2020 MotoGP Teruel Grand Prix Preview

Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP are all in action at Aragon once again this weekend for the latest round of the 2020 season.

Moto3

Albert Arenas heads into the weekend with a 13 point advantage over second placed Ai Ogura. Arenas finished seventh at the first race in Aragon while Ogura once again had a difficult weekend, finishing down in fourteenth. In the last three races Arenas has finished inside the top ten twice, with one of those being a podium finish and a third race being a retirement. Meanwhile Ogura has finished inside the points in the three previous races but has only finished inside the top ten once.

Celestino Vietti is third in the championship and is five points behind Ogura and has an 11 point gap over fourth placed Tony Arbolino. Vietti has finished inside the top ten in the last four races which included a victory and second place.

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Jaume Masia won the first Aragon race and in doing so became Moto3’s eighth different race winner of the 2020 season. It was the Spaniard’s second podium finish of the season and is his seventh consecutive points finish. He enters the latest Grand Prix weekend sixth in the championship, one point behind John McPhee in fifth and has a 19 point gap to seventh placed Raul Fernandez.

Leading Moto3 rookie Jeremy Alcoba was fighting at the front last weekend and ultimately finished the Grand Prix in sixth. It means the Spaniard is thirteenth in the championship 13 points behind twelfth placed Dennis Foggia who finished tenth last weekend. Alcoba has a nine point gap over Andrea Migno in fourteenth who failed to finish last time out.

Moto2

Enea Bastianini heads the Moto2 rider standings going into the second Grand Prix at Aragon. The Italian has a two point advantage over second placed Sam Lowes with Bastianini finishing second and Lowes claiming victory last weekend. Lowes victory last time out was his second of the season.

Third in the championship is Luca Marini who is three points behind Lowes and five behind Bastianini. Marini crashed out of the race last weekend, as did his teammate Marco Bezzecchi who was for a time on course to take the lead in the championship. Instead Bezzecchi is 20 points behind Marini and 25 behind Bastianini.

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Jorge Martin completed the podium last time out having failed to finish the two races prior to the Aragon Grand Prix. It was the Spaniard’s fourth podium finish of the season and means he is 35 points behind Bezzecchi heading into this weekend. Directly behind Martin in the championship is Tetsuta Nagashima, 16 points separating the two.

A word on Jake Dixon who after having crashed out of the lead at the French Grand Prix managed to claim a fourth place finish last weekend. This is the Briton’s highest finish in the Moto2 and leaves him seventeenth in the championship, six points behind Jorge Navarro in sixteenth.

MotoGP

Going into the weekend the Riders’ Championship is headed by Joan Mir after the Spaniard finished third at the first Aragon race. He has a six point advantage over second placed Fabio Quartararo, the Frenchman having endured a difficult weekend where he ultimately finished outside of the points.

Six points behind Quartararo is Maverick Vinales who finished fourth last time out, his third top six finish in the last five races. The Spaniard is therefore 12 points behind Mir going into the second Grand Prix at Aragon. Vinales has Dovizoso directly behind him in the championship, three points separating the two after Dovizioso finished last weekend seventh.

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Last weekend’s Aragon Grand Prix was won by Alex Rins who became the eighth different race winner of 2020 after resisting pressure from the Honda of Alex Marquez. Rins lies seventh going into this weekend two points behind Morbidelli and three ahead of Miller in the championship.

A word on Alex Marquez who followed up what was perhaps seen as a fortunate podium finish at a wet Le Mans with a deserved podium finish at a dry Aragon. The Spaniard is twelfth in the championship, level on points with fellow 2020 MotoGP rookie Brad Binder who is eleventh. Directly behind the two rookies is Danilo Petrucci who is two points adrift while Miguel Oliveira is directly ahead of the two 2020 MotoGP rookies, once again the three covered by just two points.

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