Another dramatic race saw a number of falls, but once again Álex Márquez showed his consistency to continue his perfect podium record.
Rapid adaption to the new MotoGP 2020 video game saw Álex Márquez start on the middle of the front row for the 13-lap Red Bull Virtual GP of Spain with team-mate Marc Márquez further down the order than usual on the third row. Both were confident in their pace as the lights went out on the third virtual race of the year.
Turn One was once again a messy affair, but a great start aboard the RC213V saw Álex lead out of the opening corner. He and Francesco Bagnaia duked it out for much of the first lap until an uncharacteristic mistake from Álex at Turn 10. Quickly remounting, Álex charged forward and picked his way through the field. By lap four, the MotoGP rookie was in second – where he would eventually finish the race as a second fall ended his chance of winning. The result moves Alex to be joint leader of the championship.
Leaving their home round with another podium and double-top five finish has the Repsol Honda Team pleased with the opening rounds of the virtual season.
Alex Márquez, 2nd: “Another difficult race! The crash really wasn’t good and I’m confident that without it I could have won, it’s a shame but the second places moves us to the top of the points. It was really fun though, I really enjoy putting on a show for the fans and it’s also nice to have some jokes with the other riders. Next time we aim to go one better!”