A strong Saturday saw rookie Alex Marquez post constant improvements, challenging established race winners and setting a new personal best lap in Misano.

Friday was a day of progress and potential for Alex Marquez and the Repsol Honda Team. Having already improved his Free Practice 3 time by almost a full second when compared to a week ago, he followed it up with his strongest session to date. Alex roared to seventh in FP4, ending the session as the leading premier class rookie and the leading Honda rider. A best time of 1’32.382 in the session saw Alex just 0.377s from the top, while also showing strong pace throughout the session.

For Qualifying, the reigning Moto2 World Champion was able to improve his time down to a 1’32.198 – over a second faster than his 1’33.333 from Q1 at last week’s San Marino GP. The jump in time shows the steps the 24-year old is continuing to make as he learns the MotoGP class. Alex will start the race in 17th, ahead of multiple race winner Alex Rins.

Morning Warm Up at 09:20 Local Time, Sunday September 20, offers a final chance to adjust the setup of Alex’s Repsol Honda Team RC213V before the lights go out for the race at 14:00. Having shown consistently strong pace throughout the weekend, Alex is aiming for a fast start to catch and fight with the group ahead.

Alex Marquez

17th 1’32.198

“Again, our race pace is looking quite good and in both practice sessions we did a good job. Our rhythm is good but we can’t make a big step like the others with the soft tyre. Since Jerez we have improved this and even since last weekend we have found some time but everyone else has also made a step. I feel good on the bike but when we put new tyre in, the situation changes. It will be a hard fight tomorrow starting from where we are but if we can make some moves at the start we can make some progress.”

MotoGP 2020
Qualifying Round 8   San Marino

Emilia Romagna GP Qualifying Classification

Dry
Humidity
55%
Track Temp
41°C
Air Temp
26°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'31.077
2 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.076
3 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.145
4 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.231
5 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.236
6 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.312
7 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.359
8 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.489
9 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.497
10 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.504
11 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.540
12 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.207
13 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1'31.715 Q1
14 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 0.205
15 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.282
16 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.353
17 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.639
18 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.716
19 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.927
20 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1.291
Location Information

Close to the city of Rimini, the Misano Adriático circuit was constructed in 1972 and has since undergone an array of modifications. A regular scene for Italian Grands Prix throughout the 80s and early 90s, Misano returned to the MotoGP calendar in 2007.With updated facilities, track and grandstands, the Misano… read more.

Length 4.226 kilometres / 2.626 miles
Width 14 metres
Left corners 6
Right corners 10
Longest straight 0.565 kilometres / 0.351 miles
Constructed 1969
Modified 2008

Misano World Circuit "Marco Simoncelli", Via Daijiro Kato, Misano Adriatico, Rimini, Italy - View in Google Maps

www.misanocircuit.com

Records

Pole Position 1m31.077s (167.0 km/h) Maverick Viñales (Yamaha, 2020)
Race Lap 1m32.319s (164.7km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2020)
Race Time 41m55.846s (163.2 km/h) Maverick Viñales (Yamaha, 2020)
2020 Race Winners Race 1: Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha) || Race 2: Maverick Viñales (Yamaha)