Stefan Bradl and Alex Marquez’s fight drives delivered a double top ten to round off a strong final weekend in Portugal.
The unprecedented MotoGP 2020 ended in Portugal with three huge races in all classes. The conditions were almost perfect again when the sun rose over the Portimao circuit.
Alex Marquez used the morning warm-up to confirm the final aspects of his attitude and was again strong and consistent throughout the 20-minute session. The MotoGP rookie finished in seventh place but immediately showed excellent pace when the lights went out at 2:00 p.m. Alex made his way steadily through the field and was on the edge of the top ten after only six laps. It wasn’t long before Alex battled the group for fourth place and continued his steady progress until the end of the race. There was never a moment to rest as the group competed against each other throughout the 25-lap race.
Crossing the line in ninth marks Alex’s fifth top ten of 2020 and leaves him 14th overall with 74 points. It was a strong rookie season for the 2019 Moto2 World Champion with two podiums that improved with every lap and continuously learned.
At the beginning of the last race day of the year, the focus was high for Stefan Bradl, as the German had shown a very impressive performance on Saturday. In a quick fall at Turn 9, Bradl walked away unharmed, changed his leather and returned to the track for the final minutes of warm-up. The crash had no ill effects as Bradl shot forward in the race and immediately began fighting in the top 5 without giving a quarter.
The battle would rage until the end of the race, with Bradl finishing seventh, finishing his best race of the year. Nine points from his seventh place bring Stefan to a total of 27 points in the world championship.
Cal Crutchlow finished his full-time MotoGP career in 13th place on the LCR Honda. During his time with the LCR team, Crutchlow took three wins and nine more podiums and gave HRC great technical feedback. HRC thanks Cal and wishes him all the best in his future endeavors.
The Repsol Honda Team will now take a short break after an intense campaign before preparations for the 2021 World Championship begin.