Storm the field! Alex Marquez conquers the wet for debut MotoGP podium

Storm the field! Alex Marquez conquers the wet for debut MotoGP podium

11.10.2020: Grand Prix de France MotoGP 2020 Round 10 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.

   
 Grand Prix de France
MotoGP 2020   Round 10



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  73
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  6
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."         

    
       
    
    French Grand Prix



 
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
    
    
       
    
    Rider Standings


1    QUARTARARO Fabio     20    FRA    115    Petronas Yamaha SRT    Yamaha
2    MIR Joan     36    SPA    105    Team Suzuki Ecstar    Suzuki
3    DOVIZIOSO Andrea     4    ITA    97    Ducati Team    Ducati
4    VINALES Maverick     12    SPA    96    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    Yamaha
5    NAKAGAMI Takaaki     30    JPN    81    LCR Honda    Honda
6    MORBIDELLI Franco     21    ITA    77    Petronas Yamaha SRT    Yamaha
7    MILLER Jack     43    AUS    75    Pramac Racing    Ducati
8    ESPARGARO Pol     44    SPA    73    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM
9    OLIVEIRA Miguel     88    POR    69    Red Bull KTM Tech 3    KTM
10    PETRUCCI Danilo     9    ITA    64    Ducati Team    Ducati
11    BINDER Brad     33    RSA    62    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM
12    RINS Alex     42    SPA    60    Team Suzuki Ecstar    Suzuki
13    ROSSI Valentino     46    ITA    58    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    Yamaha
14    MARQUEZ Alex     73    SPA    47    Repsol Honda Team    Honda
15    ZARCO Johann     5    FRA    47    Esponsorama Racing    Ducati
16    BAGNAIA Francesco     63    ITA    42    Pramac Racing    Ducati
17    ESPARGARO Aleix     41    SPA    24    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    Aprilia
18    LECUONA Iker     27    SPA    18    Red Bull KTM Tech 3    KTM
19    CRUTCHLOW Cal     35    GBR    13    LCR Honda    Honda
20    SMITH Bradley     38    GBR    11    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    Aprilia
21    BRADL Stefan     6    GER    8    Repsol Honda Team    Honda
22    RABAT Tito     53    SPA    8    Esponsorama Racing    Ducati
23    PIRRO Michele     51    ITA    4    Pramac Racing    Ducati
    
    
       

Team Standings

1    Petronas Yamaha SRT    192
2    Team Suzuki Ecstar    165
3    Ducati Team    161
4    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    154
5    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    135
6    Pramac Racing    121
7    LCR Honda    94
8    Red Bull KTM Tech 3    87
9    Repsol Honda Team    55
10    Esponsorama Racing    55
11    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    35
    


Constructor Standings

1    Yamaha    170
2    Ducati    151
3    KTM    125
4    Suzuki    118
5    Honda    92
6    Aprilia    32
    


    
    
Repsol Honda Team - MotoGP, also photos

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