2020 Styrian motorcycle Grand Prix

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Styria  2020 Styrian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 6 of 15 races in the
2020 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Circuit Red Bull Ring.svg
Date23 August 2020
Official nameBMW M Grand Prix of Styria[1][2]
LocationRed Bull Ring
Spielberg, Styria, Austria
Course
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 4.318 km (2.683 mi)
MotoGP
Pole position
Rider Spain Pol Espargaró KTM
Time 1:23.580
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Pol Espargaró KTM
Time 1:23.877 on lap 4
Podium
First Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM
Second Australia Jack Miller Ducati
Third Spain Pol Espargaró KTM
Moto2
Pole position
Rider Spain Arón Canet Speed Up
Time 1:28.787
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Marco Bezzecchi Kalex
Time 1:28.687 on lap 4
Podium
First Italy Marco Bezzecchi Kalex
Second Spain Jorge Martín Kalex
Third Australia Remy Gardner Kalex
Moto3
Pole position
Rider Argentina Gabriel Rodrigo Honda
Time 1:36.470
Fastest lap
Rider Japan Ayumu Sasaki KTM
Time 1:36.103 on lap 7
Podium
First Italy Celestino Vietti KTM
Second Italy Tony Arbolino Honda
Third Japan Ai Ogura Honda

The 2020 Styrian motorcycle Grand Prix (officially known as the BMW M Grand Prix of Styria) was a Grand Prix motorcycle racing race held at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg on 23 August 2020. It was the sixth round of the 2020 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season and the fifth round of the 2020 MotoGP World Championship. It was the first running of the Styrian motorcycle Grand Prix, and was held exactly one week after the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix on the same track, due to the rescheduling of the season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The race was also the 900th premier class race.

In a dramatic race, Miguel Oliveira of Red Bull KTM Tech 3 won from Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) at the final corner, on the final lap to win his and his team's first MotoGP race. Oliveira is also the first Portuguese rider to win a Grand Prix race in the premier class. Oliveira's victory meant that ending the winning streaks for Ducati on Red Bull Ring - which is Ducati has won there 5 times.

For the first time since the 2016 Dutch TT, all classes were won by a first time winner in that class.

Background[edit]

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic[edit]

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. However, the Austrian Grand Prix was not impacted by this change and kept its original date.

Organisers of the race signed a contract with Dorna Sports, the sport's commercial rights holder, to host a second round at the circuit on 23 August (a week after the first race) to be known as the "Styrian Grand Prix". The race was named for Styria, the state of Austria that the Red Bull Ring is located in. The race was also the second time in the sport's history that the same venue and circuit layout hosted back-to-back World Championship races.

MotoGP Championship standings before the race[edit]

After the fourth round at the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix, Fabio Quartararo on 67 points, leads the championship by 11 points over Andrea Dovizioso with Maverick Viñales a further 19 points behind.

In Teams' Championship, Petronas Yamaha SRT with 98 points, lead the championship from Monster Energy Yamaha, who have 86. Ducati Team sit 10 points behind the factory Yamaha in third, and are 16 points ahead of fourth-placed KTM Factory Racing, who have 42 points, while Team Suzuki Ecstar sit 5th on 50 points.

MotoGP Entrants[edit]

  • Stefan Bradl replaced Marc Márquez from the Czech Republic round onwards while he recovered from injuries sustained in his opening round crash.[3][4]
  • Ducati test rider Michele Pirro replaced Francesco Bagnaia in Austria while he recovered from injuries sustained in a crash during practice at the Czech round.

Free practice[edit]

The first practice session ended with Jack Miller fastest for Pramac Racing ahead of Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso and Tech 3's Miguel Oliveira. The second practice session ended with Pol Espargaró fastest, followed by Nakagami and Joan Mir.

Combined Free Practice 1-2-3[edit]

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

Pos. No. Bikers Constructor Free practice times
FP1 FP2 FP3
1 36 Spain Joan Mir Suzuki 1:23.961 1:23.907 1:23.456
2 20 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1:24.381 1:24.643 1:23.607
3 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1:23.950 1:23.904 1:23.610
4 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1:23.863 1:24.774 1:23.610
5 12 Spain Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1:24.324 1:24.060 1:23.617
6 44 Spain Pol Espargaró KTM 1:24.397 1:23.638 1:23.660
7 88 Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:23.898 1:24.118 1:23.725
8 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1:24.198 1:24.187 1:23.727
9 42 Spain Álex Rins Suzuki 1:24.628 1:24.009 1:23.754
10 43 Australia Jack Miller Ducati 1:23.859 1:24.925 1:23.795
11 33 South Africa Brad Binder KTM 1:24.251 1:24.427 1:23.798
12 5 France Johann Zarco Ducati No time No time 1:23.879
13 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1:24.517 1:24.985 1:23.881
14 27 Spain Iker Lecuona KTM 1:24.301 1:24.429 1:23.889
15 46 Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1:24.699 1:24.378 1:23.950
16 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow Honda 1:24.764 1:24.560 1:24.126
17 38 United Kingdom Bradley Smith Aprilia 1:24.623 1:25.025 1:24.136
18 51 Italy Michele Pirro Ducati 1:24.508 1:24.807 1:24.296
19 41 Spain Aleix Espargaró Aprilia 1:24.808 1:24.336 1:24.423
20 73 Spain Álex Márquez Honda 1:24.690 1:24.463 1:24.742
21 6 Germany Stefan Bradl Honda 1:24.914 1:25.057 1:24.617
22 53 Spain Tito Rabat Ducati 1:24.806 1:25.221 1:25.047
OFFICIAL MOTOGP FREE PRACTICE 1 REPORT
OFFICIAL MOTOGP FREE PRACTICE 2 REPORT
OFFICIAL MOTOGP FREE PRACTICE 3 REPORT

Free Practice 4[edit]

The first three positions of the session were as follows.

Pos. No. Rider Constructor FP4 Time
1 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1:24.450
2 36 Spain Joan Mir Suzuki 1:24.460
3 44 Spain Pol Espargaró KTM 1:24.523
OFFICIAL MOTOGP FREE PRACTICE 4 REPORT

Qualifying[edit]

MotoGP[edit]

Pos. No. Rider Constructor Qualifying times Final
grid
Q1 Q2
1 44 Spain Pol Espargaró KTM Qualified in Q2 1:23.580 1
2 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda Qualified in Q2 1:23.602 2
3 5 France Johann Zarco Ducati 1:23.609 1:23.632 PL1
4 36 Spain Joan Mir Suzuki Qualified in Q2 1:23.678 3
5 43 Australia Jack Miller Ducati Qualified in Q2 1:23.700 4
6 12 Spain Maverick Viñales Yamaha Qualified in Q2 1:23.778 5
7 42 Spain Álex Rins Suzuki Qualified in Q2 1:23.782 6
8 88 Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM Qualified in Q2 1:23.797 7
9 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Qualified in Q2 1:23.849 8
10 20 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha Qualified in Q2 1:23.866 9
11 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli Yamaha Qualified in Q2 1:24.021 10
12 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1:23.772 1:24.174 11
13 27 Spain Iker Lecuona KTM 1:23.928 N/A 12
14 33 South Africa Brad Binder KTM 1:23.932 N/A 13
15 46 Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1:24.127 N/A 14
16 51 Italy Michele Pirro Ducati 1:24.273 N/A 15
17 73 Spain Álex Márquez Honda 1:24.370 N/A 16
18 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow Honda 1:24.401 N/A 17
19 38 United Kingdom Bradley Smith Aprilia 1:24.416 N/A 18
20 41 Spain Aleix Espargaró Aprilia 1:24.429 N/A 19
21 6 Germany Stefan Bradl Honda 1:24.667 N/A 20
22 53 Spain Esteve Rabat Ducati 1:24.916 N/A 21
OFFICIAL MOTOGP QUALIFYING Nr. 1 REPORT
OFFICIAL MOTOGP QUALIFYING Nr. 2 REPORT
Notes
  • ^1Johann Zarco received a pit lane start penalty for his involvement in an accident with Franco Morbidelli in the Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix.

Warm Up[edit]

MotoGP[edit]

The first three positions of the session are as follows.

Pos. No. Rider Constructor Warm up times
1 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1:24.126
2 36 Spain Joan Mir Suzuki 1:24.312
3 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1:24.353
OFFICIAL MOTOGP WARM UP REPORT

Race[edit]

Race Report (MotoGP)[edit]

Initial Race[edit]

The race was run in dry conditions despite the clouds looming. On the opening lap, Joan Mir got a fantastic launch from P3 to the lead the race from polesitter Pol Espargaro, with Miller also getting a great start from fourth on the grid. The Australian got past Espargaro by going up the inside at Turn 2. After running wide and gaining an advantage at Turn 1 on the opening lap Mir was forced to drop a position, thus Miller inherited the race lead. Championship leader Fabio Quartararo made a poor start, and dropped to P14 after running wide at Turn 1. Andrea Dovizioso made a solid start and was up to sixth on Lap 2. Takaaki Nakagami got past Pol Espargaro and the top three slowly pulling clear of the chasing pack.

Lap 5 saw Mir lead the race with Miller and Nakagami half a second clear of Pol Espargaro and Alex Rins and that gap kept climbing as the race went ahead. On Lap 8 the leading trio were 1.4 clear, with the Yamahas dropping down the field.With 14 laps to go, Viñales slowed down and held his hand up to suggest something was wrong with his YZR-M1.Viñales continued but the Spaniard jumped off his Yamaha at Turn 1 in what looked like a brake failure. His machine smashed into the air-fence at Turn 1 and going up in flames. Viñales was able to walk away and brought the red flags out as the race came to a halt, with a 12-laps to go.

Restart[edit]

The race began for a second time and Mir lead from pole, with Miller falling down from third. Pol Espargaro powered away from the line well but ran slightly wide into Turn 1, allowing Miller to regain position into Turn 2. Miller was leading Mir fought back on the exit but the Ducati rider held the inside line for Turn 6, with Nakagami dropping to seventh. With eight laps to go, Pol Espargaro set the fastest lap of the race. The KTM rider then made his move on Mir at Turn 3. Pol then attempted a pass up into Turn 1 but was wide, allowing Miller to pass and Oliveira and Mir to close in. Mir was then wide at Turn 4, allowing Dovizioso to grab fourth as Miller and Oliveira . The top five were close, however Mir and Dovizioso were about to drop off the pace slightly with Doviziosio running wide again at Turn 9.

Heading onto the last lap, this was between two KTMs and a Ducati. Pol led onto the last lap and got a good run out of the first corner but braked too much defensively. This compromised his exit and Miller made the move stick into the downhill right-hander.Miller held firm through the left-handers but Pol got the run up the hill and swerved to the inside and got underneath Miller. Miller braked late and dived underneath Pol. The duo went wide though and Oliveira, on his normal line, Oliveira got past Miller and Pol to seal a historic victory. Miller held onto second to pick up his second podium of the season, with Pol claiming P3.

Classification[edit]

MotoGP[edit]

The race, scheduled to be run for 28 laps, was red-flagged after 16 full laps due to an accident involving Maverick Viñales. The race was later restarted over 12 laps with the starting grid determined by the classification of the first part.

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 88 Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM 12 16:56.025 7 25
2 43 Australia Jack Miller Ducati 12 +0.316 4 20
3 44 Spain Pol Espargaró KTM 12 +0.540 1 16
4 36 Spain Joan Mir Suzuki 12 +0.641 3 13
5 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 12 +1.414 8 11
6 42 Spain Álex Rins Suzuki 12 +1.450 6 10
7 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 12 +1.864 2 9
8 33 South Africa Brad Binder KTM 12 +4.150 13 8
9 46 Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 12 +4.517 14 7
10 27 Spain Iker Lecuona KTM 12 +5.068 12 6
11 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci Ducati 12 +5.918 11 5
12 41 Spain Aleix Espargaró Aprilia 12 +6.411 19 4
13 20 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 12 +7.406 9 3
14 5 France Johann Zarco Ducati 12 +7.454 PL 2
15 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 12 +10.191 10 1
16 73 Spain Álex Márquez Honda 12 +10.524 16
17 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow Honda 12 +11.447 17
18 6 Germany Stefan Bradl Honda 12 +11.943 20
19 38 United Kingdom Bradley Smith Aprilia 12 +12.732 18
20 51 Italy Michele Pirro Ducati 12 +14.349 15
21 53 Spain Tito Rabat Ducati 12 +14.548 21
Ret 12 Spain Maverick Viñales Yamaha 0 Did not restart 5
Fastest lap: Spain Pol Espargaró (KTM) – 1:23.877 (lap 4)
OFFICIAL MOTOGP RACE REPORT

Moto2[edit]

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 72 Italy Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 25 37:12.461 5 25
2[N 1] 88 Spain Jorge Martín Kalex 25 -0.060 2 20
3 87 Australia Remy Gardner Kalex 25 +1.027 6 16
4 45 Japan Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 25 +1.974 3 13
5 12 Switzerland Thomas Lüthi Kalex 25 +3.230 7 11
6 97 Spain Xavi Vierge Kalex 25 +6.196 19 10
7 10 Italy Luca Marini Kalex 25 +8.634 12 9
8 96 United Kingdom Jake Dixon Kalex 25 +9.005 13 8
9 40 Spain Héctor Garzó Kalex 25 +9.620 8 7
10 33 Italy Enea Bastianini Kalex 25 +10.051 15 6
11 23 Germany Marcel Schrötter Kalex 25 +10.238 21 5
12 16 United States Joe Roberts Kalex 25 +14.857 14 4
13 11 Italy Nicolò Bulega Kalex 25 +17.968 10 3
14 62 Italy Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 25 +20.956 18 2
15 7 Italy Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 25 +21.189 23 1
16 42 Spain Marcos Ramírez Kalex 25 +21.497 17
17 19 Italy Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 25 +26.471 24
18 21 Italy Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 25 +26.952 25
19 57 Spain Edgar Pons Kalex 25 +29.400[N 2] 20
20 24 Italy Simone Corsi MV Agusta 25 +30.859 27
21 99 Malaysia Kasma Daniel Kalex 25 +43.828 30
22 5 Spain Alejandro Medina Speed Up 25 +55.353 29
23 27 Indonesia Andi Farid Izdihar Kalex 25 +1:00.005 22
24 64 Netherlands Bo Bendsneyder NTS 25 +1:10.576[N 3] 26
Ret 77 Switzerland Dominique Aegerter NTS 19 Mechanical 28
Ret 37 Spain Augusto Fernández Kalex 14 Accident Damage 4
Ret 9 Spain Jorge Navarro Speed Up 2 Collision 9
Ret 35 Thailand Somkiat Chantra Kalex 2 Collision 16
Ret 44 Spain Arón Canet Speed Up 1 Accident 1
DSQ 22 United Kingdom Sam Lowes Kalex 4 Black flag 11
OFFICIAL MOTO2 RACE REPORT

Moto3[edit]

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 13 Italy Celestino Vietti KTM 23 37:10.319 5 25
2 14 Italy Tony Arbolino Honda 23 +0.410 4 20
3 79 Japan Ai Ogura Honda 23 +0.938 8 16
4 2 Argentina Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 23 +1.182 1 13
5 75 Spain Albert Arenas KTM 23 +1.380 9 11
6 40 South Africa Darryn Binder KTM 23 +1.440 10 10
7 24 Japan Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 23 +1.478 3 9
8 25 Spain Raúl Fernández KTM 23 +4.265 2 8
9 82 Italy Stefano Nepa KTM 23 +6.937 16 7
10 11 Spain Sergio García Honda 23 +8.050 13 6
11 7 Italy Dennis Foggia Honda 23 +10.660 7 5
12[N 4] 12 Czech Republic Filip Salač Honda 23 +10.341 12 4
13 16 Italy Andrea Migno KTM 23 +14.381 22 3
14 5 Spain Jaume Masiá Honda 23 +14.421 18 2
15 6 Japan Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 23 +14.824 27 1
16 23 Italy Niccolò Antonelli Honda 23 +14.961 15
17 55 Italy Romano Fenati Husqvarna 23 +16.084 21
18 70 Belgium Barry Baltus KTM 23 +17.553 30
19 50 Switzerland Jason Dupasquier KTM 23 +17.842 25
20 21 Spain Alonso López Husqvarna 23 +21.672 24
21 99 Spain Carlos Tatay KTM 23 +22.446 23
22 92 Japan Yuki Kunii Honda 23 +23.041 28
23 9 Italy Davide Pizzoli KTM 23 +27.533 26
24 73 Austria Maximilian Kofler KTM 23 +1:05.434 29
NC 27 Japan Kaito Toba KTM 23 +46.673[N 5] 17
Ret 17 United Kingdom John McPhee Honda 21 Accident 6
Ret 71 Japan Ayumu Sasaki KTM 18 Collision 19
Ret 53 Turkey Deniz Öncü KTM 18 Collision 11
Ret 52 Spain Jeremy Alcoba Honda 13 Accident 14
Ret 54 Italy Riccardo Rossi KTM 2 Accident 20
OFFICIAL MOTO3 RACE REPORT

Championship standings after the race[edit]

Below are the standings for the top five riders, constructors, and teams after the round.[5][6][7]

MotoGP[edit]

Moto2[edit]

Moto3[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 1-position penalty for exceeding track limits on the last lap.
  2. ^ 3-second penalty.
  3. ^ 29-second penalty.
  4. ^ 1-position penalty for irresponsible riding.
  5. ^ Not classified due to finishing the race through pits.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2020 MotoGP Class (FIM Grand Prix World Championship) Programmes | The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". www.progcovers.com.
  2. ^ "Red Bull Ring | The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". www.progcovers.com.
  3. ^ "Stefan Bradl joins Alex Marquez in Brno while Marc Marquez recovers". Honda Racing Corporation. 4 August 2020. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Marc Marquez to miss another MotoGP". BusinessLIVE. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  5. ^ "MotoGP Standings" (PDF). resources.motogp.com. 23 August 2020. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Moto2 Standings" (PDF). resources.motogp.com. 23 August 2020. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Moto3 Standings" (PDF). resources.motogp.com. 23 August 2020. Retrieved 24 August 2020.

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