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2018 MotoGP – Round 19 – Valencia

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) claimed the final MotoGP victory of 2018 at the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, finishing ahead of an on-form Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and a stunning result for Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) as the Spaniard took his first premier class podium and the first for KTM in MotoGP.

Andrea Dovizioso – P1

“Today’s was truly a spectacular victory! I have finally managed to win at Valencia, which for me and for Ducati has always been rather a tough track. The first race was very difficult, because Rins started off really strong. I stayed clam however and reeled him in, but Rossi was also recovering and he was very quick so I had to manage the situation while the rain was increasing lap after lap. In the second race we managed to make all the difference because we were able to use a new tyre we hadn’t used in the morning warm-up as well as making a small change to the set-up. I’m really pleased with the way we worked together with the team and to have been able to give them this win, which really helps cheer everyone up. It was a great way to finish the season!”

MotoGP Valencia Andrea Dovizioso Podium
Andrea Dovizioso

The dramatic race was red-flagged and restarted in heavy rain at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, and saw a large number of riders fall foul of the tough conditions – not least reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP duo Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi. But the show had to go on – delay notwithstanding – and go on it did.

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Valencia MotoGP – Michelin technician

MotoGP Race Report

On the original start, Rins had destroyed the field to gain a huge lead after only a couple of corners, and the rain was falling but not heavy.

MotoGP Valencia Michelin Start
Rins got the early jump at Valencia

The conditions remained difficult, however, and a good few big names – including some wet specialists – found themselves sliding out.

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Pol Espargaro leads Marc Marquez and Maverick Vinales

They included a highside that skittled Marquez into the gravel from podium contention, and a high-speed tumble for Viñales after a good initial getaway.

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Alex Rins streaked away from the field at the first running of the race

Pol Espargaro crashed out of P4 at Turn 3 after a stunning start, but incredibly he was able to re-join.

Brother Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing), teammate Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing) and Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) also all crashed out and couldn’t get back in it, but Rossi? At that stage, he was only getting faster as the rain was getting worse.

MotoGP Valencia Michelin Start Rossi Miller
Valentino Rossi

Eventually, however, the volume of rain was starting to beat the circuit’s ability to drain and the Red Flag came out. The race was eventually re-started for 14 laps, and the grid would be decided by the standings as of the last completed lap – meaning it was Rins on pole, Dovizioso second, Rossi third and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) lining up fourth in his final race. 14 laps and the end of an era for many…

MotoGP Valencia Start Pol Espargaro
Riders head out of pit-lane for the re-start

The front row held station as the lights went out for ‘Race 2’ and all 16 riders safely negotiated the opening exchanges, with Rins leading.

However, Dovizioso was once again able to get the power down on his GP18 to slice past Rins heading onto lap 2 – with Rossi in close pursuit. The three leaders quickly gapped fourth place Espargaro by 2.9 seconds, and Pedrosa tucked in behind the KTM in P5.

MotoGP Valencia Michelin Crowd
Valencia MotoGP crowd

By then, the rain was starting to fall once again and conditions were still incredibly tough. Nevertheless, the leading trio were all lapping in the low 1:43s – two seconds quicker than anyone else as it soon became a three horse race for the final win of 2018.

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Andrea Dovizioso, Valentino Rossi, Alex Rins

On Lap 6, Dovizioso then pulled the pin to create a one-second gap back to Rins – a 1:49.921 creating that gap, with 1.5 seconds then splitting the trio.

MotoGP Valencia Andrea Dovizioso
Andrea Dovizioso

Another fastest lap soon followed for Dovi, as Rossi made his move past Rins at Turn 4 – 1.5 down on ‘DesmoDovi’.

However, with six to go, the gap was up to 2.4 and a lap later, the Ducati rider’s lead was over three seconds.

But then, the drama hit again and ‘The Doctor’ was down at Turn 12 – rider ok, but lifting Espargaro and KTM up to a podium place.

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Pol Espargaro

As the last lap began, Dovizioso’s advantage was four seconds to Rins as both safely waded their way to the finish line – the Italian taking his first win since Misano and Rins grabbing a fifth podium of the year to claim P5 in the Championship.

Then, emotional scenes followed as Espargaro kept Michele Pirro (Ducati Team) at bay to take both his and KTM’s maiden MotoGP podium – phenomenal from rider and factory alike after the number 44 rider had crashed earlier, remounted and dueled both Repsol Hondas. After a difficult season for the Austrian marque with injury struggles, it made for an incredible dose of oxygen, so said Espargaro.

MotoGP Valencia Pol Espargaro Podium
Pol Espargaro

Behind him and Pirro came the new MotoGP Legend: Pedrosa. The ‘Little Samurai’ took home a hard-earned P5 from his farewell Grand Prix ride on home soil as he helped Repsol Honda secure the triple crown.

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Dani Pedrosa

Behind the three-time Champion was fellow Honda rider Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu), the Japanese rookie taking home a career-best P6 as top Independent Team rider in the race, with Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) taking the overall 2018 Independent Team rider honours after crossing the line in P7. That result will be much to the chagrin of the injured Cal Crutchlow who saw that honour slip away from him while on the sideliness after his Phillip Island tumble. 

Zarco held off Bradley Smith (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), who grabbed his best KTM result on his final ride for the team.

Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda Castrol), replacement rider for Cal Crutchlow crossed the line in P9, with Hafizh Syahrin (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) rounding out the top ten – a great ride, but not quite enough to beat Morbidelli to ‘Rookie of the Year’.

On his final Grand Prix appearance, Scott Redding (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) claimed a season-best P11, with Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) bringing his Ducati career to an end with a tough P12 on the comeback from injury.

Rossi remounted to ride to P13 and P3 in the Championship is the nine-time World Champion’s, with Karel Abraham (Angel Nieto Team) and Jordi Torres (Reale Avintia Racing) claiming the final point-scoring positions.

Alvaro Bautista (Angel Nieto Team) crashed out of his final Grand Prix race with seven to go.

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Valencia MotoGP Results

Circuit Ricardo Tormo, 27 laps, 108.1 km (1 lap: 4.005 km)
Pos Rider Team Time
1. Dovizioso A. Ducati Team Win
2. Rins A. Team Suzuki Ecstar +2.750
3. Espargaro P. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +7.406
6. Nakagami T. LCR Honda +32.288
7. Zarco J. Monster Tech 3 +32.806
8. Smith B. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +33.111
9. Bradl S. LCR Honda +36.376
10. Syahrin H. Monster Tech 3 +37.198
11. Redding S. Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +44.326
12. Lorenzo J. Ducati Team +46.146
13. Rossi V. Movistar Yamaha +52.809
14. Abraham K. Angel Nieto Team +1:10.628
15. Torres J. Reale Avintia Racing +1:16.739
DNF Bautista A. Angel Nieto Team Accident
DNF Vinales M. Movistar Yamaha Accident
DNF Morbidelli F. Marc VDS Racing Team Accident
DNF Iannone A. Team Suzuki Ecstar Accident
DNF Marquez M. Repsol Honda Accident
DNF Petrucci D. Alma Pramac Racing Accident
DNF Luthi T. Marc VDS Racing Team Accident
DNF Espargaro A. Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Accident
MotoGP Valencia Michelin Podium Dovizioso Rins Espargaro
MotoGP Race Results
1 – Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) DUCATI 24’03.408
2 – Alex Rins (SPA) SUZUKI +2.750
3 – Pol Espargaro (SPA) KTM +7.406
2018 MotoGP Championship Standings
Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 321
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 245
3 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 198
4 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha SPA 193
5 Alex RINS Suzuki SPA 169
6 Johann ZARCO Yamaha FRA 158
7 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda GBR 148
8 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati ITA 144
9 Jorge LORENZO Ducati SPA 134
10 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki ITA 133
11 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 117
12 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati SPA 105
13 Jack MILLER Ducati AUS 91
14 Pol ESPARGARO KTM SPA 51
15 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda ITA 50
16 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha MAL 46
17 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia SPA 44
18 Bradley SMITH KTM GBR 38
19 Tito RABAT Ducati SPA 35
20 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda JPN 33
21 Scott REDDING Aprilia GBR 20
22 Michele PIRRO Ducati ITA 14
23 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE 12
24 Stefan BRADL Honda GER 10
25 Mika KALLIO KTM FIN 6
26 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA Yamaha JPN 2
27 Xavier SIMEON Ducati BEL 1
28 Jordi TORRES Ducati SPA 1

MotoGP Team Points

The falls for Vinales and Rossi cost Movistar Yamaha dearly in the MotoGP Team Standings and their mistakes were enough for Team Ducati to pip them to second place in the Team Standings by a single point. 

