The Spanish Grand Prix, the sixth MotoGP race of 2022, begins in Jerez de la Frontera under a beautiful spring sun that shines with the characteristic blue and white curbs of the Andalusian track. With 75% humidity in the air and only 16 ° C, the wet stains, however, sprinkle the bitumen here and there …
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These still cool areas are the cause of the fall of Fabio Quartararo, who had just set the fastest time in 1’38.780 on his 7th lap before being surprised on lap 13. The reigning champion was adjusted after overcoming the Ducati of Fabio di Giannantonio in braking. , when his M1 expelled him: too much angle and too much speed on a bitumen not as adherent as a few meters before …
The back of the Yamaha touches the right leg of the reigning champion, and bends it back: the Frenchman holds his private parts, but manages to reach the Yamaha box with an electric scooter … His gestures at the height of the crotch and its bent posture. in two they are unequivocal about the nature of their pain!
The fall of Fabio Quartararo
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Aleix Espargaro is second in this stage ahead of Joan Mir, Marc Márquez, Jack Miller and Takaaki Nakagami. Johann Zarco sails in a distant 20th place and will only manage to win three positions during the session: a worrying warm-up for the Ducati-Pramac rider.
The benchmark of Fabio Quartararo still lasted ten long minutes before Pol Espargaro managed to improve in 1’38.521. Then Fabio leaves the area 18 minutes from the checkered flag … after a brief massage with his painful crotch again!
Then it was the turn of Joan Mir to take first place in 1’38.422. The Suzuki referee is ahead of the two brothers Espargaro (Pol and Aleix) and Fabio Quartararo, who is slowly gaining momentum at 1’38.552 ten minutes from the end … before being called back to order by a unpleasant handlebar turn output. 8!
Then Fabio leaves the track at high speed on turn 5, fortunately without falling on the gravel: all these alerts clearly indicate that the No. 20 must refine the configuration of his bike before going for more performance, despite the good dynamics in which the Frenchman and his team are after last Sunday’s victory in Portugal.
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Meanwhile, Joan Mir confirmed in 1’38.198 that the checkered flag was raised: the Suzuki official finished this first session ahead of his teammate Alex Rins, signing an exciting GSX-RR double ahead of Alex Márquez’s Honda. Aleix Espargaro and Fabio Quartararo complete the Top 5.
Please note that Raúl Fernández did not ride: the debutant of the KTM-Tech3 team continues to suffer injuries to his right hand during last Saturday’s fall in classification 1 in Portugal and has not received the authorization of the doctors of the circuit this morning.
It is also worth noting the presence on the wild card of the Aprilia and Honda test drivers -Lorenzo Savadori and Stefan Bradl- for this race which will be followed by an official test day long awaited by all the teams.
The second free MotoGP training session of the Spanish Grand Prix is scheduled from 14:10 to 14:55. Stay connected!