Marc Marquez led both free-practice sessions on the opening day of the Catalan Grand Prix. FP1 started in mixed conditions and the Repsol Honda riders waited for the track to dry off before getting into action in the final minutes and setting the first- and fourth-fastest times.

In the afternoon, Marc and Dani were able to exploit the completely dry track to start working on their RC213V setup for the modified layout of the Montmeló Circuit (with track length shortened from 4.655 km to 4.652 km). They both kept a good pace throughout the session, with Dani also running at the top of the classification before settling for seventh in the end, just around two-and-a-half tenths off a top-three position.

Marc Marquez

1st 1'44.478

“Today I felt pretty good with the bike, as we already had a good base setup from the test we did here two weeks ago. In the afternoon we tried a few changes on the bike during our second run, but ultimately we preferred to go back to the setup from the test. We fit a new tyre and my last run was pretty good. We look forward to trying the hard Michelin rear tyre tomorrow, to understand what’s best for the race because it should be quite a bit warmer and therefore tough on tyres. We’ll try to keep the same level from today. The new track layout is different; the old one was more ‘natural,’ but ultimately it’s the same track and still enjoyable.”

Dani Pedrosa

7th 1'45.098

"It was a bit strange today, as the track conditions were quite challenging compared to the test we did here some days ago, maybe because of this morning’s rain. We need to improve the feeling and the tyre life, as that will be a very important factor for the race. This is one of hardest tracks on the calendar from that point of view, so tomorrow our main target will be working on the setup to improve the consistency of the tyres and the lap times. Regarding the new chicane, we know that there’s a risk of a crashed bike ending up in the middle of the track, but we’ve already spoken about it in the last Safety Commission meeting in Mugello, so we’ll see. Anyway, at least it’s a very slow chicane, so this should make things less dangerous.”

MotoGP 2017
Practice Round 7   Catalunya

Free Practice Results (Revised)

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'44.478
2 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.222
3 Folger Jonas 94 GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.361
4 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.405
5 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 0.412
6 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.585
7 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.620
8 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 0.638
9 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.640
10 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 0.833
11 Redding Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 0.897
12 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.987
13 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 1.076
14 Baz Loris 76 FRA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1.277
15 Lowes Sam 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Aprilia 1.282
16 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.332
17 Miller Jack 43 AUS Marc VDS Racing Team Honda 1.390
18 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1.454
19 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1.489
20 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Marc VDS Racing Team Honda 1.751
21 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Yamaha 2.468
22 Guintoli Sylvain 50 FRA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 2.524
23 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 3.414
Location Information

In 1989, through the joint collaboration of the Catalan Autonomous Government, the Montmeló Town Council and the Royal Automobile Club of Catalunya (RACC), work began on giving one of Europe’s most beautiful cities a state of the art race track to match. The Circuit de Catalunya opened on the doorstep… read more.

Length 4.627 kilometres / 2.875 miles
Width 12 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 8
Longest straight 1.047 kilometres / 0.651 miles
Constructed 1991
Modified 2018

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló, Catalunya, Spain - View in Google Maps


Pole Position 1m38.742s (169.7km/h) Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia, 2022)
Race Lap 1m39.939 (167.7km/h) Johann Zarco (Ducati, 2021)
Race Time 40'21.749 (166.1km/h) Miguel Oliveira (KTM, 2021)
2022 Race Winner Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha)