Alex Marquez’s run of form continued with another appearance in Q2, improving on his best MotoGP grid position while Stefan Bradl narrowly missed out on a top-12 grid slot as he continued to go faster.
The pace continued to improve in Free Practice 3 on Saturday morning, the top-14 dropping into the 1’47s and the entire field split by 1.1 seconds when the session came to a close. But it proved to be no issue for Alex Marquez who improved his overall best to a 1’47.546, over half a second faster than his previous Q2 time and again granting him direct access to Q2. As always, Alex produced a consistent Free Practice 4 session while assessing several options for Sunday’s race.
His FP3 time would stand as Alex’s best time of the day, the rookie narrowly missing out on improving the time in Q2. Despite this, Alex will line up in tenth for tomorrow’s race – achieving a new best grid position of his rookie campaign. Alex has qualified as the leading rookie and ahead of championship leader Joan Mir.
Stefan Bradl authored another impressive day, the HRC Test Rider posting steady improvements and constantly challenging the established order. A crash at Turn 2 in FP4 saw the German walk away unharmed and returned to the circuit shortly after. The fall didn’t harm Stefan’s speed as he produced his first 1’47 of the weekend in Q1, his 1’47.585 over a second and a half faster than his Q1 time from the previous week. The lap would have had him sixth on the grid for the Aragon GP, but Bradl will start the Teruel GP from 16th – his best grid position of the year.
An incredible 1’46.882 lap from LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami saw him become the first Japanese rider since Makoto Tamada on the Camel Honda in 2004 to claim pole position in MotoGP. Nakagami is currently 29 points off the World Championship lead as he aims to take his first top-three finish in the premier class tomorrow.
Sunday’s 23-lap Teruel GP is scheduled to start at 13:00 Local Time, just after the Moto3 race with a revised schedule. The day will begin with Warm Up for the premier class at 09:50 Local Time.
Teruel GP Qualifying Classification
|1||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||LCR Honda||Honda||1'46.882|
|2||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||0.063|
|3||Rins Alex||42||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.273|
|4||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.359|
|5||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||0.415|
|6||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||0.444|
|7||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||LCR Honda||Honda||0.495|
|8||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.627|
|9||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.637|
|10||Marquez Alex||73||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||0.721|
|11||Lecuona Iker||27||SPA||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.739|
|12||Mir Joan||36||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.760|
|13||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1'47.372 Q1|
|14||Miller Jack||43||AUS||Pramac Racing||Ducati||0.323|
|15||Binder Brad||33||RSA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.407|
|16||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||0.514|
|17||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||0.676|
|18||Bagnaia Francesco||63||ITA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||0.688|
|19||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||0.784|
|20||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||1.043|
|21||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1.331|
An ultra-modern facility, MotorLand Aragón had its roots firmly established thanks to a solid history of street racing in Alcañiz, which hosted events between 1963 and 2003. Safety advice warning against the continuation of this led to the proposal and construction of a sporting complex dedicated to motorsport. With support… read more.
|Length||5.078 kilometres / 3.155 miles|
|Longest straight||0.968 kilometres / 0.601 miles|
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|Pole Position||1m 46.322s (171.9Km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2021)|
|Race Lap||1m 48.089s (169.0Km/h) Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha, 2020)|
|Race Time||41m 44.442s (167.8 km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2021)|
|2021 Race Winner||Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)|