2020 Teruel MotoGP FP2 Result: Nakagami Keeps Honda On Top

In the warmer conditions, premier class riders were quick to improve on their best times from the morning session, although Alex Marquez’s FP1 benchmark lasted until the final shootout that got under way with seven minutes remaining. The Spaniard might have lost prime position but it stayed in the family, with Takaaki Nakagami setting a fine pace at the front of the pack and posting the first 1:47 time of the day. Maverick Vinales reduced the gap to under two tenths of a second in the closing stages of FP2 and was the only other rider in the 1:47s. Cal Crutchlow improved LCR’s day further, making a late jump into the top three, three tenths slower than his teammate.

Fabio Quartararo was in no rush to prove his speed and entered the final time attack in 15th position but promptly climbed to fourth, ahead of title rival Joan Mir, who completed the top five. Alex Rins finished the day only eighth thousandths of a second slower than his teammate with Iker Lecuona a surprise top KTM in seventh position. The Espargaro duo occupied eighth and ninth position, Aleix ahead of Pol on this occasion, while Alex Marquez rounded out the top ten, six tenths off top spot and only one thousandth of a second ahead of rookie rival Brad Binder. However, the Honda man was safely inside of the combined top ten, where he was sixth, courtesy of his great FP1 topping time.

Some of the people who were nowhere near the top ten were all of the men riding for Ducati, with all the factory machines outside of the top 15 and with Andrea Dovizioso leaving himself with a lot of work to do in FP3 to improve on 19th in the combined standings.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'47.782    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'47.957 0.175 0.175
3 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'48.111 0.329 0.154
4 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'48.164 0.382 0.053
5 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'48.182 0.400 0.018
6 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'48.190 0.408 0.008
7 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'48.360 0.578 0.170
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'48.426 0.644 0.066
9 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'48.439 0.657 0.013
10 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'48.443 0.661 0.004
11 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'48.444 0.662 0.001
12 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'48.527 0.745 0.083
13 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'48.532 0.750 0.005
14 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'48.545 0.763 0.013
15 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'48.612 0.830 0.067
16 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'48.810 1.028 0.198
17 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'48.870 1.088 0.060
18 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'49.240 1.458 0.370
19 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'49.319 1.537 0.079
20 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'49.733 1.951 0.414
21 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'49.794 2.012 0.061
Round Number: 
12
2020
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Honda on top, Ducs on bottom?!

If there was a single person, even wearing an HRC team shirt, that called this before a wheel was turned a week ago...I have either a dose of Zyprexa or huge praise for you. Or both. 

This track surface may be giving us a one-off. Conditions have done so elsewhere. This is a season of grab bag shuffles.

The Honda though has just turned a corner. The 2021 LCR squad looks great, both deserve praise. And, the rear isn't pushing the front on the brakes these two rounds via the worn out tarmac. 

Ducati?! Any insights re what they are experiencing? It isn't just Dovi struggling with the new rear tire's character change. The whole grid is SO close and can see-saw.

Is Yamaha coming this weekend? Quartararo's garage is sure to have tires and set up recovered. Mir has the sure footed momentum. A few more riders could surge and pick up the pieces if these guys don't do the business. I still see Mir on top, and like it.

Here is what I don't like. Without a clear standout, we are looking to have no challenger to The Marc next year. The Yamaha did not make enough improvement despite having the war chest. No European Test program because of the pandemic is significant. The Honda is coming good. Bagnaia flashed in the pan unless he is back on form at Jerez, still no big stand out in Red. The NASA Duc still doesn't set up easily at varied tracks. Impressed with KTM progress and potential. But so many riders close means no one in 2nd place and a handful parsing out points for 3rd next season. Very proud and supportive of Suzuki! Yet them favored to win this year highlights that scenario.

I have Marc to challenge a win at Portugal. Next year he will crash little and run the top two steps of the podium. The bottom two steps will have a gaggle of varied riders. Adjusting my expectations to enjoy who gets 2nd and 3rd in the season, and who battles with The Marc on a particular Sunday. Still fun. Feel free to disagree, however it may happen it would make my year to be wrong.

Cheers!

Exactly, 'Shrink.

As a matter of fact, I'll bet MM93 is laughing his ass off at home. He already has one hand on the 2021 Championship trophy before turning a wheel in anger.

I mean, you figure that everyone's trying as hard as they can, but, c'mon man!

Can the tyres really be this finicky where a few degrees difference in temperature makes that much of a difference? (Rhetorical question) Holey moley Batman! What have you wrought, Michelin?

 

Well done Honda "the worst bike on the grid" is the fastest. Taka or Alex or Cal take your pick.

Ducati? I have no idea. Petrucci is a fraction better than his time in fp3 or fp4 last weekend.

Cactus Ducati?

Miller went slower in the arvo than in fp1. by half a second or 0.583s if you prefer. More than a second slower than J.Z.5 What!

Dovi? This bridesmaid has lost interest in winning the big prize? Doesn't want to catch the bloody bouquet of flowers. All the Ducs but Johann Zarco slower than Bradley Smith on the Aprilia. Dovi says "Ducati didn't make any step forward" no they put a foot down a rabbithole. A.D.04 three tenths of a second slower than fp4 last time around. Maybe they are saving the good tyres for Quali & the race? I've no idea.

All the other manus seem to be making progress, Ducati making pasta?

CACTUS, in Australian slang, means: beaten, defeated, finished, ruined, kaput etc.

When Bagnaia had the Rocket flying recently he was breaking the rear loose to pivot into corner entry. Looks like it needs something we know from down under besides cactus? We have SO much more electronics to assist consistency than you know who imagined. 

Enjoy the race Ape