Suzuki Works rider Joan Mir set the best FP1 time in Jerez, MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) experienced a turbulent session and Stefan Bradl (Honda) started his anniversary GP from a 20th place.
After the thunderstorm on Thursday afternoon, “Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto” presented itself dry on Friday. The sun was shining and the outside temperature rose to 16 degrees shortly before 10 a.m. The asphalt temperature was 21 degrees at the start of FP1 in the MotoGP class.
25 MotoGP riders tackled “Gran Premio Red Bull de España”: In addition to Aprilia test rider Lorenzo Savadori, Stefan Bradl completed a wildcard task in the classic HRC colors. The Bayer is about to start his 200th GP.
Raúl Fernández turned in a dismal performance, however. The Tech3 KTM rider injured his right hand in Q1 last weekend in Portimão and also failed the medical check on Friday morning in Jerez: He was declared “unfit” by the race doctors.
After ten minutes, Portuguese GP winner Fabio Quartararo led the timesheets with a time of 1: 39.226 minutes. The Yamaha star then tested the Long Lap Penalty line after a violent wobble in turn 13. Repsol Honda star Marc Márquez only briefly replaced the defending champion at the top of the timesheets, Quartararo equalized with a 1: 38,780 min.
After almost a quarter of an hour, the 23-year-old Frenchman crashed in turn 13: He had just overtaken Fabio Di Giannantonio when the rear wheel probably broke out in a wet place and the Yamaha star was thrown off. Thus, he got the rear wheel of his M1 unlucky between his legs. Back in the pitlane, he retreated to his office with a painful face.
With 20 minutes left on the clock, Pol Espargaró took over after Quartararo, who was back on track for the first time. Shortly after, Marc Márquez moved up to 3rd place (+ 0.285 seconds), Stefan Bradl was in 12th place with 15 minutes left, 0.956 seconds behind.
Suzuki ace Joan Mir then set the new meal 10 minutes before the end at 1: 38,422 min. The holes were incredibly close: LCR rider Takaaki Nakagami came within 0.036 seconds of Mir, Quartararo was only 0.017 seconds from the middle best time, and Aleix Espargaró was only 0.004 seconds off. Pol Espargaró was fifth with five minutes left and was also only 0.099. seconds left.
Bradl apologized with a show of hands to Alex Rins, who he had stood in the way of. Quartararo had an eventful session and was hit by another scare at fast turn 8 with five minutes left. In turn 5, he also made an involuntary excursion in the gravel bed shortly after, but he stayed on his Yamaha.
At the last minute, LCR Honda driver Alex Márquez drove a new temporary best time of 1: 38.368 min, but Mir immediately equalized with 1: 38.194 min (always on medium). Rins also secured Suzuki double lead in goal. Bradl finished FP1 as number 20, 1,128 seconds left.
MotoGP Result, Jerez, FP1 (April 29):
1. Mir, Suzuki, 1: 38.194 min
2. Rins, Suzuki, +0.025 sec
3. Alex Marquez, Honda, +0.174
4. Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, +0.223
5. Quartararo, Yamaha, +0.245
6. Nakagami, Honda, +0.264
7. Brad Binder, KTM, +0.308
8. Pol Espargaró, Honda, +0.332
9. Vinales, Aprilia, +0.433
10.Miller, Ducati, +0,560
11. Marc Marquez, Honda, +0.612
12. Bastianini, Ducati, +0.672
13. Bagnaia, Ducati, +0.704
14. Martin, Ducati, +0.713
15. Morbidelli, Yamaha +0.785
16. Oliveira, KTM, +0.797
17. Zarco, Ducati, +0.839
18. Bezzecchi, Ducati, +0.928
19. Dovizoso, Yamaha, +0.988
20. Bradl, Honda, +1.128
21. Gardner, KTM, +1,506
22. Marini, Ducati, +1.555
23. Savadori, Aprilia, +1,841
24. In Giannantonio, Ducati, +1,871
25. Darryn Binder, Yamaha, +3.158
Moto3 result, Jerez, FP1 (April 29):
1. Öncü, KTM, 1: 47,888 min
2. Sasaki, Husqvarna, +0.319 sec
3. Garcia, GAS GAS, +0.559
4. Tatay, CFMOTO, +0.614
5. Guevara, GASGAS, +0.764
6. Foggia, Honda, +0.829
7. Masia, KTM, +1.215
8. Toba, KTM, +1,270
9. Riu, KTM, +1,280
10. Suzuki, Honda, +1,408