MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2021 Aragon World Superbike FP1 Result: Razgatlioglu Leads Davies

World Superbike 2021 opens with Toprak Razgatlioglu setting the quickest time in the first session. The only rider in the 1'49s, he held off satellite Ducati rider Chaz Davies. American Garrett Gerloff was third quickest ahead of Kawasaki's Alex Lowes. Title favourites Jonathan Rea and Scott Redding were seventh and eleventh quickest respectively.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.952   306,8
2 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'50.260 0.308 312,1
3 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1'50.442 0.490 310,3
4 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'50.498 0.546 305,9
5 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'50.741 0.789 305,9
6 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'50.834 0.882 314,0
7 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 1'50.842 0.890 307,7
8 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'50.907 0.955 312,1
9 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 1'50.966 1.014 314,0
10 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'51.049 1.097 318,6
11 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'51.203 1.251 308,6
12 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'51.245 1.293 310,3
13 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 1'51.285 1.333 309,5
14 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 1'51.376 1.424 302,5
15 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 1'51.428 1.476 313,0
16 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'51.584 1.632 310,3
17 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 1'51.902 1.950 303,4
18 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 1'51.952 2.000 303,4
19 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'52.139 2.187 304,2
20 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'52.290 2.338 300,0
21 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'55.769 5.817 301,7
22 76 S. CAVALIERI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'56.076 6.124 293,5
23 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'57.673 7.721 296,7
Round Number: 
1
2021
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2021 Le Mans MotoE Race Result: Action All Around

After the chaos of MotoGP, the MotoE class got to enjoy almost fully dry conditions, but that did not stop riders crashing as early as the sighting lap, which took Miquel Pons and Andrea Mantovani out of contention. Amongst the people who actually got to start the race, Eric Granado made a good start from pole but soon had Dominique Aegerter and Alessandro Zaccone breathing down his neck and demoting him all the way to sixth spot by the end of the first lap.

Aegerter started lap 2 at the front but there were attacks all around him and the lead changed hands several times, given there were barely any gaps in the leading group. Hikari Okubo briefly held top spot but soon abandoned the fight in a tangle with fellow rookie Fermín Aldeguer on lap 3. Lap 4 saw Zaccone take the turn at the front from Aegerter and Lukas Tulovic, with Jordi Torres and Granado in the top five, while Casadei admirably joined a leading group of 8 despite a poor starting position in 16th.

Zaccone was the first rider to hold onto the lead for one full lap, although not through a lack of trying from Aegerter, while Granado had climbed into fourth and was claiming third from Tulovic at Garage Vert with 2 laps remaining. The Brazilian’s next victim was rival Aegerter at the final corner and the poleman started the final lap chasing down Zaccone for the win.

Zaccone made it all the way to the final lap in charge of proceedings and Granado could not make a move stick at turn 6 but he got one last opportunity at turn 13 and despite Zaccone responding at the final corner, Granado got the better exit to claim victory. Zaccone fought to the end but crossed the finish line second, although a track limits infringement dropped him one position to third. Casadei got promoted to second, having finished third after a late tangle between Aegerter and Tulovic on the final lap, which dropped the Swiss rider to fourth, ahead of Torres and Yonny Hernandez.

Zaccone keeps the lead in the cup standings, 8 points ahead of Casadei and Aegerter, while Granado climbs into fourth, 13 points down on the leader, one less than Torres.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 51 Eric Granado Energica 12'23.012
2 27 Mattia Casadei Energica +0.306
3 61 Alessandro Zaccone Energica +0.253
4 77 Dominique Aegerter Energica +0.532
5 40 Jordi Torres Energica +0.640
6 68 Yonny Hernandez Energica +0.900
7 3 Lukas Tulovic Energica +1.045
8 11 Matteo Ferrari Energica +1.751
9 19 Corentin Perolari Energica +4.727
10 6 Maria Herrera Energica +4.999
11 21 Kevin Zannoni Energica +15.509
12 14 Andre Pires Energica +29.350
13 18 Xavi Cardelus Energica +29.485
14 80 Jasper Iwema Energica +37.419
15 54 Fermín Aldeguer Energica +1'06.915
Not Classified
  78 Hikari Okubo Energica 5 Laps
Not Starting
  71 Miquel Pons Energica 0 Lap
  9 Andrea Mantovani Energica 0 Lap
Round Number: 
2
2021
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2021 Le Mans MotoGP Race Result: Fun With Flags

A quick glimpse at the sky from the starting grid must have looked like the worst but possibly most exciting scenario for the premier class race, with dry asphalt under their tyres but 50 shades of cloud cover over their heads. The prophecy became reality shortly after the lights went out and the first flag to flag race in a considerable amount of time provided us with an unpredictable show to match the unpredictable weather. The winner was perhaps the most predictable element, Jack Miller claiming a second consecutive victory but not without a long series of obstacles thrown his way. Four seconds kept Johann Zarco from victory on home soil but it was a superb showing from the local favourites, with Fabio Quartararo making it a French double on the podium.

Given the dry start, it was to be expected that Miller would make the best launch off the line, ahead of Maverick Viñales and poleman Quartararo, followed into turn 1 by the Honda trio of Takaaki Nakagami, Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro, with some friendly fire between them at turn 7. However, a big moment for Pol out of turn 10 pushed him to the bottom of the top 10, behind Joan Mir and allowing Alex Rins to claim sixth, after a fifth row start for the Suzuki men. The drama was not over for Espargaro as he nearly tangled with Franco Morbidelli and the Italian abandoned the race at turn 11. Meanwhile, Zarco had made a sluggish start and was out of the top 10 after the first couple of laps.

Back at the front, Viñales did not let Miller get away and took the lead at turn 6, after a mistake from the Australian, while Quartararo bided his time behind them. A similar mistake from Marc Marquez at turn 7 allowed Nakagami and Rins past in the battle for fourth, which was taking place one second behind the leaders. Before that battle could run its course however, drops of rain started to appear on their visors on lap four.

Just as the rain flags started waving, allowing riders to swap bikes, the leading trio decided to engage in battle and Quartararo took control at turn 3, with Miller striking back at turn 9, while Viñales lost some ground, allowing Rins and Marquez to join the victory battle and dropping five seconds behind them. Conditions got really sketchy on lap 5, with tarmac getting pitch black in parts and Miller was the first to make a mistake and go wide, rejoining in fourth place before everyone went into pitlane for their change. When I say everyone, I mean everyone bar Mir, who crashed before making it near pitlane.

Marc Marquez was predictably the quickest to make the swap and the Spaniard left pitlane first, showing the way to Quartararo, who in the rush of his first ever flag to flag race almost grabbed his teammate’s bike. However, the Frenchman did admirably to keep up with Marquez, while Rins made the first mistake on rain tyres and crashed out at turn 4 to complete a truly horrendous weekend for Suzuki. Quartararo was the only rider to keep up with Marquez, with Miller five seconds back but in the rush to get back on track, both him and teammate Pecco Bagnaia were handed a double long lap penalty for speeding in pitlane.

Marquez kept Quartararo one second behind, while Miller was closing in on the duo but was yet to serve his penalty. Nakagami was a massive 13 seconds down the road, while Zarco led the chasing pack another 4 seconds behind, including the likes of Alex Marquez – who had started 19th – Pol Espargaro, Valentino Rossi and Aleix Espargaro. Bagnaia was 11th and with the penalty yet to serve, it looked unlikely that he would keep the championship lead at that stage.

