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.
Teruel GP Combined Free Practice Classification
|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||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||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||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||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 Lenovo Team||Ducati||1.088|
|18||Miller Jack||43||AUS||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1.429|
|19||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||1.458|
|20||Bagnaia Francesco||63||ITA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1.537|
|21||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||1.951|
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|
|Longest straight||0.968 kilometres / 0.601 miles|
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|Pole Position||1m 46.322s (171.9Km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2021)|
|Race Lap||1m 48.089s (169.0Km/h) Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha, 2020)|
|Race Time||41m 44.442s (167.8 km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2021)|
|2021 Race Winner||Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)|