2020 French motorcycle Grand Prix

The 2020 French motorcycle Grand Prix (officially known as the SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France) was the tenth round of the 2020 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season, the ninth round of the 2020 MotoGP World Championship and the sixth and seventh round of the 2020 MotoE World Cup, which represent the end of the season for the MotoE class. It was held at the Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans on 11 October 2020.

France  2020 French Grand Prix
Race details
Race 10 of 15 races in the
2020 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Bugatti Circuit.svg
Date11 October 2020
Official nameSHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France
LocationBugatti Circuit, Le Mans, France
Course
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 4.185 km (2.600 mi)
MotoGP
Pole position
Rider France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha
Time 1:31.315
Fastest lap
Rider France Johann Zarco Ducati
Time 1:43.301 on lap 24
Podium
First Italy Danilo Petrucci Ducati
Second Spain Álex Márquez Honda
Third Spain Pol Espargaró KTM
Moto2
Pole position
Rider United States Joe Roberts Kalex
Time 1:36.256
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Augusto Fernández Kalex
Time 1:37.011 on lap 22
Podium
First United Kingdom Sam Lowes Kalex
Second Australia Remy Gardner Kalex
Third Italy Marco Bezzecchi Kalex
Moto3
Pole position
Rider Spain Jaume Masiá Honda
Time 1:41.399
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Celestino Vietti KTM
Time 1:41.690 on lap 10
Podium
First Italy Celestino Vietti KTM
Second Italy Tony Arbolino Honda
Third Spain Albert Arenas KTM
MotoE Race 1
Pole position
Rider Spain Jordi Torres Energica
Time 1:43.843
Fastest lap
Rider Finland Niki Tuuli Energica
Time 1:43.696 on lap 4
Podium
First Spain Jordi Torres Energica
Second France Mike Di Meglio Energica
Third Finland Niki Tuuli Energica
MotoE Race 2
Pole position
Rider Spain Jordi Torres Energica
Time Winner of race 1
Fastest lap
Rider Finland Niki Tuuli Energica
Time 1:43.465 on lap 6
Podium
First Finland Niki Tuuli Energica
Second France Mike Di Meglio Energica
Third Australia Joshua Hook Energica

Jordi Torres won the MotoE World Cup in the second race.

BackgroundEdit

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemicEdit

The opening rounds of the 2020 championship were heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Several Grands Prix were cancelled or postponed after the aborted opening round in Qatar, prompting the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme to draft a new calendar. On 11 June, a new schedule based solely within Europe was announced. The French Grand Prix, originally scheduled for May 17 as the sixth Grand Prix of the season, was placed on October 11.

MotoGP Championship standings before the raceEdit

After his victory in the Catalan Grand Prix, Fabio Quartararo climbed to the top of the drivers' standings with 108 points, 8 points ahead of Joan Mir and 18 over Maverick Viñales. Andrea Dovizioso, previous leader of the classification, due to the accident with Johann Zarco in the Catalan race, fell to fourth place with 84 points, followed by Franco Morbidelli with 77 points.

In the team championship, Petronas Yamaha SRT with 185 points leads the Suzuki Ecstar Team Championship with 160. Monster Energy Yamaha is third with 148 points, followed by the Ducati Team and Pramac Racing with 123 and 118 points respectively.

MotoGP EntrantsEdit

  • Stefan Bradl replaced Marc Márquez from the Czech Republic round onwards while he recovered from injuries sustained in his opening round crash.[1][2]

Free practiceEdit

MotoGPEdit

The first session took place in wet conditions and saw Bradley Smith as the fastest ahead of Johann Zarco and Danilo Petrucci.[3] The second session was held in changing and mixed conditions between wet and dry, with Jack Miller the fastest ahead of Maverick Viñales and Takaaki Nakagami.[4] The third session had dry track conditions with Fabio Quartararo the fastest ahead of Miguel Oliveira and Franco Morbidelli.[5]

Combinate Free Practice 1-2-3Edit

The top ten riders (written in bold) qualified in Q2.

