MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2021 Aragon World Supersport Superpole Result: Time For A New Record

World Supersport Superpole qualifying opened under excellent weather, giving the rider the best chance to set their best laps. With no qualifying tyres available, times set in the first half of the session may be the qualifying times.

Dominique Aegerter opened up the fast times, setting the fastest lap on his first two laps, ahead of Nikki Tuuli and Jules Cluzel. Philipp Oettl beat Aegerter's time, putting a Kawasaki on top ahead of a Yamaha and MV Agusta, before the mid-session break.

Coming out of the break, Randy Krummenacher exceeded the grip of his cold tyres, pushing the front too hard into the first right-hander, crashing out in twelfth place.

Nikki Tuuli started his first lap a quarter of a second under the best lap and started the long straight with half a second under his belt, but lost two tenths in the last sector, setting a lap of 1'53.225 to go quickest. Jules Cluzel on a good lap, had a strong third sector and slipped under Tuuli's time before hitting the long straight, and gaining three tenths of a second to set an outright lap record with a 1'52.937, knocking Tuuli and Oettl down a place. 

Cluzel, Tuuli and Oettl make up the front row on three different bikes, ahead of Steven Odendaal, Dominique Aegerter and a returning Federico Caricasulo on the all-Yamaha second row. The third and fourth rows were also filled with nothing but Yamahas.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'52.937   270,7
2 66 N. TUULI MV Agusta F3 675 1'53.225 0.288 271,4
3 5 P. OETTL Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'53.353 0.416 272,0
4 4 S. ODENDAAL Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.402 0.465 270,7
5 77 D. AEGERTER Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.553 0.616 270,0
6 94 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'53.650 0.713 268,7
7 70 M. ALCOBA Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.033 1.096 271,4
8 38 H. SOOMER Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.106 1.169 269,3
9 71 C. BERGMAN Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.185 1.248 268,7
10 29 L. BERNARDI Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.323 1.386 273,4
11 22 F. FULIGNI Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.367 1.430 270,0
12 81 M. GONZALEZ Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.374 1.437 264,7
13 3 R. DE ROSA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.388 1.451 264,7
14 23 D. PIZZOLI Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.584 1.647 271,4
15 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.674 1.737 273,4
16 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.786 1.849 272,7
17 34 K. MANFREDI Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.000 2.063 264,1
18 6 M. HERRERA Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.170 2.233 268,0
19 2 L. MONTELLA Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.252 2.315 271,4
20 95 V. TAKALA Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.393 2.456 266,0
21 84 M. FABRIZIO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'55.697 2.760 270,0
22 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.012 3.075 259,0
23 42 S. FROSSARD Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.458 3.521 264,7
24 55 G. HENDRA PRATAMA Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.512 3.575 275,5
25 19 P. SZKOPEK Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.690 3.753 262,8
26 99 D. WEBB Yamaha YZF R6 1'57.443 4.506 261,5
27 24 L. TACCINI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'57.548 4.611 268,0
28 45 S. KAWASAKI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'58.983 6.046 266,7
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1
2021
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2021 Aragon World Supersport FP2 Result: Tuuli On Top

Nikki Tuuli continued his pace, albeit slower than this morning, with the quickest time in both sessions. Steven Odendaal was second quickest again, ahead of Jules Cluzel and Randy Krummenacher who finally set a lap time, fourth quickest this session and eighth overall.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 N. TUULI MV Agusta F3 675 1'54.997   260,9
2 4 S. ODENDAAL Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.330 0.333 266,0
3 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.431 0.434 264,1
4 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.489 0.492 260,9
5 3 R. DE ROSA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'55.533 0.536 261,5
6 5 P. OETTL Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'55.574 0.577 266,0
7 94 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.657 0.660 264,7
8 77 D. AEGERTER Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.683 0.686 257,8
9 38 H. SOOMER Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.828 0.831 257,8
10 81 M. GONZALEZ Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.870 0.873 257,8
11 71 C. BERGMAN Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.968 0.971 259,0
12 29 L. BERNARDI Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.058 1.061 262,1
13 34 K. MANFREDI Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.264 1.267 257,8
14 70 M. ALCOBA Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.299 1.302 266,7
15 22 F. FULIGNI Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.449 1.452 264,1
16 95 V. TAKALA Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.614 1.617 256,5
17 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'56.783 1.786 266,7
18 6 M. HERRERA Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.808 1.811 257,8
19 23 D. PIZZOLI Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.866 1.869 260,2
20 84 M. FABRIZIO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'57.252 2.255 262,8
21 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'57.774 2.777 252,3
22 2 L. MONTELLA Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.169 3.172 260,2
23 55 G. HENDRA PRATAMA Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.403 3.406 259,6
24 42 S. FROSSARD Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.460 3.463 256,5
25 19 P. SZKOPEK Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.556 3.559 250,0
26 24 L. TACCINI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'58.629 3.632 264,7
27 99 D. WEBB Yamaha YZF R6 1'59.318 4.321 250,6
28 45 S. KAWASAKI Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'02.311 7.314 255,9
Round Number: 
1
2021
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2021 Aragon World Superbike FP2 Result: Davies Takes Control

In a session marred by a red flag brought on by Michael van der Mark launching his new BMW at an air fence, the pace was slower than this morning's session. Chaz Davies was quickest, ahead of Jonathan Rea and Scott Redding, with the Honda duo of Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam within six tenths of the session's best time.

Toprak Razgatlioglu ended the day quickest, thanks to his morning's blistering time.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R IND   165,554 305,1
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'50.690 0.290 304,2
3 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'50.780 0.380 308,6
4 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'50.814 0.414 309,5
5 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'51.000 0.600 307,7
6 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'51.037 0.637 305,1
7 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'51.179 0.779 304,2
8 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1'51.202 0.802 305,9
9 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'51.231 0.831 306,8
10 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1'51.238 0.838 302,5
11 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 1'51.781 1.381 301,7
12 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 1'51.981 1.581 305,1
13 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 1'52.061 1.661 302,5
14 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'52.099 1.699 300,8
15 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 1'52.238 1.838 299,2
16 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'52.306 1.906 308,6
17 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 1'52.377 1.977 305,1
18 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'52.444 2.044 295,1
19 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 1'52.492 2.092 302,5
20 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 1'53.594 3.194 298,3
21 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'54.965 4.565 296,7
22 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'55.572 5.172 294,3
23 76 S. CAVALIERI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'55.741 5.341 291,9
Round Number: 
1
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2021 Aragon World Supersport FP1 Result: Tuuli Quickest On Lone MV Agusta

Nikki Tuuli, the lone MV Agusta on the grid, set the quickest time ahead of the Yahama of Steven Odendaal and the Kawasaki of Philipp Oettl. Jules Cluzel was fourth quickest, ahead of five other Yamahas. With the MV Agusta the only triple-cylinder machine on the grid, until the proposed changes next year bring Triumph triples and Ducati twins to the battle, this might be its last year to leave its mark on the championship.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 66 N. TUULI MV Agusta F3 675 1'54.394   264,7
2 4 S. ODENDAAL Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.467 0.073 272,0
3 5 P. OETTL Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'54.828 0.434 268,0
4 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.047 0.653 268,7
5 94 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.081 0.687 264,1
6 77 D. AEGERTER Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.330 0.936 262,8
7 71 C. BERGMAN Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.475 1.081 265,4
8 70 M. ALCOBA Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.528 1.134 264,7
9 38 H. SOOMER Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.569 1.175 263,4
10 3 R. DE ROSA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'55.673 1.279 268,7
11 23 D. PIZZOLI Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.855 1.461 262,8
12 22 F. FULIGNI Yamaha YZF R6 1'55.999 1.605 266,0
13 95 V. TAKALA Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.303 1.909 264,1
14 81 M. GONZALEZ Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.385 1.991 270,0
15 29 L. BERNARDI Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.426 2.032 266,7
16 34 K. MANFREDI Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.712 2.318 259,6
17 6 M. HERRERA Yamaha YZF R6 1'56.795 2.401 263,4
18 2 L. MONTELLA Yamaha YZF R6 1'57.085 2.691 267,3
19 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 1'57.145 2.751 256,5
20 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'57.331 2.937 267,3
21 84 M. FABRIZIO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'57.593 3.199 262,8
22 99 D. WEBB Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.059 3.665 260,2
23 19 P. SZKOPEK Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.146 3.752 257,8
24 42 S. FROSSARD Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.223 3.829 262,1
25 55 G. HENDRA PRATAMA Yamaha YZF R6 1'58.323 3.929 264,1
26 24 L. TACCINI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'59.621 5.227 265,4
27 45 S. KAWASAKI Kawasaki ZX-6R 2'02.053 7.659 260,9
Round Number: 
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2021 Aragon World Superbike FP1 Result: Razgatlioglu Leads Davies

World Superbike 2021 opens with Toprak Razgatlioglu setting the quickest time in the first session. The only rider in the 1'49s, he held off satellite Ducati rider Chaz Davies. American Garrett Gerloff was third quickest ahead of Kawasaki's Alex Lowes. Title favourites Jonathan Rea and Scott Redding were seventh and eleventh quickest respectively.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.952   306,8
2 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'50.260 0.308 312,1
3 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1'50.442 0.490 310,3
4 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'50.498 0.546 305,9
5 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'50.741 0.789 305,9
6 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'50.834 0.882 314,0
7 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 1'50.842 0.890 307,7
8 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'50.907 0.955 312,1
9 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 1'50.966 1.014 314,0
10 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'51.049 1.097 318,6
11 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'51.203 1.251 308,6
12 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'51.245 1.293 310,3
13 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 1'51.285 1.333 309,5
14 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 1'51.376 1.424 302,5
15 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 1'51.428 1.476 313,0
16 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'51.584 1.632 310,3
17 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 1'51.902 1.950 303,4
18 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 1'51.952 2.000 303,4
19 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'52.139 2.187 304,2
20 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'52.290 2.338 300,0
21 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'55.769 5.817 301,7
22 76 S. CAVALIERI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'56.076 6.124 293,5
23 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'57.673 7.721 296,7
Round Number: 
1
2021
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2021 Le Mans MotoE Race Result: Action All Around

After the chaos of MotoGP, the MotoE class got to enjoy almost fully dry conditions, but that did not stop riders crashing as early as the sighting lap, which took Miquel Pons and Andrea Mantovani out of contention. Amongst the people who actually got to start the race, Eric Granado made a good start from pole but soon had Dominique Aegerter and Alessandro Zaccone breathing down his neck and demoting him all the way to sixth spot by the end of the first lap.

Aegerter started lap 2 at the front but there were attacks all around him and the lead changed hands several times, given there were barely any gaps in the leading group. Hikari Okubo briefly held top spot but soon abandoned the fight in a tangle with fellow rookie Fermín Aldeguer on lap 3. Lap 4 saw Zaccone take the turn at the front from Aegerter and Lukas Tulovic, with Jordi Torres and Granado in the top five, while Casadei admirably joined a leading group of 8 despite a poor starting position in 16th.

Zaccone was the first rider to hold onto the lead for one full lap, although not through a lack of trying from Aegerter, while Granado had climbed into fourth and was claiming third from Tulovic at Garage Vert with 2 laps remaining. The Brazilian’s next victim was rival Aegerter at the final corner and the poleman started the final lap chasing down Zaccone for the win.

Zaccone made it all the way to the final lap in charge of proceedings and Granado could not make a move stick at turn 6 but he got one last opportunity at turn 13 and despite Zaccone responding at the final corner, Granado got the better exit to claim victory. Zaccone fought to the end but crossed the finish line second, although a track limits infringement dropped him one position to third. Casadei got promoted to second, having finished third after a late tangle between Aegerter and Tulovic on the final lap, which dropped the Swiss rider to fourth, ahead of Torres and Yonny Hernandez.

Zaccone keeps the lead in the cup standings, 8 points ahead of Casadei and Aegerter, while Granado climbs into fourth, 13 points down on the leader, one less than Torres.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 51 Eric Granado Energica 12'23.012
2 27 Mattia Casadei Energica +0.306
3 61 Alessandro Zaccone Energica +0.253
4 77 Dominique Aegerter Energica +0.532
5 40 Jordi Torres Energica +0.640
6 68 Yonny Hernandez Energica +0.900
7 3 Lukas Tulovic Energica +1.045
8 11 Matteo Ferrari Energica +1.751
9 19 Corentin Perolari Energica +4.727
10 6 Maria Herrera Energica +4.999
11 21 Kevin Zannoni Energica +15.509
12 14 Andre Pires Energica +29.350
13 18 Xavi Cardelus Energica +29.485
14 80 Jasper Iwema Energica +37.419
15 54 Fermín Aldeguer Energica +1'06.915
Not Classified
  78 Hikari Okubo Energica 5 Laps
Not Starting
  71 Miquel Pons Energica 0 Lap
  9 Andrea Mantovani Energica 0 Lap
Round Number: 
2
2021
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2021 Le Mans MotoGP Race Result: Fun With Flags

A quick glimpse at the sky from the starting grid must have looked like the worst but possibly most exciting scenario for the premier class race, with dry asphalt under their tyres but 50 shades of cloud cover over their heads. The prophecy became reality shortly after the lights went out and the first flag to flag race in a considerable amount of time provided us with an unpredictable show to match the unpredictable weather. The winner was perhaps the most predictable element, Jack Miller claiming a second consecutive victory but not without a long series of obstacles thrown his way. Four seconds kept Johann Zarco from victory on home soil but it was a superb showing from the local favourites, with Fabio Quartararo making it a French double on the podium.

Given the dry start, it was to be expected that Miller would make the best launch off the line, ahead of Maverick Viñales and poleman Quartararo, followed into turn 1 by the Honda trio of Takaaki Nakagami, Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro, with some friendly fire between them at turn 7. However, a big moment for Pol out of turn 10 pushed him to the bottom of the top 10, behind Joan Mir and allowing Alex Rins to claim sixth, after a fifth row start for the Suzuki men. The drama was not over for Espargaro as he nearly tangled with Franco Morbidelli and the Italian abandoned the race at turn 11. Meanwhile, Zarco had made a sluggish start and was out of the top 10 after the first couple of laps.

Back at the front, Viñales did not let Miller get away and took the lead at turn 6, after a mistake from the Australian, while Quartararo bided his time behind them. A similar mistake from Marc Marquez at turn 7 allowed Nakagami and Rins past in the battle for fourth, which was taking place one second behind the leaders. Before that battle could run its course however, drops of rain started to appear on their visors on lap four.

Just as the rain flags started waving, allowing riders to swap bikes, the leading trio decided to engage in battle and Quartararo took control at turn 3, with Miller striking back at turn 9, while Viñales lost some ground, allowing Rins and Marquez to join the victory battle and dropping five seconds behind them. Conditions got really sketchy on lap 5, with tarmac getting pitch black in parts and Miller was the first to make a mistake and go wide, rejoining in fourth place before everyone went into pitlane for their change. When I say everyone, I mean everyone bar Mir, who crashed before making it near pitlane.

Marc Marquez was predictably the quickest to make the swap and the Spaniard left pitlane first, showing the way to Quartararo, who in the rush of his first ever flag to flag race almost grabbed his teammate’s bike. However, the Frenchman did admirably to keep up with Marquez, while Rins made the first mistake on rain tyres and crashed out at turn 4 to complete a truly horrendous weekend for Suzuki. Quartararo was the only rider to keep up with Marquez, with Miller five seconds back but in the rush to get back on track, both him and teammate Pecco Bagnaia were handed a double long lap penalty for speeding in pitlane.

Marquez kept Quartararo one second behind, while Miller was closing in on the duo but was yet to serve his penalty. Nakagami was a massive 13 seconds down the road, while Zarco led the chasing pack another 4 seconds behind, including the likes of Alex Marquez – who had started 19th – Pol Espargaro, Valentino Rossi and Aleix Espargaro. Bagnaia was 11th and with the penalty yet to serve, it looked unlikely that he would keep the championship lead at that stage.

Marquez did well to lead the way for the next few laps but could not do anything to keep the rear in check at the final corner and crashed out of the lead at the end of lap 8, rejoining down in 18th. Quartararo was left in charge of proceedings, while Miller kept second position after serving his penalty laps and was steadily closing in on the Frenchman as rain was calming down. The Australian made his move at turn 6 on lap 12 and things got worse for Quartararo as he immediately had a long lap penalty to serve for the questionable bike swap causing havoc in pitlane. With the massive 16 seconds gap to Nakagami, the Frenchman kept second position but lost 4 seconds on the leader. Behind them, Zarco was getting up to speed and closing the gap to Nakagami to claim the final podium spot at the halfway mark of the race, while Alex Marquez, Aleix Espargaro, Danilo Petrucci and Pol Espargaro where not within striking distance of each other at that stage. At the bottom of the top 10, old teammates Rossi and Viñales were preparing to engage in battle for the final half of the race. The battle was short lived though, as the Italian was soon overtaken by both Viñales and Bagnaia. Marquez was the fastest man on track by far and was knocking at the doors of the top 10 once more after Espargaro’s Aprilia fizzled out with 11 laps to go, but the Honda man had 15 seconds to recover on Rossi. The gap was coming down but he was forced to give up on the dream comeback after another tumble at turn 6.

While Miller continued untroubled at the top, rain had stopped and teams started warming up bikes in pitlane. Five seconds behind the leader, Quartararo was soon going to have another headache, as compatriot Zarco rapidly closed the gap to a mere second with 7 laps remaining and breezed past the Yamaha rider at turn 1 one lap later. A long way behind the podium battle, Alex Marquez took control of the fight for fourth from Petrucci and Nakagami, but with Bagnaia picking up the pace at the back of that small group. The Italian made quick work of Nakagami and Petrucci and Alex Marquez could not resist the Ducati much longer either, unable to keep up with its speed along the main straight with 4 laps remaining.

Although Zarco showed some excellent late race speed, Miller maintained his gap at the front until the checkered flag to take consecutive victories, while Quartararo just about held onto third after Bagnaia’s late charge. Petrucci enjoyed the return to the scene of his last victory and got a great fifth place out of it, while Alex Marquez, Nakagami and Pol Espargaro joined the top 7 in a bittersweet day for Honda. Iker Lecuona got the best of Viñales at the final turn, with Rossi finishing ahead of brother Luca Marini in 11th position.

Quartararo holding onto third place also meant he reclaims the championship lead from Bagnaia by one point, while Zarco climbs into third, 12 points behind his compatriot and only four ahead of Miller.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 43 Jack Miller Ducati 47'25.473
2 5 Johann Zarco Ducati +3.970
3 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha +14.468
4 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati +16.172
5 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM +21.430
6 73 Alex Marquez Honda +23.509
7 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda +30.164
8 44 Pol Espargaro Honda +35.221
9 27 Iker Lecuona KTM +40.432
10 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha +40.577
11 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha +42.198
12 10 Luca Marini Ducati +52.408
13 33 Brad Binder KTM +59.377
14 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati +1'02.224
15 53 Tito Rabat Ducati +1'09.651
16 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 4 Laps
Not Classified
  93 Marc Marquez Honda 10 Laps
  41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 12 Laps
  88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 15 Laps
  42 Alex Rins Suzuki 15 Laps
  32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 16 Laps
  36 Joan Mir Suzuki 23 Laps
Round Number: 
5
2021
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2021 Le Mans Moto2 Race Result: Start As You Mean To Go On

After a capricious weekend at Le Mans, the intermediate class got to enjoy a dry race without the threat of rain but it was a double-edged sword, as they had enjoyed limited dry track time throughout the weekend. Regardless, first-time poleman Raul Fernandez was not intimidated by the conditions and rode a perfect race to score his second victory of the season ahead of Remy Gardner, the Australian returning to the podium after a blip in Jerez, although he fought hard to keep his championship lead by only one point from his impressive rookie teammate.  Marco Bezzecchi had no answer to the late pace of the Red Bull KTM Ajo machines and had to settle for the final podium position.

Bezzechi had made the better start off the line from poleman Fernandez and with Aron Canet and Joe Roberts trading third place early on, but a mid-pack contact between Gardner and Xavi Vierge at turn 3 allowed a handful of riders to stretch a bit of a gap at the front, dropping Gardner to 9th. Bezzecchi in turn stretched a slight gap to Raul Fernandez and namesake Augusto Fernandez, but the leaders’ group soon got halved after a big tumble at turn 9 for Canet and with Augusto Fernandez following his example at turn 11 on the second lap. Bezzecchi could not preserve his advantage at the front but only Roberts and Raul Fernandez were able to keep up with him, while Bo Bendsneyder dropped a second and a half behind the leaders, followed a big group led by Hector Garzo and including Sam Lowes and Gardner. However, that group also reduced when Lowes went down at turn 8, taking out Vierge when his overtake attempt went wrong.

There were nervy moments at the front as we well, where Roberts touched Bezzecchi’s rear tyre at turn 9 and it punished him hard with a fast trip to the gravel trap on lap five, while an unsettled Bezzecchi got overtaken by Fernandez. The busy first few laps left the duo alone at the front but their colleagues made sure not to let them feel lonely, as the group behind was pushing to reduce the gap to under a second, led by Bendsneyder and including Gardner and a fast starting Arbolino, who make quick progress from 19th on the grid.

Fernandez was keen to extend his lead at the front, which grew to over a second by lap 9 but Bezzecchi was about to come under attack from the fast trio of Bendsneyder, Gardner and Arbolino. Fabio Di Giannantonio was another two seconds behind but building up towards a long lap penalty for causing a crash for Hector Garzo. Once the Italian served his penalty, it turned the podium battle into a five-man affair, with Marcel Schrotter left six seconds down the road.

Fernandez’s advantage kept steady at the one second mark towards the halfway point of the race but the four men behind him were just as fast and Gardner and Arbolino looked particularly keen to find a way past Bendsneyder to join the provisional podium. They seemed to take a bit long but Gardner made his move at turn 11 with 10 laps remaining and Arbolino followed suit when they next reached turn 9. Gardner quickly recovered the one second gap to Bezzecchi and the Italian handed him second place with a mistake at Garage Vert with 7 laps remaining, while Arbolino did not seem to have the pace to keep up with the duo.

Fernandez continued to lead quite comfortably, keeping a gap of one second over his teammate, who was dropping Bezzecchi behind. The Italian was too busy keeping an eye on track limits after a warning with three laps remaining but was well clear of Arbolino. Fernandez never came under threat and took the checkered flag safely ahead of Gardner, with Bezzecchi securing third and rookie Arbolino a fine fourth place. Although he missed out on the podium battle, Bendsneyder will be satisfied with fifth, while Marcel Schrotter came on top in the late battle for sixth, ahead of Ai Ogura. Di Giannantonio did a stupendous job to climb into eighth place after serving two long lap penalties, including a botched first attempt. Simone Corsi and Jorge Navarro rounded out the top ten positions.

Gardner keeps the lead in the world championship by only one point from teammate Fernandez, while Bezzecchi climbs into third, 17 points down, dropping Lowes to fourth, 23 points behind the leader.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 40'46.101
2 87 Remy Gardner Kalex +1.490
3 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex +4.599
4 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex +7.503
5 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex +11.887
6 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex +27.829
7 79 Ai Ogura Kalex +27.975
8 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex +28.112
9 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta +28.204
10 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro +28.432
11 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex +28.989
12 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex +28.749
13 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex +29.316
14 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex +31.605
15 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro +32.080
16 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS +32.571
17 70 Barry Baltus NTS +33.309
18 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta +39.036
19 96 Jake Dixon Kalex +41.069
20 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex +45.599
21 10 Tommaso Marcon MV Agusta +1'19.160
Not Classified
  6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 5 Laps
  12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 11 Laps
  40 Hector Garzo Kalex 19 Laps
  16 Joe Roberts Kalex 21 Laps
  97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 22 Laps
  22 Sam Lowes Kalex 22 Laps
  62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 23 Laps
  2 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro 23 Laps
  37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 24 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
  44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 0 Lap
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5
2021
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2021 Le Mans Moto3 Race Result: The Chaos Of Moto3 With The Gaps of Moto2

After the deluge of the warm up session, asphalt was well drenched ahead of the lightweight class race but sun was peeking out and riders were prepared for a race of survival in changing conditions. The result was an unusual race with pretty big gaps by Moto3 standards and with most of the drama unfolding in the frantic first few laps but one man who kept his head cool to take a surprise victory was Sergio Garcia. The Spaniard led the way for most of the race and kept Filip Salac at bay to step onto the highest step of the podium. Salac had a brief go at victory but settled for second and a maiden pole in the world championship. Although he started on the front row of the grid, it was still a surprise to see Riccardo Rossi lift the final trophy on offer, the Italian achieving his first podium in Moto3 after a lonely ride to third.

The start of the race told a different tale, with poleman Andrea Migno making a good start off the line to keep the lead from Jaume Masia and Rossi but going too hot into turn 3 left Masia in charge. It looked like Niccolò Antonelli would finish the first lap in the lead, but the Italian crashed at the final corner and left Salac in charge of proceedings – a big mistake that would ultimately prove costly for his championship position. Tatsuki Suzuki, Jeremy Alcoba, Gabriel Rodrigo and most significantly Jaume Masia soon followed Antonelli’s example and joined the various gravel traps around the track, which helped Pedro Acosta climb up to 5th by lap 3, having started 21st on the grid. However, the rookie also made his first big mistake this season when he slid out that same lap at dreaded turn 3, rejoining back where he started, in 21st spot and having it all to do all over again.

While cameras were busy with the multitude of crash replays, Garcia started lap 3 in the lead and together with Salac, managed to extend a lead of three seconds. Rossi was also stretching a one second gap over Ayumu Sasaki and John McPhee, while Ryusei Yamanaka led a big group over six seconds behind the top 5 riders. Acosta had four seconds to find to join that group, climbing up to 16th by lap 6.

Garcia continued to set a hot pace at the front, as the asphalt was steadily hotting up, with only Salac able to match his pace but the Spaniard did not look all that steady on his wet tyres. Rossi was running a pretty lonely race almost five seconds behind them by lap 7, with Sasaki and McPhee still holding hopes of a podium two seconds behind the Italian. The next group 13 seconds down the road occupied positions 6 to 15, with Acosta the last man in that pack and moving back into point scoring positions.

Back at the front, Garcia stretched a one second advantage on Salac by lap 9, which he was slowly increasing and status quo was maintained in the rest of the top 5. Behind them however, Darryn Binder fell victim to infamous turn 3 on that lap, crashing out of the lead of the big battle for sixth position, leaving rookies Adrian Fernandez, who had started 26th, and Xavier Artigas, who started last, in charge of that fight, while Acosta was knocking on the doors of the top 10 at the halfway point of the race.

Salac entered the second half of the race with the fastest lap to his name and quickly reduced the gap to the leader to half a second, forcing Garcia to pick up the pace again. The Snipers rider took advantage of Garcia running wide at Garage Vert to take over the lead but the Spaniard was not keen to give it up and reclaimed top spot into turn 1, immediately extending a one second gap over the following lap. Meanwhile, Rossi was untroubled in third, while McPhee waited until the final six laps to show a wheel to Sasaki and claim fourth spot at turn 13. 15 seconds down the road, Fernandez and Artigas held station and were five seconds away from coming under threat from Acosta, but with only 6 laps remaining, it seemed like a big and risky ask for the championship leader to get any further up the timesheets.

Garcia continued his streak of red sector times at the front and kept Salac at a relatively safe 1.5 seconds until the checkered flag, while McPhee was trying to catch up with Rossi to make it a battle for the final podium position. The gap reduced to one second for the final lap but the Italian dropped the fastest lap of the race to cross the finish line a second and a half ahead of the Scotsman. Sasaki took a solid top five, followed by rookies Fernandez and Artigas. Acosta did a great job to save an eighth place after a tricky weekend, while Deniz Öncü and Romano Fenati completed the top 10 and poleman Migno dropped to 11th after a big moment with two laps remaining.

Acosta’s recovery and his rivals’ misfortune extends his lead in the world championship standings to 54 points, with race winner Garcia becoming his main challenger, two points ahead of Migno and with Fenati another point back.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 42'21.172
2 12 Filip Salac Honda +2.349
3 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM +5.589
4 17 John McPhee Honda +7.158
5 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM +14.882
6 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna +27.279
7 43 Xavier Artigas Honda +27.408
8 37 Pedro Acosta KTM +29.880
9 53 Deniz Öncü KTM +35.098
10 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna +36.616
11 16 Andrea Migno Honda +42.347
12 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM +42.739
13 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM +42.756
14 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS +50.891
15 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda +52.753
16 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM +53.054
17 82 Stefano Nepa KTM +53.568
18 7 Dennis Foggia Honda +1'18.995
19 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda +1'19.103
20 40 Darryn Binder Honda +1'54.124
21 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1 Lap
22 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 4 Laps
Not Classified
  99 Carlos Tatay KTM 8 Laps
  32 Takuma Matsuyama Honda 19 Laps
  2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 20 Laps
  5 Jaume Masia KTM 21 Laps
  24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 21 Laps
  23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 21 Laps
Round Number: 
5
2021
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2021 Le Mans MotoGP Warm Up Result: Petrucci Thrives In The Wet

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'44.515    
2 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'44.794 0.279 0.279
3 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'45.048 0.533 0.254
4 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'45.105 0.590 0.057
5 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'45.369 0.854 0.264
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'45.369 0.854  
7 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'45.370 0.855 0.001
8 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'45.443 0.928 0.073
9 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'45.476 0.961 0.033
10 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'45.512 0.997 0.036
11 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'45.822 1.307 0.310
12 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'46.058 1.543 0.236
13 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'46.127 1.612 0.069
14 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'46.176 1.661 0.049
15 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'46.237 1.722 0.061
16 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'46.345 1.830 0.108
17 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'46.702 2.187 0.357
18 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'46.756 2.241 0.054
19 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'46.986 2.471 0.230
20 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'47.530 3.015 0.544
21 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'47.957 3.442 0.427
22 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'48.251 3.736 0.294
Round Number: 
5
2021
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