As was expected, the two free practice sessions held today in Barcelona were also used by the riders to work on tyre wear, looking for the best setup on a rather demanding track from this point of view.
In the Aprilia camp, performance was undoubtedly compromised for Aleix and Bradley by two crashes at two different times. Espargaró lost control of his RS-GP during FP3, a session that, in any case, he finished less than 3 tenths from the top 10, which meant that he would have to go through Q1. On the other hand, his crash on the final turn during FP4 forced Smith to use his second bike in qualifying.
The final result placed Aleix on the fifth row of the starting grid and Bradley on the seventh for the race tomorrow.