Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoE class at Misano:
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class in Misano:
Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class in Misano:
It was a tight final practice session at the front but Fabio Quartararo proved to be once again the top performer, one tenth of a second faster than future teammate Maverick Vinales, but both riders showed a fierce pace in the low 1:33s. Pecco Bagnaia is taking every opportunity to prove his worth to Ducati and after leading much of the session, he was the Italian factory’s main representative in third position. Pol Espargaro carried the flag for KTM and had an outstanding performance on well worn tyres, joining the top four towards the end of that long run.
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class in Misano:
The MotoE class had their last practice session on the fresh surface of Misano and reigning champion Matteo Ferrari set himself apart by half a second halfway through proceedings. Although the gap was reduced by Eric Granado to only a tenth and a half, the Italian remained fastest, with Xavier Simeon third. Jordi Torres in fourth was half a second down on the leader, while Lukas Tulovic rounded out the top ten. Championship leader Dominique Aegerter finished the morning 10th, almost a second slower than Ferrari.
In usual Moto2 fashion, Friday’s benchmark did not last long into FP3, with Marco Bezzecchi posting the fastest time of the weekend in the first ten minutes of the session, but there was plenty of action for the rest of the top 14 places in the final time attack. Luca Marini had his teammate’s back, eighth hundredths of a second off Bezzecchi, while Remy Gardner snuck ahead of Sam Lowes late on, both of them two tenths off the lead.
Another sunny morning in Misano set the scene for some marathons on used rubber and the final attack for direct Q2 places. The action started with the usual Yamaha show at the top of the timesheets and after a brief Pramac interruption, the blue bikes were back ahead but with the welcome home hero, Valentino Rossi, placing his name at the top of the timesheets. The Italian was out of the top 10 in the final couple of minutes, as he pitted for fresh rubber, which he used to excellent effect to go fastest at the checkered flag.
Day two in Misano started off with the usual Moto3 calm-before-the-storm chase for Q2 positions. John McPhee spent most of the session at the top of the timesheets but Friday’s benchmark stood until the final handful of minutes, when the time attack got underway. Despite getting a close challenge from Celestino Vietti, McPhee remained the fastest man in practice, two thousandths of a second faster than the Italian. Vietti did well to secure second after taking two minor trips through the gravel trap throughout the session, once at turn 2 and then turn 8.
It should come as no surprise that in a paradoxical 2020 MotoGP season in a year full of paradoxes, a new surface at Misano should have simultaneously both improved the track and made it much worse. Yet the paradox is relatively easy to understand: the tarmac chosen for the new surface has a lot more grip, but it is also softer when it gets hot, deforming more and producing more and bigger bumps. The additional grip is great, but you can't always benefit when your wheels are being kicked up into the air.
"There's more grip than last year but the track is similar to motocross!" Fabio Quartararo told us. "A lot of bumps. Positive that there is more grip but we need to adapt because honestly the first exit in FP1 was really difficult to manage the bumps."
One of the things making the bumps so difficult to manage is where they are. "It's bad," said Jack Miller, "especially in the fastest sector, it's really quite bad. That back section, the bike just starts shaking and bouncing, and one lap you can get through there semi OK, and the next lap you're just bouncing around and you can't really get back on the track."