MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2020 Barcelona Moto2 Qualifying Result: No Chink In The Armour

Overwhelmed by clouds, the sun made its exit just as the battle for pole in the intermediate class got underway but no matter the weather, Luca Marini is a consistent force at the forefront of the action. The championship leader posted a lap record worthy time early into Q2 and never looked back, taking a second consecutive pole position. After escaping a feisty Q1, Jorge Navarro made a surprise first appearance of the season on the front row, two tenths slower than the poleman and a tenth quicker than the more familiar sight of Sam Lowes in parc ferme.

Fabio Di Giannantonio also thrived in Catalunya, climbing to the front of the second row, marginally faster than Jake Dixon and Marco Bezzecchi. Joe Roberts opens the third row of the grid after acing Q1, joined by Marcos Ramirez and Xavi Vierge. Remy Gardner completed the top ten positions but the Australian will serve a six place grid penalty for crashing under a yellow flag in FP2, promoting an underwhelming Enea Bastianini to the top of row four, together with Tom Luthi and Augusto Fernandez. The returning Jorge Martin will have to battle through from the fifth row, in the strong company of Marcel Schrotter and Nicolo Bulega.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'43.355    
2 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'43.536 0.181 0.181
3 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'43.637 0.282 0.101
4 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'43.652 0.297 0.015
5 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'43.704 0.349 0.052
6 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'43.714 0.359 0.010
7 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'43.741 0.386 0.027
8 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'43.863 0.508 0.122
9 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'43.871 0.516 0.008
10 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'43.874 0.519 0.003
11 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'43.908 0.553 0.034
12 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'43.916 0.561 0.008
13 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'43.956 0.601 0.040
14 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'44.046 0.691 0.090
15 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'44.243 0.888 0.197
16 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'44.349 0.994 0.106
17 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'44.410 1.055 0.061
18 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'44.434 1.079 0.024
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'43.595    
Q2 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'43.893 0.298 0.298
Q2 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'43.942 0.347 0.049
Q2 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'44.093 0.498 0.151
19 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'44.113 0.518 0.020
20 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'44.207 0.612 0.094
21 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'44.364 0.769 0.157
22 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'44.426 0.831 0.062
23 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'44.455 0.860 0.029
24 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'44.494 0.899 0.039
25 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'44.643 1.048 0.149
26 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'44.659 1.064 0.016
27 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'45.038 1.443 0.379
28 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'45.114 1.519 0.076
29 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'45.323 1.728 0.209
30 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 1'45.679 2.084 0.356
Round Number: 
9
2020
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2020 Barcelona MotoGP Qualifying Result: Many Teammates, Many Enemies

After FP4 showed that the list of contenders for Sunday is once again quite significant, the only other question left to answer on Saturday was which of them will have the advantage of starting from pole. Barely a couple minutes into Q2, it seemed that Yamaha were best placed to answer that question, with Franco Morbidelli in provisional pole after the first run and his colleagues trying to hunt him down. Fabio Quartararo was the exception, the Frenchman not in the picture early on, as a mistake in turn 10 and a yellow flag left him last after the first run. Quartararo finally got a chance to show his speed in the final couple of minutes, when he shot into the lead, but Morbidelli found the antidote to his teammate’s speed once again and went on to secure a maiden pole position in the premier class be a solid two tenths of a second. Quartararo had to make do with second on the grid, alongside the man who freshly signed up to take his seat next year, Valentino Rossi – making it an all-Yamaha front row.

Maverick Vinales looked like he would have a say in the family affair for the front row too, but the Spaniard metaphorically stumbled before the finish line and dropped to fifth, behind the mighty holeshot of Jack Miller’s Ducati. The Pramac rider had a busy afternoon, sailing through Q1 and using his last fresh soft rear to climb into fourth. Together with Johann Zarco in sixth, the Ducatis sandwich Vinales on the second row.

Pol Espargaro opens row three, almost seven tenths slower than the poleman but faster than Joan Mir, who once again sets himself up for an obligatory comeback through the field. Danilo Petrucci will be happy to qualify at the back of the third row, with Brad Binder rounding out the top ten. The KTM man will be in familiar company on the fourth row, with Q1 escapee Takaaki Nakagami and colleague Miguel Oliveira, whose session was perturbed by an early tumble at turn 10.

Nakagami’s late adventures in Q1 left Alex Rins out of the battle for pole and the Spaniard will start 13th, ahead of Pecco Bagnaia, Aleix Espargaro, Cal Crutchlow and another disappointing Saturday for Andrea Dovizioso, who could not drag himself out of Q1 and will start 17th.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'38.798    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'39.008 0.210 0.210
3 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'39.129 0.331 0.121
4 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'39.225 0.427 0.096
5 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'39.371 0.573 0.146
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'39.378 0.580 0.007
7 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'39.495 0.697 0.117
8 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'39.628 0.830 0.133
9 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'39.641 0.843 0.013
10 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'39.659 0.861 0.018
11 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'39.713 0.915 0.054
12 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'40.188 1.390 0.475
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'39.399    
Q2 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'39.547 0.148 0.148
13 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'39.751 0.352 0.204
14 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'39.777 0.378 0.026
15 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'39.973 0.574 0.196
16 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'39.988 0.589 0.015
17 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'40.109 0.710 0.121
18 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'40.164 0.765 0.055
19 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'40.490 1.091 0.326
20 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'40.721 1.322 0.231
21 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'40.838 1.439 0.117
22 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'41.013 1.614 0.175
Round Number: 
9
2020
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2020 Barcelona MotoGP FP4 Result: Vinales Sets The Pace

With Fabio Quartararo setting the noteworthy pace throughout the first practice sessions, FP4 showed that the Frenchman does have some serious competition in Catalunya. The first challenger to step into the ring was colleague Maverick Vinales, whose early pace on new rubber was not too shabby, in the low to mid 1:40s. The Spaniard led the session throughout and was one of the many riders favouring the soft rear tyre.

Pol Espargaro was tempted by the medium rear to begin with – like all KTMs – but then went on to show fine pace in the mid 1:40s on the soft. The younger Espargaro continues to enjoy his time on home soil to finish only two hundredths of a second down on Vinales and with Joan Mir another hundredth down, making it an all Spanish top three. Valentino Rossi breaks the spell in fourth, while apparently undecided between the medium and soft rear. Quartararo seemed to be haunted by some mysterious technical issues early on but his second machine worked just fine and allowed him to come within six hundredths of a second of Vinales, although fifth on the timesheets.

Brad Binder in sixth place was only two tenths off the lead, while Pecco Bagnaia, Franco Morbidelli, Johann Zarco and Andrea Dovizioso rounded out the top ten. The likes of Takaaki Nakagami, Cal Crutchlow and Alex Rins missed out on prime positions despite being only three tenths of a second slower than the leader.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'40.315    
2 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'40.335 0.020 0.020
3 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'40.352 0.037 0.017
4 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'40.374 0.059 0.022
5 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'40.377 0.062 0.003
6 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'40.564 0.249 0.187
7 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'40.592 0.277 0.028
8 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'40.619 0.304 0.027
9 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'40.641 0.326 0.022
10 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'40.659 0.344 0.018
11 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'40.685 0.370 0.026
12 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'40.691 0.376 0.006
13 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'40.710 0.395 0.019
14 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'40.751 0.436 0.041
15 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'40.788 0.473 0.037
16 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'40.814 0.499 0.026
17 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'40.849 0.534 0.035
18 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'41.130 0.815 0.281
19 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'41.182 0.867 0.052
20 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'41.331 1.016 0.149
21 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'41.538 1.223 0.207
22 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'41.645 1.330 0.107
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9
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2020 Barcelona Moto3 Qualifying Result: It’s A Celebration

Montmelo warmed up nicely ahead of the first qualifying session of the day but things didn’t get truly hot until the final couple minutes of Q2, when red sectors fired up the timesheets and threatened the lap record. The battle came down to Fernandez vs Arbolino and while the Italian ended up celebrating his new Moto2 contract with a fine pole position and new lap record, the Spaniard crashed out at the final turn. Despite the fast high side, Fernandez walked away and will start the race from the middle of the front row, setting the exact same laptime as Gabriel Rodrigo in third.

Having just about snuck out of Q1, Albert Arenas looks set to defend his championship lead from the second row but with a serious challenge from Jaume Masia and fellow Q1 participant Niccolo Antonelli. Filip Salac opens row three ahead of Kaito Toba and Darryn Binder – the trio’s fastest times a full second slower than pole. Sergio Garcia rounded out the top ten and will be joined on the fourth row by Andrea Migno and John McPhee, after the Scotsman escaped Q1. One man missing in Q2 action was Ai Ogura, the title contender struggling to do any better than 24th of the grid and with a lot of work to do on Sunday morning.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'47.762    
2 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'48.380 0.618 0.618
3 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'48.380 0.618  
4 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'48.390 0.628 0.010
5 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'48.490 0.728 0.100
6 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'48.594 0.832 0.104
7 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'48.704 0.942 0.110
8 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'48.729 0.967 0.025
9 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'48.788 1.026 0.059
10 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'48.824 1.062 0.036
11 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'48.873 1.111 0.049
12 17 John McPhee Honda 1'48.875 1.113 0.002
13 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'48.938 1.176 0.063
14 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'48.969 1.207 0.031
15 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'49.085 1.323 0.116
16 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'49.226 1.464 0.141
17 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'49.256 1.494 0.030
18 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'49.378 1.616 0.122
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'48.894    
Q2 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'49.164 0.270 0.270
Q2 17 John McPhee Honda 1'49.210 0.316 0.046
Q2 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'49.242 0.348 0.032
19 20 Jose Julian Garcia Honda 1'49.330 0.436 0.088
20 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'49.346 0.452 0.016
21 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'49.420 0.526 0.074
22 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'49.622 0.728 0.202
23 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'49.723 0.829 0.101
24 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'49.782 0.888 0.059
25 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'49.819 0.925 0.037
26 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'49.960 1.066 0.141
27 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'50.212 1.318 0.252
28 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'50.288 1.394 0.076
29 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'50.437 1.543 0.149
30 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'50.998 2.104 0.561
31 70 Barry Baltus KTM      
Round Number: 
9
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2020 Barcelona Moto2 FP3 Result: Lowes In The Limelight

The final practice session for the intermediate class turned into the Turn 2 Show, as cameras spent more time showing dusty dented machines in the gravel trap than riders setting fast times. In traditional Moto2 fashion, Friday’s benchmark didn’t last long, especially when confronted to a returning Jorge Martin, but ultimately, top spot went back to Sam Lowes by two tenths of a second. Marcos Ramirez found some speed late on to make a surprise jump into second position, with championship leader Luca Marini comfortably in third.

Fabio Di Giannantonio and Martin rounded out the top five, three tenths off top spot, with Marcel Schrotter two hundredth of a second slower. Marco Bezzecchi had a taste of turn 2 gravel halfway through the session but recovered to climb into seventh place, ahead of Remy Gardner and Xavi Vierge. Augusto Fernandez completed the top ten, while Enea Bastianini ended his session at turn 2, just as he joined the Q2 line-up from 11th position. The final Q2 places went to Edgar Pons, Tom Luthi and Tetsuta Nagashima, although the last two men also had their own off track excursions late in the session.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'43.523    
2 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'43.752 0.229 0.229
3 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'43.765 0.242 0.013
4 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'43.815 0.292 0.050
5 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'43.853 0.330 0.038
6 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'43.880 0.357 0.027
7 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'43.882 0.359 0.002
8 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'43.908 0.385 0.026
9 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'43.976 0.453 0.068
10 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'44.123 0.600 0.147
11 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'44.142 0.619 0.019
12 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'44.155 0.632 0.013
13 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'44.190 0.667 0.035
14 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'44.200 0.677 0.010
15 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'44.227 0.704 0.027
16 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'44.289 0.766 0.062
17 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'44.340 0.817 0.051
18 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'44.403 0.880 0.063
19 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'44.467 0.944 0.064
20 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'44.542 1.019 0.075
21 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'44.617 1.094 0.075
22 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'44.720 1.197 0.103
23 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'44.761 1.238 0.041
24 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'44.860 1.337 0.099
25 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'44.950 1.427 0.090
26 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'44.984 1.461 0.034
27 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'44.992 1.469 0.008
28 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'45.178 1.655 0.186
29 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'45.240 1.717 0.062
30 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 1'46.195 2.672 0.955
Round Number: 
9
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2020 Barcelona MotoGP FP3 Result: The Quartararo Show

It was another crisp morning in Montmelo but the premier class turned up the heat for the final handful of minutes of FP3, in the fight for a Q2 place. Fabio Quartararo was in a rush to claim top spot and showcase his consistent pace, so the Frenchman put his name at the top of the timesheets early on and despite a solid challenge from future teammate Maverick Vinales, Quartararo reclaimed the lead on his final flying lap. Vinales got demoted to second by four hundredths of a second, with Miguel Oliveira another half a tenth back.

It feels like quite a while since Danilo Petrucci was top Ducati and with pretty solid pace, but the Italian made a late jump into fourth, albeit only seven thousandths of a second faster than Johann Zarco in fifth. Pol Espargaro was another of the late leaders but the homeboy eventually dropped to sixth, three tenths off top spot. Franco Morbidelli led on Friday and was slow to go any faster on Saturday morning but he was safely in the top ten and ahead of mentor Valentino Rossi. Brad Binder was another of the really late improvers, with Joan Mir clinging onto the final spot on the combined timesheets.

Although Pecco Bagnaia’s fastest time was within half a second of the leader, the Italian found himself kicked out of the top ten and with pretty strong competition in Q1 from the likes of Jack Miller, Andrea Dovizioso and Alex Rins, in addition to the two LCR riders who crashed late in FP3 and got pushed down the order.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'39.418    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'39.462 0.044 0.044
3 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'39.507 0.089 0.045
4 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'39.702 0.284 0.195
5 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'39.709 0.291 0.007
6 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'39.756 0.338 0.047
7 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'39.774 0.356 0.018
8 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'39.836 0.418 0.062
9 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'39.841 0.423 0.005
10 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'39.862 0.444 0.021
11 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'39.897 0.479 0.035
12 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'39.919 0.501 0.022
13 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'39.963 0.545 0.044
14 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'40.016 0.598 0.053
15 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'40.023 0.605 0.007
16 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'40.071 0.653 0.048
17 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'40.133 0.715 0.062
18 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'40.226 0.808 0.093
19 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'40.283 0.865 0.057
20 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'40.341 0.923 0.058
21 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'40.898 1.480 0.557
22 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'40.977 1.559 0.079
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2020 Barcelona Moto3 FP3 Result: Arbolino Takes Over

A deceptively sunny morning in Barcelona didn’t give the full picture in terms of how low track temperature was, but the wind that was a main feature on Friday calmed down and led to a little less action in the gravel. Tony Arbolino started the session at the top of the timesheets and ended the session in the same place, despite interruptions from several rivals. Romano Fenati was one of those men, briefly leading for the final shootout but eventually getting demoted to second by a tenth and a half. Jaume Masia jumped to third, two tenths off top spot and marginally faster than compatriot Sergio Garcia.

Gabriel Rodrigo rounded out the top five of the session, barely a hundredth of a second ahead of Dennis Foggia and with the same gap keeping the Italian ahead of compatriot Andrea Migno. Raul Fernandez suffered a crash at turn 5 near the halfway point of proceedings and was lucky to be able to rejoin for the final time attack, but the Spaniard could not improve his benchmark from Friday. However, that was sufficient to keep him very safely inside the combined top 3, while 8th in the session.

Kaito Toba and Darryn Binder completed the top ten positions, while Celestino Vietti managed to join the Q2 worthy spots despite limited running on Friday. The final tickets directly to Q2 went to Ayumu Sasaki, Jeremy Alcoba and Filip Salac, pushing the main title contenders into a high profile Q1 battle. Albert Arenas dropped to 16th on the combined standings, with John McPhee 19th and Ai Ogura 21st.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'48.635    
2 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'48.778 0.143 0.143
3 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'48.876 0.241 0.098
4 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'48.889 0.254 0.013
5 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'48.945 0.310 0.056
6 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'48.956 0.321 0.011
7 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'48.973 0.338 0.017
8 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'49.073 0.438 0.100
9 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'49.144 0.509 0.071
10 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'49.208 0.573 0.064
11 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'49.218 0.583 0.010
12 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'49.284 0.649 0.066
13 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'49.315 0.680 0.031
14 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'49.384 0.749 0.069
15 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'49.404 0.769 0.020
16 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'49.416 0.781 0.012
17 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'49.444 0.809 0.028
18 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'49.454 0.819 0.010
19 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'49.518 0.883 0.064
20 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'49.605 0.970 0.087
21 17 John McPhee Honda 1'49.690 1.055 0.085
22 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'49.695 1.060 0.005
23 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'49.795 1.160 0.100
24 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'49.803 1.168 0.008
25 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'49.811 1.176 0.008
26 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'49.857 1.222 0.046
27 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'49.884 1.249 0.027
28 20 Jose Julian Garcia Honda 1'50.071 1.436 0.187
29 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'50.349 1.714 0.278
30 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'50.399 1.764 0.050
31 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'50.649 2.014 0.250
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9
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2020 Barcelona Moto2 FP2 Result: Schrotter Shows Some Speed

