MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2020 Portimao Moto2 Qualifying Result: Late But Life Of The Party

The final battle against the clock in Portimao was a close call for the intermediate class but Remy Gardner’s speed in the final sector was unrivalled as the Australian claimed pole position in the final couple of minutes of Q2. Luca Marini made his bid for pole as well but eventually had to surrender to Gardner by one tenth of a second, while Fabio Di Giannantonio joins them on the front row of the grid to end his season on a high.

Enea Bastianini was slow to warm up in Q2 and only joined the top ten in the final couple of minutes but he was fast when it counted and the championship leader missed out on the front row by only one thousandth of a second. Rival Sam Lowes gave it his all in one big push early on, before the pain kicked in, and held provisional pole early on but even after the final time attack, his time was still good enough for fifth, putting the two main title contenders next to each other on the grid. Jorge Martin joins the second row of the grid after sneaking out of Q1.

Nicolo Bulega, Augusto Fernandez and Marcos Ramirez make up row three, only three tenths of a second off pole, while Tetsuta Nagashima rounded out the top ten, with Hector Garzo and Q1 leader Marco Bezzecchi keeping him company on the fourth row. Fifth row is an all-Spanish affair with Xavi Vierge, Jorge Navarro and Aron Canet, the rookie’s result impacted by an early and pretty scary crash at turn 8 that required some quick reflexes from the rivals around him.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'42.592    
2 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'42.710 0.118 0.118
3 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'42.721 0.129 0.011
4 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'42.722 0.130 0.001
5 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'42.759 0.167 0.037
6 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'42.798 0.206 0.039
7 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'42.845 0.253 0.047
8 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'42.871 0.279 0.026
9 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'42.905 0.313 0.034
10 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'42.993 0.401 0.088
11 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'43.004 0.412 0.011
12 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'43.013 0.421 0.009
13 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'43.030 0.438 0.017
14 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'43.036 0.444 0.006
15 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'43.039 0.447 0.003
16 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'43.062 0.470 0.023
17 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'43.077 0.485 0.015
18 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'43.172 0.580 0.095
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'43.032    
Q2 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'43.280 0.248 0.248
Q2 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'43.336 0.304 0.056
Q2 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'43.370 0.338 0.034
19 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'43.561 0.529 0.191
20 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'43.635 0.603 0.074
21 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'43.734 0.702 0.099
22 77 Dominique Aegerter NTS 1'43.814 0.782 0.080
23 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'44.040 1.008 0.226
24 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'44.046 1.014 0.006
25 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'44.137 1.105 0.091
26 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'44.209 1.177 0.072
27 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'44.263 1.231 0.054
28 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'44.293 1.261 0.030
29 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'45.922 2.890 1.629
Round Number: 
15
2020
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2020 Portimao MotoGP Qualifying Result: What Dreams Are Made Of

The premier class pulled out all the stops for the last weekend of the season and peppered drama over the two qualifying sessions, starting with Johann Zarco’s smoking Ducati delaying the Q1 session. The wait was worth it for the home favourite, Miguel Oliveira presumably prompting many people to shout at their TV sets across the country as he claimed a first pole position in the premier class. The Portuguese rider set himself up for a fairytale race on home soil by leading the field by four hundredths of a second. A confident Franco Morbidelli breezed through Q1 and held provisional pole in Q2 until getting robbed in the final minute of the session. Morbidelli held onto second to have the upper hand in the battle for second place in the world championship, while Jack Miller joins them on the front row after a solid weekend in Portugal.

After being fastest in Q1, Cal Crutchlow will start his final race from the top of the second row, while Fabio Quartararo’s result of fifth hands him the keys to a BMW. Stefan Bradl completes the second row in a very impressive display for Honda’s recently renewed test rider. Despite a late crash at turn 8, Zarco opens row three of the grid ahead of Maverick Vinales and Pol Espargaro.

Alex Rins will have to make another lightning start from 10th on the grid to battle Morbidelli for the championship podium and the Suzuki will have company from Takaaki Nakagami and Andrea Dovizioso on the fourth row. Although the Japanese rider was a prominent fixture towards the top of the timesheets all weekend, he was looking worse for wear after a crash in FP4 and could not do any better than 11th.

For no apparent reason, newly crowned world champion Joan Mir struggled to escape Q1 and starts his reign with his worst qualifying of the season in 20th, adding an obstacle in Suzuki’s triple crown challenge.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'38.892    
2 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'38.936 0.044 0.044
3 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'39.038 0.146 0.102
4 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'39.156 0.264 0.118
5 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'39.199 0.307 0.043
6 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'39.204 0.312 0.005
7 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'39.238 0.346 0.034
8 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'39.260 0.368 0.022
9 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'39.284 0.392 0.024
10 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'39.467 0.575 0.183
11 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'39.531 0.639 0.064
12 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'39.587 0.695 0.056
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'39.250    
Q2 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'39.276 0.026 0.026
13 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'39.390 0.140 0.114
14 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'39.762 0.512 0.372
15 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'40.019 0.769 0.257
16 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'40.049 0.799 0.030
17 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'40.058 0.808 0.009
18 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'40.091 0.841 0.033
19 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'40.174 0.924 0.083
20 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'40.290 1.040 0.116
21 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'40.427 1.177 0.137
22 82 Mika Kallio KTM 1'41.753 2.503 1.326
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15
2020
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2020 Portimao MotoGP FP4 Result: Pol Espargaro's Turn To Rob Oliveira

The final practice session for the premier class started with some wind and ended with some smoke, but neither of those slowed down Pol Espargaro, nor did an early crash at turn 5. The Spaniard showed some good consistency as he robbed colleague Miguel Oliveira from topping another session on home soil. Oliveira ended second by only three hundredths of a second after putting together a solid session and the home rider was only six thousandths faster than Takaaki Nakagami. However, the Japanese rider had a more eventful afternoon, topping the session early on before another crash at turn 4, which dropped him to third. Nakagami missed out on the final 7 minutes of the session as the rider looked in a bit of pain and the team had a big repair job scheduled.

Maverick Vinales continued to be the happiest Yamaha in Portugal, the Spaniard fourth fastest ahead of Aleix Espargaro, both within a tenth of a second of top spot. Alex Marquez made a slow start to his weekend but climbed into sixth in FP4, ahead of the Petronas duo of Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli, with Brad Binder and Stefan Bradl rounding out the top 10.

Joan Mir was the only rider to be tempted by the medium rear tyre and the world champion persisted with the choice, leaving him 12th on the timesheets, ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and Johann Zarco as the best Ducatis in the session. However, Zarco’s machine wasn’t exactly on its best behaviour, starting to pour smoke in the final minute of the session. After showing good speed over the weekend, Jack Miller was down in an unusual 15th position, seven tenths down on the top time.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'40.150    
2 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'40.184 0.034 0.034
3 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'40.190 0.040 0.006
4 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'40.209 0.059 0.019
5 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'40.221 0.071 0.012
6 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'40.472 0.322 0.251
7 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'40.498 0.348 0.026
8 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'40.565 0.415 0.067
9 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'40.595 0.445 0.030
10 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'40.608 0.458 0.013
11 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'40.754 0.604 0.146
12 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'40.758 0.608 0.004
13 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'40.759 0.609 0.001
14 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'40.802 0.652 0.043
15 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'40.901 0.751 0.099
16 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'41.124 0.974 0.223
17 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'41.186 1.036 0.062
18 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'41.273 1.123 0.087
19 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'41.459 1.309 0.186
20 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'41.761 1.611 0.302
21 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'41.772 1.622 0.011
22 82 Mika Kallio KTM 1'42.412 2.262 0.640
Round Number: 
15
2020
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2020 Portimao Moto3 Qualifying Result: Eat Sleep Pole Repeat

Qualifying in Portugal started with drama straight away, with Q1 causing trouble for one of the championship contenders and Q2 following it up by setting the scene nicely in the title battle. Raul Fernandez might not be party to that particular battle but the Spaniard was fast enough straight out the gate to secure his sixth pole position of the season, two tenths faster than the rest of the challengers. Jeremy Alcoba is keen to end his rookie season in fine style and qualified on the front row of the grid, where he is joined by an equally impressive Ayumu Sasaki.

Tatsuki Suzuki escaped out of Q1 and went on to open the second row of the grid, ahead of compatriot Ai Ogura. The title contender only got out of Q1 on his final flying lap and in between all the head shaking in Q2, the Japanese rider managed to jump into 5th at the last minute, just ahead of rival Albert Arenas. The championship leader missed the boat on one final flying lap, together with a group that was too busy playing around and is likely to expect some penalties, and that allowed rival Ogura to sneak ahead of him on the grid. However, with the two main championship contenders starting next to each other on the second row, it’s a tasty prospect for Sunday’s race.

Niccolo Antonelli heads the third row of the grid, ahead of Leopard duo Dennis Foggia and Jaume Masia, but the teammates are due to serve a double long lap penalty in the race. That should help Gabriel Rodrigo progress from 10th place, the Argentine rider starting on the fourth row despite another crash in Q2. Deniz Oncu and Sergio Garcia complete row four, while Barry Baltus in 13th was the final rider within a second of pole.

The big surprise of Q1 was Tony Arbolino, the Italian going from hero to zero after failing to post a competitive laptime and misjudging the time he had available in the session, which left him 27th on the grid and in need of the comeback of a lifetime to revive his championship aspirations.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'48.051    
2 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'48.236 0.185 0.185
3 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'48.291 0.240 0.055
4 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'48.342 0.291 0.051
5 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'48.366 0.315 0.024
6 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'48.478 0.427 0.112
7 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'48.529 0.478 0.051
8 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'48.893 0.842 0.364
9 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'48.910 0.859 0.017
10 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'48.920 0.869 0.010
11 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'48.925 0.874 0.005
12 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'49.005 0.954 0.080
13 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'49.050 0.999 0.045
14 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'49.538 1.487 0.488
15 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'49.896 1.845 0.358
16 16 Andrea Migno KTM      
17 27 Kaito Toba KTM      
18 40 Darryn Binder KTM      
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'47.635    
Q2 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'47.934 0.299 0.299
Q2 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'48.410 0.775 0.476
Q2 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'48.478 0.843 0.068
19 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'48.488 0.853 0.010
20 31 Adrian Fernandez Honda 1'48.548 0.913 0.060
21 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'48.592 0.957 0.044
22 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'48.616 0.981 0.024
23 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'48.621 0.986 0.005
24 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'48.704 1.069 0.083
25 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'48.724 1.089 0.020
26 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'48.923 1.288 0.199
27 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'49.148 1.513 0.225
28 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'49.398 1.763 0.250
29 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'49.489 1.854 0.091
30 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'49.667 2.032 0.178
31 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'49.847 2.212 0.180
Round Number: 
15
2020
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2020 Portimao Moto2 FP3 Result: Gardner Attacks The Timesheets

Despite enjoying the best of the conditions, the intermediate class were in no rush to make an impact on the combined standings and the time attack that closed the session wasn’t all that feisty either. Remy Gardner managed to surpass Friday’s benchmark in the final 5 minutes of FP3 and led the way by two tenths of a second, while Luca Marini’s FP2 time was enough to keep him second on the combined timesheets. Hector Garzo was one of the few early improvers and the Spaniard topped the session before dropping to third overall, with compatriot Marcos Ramirez up to fourth.

Although fifth on the combined standings, courtesy of his Friday time, Sam Lowes suffered a late crash at turn 13, which added to an already painful weekend for the British rider. Lorenzo Baldassarri also failed to go any faster but stayed sixth on the combined timsheets, followed by Aron Canet and Augusto Fernandez. Championship leader Enea Bastianini continues to perform well and briefly joined the top three before his final lap time got cancelled for a yellow flag infringement and the Italian dropped to ninth in the combined standings.

Xavi Vierge completed the top ten, while the remaining Q2 tickets were handed to Fabio Di Giannantonio, Jorge Navarro, Joe Roberts and Tetsuta Nagashima. Marco Bezzecchi will have to find his way out of Q1 later today, if he wants to cling onto his slim title chances, while Jorge Martin finished the session 22nd overall, having missed out on half the running on Friday. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'42.728    
2 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'43.044 0.316 0.316
3 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'43.107 0.379 0.063
4 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'43.201 0.473 0.094
5 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'43.205 0.477 0.004
6 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'43.206 0.478 0.001
7 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'43.210 0.482 0.004
8 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'43.284 0.556 0.074
9 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'43.356 0.628 0.072
10 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'43.371 0.643 0.015
11 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'43.390 0.662 0.019
12 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'43.395 0.667 0.005
13 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'43.495 0.767 0.100
14 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'43.540 0.812 0.045
15 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'43.607 0.879 0.067
16 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'43.629 0.901 0.022
17 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'43.690 0.962 0.061
18 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'43.720 0.992 0.030
19 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'43.758 1.030 0.038
20 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'44.150 1.422 0.392
21 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'44.219 1.491 0.069
22 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'44.342 1.614 0.123
23 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'44.402 1.674 0.060
24 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'44.467 1.739 0.065
25 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'44.561 1.833 0.094
26 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'44.612 1.884 0.051
27 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'44.799 2.071 0.187
28 77 Dominique Aegerter NTS 1'44.929 2.201 0.130
29 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'44.955 2.227 0.026
Round Number: 
15
2020
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2020 Portimao MotoGP FP3 Result: Miller Halts Home Favourite

A sunny Portimao welcomed the premier class for Day 2 but riders struggled to make the most of the conditions and were slow to improve their times from Friday. The time attack started early to avoid any yellow flag concerns but after 15 minutes of battle, not everyone managed to go faster. A trio who had no such issues were Jack Miller, Miguel Oliveira and Takaaki Nakagami, the three riders trading top place for much of the session but in the end it was Miller robbing the home favourite by a tenth of a second. Oliveira continued his fine performance in second place, while Alex Rins shot into third in the closing stages of FP3 after spending the entire session outside of the top 10.

Andrea Dovizioso seems to be back on track and into fourth place, two tenths off the lead and narrowly ahead of Nakagami. Johann Zarco was one of the men who could not improve in FP3 but the Frenchman’s benchmark from Friday kept him comfortably into Q2 from sixth place overall. Fabio Quartararo and Pol Espargaro found some speed to advance into Q2 as well, while Maverick Vinales was the only other rider who could rely on his FP2 time to stay inside the combined top 10. The last ticket straight into Q2 was claimed by Stefan Bradl, the Honda rider only three tenths slower than the leader.

Those small gaps throughout the field left Franco Morbidelli, Aleix Espargaro and Brad Binder outside of the top 10, despite being less than half a second off Miller’s benchmark and will be joined by fresh world champion Joan Mir in Q1.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'39.205    
2 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'39.330 0.125 0.125
3 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'39.355 0.150 0.025
4 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'39.404 0.199 0.049
5 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'39.411 0.206 0.007
6 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'39.480 0.275 0.069
7 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'39.513 0.308 0.033
8 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'39.569 0.364 0.056
9 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'39.619 0.414 0.050
10 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'39.693 0.488 0.074
11 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'39.717 0.512 0.024
12 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'39.732 0.527 0.015
13 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'39.801 0.596 0.069
14 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'39.934 0.729 0.133
15 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'39.951 0.746 0.017
16 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'40.005 0.800 0.054
17 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'40.030 0.825 0.025
18 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'40.448 1.243 0.418
19 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'40.484 1.279 0.036
20 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'40.722 1.517 0.238
21 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'41.992 2.787 1.270
22 82 Mika Kallio KTM 1'42.468 3.263 0.476
Round Number: 
15
2020
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2020 Portimao Moto3 FP3 Result: Bittersweet Morning For Masia

The lightweight class opened yet another fine morning in Portugal and it was a bittersweet one for Jaume Masia. The Spaniard was the early leader of the session and then found three tenths of a second more than his rivals in the final time attack to top the session but he also got sanctioned with a double long lap penalty for irresponsible riding in FP2. Friday leader Albert Arenas did not need to improve to secure a ticket to Q2 but the championship leader did improve to finish second overall. Compatriot Jeremy Alcoba continued to shine, this time from third position and as the final rider within half a second of Masia.

After missing out on some track time on Friday, Gabriel Rodrigo climbed all the way up to fourth, with Deniz Oncu joining the top five positions. Andrea Migno was sixth, with only a tenth of a second separating the rest of the top ten, beginning with Kaito Toba and closely followed by Sergio Garcia, Raul Fernandez and Celestino Vietti. Dennis Foggia in 11th position was seven tenths slower than his teammate but just like him, he too has a double long lap penalty to serve in Sunday’s race.

The remaining top 14 positions in the combined standings went to Ayumu Sasaki, Barry Baltus and Yuki Kunii, leaving championship hopefuls Ai Ogura and Tony Arbolino to fight it out in Q1 with the likes of John McPhee, Romano Fenati or Niccolo Antonelli.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'47.398    
2 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'47.701 0.303 0.303
3 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'47.851 0.453 0.150
4 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'47.918 0.520 0.067
5 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'47.948 0.550 0.030
6 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'47.975 0.577 0.027
7 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'48.001 0.603 0.026
8 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'48.050 0.652 0.049
9 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'48.072 0.674 0.022
10 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'48.110 0.712 0.038
11 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'48.119 0.721 0.009
12 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'48.125 0.727 0.006
13 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'48.215 0.817 0.090
14 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'48.271 0.873 0.056
15 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'48.298 0.900 0.027
16 17 John McPhee Honda 1'48.310 0.912 0.012
17 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'48.328 0.930 0.018
18 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'48.403 1.005 0.075
19 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'48.406 1.008 0.003
20 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'48.423 1.025 0.017
21 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'48.581 1.183 0.158
22 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'48.760 1.362 0.179
23 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'48.857 1.459 0.097
24 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'48.882 1.484 0.025
25 31 Adrian Fernandez Honda 1'49.237 1.839 0.355
26 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'49.427 2.029 0.190
27 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'49.487 2.089 0.060
28 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'49.643 2.245 0.156
29 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'49.683 2.285 0.040
30 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'50.204 2.806 0.521
31 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'50.671 3.273 0.467
Round Number: 
15
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2020 Portimao Moto2 FP2 Result: Lowes Surrenders To Marini

The final session of the day in Portimao saw intermediate class riders in no rush to improve FP1 times but the pace picked up for the final time attack and FP2 set things up nicely in the title battle. Luca Marini and Sam Lowes were some of the main men spending time at the top of the timing screens and it was the Italian one step (and one tenth) ahead at the checkered flag. Lowes overcame clearly visible pain after last week’s crash and showed good speed to finish second, one hundredth of a second faster than a resurgent Lorenzo Baldassarri. Both the Italian and Remy Gardner snuck ahead of Enea Bastianini on their final laps, to break up a top 3 of title contenders and demote the championship leader to fifth, three tenths off top spot.

The remaining top 10 positions were covered by one tenth of a second, starting with Xavi Vierge in sixth, closely followed by Jorge Navarro, Fabio Di Giannantonio, Marco Bezzecchi, and Hector Garzo. Augusto Fernandez missed out on a top 10 position by 8 thousandths of a second, after leading early on, while the remaining places in the combined top 14 went to Nicolo Bulega, Stefano Manzi and FP1 leader Marcos Ramirez.

One of the usual suspects, Jorge Martin, lost precious track time after his machine started smoking as he headed out of pitlane and did not make it past turn 5. The Spaniard had to sit out the session while getting a new engine installed.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'42.941    
2 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'43.123 0.182 0.182
3 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'43.139 0.198 0.016
4 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'43.222 0.281 0.083
5 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'43.257 0.316 0.035
6 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'43.314 0.373 0.057
7 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'43.358 0.417 0.044
8 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'43.381 0.440 0.023
9 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'43.402 0.461 0.021
10 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'43.414 0.473 0.012
11 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'43.422 0.481 0.008
12 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'43.488 0.547 0.066
13 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'43.516 0.575 0.028
14 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'43.559 0.618 0.043
15 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'43.597 0.656 0.038
16 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'43.598 0.657 0.001
17 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'43.634 0.693 0.036
18 77 Dominique Aegerter NTS 1'43.662 0.721 0.028
19 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'43.748 0.807 0.086
20 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'43.756 0.815 0.008
21 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'44.022 1.081 0.266
22 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'44.293 1.352 0.271
23 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'44.491 1.550 0.198
24 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'44.745 1.804 0.254
25 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'44.859 1.918 0.114
26 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'44.980 2.039 0.121
27 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'45.230 2.289 0.250
28 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'45.389 2.448 0.159
  88 Jorge Martin Kalex      
Round Number: 
15
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2020 Portimao MotoGP FP2 Result: Zarco Sets The Pace

The premier class got another hour to enjoy the wonders of the Algarve Circuit and nice warm asphalt welcomed them and opened the floodgates on times in the 1:39s. While KTM and Honda hogged the limelight early in the session, it was Yamaha and Ducati who fought for the lead by the final time attack. Ducati got the upper hand this time out and it was courtesy of Johann Zarco aboard the 2019 machine, the Frenchman one tenth of a second faster than Maverick Vinales. Aleix Espargaro was once more inside the top three, two tenths off top spot and ahead of Fabio Quartararo.

