Marquez demolishes MotoGP field by 1.6s in Aragon FP1

Marc Marquez set a blistering pace in opening practice for MotoGP's Aragon Grand Prix, going 1.6 seconds faster than his nearest rival Maverick Vinales

Marquez demolishes MotoGP field by 1.6s in Aragon FP1

Factory Honda rider Marquez quickly put himself 1.1s up on the field with a benchmark of 1m48.771s early on in the 45-minute Friday morning session, before working his way down to a 1m48.712s and then a 1m48.487s.

That was the quickest time until the closing minutes, when the reigning champion equipped a soft rear tyre to fire in a 1m47.030s - going two seconds faster than anyone else.

Marquez subsequently made one final improvement, posting a 1m46.689s to eclipse last year's pole position time set by Jorge Lorenzo and coming within two tenths of the all-time record Marquez himself set back in 2015.

Just one rider was able to come within two seconds of Marquez's fastest time, Yamaha's Vinales, who ended up 1.617s adrift of the pace with his final flyer.

Misano runner-up Fabio Quartararo was next on the Petronas SRT Yamaha, 2.001s slower than Marquez, and 0.019s ahead of Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso.

Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati) and Joan Mir (Suzuki) set identical times to end up fifth and sixth, Miller's time being set first, ahead of Danilo Petrucci's Ducati.

The top 10 was completed by Pol Espargaro on the best of the KTMs, Franco Morbidelli on the second SRT Yamaha and Takaaki Nakagami's LCR Honda.

Alex Rins was 12th-fastest on the second Suzuki, the early part of his session having been disrupted by a mechanical problem that required him to pull off the track.

Valentino Rossi endured a low-key start to the weekend in 17th place, over three seconds off the pace, while Mika Kallio (pictured above) began his tenure as Johann Zarco's replacement at KTM in 19th.

Lorenzo was slowest of all in 23rd on the second of the works Hondas, four seconds off the pace and behind Aprilia wildcard Bradley Smith.

Practice one times

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m46.869s - 19
2 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m48.486s 1.617s 16
3 Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha Yamaha 1m48.870s 2.001s 19
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m48.889s 2.020s 17
5 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m49.101s 2.232s 18
6 Joan Mir Suzuki Suzuki 1m49.101s 2.232s 19
7 Danilo Petrucci Ducati Ducati 1m49.230s 2.361s 16
8 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 1m49.300s 2.431s 17
9 Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha Yamaha 1m49.304s 2.435s 19
10 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 1m49.443s 2.574s 18
11 Miguel Oliveira Tech3 KTM KTM 1m49.445s 2.576s 17
12 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1m49.508s 2.639s 15
13 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m49.565s 2.696s 16
14 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m49.607s 2.738s 18
15 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m49.709s 2.840s 18
16 Andrea Iannone Aprilia Aprilia 1m49.809s 2.940s 18
17 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m49.913s 3.044s 19
18 Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m50.122s 3.253s 15
19 Mika Kallio KTM KTM 1m50.128s 3.259s 18
20 Karel Abraham Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m50.155s 3.286s 16
21 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 KTM KTM 1m50.418s 3.549s 17
22 Bradley Smith Aprilia Aprilia 1m50.455s 3.586s 17
23 Jorge Lorenzo Honda Honda 1m51.034s 4.165s 17


shares
comments
Marquez warns Moto2 precedent set at Misano could hit MotoGP
Previous article

Marquez warns Moto2 precedent set at Misano could hit MotoGP

Next article

Crutchlow: Zarco would've struggled with Honda MotoGP bike too

Crutchlow: Zarco would've struggled with Honda MotoGP bike too
Load comments
The three factors that crowned MotoGP’s newest champion at Misano Plus

The three factors that crowned MotoGP’s newest champion at Misano

The prospect of Fabio Quartararo clinching the 2021 MotoGP world championship title at Misano appeared small after struggling to 15th in qualifying, while main rival Francesco Bagnaia took pole. Here's how the Yamaha rider turned it around, with help from an ill-fated Bagnaia tyre choice, to secure the crown with two races to spare

MotoGP
Oct 25, 2021
Marco Simoncelli: Remembering MotoGP's ultimate maverick 10 years on Plus

Marco Simoncelli: Remembering MotoGP's ultimate maverick 10 years on

Saturday 23 October marks the 10th anniversary of Marco Simoncelli's death. The one-time 250cc world champion and double MotoGP podium finisher was the ultimate maverick character with big hair, a big personality and an even bigger talent. Autosport pays tribute to a much-missed figure, a decade on

MotoGP
Oct 23, 2021
Why Quartararo has evolved more than Yamaha on his road to the MotoGP title Plus

Why Quartararo has evolved more than Yamaha on his road to the MotoGP title

Fabio Quartararo has his first match point in the 2021 MotoGP title race this weekend at Misano. While the 2021 Yamaha is a much-improved bike to its inconsistent predecessor, its the rider himself who has shown the biggest evolution this season. Oriol Puigdemont delves into Quartararo's growth.

MotoGP
Oct 19, 2021
How KTM has wrestled control of young MotoGP talent from Honda Plus

How KTM has wrestled control of young MotoGP talent from Honda

There once was a time when Honda controlled any young rider who emerged in motorcycling, but its market dominance has now swung to the side of MotoGP rival KTM and, to a lesser extent Ducati. Could this development have significant ramifications for the future?

MotoGP
Oct 12, 2021
Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider Plus

Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider

Marc Marquez's romp to victory at the Grand Prix of the Americas led many to believe the 'old' pre-injury Honda rider was close to coming back to his full powers. However, the 'old' Marquez will probably never exist again and instead he'll have to adapt to his new reality to return to title-winning ways in 2022

MotoGP
Oct 6, 2021
The Marquez self-preservation that fulfilled a COTA MotoGP “dream” Plus

The Marquez self-preservation that fulfilled a COTA MotoGP “dream”

Marc Marquez scorched to his seventh Circuit of the Americas victory in MotoGP last Sunday with a display reminiscent of his pre-injury form. However, his path to the win across the weekend was in keeping with the current reality of his physical limitations, with self-preservation on Saturday key to his Sunday success

MotoGP
Oct 4, 2021
How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike Plus

How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike

His third place at Misano made Enea Bastianini the fifth different Ducati-mounted rider to score a podium in 2021. Amid a season that has seen one rider amass the bulk of Yamaha and Honda's success, the Ducati's versatility makes for a potent weapon, but the contribution of a former leading light shouldn't be forgotten

MotoGP
Sep 23, 2021
The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career Plus

The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career

Maverick Vinales’ early debut with Aprilia has been one of the most interesting plots of the recent MotoGP rounds. The results may not look standout on paper, but a closer inspection reveals just how much progress Vinales has truly made in understanding a bike that has taken him well out of his “comfort zone”

MotoGP
Sep 22, 2021