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Jack Miller led the first day of MotoGP free practice at the Aragon Grand Prix. The Australian rider stopped the clock with his Ducati at 1: 47.613, a great time that however did not leave him as the great rival to beat of the day. That was, in his own right, Marc Márquez.
Márquez has made a tactic already common for him at this MotorLand circuit: the one to overwhelm from the beginning. In morning practice, and abusing the soft tire, he set a brutal time, one second faster than that of the second classified, and which could only be beaten in the late afternoon.
Many problems for Joan Mir and Valentino Rossi
That time in the morning was enough for Márquez to finish eighth in the combined, which places him among those who go straight to Q2 for now. Although in FP2 he was eight tenths behind FP1, it seems that at the moment of truth, with the ideal conditions, he could get a great time. Yes indeed, has fallen again, and it is already the seventeenth of the year.
In any case, the results are quite surprising. Behind Miller has finished Aleix Espargaró, second with the Aprilia. The Catalan rider is a true specialist in MotorLand, so let's not rule out that he will go for the second consecutive podium. His times confirm him at least as aspirants.
Maverick Viñales has already climbed on the other Aprilia, which has left good details although the times are not yet competitive. He finished just ahead of two riders, Joan Mir and Jake Dixon, but on one of his last laps he made a first set for hope. He has to adapt, but he is doing it fast.
As we say, Mir was twenty-first, and that is worrisome in the world champion. The Suzuki rider has been very erratic, with pouring and running off the track. Nor has Alex Rins fared much better, twelfth at a circuit where last season he achieved his only victory of 2020.
The one who looks to be champion this year, Fabio Quartararo, has suffered a strange incident. It appears that an insect has crept into his helmet in the last few minutes, which has prevented him from tightening too much. Still it was seventh, but what shows the potential of the Yamaha is the third position of Cal Crutchlow.
Potential that Valentino Rossi does not have, who finished nineteenth and also had a roll on the floor. Ducati takes muscle beyond Miller, with Johann Zarco fourth, Jorge Martín fifth, Pecco Bagnaia sixth and Enea Bastianini tenth. The best KTM was Brad Binder, thirteenth.