MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2021 Mugello Moto2 Race Result: Last Lap Heartache

It must have been unimaginably difficult for the intermediate class to line up on the grid just as news broke of the desperately sad passing of Jason Dupasquier, but line up they did and put on an honourable show in Mugello. The podium was bright orange once again, this time with Remy Gardner picking up the win after a race-long chase of teammate Raul Fernandez, the rookie only giving up victory on the final lap and by the smallest of margins. Marco Bezzecchi did not feature in the victory battle but got to show off his beautiful home race livery in parc fermé after inheriting third place.

Raul Fernandez had made an excellent start from pole position and Gardner also got a great launch from second row to trail his teammate into turn 1. Tony Arbolino kept close after a good start of his own, followed by Jorge Navarro, Sam Lowes, Fabio Di Giannantonio and Bezzecchi. The Red Bull KTM Ajo tag team quickly started to edge ahead of Arbolino so Lowes had to take it upon himself to get past the Italian and reel in the leaders. While Lowes reduced the gap to Gardner to under half a second, Fernandez was attempting an early escape from his teammate, keeping another half a second ahead. Behind the socially-distanced leading trio, Arbolino struggled to keep the early pace going and soon dropped behind compatriots Di Giannantonio and Bezzecchi. The rookie was left with a safe net of one second to the next man down the road, Joe Roberts, but the American was steadily closing in on the top five, also aided by some early crashes from Jorge Navarro and Xavi Vierge amongst the chasing group.

Raul Fernandez started lap 8 with an eight tenth advantage to Gardner, with the Australian soon to come under fire from Lowes. The animated battle started on lap 10 and the exchanges ended with Lowes provisionally picking up the chase but the real winner was Fernandez, who extended his gap to two seconds. It also very slightly helped Di Giannantonio, who had dropped almost a second and a half back on the podium battle, leaving Bezzecchi over two seconds behind. Arbolino also struggled to keep up the pace and dropped within striking distance of Roberts, the American demoting the Italian for sixth position on lap 10. Arbolino continued to fade and soon allowed teammate Marcel Schrotter to gap him as well.

Back at the front, Lowes was steadily reducing the gap to the leader to start the final half of the race only one second back on Fernandez. Gardner kept close to the British rider as he bridged the gap but Di Giannantonio couldn’t keep the home hero dream going, crashing out of fourth place at the final corner with 10 laps remaining. With Bezzecchi and Roberts engaged in battle over six seconds back, the podium configuration seemed pretty much set but the order was yet to be decided, as the leading trio drew ever closer.

Once the gap at the front dropped to eight tenths of a second, it seemed to settle there for a couple of laps but Lowes buckled under the pressure first, crashing out at Arrabbiata 1 with 6 laps remaining. That left Gardner one second behind his teammate and he did a solid job to pick up the chase, almost glued to the back of the sister machine only three laps later. Eight seconds behind the victory battle, Roberts found himself in podium positions, but Bezzecchi was tempted by a home podium and started exchanging places with the American. It seemed like a fun battle on the timing screens but we’ve not seen much of it as all eyes were on the inseparable leading duo.

Gardner bided his time and the first and only overtake attempt came on the final lap, the Australian’s superior speed out of Arrabbiata 2 allowing him to line up a decisive move into turn 10. Gardner defended beautifully to the finish line but took the checkered flag only one hundredth of a second ahead of Fernandez. Roberts crossed the line third but got demoted one position due to slightly exceeding track limits on the final lap and Bezzecchi inherited the final podium spot. Schrotter joined the top 5 ahead of rookies Ai Ogura, Arbolino and Cameron Beaubier, with Hafizh Syahrin and Stefano Manzi rounding out the top 10 places. A notable and pretty remarkable mention goes to Fermìn Aldeguer, who grabbed a few points in his first Moto3 race with 12th position.

Gardner’s victory extended his lead in the championship to a still minimal six points from teammate Fernandez, while Bezzecchi is 26 points behind and Lowes loses more ground, trailing the leader by 48 points.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 39'17.667
2 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex +0.014
3 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex +8.021
4 16 Joe Roberts Kalex +8.004
5 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex +12.343
6 79 Ai Ogura Kalex +23.170
7 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex +23.764
8 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex +34.825
9 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS +34.849
10 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex +34.965
11 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro +35.250
12 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro +35.300
13 40 Hector Garzo Kalex +35.450
14 96 Jake Dixon Kalex +36.161
15 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex +40.700
16 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex +46.263
17 70 Barry Baltus NTS +46.403
18 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex +48.566
19 10 Tommaso Marcon MV Agusta +1'16.213
Not Classified
  42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 3 Laps
  22 Sam Lowes Kalex 6 Laps
  21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 10 Laps
  24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 10 Laps
  75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 10 Laps
  97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 16 Laps
  9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 17 Laps
  7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 19 Laps
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  19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 0 Lap
  37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 0 Lap
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2021 Estoril World Superbike Superpole Race Result: Short And Sweet

The World Superbike Superpole race was ten short laps with not all riders choosing to use the dedicated sprint race tyre. 

Jonathan Rea, running an SC0 tyre, got to turn one third, but forced his way under Toprak Razgatlioglu and Scott Redding to take the lead mid-corner. Scott Redding took the lead in turn five. Making the most of the SCX sprint tyre. On lap two, Razgatlioglu passed Rea and Redding into turn one, but Rea covered the inside line into turn two and led out of turn three after setting the fastest lap. Razgatlioglu took the lead a couple of turns later. Redding took the lead into turn one, but Razgatlioglu defended on the brakes to retain the lead.

Garrett Gerloff and Michael Ruben Rinaldi were in touch with the three-way fight over the lead, with Alex Lowes almost a second behind them in sixth place. Toprak Razgatlioglu set the fastest lap again and held his lead into lap four. Scott Redding made a mistake into turn six, with Rea nearly following him, letting Rea and Gerloff past on the inside. Rea set the fastest lap in second position on lap four, with a second covering the leading five riders. 

Rea set the fastest lap again and, into turn one of lap six, he attempted a pass into turn one to take the lead from Razgatlioglu who lifted his rear wheel on the brakes and had to release the brakes briefly, letting Rea take the lead. Alex Lowes latched onto the back of the leading five and started looking for a way past fifth-placed Rinaldi. Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty were over two seconds behind the slash and dash at the front in seventh and eighth. Into lap eight, Redding took third back from Gerloff as a gap appeared in front of Rinaldi with the pace of the leading four in the 1'36 as Rea set the fastest lap again, escaping to eight tenths of a seconds clear of Razgatlioglu. 

Jonathan Rea opened the last lap with a nine tenths of a second lead over Toprak Razgatlioglu and Scott Redding. Garrett Gerloff was too far behind to disrupt the fight between Toprak Razgatlioglu and Scott Redding, but he was clear enough of Michael Ruben Rinaldi to assure his fourth place.

Jonathan Rea took the win on the harder tyre, ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu and Scott Redding. Jonathan Rea leads Scott Redding in the championship by thirteen points, and with winning on the SC0 tyre, probably gives Redding hard choices for race two. Toprak Razgatlioglu closes to thirteen points behind Scott Redding with Alex Lowes and Garrett Gerloff consolidating their fourth and fifth places. 


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 0.690
3 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 1.180
4 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 2.059
5 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 3.583
6 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 3.623
7 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 7.062
8 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 7.831
9 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 8.969
10 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 9.581
11 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 10.013
12 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 10.850
13 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 11.419
14 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 15.703
15 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 16.678
16 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 16.810
17 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 20.194
18 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 22.250
19 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 39.192
20 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 1'01.246
RET 76 S. CAVALIERI Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
RET 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
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2021 Mugello Moto3 Race Result: A Rollercoaster Of Emotion

It was a tough start to race day, with the heart-breaking absence of Jason Dupasquier following his serious accident on Saturday and even the weather felt like sparing the lightweight class more trouble. Beautiful sunshine embraced the circuit over the 20 laps and Mugello offered a classic Moto3 rough and tumble for glory, which ended with the Italian being waved to unfortunately empty grandstands by Dennis Foggia. The home favourite played a clever game throughout the race and rode an impeccable last lap to claim a first victory of the season ahead of Jaume Masia. Gabriel Rodrigo joins them on the podium for only the second time in his career, helped by his best qualifying position of the season.

Pedro Acosta also made the best of his first front row start and reached San Donato first once the lights went out, ahead of Rodrigo and poleman Tatsuki Suzuki. Foggia first took control of the pack with a slipstream on the main straight at the start of lap 2, getting ahead of the front row starters and 12 other riders who were making up the lead group. Amongst them was Darryn Binder, who climbed up to 6th having started 15th, while teammate John McPhee dropped a couple places to 13th. Andrea Migno was unfortunately not part of the line-up, as he crashed out at turn 7 on the first lap, together with Deniz Öncü, Carlos Tatay and Maximilian Kofler.

Acosta reclaimed top billing on lap 3 but Foggia hit back on lap 4 and the duo continued trading places for a couple of laps. Arrabbiata 1 and San Donato were the preferred overtaking places for the likes of Romano Fenati and Suzuki, who soon got involved in the battle for the lead, but Foggia started lap 6 at the front once more. Having briefly dropped to the back of the top 10, Acosta quickly found his way back into the battle, with Rodrigo and Binder in close proximity. Ayumu Sasaki, Stefano Nepa, Jeremy Alcoba, Masia, Sergio Garcia, Kaito Toba, McPhee, Filip Salac and Niccolò Antonelli were still within reach of the leaders but yet to make much noise, with the next group over six seconds back.

Acosta contested the lead around turn 1 on lap 8 but Foggia still wanted didn’t allow him much time in the limelight and quickly fought back to lead across the line next time around, even holding back the slipstreamers into San Donato. Despite a few more attempts at demoting him, the Italian kept ahead of a sizeable 15-man group for the next few laps. Most notably within that group, Masia and Garcia had advanced towards the business end by the halfway mark of proceedings.

Suzuki eventually picked up the baton to lead going into the second half of the race, with Foggia dropping out of the top 5 for the first time since the lights went off but the Italian remedied that with 8 laps remaining. Determined to avoid further drama, Foggia pushed at the front to bring some colour to the timing screens but Acosta & co didn’t let him get away and continued to show their intentions. A feisty Suzuki spiced things up on lap 14, but nothing like the action into turn 1 the next time around, when McPhee shot into the lead from well outside the top 5. He didn’t last there long, as Fenati found a way past, while the likes of Foggia and Acosta found themselves with work to do from outside the top 10 with 5 laps remaining.

Binder had the advantage going into those final five laps, with a gaggle of KTMs on his tail. While Foggia took a while longer to recover, Acosta was leading the way only one lap later, having yoyo-ed through the leading group all afternoon. With the big pack still intact, the order changed with every blink of an eye but Acosta, Fenati and Binder got the overwhelming screen time at the front in the closing stages.

Foggia started the final lap back in the lead, while Acosta got relegated to 11th in the heat of battle on the previous lap. While the podium battle got heated behind him, Foggia managed to stretch a couple tenths at the front and slipstream made no difference in the end, the Italian taking the checkered flag three hundredths of a second ahead of Masia, with Rodrigo another tenth back. Sasaki and Binder completed the top five, while Fenati dropped to sixth. Acosta recovered to finish seventh but both him and Garcia got penalised to drop one position for exceeding track limits on the final lap, leaving McPhee to claim seventh place. The Spanish duo completed the top 10 together with poleman Suzuki.

Despite missing out on podium positions, Acosta maintains his championship lead, 52 points ahead of teammate Masia, who climbed five positions with today’s podium. At the end of a difficult weekend, Sasaki joins the top three, 54 points behind the leader, while Garcia drops to fourth, another point down.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 39'37.497
2 5 Jaume Masia KTM +0.036
3 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda +0.145
4 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM +0.240
5 40 Darryn Binder Honda +0.499
6 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna +0.711
7 17 John McPhee Honda +0.918
8 37 Pedro Acosta KTM +0.745
9 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS +0.861
10 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda +0.963
11 12 Filip Salac Honda +1.080
12 27 Kaito Toba KTM +1.351
13 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM +1.429
14 82 Stefano Nepa KTM +4.472
15 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda +12.491
16 43 Xavier Artigas Honda +23.493
17 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS +23.499
18 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM +23.609
19 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda +23.774
20 22 Elia Bartolini KTM +39.959
21 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda +40.023
22 32 Takuma Matsuyama Honda +40.035
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  53 Deniz Öncü KTM 0 Lap
  16 Andrea Migno Honda 0 Lap
  67 Alberto Surra KTM 0 Lap
  31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 0 Lap
  99 Carlos Tatay KTM 0 Lap
  73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 0 Lap
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2021 Mugello MotoGP Warm Up Result: Nakagami Nicks Top Spot


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'46.746    
2 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'46.832 0.086 0.086
3 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'46.989 0.243 0.157
4 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'46.994 0.248 0.005
5 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'47.032 0.286 0.038
6 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'47.095 0.349 0.063
7 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'47.172 0.426 0.077
8 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'47.180 0.434 0.008
9 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'47.213 0.467 0.033
10 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'47.216 0.470 0.003
11 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'47.224 0.478 0.008
12 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'47.353 0.607 0.129
13 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'47.424 0.678 0.071
14 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'47.557 0.811 0.133
15 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'47.578 0.832 0.021
16 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'47.611 0.865 0.033
17 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'47.650 0.904 0.039
18 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'47.700 0.954 0.050
19 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'47.702 0.956 0.002
20 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'47.785 1.039 0.083
21 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'48.629 1.883 0.844
22 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'49.060 2.314 0.431
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2021 Mugello Moto2 Warm Up Result: Rapid Raul Replay


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'51.152    
2 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'51.284 0.132 0.132
3 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'51.318 0.166 0.034
4 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'51.561 0.409 0.243
5 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'51.698 0.546 0.137
6 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'51.768 0.616 0.070
7 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'51.787 0.635 0.019
8 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'51.944 0.792 0.157
9 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'51.992 0.840 0.048
10 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'52.045 0.893 0.053
11 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'52.073 0.921 0.028
12 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'52.325 1.173 0.252
13 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'52.376 1.224 0.051
14 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'52.422 1.270 0.046
15 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'52.432 1.280 0.010
16 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'52.461 1.309 0.029
17 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'52.521 1.369 0.060
18 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'52.523 1.371 0.002
19 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'52.644 1.492 0.121
20 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'52.671 1.519 0.027
21 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'52.690 1.538 0.019
22 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'52.734 1.582 0.044
23 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 1'52.775 1.623 0.041
24 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'52.826 1.674 0.051
25 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'52.891 1.739 0.065
26 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'53.157 2.005 0.266
27 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'53.325 2.173 0.168
28 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'53.362 2.210 0.037
29 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'53.395 2.243 0.033
30 10 Tommaso Marcon MV Agusta 1'54.580 3.428 1.185
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2021 Mugello Moto3 Warm Up Result: Rodrigo Leads Öncü


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'57.271    
2 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'57.320 0.049 0.049
3 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'57.538 0.267 0.218
4 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'57.578 0.307 0.040
5 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'57.678 0.407 0.100
6 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'57.710 0.439 0.032
7 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'57.737 0.466 0.027
8 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'57.888 0.617 0.151
9 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'57.903 0.632 0.015
10 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'58.038 0.767 0.135
11 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'58.172 0.901 0.134
12 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'58.176 0.905 0.004
13 17 John McPhee Honda 1'58.211 0.940 0.035
14 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'58.212 0.941 0.001
15 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'58.493 1.222 0.281
16 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'58.584 1.313 0.091
17 67 Alberto Surra KTM 1'58.632 1.361 0.048
18 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'58.694 1.423 0.062
19 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'58.830 1.559 0.136
20 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'58.835 1.564 0.005
21 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'58.876 1.605 0.041
22 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'58.963 1.692 0.087
23 22 Elia Bartolini KTM 1'59.022 1.751 0.059
24 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'59.063 1.792 0.041
25 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'59.063 1.792  
26 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'59.090 1.819 0.027
27 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'59.426 2.155 0.336
28 32 Takuma Matsuyama Honda 2'00.119 2.848 0.693
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2021 Estoril World Supersport Race 1 Result: Close As You Like It

World Supersport race one was eighteen laps of Estoril. Nikki Tuuli started from pit lane due to "irresponsible riding" in race one last weekend. 

Steven Odendaal led Federico Caricasulo into the first turn ahead of Philipp Oettl and Jules Cluzel. Hannes Soomer and Manuel Gonzalez were very close in fifth and sixth. Oettl, the Kawasaki among five Yamahas at the front, took second place from Caricasulo and set the first fastest lap of the race as the leading five started to get away from Dominique Aegerter heading the second group. 

