MotoGP: Aleix Espargaro Breaks Lap Record In “Practice” At Catalunya
Aleix Espargaro broke the All-Time Lap Record during MotoGP “Practice” Friday afternoon at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, in Spain. Riding his factory Aprilia RS-GP, the Spaniard did a 1:38.686, which led the field of 22 riders and eclipsed Espargaro’s own All-Time Lap Record of 1:38.742 from 2022.
Espargaro’s teammate Maverick Vinales was second-best, just like he was in Free Practice One, with a time of 1:39.048. Defending World Champion Francesco Bagnaia was third with a 1:39.061 on his Lenovo Ducati Desmosedici.
Riders outside of the top 10 in Practice who now must participate in Qualifying One in hopes of reaching Qualifying Two and competing for one of the top grid spots include: Red Bull KTM’s Jack Miller (P12 – 1:39.752), last year’s race winner Fabio Quartararo (P17 – 1:40.106), and six-time MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez (P19 – 1:40.249).