MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2017 Aragon Moto3 Race Result: A Record Breaking Victory

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The fog that caused some furrowed eyebrows and a delayed race start had totally cleared by the time the lightweight class actually got to start their engines. The shortened race distance predicted 13 laps of chaos and, given previous history, it was not as bad as initially envisioned. That’s not to say it wasn’t the all-out war at the front, with the battle trophy going to world championship leader Joan Mir, who chose to go against the ideal strategy to become the first rider in Moto3 history to take eight wins in a single season. After a fiery fight, the Spaniard was joined on the podium by the Italian duo of Fabio Di Giannantonio, who started fourteenth and front row starter Enea Bastianini.

Poleman Jorge Martin did not have a bad start but an even better one came from wildcard Dennis Foggia, the VR46 junior going third after the first turns. Bastianini took over the lead a couple of turns later, the Italian and the poleman playing around as they were stretching a gap to the pursuers.

After getting past Foggia, Aron Canet led the chase seven tenths down the road, taking most of the grid with him. With the duo fighting it off at the front, the Spaniard only needed a lap to catch up and challenge his teammate for the lead by lap two.

With the lead changing every other sector, any minor advantage the leaders could find was nullified at the next slipstreaming opportunity. Canet was in the lead by lap four, Martin and Bastianini looking eager to challenge him while Mir sat tightly on their tail without causing much trouble. Despite the top fifteen riders all being in one compact group, there were few daring moves made in the early part of the race, with slipstream and mistakes determining the hierarchy.

On lap six, Philipp Oettl finally made his move on Mir, leaving the Spaniard under fire from Foggia, Gabriel Rodrigo and Di Giannantonio. Further back and despite having the leaders in his eyeline, Romano Fenati spent most of the race outside the top thirteen.

Mir found his way to the top by lap seven, benefiting from a double EG 0,0 slipstream, taking the duo with him as Martin started losing some ground to his teammate. After setting a fastest lap, Di Giannantonio started to look like a victory contender, threatening Canet for the lead by lap nine. The Italian was in the lead at the end of that same lap, the top group down to twelve men after Rodrigo’s crash. Despite the still significantly sized group, the lead was only held by a handful of riders until that point: Martin, Di Giannantonio, Bastianini, Canet and Mir.

With four laps to go, the Spaniards were back into the fight, with Canet and Martin relegating the Italians but the next laps proved that being at the front was not necessarily the best idea coming through the last sector. Di Giannantonio tried a different strategy, attempting to build a gap at the front in the last two laps but his rivals had none of that and swiftly pulled him back. Mir tried to emulate that right away but the gap barely got over the two tenths mark. The Spaniard took charge at the start of the final lap and went on to disprove the theory that a slipstream out of turn 14 was the solution to secure the win.

The Spaniard’s luck, besides his exquisite late breaking and a touch of weaving that annoyed his pursuers, was that his rivals spent the final lap fighting it off for the honour of being the one who takes the challenge to the world championship leader. Miraculously, Mir kept it together until the flag, with Di Giannantonio the best of the rest but only four hundredths of a second behind, Bastianini a further eight thousandths of a second in third.

The poleman had to settle for another fourth place, ahead of Canet in fifth. John McPhee went up and down the order throughout the race but made a great late recovery to climb into sixth position. After animating the early part of the race, Foggia and Oettl dropped back to eighth and ninth, behind a more anonymous Marcos Ramirez. The final top ten position went to Fenati, the Italian not exactly shining on enemy territory. 

With the record breaking win in his pocket, Mir extends his world championship lead to 80 points ahead of Fenati. Canet keeps third position but his title bid looks highly unlikely with 98 points down, while Di Giannantonio’s podium put him ahead of Martin in the standings.

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 36 Joan MIR Honda 25'57.607
2 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda +0.043
3 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda +0.051
4 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda +0.170
5 44 Aron CANET Honda +0.392
6 17 John MCPHEE Honda +0.590
7 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM +0.707
8 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM +0.743
9 65 Philipp OETTL KTM +1.168
10 5 Romano FENATI Honda +1.298
11 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM +1.330
12 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM +1.505
13 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda +1.961
14 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM +2.050
15 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda +2.504
16 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda +2.539
17 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM +2.659
18 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM +2.665
19 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra +4.399
20 95 Jules DANILO Honda +11.404
21 15 Jaume MASIA KTM +14.540
22 40 Darryn BINDER KTM +14.599
23 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra +14.703
24 37 Aaron POLANCO Honda +14.859
25 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot +17.595
26 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda +17.722
27 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra +21.467
28 27 Kaito TOBA Honda +34.646
29 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot +34.678
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  19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 5 Laps
  48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 6 Laps
  41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 11 Laps

 

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2017 Aragon MotoGP Warm Up Result: Marquez Fastest In Delayed Session

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Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'48.832    
2 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'49.206 0.374 0.374
3 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'49.490 0.658 0.284
4 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'49.533 0.701 0.043
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'49.602 0.770 0.069
6 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'49.604 0.772 0.002
7 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'49.608 0.776 0.004
8 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'49.620 0.788 0.012
9 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'49.667 0.835 0.047
10 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'49.678 0.846 0.011
11 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'49.681 0.849 0.003
12 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'49.774 0.942 0.093
13 36 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'49.821 0.989 0.047
14 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'49.874 1.042 0.053
15 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'49.883 1.051 0.009
16 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'49.982 1.150 0.099
17 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'50.054 1.222 0.072
18 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'50.137 1.305 0.083
19 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'50.153 1.321 0.016
20 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'50.343 1.511 0.190
21 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'50.365 1.533 0.022
22 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'50.536 1.704 0.171
23 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'51.058 2.226 0.522
24 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'51.078 2.246 0.020
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2017 Aragon Moto2 Warm Up Result: Morbidelli Tops Shortened Session

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Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'54.260    
2 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 1'54.427 0.167 0.167
3 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'54.549 0.289 0.122
4 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'54.601 0.341 0.052
5 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'54.672 0.412 0.071
6 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'54.693 0.433 0.021
7 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'54.696 0.436 0.003
8 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'54.728 0.468 0.032
9 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'54.805 0.545 0.077
10 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'54.812 0.552 0.007
11 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'54.903 0.643 0.091
12 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'54.904 0.644 0.001
13 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'54.947 0.687 0.043
14 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'54.983 0.723 0.036
15 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'55.009 0.749 0.026
16 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'55.011 0.751 0.002
17 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'55.065 0.805 0.054
18 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'55.091 0.831 0.026
19 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'55.120 0.860 0.029
20 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'55.240 0.980 0.120
21 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'55.429 1.169 0.189
22 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'55.512 1.252 0.083
23 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'55.537 1.277 0.025
24 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'55.606 1.346 0.069
25 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'55.688 1.428 0.082
26 20 Joe ROBERTS Kalex 1'55.704 1.444 0.016
27 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 1'55.778 1.518 0.074
28 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'55.825 1.565 0.047
29 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'55.849 1.589 0.024
30 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'55.872 1.612 0.023
31 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'56.208 1.948 0.336
32 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'56.344 2.084 0.136
33 22 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'56.486 2.226 0.142
34 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'56.665 2.405 0.179
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2017 Aragon Moto3 Warm Up Result: Martin Leads As Fog Leaves

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Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'59.173    
2 36 Joan MIR Honda 1'59.182 0.009 0.009
3 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'59.654 0.481 0.472
4 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'59.660 0.487 0.006
5 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'59.702 0.529 0.042
6 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'59.911 0.738 0.209
7 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'59.914 0.741 0.003
8 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'59.931 0.758 0.017
9 5 Romano FENATI Honda 1'59.989 0.816 0.058
10 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'00.051 0.878 0.062
11 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'00.119 0.946 0.068
12 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 2'00.194 1.021 0.075
13 15 Jaume MASIA KTM 2'00.253 1.080 0.059
14 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 2'00.345 1.172 0.092
15 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'00.387 1.214 0.042
16 95 Jules DANILO Honda 2'00.394 1.221 0.007
17 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 2'00.501 1.328 0.107
18 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 2'00.507 1.334 0.006
19 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 2'00.509 1.336 0.002
20 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 2'00.698 1.525 0.189
21 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 2'00.771 1.598 0.073
22 37 Aaron POLANCO Honda 2'01.039 1.866 0.268
23 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 2'01.040 1.867 0.001
24 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'01.045 1.872 0.005
25 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'01.066 1.893 0.021
26 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 2'01.091 1.918 0.025
27 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 2'01.194 2.021 0.103
28 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'01.268 2.095 0.074
29 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 2'01.851 2.678 0.583
30 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'02.116 2.943 0.265
31 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 2'02.570 3.397 0.454
32 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'02.885 3.712 0.315
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2017 Aragon Moto2 Qualifying Result: A Tale Of Two Polemen

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The intermediate class narrative was more of the usual: a long lull bookended by hot laps. This time, with a twist at the end. If the bike on top throughout the session was an expected one, the rider was unexpected. Alex Marquez was the early leader after firing in a high 1:53, teammate Franco Morbidelli and Mattia Pasini joining the club in close proximity. With the Italian duo looking threatening all weekend, it was an even bigger surprise that the first rider to relegate Marquez was Miguel Oliveira, the Portuguese rider dominating the final sector to score his and KTM’s second pole position in the class. Their joy was slightly dampened by a mix up with cancelled lap times that briefly relegated Oliveira to ninth, but the poleman was reinstated after being sent off from parc fermé. The long walk back probably felt sweeter with the prospect of a brand new watch.

Pasini was keen to challenge for top honours but got a bit distracted, first by waving around at Sandro Cortese and then getting too acquainted with Edgar Pons’ rear tyre. Pole number five was not to be but the Italian will start second on the grid after some wild final laps. The last spot on the front row went to Alex Marquez, the still convalescent half of the Marc VDS garage doing one better than his teammate, only seven hundredths of a second off pole.

The world championship leader won’t have been too disappointed with fourth place, only a tenth down on Oliveira, both him and his teammate failing to improve on their early laps. Simone Corsi proved why he was the only other rider to have sat on the Aragon podium in Moto2 - besides the duo ahead of him – by going fifth quickest. Jorge Navarro continued his impressive progress to join the second row of the grid in sixth.

After his showing in practice, Tom Luthi could have done worse than seventh, starting right behind his title rival. The Swiss rider will be joined on the third row by Marcel Schrotter, who seemed to have recovered well from injury, and Cortese, who might actually be the tiniest bit disappointed after running as high as fourth in practice.

Takaaki Nakagami in tenth briefly looked like threatening pole but ran into trouble in the final sectors. His fourth row start will be shared with Misano victor Dominique Aegerter and Pecco Bagnaia, the Italian ending his afternoon with a light crash.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'53.736    
2 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'53.757 0.021 0.021
3 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'53.807 0.071 0.050
4 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'53.841 0.105 0.034
5 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'53.876 0.140 0.035
6 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'53.922 0.186 0.046
7 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'53.976 0.240 0.054
8 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 1'54.053 0.317 0.077
9 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'54.072 0.336 0.019
10 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'54.149 0.413 0.077
11 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'54.225 0.489 0.076
12 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'54.282 0.546 0.057
13 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'54.361 0.625 0.079
14 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'54.461 0.725 0.100
15 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'54.534 0.798 0.073
16 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'54.717 0.981 0.183
17 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'54.728 0.992 0.011
18 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'54.797 1.061 0.069
19 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'54.856 1.120 0.059
20 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'54.870 1.134 0.014
21 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'54.880 1.144 0.010
22 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 1'54.883 1.147 0.003
23 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'55.032 1.296 0.149
24 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'55.040 1.304 0.008
25 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'55.080 1.344 0.040
26 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'55.167 1.431 0.087
27 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'55.194 1.458 0.027
28 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'55.224 1.488 0.030
29 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'55.400 1.664 0.176
30 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'55.652 1.916 0.252
31 20 Joe ROBERTS Kalex 1'55.688 1.952 0.036
32 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'55.770 2.034 0.082
33 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'55.805 2.069 0.035
34 22 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'55.906 2.170 0.101

 

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2017 Aragon MotoGP Qualifying Result: Reversal Of Fortunes

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Nearly perfect conditions waited for the qualifying show to start, the track slowly hotting up and bikes gleaming into the sun. And shiniest of them all was the Yamaha of Maverick Viñales, the Spaniard snatching pole position after an eventful session in which the Hondas faded as the Yamahas gained ground. Viñales looked quick from the word go and will start his world title bid in prime position.