Pos. No. Bikers Constructor Free practice times
FP1 FP2 FP3
1 20   Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'46.494 1'35.489 1'32.319
2 88   Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'46.518 1'35.837 1'32.449
3 21   Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'44.441 1'35.369 1'32.476
4 43   Jack Miller Ducati 1'44.132 1'34.356 1'32.503
5 35   Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'44.654 1'35.141 1'32.558
6 5   Johann Zarco Ducati 1'43.958 1'35.408 1'32.631
7 46   Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'44.511 1'35.767 1'32.640
8 12   Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'44.180 1'34.500 1'32.648
9 44   Pol Espargaró KTM 1'44.760 1'35.374 1'32.660
10 4   Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'44.148 1'38.726 1'32.686
11 33   Brad Binder KTM 1'46.245 1'40.425 1'32.739
12 36   Joan Mir Suzuki 1'44.980 1'35.385 1'32.792
13 42   Álex Rins Suzuki 1'44.846 1'35.838 1'33.204
14 63   Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'44.783 1'36.012 1'33.290
15 53   Esteve Rabat Ducati 1'46.856 1'40.165 1'33.293
16 9   Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'44.024 1'35.054 1'33.297
17 73   Álex Márquez Honda 1'44.981 1'35.337 1'33.376
18 41   Aleix Espargaró Aprilia 1'45.092 1'39.361 1'33.470
19 30   Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'46.474 1'34.857 1'33.482
20 27   Iker Lecuona KTM 1'46.618 1'36.190 1'33.499
21 6   Stefan Bradl Honda 1'36.478 1'33.686
22 38   Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'43.804 1'36.982 1'33.757
OFFICIAL MOTOGP COMBINED FREE PRACTICE TIMES REPORT
Fastest session lap

Personal Best lap

In the fourth session, Quartararo was the fastest ahead of Morbidelli and Viñales.[6]

QualifyingEdit

MotoGPEdit

Pos. No. Rider Constructor Qualifying times Final
grid
Row
Q1[7] Q2[8]
1 20   Fabio Quartararo Yamaha Qualified in Q2 1'31.315 1 1
2 43   Jack Miller Ducati Qualified in Q2 1'31.537 2
3 9   Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'31.952 1'31.674 3
4 35   Cal Crutchlow Honda Qualified in Q2 1'31.686 4 2
5 12   Maverick Viñales Yamaha Qualified in Q2 1'31.719 5
6 4   Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Qualified in Q2 1'31.722 6
7 63   Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'32.054 1'31.752 7 3
8 44   Pol Espargaró Honda Qualified in Q2 1'31.795 8
9 5   Johann Zarco Ducati Qualified in Q2 1'31.832 9
10 46   Valentino Rossi Yamaha Qualified in Q2 1'31.889 10 4
11 21   Franco Morbidelli Yamaha Qualified in Q2 1'31.891 11
12 88   Miguel Oliveira KTM Qualified in Q2 1'32.009 12
13 30   Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'32.179 N/A 13 5
14 36   Joan Mir Suzuki 1'32.179 N/A 14
15 41   Aleix Espargaró Aprilia 1'32.539 N/A 15
16 42   Álex Rins Suzuki 1'32.757 N/A 16 6
17 33   Brad Binder KTM 1'32.766 N/A 17
18 73   Álex Márquez Honda 1'32.774 N/A 18
19 38   Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'32.833 N/A 19 7
20 27   Iker Lecuona KTM 1'32.859 N/A 20
21 6   Stefan Bradl Honda 1'32.861 N/A 21
22 53   Esteve Rabat Ducati 1'33.610 N/A 22 8
OFFICIAL MOTOGP QUALIFYING RESULTS

Warm upEdit

MotoGPEdit

In the warm up, Franco Morbidelli was the fastest ahead of Maverick Viñales and Cal Crutchlow.[9]

RaceEdit

MotoGPEdit

Pos. No. Biker Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 9   Danilo Petrucci Ducati 26 45:54.736 3 25
2 73   Álex Márquez Honda 26 +1.273 18 20
3 44   Pol Espargaró KTM 26 +1.711 8 16
4 4   Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 26 +3.911 6 13
5 5   Johann Zarco Ducati 26 +4.310 9 11
6 88   Miguel Oliveira KTM 26 +4.466 12 10
7 30   Takaaki Nakagami Honda 26 +5.921 13 9
8 6   Stefan Bradl Honda 26 +15.597 21 8
9 20   Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 26 +16.687 1 7
10 12   Maverick Viñales Yamaha 26 +16.895 5 6
11 36   Joan Mir Suzuki 26 +16.980 14 5
12 33   Brad Binder KTM 26 +27.321 17 4
13 63   Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 26 +33.351 7 3
14 41   Aleix Espargaró Aprilia 26 +39.176 15 2
15 27   Iker Lecuona KTM 26 +51.087 20 1
NC1 42   Álex Rins Suzuki 26 +1:14.190 16
Ret 43   Jack Miller Ducati 19 Retired 2
Ret 21   Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 18 Retired 11
Ret 35   Cal Crutchlow Honda 17 Accident 4
Ret 53   Esteve Rabat Ducati 14 Retired 22
Ret 38   Bradley Smith Aprilia 8 Accident 19
Ret 46   Valentino Rossi Yamaha 0 Retired 10
OFFICIAL MOTOGP RACE REPORT
Notes
  • ^1Álex Rins is not classified due to finishing the race through pits.

Moto2Edit

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 22   Sam Lowes Kalex 25 41:27.648 2 25
2 87   Remy Gardner Kalex 25 +3.822 3 20
3 72   Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 25 +4.184 5 16
4 37   Augusto Fernández Kalex 25 +5.884 14 13
5 12   Thomas Lüthi Kalex 25 +21.668 13 11
6 16   Joe Roberts Kalex 25 +29.197 1 10
7 21   Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 25 +32.249 11 9
8 7   Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 25 +34.376 25 8
9 35   Somkiat Chantra Kalex 25 +35.392 23 7
10 23   Marcel Schrötter Kalex 25 +35.521 18 6
11 33   Enea Bastianini Kalex 25 +37.720[N 1] 9 5
12 40   Héctor Garzó Kalex 25 +37.910 15 4
13 42   Marcos Ramírez Kalex 25 +38.423 16 3
14 62   Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 25 +43.464 10 2
15 55   Hafizh Syahrin Speed Up 25 +44.036 22 1
16 24   Simone Corsi MV Agusta 25 +44.217 12
17 10   Luca Marini Kalex 25 +59.550 6
18 19   Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 25 +1:09.735 20
19 57   Edgar Pons Kalex 25 +1:09.751 24
20 64   Bo Bendsneyder NTS 25 +1:12.930 26
21 45   Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 25 +1:14.158 21
22 74   Piotr Biesiekirski NTS 24 +1 lap 29
Ret 96   Jake Dixon Kalex 20 Accident 8
Ret 9   Jorge Navarro Speed Up 18 Accident 17
Ret 11   Nicolò Bulega Kalex 15 Retired 19
Ret 27   Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 5 Accident 27
Ret 97   Xavi Vierge Kalex 4 Accident 7
Ret 88   Jorge Martín Kalex 2 Accident 4
DSQ 99   Kasma Daniel Kalex 22 Disqualified[N 2] 28
DNS 44   Arón Canet Speed Up Did not start
OFFICIAL MOTO2 RACE REPORT

Moto3Edit

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 13   Celestino Vietti KTM 22 37:37.384 10 25
2 14   Tony Arbolino Honda 22 +0.142 7 20
3 75   Albert Arenas KTM 22 +0.198 2 16
4 5   Jaume Masiá Honda 22 +0.336 1 13
5 16   Andrea Migno KTM 22 +0.569 13 11
6 71   Ayumu Sasaki KTM 22 +0.834 8 10
7 25   Raúl Fernández KTM 22 +1.361 4 9
8 2   Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 22 +1.625 6 8
9 79   Ai Ogura Honda 22 +15.003 17 7
10 99   Carlos Tatay KTM 22 +15.139 15 6
11 11   Sergio García Honda 22 +15.269 5 5
12 12   Filip Salač Honda 22 +15.381 21 4
13 7   Dennis Foggia Honda 22 +15.574 11 3
14 54   Riccardo Rossi KTM 22 +15.729 26 2
15 82   Stefano Nepa KTM 22 +17.743 14 1
16 70   Barry Baltus KTM 22 +18.991 31
17 50   Jason Dupasquier KTM 22 +19.173 29
18 6   Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 22 +25.148 18
19 89   Khairul Idham Pawi Honda 22 +26.189 28
20 92   Yuki Kunii Honda 22 +26.360 24
21 73   Maximilian Kofler KTM 22 +26.959 30
22 53   Deniz Öncü KTM 22 +30.306 27
Ret 23   Niccolò Antonelli Honda 18 Accident 19
Ret 17   John McPhee Honda 17 Accident 3
Ret 52   Jeremy Alcoba Honda 17 Accident 25
Ret 27   Kaito Toba KTM 17 Accident 16
Ret 40   Darryn Binder KTM 15 Retired 12
Ret 9   Davide Pizzoli KTM 12 Accident 22
Ret 24   Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 7 Accident 20
Ret 55   Romano Fenati Husqvarna 6 Accident 9
Ret 21   Alonso López Husqvarna 6 Accident 23
OFFICIAL MOTO3 RACE REPORT

MotoEEdit

Race 1Edit

The race, scheduled to be run for 7 laps, was red-flagged after a first-lap accident involving Mattia Casadei.[10] The race was later restarted over 5 laps with the original starting grid.

