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.
Red Bull Gran Premio de España
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|
|Longest straight||0.607 kilometres / 0.377 miles|
|Resurfacing||Complete resurfacing before 2018 round|
Circuito de Jerez, Jerez, Spain - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m 36.170s (165.5km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)|
|Race Lap||1m 37.216s (163.7km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2023)|
|Race Time||41m 00.554s (161.7km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)|
|2023 Race Winner||Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)|
|2023 Sprint Winner||Brad Binder (KTM)|