The Repsol Honda Team gather more important data as the triple-header comes to a close in Barcelona with more points for rookie Marquez and mid-race improvements for Bradl.

Temperatures were again some of the coldest of the 2020 MotoGP season for both Warm Up and the race itself. With conditions as they were, a good start and a smart race would be vital for Alex and Stefan as they looked to fight forward.

The long run to Turn 1 was a dream for Alex Marquez who raced forward up to 11th aboard his Repsol Honda Team RC213V. His strong start from 18th on the grid put Alex in prime position to fight with the likes of Crutchlow and Viñales, battling with them in the early stages of the race. As in previous races, Alex was able to set consistent times throughout the race and made the most of mistakes from others. Crossing the line in 13th, the Moto2 World Champion claims points for the sixth time in 2020. Alex becomes one of just three riders to finish every MotoGP race this season, taking a maximum amount of information from each finish during his rookie campaign. 

Stefan Bradl’s Catalan Grand Prix got off to a compromised start, the German forced to stand up and run on at Turn 1. But Bradl rallied himself and on Lap 15 moved to be just behind Alex and battling with Lecuona for the final points. Towards the end of the race Bradl was forced to slow as he struggled for rear grip and took 17th at the flag.

Takaaki Nakagami produced another rousing performance as he battled up to seventh, fighting for a fifth-place finish right to the line. The LCR Honda Team rider holds seventh in the overall championship standings.

After three busy weeks, the Repsol Honda Team will be able to enjoy a few days rest before the French Grand Prix on October 11. But before the next race, Stefan Bradl will ride the Honda RC213V at the new Portimao circuit ahead of the track’s championship debut later in the year. Alex Marquez will also join the test in Portimao to learn the layout.

Alex Marquez

13th

“A difficult race today. We were expecting warmer conditions and we couldn’t use the soft front; we went with the medium. That was my mistake, I pushed the team hard to use the medium but during the race the temperature dropped a lot. In the first laps I lost a lot of time after my good start, then in the middle of the race I felt better but in the end I slowed again. It’s my mistake, sometimes this happens as a rookie and I have been able to learn from this. We also found a few things this weekend, so we are still improving and learning and now we look to Le Mans and also a quick visit to Portimao to learn the layout.”

Stefan Bradl

17th

“It was cooler than everyone thought it would be, everyone had to manage it. For me it’s tricky to understand the rear tyre and I was struggling a bit. At the end of the race I had to slow down a lot because the rear dropped off a lot. In the middle of the race I was not so bad, and I was near the points, fighting well. Sadly, the rear then dropped and we fell back. But we keep working with the Repsol Honda Team, trying different things and pushing. Now we have a little break before heading to Portimao for a test which will be important for me and Honda.”

MotoGP 2020
Race Round 9   Catalunya

Catalan Grand Prix

Dry
Humidity
38%
Track Temp
20°C
Air Temp
17°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 25 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 40'33.176
2 Mir Joan 36 SPA 20 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.928
3 Rins Alex 42 SPA 16 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.898
4 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 13 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 2.846
5 Miller Jack 43 AUS 11 Pramac Racing Ducati 3.391
6 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA 10 Pramac Racing Ducati 3.518
7 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 9 LCR Honda Honda 3.671
8 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 8 Ducati Team Ducati 6.117
9 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 7 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 13.607
10 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 6 LCR Honda Honda 14.483
11 Binder Brad 33 RSA 5 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 14.927
12 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 4 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 15.647
13 Marquez Alex 73 SPA 3 Repsol Honda Team Honda 17.327
14 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA 2 Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 27.066
15 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 1 Esponsorama Racing Ducati 27.282
16 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 28.736
17 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda 32.643
18 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 0 Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM DNF
19 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 0 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha DNF
20 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM DNF
21 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 0 Esponsorama Racing Ducati DNF
22 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 0 Ducati Team Ducati DNF
Location Information

In 1989, through the joint collaboration of the Catalan Autonomous Government, the Montmeló Town Council and the Royal Automobile Club of Catalunya (RACC), work began on giving one of Europe’s most beautiful cities a state of the art race track to match. The Circuit de Catalunya opened on the doorstep… read more.

Length 4.627 kilometres / 2.875 miles
Width 12 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 8
Longest straight 1.047 kilometres / 0.651 miles
Constructed 1991
Modified 2018

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló, Catalunya, Spain - View in Google Maps

www.circuitcat.com

Records

Pole Position 1m38.680s (168.8km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati, 2018)
Race Lap 1m40.021s (165.5km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati, 2018)
Race Time 40'13.566 (165.6km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati, 2018)
2020 Race Winner Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha)