Viewers on DStv can look forward to the seventh round of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship, the Grand Prix of Catalunya, live from Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain on the afternoon of Sunday 6 June 2021.
The sixth round in Mugello, Italy this past weekend saw Monster Energy Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo take full advantage of a rare mistake from Ducati Lenovo’s Francesco Bagnaia, who suffered his Did Not Finish (DNF) of the season, to take a third race victory in 2021.
Yet the triumph was a sombre one, with the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 world rocked by the sad news that Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier had passed away on the day of the race, following a horror crash in qualifying on Saturday.
“I am happy to win, but this is a very sad day for our sport,” said Quartararo in reference to 19-year-old Dupasquier. “It’s an important result for the team and for the Championship but I cannot think about this now.”
Bagnaia, meanwhile, will be looking to bounce back after his first major misstep of the 2021 season: “It was an unfortunate thing, especially on my home track,” said the Italian. “We will need to bring all our best speed and performance to the race next week. There is still a long way to go in the Championship.”
The result means Quartararo now holds a 24-point lead at the top of the Riders’ Championship standings, with Pramac Ducati’s Johann Zarco his closest chaser, followed by Bagnaia and his teammate Jack Miller, while the top five is rounded out by reigning champion, Joan Mir of Suzuki Ecstar.
Mir’s teammate, Alex Rins, will be under massive pressure to put up a strong performance in Barcelona after failing to finish any of the last four races.
“It’s true that I’m crashing a lot this season,” said the Suzuki rider. “I’m taking all the crashes that the last two years we don’t make. I don’t know how to answer because I’m feeling good.
“I’m working hard at home with all my staff. This sometimes happens, I don’t know. We improved the bike a lot. I need to say sorry to the team because this year is the year that I’m feeling stronger on the bike, I do whatever I want – except in qualifying.”
The Grand Prix of Catalunya is a staple on the MotoGP circuit, with the race held every season since 1996. The legendary Valentino Rossi has the most race wins, 10, across all categories with six of those victories coming in the premier class. Last year’s MotoGP race at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was won by Quartararo.
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MotoGP, Grand Prix of Catalunya broadcast details, 5-6 June 2021
All times CAT
Saturday 5 June
14:05: Qualifying – LIVE on SuperSport Grandstand and SuperSport Maximo 2
Sunday 6 June
13:55: Race – LIVE on SuperSport Action