MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2020 Portimao Moto2 FP2 Result: Lowes Surrenders To Marini

The final session of the day in Portimao saw intermediate class riders in no rush to improve FP1 times but the pace picked up for the final time attack and FP2 set things up nicely in the title battle. Luca Marini and Sam Lowes were some of the main men spending time at the top of the timing screens and it was the Italian one step (and one tenth) ahead at the checkered flag. Lowes overcame clearly visible pain after last week’s crash and showed good speed to finish second, one hundredth of a second faster than a resurgent Lorenzo Baldassarri. Both the Italian and Remy Gardner snuck ahead of Enea Bastianini on their final laps, to break up a top 3 of title contenders and demote the championship leader to fifth, three tenths off top spot.

The remaining top 10 positions were covered by one tenth of a second, starting with Xavi Vierge in sixth, closely followed by Jorge Navarro, Fabio Di Giannantonio, Marco Bezzecchi, and Hector Garzo. Augusto Fernandez missed out on a top 10 position by 8 thousandths of a second, after leading early on, while the remaining places in the combined top 14 went to Nicolo Bulega, Stefano Manzi and FP1 leader Marcos Ramirez.

One of the usual suspects, Jorge Martin, lost precious track time after his machine started smoking as he headed out of pitlane and did not make it past turn 5. The Spaniard had to sit out the session while getting a new engine installed.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'42.941    
2 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'43.123 0.182 0.182
3 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'43.139 0.198 0.016
4 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'43.222 0.281 0.083
5 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'43.257 0.316 0.035
6 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'43.314 0.373 0.057
7 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'43.358 0.417 0.044
8 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'43.381 0.440 0.023
9 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'43.402 0.461 0.021
10 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'43.414 0.473 0.012
11 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'43.422 0.481 0.008
12 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'43.488 0.547 0.066
13 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'43.516 0.575 0.028
14 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'43.559 0.618 0.043
15 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'43.597 0.656 0.038
16 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'43.598 0.657 0.001
17 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'43.634 0.693 0.036
18 77 Dominique Aegerter NTS 1'43.662 0.721 0.028
19 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'43.748 0.807 0.086
20 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'43.756 0.815 0.008
21 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'44.022 1.081 0.266
22 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'44.293 1.352 0.271
23 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'44.491 1.550 0.198
24 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'44.745 1.804 0.254
25 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'44.859 1.918 0.114
26 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'44.980 2.039 0.121
27 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'45.230 2.289 0.250
28 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'45.389 2.448 0.159
  88 Jorge Martin Kalex      
Round Number: 
15
2020
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2020 Portimao MotoGP FP2 Result: Zarco Sets The Pace

The premier class got another hour to enjoy the wonders of the Algarve Circuit and nice warm asphalt welcomed them and opened the floodgates on times in the 1:39s. While KTM and Honda hogged the limelight early in the session, it was Yamaha and Ducati who fought for the lead by the final time attack. Ducati got the upper hand this time out and it was courtesy of Johann Zarco aboard the 2019 machine, the Frenchman one tenth of a second faster than Maverick Vinales. Aleix Espargaro was once more inside the top three, two tenths off top spot and ahead of Fabio Quartararo.

Brad Binder rounded out the top five, while Joan Mir found himself outside of the top 10 positions going into his last flying lap but the world champion used that final lap well and climbed into sixth. Andrea Dovizioso was in a similar situation as he claimed 7th place, ahead of Pol Espargaro. Jack Miller and Franco Morbidelli completed the top 10 positions, while Stefan Bradl missed out by two hundredths of a second. The Honda rider continued to have a good day in Portugal, as he spent significant time at the top of the timesheets before dropping outside the top 10 despite being less than half a second off top spot.

Takaaki Nakagami had an eventful afternoon, the LCR man going down at turn 4 in the final 30 minutes of the extended session and he was able to rejoin and improve his laptime but still got pushed down to 12th. Miguel Oliveira started the session at the top of the timesheets but the home favourite got demoted in the late battle for the top 10 and dropped back to 13th. Alex Rins will hope to improve on 17th position on the combined standings on Saturday morning, although the Spaniard was within only eight tenths of top spot. Turn 4 proved problematic for Valentino Rossi as well, the Italian rejoining the action after a late crash but only fast enough for 21st position.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'39.417    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'39.536 0.119 0.119
3 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'39.645 0.228 0.109
4 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'39.692 0.275 0.047
5 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'39.697 0.280 0.005
6 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'39.732 0.315 0.035
7 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'39.741 0.324 0.009
8 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'39.783 0.366 0.042
9 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'39.820 0.403 0.037
10 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'39.888 0.471 0.068
11 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'39.909 0.492 0.021
12 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'39.939 0.522 0.030
13 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'39.946 0.529 0.007
14 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'39.966 0.549 0.020
15 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'39.977 0.560 0.011
16 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'40.085 0.668 0.108
17 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'40.213 0.796 0.128
18 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'40.338 0.921 0.125
19 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'40.547 1.130 0.209
20 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'41.256 1.839 0.709
21 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'41.279 1.862 0.023
22 82 Mika Kallio KTM 1'41.826 2.409 0.547
Round Number: 
15
2020
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2020 Portimao Moto3 FP2 Result: First Blood To Arenas

The beautiful setting of Portimao welcomed back the lightweight class for their second practice session, once again extended to 55 minutes to help teams find their way around the Algarve Circuit. Championship leader Albert Arenas seemed to be enjoying the pleasant temperatures and the Spaniard shot to the top of the timesheets in the final time attack, by posting the first 1:47 time of the weekend. Jeremy Alcoba got dethroned after holding onto the lead for the final third of the session but the top rookie stayed second, two tenths off top spot. Tatsuki Suzuki was another of the late leaders before dropping to third, while Raul Fernandez headed the timesheets for the first half of proceedings, eventually settling for fourth.

FP1 leader Jaume Masia completed the to five, half a second off top spot and only five hundredths of a second ahead of teammate Dennis Foggia. Deniz Oncu continued to put his name at the business end in 7th place, while title rivals Tony Arbolino and Ai Ogura were six tenths slower than the championship leader.

After the unfortunate honour of being the first faller in Portimao earlier in FP1, Stefano Nepa brushed it off and joined the combined top 10. The rest of the overall top 14 positions were claimed by Romano Fenati, John McPhee, Jason Dupasquier and Sergio Garcia.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'47.987    
2 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'48.188 0.201 0.201
3 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'48.361 0.374 0.173
4 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'48.372 0.385 0.011
5 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'48.506 0.519 0.134
6 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'48.562 0.575 0.056
7 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'48.565 0.578 0.003
8 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'48.567 0.580 0.002
9 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'48.601 0.614 0.034
10 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'48.664 0.677 0.063
11 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'48.697 0.710 0.033
12 17 John McPhee Honda 1'48.811 0.824 0.114
13 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'48.867 0.880 0.056
14 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'48.887 0.900 0.020
15 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'48.922 0.935 0.035
16 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'48.998 1.011 0.076
17 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'49.009 1.022 0.011
18 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'49.040 1.053 0.031
19 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'49.067 1.080 0.027
20 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'49.145 1.158 0.078
21 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'49.167 1.180 0.022
22 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'49.171 1.184 0.004
23 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'49.173 1.186 0.002
24 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'49.238 1.251 0.065
25 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'49.278 1.291 0.040
26 31 Adrian Fernandez Honda 1'49.397 1.410 0.119
27 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'49.445 1.458 0.048
28 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'49.471 1.484 0.026
29 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'49.475 1.488 0.004
30 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'49.771 1.784 0.296
31 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'49.844 1.857 0.073
Round Number: 
15
2020
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2020 Portimao Moto2 FP1 Result: Ramirez Sets The Benchmark

The intermediate class enjoyed their first extended outing around the Algarve Circuit and while the likes of Augusto Fernandez and Remy Gardner spent the most time at the top of the timesheets, it was Marcos Ramirez who took the most advantage of the late time attack. The Spaniard finished the morning one hundredth of a second ahead of Fabio Di Giannantonio and compatriot Luca Marini, who was also within a tenth of the lead.

After leading in the final 10 minutes of the session, Gardner dropped to fourth but only a tenth slower than the leader and with Marco Bezzecchi completing the top five. Fernandez was the early leader of proceedings and finished sixth, under three tenths behind, while Nicolo Bulega, Hector Garzi, Xavi Vierge and Jorge Martin made for a familiar rest of the top ten, covered by half a second.

Despite still looking a bit uncomfortable due to the crash suffered in Valencia, Sam Lowes kept close to the top positions, only dropping to 11th in the final time attack, but the British rider was only six tenths off top spot and marginally faster than rival Enea Bastianini, who ended the session 14th.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'43.740    
2 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'43.750 0.010 0.010
3 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'43.799 0.059 0.049
4 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'43.881 0.141 0.082
5 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'43.919 0.179 0.038
6 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'44.011 0.271 0.092
7 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'44.030 0.290 0.019
8 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'44.178 0.438 0.148
9 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'44.279 0.539 0.101
10 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'44.319 0.579 0.040
11 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'44.354 0.614 0.035
12 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'44.389 0.649 0.035
13 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'44.404 0.664 0.015
14 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'44.468 0.728 0.064
15 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'44.624 0.884 0.156
16 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'44.644 0.904 0.020
17 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'44.682 0.942 0.038
18 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'44.748 1.008 0.066
19 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'44.827 1.087 0.079
20 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'45.171 1.431 0.344
21 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'45.410 1.670 0.239
22 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'45.456 1.716 0.046
23 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'45.472 1.732 0.016
24 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'45.533 1.793 0.061
25 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'45.942 2.202 0.409
26 77 Dominique Aegerter NTS 1'46.084 2.344 0.142
27 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'46.090 2.350 0.006
28 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'46.144 2.404 0.054
29 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'46.149 2.409 0.005
Round Number: 
15
2020
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2020 Portimao MotoGP FP1 Result: Dream Start For Oliveira

The premier class’ first ride on the rollercoaster of Portimao gave us over an hour of nice wheelie shots out of turn 8 and a pretty tight field until the late time attack that not everyone joined. Although there was no one in the stands to greet him, home hero Miguel Oliveira grabbed top spot at the checkered flag by four hundredths of a second to make a dream start to his home race. Maverick Vinales spent quite a bit of time at the top throughout FP1 but settled for second, while Aleix Espargaro put his experience from the test to good use to join the top three. Teammate Lorenzo Savadori also did an excellent job to add another Aprilia in fourth position, less than two tenths of a second off top spot.

Pol Espargaro was the lead KTM in fifth place, ahead of the lead Honda of Cal Crutchlow and newly crowned world champion Joan Mir, who was seven tenths off the lead. Fabio Quartararo was another of the early leaders of the session but the Frenchman wasn’t tempted by the late time attack and dropped to eighth, while the Honda duo of Takaaki Nakagami and Stefan Bradl completed the top ten.

Alex Rins and Andrea Dovizoso were the final riders to set a time within a second of the leader, while Jack Miller lost ground after topping the session very early on and dropped to 16th spot.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'40.122    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'40.162 0.040 0.040
3 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'40.236 0.114 0.074
4 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'40.297 0.175 0.061
5 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'40.680 0.558 0.383
6 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'40.695 0.573 0.015
7 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'40.856 0.734 0.161
8 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'40.877 0.755 0.021
9 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'40.878 0.756 0.001
10 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'40.920 0.798 0.042
11 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'40.960 0.838 0.040
12 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'40.961 0.839 0.001
13 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'41.167 1.045 0.206
14 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'41.181 1.059 0.014
15 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'41.228 1.106 0.047
16 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'41.271 1.149 0.043
17 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'41.433 1.311 0.162
18 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'41.928 1.806 0.495
19 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'41.946 1.824 0.018
20 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'42.082 1.960 0.136
21 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'43.154 3.032 1.072
22 82 Mika Kallio KTM 1'43.910 3.788 0.756
Round Number: 
15
2020
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2020 Portimao Moto3 FP1 Result: Masia Opens The Show

The lightweight class got their first taster of the Algarve Circuit in a beautiful morning in Portugal and it was a 55-minute long one, for some extra acclimatisation. Jaume Masia seemed to be the quickest to take to the track, as he held onto top spot for much of the session, except for a brief interruption following a tumble at turn 15. That allowed Romano Fenati to shortly claim the lead, but the Italian get pushed back to second after a crash of his own at the same tricky turn 14-15 section. Championship leader Albert Arenas completed the top three, two tenths off top spot, although the unfamiliar track meant that gaps through the field were not as tight as we got accustomed to.

Sergio Garcia in fourth was the last rider within half a second of the leader, with Andrea Migno rounding out the top five. Raul Fernandez – who is joined by brother Adrian Fernandez as a replacement for injured Filip Salac – kept close in sixth position, with Deniz Oncu, Jeremy Alcoba, John McPhee and Gabriel Rodrigo joining the top ten.

Tony Arbolino, Celestino Vietti and Tatsuki Suzuki also posted times within a second of top spot, while title contender Ai Ogura took it easy after a moment at turn 15 and finished the first practice session in 26th position, nearly two seconds off the lead but with plenty of time to find some speed in Portimao.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 5 Jaume MASIA Honda 1'48.896    
2 55 Romano FENATI Husqvarna 1'49.054 0.158 0.158
3 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'49.109 0.213 0.055
4 11 Sergio GARCIA Honda 1'49.288 0.392 0.179
5 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'49.537 0.641 0.249
6 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 1'49.556 0.660 0.019
7 53 Deniz ÖNCÜ KTM 1'49.598 0.702 0.042
8 52 Jeremy ALCOBA Honda 1'49.609 0.713 0.011
9 17 John McPHEE Honda 1'49.666 0.770 0.057
10 2 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda 1'49.673 0.777 0.007
11 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'49.705 0.809 0.032
12 13 Celestino VIETTI KTM 1'49.807 0.911 0.102
13 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'49.886 0.990 0.079
14 70 Barry BALTUS KTM 1'49.929 1.033 0.043
15 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'49.984 1.088 0.055
16 7 Dennis FOGGIA Honda 1'50.022 1.126 0.038
17 6 Ryusei YAMANAKA Honda 1'50.220 1.324 0.198
18 21 Alonso LOPEZ Husqvarna 1'50.314 1.418 0.094
19 9 Davide PIZZOLI KTM 1'50.319 1.423 0.005
20 82 Stefano NEPA KTM 1'50.328 1.432 0.009
21 92 Yuki KUNII Honda 1'50.343 1.447 0.015
22 71 Ayumu SASAKI KTM 1'50.413 1.517 0.070
23 99 Carlos TATAY KTM 1'50.522 1.626 0.109
24 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'50.680 1.784 0.158
25 54 Riccardo ROSSI KTM 1'50.689 1.793 0.009
26 79 Ai OGURA Honda 1'50.792 1.896 0.103
27 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda 1'50.847 1.951 0.055
28 27 Kaito TOBA KTM 1'50.879 1.983 0.032
29 50 Jason DUPASQUIER KTM 1'50.885 1.989 0.006
30 73 Maximilian KOFLER KTM 1'50.988 2.092 0.103
31 31 Adrian FERNANDEZ Honda 1'51.382 2.486 0.394
Round Number: 
15
2020
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2020 Valencia MotoGP Race Result: Big Party In An Empty Club

The sun turned up to the premier class party to heat up not only track surface but also the simmering title battle and the only thing that shined more than Franco Morbidelli’s 2019 spec Yamaha was Joan Mir’s golden helmet, celebrating Suzuki’s first riders’ world title in 20 years, very fittingly on the factory’s 100th anniversary. The newly crowned champion might not have had a home crowd to celebrate with but that didn’t seem to make the cava any less sweet. The Spaniard did have to share the limelight in parc ferme with Morbidelli and Jack Miller, who fought tooth and nail until the checkered flag, a battle decided in the Italian’s favour. Morbidelli grabbed a third victory of the season, sharing the podium with some familiar faces in Miller and Pol Espargaro, the Spaniard scoring his 50th podium in Grand Prix racing.

The start of the race set the scene for the rest of proceedings, Miller perfecting his holeshot technique to lead into turn one, but his Ducati went wide straight away and allowed poleman Morbidelli back past. The Yamaha man was closely followed by Miller, Pol Espargaro and Takaaki Nakagami, while Miguel Oliveira was immediately up to fifth, having started on the fourth row. Also starting from the fourth row, Fabio Quartararo had a much more difficult start, running well wide at turn 2, as things got busy in the middle of the pack, and dropped to the back of the field. Mir managed to join the top 10 by the end of lap 1, with teammate Rins making a more impressive start, up to 7th from 14th on the grid.

Morbidelli was untroubled at the front, with Miller and Pol Espargaro close behind him, and Nakagami leading a sizeable group another seven tenths back. That group also included Oliveira, Johann Zarco, Rins, Brad Binder, Aleix Espargaro and Mir, with Andrea Dovizioso leading a third group, one second back and ahead of Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi. However, the chasing group lost Zarco at turn 1 on lap 6, making Rins’ mission a little easier as he inherited 6th place.

Morbidelli continued to be untouchable for the next laps, keeping the gap to Miller to about half a second, only Pol Espargaro keeping close to the leaders, while Nakagami dropped over two seconds back after running wide at turn 1 and then got a track limits warning on lap 8. In worse news, the LCR man soon had Rins on his tail, as well as Oliveira and Binder. Mir was losing touch with the chasing pack, over a second down and under attack from Dovizioso but the Spaniard was biding his time and his title mission was soon made easier by Quartararo. Having to find his way from the back of the pack, the Frenchman was in rush to recover positions but made some mistakes in his frantic recovery, which saw him get a track limits warning and promptly crash out on at turn 6, putting an end to his title aspirations on lap 9.

Back at the front, teammate Morbidelli had impeccably consistent pace and his gap got over the one second mark with 16 laps remaining, while Miller was fending off Pol Espargaro in the podium battle. Nakagami reduced his gap to the leaders to one second and he seemed to pick up the pace as the race entered its final half, but Rins could not keep up and was left to contend with the KTMs of Oliveira and Binder. Meanwhile, Mir was leading a small group two seconds down the road, where Dovizioso was struggling to get past Aleix Espargaro to attack the championship leader.

As the race entered the final 11 laps, Miller starting pushing to catch up with Morbidelli and got the gap down to six tenths of a second, but the Italian replied brilliantly and brought it back up to eight tenths. Rather than getting involved in the victory battle, Pol Espargaro was dropping into the clutches of Nakagami in the battle for third. Rins was still out of that battle, over two seconds behind, but the Spaniard got promoted one position after Nakagami rushed an overtake on Pol with 8 laps remaining and threw it away at turn 14, almost wiping out the KTM in the process. Espargaro did well to keep running but it allowed Rins to close to one second from his third place.

Closing at a much faster rate was Miller, the Australian less than half a second behind Morbidelli with 7 laps remaining, the two posting nearly identical lap times at the front. The duo got some more breathing room after Nakagami’s crash, which left Pol Espargaro almost three seconds behind the victory battle. The Spaniard’s third place did not look particularly secure either, with Rins posting personal best sectors behind him and Binder keen to attack too. Meanwhile, Mir and Dovizioso had almost caught up with Oliveira but Mir wasn’t exactly looking for a battle for sixth place.

Miller continued to put pressure on Morbidelli but the Italian was always just far enough ahead to avoid an attack – that is until the final lap, when Miller used the Ducatis’ power to attack going into turn 1 but ran wide and Morbidelli got the inside into turn 2. Miller had another look into turn 4 but Morbidelli found the gap at turn 5 once more. Miller then tried his best until the checkered flag but Morbidelli crossed the finish line nine hundredths of a second ahead of the Pramac rider. Pol Espargaro secured the final podium position, although Rins came within six tenths of a second of challenging him, with Binder back in the top five, ahead of colleague Oliveira.

However, it was Mir who got all the attention as he put the golden helmet on, after taking the checkered flag in seventh place. The Spaniard’s result sealed both the riders and teams’ titles and Suzuki continue on course to claim the triple crown heading into the season finale in Portugal.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 41'22.478
2 43 Jack Miller Ducati +0.093
3 44 Pol Espargaro KTM +3.006
4 42 Alex Rins Suzuki +3.697
5 33 Brad Binder KTM +4.127
6 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM +7.272
7 36 Joan Mir Suzuki +8.703
8 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati +8.729
9 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia +15.512
10 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha +19.043
11 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati +19.456
12 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha +19.717
13 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda +23.802
14 6 Stefan Bradl Honda +27.430
15 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati +30.570
16 73 Alex Marquez Honda +30.619
17 53 Tito Rabat Ducati +42.365
18 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia +46.472
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  30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 9 Laps
  20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 19 Laps
  5 Johann Zarco Ducati 22 Laps
Round Number: 
14
2020
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2020 Valencia Moto2 Race Result: Another Ride On The Rollercoaster

The intermediate class race got underway under a spotless sky in Valencia and the victor proved perhaps harder to predict than in the lightweight class this time out. Jorge Martin had a rollercoaster ride to victory, the Spaniard leading into turn 1, then dropping out of podium contention before striking back and claiming a second victory of the season on the very last lap. An equally impressive performance came from compatriot Hector Garzo, who turned a first front row start into a well-deserved first podium on home soil. After his European GP victory, Marco Bezzecchi looked like the fastest man for much of the race once more, but had to surrender to the Spaniards on the final lap.

Bezzecchi had made a great start off the line but Martin’s was even better and the Spaniard went from the second row of the grid to first into turn one, ahead of poleman Stefano Manzi and Fabio Di Giannantonio, while Bezzecchi was pushed to fourth by Martin’s move for the lead. Championship leader Enea Bastianini was quick to join the top 10, while rival Sam Lowes made a cautious start and was out of the top 20 early on.

By lap 3, a lead group including Martin, Di Giannantonio, Manzi and Bezzecchi was a few tenths ahead of the sizeable next group led by Marcel Schrotter, Garzo and Luca Marini and notably including Bastianini. The gap between the groups hovered around the eight tenths mark for the next few laps and the man on the move was Bezzecchi, who got past his compatriots to challenge Martin for the lead by lap six. The Italian got past at turn 14 and Di Giannantonio further demoted Martin soon after. Manzi was still in touch with the leaders but not close enough to attack, while Schrotter and Garzo were pushing to reduce the gap to half a second by lap 7. Title rivals Marini and Bastianini were engaged in direct battle for 7th place another half a second back.

The top three men held station for the next few laps, Bezzecchi ahead of Di Giannantonio and Martin, but their main challenger at that stage was Garzo, who tagged along to the podium battle by lap 10. The Spaniard’s pace dropped Manzi one second back and the Italian came under threat from Schrotter, Marini, Bastianini and Jorge Navarro. However, Manzi’s fairytale did not end at the hands of his rivals but in the gravel trap at turn 2 on the very next lap, which left Schrotter with the task of reeling in the leaders.

Back ahead, Bezzecchi continued to lead from Di Giannantonio, with Garzo becoming their main challenger, the Spaniard dropping compatriot Martin at the halfway mark of proceedings. Martin’s day seemed to be getting worse as the strong group led by Schrotter quickly caught up with him. With 10 laps to go, it looked like only Di Giannantonio had the speed to challenge leader Bezzecchi, as Garzo dropped one second back, with Martin under attack another second back. That particular battle reduced in numbers for final 8 laps as Navarro crashed out after going wide into turn 1, promoting Bastianini into 7th place, but the Italian did not look like progressing further as his gap to Marini kept growing.

Bezzecchi wasn’t shown a wheel until six laps were left on the board, Di Giannantonio briefly getting past at turn 11 but Bezzecchi breezed back past at turn 14 after his compatriot ran wide. The action at the front allowed the chasers to come within half a second of the victory battle and Martin seemed to have found some late race pace, getting past Garzo to claim third. Schrotter and Marini weren’t too far back, but Bastianini dropped over a second behind, into a safe 7th position as the next group led by Bo Bendsneyder was nearly 6 seconds down the road. Lowes made slow but steady progress into the top 20 and joined point scoring positions with 4 laps left, aided by a late crash from Aron Canet.

