GP of Catalonia – The riders explain themselves after the GP of Catalonia MotoGP –

The riders explain themselves after the Catalan GP MotoGP

GP of Catalonia - The riders explain themselves after the GP of Catalonia MotoGP -

Third victory for Fabio Quartararo, third Marseillaise and third wave of emotion for the young but very good 20 French yesterday in Barcelona for the GP of Catalonia! Rossi’s future replacement also takes the lead in the world championship and poses – let’s not be afraid to write it down! – a serious option for the 2020 title… Pilot statements.

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Winner: Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha SRT (1st in the championship)

"It’s the best time I’ve had in a long time! We’ve had a tough time since Jerez so this win is even better than the first two. I didn’t expect to be so quick in the opening laps, but Joan Mir and Alex Rins (the Suzuki riders, Editor’s note) were very quick at the end of the race. We have to look at why we are struggling at the end of the race. We know that our bike is better in qualifying, so we have to balance a little better all that but in the end the most important thing is the result of the race and we won. It feels so good to be back on the top step of the podium. I am also very happy to to be able to participate in my next GP at home (the GP of France on October 11, Editor’s note), because there are not many races this season. Thank you to the team because this victory is well deserved ".

Catalan GP - The riders explain themselves after the Catalan GP MotoGP -

2nd: Joan Mir, official Suzuki (2nd in the championship)

"It was a pretty difficult race, especially starting from the third row because it means attacking from the first laps and it can be a bit risky. I tried to avoid any problems while passing some drivers. When I ‘was behind Miller, I knew I had to wait to be ready and enjoy it. I came close to winning today, maybe with a few more laps it could have been possible, but Fabio was handling it all very good and he had a great race. It’s so nice for Suzuki to have two riders on the podium after a long time and I’m really happy with the job today! "

3rd: Alex Rins, official Suzuki (8th in the championship)

"I’ve struggled a lot the last few weeks so a podium here today for my home race is fantastic. Since my shoulder injury in Jerez things haven’t been easy and I struggled to be physically strong enough to ride in front. But I worked hard outside the bike, so did the team and they supported me a lot so I want to thank them. I also thank the fans for their support during this difficult season. I am very happy ".

4th: Franco Morbidelli, Yamaha SRT (5th in the championship)

"I’m a little angry to finish fourth, but it’s positive because it means that we are at a good level and that we want more. I’m angry because I made a mistake in the race: j started a little too hard and worn the tire too much from the start. Fighting with Fabio I was too close to the limit and trying to recover under braking I finally lost two seconds starting too wide and my chance to get on the podium was gone. I still think that was the right strategy and I can’t complain about this weekend: I got pole position and I was very fast in overall, so I’m happy. Now we’re going to rest a bit and try to be as quick at Le Mans ".

5th: Jack Miller, Ducati Pramac (6th in the championship)

"I had a good race but I was not fast enough. I made a mistake on turn 10 in the first lap and lost time. I’m still in the points and now I’m going take a little rest and concentrate on Le Mans ".

Catalan GP - The riders explain themselves after the Catalan GP MotoGP -

6th: Pecco Bagnaia, Ducati Pramac (13th in the championship)

"It was a difficult weekend because on Friday I couldn’t find my bearings and I lost a day. Unfortunately, starting so far is a handicap. The pace was fast. If we had started in front, we Maybe could have fought for the podium, but it’s my fault and we learn from our mistakes, so we will try again at Le Mans ".

7th: Takaaki Nakagami, Honda LCR (7th in the championship)

"It was a bit difficult race because the track temperature was very low between the warmup and the race, so it was really hard to get the tires up to temperature. We chose a soft front and back. ‘back and at the start of the race my pace was not great, I lost a few positions. Then I tried to stay consistent and started to close the gap on the riders in front of me. I was able to overtake a few and in the second part of the race I was in the top 10, then 9th and finally 7th. At the end of the race I had a very good rhythm compared to the other guys in my group who could have lead me to the podium, but I didn’t have the chance to overtake or even try. This new top 10 is a good result and we were only 3.6 seconds behind the winner so that’s positive. We are now looking forward to Le Mans and we will continue to attack ".

8th: Danilo Petrucci, official Ducati (14th in the championship)

"I am delighted with my performance today and how this weekend has gone. I felt comfortable in the race and handled the tires well. Unfortunately I had a lot of bad in the straights where I was passed by most of the riders who passed me. Maybe if we had qualified better we could have aimed for an even better result, but I think it was a good race overall and after last weekend in Misano we have gradually returned to our level ".

9th: Maverick Viñales, official Yamaha (3rd in the championship)

“There was no problem at the start, the only weak point is our top speed. I couldn’t overtake anyone, especially in the first fifteen or sixteen laps. So I was just riding. disappointed because if we don’t start from the first or second row we have big problems. I couldn’t do anything and I was just losing positions. We’ll see at Le Mans. This result after winning last week is difficult to swallow. weekend, we made a mistake in qualifying and we paid the price ".

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10th: Cal Crutchlow, Honda LCR (19th in the championship)

"It’s good to have finished the race and to be in the top 10 today. I expected a little better, but I didn’t have a good start. I always knew the start was going to be okay. be a difficult part of the race because I was probably the only one on the grid without a start assist device. But I think we did a good job in the race to fight with drivers who had done well there. last week. Not having been back on the bike for a long time, it was good to be able to go the distance. My arm hurt, but I found that I didn’t finish the race too badly. With adjustment different we could have been a little better but we did a good team work this weekend and we are looking forward to Le Mans "

13th: Alex Marquez, official Honda (16th in the championship)

“It was a tough race today. We expected warmer conditions and we couldn’t use the soft tire up front. We went for the medium. It was my mistake. I have a lot. insisted with the team to start in medium, but during the race the temperature dropped a lot. In the first laps I lost a lot of time after my good start, then in the middle of the race I felt better but at the at the end I slowed down again. It’s my fault, it happens to beginners, but we also found some settings this weekend so we keep improving and learning. Now we turn to Le Mans, with also a quick visit to Portimao to learn the route ".

17th: Stefan Bradl, official Honda (replacing Marc Marquez)

"I had trouble understanding the rear tire and at the end of the race I had to slow down a lot because it had deteriorated. In the middle of the race I was not so bad and I was close to the points, I was fighting well. Unfortunately the rear has deteriorated and I lost places. But we continue to work with the Repsol Honda team to try different things We now have a little break before heading to Portimao for a test which will be important to me and to Honda ".

Catalan GP - The riders explain themselves after the Catalan GP MotoGP -

11th: Brad Binder, official KTM (10th in the championship)

“Today it didn’t quite go as I expected. Coming in my pace felt really good and I had a good feeling with the bike, then in the race it didn’t go as planned. did my best at the start, but from the 16th lap it got a little harder with the rear tire. It was tough, of course. Not a great result in the end, but we will get it lessons for the future. We are staying focused, we are preparing for the next race and we will try to do better there ".

14th: Iker Lecuona, KTM Tech3 (18th in the championship)

"In the end I’m pretty happy to have finished the race. It was my goal because it was a difficult weekend for me. Finally, I was able to enjoy the race a little and I found better sensations. I was fighting with a small group and finished in the points. Thanks to the team for all the support this weekend. I’m sure we will be better at Le Mans ".

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Retirement: Valentino Rossi, official Yamaha (11th in the championship)

"It’s a shame, it’s made two mistakes in a row … It was a very different crash from last week. In Misano we had done something different on the bike and technically I was not very strong . I was not feeling very well and Saturday and Sunday I was not 100%. This weekend however I was always competitive. I was good on the bike, I rode well and I was improved with each session. Today I was at the limit because I was behind Fabio and I didn’t want to waste time, I wanted to stay with him. On the left it’s always dangerous, especially with a low temperature . I lost the front. It’s a real shame because I think I could have fought for the victory and of course for the podium, that was our goal. This year my speed is not too bad , but I have to do better. We still have a lot of races until the end of the season, so our aim is to be competitive again at leaving Le Mans, working well with the team and trying to stay on top ".

GP of Catalonia - The riders explain themselves after the GP of Catalonia MotoGP -

Retirement: Johann Zarco, Ducati-Avintia (15th in the championship)

: "I’m really sad about what happened, while the weekend was going well. I was aiming for good things for the race, not to finish on the ground in the second corner … I just had had the reflex to take the brake because Danilo (Petrucci, Editor’s note) almost fell in front of me because of the cool temperatures. I braked and I fell, but the problem is that Andrea (Dovizioso, Editor’s note) could not avoid me. Two Ducatis on the ground, including that of Dovi who is fighting for the championship: that is what makes me sad today. I try to stay positive because I showed myself strong during the tests and I have to continue to learn and progress for the next race at Le Mans ".

Retirement: Andrea Dovizioso, official Ducati (4th in the championship)

"Falling from the second corner is always difficult to digest … I had concentrated on a good start and at the end of the straight I had managed to recover several positions. Unfortunately I was involved in an accident in the first lap, the result of a normal racing event. There is nothing more to say: this is a racing incident. It is frustrating, disappointing, but no one can be pointed out. finger as responsible for the dynamics of today. Johann came to see me to talk about it, but there is really no discussion to have for this type of fall. The championship is potentially still open, but if we want to fight for the title, now more than ever we have to return to our usual level of competitiveness ".

Retirement: Miguel Oliveira, KTM Tech3 (9th in the championship)

"It’s sad to finish the race like that. We had very difficult conditions and we expected to be competitive and for that we had to use the medium front tire. It was quite cold today so it It only took me one lap without suction to cool the tire and in a left I had no way of avoiding the collision. It’s a shame. It’s racing. I hope we can get back to the outposts at Le Mans, the team’s home race. I want to do well there and also for the championship ".

Retirement: Pol Espargaro, official KTM (12th in the championship)

“Of course I’m disappointed. I paid for my frustration today because with the medium front tire I couldn’t attack so hard in the left turns. I was fighting a lot with Petrucci even though I felt faster than him. I entered a little too quickly in the curve and I lost the front. It was entirely my fault, I was attacking too much. For my Grand Prix at home, that’s not what I do. was waiting. I can’t wait to get to Le Mans to forget the bitter taste ".

Catalan GP MotoGP 2020 results

  1. Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 40’33.176
  2. Joan MIR Suzuki +0.928
  3. Alex RINS Suzuki +1.898
  4. Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha +2.846
  5. Jack MILLER Ducati +3.391
  6. Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati +3.518
  7. Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda +3.671
  8. Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati +6.117
  9. Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha +13.607
  10. Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda +14.483
  11. Brad BINDER KTM +14.927
  12. Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia +15.647
  13. Alex MARQUEZ Honda +17.327
  14. Iker LECUONA KTM +27.066
  15. Tito RABAT Ducati +27.282
  16. Bradley SMITH Aprilia +28.736
  17. Stefan BRADL Honda +32.643

Not classified

  • Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 6 Tours
  • Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 9 Tours
  • Pol ESPARGARO KTM 12 Tours
  • Johann ZARCO Ducati 0 Lap
  • Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 0 Lap

Provisional classification after the Catalan Grand Prix

  1. Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 108
  2. Joan MIR Suzuki 100
  3. Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 90
  4. Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 84
  5. Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 77
  6. Jack MILLER Ducati 75
  7. Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 72
  8. Alex RINS Suzuki 60
  9. Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 59
  10. Brad BINDER KTM 58
  11. Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 58
  12. Pol ESPARGARO KTM 57
  13. Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 39
  14. Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 39
  15. Johann ZARCO Ducati 36
  16. Alex MARQUEZ Honda 27
  17. Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 22
  18. Iker LECUONA KTM 17
  19. Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 13
  20. Bradley SMITH Aprilia 11
  21. Tito FLAP Ducati 8
  22. Michele PIRRO Ducati 4

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