It’s a pretty safe bet that Alex Marquez loves Jerez right now. Who would have thought this time last year that today we’d be talking about the younger Marquez dominating a session - and not for the first time this season?
However, the rain in Spain seems to suit him particularly well, the Marc VDS rider taking it one step further by grabbing the top seat right out the garage and building a gap of over one and a half seconds to the challengers, if you can still call them that considering the advantage. Marquez was the only one able to go into the 1:58s, everyone else failing to even drop under the 2-minute barrier for much of the session.
Title leader Franco Morbidelli appeared to be the closest rival, before getting pushed back by likely and less likely riders, ending the session in twelfth position. Ricky Cardus was probably the most surprising name, Binder’s replacement still showing serious speed around the Spanish track, finishing second and cutting Marquez’s advantage to one second.
Tetsuta Nagashima was another nice surprise, the Japanese rider ending up third and very close to Cardus. Hafizh Syahrin showed off his nickname once again, swimming his way into fourth position and last into the 1:39s. Isaac Viñales couldn’t manage that time but he completed the top five, wih Yonny Hernandez a familiar face in sixth position.
Miguel Oliveira and Jorge Navarro also showed some pace early on but eventually fell (literally in Navarro’s case) to eighth and ninth place, almost two seconds down on Marquez - even more than that for Tom Luthi in thirteenth position.
|7||97||Xavi VIERGE||Tech 3||2'00.092||1.793||0.072|
|14||89||Khairul Idham PAWI||Kalex||2'00.640||2.341||0.068|
|18||24||Simone CORSI||Speed Up||2'01.009||2.710||0.062|
|31||87||Remy GARDNER||Tech 3||2'03.384||5.085||1.102|
|32||47||Axel BASSANI||Speed Up||2'03.728||5.429||0.344|