MotoGP Valencia Grand Prix qualifying – Start time, how to watch & more



MotoGP is set for its penultimate round of the reshaped 2020 season at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo with the Valencia Grand Prix. Here’s how to watch qualifying.

Jack Miller topped Friday practice in Valencia, just as he did last weekend, as the circuit hosts the second leg of its MotoGP double-header before the season finale next weekend at Portimao.

Joan Mir’s weekend got off to an underwhelming start as he crashed during the closing stages of FP2 and was duly pushed outside of the provisional top 10 on the overall timesheet – leaving him out of the current automatic Q2 spots.

Mir can seal the 2020 MotoGP world title this weekend if he finishes on the podium, with the Suzuki rider looking a strong favourite having claimed his maiden MotoGP victory last weekend in Valencia.

Out of the top three title contenders, only Mir’s Suzuki team-mate Alex Rins currently holds a top 10 spot having ended FP2 in eighth place, with Petronas SRT Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo down in 16th place in the afternoon session.

The headlines continue to be dominated by events off the track, however, with Yamaha confirming Cal Crutchlow will become its MotoGP test rider for next year having lost his place on the full-time grid following his LCR Honda exit.

PLUS: Why Yamaha’s MotoGP rivals should fear Crutchlow’s return

After a COVID-19 test scare, Valentino Rossi has been cleared to race in Valencia, but Marc Marquez will remain out of action for the rest of 2020 as he focuses his rehabilitation on being fully fit for next season.

Iker Lecuona will return to action for Tech3 KTM from tomorrow’s FP3 session having missed both the entire European GP and Friday’s action at the Valencia GP due to a positive case for his brother which forced him into self-isolation for the past 10 days.

What time does qualifying start for the Valencia MotoGP?

Qualifying for the Valencia MotoGP is set to start at 2:50pm local time (1:50pm GMT), using the regular Q1 and Q2 sessions format. Qualifying takes place directly after the 30-minute FP4 session which is set to start at 2:10pm local time (1:10pm GMT).

The fastest 10 MotoGP riders on the FP1-2-3 combined timesheet automatically head into Q2, with the rest of the riders entering Q1 of qualifying. The two riders who are fastest in the 15-minute Q1 session will progress into Q2 to compete with the top 10 from practice. Q2, which also lasts 15 minutes, decides who gets pole position and the qualifying order for the front four rows of the grid.

Date: Saturday 14 November 2020
Start time: 2:50pm local time – 1:50pm GMT

How can I watch qualifying?

In the United Kingdom every MotoGP practice, qualifying and race is broadcast live on BT Sport. MotoGP also offers its own live online video streaming service.

What’s the weather forecast for qualifying at Valencia?

Dry but cloudy conditions are forecast for qualifying at Valencia, with a very low chance of rain. A high of 18 degrees Celsius for qualifying will mean temperatures will be four degrees cooler than qualifying for last weekend’s European GP at Valencia, which was held in wet conditions.

Valencia MotoGP FP2 results

Pos Rider Team Gap
1 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati 1m30.622s
2 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda 0.091s
3 Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Ducati 0.120s
4 Pol Espargaro KTM 0.199s
5 Johann Zarco Avintia Ducati 0.277s
6 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 0.304s
7 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 0.308s
8 Alex Rins Suzuki 0.325s
9 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 0.367s
10 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 0.440s
11 Joan Mir Suzuki 0.458s
12 Stefan Bradl Honda 0.484s
13 Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha 0.503s
14 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 0.608s
15 Brad Binder KTM 0.639s
16 Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha 0.704s
17 Miguel Oliveira Tech3 KTM 0.708s
18 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 0.749s
19 Alex Marquez Honda 0.749s
20 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati 1.436s
21 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1.771s

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