Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain

2020 Barcelona Moto2 FP1 Result: Lowes Leaps Ahead

Barcelona was starting to warm up by the time the intermediate class took their turn around the Montmelo circuit and at the end of the 40 minutes, the Lowes/Marini battle got settled in the British rider’s favour. Sam Lowes finished the morning two tenths of a second quicker than championship leader Luca Marini, with Tetsuta Nagashima making a much better start in Spain, three tenths off the Italian. Back on home soil, Aron Canet also put his name at the top of the timesheets, albeit only briefly, before dropping to fourth, half a second slower than the leader.

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2020 Barcelona MotoGP FP1 Result: Quartararo Sets The Tone

It was a bright but chilly start in Barcelona for the premier class and Fabio Quartararo felt at home at the top of the standings throughout the first practice session. The Frenchman finished morning practice over four tenths of a second ahead of championship leader Andrea Dovizioso, who had a slow start but then got up to speed to climb into second. Despite an uncharacteristic tumble at turn five halfway through proceedings, Joan Mir recovered to finish third, marginally ahead of recent victor Maverick Vinales.

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2020 Barcelona Moto3 FP1 Result: Fernandez Fastest Once More

A cool breezy Montmelo welcomed the lightweight class to a familiar playground and riders were quick to get up to speed. Tony Arbolino spent most of the session at the top of the timesheets, until Raul Fernandez stole the limelight for the final five minutes. The Spaniard dropped into the 1:48s and built a considerable gap at the front, which was eventually reduced to a smidgen under four tenths of a second by most recent victor Romano Fenati. Arbolino settled for third, as the final rider within half a second of the leader.

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Barcelona MotoGP Thursday Round Up: Injury Surprises, A Missing Announcement, And Managing Tires For Success

The 2020 MotoGP season motors relentlessly on, as we visit Montmelo for the last race of the current triple header. The seventh race in eleven weeks, Round 9 marks the numerical mid-point of the season. Sort of: it is race 8 of 14 for the MotoGP class, but race 9 of 15 for Moto2 and Moto3, who raced at Qatar*. And as winter approaches in the northern hemisphere and Covid-19 cases start to rise again in Europe, the chances of us making it all the way to Portimao in late November and completing the remaining 6 races after Barcelona are significantly less than 100%.

The relentless round of races is brutal for everyone except fans and riders, most preferring racing every weekend to sitting at home. Especially in a season as up and down as 2020, where the direction of the championship seems to change every week. "I enjoy that the racing is hard and fast," said Jack Miller, summing up the general feeling of the riders on the grid. "We can have a quick turnaround and things can change very quickly. I enjoy that you don’t have to sit there thinking about a bad race for two or three weeks. You can get back into it straight away which is nice."

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2020 Catalunya World Superbike Race Two Result: Two Riders Down

World Superbike race two at Catalunya had a few changes on the grid. Alvaro Bautista had an incident on the sighting lap, possibly related to his crash earlier today, forcing him to start from the pitlane, if he could make the start. Federico Caricasulo was sent to the black of the grid due to his role in Leon Haslam's crash yesterday. Haslam was not penalised.

When the lights went out, they did so without Toprak Razgatlioglu or Alvaro Bautista. 

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