MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2020 Qatar Moto2 Race Result: Meant To Be

With the MotoGP grid reluctantly still on holiday, the intermediate class had to step up as the main event in Qatar and it did not disappoint in the slightest. At the end of an animated Moto2 race, a beautifully emotional Tetsuta Nagashima lifted the biggest trophy in Qatar, after fighting his way from 14th on the grid and leaving his rivals in the distance as he took the checkered flag on his first victory in the class and the championship lead. Lorenzo Baldassarri was back on a favourite playground of his but had to settle for second, while Enea Bastianini converted his first front row start in Moto2 into a podium.

Going back to when the lights went out, fellow front row starter Luca Marini looked like the lead actor as he claimed the lead off the line, while poleman Joe Roberts lost another position to Bastianini in turn one. Jorge Martin, having started 8th, was soon demoting Roberts from third position, with Jorge Navarro on the prowl as well. Bastianini briefly challenged Marini at the front but the Italian was back ahead at the start of lap 2, while Roberts was keeping busy with Martin in the early battle for third. The four riders were one tiny step ahead of the chasing pack, three tenths of a second keeping them ahead of the likes of Baldassarri, Remy Gardner, Xavi Vierge, Marco Bezzecchi, Navarro and Nagashima. Rookie Aron Canet climbed from 16th to 11th and was riding one second behind the chasing pack but getting an experienced tour guide in Tom Luthi, who was fighting through from 18th on the grid. Meanwhile, Augusto Fernandez abandoned ship at turn six after a tangle with Stefano Manzi on lap 3.

By the fifth lap, Marini, Roberts, Martin and Bastianini got company from Baldassarri, Vierge and Bezzecchi, while Navarro was left in charge of the pursuers, which included Nagashima and Gardner. Marini was calmly fending off Roberts’s advances but didn’t have the speed to attempt an escape just yet. Martin and Baldassarri were still in contention but appeared to go back towards the chasers rather than challenge the leaders.

Marini picked up the pace on lap 10 and squeezed a few tenths off of Roberts – which turned into an eight tenths gap one lap later. Roberts’ mission was getting harder by the second but not as hard as Martin’s, whose mid-race mistakes dropped him to the bottom of the top ten. That left the Italian duo of Baldassarri and Bastianini to engage in a feisty battle for the final podium spot but Nagashima and Vierge were biding their time for an attack as well. Navarro was still fighting to join the action in the chasing pack and taking Bezzecchi with him. Canet was enjoying a lonely ride over a second down the road but suddenly found Gardner on his tail after a mistake pushed the Australian back significantly. Luthi, Schrotter and Martin were left out of the limelight outside of the top ten.

Back at the front, the tale had another twist, Marini getting pulled back by the pack still led by Roberts and the poleman was under serious threat himself from Baldasarri, Nagashima and Bastianini. In very Navarro fashion, the Spaniard got faster as the race progressed and tagged along to the podium fight for the final seven laps but wasn’t a big feature in it.

With six laps to go, Roberts saw clear air ahead for the first time since lining up on pole, when Marini began struggling with tyre wear. However, with Marini dropping places at a rapid rate, his compatriots picked up the reins and battled for the lead, Baldassaarri and Bastianini pushing Roberts back and under threat from Nagashima. Quickly past the poleman and the Italians, the Japanese rider led the race for the first time going into the final three laps and seemed to enjoy the limelight, swiftly stretching a one second gap with a fantastic few laps at the front. Baldasarri, Bastianini, Roberts, Navarro and a fast advancing Gardner were left to fight for podium leftovers.

Nagashima took the checkered flag with a 1.3 seconds advantage over Baldassarri, with Bastianini never getting another attack in. Roberts missed out on the podium by a tenth of a second and was followed across the line by Gardner and Navarro. Schrotter eventually overtook Canet for seventh place but the rookie finished his first Moto2 race in a solid eighth position. Vierge and Luthi completed the top ten, while Bo Bendsneyder could not quite replicate his qualifying performance but still snatched a few points. Marini’s day went from the lead to the gravel trap in the final few laps, with a last lap incident with Jake Dixon robbing him of a couple points.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 40'00.192
2 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex +1.347
3 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex +1.428
4 16 Joe ROBERTS Kalex +1.559
5 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex +1.901
6 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up +2.381
7 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex +4.490
8 44 Aron CANET Speed Up +4.703
9 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex +7.118
10 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex +8.904
11 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS +9.730
12 72 Marco BEZZECCHI Kalex +11.410
13 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up +12.701
14 96 Jake DIXON Kalex +12.717
15 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta +16.208
16 57 Edgar PONS Kalex +16.256
17 40 Hector GARZO Kalex +16.869
18 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex +16.932
19 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Speed Up +19.639
20 88 Jorge MARTIN Kalex +20.662
21 24 Simone CORSI MV Agusta +27.291
22 27 Andi Farid IZDIHAR Kalex +34.514
23 2 Jesko RAFFIN NTS +34.664
24 19 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Kalex +45.850
25 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 1 Lap
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  10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1 Lap
  99 Kasma DANIEL Kalex 12 Laps
  37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 18 Laps
  42 Marcos RAMIREZ Kalex 19 Laps
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2020
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2020 Qatar Moto3 Race Result: Fast And Steady Wins The Race

At the end of a long eventful winter, everyone wanted a lead part in the first Moto3 play of the season. The auditions were tough and fiercely competitive but experience came first and Albert Arenas took KTM’s 100th Grand Prix win and heads to wherever the next race will be as a championship leader for the first time. John McPhee came just half a tenth off the win in the slipstream to the finish line but had to make do with second, while Ai Ogura got a surprise podium after the checkered flag.

Poleman Tatsuki Suzuki was a solid contender after a fast start off the line and the front row configuration with Raul Fernandez and Arenas was maintained on the first lap. Amongst the big winners of lap one were rookie Deniz Oncu and Tony Arbolino, who joined the top five, as well as Gabriel Rodrigo and Sergio Garcia, who were tagging along to the top ten soon after.

Suzuki lost the lead in the slipstream bonanza at the start of lap two and got pushed down to 5th position, while Fernandez and Arbolino exchanged the lead. In usual Moto3 fashion, no leader got too much airtime as attacks came from all sides of the sizeable pack, Arenas and Darryn Binder mixing it up at the front by lap three. One lap later, the KTMs of Arenas, Binder and Fernandez just about stretched a half second gap ahead of the Honda pack led by Jaume Masia, Sergio Garcia and Arbolino – with Suzuki, Rodrigo and McPhee a few of the other names keeping close. That slight advantage did not last long, quite predictably, and Masia attacked Binder for a provisional podium by lap six. While Arenas was still holding onto the lead, the main group reduced in numbers to ten riders, dropping the likes of Andrea Migno, Celestino Vietti, Ogura and Oncu.

The frantic action in turn one finally changed the leader by the halfway mark of the race, when Masia, Fernandez and Suzuki swapped top spot in quick succession. Masia, aided by the blistering speed of his Honda, was the only one who managed to hold onto the lead for more than one lap but meanwhile, the podium fight grew back to 19 participants after the first two groups merged for the final eight laps. That made every small mistake even more punishing, as Fernandez soon learned when he found himself at the back of that group. Vietti abandoned the fight soon after at turn ten, in a race incident with Jeremy Alcoba.

Arenas decided he would rather be defending the lead than be on the attack and picked up top spot for the last seven laps. The Spaniard fended off a few slipstream battles for the next few laps but it was a tough ask and he found himself sixth with four laps to go, while poleman Suzuki picked up the lead once again. His glory was fleeting however and many challengers picked up the baton for the remaining laps, including Arbolino, McPhee, Binder and Rodrigo.

Binder started the final lap in charge of the pack but only got as far as turn one before joining the gravel trap after touching with Arbolino. Left at the top of the field, Arenas attempted a small escape at the front and took McPhee with him, Masia leading the charge three tenths down. It was a small gap but enough for the lead duo to dispute the win between themselves, which went to Arenas as he kept his Honda rival at bay on the long finish straight.

