MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2020 Valencia Moto2 FP3 Result: Bezzecchi Leads Tight Field

The rain scare from earlier today was completely gone by the time the intermediate class took to the track and it showed, with Friday’s benchmark quickly improved by several riders but most notably Marco Bezzecchi, the Italian keeping top spot until the checkered flag. Early leader Marcos Ramirez looked like his main rival throughout, but Hector Garzo snuck in between the two to grab second on the timesheets on his final flying lap and with a deluxe tow from championship leader Enea Bastianini.

Fabio Di Giannantonio was slower to warm up but when he did he climbed into fourth and within a tenth of a second of top spot. Sam Lowes also showed good speed to claim fifth but an odd high side at turn 9 in the final five minutes of FP3 saw him take a worrying trip to the medical centre for a check-up. Jorge Navarro and Luca Marini were the only two riders who failed to improve on their Friday times but both were safety inside the top 7 overall, while an impressive trio of Bo Bendsneyder, Nicolo Bulega and Marcel Schrotter rounded out the top 10 on the combined standings.

Stefano Manzi and Joe Roberts closed the top 10 of the session, both safety into Q2 despite a late crash for the American, while Bastianini had to navigate around all the yellow flags in the final five minutes of the session to rejoin the Q2 spots. Xavi Vierge was the last man to secure a position in the combined top 14 and the Spaniard was less than three tenths of a second slower than leader Bezzecchi. That left the likes of Remy Gardner, Aron Canet, Jorge Martin or Tom Luthi to fight it off in Q1, although all four men posted times within half a second of top spot.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'34.698    
2 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'34.711 0.013 0.013
3 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'34.723 0.025 0.012
4 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'34.788 0.090 0.065
5 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'34.826 0.128 0.038
6 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'34.900 0.202 0.074
7 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'34.918 0.220 0.018
8 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'34.930 0.232 0.012
9 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'34.949 0.251 0.019
10 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'34.968 0.270 0.019
11 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'34.970 0.272 0.002
12 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'34.972 0.274 0.002
13 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'34.973 0.275 0.001
14 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'34.979 0.281 0.006
15 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'35.123 0.425 0.144
16 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'35.158 0.460 0.035
17 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'35.249 0.551 0.091
18 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'35.258 0.560 0.009
19 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'35.341 0.643 0.083
20 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'35.410 0.712 0.069
21 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'35.418 0.720 0.008
22 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'35.493 0.795 0.075
23 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'35.626 0.928 0.133
24 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'35.799 1.101 0.173
25 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'35.893 1.195 0.094
26 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'35.935 1.237 0.042
27 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'36.175 1.477 0.240
28 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 1'37.014 2.316 0.839
29 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'37.190 2.492 0.176
Round Number: 
14
2020
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2020 Valencia MotoGP FP3 Result: Morbidelli Rides A Rocket

After a rain shower shortened track time for the lightweight class, sun greeted the premier class but with track conditions still requiring rain tyres there were few takers early on. With the likes of Joan Mir and Fabio Quartararo out of the provisional top 10, they were particularly keen to see the conditions improved and the Frenchman was the first to be tempted by slick tyres 15 minutes into the session, quickly followed by the Spaniard. Some more rivals joined the party soon after and were steadily drawing nearer to Friday’s benchmark but it wasn’t until the final 13 minutes that the combined top 10 saw any changes, with Franco Morbidelli proving that there was enough time to be found on track. Morbidelli continued with a sensational pace and went fastest overall by almost half a second.

Behind the Italian, Pol Espargaro was second best on Saturday morning, while Johann Zarco joined the top three closely behind the Spaniard. Maverick Vinales also found some speed to head into Q2 in a more comfortable position in fourth, while Mir had to wait until his final flying lap to find his way into the top 5 of the session and into Q2 worthy places. Takaaki Nakagami in sixth place was one of the few men who did not improve on their Friday times but did not need to as the Honda man was safely inside the combined top 10. Jack Miller and Pecco Bagnaia were the other two men who relied on Friday times to sneak into Q2 despite missing out on the top 10 of the session. Two of the big winners of FP3 were Miguel Oliveira and Aleix Espargaro, who secured the final Q2 tickets after finishing 7th and 8th in the session.

With Mir saving his day at the last minute, his two main rivals dropped out of direct Q2 positions in the closing stages of FP3, Quartararo missing out by only two thousandths of a second, while Alex Rins was only fast enough for 15th overall. Andrea Dovizioso did not set a time until the final handful of minutes and failed to go any faster than on Friday, which left him down in 13th overall.

Meanwhile, Iker Lecuona's return to action didn’t work out as planned, with the Spaniard testing positive for Covid-19 and likely to miss the season finale as well.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'30.168    
2 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'30.636 0.468 0.468
3 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'30.658 0.490 0.022
4 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'30.697 0.529 0.039
5 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'30.734 0.566 0.037
6 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'30.785 0.617 0.051
7 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'30.849 0.681 0.064
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'30.865 0.697 0.016
9 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'30.867 0.699 0.002
10 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'30.926 0.758 0.059
11 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'30.956 0.788 0.030
12 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'31.051 0.883 0.095
13 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'31.077 0.909 0.026
14 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'31.128 0.960 0.051
15 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'31.235 1.067 0.107
16 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'31.280 1.112 0.045
17 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'31.372 1.204 0.092
18 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'31.540 1.372 0.168
19 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'31.714 1.546 0.174
20 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'31.942 1.774 0.228
21 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'32.532 2.364 0.590
  27 Iker Lecuona KTM      
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2020 Valencia Moto3 FP3 Result: Oncu Fastest Before Rain Hit

The Ricardo Tormo Circuit gave a nod to last week with some light rain to open proceedings on Saturday and there was little useful running to be done by the lightweight class. After around 20 minutes of dry but cold conditions, riders spent the rest of the time wandering down pitlane to figure out if it was worth having an outing on rain tyres. In the end they all decided against it and Deniz Oncu headlined the session with only 8 laps on the board and three hundredths of a second faster than Albert Arenas. However, with the limited running in FP3, there was no opportunity to affect the combined top 14, therefore we’ll see the championship leader in Q1 later on.

Despite finishing third in the session, Dennis Foggia will join Arenas in Q1, unlike Romano Fenati, Tatsuki Suzuki and Raul Fernandez, who completed the top six of the session and were already securely into Q2. Ryusei Yamanaka, Davide Pizzoli, John McPhee and Gabriel Rodrigo rounded out the top ten in the morning session, half a second off top spot and all due to feature in the Q1 session.

Although 20th in the FP3, Tony Arbolino’s FP1 benchmark remained the fastest time of the weekend and the Italian will also be joined directly in Q2 by the likes of Andrea Migno, Jaume Masia, Sergio Garcia, Kaito Toba, Ai Ogura, Niccolo Antonelli, Jeremy Alcoba, Celestino Vietti and Yuki Kunii.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'39.399    
2 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'39.430 0.031 0.031
3 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'39.635 0.236 0.205
4 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'39.690 0.291 0.055
5 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'39.723 0.324 0.033
6 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'39.754 0.355 0.031
7 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'39.836 0.437 0.082
8 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'39.879 0.480 0.043
9 17 John McPhee Honda 1'39.889 0.490 0.010
10 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'39.915 0.516 0.026
11 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'39.916 0.517 0.001
12 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'39.958 0.559 0.042
13 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'39.980 0.581 0.022
14 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'39.987 0.588 0.007
15 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'39.992 0.593 0.005
16 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'40.006 0.607 0.014
17 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'40.009 0.610 0.003
18 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'40.018 0.619 0.009
19 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'40.056 0.657 0.038
20 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'40.065 0.666 0.009
21 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'40.125 0.726 0.060
22 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'40.150 0.751 0.025
23 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'40.317 0.918 0.167
24 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'40.393 0.994 0.076
25 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'40.409 1.010 0.016
26 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'40.424 1.025 0.015
27 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'40.462 1.063 0.038
28 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'40.483 1.084 0.021
29 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'40.888 1.489 0.405
30 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'41.128 1.729 0.240
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14
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2020 Valencia Moto2 FP2 Result: Di Giannantonio Challenges Title Contenders

