MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2020 Valencia Moto2 Race Result: Another Ride On The Rollercoaster

The intermediate class race got underway under a spotless sky in Valencia and the victor proved perhaps harder to predict than in the lightweight class this time out. Jorge Martin had a rollercoaster ride to victory, the Spaniard leading into turn 1, then dropping out of podium contention before striking back and claiming a second victory of the season on the very last lap. An equally impressive performance came from compatriot Hector Garzo, who turned a first front row start into a well-deserved first podium on home soil. After his European GP victory, Marco Bezzecchi looked like the fastest man for much of the race once more, but had to surrender to the Spaniards on the final lap.

Bezzecchi had made a great start off the line but Martin’s was even better and the Spaniard went from the second row of the grid to first into turn one, ahead of poleman Stefano Manzi and Fabio Di Giannantonio, while Bezzecchi was pushed to fourth by Martin’s move for the lead. Championship leader Enea Bastianini was quick to join the top 10, while rival Sam Lowes made a cautious start and was out of the top 20 early on.

By lap 3, a lead group including Martin, Di Giannantonio, Manzi and Bezzecchi was a few tenths ahead of the sizeable next group led by Marcel Schrotter, Garzo and Luca Marini and notably including Bastianini. The gap between the groups hovered around the eight tenths mark for the next few laps and the man on the move was Bezzecchi, who got past his compatriots to challenge Martin for the lead by lap six. The Italian got past at turn 14 and Di Giannantonio further demoted Martin soon after. Manzi was still in touch with the leaders but not close enough to attack, while Schrotter and Garzo were pushing to reduce the gap to half a second by lap 7. Title rivals Marini and Bastianini were engaged in direct battle for 7th place another half a second back.

The top three men held station for the next few laps, Bezzecchi ahead of Di Giannantonio and Martin, but their main challenger at that stage was Garzo, who tagged along to the podium battle by lap 10. The Spaniard’s pace dropped Manzi one second back and the Italian came under threat from Schrotter, Marini, Bastianini and Jorge Navarro. However, Manzi’s fairytale did not end at the hands of his rivals but in the gravel trap at turn 2 on the very next lap, which left Schrotter with the task of reeling in the leaders.

Back ahead, Bezzecchi continued to lead from Di Giannantonio, with Garzo becoming their main challenger, the Spaniard dropping compatriot Martin at the halfway mark of proceedings. Martin’s day seemed to be getting worse as the strong group led by Schrotter quickly caught up with him. With 10 laps to go, it looked like only Di Giannantonio had the speed to challenge leader Bezzecchi, as Garzo dropped one second back, with Martin under attack another second back. That particular battle reduced in numbers for final 8 laps as Navarro crashed out after going wide into turn 1, promoting Bastianini into 7th place, but the Italian did not look like progressing further as his gap to Marini kept growing.

Bezzecchi wasn’t shown a wheel until six laps were left on the board, Di Giannantonio briefly getting past at turn 11 but Bezzecchi breezed back past at turn 14 after his compatriot ran wide. The action at the front allowed the chasers to come within half a second of the victory battle and Martin seemed to have found some late race pace, getting past Garzo to claim third. Schrotter and Marini weren’t too far back, but Bastianini dropped over a second behind, into a safe 7th position as the next group led by Bo Bendsneyder was nearly 6 seconds down the road. Lowes made slow but steady progress into the top 20 and joined point scoring positions with 4 laps left, aided by a late crash from Aron Canet.

The final handful of laps were the calm before the storm, until Di Giannantonio attacked once again at turn 11 with 2 laps remaining and this time he made it stick, starting the final lap in the lead. However, that was not the end of the story for the Italian, as he crashed from the lead once more at turn 6. The left Bezzecchi at the front but vulnerable to an attack from Martin, who forced his way past at turn 12 and a moment from Bezzecchi at turn 13 also encouraged Garzo to sneak past. The class rookie then challenged his leading compatriot until the finish line, which Martin reached first by only seven hundredths of a second. Garzo still secured a sensational podium, with Bezzecchi having to settle for third. Schrotter was best of the rest, a solid fourth ahead of Marini. Bastianini secured sixth, with Gardner, Bendsneyder, Nicolo Bulega and Lorenzo Baldassarri rounding out the top 10. Lowes set a good pace despite his injury and bravely finished the race in 14th, grabbing 2 crucial points.

Bastianini’s consistency keeps him 14 points ahead of Lowes in the championship standings, with Marini 18 points down and Bezzecchi’s last lap costing him in the title battle as well, where he is 23 points behind going into the season finale.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 40'02.225
2 40 Hector Garzo Kalex +0.072
3 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex +0.204
4 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex +0.689
5 10 Luca Marini Kalex +0.812
6 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex +2.329
7 87 Remy Gardner Kalex +8.973
8 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS +9.720
9 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex +11.596
10 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex +11.836
11 16 Joe Roberts Kalex +12.369
12 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex +13.041
13 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex +13.495
14 22 Sam Lowes Kalex +15.345
15 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex +15.577
16 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex +18.954
17 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta +26.947
18 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex +36.336
19 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up +42.068
20 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex +46.792
21 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS +50.162
Not Classified
  21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1 Lap
  57 Edgar Pons Kalex 2 Laps
  44 Aron Canet Speed Up 4 Laps
  9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 8 Laps
  19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 11 Laps
  62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 15 Laps
  27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 17 Laps
  42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 19 Laps
Round Number: 
14
2020
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2020 Valencia Moto3 Race Result: Back With A Vengeance

The dark clouds of Saturday gave way to nice sunny skies for race day and one man who fully embraced the opportunity to shine in Valencia was Tony Arbolino. The Italian stood on the top spot of the podium for the first time this season after starting 13th on the grid and it brought him closer to the title battle heading into the season finale. Home hero Sergio Garcia was back to the podium in Valencia for the third consecutive time, demoting European GP victor Raul Fernandez to third.

The start painted a different picture, with Kaito Toba taking the lead into turn one but seeing poleman Darryn Binder sweep past soon after. The lead continued to change hands and Fernandez finished lap one at the front of the pack. Albert Arenas gained a couple of positions on the first lap to trail the three leaders, while rival Ai Ogura dropped to 8th and Arbolino made a sensational start to climb into 5th place straight away. The first bit of drama came on lap 2, when Toba high-sided at turn 5 from second position and wiped out compatriot Tatsuki Suzuki as well. The chasers had to take avoiding action and that allowed Fernandez to escape at the front once again, in a déjà vu from one week ago. It was Arbolino who picked up the chase and had the mission of reducing the one second gap to the runaway leader.

With Fernandez pushing to extend his lead, Arbolino was ahead of a sizeable group including the likes of Binder, Arenas and Jaume Masia, although the group lost Celestino Vietti at turn 11 on lap 4 and the Italian lost his title aspirations in the process. Ogura didn’t make much noise in the early stages but the Japanese rider was steadily around 9th position, at the back of the main group. Birthday boy Jeremy Alcoba was leading the next group two seconds down the road.

While Fernandez’s gap hovered around the 1.5 seconds mark for the next few laps, Arbolino struggled to make much progress and was under attack from Garcia, Arenas, Deniz Oncu and Binder, while Andrea Migno, Ogura and Masia seemed to lose touch with the chasing group, the gap up to one second by lap 10. Quite unusually for a Moto3 race, there was not much action at the halfway point of proceedings, most of the airtime going to the battle for 8th place, where Ogura and Masia were swapping paint, earning Masia a track limits warning in the process, all the while their little group led by Migno was losing more time on the podium fight. Ogura eventually picked up the lead of that group with 10 laps left but had nearly three seconds to find to catch up with Binder ahead.

Back at the front, Fernandez’s gap finally dropped to under one second with eight laps to go as Arbolino picked up the pace and took Garcia with him. Arenas didn’t seem to have the pace to go with them and was fending off the feisty duo of Oncu and Binder. However, they had little to worry from behind, as Ogura could not reduce the gap, which continued to grow to over five seconds over the next couple of laps.

