Roasting conditions in Jerez made for a grueling Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucía, but Alex Marquez took it in his stride on the way to eighth place as the sun beat down. 

A strange Sunday in Jerez saw Alex Marquez line up as the lone representative of the Repsol Honda Team, team-mate Marc Marquez withdrawing from the weekend as he continues to recover from surgery on his broken humerus. Temperatures continued to steadily rise over the course of the day, the track reaching a brutal 63°C during the course of the 25-lap Andalucia GP.

Having shown promising pace in Free Practice 4, Alex Marquez shot off the line and stayed clear of trouble in the opening corners to avoid the melee around him. Learning from his debut in the premier class the week before, the Moto2 World Champion was aggressive in the opening laps and gained seven positions on the first lap alone. Fending off the attacks of fellow rookie Iker Lecuona, Alex soon settled into what would be a consistent, but lonely, race.

His impressive performance was rewarded not only with top rookie honours, but also his first visit to the top ten in the premier class as Alex crossed the line in eighth place. Combined with his 12th place finish from the first race, Alex increases his lead in the Rookie of the Year standings to nine points.

Takaaki Nakagami’s best MotoGP weekend to date continued as his pace from practice carried into Sunday’s race. Fourth place in the race is the LCR Honda rider’s best result in the premier class, the Japanese rider narrowly missing out on the podium battle in the closing laps. Cal Crutchlow also produced a spirited ride to 13th after breaking his left scaphoid last weekend.

The Repsol Honda Team will now enjoy a well-earned week away from the circuit as they prepare for the Czech GP on August 07 – 09 where World Champion Marc Marquez is aiming to return to the track once again.

Alex Marquez

8th Top Rookie

“Second race in MotoGP and well, I’m quite happy! We clearly made a decent step compared to last weekend and this was our main target. Two races in a row at the same track gives us a good opportunity to try things and make a step and we took advantage of that. Our race was nine seconds faster than last weekend, which is already a good improvement given the conditions today. We’ve made a good step and have a good base as well. Now it’s time to head to Brno, one of my favourite tracks and I’m looking to make another step with three races in a row. It has been a good start, but there’s more to come!”

MotoGP 2020
Race Round 3   Spain

Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucía Race Results

Sunny
Humidity
29%
Track Temp
59°C
Air Temp
36°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 25 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 41'22.666
2 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 20 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 4.495
3 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 16 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 5.546
4 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 13 LCR Honda Honda 6.113
5 Mir Joan 36 SPA 11 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 7.693
6 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 10 Ducati Team Ducati 12.554
7 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 9 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 17.488
8 Marquez Alex 73 SPA 8 Repsol Honda Team Honda 19.357
9 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 7 Esponsorama Racing Ducati 23.523
10 Rins Alex 42 SPA 6 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 27.091
11 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 5 Esponsorama Racing Ducati 33.628
12 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 4 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 36.306
13 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 3 LCR Honda Honda +1 Lap
14 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA 0 Pramac Racing Ducati DNF
15 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 0 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha DNF
16 Binder Brad 33 RSA 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM DNF
17 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 0 Ducati Team Ducati DNF
18 Miller Jack 43 AUS 0 Pramac Racing Ducati DNF
19 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia DNF
20 Lecouna Iker 27 SPA 0 Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM DNF
21 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 0 Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM DNF
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

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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