Consistent progress for Pol Espargaro who is hunting more one-lap speed as teammate Marc Marquez vows to recover after back-to-back crashes on Friday in Jerez.

A positive morning welcomed the Repsol Honda Team to the Gran Premio Red Bull de España, Pol Espargaro ending Free Practice 1 in eighth and Marc Marquez just a few tenths behind in 11th. Espargaro was able to show his speed in the morning, leading the way until the final moments when riders began to throw in single quick laps. 0.327s back from the leader, Espargaro would continue to show strong pace over the rest of the day.

Ultimately taking seventh on the combined times, Espargaro would finish Friday with a best time of 1’37.590. Half a second off fastest rider Fabio Quartararo and just a tenth of a second from the top five, Espargaro feels there is room to improve between now and Saturday as he and the Repsol Honda Team continue to experiment with the RC213V in Jerez. With 0.9s splitting the entirety of the top 16, every thousandth of a second will count come Qualifying on Saturday afternoon. Pleased with his race pace, Espargaro feels there is still more to be done over a single lap.

Marc Marquez ended the morning’s session 0.612s behind Mir’s best lap and in 11th as his day of experimentation began. It would be a complicated afternoon ultimately for the eight-time World Champion as he suffered two falls within just minutes of each other in Free Practice 2. First falling at Turn 6, Marquez fell also at Turn 9 but avoided injury in both incidents. The falls left the #93 unable to dramatically improve his lap time, ending the day down in 19th with a 1’38.200 – 1.1 seconds shy of Quartararo.

Experimentation was the order of the day for Marquez, his two RC213V machines running quite different setups. As a result of this, Marquez’s second bike did not provide the feeling he needed to improve his time after falling.

Action resumes with Free Practice 3 at 09:55 Local Time on Saturday, April 30.

Pol Espargaro

Seventh 01'37.590

“It’s time to focus on riding the bike so we can move forward, that’s the objective for the weekend. We are here to do our best and keep working, that’s what we did today. There were some things that we tried in FP1 and FP2, but during a race weekend you’re very tight on time so you have to find the balance. Our rhythm is looking quite good but we need to improve our one-lap speed a bit, half a second from Fabio is a bit too much. But there are some spots that are shinning so we can be pleased with the start we made.”

Marc Marquez

19th 01'38.200

“Today we took a little bit of a risk to try some big things. In the morning I rode with more or less the same bike to start building my pace because the track was not in the best condition. In the afternoon I tried some other things and unfortunately, I crashed on the bike I was feeling good with and I couldn’t continue, then the second bike was a big change because we were trying some things and I did not feel well on it. We need to improve and close the distance to the front, tomorrow is the day to come back to what we know to take the maximum amount we can before testing again on Monday.”

MotoGP 2022
Practice Round 6   Spain

Gran Premio Red Bull de España Friday Practice Results

Dry
Humidity
53%
Track Temp
42°C
Air Temp
22°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'37.071
2 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.201
3 Bagnaia Francesco 62 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.212
4 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.297
5 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.510
6 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.514
7 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.519
8 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.655
9 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.688
10 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.691
11 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.759
12 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.771
13 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.777
14 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.881
15 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.941
16 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 0.956
17 Marini Luca 10 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 1.031
18 Bezzecchi Marco 73 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 1.125
19 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.129
20 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 1.214
21 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 1.242
22 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.251
23 Gardner Remy 87 AUS Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.282
24 Binder Darryn 40 RSA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 1.817
25 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA Aprilia Racing Test Team Aprilia 1.889
Location Information

Built in 1986 and hosting its first Grand Prix one year later, the circuit of Jerez is now one of the most popular MotoGP venues and the focal point for a city fanatical about sport. Set in a slight valley in the south of Spain, Jerez is blessed with consistently… read more.

Length 4.423 kilometres / 2.748 miles
Width 11 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 8
Longest straight 0.607 kilometres / 0.377 miles
Constructed 1986
Modified 2002
Resurfacing Complete resurfacing before 2018 round

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Records

Pole Position 1m 36.170s (165.5km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)
Race Lap 1m 37.669s (163.0km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)
Race Time 41m 00.554s (161.7km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)
2022 Race Winner Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)