Zarco leads Ducati's overwhelming dominance

Zarco leads Ducati’s overwhelming dominance

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08/19/2022 at 16:01


The Frenchman leads the table at Spielberg with seven Ducati among the top ten MotoGP machines

Zarco commanded with 1:29.837, and with Miller, Martín, Bagnaia, Marini, Bezzecchi and Bastianini putting their Ducati in the top ten

The Frenchman Johann Zarco (Ducati Desmosedici GP22) led the “overwhelming” dominance of the prototypes of the manufacturer from Borgo Panigale, who “put” seven of his bikes among the top ten classified at the end of the first day of free practice of the Grand Prix of Austrian MotoGP at the “Red Bull” circuit from Spielberg.

Zarco, with a time of 1:29.837, topped a time table in which Jack Miller, Jorge Martín, Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia, Luca Marini, Marco Bezzecchi and Enea Bastianini also placed their Ducati among the top ten classifiedwith the sole interference of the Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1) -fourth-, the Spanish Maverick Vinales (Aprilia RS-GP) -ninth- and the South African Brad Binder (KTM RC 16), tenth and up to the top nineteen classified in a difference of eight tenths of a second.

For the first time with completely dry asphalt, the MotoGP riders were able to face the new variant of the Austrian track in perfect conditions during the second round of free practicein which except for the fastest in the morning, the Australian Jack Miller (Ducati Desmosedici GP22), among the leading riders, was the only one who did not quickly lower his personal best time.

That’s how in just a couple of laps Miller lost the first position at the hands of his own teammate, the Italian “Peccobagnaia (Ducati Desmosedici GP22), followed at barely 21 thousandths of a second by the world leader, Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1).

Just a few minutes later the share of prominence fell to the Spaniard Alex Rins, who placed the lead on his Suzuki GSX RR before making a mistake in the new variant that caused him to go off the track, in a few minutes in which his compatriot Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia RS-GP), with ten minutes of training already played, occupied the last place, which to a certain extent set off the alarms regarding a possible technical problem aside from the physical problems of the pilot after the fall of Great Britain.

Rins could not hold out for too long as the leader, surpassed in 36 thousandths of a second by Fabio Quartararowith Bagnaia in third position and Aleix Espagaró struggling to improve his classification, which caused him to make a few mistakes, in the form of a high-speed gravel exit, before moving up, initially, to eighteenth position and then to eleventh .

Quartararo with 1:30.285 remained the leader for much of the session, followed by the two Suzuki riders, alex rins Y Joan Mirwith Jack Miller among them after improving his morning time and just a few minutes before the first rain flags appeared (red crosses on a white background) at some points on the Austrian track.

In the last ten minutes of the session, the first change was made by the Spanish Jorge Martín (Ducati Desmosedici GP22) who took the lead with 1:30.119, ahead of Johann Zarco and Jack Miller, while the Portuguese Miguel Oliveira (KTM RC 16) went to the ground at turn nine at high speed and dragged for almost the entire edge of the area. Martín was, in the next lap, the first to ride in one minute and 29 seconds, but behind him were both Zarco and Miller, who also got into the same second ahead of him and in which the top six finishers, from Zarco to Bagnaia.

The words of Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda RC 213 V) during the day prior to the start of the Grand Prix during his visit to the championship found their particular “echo” at the end of the first day, in which the best motorcycle of the Japanese manufacturer was that of Takaaki Nakagami in a more than discreet twelfth positionwhich only confirms the absence of a “project” that “Márquez managed as “runrun”.

After Nakagami just alex rinsall of them outside the second direct classification, as well as Aleix Espargarowhich improved significantly compared to the beginning of the session but not enough to achieve its objective, nor Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda RC 213V), Joan Mir, Alex Marquez (Honda RC 213V) and Raul Fernandez (KTM RC 16), which is having quite a few problems to solve its sporting future in the face of the closure of KTM to let him go.

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