Progress continues for rookie Alex Marquez around the familiar Jerez circuit as he closes the distance to the front.

For the first time in Grand Prix racing history, two races in the same season were held back-to-back at the same circuit as the Andalucia GP began. Despite the different name, the Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucía is taking place at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto where just five days ago the 2020 MotoGP season began. As with the previous weekend, conditions became progressively hotter throughout the day as teams continued to work on perfecting their setting.

Moto2 World Champion and MotoGP Rookie, Alex Marquez, was the lone representative of the Repsol Honda Team on Friday but his approach remained the same. Working on his overall pace and improving the areas he found lacking during his racing debut, he continued to make progress with the feeling of his Honda RC213V. Warmer afternoon conditions resulted in Alex’s 1’37.957 standing as his fastest time of the day – three tenths quicker than he went at this point last weekend and only 0.8s off the fastest rider. 15th position overall also saw Alex less than a tenth behind race-winner Fabio Quartararo, who won the Spanish GP last weekend.

Takaaki Nakagami finished the day as the fastest Honda rider, topping Free Practice 2 with a 1’37.715 and ending the day eighth fastest overall.

Marc Marquez will join his Repsol Honda Team team-mate on track for Free Practice 3 tomorrow, Saturday July 25, to assess his fitness after breaking his right humerus last Sunday and undergoing surgery on Tuesday.

Alex Marquez

15th 1'37.957

"It will be interesting to see how much we can improve this weekend, already this weekend we have been able to make a step especially in the hotter conditions of the afternoon. I’m 100% sure tomorrow we can make another step as we have found a set up change for hot conditions which helped us. Tomorrow will be an important day for us, going directly to Q2 will need a low 37 and our target is to be as close to Q2 as possible. We’re working on our one lap pace to try and achieve this."

Marc Marquez

"Yesterday I arrived at the circuit after the operation in Barcelona and passed the medical test in the afternoon. It means I can ride, and after discussing with Honda we decided to start directly on Saturday. I have slept quite well, I am obviously in some pain, but we have had physiotherapy sessions with my physio that have been quite good for me. With the team we have set ourselves only one objective, which is to see our feelings tomorrow in FP3. Let's see how the arm is and from there we will decide our next objective. Thanks to everyone for their support, these have been hard days but with the support of HRC, the Repsol Honda Team, all the sponsors and fans who love the sport just as I do, it seems easier."

MotoGP 2020
Practice Round 3   Spain

Andalucia GP Combined Free Practice Classification

Dry
Humidity
50%
Track Temp
53°C
Air Temp
33°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'37.063
2 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.142
3 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.307
4 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.353
5 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.379
6 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.429
7 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.503
8 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.529
9 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.672
10 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.676
11 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.686
12 Lecouna Iker 27 SPA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.769
13 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 0.807
14 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.829
15 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.894
16 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.934
17 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1.246
18 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1.330
19 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.629
20 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1.784
21 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 2.038
Location Information

Built in 1986 and hosting its first Grand Prix one year later, the circuit of Jerez is now one of the most popular MotoGP venues and the focal point for a city fanatical about sport. Set in a slight valley in the south of Spain, Jerez is blessed with consistently… read more.

Length 4.423 kilometres / 2.748 miles
Width 11 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 8
Longest straight 0.607 kilometres / 0.377 miles
Constructed 1986
Modified 2002
Resurfacing Complete resurfacing before 2018 round

Circuito de Jerez, Jerez, Spain - View in Google Maps

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Records

Pole Position 1m 36.705s (164.6km/h) Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha, 2020)
Race Lap 1m 38.051s (162.3km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2019)
Race Time 41m 08.685s (161.2km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2019)
2020 Race Winner Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) - Spanish GP & Andalucia GP