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Jerez FP2: Quartararo for Ducati, Marc Márquez 19. / MotoGP

Yamaha star Fabio Quartararo secured the best time of the day at the Red Bull de España Grand Prix after a turbulent morning in FP2. Marc Márquez crashed twice in one lap.

“FP1 was not very significant. Due to the rain last night, the track was not in good condition “, the HRC wildcard rider Stefan Bradl explained to SPEEDWEEK.com. On Friday afternoon, however, the MotoGP riders found the best conditions: the sun was shining on the circuit. de Jerez, the asphalt temperature exceeded 40 degrees.

Fabio Quartararo had an eventful morning and attracted everyone’s attention even in the first FP2 when he slipped on the grass coming out of the last corner. After just five minutes, Jorge Martin was already faster than Joan Mir’s best time in FP1 (1: 38.194 min), but the 1: 38.158 min of the young star Pramac was again removed from the standings because he exceeded the “limits of the track”.

The 1: 38.174 min of Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia was valid shortly after. Quartararo then showed the first lap in 1:37 of the weekend, replacing the runner-up at the top of the combined standings. By the way: Quartararo and Bagnaia, like most of the group, were racing with hard front and medium rear tires in this first phase.

After ten minutes, Martin actually pushed forward, a minute of 1: 38.203 took him to fourth provisional place overall. At Turn 13, things got complicated between Remy Gardner and the Repsol Honda riders: the Tech3 KTM rider almost collided with Marquez on a fast lap.

Shortly before the break of the 45-minute session, Joan Mir briefly regained first place, but was quickly overtaken by Aleix Espargaró: the Aprilia champion set the new goal time of 1: 37.878 minutes.

On the run for a personal best, Marc Márquez crashed twice in one lap: first, the Repsol Honda works rider slid onto the front wheel at Turn 6. Continuing slowly, he cleared the race line for Miguel Oliveira at Turn 9 and apparently fell back in a wet area. KTM test rider Dani Pedrosa brought his former teammate back to the Honda pits on a scooter.

Ten minutes from the end Pecco Bagnaia moved up to fifth place, separating the top six by just 0.039 seconds at that point: Aleix Espargaró was ahead of Mir, Quartararo, Martin, Bagnaia and Viñales. Bradl was also just 0.869 seconds behind in 19th place.

In the last eight minutes, the first soft rear tires were used: LCR Honda rider Takaaki Nakagami led the way and set a new best time of 1: 37.778 minutes before climbing to 1: 37.581 minutes.

The last three minutes were like a qualifying session, and the time trial was confused again: Fabio Quartararo set the best time in 1: 37.071, behind the ace Gresini Enea Bastianini, Bagnaia took third place, although the official Ducati rider had a 1: 37.263 min was canceled.

For comparison: Maverick Viñales’ all-time record from 2020 (on Yamaha) is 1: 36.584 min.

The best Honda rider was Nakagami in fifth place, Red Bull KTM factory rider Brad Binder in sixth, Viñales in Aprilia in ninth. Joan Mir, still fastest in FP1, was only 12th at the end of the first day of free practice.Aleix Espargaró complained vehemently of Marc Márquez, the Termas winner also missed a provisional top ten of the RS-GP at the 13th place. Marc himself finished only 19th on Friday, Stefan Bradl was 1,251 seconds behind in 22nd place.

MotoGP, Jerez combines times after FP2 (April 29):

1. Quartararo, Yamaha, 1: 37.071 min
2. Bastianini, Ducati, + 0.201 sec
3. Bagnaia, Ducati, + 0.212
4. Martin, Ducati, + 0.297
5. Nakagami, Honda, +0.510
6. Brad Binder, KTM, + 0.514
7. Pol Espargaró, Honda, + 0.519
8. Rins, Suzuki, + 0.655
9. Viñales, Aprilia, + 0.688
10. Miller, Ducati, + 0.691
11. Zarco, Ducati, + 0.759
12. Mir, Suzuki, + 0.771
13. Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, + 0.777
14. Morbidelli, Yamaha +0.881
15. Oliveira, KTM, + 0.941
16. Alex Marquez, Honda, + 0.956
17. Marini, Ducati, + 1.031
18. Bezzecchi, Ducati, + 1.125
19. Marc Marquez, Honda, + 1.129
20. Dovizioso, Yamaha, +1.214
21. Di Giannantonio, Ducati, + 1,242
22. Bradl, Honda, +1.251
23. Gardner, KTM, + 1.282
24. Darryn Binder, Yamaha, +1,817
25. Savadori, Aprilia, + 1.889

Moto3, Jerez combined times after FP2 (April 29):

1. Guevara, GASGAS, 1: 46.341 min
2. Sasaki, Husqvarna, + 0.132 sec
3. Masia, KTM, +0.192
4. Dad, CFMOTO, +0.326
5. Pioneer, KTM, +0.397
6. Salvador, Husqvarna, + 0.538
7. Ogden, Honda, +0.561
8. Ortola, KTM, + 0.643
9. Moreira, KTM, + 0.759
10. Migno, Honda, + 0.762
11. Garcia, GASGAS, +0.774

Further:
13. Foggia, Honda, + 0.888

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