MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2020 Teruel Moto2 FP2 Result: Lowes Tops Red Flagged Session

The final session of Day 1 at the Teruel GP proved to be the most eventful of the lot, with two red flags following crashes at turn 8 requiring some clean-up. The second of them was prompted by Sam Lowes’ off track adventures in the final ten minutes but the British rider was unharmed and led the session throughout, finishing half a tenth ahead of Jorge Navarro. Hector Garzo continues to impress, this time in third position, two tenths off the lead.

Fabio Di Giannantonio is still enjoying his time around Motorland Aragon, making a late jump into fourth, only one thousandth of a second ahead of Joe Roberts. Jorge Martin picked up some speed after a low key FP1 and joined the top six, narrowly ahead of Jake Dixon and Remy Gardner. Nicolo Bulega had a good afternoon in ninth, with Edgar Pons rounding out the top ten despite an early crash at turn 8 that saw the first red flag wave.

Title hopefuls Marco Bezzecchi and Enea Bastianini narrowly missed out on the top ten, while Luca Marini spent the entire session at the back of the top 20, finishing the day 23rd. Unlike the former championship leader, Augusto Fernandez and Hafizh Syahrin also secured provisional places in the top 14.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'51.920    
2 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'51.978 0.058 0.058
3 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'52.180 0.260 0.202
4 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'52.209 0.289 0.029
5 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'52.210 0.290 0.001
6 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'52.335 0.415 0.125
7 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'52.339 0.419 0.004
8 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'52.348 0.428 0.009
9 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'52.501 0.581 0.153
10 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'52.534 0.614 0.033
11 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'52.568 0.648 0.034
12 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'52.644 0.724 0.076
13 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'52.720 0.800 0.076
14 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'52.777 0.857 0.057
15 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'52.782 0.862 0.005
16 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'52.826 0.906 0.044
17 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'52.888 0.968 0.062
18 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'52.924 1.004 0.036
19 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'52.925 1.005 0.001
20 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'52.954 1.034 0.029
21 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'52.977 1.057 0.023
22 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'53.082 1.162 0.105
23 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'53.129 1.209 0.047
24 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'53.156 1.236 0.027
25 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'53.253 1.333 0.097
26 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'53.333 1.413 0.080
27 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'53.564 1.644 0.231
28 18 Xavi Cardelus Speed Up 1'53.968 2.048 0.404
29 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'54.128 2.208 0.160
30 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 1'55.084 3.164 0.956
Round Number: 
12
2020
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2020 Teruel MotoGP FP2 Result: Nakagami Keeps Honda On Top

In the warmer conditions, premier class riders were quick to improve on their best times from the morning session, although Alex Marquez’s FP1 benchmark lasted until the final shootout that got under way with seven minutes remaining. The Spaniard might have lost prime position but it stayed in the family, with Takaaki Nakagami setting a fine pace at the front of the pack and posting the first 1:47 time of the day. Maverick Vinales reduced the gap to under two tenths of a second in the closing stages of FP2 and was the only other rider in the 1:47s. Cal Crutchlow improved LCR’s day further, making a late jump into the top three, three tenths slower than his teammate.

Fabio Quartararo was in no rush to prove his speed and entered the final time attack in 15th position but promptly climbed to fourth, ahead of title rival Joan Mir, who completed the top five. Alex Rins finished the day only eighth thousandths of a second slower than his teammate with Iker Lecuona a surprise top KTM in seventh position. The Espargaro duo occupied eighth and ninth position, Aleix ahead of Pol on this occasion, while Alex Marquez rounded out the top ten, six tenths off top spot and only one thousandth of a second ahead of rookie rival Brad Binder. However, the Honda man was safely inside of the combined top ten, where he was sixth, courtesy of his great FP1 topping time.

Some of the people who were nowhere near the top ten were all of the men riding for Ducati, with all the factory machines outside of the top 15 and with Andrea Dovizioso leaving himself with a lot of work to do in FP3 to improve on 19th in the combined standings.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'47.782    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'47.957 0.175 0.175
3 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'48.111 0.329 0.154
4 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'48.164 0.382 0.053
5 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'48.182 0.400 0.018
6 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'48.190 0.408 0.008
7 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'48.360 0.578 0.170
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'48.426 0.644 0.066
9 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'48.439 0.657 0.013
10 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'48.443 0.661 0.004
11 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'48.444 0.662 0.001
12 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'48.527 0.745 0.083
13 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'48.532 0.750 0.005
14 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'48.545 0.763 0.013
15 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'48.612 0.830 0.067
16 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'48.810 1.028 0.198
17 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'48.870 1.088 0.060
18 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'49.240 1.458 0.370
19 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'49.319 1.537 0.079
20 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'49.733 1.951 0.414
21 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'49.794 2.012 0.061
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12
2020
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2020 Teruel Moto3 FP2 Result: Alcoba Makes His Move

A sunny Aragon welcomed the lightweight class from their lunch break and the wind seemed to cause some trouble for riders trying to break into the combined top 14. Jeremy Alcoba did not have any such issues, the Spaniard picking up the lead at the end of the final time attack, one tenth of a second faster than compatriot Raul Fernandez. Gabriel Rodrigo made it a bittersweet session for the Gresini squad, the Argentine rider climbing up to third but crashing out at turn 12 in the closing stages of FP2.

Darryn Binder also finished within two tenths of the leader, while Ai Ogura was the early leader after a low key morning session, although he got demoted to fifth towards the end of the session. John McPhee kept close in sixth, half a second off the lead and ahead of Dennis Foggia, Filip Salac and Tatsuki Suzuki. Championship leader Albert Arenas rounded out the top ten, seven tenths off top spot.

Meanwhile, FP1 leader Jaume Masia dropped to 19th position but remained the fastest man of the day courtesy of his morning time. Despite missing out on the top ten of the session, the likes of Tony Arbolino, Romano Fenati and Deniz Oncu remained inside the combined top 14.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'58.080    
2 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'58.220 0.140 0.140
3 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'58.268 0.188 0.048
4 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'58.273 0.193 0.005
5 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'58.332 0.252 0.059
6 17 John McPhee Honda 1'58.626 0.546 0.294
7 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'58.707 0.627 0.081
8 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'58.746 0.666 0.039
9 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'58.770 0.690 0.024
10 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'58.771 0.691 0.001
11 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'58.793 0.713 0.022
12 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'58.851 0.771 0.058
13 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'58.929 0.849 0.078
14 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'58.938 0.858 0.009
15 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'58.996 0.916 0.058
16 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'59.061 0.981 0.065
17 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'59.154 1.074 0.093
18 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'59.162 1.082 0.008
19 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'59.211 1.131 0.049
20 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'59.256 1.176 0.045
21 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'59.284 1.204 0.028
22 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'59.368 1.288 0.084
23 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'59.633 1.553 0.265
24 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'59.725 1.645 0.092
25 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'59.858 1.778 0.133
26 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 2'00.169 2.089 0.311
27 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 2'00.243 2.163 0.074
28 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 2'00.489 2.409 0.246
29 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 2'00.639 2.559 0.150
30 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 2'00.862 2.782 0.223
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12
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2020 Teruel Moto2 FP1 Result: Fernandez Jumps Ahead

The intermediate class enjoyed some pleasant conditions in the first practice session of Aragon Part 2 and for a long time it was the same suspects as last week at the business end of the timesheets, until Augusto Fernandez picked up some speed to end the session on top. Teammate Sam Lowes made it an even better morning for the Marc VDS squad, one tenth of a second slower than Fernandez, having led most of the session before that. Fabio Di Giannantonio proved his speed around Motorland once again, up to third, two tenths off top spot and narrowly ahead of a consistently impressive Jake Dixon.

Joe Roberts and Lorenzo Baldassarri made late progress to join the top six, pushing back Marco Bezzecchi. Title contenders Luca Marini and Enea Bastianini spent some time inside the top five but got demoted by late attacks from the likes of Jorge Navarro and Remy Gardener, who picked up eighth and ninth on the timesheets, leaving the Italians tenth and eleventh.

