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.

Alex Marquez

21st 1'39.648

“It was a very positive FP4 and I was feeling very good with used tyres but then I struggled more on new tyres. I made a lot of mistakes during Qualifying and I’m not able to really make the most of the initial grip, this is certainly something I have to work on because qualifying in MotoGP is so important. Even so, our race pace is looking better, and I am pleased with this. I also had a small crash, my arm is OK after some initial pain because the crash was quite fast, but it will be fine for tomorrow and the plan is to go forward tomorrow.”

Marc Marquez

Withdrawn

“It has been a difficult week and a lot has happened since last Sunday when certainly I would not have said ‘I will try to race next week’. But when you have a passion for something and you devote yourself to achieving something, you have to at least try so your conscience is calm. After the operation I saw I had mobility in the elbow and good strength and I was able to do some push-ups, of course there was pain there but it was manageable. I then spoke with Honda about all of the options and we agreed to try on Saturday, to see what was possible at least. Throughout I have listened to the doctors and my body, in the morning today I was feeling good and we were happy with our progress. But then when it came time to do the Time Attack, when it is less about being consistent and more about being aggressive, the arm was without strength. I don’t know if it was from the swelling or from the heat but I knew I needed to listen to my body. Throughout this process I have spoken with my Repsol Honda Team and with HRC and I want to say thank you to them for always respecting my decisions. I also want to thank the doctors, physios and those close to me for helping me to try and chase this dream. Sadly, we cannot race tomorrow but I will continue to do everything I can to be back on track in Brno and to fight for the championship.”

Alberto Puig

Team Manager

"This morning the objective was to make first contact with the bike and we saw that Marc could still be fast. In the afternoon the plan was to do a longer run. Either due to the heat or fatigue from the morning, he experienced more problems and found it more difficult. Obviously we have understood that it was better not to take more risks. We have followed the plan, which was to miss Friday and see how Marc felt today. Now we have analyzed the situation and made the decision not to participate in tomorrow's race. We have followed the plan, always checking the physical condition of the rider. Marc has tried to listen to his body, to see how he responded. When he saw that he could not, we have all decided not to race tomorrow. Marc is very strong. He wanted to try, and we wanted to give him the opportunity to do it, we have supported him at all times. I think we have made the right decision at all times. A champion cannot stay at home if he thinks he has the option or a slight chance. Now he has a lot of inflammation, but it will pass. There are many races ahead and the goal is to arrive in Brno in the best way."

MotoGP 2020
Qualifying Round 3   Spain

Andalucia GP Qualifying Classification

Sunny
Humidity
35%
Track Temp
56°C
Air Temp
35°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
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 Red Bull KTM Tech 3 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 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 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 Lecouna Iker 27 SPA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 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
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

www.circuitodejerez.com

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