One thing has become clear after the training session held in Jerez this Wednesday, and that is that World Cup riders have not forgotten that fast ride. Very few minutes were needed to reach normal records, in some cases even better than those of the last Grand Prix held in Jerez in 2019, which suggests a normal start to the championship, as if the break of more than 18 weeks for Moto2 and Moto3 , and more than 20 in the case of MotoGP, would not have influenced.
In the reigning class, after two and a half hour sessions, the second with the track above sixty degrees, in conditions that provide for a very hard Sunday of races, the Yamaha of Maverick Viñales and Fabio Quartararo ended up setting the best times, with Marc Márquez also in the record of the minute and thirty-seven seconds. All three, with a rhythm higher than the rest of the drivers on the grid, although always in a tone of equality that has been maintained since last year. It is what has been seen in recent campaigns, very fast pilots, capable of turning in very similar records, although later it ends up being Márquez who puts that point more to mark the differences. And that is the job that all his rivals have to hone.
The Yamaha, with Viñales and Quartararo, corroborated what was intuited in the winter, that this time they have done a good job. Valentino Rossi, whose future decision is still awaited (although anything other than his continuity as a pilot would be a surprise), finished fifth in the combined times of the two sessions on Wednesday, although in the afternoon, in a shift developed at the same race time, he had much more difficulties.
Again the Suzuki of Alex Rins and Joan Mir made it clear that this year they want to be in the fight, while in more problems Ducati was seen. Of course, with Andrea Dovizioso far from one hundred percent physical, newcomer from an operation on his left clavicle, and with his partner Danilo Petrucci offside in the afternoon session after a sharp fall that caused him strong dizziness.
Out of this, highlighted the sixth place of Aleix Espargaró and Aprilia, although in the case of the Italian motorcycle what worries the most is the reliability of a fully renovated prototype that debuted in February in Sepang. Friday will begin to show the reality of this World Cup Express.
Moto2 and Moto3
As for the other two categories, their championship restart did not leave the impression of pilots needing a lot of adaptation time either. In Moto2 the fastest of the day was Jorge Martín, ahead of Swiss Luthi, and Italians Bezzecchi and Marini. Two other Spaniards finished in the top ten: Jorge Navarro ninth and Xavi Vierge tenth. Qatar winner Nagashima set the eighth best record.
In Moto3 the fastest lap was for McPhee, with Raúl Fernández second and Jaume Masiá third. The leader of the category, Albert Arenas, finished fourteenth without being able to improve what was done in the morning.