MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2021 Catalunya World Supersport FP1 Result: Oettl Tops Red Flagged Session

Philipp Oettl set the morning's fastest time in a session split by a red flag with Randy Krummenacher and Manuel Gonzalez swapping the top spot before Oettl nailed it down. Krummenacher's return to the top of the table was assisted by his sitting in for Luca Bernardi on a bike that he could use. Raffaele De Rosa pipped Gonzalez for third place at the end of the session.

Championship Leader Dominique Aegerter is competing in the MotoE championship this weekend and won't race in World Supersport.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 5 P. OETTL Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'45.898   279,1
2 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 1'45.945 0.047 272,7
3 3 R. DE ROSA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'45.950 0.052 270,0
4 81 M. GONZALEZ Yamaha YZF R6 1'45.995 0.097 274,8
5 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'46.062 0.164 271,4
6 4 S. ODENDAAL Yamaha YZF R6 1'46.363 0.465 279,8
7 66 N. TUULI MV Agusta F3 675 1'46.418 0.520 276,9
8 30 A. VERDOIA Yamaha YZF R6 1'46.430 0.532 270,7
9 94 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'46.568 0.670 275,5
10 71 C. BERGMAN Yamaha YZF R6 1'46.606 0.708 274,8
11 34 K. MANFREDI Yamaha YZF R6 1'46.820 0.922 272,7
12 25 M. BRENNER Yamaha YZF R6 1'46.828 0.930 273,4
13 40 U. ORRADRE Yamaha YZF R6 1'47.019 1.121 278,4
14 56 P. SEBESTYEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'47.096 1.198 278,4
15 38 H. SOOMER Yamaha YZF R6 1'47.099 1.201 275,5
16 84 M. FABRIZIO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'47.148 1.250 266,7
17 70 M. ALCOBA Yamaha YZF R6 1'47.263 1.365 273,4
18 22 F. FULIGNI Yamaha YZF R6 1'47.344 1.446 270,0
19 52 P. HOBELSBERGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'47.434 1.536 272,0
20 24 L. TACCINI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'47.494 1.596 272,0
21 95 V. TAKALA Yamaha YZF R6 1'47.501 1.603 275,5
22 85 L. ARBEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'47.572 1.674 270,0
23 88 M. PATACCA Yamaha YZF R6 1'47.632 1.734 266,7
24 2 L. MONTELLA Yamaha YZF R6 1'47.636 1.738 269,3
25 14 L. CAUCHI Yamaha YZF R6 1'47.832 1.934 265,4
26 31 D. VALLE Yamaha YZF R6 1'47.891 1.993 273,4
27 9 S. JESPERSEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'47.989 2.091 278,4
28 28 G. VAN STRAALEN Yamaha YZF R6 1'48.080 2.182 271,4
29 50 O. VOSTATEK Yamaha YZF R6 1'48.581 2.683 263,4
30 96 D. SANCHIS MARTINEZ Yamaha YZF R6 1'48.747 2.849 269,3
31 42 S. FROSSARD Yamaha YZF R6 1'48.890 2.992 264,1
32 55 G. HENDRA PRATAMA Yamaha YZF R6 1'48.941 3.043 272,0
33 45 S. KAWASAKI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'48.966 3.068 265,4
34 92 B. VAN EERDE Yamaha YZF R6 1'50.184 4.286 266,7
35 44 B. SAHIN Yamaha YZF R6 1'50.320 4.422 263,4
36 69 E. MONTERO HUERTA Yamaha YZF R6 1'50.850 4.952 251,7
Round Number: 
9
2021
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2021 Catalunya World Superbike FP1 Result: Rea, Razgatlioglu Fight Continues

