2020 Andalucia MotoGP Results and News

Rennie Scaysbrook | July 26, 2020

Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Sprinta Yamaha) romped home for a second successive win at Jerez for the 2020 Andalucia MotoGP, getting to the front at turn one and never looking back. The Frenchman led a Yamaha 1-2-3 lockout of the podium, finishing 4.4 seconds clear of factory Yamaha teammates Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi, the latter’s first podium since Austin, 2019.

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Quartararo delivers a Boss Man rider with his second straight MotoGP win.

In scorching conditions where track temperatures reached over 140°, Quartararo was very Jorge Lorenzo-style in his win, as he stretched his advantage at near 0.7 seconds per lap for the first third of the race. There was drama off the start when Red Bull KTM’s Brad Binder clipped the back of Tech3 KTM rider, Miguel Oliveira, sending the Portuguese crashing into the gravel trap. Aprilia’s Bradley Smith was also caught up in the melee, although rejoined in second-last place. Binder’s day would go from bad to worse as he crashed out at mid-race distance at the final corner.

Pecco Bagnaia (Pramac Ducati) was in scintillating form, marching his way into second place at ahead of Rossi with Vinales sliding back in fourth. Italian Bagnaia was on for his best-ever MotoGP result until his Ducati expired with six laps remaining. Bagnaia joined Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Sprinta Yamaha) as a retiree through mechanical troubles.

There were plenty of crashes as the grip levels disappeared in the Spanish heat. Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati) was an early faller, followed by Iker Lecuona (Tech3 KTM), Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team), Binder, and Aleix Espargaro (Gresini Aprilia).

Alex Rins, who broke his shoulder last week at Jerez, soldiered on to an impressive 10th with fellow injury sufferer Cal Crutchlow last in 13th place.

Quartararo leads the championship on a perfect 50 points from Vinales (40) and Andrea Dovizioso third on 26.

2020 Andalucia MotoGP Results

1 Fabio Quartararo Yam
2 Maverick Vinales Yam + 4.495
3 Valentino Rossi Yam + 5.546
4 Takaaki Nakagami Hon + 6.113
5 Joan Mir Suz + 7.693
6 Andrea Dovizioso Duc + 12.554
7 Pol Espargaro KTM + 17.488
8 Alex Marquez Hon + 19.357
9 Johann Zarco Duc + 23.523
10 Alex Rins Suz + 27.091


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. The Italian had some familiar company on the podium with him in the form of SKY Racing Team VR46’s Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi to make it an all Italian top three in the intermediate class for the first time since the Imola Grand Prix in 1998.

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Win number one in Moto2 for Enea Bastianini.


Third went to Marc VDS Kalex rider Sam Lowes, with Aron Canet (Aspar Speed Up) completing the top five.

America Joe Roberts (American Racing Kalex) finished 18th.

Nagashima leads the series on 50 points from Bastianini on 48 and Marini third on 45.

2020 Andalucia Moto2 Results

1 Enea Bastianini Kal
2 Luca Marini Kal + 2.153
3 Marco Bezzecchi Kal + 3.243
4 Sam Lowes Kal + 3.817
5 Aron Canet Spe + 9.155
6 Jorge Martin Kal + 11.988
7 Tom Lüthi Kal + 13.857
8 Xavi Vierge Kal + 19.590
9 Stefano Manzi MVA + 20.199
10 Marcel Schrötter Kal + 20.262


After the disappointment of finishing eighth from pole position at the Spanish GP, Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) converted P1 on the grid to P1 in the race at 2020 Andalucia MotoGP Moto3 race. The Japanese star led for the majority to eventually hold of second place John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing) and third place Celestino Vietti (SKY Racing Team VR46). There was drama in the World Championship however, with Albert Arenas (Soliunion Aspar Team Moto3) and Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia) crashing out in Jerez.

2020 Andalucia MotoGP Results and News Sunday Suzuki
Despite the closeness of the finish, Suzuki (24) always looked in control in Moto3.

In the championship, Arenas still leads on 50 points from Suzuki (44) and McPhee on 40.

2020 Andalucia Moto3 Results

1 Tatsuki Suzuki Hon
2 John McPhee Hon + 0.064
3 Celestino Vietti KTM + 0.134
4 Darryn Binder KTM + 0.628
5 Gabriel Rodrigo Hon + 0.817
6 Raul Fernandez KTM + 2.742
7 Jeremy Alcoba Hon + 3.315*
8 Sergio Garcia Hon + 4.853
9 Ryusei Yamanaka Hon + 4.887
10 Tony Arbolino Hon +4.998

* Alcoba gets a three second penalty


Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP) picked up his first FIM Enel MotoE World Cup victory after a dramatic race in Andalucia. Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) and Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadracorse) completed the podium as reigning Cup holder Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) and Spanish GP winner Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) crashed at the Dani Pedrosa corner with two laps to go.

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Aegerter converted pole position into the MotoE race win.

Aegerter now leads the standings on 41 points from Torres on 30 with Granado third on 28.

2020 Andalucia MotoE Results

1 Dominque Aegerter Ene
2 Jordi Torres Ene + 2.688
3 Mattia Casadei Ene + 3.759
4 Alex de Angelis Ene + 4.484
5 Niccolo Canepa Ene + 4.537
6 Lukas Tulovic Ene + 5.980
7 Mike Di Meglio Ene + 6.133
8 Josh Hook Ene + 6.513
9 Xavier Simeon Ene + 8.695
10 Xavi Cardelus Ene + 10.583

2020 Andalucia MotoGP Results—Saturday News

Marquez KO’d

You couldn’t fault his effort. And for a session and a half Marc Marquez looked capable of running a pace that would put him in the points. The eight-time World Champion was just 1.298s slower than the fastest rider in FP3, and 0.999s off in FP4.

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It was a brave try, but Marquez won’t be racing on Sunday.

The afternoon, however, brought more difficulties. “I tried today and in the morning I felt really good and was able to ride in 37.7 with the used tyre, pretty much the same time as last week.

“But then in the afternoon when I started to feel really good and ride in the same way I stopped in the box and when I started again something changed. Immediately. It was like the inflammation or something. The arm got a little bit bigger and maybe pressed some nerve. I was losing the power on the second run in some corners I did not expect.

“At that point you need to be honest with your body and understand the situation and that’s what I did. I stopped in the box and said straightaway to the team what’s going on: that I would go to Q1 and in the first lap if I feel a little bit this feeling or something similar I will give up. This is what I did.

“The mind does a lot. When I said to myself ‘I can’t’ then the pain multiplied 2-3 times! But the mind also has to know the body very well and know the limits of suffering and how far you can go.”

Fitness test OK!

As we marveled at the bravery shown by Marquez, Crutchlow and Rins to be back riding less than a wee after suffering serious injury, a few raised the question of the MotoGP doctors in this. After all how could anyone, no matter how strong, pass a fitness test so soon after fracturing their upper arm (Marquez), scaphoid (Crutchlow) or dislocating their shoulder (Rins)? Was the fitness test really a proper tryout?

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It’s not easy to get back on the grid if you’re injured, says Crutchlow.

Miguel Oliveira was sceptic, stating, “the doctors do what the rider wants. (For Marquez) We are talking about a bone that was just recently fixed getting out of surgery. So the risk is there, because if you have a crash the thing can come off completely.”

But on Saturday Crutchlow gave details of what he went through on Thursday to prove he was capable of riding in FP1. “People think you can just walk in there and they say you can go out (and ride). See you later.
“We had to do a strength test. I don’t know what the other guys did but I’m sure it’s the same. We had to do a flexibility test, as in how much I can move my wrist. How much you can grip someone’s hand to show how you can grip the handlebar. It wasn’t easy, I can tell you that. When I actually did that I thought I don’t know if I can ride tomorrow.

