MotoGP: Espargaro goes fastest in testing in Indonesia

Pol Espargaro led the first day of MotoGP testing in Indonesia, utilizing all the available track time across a day of stops and starts as team-mate Marc Marquez enjoyed the first special feeling with the new Honda.

Pol Espargaro at Mandalika, Indonesia

It was a wet introduction to the newest circuit on the MotoGP World Championship calendar, heavy overnight rain and continued morning showers leaving the 4.3kilometer-long tack wet for the opening salvo of laps. Both Repsol Honda Team riders were some of the first out on track, completing a handful of laps before the red flag came out. This was to allow the Mandalika circuit to be cleaned and a revised schedule was announced as the track went green just after midday local time.

“It was a bit of a tricky start to the day in the morning, the track was dirty but the track improved as we continued to ride on it and cleaned the track,” said Espargaro.

“As the day went on, we could ride in a better way and start to learn more about the track and also our bike, which is still quite new. Finally, I did a good lap and overall my rhythm was good, but it’s just the first day and tomorrow everyone will go a bit faster. The bike keeps improving and we are just at the start of our journey but it’s promising. Now it’s time to rest tonight and get back to work tomorrow.”

Stable conditions allowed for plenty of laps in the afternoon, the entire MotoGP grid working to put rubber down and improve on-track conditions. Pol Espargaro took a measured approach to the opening day in Indonesia, building his speed over a number of laps as the weather and circuit condition evolved. As the closing hours approached, Espargaro’s effort were rewarded as he climbed up the time sheets, first inside the top three. On his penultimate lap with just over half an hour of testing remaining, the #44 set a 1’32.466 to lead the first ever MotoGP session at Mandalika.

Marc Marquez spent much of the early afternoon in and around the top three as riders began to assess the new circuit at full speed with a dry track. Mixed weather in the closing hour of testing saw Marquez and his team wrap up ahead of schedule after completing 64 laps during the course of the day. 17th on the time sheet, Marquez was not worried by his position as he focused on cleaning the track with a high volume of laps and improving his overall feeling with the new Honda RC213V.

Marc Marquez at Mandalika

Overnight weather is once again looking mixed as the paddock hope the rain stays away so they can pick up on Saturday where they left off today. Just two days of testing now remain before the start of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship.

Friday Times

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’32.466
2 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.471
3 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.477
4 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.592
5 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.642
6 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.648
7 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.681
8 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.778
9 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 0.779
10 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.892
11 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.928
12 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.052
13 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 1.126
14 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 1.217
15 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 1.234
16 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.282
17 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.310
18 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 1.488
19 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.500
20 Marini Luca 10 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 1.699
21 Bezzecchi Marco 73 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 1.707
22 Bagnaia Francesco 62 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1.852
23 Binder Darryn 40 RSA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 2.029
24 Gardner Remy 87 AUS Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.137


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