It was Repsol Honda however that again topped the MotoGP Team Standings for the season, 46-points clear of Ducati. 

2018 MotoGP Team Standings
Pos Team Points
1. Repsol Honda Team 438
2. Ducati Team 392
3. Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 391
4. Suzuki MotoGP 302
5. Alma Pramac Racing 235
6. Monster Yamaha Tech 3 204
7. LCR Honda 191
8. Angel Nieto Team 104
9. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 89
10. Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 64
11. Estrella Galicia 0,0 50
12. Reale Avintia Racing 37

Constructors Championship

Honda also won the Constructors Championship from Ducati which gives them back-to-back MotoGP Triple Crowns, of riders championship, teams championship and constructors crown. 

MotoGP Valencia Repsol Honda Triple Crown
Repsol Honda
2018 MotoGP Constructors Championship Standings
Pos. Team Points
1 Honda 375
2 Ducati 335
3 Yamaha 281
4 Suzuki 233
5 Ktm 72
6 Aprilia 59

With that, the curtain comes down after another sensational end to the 2018 MotoGP World Championship – and another magnificent season draws to a close. There’s not long to wait before 2019 begins, however, as engines fire up for testing – and 2019 – on Tuesday.


Moto2

In his 50th Moto2 race, Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) produced a faultless ride to take his third victory of the season in the 2018 finale at the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana. The Portuguese rider won by an impressive 13 second margin over first-time podium finisher Iker Lecuona (Swiss Innovative Investors), as Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) completed the podium – despite crashing out of the lead.

Miguel Oliveira

“Alex made a mistake and I was able to cruise until the last lap. It was definitely hard to keep focus. I was trying to control the pace and the advantage. I’m glad we finished the season on a high. It is definitely a nice goodbye to the category and the guys on the team deserve this title because they worked non-stop through race weekends, tests and at the factory. I’m glad for these last three seasons and I want to thank them all. Moving onto KTM and MotoGP I feel ready, I just need time and then we’ll see what happens.”

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Miguel Oliveira

Moto2 Race Report

Straight away in the last race of the season, drama. Before the race had begun, Fabio Quartararo (HDR Heidrun – Speed Up) had an issue on the grid which saw him start from the back. Then, just after the lights went out, poleman Luca Marini’s (Sky Racing Team VR46) front end washed away under braking at Turn 2; the Italian hitting the back of teammate Francesco Bagnaia – the latter staying on but running wide – while further back, the exact same happened to Joan Mir (EG 0,0 Marc VDS). The Spaniard went down, with Mir himself then collecting Lorenzo Baldassarri (Pons HP40) as the pair followed Marini into the gravel and out of the race.

After a busy opening handful of laps, we were then eventiually left with Oliveira at the front and the top four consisting the Portuguese rider, Marquez, Xavi Vierge (Dynavolt Intact GP) and Lecuona in a class of their own – the only riders lapping in the 1:48s. It was Marquez who soon took over the baton at the front though, and the Spaniard then upped the pace, putting in consecutive fastest laps in the 1:47s to give himself a 1.5 second buffer over Oliveira with 10 laps gone.

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Miguel Oliveira leads Alex Marquez

Lap 12 ticked by and it was another fastest lap for Marquez, a 1:47.342 edging the gap to Oliveira to almost two seconds, with Vierge a further two seconds behind the KTM rider at this stage. That was until the Spaniard lost the front at Turn 8 while under pressure from Lecuona, the latter now up to P3, but Lecuona soon ran well wide at Turn 14 and dropped to eight seconds off the lead.

At the front, Oliveira and Marquez exchanged fastest laps at the mid-stage, the gap fluctuating between 1.5 and 2.0 seconds. But then, on Lap 15, Marquez suddenly crashed. Turn 14 was the corner but – such was the advantage the leaders had – the Spaniard was able to remount and rejoin the race in P3, still on for a podium and just ahead of Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team). It did, however, leave Oliveira in control of the race, with an 8.5 second gap between him and second place Lecuona.

From there on, the 2018 Moto2 runner-up kept his cool to stride home for his third win of the season, taking the chequered flag by over 13 seconds back to Lecuona but the Spaniard earning a fantastic maiden Grand Prix podium. After the crash, Marquez was also able to salvage the podium, with Pasini taking a commendable P4 on what could prove his final Grand Prix race.

Fifth place went to Tech 3 Racing’s Remy Gardner, the Australian’s career-best result after he got the better of the recovering Quartararo, who took a phenomenal P6.

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Remy Gardner

After starting from the front row, Marcel Schrötter (Dynavolt Intact GP) crossed the line in P7, while it was a home race top ten finish for Augusto Fernandez (Pons HP40) in P8. Andrea Locatelli (Italtrans Racing Team) and Simone Corsi (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2) rounded out the top ten in the final Moto2 race of the season. Meanwhile, 2018 Champion Bagnaia clawed his way to P14 on his final Moto2 ride after getting caught up in the drama at Turn 2 early on.

Khairul Idham Pawi (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia), Xavi Cardelus (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2), replacement rider Tommaso Marcon (HDR Heidrun – Speed Up), Sam Lowes (Swiss Innovative Investors), a super fast Joe Roberts (NTS RW Racing GP), Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Brad Binder, Jorge Navarro (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) and a charging Niki Tuuli (Petronas Sprinta Racing) also crashed out – rider ok.

A dramatic final Honda-powered Moto2 race of the year ends with Oliveira ending his intermediate class career on a high, while also ensuring Red Bull KTM Ajo are the Moto2 2018 Team Champions.

MotoGP Valencia Moto Miguel Oliveira KTM Moto Teams Champ
Miguel Oliveira

Oliveira ran Bagnaia close – nine points the final margin – as the two now move to MotoGP. So who will be the ones to watch at the beginning of a brand-new Triumph powered era in 2019?

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Moto2 Results

Circuit Ricardo Tormo, 25 laps, 100.1 km (1 lap: 4.005 km)
Pos Rider Team Time
1. Oliveira M. Red Bull KTM Ajo 45:07.639
2. Lecuona I. SWI +13.201
3. Marquez A. Estrella Galicia Marc VDS +22.175
4. Pasini M. Italtrans Racing Team +28.892
5. Gardner R. Tech 3 Racing +30.106
6. Quartararo F. HDR Heidrun-Speed Up +32.126
7. Schrotter M. Dynavolt Intact GP +33.086
8. Fernandez A. Pons HP40 +33.950
9. Locatelli A. Italtrans Racing Team +35.707
10. Corsi S. Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 +37.019
11. Aegerter D. Kiefer Racing +43.844
12. Nagashima T. Idemitsu Honda Team Asia +45.871
13. Odendaal S. NTS RW Racing GP +49.113
14. Bagnaia F. Sky Racing Team VR46 +53.288
15. Raffin J. SAG Team +1:08.712
16. Vinales I. Forward Racing Team +1:25.666
17. Cardelus X. Marinelli Snipers Team +1:32.166
18. Danilo J. SAG Team +1:47.502
19. Fuligni F. Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 +1 l.
20. Tulovic L. Forward Racing Team +1 l.
DNF Tuuli N. SIC Racing Team Retired
DNF Vierge X. Dynavolt Intact GP Retired
DNF Roberts J. NTS RW Racing GP Accident
DNF Navarro J. Federal Oil Gresini Accident
DNF Marcon T. HDR Heidrun-Speed Up Accident
DNF Lowes S. SWI Accident
DNF Binder B. Red Bull KTM Ajo Accident
DNF Pawi K. I. Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Accident
DNF Marini L. Sky Racing Team VR46 Accident
DNF Baldassarri L. Pons HP40 Accident
DNF Mir J. Estrella Galicia Marc VDS Accident
MotoGP Valencia Moto Podium Oliveira
Moto2 Race Results
1 – Miguel Oliveira (POR) KTM 45’07.639
2 – Iker Lecuona (SPA) KTM +13.201
3 – Alex Marquez (SPA) KALEX +22.175
Moto2 Championship Standings
Pos Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex ITA 306
2 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM POR 297
3 Brad BINDER KTM RSA 201
4 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex SPA 173
5 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex ITA 162
6 Joan MIR Kalex SPA 155
7 Luca MARINI Kalex ITA 147
8 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex GER 147
9 Mattia PASINI Kalex ITA 141
10 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up FRA 138
11 Xavi VIERGE Kalex SPA 131
12 Iker LECUONA KTM SPA 80
13 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex SPA 58
14 Simone CORSI Kalex ITA 53
15 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex ITA 52
16 Sam LOWES KTM GBR 49
17 Dominique AEGERTER KTM SWI 47
18 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex SPA 45
19 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 AUS 40
20 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex JPN 27
21 Romano FENATI Kalex ITA 14
22 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex SWI 10
23 Hector BARBERA Kalex SPA 10
24 Stefano MANZI Suter ITA 8
25 Danny KENT Speed Up GBR 8
26 Isaac VIÑALES Suter SPA 7
27 Joe ROBERTS NTS USA 5
28 Steven ODENDAAL NTS RSA 4
29 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 NED 2
30 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex MAL 1
31 Edgar PONS Speed Up SPA 1
32 Niki TUULI Kalex FIN 1

Moto3

It didn’t seem like a day for history to be made when the Circuit Ricardo Tormo began to wake up to a rain-soaked Sunday. It seemed like a day to endure, to be cautious; to take the points and not the risk.

