A wet and wild first weekend comes to an end in Valencia as Stefan Bradl walks away with more points while Alex Marquez shows top-ten potential again.

Sunday in Valencia got off to a busy start on a dry circuit, the Repsol Honda Team working to refine their dry race setup in just 20 minutes after a weekend of running in the wet. The Repsol Honda Team applying all of their knowledge to get the most out of the morning’s session.

When the lights went out, Alex Marquez once again got off the line well, charging ahead to gain positions in the opening corners. Within just a lap the rookie was inside the top ten, battling first with Jack Miller and then with Dovizioso as he made his way forward. Dovizioso would loom behind Alex for the majority of the race, launching another attack late in the race. Unfortunately, Alex Marquez was caught out by the extra speed from the slipstream at Turn 1 after being passed down the straight by the Italian, walking away unharmed but ending the rookie’s race prematurely.

From his best grid position of the year, Stefan Bradl held his own in the hustle and bustle of the first lap. With a steady run of opening laps, the German picked his way forward and quickly passed a number of riders to close in on his Repsol Honda Team teammate after a handful of laps. Stefan adapted to the conditions and changes in the front tyre, resulting in a 12th place finish, securing back-to-back points for the first time in 2020.

Takaaki Nakagami recovered from the disappointment of Aragon to come back and challenge for a podium finish. Ultimately taking fourth and top Honda honours, Nakagami holds eighth in the overall championship standings and is just 20 points behind second place.

The MotoGP World Championship will be straight back to action at the Valencia Circuit for the penultimate round of the championship next weekend.

Alex Marquez

DNF

“We were having a good race; I made an OK start and I found myself in a good rhythm riding in the top ten. I was feeling comfortable and able to make some progress. Unfortunately, when Dovizioso passed me I was in the slipstream for Turn 1 and even though I was braking at the same point, I was a little bit faster, so I fell. I tried to save it and fortunately I am OK. It’s disappointing to not score for two races in a row as we had another good opportunity for points this weekend. We will come back and used what we’ve learned next week.”

Stefan Bradl

12th

“My start was not so bad; I was maybe a little too careful in the opening laps looking back on it. But in any case, we went into the race with a lot of unknowns, just like everyone else. I had some problems with the front tyre and I lost some confidence in it which caused me to lose some time and I had to manage the situation. Overall, we’ve worked well with the Repsol Honda Team and have had a strong weekend overall. We’re showing that we are growing and making improvements.”

MotoGP 2020
Race Round 13   Valencia

European Grand Prix

Dry
Humidity
50%
Track Temp
25°C
Air Temp
22°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Mir Joan 36 SPA 25 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 41'37.297
2 Rins Alex 42 SPA 20 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.651
3 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 16 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.203
4 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 13 LCR Honda Honda 2.194
5 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 11 Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 8.046
6 Miller Jack 43 AUS 10 Pramac Racing Ducati 8.755
7 Binder Brad 33 RSA 9 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 10.137
8 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 8 Ducati Team Ducati 10.801
9 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 7 Esponsorama Racing Ducati 11.550
10 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 6 Ducati Team Ducati 16.803
11 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 5 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 17.617
12 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 4 Repsol Honda Team Honda 24.350
13 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 3 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 25.403
14 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 2 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 39.639
15 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia DNF
16 Marquez Alex 73 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda DNF
17 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 0 Esponsorama Racing Ducati DNF
18 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA 0 Pramac Racing Ducati DNF
19 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 0 LCR Honda Honda DNF
20 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 0 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha DNF
21 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia DNF
Location Information

The Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana was completed in 1999 and held rounds of the MotoGP and Spanish Motorcycle Championships in the same year. The Cheste track has several layouts, running anti-clockwise with varying lengths. MotoGP events are held on a 4km track comprising of five right handed corners, eight… read more.

Length 4.005 kilometres / 2.489 miles
Width 12 metres
Left corners 9
Right corners 5
Longest straight 0.876 kilometres / 0.544 miles
Constructed 1999

Circuito de la Comunidad Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, Cheste, Spain - View in Google Maps

www.circuitvalencia.com

Records

Pole Position 1m 29.401s (161.2km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
Race Lap 1m 31.116s (158.2km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2019)
Race Time 45m 54.228s (157 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
2020 Race Winner Race 1: Joan Mir (Suzuki) || Race 2: Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha)