Sport Tank Slappers Podcast: MotoGP Aragon Grand Prix preview

16:21  15 october  2020
16:21  15 october  2020 Source:   autosport.com

Positive Corona test: Valentino Rossi misses MotoGP races in Aragon

 Positive Corona test: Valentino Rossi misses MotoGP races in Aragon © Motorsport Images Valentino Rossi has to skip Aragon after his positive test Now Valentino Rossi has caught the MotoGP superstar. The Italian tested positive for the corona virus on Thursday. This means that Rossi has to skip the Grand Prix in MotorLand Aragon (Spain) this weekend. He is at home in Tavullia (Italy). In a statement from Rossi: "Unfortunately I woke up today and didn't feel well. My bones ached and I had a slight fever. So I immediately called the doctor, who tested me twice."

The MotoGP championship remains finely poised heading to this weekend's Aragon Grand Prix following a dramatic wet Le Mans race.

a man riding a motorcycle down a dirt road: Podcast: MotoGP Aragon Grand Prix preview © LAT Images Podcast: MotoGP Aragon Grand Prix preview

While Ducati's Danilo Petrucci sailed to victory, title contenders Fabio Quartararo, Maverick Vinales and Joan Mir all had tough races down in ninth, 10th and 11th respectively.

With Andrea Dovizioso fourth, the spread across the top four is just 19 points, with Quartararo leading Mir by 10.

Aragon MotoGP: Morbidelli heads FP3 times as Quartararo crashes heavily

  Aragon MotoGP: Morbidelli heads FP3 times as Quartararo crashes heavily Franco Morbidelli topped a dramatic third MotoGP practice for the Aragon Grand Prix as championship leader Fabio Quartararo had to be taken to the medical centre after a heavy crash . © LAT Images Morbidelli heads Aragon GP FP3 after Quartararo crash The session got under way an hour later than originally planned over safety concerns about the cold temperatures, although the conditions meant lap time improvement on the combined order were few and far between for much of the 45 minutes.Quartararo set the early pace in the individual FP3 timesheet with a 1m49.810s, before improving to a 1m49.106s.

With seven riders winning races and 15 in total taking to the podium, the Aragon GP is typically a good indicator of how the season will unfold as the championship leader traditionally after this round has gone on to win the title.

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However, the unending drama in 2020 has done nothing to suggest a true form book is going to emerge this weekend.

In the latest Tank Slappers podcast, Autosport's International Editor Lewis Duncan is joined as always by Motorsport.com's Global MotoGP Editor to preview this weekend's 10th round of the 2020 MotoGP season from Aragon.

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Takaaki Nakagami has secured an historic maiden MotoGP pole position for the Teruel Grand Prix. Here's how and when you can watch the race . © LAT Images MotoGP start time: When does the Teruel GP start? It marks Japan's first MotoGP polesitter in the premier class since Makoto Tamada in 2004, with Nakagami beating Petronas SRT Yamaha's Franco Morbidelli by 0.063s, as new world championship points leader Joan Mir struggled down in 12th place for Suzuki.Qualifying was also a nightmare for Andrea Dovizioso as he dropped out in Q1 and will start the Teruel GP in a lowly 17th place for Ducati.

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