Both Red Bull KTM Ajo riders topped the Combined Standings continuing their run of form from the previous two rounds
Remy Gardner demonstrated great race pace doing consistent low 1 minute 44s in Free Practice Two and was able to put in the fastest lap time in Free Practice Three and looks to take pole position later on today. His team-mate Raul Fernandez demonstrated great one lap, and race pace during the second free practice session, doing multiple high 1 minute 43s and low 1 minute 44s. The two championship leaders are looking set for another great weekend.
The Marc VDS team of Augusto Fernandez and Sam Lowes have also been very strong over the free practice sessions finishing in third and sixth places respectively. Augusto got the better of his team-mate which is the first time in a while for the Spaniard. Can the Marc VDS Team pull off a one-two in qualifying for their 200th Grand Prix?
Inde Aspar’s Aron Canet managed to finish in the combined standings in fourth position showing the BOSCOSCURO chassis is still competitive at the Barcelona circuit after their podium record at the circuit. His team-mate rookie Albert Arenas was inside the top 14 for some time during the session but was pipped out by Lorenzo Dalla Porta and the Spaniard will have to go through Q1.
Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team’s Bo Bendseyder ended the combined standings inside the top five, keeping his form from the test he had a few weeks ago at the circuit. The Dutchman could be a dark horse for the front-row later on today.
SKY Racing VR46’s Marco Bezzecchi has had a quiet time so far this weekend, being inside the top eight all weekend. It’s been a consistent season for the Italian so far but is yet to take a race win. This weekend looks like it’ll be a little bit of a longer wait for the Italian to taste victory. He’ll be searching for a front-row start.
Petronas Sprinta Racing’s Xavi Vierge has managed to qualify for Q2 whilst his team-mate Jake Dixon will have to go through Q1; the Brit was looking better on Friday but was unable to improve his lap time from Free Practice One. Jake will be looking to get into Q2 to take his best qualifying position since Qatar.
The Liqui Moly Intact GP Team were able to get into Q2, finishing in 10th and 12th positions in the combined standings and will trying to qualifying inside the top ten and continuing their run of form, having secured a fifth and seventh place finish in the Italian Grand Prix.
The Italtrans Racing Team have also got both riders into Q2 with Joe Roberts finishing in 11th and 13th. Joe will looking to find some improvements to get inside the top six, whilst team-mate Lorenzo Dalla Porta will be happy to get into Q2 and starting to find some pace on the Moto 2 machine.
Qualifying takes place at 15:10 (GMT+2). Will it be a Red Bull KTM Ajo on pole position? Or will someone be able to top the two championship leaders?
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