MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2020 Le Mans Moto2 Qualifying Result: The Hat Trick

The intermediate class seemed to get the best conditions of the weekend, with track temperature generously going over the 20 degrees mark, although clouds intermittently came out to play. The confidence boost given by the weather didn’t seem to help the Moto2 grid, with quite a few crashes across the two qualifying sessions. Jorge Martin was a familiar face at the helm of Q2 early on, but the Spaniard sealed his fate with a crash at turn three and the yellow flags barely got a chance to come out by the time Jorge Navarro followed his example, keeping the marshals on their toes. The mishap allowed Sam Lowes to grab top spot but the attacks kept coming and in the end it was Joe Roberts who secured an excellent third pole position of the season by eight hundredths of a second.

Despite missing out on pole, another solid performance from Lowes sees him start from the middle of the front row, ahead of Remy Gardner. Martin’s early benchmark ensured him fourth on the grid even though he missed the final third of the session and the KTM man will be joined by SKY Racing duo Marco Bezzecchi and Luca Marini. The championship leader put his turn 5 nightmare behind him and climbed as high as second before getting pushed back to sixth late on.

Xavi Vierge opens row three ahead of Jake Dixon and Enea Bastianini, the Italian clearly the fastest man in Q1 but only ninth fastest the second time out. Also escaping Q1 were Tom Luthi, Aron Canet and Fabio Di Giannantonio, with admirable performances given their circumstances. Di Giannantonio might have needed crutches to get to his machine but still qualified 11th, sharing fourth row with Canet, who is recovering from arm pump surgery, while Luthi crashed at turn 7 late in Q1 but was lucky to be able to bring his bike back in time for Q2 and qualify 14th.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'36.256    
2 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'36.343 0.087 0.087
3 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'36.449 0.193 0.106
4 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'36.522 0.266 0.073
5 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'36.577 0.321 0.055
6 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'36.668 0.412 0.091
7 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'36.737 0.481 0.069
8 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'36.826 0.570 0.089
9 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'36.840 0.584 0.014
10 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'36.877 0.621 0.037
11 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'36.879 0.623 0.002
12 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'36.881 0.625 0.002
13 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'36.930 0.674 0.049
14 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'36.947 0.691 0.017
15 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'37.014 0.758 0.067
16 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'37.277 1.021 0.263
17 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'37.335 1.079 0.058
18 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'37.556 1.300 0.221
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'36.731    
Q2 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'36.915 0.184 0.184
Q2 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'37.121 0.390 0.206
Q2 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'37.325 0.594 0.204
19 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'37.411 0.680 0.086
20 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'37.415 0.684 0.004
21 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'37.432 0.701 0.017
22 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'37.512 0.781 0.080
23 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'37.579 0.848 0.067
24 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'37.779 1.048 0.200
25 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'37.830 1.099 0.051
26 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'37.907 1.176 0.077
27 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'37.984 1.253 0.077
28 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'38.533 1.802 0.549
29 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'38.863 2.132 0.330
30 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 1'39.947 3.216 1.084
Round Number: 
10
2020
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2020 Le Mans MotoGP Qualifying Result: A Happy Playground

An autumnal Le Mans set a cold but sunny scene for the premier class qualifying session and after Q1 warmed us up nicely, it was Fabio Quartararo’s turn to defend top spot on home turf. The Frenchman put his name at the top of the timing screens early on but rivals caught up and it all came down to the final flying lap, when Quartararo blasted through the final sector to secure a fine pole position on his home playground. That demoted Jack Miller to second, the Pramac rider breaking the Yamaha domination by being the first of two Ducatis on the front row of the grid. An invigorated Danilo Petrucci escaped Q1 and climbed onto front row for the first time this season, with high hopes for Sunday on a favourable track for the Italian.

Cal Crutchlow did a fine job to climb onto the second row, four tenths off pole and narrowly ahead of Maverick Vinales and Andrea Dovizioso. The Italian had brief aspirations at pole but couldn’t get it together in time and dropped to the bottom of row two – a solid qualifying performance when compared to others of late.

Pecco Bagnaia conquered Q1 and was Quartararo’s main rival early in Q2, but the Ducati man dropped to seventh in the closing stages, ahead of Pol Espargaro – the KTM man half a second off pole. Johann Zarco closes the third row of the grid, while Valentino Rossi and Franco Morbidelli will share row four with Miguel Oliveira, the Tech 3 rider a bit cautious after his adventures in FP4.

The main story of Q1 was the disappointment in the Suzuki camp, where Joan Mir had his worst qualifying of the season in 14th position, with teammate Alex Rins down in 16th and with another comeback to plan in order to keep championship hopes alive.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'31.315    
2 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'31.537 0.222 0.222
3 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'31.674 0.359 0.137
4 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'31.686 0.371 0.012
5 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'31.719 0.404 0.033
6 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'31.722 0.407 0.003
7 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'31.752 0.437 0.030
8 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'31.795 0.480 0.043
9 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'31.832 0.517 0.037
10 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'31.889 0.574 0.057
11 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'31.891 0.576 0.002
12 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'32.009 0.694 0.118
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'31.952    
Q2 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'32.054 0.102 0.102
13 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'32.179 0.227 0.125
14 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'32.187 0.235 0.008
15 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'32.539 0.587 0.352
16 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'32.757 0.805 0.218
17 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'32.766 0.814 0.009
18 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'32.774 0.822 0.008
19 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'32.833 0.881 0.059
20 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'32.859 0.907 0.026
21 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'32.861 0.909 0.002
22 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'33.610 1.658 0.749
Round Number: 
10
2020
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2020 Le Mans MotoGP FP4 Result: Quartararo Rapid In Red Flagged Session

The sun shining over Le Mans came with a cold track and breezy conditions, making it a tricky proposition for the premier class on their final practice outing. The package deal also included several crashes and a red flag coming out 12 minutes into the session, when Miguel Oliveira’s KTM started smoking and leaking out of turn 7. After an impressively rapid clean-up operation, Fabio Quartararo resumed his even more impressive pace on worn rubber, although teammate Franco Morbidelli came within five thousandths of a second of demoting the Frenchman from top spot.

Maverick Vinales was not making much noise early on but a few setup changes gave him a boost into third place, with teammate Valentino Rossi making a late jump on the timesheets to score a top four Yamaha lockout. That demoted Pol Espargaro to fifth, although the KTM man seems to have the pace to keep up with the blue bikes ahead of him. Danilo Petrucci was the top Ducati man in sixth position, ahead of the lead Honda of Takaaki Nakagami, both men showing decent rhythm.  

Jack Miller in eighth spot was the final rider to post a time within half a second of Quartararo, while Oliveira kept ninth despite crashing his second machine right after the red flag cleared. Cal Crutchlow rounded out the top ten ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, the duo half a second off top spot. The bad day continued for Suzuki, with Joan Mir only 14th on the timesheets and Alex Rins 18th after a late crash at turn nine – his second of the day.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'32.528    
2 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'32.533 0.005 0.005
3 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'32.563 0.035 0.030
4 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'32.666 0.138 0.103
5 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'32.719 0.191 0.053
6 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'32.799 0.271 0.080
7 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'32.878 0.350 0.079
8 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'32.972 0.444 0.094
9 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'33.032 0.504 0.060
10 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'33.057 0.529 0.025
11 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'33.068 0.540 0.011
12 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'33.081 0.553 0.013
13 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'33.171 0.643 0.090
14 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'33.207 0.679 0.036
15 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'33.267 0.739 0.060
16 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'33.302 0.774 0.035
17 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'33.345 0.817 0.043
18 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'33.361 0.833 0.016
19 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'33.523 0.995 0.162
20 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'33.652 1.124 0.129
21 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'33.877 1.349 0.225
22 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'34.014 1.486 0.137
Round Number: 
10
2020
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2020 Le Mans Moto3 Qualifying Result: Last Minute Glory

The sun told lies as the lightweight class started their qualifying session because the temperatures were nothing to write home about, unless in the form of a complaint. A cool Le Mans was the cause of a handful of crashes over the two qualifying sessions and many cancelled laptimes for riders too eager to post a fast time. Although only seven riders entered the final shootout with a time on the board, the all time lap record eventually tumbled at the hands of many and Jaume Masia proved to be the fastest of the lot. The Spaniard’s final flying lap secured him a first pole position of the season, only two hundredths of a second ahead of Albert Arenas and with John McPhee joining them on the front row of the grid.

Raul Fernandez looked set to open row two but a late laptime cancellation dropped him to ninth, promoting Sergio Garcia to fourth. Gabriel Rodrigo had an eventful afternoon, narrowly escaping Q1 despite a late crash out of infamous turn 3 and his machine escaped too much damage, allowing him to rejoin in Q2 and climb all the way to fifth. Tony Arbolino completes the second row lineup, half a second off pole.

Ayumu Sasaki, Romano Fenati and Fernandez make up row three, with Celestino Vietti rounding out the top ten. Championship leader Ai Ogura entered the final time attack with no time posted due to a yellow flag infringement early in Q2 and did not make it past turn 7 – the costly crash leaving him last in the session and set to start 18th.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'41.399    
2 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'41.419 0.020 0.020
3 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'41.846 0.447 0.427
4 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'41.920 0.521 0.074
5 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'41.947 0.548 0.027
6 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'41.962 0.563 0.015
7 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'41.982 0.583 0.020
8 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'42.232 0.833 0.250
9 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'42.349 0.950 0.117
10 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'42.363 0.964 0.014
11 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'42.383 0.984 0.020
12 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'42.539 1.140 0.156
13 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'42.544 1.145 0.005
14 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'42.597 1.198 0.053
15 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'43.112 1.713 0.515
16 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda      
17 27 Kaito Toba KTM      
18 79 Ai Ogura Honda      
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'42.317    
Q2 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'42.353 0.036 0.036
Q2 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'42.444 0.127 0.091
Q2 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'42.470 0.153 0.026
19 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'42.627 0.310 0.157
20 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'42.636 0.319 0.009
21 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'42.796 0.479 0.160
22 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'43.023 0.706 0.227
23 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'43.117 0.800 0.094
24 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'43.118 0.801 0.001
25 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'43.226 0.909 0.108
26 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'43.338 1.021 0.112
27 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'43.623 1.306 0.285
28 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'43.640 1.323 0.017
29 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'43.660 1.343 0.020
30 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'43.886 1.569 0.226
31 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'44.161 1.844 0.275
Round Number: 
10
2020
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2020 Le Mans MotoE E-Pole Result: Early Bird Gets The Worm

MotoE machines were the first to electrify Le Mans qualifying and after posting an early bid for pole, Jordi Torres had a long anxious wait ahead of him. However, the Spaniard did not need to worry as no rival was able to improve on his new all time lap record around Le Mans, although his advantage was eventually reduced from six to three tenths by championship leader Matteo Ferrari. The fastest man in a damp practice, Mike Di Meglio, managed to turn his speed into a front row start from third on the grid.

John Hook opens row two ahead of Dominique Aegerter and Niccolo Canepa, while championship contender Mattia Casadei has a tough mission later today, as he will be starting from the back of the grid due to a crash at turn 12 on his qualifying lap. Alex de Angelis also went down almost in tandem, at turn 8 on his outlap and will join the Italian at the back of the pack.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 40 Jordi Torres Energica 1'43.843    
2 11 Matteo Ferrari Energica 1'44.172 0.329 0.329
3 63 Mike Di Meglio Energica 1'44.480 0.637 0.308
4 16 Josh Hook Energica 1'44.487 0.644 0.007
5 77 Dominique Aegerter Energica 1'44.503 0.660 0.016
6 7 Niccolo Canepa Energica 1'44.575 0.732 0.072
7 55 Alejandro Medina Energica 1'44.656 0.813 0.081
8 10 Xavier Simeon Energica 1'44.721 0.878 0.065
9 51 Eric Granado Energica 1'44.888 1.045 0.167
10 66 Niki Tuuli Energica 1'45.053 1.210 0.165
11 70 Tommaso Marcon Energica 1'45.236 1.393 0.183
12 6 Maria Herrera Energica 1'45.558 1.715 0.322
13 18 Xavi Cardelus Energica 1'46.051 2.208 0.493
14 61 Alessandro Zaccone Energica 1'46.457 2.614 0.406
15 35 Lukas Tulovic Energica 1'46.497 2.654 0.040
16 84 Jakub Kornfeil Energica 1'47.356 3.513 0.859
  15 Alex De Angelis Energica      
  27 Mattia Casadei Energica      
Round Number: 
5
2020
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2020 Le Mans Moto2 FP3 Result: Roberts Leads Before Joining Lengthy Crash List

