With Friday practice completed, the Repsol Honda Team set their focus on making overnight improvements to close the gap to the front.

Work began immediately at the Catalan GP for Joan Mir and Luca Marini as the pair seized the opportunity to make the most of the all-important track time. Ending a second back on the leaders in the morning, the pair targeted further improvements from their mid 1’40 lap times.

Mir would lead the way for the Repsol Honda Team in the afternoon session with a best time of 1’40.256. The #36 had felt strong in the morning and was hoping for further progress in the afternoon. A lack of grip around the track held him back when the moment came to do his final time attack. Repeating the positive advancements of the Spanish GP and French GP remains his target for the remainder of the weekend.

Ending less than a tenth back on his teammate, Marini set a best time of 1’40.318 but felt he had more to give after making a mistake and being caught out by a yellow flag right at the end of the session. Feeling better on the bike, the Italian was pleased with how his opening day of practice went and is ready to make more steps forward tomorrow.

Both Repsol Honda Team riders will head into Q1 tomorrow morning with improvements at the forefront of their minds. With the top 19 premier class riders split by less than a second at the close of Friday, there’s plenty of positions to be made with just a few tenths.

Joan Mir

21st 1'40.256

“I felt really good in the morning, and I was expecting to keep building. Today was a tricky day and we couldn’t accomplish what we wanted in the afternoon. There is still room to improve and in the last few races we have been able to take this step overnight, so we stay focused on finding this. We will also have to pay close attention to how the track is evolving with the grip over the weekend.”

Luca Marini

22nd 1'40.318

“Speaking truthfully, I think our Friday was better than what the time sheets show today. I made a mistake during the time attack right at the end and there was a yellow flag so I wasn’t able to close a really strong lap. The positive is that the bike has improved and there is still more margin there. It’s time to work together, all Honda riders, and keep improving.”

MotoGP 2024
Practice Round 6   Catalunya

Catalan Grand Prix - Friday Practice

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 1'38.562
2 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.072
3 Acosta Pedro 31 SPA Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 0.103
4 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.133
5 Miller Jack 43 AUS Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.140
6 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.231
7 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.269
8 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.455
9 Rins Alex 42 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.481
10 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.496
11 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.551
12 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.591
13 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Trackhouse Racing Aprilia 0.788
14 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.790
15 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.820
16 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA Trackhouse Racing Aprilia 0.858
17 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.917
18 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 0.942
19 Zarco Johann 5 FRA LCR Honda Honda 0.996
20 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.466
21 Mir Joan 36 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.694
22 Marini Luca 10 ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.756
23 Bradl Stefan 6 GER HRC Test Team Honda NC
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 1m38.190s (170.7km/h) Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia, 2024)
Race Lap 1m39.664 (168.2km/h) Pedro Acosta (KTM, 2024)
Race Time 40'11.726 (166.8km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati,2024)
2024 Sprint Winner Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia)
2024 Race Winner Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)