Although sunny and warm, the leaves invading the Montmelo circuit made for a rather autumnal picture throughout the last session of the day for the intermediate class. There was little room for improvement on the timesheets but Marcel Schrotter spent almost the entire session at the top and was one of the few men to improve on their FP1 times. Fabio Di Giannantonio in second was another of those riders, six hundredths of a second off top spot and two tenths quicker than Xavi Vierge. Marco Bezzecchi in fourth was also within three tenths of the lead, while compatriot Enea Bastianini found some late improvements to join the top five.

Aron Canet was the last rider to post a time within half a second of the leader, while Jorge Navarro finished seventh but not improving enough to also join the provisional top 14 overall. Bo Bendsneyder continues a good run of form in Catalunya with eighth place in FP2 and 11th overall, while Tom Luthi’s ninth place did not secure him a Q2 ticket yet. Sam Lowes rounded out the top ten of the session whilst remaining the fastest man of the day, courtesy of his FP1 time.

Luca Marini dropped to 14th on the timesheets after his fastest laptime got cancelled due to a yellow flag infringement, but his FP1 time keeps him comfortably on the combined top 14, alongside Augusto Fernandez, Jorge Martin, Tetsuta Nagashima, Jake Dixon and Nicolo Bulega. No such luck for Remy Gardner, who slid out at turn 2 in the closing stages of FP2 and could not do any better than 17th.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'44.531    
2 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'44.597 0.066 0.066
3 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'44.800 0.269 0.203
4 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'44.823 0.292 0.023
5 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'44.886 0.355 0.063
6 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'44.997 0.466 0.111
7 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'45.122 0.591 0.125
8 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'45.134 0.603 0.012
9 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'45.233 0.702 0.099
10 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'45.294 0.763 0.061
11 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'45.326 0.795 0.032
12 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'45.337 0.806 0.011
13 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'45.419 0.888 0.082
14 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'45.448 0.917 0.029
15 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'45.474 0.943 0.026
16 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'45.502 0.971 0.028
17 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'45.549 1.018 0.047
18 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'45.631 1.100 0.082
19 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'45.654 1.123 0.023
20 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'45.754 1.223 0.100
21 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'45.791 1.260 0.037
22 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'45.801 1.270 0.010
23 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'45.916 1.385 0.115
24 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'45.942 1.411 0.026
25 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'46.070 1.539 0.128
26 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'46.144 1.613 0.074
27 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'46.495 1.964 0.351
28 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'46.533 2.002 0.038
29 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'46.711 2.180 0.178
30 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 1'46.816 2.285 0.105
Round Number: 
9
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2020 Barcelona MotoGP FP2 Result: Morbidelli From Gravel To Glory

With the surface warming up nicely for the second practice session, premier class riders had a good opportunity to fine tune race setup, but the wind didn’t help the cause much. Gravel traps didn’t see as much action as in the lightweight class but still caused some trouble for the likes of Franco Morbidelli, who lost the front at turn 10 halfway through proceedings and took time to rejoin. But when he did, he shot straight to the top of the timesheets with the first 1:39 time of the weekend. Copy-paste for Johann Zarco, who also went down at turn 5 in the initial stages and went on to chase the leader on his way to the second 1:39 time on the timesheets.

Brad Binder held onto top spot for a handful of minutes but eventually got demoted to third, by only a tenth of a second and holding back Maverick Vinales by two tenths. Takaaki Nakagami comes to the forefront for Honda in fifth, while Joan Mir dropped to sixth after he opened the time attack recital with eight minutes remaining. Pol Espargaro made a late jump in seventh place, ahead of a fairly impressive Alex Marquez, the Spaniards less than seven tenths off the lead on home soil.

Valentino Rossi and Alex Rins rounded out the top ten, although only the Italian has snatched a place on the provisional Q2 line-up. Fabio Quartararo and Andrea Dovizioso were the only riders not to improve their times from FP1 and it showed on the timesheets but the Petronas rider had the excuse of late technical issues stopping him from joining the time attack. While Quartararo’s FP1 benchmark was sufficient to keep him safely into the combined top ten, Dovizioso has more work to do on Saturday morning, much like Pecco Bagnaia in 20th place.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'39.789    
2 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'39.898 0.109 0.109
3 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'40.008 0.219 0.110
4 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'40.208 0.419 0.200
5 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'40.412 0.623 0.204
6 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'40.441 0.652 0.029
7 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'40.474 0.685 0.033
8 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'40.478 0.689 0.004
9 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'40.502 0.713 0.024
10 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'40.538 0.749 0.036
11 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'40.626 0.837 0.088
12 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'40.754 0.965 0.128
13 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'40.791 1.002 0.037
14 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'40.860 1.071 0.069
15 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'40.871 1.082 0.011
16 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'41.028 1.239 0.157
17 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'41.095 1.306 0.067
18 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'41.124 1.335 0.029
19 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'41.260 1.471 0.136
20 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'41.337 1.548 0.077
21 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'41.673 1.884 0.336
22 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'42.257 2.468 0.584
Round Number: 
9
2020
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2020 Barcelona Moto3 FP2 Result: Masia Leads Eventful Session

Although temperatures kept rising in Montmelo, the wind posed a challenge for the junior class and gravel traps at turns 3 and 10 in particular got a lot of airtime early on. Jaume Masia was the exception by sliding out at turn 7, but the Leopard rider went on to pick up the lead of the session in the final time attack, when he became one of the few riders to improve their FP1 times, while Darryn Binder also improved to come within three tenths of a second of the Spaniard. Carlos Tatay enjoyed the return on home soil and made a late jump into the top three, as the last rider to post a time within half a second of top spot.

After an early tumble at turn 1, Gabriel Rodrigo rejoined the action to climb into fourth, ahead of Raul Fernandez, who overcame a rodeo moment at turn 3 and remained fastest on the combined standings. Tony Arbolino led the way early on, before limping away from a high side at turn 10 but was back from medical checks just in time for the late time attack that saw him climb back into sixth. Stefano Nepa was seventh in the session but not quick enough to join the combined top 14, unlike Andrea Migno in eighth. Jeremy Alcoba went from outside the top 15 into ninth position on the last lap, but it was still not enough to progress on the combined standings.

John McPhee rounded out the top ten of the session despite an early tumble of his own at troublesome turn 10, while championship leader Albert Arenas finished 14th, although both riders’ final flying laps were slowed down when avoiding a crash in front of them. Despite ending the session outside the top 15, Romano Fenati, Filip Salac, Alonso Lopez, Niccolo Antonelli and Kaito Toba still held onto provisional top 14 positions on the combined standings. A notable absence was Celestino Vietti, the Italian also crashing out at turn 3 but the repair job was too big for him to be able to rejoin the session and he dropped to 18th by the checkered flag.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'49.134    
2 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'49.418 0.284 0.284
3 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'49.611 0.477 0.193
4 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'49.821 0.687 0.210
5 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'49.935 0.801 0.114
6 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'49.952 0.818 0.017
7 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'50.031 0.897 0.079
8 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'50.072 0.938 0.041
9 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'50.090 0.956 0.018
10 17 John McPhee Honda 1'50.151 1.017 0.061
11 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'50.246 1.112 0.095
12 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'50.394 1.260 0.148
13 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'50.415 1.281 0.021
14 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'50.502 1.368 0.087
15 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'50.525 1.391 0.023
16 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'50.671 1.537 0.146
17 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'50.715 1.581 0.044
18 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'50.742 1.608 0.027
19 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'50.756 1.622 0.014
20 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'50.955 1.821 0.199
21 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'50.969 1.835 0.014
22 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'51.071 1.937 0.102
23 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'51.079 1.945 0.008
24 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'51.104 1.970 0.025
25 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'51.108 1.974 0.004
26 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'51.143 2.009 0.035
27 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'51.200 2.066 0.057
28 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'51.280 2.146 0.080
29 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'51.287 2.153 0.007
30 20 Jose Julian Garcia Honda 1'51.290 2.156 0.003
31 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'52.096 2.962 0.806
Round Number: 
9
2020
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