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Moto GP 2015 Round 3 Argentina ***SPOILER***

Well COTA was certainly interesting to say the least, delayed start, and of course the DOG lol, glad the rain held off in the end. MM93 put on another show, absolutely insane pole lap!!! give me the chills watching it! dude is superhuman i think. Nice to see Vale on the podium yet again, and the GP15's are most certainly in it this year. JL99 finished the best he could considering he had or was recovering from Bronchitis, lets hope he is ready to go here.

About the circuit
The Termas de Río Hondo Circuit is located 6km from the city which gives the venue its name, in the Province of Santiago del Estero. It was built in a 150 hectare area and officially inaugurated on May 11, 2008, during the visit of Argentina´s Touring Car Racing championship. In 2012, the reconditioning, enlargement and modernization of the circuit began, with the purpose of turning it into Latin America’s most modern, safe and vibrant circuit.

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Current Points:
1 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 41
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 40
3 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 36
4 Andrea IANNONE Ducati ITA 27
5 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 26
6 Bradley SMITH Yamaha GBR 18
7 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda GBR 18
8 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki SPA 13
9 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 10
10 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati ITA 10
11 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki SPA 9
12 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha SPA 7
13 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati COL 6
14 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 5
15 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 5
16 Nicky HAYDEN Honda USA 3
17 Scott REDDING Honda GBR 3
18 Jack MILLER Honda AUS 2
19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia SPA 1


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I just have to talk again about Marc's pole lap - he had a warning light coming down the straight full out, quickly pulled off to the side, (couldn't have been a better place to abandon bike!!) jumped off bike, jumped over wall, sprinted down pit lane, jumped on bike no2, crossed finish line with only 18 seconds to spare (otherwise lap wouldn't have counted) then proceeds to set a record pole lap!!! Dovi had the best view right behind him and was quoted something along the lines of " he was making mistakes everywhere and still beat me by almost a half second" NUTS!! Nothing phases this guy!!

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Friday April 17
Moto3 FP1 08:00 - 08:40
MotoGP FP1 08:55 - 09:40
Moto2 FP1 09:55 - 10:40
Moto3 FP2 12:10 - 12:50
MotoGP FP2 13:05 - 13:50
Moto2 FP2 14:05 - 14:50

Saturday April 18
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MotoGP FP3 08:55 - 09:40
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Moto3 QP 11:35 - 12:15
MotoGP FP4 12:30 - 13:00
MotoGP Q1 13:10 - 13:25
MotoGP Q2 13:35 - 13:50
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MotoGP WUP 09:40 - 10:00
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That qualifying lap for pole was certainly insane. I thought for sure he wouldn't be able to pull it off because the tires wouldn't have been warm enough, but sure enough with each sector he was ahead. I too got the chills watching that; it was a small piece of history being made, for sure.

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anyone have info of who was on what engine allocation for the race?

marquez was on a fresh one due to the problem in qualifying.

so if Duc/Yam were on 'old' ones thats not a bad result, especially since yam suck at this track anyway. LOL.
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As awesome as Marquez is, I hope the competition is able to go toe to toe with him.

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anyone have info of who was on what engine allocation for the race?

marquez was on a fresh one due to the problem in qualifying.

so if Duc/Yam were on 'old' ones thats not a bad result, especially since yam suck at this track anyway. LOL.
not exactly sure of the numbers yet, ill try and get that info though. I do believe the Ducs were on new engines
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Good article here for this season, everything you need to know is here
The 2015 MotoGP Rules Primer: Engines, Fuel, Tires, Testing And More For The Five Factories
https://motomatters.com/analysis/201...gines_fue.html

Re Engines for 2015 it's 5 for Factory Option, 12 for Factory Option with Concessions, and 12 for Open Class

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from MM re both Ducs running out of fuel at turn 1 just after crossing the finish line.
"Of course, running out of fuel as you cross the line can be seen as the ultimate in race planning, after all, any fuel that you don't use is merely unnecessary ballast. But Turn 1 is cutting it a little too fine perhaps, and the result of Ducati having focused on other areas. They were not forced to focus on fuel management like Honda and Yamaha, who have been racing with 20 liters of fuel since 2014. But the sudden rise in air temperatures before the race, and the fuel-hungry nature of the Austin track, meant that Ducati were possibly caught a little short. There was some furious swapping of fuel tanks on the GP15s going on after the start of the MotoGP race was delayed, the only way to legally ensure a full tank at the start and after the sighting lap.

After Austin, you can expect Ducati to be putting in a bit more work on fuel consumption. The next few tracks are lighter on fuel, not having slow, first-gear corners leading onto long high-speed straights. But you can be sure that at a track like Misano or Motegi, Ducati will need better fuel management. Misano is not a problem: the circuit is one of the test tracks Ducati uses, and they will simply send Michele Pirro out to do endless laps of the track to find a solution. Motegi is even tougher on fuel, though, and prohibitively expensive for Ducati to test at. Gigi Dall'Igna has until October to address the issue."
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MotoGP Austin: Marquez 'This championship is different' 16 April 2015
“The first part of last year was special and I already understand that this championship is different”- Marc Marquez.


Two rounds into the new MotoGP season and reigning double world champion Marc Marquez already knows it will be very different to 2014.

The Repsol Honda star approached last year's inaugural race at Argentina's Termas de Rio Hondo circuit already leading by 14 points and on his way to what would be ten successive wins and a record 13 for the season.

Marquez returns holding third in the 2015 standings, although only five points behind early leader Valentino Rossi after victory last Sunday in Texas.

“I know that the first part of last year was special and I already understand that this championship is different,” Marquez said on Thursday. “You must be patient. You cannot win every race. You cannot be at the top every race.

“The most important thing is the final result and if you want to be there at the end, as we saw in the past, the most important thing is consistency. So we will try to be at a good level every weekend, but if it's not possible to win it is better to finish on the podium, and always be there for the championship.”

Marquez began this season with a first-turn mistake at Qatar, forcing a fight back from last to fifth. As such, the 22-year-old admitted his victory from pole in Texas was just what he needed.

“At the moment the championship looks nice for the spectators,” he said of the close Yamaha, Ducati and Honda battle. “After Qatar my worry was to come back strong and be there in the championship and now we are only five points behind Valentino.

“Last year I felt really good on this track. I was enjoying it. Then in the race the first laps were tricky, I was in eighth position I think, and then I came back. Last year I felt good here but as we saw in Austin the other guys have also improved, so we will work hard to try to be in the same level.”

Hiroshi Aoyama will continue to replace Dani Pedrosa alongside Marquez at Repsol Honda this weekend. Pedrosa is recovering from arm pump surgery.
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UPDATE: RE Ducs running out of fuel
MotoGP Argentina: Ducati ‘didn’t run out of fuel’ 16 April 2015
"The reality is we didn't run out of fuel... We had a different problem."

When both Ducati GP15s stopped on the slow down lap in Texas, their first race since a two-litre fuel reduction, it threw doubt on the Factory's claims that the lower 22-litre limit would make no difference.

But speaking on the eve of this weekend's round in Argentina, Austin runner-up Andrea Dovizioso declared:

“No, the reality is we didn't run out of fuel. We had something [wrong] on the tank. We had a different problem. But it is something we don't want to speak about!”

Ducati lost half of its extra four litres of fuel after accumulating three dry podiums since the start of 2014, but still has a two-litre advantage over the Factory class Honda and Yamaha riders.

Satellite Pramac Ducati riders are also subject to the new fuel limit. Danilo Petrucci did not appear to have any consumption issues on his GP14.1, stopping to give Dovizioso's team-mate Andrea Iannone a lift back to the pits, while Yonny Hernandez crashed out.

Dovizioso is just one-point away from world championship leader Valentino Rossi heading into this weekend's event, with second place finishes in the opening grands prix. Iannone is fourth in the standings with one podium, underlining the seismic step forward made by Gigi Dall'Igna's all-new design.

Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the machine, Dovizioso explained:

“My lines are different [from last year] because the bike starts to turn, so I'm able to do the line I want. The positive from Ducati is the turning has become very good so I'm able to make the entry of the corner very quick and in the straights the bike has a lot of horsepower. That has made the difference for the lap time.

“We miss a little bit of traction, I believe. Especially compared with Yamaha, not compared to Honda. That is not so easy to find and it is not easy for riding because we lose a little bit of speed in the first part of acceleration.

"But now we speak of really small things. Small things which become big at this level when you are fighting for victory or the podium - but which are very small compared to last year.”

This year's results have been especially rewarding for Dovizioso, whose arrival at Ducati coincided with a podium-less 2013, then the first signs of recovery last season.

“After you've had the hard moments, especially the first year in Ducati, now we have a lot of energy to fight. When the base of the bike is good everything changes. Everything is different and the consequence is the results we made in the first two races.”
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MotoGP Argentina: Rossi 'focused and prepared' 15 April 2015
MotoGP World Championship leader Valentino Rossi aiming to build on strong start to season in Argentina


Movistar Yamaha's Valentino Rossi is feeling upbeat over his prospects ahead of this weekend's third round of the MotoGP World Championship in Argentina.

