the time the first session of the weekend got off to a start. Under sunny blue skies, Enea Bastianini led most of a pretty close session until Jorge Martin picked up the lead in final five minutes. The Spaniard was only a tenth of a second off until that point and went on to sneak ahead of Jakub Kornfeil by a tenth and a half.

Andrea Migno had an encouraging start to his weekend, the Italian making a late jump into third position but nearly four tenths back on the leader. Compatriot Tony Arbolino followed closely while early leader Bastianini did improve but only good enough for fifth. Championship leader Marco Bezzecchi was only a hundredth of a second behind the Leopard man in sixth.

With a looming grid penalty for his mischiefs on Spanish soil, John McPhee had a solid start in seventh position. Jerez victor Philipp Oettl stayed fast in eighth place and was the final man within half a second of Martin. Gabriel Rodrigo and Tatsuki Suzuki completed the top ten, with Makar Yurchenko close behind.

Despite being in the top three for most of FP1, Aron Canet failed to improve during the final time attack and dropped back to 15th. Fabio Di Giannantonio was another early leader but the Italian took a tumble only ten minutes into the session and the damage to the bike meant he was unable to rejoin and dropped down to 23rd position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'43.114    
2 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'43.279 0.165 0.165
3 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'43.510 0.396 0.231
4 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'43.557 0.443 0.047
5 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'43.560 0.446 0.003
6 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'43.570 0.456 0.010
7 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'43.579 0.465 0.009
8 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'43.608 0.494 0.029
9 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'43.688 0.574 0.080
10 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'43.688 0.574  
11 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 1'43.698 0.584 0.010
12 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'43.723 0.609 0.025
13 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'43.725 0.611 0.002
14 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'43.737 0.623 0.012
15 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'43.769 0.655 0.032
16 11 Livio LOI KTM 1'43.828 0.714 0.059
17 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'43.860 0.746 0.032
18 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'43.969 0.855 0.109
19 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'43.998 0.884 0.029
20 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'44.176 1.062 0.178
21 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'44.191 1.077 0.015
22 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'44.290 1.176 0.099
23 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'44.296 1.182 0.006
24 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'44.323 1.209 0.027
25 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'44.434 1.320 0.111
26 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'44.449 1.335 0.015
27 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'44.504 1.390 0.055
28 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'44.724 1.610 0.220
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2018 Imola World Superbike Race Two Results: A Race Of Pace

World Superbike's second race at Imola made use of the reverse grid set in yesterday's race but would be missing Jason O'Halloran as he has been declared unfit after his crash yesterday. His leg was broken by a foot peg during his crash in yesterday's race.

After yesterday's race, the reverse grid put Chaz Davies, Xavi Fores and Michael van der Mark on the front row, but it was Michael Ruben Rinaldi that led a four Ducati pack into the first turn, with Michael van der Mark splitting the red bikes by taking fourth place from Marco Melandri, behind Rinaldi, Chaz Davies and Xavi Fores. Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes made up the remainder of the top seven. 

On lap two, Jonathan Rea started making a mockery of the reverse grid, passing Marco Melandri while setting the fastest lap and passing van der Mark at his favourite passing place, Tosa, and passed Xavi Fores at the end of lap three. Chaz Davies, the other pace man on Friday, took the lead from Michael Ruben Rinaldi in the Variante Bassa chicane, but had to fight to retain the lead out of the chicane, only cementing the lead into turn one. Jonathan Rea caught and passed Rinaldi at Tosa and set the fastest lap in the process. 

Rea was all over the back of Davies by the chicane at the end of the lap and Davies had toast the fastest lap on lap five to maintain his lead. The leading two kept up their fraught pace ahead of Xavi Fores who had passed Rinaldi for third, and by lap six, the gap from Rea and Davies to third-placed Fores was nearly two seconds. A lap later, it was almost two and a half seconds. Fores kept third place, but Rinaldi lost fourth to the fight between Marco Melandri and Michael van der Mark and a lap later, he lost sixth to Tom Sykes who had finally figured out how to get his Kawasaki to turn properly at pace.

On lap nine, as Rinaldi dropped off the second pack, with the leading duo over three seconds clear of Fores in third, Michael van der Mark charged under Marco Melandri at Rivazza but misjudged it and took the pair of them out. Van der Mark was seen checking that Melandri was ok in the gravel, and the incident was put under investigation. 

Tom Sykes inherited fourth place and closed the gap on Fores as the leading two kept increasing the gap to third. On lap eleven, the gap stopped growing as Chaz Davies and Jonathan Rea started fighting. Rea took the lead into Variante Tamburello but his entry was too hot and Davies was able to snatch the lead back on the exit. Another lap of swapping cut the gap to third from four point eight seconds to four point seven, the fight demonstrating just how much quicker than the rest of the field the leading pair were. 

On lap thirteen, Jonathan Rea got excellent drive out of Acqua Minerali and was able to charge past Davies into Variante Alta and a lap later Jonathan Rea increased the pace, setting the fastest laps on lap fourteen and fifteen, leading Davies by two seconds with four laps remaining as the gap between second and third returned to getting larger.

With just over two laps remaining, Tom Sykes made his move on Xavi Fores and took third place and the last podium spot.

After the furious scrapping earlier, the last two laps were sedate in comparison even though both Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davies were the two fastest men on track, maintaining their advantage over Tom Sykes and Xavi Fores.

Jonathan Rea won decisively, equalled Carl Fogarty's 1999 record achievement of fifty nine career wins and increased his lead over second-placed Chaz Davies in the championship fight. Tom Sykes third place and Marco Melandri's DNF meant Sykes took third place off the Italian and van der Mark's DNF meant he lost fifth place to leading independent rider Xavi Fores. 

Jonathan Rea's probability of beating Fogarty's win count is very high, and all that remains for him to do is to get a title on two different marques to cement his stature as the greatest ever Superbike rider.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 4.019
3 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 9.530
4 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 14.159
5 81 J. TORRES MV Agusta 1000 F4 15.479
6 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 16.162
7 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale R 17.197
8 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 17.554
9 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 22.331
10 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 30.176
11 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 30.267
12 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 40.061
13 68 Y. HERNANDEZ Kawasaki ZX-10RR 51.973
14 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR1000RR 55.268
15 37 O. JEZEK Yamaha YZF R1 1'09.455
16 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'43.833
RET 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 11 Laps
RET 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 11 Laps
RET 5 V. LEONOV Kawasaki ZX-10RR 6
RET 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 15 Laps
RET 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 15 Laps
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2018 Imola World Supersport Race Results: A Farewell To Kenan

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The World Supersport seventeen lap race was not marred by the rain as Kenan Sofuoglu lined up for his last weekend of racing. 

After the warm up lap, Sofuoglu pulled into the pits and parked up, waving to the fans. He had decided to sit the race out as he had told his family, promising to his mother, that he wouldn't race today as it was Mother's Day. His third place on the slowly-filling grid was empty as Lucas Mahias in pole position wondered what was going on. 

As soon as the lights went out, Mahias knew exactly what was going on as Jules Cluzel backed his Yamaha into turn one, stealing the lead from Mahias. The two Frenchmen swapped places a couple of times but Cluzel retained the lead. Massimo Roccoli was in third ahead of Rob Hartog, Federico Caricasulo and Raffaele De Rosa. 

After a couple of laps of Cluzel's defensive riding, Mahias found a way past at the tight Tosa corner, took the lead started increasing his pace. De Rosa and Sandro Cortese fought through to latch onto the back of Caricasulo and the fight for the lead. 

As Lucas Mahias cleared off into the lead, it looked like Caricasulo, having passed Cluzel, would be leading the fight for second place but Lucas Mahias lost the front at Rivazza, the turns at the opposite end of the track to Tosa, and ended up in the kitty litter. As the race sped past, Mahias picked up his dirty Yamaha and rejoined in twentieth place, eighteen seconds from the lead.

