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

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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. The other title contenders are also in the fast tide, with world championship leader Fabio Quartararo an excellent third with Yamaha with 49ppt and Alex Espargaro fourth in Aprilia with 68. A very exciting session, with Ducati confirming himself, even if at the start . Some problems with the electronics on one of his bikes, the Yamaha is in good shape and able to resurface Franco Morbidelli (later the 16th), and Aprillia which he maintains is now consistently 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 a great ball for those currently watching Q2: The Aragon winner crashes with Ducati Gresini at Turn 5 and is just 14, 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.