MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2021 Assen MotoGP Race Result: Well This Is Awkward

It was show time in Assen and the rain was no longer the favourite topic of discussion, with blue skies covering the grid. After Maverick Viñales outshone the competition in qualifying and kept the media awake with whispers of a premature departure from Yamaha, he was always going to be the centre of attention, so it’s understandable that Fabio Quartararo wanted the spotlight back on him and made an early escape to score his fourth victory of the season. While the Frenchman was showcasing some truly questionable golf skills in celebration, his grumpy teammate made his way to parc fermé to take second place. A far happier Joan Mir claimed the final podium position, tasting the cava for only the third time this season.

Viñales seemed like he had made a good start from pole but Quartararo promptly cut in front of him to lead into turn 1 and the unsettled poleman drooped to fifth, behind Pecco Bagnaia, Takaaki Nakagami and Alex Rins, which ultimately squashed his hopes for victory. Bagnaia became Quartararo’s main rival and attacked into turn 9 to lead the way by the start of the second lap. A very notable mention goes to Marc Marquez, who was quick to put his worst qualifying position behind him and used the soft rear tyre to go from 20th on the grid to attacking his teammate for 11th position in one lap. He was soon promoted into the top ten by a turn 10 clash between Zarco and Rins, which dropped the Suzuki rider to the back of the field.

Bagnaia continued to lead the way from a pretty feisty Quartararo for the next few laps, while Nakagami and Viñales kept close to the leaders. Zarco and Miller were also in contention but had Mir and Miguel Oliveira to deal with, while Aleix Espargaro and Marc Marquez held onto the leading group, leaving Pol Espargaro one second behind. Back at the front of the group, Quartararo continued to attack Bagnaia for the first handful of laps but the Ducati had an answer for anything thrown its way. The Frenchman seemed to finally make a move stick at turn 11 on the sixth lap and the speed of the Ducati on the start-finish straight could not save Bagnaia this time around, allowing the Yamaha to attempt and escape.

Quartararo used his impeccable pace to quickly extend a one second gap in the space of one lap and a bit, dropping Bagnaia while Viñales still couldn’t find a way past Nakagami. Just behind the poleman, Zarco was fending off Mir and Oliveira, while Miller, Aleix Espargaro and Marquez were steadily losing touch with the chasing group.

Quartararo continued to extend his advantage over the next few laps, up to two seconds and a half by lap 10 and all eyes moved to the podium battle behind him. Just as Bagnaia got a track limits warning, Nakagami decided to have a go or two at the Italian but it as only brief, as Bagnaia powered back through on the straight. It was status quo behind them, where Viñales, Zarco, Mir and Oliveira could not yet find a way around each other to threaten the podium. Miller had dropped 8 tenths behind the group by the halfway stage of the race and was pushing to rejoin the battle, just like Aleix Espargaro and Marquez.

If the Honda could not defeat the Ducati on track, a long lap penalty did it, Bagnaia getting sanctioned with 13 laps remaining and dropping to ninth once he served the punishment. However, he was soon promoted one position when teammate Miller crashed out and was also helped by a fading Nakagami, who went from second to ninth in the blink of an eye, being given a helping hand at turn 5 from an attacking Mir.

Meanwhile, Viñales was left to chase his teammate but the eventful few laps amongst the pursuing group left them over four seconds behind Quartararo with 10 laps remaining. Viñales had more to worry about from behind, where Zarco and Mir were threatening a move. Oliveira wasn’t too far back but not within striking distance, while Bagnaia recovered to sixth but had a second and a half to find to the KTM man, while bringing Aleix Espargaro and Marquez with him.

Quartararo seemed to drop the pace a little bit at the front with 8 laps remaining but Viñales’ mission was made only slightly easier, the gap down to three seconds, while Mir became his main challenger after overtaking Zarco at turn 5. After the small blip, Quartararo managed the three-second gap for the next few laps and although his teammate started finding a couple tenths every lap, there were only five laps left by the time the gap dropped under 3 seconds. Viñales’ hot pursuit left the battle for third over three seconds behind, where Mir could not relax with Zarco and Oliveira on his tail. Bagnaia’s recovery stopped in sixth place, where he had some keen company from Marquez, Espargaro and Nakagami but the Italian was helped by a couple of tight exchanges between the Spaniards.

Quartararo started the final lap over two seconds ahead of his teammate and ended it with the same gap to make it a Yamaha 1-2 for the first time this season. Zarco pushed hard to challenge Mir with some personal best sector times but the Suzuki rider kept the final podium position to the finish line. Zarco missed the podium by three tenths of a second, while Oliveira settled for fifth. Bagnaia held onto sixth, while Marquez made a move stick on Espargaro at the final chicane to claim seventh place and do what Viñales couldn’t last time out. The Aprilia man kept eighth ahead of Nakagami, with Pol Espargaro completing the top 10 six seconds later.

Quartararo will have plenty of time to practice his victory celebrations over the long summer break, with a sweet 34-point advantage over Zarco and 47 to Bagnaia. Reigning world champion Mir climbs into fourth, 55 points down on the leader and one ahead of Miller. Viñales recovering a 61-point deficit after the break seems like a big ask given today’s outcome but stranger things have happened, to the Spaniard in particular.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 40'35.031
2 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha +2.757
3 36 Joan Mir Suzuki +5.760
4 5 Johann Zarco Ducati +6.130
5 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM +8.402
6 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati +10.035
7 93 Marc Marquez Honda +10.110
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia +10.346
9 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda +12.225
10 44 Pol Espargaro Honda +18.565
11 42 Alex Rins Suzuki +21.372
12 33 Brad Binder KTM +21.676
13 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM +27.783
14 73 Alex Marquez Honda +29.772
15 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati +32.785
16 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia +37.573
17 31 Garrett Gerloff Yamaha +53.213
18 10 Luca Marini Ducati +1'06.791
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  27 Iker Lecuona KTM 8 Laps
  43 Jack Miller Ducati 8 Laps
  89 Jorge Martin Ducati 12 Laps
  46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 19 Laps
Round Number: 
9
2021
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2021 Assen Moto2 Race Result: Back To Regular Scheduled Programming

Given the orange-tinted glasses that we’ve been watching Moto2 racing through this season, this race result will come as no surprise but there were a few more twists in this particular tale than the outcome would suggest. Yes, Raul Fernandez took his third victory of his rookie season after starting from pole but no, it wasn’t a walk in the park, as his podium companions will attest. Remy Gardner made his intentions clear as he rubbed elbows with his teammate the first time into turn 1 but eventually had to admit defeat and settle for second. Augusto Fernandez spent a considerable amount of time in the lead of the race and despite the demotion to third, he seemed pretty happy to climb onto the podium for the first time since 2019.

Raul Fernandez could not make the most of his start from pole and got robbed by Aron Canet into turn 1, followed by a bit of contact with KTM Ajo teammate, which dropped the poleman down to fourth, behind Canet, Lowes and Gardner. To make matters worse, Ai Ogura, Augusto Fernandez, Marcel Schrotter, Xavi Vierge and Fabio Di Giannantonio all snuck ahead of the poleman over the course of lap 2, helped by a mistake from Fernandez at turn 2.

Meanwhile, Gardner found his way to the top by lap three and quickly stretched a half second gap over Lowes, who in turn had over half a second in hand on his teammate. Ogura was trying to keep up with the podium battle but had a sizeable group to contend with behind him, including Canet and the recovering Raul Fernandez, who got back into 6th position by lap four.

Gardner’s hopes of a runaway victory were not in Lowes’ script, who quickly caught up with his rival but when two fight the third often ends up on top, which meant that the squabble between the two at the final chicane allowed Augusto Fernandez to sweep past into turn 1. The Elf Marc VDS duo quickly built a bit of a gap over Gardner, while Raul Fernandez had picked up the chase and was one second behind his teammate.

Lowes took over the lead from his teammate with 17 laps to go and a mistake for Augusto Fernandez at turn 5 also allowed Gardner through, the trio keeping in close proximity, while Raul Fernandez had reduced the gap to the leaders to under one second and dropped his many pursuers over a second behind, led by Di Giannantonio.

Raul Fernandez had fully bridged the gap with 14 laps to go and made it a four-way battle for victory, with Lowes still leading and not yet shown a wheel by his challengers. Augusto Fernandez did punish a small mistake from Gardner on lap 12 to go second and was back in charge of proceedings by the end of lap 13. His namesake replicated the move on his own teammate in the run to turn 1 and got ahead of Gardner for the first time in the race.

Augusto Fernandez pushed at the front to keep Lowes and Raul Fernandez behind him, but it looked like Gardner was losing a bit of ground on the trio. He was in no threat from behind, where Marco Bezzecchi had picked up the pursuit almost 4 seconds behind the Australian. Fabio Di Giannantonio tried to resist his compatriot but crashed out of contention soon after.

Meanwhile, Raul Fernandez found turn 1 ahead of Lowes with 9 laps remaining and went to pursue the other Fernandez. Augusto resisted but not for long, Raul picking up the lead for the first time on the brakes into turn 1 with 7 laps left. It briefly looked like the Fernandez duo had dropped off their teammates but both were soon back into contention, Lowes attacking Augusto Fernandez only one lap later. However, while the Marc VDS boys were fighting for second, the rookie ahead extended a gap of almost one second.

Raul Fernandez started the final four laps a second and a half ahead of his rivals led by Lowes, but the British rider struggled to hold onto that position, allowing both Augusto Fernandez and Gardner past at turn 1 with 3 laps remaining. Gardner got ahead of the other Marc VDS machine at turn 16 before entering the final lap but regardless of who led the pursuit, no one seemed able to reduce the gap to the runaway leader and Raul Fernandez took the chequered flag first. Gardner had to admit defeat and concede a handful of points in the championship standings. Augusto Fernandez secured third, leaving teammate Lowes off the podium. Bezzecchi crossed the finish line six seconds later, ahead of a pretty impressive Ogura, with Jorge Navarro, Vierge, Schrotter and Celestino Vietti completing the top 10.

Gardner goes on holiday 31 points ahead of his teammate, with Bezzecchi 56 points behind the leader and Lowes a sizeable 85.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 39'01.832
2 87 Remy Gardner Kalex +1.066
3 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex +1.265
4 22 Sam Lowes Kalex +1.879
5 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex +8.329
6 79 Ai Ogura Kalex +10.960
7 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro +13.993
8 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex +16.052
9 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex +16.094
10 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex +17.585
11 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex +18.286
12 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro +18.812
13 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex +19.273
14 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex +19.649
15 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex +22.162
16 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex +22.223
17 2 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro +25.569
18 96 Jake Dixon Kalex +26.245
19 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex +27.323
20 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex +27.463
21 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta +27.638
22 18 Manuel Gonzalez MV Agusta +35.908
23 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS +38.517
24 70 Barry Baltus NTS +46.728
Not Classified
  44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 5 Laps
  21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 9 Laps
  16 Joe Roberts Kalex 17 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
  19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 0 Lap
  14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 0 Lap
Round Number: 
9
2021
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2021 Assen Moto3 Race Result: A Masterclass In Warding Off The Sharks

A mildly overcast but thoroughly dry Assen kicked off proceedings for the lightweight class and it was celebrated with another impressive ride for Dennis Foggia, the Italian confidently leading the way for most of the race before claiming a second victory of the season. He was not without challengers however, Sergio Garcia the most prominent of them, but the Spaniard had to settle for second at the flag and a handful of points recovered in the championship battle. Romano Fenati joined them on the podium after he compensated for a double long lap penalty with a great recovery to claim third.

Having enjoyed his first front row start of the season, Fenati made a fine launch off the line to lead the way into turn 1, ahead of poleman Jeremy Alcoba and Garcia, but closely followed by Gabriel Rodrigo, a more sluggish-starting Foggia and Kaito Toba. Meanwhile, a more cautious Pedro Acosta couldn’t quite replicate his usual fast starts and dropped a couple of positions to 20th on the first lap.

Fenati continued unchallenged at the front, while the poleman was getting assaulted from all sides, giving up places to Garcia, Foggia and Rodrigo at the start of lap 2. After being a naughty boy on Friday, Fenati had to serve his first long lap penalty on lap 3 and it dropped him to 9th, at the back of the leading group and with the chasing group seven tenths behind the Italian. That left Foggia in charge of the leaders but Garcia had different plans and hit the front on lap 4, ahead of the two Leopard Racing riders and the rest of the lead group including Darryn Binder, Rodrigo, Alcoba and Tatsuki Suzuki. A touch over half a second behind were the chasers, led by Andrea Migno and soon including a recovering Acosta and Fenati, once the Italian served his second long lap penalty on lap 5 and dropped down to 14th place, about two seconds behind the leader.

While the Italian was pushing to rejoin the podium battle, Foggia and Garcia continued to trade top spot, with Binder and Suzuki also showing their intentions early on, although the leading group had grown as it merged with the next big group that included Fenati and Acosta, who had joined the top 10. The poleman was still part of the group but had dropped to the bottom of it, in 13th position.

Lap 10 started with Foggia back in control and with Garcia and Binder still his main challengers, but with the likes of John McPhee, Suzuki, Xavier Artigas, Acosta, Fenati and Rodrigo still in contention. The group had reduced quite significantly for the second half of the race, after Niccolò Antonelli and Migno got caught out at turn 5 and then Alcoba, Toba, Stefano Nepa and Izan Guevara gradually lost touch with the 9 men ahead.

Back at the front, Foggia was largely untroubled but had Garcia glued to his tail. Fenati was back in the top 3 mix by the halfway point of proceedings but had to fight off Binder for the position. Meanwhile, Acosta joined the top 5 for the first time in the final 6 laps, despite a big scare at the final chicane, getting ahead of McPhee and Suzuki, while Rodrigo and Artigas dropped out of contention by almost two seconds.

Foggia was finally shown a wheel with 4 laps remaining, when Fenati briefly got ahead after a mistake from his compatriot but Foggia reclaimed the lead to start the last 3 laps at the front and tried to push for a gap. He did get a bit of a gap, never bigger than three tenths of a second but enough to keep Garcia at arm’s length. Binder in turn was putting pressure on the Spaniard but a massive slide through turn 15 dropped him to the back of the lead group, in the company of teammate McPhee.

Foggia led the group across the line to start the final lap and managed his gap to perfection to claim victory over Garcia and Fenati, who had shaken off the rest of the group. Binder got ahead of Acosta and Suzuki at the final chicane to take fourth position on the final lap but then got demoted three positions for exceeding track limits on that last lap, which promoted Acosta into fourth place, Suzuki into fifth and McPhee into sixth. Over seven seconds later, Rodrigo, Artigas and Alcoba rounded out the top ten positions.

Despite his frightening crash on Saturday and having just got off a hospital bed this morning, Acosta defended his championship lead beautifully and keeps Garcia 48 points behind. Foggia climbs to third, 72 points behind the leader, with Fenati up to fourth, 78 points down.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 37'35.287
2 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS +0.078
3 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna +0.207
4 37 Pedro Acosta KTM +1.352
5 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda +1.445
6 17 John McPhee Honda +1.510
7 40 Darryn Binder Honda +1.338
8 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda +9.095
9 43 Xavier Artigas Honda +9.140
10 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda +10.383
11 82 Stefano Nepa KTM +13.503
12 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS +13.555
13 27 Kaito Toba KTM +21.057
14 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM +22.090
15 53 Deniz Öncü KTM +27.036
16 22 Elia Bartolini KTM +35.745
17 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM +35.801
18 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM +35.811
19 67 Alberto Surra Honda +35.879
20 5 Jaume Masia KTM +45.670
21 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda +1'03.492
22 66 Joel Kelso KTM +1'03.552
23 92 Yuki Kunii Honda +1'03.769
24 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda +1'03.979
25 32 Takuma Matsuyama Honda +1'04.137
Not Classified
  31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 9 Laps
  16 Andrea Migno Honda 12 Laps
Round Number: 
9
2021
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2021 Assen MotoGP Warm Up Result: Viñales Extends His Reign

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'32.569    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'32.898 0.329 0.329
3 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'32.924 0.355 0.026
4 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'32.950 0.381 0.026
5 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'32.996 0.427 0.046
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'33.088 0.519 0.092
7 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'33.228 0.659 0.140
8 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'33.270 0.701 0.042
9 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'33.326 0.757 0.056
10 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'33.355 0.786 0.029
11 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'33.356 0.787 0.001
12 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'33.422 0.853 0.066
13 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'33.450 0.881 0.028
14 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'33.719 1.150 0.269
15 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'33.809 1.240 0.090
16 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'33.891 1.322 0.082
17 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'33.957 1.388 0.066
18 31 Garrett Gerloff Yamaha 1'34.134 1.565 0.177
19 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'34.144 1.575 0.010
20 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'34.186 1.617 0.042
21 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'34.308 1.739 0.122
22 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'34.439 1.870 0.131
Round Number: 
9
2021
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2021 Assen Moto2 Warm Up Result: Fernandez vs Fernandez

