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Cars MotoGP Barcelona FT1: Yamaha and Suzuki strong, Quartararo's fastest time

14:00  25 september  2020
14:00  25 september  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Yamaha and Suzuki also determined in the first free practice session for the MotoGP race on the Circuit de Barcelona- Catalunya the pace. All six drivers of these two Japanese brands were in the top 10. The best time was secured by Fabio Quartararo (Petronas-Yamaha) with 1: 40.431 minutes.

The Frenchman stayed 1.8 seconds above the all-time record set by Jorge Lorenzo in 2018. In the end, Andrea Dovizioso improved to second place. The Ducati rider was one of only two drivers who relied on the soft rear tires in the final phase.

Almost all drivers did the morning training with the soft front and middle rear tires. Things didn't go well for Ducati for a long time, as the gap was well over a second. Dovizioso, Danilo Petrucci and Francesco Bagnaia were far behind for a long time.

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With the time attack Dovizioso made it to the top. Bagnaia was only 15th and Petrucci 19th. Jack Miller didn't make it into the scene in 18th either. But things went much better for Yamaha and Suzuki.

Joan Mir fell into turn 5 at halftime. The Spaniard was uninjured while his GSX-RR rolled over several times in the gravel. I then moved out on his second bike and set the third-best time ( to result).

His team mate Alex Rins was seventh. The Misano winners Maverick Vinales and Franco Morbidelli were fourth and sixth. Valentino Rossi was also among the leaders in eighth place. In the end,

Aleix Espargaro drove a time attack with his Aprilia that put him in fifth place. The best KTM representative was Miguel Oliveira in tenth. His Tech 3 team mate Iker Lecuona crashed in the end in turn 2.

Cal Crutchlow reported back with the eighth fastest time. The Honda rider completed 19 laps despite his problems in his right arm and left ankle. Stefan Bradl is also back in action in the Honda works team in Barcelona after having recently had to pass in Misano. Bradl also drove 19 laps and was classified 17th.

Ducati provided Avintia driver Johann Zarco for the first time with the further developed variant of the holeshot system. Now the Frenchman can also compress the rear end of the curve and thus gain a little more traction.

The second MotoGP training session starts at 2:10 p.m.

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