It seemed a day more likely to be defined by attrition rather than heroics, but Can Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo) ensured it becomes much more than that. Taking his first win as a wildcard, in his first appearance, at 15 years and 115 days old, the Turkish rider is the youngest ever Grand Prix winner, the first rider to win his first race since Noboru Ueda in the 125 race in Japan in 1991, and the first Grand Prix winner from the Asia Talent Cup.

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Can Öncü

If that wasn’t enough, he did it in some serious style – crossing the line four seconds clear of reigning Champion Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3) in second and another two ahead of John McPhee (CIP – Green Power).

Can Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

“I was not taking much risk. I was riding normal. It’s a really nice feeling to write a new story as the youngest rider ever [to win] and to finish on the podium means I am two-times happy! In the Rookies I learned how to fight and to ride the KTM, as well as manage the races and not to crash. To be here was my dream and there are some incredible riders, incredibly fast. I’m ready to see how we will be next year.”

MotoGP Valencia Moto Can Oncu
Can Öncü

Moto3 Race Report

It was Tony Arbolino (Marinelli Snipers Team) who took the holeshot from pole, although Marco Bezzecchi (Redox PruestelGP) looked threatening in second as McPhee lost a place and Öncü sliced through into third. Soon the Turk was also starting to threaten Bezzecchi as Arbolino started to make an early gap in the wet conditions, but the number 12 started to pull away again initially – until drama struck. Suddenly sliding out early, the former title contender was down and out of contention, with Arbolino left over two seconds clear of Öncü.

McPhee was then in third, leading Fabio Di Giannantonio (Del Conca Gresini Moto3) and teammate Martin as both Gresini riders made top starts, but the duo were soon past the Scot although the trio remained close. Then there was more drama up ahead and all eyes switched back to the front as Arbolino suddenly highsided out – having been over six seconds clear. Who did that leave in the lead? Debutant, wildcard and imminently impressive Öncü, nursing his own lead – and then starting to increase it.

MotoGP Valencia Moto Can Oncu
Can Öncü

Soon Martin was past Diggia and McPhee followed suit, but it remained the Turk’s to lose and behind the front few the gaps became even bigger. Nervous faces down at Red Bull KTM Ajo watched the laps tick down towards history being made and records being broken, but Öncü held firm and stayed calm – until a huge wobble on the final lap…

That saw the reigning Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Champion immediately back off, with time in his pocket to play it safe. Crawling round the Circuit Ricardo Tormo for the final time, he eventually crossed the line four seconds clear for his first Grand Prix win, taking his place in history.

Martin took second in his only lightweight class race as reigning Champion, followed by McPhee in third after another impressive performance in the wet from the Scot. ‘Diggia’ ended the year and his Moto3 career just off the podium but snatched second overall from Bezzecchi, with Enea Bastianini (Leopard Racing) just behind in fifth.

Jaume Masia (Bester Capital Dubia) wrapped up the Rookie of the Year title by taking sixth after his rival for that crown – Dennis Foggia (Sky Racing Team VR46) – didn’t finish, with youth getting ahead of experience as Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse) took P7.

MotoGP Valencia Moto Can Oncu
Can Öncü

Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (Honda Team Asia), who leaves the paddock for pastures new next season, took his best ever finish in eighth after a stunning race and impressive weekend, with Marcos Ramirez (Bester Capital Dubai) and Celestino Vietti (Sky Racing Team VR46) completing the top ten.

Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse), Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0), Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) crashed out together in some early drama, and Darryn Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) was another early faller. Bezzecchi ended his lightweight class career with two crashes in tough conditions, and teammate Jakub Kornfeil almost went down but was able to rejoin, taking the last point on offer in P15.

A new era now begins for many on the grid after a classic, goosebump-creator of a season finale.

The Martins and Bezzecchis of the Championship move on to Moto2 and the rookies and newcomers become the experienced runners, but the race leaves most with the distant sound of the Jaws theme after Öncü’s debut: the Turk becomes a full time rider next season – and he’s already a Grand Prix winner and a record breaker…

MotoGP Valencia Moto Can Oncu
Can Öncü
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Moto3 Results

Circuit Ricardo Tormo, 23 laps, 92.1 km (1 lap: 4.005 km)
Pos Rider Team Time
1. Oncu C. Red Bull KTM Ajo 43:06.370
2. Martin J. Del Conca Gresini Racing +4.071
3. Mcphee J. CIP Green Power +6.130
4. Di Giannantonio F. Del Conca Gresini Racing +12.897
5. Bastianini E. Leopard Racing +14.735
6. Masia J. Bester Capital Dubai +21.984
7. Antonelli N. SIC58 Squadra Corse +26.641
8. Atiratphuvapat N. Idemitsu Honda Team Asia +30.758
9. Ramirez M. Bester Capital Dubai +33.411
10. Vietti C. Sky Racing Team VR46 +39.008
11. Sasaki A. Petronas Sprinta Racing +42.332
12. Nepa S. CIP Green Power +48.931
13. Fernandez R. MRW Mahindra Aspar Team +54.434
14. Migno A. Angel Nieto Team Moto3 +54.585
15. Kornfeil J. PruestlGP +56.424
16. Masaki K. RBA BOE Skull Rider +57.222
17. Rodrigo G. RBA BOE Skull Rider +1:00.541
18. Dalla Porta L. Leopard Racing +1:35.093
19. Binder D. Red Bull KTM Ajo +1 l.
20. Bezzecchi M. PruestlGP +1 l.
DNF Perez V. Reale Avintia Academy Accident
DNF Oettl P. Sudmetall Schedl GP Racing Retired
DNF Arbolino T. Marinelli Snipers Team Accident
DNF Ikmal I. Petronas Sprinta Racing Accident
DNF Arenas A. Angel Nieto Team Moto3 Accident
DNF Toba K. Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Accident
DNF Foggia D. Sky Racing Team VR46 Accident
DNF Canet A. Estrella Galicia 0,0 Accident
DNF Lopez A. Estrella Galicia 0,0 Accident
DNF Suzuki T. SIC58 Squadra Corse Accident
MotoGP Valencia Moto Can Oncu Podium
Moto3 Race Results
1 – Can Öncü (TUR) KTM 43’06.370
2 – Jorge Martin (SPA) HONDA +4.071
3 – John McPhee (GBR) KTM +6.130
Moto3 Championship Standings
Pos Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Jorge MARTIN Honda SPA 260
2 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda ITA 218
3 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM ITA 214
4 Enea BASTIANINI Honda ITA 177
5 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda ITA 151
6 Aron CANET Honda SPA 128
7 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM ARG 116
8 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM CZE 116
9 Albert ARENAS KTM SPA 107
10 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM SPA 102
11 Andrea MIGNO KTM ITA 84
12 John MCPHEE KTM GBR 78
13 Jaume MASIA KTM SPA 76
14 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda JPN 71
15 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda ITA 71
16 Philipp OETTL KTM GER 58
17 Darryn BINDER KTM RSA 57
18 Tony ARBOLINO Honda ITA 57
19 Dennis FOGGIA KTM ITA 55
20 Ayumu SASAKI Honda JPN 50
21 Adam NORRODIN Honda MAL 46
22 Kaito TOBA Honda JPN 37
23 Alonso LOPEZ Honda SPA 36
24 Can ONCU KTM TUR 25
25 Celestino VIETTI KTM ITA 24
26 Nicolo BULEGA KTM ITA 18
27 Vicente PEREZ KTM SPA 16
28 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM SPA 16
29 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda THA 12
30 Makar YURCHENKO Honda KAZ 9
31 Kazuki MASAKI KTM JPN 9
32 Livio LOI KTM BEL 8
33 Somkiat CHANTRA Honda THA 7
34 Manuel PAGLIANI Honda ITA 6
35 Stefano NEPA KTM ITA 4
36 Ai OGURA Honda JPN 1

Source: MCNews.com.au

FIM Awards Ceremony brings the curtain down on 2018

Sunday at the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana saw another three incredible races to close the season, and in the evening the FIM Awards ceremony brought the curtain down on 2018 – with Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) headlining the show.

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Valentino Rossi, Marc Márquez and Andrea Dovizioso with their medals

Marquez received his MotoGP World Champion trophy after taking the title in style in Japan, capping off another record-breaker of a season for the Spaniard.

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FIM Awards Ceremony – Marc Marquez

The 2018 Awards were hosted by Gavin Emmett, with Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta and FIM President Vito Ippolito in attendance to present the range of awards throughout the evening to all the winners this season.

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L-R: 2018 Moto2 World Champion Francesco Bagnaia with Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder

Youngest ever seven-time World Champion Marquez took top billing as he received his record-breaking 2018 MotoGP trophy, along with Moto2 World Champion Francesco Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46) and Moto3 World Champion Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3) after their incredible seasons.

Moto Champions Jorge Martin Fabio Di Giannantonio Marco Bezzecchi
L-R: 2018 Moto3 World Champion Jorge Martin with Fabio Di Giannantonio and Marco Bezzecchi

The top Independent Team rider title went to Johann Zarco, as it did in 2017 when he was a rookie, following another impressive season ahead of a new challenge in 2019.

FIM Award Ceremony
All the winners on stage together

This year’s MotoGP Rookie of the Year award was presented to a man who also visited the stage last season but for his intermediate class successes: Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS).

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team), meanwhile, was also honoured as a Legend.

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Dani Pedrosa, named a MotoGP Legend ahead of his retirement

In Moto2, EG 0,0 Marc VDS rider Joan Mir – another who took to the stage in 2017 – was crowned Rookie of the Year, with Jaume Masia taking that honour in Moto3 after a great race at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo.

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Now seven-time World Champion Marc Marquez

The BMW M Award for best qualifier in the MotoGP class went to Marquez for the sixth year in a row, and the Tissot Pole of Poles went to Bagnaia in Moto2 and Martin in Moto3.

The Repsol Honda Team picked up the MotoGP Team world title trophy, and Honda took the MotoGP Constructor Title in the premier class. Kalex came out on top in Moto2, and Honda in Moto3.

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Repsol Honda

The Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Champion Can Öncü, runner-up and twin brother Deniz Öncü and third-placed rider Xavier Artigas were honoured for their fantastic seasons in the Cup – with Can Öncü also having stunned the field and become the youngest ever Grand Prix winner earlier in the day, and as a wildcard.

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Can Öncü

Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup Champion, Australian Billy Van Eerde, and inaugural British Talent Cup Champion Rory Skinner were also applauded for their seasons.

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Billy Van Eerde – 2018 Asia Talent Cup Champion
FIM Award Ceremony Billy Van Eerde
Billy Van Eerde on the stage with all the MotoGP and World Champions – Billy is second from right in this shot

Now the page turns on another incredible season and the engines switch off – but only for a day. Then, testing for 2019 begins on Tuesday in Valencia, with a whole new year of challenges up ahead and plenty to get excited about.

Source: MCNews.com.au

Remy Gardner ends season on a high with fifth at Valencia

Remy Gardner Ends Season With Career Best Moto2 Finish In Valencia

Remy Gardner ended his time with the Tech3 Moto2 Racing team with a stunning ride to fifth, his best ever result in the FIM Moto2 World Championship, in today’s twenty-five lap race in Valencia.

Building steadily throughout the weekend, Remy was well inside the top ten after Free Practice, before qualifying seventeenth, for his final race aboard the Mistral 610 machine.

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Remy Gardner

With rain continuing to fall as the grid lined up it was clear that the conditions would suit the #87.

Making one of his typical fast starts, Remy ending the opening lap in fourteenth before finding his rhythm moving forward through the field and into the top ten by the time the race reached half distance.

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Remy Gardner

Fully focused, he produced the race of his career, lapping as fast as the leaders in the second half of the race to move into the top six with only a handful of laps remaining.

Another perfectly executed move saw Gardner move into fifth, where he remained, crossing the line a fraction of a second behind eventual fourth place rider Mattia Pasini, to end the season with his best ever Moto2 result.

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Remy Gardner

Clearly ecstatic, he will savour the moment before regrouping for 2019 where he joins the SAG Racing team aboard a Kalex.

Remy Gardner

“I was a little disappointed to only qualify seventeenth but knew if it continued to rain for the race we could get a good result. It was a long race but I am super happy to finish fifth, by far my best race and my best race finish in Moto2. It was a fun race and good to end the year and my time with Tech3 this way. Big thanks to them, and big thanks to everyone who has been supporting me. Time to relax a little now and then come back even stronger next year where I will be with a new team.”

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Remy Gardner

Hervé Poncharal – Tech3 Team Manager

“Finally, a very positive result for Remy and the Mistral in the Moto2 class. We were so disappointed and sad after doing so well in Australia, but not finishing the race. The same happened again in Malaysia. WE know the bike is working well in Valencia. We knew Remy likes the difficult conditions we had today, but you can never be sure. There were so many crashes today. He started quite low, but we could see him coming and catching a lot of riders. But we also saw many crashes in front, so we were praying for him to go up the order, but also not pushing too much and I think in the end, he did the best race he could have done. He’s been passing anyone, he never did any mistake and he never gave up. When following him, he looked quite safe. To finish the race top 5, which is the last race of the Mistral 610, the last race of Remy with us, the last race of the Honda era – this is a fantastic result. I think the whole team deserves that, Remy deserves that and we are very, very happy. We would have liked Bo to be there as well, but we understood what happened and the reason why. We would have liked Hector to be there, as it was an important race for him, but I think he has seen what the team can do and I think this has been a good weekend for him anyway. I’d like to thank Hector for replacing Bo, for trying hard. Unfortunately he crashed and he was physically not fit to ride today, but I hope he comes and join us to celebrate tonight that great way of ending the Moto2 adventure with Mistral. Thanks to all the guys and very special congratulations to Remy.”

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Moto2 Results

Circuit Ricardo Tormo, 25 laps, 100.1 km (1 lap: 4.005 km)
Pos Rider Team Time
1. Oliveira M. Red Bull KTM Ajo 45:07.639
2. Lecuona I. SWI +13.201
3. Marquez A. Estrella Galicia Marc VDS +22.175
4. Pasini M. Italtrans Racing Team +28.892
5. Gardner R. Tech 3 Racing +30.106
6. Quartararo F. HDR Heidrun-Speed Up +32.126
7. Schrotter M. Dynavolt Intact GP +33.086
8. Fernandez A. Pons HP40 +33.950
9. Locatelli A. Italtrans Racing Team +35.707
10. Corsi S. Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 +37.019
11. Aegerter D. Kiefer Racing +43.844
12. Nagashima T. Idemitsu Honda Team Asia +45.871
13. Odendaal S. NTS RW Racing GP +49.113
14. Bagnaia F. Sky Racing Team VR46 +53.288
15. Raffin J. SAG Team +1:08.712
16. Vinales I. Forward Racing Team +1:25.666
17. Cardelus X. Marinelli Snipers Team +1:32.166
18. Danilo J. SAG Team +1:47.502
19. Fuligni F. Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 +1 l.
20. Tulovic L. Forward Racing Team +1 l.
DNF Tuuli N. SIC Racing Team Retired
DNF Vierge X. Dynavolt Intact GP Retired
DNF Roberts J. NTS RW Racing GP Accident
DNF Navarro J. Federal Oil Gresini Accident
DNF Marcon T. HDR Heidrun-Speed Up Accident
DNF Lowes S. SWI Accident
DNF Binder B. Red Bull KTM Ajo Accident
DNF Pawi K. I. Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Accident
DNF Marini L. Sky Racing Team VR46 Accident
DNF Baldassarri L. Pons HP40 Accident
DNF Mir J. Estrella Galicia Marc VDS Accident
Moto2 Championship Standings
Pos Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex ITA 306
2 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM POR 297
3 Brad BINDER KTM RSA 201
4 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex SPA 173
5 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex ITA 162
6 Joan MIR Kalex SPA 155
7 Luca MARINI Kalex ITA 147
8 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex GER 147
9 Mattia PASINI Kalex ITA 141
10 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up FRA 138
11 Xavi VIERGE Kalex SPA 131
12 Iker LECUONA KTM SPA 80
13 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex SPA 58
14 Simone CORSI Kalex ITA 53
15 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex ITA 52
16 Sam LOWES KTM GBR 49
17 Dominique AEGERTER KTM SWI 47
18 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex SPA 45
19 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 AUS 40
20 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex JPN 27
21 Romano FENATI Kalex ITA 14
22 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex SWI 10
23 Hector BARBERA Kalex SPA 10
24 Stefano MANZI Suter ITA 8
25 Danny KENT Speed Up GBR 8
26 Isaac VIÑALES Suter SPA 7
27 Joe ROBERTS NTS USA 5
28 Steven ODENDAAL NTS RSA 4
29 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 NED 2
30 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex MAL 1
31 Edgar PONS Speed Up SPA 1
32 Niki TUULI Kalex FIN 1

Source: MCNews.com.au

Dani Pedrosa – Last Race in MotoGP

Hoy ha sido un GP especial, ¡bueno de hecho han sido como dos! Ha sido una carrera peculiar, y difícil de gestionar en la que era importante no caerse. Al llegar al box estaba todo el mundo esperándome y ha sido muy emotivo. Una vez más, gracias a todos vosotros por estar ahí, por todos estos años de apoyo incondicional. Habéis formado parte de una etapa muy importante en mi vida y os llevo en el corazón./ Today it was a special GP, well in fact they have been like two! It has been a peculiar race, and difficult to manage in which it was important not to crash. When arriving at the box everyone was waiting for me and it has been very emotional. Once again, thanks to all of you for being there, for all these years of unconditional support. You have been part of a very important stage in my life and I carry you in my heart
#DP26 #MotoGP #ValenciaGP #RepsolHondaTeam #EyeLoveTommy @ Circuit Ricardo Tormo


Source: Dani Pedrosa on Facebook

Valencia MotoGP Race Day Guide | Race start midnight AEDT

Valencia MotoGP 2018
Race Day Guide

MotoGP Race starts at midnight AEDT

It is currently a wet track and raining at Valencia

After passing though Q1 for the sixth time in 2018, Maverick Viñales has qualified on pole position for the sixth time in the premier class – the 17th time of his career – and the first time since Aragón last year. 

MotoGP Valencia QP Vinales
Maverick Viñales

Maverick Viñales became the second rider since the current qualifying format was introduced in 2013 to qualify on pole position after passing through Q1, along with Marc Márquez in Thailand earlier this year. On Sunday, he will be aiming to become the fourth rider to win the race after passing through Q1 with Jack Miller (Assen – 2016), Cal Crutchlow (Phillip Island – 2016) and Marc Márquez (Buriam - 2018). In this morning’s wet warm-up Vinales was 11th quickest. 

Álex Rins has qualified in second, which is his best qualifying result since he stepped up to the MotoGP class in 2017. This is Suzuki’s best starting result since Andrea Iannone was second on the grid in the Americas this year, after Marc Márquez was given a three-grid positions penalty. Rins was 12th quickest in the wet morning warm-up. 

MotoGP Valencia QP Rins
Alex Rins

2018 MotoGP runner-up, Andrea Dovizioso completes the front row on the grid, which is his first front row start since he was on pole position in Japan. He will be aiming to become the first Ducati rider to win at Valencia since Casey Stoner back in 2008. Dovizioso was fifth quickest in this morning’s wet warm-up. 

Highest-placed Independent Team rider, Danilo Petrucci heads the second row on the grid, which is his best qualifying result since he was also fourth in Austria earlier this season.

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Danilo Petrucci

After crashing in Q2, Marc Márquez has qualified in fifth place. Since the opening race in Qatar, Marc Márquez has always qualified on the first two rows on the grid. The World Champion was quickest in this morning’s wet warm-up. 

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Marc Marquez

Top KTM rider, Pol Espargaró has qualified in sixth on the grid, equalling the best qualifying result for KTM since the Austrian joined the MotoGP class, from Australia last year.

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Pol Espargaro

Andrea Iannone, who also passed through Q1, heads the third row on the grid and will be aiming to stand on the podium for the first time at Valencia since 2016 when he finished in third place.

Aleix Espargaró has qualified eighth, which is the best qualifying result for an Aprilia rider since he was seventh in Assen this year. In addition, this is the first time that six current manufacturers have filled the top eight on the grid. Aleix Espargaro was second quickest in this morning’s wet warm-up session.

MotoGP Valencia QP Aleix Espargaro
Aleix Espargaro

The most successful rider at Valencia with seven Grand Prix wins, including last year – his last podium finish so far – Dani Pedrosa has qualified in ninth on the grid, his best qualifying result since he was seventh-fastest in Thailand.

Second across the line at Valencia last year, Johann Zarco, who is leading the Independent Team rider classification, starts from eleventh on the grid after a crash in Q2. It’s his lowest qualifying result since he was 14th in Aragón.

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Johann Zarco

The highest-placed Ducati rider across the line last year at Valencia, Michele Pirro, completes the fourth row on the grid.

Valentino Rossi, who was in Q1 for the third time this year, has qualified in 16th, which is his worst qualifying result since he was 18th in Aragón earlier this season. This is Rossi’s worst starting position on the grid at Valencia since he was 26th in 2015 after having been given a penalty. Valentino Rossi though salvaged some honour this morning when he was third quickest in the wet warm-up session. 

Jorge Lorenzo, who missed the last four races, has qualified in 13th on the grid. Jorge Lorenzo has won four times in the MotoGP class at Valencia. The last of them was in 2016 on his last appearance for Yamaha.

Tom Lüthi has qualified in 17th on the grid, which is his best qualifying result since he was 15th at Silverstone earlier this year but the race was cancelled due to weather conditions.

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MotoGP Q2
Pos. Rider Bike Km/h Time
1 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 313.7 1’31.312
2 Alex RINS Suzuki 312.0 1’31.380
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 318.5 1’31.392
4 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 314.3 1’31.414
5 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 315.9 1’31.442
6 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 315.0 1’31.577
7 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 311.6 1’31.629
8 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 308.2 1’31.630
9 Dani PEDROSA Honda 314.3 1’32.140
10 Jack MILLER Ducati 311.0 1’32.145
11 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 313.1 1’32.179
12 Michele PIRRO Ducati 318.4 1’32.310
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MotoGP Q1
Pos. Rider Bike Km/h Time
1 Andrea IANNONE  Suzuki 313.6 1’31.382
2 Maverick VIÑALES  Yamaha 314.9 1’31.858
3 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 315.4 1’31.900
4 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 307.6 1’31.928
5 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 308.8 1’32.385
6 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 311.7 1’32.452
7 Thomas LUTHI Honda 308.9 1’32.545
8 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 313.6 1’32.547
9 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 314.3 1’32.568
10 Stefan BRADL Honda 319.0 1’32.708
11 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 312.1 1’32.749
12 Bradley SMITH KTM 309.2 1’33.011

Lap

Records
Fastest Lap: Lap: 6 Andrea IANNONE 1’31.382 157.7 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: 2016 Jorge LORENZO 1’31.171 158.1 Km/h
Best Lap: 2016 Jorge LORENZO 1’29.401 161.2 Km/h

Moto2

Luca Marini has qualified on pole position for the second time on what is the 54th start of his Grand Prix career. This is the sixth front row start in Marini’s Grand Prix career.

Xavi Vierge has qualified in second on the grid, which is his best qualifying result since he was also second in France earlier this year. Vierge will be aiming to win his first Grand Prix race on what is the 59th GP start of his career.

Marcel Schrötter completes the front row on the grid, which is his seventh front row start since the opening race in Qatar.

Heading the second row on the grid is the 2018 Moto2 World Champion Francesco Bagnaia. This is the 17th time this year Bagnaia qualified on the first two rows of the grid.

Lorenzo Baldassarri starts from the middle of the second row, which is his best qualifying result since he was also fifth in Japan.

The highest-placed KTM rider, Sam Lowes has qualified in sixth on the grid, which is his best qualifying result since he was fourth in Germany earlier this season. Lowes finished in fourth place in the Moto2 race two years ago at Valencia.

2018 Moto2 runner-up, Miguel Oliveira, who won the Moto2 race in Valencia last year, starts from tenth, which is the 15th time this year he has failed to qualify within the top six.

Oliveira’s teammate Brad Binder, who stood on the podium for the third successive time in Valencia last year in third place, has qualified in 11th on the grid, which is his lowest qualifying result since he was 16th at Silverstone.

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Moto2 Qualifying Results
Pos. Rider Bike Km/h Time
1 Luca MARINI Kalex 257.8 1’35.777
2 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 260.2 1’35.804
3 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 259.2 1’35.945
4 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 257.4 1’36.173
5 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 257.8 1’36.270
6 Sam LOWES KTM 257.3 1’36.335
7 Joan MIR Kalex 258.7 1’36.336
8 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 260.2 1’36.380
9 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 255.6 1’36.396
10 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 259.7 1’36.429
11 Brad BINDER KTM 260.2 1’36.464
12 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 256.6 1’36.499
13 Simone CORSI Kalex 256.1 1’36.515
14 Mattia PASINI Kalex 261.5 1’36.532
15 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 258.8 1’36.572
16 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 258.8 1’36.580
17 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 252.0 1’36.595
18 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 258.3 1’36.638
19 Joe ROBERTS NTS 255.0 1’36.656
20 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 259.8 1’36.667
21 Iker LECUONA KTM 255.7 1’36.671
22 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 258.2 1’36.819
23 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 258.0 1’36.909
24 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 260.0 1’36.976
25 Hector GARZO Tech 3 253.0 1’37.444
26 Niki TUULI Kalex 257.5 1’37.457
27 Tommaso MARCON Speed Up 254.1 1’37.483
28 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 252.3 1’38.351
29 Isaac VIÑALES Suter 254.7 1’38.406
30 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 253.9 1’38.718
31 Jules DANILO Kalex 255.9 1’39.275
32 Lukas TULOVIC Suter 250.6 1’39.600

 

Moto2 Records
Fastest Lap: Lap: 18 Luca MARINI 1’35.777 150.5 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: 2014 Thomas LUTHI 1’35.312 151.2 Km/h
Best Lap: 2016 Johann ZARCO 1’34.879 151.9 Km/h

Moto3

Tony Arbolino has qualified on pole position for the first time since Argentina earlier this year. This is Arbolino’s second pole position on what is the 36th start of his Grand Prix career.

Arbolino’s pole position at Valencia is the 15th for a Honda rider since the opening race in Qatar, equalling last year. The last time Honda have had more than 15 pole positions in a single season was in 2015 with 16.

Nakarin Atiratphuvapat has qualified on second on the grid, which is the best qualifying result of his Grand Prix career. He equals the best ever qualifying result by a Thai rider in any class of Grand Prix racing, which had been set by Ratthapark Wilairot in the Moto2 class at Assen in 2010.

The highest placed KTM rider on the grid is John McPhee, who starts from the front row for the fourth time in 2018, one more time than last year. McPhee is looking to finish on the podium for the first time since he was third in Germany earlier this season.

Wildcard at the Valencia GP, Can Öncü heads the second row on the grid, which is the best qualifying result for a Turkish rider in Grand Prix racing since Kenan Sofuoglu was the fourth-fastest qualified on his Grand Prix debut in the Moto2 class, in Portugal back in 2010.

Arón Canet, who was on pole position for the first time in his Grand Prix career in Valencia two years ago, has qualified in fifth on the grid, which is his best qualifying result since he was third in Misano earlier this year.

Second in the Championship, Marco Bezzecchi completes the second row on the grid. This is the 11th time this year Bezzecchi has qualified on the first two rows on the grid.

2018 Moto3 World Champion Jorge Martín has qualified 13th, which is his worst qualifying result since he was also 13th in Thailand earlier this year.

Bezzecchi’s closest rival for second overall, Fabio Di Giannantonio, has qualified in 15th, which is the fourth successive time he has failed to qualify on the first three rows of the grid.

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Moto3 Qualifying Results
Pos. Rider Bike Km/h Time
1 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 219.0 1’46.773
2 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 215.3 1’47.017
3 John MCPHEE KTM 215.8 1’47.116
4 Can ONCU KTM 214.1 1’47.336
5 Aron CANET Honda 215.6 1’47.431
6 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 215.9 1’47.776
7 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 219.0 1’47.783
8 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 217.6 1’47.796
9 Albert ARENAS KTM 215.9 1’47.826
10 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 213.7 1’47.880
11 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 213.0 1’47.896
12 Vicente PEREZ KTM 215.6 1’48.069
13 Jorge MARTIN Honda 219.0 1’48.124
14 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 216.7 1’48.216
15 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 214.7 1’48.357
16 Jaume MASIA KTM 216.6 1’48.435
17 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 220.6 1’48.543
18 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 216.3 1’48.614
19 Darryn BINDER KTM 213.3 1’48.772
20 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 218.4 1’48.894
21 Kaito TOBA Honda 211.5 1’49.027
22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 217.2 1’49.469
23 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 215.4 1’49.696
24 Celestino VIETTI KTM 215.0 1’49.802
25 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 217.2 1’49.980
26 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 217.0 1’50.011
27 Philipp OETTL KTM 214.5 1’50.145
28 Andrea MIGNO KTM 216.7 1’51.870
29 Stefano NEPA KTM 213.0 1’52.119
30 Izam IKMAL Honda 214.8 1’53.093

 

Moto3 Records:
Fastest Lap: Lap: 17 Tony ARBOLINO 1’46.773 135.0 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: 2017 Marcos RAMIREZ 1’39.109 145.4 Km/h
Best Lap: 2017 Jorge MARTIN 1’38.428 146.4 Km/h

Source: MCNews.com.au

Vinales tops scintillating MotoGP qualifying session at Valencia

MotoGP 2018 Valencia Qualifying

It was seven-time Champion Marquez who led the field onto the first flying lap but then at Turn 4, the 2018 Champion suddenly lost the front and went down. The pain and anguish was writ large on the Spaniard as he clutched his limp left arm, his shoulder dislocated yet again, but this time looked more painful than ever as he returned to his motorhome. But minutes later Marquez was back on track, and back on the pace… What a machine.

In the absence of Marquez, it had been Dovizioso was setting the pace, but then Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing) got the better of his compatriot to set the first 1:31 of the session before blitzing the field again on his next lap – a 1:31.531 becoming the time to beat.

MotoGP Valencia QP Dovizioso
Andrea Dovizioso

Then with six-minutes to go, a warrior emerged in the form of Marquez as he left pit-lane and all eyes were on the seven-time Champion. Before the 93 crossed the line though, Viñales shot to the top to take provisional pole…

MotoGP Valencia QP Vinales
Maverick Viñales

Red sectors were lighting up the screens in the final minutes of the session though and it was Viñales who went quicker again to make 0.068 his margin at the top, with the miraculous Marquez climbing back up to P3. The World Champion was going for it again to take pole but then another moment at turn one put an end to his chances.

But there was still time for change elsewhere as Rins was then threatening to take pole on his final lap. In the end, however, a breathless qualifying ended with Viñales spearheading the grid after his first pole on a Saturday since Aragon last year, with his Americas GP pole this season resulting from a Marquez penalty.

Maverick Viñales – P1

“Great to be back on pole and to be on the front row. The target for today was to be on the first or second row, and in the end we got pole, so that’s something amazing and unbelievable. I’m so happy, to finish the season in that form, feeling really strong. Honestly, I can’t say anything more than that, I’m just happy. However, I will take it session by session. We did good in the qualifying and I’m excited about tomorrow, but tomorrow is another day. It could rain, or maybe not, we don’t know – we have to be ready for all conditions. I think the bike, in the rain, still needs to be improved. The bike we have right now is in the top-10, but let’s see. I’m curious what will happen. It’s very important to start from pole, because if you’re at the front in the first laps it’s better. I’ll do my best, but there’s no pressure. It’s the last race of the season. I will give everything, but I don’t pay too close attention to the championship standings right now, I’m just going to enjoy the time on the bike and let’s see if we can be at the top.”

MotoGP Valencia QP Vinales
Maverick Viñales

Rins and ‘DesmoDovi’ complete the front row, and Petrucci is top Independent Team rider in fourth, gunning for that title on Sunday too.

Alex Rins – P2

“I’m happy. For sure I would’ve liked to get pole, I was very close to it. But the most important thing is that after the second crash of the day I’m OK, it was quite a heavy fall and I wasn’t feeling great afterwards. Luckily I was still able to get 2nd place. The bike was working well today, despite the mixed conditions. Tomorrow will be wet but I think I can stay in the lead group, the target will be the podium. I’d like to finish this year in the best way possible.”

MotoGP Valencia QP Rins
Alex Rins

Andrea Dovizioso – P3

“The qualifying session went well and I’m very happy, because starting up at the front is always important, especially here at Valencia. This morning we made a big step forward in the rain, and it was important to be ready in case of a wet qualifying session. In fact, Q2 was held on a dry track surface and we were able in any case to find a good set-up and set a good time. For the race we have a good chance, but it will almost certainly rain and in that case anything can happen.”

MotoGP Valencia QP Dovizioso
Andrea Dovizioso

Danilo Petrucci – P4

“I am very satisfied because we did well in both wet and dry conditions. Honestly there is a bit of disappointment because I could have won the front row but that’s okay. We are competitive but it is clear that in rain I will feel better this week end”.

MotoGP Valencia QP Petrucci
Danilo Petrucci

Marquez’ miracle top-five performance sees him remain well in the mix.

Marc Marquez – P5

“Qualifying today was a bit unlucky as I crashed in the first right-hand corner on my first flying lap, and I soon felt something strange in my shoulder. Luckily, when I got back to my truck and tried a few movements, we realized it wasn’t that bad and I started to feel better. When the doctors arrived and checked it, it was all back in its place and I was ready to get back on my bike. I didn’t push as usual though, as it was better to stay on the bike! Only one tenth off the pole isn’t bad so tomorrow, race day, will be another day.”

MotoGP Valencia QP Marquez
Marc Marquez

Just behind the reigning Champion, sixth made it a great day for Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) with the Spaniard just 0.265 from pole in KTM’s equal best qualifying performance.

Pol Espargaro – P6

“With everything we have been through this season this feels a bit more than a [great] qualification session for us. It means quite a lot and I’m feeling happy, and for the boys in the pitbox. I think we did the maximum today – just two tenths from first place – and we didn’t expect to be so close in the dry. We were always in the top ten in the wet and in very tricky conditions. We are good here and it means we need to think about what we can copy for the other circuits. Most of it is to with the fact that I am coming back to my normal speed. I think we are in a position for a nice result. I don’t think we have had an opportunity like this so far with KTM but we must take it calmly tomorrow.”

MotoGP Valencia QP Pol Espargaro
Pol Espargaro

Pol Espargaro just ahead of Q1 graduate Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) in P7, with Aleix Espargaro’s (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) P8 the final piece in the puzzle that saw all six manufacturers inside the top eight, split by just 0.318.

Andrea Iannone – P7

“For sure it’s been a difficult day because I had a crash, and in the wet conditions it’s very tricky. In Q1 I had a better feeling with the bike and I was able to get a great lap time. When it came to Q2 I didn’t have the same pace, and I used a different tyre so the feeling was different. But in any case, tomorrow I’ll start on the 3rd row and it’s OK. Set-up is not easy here, especially when it’s raining or half-wet, half-dry. We’ll try to stay in the top group tomorrow, let’s see what happens!”

MotoGP Valencia QP Iannone
Andrea Iannone

Aleix Espargaro – P8

“I’m happy with how the entire weekend has gone and not just because of the performance today. Yesterday we were consistently competitive even in the wet. This morning in FP3 I crashed right in the final moments. I raced back to the garage and with the second bike I managed to do the ninth time and go through to Q2, so that is positive and very important. Then, in qualifying I struggled on the first turn, but despite this, we finished just three tenths behind the pole position time. My RS-GP worked well both in the wet and on dry asphalt. We have a good pace and that makes me confident for the race, but I am also happy with the many indications that we are gathering in view of the tests next week and for the 2019 bike.”

MotoGP Valencia QP Aleix Espargaro
Aleix Espargaro

In his final ever qualifying, Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) claimed P9 to start from the outside of the third row after some difficulties in FP4 that affected his QP, with Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing) suffering his fourth crash of the weekend to start P10 but automatically through to Q2 once again.

Dani Pedrosa – P9

“Today in the dry FP4 I had an issue with the bike’s setup that we weren’t able to adjust before qualifying, so I went out still struggling a bit. I did my best but didn’t manage to get a better position for tomorrow. If it rains tomorrow track conditions will be the key, as whether there’s a lot or a little water on the asphalt will affect the feeling a lot. This morning I ultimately found a good feeling in the wet, but it took me a long time. So let’s wait and see how the weather is and see what we can do tomorrow.”

MotoGP Valencia QP Pedrosa
Dani Pedrosa

Jack Miller – P10

“I’m disappointed. I was convinced that I could qualify well and I pushed hard but I crashed. I have to find a better feeling with the front tyre but the race pace is very interesting. I am confident that I can have a good race tomorrow”.

MotoGP Valencia QP Miller
Jack Miller

While on a lap that was 0.3 under, Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) also crashed at Turn 10 to start P11 – rider ok, with Michele Pirro (Ducati Team) settling for P12 after making it straight into Q2 from Free Practice.

Johann Zarco – P11

“Saturday in Valencia has been a good day. In FP3 we did some great work with the team and I could manage the decisive practice well, caught a top 5 result and made it to Q2. So I was happy, but at the same time there was not so much water on the track. This gave me great confidence, although the bike was not perfect. In the afternoon, we had dry conditions. I enjoyed it and was quite competitive. I began the Qualifying not too good, because something was missing on the bike. We tried to change it a bit to get an enhanced feeling. When I restarted with the second new tyre my feeling improved immediately a lot. I could control the bike better, but trying to be fast on the first flying lap, I crashed in turn 10. It’s a right corner, so maybe the front tyre was still a bit cold and also because the conditions were not 100 percent clear. It’s a pity, because the potential for the first row was there today. Now we start in 11th position. Anyway, we will see what happens tomorrow and hope to have a strong race from the beginning to the end in order to play with Danilo Petrucci and Alex Rins.”

MotoGP Valencia QP Zarco
Johann Zarco

Jorge Lorenzo narrowly missed out on going through to Q2.

Jorge Lorenzo – P13

“We went out on track for Q1 without any real data because in all the other sessions the track was wet. I think I did a good time, which was quite a surprise, and for just a few thousandths of a second I couldn’t get into Q2. In the end it was Viñales who knocked me off the top 2 spots in Q1 and then he set pole, so for this reason I think that if I had gone through I would have been a lot further up the grid. In any case it’s highly likely that tomorrow’s race will be held in the rain and we’ll find completely different conditions to today so we’ll try and bring home the best possible result.”

MotoGP Valencia QP Lorenzo
Jorge Lorenzo

Another star failing to make it through Q1 was Valentino Rossi, The Doctor starts P16 after a tough day at the office. 

Valentino Rossi – P16

“It was a difficult day, very tough. On the wet yesterday I felt comfortable, so I was quite optimistic this morning that I could finish in the top-10 because it was still wet. I tried to push at the beginning and I crashed with one bike, but apart from that I was not fast enough in FP3 anyway to go through to Q2. After that the conditions changed and it became drier, so from the morning to the afternoon we changed something on the bike, but in reality I never felt good and couldn’t push 100% in the afternoon. At the end, I improved my lap time in Q1, but it wasn’t enough to get into Q2, so we start from very far back, which will be hard. We have to work and try as hard as possible, and we also have to wait and see what the conditions will be like tomorrow morning, because the forecast is very bad.”

MotoGP Valencia QP Rossi
Valentino Rossi

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MotoGP Q2
Pos. Rider Bike Km/h Time
1 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 313.7 1’31.312
2 Alex RINS Suzuki 312.0 1’31.380
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 318.5 1’31.392
4 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 314.3 1’31.414
5 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 315.9 1’31.442
6 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 315.0 1’31.577
7 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 311.6 1’31.629
8 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 308.2 1’31.630
9 Dani PEDROSA Honda 314.3 1’32.140
10 Jack MILLER Ducati 311.0 1’32.145
11 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 313.1 1’32.179
12 Michele PIRRO Ducati 318.4 1’32.310
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MotoGP Q1
Pos. Rider Bike Km/h Time
1 Andrea IANNONE  Suzuki 313.6 1’31.382
2 Maverick VIÑALES  Yamaha 314.9 1’31.858
3 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 315.4 1’31.900
4 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 307.6 1’31.928
5 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 308.8 1’32.385
6 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 311.7 1’32.452
7 Thomas LUTHI Honda 308.9 1’32.545
8 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 313.6 1’32.547
9 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 314.3 1’32.568
10 Stefan BRADL Honda 319.0 1’32.708
11 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 312.1 1’32.749
12 Bradley SMITH KTM 309.2 1’33.011

Lap

Records
Fastest Lap: Lap: 6 Andrea IANNONE 1’31.382 157.7 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: 2016 Jorge LORENZO 1’31.171 158.1 Km/h
Best Lap: 2016 Jorge LORENZO 1’29.401 161.2 Km/h

Moto2

The clouds loomed for Moto2 qualifying but it stayed dry and as the clock ticked towards the 10-minute remaining mark, it was Marini who led the way. Schrötter then took over at the top to better the Italian by 0.080 but he wasn’t going down without a fight. Straight away the Malaysian GP race winner leapfrogged the German to head the field again – 0.007 the gap. Then, the Italian went quicker once more to move the goal posts further, with 0.201 his advantage over the field.

Vierge was then on a mission, but could he topple Marini’s time? Nearly, but not quite. The Spaniard crossed the line just 0.027 off to go to P2. Personal best laps were incoming, but nothing would trouble Marini at the summit – a second pole of the year was the Italian’s, with Vierge’s time also unable to be bettered. Schrötter tried to climb up the front row but despite setting his best time on his final lap, the German would remain P3 – 0.168 off pole.

2018 World Champion Francesco Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46) managed to launch himself up to P4 at the chequered flag as he prepares to go into battle for the final time in the intermediate class on Sunday and compatriot Lorenzo Baldassarri (Pons HP40) also managed to improve on his last lap to go from P7 to P5. He now starts one place ahead of Sam Lowes (Swiss Innovative Investors) in P6 after Lowes’ best qualifying result since the German GP. But just 0.001 behind the British rider was Joan Mir (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) in seventh, who in turn was just 0.044 ahead of countryman Augusto Fernandez (Pons HP40) – another top result with P8 for the Spaniard getting him into the top ten in the latter stages.

Fabio Quartararo (HDR Heidrun – Speed Up) was ninth, with the two Red Bull KTM Ajo machines next up – P10 for Miguel Oliveira, P11 for Brad Binder.

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Moto2 Qualifying Results
Pos. Rider Bike Km/h Time
1 Luca MARINI Kalex 257.8 1’35.777
2 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 260.2 1’35.804
3 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 259.2 1’35.945
4 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 257.4 1’36.173
5 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 257.8 1’36.270
6 Sam LOWES KTM 257.3 1’36.335
7 Joan MIR Kalex 258.7 1’36.336
8 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 260.2 1’36.380
9 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 255.6 1’36.396
10 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 259.7 1’36.429
11 Brad BINDER KTM 260.2 1’36.464
12 Jesko RAFFIN Kalex 256.6 1’36.499
13 Simone CORSI Kalex 256.1 1’36.515
14 Mattia PASINI Kalex 261.5 1’36.532
15 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 258.8 1’36.572
16 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 258.8 1’36.580
17 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 252.0 1’36.595
18 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 258.3 1’36.638
19 Joe ROBERTS NTS 255.0 1’36.656
20 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 259.8 1’36.667
21 Iker LECUONA KTM 255.7 1’36.671
22 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 258.2 1’36.819
23 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 258.0 1’36.909
24 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 260.0 1’36.976
25 Hector GARZO Tech 3 253.0 1’37.444
26 Niki TUULI Kalex 257.5 1’37.457
27 Tommaso MARCON Speed Up 254.1 1’37.483
28 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 252.3 1’38.351
29 Isaac VIÑALES Suter 254.7 1’38.406
30 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 253.9 1’38.718
31 Jules DANILO Kalex 255.9 1’39.275
32 Lukas TULOVIC Suter 250.6 1’39.600

 

Moto2 Records
Fastest Lap: Lap: 18 Luca MARINI 1’35.777 150.5 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: 2014 Thomas LUTHI 1’35.312 151.2 Km/h
Best Lap: 2016 Johann ZARCO 1’34.879 151.9 Km/h

Moto3

It was a hectic start to the Moto3 qualifying session as several riders went down in the opening exchanges on a drying Circuit Ricardo Tormo. Marco Bezzecchi (Redox PreustelGP) was the man to lead the opening exchanges, but he crashed his KTM machine at Turn 8. 2018 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Champion Can Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo) then took over at the summit, but he also went down at Turn 8 – the Turkish rider able get straight back on track but the Italian having to get his bike fixed.

As they have been all weekend, the track conditions were tricky but with no rain falling, a slight dry line started to appear as the times continued to tumble, with Atiratphuvapat sitting 0.2 clear with 12 minutes remaining. However, with his bike repaired, Bezzecchi then took over at the top but by only 0.027.

The track was getting drier and drier and the times started to get faster, with Raul Fernandez (Angel Nieto Team Moto3) and Jakub Kornfeil (Redox PruestelGP) taking over at the top soon after and from there on in, the red sectors were coming from across the board as five minutes remained. Pole position? Anyone’s guess at that stage – but there were still no gamblers changing from wets.

With two to go, it was Atiratphuvapat on top by 0.188 but half the field were lighting up the timing screens with red sectors as some began to gamble on slicks. Arbolino was one of them and he moved the goal posts by over a second, so could that be beaten? Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0) got within 0.3 of the Italian as they homed in, before Arbolino went even quicker to set a 1:46.773; the insurmountable time that would earn the Italian pole.

Öncü then leapt up to a stunning P2 on his final run, before McPhee and then Atiratphuvapat just bumped the 15-year-old wildcard down to fourth and the front of the second row. He’s joined by Canet who ended the session P5 after the late flurry of times, with Bezzecchi starting from the outside of the second row in his last Moto3™ race – P6 for the Italian.

After a crash, Marcos Ramirez (Bester Capital Dubai) managed to get himself up to P7 at the end of the session, with Kornfeil settling for eighth. Ninth went to Albert Arenas (Angel Nieto Team Moto3), the Spaniard another rider to crash during the session, with teammate and wildcard Fernandez rounding out the top ten in another impressive showing.

The sensational qualifying session ends with some big names down the order: 2018 Champion Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3) starts P13, with teammate Fabio Di Giannantonio P15 and Enea Bastianini (Leopard Racing) sandwiched between the two in P14. 

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Moto3 Qualifying Results
Pos. Rider Bike Km/h Time
1 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 219.0 1’46.773
2 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 215.3 1’47.017
3 John MCPHEE KTM 215.8 1’47.116
4 Can ONCU KTM 214.1 1’47.336
5 Aron CANET Honda 215.6 1’47.431
6 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 215.9 1’47.776
7 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 219.0 1’47.783
8 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 217.6 1’47.796
9 Albert ARENAS KTM 215.9 1’47.826
10 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 213.7 1’47.880
11 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 213.0 1’47.896
12 Vicente PEREZ KTM 215.6 1’48.069
13 Jorge MARTIN Honda 219.0 1’48.124
14 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 216.7 1’48.216
15 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 214.7 1’48.357
16 Jaume MASIA KTM 216.6 1’48.435
17 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 220.6 1’48.543
18 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 216.3 1’48.614
19 Darryn BINDER KTM 213.3 1’48.772
20 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 218.4 1’48.894
21 Kaito TOBA Honda 211.5 1’49.027
22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 217.2 1’49.469
23 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 215.4 1’49.696
24 Celestino VIETTI KTM 215.0 1’49.802
25 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 217.2 1’49.980
26 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 217.0 1’50.011
27 Philipp OETTL KTM 214.5 1’50.145
28 Andrea MIGNO KTM 216.7 1’51.870
29 Stefano NEPA KTM 213.0 1’52.119
30 Izam IKMAL Honda 214.8 1’53.093

 

Moto3 Records:
Fastest Lap: Lap: 17 Tony ARBOLINO 1’46.773 135.0 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: 2017 Marcos RAMIREZ 1’39.109 145.4 Km/h
Best Lap: 2017 Jorge MARTIN 1’38.428 146.4 Km/h

Source: MCNews.com.au