MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2020 Barcelona Moto3 FP2 Result: Masia Leads Eventful Session

Although temperatures kept rising in Montmelo, the wind posed a challenge for the junior class and gravel traps at turns 3 and 10 in particular got a lot of airtime early on. Jaume Masia was the exception by sliding out at turn 7, but the Leopard rider went on to pick up the lead of the session in the final time attack, when he became one of the few riders to improve their FP1 times, while Darryn Binder also improved to come within three tenths of a second of the Spaniard. Carlos Tatay enjoyed the return on home soil and made a late jump into the top three, as the last rider to post a time within half a second of top spot.

After an early tumble at turn 1, Gabriel Rodrigo rejoined the action to climb into fourth, ahead of Raul Fernandez, who overcame a rodeo moment at turn 3 and remained fastest on the combined standings. Tony Arbolino led the way early on, before limping away from a high side at turn 10 but was back from medical checks just in time for the late time attack that saw him climb back into sixth. Stefano Nepa was seventh in the session but not quick enough to join the combined top 14, unlike Andrea Migno in eighth. Jeremy Alcoba went from outside the top 15 into ninth position on the last lap, but it was still not enough to progress on the combined standings.

John McPhee rounded out the top ten of the session despite an early tumble of his own at troublesome turn 10, while championship leader Albert Arenas finished 14th, although both riders’ final flying laps were slowed down when avoiding a crash in front of them. Despite ending the session outside the top 15, Romano Fenati, Filip Salac, Alonso Lopez, Niccolo Antonelli and Kaito Toba still held onto provisional top 14 positions on the combined standings. A notable absence was Celestino Vietti, the Italian also crashing out at turn 3 but the repair job was too big for him to be able to rejoin the session and he dropped to 18th by the checkered flag.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'49.134    
2 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'49.418 0.284 0.284
3 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'49.611 0.477 0.193
4 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'49.821 0.687 0.210
5 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'49.935 0.801 0.114
6 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'49.952 0.818 0.017
7 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'50.031 0.897 0.079
8 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'50.072 0.938 0.041
9 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'50.090 0.956 0.018
10 17 John McPhee Honda 1'50.151 1.017 0.061
11 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'50.246 1.112 0.095
12 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'50.394 1.260 0.148
13 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'50.415 1.281 0.021
14 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'50.502 1.368 0.087
15 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'50.525 1.391 0.023
16 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'50.671 1.537 0.146
17 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'50.715 1.581 0.044
18 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'50.742 1.608 0.027
19 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'50.756 1.622 0.014
20 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'50.955 1.821 0.199
21 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'50.969 1.835 0.014
22 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'51.071 1.937 0.102
23 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'51.079 1.945 0.008
24 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'51.104 1.970 0.025
25 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'51.108 1.974 0.004
26 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'51.143 2.009 0.035
27 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'51.200 2.066 0.057
28 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'51.280 2.146 0.080
29 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'51.287 2.153 0.007
30 20 Jose Julian Garcia Honda 1'51.290 2.156 0.003
31 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'52.096 2.962 0.806
Round Number: 
9
2020
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2020 Barcelona Moto2 FP1 Result: Lowes Leaps Ahead

Barcelona was starting to warm up by the time the intermediate class took their turn around the Montmelo circuit and at the end of the 40 minutes, the Lowes/Marini battle got settled in the British rider’s favour. Sam Lowes finished the morning two tenths of a second quicker than championship leader Luca Marini, with Tetsuta Nagashima making a much better start in Spain, three tenths off the Italian. Back on home soil, Aron Canet also put his name at the top of the timesheets, albeit only briefly, before dropping to fourth, half a second slower than the leader. Fabio Di Giannantonio progressed to fifth position, ahead of title contender Marco Bezzecchi.

After sitting out the outings in Misano due to testing positive for Covid-19, Jorge Martin was back in action for his home race and was quickly on the pace, in seventh place by seven tenths. Augusto Fernandez, Bo Bendsneyder and Nicolo Bulega rounded out the top ten. Jake Dixon missed out by mere hundredths of a second, while early session leader Marcel Schrotter slid down the order to 12th place. Enea Bastianini was slow to warm up in breezy Catalunya and made a late jump from 17th to 13th in the ranking. The final provisional top 14 position went to Hafizh Syahrin, who was also the final rider to post a time within a second of Lowes.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'44.122    
2 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'44.322 0.200 0.200
3 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'44.630 0.508 0.308
4 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'44.637 0.515 0.007
5 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'44.709 0.587 0.072
6 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'44.765 0.643 0.056
7 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'44.856 0.734 0.091
8 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'44.858 0.736 0.002
9 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'44.863 0.741 0.005
10 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'44.936 0.814 0.073
11 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'44.963 0.841 0.027
12 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'44.970 0.848 0.007
13 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'45.012 0.890 0.042
14 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'45.044 0.922 0.032
15 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'45.124 1.002 0.080
16 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'45.131 1.009 0.007
17 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'45.154 1.032 0.023
18 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'45.222 1.100 0.068
19 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'45.286 1.164 0.064
20 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'45.362 1.240 0.076
21 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'45.413 1.291 0.051
22 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'45.419 1.297 0.006
23 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'45.443 1.321 0.024
24 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'45.529 1.407 0.086
25 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'45.729 1.607 0.200
26 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'45.734 1.612 0.005
27 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'45.881 1.759 0.147
28 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'45.892 1.770 0.011
29 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'46.231 2.109 0.339
30 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 1'47.318 3.196 1.087
Round Number: 
9
2020
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2020 Barcelona MotoGP FP1 Result: Quartararo Sets The Tone

It was a bright but chilly start in Barcelona for the premier class and Fabio Quartararo felt at home at the top of the standings throughout the first practice session. The Frenchman finished morning practice over four tenths of a second ahead of championship leader Andrea Dovizioso, who had a slow start but then got up to speed to climb into second. Despite an uncharacteristic tumble at turn five halfway through proceedings, Joan Mir recovered to finish third, marginally ahead of recent victor Maverick Vinales.

Aleix Espargaro joined the top five on home soil, just a touch quicker than Franco Morbidelli and with Alex Rins in seventh position as the last man to post a time within a second of the leader. Valentino Rossi added a fourth Yamaha to the top eight, while the continuously convalescent Cal Crutchlow returned to action with a solid ninth position and top Honda in the session. Miguel Oliveira took the final place in the top ten as top KTM, but with less than a tenth keeping him ahead of Takaaki Nakagami, Johann Zarco, Iker Lecuona and Bradley Smith.

Pecco Bagnaia in 15th and Pol Espargaro in 16th place had a low-key start in Montmelo, much like Jack Miller in 18th and Brad Binder 21st, although not everyone was tempted by a late time attack.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'40.431    
2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'40.861 0.430 0.430
3 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'41.060 0.629 0.199
4 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'41.105 0.674 0.045
5 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'41.195 0.764 0.090
6 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'41.219 0.788 0.024
7 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'41.316 0.885 0.097
8 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'41.536 1.105 0.220
9 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'41.549 1.118 0.013
10 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'41.592 1.161 0.043
11 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'41.609 1.178 0.017
12 5 Johann ZARCO Ducati 1'41.625 1.194 0.016
13 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'41.640 1.209 0.015
14 38 Bradley SMITH Aprilia 1'41.643 1.212 0.003
15 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'41.790 1.359 0.147
16 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'41.833 1.402 0.043
17 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'41.969 1.538 0.136
18 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'42.026 1.595 0.057
19 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'42.059 1.628 0.033
20 73 Alex MARQUEZ Honda 1'42.061 1.630 0.002
21 33 Brad BINDER KTM 1'42.335 1.904 0.274
22 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'42.992 2.561 0.657
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9
2020
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2020 Barcelona Moto3 FP1 Result: Fernandez Fastest Once More

A cool breezy Montmelo welcomed the lightweight class to a familiar playground and riders were quick to get up to speed. Tony Arbolino spent most of the session at the top of the timesheets, until Raul Fernandez stole the limelight for the final five minutes. The Spaniard dropped into the 1:48s and built a considerable gap at the front, which was eventually reduced to a smidgen under four tenths of a second by most recent victor Romano Fenati. Arbolino settled for third, as the final rider within half a second of the leader.

More of the usual contenders, Jaume Masia and John McPhee, completed the top five, with championship leader Albert Arenas in sixth, six tenths off the lead. Niccolo Antonelli, Kaito Toba, Gabriel Rodrigo and Filip Salac occupied the remaining top ten positions, while Darryn Binder, Andrwa Migno, Alonso Lopez and Jeremy Alcoba are provisionally within Q2 positions. One of last week’s fastest men, Celestino Vietti, had a quiet morning down in 23rd position, while title contender Ai Ogura was only 25th.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 1'48.853    
2 55 Romano FENATI Husqvarna 1'49.243 0.390 0.390
3 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'49.262 0.409 0.019
4 5 Jaume MASIA Honda 1'49.428 0.575 0.166
5 17 John MCPHEE Honda 1'49.460 0.607 0.032
6 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'49.549 0.696 0.089
7 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'49.578 0.725 0.029
8 27 Kaito TOBA KTM 1'49.626 0.773 0.048
9 2 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda 1'49.640 0.787 0.014
10 12 Filip SALAC Honda 1'49.688 0.835 0.048
11 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'49.750 0.897 0.062
12 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'49.807 0.954 0.057
13 21 Alonso LOPEZ Husqvarna 1'49.847 0.994 0.040
14 52 Jeremy ALCOBA Honda 1'50.065 1.212 0.218
15 11 Sergio GARCIA Honda 1'50.149 1.296 0.084
16 54 Riccardo ROSSI KTM 1'50.194 1.341 0.045
17 99 Carlos TATAY KTM 1'50.205 1.352 0.011
18 70 Barry BALTUS KTM 1'50.210 1.357 0.005
19 7 Dennis FOGGIA Honda 1'50.320 1.467 0.110
20 71 Ayumu SASAKI KTM 1'50.338 1.485 0.018
21 6 Ryusei YAMANAKA Honda 1'50.507 1.654 0.169
22 50 Jason DUPASQUIER KTM 1'50.582 1.729 0.075
23 13 Celestino VIETTI KTM 1'50.605 1.752 0.023
24 20 Jose Julian GARCIA Honda 1'50.818 1.965 0.213
25 79 Ai OGURA Honda 1'50.929 2.076 0.111
26 92 Yuki KUNII Honda 1'51.000 2.147 0.071
27 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda 1'51.156 2.303 0.156
28 53 Deniz ÖNCÜ KTM 1'51.221 2.368 0.065
29 9 Davide PIZZOLI KTM 1'51.380 2.527 0.159
30 82 Stefano NEPA KTM 1'51.607 2.754 0.227
31 73 Maximilian KOFLER KTM 1'53.055 4.202 1.448
Round Number: 
9
2020
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2020 Catalunya World Superbike Race Two Result: Two Riders Down

World Superbike race two at Catalunya had a few changes on the grid. Alvaro Bautista had an incident on the sighting lap, possibly related to his crash earlier today, forcing him to start from the pitlane, if he could make the start. Federico Caricasulo was sent to the black of the grid due to his role in Leon Haslam's crash yesterday. Haslam was not penalised.

When the lights went out, they did so without Toprak Razgatlioglu or Alvaro Bautista. 

Michael van der Mark, Jonathan Rea and Loris Baz hit turn one first, but Baz got it very wrong and was pushed out of the front group as almost everyone sped past. When the first few sectors were cleared, van der Mark led Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Garrett Gerloff, Chaz Davies, Scott Redding and Jonathan Rea with Redding squeezing Rea out of the way. Lap two had a leading group of eight riders, with Davies working his way towards the front as Redding and Rea swapped back and forth fighting over fifth place. Chaz Davies set the fastest lap with a 1'42.671 and ended lap two behind a new leader, Michael Ruben Rinaldi. 

On lap three, Davies set another fastest lap, a 1'42.646 that peaked at 324kmh and set himself up to barrel past Rinaldi into turn one of lap four, taking the lead. Redding and Rea swapped places back and forth around turn ten, still battling over fifth place behind Davies, Rinaldi, van der Mark and a fast-paced Garrett Gerloff. The leading six riders were all within striking distance, having broken free of a lonely Tom Sykes.

On lap six, Gerloff tried to take the last podium spot off van der Mark, taking the inside line into turn one, but van der Mark just gently lent on him and retained third place round the outside and into turn two. Rinaldi lost second place at turn five of lap seven, missing a pass and ending up in fourth place. Scott Redding lost touch with Jonathan Rea, leaving Rea free to harass Rinaldi over fourth place, and Rea took fourth place from him into turn one of lap eight as Gerloff made a move stick on van der Mark two places ahead. Van der Mark kept on Gerloff's tail as Rea started to fall off the back of the leading trio, and on lap nine, van der Mark slid neatly around turn four and held on to his exit speed to line up a pass on Gerloff into turn five., taking second place. Van der Mark then set his sight on Chaz Davies, taking the lead from him on lap eleven, only to lose it back to him a corner later. 

On lap twelve, the battle for fourth place, almost two seconds off the leading trio, was won by Michael Ruben Rinaldi, passing Jonathan Rea into turn one and leaving him for Scott Redding to deal with. Two laps later, Chaz Davies eked out some fresh air as the Yamahas behind him fought, letting Rinaldi close up nearer to third place, but he wouldn't get any closer. Michael van der Mark briefly caught Chaz Davies on lap fifteen, but Davies still had plenty of grip left and was able to escape as the Yamahas carried on contesting second place. Eventually, gaps appeared between Rinaldi, Rea and Redding as Redding slowed enough to give seventh-placed Tom Sykes hope.

Three laps from the end, with a safe fourth place, Michael Ruben Rinaldi's bike started to emit white smoke and his pace started dropping, and a lap later he was flagged off the track, gifting Rea with fourth place. 

On the last lap, Chaz Davies had a commanding lead of over two seconds as Garrett Gerloff lined Michael van der Mark up for a pass down the straight into turn one, holding second place, and sliding the bike in a show of control round turns four and five, having kept enough tyre to spend on the last lap in an effort to take second place. As he held on to second place, he took a very defensive line out of turn nine and kept to the middle of the track with enough of a gap to hold second place, but he was too defensive into turn ten, sliding the bike off the apex and leaving a gap that a precision rider could fit in. Michael van der Mark seized the opportunity and stuck his bike under Gerloff's and artfully relieved him of second place. Michael van der Mark kept his cool and strung together the last few corners and held second place to the line while Gerloff completed the first podium for an American rider since Nicky Hayden in 2016.

Chaz Davies won his first race of the year and seemed rather pleased with himself for doing so, while Garrett Gerloff in third place seemed like the happiest man since Andy Verdoïa in the rain. Jonathan Rea crossed the line in a lonely fourth place, with Tom Sykes five seconds behind him making a meal of Scott Redding on the last lap.

Chaz Davies leaves Catalunya in third place in the championship, fifty one points behind Scott Redding and one hundred and two behind Jonathan Rea while Michael van der Mark passes injured Toprak Razgatlioglu to take fourth place, ten points behind Davies. Jonathan Rea increases his title lead by just three points, ending fifty one points ahead of Scott Redding.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R  
2 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 2.460
3 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 2.559
4 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 8.040
5 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR 13.196
6 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 14.232
7 50 E. LAVERTY BMW S1000 RR 16.409
8 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 17.590
9 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR-R 18.536
10 76 L. BAZ Yamaha YZF R1 20.401
11 94 J. FOLGER Yamaha YZF R1 20.451
12 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R1 25.414
13 87 L. ZANETTI Ducati Panigale V4 R 31.420
14 13 T. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR-R 51.264
15 12 X. FORES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 3 Laps
RET 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 2 Laps
RET 53 V. DEBISE Kawasaki ZX-10RR 5 Laps
RET 20 S. BARRIER Ducati Panigale V4 R 5 Laps
RET 97 S. CAVALIERI Ducati Panigale V4 R 17 Laps
RET 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000RR-R  
Round Number: 
6
2020
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2020 Emilia-Romagna MotoGP Race Result: The Avenger (But It’s Nowhere Near Endgame)

After the skies sparked a surprise in the middle of Moto2 action, all eyes were on the forecast ahead of the 27 laps planned for the premier class race but there was no need to worry because riders’ main enemies were their own mistakes. At the end of a tense affair in Misano, Spain was back with a vengeance and with a podium lockout after a long drought in the premier class and a pretty frustrating wait for Maverick Vinales as well. The Yamaha man silenced the critics and finally got a victory on the scoreboard after his perseverance pushed home favourite Pecco Bagnaia into a late mistake. Joan Mir continues to work miracles on Sunday afternoon, no matter where he starts on the grid and this time around it paid off with second spot on the podium. It looked like there was going to be some late heartbreak for Pol Espargaro but the KTM man stepped back on the final podium place after a naughty Fabio Quartararo served his penalty.

The eventful afternoon started off with Jack Miller predictably getting the holeshot heading into turn 1 but poleman Vinales had none of it and got back ahead at turn 4. Meanwhile, Bagnaia attacked Quartararo and was soon having a go at his teammate, picking up the pursuit of Vinales by lap two. It was a bittersweet first couple of laps for Yamaha as Franco Morbidelli dropped to the back of the field after avoiding Aleix Espargaro's crash and then Valentino Rossi followed it up with a crash of his own at turn 4 next time around. There was more drama to come by the end of lap two, when Brad Binder crashed out of third spot at turn 15.

Once the dust settled on lap three, Bagnaia caught up with Vinales, with Pol Espargaro a second down but pushing to rejoin the victory battle and bringing Quartararo with him. Miller’s podium ambitions seemed done by lap five, the Pramac rider over four seconds off the lead and heading a sizeable group including a quickly recovering Mir, who had started 11th on the grid. Another couple of laps and Miller was surrendering more points to both Mir and Iker Lecuona. It then became clear that he was losing power and eventually retreated to the pits at the end of lap eight. While rookies Lecuona and Alex Marquez were battling for a top five, the likes of Andrea Dovizioso and Alex Rins were barely knocking on the doors of the top ten.

Bagnaia went on to demote Vinales at popular turn 4 on lap six, aided by the Spaniard leaving a gap for him to profit from, and the Italian stretched a one second gap for the next few laps. Pol Espargaro’s charge seemed to be slowing down too, the KTM rider struggling to bring the gap under one second but not really under threat from Quartararo either. Mir was determined to reduce the two and a half second gap to the podium battle, having dropped Lecuona and teammate Miguel Oliveira. Meanwhile, Dovizoso was starting to make progress inside the top ten to reduce the damage in the championship but was taking his sweet time finding a way past Marquez – a familiar position for the Ducati man, just not the Marquez he’s used to.