Masia crossed the line in podium positions but the celebrations didn’t last long and the Spaniard was penalised one position due to exceeding track limits on the final lap. That allowed Ogura to join the podium, while several other penalties impacted on the rest the point positions, with Suzuki, Rodrigo, Alcoba, Salac, Foggia and Fernandez eventually rounding out the top ten.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 38'08.941
2 17 John MCPHEE Honda +0.053
3 79 Ai OGURA Honda +0.344
4 5 Jaume MASIA Honda +0.247
5 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda +0.789
6 2 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda +0.426
7 52 Jeremy ALCOBA Honda +0.559
8 12 Filip SALAC Honda +0.823
9 7 Dennis FOGGIA Honda +0.964
10 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM +0.834
11 11 Sergio GARCIA Honda +1.261
12 53 Deniz ÖNCÜ KTM +1.485
13 21 Alonso LOPEZ Husqvarna +1.602
14 27 Kaito TOBA KTM +2.790
15 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda +2.575
16 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM +3.180
17 55 Romano FENATI Husqvarna +5.802
18 92 Yuki KUNII Honda +5.829
19 71 Ayumu SASAKI KTM +6.109
20 6 Ryusei YAMANAKA Honda +8.457
21 99 Carlos TATAY KTM +8.480
22 82 Stefano NEPA KTM +16.240
23 9 Davide PIZZOLI KTM +21.450
24 54 Riccardo ROSSI KTM +26.209
25 50 Jason DUPASQUIER KTM +26.412
26 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda +28.189
27 73 Maximilian KOFLER KTM +28.517
28 13 Celestino VIETTI KTM +32.106
29 60 Dirk GEIGER KTM +41.931
    Not Classified    
  40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1 Lap
  20 Jose Julian GARCIA Honda 5 Laps
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2020 Qatar Moto2 Warm Up Result: Nagashima Leads Navarro and Roberts

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'59.565    
2 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 1'59.727 0.162 0.162
3 16 Joe ROBERTS Kalex 1'59.845 0.280 0.118
4 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'59.855 0.290 0.010
5 72 Marco BEZZECCHI Kalex 1'59.862 0.297 0.007
6 44 Aron CANET Speed Up 1'59.894 0.329 0.032
7 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 1'59.901 0.336 0.007
8 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'59.944 0.379 0.043
9 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'59.949 0.384 0.005
10 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 2'00.012 0.447 0.063
11 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 2'00.020 0.455 0.008
12 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 2'00.129 0.564 0.109
13 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 2'00.165 0.600 0.036
14 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 2'00.189 0.624 0.024
15 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 2'00.281 0.716 0.092
16 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'00.300 0.735 0.019
17 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 2'00.310 0.745 0.010
18 88 Jorge MARTIN Kalex 2'00.372 0.807 0.062
19 40 Hector GARZO Kalex 2'00.380 0.815 0.008
20 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Speed Up 2'00.490 0.925 0.110
21 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Kalex 2'00.632 1.067 0.142
22 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 2'00.673 1.108 0.041
23 96 Jake DIXON Kalex 2'00.958 1.393 0.285
24 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 2'01.010 1.445 0.052
25 24 Simone CORSI MV Agusta 2'01.288 1.723 0.278
26 2 Jesko RAFFIN NTS 2'01.298 1.733 0.010
27 19 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Kalex 2'01.522 1.957 0.224
28 99 Kasma DANIEL Kalex 2'01.662 2.097 0.140
29 27 Andi Farid IZDIHAR Kalex 2'02.337 2.772 0.675
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2020 Qatar Moto3 Warm Up Result: Fernandez Back On Top

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 2'05.701    
2 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'05.999 0.298 0.298
3 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'06.194 0.493 0.195
4 7 Dennis FOGGIA Honda 2'06.203 0.502 0.009
5 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'06.247 0.546 0.044
6 2 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda 2'06.258 0.557 0.011
7 79 Ai OGURA Honda 2'06.381 0.680 0.123
8 27 Kaito TOBA KTM 2'06.420 0.719 0.039
9 12 Filip SALAC Honda 2'06.560 0.859 0.140
10 82 Stefano NEPA KTM 2'06.591 0.890 0.031
11 21 Alonso LOPEZ Husqvarna 2'06.629 0.928 0.038
12 13 Celestino VIETTI KTM 2'06.663 0.962 0.034
13 55 Romano FENATI Husqvarna 2'06.700 0.999 0.037
14 6 Ryusei YAMANAKA Honda 2'06.785 1.084 0.085
15 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'06.833 1.132 0.048
16 53 Deniz ÖNCÜ KTM 2'06.838 1.137 0.005
17 71 Ayumu SASAKI KTM 2'06.887 1.186 0.049
18 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'06.918 1.217 0.031
19 11 Sergio GARCIA Honda 2'06.995 1.294 0.077
20 5 Jaume MASIA Honda 2'07.159 1.458 0.164
21 99 Carlos TATAY KTM 2'07.290 1.589 0.131
22 20 Jose Julian GARCIA Honda 2'07.302 1.601 0.012
23 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'07.346 1.645 0.044
24 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda 2'07.382 1.681 0.036
25 52 Jeremy ALCOBA Honda 2'07.413 1.712 0.031
26 92 Yuki KUNII Honda 2'07.427 1.726 0.014
27 9 Davide PIZZOLI KTM 2'07.460 1.759 0.033
28 54 Riccardo ROSSI KTM 2'07.603 1.902 0.143
29 50 Jason DUPASQUIER KTM 2'07.733 2.032 0.130
30 73 Maximilian KOFLER KTM 2'08.378 2.677 0.645
31 60 Dirk GEIGER KTM 2'09.391 3.690 1.013
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2020 Qatar Moto2 Qualifying Result: Better Than Fight Club

Qualifying in Qatar was a sweet preview of what to expect from the intermediate class in 2020 and the first fastest man of the decade proved to be Joe Roberts. With the pole record falling a couple minutes into Q2, no one handled the pressure better than Roberts, who followed through with the speed he showed in practice to convert it into the first American pole position in the intermediate class in a decade. Luca Marini came painfully close to pole himself, posting an identical time to Roberts but losing out on account of their second fastest laptimes. Enea Bastianini steps into the new season on a high, closing the front row of the grid one tenth slower than the leaders.

Jorge Navarro fought through Q1 and looked like the man to beat at the start of Q2 but, unfortunately for him, beaten he was. However, the Spaniard still starts in a prime position at the top of row two. Bo Bendsneyder continues to impress by placing his NTS kit in fifth spot on the grid, while Remy Gardner turned a physically painful Friday into a second row start from sixth position.

After Marco Bezzecchi gave a helping hand in his teammate’s near-pole, he got some help in return in securing seventh on the grid. The Italian opens row three ahead of familiar company from a resilient Jorge Martin and Q1 escapee Lorenzo Baldassarri. Xavi Vierge completed the top ten and together with Fabio Di Giannantonio and Augusto Fernandez, fills in row four. Marcel Schrotter might have topped Q1 but that only got him as high as 13th at the end of the day, whilst rookie Aron Canet lost a bit of steam after an excellent showing in practice and will have to start 16th. The Spaniard will still not be as disillusioned as Tom Luthi, whose crashes in practice seem to have contributed to his 18th starting position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 16 Joe ROBERTS Kalex 1'58.136    
2 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'58.136    
3 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 1'58.243 0.107 0.107
4 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 1'58.316 0.180 0.073
5 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 1'58.410 0.274 0.094
6 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'58.457 0.321 0.047
7 72 Marco BEZZECCHI Kalex 1'58.513 0.377 0.056
8 88 Jorge MARTIN Kalex 1'58.532 0.396 0.019
9 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'58.582 0.446 0.050
10 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'58.626 0.490 0.044
11 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 1'58.640 0.504 0.014
12 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'58.683 0.547 0.043
13 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'58.706 0.570 0.023
14 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'58.738 0.602 0.032
15 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 1'58.785 0.649 0.047
16 44 Aron CANET Speed Up 1'58.795 0.659 0.010
17 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'59.136 1.000 0.341
18 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'59.284 1.148 0.148
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Q2 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'58.422    
Q2 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'58.768 0.346 0.346
Q2 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 1'58.798 0.376 0.030
Q2 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'58.854 0.432 0.056
19 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 1'58.961 0.539 0.107
20 96 Jake DIXON Kalex 1'59.051 0.629 0.090
21 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 1'59.214 0.792 0.163
22 2 Jesko RAFFIN NTS 1'59.232 0.810 0.018
23 40 Hector GARZO Kalex 1'59.432 1.010 0.200
24 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Kalex 1'59.548 1.126 0.116
25 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Speed Up 1'59.703 1.281 0.155
26 27 Andi Farid IZDIHAR Kalex 2'00.218 1.796 0.515
27 19 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Kalex 2'00.347 1.925 0.129
28 24 Simone CORSI MV Agusta 2'00.364 1.942 0.017
29 99 Kasma Daniel KASMAYUDIN Kalex 2'01.617 3.195 1.253
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2020 Qatar Moto3 Qualifying Result: New Season New Record

Night fell over Losail and the lightweight class raced against the clock for the first time this year, looking to get their seasons to an optimum start. At the end of the two qualifying sessions, the first pole position of 2020 went to Tatsuki Suzuki. The Japanese rider escaped Q1, set camp at the top of the timesheets on his second flying lap of Q2 and despite missing out on a final time attack due to his Honda getting some extra attention from his mechanics, no rival was able to go one better than Suzuki, who snatched the Moto3 pole record in the process.

After a solid showing throughout practice and a friendly tow from his teammate, Raul Fernandez will be starting his first race for the Red Bull KTM squad from the middle of the front row. He will be joined by Albert Arenas, whose up and down weekend saw him go through Q1 and then climb to third on the grid. Darryn Binder looks set to have a calmer start to his season from the second row of the grid, which he will share with Ai Ogura and Jaume Masia.

Andrea Migno opens row three ahead of top rookie Deniz Oncu and class veteran John McPhee. Tony Arbolino completes the top ten and is joined by rookie Jeremy Alcoba and the KTM of Kaito Toba on row four. Gabriel Rodrigo looked like he turned his weekend around by topping Q1 but bad luck struck again in Q2 and the Gresini rider missed out on the final time attack with bike issues, dropping down to 13th on the grid. He will be starting from fifth row, together with an underwhelming qualifying time from Sergio Garcia and a solid start for rookie Yuki Kunii.

With Romano Fenati last in Q2 and the likes of Dennis Foggia, Filip Salac, Ayumu Sasaki and Alonso Lopez even lower down the grid, there’s no reason why the Moto3 race wouldn’t treat us to the usual fireworks to celebrate the start of the season.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'04.815    
2 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 2'04.823 0.008 0.008
3 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'04.925 0.110 0.102
4 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'05.026 0.211 0.101
5 79 Ai OGURA Honda 2'05.065 0.250 0.039
6 5 Jaume MASIA Honda 2'05.086 0.271 0.021
7 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'05.129 0.314 0.043
8 53 Deniz ÖNCÜ KTM 2'05.176 0.361 0.047
9 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'05.242 0.427 0.066
10 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'05.327 0.512 0.085
11 52 Jeremy ALCOBA Honda 2'05.343 0.528 0.016
12 27 Kaito TOBA KTM 2'05.421 0.606 0.078
13 2 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda 2'05.512 0.697 0.091
14 11 Sergio GARCIA Honda 2'05.586 0.771 0.074
15 92 Yuki KUNII Honda 2'05.843 1.028 0.257
16 13 Celestino VIETTI KTM 2'05.906 1.091 0.063
17 99 Carlos TATAY KTM 2'06.003 1.188 0.097
18 55 Romano FENATI Husqvarna 2'06.165 1.350 0.162
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Q2 2 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda 2'05.254    
Q2 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'05.276 0.022 0.022
Q2 52 Jeremy ALCOBA Honda 2'05.514 0.260 0.238
Q2 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'05.758 0.504 0.244
19 7 Dennis FOGGIA Honda 2'05.793 0.539 0.035
20 12 Filip SALAC Honda 2'05.966 0.712 0.173
21 71 Ayumu SASAKI KTM 2'06.040 0.786 0.074
22 82 Stefano NEPA KTM 2'06.056 0.802 0.016
23 54 Riccardo ROSSI KTM 2'06.128 0.874 0.072
24 9 Davide PIZZOLI KTM 2'06.376 1.122 0.248
25 21 Alonso LOPEZ Husqvarna 2'06.511 1.257 0.135
26 73 Maximilian KOFLER KTM 2'06.786 1.532 0.275
27 6 Ryusei YAMANAKA Honda 2'06.821 1.567 0.035
28 60 Dirk GEIGER KTM 2'07.258 2.004 0.437
29 50 Jason DUPASQUIER KTM 2'07.260 2.006 0.002
30 20 Jose Julian GARCIA Honda 2'07.495 2.241 0.235
31 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda 2'07.535 2.281 0.040
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2020 Qatar Moto2 FP3 Result: Canet Leads The Way

The final practice session for the intermediate class did not seem like it would make a big impact on the combined timesheets for qualifying, given the conditions, but a few riders did manage to upset the hierarchy in a final time attack. Rookie Aron Canet was the first of those men and he topped FP3 despite being quite a way off Joe Roberts’ best time from Friday. Fabio Di Giannantonio in second position brought another Speed Up to the forefront and into direct Q2 spots, with Enea Bastianini climbing into third in the session and eighth overall.

After taking flight on Friday, Remy Gardner followed through with a more harmless slide at turn 15 but did manage to improve his time and sneak back into the combined top 14, while fourth in the session. Tetsuta Nagashima, Jorge Navarro and Augusto Fernandez also finished within three tenths of a second of Canet but Navarro was the unlucky one out of the trio, getting pushed out of the coveted top 14 positions and dumped in Q1.

With 20 riders covered by one second in the final practice session, several of the usual suspects missed out on top positions but safely secured a place in Q2 based on their FP2 times. This included Joe Roberts, who topped the combined timesheets despite being 15th in FP3, as well as Marco Bezzecchi, Luca Marini, Xavi Vierge, Bo Bendsneyder, Nicolo Bulega, Jorge Martin and Tom Luthi.

One name missing from the action was Sam Lowes, who was declared unfit for the rest of the weekend due to a right shoulder injury.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 44 Aron CANET Speed Up 1'59.019    
2 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 1'59.052 0.033 0.033
3 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 1'59.065 0.046 0.013
4 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'59.133 0.114 0.068
5 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'59.270 0.251 0.137
6 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 1'59.271 0.252 0.001
7 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'59.304 0.285 0.033
8 96 Jake DIXON Kalex 1'59.361 0.342 0.057
9 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'59.384 0.365 0.023
10 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 1'59.431 0.412 0.047
11 88 Jorge MARTIN Kalex 1'59.447 0.428 0.016
12 72 Marco BEZZECCHI Kalex 1'59.488 0.469 0.041
13 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'59.519 0.500 0.031
14 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 1'59.533 0.514 0.014
15 16 Joe ROBERTS Kalex 1'59.642 0.623 0.109
16 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'59.649 0.630 0.007
17 40 Hector GARZO Kalex 1'59.832 0.813 0.183
18 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'59.835 0.816 0.003
19 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'59.856 0.837 0.021
20 2 Jesko RAFFIN NTS 1'59.999 0.980 0.143
21 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'00.108 1.089 0.109
22 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Kalex 2'00.171 1.152 0.063
23 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Speed Up 2'00.439 1.420 0.268
24 19 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Kalex 2'00.554 1.535 0.115
25 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 2'00.723 1.704 0.169
26 27 Andi Farid IZDIHAR Kalex 2'00.760 1.741 0.037
27 24 Simone CORSI MV Agusta 2'00.819 1.800 0.059
28 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 2'00.848 1.829 0.029
29 99 Kasma Daniel KASMAYUDIN Kalex 2'02.619 3.600 1.771
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2020 Qatar Moto3 FP3 Result: Fernandez Kicks Off Day 2

Day 2 of the season got underway in the heat of Losail but FP3 did not feel like the best use of track time for the lightweight class, given how much slower the pace was compared to FP2. Riders stood little chance to get a Q2 worthy time but that didn’t stop them from dawdling on track looking for a slipstream. Raul Fernandez had no issues securing a ticket to Q2, as the Spaniard topped both the session and the combined standings with his Friday time.

Dennis Foggia put his name towards the top end of the timesheets by going second in the session, a quarter of a second slower than Fernandez, but made no impact on the combined timesheets. Tatsuki Suzuki was in the same boat, fast enough for third but mistakes made on Friday dropped him into Q1. Ryusei Yamanaka and Filip Salac completed the top 5 of the session, despite a small fall for the Snipers rider, while Ai Ogura and Tony Arbolino also finished within half a second of the leader. However, only the last two riders had secured a Q2 position the day before.

