The South African Brad binder (KTM RC 16) led the first round of free practice of MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix on his last return to Ángel Nieto circuit of Jerez, where Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda RC 213 V) starts to be Marc Márquez again to finish third, less than three tenths of a second from the head.
The Spanish Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia RS-GP) was the first and only leader of the initial session at Ángel Nieto de Jerez, with a record of 1: 38.260 first and almost at the end of the session 1: 38.204, which was only surpassed by the South African Binder, while his brother Pol (Repsol Honda RC 213 V) suffered in the first minutes.
The youngest of the Espargaró brothers went off track, without consequences because he did not fall, but that forced him to return to his workshop, as did the current world champion, the Spanish, on two occasions. Joan Mir (Suzuki GSX RR), who entered his workshop consecutively to change bikes, with obvious technical problems.
On his third try Joan Mir He managed to start rolling with a certain rhythm and tranquility, although he had already “consumed” half a training session and had barely done five laps, three of them to enter workshops, which relegated him to the last starting positions of the batch, although in the end he got the tenth position in the times table.
Another novelty of the session was the presence of Spanish Tito Rabat, who a year after riding for the last time in a MotoGP, also Ducati but an older version, got on the Ducati Desmosedici GP21 of the injured Jorge Martin, to which he had to try to adapt as quickly as possible.
Rabat finished the session twentieth, less than a second and a half from the top of the table and just behind the Italian Valentino rossi (Yamaha YZR M 1).
Ahead and after Binder, Espargaró and Marc Márquez, were classified the world leader, the French Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1), his compatriot Johann zarco (Ducati Desmosedici GP21), Portuguese Miguel Oliveira (KTM RC 16) and the aforementioned Pol Espargaro, which ended up placing his new Repsol Honda RC 213 V in eighth position, surpassing by thousandths of Maverick Viñales (Yamaha YZR M 1) and Joan Mir and denoting an astonishing equality among the first classified.
The first twelve drivers finished in less than half a second, with five more, up to seventeenth, in less than a second and the entire starting line-up, twenty-two drivers, in just over 1.8 seconds apart, a record of balance and equality between the different pilots.