Increasing temperatures saw lap times drop throughout the day as the MotorLand Aragon circuit warmed. Alex Marquez showed top-ten pace in both sessions with Stefan Bradl building his base.

There was a delayed start to round 11 of the MotoGP World Championship with track temperatures showing at less than ten degrees for Free Practice 1, the opening session of the day subsequently delayed by half an hour. Conditions did improve to allow uninterrupted running after the delayed start.

The cold morning got off to a solid start for Alex Marquez, able to run within the top ten for much of the first session. Alex was victim to the classic Aragon Turn 2 crash during FP1, the MotoGP rookie walking away unharmed. Bouncing back from his fall, Alex ended the morning as the fourth fastest rider with a solid final lap. Speed at the end of the session continued for Alex, the Repsol Honda Team rider setting a 1’48.823 on his final flying lap of Free Practice 2 to defend his position in the top ten. Both sessions demonstrated consistent speed with late flashes of one-lap pace from the Le Mans podium finisher.

Friday proved to be a busy day for Stefan Bradl who went about adjusting the setup of his Repsol Honda Team RC213V to the Aragon circuit. A fall at Turn 12 with 15 minutes of the FP2 session remaining saw Stefan Bradl walk away unharmed, able to quickly return to the Repsol Honda Team garage. Completing a total of 34 laps around the 5.1-kilometre-long circuit, the HRC test rider set a best time of 1’50.091.

Cal Crutchlow ended the day in fifth, the fastest of the Honda RC213V machines. Crutchlow, Alex and Takaaki Nakagami in ninth made it three Hondas in the top ten once again.

Timings for morning sessions on Saturday and Sunday have been revised due to the forecasted cold temperatures. Free Practice 3 on Saturday will start half an hour later at 10:25 Local Time with Warm Up rescheduled to 10:00 on Sunday. The race is still set to begin at 14:00 Local Time.

Alex Marquez

8th 1'48.823

"I felt good today on track, it’s a circuit I really like, and I normally feel very comfortable here with my riding style. The Honda is also quite good here. I had a rookie crash in the morning but in the afternoon, we managed everything quite well and we tried some different options for the front. Tomorrow morning, even with the delay, I think it will be tricky to improve our lap time with the expected temperature, so I was working a lot in FP2 to put myself in a strong position to fight for Q2. I did a good last lap and I am pleased with how it went but you never know in MotoGP! Let’s see what happens in FP3 tomorrow."

Stefan Bradl

20th 1'50.091

"Well today was a little bit tricky, first in the morning it was very cold which stopped us doing some of the things we had planned. In the afternoon, the conditions were better but I had a very strange crash. I need to look at the data to understand what happened better, I am physically OK though which is the most important. Let’s see what tomorrow brings, hopefully the conditions will improve, and we can get through what we need to in FP3 and FP4. There’s some work to do, but I am confident we can do it. There were three Hondas in the top ten, so the bike is working well here."

MotoGP 2020
Practice Round 11   Aragon

Aragon GP Combined Free Practice Classification

Dry
Humidity
42%
Track Temp
23°C
Air Temp
16°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'47.771
2 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.249
3 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.447
4 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.730
5 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.827
6 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.899
7 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.975
8 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.052
9 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.053
10 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.068
11 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1.135
12 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1.232
13 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1.244
14 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 1.255
15 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1.336
16 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.394
17 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.437
18 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.487
19 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1.717
20 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 2.320
21 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.473
Location Information

An ultra-modern facility, MotorLand Aragón had its roots firmly established thanks to a solid history of street racing in Alcañiz, which hosted events between 1963 and 2003. Safety advice warning against the continuation of this led to the proposal and construction of a sporting complex dedicated to motorsport. With support… read more.

Length 5.078 kilometres / 3.155 miles
Width 15 metres
Left corners 10
Right corners 7
Longest straight 0.968 kilometres / 0.601 miles
Constructed 2009

Motorland Aragón, Teruel, Spain - View in Google Maps

www.motorlandaragon.com

Records

Pole Position 1m 46.635s (171.4Km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)
Race Lap 1m 48.089s (169.0Km/h) Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha, 2020)
Race Time 41m 44.933s (167.8 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)
2020 Race Winner Race 1: Alex Rins (Suzuki) || Race 2: Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha)