The promotional antics of the riders are never usually this much fun! Ahead of the Catalunya Grand Prix the riders from all three classes met up at Camp Nou for a football friendly.
Barcelona’s pitch was filled with a different type of sport star by noon on Thursday, all eager to play at the world famous ground.
MotoGP vs Moto2 and Moto3 got underway and off to a determined start, with all the goals being scored in the first half, with the riders running out of steam a little in the second.
The MotoGP team won by one goal with the final score sitting at 4-3. Andrea Dovizioso, Randy De Puniet, Marc Marquez and Stefan Bradl all scored with the Moto2/3 teams goals coming from the feet of Pol Espargaro, Sandro Cortese and Xavier Simeon.
Espargaro scored the opener which saw the junior class team, managed by Marc VDS man Mika Kallio, take an early lead. With 36 players all on the pitch at the same time things soon got busy and with guidance from the MotoGP squad manager Tech3’s Cal Crutchlow, who suggested they “KICK THE BALL!” the MotoGP team moved to 4-2 up, with Simeon pulling one back just before half time.
Bradley Smith’s previous training trip to Everton seemed to be of little use, but the Brit does currently have the worlds most messed up finger from his Mugello crash!
After the match MotoGP rookie Marc Marquez spoke of his joy at being able to play on F.C. Barcelona’s pitch. Speaking to Barça TV, the young Spaniard added : “Not everyone has played at the Camp Nou. I am delighted and Barça feels like home, I’m thrilled. “
Here’s a video which includes Pol Espargaro’s goal and the Marc Marquez interview (in Spanish):