MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2020 Estoril World Supersport FP1 Result: Mahias, Vinales And De Rosa Quickest

Three manufacturers take the top three places with Lucas Mahias leading Isaac Viñales and Raffaele De Rosa. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'41.193   263,5
2 32 I. VINALES Yamaha YZF R6 1'41.247 0.054 272,0
3 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 1'41.308 0.115 266,7
4 5 P. OETTL Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'41.476 0.283 267,4
5 94 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 1'41.733 0.540 268,0
6 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'41.793 0.600 264,2
7 38 H. SOOMER Yamaha YZF R6 1'41.901 0.708 270,0
8 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R6 1'41.947 0.754 256,8
9 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'41.964 0.771 260,4
10 4 S. ODENDAAL Yamaha YZF R6 1'42.137 0.944 269,3
11 99 D. WEBB Yamaha YZF R6 1'42.145 0.952 266,7
12 98 K. HANIKA Yamaha YZF R6 1'42.373 1.180 266,7
13 81 M. GONZALEZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'42.732 1.539 266,7
14 47 A. BASSANI Yamaha YZF R6 1'42.770   261,0
15 56 P. SEBESTYEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'42.886 1.693 256,8
16 25 A. VERDOIA Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.076 1.883 252,7
17 78 H. OKUBO Honda CBR600RR 1'43.085 1.892 261,7
18 12 A. RUIZ CARRANZA Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.291   255,0
19 34 K. MANFREDI Yamaha YZF R6 1'43.631   265,4
20 22 F. FULIGNI MV Agusta F3 675 1'43.941 2.748 259,8
21 52 P. HOBELSBERGER Honda CBR600RR 1'44.501 3.308 252,1
22 9 G. HENDRA PRATAMA Yamaha YZF R6 1'45.405 4.212 255,6
23 30 G. VAN STRAALEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'45.772 4.579 254,4
24 21 V. FALCONE Yamaha YZF R6 1'45.975 4.782 248,7
Round Number: 
8
2020
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2020 Estoril World Superbike FP1 Result: Redding Leads Gerloff

Scott Redding, with a purely mathematical chance of taking the title from Jonathan Rea, opened up the weekend at Estoril with the quickest time in the morning's session at a track hardly any of the riders have raced at. Behind Redding, there were four Yamahas, headed by Garrett Gerloff and Loris Baz, between him and Jonathan Rea who needs only one point this weekend to take his sixth title.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'37.181   281,0
2 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.619 0.438 270,7
3 76 L. BAZ Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.680 0.499 281,0
4 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.731 0.550 278,2
5 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.829 0.648 275,4
6 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'37.832 0.651 271,3
7 94 J. FOLGER Yamaha YZF R1 1'38.211 1.030 268,7
8 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'38.498 1.317 276,1
9 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R1 1'38.538 1.357 270,7
10 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'38.563 1.382 281,0
11 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000RR-R 1'38.580 1.399 273,3
12 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR-R 1'38.664 1.483 274,7
13 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR 1'38.746 1.565 274,0
14 12 X. FORES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'38.801 1.620 268,0
15 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'38.857 1.676 262,9
16 50 E. LAVERTY BMW S1000 RR 1'38.959 1.778 266,1
17 71 M. FERRARI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'39.297 2.116 264,8
18 20 S. BARRIER Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'39.582 2.401 267,4
19 13 T. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR-R 1'40.357 3.176 280,3
20 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'40.523 3.342 278,2
21 32 S. MORAIS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'41.153 3.972 252,7
23 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'43.642 6.461 259,8
Round Number: 
8
2020
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2020 Aragon MotoGP FP2 Result: Vinales On A Mission

A bit of sunshine over Motorland Aragon managed to heat up the surface to a generous (by comparison to FP1) 20 degrees of temperature and this came with inevitably quick improvements over this morning’s benchmark. Yamaha were quick to reclaim the top positions on the timing screens, with Maverick Vinales once again the quickest of the lot and the only rider in the 1:47s. Fabio Quartararo followed, two tenths behind, with teammate Franco Morbidelli as the final rider within half a second of the leader.

Joan Mir briefly dethroned the Yamahas but had to make do with fourth in the end, ahead of the Honda of Cal Crutchlow. Aleix Espargaro impressed in sixth, finishing ahead of brother Pol Espargaro, the two only separated by seven hundredths of a second. Alex Marquez looked pretty handy around the home track too and climbed into eighth on his final flying lap – one second down on Vinales’ time, while one thousandth of a second faster than Takaaki Nakagami.

Alex Rins secured a crucial final top ten position to the detriment of the entire Ducati contingent, who struggled to secure Q2 spots despite the improved conditions. Johann Zarco looked like he had the best chance but a late crash at turn 2 proved costly and pushed him out of the top ten in the closing stages of FP2. He was very closely followed on the timesheets by Tito Rabat, Andrea Dovizioso, Jack Miller and Danilo Petrucci, while Pecco Bagnaia seemed to struggle most, down in 19th.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'47.771    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'48.020 0.249 0.249
3 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'48.218 0.447 0.198
4 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'48.501 0.730 0.283
5 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'48.598 0.827 0.097
6 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'48.670 0.899 0.072
7 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'48.746 0.975 0.076
8 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'48.823 1.052 0.077
9 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'48.824 1.053 0.001
10 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'48.839 1.068 0.015
11 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'48.906 1.135 0.067
12 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'49.003 1.232 0.097
13 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'49.015 1.244 0.012
14 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'49.026 1.255 0.011
15 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'49.107 1.336 0.081
16 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'49.165 1.394 0.058
17 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'49.208 1.437 0.043
18 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'49.258 1.487 0.050
19 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'49.488 1.717 0.230
20 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'50.091 2.320 0.603
21 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'50.244 2.473 0.153
Round Number: 
11
2020
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2020 Aragon Moto3 FP2 Result: Fernandez Obliterates The Field

Raul Fernandez has dominated the second session of free practice for the Moto3 class at Aragon, leading the session almost from start to finish. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider was eight tenths or more faster than the rest of the grid for most of the session, the others only catching up at the end.

Romano Fenati ended the session in second place, four tenths slower than Fernandez, and just ahead of the championship leader Albert Arenas. The Aspar rider was just over a hundredth of a second faster than this morning's fastest rider, Darryn Binder, while Tatsuki Suzuki ended the session, and the day, as fifth fastest.

Most of the title favorites went straight through to Q2, with the exception of John McPhee. The Petronas Sprinta rider, currently fifth in the championship, ended the session in fifteenth, just missing out on Q2, and will have one more chance on Saturday morning.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'58.144    
2 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'58.582 0.438 0.438
3 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'58.676 0.532 0.094
4 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'58.689 0.545 0.013
5 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'58.763 0.619 0.074
6 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'58.844 0.700 0.081
7 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'58.972 0.828 0.128
8 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'58.983 0.839 0.011
9 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'59.023 0.879 0.040
10 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'59.118 0.974 0.095
11 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'59.131 0.987 0.013
12 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'59.176 1.032 0.045
13 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'59.192 1.048 0.016
14 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'59.257 1.113 0.065
15 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'59.317 1.173 0.060
16 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'59.346 1.202 0.029
17 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'59.367 1.223 0.021
18 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'59.483 1.339 0.116
19 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'59.623 1.479 0.140
20 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'59.627 1.483 0.004
21 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'59.712 1.568 0.085
22 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'59.785 1.641 0.073
23 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'59.805 1.661 0.020
24 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'59.949 1.805 0.144
25 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 2'00.199 2.055 0.250
26 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 2'00.320 2.176 0.121
27 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 2'00.469 2.325 0.149
28 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 2'00.568 2.424 0.099
29 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 2'00.868 2.724 0.300
30 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 2'01.751 3.607 0.883
Round Number: 
11
2020
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2020 Aragon Moto2 FP1 Result: Lowes Tops Cold Session As Rest Of Field Catches Up Late

Sam Lowes got off to a strong start in the first session of practice for the Moto2 class, the Marc VDS rider setting a fast lap early on and holding on until the end. It was only until the latter stages of the session that the other riders started to close the gap, Lowes' advantage standing at nearly a second for most of FP2.

