Marquez returns to MotoGP action in…

The 29-year-old Spaniard with an indomitable fighting spirit immediately returned to his usual displays of magic driving, saving front and rear slides in spectacular fashion and entertaining viewers and trackside crowds with his remarkable feats of driving. skill and daring.

The six-time MotoGP world champion had an exciting Saturday after a remarkable Friday, which he finished just 0.359 seconds off the fastest lap time, despite his lengthy layoff. In this morning’s FP3 session, he took the opportunity to experiment with different frame geometry settings on one of his bikes, but slipped off the other machine, leaving it to him to make the top ten. (to go directly to Q2) with the experimental set -up.

As usual, Marquez gave it his all, finishing FP3 in 12th place, less than two tenths of a second from the top ten. He rallied as always to finish Q1 third, missing out on promotion to Q2 by just six hundredths of a second. He will therefore start his first race since the Italian Grand Prix in May from the fifth row of the grid.

Marquez’s return to racing follows his first outings on his Honda CBR600RR training bike and then two days of testing after the San Marino GP, which went encouragingly well. His goal for tomorrow and the last five races of 2022 is to continue his rehabilitation, to regain the strength of his bike and to help Honda find the best direction of development for 2023. The results of the races are, to some extent, unimportant.

Honda’s best qualifier today ended up just ahead of Marquez. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda RC213V) had an excellent first three practice sessions which took him straight into Q2 for the first time since the Dutch TT in June. The 30-year-old from Chiba finished that outing 12th fastest, for a fourth-place start. Nakagami first qualified on pole here two years ago, so he definitely knows the fast way around this circuit and will aim to improve on his best results of 2022 so far – two sevenths at Jerez and Le Mans. .

Nakagami’s teammate Alex Marquez (LCR Honda CASTROL Honda RC213V) finished qualifying 16th, not the best result, but MotoGP is so close at the moment he was less than sixth tenths away. seconds to enter Q2 directly. The 26-year-old Spaniard and two-time world champion was a regular visitor to the Aragon podium during his time in the Moto2 and Moto3 world championships, so he has high hopes of a strong race tomorrow.

Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V) did everything he knew to qualify in Q2, pushing so hard in Q1 that he slipped at the very end of the session. This prevented the 31-year-old Spaniard from showing his real speed, so he will start the race from 18th on the grid.

Tomorrow’s Aragon Grand Prix completes the main European section of the 2022 MotoGP series, with riders and teams now heading east for the Japanese Grand Prix next weekend at Twin Ring Motegi and the GP from Thailand the following weekend in Buriram. Two weeks later it’s the Australian GP, ​​then immediately the Malaysian GP. The season ends with the Valencia GP on November 6.

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