Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Motorland Aragon:
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class at Motorland Aragon:
The intermediate class’ final practice session at Motorland Aragon stared with Sam Lowes top of the combined standings following Friday’s sessions and ended with the British rider raising the bar further in the final 13 minutes of FP3 and improving on his own lap record. The Marc VDS rider was six hundredths of a second faster than an impressive Edgar Pons, with another surprise appearance from Marcos Ramirez in third.
The final session of Day 1 at the Teruel GP proved to be the most eventful of the lot, with two red flags following crashes at turn 8 requiring some clean-up. The second of them was prompted by Sam Lowes’ off track adventures in the final ten minutes but the British rider was unharmed and led the session throughout, finishing half a tenth ahead of Jorge Navarro. Hector Garzo continues to impress, this time in third position, two tenths off the lead.
The intermediate class enjoyed some pleasant conditions in the first practice session of Aragon Part 2 and for a long time it was the same suspects as last week at the business end of the timesheets, until Augusto Fernandez picked up some speed to end the session on top. Teammate Sam Lowes made it an even better morning for the Marc VDS squad, one tenth of a second slower than Fernandez, having led most of the session before that.
It is groundhog day again for MotoGP, the paddock back in the place they left – or in many cases, never left – last Sunday. Some did, of course, and may have picked up the coronavirus as a result. Riccardo Rossi, of the BOE Skull Rider Moto3 team, is one of those, the Italian now quarantined at home after testing positive for the virus, and forced to miss the race.
Rossi – Riccardo, not Valentino, who is also still at home in Italy – tested positive on Wednesday. There is a chance that the Moto3 rider caught the virus on his way home from Spain to Italy. But there is a non-zero chance that he actually caught the virus in the paddock, the timeline from infection to positive very tight from Sunday night to Wednesday morning.
There is growing concern inside the paddock that the bubbles are failing to stop the coronavirus fro encroaching on MotoGP. That is simply a factor of the resurgence of Covid-19 cases in the wider world, especially in Spain and Italy, where the vast majority of the paddock live. "In the first races we had no cases and now every race it's worse, but not because of MotoGP but because the world is getting worse and worse," Aleix Espargaro said on Thursday.
A crash for two of the championship contenders, a three-rider title fight covered by five points, a seven-way scrap for the win… as ever Moto2 and 3 provided plenty of drama at the Aragon Grand Prix. Here we take a look at last weekend’s big talking points.
Turn Two Trouble
Ask any rider to point to Motorland Aragon’s most demanding string of tarmac, and the majority will say turn two. A fast right attacked in third gear, it’s the first occasion the right side of the front tyre is used in over 40 seconds. In other words, plenty of time for the rubber to cool, making the high-speed entry particularly perilous.
Jorge Martin had mentioned to pit lane reporter Simon Crafar on Sunday morning how he had issues with his front tyre cooling when in clear air. According to the former Moto3 world champion, it was not such an issue when riding behind others, but the cold temperatures that greeted riders all weekend contributed to 16 of the weekend’s 40 falls happening there.
And it was here the Moto2 race was decided. A three-way fight was just ten laps old when Fabio Di Giannantonio tucked the front of his Speed Up chassis as he pitched right into the track’s second turn and ended in the gravel – his second fall there of the day. The Italian had chased down early leader Marco Bezzecchi and pole sitter Sam Lowes, moving to the front with an expert pass on the former on lap ten.
Moto2 standings after the race at Aragon: