2020 Jerez MotoGP FP2 Result: Morbidelli Leads Petronas Charge

Once temperatures ticked well over the 30 degree mark, the focus from the premier class swiftly moved from quick times to race setup for the similarly red hot race on Sunday. The Petronas Yamaha squad stole the spotlight as far as the timesheets were concerned, Fabio Quartararo topping most of the session, before Franco Morbidelli put in some new rubber and attacked his teammate’s time. The Italian ended up quickest by three tenths of a second but even his best time was not quick enough to challenge the top 10 from FP1.

Quartararo in second position was the only rider to improve his time from FP1 but was still left provisionally out of Q2 places. The Frenchman will find comfort in the more sensible weather predicted for FP3 and the solid race pace he showed throughout his runs. Rookie Brad Binder continues to excel, joining the top three in FP2 and only a tenth off the Petronas boys. Marc Marquez showed pretty decent pace too, although his runs were slightly disrupted by losing the front at turn two halfway through the session, joining the crash list opened by his brother/teammate earlier in FP2.

Pol Espargaro was the second KTM in the top five, with Cal Crutchlow, Maverick Vinales, Johann Zarco, Andrea Dovizioso and Pecco Bagnaia completing a top ten covered by half a second. Iker Lecuona continued his good run with a 12th position that was only seven tenths off in the tricky conditions, while Danilo Petrucci climbed a few spots in the ranking to 13th place, notably ahead of both Suzuki machines. Valentino Rossi in 20th position finished the afternoon one second down on, presumably, his future teammate.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'38.125    
2 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'38.152 0.027 0.027
3 33 Brad BINDER KTM 1'38.250 0.125 0.098
4 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'38.369 0.244 0.119
5 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'38.372 0.247 0.003
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'38.390 0.265 0.018
7 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'38.596 0.471 0.206
8 5 Johann ZARCO Ducati 1'38.610 0.485 0.014
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'38.614 0.489 0.004
10 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'38.625 0.500 0.011
11 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'38.687 0.562 0.062
12 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'38.816 0.691 0.129
13 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'38.836 0.711 0.020
14 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'38.845 0.720 0.009
15 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'38.904 0.779 0.059
16 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'38.933 0.808 0.029
17 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'39.004 0.879 0.071
18 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'39.156 1.031 0.152
19 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'39.181 1.056 0.025
20 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'39.222 1.097 0.041
21 73 Alex MARQUEZ Honda 1'39.604 1.479 0.382
22 38 Bradley SMITH Aprilia 1'39.703 1.578 0.099
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There is quite a riding style contrast amongst both Maverick/FabQ and Mir/Rins. The first muscles it around. Maverick is really entertaining, and looks great now. Really Pedrosa-ing the bike up and away from him early and everywhere. Not so smooth, but MIGHTY. Mir is really fun to watch as well, aggressive, daring. Stork-edwards Rins is smooth and efficient. FabQ? My favorite riding style, going to try to emulate it. He has a Marc-esque single mindedness. Everything is linking together. It looks more natural and a bit easier, yet DRIVEN. Love the way he wheelies a tad on short stretches between corners, seems to be playing some. He is still coming forth, and getting more from the bike.

Notably, when getting a read on riding style for the Yamaha and Suzuki guys one may initially look at the rider. For Honda and KTM? The bike, and where it is doing what. (Aprilia, just the timesheet for now and Smith is off the pace. The whole grid is compressed, Smith isn't FAR off, but still there is a pace to delineate. There will be a gap then a straggler or three off the back). Ducati? Uhm, er, dunno...data maybe?

Are readers aware that the Honda riders have reverted to the 2019 bike, w just the new engine and updated electronics? Development workhorse Cal only tried the 2020 briefly, deeming it unworkably flawed. This is a big deal. For 2021 too!

Marc's crash was interesting, and NOT his good "Fri limit finder," it was the Honda achilles. Sudden no warning front tuck upon throttle opening at "that spot" in the turn. He was online (unlike Alex). He didn't go get it exploring the limit, it came and got him.

He is backing it in a bunch as usual, but a bit less than consistently. On mid speed and slow corner entry he may be finding some hesitation. As the tires go away from him, late in the race he may even things out while the inline fours find a challenge.

Remember analyzing Casey with novel interest? Slow motion? "No one does THAT! On THAT bike?" The rear, throttle control? Lowest electronics settings? That is Marc now, but the rear AND front. Brake AND throttle. Sideways principle squared. And this Honda is the new Pre-Gigi Duc.

There was a limit to what Stoner could do off the track. And journo intolerance. On track, lactose intolerance.

Marc is ideal, but not perfect. His happy go lucky genuine smile, and his carefully crafted "show no weakness, attack always" approach can exceed its limit and necessitate something he is not comfortable with. He looks now like he and his "Bucky Tucky No Me Lucky" steed will crash out of races again this season. While it arises very quickly, you can SEE his steamy focus adherence be on or off, and on what. Watching for him to latch on to a fight he should opt for patience with. He hooks in. He exhibits a novel line or excessive push. Then, skittles? Once you know what it is to look for you can catch it pre consciously in real time. So, he can too. Pride comes before a fall.

Honda, you as well. You are hanging The Marc too far out there. Like the Motocross riding off season, it is fine until you get caught out and there is a "mistake." You have been negligent and unwise w your bike design strategy. When he gets hurt, we can say I told you so. Careful, he is a treasure, and needs some caretaking where he won't. Things can get terrestrial all of a sudden in an instant. But this was made of all the wee daily bits of your bullshite decisions over about 3 years.

I do not think we can trust Marc's statements about the bike lately at all. They seem strategic to hide the weakness from competitors. Yes this happens somewhat regularly. But no, not to this degree and discrepancy from the tide of everything else. Furthermore, Cal's departure is likely to look increasingly agreeable to him from inception. Someone better get HRC a wake up call for the 2022 bike, they can even hit snooze for a whole year if they must. Revolution time.

Forgive the dire and serious post, but tea leaves are tea leaves.

Viva Binder! The KTM! Zarco!

Down under, Vale is having a struggle in one sector working on race pace, sorting the new bike, and shows comfort in his FP3 pace to get in Q2. Betcha this is a one off session. While high heat has been a challenge for Rossi, he will get set up and comfort, and rip. Betting he beats Morbidelli for season Pts.

I think Morbidelli was seriously chuffed last year that the rookie came in and made big waves. I have a feeling he'll be near top Yamaha most races. As for Mir, I think he's the business. I loved him in the lower classes and now he's healthy with a year behind him he's going to give everyone fits. Perhaps a win or two? I think it's likely. I'm thinking the pace of the season will get to Vale. 13 in 18 is a load of work in a short period of time and 41 is much much different from 21-27. Plus I think there may be in the back of his mind the thought of not quite risking it all while there are plenty of wacky youngsters perfectly willing to do just that. I see MM, FQ, MV, AR42, AD04 being the top 5 and I think Jack, Mir, Morbidelli and maybe Binder also finish ahead of The Doctor. But he has been counted out too many times to count and I would love to be wrong. Bradley is 1.3 secs off the leader on a brand new bike. That puts him last but he's hardly otb. What we need is one of those superimposed videos that would show all the bikes at the same time going across the finish line. Then we would see what having 22 riders within 1.3 sec of each looks like. TV could do that but they would have to miss an opportunity to show the back of someone's head or someone looking up presumably watching the race that we're trying to watch. I wonder if the TV directors are being tortured whenever live racing is being shown and the only relief they get is by showing something other than live racing. That's the only thing that makes sense to me from the viewpoint of someone just trying to see the actual motorcycles live on the actual track. Cheers! Go FM!

Wow! Celebrate the rookies. Brad Binder welcome to the big time.

Iker Lecuona fast for a first Gp weekend. Riders without a preconcieved idea of what a MotoGp bike should be. Simply riding the bike they are on & doing a very good job. Well developed Dani Pedrosa.


Excellent time from Franco Morbidelli I hope he will continue to improve. Morbido has taken a while to get up to speed.

Zarco, Dovi & Pecco all within a gnat's whisker; that's the Duc's pace I guess. Congrats to JZ & Bagnaia they seem to be getting the best from the GP20. Matching Dovi's pace. I'd prefer the Ducatis to be higher up the list. Jack Miller? Oddly slow after Wednesday's performance. Wonder what the go is with Jack, he is quicker than A Marquez & Vale. Only one second per lap down & I'm calling him slow, this is very close.

The season starts at Jerez, how true it is. Sunday will be awesome!

Saturday too Mate!

The heat is doing some weird stuff. Grip primarily of course, but other things too. Aprilia is adding a part to change air flow and block heat hitting the rider's hands while riding. It is too hot to endure for more than 7 laps or so. Rossi's bike balance/edge grip to get into a corner issue. Perhaps the Aprilia motor popping. Tire wear should dramatically change bike behavior, not sure what is going on w pace for race simulations. Ducati riders sound perplexed.

Very much looking fwd to manana. Cheers!