2021 Valencia MotoGP FP1 Result: Lecuona Delights The Locals

An already cool morning turned wet just before the start of the first practice session for the premier class, but despite the unexpected rainfall, riders were eager to head out and test the conditions. And they definitely did that, Iker Lecuona topping the first session on home soil by a tenth of a second after a hairy moment at turn 13. Jack Miller also spent a couple of minutes in the limelight but crashed on the wet paint at turn 1 right after taking top spot and soon got demoted to second. KTM made a much better start than one week ago, Miguel Oliveira joining Lecuona in the top three late on and pushing Johann Zarco to fourth, with Joan Mir completing the top five.

Pecco Bagnaia spent the most time at the top of the timing screens but a gentle slip at turn 2 hindered his progress and dropped him to 6th, ahead of Luca Marini, who also followed his example at turn 6. Franco Mobidelli in 8th place was the lead Yamaha, with Pol Espargaro one tenth back as the lead Honda rider. Takaaki Nakagami rounded out a top 10 covered by nine tenths of a second but with Alex Rins and Jorge Martin in close proximity.

All eyes were on Fabio Quartararo throughout the session, but it was mostly due to the new shoulder camera he was showing off, rather than his 15th place on the timesheets. Not everyone was as enchanted with the conditions, Danilo Petrucci crashing early on at turn 4, without rejoining the action, and Valentino Rossi briefly checking out the conditions but not tempted by a hot lap.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'40.569    
2 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'40.724 0.155 0.155
3 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'40.730 0.161 0.006
4 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'40.940 0.371 0.210
5 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'40.943 0.374 0.003
6 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'41.015 0.446 0.072
7 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'41.104 0.535 0.089
8 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'41.200 0.631 0.096
9 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'41.300 0.731 0.100
10 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'41.486 0.917 0.186
11 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'41.512 0.943 0.026
12 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'41.547 0.978 0.035
13 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'41.889 1.320 0.342
14 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'41.974 1.405 0.085
15 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'42.081 1.512 0.107
16 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'42.158 1.589 0.077
17 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'42.168 1.599 0.010
18 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1'42.182 1.613 0.014
19 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'42.438 1.869 0.256
20 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'42.767 2.198 0.329
  46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'52.981 12.412 10.214
Round Number: 
18
2021
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So cool to see number 27 at the top of the times! Congratulations Iker Lecuona, rapid in the wet.

I hope I.L.27 enjoys his weekend before moving to SBK. Adios Iker todo lo mejor.

Good to see Miguel up there to. I'm guessing the KTM goes allright in the wet.

Franky fastest Yamaha in this wet session, nice to see F.M.21 going well. Knee now better?

Seems the Ducs perform ok in the wet now as well.

Ape! Greetings mate. I don't think Morbidelli's knee is quite 100%, and still has troubles over race distance. Let's look at lap times in the latter part of the race.

Iker to a Honda Superbike? Oh boy, bit of a dreary fizzle? No one wants on it. I am not struggling with losing him from GP's, late season perk up and all. The new kids at Herve's house are looking fantastic. 

The latest Duc is a genius stroke. Would LOVE to hear just how they got it to turn like this. How long will it remain at the top? Will Yamaha bring more power next year (no)? Will Honda bring front end feel, sticky traction, and more rideable stability (yes)? Is there more coming soon from the Aprilia (no)?Is the Suzuki back (no guess -)? Orange, is there ANYONE that can call what is about to happen with the KTM? Not me. I guess that the new tire AND their chassis efforts are coming together for a better 2022. But holy hell is it hard to read that program. 

The engine freeze is done. Time for Yamaha to show us just how nothing ever changes, and watch out for Honda - it may have an instant drag race surge, and scare the shite out of everyone but Red.

Affection sent down under. (Wait, that doesn't sound right at all does it). Hah!

:)

You'r right Franky Morbidelli's knee isn't 100% hope it does heal well. Yamaha's medical plan should be good. Lap times in 2022 more important.

KTM I imagine will have a few more ponies next year. Plus talent; Remy & Raul will be putting some pressure on Miguel O. and Brad Binder. Keen to see KTM at Jerez test, surely they will bring some new shiny things and techy stuff. Adios Petrux.

Yamaha will have a little more power but not enough, again.

Not expecting much from Honda in SBK, thinking they will be concentrating on the 2022 rcv, P.I. last weekend in Feb 2022 will give us a bit more info. Red, green & blue fairly safe for next year.

Big man hug for you Motoshrink from the lucky country way down south.