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Thailand MotoGP, Friday Practice | Jorge Martin quickest despite late fumble, Ducati strong

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Jorge Martin enjoyed a strong but nervy start to a crucial Thailand MotoGP weekend as he topped the timesheets at the end of Friday Practice, but not without taking a trip through the gravel trap too.

The Spaniard, who with four rounds and eight races remaining trails Pecco Bagnaia by 27 points in the overall standings, hit the front in the closing stages with a top time attack of 1m 29.826s.

However, just moments after setting the benchmark he’d find himself crashing out at Turn 3 in what will be a nervous reprisal of his exit from the Indonesian MotoGP while leading.


Even so, he remained quickest of all in a session dominated by the European manufacturers again with Aprilia Racing duo Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro chasing him in second and third as the only other riders able to get under 1m 30secs.

A quartet of Ducatis followed up between fourth and seventh with Australian MotoGP winner Johann Zarco complementing his Pramac Racing team-mate in fourth, ahead of Mooney VR46 Racing duo Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi.

Crucially, seventh went to Bagnaia, the points’ leader cracking the top ten to assure himself safe passage through to Q2 directly, an improvement on his Friday afternoon performances in Indonesia and Australia.

Fabio Quartararo broke the European deadlock in eighth place on the factory Yamaha, ahead of Brad Binder and Augusto Fernandez, the latter GasGas Tech3 rider reaching Q2 automatically for the first time this season.

Behind them, Marc Marquez picked up a painful shoulder after being clipped by a wing that had worked itself off Martin’s Ducati en route to 11th, ahead of Franco Morbidelli and Jack Miller

2023 Australian MotoGP | Chang International Circuit, Buriram | Practice Results | Round 17 of 20
Pos.NameNat.TeamBikeLap Time
1Jorge Martin🇪🇦Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 29.826
2Maverick Vinales🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 29.924
3Aleix Espargaro🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 29.986
4Johann Zarco🇨🇵Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 30.006
5Luca Marini🇮🇹Mooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 30.025
6Marco Bezzecchi🇮🇹Mooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 30034
7Pecco Bagnaia🇮🇹Ducati Lenovo TeamDucati GP231m 30.069
8Fabio Quartararo🇨🇵Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 30.074
9Brad Binder🇿🇦Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 30.121
10Augusto Fernandez🇪🇦GasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC161m 30.130
11Marc Marquez🇪🇦Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 30.195
12Franco Morbidelli🇮🇹Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 30.217
13Jack Miller🇦🇺Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 30.224
14Fabio di Giannantonio🇮🇹Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 30.262
15Pol Espargaro🇪🇦GasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC161m 30.268
16Joan Mir🇪🇦Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 30.295
17Raul Fernandez🇪🇦CryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 30.343
18Alex Marquez🇪🇦Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 30.367
19Enea Bastianini🇮🇹Ducati Lenovo TeamDucati GP231m 30.915
20Takaaki Nakagami🇯🇵LCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda RC213V1m 30.990
21Miguel Oliveira🇵🇹CryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 31.104
WAlex Rins🇪🇦LCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V

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