MotoGP Bharat GP: Bezzecchi Leads FP1 at Buddh International Circuit, Followed by Honda's Marc Marquez

Practise one of the Indian Grand Prix saw VR46 rider Marco Bezzecchi set the pace ahead of Marc Marquez of Honda. Mechanical problems plagued Yamaha's opening round of the Indian GP weekend, forcing Fabio Quartararo to make two pit stops.

By Divyam Dubey | on September 22, 2023 Follow us on Autox Google News

The inaugural Indian MotoGP event kicked off with an extended opening practice session that saw Marco Bezzecchi leading the way, closely followed by Honda's Marc Marquez. Yamaha faced some technical issues during the session with Fabio Quartararo, prompting the team to bring in Franco Morbidelli as a precautionary measure.

While several riders had their moments in the gravel trap, particularly while braking for the Turn 1 hairpin, none had as unfortunate an incident as Takaaki Nakagami, who lost control of his LCR Honda. Francesco Bagnaia, the current championship leader, finished the session in 15th place.

As MotoGP makes its debut in India at the Buddh International Circuit, Bagnaia holds a 36-point lead in the championship over Jorge Martin of Pramac. Since there has been no prior MotoGP testing on this track, it's a fresh start for all riders. The former F1 circuit boasts 13 turns and numerous long straights, the longest of which is just over 1km in length. Riders have been using computer games to familiarize themselves with the track ahead of the race.

MotoGP Bharat GP: Free Practice 1 Result

In the first ten minutes of practice, Pramac rider Martin was the first to break the 1-minute and 50-second time barrier with a lap time of 1 minute and 49.358 seconds. His VR46 competitor, Marini, responded with a 0.017 seconds slower lap time. The lap times at the 4.9 km track were falling rapidly, but on his third attempt, Marini improved by nearly two seconds to produce a 1m47.880s flyer. Around 15 minutes into the session, Aleix Espargaro broke the duopoly of Marini and Martin by improving to 1m47.611s on the track, which is predicted to favour the Noale outfit.

Espargaro's time remained undefeated until around halfway through the practice. Martin, who had fallen as low as sixth in the order, made up the lost ground, clocking an impressive lap time of blazing 1 minute 46.817 seconds.

Pos Rider Team Time
1 Marco Bezzecchi Mooney VR46 Ducati 1'45.990s
2 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda +0.139s
3 Brad Binder Red Bull KTM +0.320s
4 Raul Fernandez RNF Aprilia +0.381s
5 Maverick Vinales Aprilia Racing +0.488s
6 Johann Zarco Pramac Ducati +0.586s
7 Luca Marini Mooney VR46 Ducati +0.619s
8 Jorge Martin Pramac Ducati +0.620s
9 Fabio Di Giannantonio Gresini Ducati  +0.788s
10 Joan Mir Repsol Honda +0.815s
11 Augusto Fernandez Tech3 GASGAS +0.837s
12 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda +0.976s
13 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Racing +0.984s
14 Alex Marquez Gresini Ducati +1.027s
15 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati Lenovo +1.060s
16 Jack Miller Red Bull KTM +1.381s
17 Miguel Oliveira RNF Aprilia +1.429s
18 Pol Espargaro Tech3 GASGAS +1.490s
19 Fabio Quartararo Monster Yamaha +1.524s
20 Michele Pirro Ducati Lenovo +2.038s
21 Franco Morbidelli Monster Yamaha +2.115s
22 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda +2.755s

MotoGP Bharat GP: Yamaha’s Trouble at Buddh International Circuit

Fabio Quartararo's Yamaha motorcycle suffered a breakdown at the BIC, forcing him to pull over near the fence and find an alternative way to get back to the pit garage. Shortly after resuming his ride on the backup motorcycle, Fabio had another mechanical issue with his motorcycle, causing him to come to a halt. Determined to continue, Fabio took matters into his own hands and pushed the motorcycle all the way back to his assigned pit garage without assistance.

It seems that an issue with the gearbox or clutch mechanics was responsible for the unfortunate events. Because of these setbacks, the Frenchman lost a lot of critical track time. Consequently, they decided to cut Franco Morbidelli's session short and keep him in the pit lane.

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