Incidents during the day for both Repsol Honda Team riders left Pol Espargaro and Marc Marquez unable to deliver on their full potential over one lap.

Saturday at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España began with the ever-important Free Practice 3 session, a final chance to earn a direct pass into Q2. Marc Marquez was one of the first riders to go faster in the session, jumping from outside the top 15 to fifth within the opening minutes of the session. Unfortunately, Marquez suffered a fast fall at Turn 7 in the final minutes of FP3, crashing heavily but escaping major injury. This was confirmed by a brief visit to local hospital for a CT scan.

Back on track for Free Practice 4, Marquez confirmed his physical condition and did what work remained before Q1. Initially setting the pace in the 15-minute session, a number of moments later in the session saw Marquez unable to improve beyond fourth, lining up in 14th for Sunday’s Gran Premio Red Bull de España.

Turn 7 would prove a challenge for Pol Espargaro as well, falling in the final minutes of Free Practice 4. While walking away unharmed, Espargaro was left with a single Repsol Honda Team machine for Q1. Until this point, Espargaro had been steadily working to improve his pace and feeling on the RC213V, enjoying a very positive FP4 overall.

With a 1’37.407 in Q1, Espargaro missed a Q2 position by just 0.057s as he qualifies in 13th for Sunday’s race. Espargaro’s Q1 time would have placed him 11th in Q2. Nevertheless, Espargaro is determined to show what he can do in tomorrow’s race.

Takaaki Nakagami ended the day as the fastest Honda, clinching a fifth place start on his LCR Honda machine.

The race marks a milestone as Repsol Honda Team riders are set to make their 1000th Grand Prix start in tomorrow’s Spanish GP. A relationship which began in 1995, Repsol and Honda have taken 15 Riders’ Championship and 10 Teams’ Championships in the journey to this 1000th start.

Pol Espargaro

13th 1'37.407

“After the fall at Turn 7 I am fortunately fine. It was a fast crash, and it didn’t leave us in the best situation for Qualifying. In FP4 we made some changes, and everything was going very well, I was feeling confident, and the bike was working well. I got a little over excited and crashed but I was only 0.050s off a spot in Q2 after. If you look at our ideal time, we are second in the session but that’s how it is. We keep working for the race and I am feeling strong for tomorrow, much better than what I was expecting the last few days.”

Marc Marquez

14th 1'37.489

“It was a very fast and hard fall at Turn 7, we knew that the first crash of the season would come but I chose maybe one of the worst corners to have this first crash. When you push for a fast lap, you don’t think about the risks and after being conservative yesterday, today was about attacking. The impact against the air fence was at a very high speed and thanks to the air fence I am here. I went to the hospital just for some further checks to be sure of my condition and it was all clear. This crash impacted my Qualifying, it made me choose the soft front to feel a bit safer, but this was the wrong choice because the limit throughout qualifying was the front. It’s a shame because I was feeling strong and today was the first day I had really started to 'feel' the bike.”

MotoGP 2021
Qualifying Round 4   Spain

Spanish GP Qualifying Results

Dry
Humidity
41%
Track Temp
41°C
Air Temp
19°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'36.755
2 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.057
3 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.105
4 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.205
5 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.253
6 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.299
7 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.315
8 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.330
9 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.369
10 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.399
11 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.712
12 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Team HRC Honda 0.747
13 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.491 Q1
14 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.573
15 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Avintia Esponsorama Ducati 0.759
16 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.830
17 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.999
18 Marini Luca 10 ITA SKY VR46 Avintia Ducati 1.009
19 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.149
20 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 1.153
21 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.223
22 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.409
23 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 1.725
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 36.705s (164.6km/h) Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha, 2020)
Race Lap 1m 37.770s (162.8km/h) Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha, 2021)
Race Time 41m 05.602s (161.4km/h) Jack Miller (Ducati, 2021)
2021 Race Winner Jack Miller (Ducati)