Espargaro Leads FP1 in Argentina for Suzuki

Aleix Espargaro put Suzuki on top of a practice session for the first time since making their return to MotoGP after setting the pace in FP1 at Termas de Rio Hondo. Conditions were far from ideal for the riders with the circuit taking a while to rubber in, leading to an unusual top ten at the end of the morning.

After cutting it fine with their fuel usage in Texas, Ducati would have been hoping for a trouble-free start to the weekend but they wouldn’t get it as Andrea Iannone brought his GP15 to a smoky halt in the first few minutes. The Italian would soon return to the track on his second machine but Ducati had shown their first signs of fallibility in the new season.

Marc Marquez hasn’t been inch-perfect so far but despite some wild moments under braking, the world champion set the initial pace on a 1:42.605 but as grip levels rapidly improved, he was pushed further and further down the order. Maverick Vinales was the first to lower the benchmark time, clocking a 1:42.174, but Espargaro knocked over a second off his younger teammate’s time with his 1:40.806 ultimately proving enough to top the session.

Iannone set a 1:41.379 on his second GP15 to finish second ahead of his teammate Andrea Dovizioso and Pramac Ducati’s Yonny Hernandez, the Colombian providing the main South American hope for the weekend. Scott Redding and Nicky Hayden both found time in the rider-friendly conditions towards the end to take fifth and sixth, just ahead of Vinales, while Mike Di Meglio and Jack Miller produced standout performances to demote Marquez to tenth.



PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
141. Aleix EspargaroSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:40.806
229. Andrea IannoneDucatiDucati Team1:41.379
34. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:41.527
468. Yonny HernandezDucatiPramac Racing1:41.785
545. Scott ReddingHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS1:41.884
669. Nicky HaydenHondaAspar MotoGP Team1:41.932
725. Maverick VinalesSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:42.174
863. Mike Di MeglioDucatiAvintia Racing1:42.246
943. Jack MillerHondaCWM LCR Honda1:42.391
1093. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:42.605
1119. Alvaro BautistaApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:42.828
128. Hector BarberaDucatiAvintia Racing1:43.297
1315. Alex de AngelisARTOcto IodaRacing Team1:43.330
1446. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:43.373
1544. Pol EspargaroYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:43.390
1635. Cal CrutchlowHondaCWM LCR Honda1:43.891
179. Danilo PetrucciDucatiPramac Racing1:44.300
1850. Eugene LavertyHondaAspar MotoGP Team1:44.313
1933. Marco MelandriApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:44.572
2099. Jorge LorenzoYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:44.750
2117. Karel AbrahamHondaAB Motoracing1:45.001
2238. Bradley SmithYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:45.237
237. Hiroshi AoyamaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:45.688
246. Stefan BradlForward YamahaAthina Forward Racing1:45.747
2576. Loris BazForward YamahaAthina Forward Racing1:46.239