Points and top rookie honours for Alex Marquez as Marc Marquez’s miraculous comeback is cut short.

245 days since the 2019 Valencia GP, the MotoGP World Championship roared back to life at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España as the premier class made a welcome return to racing. Temperatures were once again the main talk of the grid, the track at 53°C as ambient temperatures pushed above 30°C.

Tension was palpable on the grid as the reduced 20-rider field waited for the lights to go out. Marc Marquez’s race got off to a lightning start and he quickly moved into the lead, until a moment on Lap 5 almost ended his race but for another Marquez miracle save. Dropping down the order, Marc lapped at an incredible pace once back on track and produced one of the most impressive rides of his career as he charged back from 16th and a 9.3 second deficit. Consistently lapping in the mid to low 1’38s while those at the front were in the high 1’38s, the Honda RC213V rider quickly closed the gap to the podium battle with his superior pace. Charging through the field, Marc joined the battle for second place with five laps to go with Viñales just a few metres ahead. Unfortunately, a vicious high side at Turn 3 would end the dream comeback and result in a broken right humerus.

Alex Marquez did well on his MotoGP debut, the rookie keeping his cool during the frantic start to the race and steadily working his way forward. A calm head allowed him to avoid any major mistakes and learn from the experienced riders around him. His patience was rewarded with a 12th place finish and top rookie honours on his MotoGP debut, a satisfying result for the Moto2 and former Moto3 World Champion.

The Repsol Honda Team would like to wish Marc Marquez, Cal Crutchlow and Alex Rins speedy recoveries. Marquez and Crutchlow will travel to the Hospital Universitari Dexeus in Barcelona, where they are aiming to be operated on by Dr Xavier Mir and his team on Tuesday, July 21st. Marc has suffered a transverse diaphyseal fracture to his right humerus while the Britain from the LCR Honda Team, who crashed in Warm Up, has suffered a small fracture on his left scaphoid.  He will undergo arthroscopy surgery to insert a small fixing pin.

Round Three of the 2020 MotoGP World Championship, the Andalucía GP, takes place next week from July 24 to July 26. 

Alex Marquez

12th

“First of all I’d like to wish Marc, Cal and Rins a speedy recovery. It is never good to see other riders get injured. Otherwise, it was a pretty good first race, I think we have a good base to now work from. Today was also a really good test physically because in this heat it was quite tough. It was a tricky race for everyone in the heat. I was fast during the middle of the race but I need to focus on the first five laps and the last four laps. But this is part of being a rookie, learning these sorts of things. Fortunately, we have next week to try it again.”

MotoGP 2020
Race Round 2   Spain

Gran Premio Red Bull de España Race Results

Dry
Humidity
41%
Track Temp
53°C
Air Temp
32°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 25 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 41'23.796
2 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 20 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +4.603
3 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 16 Ducati Team Ducati +5.946
4 Miller Jack 43 AUS 13 Pramac Racing Ducati +6.668
5 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 11 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +6.844
6 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 10 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +6.938
7 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA 9 Pramac Racing Ducati +13.027
8 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 8 Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM +13.441
9 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 7 Ducati Team Ducati +19.651
10 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 6 LCR Honda Honda +21.553
11 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 5 Esponsorama Racing Ducati +25.100
12 Marquez Alex 73 SPA 4 Repsol Honda Team Honda +27.350
13 Binder Brad 33 RSA 3 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +29.640
14 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 2 Esponsorama Racing Ducati +32.898
15 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 1 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +39.682
16 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda DNF
17 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA 0 Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM DNF
18 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 0 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha DNF
19 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia DNF
20 Mir Joan 36 SPA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 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