The 36-year-old holds a slender one-point advantage over Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso at the top of the standings and is five points clear of Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez in third place after a strong start to the 2015 season.

Rossi followed up his victory in the Qatar night race with a podium at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin and the nine-time world champion will be aiming for another rostrum challenge at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, where he finished fourth in the inaugural race in 2014.

“I'm happy to go to Argentina because I like the track. We hope that there will be a better condition of the tarmac compared to last year, because the track and the layout are good,” Rossi said.

“It's also not a bad circuit for our YZR-M1, but first we take a few days of rest and then we'll try to be focused and prepared for the race.”

Rossi has revealed that he hopes to continue racing at the top level in MotoGP beyond his current contract with Yamaha, which expires at the end of the 2016 season, saying he hopes it 'won't be my last'.
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and in other news Suzuki is doing alright but their bikes lack horsepower

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Yup Suzuki boys doing alright indeed, they should add a Turbo ? :P
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FP1 underway, John; Maverick is leading right now ;) about 10min to go
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Yup Suzuki boys doing alright indeed, they should add a Turbo ? :P
they need to use the gixxer thou platform. maverick would be unstoppable!

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FP1 Results: (dont read too much into this session, from what i heard They used a single set of tyres throughout the session to put rubber on track and make it grippier, so in other words track was "dirty")
VR46 "“Today's first practice was very difficult, as we expected,” Rossi explained. “The track is still very dirty and it is very difficult to make the tyre work. After 3 or 4 laps the tyre moves a lot. "


1. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 40.806s [Lap 12/16] 314km/h (Top Speed)
2. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 41.379s +0.573s [14/15] 324km/h
3. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 41.527s +0.721s [13/17] 323km/h
4. Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 41.785s +0.979s [13/17] 323km/h
5. Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 41.884s +1.078s [14/15] 319km/h
6. Nicky Hayden USA Aspar (RC213V-RS) 1m 41.932s +1.126s [14/15] 315km/h
7. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 42.174s +1.368s [9/16] 317km/h
8. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 42.246s +1.440s [11/13] 322km/h
9. Jack Miller AUS CWM LCR Honda (RC213V-RS)* 1m 42.391s +1.585s [16/18] 318km/h
10. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 42.605s +1.799s [5/14] 328km/h
11. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 42.828s +2.022s [14/16] 315km/h
12. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 43.297s +2.491s [11/15] 324km/h
13. Alex De Angelis RSM Octo IodaRacing (ART) 1m 43.330s +2.524s [13/16] 306km/h
14. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 43.373s +2.567s [14/15] 320km/h
15. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 43.390s +2.584s [4/16] 320km/h
16. Cal Crutchlow GBR CWM LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 43.891s +3.085s [15/15] 321km/h
17. Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.1) 1m 44.300s +3.494s [15/18] 323km/h
18. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar (RC213V-RS)* 1m 44.313s +3.507s [14/19] 318km/h
19. Marco Melandri ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 44.572s +3.766s [8/14] 306km/h
20. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 44.750s +3.944s [13/14] 320km/h
21. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RC213V-RS) 1m 45.001s +4.195s [15/15] 313km/h
22. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 45.237s +4.431s [4/17] 322km/h
23. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 45.688s +4.882s [5/18] 323km/h
24. Stefan Bradl GER Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 45.747s +4.941s [5/16] 316km/h
25. Loris Baz FRA Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)* 1m 46.239s +5.433s [15/16] 312km/h
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Argentina MotoGP: Rossi: 'Dirty and difficult FP1' 17 April 2015
“The track is still very dirty and it is very difficult to make the tyre work" - Valentino Rossi.

First practice for the Argentina MotoGP saw world championship leader Valentino Rossi just 14th fastest and Movistar Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo down in 20th.

“Today's first practice was very difficult, as we expected,” Rossi explained. “The track is still very dirty and it is very difficult to make the tyre work. After 3 or 4 laps the tyre moves a lot.

“Despite the results and although the situation is pretty atypical, the first impression is not so bad. Let's see what happens this afternoon, trusting that the weather stays like this. If so, the condition of the track will improve and we'll be able to understand more about our competitiveness."

Crew chief Silvano Galbusera stated: “We asked Vale to stay on the same set of tyres, because we want to save new tyres for this afternoon. We expect the lap times to improve by 2 or 3 seconds from morning to afternoon so this morning it was meaningless to use a second set of tyres. We need to wait this afternoon to understand the potential of our bikes, hoping that the weather does not get worse."

Rossi lapped 2.567s behind surprise session leader Aleix Espargaro (Suzuki), with Lorenzo 3.944s behind in 20th.

