Mandalika, Indonesia

2022 Mandalika Moto2 FP3 Result: Aldeguer Shines In Wet Conditions

Another wet drizzly morning in Indonesia made for a rather subdued final practice session for the intermediate class, with the spotlight firmly on Fermin Aldeguer. The Spaniard established a one second advantage early in the session and rivals struggled to bridge that gap throughout FP3, compatriot Augusto Fernandez coming closest ahead of FP2 leader Jake Dixon. Tony Arbolino dropped to fourth at the last minute, with Aron Canet joining the top five, followed by compatriots Jorge Navarro and Pedro Acosta.

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2022 Mandalika Moto3 FP3 Result: Migno Sails Into Top Spot

Although a quick glance at the circuit immediately confirmed there would not be another shoot-out for the top 14 on Saturday morning, the soaking wet track didn’t make it any less stressful for lightweight class riders. Thankfully not many got to experience the emerging sea in the gravel trap at turn 5 and some even showed off their skills in the wet, in particular the Rivacold Snipers duo. Andrea Migno was fast and consistent throughout the session and reclaiming top spot at the chequered flag by seven tenths of a second.

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Mandalika MotoGP Friday Round Up: How Low Grip Helps Yamaha, And Ducati Dropping Their Front Ride-Height Device

We say it pretty much every Friday of a MotoGP weekend: it's hard to draw conclusions from the first day of practice. The first day of practice is usually spent trying out different setups and then assessing which tires are the best compromise between performance and durability for the race, so just glancing at the timesheets doesn't tell you as much as you would like.

The first day of practice at Mandalika is even more complicated to unravel. First, there is the fact that it rained heavily on Friday morning, leaving the track damp at the start before drying out. Then there's the fact that nearly half the track has been resurfaced, the work finished not long before MotoGP arrived. Finally, Michelin changed the construction of the rear tire from the one used at the test, in response to the heat at the track, the new surface, and the data from the test.

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2022 Mandalika MotoGP FP2 Result: A Turnaround for Quartararo

After a more challenging and damp start in Indonesia, FP2 came with a clear sky and almost fully dry track – except for a damp patch at turn 2, causing some trouble in Moto2. The next challenge to come was the scorching heat but that didn’t stop fast improvements being made on the timesheets. Although Fabio Quartararo got off on the wrong foot, with a mechanical issue with barely two laps on the board and some missed track time, the Frenchman turned things around to pick up the lead in the final couple of minutes of FP2.

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2022 Mandalika Moto2 FP2 Result: Dixon Leads Vietti

If only a few brave souls were tempted by slick tyres in the damp morning session, the track dried up nicely and the sun came out to watch by the time FP2 came along. The provisional top 14 ended up being decided in a last-minute shootout, when Jake Dixon found over half a second over the rest of the field. Sam Lowes tried to close the gap to his compatriot on his final flying lap but a tumble at turn 10 lost him the opportunity and allowed championship leader Celestino Vietti to sneak ahead.

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2022 Mandalika Moto3 FP2 Result: Migno Tops Dry Session

The lightweight class finally got some dry track time and riders very quickly improved the FP1 benchmark. After Dennis Foggia led the way for much of the session, Andrea Migno picked up top spot in the mini-shootout in the closing stages of FP2, with the only 1:40 time of the day and getting the double for the Snipers team. Carlos Tatay demoted Foggia another position, the duo around three tenths slower than the leader.

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2022 Mandalika MotoGP FP1 Result: Pol Espargaro On A Roll

MotoGP’s return to Indonesia was greeted with rain on Friday morning but the track sported a nice dry line by the time the premier class joined the fun and there were frequent improvements on the timesheets throughout the session. With quickly improving track conditions, no one managed to hold onto top spot for too long until a bit of a lull in track action with 15 minutes remaining, when Pol Espargaro sat pretty at the top of the pile.

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2022 Mandalika Moto2 FP1 Result: Lowes Leads On Drying Track

The intermediate class were off to a slow start while machines swept the track of quite phenomenal levels of dirt brought on by overnight rain and despite some more rain flags waving halfway through the session, dry patches started showing in the final stages of FP1. A few riders eventually got a handful of minutes on slick tyres and Sam Lowes made the best of the changing conditions to top the session by a whole second ahead of Joe Roberts, who in turn had another second in hand over Tony Arbolino.

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2022 Mandalika Moto3 FP1 Result: Surra Kicks Off Proceedings In Indonesia

MotoGP’s return to Indonesia started with talk of the weather but instead of incredible heat, Friday morning came with a heavy downpour, leaving the much-talked-about surface somewhat cooler and very much wet. Fairings and visors with an impressive dirt finish were the norm, although grip didn’t seem to be much of a concern for the lightweight class. Alberto Surra posted the first benchmark in Mandalika in the closing stages of FP1, topping the session by only half a tenth from Deniz Öncü and Izan Guevara.

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Mandalika MotoGP Preview: MotoGP Madness In The Heat Of The Tropics

If there is one country that deserves to have a MotoGP round, it is Indonesia. A country of over 270 million people, all of whom are absolutely mad about the sport. Anyone with a significant presence on Social Media knows about the passion the country has for MotoGP, as a large percentage of their followers will be from there. (In my own case, 12.5% of my 51,800 Twitter followers are from Indonesia, the third largest territory after the UK, 28.5%, and the US 14.4%. A remarkable number, given I am tweeting mainly in English, and not at all in Bahasa Indonesia.)

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