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2020 MotoGP Round Two – Jerez
Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucía

MotoGP Race Report

Fabio Quartararo

For the first time since Phillip Island 2014, Yamaha locked out the podium in a 1-2-3, but it was Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) who once again scorched to victory on Sunday at the Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucia. Maverick Viñales and Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team-mate Valentino Rossi had a memorable fight for the rostrum in which the number 12 came out on top for second – but nevertheless it was The Doctor’s first podium since the 2019 Americas GP as he took P3.

MotoGP podium
1 Fabio Quartararo – Petronas Yamaha SRT – Yamaha – 41:22.666
2 Maverick Viñales – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP – Yamaha – +4.495
2 Valentino Rossi – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP – Yamaha – +5.546

Quartararo got the best launch and from pole, with Rossi also getting away well from P4, but drama unfolded behind as fifth place Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech3) crashed in a Turn 1 melee that also then involved Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Bradley Smith (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini). The Portuguese rider was down and out of the race, with Binder running off circuit and dropping to the back and Smith’s race compromised too.

Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucía

There was a three-way Yamaha scrap at the front though, and it was Quartararo leading Viñales and Rossi, who had a slight gap to the two Pramac Racing riders of the quick starting Jack Miller and Francesco Bagnaia just behind. Quartararo was getting down to business quickly though with the hammer well and truly down, and Viñales went wide at the final corner trying to pounce. Instead, that let The Doctor through into second, with Quartararo starting to escape and Viñales having lost out some significant ground. Just behind, Bagnaia went for P4 underneath Miller as well but was also wide, before making a miraculous save to keep his GP20 upright.

Quartararo

Quartararo’s lead on Lap 4 was up to 1.5 seconds, and Viñales couldn’t find a way through on Rossi to try and give chase. The Pramac Racing duo were also breathing down the YZR-M1 rider’s neck as the number 20 Petronas Yamaha SRT started to clear off into the distance, and Rossi couldn’t do anything about Quartararo’s pace either. By Lap 6 the Frenchman’s lead was nearly three seconds.

Vinales chasing Rossi

With 10 laps down that lead was looking unassailable, with Bagnaia making progress to get through on Miller and Viñales, as the Italian locked his radar onto the boss’ rear wheel. The race in Jerez was quickly starting to become a race of attrition in the blistering Andalusian heat, however – with some parts of the track over 63 degrees. Then Miller slid out of contention at Turn 9 having made his way through on Viñales at the beginning of the lap, and teammate Bagnaia pounced Rossi for second place.

Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) had made steady progress and was the fastest man on track as he got in the hunt for that illustrious first MotoGP podium, but drama was just around the corner in a cruel end to the Italian’s race as he encountered engine troubles with nine laps to go. Heartbreak for Morbidelli, and there would be more incoming for his compatriot Pecco Bagnaia. Safely in P2 ahead of Rossi, smoke started to stream out of his GP20 and onto the back straight, just six laps away from spraying the Prosecco, Bagnaia was out of contention.

Vinales chasing Rossi

This saw Rossi back up into second, with Viñales back in the podium places just behind. El Diablo’s lead was up to nearly nine seconds and the win – barring any mistakes or reliability issues – was surely his. Viñales was clambering all over the back of the number 46, but Rossi was a demon on the brakes and it was really looking like Viñales just wouldn’t be able to find a way through. Then though, after not having put a wheel wrong the whole race, Rossi was slightly wide at Turn 9 – and Top Gun pounced. Viñales was up to second and was able to immediately get some bike lengths on the veteran Italian, although the Doctor couldn’t relax with Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) just eight tenths down the road…

Fabio Quartararo and Valentino Rossi

At the front though it was all about one man. Quartararo made no mistakes in the brutal conditions to take his second consecutive victory, cementing his lead in the Championship over second place Viñales. The Spaniard salvaged 20 points which could be crucial in the long run, but he had no answer for his 2021 teammate in Jerez. Rossi’s return to the rostrum was more than welcomed for the 41-year-old, the number 46 putting in a mesmerising ride to notch up his 199th MotoGP podium, and his 235th across all classes.

Valentino Rossi scored his up his 199th MotoGP podium, and his 235th across all classes.

Nakagami’s P4 was the Japanese rider’s best ride in the premier class as he finished just 6.113 off the win and half a second from the podium, putting the Japanese rider 4th in the Championship heading to Brno. Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) banished the demons from the Spanish GP to finish 5th seven days later too – his equal-best in MotoGP. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), meanwhile, recovered from a P14 starting slot to take sixth in Jerez after a third place finish last weekend, with Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) in P7 the only KTM to finish in a tough day for the Austrian factory with Oliveira, Binder and Iker Lecuona (Red Bull KTM Tech3) all crashing out.

Just 1.8 seconds behind Pol Espargaro was Repsol Honda Team’s Alex Marquez, the reigning Moto2 World Champion producing an impressive ride in just his second MotoGP race, in the toughest of conditions, to take the chequered flag in P8. The lone Repsol Honda managed to beat Johann Zarco (Hublot Reale Avintia) as the Frenchman took P9, with the remarkable Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) defying the odds to complete the race and take 10th. An unbelievable and super-human effort from the Spaniard after suffering a dislocation-fracture to his shoulder eight days ago. Tito Rabat (Hublot Reale Avintia), Smith and the second injured rider on the grid, Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol), were the final finishers – a sterling effort from the latter to complete the laps.

Binder once again showed his cracking pace after dropping back in the Turn 1 incident, but the South African rookie then sadly crashed out unhurt at Turn 13. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) also crashed – riders ok.

50 from 50: Quartararo has had a perfect couple of weekends in Jerez and will head to Brno as the points leader, with Viñales taking home two second places – far from a disaster – and looking to build on a successful weekend. Also expected in Czechia is the return of reigning World Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) to the MotoGP arena… and we can’t wait for more.

Fabio Quartararo

MotoGP Race Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 41m22.666
2 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha +4.495
3 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha +5.546
4 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda +6.113
5 Joan MIR Suzuki +7.693
6 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati +12.554
7 Pol ESPARGARO KTM +17.488
8 Alex MARQUEZ Honda +19.357
9 Johann ZARCO Ducati +23.523
10 Alex RINS Suzuki +27.091
11 Tito RABAT Ducati +33.628
12 Bradley SMITH Aprilia +36.306
13 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda +Lap
Not Classified
DNF Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 6 Laps
DNF Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 9 Laps
DNF Brad BINDER KTM 13 Laps
DNF Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 14 Laps
DNF Jack MILLER Ducati 15 Laps
DNF Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 17 Laps
DNF Iker LECUONA KTM 20 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
DNF Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 0 Lap
MotoGP podium
1 Fabio Quartararo – Petronas Yamaha SRT – Yamaha – 41:22.666
2 Maverick Viñales – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP – Yamaha – +4.495
2 Valentino Rossi – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP – Yamaha – +5.546

MotoGP Championship Points Standings

Pos Rider Bike Points
1 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 50
2 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 40
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 26
4 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 19
5 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 19
6 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 16
7 Jack MILLER Ducati 13
8 Alex MARQUEZ Honda 12
9 Johann ZARCO Ducati 12
10 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 11
11 Joan MIR Suzuki 11
12 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 9
13 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 8
14 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 7
15 Tito RABAT Ducati 7
16 Alex RINS Suzuki 6
17 Bradley SMITH Aprilia 5
18 Brad BINDER KTM 3
19 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 3
20 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 0
21 Iker LECUONA KTM 0
22 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 0

Moto2 Race Report

Italtrans Racing Team’s Enea Bastianini is back on top of a Grand Prix podium for the first time in two years after the Italian clinched a debut Moto2 victory at the Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucia. ‘The Beast’ had some familiar company on the podium in the form of Sky Racing Team VR46’s Luca Marini, with Marini’s sophomore teammate Marco Bezzecchi taking his first Moto2 rostrum finish in third. That made it an all-Italian top three in the intermediate class, for the first time since Imola 1998.

Bezzecchi took the holeshot from pole position but the only held the lead for half a lap, with Bastianini making a brave dive up the inside at Turn 6 to steal it. Bezzecchi then soon also lost out on second after teammate Marini squeezed through just three turns later, the veteran seeming eager to try and stop Bastianini escaping early on. The Italtrans Racing Team man had eked out a comfortable advantage of about three or four tenths already, and the clock was ticking…

Further back, Jorge Navarro (Beta Tools Speed Up) lunged up the inside of Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) at Turn 6 for fifth place, but the Spaniard ran wide and allowed last week’s podium finisher back through. Thanks to the Spaniards squabbling over fifth place, second, third and fourth in the running, Marini, Bezzecchi and EG 0,0 Marc VDS’ Sam Lowes, were then able to open out a second and could focus on cementing a podium place.

Navarro then got through on Martin, again at Turn 6, but yellow flags were waving due to an earlier crash for Kasma Daniel (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team). As a result, the Speed Up man was forced to hand a place back but did so in a pretty smooth manner, running wide at Turn 13 on purpose before then squeezing back in behind Aron Canet (Openbank Aspar Team Moto2), who had battled his way through to fifth.

Back at the front, Bastianini’s gap was at 0.8 with 17 to go, but last week’s race winner Marini had found his groove, halving that advantage in just a lap. The Sky Racing Team VR46 rider then sat in behind his compatriot with 15 laps remaining, looking like a lion ready to pounce on its prey. In that battle for a top five finish, Navarro then suddenly crashed out at Turn 9.

As the laps ticked away, the pressure built on Bastianini and it looked like he’d cracked after running ever so slightly wide at Turn 8, with Marini suddenly glued to his rear wheel. With 12 to go Marini had his biggest look up the inside of the number 33, showing his front wheel, but not managing to squeeze through.

At seven to go, Bastianini pulled the pin. Suddenly moving a second clear, and then 1.5 a lap later, he eventually came across the line 2.1 seconds ahead of Marini to take his first win in the intermediate class. And for the first time since 1998, in a race won by Valentino Rossi, Italy had a podium lock-out as Bezzecchi held off Lowes to joined his compatriots on the box.

The Brit was less than a second in further arrears as they came across the line and again took fourth place, as he did seven days ago. The final place inside the top five went to rookie Canet, again impressing many with his performance, ahead of Martin in sixth. Liqui Moly Intact GP’s Tom Lüthi took seventh.

The fight for eighth went right down to the wire, with Championship leader Tetsuta Nagashima (Red Bull KTM Ajo) the man to lose out at the final corner after running wide. Xavi Vierge (Petronas Sprinta Racing) emerged out of that gaggle of riders at the front, before Stefano Manzi (MV Agusta Forward Racing) and Marcel Schrötter (Liqui Moly Intact GP) clinched the final top ten spots. Nagahima’s 11th place finish moved him onto 50 points in the World Championship though, and it’s enough to hold onto the lead heading into Brno.

Enea Bastianini – P1

I’m really happy because also this morning I was fast, and this afternoon in the race, I thought inside me I could win because I’m fast and after pushing from the first laps, the last ten laps I kept a bit of a gap to Marini and it’s a brilliant race. The bike was really incredible, thanks to my team! I dedicate this victory to Livio, my great friend, who is no longer here with us.

Enea Bastianini

Remy Gardner – P14

It was another tough Friday. We still weren’t quite there with the bike set-up. We could see the problem on the telemetry, but we just couldn’t seem to get around it. We kept thinking for solutions for Saturday and qualifying but remained fully focused on Sunday which is where you get the points. We made a good step forward on Saturday morning but then went the wrong way in qualifying, especially when you factor the heat. I was giving 100% but there was nothing more I could, so we qualified on row five. Racing is always different to finding a fast lap, so I was confident of moving forward when the lights went out and making something out of what had been a challenging start to the weekend. As it happens, I had a bike with no grip, just like last week. I had four or five massive saves and unfortunately it ended a pretty bad weekend. We will come back stronger in Brno.”

Moto2 Race Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 39m23.922
2 Luca MARINI Kalex +2.153
3 Marco BEZZECCHI Kalex +3.243
4 Sam LOWES Kalex +3.817
5 Aron CANET Speed Up +9.155
6 Jorge MARTIN Kalex +11.988
7 Thomas LUTHI Kalex +13.857
8 Xavi VIERGE Kalex +19.59
9 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta +20.199
10 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex +20.262
11 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex +20.447
12 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex +21.464
13 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex +24.804
14 Remy GARDNER Kalex +26.37
15 Marcos RAMIREZ Kalex +27.018
16 Edgar PONS Kalex +27.126
17 Joe ROBERTS Kalex +30.228
18 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up +30.895
19 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS +41.678
20 Andi Farid IZDIHAR Kalex +41.793
Not Classified
DNF Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 3 Laps
DNF Simone CORSI MV Agusta 4 Laps
DNF Hafizh SYAHRIN Speed Up 11 Laps
DNF Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 14 Laps
DNF Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 18 Laps
DNF Hector GARZO Kalex 19 Laps
DNF Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Kalex 19 Laps
DNF Kasma DANIEL Kalex 20 Laps
DNF Jake DIXON Kalex 21 Laps
Moto2 podium
1 Enea Bastianini – Italtrans Racing Team – Kalex 39:23.922
2 Luca Marini – Sky Racing Team VR46 – Kalex +2.153
3 Marco Bezzecchi – Sky Racing Team VR46 – Kalex +3.243

Moto2 Championship Points Standings

Pos Rider Bike Points
1 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 50
2 Enea BASTIANINI Kalex 48
3 Luca MARINI Kalex 45
4 Aron CANET Speed Up 30
5 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 28
6 Jorge MARTIN Kalex 26
7 Sam LOWES Kalex 26
8 Remy GARDNER Kalex 22
9 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 21
10 Marco BEZZECCHI Kalex 20
11 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 15
12 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 15
13 Joe ROBERTS Kalex 13
14 Stefano MANZI MV Agusta 13
15 Hafizh SYAHRIN Speed Up 10
16 Jorge NAVARRO Speed Up 10
17 Nicolo BULEGA Kalex 6
18 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 6
19 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS 5
20 Hector GARZO Kalex 4
21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Speed Up 3
22 Jake DIXON Kalex 2
23 Simone CORSI MV Agusta 1
24 Marcos RAMIREZ Kalex 1

Moto3 Race Report

Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) is the first man to convert pole position in the Moto3 class at Jerez into a win, taking victory in the Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucia as he held off John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing) and Celestino Vietti (Sky Racing Team VR46) in another fabulous final corner decider. There was drama in the World Championship standings too, with points leader Albert Arenas (Soliunion Aspar Team Moto3) and previously second-placed Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia) crashing out.

Suzuki got the launch he would have been looking for from pole position as the Japanese rider grabbed the holeshot into Turn 1, with Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) and Ogura exchanging P2 and P3 at Turn 1 and Turn 2 as the riders safely negotiated Lap 1 in Andalucia. A rider who was negotiating the pack efficiently was Darryn Binder on the CIP Green Power KTM, too, as the South African was up to the point-scoring positions on Lap 2 – from 25th on the grid and setting two fastest laps in a row to boot…

Suzuki was eager to stay at the forefront of the fight, and the Japanese rider kept himself in or near the lead throughout. Rodrigo and Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) had a look at the 24 on a few occasions and despite getting by, Suzuki would then simply bite straight back at the first opportunity. The came the first Championship contender drama as Jaume Masia (Leopard Racing) took out Ogura at Turn 9, tucking the front.

At the front of the race though, it remained a lead group of 10 with 10 laps left. Suzuki remained at the head of the train, with Rodrigo having another pop, but the Japanese rider was again back at the front a few corners later. McPhee had slowly picked off his rivals too and was up to third and then second at Turn 5 with nine laps to go, but it seemed it was set to be another classic scrap for the win and podium places between the top 10.

The second big bout of drama for the Championship then hit. With eight laps to go, Arenas had been looking comfortable in the lead group but the Spaniard was suddenly down at the fast Turn 11 right-hander, taking a heavy tumble and heading to the medical centre for a check-up – rider ok. With the previous top two riders in the title race out, it was suddenly a big opportunity for the likes of McPhee and Suzuki to capitalise…

Ultimately, it would end up as a six-way scrap for victory in the latter laps as Tony Arbolino (Rivacold Snipers Team) dropped off the pace, as did Fernandez, with birthday boy Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Tech3) also then crashing from the group at Turn 5.

Could anyone get the better of Suzuki? Ultimately not, with the shuffle at the final corner free of drama this time around and the Japanese rider able to keep ahead to the line. McPhee avoided the bad luck of his Spanish GP and was only half a tenth off in the end, with Vietti a similarly tiny gap back in third.

Binder completed the fairtyale comeback this weekend as he took an amazing fourth place – up 21 positions from where he started – with Rodrigo completing the top five. Fernandez took sixth, ahead of a P7 for Jeremy Alcoba (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) after the rookie was awarded a three-second penalty for not complying with a Long Lap penalty. He crossed the line fourth.

Eighth went to Sergio Garcia (Estrella Galicia 0,0) as he took some solid points, ahead of an impressive first top ten finish for his teammate, rookie Ryusei Yamanaka. Tony Arbolino (Rivacold Snipers Team) completed the top ten.

Tatsuki Suzuki – P1

I’m very happy, more than let’s say Misano, because in this race I was always in front, leading the group, and I didn’t care when I got pushed behind, I was aggressive and tried to stay at the front. This makes a huge difference! Last weekend I was very disappointed with my race, but today I’m the happiest!”

Tatsuki Suzuki

Moto3 Race Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 39m18.861
2 John MCPHEE Honda +0.064
3 Celestino VIETTI KTM +0.134
4 Darryn BINDER KTM +0.628
5 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda +0.817
6 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM +2.742
7 Jeremy ALCOBA Honda +3.315
8 Sergio GARCIA Honda +4.853
9 Ryusei YAMANAKA Honda +4.887
10 Tony ARBOLINO Honda +4.988
11 Kaito TOBA KTM +5.301
12 Romano FENATI Husqvarna +5.603
13 Carlos TATAY KTM +6.783
14 Stefano NEPA KTM +7.729
15 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda +7.776
16 Yuki KUNII Honda +17.641
17 Barry BALTUS KTM +17.416
18 Maximilian KOFLER KTM +20.821
19 Jason DUPASQUIER KTM +20.833
20 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda +22.445
21 Riccardo ROSSI KTM +22.5
22 Andrea MIGNO KTM +34.688
Not Classified
DNF Davide PIZZOLI KTM 2 Laps
DNF Dennis FOGGIA Honda 3 Laps
DNF Deniz ÖNCÜ KTM 4 Laps
DNF Ayumu SASAKI KTM 6 Laps
DNF Jaume MASIA Honda 7 Laps
DNF Albert ARENAS KTM 8 Laps
DNF Ai OGURA Honda 8 Laps
DNF Filip SALAC Honda 14 Laps
Moto3 podium
1 Tatsuki Suzuki – SIC58 Squadra Corse – Honda 39:18.861
2 John McPhee – Petronas Sprinta Racing – Honda +0.064
3 Celestino Vietti – Sky Racing Team VR46 – KTM +0.134

Moto3 Championship Points Standings

Pos Rider Bike Points
1 Albert ARENAS KTM 50
2 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 44
3 John MCPHEE Honda 40
4 Ai OGURA Honda 36
5 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda 30
6 Celestino VIETTI KTM 27
7 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM 26
8 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 23
9 Jaume MASIA Honda 19
10 Jeremy ALCOBA Honda 19
11 Andrea MIGNO KTM 13
12 Darryn BINDER KTM 13
13 Sergio GARCIA Honda 13
14 Filip SALAC Honda 8
15 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 8
16 Ryusei YAMANAKA Honda 7
17 Dennis FOGGIA Honda 7
18 Kaito TOBA KTM 7
19 Romano FENATI Husqvarna 7
20 Stefano NEPA KTM 6
21 Ayumu SASAKI KTM 5
22 Alonso LOPEZ Husqvarna 5
23 Deniz ÖNCÜ KTM 4
24 Carlos TATAY KTM 3

MotoE

Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP) picked up his first FIM Enel MotoE World Cup victory after a dramatic race at the Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucia, escaping the chaos to unleash some serious pace at the front as reigning Cup holder Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) collided with Spanish GP winner Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) with two laps to go. Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) made it a rookie 1-2 as he came home second and avoided the clash, with Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadra Corse) completing the podium and back on the box for the first time since Misano last year.

MotoE

It was a frantic start for the MotoE riders as the opening lap saw plenty of swapping and changing. Aegerter got the holeshot from pole position but Ferrari dived under the inside at Turn 5, although it wouldn’t last long as the Italian ran wide and Aegerter was back in the lead. The scrap for first was hotly contested, with home hero Alejandro Medina (Openbank Aspar Team) the next rider making their way to the front from P6 on the grid.

After running deep Turn 6 – taking Lukas Tulovic (Tech3 E-Racing) wide with him – Granado had work to do if he was to pick up his second victory in seven days. Aegerter had slipped to third behind Ferrari and Medina, but the Swiss rider got back up to P2, before Medina crashed out at the beginning of Lap 4 – handing P3 to Granado. The Brazilian then made a slick move underneath Casadei for second, setting the fastest lap along the way to sit a second behind race leader Aegerter with two laps to go…

Huge drama was about to unfold at Turn 6, however. Down the back straight, Ferrari was late on the brakes, but it really was too late as the inaugural MotoE™ Cup winner couldn’t get his Energica Ego Corsa stopped at all. Granado was in the wrong place at the wrong time as Ferrari careened through and clipped him, both hitting the deck. That left Aegerter with a comfortable cushion over second, and the Swiss rider made no mistakes on his final lap to win his first MotoE™ race by an impressive 2.6 seconds. Torres kept hold of P2, with Casadei managing to recover from running wide after Ferrari and Granado’s crash and the Italian picking up his second MotoE podium.

