It was an Espargaro one, two today at the official MotoGP test at Mandalika, with Pol and his Honda on top, and Aleix and... Mandalika MotoGP Official Test Results Day One
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It was an Espargaro one, two today at the official MotoGP test at Mandalika, with Pol and his Honda on top, and Aleix and his Aprilia almost half a second behind. In fact, all six manufacturers in MotoGP were represented in the top six, Honda, Aprilia, KTM, Suzuki, Yamaha and Ducati (in that order). Nice.

Perhaps that means we’ve got a circuit that doesn’t favour one particular brand of MotoGP machine. Or perhaps I’m reading too much into it.

My personal favourite for the ’22 championship, Francesco Bagnaia, only managed 22nd fastest, so I’m hoping, if only for the sake of my integrity, that tomorrow and Sunday will be a different story. There are only two days of testing left before the 2022 season starts, and they’re both this weekend.

Today’s test sessions didn’t really begin in earnest until the afternoon when the rain had abated and the track had been cleared of standing water. I’m sure everyone involved will be hoping for drier weather tomorrow, and a chance to get the hammer down; although the outlook doesn’t look good.

Oh…

I suppose that’s what happens when you build a race circuit on a tropical Indonesian island on the edge of the pacific ocean. World Superbike fans will remember heavy (and I mean HEAVY) rain showers causing long delays, cancelations and general chaos at the final WSBK round of 2021.

So because there’s absolutely no guarantee anyone will get the chance to do any more laps on their MotoGP bikes over the rest of the weekend, I thought I’d share today’s times; as they might be the only ones we get.

Just on a rookie-note, big up to Fabio Di Giannantonio, the fastest newbie on his Gresini Racing Ducati. He was 14th fastest, only 1.2 seconds off the pace.

If you’re desperate to see some real racing (I know I am) you’ve only got three weeks left to wait until the first round of the 2022 MotoGP Championship, at Losail in Qatar. But for now, here are today’s results from the official test…

Mandalika Test Day 1

Pos.RiderNumNationTeamConstructorTime/Gap
1Espargaro Pol44SPARepsol Honda TeamHonda1’32.466
2Espargaro Aleix41SPAAprilia RacingAprilia0.471
3Binder Brad33RSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM0.477
4Rins Alex42SPATeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki0.592
5Quartararo Fabio20FRAMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha0.642
6Miller Jack43AUSDucati Lenovo TeamDucati0.648
7Vinales Maverick12SPAAprilia RacingAprilia0.681
8Mir Joan36SPATeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki0.778
9Dovizioso Andrea4ITAWithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP TeamYamaha0.779
10Martin Jorge89SPAPramac RacingDucati0.892
11Nakagami Takaaki30JPNLCR HondaHonda0.928
12Morbidelli Franco21ITAMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha1.052
13Zarco Johann5FRAPramac RacingDucati1.126
14Di Giannantonio Fabio49ITATeam Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati1.217
15Marquez Alex73SPALCR HondaHonda1.234
16Oliveira Miguel88PORRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM1.282
17Marquez Marc93SPARepsol Honda TeamHonda1.31
18Bastianini Enea23ITATeam Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati1.488
19Fernandez Raul25SPATech 3 KTM Factory RacingKTM1.5
20Marini Luca10ITAMooney VR46 Racing TeamDucati1.699
21Bezzecchi Marco73ITAMooney VR46 Racing TeamDucati1.707
22Bagnaia Francesco62ITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati1.852
23Binder Darryn40RSAWithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP TeamYamaha2.029
24Gardner Remy87AUSTech 3 KTM Factory RacingKTM2.137
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