MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2021 Barcelona MotoGP FP2 Result: Zarco Demotes Morbidelli

A still overcast Barcelona circuit set the scene for the second practice session of the day but given the improved conditions and the extra handful of experience on the revised layout, FP1 times were quick to tumble. Franco Morbidelli claimed top spot early in the session and went unchallenged until the final time attack, when Johann Zarco snuck ahead by two hundredths of a second, both riders also looking strong on pace. Fabio Quartararo trailed his former teammate by a tenth and was thereabouts on rhythm, while Brad Binder in fourth place was the last rider to post a time within half a second of the leader.

Pecco Bagnaia and Maverick Viñales kept close and consistent, less than a tenth of a second ahead of Jack Miller. Enea Bastianini impressed in 8th place, the rookie only 7 tenths off top spot and ahead of the much more experienced FP1 leader, Aleix Espargaro. Pol Espargaro posted an identical time to his brother around their favourite playground and grabbed the final position in the provisional top 10.

Takaaki Nakagami missed out by half a tenth, while the top 16 positions were covered by one second. That also included the likes of Miguel Oliveira, who started the session with some dirt-tracking at turn 10 and finished it down in 14th after being the only rider to tackle the time attack on hard tyres. Marc Marquez was also alone in his decision to run a medium rear for the shootout and following Joan Mir around only helped him in finishing ahead of the reigning world champion in 15th position. Valentino Rossi ended the day 19th, over a second and a half slower than the leader and hoping for a much better Saturday.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'39.235    
2 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'39.256 0.021 0.021
3 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'39.401 0.166 0.145
4 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'39.662 0.427 0.261
5 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'39.760 0.525 0.098
6 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'39.821 0.586 0.061
7 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'39.914 0.679 0.093
8 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'39.977 0.742 0.063
9 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'39.983 0.748 0.006
10 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'39.983 0.748  
11 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'40.032 0.797 0.049
12 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'40.060 0.825 0.028
13 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'40.094 0.859 0.034
14 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'40.096 0.861 0.002
15 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'40.120 0.885 0.024
16 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'40.150 0.915 0.030
17 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'40.251 1.016 0.101
18 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'40.690 1.455 0.439
19 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'40.836 1.601 0.146
20 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'40.981 1.746 0.145
21 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'41.243 2.008 0.262
Round Number: 
7
2021
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2021 Barcelona Moto3 FP2 Result: Rodrigo Takes Top Spot

The second set of practice sessions started with clouds scattered around the track, to match the scattering of fans in the stands. The latter was much more welcomed than the former but rain kept away and riders got plenty of time to work on their pace and their place in the top 14. Gabriel Rodrigo set camp at the top of the timing screens early on but there were no significant improvements on the combined standings until the quick shootout at the end of the session. Once red sectors started cropping up, it was Rodrigo once more who posted the first and only 1:47 time of the day and set the new lap record on the revised layout.

After a more subdued FP1, Darryn Binder came within eight hundredths of a second of top spot, followed by Romano Fenati and the first of the home boys, Izan Guevara. The rookie finished three hundredths of a second ahead of Ayumu Sasaki, with Jeremy Alcoba in sixth position as the final rider within half a second of the leader. Tatsuki Suzuki in 8th place infiltrated the Italian brigade completing the rest of the top 10, with Andrea Migno in 7th, Stefano Nepa 9th and Niccolò Antonelli 10th.

FP1 leader Sergio Garcia finished 11th in the session but only dropped to 7th overall courtesy of his morning benchmark, while the remaining provisional top 14 positions went to Riccardo Rossi, Pedro Acosta and Filip Salac, despite the Czech rider being only 22nd in the session. The likes of John McPhee, Jaume Masia and Dennis Foggia will be hoping to make their move on Saturday morning, much like Deniz Öncü, who took a tumble at turn 2 early in the session and missed out on the rest of the day’s action.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'47.950    
2 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'48.028 0.078 0.078
3 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'48.208 0.258 0.180
4 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'48.408 0.458 0.200
5 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'48.442 0.492 0.034
6 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'48.449 0.499 0.007
7 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'48.526 0.576 0.077
8 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'48.530 0.580 0.004
9 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'48.631 0.681 0.101
10 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'48.646 0.696 0.015
11 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'48.649 0.699 0.003
12 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'48.764 0.814 0.115
13 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'48.767 0.817 0.003
14 17 John McPhee Honda 1'48.968 1.018 0.201
15 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'49.456 1.506 0.488
16 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'49.458 1.508 0.002
17 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'49.472 1.522 0.014
18 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'49.675 1.725 0.203
19 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'49.771 1.821 0.096
20 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'49.884 1.934 0.113
21 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'49.964 2.014 0.080
22 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'49.971 2.021 0.007
23 32 Takuma Matsuyama Honda 1'50.019 2.069 0.048
24 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'50.130 2.180 0.111
25 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'50.167 2.217 0.037
26 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'50.641 2.691 0.474
27 22 Elia Bartolini KTM 1'50.664 2.714 0.023
28 96 Daniel Holgado KTM 1'50.969 3.019 0.305
Round Number: 
7
2021
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2021 Barcelona MotoE FP1 Result: Granado Gets Going

The MotoE cup returned to the paddock in Montmeló and fresh off his victory in Le Mans, Eric Granado was keen to head back to the top of the timesheets in FP1. The Brazilian topped the session by a tenth of a second from Jordi Torres and with Lukas Tulovic joining them in the top three. Yonny Hernandez held top spot for much of the session before dropping back to fourth, while Mattia Casadei joined the top five. Fermìn Aldeguer returned to the class after a short and reasonably successful outing in Moto2 and kept his speed to go sixth fastest in FP1, ahead of fellow rookie Miquel Pons. Cup leader Alessandro Zaccone finished the morning in 15th position, a second and a half slower than the leader and a couple tenths behind Dominique Aegerter, who was 13th.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 51 Eric Granado Energica 1'51.216    
2 40 Jordi Torres Energica 1'51.359 0.143 0.143
3 3 Lukas Tulovic Energica 1'51.400 0.184 0.041
4 68 Yonny Hernandez Energica 1'51.688 0.472 0.288
5 27 Mattia Casadei Energica 1'51.805 0.589 0.117
6 54 Fermín Aldeguer Energica 1'51.860 0.644 0.055
7 71 Miquel Pons Energica 1'51.930 0.714 0.070
8 6 Maria Herrera Energica 1'52.208 0.992 0.278
9 18 Xavi Cardelus Energica 1'52.214 0.998 0.006
10 78 Hikari Okubo Energica 1'52.251 1.035 0.037
11 11 Matteo Ferrari Energica 1'52.339 1.123 0.088
12 9 Andrea Mantovani Energica 1'52.408 1.192 0.069
13 77 Dominique Aegerter Energica 1'52.509 1.293 0.101
14 19 Corentin Perolari Energica 1'52.710 1.494 0.201
15 61 Alessandro Zaccone Energica 1'52.782 1.566 0.072
16 80 Jasper Iwema Energica 1'53.115 1.899 0.333
17 21 Kevin Zannoni Energica 1'54.541 3.325 1.426
18 14 Andre Pires Energica 1'56.247 5.031 1.706
Round Number: 
3
2021
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2021 Barcelona Moto2 FP1 Result: Augusto Fernandez Back In The Spotlight

The weather in Catalunya wasn’t quite as cheerful as we’re used to but despite the cloud cover, it was warm and dry for the intermediate class’ first outing. After top rookie Raul Fernandez held onto top spot on the timing screens for most of the morning, namesake Augusto Fernandez took over at the top in the closing stages. Teammate Sam Lowes also showed solid early pace as he climbed into second position, a tenth of a second behind his colleague, while Remy Gardner also got ahead of his teammate to claim third. Raul Fernandez dropped to fourth towards the end of FP1, while Marco Bezzecchi joined the top five.

Hector Garzo in sixth was half a second slower than the leader with a tiny gap keeping the Spaniard ahead of compatriot Xavi Vierge and his teammate Jake Dixon. Jorge Navarro rounded out the top 10, with Fabio Di Giannantonio missing out by seven hundredths of a second. The rest of the provisional top 14 positions were occupied by Marcel Schrotter, Nicolò Bulega and Aron Canet. Ai Ogura was the second best rookie in 15th spot, three hundredths of a second ahead of Joe Roberts.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'43.703    
2 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'43.853 0.150 0.150
3 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'43.856 0.153 0.003
4 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'43.904 0.201 0.048
5 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'44.077 0.374 0.173
6 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'44.242 0.539 0.165
7 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'44.274 0.571 0.032
8 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'44.356 0.653 0.082
9 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'44.361 0.658 0.005
10 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'44.437 0.734 0.076
11 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'44.439 0.736 0.002
12 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'44.471 0.768 0.032
13 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'44.553 0.850 0.082
14 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'44.722 1.019 0.169
15 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'44.729 1.026 0.007
16 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'44.765 1.062 0.036
17 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'44.862 1.159 0.097
18 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'44.875 1.172 0.013
19 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'44.875 1.172  
20 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'44.881 1.178 0.006
21 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'44.907 1.204 0.026
22 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'45.061 1.358 0.154
23 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'45.196 1.493 0.135
24 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'45.274 1.571 0.078
25 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'45.308 1.605 0.034
26 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'45.330 1.627 0.022
27 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'45.380 1.677 0.050
28 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'45.423 1.720 0.043
29 2 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro 1'45.513 1.810 0.090
30 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'45.544 1.841 0.031
31 81 Keminth Kubo Kalex 1'45.894 2.191 0.350
32 74 Piotr Biesiekirski Kalex 1'47.331 3.628 1.437
Round Number: 
7
2021
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2021 Barcelona MotoGP FP1 Result: Home Sweet Home For Aleix Espargaro

The paddock’s return to Barcelona was greeted with a light and innocent cloud cover and the first session went to one of the home favourites, with Aleix Espargaro demoting Franco Morbidelli from the top of the timesheets in the final couple of minutes of FP1. The Italian settled for second by two hundredths of a second, while Pol Espargaro also made a great start on home soil to climb into third. Maverick Viñales and Johann Zarco completed the top five, with championship leader Fabio Quartararo sixth and four tenths off the lead.

Miguel Oliveira was the lead KTM in seventh position while newly renewed teammate Brad Binder finished 20th. Reigning world champion Joan Mir and the Ducati duo of Jack Miller and Pecco Bagnaia rounded out the top 10 positions, with Takaaki Nakagami missing out by four hundredths of a second. Jorge Martin had a trouble-free return from injury to finish 12th, ahead of Marc Marquez, who inadvertently gave him a little tow to help improve his time. While the Pramac rider makes a long-awaited return, compatriot Alex Rins headed to the surgeon’s table after he crashed while cycling the track on Thursday and injured his arm.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'40.378    
2 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'40.402 0.024 0.024
3 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'40.751 0.373 0.349
4 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'40.753 0.375 0.002
5 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'40.767 0.389 0.014
6 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'40.853 0.475 0.086
7 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'40.927 0.549 0.074
8 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'40.960 0.582 0.033
9 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'40.991 0.613 0.031
10 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'41.085 0.707 0.094
11 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'41.134 0.756 0.049
12 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'41.185 0.807 0.051
13 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'41.208 0.830 0.023
14 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'41.254 0.876 0.046
15 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'41.267 0.889 0.013
16 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'41.357 0.979 0.090
17 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'41.363 0.985 0.006
18 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'41.437 1.059 0.074
19 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'41.464 1.086 0.027
20 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'41.512 1.134 0.048
21 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'41.744 1.366 0.232
Round Number: 
7
2021
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2021 Barcelona Moto3 FP1 Result: Garcia Brings It Home

The dust barely settled over the track in Mugello by the time engines were getting warmed up in Montmeló and the lightweight class were already back in action after a very difficult weekend. Sergio Garcia seemed to enjoy the return to familiar grounds, the Spaniard starting and ending FP1 at the top of the timesheets, two tenths of a second ahead of rookie teammate Izan Guevara. Filip Salac in third was the last rider within half a second of the leader, while John McPhee and Gabriel Rodrigo completed the top five.

Much like the Argentinian rider, Romano Fenati also briefly places his name at the top of the timing screens before dropping back to sixth place, with a small margin ahead of Mugello victor Dennis Foggia. Jaume Masia dropped one position to eighth after a late yellow flag infringement, while the Italian duo of Niccolò Antonelli and Stefano Nepa rounded out the top 10 positions.

Andrea Migno looked set to top the session in the final couple of minutes but a yellow flag infringement pushed him back to 15th place, while championship leader Pedro Acosta had a slower start down in 20th, over a second and a half behind his leading compatriot. Rival Darryn Binder ended the morning in 26th position, largely due to a late tumble at turn 5.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'48.467    
2 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'48.698 0.231 0.231
3 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'48.840 0.373 0.142
4 17 John McPhee Honda 1'48.999 0.532 0.159
5 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'49.041 0.574 0.042
6 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'49.062 0.595 0.021
7 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'49.160 0.693 0.098
8 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'49.243 0.776 0.083
9 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'49.265 0.798 0.022
10 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'49.295 0.828 0.030
11 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'49.351 0.884 0.056
12 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'49.422 0.955 0.071
13 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'49.426 0.959 0.004
14 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'49.587 1.120 0.161
15 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'49.597 1.130 0.010
16 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'49.633 1.166 0.036
17 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'49.693 1.226 0.060
18 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'49.852 1.385 0.159
19 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'49.965 1.498 0.113
20 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'50.069 1.602 0.104
21 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'50.486 2.019 0.417
22 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'50.520 2.053 0.034
23 32 Takuma Matsuyama Honda 1'50.870 2.403 0.350
24 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'50.892 2.425 0.022
25 96 Daniel Holgado KTM 1'51.040 2.573 0.148
26 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'51.688 3.221 0.648
27 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'51.765 3.298 0.077
28 22 Elia Bartolini KTM 1'54.306 5.839 2.541
Round Number: 
7
2021
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2021 Estoril World Superbike Race 2 Result: Hotting Up

World Superbike race two was the hottest race of the weekend. Twenty one laps of Estoril with less wind than plagued the races earlier.

As the lights went out, Toprak Razgatlioglu jumped the start and triggered Scott Redding who luckily caught the lights. Razgatlioglu  tried to make amends, but he lost four places into turn one. Redding led Jonathan Rea, Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Garrett Gerloff but went a little wide, leaving a gap that let Rinaldi sneak into, lifting Rea's Kawasaki and letting Razgatlioglu, Gerloff and Eugene Laverty pass him. 

On lap two, Michael Ruben Rinaldi took a tight line into turn six, but Garrett Gerloff behind him ran out of track, grabbed the brake, started a mini slapper and ploughed into the Ducati's rear, ending the race for the pair of them and opening another investigation. Toprak Razgatlioglu, right behind Scott Redding, had a gap of a second over Jonathan Rea when he got his penalty for jumping the start; two long lap penalties. 

A long lap penalty, new in World Superbike for 2021, is a small strip of track outside a corner that requires a rider to thread the needle to complete the loop. This adds in the region of two and a half seconds, if the rider gets it right; a significant improvement on the old ride through penalty that required a sojourn through the pits at limiter speed. 

"The Long Lap Penalty is a new introduction to WorldSBK and is available as a penalty to the WorldSBK stewards for infringements that are deemed to be punishable. Available at selected rounds and circuits, a rider who is given a Long Lap Penalty will have to ride through a section of track, outlined clearly, that extends the length of the lap for that rider."

Toprak Razgatlioglu had the foresight to practice the penalty loop in an earlier qualifying session, and on lap five, as Jonathan Rea closed in to Scott Redding, Razgatlioglu took his first penalty and returned to the race in fourth place, behind Chaz Davies and in front of Alex Lowes. A lap later, he took his second penalty, ending up in sixth place, splitting Andrea Locatelli and Michael van der Mark. Over the next few laps, Razgatlioglu passed Locatelli and pulled him and van der Mark up to Lowes, hounding the fourth-placed man, and on lap nine, Razgatlioglu took fourth place from Lowes, over four seconds behind Davies.

At half race distance, Jonathan Rea's SC0 tyre started to look like it might pay off, as he closed the gap a tenth of a second a lap to Scott Redding, but Redding's technique of scrubbing speed, crashing the apex and powering out worked well to hold off Jonathan Rea's tighter corner speed technique, as the point at which Rea could take an advantage had a dirty great red bike in the way, sweeping to the apex, every time he tried. 

