Francesco Bagnaia puts his Ducati firmly back in P1 at Jerez.
The times have come tumbling down at Jerez with riders chopping 0.800 from their FP1 times and of course it’s a Ducati who leads the way thanks to Francesco Bagnaia, hardly a surprise to see a Ducati at the top these days given how many there are on the grid, currently totaling six.
Bagnaia leads last time out winner Fabio Quartararo by just 0.178 as the two put some distance between them to Aleix Espargaro in third, just under 0.300 to be slightly closer to being exact without being exact, Espargaro is showing a lot of speed this weekend on the Aprilia and could genuinely be within a shout of the podium if he can keep this up.
Franco Morbidelli was the fourth-placed rider just under half a second from his fellow VR46 Riders Academy rider Bagnaia in first place, Morbidelli has shown many signs of improvement after struggling massively at Qatar including a P4 finish at Portimao. Maverick Vinales took the fifth-placed spot just ahead of Takaaki Nakagami in sixth.
Once again we also have seen two KTM’s in the top 10 as Oliveira placed in P7 and Binder in P10, the duo also having massive issues with their machines in Qatar but showing a slow but steady uptrend. Between the KTM’s we saw Rins and Zarco in P8 and P9 respectively.
There were a few surprises outside of the top 10 with Miller in P12, Mir in P13, Pol Espargaro P14 and Marc Marquez in P16. Something which is starting to not be a surprise is Valentino Rossi in P21.
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