The fight for the 2021 World Superbike continued on a sunny day in Catalunya, with Jonathan Rea setting the morning's best time, ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu and Tom Sykes. Alex Lowes and Andrea Locatelli played their number two roles fourth and fifth quickest.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'42.419   315,8
2 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.578 0.159 317,6
3 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 1'42.608 0.189 313,0
4 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'42.698 0.279 316,7
5 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.715 0.296 316,7
6 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'42.743 0.324 316,7
7 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'42.772 0.353 313,0
8 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 1'42.863 0.444 316,7
9 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1'42.919 0.500 311,2
10 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'43.182 0.763 307,7
11 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'43.208 0.789 311,2
12 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'43.378 0.959 305,9
13 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'43.378 0.959 315,8
14 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'43.498 1.079 321,4
15 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'43.511 1.092 317,6
16 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 1'43.730 1.311 314,9
17 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 1'43.898 1.479 309,5
18 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'44.013 1.594 313,0
19 76 S. CAVALIERI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'44.021 1.602 309,5
20 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 1'44.351 1.932 309,5
21 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'46.147 3.728 302,5
22 83 L. EPIS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'50.338 7.919 291,1
Round Number: 
9
2021
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2021 Misano Moto2 FP1 Result: Luthi In The Limelight

The intermediate class’s first outing in Misano was well wet and the Dunlop rain tyres got some proper airtime. So did Marco Bezzecchi, the Italian thriving in the tricky conditions and enjoying an advantage of over half a second at times, but as conditions improved, he got demoted by Tom Luthi. The class veteran ended the morning almost three tenths quicker than Bezzecchi, with Nicolò Bulega a welcome addition to the top three. Jake Dixon returns to Moto2 after his premier class adventure and was right back up to speed in fourth place, despite a late tumble at turn four, with compatriot Sam Lowes joining him in the top five, half a second off top spot.

Somkiat Chantra in sixth place was seven tenths off the leader’s time and closely followed by Augusto Fernandez, who was the other man caught out at turn four in the final few minutes of the session, when the sun finally broke through. Stefano Manzi, Jorge Navarro and Xavi Vierge completed the top 10 positions, with Hector Garzo, Joe Roberts, Aron Canet and Marcel Schrotter in the provisional top 14.

The title contending teammates had a slower and perhaps more cautious start in the given conditions, with Remy Gardner steadily slipping down the timesheets throughout the session to finish 22nd, while Raul Fernandez’s recent injury, reduced running and limited experience in the wet contributed to him ending the morning in 29th position, over three seconds behind the leader.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'50.140    
2 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'50.428 0.288 0.288
3 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'50.578 0.438 0.150
4 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'50.623 0.483 0.045
5 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'50.718 0.578 0.095
6 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'50.901 0.761 0.183
7 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'50.909 0.769 0.008
8 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'51.160 1.020 0.251
9 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'51.248 1.108 0.088
10 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'51.325 1.185 0.077
11 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'51.460 1.320 0.135
12 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'51.518 1.378 0.058
13 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'51.577 1.437 0.059
14 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'51.634 1.494 0.057
15 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'51.652 1.512 0.018
16 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro 1'51.675 1.535 0.023
17 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'51.790 1.650 0.115
18 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'51.799 1.659 0.009
19 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'52.094 1.954 0.295
20 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'52.095 1.955 0.001
21 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'52.197 2.057 0.102
22 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'52.200 2.060 0.003
23 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'52.211 2.071 0.011
24 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'52.747 2.607 0.536
25 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'52.830 2.690 0.083
26 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'52.959 2.819 0.129
27 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'53.458 3.318 0.499
28 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'53.761 3.621 0.303
29 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'53.844 3.704 0.083
30 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'56.055 5.915 2.211
Round Number: 
14
2021
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2021 Misano MotoGP FP1 Result: Viñales Quickest Before Downpour

The premier class had a tricky start in Misano, FP1 starting dry but with the cloud cover becoming menacingly grey and ending in a downpour for the final dozen minutes of the session. Although the session was cut short and not many were tempted to go out on rain tyres, it was great timing for Maverick Viñales, the new Aprilia recruit impressively putting his name at the top of the timesheets just before the rain arrived, aided by a recent test in Misano. Joan Mir was one of the few men who did some laps on the soaking track and his dry track time was good enough for second, eight hundredths of a second slower than the Aprilia. Pecco Bagnaia was one of the early leaders of the session but got demoted to third after his bike refused to rejoin the action for the second half of the session and the rain arrived once he did rejoin. Teammate Jack Miller joined him in fourth, with Alex Rins rounding out the top five.

Fabio Quartararo got stuck in a Repsol Honda sandwich in FP1, in between Pol Espargaro in 6th place and wildcard Stefan Bradl in 8th, closely followed by Marc Marquez, the Spaniard also having a play on rain tyres. Aprilia bookended the top 10, with Aleix Espargaro dropping to 10th, four tenths of a second behind his teammate. Johann Zarco missed out on the top 10 despite being within half a second of the leader, while the reshuffled Yamaha line-up was still getting up to speed, with Franco Morbidelli returning from injury in 16th position and the novel sight of Andrea Dovizioso in turquoise down in final place while he got reacquainted with the Yamaha.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'32.666    
2 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'32.746 0.080 0.080
3 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'32.801 0.135 0.055
4 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'32.859 0.193 0.058
5 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'32.885 0.219 0.026
6 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'33.019 0.353 0.134
7 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'33.024 0.358 0.005
8 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'33.047 0.381 0.023
9 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'33.100 0.434 0.053
10 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'33.102 0.436 0.002
11 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'33.143 0.477 0.041
12 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'33.314 0.648 0.171
13 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'33.409 0.743 0.095
14 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'33.451 0.785 0.042
15 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'33.482 0.816 0.031
16 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'33.570 0.904 0.088
17 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'33.710 1.044 0.140
18 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'33.766 1.100 0.056
19 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'33.791 1.125 0.025
20 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'33.950 1.284 0.159
21 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'34.022 1.356 0.072
22 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'34.026 1.360 0.004
23 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'34.037 1.371 0.011
24 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1'35.211 2.545 1.174
Round Number: 
14
2021
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2021 Misano Moto3 FP1 Result: Foggia Returns Home

Friday morning in Misano offered a little hint at the weather forecast for the weekend, as the lightweight class started the action on a dry circuit covered by a dense cloud cover. That did not stop Aragon GP victor Dennis Foggia from making a solid start on home soil, the Leopard rider ending FP1 with a good advantage, over three tenths of a second ahead of compatriot Romano Fenati. Niccolò Antonelli also saw his name at the top of the timesheets before getting demoted to third, very closely followed by Andrea Migno. Only Deniz Öncü prevented an all-Italian top 5, the Turkish rider seven tenths off the lead.

Tatsuki Suzuki in sixth place was the last rider posting a time within a second of Foggia’s, while Izan Guevara, Jaume Masia, Xavier Artigas and Gabriel Rodrigo rounded out the top 10 positions. Filip Salac, Darryn Biner, Stefano Nepa and Pedro Acosta hold top 14 places early on, the championship leader only five thousandths of a second quicker than title rival Sergio Garcia.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'42.009    
2 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'42.379 0.370 0.370
3 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'42.671 0.662 0.292
4 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'42.673 0.664 0.002
5 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'42.789 0.780 0.116
6 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'42.932 0.923 0.143
7 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'43.063 1.054 0.131
8 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'43.103 1.094 0.040
9 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'43.112 1.103 0.009
10 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'43.147 1.138 0.035
11 12 Filip Salac KTM 1'43.207 1.198 0.060
12 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'43.225 1.216 0.018
13 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'43.272 1.263 0.047
14 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'43.272 1.263  
15 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'43.277 1.268 0.005
16 18 Matteo Bertelle KTM 1'43.287 1.278 0.010
17 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'43.427 1.418 0.140
18 22 Elia Bartolini KTM 1'43.560 1.551 0.133
19 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'43.601 1.592 0.041
20 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'43.663 1.654 0.062
21 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'43.687 1.678 0.024
22 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'43.723 1.714 0.036
23 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'43.733 1.724 0.010
24 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'43.742 1.733 0.009
25 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'43.743 1.734 0.001
26 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'43.780 1.771 0.037
27 67 Alberto Surra Honda 1'44.179 2.170 0.399
28 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'44.234 2.225 0.055
29 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'44.634 2.625 0.400
30 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'44.729 2.720 0.095
Round Number: 
14
2021
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2021 Misano MotoE FP1 Result: Granado Leads Torres

The MotoE class made its return early morning in Misano and after a slow start and to track action, followed by the reigning cup champion leading the way, Eric Granado picked up the lead for the final couple of minutes by a tenth of a second. Jordi Torres dropped to second, with current cup leader Alessandro Zaccone in third, three tenths off the lead. Miquel Pons and Dominique Aegerter rounded out the top 5 positions as the last men within half a second of the leader. Hikari Okubo an Matteo Ferrari were not too far off, while Fermín Aldeguer, fresh off a great weekend in Moto2, was on a roll in MotoE as well, 8th in FP1 and ahead of Lukas Tulovic and Mattia Casadei.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 51 Eric Granado Energica 1'43.883    
2 40 Jordi Torres Energica 1'43.973 0.090 0.090
3 61 Alessandro Zaccone Energica 1'44.187 0.304 0.214
4 71 Miquel Pons Energica 1'44.233 0.350 0.046
5 77 Dominique Aegerter Energica 1'44.328 0.445 0.095
6 78 Hikari Okubo Energica 1'44.392 0.509 0.064
7 11 Matteo Ferrari Energica 1'44.549 0.666 0.157
8 54 Fermín Aldeguer Energica 1'44.747 0.864 0.198
9 3 Lukas Tulovic Energica 1'45.065 1.182 0.318
10 27 Mattia Casadei Energica 1'45.157 1.274 0.092
11 68 Yonny Hernandez Energica 1'45.354 1.471 0.197
12 21 Kevin Zannoni Energica 1'45.386 1.503 0.032
13 18 Xavi Cardelus Energica 1'46.033 2.150 0.647
14 9 Andrea Mantovani Energica 1'46.611 2.728 0.578
15 19 Corentin Perolari Energica 1'46.926 3.043 0.315
16 6 Maria Herrera Energica 1'47.302 3.419 0.376
17 80 Jasper Iwema Energica 1'47.696 3.813 0.394
18 14 Andre Pires Energica 1'48.612 4.729 0.916
Round Number: 
6
2021
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2021 Aragon MotoGP Race Result: All Guns Blazing

The timesheets throughout practice predicted a race that was even hotter than the theatrical desert of Aragon and there was palpable tension in the air as the enthusiastic crowd cheered riders lining up on the grid. Despite the sunny skies, a storm was brewing over 20 laps, with poleman Pecco Bagnaia defending a maiden victory in the premier class from a Marquez onslaught over the final three laps. After a flawless race, the Italian became the 8th different winner of the season, while Marc Marquez put in a proper show on his first race in front of the home crowd since his return. Joan Mir’s third place almost became an afterthought in the final few laps, but the reigning world champion made put up a great fight from 7th on the grid to profit from a strange afternoon for the championship leader.

Bagnaia was unchallenged at the start, the poleman leading the way into turn 1, while Marquez made some quick moves to get ahead of Jack Miller, with Aleix Espargaro and Jorge Martin also in the mix early on. Having started from the front row, Fabio Quartararo looked under pressure straight away, down to 7th after a feisty first lap and closely stalked by Brad Binder. Alex Rins made a good start from 20th on the grid to join the top 15 early on but his progress eventually stopped once he got to 12th place.

Bagnaia pushed at the front and took Marquez with him, leaving Miller a half second behind and closely followed by Aleix Espargaro, Mir and Martin, with Quartararo trying to bridge a half second gap but coming under attack from Binder and Lecuona. Although Bagnaia and Marquez were not really running away, Miller pushed to rejoin that leading group by lap 4 but the Spanish trio of Espargaro, Mir and Martin were not too far off from making it a 6-way battle, while Quartararo’s gap had increased to almost a second.

If riders were worried about tyre wear early on, the timesheets did not really show it, Bagnaia stringing together low 1:48s, the rest of the leading group not too far off either. However, Bagnaia and Marquez seemed a bit more keen to burn some rubber, the duo once again stretching a gap of seven tenths over Miller by lap 7. Aleix Espargaro also looked like he was losing a bit of ground while fending off Mir, while also dropping Martin almost a second back. Quartararo was really not enjoying his time in Aragon at this stage, dropping behind Iker Lecuona and Binder in the fight for 7th place, four seconds off the lead and also having to contend with Enea Bastianini and Takaaki Nakagami.

While all eyes were on Quartararo’s strange regress, Marquez seemed to be biding his time for an attack on Bagnaia and the leading duo increased their gap over Miller to a second and a half by lap 10. If Miller had any intentions to bridge that gap, his mission was complicated by Espargaro and Mir breathing down his neck. The Spaniards eventually got ahead at the end of lap 11, helped by a mistake at the final turn by the Australian, leaving Miller with quite a bit of work to do to catch up with the fight for third.

Meanwhile, the two leaders extended their advantage to over four seconds and Mir hoped that tyre trouble would be kinder to him than the men ahead over the second half of the race. While that slow-burner chase was underway, only the battle for 9th place provided any entertainment, where Quartararo defended attacks right and left from Bastianini and Nakagami. The fight for 6th was also showing signs of life, with Martin under attack from Lecuona and Binder with 10 laps remaining.

Back ahead, Bagnaia and Marquez continued to be the fastest men on track but entering the predicted tyre drop zone post lap 15. The Honda man was glued to the back of the Ducati but was yet to show a wheel to Bagnaia, while Aleix Espargaro was also biding his time for a podium worthy overtake on Mir. Miller had settled for a lonely ride in fifth, while Binder demoted Martin for 6th and a big mistake at turn 8 from Lecuona dropped him into the Quartararo group, the Frenchman still having the upper hand down there.

With Mir making no impression on the gap to the leaders going into the final 5 laps, it looked like a straight fight between Bagnaia and Marquez for victory – a tense fight, with the Italian’s pit board consistently showing a nerve-wracking +0. The Spaniard looked like setting up a move at turn 3 on a few occasions but the power of the Ducati halted his progress. The battle eventually started with three laps to go and it was all out war, with Marquez attacking at turns 3 and 15 but Bagnaia cutting straight back. The same scenario was repeated on the penultimate lap, Bagnaia entering the final lap back in control of proceedings.

The final lap meant the final opportunity for Marquez to extend his excellent run in Aragon and the Honda man gave it a good go, attacking at turn 1, turn 5 and finally turn 12, but inevitably ran wide and the gap was too big to recover once the Ducati galloped down the back straight. Marquez put in a spirited fight but had to admit defeat to the stronger man, with Mir claiming the final podium spot three seconds later, after dropping Aleix Espargaro for the final couple of laps. Miller secured fifth place, with Bastianini’s impressive late charge on worn rubber bringing him a well-deserved 6th place ahead of Binder, while Quartararo took the chequered flag down in 8th place, ahead of Martin and Nakagami.

While Quartararo’s advantage in the title standings is still pretty cushy, Bagnaia recovered some ground to become the second favourite, with a 53-point deficit, while Mir drops to third on minus 57.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 41'44.422
2 93 Marc Marquez Honda +0.673
3 36 Joan Mir Suzuki +3.911
4 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia +9.269
5 43 Jack Miller Ducati +11.928
6 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati +13.757
7 33 Brad Binder KTM +14.064
8 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha +16.575
9 89 Jorge Martin Ducati +16.615
10 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda +16.904
11 27 Iker Lecuona KTM +17.124
12 42 Alex Rins Suzuki +17.710
13 44 Pol Espargaro Honda +19.680
14 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM +22.703
15 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM +25.723
16 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha +26.413
17 5 Johann Zarco Ducati +26.620
18 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia +27.128
19 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha +32.517
20 10 Luca Marini Ducati +39.073
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  96 Jake Dixon Yamaha 22 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
  73 Alex Marquez Honda 0 Lap
Round Number: 
13
2021
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2021 Aragon Moto2 Race Result: No Pain, No Gain

