MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2020 Le Mans Moto3 Race Result: Another Last Lap Wonder

The lightweight class race opened the show on Sunday, in a sunny but cold morning in France that spelled disaster for some riders and great opportunities for others. The man who profited most, despite being the odd one out on tyre choice, was Celestino Vietti, who led the only lap that mattered – the last one – to secure victory in Le Mans and improve his chances in the world championship battle. Compatriot Tony Arbolino joined him on the podium and also got a touch closer to the title by finishing just ahead of new championship leader Albert Arenas.

Arenas had made a launch of SpaceX proportions when the lights went out, miles ahead of poleman Jaume Masia going into turn one and with Arbolino immediately attacking the Spaniard as well. Front row starter John McPhee dropped positions at the start and found himself outside of the top ten by the end of the first lap. Still, that seemed like a more likely comeback than Ai Ogura’s, the championship leader going into Le Mans getting pushed out of the top 20 after starting 17th.

Arenas’s dream start did not continue past lap 2, with Masia reclaiming top spot and encouraging the vultures to attack, pushing Arenas to the back of the top five. While the Spaniard was fighting his way back into the provisional podium positions, a lead group of 16 riders was starting to separate from the chasers by one second by lap five, with Ogura stuck in the second group and struggling to progress from 24th position.

Masia continued to lead the way for the next few laps, with Arbolino, Darryn Binder, Arenas and Gabriel Rodrigo providing the entertainment right behind him as they traded places. The lead group lost teammates Romano Fenati and Alonso Lopez at turn 13 of lap seven and Tatsuki Suzuki at turn 8 one lap later but it still didn’t help McPhee join the top ten.

Arenas was back on Masia’s tail by lap nine but bided his time for an attack and the mistake came on lap 11, when Masia lost momentum and allowed Arenas, Arbolino and Binder through into turn 7. However, Arenas only held onto the lead for a couple of laps, Masia’s Honda powering past at turn 1, with eight laps remaining, with Arbolino, Binder and Vietti quickly following his example and relegating Arenas to fifth once more. The Spaniard made quick work of Vietti and his mission got easier one lap later, when Binder’s KTM machine gave up and took the South African out of contention. That left Arenas in charge of the pursuit of the two Hondas and while he was dicing with Arbolino, rival McPhee got tangled in Jeremy Alcoba’s crash and abandoned the battle at turn 10. The flurry of late crashes, also including Kaito Toba and Niccolo Antonelli, promoted Ogura to 10th place all of a sudden, although over ten seconds behind the leaders.

Back at the front, Masia started the final two laps still ahead of the eight-man lead group but with Arenas, Arbolino and Vietti as the most vocal contenders for the podium. A slight mistake from Masia at turn 8 saw Vietti in charge of proceedings for the first time as the race entered its final lap, chased by Arbolino, Arenas and Masia. Although the foursome was close together, there was no opportunity for a move and Vietti took the checkered flag ahead of Arbolino and Arenas. Masia missed out on the podium once more, with Andrea Migno fifth, ahead of Ayumu Sasaki, Raul Fernandez and Rodrigo. Ogura managed to take control of the chasing pack in the closing laps to secure ninth place and reduce the damage in the world championship.

Arenas’ podium gives him back the lead in the championship, six points ahead of Ogura, with Vietti only 16 points down and Arbolino getting closer as well, 20 points back.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 37'37.384
2 14 Tony Arbolino Honda +0.142
3 75 Albert Arenas KTM +0.198
4 5 Jaume Masia Honda +0.336
5 16 Andrea Migno KTM +0.569
6 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM +0.834
7 25 Raul Fernandez KTM +1.361
8 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda +1.625
9 79 Ai Ogura Honda +15.003
10 99 Carlos Tatay KTM +15.139
11 11 Sergio Garcia Honda +15.269
12 12 Filip Salac Honda +15.381
13 7 Dennis Foggia Honda +15.574
14 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM +15.729
15 82 Stefano Nepa KTM +17.743
16 70 Barry Baltus KTM +18.991
17 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM +19.173
18 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda +25.148
19 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda +26.189
20 92 Yuki Kunii Honda +26.360
21 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM +26.959
22 53 Deniz Öncü KTM +30.306
Not Classified
  23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 4 Laps
  17 John McPhee Honda 5 Laps
  52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 5 Laps
  27 Kaito Toba KTM 5 Laps
  40 Darryn Binder KTM 7 Laps
  9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 10 Laps
  24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 15 Laps
  55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 16 Laps
  21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 16 Laps
Round Number: 
10
2020
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2020 Le Mans Moto2 Warm Up Result: Lowes Leaps Ahead

Results: 

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'36.859    
2 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'37.528 0.669 0.669
3 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'37.578 0.719 0.050
4 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'37.614 0.755 0.036
5 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'37.633 0.774 0.019
6 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'37.703 0.844 0.070
7 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'37.710 0.851 0.007
8 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'37.792 0.933 0.082
9 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'37.948 1.089 0.156
10 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'38.096 1.237 0.148
11 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'38.118 1.259 0.022
12 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'38.145 1.286 0.027
13 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'38.163 1.304 0.018
14 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'38.329 1.470 0.166
15 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'38.337 1.478 0.008
16 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'38.503 1.644 0.166
17 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'38.541 1.682 0.038
18 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'38.543 1.684 0.002
19 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'38.544 1.685 0.001
20 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'38.584 1.725 0.040
21 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'38.595 1.736 0.011
22 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'38.604 1.745 0.009
23 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'38.656 1.797 0.052
24 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'39.004 2.145 0.348
25 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'39.027 2.168 0.023
26 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'39.030 2.171 0.003
27 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'39.040 2.181 0.010
28 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'40.127 3.268 1.087
29 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 1'40.290 3.431 0.163
30 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'40.844 3.985 0.554
Round Number: 
10
2020
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2020 Le Mans MotoGP Warm Up Result: Cold Morning For Morbidelli

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'32.869    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'33.129 0.260 0.260
3 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'33.195 0.326 0.066
4 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'33.299 0.430 0.104
5 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'33.342 0.473 0.043
6 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'33.409 0.540 0.067
7 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'33.432 0.563 0.023
8 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'33.437 0.568 0.005
9 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'33.574 0.705 0.137
10 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'33.587 0.718 0.013
11 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'33.833 0.964 0.246
12 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'33.839 0.970 0.006
13 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'33.894 1.025 0.055
14 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'33.908 1.039 0.014
15 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'33.922 1.053 0.014
16 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'34.145 1.276 0.223
17 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'34.252 1.383 0.107
18 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'34.507 1.638 0.255
19 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'34.523 1.654 0.016
20 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'34.594 1.725 0.071
21 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'34.708 1.839 0.114
22 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'34.780 1.911 0.072
Round Number: 
10
2020
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2020 Le Mans Moto3 Warm Up Result: Migno Leads The Way

Results: 

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'42.514    
2 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'42.635 0.121 0.121
3 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'42.667 0.153 0.032
4 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'42.683 0.169 0.016
5 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'42.749 0.235 0.066
6 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'42.833 0.319 0.084
7 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'42.884 0.370 0.051
8 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'42.913 0.399 0.029
9 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'42.932 0.418 0.019
10 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'42.952 0.438 0.020
11 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'43.050 0.536 0.098
12 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'43.091 0.577 0.041
13 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'43.179 0.665 0.088
14 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'43.180 0.666 0.001
15 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'43.180 0.666  
16 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'43.239 0.725 0.059
17 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'43.290 0.776 0.051
18 17 John McPhee Honda 1'43.355 0.841 0.065
19 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'43.420 0.906 0.065
20 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'43.504 0.990 0.084
21 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'43.522 1.008 0.018
22 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'43.545 1.031 0.023
23 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'43.551 1.037 0.006
24 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'43.566 1.052 0.015
25 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'43.621 1.107 0.055
26 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'43.646 1.132 0.025
27 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'43.664 1.150 0.018
28 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'43.681 1.167 0.017
29 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'43.785 1.271 0.104
30 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'44.256 1.742 0.471
31 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'44.463 1.949 0.207
Round Number: 
10
2020
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2020 Le Mans MotoE Race 1 Result: Two Short Bursts Of Drama

MotoE provided the first racing action of the weekend on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Le Mans and the handful of laps were nothing short of drama. Mattia Ferrari nailed the start to lead into turn 1, with Alejandro Medina the other big winner, going from seventh on the grid to second by turn three, ahead of Josh Hook and poleman Jordi Torres. Having started last, Mattia Casadei was unceremoniously dumped out of the title battle with a high side at turn three and his stricken machine prompted a red flag for safe removal. Without a lap being completed, the grid went back to original positions for the restarted five-lap race, which meant that the poleman got another shot to get it right.

Ferrari once again got the holeshot but turn 3 demanded more attention, with the Italian sliding out on his own while Xavier Simeon’s crash wiped out title rival Dominique Aegerter and Niccolo Canepa. After that dramatic start, Torres found himself one second ahead, with Niki Tuuli his main challenger but getting harassed by Mike Di Meglio and Josh Hook. However, Torres’ advantage did not last as the pursuers regrouped and the Spaniard was reeled in by Di Meglio and Tuuli, leaving Hook behind. The Frenchman tried to line up a move but never made one and Torres scored his first victory in the class to swing the championship lead his way. Di Meglio settled for second on home soil and Tuuli made a long overdue return to the podium, with Hook and Tommaso Marcon joining the top five – the Italian having started 11th with a grid penalty.

Class rookie Torres will enter tomorrow’s title decider 18 points ahead of Ferrari, while Aegerter managed to rejoin and get a couple points to trail the leader by 20.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 40 Jordi Torres Energica 8'43.391
2 63 Mike Di Meglio Energica +0.116
3 66 Niki Tuuli Energica +0.557
4 16 Josh Hook Energica +1.925
5 70 Tommaso Marcon Energica +4.296
6 51 Eric Granado Energica +4.590
7 6 Maria Herrera Energica +6.514
8 55 Alejandro Medina Energica +6.201
9 61 Alessandro Zaccone Energica +11.875
10 35 Lukas Tulovic Energica +12.419
11 18 Xavi Cardelus Energica +13.262
12 15 Alex De Angelis Energica +14.087
13 84 Jakub Kornfeil Energica +23.207
14 77 Dominique Aegerter Energica +59.643
Not Finished 1st Lap
  11 Matteo Ferrari Energica 0 Lap
  7 Niccolo Canepa Energica 0 Lap
  10 Xavier Simeon Energica 0 Lap
Not Starting
  27 Mattia Casadei Energica 0 Lap
Round Number: 
5
2020
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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
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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      
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