The Catalan Grand Prix was won by Aleix Espargaró, who had also been victorious in Saturday’s sprint race. The contest began with a major scare after a crash at the first corner in which four riders were involved and, almost immediately, a few metres later, a fall by poleman Pecco Bagnaia. Another rider would run over his legs, forcing a red flag and the Italian being evacuated by ambulance to the medical center and later to hospital.
The podium was completed by Maverick Viñales, confirming Aprilia’s good performance at Montmeló, and Jorge Martín, who reduced the gap behind Bagnaia to 50 points. Behind them, Johann Zarco, Miguel Oliveira, Álex Márquez, Fabio Quartararo, Jack Miller, Augusto Fernández and Fabio Di Giannantonio completed the Top 10.
Points for Marc Márquez
Taking advantage of the good position achieved in qualifying, in which he finished twelfth, Marc Márquez once again had a good start in which he managed to make up several places. However, as the laps went by, he lost ground until he crossed the finish line in thirteenth.
Joan Mir took off from twentieth position, and continued to accumulate kilometres on the Honda RC213V, analysing the possibilities of the new aerodynamics and finally taking seventeenth.
The next round of the calendar will be next week: the Misano and Ribera di Rimini GP.
Catalan GP: race results (23 laps)
|1. Aleix Espargaró||APRILIA||38:56.159|
|2. Maverick Viñales||APRILIA||+0.377|
|3. Jorge Martín||DUCATI||+2.831|
|4. Johann Zarco||DUCATI||+4.867|
|5. Miguel Oliveira||APRILIA||+7.529|
|6. Álex Márquez||DUCATI||+10.590|
|7. Fabio Quartararo||YAMAHA||+10.821|
|8. Jack Miller||KTM||+10.880|
|9. Augusto Fernández||GASGAS||+12.889|
|10. Fabio Di Giannantonio||DUCATI||+13.280|
|13. Marc Márquez||REPSOL HONDA||+21.616|
|17. Joan Mir||REPSOL HONDA||+33.929|
|1. Pecco Bagnaia||DUCATI||260|
|2. Jorge Martín||DUCATI||210|
|3. Marco Bezzecchi||DUCATI||189|
|4. Brad Binder||KTM||166|
|5. Aleix Espargaró||APRILIA||154|
|6. Johann Zarco||DUCATI||141|
|7. Luca Marini||DUCATI||125|
|8. Maverick Viñales||APRILIA||113|
|9. Jack Miller||KTM||104|
|10. Álex Márquez||DUCATI||102|
|19. Marc Márquez||REPSOL HONDA||22|
|26. Joan Mir||REPSOL HONDA||5|
“First of all, I am very glad that Pecco and all of the other riders avoided any serious injury. I saw Pecco crash on the opening lap and I immediately did everything I could to make sure I could avoid him. In the race restart I was able to gain a few positions. Then, like yesterday I was very strong at the start but then had to go into a more conservative mode in the second half of the race. In the final races I was focusing on getting the bike home. Now we start thinking about Misano.”
“Honestly, I made a good start to the first race and I made up a fair few positions. But unfortunately, the rest of our race was similar to the day before and we struggled for grip. After six or seven laps the tyre dropped a lot and I was worked to finish the race and stay on the bike. I used the time to try some different maps on the bike with this time to see if it changed anything. Avoiding a crash was important and we finished the last laps carefully to head to Misano in as positive a way as possible.”