Superprestigio Qualifying: Marquez And Elias Fast As Brindley Shines

Marc Marquez was once again fastest during qualifying for the Superprestigio event at Barcelona. The Spaniard clocked a fast time of 12.237 during the first session of qualifying, holding off a strong challenge from Toni Elias. Elias has learned a lot from his excursion to Las Vegas for the US Superprestigio held last month, and that is paying off.

Third fastest overall, and fastest of the Open class riders - the best of flat track and other off-road disciplines - was British rider Oliver Brindley. The 17-year-old had also raced at Las Vegas, making it all the way to the Grand Final, racing against US road race stars who grew up on dirt track. Brindley finished ahead of Italian Francesco Cecchini, who did well at the Superprestigio last year, beating out French Supermoto star Thomas Chareyre. The two American stars were sixth and seventh fastest, Jared Mees 0.160 slower than Marquez, Brad Baker 0.169 behind the Spaniard.

The full results for the Superprestigio class are below, then the results for the Open class, and finally the combined times for both classes.

The track is slowing down, though a good blue groove is developing where tires are laying rubber on the track. That could make the track more difficult to pass on, creating more of a single racing line. Racing commences at 6:30pm local time, with the event to be streamed live to selected locations here.

Superprestigio class results:

Pos No Rider TIme Diff Prev
1 93 Marc Márquez 12.327    
2 24 Toni Elias 12.430 0.103 0.103
3 97 Xavi Vierge 12.567 0.240 0.137
4 60 Julian Simon 12.614 0.287 0.047
5 88 Ricky Cardus 12.680 0.353 0.066
6 15 Dani Ribalta 12.712 0.385 0.032
7 2 Marcos Ramirez 12.756 0.429 0.044
8 19 Xavier Simeon 12.760 0.433 0.004
9 73 Alex Márquez 12.785 0.458 0.025
10 31 Carmelo Morales 12.790 0.463 0.005
11 136 Joan Mir 12.809 0.482 0.019
12 11 Albert Arenas 12.840 0.513 0.031
13 54 Mattia Pasini 12.888 0.561 0.048
14 23 Marcel Schrotter 12.892 0.565 0.004
15 12 Xavi Fores 12.905 0.578 0.013
16 18 Nico Terol 12.958 0.631 0.053
17 142 Alex Rins 12.958 0.631 0.000
18 81 Jordi Torres 13.012 0.685 0.054
19 69 Maria Herrera 13.297 0.970 0.285

Open class results:

Pos No Rider TIme Diff Prev
1 26 Oliver Brindley 12.440    
2 10 Francesco Cecchini 12.446 0.006 0.006
3 4 Thomas Chareyre 12.466 0.026 0.020
4 1 Jared Mees 12.487 0.047 0.021
5 6 Brad Baker 12.496 0.056 0.009
6 610 Joonas Kylmakorpi 12.503 0.063 0.007
7 17 Gerard Bailo 12.512 0.072 0.009
8 30 Alan Birtwistle 12.512 0.072 0.000
9 20 Jose Luis Martinez 12.530 0.090 0.018
10 77 Ferran Cardus 12.542 0.102 0.012
11 16 Angel Grau 12.582 0.142 0.040
12 8 Xavi Galindo 12.592 0.152 0.010
13 66 Federik Lindgren 12.611 0.171 0.019
14 74 Adrian Garin 12.613 0.173 0.002
15 28 Franc Serra 12.649 0.209 0.036
16 64 Sylvain Bidart 12.672 0.232 0.023
17 13 Jaume Gaya 12.700 0.260 0.028
18 70 Masatoshi Ohmori 12.703 0.263 0.003
19 90 Aidan Collins 12.707 0.267 0.004
20 21 David Gimenez 12.719 0.279 0.012
21 22 Joan Ramon Ribelles 12.783 0.343 0.064
22 3 Ferran Fornell 12.805 0.365 0.022
23 42 LLuis Massana 12.899 0.459 0.094
24 87 Oriol Mena 13.008 0.568 0.109

Combined results:

Pos No Rider TIme Diff Prev
1 93 Marc Márquez 12.327    
2 24 Toni Elias 12.430 0.103 0.103
3 26 Oliver Brindley 12.440 0.113 0.010
4 10 Francesco Cecchini 12.446 0.119 0.006
5 4 Thomas Chareyre 12.466 0.139 0.020
6 1 Jared Mees 12.487 0.160 0.021
7 6 Brad Baker 12.496 0.169 0.009
8 610 Joonas Kylmakorpi 12.503 0.176 0.007
9 17 Gerard Bailo 12.512 0.185 0.009
10 30 Alan Birtwistle 12.512 0.185 0.000
11 20 Jose Luis Martinez 12.530 0.203 0.018
12 77 Ferran Cardus 12.542 0.215 0.012
13 97 Xavi Vierge 12.567 0.240 0.025
14 16 Angel Grau 12.582 0.255 0.015
15 8 Xavi Galindo 12.592 0.265 0.010
16 66 Federik Lindgren 12.611 0.284 0.019
17 74 Adrian Garin 12.613 0.286 0.002
18 60 Julian Simon 12.614 0.287 0.001
19 28 Franc Serra 12.649 0.322 0.035
20 64 Sylvain Bidart 12.672 0.345 0.023
21 88 Ricky Cardus 12.680 0.353 0.008
22 13 Jaume Gaya 12.700 0.373 0.020
23 70 Masatoshi Ohmori 12.703 0.376 0.003
24 90 Aidan Collins 12.707 0.380 0.004
25 15 Dani Ribalta 12.712 0.385 0.005
26 21 David Gimenez 12.719 0.392 0.007
27 2 Marcos Ramirez 12.756 0.429 0.037
28 19 Xavier Simeon 12.760 0.433 0.004
29 22 Joan Ramon Ribelles 12.783 0.456 0.023
30 73 Alex Márquez 12.785 0.458 0.002
31 31 Carmelo Morales 12.790 0.463 0.005
32 3 Ferran Fornell 12.805 0.478 0.015
33 136 Joan Mir 12.809 0.482 0.004
34 11 Albert Arenas 12.840 0.513 0.031
35 54 Mattia Pasini 12.888 0.561 0.048
36 23 Marcel Schrotter 12.892 0.565 0.004
37 42 LLuis Massana 12.899 0.572 0.007
38 12 Xavi Fores 12.905 0.578 0.006
39 18 Nico Terol 12.958 0.631 0.053
40 142 Alex Rins 12.958 0.631 0.000
41 87 Oriol Mena 13.008 0.681 0.050
42 81 Jordi Torres 13.012 0.685 0.004
43 69 Maria Herrera 13.297 0.970 0.285

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Comments

17 yrs old! Impressive Grindley. Marquez's talent continues to sink in for me, bars can indeed be raised even further.

If Pedrosa isn't in attendance, where do you think Elias got those tires?
;)
Go get em Toni!

We can be proud of our road racers. Includng Maria, she is in very fast company. Have you tried to do dirt track? It is hard! Short dirt track here looks like a damn knife fight.

This is good - listen to the throttle control in this corner.
Cheers mates!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=s1fYCk3XJyg