Italian MotoGP FP Results | Espargaro toasts new deal to top Mugello practice

Aleix Espargaro complements news of his new Aprilia deal by setting the quickest time in free practice for the Italian MotoGP at Mugello.

Aleix Espargaro - Aprilia Racing

Aleix Espargaro ensured Aprilia retained its place atop the headlines as he punched in the quickest time to head off a slew of Ducati rivals during Friday free practice for the Italian MotoGP at Mugello.

Having had his future assured with confirmation that he - and Maverick Vinales - will remain in the factory Aprilia team for the next two seasons, he again showcased the form that has seen him emerge as a surprise title contender this year by topping the quicker FP2 session.

Taking full advantage of a slipstream from Vinales on the run to the line, Espargaro’s time of 1m 45.891s was marginally quicker than home favourite Pecco Bagnaia, the Italian leading a train of Ducati riders stretching down to sixth.

Jack Miller backed his team-mate up in third position, followed by Johann Zarco who managed the fourth best time despite twice crashing his purple-liveried Pramac machine at the top and tail of the session.

VR46 Racing’s Luca Marini and triple race winner Enea Bastianini completed the top six, with Brad Binder squeezing his KTM ahead of another Ducati rider in Marco Bezzecchi.

With Ducati’s much feared top speed advantage likely to give rivals food for thought overnight, championship leader Fabio Quartararo found himself on the provisional FP2 bubble in ninth, together with tenth place man Pol Espargaro on the lead Honda.

Those with improvements to make for tomorrow’s all-important FP3 session include Jorge Martin, Marc Marquez and Alex Rins in 11th, 12th and 13th respectively, the pair missing the cut by no more than 0.040s.

Joan Mir also found himself down the order in 19th, while Yamaha’s troubled time beyond Quartararo continued with Franco Morbidelli its next best representative in 20th.

2022 Italian MotoGP | Mugello | Free Practice Results [Combined]

2022 Italian MotoGP | Mugello | Free Practice Results [Combined] | Round 8 / 21
PosRiderNat.MotoGP TeamMotoGP BikeTiming
1Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia Racing Aprilia RS-GP1m 45.891
2Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP221m 45.940
3Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP221m 46.313
4Johann ZarcoFRAPramac RacingDucati GP221m 46.349
5Luca MariniITAVR46 RacingDucati GP211m 46.362
6Enea BastianiniITAGresini RacingDucati GP211m 46.395
7Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM RacingKTM RC161m 46.439
8Marco BezzecchiITAVR46 RacingDucati GP211m 46.473
9Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZF-M11m 46.519
10Pol EspargaroESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 46.618
11Jorge MartinESPPramac RacingDucati GP221m 46.629
12Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 46.658
13Alex RinsESPTeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki GSX-RR1m 46.663
14Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM RacingKTM RC161m 46.818
15Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda Honda RC213V1m 46.852
16Fabio di GiannantonioITAGresini RacingDucati GP211m 46.915
17Maverick VinalesESPAprilia Racing Aprilia RS-GP1m 47.053
18Alex MarquezESPLCR Honda Honda RC213V1m 47.151
19Joan MirESPTeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki GSX-RR1m 47.269
20Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZF-M11m 47.468
21Andrea DoviziosoITAWithU RNF Racing YamahaYamaha YZF-M11m 47.583
22Remy GardnerAUSTech3 KTM RacingKTM RC161m 47.684
23Darryn BinderRSAWithU RNF Racing YamahaYamaha YZF-M11m 47.687
24Michele PirroITAAruba .it RacingDucati GP221m 47.726
25Raul FernandezESPTech3 KTM RacingKTM RC161m 47.998
26Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Racing Aprilia RS-GP1m 48,088