The Repsol Honda Team achieved their best result of the season to date, Alex Marquez stunning with second place from 18th on the grid as Stefan Bradl makes it a double top ten.

It was another cold start to the day in France for round 10 of the MotoGP World Championship. Forecasts had predicted it to stay dry throughout, but the French sky had other ideas just moments before the lights went out. A delayed start our to rain on the grid saw  the race declared wet and had the entire field switch to wet tyres, the race distance reduced by one lap.

With only first practice on Friday as true wet experience on a MotoGP bike, Alex Marquez shot forward from 18th on the grid and made up eight places in just a few laps. Settling into his rhythm and gauging the conditions, Alex progressively got faster and was a full second quicker than the leaders throughout the middle of the race. This pace saw the rookie cut through the field, passing the likes of Dovizioso and Crutchlow as he moved ever closer to the podium. 

On lap 20 Alex moved into third and took just five laps to move past Dovizioso and up to second. The gap to eventual race-winner Petrucci proved too big, Alex Marquez crossing the line in front of a delighted Repsol Honda Team. With 47 points, Alex jumps to 14th in the championship and  is now 15 points behind Binder in the Rookie of the Year Championship.

Stefan Bradl returned to the points and the top ten with an impressive ride, the German also making an incredible start to move through the field in the early laps. Having sat out the wet FP1 session, Bradl stayed calm in the middle of the race to understand the conditions and charged forward in the closing laps. A strong final lap saw the HRC test rider pass Quartararo for a well-earned eighth place.

The MotoGP paddock now make the short trip to Aragon for two more races in the coming two weeks. Back-to-back races have so far been a positive for Alex Marquez, the rookie able to make the most of the track time to improve in the second outing.

Alex Marquez

2nd

"A great day. It wasn’t easy starting 18th on the grid but I was feeling really good on the bike. We lost some time fighting with Cal and Pol and Dovi but apart from this I did a good race and it’s a great result for the Repsol Honda Team. I want to say thank you to them for always believing in me and working so hard. Myself and the team never gave up. I felt good even in the dry Warm Up this morning so I think we have managed everything well. It’s been a great weekend and we go to Aragon for two more races. Now we just need to make this result in the dry!"

Stefan Bradl

8th

"It’s a big relief to get this result today, I’m really happy with it. It’s been a busy year and it’s an important result for me and the Repsol Honda Team. The forecast didn’t predict this so after missing FP1 in the wet I was a little worried honestly! But I said to myself to just try and enjoy the race and feel the bike. The team and I went with the medium tyre, which was the right choice and the feeling improved as the race went on. Also a big congratulations to Alex on his podium, it’s a great result for him and the team as well."

MotoGP 2020
Race Round 10   France

French Grand Prix

Wet
Humidity
82%
Track Temp
14°C
Air Temp
12°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 25 Ducati Team Ducati 45'54.736
2 Marquez Alex 73 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.273
3 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 16 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.711
4 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 13 Ducati Team Ducati 3.911
5 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 11 Esponsorama Racing Ducati 4.310
6 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 10 Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 4.466
7 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 9 LCR Honda Honda 5.921
8 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 8 Repsol Honda Team Honda 15.597
9 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 7 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 16.687
10 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 6 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 16.895
11 Mir Joan 36 SPA 5 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 16.980
12 Binder Brad 33 RSA 4 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 27.321
13 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA 3 Pramac Racing Ducati 33.351
14 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 2 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 39.176
15 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA 1 Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 51.087
16 Rins Alex 42 SPA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.14.190
17 Miller Jack 43 AUS 0 Pramac Racing Ducati DNF
18 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 0 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha DNF
19 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 0 LCR Honda Honda DNF
20 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 0 Esponsorama Racing Ducati DNF
21 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia DNF
22 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 0 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha DNF
Location Information

Built in 1965 around the existing 24-Hour track, the Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit lies 5km south of the city of Le Mans and 200km south-west of Paris. The venue has hosted Grand Prix since the late sixties but a serious accident to Spanish rider Alberto Puig in… read more.

Length 4.185 kilometres / 2.6 miles
Width 13 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 9
Longest straight 0.674 kilometres / 0.419 miles
Constructed 1966
Modified 2008
Resurfacing Resurfaced before 2017 round

Automobile Club de l'Ouest, Le Mans, France - View in Google Maps

www.lemans.org

Records

Pole Position 1m 31.185s (165.2km/h) Johann Zarco (Yamaha, 2018)
Race Lap 1m 32.309s (163.2km/h) Maverick Viñales (Yamaha, 2017)
Race Time 41m49.773s (162 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2018)
2020 Race Winner Danilo Petrucci (Ducati)