MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2020 Austria Moto2 Qualifying Result: Getting Ever Closer

Despite the weather warnings throughout the weekend, the biggest rival for the intermediate class were the technical niggles delaying the start of Q2. After a ten minute wait, riders went out to battle for top places on the grid and the big prize went to Remy Gardner, whose fine second run secured him his second career pole position. Jorge Martin was sat in top spot after the first few laps but got pushed back by the Australian, who was three hundredths of a second faster. Marcel Schrotter sailed through Q1 and didn’t stop until he reached the front row of the grid, only sixth hundredths off pole.

Enea Bastianini will defend his championship lead from fourth, opening the second row of the grid ahead of excellent rookie Aron Canet and the man who dominated practice, Sam Lowes. Jorge Navarro, Luca Marini and Tom Luthi fill in row three and might have hoped for better placement had it not been for a yellow flag waving on their final flying laps, courtesy of a tumble by Xavi Vierge.

Marco Bezzecchi completed the top ten, only two tenths off pole, and opens fourth row ahead of Q1 escapee Joe Roberts and Augusto Fernandez. After yet another crash and cancelled laptime, Tetsuta Nagashima failed to post a time in Q2 and has a bit of a challenge in maintaining his title aspirations in Austria.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'28.681    
2 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'28.717 0.036 0.036
3 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'28.745 0.064 0.028
4 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'28.808 0.127 0.063
5 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'28.814 0.133 0.006
6 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'28.894 0.213 0.080
7 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'28.905 0.224 0.011
8 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'28.913 0.232 0.008
9 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'28.919 0.238 0.006
10 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'28.931 0.250 0.012
11 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'28.983 0.302 0.052
12 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'29.107 0.426 0.124
13 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'29.277 0.596 0.170
14 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'29.308 0.627 0.031
15 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'29.357 0.676 0.049
16 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'29.388 0.707 0.031
17 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex      
18 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex      
    Q1 Results to be added.        
Round Number: 
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2020
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2020 Austria MotoGP Qualifying Result: There When It Counts

The premier class went out for qualifying under the impending threat of rain but the track remained in prime condition throughout and allowed the show to unfold. Yamaha’s performance might have been somewhat underwhelming throughout practice in Austria but they found their way to the front when it mattered. Fabio Quartararo might not have spent a lot of time in the spotlinght in Austria but when the time came for qualifying, he had to place his bid for pole and spent his first outing exchanging top spot with future teammate Maverick Vinales. The Spaniard had the upper hand after the first run, posting the fastest time of the weekend but there was more time to find on the final shootout and it was Vinales who found it to secure his first pole position of the season. Jack Miller came within seven hundredths of a second of pole but ended up as the top Ducati in a Yamaha sandwich, with Quartararo completing the front row of the grid.

Andrea Dovizioso looked like he had the speed to threaten for top honours but the Italian went from provisional pole to fourth on the timesheets in the late surge of red sectors. After shining throughout practice, Pol Espargaro could not quite replicate that come Saturday afternoon and had to make do with fifth, while Joan Mir closed the second row of the grid for Suzuki. Franco Morbidelli fronts row three ahead of Alex Rins and Johann Zarco, the Frenchman leading the escape from Q1.

Takaaki Nakagami was the lead Honda in tenth, sharing the fourth row of the grid with Miguel Oliveira and Valentino Rossi. Yamaha’s veteran broke Danilo Petrucci’s heart at the last minute in Q1, leaving his compatriot 14th and sharing fifth row with Cal Crutchlow and Iker Lecuona.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'23.450    
2 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'23.518 0.068 0.068
3 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'23.537 0.087 0.019
4 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'23.606 0.156 0.069
5 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'23.612 0.162 0.006
6 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'23.673 0.223 0.061
7 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'23.719 0.269 0.046
8 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'23.731 0.281 0.012
9 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'23.828 0.378 0.097
10 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'23.872 0.422 0.044
11 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'23.939 0.489 0.067
12 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'23.995 0.545 0.056
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'23.865    
Q2 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'23.891 0.026 0.026
13 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'23.915 0.050 0.024
14 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'24.151 0.286 0.236
15 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'24.228 0.363 0.077
16 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'24.405 0.540 0.177
17 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'24.485 0.620 0.080
18 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'24.490 0.625 0.005
19 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'24.662 0.797 0.172
20 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'24.831 0.966 0.169
21 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'25.287 1.422 0.456
22 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'25.431 1.566 0.144
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2020 Austria MotoGP FP4 Result: Pol Espargaro Confirms His Pace

Despite grey clouds still circling around for the final practice session of the premier class, it was a fully dry affair that allowed riders to hone in on their race setup in the hope of an equally dry race. A determined Pol Espargaro retook his spot at the top of the timesheets and despite following his brother into the gravel trap at turn nine, he kept top spot to the checkered flag, while also showing an impressively consistent pace in the mid 1:24s. Valentino Rossi made a late jump into second from outside the top ten and did the most laps in an attempt to get nearer to the leader’s pace. Fresh off announcing his surprising departure from Ducati, Andrea Dovizioso continued his bid for a fine result at the Red Bull Ring with third place in FP4 and a steady pace to go with it.

Johann Zarco in fourth was four tenths off the lead and narrowly ahead of Maverick Vinales, followed by the Suzuki duo of Joan Mir and Alex Rins. Just a touch slower, Danilo Petrucci and Fabio Quartararo were separated by a mere thousandth of a second, while Miguel Oliveira showed the way to colleague Brad Binder. Missing out on the top ten, Franco Morbidelli and Jack Miller were seven tenths off the fastest time, ahead of Aleix Espargaro, who failed to improve on his early benchmark due to a late crash at turn nine. Cal Crutchlow in 15th was the top Honda machine, one thousandth of a second faster than teammate Takaaki Nakagami.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'24.183    
2 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'24.335 0.152 0.152
3 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'24.408 0.225 0.073
4 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'24.586 0.403 0.178
5 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'24.608 0.425 0.022
6 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'24.709 0.526 0.101
7 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'24.767 0.584 0.058
8 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'24.773 0.590 0.006
9 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'24.774 0.591 0.001
10 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'24.815 0.632 0.041
11 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'24.819 0.636 0.004
12 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'24.855 0.672 0.036
13 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'24.917 0.734 0.062
14 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'24.966 0.783 0.049
15 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'25.027 0.844 0.061
16 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'25.028 0.845 0.001
17 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'25.059 0.876 0.031
18 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'25.165 0.982 0.106
19 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'25.311 1.128 0.146
20 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'25.451 1.268 0.140
21 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'25.461 1.278 0.010
22 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'25.907 1.724 0.446
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2020 Austria Moto3 Qualifying Result: Here To Stay

Forget the cataclysmic forecast for Saturday at the Red Bull Ring because qualifying sessions for the lightweight class started with a completely dry track that allowed riders to give their best in the fight for pole position. Dark clouds were purely spectators to all the cancelled laptimes but eventually they witnessed a second consecutive pole position from Raul Fernandez. The Spaniard was pretty subdued throughout the session but brought KTM their first accolade of the weekend with a fantastic final flying lap.

Albert Arenas had his sights set on pole as well, after briefly leading proceedings, but the Spaniard will start his defence of the championship lead from second on the grid. John McPhee will be there to keep him honest, the Petronas racer making a late jump onto the front row, only three hundredths of a second slower than the poleman.

Jaume Masia looked like a solid challenger throughout but had to settle for a second row start, alongside early session leader Celestino Vietti and Tatsuki Suzuki. Gabriel Rodrigo in seventh place was less than three tenths off the lead and opens row three ahead of Tony Arbolino and Q1 leader Riccardo Rossi. Deniz Oncu also escaped Q1 to score a solid tenth starting position alongside Brno victor Dennis Foggia and Andrea Migno, with championship contender Ai Agura down in 13th.

The final results were impacted by a late yellow flag brought out by Kaito Toba’s painful looking high side at turn 10 and the Japanese rider will have to start 17th. However, the most miserable men in the paddock will be Romano Fenati and Alonso Lopez, the two teammates starting from the very back of the grid after a disappointing Q1.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'36.277    
2 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'36.288 0.011 0.011
3 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'36.306 0.029 0.018
4 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'36.371 0.094 0.065
5 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'36.462 0.185 0.091
6 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'36.495 0.218 0.033
7 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'36.571 0.294 0.076
8 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'36.644 0.367 0.073
9 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'36.730 0.453 0.086
10 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'36.756 0.479 0.026
11 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'36.857 0.580 0.101
12 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'36.891 0.614 0.034
13 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'36.937 0.660 0.046
14 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'37.064 0.787 0.127
15 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'37.067 0.790 0.003
16 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'37.143 0.866 0.076
17 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'37.398 1.121 0.255
18 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'37.565 1.288 0.167
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Q2 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'37.032    
Q2 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'37.111 0.079 0.079
Q2 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'37.159 0.127 0.048
Q2 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'37.232 0.200 0.073
19 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'37.300 0.268 0.068
20 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'37.424 0.392 0.124
21 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'37.502 0.470 0.078
22 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'37.504 0.472 0.002
23 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'37.552 0.520 0.048
24 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'37.662 0.630 0.110
25 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'37.758 0.726 0.096
26 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'37.899 0.867 0.141
27 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'37.923 0.891 0.024
28 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'38.094 1.062 0.171
29 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'38.402 1.370 0.308
30 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'38.537 1.505 0.135
31 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'38.827 1.795 0.290
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2020 Austria Moto2 FP3 Result: Lowes Lowers The Benchmark

The clouds that threatened proceedings early in the day gave way to large patches of blue sky by the time the intermediate class joined an almost entirely dry track, offering an unexpected opportunity to change the hierarchy in the combined top 14. The early rush led to an impressive number of cancelled lap times due to exceeding track limits but riders were quick on the pace from Friday. Luca Marini was one of the first improvers and placed himself at the top of the timesheets early on, a place he kept until the final ten minutes, when Sam Lowes improved the fastest time of the weekend. The Marc VDS rider survived a late time attack to lead FP3 by seven hundredths of a second from Remy Gardner, while Marini dropped to third, the trio safely into Q2.

Enea Bastianini left it late to join the top 14 but when he did he went straight to fourth, ahead of rookie Aron Canet. Marco Bezzecchi was a late improver but did well in sixth position, followed by Xavi Vierge and Somkiat Chantra, who were less than three tenths off the lead. Tetsuta Nagashima had an eventful morning, with an early crash that left him with only 10 min of running at the end of the session, but it proved sufficient to secure a place in Q2. Tom Luthi finally found his way into the top ten of the session and 12th overall, while Jorge Navarro’s session ended nine minutes early with a high side at turn one but the Spaniard made it into Q2 unhurt.

Jorge Martin was one of the few riders who failed to go any faster than Friday but his top time was good enough for third on the combined timesheets, despite being outside of the top 20 in FP3. Similarly, Augusto Fernandez was tenth overall and Jake Dixon got lucky with a late laptime cancellation for Nicolo Bulega, which handed the final direct Q2 place to the Petronas rider. Despite being under four tenths of a second off the leader, Stefano Manzi and Joe Roberts missed out on the top 14, while Marcel Schrotter’s late crash also left him out in the cold of Q1.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'28.877    
2 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'28.950 0.073 0.073
3 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'29.020 0.143 0.070
4 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'29.038 0.161 0.018
5 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'29.103 0.226 0.065
6 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'29.145 0.268 0.042
7 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'29.155 0.278 0.010
8 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'29.171 0.294 0.016
9 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'29.187 0.310 0.016
10 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'29.188 0.311 0.001
11 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'29.204 0.327 0.016
12 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'29.240 0.363 0.036
13 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'29.245 0.368 0.005
14 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'29.297 0.420 0.052
15 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'29.342 0.465 0.045
16 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'29.377 0.500 0.035
17 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'29.379 0.502 0.002
18 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'29.402 0.525 0.023
19 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'29.475 0.598 0.073
20 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'29.554 0.677 0.079
21 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'29.566 0.689 0.012
22 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'29.615 0.738 0.049
23 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'29.855 0.978 0.240
24 77 Dominique Aegerter NTS 1'29.908 1.031 0.053
25 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'29.913 1.036 0.005
26 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'30.060 1.183 0.147
27 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'30.080 1.203 0.020
28 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'30.511 1.634 0.431
29 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'30.655 1.778 0.144
30 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'30.786 1.909 0.131
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2020 Austria MotoGP FP3 Result: Vinales Returns

The Red Bull Ring greeted the paddock with heavy grey clouds on Saturday morning but there was the slightest hint of sun by the time the premier class hit the wet track. Several riders revelled in the damp conditions at the start of the session, with Johann Zarco fastest in the wet but a dry line was starting to form and riders ditched the wet tyres for the final 15 minutes. Alex Marquez was the first to top the session on slicks and it prompted a flurry of tyre changes that led to Andrea Dovizioso and Pol Espargaro once again hogging the limelight by trading top spot.

If they were to have an impact on combined standings, riders had about two seconds to find in the remaining 10 minutes on a widening dry line and that mission looked more realistic with every second of sunshine. Yamaha were the ones with something to prove and the first improver on the combined timesheets was Maverick Vinales, who pushed Fabio Quartararo out of the top 10 with three minutes remaining but red sector times started flashing on the timing screens for many rivals. Regardless, Vinales stayed the fastest man of the morning, while third on the combined timesheets, which were still led by Pol Espargaro, even though the Spaniard dropped to seventh in the session.

Jack Miller was another of the men who found some time in FP3 and climbed to fourth overall, while second in the session, ahead of Dovizioso, who was also comfortably through to Q2. Takaaki Nakagami had to rely on his Friday time to stay in the top five overall, while Alex Rins, Miguel Oliveira and Joan Mir all improved to secure their Q2 positions. The final direct Q2 tickets went to Franco Morbidelli, who struggled in FP3 but was saved by his performance on Friday and teammate Fabio Quartararo, who saved his day with one final lap that snatched him tenth overall. That pushed compatriot Zarco outside of the top ten positions and sent him into the Q1 battle alongside Danilo Petrucci, Valentino Rossi, Cal Crutchlow or Brad Binder.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'24.317    
2 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'24.363 0.046 0.046
3 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'24.426 0.109 0.063
4 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'24.434 0.117 0.008
5 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'24.508 0.191 0.074
6 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'24.517 0.200 0.009
7 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'24.525 0.208 0.008
8 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'24.611 0.294 0.086
9 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'24.663 0.346 0.052
10 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'24.961 0.644 0.298
11 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'25.021 0.704 0.060
12 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'25.039 0.722 0.018
13 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'25.048 0.731 0.009
14 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'25.189 0.872 0.141
15 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'25.318 1.001 0.129
16 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'25.434 1.117 0.116
17 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'25.467 1.150 0.033
18 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'25.468 1.151 0.001
19 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'25.480 1.163 0.012
20 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'25.653 1.336 0.173
21 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'26.019 1.702 0.366
22 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'29.105 4.788 3.086
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5
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2020 Austria Moto3 FP3 Result: Vietti Fastest In The Wet

Saturday morning brought the first properly wet session of the season for the lightweight class and despite missing out on another chance at the top 14 ahead of qualifying, riders had plenty to do to get ready for a potentially wet race. Therefore, the soaking track saw action straight away and the fastest man through the damp patches was Celestino Vietti, the Italian nearly half a second faster than Ai Ogura. Raul Fernandez continues to show good speed regardless of the conditions, the Spaniard third and half a second off the leader.

Maximilian Kofler impressed in fourth but times were nowhere near those from Friday, so the local rider will need to take a trip through Q1. Andrea Migno completed the top five, ahead of Tatsuki Suzuki, Kaito Toba and early session leader Jaume Masia. Darryn Binder and Tony Arbolino rounded out the top ten, with the Italian still fastest over the three practice sessions. The likes of Gabriel Rodrigo, John McPhee and Albert Arenas were over a second down on Vietti but safely into Q2 based on their performance on Friday morning. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'42.775    
2 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'43.251 0.476 0.476
3 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'43.300 0.525 0.049
4 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'43.477 0.702 0.177
5 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'43.583 0.808 0.106
6 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'43.657 0.882 0.074
7 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'43.724 0.949 0.067
8 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'43.737 0.962 0.013
9 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'43.901 1.126 0.164
10 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'43.906 1.131 0.005
11 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'43.934 1.159 0.028
12 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'43.969 1.194 0.035
13 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'43.976 1.201 0.007
14 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'43.988 1.213 0.012
15 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'44.124 1.349 0.136
16 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'44.156 1.381 0.032
17 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'44.167 1.392 0.011
18 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'44.214 1.439 0.047
19 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'44.337 1.562 0.123
20 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'44.508 1.733 0.171
21 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'44.588 1.813 0.080
22 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'44.588 1.813  
23 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'44.596 1.821 0.008
24 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'44.649 1.874 0.053
25 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'44.749 1.974 0.100
26 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'44.818 2.043 0.069
27 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'45.043 2.268 0.225
28 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'45.115 2.340 0.072
29 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'45.242 2.467 0.127
30 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'45.972 3.197 0.730
31 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'46.288 3.513 0.316
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2020 Austria Moto2 FP2 Result: Lowes Goes Even Faster

Although track conditions had improved significantly by the end of the premier class session, Moto2 went out with rain flags waving once again, the much lighter showers not stopping riders from chasing a fast time. It took them a little bit to improve on the morning’s benchmark but the final couple of minutes saw a few people threaten the combined standings, Sam Lowes in particular appearing eager to improve his own top time and keep a firm grip on the headlines of the day. The Marc VDS rider was the fastest man on Friday but only just, as Jorge Martin came within one hundredth of a second to secure second place in both FP2 and the combined timesheets.

Jake Dixon was another of the riders to find some improvements on their FP1 time and climbed into third in the session and a comfortable sixth overall. Augusto Fernandez kept close in fourth, with Joe Roberts also progressing to fifth and joining the combined top 14 positions. Xavi Vierge was the last rider to take advantage of the opportunity offered by the weather and find his way into provisional Q2 spots, while sixth in the session.

Jorge Navarro, Marcel Schrotter, Enea Bastianini and Aron Canet rounded out the top ten of FP2 but only the Spaniards kept their Q2 spots, with Bastianini and Schrotter failing to go any faster than FP1. If rain makes a comeback on Saturday morning, Tetsuta Nagashima, Stefano Manzi, Marco Bezzecchi, Remy Gardner, Luca Marini and Lorenzo Baldassarri will also head straight to Q2.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'28.985    
2 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'28.995 0.010 0.010
3 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'29.207 0.222 0.212
4 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'29.368 0.383 0.161
5 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'29.436 0.451 0.068
6 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'29.510 0.525 0.074
7 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'29.577 0.592 0.067
8 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'29.578 0.593 0.001
9 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'29.593 0.608 0.015
10 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'29.659 0.674 0.066
11 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'29.692 0.707 0.033
12 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'29.735 0.750 0.043
13 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'29.818 0.833 0.083
14 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'29.836 0.851 0.018
15 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'29.845 0.860 0.009
16 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'29.858 0.873 0.013
17 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'29.875 0.890 0.017
18 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'29.895 0.910 0.020
19 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'30.022 1.037 0.127
20 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'30.178 1.193 0.156
21 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'30.228 1.243 0.050
22 77 Dominique Aegerter NTS 1'30.318 1.333 0.090
23 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'30.354 1.369 0.036
24 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'30.392 1.407 0.038
25 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'30.407 1.422 0.015
26 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'30.489 1.504 0.082
27 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'30.774 1.789 0.285
28 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'30.876 1.891 0.102
29 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'31.491 2.506 0.615
30 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'31.542 2.557 0.051
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2020 Austria MotoGP FP2 Result: Miller Chasing Away The Rain

With rain setting camp at turn 3 before the start of the session but leaving the rest of the circuit as dry as Honda’s trophy cabinet this season, it was a slow start for the premier class. A few tentative laps were run in the early part of FP2, but most riders were sat comfortably in the garage, waiting for sunshine to make a comeback and dry the soaking top part of the circuit.

Only Miguel Oliveira set a time at the start of session until Aleix Espargaro had some fun on rain tyres but that was the only action until the final ten minutes, when track conditions improved enough for most people to venture out for a short run on slicks. Jack Miller was fastest after the handful of laps, seven tenths of a second ahead of Iker Lecuona and with Miguel Oliveira and Alex Rins the only other men within a second of the leader. Johann Zarco completed the top five, with Joan Mir, Alex Marquez, Maverick Vinales, Valentino Rossi and Stefan Bradl filling up the rest of the top ten.

Regardless, the times were nowhere near challenging the hierarchy from the morning session and it made no impression on the provisional line-up for Q2, with the likes of Fabio Quartararo, Franco Morbidelli and Andrea Dovizioso safely in there, unlike the factory Yamaha machines.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'26.475    
2 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'27.228 0.753 0.753
3 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'27.421 0.946 0.193
4 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'27.458 0.983 0.037
5 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'27.625 1.150 0.167
6 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'27.793 1.318 0.168
7 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'27.839 1.364 0.046
8 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'27.941 1.466 0.102
9 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'27.967 1.492 0.026
10 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'28.012 1.537 0.045
11 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'28.444 1.969 0.432
12 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'29.264 2.789 0.820
13 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'29.597 3.122 0.333
14 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'29.669 3.194 0.072
15 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'29.984 3.509 0.315
16 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'30.704 4.229 0.720
17 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'31.941 5.466 1.237
  4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'35.009 8.534 3.068
  38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'37.709 11.234 2.700
  41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'40.346 13.871 2.637
  33 Brad Binder KTM      
  44 Pol Espargaro KTM      
Round Number: 
5
2020
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2020 Austria Moto3 FP2 Result: McPhee Fastest As Rain Arrives

Despite all the rain talk over the morning, the weather gave Moto3 riders a bit of respite for the beginning of the second practice session. That saw an early push for a Q2 worthy time but few men managed to improve their times from the morning, Gabriel Rodrigo and Dennis Foggia amongst those few but only climbing a few positions inside the top 14. Rain hit halfway through the session with a few drops here and there but enough to send riders back to their garage to see how the conditions evolved. John McPhee had edged ahead after the first outing and his one hundredth of a second advantage lasted to the checkered flag after a localised downpour at turn 3 completely stopped play in the final handful of minutes.

Rodrigo’s early progress put him second in the session, ahead of Jaume Masia, both riders within a tenth of a second of the leader. Foggia’s fastest time was two tenths off the lead, while Tony Arbolino completed the top five in FP2, while retaining top spot in the combined standings. Raul Fernandez was the lead KTM man in sixth position, ahead of Celestino Vietti and Tatsuki Suzuki, with championship leader Albert Arenas and Niccolo Antonelli completing the top ten.

The combined timesheets stayed nearly identical from FP1 and all the men above are set to join Q2 directly, provided the rain returns as predicted on Saturday morning, and the final men to join them there are teammates Ayumu Sasaki and Kaito Toba, together with Ai Ogura and Andrea Migno.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 17 John McPhee Honda 1'37.060    
2 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'37.079 0.019 0.019
3 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'37.123 0.063 0.044
4 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'37.269 0.209 0.146
5 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'37.403 0.343 0.134
6 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'37.489 0.429 0.086
7 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'37.592 0.532 0.103
8 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'37.663 0.603 0.071
9 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'37.679 0.619 0.016
10 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'37.736 0.676 0.057
11 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'37.757 0.697 0.021
12 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'37.842 0.782 0.085
13 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'37.876 0.816 0.034
14 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'37.897 0.837 0.021
15 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'37.989 0.929 0.092
16 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'37.996 0.936 0.007
17 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'38.078 1.018 0.082
18 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'38.165 1.105 0.087
19 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'38.358 1.298 0.193
20 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'38.403 1.343 0.045
21 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'38.413 1.353 0.010
22 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'38.453 1.393 0.040
23 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'38.490 1.430 0.037
24 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'38.515 1.455 0.025
25 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'38.521 1.461 0.006
26 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'38.663 1.603 0.142
27 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'38.693 1.633 0.030
28 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'39.088 2.028 0.395
29 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'39.220 2.160 0.132
30 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'39.481 2.421 0.261
31 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'39.545 2.485 0.064
Round Number: 
5
2020
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