Fabio Quartararo dominates the tests of the Spanish GP FP2

Bright sun and warmer conditions (22 ° C and 53% H2O in the air) for the second free practice session in Jerez, Andalusia, which hosts the sixth MotoGP event of the 2022 season. MNC is also the first without any time difference, in addition to competing on a track well known to drivers.

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Fabio Quartararo -who was wrong this morning because he was too greedy with a bitumen still fresh-, this time he takes his time to take the route, without, however, moving too far away from the advanced places … The times of go back. lowered so often in the last quarter of an hour, led by Aleix Espargaro, with up to 19 riders in the same second!

Johann Zarco, far 17th this morning, returns to the Top 10: the Canadian is 8th. Takaaki Nakagami sounded the load seven minutes from the end with a lap of 1’37.788, a tenth better than the previous benchmark of Espargaro! Then it was Bagnaia’s turn to improve in 1’37.283, while Fabio accelerated in 1’37.071: two tenths faster than his Italian rival.

The reigning champion – ruined in the intimate parts by his Yamaha in FP1 – authoritatively monopolizes the first place, remembering if necessary his superiority in the exercise of the flying lap: the Frenchman is only a small half second of the absolute record in 1’36.584, signed by Maverick Viñales during the classification for the GP of Spain 2020.

The reason for its ease here in Jerez is also due to the fluid configuration and without a long straight of the Andalusian circuit: the 4,423 km track has 13 turns and its longest straight measures 607 m. Therefore, the maximum speed does not predominate with peaks between 290 and 300 km / h (V-max record of 300.8 km / h for Zarco in 2020).

Two falls in a row from Márquez!

For her part, Enea Bastianini lowered “Pecco” Bagnaia to third place thanks to a last lap in 1’37.272, 0.201 seconds behind Fabio. Johann Zarco also lost positions during the final acceleration: the Ducati-Pramac rider finished in 11th place, 0.759 seconds behind the leader …

Aleix Espargaro gets on the nerves of a competitor as always: this time it’s up to Marc Márquez to be the object of the anger of the angry Spaniard, who accuses him of having embarrassed him with many angry gestures … The pilot of the ‘Aprilia is over. the day in 13th position ahead of Morbidelli.

Session-time leader Takaaki Nakagami is the first Honda rider in this classification with his fifth place half a second behind the reference time. The Japanese driver – whose place would be coveted by Jack Miller – is ahead of Brad Binder, Pol Espargaro and Alex Rins.

Marc Márquez is only 19th after falling twice in a row: the Spaniard has lost the striker in lap 6, before leaving without damage … but only for three laps! He was trapped in turn 9 off the track to let Miguel Oliveira pass: a fall caused by his distraction and a possible residual moisture. For the anecdote, it was Dani Pedrosa – on the edge of the track to watch the KTMs – who took him back to his scooter!

Rare, very rare, are the times that MNC has seen Márquez on the mat after such mistakes: the number 93 used to take these evasions from the front almost carelessly, while today he suffers them as if he had lost this such spectacular talent. as a tightrope walker … Unless your Honda -developed in his absence by Pol Espargaro- no longer sends you the necessary information?

The third free MotoGP training session of the Spanish Grand Prix is ​​scheduled for tomorrow Saturday from 9.55 to 10.40.

Results of the free practice 2 of the Spanish GP of MotoGP 2022

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