A strong afternoon in Barcelona has Alex Marquez in a provisional Q2 spot as Stefan Bradl returns to the track.

After making solid improvements during the Misano Test, the Repsol Honda Team were eager to get back on track in Barcelona to confirm their findings at another track.

It was straight back to work for Alex Marquez, the MotoGP rookie spending Free Practice 1 learning the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on the Repsol Honda Team RC213V. A modest start to the day saw Alex 20th in FP1 but within half a second of the top ten. A 1’40.478 in Free Practice 2 was one and a half seconds faster than Alex’s best time from FP1 and rocketed the rookie up into the top ten. Eighth in FP2 and ninth overall, the Moto2 World Champion holds a provisional spot in Q2 ahead of Free Practice 3 on Saturday morning. The result marks Alex’s best start to a premier class weekend to date.

Stefan Bradl was back on form after a week’s rest, his right arm no longer causing him any serious issues aboard the Repsol Honda RC213V. The German, riding in Barcelona during a race weekend for the first time since 2016, ended the first session of the day within half a second of the top ten. Bradl was unharmed after a small crash at Turn 2 during Free Practice 2, ending the session in 1’41.260, some seven tenths from Alex.

Both Repsol Honda Team riders will return to the Montmelo circuit at 09:55 Local Time on Saturday, Alex Marquez determined to keep hold of his Q2 position.

Alex Marquez

9th 1’40.478

“It was not a bad day for us, it is really positive to be ninth. Maybe not every rider was pushing to their maximum today, but it’s a positive sign. I am feeling good on the bike, even if we are suffering a bit with rear grip – I think all riders are finding the rear grip tough. It’s a lovely track but there’s no grip and we have to try and manage it, hopefully with more riding it improves. I am happy with how this first day has gone, I am using everything we have been learning in the previous races and the test and we are making progress.”

Stefan Bradl

19th 1’41.260

“My arm is fine, this morning I felt much better than last week and I didn’t have any problems with it. This morning we started well, I am happy with the general setup of the bike and it seems like Honda has made a step since Misano. I think we have a good base for the rest of the weekend. The crash we had today was a little strange, I am perfectly okay, but it upset our plans for FP2 a little bit and I couldn’t do a proper time attack after. Otherwise, we are in quite a good way.”

MotoGP 2020
Practice Round 9   Catalunya

Catalan GP Combined Free Practice Classification

Dry
Humidity
29%
Track Temp
34°C
Air Temp
22°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'39.789
2 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 0.109
3 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.219
4 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.419
5 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.623
6 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.642
7 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.652
8 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.685
9 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.689
10 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.713
11 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.749
12 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.837
13 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.965
14 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.002
15 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1.072
16 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.082
17 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.239
18 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.306
19 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.471
20 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1.548
21 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1.884
22 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 2.270
Location Information

In 1989, through the joint collaboration of the Catalan Autonomous Government, the Montmeló Town Council and the Royal Automobile Club of Catalunya (RACC), work began on giving one of Europe’s most beautiful cities a state of the art race track to match. The Circuit de Catalunya opened on the doorstep… read more.

Length 4.627 kilometres / 2.875 miles
Width 12 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 8
Longest straight 1.047 kilometres / 0.651 miles
Constructed 1991
Modified 2018

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló, Catalunya, Spain - View in Google Maps

www.circuitcat.com

Records

Pole Position 1m38.680s (168.8km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati, 2018)
Race Lap 1m40.021s (165.5km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati, 2018)
Race Time 40'13.566 (165.6km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati, 2018)
2020 Race Winner Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha)