Binder surprises ahead of Rins and Márquez

Francesco Bagnaia has to score eleven points to Fabio Quartararo, and not lose more than two compared to Aleix Espargaró, to be champion in Malaysia and make the Valencia race on November 6 a formality, and that result has not been given in the FP1 of Sepang, where the Frenchman finished ahead of the Italian in a session that was surprisingly led by Brad Binder.

Three thousandths have separated the new MotoGP leader from the cut made by his friend Bezzecchi. It shouldn’t be a problem without a solution Pecco in FP2, but as long as it doesn’t rain, something that usually happens many times in this part of the planet in the early afternoon. The forecasts give more possibility of rain for tomorrow and the day after than for this afternoon in Sepang, with which FP2 will be a kind of qualification from the first bars in which the Ducati rider will burn more wheels to improve his times, after at the end of FP1 he was one of those who did not choose to mount new rubber.

Those who did start with more drive were Rins and Márquez. The first two of last Sunday’s race in Australia have this time been second and third at the start of Sepang, in which Marc did choose to mount new soft rubber in the final part. Rins stayed 97 thousandths of the 1:59.479 that the South African established as the best time, a record that is still above the second of the track record, held by Quartararo since 2019 with 1:58.303.

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After the two Spaniards and until closing the top ten with provisional direct access to Q2, Bastianini, Mir, Martin, Quartararo, Di Giannantonio, Marini and Bezzecchi. In addition to Bagnaia, Morbidelli, Álex Márquez, Miller, Zarco, Pol, Oliveira, Crutchlow, Maverick, Aleix, Gardner, Darryn Binder, Fernández and Nagashima also stayed out of the top ten.

Aleix’s poor 20th position is explained by the crash he had as soon as the session began, at turn 9, and the mechanical failure on his second Aprilia that forced him into the pits and left him with only five laps on the clock, 2.1 of the head. Il Capitano will be one of the riders to watch closely in the FP2 of the Malaysian afternoon.

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