The intermediate class enjoyed their first fully dry session of the weekend on Saturday morning but that did not seem to halt the gravel trap party at all. Joe Roberts spent most time at the top of the timing screens, with brief interruptions from the likes of Jorge Navarro and Marco Bezzecchi, but the American retook the lead on his penultimate flying lap, going on to crash at turn 8 on his final flying lap. One tenth down on the timesheets, Bezzecchi also closed the session with a tumble at turn 13, while Augusto Fernandez joined the top three without any incident.

Sam Lowes and Remy Gardner joined the top five only four tenths off the lead, with Navarro dropping to sixth, followed by Jake Dixon and Stefano Manzi. Luca Marini was back in action after a trip to the doctor’s office, where it was confirmed that the championship leader avoided any fracture in his dramatic flight on Friday. The Italian took it easy to begin with but then climbed into a solid ninth on the timesheets, with Marcos Ramirez rounding out the top ten.

The final places directly into Q2 went to Hector Garzo, Simone Corsi, Jorge Martin and Xavi Vierge, although only the Italian managed to avoid the gravel trap in FP3. Garzo ended the session on the service road at turn three, while Martin had a fast crash at turn 8 early in the session and could not rejoin as he visited the medical centre to be declared fit. Vierge opened and closed his session in the gravel trap but managed to hold onto the final Q2 spot.

Amongst the men not progressing to Q2 at the first try are Aron Canet, whose track time was limited by an early tumble, a pretty anonymous Tom Luthi and late-crashing teammate Marcel Schrotter, as well as championship contender Enea Bastianini. The Italian spent most of the session outside the top 20, for no obvious reason, before adding on a crash in the final shooutout and dropping to 27th on the timesheets.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'36.490    
2 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'36.600 0.110 0.110
3 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'36.828 0.338 0.228
4 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'36.856 0.366 0.028
5 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'36.889 0.399 0.033
6 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'36.970 0.480 0.081
7 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'37.116 0.626 0.146
8 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'37.274 0.784 0.158
9 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'37.296 0.806 0.022
10 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'37.311 0.821 0.015
11 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'37.312 0.822 0.001
12 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'37.419 0.929 0.107
13 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'37.429 0.939 0.010
14 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'37.442 0.952 0.013
15 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'37.496 1.006 0.054
16 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'37.524 1.034 0.028
17 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'37.713 1.223 0.189
18 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'37.794 1.304 0.081
19 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'37.795 1.305 0.001
20 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'37.807 1.317 0.012
21 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'37.837 1.347 0.030
22 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'37.958 1.468 0.121
23 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'38.032 1.542 0.074
24 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'38.280 1.790 0.248
25 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'38.283 1.793 0.003
26 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'38.315 1.825 0.032
27 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'38.339 1.849 0.024
28 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'38.753 2.263 0.414
29 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'39.342 2.852 0.589
30 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 1'40.914 4.424 1.572
Round Number: 
10
2020
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2020 Le Mans MotoGP FP3 Result: Quartararo Awakens

The premier class finally got a dry session in Le Mans, albeit still cool under the deceptively bright sun. After taking it very easy in the tricky conditions on Friday, Fabio Quartararo was quick to put his name back at the top of the timesheets and went on to set a fine pace. The home favourite entered the shootout in prime position and ended it there too, a tenth of a second faster than a resurgent Miguel Oliveira. Franco Morbidelli was one of his teammate’s main challengers throughout the session but had to make do with third, while showing decent pace on used rubber.

Jack Miller kick-started the yellow flag parade for the final handful of minutes with a harsh off-throttle highside at turn 8 but his best time was good enough for fourth. The yellow flags limited late progress on track but Cal Crutchlow snuck through to climb into fifth. Johann Zarco in sixth position was only three tenths off top spot, ahead of Valentino Rossi, who joined the gravel trap at turn four in the final couple of minutes. Maverick Vinales saw his fastest time cancelled for being set under a yellow flag and got demoted from fifth to eighth, ahead of Pol Espargaro and with Andrea Dovizioso saved by the bell/yellow flags in holding onto a top ten position.

