MotoGP Race And Practice Results

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
Round Number: 
5
2020
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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
Round Number: 
5
2020
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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
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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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2020 Austria Moto2 FP1 Result: Lowes Ready For Battle

With rain forecast for the remaining practice sessions, Sam Lowes took the opportunity granted in FP1 to take top spot on the timesheets and did not let anyone touch his prime spot throughout the session. Plenty have tried though and Marco Bezzecchi came nearest, one hundredth of a second off the lead, with Augusto Fernandez only two hundredths slower than his teammate. Jorge Martin in fourth was still only a tenth off top spot, with Jorge Navarro completing the top five mere hundredths of a second behind.

Remy Gardner in sixth was two tenth off the lead, while rookie Aron Canet quickly took to the Austrian track to climb into seventh. Tetsuta Nagashima was eighth ahead of Lorenzo Baldassarri, once again with minuscule gaps separating them from the men ahead. Luca Marini took some time to find his feet at the Red Bull Ring but eventually joined the top ten, ahead of compatriot Stefano Manzi and Somkiat Chantra. Brno victor Enea Bastianini was also quite subdued early on but secured 13 spot, with the final provisional Q2 ticket going to Tom Luthi. Despite being only six tenths off top spot, the likes of Joe Roberts, Nicolo Bulega, Hafizh Syahrin or Xavi Vierge will pray for the rain to stay away in the coming hours or they will have to battle it out in Q1.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'29.133    
2 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'29.149 0.016 0.016
3 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'29.177 0.044 0.028
4 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'29.262 0.129 0.085
5 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'29.290 0.157 0.028
6 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'29.363 0.230 0.073
7 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'29.414 0.281 0.051
8 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'29.428 0.295 0.014
9 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'29.449 0.316 0.021
10 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'29.473 0.340 0.024
11 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'29.518 0.385 0.045
12 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'29.529 0.396 0.011
13 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'29.555 0.422 0.026
14 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'29.668 0.535 0.113
15 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'29.718 0.585 0.050
16 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'29.745 0.612 0.027
17 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'29.750 0.617 0.005
18 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'29.785 0.652 0.035
19 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'29.881 0.748 0.096
20 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'29.986 0.853 0.105
21 77 Dominique Aegerter NTS 1'30.388 1.255 0.402
22 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'30.415 1.282 0.027
23 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'30.461 1.328 0.046
24 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'30.480 1.347 0.019
25 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'30.594 1.461 0.114
26 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'30.671 1.538 0.077
27 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'30.987 1.854 0.316
28 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'31.033 1.900 0.046
29 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'31.135 2.002 0.102
30 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'31.253 2.120 0.118
Round Number: 
5
2020
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2020 Austria MotoGP FP1 Result: Pol Espargaro On A Mission

With the troublesome weather forecast for the weekend, the Red Bull Ring was kind to allow at least one dry practice session for the premier class to provisionally settle the Q2 lineup. Presumably frustrated with the events of Brno, Pol Espargaro led all throughout the session and responded to every challenger by extending his gap at the top of the timesheets. Not even the Ducatis on their favourite playground could cope with the KTM man’s speed but Andrea Dovizioso looked invigorated by the return to the Red Bull Ring and climbed into second, only half a tenth off the leader.

Takaaki Nakagami carried the flag for Honda to join the top three, aided by a cancelled lap time for Joan Mir over a yellow flag infringement, which also left Alex Rins as the lead Suzuki man in fourth. Franco Morbidelli was once again the first Yamaha, making it five different manufacturers in the top five.

