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.

Alex Marquez

1st

“I’m so happy with this win. It wasn’t easy as all race I was watching for Fabio behind, we crashed and then when Marc came at the end, I really had to push. I knew a little bit from playing with him in the past what he would try so I focused on the corner exit, I knew he’d be strong on the brakes. It has been great to put on another show for the fans and I think this was one of the best races yet. Thanks everyone for watching!”

Marc Marquez

2nd

“Finally we finished on the podium! It was a really good race and the Misano circuit suited my virtual style a little more. I pushed very hard in the last laps to try and beat Alex but he was just able to get a small advantage. Congratulations to him, it was nice to battle on track. Now we’ll have a big party! First and second is a great result for us and the team.”

MotoGP 2020
Race Round 4   San Marino

Misano Virtual GP

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Alex 73 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 13'30.548
2 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.725s
3 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 16 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 4.687
4 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 13 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 4.950
5 Mir Joan 36 SPA 11 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 13.747
6 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 10 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 14.313
7 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA 9 Pramac Racing Ducati 19.335
8 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 8 LCR Honda Honda 23.514
9 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA 7 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 25.417
10 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 6 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 31.909
11 Pirro Michele 51 ITA 5 Ducati Team Ducati 48.450
Location Information

Close to the city of Rimini, the Misano Adriático circuit was constructed in 1972 and has since undergone an array of modifications. A regular scene for Italian Grands Prix throughout the 80s and early 90s, Misano returned to the MotoGP calendar in 2007.With updated facilities, track and grandstands, the Misano… read more.

Length 4.226 kilometres / 2.626 miles
Width 14 metres
Left corners 6
Right corners 10
Longest straight 0.565 kilometres / 0.351 miles
Constructed 1969
Modified 2008

Misano World Circuit "Marco Simoncelli", Via Daijiro Kato, Misano Adriatico, Rimini, Italy - View in Google Maps

www.misanocircuit.com

Records

Pole Position 1m31.629s (166.00 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati, 2018)
Race Lap 1m32.678s (164.1km/h) Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati, 2018)
Race Time 42m05.426s (162.6 km/h) Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati, 2018)
2019 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)