Summary and results of Moto3 race:
Scott Redding led the morning warm up at Barcelona, finishing ahead of Tito Rabat and Pol Espargaro. Redding and his Marc VDS Racing teammate Mika Kallio were both issued new engines this morning, after the engines allocated through IRTA's random allocation procedure proved to be down on power.
Cal Crutchlow called it right on Friday. "We know the Hondas take a little bit longer to set up, but when they come out Saturday morning, they normally take a second off." It was more like half a second on Saturday morning, but by the afternoon, Dani Pedrosa took nearly 1.6 seconds off his best time on Friday, smashing the pole record which had stood since 2008. That was a lap set on the supersoft qualifying tires still used at the time, which had Nicky Hayden happily reminiscing about the fun to be had on the sticky one-lap rubber.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams ahead of Sunday's GP de Catalunya at Barcelona:
Pedrosa smashes lap record with stunning pole and Marquez on second row
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Barcelona:
Rins locks down front row start, Marquez qualifies on second line
Alex Rins second in qualifying for Catalan GP, whilst teammate Alex Marquez takes his best ever World Championship grid position with fourth.
The grid for tomorrow’s Moto3 race will see both Repsol riders high up the order. Alex Rins was second quickest in qualifying for the sixth round of the championship, with Alex Marquez fourth.
The defense of Jorge Lorenzo's MotoGP championship faces a further obstacle. In addition to having to fend off an unleashed Dani Pedrosa and the rookie sensation that is Marc Marquez, the Yamaha Factory Racing rider now has to deal with a looming engine shortage as well. Just six race weekends into the 2013 MotoGP season, and the factory Yamaha riders are already using the fourth of the five engines which they have for the entire season. With two thirds of the season left to go, the Yamaha men will face a serious challenge in making their engines last until the end of the season.
Summary and results of Moto2 qualifying:
Summary and results of MotoGP qualifying:
Dani Pedrosa has obliterated the field along with Casey Stoner's fastest ever lap record of the Catalunya circuit. The Spaniard trumped the previous benchmark by almost three tenths of a second and headed the field by over half a second. Pedrosa's feat was made all the more impressive by the fact that Stoner's record time was set during the era of qualifying tyres in 2008. Briton Cal Crutchlow finished in a superb second position after dictating the pace in the early stages of the session, trading fast laps with Pedrosa.
Championship leader Dani Pedrosa lead the final sweltering practice session for the MotoGP class at Catalunya. Cal Crutchlow mastered the use of the harder Bridgestone tyre compound and the scalding 51 degree track temperatures to finish only four hundredths behind in-form man Pedrosa. Jorge Lorenzo recovered from his early morning tumble to finish third ahead of his teammate Valentino Rossi and LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl.
Summary and results of Moto3 qualifying:
Luis Salom has taken pole position for the Moto3 race in Catalunya. In doing so the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider and hometown favourite set a new pole record with a time of 1:50.782. Salom's dominance was emphasized in that he finished three tenths ahead of fellow Spaniard and championship combatant Alex Rins. Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira completed the front row giving the Mahindra team a fantastic result.
Thomas Luthi has continued his accelerated recovery from early season injury by setting the fastest time in the third Moto2 practice session. The Suisse rider ended the running with the fastest time of the weekend, a 1:46.909. Friday's pace setter Pol Espargaro followed closely in second place, finishing a mere seven hundredths behind Luthi. 'Tito' Rabat, Scott Redding and Takaaki Nakagami were the next riders on the time sheet, the top five protagonists will be the ones to watch come race day, as has been the case all season long.
Repsol Honda rookie Marc Marquez continues to show phenomenal speed in his debut MotoGP season, topping FP3 with a blistering time of 1:41.853. The Spaniard headed a hectic session that saw the top three riders lap in the 1:41 bracket and be split by a tenth of a second. Nicky Hayden put in a scintillating one-off lap to finish in second place ahead of Dani Pedrosa. Pedrosa was the first rider to dip into the 1:41's and looks in fine form heading into the race on Sunday.
Alex Rins kicked off the action for day two by topping the timesheets by almost half of a second, smashing the fastest ever Moto3 lap time recorded at the Catalunya circuit. Luis Salom, Alex Marquez and Efren Vazquez made it an all Spanish top four, while Jack Miller rounded out the top five. The Australian recovered brilliantly from a low speed high side early in the session.
The top ten was completed by Niccolo Antonelli, Livio Loi, Romano Fenati, Miguel Oliveira and Maverick Vinales.