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The rain gave MotoGP a break so that the second free practice sessions of the Valencia Grand Prix could be played on dry tires. In conditions of so little grip on the track, the one that usually does shine again, at least one lap: Jack Miller goes home with the best time of the day.
Miller stopped the clock at 1: 30.927, proving once again that the Ducati is an almost infallible bike in these conditions. Of course, this time he had to sweat it, because Pol Espargaró has put him in trouble until he has already fallen on the last lap and with the clock reset. The passage to Q2 will be held tomorrow.
Quartararo would be out of Q2; Rossi, last
Miller, Espargaró and Pecco Bagnaia were constantly improving in the final minutes of the session, when the drivers opted for a set of new soft tires. Bagnaia was penalized quite a bit by timing, but Espargaró was willing to improve on Miller when Ducati's had already cut.
Nevertheless, Espargaró has lost the sensitive front wheel of the Honda and has ended on the floor. Even so, a good second position for the Spanish rider who has always done well in the water, took the podium for the first time in MotoGP at this circuit and would like to close the season in a big way, with a victory.
Behind the fastest three is over an Álex Rins who confirms that the Suzuki is doing well in Cheste. In fact, Joan Mir also had quite a bit of speed, slipping into seventh position in the standings and riding quite easily in the final minutes. The option to achieve at least one victory is real.
Definitely the big surprise of the day was Andrea Doviziosoas the Italian driver has taken a gigantic step forward to come out of the usual late positions since he returned with the Petronas and sneak in ninth. It has not gone so well for Valentino Rossi, last on his last day on Friday.
Jorge Martín, fifth, at the moment has enough control over Enea Bastianini, who has fallen, in the fight to be the best rookie. Takaaki Nakagami has cast the Honda sixth in a circuit he likes and Brad Binder, eighth, and Johann Zarco, tenth, would complete the move to Q2 for the time being. There will be changes if it doesn't rain tomorrow.
The best Aprilia was Aleix Espargaró's, twelfth, just behind the negative surprise of the day. Not only would Fabio Quartararo not be classified for Q2 right now, but has also fallen again. He is not having a great closing of the championship despite the tranquility of knowing he is already a champion.