MotoGP FP1 GP Austin, Rins the best, but Aprilia is very fast

In the first session in Texas the Spaniard from Suzuki leads the way ahead of Vinales, with the manufacturer from Noale, and Miller. Fourth Quartararo preceding a good Marc Marquez. Aleix Espargaro is eighth, while Bagnaia is 13th

Massimo Brizzi

– Milan

Suzuki and Aprilia in evidence in the first free session of the MotoGP Austin GP, ​​fourth round of the 2022 world championship, but smiles for the others too. The best time in FP1 on the Texan track goes to Alex Rins who places his Suzuki at the top of the standings with a time of 2.04.007, ahead of Maverick Vinalez’s Aprilia, trailing by only 8 thousandths. If for the Noale manufacturer this is a nice confirmation after Aleix Espargaro’s victory in Argentina, for Rins, although slowed down by technical problems at the beginning of the session and the only driver in action to have won here besides Marc Marquez, it is a big sign of competitiveness. Third time for Jack Miller, with the factory Ducati, 0.430 behind: the Borgo Panigale manufacturer places two more bikes in the top-10, thanks to the 7th place of Enea Bastianini (Gresini team), at 0.587, and the 10th of Johann Zarco (Pramac team) at 0.886: the French, running out of petrol at the end of the session, was also pushed to the pits (below) by Miller in a ‘taxi driver’ version.

marquez ok

Good fourth time for Fabio Quartararo with Yamaha, at 0.443, preceding Marc Marquez. The Spaniard, eagerly awaited to return after missing two GPs due to the recurrence of the diplopia that emerged in the fall in Indonesia, did well: after a vehement start on the track where he won 7 times in 8 appearances, Marc is fifth at 0.462 with a Honda that also puts Pol Espargaro in the ten, 6. at 0.574 and also crashed at the beginning of the session, and Takaaki Nakagami (Lcr team), ninth at 0.737. The leader of the world championship, Aleix Espargaro, is eighth with Aprilia at 0.679. Five different bikes in the first five places of the first round of Free Practice confirm the trend of uncertainty and leveling that characterizes this first part of the season.

wets back

Joan Mir, 11. with the second Suzuki, Pecco Bagnaia, 13th with the Ducati at 0.996 in front of Jorge Martin. So the other Italians: 16. Luca Marini, 17. Franco Morbidelli, 18. Andrea Dovizioso, 20. Marco Bezzecchi and 24. Fabio Di Giannantonio. At 21.10 Italian the second session.

fp1 motogp austin, the times

The times of the first MotoGP free session in Austin.

  1. Rins, Suzuki 2: 04.007
  2. Vinales, Aprilia +0.008
  3. Miller, Ducati +0.430
  4. Quartararo, Yamaha +0.443
  5. M. Marquez, Honda +0.462
  6. P. Espargaro, Honda +0.574
  7. Bastianini, Ducati Gresini +0.587
  8. A. Espargaro, Aprilia +0.679
  9. Nakagami, Honda Lcr +0.737
  10. Zarco, Ducati Pramac +0.886
  11. Mir, Suzuki +0.893
  12. B. Binder, Ktm +0.976
  13. Bagnaia, Ducati +0.996
  14. Martin, Ducati Pramac +1.043
  15. A. Marquez, Honda Lcr +1.139
  16. Marini, Ducati VR46 +1.170
  17. Morbidelli, Yamaha +1.280
  18. Dovizioso, Yamaha RNF +1.317
  19. Fernandez, Ktm Tech3 +1.319
  20. Bezzecchi, Ducati VR46 +1.379
  21. Gardner, Ktm Tech3 +1.665
  22. D. Binder, Yamaha RNF +2.191
  23. Oliveira, KTM + 2,438
  24. By Giannantonio, Ducati Gresini +2.490



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