Albert Arenas was eighth in the session but stuck in Q1, while Andrea Migno and Jaume Masia rounded out the top ten and will be heading to Q2. The last riders joining them there are rookies Deniz Oncu, Carlos Tatay and Yuki Kunii, as well as some of the usual suspects including Darryn Binder, Romano Fenati, Kaito Toba, Sergio Garcia, Celestino Vietti and John McPhee.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 2'05.465    
2 7 Dennis FOGGIA Honda 2'05.709 0.244 0.244
3 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'05.711 0.246 0.002
4 6 Ryusei YAMANAKA Honda 2'05.728 0.263 0.017
5 12 Filip SALAC Honda 2'05.823 0.358 0.095
6 79 Ai OGURA Honda 2'05.936 0.471 0.113
7 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'05.956 0.491 0.020
8 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'05.982 0.517 0.026
9 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'05.996 0.531 0.014
10 5 Jaume MASIA Honda 2'06.062 0.597 0.066
11 53 Deniz ÖNCÜ KTM 2'06.117 0.652 0.055
12 27 Kaito TOBA KTM 2'06.123 0.658 0.006
13 11 Sergio GARCIA Honda 2'06.161 0.696 0.038
14 21 Alonso LOPEZ Husqvarna 2'06.175 0.710 0.014
15 13 Celestino VIETTI KTM 2'06.262 0.797 0.087
16 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'06.339 0.874 0.077
17 92 Yuki KUNII Honda 2'06.373 0.908 0.034
18 99 Carlos TATAY KTM 2'06.666 1.201 0.293
19 52 Jeremy ALCOBA Honda 2'06.679 1.214 0.013
20 71 Ayumu SASAKI KTM 2'06.726 1.261 0.047
21 82 Stefano NEPA KTM 2'06.860 1.395 0.134
22 2 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda 2'06.887 1.422 0.027
23 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda 2'07.083 1.618 0.196
24 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'07.154 1.689 0.071
25 55 Romano FENATI Husqvarna 2'07.176 1.711 0.022
26 50 Jason DUPASQUIER KTM 2'07.445 1.980 0.269
27 20 Jose Julian GARCIA Honda 2'07.581 2.116 0.136
28 9 Davide PIZZOLI KTM 2'07.724 2.259 0.143
29 60 Dirk GEIGER KTM 2'07.863 2.398 0.139
30 73 Maximilian KOFLER KTM 2'08.073 2.608 0.210
31 54 Riccardo ROSSI KTM 2'08.297 2.832 0.224
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2020 Qatar Moto2 FP2 Result: Roberts Puts On A Show

The night had truly fallen by the time the intermediate class basked in the floodlights of Qatar and it placed the spotlight firmly on the American Racing team. Joe Roberts, who had already showed fine speed in the first practice session, went on to improve the all time lap record in FP2, dropping to the mid 1:58s and remaining unchallenged for the rest of the session. Teamwork made the minor dream work for the Sky Racing crew as well, Marco Bezzecchi and Luca Marini riding together into the second and third positions, although a quarter of a second slower than the leader.

Tetsuta Nagashima in fourth was the last rider to touch the 1:58s, while Xavi Vierge recovered from a troubled start in FP1 to climb into fifth in FP2. It was a mixed session for Augusto Fernandez, who led the way early on but battered his new machine through the gravel trap at turn 5 and ended the session 15 minutes early, dropping to sixth position. Bo Bendsneyder climbed a few places in the pecking order to grab seventh, while Enea Bastianini, Nicolo Bulega and Jorge Martin completed the top ten, seven tenths off the lead.

FP1 leader Tom Luthi didn’t have an easy ride the second time out, the Swiss rider sliding off at turn 14 early in the session, missing significant track time and then going down again at turn 2 once he rejoined the action for the final few minutes. With only five laps on the board and down in 26th in the session, Luthi was saved by his FP1 time, placing him 11th on the combined timesheets.

