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Spanish MotoGP P1 Results | Dani Pedrosa stuns to head up P1 in Jerez

Dani Pedrosa rolled back the years by emerging a shock fastest of all in Practice 1 for the Spanish MotoGP, round four of the 2023 MotoGP World Championship at Jerez.

Considered one of MotoGP’s greatest racers, Pedrosa hasn’t competed full-time since retiring at the end of the 2018 season in favour of taking up a test and development role with the KTM Factory Racing team.

However, for this weekend he will make his second wild-card appearance with the Austrian manufacturer as a prelude to taking part in a one-day test on Monday.


To mark the occasion - around a circuit he knows so well he even has a corner named after him - Pedrosa powered to the fastest in the closing stages with a superb 1m 36.770secs lap.

Proving he’s lost none of his speed, Pedrosa had been in or around the top spot all morning before punching in his best lap, which was enough to unseat Pramac Ducati’s Jorge Martin from the top spot, the two Spaniards well clear of the opposition as the only riders to break into the 1m 36s.

Having been overshadowed by his LCR Honda team-mate Alex Rins last time out at COTA, Takaaki Nakagami took centre stage for the Monegasque team, posting a series of fast laps to wind up in third place, ahead of Luca Marini (VR46 Ducati) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing).

In a strong start to the event for KTM, Brad Binder was up the order in sixth place, while team-mate Jack Miller was eighth best, the two RC16 riders sandwiching Gresini Ducati’s Alex Marquez in seventh.

With scorching temperatures forecast to rise this afternoon for the Q2-determining P2 session, the fight to get into the top ten in P1 was more noticeable, with just four tenths covering third down to 12th.

With this in mind, Pecco Bagnaia looks safe in ninth despite maintaining a low profile on the factory Ducati, while Maverick Vinales - who spent the session practising his troublesome start procedure - teeters on the edge in tenth aboard the second of the Aprilia RS-GPs.

Riders with work to do this afternoon, however, include Johann Zarco in 11th, COTA winner Rins in 12th and RNF Aprilia’s Miguel Oliveira.

In the context of the anticipated front runners, championship leader Marco Bezzecchi could only manage the 14th fastest time, while Fabio Quartararo didn’t attempt a time attack, thus leaving him at risk in 18th.

Elsewhere, Enea Bastianini returned to the track following his spell out with injury, though didn’t complete many laps with reports from the Ducati Corse pit garage suggesting he is finding the going tough with his recently-healed shoulder.


Also, Iker Lecuona made his official return with Repsol Honda but was slowest of all, almost four seconds off the pace.

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2023 Spanish MotoGP Practice 1 Results | Jerez

2023 Spanish MotoGP | Jerez, Spain | Practice 1 Results | Round 4 of 20
1Dani PedrosaESPRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 36.770
2Jorge MartinESPPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 36.804
3Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda RC213V1m 37.044
4Luca MariniITAMooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 37.053
5Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 37.090
6Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 37.097
7Alex MarquezESPGresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 37.138
8Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 37.262
9Pecco BagnaiaITADucati Leonovo TeamDucati GP231m 37.388
10Maverick VinalesESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 37.389
11Johann ZarcoFRAPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 37.432
12Alex RinsESPLCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V1m 37.487
13Miguel OliveiraPORCryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 37.633
14Marco BezzecchiITAMooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 37.682
15Joan MirESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 37.850
16Stefan BradlGERTeam HRCHonda RC213V1m 37.902
17Raul FernandezESPCryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 38.055
18Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 38.073
19Fabio di GiannantonioITAGresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 38.104
20Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 38.106
21Adrian FernandezESPGasGas Factory Tech 3KTM RC161m 38.278
22Enea BastianiniITADucati Leonovo TeamDucati GP231m 38.931
23Jonas FolgerGERGasGas Factory Tech 3KTM RC161m 39.545
24Iker LecuonaESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 40.509

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