2021 MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix Preview

All four MotoGP categories are set to be in action this weekend as it continues to come to terms with the loss of Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier, who died after succumbing to injuries sustained during qualifying at Mugello.

This weekend’s Grand Prix will see MotoE return to action for its third race of the season with Italian Alessandro Zaccone leading the championship ahead of Mattia Casadei and Dominique Aegerter, who are tied second in the standings.

Zaccone has an eight point gap over second and third having won the opening round in Jerez before going on to be classified third in Le Mans.

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In Moto3 Pedro Acosta continues to lead the standings, 52 points ahead of nearest rival Jaume Masia. Completing the top three in the championship is Ayumu Sasaki.

All three categories raced in Mugello last weekend with the Moto3 race being won by Dennis Foggia ahead of Masia and Gabriel Rodrigo. Acosta finished eighth while Sasaki finished fourth.

In Moto2 Remy Gardner heads the championship and is six points ahead of nearest rival, and teammate, Raul Fernandez. The latter of the two continues to impress in his rookie season in the Moto2 class with Mugello seeing the Spaniard claim his fourth podium finish of the season.

Completing the top three in the championship is Marco Bezzecchi who is 20 points behind Fernandez. The Italian heads to Montmelo on a good run of form having finished on the podium in the three races prior to this weekend.

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The top three in the championship were also the top three in last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix with Gardner finishing ahead of Fernandez and Bezzecchi.

Lastly in MotoGP Fabio Quartararo leads the championship, 24 points ahead of nearest rival, and countryman, Johann Zarco. Two points behind Zarco is Francesco Bagnaia who has dropped down to third in the standings.

Quartararo claimed his third race victory of the season at Mugello ahead of Miguel Oliveira and Joan Mir. Zarco finished fourth while Bagnaia crashed out of last weekend’s race.

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Mir enters the latest Grand Prix of the season fifth in the championship, nine points behind fourth placed Jack Miller and one point ahead of Maverick Vinales in sixth. As mentioned Mir finished third in Mugello while Miller was classified sixth and Vinales finished eighth.

Further down the championship Valentino Rossi took advantage of a race that saw high attrition to secure his third points finish of the season. He goes into this weekend nineteenth in the standings, one point behind Marc Marquez in eighteenth and two ahead of Iker Lecuona in twentieth.

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