After blasting through Q1, Jorge Lorenzo was the lead Ducati, the Spaniard getting within a tenth of a second of pole, stuck between his former bike and his former teammate in the middle of the front row. Valentino Rossi proved that some extra bits of metal did his speed no harm and put his Yamaha on the front row at a circuit he aims to cross off his ‘to do’ list. Remarkably, the Italian finished less than two tenths behind his teammate.

The second row was an all-Honda affair, the LCR ride of Cal Crutchlow showing the way for the factory boys. Marc Marquez needed only two laps to drop into the 1:47s but his second run was less successful, the world champion sliding out in turn twelve while running a very hot pace. The Spaniard will have his teammate to his left for tomorrow's start, Dani Pedrosa unable to drop his pace under the 1:48 mark.

The one small consolation for the world championship leader was that the man he’s tied on points with will start behind him, Andrea Dovizioso only seventh, half a second slower than Viñales. The Ducati will share third row of the grid with the Aprilia of Aleix Espargaro, who was narrowly ahead of Alvaro Bautista, the Spaniard crashing out for a second time this afternoon.

Andrea Iannone placed a Suzuki on the fourth row, ahead of the other Q1 survivor, Johann Zarco, who is yet to look comfortable on the Spanish track. After a great display in practice, Mika Kallio was unfortunate to crash before improving his time and will start only twelfth.

Even more unfortunate could be considered the likes Jack Miller, who missed out on a shot at Q2 by nine thousandths of a second and Danilo Petrucci, the Italian having to make quite a comeback from sixteenth grid position if he is to replicate his previous race result.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'47.635    
2 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'47.735 0.100 0.100
3 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'47.815 0.180 0.080
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'47.830 0.195 0.015
5 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'47.963 0.328 0.133
6 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'48.107 0.472 0.144
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'48.137 0.502 0.030
8 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'48.159 0.524 0.022
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'48.187 0.552 0.028
10 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'48.289 0.654 0.102
11 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'48.402 0.767 0.113
12 36 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'48.471 0.836 0.069
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Q2 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'48.179    
Q2 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'48.298 0.119 0.119
13 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'48.307 0.128 0.009
14 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'48.387 0.208 0.080
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'48.467 0.288 0.080
16 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'48.908 0.729 0.441
17 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'48.911 0.732 0.003
18 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'49.034 0.855 0.123
19 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'49.052 0.873 0.018
20 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'49.233 1.054 0.181
21 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'49.258 1.079 0.025
22 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'49.288 1.109 0.030
23 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'49.578 1.399 0.290
24 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'50.769 2.590 1.191

 

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2017 Aragon MotoGP FP4 Result: Viñales Mugs The Hondas

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The sun finally shining down on Motorland Aragon must have looked inviting for the premier class gang, with some race trimmings to be found. The first few minutes saw Valentino Rossi leading briefly, Alvaro Bautista sliding out after getting too comfortable with Dani Pedrosa’s rear tyre and Marc Marquez joining Cal Crutchlow in various gravel traps around the track.

Their Honda colleague was more well-behaved and Pedrosa sat at the top of the timesheets for most of the session. The Spaniard continued to improve throughout FP4, his time only bettered by a final lap on soft tyres from Maverick Viñales. The Yamaha rider looked in pretty bad nick at the start of the session but once he ditched his old used mediums he was right back at the top.

After reattaching his aero appendages Marquez rejoined the track on the hard rear tyre, recorded anoher moment for the highlights reel and was right on his teammate’s tail by the of practice. The world championship leader finished third after stalking Viñales on his final run.

Pol Espargaro continued a fantastic weekend for KTM with a fourth position on the medium tyre, also making it an all-Spanish top four in the session. Jonas Folger broke the hegemony in fifth spot, the German returning to the action after a quick hospital check post-FP3.

Jorge Lorenzo also evaluated the soft rear tyre often favoured by the Ducatis and finished the afternoon sixth, seven tenths down on the lead Yamaha. Aleix Espargaro and Karel Abraham, also on the soft combination, followed Lorenzo within three hundredths of a second.

