MotoGP Aragon FP1 LIVE: Falling provisional pole position for Aleix Espargaro, Top 12 for Marc Márquez!

The MotoGP World Championship arrives at the Motorland Aragon circuit, in Spain, for the 15th meeting of a season with 20. It was marked by the rapid rise of Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) who recently scored of the highest 100 points in the last four events before facing the leader and defending champion Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) in Alcaniz, who is only 30 points ahead of the Italian. And, on paper, this trend can continue because on the one hand the Ducati rider won Aragon last year and on the other hand this circuit is one of the least appreciated in El Diablo’s championship. If that wasn’t enough to show the danger of leading Borgo Panigale, another statistic: Francesco Bagnaia has won 10 of the last 20 Grands Prix!

Let’s note that this declared war between two people who were already arguing for the championship last year has gone up a lot since then, since then. Fabio Quartararo won the title with 234 points last season and has 211 with six races to go…

In this context, Alex Espargaro (Aprilia Racing), although only 3 points behind Francesco Bagnaiaseems to be a little behind lately but can take advantage of this Grand Prix of the Iberian Peninsula to get back to the front.

whatever, Fabio Quartararo fly to Japan at the top of the championship regardless of their lead, big or small, in a news event that also marked the return of the child prodigy Mark Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), absent since the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello. Despite missing six races, the number 93 is still the highest-ranked Honda rider in the championship and his eagerness to shine again is unmistakable, despite his reasonable and cautious statements that made after the official MotoGP test in Misano a year ago. .
We can only hope that the Spanish champion will do what he says, that is, take some time without martyring his body!

Another return to this Aragon Grand Prix, Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) will return to his Suzuki GSX-RR driven by Kazuki Watanabe in Misano, following his long streak in Austria. Unfortunately, this seems to be a return without much risk since the announcement of the withdrawal from the competition at the end of the management season in Hamamatsu, although the Suzuki rider was on the podium here last year.

Note also the return of Cal Crutchlow to change Andrea Dovizioso retired…

At the meteorological level, no rain is expected this weekend near Alcaniz and the conditions should be almost optimal even in a region with little wind …

While waiting to find out more, as the 24 drivers prepare for the first free practice session of 45 minutes in the dry, with a temperature of 21 ° in the air and 26 ° on the ground, let’s enjoy these few live moments thanks to the official MotoGP.com website:

Here are the previous references:

Aragon MotoGP™

2021

2022

FP1

1’48.048 Marc Marquez (See here)

1’48.686 Aleix Espargaro (See here)
FP2

1’47.613 Jack Miller (See here)

(See here)
FP3

1’46.926 Fabio Quartararo (See here)

(See here)
FP4

1’48.116 Marc Marquez (See here)

(See here)
Q1

1’47.293 Johann Zarco (See here)

(See here)
Q2

1’46.322 Francesco Bagnaia (See here)

(See here)
Warming up

1’48.054 Francesco Bagnaia (See here)

(See here)
Race

Pecco Bagnaia, Marc Marquez, Joan Mir (See here)

(See here)
Recording

1’46.322 Francesco Bagnaia (2021)

When the red light goes out… Franco Morbidelli continuing the tradition of sitting first, Fabio Quartararo the last, while Mark Marquez remains the attraction of the day.

At the tire level, the soft front and the medium rear are praised, although there are some exceptions.

Jorge Martin scored the first reference of 1’50.471 at the end of the first lap launched in front of Jack Miller and Fabio Quartararo.

In the next passage, that’s it Alex Espargaro who set a pace of 1’49.349 ahead Fabio Quartararo and Jack Miller.

Jorge Martin did not stop there and regained command before handing it over to his colleague Johann Zarco in 1’48.882 in the third flying lap.

One more turn and this Francesco Bagnaia who was first in 1’48.698 while Joan Mir have a messy comeback…

After fifteen minutes, Alex Espargaro finished this first salvo in 1’48.686 ahead Francesco Bagnaia, Johann Zarco, Enea Bastianini, Alex Rins, Miguel Oliveira, Fabio Quartararo, Marc Márquez, Jorge Martin, Luca Marini, Jack Miller, Maverick Vinales, Cal Crutchlow, Pol Espargaro, Franco Morbidelli, Joan Mir, Takaaki Nakagami, Alex Márquez , Marco Bezzecchi, Fabio Di Giannantonio, Brad Binder, Raul Fernandez, Darryn Binder and Remy Gardner.

Eighth and best Honda rider after this first run, Marc Marquez no loss of his talent…

In recovery, Alex Espargaro fall into turn #16 with no apparent gravity.

After that, Alex Rins placing his Suzuki in third position in the provisional standings, Takaaki Nakagami in the sixth.

Fabio Quartararo left with the new chassis but was surprised and had to go through the gravel. Franco Morbidelli took the opportunity to return to the wake of the Frenchman in the classification of the session while Cal Crutchlowwhich does not benefit from the new chassis, not unworthy by 7/10 from the fastest.

10 minutes from the end of the session, the first sectors started to turn red even though no one was using a soft rear tire…

Takaaki Nakagamipoleman in 2020, advancing to fourth position, just behind Alex Rinsand Brad Binder jumped to the 4th place, but in the end, no one improved throughout the seasonAlex Espargaro despite the last attempt atEnea Bastianini who secured the 7th position.

After his mistake during the start of practice, Alex Espargaro will he be punished with a Long Lap as was Celestino Vietti at Silverstone?

MotoGP Aragon Grand Prix FP1 results:

Classification credit: MotoGP.com

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