Moto2 Pre-race Briefing 2020 Round 14, Valencia

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2020 Round 14, Valencia, Spain, 13-15 November

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A look back to the last race – Europa Grand Prix

Marco Bezzecchi, Moto2 race, European MotoGP, 08 November 2020
  • The first of the Valencian double-header (followed immediately after by the finale in Portugal) was incredibly tricky as the weather meant no rider got any true dry running until race day
  • Even then the track was still damp and there were several crashes as a result, namely Sam Lowes whose exit from second position on lap 16 meant that Enea Bastianini now leads the World Championship
  • Marco Bezzecchi took his second race win of the season (and 2nd of the Triumph era) and set the fastest top speed of the race, in doing so winning the inaugural Triumph Triple Trophy!

Winner: M. Bezzecchi #72 Pole position: 1m 38.936, X. Vierge #97

Fastest lap: 1m 35.584, H. Garzo #40 Top speed: 277.2km/h, M. Bezzecchi (WUP)

Race lap record: 1m 34.820, T. Luthi (2019) Circuit best: 1m 34.461, J. Navarro (2019)

A look to this coming race – Europe Grand Prix

  • With a potential maximum haul of 50 points remaining from the last two races, just 29 points separates the top four so the next two races will see an intense battle for the championship
  • In contrast to last weekend’s race, this weekend the weather is forecast to be 20 degrees and dry in Valencia with just a two per cent chance of rain, so unlike previous back-to-back races at the same venue, data gained last weekend might not be quite so relevant
  • Having rarely been out of the top three last weekend until his crash, Sam Lowes will be looking to make amends and retake the championship lead
  • Bastianini and Lowes are just six points apart. Each has three wins this season, but Sam’s now had three 0 scores to Enea’s one – who can hold their nerve for the last two races?
Marco Bezzecchi, Moto2 race, European MotoGP, 08 November 2020

Triumph Triple Trophy #PoweredbyTriumph

  • Marco Bezzecchi (Sky Racing Team VR46) is the first winner of the Triumph Triple Trophy!
  • He’s scored points at nine races this season, including the double of top speed and pole in Jerez and top speed and fastest lap in Austria

About the Triumph Triple Trophy #PoweredbyTriumph

  • The Triumph Triple Trophy #PoweredbyTriumph runs alongside the Moto2 World Championship in 2020, recognising that there are more stories of success from a GP than simply the race win, and will award one rider with a Street Triple RS at the end of the season
  • Points will be awarded to the one rider at the top of each of these categories (or multiple riders in the case of a tie): fastest top speed of the weekend, pole position, and fastest race lap
  • Fastest top speed: 7 points for the fastest rider / riders in case of a tie
  • Pole position: 6 points for the rider on pole
  • Fastest race lap: 5 points for the fastest rider / riders in case of a tie
Enea Bastianini, Moto2, European MotoGP, 07 November 2020

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2020 Valencia race information: 2020 Moto2 Grand Prix winners:

E. Bastianini3 – SPA, CZE, RSM
L. Marini3 – SPA, RSM, SPA
S. Lowes3 – FRA, ARA, ARA
M. Bezzecchi1 – AUT, 1 – VAL
T. Nagashima1 – QAT
J. Martin1 – AUT

Winner: M. Bezzecchi #72

Pole position: 1m 38.936, X. vierge #97

Fastest lap: 1m 35.584, H. Garzo #40

Top speed: 277.2km/h, M. Bezzecchi (WUP)

Race lap record: 1m 34.820, T. Luthi (2019)

Circuit best: 1m 34.461, J. Navarro (2019)

2020 Moto2 World Championship top ten:

2020 Moto2 World Championship top ten:

PosRace #RiderChassisEngineNationPoints
133E. BastianiniKalexTriumph 765ccITA184
222S. LowesKalexTriumph 765ccGBR178
310L. MariniKalexTriumph 765ccITA165
472M. BezzecchiKalexTriumph 765ccITA155
588J. MartinKalexTriumph 765ccSPA125
687R. GardnerKalexTriumph 765ccAUS101
745T. NagashimaKalexTriumph 765ccJPN85
816J. RobertsKalexTriumph 765ccUSA80
912T. LuthiKalexTriumph 765ccSWI72
1097X. ViergeKalexTriumph 765ccSPA70

2020 standings – Triumph Triple Trophy #PoweredbyTriumph:

PosRace #RiderNationPointsTeam
172M. BezzecchiITA74Sky Racing Team VR46
210L. MariniITA30Sky Racing Team VR46
322S. LowesGBR27EG 0,0 Marc VDS
488J. MartinSPA23Red Bull KTM Ajo
516J. RobertsUSA18American Racing
633E. BastianiniITA17Italtrans Racing Team
712T. LuthiSWI14Liqui Moly Intact GP
42M. RamirezSPA14American Racing
997X. ViergeSPA13PETRONAS Sprinta Racing
1087R. GardnerAUS12Onexox TKKR SAG
1145T. NagashimaJPN10Red Bull KTM Ajo
1223M. SchrotterGER7Liqui Moly Intact GP
99K. DanielMAL7Onexox TKKR SAG Team
62S. ManziITA7MV Agusta Forward Racing
1544A. CanetSPA6Openbank Aspar Team

2020 Moto2 calendar:

18 MarGP of Qatar, Losail927 SeptGP of Spain, Barcelona
219 JulyGP of Spain, Jerez1011 OctGP of France, Le Mans
326 JulyGP of Andalucia, Jerez1118 OctGP of Aragon, Aragon
49 AugustGP of Czech Republic, Brno1225 OctGP of Teruel, Aragon
516 AugustGP of Austria, Red Bull Ring138 NovGP of Europe, Valencia
623 AugustGP of Styria, Red Bull Ring1415 NovGP of Valencia, Valencia
713 SeptGP of San Marino, Misano1522 NovGP of Portugal, Algarve
820 SeptGP Emilia-Romagna, Misano