A weekend complicated by falls ends with a pair of safe and consistent races for Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro as they take ninth and tenth respectively.

Morning Warm Up did not go to plan for the Repsol Honda Team as race day at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España began. Pol Espargaro fell first at Turn 10 and immediately returned to the garage to head out on his second Repsol Honda RC213V. A few minutes later, Marc Marquez was victim to another fast fall, this time at Turn 4. Both riders again walked away unharmed from their respective incidents.

Putting their falls behind them, the Repsol Honda Team riders lined up on row five of the grid for the 25 lap race. Although not at his physical best after the falls, Marquez was determined to make forward progress in the race. A calm approach saw the #93 steadily make up ground, entering the top ten on lap 11 after passing his team-mate. Marquez then set his sights on Zarco and the group ahead, catching them with a handful of laps to go. Taking ninth at the flag, Marquez finished 10 seconds behind the winner – importantly, three seconds closer than he was in Portimao. Although the position was lower, Marquez and his team are pleased with the progress made from one race to another.

Just behind, Pol Espargaro put together an issue-free race to return to the points after Portugal. Consistent pace, although less than what he was expecting, throughout the race had Espargaro steadily picking off his rivals, arriving in the top ten with four laps left. Crossing the line in tenth place and just over a second behind his Repsol Honda Team team-mate, Espargaro scores his second top-ten finishes as a Honda rider. Espargaro was left unsatisfied with the result and is determined to close the gap to the front in future races.

Takaaki Nakagami equaled his career best result with fourth place, 0.690s off the podium on the LCR Honda as the top Honda finisher.

Monday offers the MotoGP World Championship the opportunity to head back out on track at Jerez for a one-day test.

Marc Marquez

9th

“Of course today we would have liked to be further ahead but we should be happy. In Portimao we finished 13 seconds behind the leader and here only ten, this is the main target. Like in Portimao I felt strong in the middle of the race, but I lost some time at the start and the end of the race and overall I felt like we have made a big step compared to our last race. I can now understand more about the bike. Tonight we will decide if I will test tomorrow, it is important to do some laps if we can to keep understanding everything with the team. It hasn’t been the best weekend in Jerez, but an important step and I want to say a big thank you to Honda and my team this weekend for their incredible work.”

Pol Espargaro

10th

“It wasn’t a good race for us speaking honestly, we had much better pace in FP4 and in Warm Up where I was feeling a lot better. The traction on the circuit was less than in the morning and I never really felt comfortable in my race pace, I was pushing and on the limit a lot. I finished just behind Marc, but it isn’t where I want to be. We get some points for tenth but 11 seconds away from first is too much. We have a full day of testing tomorrow which is going to be super important for us and allows us to try some different options for the future.”

MotoGP 2021
Race Round 4   Spain

Red Bull Gran Premio de España

Dry
Humidity
36%
Track Temp
41°C
Air Temp
22°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Miller Jack 43 AUS 25 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 41'05.602
2 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA 20 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1.912
3 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 16 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 2.516
4 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 13 LCR Honda Honda 3.206
5 Mir Joan 36 SPA 11 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 4.256
6 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 10 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 5.164
7 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 9 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 5.651
8 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 8 Pramac Racing Ducati 7.161
9 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 7 Repsol Honda Team Honda 10.494
10 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 6 Repsol Honda Team Honda 11.776
11 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 5 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 14.766
12 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 4 Team HRC Honda 17.243
13 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 3 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 18.907
14 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 2 Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 20.095
15 Marini Luca 10 ITA 1 SKY VR46 Avintia Ducati 20.277
16 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 0 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 20.922
17 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA 0 Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 22.731
18 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 0 Pramac Racing Ducati 30.314
19 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 37.912
20 Rins Alex 42 SPA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 38.234
21 Binder Brad 33 RSA 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM DNF
22 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA 0 Avintia Esponsorama Ducati DNF
23 Marquez Alex 73 SPA 0 LCR Honda Honda DNF
Location Information

Built in 1986 and hosting its first Grand Prix one year later, the circuit of Jerez is now one of the most popular MotoGP venues and the focal point for a city fanatical about sport. Set in a slight valley in the south of Spain, Jerez is blessed with consistently… read more.

Length 4.423 kilometres / 2.748 miles
Width 11 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 8
Longest straight 0.607 kilometres / 0.377 miles
Constructed 1986
Modified 2002
Resurfacing Complete resurfacing before 2018 round

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Records

Pole Position 1m 36.705s (164.6km/h) Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha, 2020)
Race Lap 1m 37.770s (162.8km/h) Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha, 2021)
Race Time 41m 05.602s (161.4km/h) Jack Miller (Ducati, 2021)
2021 Race Winner Jack Miller (Ducati)