MotoGP: Martin tops Friday practice at Aragon, Recovering Marquez 8th

Prima Pramac Racing’s Jorge Martin heads into Saturday’s action at the Gran Premio Animoca Brands de Aragón with the time to beat after his 1:47.402 was enough to pip World Championship leader Fabio Quartararo to top spot in Friday practice.

Johann Zarco made it to Prima Pramac Racing Ducatis in the top three as Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) enjoys a successful Friday back in the office – the Spaniard ends Day 1 in P8, 0.359s off P1.

Marc Marquez made a welcome return to the Grand Prix grid as the Aragon GP began, ending the day in eighth.

All eyes and cameras, were on the Repsol Honda Team garage as Friday dawned in MotorLand Aragon with Marc Marquez making his much-anticipated return to competition.


Marc Marquez emerges from his team’s transporter

Although still recovering from the fourth surgery on his right arm, Marquez wasted little time in getting to work and headed out as soon as Free Practice 1 began. The session was spent getting back up to speed and understanding the 2022 Honda RC213V around the Aragon circuit, one of Marquez’s favorite tracks.

From Free Practice 2, the #93 and his team began to explore further as they tried a new swing arm on the Honda machine. Setting his fastest lap of the weekend so far, a 1’47.761, with the new swing arm provided a positive boost to the day. Ending Friday as the eighth-fastest rider overall and within 0.4s of the quickest time was further demonstration of Marquez’s fitness level and the recent developments made to the RC213V.

Marc Marquez

“I am very happy to be back on the bike and riding in MotoGP again. The feeling from the morning to the afternoon improved a lot. In the morning I wasn’t riding well, and I was quite stiff on the bike. Then in the afternoon I was more relaxed, and I didn’t get as tired, and we were able to work in a better way. Overall, it was good to understand the bike and how to ride well at this track again. On my last run with the soft tire, I was putting in a good lap, but had a little bit of a moment in the final corner. If you’re making mistakes, it means you’re pushing which is good. There are some things to work on, but we on our way.”

Friday Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 1m47.402s
2 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.074
3 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.107
4 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.181
5 Bagnaia Francesco 62 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.237
6 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.263
7 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.276
8 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.359
9 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.398
10 Marini Luca 10 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.491
11 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.509
12 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.510
13 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.549
14 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.600
15 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.640
16 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.827
17 Bezzecchi Marco 73 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 1.073
18 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 1.119
19 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.129
20 Binder Darryn 40 RSA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 1.216
21 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.219
22 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.286
23 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.341
24 Gardner Remy 87 AUS Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.350