Marc Marquez made a welcome return to the Grand Prix grid as the Aragon GP began, ending the day in eighth with Pol Espargaro looking to rally on Saturday.
All eyes, and cameras, were on the Repsol Honda Team garage as Friday dawned in MotorLand Aragon with Marc Marquez making his much-anticipated return to competition. Although still recovering from the fourth surgery on his right arm, Marquez wasted little time in getting to work and headed out as soon as Free Practice 1 began. The session was spent getting back up to speed and understanding the 2022 Honda RC213V around the Aragon circuit, one of Marquez’s favourite tracks.
From Free Practice 2, the #93 and his team began to explore further as they tried a new swing arm on the Honda machine. Setting his fastest lap of the weekend so far, a 1’47.761, with the new swing arm provided a positive boost to the day. Ending Friday as the eighth fastest rider overall and within 0.4s of the quickest time was further demonstration of Marquez’s fitness level and the recent developments made to the RC213V.
Pol Espargaro endured a more complicated start to the Aragon GP as he worked to improve the setting and performance of his Honda. With the MotoGP field continuing to get closer and closer, just a few tenths can be the difference between the top ten and the top 20. 23rd on the combined times is not where Espargaro nor the Repsol Honda Team are looking to finish, and an intense evening of work is ahead to look for solutions.
Aragon Grand Prix Practice Results
|1||Martin Jorge||89||SPA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1'47.402|
|2||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.074|
|3||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||0.107|
|4||Bastianini Enea||23||ITA||Team Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati||0.181|
|5||Bagnaia Francesco||62||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||0.237|
|6||Rins Alex||42||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.263|
|7||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||0.276|
|8||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||0.359|
|9||Miller Jack||43||AUS||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||0.398|
|10||Marini Luca||10||ITA||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||0.491|
|11||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||LCR Honda||Honda||0.509|
|12||Binder Brad||33||RSA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.510|
|13||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||0.549|
|14||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.600|
|15||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.640|
|16||Di Giannantonio Fabio||49||ITA||Team Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati||0.827|
|17||Bezzecchi Marco||73||ITA||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||1.073|
|18||Marquez Alex||73||SPA||LCR Honda||Honda||1.119|
|19||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha||1.129|
|20||Binder Darryn||40||RSA||WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha||1.216|
|21||Mir Joan||36||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||1.219|
|22||Fernandez Raul||25||SPA||RNF MotoGP Team||Aprilia||1.286|
|23||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1.341|
|24||Gardner Remy||87||AUS||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1.350|
An ultra-modern facility, MotorLand Aragón had its roots firmly established thanks to a solid history of street racing in Alcañiz, which hosted events between 1963 and 2003. Safety advice warning against the continuation of this led to the proposal and construction of a sporting complex dedicated to motorsport. With support… read more.
|Length||5.078 kilometres / 3.155 miles|
|Longest straight||0.968 kilometres / 0.601 miles|
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|Pole Position||1m 46.069s (172.3Km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)|
|Race Lap||1m 47.795s (169.5Km/h) Luca Marini (Ducati, 2022)|
|Race Time||41m 35.462s (168.4 km/h) Enea Bastianini (Ducati, 2022)|
|2022 Race Winner||Enea Bastianini (Ducati)|