Álex Márquez, who started 20th on the grid, managed to climb five positions, occupying a spot amongst the Top 15 in the opening third of the race. The pain from the crash he suffered yesterday prevented him from making further progress, and after a gritty effort he finished in 16th, just 0.0049s outside the points.
Stefan Bradl picked up two points at the Valencian Grand Prix, with a 14th place finish. The stand-in Repsol Honda Team rider started from 18th and was able to climb four positions during the race.
Following the penultimate Grand Prix of the season, Márquez occupies 14th in the overall standings with 67 points. Stefan Bradl is 20th with 18.
Valencia GP 2020 – Rider statements
“The problem today was that I had no power in my wrist, it was a tough race but we had to finish the race after two DNFs. It was about building confidence and preparing for Portimao. I’m happy to have finished the race, I think our result isn’t too bad considering the fall yesterday. Now the objective is to recover as much as possible for the last weekend of the year and finish my rookie season off. I want to congratulate Mir as well, we were team-mates in 2018 in Moto2 and has had a very consistent season – a deserving champion.”
“It was not a bad race considering our starting position. Here in Valencia is one of the trickier circuits to overtake so I was really having to fight with Petrucci and Alex to get past. My speed overall wasn’t so bad but it was a trickier race than some of the previous ones. From my side I’m content, we achieved our target of more points and none of them were gifted. Now we have a test and then the final race of the year, a busy end to a busy year but we keep working and pushing.”