Johann Zarco was back at the business end in sixth, half a second off the leader and narrowly ahead of Miguel Oliveira. Jack Miller and Joan Mir kept close as well, while the final top ten position went to a subdued Fabio Quartararo. The Frenchman pushed his future teammate out of provisional Q2 positions, leaving Maverick Vinales together with Danilo Petrucci, Valentino Rossi, Cal Crutchlow and rookie winner Brad Binder to do a no-rain dance over the next 24 hours.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'24.193    
2 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'24.237 0.044 0.044
3 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'24.378 0.185 0.141
4 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'24.573 0.380 0.195
5 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'24.588 0.395 0.015
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'24.655 0.462 0.067
7 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'24.718 0.525 0.063
8 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'24.724 0.531 0.006
9 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'24.743 0.550 0.019
10 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'24.753 0.560 0.010
11 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'24.779 0.586 0.026
12 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'24.837 0.644 0.058
13 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'24.879 0.686 0.042
14 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'24.944 0.751 0.065
15 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'24.991 0.798 0.047
16 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'25.005 0.812 0.014
17 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'25.152 0.959 0.147
18 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'25.165 0.972 0.013
19 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'25.249 1.056 0.084
20 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'25.297 1.104 0.048
21 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'25.371 1.178 0.074
22 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'25.729 1.536 0.358
Round Number: 
5
2020
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2020 Austria Moto3 FP1 Result: Arbolino Takes Advantage Of Dry Conditions

With the Red Bull Ring scheduled to provide unpredictable weather over the first race weekend in Spielberg, lightweight class riders knew that a dry FP1 could prove essential for qualifying. Tony Arbolino took the most advantage of the conditions to claim the top of the timesheets on his penultimate flying lap, almost three tenths of a second faster than late improver John McPhee. Jaume Masia and Celestino Vietti came next, as the final men to post a time within half a second of the leader, while Niccolo Antonelli completed the top five.

Raul Fernandez kept sixth position despite a late crash at turn three, with the resulting yellow flag halting further improvements on the timesheets. Kaito Toba climbed into seventh ahead of early session leaders Andrea Migno and Albert Arenas, with Tatsuki Suzuki rounding out the top ten.

If the remaining practice sessions prove to be a washout, then the last men provisionally joining Q2 are the class' latest victor Dennis Foggia, accompanied by Filip Salac, Ai Ogura and Gabriel Rodrigo – the Argentine rider just under a second slower than the leader.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'36.550    
2 17 John McPhee Honda 1'36.841 0.291 0.291
3 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'36.916 0.366 0.075
4 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'37.039 0.489 0.123
5 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'37.057 0.507 0.018
6 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'37.066 0.516 0.009
7 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'37.067 0.517 0.001
8 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'37.107 0.557 0.040
9 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'37.129 0.579 0.022
10 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'37.260 0.710 0.131
11 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'37.402 0.852 0.142
12 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'37.407 0.857 0.005
13 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'37.484 0.934 0.077
14 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'37.512 0.962 0.028
15 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'37.640 1.090 0.128
16 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'37.679 1.129 0.039
17 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'37.818 1.268 0.139
18 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'37.863 1.313 0.045
19 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'37.877 1.327 0.014
20 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'37.947 1.397 0.070
21 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'37.970 1.420 0.023
22 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'37.989 1.439 0.019
23 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'38.035 1.485 0.046
24 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'38.263 1.713 0.228
25 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'38.382 1.832 0.119
26 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'38.396 1.846 0.014
27 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'38.555 2.005 0.159
28 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'38.594 2.044 0.039
29 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'38.713 2.163 0.119
30 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'38.778 2.228 0.065
31 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'39.098 2.548 0.320
Round Number: 
5
2020
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2020 Portimao World Superbike Race Two Result: Turn Five Takes Its Toll On The Title

On a windy and hot afternoon, 22 riders lined up for 20 laps of Portimao. Eight of them would crash but eighteen would finish.

Jonathan Rea led Toprak Razgatlioglu, Loris Baz and Scott Redding into the first turn, with Redding taking third place from Baz. Alex Lowes, Michael van der Mark and Eugene Laverty lined up behind Baz, but Laverty crashed out at turn five, picking his bike up to rejoin at the back of the pack. Loris Baz then slid out at the high-speed last turn, ending what was up to this point an excellent weekend. 

After Redding took second place into turn one, the front three broke away from Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark and Jonathan Rea set the fastest lap. A lap later, Rea improved the fastest lap with a 1'42.941 and started to clear off into the distance. 

At the start of lap five, Rea had over a second of a lead, with Redding, Razgatlioglu, Lowes and van der Mark grouping together in a fight for second. Seven laps in, Toprak Razgatlioglu fell at turn five, losing third place and thirteen seconds, as he recovered in fourteenth place. A lap later, Alex Lowes followed suit, remounting but dropping his limping bike off at his garage instead of continuing.

Michael van der Mark closed on Scott Redding's second place, but couldn't keep up the pace and dropped back a few tenths. In fourth place, Chaz Davies held off Leon Haslam and Michael Ruben Rinaldi with Alvaro Bautista across the gap in seventh place. On lap twelve, Leon Haslam fell victim to turn five and had to pick up his stranded Honda to return to the race. 

Scott Redding's tyre started to go off, in a now-familiar way, and Michael van der Mark made hay while the runner shone, closing at a rate of four tenths of a second a lap until lap fourteen. Scott Redding took turn five wide and van der Mark snuck underneath him. Redding closed his line but found a Yamaha exactly where he hoped to put his Ducati. He conceded second place to van der Mark but kept the pressure on. Van der Mark found a false neutral later in the lap and Redding capitalised on it to take second place back, now over four seconds behind Jonathan Rea. Van der Mark's tyres now caught up with Redding's and they matched lap times.

On lap sixteen, Garrett Gerloff went wide, and as he closed his turn, he met Xavi Fores on the apex and the pair clashed. Fores crashed out but Gerloff was able to resume in eleventh place. Toprak Razgatlioglu was in ninth place and closing on Federico Caricasulo at a terrifying rate of knots, taking eighth place a lap before the end. 

On the last couple of laps, Redding held second place, matching every effort van der Mark made, with the pair never further apart than four tenths of a second. 

Jonathan Rea won by over five seconds, but there was less than a tenths of a second at the flag between Scott Redding in second and Michael van der Mark in third place. Chaz Davies finished just under four seconds later with Alvaro Bautista almost two seconds behind him. Michael Ruben Rinaldi capitalised on Loris Baz's absence to finish top independent riders in sixth place. 

Jonathan Rea now leads the championship, but only by four points as Scott Redding's hard fought second place keeps him within four points of the championship leader. Michael van der Mark's third place keeps him in fifth place behind Alex Lowes while Toprak's recovery in eighth place on track keeps him in third place in the championship, losing twelve points to Redding. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 4.360
3 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 4.453
4 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 3.910
5 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000RR-R 10.336
6 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 12.566
7 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR 14.565
8 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 26.231
9 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R1 28.103
10 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale V4 R 32.926
11 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 33.229
12 50 E. LAVERTY BMW S1000 RR 46.555
13 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR-R 46.573
14 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale V4 R 49.902
15 20 S. BARRIER Ducati Panigale V4 R 52.293
16 23 C. PONSSON Aprilia RSV4 1000 1'05.643
17 63 L. GABELLINI Honda CBR1000RR-R 1'06.784
18 13 T. TAKAHASHI Honda CBR1000RR-R 1'14.503
RET 12 X. FORES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 5 Laps
RET 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 12 Laps
RET 77 M. SCHEIB Kawasaki ZX-10RR 19 Laps
RET 76 L. BAZ Yamaha YZF R1  
Round Number: 
3
2020
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2020 Brno MotoGP Race Result: A Flurry Of Fantastic Firsts

The challenges posed by the track surface in Brno mixed with a fairly entertaining qualifying session made any predictions for the premier class race very difficult but none of them could have foreseen the eventual podium in the Czech Republic. It was a momentous day for KTM, who celebrated their first victory in MotoGP after 40 minutes of pure magic from Brad Binder, who became the first rookie winner in the premier class since the reigning world champion. For much of the race it looked like it was going to be Franco Morbidelli’s time to shine and shine he did, but instead of victory, he more calmly celebrated his maiden podium in MotoGP. In a day of firsts, Johann Zarco had the most eventful afternoon of the lot but still managed to bring home the very first podium for the Esponsorama/Avintia crew.

The poleman’s race kicked off with a pretty shocking start, Zarco getting swallowed by the sharks off the line, while Petronas took control at the front. Fabio Quartrarao reached turn one first but found himself second to Morbidelli by turn two. Aleix Espargaro made a fine start to join the top three ahead of brother Pol and was soon attacking Quartararo for second. By the time the Frenchman found a way back past on the Aprilia, Morbidelli had extended a gap of over one second at the front. Meanwhile, Pol Espargaro was getting roughed up by teammate Binder and a quickly recovering Zarco. Missing in action on lap one were Maverick Vinales down to 8th and Valentino Rossi in 10th, while Takaaki Nakagami and Andrea Dovizioso were making steady progress from their lowly qualifying positions, knocking on the doors of the top ten by the third lap.

While Quartararo was chasing down his teammate, Binder was hounding Aleix Espargaro to claim a provisional podium spot and Zarco followed the South African’s example, leaving Aleix to scrap it out with his brother for fifth position. By lap four, Quartararo had to switch focus from pursuing Morbidelli to defending his position from a feisty Binder, leaving Zarco and Pol behind. Pol eventually found a way past the poleman on lap six and went in pursuit of his teammate, with one second to recover on the podium battle. Aleix Espargaro looked like he decisively lost touch with the main contenders and tried to keep Rins and Rossi at bay, while Vinales, Nakagami and Dovizioso’s progress had stalled towards the bottom of the top ten.

Morbidelli’s gap was still safe by lap 8 but Quartararo and Binder had more company as Pol and Zarco had tagged to the back of them. Binder made the first move, picking up the chase at turn 3 but Pol did not want to let his teammate go too far and also found his way past Quartararo soon after. However, taking a few wide corners put him in the path of Zarco and a slight nudge from the Avintia man saw the Spaniard disappointingly slide out at turn 1. With 12 laps remaining and as the incident was being investigated, Zarco made his move on a somewhat fading Quartararo and had one second to find to catch up on Binder.

Clear of any challengers, Binder pushed to reduce Morbidelli’s gap no near nothing with 10 laps remaining and made his move for the lead one lap later. The KTM man quickly found a half second gap on the Yamaha, while Zarco was drawing closer too but was slapped with a long lap penalty for irresponsible riding. The Frenchman danced on the dusty white line of the penalty lane to keep ahead of Quartararo and successfully did so but lost touch with the duo ahead.

Binder looked comfortable in the lead, but his 1.5 second gap wasn’t fully safe from Morbidelli yet, while Zarco was unperturbed in third and Quartararo came under attack from Rins, with Rossi waiting in the wings. Despite struggling with his tyre choice, Quartararo did not make it easy for the Spaniard to get past and it took until the final five laps for Rins to make a decisive move. Rossi had an easier time in overtaking the Petronas rider, who was going backwards and soon allowed Oliveira past. His saving grace was that the next group led by Nakagami was almost four seconds behind.

With four laps to go, Binder had an impressive three second advantage at the front and increased that further by the checkered flag to take a historic first win for himself and KTM. Morbidelli came home safely in second, while Zarco got pushed to the very end by Rins. Despite pretty severe tyre trouble, the Avintia man held on to keep his podium position, with Rins a commendable fourth. Rossi joined the top five ahead of Oliveira, with Quartararo fading to seventh position. Nakagami, Jack Miller and Aleix Espargaro completed the top ten, while Dovizioso in 11th and Vinales in 14th position had a very tough day at the office.

Despite the difficult afternoon, Quartararo extends his championship lead due to his rivals’ even worse headache, leading the way by 17 points from Vinales. Morbidelli makes a massive jump in the standings to trail his teammate by 28 points, similarly to Dovizioso. Binder heads to KTM’s home race in fifth place, 31 points down on Quartararo and tied on points with Zarco.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 33 Brad Binder KTM 41'38.764
2 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha +5.266
3 5 Johann Zarco Ducati +6.470
4 42 Alex Rins Suzuki +6.609
5 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha +7.517
6 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM +7.969
7 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha +11.827
8 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda +12.862
9 43 Jack Miller Ducati +15.013
10 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia +15.087
11 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati +16.455
12 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati +18.506
13 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda +18.736
14 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha +19.720
15 73 Alex Marquez Honda +24.597
16 53 Tito Rabat Ducati +29.004
17 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia +32.290
18 6 Stefan Bradl Honda +55.977
Not Classified
  44 Pol Espargaro KTM 12 Laps
  36 Joan Mir Suzuki 18 Laps
  27 Iker Lecuona KTM 18 Laps
Round Number: 
4
2020
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2020 Portimao World Supersport Race Two Result: No Delays

World Supersport race two was seventeen laps of a 31ºC Portimao.

Corentin Perolari got the hole shot to take the lead from pole sitter Andrea Locatelli, Jules Cluzel and Isaac Viñales. Lucas Mahias crashed out on turn two, ending his race. Cluzel prised Locatelli off the apex and loved his way to second place. Viñales followed him through and Locatelli was relegated to fourth place.

At the start of lap two, Cluzel took the lead down the straight while Locatelli dispatched Viñales to recover third place with Philipp Oettl right behind them. Lap three, Locatelli steamed past Perolari and set the fastest lap, a 1'45.698. Isaac Viñales passed Corentin Perolari, taking third place, a second behind Locatelli in second.

Seven laps in, Jules Cluzel and Andrea Locatelli had a two second lead over Isaac Viñales who started to break free of Corentin Perolari. A second behind, Steven Odendaal led Raffaele De Rosa and Philipp Oettl. Oettl and De Rosa swapped places a few times over the next couple of laps and by lap nine, De Rosa closed up the gap turning the battle for fourth place a five-rider scrap.

Andrea Locatelli took the lead midway through lap nine but Jules Cluzel stuck with him and held on for as long as possible. Two seconds behind, Isaac Viñales held a secure third place. As the race progressed, Steven Odendaal left the four riders behind him and Raffaele De Rosa lost the front round turn five of lap twelve. 

Manuel Gonzales joined Corentin Perolari and Philipp Oettl and the three battled lap after lap right to the end of the race.

Eventually, Cluzel just had to manage his lead over Viñales and let Locatelli take his fifth win out of five races, not understanding how the championship leader is so much quicker.

Behind third-placed Isaac Viñales, his first podium of the year, Steven Odendaal took a quiet fourth place seven second clear of the brawl for fifth, won by Philipp Oettl, ahead of Manuel Gonzales, Corentin Perolari and a late arrival of Hannes Soomer. 

Locatelli's unbroken run of fastest laps, pole positions and wins puts him decisively at the head of the championship, with Cluzel describing himself as "the best of the rest" thirty five points behind. In spite of his crash, Lucas Mahias remains in third place. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R6  
2 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 2.889
3 32 I. VIÑALES Yamaha YZF R6 5.517
4 4 S. ODENDAAL Yamaha YZF R6 9.547
5 5 P. OETTL Kawasaki ZX-6R 16.743
6 81 M. GONZALEZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 17.035
7 94 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 17.080
8 38 H. SOOMER Yamaha YZF R6 17.157
9 77 M. PONS Yamaha YZF R6 21.236
10 61 C. ÖNCÜ Kawasaki ZX-6R 33.123
11 56 P. SEBESTYEN Yamaha YZF R6 34.130
12 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 37.161
13 34 K. MANFREDI Yamaha YZF R6 37.298
14 84 L. CRESSON Yamaha YZF R6 37.693
15 9 G. HENDRA PRATAMA Yamaha YZF R6 38.227
16 22 F. FULIGNI MV Agusta F3 675 38.975
17 52 P. HOBELSBERGER Honda CBR600RR 43.872
18 6 M. HERRERA Honda CBR600RR 47.899
19 47 A. BASSANI Yamaha YZF R6 49.874
20 25 A. VERDOÏA Yamaha YZF R6 1'01.141
21 2 L. MONTELLA Yamaha YZF R6 1'04.233
22 99 D. WEBB Yamaha YZF R6 1'06.511
RET 83 L. EPIS Yamaha YZF R6 13 Laps
RET 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-6R 16 Laps
Round Number: 
3
2020
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