MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2021 Aragon World Superbike Superpole Result: Quick Enough For You?

World Superbike Superpole is shorter than last year, with fifteen minutes to set a fast lap, and would open with the fastest times of the weekend.

Jonathan Rea was the first rider to set a target time of 1'49.314, the fastest of the weekend, but Alex Lowes immediately took the top spot from him with a 1'48.890. After setting two lap times, most riders popped in for a cuppa and a new tyre, only now fitting the qualifying tyre to set their best times. Garrett Gerloff was third quickest, ahead of Chaz Davies and Alvaro Bautista, before the faster tyres left their mark.

Chaz Davies headed out early on his "it's not red" Ducati ahead of everyone but Jonas Folger. Davies ticked off the first sector on pace for the quickest lap of the session, but Scott Redding on the official Ducati was quicker still, and Redding didn't show any signs of slowing down. Davies ut himself into second place, but Scott Redding nicked it with a 1'48.733. Tom Sykes couldn't beat it, slipping into what was now second place, but six time world champion Jonathan Rea knocked everyone down a spot with a 1'48.458 that was over a quarter of a second quicker than Redding and three tenths quicker than his outright qualifying record from last year.

Jonathan Rea opens his championship defence with a pole position on his not-upgraded-enough-for-new-rev-limits Kawasaki, ahead of his chief challenger Ducati's Scott Redding. Saturday's Tom Sykes gets BMW the press he's there for in third place, rounding out the front row of the grid.

Alex Lowes heads the second row ahead of Chaz Davies and Garrett Gerloff, with the Honda pair of Leon Haslam and Alvaro Bautista holding off Michael Ruben Rinaldi for row three. Toprak Razgatlioglu was knocked down to tenth place for exceeding track limits at turn fifteen, giving Gerloff the quickest Yamaha honours.

Results: 

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.458   308,6
2 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'48.733 0.275 316,7
3 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 1'48.840 0.382 309,5
4 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.890 0.432 312,1
5 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'49.069 0.611 311,2
6 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.185 0.727 311,2
7 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'49.246 0.788 313,0
8 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'49.338 0.880 318,6
9 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'49.516 1.058 313,0
10 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.704 1.246 314,0
11 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'49.761 1.303 317,6
12 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 1'49.767 1.309 315,8
13 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'49.951 1.493 301,7
14 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.962 1.504 309,5
15 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 1'50.189 1.731 317,6
16 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 1'50.435 1.977 309,5
17 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 1'50.489 2.031 306,8
18 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 1'50.628 2.170 310,3
19 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'50.672 2.214 305,9
20 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'51.107 2.649 315,8
21 76 S. CAVALIERI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'52.717 4.259 300,0
22 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'53.120 4.662 305,9
23 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'53.649 5.191 302,5
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2021
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2021 Aragon World Superbike FP3 Result: New Format

An updated qualifying format gives World Superbike three qualifying sessions before Superpole while World Supersport gets only two on Friday. The third session took palce before World Supersport Superpole and resulted in Toprak Razgatlioglu, Scott Redding and Alex Lowes all setting laps under 1'50. Jonathan Rea missed out by just five hundredths of a second. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.695   314,0
2 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'49.696 0.001 320,5
3 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'49.866 0.171 315,8
4 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'50.050 0.355 316,7
5 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'50.085 0.390 320,5
6 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1'50.223 0.528 314,0
7 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'50.324 0.629 314,0
8 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 1'50.381 0.686 310,3
9 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 1'50.467 0.772 316,7
10 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'50.668 0.973 321,4
11 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'50.874 1.179 321,4
12 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'50.916 1.221 315,8
13 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'50.943 1.248 306,8
14 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 1'51.029 1.334 312,1
15 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 1'51.090 1.395 313,0
16 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 1'51.194 1.499 316,7
17 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 1'51.579 1.884 311,2
18 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'51.880 2.185 308,6
19 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'51.934 2.239 314,9
20 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 1'52.936 3.241 307,7
21 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'53.384 3.689 305,1
22 76 S. CAVALIERI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'54.630 4.935 300,0
23 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'55.409 5.714 300,8
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2021 Aragon World Supersport Superpole Result: Time For A New Record

World Supersport Superpole qualifying opened under excellent weather, giving the rider the best chance to set their best laps. With no qualifying tyres available, times set in the first half of the session may be the qualifying times.

