The Repsol Honda Team forged ahead in Andalucia, the incredible efforts of Marc and Alex Marquez and their teams unfortunately unrewarded as Alex aims for a spirited comeback on Sunday.
All eyes were on the Repsol Honda Team garage as the second day of the Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucía began, Marc Marquez making an incredible return to the circuit just four days after surgery on a broken right humerus. The Repsol Honda Team continued their work as normal, building on the data and learning of the last race and adapting as the conditions developed.
For Marc Marquez the day was about adapting and understanding the situation, each lap giving himself and his team more information about how his body was reacting to the demands of a MotoGP machine. Marc alongside HRC and the Repsol Honda Team elected to end his participation in the Andalucia GP after Free Practice 4 to avoid any further risks. This is the first Grand Prix Marc has missed since the 2011 Valencia GP while riding in the Moto2 class. His aim is to now return for the Czech GP on August 09.
It was a day of contrasts for Alex Marquez who continued to improve each time he left the pits on his Repsol Honda RC213V in FP3 and FP4. The day started with a solid Free Practice 3 session, making another step towards the top ten before an impressive run in Free Practice 4 where the rookie consistently ran inside the top ten. Unfortunately, this progress would go unrewarded in a difficult Q1 session which ended with a fall at Turn 5. Alex will start from 21st on the grid.
Takaaki Nakagami continued to shine aboard the LCR Honda RC213V as the Japanese ace topped FP4 and qualified eighth.
The second race in the 2020 MotoGP World Championship will begin at 14:00 Local Time, the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto once again set to host a thrilling 25-lap premier-class spectacle.
Andalucia GP Qualifying Classification
|1||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||1'37.007|
|2||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.095|
|3||Bagnaia Francesco||63||ITA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||0.169|
|4||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.335|
|5||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.337|
|6||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||0.405|
|7||Miller Jack||43||AUS||Pramac Racing||Ducati||0.416|
|8||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||LCR Honda||Honda||0.457|
|9||Binder Brad||33||RSA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.589|
|10||Mir Joan||36||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.593|
|11||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||0.899|
|12||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||3.270|
|13||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||LCR Honda||Honda||0.289 Q1|
|14||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||0.301|
|15||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||0.406|
|16||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||0.530|
|17||Lecuona Iker||27||SPA||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.851|
|18||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||0.856|
|19||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||0.955|
|20||Rins Alex||42||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||1.246|
|21||Marquez Alex||73||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1.293|
|22||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||No Time Set|
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|
|Longest straight||0.607 kilometres / 0.377 miles|
|Resurfacing||Complete resurfacing before 2018 round|
Circuito de Jerez, Jerez, Spain - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m 36.705s (164.6km/h) Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha, 2020)|
|Race Lap||1m 37.770s (162.8km/h) Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha, 2021)|
|Race Time||41m 05.602s (161.4km/h) Jack Miller (Ducati, 2021)|
|2021 Race Winner||Jack Miller (Ducati)|