From the moment the flag dropped on Free Practice One, Marc Marquez, Alex Marquez and their respective sides of the Repsol Honda Team garage worked to maximise their return to Grand Prix action.

Having gotten back up to MotoGP speeds during Wednesday’s test, the Repsol Honda Team worked towards Sunday as action for the first MotoGP race of the year began at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto. Temperatures proceeded to rise during the day, ambient temperatures reaching 35°C and the track increasing by 16°C between the sessions – up to 51°C.

Times steadily got faster during the morning session with reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez a constant in the top five. With a best time of 1’37.350, Marc finished the session fastest. A harmless fall midway through Free Practice 2 did little to dent Marc’s momentum, restarting his Honda RC213V and continuing to lap without even returning to the pits. As with the majority of riders, Marc did not improve his time in FP2 and ended the session fourth fastest but ended Friday quickest overall.

The morning session went well for MotoGP rookie Alex Marquez, the Moto2 World Champion making big improvements in his lap time to end just 0.8s behind his team-mate in first. Unfortunately, FP2 started with a small front-end crash at Turn 8, the rider unharmed and immediately up on his feet. This delayed his session by just a few minutes before Alex returned to track. A best time of 1’38.212 in FP1 saw the rookie only 0.3s off a top ten time.

Saturday’s running brings with it the first Qualifying session of 2020, and a final chance to enter into Q2 directly through finishing in the top ten on combined times. A strong showing in the cooler FP3 session could be vital for the first time attack of the season at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España.

Marc Marquez

1st 1'37.350

"I’m happy again today. It is great to officially start the 2020 season and I felt really good from this morning, starting with the base we found on Wednesday. Then in the afternoon today we started to experiment a bit, trying a few ideas and using the time differently. I feel competitive, our opponents are fast but I’m feeling good. We had one small crash today because the track temperature is really high, making the track slippery. I went a bit wide and maybe I need to practice saving it with my elbow again, it’s just the second day back after a long break! But I was able to keep riding the bike, it was a really small crash."

Alex Marquez

17th 1'38.212

"The first day was a positive, especially in the morning. It was like the first day of school again, you’re excited but a little bit nervous! We had a plan to push on the last exit after confirming some settings we found in the test. I made a 1’38.2 which was not bad – I was a second faster than the test. There are still some things to improve so I was pleased. In the second session I made a bit of a rookie mistake with the conditions changing, but physically I am fine. A good day of learning."

MotoGP 2020
Practice Round 2   Spain

Jerez GP Combined Free Practice Classification

Dry
Humidity
31%
Track Temp
51°C
Air Temp
35°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'37.350
2 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.024
3 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.088
4 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.121
5 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.131
6 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.137
7 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.219
8 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.362
9 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.364
10 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.573
11 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 0.590
12 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.632
13 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.768
14 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.779
15 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.802
16 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.859
17 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.862
18 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.966
19 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 0.987
20 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.156
21 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1.157
22 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.380
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

Circuito de Jerez, Jerez, Spain - View in Google Maps

www.circuitodejerez.com

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