Alex Rins fastest in the opening practice of the Catalan Grand Prix

Alex Rins fastest in the opening practice of the Catalan Grand Prix

Alex Rins took the lead in the first practice session for the Catalan Grand Prix, setting a time of 1:40.101s in the final stages to beat Aprilia’s Maverick Vinales.

The Friday morning session was relatively calm, with the teams and riders concentrating on preparing for Sunday’s race on used tyres. Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli led the way for the majority of the test, indicating a significant improvement for the Italian, who has only one top ten result so far in the current season.

Rins, on the other hand, went out for a quick run in the closing laps and dutifully climbed to the front of the times with a 1:40.631s effort before improving by almost a half-second on his next tour to leave the rest well behind.

Throughout the remainder of the session, his time would not be beaten, though his lead would be cut to 0.195s by Vinales, who put together a nice lap on his RS-GP near the conclusion. Morbidelli would finish third, ahead of Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro and his brother Pol Espargaro finished fifth on his factory Honda.

Takaaki Nakagami and Alex Marquez of LCR Honda finished sixth and seventh, ahead of Miguel Oliveira of KTM, with Joan Mir on the second Suzuki GSX-RR and Enea Bastianini of Gresini Ducati rounding out the top 10.

Fabio Quartararo, the reigning MotoGP world champion, rode the entire session on a single pair of tyres, prioritising his racing performance on way to 13th place in the timings, ahead of Francesco Bagnaia, who did the same.

In the final minutes, Raul Fernandez was the fastest rookie, finishing 12th after opting for a new soft-compound rear tyre. Mugello standouts Marco Bezzecchi, Luca Marini, and Italian GP pole-man Fabio Di Gianantonio finished 16th, 17th, and 19th, respectively.

The only crash of the day was Jorge Martin, who went down at Turn 2 with around a quarter of the test remaining – the Spaniard quickly recovering and returning to his box unharmed.


1Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)1’40.101s17/20350k
2Maverick ViñalesSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+0.195s19/19348k
3Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.594s6/19342k
4Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+0.607s8/18348k
5Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.632s13/20347k
6Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.767s5/20344k
7Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+0.771s19/21348k
8Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.800s5/18346k
9Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.806s4/15348k
10Enea BastianiniITAGresini Ducati (GP21)+0.930s8/17347k
11Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP22)+0.948s6/20348k
12Raul FernandezSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)*+0.982s17/18346k
13Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.003s4/22343k
14Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo (GP22)+1.004s7/18348k
15Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.056s7/21346k
16Marco BezzecchiITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP21)*+1.113s7/18347k
17Luca MariniITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP22)+1.142s10/20345k
18Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo (GP22)+1.179s9/20347k
19Fabio Di GiannantonioITAGresini Ducati (GP21)*+1.212s16/16343k
20Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP22)+1.219s12/17344k
21Remy GardnerAUSKTM Tech3 (RC16)*+1.229s17/19343k
22Andrea DoviziosoITAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)+1.357s6/19341k
23Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)+1.781s6/18345k
24Darryn BinderRSAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)*+1.833s11/20338k
25Michele Racing (GP22)+1.879s4/17342k

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