Marc Marquez takes his best grid position since his return while Pol Espargaro focuses on further Sunday improvements ahead of the 2021 Aragon GP, the pair lining up in fourth and eighth respectively for the race.
Free Practice 3 dawned and there was anticipation in the air ahead of the shootout for Q2 positions. Marc Marquez was able to drop his best time down to a 1’47.185 for eighth in FP3, earning a spot in Q2 and keeping in step with the competition. Later he suffered his second fall of the weekend during his final lap of FP3, sliding off at Turn 14. Unharmed, Marquez was unable to set a final flying lap but still maintained his place in the top ten. There were no hinderances for Marquez when he rolled out of the pits for FP4, the #93 topping the session and improving his lap time right at the end. It proved to be a very consistent and productive session for Marquez, all but three of his 13 laps in the low 1’48s and the eight-time World Champion pleased with his performance on used rubber.
In Q2, Marquez was able to make further gains and dropped into the 1’46s around the MotorLand Aragon circuit. A best time of 1’46.736, on what would prove to be his last lap of the session, was just a tenth outside his lap record. Fourth place on the grid is Marquez’s best result since returning from injury, having started the German, Austrian and British Grands Prix from fifth on the grid.
Saturday in Aragon started well for Pol Espargaro who continued to improve his lap time, dropping to 1’47.134 – 2.4 seconds faster than his FP1 time, to grab a slot in Q2. Continual improvements followed in Free Practice 4 where the Silverstone pole-setter strung together a series of consistent laps to take eighth in the session, just 0.381s behind his teammate. With a place in Q2 already secured, Espargaro and his team used the Q1 time to finalise their plans for their 15-minute session. Matching his time from FP3 in the morning, Espargaro set a best time of 1’47.194 for eighth place on Sunday’s grid. This is the first time the #44 has taken back-to-back top tens on the grid in 2021.
Sunday’s race is scheduled to start at 14:00 Local Time and will run over 23-laps.
Aragon GP Qualifying Results
|1||Bagnaia Francesco||63||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||1'46.322|
|2||Miller Jack||43||AUS||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||0.366|
|3||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.397|
|4||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||0.414|
|5||Martin Jorge||89||SPA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||0.556|
|6||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||0.561|
|7||Mir Joan||36||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.840|
|8||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||0.872|
|9||Bastianini Enea||23||ITA||Avintia Esponsorama||Ducati||0.956|
|10||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||0.966|
|11||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||LCR Honda||Honda||1.044|
|12||Binder Brad||33||RSA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1.610|
|13||Lecuona Iker||27||SPA||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.215 Q1|
|14||Marquez Alex||73||SPA||LCR Honda||Honda||0.249|
|15||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.320|
|16||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.415|
|17||Marini Luca||10||ITA||SKY VR46 Avintia||Ducati||0.448|
|18||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.457|
|19||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||0.471|
|20||Rins Alex||42||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.497|
|21||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||0.570|
|22||Dixon Jake||96||GBR||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||0.853|
An ultra-modern facility, MotorLand Aragón had its roots firmly established thanks to a solid history of street racing in Alcañiz, which hosted events between 1963 and 2003. Safety advice warning against the continuation of this led to the proposal and construction of a sporting complex dedicated to motorsport. With support… read more.
|Length||5.078 kilometres / 3.155 miles|
|Longest straight||0.968 kilometres / 0.601 miles|
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|Pole Position||1m 46.322s (171.9Km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2021)|
|Race Lap||1m 48.089s (169.0Km/h) Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha, 2020)|
|Race Time||41m 44.442s (167.8 km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2021)|
|2021 Race Winner||Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)|