Fog had dispersed and grandstands had become pretty crowded by the time the intermediate class lined up for battle and it had its fair share of drama. Despite starting his weekend on home soil on the backfoot due to recent surgery on his right hand, Raul Fernandez put the pain behind him – much like he did his rookie status – and dominated proceedings for almost the entire race to secure a fifth win of the season, echoing Marc Marquez’s exploits of 2011. Remy Gardner didn’t have an easy race either but limited damage in the championship with second place, while Augusto Fernandez joined the podium after a great ride from 12th on the grid.

Poleman Sam Lowes featured heavily at the start of the action, keeping the lead into turn 1 from the Ajo boys, with the second and third row men keeping close, only Marco Bezzecchi losing a bit of ground down to 12th, ahead of Augusto Fernandez. While Lowes pushed hard at the front to extend a half second gap on the first lap, Raul Fernandez attacked his teammate to lead the pursuit, putting a bit of a gap into the rest of the pack. The Red Bull KTMs were quick to reel in Lowes, with only Ai Ogura and Hector Garzo seemingly able to keep up with the leaders’ pace, leaving Albert Arenas, Jorge Navarro & Co almost one second down by lap 3. That group included the likes of Aron Canet, Fabio Di Giannantonio and Bezzecchi, while Augusto Fernandez struggled to break into the top 10 just yet, four seconds off the lead.

Meanwhile, teammate Lowes had to concede the lead to Raul Fernandez at the start of lap 4, the wounded rookie not afraid to push straight away and extend half a second of advantage at the front. His teammate enjoyed some screentime too, but for running wide at turn 12, losing almost two seconds to the two leaders and coming under fire from Ogura and Garzo. The latter threw it all away at turn 8 on lap 5, but Gardner was not left without challengers, joined in the battle for third by a group including Navarro, Canet, Bezzecchi, Arenas and Di Giannantonio. Augusto Fernandez had also joined the top 10 another second back, promoted to 9th after Arenas crashed out on lap 6, in a busy first few laps for the various gravel traps at MotorLand.

Back at the front, Raul Fernandez’s advantage increased to one full second by lap seven, Lowes in turn enjoying a 2.5-second gap to the strong group behind, led by Gardner. The battle wasn’t too hot though, as some gaps started to appear in the group over the next few laps, only Navarro and Canet in close proximity to Gardner and with Bezzecchi trying to bridge a 7-tenth gap. About a second down the road, Augusto Fernandez was catching up with Ogura and Di Giannantonio to make it a battle for 7th position. Soon after the Spaniard claimed that place, it became a battle for 6th, after Bezzecchi crashed out at busy turn 8, a painful blow for his championship bid.

With limited running throughout practice, it was hard to tell how long Raul Fernandez would be able to keep up the pace while managing pain from his very recent injury, but the rookie maintained his gap at around 1.2 seconds towards the halfway point of the race. Both Lowes and Gardner had a bit of breathing space behind the leader, while Canet and Navarro were battling for fourth and were soon to be joined by Augusto Fernandez.

The hierarchy seemed pretty settled at the top end with 9 laps remaining, until Lowes decided to switch things up, unfortunately with a tumble at turn 7, leaving Raul Fernandez with a 6-second advantage over his teammate, who won’t have minded a few extra points to his championship tally. It also meant that Navarro, Fernandez and Canet were now battling to decide the final podium position, the Speed Up rider with the advantage going into the final handful of laps. Despite frequent exchanges between them, Navarro and Fernandez disposed of Canet for the last few laps and battled it all the way to the finish line.