Jules Cluzel once again watched as a blue Yamaha started breaking away in the lead and once again watched as the leader gave up the lead, overshooting the Acqua Minerali corners and recovering a second behind the leading trio of Cluzel, Cortese and De Rosa. 

Behind the front four, the scrap for fifth place was a line of nine or ten bikes that gently shuffled around until Randy Krummenacher woke up and started threading through the pack, eventually joined by Lucas Mahias who caught the fight up at the pace of a second a lap. As the front four grouped together at the lead, covered by under seven tenths of a second for several laps, Cluzel, De Rosa, Cortese and Caricasulo maintained their places eleven seconds ahead of Niki Tuuli, but as Caricasulo took third from Cortese, Tuuli was joined by formerly-twelfth placed Randy Krummenacher and Ant West for a three-way battle for fifth. Krummenacher, on the last couple of laps, was able to drop the other two only for them to have another championship contender on a mission join them in the shape of Lucas Mahias. 

On the last lap, Federico Caricasulo caught Jules Cluzel and looked for a way past, but after trying too hard at Acqua Minerali, he lost the couple of tenths needed to mount a second challenge and Cluzel won with enough of a lead out of the Variante Bassa chicane to pop a cheeky wheelie over the line. Raffaele De Rosa held off Sandro Cortese for the last spot on the podium and Randy Krummenacher followed thirteen seconds later. The fight for sixth place, a second or so back, however, was less certain. As West, Tuuli and Mahias entered the last chicane, Tuuli pushed West onto the gravel and West made use of the shortcut to retain the lead as Mahias, using only one of his two wheels available, jostled elbows with Tuuli as he wheeled over the finishing line. Tuuli retained seventh place by a thousandth of a second. 

Randy Krummenacher scored three points more than Lucas Mahias and now leads the championship by two points. Sandro Cortese and Jules Cluzel retain their third and fourth places, but close the fight to only six points covering the top four, with Federico Caricasulo only six points further behind. On a weekend where the five-time world champion, and the week-in, week-out man-to-beat, Kenan Sofuglu retired, it's only fitting that his absence gives us an exceedingly tight fight for the title.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6  
2 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 0.363
3 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 0.906
4 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R6 0.990
5 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 14.270
6 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-6R 15.844
7 66 N. TUULI Honda CBR600RR 16.199
8 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 16.200
9 81 L. STAPLEFORD Triumph Daytona 675 18.471
10 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 20.206
11 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 21.416
12 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 21.765
13 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 21.880
14 96 A. IRWIN Honda CBR600RR 38.549
15 53 N. MORRENTINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 39.697
16 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 40.782
17 56 P. SEBESTYEN Kawasaki ZX-6R 44.704
18 65 M. CANDUCCI Kawasaki ZX-6R 46.636
19 15 A. COPPOLA Yamaha YZF R6 46.884
20 60 L. GABELLINI Yamaha YZF R6 47.993
21 77 W. TESSELS Kawasaki ZX-6R 49.707
22 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'06.231
23 35 S. HILL Triumph Daytona 675 1'11.327
24 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1'11.460
RET 52 M. MALONE Kawasaki ZX-6R 9 Laps
RET 22 E. LAHTI Suzuki GSX-R600 5
RET 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 13 Laps
RET 55 M. ROCCOLI Yamaha YZF R6 14 Laps
RET 86 A. BADOVINI MV Agusta F3 675 15 Laps
RET 54 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R  
RET 34 J. ITURRIOZ Kawasaki ZX-6R  
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2018 Imola World Supersport Superpole Results: Rain Halts Play

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World Supersport Superpole took place with rain threatening to make an appearance at some point. 

In the first session, Massimo Roccoli and Davide Stirpe held the top spots as the flag came out, but several riders had started hot laps as the clock ran out. Rob Hartog pushed Stirpe out but none of the other riders were able to improve. 

The white limited adhesion flags came out on the last lap and indicated that rain would be taking part in Superpole two alongside Massimo Roccoli, Rob Hartog and the ten fastest guys from Friday.

The threat of rain drove everyone out to bank a lap as quickly as possible, with almost everyone eagerly queued up at the pit exit as the session started. Ayrton Badovini dropped his MV Agusta as part of a group that cut across the grass to avoid crashing in Variante Alta.

The rain turned up before anyone recorded a flying lap, and after one lap, Lucas Mahias and Jules Cluzel pitted in after setting the two best times. Kenan Sofuoglu was third quickest and after not being able to improve also putted in with everyone else. Badovini, after not pitting in after his early crash, didn't put in before setting a complete lap so his lap was deleted.

And that was it. 

Sandro Cortese tried to improve on ninth place and Ayrton Badovini finally set a lap time, but nobody was interested in trying to find a quick way through the dampening last sector and they just let the clock run out. Lucas Mahias ended the session as he started it, in pole position ahead of Jules Cluzel and Kenan Sofuoglu. A very happy Kenan Sofuoglu made it clear he wasn't expecting to be on the front row and that he's just here this weekend to say goodbye, declaring that he doesn't really care about tomorrow. Lucas Mahias referred to the conditions as "qualifying for Endurance racers," as he didn't know how the conditions were from one sector to the next, but that he was no stranger to these settings. 

Qualifying Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.042   245,6
2 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.027 0.985 254,3
3 54 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.671 1.629 251,3
4 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.949 1.907 246,7
5 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'58.701 5.659 246,7
6 81 L. STAPLEFORD Triumph Daytona 675 1'59.495 6.453 242,3
7 55 M. ROCCOLI Yamaha YZF R6 1'59.607 6.565 236,0
8 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'59.814 6.772 244,5
9 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R6 2'00.028 6.986 247,3
10 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 2'00.581 7.539 245,6
11 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 2'03.768 10.726 244,5
12 86 A. BADOVINI MV Agusta F3 675 2'09.866 16.824 244,5
13 63 D. STIRPE MV Agusta F3 675 1'52.367 0.039 249,0
14 53 N. MORRENTINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'52.565 0.237 247,9
15 66 N. TUULI Honda CBR600RR 1'52.573 0.245 247,9
16 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 1'52.643 0.315 252,5
17 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'52.731 0.403 249,6
18 22 E. LAHTI Suzuki GSX-R600 1'52.874 0.546 246,2
19 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'52.967 0.639 250,7
20 35 S. HILL Triumph Daytona 675 1'53.196 0.868 240,7
21 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1'53.286 0.958 245,1
22 96 A. IRWIN Honda CBR600RR 1'53.444 1.116 244,0
23 15 A. COPPOLA Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.559 1.231 244,5
24 60 L. GABELLINI Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.748 1.420 244,5
25 77 W. TESSELS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.078 1.750 247,3
26 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.399 2.071 245,6
27 65 M. CANDUCCI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.459 2.131 245,6
28 56 P. SEBESTYEN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.595 2.267 246,2
29 52 M. MALONE Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.642 2.314 246,7
30 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 1'54.790 2.462 240,2
31 34 J. ITURRIOZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'56.114 3.786 240,7

