MotoGP World Championship rookie Alex Marquez showed the progress he made during testing, posting consistent and competitive times across Friday. Unfortunately, Stefan Bradl’s Emilia Romagna GP comes to an early end.

Typical Misano weather once again greeted the MotoGP class as they rolled onto the 4.2-kilometer-long circuit for another weekend of racing. With a race and a day of testing before this weekend, the premier class is now intimately familiar with circuit.

This familiarity paid off for Alex Marquez who was faster than his Qualifying time after just a few laps in morning practice. His 1’32.437 from Free Practice 1 was already 0.9s faster than his qualifying time and he would eventually improve to a 1’32.369 in the afternoon. Confirmation of what he and the team found in testing has the MotoGP rookie confident of continuing these improvements into the weekend. With just 0.7s between the top 18 riders, Alex is not worried by his final position as he continues to work on improving his already strong race pace.

On the other side of the garage, Stefan Bradl continued to experience trouble with his right arm during the early stages of the second Misano weekend and together with HRC elected to withdraw from the weekend. Stefan felt he was unable to ride in a safe and consistent manner and will focus his attention on returning for the Catalan GP in a week’s time.

Takaaki Nakagami was back on fine form as the LCR Honda rider ended Free Practice 2 just 0.002s shy of the top spot. 0.071s split the top five riders at the end of Friday.

Alex Marquez will return to the circuit as the sole representative of the Repsol Honda Team at 09:55 Local Time for Free Practice 3 on Saturday morning.

Alex Marquez

17th 1'32.369

“Today was a good day. We were able to confirm the step that we made in the test which is really good for us. Today we ended just two tenths from the top ten, so this is also good and shows we are working in the right direction. The plan is to keep working and keep pushing, especially over one lap. We tried some different options for the race and our pace is again looking good. A positive Friday for us.”

Stefan Bradl

Withdrawn

“Unfortunately, I am still having problems with my right arm and I am not able to ride in a safe and consistent way. I spoke with my doctor and we performed a small operation to clean the nerve before this weekend but when they opened my arm, they saw the situation was more complicated than they first thought. I came to Misano with the intention of racing because my doctor told me it would be okay to race. But in this situation, I do not feel I can ride safely over a whole race, together with HRC we have decided to take the rest of the week to recover before Barcelona.”

MotoGP 2020
Practice Round 8   San Marino

Emilia Romagna GP Combined Free Practice Classification

Dry
Humidity
53%
Track Temp
41°C
Air Temp
27°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'31.628
2 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.002
3 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.016
4 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.041
5 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.071
6 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.183
7 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.298
8 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.337
9 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.345
10 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 0.444
11 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.510
12 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.524
13 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.557
14 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.610
15 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.635
16 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.651
17 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.741
18 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.779
19 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1.160
20 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.288
21 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.756
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)