With the times in Qualifying as close as ever, the fourth virtual race of 2020 looked set to be another closer fought affair. As the lights went out, it was Álex Márquez who got the jump into Turn One from second on the grid aboard his Repsol Honda Team RC213V with World Champion Marc Márquez close behind.
The early laps saw Álex fighting with Quartararo and Bagnaia, two of Álex’s consistent rivals for the podium. Bagnaia’s challenge faded early and soon the 2019 Moto2 World Champion was left with just Quartararo behind him. Expert defending kept the French rider behind until in the closing moments when the pair collided and handed the lead to Álex’s team-mate. A hard battle erupting over the final lap between Álex and Marc. It would be Álex Márquez who took the win in a thrilling last corner battle, earning his second of the virtual season. Victory moves to the head of the championship table with 86 points.
Marc Márquez got off to a similarly strong start on the RC213V and remained just off the back of the riders fighting for victory. Saving his tyres, the eight-time World Champion attacked in the closing stages to fight with his new team-mate after a crash between the riders fighting for victory. The second-place finish is Marc’s first virtual podium and sees the Repsol Honda Team become the first team to finish one-two in the virtual series.