MotoGP Race And Practice Results

Qatar 1 MotoGP Test Saturday 7pm Times: Johann Zarco Takes Over At The Top

Pramac Ducati rider Johann Zarco has taken over the top of the timesheets with two hours to go on the first day of the MotoGP test at Qatar. The Frenchman bumped Aprilia rider Aleix Espargaro down into second, while luxury Honda test Stefan Bradl is in third. Factory Ducati rider Jack Miller is in fourth, ahead of a Yamaha armada led by Maverick Viñales, and followed by Franco Morbidelli, Fabio Quartararo, and Yamaha's new test rider Cal Crutchlow.

Times at 7pm:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'55.163    
2 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'55.259 0.096 0.096
3 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'55.362 0.199 0.103
4 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'55.401 0.238 0.039
5 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'55.466 0.303 0.065
6 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'55.551 0.388 0.085
7 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'55.707 0.544 0.156
8 82 Yamaha Test2 Yamaha 1'55.807 0.644 0.100
9 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'55.810 0.647 0.003
10 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'55.863 0.700 0.053
11 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'55.878 0.715 0.015
12 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'56.148 0.985 0.270
13 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'56.172 1.009 0.024
14 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'56.186 1.023 0.014
15 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'56.392 1.229 0.206
16 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'56.433 1.270 0.041
17 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'56.478 1.315 0.045
18 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'56.593 1.430 0.115
19 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'56.973 1.810 0.380
20 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'57.157 1.994 0.184
21 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'57.185 2.022 0.028
22 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'57.335 2.172 0.150
23 50 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki 1'57.557 2.394 0.222
24 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'57.612 2.449 0.055
25 26 Dani Pedrosa KTM 1'57.617 2.454 0.005
26 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'58.917 3.754 1.300
27 81 Yamaha Test1 Yamaha 1'59.110 3.947 0.193
28 83 Yamaha Test3 Yamaha 1'59.293 4.130 0.183
29 85 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki 1'59.693 4.530 0.400
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Qatar 1 MotoGP Test Saturday 6pm Times: Aleix Espargaro Leads On New Aprilia RS-GP

The track has been busy on the first day of testing for MotoGP. At 6pm, around the time the sun goes down, it was Aleix Espargaro fastest, three tenths off the race lap record, but 1.7 seconds slower than the outright lap record. Honda test rider Stefan Bradl was second quickest, ahead of Fabio Quartararo on the Yamaha. Miguel Oliveira was first KTM in fourth, ahead of Valentino Rossi in fifth.

Times at 6pm:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'55.259    
2 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'55.362 0.103 0.103
3 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'55.796 0.537 0.434
4 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'55.810 0.551 0.014
5 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'55.893 0.634 0.083
6 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'55.913 0.654 0.020
7 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'56.172 0.913 0.259
8 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'56.301 1.042 0.129
9 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'56.342 1.083 0.041
10 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'56.407 1.148 0.065
11 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'56.561 1.302 0.154
12 82 Yamaha Test2 Yamaha 1'56.736 1.477 0.175
13 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'56.748 1.489 0.012
14 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'56.846 1.587 0.098
15 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'56.957 1.698 0.111
16 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'56.973 1.714 0.016
17 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'57.185 1.926 0.212
18 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'57.295 2.036 0.110
19 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'57.335 2.076 0.040
20 50 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki 1'57.557 2.298 0.222
21 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'57.594 2.335 0.037
22 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'57.612 2.353 0.018
23 26 Dani Pedrosa KTM 1'57.617 2.358 0.005
24 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'58.026 2.767 0.409
25 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'58.917 3.658 0.891
26 81 Yamaha Test1 Yamaha 1'59.110 3.851 0.193
27 83 Yamaha Test3 Yamaha 1'59.293 4.034 0.183
28 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'59.494 4.235 0.201
29 85 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki 1'59.693 4.434 0.199
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Qatar 1 MotoGP Shakedown Test Final Times: Bradl Quickest As Shakedown Test Ends