“I passed the test and we go there on an agreement that you’ll speak to the doctor in the session. You’re passed fit but passed fit for the first session. They will also assess you in the session and they make sure you’re able to continue. It’s not like you just walk in there and they sign your form.”

Aprilia miles off

Ten days ago, when MotoGP machines tested at Jerez before the GP, Aleix Espargaro’s showing confirmed his positive impressions of the 2020 Aprilia RS-GP from the preseason. Fast in the morning and afternoon, the Catalan ended the day stating, “we can fight for great results this year.”

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It’s been a sorry sight for Aprilia recently.

Since then has been a struggle. An engine issue at that same test caused him to drop oil while on track. From there engineers decided to reduce the bike’s revs, limiting acceleration – already the machine’s weak point – further. Qualifying 15th before crashing out of race one wasn’t great. And Saturday at round two was also a struggle, when he crashed twice in FP3 and qualified 16th.

“I think in the FP3 I tried to go under 37.0 and risked a bit too much and crashed two times. In the slower, tight corners it looks like Yamaha, KTM and Ducati are able to keep the line better than others and prepare the acceleration. I cannot. The RS-GP 20 is definitely better but we’re still missing acceleration.

“In the tight corners I cannot have the acceleration that I wish. So I’m losing time. I try to rush with the brakes, to release them quickly to help the engine and accelerate very early but this cause me to crash today.”

2020 Andalucia MotoGP Results—MotoGP Q2

Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Sprinta Yamaha) has taken his second successive pole position at Jerez, this time for the 2020 Andalucia MotoGP.

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Two poles in a row for Fabio Quartararo.

The round one winner claimed the top spot in Q2 after Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha) clocked a faster lap time but had it canceled after running out of the track limits.

Third in Q2 went to Pecco Bagnaia (Pramac Ducati) in what was his best MotoGP qualifying performance to date.

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) went out for an out-lap after completing 10 laps in FP4, but the reigning World Champion pulled in a went straight out the back of the box. The team confirmed via social media that he wasn’t going to take any further part in Q1, with Repsol Honda confirming the number 93 won’t be racing in Andalucia. Team Manager Alberto Puig said: “We won’t take any more risks, Marc won’t race.”

Fourth in Q2 went to Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha) from Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull Tech3 KTM), another rider to post his best-ever MotoGP qualifying performance.

2020 Andalucia MotoGP Results—MotoGP Q2

1 Fabio Quartararo Yam 1:37.007
2 Maverick Vinales Yam + 0.095
3 Francesco Bagnaia Duc + 0.169
4 Valentino Rossi Yam +0.335
5 Miguel Oliveira KTM + 0.337
6 Franco Morbidelli Yam +0.405
7 Jack Miller Duc + 0.416
8 Takaaki Nakagami Hon + 0.457
9 Brad Binder KTM + 0.589
10 Joan Mir Suz + 0.593


Marco Bezzecchi (SKY Racing Team VR46) has sealed his maiden Moto2 pole position after setting a 1:41.728 in Q2. EG 0,0 Marc VDS’ Sam Lowes starts from his second consecutive front row in second as the British rider sits a slender 0.037 from pole position, with Enea Bastianini (Italtrans Racing Team) coming through Q1 to secure third on the grid for Sunday’s race.

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First-time pole winner in Moto2, Marco Bezzecchi.

Joe Roberts (American Racing Kalex) qualified down in 26th.

2020 Andalucia Moto2 Results—Moto2 Q2

1 Marco Bezzecchi Kal 1:41.728
2 Sam Lowes Kal +0.037
3 Enea Bastianini Kal +0.117
4 Jorge Martin Spe +0.132
5 Luca Marini Kal +0.154
6 Jorge Martin Kal +0.229
7 Aron Canet Spe +0.274
8 Nicolo Bulega Kal +0.359
9 Thomas Luthi Kal +0.379
10 Marcel Schrotter Kal +0.447s


SIC58 Squadra Corse’s Tatsuki Suzuki has continued his 100 percent record in Moto3 qualifying by completing a hat-trick of pole positions at Jerez. The Japanese stole top spot, and what would’ve been a debut pole, away from compatriot Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia) with the checkered flag already out.

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Another pole for Suzuki in Moto3.

Suzuki took great benefit off of a tow from SKY Racing Team VR46’s Celestino Vietti on his final lap of the session to eventually clinch a fourth career pole position. Ogura ended up three tenths adrift of the SIC58 man, with Argentinian Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) joining the Japanese pair on the front row of the grid.

2020 Andalucia Moto3 Results—Moto3 Q2

1 Tatsuki Suzuki Hon 1:45.410
2 Ai Ogura Hon + 0.285
3 Gabriel Rodrigo Hon + 0.296
4 Raul Fernandez KTM + 0.483
5 Tony Arbolino Hon + 0.507
6 Albert Arenas KTM + 0.509
7 Jeremy Alcoba Hon + 0.647
8 John McPhee Hon + 0.651
9 Celestino Vietti KTM + 0.776
10 Jaume Masia Hon + 0.848


Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP) converted his Free Practice form into his maiden MotoE World Cup E-Pole after the Swiss rider beat second fastest Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) by 0.267. Two rookies will line-up on the front row, with Lukas Tulovic (Tech3 E-Racing) setting a 1:48.525 to sit third.

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Aegerter bagged a maiden MotoE pole at Jerez.

2020 Andalucia Moto3 Results—MotoE Qualifying

1 Dominique Aegerter Ene 1:48.158
2 Matteo Ferrari Ene + 0.267
3 Lukas Tulovic Ene + 0.367
4 Eric Granado Ene + 0.418
5 Jordi Torres Ene + 0.585
6 Alejandro Medina Ene + 0.608
7 Alex de Angelis Ene + 0.705
8 Mattia Casadei Ene + 0.739
9 Niccolo Canepa Ene + 1.048
10 Josh Hook Ene + 1.097

Marquez heroic return explained

Maybe his opponents won’t have the free run at the title they envisioned. The news Marc Marquez was even contemplating a return to action for the 2020 Andalucia MotoGP, four days after an operation on his fractured right humerus, never mind passing a fitness test on Thursday, was greeted with disbelief and awe.

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To the disbelief of almost everyone, Marc Marquez showed up on Thursday intent to ride.

Surgery performed in Barcelona on Tuesday morning saw doctors fit the upper arm with a titanium plate. Previous fears of damage to his radial nerve were unfounded. The procedure went “spectacularly well” according to Repsol Honda team boss Alberto Puig, who had previously stated there would be no timeframe for the reigning champion to return.

But then “After surgery, the rider started to feel very well,” Puig explained. “He started to contact us, saying ‘I’m not so bad. I feel well. I’m not having so much pain. I can move the arm’. We came to an understanding that he will try on Saturday and depending on how he’s feeling he will try to race or not.” He sat out Friday, aiming for a return in FP3 instead.

Capable of racing or not, Marquez’s presence at Jerez this weekend was a timely reminder he won’t relinquish his world crown without one heck of a fight.

Ducati have ride height device in weaponry

On Thursday Danilo Petrucci revealed deatils relating to Ducati’s ride-height device the Italian debuted at Motegi last October. The innovation, operated by a mechanical switch on the left handlebar, lowers the rear of the bike on corner exit, reduces aerodynamic drag on the straight and offers great stability in braking. It is then released and re-set by the force generated by heavy braking.

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The ride height gadget helps in almost every area of the Desmosedici, especially when other riders are trying to pass.

