MotoGP: Aleix Espargaro Tops FP2 At Mugello (Up to date) – Roadracing World Journal


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Extra, from a press launch issued by Dorna:

Aprilia vs Ducati: Aleix Espargaro and Bagnaia break up by simply 0.049 on Friday

A duel on Day 1 sees the Noale manufacturing facility upset the Ducati lock out within the high six


Aleix Espargaro (41). Picture courtesy Dorna.

Friday, 27 Might 2022

Lower than half a tenth determined the highest spot on Day 1 at a scorching Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley, with Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) simply edging out house hero Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Crew) as the 2 ended Friday break up by simply 0.049. Third went the best way of Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Crew), with Aprilia and Espargaro the one presence in a position to break a Ducati stranglehold on the highest six as the 2 Italia factories got here out combating on Friday.


LCR Honda Idemitsu’s Takaaki Nakagami dominated the ultimate FP1 timesheets, 4 tenths clear, however it had been a lot nearer than that. The Japanese rider was already quickest in a high 4 coated by simply 0.031 seconds when he bolted on new medium compound Michelin slick tyres, entrance and rear, and put in a 1:46.662.


Francesco Bagnaia (63). Photo courtesy Dorna.
Francesco Bagnaia (63). Picture courtesy Dorna.


Earlier than Nakagami’s rise,  Bagnaia had been quickest on house soil for each rider and manufacturing facility. He had clocked a 1:47.070 which Alex Rins (Crew Suzuki Ecstar) got here so very near matching when the Spaniard set a 1:47.071. Then, simply earlier than the half-hour mark, Aleix Espargaro did match it – a 1:47.070 precisely – earlier than Nakagami moved the objective posts.

Le Mans winner Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing MotoGP™) was fifth with a 1:47.186, with Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing) solely 0.005 additional adrift and Miller subsequent up in seventh after an early tour via the gravel, too.


Enea Bastianini (23). Photo courtesy Dorna.
Enea Bastianini (23). Picture courtesy Dorna.


Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Crew) and Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac Racing) additionally set an identical instances in P8 and P9 respectively, with Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Racing Crew) in tenth, simply edging out World Championship chief Fabio Quartararo (Monster Vitality Yamaha MotoGP™)…

Miguel Oliveira (Pink Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing) ran throughout the grass on the best way to San Donato when he had a detailed name with Aleix Espargaro, additionally notable was Espargaro’s Aprilia team-mate Lorenzo Savadori, the Noale producer’s check rider working with a REAR wing on his RS-GP…


It wasn’t lengthy till Nakagami’s 1:46.662 from FP1 was bettered by Zarco, who set a 1:46.381 on his Ducati, and Bagnaia would transfer into second spot on the midway mark with a 1:46.604 and 1:46.538 on consecutive laps.

When the time assaults got here within the last minutes, Bagnaia punched out a 1:45.940 to go to the very high, with Miller following him throughout the road to set a 1:46.313 and Zarco additionally in tow as he rolled out a 1:46.349. They had been first, second, and third, with extra Ducati riders additionally in fourth, fifth and sixth, however Aleix Espargaro had different concepts – he moved the marker to a 1:45.891 within the last three minutes, thanks partly to a slipstream from team-mate Viñales.

Bagnaia had run off at San Donato as quickly as he’d set that high-1:45, however regrouped and virtually reclaimed the mantle of quickest lap as he clocked a 1:45.957 with the chequered flag out. He would keep second although, forward of Miller and Zarco, with Marini fifth because of a 1:46.362, and Bastianini sixth.


Lorenzo Savadori (32) used a new aero package on his Aprilia on Friday. Photo courtesy Dorna.
Lorenzo Savadori (32) used a brand new aero bundle on his Aprilia on Friday. Picture courtesy Dorna.


Zarco was additionally within the thick of the motion for various causes over the course of the session. His early flyer was nonetheless the benchmark when he tucked the entrance of his Desmosedici at Materassi, an incident which might not solely scuff Pramac’s new purple livery but in addition brought on a short pink flag interval to scrub up the gravel which had been dragged onto the monitor, rider okay.

Rins later had an identical crash to the Frenchman, earlier than Zarco went down once more within the last minute of the session at Correntaio  – rider okay as soon as once more.

Provisional Q2 locations

Behind that high six of an Aprilia main 5 Ducatis, Pink Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing’s Brad Binder was the one different rider within the high eight who wasn’t on Borgo Panigale equipment, the South African slotting into seventh on a 1:46.439. Rookie Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Crew) impressed as soon as extra in P8, whereas factors chief Quartararo was ninth. For now, Pol Espargaro is the opposite rider into Q2 because it stands.

With forecasts of doable rain on Saturday at Mugello, there can be eyes to the skies in a single day because the likes of Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing) in eleventh and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Crew) in twelfth wait it out. Marquez was 0.767 seconds off Aleix Espargaro’s tempo however simply 0.040 seconds outdoors the highest 10, having apparently completed the session on the brand new RC213V chassis. Rins and fellow Suzuki rider Joan Mir each even have work to do if they’re to get into Q2…

Will the rain break their plans, or can they combat their method into the highest 10? Ensure you tune in to FP3 on Saturday from 09:55 (GMT +2), earlier than qualifying from 14:10!

Jake Dixon (96). Photo courtesy Dorna.
Jake Dixon (96). Picture courtesy Dorna.

Dixon pulls away from Fernandez on Friday

The Brit ends Day 1 three tenths away from Fernandez and Canet

Jake Dixon is within the field seat to get via to Q2 on the Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley after the Inde GASGAS Aspar Crew rider was quickest on the opening day of motion in Moto2™. Whereas he was unable to enhance in FP2 on his 1:51.966 from earlier on Friday on the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, the mercury was climbing effectively into the 30s, and few riders did go faster within the afternoon. Augusto Fernandez (Pink Bull KTM Ajo) was second quickest, with Aron Canet (Flexbox HP 40) finishing the highest three, additionally from FP1.


Dixon reigned the morning session, and the Brit loved these three tenths in hand to bounce again from a tricky finish to the French GP. Fernandez was his closest firm adopted by Canet, and Pedro Acosta (Pink Bull KTM Ajo) was subsequent up in fourth because the rookie’s leap ahead in Le Mans appears to have carried ahead. Filip Salač (Gresini Racing Moto2™) additionally impressed as he took fifth to open his weekend on the proper foot.

Sean Dylan Kelly (American Racing) had an early spill when he ran via the gravel at Casanova and whereas there was a nervous second together with his bike stopped in the midst of the monitor, the American was in a position to scamper away. Somkiat Chantra (Idemitsu Honda Crew Asia) additionally went down within the latter levels at Arrabbiata 2, and went to the Medical Centre for a examine up, declared match.


Chantra had an FP1 to neglect because of that crash and was ninth with a 1:52.899, a time which might not have been adequate to get him into the all-important mixed high 14. Nevertheless, the Indonesian GP winner would set the very quickest lap of FP2, a 1:52.350, which places him fourth general too. It was shut within the session high three although, with Fernandez second inside 0.021 and Acosta third solely 0.057 off the highest.

Provisional Q2 locations

The FP1 trio of Dixon, Fernandez and Canet high the mixed instances, forward of Chantra, Acosta and Salač. Albert Arenas (Inde GASGAS Aspar Crew), Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Crew) and teammate Tony Arbolino are up subsequent. Finishing the highest ten general after an enormous leap up the timesheets is Niccolo Antonelli (Monney VR46 Racing Crew).

His teammate, World Championship chief Celestino Vietti, can also be into Q2 for now in P12, with Joe Roberts (Italtrans Racing Crew), Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha VR46 Grasp Camp Crew) and Fermin Aldeguer (MB Conveyors Pace Up) the final set to maneuver via.

Jerez winner and Idemitsu Honda Crew Asia rider Ai Ogura is one left on the surface wanting in, with P17 towards his title. Can he transfer ahead in FP3? Will the skies keep dry? We’ll discover out at 10:55 earlier than qualifying from 15:10 (GMT +2).


Dennis Foggia (7). Photo courtesy Dorna.
Dennis Foggia (7). Picture courtesy Dorna.

Foggia units the benchmark on Friday

The house hero heads Masia and McPhee at Mugello

Day 1 on the Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley was Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing) vs Jaume Masia (Pink Bull KTM Ajo), with the previous setting the benchmark in FP1, a time that wasn’t overwhelmed, and Masia taking FP2 to finish the day second general. Third went to a different FP1 lap from John McPhee (Sterilgarda Max Racing Crew), the Brit finishing the highest three on Friday.


Foggia made his assertion lap in FP1, fast all through the session when working on his personal and with a greatest lap of 1:56.916 close to the tip to high the session.

The Italian was over three and a half tenths faster than both of the Sterilgarda Husqvarna Max team-mates, John McPhee and Ayumu Sasaki, who took second and third, respectively. Their greatest laps got here within the slipstream and with each tucked into the identical group, with McPhee setting a 1:57.283 and Sasaki a 1:57.394. Diogo Moreira (MT Helmets – MSI) completed fourth on a 1:57.850, one other spectacular displaying from the rookie.

Kaito Toba (CIP – Inexperienced Energy) was the one faller, rider okay.


Contemplating he and Foggia are tied for second within the World Championship, it was fittingly Masia who set the tempo in FP2, clocking a 1:57.134 proper on the finish of the session which might earn him second-fastest on the mixed instances. It additionally put him a whopping six tenths away from Sasaki and Tatsuki Suzuki (Leopard Racing), who made an enchancment to a 1:57.775.

That was the theme of the second follow session, with solely Matteo Bertelle (QJMotor Avintia Racing Crew) inflicting a change to the mixed high 14 till the time assaults within the closing minutes.

Toba crashed once more, and there was an enormous crash for Sasaki. The quantity 71 highsided driving in a gaggle with Masia and Elia Bartolini (QJMotor Avintia Racing Crew), with contact made by these following. Taken to hospital in Borgo San Lorenzo, Sasaki was subsequently recognized with left and proper collarbone fractures and concussion, so he’ll underneath statement for not less than one other 12 hours and never take any additional half within the race weekend.

Provisional Q2 locations

Behind Foggia from FP1, Masia from FP2, McPhee, Sasaki; now out, and Suzuki, Moreira can also be into Q2, because it stands, in sixth. World Championship chief Sergio Garcia (Valresa GASGAS Aspar Crew) took seventh with a 1:57.921 on the finish of the afternoon, and rounding out the mixed high 10 are Bertelle on a 1:58.004, from Riccardo Rossi (SIC58 Squadra Corse) and Andrea Migno (Rivacold Snipers Crew). Izan Guevara (Valresa GASGAS Aspar Crew), who’s fourth within the World Championship, can be seeking to strengthen his grip on a spot in Q2 tomorrow in FP3 contemplating he’s at the moment twelfth, simply forward of Mario Aji (Honda Crew Asia) and Daniel Holgado (Pink Bull KTM Ajo).

Tune in for Moto3™ FP3 on Saturday morning, earlier than qualifying from 12:35 (GMT +2).



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