2020 Valencia MotoGP News and Results

Rennie Scaysbrook | November 15, 2020

2020 Valencia MotoGP—Sunday News

Mir breaking records

For a figure that rarely appears flustered, Joan Mir admitted to the stresses behind his first MotoGP world title. “I was looking calm and I was looking without pressure, but I was not calm and I was not without pressure,” he admitted after. “I was just nervous. The truth that this year was especially difficult because we don’t have only the pressure on track. We also had the pressure at home to don’t get the virus.”

Aside from becoming the seventh youngest rider in history to win the premier class crown, Joan Mir is the fourth Spaniard to do so. He’s the first figure to win both the Moto3 and MotoGP World Championships and the first since Wayne Rainey in 1992 to clinch it without scoring a pole position.

2020 Valencia MotoGP Mir wins title
Nice guys do finish first, after all.

In a campaign that has brought one win and six further podiums, Mir assumed control of the championship after his third place at the Aragon Grand Prix. But, he revealed, it was after a triplet of podiums in September when he realised the title could be his this year. “In Styria it was the first race that I was really competitive, fighting for the victory. So probably after Misano, Barcelona. In that part I said, ‘Maybe I’m not only fast in Styria. Maybe I’m able to maintain this feeling with the bike.’”

Passion, motivation – the keys to Suzuki’s success

It was not just a historic day for Mir. Suzuki basked in its first MotoGP title in 20 years and its first of MotoGP’s four-stroke era. Mir is only the sixth rider in history to win a premier class crown for the Hamamatsu factory, after Barry Sheene, Marco Lucchinelli, Franco Uncini, Kevin Schwantz and Kenny Roberts Junior.

2020 Valencia MotoGP Mir wins title two
Mir’s title is Suzuki’s first in the four-stroke era.

The GSX-RR has rightly been lauded as 2020’s most complete bike, its brilliant chassis now complimented by a punchier engine and more sophisticated electronics set-up. It’s been quite the progression for a bike that debuted in the class at the close of 2014. The victory was particularly fitting as 2020 marks the 100-year anniversary of the factory’s existence. It’s also the 60th anniversary of its racing debut.

“If I would have been a film editor and thinking a script for a movie, I wouldn’t think so well,” said team boss Davide Brivio. “The people involved because we started this project a few years ago from zero. We were joined by people, all mechanics, engineers, people with a lot of passion, motivated, people that most of the time they never win before. So, they had the motivation to try, and especially of course the riders.

“Joan has been incredible. I think we are in front of somebody special with Joan. Alex (Rins) also did an incredible job if you consider his injury and a couple of mistakes. He could have been there alsoJoan was more consistent. But we scored five double-podiums. This shows also how competitive we were with both of them. So we are very proud of what we have done.”

Franco stays with ’19 bike

On Saturday Franco Morbidelli revealed he will continue with Yamaha’s year-old machine in 2021. With development frozen for 2021 because of the current economic climate, and recent results – the Italian was on another level aboard his ’19-spec M1 here while the 2020 bikes of Maverick Viñales, Valentino Rossi and Fabio Quartararo had another weekend to forget – one might not consider this a bad development.

2020 Valencia MotoGP Morbidelli 2019
Morbidelli is perfectly happy with the 2019 Yamaha YZR-M1.

However, the Italian didn’t think so. “A new bike can develop,” he replied when asked if he would be in a better situation in 2021 than his fellow Yamaha men. “You can work on it. You can develop it. You can aport modifications. The factory is working on a direction of developing. My bike is that one. I need to take out the maximum from it, from that package.

“Of course, there are some items that I can pick up from the factories and try to adapt to my bike, but I always say that the latest bike is the best one because of this reason, because you can and all the energies of the factory are on that package, are on that thing in order to make it grow and develop it. So the newest and the latest bike is the one with the most margin. My one is the one with the least margin. This doesn’t matter that I cannot be fast.”

Sunday

MotoGP

Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) and Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) put on a spectacular duel in the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana as a tense race-long chess match turned into a final lap scrap for glory. It was decided by less than a tenth but it’s Morbidelli who comes out on top, gloves off to take his third win of the year and move up to second in the standings. Miller was forced to settle for second in the end, with Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) once again completing the podium. Slightly further back, Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) made dreams a reality as he took seventh place and secured the 2020 MotoGP™ World Championship, with key rivals not able to do enough to stop the Majorcan’s history-making charge.

As the lights went out, Miller put in a characteristically good start to take the holeshot before then heading wide out of Turn 1, leaving Morbidelli in the lead as the Yamaha man kept it clean to take over. Pol Espargaro pounced for third ahead of front-row starter Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu), but then some shuffles just behind pulled immediate focus.

First, Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) had sliced through from P14 on the grid to seventh after a storming start, but things didn’t go so well for fellow contender Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT). The Frenchman struggled to get it stopped into Turn 6 on Lap 1 and dropped back – right back – before it went from bad to worse. Sadly, his title hopes were over, ‘El Diablo’ sliding out of the race and contention.

Meanwhile at the front, Morbidelli had the hammer down and Rins was up to fifth – one place gained ‘thanks’ to a crash for Johann Zarco (Esponsorama Racing) as the day sadly came to an early end for the Frenchman after a good start and a battle with the number 42. And Mir? Mir was in eighth, but was getting into the groove and past Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) to set off after Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) ahead of him.

Morbidelli rode on, Miller remained his shadow, and the two men kept edging away to make it a duel. It became a brief duel over third too as Nakagami homed in on Pol Espargaro, the Japanese rider once again showing some stunning pace. But the charge would end with disappointment as just as he struck, Nakagami slid out – leaving the KTM to take back third and now with a small cushion back to fourth.

The man in fourth by then was Rins, and with Suzuki’s late race pace of late, Pol Espargaro couldn’t afford to relax too much. But this weekend it seemed just off the podium was the maximum the Aragon GP winner could manage as he held station, two more KTMs on his tail. Initially the first was Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3), but Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Brad Binder was coming in hot. The South African was also keeping Mir at bay as the number 36 failed to make inroads into the gap, seemingly set to take the crown from seventh.

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Miller and Morbidelli (in front) separated by inches.

Back at the front, Morbidelli was steadfast but the Petronas Yamaha SRT rider wasn’t getting away as he had done for his previous wins. Miller was with him and gaining, gaining, until he was within touching distance with two to go. And over the line for the final lap, the Australian struck for the front.

Heading up the inside, the number 43 was past and it was game on – but he also headed wide. Morbidelli reacted to hug the apex and slice back through, the Yamaha back ahead and Miller reloading for another shot. That came not long after at Turn 4 as Miller chucked it up the inside, but Morbidelli snapped straight back to grab P1 again at Turn 5.

Down the back straight they went, the Ducati able to show a wheel but no way through. Miller then set himself up for a dive up the inside at Turn 11, but once again there was no way through as the duo got very close for comfort.

Attention then turned to the final corner, but Miller wasn’t close enough to lunge. Could the number 43 get the power down and use the extra grunt to scream past Morbidelli on the run to the line? It was his final chance at the win, but it wasn’t to be. Morbidelli emerged victorious for the third time this season after a magnificent boxing match, and the Italian now sits second in the Championship. Petronas Yamaha SRT are also the top Independent Team. The gap over the line was just 0.093 seconds, tantalisingly close, but it’s a great third podium of the season for Miller nevertheless. Pol Espargaro goes back-to-back in Valencia for his fifth podium of the year in third, another fantastic effort from the Spaniard in his penultimate race for KTM.

Rins’ comeback ride was impressive from P14, but the Suzuki man ran out of steam and eventually missed out on the podium by six tenths as he was forced to settle for fourth. The Spaniard did, however, help Team Suzuki Ecstar claim the Team Championship after a stunning year that’s seen both riders win and challenge for the crown, Mir ultimately taking it.

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Mir gives Suzuki team manager Davide Brivio the champion’s spray.

Binder got the better of Oliveira to return to the top five for the first time since the Austrian GP, and the South African also strengthened his grip on the Rookie of the Year title as he heads for the finale 20 points clear of Alex Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). Oliveira in sixth make it three KTMs in the top six too, and the Portuguese rider arrives on home turf in form.

Just behind the KTM duo, Mir took the chequered flag. Pandemonium raged on the pit wall as Suzuki witnessed their rider come across the line to win the 2020 FIM MotoGP™ World Championship, the young Spaniard joining Barry Sheene, Marco Lucchinelli, Franco Uncini, Kevin Schwantz and Kenny Roberts Jr. as a Suzuki Champion. An incredible achievement from the sophomore, and the entire Hamamatsu factory, after a stunning season.

Dovizioso almost sprung a late surprise as he crossed the line just 0.026 behind Mir and could have possibly gone for a lunge, but he was the second Ducati home and took some solid points. Aleix Espargaro crossed the line in a solid P9 to grab his second top 10 of the season, the Aprilia man taking the flag one place ahead of Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) after a tougher one for the number 12.

Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac Racing) finished P11 and three tenths ahead of Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), as Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol), Stefan Bradl (Repsol Honda Team) and Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team) completed the points.

And so, Valencia plays host to yet another Championship-deciding MotoGP™ race – and an amazing last lap duel. Suzuki now head to Portimao with the triple crown in sight, although the Japanese marque are equal on points with Ducati in the fight to become Constructor Champions. Whichever bike crosses the line first will win the Championship. See you in less than a week’s time for another stunning MotoGP™ showdown!

2020 Valencia MotoGP Results

1 Franco Morbidelli (Yam)  
2 Jack Miller (Duc) + 0.093
3 Pol Espargaro (KTM) + 3.006
4 Alex Rins (Suz) + 3.697
5 Brad Binder (KTM) + 4.127
6 Miguel Oliveira (KTM) + 7.272
7 Joan Mir (Suz) + 8.703
8 Andrea Dovizioso (Duc) + 8.729
9 Aleix Espargaro (Apr) + 15.512
10 Maverick Vinales (Yam) + 19.043

Moto2

Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Jorge Martin stole a last-gasp victory at the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, the Spaniard diving through on Marco Bezzecchi (Sky Racing Team VR46) in the final sector and able to hold off compatriot Hector Garzo (FlexBox HP40) on the run to the line to wrap up win number two of his Moto2™ career. Garzo beat Bezzecchi to second, although the Italian remains in mathematical contention and 23 points off the top in fourth. Enea Bastianini (Italtrans Racing Team) will take a 14 point lead to the season finale in Portimao, the title fight still between four riders as the final round appears on the horizon.

2020 Valencia MotoGP Miller Martin
Martin put the pain of what might have been in the rear view mirror with an excellent Moto2 race win.

2020 Valencia Mot2 Results

1 Jorge Martin (KTM)  
2 Hector Garzo (Kal) + 0.072
3 Marco Bezzecchi (Kal) + 0.204
4 Marcel Schrötter (Kal) + 0.689
5 Luca Marini (Kal) + 0.812
6 Enea Bastianini (Kal) + 2.329
7 Remy Gardner (Kal) + 8.973
8 Bo Bendsneyder (NTS) + 9.720
9 Nicolo Bulega (Kal) + 11.596
10 Lorenzo Baldassarri (Kal) + 11.836

Moto3

A first victory of the 2020 season simply couldn’t have come at a better time for Rivacold Snipers Team’s Tony Arbolino, the Italian emerged victorious from 13th on the grid at the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana to see him stay in Moto3™ title contention heading to Portimao. Sergio Garcia (Estrella Galicia 0,0) and Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) were on the podium again in Valencia as Albert Arenas (Gaviota Aspar Team Moto3) finishes P4 to stretch his advantage to eight points over Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia) – the Japanese rider finishing P8.

2020 Valencia MotoGP Miller Arbolino
Arbolino kept his title hopes alive with the Moto3 win.

2020 Valencia Moto3 Results

1 Tony Arbolino (Hon)  
2 Sergio Garcia (Hon) + 1.142
3 Raul Fernandez (KTM) + 1.297
4 Albert Arenas (KTM) + 2.825
5 Darryn Binder (KTM) + 2.999
6 Deniz Öncü (KTM) + 3.208
7 Andrea Migno (KTM) + 9.836
8 Ai Ogura (Hon) + 9.852
9 Jaume Masia (Hon) + 9.864
10 Jeremy Alcoba (Hon) + 12.802

2020 Valencia MotoGP Saturday News

Details of Iannone’s defense emerge

Further details of Andrea Iannone’s case against the FIM International Disciplinary Court and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have emerged in which the Italian’s defense appeared frightfully underprepared. The Italian saw his ban on the sport extended from 18 months to four years earlier this week, due to testing positive to anabolic steroid Drostanolone following the 2019 Malaysian MotoGP.

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Andrea Iannone’s case looks like it was somewhat underprepared.

Iannone claimed his ingestion of Drostanolone came via eating contaminated meat during his stay in Singapore and Malaysia before last year’s Malaysian Grand Prix. In such hearings, it is up to the athlete and their team of lawyers and experts to prove their innocence.

Yet the Italian was unable to recall precise details of what it was he ate in the days before the positive test, according to the official court report. His descriptions of the food were vague, claiming a receipt with the description ‘GP BF Dinner’ was proof that he had eaten “meat” or “beef,” as he said during the case, at one particular hotel. Only in the court hearing did he mention he consumed a ‘beef ragout’ on race day, a detail he had admitted from all previous appeals.

Also, Iannone and his team could not produce a receipt of any of these meals. “He asserted,” read the report, “that the receipt must have been misplaced by members of his entourage who paid the bill with his credit card. But Mr Iannone could offer no persuasive explanation when asked why no duplicate was at least requested, when the issue was material to his case.”

Aprilia casting eye on Moto2-World Superbike

With Iannone ineligible for four years, Aprilia has now begun its hunt for a replacement rider for 2021. As primary targets Andrea Dovizioso (sabbatical) and Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha test rider) pursued other options, it has had to cast its net wide.

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He may be smiling, but Massimo Rivola is in a predicament.

“Being in this situation at the end of the season is not good at all,” said Aprilia Racing CEO Massimo Rivola. “It looks like Moto2 is a very good gym to train the rider for MotoGP. Even Superbike as well.” Among the names being considered are Moto2’s Marco Bezzecchi, Fabio Di Giannantonio and Aron Canet, as well as out of work World Superbike rider Chaz Davies.

The situation has annoyed lead rider Aleix Espargaro. “I’m upset because I won’t be helped from the beginning. It looks like next season I’ll be alone (in developing the bike).”

Yamaha: lost for direction

As Franco Morbidelli produced gutsy performances through free practice and qualifying on Yamaha’s 2019-spec M1, the 2020 machines struggled. Fabio Quartararo described Friday as one of the most difficult in his two-year MotoGP spell.

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Rossi isn’t happy with Yamaha’s direction in 2020.

The Frenchman and Maverick Viñales both explained when they visit a track with high grip, the 2020 machine tends to perform spectacularly well. Yet when the grip is low, the pair, as well as Valentino Rossi, struggle.

On his decision for Yamaha to decide on the 2020 M1 at the start of this year, Viñales said, “If we look back, maybe we would choose another thing. But you know, in the winter tests, I tested the 2019 and 2020, and the 2020 bike was not better until there was a lot of grip on the track. So there is a few mistakes in the decision.”

Rossi believes the problems run deeper. “Right now, when you ride in the pits of the other teams, I mean in the pits of Ducati, KTM or Suzuki, you see a lot of people, there are a lot of new people. But we in Yamaha are always more or less the same ones. Yamaha should improve in creating a productive fusion between what they do in Japan and a team of technicians in Europe, including the test team, with all forces channeled in the same direction.”

Saturday

MotoGP

Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) sprinkled some more of his magic to secure his second pole position of 2020, the Italian setting a 1:30.191 in Q2 at Valencia to beat Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) by 0.096 seconds. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) is on the front row once more as the top three in the World Championship endured difficult qualifying sessions. Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) will start P12, just behind 11th place Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) as Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) fails to make it out of Q2.

2020 Valencia MotoGP Results Qualifying Morbidelli pole
Morbidelli is by far the best of the Yamaha riders at the moment as he took pole in a bid to keep his title hopes alive.

2020 Valencia MotoGP Results—Qualifying

1 Franco Morbidelli (Yam) 1:30.191
2 Jack Miller (Duc) + 0.096
3 Takaaki Nakagami (Hon) + 0.222
4 Johann Zarco (Duc) + 0.329
5 Pol Espargaro (KTM) + 0.362
6 Maverick Vinales (Yam) + 0.454
7 Aleix Espargaro (Apr) + 0.466
8 Francesco Bagnaia (Duc) + 0.480
9 Brad Binder (KTM) + 0.546
10 Miguel Oliveira (KTM) + 0.590

Moto2

Stefano Manzi (MV Agusta Forward Racing) secured a memorable and historic pole position for himself, MV Agusta and Forward Racing in Moto2 qualifying at Valencia. The Italian’s maiden Grand Prix pole was bagged thanks to a 1:34.418 lap time, seeing Manzi edge out Hector Garzo (Flexbox HP 40) by 0.013 seconds, European Grand Prix winner Marco Bezzecchi (SKY Racing Team VR46) completed the front row. Enea Bastianini (Italtrans Racing Team) starts P12, Sam Lowes (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) was seemingly feeling some ill effects from his Saturday morning crash to qualify 18th. Manzi’s pole was the first time since 1976 that an MV Agusta has started a grand prix from pole position.

2020 Valencia MotoGP Results Qualifying Manzi pole
It was a historic day for MV Agusta with Manzi’s pole the first for the company since 1976.

2020 Valencia Moto2 Results—Qualifying

1 Stefano Manzi (MVA) 1:34.418
2 Hector Garzo (Kal) + 0.013
3 Marco Bezzecchi (Kal) + 0.076
4 F. Di Giannantonio (Spe) + 0.106
5 Jorge Martin (Kal) + 0.229
6 Marcos Ramirez (Kal) + 0.287
7 Marcel Schrötter (Kal) + 0.312
8 Lorenzo Baldassarri (Kal) + 0.339
9 Bo Bendsneyder (NTS) + 0.351
10 Luca Marini (Kal) + 0.380

Moto3

A maiden Moto3 pole position came the way of Darryn Binder (CIP Green Power) at Valencia as the South African beat Kaito Toba (Red Bull KTM Ajo) by less than a tenth in Q2, thanks to a 1:38.286 lap. Raul Fernandez joins his Red Bull KTM Ajo teammate on the front row as Albert Arenas (Gaviota Aspar Team Moto3) comes through Q1 to claim P6, just ahead of main rival Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia) in P7.

2020 Valencia MotoGP Results Qualifying Binder pole
Pole number one for Darryn Binder in Moto3.

2020 Valencia Moto3 Results—Qualifying

1 Darryn Binder (KTM) 1:38.286
2 Kaito Toba (KTM) + 0.043
3 Raul Fernandez (KTM) + 0.118
4 Jaume Masia (Hon) + 0.204
5 Andrea Migno (KTM) + 0.286
6 Albert Arenas (KTM) + 0.291
7 Ai Ogura (Hon) + 0.292
8 Tatsuki Suzuki (Hon) + 0.304
9 Celestino Vietti (KTM) + 0.384
10 Niccolo Antonelli (Hon) + 0.404

2020 Valencia MotoGP Friday News

Dovizioso explains year off

Andrea Dovizioso explained the reasoning behind his decision to turn down a number of offers for 2021 and remain free. First and foremost was the fact any offer he received didn’t include a return to a full-time MotoGP seat in 2022.

“At the end, to be a test rider and don’t have a door open to race for 2022, for me that was too important. So that’s why we decide to don’t sign and be free. In motorsport everything can happen, but we will see for 2021, but especially to work for 2022.”

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Dovi’s looking forward to a bit of motocross in 2021.

A racing return after a year off remains a top priority. “I will consider 2022, if I have a chance to really fight for the championship, because this is my goal, to be there in 2022 if there is a chance to be in a top team on a top bike, to fight for the championship for sure. I know it’s difficult if you don’t race for one year, but in the end, this is the situation I am in, and next year it will be a different year, I will enjoy to race with my friends some races in motocross. I have an important sponsor behind me and they will follow me for next year, we will try to create something for the future, and I’m really happy about that. And we will be focused and working for 2022.”

Official: Crutchlow’s Yamaha return

Yamaha confirmed on Friday it has signed Cal Crutchlow to be its test rider for the 2021 season in a move that sees the Englishman return to the factory that gave him his MotoGP debut in 2011.

Crutchlow had the option to race with Aprilia next season, but he admitted the exhaustive schedule and the build-up of troublesome injuries through the year were behind his decision.

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Crutchlow will replace Jorge Lorenzo as the Yamaha tester.

“I’m doing this because enough is enough in racing,” Crutchlow admitted. “I’ve done 10 years in MotoGP, I’ve fully exceeded any expectations I had for myself, and I’ve had a great career up until now. I wanted to do something different.

“But this year has taken so long and I don’t know if my arm will heal up well enough to be able to compete in 20 grands prix, especially if it’s the same back-to-back race calendar as this year. It would be difficult, and I didn’t want to put myself in that situation or to go home every single weekend and have to do rehab on injuries.”

Honda confirm Marquez out for 2020, early ’21 in doubt

Any hopes Marc Marquez had of returning before the close of this season were ended this week as Honda confirmed the outgoing world champion would not be present here or at next week’s finale in Portugal.

In fact, fears are being expressed over Marquez’s fitness for the beginning of 2021. Reports are the 27-year old is considering a third operation on his upper right arm that he broken twice within three weeks in July.

2020 Valencia MotoGP Results Marquez
The news just doesn’t get any better for Marc Marquez.

Honda has remained tightlipped on the rumors but Dovizioso has admitted he would consider any opportunity to step into the Repsol Honda team early next year should Marquez not return.

“I think everybody is running too far ahead,” said the Italian. “What is going on with Marc, I think nobody really knows the details, first, and also I don’t. Second, I don’t think they will take a decision now for next year. Third, I’m free. So we will see. This is motorsport. I’m free, doesn’t mean I will go if they call me. I will think about it.”

Friday

MotoGP

Just like he did at last week’s European Grand Prix, Pramac Racing’s Jack Miller leads the MotoGP field into qualifying day at the Valencia MotoGP after the Australian left it late to beat Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) to top spot on Friday.

Miller’s 1:30.622 in the afternoon session saw him beat the Honda of Nakagami by 0.091 seconds as Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac Racing) claimed P3, 0.120 seconds adrift from his teammate. Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) posted the 12th and 16th fastest times respectively on combined times.

2020 Valencia MotoGP Miller Friday fastest
Jack Miller was once again the Friday man at Valencia.

2020 Valencia MotoGP Results—Friday Combined

1 Jack Miller (Duc) 1:30.622
2 Takaaki Nakagami (Hon) + 0.091
3 Francesco Bagnaia (Duc) + 0.120
4 Pol Espargaro (KTM) + 0.199
5 Johann Zarco (Duc) + 0.277
6 Andrea Dovizioso (Duc) + 0.304
7 Cal Crutchlow (Hon) + 0.308
8 Franco Morbidelli (Yam) + 0.322
9 Alex Rins (Suz) + 0.325
10 Maverick Vinales (Yam) + 0.346

Moto2

Jorge Navarro (MB Conveyors Speed Up) topped the Moto2 lap time charts at Valencia on day one, thanks to a 1:34.855 in FP1. Championship-chasing Luca Marini (SKY Racing Team VR46) was second, 0.025 seconds off Navarro as Fabio Di Giannantonio (MB Conveyors Speed Up) – the quickest man in FP2 – claimed P3. The top three were split by just 0.038 seconds on combined times.

2020 Valencia MotoGP Navarro Friday fastest
Navarro found some late-season form to take the top spot on Friday in Moto2.

2020 Valencia Moto2 Results—Friday Combined

1 Jorge Navarro (Spe) 1:34.855
2 Luca Marini (Kal) + 0.025
3 F. Di Giannantonio (Spe) + 0.038
4 Sam Lowes (Kal) + 0.102
5 Marcel Schrötter (Kal) + 0.149
6 Enea Bastianini (Kal) + 0.157
7 Hector Garzo (Kal) + 0.193
8 Bo Bendsneyder (NTS) + 0.197
9 Aron Canet (Spe) + 0.208
10 Lorenzo Baldassarri (Kal) + 0.221

Moto3

Thanks to his new Moto3 lap record in FP1, Tony Arbolino (Rivacold Snipers Team) holds the advantage heading into Saturday at Valencia. The Italian’s 1:38.413 went unbeaten in FP2 as Jaume Masia (Leopard Racing) topped the afternoon times, ending the day second and just 0.066 adrift of Arbolino. Sergio Garcia (Estrella Galicia 0,0) completed the top three as 0.9 seconds covers 27 riders in Valencia on combined times.

2020 Valencia MotoGP Arbolino Friday fastest
Arbolino headed an ultra-close Moto3 timesheet at Valencia.

2020 Valencia Moto2 Results—Friday Combined

1 Tony Arbolino (Hon) 1:38.413
2 Jaume Masia (KTM) + 0.066
3 Sergio Garcia (Hon) + 0.083
4 Deniz Öncü (Suz) + 0.098
5 Romano Fenati (Hus) + 0.146
6 Niccolo Antonelli (Hon) + 0.150
7 Tatsuki Suzuki (Hon) + 0.151
8 Raul Fernandez (KTM) + 0.191
9 Ai Ogura (Hon) + 0.253
10 Jeremy Alcoba (KTM) + 0.267

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