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.
Free Practice Results (Revised)
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|
|Longest straight||1.047 kilometres / 0.651 miles|
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló, Catalunya, Spain - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m38.639s (169.9km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2023)|
|Race Lap||1m39.939 (167.7km/h) Johann Zarco (Ducati, 2021)|
|Race Time||40'21.749 (166.1km/h) Miguel Oliveira (KTM, 2021)|
|2023 Sprint Winner||Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia)|
|2023 Race Winner||Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia)|