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October 2016

Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix – Race Results 30 October 2016

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MotoGP

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) became the season’s ninth MotoGP winner with victory in a wet race reduced to nineteen laps. Second place went to Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who led for a while before encountering front tyre grip problems with third spot going to Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who inherited the position after front runners Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) both crashed out.

Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) finished fourth, his best ever MotoGP placing, after a battle with his team-mate Loris Baz (Avintia racing) who was fifth with Maverick Vinales (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) in sixth.

Podium:

1    Andrea DOVIZIOSO (ITA)      Ducati Team                                   Ducati                           42’27.333
2    Valentino ROSSI (ITA)            Movistar Yamaha MotoGP          Yamaha                        +3.115
3    Jorge LORENZO (SPA)           Movistar Yamaha MotoGP           Yamaha                       +11.924

Moto2

Johan Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) became the first rider to retain the Moto2 World Championship after a decisive win damp conditions at the Sepang track. Zarco took the lead from Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) with six laps to go and rode away to win by over three seconds. Morbidelli took second place ahead of Jonas Folger (Dynavolt Intact GP) in third.

Fourth place went to Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Team) with local hero Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia) fifth with Thomas Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten) failing in his championship challenge by finishing sixth.

Podium:

1    Johann ZARCO (FRA)                       Ajo Motorsport                                    Kalex                    45’51.036
2   Franco MORBIDELLI (ITA)             Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS         Kalex                     +3.256
3   Jonas FOLGER (GER)                       Dynavolt Intact GP                             Kalex                     +3.689

Moto3

In a crash-riddled dry race victory went to Francesco Bagnaia (Pull & Bear Aspar Mahindra Team) after he was the only survivor of a multi rider leading group crash at turn seven which saw four of the leading group of five riders all slide off in unison. The riders who came to grief were Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo), Joan Mir (Leopard Racing), Lorenzo Della Porta (Sky Racing Team) and Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Racing Moto3). This left Bagnaia with a significant lead which he maintained to the flag. Second place went to Jakub Kornfeil with rookie Bo Bensneyder taking the last step on the podium in third.

In fourth place was Fabio Quartararo (Leopard Racing) with Andrea Locatelli (Leopard Racing) fifth and Marcos Ramirez (Platinum Bay Real Estate) sixth.

Podium:

1    Francesco BAGNAIA (ITA)                  Pull & Bear Aspar Mahindra Team           Mahindra                   29’29.351
2   Jakub KORNFEIL (CZE)                      Drive M7 SIC Racing Team                         Honda                        +7.108
3   Bo BENDSNEYDER (NED)                 Red Bull KTM Ajo                                          KTM                           +7.253

Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix – Qualifying Results 29 October 2016

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MotoGP

In a wet Q2 pole went to Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), his second of the season. Completing the front row of the starting grid will be Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team-mates Valentino Rossi in second and Jorge Lorenzo third. This is a vast improvement on their qualifying in their last outing in Phillip Island in similar weather conditions where they qualified 15th. and 12th. respectively

Fourth place went to Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) who has been suffering an illness over the last few days with Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) in fifth after crashing and re-mounting during Q2 to claim the spot ahead of Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) in sixth.

Front row:

1    Andrea DOVIZIOSO (ITA)           Ducati Team                              Ducati                     2’11.485
2    Valentino ROSSI (ITA)                Movistar Yamaha MotoGP      Yamaha                  +0.246
3    Jorge LORENZO (SPA)               Movistar Yamaha MotoGP      Yamaha                  +0.302

Moto2

Reigning World Champion and current championship leader Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) took pole in a dominant fashion lapping over two seconds quicker than any other rider. Second place went to Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) with Axel Pons (AGR Team) completing the front row in third spot.

Jonas Folger (Dynavolt Intact GP) will start from fourth place ahead of championship contender Thomas Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten) in fifth and Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Team) in sixth.

Championship contender Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) had a poor qualifying starting from a lowly twenty-third spot in a race he probably has to win if he has any chance of taking the title.

Front row:

1    Johann ZARCO (FRA)                        Ajo Motorsport                                       Kalex                    2’18.621
2    Franco MORBIDELLI (ITA)            Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS             Kalex                    +2.134
3    Axel PONS (SPA)                               AGR Team                                                Kalex                    +2.762

Moto3

With qualifying being red flagged because of torrential rain riders were let out on the track with only nineteen minutes of qualifying left. With Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0 ) on provisional pole ahead of Francesco Bagnaia (Pull & Bear Aspar Mahindra Team ) both with times set during the damp period prior to the red flag it seemed unlikely that their times would be beaten on the very wet track. However, when the flag came out to end the session Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) was on a flying lap which proved to be fast enough for Binder to take pole from Navarro by just under one-tenth of a second with Bagnaia third.

