MotoGP Race And Practice Results

Qatar 1 MotoGP Test Sunday 5pm Times: Bradl Leads The Yamahas

After the usual slow start to the test day at Qatar, where only test riders were out on track, the Losail International Circuit got busy about 90 minutes into the day. By the third hour, almost everyone was out and testing.

At 5pm local time, it was Stefan Bradl topping the timesheets, the Honda test rider once again showing his speed. Bradl snuck ahead of a brace of Yamahas which had been leading the test, Maverick Viñales leading Franco Morbidelli, while KTM's Miguel Oliveira is up to fourth. Fabio Quartararo is fifth, the factory Yamaha rider a couple of tenths ahead of Aleix Espargaro on the Aprilia.

Times at 5pm:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 6 Stefan Bradl Honda RC213V 1:54.658    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:54.845 0.187 0.187
3 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha M1 1:55.126 0.468 0.281
4 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM RC16 1:55.274 0.616 0.148
5 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha M1 1:55.312 0.654 0.038
6 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:55.533 0.875 0.221
7 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati GP21 1:55.560 0.902 0.027
8 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP21 1:55.610 0.952 0.050
9 44 Pol Espargaro Honda RC213V 1:55.664 1.006 0.054
10 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:55.690 1.032 0.026
11 5 Johann Zarco Ducati GP21 1:55.796 1.138 0.106
12 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:56.007 1.349 0.211
13 73 Alex Márquez Honda RC213V 1:56.014 1.356 0.007
14 36 Joan Mir Suzuki GSX-RR 1:56.071 1.413 0.057
15 91 Yamaha Test 2 Yamaha M1 1:56.135 1.477 0.064
16 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:56.293 1.635 0.158
17 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM RC16 1:56.394 1.736 0.101
18 33 Brad Binder KTM RC16 1:56.465 1.807 0.071
19 27 Iker Lecuona KTM RC16 1:56.524 1.866 0.059
20 89 Jorge Martin Ducati GP21 1:56.608 1.950 0.084
21 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati GP19 1:56.790 2.132 0.182
22 10 Luca Marini Ducati GP19 1:56.899 2.241 0.109
23 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RS-GP 1:57.125 2.467 0.226
24 26 Dani Pedrosa KTM RC16 1:57.369 2.711 0.244
25 50 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki GSX-RR 1:57.379 2.721 0.010
26 51 Michele Pirro Ducati GP21 1:57.895 3.237 0.516
27 90 Yamaha Test 1 Yamaha M1 1:58.482 3.824 0.587
28 85 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki GSX-RR 1:58.910 4.252 0.428
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Qatar 1 MotoGP Test Saturday Final Times: Espargaro Tops First Day Of MotoGP Testing

Aleix Espargaro has ended the first day of testing for the MotoGP class at Qatar on top of the timesheets. The 2021 Aprilia RS-GP is capable of posting a fast lap, as Espargaro lapped under the race lap record.

Stefan Bradl ended the day as second, the Repsol Honda rider just a quarter of a second slower than the Aprilia. Reigning world champion Joan Mir finished in third, just a few hundredths behind Bradl, and just ahead of factory Ducati rider Jack Miller. Miguel Oliviera was fastest KTM rider in fifth, ahead of Johann Zarco on the Pramac Ducati, while Franco Morbidelli was the fastest Yamaha in seventh.

Alex Rins set the eight fastest time on the second Suzuki, half a second behind Aleix Espargaro, and just a bit ahead of Maverick Viñales. Alex Marquez was the fastest official Honda rider, the LCR rider ending the day in tenth.

Times at the end of day 1:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'54.687    
2 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'54.943 0.256 0.256
3 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'54.980 0.293 0.037
4 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'55.022 0.335 0.042
5 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'55.084 0.397 0.062
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'55.110 0.423 0.026
7 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'55.174 0.487 0.064
8 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'55.198 0.511 0.024
9 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'55.259 0.572 0.061
10 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'55.278 0.591 0.019
11 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'55.467 0.780 0.189
12 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'55.535 0.848 0.068
13 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'55.572 0.885 0.037
14 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'55.584 0.897 0.012
15 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'55.707 1.020 0.123
16 82 Yamaha Test2 Yamaha 1'55.807 1.120 0.100
17 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'55.878 1.191 0.071
18 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'56.147 1.460 0.269
19 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'56.511 1.824 0.364
20 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'56.593 1.906 0.082
21 81 Yamaha Test1 Yamaha 1'56.641 1.954 0.048
22 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'56.920 2.233 0.279
23 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'56.989 2.302 0.069
24 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'57.335 2.648 0.346
25 50 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki 1'57.460 2.773 0.125
26 26 Dani Pedrosa KTM 1'57.617 2.930 0.157
27 83 Yamaha Test3 Yamaha 1'58.696 4.009 1.079
28 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'58.917 4.230 0.221
29 85 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki 1'59.693 5.006 0.776
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Qatar 1 MotoGP Test Saturday 8pm Times: Aleix Espargaro Under Race Lap Record

In the hour reserved for the MotoGP race on the 28th of this month, the riders stepped up their speeds on the first day of the MotoGP test at Qatar. Aleix Espargaro is now under the race lap record, the 2021 Aprilia RS-GP showing an excellent turn of speed. Honda test rider Stefan Bradl is second, while Joan Mir has shown the Suzuki has some one-lap pace as well, setting the third fastest time just a fraction behind Bradl.

Jack Miller is the fastest Ducati, making it four different manufacturers in the first four places, while Johann Zarco is fifth quicest on the Pramac Ducati, just ahead of Franco Morbidelli on the 2019 Yamaha M1.

Testing is due to end at 9pm, and will be followed by start practice.

Times at 8pm:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'54.687    
2 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'54.943 0.256 0.256
3 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'54.980 0.293 0.037
4 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'55.022 0.335 0.042
5 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'55.110 0.423 0.088
6 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'55.174 0.487 0.064
7 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'55.198 0.511 0.024
8 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'55.259 0.572 0.061
9 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'55.278 0.591 0.019
10 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'55.467 0.780 0.189
11 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'55.535 0.848 0.068
12 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'55.572 0.885 0.037
13 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'55.584 0.897 0.012
14 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'55.707 1.020 0.123
15 82 Yamaha Test2 Yamaha 1'55.807 1.120 0.100
16 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'55.810 1.123 0.003
17 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'55.878 1.191 0.068
18 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'56.147 1.460 0.269
19 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'56.563 1.876 0.416
20 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'56.593 1.906 0.030
21 81 Yamaha Test1 Yamaha 1'56.707 2.020 0.114
22 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'56.920 2.233 0.213
23 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'57.185 2.498 0.265
24 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'57.335 2.648 0.150
25 50 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki 1'57.460 2.773 0.125
26 26 Dani Pedrosa KTM 1'57.617 2.930 0.157
27 83 Yamaha Test3 Yamaha 1'58.696 4.009 1.079
28 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'58.917 4.230 0.221
29 85 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki 1'59.693 5.006 0.776
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Qatar 1 MotoGP Test Saturday 7pm Times: Johann Zarco Takes Over At The Top

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

Times at 7pm:

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

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

Times at 6pm:

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

Times at the end of the shakedown test:

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

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

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

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

Testing continues until 9pm this evening.

Times at 6pm local time:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moto2 combined times:

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

Moto3 combined times:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday times

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

Tuesday times

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Results:

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