MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2020 Europe MotoGP FP4 Result: Oliveira Leads Mir On Wet Track

After the skies punished the Moto3 class with a downpour, they looked more favourably upon the premier class with patches of blue sky for their final practice session. Miguel Oliveira went fastest in the closing stages of FP4, although it’s hard to say if all the wet running will prove educational by the time the race comes. Regardless, Joan Mir also seemed to have made solid progress in the wet to climb into second in the session, less than two tenths slower than Oliveira. Jack Miller continued to thrive in the tricky conditions and led the way for most of the session, eventually settling for third, ahead of teammate Pecco Bagnaia.

Franco Morbidelli was once again the lead Yamaha rider ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, while Alex Marquez and Johann Zarco posted identical times half a second off the lead. Stefan Bradl continues to shine in Valencia, ninth in the session and ahead of colleague Takaaki Nakagami, who completes the top ten. Alex Rins and Pol Espargaro missed out on the top ten, although only six tenths off the lead, ahead of the factory Yamaha duo of Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi - the Spaniard ending the session with a tumble at turn five on an outlap.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'41.573    
2 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'41.767 0.194 0.194
3 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'41.819 0.246 0.052
4 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'41.883 0.310 0.064
5 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'41.910 0.337 0.027
6 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'41.959 0.386 0.049
7 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'42.145 0.572 0.186
8 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'42.145 0.572  
9 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'42.151 0.578 0.006
10 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'42.236 0.663 0.085
11 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'42.246 0.673 0.010
12 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'42.259 0.686 0.013
13 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'42.531 0.958 0.272
14 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'42.553 0.980 0.022
15 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'42.658 1.085 0.105
16 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'42.659 1.086 0.001
17 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'43.032 1.459 0.373
18 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'43.110 1.537 0.078
19 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'43.371 1.798 0.261
20 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'43.480 1.907 0.109
21 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'43.903 2.330 0.423
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13
2020
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2020 Europe Moto3 Qualifying Result: Stellar In The Storm *Updated*

The long awaited dry track surface was delayed a little longer with rain flags waving just as riders headed out for Q1 and conditions got even worse by the time Q2 came about. The standout performers in the downpour were John McPhee and Raul Fernandez, the duo battling for pole until the checkered flag and it was the Scotsman who secured his fifth career pole position. Fernandez looked like he had secured second but his final flying lap got cancelled due to a yellow flag infringement... aaand then got reinstated so Fernandez will indeed start from the front row of the grid. Celestino Vietti retained third on the grid despite a late crash at turn six, his best time four tenths off pole. 

Several crashes in the closing stages of Q2 proved costly for several other riders and changed the configuration of the rest of the grid. Ai Ogura’s yellow flag penalty allowed title rival Albert Arenas to step up to fourth on the grid, while Alonso Lopez was one of the late crashers, the Spaniard going down at turn 4 and then turn 2 but still securing a second row start ahead of Riccardo Rossi. Sergio Garcia in seventh position was the final rider to post a time within a second of pole, opening row three ahead of Ogura and Darryn Binder, with Kaito Toba heading the fourth row in the company of Andrea Migno and Q1 escapee Gabriel Rodrigo. The Argentine rider overcame two tumbles in Q2 and did well to qualify 12th after the swift repair job.

The big loser in the changing conditions of Q1 proved to be Jaume Masia, the Spaniard not quick enough before the rain properly arrived and that left him 28th on the grid and with quite a mission on his hands to keep in championship contention on Sunday afternoon.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 17 John McPHEE Honda 1'52.252    
2 25 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 1'52.623 0.371 0.371
3 13 Celestino VIETTI KTM 1'52.663 0.411 0.040
4 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'52.821 0.569 0.158
5 21 Alonso LOPEZ Husqvarna 1'53.179 0.927 0.358
6 54 Riccardo ROSSI KTM 1'53.205 0.953 0.026
7 11 Sergio GARCIA Honda 1'53.230 0.978 0.025
8 79 Ai OGURA Honda 1'53.268 1.016 0.038
9 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'53.311 1.059 0.043
10 27 Kaito TOBA KTM 1'53.976 1.724 0.665
11 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'54.222 1.970 0.246
12 2 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda 1'54.409 2.157 0.187
13 99 Carlos TATAY KTM 1'54.423 2.171 0.014
14 7 Dennis FOGGIA Honda 1'54.472 2.220 0.049
15 12 Filip SALAC Honda 1'54.579 2.327 0.107
16 55 Romano FENATI Husqvarna 1'54.685 2.433 0.106
17 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'54.946 2.694 0.261
18 92 Yuki KUNII Honda 1'55.060 2.808 0.114
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 79 Ai OGURA Honda 1'45.745    
Q2 2 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda 1'45.877 0.132 0.132
Q2 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'46.007 0.262 0.130
Q2 7 Dennis FOGGIA Honda 1'46.309 0.564 0.302
19 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'46.416 0.671 0.107
20 50 Jason DUPASQUIER KTM 1'46.667 0.922 0.251
21 73 Maximilian KOFLER KTM 1'46.726 0.981 0.059
22 70 Barry BALTUS KTM 1'46.930 1.185 0.204
23 9 Davide PIZZOLI KTM 1'46.945 1.200 0.015
24 82 Stefano NEPA KTM 1'48.182 2.437 1.237
25 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda 1'48.518 2.773 0.336
26 71 Ayumu SASAKI KTM 1'48.722 2.977 0.204
27 53 Deniz ÖNCÜ KTM 1'48.769 3.024 0.047
28 5 Jaume MASIA Honda 1'49.002 3.257 0.233
29 52 Jeremy ALCOBA Honda 1'49.138 3.393 0.136
30 6 Ryusei YAMANAKA Honda 1'49.915 4.170 0.777
31 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'50.713 4.968 0.798
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13
2020
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2020 Europe Moto2 FP3 Result: Navarro Leads But Not Many Follow

Although the weather got kinder as the day progressed, there was not much action in the early stages of FP3 for the intermediate class as riders were waiting for track conditions to improve further and perhaps have a look at slick tyres. However, that dry line never quite arrived and only a dozen or so riders were tempted to chase a time in the wet. With no Q2 places realistically on offer, those who persevered got rewarded with a top position in FP3 and Jorge Navarro was the keenest of the lot, taking over top spot on the timesheets by nearly three tenths of a second. Stefano Manzi came second, ahead of replacement rider Piotr Biesiekirski and with class veteran Tom Luthi in fourth.

Kasma Daniel missed out on the whole of Friday while self-isolation for what turned out to be tonsillitis and rejoined the action on Saturday morning straight into the top five. Marcel Schrotter was the early leader of FP3 before getting pushed back to sixth and one second down on the leader. Edgar Pons, Lorenzo Baldassarri, Simone Corsi and Hafizh Syahrin rounded out the top ten.

Sky Racing duo Marco Bezzecchi and Luca Marini did a handful of laps early on but then settled for 11th and 12th on the timesheets, while championship leader Sam Lowes tested the conditions late in the session for a couple of laps only and finished 16th. The likes of Joe Roberts, Fabio Di Giannantonio, Enea Bastianini or Jorge Martin were not keen on the conditions and did not post a time, while Augusto Fernandez has withdrawn from the rest of the weekend with a foot injury sustained in FP1 and Jake Dixon has been declared unfit due to a right wrist fracture in FP2.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 1'46.668    
2 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 1'46.962 0.294 0.294
3 74 Piotr BIESIEKIRSKI NTS 1'47.123 0.455 0.161
4 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'47.165 0.497 0.042
5 99 Kasma DANIEL Kalex 1'47.466 0.798 0.301
6 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'47.700 1.032 0.234
7 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'47.795 1.127 0.095
8 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'48.201 1.533 0.406
9 24 Simone CORSI MV Agusta 1'48.460 1.792 0.259
10 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Speed Up 1'48.556 1.888 0.096
11 72 Marco BEZZECCHI Kalex 1'48.692 2.024 0.136
12 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'49.280 2.612 0.588
13 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 1'49.570 2.902 0.290
14 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 1'50.098 3.430 0.528
15 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'50.300 3.632 0.202
16 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'50.310 3.642 0.010
17 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'52.144 5.476 1.834
  11 Nicolò BULEGA Kalex      
  16 Joe ROBERTS Kalex      
  19 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Kalex      
  21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up      
  27 Andi Farid IZDIHAR Kalex      
  33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex      
  37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex      
  40 Hector GARZO Kalex      
  42 Marcos RAMIREZ Kalex      
  44 Aron CANET Speed Up      
  87 Remy GARDNER Kalex      
  88 Jorge MARTIN Kalex      
Round Number: 
13
2020
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2020 Europe MotoGP FP3 Result: A Damp Morning For Zarco

Day 2 in Valencia started with doom and gloom – even if you weren’t Yamaha – but with rain having stopped before the action got underway, asphalt got a chance to very slowly dry out. Times steadily improved throughout the session, however, it was not enough for slick tyres and no one challenged the combined top 10 from Friday. Johann Zarco finished FP3 at the top of the timesheets by over seven tenths of a second from the nearest challenger, who was Maverick Vinales despite the impending pitlane start. Takaaki Nakagami was the lead Honda in third position and over a second slower than the leading Frenchman but the only man in the top 3 who had secured a Q2 position on Friday.

Pecco Bagnaia seemed to be enjoying the damp track more than the dry ones of late and climbed up to fourth in the session, with Cal Crutchlow joining the top five. Miguel Oliveira was one of the early leaders of the session before dropping back to sixth, ahead of rookie Alex Marquez and a Covid-free Valentino Rossi. Alex Rins and Joan Mir completed the top 10 of the session and in addition to Nakagami, the Suzuki duo were the only other riders in the session’s top 10 who had secured Q2 positions.

Early session leader Stefan Bradl dropped to 11th in the closing stages, while Andrea Dovizioso in 12th spot was over two seconds slower than the leader but safely inside Q2 positions based on his Friday benchmark. Despite being nowhere near the front in FP3, the likes of Pol Espargaro, Franco Morbidelli, Aleix Espargaro, Fabio Quartararo, Brad Binder and Jack Miller will also feature directly in Q2 later today. While Miller stayed the fastest man overall, the Pramac rider opted to sit out the entire session and avoid taking any unnecessary risks. On the other hand, Quartararo put in 20 laps but finished over three seconds slower than his leading compatriot and not enjoying the conditions very much.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'40.007    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'40.743 0.736 0.736
3 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'41.071 1.064 0.328
4 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'41.193 1.186 0.122
5 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'41.285 1.278 0.092
6 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'41.352 1.345 0.067
7 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'41.589 1.582 0.237
8 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'41.642 1.635 0.053
9 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'41.779 1.772 0.137
10 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'41.864 1.857 0.085
11 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'41.884 1.877 0.020
12 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'42.009 2.002 0.125
13 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'42.301 2.294 0.292
14 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'42.506 2.499 0.205
15 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'42.547 2.540 0.041
16 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'42.824 2.817 0.277
17 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'42.831 2.824 0.007
18 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'42.957 2.950 0.126
19 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'43.234 3.227 0.277
20 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'43.534 3.527 0.300
  43 Jack Miller Ducati      
Round Number: 
13
2020
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2020 Europe Moto3 FP3 Result: McPhee Tops Wet Session

Overnight rain left the Ricardo Tormo Circuit well drenched ahead of the third set of practice sessions and the lightweight class stood no chance of challenging the combined top 14 hierarchy ahead of qualifying. In the wet conditions, Niccolo Antonelli spent most time at the top of the timesheets but in the end it was John McPhee to stole the headlines by two tenths of a second. Celestino Vietti might have finished second but the Italian remained the fastest overall over the three practice sessions. Ai Ogura might be nowhere near Q2 places but the title contender finished third in FP3, after leading briefly, and might have the benefit of an extra 15 minutes of dry running in Q1.