With 6 laps remaining, Arbolino and Garcia were glued to the back of Fernandez and it looked like a three-way battle for victory, while Arenas had dropped over a second back and did not look like he would have a say for the podium. Garcia made the first move with 4 laps remaining, getting past Arbolino at turn 2, but the Italian fought back and the duo continued to battle for the next couple of laps, not really bothering Fernandez yet. Arbolino eventually hit the front going into turn 1 with 2 laps remaining and Garcia followed his example one lap later, demoting Fernandez to third but only briefly as the compatriots spent the final lap rubbing elbows and this allowed Arbolino to make an escape and claim the win.

Arbolino took the checkered flag over a second ahead of the battle for second, which went Garcia’s way at turn 12. Arenas fought hard to keep Binder and Oncu behind him to score a crucial fourth place, while Migno claimed seventh place ahead of the photo finish between Ogura and Masia. Three seconds later, Alcoba gifted himself a top ten position on his birthday.

Despite missing out on the podium, Arenas did enough to keep hold of the championship lead by 8 points ahead of Ogura, while Arbolino’s fine victory brings him firmly back into championship contention going into the final round, with an 11 points deficit.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 38'17.462
2 11 Sergio Garcia Honda +1.142
3 25 Raul Fernandez KTM +1.297
4 75 Albert Arenas KTM +2.825
5 40 Darryn Binder KTM +2.999
6 53 Deniz Öncü KTM +3.208
7 16 Andrea Migno KTM +9.836
8 79 Ai Ogura Honda +9.852
9 5 Jaume Masia Honda +9.864
10 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda +12.802
11 17 John Mcphee Honda +12.879
12 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna +14.513
13 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda +15.619
14 82 Stefano Nepa KTM +15.340
15 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda +24.297
16 7 Dennis Foggia Honda +24.320
17 70 Barry Baltus KTM +24.666
18 92 Yuki Kunii Honda +24.690
19 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM +27.484
20 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM +27.754
21 99 Carlos Tatay KTM +28.093
22 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM +28.138
23 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM +30.718
24 13 Celestino Vietti KTM +48.093
Not Classified
  89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 2 Laps
  2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 16 Laps
  21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 16 Laps
  27 Kaito Toba KTM 22 Laps
  24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 22 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
  73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 0 Lap
Round Number: 
14
2020
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2020 Valencia MotoGP Warm Up Result: Morbidelli Confirms His Speed

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'31.057    
2 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'31.195 0.138 0.138
3 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'31.320 0.263 0.125
4 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'31.367 0.310 0.047
5 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'31.368 0.311 0.001
6 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'31.405 0.348 0.037
7 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'31.408 0.351 0.003
8 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'31.413 0.356 0.005
9 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'31.440 0.383 0.027
10 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'31.607 0.550 0.167
11 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'31.695 0.638 0.088
12 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'31.704 0.647 0.009
13 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'31.769 0.712 0.065
14 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'31.788 0.731 0.019
15 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'31.832 0.775 0.044
16 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'31.863 0.806 0.031
17 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'31.963 0.906 0.100
18 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'32.184 1.127 0.221
19 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'32.219 1.162 0.035
20 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'32.242 1.185 0.023
21 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'32.775 1.718 0.533
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14
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2020 Valencia Moto2 Warm Up Result: Garzo In The Limelight