The intermediate class closed the Friday show in Valencia but didn’t make that much of an impression on the combined timesheets, with the FP1 benchmark not being challenged. However, the gaps throughout the field on their second outing were minuscule, with Fabio Di Giannantonio claiming the top of the standings for the final time attack by less than a tenth of a second. Behind the Italian, the championship contenders kept in close proximity, Sam Lowes finishing second and only two hundredths of a second ahead of rival Enea Bastianini. The Italian had a less than ideal start to his session with a tumble at turn six but then recovered to join the top three.

Bo Bendsneyder and Marcel Schrotter made some good progress inside the top five, ahead of an equally impressive sixth spot for Stefano Manzi. They were closely followed by Jorge Martin and Luca Marini, who were only two tenths off the leader, while Jorge Navarro kept top spot overall, despite dropping to ninth in the session. Joe Roberts rounded out the top 10 of FP2, although the American will need to find some speed to join the Q2 line-up on Saturday morning.

Although missing out on top 10 positions in the session, the likes of Hector Garzo, Aron Canet, Marco Bezzecchi, Tom Luthi and Lorenzo Baldassarri are provisionally in the combined top 14. Remy Gardner, Augusto Fernandez and Xavi Vierge might have closed the top 20, but the trio were only half a second off top spot.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'34.893    
2 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'34.983 0.090 0.090
3 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'35.012 0.119 0.029
4 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'35.052 0.159 0.040
5 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'35.075 0.182 0.023
6 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'35.085 0.192 0.010
7 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'35.094 0.201 0.009
8 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'35.154 0.261 0.060
9 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'35.158 0.265 0.004
10 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'35.267 0.374 0.109
11 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'35.293 0.400 0.026
12 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'35.294 0.401 0.001
13 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'35.294 0.401  
14 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'35.319 0.426 0.025
15 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'35.334 0.441 0.015
16 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'35.352 0.459 0.018
17 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'35.365 0.472 0.013
18 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'35.381 0.488 0.016
19 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'35.468 0.575 0.087
20 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'35.482 0.589 0.014
21 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'35.491 0.598 0.009
22 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'35.580 0.687 0.089
23 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'35.639 0.746 0.059
24 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'35.823 0.930 0.184
25 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'36.136 1.243 0.313
26 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'36.147 1.254 0.011
27 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'36.361 1.468 0.214
28 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'36.488 1.595 0.127
29 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 1'37.429 2.536 0.941
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2020 Valencia MotoGP FP2 Result: Miller Time Again

Much like their Moto3 colleagues before them, the premier class were in no rush to improve their FP1 times, while nearly inseparable within the top ten. Takaaki Nakagami was the first rider to surpass his own FP1 benchmark as the Japanese rider anticipated the time attack. However, Jack Miller reclaimed his title of Friday King of Valencia, although in much improved conditions this time, going nearly a tenth of a second faster than Nakagami in the final minute of the session. Pecco Bagnaia surprised as he joined the top three as second Ducati.

Pol Espargaro added a KTM to the mix in fourth position, ahead of early session leader Johann Zarco. Andrea Dovizioso maintained a solid position in the top six six tenths off top spot and closely followed by Cal Crutchlow. Alex Rins in eighth place also provisionally secured a Q2 position, while Aleix Espargaro in ninth had no such luck on the combined standings. Maverick Vinales rounded out the top 10 of the session, as well as in the overall hierarchy, while the remaining Q2 ticket is provisionally held by Franco Morbidelli, although the Italian was 13th fastest in the session.

Championship leader Joan Mir had a more challenging FP2, the Spaniard making a rare mistake that saw him slide out at turn 4 in the final 10 minutes of the session. Mir managed to rejoin the time attack on his second machine but could not do enough to re-enter the top 10. The likes of Fabio Quartararo and Valentino Rossi did not feature much at the business end but both Yamaha men seemed to be focusing on race pace rather than fast laps. Despite ending FP2 in 19th position after two harmless crashes at turns 2 and 4, Alex Marquez was only seven tenths of a second slower than the leader.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'30.622    
2 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'30.713 0.091 0.091
3 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'30.742 0.120 0.029
4 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'30.821 0.199 0.079
5 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'30.899 0.277 0.078
6 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'30.926 0.304 0.027
7 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'30.930 0.308 0.004
8 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'30.947 0.325 0.017
9 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'30.989 0.367 0.042
10 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'31.062 0.440 0.073
11 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'31.080 0.458 0.018
12 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'31.106 0.484 0.026
13 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'31.125 0.503 0.019
14 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'31.230 0.608 0.105
15 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'31.261 0.639 0.031
16 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'31.326 0.704 0.065
17 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'31.330 0.708 0.004
18 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'31.371 0.749 0.041
19 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'31.371 0.749  
20 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'32.058 1.436 0.687
21 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'32.393 1.771 0.335
  27 Iker Lecuona KTM      
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2020 Valencia Moto3 FP2 Result: Masia Makes His Move

After the rush of speed in the morning session, FP2 was a more sedate affair, riders leaving it to the final five minutes to improve their times from FP1. Niccolo Antonelli led for most of the session, until the time attack, when the Italian was robbed by Jaume Masia and Sergio Garcia, the Spaniards only separated by one hundredth of a second at the front. Antonelli stayed in the top three of the session, although none of those men managed to improve Tony Arbolino’s record breaking time from FP1.

Tatsuki Suzuki in fourth position was also within a tenth of the leader, ahead of Raul Fernandez and championship contender Ai Ogura. Romano Fenati was seventh in the session and one of the few men not to improve on their morning benchmarks. Celestino Vietti, Jeremy Alcoba and Yuki Kunii rounded out the top ten, only two tenths off top spot.

On the combined standings, Kaito Toba, Andrea Migno, Deniz Oncu and Tony Arbolino are holding onto Q2 tickets at the end of Friday, with the Snipers rider still fastest overall despite the being 20th in the session.

Meanwhile, Filip Salac was declared unfit to continue his weekend in Valencia due to a chest injury after a crash at turn 6 in the morning session.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'38.479    
2 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'38.496 0.017 0.017
3 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'38.563 0.084 0.067
4 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'38.564 0.085 0.001
5 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'38.604 0.125 0.040
6 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'38.666 0.187 0.062
7 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'38.696 0.217 0.030
8 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'38.704 0.225 0.008
9 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'38.732 0.253 0.028
10 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'38.743 0.264 0.011
11 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'38.751 0.272 0.008
12 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'38.753 0.274 0.002
13 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'38.764 0.285 0.011
14 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'38.779 0.300 0.015
15 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'38.789 0.310 0.010
16 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'38.854 0.375 0.065
17 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'38.972 0.493 0.118
18 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'39.029 0.550 0.057
19 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'39.048 0.569 0.019
20 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'39.069 0.590 0.021
21 17 John McPhee Honda 1'39.083 0.604 0.014
22 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'39.274 0.795 0.191
23 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'39.276 0.797 0.002
24 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'39.320 0.841 0.044
25 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'39.388 0.909 0.068
26 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'39.495 1.016 0.107
27 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'39.513 1.034 0.018
28 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'39.596 1.117 0.083
29 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'39.743 1.264 0.147
30 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'39.950 1.471 0.207
  12 Filip Salac Honda      
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2020 Valencia Moto2 FP1 Result: Navarro Thrives On Home Soil

The intermediate class returned to the Ricardo Tormo Circuit and brought their best form with them, quickly posting laptimes faster than anything they achieved one week ago. Nice and dry conditions greatly contributed to Jorge Navarro’s top time in the high 1:34s, while Luca Marini looked to have recovered some form as the Italian jumped into second position, only two hundredths of a second slower than the leader. Compatriot Fabio Di Giannantonio made it an extremely tight top three, only covered by eight hundredths of a second.

Sam Lowes in fourth was only a tenth off top spot, closely followed by Marcel Schrotter and a fairly impressive Hector Garzo. Aron Canet keeps getting faster after his return from injury and climbs into seventh spot in FP1, only one hundredth of a second faster than Lorenzo Baldassarri. Championship leader Enea Bastianini ended the session ninth but his gap to the leader was only two tenths of a second, while Tom Luthi rounded out a top ten covered by three tenths of a second.

Marco Bezzecchi and Joe Roberts narrowly missed out on top ten positions, while Jorge Martin in 14th was still within half a second of the lead and with the top 22 riders covered by one second.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'34.855    
2 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'34.880 0.025 0.025
3 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'34.942 0.087 0.062
4 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'34.957 0.102 0.015
5 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'35.004 0.149 0.047
6 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'35.048 0.193 0.044
7 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'35.063 0.208 0.015
8 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'35.076 0.221 0.013
9 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'35.096 0.241 0.020
10 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'35.160 0.305 0.064
11 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'35.200 0.345 0.040
12 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'35.264 0.409 0.064
13 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'35.287 0.432 0.023
14 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'35.304 0.449 0.017
15 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'35.338 0.483 0.034
16 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'35.368 0.513 0.030
17 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'35.401 0.546 0.033
18 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'35.416 0.561 0.015
19 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'35.626 0.771 0.210
20 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'35.722 0.867 0.096
21 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'35.756 0.901 0.034
22 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'35.785 0.930 0.029
23 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'35.905 1.050 0.120
24 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'35.923 1.068 0.018
25 55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'36.262 1.407 0.339
26 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'36.311 1.456 0.049
27 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'36.329 1.474 0.018
28 99 Kasma Daniel Kalex 1'36.562 1.707 0.233
29 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 1'37.469 2.614 0.907
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2020 Valencia MotoGP FP1 Result: Nakagami Resumes Control

Valencia welcomed the premier class back, this time with a dry albeit overcast circuit, encouraging the premiers class to find quick improvements on last weekend’s times. Pol Espargaro and Franco Morbidelli traded top spot for the early part of FP1, but then Takaaki Nakagami took over halfway through proceedings and ended the morning one tenth ahead of his rivals. Morbidelli kept second position, while colleague Maverick Vinales made a late jump on fresh rubber into the top three, demoting the younger Espargaro to fourth.

Aleix Espargaro finished one tenth down on his little brother, with Johann Zarco the top Ducati in sixth position, just ahead of Andrea Dovizioso. Championship leader Joan Mir had a solid morning in eighth position, six tenths down on the leader and narrowly ahead of Miguel Oliveira and Stefan Bradl, who completed the top ten.

Alex Rins in 11th position was less than seven tenths down on Nakagami, with Jack Miller 12th and Valentino Rossi finally getting some solid running in Valencia in 13th place. Fabio Quartararo went under the radar in FP1, down in 16th and a little under eight tenths slower than the leader, with the top 19 men covered by one second.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'30.829    
2 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'30.944 0.115 0.115
3 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'30.968 0.139 0.024
4 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'31.052 0.223 0.084
5 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'31.170 0.341 0.118
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'31.297 0.468 0.127
7 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'31.410 0.581 0.113
8 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'31.436 0.607 0.026
9 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'31.486 0.657 0.050
10 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'31.514 0.685 0.028
11 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'31.528 0.699 0.014
12 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'31.541 0.712 0.013
13 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'31.545 0.716 0.004
14 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'31.572 0.743 0.027
15 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'31.598 0.769 0.026
16 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'31.617 0.788 0.019
17 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'31.678 0.849 0.061
18 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'31.805 0.976 0.127
19 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'31.828 0.999 0.023
20 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'32.198 1.369 0.370
21 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'32.772 1.943 0.574
  27 Iker Lecuona KTM      
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2020 Valencia Moto3 FP1 Result: Arbolino Aims High

After a short break to catch our breath, bikes were back on track in Valencia and lightweight class riders were right back on the pace, Tony Arbolino improving the lap record that stood since 2017 late in FP1. The Italian ended the morning session less than a tenth of a second faster than Deniz Oncu, who started his day in the gravel at turn 6 and finished it in second position. Romano Fenati was another of the late leaders but got pushed back to third, one and a half tenths off top spot.

Jeremy Alcoba was back at the business end in fourth, just ahead of Raul Fernandez and Dennis Foggia. Darryn Binder led the way halfway through the session but had to make do with seventh place at the checkered flag, as the final rider within half a second of the leader. Jaume Masia in eighth position will be hoping for a better display than one week ago, while Stefano Nepa and Kaito Toba rounded out the top ten.

Championship leader Albert Arenas was quick to put his name at the top of the timing screens as the session got underway but slid down the order to 12th position, only three hundredths of a second faster than rival Ai Ogura. Celestino Vietti had a tough start to his weekend, his tumble in the final 16 minutes also taking out teammate Andrea Migno and leaving the Italians outside of the top 15.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'38.413    
2 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'38.511 0.098 0.098
3 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'38.559 0.146 0.048
4 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'38.680 0.267 0.121
5 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'38.762 0.349 0.082
6 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'38.805 0.392 0.043
7 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'38.824 0.411 0.019
8 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'38.945 0.532 0.121
9 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'39.033 0.620 0.088
10 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'39.050 0.637 0.017
11 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'39.064 0.651 0.014
12 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'39.067 0.654 0.003
13 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'39.102 0.689 0.035
14 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'39.110 0.697 0.008
15 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'39.110 0.697  
16 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'39.154 0.741 0.044
17 17 John McPhee Honda 1'39.156 0.743 0.002
18 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'39.260 0.847 0.104
19 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'39.424 1.011 0.164
20 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'39.465 1.052 0.041
21 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'39.468 1.055 0.003
22 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'39.471 1.058 0.003
23 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'39.514 1.101 0.043
24 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'39.593 1.180 0.079
25 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'39.771 1.358 0.178
26 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'39.882 1.469 0.111
27 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'39.900 1.487 0.018
28 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'40.024 1.611 0.124
29 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'40.159 1.746 0.135
30 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'40.173 1.760 0.014
31 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'41.281 2.868 1.108
Round Number: 
14
2020
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2020 Europe MotoGP Race Result: The Better Shade Of Blue

With sun shining all morning in Valencia, the premier class was looking at a nice dry race, although turn 1 got the paper towel treatment and tyre swaps were in full swing ahead of the 27 lap battle – the choice a shot in the dark for the most part. The lack of dry practice time was looking to put a twist in the tale but it was mostly an opportunity for Suzuki to prove that they have the most adaptable men and machines in the game. The blue bikes dominated the race start to finish and Joan Mir put an end to further talk about winless world champions by claiming his maiden win at Valencia, becoming the fifth brand new winner of 2020. Teammate Alex Rins took second position to strengthen Suzuki’s lead in the teams and manufacturers’ championships, while poleman Pol Espargaro secured his fifth podium in the premier class, in an all-Spanish podium on home soil.

All three men made a fine start from the first and second rows of the grid, Pol Espargaro leading off the line from Rins and with Mir overtaking Takaaki Nakagami for third by turn 6. Miguel Oliveira and Johann Zarco followed, while Jack Miller dropped out of the top 10 after un underwhelming start from the second row. Fabio Quartararo and Andrea Dovizioso joined the top ten after starting just outside it but things didn’t look rosy for much longer for the duo. The Frenchman soon suffered a crash at turn 8, in a synchronised but unrelated incident with Aleix Espargaro before the end of lap 1. Quartararo was able to rejoin but his prospects were not good as he was a good 15 seconds behind Maverick Vinales, who had started from pitlane.

While the replays of the odd incident were still rolling, Rins got past the leading Espargaro brother by lap 3 and teammate Mir was looking to do the same but had Oliveira breathing down his neck. Half a second behind, Nakagami was leading a sizeable group comprising the rest of the top ten. Mir joined his teammate at the front on lap four, leaving the KTMs to contend with the chasers. As if things weren’t bad enough for Yamaha, with Vinales and Quartararo already closing the field, Valentino Rossi’s comeback ended with a retirement for mechanical issues on lap 5. However, crashes from the likes of Lorenzo Savadori, Pecco Bagnaia and Cal Crutchlow allowed Vinales to join the point-scoring positions.

Back at the front, Rins and Mir were in control and keeping Pol Epsargaro and Oliveira at arm’s length, with Nakagami and Zarco close behind, but Franco Morbidelli was dropping back from the leaders by a full second so Miller made his move on lap 8 to try to bring the rest of the group back into contention. Morbidelli seemed to be fading already and was coming under attack from Alex Marquez and Dovizioso but the duo took a couple laps too long finding a way past and lost contact with Miller.

With a long way still to go, Mir was not in a rush to attack his leading teammate and only Pol Espargaro could keep up with the Suzukis, as Oliveira dropped one second back with 15 laps remaining. Nakagami kept the Portuguese rider company, while Zarco was another second back and being reeled in by Miller. Alex Marquez was showing the way to Dovizioso almost three seconds down the road and the duo were quickly dropping Morbidelli. Meanwhile, teammate Quartararo benefitted from a retirement from Tito Rabat to claim one point.

There was not much action at the midway stage of the race, with only Nakagami making a move on Oliveira for fourth but the two second gap to the leaders seemed a step too far. A tense wait ensued for the Suzuki family affair (with a KTM intruder) to unfold and Mir made his move on Rins at turn 11 with 11 laps to go, helped by a mistake from his colleague. The championship leader’s string of red sector times suggested that he was attempting an escape and the championship leader shook off Rins and Espargaro within a couple of laps, although the gap hovered at around half a second.

The Suzukis continued to be the fastest men on track – together with Vinales in 14th, in a painful irony – but Rins did not seem to have a response for his teammate’s charge and dropped over a second behind with six laps to go. Rather than looking ahead at victory, Rins had to keep an eye on Pol Espargaro, who was only four tenths behind. Nakagami and Oliveira enjoyed some clear air in fourth and fifth place, while Miller got some breathing room as well after getting past Zarco. Marquez looked good for eighth place but crashed out with 5 laps remaining, unsettled by an overtake from Dovizioso at turn 1. The Italian quickly caught up with a fading Zarco to claim seventh position heading into the final two laps but Brad Binder had different plans, getting past both Zarco and Dovizioso by the end of that same lap.

Mir started the final lap one second ahead of Rins and took the checkered flag in the same position, putting one hand on the world championship trophy. Rins made it a third consecutive double podium for Suzuki, with Pol Espargaro bringing KTM another trophy in what started like an unlucky weekend for the Austrian factory. Nakagami was best of the rest in fourth, ahead of Oliveira and Miller. Binder did a fine job to claim seventh despite having served a long lap penalty early in the race and got the upper hand in the rookie of the year battle, while the Ducati trio of Dovizioso, Zarco and Danilo Petrucci rounded out the top ten.

In a nightmare couple of days, Yamaha saw all three of their riders’ championship chances nearly evaporate, with Morbidelli 11th, Vinales 13th and Quartararo 14th out of 14 finishers at the checkered flag. Mir’s maiden win came at the right time for the Spaniard, who extends his lead in the championship to a solid 37 points ahead of Quartararo, the despondent Frenchman now equal on points with Rins. Vinales is fourth, still with a mathematical chance but a 41-point deficit looks like a mountain to climb for the Spaniard, much like Morbidelli and Dovizioso’s 45 points gap.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 41'37.297
2 42 Alex Rins Suzuki +0.651
3 44 Pol Espargaro KTM +1.203
4 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda +2.194
5 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM +8.046
6 43 Jack Miller Ducati +8.755
7 33 Brad Binder KTM +10.137
8 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati +10.801
9 5 Johann Zarco Ducati +11.550
10 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati +16.803
11 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha +17.617
12 6 Stefan Bradl Honda +24.350
13 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha +25.403
14 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha +39.639
Not Classified
  32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 2 Laps
  73 Alex Marquez Honda 4 Laps
  53 Tito Rabat Ducati 14 Laps
  63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 22 Laps
  35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 22 Laps
  46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 23 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
  41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 0 Lap
Round Number: 
13
2020
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