Marquez leads Honda 1-2 in opening practice

MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez set the pace in the opening practice session for the Catalan Grand Prix at the Barcelona circuit.

The Spanish rider, aiming to bounce back this weekend after his crash in the previous race at Mugello, set a fastest time of 1:41.808 near the end of the session to outpace Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa by two tenths of a second.

Suzuki rider Aleix Espargaro finished third ahead of Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo, the winner of the last three races.

Maverick Vinales completed a promising start for Suzuki with the fifth quickest time.

Championship leader Valentino Rossi finished down in eighth position.

Riders made the most of the session to prepare for Sunday's race, with rain forecast for tomorrow.

Aleix Espargaro was the early pace-setter of a session that started under a cloudy sky and which saw Andrea Iannone crash his Ducati early on when he went off the track at Turn 10.

The Italian's bike was not damaged, however, and he managed to return to the pits after being pushed back onto the track by the marshals.

Espargaro remained on top of the times until the final minutes when, with four to go, Pedrosa jumped to the top with a lap of 1:42.018.

Marquez took P1 with less than two minutes left despite a mistake on his flying lap, the world champion setting a new benchmark of 1:41.808. 

 Pos  Rider   Bike   Time  Gap  Laps 
Marc Marquez Honda 1'41.808   17
Daniel Pedrosa Honda 1'42.018 0.210 21
Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'42.183 0.375 16
Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'42.458 0.650 17
Maverick Vinales Suzuki 1'42.555 0.747 18
Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'42.594 0.786 17
Nicky Hayden Honda 1'42.623 0.815 19
Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'42.938 1.130 19
Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'42.945 1.137 18
10  Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'42.957 1.149 18
11  Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'42.981 1.173 18
12  Scott Redding Honda 1'43.002 1.194 23
13  Karel Abraham Honda 1'43.008 1.200 18
14  Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'43.116 1.308 18
15  Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'43.378 1.570 21
16  Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 1'43.536 1.728 19
17  Héctor Barbera Ducati 1'44.059 2.251 14
18  Eugene Laverty Honda 1'44.062 2.254 21
19  Jack Miller Honda 1'44.357 2.549 19
20  Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 1'44.594 2.786 16
21  Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'44.603 2.795 17
22  Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'44.676 2.868 19
23  Mike Di Meglio Ducati 1'44.768 2.960 15
24  Alex de Angelis ART/Aprilia 1'44.865 3.057 17
25  Marco Melandri Aprilia 1'45.270 3.462 17

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Series MotoGP
Event Catalan GP
Track Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Article type Practice report