“As it happened last year, the track this morning was very dirty and I destroyed the tyres in a few laps,” Lorenzo confirmed. “The riders who put new tyres at the end of the session improved their times a lot whilst we decided to stay on used tyres and we could not do any better. Actually it's exactly the opposite than last year, when I put new tyres at the end of the session and I ended up FP1 in first position."

“It's not a normal situation but at least we know the reason as we had the same experience last year,” commented crew chief Ramon Forcada. “If that's the grip with the softer tyres then we only have to wait that the circuit gets cleaner in the next sessions, because we can't change the tyres… Hopefully the grip will improve on the second day and the feeling with the bike will get better."

The Yamahas were far from the only frontrunners left down the order in FP1, with Repsol Honda's reigning world champion Marc Marquez only tenth quickest.

“This first session the track was very slippery," Marquez said. "In the beginning it didn't look too bad but after just a few laps the tyres were totally destroyed, but there was no meaning to put fresh tyres on. We can't take much information from FP1 but anyway I'm sure FP2 the conditions will improve and we can progress.”
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FP2 Results:
1. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 38.776s [Lap 12/14] 316km/h (Top Speed)
2. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 39.311s +0.535s [16/16] 330km/h
3. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 39.336s +0.560s [12/15] 332km/h
4. Cal Crutchlow GBR CWM LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 39.403s +0.627s [16/17] 324km/h
5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 39.434s +0.658s [15/16] 325km/h
6. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 39.463s +0.687s [16/18] 324km/h
7. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 39.648s +0.872s [16/19] 327km/h
8. Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 39.892s +1.116s [13/17] 322km/h
9. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 39.947s +1.171s [16/18] 324km/h
10. Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 40.088s +1.312s [13/14] 326km/h
11. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 40.126s +1.350s [15/16] 319km/h
12. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 40.195s +1.419s [16/22] 327km/h
13. Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.1) 1m 40.438s +1.662s [14/17] 327km/h
14. Nicky Hayden USA Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS) 1m 40.522s +1.746s [13/16] 317km/h
15. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RC213V-RS) 1m 40.586s +1.810s [14/18] 317km/h
16. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 40.626s +1.850s [12/13] 328km/h
17. Stefan Bradl GER Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 40.672s +1.896s [8/17] 323km/h
18. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS)* 1m 40.846s +2.070s [12/16] 318km/h
19. Jack Miller AUS CWM LCR Honda (RC213V-RS)* 1m 40.864s +2.088s [12/17] 320km/h
20. Alex De Angelis RSM Octo IodaRacing (ART) 1m 41.152s +2.376s [15/18] 310km/h
21. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 41.380s +2.604s [16/18] 326km/h
22. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 41.490s +2.714s [9/17] 318km/h
23. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 41.531s +2.755s [3/13] 323km/h
24. Marco Melandri ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 41.576s +2.800s [14/17] 317km/h
25. Loris Baz FRA Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)* 1m 41.784s +3.008s [9/16] 317km/h
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MotoGP Argentina: Espargaro lauds 'special feeling' in Argentina 17 April 2015
Suzuki rider Aleix Espargaro tops both free practice sessions on GSX-RR on Friday to raise expectations ahead of Sunday's third round of the MotoGP World Championship

Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro says he has developed a 'special' feeling with the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina after topping both free practice sessions on Friday.

The Spanish rider was over half-a-second faster than Ducati's Andrea Iannone after recording a best time of 1m 38.776s in FP2 on the GSX-RR and Espargaro, who has struggled with chatter issues in Qatar and Austin, says the characteristics of the track are ideally suited to the Suzuki.

"It's just the first day but I'm really happy and pleased with the performance. The feeling I have with this track is special," said Espargaro.

"Last year I also felt really good here and obviously the layout of this track is really good for Suzuki. There is just one right corner where I have a lot of chatter but for the rest the bike is really agile, turning well and I enjoy it a lot.

“With the old tyre we led for all of FP2. This is the best thing. Then with the soft tyre I did a good lap time. I think we can still improve a lot because I used the soft front tyre and I didn't feel too good," he added.

"[I was] Too much on the limit, but it was a risk to go with the hard tyre today. Tomorrow I will try the hard and see what happens."

Espargaro is keeping his fingers crossed for an improvement in the track conditions in Argentina after revealing his rear tyre was 'destroyed' after three laps in FP2.

“In the second session the track conditions improved a little bit, but still not enough for us. In the first session after three laps the tyre was destroyed," he said.

"In the second session I did 10 or 12 laps with the hard rear tyre and it was quite destroyed. So the track needs to improve or we will have problems with the rear tyre, because we do not have the extra-hard tyre in our allocation.

