Aprilia dominates in the second practice of Catalan Grand Prix

Aprilia dominates in the second practice of Catalan Grand Prix

Aleix Espargaro led Aprilia teammate Maverick Vinales in the second free practice of the Catalan Grand Prix.

Espargaro first demonstrated his abilities by setting the quickest time of the weekend – a 1:40.067s – early on, an effort that he maintained until Vinales clocked a 1:39.705s to take leadership of the times.

Espargaro set the pace with a 1m40.207s lap of the Barcelona circuit 20 minutes into the 45-minute session, using medium front and rear tyres. That was the fastest lap of the weekend at the time, and it was more than half a second faster than Marco Bezzechi’s previous FP2 record.

With barely seconds left in the session, Espargaro moved his RS-GP back to the peak of the timing pylon, as the remainder of the field attempted a fast lap after spending the majority of the test completing race laps off the back of FP1.

There was no one else who could manage to beat Espargaro’s benchmark time, carrying the Friday’s honours, with Vinales holding on to second place ahead of Enea Bastianini, the first non-Aprilia, who was 0.488s behind Espargaro.

On a factory Ducati, Francesco Bagnaia finished fourth fastest ahead of Jorge Martin’s Pramac machine, with Brad Binder flying the KTM flag to round out the top six.

On the sister factory Desmosedici, Jack Miller finished seventh ahead of FP1 leader Alex Rins on his Suzuki, with Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo and Johann Zarco’s second Pramac bike rounding out the top 10.

Franco Morbidelli didn’t improve on his FP1 time, but he still finished 11th ahead of Pol Espargaro, while VR46’s Marco Bezzecchi and Luca Marini were relegated to 14th and 16th, respectively, despite the former leading the race early on.

Joan Mir’s previous problems on the other Suzuki appear to be persistent, with the 2020 MotoGP world champion barely ahead of LCR Honda’s Alex Marquez and KTM’s Miguel Oliveira in 17th place.

Bradl had been pursuing Aleix Espargaro’s pacesetting Aprilia when he crashed his Honda. He made it through the session and finished 23rd, ahead of Tech3 KTM teammates Raul Fernandez and Remy Gardner.


PosNameTeamBikeGap NextGap LeaderBest Time
1Aleix EspargaróAprilia RacingAprilia1m39.402s
2Maverick ViñalesAprilia RacingAprilia+0.303s+0.303s1m39.705s
3Enea BastianiniGresini Racing MotoGPDucati+0.185s+0.488s1m39.89s
4Francesco BagnaiaDucati Lenovo TeamDucati+0.06s+0.548s1m39.95s
5Jorge MartinPramac RacingDucati+0.039s+0.587s1m39.989s
6Brad BinderRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM+0.094s+0.681s1m40.083s
7Jack MillerDucati Lenovo TeamDucati+0.012s+0.693s1m40.095s
8Fabio QuartararoMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha+0.028s+0.721s1m40.123s
9Alex RinsTeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki+0.003s+0.724s1m40.126s
10Franco MorbidelliMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha+0.078s+0.802s1m40.204s
11Pol EspargaróRepsol Honda TeamHonda+0.033s+0.835s1m40.237s
12Takaaki NakagamiLCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda+0.019s+0.854s1m40.256s
13Fabio Di GiannantonioGresini Racing MotoGPDucati+0.09s+0.944s1m40.346s
14Marco BezzecchiMooney VR46 Racing TeamDucati+0.082s+1.026s1m40.428s
15Luca MariniMooney VR46 Racing TeamDucati+0.02s+1.046s1m40.448s
16Joan MirTeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki+0.202s+1.248s1m40.65s
17Johann ZarcoPramac RacingDucati+0.102s+1.35s1m40.752s
18Alex MarquezLCR Honda CastrolHonda+0.033s+1.383s1m40.785s
19Miguel OliveiraRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM+0.036s+1.419s1m40.821s
20Darryn BinderWithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP TeamYamaha+0.05s+1.469s1m40.871s
21Andrea DoviziosoWithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP TeamYamaha+0.072s+1.541s1m40.943s
22Michele PirroAustrian Junior CupDucati+0.108s+1.649s1m41.051s
23Stefan BradlRepsol Honda TeamHonda+0.023s+1.672s1m41.074s
24Raul FernandezTech3 KTM Factory RacingKTM+1s+2.672s1m42.074s
25Remy GardnerTech3 KTM Factory RacingKTM+0.212s+2.884s1m42.286s

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