The final handful of laps were the calm before the storm, until Di Giannantonio attacked once again at turn 11 with 2 laps remaining and this time he made it stick, starting the final lap in the lead. However, that was not the end of the story for the Italian, as he crashed from the lead once more at turn 6. The left Bezzecchi at the front but vulnerable to an attack from Martin, who forced his way past at turn 12 and a moment from Bezzecchi at turn 13 also encouraged Garzo to sneak past. The class rookie then challenged his leading compatriot until the finish line, which Martin reached first by only seven hundredths of a second. Garzo still secured a sensational podium, with Bezzecchi having to settle for third. Schrotter was best of the rest, a solid fourth ahead of Marini. Bastianini secured sixth, with Gardner, Bendsneyder, Nicolo Bulega and Lorenzo Baldassarri rounding out the top 10. Lowes set a good pace despite his injury and bravely finished the race in 14th, grabbing 2 crucial points.

Bastianini’s consistency keeps him 14 points ahead of Lowes in the championship standings, with Marini 18 points down and Bezzecchi’s last lap costing him in the title battle as well, where he is 23 points behind going into the season finale.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 40'02.225
2 40 Hector Garzo Kalex +0.072
3 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex +0.204
4 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex +0.689
5 10 Luca Marini Kalex +0.812
6 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex +2.329
7 87 Remy Gardner Kalex +8.973
8 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS +9.720
9 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex +11.596
10 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex +11.836
11 16 Joe Roberts Kalex +12.369
12 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex +13.041
13 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex +13.495
14 22 Sam Lowes Kalex +15.345
15 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex +15.577
16 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex +18.954
17 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta +26.947
18 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex +36.336
19 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up +42.068
20 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex +46.792
21 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS +50.162
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  21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1 Lap
  57 Edgar Pons Kalex 2 Laps
  44 Aron Canet Speed Up 4 Laps
  9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 8 Laps
  19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 11 Laps
  62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 15 Laps
  27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 17 Laps
  42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 19 Laps
Round Number: 
14
2020
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2020 Valencia Moto3 Race Result: Back With A Vengeance

The dark clouds of Saturday gave way to nice sunny skies for race day and one man who fully embraced the opportunity to shine in Valencia was Tony Arbolino. The Italian stood on the top spot of the podium for the first time this season after starting 13th on the grid and it brought him closer to the title battle heading into the season finale. Home hero Sergio Garcia was back to the podium in Valencia for the third consecutive time, demoting European GP victor Raul Fernandez to third.

The start painted a different picture, with Kaito Toba taking the lead into turn one but seeing poleman Darryn Binder sweep past soon after. The lead continued to change hands and Fernandez finished lap one at the front of the pack. Albert Arenas gained a couple of positions on the first lap to trail the three leaders, while rival Ai Ogura dropped to 8th and Arbolino made a sensational start to climb into 5th place straight away. The first bit of drama came on lap 2, when Toba high-sided at turn 5 from second position and wiped out compatriot Tatsuki Suzuki as well. The chasers had to take avoiding action and that allowed Fernandez to escape at the front once again, in a déjà vu from one week ago. It was Arbolino who picked up the chase and had the mission of reducing the one second gap to the runaway leader.

With Fernandez pushing to extend his lead, Arbolino was ahead of a sizeable group including the likes of Binder, Arenas and Jaume Masia, although the group lost Celestino Vietti at turn 11 on lap 4 and the Italian lost his title aspirations in the process. Ogura didn’t make much noise in the early stages but the Japanese rider was steadily around 9th position, at the back of the main group. Birthday boy Jeremy Alcoba was leading the next group two seconds down the road.

While Fernandez’s gap hovered around the 1.5 seconds mark for the next few laps, Arbolino struggled to make much progress and was under attack from Garcia, Arenas, Deniz Oncu and Binder, while Andrea Migno, Ogura and Masia seemed to lose touch with the chasing group, the gap up to one second by lap 10. Quite unusually for a Moto3 race, there was not much action at the halfway point of proceedings, most of the airtime going to the battle for 8th place, where Ogura and Masia were swapping paint, earning Masia a track limits warning in the process, all the while their little group led by Migno was losing more time on the podium fight. Ogura eventually picked up the lead of that group with 10 laps left but had nearly three seconds to find to catch up with Binder ahead.

Back at the front, Fernandez’s gap finally dropped to under one second with eight laps to go as Arbolino picked up the pace and took Garcia with him. Arenas didn’t seem to have the pace to go with them and was fending off the feisty duo of Oncu and Binder. However, they had little to worry from behind, as Ogura could not reduce the gap, which continued to grow to over five seconds over the next couple of laps.

With 6 laps remaining, Arbolino and Garcia were glued to the back of Fernandez and it looked like a three-way battle for victory, while Arenas had dropped over a second back and did not look like he would have a say for the podium. Garcia made the first move with 4 laps remaining, getting past Arbolino at turn 2, but the Italian fought back and the duo continued to battle for the next couple of laps, not really bothering Fernandez yet. Arbolino eventually hit the front going into turn 1 with 2 laps remaining and Garcia followed his example one lap later, demoting Fernandez to third but only briefly as the compatriots spent the final lap rubbing elbows and this allowed Arbolino to make an escape and claim the win.

Arbolino took the checkered flag over a second ahead of the battle for second, which went Garcia’s way at turn 12. Arenas fought hard to keep Binder and Oncu behind him to score a crucial fourth place, while Migno claimed seventh place ahead of the photo finish between Ogura and Masia. Three seconds later, Alcoba gifted himself a top ten position on his birthday.

Despite missing out on the podium, Arenas did enough to keep hold of the championship lead by 8 points ahead of Ogura, while Arbolino’s fine victory brings him firmly back into championship contention going into the final round, with an 11 points deficit.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 38'17.462
2 11 Sergio Garcia Honda +1.142
3 25 Raul Fernandez KTM +1.297
4 75 Albert Arenas KTM +2.825
5 40 Darryn Binder KTM +2.999
6 53 Deniz Öncü KTM +3.208
7 16 Andrea Migno KTM +9.836
8 79 Ai Ogura Honda +9.852
9 5 Jaume Masia Honda +9.864
10 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda +12.802
11 17 John Mcphee Honda +12.879
12 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna +14.513
13 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda +15.619
14 82 Stefano Nepa KTM +15.340
15 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda +24.297
16 7 Dennis Foggia Honda +24.320
17 70 Barry Baltus KTM +24.666
18 92 Yuki Kunii Honda +24.690
19 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM +27.484
20 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM +27.754
21 99 Carlos Tatay KTM +28.093
22 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM +28.138
23 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM +30.718
24 13 Celestino Vietti KTM +48.093
Not Classified
  89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 2 Laps
  2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 16 Laps
  21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 16 Laps
  27 Kaito Toba KTM 22 Laps
  24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 22 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
  73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 0 Lap
Round Number: 
14
2020
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2020 Valencia MotoGP Warm Up Result: Morbidelli Confirms His Speed

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'31.057    
2 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'31.195 0.138 0.138
3 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'31.320 0.263 0.125
4 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'31.367 0.310 0.047
5 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'31.368 0.311 0.001
6 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'31.405 0.348 0.037
7 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'31.408 0.351 0.003
8 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'31.413 0.356 0.005
9 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'31.440 0.383 0.027
10 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'31.607 0.550 0.167
11 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'31.695 0.638 0.088
12 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'31.704 0.647 0.009
13 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'31.769 0.712 0.065
14 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'31.788 0.731 0.019
15 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'31.832 0.775 0.044
16 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'31.863 0.806 0.031
17 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'31.963 0.906 0.100
18 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'32.184 1.127 0.221
19 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'32.219 1.162 0.035
20 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'32.242 1.185 0.023
21 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'32.775 1.718 0.533
Round Number: 
14
2020
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