MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2020 Aragon Moto2 Race Result: A Spoonful Of Drama

A sunny Motorland Aragon set the scene for the intermediate class battle, which went on until the final few turns of a tense and occasionally dramatic race. For the second week in a row, Sam Lowes was rewarded for his persistence with victory, following a dismal afternoon for the SKY Racing team. Having started 12th, Enea Bastianini turned his weekend around and then turned the championship battle around, regaining the lead with a fine second place in Aragon. Jorge Martin was a redoubtable adversary for the Italian but had to settle for the final podium position.

At the start of the 21 laps, it was Marco Bezzecchi who got the holeshot from poleman Lowes, while Jake Dixon got past front row starter Fabio Di Giannantonio but the Italian quickly recovered and was soon attacking Lowes for second. Keen not to allow Bezzecchi to run away, as the Italian had stretched an eight tents advantage on lap one, Lowes picked up the chase on lap two from Di Giannantonio, with Martin, Dixon, Luca Marini, Bastianini, Remy Gardner and Marcos Ramirez close behind. A one second gap separated the lead group from a second one including Augusto Fernandez, Joe Roberts, Tom Luthi and Xavi Vierge.

While Lowes was pushing to reduce the gap to the runaway leader, the drama started behind them, Marini abandoning the lead group as he crashed out at turn 14 and had to watch from the sidelines how his championship lead seemed to be going the way of his teammate. The incident left a slight gap between the leaders and Bastianini, who was pushing to rejoin the podium battle, having disposed of Gardner & Co.

Lowes had caught up with Bezzecchi by lap six and brought Di Giannantonio with him, leaving Martin, Dixon and Bastianini almost a second behind. As close as he got, Lowes did not have it easy finding a way past the rapid Italian and the British rider’s small mistake on lap eight got punished by Di Giannantonio, who swiftly picked up the chase. The leading trio kept in close proximity but Martin was drawing ever closer to the group, while gently dropping Bastianini and Dixon.

Bezzecchi continued to run an impeccable race at the front as the race reached lap 10 but Di Giannantonio saw an opportunity at turn 14, which the Speed Up rider fully embraced but the lead did not seem to suit him well as he became the next victim of turn 2. Bezzecchi inherited the lead once more, but under pressure from Lowes once again, and with Martin and Bastianini eyeing the victory battle as well, seven tenths behind the leading duo but yo-yoing in and out of contention for the next few laps. Bastianini was a man on a mission, taking third away from Martin at turn 13 with 7 laps to go but the Spaniard hit back at turn 1 and the Italian had to do it all over again on the next lap.

While that battle was unfolding, Bezzecchi and Lowes had gained an advantage of nearly three seconds at the front but Lowes seemed to struggle to keep up with Bezzecchi too, consistently six tenths behind. Bastianini had to give up any aspirations at the victory battle given the gap with five laps remaining, but Martin did not make it easy to keep the podium spot either, glued to his tail for those final laps.

It all seemed pretty settled as the race entered the final 2 laps but the turn 2 curse struck once again, catching out Bezzecchi and gifting Lowes the lead. Meanwhile, Martin attacked Bastianini in what became the battle for second, the Spaniard starting the final lap ahead but the Italian set up a fine move at turn 13 to grab second, as well as the championship lead. Martin settled for third, with Dixon in a solid but lonely ride to fourth. Gardner joined the top five ahead of Ramirez and Hector Garzo, while Roberts, Tetsuta Nagashima and Simone Corsi rounded out the top ten positions.

Bastianini’s late move secured him the lead in the world championship, 2 points ahead of Lowes and 5 ahead of Marini, with Bezzecchi 25 points back.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 39'33.202
2 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex +4.195
3 88 Jorge Martin Kalex +4.340
4 96 Jake Dixon Kalex +9.298
5 87 Remy Gardner Kalex +14.765
6 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex +15.130
7 40 Hector Garzo Kalex +15.192
8 16 Joe Roberts Kalex +17.024
9 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex +19.000
10 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta +20.206
11 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex +22.661
12 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex +22.692
13 57 Edgar Pons Kalex +22.995
14 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta +23.301
15 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex +23.989
16 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex +26.747
17 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex +26.862
18 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex +27.686
19 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up +27.761
20 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex +27.892
21 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS +36.250
22 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex +44.779
23 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex +45.687
24 18 Xavi Cardelus Speed Up +47.231
25 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex +58.178
26 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS +1'05.154
27 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 3 Laps
Not Classified
  72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 2 Laps
  21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 11 Laps
  10 Luca Marini Kalex 19 Laps
Round Number: 
11
2020
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2020 Aragon Moto3 Race Result: Another Day Another Comeback

Lightweight class riders lined up on the grid as the clock hit noon in Aragon and went on to provide an entertaining show for the attending wildlife. Once the checkered flag waved, Jaume Masia became the 100th rider to win a GP for Honda in his first victory of the season. The Spaniard expertly managed the final lap of a close race to finish ahead of Darryn Binder and poleman Raul Fernandez. The Red Bull KTM man had led the way for most of the race but was happy to at least get a maiden podium out it.

Championship leader Albert Arenas had made the best start off the line, ahead of fellow front row starters Fernandez and Celestino Vietti, but Fernandez was quick to recover the lead by the end of lap 1, bringing Tatsuki Suzuki with him. Binder was quick to join the top six, while John McPhee and Ai Ogura were still towards the bottom of the top ten. McPhee then served his long lap penalty for irresponsible riding in Q1 on lap 3, dropping him to 17th position but only four seconds off the lead.

Fernandez, Suzuki and Arenas were biding their time at the front but Vietti was steadily dropping out of the top ten in the early stages. However, the leaders didn’t have much time to relax as Binder was on a charge was attacked for third on lap five and went on to snatch second on lap six. Fernandez had been defending admirably and bringing the lead pack including Binder, Arenas, Suzuki and Romano Fenati over two seconds ahead of the chasers lead by Masia, who had made solid progress after starting 17th on the grid.

Binder lined up a move on Fernandez on the back straight and the Spaniard eventually had to give up the lead at turn 16. Fernandez struck back at turn 12 the next time around but the shenanigans allowed Masia to reduce the gap to under a second by lap nine and the chasing group merged with the leaders just one lap later. That group also included a fast recovering McPhee, who was back in the victory battle at the halfway point of the race. However, Vietti and Ogura were not making much noise, outside of the top ten and slowly losing touch with the lead group.

Fernandez started the final half of the race still in charge of proceedings ahead of Arenas and Binder, with Fenati battling off McPhee while closely followed by Masia, Jeremy Alcoba and Suzuki. Carlos Tatay was leading the chasing group one second down the road. The world championship leader kept the cameras busy for the next few laps as he was coming under attack from all sides but no one was really showing a wheel to Fernandez until the final corner with six laps to go, when Binder regained top spot. The poleman got pushed back to fifth but was quick to fight back and was retaking the lead at turn 1 next time around.

Masia finally took his turn at the front in the final three laps but Fernandez proved to be the last on the brakes into turn one once again. Masia repeated the same move at the final turn as the race entered the final lap but again Fernandez immediately resumed the lead at turn one. Masia did the same routine at turn 16 on the last lap and this time it paid off as the Spaniard kept the lead to the checkered flag. The decisive move also saw Binder breeze past Fernandez at turn 16 to claim second position and demote the Spaniard to third. Fenati missed out on the podium for a tenth of a second, ahead of McPhee and Alcoba. Arenas went wide on last lap and dropped to seventh after some more paint rubbing late in that lap. A second and a half town the road, Suzuki, Vietti and Foggia rounded out the top ten.

The best Ogura could do was 14th, although Arenas losing positions late on means that the Spaniard only extended his lead to 13 points over the Japanese rider. Vietti is 18 points back, with Arbolino dropping to 29 points while out of action. McPhee is fifth in the championship, 35 points down.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 5 Jaume Masia Honda 37'45.009
2 40 Darryn Binder KTM +0.091
3 25 Raul Fernandez KTM +0.196
4 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna +0.327
5 17 John McPhee Honda +0.368
6 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda +0.385
7 75 Albert Arenas KTM +0.396
8 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda +1.933
9 13 Celestino Vietti KTM +2.389
10 7 Dennis Foggia Honda +2.461
11 27 Kaito Toba KTM +2.966
12 99 Carlos Tatay KTM +3.020
13 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM +4.872
14 79 Ai Ogura Honda +10.949
15 53 Deniz Öncü KTM +10.979
16 12 Filip Salac Honda +11.172
17 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna +13.861
18 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda +19.761
19 11 Sergio Garcia Honda +21.284
20 92 Yuki Kunii Honda +21.339
21 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM +21.379
22 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM +21.440
23 82 Stefano Nepa KTM +21.520
24 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda +36.570
25 70 Barry Baltus KTM +36.628
26 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM +36.676
27 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda +36.739
Not Classified
  73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 2 Laps
  16 Andrea Migno KTM 11 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
  2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 0 Lap
Round Number: 
11
2020
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2020 Estoril World Superbike Superpole Race Result: Short Track, Fast Sprint

The ten lap sprint race that would determine the grid for race two this afternoon was cold enough for everyone to opt not to use the SCX superpole race tyre. 

Toprak Razgatlioglu hit turn one from pole position again, ahead of Garrett Gerloff, Leon Haslam and Michael van der Mark as Jonathan Rea and Scott Redding carved their way through their respective packs. At the end of lap one, Alex Lowes tucked the front at turn thirteen and ended his race, walking away from his crash.

At the start of the second lap, Leon Haslam fell back to fifth place as the continued duel between Chaz Davies and Michael van der Mark passed him at the start of the lap. Jonathan Rea climbed up to seventh place as Scott Redding made his way to eleventh. Toprak Razgatlioglu set the fastest lap as he increased his lead over Garrett Gerloff. 

Over the next few laps, Toprak Razgatlioglu stretched out his lead to a second and a half over Garret Gerloff who had a similar lead over the Chaz Davies versus Michael van der Mark battle over the last podium place. Jonathan Rea, after overtaking Leon Haslam into turn one of lap four, was a second behind them. Scott Redding, three places back after passing Michael Ruben Rinaldi sat behind the Hondas of Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam and lined them up for a passes, taking seventh place off Haslam on lap six of ten. Toprak Razgatlioglu set a new lap record of 1'36.594 at the halfway mark.

As Chaz Davies and Michael van der Mark continued to fight, Scott Redding eventually passed Alvaro Bautista for sixth place, just over a second behind Jonathan Rea. Chaz Davies went a little wide at turn three, his grip starting to fade, and van der Mark tried to stuff it up the inside, but had to back off after Davies closed his line and the pair touched. They continued close riding, van der Mark needing to pass before his grip dropped to the same level as Davies, and at the end of lap eight, he took his opportuinty at turn thirteen and led briefly down the straight where the power of the Ducati, coupled with his braking prowess, put Davies in front into turn one. At turn four, however, Davies once again went a little wide and van der Mark still had the tyre to get underneath and pass Davies. Davies had no answer and van der Mark bolted off. 

Toprak Razgatlioglu won decisively again, with a pole position, lap record and two wins so far this weekend, ahead of Garrett Gerloff and Michael van der Mark, Yamaha's first all-blue podium in the history of World Superbike, and a lockout of the front row for race two. Chaz Davies was a second off the podium in fourth place. Scott Redding couldn't close the gap on Jonathan Rea, but the pair finished together on the time sheet and will round out the second row for this afternoon's race, alongside Chaz Davies. Michael Ruben Rinaldi's ninth place, behind the Hondas, assured him of the independent rider's championship, thirty four points clear of Loris Baz.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1  
2 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1.928
3 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 2.940
4 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 1.134
5 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 4.745
6 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 1.170
7 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000RR-R 7.969
8 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR-R 11.835
9 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 12.293
10 12 X. FORES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 12.342
11 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR 12.643
12 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R1 12.714
13 94 J. FOLGER Yamaha YZF R1 14.984
14 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale V4 R 22.177
15 71 M. FERRARI Ducati Panigale V4 R 22.349
16 50 E. LAVERTY BMW S1000 RR 22.581
17 13 T. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR-R 27.889
19 32 S. MORAIS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 30.067
20 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 50.259
RET 76 L. BAZ Yamaha YZF R1 2
RET 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
Round Number: 
8
2020
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2020 Aragon MotoGP Warm Up Result: Nakagami Takes Over

Results: 

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'48.651    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'48.870 0.219 0.219
3 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'48.983 0.332 0.113
4 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'49.010 0.359 0.027
5 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'49.049 0.398 0.039
6 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'49.053 0.402 0.004
7 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'49.109 0.458 0.056
8 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'49.173 0.522 0.064
9 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'49.301 0.650 0.128
10 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'49.460 0.809 0.159
11 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'49.475 0.824 0.015
12 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'49.475 0.824  
13 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'49.524 0.873 0.049
14 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'49.557 0.906 0.033
15 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'49.566 0.915 0.009
16 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'49.668 1.017 0.102
17 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'49.792 1.141 0.124
18 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'49.831 1.180 0.039
19 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'49.984 1.333 0.153
20 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'50.078 1.427 0.094
21 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'50.138 1.487 0.060
Round Number: 
11
2020
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2020 Aragon Moto2 Warm Up Result: Lowes Leads Navarro

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'52.687    
2 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'52.734 0.047 0.047
3 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'52.846 0.159 0.112
4 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'53.013 0.326 0.167
5 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'53.080 0.393 0.067
6 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'53.288 0.601 0.208
7 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'53.292 0.605 0.004
8 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'53.298 0.611 0.006
9 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'53.323 0.636 0.025
10 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'53.441 0.754 0.118
11 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'53.476 0.789 0.035
12 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'53.532 0.845 0.056
13 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'53.618 0.931 0.086
14 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'53.622 0.935 0.004
15 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'53.623 0.936 0.001
16 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'53.748 1.061 0.125
17 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'53.759 1.072 0.011
18 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'53.783 1.096 0.024
19 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'53.805 1.118 0.022
20 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'53.904 1.217 0.099
21 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'53.904 1.217  
22 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'53.932 1.245 0.028
23 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'53.977 1.290 0.045
24 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'54.026 1.339 0.049
25 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'54.107 1.420 0.081
26 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'54.575 1.888 0.468
27 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'55.132 2.445 0.557
28 18 Xavi Cardelus Speed Up 1'55.885 3.198 0.753
29 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'56.080 3.393 0.195
30 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 1'56.118 3.431 0.038
Round Number: 
11
2020
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2020 Aragon Moto3 Warm Up Result: Fernandez Stays In The Limelight

Results: 

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'59.160    
2 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'59.167 0.007 0.007
3 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'59.370 0.210 0.203
4 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'59.381 0.221 0.011
5 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'59.650 0.490 0.269
6 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'59.661 0.501 0.011
7 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'59.775 0.615 0.114
8 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'59.834 0.674 0.059
9 16 Andrea Migno KTM 2'00.035 0.875 0.201
10 12 Filip Salac Honda 2'00.042 0.882 0.007
11 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 2'00.048 0.888 0.006
12 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 2'00.055 0.895 0.007
13 27 Kaito Toba KTM 2'00.175 1.015 0.120
14 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 2'00.181 1.021 0.006
15 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 2'00.238 1.078 0.057
16 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 2'00.267 1.107 0.029
17 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 2'00.296 1.136 0.029
18 70 Barry Baltus KTM 2'00.299 1.139 0.003
19 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 2'00.416 1.256 0.117
20 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 2'00.421 1.261 0.005
21 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 2'00.437 1.277 0.016
22 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 2'00.447 1.287 0.010
23 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 2'00.502 1.342 0.055
24 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 2'00.602 1.442 0.100
25 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 2'00.654 1.494 0.052
26 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 2'00.784 1.624 0.130
27 17 John McPhee Honda 2'00.868 1.708 0.084
28 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 2'00.962 1.802 0.094
29 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 2'01.140 1.980 0.178
30 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 2'01.209 2.049 0.069
Round Number: 
11
2020
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2020 Estoril World Supersport Race One Result: Red Flag Gives Us A Sprint Race

World Supersport would be split by a red flag turning the race into a twelve lap sprint race.

Lucas Mahias fluffed turn one and Andrea Locatelli took the lead, and after a few laps, Locatelli led Raffaele De Rosa and Lucas Mahias until the red flags came out for track conditions were deemed unsafe after a crash from Peter Sebestyen threw gravel back onto the track. 

After a twelve lap restart, Andrea Locatelli led into turn one, ahead of Lucas Mahias and Raffaele De Rosa, and into turn two, De Rosa slipped underneath Mahias only to lose grip and take the pair of them out. 

After that, the race proceeded as expected with Locatelli leading, setting the fastest lap four laps into the restart with a 1'40.213 as a second behind Hannes Soomer and Philipp Oettl battled it out for second place, with Oettl taking second place with eight laps remaining. 

On lap six, Can Oncu took fourth place from Steven Odendaal, two seconds behind Oettl and Soomer, but Odendaal took it back towards the end of the lap. Isaac Viñales set the fastest lap of 1'40.053 as he closed up to Miguel Gonzales on the back of the fight for fourth and started carving his way through the pack, starting lap eight fighting Odendaal for fourth place. 

Jules Cluzel was in tenth place in his first race back from injury, with three seconds behind him, and he took ninth place on lap nine, as the fight for fourth entered the first turn three bikes wide while the podium looked set, the fight between Philipp Oettl and Hannes Soomer the only thing remaining to be determined, over a second behind Locatelli.

Isaac Viñales broke free from the fight between Can Oncu, Steven Odendaal and Manuel Gonzales, settling into forth place a second ahead of the fight but three seconds off a podium place.

Reigning world champion Andrea Locatelli won, completing his unbroken run of a win at each track with Philipp Oettl and Hannes Soomer rounding out the podium. Isaac Viñales took fourth place a second and a half ahead of Steven Odendaal.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R6  
2 5 P. OETTL Kawasaki ZX-6R 1.591
3 38 H. SOOMER Yamaha YZF R6 1.968
4 32 I. VINALES Yamaha YZF R6 4.634
5 4 S. ODENDAAL Yamaha YZF R6 6.211
6 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 6.776
7 81 M. GONZALEZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 6.783
8 47 A. BASSANI Yamaha YZF R6 10.724
9 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 11.386
10 94 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 14.494
11 99 D. WEBB Yamaha YZF R6 15.215
12 78 H. OKUBO Honda CBR600RR 15.259
13 22 F. FULIGNI MV Agusta F3 675 23.869
14 34 K. MANFREDI Yamaha YZF R6 23.963
15 25 A. VERDOIA Yamaha YZF R6 24.194
16 9 G. HENDRA PRATAMA Yamaha YZF R6 25.649
17 30 G. VAN STRAALEN Yamaha YZF R6 31.099
18 52 P. HOBELSBERGER Honda CBR600RR 35.996
19 21 V. FALCONE Yamaha YZF R6 1'04.021
RET 28 V. DA SILVA BARROS Yamaha YZF R6  
RET 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-6R  
RET 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675  
RET 12 A. RUIZ CARRANZA Yamaha YZF R6  
RET 98 K. HANIKA Yamaha YZF R6  
RET 56 P. SEBESTYEN Yamaha YZF R6  
Round Number: 
8
2020
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2020 Aragon Moto2 Qualifying Result: A Late Attack

The intermediate class closed the qualifying show in Aragon, under a clear blue sky and in temperatures just over 20 degrees. Some of the usual contenders hogged the limelight, although Sam Lowes waited until the final two minutes of Q2 to go from the bottom of the top ten straight into an impressive pole position and respective lap record. The British rider was over a tenth and a half faster than Marco Bezzecchi and the title contenders will be joined on the front row of the grid by Fabio Di Giannantonio – the Speed Up man following through with the promise he showed throughout practice.

Jake Dixon opens row two from Marcos Ramirez, who benefitted from a deluxe tow from the championship leader early in the session. Jorge Navarro closes the second row of the grid, while Luca Marini opens the third one, ahead of Q1 leader Jorge Martin and Augusto Fernandez. Remy Gardner rounded out the top ten, with Joe Roberts ending his day early with a mechanical and getting stuck in 11th position. Amongst the title contenders, Enea Bastianini is on the back foot once again, starting his charge from the back of the fourth row and almost one second slower than the poleman.

Tom Luthi and Tetsuta Nagashima escaped Q1 to join the fifth row of the grid, while Marcel Schotter was a surprise 22nd after failing to get through the first qualifying session.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'51.651    
2 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'51.799 0.148 0.148
3 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'51.870 0.219 0.071
4 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'51.999 0.348 0.129
5 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'52.166 0.515 0.167
6 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'52.167 0.516 0.001
7 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'52.188 0.537 0.021
8 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'52.235 0.584 0.047
9 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'52.348 0.697 0.113
10 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'52.401 0.750 0.053
11 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'52.554 0.903 0.153
12 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'52.596 0.945 0.042
13 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'52.702 1.051 0.106
14 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'52.729 1.078 0.027
15 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'52.751 1.100 0.022
16 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'52.751 1.100  
17 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'53.097 1.446 0.346
18 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'53.221 1.570 0.124
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'52.630    
Q2 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'52.724 0.094 0.094
Q2 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'52.736 0.106 0.012
Q2 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'52.774 0.144 0.038
19 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'52.849 0.219 0.075
20 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'52.989 0.359 0.140
21 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'53.083 0.453 0.094
22 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'53.118 0.488 0.035
23 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'53.125 0.495 0.007
24 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'53.281 0.651 0.156
25 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'53.370 0.740 0.089
26 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'53.541 0.911 0.171
27 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'54.090 1.460 0.549
28 18 Xavi Cardelus Speed Up 1'54.542 1.912 0.452
29 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 1'55.293 2.663 0.751
30 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'55.388 2.758 0.095
Round Number: 
11
2020
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2020 Estoril World Superbike Race One Result: So, What Happens Now?

The race would be twenty one laps of Estoril, the shortest track of the year, with a long grid straight. With a track temperature of 29ºC, everyone used the same rear tyre, apart from Loris Baz who opted for the SCX. Sylvain Barrier would not start after a concussion in the Superpole session. 

As Scott Redding lined up in twenty second place, Jonathan Rea nipped back into the pits after the sighting lap and was waved through by Pere Riba and he took a second sighting lap, getting another lap on his new untested bike before lining up in fifteenth place. 

Toprak Razgatlioglu took the lead from pole position ahead of Michael Ruben Rinaldi who charged through from the second row of the grid. Garrett Gerloff pipped Leon Haslam for third place while Jonathan Rea was in eighth place by turn one. Scott Redding clubbed his way through to fifteenth place but couldn't make any progress after the first turn. Gerloff took second place from Rinaldi as Rea climbed to seventh place to start the second lap. Razgatlioglu led Gerloff, Rinaldi, Haslam, Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark, but Jonathan Rea beat both Lowes and van der Mark into the first turn, passing both of them on the brakes and parking his bike at the apex to hold fifth place. 

Behind Rea, Lowes and van der Mark swapped places a couple of times throughout the lap as Toprak Razgatlioglu set the fastest lap on laps two and three in the process of gapping Garrett Gerloff. Leon Haslam fell prey to Rea in the first turn of lap three, catching Michael Ruben Rinaldi and passing him into turn nine. Rea, the master of the reverse grid, took three laps to reach third place from fifteenth on the grid. Scott Redding was eleven places behind Rea.

On lap six, as Michael van der Mark set the fastest lap, a 1'37.200 in fourth place, Scott Redding pulled to the side of the track with a technical issue, handing Jonathan Rea his sixth world championship title. 

Toprak Razgatlioglu was over two seconds clear of Garrett Gerloff, Jonathan Rea and Michael van der Mark as Chaz Davies broke free from the fight for fifth place and started closing on van der Mark, leaving a race-long battle between Alex Lowes, Leon Haslam and Michael Ruben Rinaldi behind him. Michael van der Mark, close behind Gerloff and Rea, lost the front into turn seven and ended his race. Rea responded by taking second place from Gerloff, having to fight to make the pass stick as Gerloff immediately tried to recover his spot. 

At half race distance, with Toprak Razgatlioglu comfortable almost four seconds in the lead, in the battle behind the second group, chasing fifth place, three riders entered the first turn three abreast, with Leon Haslam leading Alex Lowes and Alvaro Bautista as the places settled. 

A lap later, Chaz Davies powered past Garrett Gerloff, taking third place before the corner, and a lap later played the same trick on Jonathan Rea. Rea went wide at turn six and Gerloff snuck underneath without having to even change his line, but Rea would take third place back into turn one at the start of lap thirteen. Gerloff returned the favour into lap fourteen as Davies cleared off after Razgatlioglu.

Over the next couple of laps, Razgatlioglu maintained a four second lead over Chaz Davies who was a second clear of Garrett Gerloff and Jonathan Rea. Rea, with five laps left, saw that he had over seven seconds over Alvaro Bautista and settled for the championship, coinciding the podium to the three riders in front of him. With the gap to Rea closing by half a second a lap, with only three laps left, Bautista crashed out on the left hander at turn six, with what looked like a cold tyre, Estoril having so few left-handers that keeping that side of the tyre warm is a challenge. 

