Fighting rides from both Stefan Bradl and Alex Marquez delivered a double-top ten to wrap up a strong final weekend in Portugal.

The unprecedented 2020 MotoGP came to a close in Portugal with a trio of tremendous races across the classes. Conditions were again near perfect as the sun loomed over the Portimao circuit.

Using morning Warm Up to confirm the final aspects of his setting, Alex Marquez was again strong and consistent throughout the 20-minute session. The MotoGP rookie ended in seventh but with excellent pace, pace he showed immediately when the lights went out at 14:00. Steadily picking his way through the field, Alex found himself on the edge of the top ten after just six laps. Before long Alex was with the group fighting for fourth and continued his steady progress until the very close of the race. There was never a moment to rest as the group brawled throughout the entirety of the 25-lap race.

Crossing the line in ninth marks Alex’s fifth top-ten of 2020 and leaves him with a total of 74 points, 14th overall. It has been a strong rookie season for the 2019 Moto2 World Champion with two podiums, able to improve with each round and continually learn.

Focus was high for Stefan Bradl as the last race day of the year began, the German having put in a very impressive performance on Saturday. A fast fall at Turn 9 saw Bradl walk away unharmed, changing his leathers and returning to the track for the final minutes of Warm Up. The crash had no ill effect as Bradl shot forward in the race and immediately began to battle in the top five, giving no quarter.

The battle would rage until the end of the race, Bradl earning seventh and achieving his best race finish of the year. Nine points from his seventh-place finish moves Stefan to a total of 27 points in the World Championship standings.

Cal Crutchlow finished his full-time MotoGP career with 13th on the LCR Honda. While with the LCR Team Crutchlow has taken three wins and nine further podiums as well as providing HRC with great technical feedback. HRC would like to extend their thanks to Cal and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

The Repsol Honda Team will now enjoy a brief break after an intense campaign before preparations for the 2021 World Championship begin.

Alex Marquez

9th

“A tough race with a lot of battles against experienced riders, I enjoyed it a lot on the bike. We battled with Mir on the first lap, then Valentino, then Fabio and I was able to learn a lot from these experienced riders, unlocking more secrets. The starting position again hurt us because our rhythm was quite good to fight for fourth, but we put together another good recovery. Also, congratulations to Arenas and Enea for the Moto3 and Moto2 World Championships after two very races with a lot of battles.

“Looking back, of course there are some things that we could have done to improve and get results sooner, but I usually start slower in most categories, but I never give up and we get there. We have achieved two podiums this year which was a dream before the season started. One was in special conditions but the podium in Aragon was the icing on the cake. Unfortunately, we couldn’t deliver the Rookie of the Year title because of our ambition in Aragon and Valencia but we remain very satisfied with what we have done in the second half of the year. Thanks to everyone who made this year possible from Dorna to our sponsors and the fans at home and around the world. Of course, I would have loved to have had the fans at the track, but it was not possible, and I hope we were able to put on a good show for them this year. It has been a very difficult year for everyone in the world away from the circuit.”

Stefan Bradl

7th

“I enjoyed this weekend a lot, I was able to show that I still have the speed and motivation to compete for the top positions in the World Championship. It was tough when we first got on the bike, but we have gotten stronger and worked better with the Repsol Honda Team at each race. I am very satisfied. It was a good race with a lot of fighting at the front. The position in Valencia wasn’t as strong, but we showed that we had this potential and now in the last race I have been able to deliver on it. I want to say thank you to the entire Repsol Honda Team and HRC, we have a great relationship and I’m very happy to continue working with them. We have been very busy with racing and testing this season, but I was able to manage all of the commitments and it has helped to make us stronger. It’s been a challenging year for everyone and I want to thank everyone who has made this season possible.”

MotoGP 2020
Race Round 15   Portugal

Portuguese Grand Prix

Dry
Humidity
46%
Track Temp
28°C
Air Temp
22°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 25 Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 41.48.163
2 Miller Jack 43 AUS 20 Pramac Racing Ducati 3.193
3 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 16 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 3.298
4 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 13 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 12.626
5 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 11 LCR Honda Honda 13.318
6 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 10 Ducati Team Ducati 15.578
7 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 9 Repsol Honda Team Honda 15.738
8 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 8 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 16.034
9 Marquez Alex 73 SPA 7 Repsol Honda Team Honda 18.325
10 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 6 Esponsorama Racing Ducati 18.596
11 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 5 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 18.685
12 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 4 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 18.945
13 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 3 LCR Honda Honda 19.159
14 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 2 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 24.376
15 Rins Alex 42 SPA 1 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 27.776
16 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 0 Ducati Team Ducati 34.266
17 Kallio Mika 82 FIN 0 Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 48.410
18 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 0 Esponsorama Racing Ducati 48.411
19 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia DNF
20 Mir Joan 36 SPA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki DNF
21 Binder Brad 33 RSA 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM DNF
22 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA 0 Pramac Racing Ducati DNF
Location Information

The Autodromo Internacional do Algarve has 15 corners – nine right, six left. The undulation in Portimao is incredible and the front straight will allow the MotoGP™ riders to really stretch the legs of their machines, before a unique downhill descend into Turn 1. There’s a reason it gets called… read more.

Length 4.592 km
Width 14m
Left Corners 6
Right Corners 9
Longest Straight 969 m
Constructed 2008

Records

Pole Position 1'38.892 (167.1Km/h) Miguel Oliveira (KTM, 2020)
Race Lap 1'39.855 (165.5Km/h) Miguel Oliveira (KTM, 2020)
Race Time 41'48.163 (164.7km/h) Miguel Oliveira (KTM, 2020)
2020 Winner Miguel Oliveira (KTM)