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Indonesia MotoGP, Free Practice 1 | Martin picks up where he left off, fast crash for Bezzecchi

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Form man Jorge Martin kicked his Indonesian MotoGP weekend off as he means to go on by topping the timesheets in first free practice at the Mandalika Circuit, but there could be concern for the injured Marco Bezzecchi following a fast crash in the final stages.

Winner in five of the last six races, Martin arrives in Indonesia now just three points shy of MotoGP points’ leader Pecco Bagnaia.

It was form that he continued to uphold in the opening session of the weekend on a slippery Mandalika Circuit that has already caught out several riders in all three classes.


Hitting the front in the closing stages with a 1m 31.811secs lap, Martin was joined under the 1m 39s barrier by Maverick Vinales, who led an Aprilia Racing 2-3 ahead of team-mate Aleix Espargaro.

In a strong start to the weekend for Franco Morbidelli, the Italian was the only representative from the Japanese manufacturers up in fourth place, ahead of Bezzecchi.

However, the VR46 Ducati rider, who remains involved in this year’s title battle, could be a concern for further participation this weekend after dropping his GP22 at Turn 11 while on a lap that could have placed him top of the timesheets.

Already carrying a collarbone injury following a spill at Valentino Rossi’s The Ranch last weekend, Bezzecchi only received the green light to participate in FP1 just prior to the session getting underway.

Even so, both he and Martin turned in faster lap times than overall leader Bagnaia, the factory Ducati rider settling in sixth, just ahead of the factory KTMs of Jack Miller in seventh and Brad Binder in eighth. 

Two riders returning to action following spells on the sidelines through injury, Enea Bastianini and Luca Marini completed the top ten.

Elsewhere, Miguel Oliveira was a faller at Turn 11 early in the session, while Alex Marquez - another rider back in action this weekend after missing the Japanese MotoGP with a rib injury - didn’t assist his recovery with an awkward moment himself.

2023 Indonesian MotoGP | Mandalika Circuit | Free Practice 1 Results | Round 15 of 20
Pos.NameNat.TeamBikeLap Time
1Jorge Martin🇪🇦Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 31.811
2Maverick Vinales🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 31.913
3Aleix Espargaro🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 32.347
4Franco Morbidelli🇮🇹Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 32.541
5Marco Bezzecchi🇮🇹Mooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 32.552
6Pecco Bagnaia🇮🇹Ducati Lenovo TeamDucati GP231m 32.570
7Jack Miller🇦🇺Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 32.646
8Brad Binder🇿🇦Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 32.668
9Enea Bastianini🇮🇹Ducati Lenovo TeamDucati GP231m 32.763
10Luca Marini🇮🇹Mooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 32.811
11Fabio di Giannantonio🇮🇹Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 32.851
12Fabio Quartararo🇨🇵Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 32.868
13Takaaki Nakagami🇯🇵LCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda RC213V1m 32.878
14Marc Marquez🇪🇦Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 32.893
15Johann Zarco🇨🇵Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 33.101
16Augusto Fernandez🇪🇦GasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC161m 33.139
17Raul Fernandez🇪🇦CryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 33.248
18Joan Mir🇪🇦Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 33.431
19Miguel Oliveira🇵🇹CryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 33.447
20Alex Marquez🇪🇦Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 33.556
21Alex Rins🇪🇦LCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V1m 33.660
22Pol Espargaro🇪🇦GasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC161m 34.547

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