After almost four months of delays, MotoGP race action returns with the Spanish Grand Prix. Here’s how and when you can watch the race.
Following a tricky start to his race weekend, Fabio Quartararo stormed to the first pole position of the season by setting a new lap record at Jerez to beat Maverick Vinales.
Reigning MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez also fought for pole, but was shuffled to third place for Repsol Honda having avoided a possible grid penalty from FP3 following a Race Direction investigation after appearing to block Alex Rins.
Rins endured a nightmare end to qualifying as he crashed at Turn 11, moments after Pramac Ducati’s Jack Miller also went down at the same corner.
Suzuki rider Rins suffered a fracture and dislocation to his right shoulder, which has ruled him out of the belated 2020 MotoGP season opener. A final decision will be made on Rins’ fitness on the morning of the race.
Francesco Bagnaia (below) enjoyed a strong qualifying showing with fourth place – his best-ever MotoGP qualifying result – and he will start one spot ahead of Pramac team-mate Miller, with Cal Crutchlow rounding out the second row on the LCR Honda.
With Red Bull KTM’s Pol Espargaro in seventh and Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso in eighth, FP2 timesheet topper Franco Morbidelli claimed ninth place for Petronas SRT Yamaha to outqualify stalwart Valentino Rossi as the last of the Yamaha runners, the 41-year-old reporting a braking issue.
Jerez hosts a behind closed doors double-header to kickstart the 2020 MotoGP campaign, with Moto2, Moto3 and MotoE also in action, with the first event this weekend followed by the Grand Prix of Andalucia on 24-26 July.
When is the MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix?
• Date: Sunday 19th July 2020
• Start time: 2:00pm CET, 1:00pm BST
How can I watch the Spanish MotoGP?
In the United Kingdom, BT Sport have exclusive live broadcasting rights, with Quest TV set to show highlights. The race will be shown live on BT Sport 2, with coverage starting at 12:30pm BST, directly after the Moto2 race. BT Sport will also be showing the MotoE, Moto3 and Moto2 races from Jerez before the Spanish MotoGP.
MotoGP also offers a live video streaming service to watch every practice, qualifying and race for all classes.
Weather forecast for the Spanish MotoGP
Current weather forecasts predict hot and sunny conditions at Jerez on race day, with a high of 34 degrees Celsius for the start of the MotoGP race.
MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix starting grid
|1||Fabio Quartararo||Petronas Yamaha||1m36.705s|
|4||Francesco Bagnaia||Pramac Ducati||0.250s|
|5||Jack Miller||Pramac Ducati||0.748s|
|8||Franco Morbidelli||Petronas Yamaha||0.969s|
|13||Takaaki Nakagami||LCR Honda||0.729s|
|15||Miguel Oliveira||Tech3 KTM||1.259s|
|17||Tito Rabat||Avintia Ducati||1.324s|
|18||Johann Zarco||Avintia Ducati||1.401s|
|20||Iker Lecuona||Tech3 KTM||1.807s|
|1001||Cal Crutchlow||LCR Honda||0.749s|