2023 Spanish GP Practice Results

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Aleix Espargaró fastest on Day 1 at Jerez

2023 Spanish GP Practice Results

The Spanish GP got underway at the Circuito de Jerez-Ángel Nieto this Friday. Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia) set the best time of the day with a 1:36.708, topping the standings that give direct access to Q2 for the day’s ten fastest riders.

The Top 10 on the timesheets was completed by Maverick Viñales (Aprilia), Dani Pedrosa (KTM), Jorge Martín (Ducati), Jack Miller (KTM), Johann Zarco (Ducati), Miguel Oliveira (Aprilia), Álex Márquez (Ducati), Takaaki Nakagami (Honda) and Luca Marini (Ducati).

Tomorrow the riders will have a free practice session at 10:10am local time before starting qualifying at 10:50am. Later, at 3:00 p.m. they will participate in the sprint race at the Spanish GP.

The Repsol Honda Team face a new challenge

Joan Mir had a difficult start to the weekend and was only able to set the 18th fastest time, with a 1:37.850. He suffered a crash in the second practice session.

Iker Lecuona, who this weekend replaces the injured Marc Márquez, finished 24th with a time of 1:39.274. In the afternoon session he also had a crash, although fortunately he escaped unhurt.

Combined Practice Times: Spanish GP

1. Aleix Espargaró APRILIA1:36.708
2. Maverick Viñales APRILIA+0.002
3. Dani PedrosaKTM+0.062
4. Jorge Martín DUCATI+0.096
5. Jack Miller KTM+0.127
6. Johann ZarcoDUCATI+0.188
7. Miguel OliveiraAPRILIA+0.248
8. Álex MárquezDUCATI+0.333
9. Takaaki NakagamiHONDA+0.336
10. Luca MariniDUCATI+0.345
18. Joan Mir REPSOL HONDA+1.142
24. Iker LecuonaREPSOL HONDA+2.566

Rider Statements


“It was not the best day today honestly, it was very complicated. We had two crashes today, one at Turn Five and one at Turn Six – the second one was a bit bigger but we are OK. When temperatures are high like this it makes everything more complicated, every point in the lap is more critical. Our feeling in the morning was not too bad but it looks like the race will be quite hot so we need to work to prepare the bike and ourselves for these conditions.”

Iker Lecuona

“What a day! It is incredible to come back to MotoGP and with a team like the Repsol Honda Team, it has been a real pleasure to work with all of them. The crash today at Turn 13 was frustrating, finally I am a racer and I always want to be faster! We understood why we crashed and already for tomorrow the team have suggested a few things to improve the bike and try some things. I am quite close to Bradl considering our circumstances and this is something we have to focus on and be positive about.”

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