The likes of Marcel Schotter, Jorge Martin or Tom Luthi had a slow start outside of the top 14 positions, the Spaniard 17th with the Intact GP teammates 15th and 22nd on the timesheets.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'52.623    
2 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'52.757 0.134 0.134
3 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'52.988 0.365 0.231
4 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'53.011 0.388 0.023
5 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'53.177 0.554 0.166
6 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'53.182 0.559 0.005
7 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'53.290 0.667 0.108
8 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'53.300 0.677 0.010
9 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'53.314 0.691 0.014
10 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'53.347 0.724 0.033
11 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'53.421 0.798 0.074
12 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'53.426 0.803 0.005
13 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'53.450 0.827 0.024
14 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'53.541 0.918 0.091
15 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'53.555 0.932 0.014
16 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'53.655 1.032 0.100
17 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'53.662 1.039 0.007
18 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'53.696 1.073 0.034
19 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'53.778 1.155 0.082
20 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'53.790 1.167 0.012
21 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'53.792 1.169 0.002
22 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'53.873 1.250 0.081
23 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'53.906 1.283 0.033
24 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'54.009 1.386 0.103
25 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'54.056 1.433 0.047
26 18 Xavi Cardelus Speed Up 1'54.219 1.596 0.163
27 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'54.828 2.205 0.609
28 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'55.100 2.477 0.272
29 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'55.961 3.338 0.861
30 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 1'56.470 3.847 0.509
Round Number: 
12
2020
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2020 Teruel MotoGP FP1 Result: Marquez Fronts Honda Attack

Motorland Aragon welcomed back the premier class with a clearer sky and warmer asphalt than last time out and the Hondas seemed to be thriving in the not-so-early morning. Alex Marquez started the session at the top of the timesheets and after an interruption from colleague Takaaki Nakagami, Marquez reclaimed top spot for the final couple of minutes. That final time attack put him over four tenths ahead of his rivals and the Spaniard looked on course to increase that advantage when the front end gave way at the final turn on his final flying lap. Although not many were tempted by a late time attack, the top four featured three Hondas, Nakagami in second and Stefan Bradl in fourth sandwiching Joan Mir in third. While Bradl was a touch more inconsistent, the top three showed good consistent pace throughout the session.

Franco Morbidelli was the fastest Yamaha in fifth, seven hundredths of a second ahead of Maverick Vinales, while Jack Miller was once again the leading Ducati in seventh position. Alex Espargaro and Pol Espargaro finished within half a tenth of each other and over one second off top spot, while Cal Crutchlow rounded out the top ten despite ending his session on the service road.

Last weeks’ victor Alex Rins finished the morning session in 12th spot, with Andrea Dovizioso 16th and Fabio Quartararo another place back, not being tempted by a late time attack.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'48.184    
2 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'48.622 0.438 0.438
3 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'48.993 0.809 0.371
4 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'49.003 0.819 0.010
5 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'49.100 0.916 0.097
6 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'49.176 0.992 0.076
7 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'49.211 1.027 0.035
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'49.305 1.121 0.094
9 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'49.346 1.162 0.041
10 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'49.356 1.172 0.010
11 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'49.360 1.176 0.004
12 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'49.372 1.188 0.012
13 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'49.442 1.258 0.070
14 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'49.482 1.298 0.040
15 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'49.501 1.317 0.019
16 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'49.512 1.328 0.011
17 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'49.621 1.437 0.109
18 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'49.727 1.543 0.106
19 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'49.962 1.778 0.235
20 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'50.215 2.031 0.253
21 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'50.251 2.067 0.036
Round Number: 
12
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2020 Teruel Moto3 FP1 Result: Masia Picks Up Where He Left Off

A nap or two later, Motorland Aragon welcomed the circus back in town for a second go at the trophies and it was many of the same names hogging then limelight early on in the lightweight class. Jaume Masia is on a roll following his victory last time out and topped the first practice session on his final flying, one tenth of a second faster than previous session leader Romano Fenati. Deniz Oncu continues to progress up the timesheets, making a late jump to third, two tenths off the lead.

Albert Arenas in fourth position was the final rider to post a time within half a second of the leader, while Tony Arbolino made a good start on his return to action following his week of state-mandated quarantine after being in the proximity of a Covid-19 positive case. The Italian’s first outing in Aragon left him fifth, six tenths off the lead and half a tenth ahead of John McPhee. Jeremy Alcoba, Celestino Vietti, Gabriel Rodrigo and Tatsuki Suzuki rounded out the top ten.

Early session leaders Raul Fernandez and Andrea Migno dropped out of the top 15 in the final time attack, down to 18th and 20th respectively, while title contender Ai Ogura had a low key morning down in 24th position.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'58.076    
2 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'58.212 0.136 0.136
3 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'58.279 0.203 0.067
4 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'58.519 0.443 0.240
5 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'58.670 0.594 0.151
6 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'58.726 0.650 0.056
7 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'58.749 0.673 0.023
8 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'58.843 0.767 0.094
9 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'58.903 0.827 0.060
10 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'58.925 0.849 0.022
11 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'58.934 0.858 0.009
12 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'59.008 0.932 0.074
13 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'59.068 0.992 0.060
14 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'59.148 1.072 0.080
15 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'59.159 1.083 0.011
16 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'59.383 1.307 0.224
17 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'59.429 1.353 0.046
18 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'59.429 1.353  
19 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'59.555 1.479 0.126
20 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'59.555 1.479  
21 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'59.571 1.495 0.016
22 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'59.604 1.528 0.033
23 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'59.797 1.721 0.193
24 79 Ai Ogura Honda 2'00.301 2.225 0.504
25 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 2'00.325 2.249 0.024
26 70 Barry Baltus KTM 2'00.355 2.279 0.030
27 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 2'00.483 2.407 0.128
28 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 2'00.497 2.421 0.014
29 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 2'00.522 2.446 0.025
30 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 2'00.797 2.721 0.275
Round Number: 
12
2020
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2020 Estoril World Superbike Race Two Result: Great Emotions

The last race of the year, 21 laps of Estoril, would determine the manufacturer's championship, with Kawasaki leading Ducati by eighteen points, leaving both in with a chance of taking it. 

Toprak Razgatlioglu led Garrett Gerloff, Michael van der Mark and Chaz Davies into turn one, but Davies passed both Gerloff and van der Mark to slot into second place behind the race one winner. At turn nine, Jonathan Rea and Michael van der Mark clashed, with Scott Redding sneaking under both of them as they clashed, but Rea took to the outside of turn thirteen and took fourth place off Redding as Chaz Davies took the lead into turn one. 

As Jonathan Rea set three fastest laps in succession, Garrett Gerloff hit one of only two proper left handers, turn four, with a cold tyre and slid his bike into the gravel. Jonathan Rea caught up the lead two, building a gap of over a second over Scott Redding. Rea set the fastest lap again on lap six and, on lap eight, passed Toprak Razgatlioglu down the straight, but the Yamaha rider was able to outbreak the world champion to retain second place. Chaz Davies broke free from the pair fighting behind him, and Rea saw his chance of a win escaping if he couldn't pass Razgatlioglu. Rea saw his chance and went for a gap that then closed, Rea carrying a little too much speed. Rea's front tyre gave up and Rea went down, gently tapping Razgatlioglu's Yamaha on its way off the track. Razgatlioglu stayed on and only lost three quarters of a second to Redding. Kawasaki now had to hope Alex Lowes, in a comfortable fifth place, or Xavi Fores, fighting in eighth place with Leon Haslam and Michael Ruben Rinaldi either side of him, finished higher than ninth place if they were to take the manufacturers title. Jonathan Rea rejoined in sixteenth place but not at the same pace he had before his off. 

Chaz Davies, halfway through the race, set the fastest lap of 1'36.806 as he bolted off in the distance as Scott Redding started to close the two second gap a few tenths a lap. On lap fourteen, Loris Baz, having caught up with the seventh place battle, started having braking issues and eventually took to the escape road to retire, only to find Jonas Folger blindly followed him. Baz gesticulated to Folger that his bike was broken and Folger returned to the race three places down.

On lap sixteen, Alex Lowes crashed out at turn seven, turning all Kawasaki eyes to Xavi Fores in the hope that he could net them the manufacturer's title. Fores was in the middle of a battle for seventh place, constantly swapping places with Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Leon Haslam.

Five laps from the end, Scott Redding had caught Toprak Razgatlioglu, the pair three seconds behind Chaz Davies, and Redding started to look for a way past. On lap nineteen of twenty one, Scott Redding passed Toprak Razgatlioglu into turn one but he had to fight the Turkish rider's constant attention as Razgatlioglu tried to take second place back and thwart Ducati's chance of a one-two finish. 

As the last lap started, Chaz Davies was almost three seconds clear in the lead with Scott Redding finally breaking free from Toprak Razgatlioglu. Michael van der Mark was a further six seconds behind with Alvaro Bautista five seconds behind him. The fight for sixth place, between Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Leon Haslam, Xavi Fores and Federico Caricasulo was a further six seconds behind Bautista. 

As Chaz Davies won his last race for Ducati, they held out his pinboard reading "Thanks for the great emotions". Scott Redding finished second behind his exiting teammate and said he was happier that Davies won than he would have been if he'd taken the victory himself. Toprak Razgatlioglu took his third podium of the weekend and held on to fourth place in the championship. Xavi Fores finished in eighth place, while Jonathan Rea ended up scoring two points in fourteenth place. Fores and Rea were pulled off track by Kawasaki and given t-shirts commemorating their manufacturer's title and Rea dropped to his knees to thank Fores for saving their title. A very strange end to a very strange year.

In other battles, Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam finished on the exact same number of points, leaving the Honda tamales to determine who came out on top by their best result, giving Bautista the honour of ninth place. Chaz Davies, third in the championship and winner of two races this year, has not got a ride for 2021.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R  
2 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 1.951
3 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 2.556
4 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 10.423
5 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000RR-R 15.473
6 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 20.277
7 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR-R 21.074
8 12 X. FORES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 21.291
9 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R1 22.427
10 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR 25.168
11 94 J. FOLGER Yamaha YZF R1 26.945
12 50 E. LAVERTY BMW S1000 RR 28.511
13 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale V4 R 32.281
14 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 38.800
15 71 M. FERRARI Ducati Panigale V4 R 46.083
17 13 T. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR-R 47.295
18 32 S. MORAIS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'01.053
19 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'31.338
RET 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 6 Laps
RET 76 L. BAZ Yamaha YZF R1 14
RET 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 2
Round Number: 
8
2020
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2020 Estoril World Superbike Race Two Result: Great Emotions

The last race of the year, 21 laps of Estoril, would determine the manufacturer's championship, with Kawasaki leading Ducati by eighteen points, leaving both in with a chance of taking it. 

Toprak Razgatlioglu led Garrett Gerloff, Michael van der Mark and Chaz Davies into turn one, but Davies passed both Gerloff and van der Mark to slot into second place behind the race one winner. At turn nine, Jonathan Rea and Michael van der Mark clashed, with Scott Redding sneaking under both of them as they clashed, but Rea took to the outside of turn thirteen and took fourth place off Redding as Chaz Davies took the lead into turn one. 

As Jonathan Rea set three fastest laps in succession, Garrett Gerloff hit one of only two proper left handers, turn four, with a cold tyre and slid his bike into the gravel. Jonathan Rea caught up the lead two, building a gap of over a second over Scott Redding. Rea set the fastest lap again on lap six and, on lap eight, passed Toprak Razgatlioglu down the straight, but the Yamaha rider was able to outbreak the world champion to retain second place. Chaz Davies broke free from the pair fighting behind him, and Rea saw his chance of a win escaping if he couldn't pass Razgatlioglu. Rea saw his chance and went for a gap that then closed, Rea carrying a little too much speed. Rea's front tyre gave up and Rea went down, gently tapping Razgatlioglu's Yamaha on its way off the track. Razgatlioglu stayed on and only lost three quarters of a second to Redding. Kawasaki now had to hope Alex Lowes, in a comfortable fifth place, or Xavi Fores, fighting in eighth place with Leon Haslam and Michael Ruben Rinaldi either side of him, finished higher than ninth place if they were to take the manufacturers title. Jonathan Rea rejoined in sixteenth place but not at the same pace he had before his off. 

Chaz Davies, halfway through the race, set the fastest lap of 1'36.806 as he bolted off in the distance as Scott Redding started to close the two second gap a few tenths a lap. On lap fourteen, Loris Baz, having caught up with the seventh place battle, started having braking issues and eventually took to the escape road to retire, only to find Jonas Folger blindly followed him. Baz gesticulated to Folger that his bike was broken and Folger returned to the race three places down.

On lap sixteen, Alex Lowes crashed out at turn seven, turning all Kawasaki eyes to Xavi Fores in the hope that he could net them the manufacturer's title. Fores was in the middle of a battle for seventh place, constantly swapping places with Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Leon Haslam.

Five laps from the end, Scott Redding had caught Toprak Razgatlioglu, the pair three seconds behind Chaz Davies, and Redding started to look for a way past. On lap nineteen of twenty one, Scott Redding passed Toprak Razgatlioglu into turn one but he had to fight the Turkish rider's constant attention as Razgatlioglu tried to take second place back and thwart Ducati's chance of a one-two finish. 

As the last lap started, Chaz Davies was almost three seconds clear in the lead with Scott Redding finally breaking free from Toprak Razgatlioglu. Michael van der Mark was a further six seconds behind with Alvaro Bautista five seconds behind him. The fight for sixth place, between Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Leon Haslam, Xavi Fores and Federico Caricasulo was a further six seconds behind Bautista. 

As Chaz Davies won his last race for Ducati, they held out his pinboard reading "Thanks for the great emotions". Scott Redding finished second behind his exiting teammate and said he was happier that Davies won than he would have been if he'd taken the victory himself. Toprak Razgatlioglu took his third podium of the weekend and held on to fourth place in the championship. Xavi Fores finished in eighth place, while Jonathan Rea ended up scoring two points in fourteenth place. Fores and Rea were pulled off track by Kawasaki and given t-shirts commemorating their manufacturer's title and Rea dropped to his knees to thank Fores for saving their title. A very strange end to a very strange year.

In other battles, Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam finished on the exact same number of points, leaving the Honda tamales to determine who came out on top by their best result, giving Bautista the honour of ninth place. Chaz Davies, third in the championship and winner of two races this year, has not got a ride for 2021.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R  
2 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 1.951
3 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 2.556
4 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 10.423
5 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000RR-R 15.473
6 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 20.277
7 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR-R 21.074
8 12 X. FORES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 21.291
9 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R1 22.427
10 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR 25.168
11 94 J. FOLGER Yamaha YZF R1 26.945
12 50 E. LAVERTY BMW S1000 RR 28.511
13 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale V4 R 32.281
14 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 38.800
15 71 M. FERRARI Ducati Panigale V4 R 46.083
17 13 T. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR-R 47.295
18 32 S. MORAIS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'01.053
19 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'31.338
RET 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 6 Laps
RET 76 L. BAZ Yamaha YZF R1 14
RET 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 2
Round Number: 
8
2020
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2020 Aragon MotoGP Race Result: A Spectacular Homecoming

With King Marquez’s Aragon crown up for grabs, many gladiators turned up to the battle but the home favourites proved their worth and the crown almost stayed in the family. Alex Rins and Alex Marquez might have started on the fourth row of the grid but the old rivals made fantastic comebacks to dispute victory to the final corner, where Rins became the eighth different winner of the season. The youngest Marquez came within three tenths of a second of victory, with Joan Mir completing a perfect podium for the virtual home crowd, while also becoming favourite in the world championship battle.

The start told a somewhat different story, with Maverick Vinales fastest off the line, ahead of poleman Fabio Quartararo and with Franco Morbidelli joining his teammates at the front. Front row starter Cal Crutchlow dropped like a stone in the first few turns, out of the top ten and in opposing fortunes to Rins, who went from 10th to 4th in only a couple of corners. Having started 13th, Andrea Dovizioso headed straight into the top eight and once again battling rookie Marquez in the early stages.

Vinales avenged every other start he made this year, stretching a gap of seven tenths by the end of lap one, with the Petronas duo pushing to catch up but under assault from Rins by lap three. The Spaniard demoted Morbidelli for third and reeled in Quartararo, while the Italian was dropping into the clutches of Mir, Jack Miller and a fast charging Alex Marquez, who had quickly disposed of Takaaki Nakagami and Dovizioso.

Quartararo struggled to bring the gap to Vinales under half a second and Rins was sniffing around him until the end of lap 5, when the Frenchman left the door wide open at turn 16 and Rins picked up the chase, immediately reeling Vinales in. Quartararo dropped a few tenths back and got caught up by Morbidelli and Mir, the trio soon engaging in battle and Mir sweeping past the Petronas men by the end of lap 7. Alex Marquez took a few laps to get past Miller, dropping a second on the victory battle ahead but the home favourite pushed to remedy that and was soon hounding Quartararo for fifth place.

Back at the front, Rins finally attacked for the lead at the final turn, entering lap nine in charge of proceedings, while Vinales had another Suzuki nightmare coming, with Mir only half a second behind. Another second behind the podium positions, Alex Marquez made quick work of both Petronas men on lap nine while demonstrating the hottest pace amongst the leaders. The Spaniard soon got a one second gap on the duo and kept pushing to join the leading trio. Meanwhile, Quartararo was about to get in trouble with a big group hoping to claim his sixth spot, Nakagami in prime position and getting the move done at the final turn on lap 11. Dovizioso seemed stuck at the bottom of the top ten, with Miller and Crutchlow for company, but the group was quickly catching up with his main championship rival.

At the halfway point, the victory battle looked like becoming a foursome, Vinales, Mir and Marquez quickly closing in on Rins. Mir and Vinales provided some of the entertainment on lap 13 and it ended with Vinales getting pushed off the podium by Mir and Marquez and seemingly losing touch with the leaders. Morbidelli was in a lonely fifth, while Quartararo was getting swallowed by the chasing pack. The Frenchman left the top ten with 10 laps remaining and continued to lose positions at an alarming rate, out of point scoring places just one lap later.

Against all odds but not uncharacteristic for this crazy 2020, the Suzukis entered the remaining eight laps defending a 1-2 from Alex Marquez, with Vinales two seconds back. The leading trio played nice for the next few laps, Rins keeping a safe half second gap on his teammate as the race entered unknown territory in terms of tyre wear. Marquez eventually attacked Mir at turn 16 with six laps remaining and immediately brought the gap to Rins to under half a second, while leaving Mir in his shadow.

The former Moto3 teammates started the final four laps separated by less than two tenths of a second but a major moment at the final turn with three laps left slowed down Marquez’s charge a bit. However, the rookie did not give up the fight and started the final lap right behind Rins, but the Suzuki man kept him at bay until the finish line to secure victory by only two tenths from his old rival. Vinales was closing in on Mir on the final lap but the Suzuki defended to the line and snatched the championship lead. Nakagami crossed the line fifth, ahead of Morbidelli and Dovizioso and with Crutchlow, Miller and Zarco rounding out the top ten.

A bruised and struggling Quartararo finished 18th, relinquishing the world championship lead to Mir by 6 points, with Vinales 12 points down and Dovizioso saved by the bell once more, only 15 points behind the leader.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 41'54.391
2 73 Alex Marquez Honda +0.263
3 36 Joan Mir Suzuki +2.644
4 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha +2.880
5 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda +4.570
6 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha +4.756
7 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati +8.639
8 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda +8.913
9 43 Jack Miller Ducati +9.390
10 5 Johann Zarco Ducati +9.617
11 33 Brad Binder KTM +13.200
12 44 Pol Espargaro KTM +13.689
13 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia +14.598
14 27 Iker Lecuona KTM +15.291
15 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati +15.941
16 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM +18.284
17 6 Stefan Bradl Honda +20.136
18 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha +21.498
19 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia +25.300
20 53 Tito Rabat Ducati +25.558
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  63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 21 Laps
Round Number: 
11
2020
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2020 Estoril World Supersport Race Two Result: Third Place Up For Grabs

The last race of the year would also be one of the best of the year, with eighteen laps of the shortest track of the year being the setting for the battle for third between Jules Cluzel and Philipp Oettl as Andrea Locatelli and Lucas Mahias, Superbike-bound for 2021, have locked down the top two places.

Lucas Mahias led his teammate Philipp Oettl with Raffaele de Rosa, Andrea Locatelli and Jules Cluzel behind them. On lap two, Mahias tried to break free at the front, but Oettl held on to him. Raffaele de Rosa set the fastest lap with a 1'40.772 in the middle of the leading back of five, with Cluzel at the back of the pack almost a second clear of Steven Odendaal and Isaac Viñales.

