Alex Marquez is joined in the Repsol Honda Team garage by Stefan Bradl for the Czech GP weekend as Marc Marquez recovers from injury, the pair gathering good data on the opening day.
The Czech GP marks the start of the 2020 MotoGP World Championship’s first demanding triple-header, but there was no hesitation as the Repsol Honda Team busily got to work. Although conditions weren’t as hot as the previous two races, rising temperatures throughout the day saw the grip levels continue to change on the Czech track.
With Brno among his favourite circuits on the calendar, Alex Marquez was eager to head out and try his Honda RC213V around the 5.4-kilometre-long track. Times were as close as ever in Free Practice 1, the Moto2 World Champion ending the first session in 18th and just 1.2 seconds off LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami who was fastest. Alex suffered an electronics issue early in Free Practice 2, the rookie quickly making his way back to the garage and back out on circuit. Less than half a second split Alex from a top ten finish as the flag came out, the rookie setting a best time of 1’57.688 on Friday.
Stefan Bradl’s Friday was all about adaption after having last ridden a MotoGP bike during the Sepang Shakedown test in early February. The German rider spent the day reacquainting himself with the Honda RC213V and getting to work with the Repsol Honda Team. Improvements with each exit saw the HRC test rider keep pace with the MotoGP regulars and improve by an impressive 0.769s in the second session. Continued improvements and pushing towards the points scoring positions remain Bradl’s goal for the weekend.
Nakagami continued to shine after his result in Jerez, the LCR Honda rider topping Free Practice 1 and ending Free Practice 2 half a second from the top spot. Ninth on the combined times saw him as the leading Honda once more.
Action resumes at 08:55 Local Time on Saturday morning with FP3.
Czech GP Combined Free Practice Classification
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|Length||5.403 kilometres / 3.357 miles|
|Longest straight||0.636 kilometres / 0.395 miles|
Automotodrom Brno, Brno, Czech Republic - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m54.596s (169.7 Km km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2016)|
|Race Lap||1m 56.027s (167.6 km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2014)|
|Race Time||41m07.728s (166.6 km/h) Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati, 2018)|
|2020 Race Winner||Brad Binder (KTM)|