Argentina MotoGP Free Practice: Bagnaia Rises to the Top of the Table

Moto2 racer Jake Dixon warned that track conditions were not ideal at the time. Apart from the strong winds, puddles in some fast corners are also difficult because the race track is narrower.

In contrast to the lower classes, all MotoGP racers try their bikes from the start. Two former Suzuki racers recorded the reference time first.

Repsol Honda’s only representative, Joan Mir, was in the lead before being kicked out by his colleague from LCR Honda, Alex Rins. However, this advantage did not last long because the satellite team racer, RNF Racing, Raul Fernandez topped the session.

It didn’t take long for Ducati to take over. Francesco Bagnaia was top with 1:44.222 after seven minutes of walking. Aleix Espargaro is in P3, followed by Marco Bezzecchi and Jack Miller. In fact, Augusto Fernandez, GasGas Factory Racing debutant, was able to enter the top seven.

Rins returned to the top after posting a two-second faster lap time. The joy again lasted very briefly.

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Bezzecchi filled the highest ranking with 20 minutes remaining. The VR46 Ducati racer recorded 1:41.064. There was a duel between Valentino Rossi’s proteges at Turn 13. Pecco almost lost his balance when Bezzecchi overtook him from the inside.

After 13 minutes, Bagnaia replied by overtaking the 2022 MotoGP Rookie of the Year from deep. The defending champion shot to the top with 1:41.029.

The rain flag fluttering was seen approaching the middle of the session. Until that happened, Fabio Quartararo struggled to add the fastest time. The 2021 MotoGP champion has never risen from 13th place.

After 15 minutes, there were three manufacturers in control of the top five. Bagnaia and Bezzecchi represented Ducati, Rins with Honda and Vinales and Fernandez defended Aprilia.

In the remaining five minutes, the top five formation consisted of Peccho, Bezzecchi, Rins, Vinales and Alex Marquez. Quartararo’s position is slightly better with the bike moving a lot. He moved up to P12 and ended his run prematurely.

Raul Fernandez, Joan Mir, Takaaki Nakagami, Aleix Espargaro and Augusto Fernandez round out the top 10.

Argentina MotoGP Free Practice Results

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