The first MotoGP Qualifying session of 2020 was characterised by blazing temperatures and scorching lap times, Marc Marquez earning a front row while Alex Marquez learned from his first MotoGP Qualifying session.

Action continued uninterrupted at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España on Saturday as the 2020 MotoGP World Championship grid faced an intense day of qualifying for the first time this season. Despite ever-rising track temperatures, the MotoGP field were pushing lap record times as they battled for the first pole of the season.

World Champion Marc Marquez had a productive morning aboard his Repsol Honda RC213V, improving his time from Friday by three tenths. A lap of 1’37.029 comfortably took the 2019 Spanish GP race winner through to Q2. After demonstrating supreme pace in Free Practice 4, Marc turned his attentions to the first push for pole of the year. Despite the hotter temperatures, lap records were smashed as Marc battled for pole. His best time of 1’36.862 was under the 2019 pole record and will see him line up on the outside of the front row as he aims to continue his uninterrupted run of 16 top-two finishes in the premier class.



Dropping half a second off his best time from Friday, Alex Marquez ended Free Practice 3 feeling positive. Finishing the session just 0.955s off first placed Quartararo yet showing down in 20th on the combined timesheets demonstrated how excruciating close the MotoGP field is at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto. A 1’38.256 in Qualifying, the hotter conditions costing him half a second, will see Alex line up as the second fastest rookie for his MotoGP debut.

The Repsol Honda Team will have 20 minutes of morning Warm Up ahead of Sunday’s 25-lap  Gran Premio Red Bull de España. With the race commencing at 14:00 Local Time, conditions are set to be physically demanding for all competitors but both Repsol Honda Team riders are physically prepared after intense training during the break.

Marc Marquez

3rd 1'36.862

“It was tough! The lap time with this high temperature was very good. I knew even before we left the garage that my target was to try and be on the front row because for some reason Yamaha and Suzuki over one lap are very strong with the new tyre. But we have been working for race distance and in FP4 tyre life and our pace was very good. This is the main focus for tomorrow.”

Alex Marquez

21st 1'38.256

“The strategy today was to improve, and we made steps in both the morning and in the afternoon. Unfortunately, I am struggling more in the hot conditions than I was expecting but in the morning we were fast. Everything is so close in MotoGP. Every day I am on the bike I want to improve and learn new things; tomorrow will be a good opportunity to do this. The goal is to finish the race but still to push as hard as possible. We saw many positives today but there’s still some room to push a little more.”

MotoGP 2020
Qualifying Round 2   Spain

Spanish GP Qualifying Classification

Dry
Humidity
36%
Track Temp
54°C
Air Temp
33°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'36.705
2 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.139
3 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.157
4 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.250
5 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.748
6 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.749
7 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.788
8 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.830
9 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.931
10 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.969
11 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.036
12 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.079
13 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.333 Q1
14 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.360
15 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.371
16 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.877
17 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.901
18 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.903
19 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 0.966
20 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1.043
21 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.193
22 Lecouna Iker 27 SPA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.449
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

www.circuitodejerez.com

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