Alex de Angelis (Octo Pramac MotoE) pipped Niccolo Canepa (LCR E-Team) by 0.053 to grab P4 in Jerez, with Canepa completing the top five. Tulovic took home P6 after getting pushed wide early on, with Mike Di Meglio (EG 0,0 Marc VDS), Josh Hook (Octo Pramac MotoE), Xavier Simeon (LCR E-Team) and Xavi Cardelus (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) completing the top 10. Granado managed to limp home to P13 in the end, taking what could end up being a valuable three points…

At the end of a breathless race, Aegerter leads the overall standings by 11 points from Torres, with Granado third – 13 adrift of the top.

Dominique Aegerter – P1

I’m very happy about taking my first MotoE victory, we were working very hard all week, we tried to take the data from last weekend and check the small details because it’s very important to try to improve and we were able to improve in every session. The conditions were the same as last weekend so it was good to compare some different settings, The team worked very well in the hot conditions in the tent, thanks to them. The race was quite hard, it’s just six laps but we were battling hard in the first two laps and I knew that I had to stay in front. I knew that I had the pace to go away a little, and I could do it and take my first win. Thank you very much for everything, and I hope the fans at home enjoyed the race!”

Josh Hook – P8

Wasn’t the start I wanted, I couldn’t make the overtaking i was hoping for in the first corner, but today my race pace was good and i’m happy. We still have work to do, but overall I think we are going in the right direction.”

Josh Hook

MotoE Race Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Dominique AEGERTER Energica 10m54.366
2 Jordi TORRES Energica +2.688
3 Mattia CASADEI Energica +3.759
4 Alex DE ANGELIS Energica +4.484
5 Niccolo CANEPA Energica +4.537
6 Lukas TULOVIC Energica +5.98
7 Mike DI MEGLIO Energica +6.133
8 Josh HOOK Energica +6.513
9 Xavier SIMEON Energica +8.695
10 Xavi CARDELUS Energica +10.583
11 Maria HERRERA Energica +13.594
12 Jakub KORNFEIL Energica +13.641
13 Eric GRANADO Energica +1m37.947
Not Classified
DNF Matteo FERRARI Energica 2 Laps
DNF Alejandro MEDINA Energica 3 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
DNF Alessandro ZACCONE Energica 0 Lap
DNF Tommaso MARCON
Josh Hook is eighth in the MotoE Championship standings

MotoE Championship Points Standings

Pos Rider Bike Points
1 Dominique AEGERTER Energica 41
2 Jordi TORRES Energica 30
3 Eric GRANADO Energica 28
4 Mattia CASADEI Energica 27
5 Lukas TULOVIC Energica 23
6 Matteo FERRARI Energica 20
7 Mike DI MEGLIO Energica 15
8 Josh HOOK Energica 15
9 Xavier SIMEON Energica 15
10 Niccolo CANEPA Energica 14
11 Alex DE ANGELIS Energica 13
12 Alejandro MEDINA Energica 9
13 Xavi CARDELUS Energica 8
14 Maria HERRERA Energica 6
15 Niki TUULI Energica 5
16 Jakub KORNFEIL Energica 4
17 Tommaso MARCON Energica 4

Source: MCNews.com.au

Andalucía Qualifying | Times/Quotes/Reports/Images | All classes

2020 MotoGP Round Two – Jerez
Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucía

MotoGP riders reflect on Qualifying

Fabio Quartararo – P1

“Today was a really good day for us! FP4 was really positive with the ten laps that we did in a row at a really good pace, which is something important that we needed to do. I was actually surprised to make pole position!  I thought the lap I did would put me on the front row, which was our goal for today, but it was actually a pole position lap! The conditions were strange because in FP4 it was really good but in qualifying it was starting to get windy. I’m of course happy with another pole position and I know that we also have a really good pace for tomorrow. I expect a really good race but we have a few riders who could pose a real challenge. We’ll be trying our best to stay in front, stay focused, manage the pace and just do the best we can tomorrow.”

Fabio Quartararo
Maverick Vinales – P2

“My best lap time got cancelled, but I‘m happy anyway. The target was to do a 1‘36s in qualifying, and wow! I felt so good on the bike and, honestly, I felt that I touched the green in Turn 7, but I wasn‘t sure if it was with all the tyre or not, but you know, it was still a fantastic feeling. It was a shame that on the first lap on my second tyre I found Pol Espargaró on the ground and couldn‘t make that lap. I think our potential was very strong today, but anyway I‘m so happy and so pleased, because the bike is working so well. I can‘t wait for tomorrow and be in the race.”

Maverick Vinales – P2 – Viñales went a tenth ahead on his final run – but was outside track limits
Pecco Bagnaia – P3

“I was missing this feeling. My first time in first row in MotoGP is something very beautiful for all of us. We did a further step forward; I feel ready for the race and we focused about the last part of the race and I think that this time we can manage front tires wear. I will try to be fast and constant since the start because I know that we have the race pace to stay with the head group. I want to thanks my team and Ducati because they deserve it for trusting and I think that a first row today can be a very important goal for us.”

Pecco Bagnaia – P3
Valentino Rossi – P4

“Today we continued to work on the bike. We have a different setting and I feel better. I‘m not too bad in the morning, in the afternoon I suffer a little bit more, but it looks like it‘s difficult for everybody. This afternoon was also hotter than before, and tomorrow will be another step: I think that tomorrow will be the hottest MotoGP race that I‘ve ever seen. Now the situation starts to be really at the limit, so I think that riding 25 laps will be a great challenge for everybody. I will start from a good position, and my pace is also not so bad in the afternoon, but we still have to improve something, in some places we lose a bit. So we still have work to do, but it will be important to start towards the front.”

Valentino Rossi – P4
Miguel Oliveira – P5

“It was a positive qualifying because it’s our best starting position and something that we wanted to improve from last weekend, so we are happy. But of course, we are conscious that the job is not done yet. We still need to finish the race tomorrow with a lot of points, so we will keep on working, fine-tune the last details and keep a strong mentality for the race.”

Miguel Oliveira – P5
Franco Morbidelli – P6

It was a difficult Saturday. We didn’t start the day in the best way because we tried something new and we couldn’t change it back during the session, so I had to get the maximum out of it. Unfortunately I didn’t get into Q2 directly but I was able to progress from Q1 and eventually finish with a second row for tomorrow. I’m happy with this result, as our aim was for at least the second row. Ahead of tomorrow we’ll tweak a few things and see what we can do. I think it will be tough tomorrow as there are a lot of strong riders, but we know our potential and we’ll be trying our best to achieve this, hopefully it will be a podium! This is what I’m aiming for.

Franco Morbidelli – P6
Jack Miller – P7

“Happy enough with today, we would have liked to have been a little more up the grid but I’ll take it! I didn’t really get to do a clean lap, the first tyre I had took a bit to get going and didn’t really work on the first 2 and a half laps and I ended up doing 3 laps. The pit stop was a little bit of a rush to get the tires over, and then got caught over by the new yellow flag rule and had to roll out of my first run lap and then on my second one I had a couple of mistake and then had to literally ride with my eyes shut in the last 3 sectors to make up time and improve. Hopefully we can spring up a few positions.”

Jack Miller – P7
Takaaki Nakagami – P8

“It’s quite positive for us after the second day here. We are working on the Sunday race set-up and the bike is much more comfortable and consistent which is good. In qualifying on the last lap at the last corner I was trying to give 100 percent, but before the last corner I felt some shaking and I wasn’t able to stop the bike. I lost control but there was no crash which was good, but I was off the track and that was game over. Up until then we were going faster and faster and were in P4 or P5, but we finished in P8 so that was a bit disappointing, but the team has done a great job this weekend. I feel positive for tomorrow, we have good pace and I think we can have a strong race.”

Takaaki Nakagami – P8
Brad Binder – P9

“Today has been good. The main target was to make it through to Q2 because that’s what we didn’t do last week. I must be happy because we made some steady progress. We are heading in a good direction. It’s looking positive for tomorrow and I think I can do a good job: what position that will be I have no idea! In general, the pace is decent. To qualify 9th in my second grand prix is fantastic.”

Brad Binder – P9
Joan Mir – P10

“I’m struggling a bit when it comes to a fast lap, the heat makes everything hard because with the higher temperatures I couldn’t capture the same feeling. But I’m improving and I’ve cut down the gap between myself and the fastest riders, and I’m confident in my race pace. I plan to make up positions and defend myself tomorrow, I hope that I can make a much better start than last week and work my way through as the race goes on.”

Joan Mir – P10
Danilo Petrucci – P11

“I’m not particularly happy with the result I got in qualifying today. This morning in FP3, I managed to set a good time, while this afternoon in both FP4 and Q2 I couldn’t find the right conditions to be able to do a strong lap again. For sure, the eleventh position wasn’t what I expected. Tomorrow it will be important to start well to be able to do a good race”.

Danilo Petrucci – P11
Pol Espargaro – P12

“It was a good day up until the qualifying. I locked the front in the second corner and couldn’t even set a lap-time. It has put us in a critical position on the grid, but tomorrow is when the points come. We have to make extra effort tomorrow to be where we want to be. I would say our pace is one of the best, the bike felt nice and smooth and I could make the race pace on a used tire very easily. I really want to start and push right away when the tire is fresh and try to overtake as soon as possible.”

Pol Espargaro – P12
Cal Crutchlow – P13

“Obviously today was going to be a difficult day trying to qualify for the grid in the MotoGP race, but I want to thank the LCR Honda Castrol team and Honda for giving me a good enough bike to try and do some good laps today. In the free practices I didn’t feel fantastic with the bike and also in qualifying, but I think that was also me riding the bike with some hesitation. But hopefully we can start the race tomorrow and have a good ride. It’s important to see our position in the race and manage it well as 25 laps round here is not going to be easy, but we’ll try our best for our team, sponsors and manufacturer.”

Cal Crutchlow – P13
Andrea Dovizioso – P14

“These two days have been rather strange. We worked hard based on the data collected last weekend, and this allowed us to improve a lot the feeling with the bike and be more consistent as a race pace. Unfortunately, we are still not fast enough, and today we were not able to get into Q2. Starting from the back of the grid could be a limit for tomorrow’s race, but with a strong start we can still aim for a good result to try and get as many points as possible for the championship”.

Andrea Dovizioso – P14
Aleix Espargaro – P16

“This morning, I tried everything I could to get Aprilia into the top 10 and we really came very close. Unfortunately, on the flying lap we are still not perfectly at ease, whereas it’s a different story if we look at our race pace. I felt pretty good during FP4. I think that battling for a top-ten position is within our potential. The temperatures already went up today and tomorrow it will be even hotter. It will be a very demanding race.”

Aleix Espargaro – P16
Iker Lecuona – P17

“I had a fall this morning and therefore it took me some time to regain my feeling this afternoon but in qualifying I finally managed to improve my lap time compared to last week. I felt good with the bike and I can enjoy riding, so I’m really happy. I want to thank my team and also Miguel’s crew because they helped us a lot to prepare my bike.”

Iker Lecuona – P17
Bradley Smith – P19

“We tried a lot of setups to improve the areas where we have the greatest limitations, but we still haven’t found the right path. In these situations, you can choose not to change too much on the bike and not take a risk, or you can try different geometries and settings. To be honest, I prefer the second option. Unfortunately, when we improve one aspect, we make another worse, and that is complicating our weekend a bit. We have to set reasonable goals for ourselves and what we need to do tomorrow is try to improve compared to last week’s race.”

Bradley Smith – P19
Alex Rins – P20

“It was positive to jump on the bike again but honestly speaking I’m feeling exhausted after the qualifying. It is so hot on the bike, and with the injury I also have to ride more physically to compensate, this uses up more energy and I get tired after a few laps. The injury is taking it out of me and it’s very painful, but I knew it would be hard. I managed to work on settings and tyres and also my rhythm. Let’s try to recover a bit for tomorrow, take some rest, and see what the situation is after the warm up.”

Alex Rins – P20
Alex Marquez – P21

“It was a very positive FP4 and I was feeling very good with used tyres but then I struggled more on new tyres. I made a lot of mistakes during Qualifying and I’m not able to really make the most of the initial grip, this is certainly something I have to work on because qualifying in MotoGP is so important. Even so, our race pace is looking better, and I am pleased with this. I also had a small crash, my arm is OK after some initial pain because the crash was quite fast, but it will be fine for tomorrow and the plan is to go forward tomorrow.”

Alex Marquez – P21
Marc Marquez – Withdrawn

“It has been a difficult week and a lot has happened since last Sunday when certainly I would not have said ‘I will try to race next week’. But when you have a passion for something and you devote yourself to achieving something, you have to at least try so your conscience is calm. After the operation I saw I had mobility in the elbow and good strength and I was able to do some push-ups, of course there was pain there but it was manageable. I then spoke with Honda about all of the options and we agreed to try on Saturday, to see what was possible at least. Throughout I have listened to the doctors and my body, in the morning today I was feeling good and we were happy with our progress. But then when it came time to do the Time Attack, when it is less about being consistent and more about being aggressive, the arm was without strength. I don’t know if it was from the swelling or from the heat but I knew I needed to listen to my body. Throughout this process I have spoken with my Repsol Honda Team and with HRC and I want to say thank you to them for always respecting my decisions. I also want to thank the doctors, physios and those close to me for helping me to try and chase this dream. Sadly, we cannot race tomorrow but I will continue to do everything I can to be back on track in Brno and to fight for the championship.”

Marc Marquez – Withdrawn
Alberto Puig – Repsol Honda Team Manager

“This morning the objective was to make first contact with the bike and we saw that Marc could still be fast. In the afternoon the plan was to do a longer run. Either due to the heat or fatigue from the morning, he experienced more problems and found it more difficult. Obviously we have understood that it was better not to take more risks. We have followed the plan, which was to miss Friday and see how Marc felt today. Now we have analyzed the situation and made the decision not to participate in tomorrow’s race. We have followed the plan, always checking the physical condition of the rider. Marc has tried to listen to his body, to see how he responded. When he saw that he could not, we have all decided not to race tomorrow. Marc is very strong. He wanted to try, and we wanted to give him the opportunity to do it, we have supported him at all times. I think we have made the right decision at all times. A champion cannot stay at home if he thinks he has the option or a slight chance. Now he has a lot of inflammation, but it will pass. There are many races ahead and the goal is to arrive in Brno in the best way.”

Massimo Meregalli – Yamaha Team Director

“We came close to pole, but honestly, we’re very pleased with today‘s results. Maverick is on the front row, which was his goal. He has been looking very comfortable with his bike so far this weekend and also his race pace is competitive, so this front-row start will be a key element for him to wrap this GP weekend up with a top result. Valentino has improved his pace in the hotter afternoon conditions, and it showed in qualifying. Starting from the second row will allow him to get in the midst of the action at the front. We‘ve done a lot of work today. We’re still weighing our options for what tyres we will use for tomorrow, there are several combinations that could work for us. Tomorrow we will make our final decision, but in any case, we’re really looking forward to starting the race.”

Maverick Vinales – P2
Davide Brivio – Suzuki Team Manager

“It was a tricky qualifying. Joan did well this morning to get into the Top 10 and Q2 but during qualifying he struggled a bit. But anyway, 10th on the grid isn’t bad and he’ll aim to keep a good pace tomorrow and gain positions. Alex tried hard despite the pain, and we knew it would be hard for him to improve his lap time. On his last flying lap there was yellow flag and he had to slow down so he lost one lap. The goal will be just to try and finish as best he can and get some points. It will be hard and let’s see tomorrow what we can do.”


MotoGP Qualifying Report

Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) has claimed back-to-back pole positions at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto thanks to a 1:37.007 at the Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucia, beating Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) to the honour as the number 12 had his fastest effort cancelled for exceeding track limits. The last minute slice of drama makes it three poles in a row at the venue for Quartararo after his rookie heroics in last year’s Spanish GP, and his fourth pole in a row stretching back to Sepang 2019. Completing the top three was an impressive performance from Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac Racing), with the Italian taking his first premier class front row start and doing it as top Ducati to boot.

Fabio Quartararo

The session was set up for a duel from the off, and that’s what we got. Quartararo was hitting first and ultimately it all came down to Viñales: the gauntlet was thrown, a 1:37.007, but could the Spaniard hit back? The answer appeared to be yes and it was advantage Viñales, but not long after he crossed the line, the drama hit and the lap suddenly disappeared off the timing screens. Where he had seemed a tenth clear, the Spaniard was pushed down to second and the replay showed why: track limits. A small infraction but a clear one, the pole was handed to ‘El Diablo’.

Maverick Vinales – P2 – Viñales went a tenth ahead on his final run – but was outside track limits

Behind that, Bagnaia’s impressive pace from last weekend has only been increasing and the Italian made another step forward with a landmark first premier class front row, and less than a tenth off Viñales. He was also a nice little chunk of time clear of mentor of sorts Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), with the ‘Doctor’ bumped down to head the second row.

That second row is nevertheless a big leap forward for the nine-time World Champion after a tougher time out in the Spanish GP at times, and he beat a stunning performance from Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) to keep the Portuguese rider in fifth by only a couple of thousandths. It’s Oliveira’s best, however, and he’s top KTM after a slightly tougher Saturday afternoon for the Austria factory than promised. Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) completes the second row.

Jack Miller

Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) will be looking for revenge against his less experienced teammate Bagnaia from P7, and the Australian having only narrowly missed out on a podium last week so he’ll want a good launch off the line with, which his machinery may help. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) had another impressive session to join Miller on Row 3, with Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) locking that out in P9. The South African didn’t quite replicate his searing Friday, but he seems one to watch once the lights go out, with serious speed. He has also won from the back at Jerez in Moto3 – a stat that becomes even more impressive considering no one has ever won from pole in the class…

Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) leads the Suzuki charge in tenth, with Hamamatsu factory teammate Alex Rins on the superhuman comeback from injury and starting 20th after managing a few more laps on Saturday. 11th went the way of Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team), with P12 filled by Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) after a heartbreakingly-timed crash in Q2. Rider ok, and ready to light it up again on Sunday as KTM’s pace continues to impress.

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) put in a mammoth effort to go from surgery on a broken scaphoid only a few days ago to almost getting through from Q1, and he’ll start P13, ahead of a difficult day at the office for Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), who’ll be looking to launch forward. Johann Zarco (Hublot Reale Avintia Racing) starts P15.

MotoGP front row
1 Fabio Quartararo – Petronas Yamaha SRT – Yamaha – 1:37.007
2 Maverick Viñales – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP – Yamaha – +0.095
3 Francesco Bagnaia – Pramac Racing – Ducati – +0.169

MotoGP Qualifying Results

Pos Rider Motorcycle Q Time/Gap
1 Fabio QUARTARARO YAMAHA Q2 1m37.007
2 Maverick VIÑALES YAMAHA Q2 +0.095
3 Francesco BAGNAIA DUCATI Q2 +0.169
4 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA Q2 +0.335
5 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM Q2 +0.337
6 Franco MORBIDELLI YAMAHA Q2 +0.405
7 Jack MILLER DUCATI Q2 +0.416
8 Takaaki NAKAGAMI HONDA Q2 +0.457
9 Brad BINDER KTM Q2 +0.589
10 Joan MIR SUZUKI Q2 +0.593
11 Danilo PETRUCCI DUCATI Q2 +0.899
12 Pol ESPARGARO KTM Q2 +3.270
13 Cal CRUTCHLOW HONDA Q1 (*) 0.289
14 Andrea DOVIZIOSO DUCATI Q1 (*) 0.301
15 Johann ZARCO DUCATI Q1 (*) 0.406
16 Aleix ESPARGARO APRILIA Q1 (*) 0.530
17 Iker LECUONA KTM Q1 (*) 0.851
18 Tito RABAT DUCATI Q1 (*) 0.856
19 Bradley SMITH APRILIA Q1 (*) 0.955
20 Alex RINS SUZUKI Q1 (*) 1.246
21 Alex MARQUEZ HONDA Q1 (*) 1.293
22 Marc MARQUEZ HONDA FP3 1.298

Moto2

Marco Bezzecchi (Sky Racing Team VR46) took his first Moto2 pole position on Saturday in the Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucia, ending Q2 0.037 ahead of Sam Lowes (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) to take the honour and show more top pace in 2020. Behind Lowes, who has won at the venue before, it’s Enea Bastianini (Italtrans Racing Team) who completes the front row – and after coming through Q1.

Under the scorching Andalucian sun, it was Bezzecchi and Sky Racing Team VR46 teammate Luca Marini who were at the summit from the off, with the Italians working well in tandem once again, but Jorge Navarro (Beta Tools Speed Up) then hit back to get in the mix. Bezzecchi wouldn’t be denied though and the Italian put in another stunner to take back the provisional pole, with Bastianini then shooting up to P2. Lowes looked like the last man to threaten but ultimately just fell hundredths short and takes second.

