With perhaps his strongest Friday of the season, Marc Marquez secured his spot in Q2 without issue as he consistently lapped inside the top ten. Joan Mir was the victim of an unlucky crash but avoided serious injury.

A day of contrasting fortunes marked the final Friday of the 2023 MotoGP World Championship season for the Repsol Honda Team. Both Marc Marquez and Joan Mir started in a steady fashion, building their speed in the opening laps of the morning session. Although the conditions were cold to begin with, the Spanish sun would steadily heat the track to provide record-breaking conditions on the new surface.

Donning a special ‘Kansha’ helmet to highlight his six most memorable moments with HRC, Marc Marquez was straight to work and purely focused on the task at hand. Building a solid foundation with seventh, 0.373s from first, in Free Practice 1, the eight-time World Champion would maintain the small gap to the leaders in the afternoon as the 2016 lap record finally fell. A best time of 1’29.459 kept Marquez in seventh overall and guaranteed a slot on the front four rows of the grid for both of races.

With a weekend like no other in front of him, Marquez admitted he began the weekend taking extra risks in order to end his current time in the Repsol Honda Team on a high note. Carrying this speed into Qualifying on Saturday will be crucial for battling at the front come the Sprint and Sunday’s Grand Prix, the tight Valencia circuit notoriously difficult to overtake at.

Joan Mir suffered a luckless start to the Valencia GP. A fall at Turn 8 within the opening minutes of the session saw the #36 land heavily, immediately heading to the medical centre and then local hospital for further checks. Fortunately, both sets of scans revealed no major damage, Mir sitting out the afternoon session with a pending medical check on Saturday morning.

Marc Marquez

Seventh 1'29.459

“Today I felt good on the bike, and I decided to take some extra risks. Even in the morning I was quite convinced of my possibilities, and I changed my mentality a bit to take a lot more risks, but I feel it’s the way to do it this weekend. My concentration is 100% on riding to the best of my abilities on the Repsol Honda Team RC213V. I was able to do the time attack alone, which is something that has been quite complicated this season. Tomorrow, we aim to follow the same plan, we will see what possibilities we have after Qualifying because it’s always very tricky to overtake here.”

MotoGP 2023
Practice Round 20   Valencia

Friday Practice - Valencia Grand Prix

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 1'29.142
2 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.147
3 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.154
4 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.253
5 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.254
6 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.260
7 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.317
8 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 0.328
9 Miller Jack 43 AUS Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.339
10 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.429
11 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.431
12 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.472
13 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.473
14 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.633
15 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.659
16 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.860
17 Marini Luca 10 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 1.201
18 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM 1.303
19 Rins Alex 42 SPA LCR Honda Honda 1.322
20 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA Aprilia Racing Test Team Aprilia 1.653
21 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM 1.798
22 Mir Joan 36 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda DNS
Location Information

The Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana was completed in 1999 and held rounds of the MotoGP and Spanish Motorcycle Championships in the same year. The Cheste track has several layouts, running anti-clockwise with varying lengths. MotoGP events are held on a 4km track comprising of five right handed corners, eight… read more.

Length 4.005 kilometres / 2.489 miles
Width 12 metres
Left corners 9
Right corners 5
Longest straight 0.876 kilometres / 0.544 miles
Constructed 1999

Circuito de la Comunidad Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, Cheste, Spain - View in Google Maps



Pole Position 1m 28.931s (162.1km/h) Maverick Viñales (Aprilia, 2023)
Race Lap 1m 30.145s (159.9km/h) Brad Binder (KTM, 2023)
2023 Race Winner Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)
2023 Sprint Winner Jorge Martin (Ducati)