MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2021 Le Mans Moto3 FP2 Result: Rodrigo Takes Over

After the crash fest of the morning session, bright sunshine bathed Moto3 machines as they left pitlane for FP2, although clouds still surrounded the French circuit. Riders were quick to improve on the morning’s benchmark and the final 10 minutes seemed even more important than usual in securing a provisional top 14 position, given the questionable weather forecast for Saturday at Le Mans. Gabriel Rodrigo made a fast start to his weekend, taking control of the session in the final couple of minutes and although there were plenty of red sectors on the timing screens for the final flying laps, no rival could beat his time. Darryn Binder came closest, one tenth of a second behind the Argentinian rider, while Jaume Masia dropped to third after intermittently leading the session.

Niccolò Antonelli and Deniz Öncü joined the top five, closely followed by Andrea Migno, although the Italian added a third crash of the day to his achievements, this time at turn 13. Compatriot Romano Fenati and Ryusei Yamanaka were the final riders to post a time within half a second of the leader, while Stefano Nepa and Ayumu Sasaki rounded out the top 10. The remaining places in the provisional top 14 were taken by Jason Dupasquier, FP1 leader John McPhee, Riccardo Rossi and Sergio Garcia, while Carlos Tatay missed out by a tenth of a second and was eight tenths slower than the leader.

The slight surprise of FP2 was championship leader Pedro Acosta, who dropped down the timesheets in the closing stages and finished 18th fastest, but bearing in mind that this was the rookie’s first day around Le Mans.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'42.150    
2 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'42.276 0.126 0.126
3 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'42.331 0.181 0.055
4 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'42.487 0.337 0.156
5 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'42.510 0.360 0.023
6 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'42.538 0.388 0.028
7 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'42.553 0.403 0.015
8 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'42.606 0.456 0.053
9 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'42.650 0.500 0.044
10 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'42.755 0.605 0.105
11 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'42.773 0.623 0.018
12 17 John McPhee Honda 1'42.890 0.740 0.117
13 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'42.892 0.742 0.002
14 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'42.915 0.765 0.023
15 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'43.036 0.886 0.121
16 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'43.136 0.986 0.100
17 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'43.181 1.031 0.045
18 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'43.229 1.079 0.048
19 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'43.233 1.083 0.004
20 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'43.247 1.097 0.014
21 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'43.249 1.099 0.002
22 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'43.280 1.130 0.031
23 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'43.321 1.171 0.041
24 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'43.490 1.340 0.169
25 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'43.613 1.463 0.123
26 32 Takuma Matsuyama Honda 1'44.032 1.882 0.419
27 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'44.079 1.929 0.047
28 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'44.234 2.084 0.155
29 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'44.758 2.608 0.524
Round Number: 
5
2021
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2021 Le Mans MotoE FP1 Result: Aegerter Leads Granado

The second race weekend for the MotoE cup got underway in Le Mans and the gaps in FP1 seemed to be getting smaller since their first outing. Dominique Aegerter led the way early on and resumed the lead for the final 10 minutes of the session by a mere four hundredths of a second from rival Eric Granado, who is looking to bounce back from the disappointment of Jerez. Lukas Tulovic joined the top three positions, while winner of the first round, Alessandro Zaccone and reigning cup champion Jordi Torres rounded out the top five. Hikari Okubo, Corentin Perolari, Matteo Ferrari, Andrea Mantovani and rapid rookie Fermín Aldeguer completed the top 10 covered by one second.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 77 Dominique Aegerter Energica 1'44.938    
2 51 Eric Granado Energica 1'44.984 0.046 0.046
3 3 Lukas Tulovic Energica 1'45.083 0.145 0.099
4 61 Alessandro Zaccone Energica 1'45.095 0.157 0.012
5 40 Jordi Torres Energica 1'45.246 0.308 0.151
6 78 Hikari Okubo Energica 1'45.252 0.314 0.006
7 19 Corentin Perolari Energica 1'45.430 0.492 0.178
8 11 Matteo Ferrari Energica 1'45.661 0.723 0.231
9 9 Andrea Mantovani Energica 1'45.825 0.887 0.164
10 54 Fermín Aldeguer Energica 1'45.842 0.904 0.017
11 68 Yonny Hernandez Energica 1'46.032 1.094 0.190
12 71 Miquel Pons Energica 1'46.397 1.459 0.365
13 27 Mattia Casadei Energica 1'46.473 1.535 0.076
14 6 Maria Herrera Energica 1'46.757 1.819 0.284
15 18 Xavi Cardelus Energica 1'46.766 1.828 0.009
16 21 Kevin Zannoni Energica 1'47.538 2.600 0.772
17 80 Jasper Iwema Energica 1'48.100 3.162 0.562
18 14 Andre Pires Energica 1'50.731 5.793 2.631
Round Number: 
2
2021
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2021 Le Mans Moto2 FP1 Result: Sun Comes Out For Canet

Rain had stopped and clouds gave way to a touch of sunshine as intermediate class riders got going in FP1 and they eventually enjoyed the rare sight of dry asphalt at Le Mans. That allowed times to get quicker and quicker as the session progressed and top spot change hands until the checkered flag, when Aron Canet claimed the honours. The Spaniard got a helping hand/tow from Sam Lowes on his way to topping the timesheets by a tenth of a second. Stefano Manzi was second, with Lowes in third. Fabio Di Giannantonio also saw his name at the top of the timing screens in the closing stages of FP1, but eventually settled for fourth, a tenth ahead of Augusto Fernandez.

Xavi Vierge and teammate Jake Dixon joined the top 7, ahead of Marcel Schrotter, while championship leader Remy Gardner was ninth, eight tenths off top spot. Hafizh Syahrin rounded out a much closer top 10 compared to the sessions before them, with Hector Garzo, Yari Montella, Jorge Navarro and Lorenzo Baldassarri completing the top 14 covered by one second. The likes of Marcos Ramirez, Tom Luthi or Raul Fernandez were not too far back but will be hoping that the good weather will continue throughout the afternoon at least. Marco Bezzecchi finished 22nd due to a costly late crash that dropped him out of the top 5 positions where he comfortably spent the early part of the session.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'37.535    
2 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'37.643 0.108 0.108
3 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'37.678 0.143 0.035
4 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'37.812 0.277 0.134
5 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'37.915 0.380 0.103
6 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'38.230 0.695 0.315
7 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'38.302 0.767 0.072
8 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'38.343 0.808 0.041
9 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'38.381 0.846 0.038
10 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'38.503 0.968 0.122
11 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'38.507 0.972 0.004
12 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro 1'38.532 0.997 0.025
13 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'38.542 1.007 0.010
14 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'38.595 1.060 0.053
15 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'38.628 1.093 0.033
16 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'38.699 1.164 0.071
17 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'38.724 1.189 0.025
18 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'38.757 1.222 0.033
19 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'38.779 1.244 0.022
20 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'38.787 1.252 0.008
21 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'38.801 1.266 0.014
22 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'38.812 1.277 0.011
23 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'38.884 1.349 0.072
24 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'39.000 1.465 0.116
25 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'39.139 1.604 0.139
26 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'39.234 1.699 0.095
27 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'39.666 2.131 0.432
28 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'39.679 2.144 0.013
29 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'39.767 2.232 0.088
30 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'40.574 3.039 0.807
31 10 Tommaso Marcon MV Agusta 1'41.307 3.772 0.733
Round Number: 
5
2021
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2021 Le Mans MotoGP FP1 Result: Miller Outsmarts Opposition

Le Mans kept everyone on their toes from the very first outing of the premier class, with changing track conditions throughout FP1. The session started cold and damp, before patches of blue sky hinted at a dry line that allowed Jack Miller to work his magic on slicks. With rain making an appearance straight after the Australian built an advantage of almost three seconds at the top of the timesheets, Miller’s work was done, but the rest of the top ten was up for grabs once rivals went back to rain tyres. Johann Zarco was not tempted by slicks and was fast enough for second regardless, reducing the gap to his Ducati colleague to a second and a half. Joan Mir made a late jump into the top three, after a busy session that started with a technical issue that saw the world champion abandon his Suzuki at turn 8.

The Honda duo of Pol Espargaro and Marc Marquez joined the top 5, with Marquez one of the few riders tempted by the slicks but timing it poorly as rain started falling for the final handful of minutes. Lorenzo Savadori also seemed to enjoy the tricky conditions, the rookie placing Aprilia in sixth position, ahead of championship leader Pecco Bagnaia. Miguel Oliveira, Alex Rins and Aleix Espargaro rounded out a top ten covered by 3 seconds, while Alex Marquez missed out by two tenths of a second after a late tumble on slicks.

The session ended with no Yamahas in the top 10, Maverick Viñales 12th fastest and with teammate Fabio Quartararo down in 16th. The Spaniard did not get to be part of the late time attack after he slid out while coming out of pitlane, while Quartararo was cautiously testing the situation after his recent arm pump surgery. While Le Mans tends to be rather unpredictable, Yamaha will be hoping for enough dry track time over the next 24 hours to upset the top 10 positions for Q2.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'38.007    
2 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'39.488 1.481 1.481
3 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'40.069 2.062 0.581
4 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'40.115 2.108 0.046
5 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'40.121 2.114 0.006
6 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'40.244 2.237 0.123
7 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'40.256 2.249 0.012
8 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'40.582 2.575 0.326
9 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'40.679 2.672 0.097
10 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'41.029 3.022 0.350
11 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'41.258 3.251 0.229
12 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'41.299 3.292 0.041
13 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'41.423 3.416 0.124
14 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'41.524 3.517 0.101
15 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'41.576 3.569 0.052
16 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'41.641 3.634 0.065
17 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'42.500 4.493 0.859
18 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'42.899 4.892 0.399
19 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'43.045 5.038 0.146
20 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'43.262 5.255 0.217
21 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'43.469 5.462 0.207
22 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'43.644 5.637 0.175
Round Number: 
5
2021
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2021 Le Mans Moto3 FP1 Result: McPhee Tops Cold Session

Le Mans did not seem to welcome the lightweight class with open arms for the first session of the weekend and provided them with a damp track and cold conditions, even a touch of fine rain towards the end. While gravel traps predictably saw a lot of action, particularly at turn 3, John McPhee was looking to bounce back after a difficult Sunday in Jerez and made a good start in Le Mans, the Scotsman taking the lead in the final couple of minutes of FP1. Sensational rookie Pedro Acosta tested the gravel at turn 3 twice, on his first visit at the French track but eventually found good speed to climb into second on the timesheets, half a second slower than McPhee. Sergio Garcia joined the top 3 closely behind his compatriot, followed by Gabriel Rodrigo, who held top spot for most of the session.

Tatsuki Suzuki joined the top 5, ahead of Andi Farid Izdihar and Adrian Fernandez, both of whom also joined the crash list. Filip Salac in eighth position was the final rider to post a time within a second of the leader, followed by teammate Andrea Migno, who opened the crash recital early in the session. Early session leader Jaume Masia completed the top 10 after a late lap cancellation for Yuki Kunii, who dropped to 14th place.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 17 John McPhee Honda 1'53.294    
2 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'53.857 0.563 0.563
3 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'53.890 0.596 0.033
4 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'53.933 0.639 0.043
5 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'54.119 0.825 0.186
6 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'54.219 0.925 0.100
7 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'54.250 0.956 0.031
8 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'54.252 0.958 0.002
9 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'54.332 1.038 0.080
10 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'54.474 1.180 0.142
11 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'54.530 1.236 0.056
12 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'54.621 1.327 0.091
13 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'54.737 1.443 0.116
14 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'54.761 1.467 0.024
15 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'54.831 1.537 0.070
16 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'55.288 1.994 0.457
17 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'55.810 2.516 0.522
18 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'55.946 2.652 0.136
19 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'56.017 2.723 0.071
20 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'56.040 2.746 0.023
21 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'56.054 2.760 0.014
22 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'56.138 2.844 0.084
23 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'56.256 2.962 0.118
24 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'56.263 2.969 0.007
25 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'56.334 3.040 0.071
26 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'56.342 3.048 0.008
27 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'57.086 3.792 0.744
28 32 Takuma Matsuyama Honda 1'58.547 5.253 1.461
  52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 2'01.427 8.133 2.880
Round Number: 
5
2021
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Jerez MotoGP Test Final Times: Maverick Viñales Beats Suzukis To Top Monday Test

Maverick Viñales leaves the Monday Jerez test as fastest, the Spaniard finding his customary speed in testing. The Monster Energy Yamaha rider finished ahead of the two Suzukis, a fraction faster than Alex Rins, and four tenths quicker than Joan Mir.

Taka Nakagami ended the test in fourth, the LCR Honda rider a fraction slower than Mir, and a tenth faster than Johann Zarco on the Pramac Ducati. Pol Espargaro was sixth quickest on the Repsol Honda, while Miguel Oliveira was the best KTM rider in seventh.

Times at the end of the Jerez Monday test:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'36.879    
2 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'36.913 0.034 0.034
3 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'37.310 0.431 0.397
4 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'37.348 0.469 0.038
5 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'37.435 0.556 0.087
6 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'37.506 0.627 0.071
7 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'37.508 0.629 0.002
8 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'37.559 0.680 0.051
9 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'37.627 0.748 0.068
10 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'37.690 0.811 0.063
11 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'37.698 0.819 0.008
12 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'37.700 0.821 0.002
13 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'37.717 0.838 0.017
14 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'37.885 1.006 0.168
15 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'38.170 1.291 0.285
16 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'38.303 1.424 0.133
17 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'38.374 1.495 0.071
18 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'38.455 1.576 0.081
19 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'38.608 1.729 0.153
20 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'38.826 1.947 0.218
21 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'39.024 2.145 0.198
No time set
  6 Stefan Bradl Honda      
  20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha      
Round Number: 
0
2021
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Jerez MotoGP Test 4pm Times: Rins Takes Over As Test Winds Down

With two hours of the Jerez test left to go, Alex Rins sits at the top of the timesheets, the first rider to crack into the 1'36s. Maverick Viñales is currently second, while Rins' Suzuki teammate Joan Mir is in third.

The test is coming to an early close for some riders. Marc Marquez stopped after completing just 7 laps, still in pain with his neck and back after his big crash in practice on Saturday. The Repsol Honda rider tried a new aerodynamic fairing looking much closer to the Yamaha item than Honda's old aero package, a part which Takaaki Nakagami also tested. Suzuki, meanwhile, has spent most of their time working on their 2022 engine and on settings for Le Mans, in two weeks' time.

Times at 4pm:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'36.913    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'37.135 0.222 0.222
3 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'37.310 0.397 0.175
4 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'37.435 0.522 0.125
5 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'37.440 0.527 0.005
6 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'37.506 0.593 0.066
7 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'37.508 0.595 0.002
8 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'37.627 0.714 0.119
9 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'37.690 0.777 0.063
10 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'37.885 0.972 0.195
11 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'37.924 1.011 0.039
12 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'37.949 1.036 0.025
13 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'37.963 1.050 0.014
14 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'38.158 1.245 0.195
15 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'38.303 1.390 0.145
16 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'38.455 1.542 0.152
17 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'38.477 1.564 0.022
18 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'38.608 1.695 0.131
19 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'38.826 1.913 0.218
20 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'38.908 1.995 0.082
21 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'39.024 2.111 0.116
No time set
  6 Stefan Bradl Honda      
  20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha      
Round Number: 
0
2021
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Jerez MotoGP Test 1pm Times: Viñales Leads As Quartararo Heads To France

It has been a very busy time for the MotoGP grid, fresh off the back of the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday. The bikes were off and out on track from 10am this morning, running through a batch of parts and settings for the next part of the MotoGP season. Fabio Quartararo is absent, the Monster Energy Yamaha rider having headed to France to get a medical assessment of his arm, with a view to surgery for arm pump.

Maverick Viñales is currently fastest, after a brief red flag when a spill left oil and Aleix Espargaro on the track. Viñales is three tenths quicker than Suzuki's Alex Rins, and Miguel Oliveira on the KTM. Marc Marquez is out testing, but has so far only put in a few laps, taking it easy on his arm so as not to disrupt the healing process.

Times at 1pm local time:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'37.135    
2 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'37.441 0.306 0.306
3 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'37.508 0.373 0.067
4 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'37.639 0.504 0.131
5 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'37.753 0.618 0.114
6 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'37.870 0.735 0.117
7 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'37.870 0.735  
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'37.885 0.750 0.015
9 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'37.930 0.795 0.045
10 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'37.949 0.814 0.019
11 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'37.998 0.863 0.049
12 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'38.156 1.021 0.158
13 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'38.303 1.168 0.147
14 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'38.497 1.362 0.194
15 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'38.554 1.419 0.057
16 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'38.651 1.516 0.097
17 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'38.826 1.691 0.175
18 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'38.849 1.714 0.023
19 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'38.978 1.843 0.129
20 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'39.225 2.090 0.247
21 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'39.353 2.218 0.128
No time set
  6 Stefan Bradl Honda      
  20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha      
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0
2021
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2021 Jerez MotoE Race Result: Fresh Start, Same Old Mistakes

The first MotoE race of the season got underway in the hottest conditions of the weekend and at the end of 8 laps we were treated to a first time victor in the class. It did not look like it at the start, when Lukas Tulovic took the lead into turn 1 from race favourites Eric Granado and Dominique Aegerter, as well as impressive rookie Fermín Aldeguer. After a few exchanges at the front, Granado retook the lead from Alessandro Zaccone, with Aegerter and reigning cup leader Jordi Torres getting ahead of Tulovic. However, the German rider soon got tangled with Aldeguer at turn 6 and both of them left the podium battle in favour of the gravel trap on lap 2.

Helped by the fact that rival Aegerter was stuck and struggling behind Zaccone, Granado extended a bit of a gap at the front and set a new race lap record the next time around but he did not get to enjoy that for long, the Brazilian crashing out at turn 6. That handed the lead to Zaccone, with only Aegerter and Torres within striking distance for the final five laps. Aegerter had a look at every opportunity but the Italian started the final lap in the lead and handled the pressure well to claim a maiden MotoE victory by four tenths of a second. Aegerter came close to losing second but Torres could not find the right place to overtake and settled for third.

Mattia Casadei and Miquel Pons joined the top five, while Matteo Ferrari did well to finish sixth, having started at the back of the grid. Granado managed to rejoin the race and grabbed a couple of points for 13th place.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 61 Alessandro Zaccone Energica 14'33.776
2 77 Dominique Aegerter Energica +0.419
3 40 Jordi Torres Energica +0.614
4 27 Mattia Casadei Energica +4.273
5 71 Miquel Pons Energica +6.105
6 11 Matteo Ferrari Energica +6.704
7 78 Hikari Okubo Energica +8.574
8 9 Andrea Mantovani Energica +10.734
9 6 Maria Herrera Energica +11.322
10 68 Yonny Hernandez Energica +11.438
11 80 Jasper Iwema Energica +27.858
12 14 Andre Pires Energica +28.027
13 51 Eric Granado Energica +55.429
14 21 Kevin Zannoni Energica 1 Lap
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  18 Xavi Cardelus Energica 5 Laps
  3 Lukas Tulovic Energica 7 Laps
  54 Fermín Aldeguer Energica 7 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
  19 Corentin Perolari Energica 0 Lap
Round Number: 
1
2021
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2021 Jerez MotoGP Race Result: The Start Of A Fairytale With The End Of A Thriller

With the Circuit of Jerez having been a Yamaha playground over the last couple of days, Fabio Quartararo started the race with the enthusiasm of a thousand toddlers and although things seemed to go his way for much of the race, the fairytale turned into a nightmare in the blink of an eye and Jack Miller became the hero of the day. It was a long wait for the Australian since Assen 2016 so the tears were justified while he picked up the winner’s trophy in Jerez. To make it a perfect day for Ducati, teammate Pecco Bagnaia followed him home in second and became the fourth different championship leader in four consecutive races this season. Franco Morbidelli was definitely not the man Yamaha planned to see on the podium but third place on a two-year-old antique was not too shabby.

It was not particularly surprising to see Miller use the holeshot device to perfection to take the lead off the line from Morbidelli, Bagnaia and Quartararo, followed by Aleix Espargaro, Takaaki Nakagami and with Joan Mir making a good start up to seventh. Maverick Viñales and Alex Rins kept close, but Johann Zarco made a pretty poor start from the second row of the grid and dropped out of the top 10. Aleix Espargaro, Nakagami, Mir and Viñales managed to hold onto the leaders in the early stages, but Rins crashed out at turn six on the thrid lap, for the second consecutive race. Having started from his worst qualifying position in the premier class, Marc Marquez joined the top 10 early on but soon came under attack from the likes of Zarco and Brad Binder and immediately lost positions to colleagues Pol Espargaro and Stefan Bradl, going back to 14th position.