"So we need to be careful with the rear tyre consumption.”
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MotoGP Argentina: Rossi: 'Big issue is about the tyres' 17 April 2015
"The big issue is about the tyres as we still have to decide both the rear and the front" - Valentino Rossi.

14th and 9th is not where you would expect to find MotoGP championship leader Valentino Rossi on the Friday practice timesheets in Argentina.

A dirty track and high tyre wear meant that the Movistar Yamaha joined may of the frontrunners in making a low-key FP1.

But while the likes of Marc Marquez (third) and Rossi's team-mate Jorge Lorenzo (sixth) stepped up their pace significantly in FP2, the Italian remained 1.171s from Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro.

“In the second practice the condition of the track improved a lot,” Rossi explained. “The lap time is already very competitive. The big issue is about the tyres as we still have to decide both the rear and the front.

“The feeling with the bike is very positive although we need to improve the balance and the setting. The position is not fantastic but we are not very far from the top guys so tomorrow we will try to improve the feeling with the bike and the lap time."

The Factory class Honda and Yamaha riders have a new extra-hard rear tyre available this weekend, alongside the hard rear. Meanwhile the likes of Suzuki and Ducati (second and fifth with Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso) must chose from the medium and hard rear compounds.
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Moto GP 2015 Round 3 Argentina ***SPOILER***

Anybody know if the race will be on Fox Sports 2 again?

Edit: a buddy of mine just got Direct TV. He found it. Finally get to watch the race live.

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FP3 Results:
FP3:
1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 38.602s [Lap 15/19] 330km/h (Top Speed)
2. Cal Crutchlow GBR CWM LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 38.658s +0.056s [17/19] 323km/h
3. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 38.791s +0.189s [17/18] 327km/h
4. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 38.818s +0.216s [15/17] 326km/h
5. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 38.919s +0.317s [16/17] 316km/h
6. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 38.952s +0.350s [17/19] 323km/h
7. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 39.019s +0.417s [19/21] 325km/h
8. Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.1) 1m 39.197s +0.595s [16/17] 325km/h
9. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 39.253s +0.651s [13/16] 318km/h
10. Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 39.312s +0.710s [18/19] 324km/h
11. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 39.326s +0.724s [16/19] 326km/h
12. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS)* 1m 39.362s +0.760s [14/18] 319km/h
13. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 39.471s +0.869s [17/22] 327km/h
14. Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 39.728s +1.126s [15/19] 327km/h
15. Nicky Hayden USA Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS) 1m 39.762s +1.160s [15/17] 319km/h
16. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 39.794s +1.192s [17/17] 326km/h
17. Stefan Bradl GER Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 39.812s +1.210s [15/19] 325km/h
18. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 39.938s +1.336s [14/17] 319km/h
19. Jack Miller AUS CWM LCR Honda (RC213V-RS)* 1m 39.999s +1.397s [14/18] 322km/h
20. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RC213V-RS) 1m 40.135s +1.533s [15/16] 318km/h
21. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 40.188s +1.586s [20/20] 327km/h
22. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 40.255s +1.653s [13/20] 327km/h
23. Marco Melandri ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 40.532s +1.930s [15/18] 319km/h
24. Loris Baz FRA Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)* 1m 40.805s +2.203s [15/19] 316km/h
25. Alex De Angelis RSM Octo IodaRacing (ART) 1m 41.565s +2.963s [17/19] 311km/h


FP4 Results:
1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 39.265s [Lap 8/14] 328km/h (Top Speed)
2. Cal Crutchlow GBR CWM LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 39.444s +0.179s [10/15] 323km/h
3. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 39.506s +0.241s [3/15] 322km/h
4. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 39.614s +0.349s [3/14] 324km/h
5. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 39.666s +0.401s [15/15] 322km/h
6. Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 39.918s +0.653s [10/11] 325km/h
7. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 39.963s +0.698s [12/13] 325km/h
8. Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 40.006s +0.741s [13/13] 322km/h
9. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 40.047s +0.782s [4/16] 325km/h
10. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 40.080s +0.815s [3/13] 315km/h
11. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 40.225s +0.960s [2/12] 313km/h
12. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 40.394s +1.129s [14/16] 325km/h
13. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS)* 1m 40.451s +1.186s [3/15] 316km/h
14. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 40.576s +1.311s [3/9] 327km/h
15. Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.1) 1m 40.601s +1.336s [2/11] 323km/h
16. Nicky Hayden USA Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS) 1m 40.672s +1.407s [11/13] 314km/h
17. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 40.727s +1.462s [7/13] 313km/h
18. Stefan Bradl GER Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 40.738s +1.473s [13/14] 322km/h
19. Loris Baz FRA Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)* 1m 40.819s +1.554s [13/14] 317km/h
20. Jack Miller AUS CWM LCR Honda (RC213V-RS)* 1m 40.860s +1.595s [11/14] 319km/h
21. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 40.862s +1.597s [3/14] 325km/h
22. Alex De Angelis RSM Octo IodaRacing (ART) 1m 41.083s +1.818s [3/13] 312km/h
23. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RC213V-RS) 1m 41.105s +1.840s [4/11] 315km/h
24. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 41.121s +1.856s [9/11] 324km/h
25. Marco Melandri ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 41.125s +1.860s [8/11] 314km/h
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Q1 Results:
1. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 38.956s [Lap 6/7] 326km/h (Top Speed)
2. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 39.320s +0.364s [5/6] 324km/h

3. Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 39.405s +0.449s [2/7] 321km/h
4. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS)* 1m 39.434s +0.478s [6/8] 314km/h
5. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 39.715s +0.759s [3/8] 326km/h
6. Stefan Bradl GER Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 39.734s +0.778s [3/8] 319km/h
7. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RC213V-RS) 1m 39.758s +0.802s [6/8] 315km/h
8. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 39.808s +0.852s [5/8] 319km/h
9. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 39.828s +0.872s [7/8] 311km/h
10. Nicky Hayden USA Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS) 1m 39.876s +0.920s [2/8] 315km/h
11. Jack Miller AUS CWM LCR Honda (RC213V-RS)* 1m 39.888s +0.932s [2/8] 320km/h
12. Loris Baz FRA Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)* 1m 39.972s +1.016s [2/8] 312km/h
13. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 40.133s +1.177s [5/7] 320km/h
14. Marco Melandri ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 40.403s +1.447s [5/7] 316km/h
15. Alex De Angelis RSM Octo IodaRacing (ART) 1m 40.485s +1.529s [6/8] 310km/h

Q2 Results:
Qualifying 2:
1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 37.802s [Lap 8/9] 326km/h (Top Speed)
2. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 38.316s +0.514s [5/9] 312km/h
3. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 38.467s +0.665s [6/8] 328km/h
4. Cal Crutchlow GBR CWM LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 38.485s +0.683s [5/7] 324km/h
5. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 38.485s +0.683s [2/8] 320km/h
6. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 38.520s +0.718s [6/7] 318km/h
7. Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.1) 1m 38.786s +0.984s [6/7] 323km/h
8. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 38.890s +1.088s [7/8] 317km/h
9. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 39.187s +1.385s [6/8] 314km/h
10. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 39.197s +1.395s [6/8] 323km/h
11. Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 39.380s +1.578s [6/7] 321km/h
12. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 40.526s +2.724s [2/9] 322km/h

Qualifying 1:
13. Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 39.405s 321km/h
14. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS)* 1m 39.434s 314km/h
15. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 39.715s 326km/h
16. Stefan Bradl GER Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 39.734s 319km/h
17. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RC213V-RS) 1m 39.758s 315km/h
18. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 39.808s 319km/h
19. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 39.828s 311km/h
20. Nicky Hayden USA Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS) 1m 39.876s 315km/h
21. Jack Miller AUS CWM LCR Honda (RC213V-RS)* 1m 39.888s 320km/h
22. Loris Baz FRA Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)* 1m 39.972s 312km/h
23. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 40.133s 320km/h
24. Marco Melandri ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 40.403s 316km/h
25. Alex De Angelis RSM Octo IodaRacing (ART) 1m 40.485s 310km/h
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MotoGP Argentina: Crutchlow annoyed with Lorenzo, Vinales 18 April 2015
“They need to get off the line if they are not doing a lap” - Cal Crutchlow.

Cal Crutchlow will start fourth on the grid in Sunday's Argentina MotoGP despite tripping over slow-moving riders on two of his qualifying laps.

Without those incidents the CWM LCR Honda rider is confident he could have set a 1m 37s, which would have put him at least second on the grid to world champion Marc Marquez.

The Englishman had already abandoned one flying lap due to a mistake of his own when he found Factory Yamaha star Jorge Lorenzo ahead of him on his next attempt.

“I was really annoyed with Lorenzo... He looked behind him three times. He saw me coming. In the middle sector he started to push and in the last sector he slowed up a little.

"But I was still pushing so I caught him. I had to avoid him and go really wide. I just missed the entrance to the pit lane. That's how wide I was. I was disappointed with that because he knew I was coming.

“Then in the last lap again I went to push and Vinales had finished his lap and just cruised around the first sector, on line. They need to get off the line if they are not doing a lap.”

Lorenzo later said that he didn't know Crutchlow had been held up and suggested he also slowed down due to Vinales.

