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.

Pol Espargaro

6th - 72 Laps 1'39.877

“Without much pre-season testing, every chance I have to ride the Honda is important. We’ve had a good and busy day trying a lot of things to keep learning and understanding the bike. We had one unfortunate crash today due to another rider, but we have still been able to complete many laps.”

Marc Marquez

11th - 87 Laps 1'40.054

“It has been a very busy day today; we have completed a big amount of laps, I suffered today but I needed a day like this where I could just ride. In the beginning it wasn’t bad, in the afternoon I wasn’t pushing as much but it worked well. Now it’s time to take a rest and do a step with my physical condition. We have found a lot of information, and this is key. Overall, it has been a good and productive day on the bike.”

MotoGP 2021
Testing   Catalunya

Catalan Test

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'39.400
2 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.137
3 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.302
4 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.416
5 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.466
6 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.477
7 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.579
8 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.622
9 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.636
10 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.650
11 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.654
12 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.741
13 Marini Luca 10 ITA SKY VR46 Avintia Ducati 0.826
14 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.842
15 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 1.083
16 Test 1 KTM AUT KTM Test Team KTM 1.512
17 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Avintia Esponsorama Ducati 1.523
18 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.537
19 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 1.563
20 Guintoli Sylvain 50 FRA Suzuki Test Team Suzuki 1.594
21 Test 2 KTM AUT KTM Test Team KTM 1..653
22 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.805
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 1m38.853s (169.5km/h) Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha, 2021)
Race Lap 1m39.939 (167.7km/h) Johann Zarco (Ducati, 2021)
Race Time 40'21.749 (166.1km/h) Miguel Oliveira (KTM, 2021)
2021 Race Winner Miguel Oliveira (KTM)