0.016s between Repsol Honda Team duo after five days of MotoGP testing
Sunday in Portimao saw both Repsol Honda Team riders focus on time attacks, Sprint race runs and refinements as Joan Mir ends the test in 13th with Marc Marquez just behind in 14th.
Perfect conditions saw out the MotoGP pre-season as the Repsol Honda Team completed their testing programme with the rest of the championship in Portimao. Two busy days saw a number of items tested and 289 laps completed between Joan Mir and Marc Marquez.
Joan Mir’s adaption to the Honda RC213V continued and Sunday in Portugal saw him make strong forward progress especially on his one lap pace. A best time of 1’38.762 meant the 2020 MotoGP World Champion ended the test as the 13th fastest rider and top Honda machine. Able to do a time attack, Mir was able to further understand where he and the Honda need to continue improving. As with the previous day, Mir’s race pace was more promising across his 61 laps.
On the other side of the Repsol Honda Team garage, Marc Marquez continued to diligently work as his attention shifted from fully focused on development to beginning to prepare for the coming race weekend in Portugal. The eight-time World Champion completed his first simulation of a new Sprint Race with his longest run of the test. A fall at Turn 1 midway through the final day did little to upset Marquez’s overall testing plan.
The MotoGP World Championship now begins their final preparations before the Grande Premio de Portugal, March 24 – 26, and the start of the longest MotoGP season in history with 21 Grands Prix.
“Today we were able to make some more progress forward in adapting to the Honda. There is still a lot I need to learn and adapt to because it’s still a new bike and some aspects that are not yet second nature. Overall it has been an off-season of progress but of course as a rider you are always wanting more and more. We head into the opening races wanting to keep improving and to see what’s possible.”
“We had the best feeling of our pre-season today, I was riding well and I was able to do a Sprint Race simulation. Riding for a longer run I was able to focus more on my riding style and keep making improvements there. Our rhythm wasn’t bad and today we worked more towards what will come at the Portugal GP. We were able to make a few steps, of course you want more. The most important thing was that today I had the best feeling with the bike so far.”
Portimao Test - Combined Times
|1||Bagnaia Francesco||1||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||1'37.968|
|2||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||0.296|
|3||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.334|
|4||Marini Luca||10||ITA||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||0.342|
|5||Bezzecchi Marco||72||ITA||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||0.383|
|6||Bastianini Enea||23||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||0.405|
|7||Marquez Alex||73||SPA||Team Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati||0.434|
|8||Martin Jorge||89||SPA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||0.466|
|9||Binder Brad||33||RSA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.512|
|10||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||0.601|
|11||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||RNF MotoGP Team||Aprilia||0.616|
|12||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||0.710|
|13||Mir Joan||36||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||0.794|
|14||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||0.810|
|15||Rins Alex||42||SPA||LCR Honda||Honda||0.814|
|16||Fernandez Raul||25||SPA||RNF MotoGP Team||Aprilia||0.886|
|17||Miller Jack||43||AUS||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.941|
|18||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing||KTM||1.006|
|19||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1.098|
|20||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||LCR Honda||Honda||1.341|
|21||Di Giannantonio Fabio||49||ITA||Team Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati||1.673|
|22||Fernandez Augusto||37||SPA||Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing||KTM||1.699|
|23||Pirro Michele||51||ITA||Ducati Test Team||Ducati||2.131|
|24||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||HRC Test Team||Honda||2.194|
The Autodromo Internacional do Algarve has 15 corners – nine right, six left. The undulation in Portimao is incredible and the front straight will allow the MotoGP™ riders to really stretch the legs of their machines, before a unique downhill descend into Turn 1. There’s a reason it gets called… read more.
|Longest Straight||969 m|
|Pole Position||1'37.226 (170.0Km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2023)|
|Race Lap||1'38.872 (167.1Km/h) Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia, 2023)|
|Race Time||41'24.401 (166.2km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2023)|
|2023 Winner||Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)|