Consistent hard work from Alex Marquez and the Repsol Honda Team was rewarded today as the rookie returned to the top ten and achieved his best MotoGP result to date.

The morning of race day started in ideal fashion for Alex Marquez and the Repsol Honda Team as the MotoGP rookie topped Warm Up. A 1’32.402 was three tenths faster than Nakagami’s session-topping time from Warm Up one week ago and an impressive seventh tenths faster than Alex’s own previous Warm Up time. Leading his first session in the premier class provided a boost in confidence and confirmation of Alex’s strong pace ahead of the 27-lap Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

This speed and confidence were clear to see when the lights went out, Alex steadily working through the pack from 17th on the grid. Within just a handful of laps the young Spanish rider found himself inside the top ten as those around him faltered and made mistakes. Producing steady and consistent times, Alex edged his away forward and held off the experienced Andrea Dovizioso. From his first flying lap of the race to the finish, Alex’s pace only moved from the low 1’32s to mid 1’33s on three occasions with a best lap of 1’32.865 on lap 19.

Alex and Takaaki Nakagami spent the final laps fighting for sixth place and top Honda honours. Crossing the line in seventh and 11.929 seconds back on winner Viñales, Alex rounds out a strong weekend with his best premier class result to date. Alex also closes the gap to Brad Binder in the Rookie of the Year contest.

There’s little time before Alex and the Repsol Honda Team return to track for the Catalan GP in Barcelona on September 25 – 27. Stefan Bradl is set to join the Repsol Honda Team again alongside Alex Marquez.

Alex Marquez

7th

“Last Sunday, and especially after the test, we managed to make some improvements. We were able to carry these improvements into this weekend and all weekend I have felt very strong. Throughout the weekend we had constant steps. In the race I started well and was aggressive early, which I am happy with. In the first laps I felt good and I was able to keep Dovi behind me for the race. Three laps from the end I had a big moment which allowed Nakagami to get through. Even with this I am pleased as I think we certainly had the pace for the top ten. I want to say thanks to the Repsol Honda Team for their hard work, we are coming stronger and now I am looking forward to Catalunya.”

MotoGP 2020
Race Round 8   San Marino

GP Dell'Emilia Romagna e Riviera di Rimini

Dry
Humidity
61%
Track Temp
39°C
Air Temp
26°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 25 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 41'55.846
2 Mir Joan 36 SPA 20 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 2.425
3 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 16 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 4.528
4 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 13 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 6.419
5 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 11 Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 7.368
6 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 10 LCR Honda Honda 11.139
7 Marquez Alex 73 SPA 9 Repsol Honda Team Honda 11.929
8 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 8 Ducati Team Ducati 13.113
9 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 7 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 15.880
10 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 6 Ducati Team Ducati 17.682
11 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 5 Esponsorama Racing Ducati 23.144
12 Rins Alex 42 SPA 4 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 24.962
13 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 3 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 30.008
14 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA 0 Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM DNF
15 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA 0 Pramac Racing Ducati DNF
16 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 0 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha DNF
17 Miller Jack 43 AUS 0 Pramac Racing Ducati DNF
18 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 0 Esponsorama Racing Ducati DNF
19 Binder Brad 33 RSA 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM DNF
20 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia DNF
Location Information

Close to the city of Rimini, the Misano Adriático circuit was constructed in 1972 and has since undergone an array of modifications. A regular scene for Italian Grands Prix throughout the 80s and early 90s, Misano returned to the MotoGP calendar in 2007.With updated facilities, track and grandstands, the Misano… read more.

Length 4.226 kilometres / 2.626 miles
Width 14 metres
Left corners 6
Right corners 10
Longest straight 0.565 kilometres / 0.351 miles
Constructed 1969
Modified 2008

Misano World Circuit "Marco Simoncelli", Via Daijiro Kato, Misano Adriatico, Rimini, Italy - View in Google Maps

www.misanocircuit.com

Records

Pole Position 1m31.077s (167.0 km/h) Maverick Viñales (Yamaha, 2020)
Race Lap 1m32.319s (164.7km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2020)
Race Time 41m55.846s (163.2 km/h) Maverick Viñales (Yamaha, 2020)
2020 Race Winners Race 1: Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha) || Race 2: Maverick Viñales (Yamaha)