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Indonesia MotoGP, Practice | Aprilia take charge with Mandalika 1-2, Bagnaia misses Q2 cut

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Aleix Espargaro regained his composure to top the timesheets on the opening day of action for the Indonesian MotoGP despite a fall, while points’ leader Pecco Bagnaia finds himself on the back foot after being forced into Q1.

The Spaniard headed up an Aprilia Racing 1-2, with Maverick Vinales chasing his team-mate in second place, ahead of a hobbled Marco Bezzecchi, who battled through the pain barrier to end Practice

On an eventful Friday for all three classes on a Mandalika Circuit offering up varying levels of grip in scorching conditions, both Practice sessions were littered with incidents up and down the field.


Among them was Espargaro, who preceded his surge to the top of the timesheets with a trip into the gravel trap. Nevertheless, a 1m 30.474secs lap on his final time attack was enough for the two-time MotoGP race winner to put a full two tenths between himself and the opposition.

Vinales led the chase having maintained a presence towards the top of the leaderboard for much of the day, while Bezzecchi - already carrying a fractured collarbone - dusted himself off from his fast fall at Turn 11 towards the end of FP1 to lead Ducati’s challenge in third.

Brad Binder was another to come on strong in the closing stages despite earlier troubles, the South African coming down in tandem with Augusto Fernandez on the sister GasGas Tech3 machine. Despite contact between the bikes as they slid down, Binder returned to track to post the fourth best time.

Championship hopeful Jorge Martin ended his day in fifth place, the Spaniard - who is now only three points off the overall lead coming into the weekend - faring better than title rival Bagnaia, who failed to hook it up on his final time attack, leaving him down in 16th and straight to Q1.

Marc Marquez turned Honda’s fortunes around with the sixth fastest time, with Miguel Oliveira, Fabio di Giannantonio, Jack Miller and Fabio Quartararo squeezing into the top ten to ensure all five manufacturers will be represented in Q2 directly.

Just missing the cut was Pol Espargaro in 11th, plus Luca Marini and Johann Zarco, the trio among the bigger names to be funnelled into Q1 for qualifying tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the field has been depleted by one rider after Alex Marquez withdrew after the morning Practice session after aggravating his rib injury.

2023 Indonesian MotoGP | Mandalika Circuit | Practice Results | Round 15 of 20
Pos.NameNat.TeamBikeLap Time
1Aleix Espargaro🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 30.474
2Maverick Vinales🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 30.628
3Marco Bezzecchi🇮🇹Mooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 30.644
4Brad Binder🇿🇦Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 30.762
5Jorge Martin🇪🇦Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 30.874
6Marc Marquez🇪🇦Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 31.106
7Miguel Oliveira🇵🇹CryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 31.199
8Fabio di Giannantonio🇮🇹Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 31.207
9Jack Miller🇦🇺Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 31.216
10Fabio Quartararo🇨🇵Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 31.229
11Pol Espargaro🇪🇦GasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC161m 31.276
12Luca Marini🇮🇹Mooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 31.367
13Johann Zarco🇨🇵Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 31.457
14Raul Fernandez🇪🇦CryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 31.500
15Franco Morbidelli🇮🇹Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 31.561
16Pecco Bagnaia🇮🇹Ducati Lenovo TeamDucati GP231m 31.635
17Takaaki Nakagami🇯🇵LCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda RC213V1m 31.655
18Augusto Fernandez🇪🇦GasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC161m 31.806
19Joan Mir🇪🇦Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 32.127
20Enea Bastianini🇮🇹Ducati Lenovo TeamDucati GP231m 32.208
21Alex Rins🇪🇦LCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V1m 32.426
WAlex Marquez🇪🇦Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP22

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