Rookie Alex Marquez struggles on first Honda test drive

Alex Marquez
Alex Marquez

Action resumed at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo as 2020 began in earnest with the traditional post-season test with the MotoGP 2020 riders.

Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli have made a flying start to the 2020 MotoGP World Championship, finishing day one of pre-season action for PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team in first and third at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo.

Marc Marquez began his 2020 title defense two days after clinching a sensational 12th win of 2019. Starting early, Marc began to work through a busy day in Valencia. Just after 1PM Local Time he suffered a fall at Turn 13 but was unharmed and returned to running just after lunch. Completing a total of 60 laps, the reigning World Champion enjoyed a productive day and finished fifth fastest with a 1’30.698.

The opening day of testing saw Moto2 World Champion Alex Marquez try the new RC213V for the first time. Alex was victim to a harmless crash at Turn 10 on lap eight of the morning. Able to return to track just before lunch, Alex completed 53 laps on his debut as an HRC rider with a fastest time of 1’32.873 on his penultimate lap.

Alex Marquez
Alex Marquez

Marc Marquez
“I’m happy with how today went overall, we had our first contact with the 2020 bike and started to understand it. I had a strange crash on my out lap from the box but there weren’t any issues on the bike. Tomorrow we will concentrate on some other areas to understand some more things. It will be another busy day but I am looking forward to continuing our work so the team can work on our feedback over winter."

Alex Marquez
“First I want to say thank you to Honda for this opportunity to join them as the Moto2 World Champion. Each lap we were able to improve which is important and I was able to enjoy my time on the bike. I’m very happy, it has been a positive day for me apart from the rookie mistake I made in the first run. My rhythm was quite good, and I know where I need to improve and focus on for tomorrow. The plan for tomorrow is to just make more laps so I can understand the bike better, learn how to manage it more."

Valencia Test Day 1

Pos. Rider Num Nat Team Make Time/Gap
1 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'30.163
2 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha Yamaha 0.164
3 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.487
4 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.502
5 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.535
6 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.648
7 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.795
8 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory KTM 0.811
9 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha Yamaha 0.849
10 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.967
11 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1.020
12 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1.270
13 Lecouna Iker 27 SPA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.482
14 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.511
15 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.612
16 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.652
17 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA KTM Test Team KTM 1.700
18 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1.853
19 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.871
20 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Test Team Aprilia 1.927
21 Binder Brad RSA Red Bull KTM Factory KTM 2.482
22 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 2.670
23 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2.710

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