MotoGP 2024
Round 6

Repsol Honda Team Battle Track Conditions in Catalan Sprint

es-ct Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Hot temperatures left Joan Mir and Luca Marini hunting grip over the course of the Sprint race after gains in Qualifying.

Repsol Honda Team Battle Track Conditions in Catalan Sprint

Steps forward continued for Joan Mir on Saturday at the Gran Premi de Catalunya, the #36 improving his best lap time by 0.7s overnight. Setting a fastest lap in Q1 of 1’39.524 saw Mir start 21st on the grid. From here, Mir would steadily progress through the field over the course of the 12-lap Sprint to take 15th at the chequered flag. Although unable to battle for points in the Sprint, Mir was content with the information gathered for HRC’s engineers.

Luca Marini was able to keep pace with his Repsol Honda Team teammate throughout Saturday, qualifying less than a tenth of a second behind Mir. The pace matching continued into the Sprint as Marini stuck with his stablemate for the majority of the race and ended just over 3.5 seconds back. Pleased with the progress made in recent weeks, Marini is aiming to again stay with his teammate and hopeful of avoiding early race incidents.

Both Repsol Honda Team riders are confident of further improvements on Sunday and are aiming to finish the weekend on a positive before the trip to Mugello. The 24-lap Gran Premi de Catalunya will start at 14:00 Local Time and looks set to be another close fought affair.

Joan Mir
Joan Mir 36
Repsol Honda Team
It was an important Sprint race for the information to give to the engineers, so I am happy we were able to get some good data. We have made some progress in some areas and need to keep working in others and at this track it really shows. For Sunday I think there’s still some margin to improve tomorrow and try to fight for the points which will be our objective. Right now, it’s about the future.

Luca Marini
Luca Marini 10
Repsol Honda Team
I was able to finish much closer to my teammate today which is a positive. We are working a lot on the bike to keep improving and I think we found something at the Mugello Test which is working here. It’s better to ride the bike but we can keep working to gain on the overall performance. There wasn’t a lot of grip on track today, the conditions were very tricky and I think you could see that in the race.

Stefan Bradl 6
HRC Test Team
It has been a complicated 48 hours, but I am happy that we were able to return to the track and get back to work – this is the most important point. Missing Friday afternoon put us on the back foot but the whole Test Team worked well to get done what was in our plan. I made a mistake in the Sprint and went wide which compromised our whole race. Now we rest a bit more and try to be stronger again for Sunday’s Grand Prix.

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