MotoGP 2022. Argentina GP, Takaaki Nakagami takes Honda to first place in FP1 – MotoGP

The Japanese in front of Fabio Quartararo’s Yamaha and Pol Espargaro’s other Honda. Aleix Espargaro’s Aprilia was fourth, Marco Bezzecchi was fifth. Other Italians: Enea Bastianini 11th, Pecco Bagnaia 12th, Luca Marini 16th, Franco Morbidelli 18th, Fabio Di Giannantonio 19th, Andrea Dovizioso 24th

April 2, 2022 is beautiful sunshine in Termas de Rio Hondo45 i ° C on the asphalt: after the night spent by many mechanics in the pits to mount the bikes that arrived on the circuit only at 2.40 in the morning, all the pilots were able to run regularlyon a very busy and complicated day.

He also managed to turn Takaaki Nakagami which, initially, it had been stopped in Japan by a positive swab. A subsequent check changed the outcome: negative result, Nakagami was able to leave for Argentina, where he arrived at midnight yesterday.

Just enough time to sleep for a few hourstake a shower and hit the track, with surprising results: best time, after being consistently in front. Bravo Taka: here the LCR team won in 2018 with Cal Crutchlow. It is for the moment another Honda than Mandalika’s: the return to the “new-old” carcass, the one that has been used since 2020, has made the RC213V competitive again: Pol Espargaro is third, who is also constant throughout the session.

Quartararo effective

H.a very well impressed too Fabio Quartararoalso he always in the first three positions, both with used tires and in the attack at the final time. Quartararo, however, continues to be the only Yamaha rider to make a difference: Franco Morbidelli is only 18th, Andrea Dovizioso even 24th (last). Beyond the difficulties of his teammates, the feeling is that Fabio is feeling well in Termas, even if after the Indonesia GP he had declared: “The one in Argentina will be the most difficult GP of the season for me”.

Aprilia did well, with both riders

TOl fourth place, Aleix Espargarowho changed pace when he saw Maverick Vinales in second position. The performances of his rival friend gave him further energy and in the final he was particularly fast, while Vinales, finally, lapped with good consistency, confirming that he had made some progress in the harmony with the RS-GP.

KTM and Suzuki in the 10

No.and ten, for the moment too the two Suzuki (Alex Rins is 6th, Joan Mir 10th) and the two KTMs of Miguel Oliveira (7th) and Brad Binder (9th). Considering that Oliveira and Binder are usually not as effective in the first round, it is a result to be evaluated very carefully.

Ducati chases

M.Bezzecchi arch apart – excellent fifth: by the way, you can see yesterday’s live broadcast on our YouTube channel with the chief mechanic Matteo Flamigni, who explains Marco’s growth very well – the other Ducatis for the moment I’m behind, with Pecco Bagnaia 12th. But it’s only the first round. FP2 at 20.40 Italian.


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