Jerez FP2: Quartararo in front of Ducati, Marc Marquez 19. / MotoGP

Yamaha star Fabio Quartararo secured the best time of the day at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España after a turbulent morning in FP2. Marc Márquez fell twice in one inning.

«FP1 was not very meaningful. Due to the rain last night, the track was not in good condition, “HRC wildcard driver Stefan Bradl explained to 40 degrees.

Fabio Quartararo had a dismal performance, however. After just five minutes, Jorge Martin was already faster than Joan Mir’s FP1 best time (1: 38.194 min), but 1: 38.158 min for the young Pramac star was taken out of the standings again because he exceeded the “course limits”.

Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaias 1: 38.174 min was valid shortly after. However, Quartararo showed the first 1:37 lap of the weekend and replaced second place at the top of the combined timesheets. By the way: Quartararo and Bagnaia ran like the majority of the field on hard front tires and mid-rear tires at this early stage.

After ten minutes, Martin actually pushed himself forward, 1: 38.203 min brought him to the preliminary fourth place overall. In turn 13, it got close between Remy Gardner and the Repsol Honda riders: the Tech3 KTM rider almost collided with Márquez on a fast lap.

Shortly before the break of the 45-minute session, Joan Mir briefly regained first place, but he was immediately trumped by Aleix Espargaró: the Aprilia star set the new meal at 1: 37.878 minutes.

On course for a personal record, Marc Márquez fell twice in one lap: First, the factory rider from Repsol Honda slid over the front wheel at turn 6. While continuing slowly, he cleared the race line for Miguel Oliveira at turn 9 and apparently crashed again in a wet spot. KTM test rider Dani Pedrosa drove his former teammate on a scooter back to Honda pits.

With ten minutes to go, Pecco Bagnaia moved up to fifth place and separated the top six by just 0.039 seconds at the time: Aleix Espargaró was ahead of Mir, Quartararo, Martin, Bagnaia and Viñales. Bradl was also only 0.869 seconds behind in 19th place.

In the final eight minutes, the first soft rear tires were used: LCR Honda driver Takaaki Nakagami took the lead, setting a new best time of 1: 37.778 minutes before rising to 1: 37.581 minutes.

The last three minutes then looked like a qualifying session, the list of times was messed up again: Fabio Quartararo ran the best time of 1: 37.071 min. Behind Gresini-acet Enea Bastianini, Bagnaia took third place, although the Ducati factory driver had a 1.: 37.263 min has been deleted.

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

Best Honda rider was Nakagami in fifth place, Red Bull KTM factory rider Brad Binder was sixth, Viñales in Aprilia ninth. Joan Mir, who is still the fastest in FP1, was only number 12 at the end of the first day of training. Aleix Espargaró complained vehemently about Marc Márquez, the Termas winner also missed a preliminary top 10 at the RS-GP on a 13. space. Marc himself finished Friday only as number 19, Stefan Bradl was 1,251 seconds behind in a 22nd place.

MotoGP, Jerez combined 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. Vinales, 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. Dovizoso, 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, + 0.132sec
Masia, KTM, +0.192
4. Tatay, CFMOTO, +0.326
5. Oncu, 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, GAS GAS, +0.774

13. Foggia, Honda, +0.888

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