Philipp Oettl closed up to Mahias, setting the fastest lap with a 1'40.707 as the leading five stayed in a group covered by under a second. At the start of lap five, Oettl took the lead into turn one, with De Rosa, Locatelli and Cluzel being joined by Isaac Viñales who set the fastest lap with a 1'40.171 to make the leading group six riders deep.

At the start of lap six, Lucas Mahias briefly held the lead down the straight, but he entered turn one on the outside and had to conduce the lead to his Kawasaki teammate. At turn nine, Mahias surprised Oettl with a sharp pass. The Kawasakis jostled for position down the straight, creating a bubble of clean air for Raffaele De Rosa to charge past both of them, forcing Oettl to hand over the lead. Oettl took it back a few turns later. 

Seven laps down, the top seven were covered bu a second as Steven Odendaal joined the fray, making his way past Jules Cluzel and Isaac Viñales as De Rosa took back the lead. Lucas Mahias took the lead at turn nine but De Rosa took it back down the straight. 

A lap later, halfway through the race, Mahias took the lead back down the straight. In the fight for fourth place, Steven Odendaal and Andrea Locatelli swapped places back and forth ahead of Jules Cluzel. 

Thirteen laps into the eighteen lap race, the leading nine riders were all within striking distance of each other as the pack met back markers and Raffaele De Rosa took over at the lead. At the start of lap fifteen, a gap finally appeared in the lead group, as Hannes Soomer and Jules Cluzel dropped off the back of the front six riders. Mahias took the lead into turn one again, the lead swapping almost every lap, and De Rosa took it back a lap later, followed by Philipp Oettl taking second place off Lucas Mahias. Andrea Locatelli finally made it into the top three, jumping Mahias into turn three, but Mahias took advantage of Locatelli's wide line into turn six to take third place back from him.

With two laps to go, Philipp Oettl took the lead from Raffaele De Rosa and Mahias followed him through as De Rosa was wide into turn one. Places didn't change on the remainder of the lap and the last lap started with Mahias sliding the rear into turn one. De Rosa and Locatelli passed Oettl to start the lap and Locatelli tried a few passes but couldn't get past. De Rosa led out of the last corner, but Locatelli out-dragged him to the line and took second place by under a hundredth of a second.

Lucas Mahias won his second race of the year, the only rider aside from Andy Verdoïa to beat Andrea Locatelli this year, and ended his World Supersport career with a win as he heads off to World Superbike for 2021 to race second-placed, and current World Supersport champion, Andrea Locatelli. Raffaele De Rosa was third in the closest race of the year, but he is still hunting that elusive first victory.

Philipp Oettl finished in fifth place, behind Steven Odendaal, and beat Jules Cluzel to third place in the championship by just two points, the Marseilesse played out for the third time this year.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-6R  
2 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R6 0.886
3 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 0.888
4 4 S. ODENDAAL Yamaha YZF R6 1.018
5 5 P. OETTL Kawasaki ZX-6R 0.447
6 32 I. VINALES Yamaha YZF R6 1.670
7 81 M. GONZALEZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 1.896
8 38 H. SOOMER Yamaha YZF R6 3.576
9 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 4.518
10 99 D. WEBB Yamaha YZF R6 11.695
11 98 K. HANIKA Yamaha YZF R6 12.553
12 47 A. BASSANI Yamaha YZF R6 12.849
13 94 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 15.531
14 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 15.592
15 25 A. VERDOIA Yamaha YZF R6 27.569
16 12 A. RUIZ CARRANZA Yamaha YZF R6 27.593
17 22 F. FULIGNI MV Agusta F3 675 30.338
18 34 K. MANFREDI Yamaha YZF R6 30.756
19 30 G. VAN STRAALEN Yamaha YZF R6 38.461
20 52 P. HOBELSBERGER Honda CBR600RR 47.804
21 21 V. FALCONE Yamaha YZF R6 1'16.817
RET 56 P. SEBESTYEN Yamaha YZF R6 11 Laps
RET 9 G. HENDRA PRATAMA Yamaha YZF R6 12 Laps
RET 78 H. OKUBO Honda CBR600RR  
Round Number: 
8
2020
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