Interesting FP1 of the Spanish MotoGP GP. It is still too early to draw conclusions, but the Spanish riders are very enthusiastic and the Suzuki riders are especially focused. Mir and Rins have completed a fantastic one-two for the Hamamatsu house and the two have been followed by Álex Márquez, who has started as the first Honda on asphalt and Aleix Espargaró, who looks great in the reference rider’s suit on the grid . fifth has been Quartararo, that deserves a separate chapter for the session he has starred in.
It was a very tough first free practice session for the leader of the general standings, tied on 69 points with Rins. The Frenchman has gone to the ground, with a slight exit through the ears, At the entrance curve to the finish line, his Yamaha stepped on a wet patch of asphalt, inherited from the storm that hit the circuit late yesterday. It looked like a harmless crash, but the rear wheel of his M1 hit his soft spots, causing pain for a few minutes…
Fabio needed some time to get back into action, before passing through his office to catch his breath, and again on the track of Ángel Nieto he had two big scares that, happily, remained just that, a scare. The first came at turn 8, with a violent whiplash from his motorcycle. The second, with an exit from the track at a delicate point, turn 5, Sito Pons, taking a long walk through agriculture, as the classic Valentín Requena would say. In the end, fifth place for the Yamaha at 0.245 from the head and, seen what was seen, not so bad.
The other five drivers with provisional direct access to Q2 have been Nakagami, Brad Binder, Pol, Maverick, and Miller. They will have to improve in the next session, which will be easy for everyone because the track is expected to be completely dry, Marquez 11th, Bastianini 12th, Bagnaia 13th and Martin 14th. The one who hasn’t been out on the track and caused definitive withdrawal from the Spanish GP is Raúl Fernández, who still has problems with his right hand.