After waiting almost four months for MotoGP racing to return, the action comes thick and fast with the Andalusia Grand Prix. Here’s how and when you can watch the race.
Following a dramatic 2020 MotoGP opener last weekend, where Marc Marquez crashed out and suffered a broken arm, Fabio Quartararo charged to his maiden MotoGP victory.
The Petronas SRT Yamaha rider has continued his fine start to the season with pole position for the Andalusia GP, the second part of the Jerez double-header, as Maverick Vinales pushed him close but ultimately lost out after exceeding track limits during his final qualifying lap.
Marquez attempted a brave comeback following Tuesday’s surgery on his broken right arm and despite completing laps in FP3 and FP4 he opted to withdraw from the weekend after completing just an out-lap in Q1 of qualifying.
Fellow walking wounded Cal Crutchlow and Alex Rins were both able to qualify for the Andalusia GP having missed the 2020 opener last weekend through respective injuries. Crutchlow lines up in 13th place for LCR Honda while Suzuki’s Rins will start from 20th place.
At the sharp end, Francesco Bagnaia claimed his best MotoGP qualifying result with third place for Pramac Ducati behind polesitter Quartararo and second place rider Vinales.
Valentino Rossi also showed encouraging improvements on the factory Yamaha by taking fourth place in qualifying, just ahead of Miguel Oliveira who stunned for Tech3 KTM to take his best qualifying result of his premier class career with fifth place.
Jerez completes its behind closed doors double-header today to kickstart the 2020 MotoGP campaign, with Moto2, Moto3 and MotoE also in action.
When is the MotoGP Andalusia Grand Prix?
Date: Sunday 26th July 2020
Start time: 2:00pm CET, 1:00pm BST
How can I watch the Andalusia MotoGP?
In the United Kingdom, BT Sport have exclusive live broadcasting rights, with Quest TV set to show highlights. The race will be shown live on BT Sport 2, with coverage starting at 12:30pm BST, directly after the Moto2 race.
BT Sport will also be showing the MotoE, Moto3 and Moto2 races from Jerez before the Andalusia MotoGP.
MotoGP also offers a live video streaming service to watch every practice, qualifying and race for all classes.
What is the Andalusia Grand Prix?
The same race name is not allowed to be used twice during one MotoGP season, so organisers have opted for new race titles to differentiate the two events at this season’s double-headers.
After the traditional Spanish GP acted as the MotoGP opener, the Andalusia GP hosts round two – named after the region Jerez is based in.
The same naming process will be used for the double-headers at the Red Bull Ring, Misano and Aragon, while the Valencia double-header will use the European GP title for its first event.
Weather forecast for the Andalusia MotoGP
Current weather forecasts predict hot and sunny weather at Jerez on race day, with a high of 36 degrees Celsius for the start of the MotoGP race.
MotoGP Andalusia Grand Prix starting grid