On lap fifteen, Jonathan Rea found a way to pass, diving I to turn one, but Rea kept his cool and switched back to the inside line on the power in turn two. A few turns later, Redding took his wide line but couldn't get to the apex and Rea snuck under him to take the lead. Redding then went for a gap on a tightening left hander and ran out of grip as he had to add braking to avoid Rea in front of him. Redding slid off into the gravel, the front running out of grip, and struggled to get back on the track, eventually recovering in sixteenth place.

Jonathan Rea lost time in the fight with Scott Redding which allowed Chaz Davies to close to within a second or so. Davies had a comfortable gap behind him, with Toprak Razgatlioglu settled into third place five seconds behind, with almost two seconds to go to Alex Lowes behind him. 

The three leading riders all maintained their pace and ticked off the last few laps without incident or progress, and Jonathan Rea won his second race of the day, ahead of Chaz Davies and Toprak Razgatlioglu. Alex Lowes finished in fourth place, clear of Andrea Locatelli and Michael van der Mark. Scott Redding finished in fourteenth place.

Redding's crash, with Razgatlioglu's third place drops him down to third in the championship. Jonathan Rea leads Razgatlioglu by thirty five points, with Scott Redding one point further back. Alex Lowes and Chaz Davies round out the top five with Garrett Gerloff's crash relegating him to sixth place.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 2.787
3 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 6.697
4 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 12.401
5 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 14.011
6 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 15.189
7 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 15.899
8 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 21.628
9 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 23.257
10 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 25.344
11 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 26.525
12 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 28.227
13 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 29.878
14 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 38.162
15 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 38.911
16 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 39.128
17 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 1'03.983
18 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'07.458
RET 76 S. CAVALIERI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 4 Laps
RET 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 19 Laps
RET 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 20 Laps
RET 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 20 Laps
Round Number: 
2
2021
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2021 Mugello MotoGP Race Result: A Fitting Tribute

A minute’s silence for the heart-wrenching loss of Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier was the most touching and unsettling way to start the premier class race and it was equally poignant to see Fabio Quartararo stop at turn 9 to dedicate his outstanding victory to the Swiss rider. The poleman was untouchable throughout the 23 laps, after his only rival on paper abandoned the fight early on and Ducati were left to ponder “what if...”. The rest of the podium positions were settled after a game of musical chairs due to track limits infringements for both podium men on the final lap. In the end, Miguel Oliveira turned his best qualifying of the season into second place on the podium and the best placement for a KTM around Mugello, while reigning world champion Joan Mir makes his return to the podium in third.

After a bit of pre-race track action that saw Enea Bastianini bump into the back of Johann Zarco as they were lining up on the grid, the race got underway without the Italian and with the Frenchman pencilling in an appointment with race direction. Blissfully unaware of all that, Quartararo put his brand new holeshot device to good use but it was still no competition for the Ducati, Pecco Bagnaia arriving at San Donato ahead of the poleman. Oliveira had also made an excellent start to trail the favourites ahead of Zarco, Jack Miller, Brad Binder, Mir and Alex Rins, while second row starter Aleix Espargaro dropped to 9th, ahead of Marc Marquez. Having started 13th after the underwhelming drama of qualifying, Maverick Viñales dropped to 16th after the start. The other party to that story didn’t get much luckier either, Marquez tumbling out of contention on the second lap at turn three and giving his shoulder some extra rest.

Before the replays could catch up with the former world champion’s adventures, Pecco Bagnaia unwittingly decided to follow his elder's example and crashed out at Arrabbiata 2 on that same lap, with much bigger repercussions on the world championship. Despite watching his main rival abandon ship early on, Quartararo did not have the win handed on a plate, as Zarco picked up the baton for Ducati and immediately challenged his compatriot. The Frenchmen traded places over the next couple of laps, with Oliveira, Miller and the Suzukis as patient observers for the time being. Aleix Espargaro and Binder dropped about a second back, with the rest of the field almost two seconds behind, which was particularly worrying for Viñales, who was still 12th and about six seconds off the lead already.

Quartararo seemed to have the upper hand in the battle of the Frenchmen, stretching an eight-tenth gap by lap 6, but Zarco kept reducing the distance on the main straight. Oliveira seemed to be the only rider able to keep up with the leaders in the early stages, as Miller dropped a second back while under attack from the Suzukis and relying on straight line speed to get back ahead of them after every overtake. Rins eventually made a move stick early on lap 8 and Mir followed his example later in the lap, encouraging Binder to come through as well. Left down in 7th position and behind a rapid KTM, Miller couldn’t reply going into turn 1 next time around. While losing them ground on the leading trio, the exchanges also allowed Binder and Aleix Espargaro to join the fun.

Meanwhile, Quartararo extended his advantage at the front to over two seconds from Zarco and Oliveira by lap 10, while the Suzuki-led chasing group had another two seconds to find to join the podium festivities. Other than the occasional swap between Mir and Rins, status quo was maintained for the next few laps and the Suzuki men were still steadily closing the gap to the podium positions, leaving Binder, Miller and Aleix Espargaro behind.

Quartararo looked like he was running away with it by the halfway stage of proceedings, his gap always increasing and comfortably over three seconds ahead of the enlarging battle for second, where Zarco and Oliveira were soon to be joined by Mir and Rins. The Suzukis completely bridged the gap with 8 laps remaining and Oliveira promptly moved into second as he sensed the threat. Zarco held onto the final podium position only one more lap, until Mir attacked at turn 11 but the Pramac man was slightly more successful in keeping Rins at bay for the next couple of laps, the Spaniard only making a move stick with 5 laps remaining. Once he got that job done, Rins pushed to catch up with his teammate but didn’t get to complete that lap and crashed out at the final corner.

With Quartararo almost entering another time zone at the front, all eyes were on the battle for second for the final couple of laps, where Mir was looking for a way around Oliveira while Zarco didn't seemed completely out of podium contention just yet. The final lap came and went without any opportunity for Mir to attack and the trio maintained position until the checkered flag. The track limits curse hit the podium in all three classes today and saw Oliveira get demoted one position for exceeding track limits on the last lap but then Mir was found to have committed the same minor infraction so the original order was reinstated. Zarco missed out on the podium by half a second, with Binder, Miller and Aleix Espargaro crossing the line with considerable distance between them. Benefitting from a late crash from Takaaki Nakagami, Viñales advanced to eighth place, with Danilo Petrucci and Valentino Rossi completing the top 10 in an underwhelming day for the home team.

Quartararo’s joy and Bagnaia’s despair means that the Frenchman heads into round 7 with a 24 point advantage and with Zarco as his main challenger. Bagnaia drops 26 points back, with Miller fourth on a 31 point deficit and Mir climbing into fifth at minus 40.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 41'16.344
2 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM +2.592
3 36 Joan Mir Suzuki +3.000
4 5 Johann Zarco Ducati +3.535
5 33 Brad Binder KTM +4.903
6 43 Jack Miller Ducati +6.233
7 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia +8.030
8 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha +17.239
9 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM +23.296
10 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha +25.146
11 27 Iker Lecuona KTM +25.152
12 44 Pol Espargaro Honda +26.059
13 51 Michele Pirro Ducati +26.182
14 73 Alex Marquez Honda +29.400
15 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia +32.378
16 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha +37.906
17 10 Luca Marini Ducati +50.306
Not Classified
  30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 4 Laps
  42 Alex Rins Suzuki 5 Laps
  63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 22 Laps
  93 Marc Marquez Honda 22 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
  23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 0 Lap
Round Number: 
6
2021
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2021 Estoril World Supersport Race 2 Result: More Close Racing

World Supersport's last race of the weekend would be, yet again, a close affair. 

Federico Caricasulo led into the first turn, but Philipp Oettl and Steven Odendaal snuck underneath him to push him to third. Raffaele de Rosa, Jules Cluzel and Can Oncu were behind them. 

Philipp Oettl set the fastest lap but couldn't shake the riders behind him, with everyone in the top nine in the same group, until the end of the lap when Federico Caricasulo dropped off the leading two to head what was now the second peloton. Dominique Aegerter in the middle of the second group set the fastest lap. Raffaele de Rosa took third place off Caricasulo into turn one, with Jules Cluzel behind him, defending his line from Aegerter behind him.

Raffaele de Rosa set the fastest lap as Dominique Aegerter took fifth from Jules Cluzel. Steven Odendaal had a Kawasaki ahead of him and behind him, with Philipp Oettl and Raffaele de Rosa on either end, covered by under half a second. Caricasulo was now over a second behind the podium places, with Aegerter and Cluzel hungering to get past.At the start of lap seven, two tenths of a second covered the leading trio as Aegerter took fourth place from Caricasulo. 

On lap nine, Aegerter started to close on the leading trio, leaving fifth-placed Caricasulo to hold up the riders behind him. Aegerter made the leading group four-long, and less than half a second covered the group. In spite of his pace, Aegerter couldn't pass any riders in front, with the tight group covered only by a third of a second. Aegerter attempted a pass for third place, but de Rosa held off the brakes just a touch longer. 

Lap twelve, and less than two tenths covered the four leading bikes, and as they slipstreamed in to the first turn, Raffaele de Rosa slipped under two bikes, and took the lead, followed by Philipp Oettl on the second Kawasaki. Oettl and de Rosa swapped places, and Aegerter took second off de Rosa at the timing beam, bit couldn't hold second place into the first turn. Jules Cluzel finally despatched Federico Caricasulo, but he had a one second gap two the four leaders.

A lap later, Cluzel closed the gap to the leading group as Aegerter passed de Rosa into turn six and at the start of lap fifteen, Aegerter slipped into the lead into turn one, and de Rosa passed Oettl a few turns later. Odendaal fancied some of that and knocked Oettl down to fourth place, half a second off the lead. Luca Bernardi took fifth off Jules Cluzel. At turn six, an aggressive pass from Raffaele de Rosa pushed Aegerter.

Then, he crashed. 

Rafaelle de Rosa led the race only to lose the front into turn nine, handing the lead to Dominique Aegerter who briefly lost the lead at turn six to Steven Odendaal only to take it back a turn later. Luca Bernardi caught and passed Philipp Oettl. Steven Odendaal then stuck his hand up as Jules Cluzel crashed out behind him, recovering several places behind. The damage was done before the last lap and Dominique Aegerter took the win with Luca Bernardi less than four tenths of a second behind him. Philipp Oettl took third place a second off the win with Manuel Gonzalez right behind him.

Steven Odendaal's mechanical failure ended his run of wins and Raffaele de Rosa and Jules Cluzel crashing out makes the championship fight unpredictable. Dominique Aegerter's win puts him within six points of Steven Odendaal at the top, with Philipp Oettl seventeen points behind him. Luca Bernardi's second place promotes him to fourth place in the title. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 77 D. AEGERTER Yamaha YZF R6  
2 29 L. BERNARDI Yamaha YZF R6 0.375
3 5 P. OETTL Kawasaki ZX-6R 0.664
4 81 M. GONZALEZ Yamaha YZF R6 1.175
5 38 H. SOOMER Yamaha YZF R6 2.327
6 94 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 3.034
7 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 5.168
8 66 N. TUULI MV Agusta F3 675 11.206
9 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 11.224
10 70 M. ALCOBA Yamaha YZF R6 13.135
11 71 C. BERGMAN Yamaha YZF R6 14.557
12 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 14.856
13 95 V. TAKALA Yamaha YZF R6 23.223
14 34 K. MANFREDI Yamaha YZF R6 23.240
15 42 S. FROSSARD Yamaha YZF R6 25.171
16 22 F. FULIGNI Yamaha YZF R6 25.353
17 23 D. PIZZOLI Yamaha YZF R6 28.302
18 2 L. MONTELLA Yamaha YZF R6 28.772
19 55 G. HENDRA PRATAMA Yamaha YZF R6 32.761
20 6 M. HERRERA Yamaha YZF R6 37.885
21 15 E. MCMANUS Yamaha YZF R6 1'06.229
22 45 S. KAWASAKI Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'06.320
23 19 P. SZKOPEK Yamaha YZF R6 1'11.053
RET 4 S. ODENDAAL Yamaha YZF R6 1 Lap
RET 3 R. DE ROSA Kawasaki ZX-6R 3 Laps
RET 84 M. FABRIZIO Kawasaki ZX-6R 7 Laps
RET 24 L. TACCINI Kawasaki ZX-6R 16 Laps
Round Number: 
2
2021
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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.

Results:

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
Not Finished 1st Lap
  19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 0 Lap
  37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 0 Lap
Round Number: 
6
2021
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