Rea extends points lead to 41-points after R1 victory at Catalunya

2020 WorldSBK – Round Six – Catalunya

WorldSBK Race One

The first ever MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was won by Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) as the reigning Champion claimed victory in Race 1 for the inaugural Acerbis Catalunya Round; extending his Championship lead to 41 points.

#CatalanWorldSBK at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – Race 1.

Rea started from pole position after going quickest in this morning’s Tissot Superpole session and held position off the line as the lights went out, maintaining and increasing a gap to his nearest rivals on track. Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) finished in second place after getting a superb launch off the grid after starting from seventh place; the British rider taking advantage of a close call between Toprak Razgatlioglu (PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team) and teammate and Michael van der Mark at Turn 1 with both able to stay on their bike.

Scott Redding

Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Team GOELEVEN) and Redding battled in the early stages of the race before trying to work together to close the gap to Rea but they were unable to do so with Rea extending his lead to eventually win by 2.6s. Redding came home to finish in second place while Rinaldi fell down the order in the latter stages, eventually finishing in seventh.

Chaz Davies

Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) battled his way through the field to finish in third place meaning British riders have now locked out the podium on 54 occasions in WorldSBK, with Davies finishing ahead of van der Mark in fourth. Alvaro Bautista (Team HRC) lost ground compared to his starting position, finishing in fifth place with Razgatlioglu in sixth after the incident with his teammate at Turn 1. Bautista lost a position to Davies on Lap 15 of 20 when he went wide into Turn 1, allowing Davies to sweep around the outside of Bautista.

Michael van der Mark

Rinaldi finished in seventh place after losing lots of time in the final few laps, being passed by Davies, van der Mark and Bautista in three successive laps. He finished ahead of Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team) as the American continued his strong performances in dry conditions in Barcelona.

Alvaro Bautista

Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) was in ninth place with Leon Haslam (Team HRC) completing the top ten. Eugene Laverty picked up points for his efforts with 11th place, just one tenth away from a top ten finish. Wildcard Jonas Folger (Bonovo Action by MGM Racing) battled his way through the field after not setting a time in qualifying, moving up from 21st to finish 12th.

Xavi Fores (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), Loris Baz (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) and Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team) completed the points paying positions by rounding out the top 15. Samuele Cavalieri (Barni Racing Team) finished in 16th on his first appearance in 2020, ahead of last-minute call up Lorenzo Zanetti (Motocorsa Racing).

Sylvain Barrier (Brixx Performance), Takumi Takahashi (MIE Racing HONDA Team) and Valentin Debise (OUTDO Kawasaki TPR) were the rest of the finishers in the race with Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) retiring from the race in the early stages.

P1 Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)

“I had a lot of motivation in this race. It’s my team home race. Obviously, Ana Carrasco can’t be here with us in the team, so this race win is for her and also for my grandfather. It is his anniversary today, 27 years ago he died so I was using that as a lot of power in the race to just never give up. I am super happy for me, my team. I wish the fans could be here, and their families to celebrate with us but lot of info for tomorrow. I am looking forward to that one because in the last laps, the front was moving quiet a lot. In this temperature with this grip level, we just need a bit more for tomorrow. So, looking forward to sleeping on that and coming back stronger tomorrow.”

Jonathan Rea
P2 Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati)

“In qualifying I struggled a bit, I think the qualifying tyre was not so good so I started seventh on the grid which is not ideal but I got off to a mega start, then van der Mark came through and made some space for me so it made it a little bit easier. I was behind Rinaldi and I felt good. I needed to get passed him and I got by him, and I lost the rear in Turn 3. This is a corner where we suffer a lot and I tried to push and that’s what happened. He came back, passed me again. He tapped the seat so I thought he was a bit faster than me in some sectors, I tried to see something. I saw the tyre drop and I thought he needed to go and close the gap and had a good run to close the gap a little bit to Jonny, but it was just give and take all the time. So, from seventh to finish second, I am happy with that I must say. It’s a shame we couldn’t fight for the win but in this point of the Championship, we have to get the best results we can, when we can.”

P3 Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati)

“Yes, a bit steady the first ten laps, I think. I was giving it everything, but I just didn’t seem to have the ability to get it hooked up in some of the longer corners in the early parts. And then it seems that everybody dropped, well the people I was riding with dropped to my sort of grip and then I was able to move forward, and I stayed maybe a bit more consistent than those who were around me. It is the first 10 laps where we are missing out. Start was good, I was in a good position, I was well placed to go forward but had a lack of traction.”

#CatalanWorldSBK at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – Race 1.

1. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)

2. Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) +2.625s

3. Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) +4.459s

WorldSBK Race One Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 J.  Rea Kawasaki ZX-10RR 0.000
2 S. Redding Ducati Panigale V4 R +2.625
3 C. Davies Ducati Panigale V4 R +4.459
4 M. Van Der Mark Yamaha YZF R1 +6.078
5 A. Bautista Honda CBR1000RR-R +6.989
6 T. Razgatlioglu Yamaha YZF R1 +8.770
7 M. Rinaldi Ducati Panigale V4 R +11.676
8 G. Gerloff Yamaha YZF R1 +15.639
9 A. Lowes Kawasaki ZX-10RR +18.128
10 L.  Haslam Honda CBR1000RR-R +22.344
11 E. Laverty BMW S1000 RR +22.460
12 J.  Folger Yamaha YZF R1 +22.934
13 X. Fores Kawasaki ZX-10RR +25.428
14 L.  Baz Yamaha YZF R1 26.083
15 F. Caricasulo Yamaha YZF R1 +31.880
16 S. Cavalieri Ducati Panigale V4 R +37.361
17 L.  Zanetti Ducati Panigale V4 R +40.668
18 S. Barrier Ducati Panigale V4 R +48.001
19 T. Takahashi Honda CBR1000RR-R +55.793
20 V. Debise Kawasaki ZX-10RR +1m02.531
Not Classified

WorldSBK Championship Standings

Pos Rider Points
 1  Jonathan Rea  268
 2  Scott Redding  227
 3  Toprak Razgatlioglu  157
 4  Chaz Davies  157
 5  Michael Van Der Mark  146
 6  Michael Ruben Rinaldi  140
 7  Alex Lowes  134
 8  Alvaro Bautista  94
 9  Leon Haslam  81
 10  Loris Baz  78
 11  Tom Sykes  58
 12  Garrett Gerloff  47
 13  Federico Caricasulo  37
 14  Eugene Laverty  36
 15  Xavi Fores  36
 16  Marco Melandri  23
 17  Sandro Cortese  14
 18  Leandro Mercado  12
 19  Maximilian Scheib  11
 20  Sylvain Barrier  5
 21  Jonas Folger  4
 22  Christophe Ponsson  4
 23  Roman Ramos  4
 24  Matteo Ferrari  4
 25  Takumi Takahashi  2

World Supersport

World Supersport

The weather played a massive role in the outcome of the first ever FIM Supersport World Championship race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as Andy Verdoïa (bLU cRU WorldSSP by MS Racing) claimed a shock victory in a Red Flagged Race 1 for the Acerbis Catalunya Round as Championship leader Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) finished off the podium for the first time this season.

Andy Verdoïa

Verdoïa did not pit stop as the rain came down in Montmelo and was the leader at the timing point the results were taken from; with 11 laps of the 17 scheduled completed full race points awarded. Verdoïa becomes the first WorldSSP300 race winner to win in WorldSSP as well as the youngest WorldSSP winner as he claimed victory ahead of Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) and Kyle Smith (GMT94 Yamaha) who completed the podium; Smith replacing the injured Jules Cluzel for this round.

Smith and Mahias

Championship leader Locatelli finished in fourth place after losing time as the rain started to fall but had been leading in dry conditions. Although he had a poor start and fell into fourth place on Lap 2, a lap later into Turn 1 he passed Mahias, Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) and Corentin Perolari (GMT94 Yamaha).

Mahias, Smith and Locatelli were the last riders to come into the pits before the Red Flag was shown with all three just about to get back on track after changing tyres in the pits while Verdoïa was able to stay out without pitting, keeping his bike on track to claim victory.

Kevin Manfredi (Altogoo Racing Team) secured a stunning top five finish and the lead rider out of the WorldSSP Challenge riders, finishing just ahead of Steven Odendaal (EAB Ten Kate Racing) in sixth place and 2019 WorldSSP300 Champion Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) in seventh.

Oettl was in eighth place at the timing point the results were collected from with Miquel Pons (Dynavolt Honda) finished in ninth place; equalling his best finish in WorldSSP. Axel Bassani (Soradis Yamaha Motoxracing) completed the top ten with a tenth-place finish, the Italian securing his best result of the 2020 season.

Loris Cresson (OXXO Yamaha Team Toth) finished in 11th place with Can Öncü (Turkish Racing Team), Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing), Raffaele de Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) and Isaac Viñales (Kallio Racing) completing the point-scoring positions. Perolari, who had been leading the race in the early stages, finished in 16th place while Danny Webb (WRP Wepol Racing) finished in 18th after showing strong pace in the dry. Oscar Gutierrez (GMT94 Yamaha) had showed strong pace in the dry but lost out due to the timing of the red flag, finishing in 19th place on his debut.

Galang Hendra Pratama (bLU cRU WorldSSP by MS Racing) was taken to the medical centre following a crash in the early stages of the race, where he was diagnosed with a right-hand contusion. He will have further assessments following that diagnosis.

P1 Andy Verdoïa (bLU cRU WorldSSP by MS Racing)

“I cannot believe it. It’s incredible. I said okay continue, keep calm, don’t crash because in second gear, I was spinning on the straight. It was incredible but I said keep calm, try to finish and maybe next lap there will be a Red Flag. So, I continued, and I thought maybe I was in top 10 so at the end it is a first place, I cannot believe it. It’s incredible.”

P2 Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)

“For sure it is great for the Championship, to secure third place and maybe pushing to come back to second. I am not really happy because one rider entered the pitlane after me and won the race. He was behind during the race, but it is better than to finish fourth or fifth. But when I saw the rain started, I ride a lot in endurance, and I know these conditions a lot. I know that when you have a bit of rain on the track, it’s possible to push for one more lap. I looked at Locatelli with the hand and I thought that it was okay to push one more lap. I got into first position and when I entered in the last corner, I saw the straight line with lot of water, I thought I made the wrong choice and finally it was the right one. I am a little bit lucky. But I hope for nice weather tomorrow for Race 2.”

P3 Kyle Smith (GMT94 Yamaha)

“It’s a really fun ending to the race to be honest. I am happy that in the dry I was riding in fourth position which is good. The rain helped me get on the podium but as well I don’t 100 percent agree with the rules, with how the Red Flag works. It is the way it is. I think that possibly we could have been more fighting more for the victory. Anyway, I am really happy for the GMT94 team which had bad luck when Jules injured himself. I am happy to keep the team on top, where it deserves to be so yes, I am happy.”

#CatalanWorldSBK WorldSSP at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – Race 1

1.) Andy Verdoïa (bLU cRU WorldSSP by MS Racing)

2.) Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)

3.) Kyle Smith (GMT94 Yamaha)

World Supersport Race Results

Pos Rider Bike Race Time
1 A. Verdoia Yamaha 15m37’21.611
2 L.  Mahias Kawasaki 15m36’41.264
3 K. Smith Yamaha 15m36’41.812
4 A. Locatelli Yamaha 15m36’43.239
5 K. Manfredi Yamaha 15m37’02.361
6 S. Odendaal Yamaha 15m37’02.789
7 M. Gonzalez Kawasaki 15m37’03.351
8 P. Oettl Kawasaki 15m37’04.276
9 M. Pons Honda 15m37’21.174
10 A. Bassani Yamaha 15m37’25.694
11 L.  Cresson Yamaha 15m37’26.187
12 C. Oncu Kawasaki 15m37’14.373
13 H. Soomer Yamaha 15m37’21.382
14 R. De Rosa MV Agusta 15m37’27.419
15 I.  Vinales Yamaha 15m37’33.267
16 C. Perolari Yamaha 15m37’30.996
17 F. Fuligni MV Agusta 15m37’12.416
18 D. Webb Yamaha 15m37’30.975
19 O. Gutierrez Iglesias Yamaha 15m37’24.177
20 P. Sebestyen Yamaha 15m37’26.235
21 P. Hobelsberger Honda 15m37’09.981
22 G. Van Straalen Yamaha 15m37’30.457
23 A. Ruiz Carranza Yamaha 15m37’29.155
24 L.  Montella Yamaha 15m34’00.982
Not Classified
RET G. Erill Kawasaki 15m21’59.437
RET G. Hendra Pratama Yamaha 15m16’17.906

World Supersport Championship Standings

Pos Rider POINTS
 1  Andrea Locatelli  238
 2  Jules Cluzel  146
 3  Lucas Mahias  139
 4  Philipp Oettl  108
 5  Raffaele De Rosa  93
 6  Corentin Perolari  88
 7  Steven Odendaal  84
 8  Isaac Vinales  80
 9  Manuel Gonzalez  80
 10  Hannes Soomer  53
 11  Danny Webb  48
 12  Peter Sebestyen  37
 13  Can Alexander Oncu  34
 14  Andy Verdoia  31
 15  Alejandro Ruiz Carranza  25
 16  Federico Fuligni  21
 17  Kevin Manfredi  17
 18  Kyle Smith  16
 19  Miquel Pons  16
 20  Axel Bassani  14
 21  Loris Cresson  11
 22  Galang Hendra Pratama  9
 23  Patrick Hobelsberger  6
 24  Maria Herrera  2
 25  Jaimie Van Sikkelerus  2
 26  Hikari Okubo  1
 27  Luigi Montella  1

World Supersport 300

World Supersport 300

A wet but drying track made conditions tricky for all riders on the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship grid as the Championship hit the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the first time at the Acerbis Catalunya Round where Tom Booth-Amos (RT Motorsports by SKM – Kawasaki) claimed a dominant maiden victory by more than six seconds.

Tom Booth-Amos

Booth-Amos started from pole position after going quickest in the Tissot Superpole session and led off the line to hold position despite a challenge from behind; Booth-Amos sweeping into Turn 1 into the lead and not looking back as he took his first WorldSSP300 victory. He was joined on the podium by Samuel di Sora (Leader Team Flembbo), with the Frenchman securing his first podium in WorldSSP300, and Marc Garcia (2R Racing) in third with the 2017 World Champion making his return to the Championship.

Samuel di Sora and Mika Perez

Mika Perez (Prodina Ircos Team WorldSSP300) finished the race in fourth place as Championship leader Jeffrey Buis (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) finished in fifth; Buis looking like he was struggling in the first half of the race but recovered in the latter stages of the 10-lap race to finish in fifth and extend his Championship lead. Filippo Rovelli (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) claimed a sixth-place finish as he secured his best WorldSSP300 finish.

Garcia and Perez

Victor Rodriguez Nuñez (EAB Ten Kate Racing) finished in seventh in his first race for his new team, having switched to Ten Kate Racing from 2R Racing, with Koen Meuffels (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) in eighth place. Bahattin Sofuoglu (Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP300) battled his way through the Last Chance Race to claim a top ten finish in ninth, ahead of Johan Gimbert (GP Project).

Ton Kawakami (Yamaha MS Racing) was another who had battled his way through the field, running in the top ten in the early stages, but dropped back in a mega battle for a top ten finish, the Brazilian claiming an 11th placed finish. Alfonso Coppola (Kawasaki GP Project) was 12th with Scott Deroue (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) in 13th; Deroue also fighting through the Last Chance Race. Hugo de Cancellis (Team TRASIMENO) and Meikon Kawakami (Team Brasil AD 78) completed the points-paying positions in 15th.

It was an eventful race for Angel Heredia (DEZA-ISMABON Racing Team) who had multiple incidents throughout the race, though the wildcard was able to get back on his back after each one. Paolo Grassia (Team CHIODO Moto Racing) retired from the race after an incident on the opening lap as did Inigo Iglesias Bravo (Scuderia Maranga Racing) and Nick Kalinin (Battley RT-RT Motorsports by SKM-Kawasaki). Bruno Ieraci (Kawasaki GP Project) came off his bike and retired from the race although he did look to return to the track, while Kim Aloisi (ProGP Racing) had a similar accident at Turn 2.

P1 Tom Booth-Amos (RT Motorsports by SKM – Kawasaki)

“Finally, I get a win! It’s not been an easy year. After Portugal, when I had the big crash, it didn’t hurt but I hurt myself quite a lot, but I didn’t tell anyone. I just carried on through and in Aragon we struggled but our guys have worked hard in between, they only had one week but they´ve brought me a new package this weekend and it’s working really well. This is for them and I want to thank them. I’m a little bit far behind in the Championship but if we keep working and I keep winning races, it’s still possible.”

P2 Samuel di Sora (Leader Team Flembbo)

“It was a very difficult race. We didn’t know what the weather would be minutes before the start, but we made the right choice to put a good rain setup on the bike. I want to thank all the people that have brought me here.”

P3 Marc Garcia (2R Racing)

“It was amazing. Ten months without taking a bike and to come back into the Championship and get third position is amazing.”

#CatalanWorldSBK WorldSSP300 at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – Race 1

1. Tom Booth-Amos (RT Motorsports by SKM – Kawasaki)

2. Samuel di Sora (Leader Team Flembbo) +6.336s

3. Marc Garcia (2R Racing) +6.391s

WSSP300 Race Results

Pos Rider Bike Class Time/Gap
1 T. Booth-Amos Kawasaki B 0.000
2 S. Di Sora Kawasaki A +6.336
3 M. Garcia Kawasaki A +6.391
4 M. Perez Kawasaki A +6.596
5 J.  Buis Kawasaki A +15.200
6 F. Rovelli Kawasaki A +16.125
7 V. Rodriguez Nunez Yamaha A +16.388
8 K. Meuffels Kawasaki A +16.469
9 B. Sofuoglu Yamaha B +16.810
10 J.  Gimbert Kawasaki A +18.331
11 T.  Kawakami Yamaha B +20.798
12 A. Coppola Kawasaki B +26.823
13 S. Deroue Kawasaki B +31.150
14 H. De Cancellis Yamaha B +32.423
15 M. Kawakami Yamaha B +32.602
16 F. Macan Yamaha A +32.673
17 I.  Garcia Kawasaki A +32.701
18 K. Sabatucci Kawasaki B +34.500
19 F. Perez Casas Yamaha B +36.258
20 U. Orradre Yamaha A +36.545
21 M. Gennai Yamaha A +43.278
22 J.  Perez Gonzalez Yamaha B +44.121
23 T. Brianti Kawasaki B +47.697
24 A. Carrion Kawasaki A +1m01.569
25 D. Mogeda Kawasaki A +1m07.546
26 A. Kroh Yamaha A +1m07.923
27 G. Mastroluca Kawasaki B +1m12.357
28 Y. Okaya Kawasaki B +1m12.910
29 A. Huertas Yamaha B +1 Lap
30 A. Heredia Kawasaki B +3 Laps
Not Classified
RET K. Aloisi Yamaha A 5 Laps
RET B. Ieraci Kawasaki A 7 Laps
RET I.  Iglesias Bravo Kawasaki B 8 Laps
RET N. Kalinin Kawasaki A 9 Laps
RET P. Grassia Kawasaki A /

WSSP300 Championship Standings

Pos Rider Points
 1  Jeffrey Buis  142
 2  Scott Deroue  122
 3  Bahattin Sofuoglu  105
 4  Unai Orradre  98
 5  Ana Carrasco  97
 6  Tom Booth-Amos  94
 7  Thomas Brianti  80
 8  Mika Perez  68
 9  Meikon Kawakami  47
 10  Samuel Di Sora  45
 11  Bruno Ieraci  44
 12  Koen Meuffels  41
 13  Ton Kawakami  31
 14  Yuta Okaya  29
 15  Hugo De Cancellis  29
 16  Kevin Sabatucci  24
 17  Nick Kalinin  21
 18  Marc Garcia  16
 19  Filippo Rovelli  15
 20  Adrian Huertas  15
 21  Alan Kroh  13
 22  Glenn Van Straalen  13
 23  Alvaro Diaz  10
 24  Victor Rodriguez Nunez  9
 25  Tom Edwards  9
 26  Alfonso Coppola  9
 27  Johan Gimbert  7
 28  Inigo Iglesias Bravo  5
 29  Oliver Konig  5
 30  Filip Salac  4
 31  Enzo De La Vega  4
 32  Alejandro Carrion  4
 33  Kim Aloisi  3
 34  Tom Bercot  1
 35  Mirko Gennai  1


Saturday MotoGP Summary at the Catalunya GP

What did we discover from qualifying for the Grand Prix of Catalonia on Saturday? We uncovered that qualifying is really misleading.

The front of the grid is a mixture of riders who are truly quickly on race rate, and riders who are only brief more than a one lap.

But what we also uncovered is that the keep track of at Montmelo, outside the house Barcelona, is so challenging on tires that qualifying is only a extremely tiny part of the tale. It is uncertain regardless of whether in which you qualify will have any bearing on the outcome of the race.

The trouble at Barcelona is that the monitor is punishing on tires. You do not get to the end of the race with tire to spare. Certainly, you may not make it to the close of the race at all.

“The previous laps of the race, we will struggle not to make a lap time, we will battle to keep on the bike,” warned Pol Espargaro.

“Maybe by the conclusion of the race, it is not likely to be who can perform improved, who can be more quickly, I believe by the conclude of the race it is going to be who will take extra danger, who cares considerably less about crashing.”

Montmelo is usually hard on tires, but this calendar year there is an extra complication.

For the reason that the MotoGP teams determined that Michelin required to nominate the allocation for each individual single circuit at the start of the year, just before the 1st Grand Prix has even taken position, the French tire manufacturer has to make an educated guess at the circumstances probably to prevail when the races are held.

Normally, that is not too significantly of a trouble, as the rounds are frequently held around the exact same time each and every 12 months.

The New Irregular

But “normally” is not a term which is having a great deal use in 2020. This is a time shaken up, shifted about, and shoved into a smaller space by the Covid-19 pandemic, and so races are getting held at tracks in extremely distinct seasons, when pretty distinctive situations prevail.

Barcelona is a circumstance in stage: typically, MotoGP visits in the center of June, when air temperatures are likely to be in the higher 20s Centigrade, with asphalt temperatures running into the 50s.

In 2020, MotoGP is at the Circuit de Catalunya in late September, just as the summer starts to shed its grip, and the hot days fade. Include to that a weekend which is cooler than usual – a 7 days back just, when the WorldSBK course held their 1st race of the weekend, the air temperature was 28°C, and the keep track of was 42°C for MotoGP qualifying, temperature of the two air and keep track of was 6°C lessen.

That starts off to make the tire allocation which Michelin brought to Barcelona a tad optimistic. The soft and medium tires, entrance and rear, had been able of performing the race. But the lessen temperatures rendered the difficult tires pretty much unusable.

“Unfortunately the challenging entrance and really hard rear, it seems to be like they are too tricky for tomorrow’s race,” Michelin Motorsport manager Piero Taramasso said.

“But as you know, we experienced to opt for the tires a long time ago ahead of the begin of the season, and seeking at data, we imagined there would be far more temperature, on the keep track of and in the air, but which is not the circumstance.”

Folding Fronts and Managed Rears

The close outcome of this has been twofold: firstly, a spate of crashes as extremely optimistic riders check out to force in advance of the remaining-hand facet of the front tire is warmed up, and stop up in the gravel at Convert 2, Turn 5, Switch 10 when they forget about that they really do not have the identical grip on the left as they do on the ideal in advance of the tire is completely ready.

And secondly, we are making ready for a war of attrition occur Sunday. No person is heading to be able to carry the similar speed from start off to complete.

The race on Sunday will resemble Danilo Petrucci’s well known “short blanket”, in which riders have to make a decision irrespective of whether to push at the start of the race, and hope for the best at the conclude, or training endurance at the commence, and hope the escaping riders don’t establish up much too a great deal of a gap to near down in the next 50 percent of the race.

It was, as usual, a thrilling qualifying session, Franco Morbidelli showing a return to sort after an off weekend at the 2nd race in Misano.

The Petronas Yamaha SRT rider was the only male to get into the 1’38s, ending qualifying a complete two tenths a lot quicker than the rider in next put, his teammate Fabio Quartararo.

As a facet observe, the point that a gap of two tenths is regarded as huge is a sign of just how shut MotoGP is in 2020.

His 2021 teammate – Valentino Rossi’s agreement for up coming year was signed and declared an hour or so prior to qualifying commenced – took the last slot on the front row of the grid, his to start with front row since Silverstone last year, and a Yamaha lockout of the front row.

Driving the a few Yamahas, a pair of Ducatis sandwich the fourth Yamaha of Maverick Viñales on the second row. Jack Miller starts from fourth, whilst Johann Zarco just pinched sixth spot from Pol Espargaro.

The KTM rider is upset to be heading up the third row, forward of the Suzuki of Joan Mir and the initially manufacturing unit Ducati of Danilo Petrucci.

The Tortoise vs. The Hare

The grid is no reflection of the serious speed of the riders, having said that. The Yamahas all have fantastic tempo, both equally on new rubber and on previous tires, with Viñales, Quartararo, and Rossi the standouts.

Pol Espargaro and Joan Mir are speedy as well, with race rate to match, and in the situation of the KTM rider, potentially even to conquer the Yamahas.

Of the Ducatis, the rider with the greatest tempo is back on the 3rd row. Danilo Petrucci has realized not to check out to fix his problems with adjustments to the electronics, but as an alternative focus on chassis configurations in its place.

That has served him locate some race rate, but it hasn’t assisted him put in a rapid lap. Johann Zarco and Jack Miller have the opposite difficulty.

That left Pol Espargaro a minimal pissed off, locating himself caught at the rear of riders he is aware of he has significantly much better pace than. “With a new tire, we do not get the further grip we experienced in the other sites,” the Purple Bull Manufacturing unit KTM rider mentioned.

“For certain Ducati has this more grip. We saw how poor the rate for instance Jack and Johann had through FP4, but how speedy they could be in 1 lap.”

No Repeat Performances

The 2020 race will arrive down to tire management, was the unanimous consensus amid the riders. It will most probable resemble the race here in 2017, which Andrea Dovizioso gained convincingly by guaranteeing he was finest capable of sustaining his pace during the race, as other people fell by the wayside.

That is not likely to come about in 2020, the manufacturing facility Ducati rider lamented. “I actually would like to communicate about that in a positive way like in the earlier, but the situation is completely diverse to the previous,” Dovizioso explained. “You require the pace to help you save the tire and be powerful at the conclusion of the race and this is not our predicament.”

His problem, as at any time, was braking, and adapting to the 2020 Michelin tire. Dovizioso continues to make little one ways, but that may well not be adequate to provide him the title this year.

If not Dovizioso, who? Valentino Rossi has the speed, and is also a wily previous hand when it comes to taking care of his tires. His issue in the previous has generally been starting off from way down on the grid, an issue he won’t confront in Barcelona.

“It’s a excellent Saturday, due to the fact we started out properly from Friday,” Rossi explained to the press conference. When we start off already the bicycle was competitive and give me a good experience.”

“In FP4 with the utilised tire I have good pace. So commencing from the front row is quite essential also mainly because the 1st corner is incredibly much. So we have to have to give the highest from the starting and try out to make a excellent race.”

Assault from the Start out

The other Yamahas will all share the same method. “The critical with our bike is it’s so essential to make a great start,” Fabio Quartararo said.

“To be in the initially positions in the initial lap will be essential. At the stop if we glimpse, the very first two rows are seriously great for us mainly because we have four Yamahas in the initially six positions. So I’m definitely content about these two entrance rows. Let’s attempt to make the very best begin I ever did on Sunday.”

Maverick Viñales was even a lot more explicit about his choices on Sunday, commencing from the 2nd row. “I will attack from the commence,” the Monster Vitality Yamaha rider stated. “I need to wake myself up extremely swift. I will try out to do it in corner 1, 2, 3. Attempt to be rapid.”

The risk with beginning speedily is that the tire drops off at the conclusion of the race. That is not the situation for Viñales, he says, the Spaniard discovering it rather effortless to sustain his speed for a lengthy time.

“Honestly, pretty fantastic simply because in FP4 with 16 laps I was equipped to do 1’40s, and I was just carrying out my rhythm. I experience pretty excellent and reliable with this bike. With 14 laps, I did a 1’40.four. Which is very good. But we will see tomorrow, just after Moto2 everything alterations, I hope it improvements for greater.”

In that regard, the Yamaha resembles the Suzuki. Although he was upset to be bumped down to eighth on the grid, Joan Mir was nonetheless assured in his pace. “I feel superior with made use of tires,” Mir stated.

“This track is not really grippy. Each just one of us is struggling to have a very good edge grip and push grip. It is challenging here for the reason that the grip is a lot fewer than Misano. So it will be hard in the last 10 laps for every person, but I think we will be able to regulate.”

Stuck At the rear of a Ducati

Like Joan Mir, Pol Espargaro was disappointed to be starting up on the third row. The KTM rider has outstanding speed, but soon after obtaining himself stuck guiding a Ducati at the to start with race in Misano, he was all as well keenly aware of the importance of a starting posture.

“The factor is that the qualifying is usually vital, in particular in MotoGP at present,” Espargaro stated. “The time you gain at the starting, it’s super significant at the conclusion of the race, due to the fact the much less you require to stress the tire to get the lap time, because you have now carried out rather a ton at the beginning. You eliminate considerably less by targeted traffic or you can set your rhythm straight absent.”

Acquiring stuck driving a Ducati was fairly a great deal the worst issue that could defeat him, Espargaro said. “Being guiding Johann, for instance, we have observed how tough the race is following Misano one, where by I acquired stuck powering him and I couldn’t definitely do anything at all to overtake because of the electric power.”

Danilo Petrucci has to use the opposite approach. “I feel for tomorrow it will be quite significant to handle the tire, specially at the starting,” the factory Ducati rider reported.

“Because the fall between a made use of tire and a new tire is about 2 seconds. And you can be very pretty very good until 10 laps to go, and then the condition can be a catastrophe. Due to the fact the bicycle with all these electronics simply cannot simply just go a lot quicker exiting the corner.”

That still left Petrucci with just just one approach: to wait around, and see how the race shakes out in the last laps.

“I really don’t assume it’s a great thought to force at the starting, even if I want to keep with the entrance guys, but I still have a great deal of people today powering me who are really fast,” Petrucci claimed.

“But our tempo is not terrible. For certain I have to be very clear we will not be on the podium, since as I informed you we go through a great deal the tire drop, but we can continue to be in the mix, and for certain on the final 10 laps of the race, we will have some surprises.”

Gentle or Medium?

It appears to be like pretty much the complete discipline will use the delicate rear tire, while the medium rear has some prospective advantage. “For the rear I assume that the alternative is pretty open,” Valentino Rossi said.

“Soft is an possibility for absolutely sure, but also the medium rear is not so lousy. The big difference in the efficiency is not a good deal. The race will be very very long, so maybe with the medium at the end you can have a little bit extra stability. We will choose tomorrow.”

Pol Espargaro would also have appreciated to consider the medium rear, but when he place a utilised rear which had sat in tire warmers since the morning session in the bike, he just couldn’t get it up to temperature or make it operate, he reported.

“When we use a single tire in 1 session and then once more in a further a single, for instance a medium or gentle, and you arrive into the pits and you go out, you really feel a major fall,” the KTM rider stated.

“But if you even neat down the tire and warm it all over again, like it happened in FP4 with the rear tire, it’s even even worse. The tire gets so tricky and you in no way get a rhythm to put the temperature into the tire, and then it is just spinning, and you in no way deliver the tire up.”

That leaves Espargaro with a dilemma. He was rapid on brand name new rear tire, but it hadn’t been doable to place a large amount of laps on a new medium rear to see what the drop is like and compare it to the gentle.

“So we have this doubt about what will occur if in its place of a utilized medium, we had a new medium, if it would perform perfectly, or if exactly the similar point would occur as with a reused tire,” the manufacturing unit KTM rider informed us. “So at the conclude, we can’t threat it on the race.”

A few riders may possibly, gambling on staging a comeback as soon as the early leaders commence to struggle with their tires. The forecast is not hunting promising for that gamble, cloud go over predicted to retain monitor temperatures down. But in the war of attrition the race is predicted to be, it may well still fork out off.

Moreover, this is 2020. If there is a person detail we can be confident about this year, it is that things hardly ever perform out the way you assume. So why not take a chance?

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Motorcycling: Rossi rues skipped opportunity for 200th podium after Catalunya crash – Reuters

FILE Photograph: MotoGP – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Misano Entire world Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Misano, Italy – September 20, 2020 Monster Power Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi in action in the course of the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

(Reuters) – Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi said his crash at the Catalunya Grand Prix on Sunday was a “great shame” following he missed out on the possibility to assert his 200th podium finish.

In his 350th MotoGP begin, Rossi commenced on the entrance row for the initial time this year and he had moved up to second area chasing race leader Fabio Quartararo when he shed control at flip two and crashed for the second time in as quite a few races.

“It’s a wonderful disgrace, two faults in a row,” Rossi, 41, stated. “This weekend was very various, simply because I was normally competitive. I was very good on the bike, I rode perfectly, and I also improved follow by observe.

“Today I was at the limit, mainly because I was powering Fabio and I did not want to drop a good deal, I wished to keep with him. On the left is often perilous, specially with a very low temperature, and I dropped the front.

“It’s a excellent shame due to the fact I assume I could have fought for the victory and for absolutely sure for the podium, that was our concentrate on.”

Yamaha crew director Massimo Meregalli reported the staff was ‘heartbroken’ for Rossi and would search to protected one more prospect to achieve his milestone at the French Grand Prix on Oct. 11.

“He had great self esteem on the bicycle all weekend,” Meregalli claimed. “It’s a disgrace that he crashed, dropping a wonderful prospect to end on the podium.

“We will check out our hardest to generate a different podium risk all over again at the next Grand Prix weekend in Le Mans.”

Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru Editing by Toby Davis



Grip amounts, climbing rookies and a beautiful title race

Check out MotoGP™ Legend Randy Mamola’s issues to search out for this weekend at the Catalan GP as MotoGP™ surpasses the midway stage in 2020

It’s time for you to delve into Randy Mamola’s important factors for the Gran Premi Monster Power de Catalunya. The MotoGP™ Legend and 13-time Grand Prix winner talks you as a result of some of the chatting points ahead of Saturday and Sunday’s track action, as the premier class surpass the halfway phase of a mouth-watering 2020 time.

1. A September Catalan GP – pretty distinct ailments to regular

“Barcelona is a completely unique racetrack to Misano, it is a a lot more quickly track, substantially more quickly and flowing. A whole lot of riders really like Barcelona and of course the enthusiasts do much too. Its wonderful. The Ducatis, KTMs, naturally the bikes that have top rated speed need to be doing very well there. It’s quite uncommon simply because we speak about Yamaha not owning that a great deal pace, but however they have received 4 races this year. KTM have won two, and Ducati have received a single so it is really humorous to see a single of individuals factors.

“It’s a distinct time of 12 months for the Catalan GP. Generally it can take position in June time wherever we can practically promise it to be pretty warm. I live in the region so it is undoubtedly not a assurance for sunshine at this time of 12 months. In truth, very last week for WorldSBK they experienced some huge rainstorms so nicely have to wait around and see what comes about for the climate this weekend. Another matter for the Montmelo circuit is grip stages, they seem to be to change quite quickly depending on the observe temperatures so consequently it will be intriguing to check out who receives the greatest grip out of the Michelin rear tyre, especially in this race so which is what we’ll be hunting for.”

“Binder, Lecuona and Alex Marquez, these are our rookies and they are getting stronger. We already know how robust Brad Binder is since he managed to earn a race in Brno this yr as a rookie and it was his 1st time on the podium also. Not terrible. He looked genuinely strong in the final Misano but sadly, he fell off but he was powerful adequate for a podium I believe that.

“When we talk about Lecuona and Marquez, the two of them experienced strong weekends. Alex Marquez experienced a terrific finish to the double-header in Misano due to the fact he completed in seventh location. The factor you have to commend him for is he finished in seventh, fewer than 1 next driving Nakagami, who is driving on a LCR Honda bicycle, and most people praises Naka so you have to get give that praise to Alex Marquez as perfectly because he is in a challenging situation far too and I’m sure he is obtaining a lot of pointers from his brother Marc. Will Lecuona and Alex Marquez be ready to keep on their velocity in Barcelona?”

3. Four factors, 4 riders – a amazing title race

“Four points separating the top rated 4 riders: Dovizioso, Quartararo, Viñales and Mir. The best 10 in the Championship is also extraordinary, separated by just 27 factors. Just to give you an instance: following the fifth Grand Prix which was the Styrian GP, Viñales was 22 points at the rear of. Now he sits one level driving Dovizioso. Then Mir, who’s 4 details off Dovi, was 26 details guiding at the Styrian GP, so in two races they clawed again a large amount of factors – 22 to be exact for Mir, and that is how promptly matters can convert about.

“Pol Espargaro is in 10th put, 27 details off and Rossi is just forward of him in ninth – in amongst there is Oliveira, Nakagami, Miller, Morbidelli and the three driving Dovi. Permit me know your remarks and enable me know what you believe about what’s going on in this Championship!”

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Motorcycling: Morbidelli snatches maiden pole as Yamaha dominate in Barcelona – Reuters

(Reuters) – Italian rider Franco Morbidelli claimed his maiden MotoGP pole situation at the Catalunya Grand Prix on Saturday as Yamaha bikes secured the overall entrance row for Sunday’s race in Barcelona.

FILE Photo: MotoGP – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Misano, Italy – September 20, 2020 Petronas Yamaha SRT’s Franco Morbidelli in action through the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini/File Picture

Petronas Yamaha rider Morbidelli driven as a result of the remaining sector at Circuit de Catalunya to produce a scorching lap of one particular moment 38.798 seconds, edging out staff mate Fabio Quartararo.

“To defeat Fabio in a incredibly hot lap is normally wonderful which usually means you’re extremely, very quickly,” stated Morbidelli, who is fifth in the world championship standings.

“I was sensation fantastic with the bike and tomorrow we’ll check out to make a superior race as effectively.”

Early rate-setter Quartararo went for one final endeavor as the chequered flag arrived out but was unable to make improvements to on his 2nd-spot finish.

Italian wonderful Valentino Rossi, who fully commited his long term to Petronas Yamaha for the 2021 year before on Saturday, concluded third on his factory Yamaha bike to seal a front-row placement for the to start with time this period.

“It’s a seriously good consequence to be in the entrance row, specifically now which is special due to the fact I signed a deal for following year,” nine-times environment champion Rossi reported.

Championship chief Andrea Dovizioso’s challenging run in qualifying periods this season continued as the Ducati rider unsuccessful to qualify for Q2. He will start Sunday’s race 17th on the grid.

The 1st seven rounds of the COVID-strike year have made six unique winners, with Quartararo taking the opening two races in Jerez, Spain.

Dovizioso qualified prospects the globe championship with 84 details, a place ahead of Quartararo and Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru enhancing by Clare Fallon

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UPDATE 1-Motorcycling-Morbidelli seals initially MotoGP victory in San Marino – Reuters India

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Sept 13 (Reuters) – Petronas Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli created a dominant display to gain the San Marino Grand Prix on Sunday soon after staff mate Fabio Quartararo was forced to retire from the race at Misano.

Italian Morbidelli, who began next on the grid, finished in 42 minutes, two.272 seconds to comfortably defeat Pramac Racing’s Francesco Bagnaia and protected his very first MotoGP gain.

Spain’s Juan Mir edged out seven-times MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi to consider the closing podium position, much to the disappointment of enthusiasts who returned to the grandstands with social distancing procedures amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 25-calendar year-aged Morbidelli began rapidly to direct at the very first corner from Rossi, who was chasing his 200th podium complete, and preserved his edge throughout the race.

“I’m satisfied, making the most of the second. The only thing I can say is thanks to my workforce and all the individuals who’ve been functioning with me, supporting me,” Morbidelli reported.

“During the last laps I was imagining about 7 decades ago when I was listed here racing the Italian championship super stock… I was successful that race… it’s the identical (sensation) but much much more. I’m overcome at the second.”

Frenchman Quartararo, bidding for his 3rd win of the time, crashed after getting rid of manage of his bicycle at transform four and he had to enjoy catch up immediately after dropping to 20th.

He strike the tarmac yet again just after a take a look at to the pits on lap 20 prior to retiring from the race.

Pole-sitter Maverick Vinales of Yamaha, who established an all-time lap record at the circuit on Saturday, could only end sixth.

The 1st six rounds of the season have made five unique winners, with Quartararo profitable the initially two races in Jerez.

Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso, who concluded seventh, leapfrogged Quartararo to lead the globe championship with 76 points ahead of subsequent weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Misano. (Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, modifying by Ed Osmond)



Moto2 rider Gardner out of San Marino GP just after warm-up crash – Reuters Africa

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Motorcycling-Moto2 rider Gardner out of San Marino GP immediately after warm-up crash – Reuters United kingdom

(Reuters) – Australian Moto2 rider Remy Gardner will pass up Sunday’s San Marino Grand Prix right after a crash all through the heat-up session remaining him with a fractured hand and foot, organisers explained.

The 22-calendar year-aged, who was set to commence from the front of the grid, endured a massive highside at turn 11, but was equipped to stroll absent from the crash.

“Moto2 rider #87 Gardner Remy has been declared unfit because of to fractures to remaining foot and hand,” MotoGP mentioned on Twitter.

Gardner, who rides for the Onexox TKKR SAG Staff, is ninth in the Moto2 standings with 41 points, 46 factors behind Championship chief Luca Marini of Sky Racing Crew VR46.

Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond



Motorcycling-Moto2 rider Gardner out of San Marino GP just after heat-up crash – Reuters India

Sept 13 (Reuters) – Australian Moto2 rider Remy Gardner will overlook Sunday’s San Marino Grand Prix after a crash through the heat-up session remaining him with a fractured hand and foot, organisers claimed.

The 22-calendar year-outdated, who was established to get started from the front of the grid, endured a large highside at change 11, but was ready to stroll absent from the crash.

“Moto2 rider #87 Gardner Remy has been declared unfit because of to fractures to left foot and hand,” MotoGP said on Twitter.

Gardner, who rides for the Onexox TKKR SAG Workforce, is ninth in the Moto2 standings with 41 factors, 46 points behind Championship chief Luca Marini of Sky Racing Crew VR46.

Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond

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Bagnaia at a reduction to reveal Misano crash – Reuters United kingdom

(Reuters) – Pramac Racing’s Francesco Bagnaia was baffled by his late crash in Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix and recommended debris on the Misano track might have brought about him to lose management.

Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales claimed his first victory of the MotoGP season following race chief Bagnaia strike the tarmac at flip 6 with 7 laps remaining.

“The first thing when I crashed was I seriously desired my bike to appear to the box shortly to see what transpired, because it was far too odd,” Bagnaia was quoted as expressing by

“I was fully beneath management with my gap to Maverick. I was managing the pace and he was pushing a ton for sure, and I was going very sensible to management the gap.

“The crash was amazing, simply because on the lookout at the knowledge the velocity was the same, the lean was the identical, the gasoline was the exact, the line was the similar. So, it appears to be like I’ve touched a little something like a tearoff or a soiled detail on keep track of.

“The only matter I can feel is this, due to the fact if it’s not… I’m a tiny bit scared for the subsequent races because crashed like this with no any advice from the lap ahead of is (worrying).”

It was a double blow for the Italian, who was denied pole situation on Saturday soon after exceeding keep track of limits.

“It hurts a ton, for the reason that for the very first time I was very robust in each and every session. Yesterday I shed the pole posture due to the fact I touched the eco-friendly (runoff),” Bagnaia said.

“And that was regular, due to the fact when you touch the green you shed the time. But now I’m not delighted for the reason that dropping the race like this is really disappointing.”

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso sales opportunities the entire world championship with 84 points forward of subsequent weekend’s Catalan Grand Prix.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru Modifying by Christian Radnedge

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