MotoGP LIVE Indonesia FP1: Pol Espargaro Holds Course!

To assemble the undoubtedly spicy soup of the MotoGP Grand Prix of Indonesia at the Mandalika circuit, pour into a new cauldron a good amount of Ducati, elevated to scarecrow status since the second part of the 2021 season and winners of the first GP 2022 in Qatar thanks to Enea Bastianini on a GP21, even if the official team equipped with GP22 there experienced a human-technical Bérézina in front of Francesco Bagnaia and Jack Miller.

Add in half a helping of Honda, whose works team seems to be turning into a two-headed hydra thanks to the RC213V’s advancements, unlike years past when it was alone Mark Marquez tame the wild beast: in Qatar, Pol Espargaro led more laps in one race than he had ever done before and was fastest in the test at Lombok Island!

Immerse yourself in a surprising KTM, frozen and shy during the preseason but very present in the foreground led by Brad Binder in Qatar. Also add half a portion of Aprilia, in this case the one fromAlex Espargaro4th in Losail after the closest race to winner the Noale factory has ever run.

Even though it turns out to be less spicy elements in terms of taste for the time being, we will not forget to mix everything with two Suzuki GSX-RR and a quarter of Yamaha YZR-M1last titled with Joan Miro and Fabio Quartararotherefore essential ingredients of a good recipe, especially since the first 21 of the third day of the test in Mandalika were only eight and a half tenths apart!

Finally, sprinkle everything with a pinch of re-hardened asphalt, Michelin tires with unused carcass during the testfromstill very uncertain weather in these eastern regions and with a temperature of over 70° in the afternoon, keep heating on low heat until Sunday 8 hours to discover what exotic taste this Indonesian recipe will have on our taste buds; after the heavy rain in the morning, of which there are now traces of damp patches on the off-track tarmac… and lots of mud on the Moto3s!

In the meantime, with 28° in the air and 34° on the ground and the occasional return of raindrops, let’s take advantage of these few live moments thanks to the official MotoGP.com website as the 24 riders settle in preparing for uncertainty. 45 minute session:

First Grand Prix on this new route mandatory, references are limited to:

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2022 testing 1’31,060 Pol Espargaro (Look here
FP1 1’33.499 Pol Espargaro (Look here
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When the red lights go out…Franco Morbidelli perpetuates the tradition by starting first Johann Zarco and Alex Rins while Marc Marquez prefers to stay in his box and observe the first antics.

At the tire level, some are on wet tires, others on slicks, but the display won’t work for now. However, it seems that those who started on wet tires will return to their box after one lap to pass the slicks.

The first reference is registered by Johann Zarco in 1’44,994 after the first flying lap. At the next pass, Miguel Oliveira leads the way in 1’42.301 on wet tires before handing over the lead to Jack Miller in 1’40,460 on slicks.

After 10 minutes, Jack Miller is in 1’40.386 and then in 1’38,827 with the Honda riders still not on track or only one lap out: Marc Marquez, Pol Espargaro, Alex Marquez and Takaaki Nakagami.

The tires finally appear, when Marc Marquez put on his helmet…

After fifteen minutes no one is standing on rain tires anymore, while Fabio Quartararo achieves 1.38.751…

We are still very far from the times of testing and Miguel Oliveira, this time on slicks, scored 1’37,978 at the top of the table. In the aftermath, Maverick Vinales improves in 1’37.599 but sectors keep flashing red: Miguel Oliveira resumes his good in 1’36.435 then passes the baton Marc Marquez in 1’35.958 which is only in his fourth flying lap!

Shortly after the middle of the session, Johann Zarco took the lead in 1’35,681 and then improved to 1’35.288 and 1’35.046.

Marc Marquez returned to charge in 1’34,987, prior to Johann Zarco, Pol Espargaro, Franco Morbidelli, Maverick Vinales, Brad Binder, Miguel Oliveira, Fabio Quartararo, Joan Mir, Alex Márquez, Takaaki Nakagami, Luca Marini, Aleix Espargaro, Marco Bezzecchi, Remy Gardner, Francesco Bagnaia, Raul Fernandez, Jack Miller Alex Rins, Fabio Di Giannantonio, Darryn Binder, Andrea Dovizioso, Enea Bastianini and Jorge Martin before the last rush.

When almost all pilots pack into their box to prepare the final packaging, Pol Espargaro achieved 1’34,476, still with the soft front/medium rear combination, voted unanimously by the pilots.

Among the leading men, no one really seems in a hurry to start teasing the clock, except Miguel Oliveira which moves back to fifth position, while the Yamaha riders Franco Morbidelli and Andrea Dovizioso are the first to use a soft rear tire.

Six minutes from the checkered flag, Marc Marquez positions himself just behind his teammate while Jack Miller puts his Ducati in third position, ahead of that of Johann Zarco. Miguel Oliveira is put between the two, but it is indeed the soft bond of Franco Morbidelli which made the difference, this one grabbed the command in 1’33,881 while Andrea Dovizioso jumped to fifth place.

Strangely enough, no one else tries the soft band and on the contrary, Fabio Quartararo tests a hard tire up front for the first time, moving him up to fifth provisional position.

Less than a minute left when Brad Binder puts his KTM RC16 in second position, just before being overtaken by Alex Espargaro than his brother Pol

Marc Marquez then slams a 133578 but it’s finally Miguel Oliveira who seems to have the last word in 1’33.543! Or almost, since in extremis Pol Espargaro achieves 1’33.499!

MotoGP Indonesia Grand Prix FP1 Results at Mandalika Circuit:

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