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2022 Austin Moto2 FP1 Result: Fernandez Leads But Sees Yellow

Five days and some more freight antics later, bikes were back on track – a partly refurbished track – in a slightly different order than usual, with the intermediate class opening the show this time around. In a familiar sight, Augusto Fernandez took centre stage throughout the first practice session in Austin, initially by leading the way and then by causing yellow flags at turn 16 in the final couple of minutes, which sealed the deal on top spot for the Spaniard. Cameron Beaubier embraced the return on home soil, only missing out on grabbing the headlines by three hundredths of a second.

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2022 Argentina Moto2 FP2 Result: Aldeguer Aces Take Two

After a pretty fast first session in Argentina, the intermediate class didn’t seem to be in much rush to light up the timesheets, with improvements coming halfway through the session and not many troubling the combined top 14. Fermín Aldeguer was as impressive as always, topping both practice sessions, despite a moment at turn 10 and failing to improve on his FP1 benchmark. Augusto Fernandez followed his compatriot closely, while Jake Dixon climbed to third in the session.

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2022 Argentina Moto2 FP1 Result: Aldeguer Thrives At Termas

Next in line for the cleaning job in Argentina were the intermediate class riders and some did a better job than others. Fermín Aldeguer was amongst the former, the youngster picking up the lead of the session right at the chequered flag, demoting compatriot Augusto Fernandez to second, after the KTM man led for much of the morning session. Somkiat Chantra stayed at the business end after his victory in Indonesia and ended FP1 in third place, three tenths of a second off top spot.

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Argentina MotoGP Friday Notes: Following Freight, And The Benefits Of A Different Schedule

It has been a busy day for everyone involved in MotoGP. A large section of the paddock was sat either behind a computer or staring at a mobile device frantically refreshing their flight tracker app of choice, watching the exploits of Aerostan aircraft EX-47001, as it finally made its way from Mombasa in Kenya to Lagos in Nigeria to Salvador in Brazil. As I write this, it has taken off from Salvador and is winging its way to Tucuman, where it is due to land some time after 9pm. At Salvador, the flight number changed from BSC4042 to BSC4043. A sign? I leave it up to the reader to decipher the letters BSC in the flight number.

At San Miguel de Tucuman, the plane will have to be unloaded and the customs formalities dealt with, before the contents of the plane are transported from the airport to the circuit at Termas de Rio Hondo, just under 100km away. They should at least arrive some time before midnight.

That will mean mechanics working through the night to get the bikes ready for Saturday. In preparation for this, the Gresini mechanics left the circuit early on Friday, presumably to get some sleep ahead of a long night.

Prepping the bikes

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New Schedule For Argentina MotoGP Round As Missing Freight Nears South America

The plane carrying the missing cargo from MotoGP is about to land in South America, which has given Dorna the confidence to announce a new schedule for the Argentina GP at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit. More track time has been added, and the sessions reshuffled.

The Moto2 and Moto3 classes fill Saturday morning, with Moto3 kicking off at 8:15am for a 50 minute FP1 session. That is followed by 50 minutes of FP1 for Moto2, then both classes get 50 minutes for FP2.

At 12:35, MotoGP gets their FP1 session, a full hour. Qualifying for Moto3 and Moto2 follows, then another hour of FP2 for MotoGP. The day ends with Q1 and Q2 for MotoGP. Entry into Q2 will be decided by combined times in FP1 and FP2 for all three classes.

The action kicks off 10 minutes earlier on Sunday morning, with 20 minute warm up sessions for Moto3 and Moto2, followed by a 40 minute session for MotoGP. The race should then proceed as normal.

The new schedule appears below:

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Argentina MotoGP Preview: An Always Wild Weekend Gets Weirder And Weirder

Despite being back to something resembling relative normality, MotoGP is off to a strange start in 2022. The season opener at Qatar saw the favorites fall short, and a surprise winner and championship leader. The second race, at Mandalika in Indonesia, nudged uncomfortably close to farce, the rain saving the MotoGP race from disaster. But like many wet races, the result was far from representative.

For round 3, MotoGP heads to Argentina, and the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit. The track in Argentina is a lesson in contrasts. The layout is magnificent, a fast, sweeping track with challenging corners, a straight that emphasizes acceleration over outright horsepower, and plenty of spots to pass other riders. But the location – near a modest town, and some distance away from major population centers – means the track gets little use outside of the MotoGP weekend. That usually leaves the surface of the track a mess, covered in dust and dirt, making preparation difficult.

Drama central

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