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.

MotoGP Valencia QP Petrucci
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. 

MotoGP Valencia QP Marquez
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.

MotoGP Valencia QP Pol Espargaro
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.

MotoGP Valencia QP Zarco
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

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