Andrea Dovizioso seemed to prefer the medium rear for his race run, the Italian ninth fastest and a tenth behind his teammate. The top ten was completed by Cal Crutchlow, with Johann Zarco in eleventh as the final man within a second of Viñales.

Much like his teammate, Valentino Rossi also started his session on mediums but later gave the hard rear a bit of a look. The Italian did not improve his time on the second tyre and finished sixteenth, a bit over a second separating him from Viñales.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'48.709    
2 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'48.805 0.096 0.096
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'48.839 0.130 0.034
4 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'49.287 0.578 0.448
5 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'49.383 0.674 0.096
6 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'49.415 0.706 0.032
7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'49.422 0.713 0.007
8 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'49.455 0.746 0.033
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'49.555 0.846 0.100
10 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'49.586 0.877 0.031
11 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'49.690 0.981 0.104
12 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'49.715 1.006 0.025
13 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'49.752 1.043 0.037
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'49.760 1.051 0.008
15 36 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'49.847 1.138 0.087
16 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'49.888 1.179 0.041
17 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'50.097 1.388 0.209
18 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'50.234 1.525 0.137
19 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'50.237 1.528 0.003
20 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'50.267 1.558 0.030
21 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'50.425 1.716 0.158
22 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'50.478 1.769 0.053
23 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'50.698 1.989 0.220
24 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'51.397 2.688 0.699

 

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2017 Aragon Moto3 Qualifying Result: Speed, Luck And Risky Strategies

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Clear skies and over twenty degrees were a more familiar setting for the Spanish circuit, as was the waiting around in Moto3 garages for a fast man to follow. After the initial shenanigans were done, the lightweight class got down to business and Joan Mir laid down a marker for his rivals to chase. With the world championship leader not exactly a qualifying expert with only one pole to his name, the likes of Aron Canet and Martin smelled an opportunity on the next run.

Martin fired the first shot the second time around and mugged Canet after trailing the EG 0,0 rider on track. The luxury tow did not make the ultimate difference, Canet letting him through on the next lap and Martin going on to extend his lead by nearly half a second. With ten minutes remaining and the calm before the storm setting in, only four riders had managed to get within a second of the Gresini racer’s benchmark.

The final run started with a demonstration of pretty poor maths, several riders making it over the line by the skin of their teeth for one fast lap. They still found time to waddle around looking for a tow or trying to avoid giving one. In the rush for one final lap, drama ensued, Martin sliding out in turn twelve but his good work paid off and no one could improve on his previous benchmark, awarding the rapid Spaniard another pole position.

Soon after Martin touched the gravel, a pile-up filled the turn 15 run-off, a highside for Adam Norrodin taking Joan Mir, Juanfran Guevara, Fabio di Giannantonio and Andrea Migno out of contention for pole. Enea Bastianini ended up as the big winner, the Italian speaking onto the first row of the grid in second position. Despite his heavy FP3 crash and also sampling the scenery by running off on his outlap, Canet preserved his front row start, just behind his teammate.

Nicolo Bulega also benefited from the world championship leader’s misfortune, the Italian going fourth and taking future teammate Dennis Foggia with him on the second row of the grid. Mir fell back all the way to sixth, hardly unfamiliar territory for the Spaniard.

John McPhee had quite the dreadful start to his qualifying session, which made his improvement all the more impressive, the Scotsman’s last lap placing him on the third row of the grid. Behind him will line up Philipp Oettl in eighth, who also took a big tumble in FP3, and Tatsuki Suzuki in ninth spot.

The top ten was completed by Marcos Ramirez, the final rider to post a time within a second of Martin’s pole position. Romano Fenati had been keen to do work on his own all weekend but the strategy did not turn out great on Saturday at least, the Italian down in eleventh position, ahead of recent pole expert Gabriel Rodrigo.

Maria Herrera did not take part in the qualifying session and retired from the rest of the weekend as a consequence of her damaged collarbone.

Results:          

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'58.067    
2 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'58.425 0.358 0.358
3 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'58.516 0.449 0.091
4 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'58.593 0.526 0.077
5 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'58.768 0.701 0.175
6 36 Joan MIR Honda 1'58.784 0.717 0.016
7 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'58.813 0.746 0.029
8 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'58.961 0.894 0.148
9 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'58.976 0.909 0.015
10 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'58.985 0.918 0.009
11 5 Romano FENATI Honda 1'59.165 1.098 0.180
12 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'59.167 1.100 0.002
13 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'59.177 1.110 0.010
14 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'59.271 1.204 0.094
15 95 Jules DANILO Honda 1'59.321 1.254 0.050
16 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'59.360 1.293 0.039
17 12 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 1'59.379 1.312 0.019
18 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'59.390 1.323 0.011
19 15 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'59.392 1.325 0.002
20 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM 1'59.505 1.438 0.113
21 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM 1'59.513 1.446 0.008
22 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Mahindra 1'59.535 1.468 0.022
23 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 1'59.697 1.630 0.162
24 75 Albert ARENAS Mahindra 1'59.706 1.639 0.009
25 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Peugeot 1'59.813 1.746 0.107
26 96 Manuel PAGLIANI Mahindra 1'59.819 1.752 0.006
27 37 Aaron POLANCO Honda 1'59.833 1.766 0.014
28 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'59.849 1.782 0.016
29 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'59.861 1.794 0.012
30 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 2'00.205 2.138 0.344
31 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 2'00.953 2.886 0.748
32 4 Patrik PULKKINEN Peugeot 2'01.261 3.194 0.308
  6 Maria HERRERA KTM      

 

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2017 Aragon Moto2 FP3 Result: Morbidelli Gets One Back On Pasini

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With the tiniest bit of experience on a dry Motorland Aragon from Friday afternoon, there was more consistency in the hierarchy of the intermediate class. Surprising no one, world championship leader Franco Morbidelli planted his flag at the top of the timesheets as soon as he hit the track.

FP2 leader Mattia Pasini was the only rider not to improve on his Friday time straight away, the Italian testing some new aero developments. Unconcerned with the issue, the Italtrans rider instantly found some speed in the final fifteen minutes to head straight to the top of the timesheets and relegate Morbidelli to second in a repeat of FP2. Unlike FP2, Morbidelli retaliated on the very last lap and snuck ahead by a mere hundredth of a second.

While the leaders might not have raised any eyebrows, Takaaki Nakagami in third and especially Sandro Cortese in fourth, finished within a tenth of a second of the world championship leader. The gaps were equally unsubstantial throughout the field, the top twenty riders covered by one second.

Back to fifth place, Miguel Oliveira continued his consistent performance less than two tenths slower than Morbidelli. Behind the Portuguese rider was his main rival for third position in the championship, Alex Marquez. The Spaniard was still in significant pain but proved more competitive than in the wet and scored a sixth place in race trim.

Simone Corsi might have looked at an elite tow from Morbidelli for his last run but could not reach quite as high as on Friday, the Italian down in seventh. The top ten was completed by an increasingly impressive Jorge Navarro, a disappointing Tom Luthi (although only three tenths down on his title rival) and an average result for Pecco Bagnaia in tenth place.

Some of the names that shone in recent races had rather lacklustre mornings, Luca Marini sixteenth, Dominique Aegerter seventeenth, Xavi Vierge nineteenth and Lorenzo Baldassarri twenty-first.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Kalex 1'54.200    
2 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'54.210 0.010 0.010
3 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Kalex 1'54.216 0.016 0.006
4 11 Sandro CORTESE Suter 1'54.295 0.095 0.079
5 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'54.376 0.176 0.081
6 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'54.398 0.198 0.022
7 24 Simone CORSI Speed Up 1'54.408 0.208 0.010
8 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'54.508 0.308 0.100
9 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'54.555 0.355 0.047
10 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'54.583 0.383 0.028
11 49 Axel PONS Kalex 1'54.689 0.489 0.106
12 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Speed Up 1'54.768 0.568 0.079
13 40 Fabio QUARTARARO Kalex 1'54.800 0.600 0.032
14 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Suter 1'54.844 0.644 0.044
15 19 Xavier SIMEON Kalex 1'54.895 0.695 0.051
16 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'54.971 0.771 0.076
17 77 Dominique AEGERTER Suter 1'55.048 0.848 0.077
18 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'55.136 0.936 0.088
19 97 Xavi VIERGE Tech 3 1'55.185 0.985 0.049
20 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'55.204 1.004 0.019
21 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'55.234 1.034 0.030
22 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'55.268 1.068 0.034
23 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'55.332 1.132 0.064
24 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Kalex 1'55.356 1.156 0.024
25 27 Iker LECUONA Kalex 1'55.489 1.289 0.133
26 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 1'55.559 1.359 0.070
27 2 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 1'55.583 1.383 0.024
28 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'55.682 1.482 0.099
29 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'55.842 1.642 0.160
30 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'55.873 1.673 0.031
31 32 Isaac VIÑALES Kalex 1'55.888 1.688 0.015
32 22 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'56.091 1.891 0.203
33 20 Joe ROBERTS Kalex 1'56.114 1.914 0.023
34 6 Tarran MACKENZIE Suter 1'57.141 2.941 1.027

