MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2021 Donington World Superbike Superpole Race Result: Moist

Another wet morning brought out intermediate and wet tyres for the ten laps around the hard-braking short Donington Park. 

Jonathan Rea took the lead from pole position when the lights went out, with his teammate Alex Lowes working his way past the BMWs of Michael van der Mark and Tom Sykes. Garrett Gerloff held off Leon Haslam, Lucas Mahias and Toprak Razgatlioglu. Into the old hairpin, a hairpin in name only, Alex Lowes lost the front and crashed out of second place chasing his teammate for the lead. Tito Rabat, much further back, also crashed out while Jonathan Rea set the fastest lap in the lead. Scott Redding dropped down to seventeenth place, ten seconds off the pace on his full wet tyres, eschewing the intermediates he hates. 

Garrett Gerloff in fifth place set the fastest lap on lap three, behind Tom Sykes and Leon Haslam, while Jonathan Rea held a lead of over two seconds over Michael van der Mark. Jonathan Rea set the fastest lap on lap four, drawing out his lead to three seconds as Lucas Mahias joined the riders in front to make a five-bike fight for second place. 

On lap five, the pace increased, with several riders setting the fastest laps, with Gerloff ending up with the plaudits that lap as van der Mark, Sykes, Haslam and Gerloff dropped Mahias off a second behind them. Toprak Razgatlioglu was over a second behind the Frenchman. Tom Sykes tried to pass van der Mark at the Melbourne hairpin but he couldn't hold it, going wide at the exit, but his second attempt into Goddards, the last turn, he neatly slotted under his teammate to take second place at the head of the battle. 

Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes increased the pace on lap seven, as Rea's lead held at over three seconds, but Toprak Razgatlioglu set the fastest lap hunting down Lucas Mahias and a second row start for the afternoon's race. Razgatlioglu passed Mahias into the first turn of lap nine of ten, but had a gap of over a second to close on Garrett Gerloff's fifth place. Gerloff had Leon Haslam and the BMWs ahead of him and needed a last lap effort to improve his place, but there was nothing there for him and he ended up in fifth place.

Jonathan Rea won the ten lap sprint and earned pole position for race two, with the BMWs of Tom Sykes and Michael van der Mark joining him on the podium and front row. Leon Haslam, Garrett Gerloff and Toprak Razgatlioglu made up the second row ahead of Lucas Mahias, Chaz Davies and Andrea Locatelli. Alex Lowes and Scott Redding would start from the fourth row of the grid, finishing fourteenth and eighteenth respectively.

Jonathan Rea's win extended his lead over Toprak Razgatlioglu to twenty three points and the third-placed pair of Scott Redding and Alex Lowes scored no points, ending fifty four points off Razgatlioglu's second place. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 2.531
3 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 3.409
4 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 3.955
5 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 4.067
6 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 5.011
7 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 6.461
8 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 11.599
9 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 20.284
10 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 24.865
11 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 25.318
12 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 25.584
13 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 40.885
14 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'09.188
15 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'16.976
16 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 1'24.717
17 12 L. MOSSEY Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'33.316
18 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'37.702
RET 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 3 Laps
RET 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 5 Laps
RET 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 9 Laps
Round Number: 
4
2021
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2021 Donington World Superbike Race 1 Result: Drying Track Makes Racing Tricky

Superbikes return to Donington Park, home of the first World Superbike race in 1988, and the UK brought out its finest dreary weather for Saturday, punishing riders throughout the morning's Superpole session. The rain eased off before the race and the track was dry enough for slick tyres, although still too cold for most riders to choose the SCX sprint tyre that's been favoured in recent races. In the absence of Supersport racing, with Brexit and Covid coinciding to cause uncertainty in the costs when the calendar was being written up, the wet weekend feels a little less packed than usual, especially with the circuit limiting attendance to just four thousand spectators. 

Jonathan Rea sat in pole, as he has in every Saturday race of 2021, and got a good start, sweeping across the track ahead of the BMWs, but he was soon joined at the front by talk-of-the-town Toprak Razgatlioglu who scythed his way from thirteenth place on the grid, to separate the BMWs of Tom Sykes and Michael van der Mark in spectacular style before taking second place from Sykes and catching Rea. Garrett Gerloff, Leon Haslam, Alex Lowes and Scott Redding rounded out the top eight on the first lap.

On lap two, Scott Redding crashed at Craner Curves, sliding the rear and ending his race from seventh place, while Toprak Razgatlioglu caught Jonathan Rea and passed him into Coppice, the last corner before the short straight to Foggy's Esses. Razgatlioglu nearly conceded the lead back at the Melbourne hairpin, demonstrating that his choice of the SCX, one of only three riders to take the softer tyre, was a risky one with the track as cold as it was. In spite of this, he set the fastest lap.

Razgatlioglu had Rea right behind him, but Rea them lost control of his bike and took to the grass around the old part of the track, but he kept his bike upright and rejoined the track just over three seconds behind Razgatlioglu's Yamaha, with Michael van der Mark on his tail. Tom Sykes was a second further back, dealing with Leon Haslam and Alex Lowes, with Garrett Gerloff threatening to join them. 

Razgatlioglu set the fastest laps on laps three, four and five, but Rea took them off him on laps four and five as he tried to close the gap and recover the time he lost in his off track excursion. Trading fastest laps again, Jonathan Rea escaped Michael van der Mark and closed the gap to Toprak Razgatlioglu to just over a second, only to slide the rear and buck his Kawasaki, nearly losing the rear, but losing a second and a half instead. A lap later, he nearly crashed again at Redgate, turn one, while Razgatlioglu set the fastest lap again.

At half race distance, the track was drying out and the pace increased. Tom Sykes closed in on Michael van der Mark and a five bike train fighting for third place evolved out of the drying track. 

When Tom Sykes caught Michael van der Mark, the pair touched briefly as Sykes took third place from van der Mark, and Alex Lowes took fourth place from him a few turns later, at Coppice. Garrett Gerloff took advantage of a mistake by van der Mark to take fifth from him before the lap was out and van der Mark went from third to sixth in one lap. 

Jonathan Rea took the fastest lap on lap twelve, only to have Razgatlioglu claim it back a lap later, and the lap after that, building a four second gap over Rea. Alex Lowes, over ten seconds behind, took third place from Sykes at the Melbourne hairpin, and Garrett Gerloff followed him. When Lowes made a mistake at Goddards, the second hairpin at the end of the lap, Gerloff snuck under him and cleanly took third place from him.

At the front of the race, Razgatlioglu caught and passed his first back marker, Jonas Folger, who looked a little surprised to have company. On lap sixteen, Garrett Gerloff crashed out of third place, losing the front at Goddards. He picked his Yamaha up and recovered in eighth place only to have that taken from him by Lucas Mahias. Gerloff struck back and took eighth back and chased down Alvaro Bautista in seventh place, eventually passing him on lap nineteen when Bautista went wide into Goddards. 

The last three laps ticked off with Razgatlioglu almost five seconds clear of Rea who had eleven seconds advantage over his teammate Alex Lowes. Tom Sykes was a couple of seconds further back with his teammate Michael van der Mark fighting off Leon Haslam a further couple of seconds behind Sykes.

Toprak Razgatlioglu passed Loris Cresson on his way to victory, claiming his second win of the season and cementing his second place in the championship. Jonathan Rea finished in second place, conceding five points in the title chase to Razgatlioglu, with his Kawasaki teammate Alex Lowes taking third place. The BMWs of Tom Sykes and Michael van der Mark finished off the podium, in fourth and fifth place respectively, while Leon Haslam had to settle for sixth place. Garrett Gerloff recovered in seventh place, in spite of crashing.

Toprak Razgatlioglu then ran out of fuel. 

Alex Lowes gave him a tow and was joined by Lucas Mahias in pushing the race-winning Yamaha around the full four kilometre circuit. To add insult to injury, when it came time for the Japanese anthem to be played on the podium, there was a long silence before a random tune played over the speakers, much to the amusement of the podium. 

Toprak Razgatlioglu cut Jonathan Rea's lead int he championship to just fifteen points, while Alex Lowes joined Scott Redding fifty points further behind, sharing third place ahead of Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Garrett Gerloff. Axel Bassani was the first Ducati across the line in tenth place on a Saturday the Italian factory would rather forget. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1  
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 2.419
3 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 12.261
4 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 14.625
5 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 16.447
6 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 17.028
7 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 33.345
8 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 37.385
9 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 43.566
10 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 43.836
11 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 48.102
12 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 8.436
13 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 59.392
14 12 L. MOSSEY Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'01.922
15 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'22.275
16 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1 Lap
RET 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 21
RET 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 13
RET 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 17 Laps
RET 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 22 Laps
RET 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 1
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4
2021
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2021 Donington World Superbike Superpole Result: Could Be Worse, Could Be Raining

World Superbike Superpole was wet and cold, but the rain held off.

