After his heavy fall in Valencia, Espargaro was reunited with his Honda RC213V for the final test of calendar 2021.

Still in some discomfort, Pol Espargaro was nevertheless back on track as preparations for the 2022 MotoGP World Championship season begin in Jerez. Thursday after the last Grand Prix of the year was the first of two days at the Andalusian circuit before the winter testing ban begins. Espargaro’s running was concentrated over two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Today’s program focused on getting Espargaro comfortable and confident again after his crash in Valencia. Friday will see Espargaro focus more on future developments that Honda HRC have been preparing for the 2022 season.

Completing a total of 45 laps, the #44 worked through a number of testing items alongside Alex Marquez and Takaaki Nakagami. A best time of 1’38.165 put Espargaro 13th overall, but lap times were not an area of focus.

Takaaki Nakagami ended the opening day of the test as the leading Honda and the fastest rider of Thursday. Nakagami set a 1’37.313 as he assessed options for the 2022 Honda RC213V.

Pol Espargaro

13th 1’38.165

“I feel pretty well used today, there’s some pain in my ribs and in my wrist and I was struggling to ride a little bit today because of it. But it is really important for the team, and also me, to make some laps with the new bike and get as much information as possible. Today was spent getting comfortable after our huge crash. Tomorrow we have another day of testing which will hopefully be a bit better. The plan for tomorrow is to work more for the future and based on what we have seen today, that looks promising. New parts and bikes are like lollipops for kids to us, a lot of motivation!”

MotoGP 2022
Testing   Spain

Jerez Test Day 1

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1’37.313
2 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.043
3 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.089
4 Bagnaia Francesco 62 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.102
5 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.361
6 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.497
7 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.571
8 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.689
9 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.707
10 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.773
11 Marini Luca 10 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.836
12 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.839
13 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.852
14 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.881
15 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.894
16 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 0.975
17 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.999
18 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 1.285
19 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 1.770
20 Kallio Mika 82 FIN KTM Test Team KTM 1.963
21 Guintoli Sylvain 50 FRA Suzuki Test Team Suzuki 2.183
22 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 2.315
23 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA Aprilia Racing Test Team Aprilia 2.414
24 Gardner Remy 87 AUS Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.857
25 Bezzecchi Marco 73 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 3.419
26 Tsuda Takuya 85 JPN Suzuki Test Team Suzuki 3.623
27 Binder Darryn 40 RSA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 4.436
Location Information

Built in 1986 and hosting its first Grand Prix one year later, the circuit of Jerez is now one of the most popular MotoGP venues and the focal point for a city fanatical about sport. Set in a slight valley in the south of Spain, Jerez is blessed with consistently… read more.

Length 4.423 kilometres / 2.748 miles
Width 11 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 8
Longest straight 0.607 kilometres / 0.377 miles
Constructed 1986
Modified 2002
Resurfacing Complete resurfacing before 2018 round

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Pole Position 1m 36.170s (165.5km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)
Race Lap 1m 37.669s (163.0km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)
Race Time 41m 00.554s (161.7km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)
2022 Race Winner Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)