Espargaró and Rins, in front at Le Mans after the controversy with Suzuki

Espargaró and Rins, in front at Le Mans after the controversy with Suzuki

The Spaniards Pol Espargaró (Repsol Honda RC 213 V) and Alex Rins (Suzuki GSX RR) were vindicated already from the first practice session for the MotoGP French Grand Prix at the Le Mans circuit.

Both Pol Espargaró and Alex Rins have been “involved” in the controversy generated by the announcement of the Japanese manufacturer Suzuki to abandon the world championship at the end of the season, the second of them because he loses his motorcycle for 2023 and the first because he could lose his to give it to Rins.

The fact is that both Pol Espargaró and Alex Rins tried their best and ended up getting the first two positions with just 109 thousandths of a second between them, although persecuted at thousandths of a second by the Italian Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia (Ducati Desmosedici GP22), the French and world leader Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1), the Spanish Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia RS-GP) and Joan Mir (Suzuki GSX RR) and Australian Jack Miller (Ducati Desmosedici GP22).

Quartarararo he wanted to be “a prophet in his land”, although he himself recalled on Thursday that a French rider had never won at Le Mans in the MotoGP category and neither on this occasion could he rise to first place having to settle for being fourthjust ahead of the Spanish Aleix Espargaró, whom he beat by 21 thousandths of a second.

With them and also classified, for now, for the second direct classification, finished the other Suzuki rider negatively involved in the withdrawal of Suzuki, the MotoGP world champion in 2020, Joan Mir, in addition to Jack Miller, the Spanish Maverick Viñales (Aprilia RS-GP), Frenchman Johann Zarco (Ducati Desmosedici GP22) and Italian Luca Marini (Ducati Desmosedici GP22).

Suzuki’s decision to withdraw from competition at the end of 2022 has caused a real stir in all aspects, in addition to modifying many approaches of factories and teams, who know that both Alex Rins and Joan Mir fully enter the “market” of pilots for the next season.

Perhaps for this reason some riders have taken to the track determined to demonstrate from this moment and until all negotiations are closed, their true worth.

That was not the case for Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda RC 213 V), who has renewed his contract with HRC (Honda Racing Corporation) until the end of the 2024 season and who continues with his adaptation phase to the new physical conditions after recovering of the humerus fracture he suffered in 2020.

Márquez finished in thirteenth position, just under four tenths of a second behind his teammate Pol Espargaró, with his compatriot Jorge Martín (Ducati Desmosedici GP22) in his wake.



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