MotoGP LIVE Indonesia FP1: Paul Espargaro is on course!

To make the undeniably spicy soup of the Indonesian MotoGP Grand Prix at Mandalika, pour a fair amount of Ducatis into the new cauldron, elevated to scarecrow status from the second part of the 2021 season and winners of the first 2022 GP in Qatar thanks to Enea Bastianini at GP21, even though that the official GP22-equipped team tested the human-technical Berezina there for Francesco Bagnai and Jack Miller.

Throw in half a Honda, whose factory team looks set to become a two-headed hydra thanks to the progress of the RC213V, unlike years past when they were alone. Mark Marquez managed to tame a wild beast: in Qatar, Paul Espargaro completed more laps in one race than ever before and was the fastest in the Lombok test!

Dive into the amazing KTM, stiff and timid during pre-season but very present at the forefront led by Brad Binder in Qatar. Also pour in half of the Aprilia, in this case the oneAlex Espargaro4th at Losail after the closest race to a winner the factory at Noale has ever had.

Even if at the moment they turned out to be less spicy elements in terms of taste, we will not forget to mix everything with two Suzuki GSX-RR and quarter Yamaha YZR-M1last title from Joan Mir as well as Fabio Quartararotherefore, the necessary ingredients of a good recipe, especially since the first 21 third days of the Test in Mandalika were only eight and a half tenths apart!

Finally, sprinkle everything with a pinch of fresh asphalt, Michelin tires with unused carcass during testfromstill very uncertain weather in these eastern regions and with trek temperatures exceeding 70° in the afternoon, then continue heating on low heat until Sunday 8am to find out what exotic taste this Indonesian recipe will have on our taste buds; after the morning heavy rain, which now left traces of wet areas on the off-road pavement … and a lot of dirt on the Moto3!

In the meantime, with 28° in the air and 34° on the ground and the occasional return of raindrops, let’s take advantage of these few live moments thanks to the official MotoGP.com website as 24 riders prepare for this first in limbo. 45 minute session:

The first Grand Prix on this new route obliges, links are currently limited:

MotoGP™ Indonesia

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Testing 2022 1’31.060 Paul Espargaro (View here)
FP1 1’33.499 Paul Espargaro (View here)
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When the red light goes out…Franco Morbidelli perpetuates tradition by starting first ahead Johann Zarko as well as Alex Rins while Mark Marquez prefers to stay in his box and watch the first antics.

At the tire level, some are on rain tires, others are on slicks, but so far the display is not working. However, it seems that those who left on wet tires return to the box after one lap to go through the slicks.

First link signed Johann Zarko at 1’44.994 after the first flyby. On the next pass Miguel Oliveira leads 1’42.301 on wet tires before passing the lead Jack Miller at 1’40.460 on slicks.

After 10 minutes, Jack Miller posted a time of 1:40.386, then 1:38.827, while the Honda drivers hadn’t hit the track yet or had only completed one lap: Marc Marquez, Paul Espargaro, Alex Marquez and Takaaki Nakagami.

The tires finally show up when Mark Marquez wear a helmet…

A quarter of an hour later, no one is on rain tires, but Fabio Quartararo reaches 1 38 751…

We are still very far from the times of trials and Miguel Oliveira, this time on slicks, scored 1’37.978 and took first place in the table. Subsequently, Maverick Viñales improves at 1’37.599 but sectors remain red: Miguel Oliveira resumes his success at 1’36.435, then passes the baton Mark Marquez at 1’35.958, which is only his fourth lap!

Shortly after mid-session Johann Zarko led with a score of 1:35.681, then improved to 1:35.288 and 1:35.046.

Mark Marquez returned to charge at 1’34.987 preceding Johan Zarco, Paul Espargaro, Franco Morbidelli, Maverick Viñales, Brad Binder, Miguel Oliveira, Fabio Quartararo, Joan Mir, Alex Marquez, Takaaki Nakagami, Luca Marini, Alex Espargaro, Marco Besecchi, Remy Gardner, Francesco Bagnaia, Raul Fernandez, Jack Miller , Alex Rins, Fabio Di Gianantonio, Darrin Binder, Andrea Dovizioso, Enea Bastianini and Jorge Martin before the final push.

When almost all pilots stop in their boxes to prepare the final package, Paul Espargaro reaches 1’34.476, still with the soft front/mid back combination chosen unanimously by the pilots.

Among the leading people, no one seems to be in a hurry to tease the clock, with the exception of Miguel Oliveira which returns to fifth position, while the Yamaha riders Franco Morbidelli as well as Andrea Dovizioso the first to use a soft rear tire.

Six minutes to the checkered flag Mark Marquez positions himself directly behind his teammate while Jack Miller puts his Ducati in third place ahead of Johann Zarko. Miguel Oliveira inserted between them, but it is really a soft tire Franco Morbidelli what mattered, this one took command at 1’33.881, whereas Andrea Dovizioso moved up to fifth place.

It is curious that no one else tries a soft tire and, conversely, Fabio Quartararo tests a hard tire up front for the first time, allowing him to move up to fifth provisional position.

Less than a minute left when Brad Binder puts his KTM RC16 in second position, just before being overtaken Alex Espargaro then his brother Floor.

Mark Marquez then claps 133578 but it finally Miguel Oliveira which seems to have the last word in 1’33.543! Or almost, as a last resort Paul Espargaro reaches 1’33,499!

Indonesian Grand Prix MotoGP FP1 results at Mandalika circuit:

Classification credit: MotoGP.com

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