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.


MotoGP Free Practice Nr. 2 Classification 2017 

Cheste, Friday, November 10, 2017

1 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Ducati Team Ducati 314.9 1’30.640
2 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 318.7 1’30.762 0.122 / 0.122
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 319.6 1’30.949 0.309 / 0.187
4 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 313.7 1’31.054 0.414 / 0.105
5 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 315.7 1’31.243 0.603 / 0.189
6 43 Jack MILLER AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 314.1 1’31.357 0.717 / 0.114
7 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda Honda 315.9 1’31.383 0.743 / 0.026
8 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 319.9 1’31.413 0.773 / 0.030
9 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 310.9 1’31.488 0.848 / 0.075
10 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 315.9 1’31.615 0.975 / 0.127
11 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 315.3 1’31.624 0.984 / 0.009
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 314.3 1’31.698 1.058 / 0.074
13 45 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 315.4 1’31.733 1.093 / 0.035
14 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 319.0 1’31.858 1.218 / 0.125
15 42 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 315.6 1’31.876 1.236 / 0.018
16 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 320.9 1’31.926 1.286 / 0.050
17 53 Tito RABAT SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 313.1 1’31.958 1.318 / 0.032
18 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 314.1 1’31.966 1.326 / 0.008
19 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 314.1 1’31.966 1.326
20 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 317.8 1’32.076 1.436 / 0.110
21 76 Loris BAZ FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 312.0 1’32.151 1.511 / 0.075
22 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 314.3 1’32.192 1.552 / 0.041
23 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 313.1 1’32.457 1.817 / 0.265
24 22 Sam LOWES GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 311.0 1’32.587 1.947 / 0.130
25 60 Michael VAN DER MARK NED Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 310.7 1’33.101 2.461 / 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.