Pol starts the Honda a second from his brother Aleix

The Aprilia rider dominated the first day of testing with all MotoGP on the track, ahead of Bradl, who led the Shakedown, and Mir.


Smile from ear to ear from Pol Espargaró on his debut as a Repsol Honda rider, at least at the beginning. With the permission of other celebrities, he was the big draw on the first day of testing in Qatar for the entire MotoGP grid. Now, at the end of the day, Polyccio already knows without anyone having to tell him that the Honda is fighting. The youngest of the Espargaró started a second behind his brother Aleix, who was the fastest at the start with an Aprilia that continues to grow. He did so with a time of 1: 55.878 which has placed him 17th to start and which is 1,138 slower than he was under the Losail spotlight in 2019 with the KTM during a qualifying in which he finished 16th.

Without a doubt, it is too early to draw conclusions, but it is not the start dreamed of by Granollers, although it is relieving to see that his boxing partner, a Bradl who replaces the injured Marc Márquez again, has been second 0.256 from the head. Apparently in recent times, the Spaniard has much more potential than the German, who also has a day's advantage on this track and a lot of kilometers over the RC213V, which is especially complicated on its front end. The former KTM, with whom he took the podium a whopping five times last year, already has his first 68 laps with the Honda and will go further, much more, in the four days of testing that lie ahead. on the Qatari track.

Behind the two in the lead was the champion, a Joan Mir to whom Suzuki has already given the opportunity to test the 2022 GSX-RR engine. Tester Guintoli took it on Friday and today was disposition of the two officers of the Hamamatsu factory. It will be necessary to ask him if the time has done it with that new propeller or that of 2021, which is the same as last year, as this season's engines are frozen by regulation to lower costs. Only Aprilia escapes this measure, because it is the only factory that has concessions left on the grid due to its weak record in the queen class.

Behind Mir and until closing the top ten, Miller, who has made a pun with his last name and has put the word Thriller on the back and on the blackboard, which promises suspense. After the Australian, Oliveira (first KTM), Zarco, Morbidelli (first Yamaha), Rins, Maverick and Álex Márquez, who suffered a fall without consequences. Further back, Rossi 14th, Quartararo 15th, Martín 18th as the best of the rookies, Lecuona 22nd and Pedrosa 26th, who continues on the track as a KTM tester.

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