MotoGP, Free Practice 1 for Japanese Grand Prix: Double Ducati, with Miller ahead of Bagnaya

In the first round of Motegi, the Reds fly, ahead of Australian Biko and the world championship leader. In the ten also, Aprilia, Marquis, and Marigny; Bastianini fell into the top ten

Massimo Brezzi

– Milan

Ducati sets the pace in the first MotoGP Japan GP free practice session. In Motegi, under a cloudy sky that also caused a few drops to fall, which was marked by the classical flag of the Cross of St. Andrew, the Red Officers lay double. Jack Miller’s best time of 1:44,509 was also slowed by Takuya Tsuda, the Suzuki test driver, ahead of his teammate Francesco Bagnaia, trailing by 28K. On the heels of the other title contenders, world leader Fabio Quartararo finished third with Yamaha with 49 ppt and Alex Espargaro fourth in Aprilia with 68. Very exciting session, with 15 riders in half a second: Ducati confirmed, even if he faced Bagnaia initially had some issues with the electronics on one of his motorcycles; Yamaha appears to be in great shape and able to make Franco Morbidelli’s appearance again at times (later the 16th) and Aprilia confirms that she is now a constant presence at the top.

Top 10

In the 10 ranking, an important rating because the rain forecast for Saturday could freeze him in the Q2 key, as well as the good Luca Marini, fifth at 0.136 with the Ducati VR46; Marc Marquez, excellent with Honda, runs on the track, fitted with the new aluminum panels and is ranked sixth at 0.147 ahead of his teammate Paul Espargaro (+0.169); Official KTMs of Brad Bender (+0.226) and Miguel Oliveira (+0.234) and April 2nd from Maverick Vinales (+0.288).

Bastianini on the floor

Enea Bastianini misses the big ball for those watching Q2 now: The Aragon winner hits his Ducati Gresini at Turn 5 and is only 14th, a difficult situation to recover in case it rains on Saturday. Honda test driver Tetsuta Nagashima (22) was also on the ground. Johann Zarco, 11th and left out of the top ten by just a thousand with Ducati Pramac, and Darren Bender, in the corner before the bridge.

xl session

Marco Pizzecki is 19th with the Ducati VR46 and Fabio Di Giannantonio is 24th with Desmosedici of the Gresini team. Matt, in this XL solo session of 1h15′ scheduled for Motegi’s weekend special, Jorge Martin, is 15 with Ducati Pramac, while Rins, who comes from a Suzuki piece of fairing, is 13 after a promising start. The Italian time is 3.50 on the night between Friday and Saturday the second session, with the pole set at 8.05.

Motogp, free Practice1 Japanese GP: Ranking

Free 1 Japanese MotoGP Speedway Times:

  1. Jack Miller, Ducati 1’44.509
  2. Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati 1’44.537
  3. Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha 1’44,558
  4. Alex Espargaro, Aprilia 1’44.577
  5. Luca Marini, Ducati VR46 1’44.645
  6. Marc Marquez, Honda 1’44.656
  7. Paul Espargaro, Honda 1’44,678
  8. Brad Binder, KTM 1’44.735
  9. Miguel Oliveira, KTM 1’44.743
  10. Maverick Vinales, Aprilia 1,44,797
  11. Johann Zarco, Ducati Pramac 1’44.798
  12. Takaaki Nakagami, Honda LCR 1’44.886
  13. Alex Rains, Suzuki 1’44.913
  14. Enea Bastianini, Ducati Gresini 1’44.978
  15. Jorge Martin, Ducati Pramac 1’45.009
  16. Franco Morbidelli, Yamaha 1’45.065
  17. Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha RNF 1’45.187
  18. Darren Bender, Yamaha RNF 1’45.366
  19. Marco Besecki, Ducati VR46 1’45.426
  20. Alex Marquez, Honda LCR 1’45.600
  21. Raul Fernandez, KTM Tech3 1’45.739
  22. Tetsuta Nagashima, Honda 1’45.845
  23. Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3 1’45.991
  24. Fabio Di Giannatonio, Ducati Gresini 1’46.365
  25. Takuya Tsuda, Suzuki 1’46.718