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Sport MotoGP Catalunya Grand Prix qualifying - Start time, how to watch & more

21:35  25 september  2020
21:35  25 september  2020 Source:   autosport.com

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a pole that has a sign on the side of a road: Catalunya MotoGP qualifying: start time, how to watch © LAT Images Catalunya MotoGP qualifying: start time, how to watch

MotoGP completes its current triple-header with a trip to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the Catalan Grand Prix. Here's how to watch qualifying.

MotoGP starts the second half of its condensed 2020 calendar at the Montmelo circuit following back-to-back races at Misano.

Franco Morbidelli topped Friday's FP2 session despite an early crash for the Petronas SRT rider, closely followed by Johann Zarco who also suffered a fall during the second session.

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It marked the latest session of the unpredictable 2020 MotoGP campaign which has produced six different winners from the opening seven races, including four first-time winners, with the top four in the standings split by just four points.

Current championship leader Andrea Dovizioso ended FP2 a lowly 18th place for Ducati with nearest challenges Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Vinales 14th and fourth respectively in the afternoon session - but the Petronas SRT rider did top FP1. Joan Mir, fourth in the standings, ended FP2 sixth for Suzuki.

Ahead of his imminent announcement to confirm his 2021 deal with Petronas SRT, Valentino Rossi secured ninth place in FP2, while his expected news has effectively delayed Ducati's own 2021 rider announcements.

Catalunya MotoGP: Quartararo dominates opening practice

  Catalunya MotoGP: Quartararo dominates opening practice Petronas SRT's Fabio Quartararo dominated the opening practice for the MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix by 0.410 seconds, while Misano podium finisher Joan Mir crashed .The final part of the second triple-header this season got underway in cool conditions at the Catalunya circuit, with Quartararo setting the early pace on his SRT Yamaha at the scene of his debut MotoGP podium in 2019. The French rider is battling illness this weekend, but leaped to the top of the order at the start of the session with a 1m41.551s, before bettering that to a 1m41.377s.

a man riding a motorcycle on a track: Catalunya MotoGP qualifying: start time, how to watch © LAT Images Catalunya MotoGP qualifying: start time, how to watch

What time does qualifying start for the Catalunya MotoGP?

Qualifying for the Catalunya MotoGP is set to start at 2:10pm local time (1:10pm BST), using the regular Q1 and Q2 sessions format. Qualifying takes place directly after the 30-minute FP4 session which is set to start at 1:30pm local time (12:30pm BST).

The fastest 10 MotoGP riders on the FP1-2-3 combined timesheet automatically head into Q2, with the rest of the riders entering Q1 of qualifying. The two riders who are fastest in the 15-minute Q1 session will progress into Q2 to compete with the top 10 from practice. Q2, which also lasts 15 minutes, decides who gets pole position and the qualifying order for the front four rows of the grid.

Date: Saturday 26 September 2020

Start time: 2:10pm local time - 1:10pm BST

How can I watch qualifying?

In the United Kingdom every MotoGP practice, qualifying and race is broadcast live on BT Sport. MotoGP also offers its own live online video streaming service.

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Dry but windy conditions are forecast for qualifying at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with a low chance of rain. A high of 21 degrees Celsius for qualifying will mean temperatures will be fractionally cooler than Friday's FP2.

MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix FP2 results

PosRiderTeamGap
1Franco MorbidelliPetronas Yamaha1m39.789s
2Johann ZarcoAvintia Ducati0.109s
3Brad BinderKTM0.219s
4Maverick VinalesYamaha0.419s
5Takaaki NakagamiLCR Honda0.623s
6Joan MirSuzuki0.652s
7Pol EspargaroKTM0.685s
8Alex MarquezHonda0.689s
9Valentino RossiYamaha0.713s
10Alex RinsSuzuki0.749s
11Jack MillerPramac Ducati0.837s
12Cal CrutchlowLCR Honda0.965s
13Aleix EspargaroAprilia1.002s
14Fabio QuartararoPetronas Yamaha1.071s
15Iker LecuonaTech3 KTM1.082s
16Miguel OliveiraTech3 KTM1.239s
17Bradley SmithAprilia1.306s
18Andrea DoviziosoDucati1.335s
19Stefan BradlHonda1.471s
20Francesco BagnaiaPramac Ducati1.548s
21Tito RabatAvintia Ducati1.884s
22Danilo PetrucciDucati2.468s

Quartararo: Poor Mir qualifying won't dictate French MotoGP strategy .
French Grand Prix polesitter Fabio Quartararo insists his strategy for Sunday's Le Mans race won't change owing to MotoGP title rival Joan Mir's worst qualifying result of the season . © LAT Images Quartararo: Poor Mir qualifying won't dictate strategy Petronas SRT's Quartararo and Suzuki's Mir are split by eight points at the head of the MotoGP standings, with Quartararo blitzing the field for a home pole position at Le Mans.Mir failed to make it out of Q1 and will line up in 14th, offering a prime opportunity for Quartararo to extend his points lead on Sunday.

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