There are only two rounds left in Europe before the MotoGP™ paddock will start traveling the world for the overseas tour from mid-september. Time flies, so let’s enjoy the moment! A new week is ahead of us as GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 is traveling to Barcelona in Spain, for the Gran Premi de Catalunya, a key round for the team. Not only this eleventh round is home to Pol Espargaro, born in the outskirts of the city, but this round will also mark the first ever home race of GASGAS in MotoGP™. After ten rounds, the GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 is looking forward to getting the red RC16 rolling on the Catalan layout, just seven months after Tech3 Racing and GASGAS came together to make one, as our 2023 lineup was introduced in Terrassa. A lot has happened since then, and the team will be willing to bring home a strong result this weekend in Barcelona.
The Austrian Grand Prix was a rather difficult round for rookie Augusto Fernandez who struggled to find his pace at the Red Bull Ring, but he still managed to fight through adversity to make it, again, in the points on Sunday’s race with a fourteenth place. The Catalan GP will be a round which he is looking forward to, as the Spaniard will be eager to bring home a good result to GASGAS in front of home fans, friends, and family. The number 37 holds good memories from this circuit, most recently having finished on the podium in third last season in 2022. With the conditions expected to be quite hot, it will be key for the rookie to perform well in qualifying, if he wants to target a Top 10 result in Spain.
Born in the outskirts of Barcelona, in Granollers, thirty-two years ago, GASGAS Tech3’s Pol Espargaro is approaching a very important weekend for him, on what will be his third round since his return to racing. Not only will he be racing in front of home fans and family, but the Spaniard will aim to fly high the GASGAS flag on its lands this weekend. Espargaro has been impressive since his return, one comeback which was highlighted at the Red Bull Ring with a P6 at the Tissot Sprint, an incredible sign of resiliency and a great reward for Pol, his family, friends, and his team, after a difficult few months. The number 44’s form has been improving day by day, but he will be approaching this round just like the past ones, and will look to continue evaluating his body while getting back to speed on a RC16 that has shown this year that it can perform.
Get ready for another action-packed weekend with Augusto Fernandez and Pol Espargaro starting their Catalan GP campaign on Friday with Free Practice 1 at 10:45 local time (GMT+2), followed by the Practice session in the afternoon at 15:00 LT. Saturday will be busy as usual, with FP2 at 10:10 preceding the qualifying sessions which will start at 10:50. While Saturday is expected to be very hot, both GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 riders will give all they have in the afternoon’s Tissot Sprint, at 3pm. Luckily, they can do it again the next day, as lights of the Gran Premi de Catalunya will go out at 14:00 LT on Sunday, for twenty-four laps. Let’s make it count, team!