In the last few minutes, Marcel Schrotter closed the gap, slashing Lowes' advantage down to five hundredths of a second, the German finding a new lease of life after the announcement that he will be back with the IntactGP team for 2021 as well. Fabio Di Giannantonio ended the session as third fastest, just six thousandths of a second slower than Schrotter's best time, while championship leader Luca Marini took fourth spot with a quick lap at the very end.

The Moto2 session was delayed as a result of the late start for MotoGP, which had been delayed due to the very cold track temperatures and the cold wind. With a bit more temperature in the tires, there were fewer crashes for the Moto2 riders, Lorenzo Dalla Porta the only rider to go down in the session.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'53.391    
2 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'53.443 0.052 0.052
3 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'53.449 0.058 0.006
4 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'53.580 0.189 0.131
5 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'53.734 0.343 0.154
6 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'53.753 0.362 0.019
7 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'53.792 0.401 0.039
8 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'53.965 0.574 0.173
9 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'53.995 0.604 0.030
10 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'54.107 0.716 0.112
11 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'54.173 0.782 0.066
12 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'54.186 0.795 0.013
13 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'54.233 0.842 0.047
14 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'54.312 0.921 0.079
15 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'54.353 0.962 0.041
16 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'54.359 0.968 0.006
17 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'54.456 1.065 0.097
18 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'54.465 1.074 0.009
19 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'54.478 1.087 0.013
20 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'54.515 1.124 0.037
21 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'54.595 1.204 0.080
22 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'54.746 1.355 0.151
23 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'55.231 1.840 0.485
24 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'55.451 2.060 0.220
25 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'55.951 2.560 0.500
26 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'56.049 2.658 0.098
27 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'56.113 2.722 0.064
28 18 Xavi Cardelus Speed Up 1'56.772 3.381 0.659
29 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 1'56.900 3.509 0.128
30 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'57.756 4.365 0.856
Round Number: 
11
2020
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2020 Aragon MotoGP FP1 Result: Vinales Tops Delayed Session

The premier class had to wait to explore Aragon due to track temperatures being under 10 degrees but during the half hour delay, sun warmed the surface sufficiently - just about - for Michelin to be happy to unleash the beasts. The happiest of said beasts seemed to be the Yamahas, with Maverick Vinales, Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo in charge of the timesheets as the pace was hotting up in the closing stages of FP1. Home favourite Vinales remained the fastest man of the morning as the checkered flag got waved but he wasn’t spared of the curse of turn 14. Vinales got away with a hairy moment but Morbidelli wasn’t that lucky and crashed out on his final run. Quartararo also suffered a pretty painful looking crash on his final flying lap, although his was at turn 8. Regardless, the Petronas teammates kept their top three positions on the timesheets.

Another man who visited the gravel trap, in his case at turn 2, was Le Mans podium man Alex Marquez, who then rejoined to climb into fourth, ahead of Honda colleague Takaaki Nakagami. Joan Mir in sixth place was half a second off top spot and narrowly ahead of early session leader Pol Espargaro. Cal Crutchlow, Alex Rins and Aleix Espargaro completed the top ten as the final riders to post a time within a second of Vinales.

The unhappiest with the cold windy conditions seemed to be Ducati, the factory bikes spending most of the session outside of the top 15. Jack Miller eventually made the jump to 12th, with Danilo Petrucci 15th, Andrea Dovizioso 17th and Pecco Bagnaia last, behind Johann Zarco, who had crashed early on at busy turn 14.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'49.866    
2 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'49.951 0.085 0.085
3 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'50.142 0.276 0.191
4 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'50.176 0.310 0.034
5 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'50.420 0.554 0.244
6 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'50.425 0.559 0.005
7 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'50.464 0.598 0.039
8 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'50.598 0.732 0.134
9 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'50.721 0.855 0.123
10 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'50.801 0.935 0.080
11 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'50.973 1.107 0.172
12 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'51.219 1.353 0.246
13 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'51.241 1.375 0.022
14 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'51.285 1.419 0.044
15 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'51.340 1.474 0.055
16 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'51.357 1.491 0.017
17 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'51.408 1.542 0.051
18 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'51.442 1.576 0.034
19 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'51.581 1.715 0.139
20 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'51.807 1.941 0.226
21 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'51.934 2.068 0.127
Round Number: 
11
2020
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2020 Aragon Moto3 FP1 Result: Binder Breezes Past

The lightweight class received no warm welcome from Aragon on their return to action and riders took to the track on a cold surface while teams wrapped up warm in the pits. However, gravel traps did not get too see much activity and times got significantly quicker by the end of the 40 minutes. Darryn Binder made the best use of his final flying lap to post the only 1:59 time of the morning, the South African over three tenths of a second quicker than Celestino Vietti. The Italian was the only rider to post a time within half a second of the leader, with John McPhee third, little over the half second mark.

The gaps behind the Petronas rider were significantly smaller, Raul Fernandez in fourth only half a tenth slower than McPhee and with Niccolo Antonelli and Alonso Lopez another tenth or so back. Ai Ogura had a better start to his weekend this time around, seventh and seven tenths down on Binder, while seven hundredths faster than compatriot Tatsuki Suzuki. Romano Fenati and Yuki Kunii rounded out the top ten, while Barry Baltus and Deniz Oncu were the final riders within a second of top spot.

Championship leader Albert Arenas chose to take little risk in the cool morning conditions and finished down in 13th position, a second slower than the leader and ahead of Andrea Migno and Ayumu Sasaki. Gabriel Rodrigo was in a similar position, dropping to 19th on the timesheets, while early session leader Jaume Masia ended up 20th.

Meanwhile, Tony Arbolino sat out the first practice session awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'59.813    
2 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 2'00.144 0.331 0.331
3 17 John McPhee Honda 2'00.316 0.503 0.172
4 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 2'00.367 0.554 0.051
5 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 2'00.509 0.696 0.142
6 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 2'00.571 0.758 0.062
7 79 Ai Ogura Honda 2'00.578 0.765 0.007
8 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 2'00.648 0.835 0.070
9 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 2'00.656 0.843 0.008
10 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 2'00.678 0.865 0.022
11 70 Barry Baltus KTM 2'00.752 0.939 0.074
12 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 2'00.808 0.995 0.056
13 75 Albert Arenas KTM 2'00.825 1.012 0.017
14 16 Andrea Migno KTM 2'00.980 1.167 0.155
15 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 2'01.077 1.264 0.097
16 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 2'01.099 1.286 0.022
17 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 2'01.153 1.340 0.054
18 27 Kaito Toba KTM 2'01.254 1.441 0.101
19 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 2'01.414 1.601 0.160
20 5 Jaume Masia Honda 2'01.689 1.876 0.275
21 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 2'01.779 1.966 0.090
22 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 2'02.108 2.295 0.329
23 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 2'02.149 2.336 0.041
24 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 2'02.434 2.621 0.285
25 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 2'02.544 2.731 0.110
26 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 2'02.604 2.791 0.060
27 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 2'02.851 3.038 0.247
28 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 2'03.023 3.210 0.172
29 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 2'06.051 6.238 3.028
  12 Filip Salac Honda      
  14 Tony Arbolino Honda      
Round Number: 
11
2020
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2020 Le Mans MotoE Race 2 Result: A Champion Crowned

After rain caused trouble all day, MotoE got a dry track for their title decider and the seven laps were not short of adrenaline. Jordi Torres entered the race with a solid advantage in the world standings and starting from pole position, but it was Niki Tuuli who got the holeshot from fellow front row starter Mike Di Meglio. Torres made a cautious start and got tagged at turn three, the Spaniard lucky not to get caught up in the crashes around him. Those lap one shenanigans allowed Tuuli, Di Meglio and Josh Hook to escape at the front, while Dominique Aegerter, having started 14th, was leading the pursuit. Defending champion Matteo Ferrari also made a good start from 15th on the grid, quickly joining the top ten, while also dealing with an early track limits warning.

Di Meglio found a way past Tuuli on lap two and kept him and Hook at bay for the next few laps, but Tuuli made his move into turn 1 with two laps remaining to resume the lead. Di Meglio was determined to get a home win but Tuuli defended superbly until the checkered flag, the Finish rider crossing the line one tenth ahead of the Frenchman. Hook did not get a say in the victory battle but settled for a first podium in MotoE in third, while Aegerter pushed hard but could not join the podium battle and finished fourth. Torres got attacked by Ferrari as the race entered its final lap and the Spaniard calmly conceded fifth place but crossed the finish line as a rookie world cup winner.

With Torres taking the crown, Ferrari leaves the MotoE paddock as runner-up, although equal on points with class rookie Aegerter.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 66 Niki Tuuli Energica 12'09.631
2 63 Mike Di Meglio Energica +0.166
3 16 Josh Hook Energica +1.294
4 77 Dominique Aegerter Energica +2.353
5 11 Matteo Ferrari Energica +6.017
6 40 Jordi Torres Energica +6.490
7 7 Niccolo Canepa Energica +10.066
8 10 Xavier Simeon Energica +10.472
9 6 Maria Herrera Energica +10.663
10 18 Xavi Cardelus Energica +11.101
11 35 Lukas Tulovic Energica +11.298
12 61 Alessandro Zaccone Energica +12.327
13 27 Mattia Casadei Energica +20.842
14 15 Alex De Angelis Energica +20.954
15 84 Jakub Kornfeil Energica +24.376
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  70 Tommaso Marcon Energica 0 Lap
  51 Eric Granado Energica 0 Lap
  55 Alejandro Medina Energica 0 Lap
Round Number: 
6
2020
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2020 Le Mans Moto2 Race Result: A Bittersweet Battle

If the rain didn’t cause enough headaches for their premier class colleagues, the intermediate class had a nightmare decision to make, the race being declared wet, with dark clouds gathering above, but with a drying line persuading riders to swap to slicks. As if that drama wasn’t enough, poleman Joe Roberts got into trouble swapping tyres on the grid and was forced to start from the back of the grid – or would have started there, had the lights not gone off before the American made it into position. With one favourite out of contention before the race even started, it was a bittersweet race for Britain, Sam Lowes taking a long awaited victory after a heartbroken Jake Dixon abandoned the fight from the lead. Remy Gardner snatched second at the last possible moment from Marco Bezzecchi, after the Italian kept ahead for most of proceedings.

After Roberts’ mishap, Lowes was de facto pole but the Marc VDS rider could not take advantage off the line and Gardner made it to turn 1 first, ahead of Xavi Vierge, Jorge Martin and Lowes. Luca Marini made a steady start from the second row to only lose one position, while rival Enea Bastianini lost some more ground at the start, dropping down to 14th.

Gardner did not get much of a breather at the front, with attacks coming from Vierge and Lowes early on, the British rider starting the third lap in the lead. However, the lead group seemed to have already reduced to five names, Gardner, Dixon and Bezzecchi also in the mix, while Martin missed the boat by going wide, dropping over a second back and crashing out at turn 10 as he was pushing to catch up. That left Augusto Fernandez as the main pursuer, but over three seconds down and the same gap keeping him ahead of Fabio Di Giannantonio. Quite a distance down the road, Marini and Bastianini were engaged in direct battle by lap five, the Italtrans rider progressing while the championship leader was going backwards.

Lowes did not have an easy time in the lead, getting Petronas branded headaches from Dixon and Vierge, but the latter simplified things as he highsided on the exit of turn 10. With Vierge out of contention, Lowes and Dixon were running away at the front, while Bezzecchi and Gardner struggled to keep up and dropped over three seconds back by lap seven. Things then got a bit hairy at the front for Lowes, his front locking going into turn 8 and allowing Dixon to grab the lead on lap seven, also handing him a three seconds advantage. With the battle for third comfortably behind him, Lowes pushed to reduce the gap to the leader but it looked like a tough ask. Meanwhile, Bezzecchi was fending off Gardner and Fernandez for the final podium spot, with Tom Luthi over 13 seconds back. Despite the confusing situation at the start, Roberts was knocking on the doors of the top ten for the final half of the race.

