Both Repsol Honda Team riders spent Saturday preparing for what is set to be a challenging Catalan GP, temperatures and tyre life two factors for Espargaro and Bradl to manage.

The heat was again unrelating in Barcelona, ambient temperatures climbing above 30°C as the tarmac crept towards 60°C. On track there was nowhere to hide as the pace also escalated, the outright lap record being broken several times during the day.

Saturday’s first session went well overall for Pol Espargaro, able to end the morning in the top ten for a spot in Q2. Victim to a crash at Turn 5 midway through Free Practice 3, Espargaro leapt to his feet immediately. His best time of 1’39.246 would come after the fall, his never give up attitude on full display. With his team working tirelessly over the midday break, Espargaro was able to continue FP4 and Qualifying with two RC213Vs. Hotter conditions in Q2 saw the home hero unable to improve on his overall best time, missing the mark by just 0.2s.

Tenth place on the grid will see the 30-year-old lead the Honda charge into Turn 1. Espargaro’s Q2 time from 2022 was 2.3 seconds faster than his lap from the previous year. Tyre management will be a key aspect of Sunday’s race.

On the other side of the Repsol Honda Team garage, Stefan Bradl continued his adaptation. Able to consistently improve his lap times in each session and tick off a number of important items for Honda HRC. Setting the 11th fastest time in Q1, the German will start Sunday’s 24-lap race from 21st on the grid ahead of Ducati test rider Michele Pirro.

Forecasts suggest a slight drop in temperature for Sunday, topping out at around 27°C at 14:00 Local Time – just when the race is scheduled to begin.

Pol Espargaro

10th 1'39.477

“FP3 was quite good for us, even with the crash. Already we knew that the afternoon would be harder and I wasn’t able to be faster. I was losing most of my time braking into Turn 1, this is where my time went. Tenth was the best we could do finally in Qualifying. Tomorrow is going to be a tricky race; we will need to use the harder tyres and try to manage them – like everyone. The change in temperature is not a lot so finally the track will be greasy like today. Let’s see what happens and no matter what we will try out best for the home fans here!”

Stefan Bradl

21st 1'40.298

“We improved a little bit over yesterday and I avoided any mistakes. This morning I struggled a bit to find speed in qualifying mode but in Q1 we made a step and improved our position. Still, we are building our speed and this is where we are at the moment. Our plan for the race is to manage the tyres and the situation, the main goal is to finish the race and learn what we can. I am not setting a specific target for the race, just to be with the others.”

MotoGP 2022
Qualifying Round 9   Catalunya

Qualifying Results - Gran Premi de Catalunya

Dry
Humidity
26%
Track Temp
58°C
Air Temp
33°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 1'38.742
2 Bagnaia Francesco 62 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.031
3 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.217
4 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.285
5 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.357
6 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.400
7 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.403
8 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.655
9 Marini Luca 10 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.709
10 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.735
11 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.781
12 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.869
13 Bezzecchi Marco 73 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.024 Q1
14 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.030
15 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.033
16 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.204
17 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.448
18 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.668
19 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 0.855
20 Gardner Remy 87 AUS Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.897
21 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.082
22 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati 1.135
23 Binder Darryn 40 RSA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 1.157
24 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 1.371
25 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda No Time Set
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 1m38.742s (169.7km/h) Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia, 2022)
Race Lap 1m39.939 (167.7km/h) Johann Zarco (Ducati, 2021)
Race Time 40'21.749 (166.1km/h) Miguel Oliveira (KTM, 2021)
2022 Race Winner Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha)