2017 MotoGP World Championship
|2017 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season|
|2017 Moto2 season|
2017 Moto3 season
The 2017 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 69th F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season. Marc Márquez started the season as defending World Champion, having secured his fifth overall title at the 2016 Japanese motorcycle Grand Prix with three races remaining.
Whilst Yamaha's new rider Maverick Viñales started the season off with two consecutive victories, the following spring season proved to be unpredictable with four different winners in as many races, following the trend from 2016. Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso then took his first dry-track MotoGP win at Mugello before repeating the feat the following week in Barcelona. With Viñales not finishing the race at Assen, this allowed Dovizioso to lead the championship by four points after eight races, becoming the first Ducati rider to lead the championship since Casey Stoner in 2009. Márquez took the championship lead after winning the German Grand Prix. He held the championship lead until the British Grand Prix, where Dovizioso regained the lead after Márquez's engine blew up late in the race. Márquez bounced back immediately to take consecutive victories in the next two rounds to reestablish himself as championship leader. Over the following three races, Dovizioso claimed two more wins to Márquez's one, but a poor result in Australia for the Ducati rider meant that Márquez's points lead remained intact.
Going into the final round in Valencia Márquez topped the standings, 21 points ahead of Dovizioso, with both riders winning six races apiece. Viñales was third, 56 points behind Márquez. Therefore, Márquez needed to finish 11th or higher to guarantee a championship, whereas Dovizioso was forced under all circumstances to win in Valencia.
Márquez was on pole in Valencia, and Dovizioso started 9th. After Márquez saved a high-speed potential crash into turn 1, he dropped back behind Dovizioso. The title chances of Dovizioso ended when he crashed with five laps of the race remaining, losing the hope in taking the championship. Meanwhile, Márquez finished third behind Dani Pedrosa and the season's top rookie and independent rider Johann Zarco. Márquez won his sixth title and fourth MotoGP title overall.
The following Grands Prix were scheduled to take place in 2017:
- ‡ = Night race
- The Austrian and Czech Republic Grand Prix swapped places, with the Czech Republic hosting the tenth round, while Austria hosts the eleventh round.
- The British Grand Prix was scheduled to move from Silverstone to the new Circuit of Wales, but construction on the new track had not commenced. The two circuits reached a deal which would see Silverstone continue to host the British Grand Prix in 2017, with an option to host the 2018 race.
Teams and ridersEdit
- Jorge Lorenzo joined Ducati, after leaving Movistar Yamaha MotoGP. Lorenzo's move to Ducati ended his nine-year relationship with Yamaha.
- Maverick Viñales joined Yamaha, after leaving Team Suzuki Ecstar.
- Andrea Iannone joined Team Suzuki Ecstar, after leaving Ducati. He was partnered by Álex Rins who moved up to the premier class.
- Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaró left Tech 3 Yamaha to join the newly formed Red Bull KTM factory team for the 2017 season.
- Aleix Espargaró joined Aprilia Racing Team Gresini, after leaving Team Suzuki Ecstar. He was partnered by Sam Lowes who moved up to the premier class.
- Jonas Folger and Johann Zarco, the 2015 and 2016 Moto2 World Champion, moved up to the premier class, débuting with Monster Yamaha Tech 3.
- Stefan Bradl and Eugene Laverty left MotoGP for the Superbike World Championship.
- Álvaro Bautista left Aprilia Racing Team Gresini to return to Aspar Team. Bautista previously competed with Aspar Team between the 2006 125cc and the 2009 250cc seasons.
- Karel Abraham returned to MotoGP with Aspar Team after previously competing in the Superbike World Championship in the 2016 season.
- Yonny Hernández returned to Moto2, after being left without a ride in MotoGP.
- Winglets, additional aerodynamic aids first introduced in 1999, will be banned from 2017 following repeated concerns about their safety.
- A rider may be assisted by no more than four mechanics while changing bikes during a pit stop, all of whom must wear approved helmets. A mechanic may hold in the bike's clutch lever, but only the rider is allowed to select a gear.
2017 Grand Prix season resultsEdit
|Round||Date||Grand Prix||Circuit||Pole position||Fastest lap||Winning rider||Winning constructor||Report|
|1||26 March ‡||Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix||Losail||Maverick Viñales[a]||Johann Zarco||Maverick Viñales||Yamaha||Report|
|2||9 April||Argentine motorcycle Grand Prix||Termas de Río Hondo||Marc Márquez||Maverick Viñales||Maverick Viñales||Yamaha||Report|
|3||23 April||Motorcycle Grand Prix of the Americas||Circuit of the Americas||Marc Márquez||Marc Márquez||Marc Márquez||Honda||Report|
|4||7 May||Spanish motorcycle Grand Prix||Jerez||Dani Pedrosa||Dani Pedrosa||Dani Pedrosa||Honda||Report|
|5||21 May||French motorcycle Grand Prix||Le Mans||Maverick Viñales||Maverick Viñales||Maverick Viñales||Yamaha||Report|
|6||4 June||Italian motorcycle Grand Prix||Mugello||Maverick Viñales||Maverick Viñales||Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati||Report|
|7||11 June||Catalan motorcycle Grand Prix||Catalunya||Dani Pedrosa||Jonas Folger||Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati||Report|
|8||25 June||Dutch TT||Assen||Johann Zarco||Scott Redding||Valentino Rossi||Yamaha||Report|
|9||2 July||German motorcycle Grand Prix||Sachsenring||Marc Márquez||Jonas Folger||Marc Márquez||Honda||Report|
|10||6 August||Czech Republic motorcycle Grand Prix||Brno Circuit||Marc Márquez||Maverick Viñales||Marc Márquez||Honda||Report|
|11||13 August||Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring||Marc Márquez||Johann Zarco||Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati||Report|
|12||27 August||British motorcycle Grand Prix||Silverstone||Marc Márquez||Marc Márquez||Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati||Report|
|13||10 September||San Marino and Rimini's Coast motorcycle Grand Prix||Misano||Maverick Viñales||Marc Márquez||Marc Márquez||Honda||Report|
|14||24 September||Aragon motorcycle Grand Prix||Motorland Aragón||Maverick Viñales||Dani Pedrosa||Marc Márquez||Honda||Report|
|15||15 October||Japanese motorcycle Grand Prix||Motegi||Johann Zarco||Andrea Dovizioso||Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati||Report|
|16||22 October||Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix||Phillip Island Circuit||Marc Márquez||Johann Zarco||Marc Márquez||Honda||Report|
|17||29 October||Malaysian motorcycle Grand Prix||Sepang||Dani Pedrosa||Andrea Dovizioso||Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati||Report|
|18||12 November||Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix||Valencia||Marc Márquez||Johann Zarco||Dani Pedrosa||Honda||Report|
- Scoring system
Points are awarded to the top fifteen finishers. A rider has to finish the race to earn points.
Bold – Pole
- Scoring system
Points are awarded to the top fifteen finishers. A rider has to finish the race to earn points.
- Each constructor gets the same number of points as their best placed rider in each race.
Bold – Pole
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