Morbidelli wins as Miller crashes out of Teruel MotoGP
By Mat Coch
Monday 26th October, 2020 - 3:07am
Franco Morbidelli has won his second MotoGP race from Alex Rins and Joan Mir at the Teruel Grand Prix in Spain.
The result came as pole-sitter Takaaki Nakagami crashed out while leading on the opening lap, with Jack Miller was also an early retirement.
The demise of the Japanese rider paved the way for Morbidelli to assume the lead from Rins.
Miller was involved in a crash at Turn 2 on the opening lap which also accounted for Brad Binder for which the South African was sanctioned post-race.
That will see the KTM rider serve a long lap penalty at the Grand Prix of Europe next time out after he was “found to be riding in an irresponsible manner causing a crash”.
Morbidelli and Rins opened a margin out front ahead of Johann Zarco in third, extending it to more than half a second after four laps of the Aragon circuit.
Between the front two a similar gap, though slightly smaller, had emerged as Rins struggled to keep pace with the race leader.
Strong progress in the early stages saw Mir move forward, the Spaniard climbing to fifth on the opening lap after starting 12th.
The 23-year-old moved into the podium places on Lap 11, but was by then out of touch with the two runners ahead.
Fabio Quartararo had a tough afternoon, bringing home the Yamaha in eighth while Petronas SRT team-mate Morbidelli claimed victory.
The final margin between the Italian and Rins in second at the flag was 2.2s, the Suzuki rider’s spirit having been broken in the closing laps.
Championship contender Andrea Dovizioso crossed the line 13th, a result which leaves him 28 points behind Mir in the points standings.
The MotoGP season next heads to Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia on November 8 for the Grand Prix of Europe, the first of two successive events at the venue.
Race results: Teruel MotoGP
|1||21||Franco MORBIDELLI||ITA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||41:47.652|
|2||42||Alex RINS||ESP||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||+2.205|
|3||36||Joan MIR||ESP||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||+5.376|
|4||44||Pol ESPARGARO||ESP||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+10.299|
|5||5||Johann ZARCO||FRA||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||+12.915|
|6||88||Miguel OLIVEIRA||POR||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM||+12.953|
|7||12||Maverick VIÑALES||ESP||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||+14.262|
|8||20||Fabio QUARTARARO||FRA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||+14.720|
|9||27||Iker LECUONA||ESP||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM||+17.177|
|10||9||Danilo PETRUCCI||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||+19.519|
|11||35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||GBR||LCR Honda CASTROL||Honda||+19.708|
|12||6||Stefan BRADL||GER||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||+20.591|
|13||04||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||+22.222|
|14||53||Tito RABAT||ESP||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||+26.496|
|15||38||Bradley SMITH||GBR||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||+31.816|
|DNF||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||ESP||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||3 Laps|
|DNF||73||Alex MARQUEZ||ESP||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||10 Laps|
|DNF||63||Francesco BAGNAIA||ITA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||18 Laps|
|DNF||30||Takaaki NAKAGAMI||JPN||LCR Honda IDEMITSU||Honda||0 Lap|
|DNF||43||Jack MILLER||AUS||Pramac Racing||Ducati||0 Lap|
|DNF||33||Brad BINDER||RSA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0 Lap|
Race winner: 23 laps