MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2021 Jerez Moto2 Race Result: Untouchable

After the pure chaos of Moto3, the intermediate class presented us with an equally exceptional ride to victory but one that could not have been any more different. Starting from the front row, Fabio Di Giannantonio took the lead into turn 1 and never saw another bike again, until stopping for celebrations on the victory lap. The Italian had unrivalled pace throughout the 23 laps and used it to secure his first victory in the intermediate class and his team’s first in a considerable time. Marco Bezzecchi got to celebrate his first podium of the season, while Sam Lowes joined them on the podium to recover solid ground in the championship battle.

Di Giannantonio had made a fast start to take the lead from poleman Remy Gardner straight away, with Bezzecchi, Augusto Fernandez, Raul Fernandez, Lowes and Xavi Vierge close behind. However, Bezzecchi soon dropped to the back of that group after a mistake at turn 6.

Di Giannantonio quickly managed to build a half second gap in the first couple of laps, while Red Bull KTM Ajo teammates Gardner and Raul Fernandez were pushing to catch up and Lowes was looking for a way past teammate Augusto Fernandez, to join the top 4. His mission was made easier when the Spaniard slid out at turn six of lap 3 and while Lowes was rapidly bridging the four tenths gap to the orange bikes ahead, Bezzecchi was left half a second behind his rival.

By lap five, Di Giannantonio extended his lead to over one second, while a chasing group had formed with Gardner, Fernandez, Lowes and Bezzecchi, the next group being led by Xierge over a second down the road. The gap at the front extended to two seconds by lap 8, with the pursuers seemingly in no rush to recover that in the early stages. Fernandez soon picked up the chase from teammate Gardner to have a go at reeling in the leader but Di Giannantonio kept a rapid pace at the front. Bezzecchi and Lowes kept each other busy behind Gardner but the British rider started to struggle at the halfway point of the race, dropping half a second on the group. Gardner soon followed his example, losing some ground on Bezzecchi ahead, who in turn had half a second to get to Fernandez.

The rookie was fast but all he could do was maintain the 2.5 seconds gap to the leader, Di Giannantonio not allowing him to get any closer heading into the final 10 laps. The Italian’s consistency was impeccable at the front, while Fernandez soon had Bezzecchi to contend with, in the battle for the remaining podium positions. Gardner had dropped almost a second behind, with Lowes keen to challenge him in the final stages of the race, but things were so evenly matched that the top five men struggled to show each other a wheel for the next few laps.

The leader’s gap started to very slowly reduce in the final 8 laps, but a mistake from Fernandez at the final turn with 6 laps left allowed Bezzecchi past and left them 2.8 seconds behind Di Giannantonio. The rookie struggled to keep up with the Italians, while teammate Gardner found some late pace to catch up with him, dragging Lowes into the third place battle too. Lowes was the first to make a move after Gardner went in too hot into turn 1 with 4 laps remaining and Fernandez managed to hold onto the podium until the final two laps, when a wobble at turn 2 allowed both Lowes and Gardner through.

Di Giannantonio’s last lap celebrations reduced his gap to under two seconds for the first time but Bezzecchi was no match for his compatriot and had to settle for second. With Fernandez quickly dropping back on his well-used tyres, Lowes and Gardner were left to decide third but the Australian never got to try for an overtake and Lowes secured the podium position. Gardner finished fourth on his 100th grand prix start and Fernandez completed the top five, with Vierge, Ai Ogura, Joe Roberts, Aron Canet and Marcel Schrotter in the top ten.

Helped by his teammate’s late tyre trouble, Gardner keeps the championship lead by a minuscule three points ahead of Lowes, with Fernandez 6 points behind and Bezzecchi recovering some ground to be only 13 points down on the leader.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 39'07.396
2 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex +1.722
3 22 Sam Lowes Kalex +2.229
4 87 Remy Gardner Kalex +3.019
5 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex +8.571
6 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex +12.181
7 79 Ai Ogura Kalex +12.313
8 16 Joe Roberts Kalex +12.523
9 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro +14.407
10 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex +17.152
11 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex +18.071
12 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro +18.720
13 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex +25.775
14 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta +25.896
15 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex +27.326
16 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex +31.359
17 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS +35.845
18 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex +36.433
19 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex +38.197
20 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro +39.789
21 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex +40.083
22 32 Taiga Hada NTS +1'02.980
23 10 Tommaso Marcon MV Agusta +1'20.544
Not Classified
  6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1 Lap
  24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 10 Laps
  75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 12 Laps
  40 Hector Garzo Kalex 18 Laps
  35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 20 Laps
  37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 21 Laps
  11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 21 Laps
Round Number: 
4
2021
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2021 Jerez Moto3 Race Result: Faultless Amongst Chaos

After a punishing warm up session in cool conditions, things hotted up to more a more pleasant ambiance by the time lights went out for the lightweight class race and the action got nearly flammable throughout the 22 laps. But as unpredictable as Moto3 races tend to be, the end result seems to be the same this season, extraordinary rookie Pedro Acosta turning his worst qualifying position of the season into a third consecutive victory, becoming the first ever rider to take four podiums in his first four grand prix. He came under less than friendly fire from his KTM colleagues but after some final corner drama, Romano Fenati took second, in his first podium of the year, while Jeremy Alcoba completed the podium after passing through the naughty corner of the long lap penalty twice during the race.

The start of the race told a different story, poleman Tatsuki Suzuki making a great start from pole from Andrea Migno and Gabriel Rodrigo, while front row starter Alcoba dropped a few positions and started planning his double long lap penalty, given for irresponsible riding in Q1. Darryn Binder, Fenati, Ayumu Sasaki, John McPhee, and Niccolo Antonelli closely followed, while Acosta quickly joined the top ten, having started 13th. McPhee was the first to drop out of the leading group at turn seven, leaving Jerez with an unfortunate zero points on the season’s scoresheet.

Despite the great opening lap from Suzuki, Rodrigo picked up a slipstream into turn one to start lap 2 in the lead, the duo making noise at the front in the early stages, while Binder, Migno and Fenati kept close and Alcoba did his first long lap penalty, dropping him out of the top ten, right ahead of Masia, who had made a poor start. Acosta was up to 8th and chasing down his Red Bull KTM Tech 3 colleagues Sasaki and Deniz Öncü. After a good showing in warm-up, Carlos Tatay made an excellent start from 16th on the grid, to exchange places with Acosta early on.

Rodrigo kept in control at the front for the next couple of laps and while the threat from Binder and Suzuki in particular was ever present, it was his own mistake that took him out of contention with a big high side at cursed turn 7 on lap 5. The ensuing chaos left Öncü in charge of the pack and Acostra picking up the role of the main challenger. Binder, Migno and Suzuki kept a close eye on proceedings in a sizeable lead group.

Acosta first picked up the lead on lap 8 and although Binder quickly changed, the Honda man was surrounded by KTM machines eager to make his life difficult. The top end of the lead group was a KTM invasion, with Öncü, Acosta, Masia, Sasaki and the undercover KTM of Fenati, while Binder and Migno were the most prominent of the Hondas. Sergio Garcia, Suzuki and Tatay were also in the lead group, just ahead of Alcoba, who kept close to the top ten despite his double long lap roadtrip. Things got even more frantic mid-race, with track limits infringements all round and even more long lap penalties dished out. The next big victim in the lead group was poleman Suzuki, who crashed out at turn 2 with 10 laps remaining, in yet another heart-breaking DNF for last year’s victor.

Öncü, Acosta and Masia were an orange blur exchanging places at the front of the pack for the next few laps, while the likes of Fenati, Binder, Sasaki and Migno bided their time to break the Red Bull party. Artigas dropped over a second behind the leading group, leading the chasing pack including the likes of Tatay, Alcoba, Garcia and Antonelli, who had to pick up the pace if they wanted a whiff at the podium.

When a gaggle of KTMs battle, a Husqvarna apparently ends up on top, with Fenati picking up the lead at turn 6 with 7 laps remaining and fighting off Acosta, Öncü, Masia and Sasaki for the next couple of laps. Öncü was the feistiest of the lot in the closing stages, which also cost him a track limits warning but the Turkish rider retook control of the leading group for the final five laps. The shenanigans at the front also allowed a few of the men behind to join the battle, including Tatay and Alcoba, although the Avintia rider was soon slapped with another long lap penalty for exceeding track limits.

The KTM familia of Acosta, Fenati and Öncü continued to exchange top spot for the final four laps, with Masia keeping a bit more quiet right behind them. Öncü spent the most time in the limelight out of the foursome but was unable to stretch a gap at the front. A shaky moment for Acosta with two laps remaining put him and Fenati on the backfoot but the duo quickly bridged the four tenths gap and the Spaniard soon picked up the lead with a fine move at turn six, that got him past both Masia and Öncü on the final lap.

Acosta was faultless to the finish line but things got predictably frantic at the final turn, where an over enthusiastic Öncü crashed and picked up Masia and Binder, the trio ending up in the gravel. The end result was that Fenati and Alcoba inherited the remaining podium positions, Migno missing out by two hundredths of a second after spending the final part of the race more as a passive observer. Sasaki completed the top five, while Tatay, Dupasquier, Antonelli, Artigas and Yamanaka rounded out the top ten positions.

Another phenomenal victory for exceptional rookie Acosta extends his championship lead to an impressive 51 points from Antonelli, with Migno another 2 points back. Fenati jumps six positions to fourth, 55 points behind the leader, while Masia is a painful 56 points behind his teammate.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 39'22.266
2 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna +0.417
3 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda +0.527
4 16 Andrea Migno Honda +0.548
5 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM +0.971
6 99 Carlos Tatay KTM +0.997
7 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM +1.043
8 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM +1.144
9 43 Xavier Artigas Honda +1.383
10 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM +1.596
11 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS +3.986
12 12 Filip Salac Honda +4.389
13 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS +5.191
14 92 Yuki Kunii Honda +7.204
15 82 Stefano Nepa KTM +8.194
16 27 Kaito Toba KTM +12.822
17 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM +12.869
18 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda +12.990
19 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM +17.318
20 53 Deniz Öncü KTM +18.162
21 5 Jaume Masia KTM +19.439
22 40 Darryn Binder Honda +25.337
23 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda +32.323
24 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna +46.228
Not Classified
  7 Dennis Foggia Honda 3 Laps
  24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 10 Laps
  2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 18 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
  17 John Mcphee Honda 0 Lap
Round Number: 
4
2021
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2021 Jerez MotoGP Warm Up Result: Zarco Tops Cool Crash-Ridden Session

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'37.688    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'37.753 0.065 0.065
3 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'37.799 0.111 0.046
4 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'37.972 0.284 0.173
5 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'38.010 0.322 0.038
6 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'38.014 0.326 0.004
7 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'38.147 0.459 0.133
8 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'38.148 0.460 0.001
9 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'38.270 0.582 0.122
10 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'38.287 0.599 0.017
11 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'38.335 0.647 0.048
12 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'38.338 0.650 0.003
13 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'38.354 0.666 0.016
14 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'38.411 0.723 0.057
15 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'38.531 0.843 0.120
16 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'38.552 0.864 0.021
17 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'38.611 0.923 0.059
18 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'38.696 1.008 0.085
19 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'38.719 1.031 0.023
20 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'39.023 1.335 0.304
21 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'39.548 1.860 0.525
22 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'39.599 1.911 0.051
23 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'40.011 2.323 0.412
Round Number: 
4
2021
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2021 Jerez Moto2 Warm Up Result: Di Giannantonio Leads Red Flagged Session

In a chilly morning in Jerez, Fabio Di Giannantonio narrowly led the way from Sam Lowes after a red flag delay caused by the air-fence at infamous turn 7 having to be redeployed following a crash for Celestino Vietti. The Italian was unharmed, unlike his machine, and the same gravel trap saw action once more, when Jake Dixon later suffered a crash and walked away but was taken for a medical check.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'41.430    
2 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'41.483 0.053 0.053
3 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'41.651 0.221 0.168
4 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'41.708 0.278 0.057
5 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'41.858 0.428 0.150
6 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'41.895 0.465 0.037
7 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'41.908 0.478 0.013
8 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'41.965 0.535 0.057
9 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'42.024 0.594 0.059
10 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'42.075 0.645 0.051
11 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'42.110 0.680 0.035
12 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'42.112 0.682 0.002
13 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'42.126 0.696 0.014
14 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'42.158 0.728 0.032
15 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'42.178 0.748 0.020
16 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'42.186 0.756 0.008
17 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'42.407 0.977 0.221
18 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'42.459 1.029 0.052
19 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'42.481 1.051 0.022
20 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'42.495 1.065 0.014
21 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro 1'42.553 1.123 0.058
22 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'42.667 1.237 0.114
23 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'42.920 1.490 0.253
24 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'42.974 1.544 0.054
25 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'43.246 1.816 0.272
26 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'43.272 1.842 0.026
27 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'43.339 1.909 0.067
28 32 Taiga Hada NTS 1'44.142 2.712 0.803
29 10 Tommaso Marcon MV Agusta 1'45.665 4.235 1.523
  7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta      
  13 Celestino Vietti Kalex      
Round Number: 
4
2021
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2021 Jerez Moto3 Warm Up Result: Tatay Leads Binder

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'46.514    
2 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'46.704 0.190 0.190
3 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'46.720 0.206 0.016
4 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'46.754 0.240 0.034
5 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'46.849 0.335 0.095
6 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'46.915 0.401 0.066
7 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'47.035 0.521 0.120
8 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'47.115 0.601 0.080
9 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'47.149 0.635 0.034
10 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'47.257 0.743 0.108
11 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'47.270 0.756 0.013
12 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'47.274 0.760 0.004
13 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'47.344 0.830 0.070
14 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'47.374 0.860 0.030
15 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'47.491 0.977 0.117
16 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'47.520 1.006 0.029
17 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'47.717 1.203 0.197
18 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'47.735 1.221 0.018
19 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'47.739 1.225 0.004
20 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'47.895 1.381 0.156
21 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'47.905 1.391 0.010
22 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'47.968 1.454 0.063
23 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'47.972 1.458 0.004
24 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'48.019 1.505 0.047
25 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'48.093 1.579 0.074
26 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'48.254 1.740 0.161
27 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'48.651 2.137 0.397
28 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'48.799 2.285 0.148
Round Number: 
4
2021
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2021 Jerez MotoE E-Pole Result: As Fast As Ever

The final qualifying session of the day was perhaps the most easily predictable pole of the lot but the E-Pole format does tend to throw in the occasional surprise. Eric Granado taking pole was hardly a surprise after the speed he showed in practice and testing and despite a bit of a moment at the final turn, his advantage was big enough that he could afford that and still took pole by two tenths of a second. Lukas Tulovic was the second fastest man of the afternoon and perhaps the big surprise of the front row was rookie Fermín Aldeguer, who ended the session quicker than the other big favourite from practice, Dominique Aegerter. The Swiss rider opens row two ahead of Alessandro Zaccone and reigning cup winner Jordi Torres.

Mattia Casadei, Xavi Cardelus and Maria Herrera make up row three, with Miquel Pons joining the top ten for his first qualifying in the class. Matteo Ferrari, the first cup victor in 2019, made a pretty unlucky start in Jerez, exceeding track limits on his E-Pole lap and having to start from the back of the grid.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 51 Eric Granado Energica 1'47.778    
2 3 Lukas Tulovic Energica 1'48.012 0.234 0.234
3 54 Fermín Aldeguer Energica 1'48.293 0.515 0.281
4 77 Dominique Aegerter Energica 1'48.373 0.595 0.080
5 61 Alessandro Zaccone Energica 1'48.378 0.600 0.005
6 40 Jordi Torres Energica 1'48.507 0.729 0.129
7 27 Mattia Casadei Energica 1'48.614 0.836 0.107
8 18 Xavi Cardelus Energica 1'48.806 1.028 0.192
9 6 Maria Herrera Energica 1'48.809 1.031 0.003
10 71 Miquel Pons Energica 1'48.848 1.070 0.039
11 78 Hikari Okubo Energica 1'49.026 1.248 0.178
12 9 Andrea Mantovani Energica 1'49.090 1.312 0.064
13 19 Corentin Perolari Energica 1'49.714 1.936 0.624
14 68 Yonny Hernandez Energica 1'49.808 2.030 0.094
15 80 Jasper Iwema Energica 1'50.330 2.552 0.522
16 21 Kevin Zannoni Energica 1'50.570 2.792 0.240
17 14 Andre Pires Energica 1'52.200 4.422 1.630
  11 Matteo Ferrari Energica      
Round Number: 
1
2021
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2021 Jerez Moto2 Qualifying Result: Another Day, Another Record

The qualifying session for the intermediate class was another occasion for the Red Bull KTM Ajo squad to celebrate, this time after watching Remy Gardner score his first pole position of the season to go alongside the all time lap record and the championship lead. The Australian will be defending that lead from prime position after setting a fantastic lap early in Q2 and although he did not improve further, he had no challenger either. The rest of the front row was decided early on as well, with compatriots Fabio Di Giannantonio and Marco Bezzecchi getting within a tenth of a second of pole.

Raul Fernandez threatened to change that hierarchy on his final flying lap but only advanced one position to fourth, demoting Sam Lowes to fifth. The British rider was on a red hot lap in the final minute of the session but a big moment at the final turn halted his progress and unsettled his final flying lap, causing him to crash out at turn 2. Xavi Vierge closes the second row of the grid, while compatriot Augusto Fernandez opens row three from Joe Roberts and rookie Ai Ogura.

Jake Dixon completed the top ten positions and will be joined on the fourth row by Spaniards Aron Canet and Jorge Navarro. Nicolò Bulega was the final rider to post a time within a second of pole and the Italian led the way for the Q1 foursome including Marcos Ramirez, Bo Bendsneyder and Q1 leader Cameron Beaubier. Stefano Manzi looked fast enough to comfortably make his way out of Q1 but oddly chose to sit out the second run and missed out by eight hundredths of a second, starting 19th on the grid.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'40.667    
2 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'40.738 0.071 0.071
3 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'40.753 0.086 0.015
4 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'40.808 0.141 0.055
5 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'40.833 0.166 0.025
6 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'41.038 0.371 0.205
7 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'41.210 0.543 0.172
8 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'41.235 0.568 0.025
9 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'41.251 0.584 0.016
10 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'41.266 0.599 0.015
11 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'41.329 0.662 0.063
12 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'41.458 0.791 0.129
13 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'41.521 0.854 0.063
14 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'41.704 1.037 0.183
15 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'41.714 1.047 0.010
16 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'41.736 1.069 0.022
17 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'41.933 1.266 0.197
18 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'41.945 1.278 0.012
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'41.308    
Q2 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'41.351 0.043 0.043
Q2 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'41.352 0.044 0.001
Q2 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'41.403 0.095 0.051
19 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'41.483 0.175 0.080
20 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'41.521 0.213 0.038
21 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'41.557 0.249 0.036
22 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'41.601 0.293 0.044
23 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'41.636 0.328 0.035
24 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'41.675 0.367 0.039
25 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'41.705 0.397 0.030
26 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'41.841 0.533 0.136
27 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro 1'41.974 0.666 0.133
28 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'42.124 0.816 0.150
29 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'42.159 0.851 0.035
30 32 Taiga Hada NTS 1'43.014 1.706 0.855
31 10 Tommaso Marcon MV Agusta 1'43.271 1.963 0.257
Round Number: 
4
2021
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2021 Jerez MotoGP Qualifying Result: Someone’s Keen On A New Car

Looking at the lessons learned from practice, it seemed like pole position was only going one way: in Fabio Quartararo’s scorebook. The prophecy came true soon after, although the Frenchman did get some friendly fire from former teammate Franco Morbidelli, who initially got within five thousandths of a second of pole, until Quartararo extended his lead to a marginally more comfortable five hundredths of a second. After seeing his best FP3 time cancelled really late after the session, the Italian was the undisputed leader of Q1 and climbed all the way to second on the grid, while also giving us a phenomenal save at turn 13 in the process. Jack Miller benefitted from Morbidelli’s lap cancellation to take part in Q2 directly and made the best of it, joining the front row of the grid, only a tenth off pole.

Pecco Bagnaia towed his teammate around for the final run and eventually managed to follow him on the timesheets in fourth, ahead of Takaaki Nakagami and Johann Zarco, the Honda man infiltrating the Ducati duo on row two. After being right at the sharp end in practice, Maverick Viñales will be disappointed to find himself on the third row of the grid, three tenths slower that his teammate and sharing the grid with compatriots Aleix Espargaro and Alex Rins.

Joan Mir rounded out the top ten ahead of Q1 escapee Brad Binder and the second-best Honda of test rider Stefan Bradl, the trio composing fourth row. The Repsol Honda duo of Pol Espargaro and Marc Marquez start from row five, after their respective crashes at turn 7 earlier today derailed their weekend but Marquez was still busy putting on a show with a couple of saves in Q1. They will be joined on the fifth row by top rookie Enea Bastianini. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'36.755    
2 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'36.812 0.057 0.057
3 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'36.860 0.105 0.048
4 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'36.960 0.205 0.100
5 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'37.008 0.253 0.048
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'37.054 0.299 0.046
7 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'37.070 0.315 0.016
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'37.085 0.330 0.015
9 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'37.124 0.369 0.039
10 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'37.154 0.399 0.030
11 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'37.467 0.712 0.313
12 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'37.502 0.747 0.035
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Q2 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'36.916    
Q2 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'37.350 0.434 0.434
13 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'37.407 0.491 0.057
14 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'37.489 0.573 0.082
15 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'37.675 0.759 0.186
16 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'37.746 0.830 0.071
17 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'37.915 0.999 0.169
18 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'37.925 1.009 0.010
19 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'38.065 1.149 0.140
20 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'38.069 1.153 0.004
21 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'38.139 1.223 0.070
22 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'38.325 1.409 0.186
23 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'38.641 1.725 0.316
Round Number: 
4
2021
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2021 Jerez MotoGP FP4 Result: Quartararo Leads Yamaha Brigade

The final practice session for the MotoGP class proved quite an eventful afternoon for much of the field but the factory Yamaha men truly enjoyed their time on the playground, comfortably experimenting with different tyre options and fast on all of them. Fabio Quartararo had a tiny bit of an advantage on Maverick Viñales on both speed and rhythm but both men showed really strong pace throughout the session. Alex Rins was also in the top three mix from the start, although the Suzuki man ended the session in the gravel trap at turn five after a harmless tumble.

Takaaki Nakagami once again carried the flag for Honda, this time up to fourth place, ahead of Franco Morbidelli, who had a very late lap cancellation in FP3 and found himself suddenly in Q1. Pol Espargaro finished in a solid sixth place but the Spaniard was lucky to escape unharmed from a turn 7 incident - a cursed spot for Honda - while Joan Mir had a quietly rapid afternoon in seventh position. One man’s misfortune is another man’s luck, as Jack Miller got promoted into the combined top 10 by Morbidelli's mistake and celebrated it with eighth place in FP4, after missing out on the early part of the session due to his bike needing some attention.

Marc Marquez returned unharmed from his precautionary medical checks and did well to join the top nine with a drama-free session, but he did get to witness his teammate replicate his mistake at turn 7 in the closing stages of FP4. Miguel Oliveira rounded out the top ten ahead of teammate Brad Binder, while Aleix Espargaro dropped down to 12th after a tricky session bookended by crashes. Pecco Bagnaia in 13th spot was the final rider to post a time within a second of the leader. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'37.341    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'37.391 0.050 0.050
3 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'37.772 0.431 0.381
4 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'37.917 0.576 0.145
5 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'38.012 0.671 0.095
6 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'38.053 0.712 0.041
7 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'38.079 0.738 0.026
8 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'38.134 0.793 0.055
9 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'38.149 0.808 0.015
10 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'38.168 0.827 0.019
11 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'38.180 0.839 0.012
12 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'38.203 0.862 0.023
13 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'38.287 0.946 0.084
14 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'38.373 1.032 0.086
15 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'38.430 1.089 0.057
16 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'38.760 1.419 0.330
17 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'38.862 1.521 0.102
18 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'38.966 1.625 0.104
19 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'39.024 1.683 0.058
20 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'39.062 1.721 0.038
21 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'39.132 1.791 0.070
22 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'39.135 1.794 0.003
23 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'39.161 1.820 0.026
Round Number: 
4
2021
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2021 Jerez Moto3 Qualifying Result: The Early Bird Gets The Pole

Conditions got a bit breezy as the lightweight class kicked off the battle for qualifying and a few questions were quickly answered. First of all, Tatsuki Suzuki made it clear that he still has the speed shown at this track last year and after a difficult start to 2021, he will be hoping for another victory from pole in Jerez. The Japanese rider had a strong first run that placed him in provisional pole and it proved quick enough to secure him a Tissot watch a few minutes later. He also helped answer the question as to whether Moto3 teams have learned how to tell the time and the answer for many of them was still no. Suzuki was one of a pretty illustrious line-up of riders who left pitlane too late to get a final flying lap but was lucky to have a decent gap at the front that went unchallenged. One man who got things right in the end was Jeremy Alcoba, the Spaniard making a late jump from 13th to second on the grid, pushing back Andrea Migno, who could not reply as he too took the checkered flag of shame.

Gabriel Rodrigo got demoted from the front row at the last minute by his teammate but he opens row two ahead of Romano Fenati and John McPhee. Turn seven continues to cause trouble today and Darryn Binder witnessed it first hand as he suffered a high side early in Q2 and it was session over for the South African. However, it did not prove as costly as it could have been, only dropping him to seventh on the timesheets, where he opens row three from Ayumu Sasaki and Niccolò Antonelli.

Deniz Öncü could not quite replicate the speed he demonstrated in practice and had to make do with 10th position, in the company of rookie Izan Guevara and Filip Salac on the fourth row. Another big question got answered by Pedro Acosta, who kept his cool under the pressure of Q1 and made it through Q2, where he could only get 13th position on the fifth row of the grid, where he will be in the company of Jason Dupasquier and teammate Jaume Masia, who both missed out on the final time attack. The big loser of Q1 ended up being Dennis Foggia, who qualified only 23rd on the grid.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'45.807    
2 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'45.932 0.125 0.125
3 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'46.007 0.200 0.075
4 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'46.048 0.241 0.041
5 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'46.166 0.359 0.118
6 17 John McPhee Honda 1'46.185 0.378 0.019
7 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'46.288 0.481 0.103
8 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'46.312 0.505 0.024
9 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'46.440 0.633 0.128
10 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'46.449 0.642 0.009
11 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'46.522 0.715 0.073
12 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'46.566 0.759 0.044
13 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'46.667 0.860 0.101
14 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'46.714 0.907 0.047
15 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'46.843 1.036 0.129
16 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'47.060 1.253 0.217
17 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'47.517 1.710 0.457
18 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'47.686 1.879 0.169
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'46.138    
Q2 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'46.164 0.026 0.026
Q2 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'46.388 0.250 0.224
Q2 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'46.503 0.365 0.115
19 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'46.579 0.441 0.076
20 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'46.737 0.599 0.158
21 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'46.754 0.616 0.017
22 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'46.763 0.625 0.009
23 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'46.777 0.639 0.014
24 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'46.830 0.692 0.053
25 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'46.839 0.701 0.009
26 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'46.867 0.729 0.028
27 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'47.114 0.976 0.247
28 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'47.686 1.548 0.572
Round Number: 
4
2021
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