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'36.858    
2 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'36.896 0.038 0.038
3 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'37.018 0.160 0.122
4 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'37.018 0.160  
5 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'37.066 0.208 0.048
6 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'37.119 0.261 0.053
7 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'37.166 0.308 0.047
8 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'37.226 0.368 0.060
9 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'37.344 0.486 0.118
10 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'37.425 0.567 0.081
11 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'37.431 0.573 0.006
12 18 Manuel Gonzalez MV Agusta 1'37.448 0.590 0.017
13 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'37.500 0.642 0.052
14 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'37.507 0.649 0.007
15 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'37.507 0.649  
16 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'37.524 0.666 0.017
17 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'37.535 0.677 0.011
18 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'37.543 0.685 0.008
19 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'37.548 0.690 0.005
20 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'37.643 0.785 0.095
21 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'37.684 0.826 0.041
22 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'37.725 0.867 0.041
23 2 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro 1'37.888 1.030 0.163
24 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'37.893 1.035 0.005
25 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'37.915 1.057 0.022
26 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'37.982 1.124 0.067
27 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'37.983 1.125 0.001
28 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'38.118 1.260 0.135
29 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'38.554 1.696 0.436
  40 Hector Garzo Kalex      
Round Number: 
9
2021
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2021 Assen Moto3 Warm Up Result: Migno Leads Antonelli

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'41.867    
2 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'41.946 0.079 0.079
3 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'42.009 0.142 0.063
4 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'42.078 0.211 0.069
5 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'42.089 0.222 0.011
6 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'42.141 0.274 0.052
7 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'42.216 0.349 0.075
8 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'42.277 0.410 0.061
9 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'42.440 0.573 0.163
10 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'42.441 0.574 0.001
11 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'42.453 0.586 0.012
12 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'42.578 0.711 0.125
13 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'42.631 0.764 0.053
14 67 Alberto Surra Honda 1'42.730 0.863 0.099
15 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'43.071 1.204 0.341
16 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'43.104 1.237 0.033
17 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'43.157 1.290 0.053
18 22 Elia Bartolini KTM 1'43.164 1.297 0.007
19 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'43.172 1.305 0.008
20 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'43.240 1.373 0.068
21 66 Joel Kelso KTM 1'43.527 1.660 0.287
22 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'43.545 1.678 0.018
23 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'43.620 1.753 0.075
24 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'44.000 2.133 0.380
25 32 Takuma Matsuyama Honda 1'44.180 2.313 0.180
26 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'45.067 3.200 0.887
  24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda      
Round Number: 
9
2021
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2021 Assen MotoE E-Pole Result: Rain On One Parade

It looked like all qualifying sessions of the day would avoid rain as MotoE riders whooshed by on a hot and windy track to battle for pole. Mattia Casadei held provisional pole early on but the lead started to quickly change hands as the favourites took their turn on track. In the end, Eric Granado scored his fourth consecutive pole position with an advantage of seven hundredths of a second over Lukas Tulovic. After being fastest in practice, Alessandro Zaccone was the unluckiest rider of the lot, as drops of rain started falling on his flying lap, but the Italian still scored his first front row start of the season.

Jordi Torres briefly led the way before dropping to fourth, while Dominique Aegerter was not really a threat for pole and had to settle for fifth, with Matteo Ferrari joining them on the second row of the grid. Fermín Aldeguer continued a solid run with seventh position and ahead of Casadei and Corentin Perolari on row three.

There will be a lot of action at the back of grid too, where Yonny Hernandez, Miquel Pons and Xavi Cardelus will be starting after track limits infringements for Hernandez and Cardelus and a penalty for exiting pitlane under a red flag for Pons.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 51 Eric Granado Energica 1'43.114    
2 3 Lukas Tulovic Energica 1'43.188 0.074 0.074
3 61 Alessandro Zaccone Energica 1'43.238 0.124 0.050
4 40 Jordi Torres Energica 1'43.478 0.364 0.240
5 77 Dominique Aegerter Energica 1'43.558 0.444 0.080
6 11 Matteo Ferrari Energica 1'43.876 0.762 0.318
7 54 Fermín Aldeguer Energica 1'43.923 0.809 0.047
8 27 Mattia Casadei Energica 1'43.968 0.854 0.045
9 19 Corentin Perolari Energica 1'44.262 1.148 0.294
10 78 Hikari Okubo Energica 1'44.364 1.250 0.102
11 21 Kevin Zannoni Energica 1'44.704 1.590 0.340
12 6 Maria Herrera Energica 1'44.951 1.837 0.247
13 9 Andrea Mantovani Energica 1'45.384 2.270 0.433
14 80 Jasper Iwema Energica 1'46.879 3.765 1.495
15 14 Andre Pires Energica 1'48.799 5.685 1.920
  18 Xavi Cardelus Energica      
  68 Yonny Hernandez Energica      
  71 Miquel Pons Energica      
Round Number: 
4
2021
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2021 Assen Moto2 Qualifying Result: Unrivalled

Qualifying for the intermediate class got underway under a glimpse of sunshine and exceptional rookie Raul Fernandez was back in the limelight to score his tenth career pole position. The Spaniard was only briefly challenged by teammate Remy Gardner in the final couple of minutes of Q2 but promptly replied to reclaim pole by almost two tenths of a second. Gardner settled for second and it looked like Augusto Fernandez would take his first front row start of the season but a late yellow flag saw his time cancelled and his teammate, Sam Lowes, promoted to third on the grid.

Aron Canet was one of the standout performers in Q1 and comfortably climbed into fourth in Q2, while Hector Garzo escaped Q1 at the last minute, to join his compatriot on the second row of the grid, ahead of rookie Ai Ogura. Jorge Navarro kept seventh place, despite a late crash that caused trouble for a few of his rivals, in particular Augusto Fernandez, who dropped down to eighth position. The Spaniards will be joined on the third row of the grid by Lorenzo Dalla Porta. Tony Arbolino completed the top 10 ahead of fellow rookie Celestino Vietti and class veteran Tom Luthi.

Bo Bendsneyder topped Q1 and will start his home race from 13th on the grid, ahead of Marcel Schrotter and Fabio Di Giannantonio, who also got punished for yellow flag infringements. Similarly, Marco Bezzecchi dropped to 17th, in between Albert Arenas and Somkiat Chantra on row six. Q1 was particularly costly for Joe Roberts, who got demoted from the top four at the last minute and it left him 19th on the grid and with a long lap penalty to serve for crashing under yellow flags in Germany.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'36.356    
2 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'36.542 0.186 0.186
3 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'36.686 0.330 0.144
4 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'36.765 0.409 0.079
5 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'36.802 0.446 0.037
6 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'36.804 0.448 0.002
7 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'36.816 0.460 0.012
8 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'36.884 0.528 0.068
9 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'36.951 0.595 0.067
10 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'37.007 0.651 0.056
11 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'37.023 0.667 0.016
12 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'37.079 0.723 0.056
13 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'37.118 0.762 0.039
14 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'37.147 0.791 0.029
15 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'37.230 0.874 0.083
16 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'37.235 0.879 0.005
17 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'37.249 0.893 0.014
18 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'37.373 1.017 0.124
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'36.775    
Q2 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'36.880 0.105 0.105
Q2 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'36.919 0.144 0.039
Q2 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'37.012 0.237 0.093
19 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'37.041 0.266 0.029
20 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'37.054 0.279 0.013
21 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'37.063 0.288 0.009
22 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'37.171 0.396 0.108
23 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'37.181 0.406 0.010
24 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'37.236 0.461 0.055
25 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'37.261 0.486 0.025
26 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'37.281 0.506 0.020
27 2 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro 1'37.299 0.524 0.018
28 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'37.926 1.151 0.627
29 18 Manuel Gonzalez MV Agusta 1'38.141 1.366 0.215
30 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'38.515 1.740 0.374
Round Number: 
9
2021
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2021 Assen MotoGP Qualifying Result: As If Reality TV Producers Wrote The Script

Just like rain did not bother the premier class qualifying session, it looked like no one would bother Fabio Quartararo at the top of the timesheets after the Frenchman broke the all time lap record only three laps into the session, with the first 1:31 time around the track. It seemed like rivals were left to fight for the crumbs from Fabio’s lunch but Maverick Viñales didn’t make a meal of it this time and promptly improved the record by another seven hundredths of a second, with a bonus save at turn 9. Try as he did, Quartararo could not answer his teammate and Viñales went from zero back to hero in the space of a week. Although the Ducatis seemed to struggle throughout the weekend, Pecco Bagnaia showed up when he needed to and after he escaped Q1, he went on to snatch the final spot on the front row.

The Italian’s late charge demoted Takaaki Nakagami to fourth, but the LCR man was still the lead Honda rider. Johann Zarco was the chosen target for anyone needing a tow in Q1 but the Frenchman’s snuck out at the last second and eventually secured fifth on the grid. Miguel Oliveira closes the second row for KTM, while the Suzukis, although quick in practice, could not really replicate that in qualifying. Alex Rins might have hoped for better than seventh, had he not crashed at turn 8 on his final flying lap and having to start from the third row of the grid, ahead of Jack Miller, whose eighth place doesn’t really look as bad as it could have. Aleix Espargaro completes the third row of the grid, while Joan Mir won’t be too happy with tenth, sharing fourth row with a pretty anonymous duo of Pol Espargaro and Valentino Rossi.

Even though he missed out on Q2 by six hundredths of a second, Iker Lecuona scored his best qualifying of the season, with a little help from Marc Marquez, whose game plan didn’t pan out this time around and a late crash at turn 9 left him 20th on the grid. Starting from his worst qualifying position in MotoGP and still limping from his crash, the odds seem stacked against the SachsenKing but he will be hoping to follow the example that Viñales set today, not the Viñales of a week ago.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'31.814    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'31.885 0.071 0.071
3 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'32.116 0.302 0.231
4 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'32.314 0.500 0.198
5 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'32.394 0.580 0.080
6 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'32.450 0.636 0.056
7 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'32.597 0.783 0.147
8 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'32.609 0.795 0.012
9 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'32.666 0.852 0.057
10 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'32.748 0.934 0.082
11 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'32.830 1.016 0.082
12 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'32.919 1.105 0.089
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Q2 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'32.541    
Q2 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'32.657 0.116 0.116
13 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'32.724 0.183 0.067
14 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'32.850 0.309 0.126
15 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'33.258 0.717 0.408
16 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'33.288 0.747 0.030
17 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'33.321 0.780 0.033
18 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'33.378 0.837 0.057
19 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'33.404 0.863 0.026
20 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'33.477 0.936 0.073
21 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'33.597 1.056 0.120
22 31 Garrett Gerloff Yamaha 1'33.739 1.198 0.142
Round Number: 
9
2021
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2021 Assen MotoGP FP4 Result: Quartararo Challenges Viñales

With rain keeping away from the Assen circuit despite the pessimistic forecast, the premier class got to enjoy good conditions in their chase for race pace in FP4 and it looked like a Yamaha vs Suzuki party throughout. Fabio Quartararo put the darker shade of blue at the top of the timesheets early on and did not budge, responding to any challenge by going quicker and quicker. The Frenchman was one step ahead on both the medium and hard rear tyre, but all tyre options got significant airtime from the field. There was quite a bit of soft rubber on display as well, including Maverick Viñales starting the session on used softs, but it was the mediums that brought him up to second, two tenths behind his teammate. The Spaniard was very consistent but could not quite match his teammate’s outstanding pace in the 1:32s.

Miguel Oliveira crashed the blue party to climb into third in the final handful of minutes and was closely followed by Aleix Espargaro’s Aprilia, demoting the first Suzuki of Joan Mir to fifth. Takaaki Nakagami was the lead Honda in sixth, pushing Alex Rins down to seventh, although the Spaniard had pretty impressive pace. Marc Marquez seemed to favour the soft rear and used it to show possible podium pace despite ending the session eighth, ahead of teammate Pol Espargaro. Johann Zarco rounded out the top 10, seven tenths off the lead and not particularly impressive in terms of rhythm. Amongst the rest of the Ducatis, Jack Miller seemed to struggle the most, spending the entire session outside of the top 15 and nowhere near the pace of the main contenders.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'32.513    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'32.717 0.204 0.204
3 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'32.945 0.432 0.228
4 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'32.949 0.436 0.004
5 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'33.041 0.528 0.092
6 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'33.103 0.590 0.062
7 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'33.134 0.621 0.031
8 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'33.164 0.651 0.030
9 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'33.255 0.742 0.091
10 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'33.265 0.752 0.010
11 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'33.278 0.765 0.013
12 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'33.280 0.767 0.002
13 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'33.677 1.164 0.397
14 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'33.678 1.165 0.001
15 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'33.682 1.169 0.004
16 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'33.812 1.299 0.130
17 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'33.856 1.343 0.044
18 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'34.161 1.648 0.305
19 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'34.265 1.752 0.104
20 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'34.421 1.908 0.156
21 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'34.447 1.934 0.026
22 31 Garrett Gerloff Yamaha 1'34.499 1.986 0.052
Round Number: 
9
2021
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