Heading the second row of the grid in fourth will be Lorenzo Della Porta (SKY Racing Team VR46) with Gabriel Rodrigo (RBA Racing Team) fifth and Niccolo Antonalli (Ongetta-Rivacold) sixth.

Front row:

1    Brad BINDER (RSA)                       Red Bull KTM Ajo                                                        KTM                        2’26.268
2   Jorge NAVARRO (SPA)                  Estrella Galicia 0,0                                                       Honda                    +0.093
3   Francesco BAGNAIA (ITA)            Pull & Bear Aspar Mahindra Team                           Mahindra               +0.127

Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix – Race Results 23 October 2016

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MotoGP

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) took his second win of the season with a comfortable victory after early race leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) crashed out at Turn 4 after losing the front because, according to Marquez, braking too late. Crutchlow, who was then second inherited the lead ahead of Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who had worked his way through the field from fifteenth and was expected to challenge for the lead. But Crutchlow rode brilliantly to extend his lead over Rossi, crossing the finish line over four seconds ahead.

After battling with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducti Team) and Aleix Espargaro (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) , who eventually crashed at turn 4, Maverick Vinales (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) completed the podium positions in third with an excellent ride from thirteenth on the starting grid with Dovizioso finishing fourth with Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) a distant fifth and Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) a lonely sixth.

Podium:

1    Cal CRUTCHLOW (GBR)             LCR Honda                                   Honda                          40’48.543
2    Valentino ROSSI (ITA)                 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP         Yamaha                       +4.218
3    Maverick VIÑALES (SPA)            Team SUZUKI ECSTAR             Suzuki                          +5.309

Moto2

In a stunning photo finish victory went to Motegi winner Thomas Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten) for his first ever back-to-back race wins.. Luthi led for most of the race closely followed by Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) and Matia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team) until Pasini crashed out at Turn 4. Morbidelli made his move for victory late in the race and led onto the straight for the final run to the finish line but Luthi used the slipstream to perfection to cross the line just one-hundredth of a second ahead of Morbidelli.

Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) rode well after a poor start to finish a close third, his best ever Moto2 result.

In fourth place was Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Team) with an injured Takaaki Nakagami (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) fifth and Jonas Folger (Dynavolt Intact GP) sixth.

Championship leader Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) had a poor race finishing 12th. but his main rival, Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40), crashed out as did Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2). Lithi’s win now moves him up to second place in the championship only 22 points behind Zarco.

Podium:

1    Thomas LUTHI (SWI)                     Garage Plus Interwetten                     Kalex                          39’15.891
2    Franco MORBIDELLI (ITA)          Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS           Kalex                          +0.010
3    Sandro CORTESE (GER)                Dynavolt Intact GP                              Kalex                           +0.530

Moto3

After the first race was red flagged because of a multi-rider crash at Lukey Heights the race was re-run over ten laps resulting in an emphatic win for 2016 World Champion brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) with Andrea Locatelli (Leopard Racing) a comfortable second.

However the race for the final podium position was a contest between sixteen riders which was eventually won by Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0) who crossed the line less than 0.05 sec. ahead of Darryn Binder (Platinum Bay Real Estate) in fourth with Livio Loi (RW Racing GP BV) fifth and Jorge Martin (Pull & Bear Aspar Mahindra Team) sixth. Just over one second covered finishers three to fourteen.

Podium:

1    Brad BINDER (RSA)                   Red Bull KTM Ajo                       KTM                          16’22.009
2   Andrea LOCATELLI (ITA)          Leopard Racing                           KTM                          +5.937
3   Aron CANET (SPA)                      Estrella Galicia 0,0                      Honda                      +9.594

Motul Grand Prix of Japan – Race Results 16 October 2016

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MotoGP

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) won the race and with both Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) crashing out while holding second place Marquez also became the 2016 MotoGP World Champion, his third MotoGP championship in four years.

In second place was Andrea Dovizioso (ducati Team) with Maverick Vinales (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) in third after passing his team-mate Aleix Espargaro (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR), who finished fourth, late in the race. Fifth place went to Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda)with Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) sixth.

It was also a great race for the ever improving Aprilia team with Alvro Bautista finishing seventh and Stephan Bradl tenth.

Podium:

1     Marc MARQUEZ (SPA)                      Repsol Honda Team                    Honda                42’34.610
2    Andrea DOVIZIOSO (ITA )               Ducati Team                                   Ducati                +2.992
3    Maverick VIÑALES (SPA)                 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR                Suzuki               +4.104

Moto2

In a dominant display Thomas Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten) led from start to finish crossing the line to win from a fast finishing Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) in second with the “in form” Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) third. With both Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) and Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) crashing in the race and neither scoring any points Zarco extended his lead in the championship to 21 points over Rins with Luthi now becoming a championship contender 43 points behind Zarco in third.

The fourth place finisher was Takaaki Nakagami (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia) with Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) fifth and Simone Corsi (Speed Up Racing) sixth.

Podium:

1    Thomas LUTHI (SWI)                              Garage Plus Interwetten                       Kalex                      42’45.854
2    Johann ZARCO (FRA)                              Ajo Motorsport                                       Kalex                      +0.386
3    Franco MORBIDELLI (ITA)                   Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS              Kalex                      +5.863

Moto3

After leading the race virtually from the start Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) was passed three corners from the finish lie by Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Moto3) which saw Bastianini win in a photo finish from Binder in second. Third across the line was local rider Hiroki Ono (Honda Team Asia) but was later disqualified for being under the weight restrictions. Nicolo Bulega (SKY Racing Team VR46) was therefore promoted from fourth to third place.

Fourth finisher was Philipp Oettle (Schedl GP Racing) with Fabio DiGiannantonio (Gresini Racing Moto3) fifth and Francesco Bagnaia (Pull & Bear Aspar Mahindra Team Mahindra) sixth.

Podium:

1     Enea BASTIANINI (ITA)                Gresini Racing Moto3               Honda                     39’24.273
2    Brad BINDER (RSA)                       Red Bull KTM Ajo                       KTM                        +0.017
3    Nicolo BULEGA (ITA)                     SKY Racing Team VR46            KTM                        +4.002

Motul Grand Prix of Japan – Qualifying Results 15 October 2016

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MotoGP

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) will start from pole after getting the 64th pole of his career late in Q2, thus equalling the poles of both Marquez and Lorenzo. Second on the starting grid will be Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) with third going to a battered Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) after high-siding during FP3.

In fourth spot will be Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) with Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) fifth and Aleix Espargaro (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) sixth after out qualifying his team-mate Maverick Vinales (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) who qualified seventh.

Front row:

1    Valentino ROSSI (ITA)                            Movistar Yamaha MotoGP                  Yamaha                1’43.954
2    Marc MARQUEZ (SPA)                           Repsol Honda Team                             Honda                   +0.180
3    Jorge LORENZO (SPA)                           Movistar Yamaha MotoGP                  Yamaha                 +0.267

Moto2

Pole went to Moto2 World Champion and current championship leader Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) with a new Motegi pole record. After holding on to provisional pole for most of the qualifying session Thomas Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten) ended up in second spot with Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) maintaining his recent good for to qualify third.

Championship contender Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) qualified fourth with Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) fifth and Axel Pons (AGR Team) sixth. Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40), who only sits one point behind Zarco in the championship race had a poor qualifying after crashing on Friday. He qualified in twenty-second place.

Front row:

1     Johann ZARCO (FRA)                        Ajo Motorsport                                       Kalex                     1’49.961
2    Thomas LUTHI (SWI)                        Garage Plus Interwetten                       Kalex                      +0.067
3    Franco MORBIDELLI (ITA)              Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS             Kalex                      +0.356

Moto3

The fastest qualifier Hiroki Ono (Honda Team Asia) will not start from pole after being demoted three places for riding too slowly in some sectors during qualifying.

First place on the starting grid will therefore go to Andrea Migno (SKY Racing Team VR46) with newly crowned World Champion Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) in second place and Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Moto3) third. Ono will start from fourth place ahead of Nicolo Bulaga (SKY Racing Team VR46) in fifth and Lorenzo Dalla Porta (SKY Racing Team VR46) sixth.

Front row:

1    Andrea MIGNO (ITA)                        SKY Racing Team VR46             KTM                           1’56.529
2   Brad BINDER (RSA)                           Red Bull KTM Ajo                       KTM                           +0.130
3   Enea BASTIANINI (ITA)                    Gresini Racing Moto3                Honda                        +0.135