MotoGP Results: First blood to Marquez, Honda in Spanish MotoGP FP1

Marc Marquez picks up from where he left off by topping FP1 for the Spanish MotoGP at Jerez, Round 1 of the 2020 MotoGP World Championship

Marc Marquez - Repsol Honda

Marc Marquez hit the ground running in first free practice for the 2020 Spanish MotoGP at Jerez as the 2020 season finally kicked off in Jerez with the Honda man on top.

With less than a second covering 19 of the 22 riders, Marquez got the better of Maverick Vinales by a mere 0.024s, while Cal Crutchlow made it two Hondas inside the top three in third position.

The result will be seen as a positive start for Honda, which was forced into a rethink of the RC213V design after the 2020 model was criticised for its poor handling.

Andrea Dovizioso showed fell ill-effects from his recent shoulder troubles as he turned in the fourth best lap, ahead of top Suzuki Joan Mir, Pramac Ducati’s Jack Miller and Alex Rins.

KTM enjoyed a strong start to the weekend with Pol Espargaro setting the eight best time, followed closely by his compatriots Iker Lecuona and Brad Binder. 

Meanwhile, Valentino Rossi was 13th fastest, while Danilo Petrucci – who was hurt in a fall during testing could only manage the 21st best lap.

2020 Spanish MotoGP – Jerez

Spanish MotoGP Results - Free Practice 1
1Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda Team1m 37.350
2Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGP1m 37.374
3Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda1m 37.438
4Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team1m 37.471
5Joan MirESPTeam Suzuki Ecstar1m 37.481
6Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati1m 37.487
7Alex RinsSPATeam Suzuki Ecstar1m 37.569
8Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM Factory Racing1m 37.712
9Iker LecuonaESPRed Bull KTM Tech31m 37.714
10Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory Racing1m 37.923
11Johann ZarcoFRAReale Avintia Racing Ducati1m 37.940
12Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha SRT1m 37.982
13Valentino RossiITAMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGP1m 38.118
14Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda1m 38.129
15Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Racing Team Gresini1m 38.209
16Alex MarquezESPRepsol Honda Team1m 38.212
17Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha SRT1m 38.316
18Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati1m 38.338
19Tito RabatESPReale Avintia Racing Ducati1m 38.337
20Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech31m 38.506
21Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team1m 38.507
22Bradley SmithGBRAprilia Racing Team Gresini1m 38.730