The first in-season test of 2021 was a positive experience for Pol Espargaro, providing a clear direction to follow in the upcoming races.

Monday after the Gran Premio Red Bull de España offered the MotoGP class their first in-season testing day of 2021. There was a brief disruption early in the day as the red flag was brought out after just an hour of running due to falls on circuit.

Pol Espargaro had a busy day around the 4.4 kilometres of the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto, completing 89 laps with a best time of 1’37.506. Just around midday, Espargaro suffered a fall at Turn 1 but was unharmed and quickly returned to the garage. In the closing hour of the day Espargaro suffered a second fall, avoiding any injury. Aside from the falls, Espargaro leaves the one-day test with a very positive feeling after a busy and full day of riding.

The day in Jerez was short for Marc Marquez, completing seven laps over two runs before calling an end to his test. After a physically demanding weekend, Marquez and the Repsol Honda Team elected to focus on his continued recovery and allow the maximum amount of time to prepare for the French GP.

The Repsol Honda Team will now focus their attentions on round five, the French Grand Prix at Le Mans where Alex Marquez took his debut podium with the Repsol Honda Team in 2020.

Pol Espargaro

6th 1'37.506

“We did 89 laps today; it has been a very busy and productive day for us. We have worked on many things, electronics, aero, ergonomics – they seem simple or small topics but when you’re still new to a bike they can make a big difference together. We have performed well today, I was close to Taka who has been the strongest Honda this weekend so I am happy. No matter what, we have learned a lot today and it has been very good for me to have a day like today where we can ride and try things without the pressure of a race weekend. Now we look to Le Mans.”

Marc Marquez

16th 1'38.303

“Today we didn’t really test, just one run because on the second run my body was already locking up. My neck and my right shoulder were stiff, it’s similar to after Portimao but I was not as locked up as I was after Portugal. The crash I had on Saturday didn’t help with my physical condition. I thought that maybe today when my body had warmed up it would be better, and I could try but straight away I could tell I wasn’t at a good level for riding. We spoke as a team and decided to stop the test, we need to understand that we’re improving step by step and the next target is Le Mans where we will try to improve again.”

MotoGP 2021
Testing   Spain

Jerez Test

Dry
Humidity
48%
Track Temp
28°C
Air Temp
22°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'36.879
2 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.034
3 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.431
4 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.469
5 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.556
6 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.627
7 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.629
8 Marini Luca 10 ITA SKY VR46 Avintia Ducati 0.680
9 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.748
10 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.811
11 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.819
12 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.821
13 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Avintia Esponsorama Ducati 0.838
14 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.006
15 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 1.291
16 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.424
17 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.495
18 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1.576
19 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.729
20 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 1.947
21 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2.145
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

Circuito de Jerez, Jerez, Spain - View in Google Maps

www.circuitodejerez.com

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)