2014 Superprestigio Barcelona Dirt Track Qualifying - Baker And Marquez Flying

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.

The Superprestigio organization has more information on their website, including the time schedule for the event, as well as the qualifying format.

Below are the times from qualifying:

No Rider Time Diff
93 Marc Marquez 13.684  
7 Lorenzo Baldassari 13.838 0.154
53 Tito Rabat 13.842 0.158
9 Kenny Noyes 13.880 0.196
21 Christian Iddon 14.024 0.340
60 Julian Simon 14.029 0.345
41 Aleix Espargaro 14.104 0.420
34 Kyle Smith 14.105 0.421
5 Johann Zarco 14.197 0.513
38 Bradley Smith 14.203 0.519
125 Maverick Viñales 14.231 0.547
42 Alex Rins 14.295 0.611
94 Jonas Folger 14.397 0.713
88 Ricky Cardus 14.405 0.721
12 Xavier Fores 14.522 0.838
23 Marcel Schrotter 14.567 0.883
19 Alvaro Bautista 14.590 0.906
81 Jordi Torres 14.624 0.940


No Rider Time Diff
1 Brad Baker 13.585  
15 Dani Ribalta 13.690 0.105
68 Tom Neave 13.763 0.178
66 Joel Lozano 13.838 0.253
74 Tim Neave 13.887 0.302
30 Alan Birtwistle 13.895 0.310
3 Jose Pedro Gomez 13.930 0.345
21 Fabrizio Vesprini 13.975 0.390
47 Gerard Bailo 14.075 0.490
13 Jaume Gaya 14.111 0.526
2 Agusti Vall 14.111 0.526
6 Roger Ballus 14.132 0.547
55 Ferran Mas 14.202 0.617
16 Angel Grau 14.294 0.709
71 Guillem Alons 14.302 0.717


Race Details


loud as a motogp bike

What a show it must be. I've been to some indoors flat track races and it's loud! These guys must be having a blast.

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