Times at the end of the shakedown test:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1:55.614    
2 82 Yamaha Test2 Yamaha 1:56.850 1.236 1.236
3 81 Yamaha Test1 Yamaha 1:57.132 1.518 0.282
4 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1:58.051 2.437 0.919
5 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1:58.056 2.442 0.005
6 83 Yamaha Test3 Yamaha 1:58.238 2.624 0.182
7 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1:58.273 2.659 0.035
8 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1:58.376 2.762 0.103
9 50 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki 1:58.614 3.000 0.238
10 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1:58.875 3.261 0.261
11 26 Dani Pedrosa KTM 1:59.055 3.441 0.180
12 85 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki 2:01.390 5.776 2.335
NC 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia      
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Qatar 1 MotoGP Shakedown Test 6pm Times: Riders Struggle In Windy And Dusty Conditions

Testing is underway in Qatar, and the conditions are against the riders. Strong winds are blowing dust across the track, making riding very difficult indeed. That is reflected in the times: Stefan Bradl is fastest at 6pm local time, but his best lap of 1'58.427 is 3.5 seconds slower than Jorge Lorenzo's race lap record of 1'54.927 from 2016, and over 5 seconds slower than Marc Marquez' outright lap record of 1'53.380 from 2019.

The test riders currently lead the way, as the MotoGP rookies get their first taste of their bikes. Enea Bastianini was a late arrival to the track, the Italian having returned a false positive Covid-19 test, before a second test cleared him to participate.

Although there is a great deal of interest in how Cal Crutchlow might fare on his first outing as a Yamaha test rider, he is sharing testing duties with Kohta Nozane and Katsuyuki Nakasuga, and the three test bikes all have controls set up the same to allow them to hop between bikes, making it hard to tell who has set what time.

Testing continues until 9pm this evening.

Times at 6pm local time:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'58.427    
2 82 Yamaha Test2 Yamaha 1'58.764 0.337 0.337
3 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'58.972 0.545 0.208
4 26 Dani Pedrosa KTM 1'59.055 0.628 0.083
5 50 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki 1'59.401 0.974 0.346
6 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'59.980 1.553 0.579
7 81 Yamaha Test1 Yamaha 2'00.251 1.824 0.271
8 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 2'00.532 2.105 0.281
9 85 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki 2'01.390 2.963 0.858
10 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 2'01.735 3.308 0.345
Not qualified (Out 107%) 2'06.716    
  10 Luca Marini Ducati 2'07.559 9.132 5.824
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  41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia      
  83 Yamaha Test3 Yamaha      
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Portimão Moto2 & Moto3 Test: Gardner Dominates Moto2, Acosta Leads McPhee In Moto3

While the MotoGP teams are already in Qatar ahead of the first test of the 2021 season, the Moto2 and Moto3 teams are spread across circuits in Europe to prepare for the new season at private tests. A large part of the grid in the junior classes has been at Portimão for the past two days, getting ready for Qatar.

In the Moto2 class, it was Remy Gardner who was quickest, the Australian continuing his dominance at the Portuguese circuit. Gardner was the only rider under the 1'43 bracket, adding the fastest time of the test to his race win, pole record, and race lap record at the track.

Marco Bezzecchi ended the day second, over a third of a second behind Gardner, while Joe Roberts ended as third fastest, the American rider making a solid transition to the Italtrans team. The Moto2 rookies impressed, Tony Arbolino under a second off the time of Gardner, and just ahead of American Superbike champion Cameron Beaubier, who takes Joe Roberts' place in the American Racing team.

In the Moto3 class, Pedro Acosta just inched ahead of John McPhee, the Red Bull Ajo rookie beating the veteran Petronas rider by five hundredths of a second. Andrea Migno set the third quickest time, ahead of a close gaggle of riders composed of Migno, Darryn Binder, Jeremy Alcoba, Jaume Masia, and Gabriel Rodrigo.

