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MotoGP Spain: Marquez Secures First Ducati Pole

Gold and Goose

The MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix is the fourth round of the 2024 season and marks the beginning of the European portion of the calendar. Rain arrived on Saturday morning, meaning wet conditions for both FP2 and qualifying.


Marc Marquez achieved his first Ducati pole position in the wet at Jerez, marking a significant milestone in his first season away from HRC.

Marquez' 1:46.773 was the only sub-1:47 of the session from any rider, and put him just under three-tenths-of-a-second ahead of Marco Bezzecchi in second, while Jorge Martin was a further three tenths back in third place.

Brad Binder, 2024 MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose

Brad Binder set the trend for the Q2 by taking a medium-compound rear tyre on his first run. He ended that first run fastest, beating everyone else who had chosen soft-compound rears. Almost everyone chose mediums on the second run, and that erased Binder's early-session advantage - he qualified fourth. Fabio Di Giannantonio and Alex Marquez join Binder on the second row.

Francesco Bagnaia is still without a front row in 2024 after qualifying seventh in Spain, ahead of Franco Morbidelli and Enea Bastianini who make it an all-Ducati third row.

Pedro Acosta looked set for pole at one point, but crashed at the final corner. He remounted and qualified 10th, ahead of the two Aprilias of Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro who both stuck with soft-compound wets for their second run.

Full MotoGP qualifying results from Spain are below.

2024 MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix | Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto | Qualifying Results | Rd 4/21
PosRiderNat.MotoGP TeamMotoGP BikeTiming
1Marc MarquezESPGresini RacingDucati GP231:46.773
2Marco BezzecchiITAPertamina Enduro VR46Ducati GP231:47.044
3Jorge MartinESPPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP241:47.381
4Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161:47.730
5Fabio Di GiannantonioITAPertamina Enduro VR46Ducati GP231:47.778
6Alex MarquezESPGresini RacingDucati GP231:47.840
7Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP241:47.962
8Franco MorbidelliITAPramac RacingDucati GP241:48.116
9Enea BastianiniITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP241:48.362
10Pedro AcostaESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3KTM RC161:48.528
11Maverick VinalesESPAprilia RacingAprila RS-GP1:48.595
12Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1:49.417
13Johann ZarcoFRACastrol Honda LCRHonda RC213V1:48.102
14Miguel OliveiraPORTrackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP1:48.418
15Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161:48.672
16Dani PedrosaESPRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161:48.699
17Raul FernandezESPTrackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP1:48.728
18Augusto FernandezESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3KTM RC161:49.229
19Stefan BradlGERLCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V1:49.659
20Joan MirESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1:49.765
21Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1:49.860
22Luca MariniITARepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1:49.978
23Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZR-M11:50.100
24Takaaki NakagamiJAPIdemitsu Honda LCRHonda RC213V1:50.245
25Alex RinsESPMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZR-M11:50.302


Marc Marquez topped a wet FP2 for MotoGP at the Spanish Grand Prix, just under a tenth ahead of fellow satellite Ducati rider Fabio Di Giannantonio.

Brad Binder, 2024 MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose

Francesco Bagnaia was third-fastest on the factory Ducati to make it a 1-2-3 for the Bologna brand, while Raul Fernandez, Maverick Vinales, and Miguel Oliveira made up an Aprilia 4-5-6. Pedro Acosta was the best KTM rider in seventh, ahead of Franco Morbidelli, Alex Marquez, and Aleix Espargaro who completed the top 10.

Full MotoGP results from FP2 in Spain are below.

2024 MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix | Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto | FP2 Results | Rd 4/21
PosRiderNat.MotoGP TeamMotoGP BikeTiming
1Marc MarquezESPGresini RacingDucati GP231:48.183
2Fabio Di GiannantonioITAPertamina Enduro VR46Ducati GP231:48.259
3Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP241:48.653
4Raul FernandezESPTrackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP1:48.722
5Maverick VinalesESPAprilia RacingAprila RS-GP1:48.749
6Miguel OliveiraPORTrackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP1:48.794
7Pedro AcostaESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3KTM RC161:48.850
8Franco MorbidelliITAPramac RacingDucati GP241:48.875
9Alex MarquezESPGresini RacingDucati GP231:48.901
10Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1:48.902
11Marco BezzecchiITAPertamina Enduro VR46Ducati GP231:48.988
12Jorge MartinESPPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP241:49.083
13Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161:49.145
14Dani PedrosaESPRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161:49.249
15Enea BastianiniITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP241:49.514
16Augusto FernandezESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3KTM RC161:49.515
17Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZR-M11:49.810
18Johann ZarcoFRACastrol Honda LCRHonda RC213V1:49.930
19Stefan BradlGERLCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V1:49.936
20Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161:50.027
21Joan MirESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1:50.192
22Alex RinsESPMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZR-M11:50.220
23Takaaki NakagamiJAPIdemitsu Honda LCRHonda RC213V1:50.358
24Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1:50.748
25Luca MariniITARepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1:50.824


Francesco Bagnaia topped MotoGP Practice in Spain with a 1:36.025, meaning the Italian goes to sleep in Andalusia tonight as the new lap record holder at the historic Spanish track.

It was a late lap from Bagnaia to see him top the times on Friday in Jerez, the Italian pulling particularly dramatic shapes through the final corner on his best lap of the session. This was in contrast to the wheels-in-line Maverick Vinales, who seemingly made all of his lap time in the two high-speed right handers at the end of the lap, but was out-done by Bagnaia in the end.

Fabio Quartararo, 2024 MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose

Behind Vinales was Marc Marquez, who was especially bad in sector four, while Marco Bezzecchi was helped to his fourth-fastest time by a tow from Bagnaia. Pedro Acosta similarly benefited in Bagnaia's wake, and was sixth to ensure that KTM had some representation in Q2. Brad Binder was the closest of the other four RC16 riders to make it into the top 10, but he crashed at turn seven on what would have been his best lap and finished 11th.

Aleix Espargaro, Enea Bastianini, Fabio Di Giannantonio, and Alex Marquez completed the top 10, meaning the only Ducati rider to miss Q2 was Franco Morbidelli.

No Japanese bikes finished in the top 10; the best of those was Alex Rins in 15th for Yamaha, while Takaaki Nakagami was the best Honda rider in 16th.

Full MotoGP results from Practice in Spain are below.

2024 MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix | Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto | PR Results | Rd 4/21
PosRiderNat.MotoGP TeamMotoGP BikeTiming
1Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP241:36.025
2Maverick VinalesESPAprilia RacingAprila RS-GP1:36.125
3Marc MarquezESPGresini RacingDucati GP231:36.168
4Marco BezzecchiITAPertamina Enduro VR46Ducati GP231:36.364
5Jorge MartinESPPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP241:36.435
6Pedro AcostaESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3KTM RC161:36.439
7Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1:36.446
8Enea BastianiniITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP241:36.480
9Fabio Di GiannantonioITAPertamina Enduro VR46Ducati GP231:36.536
10Alex MarquezESPGresini RacingDucati GP231:36.539
11Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161:36.644
12Franco MorbidelliITAPramac RacingDucati GP241:36.711
13Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161:36.900
14Dani PedrosaESPRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161:36.944
15Alex RinsESPMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZR-M11:36.959
16Takaaki NakagamiJAPIdemitsu Honda LCRHonda RC213V1:36.969
17Raul FernandezESPTrackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP1:37.111
18Johann ZarcoFRACastrol Honda LCRHonda RC213V1:37.277
19Miguel OliveiraPORTrackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP1:37.342
20Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZR-M11:37.382
21Joan MirESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1:37.476
22Augusto FernandezESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3KTM RC161:37.611
23Stefan BradlGERLCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V1:37.709
24Luca MariniITARepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1:37.838
25Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1:37.902


First practice in Jerez was topped by Alex Marquez, who held a 0.507-second advantage over his teammate, Marc Marquez.

The #73 was the only rider in the 1:36s in FP1, and only the top 10 were able to remain within one second of his best pace.

Dani Pedrosa, 2024 MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose.

That top 10 included both Aprilia riders, with Maverick Vinales third ahead of Aleix Espargaro in fifth, while Franco Morbidelli was the best Ducati GP24 rider in fifth.

Marco Bezzecchi was sixth, ahead of KTM wildcard Dani Pedrosa, the #26 being setting the fastest time of all five RC16 riders on Friday morning, although Brad Binder was only 0.005 seconds slower in eighth. Jorge Martin was ninth, ahead of Pedro Acosta who rounded out the top 10.

Both factory Ducati riders, Francesco Bagnaia and Enea Bastianini, were outside of the top 10 in 12th and 13th, respectively.

Full MotoGP FP1 times from Spain are below.

2024 MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix | Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto | FP1 Results | Rd 4/21
PosRiderNat.MotoGP TeamMotoGP BikeTiming
1Alex MarquezESPGresini RacingDucati GP231:36.630
2Marc MarquezESPGresini RacingDucati GP231:37.137
3Maverick VinalesESPAprilia RacingAprila RS-GP1:37.221
4Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1:37.303
5Franco MorbidelliITAPramac RacingDucati GP241:37.547
6Marco BezzecchiITAPertamina Enduro VR46Ducati GP231:37.585
7Dani PedrosaESPRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161:37.613
8Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161:37.618
9Jorge MartinESPPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP241:37.635
10Pedro AcostaESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3KTM RC161:37.642
11Fabio Di GiannantonioITAPertamina Enduro VR46Ducati GP231:37.724
12Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP241:37.792
13Enea BastianiniITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP241:37.886
14Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZR-M11:38.012
15Miguel OliveiraPORTrackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP1:38.049
16Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161:38.078
17Alex RinsESPMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZR-M11:38.203
18Raul FernandezESPTrackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP1:38.247
19Johann ZarcoFRACastrol Honda LCRHonda RC213V1:38.360
20Augusto FernandezESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3KTM RC161:38.370
21Takaaki NakagamiJAPIdemitsu Honda LCRHonda RC213V1:38.539
22Joan MirESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1:38.574
23Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1:38.728
24Stefan BradlGERLCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V1:38.734
25Luca MariniITARepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1:38.775

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