2020 MotoGP European Grand Prix Preview

This weekend is set to see Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP contest the first of two Grand Prix at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia as all three championships begin to reach a conclusion to their 2020 season.


Albert Arenas leads the championship ahead of Ai Ogura and Celestino Vietti. There is a 19 point gap between Arenas and Ogura with the former outscoring the latter in the last three races.

Only a point separates Ogura and Vietti where the Italian has outscored Ogura in the last five races. Only four points behind Vietti, and five behind Ogura, is Jaume Masia who won both races that were held at Aragon. The Spaniard has a 12 point advantage over Tony Arbolino.

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Jeremy Alcoba remains the top rookie having finished in the points in both Aragon races, finishing sixth in the first and fifteenth in the second. He is 12 points behind Dennis Foggia who is directly ahead of the Spaniard and has a 10 point advantage over Andrea Migno who is directly behind in the championship. There is a 25 point gap between Alcoba and the next best rookie of Deniz Oncu down in nineteenth.

A note on Ayumu Sasaki and Kaito Toba who both claimed their first podium finish of the season last time out. Only three points separate the two who are fifteenth and sixteenth respectively in the championship, Sasaki is four points behind Migno while Toba has a three point advantage over Sergio Garcia.


Sam Lowes enters the first Grand Prix weekend at Valencia leading the championship with a seven point advantage. The Briton having won the last three races and having finished on the podium in the five races prior to this weekend.

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Enea Bastianini is second in the championship having finished on the podium in four of the last six races, which includes two podium finishes across the two races in Aragon. The Italian has a 16 point gap to countryman Luca Marini who is third in the championship. Marini scored points in the race prior to this weekend having failed to score points at Le Mans and at the Aragon Grand Prix.

A note on Fabio Di Giannantonio who claimed his second podium finish of the season in the second Aragon race. The Italian is tenth in the championship seven points behind Thomas Luthi in ninth and two points ahead of Xavi Vierge who is directly behind in the championship.


Joan Mir heads the championship going into this weekend and has a 14 point advantage over Fabio Quartararo. The Spaniard claiming two third places across the Aragon double header while Quartararo finsihed eighteenth and then eighth at Aragon.

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Five points behind Quartararo is Maverick Vinales who is therefore 19 points behind Mir. Vinales finished inside the top ten in both races at Aragon, with a highest finish of fourth which came at the first race. He has a six point advantage over fourth placed Franco Morbidelli who claimed his second victory in the premier class last time out. Another strong weekend could see Morbidelli bring himself further into title contention.

The Italian does however only have a three point advantage over Andrea Dovizioso who is behind him in the championship. Dovizioso endured a difficult two races in Aragon where he finished seventh and thirteenth. It therefore is realistic that if he still wishes to be in contention for the title he will need to win the two races in Valencia and hope for poor results from the other championship challengers.

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Four points behind Dovizioso is Alex Rins who claimed victory and then second across the two races in Aragon. The Spaniard having finished on the podium in three of the last four races. Rins has a 13 point advantage over Takaaki Nakagami, the Japanese rider starred during the second Aragon race weekend but will be looking to put behind a disappointing race performance with a strong showing in Valencia.

A note on the top two rookies in MotoGP with Brad Binder and Alex Marqez still tied on 67 points after both failed to finish last time out. 40 points behind the pair is the other 2020 MotoGP rookie of Iker Lecuona who goes into this weekend on a four race points scoring streak.

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