Enea Bastianini, seventh, is the best of the Italians, with Pecco Bagnaia 13th, Luca Marini 16th, Franco Morbidelli 17th, Andrea Dovizioso 18th, Marco Bezzecchi 20th and Fabio Di Giannantonio 24th
April 8, 2022
TOustin – There is a nice sun in Austin, but the temperature is cool for the moment, about twenty degrees. The pictures show pretty dancers on the pits, even if the asphalt has been redone from turns 2 to 10 and from 12 to 16: we will then hear the drivers what they will say. According to the two of Suzuki, the situation has definitely improved compared to 2021, with still some annoying dip under braking.
It was a turn with two great protagonists: Alex Rins And Marc Marquezincidentally i only two drivers who have won here in MotoGP … Let’s start with the eight-time world champion, returning after missing two races: yesterday he appeared rather cautiousMarc is back on the track that we know, with also a couple of major “jolts” of his Honda. Until about fifteen minutes from the end, before the new tires, was first: he finished fifth at 0 ”462, without having changed tires. In short, a great return.
Rins great protagonist
M.very well Alex Rins, first in 2’04 ”007, with a series of fast laps in the really meaningful finale. Alex also had a very small problem with a bike that forced him to revise the work plan a bit, but overall his FP1s were convincing. Teammate 11th Joan Mirone who never starts too strong in the first free practice session.
THEn Casa Aprilia you can smile for the excellent performance of Maverick Vinalessecond at 0 ”008, with also a good consistency of performance. Aleix Espargaro is eighth at 0 ”679 and for the first time always behind his teammate, more or less for the whole session: it will be interesting to see how he reacts in FP2 to this unprecedented situation for him. Aprilia confirms its competitive position here too.
Miller before Ducati
Lat first Ducati is that of Jack Millerthird at 0 ”430, with Enea Bastianini seventh at 0 “587, Johann Zarco tenth at 0 “886, Pecco Bagnaia 13th at 0 “996.
First a consideration that has nothing to do with today: the area dashboard-steering plate of the DesmosediciGP it is really full of levers, buttons and so on, very different from all the other bikes. Miller had a good session after the Argentine disaster (“the worst race of my life”, He said yesterday), Bastianini was decidedly more consistent than Termas, while Bagnaia used the FP1 as always to take measurements on the bike and track.
Quarto the world champion Fabio Quartararoalways in the top positions, while up to about fifteen minutes from the end Andrea Dovizioso he was in the ten, to then go down to 18th position when the “time attacks” were made.
Overall it looks like a not so bad M1, even though Franco Morbidelli is only 17th. KTM in difficulty, with Brad Binder 12th with a decent final lap: however, it was the only sharp one of FP1. However, it should be remembered that almost no rider made a real time attack using new tires.
MotoGP is back on track for FP2 from 14.10 to 14.55 local time, 21.10 in Italy.