Superpole One Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 55 M. ROCCOLI Yamaha YZF R6 1'52.328   246,7
2 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'52.354 0.026 247,3
3 63 D. STIRPE MV Agusta F3 675 1'52.367 0.039 249,0
4 53 N. MORRENTINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'52.565 0.237 247,9
5 66 N. TUULI Honda CBR600RR 1'52.573 0.245 247,9
6 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 1'52.643 0.315 252,5
7 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'52.731 0.403 249,6
8 22 E. LAHTI Suzuki GSX-R600 1'52.874 0.546 246,2
9 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'52.967 0.639 250,7
10 35 S. HILL Triumph Daytona 675 1'53.196 0.868 240,7
11 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1'53.286 0.958 245,1
12 96 A. IRWIN Honda CBR600RR 1'53.444 1.116 244,0
13 15 A. COPPOLA Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.559 1.231 244,5
14 60 L. GABELLINI Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.748 1.420 244,5
15 77 W. TESSELS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.078 1.750 247,3
16 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.399 2.071 245,6
17 65 M. CANDUCCI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.459 2.131 245,6
18 56 P. SEBESTYEN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.595 2.267 246,2
19 52 M. MALONE Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.642 2.314 246,7
20 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 1'54.790 2.462 240,2
21 34 J. ITURRIOZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'56.114 3.786 240,7

Superpole Two Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.042   245,6
2 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.027 0.985 254,3
3 54 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.671 1.629 251,3
4 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.949 1.907 246,7
5 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'58.701 5.659 246,7
6 81 L. STAPLEFORD Triumph Daytona 675 1'59.495 6.453 242,3
7 55 M. ROCCOLI Yamaha YZF R6 1'59.607 6.565 236,0
8 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'59.814 6.772 244,5
9 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R6 2'00.028 6.986 247,3
10 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 2'00.581 7.539 245,6
11 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 2'03.768 10.726 244,5
12 86 A. BADOVINI MV Agusta F3 675 2'09.866 16.824 244,5
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2018 Imola World Superbike Race One Results: Technically Interesting

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World Superbike race one at Imola was 19 laps under good weather. Leon Camier was replaced for the race on the Red Bull Honda by Jason O'Halloran after Camier pulled out after two sessions on Friday, not having recovered enough from his crash at Aragon to compete. Extra front brake cooling was allowed for there first time and this safety measure will continue testing at Donington in a couple of weeks.

Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davies dominated on Friday and looked set to continue their ongoing duel, but a bad start, lifting the front wheel, put Davies in seventh place by the first turn. Rea escaped at the front, joined by his Kawasaki teammate Tom Sykes, with Marco Melandri filling the gap in third left by Davies. Eugene Laverty made a good start but was quickly passed by a hard charging Michael Ruben Rinaldi who briefly took third place from Marco Melandri until the start of the second lap.

Ominously, after just one lap, Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes were separated by seven tenths of a second with Sykes in second over a second and a half clear of the Ducatis of Melandri, Rinaldi and Davies. At the end of lap two, Chaz Davies's charge to try to give us the fight we were promised came to an end as he ran on into the last chicane, the Variante Bassa. The rules state that when you run on to the chicane, you have to come to a full stop before carrying on, and Davies neglected to do that. Davies recovered from his mistake behind sixth placed Michael van der Mark and seventh placed Leon has lam. Haslam was passed on lap three and van der Mark on lap five and Davies faced a two-and-a-bit second gap to Xavi Fores and Rinaldi ahead. 

Seven laps in, Jonathan Rea had over two and a half seconds of lead over Tom Sykes who was two seconds clear of Marco Melandri whose lead over Michael Ruben Rinaldi was comfortably over a second. The front three places looked settled as all three riders were all on pace to just gently stretch things out over time.

As the front three did their thing, Chaz Davies behind them was not settling for places and he was the fastest man on track, even though he was almost ten seconds off the lead.

By lap ten, Chaz Davies had caught Xavi Fores and pushed him to catch Michael Ruben Rinaldi, and then the three Ducatis fought. Fores made a pass on Rinaldi and Davies followed him through, glued to his rear wheel. As the pair cleared off from Rinaldi, staring at a gap of almost four seconds to Macro Melandri, Race Direction informed that Chaz Davies would not get a penalty for his lack of stopping after running through a chicane, as he didn't gain an advantage. 

As Fores was wobbling Melandri-like, Davies was super smooth in his wake and at the Variante Bassa on lap eleven, Davies made his move. He was four seconds behind Marco Melandri.

