MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2020 Le Mans MotoE Race 2 Result: A Champion Crowned

After rain caused trouble all day, MotoE got a dry track for their title decider and the seven laps were not short of adrenaline. Jordi Torres entered the race with a solid advantage in the world standings and starting from pole position, but it was Niki Tuuli who got the holeshot from fellow front row starter Mike Di Meglio. Torres made a cautious start and got tagged at turn three, the Spaniard lucky not to get caught up in the crashes around him. Those lap one shenanigans allowed Tuuli, Di Meglio and Josh Hook to escape at the front, while Dominique Aegerter, having started 14th, was leading the pursuit. Defending champion Matteo Ferrari also made a good start from 15th on the grid, quickly joining the top ten, while also dealing with an early track limits warning.

Di Meglio found a way past Tuuli on lap two and kept him and Hook at bay for the next few laps, but Tuuli made his move into turn 1 with two laps remaining to resume the lead. Di Meglio was determined to get a home win but Tuuli defended superbly until the checkered flag, the Finish rider crossing the line one tenth ahead of the Frenchman. Hook did not get a say in the victory battle but settled for a first podium in MotoE in third, while Aegerter pushed hard but could not join the podium battle and finished fourth. Torres got attacked by Ferrari as the race entered its final lap and the Spaniard calmly conceded fifth place but crossed the finish line as a rookie world cup winner.

With Torres taking the crown, Ferrari leaves the MotoE paddock as runner-up, although equal on points with class rookie Aegerter.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 66 Niki Tuuli Energica 12'09.631
2 63 Mike Di Meglio Energica +0.166
3 16 Josh Hook Energica +1.294
4 77 Dominique Aegerter Energica +2.353
5 11 Matteo Ferrari Energica +6.017
6 40 Jordi Torres Energica +6.490
7 7 Niccolo Canepa Energica +10.066
8 10 Xavier Simeon Energica +10.472
9 6 Maria Herrera Energica +10.663
10 18 Xavi Cardelus Energica +11.101
11 35 Lukas Tulovic Energica +11.298
12 61 Alessandro Zaccone Energica +12.327
13 27 Mattia Casadei Energica +20.842
14 15 Alex De Angelis Energica +20.954
15 84 Jakub Kornfeil Energica +24.376
Not Finished 1st Lap
  70 Tommaso Marcon Energica 0 Lap
  51 Eric Granado Energica 0 Lap
  55 Alejandro Medina Energica 0 Lap
Round Number: 
6
2020
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2020 Le Mans Moto2 Race Result: A Bittersweet Battle

If the rain didn’t cause enough headaches for their premier class colleagues, the intermediate class had a nightmare decision to make, the race being declared wet, with dark clouds gathering above, but with a drying line persuading riders to swap to slicks. As if that drama wasn’t enough, poleman Joe Roberts got into trouble swapping tyres on the grid and was forced to start from the back of the grid – or would have started there, had the lights not gone off before the American made it into position. With one favourite out of contention before the race even started, it was a bittersweet race for Britain, Sam Lowes taking a long awaited victory after a heartbroken Jake Dixon abandoned the fight from the lead. Remy Gardner snatched second at the last possible moment from Marco Bezzecchi, after the Italian kept ahead for most of proceedings.

After Roberts’ mishap, Lowes was de facto pole but the Marc VDS rider could not take advantage off the line and Gardner made it to turn 1 first, ahead of Xavi Vierge, Jorge Martin and Lowes. Luca Marini made a steady start from the second row to only lose one position, while rival Enea Bastianini lost some more ground at the start, dropping down to 14th.

Gardner did not get much of a breather at the front, with attacks coming from Vierge and Lowes early on, the British rider starting the third lap in the lead. However, the lead group seemed to have already reduced to five names, Gardner, Dixon and Bezzecchi also in the mix, while Martin missed the boat by going wide, dropping over a second back and crashing out at turn 10 as he was pushing to catch up. That left Augusto Fernandez as the main pursuer, but over three seconds down and the same gap keeping him ahead of Fabio Di Giannantonio. Quite a distance down the road, Marini and Bastianini were engaged in direct battle by lap five, the Italtrans rider progressing while the championship leader was going backwards.

Lowes did not have an easy time in the lead, getting Petronas branded headaches from Dixon and Vierge, but the latter simplified things as he highsided on the exit of turn 10. With Vierge out of contention, Lowes and Dixon were running away at the front, while Bezzecchi and Gardner struggled to keep up and dropped over three seconds back by lap seven. Things then got a bit hairy at the front for Lowes, his front locking going into turn 8 and allowing Dixon to grab the lead on lap seven, also handing him a three seconds advantage. With the battle for third comfortably behind him, Lowes pushed to reduce the gap to the leader but it looked like a tough ask. Meanwhile, Bezzecchi was fending off Gardner and Fernandez for the final podium spot, with Tom Luthi over 13 seconds back. Despite the confusing situation at the start, Roberts was knocking on the doors of the top ten for the final half of the race.

Lowes finally broke the one second barrier to Dixon with 13 long laps remaining, but Dixon responded beautifully with red hot laps that kept Lowes one second away until the closing stages. With Bezzecchi still holding off Gardner and Fernandez in the battle for third, the main action was coming from Roberts, who was sailing through the pack and climbed as high as seventh with five laps remaining.

Dixon looked in control for so long but disaster struck with four laps remaining, the Petronas rider sliding out at turn 14, handing compatriot Lowes the lead. Lowes brought it home safely to secure a long awaited victory, while Gardner sniffed around Bezzecchi on the final lap and it paid off at turn 13, the Australian taking second place away from the Italian. Fernandez and Luthi completed the top five, with Roberts a brilliant sixth given the circumstances, ahead of the Italian duo of Di Giannantonio and Lorenzo Baldassarri. Bastianini crossed the line ninth but got a three seconds penalty for taking the shortcut at turn 3, which dropped him to 11th, behind Somkiat Chantra and Marcel Schrotter.

Marini was out of point scoring positions by halfway stage and had a lonely ride to 17th place, but the Italian keeps the championship lead by 15 points from Bastianini, with teammate Bezzecchi 20 points behind. Lowes’s victory reduces his deficit significantly, 22 points down on Marini.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 41'27.648
2 87 Remy Gardner Kalex +3.822
3 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex +4.184
4 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex +5.884
5 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex +21.668
6 16 Joe Roberts Kalex +29.197
7 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up +32.249
8 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex +34.376
9 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex +35.392
10 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex +35.521
11 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex +37.720
12 40 Hector Garzo Kalex +37.910
13 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex +38.423
14 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta +43.464
15 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up +44.036
16 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta +44.217
17 10 Luca Marini Kalex +59.550
18 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex +1'09.735
19 57 Edgar Pons Kalex +1'09.751
20 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS +1'12.930
21 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex +1'14.158
22 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 1 Lap
  99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 0 Lap
Not Classified
  96 Jake Dixon Kalex 5 Laps
  9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 7 Laps
  11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 10 Laps
  27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 20 Laps
  97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 21 Laps
  88 Jorge Martin Kalex 23 Laps
Round Number: 
10
2020
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2020 Le Mans MotoGP Race Result: Raining On A Thrilling Parade

In a crisp afternoon in France, riders were ready for the gloves to come off, literally, together with woolly hats and jackets but Le Mans does like a surprise and just as premier class riders lined up on the grid, big dark clouds suddenly lined up above it. Rain started promptly, delaying the start and making it a wet race – a disappointing one for the home crowd but a fantastic display for all three men on the podium. Danilo Petrucci took to the conditions like a duck to water and looked in total control as he became the seventh different winner of 2020 in the premier class, after a miserable start to his season. However, comeback of the day went to Alex Marquez, the Honda rider making the Marquez name proud by going from 18th on the grid to second on the podium, where he was also joined by compatriot Pol Espargaro, who snatched the last trophy available for KTM.

26 six laps earlier, it was a totally different story, with Cal Crutchlow making an excellent start from the second row of the grid but seeing Jack Miller enter turn one ahead of the LCR man and poleman Fabio Quartararo. Infamous turn three claimed its first victim on lap one, Valentino Rossi being the chosen one and the Italian’s crash forced Joan Mir and Maverick Vinales off track and towards the back of the pack, after the two had a pretty slow start to begin with.

The Ducatis thrived in the first lap drama, with Petrucci starting lap 2 in the lead from Miller and Andrea Dovizioso, while Pol Espargaro was attacking Quartararo just behind. The big winner of lap one was Alex Rins, the Spaniard going from 16th to 7th and eager to join the podium contenders. By lap four, the Ducati trio of Petrucci, Dovizioso and Miller had stretched a two second’s gap over the pursuers, with Rins picking up the chase after his lightning start, demoting Pol Espargaro and Cal Crutchlow. Bradley Smith, Marquez and Miguel Oliveira were soon bothering Quartararo, the Frenchman pushed out of the top ten two laps later by Takaaki Nakagami. Still, his day didn’t seem to go as terribly as the one Vinales, Morbidelli and Mir were having, the trio keeping Tito Rabat company at the back of the field.

Petrucci continued to show the way to his teammates for the next few laps, with Rins pushing to reduce the nearly three seconds gap while comfortably breaking away from the next group where Pol Espargaro was fending off Crutchlow. However, the battle for fifth was far from decided, with Marquez, Oliveira and Smith not too far back and keeping us entertained by trading places, until Smith left the battle at end of lap nine.

Although the rain continued and gaps throughout the field were starting to increase, Rins was going the opposite way and brought the gap down to under a second by lap 12, tagging along to the victory battle soon after. Two seconds back, Pol Espargaro was the fastest man at that point in the race and was hoping to also join the party, leaving Crutchlow, Marquez and Oliveira a touch behind. The Repsol Honda rider made his move on Crutchlow soon after and built a one second gap by being the fastest man on track. Meanwhile, Quartararo was trying to get past compatriot Johann Zarco to join the top ten, while Mir was still out of point positions.

As soon as he got on Miller’s tail, Rins was eager to attack but Miller fought back and managed to keep third for a little while longer. There were no sparks coming from the podium battle just yet but one second behind it, Pol Espargaro and Alex Marquez looked keen to get themselves into the mix, as the fastest men on track with 11 laps to go. Another second back, Crutchlow and Oliveira also picked up the pace but then Crutchlow abandoned ship with nine laps left.

Dovizioso finally showed a wheel to Petrucci with 9 laps remaining but Rins saw an opportunity at turn 9 and going three-wide into the corner saw Petrucci exit the turn first, ahead of Miller and Rins, with Dovizioso the big loser dropping to fourth. The thrilling shenanigans allowed Espargaro and Marquez to join the podium battle, which quickly reduced in numbers as Miller’s machine gave up the ghost with 8 laps remaining and Rins crashed at turn 3 one lap later. The insane couple of laps left Petrucci with an almost three seconds advantage and Dovizioso was trying to recover that while getting harassed than Marquez and Espargaro, with Oliveira not too far back either.

The final five laps looked like the calm before the storm, Dovizioso dragging a four man group towards Petrucci. Marquez attacked Dovizioso at turn 6 with 3 laps remaining to lead the pursuit and try to bring down a 1.7 seconds deficit but everyone seemed to get a bit twitchy, helping Petrucci’s cause. Dovizioso seemed to be affected the most by tyre degradation, getting overtaken by Espargaro at turn three next time around and spending the last couple of laps fending off Oliveira.

Petrucci started the final lap one second ahead of Marquez, the Spaniard focused on keeping compatriot Espargaro at bay and the trio safely crossed the finish line to secure podium positions. Dovizioso had to settle for fourth, while Zarco, who was the fastest man in the closing stages of the race, overtook Oliveira at the final turn to claim fifth position. Nakagami and Stefan Bradl added two more Hondas to the damp mix in seventh and eighth spot, with Quartararo, Vinales and Mir engaging in battle on the final lap, the Frenchman finishing ahead of his title rivals in ninth position.

Despite the disappointing result, Quartararo extended his championship lead over Mir to 10 points, Dovizioso coming within 18 points and with Vinales another point back.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 45'54.736
2 73 Alex Marquez Honda +1.273
3 44 Pol Espargaro KTM +1.711
4 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati +3.911
5 5 Johann Zarco Ducati +4.310
6 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM +4.466
7 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda +5.921
8 6 Stefan Bradl Honda +15.597
9 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha +16.687
10 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha +16.895
11 36 Joan Mir Suzuki +16.980
12 33 Brad Binder KTM +27.321
13 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati +33.351
14 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia +39.176
15 27 Iker Lecuona KTM +51.087
  42 Alex Rins Suzuki +1'14.190
Not Classified
  43 Jack Miller Ducati 7 Laps
  21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 8 Laps
  35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 9 Laps
  53 Tito Rabat Ducati 12 Laps
  38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 18 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
  46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 0 Lap
Round Number: 
10
2020
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2020 Le Mans Moto3 Race Result: Another Last Lap Wonder

The lightweight class race opened the show on Sunday, in a sunny but cold morning in France that spelled disaster for some riders and great opportunities for others. The man who profited most, despite being the odd one out on tyre choice, was Celestino Vietti, who led the only lap that mattered – the last one – to secure victory in Le Mans and improve his chances in the world championship battle. Compatriot Tony Arbolino joined him on the podium and also got a touch closer to the title by finishing just ahead of new championship leader Albert Arenas.

Arenas had made a launch of SpaceX proportions when the lights went out, miles ahead of poleman Jaume Masia going into turn one and with Arbolino immediately attacking the Spaniard as well. Front row starter John McPhee dropped positions at the start and found himself outside of the top ten by the end of the first lap. Still, that seemed like a more likely comeback than Ai Ogura’s, the championship leader going into Le Mans getting pushed out of the top 20 after starting 17th.

Arenas’s dream start did not continue past lap 2, with Masia reclaiming top spot and encouraging the vultures to attack, pushing Arenas to the back of the top five. While the Spaniard was fighting his way back into the provisional podium positions, a lead group of 16 riders was starting to separate from the chasers by one second by lap five, with Ogura stuck in the second group and struggling to progress from 24th position.

Masia continued to lead the way for the next few laps, with Arbolino, Darryn Binder, Arenas and Gabriel Rodrigo providing the entertainment right behind him as they traded places. The lead group lost teammates Romano Fenati and Alonso Lopez at turn 13 of lap seven and Tatsuki Suzuki at turn 8 one lap later but it still didn’t help McPhee join the top ten.

Arenas was back on Masia’s tail by lap nine but bided his time for an attack and the mistake came on lap 11, when Masia lost momentum and allowed Arenas, Arbolino and Binder through into turn 7. However, Arenas only held onto the lead for a couple of laps, Masia’s Honda powering past at turn 1, with eight laps remaining, with Arbolino, Binder and Vietti quickly following his example and relegating Arenas to fifth once more. The Spaniard made quick work of Vietti and his mission got easier one lap later, when Binder’s KTM machine gave up and took the South African out of contention. That left Arenas in charge of the pursuit of the two Hondas and while he was dicing with Arbolino, rival McPhee got tangled in Jeremy Alcoba’s crash and abandoned the battle at turn 10. The flurry of late crashes, also including Kaito Toba and Niccolo Antonelli, promoted Ogura to 10th place all of a sudden, although over ten seconds behind the leaders.

Back at the front, Masia started the final two laps still ahead of the eight-man lead group but with Arenas, Arbolino and Vietti as the most vocal contenders for the podium. A slight mistake from Masia at turn 8 saw Vietti in charge of proceedings for the first time as the race entered its final lap, chased by Arbolino, Arenas and Masia. Although the foursome was close together, there was no opportunity for a move and Vietti took the checkered flag ahead of Arbolino and Arenas. Masia missed out on the podium once more, with Andrea Migno fifth, ahead of Ayumu Sasaki, Raul Fernandez and Rodrigo. Ogura managed to take control of the chasing pack in the closing laps to secure ninth place and reduce the damage in the world championship.

Arenas’ podium gives him back the lead in the championship, six points ahead of Ogura, with Vietti only 16 points down and Arbolino getting closer as well, 20 points back.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 37'37.384
2 14 Tony Arbolino Honda +0.142
3 75 Albert Arenas KTM +0.198
4 5 Jaume Masia Honda +0.336
5 16 Andrea Migno KTM +0.569
6 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM +0.834
7 25 Raul Fernandez KTM +1.361
8 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda +1.625
9 79 Ai Ogura Honda +15.003
10 99 Carlos Tatay KTM +15.139
11 11 Sergio Garcia Honda +15.269
12 12 Filip Salac Honda +15.381
13 7 Dennis Foggia Honda +15.574
14 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM +15.729
15 82 Stefano Nepa KTM +17.743
16 70 Barry Baltus KTM +18.991
17 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM +19.173
18 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda +25.148
19 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda +26.189
20 92 Yuki Kunii Honda +26.360
21 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM +26.959
22 53 Deniz Öncü KTM +30.306
Not Classified
  23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 4 Laps
  17 John McPhee Honda 5 Laps
  52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 5 Laps
  27 Kaito Toba KTM 5 Laps
  40 Darryn Binder KTM 7 Laps
  9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 10 Laps
  24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 15 Laps
  55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 16 Laps
  21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 16 Laps
Round Number: 
10
2020
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2020 Le Mans Moto2 Warm Up Result: Lowes Leaps Ahead

Results: 

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'36.859    
2 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'37.528 0.669 0.669
3 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'37.578 0.719 0.050
4 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'37.614 0.755 0.036
5 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'37.633 0.774 0.019
6 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'37.703 0.844 0.070
7 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'37.710 0.851 0.007
8 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'37.792 0.933 0.082
9 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'37.948 1.089 0.156
10 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'38.096 1.237 0.148
11 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'38.118 1.259 0.022
12 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'38.145 1.286 0.027
13 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'38.163 1.304 0.018
14 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'38.329 1.470 0.166
15 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'38.337 1.478 0.008
16 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'38.503 1.644 0.166
17 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'38.541 1.682 0.038
18 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'38.543 1.684 0.002
19 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'38.544 1.685 0.001
20 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'38.584 1.725 0.040
21 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'38.595 1.736 0.011
22 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'38.604 1.745 0.009
23 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'38.656 1.797 0.052
24 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'39.004 2.145 0.348
25 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'39.027 2.168 0.023
26 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'39.030 2.171 0.003
27 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'39.040 2.181 0.010
28 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'40.127 3.268 1.087
29 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 1'40.290 3.431 0.163
30 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'40.844 3.985 0.554
Round Number: 
10
2020
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2020 Le Mans MotoGP Warm Up Result: Cold Morning For Morbidelli

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'32.869    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'33.129 0.260 0.260
3 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'33.195 0.326 0.066
4 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'33.299 0.430 0.104
5 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'33.342 0.473 0.043
6 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'33.409 0.540 0.067
7 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'33.432 0.563 0.023
8 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'33.437 0.568 0.005
9 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'33.574 0.705 0.137
10 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'33.587 0.718 0.013
11 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'33.833 0.964 0.246
12 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'33.839 0.970 0.006
13 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'33.894 1.025 0.055
14 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'33.908 1.039 0.014
15 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'33.922 1.053 0.014
16 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'34.145 1.276 0.223
17 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'34.252 1.383 0.107
18 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'34.507 1.638 0.255
19 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'34.523 1.654 0.016
20 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'34.594 1.725 0.071
21 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'34.708 1.839 0.114
22 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'34.780 1.911 0.072
Round Number: 
10
2020
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2020 Le Mans Moto3 Warm Up Result: Migno Leads The Way

Results: 

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'42.514    
2 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'42.635 0.121 0.121
3 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'42.667 0.153 0.032
4 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'42.683 0.169 0.016
5 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'42.749 0.235 0.066
6 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'42.833 0.319 0.084
7 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'42.884 0.370 0.051
8 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'42.913 0.399 0.029
9 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'42.932 0.418 0.019
10 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'42.952 0.438 0.020
11 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'43.050 0.536 0.098
12 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'43.091 0.577 0.041
13 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'43.179 0.665 0.088
14 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'43.180 0.666 0.001
15 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'43.180 0.666  
16 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'43.239 0.725 0.059
17 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'43.290 0.776 0.051
18 17 John McPhee Honda 1'43.355 0.841 0.065
19 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'43.420 0.906 0.065
20 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'43.504 0.990 0.084
21 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'43.522 1.008 0.018
22 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'43.545 1.031 0.023
23 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'43.551 1.037 0.006
24 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'43.566 1.052 0.015
25 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'43.621 1.107 0.055
26 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'43.646 1.132 0.025
27 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'43.664 1.150 0.018
28 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'43.681 1.167 0.017
29 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'43.785 1.271 0.104
30 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'44.256 1.742 0.471
31 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'44.463 1.949 0.207
Round Number: 
10
2020
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2020 Le Mans MotoE Race 1 Result: Two Short Bursts Of Drama

MotoE provided the first racing action of the weekend on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Le Mans and the handful of laps were nothing short of drama. Mattia Ferrari nailed the start to lead into turn 1, with Alejandro Medina the other big winner, going from seventh on the grid to second by turn three, ahead of Josh Hook and poleman Jordi Torres. Having started last, Mattia Casadei was unceremoniously dumped out of the title battle with a high side at turn three and his stricken machine prompted a red flag for safe removal. Without a lap being completed, the grid went back to original positions for the restarted five-lap race, which meant that the poleman got another shot to get it right.

Ferrari once again got the holeshot but turn 3 demanded more attention, with the Italian sliding out on his own while Xavier Simeon’s crash wiped out title rival Dominique Aegerter and Niccolo Canepa. After that dramatic start, Torres found himself one second ahead, with Niki Tuuli his main challenger but getting harassed by Mike Di Meglio and Josh Hook. However, Torres’ advantage did not last as the pursuers regrouped and the Spaniard was reeled in by Di Meglio and Tuuli, leaving Hook behind. The Frenchman tried to line up a move but never made one and Torres scored his first victory in the class to swing the championship lead his way. Di Meglio settled for second on home soil and Tuuli made a long overdue return to the podium, with Hook and Tommaso Marcon joining the top five – the Italian having started 11th with a grid penalty.

Class rookie Torres will enter tomorrow’s title decider 18 points ahead of Ferrari, while Aegerter managed to rejoin and get a couple points to trail the leader by 20.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 40 Jordi Torres Energica 8'43.391
2 63 Mike Di Meglio Energica +0.116
3 66 Niki Tuuli Energica +0.557
4 16 Josh Hook Energica +1.925
5 70 Tommaso Marcon Energica +4.296
6 51 Eric Granado Energica +4.590
7 6 Maria Herrera Energica +6.514
8 55 Alejandro Medina Energica +6.201
9 61 Alessandro Zaccone Energica +11.875
10 35 Lukas Tulovic Energica +12.419
11 18 Xavi Cardelus Energica +13.262
12 15 Alex De Angelis Energica +14.087
13 84 Jakub Kornfeil Energica +23.207
14 77 Dominique Aegerter Energica +59.643
Not Finished 1st Lap
  11 Matteo Ferrari Energica 0 Lap
  7 Niccolo Canepa Energica 0 Lap
  10 Xavier Simeon Energica 0 Lap
Not Starting
  27 Mattia Casadei Energica 0 Lap
Round Number: 
5
2020
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2020 Le Mans Moto2 Qualifying Result: The Hat Trick

The intermediate class seemed to get the best conditions of the weekend, with track temperature generously going over the 20 degrees mark, although clouds intermittently came out to play. The confidence boost given by the weather didn’t seem to help the Moto2 grid, with quite a few crashes across the two qualifying sessions. Jorge Martin was a familiar face at the helm of Q2 early on, but the Spaniard sealed his fate with a crash at turn three and the yellow flags barely got a chance to come out by the time Jorge Navarro followed his example, keeping the marshals on their toes. The mishap allowed Sam Lowes to grab top spot but the attacks kept coming and in the end it was Joe Roberts who secured an excellent third pole position of the season by eight hundredths of a second.

Despite missing out on pole, another solid performance from Lowes sees him start from the middle of the front row, ahead of Remy Gardner. Martin’s early benchmark ensured him fourth on the grid even though he missed the final third of the session and the KTM man will be joined by SKY Racing duo Marco Bezzecchi and Luca Marini. The championship leader put his turn 5 nightmare behind him and climbed as high as second before getting pushed back to sixth late on.

Xavi Vierge opens row three ahead of Jake Dixon and Enea Bastianini, the Italian clearly the fastest man in Q1 but only ninth fastest the second time out. Also escaping Q1 were Tom Luthi, Aron Canet and Fabio Di Giannantonio, with admirable performances given their circumstances. Di Giannantonio might have needed crutches to get to his machine but still qualified 11th, sharing fourth row with Canet, who is recovering from arm pump surgery, while Luthi crashed at turn 7 late in Q1 but was lucky to be able to bring his bike back in time for Q2 and qualify 14th.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'36.256    
2 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'36.343 0.087 0.087
3 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'36.449 0.193 0.106
4 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'36.522 0.266 0.073
5 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'36.577 0.321 0.055
6 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'36.668 0.412 0.091
7 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'36.737 0.481 0.069
8 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'36.826 0.570 0.089
9 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'36.840 0.584 0.014
10 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'36.877 0.621 0.037
11 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'36.879 0.623 0.002
12 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'36.881 0.625 0.002
13 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'36.930 0.674 0.049
14 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'36.947 0.691 0.017
15 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'37.014 0.758 0.067
16 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'37.277 1.021 0.263
17 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'37.335 1.079 0.058
18 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'37.556 1.300 0.221
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'36.731    
Q2 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'36.915 0.184 0.184
Q2 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'37.121 0.390 0.206
Q2 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'37.325 0.594 0.204
19 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'37.411 0.680 0.086
20 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'37.415 0.684 0.004
21 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'37.432 0.701 0.017
22 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'37.512 0.781 0.080
23 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'37.579 0.848 0.067
24 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'37.779 1.048 0.200
25 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'37.830 1.099 0.051
26 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'37.907 1.176 0.077
27 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'37.984 1.253 0.077
28 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'38.533 1.802 0.549
29 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'38.863 2.132 0.330
30 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 1'39.947 3.216 1.084
Round Number: 
10
2020
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2020 Le Mans MotoGP Qualifying Result: A Happy Playground

An autumnal Le Mans set a cold but sunny scene for the premier class qualifying session and after Q1 warmed us up nicely, it was Fabio Quartararo’s turn to defend top spot on home turf. The Frenchman put his name at the top of the timing screens early on but rivals caught up and it all came down to the final flying lap, when Quartararo blasted through the final sector to secure a fine pole position on his home playground. That demoted Jack Miller to second, the Pramac rider breaking the Yamaha domination by being the first of two Ducatis on the front row of the grid. An invigorated Danilo Petrucci escaped Q1 and climbed onto front row for the first time this season, with high hopes for Sunday on a favourable track for the Italian.

Cal Crutchlow did a fine job to climb onto the second row, four tenths off pole and narrowly ahead of Maverick Vinales and Andrea Dovizioso. The Italian had brief aspirations at pole but couldn’t get it together in time and dropped to the bottom of row two – a solid qualifying performance when compared to others of late.

Pecco Bagnaia conquered Q1 and was Quartararo’s main rival early in Q2, but the Ducati man dropped to seventh in the closing stages, ahead of Pol Espargaro – the KTM man half a second off pole. Johann Zarco closes the third row of the grid, while Valentino Rossi and Franco Morbidelli will share row four with Miguel Oliveira, the Tech 3 rider a bit cautious after his adventures in FP4.

The main story of Q1 was the disappointment in the Suzuki camp, where Joan Mir had his worst qualifying of the season in 14th position, with teammate Alex Rins down in 16th and with another comeback to plan in order to keep championship hopes alive.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'31.315    
2 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'31.537 0.222 0.222
3 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'31.674 0.359 0.137
4 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'31.686 0.371 0.012
5 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'31.719 0.404 0.033
6 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'31.722 0.407 0.003
7 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'31.752 0.437 0.030
8 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'31.795 0.480 0.043
9 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'31.832 0.517 0.037
10 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'31.889 0.574 0.057
11 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'31.891 0.576 0.002
12 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'32.009 0.694 0.118
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'31.952    
Q2 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'32.054 0.102 0.102
13 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'32.179 0.227 0.125
14 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'32.187 0.235 0.008
15 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'32.539 0.587 0.352
16 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'32.757 0.805 0.218
17 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'32.766 0.814 0.009
18 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'32.774 0.822 0.008
19 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'32.833 0.881 0.059
20 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'32.859 0.907 0.026
21 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'32.861 0.909 0.002
22 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'33.610 1.658 0.749
Round Number: 
10
2020
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