Alex Marquez went some way to proving his podium breakthrough in the wet at Le Mans can be replicated in the dry as he placed himself in a provisional Q2 spot for the first time this season after FP2 at Motorland Aragon.

A race that has been dominated by his brother Marc for the past four years - so much so there is a corner named after him already - Alex arrives on home soil on the back of a superb run to second in rainy France.

However, having tempered his celebrations with the assertion he must now replicate that form in dry conditions, he made a good step towards this goal as he fought inside the top ten of both Friday practice sessions at Aragon.

Brushing off a typical Turn 2 front-end crash in FP1 to take the Repsol Honda to fourth quickest, a rapid final lap on soft rubber in FP2 - an area he has struggled in 2020 - brought him into eighth place. With cold conditions forecast for FP3, he is hoping it is enough to secure him a Q2 spot for the first time this year.

“I felt good today on track, it’s a circuit I really like, and I normally feel very comfortable here with my riding style,” he said.” The Honda is also quite good here. I had a rookie crash in the morning but in the afternoon, we managed everything quite well and we tried some different options for the front. 

“Tomorrow morning, even with the delay, I think it will be tricky to improve our lap time with the expected temperature, so I was working a lot in FP2 to put myself in a strong position to fight for Q2. 

“I did a good last lap and I am pleased with how it went but you never know in MotoGP! Let’s see what happens in FP3 tomorrow."



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