Toprak Razgatlioglu lapped Loris Cresson and took the win with his front wheel hoisted at the clouds with Chaz Davies crossing the line three seconds behind him. Garrett Gerloff came in third and then there was a few seconds of pause until Jonathan Rea crossed the line to claim his sixth title in a row.

Jonathan Rea pulled up to a table and opened a box with six rings in it and put the sixth on, as his team fitted him with a championship-celebrating t-shirt and a gold helmet. He climbed back on board his Kawasaki and tried to restart it, needing to fiddle with a setting to get the starter motor to bring it back to life. He collected a big flag and headed off to the podium where Scott Redding waited at the entrance like a parent waiting for a child to come back from a party.

Rea celebrated with his team before giving Redding a hug and a friendly chat that looked like they were getting ready to continue their rivalry next year.

Razgatlioglu's celebration was tempered by Rea's championship, like a cousin using your wedding to grandiosely propose to their partner, but a win is a win and Razgatlioglu now has to make only three points on Michael van der Mark to take fourth place in the championship from him.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1  
2 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 3.039
3 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 4.220
4 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 9.645
5 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR-R 15.732
6 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 15.926
7 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 16.205
8 12 X. FORES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 17.842
9 76 L. BAZ Yamaha YZF R1 18.035
10 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR 18.404
11 94 J. FOLGER Yamaha YZF R1 20.834
12 50 E. LAVERTY BMW S1000 RR 30.026
13 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale V4 R 31.886
14 13 T. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR-R 47.164
16 32 S. MORAIS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 56.970
17 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000RR-R 1'32.677
18 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1 Lap
RET 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R1 12
RET 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 14 Laps
RET 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 16 Laps
RET 71 M. FERRARI Ducati Panigale V4 R 2
Round Number: 
8
2020
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2020 Aragon MotoGP Qualifying Result: Back With A Vengeance

Under the cloudless sky of Aragon, Yamaha were preparing for a celebration on Saturday afternoon but the question was which of their riders would get the most praise. Fabio Quartararo made his case first, taking control of the session early in Q2, while Maverick Vinales found a few more tenths on his second outing, but Quartararo had something up his sleeve and robbed his future teammate at the checkered flag. Despite his rather significant incident in FP3 and having to limp his way on and off the bike, the Frenchman secured his tenth pole position in the premier class by four hundredths of a second from Vinales. Cal Crutchlow carried the torch for Honda and got his first front row start of the season after a difficult couple of months.

Despite being particularly fast in the morning session, Franco Morbidelli eventually got demoted to the second row of the grid, together with Jack Miller. The Pramac rider snuck through Q1 to climb onto row two, three tenths off pole and two tenths ahead of the Suzuki of Joan Mir. Takaaki Nakagami made some late progress to open row three, where he will be joined by Danilo Petrucci, the winner of the Ducati kerfuffle in Q1. Aleix Espargaro qualifies ninth but faces a trip to the stewards after a slight collision with brother Pol in the closing stages of Q2. Compatriots Alex Rins, Alex Marquez and Pol Espargaro line up on row four, one second slower that Quartararo’s pole time but it is the rookie’s best qualifying position yet.

Andrea Dovizioso’s challenge ended in Q1, after inadvertently giving a tow to Petrucci, which ultimately proved costly as it helped his teammate progress to Q2 but left the title contender down in 13th on the grid, alongside Brad Binder and Iker Lecuona.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'47.076    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'47.122 0.046 0.046
3 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'47.305 0.229 0.183
4 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'47.317 0.241 0.012
5 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'47.413 0.337 0.096
6 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'47.679 0.603 0.266
7 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'47.759 0.683 0.080
8 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'47.924 0.848 0.165
9 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'47.988 0.912 0.064
10 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'48.035 0.959 0.047
11 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'48.189 1.113 0.154
12 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'48.202 1.126 0.013
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'47.605    
Q2 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'47.737 0.132 0.132
13 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'47.752 0.147 0.015
14 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'47.853 0.248 0.101
15 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'48.005 0.400 0.152
16 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'48.068 0.463 0.063
17 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'48.386 0.781 0.318
18 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'48.431 0.826 0.045
19 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'48.556 0.951 0.125
20 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'48.558 0.953 0.002
21 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'49.166 1.561 0.608
Round Number: 
11
2020
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