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Indian MotoGP, Free Practice 1 | Bezzecchi shakes out top in tricky first touch at Buddh

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Marco Bezzecchi, VR46 Racing, Ducati GP22, San Marino MotoGP, Misano, action [Gold & Goose]

Marco Bezzecchi had the honour of topping the first-ever session to be held at the Buddh International Circuit as the inaugural Indian MotoGP got underway in scorching conditions.

A tricky first touch for the riders, many of whom would suffer off-track moments particularly under braking for Turn 1, it was VR46 Ducati rider Bezzecchi that would ultimately shake out on top of the extended session.

The only rider to break into the 1m 45secs bracket, Bezzecchi’s table topping time of 1m 45.990s was enough to resist the attentions of Marc Marquez, who headed up a positive FP1 session for Honda a little more than a tenth adrift of his Italian rival.


Brad Binder and Maverick Vinales ensured four different manufacturers inside the top four with third and fourth on their respective factory KTM and Aprilia machines, while Raul Fernandez continued the good form shown from his career-best finish in Misano with a run to the fifth best time on the RNF Aprilia.

Johann Zarco headed up a run of four consecutive Ducatis down to ninth, the Frenchman leading Luca Marini, Jorge Martin and Fabio di Giannantonio, while Joan Mir made a rare appearance in the top ten on the second of the Repsol Hondas in tenth place.

Augusto Fernandez headed up the GasGas challenge in 11th, though there was less good news for team-mate Pol Espargaro who - after crashing five times during the Misano weekend - was down on two occasions once again at the start of the Indian event.

Still, he fared better than Takaaki Nakagami, who looked quick before hurling his LCR Honda into the gravel trap at Turn 1, the Japanese rider forced to miss much of the session as his crew prepare to repair his very damaged Honda RC213V.

Elsewhere, Pecco Bagnaia chose a steady start to the weekend with the 15th fastest time as he looks to build confidence and preserve his fitness in sweltering conditions on the factory Ducati, but there were big problems for Yamaha Racing after two identical mechanical issues early on for Fabio Quartararo forced the team to box both the Frenchman and Franco Morbidelli as a precaution after only a handful of laps.

2023 Indian MotoGP | Buddh International Circuit, India | Race Results | Round 13 of 20
Pos.NameNat.TeamBikeLap Time
1Marco Bezzecchi🇮🇹Mooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 45.990
2Marc Marquez🇪🇦Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 46.129
3Brad Binder🇿🇦Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 46.310
4Raul Fernandez🇪🇦CryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 46.371
5Maverick Vinales🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 46.478
6Johann Zarco🇨🇵Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 46.576
7Luca Marini🇮🇹Mooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 46.609
8Jorge Martin🇪🇦Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 46.610
9Fabio di Giannantonio🇮🇹Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 46.778
10Joan Mir🇪🇦Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 46.805
11Augusto Fernandez🇪🇦GasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC161m 46.827
12Takaaki Nakagami🇯🇵LCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda RC213V1m 46.966
13Aleix Espargaro🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 46.974
14Alex Marquez🇪🇦Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 47.017
15Pecco Bagnaia🇮🇹Ducati Lenovo TeamDucati GP231m 47.050
16Jack Miller🇦🇺Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 47.371
17Miguel Oliveira🇵🇹CryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 47.419
18Pol Espargaro🇪🇦GasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC161m 47.480
19Fabio Quartararo🇨🇵Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 47.514
20Michele Pirro🇮🇹Aruba RacingDucati GP231m 48.028
21Franco Morbidelli🇮🇹Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 48.105
22Stefan Bradl🇩🇪LCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda RC213V1m 48.745

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