El Italian Francesco ‘Pecco ‘Bagnaia (Ducati Desmosedici GP21) achieved his second pole position of the season and the ninth of his sporting career, with a new absolute record in the category, being the fastest to qualify for the MotoGP Grand Prix of Aragon, which registered the dominance of the official Ducati riders .
Bagnaia rolled in 1: 46.322, lowered the previous absolute record of Spanish Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda RC 213 V), who in 2015 had rolled in 1: 46.635, and rolled more than three tenths of a second faster than his immediate pursuers, his Ducati teammate, the Australian Jack Miller, and that the french Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1), World Cup leader.
Márquez was the one who dominated the fourth free testing session, which takes place around the same time as the MotoGP race, which allows all riders to work on the pace for it and there the Repsol Honda was the most regular and fastest of them all, followed by two Ducati riders, the Italians Enea Bastianini and Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia.
The French Johann Zarco (Ducati Desmosedici GP21) He was the first to set a time that gave him the pass to the second classification, for which he fought with the South African Brad Binder (KTM RC 16) and also with the british Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha YZR M 1), Although the Portuguese Miguel Oliveira (KTM RC 16) also opted for that pass, the Spanish Alex Márquez (Honda RC 213 V), Alex Rins (Suzuki GSX RR) and Maverick Viñales (Aprilia RS-GP) or italian Valentino Rossi (Yamaha YZR M 1).
In the end, they were Zarco, who lowered his personal best time a few thousandths more, and Brad Binder, those who achieved the pass to the second classification, leaving both Viñales and Rins and Rossi.
Did not wait a second Marc Márquez to go out on the track in the second classification, a more than evident example of the Repsol Honda rider’s ambition to recover as soon as possible all his feelings of yesteryear despite the falls he has already accumulated throughout the season.
In his third lap he starred in the second best time, surpassed only by the Italian “Pecco” Bagnaia and also moments later by the Spanish Jorge Martín (Ducati Desmosedici GP21), although still with a lot of training time ahead.
They were all defeated moments later Fabio Quartararo with a 1: 46.727 that was already very close to the absolute record held by Marc Márquez since 2015 with 1: 46.635, but the Italian was in charge of breaking that time Bagnaia, that a lap later he rolled in 1: 46.322 and there if no rival could beat the personal best of the transalpine.
In the wake of Bagnaia their own teammate, Australian Jack Miller and Frenchman Fabio Quartararo, concluded with Marc Márquez in fourth place, ahead of Jorge Martín and Aleix Espargaró and already with Joan Mir (Suzuki GSX RR), Pol Espargaró (Repsol Honda RC 213 V) and Enea Bastianini on the next line.
The last positions of the second classification were for the French Johann Zarco, the Japanese Takaaki Nakagami and South African Brad Binder.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.