2024 Catalan GP Practice Results

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Espargaró closes first day at Montmeló fastest

2024 Catalan GP Practice Results

The first day of action at the Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya saw Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia) top the timesheets with a 1:38.562 lap. After announcing his retirement at the end of this season on Thursday, the MotoGP veteran shone at his home Grand Prix. Brad Binder (KTM) and Pedro Acosta (GasGas) completed the Top 3 for the day.

The Top 10 was rounded off by Bagnaia, Miller, Martín, Bastianini, Morbidelli, Rins and Viñales.

The premier class riders will return to the track for FP2 on Saturday at 10:10am local time. At the end of this free practice session, qualifying will start at 10:50am and the Sprint Race will take place at 3pm.

First day at home for Repsol Honda Team

The weekend started positively for Joan Mir and Luca Marini. The Repsol Honda Team riders had a morning session where both managed to find a good feeling. Marini was seventeenth, just ahead of Mir in eighteenth place.

For the afternoon session, both wanted to maintain their good performance and get close to the cut-off positions for Q2. However, neither has managed to piece together a strong lap on their time attack. Mir and Marini finished the session 21st and 22nd, respectively.

2024 Catalan GP Practice Results

1. Aleix EspargaróAPRILIA1:38.562
2. Brad BinderKTM+0.072
3. Pedro AcostaGASGAS+0.073
4. Pecco BagnaiaDUCATI+0.133
5. Jack MillerKTM+0.140
6. Jorge MartínDUCATI+0.231
7. Enea BastianiniDUCATI+0.252
8. Franco MorbidelliDUCATI+0.269
9. Álex RinsYAMAHA+0.481
10. Maverick ViñalesAPRILIA+0.496
11. Álex MárquezDUCATI+0.551
12. Marc MárquezDUCATI+0.591
13. Miguel OliveiraAPRILIA+0.788
14. Fabio QuartararoYAMAHA+0.790
15. Marco BezzecchiDUCATI+0.820
16. Raúl FernándezAPRILIA+0.858
17. Fabio Di GiannantonioDUCATI+0.917
18. Augusto FernándezGASGAS+0.942
19. Johann ZarcoHONDA+0.996
20. Takaaki NakagamiHONDA+1.466
21. Joan MirREPSOL HONDA+1.694
22. Luca MariniREPSOL HONDA+1.756


Joan Mir

“I felt really good in the morning, and I was expecting to keep building. Today was a tricky day and we couldn’t accomplish what we wanted in the afternoon. There is still room to improve and in the last few races we have been able to take this step overnight, so we stay focused on finding this. We will also have to pay close attention to how the track is evolving with the grip over the weekend.”

Luca Marini

“Speaking truthfully, I think our Friday was better than what the time sheets show today. I made a mistake during the time attack right at the end and there was a yellow flag so I wasn’t able to close a really strong lap. The positive is that the bike has improved and there is still more margin there. It’s time to work together, all Honda riders, and keep improving.”

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