MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2020 Valencia MotoGP Qualifying Result: New Is Not Always Better

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

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

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

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

Results:

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

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

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

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

Results:

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

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

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

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

Results:

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

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

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

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

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'34.698    
2 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'34.711 0.013 0.013
3 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'34.723 0.025 0.012
4 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'34.788 0.090 0.065
5 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'34.826 0.128 0.038
6 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'34.900 0.202 0.074
7 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'34.918 0.220 0.018
8 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'34.930 0.232 0.012
9 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'34.949 0.251 0.019
10 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'34.968 0.270 0.019
11 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'34.970 0.272 0.002
12 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'34.972 0.274 0.002
13 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'34.973 0.275 0.001
14 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'34.979 0.281 0.006
15 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'35.123 0.425 0.144
16 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'35.158 0.460 0.035
17 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'35.249 0.551 0.091
18 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'35.258 0.560 0.009
19 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'35.341 0.643 0.083
20 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'35.410 0.712 0.069
21 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'35.418 0.720 0.008
22 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'35.493 0.795 0.075
23 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'35.626 0.928 0.133
24 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'35.799 1.101 0.173
25 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'35.893 1.195 0.094
26 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'35.935 1.237 0.042
27 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'36.175 1.477 0.240
28 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 1'37.014 2.316 0.839
29 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'37.190 2.492 0.176
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2020 Valencia MotoGP FP3 Result: Morbidelli Rides A Rocket

After a rain shower shortened track time for the lightweight class, sun greeted the premier class but with track conditions still requiring rain tyres there were few takers early on. With the likes of Joan Mir and Fabio Quartararo out of the provisional top 10, they were particularly keen to see the conditions improved and the Frenchman was the first to be tempted by slick tyres 15 minutes into the session, quickly followed by the Spaniard. Some more rivals joined the party soon after and were steadily drawing nearer to Friday’s benchmark but it wasn’t until the final 13 minutes that the combined top 10 saw any changes, with Franco Morbidelli proving that there was enough time to be found on track. Morbidelli continued with a sensational pace and went fastest overall by almost half a second.

Behind the Italian, Pol Espargaro was second best on Saturday morning, while Johann Zarco joined the top three closely behind the Spaniard. Maverick Vinales also found some speed to head into Q2 in a more comfortable position in fourth, while Mir had to wait until his final flying lap to find his way into the top 5 of the session and into Q2 worthy places. Takaaki Nakagami in sixth place was one of the few men who did not improve on their Friday times but did not need to as the Honda man was safely inside the combined top 10. Jack Miller and Pecco Bagnaia were the other two men who relied on Friday times to sneak into Q2 despite missing out on the top 10 of the session. Two of the big winners of FP3 were Miguel Oliveira and Aleix Espargaro, who secured the final Q2 tickets after finishing 7th and 8th in the session.

With Mir saving his day at the last minute, his two main rivals dropped out of direct Q2 positions in the closing stages of FP3, Quartararo missing out by only two thousandths of a second, while Alex Rins was only fast enough for 15th overall. Andrea Dovizioso did not set a time until the final handful of minutes and failed to go any faster than on Friday, which left him down in 13th overall.

Meanwhile, Iker Lecuona's return to action didn’t work out as planned, with the Spaniard testing positive for Covid-19 and likely to miss the season finale as well.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'30.168    
2 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'30.636 0.468 0.468
3 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'30.658 0.490 0.022
4 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'30.697 0.529 0.039
5 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'30.734 0.566 0.037
6 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'30.785 0.617 0.051
7 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'30.849 0.681 0.064
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'30.865 0.697 0.016
9 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'30.867 0.699 0.002
10 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'30.926 0.758 0.059
11 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'30.956 0.788 0.030
12 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'31.051 0.883 0.095
13 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'31.077 0.909 0.026
14 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'31.128 0.960 0.051
15 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'31.235 1.067 0.107
16 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'31.280 1.112 0.045
17 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'31.372 1.204 0.092
18 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'31.540 1.372 0.168
19 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'31.714 1.546 0.174
20 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'31.942 1.774 0.228
21 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'32.532 2.364 0.590
  27 Iker Lecuona KTM      
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2020 Valencia Moto3 FP3 Result: Oncu Fastest Before Rain Hit

The Ricardo Tormo Circuit gave a nod to last week with some light rain to open proceedings on Saturday and there was little useful running to be done by the lightweight class. After around 20 minutes of dry but cold conditions, riders spent the rest of the time wandering down pitlane to figure out if it was worth having an outing on rain tyres. In the end they all decided against it and Deniz Oncu headlined the session with only 8 laps on the board and three hundredths of a second faster than Albert Arenas. However, with the limited running in FP3, there was no opportunity to affect the combined top 14, therefore we’ll see the championship leader in Q1 later on.

Despite finishing third in the session, Dennis Foggia will join Arenas in Q1, unlike Romano Fenati, Tatsuki Suzuki and Raul Fernandez, who completed the top six of the session and were already securely into Q2. Ryusei Yamanaka, Davide Pizzoli, John McPhee and Gabriel Rodrigo rounded out the top ten in the morning session, half a second off top spot and all due to feature in the Q1 session.

Although 20th in the FP3, Tony Arbolino’s FP1 benchmark remained the fastest time of the weekend and the Italian will also be joined directly in Q2 by the likes of Andrea Migno, Jaume Masia, Sergio Garcia, Kaito Toba, Ai Ogura, Niccolo Antonelli, Jeremy Alcoba, Celestino Vietti and Yuki Kunii.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'39.399    
2 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'39.430 0.031 0.031
3 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'39.635 0.236 0.205
4 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'39.690 0.291 0.055
5 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'39.723 0.324 0.033
6 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'39.754 0.355 0.031
7 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'39.836 0.437 0.082
8 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'39.879 0.480 0.043
9 17 John McPhee Honda 1'39.889 0.490 0.010
10 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'39.915 0.516 0.026
11 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'39.916 0.517 0.001
12 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'39.958 0.559 0.042
13 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'39.980 0.581 0.022
14 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'39.987 0.588 0.007
15 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'39.992 0.593 0.005
16 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'40.006 0.607 0.014
17 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'40.009 0.610 0.003
18 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'40.018 0.619 0.009
19 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'40.056 0.657 0.038
20 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'40.065 0.666 0.009
21 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'40.125 0.726 0.060
22 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'40.150 0.751 0.025
23 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'40.317 0.918 0.167
24 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'40.393 0.994 0.076
25 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'40.409 1.010 0.016
26 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'40.424 1.025 0.015
27 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'40.462 1.063 0.038
28 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'40.483 1.084 0.021
29 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'40.888 1.489 0.405
30 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'41.128 1.729 0.240
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2020 Valencia Moto2 FP2 Result: Di Giannantonio Challenges Title Contenders

The intermediate class closed the Friday show in Valencia but didn’t make that much of an impression on the combined timesheets, with the FP1 benchmark not being challenged. However, the gaps throughout the field on their second outing were minuscule, with Fabio Di Giannantonio claiming the top of the standings for the final time attack by less than a tenth of a second. Behind the Italian, the championship contenders kept in close proximity, Sam Lowes finishing second and only two hundredths of a second ahead of rival Enea Bastianini. The Italian had a less than ideal start to his session with a tumble at turn six but then recovered to join the top three.

Bo Bendsneyder and Marcel Schrotter made some good progress inside the top five, ahead of an equally impressive sixth spot for Stefano Manzi. They were closely followed by Jorge Martin and Luca Marini, who were only two tenths off the leader, while Jorge Navarro kept top spot overall, despite dropping to ninth in the session. Joe Roberts rounded out the top 10 of FP2, although the American will need to find some speed to join the Q2 line-up on Saturday morning.

