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Pol Espargaró leads a start in Mandalika full of incidents

Mandalika.- The activity began at nine o’clock, although more than an hour later the stewards showed the red flag, given the large amount of mud that had been deposited on the asphalt, and that the machines took almost two hours to clear.

A group of riders organized a meeting with Carlos Ezpeleta and Franco Uncini, the two highest-ranking executives in the championship who had traveled to Indonesia, and they all agreed to give the track a margin so that it could improve with the circulation of the bikes. Finally, the times went down until with just over 20 minutes to go until the conclusion it started to rain, a circumstance that invited the teams to pack up.

Espargaró closed the best lap in 1m 32.4 seconds, four tenths below the best lap recorded in November in this same scenario, in the visit of WorldSBK (Razgatlioglu).

Behind Polyccio’s Honda, almost half a second, his brother Aleix finished, while Brad Binder was third fastest.

The fourth fastest lap was awarded to Alex Rins, while Fabio Quartararo (fifth) and Jack Miller (sixth), completed a sextet made up of the six brands that co-exist in the contest.

Maverick Viñales finished seventh, ahead of Joan Mir (eighth), while Andrea Dovizioso (ninth) and Jorge Martín (tenth) closed the top ten.

Marc Márquez finished 17th, 1.3 seconds behind the time of his neighbor in the workshop, and Pecco Bagnaia finished 22nd, 1.8 seconds behind the first.

At this point, the uncertainty revolves around the effect that the rain that is eventually expected for this coming night in Lombok could have, and what conditions the track will be in this Saturday, the penultimate day of the preseason.

Results of Friday’s MotoGP test at Mandalika

Pos. Pilot Motorcycle Weather
1 Pol Espargaro Sling 1’22”446
two A. Espargaro aprilia +0″471
3 B. Binder KTM +0″477
4 On. Rinse Suzuki +0″592
5 F. Quartararo Yamaha +0″642
6 J. Miller Ducati +0″648
7 M. Vinales aprilia +0″681
8 J. Mir Suzuki +0″778
9 A. Dovizioso Yamaha +0″779
10 J. Martin Ducati +0″892
Andrea Dovizioso, RNF MotoGP Racing

Andrea Dovizioso, RNF MotoGP Racing

1/17

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Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Marc Márquez, Repsol Honda Team

2 / 17

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Detail of the wings of the Repsol Honda Team motorcycle

Detalle de las alas de la moto del Repsol Honda Team

3 / 17

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Marco Bezzecchi, VR46 Racing Team

Marco Bezzecchi, VR46 Racing Team

4/17 _

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Franco Morbidelli, Yamaha Factory Racing

Franco Morbidelli, Yamaha Factory Racing

5/17

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Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia Racing Team

Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia Racing Team

6 / 17

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Alex Márquez, Team LCR Honda

Alex Márquez, Team LCR Honda

7/17

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Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Marc Márquez, Repsol Honda Team

8 / 17

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Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

9/17

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Darryn Binder, RNF MotoGP Racing

Darryn Binder, RNF MotoGP Racing

10/17

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Darryn Binder, RNF MotoGP Racing

Darryn Binder, RNF MotoGP Racing

11/17

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Franco Morbidelli, Yamaha Factory Racing

Franco Morbidelli, Yamaha Factory Racing

12/17

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Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Team

Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Team

13 / 17

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Ducati Team bike details

Detalle de la moto de Ducati Team

14 / 17

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Ducati Team

Ducati Team

15/17

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Raul Fernandez, KTM Tech3

Raul Fernandez, KTM Tech3

16 / 17

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Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

17/17

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