MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2020 Portimao MotoGP Race Result: One Final Fairy Tale Tango

A remarkable MotoGP season came to a bittersweet end in the Portimao, with the local fanbase unable to fully celebrate a fantastic win on home soil for Miguel Oliveira. The Portuguese rider was untouchable over 25 laps and gave one final gift to his Tech3 team, finishing over three seconds ahead of the battle for second. In a near replay from one week ago, Jack Miller and Franco Morbidelli fought it out to the last lap and it was the Australian who stood on the second place of the podium for Pramac one last time. Morbidelli settled for third in the race but claimed second in a rollercoaster of a world championship.

Oliveira kept in the limelight from start to finish, making a fine launch from pole to stay ahead of fellow front row starters Morbidelli and Miller. Cal Crutchlow followed them from the second row but Fabio Quartararo’s poor start dropped him to 8th, behind Pol Espargaro, Alex Rins and Stefan Bradl. Maverick Vinales and Johann Zarco completed the top 10 by the end of lap one, but only the Frenchman was able to stay there for much longer. Having to start 20th on the grid, world champion Joan Mir was a busy boy early on, climbing up to 12th on the first lap but a harsh overtake on Pecco Bagnaia saw him slide back down to 20th and prompted the Italian to retire. Brad Binder was the first rider to crash on lap 2 but the rookie of the year battle was pretty much sealed, with Alex Marquez having to start 16th and stuck in the midfield.

Oliveira thrived on his home playground and extended his lead to nearly 2 seconds by lap 4. Morbidelli and Miller struggled to keep up with him but built a one second gap to the pursuers led by Crutchlow and including a resurgent Bradl and Pol Espargaro. Zarco pushed hard to recover a one second gap on the trio ahead and had a big group in a not particularly orderly queue behind him. Oliveira continued to extend his gap to 3 seconds from Morbidelli and Miller by lap 8, while Pol Espargaro was on a roll and got past the Hondas of Crutchlow and Bradl. Zarco was keeping in touch with the group but Rins struggled to reduce the gap and the battle for second in the championship seemed to be going Morbidelli’s way already. Behind the Suzuki, Takaaki Nakagami, Quartararo, Alex Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso were having a bit of fun for 9th place.

The cameras barely showed the podium contenders for the next few laps, as the battle for fourth was getting pretty feisty between Pol Espargaro, Crutchlow, Bradl, Zarco, Rins, Nakagami and Dovizioso, with Marquez and Aleix Espargaro pushing to rejoin the group. The Yamaha trio of Quartararo, Vinales and Valentino Rossi completed the top 15, a handful of seconds ahead of Mir. The world champion entered pitlane to retire with 10 laps remaining and to make matters worse for Suzuki, Rins was dropping out of the top 10 too, shattering any dreams left of the Triple Crown.

With 10 laps left, Oliveira was a casual four seconds ahead of Morbidelli, with Miller seemingly waiting to pounce on the Italian. Six seconds down the road, Pol Espargaro was still fending off his rivals and it took him a few laps but eventually he managed to stretch a comfortable gap to the rest of the group, where Dovizioso was on a charge. The next group down the road was fighting for 10th place, as well as third in the championship, as Rins had dropped into the clutches of Vinales, Quartararo and Rossi.

Oliveira continued to look untouchable at the front all the way to the checkered flag but Morbidelli and Miller looked to re-enact the fine squabble of Valencia 2, this time for second position. Miller kept close but the Italian made no mistakes so the Australian’s first and only attack came at turn 13 on the final lap. It proved enough for Miller to keep second and secure Ducati the constructors’ world championship. Morbidelli had to admit defeat and settle for third but the podium was more than enough for the Italian to secure second in the riders’ world championship.

Pol Espargaro bows out of KTM with a fourth place and fifth in the championship, holding off Nakagami in the closing stages of the race. Dovizioso’s progress to sixth was rewarded with fourth in the championship in his final race for Ducati, while Bradl, Aleix Espargaro, Alex Marquez and Zarco completed the top ten. Valentino Rossi was 12th on his final race in factory Yamaha colours, before moving to a different shade of blue. Crutchlow faded to 13th position in the closing stages of his final race as a full time rider, after a battle with the men he is going to be testing for next year. Quartararo dropping all the way down to 14th sees him slip to 8th in the championship, while Rins only scored one point but it was enough to keep 3rd overall. Mir got to enjoy the end of the race from his garage, while presumably preparing his suit for the trophy ceremony later today.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 41'48.163
2 43 Jack Miller Ducati +3.193
3 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha +3.298
4 44 Pol Espargaro KTM +12.626
5 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda +13.318
6 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati +15.578
7 6 Stefan Bradl Honda +15.738
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia +16.034
9 73 Alex Marquez Honda +18.325
10 5 Johann Zarco Ducati +18.596
11 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha +18.685
12 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha +18.946
13 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda +19.159
14 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha +24.376
15 42 Alex Rins Suzuki +27.776
16 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati +34.266
17 82 Mika Kallio KTM +48.410
18 53 Tito Rabat Ducati +48.411
Not Classified
  32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 3 Laps
  36 Joan Mir Suzuki 10 Laps
  33 Brad Binder KTM 23 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
  63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 0 Lap
Round Number: 
15
2020
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2020 Portimao Moto2 Race Result: Wizardry Of The Highest Level

The last title decider of the season finale proved to be an exceptional (and exceptionally tense) show, where all the main contenders featured at the front and rode out of their skin, only to get truly overshadowed by Remy Gardner. The poleman closed his season with a perfect race, claiming a maiden victory from pole and setting the fastest lap to take the checkered flag one big step ahead of everyone else. Luca Marini gave it his best in the title battle and led for most of the race, while Sam Lowes fought way beyond the pain barrier to keep in victory contention, but both men had to surrender the day’s trophy to Gardner and the number 1 medal to Enea Bastianini. The Italian missed out on the podium but got the sweetest cava of them all as he steps into the premier class as the reigning Moto2 world champion.

The tale of the championship decider started with Marini’s rocket launch off the line to get ahead of Gardner but the poleman quickly resumed the lead, inviting Bastianini to also sneak past Marini. Front row starter Fabio Di Giannantonio made a very poor start and then did not make it past turn 1, crashing out and taking Nicolo Bulega with him. Jorge Martin, Lowes and Augusto Fernandez closely followed the leaders, with Marco Bezzechi straight up to 7th, having started 12th on the grid.

Gardner was keen to stay at the front and extended a one second lead by lap 3, Bastianini leading the pursuit ahead of the likes of Marini, Martin and Lowes but with a big group queuing behind and waiting to pounce. Marini made his move on his compatriot and rival into turn 1 on lap 4 and that encouraged Lowes to follow his example later that lap, at turn 5. Bastianini’s early pace was not exceptional but the Italian was not panicking just yet as his rivals were pushing to reel in Gardner. Bastianini had some trouble with Fernandez next, who was hoping to help his teammate a little, while Bezzecchi, Martin, Tetsuta Nagashima and Lorenzo Baldassarri completed the chasing group.

On lap 6, Marini reduced Gardner’s gap to half a second and then to barely anything one lap later, with only Lowes able to keep up. Both Marini and Lowes quickly got past Gardner, with the Italian claiming the lead going into turn one on lap 8, turning up the heat on the title battle. The exchanges between Fernandez on Bastianini dropped them over half a second behind the provisional podium spots and once Fernandez settled the fight with Bastianini, he went on to chase the three leaders. The championship leader was left to fend off Bezzecchi, who was keen to improve his own as well as his teammate’s chances in the title battle. Bezzecchi made his move on Bastianini at the start of lap ten and Martin followed his example later that lap, leaving Bastianini with a provisional advantage of only 2 points in the title standings. Bastiniani fought back on Martin next time around at turn 1, but was keeping an eye on the group behind as well, as they closing in on the 1.5 seconds gap.

Things settled a little for the next few laps, Marini six tenths ahead of Lowes, with Fernandez keeping a safe distance behind his teammate but under attack from Gardner and with Bezzecchi, Bastianini and Martin not too far back either. After bravely holding on for the first half of the race, Lowes started to struggle with 12 laps remaining, the British rider running wide at turn 14 and allowing Gardner past. Bezzecchi was one second behind the podium positions, closely followed by Fernandez, while Bastianini and Martin continued to entertain each other in the battle for sixth place. Martin made a mistake with 11 laps to go and that gave Bastianini one second of breathing room.

Things were getting more interesting at the front with 8 laps remaining, Gardner closing in on Marini but both riders continued to post hot laps, with Lowes only half a second back. Bezzecchi had dropped two seconds back and still had company from Fernandez and Bastianini. Although sixth was good enough for Bastianini, the Italian got through Fernandez with 6 laps remaining and was eyeing Bezzecchi’s fourth place to secure the title, in case Lowes was to snatch the win. However, the Marc VDS rider was yoyo-ing back and forth on the victory battle and a moment at turn 13 with 6 laps remaining left him with one second to catch up on the leaders. Meanwhile, teammate Fernandez was keeping Bastianini busy once more in the fight for fifth and the likes of Martin and Roberts had caught up with the group as well, to further add to the Italian’s worries.

Back at the front, Gardner bided his time to attack Marini until the final two laps, when the decisive move came at turn 3 and Marini tried to fight back straight away but the Australian held onto the lead heading into the final lap. Gardner extended the gap to almost a second by the checkered flag by posting the fastest lap, dropping both Marini and Lowes who took the remaining podium positions. Bezzecchi held onto fourth place but Bastianini crossed the finish line as a world champion, with Marini and Lowes completing the top three of the season.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 39'35.476
2 10 Luca Marini Kalex +1.609
3 22 Sam Lowes Kalex +3.813
4 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex +8.437
5 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex +8.646
6 88 Jorge Martin Kalex +8.899
7 16 Joe Roberts Kalex +8.956
8 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex +9.568
9 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex +10.367
10 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex +11.084
11 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex +11.199
12 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex +16.864
13 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS +16.998
14 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex +18.550
15 44 Aron Canet Speed Up +20.169
16 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex +22.918
17 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex +27.141
18 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex +27.303
19 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta +27.340
20 77 Dominique Aegerter NTS +44.924
21 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up +51.163
Not Classified
  24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 3 Laps
  27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 6 Laps
  57 Edgar Pons Kalex 11 Laps
  99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 13 Laps
  9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 18 Laps
  40 Hector Garzo Kalex 18 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
  21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 0 Lap
  11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 0 Lap
Round Number: 
15
2020
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2020 Portimao Moto3 Race Result: Top Of The Class And All Class

The lightweight class celebrated the last day of school with a sensational action-packed race in Portimao and Albert Arenas was named pupil of the year and rewarded with iceream as he claimed the world title after a crazy last lap. However, the man of the day was Raul Fernandez, who rode a perfect race from pole to checkered flag and got to celebrate a special victory on track with his brother. Dennis Foggia put in another of the exceptional performances of the day, the Leopard rider serving two long lap penalties on his way to second on the podium, where he was joined by remarkable Rookie of the Year Jeremy Alcoba.

Poleman Fernandez managed to cling onto the lead at the start, after some challenge in turn 1 from Tatsuki Suzuki, with title rivals Ai Ogura and Albert Arenas close behind them and quickly finding a way past the rest of the front row starters, Ayumu Sasaki and Alcoba. Having started 27th on the grid, Tony Arbolino did not wait for the multiple penalties ahead of him to be served and was up to 17th by the end of lap 1. Ogura was keen to attack early, getting past Suzuki into turn 1 next time around but Arenas immediately followed him. The Spaniard then attacked once more at the same place on lap 3 and got ahead of Ogura as well. Jaume Masia was starting to get involved at the front and challenged both title contenders to climb as high as second, although the Spaniard quickly got a reminder of his double long lap penalty.

While riders fought for the honour of chasing him down, Fernandez had built a gap of over a second by lap four. Arenas picked up the pursuit but Alcoba, Ogura and Masia were still glued to his tail. Masia briefly left the party as he took his first penalty at the end of lap 4, together with teammate Foggia, dropping them to 10th and 11th place. While Masia and Foggia had to do it all over again, Sergio Garcia and Deniz Oncu wanted a say in the podium battle. Meanwhile, Arbolino had joined the top 10 by lap 6, aided by the Leopard boys taking their second long lap penalty.

Fernandez running away at the front was a fairly familiar sight, the Spaniard setting a fierce pace early on and increasing his gap to four seconds by lap 8. Alcoba and Arenas continued to fight to lead the pursuit, in a group also including Garcia, Sasaki, Oncu, Suzuki and Ogura, while Arbolino was in the lead of the next group three seconds down the road.

While Fernandez continued to extend his lead to 8 seconds by the halfway mark of the race, the chasers did not seem to have an answer to his pace, while the Leopard riders – despite their penalties – took over the lead of the next group and dragged Arbolino to within a second of the podium battle. The two groups merged with 10 laps remaining and soon enough Ogura found himself behind Arbolino in 10th position. Meanwhile, title rival Arenas had lost a bit of ground on Alcoba and was under attack for the final podium position from Suzuki and the Leopards. All three riders got past the Spaniard within 2 laps but with his championship rivals still behind him, it didn’t cause much concern yet. Some sparks did fly with 6 laps remaining, when Arenas saw the pink livery of Arbolino sweep past a couple of times and he fiercely defended, but Ogura, who was the main threat, had dropped out of the top 10, although still part of the chasing group.

Back at the front, Foggia and Masia had claimed provisional podium positions from Alcoba, although Fernandez’s 9-second gap looked a few steps too far. Masia quickly got past teammate Foggia but then threw all the fine work away by crashing from second position with 4 laps remaining, leaving Foggia and Alcoba to inherit second and third place. With Suzuki and Garcia filling the top 5 positions and having broken away from the rest of the group, all eyes for the final handful of laps were on the title battle, which had turned into a direct battle for sixth place. Arbolino, Arenas and Ogura got company from Binder, McPhee, Antonelli, Oncu and Vietti and it was Ogura who suffered most from the extra company, as the Japanese rider got demoted outside of the top 10 for the final 2 laps. That battle soon turned into the battle for fifth, as Suzuki crashed out of fourth place with 2 laps remaining.

The final lap started with Fernandez 7 seconds ahead of the rest and the Spaniard was untroubled until the checkered flag, with Foggia and Alcoba also putting in impressive performances to complete the podium. Garcia took the checkered flag half a second later but the big battle was six seconds behind him. Binder was leading the chasing group as the final lap started but Arbolino gave it one more big push to claim fifth and was rewarded with second in the championship for his excellent efforts. Ogura’s 8th place, behind Binder and Vietti, dropped him to third in the championship standings, although tied on points with Arbolino. The last lap shenanigans saw Arenas drop to 12th position and getting served with a track limits warning, but despite some frantic moves and unnecessary risks, the Spaniard did just enough secure the world championship in a truly action-packed season finale.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 38'06.272
2 7 Dennis Foggia Honda +5.810
3 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda +5.866
4 11 Sergio Garcia Honda +6.447
5 14 Tony Arbolino Honda +12.998
6 40 Darryn Binder KTM +13.065
7 13 Celestino Vietti KTM +13.907
8 79 Ai Ogura Honda +13.929
9 17 John McPhee Honda +13.945
10 53 Deniz Öncü KTM +14.438
11 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda +14.487
12 75 Albert Arenas KTM +14.708
13 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM +19.285
14 99 Carlos Tatay KTM +23.195
15 27 Kaito Toba KTM +24.233
16 70 Barry Baltus KTM +24.260
17 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda +24.321
18 31 Adrian Fernandez Honda +24.425
19 82 Stefano Nepa KTM +24.625
20 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna +24.672
21 16 Andrea Migno KTM +27.637
22 92 Yuki Kunii Honda +34.490
23 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM +34.884
24 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM +35.003
25 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM +35.092
26 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM +35.216
27 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda +40.329
28 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda +46.973
Not Classified
  24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 2 Laps
  5 Jaume Masia Honda 4 Laps
  21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 7 Laps
Round Number: 
15
2020
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2020 Portimao MotoGP Warm Up Result: Crutchlow Bows Out In Style

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'40.067    
2 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'40.181 0.114 0.114
3 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'40.196 0.129 0.015
4 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'40.500 0.433 0.304
5 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'40.509 0.442 0.009
6 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'40.576 0.509 0.067
7 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'40.593 0.526 0.017
8 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'40.631 0.564 0.038
9 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'40.656 0.589 0.025
10 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'40.792 0.725 0.136
11 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'40.883 0.816 0.091
12 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'40.889 0.822 0.006
13 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'40.936 0.869 0.047
14 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'40.972 0.905 0.036
15 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'41.024 0.957 0.052
16 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'41.151 1.084 0.127
17 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'41.263 1.196 0.112
18 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'41.281 1.214 0.018
19 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'41.339 1.272 0.058
20 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'41.404 1.337 0.065
21 82 Mika Kallio KTM 1'41.884 1.817 0.480
22 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'42.716 2.649 0.832
Round Number: 
15
2020
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2020 Portimao Moto2 Warm Up Result: Schrotter Gets Up To Speed

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'43.363    
2 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'43.471 0.108 0.108
3 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'43.493 0.130 0.022
4 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'43.512 0.149 0.019
5 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'43.690 0.327 0.178
6 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'43.745 0.382 0.055
7 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'43.787 0.424 0.042
8 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'43.798 0.435 0.011
9 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'43.801 0.438 0.003
10 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'43.815 0.452 0.014
11 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'43.868 0.505 0.053
12 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'43.915 0.552 0.047
13 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'43.961 0.598 0.046
14 77 Dominique Aegerter NTS 1'44.045 0.682 0.084
15 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'44.193 0.830 0.148
16 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'44.279 0.916 0.086
17 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'44.356 0.993 0.077
18 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'44.472 1.109 0.116
19 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'44.523 1.160 0.051
20 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'44.570 1.207 0.047
21 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'44.592 1.229 0.022
22 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'44.648 1.285 0.056
23 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'44.650 1.287 0.002
24 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'44.695 1.332 0.045
25 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'45.145 1.782 0.450
26 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'45.303 1.940 0.158
27 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'45.371 2.008 0.068
28 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'45.529 2.166 0.158
29 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'45.538 2.175 0.009
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15
2020
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2020 Portimao Moto3 Warm Up Result: Masia Reclaims Top Spot

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'48.582    
2 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'48.616 0.034 0.034
3 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'48.666 0.084 0.050
4 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'48.899 0.317 0.233
5 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'48.964 0.382 0.065
6 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'48.983 0.401 0.019
7 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'49.160 0.578 0.177
8 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'49.216 0.634 0.056
9 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'49.224 0.642 0.008
10 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'49.279 0.697 0.055
11 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'49.330 0.748 0.051
12 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'49.377 0.795 0.047
13 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'49.443 0.861 0.066
14 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'49.507 0.925 0.064
15 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'49.556 0.974 0.049
16 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'49.588 1.006 0.032
17 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'49.617 1.035 0.029
18 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'49.663 1.081 0.046
19 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'49.677 1.095 0.014
20 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'49.683 1.101 0.006
21 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'49.783 1.201 0.100
22 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'49.810 1.228 0.027
23 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'49.872 1.290 0.062
24 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'49.966 1.384 0.094
25 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'50.049 1.467 0.083
26 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'50.083 1.501 0.034
27 17 John McPhee Honda 1'50.143 1.561 0.060
28 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'50.187 1.605 0.044
29 31 Adrian Fernandez Honda 1'50.398 1.816 0.211
30 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'50.791 2.209 0.393
31 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'50.929 2.347 0.138
Round Number: 
15
2020
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2020 Portimao Moto2 Qualifying Result: Late But Life Of The Party

The final battle against the clock in Portimao was a close call for the intermediate class but Remy Gardner’s speed in the final sector was unrivalled as the Australian claimed pole position in the final couple of minutes of Q2. Luca Marini made his bid for pole as well but eventually had to surrender to Gardner by one tenth of a second, while Fabio Di Giannantonio joins them on the front row of the grid to end his season on a high.

Enea Bastianini was slow to warm up in Q2 and only joined the top ten in the final couple of minutes but he was fast when it counted and the championship leader missed out on the front row by only one thousandth of a second. Rival Sam Lowes gave it his all in one big push early on, before the pain kicked in, and held provisional pole early on but even after the final time attack, his time was still good enough for fifth, putting the two main title contenders next to each other on the grid. Jorge Martin joins the second row of the grid after sneaking out of Q1.

Nicolo Bulega, Augusto Fernandez and Marcos Ramirez make up row three, only three tenths of a second off pole, while Tetsuta Nagashima rounded out the top ten, with Hector Garzo and Q1 leader Marco Bezzecchi keeping him company on the fourth row. Fifth row is an all-Spanish affair with Xavi Vierge, Jorge Navarro and Aron Canet, the rookie’s result impacted by an early and pretty scary crash at turn 8 that required some quick reflexes from the rivals around him.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'42.592    
2 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'42.710 0.118 0.118
3 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'42.721 0.129 0.011
4 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'42.722 0.130 0.001
5 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'42.759 0.167 0.037
6 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'42.798 0.206 0.039
7 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'42.845 0.253 0.047
8 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'42.871 0.279 0.026
9 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'42.905 0.313 0.034
10 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'42.993 0.401 0.088
11 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'43.004 0.412 0.011
12 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'43.013 0.421 0.009
13 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'43.030 0.438 0.017
14 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'43.036 0.444 0.006
15 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'43.039 0.447 0.003
16 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'43.062 0.470 0.023
17 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'43.077 0.485 0.015
18 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'43.172 0.580 0.095
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Q2 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'43.032    
Q2 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'43.280 0.248 0.248
Q2 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'43.336 0.304 0.056
Q2 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'43.370 0.338 0.034
19 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'43.561 0.529 0.191
20 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'43.635 0.603 0.074
21 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'43.734 0.702 0.099
22 77 Dominique Aegerter NTS 1'43.814 0.782 0.080
23 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'44.040 1.008 0.226
24 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'44.046 1.014 0.006
25 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'44.137 1.105 0.091
26 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'44.209 1.177 0.072
27 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'44.263 1.231 0.054
28 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'44.293 1.261 0.030
29 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'45.922 2.890 1.629
Round Number: 
15
2020
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2020 Portimao MotoGP Qualifying Result: What Dreams Are Made Of

The premier class pulled out all the stops for the last weekend of the season and peppered drama over the two qualifying sessions, starting with Johann Zarco’s smoking Ducati delaying the Q1 session. The wait was worth it for the home favourite, Miguel Oliveira presumably prompting many people to shout at their TV sets across the country as he claimed a first pole position in the premier class. The Portuguese rider set himself up for a fairytale race on home soil by leading the field by four hundredths of a second. A confident Franco Morbidelli breezed through Q1 and held provisional pole in Q2 until getting robbed in the final minute of the session. Morbidelli held onto second to have the upper hand in the battle for second place in the world championship, while Jack Miller joins them on the front row after a solid weekend in Portugal.

After being fastest in Q1, Cal Crutchlow will start his final race from the top of the second row, while Fabio Quartararo’s result of fifth hands him the keys to a BMW. Stefan Bradl completes the second row in a very impressive display for Honda’s recently renewed test rider. Despite a late crash at turn 8, Zarco opens row three of the grid ahead of Maverick Vinales and Pol Espargaro.

Alex Rins will have to make another lightning start from 10th on the grid to battle Morbidelli for the championship podium and the Suzuki will have company from Takaaki Nakagami and Andrea Dovizioso on the fourth row. Although the Japanese rider was a prominent fixture towards the top of the timesheets all weekend, he was looking worse for wear after a crash in FP4 and could not do any better than 11th.

For no apparent reason, newly crowned world champion Joan Mir struggled to escape Q1 and starts his reign with his worst qualifying of the season in 20th, adding an obstacle in Suzuki’s triple crown challenge.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'38.892    
2 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'38.936 0.044 0.044
3 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'39.038 0.146 0.102
4 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'39.156 0.264 0.118
5 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'39.199 0.307 0.043
6 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'39.204 0.312 0.005
7 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'39.238 0.346 0.034
8 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'39.260 0.368 0.022
9 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'39.284 0.392 0.024
10 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'39.467 0.575 0.183
11 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'39.531 0.639 0.064
12 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'39.587 0.695 0.056
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'39.250    
Q2 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'39.276 0.026 0.026
13 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'39.390 0.140 0.114
14 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'39.762 0.512 0.372
15 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'40.019 0.769 0.257
16 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'40.049 0.799 0.030
17 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'40.058 0.808 0.009
18 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'40.091 0.841 0.033
19 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'40.174 0.924 0.083
20 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'40.290 1.040 0.116
21 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'40.427 1.177 0.137
22 82 Mika Kallio KTM 1'41.753 2.503 1.326
Round Number: 
15
2020
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2020 Portimao MotoGP FP4 Result: Pol Espargaro's Turn To Rob Oliveira

The final practice session for the premier class started with some wind and ended with some smoke, but neither of those slowed down Pol Espargaro, nor did an early crash at turn 5. The Spaniard showed some good consistency as he robbed colleague Miguel Oliveira from topping another session on home soil. Oliveira ended second by only three hundredths of a second after putting together a solid session and the home rider was only six thousandths faster than Takaaki Nakagami. However, the Japanese rider had a more eventful afternoon, topping the session early on before another crash at turn 4, which dropped him to third. Nakagami missed out on the final 7 minutes of the session as the rider looked in a bit of pain and the team had a big repair job scheduled.

Maverick Vinales continued to be the happiest Yamaha in Portugal, the Spaniard fourth fastest ahead of Aleix Espargaro, both within a tenth of a second of top spot. Alex Marquez made a slow start to his weekend but climbed into sixth in FP4, ahead of the Petronas duo of Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli, with Brad Binder and Stefan Bradl rounding out the top 10.

Joan Mir was the only rider to be tempted by the medium rear tyre and the world champion persisted with the choice, leaving him 12th on the timesheets, ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and Johann Zarco as the best Ducatis in the session. However, Zarco’s machine wasn’t exactly on its best behaviour, starting to pour smoke in the final minute of the session. After showing good speed over the weekend, Jack Miller was down in an unusual 15th position, seven tenths down on the top time.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'40.150    
2 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'40.184 0.034 0.034
3 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'40.190 0.040 0.006
4 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'40.209 0.059 0.019
5 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'40.221 0.071 0.012
6 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'40.472 0.322 0.251
7 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'40.498 0.348 0.026
8 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'40.565 0.415 0.067
9 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'40.595 0.445 0.030
10 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'40.608 0.458 0.013
11 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'40.754 0.604 0.146
12 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'40.758 0.608 0.004
13 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'40.759 0.609 0.001
14 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'40.802 0.652 0.043
15 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'40.901 0.751 0.099
16 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'41.124 0.974 0.223
17 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'41.186 1.036 0.062
18 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'41.273 1.123 0.087
19 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'41.459 1.309 0.186
20 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'41.761 1.611 0.302
21 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'41.772 1.622 0.011
22 82 Mika Kallio KTM 1'42.412 2.262 0.640
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15
2020
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2020 Portimao Moto3 Qualifying Result: Eat Sleep Pole Repeat

Qualifying in Portugal started with drama straight away, with Q1 causing trouble for one of the championship contenders and Q2 following it up by setting the scene nicely in the title battle. Raul Fernandez might not be party to that particular battle but the Spaniard was fast enough straight out the gate to secure his sixth pole position of the season, two tenths faster than the rest of the challengers. Jeremy Alcoba is keen to end his rookie season in fine style and qualified on the front row of the grid, where he is joined by an equally impressive Ayumu Sasaki.

Tatsuki Suzuki escaped out of Q1 and went on to open the second row of the grid, ahead of compatriot Ai Ogura. The title contender only got out of Q1 on his final flying lap and in between all the head shaking in Q2, the Japanese rider managed to jump into 5th at the last minute, just ahead of rival Albert Arenas. The championship leader missed the boat on one final flying lap, together with a group that was too busy playing around and is likely to expect some penalties, and that allowed rival Ogura to sneak ahead of him on the grid. However, with the two main championship contenders starting next to each other on the second row, it’s a tasty prospect for Sunday’s race.

Niccolo Antonelli heads the third row of the grid, ahead of Leopard duo Dennis Foggia and Jaume Masia, but the teammates are due to serve a double long lap penalty in the race. That should help Gabriel Rodrigo progress from 10th place, the Argentine rider starting on the fourth row despite another crash in Q2. Deniz Oncu and Sergio Garcia complete row four, while Barry Baltus in 13th was the final rider within a second of pole.

The big surprise of Q1 was Tony Arbolino, the Italian going from hero to zero after failing to post a competitive laptime and misjudging the time he had available in the session, which left him 27th on the grid and in need of the comeback of a lifetime to revive his championship aspirations.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'48.051    
2 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'48.236 0.185 0.185
3 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'48.291 0.240 0.055
4 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'48.342 0.291 0.051
5 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'48.366 0.315 0.024
6 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'48.478 0.427 0.112
7 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'48.529 0.478 0.051
8 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'48.893 0.842 0.364
9 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'48.910 0.859 0.017
10 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'48.920 0.869 0.010
11 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'48.925 0.874 0.005
12 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'49.005 0.954 0.080
13 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'49.050 0.999 0.045
14 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'49.538 1.487 0.488
15 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'49.896 1.845 0.358
16 16 Andrea Migno KTM      
17 27 Kaito Toba KTM      
18 40 Darryn Binder KTM      
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'47.635    
Q2 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'47.934 0.299 0.299
Q2 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'48.410 0.775 0.476
Q2 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'48.478 0.843 0.068
19 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'48.488 0.853 0.010
20 31 Adrian Fernandez Honda 1'48.548 0.913 0.060
21 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'48.592 0.957 0.044
22 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'48.616 0.981 0.024
23 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'48.621 0.986 0.005
24 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'48.704 1.069 0.083
25 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'48.724 1.089 0.020
26 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'48.923 1.288 0.199
27 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'49.148 1.513 0.225
28 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'49.398 1.763 0.250
29 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'49.489 1.854 0.091
30 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'49.667 2.032 0.178
31 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'49.847 2.212 0.180
Round Number: 
15
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