The Superprestigio dirt track event is underway in Barcelona, and so far, the indoor event has been deemed a success. Riders are tackling the short course with enthusiasm, the organization is running the event smoothly and despite the Palau Sant Jordi not yet being open to the public, the fans wandering around have been fascinated. The only minor point is the state of the surface, the organization struggling to find the balance between damping the dust and smoothing the track, leading to one or two rough points. Things are gradually improving, with the dust now more under control.
Brad 'The Bullet' Baker is living up to his nickname, setting a blistering pace beyond what the rest can follow, though the gap is surprisingly small. In the Open class (basically, full time flat track racers), Baker leads Spaniard Dani Ribalta by a tenth of a second, with British rider Tim Neave in third, just under two tenths slower than Baker.
In the Superprestigio class - Grand Prix racers by invitation - Marc Marquez is showing the way, the event host over a tenth quicker than Lorenzo Baldassari and Tito Rabat. Former Moto2 rider Kenny Noyes is in fourth, ahead of British WSS rider Christian Iddon, and Julian Simon in sixth. Marquez' time is second only to Brad Baker's, offering the prospect of a fantastic clash in the Superfinal. Racing starts in earnest at 6pm local time, and finishes at 9pm, with the final between the fastest riders in the Open class versus the fastest Superprestigio riders.
Below are the times from qualifying:
|3||Jose Pedro Gomez||13.930||0.345|