Leon Haslam opened the session with a 1'42.206 on his first flying lap, slower than Jonathan Rea's fastest time this morning. Rea replied on his second lap with a 1'41.550, with Alex Lowes half a second behind him as Haslam pitted in. 

Rea then set a 1'41.252, approaching his morning's time as Lowes and Tom Sykes swapped second and third places, again half a second off Rea's time. Rea then set a 1'40.451, quickest by over a second, and then a 1'40.101 as fourth-quickest Leon Haslam crashed out and lost fourth place to Garrett Gerloff. 

Jonathan Rea pitted in with three minutes left as other riders pitted out with fresh tyres. Toprak Razgatlioglu and Scott Redding languished in damp fifteenth and sixteenth places as the clock counted down. Michael van der Mark joined Gerloff and the five British riders in the top seven and the flag came out. 

Scott Redding pulled a fast lap out of the bag and slipped into sixth place, two places ahead of his teammate Michael Ruben Rinaldi. 

Jonathan Rea held on to pole position by over half a second from Michael van der Mark and Tom Sykes. Alex Lowes, over a second off pole headed the second row, ahead of Garrett Gerloff and Scott Redding. In spite of a crash, and ending over two seconds off pole position, Leon Haslam took seventh place ahead of Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Chaz Davies. Two BMWs ended the session on the front row, with Garrett Gerloff's Yamaha eight places ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu's. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'40.101   256,7
2 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 1'40.626 0.525 254,9
3 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 1'40.763 0.662 257,3
4 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'41.351 1.250 259,2
5 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1'41.393 1.292 256,1
6 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'42.067 1.966 251,9
7 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'42.206 2.105 253,7
8 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'42.587 2.486 258,6
9 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'42.630 2.529 259,8
10 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'42.658 2.557 247,9
11 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.683 2.582 255,5
12 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'42.801 2.700 253,1
13 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.840 2.739 254,3
14 12 L. MOSSEY Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'43.212 3.111 249,0
15 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 1'43.345 3.244 253,7
16 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'43.625 3.524 244,5
17 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'44.630 4.529 249,0
18 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'44.703 4.602 256,7
19 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 1'46.568 6.467 250,7
20 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 1'46.660 6.559 245,0
21 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'46.775 6.674 247,3
Round Number: 
4
2021
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2021 Donington World Superbike FP3 Result: Rea Masters Very Wet Track

With rain drenching the opening session, Jonathan Rea was consistently quickest throughout the thirty minutes on track, ahead of his teammate Alex Lowes. Leon Haslam was unsurprisingly in third place with Tom Sykes rounding out a British top four. Garrett Gerloff, learni ng his third track in three weekends, followed up on his Friday's top spot with a wet fifth place. Scott Redding crashed out at the Melbourne Loop, ending the session in twelfth place. The weather will likely remain wet all day.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'41.433   258,6
2 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'42.614 1.181 257,3
3 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'42.721 1.288 256,1
4 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 1'43.335 1.902 256,1
5 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1'43.971 2.538 253,1
6 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'44.584 3.151 248,4
7 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'45.223 3.790 248,4
8 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1'45.274 3.841 249,0
9 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'45.336 3.903 249,0
10 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 1'45.373 3.940 253,1
11 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 1'45.973 4.540 249,0
12 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'47.003 5.570 249,0
13 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'47.324 5.891 243,9
14 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'47.579 6.146 242,8
15 12 L. MOSSEY Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'47.762 6.329 229,9
16 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'48.238 6.805 243,4
17 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 1'48.314 6.881 240,1
18 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'49.002 7.569 245,6
19 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 1'49.059 7.626 240,7
20 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.965 8.532 244,5
21 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'51.191 9.758 240,1
Round Number: 
4
2021
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2021 Donington World Superbike FP2 Result: Gerloff Makes A Mark

