MotoGP, Aprilia dominates free practice at Termas: Espargarò 1st, Vinales 2nd! Bagnaia in Q1

21:41 – The checkered flag flies over the session, with Aprilia celebrating a brace with Aleix Espargarò in front of Maverick Vinales. In the final minutes, Miller managed to get the Ducati into 3rd position, ahead of Fabio Quartararo and Brad Binder (stopped during the session by the failure of the engine of one of his KTMs). Behind the South African are the two Suzuki riders of Rins and Mir, then the Pramac couple formed by Martin and Zarco. The last direct place in Q2 was taken by Luca Marini on the wool end.

Missing Pecco Bagnaia, angry during the turn for the traffic, and only 12th behind Oliveira. Not even Morbidelli and Bastianini (14th and 16th) managed to enter Q2, same fate for Bezzecchi, crashed at the first corner on the final turn. All the Hondas will also be in Q1, along with Dovizioso (21st) and Di Giannantonio (23rd).

21:38 – Aprilia’s perfect day does not seem to be threatened by anyone, everyone is pushing but the references of Aleix Espargarò and Maverick Vinales remain unassailable.

21:36 – Remy Gardner scores good references in the first sectors, but the top ten seems out of reach.

21:35 – Mir improves, now all the drivers are on the track with new tires. Morbidelli also pushes hard and climbs to 12th position behind Bagnaia, always out of Q2.

21:34 – Bagnaia ready to attempt the assault to snatch Q2. If he wants to stay in contention for the title, he can’t afford another dull race tomorrow and qualifying well will be crucial.

21:32 – Marini improves again and is 15th, now at the bottom of the group is Stefan Bradl, preceded by Darryn Binder and Fabio Di Giannantonio.

21:31 – Luca Marini climbs to 17th position, while Bezzecchi is 12th, a breath away from Q2. Many drivers stop in the pits to fit new tires and attempt the last assault on the time trial when there are less than 8 minutes to the checkered flag on this FP2.

21:30 – By now almost all the riders have improved their FP1 times, except Nakagami, Di Giannantonio and Gardner. Rins enters with the 4th time. Meanwhile, out of Q2, Bagnaia drops to 11th place.

21:28 – Quartararo climbs the rankings and takes the third time in front of Mir and Binder. But after a while Martìn arrives who snatches the 4th time. Baganai enters the top ten with 9th place and takes Q2.

21:26 – Binder also shows up in front, finishing in 4th place right in front of his teammate Oliveira. KTM is as competitive here as Aprilia. It will be a GP with potential surprises. Quartararo is now 8th, Morbidelli takes a good step forward and is 6th. Bastianini and Bagnaia still out of Q2, when there are 12 minutes left in the session. This is the ranking

21:24 – Espargarò responds to Vinales and takes back the best time! In the meantime Oliveira climbs to 4th place in FP2 ahead of Nakagami, author of the best time this morning and still firmly in Q2 at the moment.

21:22 – Aleix Espargarò is responding to Vinales! Top duel for Aprilia, with the two standard bearers competing for the best time of the session.

21:21 – The two Aprilia also attack. Vinales snatches the best time from his teammate! Fantastic day for the RS-GP in Termas.

21:20 – Dovizioso improves slightly and is 22nd, 1’1 seconds behind the best. Red helmets for Vinales and Zarco. Bastianini also improves.

21:19 – Alex Marquez is also pushing, but loses his advantage in the second sector. There are 20 minutes to go before the checkered flag and soon a real time trial hunt will unleash to get into Q2.

21:18 – Stall phase on the track, no driver is improving. Just Dovizioso now scores yellow sectors, improving his references.

21:14 – Zarco and Martìn are in Q2, the last two on the list of ten qualified at the moment. In the combined, Andrea Dovizioso is last at 1m7s from the best, a really difficult situation for Dovi. Pol Espargarò must soon rebuild a good FP2, under penalty of being in Q1. He at the moment he remains in 5th position.

21:12 – There are about 25 minutes to the checkered flag and this is the FP2 classification

21:11 – Yamaha is not brilliant in this phase, with Quartararo only 12th and Morbidelli 15th.

21:10 – Vinales fails to improve, he remains second behind his partner Aleix, a great protagonist in Argentina up to now.

21:08 – Vinales scores red helmets in the first sectors. Great Aprilia in this phase of FP2.

21:06 – Andrea Dovizioso is still very far away, second to last in front of his partner Darryn Binder.

21:04 – Pol Espargarò crash in turn 1, fortunately without any consequences for the rider who immediately gets up and returns to the pits to get on the second bike.

21:01 – Some riders have already improved their FP1 times, such as the Aprilia duo, while many others at the moment still don’t seem to have decided to push. However, the session will soon enter its hottest phase, now there are 37 minutes to go to the checkered flag.

21:00 – Aprilia double at the moment! Maverick Vinales finished behind Aleix Espargarò in the standings! Between the two just 5 hundredths of a second, excellent news for the MotoGP Top Gun.

8:59 pm – There isn’t a lot of activity on the track right now. We must also remember that there will be no FP3, but directly qualifying at the end of FP2. This session is simply decisive for the drivers, who cannot make mistakes and absolutely must hit the top ten.

20:57 – A look at the ranking, with Aleix Espargarò in the role of hare at the moment and a sumptuous Marco Bezzecchi behind him.

20:55 – Aleix Espargarò improves the reference in the morning and breaks down the wall of 1’39. He stops the clock in 1’38’956.

20:53 – Zarco climbs to 4th place of the session, behind his teammate Martìn. Pol Espargarò also pushes and scores a red helmet in the first sector.

20:50 – Martìn shows up in front, marking the 3rd time of this session. Meanwhile, red helmets for Zarco. Aleix Espargarò also continues to push.

20:49 – Marco Bezzecchi pulls his paw and stands in front of everyone. The VR46 rider is managing his MotoGP debut in Argentina very well! After a while, however, Aleix Espargarò replies, who regains the leadership of the standings by lapping in 1’39’116!

20:47 – Fall for Remy Gardner at Turn 1. Luckily the Australian from KTM is fine

20:45 – Aleix Espargarò is ready to go, immediately scoring an excellent 1’39’7. Aprilia is undoubtedly very comfortable in Termas, at the moment Vinales is also qualified for Q2.

20:43 – The track conditions have improved compared to the first session, also for all the rubber deposited by Moto2 and Moto3. The times seen in FP1 will collapse quite quickly.

20:41 – Bagnaia immediately on the track to try to grab the Q2 escaped this morning.

20:40 – Welcome to our LIVE chronicle of the FP2 MotoGP in Argentina! Green light in the pitlane, the second free practice session at Termas di Rio Hondo starts.

The first free practice session at Termas di Rio Hondo returned the smile to Honda and Nakagami, author of the best time. Pol Espargarò, with his third time, helped to avoid thinking about the absence of Marc Marquez, with the RCVs that seem to have returned to the levels expressed in Qatar after Mandalika’s dull parenthesis.

Between the two was inserted Fabio Quartararo, who continues to be super incisive on a Yamaha that instead suffers with Morbidelli, Dovizioso and Binder. Excellent first session also for Aprilia, who placed Aleix Espargarò in 4th position and Maverick Vinales in 8th. Ducati saw Marco Bezzecchi in the role of top man, thanks to his fifth time ahead of Rins and Oliveira. Currently excluded from Q2 Pecco Bagnaia, with a destiny shared by the world leader Enea Bastianini who precedes him in 11th position.

Our LIVE FP2 chronicle will kick off at 20:40, Stay Tuned!

This is the ranking of FP1:

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