GP Valencia – Miller dominates in Valencia, Quartararo behind, Rossi almost retired

This last race of the MotoGP season started this Friday morning on wet and cold asphalt (13 ° C), conditions that remind us of the limits with which the organizers flirt in their desire to extend the calendar. In mid-November in Cheste (Spain), it can be cold!

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The future former KTM Tech3 rider has taken the opportunity to set the fastest time in free practice 1, a last victory in front of his audience for the Valencian rider, who will return to the official Honda World Superbike team next year. Danilo Petrucci’s teammate – who injured his hip in FP1 – stood out ahead of Jack Miller, who was already fast on the wet.

The Australian rider will do it again in the afternoon in free practice 2, this time with the best time in his factory Desmosedici. Jack Miller is followed by Pol Espargaró, the only HRC representative this weekend after the new retirement of Marc Márquez who has been suffering from vision problems since his fall on the cross …

The neighbor of the box n ° 43, Francesco Bagnaia, completes this first three very tight, as only 0.068 seconds separate the two official Ducati! Alex Rins, 4th, is 0.409 seconds ahead of Jorge Martin and Takaaki Nakagami.

On the French side, Johann Zarco and Fabio Quartararo follow in 10th and 11th place behind Andrea Dovizioso, who signs her best session with the 2019 Yamaha SRT-Petronas. Uncomfortable this morning on wet track, our world champion “Fabiolous” got it wrong this afternoon without getting hurt on dry but still cold track. “El Diablo” did not hide its nervousness due to its lack of ease in its M1 factory, which cannot decipher in these conditions.

Valentino Rossi – who is competing in his last MotoGP race with the bikes of his nine titles in the paddock – is the red light of these two sessions, during which the future retiree obviously did not take any chances. This did not stop his rivals from paying a vibrant tribute to him during the press conference dedicated to the Grand Prix star, in front of a giant panel where he is signal tagged #GrazieVale.

For the record, fans of No. 46 wondered on social media about a possible deal by their MotoGP rivals to pass Rossi on their podium No. 200 and last: all the riders in question smiled at this hair-drawn stage, which otherwise it would do little justice to the master’s career. Jack Miller, impatient, is the only one who has said he was willing to give up his place to the Italian veteran: “as an entrepreneur, I will consider any proposal“The Australian was amused.

Results of the free practice 1 of the GP of Valencia 2021 of MotoGP

  1. Iker LECUONA KTM 1’40.569
  2. Jack MILLER Ducati 1’40.724 0.155 / 0.155
  3. Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1’40.730 0.161 / 0.006
  4. Johann ZARCO Ducati 1’40.940 0.371 / 0.210
  5. Joan MIR Suzuki 1’40.943 0.374 / 0.003
  6. Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1’41.015 0.446 / 0.072
  7. Luca MARINI Ducati 1’41.104 0.535 / 0.089
  8. Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1’41.200 0.631 / 0.096
  9. Pol ESPARGARO Honda 1’41.300 0.731 / 0.100
  10. Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1’41.486 0.917 / 0.186
  11. Alex RINS Suzuki 1’41.512 0.943 / 0.026
  12. Jorge MARTIN Ducati 1’41.547 0.978 / 0.035
  13. Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1’41.889 1.320 / 0.342
  14. Enea BASTIANINI Ducati 1’41.974 1.405 / 0.085
  15. Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1’42.081 1.512 / 0.107
  16. Alex MARQUEZ Honda 1’42.158 1.589 / 0.077
  17. Brad BINDER KTM 1’42.168 1.599 / 0.010
  18. Andrea DOVIZIOSO Yamaha 1’42.182 1.613 / 0.014
  19. Danilo PETRUCCI KTM 1’42.438 1.869 / 0.256
  20. Maverick VIÑALES Aprilia 1’42.767 2.198 / 0.329
  21. Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1’52.981 12.412 / 10.214

Results of the free practice 2 of the GP of Valencia 2021

  1. Jack MILLER Ducati 1’30.927
  2. Pol ESPARGARO Honda 1’30.939 0.012 / 0.012
  3. Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1’30.995 0.068 / 0.056
  4. Alex RINS Suzuki 1,331,336 0.409 / 0.341
  5. Jorge MARTIN Ducati 1’31.396 0.469 / 0.060
  6. Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1’31.427 0.500 / 0.031
  7. Joan MIR Suzuki 1’31.513 0.586 / 0.086
  8. Brad BINDER KTM 1’31.521 0.594 / 0.008
  9. Andrea DOVIZIOSO Yamaha 1’31.597 0.670 / 0.076
  10. Johann ZARCO Ducati 1’31.603 0.676 / 0.006
  11. Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1’31.708 0.781 / 0.105
  12. Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1’31.820 0.893 / 0.112
  13. Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1’31.832 0.905 / 0.012
  14. Alex MARQUEZ Honda 1’31.852 0.925 / 0.020
  15. Danilo PETRUCCI KTM 1’32.083 1.156 / 0.231
  16. Iker LECUONA KTM 1’32.098 1.171 / 0.015
  17. Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1’32.208 1.281 / 0.110
  18. Maverick VIÑALES Aprilia 1’32.214 1.287 / 0.006
  19. Enea BASTIANINI Ducati 1’32.219 1.292 / 0.005
  20. Luca MARINI Ducati 1’32.229 1.302 / 0.010
  21. Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1’32.285 1.358 / 0.056

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