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Sport Morbidelli quickest in Teruel practice as title contenders reach Q2

14:55  24 october  2020
14:55  24 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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LCR Honda's Takaaki Nakagami led Maverick Vinales in second practice for the MotoGP Teruel Grand Prix as the factory Ducatis endured a tough session. Aragon GP race winner Alex Rins edged ahead with a 1m49.111s on the Suzuki, before Morbidelli returned to the top of the pack with a 1m48.612s.

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Italian Franco Morbidelli posted the fastest time from the first three practice sessions for the Teruel Grand Prix on Saturday, as the leading three riders in the standings booked their places in second qualifying.

a man riding a motorcycle on a track: Championship leader Joan Mir held on to 10th spot © PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU Championship leader Joan Mir held on to 10th spot

Championship leader Joan Mir, who has never won a MotoGP race, grabbed the final automatic spot in Q2 by finishing 10th quickest on his Suzuki in Alcaniz.

His closest title challenger, Frenchman Fabio Quartararo, safely eased through in third with a lap just 0.068 seconds slower than Morbidelli's effort of one minute and 47.333 seconds.

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Quartararo, who rides for Yamaha's SRT satellite team, is only six points behind Mir in the championship.

With four races of the coronavirus-truncated campaign remaining, Yamaha's Maverick Vinales is still in contention, sitting just 12 points off the pace.

The 25-year-old Spaniard also impressed on Saturday by going fourth-fastest.

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso, who has finished second in the world championship behind Marc Marquez in each of the last three years, suffered a blow to his title hopes as he finished 14th on the timesheets.

The Italian is fourth in the standings, but only 15 points behind Mir in a season blown wide open by Marquez's injury in the opening race in Spain.

Best times from Friday and Saturday's first three practice sessions for the Teruel Grand Prix:

1. Franco Morbidelli (ITA/Yamaha-SRT) 1min 47.333sec, 2. Takaaki Nakagami (JPN/Honda-LCR) at 0.059sec, 3. Fabio Quartararo (FRA/Yamaha-SRT) 0.068, 4. Maverick Vinales (ESP/Yamaha) 0.140, 5. Alex Marquez (ESP/Honda) 0.213, 6. Iker Lecuona (ESP/KTM-Tech3) 0.215, 7. Alex Rins (ESP/Suzuki) 0.221, 8. Miguel Oliveira (POR/KTM-Tech3) 0.292, 9. Cal Crutchlow (GBR/Honda-LCR) 0.375, 10. Joan Mir (ESP/Suzuki) 0.382

Selected: 14. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Ducati) 0.545

Note: Leading 10 riders qualify automatically for second qualifying session.

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Australian Miller tops rainy opening European MotoGP practice .
Australian rider Jack Miller produced the best time in Friday's opening practice at the European MotoGP in Valencia, while championship leader Joan Mir was 17th in a wet, crash-filled session. Second-placed French rider Fabio Quartararo came 21st and last as Yamaha-SRT team-mate Franco Morbidelli, the Teruel Grand Prix winner two weeks ago, was second quickest behind Ducati's Miller. Factory Honda pair Stefan Bradl and Alex Marquez were third and fifth respectively, with Frenchman Johann Zarco fourth on his Ducati-Avintia.

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