MotoGP 2020 Round 7, Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini
The start of another triple-header is just around the corner for the MotoGP World Championship, Alex Marquez and Stefan Bradl refreshed and ready to go again.
After two weeks away from the circuit for what is effectively the 2020 MotoGP season’s ‘summer break’, the Repsol Honda Team arrive fresh in Misano for another pair of races. This is the third of five occasions in 2020 in which the MotoGP World Championship will race twice at the same circuit. The 4.3-kilometre-long circuit has produced some thrilling races, including the 2019 edition where Marc Marquez put on an incredible show to win on the last lap.
Two restarted races in Austria helped Rookie Alex Marquez to deepen his understanding of the MotoGP class and focus on his speed in the opening laps. But Alex is now hoping for a calmer weekend and is determined to return to the points after failing to score for the first time in the premier class. This is not Alex’s first time riding an RC213V in Misano, having done a shakedown back in 2016. In 2019, Alex achieved one of his three career podiums in San Marino on route to the Moto2 World Championship title.
As Marc Marquez continues to recover from injury, Stefan Bradl will again deputise the eight-time World Champion for the upcoming San Marino GP. The German returns to the Italian circuit having tested there just after the two races in Austria. It will be his first race outing at the circuit since 2018 when Stefan was a wildcard aboard the Honda RC213V. Bradl is again looking to close in on the points while working with HRC to continue the development of the Honda.
“It has been nice to return home, relax a little, see the family and keep training. Austria did not go exactly as I wanted it to, but I am determined to comeback stronger this weekend. We had a good battle and result in Misano in the esport race earlier this year, hopefully we can have a good race again! Misano is a circuit with a lot of variety, the tight opening section and the faster back section.”
“I am happy to be back with the Repsol Honda Team for Misano. We made some good progress in the first three races and I have good experience around Misano. Like always, it’s going to be a busy weekend, but we are starting with more information and data than the previous rounds which will help us be stronger from the start. Let’s see what the weekend brings.”