Marquez did well to lead the way for the next few laps but could not do anything to keep the rear in check at the final corner and crashed out of the lead at the end of lap 8, rejoining down in 18th. Quartararo was left in charge of proceedings, while Miller kept second position after serving his penalty laps and was steadily closing in on the Frenchman as rain was calming down. The Australian made his move at turn 6 on lap 12 and things got worse for Quartararo as he immediately had a long lap penalty to serve for the questionable bike swap causing havoc in pitlane. With the massive 16 seconds gap to Nakagami, the Frenchman kept second position but lost 4 seconds on the leader. Behind them, Zarco was getting up to speed and closing the gap to Nakagami to claim the final podium spot at the halfway mark of the race, while Alex Marquez, Aleix Espargaro, Danilo Petrucci and Pol Espargaro where not within striking distance of each other at that stage. At the bottom of the top 10, old teammates Rossi and Viñales were preparing to engage in battle for the final half of the race. The battle was short lived though, as the Italian was soon overtaken by both Viñales and Bagnaia. Marquez was the fastest man on track by far and was knocking at the doors of the top 10 once more after Espargaro’s Aprilia fizzled out with 11 laps to go, but the Honda man had 15 seconds to recover on Rossi. The gap was coming down but he was forced to give up on the dream comeback after another tumble at turn 6.

While Miller continued untroubled at the top, rain had stopped and teams started warming up bikes in pitlane. Five seconds behind the leader, Quartararo was soon going to have another headache, as compatriot Zarco rapidly closed the gap to a mere second with 7 laps remaining and breezed past the Yamaha rider at turn 1 one lap later. A long way behind the podium battle, Alex Marquez took control of the fight for fourth from Petrucci and Nakagami, but with Bagnaia picking up the pace at the back of that small group. The Italian made quick work of Nakagami and Petrucci and Alex Marquez could not resist the Ducati much longer either, unable to keep up with its speed along the main straight with 4 laps remaining.

Although Zarco showed some excellent late race speed, Miller maintained his gap at the front until the checkered flag to take consecutive victories, while Quartararo just about held onto third after Bagnaia’s late charge. Petrucci enjoyed the return to the scene of his last victory and got a great fifth place out of it, while Alex Marquez, Nakagami and Pol Espargaro joined the top 7 in a bittersweet day for Honda. Iker Lecuona got the best of Viñales at the final turn, with Rossi finishing ahead of brother Luca Marini in 11th position.

Quartararo holding onto third place also meant he reclaims the championship lead from Bagnaia by one point, while Zarco climbs into third, 12 points behind his compatriot and only four ahead of Miller.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 43 Jack Miller Ducati 47'25.473
2 5 Johann Zarco Ducati +3.970
3 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha +14.468
4 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati +16.172
5 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM +21.430
6 73 Alex Marquez Honda +23.509
7 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda +30.164
8 44 Pol Espargaro Honda +35.221
9 27 Iker Lecuona KTM +40.432
10 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha +40.577
11 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha +42.198
12 10 Luca Marini Ducati +52.408
13 33 Brad Binder KTM +59.377
14 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati +1'02.224
15 53 Tito Rabat Ducati +1'09.651
16 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 4 Laps
Not Classified
  93 Marc Marquez Honda 10 Laps
  41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 12 Laps
  88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 15 Laps
  42 Alex Rins Suzuki 15 Laps
  32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 16 Laps
  36 Joan Mir Suzuki 23 Laps
Round Number: 
5
2021
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2021 Le Mans Moto2 Race Result: Start As You Mean To Go On

After a capricious weekend at Le Mans, the intermediate class got to enjoy a dry race without the threat of rain but it was a double-edged sword, as they had enjoyed limited dry track time throughout the weekend. Regardless, first-time poleman Raul Fernandez was not intimidated by the conditions and rode a perfect race to score his second victory of the season ahead of Remy Gardner, the Australian returning to the podium after a blip in Jerez, although he fought hard to keep his championship lead by only one point from his impressive rookie teammate.  Marco Bezzecchi had no answer to the late pace of the Red Bull KTM Ajo machines and had to settle for the final podium position.

Bezzechi had made the better start off the line from poleman Fernandez and with Aron Canet and Joe Roberts trading third place early on, but a mid-pack contact between Gardner and Xavi Vierge at turn 3 allowed a handful of riders to stretch a bit of a gap at the front, dropping Gardner to 9th. Bezzecchi in turn stretched a slight gap to Raul Fernandez and namesake Augusto Fernandez, but the leaders’ group soon got halved after a big tumble at turn 9 for Canet and with Augusto Fernandez following his example at turn 11 on the second lap. Bezzecchi could not preserve his advantage at the front but only Roberts and Raul Fernandez were able to keep up with him, while Bo Bendsneyder dropped a second and a half behind the leaders, followed a big group led by Hector Garzo and including Sam Lowes and Gardner. However, that group also reduced when Lowes went down at turn 8, taking out Vierge when his overtake attempt went wrong.

There were nervy moments at the front as we well, where Roberts touched Bezzecchi’s rear tyre at turn 9 and it punished him hard with a fast trip to the gravel trap on lap five, while an unsettled Bezzecchi got overtaken by Fernandez. The busy first few laps left the duo alone at the front but their colleagues made sure not to let them feel lonely, as the group behind was pushing to reduce the gap to under a second, led by Bendsneyder and including Gardner and a fast starting Arbolino, who make quick progress from 19th on the grid.

Fernandez was keen to extend his lead at the front, which grew to over a second by lap 9 but Bezzecchi was about to come under attack from the fast trio of Bendsneyder, Gardner and Arbolino. Fabio Di Giannantonio was another two seconds behind but building up towards a long lap penalty for causing a crash for Hector Garzo. Once the Italian served his penalty, it turned the podium battle into a five-man affair, with Marcel Schrotter left six seconds down the road.

Fernandez’s advantage kept steady at the one second mark towards the halfway point of the race but the four men behind him were just as fast and Gardner and Arbolino looked particularly keen to find a way past Bendsneyder to join the provisional podium. They seemed to take a bit long but Gardner made his move at turn 11 with 10 laps remaining and Arbolino followed suit when they next reached turn 9. Gardner quickly recovered the one second gap to Bezzecchi and the Italian handed him second place with a mistake at Garage Vert with 7 laps remaining, while Arbolino did not seem to have the pace to keep up with the duo.

Fernandez continued to lead quite comfortably, keeping a gap of one second over his teammate, who was dropping Bezzecchi behind. The Italian was too busy keeping an eye on track limits after a warning with three laps remaining but was well clear of Arbolino. Fernandez never came under threat and took the checkered flag safely ahead of Gardner, with Bezzecchi securing third and rookie Arbolino a fine fourth place. Although he missed out on the podium battle, Bendsneyder will be satisfied with fifth, while Marcel Schrotter came on top in the late battle for sixth, ahead of Ai Ogura. Di Giannantonio did a stupendous job to climb into eighth place after serving two long lap penalties, including a botched first attempt. Simone Corsi and Jorge Navarro rounded out the top ten positions.

Gardner keeps the lead in the world championship by only one point from teammate Fernandez, while Bezzecchi climbs into third, 17 points down, dropping Lowes to fourth, 23 points behind the leader.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 40'46.101
2 87 Remy Gardner Kalex +1.490
3 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex +4.599
4 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex +7.503
5 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex +11.887
6 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex +27.829
7 79 Ai Ogura Kalex +27.975
8 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex +28.112
9 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta +28.204
10 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro +28.432
11 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex +28.989
12 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex +28.749
13 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex +29.316
14 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex +31.605
15 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro +32.080
16 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS +32.571
17 70 Barry Baltus NTS +33.309
18 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta +39.036
19 96 Jake Dixon Kalex +41.069
20 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex +45.599
21 10 Tommaso Marcon MV Agusta +1'19.160
Not Classified
  6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 5 Laps
  12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 11 Laps
  40 Hector Garzo Kalex 19 Laps
  16 Joe Roberts Kalex 21 Laps
  97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 22 Laps
  22 Sam Lowes Kalex 22 Laps
  62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 23 Laps
  2 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro 23 Laps
  37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 24 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
  44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 0 Lap
Round Number: 
5
2021
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2021 Le Mans Moto3 Race Result: The Chaos Of Moto3 With The Gaps of Moto2

After the deluge of the warm up session, asphalt was well drenched ahead of the lightweight class race but sun was peeking out and riders were prepared for a race of survival in changing conditions. The result was an unusual race with pretty big gaps by Moto3 standards and with most of the drama unfolding in the frantic first few laps but one man who kept his head cool to take a surprise victory was Sergio Garcia. The Spaniard led the way for most of the race and kept Filip Salac at bay to step onto the highest step of the podium. Salac had a brief go at victory but settled for second and a maiden pole in the world championship. Although he started on the front row of the grid, it was still a surprise to see Riccardo Rossi lift the final trophy on offer, the Italian achieving his first podium in Moto3 after a lonely ride to third.

The start of the race told a different tale, with poleman Andrea Migno making a good start off the line to keep the lead from Jaume Masia and Rossi but going too hot into turn 3 left Masia in charge. It looked like Niccolò Antonelli would finish the first lap in the lead, but the Italian crashed at the final corner and left Salac in charge of proceedings – a big mistake that would ultimately prove costly for his championship position. Tatsuki Suzuki, Jeremy Alcoba, Gabriel Rodrigo and most significantly Jaume Masia soon followed Antonelli’s example and joined the various gravel traps around the track, which helped Pedro Acosta climb up to 5th by lap 3, having started 21st on the grid. However, the rookie also made his first big mistake this season when he slid out that same lap at dreaded turn 3, rejoining back where he started, in 21st spot and having it all to do all over again.

While cameras were busy with the multitude of crash replays, Garcia started lap 3 in the lead and together with Salac, managed to extend a lead of three seconds. Rossi was also stretching a one second gap over Ayumu Sasaki and John McPhee, while Ryusei Yamanaka led a big group over six seconds behind the top 5 riders. Acosta had four seconds to find to join that group, climbing up to 16th by lap 6.

Garcia continued to set a hot pace at the front, as the asphalt was steadily hotting up, with only Salac able to match his pace but the Spaniard did not look all that steady on his wet tyres. Rossi was running a pretty lonely race almost five seconds behind them by lap 7, with Sasaki and McPhee still holding hopes of a podium two seconds behind the Italian. The next group 13 seconds down the road occupied positions 6 to 15, with Acosta the last man in that pack and moving back into point scoring positions.

Back at the front, Garcia stretched a one second advantage on Salac by lap 9, which he was slowly increasing and status quo was maintained in the rest of the top 5. Behind them however, Darryn Binder fell victim to infamous turn 3 on that lap, crashing out of the lead of the big battle for sixth position, leaving rookies Adrian Fernandez, who had started 26th, and Xavier Artigas, who started last, in charge of that fight, while Acosta was knocking on the doors of the top 10 at the halfway point of the race.

Salac entered the second half of the race with the fastest lap to his name and quickly reduced the gap to the leader to half a second, forcing Garcia to pick up the pace again. The Snipers rider took advantage of Garcia running wide at Garage Vert to take over the lead but the Spaniard was not keen to give it up and reclaimed top spot into turn 1, immediately extending a one second gap over the following lap. Meanwhile, Rossi was untroubled in third, while McPhee waited until the final six laps to show a wheel to Sasaki and claim fourth spot at turn 13. 15 seconds down the road, Fernandez and Artigas held station and were five seconds away from coming under threat from Acosta, but with only 6 laps remaining, it seemed like a big and risky ask for the championship leader to get any further up the timesheets.

Garcia continued his streak of red sector times at the front and kept Salac at a relatively safe 1.5 seconds until the checkered flag, while McPhee was trying to catch up with Rossi to make it a battle for the final podium position. The gap reduced to one second for the final lap but the Italian dropped the fastest lap of the race to cross the finish line a second and a half ahead of the Scotsman. Sasaki took a solid top five, followed by rookies Fernandez and Artigas. Acosta did a great job to save an eighth place after a tricky weekend, while Deniz Öncü and Romano Fenati completed the top 10 and poleman Migno dropped to 11th after a big moment with two laps remaining.

Acosta’s recovery and his rivals’ misfortune extends his lead in the world championship standings to 54 points, with race winner Garcia becoming his main challenger, two points ahead of Migno and with Fenati another point back.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 42'21.172
2 12 Filip Salac Honda +2.349
3 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM +5.589
4 17 John McPhee Honda +7.158
5 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM +14.882
6 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna +27.279
7 43 Xavier Artigas Honda +27.408
8 37 Pedro Acosta KTM +29.880
9 53 Deniz Öncü KTM +35.098
10 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna +36.616
11 16 Andrea Migno Honda +42.347
12 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM +42.739
13 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM +42.756
14 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS +50.891
15 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda +52.753
16 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM +53.054
17 82 Stefano Nepa KTM +53.568
18 7 Dennis Foggia Honda +1'18.995
19 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda +1'19.103
20 40 Darryn Binder Honda +1'54.124
21 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1 Lap
22 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 4 Laps
Not Classified
  99 Carlos Tatay KTM 8 Laps
  32 Takuma Matsuyama Honda 19 Laps
  2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 20 Laps
  5 Jaume Masia KTM 21 Laps
  24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 21 Laps
  23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 21 Laps
Round Number: 
5
2021
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2021 Le Mans MotoGP Warm Up Result: Petrucci Thrives In The Wet

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'44.515    
2 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'44.794 0.279 0.279
3 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'45.048 0.533 0.254
4 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'45.105 0.590 0.057
5 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'45.369 0.854 0.264
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'45.369 0.854  
7 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'45.370 0.855 0.001
8 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'45.443 0.928 0.073
9 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'45.476 0.961 0.033
10 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'45.512 0.997 0.036
11 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'45.822 1.307 0.310
12 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'46.058 1.543 0.236
13 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'46.127 1.612 0.069
14 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'46.176 1.661 0.049
15 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'46.237 1.722 0.061
16 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'46.345 1.830 0.108
17 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'46.702 2.187 0.357
18 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'46.756 2.241 0.054
19 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'46.986 2.471 0.230
20 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'47.530 3.015 0.544
21 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'47.957 3.442 0.427
22 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'48.251 3.736 0.294
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5
2021
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2021 Le Mans Moto2 Warm Up Result: Canet Takes A Dip

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'55.338    
2 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'56.013 0.675 0.675
3 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'56.027 0.689 0.014
4 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'56.102 0.764 0.075
5 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'56.312 0.974 0.210
6 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'56.380 1.042 0.068
7 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'56.508 1.170 0.128
8 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'56.681 1.343 0.173
9 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'56.746 1.408 0.065
10 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'56.823 1.485 0.077
11 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'56.860 1.522 0.037
12 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'57.126 1.788 0.266
13 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'57.167 1.829 0.041
14 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'57.241 1.903 0.074
15 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'57.297 1.959 0.056
16 2 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro 1'57.721 2.383 0.424
17 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'57.947 2.609 0.226
18 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'58.508 3.170 0.561
19 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'58.740 3.402 0.232
20 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'59.721 4.383 0.981
21 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 2'00.111 4.773 0.390
22 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 2'00.635 5.297 0.524
23 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 2'00.720 5.382 0.085
24 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 2'01.236 5.898 0.516
25 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 2'01.911 6.573 0.675
26 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 2'01.964 6.626 0.053
27 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 2'02.163 6.825 0.199
28 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 2'04.878 9.540 2.715
29 10 Tommaso Marcon MV Agusta 2'04.998 9.660 0.120
30 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 2'06.003 10.665 1.005
  75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro      
Round Number: 
5
2021
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2021 Le Mans Moto3 Warm Up Result: Izdihar Gets Drenched

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 2'02.818    
2 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 2'03.020 0.202 0.202
3 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 2'03.625 0.807 0.605
4 16 Andrea Migno Honda 2'03.657 0.839 0.032
5 12 Filip Salac Honda 2'03.690 0.872 0.033
6 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 2'03.816 0.998 0.126
7 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 2'03.909 1.091 0.093
8 17 John McPhee Honda 2'04.239 1.421 0.330
9 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 2'04.265 1.447 0.026
10 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 2'04.379 1.561 0.114
11 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 2'04.578 1.760 0.199
12 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 2'04.636 1.818 0.058
13 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 2'04.810 1.992 0.174
14 40 Darryn Binder Honda 2'04.843 2.025 0.033
15 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 2'05.161 2.343 0.318
16 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 2'05.212 2.394 0.051
17 32 Takuma Matsuyama Honda 2'05.330 2.512 0.118
18 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 2'05.465 2.647 0.135
19 27 Kaito Toba KTM 2'05.494 2.676 0.029
20 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 2'05.803 2.985 0.309
21 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 2'05.824 3.006 0.021
22 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 2'06.626 3.808 0.802
23 5 Jaume Masia KTM 2'06.737 3.919 0.111
24 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 2'08.172 5.354 1.435
25 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 2'08.760 5.942 0.588
26 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 2'10.518 7.700 1.758
27 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 2'11.970 9.152 1.452
  31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna      
Round Number: 
5
2021
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2021 Le Mans MotoE E-Pole Result: Someone Got Pole, Probably

The final qualifying session of the day got the absolute worst conditions of the weekend and the wet session followed a different format to the usual E-Pole, with a 12-minute session for all riders and a maximum of six laps allowed. However, as soon as the light went green at the end of pitlane and riders gingerly headed out, it was an instant red flag due to pouring rain. Of course bright sunshine hit the track soon after but there were rivers flowing down pitlane and it took a little while to restart proceedings. Once it happened, riders were faced with their first properly wet session but while they pushed to get up to speed quickly, a couple of crashes and their respective yellow flags ended up making a big impact on the timesheets.

Practice leader Eric Granado looked on route to follow it up with pole but the Brazilian crashed out at turn 3 in the final handful of minutes, having just set up camp at the top of the standings, which allowed rival Dominique Aegerter to take over at the front. The Swiss rider got challenged by rookies Miquel Pons and Hikaro Okubo but the front row line-up awkwardly changed a couple times while interviews were underway in parc fermé, with both rookies getting demoted due to yellow flag infringements. Eventually, Aegerter also saw his pole time get scrapped well after the session was over, which left Granado in a surprise pole position. Reigning cup champion Jordi Torres got promoted to second but that didn’t last either, so Pons managed to climb back onto the front row, only a tenth off pole on his first visit to Le Mans. Matteo Ferrari inherited the final place on the front row, despite being only seventh at the checkered flag.

After a few more shuffles of the pack, Xavi Cardelus opens the second row, where he will be joined by Alessandro Zaccone and Aegerter, while Andrea Mantovani leads the third row ahead of Fermín Aldeguer - the rookie getting a yellow flag infringement of his own - and Yonny Hernandez. Okubo went from parc fermé to 10th on the grid, with Torres dropped to 11th. Despite crashing after only one flying lap, Lukas Tulovic got promoted to 12th on the grid, while Corentin Perolari qualified 13th but will have to serve a three-place grid penalty for irresponsible riding last time out in Jerez.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 51 Eric Granado Energica 2'00.315    
2 71 Miquel Pons Energica 2'00.416 0.101 0.101
3 11 Matteo Ferrari Energica 2'00.655 0.340 0.239
4 18 Xavi Cardelus Energica 2'01.437 1.122 0.782
5 61 Alessandro Zaccone Energica 2'02.197 1.882 0.760
6 77 Dominique Aegerter Energica 2'03.417 3.102 1.220
7 9 Andrea Mantovani Energica 2'03.772 3.457 0.355
8 54 Fermín Aldeguer Energica 2'04.842 4.527 1.070
9 68 Yonny Hernandez Energica 2'05.245 4.930 0.403
10 78 Hikari Okubo Energica 2'05.861 5.546 0.616
11 40 Jordi Torres Energica 2'05.967 5.652 0.106
12 3 Lukas Tulovic Energica 2'06.635 6.320 0.668
13 19 Corentin Perolari Energica 2'09.152 8.837 2.517
14 80 Jasper Iwema Energica 2'09.421 9.106 0.269
15 14 Andre Pires Energica 2'09.711 9.396 0.290
16 27 Mattia Casadei Energica 2'09.745 9.430 0.034
17 21 Kevin Zannoni Energica 2'10.348 10.033 0.603
18 6 Maria Herrera Energica 2'12.908 12.593 2.560
Round Number: 
2
2021
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2021 Le Mans Moto2 Qualifying Result: A Matter Of When, Not If

After a mostly dry Q1, rain made a comeback ahead of Q2 but with conditions changing in the blink of an eye and from corner to corner, it made tyre choice a tough call and keeping within the white lines even tougher. Things stabilised for the final half of the session and the rapidly improving track allowed for fast progress to be made, riders finding about half a second at a time in the fight for pole. In the end it was a three-way battle between the Red Bull KTM Ajo duo and the Q1 leader but ultimately the stars aligned for exceptional rookie Raul Fernandez to take an inevitable maiden pole position in the intermediate class. Marco Bezzecchi made a late jump onto the front row, two tenths off pole, while Joe Roberts navigated through a dry Q1 to challenge for pole in Q2, before getting demoted to third.

Aron Canet also found some late speed to open the second row of the grid from Augusto Fernandez, who seems to be getting his season back on track. Bo Bendsneyder did a fine job to complete row two, while Remy Gardner was a challenger for pole until a mistake at Garage Vert on his final flying lap cost him and he had to settle for seventh. The Flexbox HP40 duo of Hector Garzo and Stefano Manzi will join him on the third row, while Sam Lowes rounded out the top ten. The British rider was tempted by slicks early on but it proved to be the wrong call so it took him some time to post a timed lap and he never matched the speed of the leaders. Nicolò Bulega and Xavi Vierge will accompany him on the fourth row of the grid, while most recent victor Fabio Di Giannantonio qualified 15th, only doing better than the men who crashed after just a couple of laps: Ai Ogura, Simone Corsi and Jorge Navarro.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'50.135    
2 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'50.375 0.240 0.240
3 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'50.514 0.379 0.139
4 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'50.782 0.647 0.268
5 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'50.796 0.661 0.014
6 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'51.132 0.997 0.336
7 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'51.146 1.011 0.014
8 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'51.215 1.080 0.069
9 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'51.360 1.225 0.145
10 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'52.031 1.896 0.671
11 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'52.223 2.088 0.192
12 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'52.273 2.138 0.050
13 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'52.587 2.452 0.314
14 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'52.753 2.618 0.166
15 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'53.398 3.263 0.645
16 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'54.436 4.301 1.038
17 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'55.409 5.274 0.973
18 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'56.706 6.571 1.297
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'36.671    
Q2 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'36.799 0.128 0.128
Q2 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'36.967 0.296 0.168
Q2 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'37.045 0.374 0.078
19 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'37.154 0.483 0.109
20 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'37.191 0.520 0.037
21 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'37.231 0.560 0.040
22 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'37.238 0.567 0.007
23 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'37.286 0.615 0.048
24 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'37.511 0.840 0.225
25 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'37.556 0.885 0.045
26 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'37.564 0.893 0.008
27 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'37.676 1.005 0.112
28 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'37.958 1.287 0.282
29 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'38.150 1.479 0.192
30 10 Tommaso Marcon MV Agusta 1'38.489 1.818 0.339
31 2 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro 1'39.154 2.483 0.665
Round Number: 
5
2021
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