Sport MotoGP Le Mans FT1: Quartararo in front, Rossi flies the chain of it
Moto2 Mugello FT1: Luca Marini sets fastest time, Marcel Schrötter eleventh
© LAT Luca Marini has not yet made it onto the podium this season VR46 protégé Luca Marini (Kalex) started with the best time in FT1 ( to result ) in the Italy Grand Prix in Mugello. The half-brother of MotoGP icon Valentino Rossi circled the Mugello Circuit in 1: 52.514 minutes and relegated Le Mans winner Alex Marquez (Kalex) to second position by 0.041 seconds. Moto2 rookie Fabio di Giannantonio (Speed Up) completed the top 3 at the start in Mugello and left a very strong impression.
local hero Fabio Quartararo lets French fans cheer during the first free practice session at Le Mans. The Petronas-Yamaha rider secured the best time of 1: 31.986 minutes ahead of the Ducati duo Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), who broke the chain, experienced a frightening second.
Mostriders started training on the soft front and medium rear tires. Only Alex Rins (Suzuki) broke the line and drove the medium in front and behind. The asphalt temperature was still relatively cool at just under 24 degrees. Nevertheless, the times were approaching early.
Valentino Rossi raves: "Spa is one of the best routes in the world"
© LAT Valentino Rossi would like to go to Spa, but would rather go with cars In 2022 the Endurance World Championship (EWC) for motorcycles will return to Spa-Francorchamps. For this, some changes must be made so that the safety standards of the motorcycle world association FIM are met. The EWC may travel on categories A, B and C routes. Only routes of category A are allowed for the MotoGP .
Pramac driver Jack Miller set a new best time of 1: 32.551 minutes in his sixth lap, which was only a few tenths below the current lap record. For Jorge Lorenzo, on the other hand, the training started less pleasantly: In curve 8, the Honda driver slipped on the curb and went down.
The Spaniard not only lost important training time. This early fall was also not conducive to his self-confidence on the Honda. His team-mate Marc Marquez also experienced some slides in the early phase of the training, but remained seated and conquered the top before the first pit stop.
A sign of life could be made by Johann Zarco, who fought his way to seventh place in the first run. After the MotoGP test in Jerez, KTM is out and about this weekend with many new parts, including updates to the engine and chassis. With that, Pol Espargaro was quick on the eighth at first.
MotoGP Le Mans warm-up: Quartararo with best time ahead of pole-setter Marquez
© LAT Fabio Quartararo started Le Mans race Sunday with a best time local hero Fabio Quartararo had the warm-up of MotoGP in Le Mans with a best time of 1: 32.483 minutes as fastest finished . The Petronas-Yamaha driver relegated pole-setter Marc Marquez (Honda / + 0.142 seconds) to second place. KTM driver Pol Espargaro (+0.222) finished strong third in the morning. The 20-minute morning session started in largely dry conditions. However, it dripped here and there and was cool at 13 degrees.
Valentino Rossi was just under a second short of the first stint. That meant eleventh for the moment. Back on the track, the Yamaha driver then got a mechanical problem with his bike and suddenly got out. As the slow motion showed, his chain was broken and jumped off the motorcycle.
Marquez continued to hold the lead, increasing his best time yet again. Like Lorenzo before, he came a little too far on the curb in turn 8, but, unlike his team-mate, did not fall, but just caught it in the tried and tested Marquez manner and drove to the pits after the shock.
In the classification, KTM driver Espargaro underpinned his strong form and took over the lead, but shortly afterwards had to hand it over to Miller and finally Maverick Vinales (Yamaha). His teammate Rossi resumed training on his second bike, but only a few minutes remained.
Some pilots had put on fresh soft tires for the final phase to be on the safe side, among them the two Ducatis by Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci and Fabio Quartararo (Petronas-Yamaha). The Frenchman secured the best time, Dovizioso was able to move up to second place.
Honda chases the 300th victory with Marc Marquez in Le Mans
© Repsol Honda In Le Mans, Honda could make history with Marc Marquez Honda travels under the special circumstances for the French Grand Prix. Because after Marc Marquez's superior start-finish victory in Jerez two weeks ago, the Japanese manufacturer in Le Mans has the chance to celebrate his 300th victory in the premier class. The first triumph dates back to 1966 when Jim Redman won on the RC181. 53 years later, the circle could close and the magic 300 would fall.
Petrucci also improved and pushed Vinales out of the top 3. Marquez, on the road with the same medium rear tire until the end, finished fifth. But he was only 0.247 seconds behind. Espargaro brought a strong sixth place for KTM, relegating Miller to seventh.
While these seven drivers were only 0.252 seconds apart, Joan Mir (Suzuki) was eighth missing by more than six tenths. Together with Zarco and Rossi, he completed the top 10. The latter was able to improve with fresh softs in the final phase, but in the end the gap was 0.774 seconds.
Cal Crtuchlow (LCR-Honda), Franco Morbidelli (Petronas-Yamaha) and Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac-Ducati) followed in eleventh to thirteenth places. Lorenzo did not finish 14th after his fall. He was more than a second slower than the session fastest. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR-Honda) rounded off the top 15.
World Cup runner-up Alex Rins (Suzuki) ended the first practice session in 17th place behind Aprilia driver Aleix Espargaro. His teammate Andrea Iannone is fit again at Le Mans and was nineteenth. However, he was 2.149 seconds back. The next MotoGP training starts at 2:10 p.m.
Moto2 Jerez: Navarro sets the best time, drama with World Cup leader Baldassarri .
© LAT Jorge Navarro (archive picture) gave Speed Up the FT1 best training time The Moto2 pilots started the Jerez weekend on Friday morning in the best conditions. At the start of Europe in Spain, tire supplier Dunlop presents a new rear tire that has a larger format than the previous tire. The FT1 was very important for the drivers to familiarize themselves with the new tire. Not all drivers were able to use the session well.