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Valencia MotoGP Saturday Round Up: The Pressure Of The Championship Is Starting To Count

It was supposed to be a steady, stable weekend with consistent weather for all three days of the Valencia MotoGP round. But it's 2020, so of course, that didn't happen. After a solid day of dry weather on Friday, conditions turned on Saturday. Not by a lot, but just enough to render chasing a quick time in practice and qualifying a treacherous business, with light rain coming and going throughout.

After the track dried in FP3, it never really rained hard enough to need wet tires. But there was just enough rain at times to make grip supremely treacherous, and to force riders to take bigger risks than they might have wanted. Alex Márquez paid the heaviest price, pushing hard in Q1 after rain had started to fall, the rear coming round on him and snapping back to highside him to what looked like low earth orbit.

It turned out to be a lucky escape for Márquez, the Repsol Honda rider escaping with a painful tailbone and a badly bruised bone in his left hand. His injuries were severe enough that his participation in the race tomorrow is to be assessed during warm up on Sunday morning.

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2020 Valencia MotoGP FP4 Result: Rins Rises To The Occasion

Despite some drizzle threatening the final practice session for the premier class, it never turned into a serious threat and riders managed to put some solid work into their race pace. None more so than Alex Rins, the Spaniard quickly climbing up the timesheets and taking over top spot in the final five minutes with the first 1:30 time of the session. Takaaki Nakagami was one of a handful or riders tempted by the hard front tyre and the LCR man made it work for him as he climbed into second position, one tenth down on top spot and with just as impressive pace.

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