Big improvements for Joan Mir saw the #36 narrowly miss out on the top ten in Argentina, Saturday set to be a day of comebacks for the double World Champion.

It was a lone Joan Mir left to face the changeable conditions of the two Friday practice sessions inside the Repsol Honda Team garage as Marc Marquez continued his recovery at home in Spain. Morning showers threatened a wet start to the day for the MotoGP field at the 4.8-kilometer long Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, but the track dried quickly. Rain would threaten most of the day, but it would ultimately remain dry.

Mir avoided fitting a soft rear slick and pushing for a fast lap in the morning session as he worked on improving the feeling of his Honda RC213V in Argentina. Down the timesheets, Mir and the Repsol Honda Team worked solidly throughout the lunch break to find solutions to the situation for the crucial afternoon session. Improving to a best time of 1’39.257, almost 1.5 seconds faster than his FP1 time, Mir ended the day in 13th. 0.120s shy of a spot in the combined top ten, the #36 was left disappointed with the day and is already plotting his comeback on Saturday.

Saturday will see the second MotoGP Sprint race take place; 12 laps of all-out action scheduled to start at 15:00 Local Time.

Joan Mir

13th 1’39.257

“It was a pretty tough day. We started with a base setting which was not the best for this track, and we spent a lot of time working on it to improve. There is clearly a lot of potential there with the bike, Taka and Rins were strong, but I am just missing the final few tenths. We made a lot of progress and finally our pace at the end, especially with used tyres, was quite close to the top five. We just need more time now to work on the fine details, it’s still just our second race so this is part of the process. Even like this we were able to make some big improvements today and we aim to continue it tomorrow.”

MotoGP 2023
Practice Round 2   Argentina

Friday Practice - Argentina Grand Prix

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 1'38.518
2 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.162
3 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.249
4 Marini Luca 10 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.315
5 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.391
6 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.426
7 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.488
8 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.553
9 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.562
10 Rins Alex 42 SPA LCR Honda Honda 0.599
11 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.666
12 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.684
13 Mir Joan 36 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.719
14 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.746
15 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.770
16 Miller Jack 43 AUS Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.858
17 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM 1.043
18 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 1.057
Location Information

The Termas de Río Hondo Circuit is located 6km from the city which gives the venue its name, in the Province of Santiago del Estero. It was built in a 150 hectare area and officially inaugurated on May 11, 2008, during the visit of Argentina´s Touring Car Racing championship. In… read more.

Length 4.806 kilometres / 2.986 miles
Width 16 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 9
Longest straight 1.076 kilometres / 0.669 miles
Constructed 2008
Modified 2013
Resurfacing Partly resurfaced before 2018 GP

Autódromo Provincial Termas de Río Hondo, Termas de Río Hondo, Santiago del Estero Province, Argentina - View in Google Maps


Pole Position 1m 37.683s (177.1km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)
Race Lap 1m 39.019s (174.7 km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2015)
Race Time 34m13.628s (168.4 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2016) *shortened race
2022 Race Winner Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia)