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.
Barcelona GP Qualifying Results
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|
|Longest straight||1.047 kilometres / 0.651 miles|
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló, Catalunya, Spain - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m38.639s (169.9km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2023)|
|Race Lap||1m39.939 (167.7km/h) Johann Zarco (Ducati, 2021)|
|Race Time||40'21.749 (166.1km/h) Miguel Oliveira (KTM, 2021)|
|2023 Sprint Winner||Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia)|
|2023 Race Winner||Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia)|