A flying start to the day for Pol Espargaro and Marc Marquez as just a second splits 17 riders in Montmelo.

Friday in Barcelona presented the MotoGP World Championship grid with their first taste of the new Turn 10 on MotoGP machinery. The reaction to the revised corner has been positive with Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro looking forward to racing it on Sunday. Both sides of the Repsol Honda Team garage quickly got up to speed around the revised layout and went to work with their weekend plans. For the first time since the race here in 2019, a limited number of fans returned around the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit – the sound of their cheers a welcome sound.

Pol Espargaro enjoyed an excellent start to his home Grand Prix, running inside the top three for the entirety of Free Practice 1. It was only in the closing stages that he was pushed back from second to third, ending the session 0.349s off the top time. Free Practice 2 began in a similar fashion with Espargaro setting a top-five time almost immediately. Working through a number of items, the Granollers-native sealed his place in the top ten with a late lap. A 1’39.983 saw him end tenth on the combined times and 0.748s back from Zarco. Saturday’s goal is to improve the one lap pace of his Honda RC213V.

There was no waiting around in Free Practice 2 as Marc Marquez was on the pace as soon as the session began, leading early on and immediately faster than his morning time. The session was a steady one for the recovering eight-time World Champion who ended the day with a best lap of 1’40.120. Although 15th in the standings, Marquez was within a second of the fastest time and only 0.137s off his team-mate. Marquez and his team have identified several key areas to improve upon tomorrow.

Action continues tomorrow first with the crucial Free Practice 3 session at 09:55 Local Time and Qualifying, starting with Q1, coming later in the day at 14:10 Local Time.

Pol Espargaro

10th 1’39.983

“It’s been a strange day honestly speaking. Normally this isn’t my best track because it’s hot with low grip and I’m a rider who prefers different conditions. The times came quite easily in the morning as well as in the afternoon, we were not pushing a lot and the times were coming. But when we put the soft on the rear of the bike, everyone gains extra time but we can’t quite find it so this is where we are suffering at the moment. Aside from this, our feeling is very good and we have started the weekend well. We also have to say well done for the new Turn 10, it’s very nice”

Marc Marquez

15th 1’40.120

“I struggled a bit today like every Friday, in FP2 I felt a bit better and tomorrow the aim is to do another step. We are here trying to understand the way in which to improve, step by step and making laps of the circuit to understand more. There’s a couple of points on track where I need to work to adjust my position, but compared to the last few races my body feels better. The work done to Turn 10 is very good, it’s a more natural corner and closer to what the rest of the circuit is, I think it’s a good opportunity to overtake in the last laps.”

MotoGP 2021
Practice Round 7   Catalunya

Catalan GP Combined Free Practice Classification

Dry
Humidity
42%
Track Temp
37°C
Air Temp
27°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 01'39.235
2 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.021
3 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.166
4 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.427
5 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.525
6 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.586
7 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.679
8 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Avintia Esponsorama Ducati 0.742
9 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.748
10 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.748
11 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.797
12 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.825
13 Marini Luca 10 ITA SKY VR46 Avintia Ducati 0.859
14 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.861
15 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.885
16 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.915
17 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.016
18 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 1.455
19 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1.601
20 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.746
21 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 1.950
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)