MotoGP. German Grand Prix: Francesco Bagnaia dominates the first free practice

Italian Francesco Bagnaia dominated the first two free practice sessions of the German MotoGP Grand Prix on Friday for the tenth race of the season, well ahead of 7-year-old French leader Fabio Quartararo .e.

On an already very hot track (they expect scorching temperatures this weekend), the Ducati rider even broke the track record, in 1’20”18.

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It is ahead of other Ducati, in great shape at the start of the weekend, that of the Italian Luca Marini (Ducati-VR46), surprising second at 115/1000 from Bagnaia, and his teammate of the Italian brand. , Australian Jack Miller, leaving KTM next season.

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He is followed by the Spaniard Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia), second overall, and the Frenchman Johann Zarco (Ducati-Pramac), who competed at the Sachsenring circuit last year.

“I’m satisfied, the performance is good and I hope to improve my pace to prepare for the race and also think about the podium”assured the Cannois at the end of the day.

On the very short German circuit (3.7 km), the other Frenchman on the grid, current world champion and championship leader Fabio Quartararo, only set the seventh fastest time at the end of the day.

“I felt like my tires were worn out (from the first rounds, editor’s note) but our pace was pretty good. ”recognized the Nice, who acknowledges that his Yamaha remains “slower” than the Ducati.

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The champion, however, clings to the memories of his weekend in Catalonia, in early June, which had begun in the same way before winning by hand: “The first day in Barcelona I struggled a lot with the grip, then every day was better, so hopefully tomorrow will be the same and improve”.

Double fall of Pol Espargaro

In the early hours of the day, Miller and Bagnaia’s factory Ducati had dominated the first free practice session marked by several falls, including those of the Spaniard Pol Espargaró, who fell twice. The Honda rider was taken to the medical center for safety, before being able to resume his bike for the second session.

His compatriot Alex Rins (Suzuki) also crashed during the first training session on Friday morning. Currently seventh in the championship, the Spaniard broke his wrist in a violent fall grouped with Bagnaia and the Japanese Takaaki Nakagami during the Grand Prix of Catalonia, but was allowed to run this new test.

He is currently signing on the 11the best time before free practice 3, scheduled for 9:55 a.m. Saturday, before qualifying at 2:10 p.m.

Third in the general classification, the Italian Enea Bastianini (Ducati-Gresini), currently 13ewill improve – like Rins – his time on Saturday if he wants to enter the top ten, qualifying directly for the second part of the classification (Q2) without going through the playoffs (Q1).

Top 10 in the combined ranking of the first two free practice sessions

1. Francesco Bagnaia (ITA / Ducati) 1.20: 018

2. Luca Marini (ITA / Ducati-VR46) at 0.115

3. Jack Miller (AUS / Ducati) 0.193

4. Aleix Espargaro (ESP / Aprilia) at 0.201

5. Johann Zarco (FRA / Ducati-Pramac) at 0.246

6. Jorge Martin (ESP / Ducati-Pramac) at 0.257

7. Fabio Quartararo (FRA / Yamaha) at 0.381

8. Maverick Vinales (ESP / Aprilia) at 0.460

9. Fabio Di Giannantonio (ITA / Ducati-Gresini) at 0.527

10. Joan Mir (ESP / Suzuki) at 0.556

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