Alex Marquez returned to winning ways with a masterful performance in San Marino when Marc Marquez scored his first virtual podium with a twinkling second.
As the times in qualifying were closer than ever before, the fourth virtual race of 2020 seemed to be another highly competitive affair with many regulars back at the top. When the lights went out, it was Alex Marquez who jumped aboard his Repsol Honda Team RC213V with world champion Marc Marquez right behind him from second place on the grid into turn one.
In the opening laps, Alex battled Quartararo and briefly Bagnaia, two of Alex’s constant rivals, for the podium. Bagnaia’s challenge faded early and soon the 2019 Moto2 World Champion was only left with Quartararo to fight him. Expert defense held the French rider back until the closing moments when the pair collided and Marc gave the lead on the second Repsol Honda Team machine. An uphill battle broke out on the final lap between Alex and Marc, but it would be Alex Marquez who took victory in a thrilling final corner bout and took his second victory of the virtual season in fine style. 25 points for the win bring him to the top of the championship table with a total of 86 points.
Marc Marquez had a similarly strong start on the RC213V, trailing just behind the riders who were fighting for victory. The eight-time world champion saved his tires and attacked in the closing stages to fight with his new team-mate after a crash between the drivers fighting for victory. Marc stepped on the brakes and seemed to have the advantage, but just missed him pulling to the line. Second place is Marc’s first virtual podium and the Repsol Honda Team is the first team to score a one-two in the virtual series.