A new addition to the MotoGP calendar saw Stefan Bradl challenge for the top spots as Alex Marquez worked to build a base for the remainder of the weekend.

With extended Free Practice sessions at the new-to-MotoGP Portimao circuit, Friday proved to be a busy day for the Repsol Honda Team. Constant sunshine on the newly resurfaced track made for ideal conditions as the MotoGP World Championship builds to end the year on a high. Initial feedback from across the paddock was positive towards the new venue, riders trying to tame ‘the rollercoaster’.

Having had just one test session aboard a road bike, Alex Marquez used the start of the day to acquaint himself with the 4.6-kilometer-long track aboard his Repsol Honda RC213V. 15th and 1.1 seconds behind the fastest time gave Alex and his team a good base to work from as Free Practice 1 came to an end. It proved to be a busy afternoon for Alex Marquez, completing 33 laps, the most of any rider in the afternoon session, as the MotoGP rookie worked to improve his pace and assess the tyre options for the weekend. Ultimately Alex ended the day in 18th overall but within a second of the top time and half a second from the top ten. 

Stefan Bradl started the day in tremendous form, leading FP1 for a time and being among the first riders to set a 1’40 lap. This was not fleeting speed however, Bradl backing up his performance with improved pace in FP2 as he again competed for a top five place until the end of the session. Closing out the day with a best time of 1’39.909, Bradl concludes Friday in 11th place and just 0.021s away from the top ten.

The premier class will be back out on track for Free Practice 3 at 09:55 Local Time on Saturday, November 21, before the last qualifying shootout of 2020 at 14:10 Local Time.

Alex Marquez

18th 1'40.338

“From the test before we were able to learn the layout of the track but when you come here on a MotoGP bike it’s completely different. All the markers for turning and braking are new, and we spent a lot of FP1 working on finding the correct line because we did not really have any references. It’s a fun circuit with some difficult sections to master, but I enjoyed it today. With four front and four rear tyre options there was a lot of work to do, but I feel good after today even if our position isn’t the best. For tomorrow we need to make a step in the morning.”

Stefan Bradl

11th 1'39.909

“I got up to speed very quickly and had a good feeling on the bike. We had two strong sessions today while trying to understand the options we have for the weekend. I’m happy with how today went but tomorrow it will be important, I think we can aim to get into Q2. It was a good feeling to see P1 on my pit board, the feeling and speed has improved with each weekend. It’s a very special track, unique and a lot of points to make a difference.”

MotoGP 2020
Practice Round 15   Portugal

Portugal GP Combined Free Practice Classification

Dry
Humidity
52%
Track Temp
31°C
Air Temp
25°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1'39.417
2 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.119
3 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.228
4 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.275
5 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.280
6 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.315
7 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.324
8 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.366
9 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.403
10 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.471
11 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.492
12 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.522
13 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.529
14 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.549
15 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.560
16 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.668
17 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.796
18 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.921
19 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1.130
20 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1.839
21 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.862
22 Kallio Mika 82 FIN Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 2.409
Location Information

The Autodromo Internacional do Algarve has 15 corners – nine right, six left. The undulation in Portimao is incredible and the front straight will allow the MotoGP™ riders to really stretch the legs of their machines, before a unique downhill descend into Turn 1. There’s a reason it gets called… read more.

Length 4.592 km
Width 14m
Left Corners 6
Right Corners 9
Longest Straight 969 m
Constructed 2008

Records

Pole Position 1'38.892 (167.1Km/h) Miguel Oliveira (KTM, 2020)
Race Lap 1'39.855 (165.5Km/h) Miguel Oliveira (KTM, 2020)
Race Time 41'48.163 (164.7km/h) Miguel Oliveira (KTM, 2020)
2020 Winner Miguel Oliveira (KTM)