Dominique Aegerter opened up the fast times, setting the fastest lap on his first two laps, ahead of Nikki Tuuli and Jules Cluzel. Philipp Oettl beat Aegerter's time, putting a Kawasaki on top ahead of a Yamaha and MV Agusta, before the mid-session break.

Coming out of the break, Randy Krummenacher exceeded the grip of his cold tyres, pushing the front too hard into the first right-hander, crashing out in twelfth place.

Nikki Tuuli started his first lap a quarter of a second under the best lap and started the long straight with half a second under his belt, but lost two tenths in the last sector, setting a lap of 1'53.225 to go quickest. Jules Cluzel on a good lap, had a strong third sector and slipped under Tuuli's time before hitting the long straight, and gaining three tenths of a second to set an outright lap record with a 1'52.937, knocking Tuuli and Oettl down a place. 

Cluzel, Tuuli and Oettl make up the front row on three different bikes, ahead of Steven Odendaal, Dominique Aegerter and a returning Federico Caricasulo on the all-Yamaha second row. The third and fourth rows were also filled with nothing but Yamahas.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'52.937   270,7
2 66 N. TUULI MV Agusta F3 675 1'53.225 0.288 271,4
3 5 P. OETTL Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'53.353 0.416 272,0
4 4 S. ODENDAAL Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.402 0.465 270,7
5 77 D. AEGERTER Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.553 0.616 270,0
6 94 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.650 0.713 268,7
7 70 M. ALCOBA Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.033 1.096 271,4
8 38 H. SOOMER Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.106 1.169 269,3
9 71 C. BERGMAN Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.185 1.248 268,7
10 29 L. BERNARDI Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.323 1.386 273,4
11 22 F. FULIGNI Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.367 1.430 270,0
12 81 M. GONZALEZ Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.374 1.437 264,7
13 3 R. DE ROSA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.388 1.451 264,7
14 23 D. PIZZOLI Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.584 1.647 271,4
15 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.674 1.737 273,4
16 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.786 1.849 272,7
17 34 K. MANFREDI Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.000 2.063 264,1
18 6 M. HERRERA Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.170 2.233 268,0
19 2 L. MONTELLA Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.252 2.315 271,4
20 95 V. TAKALA Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.393 2.456 266,0
21 84 M. FABRIZIO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'55.697 2.760 270,0
22 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.012 3.075 259,0
23 42 S. FROSSARD Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.458 3.521 264,7
24 55 G. HENDRA PRATAMA Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.512 3.575 275,5
25 19 P. SZKOPEK Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.690 3.753 262,8
26 99 D. WEBB Yamaha YZF R6 1'57.443 4.506 261,5
27 24 L. TACCINI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'57.548 4.611 268,0
28 45 S. KAWASAKI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'58.983 6.046 266,7
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2021 Aragon World Supersport FP2 Result: Tuuli On Top

Nikki Tuuli continued his pace, albeit slower than this morning, with the quickest time in both sessions. Steven Odendaal was second quickest again, ahead of Jules Cluzel and Randy Krummenacher who finally set a lap time, fourth quickest this session and eighth overall.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 N. TUULI MV Agusta F3 675 1'54.997   260,9
2 4 S. ODENDAAL Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.330 0.333 266,0
3 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.431 0.434 264,1
4 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.489 0.492 260,9
5 3 R. DE ROSA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'55.533 0.536 261,5
6 5 P. OETTL Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'55.574 0.577 266,0
7 94 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.657 0.660 264,7
8 77 D. AEGERTER Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.683 0.686 257,8
9 38 H. SOOMER Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.828 0.831 257,8
10 81 M. GONZALEZ Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.870 0.873 257,8
11 71 C. BERGMAN Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.968 0.971 259,0
12 29 L. BERNARDI Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.058 1.061 262,1
13 34 K. MANFREDI Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.264 1.267 257,8
14 70 M. ALCOBA Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.299 1.302 266,7
15 22 F. FULIGNI Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.449 1.452 264,1
16 95 V. TAKALA Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.614 1.617 256,5
17 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'56.783 1.786 266,7
18 6 M. HERRERA Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.808 1.811 257,8
19 23 D. PIZZOLI Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.866 1.869 260,2
20 84 M. FABRIZIO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'57.252 2.255 262,8
21 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'57.774 2.777 252,3
22 2 L. MONTELLA Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.169 3.172 260,2
23 55 G. HENDRA PRATAMA Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.403 3.406 259,6
24 42 S. FROSSARD Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.460 3.463 256,5
25 19 P. SZKOPEK Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.556 3.559 250,0
26 24 L. TACCINI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'58.629 3.632 264,7
27 99 D. WEBB Yamaha YZF R6 1'59.318 4.321 250,6
28 45 S. KAWASAKI Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'02.311 7.314 255,9
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2021 Aragon World Superbike FP2 Result: Davies Takes Control

In a session marred by a red flag brought on by Michael van der Mark launching his new BMW at an air fence, the pace was slower than this morning's session. Chaz Davies was quickest, ahead of Jonathan Rea and Scott Redding, with the Honda duo of Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam within six tenths of the session's best time.

Toprak Razgatlioglu ended the day quickest, thanks to his morning's blistering time.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R IND   165,554 305,1
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'50.690 0.290 304,2
3 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'50.780 0.380 308,6
4 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'50.814 0.414 309,5
5 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'51.000 0.600 307,7
6 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'51.037 0.637 305,1
7 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'51.179 0.779 304,2
8 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1'51.202 0.802 305,9
9 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'51.231 0.831 306,8
10 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1'51.238 0.838 302,5
11 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 1'51.781 1.381 301,7
12 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 1'51.981 1.581 305,1
13 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 1'52.061 1.661 302,5
14 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'52.099 1.699 300,8
15 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 1'52.238 1.838 299,2
16 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'52.306 1.906 308,6
17 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 1'52.377 1.977 305,1
18 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'52.444 2.044 295,1
19 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 1'52.492 2.092 302,5
20 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 1'53.594 3.194 298,3
21 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'54.965 4.565 296,7
22 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'55.572 5.172 294,3
23 76 S. CAVALIERI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'55.741 5.341 291,9
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2021 Aragon World Supersport FP1 Result: Tuuli Quickest On Lone MV Agusta

Nikki Tuuli, the lone MV Agusta on the grid, set the quickest time ahead of the Yahama of Steven Odendaal and the Kawasaki of Philipp Oettl. Jules Cluzel was fourth quickest, ahead of five other Yamahas. With the MV Agusta the only triple-cylinder machine on the grid, until the proposed changes next year bring Triumph triples and Ducati twins to the battle, this might be its last year to leave its mark on the championship.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 N. TUULI MV Agusta F3 675 1'54.394   264,7
2 4 S. ODENDAAL Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.467 0.073 272,0
3 5 P. OETTL Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.828 0.434 268,0
4 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.047 0.653 268,7
5 94 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.081 0.687 264,1
6 77 D. AEGERTER Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.330 0.936 262,8
7 71 C. BERGMAN Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.475 1.081 265,4
8 70 M. ALCOBA Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.528 1.134 264,7
9 38 H. SOOMER Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.569 1.175 263,4
10 3 R. DE ROSA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'55.673 1.279 268,7
11 23 D. PIZZOLI Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.855 1.461 262,8
12 22 F. FULIGNI Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.999 1.605 266,0
13 95 V. TAKALA Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.303 1.909 264,1
14 81 M. GONZALEZ Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.385 1.991 270,0
15 29 L. BERNARDI Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.426 2.032 266,7
16 34 K. MANFREDI Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.712 2.318 259,6
17 6 M. HERRERA Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.795 2.401 263,4
18 2 L. MONTELLA Yamaha YZF R6 1'57.085 2.691 267,3
19 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'57.145 2.751 256,5
20 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'57.331 2.937 267,3
21 84 M. FABRIZIO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'57.593 3.199 262,8
22 99 D. WEBB Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.059 3.665 260,2
23 19 P. SZKOPEK Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.146 3.752 257,8
24 42 S. FROSSARD Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.223 3.829 262,1
25 55 G. HENDRA PRATAMA Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.323 3.929 264,1
26 24 L. TACCINI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'59.621 5.227 265,4
27 45 S. KAWASAKI Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'02.053 7.659 260,9
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2021 Aragon World Superbike FP1 Result: Razgatlioglu Leads Davies

