2020 MotoGP Aragon Grand Prix Preview

This weekend is set to see Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP in action at Aragon for the latest round of the 2020 season.

Moto3

Albert Arenas heads into this weekend’s race having managed to regain the lead in the championship after finishing third at Le Mans. Previous championship leader Ai Ogura is second after having had to work his way through the field last weekend at Le Mans after a poor qualifying. Six points separate the two heading into the Aragon Grand Prix with Ogura having managed to finish inside the points in the last seven races. Arenas meanwhile has finished inside the points in five of the last seven.

Third in the championship is Celestino Vietti who claimed his second race victory of 2020 last time out. The Italian is ten points behind Ogura and has a four point advantage over fourth placed Tony Arbolino. Vietti has finished inside the points in six of the last seven Grand Prix which includes his two victories and a second place finish.

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The leading Moto3 rookie is Jeremy Alcoba who retired from last weekend’s Grand Prix. The Spaniard goes to Aragon fourteenth in the championship one point behind thirteenth placed Andrea Migno and nine points ahead of Sergio Garcia who is directly behind Alcoba in the championship. There is a 24 point gap between Alcoba and the next best rookie of Deniz Oncu who is eighteenth.

Moto2

Despite suffering a huge high side early in the French Grand Prix weekend, and finishing outside the points in the race, Luca Marini goes to Aragon with a 15 point lead at the top of the championship. The Italian’s seventeenth place finish ends a run of eight races inside the top ten which included three wins and two further podiums.

The rider 15 points behind Marini is Enea Bastianini who could only close the gap to the championship leader by five points after the last Grand Prix as he ultimately finished eleventh. Bastianini may have a bigger concern of keeping his second place in the championship this weekend as Marco Bezzecchi is only five points behind Bastianini.

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Bezzecchi has finished on the podium, including inheriting victory in the Styrian Grand Prix, in four of the last five races. However two points behind the Italian, and fourth in the championship, is Sam Lowes who claimed his first victory of the season and extends his podium finishing streak to three races. Lowes can afford to look forward rather than backwards as he has a 49 point advantage over fifth placed Jorge Martin.

A note on Remy Gardner who claimed his second podium finish of the season last time out. It means he is level on points with Moto2 rookie Aron Canet with Marcel Schrotter a further point behind. Five points ahead of Gardner is Joe Roberts who was forced to start from the back of the grid at Le Mans, having qualified in pole position, which meant the American had to work his way through the field where he finished sixth.

MotoGP

Fabio Quartararo heads into the latest round of the season with a ten point advantage at the top of the championship. The French rider struggled at his home race last weekend where he finished down in ninth despite starting in pole position.

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His nearest challenger Joan Mir also goes to Aragon off the back of a difficult race weekend in Le Mans where the Spaniard suffered a poor qualifying which meant he ultimately finished the race down in eleventh.

The trouble for the top two in the championship has meant that Andrea Dovizioso has brought himself back slightly into contention for the title after finishing last weekend in fourth. The Italian is eight points behind Mir and 18 behind Quartararo going into the Aragon Grand Prix. Dovizioso however has Maverick Vinales only one point behind him in the championship after the Spaniard finished tenth in France.

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The race winner at Le Mans was Danilo Petrucci who became the seventh different winner in the premier class in 2020. The Italian lies tenth in the championship five points behind Miguel Oliveira and two ahead of Brad Binder. Petrucci has finished inside the top ten in the last three races compared to Oliveira’s two and Binder’s zero, although the South African has finished just outside the points in the two races prior to this weekend.

A mention to Alex Marquez who achieved his best result in the premier class at Le Mans where he worked his way through the field to finish second. It puts him fourteenth in the championship level on points with Johann Zarco. It also means that Marquez has Valentino Rossi directly ahead of him in the standings, 11 points separating the two after the Italian suffered a third consecutive retirement.

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