Sunday morning at the “Gran Premio Red Bull de España” in Jerez, Takaaki Nakagami was the fastest MotoGP rider. Behind the LCR Honda man followed the favorites for the 2 p.m. race.
The sky above the “Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto” was cloudless on Sunday morning, the MotoGP class warm-up started with 18 degrees of air and 22 degrees of asphalt temperature in the best conditions.
As a reminder, Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia took pole position for the sixth MotoGP race of the season with a historic lap record on Saturday. The Ducati works rider distanced himself from all the competition by more than four tenths of a second with a fabulous time of 1:36.170 min. Many observers are expecting a duel today between vice-world champion and world championship leader Fabio Quartararo, who impressed with his racing pace during the training days and took second place on the grid.
Midway through the 20-minute warm-up session, Yamaha star Quartararo edged Marc Márquez by 0.083 seconds in a time of 1:37.779 minutes. Like most competitors, both were fitted with medium tires front and rear. Pol Espargaró and Miguel Oliveira also tried the soft rear tyre. According to Michelin, however, the hard front tire and medium rear tire should be the preferred choice for the afternoon 25-lap race.
Then Takaaki Nakagami took the lead in the warm-up standings, he cut the best time to 1:37.442 mins with seven minutes to go on his declared favorite track.
The LCR Honda rider thus retains first place, followed by Quartararo, Bagnaia, Martin, Zarco and Marc Márquez. HRC wildcard driver Stefan Bradl lost 1.711 seconds and found himself at the end of the timesheet.
MotoGP result, warm-up, Jerez (May 1):
1. Nakagami, Honda, 1:37.442 mins
2. Quartararo, Yamaha, +0.227s
3. Bagnaia, Ducati, +0.299
4. Martin, Ducati, +0.394
5. Zarco, Ducati, +0.407
6. Marc Marquez, Honda, +0.420
7. Mir, Suzuki, +0.523
8. Pol Espargaro, Honda, +0.636
9. Morbidelli, Yamaha, +0.685
10. Rins, Suzuki, +0.698
11. Alex Marquez, Honda, +0.723
12. Bastianini, Ducati, +0.737
13. Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia, +0.743
14. Binder, KTM, +0.744
15. Vinales, Aprilia, +0.854
16. Bezzecchi, Ducati, +0.863
17.Miller, Ducati, +0.941
18. Oliveira, KTM, +1.047
19. Gardner, KTM, +1.050
20. Marini, Ducati, +1.058
21. Dovizoso, Yamaha, +1.303
22. Di Giannantonio, Ducati, +1.346
23. Savadori, Aprilia, +1398
24. Darryn Binder, Yamaha, +1698
25. Stefan Bradl, Honda, +1.711