After a difficult Italian GP on and off the track, Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro are looking to get back to work and back to where they know they can be.
The Circuit de Barcelona-Montmelo will host round seven of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship, the Barcelona track a mainstay of the Grand Prix calendar. 2021 presents a revised layout around Turn 10 for riders to now master, the changes made to improve safety. The 24-lap MotoGP race on Sunday is sure to be another thrilling affair as the season continues to rapidly progress.
For the first time since returning from injury, Marc Marquez will race on back-to-back weekends. This presents a unique test for his physical condition and the eight-time World Champion is ready to take the weekend as it comes. Throughout his premier class career, Marquez has twice won the Catalan GP and only missed the podium on one occasion – in 2015 when he fell while battling for the lead. Marquez’s objective for the weekend remains the same as he looks to improve both himself and the Repsol Honda Team RC213V over the course of the Grand Prix.
The Montmelo circuit is a true home race for Granollers-native Pol Espargaro, his hometown less than ten kilometres from the track. After a compromised race in Mugello, Espargaro is aiming to put together a trouble free and consistent weekend on home soil. Flashes of progress, such as in Free Practice 3 in Italy, have the #44 optimistic for what the future holds. Espargaro has finished inside the top-ten at the Catalan GP on three occasions in the premier class after winning the 2013 Moto2 race.
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)|