Soon after the first race of the season, Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli, Fabio Quartararo, and KTM’s Pol Espargaro all complained of the difficulty in passing Ducatis on Jerez’s two straights. And according to Petrucci the device acts as an effective tool when attacking or defending against the bikes around.

“It’s an improvement both for passing another rider and on another side from defending a position,” Petrucci explained. “We are quite good in acceleration and braking so it’s even more difficult to pass us. It helps a lot with the load transfer. Let’s say other manufacturers use this device only for the start. But they do it getting down the front. For us, it’s more important to load the rear. The bike is more stable and especially it’s lower. This means we can accelerate better and brake harder.”

Despite his rivals’ comments, Petrucci maintained the device doesn’t “change a rider’s life.” The difference, he said, can be measured in milliseconds, rather than tenths.

Yellow flag rules tightened

Race Direction moved to improve rider safety in the aftermath of Fabio Quartararo’s pole position lap for the first MotoGP round of the year. The Frenchman’s time came despite yellow flags being waved in the final sector as Jack Miller and Alex Rins lay in the gravel at turn eleven.

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Miller’s and Rins’ crash at round one bought the new yellow flag changes into effect.

“For a number of years, any improvement in sector time achieved under a double Yellow Flag has led to the cancellation of a rider’s laptime,” read an official statement. “From now on, that will now be extended to include single Yellow Flags. A rider can no longer improve their laptime under a Yellow Flag of any kind, and as soon as a rider enters a sector with a Yellow Flag, their laptime will be canceled.” The change is applied to free practice and qualifying sessions but not the race.

“I think the idea is good because it can be a very dangerous situation,” said Rossi of the move before adding the caveat of “For sure we create some problems, some (controversies). Some people that have the yellow flag in the lap will have a problem because the lap will be canceled. So more difficult to manage but good for safety.”

Puig trolling

When it looked likely the reigning World Champion would be absent for a number of races, team boss Puig was in a combative mood. “In case he can’t (return), I don’t think the guys in the lead of the championship can be really proud or happy about winning a title without the best rider participating in it. It will not be the same if Marc is not racing for the championship and everybody knows that.”

2020 Andalucia MotoGP Puig Friday
Jack Miller called BS on Puig’s comments regarding Marquez’s absence.

Jack Miller had a typical rebuttal to Puig’s obvious charms. “It’s a complete crock,” he said on Thursday. “We all started (round one) 100% fit on Wednesday. We all had the same opportunity to get injured & it’s the risk you take.”

2020 Andalucia MotoGP Results—Friday

The second weekend in a row of racing at Jerez, this time for the 2020 Andalucia MotoGP, saw Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha) and Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) as the riders who topped FP1 and FP2, respectively.

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Vinales ended the day as fastest overall thanks to his FP1 time.

Vinales’ time in the cooler conditions of FP1 of 1:37.063 was enough to bag the fastest overall time for the day. As the temperatures shot up, the times were slower across the field, with Nakagami’s FP2-topping time considerably slower than Vinales FP1 pace, after the Japanese clocked 1:37.715. As such, Nakagami would finish ninth overall on combined FP1 and FP2 times.

Second for Friday went to Vinales teammate Valentino Rossi, who was on the provisional fastest FP1 time until a late charge from Vinales knocked The Doctor back to second.

Third was a delighted Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM), who headed a trio of KTM RC16’s in the top 10. Rookie Binder ended Friday just 0.307s off Vinales’ pace, qualifying ahead of his more experienced team leader Pol Espargaro. Espargaro held the top spot for much of FP1 before slipping to fifth overall on combined FP1 and FP2 times.

Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Sprinta Yamaha) headed Espargaro in fourth, with his teammate and winner of last week’s Spanish MotoGP, Fabio Quartararo, languishing down in 14th on combined times.

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda), who broke his arm in last week’s Spanish MotoGP, aims to ride tomorrow to see if he’s fit enough to race on Sunday. Fellow injury-riddled riders Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and Alex Rins (Ecstar Suzuki) finished 20th and 21st on the combined times, respectively.

2020 Andalucia MotoGP Results—Friday Combined times

1 Maverick Vinales Yam 1:37.063
2 Valentino Rossi Yam + 0.142
3 Brad Binder KTM + 0.307
4 Franco Morbidelli Yam + 0.353
5 Pol Espargaro KTM + 0.379
6 Miguel Oliveira KTM + 0.429
7 Jack Miller Duc + 0.503
8 Takaaki Nakagami Hon + 0.529
9 Aleix Espargaro Apr + 0.672
10 Andrea Dovizioso Duc + 0.676


In Moto2, Luca Marini took control in FP2 after Sky VR46 Kalex teammate Marco Bezzecchi topped FP1. The Spanish GP race winner set a 1:41.992 in FP2 to lead Bezzecchi by 0.081, with Jorge Navarro (Beta Tools Speed Up) and Championship leader Tetsuta Nagashima (Red Bull KTM Ajo) sit inside the top three overall.

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Bezzecchi took top spot on Friday in Moto2.

However, it was Bezzecchi who would lead overall times on Friday, heading Nagashima, Navarro, Baldassarri and Nicolo Bulega.

2020 Andalucia Moto2 Results—Friday Combined times

1 Marco Bezzecchi Kal 1:41.525
2 Tetsuta Nagashima Kal + 0.028
3 Jorge Navarro Spe + 0.065
4 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kal + 0.153
5 Nicolo Bulega Kal + 0.210
6 Sam Lowes Kal  + 0.225
7 Luca Marini Kal + 0.230
8 Jorge Martin Kal + 0.232
9 Stefano Manzi Mva + 0.236
10 Aron Canet Kal + 0.365


John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Honda) came out on top of FP2 but it was FP1 topper Raul Fernandez who would take the fastest overall time on Friday, on account of his FP1 time of 1:45.896. McPhee’s fastest lap in FP2 was just over half a second away from the fastest lap set this morning in slightly cooler conditions. The Scotsman would end up ninth overall on combined times.

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Fernandez is showing his strength at Red Bull KTM with the fastest Friday time.

2020 Andalucia Moto3 Results—Friday Combined times

1 Raul Fernandez KTM 1:45.896
2 Tatsuki Suzuki Hon + 0.216
3 Filip Salac Hon + 0.309
4 Gabriel Rodrigo Hon + 0.341
5 Andrea Migno KTM + 0.393
6 Carlos Tatay KTM + 0.396
7 Jeremy Alcoba Hon + 0.437
8 Tony Arbolino Hon + 0.464
9 John McPhee Hon + 0.491
10 Stefano Nepa KTM + 0.650


Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP) will lead the MotoE World Cup field into Saturday’s action thanks to a 1:48.024 in FP1. Spanish GP race winner Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) came close to knocking the rookie off P1 in FP2 as the Brazilian finished 0.3 clear of the competition in the afternoon to take second on day one, with Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadracorse) completing the top three.

2020 Andalucia MotoGP Aegerter Friday
Aegerter went P1 on Friday in MotoE.

2020 Andalucia MotoE Results—Friday Combined times

1 Dominique Aegerter Ene 1.48.024
2 Eric Granado Ene + 0.032
3 Mattia Casadei Ene + 0.059
4 Alex de Angelis Ene + 0.104
5 Matteo Ferrari Ene + 0.284
6 Jordi Torres Ene + 0.499
7 Alejandro Medina Ene + 0.666
8 Niccolo Canepa Ene + 0.705
9 Mike Di Meglio Ene + 0.820
10 Xavier Simeon Ene + 0.865

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Rennie Scaysbrook | Road Test Editor Rennie Scaysbrook is our Road Test Editor. A lifetime rider, the Aussie made the trek across the Pacific to live the dream in the U.S. of A. Likes puppies and wheelies.