The riders pack up now before heading to Jerez for another mass test next week.

Moto2 combined times:

No Rider Team Time Diff Prev Day
87 Remy Gardner Red Bull KTM Ajo 1:42.962     Day 2
72 Marco Bezzecchi Sky VR46 1:43.322 0.360 0.360 Day 1
16 Joe Roberts Italtrans 1:43.344 0.382 0.022 Day 2
9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1:43.516 0.554 0.172 Day 2
96 Xavi Vierge Petronas Sprinta 1:43.542 0.580 0.026 Day 2
21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Gresini 1:43.625 0.663 0.083 Day 2
42 Marcos Ramirez American Racing 1:43.641 0.679 0.016 Day 1
23 Marcel Schrotter Intact GP 1:43.721 0.759 0.080 Day 1
25 Raul Fernandez Red Bull KTM Ajo 1:43.887 0.925 0.166 Day 2
14 Tony Arbolino Intact GP 1:43.938 0.976 0.051 Day 2
6 Cameron Beaubier American Racing 1:44.041 1.079 0.103 Day 2
40 Hector Garzo Pons HP40 1:44.087 1.125 0.046 Day 2
62 Stefano Manzi Pons HP40 1:44.142 1.180 0.055 Day 2
19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Italtrans 1:44.206 1.244 0.064 Day 1
13 Celestino Vietti Sky VR46 1:44.297 1.335 0.091 Day 1
5 Yari Montella Speed Up 1:44.338 1.376 0.041 Day 2
79 Ai Ogura Honda Team Asia 1:44.645 1.683 0.307 Day 1
11 Nicolo Bulega Gresini 1:44.710 1.748 0.065 Day 1
35 Somkiat Chantra Honda Team Asia 1:44.981 2.019 0.271 Day 1

Moto3 combined times:

No Rider Team Time Diff Prev Day
37 Pedro Acosta Red Bull KTM Ajo 1:47.849     Day 2
17 John McPhee Petronas Sprinta 1:47.903 0.054 0.054 Day 2
16 Andrea Migno Snipers Team 1:48.375 0.526 0.472 Day 2
40 Darryn Binder Petronas Sprinta 1:48.454 0.605 0.079 Day 2
52 Jeremy Alcoba Gresini 1:48.524 0.675 0.070 Day 2
5 Jaume Masia Red Bull KTM Ajo 1:48.555 0.706 0.031 Day 2
2 Gabriel Rodrigo Gresini 1:48.650 0.801 0.095 Day 2
53 Deniz Oncu Tech3 KTM 1:48.791 0.942 0.141 Day 1
12 Filip Salac Snipers Team 1:48.873 1.024 0.082 Day 2
71 Ayumi Sasaki Tech3 KTM 1:49.113 1.264 0.240 Day 2
92 Yuki Kunii Honda Team Asia 1:49.168 1.319 0.055 Day 2
27 Kaito Toba CIP 1:49.778 1.929 0.610 Day 2
73 Maximilian Kofler CIP 1:50.164 2.315 0.386 Day 2
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Jerez MotoGP Private Test: Aleix Espargaro Fastest As Test Riders Prepare For Qatar

While most of MotoGP is still in launch mode, the test riders and concession teams have been busy preparing for the 2021 MotoGP season at Jerez. Honda, KTM, and Aprilia have been taking advantage of the warm spring temperatures at the Circuito de Jerez to test their bikes ahead of the first official test of the season at Qatar.

