Sport Dovizioso fastest in FP2 as Marquez crashes

10:45  13 october  2017
10:45  13 october  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Marquez leads FP3 times as Vinales misses Q2

  Marquez leads FP3 times as Vinales misses Q2 Marc Marquez topped the timesheets in a damp third Motegi MotoGP practice, though Andrea Dovizioso continued to lead the combined standings by virtue of his Friday time. Maverick Vinales missed the Q2 cut. Despite the track having less water on it than was seen on Friday, no-one was able to improve on their times from second practice for much of the session. Pramac’s Danilo Petrucci was the early pacesetter on the third practice standings, but was some way off Dovizioso‘s 1m54.877s from Friday on a 1m56.776s. Championship leader Marc Marquez – who tried a revised aerodynamic fairing on his Honda this morning – soon deposed Petrucci with a 1m56.170s, before Suzuki’s Andrea Iannone took over top spot with a 1m55.797s. Iannone‘s time was only just over a tenth of a second outside of his Friday best, and this signalled track conditions were improving with a quarter of the session remaining. As a result, a number of riders switched to the Extra-soft rear tyre for a time attack. Marc VDS Honda’s Tito Rabat was the first improver, with the Spaniard up to 19th from 23rd with a 1m57.247s with 11 minutes left, though was quickly shuffled back by Aprilia’s Sam Lowes. LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow was the first rider inside the top 10 to improve his best pace, the British rider posting a 1m56.149s to remain ninth fastest on the combined times. Struggling on Friday for pace in the wet conditions, both factory Yamaha riders still languished outside of the Q2cut-off with six minutes remaining.

FP 2 times. Dovizioso fastest , Marquez crashes Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso topped the timesheets in second practice for MotoGP's Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi, as Marc Marquez crashed late in the session 1507874425 MotoGP.

The Honda rider's lead was briefly interrupted by title rival Dovizioso with seven minutes to go, only for Marquez to go 0.6s faster soon afterwards. Other fallers were Jack Miller, who came down at the first corner, and Aprilia's Sam Lowes. FP3 results.

Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati responded to Marc Marquez’s blistering first practice pace by ending a wet Friday at Motegi fastest of all as the Spaniard crashed.

After a steady start to proceedings this morning in fifth, Dovizioso went top of the pile in the afternoon immediately with a 1m55.837s, which put him nine tenths clear of the field.

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Marquez cut the gap to half a second 15 minutes in, though the Italian soon responded to the Honda rider’s advances and set a 1m54.877s.

The Ducati rider remained largely unchallenged for the next 20 minutes, but Marquez did begin to apply pressure with eight minutes to go with a 1m54.920s, which put him to within five hundredths of a second of his nearest championship rival.

Dovizioso beats Marquez in thrilling Motegi battle

  Dovizioso beats Marquez in thrilling Motegi battle Andrea Dovizioso reduced his deficit in the MotoGP championship to just 11 points after prevailing in a thrilling battle with standings leader Marc Marquez in a wet Japanese Grand Prix. Marquez swooped into the lead at the first corner off the line, while Jorge Lorenzo slotted in behind and team-mateDovizioso jumped up to fifth. Lorenzo took the lead away from his compatriot at Turn 9, while, shod with the extra-soft rear tyre – one of just six riders to run with that compound – DaniloPetrucci used his early grip advantage to hunt down the Spaniard and take second away from him. The Pramac rider then scythed past Lorenzo for the lead and pulled over a second clear, though was gradually reeled in by Marquez over the next few laps as Lorenzo faded away to eighth. By lap four, Dovizioso had moved into third and was being dragged along by Marquez, who eventually found a way through on Petrucci on lap 12 at Turn 11. Dovizioso immediately passed Petrucci at the first corner on the following lap and began his pursuit of Marquez, with the Italian overhauling the Honda rider with six laps remaining. The Ducati rider put almost a second of daylight between the pair, but Marquez closed him down again and retook the lead at the beginning of lap 21. Dovizioso retaliated with a daring move up the inside of the 130R corner, though the Honda rider countered this into Turn 9 and edged half a second clear as they began the final lap.

A late flyer pushes Andrea Dovizioso to the top of the time sheets in MotoGP FP 2 at Brno; leading Honda riders well placed before final ‘qualifying’ run. Refusing to fit soft rubber late on, Marquez fell to tenth, while suffering another eye-opening front end moment on the entrance to turn 13.

Late drama!@marcmarquez93 goes down again just as @calcrutchlow tops FP 2 . Two crashes for the World Champion!#MotoGP #BritishGP🇬🇧 Dovizioso delight, Marquez misery.

Pushing to try and reclaim top spot in the final few minutes, Marquez was flicked from his RC213V at Turn 4. The championship leader was unscathed and remained second when the chequered flag fell.

Dovizioso was unable to improve on his laptime in the closing stages, while Aprilia’sAleixEspargaro completed the top three after a 1m55.061s lap riddled with small moments as the Spaniard pushed hard.

Jorge Lorenzo brushed off his shunt with Cal Crutchlowthis morning to go fourth fastest ahead of Tech3’s Johann Zarco, who ended Friday as the only Yamaha rider inside the top 10.

DaniloPetrucci suffered no repeat of his technical issue from this morning and was sixth quickest ahead of Andrea Iannone who, like team-mateRins in 10th, tried Suzuki’s new aerodynamic fairing.

Dovizioso pinned hopes of Motegi win on Turn 11 pass

  Dovizioso pinned hopes of Motegi win on Turn 11 pass Andrea Dovizioso knew he could win the Motegi MotoGP race if he could line Marc Marquez up for a pass at Turn 11, as his Ducati was performing much better on the brakes than the Honda. The Italian made his way from ninth on the grid to the podium positions in a matter of four laps at the start of a wet Japanese Grand Prix, and proceeded to battle with championship leader Marquez for the entirety of the race. Struggling with rear grip in the closing stages, the Italian knew his best chance at winning the race would be into the heavy braking zone of Turn 11 at the end of the lap, but was finding it difficult to close the gap to Marquez. A small mistake from the Honda rider at Turn 8 allowed Dovizioso to close up and execute a pass at Turn 11, while fending off a last-gasp attack at the last corner to take his fifth win of the season. “I was struggling a lot,” the Ducati rider, who now trails Marquez by just 11 points, said. “He tried to push again in the last two laps, but maybe was over the limit. He did a mistake and I was able to catch him again, and I knew Turn 11 was my break. “I knew I had to do everything perfect in two corners to be ready for Turn 11. “That was already at the beginning of my race my strategy, but it was difficult because he was making really good laptimes. “I was able to exit Turn 10 behind him and I brake so hard. My bike in the braking was better than his bike, but (still) remaining two corners, and there was Marc behind me.

Iannone, also fastest in FP 2 , improved his time to a 1m 54.639s lap to edge out the Movistar Yamaha of Lorenzo, while Marc Marquez The Ducati pair headed the top speed charts, with Iannone clocking 350km/h while Dovizioso managed 349km/h – a huge 14km/h faster than Lorenzo's M1.

Marc Marquez set the pace in the third MotoGP rehearse at Aragon in front of Maverick Vinales, as Valentino Rossi made it specifically into Q2 by taking tenth place. Dani Pedrosa completed third, with Andrea Dovizioso in 6th.

Honda’s DaniPedrosa was well over two second off the pace of team-mate Marquez this morning, as the four-timeMotegi race winner struggled in the cooler temperatures.

The afternoon session proved far more positive for Pedrosa, who was eighth fastest with a 1m55.773s ahead of LCR Honda’s Crutchlow.

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Maverick Vinales was 1.5s adrift of Dovizioso in 11th ahead of Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi – both seemingly still struggling to get the 2017 YZR-M1 to work in wet conditions.

Jonas Folger’s replacement KohtaNozane ended his first day as a MotoGP rider a respectable 13th and just 0.018s slower than nine-time champion Rossi ahead of him. Scott Redding – who crashed at Turn 11 late on – and Karel Abraham rounded out the top 15.

Bradley Smith was the only other faller this afternoon, the KTM rider coming off at Turn 11 15 minutes into the session. He still headed team-mate Pol Espargaro in 17th.

Marquez: 2017 one of the most difficult championships

  Marquez: 2017 one of the most difficult championships MotoGP standings leader Marc Marquez says the 2017 world championship battle with Andrea Dovizioso is one of the most difficult he has ever experienced. The Spaniard transformed a 33–point deficit after the Italian Grand Prix to take a five–point championship lead at the Sachsenring. He briefly slid behind Ducati’sDovizioso after the Silverstone race, but retook it by 16 points after winning at Aragon. Now leading by just 11 points after Dovizioso pipped him to victory in Japan, Marquez admits this championship campaign has been one of the hardest of his career. The Honda rider says he is pushing at his maximum every race weekend as he knows just how vital each point can be amid such an unpredictable season, and highlights the number of crashes he has had as proof of this. “I mean, of course, it’s one of the most difficult championships,” he said. “I’m pushing everything, I’m riding really good. I try to take all the potential from my bike. “I mean, you can see a little bit, 22, 23 crashes is because I’m pushing, it’s not because I’m not pushing. “I try to give everything because I know all the points can be important.” The most difficult aspect of the 2017 season, Marquez believes, is how sensitive each bike is to small changes in track and weather conditions, and this has increased the risk taking needed to stay competitive during a race weekend.

Marc Marquez was the second fastest in FP 1 and FP 2 at Le Mans Circuit. Andrea Dovizioso finished FP 2 of the 2017 French Grand Prix on topGetty. Sergio Aguero to be assessed by Manchester City after sustaining injuries in car crash .

Pushing to improve further, Marquez crashed at the final corner with nine minutes to go. The Italian held onto top spot, though by just 0.005 seconds from Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales, with the factory Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso 0.063s further adrift in third.

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Phillip Island layout worked against Ducati, says Dovizioso .
Andrea Dovizioso has blamed his potentially MotoGPchampionship-ending poor form at Phillip Island on Sunday on the track’s layout not suiting his Ducati. The 31-year-old was left bereft of confidence after a fast crash at MG corner during final practice on Saturday, which stopped him from qualifying higher than 11th. Confident in being able to fight through the pack and battle with championship rival Marc Marquez, Dovizioso‘s afternoon got off to a poor start when he ran wide at the Doohan corner on lap two – though he does not consider this to be the main detrimental factor to his race. Plummeting to 20th, the Italian could only get as high as 11th after nine laps, and soon ran into grip issues with his medium rear tyre as his Ducati struggled to turn through Phillip Island’s numerous long corners. Dovizioso was out-dragged by both DaniPedrosa and Ducati stablemate Scott Redding on the PramacGP16 to the line, leaving him a season-worst13th, while title rival Marquez won to go 33 points clear in the standings. “Very bad result, for sure, especially for the championship,” the Ducati rider told “My mistake on the second lap created a bad situation, but the reality is not that. The reality is we weren’t fast. “The characteristic of this track is to have good turning, we confirm we still have that limit. “We finished the tyres eight laps to the end, but all that is a consequence (of poor cornering).

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