Alex Marquez and Stefan Bradl made steady improvements as conditions changed across the opening day of the European GP, showing top ten potential.

Damp and dreary conditions were the order of the morning after torrential rains on Thursday in Valencia. Although dark clouds remained overhead, the track slowly dried over the course of the day allowing afternoon running on slicks.

The wet conditions of the morning proved to be no challenge for Alex Marquez on the Repsol Honda RC213V, continuing to show the strong form first displayed at a wet French GP. A best time of 1’42.654 put the MotoGP rookie in fifth for the morning. Alex suffered a fall at Turn 6 late in FP1, avoiding any injury and walking away unharmed. Conditions in the afternoon allowed for significant improvements in lap times, Alex dropping to a 1’33.570 and ending the day in 16th overall. Free Practice 3 will give Alex and his Repsol Honda Team another chance to challenge for Q2 should the weather hold.

Stefan Bradl was immediately impressive in Valencia, the German rider spending almost the entirety of the morning session in the top three. Like his Repsol Honda Team team-mate, Bradl continued to go well in the wet and took third in FP1, half a second behind Miller. Slicks were the order of the day in Free Practice 2 as a dry line appeared, Bradl improving his time by nine seconds in the afternoon.

Action continues with Free Practice 3 at 10:55 Local Time on Saturday, November 07.

Alex Marquez

16th 1'33.570

“Another day of learning MotoGP in different conditions as the track was changing in the morning so I was able to take profit of this time to understand how the tyres and bike behave. Then in the afternoon we had a track dry enough for slicks but it was not fully dry. I am physically OK after the crash; it was not a problem. Times are again very close, so I am not too worried about our final position as we’ll push again in FP3.”

Stefan Bradl

14th 1'33.504

“It was not a bad day today, straight away in FP1 I had a good feeling with the bike and good confidence on rain tyres. This was a good start to the weekend. The afternoon was a little trickier with the drying conditions, but I think I could have had a better lap. Some small mistakes meant we missed the top ten today but overall it’s a positive day. We are looking good in these conditions so let’s see what happens with the weather and try to keep our position. It’s really tight here so even a small step can be a big improvement.”

MotoGP 2020
Practice Round 13   Valencia

European GP Combined Free Practice Classification

Wet
Humidity
90%
Track Temp
19°C
Air Temp
20°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 1'32.528
2 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.092
3 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.276
4 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.338
5 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.424
6 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.629
7 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.731
8 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.764
9 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.809
10 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.877
11 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.882
12 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.935
13 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.955
14 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.976
15 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.987
16 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.042
17 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1.211
18 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1.247
19 Gerloff Garett 31 USA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.579
20 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 3.133
21 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 4.162
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)