The calm before the storm set in as the race reached halfway point, with Vinales stringing together red sectors to reduce the gap to Bagnaia but the Italian wasn’t too far off his rival’s lap times and the stubborn gap refused to go under 1.4 seconds. Espargaro was nowhere near the duo and keeping a close eye on Quartararo another second back. It was a sedate few laps for Mir in fifth spot as well, but Oliveira had Lecuona in tow and Alex Marquez was still being hounded by Dovizioso and a resurgent Takaaki Nakagami.

The drama seemed to be slowly starting to simmer for the final seven laps, as Quartararo got glued to Espargaro’s tail in the dispute for the final podium spot and the Spaniard was starting to regret his soft rear tyre choice. While all eyes were on the battling duo, Baganaia skidded across the asphalt at turn 6 and painfully threw away a comfortable home win. Vinales picked up the pieces to lead for the final six laps, with a comfortable gap over the battle for the remaining podium positions, where Quartararo was all over Espargaro and with Mir waiting in the shadows, an amazing late charge bringing him firmly into podium contention for the final four laps.

Vinales was untroubled at the front for the remainder of proceedings, but Quartararo took too long to find a way past Espargaro so Mir made his move on the Frenchman at turn 2 and then demoted the KTM man at turn 1 next time around. Quartararo also pounced on a struggling Espargaro at turn 3, but was soon served with a long lap penalty for repeated track limit infringements. With only one lap left to do, the Frenchman did not do as asked and was given a time penalty instead. That dropped him off the podium once again and down to fourth, ahead of a solid performance from Oliveira. An unfortunate Lecuona gave up the fight with three laps remaining, tumbling out of sixth position, which was inherited by Nakagami. The LCR man’s late charge got him past Alex Marquez, but both Hondas impressed from their lowly grid positions. Benefitting from some late crashes, Dovizioso finished eighth, with last week’s ailing victor, Morbidelli, saving a solid ninth place and Danilo Petrucci rounding out the top ten.

Unbelievably so, circumstances helped Dovizioso cling onto the championship lead by a mere point, with Quartararo and Vinales tied on points behind the Italian. Mir’s Sunday magic brings him within four points of the championship lead, putting the top four men in very close quarters, but even Pol Espargaro in tenth place is only 27 points down on the leader.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 41'55.846
2 36 Joan Mir Suzuki +2.425
3 44 Pol Espargaro KTM +4.528
4 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha +6.419
5 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM +7.368
6 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda +11.139
7 73 Alex Marquez Honda +11.929
8 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati +13.113
9 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha +15.880
10 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati +17.682
11 5 Johann Zarco Ducati +23.144
12 42 Alex Rins Suzuki +24.962
13 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia +30.008
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  27 Iker Lecuona KTM 3 Laps
  63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 7 Laps
  46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 12 Laps
  53 Tito Rabat Ducati 15 Laps
  43 Jack Miller Ducati 20 Laps
  33 Brad Binder KTM 24 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
  41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 0 Lap
Round Number: 
8
2020
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2020 Catalunya World Supersport 300 Race Two Result: Dry Race

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike  
1 61 Y. OKAYA Kawasaki Ninja 400  
2 95 S. DEROUE Kawasaki Ninja 400  
3 6 J. BUIS Kawasaki Ninja 400  
4 17 K. MEUFFELS Kawasaki Ninja 400  
6 58 I. IGLESIAS BRAVO Kawasaki Ninja 400  
7 64 H. DE CANCELLIS Yamaha YZF-R3  
8 22 N. KALININ Kawasaki Ninja 400  
9 99 A. HUERTAS Yamaha YZF-R3  
10 54 B. SOFUOGLU Yamaha YZF-R3  
11 46 S. DI SORA Kawasaki Ninja 400  
12 78 D. MOGEDA Kawasaki Ninja 400  
13 8 M. PEREZ Kawasaki Ninja 400  
14 81 A. HEREDIA Kawasaki Ninja 400  
15 9 P. GRASSIA Kawasaki Ninja 400  
16 25 A. KROH Yamaha YZF-R3  
17 48 T. BRIANTI Kawasaki Ninja 400  
18 15 A. COPPOLA Kawasaki Ninja 400  
19 19 V. RODRIGUEZ NUNEZ Yamaha YZF-R3  
20 26 M. GENNAI Yamaha YZF-R3  
21 43 M. GARCIA Kawasaki Ninja 400  
22 75 F. PEREZ CASAS Yamaha YZF-R3  
23 42 I. GARCIA ABELLA Kawasaki Ninja 400  
24 73 J. PEREZ GONZALEZ Yamaha YZF-R3  
26 10 U. ORRADRE Yamaha YZF-R3  
27 80 G. MASTROLUCA Kawasaki Ninja 400  
RET 69 T. BOOTH-AMOS Kawasaki Ninja 400  
RET 88 B. IERACI Kawasaki Ninja 400  
RET 27 F. ROVELLI Kawasaki Ninja 400  
RET 84 K. ALOISI Yamaha YZF-R3  
RET 85 K. SABATUCCI Kawasaki Ninja 400  
RET 7 J. GIMBERT Kawasaki Ninja 400  
RET 2 A. CARRION Kawasaki Ninja 400  
Round Number: 
6
2020
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2020 Catalunya World Supersport Race Two Result: Don't Make It Easy

World Supersport's second race of the weekend was seventeen laps of Catalunya with the title up for grabs for the second time this weekend.

Corentin Perolari, Lucas Mahias, Andrea Locatelli and Philipp Oettl led into turn one, as Can Oncu raised his hand at the back of the field only to be collected by Patrick Hobelsberger, the pair ending their weekend on the grid as a race escaped in front of them.

A few places swapped in the first lap, with Oettl coming out ahead, but Lucas Mahias set the fastest lap, a 1'45.944, in his campaign to get to the front and, at the start of lap three, he slipstreamed into turn one past Philipp Oettl and Corentin Perolari. On lap three, behind the leading group of six riders, Isaac Viñales set the fastest lap, a 1'45.907. Lucas Mahias maintained the lead, ahead of Oettl, Perolari, Raffaele De Rosa, Locatelli and Manuel Gonzales. On lap five, Locatelli barged past Perolari who left far too big a gap, Perolari recovering in sixth place as De Rosa and Gonzales followed Locatelli past him.

At the start of lap nine, Andrea Locatelli triggered a bit of chaos as he tried to take the lead into turn one, pushing Lucas Mahias onto the escape road at the chicane of turns one and two, but Locatelli went wide enough for Philipp Oettl to grab the lead. Mahias returned to the track in fourth place, behind Raffaele De Rosa. Corentin Perolari finally fell off the leading group, leaving five riders in the front group. A lap later, Locatelli took the lead back into turn one as Mahias passed De Rosa for third place. Manuel Gonzales was awarded a three second penalty for exceeding track limits one time too many, leaving only four riders in contention for podium places. 

As Locatelli escaped in the lead, performing his usual trick a couple of laps later than usual, Mahias and Oettl swapped places a few times with Mahias finally tapping his tail as a signal for his teammate to settle in behind and give them both a chance to catch the leader.

Locatelli would not give them that opportunity and he eked out a lead of two seconds over the last few laps and was able to cross the line a world champion, taking his tenth victory in eleven races, in spite of missing out on the fastest lap for the first time of the year. On the victory lap, some hoarding was brought out for him to hide behind and he got changed into a brand new racing suit, white and gold with a few rainbow streaks, a suit that was most likely brought to the track to hopefully be worn for today's race, but yesterday's weather, and Andy Verdoïa, put paid to that plan. The team also fitted a new number one sticker above the 55 on the front.

Never before has a World Supersport title been won with such dominance, with the closest being Ayrton Badovini's Superstock Cup campaign in 2010, and it is unlikely that it'll happen any time soon. 

Andrea Locatelli won the title with four races remaining and a 104-point lead over Lucas Mahias, turning his hardest battle of the year into another dominant victory.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R6  
2 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-6R 2.159
3 5 P. OETTL Kawasaki ZX-6R 2.093
4 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 5.086
5 4 S. ODENDAAL Yamaha YZF R6 7.847
6 32 I. VINALES Yamaha YZF R6 8.195
7P 81 M. GONZALEZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 1.650
8 94 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 10.208
9 99 D. WEBB Yamaha YZF R6 12.732
10 38 H. SOOMER Yamaha YZF R6 14.231
11 56 P. SEBESTYEN Yamaha YZF R6 15.245
12 47 A. BASSANI Yamaha YZF R6 18.917
13 34 K. MANFREDI Yamaha YZF R6 18.989
14 25 A. VERDOIA Yamaha YZF R6 27.009
15 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 32.532
16 30 G. VAN STRAALEN Yamaha YZF R6 32.576
17 77 M. PONS Honda CBR600RR 32.603
18 12 A. RUIZ CARRANZA Yamaha YZF R6 32.810
19 2 L. MONTELLA Yamaha YZF R6 42.222
20 57 G. ERILL Kawasaki ZX-6R 55.646
RET 22 F. FULIGNI MV Agusta F3 675 2 Laps
RET 85 O. GUTIERREZ IGLESIAS Yamaha YZF R6 15 Laps
RET 11 K. SMITH Yamaha YZF R6 15 Laps
RET 9 G. HENDRA PRATAMA Yamaha YZF R6 16 Laps
RET 52 P. HOBELSBERGER Honda CBR600RR  
RET 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R  
Round Number: 
6
2020
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2020 Emilia-Romagna Moto2 Race Result: Surprise From The Skies

