Alex Marquez returned to winning ways with a masterful display in San Marino as Marc Marquez scored his first virtual podium with a scintillating second.
With the times in Qualifying as close as ever, the fourth virtual race of 2020 looked set to be another closer fought affair with many of the regulars back at the front. As the lights went out, it was Alex Marquez who got the jump into Turn One from second on the grid aboard his Repsol Honda Team RC213V with World Champion Marc Marquez close behind.
The early laps saw Alex fighting with Quartararo and briefly Bagnaia, two of Alex’s consistent rivals for the podium. Bagnaia’s challenge faded early and soon the 2019 Moto2 World Champion was left with just Quartararo to battle him. Expert defending kept the French rider behind until the closing moments when the pair collided and handed the lead to Marc on the second Repsol Honda Team machine. A hard fight erupted over the final lap between Alex and Marc, but it would be Alex Marquez who took the win in a thrilling last corner battle, earning his second victory of the virtual season in fine style. 25 points for the win moves him to the head of the championship table with a total of 86 points.
Marc Marquez got off to a similarly strong start on the RC213V and remained just off the back of the riders fighting for victory. Saving his tyres, the eight-time World Champion attacked in the closing stages to fight with his new team-mate after a crash between the riders fighting for victory. Making his move on the brakes, Marc seemed to have the advantage but narrowly missed out in the drag to the line. The second-place finish is Marc’s first virtual podium and sees the Repsol Honda Team become the first team to finish one-two in the virtual series.
Misano Virtual GP
|1||Marquez Alex||73||SPA||LCR Honda||Honda||13'30.548|
|2||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||0.725s|
|3||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||4.687|
|4||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||4.950|
|5||Mir Joan||36||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||13.747|
|6||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||14.313|
|7||Bagnaia Francesco||62||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||19.335|
|8||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||LCR Honda||Honda||23.514|
|9||Savadori Lorenzo||32||ITA||Aprilia Racing Test Team||Aprilia||25.417|
|10||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||31.909|
|11||Pirro Michele||51||ITA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||48.450|