Classics MotoGP Warm-up in Portimao: Cal Crutchlow fastest, Bradl crashes
Will introducing radios change the ‘DNA’ of MotoGP?
MotoGP is testing a rider radio warning system this weekend at Misano, but it has raised fears that it could advance into Formula 1-style ship-to-shore communication. Would this dilute MotoGP or should it be embraced? © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Stefan Bradl, Repsol Honda Team Valentino Rossi believes introducing radio communication into MotoGP would be "a good step" for the series, though this has been met with a mixed response from other riders.
The warm-up training for the lastrace of the 2020 season took place in sunshine and good conditions across the stage. The LCR team took the lead. Cal Crutchlow lapped the Portimao course in Portugal with 1: 40.067 minutes. The Briton was 0.114 seconds faster than his team-mate Takaaki Nakagami.
With the tires, the choice was clear. Everyone drove with the hard rear tire and the middle front tire. Only Johann Zarco bet on soft front. His Avintia Ducati team-mate Tito Rabat left the field completely and used the hard tire in the front and the soft one in the rear.
Crutchlow explains bizarre slip that caused latest injury
Cal Crutchlow has explained the bizarre circumstances of his latest injury misfortune, as he gears up for his first MotoGP race in September this weekend at Barcelona. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Cal Crutchlow, Team LCR Honda The LCR Honda rider was forced to miss the two Misano rounds through complications from arm pump surgery after August’s Styrian Grand Prix – a result of having to put more force in his right arm after fracturing his left wrist at Jerez in July.
Stefan Bradl didn't have a good start to the race day. The German, who is on grid position 6, crashed in Turn 9. Bradl was okay, but his bike was badly damaged in this fast turn.
In the last six minutes he was able to get back on track with his second Honda. Bradl finished 13th, just under nine tenths of a second behind. While most drivers drove twelve laps, he came in seven.
Back to the top. Brad Binder showed very good pace. The KTM rider drove a series of fast laps and finished third. Behind it followed a pair of brothers. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) came in fourth and Pol Espargaro (KTM) in fifth.
The other places in the top 10 went to Fabio Quartararo (Petronas-Yamaha), Alex Marquez (Honda), world champion Joan Mir (Suzuki), Zarco and Maverick Vinales (Yamaha). Pole setter Miguel Oliveira (Tech-3-KTM) was 0.8 seconds short of the lead. That meant rank eleven ().
Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) was able to reduce his gap to the top to just under a second. The superstar was in 14th place. This put Rossi in front of Franco Morbidelli (Petronas-Yamaha) and Jack Miller (Pramac-Ducati), who will start from the front row.
The season finale over 25 laps will start at 3:00 p.m. German time ().
Oliveira wins home race in Portugal to close MotoGP season .
PORTIMÃO, Portugal (AP) — Miguel Oliveira won at home in MotoGP’s season-ending Portuguese Grand Prix on Sunday. Oliveira won from pole position for his second victory of the season, finishing ahead of Jack Miller and Franco Morbidelli. “It's unreal, you dream about these kinds of races and to finally be able to win, it's incredible,” Oliveira said. “It's extra special because my family didn't get to see live my first win, and they get to see it live here. An incredible day for me, very emotional.