Mandalika MotoGP Test Friday Times: Espargaro Brothers Top First Day Of Mandalika Test

The Espargaro brothers took the honors on the first day of the Mandalika test, Repsol Honda's Pol Espargaro smashing Toprak Razgatlioglu's WorldSBK Superpole record of 1'32.877 by over four tenths of a second, and leading brother Aleix on the Aprilia by nearly half a second. With Brad Binder in third on the KTM, Suzuki's Alex Rins in fourth, Yamaha world champion Fabio Quartararo in fifth, and Ducati's Jack Miller in sixth, that made it all six MotoGP manufacturers in the top six.

The track was dirty, and it rained on and off, making conditions difficult and leading to occasional tumbles. No one was hurt, but the track remained tricky once you get off line. Times are likely to drop drastically as the weekend progresses.

Times at the end of Day 1

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'32.466    
2 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'32.937 0.471 0.471
3 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'32.943 0.477 0.006
4 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'33.058 0.592 0.115
5 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'33.108 0.642 0.050
6 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'33.114 0.648 0.006
7 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'33.147 0.681 0.033
8 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'33.244 0.778 0.097
9 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1'33.245 0.779 0.001
10 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'33.358 0.892 0.113
11 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'33.394 0.928 0.036
12 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'33.518 1.052 0.124
13 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'33.592 1.126 0.074
14 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1'33.683 1.217 0.091
15 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'33.700 1.234 0.017
16 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'33.748 1.282 0.048
17 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'33.776 1.310 0.028
18 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'33.954 1.488 0.178
19 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'33.966 1.500 0.012
20 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'34.165 1.699 0.199
21 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1'34.173 1.707 0.008
22 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'34.318 1.852 0.145
23 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1'34.495 2.029 0.177
24 87 Remy Gardner 24 87 Remy GARDNER  
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Michelin should make a run of scooter tires, standard except with the rubber being the MotoGP soft compound. Then use them for scooter races the weekend before. Result...clean track with the proper rubber laid down!! :)

Do these tracks not have the equipment to clean a track? No street sweepers for rent? Seems like so many track owners don't care about spending a little to make the actual track safe.

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With the amount of time an effort that goes into a test like this, the track prep seems rather bush league. But then a part of me thinks that the season will have a more interesting start if nobody gets through their testing programs....

Evidently there is such machinery, not sure what. Guessing pressure washers. A few corners WERE cleaned. It also leaves it with no rubber, and not a solution that riders like (B.Binder said the two corners they did try cleaning were no better for traction).

Once the riders had all put in their mandatory 20 laps by 3pm, there was enough traction but only for a very narrow line.

Imagine learning a brand new track like that! Nightmare.

RichDesmond, I volunteer for the spinny scooter racing crew! I already have fresh Michelin Pilots on the Malaguti 150. 

These guys are already over there, here is the Chang International Circuit "getting cleaned" RichDesmond style, go to 9min 40sec and watch for a half a lap, you'll get the idea. Let's do it!!


It's a new circuit and it's bang in the middle of rainy season. Maybe the ground isn't settled enough, if it ever could be, so when the tap goes on full it drags a lot of dirt with it....i wonder if it's heavy enough for the stones too.

I don't mean the ground shifting. I know that soil, rainy season, green field projects, it gets everywhere like a slimy coating. One minute it's a construction site, next a mirror, then the construction site returns with extra brown, the disturbed ground averaging itself across every imaginable surface, plus, until it's all done and dusted...sewers...yummy ! I just wonder whether it will take a while for the disturbed environment to settle and clean up, the track has just been through it's first rainy season.

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