Raul Fernandez’s best time, Martin struggling in the second quarter

Raul Fernandez’s best time, Martin struggling in the second quarter

9:12 p.m.

See you in the morning!

This marks the end of the training day here at the ticker. Tomorrow the qualifying sessions for the three classes and the MotoGP sprint are on the agenda. So we have another action-packed day! For now we say goodbye and wish you a good night!

Saturday’s schedule (in CET)
11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Moto3 3 training
12:15-12:45: Moto2 3 training
1:40 pm – 1:20 pm: MotoGP 2 Free Practice
1:40 pm – 1:55 pm: MotoGP Q1
2:05 pm – 2:20 pm: MotoGP Q2

15:50 – 16:05: Moto3 Q1
16h15-16h30: Moto3 Q2
16:45 – 17:00: Moto2 Q1
17h10-17h25: Moto2 Q2
6pm: MotoGP Sprint (11 laps)

Photos: MotoGP: Qatar Grand Prix (Lusail) 2023, training

9:09 p.m.

MotoGP: tires in focus

As the first training sessions were basically just to clean the asphalt, only the second one made any sense. Now the teams have to analyze the data collected with the different tire combinations. That was the dominant theme in the drivers’ statements tonight. Tomorrow the hierarchy on the field could be a little different again.

7:20 p.m.

Moto3: Penalty for Farioli

In the second training session, Filippo Farioli drove slowly on the ideal line. He got in the way of Jaume Masia and Adrian Fernandez in turns 14 and 15. As this happened in the last ten minutes of the session, the punishment is more severe.

Farioli will be moved to the back of the starting grid and will also have to serve a long lap penalty in the race.

7:20 p.m.

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7:13 p.m.

MotoGP training: results

The following are directly eligible for the second quarter:
Raul Fernández (RNF Aprilia)
Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Ducati)
Maverick Vinales (Aprilia)
Brad Binder (KTM)
Alex Espargaro (Aprilia)
Luca Marini (VR46-Ducati)
Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati)
Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)
Augusto Fernández (Tech3-GasGas)
Marc Marquez (Honda)

– Link to full result

7:06 p.m.

MotoGP T: Quartararo just penultimate

Fabio Quartararo only finished training in 21st place. The Yamaha rider set his personal best in the eleventh of 20 laps. This means that in the end not a single attempt was successful. We assume he was unlucky with the yellow flags.

Enea Bastianini was also unlucky with the yellow flags. His last lap was only enough for 18th place.

7:04 p.m.

MotoGP T: World Championship contenders in Q2

Luca Marini secures sixth place. Behind them, Jorge Martin and Francesco Bagnaia moved into Q2 in sixth and seventh place.

Augusto Fernandez and Marc Márquez secured the remaining Q2 spots.

7:03 p.m.

MotoGP T: Checkered flag

The turbulent training session comes to an end and Raul Fernandez is the fastest with 1:52.843 minutes. Fabio Di Giannantonio and Maverick Vinales follow.

KTM is in the lead with Brad Binder in fourth place. Aleix Espargaro is fifth. So we have three Aprilia riders in the top 5.

7:01 p.m.

MotoGP T: Miller crashes

The Australian’s second fall of the session. Again there are yellow flags and some drivers have their lap times cancelled. Vinales’ best time was also erased from the monitor.


MotoGP T: new lap record

At 1:52.6 minutes, Vinales sets a new lap record.

Martin is sixth and Bagnaia is seventh.

6:59 p.m.

MotoGP T: Martin only eleventh

The timing monitor lights up red, but Pol Espargaró crashes at turn 16, causing yellow flags. Now some times are being canceled again.

Martin falls out of the top 10, but as other drivers’ times are cancelled, including Bagnaia, he returns to the top 10.

6:55 p.m.

MotoGP T: Márquez again behind Bagnaia

The last minutes begin and just like in the first attempt, Marc Márquez once again chooses Bagnaia’s rear wheel. And I hold on to both.

6:51 p.m.

MotoGP T: The order

The top 10 are: Raul Fernández, Di Giannantonio, Viñales, Bagnaia, Marc Márquez, Martín, Miller, Aleix Espargaró, Alex Márquez and Morbidelli.

6:49 p.m.

MotoGP T: Best time Raúl Fernández

Strong return from the RNF driver! At 1m52.8 minutes, Raúl Fernández takes the lead. Di Giannantonio and Vinales are less than a tenth of a second behind.

6:48 p.m.

MotoGP T: Soft tires help Martin

For the time trial, Martin now also uses soft tires at the rear and finishes in fourth place. However, he is half a second off the lead. Is there a risk of Martin missing the second trimester?

6:42 p.m.

MotoGP T: Martin doesn’t feel grip

So this is the problem Martin complains about in the Pramac box. The problem is that your engineers don’t know why.

Things are going better for another Ducati rider. Di Giannantonio sets a new best time. Qualification attempts begin.

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