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After two wet days of practice and qualifying, race day has dawned dry and bright.

Live updates for the MotoGP warm-up then Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP races from the 2020 European MotoGP at Valencia:

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The 2020 MotoGP World Championship enters its decisive phase with a season-ending triple header, starting at Valencia this weekend.

Joan Mir is the rider in command, storming to a 14-point lead over Fabio Quartararo courtesy of two podiums at Aragon.

The Suzuki rider is still in search of a first MotoGP victory, but while nearest rivals Quartararo and Maverick Vinales (-19 points) have been unable to string together consecutive podiums since Jerez, Mir has stood on the rostrum six times in the past eight rounds.

On paper, there is little reason for Mir’s podium form to end at Valencia, meaning the Yamahas of Quartararo, Vinales and fourth in the standings Franco Morbidelli (-25 point) will need to be fighting at the front if they are to close in on the #36.

After winning his second race of the season, Morbidelli is now the dark horse in the title chase, the Italian and his A-spec M1 surprisingly outperforming the Factory-spec bikes of Vinales and Quartararo by over 14-seconds at Aragon.

If the A-Spec, working in harmony with the latest Ohlins rear shock, continues to offer an advantage over the Factory machines in Valencia, Morbidelli may yet arrive at the Portimao finale as Yamaha’s top title hope.

By contrast, a poor performance for Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati at Aragon means the Italian has now slipped to fifth in the standings, 28 points from the top.

With 75 still up for grabs, Dovizioso’s title hopes are far from over. But having been off the podium since his Austrian victory – eight races ago – the #4 admits he simply doesn’t have the speed to challenge for the championship at present.

Wet weather could yet throw Dovi a lifeline, but the chances of Dovi and the Desmosedici suddenly gelling with the 2020 spec Michelin rear tyre seem remote.

Top scorer at Aragon was Alex Rins, who took Suzuki’s first win of the season on the way to raking in 45 out of a possible 50 points. The Spaniard is still 32 points adrift of team-mate Mir for sixth place in the standings, but – like Morbidelli – has the speed to mount a surprise title attack.

Two riders needing to literally dust themselves off and start again are Honda riders Takaaki Nakagami (LCR) and Alex Marquez (Repsol), who made their first race mistakes of the season at Aragon.

Starting from pole position, Nakagami looked set to battle for a debut podium and perhaps even victory, but threw it all away when he fell from the lead on the opening lap.

Rookie Marquez had his sight set on a third podium in a row, but also overdid it.

Nakagami and Marquez join the likes of Mir, KTM’s Pol Espargaro and Pramac pairing Jack Miller and Francesco Bagnaia as contenders for a record-equalling ninth different race winner of the season at Valencia, which will host a second grand prix next weekend, followed directly by the Portimao finale.

Aragon  II: MotoGP Championship standings
Pos   Rider Nat Team Points Diff.
1 = Joan Mir SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 137  
2 = Fabio Quartararo FRA Petronas Yamaha (YZR-M1) 123 (-14)
3 = Maverick Viñales SPA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) 118 (-19)
4 ^2 Franco Morbidelli ITA Petronas Yamaha (YZR-M1) 112 (-25)
5 ˅1 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP20) 109 (-28)
6 ^1 Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 105 (-32)
7 ˅2 Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) 92 (-45)
8 ^1 Pol Espargaro SPA Red Bull KTM (RC16) 90 (-47)
9 ˅1 Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP20) 82 (-55)
10 = Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16) 79 (-58)
11 ^2 Danilo Petrucci ITA Ducati Team (GP20) 71 (-66)
12 ˅1 Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM (RC16)* 67 (-70)
13 ˅1 Alex Marquez SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V)* 67 (-70)
14 ^1 Johann Zarco FRA Reale Avintia (GP19) 64 (-73)
15 ˅1 Valentino Rossi ITA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) 58 (-79)
16 = Francesco Bagnaia ITA Pramac Ducati (GP20) 42 (-95)
17 ^2 Iker Lecuona SPA Red Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)* 27 (-110)
18 ˅1 Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 27 (-110)
19 ˅1 Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 26 (-111)
20 ^1 Stefan Bradl GER Repsol Honda (RC213V) 12 (-125)
21 ˅1 Bradley Smith GBR Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 12 (-125)
22 = Tito Rabat SPA Reale Avintia (GP19) 10 (-127)
23 = Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Test Rider (GP20) 4 (-133)

 

2020 MotoGP race winners
Rider Nat Team Wins
Fabio Quartararo FRA  Petronas Yamaha 3
Franco Morbidelli ITA Petronas Yamaha 2
Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM Factory 1
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team 1
Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM Tech3 1
Maverick Vinales SPA Monster Yamaha 1
Danilo Petrucci ITA Ducati Team 1
Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar 1

 

Revised 2020 MotoGP Calendar (including free weekends)

Round

Date

Race

Circuit

1

19 July

Spain

Jerez

2

26 July

Andalusia

Jerez

 

2 August

 

 

3

9 August

Czech Republic

Brno

4

16 August

Austria

Red Bull Ring

5

23 August

Styria

Red Bull Ring

 

30 August

   
 

6 September

   

6

13 September

San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

7

20 September

Emilia Romagna e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano

8

27 September

Catalunya

Barcelona

 

4 October

   

9

11 October

France

Le Mans

10

18 October

Aragon

Aragon

11

25 October

Teruel

Aragon

 

1 November

   

12

8 November

Europe

Ricardo Tormo

13

15 November

Comunitat Valenciana

Ricardo Tormo

14

22 November

Portugal

Portimao

MotoGP 2020: List of Cancelled events

1

8 March

Qatar (MotoGP class)

Losail

2

31 May

Italy

Mugello

3

21 June

Germany

Sachsenring

4

28 June

Netherlands

Assen

5

12 July

Finland

KymiRing

6

30 August

Great Britain

Silverstone

7

4 October

Thailand

Buriram

8

18 October

Japan

Motegi

9

25 October

Australia

Phillip Island

10

1 November

Malaysia

Sepang

11

15 November

Americas

COTA

12

22 November

Argentina

Termas de Rio Hondo



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