There was a lot of bruising, pain and scraped paint jobs as intermediate class riders were lining up on the grid but thankfully the next 16 laps saw less action in the gravel traps, no thanks to the weather conditions though. The cloud cover gave in a handful of laps into the race and an unpopular red flag halted play and presumably limited the walking wounded. The restart gave us another ten laps of action, ending with a victory on home soil for Enea Bastianini. Combined with Marco Bezzecchi on the second step of the podium and Luca Marini off it, the championship battle gets a little bit more spicy. Sam Lowes continued to show good speed around Misano and secured the final podium position.

Before the weather had its say, Marini had made a fine start from pole but Xavi Vierge enjoyed being at the top for once and attacked for the lead by turn two. Marini and Bezzecchi kept close and ready to strike back, but with Bastianini, Jake Dixon and Fabio Di Giannantonio close in tow. A couple of mistakes from the SKY boys encouraged attacks and Bastianini was chasing Vierge for the lead by lap three. After a sluggish start and a big wobble at turn 14, Lowes picked up the pace to rejoin the leaders and bring a big group with him, also including second row starter Aron Canet, who had made a dreadful start and dropped outside of the top ten.

Vierge couldn’t shake his pursuers but Marini and Bezzecchi were kept busy by finding a way past Bastianini. They were back ahead of their compatriot by lap four, but a significant group was still eyeing their provisional podium spots. However, it wasn’t that battle getting the pulse up back in the pits but the waving rain flags that popped up at the end of lap five.

The lead changed hands on lap six, when Bastianini shot to the front from fourth, after a brave lunge at turn 8, and started to stretch a half second gap, but rain seemed to be getting worse and the red flag came out only one lap later. It proved to be a controversial decision amongst riders but once they lined up for an attempted restart, there was a unanimous decision to delay the start further as heavier rain returned – although not enough for wet weather rubber.

Once the shower stopped and the track dried off, Bastianini took the restart of the 10-lap race from pole position, ahead of Marini and Vierge, but had to give way to Marini into turn one. The ensuing squabble at turn 4 lost both of them the lead to Vierge but the Italtrans rider was back ahead by lap two, while Marini got pushed down to fifth by Bastianini’s aggressive move, dropping him behind Schrotter and Navarro. While the feisty duo were holding off both Marini and Bezzecchi, Bastianini escaped at the front, a full second keeping him ahead of Vierge by lap 3.

With Bastianini running a hot pace at the front, Vierge was getting challenged by Schrotter and Marini was getting headaches from Bezzecchi and Lowes. Marini put up a real fight against Lowes but the scrap dropped them a second behind the podium battle and the duo had to fight their way back into contention for the remaining five laps. Having swapped to a soft rear tyre, Bezzecchi was on a roll and picked up the chase for Bastianini but the podium battle lost a man at turn 9, where Schrotter bumped into teammate Vierge and the Spaniard slid out of contention and into the gravel.

The final three laps saw Bezzecchi push hard to reduce Bastianini’s gap and he was doing so successfully, but had Lowes to contend with as well. Marini was another second down the road, while Schrotter dropped behind the championship leader after the tangle with his teammate.

Bezzecchi fancied a victory as he entered the final lap half a second off the leader but ran out of time and had to admit defeat to Bastianini. Lowes never got close enough to attack either and settled for third, with Marini keeping the championship lead in fourth. Schrotter secured fifth, three seconds ahead of Jake Dixon, Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio. Tom Luthi and Hector Garzo completed the top ten, after Nicolo Bulega was demoted one position for exceeding track limits on the last lap.

Bastianini’s home victory brings him within five points of Marini in the title battle, with Bezzecchi back in contention and trailing his teammate by 20 points.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 16'11.977
2 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex +0.720
3 22 Sam Lowes Kalex +1.124
4 10 Luca Marini Kalex +2.310
5 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex +4.132
6 96 Jake Dixon Kalex +7.201
7 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up +7.558
8 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up +7.704
9 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex +7.762
10 40 Hector Garzo Kalex +8.249
11 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex +8.141
12 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta +8.663
13 44 Aron Canet Speed Up +9.189
14 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex +12.538
15 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta +12.744
16 54 Mattia Pasini Kalex +12.935
17 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex +13.227
18 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex +13.779
19 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up +14.525
20 57 Edgar Pons Kalex +15.028
21 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex +15.511
22 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS +18.160
23 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex +18.079
24 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex +21.265
25 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex +25.587
Not Classified
  74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 2 Laps
  97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 5 Laps
  16 Joe Roberts Kalex 0 Lap
  99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 0 Lap
Round Number: 
8
2020
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2020 Emilia-Romagna Moto3 Race Result: The Right Place At The Right Time

With MotoE already warming up the reduced crowds, the bar was set reasonably high for the lightweight class and they more than rose to the challenge. At the end of a hotly disputed 23 laps, Romano Fenati became the most successful rider in Moto3 history by taking a last lap victory from compatriot Celestino Vietti. The SKY Racing rider looked like the strongest man for much of the race but eventually crossed the finish line three hundredths of a second behind Fenati. Ai Ogura continued to prove his consistency with another precious podium that brings him closer and closer to the title.

