Making the most of track time, Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo are pleased with the work done as the opening day of Catalan GP practice came to a close.

Despite a brief spitting of rain in the afternoon, both Repsol Honda Team riders were able to gather good amounts of information and data at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Conditions remained steady throughout the day, the track peaking at 42°C and the air temperature hardly changing from 26°C.

Starting the day immediately on the pace, Marc Marquez continued to improve his feeling on the Repsol Honda Team RC213V throughout Free Practice 1 and ended the session fastest with a 1’40.692. Unable to improve this time in Free Practice 2, Marquez heads into Saturday as the ninth fastest rider overall.

Jorge Lorenzo used the track time to assess new ergonomics for his Honda RC213V.  Improving by 0.8s, Lorenzo ended Friday practice with a 1’40.816 for 14th overall. Despite the position, Lorenzo is just 0.737s shy of Quartararo’s fastest time as only 0.5s separated the top five riders.

Takaaki Nakagami finished as the top Honda rider, third aboard the LCR Honda.

Saturday, June 15, begins with Free Practice 3 at 09:55 local time – a last chance for riders to set a top-ten time and advance directly to Q2. Qualifying for the premier class commences at 14:10.

Marc Marquez

9th 1'40.692

“Not a bad day today. We had to change our strategy from the last GP a little bit because it’s important to understand the tyres. If you check the FP2 times, we look like we are far but we were able to do a lot of work and try many tyres and some setup changes. We’re not bad and the position isn’t our real one. I’m happy with all the information that we were able to get.”

Jorge Lorenzo

14th 1'40.816

“The track was not in the best condition today and it was very slippery, the lap times were not as fast as they could have been I think. I did not use a new soft tyre like many other riders in FP2 as I think we will be able to profit more tomorrow. Today we were able to try some new parts and hopefully it will help us close the gap to the front more.”

MotoGP 2019
Practice Round 7   Catalunya

Catalan Grand Prix Combined Free Practice Classification

SunnDry
Humidity
46%
Track Temp
42°C
Air Temp
26°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'40.079
2 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 0.281
3 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.302
4 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.314
5 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.392
6 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.438
7 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.441
8 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 0.520
9 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.613
10 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.623
11 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.648
12 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 0.648
13 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.692
14 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.737
15 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.768
16 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.799
17 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.869
18 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 0.928
19 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.991
20 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.251
21 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.445
22 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.448
23 Guintoli Sylvain 50 FRA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.908
24 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Test Team Aprilia 2.077
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 1m38.680s (168.8km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati, 2018)
Race Lap 1m40.021s (165.5km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati, 2018)
Race Time 40'13.566 (165.6km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati, 2018)
2019 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)