Pos. No. Rider Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 40   Jordi Torres 5 8:43.391 1 25
2 63   Mike Di Meglio 5 +0.116 3 20
3 66   Niki Tuuli 5 +0.557 10 16
4 16   Joshua Hook 5 +1.925 4 13
5 70   Tommaso Marcon 5 +4.296 14[N 3] 11
6 51   Eric Granado 5 +4.590 9 10
7 6   María Herrera 5 +6.514 11 9
8[N 4] 55   Alejandro Medina 5 +6.201 7 8
9 61   Alessandro Zaccone 5 +11.875 13 7
10 35   Lukas Tulovic 5 +12.419 15 6
11 18   Xavier Cardelús 5 +13.262 12 5
12 15   Alex de Angelis 5 +14.087 17 4
13 84   Jakub Kornfeil 5 +23.207[N 1] 16 3
14 77   Dominique Aegerter 5 +59.643 5 2
Ret 11   Matteo Ferrari 0 Accident 2
Ret 7   Niccolò Canepa 0 Collision 6
Ret 10   Xavier Siméon 0 Collision 8
Ret 27   Mattia Casadei 0 Did not restart 18
OFFICIAL MOTOE RACE 1 REPORT

Race 2Edit

Pos. No. Rider Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 66   Niki Tuuli 7 12:09.631 3 25
2 63   Mike Di Meglio 7 +0.166 2 20
3 16   Joshua Hook 7 +1.294 4 16
4 77   Dominique Aegerter 7 +2.353 14 13
5 11   Matteo Ferrari 7 +6.017 15 11
6 40   Jordi Torres 7 +6.490 1 10
7 7   Niccolò Canepa 7 +10.066 16 9
8 10   Xavier Siméon 7 +10.472 17 8
9 6   María Herrera 7 +10.663 7 7
10 18   Xavier Cardelús 7 +11.101 11 6
11 35   Lukas Tulovic 7 +11.298 10 5
12 61   Alessandro Zaccone 7 +12.327 9 4
13 27   Mattia Casadei 7 +20.842 18 3
14 15   Alex de Angelis 7 +20.954 12 2
15 84   Jakub Kornfeil 7 +24.376[N 1] 13 1
Ret 70   Tommaso Marcon 0 Accident 5
Ret 51   Eric Granado 0 Accident 6
Ret 55   Alejandro Medina 0 Accident 8
OFFICIAL MOTOE RACE 2 REPORT

Championship standings after the raceEdit

Below are the standings for the top five riders, constructors, and teams after the round.[11][12][13][14]

MotoGPEdit

Moto2Edit

Moto3Edit

MotoEEdit

Pos. Rider Points
  2 1   Jordi Torres 114
  1 2   Matteo Ferrari 97
  1 3   Dominique Aegerter 97
  4 4   Mike Di Meglio 75
  1 5   Mattia Casadei 74

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c 3-second penalty for shortcutting the track and gaining an advantage.
  2. ^ Disqualified for exceeding the pit lane speed limit during a ride through.
  3. ^ 3-place grid penalty.
  4. ^ 1-position penalty for exceeding track limits on the last lap.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Stefan Bradl joins Alex Marquez in Brno while Marc Marquez recovers". Honda Racing Corporation. 4 August 2020. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Marc Marquez to miss another MotoGP". BusinessLIVE. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  3. ^ "SHARK HELMETS GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE MotoGP Free Practice Nr. 1 Classification 2020" (PDF). www.motogp.com.
  4. ^ "SHARK HELMETS GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE MotoGP Free Practice Nr. 2 Classification 2020" (PDF). www.motogp.com.
  5. ^ "SHARK HELMETS GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE MotoGP Free Practice Nr. 3 Classification 2020" (PDF). www.motogp.com.
  6. ^ "SHARK HELMETS GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE MotoGP Free Practice Nr. 4 Classification 2020" (PDF). www.motogp.com.
  7. ^ "SHARK HELMETS GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE MotoGP Qualifying Nr. 1 Classification 2020" (PDF). www.motogp.com.
  8. ^ "SHARK HELMETS GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE MotoGP Qualifying Nr. 2 Classification 2020" (PDF). www.motogp.com.
  9. ^ "SHARK HELMETS GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE MotoGP Warm Up Classification 2020" (PDF). www.motogp.com.
  10. ^ "French MotoE: Torres takes title advantage with win after rivals fall". crash.net. Crash Media Group. 10 October 2020. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  11. ^ "MotoGP Standings" (PDF). resources.motogp.com. 11 October 2020. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  12. ^ "Moto2 Standings" (PDF). resources.motogp.com. 11 October 2020. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  13. ^ "Moto3 Standings" (PDF). resources.motogp.com. 11 October 2020. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  14. ^ "MotoE Standings" (PDF). resources.motogp.com. 11 October 2020. Retrieved 12 October 2020.

External linksEdit


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