Brad Binder rounded out the top five, while Joan Mir found himself outside of the top 10 positions going into his last flying lap but the world champion used that final lap well and climbed into sixth. Andrea Dovizioso was in a similar situation as he claimed 7th place, ahead of Pol Espargaro. Jack Miller and Franco Morbidelli completed the top 10 positions, while Stefan Bradl missed out by two hundredths of a second. The Honda rider continued to have a good day in Portugal, as he spent significant time at the top of the timesheets before dropping outside the top 10 despite being less than half a second off top spot.

Takaaki Nakagami had an eventful afternoon, the LCR man going down at turn 4 in the final 30 minutes of the extended session and he was able to rejoin and improve his laptime but still got pushed down to 12th. Miguel Oliveira started the session at the top of the timesheets but the home favourite got demoted in the late battle for the top 10 and dropped back to 13th. Alex Rins will hope to improve on 17th position on the combined standings on Saturday morning, although the Spaniard was within only eight tenths of top spot. Turn 4 proved problematic for Valentino Rossi as well, the Italian rejoining the action after a late crash but only fast enough for 21st position.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'39.417    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'39.536 0.119 0.119
3 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'39.645 0.228 0.109
4 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'39.692 0.275 0.047
5 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'39.697 0.280 0.005
6 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'39.732 0.315 0.035
7 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'39.741 0.324 0.009
8 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'39.783 0.366 0.042
9 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'39.820 0.403 0.037
10 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'39.888 0.471 0.068
11 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'39.909 0.492 0.021
12 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'39.939 0.522 0.030
13 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'39.946 0.529 0.007
14 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'39.966 0.549 0.020
15 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'39.977 0.560 0.011
16 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'40.085 0.668 0.108
17 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'40.213 0.796 0.128
18 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'40.338 0.921 0.125
19 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'40.547 1.130 0.209
20 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'41.256 1.839 0.709
21 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'41.279 1.862 0.023
22 82 Mika Kallio KTM 1'41.826 2.409 0.547
Round Number: 
15
2020
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2020 Portimao Moto3 FP2 Result: First Blood To Arenas

The beautiful setting of Portimao welcomed back the lightweight class for their second practice session, once again extended to 55 minutes to help teams find their way around the Algarve Circuit. Championship leader Albert Arenas seemed to be enjoying the pleasant temperatures and the Spaniard shot to the top of the timesheets in the final time attack, by posting the first 1:47 time of the weekend. Jeremy Alcoba got dethroned after holding onto the lead for the final third of the session but the top rookie stayed second, two tenths off top spot. Tatsuki Suzuki was another of the late leaders before dropping to third, while Raul Fernandez headed the timesheets for the first half of proceedings, eventually settling for fourth.

FP1 leader Jaume Masia completed the to five, half a second off top spot and only five hundredths of a second ahead of teammate Dennis Foggia. Deniz Oncu continued to put his name at the business end in 7th place, while title rivals Tony Arbolino and Ai Ogura were six tenths slower than the championship leader.

After the unfortunate honour of being the first faller in Portimao earlier in FP1, Stefano Nepa brushed it off and joined the combined top 10. The rest of the overall top 14 positions were claimed by Romano Fenati, John McPhee, Jason Dupasquier and Sergio Garcia.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'47.987    
2 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'48.188 0.201 0.201
3 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'48.361 0.374 0.173
4 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'48.372 0.385 0.011
5 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'48.506 0.519 0.134
6 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'48.562 0.575 0.056
7 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'48.565 0.578 0.003
8 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'48.567 0.580 0.002
9 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'48.601 0.614 0.034
10 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'48.664 0.677 0.063
11 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'48.697 0.710 0.033
12 17 John McPhee Honda 1'48.811 0.824 0.114
13 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'48.867 0.880 0.056
14 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'48.887 0.900 0.020
15 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'48.922 0.935 0.035
16 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'48.998 1.011 0.076
17 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'49.009 1.022 0.011
18 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'49.040 1.053 0.031
19 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'49.067 1.080 0.027
20 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'49.145 1.158 0.078
21 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'49.167 1.180 0.022
22 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'49.171 1.184 0.004
23 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'49.173 1.186 0.002
24 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'49.238 1.251 0.065
25 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'49.278 1.291 0.040
26 31 Adrian Fernandez Honda 1'49.397 1.410 0.119
27 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'49.445 1.458 0.048
28 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'49.471 1.484 0.026
29 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'49.475 1.488 0.004
30 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'49.771 1.784 0.296
31 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'49.844 1.857 0.073
Round Number: 
15
2020
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