While his namesake was preparing to take the chequered flag over 8 seconds ahead of Gardner – but losing a couple of those on the final lap – Augusto Fernandez had to work hard to defend 3rd over the final 3 laps. The Marc VDS rider was even closing in on Gardner and could’ve used a few more laps but managed to keep a hard charging Navarro behind to secure the final podium position. Navarro missed out by two tenths of a second, Canet finishing a lonely 5th, with Di Giannantonio also in a solo but solid 6th place. Newbie Fermín Aldeguer made some late progress to take a fantastic 7th place after battling Ogura, Arbolino and Schrotter over the final few laps. The German eventually missed out on the top 10 because of a 3 second penalty for exceeding track limits, promoting Simone Corsi.

Another solid weekend for the Red Bull KTM Ajo boys secured them the team championship, with Remy Gardner limiting the damage in the riders' championship to a 39-point gap to his victorious teammate. Bezzecchi’s costly mistake leaves him 72 points behind the leader and pretty much out of title contention.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 39'49.990
2 87 Remy Gardner Kalex +5.408
3 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex +6.824
4 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro +7.051
5 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro +10.695
6 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex +15.160
7 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro +16.730
8 79 Ai Ogura Kalex +17.085
9 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex +17.704
10 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta +20.121
11 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex +20.852
12 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex +24.602
13 16 Joe Roberts Kalex +26.086
14 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex +29.101
15 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex +30.301
16 70 Barry Baltus NTS +30.420
17 81 Manuel Gonzalez MV Agusta +34.977
18 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex +35.789
19 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS +36.036
20 17 John Mcphee Kalex +47.756
21 18 Xavi Cardelus Kalex +47.834
Not Classified
  35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 4 Laps
  11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 5 Laps
  22 Sam Lowes Kalex 8 Laps
  64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 9 Laps
  72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 9 Laps
  19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 14 Laps
  75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 16 Laps
  40 Hector Garzo Kalex 17 Laps
  97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 18 Laps
  12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 18 Laps
  74 Piotr Biesiekirski Kalex 19 Laps
Round Number: 
13
2021
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2021 Aragon Moto3 Race Result: Big Win And Even Bigger Mistakes

Race day started with the hills of Aragon shrouded by fog, but clear skies returned in time for the lightweight class appetiser and it was a pretty tasty show. Having started 14th on the grid, Dennis Foggia was quick to join the podium battle and became one of the favourites for victory in the final half of the race. A last lap last corner overtake secured him a precious win, that brings him closer to championship contention too. Deniz Öncü was understandably frustrated to miss out after leading the way for much of the race but the KTM rider had to settle for second and was join on the podium for teammate Ayumu Sasaki, who inherited a first podium of the season after some big mistakes from the main title contenders.

Poleman Darryn Binder made a great start to lead the way from Gabriel Rodrigo, Sergio Garcia and Tatsuki Suzuki, with Pedro Acosta not too far back and keeping busy with Andrea Migno, Jeremy Alcoba and Öncü. Garcia attacked for top spot early on and immediately went wide but Rodrigo was more successful at turn 16 to lead across the line for the second lap. The long straights of MotorLand encouraged the lead to change hands over the next couple of laps, with Migno taking over into turn 1 on lap 3 and Öncü following his example on lap 4.

The Turkish rider managed to hold onto the lead for more than a lap and Acosta became his main challenger on lap 5, ahead of poleman Binder, title rival Garcia, fellow rookie Artigas and a fast starting Foggia, but with a sizeable group still in tow. That group included Izan Guevara, the rookie going up and down the pack in the early stages of the race, while Romano Fenati was more successful than Jaume Masia at joining the top 10, all three men having started pretty low down the grid. The group was reduced somewhat at the end of lap 6, when a high side at the final corner for Rodrigo took both him and Fenati out of contention, the Italian running wide to avoid him.

While Garcia, Acosta and the Leopards kept each other entertained behind him, Öncü continued to lead the way for the next few laps. By lap 8, a lead group of 9 men, also including Sasaki, Binder, Migno and Guevara, managed to put a one second gap into the pursuers led by rookie Lorenzo Fellon and Suzuki, who were trying to bridge the gap over the next few laps. The duo eventually tagged to the back of the podium battle at the halfway point of the race, with Niccolò Antonelli the next man two seconds down the road.

Öncü started getting challenged with 10 laps remaining, when Xavi Artigas attacked at the final corner but the KTM rider was back ahead within a lap, with the GASGAS and Leopard riders as his closest challengers at that stage. Acosta, Sasaki and Migno kept their powder dry for now, but Binder and Suzuki lost a bit of ground on the leaders and got reeled in by Antonelli. A mistake by Migno dropped him back as well but the Italian pushed to recover ground and brought that group back into contention.

Back at the front, Foggia made his bid for the lead at turn 1 with 7 laps left but Öncü quickly resumed control of the pack from the Leopard machines, leaving Garcia and Acosta to keep each other company, the world championship leader enjoying a lot of close contact throughout race. To make matters worse, Acosta made his first real mistake of the season when he lost the front at turn 5 and took himself and Artigas out of action with 4 laps remaining.

The replays could not linger much on the rookie’s mishap, as Foggia and Öncü were busy trading places at the front, the Italian leading the way going into the final lap. Although the two riders were the main actors, there were plenty of rivals glued to their tail and seemingly waiting to pounce. However, Öncü made his move at turn 5 and seemed to stretch a bit of a gap at the front, with only Foggia able to keep up. The Italian outbraked Öncü at turn 16 and the Turkish rider ran out of time to fight back, accepting defeat by four hundredths of a second. Garcia looked set for a podium position but in the rush to recover more points in the championship, the Spaniard lost the front at turn 12 on the final lap and rejoined to finish out of point scoring positions. That promoted Sasaki to the podium, with Guevara missing out by six hundredths of a second. Antonelli recovered a lot of ground to climb up to fifth, ahead of Migno, Binder and Nepa, with Suzuki and a pretty anonymous Masia rounding out the top 10 positions.

Garcia’s heart-breaking mistake allowed Acosta to get away with his own, the gap staying at 46 points in the championship standings. Foggia’s victory promotes him to third, 58 points behind, with Fenati’s misfortune dropping him to 4th, 67 points down.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 37'53.710
2 53 Deniz Öncü KTM +0.041
3 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM +0.644
4 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS +0.708
5 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM +0.878
6 16 Andrea Migno Honda +1.180
7 40 Darryn Binder Honda +2.133
8 82 Stefano Nepa KTM +2.685
9 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda +2.786
10 5 Jaume Masia KTM +4.714
11 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM +8.275
12 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna +9.499
13 63 Syarifuddin Azman Honda +9.645
14 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna +14.797
15 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM +18.880
16 27 Kaito Toba KTM +18.894
17 92 Yuki Kunii Honda +19.272
18 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS +19.888
19 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM +19.933
20 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda +38.640
21 67 Alberto Surra Honda +38.744
Not Classified
  52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1 Lap
  20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1 Lap
  43 Xavier Artigas Honda 4 Laps
  37 Pedro Acosta KTM 4 Laps
  99 Carlos Tatay KTM 7 Laps
  2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 14 Laps
  12 Filip Salac KTM 17 Laps
Round Number: 
13
2021
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2021 Aragon MotoGP Warm Up Result: Bagnaia Still Quickest

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'48.054    
2 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'48.084 0.030 0.030
3 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'48.332 0.278 0.248
4 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'48.454 0.400 0.122
5 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'48.537 0.483 0.083
6 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'48.623 0.569 0.086
7 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'48.668 0.614 0.045
8 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'48.718 0.664 0.050
9 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'48.744 0.690 0.026
10 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'48.785 0.731 0.041
11 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'48.805 0.751 0.020
12 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'48.861 0.807 0.056
13 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'48.908 0.854 0.047
14 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 1'48.964 0.910 0.056
15 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'49.005 0.951 0.041
16 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'49.036 0.982 0.031
17 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'49.052 0.998 0.016
18 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'49.133 1.079 0.081
19 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'49.162 1.108 0.029
20 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'49.264 1.210 0.102
21 96 Jake Dixon Yamaha 1'49.400 1.346 0.136
22 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'50.269 2.215 0.869
Round Number: 
13
2021
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