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'34.942    
2 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'35.029 0.087 0.087
3 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'35.047 0.105 0.018
4 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'35.051 0.109 0.004
5 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'35.139 0.197 0.088
6 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'35.140 0.198 0.001
7 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'35.147 0.205 0.007
8 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'35.162 0.220 0.015
9 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'35.271 0.329 0.109
10 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'35.305 0.363 0.034
11 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'35.317 0.375 0.012
12 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'35.333 0.391 0.016
13 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'35.342 0.400 0.009
14 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'35.363 0.421 0.021
15 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'35.389 0.447 0.026
16 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'35.401 0.459 0.012
17 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'35.490 0.548 0.089
18 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'35.527 0.585 0.037
19 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'35.576 0.634 0.049
20 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'35.617 0.675 0.041
21 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'35.734 0.792 0.117
22 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'35.867 0.925 0.133
23 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'36.282 1.340 0.415
24 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'36.299 1.357 0.017
25 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'36.533 1.591 0.234
26 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'36.705 1.763 0.172
27 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'36.729 1.787 0.024
28 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'37.651 2.709 0.922
29 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 1'39.044 4.102 1.393
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14
2020
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2020 Valencia Moto3 Warm Up Result: Sasaki Leads Vietti

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'39.511    
2 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'39.578 0.067 0.067
3 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'39.586 0.075 0.008
4 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'39.587 0.076 0.001
5 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'39.596 0.085 0.009
6 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'39.661 0.150 0.065
7 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'39.674 0.163 0.013
8 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'39.747 0.236 0.073
9 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'39.755 0.244 0.008
10 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'39.781 0.270 0.026
11 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'39.914 0.403 0.133
12 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'39.954 0.443 0.040
13 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'39.960 0.449 0.006
14 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'39.977 0.466 0.017
15 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'40.080 0.569 0.103
16 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'40.178 0.667 0.098
17 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'40.186 0.675 0.008
18 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'40.239 0.728 0.053
19 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'40.318 0.807 0.079
20 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'40.387 0.876 0.069
21 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'40.460 0.949 0.073
22 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'40.678 1.167 0.218
23 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'40.696 1.185 0.018
24 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'40.751 1.240 0.055
25 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'40.777 1.266 0.026
26 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'40.790 1.279 0.013
27 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'40.858 1.347 0.068
28 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'41.100 1.589 0.242
29 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'41.139 1.628 0.039
30 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'41.180 1.669 0.041
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14
2020
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2020 Valencia Moto2 Qualifying Result: Another Day In A Year Of Surprises

Although the sky stayed overcast, there was no more drizzle to cause worry for the intermediate class and the battle for pole position went to the very last lap – and it was a close one, with half a second covering the top 15 for most of the session. The ultimate winner was Stefano Manzi, whose name popped up at the top of the timesheets throughout the session but it was still a surprise first Moto2 pole for the Italian, who brings MV Agusta back to parc ferme. Another sensational addition to the front row was Hector Garzo, the Spaniard only one hundredth of a second away from pole, while the final spot on the front row went to European GP victor Marco Bezzecchi.

Fabio Di Giannantonio in fourth was only one tenth down on pole and will be joined on the second row by Q1 escapee Jorge Martin and his compatriot Marcos Ramirez. Marcel Schrotter opens row three from Q1 leader Lorenzo Baldassarri and a consistent Bo Bendsneyder, while Luca Marini completed the top ten and shares the fourth row with Simone Corsi and Enea Bastianini. The championship leader gives himself work to do once again from 12th on the grid, although the Italian was only four tenths off pole and his main rival in the championship seemed to struggle much more.

After his painful crash in FP3, it was confirmed that Sam Lowes escaped any fractures and the British rider was able to join the qualifying battle but was slow to get up to speed. He ended the session one second off the pace and will have to start 18th on the grid, at the back of sixth row, which he will share with Joe Roberts and Tom Luthi. The big losers of Q1 were Remy Gardner and Aron Canet, who rounded out the top 20.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'34.418    
2 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'34.431 0.013 0.013
3 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'34.494 0.076 0.063
4 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'34.524 0.106 0.030
5 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'34.647 0.229 0.123
6 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'34.705 0.287 0.058
7 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'34.730 0.312 0.025
8 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'34.757 0.339 0.027
9 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'34.769 0.351 0.012
10 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'34.798 0.380 0.029
11 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'34.802 0.384 0.004
12 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'34.826 0.408 0.024
13 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'34.864 0.446 0.038
14 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'34.899 0.481 0.035
15 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'34.949 0.531 0.050
16 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'34.966 0.548 0.017
17 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'35.140 0.722 0.174
18 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'35.413 0.995 0.273
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'34.804    
Q2 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'34.808 0.004 0.004
Q2 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'34.810 0.006 0.002
Q2 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'34.849 0.045 0.039
19 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'34.878 0.074 0.029
20 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'34.927 0.123 0.049
21 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'35.148 0.344 0.221
22 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'35.176 0.372 0.028
23 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'35.179 0.375 0.003
24 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'35.226 0.422 0.047
25 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'35.286 0.482 0.060
26 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'35.540 0.736 0.254
27 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'35.969 1.165 0.429
28 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'36.168 1.364 0.199
29 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 1'36.515 1.711 0.347
Round Number: 
14
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2020 Valencia MotoGP Qualifying Result: New Is Not Always Better

Rain played with the MotoGP paddock all day and just on cue as the countdown for Q1 started, visors showed some drizzle and prompted a rush out of pitlane. The same script repeated in Q2 but the downpour never arrived and pole position was decided at the very last minute. In the end, consistency paid off for Franco Morbidelli, the Italian snatching his second premier class pole by nine hundredths of a second. Jack Miller came close but had to settle for being lead Ducati and in the middle of the front row. Takaaki Nakagami added a Honda to the mix and secured a third consecutive front row start to continue the chase for that elusive maiden win.

Johann Zarco continued to show good form, qualifying in fourth place, ahead of Pol Espargaro and Maverick Vinales. Aleix Espargaro also looked fast as he claimed seventh on the grid, opening the third row ahead of a resurgent Pecco Bagnaia - a solid result after a difficult couple of races for the Italian. Brad Binder was one of the main actors throughout qualifying, the South African topping Q1 and that experience paid off early in Q2, when he claimed provisional pole, but the extra session limited his tyre options and the KTM man got pushed down to ninth on the grid. The hierarchy changed so much throughout those 15 minutes of Q2 that Miguel Oliveira went from provisional pole to fourth row in the blink of an eye.

In yet another twist in the championship tale, the first title contender on the grid is Fabio Quartararo in 11th position, the Frenchman putting together an impressive Q1 to join the Q2 line-up and the confidence he gained in the tricky conditions served him well initially but a slight moment at turn 2 and lack of fresh rubber saw him slide down the standings in the closing stages of qualifying. However, the Petronas man will start right ahead of rival Joan Mir, who wasn’t keen on taking too much risk and instead took the checkered flag in last position in Q2.

Coming off an excellent showing in FP4, Alex Rins could not replicate that in Q1 and will have to conjure up another remarkable comeback from 14th on the grid, two places behind his teammate and main rival. The Spaniard will start in the middle of fifth row, in between Cal Crutchlow and Danilo Petrucci. Valentino Rossi was slow to join the Q1 action as his bike was not ready in time and after a yellow flag infringement, the best he could do was 16th, ahead of an underwhelming performance from Andrea Dovizioso and with Stefan Bradl closing row six. Meanwhile, teammate Alex Marquez’s struggle in Valencia not only continued but it got worse as the Spaniard suffered a massive highside at turn 11 early in Q1 and very slowly moved away from the gravel trap. He miraculously headed back out on his second machine but could only qualify 20th.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'30.191    
2 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'30.287 0.096 0.096
3 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'30.413 0.222 0.126
4 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'30.520 0.329 0.107
5 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'30.553 0.362 0.033
6 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'30.645 0.454 0.092
7 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'30.657 0.466 0.012
8 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'30.671 0.480 0.014
9 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'30.737 0.546 0.066
10 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'30.781 0.590 0.044
11 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'30.864 0.673 0.083
12 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'30.988 0.797 0.124
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'30.810    
Q2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'30.959 0.149 0.149
13 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'31.159 0.349 0.200
14 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'31.594 0.784 0.435
15 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'31.601 0.791 0.007
16 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'31.604 0.794 0.003
17 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'31.606 0.796 0.002
18 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'31.831 1.021 0.225
19 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'32.063 1.253 0.232
20 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'32.205 1.395 0.142
21 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'32.237 1.427 0.032
Round Number: 
14
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2020 Valencia MotoGP FP4 Result: Rins Rises To The Occasion

Despite some drizzle threatening the final practice session for the premier class, it never turned into a serious threat and riders managed to put some solid work into their race pace. None more so than Alex Rins, the Spaniard quickly climbing up the timesheets and taking over top spot in the final five minutes with the first 1:30 time of the session. Takaaki Nakagami was one of a handful or riders tempted by the hard front tyre and the LCR man made it work for him as he climbed into second position, one tenth down on top spot and with just as impressive pace. Johann Zarco led the way for most of FP4 before getting pushed back to a still solid third place for the lead Ducati.

Franco Morbidelli continued to be the most impressive Yamaha rider, this time in fourth position, two tenths off top spot and narrowly ahead of championship leader Joan Mir, who completed the top five in another strong session for Suzuki. The remaining top ten positions were split between Ducati and KTM, with Jack Miller ahead of Miguel Oliveira, Brad Binder, Andrea Dovizioso and Pol Espargaro, the last two men posting identical times.

Maverick Vinales missed out on the top ten by one thousandth of a second, while colleague Fabio Quartararo continued to struggle down in 16th and unable to replicate the leaders’ pace.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'30.895    
2 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'30.995 0.100 0.100
3 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'31.020 0.125 0.025
4 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'31.112 0.217 0.092
5 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'31.135 0.240 0.023
6 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'31.180 0.285 0.045
7 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'31.230 0.335 0.050
8 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'31.394 0.499 0.164
9 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'31.412 0.517 0.018
10 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'31.412 0.517  
11 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'31.413 0.518 0.001
12 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'31.500 0.605 0.087
13 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'31.544 0.649 0.044
14 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'31.559 0.664 0.015
15 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'31.563 0.668 0.004
16 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'31.628 0.733 0.065
17 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'31.630 0.735 0.002
18 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'31.649 0.754 0.019
19 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'31.689 0.794 0.040
20 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'31.751 0.856 0.062
21 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'32.835 1.940 1.084
  27 Iker Lecuona KTM      
Round Number: 
14
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2020 Valencia Moto3 Qualifying Result: Prime Time At Last

A dark grey sky set the stage for the lightweight class qualifying sessions but apart from some drizzle in Q1, the clouds didn’t bother the rest of the proceedings and the track was fully dry as Q2 got underway. The changing conditions allowed Darryn Binder to shine, the South African sneaking out of Q1 and that proved to be an advantage as he went on to secure a maiden pole position with an all time lap record. He will be joined on the front row by teammates Kaito Toba and Raul Fernandez, the Japanese rider missing out on pole by four hundredths of a second.

Jaume Masia opens the second row of the grid from Andrea Migno, the Italian’s late charge pushing back the main title contenders. Albert Arenas had a bit of an adventure in getting out of Q1 but braving the drizzle on slicks paid off as he led the first qualifying session and climbed up to sixth in the second one. That pushed rival Ai Ogura to the third row, after holding provisional pole on the first run, and the Japanese rider will have to fend off compatriot Tatsuki Suzuki and Celestino Vietti as they join him on row three.

