Hardly out of the top ten all weekend, Alex Marquez continues to put together one of his strongest weekends of the season as three Hondas battle it out in Q2.

Low morning temperatures saw the schedule for the Aragon GP changed for the remainder of the weekend, Free Practice 3 starting at 10:55 Local Time – an hour later than was scheduled. It was just 10°C ambient temperature when pit lane opened, but the track had managed to reach 14°C. Lap times would continue to improve over the course of the day, edging to within half of second of Marc Marquez’s all-time lap record of 1’46.635.

With the delay allowing temperatures to rise, riders were able to produce faster times at the end of Free Practice 3, igniting a late fiery battle for the top ten. Alex Marquez had been consistent throughout the session and produced a strong closing lap to end as the fifth fastest rider overall. Heading directly to Q2 for the first time, Alex set a best time of 1’48.189 – his quickest lap of the MotorLand Aragon circuit so far. 

Not only is it his best grid position of the season, but 11th also sees Alex qualify as the leading rookie and ahead of a number of experienced MotoGP campaigners. Showing his trademark strong race pace throughout all practice sessions, Alex and the Repsol Honda Team are looking forward to another strong race on Sunday.

Showing well in the cooler conditions of the morning, Stefan Bradl spent much of the two practice sessions circulating in the top 15 with solid pace. Bradl will start 21st on the grid with a 1’49.166 in Q1, the German unable to put together a strong single lap during the 15-minute session. With his promising race pace from earlier in the day, Bradl remains optimistic of making up ground when the lights go out.

Cal Crutchlow was back on form after an injury-hit start to the year and secured his first front row since the Grand Prix of the Americas in 2019. With Nakagami clinching seventh on his final lap, Honda machines will fill three of the top 12 spots on Sunday’s grid.

The fully revised schedule has the 23-lap Aragon GP starting at 15:00 Local Time after Warm Up at 11:00.

Alex Marquez

11th 1’48.189

“We have secured our best grid position of the year after coming directly to Q2, it was a good result as I have been feeling good here since the first session. In the Q2 session I was expecting a little more initial grip, we were looking for a bit more after FP4. But we have good race pace and we are starting from further ahead than in the last races so I think we can be fighting for the top ten. It’s going to be a long race so we really have to be careful and pay attention for the whole race. We keep making progress and we keep doing our work.”

Stefan Bradl

21st 1’49.166

“It’s a disappointing result because in Qualifying I couldn’t get one lap together, putting us in a really difficult position for the race tomorrow. We made some big changes to the bike this weekend to try and follow the direction that you need to make the most of the bike. I am still working on adapting my style for this. In FP4 we were consistent and our lap times were good so I am optimistic that we can gain some positions based on this tomorrow.”

MotoGP 2020
Qualifying Round 11   Aragon

Aragon GP Qualifying Classification

Dry
Humidity
34%
Track Temp
28°C
Air Temp
20°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'47.076
2 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.046
3 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.229
4 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.241
5 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.337
6 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.603
7 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.683
8 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.848
9 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.912
10 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.959
11 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.113
12 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.126
13 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'47.752 Q1
14 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.248
15 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.400
16 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 0.463
17 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.781
18 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.826
19 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.951
20 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 0.953
21 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.561
Location Information

An ultra-modern facility, MotorLand Aragón had its roots firmly established thanks to a solid history of street racing in Alcañiz, which hosted events between 1963 and 2003. Safety advice warning against the continuation of this led to the proposal and construction of a sporting complex dedicated to motorsport. With support… read more.

Length 5.078 kilometres / 3.155 miles
Width 15 metres
Left corners 10
Right corners 7
Longest straight 0.968 kilometres / 0.601 miles
Constructed 2009

Motorland Aragón, Teruel, Spain - View in Google Maps

www.motorlandaragon.com

Records

Pole Position 1m 46.635s (171.4Km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)
Race Lap 1m 48.089s (169.0Km/h) Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha, 2020)
Race Time 41m 44.933s (167.8 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)
2020 Race Winner Race 1: Alex Rins (Suzuki) || Race 2: Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha)