MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2021 Portimao World Supersport Race Two Result: More Close Racing, But Damp This Time

World Supersport had the benefit of a mostly dried out track, the 21ºC weather lifting the cold track to 27ºC. Some riders used their sighting lap as intended, with some riders dropping back into the pits after one circuit before setting up on the grid. Several tyre changes were done, with wets and intermediates being pulled off and replaced with slicks. 

Jules Cluzel led Dominique Aegerter and Niki Tuuli I to turn one, with Steven Odendaal and Can Oncu getting pushed back on the damp outside of the turn. With the slipstreaming down the nine hundred metre straight, Steven Odendaal surged past the leading three riders to take the lead, ahead of Dominique Aegerter, Jules Cluzel and Niki Tuuli. Manuel Gonzalez rode round the outside of Tuuli in turn five to take fourth place. Yari Montella, back in tenth place, set the fastest lap, a 1'46.267. 

Three abreast into turn one, Dominique Aegerter led Jules Cluzel and Steven Odendaal into turn one with Raffaele De Rosa, Manuel Gonzalez and Federico Caricasulo behind them. Another lap, another change of the lead into turn one, Odendaal won out, ahead of Aegerter and Cluzel while Montella set a 1'45.963 in eighth place on lap four.

The pace was low enough that the leading thirteen riders were all in touch with riders around then, and Philipp Oettl set a 1'45.769 as Dominique Aegerter lost the lead to Steven Odendaal in turn five. The leading group was reduced to ten rider at the start of lap six of seventeen and nine by the end of the lap, with Aegerter slipping in under Odendaal. 

Federico Caricasulo turned a fastest lap of 1'45.753 into the lead as Dominique Aegerter blocked Steven Odendaal down the straight, but Odendaal used his brakes into turn one to tale the lead, ahead of Caricasulo and Aegerter with Manuel Gonzalez and Raffaele De Roda behind them. 

At half race distance, the leading group was Steven Odendaal, Federico Caricasulo, Manuel Gonzalez, Raffaele De Rosa, Dominique Aegerter, Yari Montella, Jules Cluzel and Niki Tuuli, a second and a half covering the leading eight riders. Aegerter hit the wet slow line outside turn one to lose a handful of places.

Odendaal led the eight riders at the start of lap ten as Gonzalez and Aegerter duelled over fifth place. A lap later, Odendaal went wide on turn fifteen and he barged into the side of Gonzalez as he rejoined the pack, the impact sending shivers through their bikes. Jules Cluzel led Raffaele De Rosa and a resurgent Manuel Gonzalez at the start of lap twelve with a fastest lap of 1'45.404 as Steven Odendaal and Dominique Aegerter fought hard enough for Federico Caricasulo to pass both of them. Manuel Gonzalez passed De Rosa for second place and set a 1'45.158 as he closed in on Jules Cluzel, and Cluzel lifted slightly on turn four, avoiding white paint, and Gonzalez powered past into the lead before turn five. 

Lap fourteen, down the straight, Cluzel took the lead back with third-placed Odendaal setting the fastest lap with a 1'45.158 ahead of De Rosa, Caricasulo, Tuuli and Aegerter. Yari Montella finally dropped off the leading pack of seven riders. Niki Tuuli then set the fastest lap with a 1'45.158 in sixth place.

Three laps to go, seven riders were covered by less than a second and a half, reduced to a second a lap later as Federico Caricasulo set a 1'44.910 in third place. Niki Tuuli crashed out and Dominique Aegerter had to avoid his bike and he was limited to sixth place until De Rosa crashed out of a top five place. 

Steven Odendaal opened the last lap taking the lead from Jules Cluzel with Federico Caricasulo and Manuel Gonzalez in touch behind them. Jules Cluzel closed on Steven Odendaal around the last corner, carrying more speed into his slipstream, and he broke free of the clean air to power alongside Odendaal for a side-by-side finish. While the transponders showed an eleven thousandths of a second win for Odendaal, the results would need to be confirmed by a photo finish, giving the win to Odendaal.

Federico Caricasulo finished behind the leading pair to take the last step on the podium a quarter of a second ahead of Manuel Gonzalez. Two and a half seconds behind, Dominique Aegerter took fifth place with newcomer Yari Montella a further two seconds behind. 

Kevin Manfredi took his magnificent moustaches to Parc Fermé to win the Supersport challenge, taking more than the single point he needed in eleventh place. 

Steven Odendaal's victory held off Dominique Aegerter's claiming of the title, reducing his lead to fifty four points with four races left. Jules Cluzel's second place rounded off a great weekend for the Frenchman, with a pole position, win, lap record and a photo finish second place, and he closed to within forty one points of fourth-placed Philipp Oettl. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 4 S. ODENDAAL Yamaha YZF R6  
2 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 0.011
3 94 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 0.364
4 81 M. GONZALEZ Yamaha YZF R6 0.629
5 77 D. AEGERTER Yamaha YZF R6 3.196
6 91 Y. MONTELLA Yamaha YZF R6 5.247
7 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 6.721
8 5 P. OETTL Kawasaki ZX-6R 9.428
9 56 P. SEBESTYEN Yamaha YZF R6 9.758
10 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 18.317
11 34 K. MANFREDI Yamaha YZF R6 19.119
12 96 D. SANCHIS MARTINEZ Yamaha YZF R6 20.426
13 38 H. SOOMER Yamaha YZF R6 20.461
14 3 R. DE ROSA Kawasaki ZX-6R 21.766
15 52 P. HOBELSBERGER Yamaha YZF R6 21.769
16 22 F. FULIGNI Yamaha YZF R6 31.620
17 25 M. BRENNER Yamaha YZF R6 32.732
18 50 O. VOSTATEK Yamaha YZF R6 33.367
19 95 V. TAKALA Yamaha YZF R6 38.991
20 92 B. VAN EERDE Yamaha YZF R6 40.843
21 55 G. HENDRA PRATAMA Yamaha YZF R6 41.100
22 42 S. FROSSARD Yamaha YZF R6 41.139
23 6 M. HERRERA Yamaha YZF R6 44.350
24 2 L. MONTELLA Yamaha YZF R6 1'25.425
Round Number: 
11
2021
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2021 Portimao World Superbike Superpole Race Result: Cold And Damp

The last World Supersport sprint race in Europe for the year would be on a cold, damp track thanks to rain in the morning. Jonathan Rea was declared fit to race. Tyres for the ten lap race would be a tricky choice, with wets, intermediates and slicks available, however, everyone lined up with wet tyres, with the track only 23ºC.

Toprak Razgatlioglu led Jonathan Rea into turn one, with Andrea Locatelli charging through to second but getting pushed wide by Rea and Scott Redding. Michael Ruben Rinaldi crashed out in a high side and was avoided by Leon Haslam; he was taken to the medical centre to be checked out. Jonathan Rea took the lead only to tip his bike over at turn thirteen and crash out, early in the lean. Scott Redding led at the start of lap two ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu but Michael van der Mark took second place and the fastest lap with a wet 1'55.487. 

On lap three, Loris Baz showed his wet form taking third place from Loris Baz into turn five as Michael van der Mark closed on Scott Redding. At the start of lap four, Scott Redding led Michael van der Mark with Loris Baz two seconds further behind and Toprak Razgatlioglu joined by Leon Haslam a second behind Baz. Scott Redding missed the apex in turn five and Michael van der Mark just swept underneath to take the lead. 

Leon Haslam and Andrea Locatelli passed a trepidatious Toprak Razgatlioglu, pushing the championship leader to sixth place. Michael van der Mark at the lead set the fastest lap, a 1'55.390, and stretched out his lead over Scott Redding to over a second. Alvaro Bautista took sixth off Toprak Razgatlioglu. Leon Haslam closed on Loris Baz, leaving Andrea Locatelli well over a second behind, but Loris Baz was closing on Scott Redding.

Michael van der Mark started lap seven of ten almost three seconds clear of Scott Redding who was being caught by Loris Baz and Leon Haslam. Andrea Locatelli was a further two and a half seconds behind in fifth place. Alvaro Bautista and Toprak Razgatlioglu were in lonely sixths and sevenths. Lap eight and van der Mark extended his lead to three and a half seconds as Scott Redding managed his lead over Loris Baz and Leon Haslam, keeping a second between them. 

Leon Haslam crashed out at turn thirteen trying to pass Loris Baz and the podium places were set, but Loris Baz was still trying, with one lap left, to bridge the second-long gap to Scott Redding. Michael van der Mark was over four and a half seconds in the lead as he set up for pole position for the second race this afternoon. Van der Mark took BMW's first victory in eight years, over five seconds clear of Scott Redding. Loris Baz took the last spot on the podium, and the front row for race two, with Andrea Locatelli and Alvaro Bautista over two seconds behind. Toprak Razgatlioglu took a lonely sixth place, qualifying at the end of the second row. 

Michael van der Mark passed Alex Lowes in the title chase, taking sixth place, and Scott Redding's second place puts him just twenty five points off Jonathan Rea's second place. Toprak Razgatlioglu's sixth place meant he didn't increase his lead as much as he could, given Rea's crash, but he starts race two with a forty nine point lead.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR  
2 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 5.330
3 11 L. BAZ Ducati Panigale V4 R 7.066
4 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 9.264
5 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 9.753
6 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 16.745
7 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 19.047
8 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 19.115
9 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 20.901
10 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 28.977
11 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 31.057
12 76 S. CAVALIERI Ducati Panigale V4 R 38.997
13 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 41.330
14 53 T. RABAT Kawasaki ZX-10RR 51.079
15 16 G. RUIU BMW M 1000 RR 55.894
16 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 56.194
17 83 L. EPIS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'23.343
Round Number: 
11
2021
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2021 Austin Moto2 Qualifying Result: What Else Did You Expect?

The intermediate class performed the final rodeo show of the day and it was another performance of the Red Bull KTM Ajo matinee. After Remy Gardner held provisional pole for most of the session, Raul Fernandez robbed his teammate at the chequered flag, extending a sensational run of rookie poles and nearly nudging the lap record. Fabio Di Giannantonio made his bid at pole very early in Q2 but had to settle for a front row start, four tenths off the leader’s time.

Marco Bezzecchi did well to climb into fourth, opening second row ahead of rookie Cameron Beaubier, who scored a top result on home soil. Augusto Fernandez closed row two, with an all-rookie line-up on row three, including Tony Arbolino, Ai Ogura and Albert Arenas – the Italian narrowly escaping Q1. Celestino Vietti and Marcos Ramirez also aced Q1 to make their way onto fourth row, together with Xavi Vierge, while teammate Jake Dixon opens row five from Aron Canet and Somkiat Chantra.

Sam Lowes finds himself into a pretty uncharacteristic 16th place on the grid after a late tumble at turn 15, sharing sixth row with Jorge Navarro, whose session started with a crash at turn 11, and Simone Corsi.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 2'08.979    
2 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 2'09.299 0.320 0.320
3 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 2'09.457 0.478 0.158
4 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 2'09.557 0.578 0.100
5 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 2'09.584 0.605 0.027
6 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 2'09.638 0.659 0.054
7 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 2'09.745 0.766 0.107
8 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 2'09.803 0.824 0.058
9 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 2'09.825 0.846 0.022
10 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 2'09.829 0.850 0.004
11 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 2'09.886 0.907 0.057
12 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 2'09.942 0.963 0.056
13 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 2'10.047 1.068 0.105
14 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 2'10.272 1.293 0.225
15 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 2'10.502 1.523 0.230
16 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 2'15.903 6.924 5.401
17 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 2'16.506 7.527 0.603
18 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 2'21.579 12.600 5.073
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 2'09.652    
Q2 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 2'09.956 0.304 0.304
Q2 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 2'09.970 0.318 0.014
Q2 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 2'10.010 0.358 0.040
19 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 2'10.111 0.459 0.101
20 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 2'10.217 0.565 0.106
21 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 2'10.347 0.695 0.130
22 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 2'10.456 0.804 0.109
23 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 2'10.497 0.845 0.041
24 70 Barry Baltus NTS 2'10.503 0.851 0.006
25 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 2'10.567 0.915 0.064
26 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 2'10.672 1.020 0.105
27 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 2'10.846 1.194 0.174
28 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 2'11.209 1.557 0.363
29 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 2'11.605 1.953 0.396
  11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex      
Round Number: 
15
2021
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2021 Austin MotoGP Qualifying Result: Reversal Of Fortune

It wasn’t just the asphalt that was sizzling in Texas, it was also the fight for pole position in the premier class and for a while it looked like the Sheriff was back in town, with Marc Marquez keeping provisional pole warm after the first run in Q2. The Honda man was looser than ever around his favourite lumpy playground but eventually had to concede his pole record and allow Pecco Bagnaia to score a very impressive third consecutive pole position. The championship battle should be just as fiery, as Fabio Quartararo will be starting closely behind his title rival, the Frenchman three tenths off pole and eight hundredths of a second quicker than Marquez, who was happy enough with his first front row of the season.

The Pramac Ducati machines of Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco sandwich the LCR Honda of Takaaki Nakagami on the second row of the grid, leaving the Suzukis to populate third row. While Alex Rins had an easier mission after going straight to Q2, teammate Joan Mir had to fight through a competitive Q1 session and came out second best to Luca Marini. The rookie might have started the day with a crash at turn 2 but ended it ninth on the grid, with a helpful reference from the friendly poleman on his way there.

If there was joy in one side of the Ducati garage, there was a face like thunder in the other one, where Jack Miller failed to replicate the excellent speed he showed in practice and ended up 10th on the grid and almost a second slower than his teammate. Brad Binder and Pol Espargaro will keep him company on row four, while the returning Italian duo of Franco Morbidelli and Andrea Dovizioso open row five ahead of Alex Marquez, with Enea Bastianini 16th and overshadowed by his teammate this time around. The unluckiest victims of Q1 proved to be Miguel Oliveira, Aleix Espargaro and Valentino Rossi, all three riders adding a crash to their tally and ending up 18th, 19th and 20th on the grid.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 2'02.781    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 2'03.129 0.348 0.348
3 93 Marc Marquez Honda 2'03.209 0.428 0.080
4 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 2'03.278 0.497 0.069
5 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 2'03.292 0.511 0.014
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 2'03.379 0.598 0.087
7 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 2'03.453 0.672 0.074
8 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 2'03.528 0.747 0.075
9 10 Luca Marini Ducati 2'03.546 0.765 0.018
10 43 Jack Miller Ducati 2'03.720 0.939 0.174
11 33 Brad Binder KTM 2'03.781 1.000 0.061
12 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 2'03.875 1.094 0.094
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 10 Luca Marini Ducati 2'03.410    
Q2 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 2'03.540 0.130 0.130
13 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 2'03.872 0.462 0.332
14 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 2'04.044 0.634 0.172
15 73 Alex Marquez Honda 2'04.100 0.690 0.056
16 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 2'04.118 0.708 0.018
17 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 2'04.324 0.914 0.206
18 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 2'04.392 0.982 0.068
19 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 2'04.419 1.009 0.027
20 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2'04.699 1.289 0.280
21 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 2'04.829 1.419 0.130
Round Number: 
15
2021
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2021 Austin MotoGP FP4 Result: More Miller Magic

The sky was looking a touch darker in Austin but there was no real threat during the final practice session of the premier class and it allowed Jack Miller to cruise into the lead of another session, this time with a one tenth advantage on his rivals. Adding to a pretty low key Friday at CotA, Joan Mir made a fiery start in FP4, as his engine spat out flames down the back straight, but the frustration proved to be solid motivation, as he rejoined on his second machine and climbed into second position. Pecco Bagnaia progressed to join his teammate in the top three, ahead of the initial leader of the session, Johann Zarco, whose recovery from arm pump surgery seems to be going to plan.

Fabio Quartararo, Takaaki Nakagami and Alex Rins also finished within half a second of the leader, while Marc Marquez had quite a few off track excursions on his way to eighth place. Miguel Oliveira was the lead KTM, posting an identical time to Aleix Espargaro. The Aprilia man was a new addition to the top 10 in Texas, after not looking as great in the rest of the practice sessions, but his session ended prematurely after losing the front on an infamous bump at turn two. The Avintia duo of Luca Marini and Enea Bastianini were over three tenths slower than Espargaro and one full second behind the leader. Speaking of Espargaros, the Repsol Honda variety had a tumble early on at turn 12 and dropped to 17th.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 43 Jack Miller Ducati 2'04.028    
2 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 2'04.180 0.152 0.152
3 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 2'04.355 0.327 0.175
4 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 2'04.375 0.347 0.020
5 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 2'04.379 0.351 0.004
6 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 2'04.404 0.376 0.025
7 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 2'04.462 0.434 0.058
8 93 Marc Marquez Honda 2'04.544 0.516 0.082
9 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 2'04.711 0.683 0.167
10 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 2'04.711 0.683  
11 10 Luca Marini Ducati 2'05.049 1.021 0.338
12 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 2'05.071 1.043 0.022
13 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 2'05.215 1.187 0.144
14 33 Brad Binder KTM 2'05.312 1.284 0.097
15 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 2'05.349 1.321 0.037
16 73 Alex Marquez Honda 2'05.407 1.379 0.058
17 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 2'05.429 1.401 0.022
18 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2'05.551 1.523 0.122
19 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 2'05.566 1.538 0.015
20 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 2'05.614 1.586 0.048
21 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 2'06.185 2.157 0.571
Round Number: 
15
2021
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2021 Austin Moto3 Qualifying Result: Last To First

The lightweight class opened the qualifying rodeo under a hint of sunshine and for a long time it looked like the sun would shine on Dennis Foggia’s street once more. The Italian looked strong throughout the session and went into the final shootout in provisional pole, but Jaume Masia went from last on the timesheets to the very top on the final flying lap, with a handy tow from his teammate. The Spaniard secured a long-awaited pole position by almost two tenths of a second from Foggia, who in turn won a close battle with Jeremy Alcoba, the Gresini rider only three thousandths of a second behind the in-form Italian.

Izan Guevara scored a fine second row start from fellow rookie Xavier Artigas and the more experienced Tatsuki Suzuki. Filip Salac in seventh place was the final rider to post a time within half a second of pole and will share third row with a seemingly unhappy Andrea Migno and Deniz Öncü. After a tricky FP3 and a fast Q1, John McPhee managed to climb into the top 10, while Romano Fenati could not quite replicate his qualifying adventures of late and will have to settle for 11th grid position. Stefano Nepa completes row four, with Niccolò Antonelli opening fifth row from Ayumu Sasaki and an underwhelming result from Pedro Acosta, the championship leader failing to improve on his final attack.

Rookie Lorenzo Fellon impressed in Q1 by topping the timesheets after being the first crasher of the session but could not keep that going in Q2 and had to settle for 16th grid position and sharing sixth row with his fellow Q1 graduates Darryn Binder and Alberto Surra. The Spaniard just about snuck into Q2 and halted a bit of a fairy-tale narrative for Carlos Tatay, who crashed in Q1 before setting a time and rejoined for one flying lap, only missing out on Q2 by two hundredths of a second.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Jaume Masia KTM 2'15.986    
2 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 2'16.179 0.193 0.193
3 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 2'16.182 0.196 0.003
4 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 2'16.311 0.325 0.129
5 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 2'16.334 0.348 0.023
6 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 2'16.356 0.370 0.022
7 12 Filip Salac KTM 2'16.445 0.459 0.089
8 16 Andrea Migno Honda 2'16.506 0.520 0.061
9 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 2'16.510 0.524 0.004
10 17 John McPhee Honda 2'16.592 0.606 0.082
11 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 2'16.613 0.627 0.021
12 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 2'16.642 0.656 0.029
13 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 2'16.701 0.715 0.059
14 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 2'16.712 0.726 0.011
15 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 2'16.766 0.780 0.054
16 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 2'16.861 0.875 0.095
17 40 Darryn Binder Honda 2'17.092 1.106 0.231
18 67 Alberto Surra Honda 2'17.407 1.421 0.315
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 2'17.698    
Q2 17 John McPhee Honda 2'17.852 0.154 0.154
Q2 40 Darryn Binder Honda 2'17.999 0.301 0.147
Q2 67 Alberto Surra Honda 2'18.025 0.327 0.026
19 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 2'18.053 0.355 0.028
20 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 2'18.068 0.370 0.015
21 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 2'18.071 0.373 0.003
22 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 2'18.098 0.400 0.027
23 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 2'18.136 0.438 0.038
24 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 2'18.247 0.549 0.111
25 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 2'18.452 0.754 0.205
26 27 Kaito Toba KTM 2'19.172 1.474 0.720
Round Number: 
15
2021
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2021 Austin Moto2 FP3 Result: Another Raul Fernandez Headline

The weather in Austin was stable enough to deliver three dry FP3 sessions and the intermediate class didn’t have to rush to sort out the top 14 positions. Despite a few movements early on, Raul Fernandez’s Friday benchmark stood until the final handful of minutes of FP3, when fellow rookie Ai Ogura and then teammate Remy Gardner challenged for the top of the timesheets. However, Fernandez quickly responded to reclaim the lead by six hundredths of a second from Gardner, whose final charge was derailed by a moment in the final sector. Fabio Di Giannantonio climbed into third late in the session, demoting Ogura to fourth, half a second off top spot.

Augusto Fernandez made some progress to lead teammate Sam Lowes on the timesheets, while rookie Cameron Beaubier continues to shine on home soil, this time up to 7th position. Marco Bezzecchi in 8th was seven tenths off the lead and ahead of Aron Canet, who took a quick trip to the medical centre after an early crash at turn 6 but was swiftly back in action to secure ninth. Albert Arenas rounded out the top 10 placements, with Jorge Navarro recovering some ground after a challenging Friday. Simone Corsi, Jake Dixon and Xavi Vierge secured the final tickets straight to Q2, leaving the likes of Tom Luthi, Marcel Schrotter and Marcos Ramirez to fight it out in Q1.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 2'09.258    
2 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 2'09.319 0.061 0.061
3 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 2'09.733 0.475 0.414
4 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 2'09.823 0.565 0.090
5 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 2'09.862 0.604 0.039
6 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 2'09.969 0.711 0.107
7 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 2'09.982 0.724 0.013
8 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 2'09.987 0.729 0.005
9 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 2'10.214 0.956 0.227
10 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 2'10.232 0.974 0.018
11 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 2'10.266 1.008 0.034
12 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 2'10.432 1.174 0.166
13 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 2'10.451 1.193 0.019
14 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 2'10.462 1.204 0.011
15 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 2'10.470 1.212 0.008
16 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 2'10.520 1.262 0.050
17 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 2'10.522 1.264 0.002
18 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 2'10.656 1.398 0.134
19 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 2'10.685 1.427 0.029
20 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 2'10.835 1.577 0.150
21 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 2'10.871 1.613 0.036
22 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 2'10.913 1.655 0.042
23 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 2'11.042 1.784 0.129
24 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 2'11.096 1.838 0.054
25 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 2'11.163 1.905 0.067
26 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 2'11.164 1.906 0.001
27 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 2'11.501 2.243 0.337
28 70 Barry Baltus NTS 2'11.514 2.256 0.013
29 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 2'11.600 2.342 0.086
30 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 2'11.714 2.456 0.114
Round Number: 
15
2021
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2021 Austin MotoGP FP3 Result: Miller Miles Ahead

Saturday morning in Texas was still dry and hot, albeit quite overcast, and it allowed the premier class another physically-demanding battle for the top 10. There was no major movement on the timesheets early on but the time attack eventually hotted up for the final handful of minutes, with Jack Miller ending FP3 on a high, almost seven tenths of a second ahead of the opposition. Only five rivals managed to finish the session within a second of the Ducati man, with Takaaki Nakagami as the main challenger. The LCR man spent the session in the top three and with a brief stint at the top, before dropping to second, ahead of Alex Rins. The Suzuki man’s late charge promoted him to third, ahead of Friday headliner Marc Marquez, who was in no rush to swap to fresh rubber until the final few minutes, when he recovered some ground to claim fourth.

Johann Zarco and compatriot Fabio Quartararo were the final riders posting a time within a second of Miller’s, with Pol Espargaro another tenth back in seventh place. Brad Binder’s late attack pushed teammate Miguel Oliveira out of the top 10, while the Ducatis of Pecco Bagnaia and Jorge Martin just about held onto a ticket directly into Q2.

Enea Bastianini briefly looked like securing another trip to Q2 but got demoted at the last minute and will be in good company in Q1, from world champion Joan Mir in particular. The Spaniard dipped in and out of the top 10 throughout the session and the carousel stopped with him in 13th position, only a hundredth of a second ahead of a still-convalescent Franco Morbidelli. Aleix Espargaro’s bad time in Texas continues, the Aprilia man crashing out at turn 12 on an outlap, before making his final bid for the top 10, and dropping to 20th overall.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 43 Jack Miller Ducati 2'02.923    
2 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 2'03.602 0.679 0.679
3 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 2'03.727 0.804 0.125
4 93 Marc Marquez Honda 2'03.804 0.881 0.077
5 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 2'03.823 0.900 0.019
6 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 2'03.867 0.944 0.044
7 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 2'04.020 1.097 0.153
8 33 Brad Binder KTM 2'04.040 1.117 0.020
9 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 2'04.125 1.202 0.085
10 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 2'04.197 1.274 0.072
11 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 2'04.260 1.337 0.063
12 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 2'04.427 1.504 0.167
13 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 2'04.494 1.571 0.067
14 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 2'04.510 1.587 0.016
15 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2'04.860 1.937 0.350
16 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 2'04.890 1.967 0.030
17 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 2'05.310 2.387 0.420
18 73 Alex Marquez Honda 2'05.539 2.616 0.229
19 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 2'05.558 2.635 0.019
20 10 Luca Marini Ducati 2'05.928 3.005 0.370
21 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 2'06.050 3.127 0.122
Round Number: 
15
2021
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2021 Portimao World Supersport Race One Result: Close Racing Again

World Supersport would follow on from the exciting Superbike race with another exciting and close race.

Dominique Aegerter passed Jules Cluzel for the lead, unsettling the Frenchman to let Can Oncu and Niki Tuuli past. Manuel Gonzalez, Raffaele De Rosa and Steven Odendaal sat behind the leaders. Into turn one of the second lap, Dominique Aegerter was passed by three riders, headed by Jules Cluzel, with Can Oncu passing Cluzel for the lead. Manuel Gonzalez led Dominique Aegerter, holding third place. 

Steven Odendaal in seventh place set the fastest lap with a 1'45.180 as Manuel Gonzalez took his turn at the front, ahead of Jules Cluzel, Can On cu and Dominique Aegerter. The leading eleven riders were all within touch of the riders either side of them. 

Lap four opened with Manuel Gonzalez setting a new lap record of 1'44.996, ahead of Jules Cluzel, Dominique Aegerter and Can Oncu. Steven Odendaal, second in the championship, was in seventh place, at risk of losing his second place to Manuel Gonzalez. A gap appeared behind Odendaal, with Philipp Oettl, Federico Caricasulo and Randy Krummenacher over as second off Odendaal's seventh place. 

Dominique Aegerter set a new lap record in third place with a 1'44.935. Manuel Gonzalez missed his turn at turn three and dropped to fifth place and gifting Jules Cluzel with the lead. Cluzel and Aegerter were caught by Raffaele De Rosa, Manuel Gonzalez, Niki Tuuli, Steven Odendaal and Can Oncu to make the leading seven bikes a group. 

At the end of lap seven, Manuel Gonzalez in fourth place set a 1'44.877 to move the lap record on even more as Can Oncu dropped off the leading six riders, with a shrinking gap to Randy Krummenacher behind him. Steven Odendaal dropped off the leading group a lap later. Manuel Gonzales, in the tight group of five riders at the front, took third place from Raffaele De Rosa and, to start lap ten, five riders were covered by less than two tenths of a second as Dominique Aegerter took the lead into turn one. As Cluzel slid the rear into turn five, Manuel Gonzalez held a tighter line into turn five to take second place. 

With the leading five riders starting lap eleven within a quarter of a second, Jules Cluzel, Manuel Gonzalez and Raffaele De Rosa passed Dominique Aegerter, with Niki Tuuli in fifth place. Lap twelve was less close over the line, with the leading five covered by three quarters of a second, with Steven Odendaal eight tenths of a second behind the fight, and Randy Krummenacher two seconds behind him. Manuel Gonzalez used the slipstream to pass Jules Cluzel into turn one of lap thirteen of seventeen as Niki Tuuli did the same to Dominique Aegerter, pushing Aegerter to fifth place and within reach of Steven Odendaal who took advantage of the fights in front slowing the leading group and allowing him to close up. 

Manuel Gonzalez again set the lap record on lap thirteen with a 1'44.814, with Jules Cluzel and Niki Tuuli not far off the pace in the remaining podium places, only for Jules Cluzel to take the lead back into turn thirteen. Gonzalez took the lead back into turn one, leading Cluzel, Tuuli, De Rosa, Aegerter and Odendaal. Randy Krummenacher was in sixth place over three seconds behind. Into turn one of lap sixteen of seventeen, Dominique Aegerter took third place off Niki Tuuli after passing Raffaele De Rosa. 

The last lap opened with Jules Cluzel powering past Manuel Gonzalez down the straight and holding the lead through turn one. Cluzel slid wide in turn five, but he held a tight line to retain the lead. Dominique Aegerter tried a pass on Gonzalez, but it cost him too much time. 

Jules Cluzel held his nerve and his line to win the race with a new lap record on the last lap and his first victory since 2019. Manuel Gonzalez and Dominique Aegerter held on to podium places with Raffaele De Rosa, Niki Tuuli and Steven Odendaal missing out on the podium. Randy Krummenacher was four seconds behind in seventh place.

Dominique Aegerter extended his lead with his third place to sixty eight points over Steven Odendaal and Manuel Gonzalez closed up to thirty nine points from Odendaal, taking third place in the championship from Philipp Oettl. Jules Cluzel's victory put him in fifth place, fifty three points behind fourth-placed Oettl.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6  
2 81 M. GONZALEZ Yamaha YZF R6 0.389
3 77 D. AEGERTER Yamaha YZF R6 0.565
4 3 R. DE ROSA Kawasaki ZX-6R 0.669
5 66 N. TUULI MV Agusta F3 675 1.099
6 4 S. ODENDAAL Yamaha YZF R6 1.486
7 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 5.519
8 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 9.051
9 5 P. OETTL Kawasaki ZX-6R 9.272
10 91 Y. MONTELLA Yamaha YZF R6 9.464
11 56 P. SEBESTYEN Yamaha YZF R6 18.124
12 52 P. HOBELSBERGER Yamaha YZF R6 18.372
13 38 H. SOOMER Yamaha YZF R6 18.698
14 94 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 22.048
15 50 O. VOSTATEK Yamaha YZF R6 32.635
16 24 L. TACCINI Kawasaki ZX-6R 32.649
17 22 F. FULIGNI Yamaha YZF R6 33.216
18 6 M. HERRERA Yamaha YZF R6 38.180
19 25 M. BRENNER Yamaha YZF R6 38.225
20 92 B. VAN EERDE Yamaha YZF R6 38.614
21 95 V. TAKALA Yamaha YZF R6 38.784
22 55 G. HENDRA PRATAMA Yamaha YZF R6 39.682
23 42 S. FROSSARD Yamaha YZF R6 53.667
24 2 L. MONTELLA Yamaha YZF R6 1'00.976
25 82 P. ROMERO BARBOSA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'11.124
26 40 U. ORRADRE Yamaha YZF R6 2 Laps
Round Number: 
11
2021
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2021 Austin Moto3 FP3 Result: Masia Leads Nepa

The weather radars were kind on the lightweight class on Saturday morning, with dry conditions for FP3 and a solid opportunity to fight for that valuable top 14. Despite the improved forecast, riders were in no hurry to attack the timesheets so Filip Salac’s top FP2 time held on until the shootout in the final handful of minutes. Jaume Masia eventually managed to claim the top of the timesheets by almost two tenths of a second from Stefano Nepa, whose late charge promoted him to second, ahead of compatriots Dennis Foggia and Niccolò Antonelli.

Rookie Xavier Artigas continued to shine on an unfamiliar playground, less than three tenths behind the leader and ahead of class veteran Romano Fenati. Jeremy Alcoba snuck ahead of Andrea Migno by one thousandth of a second, the Italian enjoying limited running after some early technical niggles. Friday leader Salac was the last rider to improve his time on Saturday but his final flying lap was enough to get him back into the top 10, ahead of Deniz Öncü.

After a brief stint at the top, Pedro Acosta settled for 11th position, half a second off top spot and secured a ticket in Q2 alongside fellow rookie Izan Guevara, Ayumu Sasaki and Tatsuki Suzuki. The Petronas Sprinta duo of John McPhee and Darryn Binder finished over a second down on the leader and will have to enjoy an extra rodeo ride in Q1. Sergio Garcia will not get a chance to do that, as the Spaniard was ruled out of the remainder of the weekend due to some bruising on his kidney suffered in an FP1 crash.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Jaume Masia KTM 2'16.357    
2 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 2'16.543 0.186 0.186
3 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 2'16.586 0.229 0.043
4 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 2'16.613 0.256 0.027
5 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 2'16.644 0.287 0.031
6 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 2'16.665 0.308 0.021
7 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 2'16.719 0.362 0.054
8 16 Andrea Migno Honda 2'16.720 0.363 0.001
9 12 Filip Salac KTM 2'16.741 0.384 0.021
10 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 2'16.865 0.508 0.124
11 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 2'16.922 0.565 0.057
12 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 2'17.007 0.650 0.085
13 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 2'17.057 0.700 0.050
14 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 2'17.280 0.923 0.223
15 67 Alberto Surra Honda 2'17.294 0.937 0.014
16 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 2'17.339 0.982 0.045
17 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 2'17.349 0.992 0.010
18 17 John McPhee Honda 2'17.525 1.168 0.176
19 40 Darryn Binder Honda 2'17.554 1.197 0.029
20 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 2'17.647 1.290 0.093
21 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 2'17.854 1.497 0.207
22 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 2'18.042 1.685 0.188
23 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 2'18.324 1.967 0.282
24 27 Kaito Toba KTM 2'18.666 2.309 0.342
25 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 2'18.915 2.558 0.249
26 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 2'19.016 2.659 0.101
Round Number: 
15
2021
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