MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2021 Valencia Moto2 Qualifying Result: Well That Came Out Of Nowhere

It was quite a surprise to look at the Moto2 parc fermé on a Saturday afternoon and not see overwhelming orange shades, but a rather dramatic ending to the final qualifying day of the season wrote some surprising headlines. First and foremost, class veteran Simone Corsi cruised through Q1 and then attacked for pole in the final handful of minutes of Q2. Although the Italian saw his name briefly drop to second, cancelled lap times for Fabio Di Giannantonio allowed Corsi to secure his first pole position since 2012 and return to an ecstatic MV Agusta crew in pitlane. Behind the grinning poleman, Celestino Vietti got his first front row start for his final race as a rookie and Augusto Fernandez starts his last race for Marc VDS from third on the grid.

Although Di Giannantonio put in a couple of pole-worthy laps, he couldn’t keep between the white lines and had to settle for fourth, only seven hundredths of a second off the pole time. Raul Fernandez made a promising start to qualifying by leading the way for much of Q2, but things quickly went downhill and the rookie crashed out at turn 2, dropping to fifth on the grid by the chequered flag. After admirably escaping Q1, Tom Luthi will start his final race before retirement from the back of row two.

Aron Canet opens the third row from championship leader Remy Gardner, who struggled to progress on the timesheets and only joined the top 10 in the final minute of the session, when he jumped to 8th. Jorge Navarro closes row three, while Sam Lowes completes the top 10, his best time only two tenths of a second off pole. The Englishman will be in familiar company on row four with Marco Bezzecchi and Xavi Vierge. A notable absence throughout the weekend has been Ai Ogura, the fast rookie suffering a fracture in his leg last time out in Portimão and is forced to miss the final race of the season.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'34.956    
2 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'35.005 0.049 0.049
3 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'35.026 0.070 0.021
4 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'35.034 0.078 0.008
5 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'35.036 0.080 0.002
6 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'35.091 0.135 0.055
7 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'35.103 0.147 0.012
8 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'35.117 0.161 0.014
9 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'35.153 0.197 0.036
10 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'35.179 0.223 0.026
11 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'35.232 0.276 0.053
12 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'35.242 0.286 0.010
13 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'35.244 0.288 0.002
14 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'35.410 0.454 0.166
15 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'35.496 0.540 0.086
16 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'35.575 0.619 0.079
17 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'35.620 0.664 0.045
18 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'35.961 1.005 0.341
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'35.155    
Q2 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'35.208 0.053 0.053
Q2 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'35.270 0.115 0.062
Q2 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'35.323 0.168 0.053
19 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'35.368 0.213 0.045
20 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'35.468 0.313 0.100
21 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 1'35.477 0.322 0.009
22 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'35.508 0.353 0.031
23 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'35.528 0.373 0.020
24 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'35.620 0.465 0.092
25 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'35.818 0.663 0.198
26 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'35.916 0.761 0.098
27 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'36.218 1.063 0.302
28 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'36.418 1.263 0.200
29 20 Dimas Ekky Pratama Kalex 1'37.476 2.321 1.058
  70 Barry Baltus NTS      
Round Number: 
18
2021
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2021 Valencia MotoGP Qualifying Result: As Easy As 1-2-3

With Ducati strong on Friday, Quartararo finding speed in FP4 and less than a second covering the entire grid in morning practice, the premier class was set for another serious battle for pole position. Quite predictably, red ended up being the theme of Q2, three Bologna bullets trading top spot throughout the session. Jack Miller led the way early on, Pecco Bagnaia denied him with three minutes remaining and then Jorge Martin timed a hot lap to perfection in between crashes from his factory colleagues to snatch pole with the first 1'29 time of the weekend. Bagnaia’s late tumble at turn 2 left him without an opportunity to respond to Martin’s speed and saw him settle for second, while Miller fell at turn 11 on his final flying lap but still kept third.

Behind the Ducati front row lockout, Joan Mir claimed fourth while sideways at turn 13 and Suzukis sandwich the other Ducati of Johann Zarco on the second row, with Alex Rins acing Q1 to grab sixth place. Brad Binder also escaped the first qualifying session to save something out of a challenging weekend for KTM and will start the final race of the season from 7th position. Fabio Quartararo was not a threat for pole at any point and the best he could do was 8th, six tenths off the lead and slightly faster than Takaaki Nakagami.

Valentino Rossi’s final qualifying session places him 10th on the grid and sharing fourth row with apprentice Franco Morbidelli and long-time rival Aleix Espargaro. A notable mention goes to Andrea Dovizioso, the returning Italian missing out on Q2 for only seven hundredths of a second, while at the other end of the Q1 spectrum, Miguel Oliveira was last in the session and will probably start last, unless Pol Espargaro’s medical checks allow him to rejoin the action on Sunday. The Spaniard missed out on qualifying after a big tumble in FP3 required a trip to the hospital, but Honda confirmed that their rider escaped serious injury.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'29.936    
2 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'30.000 0.064 0.064
3 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'30.325 0.389 0.325
4 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'30.395 0.459 0.070
5 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'30.418 0.482 0.023
6 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'30.475 0.539 0.057
7 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'30.509 0.573 0.034
8 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'30.620 0.684 0.111
9 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'30.644 0.708 0.024
10 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'30.746 0.810 0.102
11 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'30.781 0.845 0.035
12 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'31.024 1.088 0.243
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'30.673    
Q2 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'30.788 0.115 0.115
13 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1'30.859 0.186 0.071
14 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'30.991 0.318 0.132
15 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'30.994 0.321 0.003
16 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'31.045 0.372 0.051
17 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'31.073 0.400 0.028
18 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'31.185 0.512 0.112
19 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'31.251 0.578 0.066
20 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'31.319 0.646 0.068
  44 Pol Espargaro Honda      
Round Number: 
18
2021
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2021 Valencia MotoGP FP4 Result: Nakagami Leads Quartararo

The warm afternoon in Valencia unveiled some hard slick tyres from their blankets and some new names made their way to the top of the timesheets. In a rare sight this weekend, Fabio Quartararo led the way early on, with pretty solid pace, until Takaaki Nakagami put Honda on top for the final five minutes. The Japanese rider gave Honda a reason to smile after a tough start to the day, which put Pol Espargaro out of action for the day, the Spaniard undergoing further medical checks after his scary FP3 crash but having avoided serious injury. Quartararo would have been happy enough with second, only six hundredths off top spot and the same gap keeping him ahead of Alex Rins.

Pecco Bagnaia was first of the Ducatis in fourth place, with Franco Morbidelli placing both factory Yamahas in the top 5. Joan Mir in sixth was only two tenths off top spot, while Alex Marquez found some speed to climb into 7th position after a slower start to his weekend. Miguel Oliveira also climbed up the timesheets quite significantly to secure 8th, while Jorge Martin and Maverick Viñales rounded out the top 10. FP3 leader Aleix Espargaro started the session with a minor tumble at turn 2 and ended it down in 12th place, while Ducati duo Johann Zarco and Jack Miller completed the top 15 positions, half a second off top spot.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'31.208    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'31.277 0.069 0.069
3 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'31.338 0.130 0.061
4 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'31.377 0.169 0.039
5 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'31.387 0.179 0.010
6 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'31.496 0.288 0.109
7 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'31.500 0.292 0.004
8 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'31.506 0.298 0.006
9 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'31.523 0.315 0.017
10 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'31.529 0.321 0.006
11 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'31.631 0.423 0.102
12 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'31.705 0.497 0.074
13 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'31.712 0.504 0.007
14 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'31.758 0.550 0.046
15 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'31.763 0.555 0.005
16 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'31.775 0.567 0.012
17 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'31.817 0.609 0.042
18 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1'31.852 0.644 0.035
19 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'31.951 0.743 0.099
20 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'32.031 0.823 0.080
  44 Pol Espargaro Honda      
Round Number: 
18
2021
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2021 Valencia Moto3 Qualifying Result: The Final Tick In The Checklist

Given the tight margins throughout practice, qualifying was expected to be a close fight in the lightweight class, but Pedro Acosta started Q2 with a clear mission. Familiar names hogged the limelight throughout but eventually the freshly crowned Moto3 world champion ended his campaign with a Tissot watch, securing a long-awaited maiden pole position by over three tenths of a second. A late charge from Tatsuki Suzuki promoted him to second on the grid, while early session leader Izan Guevara added a second rookie to the front row.

Andrea Migno will open the second row of the grid ahead of Filip Salac and Lorenzo Fellon, the rookie doing very well after just about sneaking out of Q1. Dennis Foggia in seventh place was almost half a second behind the poleman and will be joined on the third row by compatriots Romano Fenati and Q1 leader Niccolò Antonelli. Sergio Garcia looked strong in both qualifying sessions but got lost in the flurry of late laps and dropped to 10th on the grid, sharing fourth row with Carlos Tatay and Jeremy Alcoba.

Despite topping FP3, Deniz Öncü could not replicate that during Q2 and had to settle for 13th, opening row five, ahead of Stefano Nepa and John McPhee. Darryn Binder will start his final race in Moto3 from 16th on the grid, one second off pole and sharing sixth row with rookie Xavier Artigas and replacement rider Joel Kelso. The big surprise of Q1 was Jaume Masia struggling to threaten the top positions and then saw his fastest time cancelled for exceeding track limits, meaning that the local favourite will start the race from the penultimate row of the grid.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'38.668    
2 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'38.978 0.310 0.310
3 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'39.053 0.385 0.075
4 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'39.060 0.392 0.007
5 12 Filip Salac KTM 1'39.092 0.424 0.032
6 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'39.133 0.465 0.041
7 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'39.134 0.466 0.001
8 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'39.143 0.475 0.009
9 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'39.149 0.481 0.006
10 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'39.309 0.641 0.160
11 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'39.317 0.649 0.008
12 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'39.370 0.702 0.053
13 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'39.493 0.825 0.123
14 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'39.562 0.894 0.069
15 17 John McPhee Honda 1'39.666 0.998 0.104
16 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'39.810 1.142 0.144
17 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'39.970 1.302 0.160
18 66 Joel Kelso KTM 1'40.109 1.441 0.139
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'39.159    
Q2 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'39.222 0.063 0.063
Q2 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'39.374 0.215 0.152
Q2 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'39.410 0.251 0.036
19 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'39.428 0.269 0.018
20 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'39.604 0.445 0.176
21 95 Jose Antonio Rueda Honda 1'39.617 0.458 0.013
22 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'39.873 0.714 0.256
23 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'39.980 0.821 0.107
24 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'40.162 1.003 0.182
25 67 Alberto Surra Honda 1'40.202 1.043 0.040
26 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'40.339 1.180 0.137
  54 Riccardo Rossi KTM      
Round Number: 
18
2021
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2021 Valencia Moto2 FP3 Result: Advantage Fernandez

Intermediate class riders were quick to improve in warmer and fully dry conditions and a handful of names challenged for top honours in FP3. Marcos Ramirez led the way early on but a small tumble at turn 4 forced him into a trip to pitlane halfway through the session and allowed challengers to get closer. Augusto Fernandez and Xavi Vierge briefly picked up the mantle in the final 10 minutes of the session, but Raul Fernandez had the last say, the rookie getting ahead with five minutes remaining and keeping the lead to the flag. Vierge dropped to second by seven hundredths of a second, with Augusto another thousandth back.

Sam Lowes had a much better Saturday morning, progressing to 4th on the timesheets and only one tenth off the lead. Fabio Di Giannantonio secured a top five ahead of Marcel Schrotter and Marco Bezzecchi, while Ramirez dropped to 8th place late on, ahead of Celestino Vietti. Remy Gardner didn’t make as much noise as his teammate on the timesheets, the championship leader dropping in the danger zone towards the end of the session but eventually recovering to 10th place.

Jorge Navarro, Cameron Beaubier, Tetsuta Nagashima and Aron Canet secured the final tickets to Q2, leaving the likes of Joe Robers and Albert Arenas out – the two only half a second off top spot and with the top 27 riders covered by one second.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'35.212    
2 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'35.290 0.078 0.078
3 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'35.291 0.079 0.001
4 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'35.322 0.110 0.031
5 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'35.520 0.308 0.198
6 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'35.544 0.332 0.024
7 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'35.577 0.365 0.033
8 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'35.578 0.366 0.001
9 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'35.595 0.383 0.017
10 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'35.608 0.396 0.013
11 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'35.633 0.421 0.025
12 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'35.702 0.490 0.069
13 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'35.706 0.494 0.004
14 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'35.714 0.502 0.008
15 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'35.773 0.561 0.059
16 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'35.785 0.573 0.012
17 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 1'35.803 0.591 0.018
18 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'35.866 0.654 0.063
19 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'35.879 0.667 0.013
20 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'35.923 0.711 0.044
21 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'36.020 0.808 0.097
22 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'36.039 0.827 0.019
23 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'36.084 0.872 0.045
24 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'36.101 0.889 0.017
25 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'36.105 0.893 0.004
26 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'36.238 1.026 0.133
27 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'36.290 1.078 0.052
28 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'36.457 1.245 0.167
29 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'36.529 1.317 0.072
30 20 Dimas Ekky Pratama Kalex 1'37.798 2.586 1.269
Round Number: 
18
2021
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2021 Valencia MotoGP FP3 Result: An Espargaro Rollercoaster

A sunny albeit still chilly Valencia set up the scene for the premier class fight for Q2 places and there were quite a few stories to tell. The first was about Aprilia working some magic overnight and allowing Aleix Espargaro to grab the FP3 headlines, the Spaniard starting and ending the session in the lead. Having been fast from the start on Friday, the Ducatis were in no rush early on, but Jack Miller reclaimed second in the final attack, with Pecco Bagnaia also securing fourth. Although still struggling a bit more, Yamaha had some good news come their way too, Franco Morbidelli progressing to third in the closing stages of FP3, ahead of Bagnaia and Jorge Martin. Joan Mir was the lead Suzuki in sixth place and only two tenths off the lead.

Luck seemed to have run out by the time it got to the Repsol Honda garage, their sole rider this weekend suffering a pretty vicious high-side at turn 13 and getting stretchered off to the medical centre. In his absence, Takaaki Nakagami flew the flag for Honda in 7th place, while Pol Espargaro dropped down the combined timesheets to 13th but his participation in the rest of the weekend seems uncertain at this point. In happier camps, Johann Zarco added a fourth Ducati to Q2 with 8th place.

Fabio Quartararo did not seem all that happy throughout the session but did manage to hang onto 9th position, while the final top 10 place was a feel-good story for the predominantly yellow stands, Valentino Rossi joining Q2 for one final time. Alex Rins and Brad Binder did their best to prevent that but came half a tenth short and will join the Q1 line-up, despite being only three tenths off top spot. Binder was the lead KTM in 12th place, ahead of Iker Lecuona, who ended the session with a crash at turn 2. Enea Bastianini closed the combined timesheets but was only 8 tenths off the lead. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'30.529    
2 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'30.547 0.018 0.018
3 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'30.614 0.085 0.067
4 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'30.652 0.123 0.038
5 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'30.714 0.185 0.062
6 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'30.762 0.233 0.048
7 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'30.777 0.248 0.015
8 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'30.786 0.257 0.009
9 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'30.791 0.262 0.005
10 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'30.825 0.296 0.034
11 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'30.866 0.337 0.041
12 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'30.893 0.364 0.027
13 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'31.112 0.583 0.219
14 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'31.135 0.606 0.023
15 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'31.152 0.623 0.017
16 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'31.217 0.688 0.065
17 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'31.239 0.710 0.022
18 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1'31.377 0.848 0.138
19 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'31.388 0.859 0.011
20 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'31.389 0.860 0.001
21 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'31.495 0.966 0.106
Round Number: 
18
2021
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2021 Valencia Moto3 FP3 Result: Öncü In The Good Sort Of Spotlight

Saturday morning was a more welcoming proposition for the lightweight class, with a fully dry track surface, although the cool conditions saw pretty slow progress on the timesheets. Only a handful of riders had managed to go any quicker than Friday until the final handful of minutes, when the shootout for the top 14 got underway. Back from a two-race suspension, Deniz Öncü returned in style, taking top spot in FP3 by a tenth of a second from newly crowned champion Pedro Acosta. Joel Kelso followed the leader on track and ended up following him on the timesheets as well, before Acosta got in between them, but the Australian promptly crashed out at turn 2 and the yellow flag caused some trouble for many rivals’ final flying laps.

After the serious reshuffle of cancelled lap times for yellow flags or track limits, Andrea Migno inherited fourth ahead of early session leaders Carlos Tatay, Dennis Foggia and Izan Guevara. Stefano Nepa dropped to 8th place following his penalty, with Tatsuki Suzuki and Romano Fenati joining him in the top 10. John McPhee and Jeremy Alcoba somewhat lucked into Q2 tickets after all the penalties, while Filip Salac and Darryn Binder were quick enough on Friday to make up for pretty underwhelming FP3 performances and stay in the combined top 14.

Local boys Sergio Garcia and Jaume Masia will have to put on a show in Q1 after ending practice in 19th and 27th position respectively, and will be joined by the likes of Niccolò Antonelli, Adrian Fernandez, Ayumu Sasaki or Yuki Kunii, all of whom had cancelled lap times late in FP3.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'39.256    
2 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'39.355 0.099 0.099
3 66 Joel Kelso KTM 1'39.403 0.147 0.048
4 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'39.424 0.168 0.021
5 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'39.440 0.184 0.016
6 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'39.461 0.205 0.021
7 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'39.461 0.205  
8 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'39.535 0.279 0.074
9 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'39.618 0.362 0.083
10 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'39.695 0.439 0.077
11 17 John McPhee Honda 1'39.904 0.648 0.209
12 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'39.905 0.649 0.001
13 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'39.990 0.734 0.085
14 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'40.025 0.769 0.035
15 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'40.168 0.912 0.143
16 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'40.239 0.983 0.071
17 95 Jose Antonio Rueda Honda 1'40.290 1.034 0.051
18 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'40.407 1.151 0.117
19 67 Alberto Surra Honda 1'40.452 1.196 0.045
20 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'40.480 1.224 0.028
21 12 Filip Salac KTM 1'40.487 1.231 0.007
22 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'40.602 1.346 0.115
23 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'40.902 1.646 0.300
24 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'41.033 1.777 0.131
25 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'41.155 1.899 0.122
26 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'41.530 2.274 0.375
27 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'41.861 2.605 0.331
28 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'42.399 3.143 0.538
Round Number: 
18
2021
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2021 Valencia Moto2 FP2 Result: Predictably Gardner vs Fernandez

With rain disrupting plans throughout the morning sessions, normal dry service was resumed for the intermediate class’s second outing in Valencia. And it was regular service on the timesheets as well, the two title contenders trading top spot past the chequered flag. Raul Fernandez edged ahead of teammate Remy Gardner in the mini-shootout at the end of the session, after leading early on, but then saw his top time cancelled for a track limits infringement. That placed Gardner back in the lead, only eighth thousandths of a second ahead of his rival.

Augusto Fernandez was best of the rest in third, although both the Spaniard and Celestino Vietti finished FP2 within a tenth of the leader. The Petronas duo of Xavi Vierge and Jake Dixon followed them on the timesheets, with Stefano Manzi, Marco Bezzecchi, Fabio Di Giannantonio and Marcos Ramirez completing the top 10. The remaining positions in the combined top 14 were claimed by Aron Canet, Hafizh Syahrin, Jorge Navarro and Tetsuta Nagashima, while Marcel Schrotter missed out for now, despite being only six tenths slower than the leader. After the big tumble in FP1, Sam Lowes took it easy the second time around and finished the day 23rd, but only a second off top spot.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'35.857    
2 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'35.865 0.008 0.008
3 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'35.898 0.041 0.033
4 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'35.944 0.087 0.046
5 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'35.972 0.115 0.028
6 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'36.110 0.253 0.138
7 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'36.118 0.261 0.008
8 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'36.161 0.304 0.043
9 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'36.191 0.334 0.030
10 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'36.234 0.377 0.043
11 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'36.281 0.424 0.047
12 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'36.297 0.440 0.016
13 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'36.434 0.577 0.137
14 45 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 1'36.469 0.612 0.035
15 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'36.527 0.670 0.058
16 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'36.626 0.769 0.099
17 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'36.650 0.793 0.024
18 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'36.661 0.804 0.011
19 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'36.745 0.888 0.084
20 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'36.817 0.960 0.072
21 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'36.821 0.964 0.004
22 54 Fermín Aldeguer Boscoscuro 1'36.890 1.033 0.069
23 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'36.911 1.054 0.021
24 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'36.954 1.097 0.043
25 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'37.036 1.179 0.082
26 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'37.090 1.233 0.054
27 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'37.131 1.274 0.041
28 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'37.225 1.368 0.094
29 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'37.251 1.394 0.026
30 20 Dimas Ekky Pratama Kalex 1'38.557 2.700 1.306
Round Number: 
18
2021
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2021 Valencia MotoGP FP2 Result: Miller To The Fore

The premier class returned to a cool drying track with damp patches for their second practice session but conditions were good enough for quick improvements on the timesheets, helped by slick rubber. It was no surprise to see a Ducati at the top end, Jack Miller taking the lead in the time attack of the final handful of minutes. Pol Espargaro came within a hundredth of a second of challenging the Australian but a late tumble at turn 6 put him out of contention. However, the Spaniard did manage to separate the red machines, dropping Pecco Bagnaia to third. The Italian had led the way early on and finished only half a tenth behind his teammate.

Alex Rins was the lead Suzuki in fourth, with Jorge Martin adding a third Ducati to the top five. Takaaki Nakagami in sixth place was half a second off top spot and very closely followed by Joan Mir. Brad Binder led the charge for KTM after an early tumble for Iker Lecuona slowed his progress, while Andrea Dovizioso was a welcomed sight in ninth, as the lonely Yamaha in a top 10 closed by Johann Zarco. Fabio Quartararo was the first victim of the tricky conditions, the world champion losing the front at turn 2 barely 10 minutes into the session and although he soon re-joined the action, he missed out on the provisional top 10 by one tenth of a second and will be hoping for no more surprises on Saturday morning.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'30.927    
2 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'30.939 0.012 0.012
3 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'30.995 0.068 0.056
4 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'31.336 0.409 0.341
5 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'31.396 0.469 0.060
6 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'31.427 0.500 0.031
7 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'31.513 0.586 0.086
8 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'31.521 0.594 0.008
9 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1'31.597 0.670 0.076
10 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'31.603 0.676 0.006
11 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'31.708 0.781 0.105
12 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'31.820 0.893 0.112
13 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'31.832 0.905 0.012
14 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'31.852 0.925 0.020
15 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'32.083 1.156 0.231
16 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'32.098 1.171 0.015
17 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'32.208 1.281 0.110
18 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'32.214 1.287 0.006
19 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'32.219 1.292 0.005
20 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'32.229 1.302 0.010
21 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'32.285 1.358 0.056
Round Number: 
18
2021
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2021 Valencia Moto3 FP2 Result: Foggia Robs Kelso

After the surprise rainfall for FP1 in Valencia, conditions improved for FP2, although the damp track made for a slow start, with only a dozen riders on the timing screens with 10 minutes left of the session. The track got a lot busies in the end and although slick tyres made their appearance, times were way off the pace and Izan Guevara’s FP1 time remained the fastest of the day. Dennis Foggia did speed up for his final flying lap to grab top spot in the session from replacement rider Joel Kelso, dropping Filip Salac to third.

Niccolò Antonelli in fifth place was the last rider within half a second of Foggia, while familiar names like Tatsuki Suzuki, Stefano Nepa, Pedro Acosta and Jaume Masia were accompanied in the top 10 by Gabriel Rodrigo’s replacement, Jose Antonio Rueda. Guevara was 14th in the session, with teammate Sergio Garcia down in 16th, but with only a handful of laps on the board in a fairly useless session. The likes of Romano Fenati and Darryn Binder did not join the action, while an early crash for Adrian Fernandez ruled him out for the rest of the session. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'41.524    
2 66 Joel Kelso KTM 1'41.716 0.192 0.192
3 12 Filip Salac KTM 1'41.732 0.208 0.016
4 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'41.743 0.219 0.011
5 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'41.940 0.416 0.197
6 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'42.047 0.523 0.107
7 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'42.176 0.652 0.129
8 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'42.207 0.683 0.031
9 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'42.217 0.693 0.010
10 95 Jose Antonio Rueda Honda 1'42.318 0.794 0.101
11 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'42.468 0.944 0.150
12 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'42.552 1.028 0.084
13 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'42.628 1.104 0.076
14 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'42.677 1.153 0.049
15 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'42.939 1.415 0.262
16 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'42.941 1.417 0.002
17 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'42.984 1.460 0.043
18 17 John McPhee Honda 1'43.002 1.478 0.018
19 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'43.035 1.511 0.033
20 67 Alberto Surra Honda 1'43.239 1.715 0.204
21 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'43.422 1.898 0.183
22 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'43.457 1.933 0.035
23 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'43.846 2.322 0.389
24 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'44.691 3.167 0.845
25 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'44.997 3.473 0.306
  31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna      
  40 Darryn Binder Honda      
  55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna      
Round Number: 
18
2021
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