Marquez storms Aragon on Friday

Marc Marquez up over 1-sec.
Marc Marquez up over 1-sec.

Over a second clear of his rivals, Marc Marquez was almost untouchable at home in Aragon as Jorge Lorenzo looks for improved feeling.

Marc Marquez began the Aragon GP weekend by blitzing the field; spending much of Free Practice 1 two seconds clear of his closest rivals. A late lap from Vinales saw the reigning champion’s advantage reduced to a still significant 1.6 seconds. Clearly comfortable on home ground, Marquez continued his scorching pace straight into Free Practice 2.

Working diligently towards the race during the second session, Marquez was victim to a harmless fall at Turn 8 mid-session. He was soon back in the Repsol Honda Team garage and able to return to the circuit for the final minutes of practice. A 1’48.204 saw Marquez conclude FP2 as the fourth fastest rider, but his 1’46.869 from FP1, just two tenths off the lap record, left him as comfortably the fastest rider on combined times on Friday.

Saturday’s forecast remains mixed with many predicting rain throughout the day, dry track time potentially at a premium. Running begins at 09:55 Local Time.

Marc Marquez 93 1ST 1'46.869
“Today we started very well and actually we ended quite well too. In the morning we did our time attack, I felt good and with the potential weather tomorrow I thought it was best. It was a quite good lap! In the afternoon we worked a lot with used tires and unfortunately had a small crash but we learned a lot from it. Aside from this little fall everything went well and I think there’s still some more time to find."

Friday Practice Results Combined

Pos. Rider Num Nation Constructor Time/Gap
1 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Honda 1'46.869
2 VINALES Maverick 12 SPA Yamaha 1.145
3 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Yamaha 1.202
4 QUARTARARO Fabio 20 FRA Yamaha 1.248
5 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA KTM 1.523
6 MILLER Jack 43 AUS Ducati 1.573
7 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR Honda 1.581
8 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati 1.608
9 MIR Joan 36 SPA Suzuki 1.772
10 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia 1.835
11 RINS Alex 42 SPA Suzuki 1.868
12 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Ducati 2.004
13 NAKAGAMI Takaaki 30 JPN Honda 2.054
14 MORBIDELLI Franco 21 ITA Yamaha 2.235
15 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Aprilia 2.367
16 RABAT Tito 53 SPA Ducati 2.435
17 KALLIO Mika 36 FIN KTM 2.473
18 OLIVEIRA Miguel 88 POR KTM 2.556
19 SYAHRIN Hafizh 55 MAL KTM 2.757
20 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Honda 2.841
21 BAGNAIA Francesco 63 ITA Ducati 2.954
22 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE Ducati 3.034
23 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Aprilia 3.295

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