 

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2017 Aragon MotoGP FP3 Result: Dress Rehearsal For Marquez

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Saturday morning saw the first fully dry session for the premier class, a welcome sight after the tricky and setup-irrelevant Friday. A little mist was still in the air and the extra bit of confidence on fresh slick tyres saw more crashes than in the previous rain-ridden practice sessions, the likes of Sam Lowes and Johann Zarco testing the gravel traps early into the session. Their colleagues had no problem going ten seconds faster than Friday right away and were about a second away from the circuit record after their race runs on the medium rear tyre.

Usually fast out the box, Marc Marquez led the field after the first run and it took until the qualifying dummy run of the final ten minutes for that lead to be challenged. After a slow and steady start, Andrea Dovizioso found himself behind his main title rival on their hot laps and stole his lead in the final five minutes. Marquez replied on the very next lap to go half a second faster and never relinquished that position again.

As Dovizioso pitted to fit a new set of softs, Maverick Viñales turned into Marquez’s main threat. The clear skies were probably most appreciated by the Spaniard, the Yamaha struggling badly on Friday but finishing second, three tenths behind Marquez, on Saturday morning.

Dani Pedrosa completed the top three with another Honda, the Spaniard starting a bit slow but showing good pace on his final run. Compatriot Alvaro Bautista would have been a more surprising sight in fourth position if it wasn’t for the man in fifth. After chasing world champion tail, Mika Kallio proved to be fast on his own as well, the KTM test rider mingling with the title contenders all session and dropping to fifth eventually, half a second off the leader and significantly faster than his teammates.

Dovizioso’s second go on the softs did not wield great results, the Ducati man settling for sixth spot. Aleix Espargaro placed his Aprilia into Q2 once again with a seventh place, ahead of Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Iannone – the Italian crashing his Suzuki in the final minutes in turn five but keeping ninth position.

With all (or many) eyes on Valentino Rossi’s progress in the dry, the Italian salvaged a tenth place and the final Q2 ticket by only six hundredths of a second. Jorge Lorenzo may have lost a knee slider but also some of his Friday speed. The Spaniard didn’t look in great shape while sorting out his setup and he recovered to nearly join the top ten but had to settle for eleventh and a trip through Q1.

Amongst the other usual suspects, Danilo Petrucci looked to also struggle a bit on his Ducati in thirteenth and over a second down on Marquez. In the Tech 3 camp, Zarco did not recover much after his early crash, finishing nineteenth, with teammate Jonas Folger joining the crash list later in the session and looking a bit battered down in twenty-third spot.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'48.252    
2 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'48.562 0.310 0.310
3 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'48.683 0.431 0.121
4 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'48.783 0.531 0.100
5 36 Mika KALLIO KTM 1'48.811 0.559 0.028
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'48.881 0.629 0.070
7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'48.920 0.668 0.039
8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'49.021 0.769 0.101
9 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'49.139 0.887 0.118
10 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'49.223 0.971 0.084
11 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'49.286 1.034 0.063
12 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'49.300 1.048 0.014
13 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'49.389 1.137 0.089
14 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'49.473 1.221 0.084
15 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'49.523 1.271 0.050
16 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'49.553 1.301 0.030
17 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'49.613 1.361 0.060
18 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'49.748 1.496 0.135
19 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'49.872 1.620 0.124
20 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'50.133 1.881 0.261
21 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'50.136 1.884 0.003
22 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'50.753 2.501 0.617
23 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 1'50.919 2.667 0.166
24 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 1'51.076 2.824 0.157

 

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