Eight places gained for charging Mir to 12th

Eight places gained for charging Mir to 12thJerez, April 30, 2024: There was no giving in for Joan Mir as he extracted the maximum from the Spanish GP, battling back to 12th place. Repsol Honda Team teammate Luca Marini aims to look for answers during Monday’s test.

Record breaking weekend crowds of 300,000 were treated to another Spanish Grand Prix for the history books on Sunday. With blue skies and not a hint of Saturday’s rain, Joan Mir was determined to repeat his forward progress from the Sprint and end a complicated weekend on a high. Starting well, the #36 moved from 20th to 16th in the space of a single lap and maintained a steady pace further into the points.

Locked in a battle with Raul Fernandez for most of the race, Mir crossed the line in 12th and just under a tenth of a second from his best result of the season so far. The 2020 World Champion was full of praise for the Repsol Honda Team who worked diligently throughout. His attention immediately turns to continuing to find improvements in testing.

Luca Marini’s Sunday was complicated by the opening melee of the 25-lap Spanish Grand Prix. Initially launching well, the Italian found himself embroiled in contact down the field and did his best to recover from there. Unable to match his pace from earlier, the #10 and his team are aiming to use Monday’s test to help them find what was missing.

The entirety of the Repsol Honda Team will remain at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto for the in-season MotoGP Test. Both Joan Mir and Luca Marini are looking forward to another day of riding in order to continue developing the 2024 Honda RC213V.

Joan Mir (12th)

“We have to be content with what we achieved today. From the start of the weekend until now we have been able to improve, and I really have to say thanks to my team for their work in helping us make this progress. Today I was able to make a solid race, I think achieving the best that I could with the package that we have at the moment. Of course, the gap is still very big and we need to keep on working but tomorrow, Monday, we have a test. I am looking forward to trying what we have to understand what the next steps are.”

Luca Marini (17th)

“It was a really tough race. At the start I launched well but then there was a lot of contact in the back and we took some damage. When I tried to find my rhythm, I was much slower than I was expecting and the gap to Joan Mir was too big. We need to understand it and fortunately we have the test tomorrow. It will be important not just for the future but also for the next races. For sure Joan made a good race, but we are still far.”

Spainish GP – Race Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 BAGNAIA FRANCESCO 1 ITA 25 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 40’58.053
2 MARQUEZ MARC 93 SPA 20 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.372
3 BEZZECCHI MARCO 72 ITA 16 Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team Ducati 3.903
4 MARQUEZ ALEX 73 SPA 13 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 7.205
5 BASTIANINI ENEA 23 ITA 11 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 7.253
6 BINDER BRAD 33 RSA 10 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 7.801
7 DI GIANNANTONIO FABIO 49 ITA 9 Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team Ducati 10.063
8 OLIVEIRA MIGUEL 88 POR 8 Trackhouse Racing Aprilia 10.979
9 VINALES MAVERICK 12 SPA 7 Aprilia Racing Aprilia 11.217
10 ACOSTA PEDRO 31 SPA 6 Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 20.762
11 FERNANDEZ RAUL 25 SPA 5 Trackhouse Racing Aprilia 23.508
12 MIR JOAN 36 SPA 4 Repsol Honda Team Honda 23.584
13 RINS ALEX 42 SPA 3 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 28.452
14 NAKAGAMI TAKAAKI 30 JPN 2 LCR Honda Honda 29.049
15 QUARTARARO FABIO 20 FRA 1 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 32.015
16 BRADL STEFAN 6 GER 0 HRC Test Team Honda 41.433
17 MARINI LUCA 10 ITA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda 43.323
19 MILLER JACK 43 AUS DNF Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM DNF
20 MORBIDELLI FRANCO 21 ITA DNF Pramac Racing Ducati DNF
21 SAVADORI LORENZO 32 ITA DNF Trackhouse Racing Aprilia DNF
22 MARTIN JORGE 89 SPA DNF Pramac Racing Ducati DNF
24 ESPARGARO ALEIX 41 SPA DNF Aprilia Racing Aprilia DNF

Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 MARTIN JORGE 89 SPA 92 Pramac Racing Ducati

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