Despite difficult conditions due to the heat, Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales improved on the morning time and conquered the first and second times in the session and in the combined. In third place, Jack Miller (fifth in the combined), with Marco Bezzecchi seventh (12th), Francesco Bagnaia eighth (13th), Luca Marini tenth (tenth also in the combined), Franco Morbidelli 16th (17th), Fabio Di Giannantonio 17th (19th ), Enea Bastianini 20th (21)
April 28, 2023
Jerez de la Frontera – It’s really hotthe track gets worse, it is difficult to lower the times. Indeed, it seems almost impossible, but the two Aprilia riders succeed. Great. Start Maverick Vinales hammering, first, then he improves, he improves up to 1’36”710. First time ever. It looks donebut the teammate doesn’t fit, he pushes hard and beats him by a good two thousandths.
“It’s not my teammate who stimulates me, but the desire to be first” says smiling Aleix, who confirms himself in top form. And he’s right when he points out that, until now, only the results were missing: the RS-GP is competitive. Then, for one reason or another, it didn’t materialize, but the bike is there. As also confirmed by the seventh time in the P2 of Miguel Oliveira, fifth in the combined: he too has the pace to do a good race.
What Pedrosa, what KTM
In third place in the P2 there is Jack Millerfifth in the combined, while al third place overall is a great Dani Pedrosa. Watching him drive from the side of the track is moving: it’s perfection, it’s beauty, it’s harmony.
Wonderful. “But I have no preparation to keep the race” he says modestly, but up until now he has shown that he is a driver of another level. The KTM grows with him, which is using new aerodynamics here, but the RC16 is also strong in the traditional configuration, with Miller, first here in 2021, second in 2022, who has good consistency over distance.
Step backinstead, for the Ducatiespecially in the dry rideWhy Luca Marini has excellent pace. And it’s effective too George MartinWhile fatigue beyond all expectations Francesco Bagnaiasolo 13 not in the combined and therefore forced to pass from Q1.
“There is nothing that satisfies him” underlines the team manager Davide Tardozzi. A bit’ worryingbut Bagnaia clearly has a chance to bounce back.
Enea Bastianini struggles a lot on his return after breaking his right scapula: Enea can’t drive, he’s in pain. Unfortunately, the odds that tomorrow won’t run they are more than what will be on his Ducati. Good luck.
Honda and Yamaha in difficulty
After the Austin bracket, it looks like Honda and Yamaha have returned to their previous level: worries above all la M1which seems to have not improved the weaknesses, on the other hand made the strong ones worse. All in all, quite a disaster.
The 10 drivers in Q2
Here are the ten riders already in Q2: Espargaro, Vinales, Pedrosa, Martin, Miller, Zarco, Marquez, Nakagami and Marini.