MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2020 Austria Moto2 FP3 Result: Lowes Lowers The Benchmark

The clouds that threatened proceedings early in the day gave way to large patches of blue sky by the time the intermediate class joined an almost entirely dry track, offering an unexpected opportunity to change the hierarchy in the combined top 14. The early rush led to an impressive number of cancelled lap times due to exceeding track limits but riders were quick on the pace from Friday. Luca Marini was one of the first improvers and placed himself at the top of the timesheets early on, a place he kept until the final ten minutes, when Sam Lowes improved the fastest time of the weekend. The Marc VDS rider survived a late time attack to lead FP3 by seven hundredths of a second from Remy Gardner, while Marini dropped to third, the trio safely into Q2.

Enea Bastianini left it late to join the top 14 but when he did he went straight to fourth, ahead of rookie Aron Canet. Marco Bezzecchi was a late improver but did well in sixth position, followed by Xavi Vierge and Somkiat Chantra, who were less than three tenths off the lead. Tetsuta Nagashima had an eventful morning, with an early crash that left him with only 10 min of running at the end of the session, but it proved sufficient to secure a place in Q2. Tom Luthi finally found his way into the top ten of the session and 12th overall, while Jorge Navarro’s session ended nine minutes early with a high side at turn one but the Spaniard made it into Q2 unhurt.

Jorge Martin was one of the few riders who failed to go any faster than Friday but his top time was good enough for third on the combined timesheets, despite being outside of the top 20 in FP3. Similarly, Augusto Fernandez was tenth overall and Jake Dixon got lucky with a late laptime cancellation for Nicolo Bulega, which handed the final direct Q2 place to the Petronas rider. Despite being under four tenths of a second off the leader, Stefano Manzi and Joe Roberts missed out on the top 14, while Marcel Schrotter’s late crash also left him out in the cold of Q1.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'28.877    
2 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'28.950 0.073 0.073
3 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'29.020 0.143 0.070
4 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'29.038 0.161 0.018
5 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'29.103 0.226 0.065
6 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'29.145 0.268 0.042
7 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'29.155 0.278 0.010
8 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'29.171 0.294 0.016
9 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'29.187 0.310 0.016
10 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'29.188 0.311 0.001
11 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'29.204 0.327 0.016
12 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'29.240 0.363 0.036
13 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'29.245 0.368 0.005
14 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'29.297 0.420 0.052
15 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'29.342 0.465 0.045
16 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'29.377 0.500 0.035
17 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'29.379 0.502 0.002
18 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'29.402 0.525 0.023
19 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'29.475 0.598 0.073
20 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'29.554 0.677 0.079
21 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'29.566 0.689 0.012
22 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'29.615 0.738 0.049
23 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'29.855 0.978 0.240
24 77 Dominique Aegerter NTS 1'29.908 1.031 0.053
25 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'29.913 1.036 0.005
26 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'30.060 1.183 0.147
27 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'30.080 1.203 0.020
28 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'30.511 1.634 0.431
29 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'30.655 1.778 0.144
30 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'30.786 1.909 0.131
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5
2020
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2020 Austria MotoGP FP3 Result: Vinales Returns

The Red Bull Ring greeted the paddock with heavy grey clouds on Saturday morning but there was the slightest hint of sun by the time the premier class hit the wet track. Several riders revelled in the damp conditions at the start of the session, with Johann Zarco fastest in the wet but a dry line was starting to form and riders ditched the wet tyres for the final 15 minutes. Alex Marquez was the first to top the session on slicks and it prompted a flurry of tyre changes that led to Andrea Dovizioso and Pol Espargaro once again hogging the limelight by trading top spot.

If they were to have an impact on combined standings, riders had about two seconds to find in the remaining 10 minutes on a widening dry line and that mission looked more realistic with every second of sunshine. Yamaha were the ones with something to prove and the first improver on the combined timesheets was Maverick Vinales, who pushed Fabio Quartararo out of the top 10 with three minutes remaining but red sector times started flashing on the timing screens for many rivals. Regardless, Vinales stayed the fastest man of the morning, while third on the combined timesheets, which were still led by Pol Espargaro, even though the Spaniard dropped to seventh in the session.

Jack Miller was another of the men who found some time in FP3 and climbed to fourth overall, while second in the session, ahead of Dovizioso, who was also comfortably through to Q2. Takaaki Nakagami had to rely on his Friday time to stay in the top five overall, while Alex Rins, Miguel Oliveira and Joan Mir all improved to secure their Q2 positions. The final direct Q2 tickets went to Franco Morbidelli, who struggled in FP3 but was saved by his performance on Friday and teammate Fabio Quartararo, who saved his day with one final lap that snatched him tenth overall. That pushed compatriot Zarco outside of the top ten positions and sent him into the Q1 battle alongside Danilo Petrucci, Valentino Rossi, Cal Crutchlow or Brad Binder.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'24.317    
2 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'24.363 0.046 0.046
3 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'24.426 0.109 0.063
4 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'24.434 0.117 0.008
5 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'24.508 0.191 0.074
6 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'24.517 0.200 0.009
7 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'24.525 0.208 0.008
8 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'24.611 0.294 0.086
9 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'24.663 0.346 0.052
10 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'24.961 0.644 0.298
11 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'25.021 0.704 0.060
12 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'25.039 0.722 0.018
13 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'25.048 0.731 0.009
14 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'25.189 0.872 0.141
15 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'25.318 1.001 0.129
16 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'25.434 1.117 0.116
17 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'25.467 1.150 0.033
18 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'25.468 1.151 0.001
19 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'25.480 1.163 0.012
20 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'25.653 1.336 0.173
21 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'26.019 1.702 0.366
22 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'29.105 4.788 3.086
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5
2020
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2020 Austria Moto3 FP3 Result: Vietti Fastest In The Wet

Saturday morning brought the first properly wet session of the season for the lightweight class and despite missing out on another chance at the top 14 ahead of qualifying, riders had plenty to do to get ready for a potentially wet race. Therefore, the soaking track saw action straight away and the fastest man through the damp patches was Celestino Vietti, the Italian nearly half a second faster than Ai Ogura. Raul Fernandez continues to show good speed regardless of the conditions, the Spaniard third and half a second off the leader.

Maximilian Kofler impressed in fourth but times were nowhere near those from Friday, so the local rider will need to take a trip through Q1. Andrea Migno completed the top five, ahead of Tatsuki Suzuki, Kaito Toba and early session leader Jaume Masia. Darryn Binder and Tony Arbolino rounded out the top ten, with the Italian still fastest over the three practice sessions. The likes of Gabriel Rodrigo, John McPhee and Albert Arenas were over a second down on Vietti but safely into Q2 based on their performance on Friday morning. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'42.775    
2 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'43.251 0.476 0.476
3 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'43.300 0.525 0.049
4 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'43.477 0.702 0.177
5 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'43.583 0.808 0.106
6 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'43.657 0.882 0.074
7 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'43.724 0.949 0.067
8 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'43.737 0.962 0.013
9 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'43.901 1.126 0.164
10 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'43.906 1.131 0.005
11 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'43.934 1.159 0.028
12 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'43.969 1.194 0.035
13 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'43.976 1.201 0.007
14 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'43.988 1.213 0.012
15 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'44.124 1.349 0.136
16 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'44.156 1.381 0.032
17 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'44.167 1.392 0.011
18 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'44.214 1.439 0.047
19 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'44.337 1.562 0.123
20 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'44.508 1.733 0.171
21 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'44.588 1.813 0.080
22 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'44.588 1.813  
23 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'44.596 1.821 0.008
24 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'44.649 1.874 0.053
25 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'44.749 1.974 0.100
26 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'44.818 2.043 0.069
27 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'45.043 2.268 0.225
28 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'45.115 2.340 0.072
29 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'45.242 2.467 0.127
30 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'45.972 3.197 0.730
31 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'46.288 3.513 0.316
Round Number: 
5
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2020 Austria Moto2 FP2 Result: Lowes Goes Even Faster

Although track conditions had improved significantly by the end of the premier class session, Moto2 went out with rain flags waving once again, the much lighter showers not stopping riders from chasing a fast time. It took them a little bit to improve on the morning’s benchmark but the final couple of minutes saw a few people threaten the combined standings, Sam Lowes in particular appearing eager to improve his own top time and keep a firm grip on the headlines of the day. The Marc VDS rider was the fastest man on Friday but only just, as Jorge Martin came within one hundredth of a second to secure second place in both FP2 and the combined timesheets.

Jake Dixon was another of the riders to find some improvements on their FP1 time and climbed into third in the session and a comfortable sixth overall. Augusto Fernandez kept close in fourth, with Joe Roberts also progressing to fifth and joining the combined top 14 positions. Xavi Vierge was the last rider to take advantage of the opportunity offered by the weather and find his way into provisional Q2 spots, while sixth in the session.

Jorge Navarro, Marcel Schrotter, Enea Bastianini and Aron Canet rounded out the top ten of FP2 but only the Spaniards kept their Q2 spots, with Bastianini and Schrotter failing to go any faster than FP1. If rain makes a comeback on Saturday morning, Tetsuta Nagashima, Stefano Manzi, Marco Bezzecchi, Remy Gardner, Luca Marini and Lorenzo Baldassarri will also head straight to Q2.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'28.985    
2 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'28.995 0.010 0.010
3 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'29.207 0.222 0.212
4 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'29.368 0.383 0.161
5 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'29.436 0.451 0.068
6 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'29.510 0.525 0.074
7 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'29.577 0.592 0.067
8 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'29.578 0.593 0.001
9 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'29.593 0.608 0.015
10 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'29.659 0.674 0.066
11 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'29.692 0.707 0.033
12 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'29.735 0.750 0.043
13 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'29.818 0.833 0.083
14 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'29.836 0.851 0.018
15 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'29.845 0.860 0.009
16 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'29.858 0.873 0.013
17 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'29.875 0.890 0.017
18 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'29.895 0.910 0.020
19 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'30.022 1.037 0.127
20 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'30.178 1.193 0.156
21 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'30.228 1.243 0.050
22 77 Dominique Aegerter NTS 1'30.318 1.333 0.090
23 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'30.354 1.369 0.036
24 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'30.392 1.407 0.038
25 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'30.407 1.422 0.015
26 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'30.489 1.504 0.082
27 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'30.774 1.789 0.285
28 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'30.876 1.891 0.102
29 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'31.491 2.506 0.615
30 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'31.542 2.557 0.051
Round Number: 
5
2020
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2020 Austria MotoGP FP2 Result: Miller Chasing Away The Rain

With rain setting camp at turn 3 before the start of the session but leaving the rest of the circuit as dry as Honda’s trophy cabinet this season, it was a slow start for the premier class. A few tentative laps were run in the early part of FP2, but most riders were sat comfortably in the garage, waiting for sunshine to make a comeback and dry the soaking top part of the circuit.

Only Miguel Oliveira set a time at the start of session until Aleix Espargaro had some fun on rain tyres but that was the only action until the final ten minutes, when track conditions improved enough for most people to venture out for a short run on slicks. Jack Miller was fastest after the handful of laps, seven tenths of a second ahead of Iker Lecuona and with Miguel Oliveira and Alex Rins the only other men within a second of the leader. Johann Zarco completed the top five, with Joan Mir, Alex Marquez, Maverick Vinales, Valentino Rossi and Stefan Bradl filling up the rest of the top ten.

Regardless, the times were nowhere near challenging the hierarchy from the morning session and it made no impression on the provisional line-up for Q2, with the likes of Fabio Quartararo, Franco Morbidelli and Andrea Dovizioso safely in there, unlike the factory Yamaha machines.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'26.475    
2 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'27.228 0.753 0.753
3 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'27.421 0.946 0.193
4 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'27.458 0.983 0.037
5 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'27.625 1.150 0.167
6 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'27.793 1.318 0.168
7 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'27.839 1.364 0.046
8 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'27.941 1.466 0.102
9 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'27.967 1.492 0.026
10 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'28.012 1.537 0.045
11 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'28.444 1.969 0.432
12 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'29.264 2.789 0.820
13 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'29.597 3.122 0.333
14 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'29.669 3.194 0.072
15 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'29.984 3.509 0.315
16 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'30.704 4.229 0.720
17 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'31.941 5.466 1.237
  4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'35.009 8.534 3.068
  38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'37.709 11.234 2.700
  41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'40.346 13.871 2.637
  33 Brad Binder KTM      
  44 Pol Espargaro KTM      
Round Number: 
5
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2020 Austria Moto3 FP2 Result: McPhee Fastest As Rain Arrives

Despite all the rain talk over the morning, the weather gave Moto3 riders a bit of respite for the beginning of the second practice session. That saw an early push for a Q2 worthy time but few men managed to improve their times from the morning, Gabriel Rodrigo and Dennis Foggia amongst those few but only climbing a few positions inside the top 14. Rain hit halfway through the session with a few drops here and there but enough to send riders back to their garage to see how the conditions evolved. John McPhee had edged ahead after the first outing and his one hundredth of a second advantage lasted to the checkered flag after a localised downpour at turn 3 completely stopped play in the final handful of minutes.