Brad Binder missed out on Q2 places by five hundredths of a second, with Joan Mir also missing out after a late tumble at turn 3 took him out of the final time attack. Teammate Alex Rins also had on outing at busy turn 3 much earlier in the session but the outcome was the same and both Suzukis will have to go through Q1, in the company of Pecco Bagnaia, Danilo Petrucci or Takaaki Nakagami.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'32.319    
2 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'32.449 0.130 0.130
3 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'32.476 0.157 0.027
4 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'32.503 0.184 0.027
5 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'32.558 0.239 0.055
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'32.631 0.312 0.073
7 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'32.640 0.321 0.009
8 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'32.648 0.329 0.008
9 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'32.660 0.341 0.012
10 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'32.686 0.367 0.026
11 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'32.739 0.420 0.053
12 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'32.792 0.473 0.053
13 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'33.204 0.885 0.412
14 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'33.290 0.971 0.086
15 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'33.293 0.974 0.003
16 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'33.297 0.978 0.004
17 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'33.376 1.057 0.079
18 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'33.470 1.151 0.094
19 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'33.482 1.163 0.012
20 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'33.499 1.180 0.017
21 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'33.686 1.367 0.187
22 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'33.757 1.438 0.071
Round Number: 
10
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2020 Le Mans Moto3 FP3 Result: A Usual Saturday Morning For Fernandez

After a wet cold Friday, Le Mans greeted the lightweight class with a dry track on Friday, although the temperature was still not particularly impressive. Regardless, the improved conditions saw improved laptimes across the board from the very beginning of FP3. Gabriel Rodrigo was the early leader, keen to make an impression on the timesheets before sitting out the final 15 minutes of the session through a penalty earned in Barcelona. With the Argentine rider stuck in his garage as the final shootout got underway, Raul Fernandez reclaimed his position of master of practice sessions to top FP3 by half a tenth from Celestino Vietti. Romano Fenati in third was another two tenths down, while Andrea Migno and Tony Arbolino completed the top five.

Albert Arenas kept close in sixth, ahead of Ayumu Sasaki as the final man within half a second of the leader. John McPhee spent most of the session outside of the top ten but made a late jump into eighth, joined by Jaume Masia and Sergio Garcia in the top ten. The final tickets directly into Q2 went to Carlos Tatay, Stefano Nepa, Darryn Binder and Ai Ogura, the championship leader just about holding onto a precious top 14 position.

Rodrigo held onto a place in Q2 until the final set of flying laps, when he got pushed all the way down to 20th position. Kaito Toba also spend much of the session inside the top positions but a late crash at turn 2 cost him dearly and dropped him to 21st. FP1 leader Filip Salac also had a 15 min penalty to serve and poor timing meant that his fastest lap got cancelled for being posted within those 15 minutes, dropping him to 27th position.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'42.153    
2 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'42.198 0.045 0.045
3 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'42.431 0.278 0.233
4 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'42.545 0.392 0.114
5 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'42.553 0.400 0.008
6 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'42.572 0.419 0.019
7 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'42.593 0.440 0.021
8 17 John McPhee Honda 1'42.662 0.509 0.069
9 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'42.669 0.516 0.007
10 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'42.741 0.588 0.072
11 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'42.793 0.640 0.052
12 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'42.859 0.706 0.066
13 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'42.895 0.742 0.036
14 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'43.010 0.857 0.115
15 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'43.030 0.877 0.020
16 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'43.040 0.887 0.010
17 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'43.067 0.914 0.027
18 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'43.086 0.933 0.019
19 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'43.096 0.943 0.010
20 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'43.098 0.945 0.002
21 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'43.165 1.012 0.067
22 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'43.221 1.068 0.056
23 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'43.381 1.228 0.160
24 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'43.652 1.499 0.271
25 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'43.680 1.527 0.028
26 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'43.967 1.814 0.287
27 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'44.081 1.928 0.114
28 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'44.157 2.004 0.076
29 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'44.459 2.306 0.302
30 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'44.658 2.505 0.199
31 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'45.547 3.394 0.889
Round Number: 
10
2020
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2020 Le Mans MotoE FP2 Result: Di Meglio Takes Over

The Moto3 class got some dry running to close the action on Friday and Mike Di Meglio enjoyed some time in the limelight as he finished the day fastest, although only half a tenth ahead of early session leader Alex de Angelis. Mattia Casadei was another two tenths back, while Xavier Simeon and Matteo Ferrari completed the top five. Niccolo Canepa, Josh Hook, Jordi Torres and Niki Tuuli also finished within a second of the leader, with Dominique Aegerter rounding out the top ten.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 63 Mike Di Meglio Energica 1'44.141    
2 15 Alex De Angelis Energica 1'44.182 0.041 0.041
3 27 Mattia Casadei Energica 1'44.436 0.295 0.254
4 10 Xavier Simeon Energica 1'44.471 0.330 0.035
5 11 Matteo Ferrari Energica 1'44.520 0.379 0.049
6 7 Niccolo Canepa Energica 1'44.531 0.390 0.011
7 16 Josh Hook Energica 1'44.630 0.489 0.099
8 40 Jordi Torres Energica 1'44.785 0.644 0.155
9 66 Niki Tuuli Energica 1'44.870 0.729 0.085
10 77 Dominique Aegerter Energica 1'45.251 1.110 0.381
11 51 Eric Granado Energica 1'45.438 1.297 0.187
12 70 Tommaso Marcon Energica 1'45.912 1.771 0.474
13 84 Jakub Kornfeil Energica 1'46.140 1.999 0.228
14 6 Maria Herrera Energica 1'46.375 2.234 0.235
15 61 Alessandro Zaccone Energica 1'46.406 2.265 0.031
16 55 Alejandro Medina Energica 1'46.433 2.292 0.027
17 18 Xavi Cardelus Energica 1'46.503 2.362 0.070
18 35 Lukas Tulovic Energica 1'46.891 2.750 0.388
Round Number: 
5
2020
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2020 Le Mans Moto2 FP2 Result: Dixon Leads Martin

Although still on the chilly side, the Le Mans circuit had dried up nicely in time for the Moto2 show and it allowed the times to become more competitive. However, there was a bit of early drama as championship leader Luca Marini suffered a spectacular highside at turn 5, prompting a red flag for track clean-up. The Italian limped away and worryingly missed the remainder of the session as he visited the medical centre and then the local hospital with a suspected ankle injury.

Once the action resumed, times were quick to tumble, with many contenders for top spot, but Jorge Martin proved the most consistently fast of the lot. However, the Spaniard’s top time got cancelled and that promoted Jake Dixon into top spot, with Martin second. Marco Bezzecchi in third was three tenths slower than the leader, with Sam Lowes and Augusto Fernandez rounding out the top five.

Jorge Navarro, Aron Canet and Tom Luthi finished close behind, with Marcel Schrotter ninth despite a late crash at turn 8. Xavi Vierge completed the top ten, seven tenths off the leader. The remaining top 14 positions went to Somkiat Chantra, Joe Roberts, Stefano Manzi and Enea Bastianini, although the Italtrans rider was helped by a cancelled lap time for Marcos Ramirez, who dropped to 18th.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'37.713    
2 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'37.762 0.049 0.049
3 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'38.017 0.304 0.255
4 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'38.155 0.442 0.138
5 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'38.185 0.472 0.030
6 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'38.221 0.508 0.036
7 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'38.259 0.546 0.038
8 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'38.274 0.561 0.015
9 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'38.341 0.628 0.067
10 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'38.459 0.746 0.118
11 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'38.476 0.763 0.017
12 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'38.509 0.796 0.033
13 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'38.712 0.999 0.203
14 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'38.816 1.103 0.104
15 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'38.843 1.130 0.027
16 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'38.957 1.244 0.114
17 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'39.010 1.297 0.053
18 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'39.020 1.307 0.010
19 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'39.022 1.309 0.002
20 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'39.076 1.363 0.054
21 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'39.357 1.644 0.281
22 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'39.532 1.819 0.175
23 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'39.570 1.857 0.038
24 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'39.776 2.063 0.206
25 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'39.854 2.141 0.078
26 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'40.969 3.256 1.115
27 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'41.015 3.302 0.046
  10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'45.109 7.396 4.094
  21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up      
  74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS      
Round Number: 
10
2020
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