MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2018 Qatar Moto2 Qualifying Result: Chasing The Leader

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In the sandy Qatar night, Alex Marquez has been steadily getting a taste of the top of the timesheets and he seems to favour the position as soon as the light turns green. The Spaniard took no time in bettering the weekend’s best performance – his own – then biding his time for a final attack. No one was able to touch that early benchmark so the younger Marquez went on to give it a try himself. Several red sectors after, the Marc VDS rider shaved another three tenths off his time, putting half a second into the pursuers. That gap handed Marquez the first pole position of the season and firmly established him as a title contender, if that wasn’t clear enough yet.

Lorenzo Baldassarri proved to be the Spaniard’s main opponent throughout the weekend and that will continue into Sunday’s race, with the Italian putting in a late lap to start from second on the grid. Pecco Bagnaia had kept a low profile through practice but it was no surprise to see him make his way onto the front row of the grid, in the final slot available, although half a second slower than Marquez.

Miguel Oliveira adds to the quality title contender line-up from fourth grid position, only three hundredths of a second ahead of the increasingly impressive Romano Fenati. The Italian seems to have hit the ground running in the intermediate class and after dawdling outside the top ten early on, he made the jump all the way to fifth. Another surprising name adds to the second row cast, Danny Kent making another comeback to the class with a sixth position, six tenths down on the poleman.

Jorge Navarro seems to have built up some more consistency over winter and qualified seventh, opening the third row of the grid. Mattia Pasini would have hoped for a better result but some offroad skills were needed to keep his Kalex on track and into eighth position, just ahead of Marcel Schrotter. The top ten was completed by another familiar face, Sam Lowes sharing fourth row with Xavi Vierge and Remy Gardner.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'00.299    
2 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'00.607 0.308 0.308
3 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'00.843 0.544 0.236
4 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'00.846 0.547 0.003
5 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 2'00.899 0.600 0.053
6 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 2'00.965 0.666 0.066
7 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 2'01.038 0.739 0.073
8 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'01.062 0.763 0.024
9 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 2'01.129 0.830 0.067
10 22 Sam LOWES KTM 2'01.167 0.868 0.038
11 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 2'01.176 0.877 0.009
12 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 2'01.252 0.953 0.076
13 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'01.338 1.039 0.086
14 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 2'01.351 1.052 0.013
15 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 2'01.355 1.056 0.004
16 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 2'01.404 1.105 0.049
17 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'01.420 1.121 0.016
18 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 2'01.421 1.122 0.001
19 40 Hector BARBERA Kalex 2'01.482 1.183 0.061
20 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 2'01.562 1.263 0.080
21 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 2'01.745 1.446 0.183
22 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 2'01.936 1.637 0.191
23 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'01.954 1.655 0.018
24 36 Joan MIR Kalex 2'02.324 2.025 0.370
25 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'02.433 2.134 0.109
26 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'02.568 2.269 0.135
27 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 2'03.233 2.934 0.665
28 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 2'03.263 2.964 0.030
29 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 2'03.453 3.154 0.190
30 51 Eric GRANADO Suter 2'03.516 3.217 0.063
31 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 2'04.078 3.779 0.562
32 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Kalex 2'04.780 4.481 0.702
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2018 Qatar Moto3 Qualifying Result: A Kingdom For A Slipstream

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Caught up in a bit of sandstorm, the lightweight class might have felt like they were competing in the usual Qatar night-time. Nonetheless, Niccolo Antonelli used his experience as the only previous Qatar GP winner in the current field and snatched a valuable pole position for the SIC58 squad from the grasp of a determined Jorge Martin.

In the least shocking news of the day, Martin led the proceedings early on after a handful of laps and then the calm before the sandstorm set in. As usual, it took until the final fifteen minutes for the action to resume, Martin himself one of the last to exit pitlane. There was no reason to hurry as rivals seemed to struggle to better his early time despite the gap to second being only two tenths of a second.

The wind was starting to calm down as the action was getting lively but although Aron Canet brought the gap down to six hundredths of a second, Martin’s time was still untouched at the top of the standings. After another quick stop to the pits, the riders left themselves with only one timed lap to make a difference.

Martin saved the medium tyre for this final outing and it looked like he was about to blast the field – and that might have happened if Niccolo Antonelli was not in the right place at the right time and slipstreamed his way into pole position. No such luck for Martin, who did it all on his own and came one thousandth of a second short. The Spaniard’s bid for another Tissot for his sizeable collection will have to wait another few weeks but he will start the first race of the year in the middle of the first row. Although half a second slower than the men ahead of him, Gabriel Rodrigo secured the final spot available on the front row.

Ayumu Sasaki held on to the back of Martin by the skin of his teeth on his final lap and was repaid with a fourth grid spot, ahead of an equally impressive Kaito Toba. An incredibly consistent Marco Bezzecchi found his way to the top six once again and will fill in the second row of the grid.

Canet failed to improve on his final outing and dropped to seventh, which was very much the case for Philipp Oettl behind him. Lorenzo Dalla Porta completed third row of the grid after tangling with his teammate in the heat of battle. Enea Bastianini was the first one to blink on the final run, going wide while trying to avoid Dalla Porta and failing to improve his time, dropping down to tenth on the grid. The Italian will share fourth row with Moto3 veteran Jakub Kornfeil and John McPhee, with an honourable mention to Jaume Masia in thirteenth spot.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 2'06.364    
2 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'06.365 0.001 0.001
3 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'06.848 0.484 0.483
4 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'07.043 0.679 0.195
5 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'07.048 0.684 0.005
6 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'07.058 0.694 0.010
7 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'07.059 0.695 0.001
8 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'07.187 0.823 0.128
9 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 2'07.320 0.956 0.133
10 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'07.324 0.960 0.004
11 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 2'07.326 0.962 0.002
12 17 John MCPHEE KTM 2'07.407 1.043 0.081
13 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 2'07.462 1.098 0.055
14 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'07.586 1.222 0.124
15 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'07.607 1.243 0.021
16 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'07.634 1.270 0.027
17 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'07.758 1.394 0.124
18 11 Livio LOI KTM 2'07.901 1.537 0.143
19 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 2'08.108 1.744 0.207
20 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'08.202 1.838 0.094
21 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 2'08.280 1.916 0.078
22 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'08.364 2.000 0.084
23 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'08.480 2.116 0.116
24 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 2'08.547 2.183 0.067
25 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 2'08.785 2.421 0.238
26 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'08.795 2.431 0.010
27 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'08.936 2.572 0.141
  24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda      
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2018 Qatar MotoGP FP3 Result: Sun Shines on Zarco

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Hot, windy, dusty – add the adjective of your choice to denote how unhelpful the conditions were to prepare for a race taking place much later in the day. With over 40 degrees track temperature it was always unlikely to get a shot at improving position on the combined standings with Q1 in sight so not much constructive work seemed to be done throughout the session.

Johann Zarco still did his best to steal the headline - one second down on the weekend’s best time but still good enough to top the session. A final charge in the last few minutes got some riders within a tenth or so of their best times but not enough to make any change to the overall classification. One of those riders was Jack Miller, who made the most of a first class Marquez tow to drag himself to second on the timesheets in FP3, while remaining 14th overall.

Danilo Petrucci was two tenths slower than the Australian in the afternoon and finished the session third, while still second in the combined standings. Marc Marquez was another tenth down while on his favoured hard front tyre and showing solid pace in the given conditions. Andrea Iannone snuck in between the world champion and his teammate in the late part of the session, ending up fifth, with Dani Pedrosa sixth.

Andrea Dovizioso remained the fastest rider of the weekend, despite only being seventh in FP3, three hundredths of a second ahead of teammate Jorge Lorenzo. Behind the factory Ducatis, Valentino Rossi had to work hard for his ninth position, starting the session with a front end slide in turn five and ending it with a flapping belly pan stopping his late charge. Nonetheless, the Italian had already ensured his top ten position on the combined standings, something that could not be said about the other side of the Yamaha garage. Maverick Viñales might have hoped for the planets to align and give him another unlikely shot at the top ten after finishing eleventh on Friday, but the Spaniard struggled once again, ending the session twentieth, one second slower than Rossi.

