A steady start to proceedings at the Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley for the Repsol Honda Team as Pol Espargaro and Marc Marquez begin their preparations for Sunday.

It was a classic day in Tuscany as a strong sun beat down on the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello throughout the day. Reaching 33°C ambient temperature during Free Practice 2, the conditions were a test for rider and machine.

Friday in Mugello saw Pol Espargaro immediately in the mix as he took eighth place in Free Practice 1, 0.705s shy of LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami who topped the session. Working hard to maintain his speed as the temperatures increased in the afternoon, Espargaro cut 0.7s off his best lap time from FP1 to FP2. This improvement was enough to hold his position in the top ten, ending the day as the tenth fastest rider. Despite being top Honda, Espargaro is not content with the day’s work and is determined to extract the maximum performance possible on Saturday to secure a top grid position.

Marc Marquez’s Italian GP weekend began with a muted Free Practice 1 session, the eight-time World Champion following his trend of a calm start to conserve himself for Sunday. 19th and 1.213 seconds behind Nakagami’s fastest time, there was room to build at the end of the session. Finding an impressive 1.2 seconds from the morning to the afternoon, Marquez saw some of the biggest improvements to one-lap speed on the grid in practice. Just 0.040s slower than his teammate, the #93 was just outside the cut off for the top ten as he ended the day 12th fastest.

Now it’s time to check the forecasts and see if the rain will arrive tomorrow. Free Practice 3 stats at 09:55 Local Time, a last chance to be in the mix for Q2 – if it’s dry.

Pol Espargaro

10th 1'46.618

“It was not a great day, we are the fastest Honda but we are quite far from the top and need to find something more. In the afternoon we worked hard to go quicker even if the conditions made it quite difficult and we made some progress. Everyone in the team is working very hard to fix the problems and tomorrow’s conditions could change the situation a lot. At the moment we are in between the medium and the hard, each presents a different strength and we need to understand what is best.”

Marc Marquez

12th 1'46.658

“In Free Practice 1 I went out and I could see I was struggling a lot, so I focused more on finding the correct line and understanding our limits. Then in the afternoon, during FP2, we were able to make a step and push harder. Let’s see what happens tomorrow, we need to make another step but at the moment we are quite far from the top. We are struggling with turning and also riding here, but let’s see. The conditions can change and a lot can still happen. We need to understand the bike balance for tomorrow and try working on a few more different things.”

MotoGP 2022
Practice Round 8   Italy

Italian Grand Prix Friday Practice Results

Dry
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 1'45.891
2 Bagnaia Francesco 62 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.049
3 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.422
4 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.458
5 Marini Luca 10 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.471
6 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.504
7 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.548
8 Bezzecchi Marco 73 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.582
9 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.628
10 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.727
11 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.738
12 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.767
13 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.771
14 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.772
15 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.927
16 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 1.024
17 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 1.162
18 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 1.260
19 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.378
20 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati 1.541
21 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.577
22 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 1.692
23 Gardner Remy 87 AUS Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.793
24 Binder Darryn 40 RSA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 1.796
25 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.107
26 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA Aprilia Racing Test Team Aprilia 2.197
Location Information

Located 30km north-east of Florence in the beautiful countryside of Tuscany, Mugello is a modern circuit with excellent facilities. Bought by Ferrari back in 1988, the 5.245km track has been renovated to a high standard and has a growing reputation as one of the world’s most up-to-date, scenic and safest… read more.

Length 5.245 kilometres / 3.259 miles
Width 14 metres
Left corners 6
Right corners 9
Longest straight 1.141 kilometres / 0.709 miles
Constructed 1974

Mugello Circuit, Scarperia, Florence, Italy - View in Google Maps

www.mugellocircuit.it

Records

Pole Position 1m 45.187s (179.5 km/h) Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha, 2021)
Race Lap 1m 46.588s (177.1 km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)
Race Time 41m16.344s (175.300km/h) Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha, 2021)
2022 Race Winner Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)