On track are Honda's test rider - and provisional replacement for Marc Marquez, should he not be fit at the start of the season - Stefan Bradl, KTM test rider Dani Pedrosa, and Aprilia's test rider/candidate for a full-time ride, Lorenzo Savadori. As Aprilia are the only factory still with concessions, not yet having scored sufficient podiums to lose their extra testing and development privileges, Aprilia's number one rider Aleix Espargaro is also there, testing the 2021 spec of the Aprilia RS-GP, which includes a new aero package according to the well-informed Italian website

While Stefan Bradl had been quickest on the first day, it was Espargaro who was fastest on day two, the Aprilia rider posting a 1'37.747, according to the Jerez Circuit live timing website. To put that into perspective: in July last year, at the Andalusian Grand Prix (aka Jerez 2), Espargaro posted a time of 1'37.070 in FP3, a time which he would not match during qualifying. This early in the season, that is a promising time.

Stefan Bradl was second fastest on the Honda RC213V, which is said to have a heavily revised chassis for 2021. Dani Pedrosa continued his refinement work for KTM, posting the third fastest time, while Lorenzo Savadori, who has to see off Bradley Smith in the chase for the second Aprilia seat, was fourth fastest. Savadori is still struggling with a shoulder injury, so it should come as no surprise that his best time is over 2 seconds slower than his stablemate Espargaro.

Absent from the test are Ducati, Suzuki, and Yamaha. Michele Pirro has already tested at Jerez for Ducati back in January. Yamaha, meanwhile, won't start testing their new version of the Yamaha M1 until the Qatar test, scheduled to start on March 5th, where Cal Crutchlow will get his first taste of the Yamaha.

The reason for the delay, team manager Maio Meregalli explained during the launch, was the sheer quantity of new parts Yamaha had to test. "We are going to bring a lot of material, and as far as I have been told they don't remember in Japan the last time they have been able to prepare so many parts." Preparing, catalogging, packing, and shipping those parts to Qatar in time for the test was time consuming, leaving no room in the schedule to test earlier.

Monday times

No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
6 Stefan Bradl Honda RC213V 1:38.968    
141 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP21 1:38.975 0.007 0.007
41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP21 1:39.196 0.228 0.221
26 Dani Pedrosa KTM RC16 1:39.209 0.241 0.013
32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RS-GP21 1:40.679 1.711 1.470
132 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RS-GP21 1:42.385 3.417 1.706

Tuesday times

No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP21 1:37.747    
6 Stefan Bradl Honda RC213V 1:38.289 0.542 0.542
26 Dani Pedrosa KTM RC16 1:38.607 0.860 0.318
32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RS-GP21 1:39.869 2.122 1.262
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2020 Portimao MotoGP Race Result: One Final Fairy Tale Tango

A remarkable MotoGP season came to a bittersweet end in the Portimao, with the local fanbase unable to fully celebrate a fantastic win on home soil for Miguel Oliveira. The Portuguese rider was untouchable over 25 laps and gave one final gift to his Tech3 team, finishing over three seconds ahead of the battle for second. In a near replay from one week ago, Jack Miller and Franco Morbidelli fought it out to the last lap and it was the Australian who stood on the second place of the podium for Pramac one last time. Morbidelli settled for third in the race but claimed second in a rollercoaster of a world championship.

Oliveira kept in the limelight from start to finish, making a fine launch from pole to stay ahead of fellow front row starters Morbidelli and Miller. Cal Crutchlow followed them from the second row but Fabio Quartararo’s poor start dropped him to 8th, behind Pol Espargaro, Alex Rins and Stefan Bradl. Maverick Vinales and Johann Zarco completed the top 10 by the end of lap one, but only the Frenchman was able to stay there for much longer. Having to start 20th on the grid, world champion Joan Mir was a busy boy early on, climbing up to 12th on the first lap but a harsh overtake on Pecco Bagnaia saw him slide back down to 20th and prompted the Italian to retire. Brad Binder was the first rider to crash on lap 2 but the rookie of the year battle was pretty much sealed, with Alex Marquez having to start 16th and stuck in the midfield.

Oliveira thrived on his home playground and extended his lead to nearly 2 seconds by lap 4. Morbidelli and Miller struggled to keep up with him but built a one second gap to the pursuers led by Crutchlow and including a resurgent Bradl and Pol Espargaro. Zarco pushed hard to recover a one second gap on the trio ahead and had a big group in a not particularly orderly queue behind him. Oliveira continued to extend his gap to 3 seconds from Morbidelli and Miller by lap 8, while Pol Espargaro was on a roll and got past the Hondas of Crutchlow and Bradl. Zarco was keeping in touch with the group but Rins struggled to reduce the gap and the battle for second in the championship seemed to be going Morbidelli’s way already. Behind the Suzuki, Takaaki Nakagami, Quartararo, Alex Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso were having a bit of fun for 9th place.

The cameras barely showed the podium contenders for the next few laps, as the battle for fourth was getting pretty feisty between Pol Espargaro, Crutchlow, Bradl, Zarco, Rins, Nakagami and Dovizioso, with Marquez and Aleix Espargaro pushing to rejoin the group. The Yamaha trio of Quartararo, Vinales and Valentino Rossi completed the top 15, a handful of seconds ahead of Mir. The world champion entered pitlane to retire with 10 laps remaining and to make matters worse for Suzuki, Rins was dropping out of the top 10 too, shattering any dreams left of the Triple Crown.

With 10 laps left, Oliveira was a casual four seconds ahead of Morbidelli, with Miller seemingly waiting to pounce on the Italian. Six seconds down the road, Pol Espargaro was still fending off his rivals and it took him a few laps but eventually he managed to stretch a comfortable gap to the rest of the group, where Dovizioso was on a charge. The next group down the road was fighting for 10th place, as well as third in the championship, as Rins had dropped into the clutches of Vinales, Quartararo and Rossi.

Oliveira continued to look untouchable at the front all the way to the checkered flag but Morbidelli and Miller looked to re-enact the fine squabble of Valencia 2, this time for second position. Miller kept close but the Italian made no mistakes so the Australian’s first and only attack came at turn 13 on the final lap. It proved enough for Miller to keep second and secure Ducati the constructors’ world championship. Morbidelli had to admit defeat and settle for third but the podium was more than enough for the Italian to secure second in the riders’ world championship.

Pol Espargaro bows out of KTM with a fourth place and fifth in the championship, holding off Nakagami in the closing stages of the race. Dovizioso’s progress to sixth was rewarded with fourth in the championship in his final race for Ducati, while Bradl, Aleix Espargaro, Alex Marquez and Zarco completed the top ten. Valentino Rossi was 12th on his final race in factory Yamaha colours, before moving to a different shade of blue. Crutchlow faded to 13th position in the closing stages of his final race as a full time rider, after a battle with the men he is going to be testing for next year. Quartararo dropping all the way down to 14th sees him slip to 8th in the championship, while Rins only scored one point but it was enough to keep 3rd overall. Mir got to enjoy the end of the race from his garage, while presumably preparing his suit for the trophy ceremony later today.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 41'48.163
2 43 Jack Miller Ducati +3.193
3 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha +3.298
4 44 Pol Espargaro KTM +12.626
5 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda +13.318
6 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati +15.578
7 6 Stefan Bradl Honda +15.738
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia +16.034
9 73 Alex Marquez Honda +18.325
10 5 Johann Zarco Ducati +18.596
11 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha +18.685
12 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha +18.946
13 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda +19.159
14 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha +24.376
15 42 Alex Rins Suzuki +27.776
16 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati +34.266
17 82 Mika Kallio KTM +48.410
18 53 Tito Rabat Ducati +48.411
Not Classified
  32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 3 Laps
  36 Joan Mir Suzuki 10 Laps
  33 Brad Binder KTM 23 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
  63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 0 Lap
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2020 Portimao Moto2 Race Result: Wizardry Of The Highest Level

The last title decider of the season finale proved to be an exceptional (and exceptionally tense) show, where all the main contenders featured at the front and rode out of their skin, only to get truly overshadowed by Remy Gardner. The poleman closed his season with a perfect race, claiming a maiden victory from pole and setting the fastest lap to take the checkered flag one big step ahead of everyone else. Luca Marini gave it his best in the title battle and led for most of the race, while Sam Lowes fought way beyond the pain barrier to keep in victory contention, but both men had to surrender the day’s trophy to Gardner and the number 1 medal to Enea Bastianini. The Italian missed out on the podium but got the sweetest cava of them all as he steps into the premier class as the reigning Moto2 world champion.