With clear track in front of him, but three riders in front not causing each other problems, Davies had four seconds to close and eight laps to do it in. Lap twelve, Davies took four tenths from Melandri. Lap thirteen, another four tenths. Lap fourteen, personal best for Davies and another four tenths, but Melandri was aware the gap had dropped to two and a half seconds and upped his own pace accordingly, setting his own personal best a lap later. Another Davies personal best and Melandri personal best the lap after, Davies started the last lap with over a second and a half to make up, an insurmountable gap, and he settled into his fourth place and pole position for tomorrow's reversed grid.

At the front, Jonathan Rea wheelied over the line four seconds ahead of Tom Sykes and Marco Melandri. His win extends his lead to forty two points from Chaz Davies as Tom Sykes closes to within ten points of third-placed Marco Melandri. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 3.755
3 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 6.906
4 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 8.191
5 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 15.550
6 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 19.339
7 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale R 22.522
8 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 25.772
9 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10RR 30.269
10 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 30.377
11 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 30.660
12 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 34.188
13 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 36.494
14 81 J. TORRES MV Agusta 1000 F4 36.671
15 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 38.041
16 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 41.312
17 68 Y. HERNANDEZ Kawasaki ZX-10RR 55.007
18 37 O. JEZEK Yamaha YZF R1 1'07.522
RET 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 15
RET 5 V. LEONOV Kawasaki ZX-10RR 2
RET 20 J. O'HALLORAN Honda CBR1000RR 18 Laps
RET 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR1000RR  
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2018 Imola World Superbike Superpole Results: Avoid The Chicane Noodles

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Superpole one at Imola was contested by twelve riders aiming for two spots with Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes the two favourites to qualify for advancement.

After one lap, Laverty and Lowes were the last two to record a time but they sat in the top two positions as expected, Laverty recording a 1'47.636, over eight tenths quicker than Lowes and over a second and a half quicker than everyone else. Lowes was briefly knocked off second spot by Loris Baz, but he quickly regained his spot, three tenths off Laverty's time. After two quick laps, everyone apart from Jason O'Halloran pitted in for a few changes. Eugene Laverty didn't return to the track after the break, giving Lowes the opportunity to take the top spot with a 1'47.097. He was joined by Toprak Razgatloiglu, knocking Laverty off the top two and out of Superpole two, but fate threw a spanner into the works and Razgatloiglu's lap time was deleted for exceeding the track limits, putting his bike inside the floppy noodles on the entry to the Variante Bassa chicane. 

Alex Lowes and Eugene Laverty were promoted to Superpole two where they could fight the ten fastest riders for position on the front four rows. Jason O'Halloran stayed out the whole session to make up for missing time yesterday.

Jonathan Rea opened Superpole two with a 1'47.018 only to ke knocked off the top spot by his teammate Tom Sykes who posted a 1'46.540, almost half a second quicker than Rea. Chaz Davies, who shared the quickest time yesterday with Rea, was third quickest. After Sykes's time was deleted for noodle dodging, Rea reasserted his position with a 1'46.418.

On his second quick lap, Chaz Davies crashed at turn twenty two, losing the front after hitting the inside kerb. As everyone pitted in, he worked on getting his bike to the garage. 

Jordi Torres and Michael Ruben Rinaldi put themselves on the provisional front row, behind Jonathan Rea, once the qualifying tyres were brought out, but Marco Melandri knocked everyone down a spot with a 1'46.227, beaten shortly after by Tom Sykes with a 1'46.109 and by Jonathan Rea with a 1'45.797. As the flag came out, Chaz Davies, on a freshly cleaned Ducati, pushed Melandri off the front row, claiming third place. 

Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes put Kawasaki in the top two places, ahead of the Ducatis of Chaz Davies, Marco Melandri and Xavi Fores. Eugene Laverty, returning from injury, took the last spot on the second row.

