Pol Espargaró starts the weekend on the right foot in FP1; Honda and KTM among the best motorcycles

The Indonesian Grand Prix started with the first free practice session. At the start of the second MotoGP round, Pol Espargaró (Repsol Honda Team) was the best rider on the track, but he was joined by Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) in the decisive moments.

The first MotoGP practice session started in wet conditions. For a session lasting a total of 45 minutes, the teams and riders encountered an asphalt temperature of 34.°C and an air temperature of 28.°C.

After the first twelve minutes of the session, Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) was the fastest rider with the best time of 1:38.827, and by this stage had completed six laps of the Mandalika circuit. Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) were the next two riders with times of 1:40.644s and 1:41.072s respectively.

For the next few minutes, Miller held on to the lead, but improving track conditions allowed all drivers to set faster times. With about 25 minutes remaining, the situation was as follows:

Source: MotoGP

With the Mandalika track getting drier and drier, the lap times were steadily improving, and at the top of the grid the situation was not stable. At 15 minutes from the end of the session, most riders were in their garages next to their teams. It was a waiting time before a last track race in FP1.

Meanwhile, with more than seven minutes remaining at the checkered flag, Pol Espargaró was the fastest provisional driver with the best time of 1:34.476. Marc Márquez was half a second behind his teammate, and Jack Miller was once again among the top drivers. The final minutes were uncertain, however, and at one point Franco Morbidelli (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) took pole position with a lap of 1:33.881.

The end was getting closer and closer and the Italian could lose the lead in the session. That’s exactly what happened in the final minutes, when Pol Espargaró was threatened by Miguel Oliveira and Marc Márquez. In the end, #44 topped the timesheets, with Oliveira’s KTM and Márquez’s RC213V in the top three. Franco Morbidelli and Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) complete the top five, but with significant gaps to the top three.

FP1 time:


Source: MotoGP

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