A strong afternoon in Barcelona has Alex Marquez in a provisional Q2 spot as Stefan Bradl returns to the track.
After making solid improvements during the Misano Test, the Repsol Honda Team were eager to get back on track in Barcelona to confirm their findings at another track.
It was straight back to work for Alex Marquez, the MotoGP rookie spending Free Practice 1 learning the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on the Repsol Honda Team RC213V. A modest start to the day saw Alex 20th in FP1 but within half a second of the top ten. A 1’40.478 in Free Practice 2 was one and a half seconds faster than Alex’s best time from FP1 and rocketed the rookie up into the top ten. Eighth in FP2 and ninth overall, the Moto2 World Champion holds a provisional spot in Q2 ahead of Free Practice 3 on Saturday morning. The result marks Alex’s best start to a premier class weekend to date.
Stefan Bradl was back on form after a week’s rest, his right arm no longer causing him any serious issues aboard the Repsol Honda RC213V. The German, riding in Barcelona during a race weekend for the first time since 2016, ended the first session of the day within half a second of the top ten. Bradl was unharmed after a small crash at Turn 2 during Free Practice 2, ending the session in 1’41.260, some seven tenths from Alex.
Both Repsol Honda Team riders will return to the Montmelo circuit at 09:55 Local Time on Saturday, Alex Marquez determined to keep hold of his Q2 position.
Catalan GP Combined Free Practice Classification
|1||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||1'39.789|
|2||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||0.109|
|3||Binder Brad||33||RSA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.219|
|4||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.419|
|5||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||LCR Honda||Honda||0.623|
|6||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||0.642|
|7||Mir Joan||36||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.652|
|8||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.685|
|9||Marquez Alex||73||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||0.689|
|10||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.713|
|11||Rins Alex||42||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.749|
|12||Miller Jack||43||AUS||Pramac Racing||Ducati||0.837|
|13||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||LCR Honda||Honda||0.965|
|14||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||1.002|
|15||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||1.072|
|16||Lecuona Iker||27||SPA||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1.082|
|17||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1.239|
|18||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||1.306|
|19||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1.471|
|20||Bagnaia Francesco||63||ITA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1.548|
|21||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||1.884|
|22||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||2.270|
In 1989, through the joint collaboration of the Catalan Autonomous Government, the Montmeló Town Council and the Royal Automobile Club of Catalunya (RACC), work began on giving one of Europe’s most beautiful cities a state of the art race track to match. The Circuit de Catalunya opened on the doorstep… read more.
|Length||4.627 kilometres / 2.875 miles|
|Longest straight||1.047 kilometres / 0.651 miles|
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló, Catalunya, Spain - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m38.853s (169.5km/h) Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha, 2021)|
|Race Lap||1m39.939 (167.7km/h) Johann Zarco (Ducati, 2021)|
|Race Time||40'21.749 (166.1km/h) Miguel Oliveira (KTM, 2021)|
|2021 Race Winner||Miguel Oliveira (KTM)|