Qualifying Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'45.797   279,3
2 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'46.109 0.312 277,1
3 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'46.162 0.365 280,7
4 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'46.227 0.430 280,7
5 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'46.689 0.892 275,0
6 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'46.692 0.895 277,8
7 81 J. TORRES MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'46.820 1.023 275,0
8 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale R 1'46.853 1.056 276,4
9 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'46.921 1.124 275,7
10 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'47.115 1.318 273,6
11 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'47.547 1.750 272,2
12 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'47.710 1.913 275,7
13 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'47.776 0.679 272,9
14 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.020 0.923 275,7
15 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.086 0.989 272,9
16 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.138 1.041 272,2
17 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.313 1.216 278,5
18 20 J. O'HALLORAN Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.411 1.314 271,5
19 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.518 1.421 270,9
20 37 O. JEZEK Yamaha YZF R1 1'48.606 1.509 270,2
21 68 Y. HERNANDEZ Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.958 1.861 272,9
22 5 V. LEONOV Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'50.062 2.965 272,2

Superpole One Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'47.097   275,7
2 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'47.636 0.539 277,8
3 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'47.776 0.679 272,9
4 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.020 0.923 275,7
5 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.086 0.989 272,9
6 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.138 1.041 272,2
7 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.313 1.216 278,5
8 20 J. O'HALLORAN Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.411 1.314 271,5
9 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.518 1.421 270,9
10 37 O. JEZEK Yamaha YZF R1 1'48.606 1.509 270,2
11 68 Y. HERNANDEZ Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.958 1.861 272,9
12 5 V. LEONOV Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'50.062 2.965 272,2

Superpole Two Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'45.797   279,3
2 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'46.109 0.312 277,1
3 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'46.162 0.365 280,7
4 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'46.227 0.430 280,7
5 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'46.689 0.892 275,0
6 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'46.692 0.895 277,8
7 81 J. TORRES MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'46.820 1.023 275,0
8 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale R 1'46.853 1.056 276,4
9 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'46.921 1.124 275,7
10 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'47.115 1.318 273,6
11 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'47.547 1.750 272,2
12 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'47.710 1.913 275,7
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2018 Imola World Superbike FP3 Results: Davies Pips Rea And Melandri

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It looked like Jonathan Rea was going to get it all his own way, but towards the end of the session, Chaz Davies clinched the top spot. Rea was able to then match his rival's time, but he couldn't beat it. Marco Melandri was third quickest ahead of Lorenzo Savadori while Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes missed out on Superpole two and will head into the first Superpole sessions as favourites to advance. Leon Haslam was eighth-quickest on his return to World Superbikes.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'46.686   281,4
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'46.686 0.000 280,7
3 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'47.126 0.440 279,3
4 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'47.396 0.710 276,4
5 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'47.461 0.775 277,1
6 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'47.529 0.843 276,4
7 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'47.550 0.864 275,7
8 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'47.563 0.877 271,5
9 81 J. TORRES MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'47.578 0.892 277,8
10 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale R 1'47.597 0.911 271,5
11 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'47.663 0.977 275,7
12 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'47.737 1.051 275,7
13 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'47.739 1.053 277,1
14 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'48.287 1.601 271,5
15 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.416 1.730 272,2
16 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.535 1.849 273,6
17 68 Y. HERNANDEZ Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'49.355 2.669 266,8
18 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR1000RR 1'49.478 2.792 274,3
19 37 O. JEZEK Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.737 3.051 267,5
20 20 J. O'HALLORAN Honda CBR1000RR 1'50.259 3.573 265,5
21 5 V. LEONOV Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'50.974 4.288 268,2

Qualifying:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time
    Superpole Two:    
1 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'46.686
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'46.686
3 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'47.126
4 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'47.396
5 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'47.461
6 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'47.468
7 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'47.529
8 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'47.563
9 81 J. TORRES MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'47.572
10 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale R 1'47.597
    Superpole One:    
11 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'47.663
12 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'47.737
13 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'47.739
14 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'48.287
15 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.416
16 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.535
17 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'49.024
18 68 Y. HERNANDEZ Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'49.355
19 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR1000RR 1'49.478
20 37 O. JEZEK Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.737
21 20 J. O'HALLORAN Honda CBR1000RR 1'50.259
22 5 V. LEONOV Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'50.974
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2018 Imola World Supersport FP2 Results: Caricasulo Quickest, Sofuoglu Fourth

