MotoGP returns to Jerez in wildly completely different situations to what it discovered throughout final 12 months’s double-header run in scorching climate in July.
Within the cooler situations, prime spot modified arms at a frenetic tempo as Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro set the early tempo with a 1m40.834s.
This was shortly usurped by championship chief Fabio Quartararo, with the Yamaha rider edging forward with a 1m40.661s earlier than Yamaha team-mate Maverick Vinales dipped into the 1m39s with a 1m39.792s.
Espargaro, Quartararo and Petronas SRT’s Franco Morbidelli continued to commerce prime spot because the opening 15 minutes of FP1 wore on.
It was the Aprilia rider who set a prolonged benchmark with a 1m38.260s, earlier than finally bettering that with a 1m38.204s with simply over seven minutes remaining.
This got here beneath fireplace proper on the finish of the session, when KTM’s Binder began lighting up the timing screens.
After a tricky begin to 2021, largely on account of Michelin’s entrance tyre allocation on the opening rounds, one-time MotoGP race winner Binder shot to the highest of the order with a 1m38.013s to finish FP1 on prime.
Aleix Espargaro held onto second together with his 1m38.204s, whereas Honda’s Marc Marquez accomplished the highest three as he returns to the scene of his season-ending accident final 12 months.
Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Crew Gresini
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Marquez headed Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia and Quartararo, with Pramac’s Johann Zarco rounding out the highest six on his Ducati.
Miguel Oliveira accomplished a robust morning for KTM in seventh forward of the sister works crew Honda of Pol Espargaro, whereas Vinales and reigning world champion Joan Mir on the Suzuki accomplished the highest 10.
With LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami in 11th, Morbidelli slipped to 12th on the chequered flag forward of Aprilia’s Lorenzo Savadori and Suzuki’s Alex Rins, with HRC wildcard Stefan Bradl in 15th.
Jack Miller made a low-key begin to proceedings on his manufacturing facility Ducati in 17th, although was solely zero.858s off the tempo.
Rossi was 20th after a fast begin to FP1, whereas Jorge Martin’s damage stand-in Tito Rabat was 21st in his first MotoGP look since dropping his Avintia trip on the finish of final 12 months.
MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix – FP1 outcomes