Andrea Migno continued his solid run in tricky conditions with fourth position from compatriots Antonelli and Riccardo Rossi. Albert Arenas might have climbed up to seventh position but the championship leader will still get an outing in Q1 later on. Carlos Tatay, Tatsuki Suzuki and Raul Fernandez rounded out the top ten positions, with the likes of Tony Arbolino 11th, Jaume Masia 14th and Gabriel Rodrigo sitting out the session completely.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 17 John McPhee Honda 1'49.559    
2 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'49.770 0.211 0.211
3 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'49.831 0.272 0.061
4 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'49.840 0.281 0.009
5 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'49.926 0.367 0.086
6 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'50.064 0.505 0.138
7 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'50.246 0.687 0.182
8 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'50.310 0.751 0.064
9 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'50.392 0.833 0.082
10 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'50.465 0.906 0.073
11 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'50.524 0.965 0.059
12 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'50.678 1.119 0.154
13 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'50.690 1.131 0.012
14 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'50.693 1.134 0.003
15 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'50.708 1.149 0.015
16 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'50.745 1.186 0.037
17 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'50.981 1.422 0.236
18 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'51.212 1.653 0.231
19 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'51.294 1.735 0.082
20 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'51.310 1.751 0.016
21 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'51.370 1.811 0.060
22 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'51.500 1.941 0.130
23 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'51.603 2.044 0.103
24 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'51.684 2.125 0.081
25 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'51.736 2.177 0.052
26 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'51.813 2.254 0.077
27 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'52.073 2.514 0.260
28 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'52.135 2.576 0.062
29 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'52.168 2.609 0.033
30 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'53.152 3.593 0.984
  2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda      
Round Number: 
13
2020
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2020 Europa Moto2 FP2 Result: Bastianini Robs Lowes

The intermediate class closed a gloomy day in Valencia and benefitted from a mostly dry track surface. Championship leader Sam Lowes looked like the strongest man in the dry, the British rider starting off with a one second advantage at the top of the timesheets, however, a late tumble at turn 8 made him miss out on the final eight minutes of the session and title rival Enea Bastianini took full advantage. The Italian stole the headline by half a tenth of a second from Lowes, with Joe Roberts in third, one tenth off top spot.

Lorenzo Baldassarri made some solid progress to climb into fourth spot, ahead of compatriot Fabio Di Giannantonio, very closely followed by Remy Gardner and Jorge Martin. Simone Corsi continued to show good pace in eighth position, with Hector Garzo a persistent presence inside the top ten as well. Marco Bezzecchi rounded out the top ten positions as the final rider to post a time within half a second of the leader. FP1 headliner Tom Luthi dropped to 11th place, while the final positions in the combined top 14 went to Xavi Vierge, Nicolo Bulega and Marcel Schrotter.

Luca Marini found some confidence in the improved conditions to climb into 15th, only six tenths off top spot and hoping to improve that further on Saturday morning. Meanwhile, Jake Dixon joined the action after skipping FP1 but an early crash at turn 4 saw him pay a visit to the medical centre with a suspected wrist injury.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 33 Enea Bastianini Kalex 1'36.804    
2 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'36.861 0.057 0.057
3 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'36.956 0.152 0.095
4 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 1'36.965 0.161 0.009
5 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 1'37.066 0.262 0.101
6 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'37.145 0.341 0.079
7 88 Jorge Martin Kalex 1'37.146 0.342 0.001
8 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'37.205 0.401 0.059
9 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'37.241 0.437 0.036
10 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'37.247 0.443 0.006
11 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'37.329 0.525 0.082
12 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'37.338 0.534 0.009
13 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'37.359 0.555 0.021
14 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'37.416 0.612 0.057
15 10 Luca Marini Kalex 1'37.441 0.637 0.025
16 57 Edgar Pons Kalex 1'37.533 0.729 0.092
17 9 Jorge Navarro Speed Up 1'37.559 0.755 0.026
18 64 Bo Bendsneyder NTS 1'37.732 0.928 0.173
19 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'37.787 0.983 0.055
20 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'37.855 1.051 0.068
21 62 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 1'37.896 1.092 0.041
22 44 Aron Canet Speed Up 1'38.073 1.269 0.177
23 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'38.197 1.393 0.124
24 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'38.340 1.536 0.143
25 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 1'38.457 1.653 0.117
26 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'38.989 2.185 0.532
27 74 Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 1'39.457 2.653 0.468
28 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'39.916 3.112 0.459
  55 Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 1'51.548 14.744 11.632
  99 Kasma Daniel Kalex      
Round Number: 
13
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2020 Europe MotoGP FP2 Result: More Miller Time

While the Valencian sky was still grey and overcast, the asphalt was dry enough for slick tyres straight out the gate, although the dry line was narrow to begin with. Regardless of the improved conditions, Jack Miller remained the fastest man on track, although the lead changed hands all throughout FP2 and it all came down to the final flying laps. Aleix Espargaro put together a fine final lap to come within a tenth of a second of the lead and nearly two tenths faster than Franco Morbidelli, who enjoyed a late off road adventure.

Takaaki Nakagami added a Honda to the mix in fourth position, three tenths off the lead and narrowly ahead of Pol Espargaro. The KTM man was the provisional leader during the time attack but got pushed back to fifth in the closing stages, as the last rider within half a second of the leader. Alex Rins was the lead Suzuki rider in sixth, with Brad Binder making a late jump into seventh position. Andrea Dovizioso briefly saw his name in the top three but dropped to eighth late on, while title rival Fabio Quartararo steadily fought his way into the top ten.

Joan Mir looked like he was out of the combined top ten when the checkered flag waved but a late yellow flag infringement for Cal Crutchlow allowed the world championship leader back into the top ten. With news breaking of Maverick Vinales’ pitlane start for using an extra engine, the Spaniard won’t be too bothered by 11th position on the combined standings, eight tenths off the leader.

Notable mentions go to Danilo Petrucci, who looked fast throughout the session but a late crash at turn 14 dropped him to 18th, and Garrett Gerloff who was as high as 5th on his first (and possibly only) day on Valentino Rossi’s machine.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'32.528    
2 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'32.620 0.092 0.092
3 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'32.804 0.276 0.184
4 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'32.866 0.338 0.062
5 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'32.952 0.424 0.086
6 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'33.157 0.629 0.205
7 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'33.259 0.731 0.102
8 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'33.292 0.764 0.033
9 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'33.337 0.809 0.045
10 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'33.405 0.877 0.068
11 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'33.410 0.882 0.005
12 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'33.463 0.935 0.053
13 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'33.483 0.955 0.020
14 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'33.504 0.976 0.021
15 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'33.515 0.987 0.011
16 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'33.570 1.042 0.055
17 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'33.739 1.211 0.169
18 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'33.775 1.247 0.036
19 31 Garrett Gerloff Yamaha 1'34.107 1.579 0.332
20 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'35.661 3.133 1.554
21 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'36.690 4.162 1.029
Round Number: 
13
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2020 Europe Moto3 FP2 Result: Vietti Steps Up

The second batch of practice sessions started in mixed conditions but the drying track saw some significant improvements on the times posted in morning practice. The lead changed hands many times throughout the 40 minutes but in the end it was Celestino Vietti who robbed home favourite Sergio Garcia of top spot. The Italian was two tenths of a second faster than his closest challenger, although Garcia was lucky to escape unscathed from an incident that saw teammate Ryusei Yamanaka running into the back of him at turn 1 and miraculously walk away. Romano Fenati joined the top three, ahead of Raul Fernandez and Filip Salac.

Tony Arbolino in sixth position was six tenths off the lead and the last rider within a second of the leader. Carlos Tatay was one of the early leaders before dropping back to seventh spot, ahead of Andrea Migno and Kaito Toba, with John McPhee completing the top ten. The final provisional top 14 positions went to Alonso Lopez, Yuki Kunii, early session leader Darryn Binder and returning Riccardo Rossi.

Championship leader Albert Arenas was back on track after a brief trip to the medical centre following a crash in FP1 but the Spaniard was not too keen to push in the changing conditions that don’t look likely to be replicated on Sunday. Arenas spent the entire session outside of the top 10 and finished 18th, two positions behind rival Ai Ogura. FP1 leader Jaume Masia was slow to improve on his own benchmark from FP1 and late improvements were only good enough for 21st on the timesheets, over two seconds slower than the leader.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 13 Celestino Vietti KTM 1'45.356    
2 11 Sergio Garcia Honda 1'45.557 0.201 0.201
3 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'45.575 0.219 0.018
4 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'45.850 0.494 0.275
5 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'45.872 0.516 0.022
6 14 Tony Arbolino Honda 1'45.984 0.628 0.112
7 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'46.570 1.214 0.586
8 16 Andrea Migno KTM 1'46.574 1.218 0.004
9 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'46.636 1.280 0.062
10 17 John McPhee Honda 1'46.760 1.404 0.124
11 21 Alonso Lopez Husqvarna 1'46.857 1.501 0.097
12 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'46.868 1.512 0.011
13 40 Darryn Binder KTM 1'46.882 1.526 0.014
14 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'46.934 1.578 0.052
15 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'46.936 1.580 0.002
16 79 Ai Ogura Honda 1'46.936 1.580  
17 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'46.997 1.641 0.061
18 75 Albert Arenas KTM 1'47.074 1.718 0.077
19 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'47.258 1.902 0.184
20 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'47.357 2.001 0.099
21 5 Jaume Masia Honda 1'47.486 2.130 0.129
22 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'47.723 2.367 0.237
23 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 1'48.235 2.879 0.512
24 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'48.554 3.198 0.319
25 9 Davide Pizzoli KTM 1'48.692 3.336 0.138
26 70 Barry Baltus KTM 1'48.914 3.558 0.222
27 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'49.033 3.677 0.119
28 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'49.128 3.772 0.095
29 89 Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 1'49.345 3.989 0.217
30 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'51.151 5.795 1.806
31 6 Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 1'52.468 7.112 1.317
Round Number: 
13
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2020 Europe Moto2 FP1 Result: Luthi Back In A Damp Limelight

Damp and drizzly Valencia was the backdrop for the intermediate class’ first practice session and much like their colleagues before them, they kept things uneventful until the closing stages got some gravel trap action. After a few less than stellar performances, Tom Luthi seemed to be enjoying his time in the limelight and took over the top of the timesheets halfway through the session. Despite a harmless crash at turn 6 with 15 minutes left, the Swiss rider kept top spot by a tenth of a second ahead of a persistently impressive Hector Garzo. Aron Canet was back in action after his little finger required some medical attention and the Spaniard returned straight to the top three positions and as the final rider within half a second of the leader in the tricky conditions.

Hafizh Syahrin was somewhat predictably the early leader of FP1 but dropped back to fourth and finished the session limping away from a high side at turn 14. Marco Bezzecchi joined the top five, ahead of championship leader Sam Lowes and Nicolo Bulega. Enea Bastianini avoided any crashes with a couple of saves at turn 14 and finished the morning 8th, with compatriots Simone Corsi and Lorenzo Baldassarri rounding out the top ten.

Luca Marini’s struggles seemed to continue in the difficult conditions at the Ricardo Tormo circuit and after a slow start he finished last on the timesheets and nearly four seconds down on Luthi. Meanwhile, Jake Dixon sat out the session with a stomach ache and is expected to join the action in FP2.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 1'48.975    
2 40 Hector GARZO Kalex 1'49.103 0.128 0.128
3 44 Aron CANET Speed Up 1'49.396 0.421 0.293
4 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Speed Up 1'49.579 0.604 0.183
5 72 Marco BEZZECCHI Kalex 1'49.595 0.620 0.016
6 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 1'49.625 0.650 0.030
7 11 Nicolò BULEGA Kalex 1'49.837 0.862 0.212
8 33 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 1'49.877 0.902 0.040
9 24 Simone CORSI MV Agusta 1'49.900 0.925 0.023
10 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'49.935 0.960 0.035
11 16 Joe ROBERTS Kalex 1'49.979 1.004 0.044
12 62 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 1'50.215 1.240 0.236
13 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'50.241 1.266 0.026
14 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 1'50.388 1.413 0.147
15 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 1'50.484 1.509 0.096
16 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 1'50.693 1.718 0.209
17 9 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 1'50.714 1.739 0.021
18 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'50.727 1.752 0.013
19 19 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Kalex 1'50.744 1.769 0.017
20 88 Jorge MARTIN Kalex 1'50.804 1.829 0.060
21 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'50.871 1.896 0.067
22 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 1'50.923 1.948 0.052
23 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'51.055 2.080 0.132
24 57 Edgar PONS Kalex 1'51.337 2.362 0.282
25 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Kalex 1'51.767 2.792 0.430
26 27 Andi Farid IZDIHAR Kalex 1'51.977 3.002 0.210
27 74 Piotr BIESIEKIRSKI NTS 1'52.443 3.468 0.466
28 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'53.681 4.706 1.238
  96 Jake DIXON Kalex      
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2020 Europe MotoGP FP1 Result: Miller Excels On Damp Track

An overcast and damp Ricardo Tormo Circuit welcomed the premier class for their first of quite a few outings in the Valencian autumn. Riders avoided too many off track excursions but the tricky conditions saw some oddities on the timesheets. Jack Miller being in charge of proceedings in wet conditions wasn’t one of them though, the Australian nearly half a tenth faster than Franco Morbidelli. The Italian fronted the Yamaha walk of shame following their surprise penalty on Thursday, while Repsol Honda rider Stefan Bradl thrived in the drizzle and joined the top three.

Johann Zarco made a late jump into fourth position, demoting Alex Marquez down to fifth, the Spaniard also giving him a helping hand by crashing out at turn 6 in the final handful of minutes. Danilo Petrucci was the next best Ducati in sixth, with Pol Espargaro and Miguel Oliveira placing two KTMs in the top eight in a weekend that didn’t start on the best terms for the Austrian factory, given Brad Binder’s long lap penalty and Iker Lecuona’s Covid-related absence.

Andrea Dovizioso made a bit of a better start in ninth position, while Maverick Vinales was not in a rush to join the action but after chasing around rival Joan Mir for a few laps, the Yamaha man settled for tenth in FP1. Takaaki Nakagami in 11th position was over a second slower than leader Miller and a couple tenths faster than Aleix Espargaro and Alex Rins. The lead title contenders didn’t seem to enjoy their time in damp Valencia, with Mir only 17th after an brief trek through the gravel at run 8 and Fabio Quartararo last on the timesheets, nearly three seconds slower than Miller and very unhappy as he returned to the pits.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'42.063    
2 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'42.530 0.467 0.467
3 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'42.566 0.503 0.036
4 5 Johann ZARCO Ducati 1'42.639 0.576 0.073
5 73 Alex MARQUEZ Honda 1'42.654 0.591 0.015
6 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'42.700 0.637 0.046
7 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'42.841 0.778 0.141
8 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'42.877 0.814 0.036
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'42.959 0.896 0.082
10 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'43.009 0.946 0.050
11 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'43.230 1.167 0.221
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'43.461 1.398 0.231
13 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'43.521 1.458 0.060
14 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'43.572 1.509 0.051
15 33 Brad BINDER KTM 1'43.584 1.521 0.012
16 31 Garrett GERLOFF YAHAMA 1'43.645 1.582 0.061
17 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'43.728 1.665 0.083
18 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'43.925 1.862 0.197
19 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'44.448 2.385 0.523
20 32 Lorenzo SAVADORI Aprilia 1'44.527 2.464 0.079
21 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'44.791 2.728 0.264
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