Consistency was key as Bradl picks up yet more points while Alex Marquez was left without reward after fighting through the pain barrier.
Weather was no longer the center of discussion in Valencia as the sun sat high in the sky for the entire day. The good weather set the scene for a riveting penultimate MotoGP race of the year.
After yesterday’s substantial crash in Q1, Alex Marquez headed out in morning Warm Up to check his physical condition ahead of the race. Ending the 20-minute session in 14th, Alex proved he was ready to race. A remarkable first lap saw the Repsol Honda Team rider charge through the field and make up five places in just a single lap, challenging for points immediately. Joined by Cal Crutchlow and Fabio Quartararo in the top 15, Alex fought to hold his own but a lack of power in his injured wrist held him back. Through gritted teeth, the MotoGP rookie went on to 16th place and missed the final point scoring position but less than a tenth of a second.
Stefan Bradl was able to make a solid start to the 27-lap Valencia GP and set a series of consistent times as the German worked to move into the points. Battling with the likes of Quartararo, Petrucci and later his Repsol Honda Team team-mate, Bradl steadily made progress up the order. Crossing the line in 14th place, Bradl makes it three points scoring finishes in a row – matching the run of points he achieved last year. The HRC Test Rider will now head to Jerez for a private test before returning for the final round of the year.
Now just a single race remains in the 2020 season as the Algarve International Circuit in Portugal is set to make its MotoGP World Championship debut on November 22. Both Alex and Stefan have experience around the circuit after a brief test earlier in the year.
The Repsol Honda Team would like to congratulate Joan Mir and Suzuki on wining the 2020 MotoGP Rider World Championship.
Valencia Grand Prix
|1||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||25||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||41'22.478|
|2||Miller Jack||43||AUS||20||Pramac Racing||Ducati||0.093|
|3||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||16||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||3.006|
|4||Rins Alex||42||SPA||13||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||3.697|
|5||Binder Brad||33||RSA||11||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||4.127|
|6||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||10||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||7.272|
|7||Mir Joan||36||SPA||9||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||8.703|
|8||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||8||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||8.729|
|9||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||7||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||15.512|
|10||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||6||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||19.043|
|11||Bagnaia Francesco||63||ITA||5||Pramac Racing||Ducati||19.456|
|12||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||4||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||19.717|
|13||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||3||LCR Honda||Honda||23.802|
|14||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||2||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||27.430|
|15||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||1||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||30.570|
|16||Marquez Alex||73||SPA||0||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||30.619|
|17||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||0||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||42.365|
|18||Savadori Lorenzo||32||ITA||0||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||46.472|
|19||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||0||LCR Honda||Honda||DNF|
|20||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||0||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||DNF|
|21||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||0||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||DNF|
The Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana was completed in 1999 and held rounds of the MotoGP and Spanish Motorcycle Championships in the same year. The Cheste track has several layouts, running anti-clockwise with varying lengths. MotoGP events are held on a 4km track comprising of five right handed corners, eight… read more.
|Length||4.005 kilometres / 2.489 miles|
|Longest straight||0.876 kilometres / 0.544 miles|
Circuito de la Comunidad Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, Cheste, Spain - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m 29.401s (161.2km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)|
|Race Lap||1m 31.116s (158.2km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2019)|
|Race Time||45m 54.228s (157 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)|
|2020 Race Winner||Race 1: Joan Mir (Suzuki) || Race 2: Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha)|