Tony Arbolino


Raúl Fernández

(KTM) and

Gabriel Rodrigo

(Honda) took the podium of the Moto3 Grand Prix of Catalonia with caps embroidered with star flags.

Dunlop, the category's tire supplier, offered the riders these advertising garments, with which the trio of riders had to pass through the mixed zone for the usual interviews.

The British manufacturer, who put aside the traditional


, rectified minutes later in the Moto2 podium ceremony.

The euphoria of Arbolino, author of his first 'pole' in the 2020 World Cup, with a record included in Montmeló (1: 47.762), was attenuated by the controversial appearance of the estelada.

The yellow garments, where advertising messages are usually placed, served this time as a vehicle for the independence message.

Dunlop's mistake, intentional or not, was also corrected by Michelin, the tire distributor in MotoGP, the premier class.

In this way, Yamaha's treble with

Franco Morbidelli


Fabio Quartararo


Valentino Rossi

, was not clouded by any kind of political demonstration.

It should be remembered that on Friday afternoon,

Maria Teixidor

, president of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya,



The lawyer, 44, intended to

meet this weekend with

Carmelo Ezpeleta

, CEO of Dorna, to negotiate the continuity of Montmeló in the calendar from 2022. After a period as directors of FC Barcelona, Teixidor had replaced the charge to Vicenç Aguilera, on August 1.

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