Niccolo Antonelli heads the fourth row ahead of Deniz Oncu and Yuki Kunii, while Tony Arbolino could not replicate his form from Friday and had to make do with 13th on the grid. The Italian will have company from Romano Fenati and Jeremy Alcoba on the fifth row. Q1 escapees John McPhee and Riccardo Rossi sandwich home favourite Sergio Garcia on the sixth row, the Italian particularly impressive as he got through Q1 after crashing out early on, although he can expect a penalty after taking out Gabriel Rodrigo in the process. The Argentine was not able to rejoin the session and will have to start the race from the back of the grid, together with Carlos Tatay, who suffered two crashes in Q1.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'38.286    
2 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'38.329 0.043 0.043
3 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'38.447 0.161 0.118
4 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'38.490 0.204 0.043
5 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'38.572 0.286 0.082
6 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'38.577 0.291 0.005
7 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'38.578 0.292 0.001
8 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'38.590 0.304 0.012
9 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'38.670 0.384 0.080
10 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'38.690 0.404 0.020
11 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'38.737 0.451 0.047
12 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'38.742 0.456 0.005
13 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'38.811 0.525 0.069
14 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'38.842 0.556 0.031
15 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'38.979 0.693 0.137
16 17 John McPhee Honda 1'38.990 0.704 0.011
17 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'39.011 0.725 0.021
18 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'39.101 0.815 0.090
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'39.677    
Q2 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'39.806 0.129 0.129
Q2 17 John McPhee Honda 1'39.996 0.319 0.190
Q2 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'40.408 0.731 0.412
19 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'40.634 0.957 0.226
20 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'40.665 0.988 0.031
21 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'40.727 1.050 0.062
22 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'40.802 1.125 0.075
23 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'40.927 1.250 0.125
24 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'41.081 1.404 0.154
25 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'41.142 1.465 0.061
26 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'41.242 1.565 0.100
27 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'42.079 2.402 0.837
28 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'42.774 3.097 0.695
29 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda      
30 99 Carlos Tatay KTM      
Round Number: 
14
2020
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2020 Valencia Moto2 FP3 Result: Bezzecchi Leads Tight Field

The rain scare from earlier today was completely gone by the time the intermediate class took to the track and it showed, with Friday’s benchmark quickly improved by several riders but most notably Marco Bezzecchi, the Italian keeping top spot until the checkered flag. Early leader Marcos Ramirez looked like his main rival throughout, but Hector Garzo snuck in between the two to grab second on the timesheets on his final flying lap and with a deluxe tow from championship leader Enea Bastianini.

Fabio Di Giannantonio was slower to warm up but when he did he climbed into fourth and within a tenth of a second of top spot. Sam Lowes also showed good speed to claim fifth but an odd high side at turn 9 in the final five minutes of FP3 saw him take a worrying trip to the medical centre for a check-up. Jorge Navarro and Luca Marini were the only two riders who failed to improve on their Friday times but both were safety inside the top 7 overall, while an impressive trio of Bo Bendsneyder, Nicolo Bulega and Marcel Schrotter rounded out the top 10 on the combined standings.

Stefano Manzi and Joe Roberts closed the top 10 of the session, both safety into Q2 despite a late crash for the American, while Bastianini had to navigate around all the yellow flags in the final five minutes of the session to rejoin the Q2 spots. Xavi Vierge was the last man to secure a position in the combined top 14 and the Spaniard was less than three tenths of a second slower than leader Bezzecchi. That left the likes of Remy Gardner, Aron Canet, Jorge Martin or Tom Luthi to fight it off in Q1, although all four men posted times within half a second of top spot.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'34.698    
2 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'34.711 0.013 0.013
3 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'34.723 0.025 0.012
4 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'34.788 0.090 0.065
5 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'34.826 0.128 0.038
6 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'34.900 0.202 0.074
7 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'34.918 0.220 0.018
8 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'34.930 0.232 0.012
9 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'34.949 0.251 0.019
10 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'34.968 0.270 0.019
11 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'34.970 0.272 0.002
12 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'34.972 0.274 0.002
13 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'34.973 0.275 0.001
14 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'34.979 0.281 0.006
15 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'35.123 0.425 0.144
16 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'35.158 0.460 0.035
17 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'35.249 0.551 0.091
18 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'35.258 0.560 0.009
19 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'35.341 0.643 0.083
20 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'35.410 0.712 0.069
21 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'35.418 0.720 0.008
22 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'35.493 0.795 0.075
23 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'35.626 0.928 0.133
24 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'35.799 1.101 0.173
25 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'35.893 1.195 0.094
26 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'35.935 1.237 0.042
27 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'36.175 1.477 0.240
28 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 1'37.014 2.316 0.839
29 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'37.190 2.492 0.176
Round Number: 
14
2020
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