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Three Yamahas, Federico Caricasulo, Sandro Cortese and Jules Cluzel, topped this second session, with Kenan Sofuoglu fourth quickest on his Kawasaki, ensuring his qualification to Superpole two as he was fifth quickest of the day. Lucas Mahias was sixth quickest, unable to improve on his quickest time from the morning's session, but that time was enough to put him second-quickest overall.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'51.190   250,7
2 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R6 1'51.375 0.185 250,7
3 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'51.448 0.258 252,5
4 54 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'51.877 0.687 250,2
5 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 1'51.882 0.692 248,4
6 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 1'51.905 0.715 248,4
7 81 L. STAPLEFORD Triumph Daytona 675 1'51.956 0.766 243,4
8 86 A. BADOVINI MV Agusta F3 675 1'52.021 0.831 244,5
9 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'52.129 0.939 250,7
10 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 1'52.148 0.958 251,9
11 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'52.300 1.110 249,0
12 66 N. TUULI Honda CBR600RR 1'52.390 1.200 245,6
13 53 N. MORRENTINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'52.405 1.215 244,5
14 63 D. STIRPE MV Agusta F3 675 1'52.459 1.269 248,4
15 55 M. ROCCOLI Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.016 1.826 244,0
16 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.114 1.924 253,7
17 13 A. WEST Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'53.120 1.930 247,3
18 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1'53.286 2.096 246,2
19 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.383 2.193 250,7
20 60 L. GABELLINI Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.476 2.286 241,2
21 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 1'53.823 2.633 245,1
22 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'53.897 2.707 244,5
23 35 S. HILL Triumph Daytona 675 1'54.138 2.948 241,2
24 22 E. LAHTI Suzuki GSX-R600 1'54.247 3.057 245,6
25 77 W. TESSELS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.405 3.215 244,5
26 96 A. IRWIN Honda CBR600RR 1'54.724 3.534 241,8
27 52 M. MALONE Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.759 3.569 246,2
28 15 A. COPPOLA Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.874 3.684 241,8
29 56 P. SEBESTYEN Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.897 3.707 242,3
30 65 M. CANDUCCI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'55.090 3.900 241,8
31 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 1'55.443 4.253 239,1
32 34 J. ITURRIOZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'55.593 4.403 239,6
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2018 Imola World Superbike FP2 Results: Rea Not As Quick But Still Quickest

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Jonathan Rea was quickest in a session where he and Chaz Davies were unable to better their morning's times, ahead of an improving Marco Melandri. Lorenzo Savadori was third quickest this session on the Aprilia, fourth quickest overall, behind Davies. Eugene Laverty, having passed a medical evaluation after FP1, improved on his morning's result and was eighth quickest.

Result:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'47.038   280,7
2 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'47.150 0.112 280,0
3 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'47.407 0.369 277,8
4 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'47.468 0.430 280,7
5 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'47.473 0.435 284,4
6 81 J. TORRES MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'47.572 0.534 277,8
7 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'47.602 0.564 275,0
8 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'48.085 1.047 276,4
9 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'48.095 1.057 273,6
10 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.185 1.147 272,9
11 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale R 1'48.247 1.209 267,5
12 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'48.315 1.277 276,4
13 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.428 1.390 275,7
14 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.713 1.675 272,9
15 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'48.745 1.707 272,9
16 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.945 1.907 269,5
17 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'49.024 1.986 275,7
18 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'49.190 2.152 270,9
19 37 O. JEZEK Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.795 2.757 268,8
20 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR1000RR 1'49.909 2.871 267,5
21 68 Y. HERNANDEZ Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'50.128 3.090 270,2
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