The rest of provisional top 14 positions at the end of Friday were secured by Jorge Navarro, Marcel Schrotter and rapid rookie Aron Canet, with Lorenzo Baldassarri just missing out by two hundredths of a second. Remy Gardner looked like a safe bet for a Q2 worthy position but a pretty heavy late crash out of turn one impeded his progress and dropped him to 16th spot overall.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 16 Joe ROBERTS Kalex 1'58.421    
2 72 Marco BEZZECCHI Kalex 1'58.669 0.248 0.248
3 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'58.759 0.338 0.090
4 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'58.921 0.500 0.162
5 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'59.059 0.638 0.138
6 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'59.074 0.653 0.015
7 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 1'59.089 0.668 0.015
8 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 1'59.114 0.693 0.025
9 11 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 1'59.136 0.715 0.022
10 88 Jorge MARTIN Kalex 1'59.148 0.727 0.012
11 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 1'59.189 0.768 0.041
12 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'59.198 0.777 0.009
13 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'59.237 0.816 0.039
14 44 Aron CANET Speed Up 1'59.278 0.857 0.041
15 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 1'59.284 0.863 0.006
16 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 1'59.290 0.869 0.006
17 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'59.434 1.013 0.144
18 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'59.486 1.065 0.052
19 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'59.561 1.140 0.075
20 96 Jake DIXON Kalex 1'59.641 1.220 0.080
21 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Kalex 1'59.709 1.288 0.068
22 24 Simone CORSI MV Agusta 1'59.839 1.418 0.130
23 40 Hector GARZO Kalex 2'00.020 1.599 0.181
24 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 2'00.160 1.739 0.140
25 2 Jesko RAFFIN NTS 2'00.183 1.762 0.023
26 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'00.262 1.841 0.079
27 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Speed Up 2'00.396 1.975 0.134
28 19 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Kalex 2'00.804 2.383 0.408
29 27 Andi Farid IZDIHAR Kalex 2'01.265 2.844 0.461
30 99 Kasma Daniel KASMAUDIN Kalex 2'02.886 4.465 1.621
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2020 Qatar Moto3 FP2 Result: Fernandez Leads KTM Charge

After the late change of schedule, the lightweight class got all the best views while the sun was retreating at Losail. However, with one eye on the provisional top 14 ahead of qualifying day, there was little time to enjoy the views. Raul Fernandez ended Day 1 as the fastest rider after dropping his laptime to mid 2:04s, one tenth of a second faster than Darryn Binder. FP1 leader Sergio Garcia kept close to finish the day third, with Ai Ogura also at the top end of proceedings after leading the action early on. Kaito Toba in fifth was the last rider to post a 2:04 time, four tenths off the leader.

Tony Arbolino made a late jump into sixth position, with tiny gaps separating the rest of the top ten, which included class veterans Andrea Migno, Jaume Masia and Romano Fenati, as well as rookie Deniz Oncu.

The final provisional top 14 positions were secured by John McPhee, Celestino Vietti and two more top rookies in Yuki Kunii and Carlos Tatay. The fast newbies left the likes of Gabriel Rodrigo, Albert Arenas, Tatsuki Suzuki or Alonso Lopez waiting for either an FP3 miracle or a very productive Q1.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 2'04.577    
2 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 2'04.698 0.121 0.121
3 11 Sergio GARCIA Honda 2'04.723 0.146 0.025
4 79 Ai OGURA Honda 2'04.922 0.345 0.199
5 27 Kaito TOBA KTM 2'04.988 0.411 0.066
6 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 2'05.227 0.650 0.239
7 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'05.287 0.710 0.060
8 5 Jaume MASIA Honda 2'05.332 0.755 0.045
9 55 Romano FENATI Husqvarna 2'05.348 0.771 0.016
10 53 Deniz ÖNCÜ KTM 2'05.355 0.778 0.007
11 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'05.383 0.806 0.028
12 13 Celestino VIETTI KTM 2'05.502 0.925 0.119
13 92 Yuki KUNII Honda 2'05.587 1.010 0.085
14 99 Carlos TATAY KTM 2'05.598 1.021 0.011
15 82 Stefano NEPA KTM 2'05.612 1.035 0.014
16 2 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda 2'05.622 1.045 0.010
17 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 2'05.668 1.091 0.046
18 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'05.758 1.181 0.090
19 12 Filip SALAC Honda 2'05.765 1.188 0.007
20 52 Jeremy ALCOBA Honda 2'05.779 1.202 0.014
21 7 Dennis FOGGIA Honda 2'05.862 1.285 0.083
22 21 Alonso LOPEZ Husqvarna 2'06.024 1.447 0.162
23 6 Ryusei YAMANAKA Honda 2'06.086 1.509 0.062
24 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda 2'06.117 1.540 0.031
25 71 Ayumu SASAKI KTM 2'06.270 1.693 0.153
26 9 Davide PIZZOLI KTM 2'06.295 1.718 0.025
27 73 Maximilian KOFLER KTM 2'06.981 2.404 0.686
28 50 Jason DUPASQUIER KTM 2'07.268 2.691 0.287
29 54 Riccardo ROSSI KTM 2'07.374 2.797 0.106
30 60 Dirk GEIGER KTM 2'07.713 3.136 0.339
31 20 Jose Julian GARCIA Honda 2'08.302 3.725 0.589
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