Maverick Viñales (Yamaha YZR M 1) sentenced the first day of practice for the MotoGp Grand Prix of Andalusia with the best time he achieved in the first official free test session at the Ángel Nieto circuit in Jerez de la Frontera by riding in 1: 37,603.
With Viñales as the leader, the second place went to his teammate, the Italian Valentino Rossi, much better than last weekend and apparently both already with many of the problems of the motors of their Yamaha solved, after some units of the same were sent directly to Japan after the first race in Jerez, last weekend.
In the morning it was surprising to see the winner of the Spanish Grand Prix, the Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1), in a delayed thirteenth position, easy to explain because the first leader of the MotoGP World Championship focused that session on working to achieve a good race pace.
In his first outing on the track, Quartararo found himself after the rebuild of his motorcycle to the Spanish Maverick Viñales (Yamaha YZR M 1), the fastest in the morning, but the Frenchman did not want to do the job at any time and tried by all means , without success, that he surpassed him to work alone.
Even so, Fabio Quartararo, after a fast first lap annulled for exceeding the limits of the circuit, marked his first fast lap by shooting in 1: 38.132, ahead of three Spaniards, Joan Mir (Suzuki GSX-RR), Maverick Viñales and Pol Spread (KTM RC 16).
Precisely Pol Espargaró was the second «victim» of the session, after the fall of the Frenchman Johann Zarco (Ducati Desmosedici GP19), when he went to the ground in the second corner when he had to avoid another pilot, paradoxically the same French pilot, who He was going much slower when he had just finished the fast practice lap with 1: 37.889.
Just one lap later and in the same place one of the debutants of the category, the Spanish Iker Lecuona (KTM RC 16) went to the ground, although in his case, as in that of Espargaró, with no physical consequences to review.
In the final stretch of that second session, Johann Zarco made headlines again, but this time for his sports performance, getting the second best time after Pol Espargaró with 1: 37.948 and on the next lap with 1: 37.850, although after his wake he was Japan’s Takaaki Nakagami (Honda RC 213 V) beat him by rolling in 1: 37.836.
Both the British Cal Crutchlow (Honda RC 213 V), and the Spanish Alex Rins (Suzuki GSX-RR), injured since last weekend, took the opportunity to accumulate as many kilometers as possible and see what their reactions were to physical effort. continued, without looking for a good position in the classification, for which they were obviously not fit, although this did not prevent them from improving the morning times.
In fact, only they and the Frenchman Johann Zarco lowered their morning records as the increase in temperatures caused both engine and tire performance to drop at the Ángel Nieto circuit in Jerez.