MotoGP: Zarco Takes to the Top on Day 1

Published on June 5, 2021
By Admin

Johann Zarco leads the charge in Catalunya, ahead of Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo.

The Pramac Racing rider pipped Morbidelli to P1, taking the top spot from the Italian by just 0.021 of a second, while fellow Frenchman Quartararo follows in third by 0.166s.

Brad Binder impresses yet again with a P4 at the end of Friday, while teammate Miguel Oliveira finished further down the order in 14th.

Francesco Bagnaia and Jack Miller have steady results after Free Practice 2, the pair placing in 5th and 7th, respectively.  Maverick Viñales is sandwiched between the Ducati Lenovo Team in P6.

Enea Bastianini shows promise once again in 8th place, just 0.742s off of P1, and will be looking for redemption after last weekend’s incident before the race even began. Teammate Luca Marini also ends Day 1 decently in 13th place.

The Espargaro brothers finish off the Top 10 with the exact same fastest time of 1:39.983 at their home circuit, with Aleix taking the top spot of the pair due to a faster time in Free Practice 1.

Takaaki Nakagami finished in P11 on the combined timesheets, with Danilo Petrucci very close behind with just a 0.028s gap. The Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing duo look to be on the up this weekend, as teammate Iker Lecuona placed 17th also.

Marc Marquez ends Day 1 down the order in P15, with defending champ Joan Mir behind in 16th. The pair will need to up their game before Qualifying on Saturday. Mir is set to solo for Team Suzuki ECSTAR this weekend, as Alex Rins sits out due to a cycling injury.

Alex Marquez currently resides in P18, with Valentino Rossi and Lorenzo Savadori behind. Jorge Martin rounds out the grid, as the Spaniard returns to the series from injury.

A mix of underdogs and a lack of some big names inside of the Top 10 so far this weekend, how will they qualify?

MotoGP Free Practice 3 begins at 09:55 Local Time (GMT +2).

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