2019 Jerez MotoGP FP1 Result: First Pay-Off For The Dream Team

The fresh grippy asphalt and the familiar layout of the Jerez circuit meant that the first outing on home ground for the premier class was a fast and furious affair. The challenge was to catch up with Marc Marquez once be built one second’s advantage on the competition and teammate Jorge Lorenzo was unsurprisingly up to the challenge. Honda’s new arrival was in his element in Jerez and caught up with his compatriot by the midway point of the session, the infamous Dream Team showing the way for much of FP1.

Very little separated the duo on their final laps, Marquez keeping the headlines with the only 1:37 time of the day on used rubber. Lorenzo had to settle for second, a tenth off his teammate, while Maverick Viñales added a Yamaha to the top three mix, robbing Honda from a 1-2-3. However, Takaaki Nakagami made excellent use of last year’s winning bike and finished the morning two tenths off the reigning world champion.

Andrea Dovizioso was a little subdued throughout FP1 but made a late assault on the timesheets to climb into the top five. Fabio Quartararo kept a close eye on proceedings from sixth position, only three tenths off the leader, while Jack Miller was the next man down, half a second off Marquez but seemingly struggling with arm pump issues.

After threatening the Honda domination early on, Danilo Petrucci dropped back to eighth, with Franco Morbidelli and Alex Rins completing the top ten. Cal Crutchlow, Johann Zarco and Joan Mir were the final men within a second of the lead, although the KTM man ended his session in the gravel trap. Valentino Rossi had a sluggish start to his day, spending most of his time towards the bottom of the top 15 and finishing the session 18th but some of the attention was stolen by Yamaha’s version of the swingarm attachment that the Italian paraded for a handful of laps.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'37.921    
2 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 1'38.045 0.124 0.124
3 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'38.112 0.191 0.067
4 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'38.134 0.213 0.022
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'38.150 0.229 0.016
6 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'38.209 0.288 0.059
7 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'38.464 0.543 0.255
8 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'38.474 0.553 0.010
9 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'38.478 0.557 0.004
10 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'38.534 0.613 0.056
11 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'38.800 0.879 0.266
12 5 Johann ZARCO KTM 1'38.897 0.976 0.097
13 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'38.905 0.984 0.008
14 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'38.942 1.021 0.037
15 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'38.975 1.054 0.033
16 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'39.064 1.143 0.089
17 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'39.141 1.220 0.077
18 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'39.380 1.459 0.239
19 38 Bradley SMITH Aprilia 1'39.410 1.489 0.030
20 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'39.667 1.746 0.257
21 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'39.675 1.754 0.008
22 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'39.949 2.028 0.274
23 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'40.313 2.392 0.364
24 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'41.093 3.172 0.780
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Welcome back Señor Jorge Lorenzo That's a relief. I had thought the chuppa chup kid had lost his mojo. But, no obviously he has left it behind when he went travelling. Got his fast on now.

Mav is fast in practice, woopee. What has Maverick got for the race?

Congrats Taka Nakagami 3rd Honda well ahead of Cal. Two thirds of a second is huge in this context. They are close at the top again, as usual.

Close, nine within a second. All the way down to the second Espargaro bro on the second KTM, the fastest 17 are all fairly close in laptime. Not that that means a whole lot, still only first practice.

And then the next guy in 18th in fp1 He is mighty rapid & all. Usually faster in the race.

The championship begins again.

I think after finally getting the wins on Ducati he has no problems with self-belief and confidence and probably never will.

Strong, yes! Flexible, no. Very determined and confident. But struggles in situations outside of his expectations. Confidence and determination only go so far, and overutilized to the exclusion of other traits can be problematic. Really impressed by his success at Ducati, believe he will do the same here.