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.
Gran Premi de Catalunya Practice Results
|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|
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||1m38.742s (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)|