Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez was fastest in the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya FP3 session on Saturday morning, with Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden and Marquez’ teammate Dani Pedrosa trailing him at the head of the timesheet.
Nicky Hayden matched the MotoGP™ top speed record during Friday’s opening practice session at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Heading into qualifying day at the Circuit de Catalunya, the one word on the mind of MotoGP™ teams and riders is ‘tyres’. With the hot temperatures this weekend, it is possible that Bridgestone’s hardest possible options will be chosen for both front and rear.
Valentino Rossi was pleased to have topped the timesheets in Barcelona on Friday, but admits that he and Yamaha Factory Racing are still looking for more speed.
Roberto Rolfo (ParkinGO MV Agusta Corse) is targeting a strong result for the next round on the calendar, scheduled for June 28-30 at Imola's Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari. Following the difficult weekend at Portimao, the Italian is looking forward to being back at the level he showed in the fifth round of the season - at Donington Park - when he achieved the first podium finish for MV in a World Championship race after 37 years.
It was not an easy weekend for you at Portimao...
"I was unlucky at Portimao, as I had to retire with 4 laps to go due to a technical problem that started hampering my performance few laps before and made me lose a lot of ground. It's a shame because I started off well from the 13th place on the grid and at Turn 1 I was with the pack that battling for 6th. I think an 8th place was in my range."
What about the next round at Imola?
"I really like the track, it's a very technical one with a lot of elevation changes. I have to say it's not one of the tracks I know best, as I raced there only in 2011. I'm happy to be racing in front of my home crowd and I'm sure Imola will suit the F3 well. I want to stay with the front runners as much as I did at Donington."
What's your opinion about your rivals?
"The competition is very high this year, we're all very close. The only one who's able to make the difference right now, especially on race pace, is Sam Lowes."
Are you happy with the bike? And how's working with MV?
"The bike is beautiful and has a huge potential, I'm really happy to be part of such an ambitious project and about the responsibility that comes with it. MV is giving us a lot of support, it's great to ride for such an iconic brand. I like the direct approach and the 'family business' approach."
Bradley Smith ended up on the sidelines after crashing out of the second practice session in Barcelona on Friday. Having been assisted from the scene by marshals, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider explained the incident once back in the paddock.
MotoGP™ official car provider BMW M has taken two special versions of its BMW M6 Gran Coupé to the Circuit de Catalunya.
Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi posted a late lap time to go quickest in Friday practice ahead of the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya. On a scorching afternoon, the nine-time Barcelona race winner led Yamaha Factory Racing teammate Jorge Lorenzo and championship leader Dani Pedrosa for Repsol Honda Team.