The Catalan Grand Prix in Barcelona presented a challenging day for Marc Marquez and Joan Mir as they navigated through various incidents on the track.
The race started with drama, and both Repsol Honda Team riders managed to avoid the issues that occurred in the opening corners. A Red Flag was immediately displayed, leading to a restart of the race with a reduced distance of 23 laps.
Marc Marquez, who had started in 11th place due to a grid penalty for Bastianini, made a strong launch and quickly moved into the top ten. He displayed a performance similar to the previous day’s Sprint race, maintaining his position in the first half of the race and then settling into his rhythm. Marquez faced pressure from Quartararo for several laps before Quartararo eventually passed him. Marquez finished in 13th place, earning valuable points and completing another Grand Prix weekend without major incidents.
Joan Mir also had decent starts in both races and initially challenged for points. However, ongoing traction issues that had troubled him throughout the weekend prevented him from fully showcasing his potential. Mir managed to bring his RC213V back to the garage and finished in 17th place. He aims to regroup and prepare for the upcoming race in Misano.
The Repsol Honda Team will head directly to Misano for the next race, which marks the penultimate European race of the season and serves as the final in-season test before the intense end-of-season racing schedule begins.
“First of all, I am very glad that Pecco and all of the other riders avoided any serious injury. I saw Pecco crash on the opening lap and I immediately did everything I could to make sure I could avoid him. In the race restart I was able to gain a few positions. Then, like yesterday I was very strong at the start but then had to go into a more conservative mode in the second half of the race. In the final races I was focusing on getting the bike home. Now we start thinking about Misano,” stated Marc Marquez.
Joan Mir, “Honestly, I made a good start to the first race and I made up a fair few positions. But unfortunately, the rest of our race was similar to the day before and we struggled for grip. After six or seven laps the tyre dropped a lot and I was worked to finish the race and stay on the bike. I used the time to try some different maps on the bike with this time to see if it changed anything. Avoiding a crash was important and we finished the last laps carefully to head to Misano in as positive a way as possible.”
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