The drought of MotoGP action has finally broken in Jerez as Marc Marquez and Alex Marquez returned to the circuit for a productive day of testing ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix.

With new protocols and ways of working in place, the Repsol Honda Team restarted their 2020 MotoGP World Championship campaign at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto ahead of the Gran Premio Red Bull de España. Two one and a half hour sessions allowed Marc Marquez and Alex Marquez to reacquaint themselves with the Honda RC213V around the circuit which will host the opening two rounds of 2020 season.

Marc Marquez set the pace in the first session of the day, the only rider to drop under the 1’38 barrier in the session. With a productive first morning back, Marc and the Repsol Honda Team continued their progress into the second session and steadily improved during the afternoon running. From his 67 laps, the eight-time World Champion’s 1’37.941 from the morning remained as the third fastest time of the day.

Alex Marquez was eager to return to track as he continues to prepare for his MotoGP debut. Consistently lapping in low 1’39s had the Moto2 World Champion within half a second of the top ten and 1.2 seconds off his team-mate. The afternoon session began with a small crash for Alex Marquez at Turn 6, the rider unharmed in the off and able to return to running once the red flag had been lifted. He concluded the day with a best time of 1’39.151.

Both riders will be back on track for the official start of the Gran Premio Red Bull de España at 09:55 Local Time on Friday, July 17th when FP1 begins.

Marc Marquez

3rd 1’37.941

“I’m happy today. We had a hard pre-season but it looks like at the end of the Qatar Test we found something, so it was good to be able to confirm it here because Qatar is always a unique situation. From the start of today it was my bike, the bike I had in 2019 but with an evolution. My shoulder was also feeling good and I could see the speed was there. We had to work on consistency, which was the real focus in the afternoon. Honestly, I’m just really happy to be back on the bike!”

Alex Marquez

20th 1'39.151

"I am happy with the rhythm that we found today, as a rookie it’s important to improve lap by lap. Looking ahead to the weekend as a whole, the main objective will be to keep our rhythm in what looks to be a very hot weekend. Unlike in Qatar or Malaysia with the longer straights, you hardly get a chance to rest here. I have a good feeling with the bike and I am ready for my first weekend in MotoGP."

MotoGP 2020
Testing   Spain

Jerez Test

Dry
Humidity
31%
Track Temp
57°C
Air Temp
35°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'37.793
2 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.118
3 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.148
4 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.400
5 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.429
6 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.492
7 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.520
8 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.555
9 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.587
10 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.624
11 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.633
12 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 0.720
13 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.799
14 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.853
15 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.986
16 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.080
17 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.149
18 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.223
19 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.296
20 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.358
21 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1.456
22 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1.614
Location Information

Built in 1986 and hosting its first Grand Prix one year later, the circuit of Jerez is now one of the most popular MotoGP venues and the focal point for a city fanatical about sport. Set in a slight valley in the south of Spain, Jerez is blessed with consistently… read more.

Length 4.423 kilometres / 2.748 miles
Width 11 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 8
Longest straight 0.607 kilometres / 0.377 miles
Constructed 1986
Modified 2002
Resurfacing Complete resurfacing before 2018 round

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Records

Pole Position 1m 36.705s (164.6km/h) Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha, 2020)
Race Lap 1m 38.051s (162.3km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2019)
Race Time 41m 08.685s (161.2km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2019)
2020 Race Winner Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) - Spanish GP & Andalucia GP