The work continued inside the Repsol Honda Team box, Alex Marquez taking 18th in Qualifying with Stefan Bradl a few tenths behind.

Friday’s heavy wind in Barcelona was replaced by the some of the coldest conditions of the 2020 MotoGP season so far, an ambient temperature of just 12°C waiting for riders as they rolled out of pitlane for Free Practice 3. Temperatures would improve throughout the day but Turn 5 remained a hotspot for falls.

Despite the cold temperatures, Alex Marquez was one of the first riders to improve his time in FP3 as he worked to remain in the top ten. Improving to a 1’40.283, good enough for 12th on the MotoGP grid here last year, the MotoGP rookie missed a Q2 spot by just 0.4s. Although once again heading to Q1, Alex’s early speed shows his continued progress on the Honda RC213V. Alex Marquez’s 1’40.164 in Q1 was just 0.055s slower than World Championship leader Andrea Dovizioso, the pair set to line up next to each other on Sunday’s grid.

Stefan Bradl’s Saturday in Barcelona was spent diligently working, assessing various setup and tyre options for the 24-lap MotoGP race. Bradl suffered his second crash of the weekend at Turn 5 during Free Practice 4 but was once again able to walk away unharmed. A 1’40.721 in Q1 was Bradl’s best time of the weekend so far, 1.2 seconds faster than his FP1 time on Friday.

Takaaki Nakagami continued his run of top-Honda performances, advancing through Q1 to earn 11th on the grid, just 0.05s from the top ten.

The Catalan GP will start at 15:00 Local Time on Sunday, the day’s schedule pushed back by an hour compared to other European races.

Alex Marquez

18th 1'40.164

“Today was a difficult situation, I wasn’t able to improve my time a lot as yesterday I did a 40.4 and today only a 40.1. We weren’t able to make a big step between days, so we are a little bit further behind. Tomorrow we have Warm Up to try something, especially on the electronics side to try and improve the rear grip. Managing the tyres will be important tomorrow, we saw in FP4 there is some variety with how fast riders are. Still the grip around the circuit isn’t high, so we need to try and find a solution.”

Stefan Bradl

20th 1'40.721

“We had quite an average day today, the crash in FP4 which was a bit unlucky. Our first run in FP4 was quite good and I was happy with the pace. We wanted to try some changes to the setup, but the fall upset our plans again. I was expecting a bit more from today but I’m happy overall because our pace in FP4 is looking good. I’m hoping to make up some positions early and focus on my own race, this circuit is always tricky – especially with these cooler conditions.”

MotoGP 2020
Qualifying Round 9   Catalunya

Catalan GP Qualifying Classification

Dry
Humidity
37%
Track Temp
36°C
Air Temp
22°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'38.798
2 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.210
3 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.331
4 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.427
5 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.573
6 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 0.580
7 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.697
8 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.830
9 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.843
10 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.861
11 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.915
12 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.390
13 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'39.751 Q1
14 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.378
15 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.574
16 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.589
17 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.710
18 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.765
19 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.091
20 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.322
21 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.439
22 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1.614
Location Information

In 1989, through the joint collaboration of the Catalan Autonomous Government, the Montmeló Town Council and the Royal Automobile Club of Catalunya (RACC), work began on giving one of Europe’s most beautiful cities a state of the art race track to match. The Circuit de Catalunya opened on the doorstep… read more.

Length 4.627 kilometres / 2.875 miles
Width 12 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 8
Longest straight 1.047 kilometres / 0.651 miles
Constructed 1991
Modified 2018

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló, Catalunya, Spain - View in Google Maps

www.circuitcat.com

Records

Pole Position 1m38.680s (168.8km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati, 2018)
Race Lap 1m40.021s (165.5km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati, 2018)
Race Time 40'13.566 (165.6km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati, 2018)
2020 Race Winner Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha)