2020 MotoGP San Marino Grand Prix Preview

This weekend sees all four MotoGP categories return to action in the first part of a Misano double header.

MotoE

The MotoE category will contest its third race of the season this weekend with Dominique Aegerter leading the championship 11 points ahead of nearest challenger Jordi Torres.

Aegerter has finished on the podium in the opening two races of the season, winning the race prior to this weekend. Torres has also made a visit to the podium, a second place finish at the Andalusian Grand Prix, to go with a sixth place finish at the opening round of the season.

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Third in the championship is Eric Granado, who won the Spanish Grand Prix. He is two points behind Torres and 13 behind Aegerter heading into the weekend. One point behind Granado in the championship is Mattia Casadei who has finished inside the top five in the opening two races of the season, including a third place finish at the second round of the season.

The reigning champion Matteo Ferrari starts the weekend sixth in the championship three points behind fifth placed Lukas Tulovic and five points ahead of Mike Di Meglio in seventh. However this weekend is the first of three races that MotoE is due to contest at Misano, a venue where last season Ferrari claimed two victories on his way to the 2019 title.

Moto3

Albert Arenas heads the Moto3 championship and has a 25 point advantage over nearest challenger Ai Ogura. Both riders have finished inside the top five in the last three races prior to this weekend which include two visits to the podium for both riders.

Third in the championship is John McPhee who is 14 points behind Ogura and one point ahead of fourth placed Celestino Vietti. This after McPhee crashed out of the Styrian Grand Prix while Ogura finished third and Vietti claimed victory. It was McPhee’s second retirement of the season, but he has also finished on the podium in three of the six races contested so far in 2020.

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Vietti’s victory at the Styrian Grand Prix was his first in the Moto3 class and, as well as putting him within touching distance of McPhee, it also gives him a six point advantage over countryman Tony Arbolino who is directly behind him in the championship.

The top rookie heading into the weekend is still Jeremy Alcoba despite his consecutive point scoring run coming to an end at the Styrian Grand Prix due to retirement. The Spaniard is twelfth in the championship seven points behind Darryn Binder and Dennis Foggia and eight points ahead of Andrea Migno.

Moto2

Luca Marini goes to Misano with an eight point advantage over Enea Bastianini and Jorge Martin at the top of the championship. Marini enters the weekend having finished inside the top two in three of the last five races.

Bastianini will be looking to rebuild some momentum after a difficult double header at the Red Bull Ring where he crashed out of the first race and finished tenth in the second. Prior to the two races at the Red Bull Ring Bastianini had finished inside the top three in three of the opening four races of the season.

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Third is Martin who was classified inside the top two in both races at the Red Bull Ring. The Spaniard was given a post race penalty in the Styrian Grand Prix which dropped him from first down to second. As mentioned earlier he is level on points with Bastianini and only eight behind Marini.

With Martin’s penalty it meant that Marco Bezzecchi claimed his maiden victory in the Moto2 class. The Italian is fifth going into the weekend and is three points behind fourth placed Tetsuta Nagashima and six points ahead of sixth placed Sam Lowes. Bezzecchi enters the first Misano race weekend having finished inside the top six in the last four races.

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The top rookie in Moto2 is Aron Canet who goes to Misano eighth in the championship. He claimed pole position in the Styrian Grand Prix but ultimately retired, ending his consecutive points finishes streak. He is three points behind Xavi Vierge who is seventh in the championship and is two points ahead of Remy Gardner who is directly behind Canet in the standings.

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Only three points separate championship leader Fabio Quartararo and second placed Andrea Dovizioso ahead of this weekend. Quartararo finished only high as eighth across the two races at the Red Bull Ring while Dovizioso won the first race and finished fifth in the second.

Jack Miller is third in the championship 11 points behind Dovizioso and 14 behind Quartararo after the Australian managed to secure podium finishes in both races at the Red Bull Ring. He has a seven point advantage over Brad Binder who is fourth in the championship.

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A word on Miguel Oliveira who sensationally won the Styrian Grand Prix for the KTM Tech3 team. The Portuguese rider is ninth in the championship one point behind Joan Mir and eight ahead of Pol Espargaro who is directly behind him in the championship. Oliveira’s season has been sporadic so far with three top ten finishes (including his win) separated by two retirements and, were he able to string together some top ten finishes, could find himself as high as fourth as he is only six points behind the ‘lead’ KTM of Binder.

The top rookie in MotoGP is another KTM rider, that being Brad Binder, who as mentioned is fourth in the championship seven points behind Miller and one ahead of fifth placed Maverick Vinales. The South African has finished inside the top ten in the three Grand Prix prior to this weekend having achieved a fourth and eighth at KTM’s home event last time out.

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