Although missing out on top 10 positions in the session, the likes of Hector Garzo, Aron Canet, Marco Bezzecchi, Tom Luthi and Lorenzo Baldassarri are provisionally in the combined top 14. Remy Gardner, Augusto Fernandez and Xavi Vierge might have closed the top 20, but the trio were only half a second off top spot.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'34.893    
2 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'34.983 0.090 0.090
3 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'35.012 0.119 0.029
4 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'35.052 0.159 0.040
5 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'35.075 0.182 0.023
6 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'35.085 0.192 0.010
7 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'35.094 0.201 0.009
8 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'35.154 0.261 0.060
9 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'35.158 0.265 0.004
10 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'35.267 0.374 0.109
11 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'35.293 0.400 0.026
12 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'35.294 0.401 0.001
13 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'35.294 0.401  
14 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'35.319 0.426 0.025
15 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'35.334 0.441 0.015
16 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'35.352 0.459 0.018
17 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'35.365 0.472 0.013
18 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'35.381 0.488 0.016
19 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'35.468 0.575 0.087
20 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'35.482 0.589 0.014
21 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'35.491 0.598 0.009
22 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'35.580 0.687 0.089
23 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'35.639 0.746 0.059
24 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'35.823 0.930 0.184
25 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'36.136 1.243 0.313
26 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'36.147 1.254 0.011
27 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'36.361 1.468 0.214
28 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'36.488 1.595 0.127
29 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 1'37.429 2.536 0.941
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2020 Valencia MotoGP FP2 Result: Miller Time Again

Much like their Moto3 colleagues before them, the premier class were in no rush to improve their FP1 times, while nearly inseparable within the top ten. Takaaki Nakagami was the first rider to surpass his own FP1 benchmark as the Japanese rider anticipated the time attack. However, Jack Miller reclaimed his title of Friday King of Valencia, although in much improved conditions this time, going nearly a tenth of a second faster than Nakagami in the final minute of the session. Pecco Bagnaia surprised as he joined the top three as second Ducati.

Pol Espargaro added a KTM to the mix in fourth position, ahead of early session leader Johann Zarco. Andrea Dovizioso maintained a solid position in the top six six tenths off top spot and closely followed by Cal Crutchlow. Alex Rins in eighth place also provisionally secured a Q2 position, while Aleix Espargaro in ninth had no such luck on the combined standings. Maverick Vinales rounded out the top 10 of the session, as well as in the overall hierarchy, while the remaining Q2 ticket is provisionally held by Franco Morbidelli, although the Italian was 13th fastest in the session.

Championship leader Joan Mir had a more challenging FP2, the Spaniard making a rare mistake that saw him slide out at turn 4 in the final 10 minutes of the session. Mir managed to rejoin the time attack on his second machine but could not do enough to re-enter the top 10. The likes of Fabio Quartararo and Valentino Rossi did not feature much at the business end but both Yamaha men seemed to be focusing on race pace rather than fast laps. Despite ending FP2 in 19th position after two harmless crashes at turns 2 and 4, Alex Marquez was only seven tenths of a second slower than the leader.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'30.622    
2 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'30.713 0.091 0.091
3 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'30.742 0.120 0.029
4 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'30.821 0.199 0.079
5 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'30.899 0.277 0.078
6 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'30.926 0.304 0.027
7 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'30.930 0.308 0.004
8 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'30.947 0.325 0.017
9 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'30.989 0.367 0.042
10 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'31.062 0.440 0.073
11 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'31.080 0.458 0.018
12 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'31.106 0.484 0.026
13 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'31.125 0.503 0.019
14 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'31.230 0.608 0.105
15 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'31.261 0.639 0.031
16 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'31.326 0.704 0.065
17 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'31.330 0.708 0.004
18 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'31.371 0.749 0.041
19 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'31.371 0.749  
20 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'32.058 1.436 0.687
21 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'32.393 1.771 0.335
  27 Iker Lecuona KTM      
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2020 Valencia Moto3 FP2 Result: Masia Makes His Move

After the rush of speed in the morning session, FP2 was a more sedate affair, riders leaving it to the final five minutes to improve their times from FP1. Niccolo Antonelli led for most of the session, until the time attack, when the Italian was robbed by Jaume Masia and Sergio Garcia, the Spaniards only separated by one hundredth of a second at the front. Antonelli stayed in the top three of the session, although none of those men managed to improve Tony Arbolino’s record breaking time from FP1.

Tatsuki Suzuki in fourth position was also within a tenth of the leader, ahead of Raul Fernandez and championship contender Ai Ogura. Romano Fenati was seventh in the session and one of the few men not to improve on their morning benchmarks. Celestino Vietti, Jeremy Alcoba and Yuki Kunii rounded out the top ten, only two tenths off top spot.

On the combined standings, Kaito Toba, Andrea Migno, Deniz Oncu and Tony Arbolino are holding onto Q2 tickets at the end of Friday, with the Snipers rider still fastest overall despite the being 20th in the session.

Meanwhile, Filip Salac was declared unfit to continue his weekend in Valencia due to a chest injury after a crash at turn 6 in the morning session.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'38.479    
2 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'38.496 0.017 0.017
3 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'38.563 0.084 0.067
4 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'38.564 0.085 0.001
5 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'38.604 0.125 0.040
6 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'38.666 0.187 0.062
7 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'38.696 0.217 0.030
8 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'38.704 0.225 0.008
9 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'38.732 0.253 0.028
10 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'38.743 0.264 0.011
11 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'38.751 0.272 0.008
12 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'38.753 0.274 0.002
13 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'38.764 0.285 0.011
14 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'38.779 0.300 0.015
15 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'38.789 0.310 0.010
16 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'38.854 0.375 0.065
17 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'38.972 0.493 0.118
18 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'39.029 0.550 0.057
19 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'39.048 0.569 0.019
20 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'39.069 0.590 0.021
21 17 John McPhee Honda 1'39.083 0.604 0.014
22 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'39.274 0.795 0.191
23 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'39.276 0.797 0.002
24 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'39.320 0.841 0.044
25 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'39.388 0.909 0.068
26 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'39.495 1.016 0.107
27 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'39.513 1.034 0.018
28 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'39.596 1.117 0.083
29 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'39.743 1.264 0.147
30 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'39.950 1.471 0.207
  12 Filip Salac Honda      
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2020 Valencia Moto2 FP1 Result: Navarro Thrives On Home Soil

The intermediate class returned to the Ricardo Tormo Circuit and brought their best form with them, quickly posting laptimes faster than anything they achieved one week ago. Nice and dry conditions greatly contributed to Jorge Navarro’s top time in the high 1:34s, while Luca Marini looked to have recovered some form as the Italian jumped into second position, only two hundredths of a second slower than the leader. Compatriot Fabio Di Giannantonio made it an extremely tight top three, only covered by eight hundredths of a second.

Sam Lowes in fourth was only a tenth off top spot, closely followed by Marcel Schrotter and a fairly impressive Hector Garzo. Aron Canet keeps getting faster after his return from injury and climbs into seventh spot in FP1, only one hundredth of a second faster than Lorenzo Baldassarri. Championship leader Enea Bastianini ended the session ninth but his gap to the leader was only two tenths of a second, while Tom Luthi rounded out a top ten covered by three tenths of a second.

Marco Bezzecchi and Joe Roberts narrowly missed out on top ten positions, while Jorge Martin in 14th was still within half a second of the lead and with the top 22 riders covered by one second.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'34.855    
2 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'34.880 0.025 0.025
3 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'34.942 0.087 0.062
4 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'34.957 0.102 0.015
5 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'35.004 0.149 0.047
6 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'35.048 0.193 0.044
7 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'35.063 0.208 0.015
8 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'35.076 0.221 0.013
9 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'35.096 0.241 0.020
10 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'35.160 0.305 0.064
11 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'35.200 0.345 0.040
12 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'35.264 0.409 0.064
13 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'35.287 0.432 0.023
14 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'35.304 0.449 0.017
15 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'35.338 0.483 0.034
16 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'35.368 0.513 0.030
17 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'35.401 0.546 0.033
18 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'35.416 0.561 0.015
19 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'35.626 0.771 0.210
20 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'35.722 0.867 0.096
21 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'35.756 0.901 0.034
22 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'35.785 0.930 0.029
23 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'35.905 1.050 0.120
24 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'35.923 1.068 0.018
25 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'36.262 1.407 0.339
26 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'36.311 1.456 0.049
27 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'36.329 1.474 0.018
28 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'36.562 1.707 0.233
29 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 1'37.469 2.614 0.907
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