Fast in the wet and the dry, Pol Espargaro is determined to give the local Spanish fans something to cheer about this weekend in Valencia.

Just as the MotoGP World Championship grid was preparing to head out for their first taste of the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, rain began to fall around the Valencia track. Getting progressively heavier over the course of the morning, Pol Espargaro ventured out to assess his Honda RC213V in the wet. A productive morning led to the ninth fastest time, 0.731s shy of the top and gained Espargaro and the Repsol Honda Team valuable information. Forecasts suggest the remainder of the weekend will be dry.

In the afternoon, with improved conditions, Espargaro was able to show his speed around Valencia – one of his favourite tracks on the calendar. Improving his pace with each run on track, the #44 set a best time of 1’30.939 for second overall. 0.012s behind Bagnaia, the Repsol Honda Team rider was pushing even harder on his final lap of FP2 to overcome this gap but suffered a fall at Turn 6. Espargaro walked away without injury. Flanked by both factory Ducati machines in the standings, the trio appear to have an early edge of their competition with fourth placed Rins 0.4s back.

Free Practice 3 at 09:55 Local Time on Saturday, November 13 will present Pol Espargaro with another opportunity to defend his Q2 transfer spot before battling for grid positions later in the day.

Pol Espargaro

Second 1’30.939

“We have had a good day today. It started in the wet and I took it a little easy because you can end your weekend in the first session if you’re not careful. In the afternoon I was feeling confident on used medium tyres. Overall it was a good second session apart from the small crash we had, but I thought something like this might happen because I was pushing a lot. The track was not in the best condition because of the rain so we have to keep working overnight to raise our level for Qualifying. It’s a good start to the weekend and I want to give the Spanish fans in the stands something to cheer about.”

MotoGP 2021
Practice Round 18   Valencia

Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana Combined Free Practice Classification

Dry
Humidity
47%
Track Temp
13°C
Air Temp
21°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1'30.927
2 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.012
3 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.068
4 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.409
5 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.469
6 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.500
7 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.586
8 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.594
9 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.670
10 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.676
11 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.781
12 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.893
13 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.905
14 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 0.925
15 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.156
16 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.171
17 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.281
18 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 1.287
19 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Avintia Esponsorama Ducati 1.292
20 Marini Luca 10 ITA SKY VR46 Avintia Ducati 1.302
21 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1.358
Location Information

The Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana was completed in 1999 and held rounds of the MotoGP and Spanish Motorcycle Championships in the same year. The Cheste track has several layouts, running anti-clockwise with varying lengths. MotoGP events are held on a 4km track comprising of five right handed corners, eight… read more.

Length 4.005 kilometres / 2.489 miles
Width 12 metres
Left corners 9
Right corners 5
Longest straight 0.876 kilometres / 0.544 miles
Constructed 1999

Circuito de la Comunidad Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, Cheste, Spain - View in Google Maps

www.circuitvalencia.com

Records

Pole Position 1m 29.401s (161.2km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
Race Lap 1m 31.116s (158.2km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2019)
Race Time 45m 54.228s (157 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
2020 Race Winner Race 1: Joan Mir (Suzuki) || Race 2: Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha)