The MotoGP paddock arrived to dark clouds hanging over the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya but the rain remained at bay. After a productive morning Warm up, where Pol Espargaro finished sixth and Marc Marquez eighth, the scene was set for the Catalan GP.
Marquez was aggressive from the off in the race, working hard to advance up the order and not let the leaders escape. By lap three, Marquez’s RC213V was up to sixth and looking strong. Unfortunately a mistake at Turn 10 would cost Marquez his race as he fell, unable to re-join.
Pol Espargaro had an equally difficult Grand Prix, crashing at Turn 5 early in the race after a busy start. It was a disappointing end to a tricky weekend for Espargaro who had shown flashes of speed throughout.
Both Repsol Honda Team riders escaped injury in their falls and will be back out on track tomorrow, Monday, for a one day test before having a week off to refocus before the German GP on June 20.
Catalan Grand Prix
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||1m38.639s (169.9km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2023)|
|Race Lap||1m39.939 (167.7km/h) Johann Zarco (Ducati, 2021)|
|Race Time||40'21.749 (166.1km/h) Miguel Oliveira (KTM, 2021)|
|2023 Sprint Winner||Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia)|
|2023 Race Winner||Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia)|