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.
European Grand Prix
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|
|Longest straight||0.876 kilometres / 0.544 miles|
Circuito de la Comunidad Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, Cheste, Spain - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m 29.401s (161.2km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)|
|Race Lap||1m 31.042s (158.3km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2021)|
|Race Time||41m 22.250s (156.8 km/h) Alex Rins (Suzuki, 2022)|
|2022 Race Winner||Alex Rins (Suzuki)|