Season best grid position for Alex Marquez

Season best grid position for Alex Marquez

17.10.2020: Gran Premio de Aragón MotoGP 2020 Round 11 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.


 Gran Premio de Aragón
MotoGP 2020   Round 11



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  73
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  6
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.”         

    
       
    
    Aragon GP Qualifying Classification




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
    
    


    
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