World Superbike 2021 opens with Toprak Razgatlioglu setting the quickest time in the first session. The only rider in the 1'49s, he held off satellite Ducati rider Chaz Davies. American Garrett Gerloff was third quickest ahead of Kawasaki's Alex Lowes. Title favourites Jonathan Rea and Scott Redding were seventh and eleventh quickest respectively.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.952   306,8
2 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'50.260 0.308 312,1
3 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1'50.442 0.490 310,3
4 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'50.498 0.546 305,9
5 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'50.741 0.789 305,9
6 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'50.834 0.882 314,0
7 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 1'50.842 0.890 307,7
8 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'50.907 0.955 312,1
9 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 1'50.966 1.014 314,0
10 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'51.049 1.097 318,6
11 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'51.203 1.251 308,6
12 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'51.245 1.293 310,3
13 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 1'51.285 1.333 309,5
14 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 1'51.376 1.424 302,5
15 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 1'51.428 1.476 313,0
16 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'51.584 1.632 310,3
17 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 1'51.902 1.950 303,4
18 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 1'51.952 2.000 303,4
19 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'52.139 2.187 304,2
20 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'52.290 2.338 300,0
21 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'55.769 5.817 301,7
22 76 S. CAVALIERI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'56.076 6.124 293,5
23 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'57.673 7.721 296,7
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2021 Le Mans MotoE Race Result: Action All Around

After the chaos of MotoGP, the MotoE class got to enjoy almost fully dry conditions, but that did not stop riders crashing as early as the sighting lap, which took Miquel Pons and Andrea Mantovani out of contention. Amongst the people who actually got to start the race, Eric Granado made a good start from pole but soon had Dominique Aegerter and Alessandro Zaccone breathing down his neck and demoting him all the way to sixth spot by the end of the first lap.

Aegerter started lap 2 at the front but there were attacks all around him and the lead changed hands several times, given there were barely any gaps in the leading group. Hikari Okubo briefly held top spot but soon abandoned the fight in a tangle with fellow rookie Fermín Aldeguer on lap 3. Lap 4 saw Zaccone take the turn at the front from Aegerter and Lukas Tulovic, with Jordi Torres and Granado in the top five, while Casadei admirably joined a leading group of 8 despite a poor starting position in 16th.

Zaccone was the first rider to hold onto the lead for one full lap, although not through a lack of trying from Aegerter, while Granado had climbed into fourth and was claiming third from Tulovic at Garage Vert with 2 laps remaining. The Brazilian’s next victim was rival Aegerter at the final corner and the poleman started the final lap chasing down Zaccone for the win.

Zaccone made it all the way to the final lap in charge of proceedings and Granado could not make a move stick at turn 6 but he got one last opportunity at turn 13 and despite Zaccone responding at the final corner, Granado got the better exit to claim victory. Zaccone fought to the end but crossed the finish line second, although a track limits infringement dropped him one position to third. Casadei got promoted to second, having finished third after a late tangle between Aegerter and Tulovic on the final lap, which dropped the Swiss rider to fourth, ahead of Torres and Yonny Hernandez.

