Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class in Barcelona:
Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain
Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class in Barcelona:
There was lots of hard rubber in action for the final practice session in Barcelona but no one used it better than Fabio Quartararo, who ended practice four tenths ahead of his rivals and looking strong on both the hard and medium rear tyres. Maverick Viñales had to settle for second and although he had a strong session of his own, it was not quite as excellent as his teammate’s. Miguel Oliveira was another familiar sight inside the top 3 and was the last rider within half a second of the leader.
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class in Barcelona:
The final practice session for the MotoE cup brought Fermín Aldeguer firmly into the limelight, the impressive rookie leading the way throughout the session. Eric Granado joined the action late but quickly came within a tenth of a second of the leader, with Jordi Torres in third and three tenths off top spot. Yonny Hernandez and Miquel Pons rounded out the top five, with Dominique Aegerter and Mattia Casadei also within half a second of Aldeguer. Lukas Tulovic briefly joined the top three but got demoted to eighth place due to a late yellow flag infringement.
The final practice session of the premier class was a familiar sight with championship leader Remy Gardner demoting the Fernandez clan out of the limelight in the closing stages of FP3. Teammate Raul Fernandez was only two hundredths of a second back, while Augusto Fernandez dropped to third, after having led the way for most of the session. Aron Canet in fourth adds a third Spaniard to the mix, while Bo Bendsneyder joined the top five early on.
The premier class returned to a much sunnier Montmeló on Saturday morning and the improved conditions saw the lap record improved further and gaps reduced throughout the field. Johann Zarco’s Friday benchmark stood until the final 15 minutes of FP3, when Fabio Quartararo anticipated the shootout and posted the first 1:38 time of the weekend, leaving rivals with a half second gap to recover. The timing screens only really turned red in the final couple of minutes and Franco Morbidelli promptly reminded his former teammate of his speed despite the antique material underneath him.
The sun finally found its way to Barcelona and there was no cloud in sight for the final practice session of the Moto3 class. Gabriel Rodrigo started the day like he finished Friday, at the top of the timesheets at the start of FP3 and maintained his prime position on the combined standings until the final shootout for Q2 places. With the habitual waiting around and faffing about, the time attack lasted only one lap but timing screens turned red all over and the order changed quite drastically.
Once upon a time, Barcelona was regarded as one of the great motorcycling tracks, all sweeping corners demanding the utmost concentration and skill. So much of a motorcycling track was it that a couple of sections had to be put into it to make it a better track for cars, and especially for F1. The grand sweep of La Caixa had a hairpin inserted, to give the cars somewhere to brake. And Turn 13 had a tight little chicane added on the inside, to slow the cars down before they got onto the straight. Four fat tires meant they were at risk of going through the final corner so fast that would be within spitting distance of the sound barrier by the end of the straight.
Then Luis Salom died when he crashed on the outside of Turn 13, hit by his bike as he slid into a wall along a section of hard standing which nobody thought needed gravel, something which turned out to be a misconception. Questions about safety were raised, and the F1 layout was adopted. A great motorcycle track ruined.
MotoE closed day 1 in Catalunya and Lukas Tulovic was the fastest rider over the two sessions, half a tenth ahead of reigning champion Jordi Torres. Yonny Hernandez is making obvious progress to join the top three, a tenth ahead of FP1 leader Eric Granado. Fermìn Aldeguer continued to shine and completed the top five, while Dominique Aegerter in sixth place was the only other rider posting a time within half a second of the leader. Miquel Pons, Alessandro Zaccone, Mattia Casadei and Xavi Cardelus completed a top 10 covered by one second.