MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2020 Magny-Cours World Supersport Superpole Result: Still Wet

The weather was still controlling events as World Supersport Superpole qualifying started, with the session declared wet. 

After a lap, Manuel Gonzales was quickest with a 1'53.638, but throughout the first half of the session, the top spot was held by Corentin Perolari, Kyle Smith, Manuel Gonzales and Isaac Vinales as marshals waved warning flags. 

Towards the end of the session, Kyle Smith put himself on top with a Smith 1'50.268, nine tenths faster than anyone else, and a lap after, he knocked a further third of a second off his time, setting a 1'49.927, leading by over a second with five minutes left in the session. Manuel Gonzales climbed up to second place, within a second of Smith, ahead of Isaac Viñales. 

Lucas Mahias and Andrea Locatelli took second and third places as Kyle Smith moved the pole to a 1'49.539, but as the flag came out Mahias was on a fast lap, taking provisional pole with a 1'49.467. 

Kyle Smith replied with a 1'49.318 at the flag, claiming pole position with only second-placed Lucas Mahias joining him in the 1'49s. Manuel Gonzales filled out the front row, his first, ahead of Andrea Locatelli, Raffaele De Rosa with sixth-placed Galang Hendra Pratama getting his career-best qualifying result. 

Results:

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 11 K. SMITH Yamaha YZF R6 1'49.318   252,6
2 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'49.467 0.149 246,3
3 81 M. GONZALEZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'50.064 0.746 252,0
4 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R6 1'50.281 0.963 249,7
5 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 1'50.577 1.259 251,4
6 9 G. HENDRA PRATAMA Yamaha YZF R6 1'50.581 1.263 246,8
7 98 K. HANIKA Yamaha YZF R6 1'50.671 1.353 251,4
8 94 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 1'50.861 1.543 248,0
9 32 I. VINALES Yamaha YZF R6 1'50.918 1.600 248,5
10 99 D. WEBB Yamaha YZF R6 1'51.377 2.059 248,0
11 30 G. VAN STRAALEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'51.689 2.371 245,2
12 78 H. OKUBO Honda CBR600RR 1'51.692 2.374 246,8
13 34 K. MANFREDI Yamaha YZF R6 1'52.054   245,2
14 25 A. VERDOIA Yamaha YZF R6 1'52.322 3.004 249,1
15 4 S. ODENDAAL Yamaha YZF R6 1'52.837 3.519 249,1
16 38 H. SOOMER Yamaha YZF R6 1'52.882 3.564 251,4
17 56 P. SEBESTYEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'52.893 3.575 244,1
18 5 P. OETTL Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'53.313 3.995 248,5
19 12 A. RUIZ CARRANZA Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.576   246,8
20 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.674 4.356 242,4
21 22 F. FULIGNI MV Agusta F3 675 1'53.744 4.426 245,7
22 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'53.845 4.527 246,3
23 47 A. BASSANI Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.924   244,1
24 42 S. FROSSARD Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.181 4.863 246,3
25 52 P. HOBELSBERGER Honda CBR600RR 1'55.895 6.577 241,3
Round Number: 
7
2020
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2020 Magny-Cours World Superbike Superpole Result: Wet Tyres On A Damp Track

World Superbike Superpole Qualifying was twenty five minutes around a damp track on wet tyres. 

Loris Baz opened qualifying with a 1'52.230 but shortly after, Alex Lowes replied with a 1'51.274 with Jonathan Rea not far behind. A few laps in, with riders gaining more confidence in the conditions, Rea moved the pace to 1'49.392, four tenths quicker than his teammate and over a second quicker than everyone else with fifteen minutes left.

At the halfway mark, Rea and Lowes pitted in, followed by Baz a minute later. Tati Mercado, fourth quickest, joined them as Garrett Gerloff knocked him and Baz down a spot as he provisionally took third place. Mercado and Michael Ruben Rinaldi were the two fastest Ducatis.

Garrett Gerloff briefly held provisional pole position with a 1'49.357 only to have Tom Sykes steal it from him with a 1'49.298, followed by Eugene Laverty posting a 1'49.122 and Alex Lowes a 1'49.060. 

