2020 MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix Preview

This weekend is due to see MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 in action at Montmelo for the latest round of the season.

Moto3

Albert Arenas leads the championship by two points from Ai Ogura after Arenas finished last weekend fourth while Ogura claimed his third consecutive podium finish.

John McPhee is third and is 19 points behind second placed Ogura and 21 behind Arenas. Having won the first race at Misano McPhee needed to work his way through the field in the second race and ultimately finished down in tenth. He does have a 12 point advantage over fourth placed Celestino Vietti who recovered from retiring in the first Misano race by being classified in second for the second race.

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The top rookie is still Jeremy Alcoba who followed up his fourth placed finish at ‘Misano 1’ with thirteenth at ‘Misano 2’. It means he goes to Catalunya eleventh in the championship one point behind tenth placed Romano Fenati and two ahead of twelfth placed Dennis Foggia.

Fenati became the sixth different winner in the 2020 Moto3 season and is 14 points behind Jaume Masia and Raul Fernandez in the championship.

Moto2

Luca Marini heads the championship, five points ahead of Enea Bastianini in second. Marini followed up his San Marino Grand Prix victory with fourth place at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Bastianini ended the Misano double header with two podium finishes, which included a victory in the second race.

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Marco Bezzecchi is 15 points behind Bastianini and 20 behind teammate Marini going into the Catalan Grand Prix weekend. Bezzecchi achieved two second place finishes across the Misano double header, giving him a 22 point advantage over fourth placed Sam Lowes.

The highest placed Moto2 rookie is Aron Canet who is eighth in the championship, six points behind seventh placed Xavi Vierge and one ahead of ninth placed Thomas Luthi. Canet scored points in both Misano races as did Luthi while Vierge finished fourth in the first race but retired from the second.

MotoGP

One point separates the top three riders in the MotoGP class going into this weekend, with fourth place four points off the number one spot.

Andrea Dovizioso currently heads the championship having finished inside the top ten in both Misano races. As mentioned he doesn’t have much of a points gap as Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Vinales are very close behind the Italian in the championship.

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Vinales claimed his first victory of the season last time out at the second Misano race, making him the sixth different winner in the seven races contested so far. That victory was vital as it has ensured he is still in touch of the championship leader.

In fourth is Joan Mir who achieved two podium finishes in the Misano double header, keeping within three points of Quartararo and Vinales and four of Dovizioso. Mir has finished inside the top five in the last four races going into this weekend.

There is a 16 point gap between Mir in fourth and fifth placed Franco Morbidelli who followed up his maiden victory in ‘Misano 1’ with ninth place. He is level on points with Jack Miller who retired from the second Misano race. One point behind the duo is Takaaki Nakagami who finished in the points in the San Marino and Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

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The top rookie is Brad Binder who is eleventh in the championship, four points off teammate Pol Espargaro in tenth. Binder has a nine point advantage over Suzuki rider Alex Rins who is twelfth in the championship.

A brief note on another rookie, Alex Marquez, who claimed his highest finish to date in the premier class last weekend where he finished seventh. The Spaniard’s previous best MotoGP result came in the Andalusian Grand Prix where he finished eighth.

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