Charging Alex Marquez makes up 13 places for first MotoGP top ten2020-07-28 03:03
Roasting conditions in Jerez made for a grueling Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucía, but Alex Marquez took it in his stride on the way to eighth place as the sun beat down.
A strange Sunday in Jerez saw Alex Marquez line up as the lone representative of the Repsol Honda Team, team-mate Marc Marquez withdrawing from the weekend as he continues to recover from surgery on his broken humerus. Temperatures continued to steadily rise over the course of the day, the track reaching a brutal 63°C during the course of the 25-lap Andalucia GP.
Having shown promising pace in Free Practice 4, Alex Marquez shot off the line and stayed clear of trouble in the opening corners to avoid the melee around him. Learning from his debut in the premier class the week before, the Moto2 World Champion was aggressive in the opening laps and gained seven positions on the first lap alone. Fending off the attacks of fellow rookie Iker Lecuona, Alex soon settled into what would be a consistent, but lonely, race.
His impressive performance was rewarded not only with top rookie honours, but also his first visit to the top ten in the premier class as Alex crossed the line in eighth place. Combined with his 12th place finish from the first race, Alex increases his lead in the Rookie of the Year standings to nine points.
Takaaki Nakagami’s best MotoGP weekend to date continued as his pace from practice carried into Sunday’s race. Fourth place in the race is the LCR Honda rider’s best result in the premier class, the Japanese rider narrowly missing out on the podium battle in the closing laps. Cal Crutchlow also produced a spirited ride to 13th after breaking his left scaphoid last weekend.
The Repsol Honda Team will now enjoy a well-earned week away from the circuit as they prepare for the Czech GP on August 07 – 09 where World Champion Marc Marquez is aiming to return to the track once again.
8th Top Rookie
“Second race in MotoGP and well, I’m quite happy! We clearly made a decent step compared to last weekend and this was our main target. Two races in a row at the same track gives us a good opportunity to try things and make a step and we took advantage of that. Our race was nine seconds faster than last weekend, which is already a good improvement given the conditions today. We’ve made a good step and have a good base as well. Now it’s time to head to Brno, one of my favourite tracks and I’m looking to make another step with three races in a row. It has been a good start, but there’s more to come!”
Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucía Race Results
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 25 Petronas Yamaha SRT 41'22.666
2 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 20 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 4.495
3 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 16 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 5.546
4 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 13 LCR Honda 6.113
5 Mir Joan 36 SPA 11 Team Suzuki Ecstar 7.693
6 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 10 Ducati Team 12.554
Source: Honda Racing Corporation
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