MotoGP: Portuguese GP
The Home Hero Miguel Oliveira starts on pole at Portimao can he convert this to a win?
Well here we are the final race of the 2020 MotoGP season. There has been nine different winners, will we see a 10th?
The front row for this race is Miguel Oliveira, Franco Morbidelli and Jack Miller, lights out for the first ever time at Portimao for MotoGP and we are go for the final time in 2020!
We will start as usual with Aprilia. Aleix Espargaro has qualified 14th with his stand in teammate Lorenzo Savadori in 19th, in front of the 2020 World Champion! Aleix put together a good race on board his RS-GP20 today, he made up 6 places in his charge today as he finished 8th today, this has put him in 17th in the World Championship. Lorenzo Savadori crashed out today in the race with 3 laps to go, this means Savadori was not able to score any points in the 3 Grand Prix's he took part in this year. However, Bradley Smith scored 12 points in the races he took part in putting him 21st in the championship.
Next up lets go to Suzuki, their man Joan Mir wrapped up the riders championship last week at Valencia. But, the manufacturers championship is still within Suzuki's reach this weekend. Qualifying didn't go to plan with Alex Rins down in 10th and the Champion in 20th! The race didn't go to plan either for Suzuki, Alex Rins was only able to claim 1 point in 15th. His champion of a teammate didn't have a good race either, Joan Mir had to retire from the race with 10 laps to go! Joan Mir is the World Champion from 2020 and Alex Rins finishes 3rd in the World as well, however, they do miss out on the manufacturers championship.
Staying in Japan we move to Honda. Cal Crutchlow, in his final ever race as a full time rider in MotoGP, starts the race in 4th. The German replacement for Marc Marquez, Stefan Bradl starts potentially his last race in 6th for Repsol. Takaaki Nakagami starts 11th for LCR Honda. Alex Marquez in his last race for Repsol Honda in 16th place. Takaaki managed a great race today for LCR bringing himself up to 5th place overall, with Bradl in 7th place, Alex Marquez in 9th and finally the British hero Cal Crutchlow finished his last race as a full time rider in 13th place. Takaaki Nakagami finishes as the top Honda in 2020 in 10th place overall, Alex Marquez finishes 14th in the World in his rookie year, Cal Crutchlow bows out of MotoGP with a 18th place finish and finally the stand in Stefan Bradl finishes 19th.
Lets go over to Yamaha now. Franco Morbidelli is starting this race from 2nd place, with his teammate Fabio Quartararo the row behind him in 5th place for his final race at Petronas Yamaha. Maverick Vinales is starting 8th place. Valentino Rossi starts his final race for the Yamaha Factory Racing Team in 17th place. Franco Morbidelli finishes on the podium again! He battled all race long with the 2nd place man but was hit with a proper block pass and has to settle for 3rd! Maverick Vinales finishes his 2020 season down in 11th place and Fabio Quartararo was the last Yamaha across the line in 2020 all the way down in 14th. However, 'The Doctor' Valentino Rossi bows out of the Factory Yamaha Team in 12th place ending his 15 year relationship with the Yamaha Factory Squad. This weekends results means Franco Morbidelli finises runner up in the 2020 MotoGP championship. Maverick Vinales finishes in 6th place. Fabio Quartararo, the man who once led the championship and was the favourite to win finished 8th in the World. Valentino Rossi finishes 15th in the World.
Back to Europe for the final two teams. But we will start in Italy with Ducati. Jack Miller starts his final race for Pramac Ducati in 3rd place. Andrea Dovizioso starts his last race in MotoGP in 12th place. Johann Zarco starts his last race for Avintia Ducati in 7th. Francesco Baganaia starts his final race for Pramac in 15th. Danilo Petrucci starts his final race for Ducati in 18th. Tito Rabat starts his final ever MotoGP race in 21st place. Jack Millers race went amazing, as he was the 2nd place man I mentioned before hand, he gripped onto the back of Morbidelli all race and wanted his revenge for last week and he got it after a proper old school block pass. Andrea Dovizioso bows out of MotoGP in 6th place. Johann Zarco finishes in 10th place. Danilo Petrucci finished outside the points in 16th. Tito Rabat bows out of a rather unsuccessful time in MotoGP with a 18th place finish. But Francesco Bagnaia had to retire from the race today after being hit by Joan Mir. Andrea Dovizioso manages to finish 4th in the World after today's result. Jack Miller finished 7th overall. Danilo Petrucci finished 12th overall. Johann Zarco finished 13th. Francesco Bagnaia finished 16th. Finally, Tito Rabat finished 22nd in the World. These results allowed Ducati to win their first Constructors Championship since 2007!
And we have saved the best to last. Off we go to Austria with the KTM teams. Miguel Oliveira starts his home Grand Prix and last race for Tech 3 on pole. Pol Espargaro starts his last race for KTM in 9th place. Brad Binder starts in 13th. Mika Kallio starts his first Grand Prix of 2020 in 22nd. Pol Espargaro finished his final race for KTM in 4th place. Mika Kallio finished in 17th place. Sadly, Brad Binder crashed out of the race with 23 laps to go. But, on a better note Miguel Oliveira wins his home Grand Prix! He lead the race from start to finish pulling out a 3.1 second gap over Jack Miller as he crossed the line for the final time. Miguel will be going to the Factory KTM team with 2 wins in his belt and he will be on cloud nine for 2021! Pol Espargaro finishes 5th overall in the MotoGP championship. Miguel Oliveira finishes 9th overall for Tech 3. Brad Binder is the rookie of the year as he finishes 11th in the World after winning the Czech Grand Prix. Finally, rookie Iker Lecuona finished 20th in the world in his rookie season.
2020 has been a wonderful season for MotoGP as we have seen 9 different race winners, a record amount in MotoGP, we have seen Yamaha, KTM, Ducati and Suzuki all win races this season. A Suzuki rider has won the World Championship for the first time since 2000, with Joan Mir. Ducati have won their first Constructors Championship since 2007. We see many big names leave MotoGP this year with the 2014 Moto2 champion Tito Rabat leaving, the 2004 125cc champion and 3 times MotoGP runner up Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow leaving MotoGP to become a test rider.
I look forward to 2021 with many riders moving teams and manufacturers. Hopefully Portimao will stay on the 2021 calendar.
Thank You to Dorna and Carmelo Ezpeleta for getting this amazing 2020 season despite the COVID-19 situation.