Zaccone keeps the lead in the cup standings, 8 points ahead of Casadei and Aegerter, while Granado climbs into fourth, 13 points down on the leader, one less than Torres.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 51 Eric Granado Energica 12'23.012
2 27 Mattia Casadei Energica +0.306
3 61 Alessandro Zaccone Energica +0.253
4 77 Dominique Aegerter Energica +0.532
5 40 Jordi Torres Energica +0.640
6 68 Yonny Hernandez Energica +0.900
7 3 Lukas Tulovic Energica +1.045
8 11 Matteo Ferrari Energica +1.751
9 19 Corentin Perolari Energica +4.727
10 6 Maria Herrera Energica +4.999
11 21 Kevin Zannoni Energica +15.509
12 14 Andre Pires Energica +29.350
13 18 Xavi Cardelus Energica +29.485
14 80 Jasper Iwema Energica +37.419
15 54 Fermín Aldeguer Energica +1'06.915
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  78 Hikari Okubo Energica 5 Laps
Not Starting
  71 Miquel Pons Energica 0 Lap
  9 Andrea Mantovani Energica 0 Lap
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2021 Le Mans MotoGP Race Result: Fun With Flags

A quick glimpse at the sky from the starting grid must have looked like the worst but possibly most exciting scenario for the premier class race, with dry asphalt under their tyres but 50 shades of cloud cover over their heads. The prophecy became reality shortly after the lights went out and the first flag to flag race in a considerable amount of time provided us with an unpredictable show to match the unpredictable weather. The winner was perhaps the most predictable element, Jack Miller claiming a second consecutive victory but not without a long series of obstacles thrown his way. Four seconds kept Johann Zarco from victory on home soil but it was a superb showing from the local favourites, with Fabio Quartararo making it a French double on the podium.

Given the dry start, it was to be expected that Miller would make the best launch off the line, ahead of Maverick Viñales and poleman Quartararo, followed into turn 1 by the Honda trio of Takaaki Nakagami, Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro, with some friendly fire between them at turn 7. However, a big moment for Pol out of turn 10 pushed him to the bottom of the top 10, behind Joan Mir and allowing Alex Rins to claim sixth, after a fifth row start for the Suzuki men. The drama was not over for Espargaro as he nearly tangled with Franco Morbidelli and the Italian abandoned the race at turn 11. Meanwhile, Zarco had made a sluggish start and was out of the top 10 after the first couple of laps.

Back at the front, Viñales did not let Miller get away and took the lead at turn 6, after a mistake from the Australian, while Quartararo bided his time behind them. A similar mistake from Marc Marquez at turn 7 allowed Nakagami and Rins past in the battle for fourth, which was taking place one second behind the leaders. Before that battle could run its course however, drops of rain started to appear on their visors on lap four.

Just as the rain flags started waving, allowing riders to swap bikes, the leading trio decided to engage in battle and Quartararo took control at turn 3, with Miller striking back at turn 9, while Viñales lost some ground, allowing Rins and Marquez to join the victory battle and dropping five seconds behind them. Conditions got really sketchy on lap 5, with tarmac getting pitch black in parts and Miller was the first to make a mistake and go wide, rejoining in fourth place before everyone went into pitlane for their change. When I say everyone, I mean everyone bar Mir, who crashed before making it near pitlane.

Marc Marquez was predictably the quickest to make the swap and the Spaniard left pitlane first, showing the way to Quartararo, who in the rush of his first ever flag to flag race almost grabbed his teammate’s bike. However, the Frenchman did admirably to keep up with Marquez, while Rins made the first mistake on rain tyres and crashed out at turn 4 to complete a truly horrendous weekend for Suzuki. Quartararo was the only rider to keep up with Marquez, with Miller five seconds back but in the rush to get back on track, both him and teammate Pecco Bagnaia were handed a double long lap penalty for speeding in pitlane.

Marquez kept Quartararo one second behind, while Miller was closing in on the duo but was yet to serve his penalty. Nakagami was a massive 13 seconds down the road, while Zarco led the chasing pack another 4 seconds behind, including the likes of Alex Marquez – who had started 19th – Pol Espargaro, Valentino Rossi and Aleix Espargaro. Bagnaia was 11th and with the penalty yet to serve, it looked unlikely that he would keep the championship lead at that stage.

Marquez did well to lead the way for the next few laps but could not do anything to keep the rear in check at the final corner and crashed out of the lead at the end of lap 8, rejoining down in 18th. Quartararo was left in charge of proceedings, while Miller kept second position after serving his penalty laps and was steadily closing in on the Frenchman as rain was calming down. The Australian made his move at turn 6 on lap 12 and things got worse for Quartararo as he immediately had a long lap penalty to serve for the questionable bike swap causing havoc in pitlane. With the massive 16 seconds gap to Nakagami, the Frenchman kept second position but lost 4 seconds on the leader. Behind them, Zarco was getting up to speed and closing the gap to Nakagami to claim the final podium spot at the halfway mark of the race, while Alex Marquez, Aleix Espargaro, Danilo Petrucci and Pol Espargaro where not within striking distance of each other at that stage. At the bottom of the top 10, old teammates Rossi and Viñales were preparing to engage in battle for the final half of the race. The battle was short lived though, as the Italian was soon overtaken by both Viñales and Bagnaia. Marquez was the fastest man on track by far and was knocking at the doors of the top 10 once more after Espargaro’s Aprilia fizzled out with 11 laps to go, but the Honda man had 15 seconds to recover on Rossi. The gap was coming down but he was forced to give up on the dream comeback after another tumble at turn 6.

While Miller continued untroubled at the top, rain had stopped and teams started warming up bikes in pitlane. Five seconds behind the leader, Quartararo was soon going to have another headache, as compatriot Zarco rapidly closed the gap to a mere second with 7 laps remaining and breezed past the Yamaha rider at turn 1 one lap later. A long way behind the podium battle, Alex Marquez took control of the fight for fourth from Petrucci and Nakagami, but with Bagnaia picking up the pace at the back of that small group. The Italian made quick work of Nakagami and Petrucci and Alex Marquez could not resist the Ducati much longer either, unable to keep up with its speed along the main straight with 4 laps remaining.

Although Zarco showed some excellent late race speed, Miller maintained his gap at the front until the checkered flag to take consecutive victories, while Quartararo just about held onto third after Bagnaia’s late charge. Petrucci enjoyed the return to the scene of his last victory and got a great fifth place out of it, while Alex Marquez, Nakagami and Pol Espargaro joined the top 7 in a bittersweet day for Honda. Iker Lecuona got the best of Viñales at the final turn, with Rossi finishing ahead of brother Luca Marini in 11th position.

Quartararo holding onto third place also meant he reclaims the championship lead from Bagnaia by one point, while Zarco climbs into third, 12 points behind his compatriot and only four ahead of Miller.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 43 Jack Miller Ducati 47'25.473
2 5 Johann Zarco Ducati +3.970
3 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha +14.468
4 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati +16.172
5 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM +21.430
6 73 Alex Marquez Honda +23.509
7 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda +30.164
8 44 Pol Espargaro Honda +35.221
9 27 Iker Lecuona KTM +40.432
10 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha +40.577
11 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha +42.198
12 10 Luca Marini Ducati +52.408
13 33 Brad Binder KTM +59.377
14 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati +1'02.224
15 53 Tito Rabat Ducati +1'09.651
16 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 4 Laps
Not Classified
  93 Marc Marquez Honda 10 Laps
  41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 12 Laps
  88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 15 Laps
  42 Alex Rins Suzuki 15 Laps
  32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 16 Laps
  36 Joan Mir Suzuki 23 Laps
Round Number: 
5
2021
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2021 Le Mans Moto2 Race Result: Start As You Mean To Go On

After a capricious weekend at Le Mans, the intermediate class got to enjoy a dry race without the threat of rain but it was a double-edged sword, as they had enjoyed limited dry track time throughout the weekend. Regardless, first-time poleman Raul Fernandez was not intimidated by the conditions and rode a perfect race to score his second victory of the season ahead of Remy Gardner, the Australian returning to the podium after a blip in Jerez, although he fought hard to keep his championship lead by only one point from his impressive rookie teammate.  Marco Bezzecchi had no answer to the late pace of the Red Bull KTM Ajo machines and had to settle for the final podium position.

