2020 MotoGP Valencian Grand Prix Preview

This weekend is set to see MotoGP contest the penultimate round of its 2020 season with the second Grand Prix to be held at Circuit Ricardo Tormo.

Moto3

Albert Arenas leads the championship despite being disqualified in the first race in Valencia. The Spaniard has a three point advantage over nearest rival Ai Ogura, the Japanese rider finishing third last time out.

Third in the championship is Celestino Vietti who is 17 points behind Ogura and 20 points behind Arenas as the Italian failed to finish inside the points last weekend. He has a three point advantage over fourth placed Tony Arbolino who finished the first race at Valencia in fourth. One point separates Arbolino and fifth placed Jaume Masia. The Spaniard won the two races held at Aragon but failed to finish the first Grand Prix in Valencia.

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It was another Spaniard, Raul Fernandez, who won last weekend. It is his first victory in Moto3 and it meant he became the ninth different race winner in the category in 2020. He is one point behind sixth placed John McPhee and has a 17 point advantage over Darryn Binder. McPhee crashed out of the race last weekend while Binder went on to finish fifth.

The top Moto3 rookie is Jeremy Alcoba who is thirteenth in the championship having finished the European Grand Prix eighth. The Spaniard is four points behind twelfth placed Dennis Foggia and has an eight point advantage over Sergio Garcia. Garcia claimed his first podium of the season last weekend and has a six point advantage over Andrea Migno.

Moto2

Enea Bastianini goes into this weekend’s Grand Prix at the top of the standings after finishing the first race in Valencia fourth. Previous championship leader Sam Lowes crashed out last weekend and it therefore means that six points separate the two going into the penultimate Grand Prix of the season.

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Luca Marini is 13 points behind Lowes, the Italian finishing sixth last time out. He has a 10 point advantage over teammate Marco Bezzecchi who claimed his second victory of the season. Bezzecchi has a 30 point advantage over Jorge Martin who finished second behind the Italian last weekend.

The highest ranked Moto2 rookie is still Aron Canet who returned to racing having missed the two Grand Prix in Aragon. The Spaniard has a one point advantage over Fabio Di Giannantonio going into the weekend and is four points behind Xavi Vierge who is directly ahead of Canet in the championship. The next best Moto2 rookie is Hector Garzo who is 23 points adrift of Canet. Garzo finished the first Grand Prix in Valencia seventh, matching his best result of the 2020 season, having finished in that position at the Aragon Grand Prix.

MotoGP

Joan Mir leads the championship by 37 points from Fabio Quartararo and Alex Rins. Mir finally claimed his maiden premier class Grand Prix victory last time out and with Quartararo only being able to finish fourteenth it means that this weekend is Mir’s first opportunity to seal the 2020 MotoGP title.

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Four points behind Quartararo and Rins is Maverick Vinales who managed to finish thirteenth in the first Valencia race after being forced to start from the pitlane having taken a sixth engine for the season. Vinales has a four point advantage over Franco Morbidelli and Andrea Dovizioso, the two managing to finish in the points last weekend as well.

Morbidelli and Dovizioso are 11 points ahead of Pol Espargaro who claimed pole position before going on to finish third last weekend. The Spaniard is one point ahead of Takaaki Nakagami entering the second Grand Prix at Valencia, the Japanese rider having recovered from crashing out very early in the Teruel Grand Prix by finishing fourth last weekend.

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Brad Binder is the leading MotoGP rookie after finishing seventh last time out. The South African is one point behind Danilo Petrucci and five ahead of Johann Zarco who are near him in the championship. He has also opened up a nine point gap over fellow MotoGP rookie Alex Marquez, who crashed out of the race last time out. Marquez is four points behind Zarco and is nine ahead of Valentino Rossi.

Rossi returned to action in the first Grand Prix at Valencia after being forced to sit out both races at Aragon after testing positive for COVID. It was a disappointing return for the Italian who appeared to be forced into retirement due to a mechanical issue. It means that Rossi hasn’t scored points since finishing fourth in the San Marino Grand Prix back in the middle of September.

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