Pol Espargaro was left bitterly disappointed after falling while on a qualifying lap full of potential during Q2 at the Catalan GP, Marc Marquez scheduled to start 13th.

Free Practice 3 at the Catalan Grand Prix proved to be another devastatingly tight session with just a few hundredths of a second splitting multiple riders in the combined standings. Unfortunately for the Repsol Honda Team duo, these final hundredths of a second alluded them and the pair headed for Q1.

Having set a 1’39.519 in FP3, Pol Espargaro had only missed the top spot by 0.590s and was less than 0.1s from a position inside the combined top ten. This near miss showed that Espargaro and the Honda RC213V had the potential to advance through Q1 later in the day. Advance through is exactly what Espargaro did, a 1’39.170 earning him passage into Q2 and the front four rows. Leaving his run late in Q2, the #44 was flying on his last lap and was showing top-five pace until a front-end crash at Turn 10 ended Espargaro’s session. He will start 12th on Sunday.

Marquez looked for every advantage in Q1 as he fought for a spot in Q2, the session coming down to the final run across the line. Just 0.011s separated Marquez from second place in the session, the eight-time World Champion unable to advance into Q2 as his Repsol Honda Team team-mate just edged him out. This is only the third time in his premier class career that Marquez has been unable to progress to Q2. Marquez will line up in 13th for the Catalan GP.

Sunday’s race will begin at 13:00 Local Time after the Moto3 race.

Pol Espargaro

12th 1'41.791

“Q1 today was good, we advanced into Q2. In Q2 I was pushing really hard and on the limit, probably over it. The time was good, it looked like a 1’39.1 like I did in Q1 which could have seen us in the first two rows. I had some locking when the asphalt changed at Turn 10 and I crashed, a real pity. Most of the track was done and we did it well, but if you don’t finish it doesn’t matter what you do. It is what it is. I think the race will again be difficult, but we keep on working and seeing what’s possible. The change of time to before the Moto2 race will change the situation a bit.”

Marc Marquez

13th 1'39.181

“Starting 13th is not really any different to starting in 11th or 12th, so I am not too upset about missing Q2. I was joking with Miller yesterday in the Clinca about a tow and today he was the fastest in the session, so it was the time to go for it. We’ll decide the price later! Tomorrow we need to make a good start and see what’s possible from the race, times are very close so we will see. We keep on working in our own way to improve our situation.”

MotoGP 2021
Qualifying Round 7   Catalunya

Barcelona GP Qualifying Results

Dry
Humidity
55%
Track Temp
40°C
Air Temp
25°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'38.853
2 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.037
3 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.196
4 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.246
5 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.256
6 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.304
7 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.365
8 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.490
9 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.506
10 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.578
11 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.752
12 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2.938
13 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.028 Q1
14 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.194
15 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.379
16 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.414
17 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Avintia Esponsorama Ducati 0.437
18 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.591
19 Marini Luca 10 ITA SKY VR46 Avintia Ducati 0.789
20 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 0.856
21 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.005
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 1m38.853s (169.5km/h) Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha, 2021)
Race Lap 1m39.939 (167.7km/h) Johann Zarco (Ducati, 2021)
Race Time 40'21.749 (166.1km/h) Miguel Oliveira (KTM, 2021)
2021 Race Winner Miguel Oliveira (KTM)