Moto2 standings after Misano:
Results and summary of the Moto2 race in Misano:
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class at Misano:
The intermediate class made the best of their final practice session but maybe they were a touch too eager, FP3 ending with more of a crash fest than a time attack. The inconsistent grip caught quite a few of the riders out, Alex Marquez claiming top spot for the final ten minutes and promptly sliding out at turn one, bringing out fire extinguishers. The championship leader had a somewhat tense wait in his garage to see who could improve his time but challengers were limited.
The final outing for the Moto2 class under the blue skies of Misano brought the same names at the top of the timesheets, Tetsuta Nagashima and Alex Marquez stealing most of the airtime. The Japanese rider led most of the session, before the Spaniard picked up the lead with the fastest time of the weekend in the final 13 minutes. However, neither of them kept the laurels to the checkered flag, Augusto Fernandez swooping past to grab the lead by half a tenth. Marquez settled for a close second, with rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio another tenth back in third position.
The intermediate class closed the FP1 show under bright sunshine and it was the usual names showcased at the top end. Championship leader Alex Marquez was the early leader, before Tetsuta Nagashima picked up the baton for the latter half of the session and despite some late cahllengers, the Japanese rider retrieved the lead to top the timesheets at the checkered flag.
The starting time of the MotoGP race at the Motorland Aragon circuit has been moved an hour earlier to avoid a clash with the start of the F1 race at Singapore. The race is now scheduled to start at 1pm CET, before the Moto2 race. The Moto2 race has been moved back to 2:30pm, and will take place after MotoGP.
The move has been made to avoid a clash with the F1 race in Singapore. That race, around a street circuit in the city state, is held at night, to fit in with European TV schedules. The F1 race is due to start at 8:10pm Singapore time, which corresponds with 2:10pm in Europe, and would have meant the MotoGP race in Aragon clashing with the F1 race.
The FIM have issued a provisional calendar for the 2020 MotoGP season, which sees the series expand to 20 races, and lays the basis for expansion to 22 races. The biggest changes are the addition of the Kymiring in Finland in July, and the moving of the Thailand round of MotoGP in Buriram from October to 22nd March.
The racing season kicks off as ever in Qatar, the MotoGP race being moved to the first week of March. From Qatar, the series heads east to Thailand, the MotoGP race taking the slot of the WorldSBK race at Buriram. Attendance for the WorldSBK round had fallen since MotoGP went to Thailand, and so the WorldSBK round is being dropped, with another overseas round to be held in its place.
From Thailand, the paddock heads east once again to cross the International Date Line and head to Austin, the US round moving up to become the third race of the year, ahead of Argentina. The Argentina Grand Prix takes place two weeks after Austin.
Moto2 standings after Silverstone: