Montmeló FP2: Aprilia one-two, Bradl in P23 / MotoGP

Local champion Alex Espargaro finished on Friday at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with the best time of the day, and his teammate Maverick Vinales scored a double lead in Aprilia.

In Montmelo, the air temperature was measured at 28 degrees in the afternoon. At the start of the FP2 in the MotoGP class at 2:10 pm, the asphalt was already 53 degrees. That’s why a lot of solid rear tires were used, including Aleix Espargaró, Pecco Bagnaia and Enea Bastianini.

It only took three laps, despite the heat, for his first change in the top ten on the combined schedules: VR46 rookie Marco Besecki (on average-average) found seven tenths compared to FP1 to move up to third. Repsol Honda Works driver Paul Espargaro finished fourth. Zarco, Brad Bender, Banaya and Quartaro also scored personal bests in the first 10 minutes.

With 1:40.577 minutes, “Bez” was still top of the FP2 rating after 20 minutes. For comparison: Factory Suzuki rider Alex Rins’ best time in the morning was 1:40.101. Yamaha star Fabio Quartaro set the lap record since last year at 1:38,853.

Stefan Bradel improved to 1:41.074, the 16th provisional, but then a Repsol Honda substitute crashed into Turn 5. Meanwhile, watched Marc Marquez of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. « Thanks for all the messages of support! The operation went well and I feel better. Thanks to Dr Joaquin Sanchez Soletto and his team for the great work,” said the six-time MotoGP champion on his social media channels.

Shortly before the end of the first half of the 45-minute session, Alex Espargaro (on the new middle rear tire) took the lead and the Aprilia star cut Rins’ best time of the cooler FP1 with 1:40.067 minutes.

Real-time searches were only in the last eight minutes, and there were only two Tech3 rookies Fernandez and Gardner without a soft rear tire. Maverick Viñales first started 1:39 out of the weekend. On his second lap he added 1:39,705 another minute.

Ducati riders Jorge Martin, Pico Bagnaia and Ina Bastianini bite their teeth at the time of the Aprilia rider. Vice World Champion Bagnaia and his VR46 Academy friend Luca Marini also got dangerously close in the fifth turn, but both immediately apologized with a hand gesture.

In the last minute, Alex Espargaro replaced his teammate Vinales at the top – and it is quite clear that the world championship runner-up was three tenths of a second faster. The Ducati trio was about half a second behind. Red Bull KTM rider Brad Pender finally broke through to sixth.

Johann Zarko’s personal best time was taken out of the standings because he overstepped the bounds of the track, which is why the Frenchman from Prima Pramac Racing was knocked out of the top 10 and relegated to 17th. Bradle finished Friday in 23rd.

MotoGP, Montmeló, combined times after FP2 (June 3):

1. Alex Espargaro, Aprilia, 1:39.402 sec
2. Vinales, Aprilia, +0.303 seconds
3. Bastianini, Ducati, +0.488
4. Bagnaya, Ducati +0.548
5. Martin, Ducati, +0.587
6. Brad Bender, KTM, +0.681.70
7 – Miller – Ducati +0.693.0000
8. Rinz, Suzuki +0.699
9. Quartararo, Yamaha +0.721
10. Morbidly, Yamaha +0.802
11. Paul Espargaro, Honda +0.835
12. Nakagami – Honda +0.854
13. Di Giantantonio, Ducati +0.944
14. Besiki, Ducati +1,026
15. Marini, Ducati, +1.046
16. Mir, Suzuki, +1.248
17. Zarco, Ducati +1.350
18. Alex Marquez, Honda +1.383
19. Oliveira, KTM, +1.419
20. Darren Bender, Yamaha +1,469
21. Dovizioso, Yamaha +1,541
22. Pirro, Ducati +1,649
23. Bradle, Honda +1.672
24. Fernandez, KTM, +1.681
25. Gardner, KTM, +1.928

MotoGP FP2 result, Montmelo:

1. Alex Espargaro, Aprilia, 1:39.402 sec
2. Vinales, Aprilia, +0.303 seconds
3. Bastianini, Ducati, +0.488
4. Bagnaya, Ducati +0.548
5. Martin, Ducati, +0.587
6. Brad Bender, KTM, +0.681.70
7 – Miller – Ducati +0.693.0000
8. Quartararo, Yamaha +0.721
9. Rinz, Suzuki +0.724
10. Morbidly, Yamaha +0.802
11. Paul Espargaro, Honda +0.835
12. Nakagami – Honda +0.854
13. Di Giantantonio, Ducati +0.944
14. Besiki, Ducati +1,026
15. Marini, Ducati, +1.046
16. Mir, Suzuki, +1.248
17. Zarco, Ducati +1.350
18. Alex Marquez, Honda +1.383
19. Oliveira, KTM, +1.419
20. Darren Bender, Yamaha +1,469
21. Dovizioso, Yamaha +1,541
22. Pirro, Ducati +1,649
23. Bradle, Honda +1.672
24. Fernandez, KTM +2.672
25. Gardner, KTM, +2,884

MotoGP FP1 result, Montmelo:

1. Rins, Suzuki, 1:40.101 min
2. Vinales, Aprilia, +0.195 seconds
3. Morbidly, Yamaha, +0.594
4. Alex Espargaro, Aprilia, +0.607
5. Paul Espargaro, Honda +0.632
6. Nakagami – Honda +0.767
7. Alex Marquez – Honda +0.771
8. Oliveira, KTM +0.800.000
9. MIR, Suzuki +0.806
10- Bastianini, Ducati, +0.930.0000
11. Zarco, Ducati, +0.948
12. Raul Fernandez, KTM, +0.982
13. Quartararo, Yamaha +1.003
14. Bagnaya, Ducati, +1.004
15. Brad Bender, KTM, +1,056.00
16. Besicchi, Ducati, +1.113
17- Marini, Ducati, +1,142
18. Miller, Ducati, +1.179
19. Di Gianantonio, Ducati, +1,212
20. Martin, Ducati, +1.219
21. Gardner, KTM, +1.229.229
22. Dovizioso, Yamaha, +1.357
23. Bradle, Honda, +1.781
24. Darren Bender, Yamaha, +1,833
25. Pirro, Ducati, +1.879

Moto3, Montmeló, combined times after FP2 (June 3):

1. Guevara, Gas Gas, 1: 48.675 minutes
2. Holgado, KTM, +0.195sec
3. Fujia, Honda +0.287
4. Macia, KTM, +0.303
5. Suzuki – Honda +0.392.200
6. Yamanaka, KTM, +0.484.0000
7. Minio, Honda +0.513
8. Toba, KTM, +0.655.0000
9. Garcia – Gas Gas +0.687,687.68
10. Deniz Onko, KTM +0.698.0000
11. Ortola, KTM, +0.730.00
12. Tatay, CFMOTO +0.776
13. Munoz, KTM, +0.793
14. Riccardo Rossi, Honda +0.821
15.Villon, Honda +0.936

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