2015 Argentina MotoGP FP1 Result: Aleix Espargaro And Suzuki Start Fast

Aleix Espargaro, taking advantage of a slow initial session, put his factory Suzuki at the top of the timesheet at the first Motogp free practice at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina. Espargaro's 1'40.806 put him half a second clear of the field on the dusty track. The pair of factor Ducati Andreas -- Inannone (3rd) and Dovizioso (4th) -- rounded out the top three.

But here's where the leaderboard gets a bit odd: Riders four through six include Yonny Hernandez, Scott Redding and Nicky Hayden, all of whom appeeared more willing to push their bikes while the factory Hondas and Yamahas used the first session to establish a clean racing line on the dusty track. World Champion Marc Marquez finished in 10th while the Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo completed the session in 14th and 20th respectively. 

Despite the session's slightly more moderate pace -- at least among some of the top riders -- Espargaro's 1'40 is nearly two seconds faster than last year's FP1 at the new track located 1000 km from Buenos Aires. Last year's race was the first for the 4.8 km (3 mi.) track. 


Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.
1 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'40.806  
2 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'41.379 0.573 / 0.573
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'41.527 0.721 / 0.148
4 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'41.785 0.979 / 0.258
5 45 Scott REDDING Honda 1'41.884 1.078 / 0.099
6 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda 1'41.932 1.126 / 0.048
7 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 1'42.174 1.368 / 0.242
8 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Ducati 1'42.246 1.440 / 0.072
9 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'42.391 1.585 / 0.145
10 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'42.605 1.799 / 0.214
11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'42.828 2.022 / 0.223
12 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'43.297 2.491 / 0.469
13 15 Alex DE ANGELIS ART 1'43.330 2.524 / 0.033
14 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'43.373 2.567 / 0.043
15 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'43.390 2.584 / 0.017
16 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'43.891 3.085 / 0.501
17 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'44.300 3.494 / 0.409
18 50 Eugene LAVERTY Honda 1'44.313 3.507 / 0.013
19 33 Marco MELANDRI Aprilia 1'44.572 3.766 / 0.259
20 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'44.750 3.944 / 0.178
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda 1'45.001 4.195 / 0.251
22 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'45.237 4.431 / 0.236
23 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda 1'45.688 4.882 / 0.451
24 6 Stefan BRADL Yamaha Forward 1'45.747 4.941 / 0.059
25 76 Loris BAZ Yamaha Forward 1'46.239 5.433 / 0.492
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Miller and Hayden top 10! maybe we need a few wet races this season to see whats up

I feel sorry for Hayden, as fast as Rossi, as fast as Dovi on the ducatis. now Rossi is winning on the factory Yamaha and Dovi almost winning on teh Factory Duke, and Nicky is on the RS :(

I would love to see Honda release a new 1000 SBK based on the RCV and have Van der mark and Hayden race em !

He's said repeatedly that he has no interest in WSBK, but I really wish he'd reconsider. I can't help but think that he'll look back and realize his pride kept him from (possibly) achieving one of the last unclaimed brass rings in motorcycle racing.

Seeing a racer claim both series' championships would be exciting on its own, but having it done by an American might be just the thing to finally re-energize the American fan base.

at this point, you have to think that NH is making more money from outside personal sponsors (tissot, etc) than his team or purses. That would probably disappear if he goes to WSBK.

I'd really like to see what Hayden can do in WSBK. Maybe that would give the series a bit of a revival. Making it more popular should also be in Dorna's interest, I guess.

But if he went, please do not put him on a Honda. Unless they finally come up with a new and competitive Superbike. Nothing against the CBR. It's a good bike. But others have stepped up a notch and Ten Kate just don't have the support to be at the pointy end. Ask Johnny Rea. At this point, I don't get why Honda even still compete. It doesn't strike me as typically Honda. Usually, when they take a beating one or two times, they just throw money at the problem until it disappears. See Moto3. But it looks like they just can't be bothered to give a f**k about WSBK.

The track is very dirty, so the riders basically spent FP1 tiptoeing around sweeping the track. Things will change in FP2, and especially tomorrow.

Even by the final FP1 with the Moto2 riders, lap times began to drop as the track cleaned up. MotoGP's FP2 should give a clearer indication of the real pace. 

Don't get too excited guys---it's only FP1---dusty track---things will get back to normal soon...

Just to illustrate how strange this result is: Melandri is 19th instead of 25th. And in front of Lorenzo, Smith and Bradl, and a Repsol Honda for that matter.
And what about De Angelis, who set 7th fastest time with 5 minutes to go... On the only remaining CRT bike. And it was not even wet.