Álex Márquez was unable to get through to Q2 and will start the European Grand Prix from fourteenth on the grid. The Spaniard, who has felt comfortable riding in rainy conditions, clocked a best time of 1:41.276 in qualifying MotoGP.
Stefan Bradl achieved his best grid position since 2016. The German will start from thirteenth position, just ahead of his teammate, having set a fastest lap of 1:41.010. Bradl missed the cut for Q2 by just over two thousandths of a second.
Tomorrow's race, expected to be contested in dry conditions, will get underway at 2pm CET.
European GP 2020 - Rider statements
“Today was a good chance to be in front in Qualifying but the conditions were not easy at all, it wasn’t really wet only in two corners and the rest were drying. My time was better than I expected, and I would have been eighth in Q2. If it is dry tomorrow it will be tricky as we have had no time with the circuit fully dry and everyone needs to try and decide what tyre to use. We need to see what happens tomorrow because a lot can happen.” .
“It was all or nothing today in Quali! I felt really good all day on the bike in the wet and the track was improving with each lap. We had to manage the tyres a bit in Q1 because they started to overheat when it stopped raining, so I put it all on the line for the final lap. I got to Turn 8 and I thought either I will crash, or I will be in Q2. Unfortunately, we crashed.. I am OK and although we didn’t make Q2 I am happy with how the day has gone because we have been feeling good and able to show our speed.”