Misano, Italy

2020 Misano MotoE FP2 Result: Granado Resumes Control

The final action of day 1 in Misano came from the MotoE class, where Eric Granado was back in charge of proceedings, although his advantage was only three hundredths of a second on reigning champion Matteo Ferrari. FP1 leader Alex de Angelis kept close in third position, with championship leader Dominique Aegerter another couple of tenths back in fourth. After leading the session early on, Mattia Casadei rounded out the top five, half a second off top spot.

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2020 Misano Moto2 FP2 Result: Bastianini Strikes Back

In a warm Misano afternoon, Enea Bastianini truly felt at home and picked up the lead of the second practice session in its final couple of minutes. Sam Lowes started FP2 much like FP1 and spent the session at the top of the timesheets but eventually got demoted to second by his Italian rival, who was a mere six hundredths of a second faster. Augusto Fernandez seems to be enjoying better days in Italy, only a tenth off the lead and in third place.

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2020 Misano MotoGP FP2 Result: Quartararo Claims Top Spot

After FP1 was exclusively Yamaha playtime, the second practice session added some more spice to the mix, both Suzuki and KTM making an appearance at the top of the timing screens. Eventually, Yamaha had the final say with Fabio Quartararo making a late jump into top spot, a tenth of a second keeping him ahead of teammate Franco Morbidelli. Pol Espargaro was the M1’s first challenger, less than three tenths down on the lead Petronas man, and a couple tenths faster than impressive KTM colleague Iker Lecuona.

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2020 Misano Moto3 FP2 Result: Suzuki Leads At His Adopted Home

It was a depleted field that took to the track at the start of the second session of practice for the Moto3 class at Misano. Eight riders had been given penalties for on-track shenanigans during FP1, and were forced to sit out the first part of practice, for either 10 or 15 minutes, depending on whether they were new or repeat offenders.

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2020 Misano MotoE FP1 Result: De Angelis Leads At His Home Track

Italians lead the way after the first session of free practice, Alex De Angelis topping the timesheets from Mattia Casadei and Matteo Ferrari. The Man From San Marino was a quarter of a second faster than Casadei, who had Ferrari hot on his heels, just thirteen thousandths of a second slower than him. Eric Granado was fifth quickest, while Dominique Aegerter, back from Moto2 duties replacing Jesko Raffin in the NTS RW Racing Team, was fifth quickest. The top ten were covered by just 1 second.

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2020 Misano Moto2 FP1 Result: Lowes Back In Form

A warm, familiar and freshly laid surface waited for the intermediate class riders in Misano and it was the usual contenders bidding for top spot straight out the gates. Looking for redemption after a controversial Sunday in Styria, Sam Lowes traded the lead with championship leader Luca Marini throughout the session and the British rider ended up on top. Marini made do with second, trailing the Marc VDS machine by two tenths of a second and another tenth ahead of teammate Marco Bezzecchi.

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2020 Misano MotoGP FP1 Result: Vinales Revived

A cloudless sky greeted the premier class on their first exit in Italy and Yamaha machines seemed to find their speed again, on the fresh surface of the Misano circuit. The scattering of fans allowed in the grandstands saw Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo exchange top spot, with the Spaniard having the last laugh by over half a second. Quartararo settled for second, two tenths ahead of a surprising outing from Aleix Espargaro in third.

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2020 Misano Moto3 FP1 Result: Fernandez Hot Out The Gates

The first outing in Misano opens an intense second half of the season and the circuit welcomed the lightweight class with new asphalt bathed in sunshine. Raul Fernandez started his weekend on a high, taking control of the timesheets early on and growing his gap to nearly a second to keep top spot to the checkered flag. Although the Spaniard dominated the first session of the weekend, Gabriel Rodrigo eventually reduced that gap to only two tenths of a second and was the only rider within half a second of the lead.

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Misano MotoGP Thursday Round Up: Rumor Mill Grinds To A Halt, Viñales Explains His Brakes, And What The New Surface Means

A couple of days before the Misano MotoGP round – that is, the Gran Premio Lenovo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, not the Gran Premio TISSOT dell'Emilia Romagna e della Riviera di Rimini, or Misano 1 and Misano 2 as most people without photographic memories or a contractual obligation to use their full names will call them – kicked off, there was a flurry of rumors and excitement over possible announcements ahead of the race. Thursday could see important news made, people whispered.

The rumors doing the rounds bordered on the outlandish, but were just far enough off that to be credible. Valentino Rossi would announce his retirement, and Petronas Yamaha would announce they were signing Andrea Dovizioso, now free of his Ducati chains, to take his place. There was of course nothing in the rumors: Petronas team boss Razlan Razali denied the reports ahead of the weekend, and in the press conference on Thursday, Valentino Rossi laughed off the suggestion.

"My retirement is big news, no?" the nine-time champion commented. "If you write on the internet that Valentino retires, a lot of people click to read, a lot of fans. I think it is for this reason. There isn't another reason because the situation hasn't changed, and I tried to explain a lot of times that I will race next year. But maybe it is more interesting to say I will retire."

A rod for his own back

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Jorge Martin Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Could Miss Misano

Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider Jorge Martin has tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the resumption of racing this weekend at Misano. The Spaniard, currently third in the Moto2 standings, tested positive for the virus during the standard testing procedure put in place as part of Dorna's COVID-19 protocol, and as a result, was not allowed to travel to Misano for the race. Martin has been in quarantine since receiving the test results.

Martin is now awaiting the results of a second test, to confirm the first test. If that test returns a negative result, he will be allowed to travel to Misano, but if it comes back positive gain, then Martin will have to follow the recommendations laid out by the government of the country he lives in, which for Martin is Spain. That means self isolating for 10 days, which would mean he would miss the first race at Misano, but might be able to race in the second round.

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