Mugello FB 2: Alex Espargaro (Aprilia) ahead of Ducati/MotoGP

Friday’s best time in Mugello was earned by Aprilia star Alex Espargaro ahead of Ducati Factory rider Pico Bagnaia. Manufacturer Borgo Panigale brought six bikes into the top ten.

In the sweltering heat (33 degrees air and 51 degrees asphalt), it only took three laps in FP2 on Friday afternoon for Johann Zarko on his freshly painted Prima-Pramac-Ducati in 1:46,381 to already undermine Takaki’s best morning time Nakagami (Honda).

As a reminder, Nakagami posted only 1:46 in the morning at the end of FP1 on the fresh medium tires at 1:46,662. Fabio Quartararo’s (Yamaha) all-time lap record is 1:45.187 minutes since last year.

Title holders Quartararo also used a new fairing in FP2, which is reminiscent of last year’s edition that he won at Mugello. KTM riders also stayed with the morning-tested fairing without the sidepods.

Fifteen minutes later, the top ten achieved everything except Nakagami and Vinales at their personal best. Marc Marquez was seventh at the time.

In the middle of the 45-minute session, Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia came within 0.157 seconds of Zarco’s target time. Then the leading French man crashed into the fourth turn. The Ducati flew through the gravel trap and came to rest on the line at Turn 5. Since a lot of dirt and gravel ended up on the track, the session had to be interrupted to clean up afterwards.

There was still 18 minutes on the clock when it lasted about five minutes later. Shortly thereafter, Alex Rains crashed into the first Chicane and caused yellow flags to appear. Fourth in the championship made his way into the pits to pick up his second Suzuki GSX-RR.

In the final eight minutes there was a pre-qualification prediction, also because thunderstorms cannot be ruled out on Saturday. Bagnaia opened the time round hunting on the new soft rear tires with 1:45,940 minutes – on curve 1 and then went away through the gravel trap.

Immediately behind Pecco, three other Ducati riders, Miller, Zarco and Marini, stormed the temporary positions from 2 to 4. Additionally, three-time season winner Ina Bastianini finished fifth. Alex Espargaro spoils the Ducati Festival with the best new performance Time in 1: 45.891 minutes

Zarco crashed into Turn 12 for the second time that afternoon. He crouched at first on the gravel bed, but left the scene on his feet.

Alex Espargaro drove the combined schedules at the end of Friday ahead of five Ducati riders, and brought Brad Bender Red Bull KTM’s to seventh. Behind rookie world championship leader Marco Besicchi, Quartararo finished ninth. Repsol Honda rider Paul Espargaro completed 10th place teammate Marc Marquez was 12th.

MotoGP and Mugello combined timings after FP2 (May 27):

1. Alex Espargaro, Aprilia, 1:45.891 min
2. Bagnaia, Ducati, +0.049 seconds
3-Miller, Ducati, +0.422.0000
4. Zarco, Ducati +0.458
5- Marini – Ducati: +0.471.2007
6. Bastianini, Ducati +0.504
7. Brad Bender, KTM, +0.548,200,000
8. Pizzi, Ducati, +0.582
9. Quartararo, Yamaha +0.628
10. Paul Espargaro, Honda, +0.727
11. Martin, Ducati +0.738
12. Marc Marquez – Honda +0.767
13. Nakagami – Honda +0.711
14. Rins, Suzuki, +0.772
15. Oliveira, KTM, +0.927.0000
16. Di Gianantonio, Ducati +1,024
17. Vinales, Aprilia, +1162
18- Alex Marquez, Honda +1,260
19. MIR, Suzuki +1.378
20. Pirro, Ducati, +1.541
21. Morbidley, Yamaha, +1.577
22. Dovizioso, Yamaha +1,692
23. Gardner, KTM, +1,793
24. Darren Bender, Yamaha, +1.796
25. Raul Fernandez, KTM +2.107
26. Savadori, Aprilia, +2197

MotoGP, Mugello and FP2:

1. Alex Espargaro, Aprilia, 1:45.891 min
2. Bagnaia, Ducati, +0.049 seconds
3-Miller, Ducati, +0.422.0000
4. Zarco, Ducati +0.458
5- Marini – Ducati: +0.471.2007
6. Bastianini, Ducati +0.504
7. Brad Bender, KTM, +0.548,200,000
8. Pizzi, Ducati, +0.582
9. Quartararo, Yamaha +0.628
10. Paul Espargaro, Honda, +0.727
11. Martin, Ducati +0.738
12. Marc Marquez – Honda +0.767
13. Rins, Suzuki +0.772.72
14. Oliveira, KTM +0.927
15. Nakagami +0.961.37
16. Di Gianantonio, Ducati +1,024
17. Vinales, Aprilia, +1162
18- Alex Marquez, Honda +1,260
19. MIR, Suzuki +1.378
20. Morbidley, Yamaha, +1.577
21- Dovizioso, Yamaha +1,692
22. Gardner, KTM, +1,793
23. Darren Bender, Yamaha, +1.796
24. Pirro, Ducati, +1.835
25. Raul Fernandez, KTM +2.107
26. Savadori, Aprilia, +2197

MotoGP, Mugello and FP1:

1. Nakagami, Honda, 1:46.662 minutes
2. Alex Espargaro, Aprilia, +0.408 seconds
3. Bagnaia, Ducati +0.408
4. Rins, Suzuki, +0.409
5. Bastianini, Ducati +0.524
6. Vinales, Aprilia +0.529
7- Miller, Ducati, +0.653.2007
8. Paul Espargaro, Honda +0.705
9. Zarco, Ducati +0.705
10- Marini, Ducati, +0.721.0000
11. Quartararo, Yamaha +0.731
12. Pirro – Ducati +0.770
13. Alex Marquez – Honda +0.900
14. Besicchi, Ducati +0.922
15. MIR, Suzuki +0.996
16. Morbidley, Yamaha, +1.065
17. Brad Bender, KTM, +1.084
18. Oliverira, KTM, +1.158
19. Marc Marquez, Honda, +1.213
20. Martin, Ducati, +1.241
21- Dovizioso, Yamaha +1.416
22 – Savadore, Aprilia, +1.591
23. Di Giannantonio, Ducati, +1,673
24. Darren Bender, Yamaha +2,248
25. Raul Fernandez, KTM +2.249
26. Remy Gardner, KTM +2,298

Moto3, Mugello times combined after FP2 (May 27):

1. Fujia, Honda, 1: 56.916 minutes
2. Masia, KTM, +0.218sec
3. McPhee, Husqvarna +0.367
4. Sasaki, Husqvarna +0.478
5. Suzuki – Honda +0.859
6. Moreira, KTM +0.934
7. Garcia, gas, +1.005
8. Bertelle, KTM, +1.088.008
9. Riccardo Rossi, Honda +1.143
10. Mineo, Honda, +1.188
11. Oncu, KTM, +1,192
12. Guevara, GASGAS, +1.195
13- Agee – Honda +1.237
14. Holgado, KTM, +1.369
15- Ogden, Honda, +1.489

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