MotoGP: Binder tops Practice at Jerez

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

Pos Name Team Bike Time Behind Gap
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