In the new MotoGP format, Friday is now a more decisive day, given that the combined standings of the two free practice sessions show who earned the direct passage to Q2. Francis Bagnaia yesterday, on the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, he finished with the sixth fastest time in 1’38.944, paying a gap of four tenths from the first, Aleix Espargarò, the driver to beat in the Argentine Grand Prix. Yesterday the Piedmontese managed to lower his time by over half a second in the afternoon session and recounted: “All in all yesterday was a positive day and I’m satisfied with our work. Compared to Portimão, where we had two days of testing before the race weekend, here we didn’t start in the best conditions. The time available to set up the bike is not much, but we still managed to do a good job. With used tires my pace is competitive and we’re not far from the leaders”.
Before tackling qualifying and then the 12-lap Sprint, the riders will have a third free practice session available, which will be exploited: “This morning (Italian afternoon) it will be very important to be able to ride again with used tires to try to take a further step and in qualifying it will be essential to be able to secure a position in the first two rows of the starting grid”. Let’s remember that on this track Ducati has never won yet, at least so far.
Here are the TV times of the Argentine Grand Prix.
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