Thu. Dec 2nd, 2021

Tech 3 KTM rider Iker Lecuona has topped his second MotoGP practice of the year after bettering Jack Miller late on in FP1 at Valencia.

Rain began to fall between Moto3 and MotoGP FP1 which led to every rider heading out on wet tyres.

As was the case with Alex Rins in Portimao, 2021 MotoGP World Champion Fabio Quartararo was seen using the new shoulder cam around the Ricardo Tormo Circuit.

While conditions continued to worsen around the ten minute mark, Miguel Oliveira was able to repeatedly improve his lap time and lead from Ducati’s Miller.

Winner last time out, Francesco Bagnaia then jumped to the top of the field with a 1:41.511 – two tenths better than Oliveira, while Danilo Petrucci who is competing in his last MotoGP race went down at turn four whilst following Bagnaia.

Bagnaia went on to improve by another two tenths on his next lap around, before he too suffered a crash – turn 2.

Despite Petrucci’s crash, the wet conditions were proving beneficial for KTM as Oliveira, Lecuona and Petrucci were all within the top six at FP1’s mid-session point.

Valentino Rossi, who will retire following this weekend’s Valencia MotoGP, was one of the last riders to set a flying lap, however, his first few laps weren’t classified due to being outside the seven second margin.

Enea Bastianini was the other rider to be in that situation, but that changed for the former Moto2 champion with 12 minutes to go as he went 19th.

Bagnaia, who led team-mate Miller for much of the session was then bettered by the Australian who set a first sub 1m 41s lap of the session.

Miller’s time was over five tenths quicker than Bagnaia, while Jorge Martin made it three Ducati machines inside the top three with five minutes left.

But just like Bagnaia earlier on, Miller crashed at turn one shortly after going quickest.

The Ducati rider ran wide at turn one before the painted run-off wiped out the front end of his machine.

Luca Marini then made it four Ducati’s at the front before Lecuona went quickest with a 1:40.569s.

who has been very impressive in wet conditions since returning from injury at Misano (1), also moved into the top five momentarily, however, the Italian was eventually pushed down to eighth after good laps from Johann Zarco and Joan Mir put them fourth and fifth respectively.

VALENCIA MOTOGP, CIRCUIT RICARDO TORMO – FREE PRACTICE (1) RESULTS

POSRIDERNATTEAMTIME/DIFFLAPMAX
1Iker LecuonaSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)1’40.569s17/19317k
2Jack MillerAUSDucati Team (GP21)+0.155s11/12323k
3Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.161s19/19314k
4Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP21)+0.371s20/20320k
5Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.374s16/17318k
6Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Team (GP21)+0.446s13/13321k
7Luca MariniITASky VR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19)*+0.535s13/14315k
8Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.631s15/17314k
9Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.731s18/19318k
10Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.917s19/19315k
11Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.943s16/16318k
12Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP21)*+0.978s17/18318k
13Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+1.320s14/14315k
14Enea BastianiniITAAvintia Ducati (GP19)*+1.405s11/14317k
15Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.512s20/21315k
16Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+1.589s16/16320k
17Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.599s18/19313k
18Andrea DoviziosoITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.613s12/12308k
19Danilo PetrucciITAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+1.869s6/6310k
20Maverick VinalesSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+2.198s14/15321k
21Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+12.412s3/4293k

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