Rodrigo’s early progress put him second in the session, ahead of Jaume Masia, both riders within a tenth of a second of the leader. Foggia’s fastest time was two tenths off the lead, while Tony Arbolino completed the top five in FP2, while retaining top spot in the combined standings. Raul Fernandez was the lead KTM man in sixth position, ahead of Celestino Vietti and Tatsuki Suzuki, with championship leader Albert Arenas and Niccolo Antonelli completing the top ten.

The combined timesheets stayed nearly identical from FP1 and all the men above are set to join Q2 directly, provided the rain returns as predicted on Saturday morning, and the final men to join them there are teammates Ayumu Sasaki and Kaito Toba, together with Ai Ogura and Andrea Migno.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 17 John McPhee Honda 1'37.060    
2 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'37.079 0.019 0.019
3 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'37.123 0.063 0.044
4 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'37.269 0.209 0.146
5 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'37.403 0.343 0.134
6 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'37.489 0.429 0.086
7 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'37.592 0.532 0.103
8 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'37.663 0.603 0.071
9 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'37.679 0.619 0.016
10 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'37.736 0.676 0.057
11 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'37.757 0.697 0.021
12 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'37.842 0.782 0.085
13 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'37.876 0.816 0.034
14 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'37.897 0.837 0.021
15 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'37.989 0.929 0.092
16 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'37.996 0.936 0.007
17 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'38.078 1.018 0.082
18 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'38.165 1.105 0.087
19 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'38.358 1.298 0.193
20 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'38.403 1.343 0.045
21 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'38.413 1.353 0.010
22 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'38.453 1.393 0.040
23 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'38.490 1.430 0.037
24 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'38.515 1.455 0.025
25 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'38.521 1.461 0.006
26 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'38.663 1.603 0.142
27 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'38.693 1.633 0.030
28 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'39.088 2.028 0.395
29 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'39.220 2.160 0.132
30 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'39.481 2.421 0.261
31 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'39.545 2.485 0.064
Round Number: 
5
2020
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2020 Austria Moto2 FP1 Result: Lowes Ready For Battle

With rain forecast for the remaining practice sessions, Sam Lowes took the opportunity granted in FP1 to take top spot on the timesheets and did not let anyone touch his prime spot throughout the session. Plenty have tried though and Marco Bezzecchi came nearest, one hundredth of a second off the lead, with Augusto Fernandez only two hundredths slower than his teammate. Jorge Martin in fourth was still only a tenth off top spot, with Jorge Navarro completing the top five mere hundredths of a second behind.

Remy Gardner in sixth was two tenth off the lead, while rookie Aron Canet quickly took to the Austrian track to climb into seventh. Tetsuta Nagashima was eighth ahead of Lorenzo Baldassarri, once again with minuscule gaps separating them from the men ahead. Luca Marini took some time to find his feet at the Red Bull Ring but eventually joined the top ten, ahead of compatriot Stefano Manzi and Somkiat Chantra. Brno victor Enea Bastianini was also quite subdued early on but secured 13 spot, with the final provisional Q2 ticket going to Tom Luthi. Despite being only six tenths off top spot, the likes of Joe Roberts, Nicolo Bulega, Hafizh Syahrin or Xavi Vierge will pray for the rain to stay away in the coming hours or they will have to battle it out in Q1.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'29.133    
2 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'29.149 0.016 0.016
3 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'29.177 0.044 0.028
4 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'29.262 0.129 0.085
5 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'29.290 0.157 0.028
6 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'29.363 0.230 0.073
7 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'29.414 0.281 0.051
8 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'29.428 0.295 0.014
9 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'29.449 0.316 0.021
10 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'29.473 0.340 0.024
11 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'29.518 0.385 0.045
12 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'29.529 0.396 0.011
13 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'29.555 0.422 0.026
14 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'29.668 0.535 0.113
15 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'29.718 0.585 0.050
16 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'29.745 0.612 0.027
17 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'29.750 0.617 0.005
18 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'29.785 0.652 0.035
19 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'29.881 0.748 0.096
20 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'29.986 0.853 0.105
21 77 Dominique Aegerter NTS 1'30.388 1.255 0.402
22 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'30.415 1.282 0.027
23 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'30.461 1.328 0.046
24 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'30.480 1.347 0.019
25 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'30.594 1.461 0.114
26 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'30.671 1.538 0.077
27 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'30.987 1.854 0.316
28 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'31.033 1.900 0.046
29 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'31.135 2.002 0.102
30 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'31.253 2.120 0.118
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5
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2020 Austria MotoGP FP1 Result: Pol Espargaro On A Mission

With the troublesome weather forecast for the weekend, the Red Bull Ring was kind to allow at least one dry practice session for the premier class to provisionally settle the Q2 lineup. Presumably frustrated with the events of Brno, Pol Espargaro led all throughout the session and responded to every challenger by extending his gap at the top of the timesheets. Not even the Ducatis on their favourite playground could cope with the KTM man’s speed but Andrea Dovizioso looked invigorated by the return to the Red Bull Ring and climbed into second, only half a tenth off the leader.

Takaaki Nakagami carried the flag for Honda to join the top three, aided by a cancelled lap time for Joan Mir over a yellow flag infringement, which also left Alex Rins as the lead Suzuki man in fourth. Franco Morbidelli was once again the first Yamaha, making it five different manufacturers in the top five.

Johann Zarco was back at the business end in sixth, half a second off the leader and narrowly ahead of Miguel Oliveira. Jack Miller and Joan Mir kept close as well, while the final top ten position went to a subdued Fabio Quartararo. The Frenchman pushed his future teammate out of provisional Q2 positions, leaving Maverick Vinales together with Danilo Petrucci, Valentino Rossi, Cal Crutchlow and rookie winner Brad Binder to do a no-rain dance over the next 24 hours.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'24.193    
2 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'24.237 0.044 0.044
3 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'24.378 0.185 0.141
4 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'24.573 0.380 0.195
5 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'24.588 0.395 0.015
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'24.655 0.462 0.067
7 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'24.718 0.525 0.063
8 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'24.724 0.531 0.006
9 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'24.743 0.550 0.019
10 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'24.753 0.560 0.010
11 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'24.779 0.586 0.026
12 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'24.837 0.644 0.058
13 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'24.879 0.686 0.042
14 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'24.944 0.751 0.065
15 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'24.991 0.798 0.047
16 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'25.005 0.812 0.014
17 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'25.152 0.959 0.147
18 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'25.165 0.972 0.013
19 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'25.249 1.056 0.084
20 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'25.297 1.104 0.048
21 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'25.371 1.178 0.074
22 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'25.729 1.536 0.358
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5
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2020 Austria Moto3 FP1 Result: Arbolino Takes Advantage Of Dry Conditions

With the Red Bull Ring scheduled to provide unpredictable weather over the first race weekend in Spielberg, lightweight class riders knew that a dry FP1 could prove essential for qualifying. Tony Arbolino took the most advantage of the conditions to claim the top of the timesheets on his penultimate flying lap, almost three tenths of a second faster than late improver John McPhee. Jaume Masia and Celestino Vietti came next, as the final men to post a time within half a second of the leader, while Niccolo Antonelli completed the top five.

Raul Fernandez kept sixth position despite a late crash at turn three, with the resulting yellow flag halting further improvements on the timesheets. Kaito Toba climbed into seventh ahead of early session leaders Andrea Migno and Albert Arenas, with Tatsuki Suzuki rounding out the top ten.

If the remaining practice sessions prove to be a washout, then the last men provisionally joining Q2 are the class' latest victor Dennis Foggia, accompanied by Filip Salac, Ai Ogura and Gabriel Rodrigo – the Argentine rider just under a second slower than the leader.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'36.550    
2 17 John McPhee Honda 1'36.841 0.291 0.291
3 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'36.916 0.366 0.075
4 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'37.039 0.489 0.123
5 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'37.057 0.507 0.018
6 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'37.066 0.516 0.009
7 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'37.067 0.517 0.001
8 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'37.107 0.557 0.040
9 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'37.129 0.579 0.022
10 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'37.260 0.710 0.131
11 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'37.402 0.852 0.142
12 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'37.407 0.857 0.005
13 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'37.484 0.934 0.077
14 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'37.512 0.962 0.028
15 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'37.640 1.090 0.128
16 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'37.679 1.129 0.039
17 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'37.818 1.268 0.139
18 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'37.863 1.313 0.045
19 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'37.877 1.327 0.014
20 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'37.947 1.397 0.070
21 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'37.970 1.420 0.023
22 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'37.989 1.439 0.019
23 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'38.035 1.485 0.046
24 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'38.263 1.713 0.228
25 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'38.382 1.832 0.119
26 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'38.396 1.846 0.014
27 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'38.555 2.005 0.159
28 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'38.594 2.044 0.039
29 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'38.713 2.163 0.119
30 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'38.778 2.228 0.065
31 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'39.098 2.548 0.320
Round Number: 
5
2020
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2020 Portimao World Superbike Race Two Result: Turn Five Takes Its Toll On The Title

On a windy and hot afternoon, 22 riders lined up for 20 laps of Portimao. Eight of them would crash but eighteen would finish.

Jonathan Rea led Toprak Razgatlioglu, Loris Baz and Scott Redding into the first turn, with Redding taking third place from Baz. Alex Lowes, Michael van der Mark and Eugene Laverty lined up behind Baz, but Laverty crashed out at turn five, picking his bike up to rejoin at the back of the pack. Loris Baz then slid out at the high-speed last turn, ending what was up to this point an excellent weekend. 

After Redding took second place into turn one, the front three broke away from Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark and Jonathan Rea set the fastest lap. A lap later, Rea improved the fastest lap with a 1'42.941 and started to clear off into the distance. 

At the start of lap five, Rea had over a second of a lead, with Redding, Razgatlioglu, Lowes and van der Mark grouping together in a fight for second. Seven laps in, Toprak Razgatlioglu fell at turn five, losing third place and thirteen seconds, as he recovered in fourteenth place. A lap later, Alex Lowes followed suit, remounting but dropping his limping bike off at his garage instead of continuing.

Michael van der Mark closed on Scott Redding's second place, but couldn't keep up the pace and dropped back a few tenths. In fourth place, Chaz Davies held off Leon Haslam and Michael Ruben Rinaldi with Alvaro Bautista across the gap in seventh place. On lap twelve, Leon Haslam fell victim to turn five and had to pick up his stranded Honda to return to the race. 

Scott Redding's tyre started to go off, in a now-familiar way, and Michael van der Mark made hay while the runner shone, closing at a rate of four tenths of a second a lap until lap fourteen. Scott Redding took turn five wide and van der Mark snuck underneath him. Redding closed his line but found a Yamaha exactly where he hoped to put his Ducati. He conceded second place to van der Mark but kept the pressure on. Van der Mark found a false neutral later in the lap and Redding capitalised on it to take second place back, now over four seconds behind Jonathan Rea. Van der Mark's tyres now caught up with Redding's and they matched lap times.

On lap sixteen, Garrett Gerloff went wide, and as he closed his turn, he met Xavi Fores on the apex and the pair clashed. Fores crashed out but Gerloff was able to resume in eleventh place. Toprak Razgatlioglu was in ninth place and closing on Federico Caricasulo at a terrifying rate of knots, taking eighth place a lap before the end. 

On the last couple of laps, Redding held second place, matching every effort van der Mark made, with the pair never further apart than four tenths of a second. 

Jonathan Rea won by over five seconds, but there was less than a tenths of a second at the flag between Scott Redding in second and Michael van der Mark in third place. Chaz Davies finished just under four seconds later with Alvaro Bautista almost two seconds behind him. Michael Ruben Rinaldi capitalised on Loris Baz's absence to finish top independent riders in sixth place. 

Jonathan Rea now leads the championship, but only by four points as Scott Redding's hard fought second place keeps him within four points of the championship leader. Michael van der Mark's third place keeps him in fifth place behind Alex Lowes while Toprak's recovery in eighth place on track keeps him in third place in the championship, losing twelve points to Redding. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 4.360
3 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 4.453
4 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 3.910
5 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000RR-R 10.336
6 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 12.566
7 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR 14.565
8 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 26.231
9 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R1 28.103
10 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale V4 R 32.926
11 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 33.229
12 50 E. LAVERTY BMW S1000 RR 46.555
13 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR-R 46.573
14 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale V4 R 49.902
15 20 S. BARRIER Ducati Panigale V4 R 52.293
16 23 C. PONSSON Aprilia RSV4 1000 1'05.643
17 63 L. GABELLINI Honda CBR1000RR-R 1'06.784
18 13 T. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR-R 1'14.503
RET 12 X. FORES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 5 Laps
RET 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 12 Laps
RET 77 M. SCHEIB Kawasaki ZX-10RR 19 Laps
RET 76 L. BAZ Yamaha YZF R1  
Round Number: 
3
2020
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