Marco Bezzecchi

Navarro starts fourth and will be hoping his luck will change after his Turn 1, opening lap crash at the Spanish GP last week. He’s joined by Spanish GP winner Marini, who couldn’t improve on his last run, and last weekend’s polesitter Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) on the second row.

Aron Canet (Openbank Aspar Team Moto2) had another strong showing in P7, with the impressive rookie set to lead the more experienced Nicolo Bulega (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) and Tom Lüthi (Liqui Moly Intact GP) away from the third row. Lüthi’s teammate Marcel Schrötter rounds out the top 10 having had an off-track excursion at Turn 1 in Q2.

Championship leader Tetsuta Nagashima (Red Bull KTM Ajo) had to settle for P15 in Q2, and he’ll be one looking for some points and progress on Sunday. The Japanese rider is on the comeback from a heavy FP3 crash, and may be set on damage control in the Sunday heat.

Marco Bezzecchi

It’s important to be here, especially for me, because I had a difficult season last year and the injury, so a tough period, but today I was very strong. I’m very happy for this because the team worked really well, and this this pole is for the Sky Racing Team, they saved me. I’m very happy so I want to thank the team, the academy, Vale, everyone. And now I’m focused for tomorrow because it will be difficult with the hot conditions and my foot, but for the moment I’ll enjoy it and I’m very happy!”

Moto2 front row
1 Marco Bezzecchi- Sky Racing Team VR46 – Kalex – 1:41.728
2 Sam Lowes – EG 0,0 Marc VDS – Kalex +0.037
3 Enea Bastianini – Italtrans Racing Team – Kalex – +0.117

Moto2 Qualifying Results

Pos Rider Bike Q Time/Gap
1 Marco BEZZECCHI KALEX Q2 1m41.728
2 Sam LOWES KALEX Q2 +0.037
3 Enea BASTIANINI KALEX Q2 +0.117
4 Jorge NAVARRO SPEED UP Q2 +0.132
5 Luca MARINI KALEX Q2 +0.154
6 Jorge MARTIN KALEX Q2 +0.229
7 Aron CANET SPEED UP Q2 +0.274
8 Nicolo BULEGA KALEX Q2 +0.359
9 Thomas LUTHI KALEX Q2 +0.379
10 Marcel SCHROTTER KALEX Q2 +0.447
11 Fabio DI GIANNANTONI   ITA SPEED UP Q2 +0.453
12 Xavi VIERGE KALEX Q2 +0.485
13 Edgar PONS KALEX Q2 +0.496
14 Remy GARDNER KALEX Q2 +0.632
15 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA KALEX Q2 +0.655
16 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI   ITA KALEX Q2 +0.871
17 Simone CORSI MV AGUSTA Q2 +1.083
18 Marcos RAMIREZ KALEX Q2 +1.177
19 Stefano MANZI MV AGUSTA Q1 (*) 0.477
20 Somkiat CHANTRA KALEX Q1 (*) 0.545
21 Jake DIXON KALEX Q1 (*) 0.570
22 Hafizh SYAHRIN SPEED UP Q1 (*) 0.585
23 Augusto FERNANDEZ KALEX Q1 (*) 0.593
24 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS Q1 (*) 0.765
25 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA   ITA KALEX Q1 (*) 0.836
26 Joe ROBERTS KALEX Q1 (*) 0.975
27 Hector GARZO KALEX Q1 (*) 0.987
28 Andi Farid IZDIHAR KALEX Q1 (*) 1.320
29 Kasma DANIEL KALEX Q1 (*) 1.682
30 Jesko RAFFIN NTS Q1 (*) 1.948

Moto3

Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) showed three is very much a magic number for the number 24 in 2020, taking a third consecutive pole position in the Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucia in style. The Japanese rider also had an even bigger gap than last week as he got the better of compatriot Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia) by 0.285, with Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) completing the third row, just a further 0.011 in arrears.

Hot temperatures and clear skies were once again the name of the game, and once again Suzuki came out on top and stamped some authority on Saturday. The gap back from the front row to the second was nearly two tenths too, with Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) putting that in for fourth. He’s joined on Row 2 by Spanish GP podium finisher Tony Arbolino (Rivacold Snipers Team), only thousandths off, with Championship leader Albert Arenas (Solunion Aspar Team Moto3) in sixth just 0.002 off Arbolino.

Tatsuki Suzuki

Reigning FIM Moto3™ Junior World Champion Jeremy Alcoba (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) took seventh and got the better of veteran John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing), with Celestino Vietti (Sky Racing Team VR46) making a big move forward on Saturday to take ninth. Jaume Masia (Leopard Racing) completes the top ten.

Andrea Migno (Sky Racing Team VR46) was one crasher in the session, and the Italian paid the price as he starts 18th. Two more riders to likely look out for on Sunday coming from a little further back will be previous Jerez winner Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse), who just missed out on moving into Q2 after he sat out the final couple of minutes of Q1 and starts 20th, and Darryn Binder (CIP Green Power), who’s in 25th but stormed through the pack last week. Can they get back in the mix?

Tatsuki Suzuki

I don’t know how I took this pole position. You know, usually I’m fast on Saturday and struggle a bit on Sunday in the race, so this weekend we concentrated on race distance and I’m very surprised about this lap-time, especially in the hot conditions. The lap-time makes me more confident, tomorrow I hope I’ll fight for the podium and stay as far forward as possible.”

Moto3™ front row
1 Tatsuki Suzuki – SIC58 Squadra Corse – Honda 1:45.410
2 Ai Ogura – Honda Team Asia – Honda +0.285
3 Gabriel Rodrigo – Kömmerling Gresini Moto3 – Honda +0.296

Moto3 Qualifying Results

Pos Rider Bike Q Time/Gap
1 Tatsuki SUZUKI HONDA Q2 1m45.410
2 Ai OGURA HONDA Q2 +0.285
3 Gabriel RODRIGO HONDA Q2 +0.296
4 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM Q2 +0.483
5 Tony ARBOLINO HONDA Q2 +0.507
6 Albert ARENAS KTM Q2 +0.509
7 Jeremy ALCOBA HONDA Q2 +0.647
8 John MCPHEE HONDA Q2 +0.651
9 Celestino VIETTI KTM Q2 +0.776
10 Jaume MASIA HONDA Q2 +0.848
11 Carlos TATAY KTM Q2 +0.887
12 Kaito TOBA KTM Q2 +0.893
13 Sergio GARCIA HONDA Q2 +0.916
14 Deniz ÖNCÜ KTM Q2 +1.006
15 Filip SALAC HONDA Q2 +1.229
16 Ayumu SASAKI KTM Q2 +1.460
17 Ryusei YAMANAKA HONDA Q2 +1.516
18 Andrea MIGNO KTM Q2 +1.838
19 Yuki KUNII HONDA Q1 (*) 0.593
20 Niccolò ANTONELLI HONDA Q1 (*) 0.626
21 Romano FENATI HUSQVARNA Q1 (*) 0.818
22 Stefano NEPA KTM Q1 (*) 0.927
23 Dennis FOGGIA HONDA Q1 (*) 0.949
24 Maximilian KOFLER KTM Q1 (*) 1.026
25 Darryn BINDER KTM Q1 (*) 1.153
26 Khairul Idham PAWI HONDA Q1 (*) 1.159
27 Riccardo ROSSI KTM Q1 (*) 1.400
28 Jason DUPASQUIER KTM Q1 (*) 1.495
29 Barry BALTUS KTM Q1 (*) 1.569
30 Davide PIZZOLI KTM Q1 (*) 2.047

MotoE

Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP) converted his Free Practice form into his maiden FIM Enel MotoE World Cup E-Pole in Round 2, with the Swiss rider back on top for the first time since taking pole for the 2014 German Moto2 Grand Prix. He beat second fastest Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) by 0.267. and two rookies will line-up on the front row once again as Lukas Tulovic (Tech3 E-Racing) set a 1:48.525 and mastered the final sector to sit third.

Track temperatures for the MotoE riders sat at a sizzling 60+ degrees on Saturday afternoon as Cup standings leader Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) went in search of his second pole in seven days. After Jakub Kornfeil (WithU Motorsport), Maria Herrera (Openbank Aspar Team) – the Spaniard having her lap time cancelled for exceeding track limits – and Alessandro Zaccone (Trentino Gresini MotoE) had completed their laps, Josh Hook (Octo Pramac MotoE) fired in a low 1:49 so set the other riders which a good benchmark time to beat.

Dominique Aegerter took his first E-Pole

Next thought it was a disaster for Tommaso Marcon (Tech3 E-Racing) as the Italian left pitlane too late, seeing the rookie getting a black flag in his second E-Pole session. There were no such errors for Tulovic though as the German slammed in a stunning lap time, his aforementioned 1:48.525 a tenth faster than Granado’s E-Pole time at the Spanish GP – and that time was going to take some beating.

Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) and Alejandro Medina (Openbank Aspar Team) slotted in behind Tulovic’s time despite their best effort, but Ferrari was able to knock the German off his perch to nick provisional pole by a tenth. Then came Granado, with all eyes on the Brazilian. Could the runaway Spanish GP winner put another chink in his opponents’ armour by taking pole? The number 51 had two moments on his flying lap – most notably the back getting squirmy out of Turn 6 – and that would ultimately cost him pole position as he slotted into P3, with Aegerter still to go

The former Moto2 winner made no mistakes on his run to grab pole position by over two tenths, demoting Ferrari to second and Granado off the front row. Torres and Medina will start 5th and 6th on the second row, with the experienced Alex de Angelis (Octo Pramac MotoE) heading row three. Mattia Casadei (SIC58 Squadra Corse), Niccolo Canepa (LCR E-Team) and Hook complete the top 10

Dominique Aegerter

For me I’m very happy to start as poleman, we did a great job, we worked very hard this week, we were checking the data from last weekend, the team was working very hard to improve, and me to get more used to the bike! They did a greatjob, it was very hot working in the E-paddock! And as a rider on the track it’s very hot as well. The E-pole is very special, you cannot risk too much and you need to pay attention to track limits, so you need to push and we made a perfect lap. This will be a good chance for me tomorrow to start better than last weekend. I’m looking forward to it.

MotoE™ front row
1 Dominique Aegerter – Dynavolt Intact GP – Energica – 1:48.158
2 Matteo Ferrari – Trentino Gresini MotoE – Energica – +0.267
3 Lukas Tulovic – Tech 3 E-Racing – Energica – +0.367

Josh Hook – P10

Today we made a step, the lap time was quite good. We are doing better than last week, and I will start in a better position tomorrow so we will be able to fight for the top 6. I’m very positive and I cannot wait to race.


MotoE Qualifying Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Dominique AEGERTER ENERGICA 1’48.158
2 Matteo FERRARI ENERGICA 0.267
3 Lukas TULOVIC ENERGICA 0.367
4 Eric GRANADO ENERGICA 0.418
5 Jordi TORRES ENERGICA 0.585
6 Alejandro MEDINA ENERGICA 0.608
7 Alex DE ANGELIS ENERGICA 0.705
8 Mattia CASADEI ENERGICA 0.739
9 Niccolo CANEPA ENERGICA 1.048
10 Josh HOOK ENERGICA 1.097
11 Xavi CARDELUS ENERGICA 1.176
12 Xavier SIMEON ENERGICA 1.237
13 Mike DI MEGLIO ENERGICA 1.367
14 Alessandro ZACCONE ENERGICA 1.576
15 84 Jakub KORNFEIL ENERGICA 2.071
Not Classified
NC Maria HERRERA ENERGICA /
NC Tommaso MARCON ENERGICA /

Source: MCNews.com.au

Andalucía Day One | Times/Quotes/Reports/Images | All classes

2020 MotoGP Round Two – Jerez
Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucía

MotoGP riders reflect on day one


Maverick Vinales – P1

“Today I felt really good on the bike. We tried a new set-up, which is an improvement, and this is the most important thing. Lap by lap and practice by practice I‘m feeling better. So, we need to keep working in this way, because I think that‘s the way to bring the bike to the top. This afternoon I was working on the hard and the medium tyre. We need to understand how all the tyre specs work for us, because it will be really hot on Sunday, so we need to know what we can do. But the feeling is great with any tyre. We also worked a lot on the front tyre, and the feeling is good – better than it was last week. For sure, on Sunday we will have another tyre discussion, but in any case, I feel comfortable with the bike. I think we made an improvement compared to last week. I think this is a good test for us, we never raced at the same track twice in a row. The most important thing is to understand how we do better on race day.”

Maverick Vinales – P1
Valentino Rossi – P2

“It‘s a positive Friday, because we changed something in the setting of the bike, and I feel better. I feel more comfortable, I can ride in a better way, and I improved my pace. So, this morning was very good. In the afternoon, with the hotter temperatures, I suffered a bit more. But anyway, it was not so bad, and I was able to keep a good pace also with the used tyres. It‘s not easy, because there are a lot of riders who are very fast, but also our pace is not bad. As always, tomorrow morning will be crucial. It will be very important to find the right spot to make the right lap time to stay in the top 10. We‘ll have to try. I feel better with the bike compared to last week. We have to work because in some corners I‘m not fantastic. But anyway, it was a positive day.”

Valentino Rossi – P2
Franco Morbidelli – P4

“It was a good Friday; we were able to finish fourth in both morning and afternoon sessions. The pace was especially good and so I’m very happy. Like always, there are some things to improve but we are in a good place. One area to improve will be in braking, so we will work to get better on that. It should be a good race because a lot of riders are setting similar lap times. We tried the soft front tyre this morning, just to understand how it is round here. There are some areas it’s good in, but then the hard tyre is better in other areas. We will need to choose well which tyre we use, but I’m confident going into qualifying tomorrow.”

Franco Morbidelli – P4
Miguel Oliveira – P6

“Overall, we had a positive start. We did a few changes to the bike this morning and I really enjoyed it. Finally, I was able to go fast on one lap, at least faster than the Qualifying last week. For sure, we still need to improve a little bit for tomorrow if we want to be in Q2, but I feel like we’ve done a good job. This afternoon, we kept the same tyres, working on our race pace and so far, I just have positive feelings.”

Miguel Oliveira – P6
Jack Miller – P7

“I think the pace is working better, the feeling with the bike is perfect. Today I didn’t want to take too many risks, especially in the faster corners, but in general I think everything is working even better than last week. Today the temperature was very hot, and we were focusing on both tires non only the rear one. We are ready for tomorrow.”

Jack Miller – P7
Takaaki Nakagami – P8

“As you can see from the result, we are definitely improving compared to last weekend. We got good support from HRC and the team who did a great job today. I’m pretty happy with my feeling on the bike and have improved my riding style, so we’re ready for tomorrow. But we need to pay attention in FP3 because you never know what can happen, everyone goes faster and faster, but we’ll do our best to stay inside the top 10. Then let’s see what happens in qualifying, we are quite competitive so this is a good sign for the race. Let’s keep pushing!”

Takaaki Nakagami – P8
Aleix Espargaro’ – P9

“This morning things felt a bit better and I managed to ride the RS-GP into the top ten. It should be said that, with three fast riders on the injured list, it was a bit simpler. In any case, tomorrow in FP3 we’ll need to push hard to hold onto this position. We had a few difficulties in the afternoon. Unfortunately, we are still losing a lot in acceleration and that is accentuated by the poor grip when the temperature rises. I hope I can improve for tomorrow. The goal is to confirm the top-10 position and take the bike to Q2.”

Aleix Espargaro’ – P9
Andrea Dovizioso – P10

“I am satisfied with the work we have done during Day 1. We managed to improve my feeling with the bike a lot, especially in braking and entering the corners, but still, I can’t be as smooth as I would like on the corner exit. Looking at the timesheets, we see that our rivals have also managed to make some progress compared to last weekend, so it will be important to continue to improve and find a good rhythm for the race. Tomorrow it will be crucial to do a good qualifying and be able to start from the first rows in the race.”

Andrea Dovizioso – P10
Joan Mir – P11

“Today I worked on race pace – especially using the hot conditions in the afternoon to try and put together some laps – as well as working on setup. I’m making up for the time I lost last Sunday. Tomorrow in FP3 it will be important to set a quick lap in order to go into Q2. It seems today we’ve learned some useful things, and we’ll see tomorrow what type of lap time I can do.”

Joan Mir – P11
Iker Lecuona – P12

“This morning, I finished in P12, so I was quite happy, especially because I managed to improve the base of the bike, so I could ride more relaxed and faster. In FP2 this afternoon, we were trying some things for the race, so we didn’t focus on the lap time. Unfortunately, I had a small crash in turn two, after we changed something on the bike and I didn’t have a good feeling with the front. I went back out with the number two bike, so it was ok. Anyway, we know where we can work on from here, so I hope I can improve my lap time tomorrow and stay closer to the front.”

Iker Lecuona – P12
Johann Zarco – P13

“So, the first day here for de second grand prix has been good. This afternoon I improved a little bit my lap time compared to the morning one. I got a little crash, but I was trying to find some new limits and to crash was not a problem, it was almost good to understand where I can push or not. So, positive day, tomorrow will be especially important to find the time-attack in FP3 to have the chance to go straight to Q2 and then have the best qualifying as possible. The performance is coming better and now I need to stay focused.”

Johann Zarco – P13
Fabio Quartararo – P14

“I have actually changed my approach to Free Practice! Before I would always make a time attack because I wanted to finish first. Last year if I had finished Friday with a position like this I would have been angry. I’m really happy though as we know we have one-lap pace here, so I could work on race pace – after all what counts is Sunday. The potential for us to go directly into Q2 is high, but of course anything can happen. I’m feeling confident and our situation is very good. We’ve tried quite a lot of things today and I’m feeling great. I had one moment where the wheel didn’t stay on the track like I thought it would and I ended up on the grass. A little bit of motocross practice during a MotoGP session was quite fun! The pace is great and I can wait for tomorrow to jump back on the bike and get some more laps in.”

Fabio Quartararo – P14
Alex Marquez – P15

“It will be interesting to see how much we can improve this weekend, already this weekend we have been able to make a step especially in the hotter conditions of the afternoon. I’m 100% sure tomorrow we can make another step as we have found a set up change for hot conditions which helped us. Tomorrow will be an important day for us, going directly to Q2 will need a low 37 and our target is to be as close to Q2 as possible. We’re working on our one lap pace to try and achieve this.”

Alex Marquez – P15
Danilo Petrucci – P16

“Unfortunately in this heat, being able to improve the times in the afternoon is always very complicated. My feelings are slowly improving, but today I struggled mainly to turn the bike, and so, it will be an aspect that we will have to work on. Tomorrow morning’s session will be crucial because being able to get into Q2 can make really a difference ahead of the race. The goal now is to be able to be fast immediately in FP3 and get a good result in qualifying.”

Danilo Petrucci – P16
Pecco Bagnaia – P17

“Today we continued with the work done last week. We focused on race pace, and I made many laps with used tires, today I have never done a time attack. I think that we did a very good job. I did a lot of laps in both the sessions and the chrono that I did during my 21st laps was the same compared to my best. It was very important in view of the race, because last Sunday I struggled a lot during the last ten laps due to front tires. Tomorrow during FP3 we will focus on time attack to directly access in Q2 and.”

Pecco Bagnaia – P17
Tito Rabat – P18

“It’s been a positive day. In the morning, with the soft front tyre I didn’t do very well, but in the afternoon we tried some modifications and it went a little better. I’m satisfied and now we’ll see if we can continue in this direction and improve a little more. I’m sure that if we continue on this path it will go well”

Tito Rabat – P18
Bradley Smith – P19

“Today we decided to use the two sessions to work on the aspects that I had been least satisfied with during the race last Sunday. The conditions had caught us a bit off guard. Apparently, we still don’t have enough data on this new bike. The FP3 session tomorrow morning will clearly be a sort of qualifying. Everyone will be on the track with knives between their teeth and we’ll have to try to exploit the RS-GP as best we can in the time attack, but what counted today was working on the setup for Sunday.”

Bradley Smith – P19
Cal Crutchlow – P20

“It was good to get back on track today with not a bad feeling on the bike to be honest. The team and Honda were very relaxed with me this weekend to see if I could ride. I showed it’s possible to ride the bike, although the feeling is a little strange. I don’t have so much pain in the wrist and when I do I just try to ride around it as best as possible. I feel the condition of me on the bike is not superb after the crash last week, but we’ll continue to work over the weekend to make me a little bit more comfortable. The surgeon, Dr Mir, has done a good job and, along with me keeping ice on the wrist over the weekend to keep the inflammation down, I’ll grit my teeth and try to do my best possible on the bike.”

Cal Crutchlow – P20
Alex Rins – P21

“It was hard today, I expected to feel better on the bike, but I felt a lot of pain in my shoulder – especially under braking. In FP1 I was without painkillers, but I took some before FP2. Despite the pain, the good thing is that after these two sessions my shoulder does not seem more swollen or inflamed, so tomorrow we need to keep fighting and working. I managed to try a few settings and consider the tyre choice ahead of the race, let’s see if I can be a bit faster tomorrow.”

Alex Rins – P21
Marc Marquez – DNS

“Yesterday I arrived at the circuit after the operation in Barcelona and passed the medical test in the afternoon. It means I can ride, and after discussing with Honda we decided to start directly on Saturday. I have slept quite well, I am obviously in some pain, but we have had physiotherapy sessions with my physio that have been quite good for me. With the team we have set ourselves only one objective, which is to see our feelings tomorrow in FP3. Let’s see how the arm is and from there we will decide our next objective. Thanks to everyone for their support, these have been hard days but with the support of HRC, the Repsol Honda Team, all the sponsors and fans who love the sport just as I do, it seems easier.”

Marc Marquez – DNS
Massimo Meregalli – Yamaha Team Director

“We had a good day today. Of course, it‘s always nice to see both our riders top the timesheets in FP1 – and having a good pace in the cooler morning session is important for tomorrow‘s FP3, so we can go straight into Q2 – but it‘s the afternoon pace that‘s our main focus. Maverick is looking confident again regardless of the track conditions, even more so than last week. He‘s comfortable on his bike, so we are excited to see where these positive feelings will take him this weekend. For Valentino we prepared a different set-up that he liked straight away, and it gives him the feeling that he was missing during the last weekend. Thanks to this he could ride the bike in a manner that he‘s more comfortable with. All in all, we did a good job with the tyres. In FP2 we focused on comparing the different specifications and gathered good information in view of Sunday‘s race. Tomorrow afternoon we will continue and finish the work on the tyres, and as always we will try to make a further step in tomorrow‘s FP3.”

Monster Energy Yamaha 1-2
Davide Brivio – Suzuki Team Manager

“Today was important, Alex needed to check his condition after the injury and it’s not easy for him, but we still managed to try some things and prepare for the weekend. It’s only the first day but he got some indication as to how his body is reacting. He’ll continue with treatment and hope to feel better. Joan didn’t push in the morning, but in the afternoon he showed good pace and he was consistent. Overall, a positive day.”


MotoGP Friday Report

Maverick Viñales and team-mate Valentino Rossi made it a Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 1-2 on Friday in the Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucia, holding back an incredible charge from Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Brad Binder as the rookie completed the top three in another impressive showing at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto. Once again it was FP1 laps that decided the combined timesheets for many in the field, and a good few familiar faces need to move forward in FP3 to make it to Q2…

With the weather as scorching as ever in southern Spain and looking unlikely to change overnight, however, there is plenty time for the field to fight back to get into Q2, including Spanish GP winner Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) as the Frenchman ended the day outside the top ten once again – just as he did a week ago. It did get a little racy for ‘El Diablo’ in FP2 though, with Viñales tagging onto the back of Quartararo at the beginning of the session and the two heading round in a brief cat and mouse with a number of laps close together… and later in the session, the Frenchman kicked up some dust as he ran afoul of track limits too, although no harm done.

Rossi had a less dramatic day as the ‘Doctor’ was back near the top of the timesheets from his FP1 time, and remained within a couple of tenths of team-mate Viñales in FP2 – something that could bode well after a podium for the latter last week, and given the temperatures in the second session mirror race time more closely. Protégé of sorts Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) was a fitting 0.046 off the nine-time World Champion on the combined timesheets too as the number 21 took P4 overall, ending the day as top Independent Team rider.

Maverick Vinales – P1

Then came the rest of the KTM armada, as the top six was a tale of two factories: Yamaha and KTM. Binder’s incredible P3, off the back of race-leading pace shown in the Spanish GP despite his early run off relegating him from the top ten, backs up both the South African’s speed and that of KTM. Team-mate Pol Espargaro, despite a tip off, was fifth fastest on Friday and third fastest in FP2 after equalling the Austrian factory’s best dry weather result last week, and Red Bull KTM Tech 3’s Miguel Oliveira extended the impressive showing as he completed the combined top six.

Brad Binder – P3

Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) was the top Ducati on Friday as he took seventh, and the Australian had Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) for close company as he took P8. The number 30 also became the first Japanese rider to top a full session since Shinya Nakano in 2006 as he scorched to the top in FP2, slamming in two fast laps for good measure.

Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) was ninth quickest, with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) – Spanish GP podium finisher – completing the top ten overall.

Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) beat Iker Lecuona (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) to 11th despite a crash for the latter, ahead of Johann Zarco (Hublot Reale Avintia Racing) in P13. The Frenchman was also crasher on Friday with a low-side tip off in FP2, but he also showed some impressive speed in the hot afternoon conditions and ended the second session of the day in second, just a tenth and a half off Nakagami’s FP2-topping 1:37.715.

Quartararo was 14th on Day 1, one position ahead of where he finished last week on his way to winning that race, with rookie Alex Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) locking out the fastest fifteen on Friday.

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) did not ride on Friday, his plan is to return to action on Saturday. Fellow comeback kings Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) and Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) did, however, ending the day in P20 and P21 respectively as they evaluate their respective conditions.


MotoGP Combined Practice Times

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 M.Viñales YAMAHA 1m37.063
2 V.Rossi YAMAHA +0.142
3 B.Binder KTM +0.307
4 F.Morbidelli YAMAHA +0.353
5 P.Espargaro KTM +0.379
6 M.Oliveira KTM +0.429
7 J.Miller DUCATI +0.503
8 T.Nakagami HONDA +0.529
9 A.Espargaro APRILIA +0.672
10 A.Dovizioso DUCATI +0.676
11 J.Mir SUZUKI +0.686
12 I.Lecuona KTM +0.769
13 J.Zarco DUCATI +0.807
14 F.Quartararo YAMAHA +0.829
15 A.Marquez HONDA +0.894
16 D.Petrucci DUCATI +0.934
17 F.Bagnaia DUCATI +1.246
18 T.Rabat DUCATI +1.330
19 B.Smith APRILIA +1.629
20 C.Crutchlow HONDA +1.784
21 A.Rins SUZUKI +2.038

Moto2

How close do you like it? On Day 1 of the Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucia, the Moto2 top three were split by less than a tenth of a second, with Marco Bezzecchi (Sky Racing Team VR46) taking the spoils by virtue of a 1:41.525. The Italian crashed later in the day – rider ok – but held onto the top with his FP1 time, ahead of Championship leader Tetsuta Nagashima (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and Jorge Navarro (Beta Tools Speed Up), who was just 0.065 off the top.

Marco Bezzecchi (Sky Racing Team VR46

Another Andalucian summer day; another set of soaring track temperatures dealt to the riders, and consequently it was the FP1 times that made up the combined standings for the majority. Bezzecchi headed that before his FP2 tip off – and small brief fire that engulfed the bike – but he was quick in the afternoon too, just 0.081 off the fastest time set by his teammate and Spanish GP winner Luca Marini. Nagashima was still just 0.059 off Bezzecchi in FP2 though, with some familiar names rising to the top in both sessions.

Behind the top three overall, two-time Jerez winner Lorenzo Baldassarri (Flexbox HP 40) was much further up the timesheets this Friday around as he took P4 at only a tenth and a half off the top, with Federal Oil Gresini Moto2’s Nicolo Bulega putting in a solid day’s work to complete the top five. Previous Jerez winner Sam Lowes (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) was sixth quickest, ahead of Spanish GP winner Marini in seventh overall.

Last weekend’s polesitter Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) was P8, with Stefano Manzi (MV Agusta Forward Racing) in ninth to make it three different chassis in the top ten. Impressive rookie Aron Canet (Openbank Aspar Team Moto2) locked out that top ten after showing some solid speed once again.

Somkiat Chantra (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) made a big leap up the timesheets to end Friday in 11th, ahead of a tougher day at the office for Marcel Schötter (Liqui Moly Intact GP) and his teammate Tom Lüthi. They still stand to take their provisional places in Q2 though, as does the final graduate as of Friday: Tennor American Racing’s Joe Roberts.

Moto2 Combined Practice Times

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 M.Bezzecchi KALEX 1’41.525
2 T.Nagashima KALEX 0.028
3 J.Navarro SPEED UP 0.065
4 L.Baldassarri   Ita KALEX 0.153
5 N.Bulega KALEX 0.210
6 S.Lowes KALEX 0.225
7 L.Marini KALEX 0.230
8 J.Martin KALEX 0.232
9 S.Manzi MV AGUSTA 0.236
10 A.Canet SPEED UP 0.365
11 S.Chantra KALEX 0.381
12 M.Schrotter KALEX 0.409
13 T.Luthi KALEX 0.493
14 J.Roberts KALEX 0.505
15 J.Dixon KALEX 0.517
16 M.Ramirez KALEX 0.543
17 E.Bastianini KALEX 0.583
18 H.Syahrin SPEED UP 0.605
19 E.Pons KALEX 0.693
20 R.Gardner KALEX 0.774
21 F.Di Giannanto   Ita SPEED UP 0.787
22 A.Fernandez KALEX 0.886
23 X.Vierge KALEX 1.064
24 A.Izdihar KALEX 1.075
25 H.Garzo KALEX 1.282
26 L.Dalla Porta   Ita KALEX 1.435
27 B.Bendsneyde NTS 1.679
28 S.Corsi MV AGUSTA 1.707
29 K.Daniel KALEX 1.783
30 J.Raffin NTS 2.338

Moto3

Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) topped the timesheets on Day 1 of the Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucia, putting in a 1:45.896 in FP1 and remaining the only rider to dip into the 1:45s by the end of play. Last weekend’s polesitter Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) was second fastest, with Filip Salač (Rivacold Snipers Team) within a tenth of the Japanese rider to complete the top three. The combined time-sheets were so tight on Day 1, only five of the gaps splitting the 31-strong grid were over a tenth of a second…

Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

It was another baking hot Friday under the Andalucian sun, and the majority of the combined timesheets once again featured a majority of laptimes set in the slightly cooler conditions of FP1. The afternoon instead saw John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing) in charge for much of FP2, with the Scotsman seven tenths clear, then three, and then finally just 0.045 ahead after a late dash from Andrea Migno (Sky Racing Team VR46) and Championship leader Albert Arenas (Solunion Aspar Team Moto3), who also got within a tenth of the Brit.

Overall though it’s Fernandez, Suzuki and Salač in charge from their FP1 times, with last week’s Friday showstopper, Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3), slotting into fourth. Migno completed the top five as the Italian was once again up at the sharp end in Jerez.

Next up on the Friday timesheets it was a battle for supremacy between the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and the FIM CEV Repsol, with 2019 Rookies Cup winner Carlos Tatay (Reale Avintia Moto3) taking the spoils in P6 to edge out reigning FIM Moto3 Junior World Champion Jeremy Alcoba (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3). They finished the day just ahead of Spanish GP podium finisher Tony Arbolino (Rivacold Snipers Team) and FP2’s fastest man McPhee, who were eighth and ninth respectively. Stefano Nepa (Solunion Aspar Team Moto3) completed the top ten after a solid showing.

The final four currently enjoying a provisional place in Q2 are Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing), two-time 2020 podium finisher Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia), Ayumu Sasaki (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) and, in an uncharacteristic P14, Championship leader Arenas. The likes of Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse), Celestino Vietti (Sky Racing Team VR46) and Jaume Masia (Leopard Racing) are currently set to miss out, the latter after also suffering a crash, and will be looking for more…

Maximilian Kofler (CIP Green Power) was the only other rider to take a tumble on Friday, although teammate Darryn Binder had a small skirmish and run off. The South African will be another looking for improvements in FP3 after mounting an amazing comeback through the field before a crash in the Spanish GP last weekend.

Moto3 Combined Practice Times

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 R.Fernandez KTM 1m45.896
2 T.Suzuki HONDA +0.216
3 F.Salac HONDA +0.309
4 G.Rodrigo HONDA +0.341
5 A.Migno KTM +0.393
6 C.Tatay KTM +0.396
7 J.Alcoba HONDA +0.437
8 T.Arbolino HONDA +0.464
9 J.Mcphee HONDA +0.491
10 S.Nepa KTM +0.650
11 D.Foggia HONDA +0.663
12 A.Ogura HONDA +0.680
13 A.Sasaki KTM +0.744
14 A.Arenas KTM +0.753
15 R.Rossi KTM +0.823
16 R.Yamanaka HONDA +0.959
17 N.Antonelli HONDA +0.960
18 D.Binder KTM +0.988
19 Y.Kunii HONDA +1.007
20 C.Vietti KTM +1.084
21 K.Toba KTM +1.167
22 S.Garcia HONDA +1.293
23 K.Pawi HONDA +1.315
24 D.Öncü KTM +1.388
25 J.Dupasquier KTM +1.392
26 J.Masia HONDA +1.425
27 A.Lopez HUSQVARNA +1.593
28 R.Fenati HUSQVARNA +1.620
29 D.Pizzoli KTM +1.663
30 B.Baltus KTM +1.884
31 M.Kofler KTM +1.983

MotoE

Round 2 of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup looks even closer than the first after Friday’s action at the Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucia. Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP) leads the field at the end of play thanks to a 1:48.024 in FP1, but points leader and first race winner Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) came close to knocking the rookie off the top in the afternoon in FP2 as the Brazilian finished just 0.032 in arrears overall. Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadracorse) kept it even closer in third as he finished the day 0.059 off Aegerter, the Italian’s lap also his fastest from his FP1.

The morning session was drama free for the field and the majority set their fastest lap therein, with Aegerter leading Cadasei. Granado joined the top three party in FP2 as one of only two in the top ten to improve, but the next riders up on the combined timesheets were all faster in the morning.

Alex de Angelis was fourth overall for Octo Pramac MotoE, with 2019 Cup winner Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) completing the top five. Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) was sixth quickest in another solid showing for the rookie, ahead of only the second man in the top ten to improve in FP2: rookie Alejandro Medino (Openbank Aspar Team). Niccolo Canepa (LCR E-Team) was eighth, with Mike Di Meglio (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) in P9 thanks to his FP1 time – but the Frenchman suffering a crash in FP2, rider ok. Xavier Simeon (LCR E-Team) completes the top ten.

Niki Tuuli (Avant Ajo MotoE) was P11 on Friday as he continues to struggle slightly to replicate is 2019 pace, and the Finn also suffered a crash in FP2 at Turn 6. Rider ok, and both he and Di Meglio – race winners last year – will be looking for a little more going forward, as will rookie Lukas Tulovic (Tech 3 E-Racing). The German finished 14th on Day 1, ten places lower than his finishing position in Race 1.

Josh Hook – P12

“Today was a little bit difficult, we tried different set up and in the end we found the right one. The bike is working quite well, in the afternoon session we were a little bit slower than we were in the morning. We will try again tomorrow morning when the track will be faster.”

Josh Hook

MotoE Combined Practice Times

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 D.Aegerter ENERGICA 1m48.024
2 E.Granado ENERGICA +0.032
3 M.Casadei ENERGICA +0.059
4 A.De Angelis ENERGICA +0.104
5 M.Ferrari ENERGICA +0.284
6 J.Torres ENERGICA +0.499
7 A.Medina ENERGICA +0.666
8 N.Canepa ENERGICA +0.705
9 M.Di Meglio ENERGICA +0.820
10 X.Simeon ENERGICA +0.865
11 N.Tuuli ENERGICA +0.968
12 J.Hook ENERGICA +1.174
13 X.Cardelus ENERGICA +1.199
14 L.Tulovic ENERGICA +1.241
15 M.Herrera ENERGICA +1.387
16 T.Marcon ENERGICA +1.597
17 A.Zaccone ENERGICA +1.823
18 J.Kornfeil ENERGICA +2.164

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Granado wins MotoE season opener

2020 MotoE Round One Jerez


He’s been on top for much of the weekend and on race day it was no different: Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) seems well and truly the man to beat in 2020. The Brazilian laid down the gauntlet in the opening race of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España, picking his way past the fast-starting Lukas Tulovic (Tech 3 E-Racing) early on to pull away for a dominant first victory of the year. Reigning Cup winner Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) put in a typically measured ride to emerge second from an almighty fight for the podium, with rookie Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP) making good on his form to complete the top three in his first ever MotoE race.

MotoE

Granado got a good launch from pole position, but not as good as second place Tulovic as the rookie grabbed the holeshot into Turn 1. Granado soon found his way back past the German to lead the MotoE field over the line on Lap 1, however, and from there, the Brazilian immediately started gapping the gaggle of riders behind. Meanwhile, the experienced Alex de Angelis (Octo Pramac MotoE) was informed he had two long lap penalties for jumping the start.

On the opening three laps, P2 to P10 were split by just 2.3 seconds as an electric Energica Ego Corsa train formed behind Tulovic. But that’s not to say the German wasn’t looking comfortable, as the rookie stayed calm and collected in the opening exchanges despite pressure from Ferrari. Soon enough the more experienced Italian was through though, taking P2 at Turn 1 with two laps to go.

Ferrari

Aegerter, meanwhile, hadn’t had the best opening exchanges. The Swiss rider had dropped to P7 on Lap 1 but with two laps remaining, he was a rookie on the move and made it up into fourth as he dived underneath Alejandro Medina (Openbank Aspar Team) at Dani Pedrosa corner on the penultimate lap. Tulovic and Ferrari lay ahead, and the chance at his first MotoE podium…

Heading onto the last lap, Granado’s lead was nearly three seconds, but the battle for P2 and P3 was still between six riders as the squabbles continued. Ferrari was holding P2 but at Pedrosa corner, Aegerter made his move up the inside of Tulovic and the Swiss rider set about cutting down the gap to the Italian ahead. He was just about able to show a wheel to Ferrari at Jorge Lorenzo corner as the grid thundered through for the final time, but the reigning Cup winner held onto P2.

Granado began his 2020 campaign in fine style; a three-second win over the six-lap dash an impressive display and the victory his third in a row given his double in Valencia last season. Ferrari kept his trademark consistency for second, with Aegerter taking his first podium at the expense of Tulovic taking the same as the German finished fourth.

MotoE Podium
1 Eric Granado – Avintia Esponsorama Racing – Energica – 10:55.542
2 Matteo Ferrari – Trentino Gresini MotoE – Energica – +3.044
3 Dominique Aegerter – Dynavolt Intact GP – Energica – +3.299

Matteo Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadracorse) finished less than a second away from the podium in P5, as Jordi Torres brought his Pons Racing 40 Energica Ego Corsa home in P6 – a solid effort from the rookie. Medina lost out on the last lap as he and Torres ran wide at Pedrosa corner, with Xavier Simeon (LCR E-Team), Josh Hook (Octo Pramac MotoE) and Mike Di Meglio (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) completing the top 10 in Jerez.

Josh Hook (Octo Pramac MotoE)

Eric Granado – P1

It was a great weekend, I’m very happy with the pace all weekend, my team did a great job, I think I learned from last year when I made so many mistakes; I wasn’t consistent and I crashed in so many races. Today I was trying to not make any mistakes. At the start I wheelie’d, I don’t know why, we never had that feeling before! I think because of the new torque but I’ll work to not do that again! After that I tried to overtake Tulovic as soon as I could and do a clean lap. It was good, I could get a gap and then control it. I’m very happy and I want to say thanks to my team, everyone supporting me in Brazil, and MotoGP for making it possible for us to go back racing. I’m very happy to be here again on top of the podium!”

Josh Hook – P9

A very good result for us, I know the position doesn’t seem that good, but we made a massive step with the bike. for sure we need to improve in E-Pole, if we started from the front 3 rows we would be in a battle for the podium. We still have a lot of work to do but I’m very confident.”

Josh Hook

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Jerez MotoGP Qualifying | Times/Quotes/Reports/Images | All classes

2020 MotoGP Jerez Qualifying Quotes


Fabio Quartararo – P1

Today was a really great day. Yesterday was the toughest FP1 of my career, then FP2 the feeling was better and then FP3 this morning was the first time attack lap since pre-season in Qatar. Of course it is a great feeling to be pole, especially after such a long time with no race, but this is only Saturday. We need to do the same on Sunday! We will obviously try our best, we have a good pace and we will try to get the best possible result tomorrow. We know we are strong and tyre life is good, but our rivals are also very strong. I’m focusing on the job that I need to do and hopefully we will be able to fight for the victory. I’m not obsessing over a first MotoGP win though, our goal tomorrow is to be on the podium. We have 13 races in a short space of time so we need consistent results.”

Fabio Quartararo – P1
Maverick Vinales – P2

I feel really good, honestly. I think we improved the bike quite a lot, especially in the hot conditions. We worked on it during Q1, so it seems that we found something there – that will be very important for tomorrow. But anyway, I‘m so happy and so excited to start the race, because in FP4 I felt incredibly good, and I felt I was hitting good lap times. I can‘t wait for tomorrow!

Maverick Vinales – P2
Marc Marquez – P3

It was tough! The lap time with this high temperature was very good. I knew even before we left the garage that my target was to try and be on the front row because for some reason Yamaha and Suzuki over one lap are very strong with the new tyre. But we have been working for race distance and in FP4 tyre life and our pace was very good. This is the main focus for tomorrow.

Marc Marquez – P3
Pecco Bagnaia – P4

This weekend we had a different strategy and it worked. I didn’t expect that we could go under the 1:37 with the heat. Tomorrow during the race it will be very important to make a good start and preserve a good race pace. I’m very happy, I can ride as I want, I feel good with my bike, my team and Ducati and I have to thanks them for the confidence and the great work that they made in these months.

Pecco Bagnaia – P4
Jack Miller – P5

I’m happy for today, second row is a good result. I’m disappointed for the crash, but I was trying my maximum to try to improve the position. The track is quite tricky, the temperature is probably the biggest problem and we have to pay attention in the race tomorrow because I think the pace will not be incredibly fast and we have to manage the tyres.

Jack Miller – P5
Cal Crutchlow – P6

Today was a positive enough day to finish in the top six and be on the second row for the first race of the season tomorrow in Jerez. I don’t feel particularly fantastic with the bike at the moment, however, and I need to improve for the race. In the hotter conditions the package isn’t quite working exactly how I would like, and I think we can make it a bit better on Sunday.  We worked hard and did a good job during qualifying. I made a couple of mistakes on my fast lap and think I could have gone a bit faster, but I don’t think I would have made the front row anyway. It’s a great job by the whole LCR Honda Castrol Team in difficult circumstances, and I look forward to finally getting in 25 laps of race action.

Cal Crutchlow – P6
Pol Espargaro – P7

“It was better than what we expected We missed everything today by milliseconds, but I think we must be happy. We were a bit worried because these high temperatures are very tricky for us. I think the bike is turning a bit better and for whatever reason this tire is adapting a bit more to our bike. The race pace especially is quite consistent and doesn’t drop as much as last year with these hot temperatures. For tomorrow’s race let’s see with the asphalt after the Moto2 race and the temperatures together with the different rubber. I will need to risk a little in the beginning, but we are in a good position to be in the second group.

Pol Espargaro – P7
Andrea Dovizioso – P8

Today it has been difficult for me to stay in the top positions both in FP3 and the qualifying. It’s a pity because I hoped to start from the first or second row in the race; instead, we will start from the eighth position, from the third row. We have a good race pace, but at the moment I am still not fully satisfied with my feeling with the bike. We are working on it and hope to be able to improve it in time for tomorrow. It will be important to stay at the front immediately, and I am sure we have the potential to do a good race.”

Andrea Dovizioso – P8
Alex Rins – P9

I was entering the last part of the lap and suddenly I lost the front at Turn 11. I tried to recover the bike, but I couldn’t, so I entered the gravel trap at high speed, and I decided to drop the bike to avoid arriving at the barriers. Unfortunately, I suffered an injury and I felt a lot of pain. I was transferred to the Clinica Mobile and then to the hospital where they confirmed there is a damage, but we still don’t know is this will allow me to race tomorrow. Now I just want to have a good rest and try to recover as much as possible, then tomorrow morning the doctors will make the final evaluation.”

Alex Rins – P9
Franco Morbidelli – P10

I think we achieved the maximum we could today as I didn’t have the right feeling in qualifying. It was fine in the practice sessions this morning, but not qualifying. It happens from time to time with the changing track conditions, different tyres, things like this that the feeling changes between sessions. The important thing is that the pace is good for the race and we know what progress we need to make tomorrow. There were some front-end issues, which meant I couldn’t push in some areas of the track, but I think we will be fine tomorrow and I am happy with where we are.

Franco Morbidelli – P10
Valentino Rossi – P11

The Saturday made a big difference. Yesterday I didn‘t feel well with the balance of the bike, but today we improved. When you look at the data, Maverick and Fabio are strong everywhere. Usually Maverick is also very fast in braking. It looks like he is able to stop the bike a bit better than me, so this is the main issue at the moment. We improved a lot compared to yesterday, but we need more. We‘ll keep working to try to make another step, but now the top-3 guys are very strong and in Yamaha‘s case, Maverick and Fabio are riding very fast.

Valentino Rossi – P11
Joan Mir – P12

I’m really disappointed with how qualifying went because I’ve felt great all weekend, especially in the sessions today. Somehow I couldn’t get the feeling during Q2 and now we want to find out what happened and how to improve it. Tomorrow I’m focused on having a strong start and getting the best result I can. It will be tough with the heat, but I will push. I want to send a lot of strength to Alex, and I hope he can be back in the box as soon as possible.”

Joan Mir – P12
Brad Binder – P13

To be completely honest it has been better than what I could have asked for. If I think where I started at the end of last year – or even the beginning of this one – then I think to be 12th in Jerez with the lap-time we did we have to be happy. We made a huge step in reducing mistakes. Also, with the bike’s performance in the braking zones, especially in the heat and with general comfort just by making the front a bit harder. I need to be realistic, for my first grand prix we are learning a lot and still have a hell of a lot to learn. I realize that every time I go out. I think there is margin there and opportunities for us to make good steps forward. Tomorrow will be part of that learning curve for sure.”

Brad Binder – P13
Danilo Petrucci – P14

It was a pretty difficult day. Unfortunately, I struggled a lot to sleep yesterday because of the neck pain, and the painkillers are debilitating me a lot. Despite this, I am glad to have been able to regain the feeling with the bike and that we have made progress compared to yesterday. My time in qualifying was good and, if I could get straight into Q2, with that time, I would have got the fifth place on the grid. Now we have to focus on tomorrow’s race. It won’t be easy for me, but I am sure we have the potential to do well. I hope that I will feel physically better tomorrow!”

Danilo Petrucci – P14
Takaaki Nakagami – P15

It’s a case of mixed emotions because I’m obviously disappointed about our result today. P15 is not really our position, we should be a lot further forward, but this weekend the lap times are so tight between everyone in every session.  Our potential in FP4, which is race time, is not so bad with used tyres. This is really positive for tomorrow and the race. We have to improve our qualifying laps a little bit. Q1 was really tight but that lap time in Q2 would have been good enough for fifth or sixth position. That is positive for us. MotoGP is so tight this year, if you lose one-tenth you drop three or four positions. You have to always be perfect. We remain positive about tomorrow, and look forward to starting the season.”

Takaaki Nakagami – P15
Aleix Espargaro – P16

I must say that the weekend isn’t going too badly, but not as well as I expected after the tests on Wednesday. I wasn’t fast enough today in qualifying, although I still have a good pace over the long distance. I gave it my all on the flying lap, but with the new tyre I wasn’t able to achieve my goal of 37.5. The race tomorrow will be the most difficult session of the weekend from every point of view. We’ll see how the RS-GP reacts.”

Aleix Espargaro – P16
Miguel Oliveira – P17

This morning it was quite hard to find the pace for one fast lap. We struggled again to find grip. I think I would need a bit more time with the configuration of this bike. But in the end, we made a step forward, so this is important. Our pace is quite strong. Tomorrow it’s going to be a long and hard race, so we keep our minds positive.”

Miguel Oliveira – P17
Bradley Smith – P18

I’m rather pleased with the improvements today, despite the crash on turn 2 during qualifying. We have some work to do. The gap behind Q2 is still too wide. As I said yesterday, our pace is better than our position on the grid reflects, although tomorrow the conditions will be different. It seems like our tyre wear is a bit lower than average, so we will probably be able to maintain higher speeds in the second half of the race. In any case, it won’t be a simple Sunday.”

Bradley Smith – P18
Tito Rabat – P19

Today we have a positive balance, we are all very together so the position does not reflect how fast it is going or all the work we are doing. For the race, we hope to have a good start and a good first few laps. I think it will be an elimination race, due to the heat, where there will be a lot of mistakes and where we will have to keep our heads and bodies cool. We hope to have a good race“.

Johann Zarco – P20

The weekend started off pretty well. The test day on Wednesday was useful, I think for everyone, and I was getting better with the bike which was great. But today, I didn’t handle the time attack well twice with new tyres, there was always something missing, and I didn’t handle it well. So it’s a pity, because I think it’s possible to have a good time with a better qualifying, but I also suffered a small crash in qualifying when I was improving, this put me far away on the grid. Anyway, tomorrow it will be very hot during the race, so we have to keep calm and climb positions lap after lap as it will be long, but I think the pace can be my strong point.”

Johann Zarco – P20
Alex Marquez – P21

The strategy today was to improve, and we made steps in both the morning and in the afternoon. Unfortunately, I am struggling more in the hot conditions than I was expecting but in the morning we were fast. Everything is so close in MotoGP. Every day I am on the bike I want to improve and learn new things; tomorrow will be a good opportunity to do this. The goal is to finish the race but still to push as hard as possible. We saw many positives today but there’s still some room to push a little more.”

Alex Marquez – P21
Iker Lecuona – P22

For sure it wasn’t an easy day for me. I was struggling with the bike and couldn’t find my good feeling from yesterday. FP4 was not bad, I worked a little bit more for the race. The first run of Qualifying was tricky, so I came back to the garage quite quickly, but still, I couldn’t find that great sensation I had on Friday. I’m obviously not happy but we will see what we can change for tomorrow.”

Iker Lecuona – P22

Team Managers

Massimo Meregalli – Yamaha Team Director

It‘s been a mixed experience. Maverick seems incredibly comfortable, even in this exceptional heat. In the morning he couldn‘t use his preferred bike, but that didn‘t slow him down. He has been so fast all weekend, and his pace keeps getting stronger and stronger, so we are looking forward to seeing him fight in the race. Valentino made a step today. He improved in the morning and that helped him get into the top 10 in FP3. In FP4, when both riders worked on the tyre spec, Vale just needed a couple of tenths, so there is definite progress made in the hot afternoon conditions. But unfortunately, Q2 didn‘t go as he wanted. We need to keep working. There are areas where we know we can improve, and we will not rest until the start of tomorrow‘s race to make sure we‘re in the best shape we can possibly be.”

Davide Brivio – Suzuki Team Manager

It’s a big pity that Alex had this crash at the very end of the session at Turn 11 after losing the front and carrying a lot of speed into the gravel. Unfortunately, he has a shoulder injury, which is a huge disappointment for him. Doctors will decide tomorrow morning if he will be fit or not for the race, so we will wait the night to see how the situation develops. Joan was unable to use his full potential during qualifying and he’ll start from the fourth row, but he has very good pace and we’ll see what’s possible. We know he’ll aim for a good result.”


MotoGP Qualifying Report

Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) won a stunning three-way fight for supremacy in qualifying at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España, the Frenchman coming out on top to beat Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) to the first pole of the year. Quartararo left it late to depose Viñales, with Marquez then saying he played the risk vs reward game on his final lap… but did he?

Marquez was the first man to attack the 55-degree track temperature, but his opening lap was marred by running wide at the Dani Pedrosa corner. Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac Racing), though, made no mistake on his first flyer, the Italian going provisional P1 before Quartararo slammed in a 1:37.064. Spurred on by his opening lap mistake, the number 93 of Marquez wasn’t hanging about on his second lap and then snatched P1 from Quartararo with a 1:37.006. The Frenchman bit back immediately with the first sub 1:37 lap of Q2 though – a 1:36.993.

Jerez then fell silent as the MotoGP riders pitted for fresh tyres, tension and anticipation peaking ahead of the final five minutes of the first premier class qualifying session of 2020. We’ve missed the rumble of the MotoGP thoroughbred machines rolling out of pitlane, but we’ve missed the intense battle for pole position even more – and that’s exactly what we go at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto.

Out before his rivals on run number two, Marquez was on song and posted a 1:36.877 to depose Quartararo from P1 as the duo duelled for pole. Another Yamaha was looking deadly too – Viñales – and despite being nearly two tenths shy of Marquez’ time coming into the last split, the number 12 had a mega final sector and demoted Marquez to take over in provisional pole. There were two men left: Quartararo was setting red splits on his final run, and so was Bagnaia.

In the meantime, there was fast crashes for Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) – the fastest man in Q1 – at Turn 11, with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) also going down at Turn 2 to add some more drama. Sadly, the crash resulted in injury for Rins and he’s now unfit for the weekend with a dislocated shoulder.

Back on track, Bagnaia took the chequered flag in P4 to improve his time but not position, nevertheless stunning on his run, before Quartararo showed he was the king of qualifying in Jerez for the second year in a row. ‘El Diablo’ was 0.194 under through the third split and pretty much held it to the line to lay down the gauntlet, taking the maiden MotoGP pole position of 2020. Viñales made it a Yamaha 1-2 – just as it was last year – ahead of Marquez.

Bagnaia continued his good weekend form into Saturday afternoon to earn his best-ever MotoGP™ qualifying result in P4, and the Italian will start one place ahead of teammate Miller after the Australians crashed on a provisional pole lap. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) starts P6.

After graduating from Q1, Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) takes P7 on the grid as the leading KTM rider – the Spaniard finishing 0.788 from pole – and Dovizioso had to settle for P8 after his lowside at Turn 2. Rins qualified ninth but will miss the race, with Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT), Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Joan Mir therefore moving up a place.

What a battle in the opening MotoGP Q2 of the season. Quartararo vs Viñales vs Marc Marquez off the front row is going to be a fascinating start to the race on Sunday afternoon too, with the leading Ducatis of Bagnaia and Miller eyeing up the holeshot from 4th and 5th. It’s all set up to be a stunner, and you can watch it all unfold on Sunday at 2200 (AEST)

MotoGP Combined Qualifying

Pos Rider Bike Q Time/Gap
1 Fabio QUARTARARO YAMAHA Q2 1m36.705
2 Maverick VIÑALES YAMAHA Q2 +0.139
3 Marc MARQUEZ HONDA Q2 +0.157
4 Francesco BAGNAIA DUCATI Q2 +0.250
5 Jack MILLER DUCATI Q2 +0.748
6 Cal CRUTCHLOW HONDA Q2 +0.749
7 Pol ESPARGARO KTM Q2 +0.788
8 Andrea DOVIZIOSO DUCATI Q2 +0.830
9 Alex RINS SUZUKI Q2 +0.931
10 Franco MORBIDELLI YAMAHA Q2 +0.969
11 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA Q2 +1.036
12 Joan MIR SUZUKI Q2 +1.079
13 Brad BINDER KTM Q1 (*) 0.333
14 Danilo PETRUCCI DUCATI Q1 (*) 0.360
15 Takaaki NAKAGAMI HONDA Q1 (*) 0.371
16 Aleix ESPARGARO APRILIA Q1 (*) 0.877
17 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM Q1 (*) 0.901
18 Bradley SMITH APRILIA Q1 (*) 0.903
19 Tito RABAT DUCATI Q1 (*) 0.966
20 Johann ZARCO DUCATI Q1 (*) 1.043
21 Alex MARQUEZ HONDA Q1 (*) 1.193
22 Iker LECUONA KTM Q1 (*) 1.449

Moto2

Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) stole the show in Moto2 qualifying at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España, the Spaniard setting a 1:47.384 on his second flying lap to eventually beat Jorge Navarro (HDR Heidrun Speed Up) to pole position by 0.181 seconds. On his return from injury, Sam Lowes (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) claims P3 and a front row start in Jerez – a venue the Brit has ruled before.

Martin was straight out in Q2 to almost immediately got down to the low 1:41s, with that eventual pole position time coming on only his second flying lap. It wasn’t such a good start for Q1 graduate Fabio Di Giannantonio (HDR Heidrun Speed Up), however, as the Italian tucked the front at Turn 2, with his bike then catching fire in the gravel. Fellow Q1 graduates Xavi Vierge (Petronas Sprinta Racing), Hafizh Syahrin (Inde Aspar Team Moto2) and Joe Roberts (Tennor American Racing) soldiered on.

Meanwhile at the top, Martin stood firm, with Lowes able to slot into second but still a number of tenths in arrears. The Sky Racing Team VR46 bikes of Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi were working in tandem to try and reel in Martin’s advantage too, but despite the duo continually slamming in personal bests, that three-tenth gap couldn’t be eaten into. It looked like Martin’s time was safe with the temperatures rising all the time, but Navarro was then looking good on a personal best. The polesitter from 2019 couldn’t quite repeat his feat in 2020, but he did displace Lowes from P2 to go 0.181 off Martin and split the two men at the top.

Lowes improved his time although his position remained the same, and P3 for the number 22 is a great way to kick off his 2020 campaign after missing the Qatar GP. Can he challenge for the win on Sunday? And speaking of, the Sky VR46 duo have looked stellar all weekend. Friday pacesetter Marini will lead teammate Bezzecchi off the line in P4 and P5, with rookie Aron Canet (Inde Aspar Team Moto2) sitting just behind the two Italians on Row 2 after he moved up the timesheets on Saturday.

Jerez lap record holder Marcel Schrötter (Liqui Moly Intact GP) couldn’t repeat his form from FP3 and will launch from the front the third row, although the German rider was just 0.019 off the second. Championship leader Tetsuta Nagashima (Red Bull KTM Ajo), meanwhile, finished half a second off teammate Martin and will aim to keep his advantage in the overall standings from P8. Vierge came through Q1 to take ninth, just ahead of 2018 and 2019 Spanish GP race winner Lorenzo Baldassarri (FlexBox HP 40), who rounds out the top ten. Can the Italian repeat his feat from the previous two years?

Enea Bastianini (Italtrans Racing Team), Remy Gardner (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team), Edgar Pons (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2), Hector Garzo (Flexbox HP 40) and Syahrin round out the top fifteen on the grid.

Martin was untouchable in qualifying, but the race is a different story and the grid behind him packed with challengers looking to strike back on Sunday. Who can handle the heat best when racing gets underway at 2020 (AEST).

Jorge Martin – P1

This is another step in my career! I’ve been waiting for this moment for a year and a half. Today I didn’t think it was my day because in the warm temperatures yesterday it was difficult, but we did an incredible job and the team worked so well, with such a stable bike and lots of confidence in the front. I’m really happy and I think tomorrow in the cooler temperatures I will be faster and hopefully i I can battle for the race.”

Moto2 front row
1 Jorge Martin – Red Bull KTM Ajo – Kalex 1’41.384
2 Jorge Navarro – HDR Heidrun Speed Up – Speed Up +0.181
3 Sam Lowes – EG 0,0 Marc VDS – Kalex – +0.300

Moto2 Combined Qualifying

Pos Rider Bike Q Time/Gap
1 Jorge MARTIN KALEX Q2 1m41.384
2 Jorge NAVARRO SPEED UP Q2 +0.181
3 Sam LOWES KALEX Q2 +0.300
4 Luca MARINI KALEX Q2 +0.323
5 Marco BEZZECCHI KALEX Q2 +0.338
6 Aron CANET SPEED UP Q2 +0.466
7 Marcel SCHROTTER KALEX Q2 +0.485
8 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA KALEX Q2 +0.505
9 Xavi VIERGE KALEX Q2 +0.595
10 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI KALEX Q2 +0.626
11 Enea BASTIANINI KALEX Q2 +0.698
12 Remy GARDNER KALEX Q2 +0.778
13 Edgar PONS KALEX Q2 +0.915
14 Hector GARZO KALEX Q2 +0.980
15 Hafizh SYAHRIN SPEED UP Q2 +1.021
16 Joe ROBERTS KALEX Q2 +1.037
17 Jake DIXON KALEX Q2 +1.136
18 Fabio DI GIANNANTONI SPEED UP Q2 +1.734
19 Thomas LUTHI KALEX Q1 (*) 0.254
20 Nicolo BULEGA KALEX Q1 (*) 0.270
21 Simone CORSI MV AGUSTA Q1 (*) 0.385
22 Bo BENDSNEYDER NTS Q1 (*) 0.409
23 Stefano MANZI MV AGUSTA Q1 (*) 0.413
24 Augusto FERNANDEZ KALEX Q1 (*) 0.437
25 Marcos RAMIREZ KALEX Q1 (*) 0.531
26 Somkiat CHANTRA KALEX Q1 (*) 0.568
27 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA  KALEX Q1 (*) 0.829
28 Andi Farid IZDIHAR KALEX Q1 (*) 1.548
29 Jesko RAFFIN NTS Q1 (*) 2.054
30 Kasma DANIEL KALEX Q1 (*) 2.254

Moto3

SIC58 Squadra Corse’s Tatsuki Suzuki secured back-to-back pole positions in the Moto3 class after obliterating the outright lap record at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España on Saturday. With a minute remaining and with clear track ahead, the Japanese star put his head down and grabbed his second pole of 2020, four months after his first at the Grand Prix of Qatar. Andrea Migno (Sky Racing Team VR46) put in a last minute dash to take second, with John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing) taking third after he tagged on to Suzuki on the polesitter’s last lap. The Scot has had pace all weekend, however.

The scorching sun in Jerez didn’t deter the Moto3™ field from lighting up the timesheets, and in Q1 it was Romano Fenati (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team) heading the field for Husqvarna, the Italian moving through to Q2 alongside Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse), Tony Arbolino (Rivacold Snipers Team) and Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia). Then it was time to reset again and get ready to fight it out for the first pole since March. Ultimately that would see Suzuki break the lap record, but the timesheets tight behind the Japanese rider – just as we like it.

Fronting Row 2 of the grid is Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Raul Fernandez who, despite seemingly complaining of front-end feel halfway through Q2, found some pace to go fourth and back up his impressive form in the weekend so far. He’ll be joined on the second row by Migno’s Sky Racing Team VR46 teammate Celestino Vietti and Kömmerling Gresini Moto3 rookie Jeremy Alcoba, who put in a sensational performance to turn the tables on experienced teammate Gabriel Rodrigo, who topped the timesheets on Friday.

Moto3™ World Championship leader Albert Arenas (Gaviota Aspar Team Moto3) will try to defend his five point lead from seventh on the grid, with veteran Romano Fenati making good on his Q1 promise and taking P8. Free Practice pacesetter Gabriel Rodrigo will start ninth but could be one to watch after his speed on Friday, with Tony Arbolino completing the top ten after an improved session for the Italian after he had been forced to head through Q1.

Jaume Masia (Leopard Racing) was P11 and ahead of 2019 winner Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse), with Kaito Toba (Red Bull KTM Ajo), Filip Salac (Rivacold Snipers Team) and Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia) – Qatar podium finisher – rounding out the fastest fifteen.

Valencia 2019 winner Sergio Garcia (Estrella Galicia 0,0), meanwhile, could be one to watch. He starts last after a difficult session and having mis-timed his second run, and he’ll be trying to slice through the pack. No one has won from pole in Moto3 at Jerez, but someone has won from the back as Brad Binder destroyed the field in 2016!

All that remains now is to race, with Moto3 sure to put on an incredible show at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto. Tune in from 1900 (AEST) for their return to competition.

Tatsuki Suzuki – P1

“I was struggling a little bit from FP1 because after the crash in the test I lost a bit of confidence on my bike and I was struggling a bit with my riding. But after, I started to work hard with my team and this morning we made a small step on the bike and I got a good feeling. So in Q2, from the first lap I did a 45.7 and I was quite happy about that. But I wasn’t t sure if it was enough for pole. So I tried to improve more at the end, and I went three tenths faster so I was quite happy!”

Moto3 front row
1 Tatsuki Suzuki – SIC58 Squadra Corse – Honda 1:45.465
2 Andrea Migno – Sky Racing Team VR46 – KTM +0.195
3 John McPhee – Petronas Sprinta Racing – Honda +0.307

Moto3 Combined Qualifying

Pos Rider Bike Q Time/Gap
1 Tatsuki SUZUKI HONDA Q2 1m45.465
2 Andrea MIGNO KTM Q2 +0.195
3 John MCPHEE HONDA Q2 +0.307
4 Raul FERNANDEZ KTM Q2 +0.501
5 Celestino VIETTI KTM Q2 +0.611
6 Jeremy ALCOBA HONDA Q2 +0.626
7 Albert ARENAS KTM Q2 +0.696
8 Romano FENATI HUSQVARNA Q2 +0.773
9 Gabriel RODRIGO HONDA Q2 +0.800
10 Tony ARBOLINO HONDA Q2 +0.877
11 Jaume MASIA HONDA Q2 +0.934
12 Niccolò ANTONELLI HONDA Q2 +0.967
13 Kaito TOBA KTM Q2 +1.089
14 Filip SALAC HONDA Q2 +1.109
15 Ai OGURA HONDA Q2 +1.115
16 Stefano NEPA KTM Q2 +1.132
17 Ayumu SASAKI KTM Q2 +1.456
18 Deniz ÖNCÜ KTM Q2 +1.844
19 Dennis FOGGIA HONDA Q1 (*) 0.393
20 Yuki KUNII HONDA Q1 (*) 0.779
21 Darryn BINDER KTM Q1 (*) 0.839
22 Davide PIZZOLI KTM Q1 (*) 0.923
23 Carlos TATAY KTM Q1 (*) 1.018
24 Riccardo ROSSI KTM Q1 (*) 1.131
25 Ryusei YAMANAKA HONDA Q1 (*) 1.476
26 Maximilian KOFLER KTM Q1 (*) 1.814
27 Alonso LOPEZ HUSQVARNA Q1 (*) 1.946
28 Jason DUPASQUIER KTM Q1 (*) 1.962
29 Barry BALTUS KTM Q1 (*) 2.200
30 Khairul Idham PAWI HONDA Q1 (*) 2.303
31 Sergio GARCIA HONDA FP1 0.994

MotoE

No one has been able to stop Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) so far at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España, and the Brazilian retained that unbeatable record in E-Pole too – spectacularly. Granado set a 1:48.620 on his only flying lap to beat Lukas Tulovic (Tech3 E-Racing) by 0.191, with Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP) 0.256 off E-Pole in third. Granado was also on pole in Valencia last year, making it back-to-back Saturday success in the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup.

E-Pole took place in scorching conditions as the riders prepared to make their only lap count, the grid headed out in reverse order to how they finished in Free Practice. That meant newcomer Jakub Kornfeil (WithU Motorsport) was the first to put a marker down – a 1:51.012 – but faster times were being pumped in all the while, with Alex De Angelis (Octo Pramac MotoE) then putting in a low 1:49 to lead the way in the early stages. However, de Angelis wouldn’t keep P1 for long as Alejandro Medina (Openbank Aspar Team) set the first 1:48 of E-Pole to take provisional pole position.

Next, Tulovic then took the baton and went to the top of the standings. Two riders who competed in last year’s Cup couldn’t beat the rookie German’s effort either, with Xavier Simeon (LCR E-Team) and reigning Cup winner Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) going 0.2 and 0.1 seconds off respectively.

Niccolo Canepa (LCR E-Team) was then looking feisty on his lap and the Italian was setting red sectors, but disaster struck at the fast Turn 11. Canepa lost the front and slid out of contention, smashing his Energica Ego Corsa to pieces which brought out the red flags – unfortunately for Aegerter, who had just gone through the first sector at the rapid rate of knots. Canepa was rider ok, Aegerter forced to reset and go again.

Once the session was restarted, the Swiss rider was again on a potential pole lap but ultimately lost out to Tulovic by 0.065, with everything then down to one rider – Granado. Halfway around the lap, it looked like Tulovic had E-Pole in the bag as the Brazilian was two tenths off, but an outstanding third sector followed which saw Granado pull 0.2 clear. Could the number 51 rider hold his advantage in the final sector? Not all of it, but a good chunk of it – he claimed E-Pole by 0.191 to deny Tulovic a debut pole position in the electric class.

Ferrari, Medina and Simeon lock out Row 2, with de Angelis, rookie Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) and Niki Tuuli (Avant Ajo MotoE) on the third row. Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadra Corse) locked out the top ten.

If that doesn’t tee you up nicely for the opening MotoE race of the 2020 season then we don’t know what will. Can anyone beat Granado on Sunday morning? Find out at 1805 (AEST)) when the electric class go into battle in Jerez over a reduced race distance of six laps.

Eric Granado – P1

“I’m very happy because we’ve done a great job every day. Since Wednesday I felt very comfortable with the bike and today morning we made a very positive training with a good rhythm. Although I had some mistakes in the E-pole, especially in the first and second part, I was able to solve them and finish the lap well, getting the pole position. This gives us an extra motivation for the race, now we will work with the team to have a little more grip tomorrow because the hot track makes us drift a lot. But despite this I am happy, and I wanted to thank the team and the sponsors, tomorrow we will give our best!”

Eric Granado

Josh Hook – P13

“E pole was a little bit disappointing, wasn’t the result we wanted, Half a second and we can improve 5-6 positions. We need to improve in the 4th sector, because we are very strong in the first 3 I’m confident and very positive for tomorrow.”

Josh Hook

MotoE Combined Qualifying

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Eric Granado Energica 1m48.620
2 Lukas Tulovic Energica 1m48.811
3 Dominique Aegerter Energica 1m48.876
4 Matteo Ferrari Energica 1m48.945
5 Alejando Medina Energica 1m48.966
6 Xaiver Simeon Energica 1m49.070
7 Alex De Angelis Energica 1m49.131
8 Jordi Torres Energica 1m49.293
9 Niki Tuuli Energica 1m49.372
10 Mattia Casadei Energica 1m49.374
11 Mike Di Meglio Energica 1m49.650
12 Xavi Cardelus Energica 1m449.710
13 Josh Hook Energica 1m49.722
14 Maria Herrera Energica 1m49.743
15 Tommaso Marcon Energica 1m50.110
16 Jakub Kornfeil Energica 1m51.012
17 Niccolo Canepa Energica

2020 Jerez MotoGP Race Schedule (AEST)

Time Class Session
1620 Moto3 WUP
1650 Moto2 WUP
1720 MotoGP WUP
1805 MotoE RACE
1900 Moto3 RACE
2020 Moto2 RACE
2200 MotoGP RACE

Source: MCNews.com.au

Jerez Day One | Times/Quotes/Reports/Images | All classes

2020 MotoGP Jerez Day One Quotes

Marc Marquez – P1

“I’m happy again today. It is great to officially start the 2020 season and I felt really good from this morning, starting with the base we found on Wednesday. Then in the afternoon today we started to experiment a bit, trying a few ideas and using the time differently. I feel competitive, our opponents are fast but I’m feeling good. We had one small crash today because the track temperature is really high, making the track slippery. I went a bit wide and maybe I need to practice saving it with my elbow again, it’s just the second day back after a long break! But I was able to keep riding the bike, it was a really small crash.”

Marc Marquez

Maverick Vinales – P2

“It was a good day. The feeling that I have on the bike, and also with the team, is amazing. This morning it was unbelievably good, the bike was working fantastic! I‘m also happy, because this afternoon we worked so well. We found out many, mainly positive, things for the race. I‘m actually very enthusiastic, because in the last run I did some good lap times, which were done towards the end of the tyre‘s life, and I was still fast. For sure, we will still have to improve, but I feel ready. It‘s very important to qualify at the front tomorrow. Judging by the time attacks from this morning, the qualifying times are going to be fast, but our main focus remains the race. We found a good pace today in both the morning and the afternoon conditions, but the problem is that the temperature is so high – and this is a very demanding track, you are working all the time – so it‘s very tough. It‘s also very hard on the bike and the tyres, so it will be an interesting race. We have to keep working hard to improve, especially in the hot conditions in tomorrow‘s FP4.”

Maverick Vinales

Cal Crutchlow – P3

“Today was not a bad day at all. We worked really well as a team and it’s nice to be back into a race weekend after waiting as long as we have to get back. We tested on Wednesday, but it was great to get out there for real this morning.  We set not too bad a lap time in the morning session, and then this afternoon we worked on the race-pace and race set-up of the bike and I think we have managed to improve that a little bit. We still have a fair amount of work to do tomorrow, however, to make sure we are ready for Sunday’s first Grand Prix. I can’t wait!”

Cal Crutchlow

Andrea Dovizioso – P4

“Today went well! I am pleased because we were able to take a step further than Wednesday’s test, and that was our main goal for the day. We got very close to the fastest riders, and we also have a good pace ahead of Sunday’s race. The GP this Sunday will be very hard, and I still don’t feel completely comfortable on the bike, but we have several aspects that we need to work on, and for sure, we have room for improvements. In general, I am satisfied with this first day.”

Andrea Dovizioso

Joan Mir – P5

“The feeling was good, it’s great to be back riding properly! We did a really good job today and we were able to try a few things that we didn’t manage to do during the test day. We also spent some time today trying the front tyre options and checking which will be best for us on race day. At the moment it’s difficult to decide because the conditions are so tough. But anyway, the feeling with the bike is good and I’m ready for tomorrow.”

Joan Mir

Jack Miller – P6

“I’m very happy, today was the first real day of the Championship. This afternoon I struggled a bit because of the wind and the heat. We worked a lot in the box with the team to try to understand how we can improve in some corners. It was a really positive first day and we have a good feeling with the bike since this morning.”

Jack Miller

Alex Rins – P7

“I’m feeling confident with my pace and with the bike; in the morning I worked on lap times and then in the afternoon I worked on tyres. Now I feel as though I understand the limits with the used tyres. I’m happy because I tried the various options and it helped a lot to figure out how Sunday will be. For tomorrow I’ll be focusing on making sure I’m in Q2 and see what we can do from there.”

Alex Rins

Iker Lecuona – P9

“I’m truly happy today. This morning, I started to work on the bike and improved a lot. Later on, I put a new tyre in and finished my first FP1 inside the top 10, so it’s really, really nice. I knew that it was difficult to do a fast lap in the afternoon, so I was working more for the race. I’m very satisfied, especially because I’m so close to the top, finishing just 0.364 seconds behind the fastest rider with 19 laps on the soft tyre. Overall, I’m really happy and I hope we can keep going this way tomorrow.”

Iker Lecuona

Franco Morbidelli – P12

“It was a really good day for us; we’ve been consistent this morning and we’ve been fast this afternoon. I’m really happy with the overall performance that we have demonstrated today. We need to put everything together and our priority tomorrow is to get directly into Q2, before we think about which tyres to use for the race. Last year was a good race for us here and with the performance we’ve had so far I’m confident ahead of qualifying tomorrow.”

Franco Morbidelli

Valentino Rossi – P13

“It was a difficult day. This morning was already not fantastic, but this afternoon it got worse. I’m struggling with the rear grip because, unfortunately, we have a tyre temperature problem, and in this heat we are suffering a lot. In the morning it’s cooler, so that’s a bit better. In the afternoon we lose a lot, so I’m not very fast. We need to work, and we need to improve the bike’s balance to try to be more competitive. Sincerely, I don’t know how we will improve this, but we have to find something, because tomorrow morning it will be very important to try to stay in the top 10 and go straight into Q2.”

Valentino Rossi

Takaaki Nakagami – P14

“It was quite a difficult day for us, especially in the morning because we didn’t put in any soft tyres – which most other riders did to get a lap time. We preferred to focus on race tyres, particularly in FP2 in the afternoon. Conditions were really tough. It is extremely hot, but there was also a lot of wind out on track, and so it was difficult to hold onto the bike in the session. Step by step we started to improve the feeling on the bike but we need to make a lot more improvements, especially in sector four. We are losing a bit there and I need more confidence on the bike there. On this track the last two sectors are so important and require a lot of confidence, so if you don’t have the lap time. We know which areas we need to improve in, so that’s a good thing. FP3 in the morning will be like a qualifying session and it’s going to be very hard to get through into Q2, but hopefully we will be able to manage it!”

Takaaki Nakagami

Fabio Quartararo – P15

“I struggled in the morning practice, but in the afternoon we had a good setting on the bike and it felt great. The pace was good in the heat, which is really good as the race will be at more or less at the same time as we had FP2 today. We’ve come here with a new bike compared to last year, no running since pre-season testing and that’s why I struggled a lot this morning. We need to go step by step in making improvements, but I’m really looking forward to tomorrow where we can work on our time attack pace ahead of qualifying and I’m feeling confident.”

Fabio Quartararo

Aleix Espargaro – P16

“This was not a simple day. I had a lot of chattering this morning and it’s the first time this has happened with the 2020 RS-GP. We analysed the causes and, thanks to a change we made, I was able to get the feeling back in FP2. I didn’t use too many new tyres, so I can say that, after turning a lot of laps, our pace is not at all bad. Tomorrow morning, I’ll need to take a few risks in the first session to get into the top 10. I think I’ll be able to do that and I hope to find the same sensations as I did this afternoon.”

Aleix Espargaro

Alex Marquez – P17

“The first day was a positive, especially in the morning. It was like the first day of school again, you’re excited but a little bit nervous! We had a plan to push on the last exit after confirming some settings we found in the test. I made a 1’38.2 which was not bad – I was a second faster than the test. There are still some things to improve so I was pleased. In the second session I made a bit of a rookie mistake with the conditions changing, but physically I am fine. A good day of learning.”

Pecco Bagnaia – P18

“This morning during fp1 I didn’t change the tires, we preferred to focus on race pace because last year for me was very difficult to ride with old tires. During FP2 we were very fast both on time and pace and this was very important because the qualifying practice and the race will be in the same track conditions and we have to handle high temperatures. I’m happy because during FP2 despite the heat I could made a good chrono and I hasn’t got worse compared to FP1. We have to work, but in this moment I don’t have many changes to do. We are ready for tomorrow.”

Pecco Bagnaia

Miguel Oliveira – P20

“It was a first good Friday for us. Of course, the position is not what we want and it doesn’t really reflect our work as we didn’t do any time attack in the morning or in the afternoon. I think our pace is much closer to the top guys than what the position shows. The team did a great job, we found some solutions to gain more grip and we are happy about today. Tomorrow we have our chance to go to the top 10, everything is very tight, but I think we can manage it.”

Danilo Petrucci – P21

“It was quite difficult to find the rhythm immediately after Wednesday’s crash! In this morning’s session, I didn’t feel completely well on the bike, but, in the afternoon, I started to regain the feeling with the Desmosedici GP despite the great heat. There are still several aspects that we need to improve, especially the race pace, but we have already managed to get closer to the firsts, and this makes me positive and confident for the rest of the weekend”.

Danilo Petrucci

Bradley Smith – P22

“This morning, we made a few obvious checks, but I am pleased with how the session went. I did my fast lap almost straight away. On the other hand, we struggled just a bit with the heat in the afternoon and we had to try the various combinations of the available tyre compounds. At the end of the day, I used the one that suited me best at the least ideal time and that had an impact on the final standings. In any case, the position does not reflect our potential and the feeling I have in the saddle. As a racer, everything is more frenetic than the tests and you have to take very quick decisions. I would have liked two 90-minute sessions!”

Bradley Smith

Team Managers

Massimo Meregalli – Yamaha Team Director

“It‘s been a mixed first day of school for us. It‘s great to be back in action, but unfortunately also some of our problems from previous years with tyre degradation seem to have returned, especially with Valentino. We already gathered a lot of data during the test on Wednesday, but it‘s never enough, so today‘s sessions, especially the hotter FP2 – held at a similar time as the race – play a significant role in our preparations for Sunday. On the bright side, Maverick is in his element and has been since the last part of the pre-season. The new bike with his riding style makes a good package, and together they result in a positive outcome. He has always been very motivated, but this year we can clearly see that extra fire in his eyes. He is eager to try anything and everything, and his high level is a direct result of it. Valentino suffered more from the heat. He seems to lose feeling with the tyres after a couple of laps, and accordingly he then also struggles with the balance of his bike. We will work hard this evening and overnight to find solutions for both issues to make him feel more comfortable during FP3, when we will be trying out for a place in Q2, a crucial part of the GP weekend.”


Round 2 – Jerez – Day One Report

After setting the fastest time in the cooler FP1 conditions at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) takes the opening Friday honours of 2020 as he remained fastest by the end of play – but it was far from an easy return to the top for the reigning Champion.

Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) was just 0.024 in arrears, and after having topped the last couple of tests, with Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) completing the top three less than a tenth off the top.

FP1 saw the action get underway as an eager Bradley Smith (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) roared out of pitlane as the first MotoGP bike out in an official race weekend session this year, and the morning session was the one that would count most on the timesheets for most of the grid.

Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) had to sit out the first 20 minutes of the session though, with the Frenchman given a penalty for training on “illegal” machinery – ie outside the regs – but by the end though the time attacks were underway full force, and it was Marquez who came out on top. With Viñales and Crutchlow so close, and Quartararo not yet having had the same running, the Jaws music need not start quite yet for the reigning Champion though.

In the afternoon it was Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) who proved the man to beat in FP2, but the times were a good eight tenths slower in a sweltering afternoon at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto. Quartararo was second in the more “race similar” conditions, and the only man to improve, with rookie Brad Binder putting in a stunner to put his Red Bull KTM Factory Racing machine inside the top three in the session and only a tenth off the top. FP2 also saw the first two race weekend crashes of the season: Marc Marquez and rookie teammate Alex Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), with both lowsiding out (separately) and unhurt.

Overall though, it’s Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) who takes fourth as the veteran Italian really cranked up the pace after a more anonymous day on the Wednesday test timesheets, looking strong despite being on the way back from a collarbone injury, with Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) turning the tables on more experienced teammate Alex Rins to complete the top five. Rins was seventh, just behind Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) as the Aussie stuck it in sixth.

Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) took eighth in an impressive first day, and he led a trio of KTMs in the top ten overall on Friday. Rookie Iker Lecuona (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) put in an awesome performance to end up only 0.002 off the more experienced Espargaro and take ninth, with the aforementioned Brad Binder, as well as ending FP2 in third, doing an impressive enough job with his FP1 time to take tenth overall.

Johann Zarco (Reale Avintia Racing) was P11 after a solid day, ahead of Morbidelli on the combined timesheets, with Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) next up in P13 on Friday. The ‘Doctor’ seemed to have a tougher time of it on Day 1, but remains the most recent winner for Yamaha at the track (from pole, in 2016) so he’ll be looking for more on Saturday. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) was fourteenth, with Quartararo ending the day in fifteenth and surely heading for a bounce back on Saturday.

Saturday begins at 1755 (AEST)) for MotoGP with FP3, which also welcomes in the riders’ last chance to move directly into Q2. With temperatures expected to be a little cooler in the morning, there could well be a big chance to improve – and the likes of Rossi and Quartararo will be top of the list for a time attack late in the session. Qualifying then begins at 2210 (AEST)

MotoGP Combined Practice Times

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Marquez HONDA 1m37.350
2 M.Viñales YAMAHA +0.024
3 C.Crutchlow HONDA +0.088
4 A.Dovizioso DUCATI +0.121
5 J.Mir SUZUKI +0.131
6 J.Miller DUCATI +0.137
7 A.Rins SUZUKI +0.219
8 P.Espargaro KTM +0.362
9 I.Lecuona KTM +0.364
10 B.Binder KTM +0.573
11 J.Zarco DUCATI +0.590
12 F.Morbidelli YAMAHA +0.632
13 V.Rossi YAMAHA +0.768
14 T.Nakagami HONDA +0.779
15 F.Quartararo YAMAHA +0.802
16 A.Espargaro APRILIA +0.859
17 A.Marquez HONDA +0.862
18 F.Bagnaia DUCATI +0.966
19 T.Rabat DUCATI +0.987
20 M.Oliveira M KTM +1.156
21 D.Petrucci DUCATI +1.157
22 B.Smith APRILIA +1.380

Moto2

The second Moto2 Friday of the 2020 season belonged to Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46) at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España, the Italian topping the timesheets in FP1 and FP2 to lay down the gauntlet for his rivals. Thanks to his FP1 time, Jorge Navarro (HDR Heidrun Speed Up) sits P2 as the Spaniard splits the Sky Racing Team VR46 duo inside the top three, with Marco Bezzecchi third.

Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46)

Much like it was in the MotoGP class, it was clear from the early stages that the Moto2 riders were going to struggle to better their FP1 times that were set in cooler track temperatures of the morning. Ground temperatures were well into the 50s for the intermediate class, but Marini looked as comfortable as he did in the morning session. Both he and teammate Bezzecchi looked strong in both sessions on Friday, and they worked in tandem for a brief period in FP2. It wasn’t quite such a straightforward afternoon for the man second overall as Navarro’s bike suffered some sort of issue and the Spaniard had to pull to the side of the track down the back straight, a slight disruption to his FP2 running. Nevertheless, Navarro was able to get back out and finish P6 in the session itself.

Championship leader Tetsuta Nagashima (Red Bull KTM Ajo) was another man to look comfortable across Friday’s action as he finished the day fourth, with Marcel Schrötter (Liqui Moly Intact GP) completing the top five. Previous Jerez winner Sam Lowes (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) was sixth as he rejoins the field after injury, ahead of Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo). Fabio Di Giannantonio (HDR Heidrun Speed Up) took P8, with American rider Joe Roberts back in action to put his Tennor American Racing machine in ninth. Hafizh Syahrin (Inde Aspar Team Moto2) was P10 to make it three Speed Ups in the top ten.

Tom Lüthi (Liqui Moly Intact GP) was 11th despite a crash, with two-time Jerez winner Lorenzo Baldassarri (Flexbox HP 40) just behind him. Enea Bastianini (Italtrans Racing Team) and Somkiat Chantra (Honda Team Asia) lock out the fastest fourteen who are currently on for provisional Q2 entry.

Moto2 Combined Practice Times

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 L.Marini KALEX 1m42.228
2 J.Navarro SPEED UP +0.048
3 M.Bezzecchi KALEX +0.315
4 T.Nagashima KALEX +0.326
5 M.Schrotter KALEX +0.342
6 S.Lowes KALEX +0.371
7 J.Martin KALEX +0.375
8 F.Di Giannanto SPEED UP +0.450
9 J.Roberts KALEX +0.472
10 H.Syahrin SPEED UP +0.478
11 T.Luthi KALEX +0.486
12 L.Baldassarri KALEX +0.555
13 E.Bastianini KALEX +0.577
14 S.Chantra KALEX +0.647
15 M.Ramirez KALEX +0.723
16 N.Bulega KALEX +0.738
17 A.Canet SPEEDUP +0.780
18 R.Gardner KALEX +0.801
19 X.Vierge KALEX +0.802
20 A.Fernandez KALEX +0.804
21 S.Manzi MV AGUSTA +0.938
22 S.Corsi MV AGUSTA +1.085
23 J.Dixon KALEX +1.158
24 A.Izdihar KALEX +1.166
25 H.Garzo KALEX +1.170
26 B.Bendsneyde NTS +1.254
27 E.Pons KALEX +1.282
28 L.Dalla Porta KALEX +1.717
29 J.Raffin NTS +2.444
30 K.Daniel KALEX +2.577

Moto3

Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) matched the scorching Friday sun with some scorching Friday pace at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España, with the Argentinean breaking the lap record in the morning and completing the full set by topping the timesheets in FP2 to end the day over half a second clear. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) was second fastest overall, with John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing) completing the top three only thousandths off the Spaniard in second.

Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3)

It’s hot in July in Jerez, and that could be seen on the timesheets for much of the field as only a handful improved their laptimes in the afternoon. The top 12 – and Rodrigo’s record – remained unchanged in FP2, but there were only two crashers despite the hot pace overall: Ayumu Sasaki (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) in FP1 and 2019 Jerez winner Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse) in FP2, riders ok.

Behind the near half second gap accrued by Rodrigo at the top though, the timesheets were incredibly tight. The thousandths separating Fernandez and McPhee were followed up by just another 0.063 back to Andrea Migno (Sky Racing Team VR46), with rookie and reigning FIM Moto3 Junior World Champion Jeremy Alcoba (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) completing the top five by 0.024. Celestino Vietti (Sky Racing Team VR46), Kaito Toba (Red Bull KTM Ajo), Qatar winner and therefore Championship leader Albert Arenas (Gaviota Aspar Team Moto3), Jaume Masia (Leopard Racing) and Tony Arbolino (Rivacold Snipers Team) locked out the top ten.

Sterilgarda Max Racing Team’s Romano Fenati put the new Husqvarna into a positive P11, only 0.003 off the top ten, and the Italian slotted in ahead of Valencia 2019 winner Sergio Garcia (Estrella Galicia 0,0). Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) was next up as the first on the timesheets to go quicker in the afternoon in P13 overall; his laptime in FP2 having put him second in that session. As it stands, Qatar podium finisher Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia) holds the final provisional place in Q2 as he ended the day in fourteenth.

Moto3 Combined Practice Times

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 G.Rodrigo HONDA 1m45.663
2 R.Fernandez KTM +0.430
3 J.Mcphee HONDA +0.439
4 A.Migno KTM +0.502
5 J.Alcoba HONDA +0.526
6 C.Vietti KTM +0.631
7 K.Toba KTM +0.636
8 A.Arenas KTM +0.796
9 J.Masia HONDA +0.860
10 T.Arbolino HONDA +0.886
11 R.Fenati HUSQVARNA +0.889
12 S.Garcia HONDA +0.994
13 T.Suzuki HONDA +1.022
14 A.Ogura HONDA +1.043
15 R.Yamanaka HONDA +1.050
16 N.Antonelli HONDA +1.134
17 S.Nepa KTM +1.277
18 F.Salac HONDA +1.283
19 D.Foggia HONDA +1.375
20 R.Rossi KTM +1.377
21 C.Tatay KTM +1.396
22 Y.Kunii HONDA +1.425
23 K.Pawi HONDA +1.426
24 A.Sasaki KTM +1.491
25 A.Lopez HUSQVARNA +1.630
26 D.Binder KTM +1.636
27 D.Öncü KTM +2.011
28 D.Pizzoli KTM +2.281
29 M.Kofler KTM +2.342
30 B.Baltus KTM +2.924
31 J.Dupasquier KTM +2.982

MotoE

Despite only completing two laps in FP2 and suffering a crash at Turn 2, Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) took charge of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup timesheets on Day 1. Only four riders improved in FP2 at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España in the hotter temperatures, with rookie Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP) and Niccolo Canepa (LCR E-Team) keeping their positions in the top three thanks to their FP1 efforts.

It was a good day of running as the first race and E-Pole of the year appear on the horizon, although unfortunately for Alessandro Zaccone (Trentino Gresini MotoE), the rookie has decided to sit out the weekend’s action after feeling the effects of his testing crash on Wednesday. The rest of the field, however, took the opportunity to do an E-Pole simulation on Friday afternoon in FP2, with time attacks coming in thick and fast to test out the conditions at a similar time of day to the qualifying session on Saturday afternoon.

Granado and fourth on the timesheets Xavier Simeon (LCR E-Team) did manage to go slightly better in FP2, as did Maria Herrera (Openbank Aspar Team) and rookie Jakub Kornfeil (WithU Motorsport) despite the scorching temperatures. However, that didn’t change the overall look of the combined timesheets as Granado simply increased his advantage slightly, with Aegerter second and Canepa third.

Xavier Simeon (LCR E-Team) was fourth overall, with rookie Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) making a big leap up the timesheets to complete the top five on Friday. Behind him came reigning Cup winner Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE), with Niki Tuuli (Avant Ajo MotoE), Alex de Angelis (Octo Pramac MotoE), Matteo Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadra Corse) and Mike Di Meglio (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) completing the top ten.

Australia’s Josh Hook was 13th quickest.

Josh Hook – P13

“Today was a bit more complicated for us, we still have some changes to make but I am very positive. We weren’t able to use the new tires, we have to save those for FP3 tomorrow. The bike is working well now, and I think the result doesn’t show the real progress we have made. But still we’re going in the right direction and I’m very confident about tomorrow.”

MotoE Combined Practice Times

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 E.Granado ENERGICA 1m48.531
2 D.Aegerter ENERGICA +0.157
3 N.Canepa ENERGICA +0.229
4 X.Simeon ENERGICA +0.278
5 J.Torres ENERGICA +0.440
6 M.Ferrari ENERGICA +0.448
7 N.Tuuli ENERGICA +0.488
8 A.De Angelis ENERGICA +0.588
9 M.Casadei ENERGICA +0.650
10 M.Di Meglio ENERGICA +1.031
11 A.Medina ENERGICA +1.032
12 L.Tulovic ENERGICA +1.040
13 J.Hook ENERGICA +1.054
14 X.Cardelus ENERGICA +1.511
15 T.Marcon ENERGICA +1.778
16 M.Herrera ENERGICA +1.824
17 J.Kornfeil ENERGICA +3.580

2020 Jerez MotoGP Schedule (AEST)

Source: MCNews.com.au

MotoGP riders reflect on Jerez Test

#JerezTest


Maverick Viñales – P1

“Very happy to be back. It’s very nice to ride my M1 again as it’s always very exciting. We have been working hard especially thinking about the race, that was our main goal today. We tried to see how the bike works in these incredibly high temperatures, and we are surprised that our level is so high. So, I’m really looking forward to the weekend as I felt really good on the bike, and that’s very important. The bike is in perfect shape, and now we have to get the most out of it. I’m feeling happy and confident for this weekend. Last year’s bike was also working well here, but this year I can attack the corners in a different way by braking very hard, which will give me an advantage when I overtake. But we need to make another improvement in that area, that will be my main focus this weekend, because this track is not easy.”

Maverick Viñales
Fabio Quartararo – P2

“It feels really good to be back after such a long time and I think that today was positive. We started the day struggling a little bit because I didn’t have that good feeling with the bike. It was to be expected as it’s the first time I’ve ridden the M1 at Jerez this year, plus it’s the first time I’ve been on the race bike since Qatar. Jerez is a completely different track to Sepang and Qatar too. I didn’t expect to improve that much in the afternoon because the pace was quite consistent. Tomorrow we will have time to think about the settings, tyres and electronics, so that we can improve further. We didn’t do a time attack so it’s going to be strange when we do, but I’m really happy ahead of Friday and can’t wait for the race weekend to start properly.”

Fabio Quartararo
Marc Marquez – P3

“I’m happy today. We had a hard pre-season but it looks like at the end of the Qatar Test we found something, so it was good to be able to confirm it here because Qatar is always a unique situation. From the start of today it was my bike, the bike I had in 2019 but with an evolution. My shoulder was also feeling good and I could see the speed was there. We had to work on consistency, which was the real focus in the afternoon. Honestly, I’m just really happy to be back on the bike!”

Marc Marquez
Alex Rins – P4

“After a long time, I’m so happy to be back! It seems as though no-one has been off the bikes because the lap times are so competitive as always! I’m happy with today’s progress, we tried a lot of configurations on the bike and I’m ready to keep working for the weekend. Despite the extreme heat I feel comfortable with my physical condition and also with the feeling on the bike. Let’s see what happens this weekend!”

Alex Rins
Valentino Rossi – P5

“It’s been a strange situation, I’ve never stayed away from my MotoGP bike for this long. But I’m in good shape because I trained a lot. This morning was good. I put in a good lap time with the soft tyre during the time attack. In the afternoon, I struggled a bit. We need to work on the pace. We can compare Jerez to Malaysia. The conditions are different though, the heat here is drier than Sepang. When you ride it’s difficult to breathe as you get lots of hot air into your face. It will be challenging for the race.

“We won’t be able to confirm the Petronas SRT deal now. I haven’t signed yet, but we have decided together with Yamaha and Petronas SRT to talk about 2021. I’ve already spoken with Razlan Razali, Wilco Zeelenberg, and Johan Stigefelt and I have good feelings about it, but it’s not true that I already signed as there are still some details that we have to work out, but most likely I will be here in 2021!”

Valentino Rossi
Aleix Espargaro’ – P6

“I felt good in both sessions – maybe not super fast on the flying lap, but with a great pace. Especially at the time of day when the races are held, with 20 laps on the tyres, I was able to maintain a good pace. This is rather comforting, because racing here in Jerez is never simple and we managed to maintain the same good feelings as we had in Malaysia and Qatar. The situation in Italy clearly slowed down our schedule, so we’ll have to work harder over the coming months, also in view of 2021. We had a few small problems today, which is only normal, given the little time available to develop such a new project due to COVID. The temperatures are extremely demanding, but I must say that they did a great job on the asphalt. A lot of riders managed to go fast even with this heat and I personally appreciate the conditions that put my athletic preparation.”

Aleix Espargaro’
Cal Crutchlow – P7

“It was great to be back today, riding the LCR Castrol Honda bike here in Jerez. It’s been a long break and it’s great to be back and see some familiar faces… even though they’ve got masks on! But yeah, it was nice to work again this Wednesday and then have a little break for everyone to analyse what we’ve done here. Now we look forward to the race weekend here in Jerez.”

Cal Crutchlow
Jack Miller – P8

“First of all I am very happy to be back on my bike today after a long break. The initial feeling was immediately very positive even though it was my first time riding the new Ducati 2020 here at Jerez. We still have some small adjustments to make but we are definitely on the right way. A very positive first day.”

Jack Miller
Joan Mir – P9

“It felt unbelievably good to get back on my bike! Everything feels so smooth and fast, and I’m really happy about how today went. We improved a lot and we know what we need to do to be fast. I felt good in the morning session, but I lacked a bit in the time attack during the afternoon – so we have some work to do there. But overall, my pace is quite good. I think today was the hottest conditions ever, and that will make it very tough for everybody, especially on Sunday!”

Joan Mir
Pecco Bagnaia – P10

“Today was difficult after the 5 months break, especially during the first session. But I thought that it would be more difficult considering the heat in these days in Jerez. I feel good and I’m happy especially for the second session of the test during the afternoon. Today we focused about the feeling with my bike starting from the work done during the winter test. I think that we made some steps forward working on my limits to improve. We will continue in this way.”

Pecco Bagnaia
Miguel Oliveira – P11

“It was a nice day and it was good to compare ourselves to the rest of the field. The morning session was a bit easier for us, while in the afternoon we struggled to find grip and make the bike turn. This will be our target to improve on Friday.”

Miguel Oliveira
Pol Espargaro – P13

“It’s so nice to be out on track again. For sure we want more but – for now – we are seeing at this test, and the ones before, that our pace is good enough to fight for the top ten at a place where we have struggled in previous years when it has been so hot and we lost a lot with the grip. With the 2020 bike we are turning a bit more and it seems to be a bit more stable. It’s good for us.”

Pol Espargaro
Franco Morbidelli – P14

“First of all, I’m really happy to be back at the circuit and meet again with my family at the circuit, my crew. Secondly, it was very nice to back on my M1 and it felt great immediately from lap one to be riding it again. We immediately started working on set-up and preparing ourselves for the upcoming weekend. There is some room to improve but I felt good and we know what we need to improve. Unfortunately I couldn’t see what my real potential was today after a mistake in the last corner towards the end of the second session, but I know that the potential is there. Now we look forward to starting the 2020 season properly this weekend, I can’t wait.”

Franco Morbidelli
Andrea Dovizioso – P15

“After these four months of break, today turned out to be crucial, and I’m pleased with how it went. Thanks to the work I have done at home after the collarbone surgery, I was able to arrive here in the ideal conditions to do a good test. I found a particular feeling: the temperatures are high, the tyres different than last year and we spent a lot of time without riding. Thanks to this test, we can now focus on the important aspects of the race without wasting time.”

Andrea Dovizioso
Takaaki Nakagami – P16

“First of all I’m really happy to be able to jump back on the bike again after these four months without MotoGP. It was not that easy to adapt for the first half hour, because this is MotoGP and this racing speed is not easy to adapt to. We had two hour and a half sessions, it’s only three hours today, but in the end understood where we were losing time and we’ll go step by step. Tomorrow is a day off and we’ll try to focus on this weekend. It will be different conditions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as there is more rubber on the track. But it was really tough and super hot today, especially the afternoon session, but we’ll keep working towards the weekend and pushing hard.”

Takaaki Nakagami
Bradley Smith – P17

“I’m happy to be riding again. Even with all the appropriate precautions, considering the weekend ahead, we were able to carry out the test programme, especially in terms of endurance performance. It was important for us to gather as much data as possible, given how young the project is. Now the techs will be able to analyse it between today and tomorrow in order to prepare for the race as best as possible. There are obviously still some question marks, but at the moment, I’m satisfied. These temperatures put the tyres, riders and bikes to the test. I can guarantee that you feel every extra degree when you’re on the bike!”

Bradley Smith
Brad Binder – P18

“Today was quite OK. This morning was good, and I felt much more at home with the bike straightaway. It’s a physical racetrack and I had some issues and messed up quite a lot of laps which didn’t help but had a longer run. It was nice to do a good few laps in a row just to get comfortable and to get an idea of what Sunday is going to be like. I have made good steps forward and I am much more ready for the first grand prix.”

Iker Lecuona – P19

“Today has been a very good for me. I continued to learn and to improve with the bike. I tried something new and immediately felt better. This morning I went very fast and also with used tires I managed to improve, likewise this afternoon with high track temperatures. I’m very happy and ready to finally start the MotoGP World Championship in 2020.”

Alex Marquez – P20

“I am happy with the rhythm that we found today, as a rookie it’s important to improve lap by lap. Looking ahead to the weekend as a whole, the main objective will be to keep our rhythm in what looks to be a very hot weekend. Unlike in Qatar or Malaysia with the longer straights, you hardly get a chance to rest here. I have a good feeling with the bike and I am ready for my first weekend in MotoGP.”

Alex Marquez
Danilo Petrucci – P21

“It was a hectic day, but I’m happy because I was able to regain the feeling with the Desmosedici GP right away. This morning I was quite satisfied with the work done and even this afternoon I was doing a nice lap before the crash. Unfortunately, the bike in front of me lost some oil, and I couldn’t avoid the crash. I slipped out at turn 11 and hit my head hard. Fortunately, I didn’t get injured, but I preferred not to risk this afternoon and rest ahead of the race weekend”.

Danilo Petrucci

Team Managers

Massimo Meregalli – Yamaha Team Director

“It’s great to be back! But we had little time to feel euphoric this morning because we had a lot of work to do. First and foremost, we wanted to give Maverick and Valentino the opportunity to get comfortable with their bikes again. But besides letting them build confidence, we also needed to compare the data from the earlier tests and see how they translate to this track. The characteristics here are of a different nature than the Sepang and Losail circuits. Normally when we arrive in Jerez we already have some races under our belts, but this time we’re starting from zero, so that made today’s track activity extra important. So far, we have done a solid job. We have two riders in the top 5 today, though we still have some work to do in certain areas. But anyway, we are looking forward to the free practice sessions on Friday.”

Massimo Meregalli – Yamaha Team Director
Davide Brivio – Team Suzuki Manager

“We’re happy to start the season with this test, especially as everything went well. It was a good opportunity to confirm our final package, and a good chance for the riders to get used to being back on the bikes. We’re ready for the first weekend of the championship, we’ll have one more day of preparation tomorrow, and then everything will get going for real!”

Mike Leitner – Red Bull KTM Race Manager

“We had a good first day in these hot temperatures with no crashes and the riders showed good performance: Pol was in the top ten and Brad rode well: we can feel that he is really adapting to MotoGP. In the morning Miguel was fast and Iker was able to show more promise. We wanted to lock down some settings for these conditions, so a rapid lap-time was not our priority. Now we’ll look towards the weekend.”

Hervé Poncharal – Red Bull KTM Tech3 Team Manager

“It was a very useful day for the Red Bull KTM Tech3 team. Although we have had the luck to do the test in Misano in June, it was important to do these two sessions of 90 minutes to re-understand our MotoGP bike. It was very interesting also to compare the data from November with cold weather and the 19+ bike with the 2020 version in hot temperatures. We can definitely see that there has been massive improvement done by KTM. Both of the riders feel at ease, feel good on the bike, which is a great sign for the coming weekend. Clearly, Miguel has shown one more time that he is now a proper top MotoGP rider and this is going to be a very interesting season for Miguel and we could see that our rookie, the youngest MotoGP rider on the grid, Iker Lecuona, has done massive improvement as well. He is feeling better and better with the bike and with the team. He is riding like a real MotoGP rider. We are happy to have that test behind us. It was tough for the crew, for the riders, but very important in order to prepare the race that is going to be in very similar weather conditions, which means hot and difficult to handle. But we are happy to be here, so thanks again to everybody who has been working hard to make this possible. I’m quite sure, there will be a great show on Sunday.”


Test Summary

Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) finished Wednesday’s MotoGP Jerez Test at the top of the timesheets, just as he did in Qatar last time we had MotoGP bikes on track.

A 1m37.793 in the afternoon session saw the Spaniard take the first spoils of a restarted 2020 as we heard the sweet symphony of MotoGP machines roaring out of pitlane. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) claimed P2 as both Yamahas went quicker in the scorching afternoon temperatures, with reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) sitting P3 – but his morning time the best of his day.

The top track temperature recorded in Jerez on Wednesday was 57 degrees, adding an extra challenge to that of returning to the track after four months without MotoGP. That was in the afternoon session, taking place at a similar time to when the race will be held, making it all the more vital for the riders to get accustomed.

The morning session went ahead without any drama but at the beginning of the second session, Aleix Espargaro’s Aprilia Racing Team Gresini bike encountered an issue, dropping oil on the circuit at Turn 11. Alex Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team) were the unfortunate duo to crash as a result, riders ok but red flags shown to enable the track clean up.

Once play resumed, Marc Marquez was the man to beat as he – at one point – sat 0.7 clear of his nearest rival. After HRC seemingly suffered some troubles in preseason testing, that was a good sign for the marque and the number 93 was looking like his normal self on track.

Quartararo didn’t leave it long to strike back, however, subsequently getting the better of the eight-time World Champion by 0.030 on the combined times to go P1. The shuffle still wasn’t done though, as Viñales then hit back with less than five minutes on the clock to go over a tenth clear and keep the P1 he’s so often occupied in preseason.

Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) claimed P4 on his GSX-RR, another with previous form for 2020 pace, although everyone down to fellow Team Suzuki Ecstar rider Joan Mir in P9 failed to go faster in the afternoon conditions. Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) was P5, with Aleix Espargaro giving the Aprilia another good showing in P7 despite the earlier issue encountered.

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) and Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) made for close company though, with Mir and fellow MotoGP sophomore Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac Racing) rounding out the top ten… and a top ten split by just 0.624.

Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) was P11, ahead of a good day’s work from Johann Zarco (Reale Avintia Racing) in P12.

Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) – the latter on the way back from his collarbone injury – completed the top 15.

That’s it from Wednesday’s action and after a scorching first day back, it looks to be as close as ever. 22 riders, 10 were able to go quicker in the afternoon’s hotter temperatures – will that stand them in good stead for Sunday? We’ll start to see more answers from Friday evening at 1755 (AEST) ahead of FP2 from 2210 (AEST) Friday night. The MotoGP race is scheduled to take place at 2200 (AEST) Sunday night.


MotoGP Test Combined Times
Both Sessions

Pos Rider Bike Time
1 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1m37.793
2 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1m37.911
3 Marc Marquez Honda 1m37.941
4 Alex Rins Suzuki 1m38.193
5 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m38.222
6 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1m38.285
7 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1m38.313
8 Jack Miller Ducati 1m38.348
9 Joan Mir Suzuki 1m38.380
10 Pecco Bagnaia Ducati 1m38.417
11 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1m38.426
12 Johann Zarco Ducati 1m38.513
13 Pol Espargaro KTM 1m38.592
14 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1m38.646
15 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m38.779
16 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1m38.873
17 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1m38.942
18 Brad Binder KTM 1m39.016
19 Iker Lecuona KTM 1m39.089
20 Alex Marquez Honda 1m39.151
21 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1m39.249
22 Tito Rabat Ducati 1m39.461

Moto2

Moto2 got back on track with some incredibly tight timesheets on Wednesday, with Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) setting a 1:42.436 in the afternoon to lead Tom Lüthi (Liqui Moly Intact GP) by just 0.076 by the end of play. Marco Bezzecchi (Sky Racing Team VR46) – despite only being ruled fit to ride on Tuesday after suffering a broken ankle while training – was P3 overall and not much further back either.

Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo)

Under the soaring Andalusian sun, the intermediate class riders were getting to grips with their Triumph machines for the first time since Tetsuta Nagashima (Red Bull KTM Ajo) took that emotional victory in Qatar, but Moto2 remains competitive as ever, with hardly anything separating the top 10. Luca Marini made it two Sky Racing Team VR46 bikes in the top four in P4, with former Jerez winner Sam Lowes (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) completing a top five split by 0.251 as he got up to speed quickly on his return from injury.

Italtrans Racing Team’s Enea Bastianini – a podium finisher in Qatar – finished P6 on the combined times, with Marcel Schrötter (Liqui Moly Intact GP), Nagashima and Jorge Navarro (HDR Heidrun Speed Up) up next, sitting three tenths off the pace. Xavi Vierge rounded out the top 10 on his Petronas Sprinta Racing machine, but the close battle went on as 19 riders finished the two sessions within a second of each other.

Moto2 Test Times

  1. Jorge Martin – Red Bull KTM Ajo – Kalex 1:42.346
  2. Tom Lüthi – Liqui Moly Intact GP – Kalex +0.076
  3. Marco Bezzecchi – Sky Racing Team VR46 – Kalex +0.116

Moto3

Petronas Sprinta Racing’s John McPhee was the man to beat as Moto3 returned to track action for the first time since the Qatar Grand Prix in March. McPhee, who’s second in the Championship coming into the Gran Premio Red Bull de España, was 0.3 seconds clear of a chasing pack led by another impressive performance from Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and fellow home hero Jaume Masia (Leopard Racing) a they completed the top three.

McPhee set his 1:46.263 in the opening session of the day when the scorching southern Spanish temperatures were at least a touch cooler, with Fernandez the only rider in the top seven to better his time in the afternoon and taking P2 in the process. The Spaniard was also the only KTM presence in a top five dominated by Honda. Fourth fastest was Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse), who completed the short roll call of riders able to get within half a second of McPhee’s pace.

John McPhee

After signing a new Rivacold Snipers Team contract on Tuesday in Jerez, Filip Salac was up the sharp end in the test once again, backing up an impressive performance in the season opener in Qatar. The Czech rider finished fifth but it was a close-run deal with the Husqvarna of Romano Fenati (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team), who was just 0.008 off Salac in P6.

Last year’s Jerez winner Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse) was even closer than that in seventh, just 0.003 off Fenati. Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3), Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing) – the Italian only getting out in the afternoon session after a minor gearbox problem at the start of the day – and Tony Arbolino (Rivacold Snipers Team) completed the top ten.

Moto3 Test Times

  1. John McPhee – Petronas Sprinta Racing – Honda 1:46.263
  2. Raul Fernandez – Red Bull KTM Ajo – KTM +0.321
  3. Jaume Masia- Leopard Racing – Honda +0.330

Aegerter lays down the gauntlet in MotoE test

Dynavolt Intact GP’s Dominique Aegerter was the man to beat in FIM Enel MotoE World Cup testing at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto. The Swiss rider improved in every session to eventually set a best time of 1:48.596, 0.445 ahead of Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) and 0.492 ahead of reigning Cup winner Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) in a serious statement of intent. Aegerter is, after all, a rookie to the class…

Dominique Aegerter

The MotoE riders were putting their Energica Ego Corsas to work through three sessions on Wednesday, with the majority of the grid setting their best times in the second or third session.

Matteo Ferrari

For Aegerter, the third session was where he excelled most, and Granado also set his personal best at the end of the day. Ferrari, meanwhile, set his best time in the second session.

Eric Granado

LCR E-Team’s Xavier Simeon was fourth quickest on the combined times as he changes teams for 2020, with the Belgian and Alex de Angelis (Octo Pramac MotoE) the only other riders to get within a second of Aegerter during the test.

Xavier Simeon

Mike Di Meglio (EG 0,0 Marc VDS), Niccolo Canepa (LCR E-Team) and Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) were all within just another tenth though in a tight midfield, with Josh Hook (Octo Pramac MotoE) for close company too.

Josh Hook – P9

First of all, it’s really good to be back. It was a positive day, we have already improved compared to last year and the feeling is good. We’ve made some changes and there are some points we need to improve on but I’m on the right track.”

Josh Hook

Niki Tuuli (Avant Ajo MotoE) locked out the ten fastest riders on Wednesday and the 2019 race winner will be looking for more this weekend.

Mike Di Meglio

The final session of the day was briefly red-flagged after Alessandro Zaccone (Trentino Gresini MotoE) crashed unhurt, although his Energica Ego Corsa was too damaged to be able for the class rookie to continue. Once the session restarted, Maria Herrera (Openbank Aspar Team) also crashed, and was also unhurt.

Alex de Angelis

The FIM Enel MotoE World Cup begins its second year of competition on Friday at 1950 AEST with FP1 to start preparing for the race on Sunday at 1805.

MotoE Combined Test Times

  1. Aegerter – 1m48.596
  2. Granado – 1m49.041
  3. Ferrari – 1m49.088
  4. Simeon – 1m49.181
  5. De Angelis – 1m49.357
  6. Di Meglio – 1m49.617
  7. Canepa – 1m49.705
  8. Torres – 1m49.745
  9. Hook – 1m49.861
  10. Tuuli – 1m49.968
  11. Marcon – 1m49.974
  12. Casadei – 1m50.219
  13. Zaccone – 1m50.265
  14. Herrera – 1m50.311
  15. Medina – 1m50.375
  16. Tulovic – 1m50.383
  17. Cardelus – 1m51.745
  18. Kornfeil – 1m53.694

2020 Jerez MotoGP Schedule (AEST)

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Rookies and veterans in the MotoE mix

MotoE ready to race in 2020

After an interesting first season of some great races that more often than not went right down to the wire, season two of MotoE is upon us and with it a few familiar faces – and a few new ones.

The Energica MotoE machine

The Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto hosts the opener and it’s a track the grid know well from testing, which could make for a bit of a leveler for the newcomers. Reigning Cup winner Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) is most definitely the man with a target on his back as season two begins though, and he looks to have lost none of his pace in testing. That added to the confidence of returning as the man to beat will only add to the mountain the rest have to climb, but the grid will be as close as ever.

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Matteo Ferrari topped official Jerez MotoE test back in March

Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing), the 2019 third place man, is sure to be a contender for both the Cup and the first win of the year. The Brazilian aced testing ahead of the inaugural Cup before the best laid plans of mice and former European Moto2 Champions went awry, but by the end of the season he was on a roll and ended the year with a double win. He’ll be looking to pick up where he left off and more.

MotoE Jerez Test March Granado
Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing)

The other 2019 winners – Mike Di Meglio (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) and Niki Tuuli (Avant Ajo MotoE) – will also have their eyes on the prize. Consistency and injury respectively hurt their campaigns last year, but now it’s a complete reset for a new season and they’ll be wanting to stay near the top – or at it – in what’s a competitive field. Xavier Simeon was another fast man in 2019 and he’s now at LCR E-Team alongside Niccolo Canepa, and the likes of Alex De Angelis (Octo Pramac MotoE), Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadra Corse), Maria Herrera (Openbank Aspar Team) and Josh Hook (Octo Pramac MotoE) all bring their experience back for season two.

MotoE Josh Hook
Josh Hook (Octo Pramac MotoE)

And then there are the new faces. Moto2 race winners Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP) and Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) move to MotoE this year, as does Moto3 veteran Jakub Kornfeil as the Czech rider gets the call up to replace Bradley Smith at WithU Motorsport. He’s going in almost blind too, just to add to the challenge – and will likely be the busiest man in the test on Wednesday.

MotoE Jerez Test March Aegerter
Dominique Aegerter

Lukas Tulovic (Tech 3 E-Racing) is another new to the class – and another with plenty of Moto2 experience – and a good few faces he now races in the Moto2 European Championship are also heading from their season openers in Estoril and Portimao in the FIM CEV Repsol to get back on track in MotoE. They include Tuuli, Alessandro Zaccone (Trentino Gresini MotoE), Alejandro Medina (Openbank Aspar Team) and Xavier Cardelus (Avintia Esponsorama Racing), all of whom will be eager to hit the ground running.

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Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta watching a MotoE practice start

Tommaso Marcon (Tech 3 E-Racing) is another of a similar profile, but the Italian is instead on the way back from an injury sustained in testing. Will that affect his debut? Or will the shorter race distance of MotoE and his couple of weeks of recovery time work in his favour?

It’s a mouthwatering cast of riders in the 2020 FIM Enel MotoE World Cup. From experienced veterans to fresh faces, every CV is packed with experience from 125s and 250s to Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP, as well as WorldSSP, WorldSBK and more – making a true melting pot of a grid. Who will strike first?


2020 MotoE Entry List

Rider Nationality Team
5 Alex De Angelis San Marino Octo Pramac Motoe
6 Maria Herrera Spanish Openbank Aspar Team
7 Niccolo Canepa Italian Lcr E-Team
10 Xavier Simeon Belgian Lcr E-Team
11 Matteo Ferrari Italian Trentino Gresini Motoe
16 Josh Hook Australian Octo Pramac Motoe
18 Nicolas Terol Spanish Openbank Aspar Team
20 Xavier Cardelus Andorran Avintia Esponsorama Racing
27 Mattia Casadei Italian Ongetta Sic58 Squadracorse
35 Lukas Tulovic German Tech3 E-Racing
38 Bradley Smith British One Energy Racing
40 Jordi Torres Spanish Join Contract Pons 40
51 Eric Granado Brazilian Avintia Esponsorama Racing
61 Alessandro Zaccone Italian Trentino Gresini Motoe
63 Mike Di Meglio French Eg 0,0 Marc Vds
66 Niki Tuuli Finnish Ajo Motoe
70 Tommaso Marcon Italian Tech3 E-Racing
77 Dominique Aegerter Swiss Intact Gp

2020 Jerez MotoGP Schedule (AEST)

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2020 MotoE Jerez Test | Ferrari fastest | Hook ninth

MotoE Official Jerez Test


2019 FIM Enel MotoE World Cup winner Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) kicked off 2020 by topping the first Official Test in Jerez, setting a best lap of 1:47.494 on the final day to head the combined timesheets.

Matteo Ferrari – P1

“It was a good test. We made a big step forward set-up wise and there’s still some changes to make to understand if the direction we’re taking is the right one – and there’s no better situation to do so than during testing. It wasn’t easy, especially as we did not have the telemetry engineer with us since day two. We made an effort to fill his absence: from my side to make myself clear and from the team to make the changes we needed. I set some good lap-times which came quite naturally, so this surely is a good sign.”

MotoE Jerez Test March Matteo Ferrari

MotoE Jerez Test March Matteo Ferrari

Matteo Ferrari

Eric Granado’s (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) 1:47.546 on Day 2 placed the Brazilian a close second, with MotoE rookie Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP) impressing to finish third overall in his first event on the Energica Ego Corsa.

Dominique Aegerter – P3

“For me, of course, this is a new challenge and the motorcycle is completely different from anything I’ve ridden so far. I am happy to have such a good team on my side. Ultimately, the motorcycle has a little less power than I thought. Riding is a bit difficult because at the exit of the corners you can open the throttle quite early, which is not possible with a gasoline motorcycle. Of course, you can feel the 260kg weight especially when braking, but less in the corners, which is good. I was able to improve well over the three days. We had a good test plan, even if you can’t do too much with this production motorcycle. But we worked on the translation, the chassis and the seating position. In the end, I was able to set solid times. At the moment we can do 7-9 full laps with the e-bike, where we actually have the full power available. As a result, you can only really ride eight laps three times a day. The first two days I had problems adjusting because as I said, it is a completely different riding experienc. We as a team are super happy to end the three test days with a positive feeling and a good lap time.”

MotoE Jerez Test March Aegerter

MotoE Jerez Test March Aegerter

Dominique Aegerter

At the end of the three days in Andalucia, the top eight were covered by just eight tenths and only 1.2 seconds split the top 14 as MotoE got off to a competitive start in 2020.

2019 Cup runner-up Bradley Smith (WithU Motorsport) was fourth fastest at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto, the British rider sitting 0.379 off Ferrari’s pace.

Bradley Smith – P4

“Overall, I’m very happy after these three days in Jerez. We are back to the same level where we left off last season. The bike is exactly the same as the one from 2019, although we had to focus on understanding the completely new profile of the rear tyre, with a different shape, casing and compound. Due to this, we had to re-test aspects that we had already looked at during the past year. We also tried some other very important elements of the setup that we didn’t have time to test during the race weekend last year. For the upcoming test we will focus mainly on improving our pace over a single lap. I’m satisfied with our fourth position and the time that I set. The level is very high again this season, so we have to keep improving.”

MotoE Jerez Test March Smith

MotoE Jerez Test March Smith

Bradley Smith

Five riders managed to dip into the 1:47s and the last of those was Octo Pramac MotoE’s Alex De Angelis, the Sammarinese rider ending the test 0.450 from the top.

Alex De Angelis – P5

“I’m happy with today, and very satisfied with the test. Today I did my best lap time and we improved also the pace thanks to a good set-up. I want to thank my team for staying here with me in this particular moment, and hopefully we can get back to normal as soon as possible.”

MotoE Jerez Test March Alex De Angelis

MotoE Jerez Test March Alex De Angelis

Alex De Angelis

Xavier Simeon (LCR E-Team) was sixth fastest, he and fellow sophomore Mike Di Meglio (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) heading eighth place Niki Tuuli (Avant Ajo MotoE) as the Finn continues to recover from recent surgery to remove screws put in after his injury last year.

Xavier Simeon – P6

“Today has been a positive day. We made some improvements compared to yesterday, but not as big as we were hoping for. I think we finish 6th in the overall classification, which is not bad, but I was expecting a little bit more. We are not far in lap time, we closed the gap to the guy before, but we did not make the improvement I was expecting. Anyway, this is only the first test, and we can be satisfied with how things went. I hope we can make the next test, we’ll see what happens with the coronavirus situation.”

MotoE Jerez Test March Simeon A

MotoE Jerez Test March Simeon A

Xavier Simeon

Octo Pramac MotoE’s Josh Hook and rookie Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) completed the top 10 as 2020 sparked to life.

Josh Hook – P9

“Three very positive days, we got a lot of useful information. The weather allowed us to do many laps on the track and giving us the opportunity to understand much more than last year. The pace is definitely good, we just have to try to find some more power, but overall, I am very satisfied with how these days went and how we worked.”

MotoE Jerez Test March Josh Hook

MotoE Jerez Test March Josh Hook

Josh Hook

Niccolò Canepa just missed out on a top-10 finish, landing in 11th position overall.

Niccolò Canepa – P11

“We’ve just finished the 3rd session of testing here in Jerez. I am satisfied with the work that we did, and the things we found in the bike to improve. Unfortunately, I couldn’t improve my lap time at the end, because I found some slower riders while I was pushing with the battery fully charged. Except the first two sessions, where there was a big difference, the results are very close, so it is positive feeling for the next test. I can’t wait to have the new tyres. There was only one front tyre that we could use but its a big step for me, for my riding style. The good news is that we will have these tyres for everyone starting from the next test. I am very happy about that. I think with these tyres I can improve quite a lot. I am confident. Now, I’ll try to go back home, stay safe and wait for the next test.”

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MotoE Jerez Test March Caneda VR A

Niccolò Canepa

Alejandro Medina finished twelfth this first pre-season test, just 1.1 seconds from the fastest time.

Alejandro Medina – P12

“It has been a positive three-day test: we are close to the leaders in terms of lap time and I feel good on the bike. When everything is in place and I’m already fully adapted, we will surely do well. The Energica is a difficult bike to understand, because it is very different from any bike that I have previously ridden, but every day we have given a step forward and we have understood it more. In the last session we have improved even more. We are happy with this test.”

MotoE Jerez Test March Alejandro Medina

MotoE Jerez Test March Alejandro Medina

Alejandro Medina

Throughout the Official Test the MotoE class were testing new tyres from Michelin, as well as new Öhlins forks and new airflow cooling for the batteries, which helps the Energica Ego Corsas charge quicker too.

See below for the updated 2020 MotoE calendar, as of March 13, 2020.


MotoE Jerez Test – Overall Top 10

  1. Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) – 1:47.494
  2. Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) + 0.052
  3. Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP) + 0.225
  4. Bradley Smith (WithU Motorsport) + 0.379
  5. Alex De Angelis (Octo Pramac MotoE) + 0.450
  6. Xavier Simeon (LCR E-Team) + 0.624
  7. Mike Di Meglio (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) + 0.816
  8. Niki Tuuli (Avant Ajo MotoE) + 0.843
  9. Josh Hook (Octo Pramac MotoE) + 1.074
  10. Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) + 1.100

2020 MotoE Calendar (Updated March 13, 2020)

  • Race 1 – July 5th -7th – Sachsenring, Germany
  • Race 2 – August 9th -11th – Red Bull Ring, Austria
  • Races 3 & 4 – September 13th -15th – Misano, Italy
  • Races 5 & 6 – November 15th -17th – Valencia, Spain

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Eric Granado to test Ducati GP18 at Jerez this week

Eric Granado to joinsJerez test on Ducati GP18


After a great season finale with two victories in the MotoE category, the Reale Avintia Racing Team will reward Brazilian rider Eric Granado by giving him the opportunity to ride the Ducati GP18 during the test that will take place this week at the Jerez circuit.

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Eric Granado topping QP in MotoE

Despite a challenging start to the year, Granado concluded the first MotoE season in third position overall, overcoming the adversities that he had to face throughout the year.

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Eric Granado

The Reale Avintia team is to offer the riders of our structure what they deserve and this is a great opportunity to see the potential and feelings of this young pilot in MotoGP.

MotoE World Cup test Valencia Final Eric Granado With Energica Eva
Eric Granado with his Energica Eva

Jerez marks the second 2020 test, with the two-day event taking place on Monday and Tuesday. Maverick Vinales was fastest at the previous Valencia test, leading the Yamaha trio including Quartararo and Morbidelli, with top Ducati being Dovizioso back in eighth, followed by Jack Miller in 11th.

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