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Italian MotoGP Practice P2 | Bagnaia fastest as the 'riding wounded' star at Mugello

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Pecco Bagnaia ended the first day of free practice for the 2023 Italian MotoGP at Mugello with the honour of topping the timesheets as one of a few riders to make it directly to Q2 despite riding injured.

The championship leader shrugged off a fracture to his ankle, which he sustained in his race ending collision with Maverick Vinales at Le Mans, to shake out on top in a fast and frantic end to the P2 session at a scorching Mugello.

Putting him in good stead for a repeat of his win from 2022, Bagnaia was run very close by his two closest title rivals in Marco Bezzecchi and Brad Binder, who filled spots second and fourth behind him, just 0.063s and 0.118s adrift respectively.


Binder's lap time came with a dose of fortuitous timing, crossing the line just in time to start his final time attack and just moments after yellow flags had been removed to clear the felled Gresini Ducati of Fabio di Giannantonio at Turn 1.

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Splitting Bezzecchi and Binder was Alex Rins, the LCR Honda bouncing back to form in his most convincing display since his shock COTA win in April.

As expected, it was a strong display from Ducati home turf with six of its nine entries making it into the top ten, thus assuring their passage straight to Q2 tomorrow morning.

Jorge Martin led a trio of GP23s, he and Pramac team-mate Johann Zarco in fifth and seventh, sandwiching the impressive Enea Bastianini, who showed he is back to form following his spell out through injury.

Marc Marquez squeezed into Q2 with the eighth best time, but not before totalling his Repsol Honda late on, prompting a sprint to the garage to jump on the spare bike to survive the cut.

With Bagnaia and Bastianini hobbling through, they were joined by Aleix Espargaro and Luca Marini in ninth and tenth. In tears during P1 due to an ankle injury - which he then banged in a crash at the final corner - a mighty effort from the Aprilia rider saw him leap into ninth late on, with Luca Marini, himself carrying post-Le Mans injuries in tenth.

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With Binder and Espargaro getting their spots at the death, they came at the expense of Maverick Vinales in 11th and Raul Fernandez in 12th, the RNF Aprilia rider building on his eye-catching pace in P1 to very nearly crack Q2 for the first time.

Quickest in P1, Alex Marquez plummeted to 13th in P2, ahead of low key Jack Miller in 14th, while Fabio Quartararo was dealt another blow when he couldn't go quicker than his second place effort from P1 to end the day 15th overall.

Italian MotoGP, Mugello | Practice Results P1 & P2 Combined

Friday | Conditions - Sunny, Dry
2023 Italian MotoGP | Mugello, Italy | Friday Practice Results FP1 + FP2 | Round 6 of 20
1Pecco BagnaiaITADucati Leonovo TeamDucati GP231m 45.436
2Marco BezzecchiITAMooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 45.499
3Alex RinsESPLCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V1m 45.517
4Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 45.554
5Jorge MartinESPPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 45.570
6Enea BastianiniITADucati Leonovo TeamDucati GP231m 45.635
7Johann ZarcoFRAPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 45.662
8Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 45.691
9Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 45.784
10Luca MariniITAMooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 45.835
11Maverick VinalesESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 45.846
12Raul FernandezESPCryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 45.852
13Alex MarquezESPGresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 45.928
14Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 46.162
15Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 46.208
16Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 46.238
17Michele PirroITAAruba RacingDucati GP231m 46.488
18Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda RC213V1m 46.506
19Fabio di GiannantonioITAGresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 46.547
20Miguel OliveiraPORCryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 46.565
21Augusto FernandezESPGasGas Factory Tech 3KTM RC161m 47.014
22Joan MirESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 47.614
23Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 47.833
24Jonas FolgerGERGasGas Factory Tech 3KTM RC161m 48.482

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