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12 days ago
By motogp.com

Aleix Espargaro fastest out the blocks in Catalonia

The Aprilia star beats Morbidelli to FP1 top spot by less than a tenth, Pol Espargaro third quickest

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini’s Aleix Espargaro set a 1:40.378 in MotoGP™ FP1 at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya to lead the way at the beginning of his home GP. The Spaniard beat second place and long-time pacesetter Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) by 0.024s, with Pol Espargaro putting his Repsol Honda Team machine inside the top three on Friday morning.

Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) had a solid start to his home GP as the Spaniard sits P4 in FP1, second in the overall standings Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) completed the top five in the opening 45-minute stint in Barcelona.

The MotoGP™ riders will be back on track for FP2 at 14:10 local time (GMT+2).

Top 10:
1. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) – 1:40.378
2. Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) + 0.024
3. Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Team) + 0.373
4. Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) + 0.475
5. Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) + 0.389
6. Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) + 0.475
7. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) + 0.549
8. Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) + 0.582
9. Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) + 0.613
10. Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) + 0.707

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