The Repsol Honda Team enjoyed their strongest start of the year as action resumed in Aragon, Alex Marquez leading FP1 and holing a provisional Q2 time as Stefan Bradl attacked the top ten.

Last week’s bitingly cold conditions were nowhere to be seen as the MotoGP championship returned to the MotorLand Aragon circuit for Round 12 of the 2020 season. Times in FP1 were immediately faster than the previous Friday and would improve throughout the day.

Alex Marquez continued to go from strength to strength and topped Free Practice 1 after spending the entirety of the session in and among the top positions. The MotoGP rookie was one of just three riders in the first session to drop under the 1’49 barrier and ended quickest with a 1’48.184, despite a fall on his final flying lap. Alex’s pace continued in Free Practice 2, a series of consistent laps building towards Sunday’s race. Taking sixth overall, Alex has a provisional spot in Q2 and has already gone faster than his qualifying time from Q2 the previous week. The plan is to again work in Free Practice 3 to guarantee a Q2 spot.

Stefan Bradl’s work continued with HRC to assess a number of options for the Honda RC213V. The programme did not slow the German down as Bradl flew up to fourth position in FP1. Free Practice 2 produced another solid session for Bradl who spent much of it challenging for a top five spot. A 1’48.444 is already 0.7s faster than his Q1 time from the previous week and saw Bradl 11th overall, only 0.005s off a spot in the combined top ten times.

Takaaki Nakagami on the LCR Honda was the fastest rider of the day, teammate Cal Crutchlow 0.154s behind for third overall as the Honda RC213V riders showed their speed again in Aragon.

Action resumes in Aragon at 10:55 on Saturday, October 23, with Free Practice 3 – a final chance to decide who is in of Q1 and Q2.

Alex Marquez

6th 1'48.184

“We’ve had a good first day here in Aragon, building from last weekend and continuing step by step. I had a small crash at the end of FP1 when I was pushing for a fast lap, but I am fine, and it was right at the end of the session. The time was looking good, but we were still able to stay in the top ten. The weather is better this week which is making things a little more straight forward, still some details to focus on for tomorrow but we have started well.”

Stefan Bradl

11th 1'48.444

“I am feeling pretty good today, it’s a good boost to be further up in the time sheets. We are improving and we have had two good practices after making a good step and trying some new things. I hope to continue in this way for the rest of the weekend. There has not been a magic part that has changed, this is what we have been working on for a while with the setting of the bike. There’s a couple of things to try tomorrow as well, let’s see what it will bring.”

MotoGP 2020
Practice Round 12   Aragon

Teruel GP Combined Free Practice Classification

Dry
Humidity
41%
Track Temp
24°C
Air Temp
20°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1'47.782
2 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.175
3 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.329
4 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.382
5 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.400
6 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.402
7 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.408
8 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.578
9 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.644
10 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.657
11 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.662
12 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.745
13 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 0.750
14 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.763
15 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.830
16 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.028
17 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1.088
18 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 1.429
19 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1.458
20 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1.537
21 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1.951
Location Information

An ultra-modern facility, MotorLand Aragón had its roots firmly established thanks to a solid history of street racing in Alcañiz, which hosted events between 1963 and 2003. Safety advice warning against the continuation of this led to the proposal and construction of a sporting complex dedicated to motorsport. With support… read more.

Length 5.078 kilometres / 3.155 miles
Width 15 metres
Left corners 10
Right corners 7
Longest straight 0.968 kilometres / 0.601 miles
Constructed 2009

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www.motorlandaragon.com

Records

Pole Position 1m 46.635s (171.4Km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)
Race Lap 1m 48.089s (169.0Km/h) Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha, 2020)
Race Time 41m 44.933s (167.8 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)
2020 Race Winner Race 1: Alex Rins (Suzuki) || Race 2: Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha)