Missing out on a final lap time, both Pol Espargaro and Stefan Bradl feel there’s still more potential to deliver on as the Catalan GP weekend begins.

With news of a successful fourth operation for Marc Marquez, the Repsol Honda Team diligently got to work at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. An oppressive sun sat overhead for the entirety of the day, ambient temperatures pushing above 30°C as the track reached 54°C during Free Practice 2. The 4.2 kilometres of the Barcelona circuit presented a physical challenge to all the riders in Friday’s heat.

An impressive start to the day saw Pol Espargaro run consistently inside the top five during Free Practice 1. The home hero, raised just a few kilometres away from the circuit, was able to immediately match the pace of the front-runners. The afternoon’s session was slightly more complicated for the #44. Improving his best lap by half a second, Espargaro was unable to defend his position inside the combined top ten and will have to find more time in Free Practice 3. But, having missed out by only 0.033s has Espargaro confident of finding the time in Saturday’s morning session – a crucial point of the weekend in Espargaro’s view.

On the other side of the Repsol Honda Team garage, it was a day of adaptation for Stefan Bradl as he returned to race mode. A small crash at Turn 5 in Free Practice 2 upset his rhythm a little bit, but the German was unharmed in the fall. Ending the day in 23rd overall, Bradl’s primary focus was not on lap times today as he got back into the groove of a race weekend. The German continued to combine his testing duties with replacing Marc Marquez.

Pol Espargaro

11th 1'40.237

“With the race tyre we are looking quite good, we were able to run towards the top of the time sheets. It’s honestly better than we expected. When we fitted the soft tyre, we weren’t able to improve as much as everyone else so we have some work to do overnight. Even like this we were very close so I think we can overcome it tomorrow, but you have to see what the conditions are like and what everyone is doing tomorrow. I’m quite positive about our situation for the race so we need to get inside the three rows on the grid.”

Stefan Bradl

23rd 1'41.074

“Today was about riding the bike and getting back to racing mode where you have to deliver in the moment. It has been a good day as we were able to find some improvements between this morning and this afternoon. We are also here still testing some things, so it is a busy Grand Prix already. We are in the process of building, getting faster and I hope we can make another step tomorrow.”

MotoGP 2022
Practice Round 9   Catalunya

Gran Premi de Catalunya Practice Results

Sunny
Humidity
56%
Track Temp
54°C
Air Temp
28°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 1'39.402
2 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.303
3 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.488
4 Bagnaia Francesco 62 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.548
5 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.587
6 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.681
7 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.693
8 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.699
9 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.721
10 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.802
11 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.835
12 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.854
13 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.944
14 Bezzecchi Marco 73 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 1.026
15 Marini Luca 10 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 1.046
16 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.248
17 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 1.350
18 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 1.383
19 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.419
20 Binder Darryn 40 RSA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 1.469
21 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 1.541
22 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati 1.649
23 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.672
24 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 1.681
25 Gardner Remy 87 AUS Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.928
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

www.circuitcat.com

Records

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)