As expected, there were no changes to the combined standings from Friday, with Dovizioso leading the way ahead of Petrucci and joined by Rins, Lorenzo, Iannone, Marquez, Pedrosa, Crutchlow, Rossi and Zarco in the lineup for Q2.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'54.966    
2 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'55.463 0.497 0.497
3 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'55.668 0.702 0.205
4 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'55.750 0.784 0.082
5 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'55.777 0.811 0.027
6 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'55.830 0.864 0.053
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'55.980 1.014 0.150
8 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'56.009 1.043 0.029
9 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'56.049 1.083 0.040
10 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'56.058 1.092 0.009
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'56.131 1.165 0.073
12 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'56.260 1.294 0.129
13 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'56.286 1.320 0.026
14 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'56.310 1.344 0.024
15 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'56.604 1.638 0.294
16 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'56.779 1.813 0.175
17 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'56.859 1.893 0.080
18 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'56.875 1.909 0.016
19 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'57.046 2.080 0.171
20 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'57.118 2.152 0.072
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'57.146 2.180 0.028
22 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'57.208 2.242 0.062
23 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'57.519 2.553 0.311
24 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'57.688 2.722 0.169
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2018 Qatar Moto2 FP3 Result: Marquez Mugs Baldassarri

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Hot tarmac and wind was the order of the day for the intermediate class, raising no expectations of improving on Friday’s times or learning much for the race. Nonetheless, they chased each other around for 45 minutes and fought for vaguely relevant supremacy.

Xavi Vierge spent most of his Friday outside of the top ten and decided he’s had enough on Saturday morning, the Dynavolt rider putting his bike at the top of the timesheets early in the session.  FP1 leader Lorenzo Baldassarri put an end to that in the final five minutes, when the battle heated up with red sectors all over the place. Meanwhile, Alex Marquez was living up to the surname by offering us noteworthy replays and running off track in every session he took part in this weekend. The Spaniard got it together in the very last minute to dip into the 2:01s and go two tenths faster than the opposition.

Baldassarri fought back but only cut the gap to one tenth and settled for second. Miguel Oliveira finished another tenth of a second down in third position, after a consistent top five placement throughout the session, while teammate Brad Binder made a late jump into fourth, three tenths down on the leader.

Luca Marini made a late bid for the top five, after nursing a hand injury early in the session. Vierge could not improve on his early session-topping time and dropped back to sixth, only a hundredth of a second keeping veteran/Moto2 newbie Hector Barbera at bay. Actual rookie Romano Fenati continued his rapid progression in the class with an eight position, four tenths off the leader and in deluxe company with Mattia Pasini in ninth, only two thousandths of a second slower.

The top ten was completed by Isaac Viñales, closely followed by Marcel Schrotter, two constant features at the business end throughout the weekend. A bit lower down, Pecco Bagnaia didn’t seem to push too much and finished the session in fifteenth position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'01.928    
2 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'02.059 0.131 0.131
3 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'02.126 0.198 0.067
4 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'02.242 0.314 0.116
5 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'02.250 0.322 0.008
6 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 2'02.272 0.344 0.022
7 40 Hector BARBERA Kalex 2'02.286 0.358 0.014
8 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 2'02.381 0.453 0.095
9 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'02.383 0.455 0.002
10 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 2'02.417 0.489 0.034
11 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 2'02.422 0.494 0.005
12 22 Sam LOWES KTM 2'02.509 0.581 0.087
13 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 2'02.510 0.582 0.001
14 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 2'02.566 0.638 0.056
15 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'02.778 0.850 0.212
16 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 2'02.790 0.862 0.012
17 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 2'02.900 0.972 0.110
18 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 2'03.025 1.097 0.125
19 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'03.086 1.158 0.061
20 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 2'03.187 1.259 0.101
21 36 Joan MIR Kalex 2'03.193 1.265 0.006
22 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 2'03.244 1.316 0.051
23 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'03.482 1.554 0.238
24 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 2'03.488 1.560 0.006
25 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 2'03.672 1.744 0.184
26 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 2'03.792 1.864 0.120
27 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 2'03.966 2.038 0.174
28 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 2'04.414 2.486 0.448
29 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'04.570 2.642 0.156
30 51 Eric GRANADO Suter 2'04.781 2.853 0.211
31 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Kalex 2'05.153 3.225 0.372
32 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 2'05.639 3.711 0.486
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2018 Qatar Moto3 FP3 Result: Canet Steals One From Martin

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It was another hot start to the day in Qatar for the lightweight class and it was the usual names making their mark on the timesheets. The early leader was John McPhee, while he was running around with Jorge Martin, although the riders took their time in getting anywhere close to their FP1 times. The duo put a sizeable gap into the rivals from the off, with over half a second keeping them cosy at the top.

Philipp Oettl was the first man/boy to cut that gap to two tenths of a second in the final five minutes of the session, when action finally started to heat up. Soon after it was Aron Canet’s time to steal the show and the Spaniard kept top position on the timing sheets to the flag. The Estrella Galicia rider dipped into the 2:07s but with the sweltering conditions it was to be expected that the times would not come tumbling towards the best of FP2, ending up a tenth slower than FP1 – a session which took place in similar conditions.

Martin got within a tenth of his leading compatriot on his last timed lap, with Niccolo Antonelli once again showing the speed expected of him to jump into third in the session. McPhee could not improve on his early benchmark and it dropped him into fourth position, followed by Marco Bezzecchi another hundredth of a second down.

While the top five was covered by under three tenths of a second, from Oettl’s sixth position the gaps started to grow significantly. The German ended the session half a second down on Canet, with Fabio Di Giannantonio almost nine tenths slower than the leader, in seventh position. The Italian did contribute a helpful tow to Makar Yurchenko’s brief stay into fourth place and eventual drop to tenth position. Within the tenth separating the two managed to sneak in Ayumu Sasaki and Gabriel Rodrigo in eight and ninth positions, the top ten covered by one second.

FP1 leader Enea Bastianini struggled to match his own time from 24 hours ago, the Italian starting the session close to the main opposition but dropped all the way to seventeenth position by the time the countdown drew to a close.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'07.864    
2 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'07.958 0.094 0.094
3 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 2'08.013 0.149 0.055
4 17 John MCPHEE KTM 2'08.134 0.270 0.121
5 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'08.149 0.285 0.015
6 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'08.395 0.531 0.246
7 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'08.742 0.878 0.347
8 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'08.764 0.900 0.022
9 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'08.824 0.960 0.060
10 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 2'08.871 1.007 0.047
11 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'08.950 1.086 0.079
12 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'09.036 1.172 0.086
13 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'09.060 1.196 0.024
14 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 2'09.069 1.205 0.009
15 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 2'09.073 1.209 0.004
16 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'09.119 1.255 0.046
17 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'09.133 1.269 0.014
18 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 2'09.249 1.385 0.116
19 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'09.314 1.450 0.065
20 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 2'09.462 1.598 0.148
21 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'09.462 1.598  
22 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 2'09.489 1.625 0.027
23 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'09.672 1.808 0.183
24 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'09.859 1.995 0.187
25 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'10.212 2.348 0.353
26 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 2'10.258 2.394 0.046
27 11 Livio LOI KTM 2'10.280 2.416 0.022
  24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda      
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2018 Qatar MotoGP FP2 Result: The Ducati Takeover

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In a more familiar sight, the night had truly set in by the time the premier class hit the playground one last time on Friday. Marc Marquez did his best to follow his brother’s example and take over the timesheets as soon as the green flag waved, bettering the afternoon’s fastest time by three tenths of a second. Times settled for the middle part of the session as teams were keen to work on pace in ambient conditions similar to race time. Andrea Dovizioso was the only rider making inroads into his main rival’s time and doing so on used tyres, until the final ten minutes saw some fresh rubber hit the track.

Alex Rins attacked Marquez’s position with the first 1:54 of the day while most contenders were still changing shoes and preparing for the battle for a top ten benchmark. The fight heated up in the final five minutes, Danilo Petrucci the first man to make his mark and put nearly half a second into the competition, only to be robbed by Dovizioso one lap later. Ducati’s lead Italian kept his name at the top of the timesheets as the checkered flag waved, with Petrucci a mere six thousandths of a second behind and Rins breaking the Ducati hegemony another tenth down.

Jorge Lorenzo started his evening by making very photogenic but ultimately worrying sparks on his Ducati before the Spaniard recovered to a top four position, four tenths behind his teammate. The tussle for the remaining top ten positions was an incredibly tight affair, Andrea Iannone adding another Suzuki to the top five, with the Hondas of Marquez, Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow each separated by one tiny thousandth of a second. The same gap kept the top Yamaha of Valentino Rossi behind them in ninth position, less than half a second down from the leader.

Johann Zarco seemed to struggle to put together a fast lap until the very end of the session, when he put on his favoured soft tyres and salvaged a top ten position with a direct Q2 ticket in mind. No such luck for Maverick Viñales, whose factory Yamaha wasn’t even close to challenging, three tenths down on Zarco and over eight tenths slower than Dovizioso.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'54.361    
2 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'54.367 0.006 0.006
3 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'54.458 0.097 0.091
4 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'54.831 0.470 0.373
5 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'54.841 0.480 0.010
6 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'54.850 0.489 0.009
7 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'54.851 0.490 0.001
8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'54.852 0.491 0.001
9 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'54.853 0.492 0.001
10 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'54.912 0.551 0.059
11 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'55.195 0.834 0.283
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'55.236 0.875 0.041
13 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'55.308 0.947 0.072
14 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'55.360 0.999 0.052
15 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'55.694 1.333 0.334
16 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'55.718 1.357 0.024
17 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'55.919 1.558 0.201
18 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'55.965 1.604 0.046
19 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'56.242 1.881 0.277
20 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'56.260 1.899 0.018
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'56.394 2.033 0.134
22 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'56.454 2.093 0.060
23 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'56.990 2.629 0.536
24 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'57.765 3.404 0.775
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2018 Qatar Moto2 FP2 Result: The Marquez Method

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With the sun having set, the famous bright lights of Losail coming to life and the temperature starting to drop, the timesheets for the intermediate class changed configuration somewhat from what the afternoon offered.

After narrowly missing out in the first session, Alex Marquez exerted his revenge and set camp at the top of the timesheets early on once again, improving his time by one second and showing mighty pace throughout his run, as well as the occasional highlights reel twitch.

Pecco Bagnaia built up some speed through practice and was the main man to challenge Marquez, setting red sector after red sector in the final third of the session. Despite the Italian getting the gap to the Spaniard down to a minuscule five hundredths of a second, Sam Lowes still found a way to wedge between the two, snatching second on the timesheets on his final few laps.

Marcel Schrotter continued his great FP1 display with a fourth place, only a tenth behind the leader. FP1 headliner Lorenzo Baldassarri didn’t enjoy the drop in temperature quite as much from sixth place but the gap of little over a tenth of a second to Marquez was hardly significant. Miguel Oliveira kept close, another half a tenth behind, with Isaac Viñales also a frequent feature on our screens down in seventh position, less than three tenths slower than the leader.

Luca Marini was a welcome addition to the top ten in eighth place, followed by Brad Binder and FP1’s rookie surprise, Romano Fenati. The other high profile rookie, Joan Mir, made a significant step and advanced to thirteenth position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'00.932    
2 22 Sam LOWES KTM 2'00.970 0.038 0.038
3 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'00.985 0.053 0.015
4 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 2'01.055 0.123 0.070
5 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'01.060 0.128 0.005
6 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'01.106 0.174 0.046
7 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 2'01.226 0.294 0.120
8 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'01.317 0.385 0.091
9 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'01.324 0.392 0.007
10 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 2'01.409 0.477 0.085
11 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 2'01.451 0.519 0.042
12 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 2'01.629 0.697 0.178
13 36 Joan MIR Kalex 2'01.682 0.750 0.053
14 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 2'01.689 0.757 0.007
15 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 2'01.721 0.789 0.032
16 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'01.872 0.940 0.151
17 40 Hector BARBERA Kalex 2'01.890 0.958 0.018
18 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'01.906 0.974 0.016
19 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 2'01.980 1.048 0.074
20 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 2'01.989 1.057 0.009
21 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 2'02.084 1.152 0.095
22 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 2'02.119 1.187 0.035
23 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 2'02.200 1.268 0.081
24 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 2'02.267 1.335 0.067
25 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 2'02.291 1.359 0.024
26 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'02.595 1.663 0.304
27 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'02.622 1.690 0.027
28 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 2'03.158 2.226 0.536
29 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 2'04.318 3.386 1.160
30 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Kalex 2'04.357 3.425 0.039
31 51 Eric GRANADO Suter 2'04.404 3.472 0.047
32 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 2'04.986 4.054 0.582
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2018 Qatar Moto3 FP2 Result: Runaway Martin

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With the sun setting throughout the lightweight class’ second session of the day, photographers might have been more entertained than most of the grid once Jorge Martin was unleashed. FP1 was a mere warm up for the Spaniard, who set the bar high from the off in FP2 and left his rivals with one second to make up.

Likely title contenders Martin, Enea Bastianini and Aaron Canet spent the early part of the session playing around and studying each other, before FP1 leader Bastianini picked up the pace in the final ten minutes and brought the sizeable gap down to one tenth of a second. Martin had none of it and promptly put another half a second in between himself and the pursuers in the very last minute, while posting the only 2:05 time of the evening – a time better than the class’ pole position record at the track.

Niccolo Antonelli popped out of nowhere to claim second on the timesheets at the flag by one hundredth of a second from compatriot Bastianini, but both men only got as close as six tenths of a second to the undisputed leader. A further two tenths down was Gabriel Rodrigo, the RBA racer improving significantly on his FP1 performance, while Fabio di Giannantonio showed consistency with a top five position.

Andrea Migno’s switch from the Sky outfit to the Angel Nieto team seems to have been positive for the Italian, who finished the session sixth, albeit a second and a half slower than Martin. Tony Arbolino also found some speed to place seventh, ahead of Lorenzo Dalla Porta.

Canet had left the party early on to play tour guide for his rookie teammate and spent the rest of the session at the bottom of the top ten, ending up ninth at the flag. The top ten was completed by Philipp Oettl, while Tatsuki Suzuki was ruled out for the rest of the weekend by a hairline fracture suffered in an FP1 crash.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 2'05.590    
2 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 2'06.252 0.662 0.662
3 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'06.265 0.675 0.013
4 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'06.422 0.832 0.157
5 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 2'06.459 0.869 0.037
6 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'07.056 1.466 0.597
7 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'07.073 1.483 0.017
8 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 2'07.104 1.514 0.031
9 44 Aron CANET Honda 2'07.157 1.567 0.053
10 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'07.182 1.592 0.025
11 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 2'07.228 1.638 0.046
12 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 2'07.323 1.733 0.095
13 11 Livio LOI KTM 2'07.329 1.739 0.006
14 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 2'07.344 1.754 0.015
15 17 John MCPHEE KTM 2'07.374 1.784 0.030
16 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 2'07.443 1.853 0.069
17 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'07.482 1.892 0.039
18 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'07.599 2.009 0.117
19 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'07.707 2.117 0.108
20 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'07.739 2.149 0.032
21 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 2'07.947 2.357 0.208
22 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'07.986 2.396 0.039
23 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 2'08.295 2.705 0.309
24 76 Makar YURCHENKO KTM 2'08.701 3.111 0.406
25 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'08.758 3.168 0.057
26 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 2'08.871 3.281 0.113
27 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 2'09.374 3.784 0.503
  24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda      
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2018 Qatar MotoGP FP1 Result: Dovizioso Prepares The Battleground

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After a long winter of resting and testing, the sound of MotoGP engines got us all out of hibernation with the first practice session of the 2018 season in the premier class. New season but a familiar picture in Qatar, with the championship runner-up Andrea Dovizioso the first to dip into the 1:55s and then consolidate in his position as race favourite by topping the session.

Despite struggles throughout testing, the Yamaha found some speed in Valentino Rossi’s hands, the newly re-signed veteran getting close to top honours, only six hundredths of a second separating him from his compatriot. Three tenths behind, Marc Marquez wiggled his Honda to the top three to aid his quest for a podium at one of his less favoured tracks.

To make it four factories in the top four positions, Andrea Iannone got his Suzuki within a tenth of a second of the world champion. Jorge Lorenzo ditched the aero fairing, fussed over the foam on his seat and got annoyed at his practice start but the Spaniard still found some speed to finish fifth and keep Johann Zarco at bay. The Frenchman was consistently at the business end of the timesheets, as was Cal Crutchlow, who finished six tenths down on the leader in seventh position.

Alex Rins followed up on a good winter test with a decent placement in eight position, followed by Danilo Petrucci in ninth and Tito Rabat greatly enjoying his new Ducati to complete the top ten.

Over half a second down on their respective teammates were Maverick Viñales in eleventh position and Dani Pedrosa in twelfth, with the first Aprilia in thirteenth spot through Aleix Espargaro.

The honour of top rookie went to Hafizh Syahrin, Tech 3’s Malaysian rider one second down on the leader, in fifteenth position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'55.366    
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'55.427 0.061 0.061
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'55.743 0.377 0.316
4 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'55.816 0.450 0.073
5 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'55.888 0.522 0.072
6 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'55.943 0.577 0.055
7 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'55.989 0.623 0.046
8 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'55.997 0.631 0.008
9 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'56.076 0.710 0.079
10 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'56.111 0.745 0.035
11 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'56.130 0.764 0.019
12 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'56.265 0.899 0.135
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'56.313 0.947 0.048
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'56.528 1.162 0.215
15 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'56.544 1.178 0.016
16 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'56.680 1.314 0.136
17 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'56.999 1.633 0.319
18 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'57.115 1.749 0.116
19 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'57.183 1.817 0.068
20 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'57.211 1.845 0.028
21 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'57.273 1.907 0.062
22 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'57.389 2.023 0.116
23 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'59.151 3.785 1.762
24 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'59.462 4.096 0.311
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2018 Qatar Moto2 FP1 Result: Baldassarri Reborn

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The intermediate class had no trouble warming up after a long winter in the thirty odd degrees of Qatar and one name who definitely benefited from a change in scenery is Lorenzo Baldassarri. The Italian made the jump to the Pons team after an underwhelming 2017 campaign and the first signs are extremely encouraging, Baldassarri consistently in the top five of FP1 and leaving it late to sneak ahead of his challengers and grab the headlines by two tenths of a second.

Miguel Oliveira won’t be a surprise in second position as KTM’s lead title campaigner, the Portuguese rider narrowly edging ahead of the surprise of the session. Romano Fenati got a head start in the battle of the Moto2 rookies, the Italian making a late jump into the top three and if that wasn’t impressive enough, he actually topped the session briefly. The sole Marinelli Snipers Team rider eventually had to settle for third, five hundredths of a second behind Oliveria, but he surely has no complaints about that performance.

Seen as another big title contender, Alex Marquez started his season in true Marquez fashion, having a big moment while leading the session early on. The Spaniard dropped to fourth in the standings despite a few further improvements to his lap time, finishing three tenths down on the leader.

Two more names that consistently got in the way of Marquez and Baldassarri throughout the session were Marcel Schrotter and Jorge Navarro, who ended up fifth and sixth. After an eventful 2017 season, Navarro seems more settled in the intermediate class, comfortably mingled with the favourites from the off and kept very much within track limits.

It was an innocuous start for another Moto2 headliner, Pecco Bagnaia steadily climbing into the top seven, half a second off the leader and followed by his equally notorious compatriot, Mattia Pasini in eighth position. The top ten was completed by Remy Gardner and Brad Binder.

Reigning Moto3 champion Joan Mir took it easy on his first official outing in the class and made his way to eighteenth position, one second down on Baldassarri.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'01.601    
2 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'01.837 0.236 0.236
3 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 2'01.890 0.289 0.053
4 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 2'01.953 0.352 0.063
5 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 2'02.046 0.445 0.093
6 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 2'02.112 0.511 0.066
7 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 2'02.176 0.575 0.064
8 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 2'02.228 0.627 0.052
9 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 2'02.327 0.726 0.099
10 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'02.352 0.751 0.025
11 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 2'02.384 0.783 0.032
12 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 2'02.419 0.818 0.035
13 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'02.420 0.819 0.001
14 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 2'02.449 0.848 0.029
15 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 2'02.476 0.875 0.027
16 22 Sam LOWES KTM 2'02.477 0.876 0.001
17 40 Hector BARBERA Kalex 2'02.565 0.964 0.088
18 36 Joan MIR Kalex 2'02.684 1.083 0.119
19 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 2'02.942 1.341 0.258
20 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 2'02.953 1.352 0.011
21 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 2'02.967 1.366 0.014
22 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 2'03.067 1.466 0.100
23 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 2'03.282 1.681 0.215
24 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 2'03.433 1.832 0.151
25 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 2'03.500 1.899 0.067
26 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 2'03.787 2.186 0.287
27 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 2'03.998 2.397 0.211
28 51 Eric GRANADO Suter 2'04.335 2.734 0.337
29 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 2'04.370 2.769 0.035
30 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 2'04.661 3.060 0.291
31 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN Kalex 2'05.848 4.247 1.187
32 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 2'06.644 5.043 0.796
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