2017 MotoGP Results Friday from Valencia

Michael Scott | November 10, 2017
Jorge Lorenzo topped the charts on Friday at Valencia aboard his factory Ducati.
Jorge Lorenzo topped the charts on Friday at Valencia aboard his factory Ducati. (Courtesy MotoGP)

With Marc Marquez closing off today’s free practice for Sunday’s deciding GP with his 27th crash of the season, his title rival Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) took the early advantage at the tortuous Ricardo Tormo circuit at Valencia.

But it was only a notional victory, though potentially with psychological value, He was merely three tenths of a second quicker, and placed third to the Repsol Honda rider’s sixth.

Marquez, as usual, was on his feet even before he stopped sliding, and the main down side of his tumble was that once again he missed the mandatory bike-swap practice at the end of FP2. With good conditions forecast for the weekend, this is likely to be irrelevant.

It was Dovi’s team-mate Jorge Lorenzo topping the time sheets. Four times a premier-class winner here, Lorenzo set a new circuit absolute record. But he might have to forfeit the chance of his first win in his first Ducati season to give way to his team-mate, should they find themselves up front at the end of Sunday’s 30-lapper.

Dovi has to win the race to take the title, but only if Marquez is 12th or lower.

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa was second-fastest; Suzuki’s Andrea Iannone fourth behind Dovi, on a time set in the morning session. Then came Johan Zarco (Monster Yamaha), less than four tenths slower than the leader.

Jack Miller (VDS Honda) was seventh behind Marquez; then Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) from Ducati wild card Michel Pirro.

Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM), who also crashed unhurt, was tenth ahead of Valentino Rossi, whose Movistar Yamaha team-mate was one place lower, still less than a second down.

Times round the hectic, pocket-handkerchief circuit, whose 4.005-km lap loops back on itself several times, were even closer in Moto2, with the top 20 within a second of Red Bull KTM’s Miguel Oliveira, winner of the last two races.

Top rookie Pecco Bagnaia (SKY VR46 Kalex) was second; and then fellow rookie Brad Binder on the second KTM. Binder has been second to Oliveira at the last two races.

With Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Kalex) fourth and Alex Marquez (Marc VDS Kalex) fifth, the latter’s team-mate Franco Morbidelli was down in eighth, four tenths off provisional pole. But Morbidelli has already been crowned champion, with the top three positions all set – the injured Tom Luthi (still out of action) secure in second, then Oliveira. Marquez in fourth is under a somewhat distant threat from Pasini, but has won two out of the previous three races in Spain.

Eight-times pole qualifier Jorge Martin (Gresini Honda) was almost half a second clear of Aron Canet (EG Honda) in Moto3, with Marco Ramirez (PB KTM) third in Moto3. A second KTM, of Juanfran Guevara, was fourth, ahead of crowned champion Joan Mir (Leopard Honda), who had a rare crash in the morning.

If Mir wins an 11th race of the year on Sunday, he will equal Valentino Rossi’s record for the most victories in a season in the smallest class.

GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA

MotoGP Free Practice Nr. 2 Classification 2017 

Cheste, Friday, November 10, 2017

199Jorge LORENZOSPADucati TeamDucati314.91’30.640
226Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda318.71’30.7620.122 / 0.122
34Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati319.61’30.9490.309 / 0.187
45Johann ZARCOFRAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha313.71’31.0540.414 / 0.105
593Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda315.71’31.2430.603 / 0.189
643Jack MILLERAUSEG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda314.11’31.3570.717 / 0.114
735Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRLCR HondaHonda315.91’31.3830.743 / 0.026
851Michele PIRROITADucati TeamDucati319.91’31.4130.773 / 0.030
946Valentino ROSSIITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha310.91’31.4880.848 / 0.075
1044Pol ESPARGAROSPARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM315.91’31.6150.975 / 0.127
1125Maverick VIÑALESSPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha315.31’31.6240.984 / 0.009
1241Aleix ESPARGAROSPAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia314.31’31.6981.058 / 0.074
1345Scott REDDINGGBROCTO Pramac RacingDucati315.41’31.7331.093 / 0.035
1417Karel ABRAHAMCZEPull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati319.01’31.8581.218 / 0.125
1542Alex RINSSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki315.61’31.8761.236 / 0.018
168Hector BARBERASPAReale Avintia RacingDucati320.91’31.9261.286 / 0.050
1753Tito RABATSPAEG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda313.11’31.9581.318 / 0.032
1829Andrea IANNONEITATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki314.11’31.9661.326 / 0.008
1936Mika KALLIOFINRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM314.11’31.9661.326
2019Alvaro BAUTISTASPAPull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati317.81’32.0761.436 / 0.110
2176Loris BAZFRAReale Avintia RacingDucati312.01’32.1511.511 / 0.075
229Danilo PETRUCCIITAOCTO Pramac RacingDucati314.31’32.1921.552 / 0.041
2338Bradley SMITHGBRRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM313.11’32.4571.817 / 0.265
2422Sam LOWESGBRAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia311.01’32.5871.947 / 0.130
2560Michael VAN DER MARKNEDMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha310.71’33.1012.461 / 0.514

 

Michael Scott | MotoGP Editor Scott has been covering MotoGP since long before it was MotoGP. Remember two-strokes? Scott does. He’s also a best-selling author of biographies on the lives of legendary racers such as Wayne Rainey and Barry Sheene.

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