KTM MotoGP rider Brad Binder led Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro in the opening practice session ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez.
A still recovering Marc Marquez was 3rd quick.
After a difficult start to life in 2021, the Austrian factory is back at favorable circuits and making the most of it with both factory men, Binder and Miguel Oliveira, on course for top spot on their final flying laps. Binder held on in the final sector to jump to the top of the timesheets with Portugal’s Oliveira settling into seventh.
Espargaro had been FP1’s fastest man for most of the session before being bumped down to second by Binder, with Marc Marquez quickly banishing the demons of twelve months ago by sticking his Honda RC213V into third place. Making sure there were five factories in the top five in an ultra-competitive start to life in Jerez was Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) and Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) in fourth and fifth respectively.
Practice 1 Results
|1||Brad Binder||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1m38.013s||+0.000s||+0.000s|
|2||Aleix Espargaró||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1m38.204s||+0.191s||+0.191s|
|3||Marc Marquez||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1m38.291s||+0.278s||+0.087s|
|4||Francesco Bagnaia||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||1m38.301s||+0.288s||+0.010s|
|5||Fabio Quartararo||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1m38.344s||+0.331s||+0.043s|
|6||Johann Zarco||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1m38.397s||+0.384s||+0.053s|
|7||Miguel Oliveira||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1m38.398s||+0.385s||+0.001s|
|8||Pol Espargaró||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1m38.433s||+0.42s||+0.035s|
|9||Maverick Viñales||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1m38.434s||+0.421s||+0.001s|
|10||Joan Mir||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||1m38.484s||+0.471s||+0.050s|
|11||Takaaki Nakagami||LCR Honda IDEMITSU||Honda||1m38.484s||+0.471s||+0.000s|
|12||Franco Morbidelli||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||1m38.492s||+0.479s||+0.008s|
|13||Lorenzo Savadori||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1m38.63s||+0.617s||+0.138s|
|14||Alex Rins||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||1m38.706s||+0.693s||+0.076s|
|15||Stefan Bradl||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1m38.764s||+0.751s||+0.058s|
|16||Alex Marquez||LCR Honda Castrol||Honda||1m38.819s||+0.806s||+0.055s|
|17||Jack Miller||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||1m38.871s||+0.858s||+0.052s|
|18||Danilo Petrucci||Tech3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1m39.054s||+1.041s||+0.183s|
|19||Enea Bastianini||Avintia Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||1m39.11s||+1.097s||+0.056s|
|20||Valentino Rossi||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||1m39.299s||+1.286s||+0.189s|
|21||Tito Rabat||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1m39.502s||+1.489s||+0.203s|
|22||Luca Marini||SKY VR46 Avintia Team||Ducati||1m39.531s||+1.518s||+0.029s|
|23||Iker Lecuona||Tech3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1m39.825s||+1.812s||+0.294s|