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.

Marc Marquez

8th 1'47.761

“I am very happy to be back on the bike and riding in MotoGP again. The feeling from the morning to the afternoon improved a lot. In the morning I wasn’t riding well, and I was quite stiff on the bike. Then in the afternoon I was more relaxed, and I didn’t get as tired and we were able to work in a better way. Overall, it was good to understand the bike and how to ride well at this track again. On my last run with the soft tyre, I was putting in a good lap but had a little bit of a moment in the final corner. If you’re making mistakes, it means you’re pushing which is good. There are some things to work on, but we on our way.”

Pol Espargaro

23rd 1'48.743

“It wasn’t a good day today, but maybe not quite as bad as it looks from the result sheet. On my last time attack I made a couple of mistakes, and I couldn’t improve my time with the soft tyre. I think we could be inside the top 15 if I could put a lap together but I wasn’t feeling comfortable, and we need to find more grip. Hopefully the grip on track improves tomorrow and we can also improve it from our side. The plan is to hit the ground running tomorrow and do our best.”

MotoGP 2022
Practice Round 15   Aragon

Aragon Grand Prix Practice Results

Dry
Humidity
50%
Track Temp
41°C
Air Temp
25°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
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
Location Information

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
Width 15 metres
Left corners 10
Right corners 7
Longest straight 0.968 kilometres / 0.601 miles
Constructed 2009

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www.motorlandaragon.com

Records

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)