“I don't know. I was with Maverick. Maverick slowed down and I had to close the throttle. I didn't see Cal, but probably it was Maverick who closed the throttle in the middle of the corner,” said the double world champion.

Crutchlow continued: “I don't want to be complaining. We finished fourth and that's the way it is. But we know from our sector data that if I had put them all together we'd have been in the '37s, which is positive. But we weren't and that's it.”

Like the other Factory class Honda riders, Crutchlow admitted he hasn't ruled out racing with the softer of his rear tyre options (the hard compound) rather than the new extra-hard preferred by the Yamahas.

“Tomorrow we need to work hard because we have a tyre choice to make. Maybe we can run the softer tyre in the rear now the track has cleaned up,” he confirmed. “But I think it will be difficult for a race distance.”

Crutchlow explained: “The Honda doesn't have the grip of the Yamaha. And it doesn't have the grip of the Ducati. So once we lose the grip it's really difficult to ride for the rest of the race.

“The [extra-hard] tyre is dropping after five laps. I know the softer tyre is [dropping] as well, but what you gain probably in those five laps you might be able to maintain for the rest of the race. So we are looking at all options.”

The new extra-hard is only available to the Factory class Hondas and Yamahas, the other riders having the softer Open class tyre allocation.

Despite frequently finishing second to Marquez in practice sessions, including FP3 in Argentina, Crutchlow has finished seventh in both races so far held.
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MotoGP: Rossi ‘very upset’ after Argentina qualifying 18 April 2015
“I am very upset for the qualifying because I feel I could do better” - Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi has a tough fight on his hands to defend the early MotoGP World Championship lead after qualifying just eighth in Argentina.

The Qatar winner and Austin podium finisher lapped over one-second slower than reigning title holder Marc Marquez at the dusty Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, but is sure he will be in better shape for the race.

"I am very upset for the qualifying because I feel I could do better,” he said. “Our strategy was not perfect, we arrived in traffic and unfortunately it was not possible to improve.

“On the other side, with the hard tyres the bike works well and I have a good pace, that is most important for the race. We have to work in some places as we still have some issues to solve, we will try to improve and do the best we can in the race.”

Rossi, like most of the Factory class Yamaha and Honda riders, is expected to use the new extra-hard rear tyre, which is not available to four of the Ducati/Suzuki riders that qualified ahead of him.

“We worked a lot for improve the pace with the extra hard. This is the target because we think that the race will be with the extra hard," he confirmed. "Sincerely we made a huge step from yesterday, more than one second. The track has improved and the temperature helps the extra hard, but also the setting."

The Doctor set a strong race pace in final practice, clocking six sub-1m 40s laps, equal with Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso and behind only Marquez (11). Team-mate Jorge Lorenzo set four sub-1m 40s laps, but had a slightly faster average time than Rossi.

“For me my pace is not so bad for the podium," Rossi declared. "I feel good. Me and Jorge are very similar. Maybe Jorge is a little bit faster so we need to try to be a bit better, But unfortunately Marquez is a bit too fast. But it is just Saturday. We can improve tomorrow.”

Team director Massimo Meregalli also believes further improvements will be made.

"We will definitely make another step for tomorrow's warm up and we will be ready to race. The tyre choice has been made so we are now focused on the fine-tuning. Both Jorge and Vale have been consistently fast, in FP4 Vale did his best lap at the end and showed he can be fast on used tyres. A double podium is definitely a realistic goal for us."

Rossi and Lorenzo (fifth on the grid) had expected the flowing nature of the Argentine circuit to suit their M1 better than Austin, where one week ago the pair were third and fourth in qualifying (0.4s from Marquez).

Marquez is five points from Rossi after his victory in Texas, with sixth-on-the-grid Dovizioso just one point behind. However Rossi won from eighth at Losail and was as low as tenth early in the season-opening race.

Lorenzo and Rossi were third and fourth respectively in last year's inaugural Rio Hondo event.
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MotoGP Argentina: Pole man Marquez coy on tyre tactics 18 April 2015
Marc Marquez says he will wait until race day before making a final decision on whether or not to opt for the extra-hard Bridgestone rear tyre for the Argentina MotoGP

Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez is pondering his strategy for the Argentina MotoGP, with the reigning world champion saying he will defer a decision on whether or not to use the extra-hard Bridgestone tyre at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit until the morning of the race.

The 22-year-old clinched pole on the RC213V by half-a-second from Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro in final qualifying with a red-hot lap in 1m 37.802s.

Marquez utilised a three-tyre strategy in Q2, setting his first flying lap before pitting to venture out on his spare machine and finally returning to the track with another fresh tyre on his number one machine to gain the advantage of three time attacks – with Espargaro adopting an identical ploy.

The two-time premier class champion says he feels confident with both the hard and extra-hard rear tyres, but will assess his tactics overnight before making a final choice for Sunday's race.

“It's been a difficult weekend because the track is changing quite a lot, the grip is improving but this afternoon was much hotter and much more competitive on the tarmac,” he said.

“It was more difficult to improve the lap time and the pole position was nice because we used three tyres in the rear to try to avoid the pole position with the extra soft and we did it, so for tomorrow we know the main opponents are on the second and third row – Valentino [Rossi] and Jorge [Lorenzo] – but we will try to do our best and it will be an interesting race because it looks like in the beginning many riders can be there, but then in the second part of the race is when you need to manage well.

“Honestly with both tyres I feel well [hard and extra-hard rear]. With the front tyre I feel better with the hard, but with the rear with both tyres I feel well so tomorrow depending on the temperature I will choose one or the other one; it will be a difficult choice but also will be the key of the race if you want to improve,” he added.

“But it also depends on the strategy you want to use because if you want to push in the beginning you need to use the soft one or it you want to try to keep power for the end you must use the extra-hard.”

Marquez, who sealed his first victory of the season last time out at Austin to reduce the gap to Movistar Yamaha's Valentino Rossi to five points at the top of the standings, adopted a similar three-tyre strategy at Jerez in 2014 during qualifying and used it to his advantage once more in Argentina.

“Jerez last year I did the first time [three-tyre strategy in qualifying] and last year when I finished here in this qualifying practice I spoke with the team and we saw it was possible to use three tyres and we did it,” he said.

“Aleix also had the same strategy like me and it was interesting and funny.”
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Since it's a flowing track, the Zook actually has a chance - less emphasis on HP, more on rider ability. AE41 is a great rider, so he'll do well as long as the tires hold up.

I don't see anyone beating MM93, though. He rides hard and fast non-stop, seemingly never letting up, and still manages to almost never have tire wear issues. I don't know how he does it, and I bet everybody else in the paddock would love to know, too.

What's up with Yamaha? JL99 looks consistently out of sorts - is his confidence still recovering from last year's horrible start to the season? VR46 does well based on sheer willpower, and obviously he's had a great start to the season, but it just seems to me like the bike itself has fallen behind the other factory rides from Ducati and Honda.
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John yes he has looked good for sure, and Doom i agree re Marc. It'll be all about tyres today, thinking most will use E hard, but its cloudy so some may opt for just Hard, the Factory teams def have the adv as they have the opt for E hard the others dont

WUP Results:
Honda riders Marc Marquez and Cal Crutchlow moved to first and second after changing to the hard rear in the closing stages of warm-up.

Until then the session had been dominated by Jorge Lorenzo, who like the other M1 riders looks sure to race the new extra-hard rear tyre...

1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 38.671s [Lap 10/12] 326km/h (Top Speed)
2. Cal Crutchlow GBR CWM LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 39.011s +0.340s [10/10] 327km/h
3. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 39.039s +0.368s [4/13] 321km/h
4. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 39.062s +0.391s [4/12] 329km/h
5. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 39.398s +0.727s [12/12] 318km/h
6. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 39.526s +0.855s [5/12] 323km/h
7. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 39.577s +0.906s [4/12] 328km/h
8. Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 39.716s +1.045s [3/12] 324km/h
9. Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 39.733s +1.062s [4/11] 321km/h
10. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 39.770s +1.099s [5/12] 324km/h
11. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 40.014s +1.343s [10/10] 317km/h
12. Nicky Hayden USA Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS) 1m 40.189s +1.518s [3/11] 316km/h
13. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS)* 1m 40.262s +1.591s [10/10] 319km/h
14. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RC213V-RS) 1m 40.264s +1.593s [4/11] 319km/h
15. Stefan Bradl GER Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 40.393s +1.722s [3/11] 320km/h
16. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 40.394s +1.723s [9/10] 324km/h
17. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 40.530s +1.859s [3/8] 324km/h
18. Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.1) 1m 40.554s +1.883s [4/11] 323km/h
19. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 40.653s +1.982s [12/12] 313km/h
20. Alex De Angelis RSM Octo IodaRacing (ART) 1m 40.663s +1.992s [3/12] 310km/h
21. Jack Miller AUS CWM LCR Honda (RC213V-RS)* 1m 40.765s +2.094s [3/11] 318km/h
22. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 40.831s +2.160s [7/10] 322km/h
23. Loris Baz FRA Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)* 1m 40.850s +2.179s [5/12] 314km/h
24. Marco Melandri ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 40.862s +2.191s [3/12] 315km/h
25. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 41.237s +2.566s [5/12] 316km/h
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