Bezzechi had made the better start off the line from poleman Fernandez and with Aron Canet and Joe Roberts trading third place early on, but a mid-pack contact between Gardner and Xavi Vierge at turn 3 allowed a handful of riders to stretch a bit of a gap at the front, dropping Gardner to 9th. Bezzecchi in turn stretched a slight gap to Raul Fernandez and namesake Augusto Fernandez, but the leaders’ group soon got halved after a big tumble at turn 9 for Canet and with Augusto Fernandez following his example at turn 11 on the second lap. Bezzecchi could not preserve his advantage at the front but only Roberts and Raul Fernandez were able to keep up with him, while Bo Bendsneyder dropped a second and a half behind the leaders, followed a big group led by Hector Garzo and including Sam Lowes and Gardner. However, that group also reduced when Lowes went down at turn 8, taking out Vierge when his overtake attempt went wrong.

There were nervy moments at the front as we well, where Roberts touched Bezzecchi’s rear tyre at turn 9 and it punished him hard with a fast trip to the gravel trap on lap five, while an unsettled Bezzecchi got overtaken by Fernandez. The busy first few laps left the duo alone at the front but their colleagues made sure not to let them feel lonely, as the group behind was pushing to reduce the gap to under a second, led by Bendsneyder and including Gardner and a fast starting Arbolino, who make quick progress from 19th on the grid.

Fernandez was keen to extend his lead at the front, which grew to over a second by lap 9 but Bezzecchi was about to come under attack from the fast trio of Bendsneyder, Gardner and Arbolino. Fabio Di Giannantonio was another two seconds behind but building up towards a long lap penalty for causing a crash for Hector Garzo. Once the Italian served his penalty, it turned the podium battle into a five-man affair, with Marcel Schrotter left six seconds down the road.

Fernandez’s advantage kept steady at the one second mark towards the halfway point of the race but the four men behind him were just as fast and Gardner and Arbolino looked particularly keen to find a way past Bendsneyder to join the provisional podium. They seemed to take a bit long but Gardner made his move at turn 11 with 10 laps remaining and Arbolino followed suit when they next reached turn 9. Gardner quickly recovered the one second gap to Bezzecchi and the Italian handed him second place with a mistake at Garage Vert with 7 laps remaining, while Arbolino did not seem to have the pace to keep up with the duo.

Fernandez continued to lead quite comfortably, keeping a gap of one second over his teammate, who was dropping Bezzecchi behind. The Italian was too busy keeping an eye on track limits after a warning with three laps remaining but was well clear of Arbolino. Fernandez never came under threat and took the checkered flag safely ahead of Gardner, with Bezzecchi securing third and rookie Arbolino a fine fourth place. Although he missed out on the podium battle, Bendsneyder will be satisfied with fifth, while Marcel Schrotter came on top in the late battle for sixth, ahead of Ai Ogura. Di Giannantonio did a stupendous job to climb into eighth place after serving two long lap penalties, including a botched first attempt. Simone Corsi and Jorge Navarro rounded out the top ten positions.

Gardner keeps the lead in the world championship by only one point from teammate Fernandez, while Bezzecchi climbs into third, 17 points down, dropping Lowes to fourth, 23 points behind the leader.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 40'46.101
2 87 Remy Gardner Kalex +1.490
3 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex +4.599
4 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex +7.503
5 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex +11.887
6 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex +27.829
7 79 Ai Ogura Kalex +27.975
8 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex +28.112
9 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta +28.204
10 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro +28.432
11 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex +28.989
12 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex +28.749
13 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex +29.316
14 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex +31.605
15 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro +32.080
16 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS +32.571
17 70 Barry Baltus NTS +33.309
18 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta +39.036
19 96 Jake Dixon Kalex +41.069
20 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex +45.599
21 10 Tommaso Marcon MV Agusta +1'19.160
Not Classified
  6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 5 Laps
  12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 11 Laps
  40 Hector Garzo Kalex 19 Laps
  16 Joe Roberts Kalex 21 Laps
  97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 22 Laps
  22 Sam Lowes Kalex 22 Laps
  62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 23 Laps
  2 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro 23 Laps
  37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 24 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
  44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 0 Lap
Round Number: 
5
2021
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