With a minute left, Jonathan Rea and Michael van der Mark were on quick laps, but as their laps went off the boil, Lowes. Laverty, Sykes and Gerloff were on pole-pace laps as they charged at the flag. 

Garrett Gerloff set a 1'49.019 only to have Eugene Laverty nick his pole with a 1'48.644 as the flag came out. Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea snuck onto the front row behind Laverty and Alex Lowes squeezed Gerloff out of fourth place. 

Eugene Laverty and Tom Sykes put their BMWs in the top two spots, Laverty's pole position being his first in two years, with Jonathan Rea rounding out the front row. Alex Lowes, Garrett Gerloff and Michael van der Mark set up the second row, ahead of Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Loris Baz and Chaz Davies. Scott Redding ended the session in tenth place, three spots above returning Toprak Razgatlioglu. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 50 E. LAVERTY BMW S1000 RR 1'48.644   264,9
2 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR 1'48.786 0.142 258,0
3 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.828 0.184 275,0
4 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.877 0.233 276,4
5 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.019 0.375 266,2
6 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.354 0.710 275,0
7 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'49.478 0.834 270,2
8 76 L. BAZ Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.647 1.003 272,3
9 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'49.659 1.015 269,6
10 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'49.684 1.040 272,3
11 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR-R 1'50.319 1.675 270,9
12 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R1 1'50.470 1.826 263,6
13 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1'50.531 1.887 267,6
14 12 X. FORES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'50.549 1.905 264,9
15 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'50.570 1.926 268,9
16 53 V. DEBISE Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'51.401 2.757 261,7
17 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000RR-R 1'51.614 2.970 258,6
18 34 X. PINSACH Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'51.915 3.271 258,0
19 20 S. BARRIER Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'52.055 3.411 263,6
20 97 S. CAVALIERI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'53.377 4.733 245,2
21 13 T. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR-R 1'55.230 6.586 259,2
Round Number: 
7
2020
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2020 Magny-Cours World Supersport FP2 Result: Smith Quickest In Wet

At the end of a wet day, Kyle Smith was quickest overall, eight tenths of a second ahead of Lucas Mahias and Andrea Locatelli. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 11 K. SMITH Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.250   244,1
2 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'55.062 0.812 244,1
3 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.165 0.915 243,0
4 4 S. ODENDAAL Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.278 1.028 244,1
5 34 K. MANFREDI Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.488   244,1
6 38 H. SOOMER Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.683 1.433 245,7
7 56 P. SEBESTYEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.341 2.091 238,7
8 98 K. HANIKA Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.463 2.213 242,4
9 47 A. BASSANI Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.577   241,9
10 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 1'56.781 2.531 245,2
11 5 P. OETTL Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'57.067 2.817 245,7
12 32 I. VINALES Yamaha YZF R6 1'57.138 2.888 240,8
13 81 M. GONZALEZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'57.306 3.056 245,2
14 30 G. VAN STRAALEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'57.416 3.166 237,6
15 99 D. WEBB Yamaha YZF R6 1'57.673 3.423 241,9
16 78 H. OKUBO Honda CBR600RR 1'57.742 3.492 237,6
17 9 G. HENDRA PRATAMA Yamaha YZF R6 1'57.867 3.617 240,3
18 22 F. FULIGNI MV Agusta F3 675 1'58.027 3.777 244,1
19 94 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.260 4.010 241,9
20 12 A. RUIZ CARRANZA Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.633   244,1
21 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'58.768 4.518 241,3
22 52 P. HOBELSBERGER Honda CBR600RR 1'59.709 5.459 237,1
23 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 2'00.598 6.348 238,7
24 42 S. FROSSARD Yamaha YZF R6 2'01.785 7.535 235,1
25 25 A. VERDOIA Yamaha YZF R6 2'06.826 12.576 236,6
26 2 L. MONTELLA Yamaha YZF R6 2'09.119   231,0
Round Number: 
7
2020
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2020 Magny-Cours World Superbike FP2 Result: Gerloff Tops Wet Friday

Garrett Gerloff, continuing his new-found form, siezed the top spot toward the end of the wet session, ending Friday quickest, just ahead of Jonathan Rea and Michael Ruben Rinaldi.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1'48.830   275,7
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.845 0.015 272,3
3 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'48.914 0.084 264,9
4 76 L. BAZ Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.412 0.582 266,2
5 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'49.552 0.722 275,7
6 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR 1'49.717 0.887 268,9
7 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'49.899 1.069 273,6
8 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR-R 1'49.956 1.126 272,3
9 50 E. LAVERTY BMW S1000 RR 1'50.022 1.192 265,6
10 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'50.467 1.637 272,9
11 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'50.643 1.813 259,2
12 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1'50.926 2.096 267,6
13 12 X. FORES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'50.959 2.129 264,3
14 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'51.187 2.357 264,9
15 53 V. DEBISE Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'52.274 3.444 259,2
16 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R1 1'52.388 3.558 256,8
17 20 S. BARRIER Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'52.485 3.655 268,9
18 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000RR-R 1'52.730 3.900 255,6
19 34 X. PINSACH Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'53.474 4.644 263,0
20 13 T. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR-R 1'54.144 5.314 263,6
21 97 S. CAVALIERI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'57.493 8.663 234,0
Round Number: 
7
2020
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2020 Magny-Cours World Superbike FP2 Result: Gerloff Tops Wet Friday

Garrett Gerloff, continuing his new-found form, siezed the top spot toward the end of the wet session, ending Friday quickest, just ahead of Jonathan Rea and Michael Ruben Rinaldi.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1'48.830   275,7
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.845 0.015 272,3
3 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'48.914 0.084 264,9
4 76 L. BAZ Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.412 0.582 266,2
5 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'49.552 0.722 275,7
6 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR 1'49.717 0.887 268,9
7 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'49.899 1.069 273,6
8 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR-R 1'49.956 1.126 272,3
9 50 E. LAVERTY BMW S1000 RR 1'50.022 1.192 265,6
10 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'50.467 1.637 272,9
11 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'50.643 1.813 259,2
12 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1'50.926 2.096 267,6
13 12 X. FORES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'50.959 2.129 264,3
14 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'51.187 2.357 264,9
15 53 V. DEBISE Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'52.274 3.444 259,2
16 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R1 1'52.388 3.558 256,8
17 20 S. BARRIER Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'52.485 3.655 268,9
18 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000RR-R 1'52.730 3.900 255,6
19 34 X. PINSACH Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'53.474 4.644 263,0
20 13 T. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR-R 1'54.144 5.314 263,6
21 97 S. CAVALIERI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'57.493 8.663 234,0
Round Number: 
7
2020
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2020 Magny-Cours World Supersport FP1 Result: Soomer And Mahias Quickest

Hannes Soomer led Lucas Mahias and Kyle Smith in a wet qualifying session.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 38 H. SOOMER Yamaha YZF R6 1'57.444   244,1
2 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'57.535 0.091 241,9
3 11 K. SMITH Yamaha YZF R6 1'57.547 0.103 243,5
4 4 S. ODENDAAL Yamaha YZF R6 1'57.892 0.448 242,4
5 32 I. VINALES Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.082 0.638 238,7
6 56 P. SEBESTYEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.184 0.740 234,5
7 34 K. MANFREDI Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.575   239,7
8 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.616 1.172 237,6
9 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 1'58.796 1.352 239,2
10 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'59.070 1.626 243,5
11 98 K. HANIKA Yamaha YZF R6 1'59.645 2.201 231,5
12 5 P. OETTL Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'59.839 2.395 243,5
13 47 A. BASSANI Yamaha YZF R6 2'00.163   239,2
14 30 G. VAN STRAALEN Yamaha YZF R6 2'00.384 2.940 233,0
15 81 M. GONZALEZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'00.598 3.154 242,4
16 78 H. OKUBO Honda CBR600RR 2'00.669 3.225 236,1
17 94 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 2'00.692 3.248 237,1
18 99 D. WEBB Yamaha YZF R6 2'02.162 4.718 242,4
19 52 P. HOBELSBERGER Honda CBR600RR 2'02.525 5.081 235,1
20 22 F. FULIGNI MV Agusta F3 675 2'02.976 5.532 237,6
21 9 G. HENDRA PRATAMA Yamaha YZF R6 2'03.203 5.759 232,0
22 25 A. VERDOIA Yamaha YZF R6 2'03.650 6.206 241,9
23 12 A. RUIZ CARRANZA Yamaha YZF R6 2'04.186   240,3
24 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 2'04.873 7.429 238,2
25 42 S. FROSSARD Yamaha YZF R6 2'05.194 7.750 216,3
26 2 L. MONTELLA Yamaha YZF R6 2'13.029   230,1
Round Number: 
7
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2020 Magny-Cours World Superbike FP1 Result: Rea Tops Wet Morning

After Loris Baz controlled most of the wet morning, Jonathan Rea took over and set fast lap after fast lap, ending the session over a second ahead of Baz and Tom Sykes.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'49.356   270,2
2 76 L. BAZ Yamaha YZF R1 1'50.707 1.351 260,5
3 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR 1'50.995 1.639 266,2
4 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1'51.320 1.964 264,9
5 12 X. FORES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'51.569 2.213 259,9
6 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'52.114 2.758 258,6
7 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'52.177 2.821 268,9
8 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'52.338 2.982 259,9
9 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'52.603 3.247 270,9
10 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR-R 1'52.640 3.284 262,4
11 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1'52.733 3.377 268,2
12 50 E. LAVERTY BMW S1000 RR 1'53.251 3.895 263,0
13 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R1 1'53.675 4.319 270,2
14 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'53.799 4.443 263,0
15 20 S. BARRIER Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'53.815 4.459 268,9
16 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'54.764 5.408 264,9
17 53 V. DEBISE Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'55.341 5.985 258,0
18 34 X. PINSACH Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'55.440 6.084 255,6
19 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000RR-R 1'56.871 7.515 257,4
20 13 T. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR-R 1'57.525 8.169 261,1
21 97 S. CAVALIERI Ducati Panigale V4 R 2'00.620 11.264 240,3
Round Number: 
7
2020
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2020 Barcelona MotoGP Race Result: A Steady Unstoppable March

The sun might not have shined over the premier class field as riders were lining up on the grid – or at any point throughout the 24 laps – but Fabio Quartararo provided a brilliant display of superiority at the front of the pack. The Frenchman proved to be the strongest Yamaha and maintained the factory’s fine record in Catalunya with a long overdue but impeccable victory. However, Yamaha had to surrender the remaining podium positions to two impressive performances from Suzuki. Joan Mir was a touch faster than Alex Rins but the Spaniards brought their factory the first double podium in over a decade.

It was the other Yamahas hogging the limelight early into the race, with Franco Morbidelli making a great start for a first time poleman, even holding off holeshot master Jack Miller. Valentino Rossi did not get off particularly well but the Italian found his way past Miller by the end of lap one, the Ducati soon falling victim to Quartararo at turn 10 as well, making it an all-Yamaha provisional podium. Nonetheless, Miller, Mir and Pol Espargaro were hot on their trail, with Rins also making a fine start to go from 13th on the grid to 7th. On the other hand, Maverick Vinales made a dreadful start and dropped outside of the top 15, battling Alex Marquez early on. Regardless, the big innocent victim of lap one was Andrea Dovizioso, the Italian taken out in a chain reaction following a hairy moment for Danilo Petrucci at turn 2, which also put Johann Zarco out of the action.

With anticipated tyre wear woes, there wasn’t much action for the first handful of laps, other than Quartararo finding the inside of Rossi at turn 1 as lap 6 started, in the battle for second. Only Miller managed to hold on to the leaders in the early stages, Mir almost a second behind and teammate Rins over two seconds back, fending off a strong group including Pol Epargaro, Petrucci, Pecco Bagnaia and Brad Binder. Vinales was still 15th, nearly eight seconds behind the lead Yamahas and seeing that gap increase with every lap.

By lap nine, only Quartararo seemed up for a fight, going into the lead at turn 1 by demoting his teammate. The Frenchman pushed to stretch a gap but his chasing colleagues had none of it and kept closely behind. However, gaps started to form behind the podium battle, Miller a second behind, Mir another second back and Rins getting separated from a group led by Petrucci. Pol Espargaro abandoned his home GP at the halfway point of the race, while dicing with the Italian for seventh place.

The leading Yamahas started the second half of the race in control of the podium positions, but Morbidelli’s mistake at turn 1 demoted him to third and lost him time on his colleagues. Meanwhile, Mir had caught up with Miller and was keeping him busy, as well as keeping us mildly entertained while not much else was going on. It felt like the calm before the storm and the storm came with 9 laps remaining, when Rossi’s landmark 350th premier class start ended at infamous turn 2. Before the replays could even run, Mir found a way past Miller to claim the final podium spot that just became available. Aided by the crashes, including Miguel Oliveira swiftly following Rossi’s example at turn 2, Vinales joined the top 10 but still 13 seconds behind the leader.

Quartararo might have been left comfortably in the lead, three seconds ahead of his teammate, but it was always going to be a tense final 8 laps. Even more tense for Morbidelli, who soon came under threat from Mir, the Spaniard attempting another of his soon-to-be trademark late race resurgences. Once the gap got to six tenths, Mir struggled to break that barrier for a couple of laps, but then a change of mapping seemed to work in his favour.

Quartararo slowed his pace a bit for the final handful of laps but although the gap came down to two and a half seconds, Morbidelli couldn’t focus on that once Mir finally bridged the gap with three laps remaining. The Suzuki man attacked in turn 1 on the penultimate lap and things got even worse for Morbidelli as Rins also found a way past by the end of that same lap and removed another Yamaha from the podium positions.

Quartararo crossed the finish line less than a second ahead of Mir and Rins, with Morbidelli making do with fourth, while Miller won the battle for fifth against teammate Bagnaia. Takaaki Nakagami found some speed late in the race to climb into seventh, with Petrucci, Vinales and Crutchlow completing the top ten positions.

Quartararo put his name firmly (by this season’s standards) at the top of the championship standings, 8 points ahead of new main challenger Mir. Vinales drops 18 points behind Quartararo, with Dovizioso demoted to fourth and 24 points behind.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 40'33.176
2 36 Joan Mir Suzuki +0.928
3 42 Alex Rins Suzuki +1.898
4 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha +2.846
5 43 Jack Miller Ducati +3.391
6 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati +3.518
7 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda +3.671
8 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati +6.117
9 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha +13.607
10 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda +14.483
11 33 Brad Binder KTM +14.927
12 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia +15.647
13 73 Alex Marquez Honda +17.327
14 27 Iker Lecuona KTM +27.066
15 53 Tito Rabat Ducati +27.282
16 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia +28.736
17 6 Stefan Bradl Honda +32.643
Not Classified
  88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 6 Laps
  46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 9 Laps
  44 Pol Espargaro KTM 12 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
  5 Johann Zarco Ducati 0 Lap
  4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 0 Lap
Round Number: 
9
2020
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2020 Barcelona Moto2 Race Result: The Cat And Mouse Game

Lots of clouds turned up to watch the intermediate class race but they didn’t interfere with the plotline, which saw Luca Marini and Sam Lowes pushing each other all the way to the final lap. The conclusion of the story was in the Italian’s favour, Marini consolidating his championship lead with a victory on enemy soil. Lowes disposed of several challengers to join the victory battle and stepped onto the second podium spot for the second consecutive time. Although not featuring heavily int he victory fight, Fabio Di Giannantonio made good use of his second row start and turned it into a first podium of the season.

Pole position served Marini well as he reached turn 1 first, while Di Giannantonio found a way past teammate Jorge Navarro, with Marco Bezzecchi close behind. Having started 10th, Enea Bastianini was up to fifth straight away and ahead of Lowes, who lost a couple of places on the first lap but was a handful for the Italian. Lowes made a close move on lap two to, demoting Bastianini, who then lost another place to Joe Roberts, with Jake Dixon and Xavi Vierge also on his tail and waiting to pounce. From 19th on the grid, Aron Canet had joined the top ten by lap 3, holding off the likes of Augusto Fernandez, Jorge Martin and Tom Luthi.

By lap 5, the two Speed Up machines of Di Giannantonio and Navarro were still clinging onto the back of Marini, with Lowes pushing to join the victory battle. The Marc VDS rider soon got past Navarro and the Spaniard’s podium charge seemed to be over early on. Roberts had picked up the lead of the chasing pack but the group had lost a full second on the four leaders. The group also lost Dixon to a mechanical issue one lap later, Bezzecchi to a mistake at turn 10 on the same lap and Vierge to a crash at turn 9 a couple of laps later.

Back at the front, Lowes picked up Di Giannantonio on lap 7 but the aggressive move at turn 10 dropped both of them over a second behind Marini, who was the quickest man on track. While Lowes pushed to catch up with the leader, leaving Di Giannantonio in his wake, Roberts was still leading the chasing pack ahead of Navarro, still a second behind the podium positions. Canet was the fastest man of the group, having demoted Bastianini and Fernandez, while Bezzechi was another second down the road, in a third group with Luthi and Ramirez. However, Canet made his first significant mistake at notorious turn 10 on lap 11, when he dropped from 6th to 9th and out of the battle for fourth.

Marini was yet to be challenged as the race hit the halfway mark but Lowes was glued to his rear wheel and planning an attack. Di Giannantonio was in a lonely third, with Roberts and Navarro the only men still standing from the original pursuing pack. Another second and a half back, Bastianini was under attack from Fernandez, with Bezzecchi and Canet not too far back either.

Lowes bided his time until 7 laps were left on the board, entering the first corner first and waiting for Marini’s response. The Italian wasn’t in a rush to retaliate but kept a close eye on the British rider. Meanwhile, DiGia was starting to feel somewhat less comfortable in his podium spot, as teammate Navarro was getting nearer, seven tenths back with 3 laps remaining.

Lowes had a stressful final handful of laps, with a twitch here and a slide there, encouraging Marini to attack in turn 1 with two laps remaining. Lowes tried to fight back but went in too hot at turn 6 and it allowed the SKY rider to start the final lap nine tenths ahead. Marini took the checkered flag comfortably ahead of Lowes, with Di Giannantonio never really under threat from Navarro. Roberts joined the top five, with Bastianini giving up one too many championship points down in sixth, much like Bezzecchi in seventh. Canet, Ramirez and Schrotter completed the top ten positions.

Marini’s victory puts him 20 points ahead of compatriot Bastianini, with teammate Bezzecchi 36 points down and Lowes 47 behind the leader.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 10 Luca Marini Kalex 38'11.103
2 22 Sam Lowes Kalex +0.981
3 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up +4.399
4 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up +5.608
5 16 Joe Roberts Kalex +5.797
6 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex +6.080
7 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex +8.552
8 44 Aron Canet Speed Up +9.928
9 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex +14.874
10 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex +15.058
11 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex +17.687
12 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex +18.910
13 40 Hector Garzo Kalex +19.017
14 57 Edgar Pons Kalex +19.315
15 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta +20.404
16 87 Remy Gardner Kalex +24.358
17 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS +27.561
18 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up +36.014
19 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex +36.101
20 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex +37.659
21 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS +1'00.256
Not Classified
  7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1 Lap
  37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 2 Laps
  35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 2 Laps
  88 Jorge Martin Kalex 8 Laps
  97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 15 Laps
  96 Jake Dixon Kalex 17 Laps
  11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 19 Laps
  19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 20 Laps
  62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 20 Laps
Round Number: 
9
2020
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2020 Barcelona Moto3 Race Result: Another Pinch Of Drama

An unusually chilly Montmelo set the scene for the first taste of racing of the day and the lightweight class warmed us up nicely with the usual race-long fight for victory. This time out the laurels went to Darryn Binder, the South African consistently near the top of proceedings and scoring a maiden win in Moto3 after a decisive move on the final lap. Arbolino took the door open by Binder and also slid past compatriot Dennis Foggia, the duo taking the remaining podium positions.

Arbolino had made a decent start from pole position, much like fellow front row starter Gabriel Rodrigo, but Raul Fernandez lost a couple of places, allowing Albert Arenas and Binder past. By lap 3, Arenas made his way to the front, aided by one of many slipstream-assisted moves into turn 1, while Arbolino went from first to fourth, having to fight his way back past Binder and Rodrigo. Fernandez kept dropping positions too and was down to 8th, with the likes of Sergio Garcia, John McPhee and Filip Salac getting ahead of him. Having started 24th, Ai Ogura made some fine progress on the first lap to climb as high as 14th position, but then struggled to keep inside the top 15 as he was getting challenged by the likes of Celestino Vietti.

Turn 1 was the main enemy of all race leaders throughout the 21 laps, with Arenas getting pushed back only a lap after grabbing the lead, allowing Rodrigo some time in the limelight, which only lasted another lap as well, Arbolino taking over next time around. The Italian managed to hold onto the lead for a couple of laps but the battle behind him was getting close and crowded and something had to give. That something turned out to be McPhee’s front tyre at turn 4 of lap 6, when the Scotsman's failed overtake on Arenas in the battle for second took them both out of the race. Suddenly, Ogura had an unexpected reason to rejoice but still had work to do from 15th position.

Back ahead, Arbolino was in control but not quite safe, with Binder sniffing around him and eyeing top spot at turn 1. The duo swapped places a handful of times by lap ten, when Jaume Masia and Rodrigo started to get involved. The Spaniard led the way at the halfway mark of proceedings, but the foursome had seven other men on their tail, including Garcia, Fernandez, Foggia, Salac, Vietti, Romano Fenati and Niccolo Antonelli. A second group including Ogura was about a second down the road but steadily reducing the gap.

Once the race reached half point, the lead changed hands at every passing through turn 1 for the next handful of laps, Binder, Rodrigo and Foggia the riders to feature most prominently at the front, while Arbolino and Masia kept close but not close enough to attack for the lead. Vietti was another of the names to pop up into the podium battle for the final six laps, despite his lowly grid position. The final five laps started with the Leopard duo in charge of proceedings, Foggia ahead of Masia and with Arbolino back into the top three. Binder and Rodrigo were briefly demoted from the limelight but were back in the mix for the podium for the final handful of laps.

Although unable to stretch a gap at the front, Foggia was the most consistent leader yet and started the final lap still at the top of the pack. However, Binder made his move at turn 5, nudging Foggia wide and also allowing Arbolino through. That order remained unchanged until the finish line, with Garcia best of the rest in fourth. Alonso Lopez kept close in fifth, while the rest of the group lost a bit of steam on the final lap, Masia taking the checkered flag eight tenths later, ahead of Vietti and Fenati. However, both Masia and Vietti were penalised to drop one position due to exceeding track limits on the final lap, promoting Fenati to sixth place. Antonelli and Rodrigo completed the top 10, with Ogura eventually climbing to 11th position.

While Ogura could not take much advantage of his title rivals’ misfortune, the Japanese rider leaves Barcelona with the championship lead, 3 points ahead of an enraged Arenas. McPhee is 24 points down, while Arbolino comes within 27 points of the lead.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 40 Darryn Binder KTM 38'32.507
2 14 Tony Arbolino Honda +0.103
3 7 Dennis Foggia Honda +0.157
4 11 Sergio Garcia Honda +0.232
5 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna +0.386
6 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna +1.436
7 5 Jaume Masia Honda +1.218
8 13 Celestino Vietti KTM +1.293
9 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda +1.928
10 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda +1.932
11 79 Ai Ogura Honda +2.012
12 12 Filip Salac Honda +2.536
13 25 Raul Fernandez KTM +3.572
14 82 Stefano Nepa KTM +4.800
15 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda +5.042
16 70 Barry Baltus KTM +5.656
17 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM +6.729
18 27 Kaito Toba KTM +13.556
19 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda +14.205
20 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM +14.437
21 92 Yuki Kunii Honda +23.202
22 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM +25.032
23 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM +35.469
24 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda +35.496
Not Classified
  16 Andrea Migno KTM 3 Laps
  99 Carlos Tatay KTM 4 Laps
  9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 10 Laps
  53 Deniz Öncü KTM 13 Laps
  20 Jose Julian Garcia Honda 13 Laps
  17 John Mcphee Honda 16 Laps
  75 Albert Arenas KTM 16 Laps
Round Number: 
9
2020
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