Gabor Talmacsi's surprise promotion meant the former 125cc world champion became the first Hungarian rider to race in a premier-class grand prix since Janos Drapal at the Czech GP in 1976.
Talmacsi, riding alongside Yuki Takahashi
at Scot Honda, began the race 19th and last and finished 17th thanks to the retirements of Elias and Takahashi, who crashed on the first lap.
A one day test session, the first since the season began, will be held at the Circuit de Catalunya on Monday.
Grand Prix of Catalunya:
8. de Puniet
12. de Angelis