MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2020 Barcelona MotoGP Race Result: A Steady Unstoppable March

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Results:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Results:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Results:

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

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'40.139    
2 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'40.319 0.180 0.180
3 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'40.340 0.201 0.021
4 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'40.473 0.334 0.133
5 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'40.487 0.348 0.014
6 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'40.526 0.387 0.039
7 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'40.552 0.413 0.026
8 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'40.572 0.433 0.020
9 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'40.597 0.458 0.025
10 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'40.651 0.512 0.054
11 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'40.695 0.556 0.044
12 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'40.695 0.556  
13 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'40.700 0.561 0.005
14 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'40.745 0.606 0.045
15 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'40.789 0.650 0.044
16 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'40.801 0.662 0.012
17 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'40.830 0.691 0.029
18 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'40.888 0.749 0.058
19 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'41.166 1.027 0.278
20 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'41.345 1.206 0.179
21 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'41.384 1.245 0.039
22 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'41.562 1.423 0.178
Round Number: 
9
2020
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2020 Barcelona Moto2 Warm Up Result: Marini vs. Lowes Once More

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'43.924    
2 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'44.046 0.122 0.122
3 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'44.150 0.226 0.104
4 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'44.309 0.385 0.159
5 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'44.356 0.432 0.047
6 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'44.380 0.456 0.024
7 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'44.396 0.472 0.016
8 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'44.409 0.485 0.013
9 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'44.461 0.537 0.052
10 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'44.533 0.609 0.072
11 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'44.561 0.637 0.028
12 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'44.604 0.680 0.043
13 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'44.666 0.742 0.062
14 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'44.691 0.767 0.025
15 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'44.796 0.872 0.105
16 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'44.798 0.874 0.002
17 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'44.844 0.920 0.046
18 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'44.890 0.966 0.046
19 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'44.900 0.976 0.010
20 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'44.908 0.984 0.008
21 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'44.972 1.048 0.064
22 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'45.040 1.116 0.068
23 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'45.177 1.253 0.137
24 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'45.199 1.275 0.022
25 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'45.241 1.317 0.042
26 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'45.363 1.439 0.122
27 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'45.393 1.469 0.030
28 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'45.424 1.500 0.031
29 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'45.534 1.610 0.110
30 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 1'46.181 2.257 0.647
Round Number: 
9
2020
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2020 Barcelona Moto3 Warm Up Result: Antonelli To The Fore

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'49.715    
2 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'49.716 0.001 0.001
3 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'49.759 0.044 0.043
4 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'49.759 0.044  
5 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'49.781 0.066 0.022
6 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'49.863 0.148 0.082
7 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'49.954 0.239 0.091
8 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'50.064 0.349 0.110
9 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'50.108 0.393 0.044
10 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'50.279 0.564 0.171
11 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'50.329 0.614 0.050
12 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'50.339 0.624 0.010
13 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'50.351 0.636 0.012
14 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'50.387 0.672 0.036
15 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'50.394 0.679 0.007
16 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'50.527 0.812 0.133
17 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'50.647 0.932 0.120
18 20 Jose Julian Garcia Honda 1'50.787 1.072 0.140
19 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'50.791 1.076 0.004
20 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'50.811 1.096 0.020
21 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'50.888 1.173 0.077
22 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'50.904 1.189 0.016
23 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'50.928 1.213 0.024
24 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'50.961 1.246 0.033
25 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'50.971 1.256 0.010
26 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'51.014 1.299 0.043
27 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'51.015 1.300 0.001
28 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'51.040 1.325 0.025
29 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'51.433 1.718 0.393
30 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'51.581 1.866 0.148
31 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'51.958 2.243 0.377
Round Number: 
9
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2020 Barcelona Moto2 Qualifying Result: No Chink In The Armour

Overwhelmed by clouds, the sun made its exit just as the battle for pole in the intermediate class got underway but no matter the weather, Luca Marini is a consistent force at the forefront of the action. The championship leader posted a lap record worthy time early into Q2 and never looked back, taking a second consecutive pole position. After escaping a feisty Q1, Jorge Navarro made a surprise first appearance of the season on the front row, two tenths slower than the poleman and a tenth quicker than the more familiar sight of Sam Lowes in parc ferme.

Fabio Di Giannantonio also thrived in Catalunya, climbing to the front of the second row, marginally faster than Jake Dixon and Marco Bezzecchi. Joe Roberts opens the third row of the grid after acing Q1, joined by Marcos Ramirez and Xavi Vierge. Remy Gardner completed the top ten positions but the Australian will serve a six place grid penalty for crashing under a yellow flag in FP2, promoting an underwhelming Enea Bastianini to the top of row four, together with Tom Luthi and Augusto Fernandez. The returning Jorge Martin will have to battle through from the fifth row, in the strong company of Marcel Schrotter and Nicolo Bulega.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'43.355    
2 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'43.536 0.181 0.181
3 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'43.637 0.282 0.101
4 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'43.652 0.297 0.015
5 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'43.704 0.349 0.052
6 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'43.714 0.359 0.010
7 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'43.741 0.386 0.027
8 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'43.863 0.508 0.122
9 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'43.871 0.516 0.008
10 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'43.874 0.519 0.003
11 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'43.908 0.553 0.034
12 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'43.916 0.561 0.008
13 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'43.956 0.601 0.040
14 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'44.046 0.691 0.090
15 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'44.243 0.888 0.197
16 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'44.349 0.994 0.106
17 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'44.410 1.055 0.061
18 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'44.434 1.079 0.024
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'43.595    
Q2 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'43.893 0.298 0.298
Q2 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'43.942 0.347 0.049
Q2 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'44.093 0.498 0.151
19 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'44.113 0.518 0.020
20 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'44.207 0.612 0.094
21 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'44.364 0.769 0.157
22 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'44.426 0.831 0.062
23 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'44.455 0.860 0.029
24 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'44.494 0.899 0.039
25 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'44.643 1.048 0.149
26 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'44.659 1.064 0.016
27 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'45.038 1.443 0.379
28 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'45.114 1.519 0.076
29 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'45.323 1.728 0.209
30 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 1'45.679 2.084 0.356
Round Number: 
9
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2020 Barcelona MotoGP Qualifying Result: Many Teammates, Many Enemies

After FP4 showed that the list of contenders for Sunday is once again quite significant, the only other question left to answer on Saturday was which of them will have the advantage of starting from pole. Barely a couple minutes into Q2, it seemed that Yamaha were best placed to answer that question, with Franco Morbidelli in provisional pole after the first run and his colleagues trying to hunt him down. Fabio Quartararo was the exception, the Frenchman not in the picture early on, as a mistake in turn 10 and a yellow flag left him last after the first run. Quartararo finally got a chance to show his speed in the final couple of minutes, when he shot into the lead, but Morbidelli found the antidote to his teammate’s speed once again and went on to secure a maiden pole position in the premier class be a solid two tenths of a second. Quartararo had to make do with second on the grid, alongside the man who freshly signed up to take his seat next year, Valentino Rossi – making it an all-Yamaha front row.

Maverick Vinales looked like he would have a say in the family affair for the front row too, but the Spaniard metaphorically stumbled before the finish line and dropped to fifth, behind the mighty holeshot of Jack Miller’s Ducati. The Pramac rider had a busy afternoon, sailing through Q1 and using his last fresh soft rear to climb into fourth. Together with Johann Zarco in sixth, the Ducatis sandwich Vinales on the second row.

Pol Espargaro opens row three, almost seven tenths slower than the poleman but faster than Joan Mir, who once again sets himself up for an obligatory comeback through the field. Danilo Petrucci will be happy to qualify at the back of the third row, with Brad Binder rounding out the top ten. The KTM man will be in familiar company on the fourth row, with Q1 escapee Takaaki Nakagami and colleague Miguel Oliveira, whose session was perturbed by an early tumble at turn 10.

Nakagami’s late adventures in Q1 left Alex Rins out of the battle for pole and the Spaniard will start 13th, ahead of Pecco Bagnaia, Aleix Espargaro, Cal Crutchlow and another disappointing Saturday for Andrea Dovizioso, who could not drag himself out of Q1 and will start 17th.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'38.798    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'39.008 0.210 0.210
3 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'39.129 0.331 0.121
4 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'39.225 0.427 0.096
5 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'39.371 0.573 0.146
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'39.378 0.580 0.007
7 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'39.495 0.697 0.117
8 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'39.628 0.830 0.133
9 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'39.641 0.843 0.013
10 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'39.659 0.861 0.018
11 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'39.713 0.915 0.054
12 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'40.188 1.390 0.475
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'39.399    
Q2 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'39.547 0.148 0.148
13 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'39.751 0.352 0.204
14 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'39.777 0.378 0.026
15 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'39.973 0.574 0.196
16 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'39.988 0.589 0.015
17 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'40.109 0.710 0.121
18 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'40.164 0.765 0.055
19 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'40.490 1.091 0.326
20 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'40.721 1.322 0.231
21 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'40.838 1.439 0.117
22 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'41.013 1.614 0.175
Round Number: 
9
2020
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2020 Barcelona MotoGP FP4 Result: Vinales Sets The Pace

With Fabio Quartararo setting the noteworthy pace throughout the first practice sessions, FP4 showed that the Frenchman does have some serious competition in Catalunya. The first challenger to step into the ring was colleague Maverick Vinales, whose early pace on new rubber was not too shabby, in the low to mid 1:40s. The Spaniard led the session throughout and was one of the many riders favouring the soft rear tyre.

Pol Espargaro was tempted by the medium rear to begin with – like all KTMs – but then went on to show fine pace in the mid 1:40s on the soft. The younger Espargaro continues to enjoy his time on home soil to finish only two hundredths of a second down on Vinales and with Joan Mir another hundredth down, making it an all Spanish top three. Valentino Rossi breaks the spell in fourth, while apparently undecided between the medium and soft rear. Quartararo seemed to be haunted by some mysterious technical issues early on but his second machine worked just fine and allowed him to come within six hundredths of a second of Vinales, although fifth on the timesheets.

Brad Binder in sixth place was only two tenths off the lead, while Pecco Bagnaia, Franco Morbidelli, Johann Zarco and Andrea Dovizioso rounded out the top ten. The likes of Takaaki Nakagami, Cal Crutchlow and Alex Rins missed out on prime positions despite being only three tenths of a second slower than the leader.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'40.315    
2 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'40.335 0.020 0.020
3 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'40.352 0.037 0.017
4 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'40.374 0.059 0.022
5 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'40.377 0.062 0.003
6 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'40.564 0.249 0.187
7 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'40.592 0.277 0.028
8 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'40.619 0.304 0.027
9 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'40.641 0.326 0.022
10 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'40.659 0.344 0.018
11 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'40.685 0.370 0.026
12 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'40.691 0.376 0.006
13 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'40.710 0.395 0.019
14 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'40.751 0.436 0.041
15 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'40.788 0.473 0.037
16 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'40.814 0.499 0.026
17 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'40.849 0.534 0.035
18 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'41.130 0.815 0.281
19 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'41.182 0.867 0.052
20 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'41.331 1.016 0.149
21 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'41.538 1.223 0.207
22 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'41.645 1.330 0.107
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9
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2020 Barcelona Moto3 Qualifying Result: It’s A Celebration

Montmelo warmed up nicely ahead of the first qualifying session of the day but things didn’t get truly hot until the final couple minutes of Q2, when red sectors fired up the timesheets and threatened the lap record. The battle came down to Fernandez vs Arbolino and while the Italian ended up celebrating his new Moto2 contract with a fine pole position and new lap record, the Spaniard crashed out at the final turn. Despite the fast high side, Fernandez walked away and will start the race from the middle of the front row, setting the exact same laptime as Gabriel Rodrigo in third.

Having just about snuck out of Q1, Albert Arenas looks set to defend his championship lead from the second row but with a serious challenge from Jaume Masia and fellow Q1 participant Niccolo Antonelli. Filip Salac opens row three ahead of Kaito Toba and Darryn Binder – the trio’s fastest times a full second slower than pole. Sergio Garcia rounded out the top ten and will be joined on the fourth row by Andrea Migno and John McPhee, after the Scotsman escaped Q1. One man missing in Q2 action was Ai Ogura, the title contender struggling to do any better than 24th of the grid and with a lot of work to do on Sunday morning.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'47.762    
2 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'48.380 0.618 0.618
3 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'48.380 0.618  
4 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'48.390 0.628 0.010
5 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'48.490 0.728 0.100
6 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'48.594 0.832 0.104
7 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'48.704 0.942 0.110
8 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'48.729 0.967 0.025
9 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'48.788 1.026 0.059
10 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'48.824 1.062 0.036
11 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'48.873 1.111 0.049
12 17 John McPhee Honda 1'48.875 1.113 0.002
13 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'48.938 1.176 0.063
14 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'48.969 1.207 0.031
15 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'49.085 1.323 0.116
16 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'49.226 1.464 0.141
17 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'49.256 1.494 0.030
18 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'49.378 1.616 0.122
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'48.894    
Q2 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'49.164 0.270 0.270
Q2 17 John McPhee Honda 1'49.210 0.316 0.046
Q2 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'49.242 0.348 0.032
19 20 Jose Julian Garcia Honda 1'49.330 0.436 0.088
20 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'49.346 0.452 0.016
21 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'49.420 0.526 0.074
22 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'49.622 0.728 0.202
23 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'49.723 0.829 0.101
24 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'49.782 0.888 0.059
25 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'49.819 0.925 0.037
26 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'49.960 1.066 0.141
27 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'50.212 1.318 0.252
28 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'50.288 1.394 0.076
29 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'50.437 1.543 0.149
30 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'50.998 2.104 0.561
31 70 Barry Baltus KTM      
Round Number: 
9
2020
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