The tale of the championship decider started with Marini’s rocket launch off the line to get ahead of Gardner but the poleman quickly resumed the lead, inviting Bastianini to also sneak past Marini. Front row starter Fabio Di Giannantonio made a very poor start and then did not make it past turn 1, crashing out and taking Nicolo Bulega with him. Jorge Martin, Lowes and Augusto Fernandez closely followed the leaders, with Marco Bezzechi straight up to 7th, having started 12th on the grid.

Gardner was keen to stay at the front and extended a one second lead by lap 3, Bastianini leading the pursuit ahead of the likes of Marini, Martin and Lowes but with a big group queuing behind and waiting to pounce. Marini made his move on his compatriot and rival into turn 1 on lap 4 and that encouraged Lowes to follow his example later that lap, at turn 5. Bastianini’s early pace was not exceptional but the Italian was not panicking just yet as his rivals were pushing to reel in Gardner. Bastianini had some trouble with Fernandez next, who was hoping to help his teammate a little, while Bezzecchi, Martin, Tetsuta Nagashima and Lorenzo Baldassarri completed the chasing group.

On lap 6, Marini reduced Gardner’s gap to half a second and then to barely anything one lap later, with only Lowes able to keep up. Both Marini and Lowes quickly got past Gardner, with the Italian claiming the lead going into turn one on lap 8, turning up the heat on the title battle. The exchanges between Fernandez on Bastianini dropped them over half a second behind the provisional podium spots and once Fernandez settled the fight with Bastianini, he went on to chase the three leaders. The championship leader was left to fend off Bezzecchi, who was keen to improve his own as well as his teammate’s chances in the title battle. Bezzecchi made his move on Bastianini at the start of lap ten and Martin followed his example later that lap, leaving Bastianini with a provisional advantage of only 2 points in the title standings. Bastiniani fought back on Martin next time around at turn 1, but was keeping an eye on the group behind as well, as they closing in on the 1.5 seconds gap.

Things settled a little for the next few laps, Marini six tenths ahead of Lowes, with Fernandez keeping a safe distance behind his teammate but under attack from Gardner and with Bezzecchi, Bastianini and Martin not too far back either. After bravely holding on for the first half of the race, Lowes started to struggle with 12 laps remaining, the British rider running wide at turn 14 and allowing Gardner past. Bezzecchi was one second behind the podium positions, closely followed by Fernandez, while Bastianini and Martin continued to entertain each other in the battle for sixth place. Martin made a mistake with 11 laps to go and that gave Bastianini one second of breathing room.

Things were getting more interesting at the front with 8 laps remaining, Gardner closing in on Marini but both riders continued to post hot laps, with Lowes only half a second back. Bezzecchi had dropped two seconds back and still had company from Fernandez and Bastianini. Although sixth was good enough for Bastianini, the Italian got through Fernandez with 6 laps remaining and was eyeing Bezzecchi’s fourth place to secure the title, in case Lowes was to snatch the win. However, the Marc VDS rider was yoyo-ing back and forth on the victory battle and a moment at turn 13 with 6 laps remaining left him with one second to catch up on the leaders. Meanwhile, teammate Fernandez was keeping Bastianini busy once more in the fight for fifth and the likes of Martin and Roberts had caught up with the group as well, to further add to the Italian’s worries.

Back at the front, Gardner bided his time to attack Marini until the final two laps, when the decisive move came at turn 3 and Marini tried to fight back straight away but the Australian held onto the lead heading into the final lap. Gardner extended the gap to almost a second by the checkered flag by posting the fastest lap, dropping both Marini and Lowes who took the remaining podium positions. Bezzecchi held onto fourth place but Bastianini crossed the finish line as a world champion, with Marini and Lowes completing the top three of the season.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 39'35.476
2 10 Luca Marini Kalex +1.609
3 22 Sam Lowes Kalex +3.813
4 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex +8.437
5 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex +8.646
6 88 Jorge Martin Kalex +8.899
7 16 Joe Roberts Kalex +8.956
8 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex +9.568
9 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex +10.367
10 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex +11.084
11 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex +11.199
12 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex +16.864
13 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS +16.998
14 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex +18.550
15 44 Aron Canet Speed Up +20.169
16 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex +22.918
17 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex +27.141
18 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex +27.303
19 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta +27.340
20 77 Dominique Aegerter NTS +44.924
21 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up +51.163
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  24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 3 Laps
  27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 6 Laps
  57 Edgar Pons Kalex 11 Laps
  99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 13 Laps
  9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 18 Laps
  40 Hector Garzo Kalex 18 Laps
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  21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 0 Lap
  11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 0 Lap
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2020 Portimao Moto3 Race Result: Top Of The Class And All Class

The lightweight class celebrated the last day of school with a sensational action-packed race in Portimao and Albert Arenas was named pupil of the year and rewarded with iceream as he claimed the world title after a crazy last lap. However, the man of the day was Raul Fernandez, who rode a perfect race from pole to checkered flag and got to celebrate a special victory on track with his brother. Dennis Foggia put in another of the exceptional performances of the day, the Leopard rider serving two long lap penalties on his way to second on the podium, where he was joined by remarkable Rookie of the Year Jeremy Alcoba.

Poleman Fernandez managed to cling onto the lead at the start, after some challenge in turn 1 from Tatsuki Suzuki, with title rivals Ai Ogura and Albert Arenas close behind them and quickly finding a way past the rest of the front row starters, Ayumu Sasaki and Alcoba. Having started 27th on the grid, Tony Arbolino did not wait for the multiple penalties ahead of him to be served and was up to 17th by the end of lap 1. Ogura was keen to attack early, getting past Suzuki into turn 1 next time around but Arenas immediately followed him. The Spaniard then attacked once more at the same place on lap 3 and got ahead of Ogura as well. Jaume Masia was starting to get involved at the front and challenged both title contenders to climb as high as second, although the Spaniard quickly got a reminder of his double long lap penalty.

While riders fought for the honour of chasing him down, Fernandez had built a gap of over a second by lap four. Arenas picked up the pursuit but Alcoba, Ogura and Masia were still glued to his tail. Masia briefly left the party as he took his first penalty at the end of lap 4, together with teammate Foggia, dropping them to 10th and 11th place. While Masia and Foggia had to do it all over again, Sergio Garcia and Deniz Oncu wanted a say in the podium battle. Meanwhile, Arbolino had joined the top 10 by lap 6, aided by the Leopard boys taking their second long lap penalty.

Fernandez running away at the front was a fairly familiar sight, the Spaniard setting a fierce pace early on and increasing his gap to four seconds by lap 8. Alcoba and Arenas continued to fight to lead the pursuit, in a group also including Garcia, Sasaki, Oncu, Suzuki and Ogura, while Arbolino was in the lead of the next group three seconds down the road.

While Fernandez continued to extend his lead to 8 seconds by the halfway mark of the race, the chasers did not seem to have an answer to his pace, while the Leopard riders – despite their penalties – took over the lead of the next group and dragged Arbolino to within a second of the podium battle. The two groups merged with 10 laps remaining and soon enough Ogura found himself behind Arbolino in 10th position. Meanwhile, title rival Arenas had lost a bit of ground on Alcoba and was under attack for the final podium position from Suzuki and the Leopards. All three riders got past the Spaniard within 2 laps but with his championship rivals still behind him, it didn’t cause much concern yet. Some sparks did fly with 6 laps remaining, when Arenas saw the pink livery of Arbolino sweep past a couple of times and he fiercely defended, but Ogura, who was the main threat, had dropped out of the top 10, although still part of the chasing group.

Back at the front, Foggia and Masia had claimed provisional podium positions from Alcoba, although Fernandez’s 9-second gap looked a few steps too far. Masia quickly got past teammate Foggia but then threw all the fine work away by crashing from second position with 4 laps remaining, leaving Foggia and Alcoba to inherit second and third place. With Suzuki and Garcia filling the top 5 positions and having broken away from the rest of the group, all eyes for the final handful of laps were on the title battle, which had turned into a direct battle for sixth place. Arbolino, Arenas and Ogura got company from Binder, McPhee, Antonelli, Oncu and Vietti and it was Ogura who suffered most from the extra company, as the Japanese rider got demoted outside of the top 10 for the final 2 laps. That battle soon turned into the battle for fifth, as Suzuki crashed out of fourth place with 2 laps remaining.

The final lap started with Fernandez 7 seconds ahead of the rest and the Spaniard was untroubled until the checkered flag, with Foggia and Alcoba also putting in impressive performances to complete the podium. Garcia took the checkered flag half a second later but the big battle was six seconds behind him. Binder was leading the chasing group as the final lap started but Arbolino gave it one more big push to claim fifth and was rewarded with second in the championship for his excellent efforts. Ogura’s 8th place, behind Binder and Vietti, dropped him to third in the championship standings, although tied on points with Arbolino. The last lap shenanigans saw Arenas drop to 12th position and getting served with a track limits warning, but despite some frantic moves and unnecessary risks, the Spaniard did just enough secure the world championship in a truly action-packed season finale.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 38'06.272
2 7 Dennis Foggia Honda +5.810
3 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda +5.866
4 11 Sergio Garcia Honda +6.447
5 14 Tony Arbolino Honda +12.998
6 40 Darryn Binder KTM +13.065
7 13 Celestino Vietti KTM +13.907
8 79 Ai Ogura Honda +13.929
9 17 John McPhee Honda +13.945
10 53 Deniz Öncü KTM +14.438
11 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda +14.487
12 75 Albert Arenas KTM +14.708
13 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM +19.285
14 99 Carlos Tatay KTM +23.195
15 27 Kaito Toba KTM +24.233
16 70 Barry Baltus KTM +24.260
17 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda +24.321
18 31 Adrian Fernandez Honda +24.425
19 82 Stefano Nepa KTM +24.625
20 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna +24.672
21 16 Andrea Migno KTM +27.637
22 92 Yuki Kunii Honda +34.490
23 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM +34.884
24 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM +35.003
25 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM +35.092
26 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM +35.216
27 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda +40.329
28 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda +46.973
Not Classified
  24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 2 Laps
  5 Jaume Masia Honda 4 Laps
  21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 7 Laps
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2020 Portimao MotoGP Warm Up Result: Crutchlow Bows Out In Style


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'40.067    
2 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'40.181 0.114 0.114
3 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'40.196 0.129 0.015
4 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'40.500 0.433 0.304
5 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'40.509 0.442 0.009
6 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'40.576 0.509 0.067
7 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'40.593 0.526 0.017
8 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'40.631 0.564 0.038
9 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'40.656 0.589 0.025
10 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'40.792 0.725 0.136
11 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'40.883 0.816 0.091
12 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'40.889 0.822 0.006
13 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'40.936 0.869 0.047
14 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'40.972 0.905 0.036
15 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'41.024 0.957 0.052
16 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'41.151 1.084 0.127
17 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'41.263 1.196 0.112
18 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'41.281 1.214 0.018
19 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'41.339 1.272 0.058
20 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'41.404 1.337 0.065
21 82 Mika Kallio KTM 1'41.884 1.817 0.480
22 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'42.716 2.649 0.832
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