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Indian MotoGP, Practice | Marini tops pivotal Friday session as Yamaha, Honda make Q2

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Luca Marini replaced his VR46 Ducati team-mate Marco Bezzecchi at the head of the timesheets in the more pivotal second Friday Practice session for the Indian MotoGP at the Buddh International Circuit.

The Italian came down in a slow fall at Turn 1 earlier in the session, one of many to take a trip through the gravel trap as riders struggled to get their braking right for the tricky downhill right-hander, before bouncing back to form towards the end of the session.

Finding clear air with only a few seconds of the extended 70mins session remaining, Marini popped to the top with a 1m 44.782secs effort, a slither of 0.008s ahead of double Misano winner Jorge Martin in second.


Despite getting caught up in a moment with Aprilia Racing team-mate Maverick Vinales - who was returning to the circuit slowly on the racing line after a run through the gravel - Aleix Espargaro was well placed at the end of the day in third place, while his fellow Spaniard was also able to stay within the top ten bounds in sixth.

An all-new circuit to help level the playing field for MotoGP’s two struggling Japanese manufacturers, Repsol Honda enjoyed its strongest start to a race weekend since the Portimao opener with both Marc Marquez and Joan Mir making it through to Q2.

Having ended P1 in second place, Marquez again looked poised with the fourth best time, while Mir - who has endured a litany of crashes and injuries ever since moving to the factory Honda team - gave himself a much needed boost with his first direct Q2 qualification of the season in tenth.

Bezzecchi consolidated VR46 Ducati’s positive day in fifth place, while championship leader Pecco Bagnaia was typically giving nothing away as he focused on race pace en route to an eventually safe seventh on the final timesheets.

Like Honda, Yamaha was proving a more competitive match for its European rivals despite missing out on significant track time in FP1 due to persistent gearbox issues on the Yamaha M1.

Nonetheless, Fabio Quartararo got up to speed quickly to complete the day in eighth place, ahead of Johann Zarco and Mir as the final Q2 candidates.

It meant that KTM/GasGas was the only manufacturer to miss the Q2 cut, the Austrian firm getting unlucky when Brad Binder and Augusto Fernandez’s final laps - which would have been good enough for fourth and seventh respectively - were scrubbed due to a late yellow flag over a crash for Takaaki Nakagami.

It meant Binder was left with work to do on Saturday morning in 12th, the South African nestled between the Gresini Ducatis of Fabio di Giannantonio and Alex Marquez. Despite showing promise in FP1 and during the early stages of P1, neither RNF Aprilia rider made it through either with Miguel Oliveira and Raul Fernandez slipping to 16th and 17th respectively.

2023 Indian MotoGP | Buddh International Circuit, India | Friday Practice Results | Round 13 of 20
Pos.NameNat.TeamBikeLap Time
1Luca Marini🇮🇹Mooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 44.782
2Jorge Martin🇪🇦Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 44.790
3Aleix Espargaro🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 44.833
4Marc Marquez🇪🇦Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 45.117
5Marco Bezzecchi🇮🇹Mooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 45.202
6Maverick Vinales🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 45.213
7Pecco Bagnaia🇮🇹Ducati Lenovo TeamDucati GP231m 45.280
8Fabio Quartararo🇨🇵Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 45.291
9Johann Zarco🇨🇵Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 45.305
10Joan Mir🇪🇦Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 45.332
11Fabio di Giannantonio🇮🇹Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 45.406
12Brad Binder🇿🇦Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 45.539
13Alex Marquez🇪🇦Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 45.550
14Franco Morbidelli🇮🇹Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 45.576
15Augusto Fernandez🇪🇦GasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC161m 45.589
16Miguel Oliveira🇵🇹CryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 45.712
17Raul Fernandez🇪🇦CryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 45.863
18Jack Miller🇦🇺Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 45.961
19Pol Espargaro🇪🇦GasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC161m 46.111
20Stefan Bradl🇩🇪LCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda RC213V1m 46.276
21Takaaki Nakagami🇯🇵LCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda RC213V1m 46.310
22Michele Pirro🇮🇹Aruba RacingDucati GP231m 46.573

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