MotoGP, Jerez test first day: Nakagami the best, excellent 3rd Bastianini

First day of testing in a 2022 key with the Japanese rider from Honda Lcr preceding the Ducati of Zarco, Bastianini and Bagnaia. 7th Morbidelli, 9th Quartararo; the best of the rookies is Raul Fernandez, 19th

First day of MotoGP tests in a 2022 key at Jerez and best time of Takaaki Nakagami (Honda Lcr) in 1: 37.313 to precede three Ducatis. In the Thursday ranking, indicative as it may be, Johan Zarco (Ducati Pramac) is second 43 thousandths, ahead of Enea Bastianini (+0.089) who excellently distinguished himself with a good performance with the Ducati Gresini sporting the new livery. “I’m happy, the bike is easier and the times have come easily”, the rider from Rimini. Fourth Francesco Bagnaia (+0.102), on track with the GP22: the Borgo Panigale manufacturer gave the 2022 bike to him and Jack Miller, 8th at 0.689; another GP22 was given to the Pramac team, who will alternate it in the two days between Zarco and Jorge Martin (12th).

The top-10

Also in the top-10 Maverick Viñales, 5th at +0.361 with Aprilia placing Aleix Espargaro in 15th place, after a crash in the afternoon. Sixth Alex Rins (+0.497) with Suzuki who worked mainly on the engine, with Joan Mir 14th. Moderate optimism of the Hamamatsu pilots. “The engine seems more powerful, but we need to understand the electronics better to make the most of it”, Mir’s offspring. Seventh Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha, +0.571): “I’m happy with the progress made by the bike: we need power and speed, Yamaha knows this and is working on that.” Ninth his partner Fabio Quartararo (+0.707), not very enthusiastic for now: “The bike had new swingarm and electronics, but it was similar to the one at Misano, we need more improvements: there is another day of testing, but I was expecting something more. We have to grow in top speed. ” Brad Binder (Ktm, +0.773) closed the top ten.

Marini and Bez

Luca Marini closes on the sidelines of the top-10: eleventh with the VR46 team Ducati GP21, while his teammate, Marco Bezzecchi, at his debut in the category is more delayed due to an obvious question of adaptation.

here is pol

Pol Espargaro is back in the saddle after the Valencia bang (below): he has the task of testing the new bike for 2022, given the forced unavailability of Marc Marquez, even if today he only worked on the 2021 model. “Still having pain on wrist and ribs I wanted to have some reference with my old bike, but seeing Nakagami in front is a good sign “.


The best of the rookies was Raul Fernandez, 19th with the Ktm Tech3, while Fabio Di Giannantonio (Ducati GP21 Gresini) was 22nd, Remy Gardner (Ktm Tech3) 24th and Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati GP21 VR46) 25th. So the other Italians: Andrea Dovizioso is 18th with the Yamaha Rnf, while Darryn Binder, his partner and other rookie, is 27th; Lorenzo Savadori (Aprilia) is 23rd.

You should be satisfied

Positive feedback from Andrea Dovizioso: “Positive feeling, braking and corner entry are better than the 2019 bike: everything is new for me, chassis and engine, but there is a lot of room for improvement”. Happy Darryn Binder, struggling with a double jump in category, from Moto3 to MotoGP, exciting but complicated.

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MotoGP, Jerez test first day: Nakagami the best, excellent 3rd Bastianini

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