With 159 laps between them, Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro made the most of the latest in-season MotoGP test as they worked through an extensive list.
For the second time in 2021, the MotoGP World Championship was back out on track on Monday for an in-season test. After a difficult start to the season, it was a crucial test for the Repsol Honda Team and both riders were some of the first out on track.
With Sunday’s disappointment behind him, Pol Espargaro went about working with the Repsol Honda Team to find a direction for future races. A total of 72 laps made for a busy day, his best time of 1’39.877 coming on lap 71. This time saw Espargaro end the day in sixth and with more knowledge gained after another full day on board the RC213V. Espargaro’s afternoon was briefly upset by a fall as a result of another rider riding slowly.
Marc Marquez worked hard from the start of day and in total completed 87 laps aboard the RC213V machine, the most laps of any rider across Monday. A time attack was not the focus of the test for eight-time World Champion, Marquez ending the day as the 11th quickest rider with a best time of 1’40.054.
June 20 is the date of the next Grand Prix, affording the Repsol Honda Team a week to work away from the circuit after two demanding back-to-back weekends.
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)|