Sport MotoGP 2020: I suffered a lot this last month - Quartararo revels in return to winning ways
2020 MotoGP Emilia Romagna Grand Prix session timings and preview
MotoGP stays in place at Misano for the second part of its latest double-header, featuring another new race for 2020 with the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix .After another dramatic race in one of the most unpredictable MotoGP campaigns, Franco Morbidelli became the fourth different first-time winner as he stormed to victory at Misano last Sunday.Coupled with Fabio Quartararo's two crashes during the race, Andrea Dovizioso has become the new championship leader and holds a six-point advantage at the top of the standings.
Fabio Quartararo cut a relieved figure after rebounding from a tough run to win the Catalan Grand Prix and regain the lead in the MotoGP world championship.
The Petronas Yamaha rider won the opening two races in Jerez but failed to even make the podium in the following five.
It was a day to celebrate at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, though, as he crossed the line first on a day when former riders' standings leader Andrea Dovizioso crashed out on lap one, having qualified 17th, and Maverick Vinales finished back in ninth.
MotoGP Emilia Romagna Grand Prix qualifying - start time, how to watch & more
MotoGP doesn't miss a beat as Misano hosts the second leg of its double-header with the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Here's how to watch qualifyingMotoGP is tearing through a frantic nine races in the space of 11 weeks to finish the redrawn 2020 calendar, with Misano hosting a double-header over the next two weeks.
Reflecting on a tricky end to the race as a flying Joan Mir chased him down, Quartararo said: "It was not lack of grip but my tyre was nearly destroyed.
"It was totally finished, we knew Suzuki with the grip were so fast. Joan was so fast, it's why for qualifying it was so important to get the front row.
"I didn't make a good start but my fast breaking was good, I made clean overtakes, when you can make clean overtakes we can work for the victories.
"I suffered a lot the last the month, I didn't go back on the podium since Jerez, it was not easy for my brain. Thank you to my family and to everyone who supports me."
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Suzuki Ecstar rider Mir finished second and is now the nearest rival to Quartararo, who he would probably have passed if the race had a lap or two more.
Marquez "expected more" from Quartararo after MotoGP Jerez double win
Injured MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez admits he "expected much more" from erstwhile 2020 standings leader Fabio Quartararo after his double victory at Jerez in July .Marquez has been out since an aborted comeback attempt from a broken right arm suffered in a crash in the Spanish Grand Prix, and looks set to be sidelined until at least the end of October.Petronas SRT's Quartararo won the Spanish GP at Jerez and the following Andalusian GP to take the lead in the championship, but scored just 20 points between the Czech and San Marino races.
"I feel really good, honestly today we did a really good race, it was a shame because I was missing one lap," Mir said.
"I saw Fabio dropping his pace a lot, I was faster than him on the last lap. Today was not the day but it's another podium, I'm super happy for the team.
"The team do an amazing job, we have both riders on the podium, it's really special for us. We have to keep working and the victory is really close."
Mir's team-mate Alex Rins flew from way back into 13th to take third place, with Valentino Rossi having crashed out chasing a 200th career podium and Franco Morbidelli's tyres wearing as the race went on.
"This race was hard for me as the previous weekends, it's the third race in a row and I'm not 100 per cent physically with the shoulder injury from Jerez," Rins said.
"I'm so happy for this race. I tried to keep my mind free, go step by step. I want to dedicate this race to everyone suffering from this [coronavirus]."
Catalunya MotoGP: Quartararo leads FP3 as Dovizoso misses Q2 spot
Fabio Quartararo beat Yamaha stablemate Maverick Vinales by 0.044 seconds in MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix FP3 as championship leader Andrea Dovizioso missed a Q2 place .The Ducatis struggled in the low-grip and windy conditions on Friday and didn't do any running on soft rubber in FP2, which meant Danilo Petrucci went out on the compound at the start of FP3 and set the early pace with a 1m40.783s.This was quickly beaten by Petronas SRT's Quartararo with a 1m40.476s, which he bettered to a 1m40.359s moments later. Franco Morbidelli's 1m39.
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MotoGP 2020: Starting grid and race preview for the French Grand Prix .
Can anyone stop MotoGP Championship leader Fabio Quartararo at his home French Grand Prix on Sunday?The Petronas Yamaha rider showed great pace during qualifying to take a third pole position of the season and first since round two in the second of a Jerez double-header.