Back at the front, Miller held onto the lead from Morbidelli, while Quartararo found a way past Bagnaia by lap 3. The Frenchman soon encountered former teammate Morbidelli and made quick work of him, going in pursuit of Miller and quickly launching an attack into turn 13 to lead the way by lap 5. The Ducati could not reply at turn one and the Yamaha man started to extend a gap of over seven tenths of a second on that lap. Morbidelli had a harder time finding a way past Miller and was losing ground early on, dropping one second back on the Australian and holding back a group including Aleix Espargaro, Bagnaia, Nakagami, Mir, Viñales and a recovering Zarco. About half a second back, the Honda trio of Pol Espargaro, Marquez and Bradl kept themselves entertained, with the occasional interference from Enea Bastianini.

Quartararo and Miller continued to be the fastest men, eight tenths apart on track, with Morbidelli not much slower but not reducing the gap to the leaders either. Aleix Espargaro did not look like a threat in the early stages but kept around half a second behind the provisional podium men, fending off Bagnaia until lap 9, when the Italian picked up the chase into turn 6. Nakagami was biding his time to attack the Aprilia too, while Mir was in charge of the next group one second down the road, including Zarco and Viñales.

With Quartararo over a second ahead of Miller at the halfway mark of the race and that gap keeping steady, all eyes were on the battle for third, two seconds behind, where Morbidelli came under threat from Bagnaia. The Petronas man clung onto that podium admirably, with his great exit from turn 13 mitigating the Ducati’s advantage on the straight but you can do one thing right a million times and still get it wrong the next time around, so a mistake at the final turn eventually handed Bagnaia third position with 11 laps remaining.

While all that was unfolding, Quartararo suddenly lost his entire advantage over laps 14 and 15 and all of a sudden, Miller found himself ahead into turn one next time around. The Frenchman seemed to struggle to even keep close to the Australian, dropping a full second back over the course of the next lap and soon allowing Bagnaia to fly past at turn 5. The disaster continued when Morbidelli found a way past at turn 9 and Quartararo’s prospects looked bleak given the small gaps in the rest of the top ten. The likes of Nakagami, Mir and Aleix Espargaro were next to overtake him, but none of that probably hurt quite as much as seeing Viñales go past at turn 1 with 6 laps remaining. Zarco followed suit at turn 5 and Marquez as turn 6, the Honda man admirably holding onto a top ten and being one of the fastest men on track in the closing stages of the race.

While all eyes were on the shocking collapse of Quartararo, Miller had a two-second advantage to manage ahead of teammate Bagnaia for the final handful of laps, with Morbidelli steadily getting closer to try to make it a battle for second. He had no threat from behind, where Nakagami was busy fending off Mir and Aleix for fourth, with Viñales not too far back.

The final couple of laps saw Bagnaia halve the gap to his teammate, but the Australian kept calm and took the checkered flag firmly in command. Bagnaia won’t be too disappointed as he picks up the championship lead to go with the second place trophy, while Morbidelli saved the day for Yamaha with third. Nakagami was the lead Honda, while Mir settled for fifth ahead of Aleix Espargaro. Viñales had a pretty low key race in seventh position, ahead of Zarco and with the bruised Repsol Honda duo of Marquez and Espargaro rounding out the top ten positions. Miguel Oliveira and Bradl also made it past Quartararo in the final laps, the Frenchman finishing 13th.

Quartararo’s misfortune puts Bagnaia in charge of the world championship standings, albeit by a mere two points ahead of the Frenchman, while Viñales is 16 points behind and Mir 17 down on the leader.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 43 Jack Miller Ducati 41'05.602
2 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati +1.912
3 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha +2.516
4 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda +3.206
5 36 Joan Mir Suzuki +4.256
6 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia +5.164
7 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha +5.651
8 5 Johann Zarco Ducati +7.161
9 93 Marc Marquez Honda +10.494
10 44 Pol Espargaro Honda +11.776
11 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM +14.766
12 6 Stefan Bradl Honda +17.243
13 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha +18.907
14 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM +20.095
15 27 Iker Lecuona KTM +20.277
16 10 Luca Marini Ducati +20.922
17 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha +22.731
18 53 Tito Rabat Ducati +30.314
19 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia +37.912
20 42 Alex Rins Suzuki +38.234
Not Classified
  33 Brad Binder KTM 14 Laps
  23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 14 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
  73 Alex Marquez Honda 0 Lap
Round Number: 
4
2021
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