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Valencia MotoGP, Free Practice 1: Zarco pips di Giannantonio as MotoGP title showdown begins

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Johann Zarco gave the celebrating Pramac Racing team an early boost at the start of a another potentially landmark weekend after topping the timesheets in Free Practice 1 for the Valencia MotoGP finale.

Less than a week after the Italian outfit became the first independent team to clinch the overall MotoGP Teams' Championship title, Pramac arrives in Spain with its attentions set firmly on making more history with Riders' Championship title contender Jorge Martin.

He will have his work cut out, however, as he stares down a 21-point deficit to Pecco Bagnaia with just a possible 37-points on the table across Saturday's Sprint Race and Sunday's main GP.


In a chilly but sunny start to proceedings at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, however, it was Zarco who'd fly the flag for Pramac with a session-topping effort of 1m 30.191secs coming right at the end of the 45-minute session.

Heading up a Ducati 1-2-3-4, Zarco - competing in his final race for Pramac ahead of his switch to LCR Honda for the 2024 MotoGP season - swept in to topple Fabio di Giannantonio from the head of the timesheets, the Italian still very much with momentum on his side following victory in Qatar last weekend.

Of the title contenders, Martin was comfortably up on Pecco Bagnaia come the end of FP1 with the Spaniard turning in the third quickest time - just under 0.3s adrift of his team-mate - while his factory Ducati rival was a low key 13th, 0.8s off the top spot.

Marco Bezzecchi completed the Ducati quartet out front in fourth, ahead of 'best of the rest' Maverick Vinales on the factory Aprilia.

Twelve months after ceding his MotoGP World Championship crown to Bagnaia in Valencia, Fabio Quartararo enjoyed a positive start to proceedings with a late move up the order to go sixth quickest aboard the factory Yamaha, the Frenchman followed by another title-winner in seventh place Marc Marquez.

Augusto Fernandez in eighth earned him status as the best-placed KTM rider aboard the GasGas-branded RC16, ahead of Enea Bastianini and Alex Marquez, the latter of which suffered a fast crash at Turn 1 just ten minutes into the session.

Indeed, with cool morning temperatures throwing a curve ball into proceedings after a run of sweltering events in Qatar, Malaysia and Thailand, there were falls too for Joan Mir and Takaaki Nakagami, the pair adding to Honda's eye-watering 2023 crash tally with offs at Turn 2 and Turn 8 respectively.

2023 Valencia MotoGP, Circuit Ricardo Tormo - Results after Practice 1

Friday - Conditions: Sunny
2023 Valencia MotoGP - Circuit Ricardo Tormo - Results after Free Practice 1 - Round 20 of 20
Pos.NameNat.TeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Johann Zarco🇨🇵Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 30.191
2Fabio di Giannantonio🇮🇹Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 30.378
3Jorge Martin🇪🇦Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 30.450
4Marco Bezzecchi🇮🇹Mooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 30.490
5Maverick Vinales🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 30.534
6Fabio Quartararo🇨🇵Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 30.556
7Marc Marquez🇪🇦Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 30.564
8Augusto Fernandez🇪🇦GasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC161m 30.567
9Enea Bastianini🇮🇹Ducati Lenovo TeamDucati GP231m 30.811
10Alex Marquez🇪🇦Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 30.857
11Pol Espargaro🇪🇦GasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC161m 30.901
12Jack Miller🇦🇺Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 30.974
13Francesco Bagnaia🇮🇹Ducati Lenovo TeamDucati GP231m 30.969
14Raul Fernandez🇪🇦CryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 31.046
15Franco Morbidelli🇮🇹Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 31.112
16Brad Binder🇿🇦Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 31.252
17Luca Marini🇮🇹Mooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 31.297
18Takaaki Nakagami🇯🇵LCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda RC213V1m 31.443
19Alex Rins🇪🇦LCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V1m 31.488
20Aleix Espargaro🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 31.514
21Joan Mir🇪🇦Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 31.553
22Lorenzo Savadori🇮🇹CryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 31.997

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