MotoGP: Espargaro breaks track record to win pole in Barcelona

Aleix Espargaro has won pole position for the MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix with a new circuit lap record to beat Francesco Bagnaia’s late charge on his Ducati.

It was Espargaro’s second pole of the season, and fourth of his MotoGP career. He is a favorite for Catalan GP victory having produced stunning race pace in practice.

“What qualifiers! It’s nice to be ahead of the rest here in Barcelona, but it was anything but easy. The bike moved around a lot, the conditions were critical, and I really had to give one hundred percent. I also have to thank Maverick because thanks to his slipstream on the straight, I gained a few key meters. Overall, we worked well, both on the flying lap and in terms of preparing for the race. Now all that’s left is to start well, stay focused, and see who has conserved their tires the best in the finale.”

Vinales And Espargaro working together

Qualifying Results

1 Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia Racing (RS-GP) 1m38.742s
2 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Lenovo (GP22) +0.031s
3 Fabio Quartararo FRA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +0.217s
4 Johann Zarco FRA Pramac Ducati (GP22) +0.285s
5 Fabio Di Giannantonio ITA Gresini Ducati (GP21)* +0.357s
6 Jorge Martin SPA Pramac Ducati (GP22) +0.400s
7 Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) +0.403s
8 Maverick Viñales SPA Aprilia Racing (RS-GP) +0.655s
9 Luca Marini ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP22) +0.709s
10 Pol Espargaro SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) +0.735s
11 Jack Miller AUS Ducati Lenovo (GP22) +0.781s
12 Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) +0.869s
Qualifying 1:
13 Marco Bezzecchi ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP21)* 1’39.24s
14 Enea Bastianini ITA Gresini Ducati (GP21) 1’39.246s
15 Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM (RC16) 1’39.249s
16 Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM (RC16) 1’39.42s
17 Joan Mir SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1’39.664s
18 Franco Morbidelli ITA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1’39.884s
19 Andrea Dovizioso ITA WithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1) 1’40.071s
20 Remy Gardner AUS KTM Tech3 (RC16)* 1’40.113s
21 Stefan Bradl GER Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1’40.298s
22 Michele Pirro ITA Racing (GP22) 1’40.351s
23 Darryn Binder RSA WithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)* 1’40.373s
24 Raul Fernandez SPA KTM Tech3 (RC16)* 1’40.587s
Alex Marquez SPA LCR Honda (RC213V) No Time


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