On lap four, Philipp Oettl takes the lead into turn one, having to fight to keep it over the next couple of turns. Jules Cluzel kept looking past Federico Caricasulo, looking the faster of the pair. Raffaele de Rosa set the fastest lap in seventh place, only to immediately have it taken from him by the rider in twenty sixth place, Nikki Tuuli, five seconds quicker than the rider ahead of him. He caught Shogo Kawasaki's Kawasaki to begin his fight through the grid. 

The leading six riders were covered just over a second as they became a group of five, Federico Caricasulo sliding out of third place, getting back on track in time to be overtaken by Nikki Tuuli who set another fastest lap climbing to twenty first place. 

Philipp Oettl, Steven Odendaal, Jules Cluzel, Manuel Gonzalez and Dominique Aegerter were covered by under a second on lap eight as Nikki Tuuli set another fastest lap. Aegerter finally made his pass attempts on Gonzalez stick, taking fourth place behind Jules Cluzel. 

Nikki Tuuli set the fastest lap again. 

With no changes at the front for a couple of laps, the leading five remained covered by eight tenths of a second, two seconds clear of sixth placed Raffaele de Rosa. Nikki Tuuli worked his way into the points, passing the veteran Michel Fabrizio on his way to fourteenth place. Cluzel started looking for a way past, showing Odendaal his front wheel a couple of times. 

Dominique Aegerter passed a frustrated Jules Cluzel, but Cluzel recovered third place into turn six as they both thought they should be fighting over Odendaal's second place. Instead, on lap sixteen of eighteen, Steven Odendaal took the lead from Philipp Oettl, only to have Oettl take it back into turn one pf lap seventeen. The last lap started with three quarters of a second covering the leading five riders, and Odendaal took the lead back as Aegerter took third place from Cluzel. Cluzel took third back into turn six, swapping back and forth over the next turns, leaving the leading two to fight for the win. 

Steven Odendaal held the lead to the line, winning in front of Philipp Oettl. Third place was a drag race from the last corner, won by Jules Cluzel, fifteen thousandths of a second ahead of Dominique Aegerter. Manuel Gonzalez finished miles behind, a quarter of a second off fourth place. Nikki Tuuli finished in eleventh place.

Steven Odendaal's win is his third from three races, giving him a thirty one point lead over Dominique Aegerter and thirty eight over Raffaele de Rosa. Philipp Oettl is a point further back with Jules Cluzel a further four, forty three points from the top. 


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 4 S. ODENDAAL Yamaha YZF R6  
2 5 P. OETTL Kawasaki ZX-6R 0.350
3 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 0.750
4 77 D. AEGERTER Yamaha YZF R6 0.765
5 81 M. GONZALEZ Yamaha YZF R6 0.258
6 3 R. DE ROSA Kawasaki ZX-6R 4.519
7 29 L. BERNARDI Yamaha YZF R6 7.442
8 38 H. SOOMER Yamaha YZF R6 9.624
9 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 11.696
10 71 C. BERGMAN Yamaha YZF R6 19.197
11 66 N. TUULI MV Agusta F3 675 23.673
12 94 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 28.832
13 70 M. ALCOBA Yamaha YZF R6 30.330
14 42 S. FROSSARD Yamaha YZF R6 34.147
15  23 D. PIZZOLI Yamaha YZF R6 34.269
16 84 M. FABRIZIO Kawasaki ZX-6R 34.544
17 24 L. TACCINI Kawasaki ZX-6R 36.922
18 95 V. TAKALA Yamaha YZF R6 36.923
19 6 M. HERRERA Yamaha YZF R6 36.927
20 55 G. HENDRA PRATAMA Yamaha YZF R6 37.898
21 2 L. MONTELLA Yamaha YZF R6 57.290
22 15 E. MCMANUS Yamaha YZF R6 59.529
23 19 P. SZKOPEK Yamaha YZF R6 1'09.861
24 45 S. KAWASAKI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'22.100
RET 34 K. MANFREDI Yamaha YZF R6 6 Laps
RET 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 6 Laps
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2021 Mugello Moto2 Qualifying Result: Rain Is No Rival

Mugello wasn’t quite as resplendent as previously advertised by the time intermediate class qualifying got underway, with rain flags waving halfway through Q1 and throughout Q2. The drizzle didn’t seem to affect lap times too much though and it certainly didn’t stop sensational rookie Raul Fernandez from showing off his speed and claiming a second consecutive pole position in the class. Sam Lowes was his closest challenger, a quarter of a second back, while Jorge Navarro made a late jump onto the front row, demoting Remy Gardner. The championship leader opens row two ahead of home boys Fabio Di Giannantonio and Tony Arbolino, the rookie making great progress in familiar territory.

A subdued (on track) yet animated (in the pits) Marco Bezzecchi settled for seventh position, being joined on the third row by Xavi Vierge and Marcel Schrotter. Joe Roberts completed the top ten and opens row four from teammate Lorenzo Dalla Porta and rookie Ai Ogura. A very notable mention goes to Fermín Aldeguer, the MotoE rookie currently acting as replacement rider cruising through Q1 and qualifying 15th on the grid, ahead of Bo Bendsneyder and Aron Canet.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'50.723    
2 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'50.990 0.267 0.267
3 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'51.097 0.374 0.107
4 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'51.306 0.583 0.209
5 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'51.355 0.632 0.049
6 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'51.448 0.725 0.093
7 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'51.462 0.739 0.014
8 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'51.497 0.774 0.035
9 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'51.504 0.781 0.007
10 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'51.541 0.818 0.037
11 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'51.793 1.070 0.252
12 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'51.884 1.161 0.091
13 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'51.917 1.194 0.033
14 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'52.066 1.343 0.149
15 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 1'52.191 1.468 0.125
16 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'52.480 1.757 0.289
17 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'52.937 2.214 0.457
18 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'53.527 2.804 0.590
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Q2 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 1'51.710    
Q2 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'51.824 0.114 0.114
Q2 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'52.006 0.296 0.182
Q2 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'52.126 0.416 0.120
19 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'52.160 0.450 0.034
20 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'52.287 0.577 0.127
21 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'52.303 0.593 0.016
22 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'52.368 0.658 0.065
23 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'52.382 0.672 0.014
24 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'52.455 0.745 0.073
25 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'52.863 1.153 0.408
26 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'53.008 1.298 0.145
27 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'53.111 1.401 0.103
28 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'53.130 1.420 0.019
29 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'53.564 1.854 0.434
30 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'54.566 2.856 1.002
31 10 Tommaso Marcon MV Agusta 1'54.649 2.939 0.083
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2021 Estoril World Superbike Race 1 Result: Tyres Again

World Superbike race one at Estoril would be twenty one laps around a windy circuit, with most choosing the SCX superpole race tyre. Very few of the top riders would select the SC0 rear tyre. Several riders retroactively lost their quickest Superpole laps for passing a yellow flag, a harsh penalty when the qualifying tyre only gives them one quick lap.

Jonathan Rea in pole position was one of the outliers with the SC0 tyre, and as the lights went out, Rea was beaten to turn one by Scott Redding and Toprak Razgatlioglu with Michael Ruben Rinaldi right behind him. Alex Lowes, recovering from his front row demotion, went wide at turn one and lost a few places. Lucas Mahias jumped up two places and slotted into fifth place, making his Kawasaki very wide, putting a plug in the second group. After lap, the first four riders were a second and a half clear from the fight over fifth. Another lap, after Razgatlioglu set the fastest lap, and that gap was well over two seconds when Alex Lowes finally found a way past the Frenchman.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi briefly held third place, fighting Jonathan Rea as the leading two broke away, but Rea took it back before the start of lap four, a second behind Scott Redding and Toprak Razgatlioglu. Six laps in, Rinaldi lost tough with Rea, dropping to a second behind him.

A few seconds behind the front four, Alex Lowes held a gap briefly, until Garrett Gerloff jumped the gap from Eugene Laverty, Michael van der Mark and Chaz Davies further back. Gerloff inherited fifth place after Alex Lowes crashed out in front of him, and the gap behind increased as Eugene Laverty also lost the front behind him, with the chaos happening around Gerloff without any input from him for a change. Gerloff started chipping away at the three second gap to Rinaldi in front, a tenth or two a second quicker.

At half race distance, Jonathan Rea's tyre started working better than those of the riders around him, and over three laps, he eliminated a gap of over a second to make the fight at the front a three-way battle.

By lap fifteen, Rea was the quickest rider in the front group, but lap after lap, he couldn't find a way past the incredible braking of Razgatlioglu into turn one. Three laps from the end, the front three were covered by under half a second, with Rea passing Razgatlioglu into turn one only to be beaten on the brakes, while Scott Redding, weak into turn one, was spared a challenge by the fight over second place, able to exploit his superior pace the remainder of the lap.

Scott Redding held off the challenges, leading out of the last turn by almost a second as Toprak Razgatlioglu beat a hard-charging Jonathan Rea by under four hundredths of a second. Behind the podium battle, Garrett Gerloff held off Michael Ruben Rinaldi for the last couple of laps to take fourth place. Chaz Davies took sixth place, three and a half seconds later.

Scott Redding questioned his tyre choice throughout the race, suggesting he may use the SC0 rear yesterday, while Jonathan Rea lamented the early battle with Rinaldi that cost him contact with the two faster riders ahead.

Scott Redding closed the gap to Jonathan Rea in the championship to just eight points and Toprak Razgatlioglu took third place, five points ts of Alex Lowes whose finishing outside the points cost him second place in the title chase.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R  
2 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 0.877
3 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 0.915
4 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 9.518
5 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 4.118
6 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 17.177
7 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 19.316
8 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 20.185
9 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 25.625
10 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 2.147
11 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 30.349
12 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 35.722
13 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 35.885
14 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 36.887
15 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 45.434
16 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 46.472
17 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 51.132
18 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 1'09.888
19 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'09.903
20 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'26.686
RET 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 6 Laps
RET 76 S. CAVALIERI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 14 Laps
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2021 Mugello MotoGP Qualifying Result: Triumph, Tows and Tribulations

The habitual thrill of MotoGP qualifying attracted some unwelcome gloomy visitors over the scenic Italian circuit but the clouds behaved themselves long enough for us to enjoy two standout sessions – for very different reasons. It was hardly a surprise to see Fabio Quartararo at the top of the timesheets as soon as he was unleashed on track and because he had no real challenger, the Frenchman challenged himself to improve the all time lap record once sat on provisional pole. He promptly achieved that with one minute left on the clock and claimed his fourth consecutive pole position of the season. However, a late charge from Pecco Bagnaia and Johann Zarco ensured that the Yamaha man won’t be too comfortable going into turn 1 on Sunday, with the fast-starting Ducatis waiting to pounce from the front row of the grid.

Aleix Espargaro made the best of his escape from Q1 and turned it into a fine second row start, having spent much of Q1 inside the top three positions. He will be in familiar company from Jack Miller and Brad Binder, who pushed teammate Miguel Oliveira to row three. The Portuguese rider opens a strong third row featuring the Suzuki duo of Alex Rins and Joan Mir, while Franco Morbidelli rounded out the top ten on home soil.

Meanwhile, Maverick Viñales watched from his garage with a face like thunder as the TV director turned the camera towards public enemy number one: Marc Marquez. Fully aware that he needs a solid reference to tackle Q1, the Honda man had left pitlane superglued to the back of his compatriot. The chosen target was unhappy but after an underwhelming first run, Viñales had little time to shake off the unwanted attention from both Marquez brothers on his second run, as much as he tried to. Marquez played his cards and claimed top spot in the session, while Viñales was set free for one final flying lap that he ultimately messed up. And that, kids, is the tale of how Marquez joined his teammate on the fourth row of the grid and Viñales, with solid race pace, has to mount a comeback from 13th grid position.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'45.187    
2 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'45.417 0.230 0.230
3 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'45.432 0.245 0.015
4 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'45.538 0.351 0.106
5 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'45.598 0.411 0.060
6 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'45.743 0.556 0.145
7 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'45.745 0.558 0.002
8 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'45.996 0.809 0.251
9 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'46.076 0.889 0.080
10 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'46.084 0.897 0.008
11 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'46.125 0.938 0.041
12 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'46.393 1.206 0.268
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Q2 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'45.924    
Q2 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'46.024 0.100 0.100
13 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'46.045 0.121 0.021
14 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'46.129 0.205 0.084
15 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'46.195 0.271 0.066
16 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'46.302 0.378 0.107
17 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'46.481 0.557 0.179
18 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'46.548 0.624 0.067
19 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'46.770 0.846 0.222
20 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'47.084 1.160 0.314
21 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'47.146 1.222 0.062
22 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'47.216 1.292 0.070
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