Pole wasn’t a very good omen for Raul Fernandez, who had made a decent start but saw Tony Arbolino fire up his Honda into the lead by turn one. The Spaniard was quick to find a way back to end lap one in the lead, while Albert Arenas was keen to make some early progress and was chasing him by lap two. Some of the high profile victims of Q1, Gabriel Rodrigo and John McPhee were making slow but steady progress just outside the top 15 but still part of the sizeable leading contingent.

Arenas was keen to find a way past Fernandez but the lead didn’t exchange hands until lap four, when turn 11 saw Fernandez go from first to third, the championship leader’s attack also encouraging Arbolino to come through. That was when Vietti decided to mix it up at the front and was soon chasing Arenas for the lead. The move came at the end of lap 7 and the Italian successfully held onto top spot for a while, while compatriot Arbolino was losing positions at an alarming rate and leaving the top ten. Meanwhile, Rodrigo had progressed up to sixth but title hopefuls Ogura and McPhee were still knocking on the doors of the top ten.

Vietti was still in the lead by lap 10, ahead of Arenas and Jaume Masia but with an 11-man group starting to stretch a gap to a second group led by a fading Arbolino, one second down the road. The likes of Ogura, McPhee or Darryn Binder made the cut inside the leading group but were not making much noise just yet. The noise mostly came from Masia, Arenas and Rodrigo swapping provisional podium places but not really disturbing Vietti at the front.

The first serious challenge to Vietti’s lead came with seven laps remaining, a block pass at turn 8 from Masia demoting the Italian and putting him in the way of Rodrigo, who escaped a hairy moment but dropped to the back of the group. Vietti was quick to retrieve the lead but that encouraged some more attacks at the front and the swapping and shuffling made another victim in Binder at turn 1 with five laps remaining. Vietti did well to keep his front wheel ahead every time he was challenged, but he had some new people showing intentions, with Ogura and Fenati deciding to finally get some more airtime in the podium battle. The likes of Fernandez, McPhee, Jeremy Alcoba and Andrea Migno were still in the picture but not making any significant moves.

The last two laps got even more frantic, with contact being made everywhere you looked, but Vietti still started the final lap in the lead from Arenas, Fenati and Masia. Arenas decided to attack at turn 10, only to see Masia sweep past straight away, but Vietti didn’t want to let the win slip through his fingers and found an ambitious gap at turn 14. The squabble took both riders wide and allowed Fenati to take advantage, the Husqvarna rider keeping the lead to the checkered flag to take a well celebrated home victory. Vietti won the second place roulette ahead of Ogura, who snuck ahead of Arenas at the line to reduce the gap in the world championship. A frustrated Masia had to make do with fifth, ahead of poleman Fernandez and an impressive Deniz Oncu. Migno, Toba and McPhee completed the top ten.

Arenas keeps his lead in the championship standings but only 2 points ahead of Ogura, with McPhee dropping 21 points back.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 39'30.124
2 13 Celestino Vietti KTM +0.036
3 79 Ai Ogura Honda +0.121
4 75 Albert Arenas KTM +0.199
5 5 Jaume Masia Honda +0.280
6 25 Raul Fernandez KTM +0.439
7 53 Deniz Öncü KTM +0.678
8 16 Andrea Migno KTM +0.791
9 27 Kaito Toba KTM +0.939
10 17 John McPhee Honda +1.125
11 14 Tony Arbolino Honda +1.452
12 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda +1.687
13 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda +4.331
14 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM +5.925
15 82 Stefano Nepa KTM +6.165
16 12 Filip Salac Honda +6.249
17 11 Sergio Garcia Honda +7.167
18 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda +12.714
19 99 Carlos Tatay KTM +18.045
20 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda +20.184
21 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM +20.498
22 70 Barry Baltus KTM +20.291
23 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM +20.555
24 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda +24.967
25 92 Yuki Kunii Honda +25.264
26 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM +27.159
27 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM +27.848
Not Classified
  40 Darryn Binder KTM 5 Laps
  7 Dennis Foggia Honda 13 Laps
  21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 15 Laps
Round Number: 
8
2020
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