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Pedrosa stuns MotoGP field by topping first Jerez practice

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In what was his first MotoGP grand prix weekend session since 2021, KTM test rider Dani Pedrosa topped the first practice of the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez.

Key moments:

> Pedrosa fastest by 0.034s

> Bastianini 22nd in first session since injury

> Nakagami impressive in third

> Points leader Bezzecchi only 14th

There was some slight cloud cover over the Jerez track, but the conditions were still very hot for the late morning.

Temperatures are expected to soar this weekend and will be a key test for the riders to overcome as the asphalt continues to get greasier.

Conditions this afternoon are likely to get even hotter, meaning FP1 could prove crucial when it comes to who ends the day in the top 10, which determines Q2 spots.

Pedrosa – who had been part of a multi-day private test at the venue earlier this month and was at the sharp end of FP1 throughout – went quickest right at the end of the session, setting a 1m36.770s to displace Pramac Ducati’s Jorge Martin by 0.034s.

Takaaki Nakagami got the weekend off to a strong start in third for LCR Honda, as Luca Marini (VR46 Ducati) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) rounded out the top five.

Championship leader Marco Bezzecchi (VR46 Ducati) could only muster up a time to put him 14th and will be keen to improve on that in FP2 to avoid Q1 on Saturday.

Fabio Quartararo made a small mistake at the beginning of a run at the first corner, forcing him to quickly bail out of the corner and avoid a crash.

The Frenchman – who is yet to qualify his works Yamaha on the front two rows of the grid in 2023 – ended the session 18th.

Enea Bastianini made his first MotoGP appearance since breaking his shoulder during the first round of the year.

The works Ducati rider looked to be struggling on the bike as he continued his recovery, ending FP1 22nd. Like Quartararo, he did not use a fresh soft rear in the closing stages.

Iker Lecuona Honda MotoGP Jerez

Iker Lecuona – who also makes a comeback to MotoGP this weekend to replace the injured Marc Marquez – didn’t have the most straightforward session.

The Repsol Honda stand-in had a reported issue with his RC213V, and ended FP1 24th and last.

Practice 1 Results

Pos Name Team Bike Gap Next Gap Leader Best Time
1 Dani Pedrosa Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1m36.77s
2 Jorge Martin Prima Pramac Racing Ducati +0.034s +0.034s 1m36.804s
3 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda +0.24s +0.274s 1m37.044s
4 Luca Marini Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati +0.009s +0.283s 1m37.053s
5 Aleix Espargaró Aprilia Racing Aprilia +0.037s +0.32s 1m37.09s
6 Brad Binder Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.007s +0.327s 1m37.097s
7 Alex Marquez Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati +0.041s +0.368s 1m37.138s
8 Jack Miller Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.124s +0.492s 1m37.262s
9 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati +0.126s +0.618s 1m37.388s
10 Maverick Viñales Aprilia Racing Aprilia +0.001s +0.619s 1m37.389s
11 Johann Zarco Prima Pramac Racing Ducati +0.043s +0.662s 1m37.432s
12 Alex Rins LCR Honda CASTROL Honda +0.055s +0.717s 1m37.487s
13 Miguel Oliveira CryptoDATA RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia +0.146s +0.863s 1m37.633s
14 Marco Bezzecchi Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati +0.049s +0.912s 1m37.682s
15 Joan Mir Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.168s +1.08s 1m37.85s
16 Stefan Bradl Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.052s +1.132s 1m37.902s
17 Raul Fernandez CryptoDATA RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia +0.153s +1.285s 1m38.055s
18 Fabio Quartararo Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +0.018s +1.303s 1m38.073s
19 Fabio Di Giannantonio Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati +0.031s +1.334s 1m38.104s
20 Franco Morbidelli Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +0.002s +1.336s 1m38.106s
21 Augusto Fernandez GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 KTM +0.172s +1.508s 1m38.278s
22 Enea Bastianini Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati +0.653s +2.161s 1m38.931s
23 Jonas Folger GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 KTM +0.614s +2.775s 1m39.545s
24 Iker Lecuona Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.964s +3.739s 1m40.509s
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