Lowes finally broke the one second barrier to Dixon with 13 long laps remaining, but Dixon responded beautifully with red hot laps that kept Lowes one second away until the closing stages. With Bezzecchi still holding off Gardner and Fernandez in the battle for third, the main action was coming from Roberts, who was sailing through the pack and climbed as high as seventh with five laps remaining.

Dixon looked in control for so long but disaster struck with four laps remaining, the Petronas rider sliding out at turn 14, handing compatriot Lowes the lead. Lowes brought it home safely to secure a long awaited victory, while Gardner sniffed around Bezzecchi on the final lap and it paid off at turn 13, the Australian taking second place away from the Italian. Fernandez and Luthi completed the top five, with Roberts a brilliant sixth given the circumstances, ahead of the Italian duo of Di Giannantonio and Lorenzo Baldassarri. Bastianini crossed the line ninth but got a three seconds penalty for taking the shortcut at turn 3, which dropped him to 11th, behind Somkiat Chantra and Marcel Schrotter.

Marini was out of point scoring positions by halfway stage and had a lonely ride to 17th place, but the Italian keeps the championship lead by 15 points from Bastianini, with teammate Bezzecchi 20 points behind. Lowes’s victory reduces his deficit significantly, 22 points down on Marini.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 41'27.648
2 87 Remy Gardner Kalex +3.822
3 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex +4.184
4 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex +5.884
5 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex +21.668
6 16 Joe Roberts Kalex +29.197
7 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up +32.249
8 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex +34.376
9 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex +35.392
10 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex +35.521
11 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex +37.720
12 40 Hector Garzo Kalex +37.910
13 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex +38.423
14 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta +43.464
15 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up +44.036
16 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta +44.217
17 10 Luca Marini Kalex +59.550
18 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex +1'09.735
19 57 Edgar Pons Kalex +1'09.751
20 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS +1'12.930
21 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex +1'14.158
22 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 1 Lap
  99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 0 Lap
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  96 Jake Dixon Kalex 5 Laps
  9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 7 Laps
  11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 10 Laps
  27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 20 Laps
  97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 21 Laps
  88 Jorge Martin Kalex 23 Laps
Round Number: 
10
2020
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2020 Le Mans MotoGP Race Result: Raining On A Thrilling Parade

In a crisp afternoon in France, riders were ready for the gloves to come off, literally, together with woolly hats and jackets but Le Mans does like a surprise and just as premier class riders lined up on the grid, big dark clouds suddenly lined up above it. Rain started promptly, delaying the start and making it a wet race – a disappointing one for the home crowd but a fantastic display for all three men on the podium. Danilo Petrucci took to the conditions like a duck to water and looked in total control as he became the seventh different winner of 2020 in the premier class, after a miserable start to his season. However, comeback of the day went to Alex Marquez, the Honda rider making the Marquez name proud by going from 18th on the grid to second on the podium, where he was also joined by compatriot Pol Espargaro, who snatched the last trophy available for KTM.

26 six laps earlier, it was a totally different story, with Cal Crutchlow making an excellent start from the second row of the grid but seeing Jack Miller enter turn one ahead of the LCR man and poleman Fabio Quartararo. Infamous turn three claimed its first victim on lap one, Valentino Rossi being the chosen one and the Italian’s crash forced Joan Mir and Maverick Vinales off track and towards the back of the pack, after the two had a pretty slow start to begin with.

The Ducatis thrived in the first lap drama, with Petrucci starting lap 2 in the lead from Miller and Andrea Dovizioso, while Pol Espargaro was attacking Quartararo just behind. The big winner of lap one was Alex Rins, the Spaniard going from 16th to 7th and eager to join the podium contenders. By lap four, the Ducati trio of Petrucci, Dovizioso and Miller had stretched a two second’s gap over the pursuers, with Rins picking up the chase after his lightning start, demoting Pol Espargaro and Cal Crutchlow. Bradley Smith, Marquez and Miguel Oliveira were soon bothering Quartararo, the Frenchman pushed out of the top ten two laps later by Takaaki Nakagami. Still, his day didn’t seem to go as terribly as the one Vinales, Morbidelli and Mir were having, the trio keeping Tito Rabat company at the back of the field.

Petrucci continued to show the way to his teammates for the next few laps, with Rins pushing to reduce the nearly three seconds gap while comfortably breaking away from the next group where Pol Espargaro was fending off Crutchlow. However, the battle for fifth was far from decided, with Marquez, Oliveira and Smith not too far back and keeping us entertained by trading places, until Smith left the battle at end of lap nine.

Although the rain continued and gaps throughout the field were starting to increase, Rins was going the opposite way and brought the gap down to under a second by lap 12, tagging along to the victory battle soon after. Two seconds back, Pol Espargaro was the fastest man at that point in the race and was hoping to also join the party, leaving Crutchlow, Marquez and Oliveira a touch behind. The Repsol Honda rider made his move on Crutchlow soon after and built a one second gap by being the fastest man on track. Meanwhile, Quartararo was trying to get past compatriot Johann Zarco to join the top ten, while Mir was still out of point positions.

As soon as he got on Miller’s tail, Rins was eager to attack but Miller fought back and managed to keep third for a little while longer. There were no sparks coming from the podium battle just yet but one second behind it, Pol Espargaro and Alex Marquez looked keen to get themselves into the mix, as the fastest men on track with 11 laps to go. Another second back, Crutchlow and Oliveira also picked up the pace but then Crutchlow abandoned ship with nine laps left.

Dovizioso finally showed a wheel to Petrucci with 9 laps remaining but Rins saw an opportunity at turn 9 and going three-wide into the corner saw Petrucci exit the turn first, ahead of Miller and Rins, with Dovizioso the big loser dropping to fourth. The thrilling shenanigans allowed Espargaro and Marquez to join the podium battle, which quickly reduced in numbers as Miller’s machine gave up the ghost with 8 laps remaining and Rins crashed at turn 3 one lap later. The insane couple of laps left Petrucci with an almost three seconds advantage and Dovizioso was trying to recover that while getting harassed than Marquez and Espargaro, with Oliveira not too far back either.

The final five laps looked like the calm before the storm, Dovizioso dragging a four man group towards Petrucci. Marquez attacked Dovizioso at turn 6 with 3 laps remaining to lead the pursuit and try to bring down a 1.7 seconds deficit but everyone seemed to get a bit twitchy, helping Petrucci’s cause. Dovizioso seemed to be affected the most by tyre degradation, getting overtaken by Espargaro at turn three next time around and spending the last couple of laps fending off Oliveira.

Petrucci started the final lap one second ahead of Marquez, the Spaniard focused on keeping compatriot Espargaro at bay and the trio safely crossed the finish line to secure podium positions. Dovizioso had to settle for fourth, while Zarco, who was the fastest man in the closing stages of the race, overtook Oliveira at the final turn to claim fifth position. Nakagami and Stefan Bradl added two more Hondas to the damp mix in seventh and eighth spot, with Quartararo, Vinales and Mir engaging in battle on the final lap, the Frenchman finishing ahead of his title rivals in ninth position.

Despite the disappointing result, Quartararo extended his championship lead over Mir to 10 points, Dovizioso coming within 18 points and with Vinales another point back.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 45'54.736
2 73 Alex Marquez Honda +1.273
3 44 Pol Espargaro KTM +1.711
4 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati +3.911
5 5 Johann Zarco Ducati +4.310
6 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM +4.466
7 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda +5.921
8 6 Stefan Bradl Honda +15.597
9 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha +16.687
10 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha +16.895
11 36 Joan Mir Suzuki +16.980
12 33 Brad Binder KTM +27.321
13 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati +33.351
14 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia +39.176
15 27 Iker Lecuona KTM +51.087
  42 Alex Rins Suzuki +1'14.190
Not Classified
  43 Jack Miller Ducati 7 Laps
  21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 8 Laps
  35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 9 Laps
  53 Tito Rabat Ducati 12 Laps
  38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 18 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
  46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 0 Lap
Round Number: 
10
2020
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