Objectives met for Marc Marquez as he prepares to attack the Gran Premio Red Bull de España from the front row, teammate Jorge Lorenzo crashes unharmed.
Both Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez were able to advance through directly to Q2 after an incredibly close Free Practice 3 session. Cooler morning conditions, the track temperature at just 21ºC, saw a mere half a second split the top 12. The Repsol Honda Team pairing were then able to shift their attentions to the race during Free Practice 4.
Times were even tighter in Q2, only 0.090s splitting the three riders on the front row. On lap record pace, Marc Marquez was able to secure third place on the grid with a 1’36.970 – seventh tenths faster than Crutchlow’s pole time from last year. Marquez and his team are pleased with progress made over the weekend.
Jorge Lorenzo’s Q2 session was cut short by a crash at Turn 2 with just over three minutes remaining. While Lorenzo was unharmed, he will have to fight through the field from 11thon the grid. It was a disappointing end to the day which had shown promise.
Now the 25-lap MotoGP race at 14:00 local time on Sunday, May 05, awaits both Repsol Honda Team riders as they prepare to put on a show for their home fans.
Spanish Grand Prix Qualifications
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|
|Longest straight||0.607 kilometres / 0.377 miles|
|Resurfacing||Complete resurfacing before 2018 round|
Circuito de Jerez, Jerez, Spain - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m 36.170s (165.5km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)|
|Race Lap||1m 37.216s (163.7km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2023)|
|Race Time||41m 00.554s (161.7km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)|
|2023 Race Winner||Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)|
|2023 Sprint Winner||Brad Binder (KTM)|