With the English weather looking to be unpredictable all weekend, Garrett Gerloff, back from a stint in MotoGP, used an SCX tyre to set the fastest time of the day, over three tenths quicker than Jonathan Rea who couldn't improve on his morning's time. Toprak Razgatlioglu, who finished in second place here in 2018, was third quickest ahead of Alex Lowes. Scott Redding held off Michael Ruben Rinaldi with local lad Leon Haslam seventh quickest.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1'27.524   267,5
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'27.853 0.329 270,2
3 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1'28.048 0.524 268,9
4 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'28.131 0.607 270,9
5 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'28.150 0.626 270,9
6 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'28.324 0.800 273,7
7 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'28.395 0.871 270,2
8 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'28.462 0.938 263,6
9 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 1'28.549 1.025 270,2
10 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 1'28.594 1.070 269,6
11 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 1'28.669 1.145 268,2
12 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'29.064 1.540 268,2
13 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'29.359 1.835 270,2
14 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'29.414 1.890 272,3
15 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'29.568 2.044 271,6
16 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'29.780 2.256 266,2
17 12 L. MOSSEY Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'29.975 2.451 261,7
18 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 1'30.088 2.564 267,5
19 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 1'30.218 2.694 263,0
20 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 1'30.253 2.729 264,9
21 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'31.403 3.879 258,6
Round Number: 
4
2021
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2021 Donington World Superbike FP1 Result: Rea Holds Off Razgatlioglu

Jonathan Rea topped the morning's session ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu and Tom Sykes, with Michael Ruben Rinaldi quickest Ducati in fourth.  

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'27.841   271,6
2 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1'28.105 0.264 268,2
3 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 1'28.202 0.361 270,2
4 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'28.560 0.719 273,0
5 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1'28.681 0.840 268,2
6 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'28.814 0.973 270,2
7 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'28.843 1.002 270,2
8 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'29.028 1.187 269,6
9 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 1'29.104 1.263 267,5
10 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'29.172 1.331 268,9
11 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'29.505 1.664 261,1
12 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'29.607 1.766 273,0
13 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 1'29.746 1.905 267,5
14 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'29.932 2.091 271,6
15 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 1'30.077 2.236 265,6
16 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'30.157 2.316 272,3
17 12 L. MOSSEY Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'30.953 3.112 262,3
18 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 1'31.579 3.738 263,6
19 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'31.880 4.039 266,2
20 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'32.033 4.192 261,1
21 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 1'35.209 7.368 256,1
Round Number: 
4
2021
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2021 Assen MotoE Race Result: Started With Drama, Ended With Delight

MotoE joined the show in Assen for the first time and it was a fine closer over an eventful seven laps. Lukas Tulovic started second but took the lead into turn 1 from poleman Eric Granado, cup leader Alessandro Zaccone and reigning champion Jordi Torres. Behind them, Dominique Aegerter held onto fifth place for a bit but didn’t manage to finish lap 1 as he lost the front at turn 16. While the Swiss rider made a costly mistake, rival Zaccone got ahead of both Granado and Tulovic to lead the way by the end of lap 2. Granado held onto the leader together with Torres, but Tulovic was already losing ground, dropping behind Hikari Okubo and Fermín Aldeguer by lap 4.

Back at the front, Granado made his move for the lead into turn 1 with four laps remaining and immediately stretched a half second gap to Zaccone, who dropped within striking distance of Torres. The Spaniard picked up the chase by the end of that lap but Granado’s gap kept steady, the Brazilian entering the final lap four tenths ahead of Torres and ending it eight tenths ahead, taking a second victory of the season. Instead of attacking for the lead, Torres found himself under attack from Zaccone on the final lap, but the Italian could not make a move stick and a massive moment out of turn 11 made him settle for third, with Torres securing second on the podium. Fun was had behind the podium battle as well, where Matteo Ferrari eventually stretched a gap over a feisty group involving Tulovic, Mattia Casadei and Aldeguer, who maintained that order to the chequered flag. Yonny Hernandez finished eighth but was demoted one position behind Okubo for exceeding track limits on the final lap, while Miquel Pons, who started at the back of the grid, climbed up to 10th.

Zaccone’s advantage in the cup standings was reduced to 7 points by Torres, while victor Granado is 17 points behind. Aegerter rejoined after his early tumble but finished the race last, which also leaves him with a 17-point deficit going into the summer break.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 51 Eric Granado Energica 12'10.143
2 40 Jordi Torres Energica +0.844
3 61 Alessandro Zaccone Energica +0.925
4 11 Matteo Ferrari Energica +1.518
5 3 Lukas Tulovic Energica +2.656
6 27 Mattia Casadei Energica +2.692
7 54 Fermín Aldeguer Energica +2.742
8 78 Hikari Okubo Energica +4.728
9 68 Yonny Hernandez Energica +4.715
10 71 Miquel Pons Energica +6.652
11 19 Corentin Perolari Energica +6.836
12 18 Xavi Cardelus Energica +8.095
13 21 Kevin Zannoni Energica +8.208
14 9 Andrea Mantovani Energica +9.155
15 6 Maria Herrera Energica +10.270
16 80 Jasper Iwema Energica +23.227
17 14 Andre Pires Energica +29.349
18 77 Dominique Aegerter Energica +50.109
Round Number: 
4
2021
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2021 Assen MotoGP Race Result: Well This Is Awkward

It was show time in Assen and the rain was no longer the favourite topic of discussion, with blue skies covering the grid. After Maverick Viñales outshone the competition in qualifying and kept the media awake with whispers of a premature departure from Yamaha, he was always going to be the centre of attention, so it’s understandable that Fabio Quartararo wanted the spotlight back on him and made an early escape to score his fourth victory of the season. While the Frenchman was showcasing some truly questionable golf skills in celebration, his grumpy teammate made his way to parc fermé to take second place. A far happier Joan Mir claimed the final podium position, tasting the cava for only the third time this season.

Viñales seemed like he had made a good start from pole but Quartararo promptly cut in front of him to lead into turn 1 and the unsettled poleman drooped to fifth, behind Pecco Bagnaia, Takaaki Nakagami and Alex Rins, which ultimately squashed his hopes for victory. Bagnaia became Quartararo’s main rival and attacked into turn 9 to lead the way by the start of the second lap. A very notable mention goes to Marc Marquez, who was quick to put his worst qualifying position behind him and used the soft rear tyre to go from 20th on the grid to attacking his teammate for 11th position in one lap. He was soon promoted into the top ten by a turn 10 clash between Zarco and Rins, which dropped the Suzuki rider to the back of the field.

Bagnaia continued to lead the way from a pretty feisty Quartararo for the next few laps, while Nakagami and Viñales kept close to the leaders. Zarco and Miller were also in contention but had Mir and Miguel Oliveira to deal with, while Aleix Espargaro and Marc Marquez held onto the leading group, leaving Pol Espargaro one second behind. Back at the front of the group, Quartararo continued to attack Bagnaia for the first handful of laps but the Ducati had an answer for anything thrown its way. The Frenchman seemed to finally make a move stick at turn 11 on the sixth lap and the speed of the Ducati on the start-finish straight could not save Bagnaia this time around, allowing the Yamaha to attempt and escape.

Quartararo used his impeccable pace to quickly extend a one second gap in the space of one lap and a bit, dropping Bagnaia while Viñales still couldn’t find a way past Nakagami. Just behind the poleman, Zarco was fending off Mir and Oliveira, while Miller, Aleix Espargaro and Marquez were steadily losing touch with the chasing group.

Quartararo continued to extend his advantage over the next few laps, up to two seconds and a half by lap 10 and all eyes moved to the podium battle behind him. Just as Bagnaia got a track limits warning, Nakagami decided to have a go or two at the Italian but it as only brief, as Bagnaia powered back through on the straight. It was status quo behind them, where Viñales, Zarco, Mir and Oliveira could not yet find a way around each other to threaten the podium. Miller had dropped 8 tenths behind the group by the halfway stage of the race and was pushing to rejoin the battle, just like Aleix Espargaro and Marquez.

If the Honda could not defeat the Ducati on track, a long lap penalty did it, Bagnaia getting sanctioned with 13 laps remaining and dropping to ninth once he served the punishment. However, he was soon promoted one position when teammate Miller crashed out and was also helped by a fading Nakagami, who went from second to ninth in the blink of an eye, being given a helping hand at turn 5 from an attacking Mir.

Meanwhile, Viñales was left to chase his teammate but the eventful few laps amongst the pursuing group left them over four seconds behind Quartararo with 10 laps remaining. Viñales had more to worry about from behind, where Zarco and Mir were threatening a move. Oliveira wasn’t too far back but not within striking distance, while Bagnaia recovered to sixth but had a second and a half to find to the KTM man, while bringing Aleix Espargaro and Marquez with him.

Quartararo seemed to drop the pace a little bit at the front with 8 laps remaining but Viñales’ mission was made only slightly easier, the gap down to three seconds, while Mir became his main challenger after overtaking Zarco at turn 5. After the small blip, Quartararo managed the three-second gap for the next few laps and although his teammate started finding a couple tenths every lap, there were only five laps left by the time the gap dropped under 3 seconds. Viñales’ hot pursuit left the battle for third over three seconds behind, where Mir could not relax with Zarco and Oliveira on his tail. Bagnaia’s recovery stopped in sixth place, where he had some keen company from Marquez, Espargaro and Nakagami but the Italian was helped by a couple of tight exchanges between the Spaniards.

Quartararo started the final lap over two seconds ahead of his teammate and ended it with the same gap to make it a Yamaha 1-2 for the first time this season. Zarco pushed hard to challenge Mir with some personal best sector times but the Suzuki rider kept the final podium position to the finish line. Zarco missed the podium by three tenths of a second, while Oliveira settled for fifth. Bagnaia held onto sixth, while Marquez made a move stick on Espargaro at the final chicane to claim seventh place and do what Viñales couldn’t last time out. The Aprilia man kept eighth ahead of Nakagami, with Pol Espargaro completing the top 10 six seconds later.

Quartararo will have plenty of time to practice his victory celebrations over the long summer break, with a sweet 34-point advantage over Zarco and 47 to Bagnaia. Reigning world champion Mir climbs into fourth, 55 points down on the leader and one ahead of Miller. Viñales recovering a 61-point deficit after the break seems like a big ask given today’s outcome but stranger things have happened, to the Spaniard in particular.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 40'35.031
2 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha +2.757
3 36 Joan Mir Suzuki +5.760
4 5 Johann Zarco Ducati +6.130
5 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM +8.402
6 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati +10.035
7 93 Marc Marquez Honda +10.110
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia +10.346
9 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda +12.225
10 44 Pol Espargaro Honda +18.565
11 42 Alex Rins Suzuki +21.372
12 33 Brad Binder KTM +21.676
13 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM +27.783
14 73 Alex Marquez Honda +29.772
15 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati +32.785
16 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia +37.573
17 31 Garrett Gerloff Yamaha +53.213
18 10 Luca Marini Ducati +1'06.791
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  27 Iker Lecuona KTM 8 Laps
  43 Jack Miller Ducati 8 Laps
  89 Jorge Martin Ducati 12 Laps
  46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 19 Laps
Round Number: 
9
2021
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2021 Assen Moto2 Race Result: Back To Regular Scheduled Programming

Given the orange-tinted glasses that we’ve been watching Moto2 racing through this season, this race result will come as no surprise but there were a few more twists in this particular tale than the outcome would suggest. Yes, Raul Fernandez took his third victory of his rookie season after starting from pole but no, it wasn’t a walk in the park, as his podium companions will attest. Remy Gardner made his intentions clear as he rubbed elbows with his teammate the first time into turn 1 but eventually had to admit defeat and settle for second. Augusto Fernandez spent a considerable amount of time in the lead of the race and despite the demotion to third, he seemed pretty happy to climb onto the podium for the first time since 2019.

Raul Fernandez could not make the most of his start from pole and got robbed by Aron Canet into turn 1, followed by a bit of contact with KTM Ajo teammate, which dropped the poleman down to fourth, behind Canet, Lowes and Gardner. To make matters worse, Ai Ogura, Augusto Fernandez, Marcel Schrotter, Xavi Vierge and Fabio Di Giannantonio all snuck ahead of the poleman over the course of lap 2, helped by a mistake from Fernandez at turn 2.

Meanwhile, Gardner found his way to the top by lap three and quickly stretched a half second gap over Lowes, who in turn had over half a second in hand on his teammate. Ogura was trying to keep up with the podium battle but had a sizeable group to contend with behind him, including Canet and the recovering Raul Fernandez, who got back into 6th position by lap four.

Gardner’s hopes of a runaway victory were not in Lowes’ script, who quickly caught up with his rival but when two fight the third often ends up on top, which meant that the squabble between the two at the final chicane allowed Augusto Fernandez to sweep past into turn 1. The Elf Marc VDS duo quickly built a bit of a gap over Gardner, while Raul Fernandez had picked up the chase and was one second behind his teammate.

Lowes took over the lead from his teammate with 17 laps to go and a mistake for Augusto Fernandez at turn 5 also allowed Gardner through, the trio keeping in close proximity, while Raul Fernandez had reduced the gap to the leaders to under one second and dropped his many pursuers over a second behind, led by Di Giannantonio.

Raul Fernandez had fully bridged the gap with 14 laps to go and made it a four-way battle for victory, with Lowes still leading and not yet shown a wheel by his challengers. Augusto Fernandez did punish a small mistake from Gardner on lap 12 to go second and was back in charge of proceedings by the end of lap 13. His namesake replicated the move on his own teammate in the run to turn 1 and got ahead of Gardner for the first time in the race.

Augusto Fernandez pushed at the front to keep Lowes and Raul Fernandez behind him, but it looked like Gardner was losing a bit of ground on the trio. He was in no threat from behind, where Marco Bezzecchi had picked up the pursuit almost 4 seconds behind the Australian. Fabio Di Giannantonio tried to resist his compatriot but crashed out of contention soon after.

Meanwhile, Raul Fernandez found turn 1 ahead of Lowes with 9 laps remaining and went to pursue the other Fernandez. Augusto resisted but not for long, Raul picking up the lead for the first time on the brakes into turn 1 with 7 laps left. It briefly looked like the Fernandez duo had dropped off their teammates but both were soon back into contention, Lowes attacking Augusto Fernandez only one lap later. However, while the Marc VDS boys were fighting for second, the rookie ahead extended a gap of almost one second.

Raul Fernandez started the final four laps a second and a half ahead of his rivals led by Lowes, but the British rider struggled to hold onto that position, allowing both Augusto Fernandez and Gardner past at turn 1 with 3 laps remaining. Gardner got ahead of the other Marc VDS machine at turn 16 before entering the final lap but regardless of who led the pursuit, no one seemed able to reduce the gap to the runaway leader and Raul Fernandez took the chequered flag first. Gardner had to admit defeat and concede a handful of points in the championship standings. Augusto Fernandez secured third, leaving teammate Lowes off the podium. Bezzecchi crossed the finish line six seconds later, ahead of a pretty impressive Ogura, with Jorge Navarro, Vierge, Schrotter and Celestino Vietti completing the top 10.

Gardner goes on holiday 31 points ahead of his teammate, with Bezzecchi 56 points behind the leader and Lowes a sizeable 85.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 39'01.832
2 87 Remy Gardner Kalex +1.066
3 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex +1.265
4 22 Sam Lowes Kalex +1.879
5 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex +8.329
6 79 Ai Ogura Kalex +10.960
7 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro +13.993
8 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex +16.052
9 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex +16.094
10 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex +17.585
11 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex +18.286
12 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro +18.812
13 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex +19.273
14 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex +19.649
15 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex +22.162
16 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex +22.223
17 2 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro +25.569
18 96 Jake Dixon Kalex +26.245
19 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex +27.323
20 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex +27.463
21 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta +27.638
22 18 Manuel Gonzalez MV Agusta +35.908
23 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS +38.517
24 70 Barry Baltus NTS +46.728
Not Classified
  44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 5 Laps
  21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 9 Laps
  16 Joe Roberts Kalex 17 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
  19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 0 Lap
  14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 0 Lap
Round Number: 
9
2021
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2021 Assen Moto3 Race Result: A Masterclass In Warding Off The Sharks

A mildly overcast but thoroughly dry Assen kicked off proceedings for the lightweight class and it was celebrated with another impressive ride for Dennis Foggia, the Italian confidently leading the way for most of the race before claiming a second victory of the season. He was not without challengers however, Sergio Garcia the most prominent of them, but the Spaniard had to settle for second at the flag and a handful of points recovered in the championship battle. Romano Fenati joined them on the podium after he compensated for a double long lap penalty with a great recovery to claim third.

Having enjoyed his first front row start of the season, Fenati made a fine launch off the line to lead the way into turn 1, ahead of poleman Jeremy Alcoba and Garcia, but closely followed by Gabriel Rodrigo, a more sluggish-starting Foggia and Kaito Toba. Meanwhile, a more cautious Pedro Acosta couldn’t quite replicate his usual fast starts and dropped a couple of positions to 20th on the first lap.

Fenati continued unchallenged at the front, while the poleman was getting assaulted from all sides, giving up places to Garcia, Foggia and Rodrigo at the start of lap 2. After being a naughty boy on Friday, Fenati had to serve his first long lap penalty on lap 3 and it dropped him to 9th, at the back of the leading group and with the chasing group seven tenths behind the Italian. That left Foggia in charge of the leaders but Garcia had different plans and hit the front on lap 4, ahead of the two Leopard Racing riders and the rest of the lead group including Darryn Binder, Rodrigo, Alcoba and Tatsuki Suzuki. A touch over half a second behind were the chasers, led by Andrea Migno and soon including a recovering Acosta and Fenati, once the Italian served his second long lap penalty on lap 5 and dropped down to 14th place, about two seconds behind the leader.

While the Italian was pushing to rejoin the podium battle, Foggia and Garcia continued to trade top spot, with Binder and Suzuki also showing their intentions early on, although the leading group had grown as it merged with the next big group that included Fenati and Acosta, who had joined the top 10. The poleman was still part of the group but had dropped to the bottom of it, in 13th position.

Lap 10 started with Foggia back in control and with Garcia and Binder still his main challengers, but with the likes of John McPhee, Suzuki, Xavier Artigas, Acosta, Fenati and Rodrigo still in contention. The group had reduced quite significantly for the second half of the race, after Niccolò Antonelli and Migno got caught out at turn 5 and then Alcoba, Toba, Stefano Nepa and Izan Guevara gradually lost touch with the 9 men ahead.

Back at the front, Foggia was largely untroubled but had Garcia glued to his tail. Fenati was back in the top 3 mix by the halfway point of proceedings but had to fight off Binder for the position. Meanwhile, Acosta joined the top 5 for the first time in the final 6 laps, despite a big scare at the final chicane, getting ahead of McPhee and Suzuki, while Rodrigo and Artigas dropped out of contention by almost two seconds.

Foggia was finally shown a wheel with 4 laps remaining, when Fenati briefly got ahead after a mistake from his compatriot but Foggia reclaimed the lead to start the last 3 laps at the front and tried to push for a gap. He did get a bit of a gap, never bigger than three tenths of a second but enough to keep Garcia at arm’s length. Binder in turn was putting pressure on the Spaniard but a massive slide through turn 15 dropped him to the back of the lead group, in the company of teammate McPhee.

Foggia led the group across the line to start the final lap and managed his gap to perfection to claim victory over Garcia and Fenati, who had shaken off the rest of the group. Binder got ahead of Acosta and Suzuki at the final chicane to take fourth position on the final lap but then got demoted three positions for exceeding track limits on that last lap, which promoted Acosta into fourth place, Suzuki into fifth and McPhee into sixth. Over seven seconds later, Rodrigo, Artigas and Alcoba rounded out the top ten positions.

Despite his frightening crash on Saturday and having just got off a hospital bed this morning, Acosta defended his championship lead beautifully and keeps Garcia 48 points behind. Foggia climbs to third, 72 points behind the leader, with Fenati up to fourth, 78 points down.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 37'35.287
2 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS +0.078
3 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna +0.207
4 37 Pedro Acosta KTM +1.352
5 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda +1.445
6 17 John McPhee Honda +1.510
7 40 Darryn Binder Honda +1.338
8 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda +9.095
9 43 Xavier Artigas Honda +9.140
10 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda +10.383
11 82 Stefano Nepa KTM +13.503
12 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS +13.555
13 27 Kaito Toba KTM +21.057
14 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM +22.090
15 53 Deniz Öncü KTM +27.036
16 22 Elia Bartolini KTM +35.745
17 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM +35.801
18 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM +35.811
19 67 Alberto Surra Honda +35.879
20 5 Jaume Masia KTM +45.670
21 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda +1'03.492
22 66 Joel Kelso KTM +1'03.552
23 92 Yuki Kunii Honda +1'03.769
24 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda +1'03.979
25 32 Takuma Matsuyama Honda +1'04.137
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  31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 9 Laps
  16 Andrea Migno Honda 12 Laps
Round Number: 
9
2021
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