Grip levels, rising rookies and a stunning title race

Check out MotoGP™ Legend Randy Mamola’s things to look out for this weekend at the Catalan GP as MotoGP™ surpasses the halfway stage in 2020

It’s time for you to delve into Randy Mamola’s key points for the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya. The MotoGP™ Legend and 13-time Grand Prix winner talks you through some of the talking points ahead of Saturday and Sunday’s track action, as the premier class surpass the halfway stage of a mouth-watering 2020 season.

Franco Morbidelli, Petronas Yamaha SRT, Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya

1. A September Catalan GP – very different conditions to normal

“Barcelona is a completely different racetrack to Misano, it’s a much faster track, much faster and flowing. A lot of riders love Barcelona and obviously the fans do too. Its fantastic. The Ducatis, KTMs, obviously the bikes that have top speed should be doing very well there. It’s quite unusual because we talk about Yamaha not having that much speed, but yet they have won four races this year. KTM have won two, and Ducati have won one so it’s quite funny to see one of those things.


“It’s a different time of year for the Catalan GP. Normally it takes place in June time where we can almost guarantee it to be very hot. I live in the region so it’s definitely not a guarantee for sunshine at this time of year. In fact, last week for WorldSBK they had some big rainstorms so well have to wait and see what happens for the weather this weekend. Another thing for the Montmelo circuit is grip levels, they seem to change very quickly depending on the track temperatures so therefore it will be interesting to watch who gets the best grip out of the Michelin rear tyre, especially in this race so that’s what we’ll be looking for.”

2. Rookies on the rise

“Binder, Lecuona and Alex Marquez, these are our rookies and they are getting stronger. We already know how strong Brad Binder is because he managed to win a race in Brno this year as a rookie and it was his first time on the podium too. Not bad. He looked really strong in the last Misano but unfortunately, he fell off but he was strong enough for a podium I believe.

Alex Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya

“When we talk about Lecuona and Marquez, both of them had strong weekends. Alex Marquez had a great finish to the double-header in Misano because he finished in seventh place. The thing you have to commend him for is he finished in seventh, less than one second behind Nakagami, who is riding on a LCR Honda bike, and everybody praises Naka so you have to get give that praise to Alex Marquez as well because he is in a tough situation too and I’m sure he is getting a lot of pointers from his brother Marc. Will Lecuona and Alex Marquez be able to continue their speed in Barcelona?”

3. Four points, four riders – a stunning title race

“Four points separating the top four riders: Dovizioso, Quartararo, Viñales and Mir. The top 10 in the Championship is also incredible, separated by just 27 points. Just to give you an example: after the fifth Grand Prix which was the Styrian GP, Viñales was 22 points behind. Now he sits one point behind Dovizioso. Then Mir, who’s four points off Dovi, was 26 points behind at the Styrian GP, so in two races they clawed back a lot of points – 22 to be exact for Mir, and that’s how quickly things can turn around.

“Pol Espargaro is in 10th place, 27 points off and Rossi is just ahead of him in 9th – in between there’s Oliveira, Nakagami, Miller, Morbidelli and the three behind Dovi. Let me know your comments and let me know what you think about what’s going on in this Championship!”


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