Catalan MotoGP: Aleix Espargaro tops Friday’s Practice

Catalan MotoGP Aleix Espargaro tops Friday's Practice

Aleix Espargaro set a new lap record with the fastest time in Catalan MotoGP Practice at the Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya.

Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro topped the second practice session ahead of this weekend’s Catalan MotoGP race as Marc Marquez missed out on Q2 for the second time in a row.

With an impressive lap time of 1.38.562s, the 34-year-old who announced his retirement on Thursday at the end of the year shattered the lap record. Meanwhile, Brad Binder and Pedro Acosta finished the session 0.073 seconds behind the Aprilia rider, demonstrating KTM’s continued excellent performance from Friday morning.

Binder’s performance should give him confidence on the RC16 after the South African crashed twice on the entry to Turn 2 in the first twenty minutes of the session, his crew was forced to make changes to the bike for the remaining runs.

Francesco Bagnaia placed fourth after pushing his factory Ducati in his last run while Jack Miller of KTM came in right behind his former Ducati teammate. Following in sixth place was championship leader Jorge Martin as Enea Bastianini who made up for his lackluster showing in the first session, came in seventh place ahead of Franco Morbidelli.

Alex Rins secured Yamaha a slot in Q2 with an outstanding lap that placed him ninth as Aprilia’s Maverick Vinales rounded out the top ten, with the gap between the Aprilia riders’ being less than half a second.

Alex and Marc Marquez of Gresini Ducati narrowly missed out on Q2 after the former had a late crash over the final laps. Meanwhile, the Trackhouse Racing duo of Miguel Oliveira and Raul Fernandez sandwiched Fabio Quartararo in the final proceedings, with the Yamaha rider relying on his second bike following an early crash in the tricky Turn 5.

VR46’s misfortunes persisted as Marco Bezzecchi finished just ahead of teammate Fabio Di Giannantonio taking positions 16 and 17 respectively. Di Giannantonio crashed out twice during the practice.

Honda’s four riders filled the final four positions, failing to keep up with the rest of the field once more. Zarco finished over half a second ahead of teammate Takaaki Nakagami. Joan Mir overcame Luca Marini, but even with the bike’s improvements, Honda’s situation still seems dire.

Stefan Bradl, the wildcard for the weekend, was unable to participate in the second session due to stomach discomfort.

2024 Catalan MotoGP Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya PR Results

PosRiderNat.MotoGP TeamMotoGP BikeTiming
1Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1:38.562
2Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161:38.634
3Pedro AcostaESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3KTM RC161:38.665
4Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP241:38.695
5Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161:38.702
6Jorge MartinESPPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP241:38.793
7Enea BastianiniITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP241:38.814
8Franco MorbidelliITAPramac RacingDucati GP241:38.831
9Alex RinsESPMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZR-M11:39.043
10Maverick VinalesESPAprilia RacingAprila RS-GP1:39.058
11Alex MarquezESPGresini RacingDucati GP231:39.113
12Marc MarquezESPGresini RacingDucati GP231:39.153
13Miguel OliveiraPORTrackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP1:39.350
14Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZR-M11:39.352
15Marco BezzecchiITAPertamina Enduro VR46Ducati GP231:39.382
16Raul FernandezESPTrackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP1:39.
17Fabio Di GiannantonioITAPertamina Enduro VR46Ducati GP231:39.479
18Augusto FernandezESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3KTM RC161:39.504
19Johann ZarcoFRACastrol Honda LCRHonda RC213V1:39.558
20Takaaki NakagamiJAPIdemitsu Honda LCRHonda RC213V1:40.028
21Joan MirESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1:40.256
22Luca MariniITARepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1:40.318
23Stefan BradlGERTeam HRCHonda RC213VNo Time Set

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